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  • Meet Donald Zuckerberg – Facebook Founder Builds ‘Oppressive’ Wall Around Hawaii Property

    07/01/2016 5:56:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 29 June 2016 | Michael Krieger
    Just in case you’re still wondering why the world’s so-called “elites” are losing credibility and respect faster than Mario Draghi can say “whatever it takes…” New York Magazine reports: In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a crowd of developers that he heard “fearful voices calling for building walls.” At the time it was widely assumed he was talking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But perhaps he was just hearing the voices echoing across his enormous Hawaiian estate? Back in 2014, the Facebook CEO purchased 700 acres of land on the island of Kauai for a cool $100 million....
  • Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

    02/24/2016 11:25:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 24, 2016 – 05:44 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? [...] It is a phenomenon that defies simple description. According to polls, 40 percent of Germans believe the media are not credible. And the loudest of them all, people like Tatjana Festerling, an organizer with the anti-immigrant, Islamophobic PEGIDA movement, have even taken to calling on the public to get out the pitchforks to chase journalists out of newspaper offices. The criticism...
  • Could we please not forgive Sarah Palin? She is an unrepentant nightmare (PDS uber alles)

    02/24/2015 4:21:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lindy West
    Conservative pundit Sarah Palin made a cute, sporting little cameo on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show this weekend – winking at her own disastrous 2008 vice-presidential run, which was memorably skewered at the time by SNL’s Tina Fey. In the bit on Sunday night, Palin piped up during a Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld to ask, “Just curious, Jerry, how much do you think [SNL producer] Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016 with Donald Trump as my running mate?”
  • Howard Dean: Scott Walker 'Unknowledgeable' Because No College Degree

    02/12/2015 4:26:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 150 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What a snob! On today's Morning Joe, Howard Dean, a product of fancy prep schools and Yale, suggested that Scott Walker was unfit to be president because his lack of a college degree rendered him "unknowledgeable." Dean's disdain for the un-diplomaed came during a discussion of Walker having declined, during his recent trip to the UK, to state whether he believes in evolution. Joe Scarborough was incredulous at Dean's diss, pointing out that people such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg never finished college. To which list could be added super-successful and knowledgeable people from Rush Limbaugh to Steve Jobs,...
  • Father of Slain Victim Blames Son’s Death on NRA and Craven Politicians

    05/24/2014 9:51:51 PM PDT · by This Just In · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    In an emotional statement, the father of a victim of the mass murder in Isla Vista on Friday night addressed reporters Saturday and warned families that it can happen to them too. "Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.”
  • 1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

    02/15/2014 10:54:37 AM PST · by kingattax · 118 replies
    NPR ^ | February 14, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation. The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. To the question "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth," 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.
  • Mrs. Obama Takes a Jab at Us “Wilderness” Folks

    02/01/2014 3:36:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Todd Starnes
    First Lady Michelle Obama took a jab at rural Americans during a speech she delivered to Democrats at the posh Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, according to a White House transcript of her remarks.Her comments came as she was imploring the high-dollars donors to dig deep and “max out” their checking accounts. “Leave San Francisco,” she told the laughing audience. “Leave this bastion. Go out in the wilderness. And roll up your sleeves because we know that those person-to-person contacts, those calls and doors knocked on, all of that can also mean the difference between victory and defeat.” The wilderness?...
  • 5 Ways Disavowing Masculinity Changed My Life

    Robert Reece has found that ignoring the Man Code has improved his life enormously. Not only does traditional masculinity oppress women but it also severely restricts the agency of men (a topic, I’ve written about in the past in the context of straight man love and hip-hop), often in simple, taken-for-granted ways. Straight men go to extreme lengths to perform masculinity. They avoid a wide variety of activities that they arbitrarily deem feminine or “gay” without analyzing the detrimental effects of this type of gender policing. Often mundane, seemingly inconsequential activities are heavily policed, inhibiting men’s ability to live freely...
  • NYT, NPR: Reports on Knockout Game 'Overblown,' 'No Big Deal'

