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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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Alvin Greene to run for S.C. state House

(By Jordan Fabian, The Hill) - Alvin Greene, the unemployed military veteran who won the Democratic nomination to face Sen. Jim DeMint (R) this fall, has filed to run for South Carolina's state House.

Greene, who lost to DeMint by over 30 percentage points, paid the $165 entry fee five minutes after the filing period opened on Christmas Eve to run in a special election to replace the late state Rep. Cathy Harvin (D), according to The Associated Press.

His surprise primary victory over presumptive nominee Vic Rawls prompted calls from Democrats to investigate the election results, but he remained on the ticket through the general election.

Woman Spends 2 Hours Eating 30,000 Calorie ‘Christmas Dinner’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - A New Jersey resident striving to become the world’s fattest woman got one step closer this holiday season. That’s because her “Christmas dinner” consisted of a 30,000 calorie feast (which included two whole turkeys) that took two hours to eat.

Donna Simpson, 46, is already about 650 lbs and is looking to gain 350 more before hitting her goal weight of 1,000 lbs.

New Jersey Woman Wants to Be World's Fattest Woman: MyFoxNY.com

Man Quits Job to Make Living Suing E-Mail Spammers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them.

Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer when he received one too many e-mail pitches to enlarge his breasts.

Enraged, he launched a Web site called Danhatesspam.com, quit a career in marketing to go to law school and is making a decent living suing companies who flood his e-mail inboxes with offers of cheap drugs, free sex and unbelievable vacations.

Tea Party Nation President: NAACP, DHS And ACLU Are “Liberal Hate Groups”

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Judson Phillips, the leader of the Tea Party Nation who already made some controversial comments about only letting property owners vote, is at it again, now singling out the “top five liberal hate groups” for distinction. The lucky winners to have made his list include: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the ACLU, the SEIU and the NAACP. Claiming that too often conservative groups are defined as “hate groups,” Phillips is eager to return the favor.

Rahm Emmanuel’s Opponent Flushes Toilet During Radio Interview

(By Ray Rahman, Mediaite) - If radio really is the theater of the mind, then WGN-AM listeners were given a rather unfortunate show recently. As the station interviewed Congressman Danny Davis to discuss his campaign to become Chicago’s next mayor, the conversation was punctured by one of the most distinct sounds known to ears: that of a toilet flushing.

This Exists: Snow Penis Terrorizes Small Community

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - In the once peaceful town of Lafayette, Indiana, recent snowstorms have not only brought chilly weather but also a new menacing threat. Children are frightened, neighbors are helpless, and worst of all, local police are laughing and doing nothing to stop the carnage. Never fear, the stone cold serious reporters at Newschannel 18 are on the scene to restore order.

The terror: two snow sculptures of male genitalia. The victims: a permanently scarred child who pleads for the pain to stop and a distressed neighbor who thinks the “sculpture is disgusting.” The culprits: “artists” who “declined to comment but still had plenty to show” reporters in the form of a censored middle finger.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “I May Feel The Need To Run For Office Again”

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - MSNBC’s morning man Joe Scarborough tells PARADE magazine that he may not be done with politics–not covering them on 'Morning Joe', that is, but serving in Congress.

Scarborough, who was elected to Congress from Florida–and was suspended by MSNBC for supporting candidates in the Sunshine State–said he’s thought about running again. “I think I may at some point.”

Ex-MSNBC Host David Shuster Explains Departure, Slams Fox News, Glenn Beck

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - Ex-MSNBC host David Shuster emerged after months off the air, and came out firing at Fox News and Glenn Beck.

Shuster, who explained his sudden departure from MSNBC as amicable and caused by his interest in “looking around” for other work (Shuster was widely believed to have been auditioning for an anchor role at CNN) and “we had a disagreement about what happened.”

Shuster, filling in on the Jim Bohannon radio show Wednesday, told listeners MSNBC could not be compared to Fox News:

“MSNBC will never be as liberal as Fox is conservative.”

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Washington Post's Ezra Klein Laments 'Confusing' Nature of Old Constitution

(Eyeblast.tv) - The Washington Post's Ezra Klein appeared on MSNBC's Daily Rundown, December 30th, to mock the incoming Republicans for their stated fixation on the Constitution, asserting that the document is rather old and "confusing." MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell dismissed the GOP effort as "lip service" and wondered if it was a "gimmick."

PA Gov. Ed Rendell (D) Calls Delay Of Football Game “A Joke,” Argues With TV Weatherman

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - Gov. Ed Rendell thinks we’re becoming a “nation of wussies” for delaying the Eagles-Vikings game because of the blizzard not “in any way, shape or form a blizzard.”

