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  • New Israel FM strikes hard line on peace talks (Note The MSM Bias Alert)

    04/01/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 478+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/01/2009 | AFP
    Israel is not bound by the 2007 relaunch of US-backed peace talks with the Palestinians, new Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday, striking a hard line on his first day in office. Lieberman's rejection of the agreement signed in Annapolis, Maryland signalled a hawkish new approach to the peace process that could put Israel at odds with the international community and main ally the United States.
  • Envious (Liberal Talk Radio Host) Ed Schultz Likens Limbaugh to Hitler

    03/05/2009 5:12:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies · 1,350+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 5, 2009 | Jack Coleman
    Deep down, Ed Schultz is shallow, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker. Case in point: Schultz's trite, cliched comparison of conservative talker Rush Limbaugh's remarks before a boisterous CPAC audience with Hitler addressing a Nazi rally. Schultz, the top-rated liberal radio host in the nation, watched Limbaugh's speech on TV last weekend -- with the sound turned down -- and was convinced he saw "striking" parallels to the German dictator. Here's what Schultz said on Monday's show, preceding his criticism of Limbaugh with praise for the late radio giant Paul Harvey (click here for audio) -- He was looked up to...
  • Rush To Judgment (Mark Steyn On RNC Chairman's Michael Steele's View Of Rush Limbaugh Alert)

    03/03/2009 9:41:56 AM PST · by goldstategop · 60 replies · 2,388+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/03/2009 | Mark Steyn
    Kathryn, in all the Rush-bashing, I was more disturbed by Michael Steele's wretched performance. His initial reaction — that Rush's show is "incendiary" and "ugly" — revealed: a) that he never listens to it; b) that he takes his cues from the mainstream media, for whom Rush is invariably "angry". They don't listen either. Rush is a lot of things, but "angry" isn't one of them. If you catch him for 20 minutes, you know he's full of fun, laughing it up, having a grand old time. There are a lot of angry talkshow hosts out there bellowing at the...
  • Headless Body In Gutless Press (Mark Steyn On Honor Killings And The MSM Alert)

    02/15/2009 5:06:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 3,024+ views
    National Review ^ | 2/15/2009 | Mark Steyn
    Just asking, but are beheadings common in western New York? I used to spend a lot of time in that neck of the woods and I don't remember decapitation as a routine form of murder. Yet the killing of Aasiya Hassan seems to have elicited a very muted response. When poor Mrs Hassan's husband launched his TV network to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims, he had no difficulty generating column inches, as far afield as The Columbus Dispatch, The Detroit Free Press, The San Jose Mercury News, Variety, NBC News, the Voice of America and the Canadian Press. The Rochester...
  • Guess Who Cares About Dead Palestinians? Jews! (Israel's War In Gaza Is A Moral War Alert)

    01/12/2009 9:23:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 996+ views ^ | 1/13/2009 | Dennis Prager
    For those individuals -- such as nearly all members of the world news media -- who, in light of Israel's invasion of Gaza -- see moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians, here are some clarifying thoughts. First, it would be difficult nearly to the point of impossibility, to find Israeli or other Jews who celebrate the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Jews both within and outside of Israel cringe when they see pictures of dead Palestinian men, women, and children in Gaza. For thousands of years at their Passover seders, Jews have removed wine from their cups to ceremonially weep...
  • Bush rule will allow guns in national parks

    12/12/2008 1:16:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 1,173+ views
    Editorials Executive order reverses 25-year-old ban to let park visitors carrying loaded guns National parks are supposed to be sanctuaries, not only for people, but for wildlife as well. But the possibility that the peace and tranquility of federal parklands will be violated has increased with the latest executive order by President Bush that will allow concealed loaded weapons in federal parks and wildlife refuges. The new rule reverses the ban on loaded weapons in federal parks that was signed by President Ronald Reagan more than 25 years ago. If this is the legacy that Bush wants to leave the...
  • Silence=Acceptance (Mark Steyn Explains Islam's Judeophobia Alert)

    12/06/2008 10:25:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 35 replies · 1,396+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2008 | Mark Steyn
    Shortly after the London Tube bombings in 2005, a reader of Tim Blair, the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s columnar wag, sent him a note-perfect parody of a typical newspaper headline: “British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow’s Train Bombing.” Indeed. And so it goes. This time round — Bombay — it was the Associated Press that filed a story about how Muslims “found themselves on the defensive once again about bloodshed linked to their religion.” ' Oh, I don’t know about that. In fact, you’d be hard pressed from most news reports to figure out the bloodshed was “linked” to any religion,...
  • The Most Overlooked News Story Of 2008 (Why, Its The Victory In Iraq, Stupid Alert)

