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  • McConnell’s first big challenge: Keeping a lid on Ted Cruz

    11/05/2014 1:56:30 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 53 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Meredith Shiner and Jon Ward
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, waves to the crowd at a Republican victory party on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Austin, …WASHINGTON — Within minutes of polls closing in Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was declared the victor of a race some doubted he could win and many more hoped he would lose.Like most recent congressional leaders, McConnell — who in 2009 declared that his party’s No. 1 goal would be to defeat President Barack Obama — had become a powerful symbol of his party and a major target for Democrats. His win in Kentucky Tuesday night was the first step toward realizing...
  • University sends email to alumni equating the tea party with the KKK

    12/06/2013 3:15:47 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 84 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/06/2013 | Robby Soave
    A public university sent an email to alumni highlighting the esteemed research of one of its professors — research that notes many similarities between the old Ku Klux Klan and its modern-day equivalent, the tea party. The University of Washington’s email to alumni asked the question four separate times: “Is The Tea Party like the Ku Klux Klan?” Christopher Parker, a UW political science professor, argues in a new book that there are major similarities. The book is titled “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in Contemporary America.” “In this commentary from Professor Christopher Parker...
  • In rural Kentucky, health-care debate takes back seat as the long-uninsured line up (for Medicaid)

    11/24/2013 2:57:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2013 | Stephanie McCrummen
    On the campaign trail, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was still blasting the new health-care law as unsalvageable. At the White House, President Obama was still apologizing for the botched federal Web site. But in a state where the rollout has gone smoothly, and in a county that is one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country, Courtney Lively has been busy signing people up: cashiers from the IGA grocery, clerks from the dollar store, workers from the lock factory, call-center agents, laid-off coal miners, KFC cooks, Chinese green-card holders in town to teach Appalachian students. … This is...
  • Poll: Support for tea party slips (Barf)

    09/26/2013 6:56:43 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/26/13 | Tal kopan
    Support for the tea party continues to fall among Americans, nearing all-time lows, according to a new poll Thursday. Twenty-two percent of Americans call themselves tea party backers, the Gallup poll found, while 27 percent consider themselves opponents of the tea party. Fifty-one percent choose neither or have no opinion. The level of support is a 10-point drop from November 2010, when a wave of pro-tea party sentiment helped Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, and is also down from 2012, when the GOP managed to hang on to the House and current tea party firebrand Sen. Ted...
  • Daily Kos: Oklahoma Tornado Casualties Show That ‘Free Market Conservatism Kills’

    05/25/2013 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2013 | 08:36 | Tom Johnson
    If you were looking for righty-bashing blog posts related to the Moore, Oklahoma disaster, Daily Kos was the place to be this past Wednesday. Ian Reifowitz argued that conservatives’ childish hostility to government regulation boosted the tornado’s death toll because neither state nor local law requires safe rooms or shelters, and that absent a mandate, such life-saving structures quite often won’t get built. Reifowitz wrote:Free market conservatism kills? Yes, that’s right…[T]here were no rules in Moore or anywhere else in Oklahoma mandating that buildings…have so-called “safe rooms” or underground shelters to protect people during a storm…
  • Conservatives, be careful what you wish for with Mitt Romney (Reality Check)

    11/02/2012 10:10:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 181 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/02/2012 | Juan Williams
    The truth is, the Tea Party anger that boiled over in response to the President Obama’s healthcare plan had been brewing for years due to conservative disappointment with George W. Bush’s policies. Bush created record-breaking deficits, embraced Congressional earmarks, gained passage of an enormous expansion of Medicare entitlements without funding it, nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, and backed McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform. Principled conservatives like Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity spoke out against the direction of the party, to their credit. Conservatives must be careful not to abandon their principles out of blind hated for President Obama....
  • The Horrible Jobs Record Of The GOP's Favorite Governor

    05/14/2012 8:23:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/14/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the GOPs favorite governor for two reasons. 1) He's taken on public sector unions/workers/pensions. 2) He's hated by public sector unions/workers, which means he gets brownie points for being disliked by the right people. It's just too bad that from an economic standpoint, he's not a good governor. Menzie Chinn at Econbrowser takes a look at his record on private sector job creation, and it turns out that not only is he well behind his own goals, he's just generally bad at it. This chart showing Wiscon's actual record of job creation vs. his stated...
  • Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week... ban handguns and automatic weapons(WI barf alert)