    11/29/2013 8:33:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    Writing in Real Clear Politics, Larry Elder says the New York Times (NYT) and National Public Radio (NPR) are ignoring the black-on-white crime taking place in the "Knockout Game"—that the NYT and NPR view reports on the game as "overblown" and "no big deal." The papers claim these attacks "do not represent a trend." According to Elder: "From a distance the media can spot some lone idiot holding up an offensive sign at a tea party rally. But when it comes to black perp/white victim crime, there is a different attitude." He cites a 2006 incident in Long Beach, CA,...
  • Ousted Politico reporter technically still employed with company while seeking new job

    07/05/2012 10:13:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/5/12 | Alex Pappas
    Politico says White House correspondent Joe Williams is on his way out the door. But the reporter who found himself ousted from his job — after making a penis joke about the Romneys, accusing his own publication of “blatant racism” and saying the Republican nominee for president is much more comfortable around “white folks” — isn’t technically gone yet. In fact, Williams — who pleaded guilty in May to assaulting his ex-wife — is still employed with the company and is still using his company email.
  • Larry Brinkin, S.F. Gay Rights Icon, Arrested on Child Porn Charges

    06/25/2012 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Our man in washington · 142 replies
    Police say they arrested 66-year-old Larry Brinkin, the high-profile gay activist, on possession of child pornography on Friday night.
  • Jerry Sandusky Found GUILTY of Molesting Children

    06/22/2012 7:10:38 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 208 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/22/12 | Aurelius
    Jerry Sandusky, the former Assistant Coach for Penn State, was found guilty today of molesting children. The high-profile began last year when almost a dozen people came out, revealing that Sandusky has molested them, which then resulted in the firing of Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky was found guilty of at least some of the almost 50 that were levied against him. The jurors deliberated for two days, starting yesterday. Sandusky leaving court earlier today Sandusky's stepson also stated yesterday that his father had abused him. However, jurors were not aware of this as they were sequestered. Sandusky...
  • Bristol Palin Is Uninvited

    01/28/2011 10:17:03 AM PST · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1/28/10 | John Hayward
    Washington University in St. Louis is planning a “Student Sexual Responsibility Week” next month. They decided to invite Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol to speak about abstinence at the event. Bristol is the Teen Abstinence Ambassador for The Candie’s Foundation, a group dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy. (snip) Campus leftists immediately tugged on their jackboots and flew into a towering pillar of rage. Today they were able to intimidate the university and Palin into calling off her appearance – the latest evidence that campus liberals could teach Hosni Mubarak a thing or two about suppressing dissent. (snip) The nominal reason given...
  • And Everybody I Know…

    12/12/2010 9:48:05 AM PST · by snowcloud · 12 replies
    December 12, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield
    If conservatives rally around the flag in times of crisis, liberals rally around the clique. Their assurance that they are right coming from three little words. “Everybody I Know.” The crazies clinging to their guns and religion might have voted for the Republicans, but everybody I know voted progressive. Some wingnuts might not believe in Global Warming, but everybody I know does. Some greedy people might want tax cuts, but everybody I know thinks taxes are too low.
  • Senate Office to Host Health Fair for Well-Covered Staffers

    10/09/2010 7:24:54 AM PDT · by nmh · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/08/10 | Staff
    As millions of hardworking Americans struggle to make ends meet, Senate staffers will participate next week in a two-day orgy of back massages, organic food tastings and milk mustache photos. It's all part of a health fair for the staffers, who enjoy some of the best health care in the country. Not only will they get health screenings, they'll also find out if their iPods are too loud. Neither the Senate's Education and Training Office nor the Senate sergeant-at-arms, which oversees the office, would say which vendors are providing the services or how much the health fair will cost taxpayers....
  • Australian PM reacts to Robin Williams 'redneck' jibe

    03/31/2010 3:56:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies · 1,522+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/31/10
    Few are laughing in Australia following Robin Williams' joke that its people are "basically English rednecks". His remarks, made on The Late Show with David Letterman, prompted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to respond on a Sydney radio show. "I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck," said Mr Rudd.
  • Are Liberals And Atheists Dumb As Bricks?

