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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hot Mic: Dem Sen Michael Bennet Caught Saying Lame Duck Agenda is ‘All Rigged’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - A microphone accidentally left on during Tuesday’s Senate session caught one Democratic senator complaining that the agenda is “all rigged.”

After voting on the Food Safety Act, a microphone picked up Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) complaining that the process of setting the agenda during the lame-duck session is “rigged.”

“It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged,” he said. “The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.”

In comments made to the Daily Caller, Bennet Chief of Staff Guy Cecil stood by the remarks.

“It’s something he’s been talking about from day one,” Cecil told the DC. “The whole process being rigged against having a real conversation about tax cuts, the estate tax and the defense authorization. We’re not having a lot of those conversations. It’s just a symptom of Washington being broken.”

Congressman Steve Buyer (R) Erupts: 'This Is Why the American People Have Thrown You Out of Power!'

(From Freedom's Lighthouse via HotAirPundit) - Republican Rep. Steve Buyer reading acting House Speaker (Dem Rep. Laura Richardson) the riot act over the power games she was playing by refusing to recognize him to speak even though there was no one else even there to object to him being recognized. As she continued to deny him the right to speak, Buyer even said to her, “This is why the American People have thrown you out of power.” Here is how it all went down:

Home » News Energy Secretary Doesn’t See Future for Ethanol, After Billions in Subsidies

(CNSNews.com) - "Ethanol is not an ideal transportation fuel," Energy Secretary Stephen Chu told a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday.

Chu said the Energy Department "is much more focused on developing new, commercially-viable transportation technologies -– biomass and sugar, for example -– to make gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Those won't require changing the transportation infrastructure, including pipelines."

'Today' Show Portrays Wiki Leaker as a 'Teased' and 'Harassed' Victim of the Military

(Eyeblast.tv) - Instead of leading with how Army Private First Class Bradley Manning may have jeopardized national security with his document dump to WikiLeaks, NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, in his profile of Manning on Tuesday's 'Today' show, told viewers he was the "most unlikely suspect, with a youthful smile" and portrayed him as an abused victim of the military.

On 'Today': Matt Lauer Fails to Convince Republican Eric Cantor to Go Obama's Way and Raise Taxes

(Eyeblast.tv) - NBC's Matt Lauer, on Tuesday's 'Today' show, tries and fails to get Republican Eric Cantor to support President Obama's tax hikes.

Van Jones Emcees “Green Poetry” Battle Featuring Youth Slamming Oil, Business, and Bush

(The Blast) - Obama’s former Green Jobs Czar and global warming alarmist Van Jones has slightly crawled out from under his rock and is at it again. This time he’s the emcee of the Brave New Voices Speak Green poetry slam featuring 13-24 year olds. It appears the kids are the past the age of scaring the bejebus out them with the thought of drowning polar bears. They’ve hit the age where ‘big oil’, ‘big bad business’, and President Bush are now the worst human beings to ever walk the earth.

Warning: Strong language within video.

Jimmy Carter: Obama will be one tough hombre in next two years

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - Of course, this statement is relative. Coming from the man who kissed Leonid Brezhnev’s cheek, insisted we had nothing to fear from Communism, and watched the Iranians take over our embassy and seize our diplomatic personnel in Tehran, this could mean that Carter expects Obama to issue a couple of strongly worded memos. That’s not the only laughable point our former President makes in this CBS interview out today:

Bristol Palin Eyeing Big Money Deals

(PopEater.com) - Bristol Palin didn't 'technically' win 'Dancing With the Stars' last week, but financially, the 20-year-old mom is paso doble-ing all the way to the bank.

"Bristol made over $345,000 from being on the show and currently is getting $35,000 for each speaking gig she does," an insider reveals to me. "Yet, all that is going to feel like pocket change if one or two of the big deals she's currently working on actually happens."

Palin family friends tell me there is a major deal in the works for Bristol to be the spokesperson for a middle American fashion brand, as well as a book deal and a multi-million offer to appear on another reality show.

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CA State Treasurer Bill Lockyer (D) Spanks Fellow Democrats Over Junk Spending

Jeb Bush: I’m Siding With Mom Over Palin

(By David A. Patten and Kathleen Walter, Newsmax.com) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is supporting his 85-year-old mother in her apparent feud with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, while also praising the former GOP vice presidential candidate for having "fantastic political instincts."

In an exclusive interview Monday, Bush told Newsmax.TV: "If it's between my mom and Gov. Palin, I've got to go with my mom, just in general, because she's my mother."

He added with a smile, "So you're not going to get me in trouble with disagreeing with my beloved mother of 85 years, who occasionally from time to time says things that give us all great joy, and sometimes some consternation."

Obama Gaffe Hall of Fame

Stalling? Harry Reid Opens Lame Duck With 5-Minute Football Story

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Harry Reid (D-NV) apparently likes to tell stories. In fact, he took over five minutes on Monday on the Senate floor to tell the story of how his University of Nevada Wolf Pack football team beat the powerhouse Boise State Broncos over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It may have been the worst story in Senate floor history.

For starters, and before we get to the details of the speech, the burning question is why waste over five minutes on such a story? I‘m pretty sure many of Reid’s colleagues in Congress just got bounced for not doing their jobs — giving such a speech to open up the lame duck session just seems off.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: Off Record, 'All' Conservative Leaders Agree With My Sarah Palin Criticism

(Eyeblast.tv) - On 'Morning Joe', Joe Scarborough claims that--off the record--"all" conservative leaders and talk radio hosts with whom he's spoken share his criticism of Sarah Palin.

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Weekly Standard's William Kristol discusses the 2010 resurgence of American conservatism

(Carolina Journal TV) - William Kristol, 'Weekly Standard' editor and Fox News contributor, describes the resurgence of interest in limited-government conservatism among Americans in 2010. Kristol offered these comments during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio (Program No. 392).

