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  • Amazingly, Biden’s Niece Avoids Prison for Hitting Cop

    02/06/2014 9:28:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/5 | Adam Martin
    Joe Biden's niece, Caroline Biden, got into some trouble with the law last fall, getting herself arrested after taking a swing at a cop who responded to a call about a fight Biden got in with her roommate. But because no cops were injured, prosecutors agreed to let her avoid jail and to dismiss her case if she stays out of trouble. Biden wasn't in court (she's at an inpatient facility for "her issues"), but her two lawyers "presented a sworn affidavit indicating she would accept the offer."
  • Convicted Ex-Congressman (Jackson) Living The High Life Two Months Before Reporting To Prison

    08/31/2013 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    My State Line ^ | 8/30/13
    **SNIP** The ex-Chicago congressman is seen lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel-- a popular outdoor gathering spot for the Hollywood Glitterati. According to an onlooker, Mr. Jackson was overheard singing to himself and talking with other guests on the veranda. When he was back in his room here, ABC7's Chuck Goudie had a conversation with Mr. Jackson about why he was in Beverly Hills, California. Jackson said: "I am covering my bases considering my near future."
  • Two Americas [VDH - NOT JRE]

    08/22/2013 6:37:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/22/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Two quite different 21st-century Americas are emerging. The nation is not so much divided by "wars" between the rich and poor, men and women, or white and non-white. Instead, there is the world of reality versus that of triviality. In the vast plains of the Dakotas and the American West, thousands of men and women of all classes and colors are fracking oil and gas to create new energy for millions of homeowners and commuters -- while giving America a second chance at strategic energy independence. Yet the beneficiaries mostly ignore these elemental efforts. They instead prefer to fixate on...
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

    08/07/2013 9:56:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2013
    Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama's blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff. When...
  • Another comeback kid? John Edwards reactivates law license, books speaking gig

    05/18/2013 5:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Former presidential contender John Edwards has reactivated his license to practice law and is setting out on the speaking circuit. The two-time presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator is scheduled to appear June 6 at a private retreat in Orlando, Fla., for lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP. A records check with the N.C. State Bar shows Edwards has also reactivated his license to practice law, which had been inactive for more than a decade.....
  • Vanity: Enemy of the State

    11/24/2012 4:33:34 PM PST · by chrisser · 149 replies
    My wife and I were at my parents for Thanksgiving, along with my sister. During dinner conversation, we discovered my sister was an enthusiastic Obama supporter. Unfortunately, the conversation ended up in a long political argument. My parents refused to say how they voted, but it was pretty obvious they're drinking the Koolaide too, along with my brother, who wasn't there. As you can imagine, I've been thinking a lot about this since. There's more than a little bit of regret I have from the conversation, but beyond that, I think it was the first time I've actually come face...
  • Sign outside of business causing a boom in customers

    11/17/2012 8:23:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 109 replies
    msnbc ^ | 11.17.2012 | wboy
    Riley Gunnoe says business is booming at his tool store in St. Albans. He says it's because of a sign outside. Gunnoe told me he didn't know what was going to happen when he put this phrase on it, "If you are for Obama's policies, please keep your dumba$$ out of this store." Gunnoe says he didn't know what was going to happen when he put the sign up. "I didn't care. But it really has doubled my business since I put it up so I'm glad I did now!" Some people in the community say it makes them question...
  • Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like

    In advance of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech Wednesday to the NAACP, a liberal group headed by a former New York Times reporter and ex-Media Matter executive have produced a video “satire” that claims blacks don’t like Romney, who they dub so white he makes “Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel.” The YouTube from “The Message,” an online “media hub,” is described as a satirical video of Romney getting advice on what to say to the civil rights group. Or, as they said in a release, the video “lacerates Romney and his advisors as they prepare for his speech to...
  • Friends of Obama Allowed to Opt Out