    03/14/2012 6:51:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    isthmus.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Dave Cieslewicz
    Last week it happened again. Another school. Another disturbed young person. Another needless firearm legally purchased. Another good person dead as a result. Last Tuesday, a 28 year-old former Spanish teacher named Shane Schumerth walked into the office of Dale Regan, the principal of the school where he had been recently fired, pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle and killed her before committing suicide. A week earlier, T.J. Lane, a 17 year-old Ohio boy, took out his .22 semi-automatic pistol and killed three people and injured two more. And the week before that, a third-grader grabs the family's legally bought...
  • The NRA—A terrorist organization(barf alert)

    01/09/2012 6:31:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    salem-news.com ^ | 8 January, 2012 | Daniel Johnson
    (CALGARY, Alberta) - There were sombre ceremonies across Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, January 8, 2012, in remembrance of Jared Loughner’s shooting spree a year earlier where he seriously wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords, killed six and wounded 12 more. I suggest that the Untied States, is the only country in world, where remembrances could be held virtually every single day of the year for egregious killings of citizens by other citizens—all indirectly supported by the National Rifle Association. The day before the Tucson ceremonies, on January 7, there was a funeral in Brownsville, Texas, for a fifteen-year-old eighth grader who was...
  • Joseph Smith: a witness of Christ [O Come, O Come EmmanSMITHuel, anyone?]

    12/07/2011 3:16:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    LDS Church News ^ | Dec. 18, 2010 | R. Scott Lloyd
    On Dec. 23, 1805, as much of the world was preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, another baby boy was born. Like Jesus, this 19th century baby came forth in humble circumstances and in an obscure village. Though the world didn't know it at the time, the birth of Joseph Smith Jr. would initiate what is arguably the greatest and most far-reaching chain of events in the history of Christianity since the Savior's mortal ministry itself. That infant would grow up to hold the apostolic office and thus be a special witness of Jesus Christ, the first mortal...
  • The Thought Slavemasters

    11/11/2011 9:19:41 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-11-11 | Timothy Birdnow
    Liberals have advanced their worldview through countless acts of subversion through science. The DDT ban. The nuclear freeze movement. Global Warming. We have witnesses the abuse of science for well over a century. And that abuse has always extended to the human mind. Psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology have all been attempts to understand the human thought process, and frequently to alter it. Consider the rise of modern propaganda ...
  • White House plays defense after report finds healthcare premiums on the rise

    09/27/2011 9:31:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/11 | Julian Pecquet
    White House plays defense after report finds healthcare premiums on the riseBy Julian Pecquet - 09/27/11 11:33 AM ET The Obama administration quickly responded Tuesday to bad news about rising insurance premiums with a strong defense of the healthcare law and its benefits for consumers. An annual survey of premiums found that the premiums for employer-provided family plans increased by 9 percent — to $15,073 — in 2011, leaving Democrats vulnerable to charges that the law isn't working. The administration proactively responded with a post on the White House blog that went up as soon as the embargo on the...
  • The blond, blue-eyed terror suspect in Oslo (libs. happy as he's identified "right wing, Christian")

    07/26/2011 6:51:27 PM PDT · by Milagros · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    Brevik is being identified as "right wing," "Christian," and "conservative" -- much as Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner was presumed to be a Sarah Palin acolyte driven to murder by the sight of a bulls eye on a map over a year ago. We shall see if Breivik is as insane as the acts he is purported to have carried out. But for the moment, the left has its fondest desire realized: someone they can brand as a Christian terrorist, proving that Islamofascism is no worse than Christianity.
  • More voters would blame Republicans than Obama in absence of debt limit deal, says poll

    07/14/2011 4:38:56 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 62 replies
    CBS ^ | 7-14-11 | By Lucy Madison
    If Congress is unable to come to a deal to increase America's debt ceiling, more Americans will blame Republicans than will blame President Obama, says a new poll by Quinnipiac University. According to the survey, released on Thursday, 48 percent of Americans say they will blame Republicans, not President Obama, if the country's $14.3 debt limit is not raised. Thirty-four percent said they would blame Mr. Obama rather than the GOP. The poll comes on the heels of a tense round of negotiations over a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, varying accounts of which describe everything from an...
  • Viewpoints: Racist cartoon of Obama forces me to leave GOP