    03/08/2010 7:40:14 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 71 replies · 209+ views
    An attempt is being made to inculcate into our society the notion -- create a meme if you will -- that liberals and atheists are smarter than conservatives who believe in God. Cited as evidence by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa are conclusions gleaned from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health which began with a survey of high school students in 1994 and part of which included a picture-based vocabulary test used to estimate their IQs. Interviews of participants 14 years later showed higher-IQ scorers to be disproportionately liberals and atheists. There is surprisingly simple test that you can perform...
  • Why Kids Don't Do Well in School

    01/19/2010 6:02:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,762+ views ^ | January 19, 2010 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Let me share with you an interesting article from The Washington Post about the teacher of an all-black class in a high school in Alexandria, Va., who expressed his frustration at how poorly the students were performing. The class included both native-born African-Americans and kids who had emigrated from Africa. In a moment of exasperation, the teacher blurted out this question to the native-born students: "Why don't you guys study like the kids from Africa?" One of them shot back the answer. The kid replied, "It's because they have fathers who kick their butts and make them study." Another student...
  • AP to Americans : Stop being “grouchy”

    11/11/2009 9:07:30 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 42 replies · 1,684+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 11, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Dan Calabrese notices a scolding tone coming from the Associated Press in reporting its latest polling. It headlines the report by noting that “a grouchy public [is] sticking with Obama,” having seen a 54% job approval rating in its survey — but some bad numbers on the issues. Does the AP report those falling levels of support as a consequence of Barack Obama doing a poor job? No, as emphases from Dan and myself show: The public grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, including war and the economy, continuing the slippage that has...
  • Why Really Smart People Hold on to Really Dumb Ideas

    08/30/2009 6:09:21 PM PDT · by Freeter · 19 replies · 1,255+ views
    Psychology Today ^ | Aug. 10, 2009 | Barbara Oakley
    My theory—call it the “Oakley effect”—is that really smart people often don’t know how to accept and react constructively to criticism. (A neuroscientist might say they “have underdeveloped neurocircuitry for integrating negatively valenced stimuli.”) This is because smart people are whizzes at problems that only need one person to figure out. Indeed, people are evaluated from kindergarten through college prep SATs on the basis of such “single solver” problems. If you are often or nearly always right with these kinds of problems, your increased confidence in your own abilities would be accompanied by an inadvertent decrease in your capacity to...
  • Obama and the ‘Noble Lie’

    06/29/2009 7:21:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies · 2,515+ views
    NRO ^ | 29 june 09 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For much of the Bush administration, the media splashed stories of neoconservative conspiracies and cabals. Exposés about mostly Jewish liberals-turned-conservatives charged that they were adherents of the philosopher Leo Strauss and embraced the Platonic notion of the “noble lie.” In his Republic, Plato outlined an elaborate, ranked utopia, a good city (“Kallipolis”) run by a sort of benign natural selection. The philosopher-kings sat atop hierarchies in which occupations were assigned for the citizenry. To justify arbitrary selections, the rulers would make up “noble lies” about divine edicts, making clear that the occupations chosen for lesser folk were god-given. Once the...
  • LUKE RUSSERT MIA AT NBC NEWS (Gets Paid, Doesn't Work)

    05/11/2009 10:25:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,878+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 11, 2009
    SOME hardworking folks at NBC and MSNBC -- who work long hours for little pay -- are wondering, "Where in the world is Luke Russert?" One insider sniped, "He was hired last year to be the youth correspondent -- he got a great contract and was supposed to cover youth issues, blog and bring in young viewers, but he's been MIA for a while. It's like, 'Well, that's what you get for nepotism.' "
  • Bozell: Media Work as 'Pamphleteers' for Obama

    05/11/2009 6:00:45 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 9 replies · 752+ views ^ | 5/10/09 | Jim Meyers
    Media watchdog Brent Bozell tells Newsmax that the national media are so slanted to the left that they have been "pamphleteers for the Obama administration." Bozell, founder and president of The Media Research Center — which tracks liberal bias in the media — also said that the major TV networks have refused to call Obama a socialist or even a liberal even though he is "the most radical left-wing president in the history of the United States." See Video: Brent Bozell explains how the mainstream media supports Obama’s socialist agenda - Click Here Now|
  • Illegal immigration, Liberal Elites, and Obama

