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  • Abramoff says he worked with top Republicans

    03/08/2006 10:47:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff said in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine that he worked closely with many top Republicans, despite their claims to the contrary. "Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn't know me is almost certainly lying," he said in the magazine's April edition, released to reporters on Wednesday. Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January and is cooperating with prosecutors in a corruption probe that could implicate lawmakers and officials across Washington. In his plea, he admitted that he showered golf trips, sports tickets and other gifts on lawmakers...
  • Duncan Hunter Rips Clinton on Dubai Deal

    03/05/2006 11:56:35 AM PST · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,515+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/5/06 | NewsMax
    House Armed Services Committee chairman Duncan Hunter blasted former President Clinton on Sunday for advising the Dubai government on how to overcome U.S. opposition to its purchase of some operations at U.S. ports. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Hunter told host George Stephanopoulos: "In our hearing just two days ago, your former boss, President Clinton, was referred to by the president of the ports [company] as having made a phone call to the Emir of Dubai." Hunter noted that the Emir "is the sole stockholder and the director of this company and President Clinton gave him advice on who he...
  • Cunningham sentenced to 8 years, 4 months, ordered to make over $1 million in restitution

    03/03/2006 3:00:34 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 76 replies · 1,806+ views
    KOGO, AM600, San Diego | March 3, 2006
    Just announced: Duke Cunningham was sentenced to 8 years, 4 months in prison, and ordered to make over $1 million in restitution.
  • Former Congressman Gets Eight-Plus Years [Duke Cunningham]

    03/03/2006 3:15:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,187+ views
    AP ^ | 3/3/6 | SETH HETTENA
    SAN DIEGO -- Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who collected $2.4 million in homes, yachts, antique furnishings and other bribes on a scale unparalleled in the history of Congress, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in prison, the longest term ever meted out to a congressman.
  • Lobbyist's Credit Card Bill Outs DeLay Trip

    03/02/2006 3:54:17 PM PST · by wjersey · 28 replies · 1,099+ views
    ABC news ^ | 3/2/2006 | Brian Ross
    The paper trail seems so obvious it makes you wonder whether anyone ever worried about getting caught. When Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and his wife flew from Houston to a golf resort in Scotland in June 2000, the first-class airfare cost $14,001, a big-ticket item for a public servant. But someone else paid. The American Express bills of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January, show he footed the bill for the tickets, in an apparent violation of House ethics rules. "The source of the travel expenses may not be ... a registered lobbyist," according to...
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • Scott Ritter: Iran Only Wants Peaceful Nuclear Power

    02/07/2006 7:12:56 PM PST · by freedom44 · 131 replies · 2,502+ views
    Threatswatch ^ | 2/07/06 | Threatswatch
    Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, promoting his book in New Mexico, said that Iran simply wants peaceful nuclear power, not nuclear weapons, and that US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, already has a speech written for the coming US nuclear bombing of Iran. “We just don’t know when, but it’s going to happen,” Scott Ritter said to a crowd of about 150 at the James A. Little Theater on Sunday night. Ritter described how the U.S. government might justify war with Iran in a scenario similar to the buildup to the Iraq invasion. He also argued that Iran...
  • Biden Silent on Reid Stepping Down

    01/29/2006 2:28:02 PM PST · by george76 · 232 replies · 9,393+ views
    Red State ^ | Jan 29th, 2006 | Nick Danger
    Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) failed today to address rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader. Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from Indian tribes linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Appearing on CNN's Late Edition, Biden avoided discussing either the Reid situation or any upcoming changes in Senate Democratic leadership. Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes...
  • Rep. Ney: 'If I'm indicted, I'm running'

    01/21/2006 6:32:45 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies · 857+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2006 | Jackie Kucinich
    Embattled Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) said Thursday he will run for re-election even if he is indicted for his connections to disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
  • Attacking lobbyists wrong battle

    01/18/2006 11:04:48 AM PST · by Marxbites · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Townhall ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Walter E. Williams
    Attacking lobbyists wrong battle Jan 18, 2006 by Walter E. Williams Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist who's pled guilty to charges of conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, has showered millions of dollars on the campaign coffers of both Republican and Democrat congressmen. Like a kid caught with his hands in the cookie jar, many congressmen seek to distance themselves by purging their coffers of Abramoff money. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., in reaction to Abramoff's guilty plea, has pledged to "examine and act on any necessary changes to improve transparency and accountability for our body when it comes to...
  • -- Republican Bob Ney is in talks to quit a key committee chairmanship