    06/16/2011 3:25:08 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 127 replies · 3+ views
    SacBee.com ^ | 6/12/2011
    I was one of those rare species: a black Republican, the guy willing to spit into the wind of conventional thought, who was often showcased on camera at party events to prove inclusiveness. But as a proud black man, I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. Being a Republican has long been a part of my personal and professional identities, so leaving the party is a difficult and emotional decision. In 1998, as a young man searching for what I believed were shared values, I cut ties with the Democratic Party and became a Republican. Democrats,...
  • Pete King's hearings on radical Islam will fuel bigotry: This isn't worthy of Congress

    03/08/2011 1:14:41 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 8th 2011 | Richard Cohen
    Unlike Moses Herzog, the eponymous character of Saul Bellow's novel "Herzog," I do not feverishly compose mad letters to public figures and sinister government agencies. But I often yell back at the TV set. This happened Sunday when Candy Crowley on CNN asked Rep. Pete King what his hearings into Muslim radicalism are really about. "Good luck, Candy," I yelled, having asked the same question of King's staff just the day before. Here, I am sure, is the answer: The hearings are about Pete King. King is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. On Thursday, he will inaugurate...
  • [Frank Murkowswki appointed] Judge orders borough to release U.S. Senate candidate Miller's records

    10/23/2010 11:06:21 PM PDT · by libh8er · 36 replies
    An Alaska judge has ordered the Fairbanks North Star Borough to release personnel records of U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller. Retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank made the ruling Saturday afternoon. The decision comes after Alaska Dispatch filed a lawsuit for the release of Miller's records at the borough. Other media organizations later joined the suit. But the records won't be released until at least Tuesday afternoon. Burbank has given Miller until then to decide whether to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court. "Individuals who run for office expect that their past will be researched and revealed, and...
  • “Haley-Gate” Dissected

    10/20/2010 11:30:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Fits News ^ | 10/20/10 | staff
    Hopefully, most people will select their next governor on the basis of something other than his or her ability to tell the truth or not regarding extramarital sex. Seriously … lying about a little indiscreet boot-knockin’ doesn’t impede one’s abilities to raise grocery taxes, abandon children trapped in failing schools or give up on holding lawmakers accountable when it comes to the state budget, does it? Of course not … and we hope that in picking their poison next month (i.e. liberal Obamaphile Vincent Sheheen or transparently hypocritical Republican Nikki Haley) South Carolina voters will make a decision that they...
  • Why We Need Our Safety Net Back (Barf alert)

    09/22/2010 7:32:25 AM PDT · by Jack Wilson · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/22/2010 | Kai Wright
    Today's poverty is the accumulated toll of two forces that have advanced in tandem for decades: The corporate fleecing of family wealth and the bipartisan destruction of a refuge to which those shorn families can turn. We fought a long, hard war on poverty to avoid landing in precisely this place. But the Reagan revolution ushered in a long hard war on government to undue that progress.
  • In upcoming primaries, establishment candidates may prosper (WaPo cheering for McCain)

    08/22/2010 10:05:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-08-22 | Dan Balz
    Tuesday's primaries in Arizona and Florida appear likely to deliver a few surprises -- surprises, that is, for anyone who accepted the conventional wisdom of just a few months ago. Back then, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) was considered in danger of becoming the next victim of a tea party uprising that was threatening Republican candidates who were seen as straying from conservative orthodoxy. In what was taken as a sign of his nervousness, he brought in his 2008 vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, who vouched for his conservative bona fides. Now he enjoys a double-digit lead in the...
  • NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery

    05/05/2010 4:18:45 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 42 replies · 871+ views
    AP (via MyWay) ^ | May 5, 2010 | TOM HAYS and JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW YORK (AP) - A man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square spent a decade on the path to respectability before abandoning his house in Connecticut and deciding to supplement his business degrees with explosives training in Pakistan, authorities say. A court hearing was canceled Tuesday in part because of [Faisal] Shahzad's continuing cooperation with investigators, but authorities said they had shed little light on what might have motivated him.
  • Active 'Patriot' Groups in the United States in 2009 [as per SPLC]

