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  • Did Theodore Roosevelt take "New Nationalism" from Herbert Croly?

    07/28/2012 8:20:05 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    It's long been known that Theodore Roosevelt was influenced by the book "The Promise of American Life", as well as Croly's other writings as he himself makes clear in the essay "Two Noteworthy Books on Democracy. What is questioned is to what degree, how it happened, and if the slogan "New Nationalism" itself is a direct lift. On page 169 is where Croly uses the phrase. In the New York Independent, the following is written: (Page 957, this was originally published in 1912) The New Democracy resembles in some points Croly's "Promise of American Life," from which Colonel Roosevelt got...
  • Conservation does not stop with the natural resources - Theodore Roosevelt

    07/21/2012 4:12:57 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    There is every reason to believe that human beings are as amenable to cultivation as other animals and plants. Oh. Well I guess that must be true. That comes from a government document. In the accompanying papers for the Report of the National Conservation Commission, on page 677. This is probably something I don't need to cite a source for: Everybody knows who "Mr. Conservation" is, among the list of 43 presidents. Theodore Roosevelt. He described the RNCC report this way in the primary report document: (Page 1) With the statements and conclusions of this report I heartily concur, and...
  • W.H.: TR, Obama not communist

    12/06/2011 12:31:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/6/11 | BYRON TAU
    From today’s briefing, the White House insists that they’re not worried about President Obama being labeled a socialist or a communist -- as Theodore Roosevelt was in 1910: Q: Teddy Roosevelt was called a socialist and a communist after he gave this speech. Is the President mindful of that, and keeping that in part of his target? MR. CARNEY: No, I think -- I think that is an irony, because I don’t think -- I would assume that this President’s critics share in his admiration for Teddy Roosevelt as a titan in American history and a hugely important and progressive...
  • Obama to channel Teddy Roosevelt in Kansas

    12/03/2011 9:56:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/3/11 | Alexander Burns
    Last Sunday on "Meet the Press," historian Doris Kearns Goodwin urged President Obama to emulate Teddy Roosevelt in organizing his campaign around the theme of "a square deal, fundamental fairness" in America. Today, the White House announced the president will try to do just that: On Tuesday, December 6, President Obama will travel to Osawatomie, Kansas where he will deliver remarks on the economy. The President will talk about how he sees this as a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those working to join it. He’ll lay out the choice we face between a country in which...
  • Theodore Roosevelt and a Kernel of Radicalism

    09/10/2011 2:23:58 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies · 1+ views
    On Uprising Radio, April 2008, Van Jones had this to say: VAN JONES: One of the things that has happened too often to progressives is that we don’t understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals. Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, ‘OK, now we want reparations for slavery; we want redistribution of all wealth; and we want to legalize mixed marriages,’ if that had been their…, if they’d have come out with a maximum program the very next day, they’d have been laughed at....
  • How Today’s Liberals Betray Yesterday’s – Progress it isn't.

    03/09/2011 5:23:19 AM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 9, 2011 | Dan Miller
    The meanings of words change over time. “Gentleman” once meant a person privy to the person of the king; eventually, it meant a man of wealth and station; now, it adorns the entrance to a toilet intended for males. This devolution has done no noticeable harm. However, “liberal” — Thomas Jefferson was one — has decayed in similar fashion. Ditto progressive — Theodore Roosevelt [a Republican and not to be confused with his distant cousin FDR, a Democrat] was a progressive, and were he alive today would probably be outraged at the current usage. These are, unfortunately, common devolutions. It...
  • Theodore Roosevelt

    03/13/2010 6:52:19 PM PST · by molybdenum · 64 replies · 1,025+ views
    Conservapedia. com ^ | 3-13-10 | editors
    Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America, 1901-1909, leader of the Republican party, and (in 1912-16) the Progressive Party. Roosevelt is best known for his remarkable personality and commitment to democratic process. He was strongly committed to law and order, active leadership, civic duty, and individual self-responsibility, and was more concerned with the process of change than its direction. A strong and vigorous man both personally and in politics, it was through Roosevelt that the world identified America with cowboy values of courage, initiative, and hardiness while it watched TR expand American influence in world...
  • Diplomacy That Will Live in Infamy