North Carolina Budget Feast

Raleigh, NC (Carolina Journal TV) - North Carolina's budget is about to go on a diet.

The newly elected General Assembly will face a deficit of at least $3 billion. The Republican dominated legislature will have to squeeze the state's approximate $20 billion general fund to find that savings.

Lawmakers also need to find another $3.2 billion to put the state's public employee retirement plans back on solid fiscal ground.

Durham Council OKs Use of Mexican ID Card

Questions about matricula consular's reliability do not dissuade council

DURHAM (By Kristy Bailey, Carolina Journal Online) —
The Durham City Council voted 5-2 in late November to support its police department's use of the controversial Mexican matricula consular ID card, a form of identification issued by the Mexican Consulate but rejected as unreliable by 22 of 32 Mexican states.

No banks in Mexico recognize the card, said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. That's because the Mexican Consulate does not verify applicants’ identities before issuing a matricula consular ID, Spakovsky said.

Durham Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden, Mayor Bill Bell, and council members Diane Catotti, Michael Woodard, and Farad Ali voted for a resolution authorizing the police department to accept the card as a valid form of ID.

King to Post Flag Policy on City Website

The controversy concerning the flying of the Christian flag stems from an Afghanistan war who veteran complained that the flag didn't belong there. The flag was removed in September from the park.

The proposed policy allows veterans and their family, who are citizens of King, to fly a flag that honors the veteran for one week at a time at the Veteran's Memorial Park.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fat Cat Media Sensation Prince Chunk Dies in NJ

BLACKWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An enormously fat cat named Prince Chunk who became famous when he was found wandering in New Jersey after his owner lost her home to foreclosure has died.

Prince Chunk’s adoptive owner, Vince Damiani of Blackwood, said the white tabby died in his sleep Sunday. He was about 10 years old. Damiani said a veterinarian had diagnosed the cat with heart disease.

Prince Chunk skyrocketed to fame in August 2008 after the Camden County Animal Shelter, which took him in, reported that he weighed 44 pounds, just shy of a world record.

Tony Blair & Christopher Hitchens Debate Religion in Public Life

TORONTO (AP) — Former British prime minister Tony Blair says his religious beliefs did not play a role in his decision to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq during a debate about the merits of religion in Toronto.

Blair spoke Friday night during a debate with writer Christopher Hitchens about whether religion is a force for good in the world.

Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Blames Dropped Pass on God

(NewsCore) - Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson blamed God for dropping a game-winning touchdown in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Bills outscored the Steelers 16-3 in the second half to force the overtime, but let the victory slip through their fingers, literally, as Johnson dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone.

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could only watch as Johnson dropped the sure touchdown and Pittsburgh drove 80 yards on the game's next series to set up the game-winning 41-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham

Willie Nelson Will Likely Go to Jail for Pot Bust, Expert Says

(By Hollie McKay, FoxNews.com) - Willie Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas on Friday for possession of six ounces of pot. As a result, the country music legend faces as many as two years behind bars.

“If the Texas prosecutors do not reduce the charges, and the marijuana's weight is indeed six ounces, then he is dealing with felony and a potential minimum of 180 days in a county jail and a maximum of two years, with a $10,000 fine,” explained former California-based prosecutor, Robin Sax.

The arrest came after a border patrol officer smelled the substance on Nelson’s tour bus at a checkpoint. After the marijuana was discovered, the braided country music legend and two others were arrested.

Nelson was was held briefly on a $2,500 bond before being released.

Howard Dean: Government Should Pick Guests on Fox & MSNBC Because Ignorant Americans Don’t Know What’s Going On

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Pres. Obama Sets Air Force One Record

Military Pegs Hourly Air Force One Cost at $181G, as Obama Sets Travel Record

(FoxNews.com) -
The average American could buy a house for the amount of money it takes to run Air Force One every hour.

The U.S. military has provided an updated estimate on that cost, first published by a taxpayer watchdog group and confirmed by FoxNews.com, and the number is staggering -- $181,757 per hour. That's the price tag for shuttling around President Obama, who, as it turns out, has spent more days abroad in his first two years than any other president.

Estimates over the years based on government reports and independent number-crunching have always reflected a steep cost for presidential travel, but the figure provided by the 89th Airlift Wing appears to be far higher than any previously reported. It was first published in a report this week on presidential travel by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation.

"It's astonishing. It's far higher than any other ... figure that's been reported on. It's very surprising, and of course it's just a fraction of the overall cost involved with presidential travel," said policy analyst Demian Brady, who wrote the study.

Epic 'Tea Party' Rant Sweeps Through Europe

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - Nigel Farage may not be a name familiar name for many Americans, but his message to the European Union [last] week echoed the familiar anti-spending slogans of America’s tea party movement.

[Last] week, Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party and co-president of Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), spoke out against the EU for allowing member states to get into debt and bailing them out at the expense of the ordinary people of Europe. All this in the name of cohesion, he suggests, marks significant threats to democracy.

“We don’t want that flag, we don’t want the anthem, we don’t want this political class,” Farage said. “We want the whole thing consigned to the dustbin of history.”

“Just who the hell do you think you people are? You are very, very dangerous people indeed,” he said. “Your obsession with creating this Euro-State means that you’re happy to destroy democracy. You appear to be happy for millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor. Untold millions must suffer so that your Euro-Dream can continue.”

GOP says now's not the time for tax reform in NC

RALEIGH, NC (By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press) - Tax reform is headed to the back burner again in North Carolina, despite new management at the General Assembly.