    01/13/2006 2:39:09 PM PST · by cjohnson7771 · 24 replies · 1,005+ views
    -- Republican Bob Ney is in talks to quit a key committee chairmanship, which would make him the 2nd casualty of the Abramoff scandal. Watch CNN or log on to and watch FREE video, plus live, commercial-free video with CNN Pipeline. More Americans watch CNN. More Americans trust CNN.
  • Abramoff-linked probe focuses on 5 lawmakers

    01/11/2006 12:12:43 AM PST · by YaYa123 · 48 replies · 1,981+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wed, 11 January | Jerry Seper, Amy Hudson
    A Justice Department investigation into influence-peddling on Capitol Hill is focusing on a "first tier" of lawmakers and staffers, both Republicans and Democrats, say sources close to the probe that has netted guilty pleas from lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Law-enforcement authorities and others said the investigation's opening phase is scrutinizing Sens. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican; Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; and Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, along with Reps. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, and Bob Ney, Ohio Republican. A source working with the Justice Department on the investigation told The Washington Times that Abramoff was questioned during several interviews...
  • The Abramoff Scandal (R., Beltway) It’s the Republicans, stupid.

    01/10/2006 8:59:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 93 replies · 2,657+ views
    NRO ^ | January 10, 2006 | Rich Lowry
    Republicans are looking for "their" John McCain. The popular Arizona maverick is already a Republican, of course. But the GOP needs a McCain in the "Keating Five" sense. Back in 1990, Senate Democrats roped McCain into the scandal over savings and loan kingpin Charles Keating on tenuous grounds, just so not all the senators involved would be Democrats. The GOP now craves such bipartisan cover in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Republicans trumpet every Democratic connection to Abramoff in the hope that something resonates. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), took more than $60,000 from Abramoff clients! North Dakota Democratic...
  • GOP Lawmaker Defends Abramoff

    01/09/2006 5:14:03 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 22 replies · 917+ views ^ | 10 January 2006
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., came to the defense of disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff on Monday, saying he's a good person who's been unjustly criticized. "They're portraying Jack as a monster. I see him more as a good person who's done bad things and has to be punished for doing bad things," Rohrabacher, a longtime friend of Abramoff, said in a phone interview. "I think that he obviously has done some things that are wrong and illegal and he's going to have to pay the price for it," Rohrabacher said. "I think that a lot of other things...
  • Bringing faith into contempt [Jack Abramoff ]

    01/09/2006 7:15:27 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 866+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-9-06 | Jeff Jacoby
    By his own admission, Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a crook. But that isn't the worst that can be said about him. He defrauded his clients of millions of dollars, bribed public officials, cheated on his tax returns, and deceived lenders to qualify for a loan. But that isn't the worst that can be said about him, either. He made himself at home in and contributed to the swamp of corruption that fills Washington with its stench. His e-mails to cronies, with messages like "Can you smell money?!?!?!" and "I'd love us to get our mitts on that moolah!!", oozed...
  • House Members Worried over Cunningham Wire Report

    01/08/2006 8:39:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 147 replies · 3,632+ views ^ | 9 January 2006 | Paul Rodriguez and Anthony Kimery,
    Top Republicans in the House are buzzing - and scrambling - at news alleging that Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a former San Diego congressman who's pled guilty to bribery and other illegal activities, was wearing a wire for the FBI during the summer and early fall of 2005. The undercover operation, according to senior Justice and federal law enforcement, is part of a broadening investigation into the Jack Abramoff bribes-for-favors scandal now roiling Washington. The disgraced former lawmaker initially began cooperating with federal investigators after they uncovered evidence of his illegal acceptance of bribes in cash and luxury items from at...
  • Complete 911 Timeline: Able Danger program