    06/04/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    Emigrant Bank was recently identified to receive a waiver that would allow the bank to opt out of rigorous Dodd-Frank requirements. These of course are the same new rules and regulations that Barack deems essential to the nation. Yet when the bank’s owner, Howard Milstein, who is a close friend and was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, protested that the new rules would seriously crimp operations of his bank, the Obama Administration worked with members of congress to grant him a waiver from the new rules. Other financial institutions and banks have consistently and vehemently argued that...
  • The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility

    01/12/2012 5:44:35 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | Oct. 31, 2011 | Kenneth Anderson
    Glenn Reynolds is correct in his weekend post to point to the social theory of the New Class as key to understanding the convulsions in the middle and upper middle class; I’ve written about it myself here at VC and in a 1990s law journal book review essay. The angst is partly income, of course — but it’s also in considerable part, as Glenn notes, “characterized as much by self-importance as by higher income, and is far more eager to keep the proles in their place than, say, [Anne] Applebaum’s small-town dentist. It’s thus not surprising that as its influence...
  • The Two Americas Created By Occupy Wall Street

    10/18/2011 12:06:36 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-18-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • 2012: The End of the World as we Know It (forecasts catastrophic defeat for the Dems)

    07/20/2011 10:49:57 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/20/11 | Ferrara
    Like a replicating amoeba, America is pulling apart into two separate cultures. One is strongly committed to the birth of an even more robust, pro-growth, entrepreneurial capitalism. The other thinks Che Guevara and Karl Marx had important social insights relevant to America today, and wants to follow the path of Juan Peron 's Argentina, if not Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. This is the stark choice facing the American people in 2012. This is also why the vast majority of the American heartland feels more cultural affinity with the people of New Zealand and Australia than with the people of San Francisco...
  • "Book 'em Danno!" ... John Edwards' Mug Shot Released

    06/15/2011 11:36:36 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2011 | CNN Political Unit
    John Edwards' mug shot released By: CNN Political Unit (CNN)–Former U.S. Senator John Edwards, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations in early June. His mug shot was obtained by CNN following a Freedom of Information Act request. The plea came after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. A grand jury has been investigating whether money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations, a contention Edwards' team has disputed. A plea deal between the two-time...
  • Breaking: Edwards indicted on conspiracy, false statement charges

    06/03/2011 8:59:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | June 3,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    As expected, the Department of Justice landed with both feet on former Senator and one-time Democratic nominee for Vice President John Edwards today. The DoJ released a grand jury indictment on six counts — four of illegal campaign contributions, and one each of conspiracy and making false statements to the FEC: John Edwards, a two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination and a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, was indicted today on charges of conspiracy and false statements. The indictment is the culmination of a secretive federal probe that has been going on for more than two years. The...
  • Celebrities have ‘other needs’ (Bar Refaeli)

    05/11/2011 2:35:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    The P J Tatler ^ | May 11, 2011 | The Manolo
    “Celebrities have other needs,” so says the Israeli super-duper model Bar Refaeli, she of the Illustrated Sports sexy swimsuit edition, and the part-time girlfriend of the aging boy actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. > ...she used the fake marriage to avoid having to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, something required of all young Israelis, both male and female. Here is the full quote from the Israeli website Ynet.com. “I really wanted to serve in the IDF, but I don’t regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time,” she said. “That’s just the way it is, celebrities have other needs. I...
  • Judge orders John Edwards to answer questions about affair (under oath in a deposition)

    05/01/2011 10:48:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2011 | Ned Barnett
    Former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards must testify before a judge about his relationship with his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, a North Carolina judge ruled on Friday. The private testimony will come during a deposition set for June 20 as part of a civil suit brought by Hunter against Edwards' former aide, Andrew Young. Hunter has sued Young and his wife Cheri to force the return of a videotape that allegedly shows Hunter and Edwards having sex. Young says he found the tape while packing boxes in a home near Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Hunter lived with the...
  • Red & Black cafe shows Portland officer the door, won't sell him coffee again (Oregon)