Corporate chiefs, social advocates and politicians on both sides of the political aisle have argued for a generation the state's tax system is outdated because it reflects a manufacturing economy of textiles, tobacco and furniture. They've pleaded with the Legislature and governors to retool the tax code, tax more services like automobile repairs or legal work and reduce tax rates that are among the highest in the Southeast.

"This is an issue that has been up and down the flag pole," said retired Wachovia Corp. chief executive John Medlin, a reform proponent and a Republican. "It's something which needs to be done, but it never is quite the right time to do."

It appears 2011 won't be the right time, either.

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Media Reports Drove Easley Investigation

Prosecutors relied on information from 'CJ', other sources

RALEIGH (By Don Carrington, Carolina Journal Online) —
State and federal prosecutors have acknowledged to 'Carolina Journal' that their decision to open a corruption investigation often stems from a news story suggesting improper behavior or criminality by public officials.

“The case [against former Gov. Mike Easley] began after credible allegations of misconduct were presented in the news media,” U.S. Attorney George Holding told 'CJ'. “Without investigative journalists here in the capital, much misconduct would not have come to light.”

Holding said the federal probe of Easley — the first North Carolina governor convicted of a felony for official actions during his time in office — officially began in February 2009.

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Ronald Reagan Biographer Refutes Bob Woodward's Claim Obama's Too Busy to be Effective: Reagan Was Just As Busy

(Breitbart.tv) - Bob Woodward believes Obama is too busy to write his own speeches because he has too much to do, like visit Ohio. Edmund Morris assures him Obama is no busier than Ronald Reagan, and Reagan still had time to write speeches and letters by hand.

CNN's Howard Kurtz: ‘Is Drudge America’s Assignment Editor?’

(Breitbart.tv) - CNN's Howard Kurtz highlights the Drudge Report's influence on American journalism.

Chris Matthews Favorably Compares Sarah Palin to Bill Clinton

(Eyeblast.tv) - No, he doesn't quite have a thrill up his leg for Sarah, but he does give her grudging credit for perseverance and natural political ability. However, he refers to the 2008 campaign as a "humiliating pounding" while many would consider Palin's contribution to that campaign as the single bright spot for conservatives.

To David Letterman's Irritation, His Mom Won’t Blame Global Warming for Warm Days in Indianapolis

(Eyeblast.tv) - David Letterman is a big believer in cataclysmic predictions about global warming, but on Wednesday’s program his mom, Dorothy, rejected his proposition that global warming was to blame for some unseasonably warm days in Indianapolis -- prompting her disappointed son to shake his head in disapproval.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Congressman-Elect Allen West (R-FL): ‘Bigoted and Ignorant'

Obama Spiritual Advisor Jim Wallis Accuses Fox News of ‘Spiritual Assassination’; ‘There Wouldn’t Be a Tea Party If There Wasn’t a Black Man in the White House’

(Breitbart.tv) - The Reverend Jim Wallis is a Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, and of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name.

It was recently revealed that Rev. Wallis accepted money for Sojourners from George Soros, who has financed groups supporting abortion and atheism.

Actor Leslie Nielsen Dead at 84

(Breitbart.tv) - Leslie Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and an accident-prone detective in "The Naked Gun" comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.

Charles Krauthammer Rips Liberal Media for Being Obsessed with Sarah Palin

(By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters.org) - Charles Krauthammer on Friday tore into the liberal media for being obsessed with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

After Krauthammer scolded the "editorial judgment" of the producers of PBS's "Inside Washington" for week after week prominently displaying her as the "only representative of conservatism of any importance" in this nation, the Washington Post's Colby King proved his point...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Whoopi Goldberg Doesn't Believe Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor, Muslims More Persecuted Than Jews

Nigel Farage: 'Who the Hell do You Think You Are: The Euro Game Is Up!'

(Eyeblast.tv) - Courtesy www.economicvindicator.com/: Wednesday (11/24/10) during the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nigel Farage, co-President of the EFD group, gave his concluding remarks at the European Council meeting on economic governance (28-29 October). His comments could have easily been directed at President Obama and the US Democratic regime of the past two years.

Bristol Palin Finishes Third On 'Dancing With The Stars' Finale

LOS ANGELES (The Blaze/AP) — Jennifer Grey is the new “Dancing With the Stars” champ.

The 50-year-old actress beat out actor Kyle Massey and voting favorite Bristol Palin to take the title Tuesday.

Grey and professional partner Derek Hough earned a string of perfect scores on their way to the mirrorball trophy. The couple consistently topped the judges’ leaderboard throughout the season, but Palin’s cadre of voter support led to some surprising upsets, including Brandy’s elimination after earning a perfect score last week.

Grey overcame physical pain to claim the “Dancing” championship, including an old injury in her neck and a new one in her knee.

Sarah Palin Hits Back at ‘Blue Blood’ Bushes

(Breitbart.tv) - Sarah Palin appeared on 'The Laura Ingraham Show' to discuss her new book 'America by Heart' and responds to a recent comment by Barbara Bush.

Liberal Rep John Conyers (D-MI) Browses Girlie Mag on Flight to DC

(Breitbart.tv) - Rep. John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, checks out pictures of nude women while sitting on a plane. We're pretty sure the "what a man does in the privacy of his own home" defense doesn't apply.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

1st Inaugural Address: President Reagan's Inaugural Address 1/20/81

(Reagan Foundation) - President Reagan's 1st Inaugural address including being sworn into office - 1/20/81.

NBC News 'Decision 1980': Reagan Wins

(YouTube) - NBC News projects at about 8:15 PM that Ronald Reagan is elected President. The early NBC projections sparked controversies inside and outside the media. A mayor protested that it "effectively ended the races even before the polls in her area are closed." A CBS commentator called it "small beer." ABC was caught under pressure and Walter Cronkite was forced to explain to viewers what was happening. Also, this was the first time that exit polls were used by a network as the sole basis for projecting a winner for a state.