    12/06/2009 9:17:05 PM PST · by Cronos · 23 replies · 1,501+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5 Dec 2009 | JAMES BRADLEY
    SIXTY-EIGHT years ago tomorrow, Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. In the brutal Pacific war that would follow, millions of soldiers and civilians were killed. My father — one of the famous flag raisers on Iwo Jima — was among the young men who went off to the Pacific to fight for his country. So the war naturally fascinated me. But I always wondered, why did we fight in the Pacific? Yes, there was Pearl Harbor, but why did the Japanese attack us in the first place? ... The one who had the greater effect on Japan’s...
  • Theodore Roosevelt IV Opts Out of G.O.P. Race for Senate

    11/25/2009 5:45:39 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 37 replies · 1,529+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 24, 2009 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    Few people knew that he was thinking about it in the first place, but Theodore Roosevelt IV, a wealthy investment banker with serious credentials on environmental issues and in foreign policy — and of course, that famous name — now says he will not seek the Republican nomination for the Senate from New York in 2010. Mr. Roosevelt, the great-grandson of the 26th president, worked at Lehman Brothers and is now a managing director at Barclays Capital. He said he began studying a run against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat, over the summer and was encouraged by talks with...
  • Video: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Whines: 'Right-Wing Crap' On Best Seller List

    09/19/2009 8:21:07 AM PDT · by Justaham · 34 replies · 1,968+ views
    Newstimes.com ^ | 9-19-09 | Kyle Drennan
    While concluding a segment on racism involved in anti-Obama protests, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews promoted the book of one of his guests, liberal historian Douglas Brinkley, and proceeded to rant: "There’s so much right-wing crap on the best seller list these days. It’s great to see a book that you might want to put on your shelf and let your respected friends see you actually reading." Brinkley’s book, Teddy Roosevelt: The Wilderness Warrior, did make the New York Times best seller list, coming in at twenty one. However, the list’s top ten was dominated by "right-wing crap." Michelle Malkin’s...
  • A Quote by President Theodore Roosevelt...

    08/19/2009 1:19:28 PM PDT · by a12iggymom · 6 replies · 1,972+ views
    http://wilfordtibbetts.vox.com ^ | August 19, 2009 | Wilford Tibbetts
    I ran across this on vox and with amnesty coming up for dicussion when congress comes back, I thought I'd post it. A Quote by President Theodore Roosevelt... Aug 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM 1 comment Share Where to begin... It is always difficult to start one of these. I mean, what the hell do you put in a blog? What should you put in a blog, is probably a better question. Answer? I will figure that out later. For now, I'll post a quote from former-President of the United States, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt. One that I believe to be...
  • The "greatest" -- and "worst" -- presidents Rethinking the presidential rating game

    05/11/2009 8:01:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies · 1,399+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | May 11, 2009 | Wes Vernon
    The trouble with many of the past ratings of America's presidents is that the "consensus" has been arrived at by academics who act alike, do alike, and think alike. In the view of many, they are suspect of viewing history exclusively through the prism of Ivy League faculty lounge discourse. Alvin Stephen Felzenberg (Ph.D.) — who has taken a fresh and comprehensive look at the nation's chief executives in his book The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game — does not challenge the credentials of the conventional historians. Rather, as he explains in...
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

    05/02/2009 10:58:55 AM PDT · by 7jason · 22 replies · 1,510+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 4-7-09 | John Rice
    He set several records as President. Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest person, so far, to become President of the United States (POTUS). The youngest to be elected remains, as of this writing, John F. Kennedy who was 43 when elected. Roosevelt was 42 when he took office as the 26th President following the assassination of his predecessor in 1901. Although other Vice Presidents had taken office following death of the President, TR was first to go on and win an election in his own right, preceding Harry S Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson in the feat. He also remains (as...
  • He's no Teddy Roosevelt: Obama twists history to enlist TR in his health-care crusade

    03/29/2009 2:35:08 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies · 569+ views
    WORLD ^ | April 11, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Barack Obama last month enlisted Theodore Roosevelt in his campaign for increased governmental control of health care, arguing that TR "first called for reform nearly a century ago." Google "Theodore Roosevelt, universal healthcare," and you'll find The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, DailyKos, and many other stalwarts of the left suggesting or claiming that Obama is carrying the Republican Roosevelt's banner. That's nonsense. The propagandists take as their one piece of evidence a plank in the Progressive Party platform of 1912: "The protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of...
  • True Loyalty [TR Quote re; Rush-Obama Controversy]