    06/04/2010 12:25:06 PM PDT · by davidlachnicht · 137 replies · 4,387+ views
    oregonLive.com ^ | 2010.0603 | Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
    In mid-May, Portland police Officer James Crooker went to Southeast Portland on a patrol call. With a few minutes to spare, he decided to get a coffee. So, he popped into the Red & Black cafe on Southeast 12th Avenue near Oak Street, bought a coffee and was heading out when a customer approached him, saying she appreciates the hard job that police officers do every day in Portland. One of the co-owners of the cafe, John Langley, has another point of view. While the officer and customer were chatting, he walked up and asked Crooker to leave, saying he...
  • Muslims Exempt From Obamacare

    03/26/2010 2:37:51 PM PDT · by csd · 60 replies · 2,567+ views
    Liberty and Pride ^ | March 26, 2010 | Conservative American
    The new Obamacare legislation that was forced on unwilling Americans this week specifically mandates that we all purchase health insurance. That is, unless you don't believe in that sort of thing. That's right, the current health care bill contains a clause which exempts certain individuals form the requirements and penalties set forth in it. " EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. —In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information: In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status...
  • Obama's hard truth: Americans must consume less

    02/20/2010 7:27:57 AM PST · by ricks_place · 109 replies · 2,294+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2010 | Charles Lane
    One of the odder political subplots of President Obama's term so far has been his relationship with the tourism-dependent city of Las Vegas. A year ago, Obama irked Nevadans by demanding that corporations not use federal bailout money for trips to Vegas. A couple of weeks ago he infuriated them again by telling a New Hampshire audience to save their cash for college instead of “blowing” it in Vegas. No Nevadans were more annoyed, of course, than the state's Democratic politicians, among them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces an uphill fight for re-election this fall. So now the...
  • Senate hypocrites refuse ObamaCare for themselves, force it on everyone else

    12/23/2009 6:59:47 PM PST · by bigred08 · 13 replies · 1,236+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/23/2009 | Kevin Hall
    The health care legislation about to be passed by the U.S. Senate requires all Americans to purchase health insurance. All Americans, that is, except for the Senate, other members of Congress and their staff. The Democrats refuse to even allow vote on the matter.....
  • Today's Two American Poor Classes (The Real Truth)

    11/30/2009 4:20:01 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies · 447+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 11/30/09 | DJP I.F.
    Today in America we have two different classes of poor: 1) the American Indigent Poor; and 2) the Capable Poor or the “New American Poor” (i.e., “The Subjective Socially Dependent”). The American Indigent Poor are those individuals who are truly helpless and indigent. These were born with physical infirmities and birth defects who suffer physical traumas or mental issues and are unable to survive through this life without help from society. Some are our valiant veterans of foreign wars and others are rejected outcasts of society. These individuals need and deserve our charity and help, and most of all we...
  • Today, under Barack Obama, there are two Americas, not one-The Obamas puttin' on the glitz

    11/27/2009 3:47:03 AM PST · by vrwc54 · 34 replies · 1,996+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11/26/09 | RobtKraft
    Imelda Obama and her husband are living large on our dime.
  • John Kerry's Daughter Won't Be Prosecuted for DUI (due to 'insufficient evidence')

    11/23/2009 1:17:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 118 replies · 4,484+ views
    People ^ | November 23, 2009 | Ken Lee
    Alexandra Kerry is off the hook in her DUI case and won't face any criminal charges, Los Angeles prosecutors said Monday. "We reviewed the arrest report and have declined to file criminal charges due to insufficient evidence," says L.A. City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan. The daughter of Sen. John Kerry was pulled over in Hollywood on Nov. 19 for an expired registration, her father's spokesperson said.
  • I live in Two Americas