Later on, David Brinkley will call it a "suburban swimming pool," while others call it "Lake Reagan." And of course, NBC News team was more than happy to have that win as the earliest network to announce a winner at the time they are facing problems with Chancellor being defeated by Reynolds and Cronkite.

Also, America saw three generations of NBC anchormen. David Brinkley of Huntley-Brinkley Report fame, his successor (and sometimes co-anchor) John Chancellor, and in turn Chancellor's successor Tom Brokaw (who was then announcing the Today show).

1980 Presidential Candidate Debate: Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter - 10/28/80

(Reagan Foundation) - The full-length 1980 Presidential Candidate Debate between Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter on 10/28/80.

Republican National Convention: Gov. Reagan's Acceptance Speech for the Presidential Nomination

(Reagan Foundation) - Governor Reagan's acceptance speech for the Republican Presidential Nomination at the 1980 RNC - 7/17/80.

Candidacy for Presidency: Ronald Reagan's announcement of Candidacy for President of U.S. 11/13/79

(Reagan Foundation) - Ronald Reagan's Announcement of Candidacy for President of the United States on 11/13/79.

"A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan

(Reagan Foundation) - Televised Campaign Address for Goldwater Presidential Campaign - 10/27/64.

Audio: Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine

(Reagan Foundation) - Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine, circa 1961. Audio file.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Liberal Rep Barney Frank (D-MA): Serving on Appropriations Committee in Republican House Will Be A 'Pain In The A**'

(CNSNews.com) - House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) predicts that serving on the Appropriations Committee in the incoming Republican-majority House of Representatives will be a “great pain in the a**."

“Fascinating fact, apparently for the first time in anybody’s memory, members of Congress have declined seats on the Appropriations Committee," Frank said. "Republican members have said, ‘I don’t want to be on the Appropriations Committee.’ The Appropriations Committee, which has been a great plum, is now going to be a great pain in the a** because you’re going to be expected to come up with cuts in things that are very popular, et cetera.”

Gov. Ed Rendell (D) On Midterm Election Losses In PA: 'Voters Don’t Always Vote On Logical Reasons'

(CNSNews.com) - Governor Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) said that Pennsylvania Democrats lost key House and Senate races in the midterm election because “voters don’t always vote on logical reasons,” adding that Democrats “understand” the reason for voters’ “anger” and “it’s pretty hard to quarrel with.” His comments were made while participating in a conference call sponsored by the Center for American Progress (CAP) about the need for Congress to extend unemployment benefits.

CNSNews.com asked Rendell, “Since many of these issues are likely to come up in the next Congress, I’m interested to hear why you think so many key races in the House and Senate were lost by Pennsylvania Democrats this past election?”

Rendell responded, “Well, because people don’t always vote on logical reasons. Emotion drives voters particularly when they have reason to be angry and frustrated. If you lost your job or lost your house or lost your 401k, you had every reason to be angry and frustrated and when you are, you have a tendency to blame the people who are in office and that’s true whether it’s a Republican incumbent or a Democratic incumbent.”

Bruce Springsteen: 'The boss' rails against 'very ugly' political climate surrounding Barack Obama

The American political climate for achieving change is “very, very ugly,” according to Bruce Springsteen, as he launched a staunch defense of Barack Obama.

(By Andrew Hough, UK Telegraph) -
The 61 year-old rock legend, a high-profile supporter of the US President, railed against critics for their use of the “most extreme language” to describe “the most modest reforms” being introduced by Mr Obama.

The singer-songwriter, whose song The Rising became a theme of the Democrats' "Vote for Change" events, said there was a “tremendous distortion of information” in American politics.

The "Born in the USA singer", who has won 20 Grammys award, an Oscar and sold more than 120m records worldwide, appeared to also blame wealthy Washington lobbyists for hampering Mr Obama’s reform agenda.

Mike Barnicle to Air Travelers: If You're Upset, Take the Bus

(Eyeblast.tv) - Columnist Mike Barnicle had some pointed words on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" for exasperated air travelers.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz goes into brain freeze as he confuses Sarah Palin with . . . Michelle Obama

Rush Limbaugh - Assault on internet freedom coming this Christmas!

(Eyeblast.tv) - Courtesy: www.dittos-rush.com The FCC may regulate Internet lines days before Christmas. Rush had a few comments of his own today: "It's going to limit the amount of conservatism that you'll be able to find." As a candidate back in 2007, Obama told us he was going to level a few playing fields.

Michelle Obama Pushes Funding for 6,000 Salad Bars in Public Schools

(Breitbart.tv) - A White House official says Michelle Obama will announce details of a plan to put 6,000 salad bars in public school lunchrooms within the next three years.

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage: TSA Scanner Missed my Foot-Long Razor Blades

(Breitbart.tv) - The famous Mythbuster tells an audience that despite going through a full body scanner he accidentally made it on a plane with 12-inch razor blades.

Sarah Palin: If I Become a Distraction I Won’t Run

(Breitbart.tv) - The former Vice Presidential candidate appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show [yesterday] and discussed her decision making process for a potential presidential candidacy.

Durham Passes Winston-Salem as State's 4th Largest City

(WGHP) - Durham has passed Winston-Salem to become the fourth most populous city in North Carolina, according to the latest estimates by Buffalo Business First.

According to the report, Durham had 237,214 residents as of Nov. 22, while Winston-Salem had a population of 234,268. A year ago, Winston-Salem had 229,828 residents, compared to 229,171 in Durham.

Raleigh remains firmly entrenched as the second biggest city in North Carolina. With a population of 426,708, Raleigh ranks comfortably ahead of Greensboro (260,927) but well behind Charlotte (729,781).