    03/15/2009 3:30:25 PM PDT · by statestreet · 5 replies · 567+ views
    threedonia.com ^ | March 15, 2009 | threedonia.com
    I’m currently reading a book, about the 1920 Presidential election called 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza. In it he discusses the various candidates including General Leonard Wood — a friend of Teddy Roosevelt and the man who started what would eventually become the ROTC. Wood got into some hot water in 1915 criticizing Woodrow Wilson and his lack of military preparedness. Roosevelt gave a speech on Wood’s behalf — relevant to today’s Rush Limbaugh-bashing for wanting Obama to fail. Here’s the relevant portion: I wish to make one comment on the statement so frequently made...
  • The Rough Rider's Collectivism

    10/05/2008 6:50:14 AM PDT · by Checkers · 6 replies · 483+ views
    realclearpolitics ^ | October 05, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- John McCain, like many Americans who should know better, extravagantly praises Theodore Roosevelt. He is a kindred spirit of the impulsive Rough Rider, but the visceral McCain is rescued from some of TR's excesses by not having TR's overflowing cupboard of ideas. In "Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness" (Yale University Press), Joshua David Hawley, 28, a former clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts, demonstrates that TR, far from being, in Henry Adams' acerbic description, "pure act," was a man of many complex ideas. Some were admirable; many were repellant. He was an individualist who considered the individualism of...
  • Is this young governor qualified to be VP?

    09/18/2008 10:10:17 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 15 replies · 243+ views
    redstate.com ^ | September 17, 2008 | Josh Painter
    How qualified for the vice presidency of the United States could a Republican be who: Is young - under 45 years old? Speaks in favor of economic development of Alaska? Advocates and engages in exercise for personal fitness? Has lived in the wilds of the American Northwest? Fishes, hunts, and loves the great outdoors? Has a reputation, not as an environmentalist, but as a conservationist? Has at least five children? Is a moralist for whom every issue is a struggle between good and evil? Is a reformer who has taken on the GOP's "good old boy network"? Believes corporations should...
  • Rush Reads a Thread (vanity)

    09/10/2008 5:38:51 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 16 replies · 389+ views
    A week ago I saw this Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal Daniel Younger Itasca, Texas Under 45, lover of the outdoors, a Republican reformer who has taken on the Republican Party establishment, has many children, and a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office -- you describe Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 and Sarah Palin in 2008. And it inspired me to post this thread: Original Thread HereWho Am I? I am under 45 years old, I love the outdoors, I hunt, I am a Republican reformer,...
  • Timeline of Theodore Roosevelt (From local office to Vice President to President)

    08/29/2008 5:26:17 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 10 replies · 966+ views
    Theodore Roosevelt.org ^ | August 29, 2008 | Self
    Theodore Roosevelt was elected Vice President of the United States (with McKinley as President) on November 6, 1900. Prior to becoming VP, Roosevelt had served in a few municipal offices in NYC and as a U.S. Civil Service Commissioner in Washington, D.C. (The latter was not an elected office.) He then served as Police Commissioner of NYC. In 1987-88, he served briefly as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Roosevelt became Governor of NY on December 31, 1898. He was elected Vice President of the United States less than two years later (on November 6, 1900). On September 6, 1901,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Theodore Roosevelt ~ August 25, 2008

    08/24/2008 5:00:16 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 261 replies · 1,485+ views
    Linked in Thread | StarCMC and Jaq and Gus
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Theodore RooseveltAll info and photos from this website.             On July 1, 1898, exposed as the only man on horseback, a target above the rest of the troops on foot, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt found his "crowded hour" as he led charges at Kettle Hill and San Juan Heights during...
  • Old Right War Lessons

    07/25/2008 9:24:21 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 3 replies · 149+ views
    American Conservative Union Foundation ^ | July 23, 2008 | Donald Devine
    Old Right War Lessons by Donald Devine Issue 112 - July 23, 2008 “Every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.”“America was created to break every kind of monopoly and to set men free upon a footing of equality.” Are these anti-property and pro-equality quotes from Marx or Lenin? In fact, they are from two U.S. presidents, the first from Theodore Roosevelt and the second by Woodrow Wilson, the fathers of American progressivism, the radical doctrine that explicitly broke with the philosophy...
  • McCain’s Cult of Teddy Roosevelt