    08/29/2009 2:56:13 PM PDT · by NELSON111 · 21 replies · 1,280+ views
    Vanity | 29 Aug 2009 | Nelson Lee
    I live in two Americas. One is the America I recognize; the one I grew up in and the one in which I am proud. The other is a hollow, cheap and immoral imitation. I saw the distinction between these two Americas as I observed two funerals…one on television and one in my hometown. The first funeral was for Edward M. Kennedy, senior Senator from Massachusetts. The other, Jonathan T. Rape, a local boy who died in Afghanistan from a roadside bomb. One was watched by millions and personally viewed by tens of thousands. They lined the processional for miles...
  • Obamas hits golf course to start Vineyard vacation

    08/24/2009 12:08:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies · 3,720+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/09 | Philip Elliot - ap
    CHILMARK, Mass. – President Barack Obama played tennis with his wife and golf with his buddies Monday, starting his first vacation in office on Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque island known as a refuge for the wealthy and privileged. Obama began the day with a workout at his rented retreat, then tennis with Michelle Obama, White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters traveling with the president. Obama later played golf with UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf and Chicago physician Eric Whitaker, both friends. White House aide Marvin Nicholson was also in the foursome. White House officials have stressed that the...
  • Elizabeth Edwards Expects DNA Test for Hubby's Alleged Love Child

    08/20/2009 10:27:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies · 3,378+ views
    NBC ^ | Thu, Aug 20, 2009
    "My expectation is that, at some point, something happens," Elizabeth saidThe wife of philandering former Sen. John Edwards said she expects a paternity test will take place soon to determine the father of the 18-month-old child of her hubby's former mistress. In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Elizabeth Edwards confronted rumors that her cheating husband was set to claim paternity of little Frances, his alleged love child with ex-mistress Rielle Hunter. When asked about testing the paternity of the baby, Edwards said her "expectation is that, at some point, something happens. And I hope for the sake of...
  • The Rielle World (What if Edwards had won?)

    08/17/2009 4:40:06 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 1,298+ views
    Slate.com ^ | August 14, 2009 | Christopher Beam
    The National Enquirer is reporting what everyone already knew—that John Edwards is in fact the father of Rielle Hunter's child—and a North Carolina TV station says he may admit paternity. This news has been met largely with shrugs. Edwards is not only a failed candidate, he is a failed politician, with next to no influence among Democrats. Still, the news raises two tantalizing hypothetical questions: What if Edwards had won the Democratic nomination? What if he had won the presidency? First question first. It's easy to forget how close John Edwards came to being the Democratic nominee. When Edwards entered...
  • EXEC PAY OUTRAGE SWEEPS (NY) TIMES

    04/23/2009 4:29:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies · 1,093+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/23/09 | PAUL THARP
    As the New York Times struggles to hold onto its dwindling pile of cash, its board is getting slammed by angry employees for hiking top executive pay as much as 35 percent.
  • Two Americas? (those who have government-guaranteed source of income and those who do not)

    04/03/2009 9:47:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 1,111+ views
    Men's Daily News ^ | 4/3/2009 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    One of the favorite refrains of the class-warfare left has long been to lament what it perceives as a division in America between economic haves and have-nots. From the standpoint of egalitarian, socialistic philosophy, the fact that some Americans prosper more than others is prima facie evidence of injustice. It is considered unfair that some Americans are allegedly left behind while yuppies and others get richer. It seems never to have occurred to the egalitarians to analyze WHY individual Americans’ income differs. Those who work hard at acquiring skills valued in the marketplace, and who then work hard to succeed...
  • No more convictions until Tim and Ted stand trial!!