National Action Network's $1.1 million debt doesn't stop Rev. Al Sharpton's $250,000 salary

(By Douglas Feiden, NY Daily News) - The Rev. Al Sharpton paid himself a six-figure salary for the first time last year - even as his civil rights group drowns in red ink and his tax bill hit nearly $1 million.

After back-to-back years in which he took no compensation from the National Action Network, Sharpton pulled down $250,000 last year, the organization's federal tax filings show.

The payday comes even as his group, a Harlem-based nonprofit organization, lists $1.1 million in unpaid city, state and federal payroll taxes as of Jan. 1, the group's auditor told the Internal Revenue Service.

Easley Cops a Plea in Campaign Finance Probe

Former governor takes felony plea in state prosecution, federal charges will not be pursued

RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) —
Mike Easley became the first governor in North Carolina history to be convicted of a felony connected to his conduct in public office after prosecutors and Easley’s attorneys reached a plea deal on state charges Tuesday.

Appearing relaxed and confident, the former two-term Democratic governor and attorney general entered an Alford Plea — under which Easley maintained his innocence while conceding that prosecutors might have enough evidence to get a jury conviction. At a Wake County Courthouse hearing, state and federal prosecutors agreed to drop their case against Easley when he pleaded guilty to a Class I felony for violating campaign finance laws.

Easley’s sentence could have included up to 15 months in prison. Instead, prosecutors agreed to no jail time and a $1,000 fine plus court costs. Wake County Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith approved the deal.

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Stokes County’s financial audit is complete - High ratings for Stokes but dark economic prognoses ahead

(By Leslie Bray, The Stokes News) - The Stokes County Board of Commissioners was presented with the annual county audit this month, and the results were positive. Shane Fox of Martin, Starnes and Associates, CPAs, P.A., was on hand at the Board’s early November meeting to tell the audit story.

Fox told them that Stokes had received an unqualified opinion which is the very best opinion that can be given; about half of the counties get that. There were no findings or questioned costs for the county, nor any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses identified. Fox couldn’t say enough about Stokes County’s Director of Finance Julia Edwards and her staff and coworkers; he acknowledged that they were “fully prepared and cooperative.”

Stokes County Commissioners pass school capital project ordinance - Controversial item added to agenda that night

(By Leslie Bray, The Stokes News) - The Stokes County Board of Commissioners may have voted on Nov. 8 to incur debt to build and renovate schools, but the issue is still a controversial one. This was proven at Monday night’s regular commissioners meeting in Danbury as the Board was faced with whether or not to approve a capital project ordinance submitted by the Stokes County Board of Education.

The ordinance was eventually approved by a 4-1 vote, but not without much discussion and opposition from Vice Chair Ernest Lankford.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Good Morning America' - Bristol Palin on DWTS

(Eyeblast.tv) - 'Good Morning America' discusses Bristol Palin on 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Fox News' Neil Cavuto to ‘Guilty’ Millionaires: Write a Check to Uncle Sam Now!

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - A petition signed by 45 “patriotic” millionaires has been delivered to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, encouraging them to allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the close of 2010. But during his “Your World” broadcast Monday afternoon, Fox News‘ Neil Cavuto dedicated a full segment of his program to address the millionaires’ “guilty” feelings.

“Why write a letter when you could all just write a check?” Cavuto asked, suggesting if they felt the need to contribute more, they were more than welcome to. “Why wait for your answer, guys? Pay more now!”

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Barbara Bush: “You Can’t Dislike Bill Clinton”

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - It seems no one is immune to former president Bill Clinton’s Southern charm– even the couple who lost the White House to him. In today’s special Larry King exclusive with George H.W. and Barbara Bush, both the former President and First Lady heaped praise upon the Clinton clan, thankful for the easy transition of power and the “really good personal relationship” that developed between the families.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ): The problem here is not the teachers, it’s their union

(By Cubachi, Hot Air) - When it comes to Governor Chris Christie, there is no better representative at pinpointing what is so egregiously wrong about the public education system in New Jersey: the teachers union.

In a town hall meeting yesterday in Hackettstown, NJ, a man asked the governor, why is it that he has to demonize “good teachers” and falsely claim to students that teachers are the “greedy people” to blame for their lack of school supplies and poor education levels.

In true Christie form, the Governor railed against such a distortion and pointed out to the gentleman that his contention is not against teachers, but against their union, who provides teachers 4-5% pay raises per year in a zero inflation economy as well as free health benefits for life without contributing anything to the system.

Where in the world did this questioner get the idea that Christie has lambasted teachers? Early in November, Christie made it a point to visit students in Trenton to answer their questions and respond to their gripes about the school system. During his question and answer session, Christie made it a point to highlight that his fight is not against the teachers, but their union.

George H.W. Bush: Romney’s my favorite in 2012

(By Allahpundit, Hot Air) - Short of a crown physically being placed on Mitt’s head, this is as close as we’re likely to get to an official coronation of him as the establishment choice in the primaries. I was giggling while watching it, trying to imagine his reaction as the most RINO-y president of modern times gives him a very public thumbs up, but actually this shouldn’t hurt much. The base is already lost to him thanks to RomneyCare, so the best he can hope for now is to consolidate his position among centrists/anti-Palinists. And the Bushes did him a major solid on that front: Not only do they both talk him up, but when pressed on other candidates they like, they mentioned only Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, and Bobby Jindal (who almost certainly isn’t running). The omission of Mitch Daniels, a potential genuine threat to Romney, is conspicuous given Daniels’s service in Dubya’s administration. I wonder if that was mere absent-mindedness or a deliberate snub. Ah well. No mystery, though, as to why they failed to mention Palin; Barbara’s contempt for her, in particular, is obvious.