    03/31/2010 8:37:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 527+ views
    musicians4freedom.com ^ | Spring 2010 | Southern Poverty Law Center
    Intelligence Report, Spring 2010, Issue Number: 137 The Intelligence Project identified 512 "Patriot" groups that were active in 2009. Of these groups, 127 were militias, marked with an asterisk, and the remainder includes "common-law" courts, publishers, ministries and citizens' groups. Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the "New World Order," engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist. The list was compiled from field reports, Patriot publications, the Internet, law enforcement sources...
  • U.S. BRANDS AS FALSE NAZI DOCUMENTS CHARGING WE FOSTERED WAR IN EUROPE (3/30/40)

    03/30/2010 5:13:46 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies · 505+ views
    Microfiche-New York Times archives, Cabrillo College Library | 3/30/40 | Bertram D. Hulen
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  • Former NYT Editor Howell Raines Accuses Fox News of Sabotaging Obamacare, Waging Jihad on Obama

    03/13/2010 1:51:47 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 9 replies · 1,360+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 13, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Former NYT editor Howell Raines accuses Fox News of sabotaging Obamacare and waging Jihad on Obama's administration in a new op-ed slated to appear in the Washington Post this Sunday. Raines is the disgraced, former editor of the NYT who ran the yellow journalism rag for a very short time, from 2001 until 2003, when the laughable scandal of the affirmative-action plagiarist, Jayson Blair, forced him to resign. Ironically, Raines' accusations against Fox News make no sense because as anyone who watches Fox News will tell you, the channel boasts its fair share of liberal and Democrat commentators—Alan Colmes, Bob...
  • Are US Wars Fueling Domestic Terrorist Threats? [Katrina Vanden Heuvel..........]

    12/30/2009 4:37:34 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 914+ views
    Are US Wars Fueling Domestic Terrorist Threats? posted by Katrina vanden Heuvel on 12/27/2009 @ 7:02pm Are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan creating a domestic terrorist threat? The potential disaster of a Nigerian man attempting to blow up a US airliner on Christmas day forces us to confront the question. As the New York Times recently reported, there is increasing evidence that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fueling a radicalization of young Muslims in the United States who are angry about the military occupation of Muslim lands and the killing of innocent Muslim citizens. There are legitimate...
  • Conservative Groups Dismiss Report on Rise of Militias

    08/14/2009 2:01:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,231+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Judson Berger
    Right-leaning groups say the evidence of a distinct rise in militia-type activity is spotty and that the Southern Poverty Law Center is unfairly lumping isolated extremists in the same category as those who are protesting the administration's economic and social policies. Conservative groups are rejecting as "anecdotal and exaggerated" a report out of the Southern Poverty Law Center that claims the election of a black president has fanned the flames of a resurgent anti-government "militia movement." The SPLC report cited a recent rash of ideologically driven violent crimes, rising gun sales, a reported rise in the number of militia groups...
  • AARP email just received (my response: I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU)

    08/05/2009 9:58:34 PM PDT · by fujimoh · 40 replies · 2,339+ views
    Personal Email | 08/05/2009 | self
    -------- Original Message -------- Subject: MUST READ: Don't believe them From: "Barry Jackson, AARP" Date: Wed, August 05, 2009 4:01 pm To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Dear Margaret, If your inbox is anything like mine, you're getting a lot of emails about how SCARY health reform is. From allegations about rationing care to wild reports of government-sponsored euthanasia, the rumors just keep getting crazier. And I've had enough. Enough of the fear-mongering. Enough of the myths and unfounded rumors. Enough of the interest groups twisting the truth to stop health reform. I'm fighting back - and I'm asking for your help! Below...
  • Joan Walsh: Right-wing racism on the rise (Rush, White men, the Birthers, Beck, etc..)

    08/03/2009 1:07:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies · 3,123+ views
    Salon ^ | July 29, 2009 | Joan Walsh
    First, credit where it's due: A few lonely Republican leaders are belatedly trying to clean up the party's mess of crazy, from the racially tinged character attacks on Sonia Sotomayor to the unhinged rhetoric of the Birthers to the overall vicious and fact-free spew of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. It's not working yet -- Beck's claiming Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" on Tuesday might be a new low -- but at least someone's trying. Sen. Lindsey Graham tried to kick off a new GOP flirtation with decency when he announced his vote to confirm Sotomayor last...
  • DMN's Slater Lumps Tea Party Protesters With Holocaust Museum, Tiller Shootings