    07/17/2008 7:32:41 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 23 replies · 115+ views
    NRO ^ | 07/18/08 | Michael Knox Beran
    McCain’s Cult of Teddy RooseveltThe Sage of Sagamore Hill was not a conservative. By Michael Knox Beran Asked recently by the New York Times to name a conservative model, John McCain cited Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy, of course, had no shortage of virtues. Conservatism, alas, wasn’t one of them. It’s one thing for a conservative to admire T. R.’s style and gallantry, the charge up San Juan Hill, the rounding up of crooks in the Badlands. It’s something else for a conservative to identify Roosevelt as a fellow reformer, as Sen. McCain did in the Times interview. Far from allaying conservative...
  • McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore)

    07/12/2008 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 176+ views
    McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore) By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL COOPER HUDSON, Wis. — Senator John McCain in a wide-ranging interview called for a government that is frugal but more active than many conservatives might prefer. He said government should play an important role in areas like addressing climate change, regulating campaign finance and taking care of “those in America who cannot take care of themselves.” “I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold,” Mr. McCain said, referring to Roosevelt’s reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy....
  • McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)

    07/12/2008 2:54:19 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 37 replies · 198+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 13, 2008 | Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper
    HUDSON, Wis. — Senator John McCain in a wide-ranging interview called for a government that is frugal but more active than many conservatives might prefer. He said government should play an important role in areas like addressing climate change, regulating campaign finance and taking care of “those in America who cannot take care of themselves.” “I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold,” Mr. McCain said, referring to Roosevelt’s reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy.
  • McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)

    07/12/2008 12:24:50 PM PDT · by flyfree · 98 replies · 207+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 13, 2008 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL COOPER
    HUDSON, Wis. — Senator John McCain in a wide-ranging interview called for a government that is frugal but more active than many conservatives might prefer. He said government should play an important role in areas like addressing climate change, regulating campaign finance and taking care of “those in America who cannot take care of themselves.” “I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold,” Mr. McCain said, referring to Roosevelt’s reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy. The views expressed by Mr. McCain in the 45-minute interview here...
  • Olympic torch relay not inspiring unity [Origin of torch relay? Hitler & Goebbels]

    04/09/2008 10:48:22 PM PDT · by XR7 · 18 replies · 510+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/9/08 | Steve Kelley
    A little lesson on the history of the Olympic torch relay: You might think, as I did before Tuesday, that it was a representation of everything that is good in all of us. That its history was lush with goodwill. Maybe you thought the relay dated back to the ancient Greeks, that it was a dramatic tribute to mythology. Prometheus stealing the fire from Zeus. Those of us who watched, as the torch was carried across the Cascades and into a high-school stadium in Wenatchee on the Fourth of July in 1984, felt inspired. Wasn't that what this relay was...
  • Clinton Testimony on FBI Files Blocked

    04/02/2008 8:47:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies · 1,011+ views
    Clinton Testimony on FBI Files Blocked Apr 2 11:20 AM US/Eastern WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has rejected an effort to force Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify in a decade-old lawsuit over White House acquisition of FBI background files. The court ruling spares Clinton a politically sensitive deposition at a time when she is fighting to overtake Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The lawsuit is over the Clinton White House's acquisition of hundreds of FBI files on Republican appointees to White House jobs in previous administrations. The conservative group Judicial Watch accused the former...
  • Obama credits Selma march for his existence

    03/27/2008 10:36:25 AM PDT · by TheDotte · 43 replies · 5,692+ views
    A year ago, Barack Obama addressed a group in Selma, AL commemorating the 1965 voting rights march. He credited the event with giving his parents the idea that they could have a child. The result was him--Barack Obama, Child of Destiny. The only problem is he was born in 1961. "What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation...This young man named Barack Obama...came over to this country. He met this woman...(who) had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided...it might...be possible for us...
  • One arm paper hanger retires

    03/12/2008 4:01:19 AM PDT · by Mike Acker · 2 replies · 201+ views
    2008-03-12 | Mike Acker
    According to Scuttlebutt the legendary One Arm Paper Hanger has retired. "Busy as a Politician in a Brothel" expression will assume the Paper Hanger's previous duties
  • "Will American voters elect the first gay vice president in November?" (Crist of Florida)