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Former NC Gov Mike Easley (D) Enters Felony Plea Agreement

Mug shot of former NC Governor Mike Easley (D)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has entered a plea agreement over a false campaign finance report, consenting to a $1,000 fine after state and federal prosecutors spent more than a year combing through his life.

Easley entered an Alford plea in Wake County court, which means he acknowledged the state's evidence could result in a conviction without having to admit any guilt. Prosecutors say the plea also ends a federal probe that started in February 2009, a month after he left office.

Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith still must agree to the plea deal.

The agreement stems from the investigation by Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly, who was brought in to examine the case after the State Board of Elections fined Easley's campaign $100,000.

Barbara Bush Responds to Book Account of Fetus in a Jar

Sarah Palin On Bristol’s DWTS Effort: ‘Haters Are Going To Hate… So We Might As Well Dance’

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - The nation may be in a tizzy over Bristol Palin’s final appearance on Dancing with the Stars, but no one is more excited for her than proud mama grizzly Sarah . In an hour-long specially appearance with Sean Hannity tonight, the proud mother echoed Bristol’s philosophy that “haters are going to hate” and praised the teen mom-turned-dancing-abstinence-advocate for “committing to a cause that’s worth it.”

Obama Administration Buys One in Four Hybrids as Consumer Market Slumps

(By Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green, Bloomberg) - President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes.

The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.

The government is boosting investment in a technology that has failed to win broad acceptance after more than a decade in the marketplace. Consumer sales of hybrids are headed for their third consecutive yearly decline. Government agencies and businesses have said they also will purchase all-electric models being introduced by automakers including GM.

"At some point, the reality is that for this technology to be accepted, it needs to be done without a government crutch," said Jeff Schuster, director of forecasting at J.D. Power & Associates in Troy, Michigan. "But without a huge gas-price increase or further government demand, the natural demand just isn't to be there."

Media Matters' David Brock: Hypocrite

Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins

(By MICHAEL LUO, The New York Times) -
In what may prove a significant development for the 2012 elections, David Brock, a prominent Democratic political operative, says he has amassed $4 million in pledges over the last few weeks and is moving quickly to hire a staff to set up what he hopes will become a permanent liberal counterweight over the airwaves to the Republican-leaning outside groups that spent so heavily on this year's midterm elections.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest of Robert F. Kennedy's 11 children, has agreed to serve as the chairwoman of the group, which will be called American Bridge, lending to the still extremely nascent undertaking the weight of what remains one of the most significant families in Democratic politics.

Leading Democratic donors who have already pledged money to the group include Rob McKay, heir to the Taco Bell fortune and chairman of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of wealthy liberal donors; Robert Dyson, who heads Dyson-Kissner-Moran, a takeover and acquisitions firm in New York City; and Marcia L. Carsey, a television producer who gave $1 million to Democratic outside groups in 2004.

Mr. Brock said in an interview that he planned to formally file papers with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday to set up American Bridge as what is known as an independent-expenditure-only political action committee, meaning it will be able to take in contributions of unlimited size from individuals and corporations but must regularly disclose its donors. Certain to set off debate, however, is that Mr. Brock appears to be positioning his new organization so that fund-raising consultants can raise money for Democratic-oriented media efforts not just through American Bridge but also via one of the nonprofit organizations Mr. Brock currently runs, Media Matters Action Network, which does not disclose its donors.

Gov’t Health Care: Lack of Water Forces Patients to Drink From Vases at UK Hospital

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Thirsty patients at a British hospital were so desperate for care and especially water that they had to drink from flower vases, family members claim.

Julie Bailey, one such family member whose mother Bella died at the hospital in question, said patients were left “screaming” out in pain on chaotic and under-staffed wards at Stafford Hospital. When she approached the hospital about the matter, she said it told her it could not leave water out overnight due to “health and safety.”

Bailey told her story to a panel looking into the situation, the Daily Mail reports.

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GOP to Begin Budget-Crafting Process in December

With new leadership team in place, GOP faces major fiscal challenges

RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) —
With its leadership team chosen, the North Carolina Republican legislative caucus plans to start its budget-crafting work in earnest, with top leaders launching the laborious process of planning how to slash the state’s deficit next month.

Presumed House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from Mecklenburg County, said the GOP plans to begin in December “with zero-based buildups on a department-by-department basis.” The goal is to overcome an estimated $3.2 billion deficit without raising taxes or cutting core services too deeply.

The legislature won’t convene until Jan. 26, but the incoming Republican majorities, faced with a daunting lineup of legislative hurdles, aren’t wasting time.

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Former Gov Mike Easley (D-NC) agrees to plea deal

RALEIGH (BY J. ANDREW CURLISS, The News & Observer) - Former Gov. Mike Easley has agreed to a plea deal to end the long-running state and federal investigations into his actions while he was in office.

A hearing in the case has been set for noon today at the Wake County Courthouse, according to a statement from Judge Donald W. Stephens. Any deal could still fall apart because Easley or prosecutors could change their minds. And a judge must accept any deal.

Officials would not comment publicly, but multiple sources told The News & Observer that Easley, a Democrat who served two terms each as North Carolina's governor and attorney general, had agreed to a deal with prosecutors.

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City of King proposes policy that would allow citizens to fly flags at veterans memorial

(By John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal) - King residents can request to fly a religious flag for a week at the city’s Veteran’s Memorial to honor relatives who served in the armed forces under a policy city officials are considering.

The city would use a lottery system to randomly select the residents who want to fly a religious flag at the memorial’s Central Park site, Joe Infranco, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund, said during a three-hour public hearing about the policy last night at King Elementary School. About 100 people attended.