    06/10/2009 2:29:16 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 38 replies · 1,332+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 6/10/2009 | Matthew Balan
    Dallas Morning News’s Wayne Slater become one of the first pundits after the shootings at the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday to hint that there was a connection to mainstream conservative activists. On CNN Newsroom, about two hours after the story broke, Slater linked this incident and the murder of abortionist George Tiller with “anti-tax secessionists in Texas,” his label for Tea Party protesters. Anchor Rick Sanchez moderated a panel discussion on the Holocaust Museum shootings after the bottom of the 3 pm Eastern hour of the CNN program....Sanchez asked the Dallas Morning News political writer if criminals like this suspect...
  • AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

    04/23/2009 2:04:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies · 2,905+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2009 | Ron Fourner and Trevor Tompson
    For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future. Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington. Nobody knows how long...
  • VIDEO: Sy Hersh and Wolf Blitzer Discuss More Crap About So-Called "Cheney Assasination Ring"

    The wackjob Moonbats continue to demonize their favorite target: former VP Dick Cheney. Earlier this month, Keith Olbermann made the same claim citing Sy Hersh. Surprisingly, Cheney's so called "assassins" are merely Joint Special Operations Command, a unit which continues to operate under Obama. And yes, they assassinate terrorists. Which is good because under Team "O", living terrorists are now being treated better than most American citizens.
  • US Public Schools Teaching Children Pro-Islamic Propaganda

    Anyone that cannot call evil what it is: Evil, is nothing more then a coward..... Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus and the 9/11 murderers were not Islamic Fundamentalists but simply a generic "teams of terrorists." That's the caliber of politically corrected crap many of our children are being taught in American public schools -- and it's past time all parents took serious notice.
  • The Curious Case of Gran Torino

    01/27/2009 4:15:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 86 replies · 3,790+ views
    time.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | S. James Snyder
    This year's Oscar story lines have already been etched in stone — Mickey Rourke as the comeback kid, Slumdog Millionaire as the art-house wunderkind, Milk as the timely social commentary (released three weeks after Proposition 8 passed in California). Yet while the critics have been fussing over wrestlers and Mumbai quiz shows, audiences have been flocking to Gran Torino — an Oscar outcast that's been doing laps around the competition at the box office. At some point this week, the Clint Eastwood drama will pass the $100 million mark, easily surpassing the box-office receipts brought in by not only some...
  • Intel on The Huffington Post

    12/01/2008 5:52:21 PM PST · by TET1968 · 3 replies · 517+ views
    CNet ^ | Caroline McCarthy
    "Liberal news outlet The Huffington Post has announced its latest venture funding round. The upswing: It is $25 million, not $15 million as previously rumored."
  • Obama Hatin' Alan Keyes Ain't Wrapped Too Tight (for dissin' Hussein's birth cred)

    11/25/2008 3:26:01 PM PST · by pissant · 72 replies · 2,585+ views
    Black Voices ^ | 11/25/08 | Madison Gray
    There is only one person on the political right wing that seems to have made a bigger fool of himself in the last five years than Sarah Palin and that's conservative, uh -- well, I really don't know what the hell he does for a living -- Alan Keyes. Actually he was a U.S. Ambassador under Reagan...big freakin' whoop. Now, we've long known that Keyes is a staunch defender of what he calls traditional American Christian values. In fact, he is so far gone in his fixation on making America one big Father Knows Best marathon that he makes Pat...
  • The GOP's last chance: Become Democrats (Hurl-O-Rama)

    11/11/2008 12:26:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 327+ views
    Salon ^ | November 11, 2008 | Gary Kamiya
    With all trends running against them, Republicans' only hope is to reinvent themselves as pragmatists. That, or nominate Sarah Palin and go out in a blaze of glory. Surveying the wreckage after American voters gave their party the bum's rush, Republican thinkers have pondered what went wrong, searched their souls -- and decided that the way to regain power is to move further to the right. In postmortem conferences and symposiums, in right-wing journals and Web sites, on Fox News, the overwhelming consensus among Republican analysts is that the only thing wrong with conservatism is that it isn't conservative enough....
  • The Right Needs to Get Centered