    05/03/2009 12:29:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,591+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 03, 2009 | David Paulin
    Millions of Hispanics, mostly poor and uneducated, have immigrated to America illegally since the early 1990s. Most are Mexicans and most of them are high school dropouts.  Compared to what they might have had in a slum or impoverished rural area of Mexico or Central America, these immigrants have done well here. It has been different story for their neighbors -- middle-class Americans. For them, illegal immigration has often meant a deterioration of their neighborhoods, public schools, and their quality of life -- especially across America's Southwest. Some have watched their culture erode: It's not uncommon to see Mexican flags flying...
  • Are Celebrities the New Monarchy?

    01/16/2009 7:01:09 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 52 replies · 783+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, December 26, 2008 | By Daniel Greenfield
    They’re rich, they’re famous and they’re better than you are. Why? Because they’re famous, and that means they’re entitled to it. Meritocracy is the fundamental difference between a functional free nation and a society of elite classes that don’t work, don’t accomplish anything useful-- but nevertheless rule. Meritocracy insures a system where those who can do, do. Systems of entitlement insure that those who have no useful skills or abilities tell others what to do, or collect money from them. And that is what we truly mean when we say “Free Country”, not a country without laws, but a country...
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

    12/22/2008 4:47:10 AM PST · by 7thson · 90 replies · 1,773+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 18, 2008 | WENDELL JAMIESON
    Lots of people love this movie of course. But I’m convinced it’s for the wrong reasons. Because to me “It’s a Wonderful Life” is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Bailey’s life unspooled.
  • Columnist Paul Krugman Wins Nobel Economics Prize

    10/13/2008 5:48:12 AM PDT · by kidd · 22 replies · 1,410+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/13/08 | KARL RITTER and MATT MOORE
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Paul Krugman, the Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, won the Nobel economic prize Monday for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity. Krugman has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration and the Republican Party in The New York Times, where he writes a regular column and has a blog called "Conscience of a Liberal." He has come out forcefully against John McCain during the economic meltdown, saying the Republican candidate is "more frightening now than he was a few weeks ago" and...
  • NBC's Luke Russert says he made 'dumb statement' (suggesting that smart people supported Obama)

    09/25/2008 3:33:26 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 60 replies · 2,137+ views
    AP via ^ | 9/24/08 | AP
    <p>NEW YORK — NBC News reporter Luke Russert said he made a "dumb" misstatement on the "Today" show Wednesday when he suggested that smart people supported Barack Obama for president.</p> <p>Almost immediately, Russert took a hazing in the Web world. Wrote Tim Graham of the conservative Media Research Center on the NewsBusters blog: "Out of the mouths of young, untrained reporters come the unspoken beliefs of the liberal media."</p>
  • Liberals Grow More Assertive With Anti-Palin Sexism

    09/04/2008 2:20:51 AM PDT · by army2008 · 4 replies · 125+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | September 4, 2008 | Aaron Schwitters
    I opened the International Herald Tribune today here in Korea and read an absolutely precious letter from a Mr. Bruce Joffe of Piedmont, California (who, as far as I can tell is a professional writer of leftist letters to the editor): "How can I say this in a politically correct manner? A four-month baby needs a lot of time in the arms of its mother. Most mothers feel a similar need to be close to their baby. And a Downs Syndrome baby needs even more maternal attention. So what kind of family values is Palin exhibiting by going off on...
  • Toyota building $192M green-car battery plant

    05/23/2008 6:35:48 PM PDT · by lainie · 26 replies · 96+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5-23-2008 | Yuri Kageyama
    TOKYO - Toyota is building a $192 million plant in Japan to produce batteries for gas-electric hybrid vehicles, as it seeks to keep its lead in an intensifying race for green cars among the world's automakers. Toyota's joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, is building the plant in Shizuoka prefecture, in central Japan, Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said Friday. He declined to give more details. The plant will produce nickel-metal hydride batteries, now in the company's hit Prius hybrid. The Nikkei, Japan's top business daily, reported Friday that Toyota was building another plant in...
  • The Left's Patriotism Gap