    11/30/2008 10:11:34 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 712+ views ^ | 12/01/2008 | Chuck Norris
    Have you noticed lately that mainstream media are giving less attention to the war in Iraq, especially concerning our troops progress? CNSNews recently reported that, "There were only two front page New York Times stories that mentioned "Iraq" in the headline in October 2008 – there were 11 in October 2006 and 17 in October 2004. … The Washington Post ran four front-page stories that had headlines using the word "Iraq" in October 2008 – in October 2006 there were 17 stories, and 27 stories in October 2004." (Was it coincidental timing that, when George Bush was up for re-election...
  • The Ugly Backlash Over Prop. 8 (The Liberal Media Will Never Get It Alert)

    11/22/2008 12:34:35 AM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 2,274+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/21/2008 | John Diaz
    A supporter of Proposition 8, fed up with what he believed was the gay community's and "liberal media's" refusal to accept the voters' verdict, fired off a letter to the editor. "Please show respect for democracy," he wrote, in a letter we published. What he encountered instead was an utter lack of respect for free speech. Within hours, the intimidation game was on. Because his real name and city were listed - a condition for publication of letters to The Chronicle - opponents of Prop. 8 used Internet search engines to find the letter writer's small business, his Web site...
  • The Courts And Prop. 8 (The Dog Trainer's Diatribe Against Traditional Marriage Supporters Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:29:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,119+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Los Angeles Times Masthead Editorial
    Although we too will welcome the day that Proposition 8 is consigned to history and the right to same-sex marriage is restored to Californians, we are sorry to see that the court agreed to take the cases directly, rather than letting this issue percolate up through the lower courts. We see no reason for the haste, despite the intensity of emotion roused by the measure's defeat.In fact, that very heatedness is a reason for the court to move slowly, allowing it to rule under cooler circumstances. Similarly, painful though it is to see Proposition 8 take effect, we agree with...
  • Try Doing Talk Radio, Senator Hagel (El Rushbo Issues Challenge To RINO Hagel Alert)

    11/19/2008 6:15:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 687+ views
    Rush ^ | 11/19/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, Chuck Hagel, who has made the decision to retire from the United States Senate, a Republican Senator from Nebraska, has taken on the leader of the conservative movement. HAGEL: Every country out there has their know-nothing party. And of course we're much educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh and others. I wish those people would run for office. They have so much to contribute and so much leadership, and they have an answer for everything, and they'd be elected overwhelmingly if Rush would run for anything or any of those people. They love just...
  • What The Times Forgot to Mention about California’s Marriage Amendment

    11/19/2008 11:32:23 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 20 replies · 2,091+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | November 18, 2008 | Don Feder
    An article in The New York Times reports that Attorney General Jerry Brown has asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on the legality of a voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “The central argument in the recently filed lawsuits is that Proposition 8 is a significant enough revision to the State Constitution to require approval by the legislature,” the article stated. It also noted that the passage of Proposition 8 “has prompted protests across the country.” Here’s what the paper that makes all the news fit its agenda forgot to mention:...
  • Hypocrite ESPN Pretty Boy Calls Non-Obama Voters "Racist" (Free Republic Mention Alert)

    11/17/2008 11:18:25 AM PST · by goldstategop · 39 replies · 2,623+ views
    Debbie ^ | 11/17/2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    Commenter "scottinoc" wrote on Free Republic: On the discussion of why there aren't "enough" African American coaches in college football, Chris Fowler discussed the lure of big money NFL contracts for black assistant coaches, etc, then the discussion naturally gravitated to the racism angle, "behind the scenes". "Among those behind-the-scenes financial backers of big universities, there may not know...that many people who voted for Obama..." Sheesh, now I can't even watch ESPN college football gameday without being told that I'm racist for not voting for Obama. Thanks, Chris. Look in the mirror. And look at your own network and...
  • Emanuel Has "Sharp Elbows", But We Have "Right Wing Rage" (New MSM Anti-conservative Meme Alert)

    11/07/2008 3:54:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 1,441+ views
    Rush ^ | 11/7/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to take you back to an Associated Press story, Thursday, December 27th of 2007, a little less than year ago. AP-Obama: "Barack Obama declared today that he is the only candidate who can bring true change in Washington, hoping to persuade Iowa voters to give him the first victory in the Democrat presidential race. Making his case against Hillary Clinton without naming her," and this is the money part of the story, Obama said, "The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result." So...