    11/09/2008 3:50:23 PM PST · by nosofar · 35 replies · 180+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    Tuesday's Republican debacle was, as the social scientists say, "over-determined." It had many causes. Was it brought on by congressional corruption, Bush administration incompetence, intellectual exhaustion or John McCain's failings as a candidate? All of the above -- and then some. In 2006, voters set out to punish Republicans for loose practices in Washington -- most spectacularly the scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- and the mishandling of the Iraq war. This year, they decided that Republicans deserved another whipping, even before the September financial meltdown added yet another black mark against the Bush administration.
  • How Better Marketing Elected Barack Obama

    11/07/2008 8:04:58 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 30 replies · 1,330+ views
    Business Week ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | John Quelch
    Obama's defeat of the heir apparent in his own party and his victory over the much-vaunted Republican machine is a remarkable achievement that owes a lot to his instinct for marketing When the book is written on this election, it should not be titled "The Making of a President," but "The Marketing of a President." Barack Obama's campaign is a case study in marketing excellence. True, it was always going to be a Democratic year. An unpopular war, an incumbent Republican president with rock bottom approval ratings, and many Republican incumbents retiring from Congress as a result all meant that...
  • Ex-Radical Talks of Education and Justice, Not Obama

    10/27/2008 4:32:09 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies · 480+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2008 | COLIN MOYNIHAN
    ...as pundits and partisans have debated the significance of his relationship with Senator Barack Obama, William Ayers has avoided the limelight, steering clear of political commentary and public pronouncements. But on Sunday afternoon, Mr. Ayers, 63, a founder of the 1960s-era radical group the Weather Underground, a former fugitive, former Chicago Citizen of the Year and current professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, appeared without fanfare at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, in Chelsea, to participate in a symposium on educational justice. snip... The two men have been described as friendly, but not close. snip...the WNYC radio...
  • Obama criticises 'ugly' tactics

    10/25/2008 2:51:26 PM PDT · by melt · 43 replies · 851+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10/25/08 | BBC
    US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has attacked his rival for negative campaigning in the final days before the election. Mr Obama, appearing in Nevada, said the "ugly phone calls, the misleading mail and TV ads, the careless, outrageous comments" were preventing change. Republican rival John McCain, aware of being behind in the polls as he spoke in New Mexico, said he was a "fighter". He told supporters not to give up hope of a White House victory. Both candidates were campaigning in western US states during the weekend. Nevada, New Mexico and Colarado were all Republican at the last...
  • Christian right intensifies attacks on Obama (APO)

    10/25/2008 2:02:13 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 69 replies · 1,768+ views
    Associated Press ^ | ERIC GORSKI and RACHEL ZOLL
    Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action. The imagined look into the future is part of an escalation in rhetoric from Christian right activists who are trying to paint Obama in the worst possible terms as the campaign heads into the...
  • ACLU Slams LAPD With Allegations of Racial Profiling (Blacks & Latinos Most Likely to be Stopped)

    10/21/2008 4:02:23 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 21 replies · 575+ views
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Oct 20, 2008 | NBC Los Angeles
    Blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to be stopped, searched and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Earlier this year, the Police Commission was told that 252 out of 320 allegations of officers confronting someone solely because of race were unfounded. The remaining cases were dropped due to insufficient evidence or a lack of evidence of misconduct. The ACLU looked at 810,000 field stops between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004. The group found there were 4,569 stops per 10,000 black...
  • Hate-filled attacks on Obama have many roots (front page 'news' on Yahoo)

    10/20/2008 10:25:02 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 17 replies · 693+ views
    WASHINGTON — An ugly line has been crossed in this presidential campaign, one in which some people don't mind calling Barack Obama a dangerous Muslim, a terrorist and worse. "To me, this all feels much worse than we've seen in some time," said Kathryn Kolbert , the president of People for the American Way , which monitors political speech. Experts agree on the reasons: Obama, the Democratic nominee, is different from any other major presidential candidate in history in many ways, and people often don't accept such change gracefully. That different background fuels many fears, said Penni Pier , who's...
  • Free-Associated Press (reporter accuses Palin of racism & reveals his own prejudices)

    10/06/2008 2:37:37 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2008 | JAMES TARANTO
    Over the weekend Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of "palling around" with terrorists--a reference to his longstanding friendship and professional association with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, husband-and-wife Chicago college professors who are unrepentant about their activities in the Weather Underground gang. According to an "analysis" by Douglass Daniel of the Associated Press, "[Palin's] attack was unsubstantiated." Palin said she got her information from the New York Times, and we suppose it says something that this isn't good enough for the AP. Odder still is Daniel's claim that Palin's statement "carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may...
  • Women Voters Prefer Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin in 2012 By a 2-to-1 Margin