    03/27/2009 11:57:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 370+ views
    March 27, 2009
    There should be no more arrests or convictions for tax fraud, non-payment of taxes or vehicular homicide until Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Senator Ted Kennedy are tried for their "alleged" crimes! Are we a republic or an oligarchy? Why do powerful men and women get off scot-free when lower and middle-class people rot in a jail cell or prison for similar (or lesser) crimes?! "Equal Justice Under The Law" is what's inscribed on the front of the Supreme Court building in Washington! When will that become a reality?! We are either a nation of laws or men, we cannot...
  • Misconduct charge dropped for judge who donated to Obama campaign

    11/19/2008 1:34:22 PM PST · by pissant · 18 replies · 1,030+ views
    Salt Lake Trib ^ | 11/19/08 | Matt Cannedham
    Utah's chief federal judge Tena Campbell will not face punishment for breaking the rules by donating to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Because she admitted the error, promised to stop donating to candidates and publicly apologized, she will not face any serious sanction, according to Robert H. Henry, chief justice of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Henry dropped a charge of judicial misconduct on Nov. 11, in a dismissal order that doesn't name Campbell, but the series of events it describes matches her case. The order also sheds new light on how she handled the violation once it was made...
  • Vanity: John Edwards Was Right

    11/02/2008 8:39:08 AM PST · by shadowfighter · 13 replies · 536+ views
    Me | November 2, 2008 | Shadowfighter
    John Edwards Was Right I never thought I would say this, but John Edwards was right. The former presidential candidate became well known for a campaign stump speech in which he posited that there were “two Americas” one rich and one poor. The standard class warfare based shibboleth is not surprising coming as it does from a populist democrat. What else was he supposed to say? The surprising thing is that John Edwards was right. No, he wasn’t right that we have become a country of the haves and have-nots. Class warfare has not suddenly become the transcendent philosophy of...
  • The keys to avoiding poverty

    10/04/2008 8:12:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,100+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Jun 27, 2007 | Rick Martinez
    A number of readers have taken me to task over my contention ...that most poor people are impoverished by choice. To be clear, I don't mean that one day a person gets up and decides to live in poverty. I believe a person winds up poor because he or she chooses not to succeed. Truth is, staying above the poverty line is relatively simple. Basically, all that's required is to finish high school, wait until at least age 20 to get married and not have a child out of wedlock. Now how hard is that? Not very, which is why...
  • Caption two-timing liar John Edwards

    08/12/2008 4:20:02 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 48 replies · 176+ views
    me ^ | 8/12/08 | me
  • Edwards Admits Affair

    08/08/2008 11:57:31 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 764 replies · 2,562+ views
    ABC News ^ | 08-08-08 | ABC News
    ABC Radio news just announced Sen. John Edwards will admit to the affair with Rielle Hunter in an interview with the network, but insists the child is not his. We return you to your regularly-scheduled FReeping.
  • Edwards Admits Sexual Affair; Lied as Presidential Candidate

    08/08/2008 11:58:58 AM PDT · by xp38 · 44 replies · 164+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 8 2008 | By RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS
    ohn Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extra-marital affair with a novice film-maker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
  • Facing questions, Edwards evades reporters (Dinosaur Media newspaper FINALLY reports)

    07/31/2008 3:17:28 AM PDT · by abb · 39 replies · 341+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | July 31, 2008 | Lorenzo Perez, Lisa Zagaroli and Ryan Teague Beckwith
    <p>It was only three weeks ago that John Edwards was fielding media questions on his chances of filling the Democratic Party's vice presidential slot on Barack Obama's ticket or a potential Cabinet position in an Obama administration.</p> <p>On Wednesday, however, the former U.S. senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee was eager to duck the press when the questions took a tabloid turn.</p>
  • Begala calls Republican donors ‘dirtbags’

    06/30/2008 1:27:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 79+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/30/08 | Jackie Kucinich
    Republicans are saying Democratic strategist Paul Begala went “over the line” when, in a fundraising appeal, he called the attendees of a GOP fundraiser “dirtbags.” Begala, who worked for Bill Clinton in the White House, discussed the annual Republican President’s Dinner in an e-mail to supporters that seeks to raise funds for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). “You should have seen the joint: wall to wall fat-cats. The limos were lined up around the block. If you’d stood in the middle of the ballroom and yelled, ‘Hey dirtbag!’ a thousand necks would have snapped around,” Begala wrote. The strategist...
  • John Edwards: The Rise Of The Politics Of Envy