    11/04/2008 3:22:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 2,295+ views
    Rush ^ | 11/4/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you what to look for. I'll tell you what I'm looking for today. In the first place I'm getting all kinds of reports from all over the country about turnout, and in some places it's low. For example, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, no lines whatsoever, which is unusual. My spy for the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I mean that's Moscow, folks, Moscow on the Hudson, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and you would figure there would be lines out the wazoo up there to vote for Obama,...
  • Lorraine X On Election Eve (Rush's Favorite Bete Noire Plays The Race Card Alert)

    11/03/2008 3:21:12 PM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 1,509+ views
    Rush ^ | 11/3/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Lorraine in San Diego. Hi, Lorraine, nice to have you on the program. Welcome. CALLER: Hi. Well, Rush, on this election eve, I'm going to put on my commentator hat today and provide you with my Election Day prediction, but first, Rush, I'd like to remind and refresh the memory of conservatives listening today that Rush Limbaugh had warned you people that John McCain was a setup and was the hand picked candidate that Democrats like me wanted to run against, so many Democrats crossed over to vote for McCain during the primary to assure that he received...
  • Our Enemy The Media (Don Feder On The MSM's Adoration Of The One Alert)

    11/02/2008 8:03:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 816+ views
    Don ^ | 11/1/2008 | Don Feder
    Based on her interview with Sen. Joe Biden, we may assume that WFTV, Orlando Anchor Barbara West: 1. Did not graduate from a school of communications, 2. Will never receive an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, 3. Is unlikely to be employed by The New York Times in the foreseeable future, and 4. Will soon be working with Joe the Plumber, installing bathroom fixtures. Silly rabbit -- Didn’t West know that tough questions are reserved for Republicans? Yet, there she was asking old leaden-tongued Joe how his running mate’s spread-the-wealth platform differed from standard Marxist redistributionism (from each...
  • Brokaw And Rose: Who Is Obama? (Two MSM Journalists Talk About Obama The Empty Suit Alert)

    10/31/2008 3:48:51 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 3,338+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/31/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, on Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS. Are they doing their pledge drive yet? Is PBS doing their drive? Because, you know, "Without your Pledge, we cannot dust." He had on Tom Brokaw last night, ladies and gentlemen. Here's a montage. Now, this is last night. As you listen to this, keep in mind everything you've heard from Brokaw and others in the Drive-Bys can for the past six months, three months, two months or whatever. This is a montage of Charlie Rose and Brokaw trying to figure out who Obama is. ROSE: I don't know what...
  • El Rushbo's Gut Starts To Speak! (Things Are Heading In The Right Direction Alert)

    10/31/2008 3:38:41 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies · 2,348+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/31/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: My gut is starting to talk to me, ladies and gentlemen. As you know and as I discussed over the course of the previous week, my gut was not giving me any indication whatsoever, and my gut started talking to me last night. Barack is headed back to Iowa. That should be a lock. It's a dead heat. Sarah Palin headed there on Monday, to Dubuque. Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Nevada -- well throw Pennsylvania out of there -- Florida, Ohio, Nevada, look like pretty good McCain certainties here, pretty good, depending on who you listen to. It's Friday, and...
  • TV Network Bias (Obamedia Will Call States Early For The One, Late For McCain On Election Night)

    10/25/2008 3:33:12 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies · 1,176+ views
    Post your thoughts here regarding TV news bias on Election Night. It was bad enough in 2000 and got worse in 2004. This time, the TV networks will mount a lovefest to the One!