    03/12/2008 5:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 337+ views ^ | | Jonah Goldberg
    "Unity is the great need of the hour. ... Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it's the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country. I'm not talking about a budget deficit. ... I'm talking about a moral deficit. I'm talking about an empathy deficit. I'm taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother's keeper; we are our sister's keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny."...
  • Obama Agenda Must Be Seen For What It Is

    03/10/2008 6:15:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 995+ views
    IBD ^ | March 10, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Liberal Democrats from the North haven't had much success in recent presidential elections — not Hubert Humphrey, not George McGovern, not Walter Mondale, not Mike Dukakis and not John Kerry. Democratic Southerners — Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — have done quite a bit better. Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois, knows this history. So why does he think he can be the first Northern liberal Democratic president since John F. Kennedy edged out Richard Nixon almost a half-century ago? First, there is no incumbent president or vice president running for the first time in over 50 years. Add...
  • Obama and Me

    03/09/2008 2:15:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 2,004+ views
    Dallas Observer ^ | 3/9/8 | Todd SpivaK
    It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial -- It's not quite eight in the morning, and Barack Obama is on the phone screaming at me. He liked the story I wrote about him a couple weeks ago, but not this garbage. Months earlier, a reporter friend told me she overheard Obama call me an asshole at a political fund-raiser. Now here he is blasting me from hundreds of miles away for a story that just went online but hasn't yet hit local newsstands....
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Sanctimonious

    03/09/2008 11:11:46 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 786+ views
    HOT AIR ^ | 9 MARCH 2008 | Ed Morrisey
    One of the annoying attributes of global-warming scolds is their inability to practice what they preach. The US Chamber of Commerce produced a very amusing video last month explaining how much in carbon emissions the UN generated by insisting on conducting endless conferences on the issue. Today, the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the travel practices of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another booster of energy-production limits, and notices the stench of hypocrisy: Like many of the Californians he represents, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now spends more than three hours commuting because he lives so far from the office. But his ride...
  • Harvard's endowment surpasses $34 billion

    01/24/2008 9:37:39 AM PST · by Disturbin · 36 replies · 117+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 24, 2008 | Peter Schworm
    Paced by Harvard University's staggering $34 billion stockpile, 76 colleges now boast endowments over $1 billion after robust returns on their investments over the past year, according to an annual study being released today. Harvard's endowment rose by nearly $6 billion over the past year, a nearly 20 percent increase. Yale University's endowment, the nation's second largest, rose to $22.5 billion, a 25 percent increase. Stanford University, Princeton University, and the University of Texas system rounded out the top five. Among colleges with endowments greater than $1 billion, the median one-year return was 21 percent. Nationally, the median return was...
  • Libs Love Books--Or Do They?

    08/21/2007 2:52:31 PM PDT · by · 44 replies · 1,763+ views ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Liberals around the country are smiling today at an Associated Press poll and story circulating on the web claiming that conservatives read less than liberals, non more so than former Colorado Democratic congresswoman Pat Schroeder who despite being president of the American Association of Publishers decided she felt like insulting half of her potential reading audience by dusting off an old liberal refrain: "The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,' [...] It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no...
  • On liberal colleges, College Republicans fold

    04/06/2007 11:24:13 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 14 replies · 881+ views ^ | 6 April 2007 | AP
    A student Republican club at the University of Vermont has folded, its undoing sealed by financial problems that included payment of a speaker's fee to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The College Republicans took out a $7,000 loan from the Student Government Association to help pay the fee for the October 2005 speech by Gingrich. The club failed to repay the loan for more than a year, and after several warnings was decertified last month by the Student Government Association.
  • Among Recent Presidents, Clinton is Tops With Historians