    01/07/2006 11:47:17 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 14 replies · 1,984+ views ^ | Center for Cooperative Research
    A report commissioned in mid-1999 by Rep. Curt Weldon (R) looks into possible Chinese front companies in the US seeking technology for the Chinese military. Dr. Eileen Preisser and Michael Maloof are commissioned to make the report. Dr. Preisser, who runs the Information Dominance Center at the US Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) and will later become closely tied to Able Danger, uses LIWA's data mining capabilities to search unclassified information. According to Maloof, their results show Chinese front companies in the US posing as US corporations that acquire technology from US defense contractors. When the study is completed...
  • More Lawmakers Drop Abramoff-Linked Funds

    01/06/2006 8:52:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 396+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/06 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - Fallout from the Jack Abramoff scandal continued Friday as more lawmakers said they will donate to charity campaign contributions related to the disgraced lobbyist. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said they plan to donate to charity a total of nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions they received from tribes connected to Abramoff, who pleaded guilty this week to felony charges in a wide-ranging political corruption investigation. Cantwell will be donating nearly $18,000, and Santorum, about $11,000. Sen. Mark Pryor (news, bio, voting record), D-Ark., meanwhile, said he is returning $3,800 in contributions he received from former...
  • Disgraced Congressman 'Wore a Wire'

    01/06/2006 11:45:29 AM PST · by GaltMeister · 161 replies · 5,642+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Jan. 06, 2006 | TIMOTHY J. BURGER
    Washington's power players have always bragged about being well-wired, but for disgraced former congressman Duke Cunningham, "wired" wasn't just a figure of speech. In a week when legislators are focused on the question of who else might be brought down by ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s cooperation with prosecutors as he seeks lenient sentencing over his two federal guilty pleas this week, sources tell TIME that ex-Rep. Cunningham wore a wire to help investigators gather evidence against others just before copping his own plea.
  • Gingrich Blasts Republican "Teamwork"

    01/06/2006 6:31:53 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 44 replies · 1,267+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 5, 2006 | Rolling Stone
    Gingrich Blasts Republican "Teamwork" Newt Gingrich, the original architect of the Republican Revolution, is obviously dismayed to see his handiwork going up in flames. Even so, the force with which Newt is blasting his party's corruption woes is surprising. As he told Bloomberg: The Abramoff scandal has to be seen as part of a much larger and deeper problem. It's not about lobbyist corruption. You can't have a corrupt lobbyist without a corrupt member or corrupt staff. This was a team effort. There are a series of behaviors, a series of attitudes, a series of crony-like activities that are not...
  • Hillary Clinton Caught with Abramoff Cash

    01/05/2006 6:04:46 PM PST · by doctorhugo · 56 replies · 1,956+ views ^ | Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 12:52 a.m. EST | Carl Limbacher
    Hillary Clinton Caught with Abramoff CashUnlike many in her party, 2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been silent about the influence peddling scandal erupting around lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose plea bargain with the Justice Department is said to have more than a few on Capitol Hill quaking in their boots. Now we know why. Turns out, Mrs. Clinton is among the dozens of Democrats who accepted Mr. Abramoff's tainted contributions. Clinton spokeswoman Ann Lewis told The Buffalo News on Thursday that "after examining our records we found two contributions for $1,000 from tribes which have been clients of Jack Abramoff...
  • Blanco: Louisiana not getting fair share of aid

    01/05/2006 4:44:24 PM PST · by Ellesu · 92 replies · 1,576+ views ^ | 01/05/06
    NEW ORLEANS -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco complained on Thursday that Louisiana is not getting its fair share of hurricane aid from the federal government. Blanco said that Louisiana suffered 70 percent of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina but that it is not getting an equivalent amount in aid. "We are all American citizens, we cannot allow ourselves to be treated like second-class citizens," the governor said during an update on rebuilding to the New Orleans city council. Sam Jones, Blanco's deputy director of community programs, pointed out that Louisiana got only $6.2 billion out of $11.5 billion in Community...
  • Microsoft censors Chinese blogger