    10/22/2008 3:18:41 PM PDT · by Syncro · 72 replies · 3,737+ views ^ | October 22, COULTER 2008 | Ann Coulter
    AYERS: RADICAL LOON WHEN OBAMA WAS ONLY 47October 22, 2008 The media are acting as if they completely and fully vetted Obama during the Democratic primaries and that's why they are entitled to send teams of researchers into Alaska to analyze Sarah Palin's every expense report. In fact, the mainstream media did no vetting. They seem to have all agreed, "OK, none of us will get into this business with Jeremiah Wright, 'Tony' Rezko, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and everyone's impression of an angry Michelle Obama on 'The Jerry Springer Show.'" During one of the Democratic primary debates, Hillary Clinton...
  • 84% Say They'd Never Lie To A Pollster (Ann Coulter: What The October Polls Really Mean Alert)

    10/15/2008 4:16:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 85 replies · 4,118+ views
    Ann ^ | 10/15/2008 | Ann Coulter
    With an African-American running for President this year, there has been a lot of chatter about the "Bradley effect," allowing the media to wail about institutional racism in America. Named after Tom Bradley, who lost his election for California governor in 1982 despite a substantial lead in the polls, the Bradley effect says that black candidates will poll much stronger than the actual election results. First of all, if true, this is the opposite of racism: It is fear of being accused of racism. For most Americans, there is nothing more terrifying than the prospect of being called a racist....
  • Scared CNN Libs Play Race Card (Rush: Libs Sweating Bullets For Obama Alert)

    10/08/2008 4:04:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 2,160+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/08/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This series of post-debate comments of people on CNN is interesting, 'cause, you know, you look at the polls here today, it's very odd, I thought this was all over, I coulda sworn it was. Everybody keeps telling me it's over. You'd think Obama had a 15 to ten-point lead. But he doesn't. What's going on here frankly is the American people are, as I said yesterday, focusing on Obama, and they are not comfortable with him. They are not comfortable with his massive government approaches to everything; not comfortable with his Mr. Cool attitude and his growing cockiness;...
  • It Ain't Over: Boring Debate Confirms Obama... (Rush: Drag Yosemite Sam Over The Finish Line Alert)

    10/08/2008 3:51:05 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 38 replies · 2,215+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/08/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What a sad state journalism must have to be in. We know it is, but it was on display last night, the sad state of journalism. You know it's bad when they have to drag Tom Brokaw out of Jurassic Park to moderate the debate. What happened to Brian Williams? What happened to Charlie Gibson? What happened to Katie Couric? Why go to Jurassic Park? Folks, I am sitting here, all I can do today is laugh. I've been having so much fun getting ready for today's show and I'm going to share it with you, greetings, great to...
  • Gotcha Questions For Katie And Her Colleagues (The MSM And Red State America Alert)

    10/07/2008 4:35:43 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 1,068+ views ^ | 10/07/2008 | Dennis Prager
    Just as Charlie Gibson did in his interview with Sarah Palin, Katie Couric set out to humiliate the Republican vice-presidential candidate with a series of "gotcha" questions. This tactic -- rarely employed with major liberal candidates -- could be used equally effectively against Couric, or most any other liberal member of the television news media. It would be highly instructive to have Couric asked questions in the same way in which she (and Gibson) asked questions of Palin. For example: Q: Critics of the war in Iraq argue that prior to the invasion of Iraq, America had never attacked a...
  • Drivebys Buzz About El Rushbo (Guess Who They Blame For Killing Socialist Bailout I Alert)

    10/01/2008 3:31:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 543+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/01/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: CNN ran a report last night on the Situation Room -- we have a montage of this report -- claiming that I am the one who stopped the bailout and if the president wants this thing, he needs to call me. The correspondent here is Elaine Quijano, and she is speaking to their Republican consultant here in the piece, John Feehery: RUSH ARCHIVE: Screw the market. Okay, I'll take that back, not screw the market, but let me tell you something. When the government fails to pass a socialism bill and the market goes south, let it go south....
  • An Opportunity For Conservatism (Another Brilliant Monologue From Rush Alert)

    09/30/2008 3:22:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 939+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/30/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'm going to tell you why we're having fun here, because we're getting the truth out. This is a program exclusively devoted to the truth, a relentless, unstoppable pursuit of the truth. I don't say this bragging even though I can because it ain't bragging if you can do it. I'm watching everywhere, there's one exception, there's a couple people on Fox and one person on CNBC that's getting this right. Other than that, this program and other similar programs on talk radio are the only place you can go to get the truth about what is happening here,...
  • God Bless The House Republicans (El Rushbo Advance Transcript Alert)

    09/30/2008 12:37:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 805+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/30/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to dedicate today's Dow Jones Industrial Average, it's at about 269, up at the moment, to the Republicans in the House of Representatives for their boldness yesterday. Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, Rush Limbaugh, the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, and three hours of broadcast excellence, as you have come to know, love, and expect, straight ahead for the next three hours. Telephone number, 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, I was going to say, I can't believe how wrong everybody's getting this. Then I have to stop and think, yes, I can believe how wrong everybody's getting this, because...
  • Monumental Day: Bailout Fails (Pelosi Takes It In Her Pantsuits; Dems Panicked About Election Alert)