The proposal’s airing was the latest development in the fight over the removal of a Christian flag from the memorial in September.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pres. Obama Bashes Bush Overseas at NATO Summit

Obama: “The message I want to send is that after a period in which relations between the United States and Europe were severely strained, that strain no longer exists… in terms of a broad vision of how we achieve transatlantic security the alliance has never been stronger”…

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Bombshell evidence may make liberal Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) an ethics nightmare for Dems

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - Apparently, the Charlie Rangel ethics trial was just the warm-up act.  The New York Times reported over the weekend that the House Ethics Committee suddenly postponed the trial of Maxine Waters on ethics violation because it found more evidence of direct intervention by her office to benefit the bank in which her husband owned a substantial interest.  According to new e-mails uncovered by the committee, her chief of staff directly coordinated with other members of the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of OneUnited...

Jimmy Carter explains 'rabbit attack'

(CNN) - At 537 pages, former President Jimmy Carter's latest book, "White House Diary," is full of behind-the-scenes accounts of his time in the Oval Office - but one incident goes without mention, and it involves a rabbit.

In April of 1979, Carter used a paddle on his boat in Plains, Georgia to splash a rabbit and prevent it from swimming too close to his boat. Thirty-one years later, CNN's Howard Kurtz asked him about the ordeal.

"I was fishing one afternoon…," Carter said on CNN's "Reliable Sources." "…and a rabbit was being chased by hounds... he jumped in the water and swam toward my boat. When he got almost there, I splashed some water with a paddle."

Carter says that the animal turned in the opposite direction and crawled out of the pond. A photographer then snapped a picture, and the legend of the "killer rabbit" was born.

Rep-elect Allen West (R-FL): Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency

(By Gautham Nagesh, The Hill) - Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who said he plans to become the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, accused the organization of failing the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs.

"The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that's not the way that we should go," West said on Fox News Friday. "And those are not the types of principles that my mother and father raised me with in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia."

47th Anniversary: Walter Cronkite Reports John F. Kennedy Assassination

(Breitbart.tv) - On November 22, 1963 in Dallas, TX, the 35th President of The United States was assassinated.

NJ Gov Chris Christie (R): All Sen Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) does is 'blow hot air'

(By Jordan Fabian, The Hill) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is not particularly fond of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), saying in a recent interview that he is full of "hot air."

The new governor said he did not appreciate Lautenberg's criticism of his decision to cancel an $8.7. billion rail tunnel project that has been planned for more than a decade. 

 “All he knows how to do is blow hot air," Christie said in a profile published in New York Magazine. "So I don’t really care what Frank Lautenberg has to say about much of anything."

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Jimmy Carter: Fox News commentators have ‘deliberately distorted’ news

(By Kevin Bogardus, The Hill) - Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Fox News commentators such as Glenn Beck have “deliberately distorted” the news.

Speaking on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" Sunday, the former Democratic president took aim at the cable news channel climate, often a target for President Obama, and says he tries to avoid the cable chatter.

“The talk shows with Glenn Beck and others on Fox News, I think, have deliberately distorted the news. And it’s become highly competitive,” Carter said. “And my Republican friends say that MSNBC might be just as biased on the other side in supporting the Democratic Party, the liberal element.”

Al Gore Admits He Was Wrong About Ethanol Subsidies: ‘Not Good Policy’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Former Vice President Al Gore is admitting that he was wrong about “first generation” ethanol subsidies, calling them “not good policy” and admitting his support of them were clouded by his presidential ambitions.

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Oakland Raiders Football Player Richard Seymour Ejected for Punching Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour has been ejected for an openhanded punch to Ben Roethlisberger’s face as the Steelers quarterback was celebrating a touchdown pass.

After completing the 22-yard throw to Emmanuel Sanders, Roethlisberger jumped into the arms of tackle Flozell Adams. Roethlisberger then began walking forward and appeared to say something to Seymour, who turned and struck the quarterback in the jaw with his open right hand.

George Will Knocks Sarah Palin on ‘This Week’ Palinpalooza

George Will: "After the 2008 campaign she had two things she had to do: she had to go home to Alaska and study, and she had to govern Alaska well. Instead she quit halfway through her first term and shows up in the audience of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and other distinctly non-presidential venues."

VP Joe Biden, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski Laugh at Palin’s Belief She Could Beat Obama

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'Saturday Night Live' Imagines TSA Agents as Sex Workers

(NBC) - Lonely during the holiday season? Find a companion with a TSA patdown at airport security.

PBS Regular Mark Shields: I’ve Never Heard A Democratic Leader Accuse Bush of Lying Us Into War

(By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters.org) - Syndicated columnist and PBS regular Mark Shields on Friday actually said on national television that he has never heard a Democratic leader or presidential candidate accuse former President George W. Bush of lying America into the Iraq War.

This was said in response to Charles Krauthammer telling his fellow "Inside Washington" panelists that this all too common media assertion is the "essential untruth of this decade":

Barbara Bush to Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska

Barbara Bush: "She’s beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there."

Pope Benedict XVI: Condoms Can Be Justified in Some Cases

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Robert Reich: Sarah Palin's a 'Realistic Candidate' for President, Not Clear GM Bailout Was Necessary

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Allen West: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis is a hypocrite

(By The Right Scoop, Hot Air) - Civil Rights Icon John Lewis, admitting he didn’t know the facts of the case, proceeded to defend Charlie Rangel against his ethics violations by dredging up Rangel’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement. I guess the facts of the case or rather the actual ethics violations themselves don’t matter to John Lewis if you are one of his friends. Yet Allen West says that while he was being viciously attacked during his recent campaign, having his social security number mailed to all of his constituents and being accused of being a member of an all white motorcycle gang, that John Lewis came down and campaigned against him, supporting the man who was playing the race card and egregiously smearing him. West sees this as duplicitous and asks if instead of defending Charlie Rangel, Lewis should have stood on character.