    03/04/2008 7:41:36 AM PST · by Keltik · 47 replies · 1,983+ views
    Broward-Palm Beach New Times ^ | February 28, 2008 | Bob Norman
    The rumors about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Green Iguana just wouldn't go away. The story goes that the Florida governor frequented the Green Iguana, a bar in Tampa, back in the early 1990s when he was just starting his political career. He was less careful back then, people say, and during his partying at the Green Iguana, he was openly gay. When I got Rick Calderoni, the bar's well-known owner, on the phone, I expected him to stonewall me about it. He didn't. Calderoni, who is gay, confirmed that Crist came into his bar quite often and that...
  • Barack (two degrees of seperation from Hussein) Obama

    03/02/2008 2:03:03 AM PST · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 15 replies · 1,998+ views
    most everyone is familiar with the concept that all the people in the world are only six degrees of seperation apart. If a person in a leadership position finds crooks and criminals within those degrees of seperation, it may warrant further examination. But what if a presidential contender is only two degrees of seperation away from one of the most notorious heads of state in modern times? This is the case with Barack Obama. If you follow the money, you will find only two degrees of seperation between Obama and Hussein -- Saddam Hussein. Bill Gertz of the Washington Times...
  • NPR Hounded for Calling Africa the 'Dark Continent'

    New NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard took up a flurry of complaints when veteran news anchor Jean Cochran told listeners President Bush was traveling to Africa, the "dark continent." They insisted NPR was sounding racist:
  • Senator Barack Obama is a citizen of Kenya, Part One (Compare to NYT McCain story)

    02/28/2008 5:58:06 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 55 replies · 1,135+ views
    politicalgateway ^ | Feb 8, 2007 | Andy Martin
    (CHICAGO)(February 8, 2007) Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin will hold a news conference Friday, February 9th at 11:00 A.M. to announce that U. S. Senator Barack Obama is a citizen of Kenya and became a citizen of Kenya under the Independence Constitution of Kenya in 1963. Obama has never renounced his Kenyan citizenship. He is also a U. S. Citizen. “For our ‘Obama Week’ leading up to Barry O’s announcement on Saturday that he feels qualified to lead the free world, ContrarianCommentary.com unleashed a worldwide team of constitutional law experts to delve into Kenyan law and the...
  • The Hillary Clinton Myth Unravels At Last

    02/28/2008 5:11:57 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 143 replies · 360+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | February 28, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    It may be just a wee bit early to say that Hillary Clinton has blown her chance at the Democratic presidential nomination, but it’s not too late to address the exploding amazement of the political pundit class over the ineptness of her campaign. Rarely has a storyline been, in such equal parts, so dominant and fun to read. How did the Clinton people manage to run such an embarrassingly bad campaign? Inquiring minds want to know. But it’s really not that hard to figure out. In truth, they had nothing to work with – a problem that was only exacerbated...
  • Dust up over Somali photo has Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fighting hard

    02/26/2008 8:47:04 AM PST · by fweingart · 27 replies · 120+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | February 26th 2008 | CELESTE KATZ and MICHAEL SAUL
    (2006 photo of Sen. Barack Obama in traditional Somali garb is at the center of a new political controversy.) The Democratic White House race detoured into name-calling and accusations of "fear-mongering" Monday as Hillary Clinton scrambled to save her teetering campaign from annihilation. The increasingly bitter duel for the nomination in advance of tonight's final debate went nuclear over a picture of Barack Obama dressed in traditional African garments making the rounds on the Internet. Obama's team accused a "shameful" Camp Clinton of circulating the photo of Obama dressed as a Somali elder, taken during a visit to Africa...
  • What Brought Us Here?

    02/24/2008 3:33:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies · 109+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/22/2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One wonders how the United States has come to the brink of nominating and probably electing someone with almost no experience as either an executive or national legislator, replete with ratings and rankings that suggest he will be about the most liberal Presidential candidate since George McGovern --snip--Instead, we are disliked by everyone, and for good reasons. The fact that Iranian mullahs, the House of Saud cousins, Hugo Chavez’s communists, European mullahs, and the Arab street don’t approve of America says more about us than it does them. The solution is to follow more the dictates of European Union and...
  • Obama's Communist Mentor

    02/20/2008 10:15:28 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 20 replies · 134+ views
    Accuracy in the Media ^ | 2/18/2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Is “coalition politics” at work in Obama’s rise to power? In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit." But what about Obama's secret political life? It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist. In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a "hard-core academic Marxist," which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes. However, through...
  • Spread Of 1918 Flu Pandemic Explained