    10/05/2008 10:30:10 PM PDT · by melt · 48 replies · 1,442+ views
    marketwatch.com ^ | 10/05/08 | MarketWatch.com
    NEW YORK, Oct 05, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hillary Clinton would beat Sarah Palin head-to-head by a 2-to-1 margin if the 2012 presidential election were held today, according to women voters. A national telephone survey of 600 registered women voters was conducted by Blum & Weprin from September 25 through October 3, 2008. The poll, commissioned by SheZoom.com, a new women's internet media company, is titled 'Palin vs. Clinton - You Decide.' The survey (with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points) queried women in all 50 states on their personal and political preferences pertaining to the...
  • They’re out to get you, Obama! (Ultra Barf Alert)

    10/01/2008 2:50:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Statesman ^ | October 1, 2008 | Johann Hari
    In five weeks, I hope to look back on this column with a wry chuckle at my paranoia. If the system works, Barack Obama will take the White House. The two issues John McCain is most closely associated with, invading Iraq, and deregulating the economy, have produced history-snatching catastrophes in the eyes of 80 per cent of Americans. In the first debate, McCain revealed he had nothing to say except more of the same: aggression abroad, market fundamentalist ideology at home. So why am I worried? Obama is only a few jittery points ahead in the polls, and he has...
  • To some evangelicals, Palin's career violates biblical teachings

    10/01/2008 12:27:21 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 39 replies · 1,436+ views
    LA Times ^ | Teresa Watanabe
    In a white-steepled church along a stretch in picturesque canyon country, the preacher laid out the basic blueprint of a godly marriage: Husbands lead, wives submit. Speaking recently before hundreds of worshipers at Placerita Baptist Church in Newhall, guest preacher Chris Mueller affirmed the view that loving male headship and gracious wifely submission are God's plan for spouses. Placerita, like many conservative Christian churches, teaches that a wife's role is to be her husband's helpmate (Genesis), "workers at home" (Titus) and submissive to her husband in everything (Ephesians). So how do these congregants square such teachings with their support for...
  • Immigration issue rerouted to state level as national interest wanes

    03/25/2008 6:09:56 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 392+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 23, 2008 | Howard Witt
    HOUSTON — Illegal Immigration, a hot-button populist issue that many experts had expected to top the nation's political concerns this year, has largely vanished from the presidential campaign amid waning interest from voters and mounting delays in constructing a 670-mile border fence between the United States and Mexico. Moreover, primary results and opinion polls in recent months indicate that the Republican Party's emphasis on a crackdown against illegal immigrants may be driving many Hispanic voters... At the presidential level, the three remaining contenders have little to debate on the topic...all essentially agree on the need for...measures to permit the estimated...
  • The Grand Old White Party Confronts Obama

    02/16/2008 9:30:47 PM PST · by ricks_place · 45 replies · 259+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | FRANK RICH
    THE curse continues. Regardless of party, it’s hara-kiri for a politician to step into the shadow of even a mediocre speech by Barack Obama. Senator Obama’s televised victory oration celebrating his Chesapeake primary trifecta on Tuesday night was a mechanical rehash. No matter. When the networks cut from the 17,000-plus Obama fans cheering at a Wisconsin arena to John McCain’s victory tableau before a few hundred spectators in the Old Town district of Alexandria, Va., it was a rerun of what happened to Hillary Clinton the night she lost Iowa. Senator McCain, backed by a collection of sallow-faced old Beltway...
  • Hollywood's not wasting any time (I guess Vanity)

    01/06/2008 11:34:12 AM PST · by RWB Patriot · 18 replies · 111+ views
    1-6-08 | RWB Patriot
    Well, I was browsing around Hastings a few minutes ago and what do I see? A Movie Maker magazine with an article called "Hollywood Invades Iraq". Of course, Hollywood and Iraq don't make a good mix, so I investigated...and it seems the liberals are wasting no time in generating propaganda for the 2008 election. First, we've got "Against All Enemies" which is apparently going to talk about how Bush missed warnings of 9/11 and then botched the War on Terror (I guess no one told the producers about how the planning for 9/11 started when Clinton was in office and...