    09/29/2008 3:47:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 45 replies · 2,353+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/29/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Boy, this is fascinating. There are so many elements here and we are once again learning that conventional wisdom is BS. Let's start with one thing, and that is all last week we heard, "The Democrats can pass this if they want to, why wait for the Republicans?" Obviously that wasn't true. There's another thing that's a factor in this House vote today. It has failed. However, they suspended the vote, and Nancy Pelosi, she needs to get 11 Democrats to change their minds. Can you imagine the arm twisting in the speaker's office going on as we speak?...
  • Rush Parses The Debate (Why The America Trashing Ivy League Liberal Elitist Obama Will Lose Alert)

    09/29/2008 3:39:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 1,811+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/29/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: James in Memphis, as we go back to the phones. It's great to have you, sir, on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Yes. This is James. RUSH: Yes. CALLER: I was calling 'cause I wanted to let everybody know that Barack Obama really stomped McCain in the debate Friday. RUSH: You wanted to let everybody know that Obama stomped McCain in the debate Friday? CALLER: Yes, he did. The reason why I say that is because McCain was using the same old tired things that he had been trying to bring forth all along, and Barack Obama called him...
  • Some Perspective For The Chicken Littles (Michelle Malkin: The Sky Ain't Falling, People!)

    09/29/2008 2:35:06 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies · 1,687+ views
    Michelle ^ | 9/29/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Today’s stock market drop is a record point drop, but does not even crack the top 10 single-day percentage drops in American history. Let’s stop pounding the panic buttons. *** On FNC right now, Neil Cavuto emphasizes that lending is going on and puts a damper on Heather Nauert’s panic-button heaving about credit-freeze anecdotes. Are there businesses getting turned down for loans? Yes. Here’s a novel thought: Maybe banks are finally learning they shouldn’t fork over money to bad risks. *** Reader Jamie e-mails this link to a history of US stock market crashes and adds: I like that the...
  • Don't Despair Over Drive By Polls (Rush: Obama's Nowhere Near As Electable As The CW Holds Alert)

    09/26/2008 3:16:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 2,108+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/26/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Sandy in Chicago. Sandy, glad you waited. You're next on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. CALLER: Hello, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: If you think your head is exploding, Rush, how do you think we feel out here? Last night I thought that McCain had outmaneuvered Obama totally on this, and then when the Democrats started putting out their talking points that McCain is causing nothing but problems, and then, of course, the mainstream media runs with that. I mean they're just going to run with their talking points on this. And...
  • Couric Diminishes Gov. Palin

    09/25/2008 10:05:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 72 replies · 5,245+ views
    Couric Diminishes Gov. Palin By The Prowler Published 9/26/2008 12:08:10 AM CBS New anchor Katie Couric ordered staff to drop all references to "Governor" or "Gov." from her interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. When a staff member pointed out that in other venues, Couric and CBS News had referred to Governor Palin's opponent, Joe Biden, using his title of "Senator" or the abbreviation, Couric, according to a CBS News editorial aide, sought approval from CBS News management to drop the "Governor" reference during her broadcast interview with Palin that began on Wednesday night. "It's not true," said another CBS...
  • McCain Leaps Into a Thicket

    09/25/2008 9:32:01 PM PDT · by steve-b · 39 replies · 1,467+ views
    NYT ^ | 9/25/08 | Adam Nagourney & Elisabeth Bumiller
    Senator John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington on Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end. At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting....
  • Poll: Economic Discontent Boosts Barack Obama Over John McCain (Obama 52 , McCain 43)

    09/23/2008 9:29:44 PM PDT · by tlb · 150 replies · 341+ views
    ABC ^ | Sept. 24, 2008 | GARY LANGER
    Democrat Takes 52-43 Lead Among Likely Voters, Erases Republican's Post-Palin Pick Gains Barack Obama has seized the reins of economic discontent, vaulting over John McCain's convention gains by persuading voters he both better understands their economic troubles and can better address them. In a head-to-head-match-up he's now supported by 52 percent of likely voters vs. McCain's 43 percent, the first significant advantage for either candidate among likely voters in ABC/Post polls. Add third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Bob Barr and it's essentially the same, 51-43 percent. The contest has shifted from a 49-47 percent McCain-Obama race immediately after the Republican...
  • Fact-Checking FactCheck.Org on Obama and Guns