    02/19/2008 10:17:10 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 211+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-19-2008 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Spread Of 1918 Flu Pandemic ExplainedThis transmission electron micrograph of an ultra-thin specimen revealed some of the ultra-structural morphologic features seen in 1918 influenza virus virions. The prominent surface projections on the virions are composed of either the hemagglutinin, or neuraminidase type of glycoproteins. (Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith) ScienceDaily (Feb. 19, 2008) — MIT researchers have explained why two mutations in the H1N1 avian flu virus were critical for viral transmission in humans during the 1918 pandemic outbreak that killed at least 50 million people. The team showed that the 1918 influenza strain developed two mutations in a surface molecule called...
  • With Friends Like These ...(Everything you wanted to know about the Clintons' shadiest donors)

    02/04/2008 5:20:16 AM PST · by IrishMike · 3 replies · 549+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Monday, February 04, 2008 | Marin Cogan, Melanie Mason, and Barron YoungSmith
    It's not that we expect politicians to have squeaky-clean donor lists. You try running for office without, at one point or another, taking money from someone you probably shouldn't. Even Barack Obama, Mr. Clean, has Tony Rezko. But the Frank Giustra-Kazakhstan-Uranium affair, blown open by The New York Times last week, serves as a reminder that the relationship between the Clintons and money has not always been lily-white. Here, a guide to the unsavory characters who have been associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton. THE DONOR Norman Hsu, Hong Kong "apparel executive." THE GREEN Hsu bundled more than $850,000 for...
  • A New Clinton Scandal? (Giustra-Richard Miniter)

    02/01/2008 10:05:16 AM PST · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 636+ views
    PajamasMedia/richardminiter.com ^ | 2-1-08 | Richard Miniter
    Former President Bill Clinton invited Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining executive, to travel with him to Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan in September 2005. Apparently, they were not simply sight-seeing. Every Quid was finding its Pro. Hours after his arrival in that mountainous dictatorship, Clinton endorsed Kazakhstan’s bid to join an international pro-democracy organization. Human-rights activists have long blocked Kazakhstan’s admission to the group because, ahem, its one-party rule has filled a lot of body bags. Clinton’s companion got what he wanted, too. Guistra who runs UrAsia, a relatively small Uranium mining concern with no reputation in the region, suddenly...
  • A GOP ace in the hole?

    01/28/2008 1:08:41 PM PST · by RVN Airplane Driver · 45 replies · 131+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 24, 2008 | Mark Goodman
    Beyond the melodrama of Sen. Hillary Clinton's tears-on-her-pillow triumph in New Hampshire and her gaming victory in Nevada lies the profoundly disturbing question of the Clintons' hidden record of suspected crimes. It's that very record which likely prompted Sen. John Kerry's sudden endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama just two days after Mrs. Clinton's first primary win, followed by two more supportive votes from ranking congressional Democrats.
  • Hillary Sends Bill on Campaign Trip to Antarctica (Borowitz Report)

    01/27/2008 2:23:54 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 17 replies · 63+ views
    Borowitz Report ^ | January 27, 2008 | Andy Borowitz
    Hillary Sends Bill on Campaign Trip to Antarctica Will Remain There Until Convention, Aides Confirm Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has sent her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on a “special campaign trip” to Antarctica that could last “six or seven months,” Clinton aides confirmed today. “From here on in, Bill is going to be our man in Antarctica,” said top Clinton strategist Mark Penn. “We have sent him down there with enough food and firewood to last until the Democratic convention this summer.” The unexpected change in the former president’s itinerary happened just hours after Mrs. Clinton’s drubbing...
  • From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally

    01/28/2008 3:30:38 AM PST · by KevinB · 20 replies · 222+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 28, 2008 | Adam Sherwin
    After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs. With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet to fill the gap, the music industry has reluctantly embraced the file-sharing technology that threatened to destroy it. Qtrax, a digital service announced today, promises a catalogue of more than 25 million songs that users can download to keep, free and with no limit on the number of tracks. The service has been endorsed by the very same record companies - including...
  • Chicken Wings. Where are the best?