    03/11/2007 11:20:43 AM PDT · by mcvey · 81 replies · 1,858+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 09, 2007 | Tim Blessing and Anne Skleder
    In a recent poll, more than 250 college and university history professors placed former President Bill Clinton as the best president of the last quarter entury, Ronald Reagan as the second best, followed by Jimmy Carter and then the first President Bush. (The current president was excluded since his term of office had not yet ended.) The survey also asked the historians to rank the recent Secretaries of State and Supreme Court justices as well as the relative threat to constitutional liberties posed by presidential actions. Dr. Tim H. Blessing, Professor of History and Political Science at Alvernia College, Reading,...
  • Meet Senator Millionaire

    11/26/2006 6:30:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies · 1,093+ views
    Despite having a hardscrabble farmer and an avowed socialist in their ranks, the incoming class of senators does little to shake the Senate's image as a millionaires' club. Bob Corker, senator-elect from Tennessee, boasts an estimated $64 million to $236 million fortune, according to the financial disclosure he filed to the Senate. Claire McCaskill, the senator-to-be from Missouri, has a portfolio worth roughly $13 million to $29 million. And Sheldon Whitehouse, who ousted the fifth-richest member of the Senate, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, is hardly hurting for cash himself: He has $4 million to $14 million parked in various...
  • Limbaugh: I won't be 'framed' by U.S

    07/05/2006 1:01:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 363 replies · 9,849+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/5/06 | Joe Kovacs
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is canceling his international travel plans in the near future, saying he doesn't want to be "framed" by U.S. Customs officials after last week's incident when he was detained for more than three hours for possession of Viagra prescribed in his doctor's name. "It takes one time, and I've got red flags up, and I'm not going to put myself in the position of being framed," Limbaugh said today on his national radio broadcast. "With all this partisanship that's out there, I'm just not going to make it easy for people...
  • ‘Abusive’ Sheen barred from wife

    04/23/2006 2:03:29 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 851+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | Tom Walker
    CHARLIE SHEEN, the former Hollywood “Brat Pack” actor, has been ordered by a Los Angeles court to keep at least 300ft away from Denise Richards, his estranged wife.The actress said in papers filed to the court that Sheen had been abusive and threatened to kill her. According to the New York Post, he had screamed at her: “I hope you die, bitch!” after she allegedly discovered he had been looking at internet pornography sites. Sheen, who appears in Two and a Half Men, a television comedy series, has denied the claims and the judge agreed to his request that all...
  • For Almost All Americans, There Is God (CBS Poll: 4/5 believe in God)

    04/17/2006 9:32:56 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 68 replies · 1,350+ views
    CBS ^ | April 13, 2006 | CBS Staff
    (CBS) A new CBS News poll shows that almost all Americans believe in God or some higher power and more than half pray often and consider religion an important component of their daily lives. Eighty-two percent of poll respondents said they believe in God, with nine percent saying they had faith in some sort of higher power or spirit. Doubt about the existence of God was highest in the "young" demographic as well that of political independents, those living in the West, people who live in big cities and men. Fifty-nine percent of Americans indicated that they pray often and...
  • Hold the CEOs Up for Scrutiny... But Leave Our Celebrities Alone!

    04/12/2006 8:10:35 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 4 replies · 685+ views
    Amarxica ^ | 4/12/06 | John Reit
    I might sound a bit conceited with this statement, but to any other person an article about a new SEC rule might have seemed trivial. To me, it was a significant statement about the current American values; and I don't mean a positive statement. In their never ending campaign to create class warfare, the mainstream media, hypocritical wealthy Democrat politicians, Hollywood limousine liberals, and the left in general have regularly expressed a hatred toward corporate CEOs for their "bloated" salaries, benefits, and pensions. There's no rational reason, according to these socialists, for a man to earn in one week what...
  • Code of unmentionables

    03/13/2006 5:35:59 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies · 1,208+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 13 March 2006 | Mark Steyn
    This week's Voldemort Award goes to the New York Times for its account of a curious case of road rage in North Carolina: "The man charged with nine counts of attempted murder for driving a Jeep through a crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last Friday told the police that he deliberately rented a four-wheel-drive vehicle so he could 'run over things and keep going.' " The driver in question was Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar. Whoa, don't jump to conclusions, the Times certainly didn't. As the report continued: "According to statements taken by the police, Mr. Taheri-azar,...
  • Give journalists protection of stronger shield laws News gathering needs defending in post-9/11 era