    01/06/2008 5:32:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 69+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2008 | Austin Hill
    t’s time to take a serious look at John Edwards - - again. Capitalizing on the “anybody-but-Hillary” wave that swept over Hawkeye State Democrats last Thursday, former Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate Edwards emerged as a second-place winner in the Iowa caucuses. He achieved this despite his comparatively low levels of campaign funds, and a campaign organization that perils in comparison to that of both his first place rival Barack Obama, and the opponent who now in some sense “trails” him, former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. And given this, and given the highly unpredictable nature of this entire campaign...
  • Edwards Can't Win (Because two Americas are standing in his way)

    01/05/2008 8:36:12 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 92+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/4/2008 | Timothy P. Carney
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The back, right corner of the Kirn Middle School auditorium erupted. After hours of voting, haggling, and a recount, John Edwards had been declared the winner of the 9th precinct caucus in Pottawattamie County. He edged out Clinton here as he edged her out statewide, finishing in a better-than-expected second place. The horse he rode to his current success, however -- bomb-throwing class warfare -- cannot carry him to the White House. Some political analysts and many Iowa voters believe Edwards, being a Southern white male, is the most electable of the top three Democrats. In...
  • Merry Pandering Christmas! (With Video)

    12/23/2007 5:19:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 574+ views
    The Sundries Shack ^ | December 23, 2007
    Mark Steyn’s review of the candidate’s Christmas campaign messages is a must-read today because it’s likely to be the funniest thing you’ll see all day. Here’s a taste: John Edwards’s message is the usual Dickensian affair about the two Americas. I forget the details, but the upshot is that one America is a land of spindly emaciated Tiny Tims with barely three farthings to rub together for their next cup of gruel, while the other’s a marshmallow world where Dick Cheney, high on wassail, shoots a brace of turducken out of season, and then chows down as the Radio City...
  • Edwards straddles 'Two Americas', Contradictions cloud his message

    12/09/2007 5:42:50 AM PST · by NCDragon · 12 replies · 253+ views
    News&Observer ^ | December 9, 2007 | Rob Christensen and Jonathan B. Cox
    DAVENPORT, IOWA - Wherever he campaigns these days, John Edwards illustrates his devotion to working-class values with two chapters of his life story: growing up in Southern mill towns and whipping corporate lawyers in North Carolina courtrooms. "This battle against entrenched powerful interests, I've been fighting this battle my entire life," Edwards recently told 650 people in a school auditorium in this Mississippi River town. Edwards' new campaign attire is blue jeans. The former North Carolina senator has tromped through cow manure and watched his campaign van nearly get stuck on muddy country roads, all the time working to demonstrate...
  • There Are Two Americas, But Not the John Edwards Version

    10/29/2007 8:41:32 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 17 replies · 15+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | October 29, 2007 | Nancy Morgan
    John Edwards finally got something right. There really are two Americas. And the gap between them is widening at an alarming rate. To view this divide, one need only tune in to the mainstream media. Topping the news these days are stories covering such earth-shattering events as who offended whom, who needs to apologize and whose feelings have been hurt, followed by several he-said-she-said controversies. After a commercial break, we get the latest “I'm Outraged” sound-bite followed by the latest crisis report, usually coupled with a demand for more “investments” (that's liberal speak for taxes), couched in moral imperatives.
  • Glare of Fires Pulls Migrants From Shadows (Illegal Aliens in San Diego--Who Knew?)