    01/04/2006 2:19:01 PM PST · by Panerai · 12 replies · 447+ views
    Cnet ^ | 01/04/2006
    Microsoft has admitted to removing the blog of an outspoken Chinese journalist from its MSN Spaces site, citing its policy of adhering to local laws. The blog, written by Zhao Jing, also known as Michael Anti, was removed from MSN servers on Dec. 31, according to investigative journalist and former CNN reporter Rebecca Mackinnon. She claimed that the blog was actively removed by MSN staff rather than being blocked by Chinese authorities. A Microsoft representative told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that it blocked Anti's MSN Space blog to help ensure that the service complied with local laws in China. "MSN...
  • How they got caught: After lobbyist broke up, ex-fiancee told of illicit dealings to FBI

    01/03/2006 8:18:28 PM PST · by summer · 47 replies · 1,772+ views
    from a liberal site | Jan 3, 2006 | Jason Leopold
    Emily J. Miller, former Communications Director for Tom Delay -- Scanlon ditched her to marry another woman; she then talked to the FBI Michael Scanlon found himself at the center of one of the biggest political scandals in Washington history as a result of cheating and lying—but not the type involving the numerous clients he was paid to lobby Congress for, former coworkers and friends of his ex-fiancee say. Scanlon was implicated in the Abramoff scandal by his former thirtysomething fiancee, Emily J. Miller, whom he met in the late 1990s while working as communications director for former House Majority...
  • Jack Abramoff: the BIG Story For 2006?

    01/03/2006 6:20:04 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 29 replies · 1,759+ views
    Conservatown News ^ | 1/3/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    Everyone is saying so. From The Daily Kos, to Juan Williams of Fox News, to Rush Limbaugh, the buzz is all about how badly the revelations of Jack Abramoff’s lobbying corruption will hurt the GOP in 2006. With his double dealing, his supplying large sums of money, trips and other gifts to members of Congress, and his apparent bilking of millions from various American Indian tribes who wished Congress to favorably review their gambling interests the Abramoff scandal seems like a political powder keg just waiting to go off. Rabid Republican haters, like the Daily Kos, are gleefully rubbing their...
  • Abramoff To Plead Guilty

    01/03/2006 6:38:25 AM PST · by dogbyte12 · 287 replies · 14,299+ views
    CNN ^ | 1-4-06 | CNN
    Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a close associate of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, to plead guilty to corruption, other charges, source tells CNN. That is the teaser on CNN. CNN reported that Abramoff has agreed to a prison sentence of a maximum of 10 years, pending his full co-operation with the justice department. Updates will follow.
  • Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate (20 Congressmembers Under Investigation!)

    01/03/2006 3:42:41 PM PST · by CarlEOlsoniii · 161 replies · 5,395+ views ^ | 2.02.06 | Mark Sherman
    Once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress. In a heavily scripted court appearance, Abramoff agreed with U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle when she said he had engaged in a conspiracy involving "corruption of public officials." The lobbyist also agreed when she said he and others had engaged in a scheme to provide campaign contributions, trips and other items "in exchange for certain official acts." "Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my...
  • Republican Strategist Is Taking Heat for Taking Mexico as Client

    12/28/2005 9:16:20 AM PST · by summer · 74 replies · 1,378+ views
    The NYT ^ | December 28, 2005 | SIMON ROMERO
    Rob Allyn ...A longtime Republican strategist, Mr. Allyn has found himself in the cross hairs of conservative critics in the last week after signing a contract with Mexico's foreign ministry to lead a campaign to strengthen the country's image in the United States. A CNN anchor asked Mr. Allyn whether Mexico was "dabbling in U.S. policy" by hiring him as a marketer. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, describing Mexico as a "corrupt, chaotic country" with 40 percent unemployment (it is closer to 4 percent) told him in another interview that he had his work cut out for him... Mr. Allyn's...
  • Have Anti-Father Family Court Policies Led to a Men's Marriage Strike?

    07/07/2002 10:55:29 PM PDT · by FreedomFriend · 210 replies · 1,653+ views ^ | 07/05/02 | Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson
    Kathleen is attractive, successful, witty, and educated. She also can't find a husband. Why? Because most of the men this thirty-something software analyst dates do not want to get married. These men have Peter Pan Syndrome--they refuse to commit, refuse to settle down, and refuse to "grow up." However, given the family court policies and divorce trends of today, Peter Pan is no naive boy, but instead a wise man. "Why should I get married and have kids when I could lose those kids and most of what I've worked for at a moment's notice?" asks Dan, a 31 year-old...