The Pennsylvania governor went on FOX’s Philadelphia station, saying it was a “joke” that the football game had been scrubbed, saying that football fans were smart enough to make their own decisions about getting safely to the stadium–and, he believes, for braving a few inches of snow:

“I was looking forward to this. It would have been a real experience. This is what football is all about. We’re becoming a nation of wussies.”

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NFL Coach, Player Get in Screaming Match on Sideline

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - [Last Sunday], 49ers coach Mike Singletary got in a screaming match with his quarterback Troy Smith. Things got even more heated when a teammate came over and started smearing Smith’s face with a towel. In short, Singletary lost complete control of his team. Not surprisingly, he was fired hours after the incident:

Football Player‘s Coat ’Caught Fire’ on Sideline

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - When Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed‘s coat started smoking on the sideline during [last Sunday's] football game, you knew the TV announcers just couldn’t resist the “he’s on fire” line. They didn’t:

Global Warming Skeptic Predicts Brutal Winter, Warns “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - British meteorologist Piers Corbyn appeared on 'Fox and Friends' to not only celebrate his accurate prediction of a bone-chillingly cold winter, but to also share his disgust with what he believes to be the “failed science” behind global warming. Despite it often being mentioned that the consensus in the scientific community is that global warming is undisputedly occurring, Corbyn proudly goes against the grain and advocates for his hypothesis of the coming global 'cooling'.

Random Shouting Man Hops Fence, Scares Harry Smith On CBS 'Early Show'

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - On CBS [yesterday] morning, a “nutty” fan of 'The Early Show' hopped the fence to get as close as possible to host Harry Smith and substitute host Rebecca Jarvis. The unidentified man yelled a few inaudible things, but concluded with “in the house.” Although he wasn’t in the house for long as security immediately yanked the Smith admirer off camera.

The hosts were visibly shocked, but did manage to recover smoothly from the unexpected surprise. Although this guy may be onto something? Maybe encouraging audience participation would increase the popularity of the ratings-hungry morning show?

Professor Ties Michael Vick Case To Slavery, Civil Rights On MSNBC

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - Football person Michael Vick continued winning the slowest news week of 2010 [Wednesday night], but the pool of interpretations of this nearly two-year-old incident is rapidly drying up. On [Wednesday night's] 'Rachel Maddow', EP Bill Wolff (filling in for Maddow) brought in Professor Melissa Harris-Perry for a fresh take, and she delivered: Michael Vick is the victim of centuries of black oppression– from dogs? Update: Prof. Harris-Perry clarifies she was given three minutes less of discussion than expected. More below.

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Christine O’Donnell Calls Campaign Probe “Thug Tactic,” Blames Biden

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - Appearing [yesterday] morning on ABC’s 'Good Morning America', Christine O’Donnell flatly denied any misuse of campaign funds in her Senate campaign, and suggested reports of a federal criminal investigation could easily be tied to Delaware’s most powerful politician, Vice President Joe Biden.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Keith Olbermann Has Jumped The Twitter Shark With His Fox News 100% Bull**** Rant

(DailyRushbo.com) - Slide Show Of Keith Olbermann's Tweet Attack On Fox News And Bill O'Reilly.

Savannah Guthrie: 'I Know' Obama Sees Middle-Class Tax Cuts As 'Moral Issue'

(Eyeblast.tv) - On 'Morning Joe', Savannah Guthrie says: "I know the president looks at [middle-class tax cuts] as a moral issue."

Then and Now: Gas Prices Under Bush, Obama

(Eyeblast.tv) - In 2006, high gas prices were a challenge for Bush, but in 2010 Obama's name is not mentioned by "Nightline."

Ezra Klein: the Constitution is Impossible to Understand Because its Over 100 Years Old

(The Blast) - I actually think the dumbest part of this segment is where the host calls Ezra “the Nazis had some good ideas” Klein a wonk. I mean… good lord.

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Haliburton! Oil Could Soon Hit $110 Per Barrel Under Obama’s Watch

"Once you move above $100, then $110 is just clear freeway straight to that level."

FOX Sports NFL Commercial Teases TSA

Homophobia In Hollywood? 'Red Eye' Discusses Wisdom Of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Amongst Actors

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - In an interview with the 'Advocate', actor Richard Chamberlain recently discussed the danger for young leading male actors to come out of the closet and advised that in today’s culture it’s still better for their career to keep their sexuality a secret. This got 'Red Eye' host Greg Gutfeld wondering “how hilarious is it, that as the military now dumps [Don't Ask, Don't Tell] a Hollywood icon is imploring actors to embrace it. Anyway, why don’t we demand from Hollywood what Hollywood demands from the military?”

Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans Hits Buzzer-Beating, Half-Court, Game-Winning Shot

(By Glenn Davis, SportsGrid) - If this doesn’t spark the Sacramento Kings to bigger and better things, nothing will. Just 5-23 heading into last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, it looked like the Kings were on their way to an especially heartbreaking loss when the Grizzlies’ O.J. Mayo hit a jumper with 1.5 seconds left for a 98-97 lead. All the Kings had time to do was heave up a half-court desperation shot, which Tyreke Evans did.

And it went in.

CNN to Lorena Bobbitt: 'Are You Finally Able to Laugh About It?'

(Eyeblast.tv) - Hosting Lorena Gallo -- formerly Lorena Bobbitt -- on Tuesday's 10 a.m. newshour for CNN, anchor Alina Cho asked Gallo if she can now laugh about a 1993 domestic dispute, where she severed her husband's penis in response to what she claimed to be repeated spousal abuse.

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MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur: Why Is Tucker Carlson Not Calling For Huntress Sarah Palin’s Execution?

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - We’re officially in the eye of the least newsy week of the year, and in this desert of eventfulness, one lucky talking head struck gold. Tucker Carlson called for football player Michael Vick to be executed, and people cared. In fact, Carlson seems to have started a trend of promoting execution of those who mistreat animals, as now MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur would like one prominent Alaskan huntress to pay 'her' debts to society for killing caribou.

Career Criminal Arrested For 128th Time

Jet Goes Off Runway at Wyoming Airport

Environmentalism: Fresno, Zimbabwe

(Investors.com) - Fresno, Calif., stands as the de facto capital of California's mighty Central Valley, the breadbasket of America. So why is that city preoccupied with winning a $1 million prize to stave off hunger?

Local newspapers and Fresno County officials are trying to rally Facebook users to vote for Fresno in a corporate contest sponsored by Wal-Mart for $1 million in charity food donations for the hungry. Fresno, a city of 505,000, has taken the national lead because 24.1% of Fresno's families are going hungry.

Civic spirit is good, but something big is wrong here. Fresno is the agricultural capital of America. More food per acre in more variety can be grown in the fertile Central Valley surrounding this community than on any other land in America — perhaps in the world.

Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens.

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Outrage: Marine, Wife Attacked by Teenage Thugs at Theater

(Breitbart.tv) - A group of unruly teenagers attacked a 27-year-old Marine on leave from Afghanistan and his wife who had asked them to be quiet during a Christmas night showing of "Little Fockers."

Actor R. Lee Ermey Hammers Obama Administration: ‘They’re destroying this country’

(By John Nolte, Big Hollywood) - Most people recognize retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey from his iconic turn as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam film “Full Metal Jacket.” Ever since he’s been a familiar, welcome, and energetic character actor popping up regularly in a number of films ranging from “Mississippi Burning” to the horribly underrated “Saving Silverman.” Currently he can be seen as the host of  Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey on the History Channel and in a hilarious Geico commerical.

According to YouTube, the video below is from an appearance earlier this month in Indianapolis to benefit the USO and Toys for Tots, one of my personal favorite charities started by Marine reservists in 1947 to collect Christmas toys for needy children in Los Angeles. Over the last 60 years it’s  grown into one of the most respected charities in the world, delivering hundreds of millions of toys to tens of millions of kids.

Enjoy the video. Ermey obviously knows his audience for they ate up every word of it. The good stuff starts at right around the 1:30 mark and there’s a transcript below the fold.

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Is MSNBC Promoting Mike Huckabee for GOP Nomination?

(Breitbart.tv) - Contessa Brewer sounds like she could be on the Huckabee campaign payroll.

Tucker Carlson: “I Think Personally [Michael Vick] Should Have Been Executed”

(By Glenn Davis, Mediaite) - Tucker Carlson again filled in for Sean Hannity on 'Hannity' [Tuesday night], and couldn’t resist, as others already had, delving into the issue of President Obama praising Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance following Vick’s prison sentence for dog fighting. And while Carlson said he “believe[s] fervently in second chances,” he didn’t in Vick’s case. At all.

(Breitbart.tv) - While filling in for Sean Hannity, the Daily Caller Editor-In-Chief made what appears to be a sarcastic comment. Naturally, politically correct observers on the left are going crazy.

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Did Teamsters Order Work Slow-Down During NYC Blizzard?

Sanitation Union Fires Back At Accusations Of Slow-Down

(MYFOXNY.COM) - The chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee, Local 831, which represents men and women of the New York City Sanitation Department says there is no truth behind a rumor that his members worked slower during the blizzard of 2010.

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No Labels New Label: Incompetent

(Breitbart.tv) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city did not do as good a job as it should have removing snow. The mayor said most roads are now clear and the cleanup continues.

Dog Day: Pooch Gets Head Stuck in Wall

(Breitbart.tv) - An 8-month-old German shepherd gets his body stuck in a hole in a wall in California. Rescuing Rebel required the gentle nudging of two officers.