    09/23/2008 7:10:34 PM PDT · by Panzerlied · 19 replies · 851+ views
    National Review ^ | 09/23/2008 | Jim Geraghty doesn't think much of the NRA's ads criticizing Obama. They are, sadly, way off base. This is, presumably,one of the reasons why Stuart Taylor Jr. of the National Journal declared he "no longer trust the major newspapers or television networks to provide consistently accurate and fair reporting and analysis of all the charges and countercharges." He's got good reason. For starters, takes Obama at his word that he "believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms." Many gun owners are not so willing to give the benefit...
  • McCain Aide’s Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac

    09/23/2008 6:06:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 55 replies · 161+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | September 23, 2008 | JACKIE CALMES and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON — One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement. The disclosure undercuts a statement by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years. ~ snip ~
  • Palin, in a bubble, meets her first world leaders

    09/23/2008 3:39:20 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 56 replies · 431+ views
    Ass. Press ^ | SARA KUGLER
    NEW YORK - Sarah Palin met her first world leaders Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT It was a tightly controlled crash course on foreign policy for the Republican vice presidential candidate, the mayor-turned-governor who has been outside North America just once. Palin sat down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. The conversations were private, the pictures public, meant to build her resume for voters concerned about her lack of experience in world affairs. "I found her quite a capable woman," Karzai said later. "She asked the right questions on Afghanistan." The self-described "hockey mom" also asked former Secretary of...
  • Palin's policies in Alaska weighted toward development

    09/22/2008 11:37:49 AM PDT · by gridlock · 15 replies · 262+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/22/08 | Kim Murphy - LA Times Staff Writer
    BARROW, ALASKA -- Federal scientists flying over the Arctic Ocean last month spotted something nearly unprecedented during their annual count of bowhead whales: nine polar bears in the open sea, miles from anywhere. One was swimming 60 miles off Barrow. A flight a week or so later found five bears plying their way through the swells. The findings wouldn't have been so alarming -- they are powerful swimmers -- except that their likely destination, the sea ice on which the predators depend for survival, had retreated 400 miles offshore.
  • Sarah Palin's Knockout Question (The Faith Trap The MSM Will Lay And How She Should Answer It Alert)

    09/21/2008 10:29:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 101 replies · 1,907+ views ^ | 9/22/2008 | Joseph Farah
    In case you didn't notice, there is a concerted war on serious biblical faith in our post-Christian society. And that's why, any day now, you can expect Sarah Palin to be asked a question designed to knock her right out of the race for the vice presidency. It won't be a question about the Bush Doctrine. It won't be a question about her teenage daughter. It won't be a question about Alaska state troopers. It won't even be a question about abortion. None of those questions threaten to deliver a killer blow to her bid to be the first woman...
  • Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

    09/21/2008 7:36:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 74 replies · 444+ views
    Los Angees Times ^ | September 21, 2008 | Kim Murphy
    Queries are directed through the McCain campaign machine. Her political capital at home is eroding.Jerry McCutcheon went to Sarah Palin's office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the scandal that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor's role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate. McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-Palin campaign. Why, he wanted to know, did he have to call a campaign office 4,300 miles away to find out what was going on in Alaska government?...
  • Baroness Blasts Drive By Elites (Baroness De Rothschild Gives Snooty Libs Grief Alert)

    09/18/2008 3:52:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 44 replies · 1,356+ views
    Rush ^ | 9/18/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Scott in Dallas, I'm glad you waited. You're up next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hello. CALLER: Good afternoon, sir. RUSH: Hey. CALLER: This morning, Campbell Brown tried to literally take apart Lynn Rothschild, a formerly very high placed Hillary Clinton supporter who has just voiced her support for John McCain. RUSH: Yes. CALLER: It was interesting to watch that she was -- Campbell Brown was furious, she interrupted Rothschild, and I kept wondering, "What if this were a former McCain supporter who had all of a sudden turned Obama supporter?" Campbell Brown would have just fawned over her....
  • Media One-Sided in Covering Palin