West also has strong words for the Congressional Black Caucus that he criticizes for ‘preaching victimization and dependency’ while supporting ‘liberal social welfare policies that are failing in the black community’.

It’s been a long time in coming, but I am so happy to see Allen West, a man of character and principle, not only taking on the Congressional Black Caucus but the liberal policies of the Left in his new capacity as a congressman. This will be a fight worth watching.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Liberal Sen Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Likens U.S. to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan Because U.S. Bans Homosexuals From Military

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today likened the United States of America to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan because those nations also do not allow homosexuals in their militaries.

Boxer likened the U.S.A. to the Communist regime in North Korea, the Islamic regime in Iran and the Pakistani government at a press conference in which she called for repealing the ban on homosexuals in the military during the lameduck session of Congress, which is taking place now before the new members elected on Nov. 2 can arrive in Washington, D.C. and replace the members who are retiring or who were defeated.

“We now stand with this rule with countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan in banning gays and lesbians from military service,” said Boxer. “Our brave young men and women fight alongside allies like Australia, the United Kingdom and others who allow gays and lesbians to serve openly. Let’s not stand with Pakistan and with North Korea and Iran.”

‘Out of Context’: Sarah Palin Angry Over Leaked Excerpts of New Book

(Breitbart.tv) - The former V.P. candidate also reportedly takes aim at "American Idol" and the Obamas. Of the leaked excerpts, she tweeted, "The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?"

Saturday, November 20, 2010

AK GOP Senate Candidate Joe Miller on 'Cavuto'

Rachel Maddow Economics: Tax Cut, Tax Rate, What's the Difference?!

(Eyeblast.tv) - MSNBC's Rachel Maddow attacks Republicans over "tax cuts" despite the GOP simply wanting to keep the current tax rates the same.

CNN's Kathleen Parker: Alexander Hamilton was an Illegal Immigrant

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'Morning Joe' Mourns With Joe Biden Over Presidents Getting Demonized 'From Day One'

(Eyeblast.tv) - MSNBC's Joe Scarborough commiserated with Vice President Biden over the difficulties of the presidency.

Bernardine Dohrn Wonders if Obama Can Overcome the "Jewish Lobby"

(Eyeblast.tv) - Former Weather Underground terrorist Bernardine Dohrn discusses Obama, Palestine, Israel, and the "Jewish lobby".

CNN Wonders What Censure Will Do to Liberal Rep Charlie Rangel's (D-NY) Health

(Eyeblast.tv) - CNN anchors John Roberts and Candy Crowley reported Rep. Rangel's age and pondered the health risks caused by the trauma of him being censured by the House.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fox News' Megyn Kelly Makes Revealing GQ Appearance

Megyn Kelly in the most recent edition of GQ Magazine.

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Your eyes aren’t fooling you: that really is Fox News’s Megyn Kelly in the most recent edition of GQ Magazine.

The blonde-haired, and pregnant, anchor of “America Live” sat down with GQ’s Greg Veis for the December issue. The article’s title is to be expected: “She Reports, We Decide She’s Hot.”

While the magazine has not yet made a link available for the story, TVNewser does have some excerpts, including the magazine’s description of the conservative host:

Abhorred by the left, adored by the right, frequently pinata’d by The Daily Show, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has become the very blonde face — and legs — of the network. And she’s okay with that.

One end zone for offense at Wrigley

Only one end zone will be used for offense Saturday at Wrigley Field for the Illinois-Northwestern game because of safety concerns

(ESPNChicago.com) -
Only one end zone will be used for offense Saturday at Wrigley Field for the Illinois-Northwestern game because of safety concerns, the Big Ten announced Friday, and the Chicago Cubs said the decision caught them by surprise.

The east end zone is just feet away from the right-field wall, and although there is padding, there still were concerns that players could be injured there.

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Promotes Electric Car Charging Stations as Parent Company GE Sells Them

(Eyeblast.tv) - MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer did a story for the network's "Green Week" touting Houston, Texas creating a network of electric car charging stations. At the same time, the NBC parent company General Electric has been running commercials selling its own electric car charging stations.

Former Clinton Advisor Jami Floyd Calls Sarah Palin “Extraordinary Ass” On MSNBC

(By Ray Rahman, Mediaite) - Things went a little off-script today when former Clinton advisor Jami Floyd visited MSNBC’s 'Jansing and Company' to talk about (what else?) Sarah Palin. She slammed the Mama Grizzly’s political credentials like so: “[Former Governor Frank Keating] said she’s an extraordinary asset to her party. I say she’s an extraordinary ass, franky.” A surprised Chris Jansing wondered whether they could use such language on morning television. “I think we can,” Floyd answered, looking a little smitten with herself. “We’re all grownups.” Indeed.

What prompted her to liken Palin to the Democratic Party’s mascot? She cites Palin’s inability to tell Glenn Beck who her favorite Founding Fathers are. “She brings a lot to the table,” Flyod then said, seemingly backtracking a bit from her harsh comment. “But she’s not the next President of the United States.” Floyd, as MSNBC’s subtitles reminded us, is a former Clinton advisor. She’s currently works for truTV, whose slogan is “Not Reality. Actuality.”

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Joe Scarborough Suspended By MSNBC For Two Days Over Campaign Donations

(By Colby Hall, Mediaite) - Fans of Keith Olbermann who were upset that he was suspended by MSNBC President Phil Griffin over campaign donations often pointed to similar donations made by Joe Scarborough as an example of unfair treatment. Well it appears that the treatment is now fair according to a Politico report that asserts that Scarborough has been suspended for two days for similar contributions.

Laura Ingraham: “The Left Has Never Been About Free Speech, Unless You’re Maybe A Pornographer”

Bush Talks ‘Decision Points’ On Leno, Jokes About Exit Strategy, Drinking

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