    01/27/2008 10:41:22 PM PST · by AGreatPer · 112 replies · 1,829+ views
    January 28, 2008 | AGreatPer
    When I was a kid chicken wings were one of the things that your mom would throw out. Today, because of some idiot in Buffalo, they are a million dollar business. Today with the big games, parties, etc., chicken wings are a great source of enjoyment. Now these guys are no longer the coveted domain of Buffalo but they are enjoyed in many sizes and tastes of the USA from South West to the East. My question is: Where can I get the best Chicken Wings in your area?
  • Ted Kennedy to Endorse Obama

    01/27/2008 9:37:07 AM PST · by SE Mom · 169 replies · 20,995+ views
    ABC News ^ | 27 January 2008
    January 27, 2008 12:26 PM ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., will endorse Barack Obama's presidential bid on Monday in Washington, a source close to Kennedy tells ABC News. The endorsement gives Obama a boost in the eyes of the Washington establishment, and comes after some prominent Democrats criticized Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former president Bill Clinton for their campaign tactics before Obama's landslide victory in South Carolina. Caroline Kennedy, the late President John F. Kennedy's only daughter, announced her endorsement of Obama in an Op-Ed for the New York Times on Sunday.
  • “The Chris Plante Show” - Sensational Sunday LIVE Thread - 630 WMAL - Jan. 27, 2008

    01/27/2008 8:27:23 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 129 replies · 316+ views
    "The Chris Plante Sunday Show" runs from Noon to 3:00 p.m. ET. Tune in through streaming audio (or radio in the D.C. region) for two hours of the most fun-filled, fastest-growing and sensational radio talk show, “The Chris Plante Show”, transmitting LIVE from Washington, D.C.’s 630AM - WMAL (see links below). “The Chris Plante Show”, 630AM - WMAL, Washington, D.C. is broadcast live during the week, Mondays through Fridays from 8:06 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:06 - 2:00 p.m. by himself and with Jerry Klein, WMAL's “Pet Liberal“, from 2:06 - 3:00 p.m. If you want...
  • Norwegian Cruise Ship Hits Iceberg in Antarctic

    12/31/2007 4:16:35 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 1,489+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2007
    A Norwegian cruise ship carrying some 300 people lost engine power during an electrical outage and struck an Antarctic glacier, smashing a lifeboat but causing no injuries... The MS Fram hit the ice late Friday near Browns Bluff in the Antarctic... The engine started again and the liner continued to King George Island for an inspection. "We hit a glacier. We have damage to a starboard lifeboat and a little bit forward," ... the ship apparently suffered no serious damage. Hansen said the power outage lasted 40 to 50 minutes and sent the vessel adrift against the glacier, where it...
  • NYC to Consider Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban

    12/08/2007 11:33:36 AM PST · by ECM · 65 replies · 147+ views
    AP via MyWay ^ | Dec 8, 7:27 AM (ET) | SARA KUGLER
    NEW YORK (AP) - The horse-drawn carriages that clip clop around Central Park could be banned under City Council legislation to be introduced at the urging of animal advocates who say the horses are treated inhumanely. Councilman Tony Avella, who plans to introduce the bill next Wednesday, said the horses that have entertained tourists and New Yorkers for decades are exposed to cruel conditions and are at risk of injury or death as they weave through city traffic. In September, a horse died after it was spooked by street musicians with drums and bolted down Central Park South. It was...
  • Chelsea’s Iowa Debut (to counter Oprah)

    12/08/2007 11:02:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 118 replies · 1,450+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 8, 2007 | Jeff Zeleny
    DES MOINES – With Oprah Winfrey headed here on Saturday to campaign for Senator Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton brought a surprise guest of her own: Chelsea Clinton. It was Ms. Clinton’s debut on the presidential campaign trail, smiling broadly as she walked into Palmer’s Deli a few steps behind her mother for a breakfast photo opportunity. She shed her coat and immediately began shaking hands and mingling with Iowa supporters who were seated among the diners. “Chelsea, delighted to meet you,” said Julia Martinusen, 49, who signed up as a Clinton supporter in recent weeks. “I was just...
  • Picture of 'back from the dead' canoeist in Panama exposes wife's 'pack of lies'

    12/05/2007 11:13:12 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 12 replies · 67+ views
    Picture of 'back from the dead' canoeist in Panama exposes wife's 'pack of lies'A wife's claim that she thought her missing husband had been dead for five years has been exposed today as a lie after a sensational picture emerged which appears to show him and his wife in Panama in July 2006 - during the time that he was supposedly missing. Doctor's receptionist Anne Darwin says she was "as amazed as anyone" when John, 57, walked into a London police station on Saturday. But a smiling Mr and Mrs Darwin were pictured together in Panama City last year. He...