    09/16/2008 5:14:30 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 16 replies · 192+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Vice presidential choices aren’t supposed to make much difference. Yet, Sarah Palin’s impact is undeniable and extremely large. Twelve days ago, presidential election futures markets indicated that Barack Obama had a 62 percent probability of winning the election. By Sunday, Obama’s probability had fallen to 46.5 percent, with John McCain at 52.1 percent. With the election at stake and Palin so crucial to the outcome, Democrats have sent “a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers” into Alaska. The media has also understandably descended in large numbers in Alaska. Despite Palin’s name being on the short list of potential...
  • Inbox: McCain's War on the Media at Work (Newsweek Journo Whines About Nastygrams, Blames McCain)

    09/16/2008 3:59:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies · 231+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | Andrew Romano
    Around 12:30 this afternoon, I posted an item here on Stumper called "Palin's Favorability Ratings Begin to Falter." It was a relatively straightforward bit of analysis. Taking my numbers from the only poll to track daily favorability ratings for each presidential and vice-presidential candidate--Diageo/Hotline--I pointed out that Palin's approval stats had undergone a net swing of -10 points since peaking last week. "It's the start of an inevitable process," I wrote. "Between now and Nov. 4, voters will stop seeing Palin as a fascinating story and starting taking her measure as an actual candidate for office. Some will approve; some...
  • The Gibson Doctrine (Dennis Prager: On The MSM's Hostility Towards Sarah Palin Alert)

    09/15/2008 9:19:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 60 replies · 780+ views ^ | 9/16/2008 | Dennis Prager
    Sarah Palin's reputation survived her interview with ABC News' Charlie Gibson. The same cannot be said for Charlie Gibson. On my radio show last week, I twice defended Barack Obama. Once, against those conservatives who took a comment made by Obama in an interview with George Stephanopoulos out of context and suggested that Obama had inadvertently admitted he was a Muslim. And again, when I contended that Obama did not imply that Palin was a pig in his now famous "lipstick on a pig" reference. I mention this only because I want to assume that people of good will on...
  • Press Section of Biden's Plane Is 'Totally Deserted'

    09/15/2008 10:22:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 96 replies · 438+ views
    NRO's Campaign Spot ^ | 9/15/2008 | Jim Geraghty
    This is pretty stunning, and I think the Obama campaign might even have a legitimate gripe with the national press: "Since the Delaware senator left Obama's side and ventured out on his own on Labor Day, he has hardly garnered any national media interest at all." "His plane, a blue chartered 737, now crosses the country with about three-quarters of its seats empty, rows and rows with nary a warm body to be found." "Biden's supporters maintain that he is connecting with voters and garnering positive media interest on a local level. They also say that Biden is a "governing"...
  • Into the Obama Tank for the Final Push.....(The media is desperate and have a lot at stake)

    09/15/2008 10:08:58 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 20 replies · 167+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 15, 2008 | Jennifer Rubin
    The media is desperate to see McCain defeated and save the Democratic ticket. They have a lot at stake. John McCain believes he is in an existential war. America is engaged in a death struggle against Islamic terrorists. But he is also fighting for his life: against a media establishment dedicated to his political destruction. Any pretense of fairness by the mainstream media is gone. The MSNBC duo of anchor buffoons have been downgraded but not fired. The Washington Post runs dueling front page articles — one a recycled tabloid-like piece (apologies to our tabloid friends who generally don’t recycle...
  • Former Wasilla museum director, now Hilo resident, criticizes Palin

    09/13/2008 10:06:29 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 43 replies · 466+ views
    Former Wasilla museum director, now Hilo resident, criticizes Palin (blocked site, link only)
  • 'Dimwitted' and In Need of a 'Chaperone': Palin Has Press at Point of Panic

    09/13/2008 6:11:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 87 replies · 517+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail." -- Bob Herbert, NYT, 9-13-08 Bob Herbert's item in today's New York Times, She's Not Ready, is not so much political analysis as a howl of MSM shock and outrage. No-o-o-o-o!, Herbert seems to cry. I can't believe this is happening to us! Meanwhile, with condescension worthy of Charlie Gibson, ABC's David Wright suggests that Palin has been in need of a "chaperone" on the campaign trail. View video.
  • A Tangled Story of Addiction (Washington Compost hit piece on Cindy McCain)

    09/11/2008 11:18:40 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 32 replies · 494+ views
    A Tangled Story of Addiction Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed By Kimberly Kindy Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; A01 When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with -- and ultimate victory over -- prescription painkillers. Her struggle, she has said repeatedly, taught her valuable lessons about drug abuse that she would pass on to the nation. "I think it made me a better person as well as a better...