    03/12/2006 1:43:11 PM PST · by weegee · 31 replies · 580+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2006, 9:27PM | By JOHN BECKWORTH and SARAH WYNNE
    The Bush administration has displayed a remarkable mastery at directing attention on issues through its own lens. Recently, for example, the White House tried to shift the national focus from the subject of alleged illegal wiretapping to a criminal investigation into who leaked the president's secret. Which raises the question: Should constitutionally protected news gathering be given a renewed boost through shield laws? The answer is — emphatically — yes. Reporter shield laws, designed to protect the confidentiality of press sources, are necessary not only to protect individual reporters, but more importantly, to protect the news gathering process and to...
  • City moves to condemn SBC church using eminent domain

    03/09/2006 3:46:26 PM PST · by twntaipan · 27 replies · 786+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 3/9/2006 | Erin Roach
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (BP)--City leaders in Long Beach, Calif., have classified the Filipino Baptist Fellowship’s building as a blighted area and are forcing the congregation out in order to make way for condominiums. The path for the case was laid when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last summer in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut that a city’s use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another may qualify as a “public use” protected by the Constitution. John Eastman, director of The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence who is defending the church, said the case -–...
  • Why Jon Stewart isn't funny

    03/05/2006 9:41:25 AM PST · by flixxx · 133 replies · 5,081+ views
    boston globe (via ^ | March 3, 2006 | Michael Kalin
    Why Jon Stewart isn't funny By Michael Kalin | March 3, 2006 THE SELECTION of Jon Stewart as the host for Sunday night's 2006 Oscars undoubtedly marks a career milestone for the aspiring king of late-night comedy. Unfortunately, however, the ascension of Stewart and ''The Daily Show" into the public eye is no laughing matter. Stewart's ever-increasing popularity among young viewers directly correlates with the declining influence of progressive thought in America. Coincidence? I think not. Let me explain.
  • Katrina Tape Transcripts Show Media Hack Job

    03/02/2006 6:10:47 AM PST · by slowhand520 · 85 replies · 2,845+ views
    March 02, 2006 Katrina Tape Transcripts Show Media Hack Job For those who want to see the transcripts themselves of the video conferences, the New York Times has them for the August 28th and August 29th briefings. The transcript for the 29th makes one garbled mention of the levees around New Orleans (page 6). After making the point that the storm surge would cause the greatest devastation in the Gulfport area of Mississippi, going as high as 21 feet, Max Mayfield then turns to New Orleans: MAX MAYFIELD: ... The rest of the track we have 10 to 15 feet,...
  • Clooney: I'm a proud traitor

    02/27/2006 8:07:55 AM PST · by Millee · 44 replies · 833+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/25/06 | Staff
    Actor and director George Clooney says he is proud to be denounced as unpatriotic for questioning US policy because he wanted to be on "the right side of history". Interviewed on BBC television about his latest films Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck, Clooney said that not only did he accept the right to be attacked for his views but he even relished them. Clooney, who has weathered attacks since opposing the 2003 Iraq invasion, said at one point that it was "frustrating" to be listed as a "traitor" on a set of playing cards, but he also accepted...
  • H'wood goes pol-vaulting

    02/26/2006 1:19:33 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 2 replies · 433+ views
    Variety ^ | February 26, 2006 | WILLIAM TRIPLETT
    Let the campaigning begin! No, not the Oscars. That race is almost over. The next big campaign is Election 2006. And who in D.C. is enjoying the entertainment biz's largesse this election year? According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group, it's -- no surprise -- Hillary Clinton, who has taken in $213,645 so far from movie, TV and music industry sources. Second place is closely contested by two Teds: Ted Stevens, Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee ($100,500), and Ted Kennedy, of the Democratic family dynasty ($94,600). Clinton has been a Hollywood favorite almost from...