    10/27/2007 12:44:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 247+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 27, 2007 | Randal C. Archibold
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26 — Out of the burning brush, from behind canyon rocks, several immigrants bolted toward a group of firefighters, chased not by the border police but by the onrush of flames from one of the biggest wildfires this week. Their appearance startled the firefighters, who let them into their vehicles. But with the discovery of four charred bodies in an area of heavy illegal immigration, concern is growing that others may not have survived. “Their hands were burned, and they were clearly tired and grateful,” Capt. Mike Parkes of the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection...
  • Edwards' Campaign Demands Student Journalist Yank Story (Dem Free Press & 2Americas Hypo)

    10/26/2007 12:57:42 PM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 9 replies · 29+ views
    "The Carolina Week staff learned the importance of standing their ground against a disgruntled source, even when that source is a candidate for president." See the related link for details on the controversy on this story.
  • (John) Edwards tussles with journalism school

    10/26/2007 9:43:56 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies · 206+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | October 26, 2007 | Ryan Beckwith
    A UNC-Chapel Hill professor says John Edwards' presidential campaign tried to kill a student's video story about the campaign's headquarters. In an interview with State Government Radio, Associate Professor C.A. Tuggle said that he received phone calls from two top staffers for the former North Carolina senator. The journalism professor said the staffers threatened to cut off access to Edwards to all UNC student groups if the student-run television program aired a segment critical of the location of the Chapel Hill headquarters. "I'm dumbfounded by it," Tuggle told the radio station. "I can't imagine that a national campaign would spend...
  • Judge delays John Ford's report to prison - Hearing set for Nov. 28

    10/01/2007 11:07:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 123+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/1/7 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford will not have to report to prison on Oct. 17 as scheduled. The former state senator was granted additional time this morning for his appellate attorney to obtain and review several thousand pages of transcripts from his bribery trial. Ford, 65, who was convicted in April of taking $55,00 in bribes as a state legislator, was sentenced last month to 5 ˝ years to be served in a federal prison near El Paso, Texas. U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen, however, continued the report date and set a hearing for Nov. 28 to determine whether he Ford...
  • Keeping the Debate In Politics to This Side Of 'Pants on Fire'

    09/21/2007 6:07:27 AM PDT · by MEGoody · 3 replies · 144+ views
    New Yourk Times ^ | 09/21/2007 | Carl Bialik
    When presidential candidates volley numbers at each other and toward voters, the truth sometimes gets caught in the crossfire. In recent weeks, Ron Paul overstated the U.S. death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rudy Giuliani overstated the impact on national crime rates of declining New York rates during his mayoral tenure, Barack Obama overstated the potential impact of an increase in voter turnout among black voters in the South, and John Edwards chose the higher of two government estimates of the number of Americans without bank accounts to emphasize a point.
  • The World's Wealthiest Poor--Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation weighs on in the two Americas

    09/12/2007 5:19:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 551+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 12, 2007 | Bill Steigerwald
    Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation is a national authority on poverty and the U.S. welfare system. Specializing in welfare reform and family breakdown, Rector has done extensive research on the economic and social costs of welfare. With presidential candidates of a certain hue decrying the suffering of the 37 million Americans who have been officially classified as poor by the U.S. Census Bureau, we thought we'd ask Rector if these poor people are really as poverty-stricken as we have been led to believe. I talked to the author of “America's Failed $5.4 Trillion War on Poverty” Thursday, Sept. 6,...
  • Ties to lender may cost Edwards: Company’s subprime loans, home foreclosures trouble supporters

    09/11/2007 8:10:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 715+ views
    The State ^ | September 9, 2007 | AARON GOULD SHEININ
    A subprime lender with ties to Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has moved to foreclose on more than 130 homes in South Carolina since the S.C. native went to work for its parent company, an analysis of courthouse records shows. The lender, Green Tree Financial, also was once the subject of a $30 million class-action verdict involving thousands of South Carolinians. Edwards’ ties to the company are disquieting to some supporters of the North Carolinian. On the campaign trail, Edwards has insisted he is the champion of lower-income families. Edwards’ ties to Green Tree also could hurt him with voters...