    12/27/2005 10:42:05 AM PST · by proud republican woman · 569 replies · 16,623+ views
    Freeper | December 27, 2005 | Proud Republican Woman, zotted by Archpriestess Helga, Church of the Viking Kittens
    After reading all of the crap that people have been saying regarding Adult Private Social Clubs, I felt that I had to post an article and give my opinion. I am sick and tired of all the religous groups that are saying that there are drugs, prostitution, minors, non-consenting people, and just immoral people at these clubs! First of all, who do these people think they are to decide what is morally right or wrong for me? I believe that I have a good set of morals. I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen, I work full time and...
  • Columnist Resigns His Post, Admitting Lobbyist Paid Him

    12/16/2005 10:24:07 PM PST · by Mojave · 51 replies · 1,677+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2005 | ANNE E. KORNBLUT and PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - A senior scholar at the Cato Institute, the respected libertarian research organization, has resigned after revelations that he took payments from the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for writing columns favorable to his clients.
  • Bad Boys (FBI finds "deserting" police on New Orleans payroll don't exist)

    09/28/2005 1:11:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 848 replies · 39,375+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 27, 2005 | Tony Snow
    <p>Hours before New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass announced his resignation, Tony relayed some hot information he had heard from his Capitol Hill sources. It regarded an FBI investigation currently under way.</p> <p>You can go to the source above and listen to that segment of his radio show.</p>
  • Air America Radio Makes Email Pitch for Cash

    09/24/2005 10:08:12 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 47 replies · 9,644+ views
    CNS News ^ | September 23, 2005 | Nathan Burchfiel
    The liberal Air America Radio network this week announced the launch of a fundraising project to help its struggling programs expand into more markets. In an e-mail to supporters, the network announced the Air America Associates program, which encourages donors to give $50, $100 or $250 to the company. "When we launched the Air America Radio network one year ago," the e-mail states, "the country was being talked to death by conservative zealots like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and others." Since its launch in March 2004, Air America has expanded from 16 stations to 70 stations, and states...
  • Wrong man paying Scott Peterson's mistress child support

    09/21/2005 1:02:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 112 replies · 3,307+ views
    AP ^ | 9/21/5
    Fresno -- The mistress of convicted murderer Scott Peterson is back in the spotlight after a DNA test showed that her first child was not fathered by the man who has been paying child support. Fresno hairstylist Anthony Flores, 29, has been paying Frey $175 a month for nearly four years, his attorney, Glenn Wilson, said Wednesday. The father of the 4-year-old girl is actually Fresno restaurant owner Christopher Funch, Wilson said. No one answered the telephone at Porky's Rib House on Wednesday, and Funch did not have a listed home number. "You'd think that Amber Frey's notoriety would have...
  • Banking on illegal immigrants.. Banks providing home loans to undocumented U.S. residents...

    08/08/2005 1:11:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 1,573+ views ^ | 8/8/05 | Shaheen Pasha
    NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The banking industry is opening its doors to a controversial new market: illegal immigrants. Despite heated political debate in Washington over illegal immigration in the United States, an increasing number of banks are seeing an untapped resource for growing their own revenue stream and contend that providing undocumented residents with mortgages will help revitalize local communities. It's a win-win situation, they say. But skeptics worry about the message these home loans send to illegal immigrants: break our laws and we'll reward you with a home. "It's institutionalizing illegality," said Marti Dinerstein, president of Immigration Matters, a...
  • Mortgages for Illegal Aliens Encouraged by FDIC

    08/03/2005 6:10:52 AM PDT · by jackbenimble · 60 replies · 2,182+ views
    The Common Voice ^ | August 3, 2005 | Diane M. Grassi
    The mainstream press has only recently begun to cover the failure of the federal government’s obligation to seriously address the security of the borders of the United States with respect to illegal immigration. Largely due to the launch of the Minute Man Project which took place in April 2005 in a southern border ‘neighborhood watch’ in Arizona, the media was forced to cover the event as it was a symbol of the majority of Americans who believe that the borders should be secured and that U.S. laws should be observed. For those not fully immersed in the matter however, it...
  • Target Resurrects 'Baby Got Back'

    08/03/2005 5:24:01 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 76 replies · 2,192+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | August 2, 2005 | AP
    Target Resurrects 'Baby Got Back'POSTED: 10:16 pm EDT August 2, 2005 NEW YORK -- Remember "Baby Got Back?" It's back -- this time in a cleaned-up version being used by Target department stores to hawk back-to-school wares, like backpacks. But wait, wasn't that song about the well-endowed female derriere? Yes, but it now has a "G-rated" pedigree, thanks to some careful editing from the Target ad people. Some might be put off by the campaign -- after all, MTV even barred the song during the daytime because of the rump-shaking women in the video. But ad executives tell the New...
  • CAFTA live debate/vote thread

    07/27/2005 5:42:46 PM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 763 replies · 12,290+ views
    C-SPAN | July 27, 2005 | U.S. House of Representatives
    Two hours of debate on CAFTA began a few minutes ago. The vote, if the schedule holds, should be sometime around 10:30 PM EDT. FReepers have sharp differences here, and the issue doesn't cut cleanly across liberal/conservative lines (however we define those terms). Hopefully, opinions can be set forth in a civil manner.
  • McCain to propose fining illegal immigrants, but let them stay

    04/21/2005 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 60 replies · 859+ views
    WASHINGTON Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy are putting together an immigration bill that would subject illegal immigrants to fines, but allow them to stay in the country and earn a chance to apply for permanent residency.
  • Cable Companies Provide Porn While Funding Politicians

    02/08/2005 3:02:16 PM PST · by repinwi · 17 replies · 592+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 7, 2005 | By JAKE TAPPER and AVERY MILLER
    Critics Say Politicians Morally Obligated to Refuse Donations While its previous owners considered adult entertainment "immoral," Adelphia Communications Corp., the country's fifth-largest cable television provider, last week became the first to offer hard-core adult films on pay-per-view to its subscribers. (snip) According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Comcast Cable has given millions in political donations since 1998. The national Republican Party committees are its biggest organizational recipient, with donations totaling $851,000. President Bush is its biggest individual recipient with $109,000 in donations. Adelphia has given $166,000 to Republican committees, $17,000 to conservative Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., and $12,000 to...
  • ASCAP Launches Infringement Actions against Establishments Performing Music without Permission

    01/26/2005 3:01:13 PM PST · by Brian Mosely · 53 replies · 1,263+ views
    Prnewswire ^ | Monday January 24, 1:27 pm ET
    Press Release Source: ASCAP ASCAP Launches Infringement Actions against Establishments Performing Copyrighted Music without Permission Monday January 24, 1:27 pm ET NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2005--Today, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers filed 24 separate copyright infringement actions against nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in 15 states and the District of Columbia. These establishments (listed below) have publicly performed the copyrighted musical works of ASCAP's songwriter, composer and music publisher members without receiving their permission to do so, resulting in lost income. "Informing business owners of their obligations under Federal Copyright Law is one of ASCAP's key roles," said...
  • THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS (Michelle Malkin tells of a THIRD Columnist paid by the Administration)

    01/27/2005 8:08:32 PM PST · by Stoat · 63 replies · 2,210+ views
    Michelle Malkin's Blog ^ | January 27, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS  By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 27, 2005 10:03 PM  Salon, not exactly my favorite publication, is now reporting that there's a third conservative columnist who took money from the Bush administration without disclosing it. From Eric Boehlert: And three makes a trend. One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column,...

    01/25/2005 6:32:30 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 119 replies · 2,596+ views ^ | Jan 25, 2005 | by staff reports
    IN VIRGINIA: DOUBLE JEOPARDY FOR SPEEDINGJan 25, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby staff reportsFreeMarketNews.Com, Jan. 25, 2005 - A bill has been introduced into the Virginia House of Delegates that would place an additional penalty on motorists who have received speeding tickets. The bill, cosponsored by two Republicans, Thomas Rust and David Albo, would add so-called “abuser fees.” A driver convicted of exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph in Virginia, would normally pay a fine of $100 with $50 in court costs, and have their license suspended for 90 days. The new plan would levy an additional $750 in fines on...