It’s official – Danbury's McCanless Inn/Moody Tavern new Civil War Trails site

(The Stokes News) - On Saturday, Oct. 23, the signage was installed at the residence of Richard and Jane Tharp at 601 N. Main Street in Danbury officially designating the circa 1830s McCanless Inn/Moody Tavern as a historic site on the North Carolina Civil War Trails system. North Carolina’s Trails highlight more than 750 Civil War-related sites statewide. A formal unveiling of the marker and Living History event with re-enactors from Durham, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania and tourism officials from Raleigh will be scheduled in the near future.

Nancy Reynolds Elementary School is set to open

(By Leslie Bray, The Stokes News) - The new Nancy Reynolds Elementary School will be opening its doors to students, teachers and staff on Monday, Jan. 3. The school is complete except for a few items left on the punch list, according to David Burge, Director of Operations for Stokes County Schools.

Christian Flag will fly again at Veterans Memorial - City of King holds lottery to determine flags to be flown

(By Leslie Bray, The Stokes News) - The 11th flagpole at the Veterans Memorial in King has been empty since the Christian flag once flying there was removed on Thursday morning, Sept. 16. But as of Monday, Jan. 3, it will be seen fluttering in the wintery breeze once again.

The City of King, in accordance with its newly-adopted limited public forum policy for the Memorial at Central Park, held a lottery on Wednesday, Dec. 22, to determine which flags would fly on the now-empty flagpole throughout 2011. One hundred ten applications were turned in to King City Hall. Each one was assigned a number to have the chance to be one of 52 flags to fly next year—one per week.

The lottery was held at the American Legion in King with many residents and City of King officials present, although the room was far from full compared to previous meetings involving this issue. The entire process took less than an hour on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Top 10 Sports-Related 'SNL' Skits Ever

(By Dan Fogarty, SportsGrid) - Any time 'Saturday Night Live' covers the world of sports, we pay attention. Whether or not it’s in one of its “down times,” (and, really, there’s always someone, somewhere who’s making that case) 'SNL' is always culturally relevant. So when a sports topic is big enough to be lampooned by their writing staff, you know it’s crossed over into the mainstream.

Recently we saw this occur with the Brett Favre “Open Fly Jeans” commercial. Sure, everyone was already aware of what happened before 'SNL' covered it, but when they did it sort of put a bow on Favre’s dong in the pop cultural sense. We’ll always think of Jason Sudeikis’ blurred-out dangly parts any time we see Favre riding in that Wrangler truck from now until the end of time.

Many of 'SNL’s' best sports-related skits weren’t even topical. Iconic characters on the show, like the Chicago Bears super fans, the over-caffeinated Spartan cheerleaders, and Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray impression were based completely on sports figures and culture. Without balls in the air, we’d miss out on so many laughs.

Here now are the Top 10 Sports-Related 'SNL' Skits Ever.

Narrow Escape: President Obama Nearly Hit By Golf Ball

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - President Obama can’t catch a break on his holiday vacation. First the birth certificate controversy reignited, then his phone call regarding Michael Vick got plenty of people angry, and now just when he thinks he can enjoy a quiet and relaxing game of golf, he almost gets smacked by a golf ball.

Witness the near-miss at the very beginning of the clip, then for any golf enthusiasts, enjoy seeing Obama’s swing as he continues to play.

Man Plays Real-Life 'Frogger' in S.C., Hit by SUV

CLEMSON, SC (AP) — A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger."

Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday.

In the "Frogger" arcade game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a hazard-filled river. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends.

Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled "go" and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.

No charges are expected against the driver. The name of the man who was struck has not been released. He was in stable condition Monday night.

Time Lapse Shows 20-hour Blizzard in 40 Seconds

(Breitbart.tv) - A photographer in New Jersey captured the blizzard falling there by taking a single picture every five minutes starting when the snow first began to fall and ending after the last flake.

‘Terror Chicken?’ U.S. Businesses Looking to Tap the Muslim Market

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — In the ballroom of an upscale hotel a short train ride from New York, advertisers, food industry executives and market researchers mingled – the men in dark suits, the women in headscarves and Western dress. Chocolates made according to Islamic dietary laws were placed at each table.

The setting was the American Muslim Consumer Conference, which aimed to promote Muslims as a new market segment for U.S. companies. While corporations have long catered to Muslim communities in Europe, businesses have only tentatively started to follow suit in the U.S. – and they are doing so at a time of intensified anti-Muslim feeling that companies worry could hurt them, too. American Muslims seeking more acknowledgment in the marketplace argue that businesses have more to gain than lose by reaching out to the community.

NY Russian Immigrants Flock to GOP, Say Today‘s Democratic Party Too ’Socialistic’

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - Many immigrants from the old Soviet Union made a home for themselves in the so-called “red borough” of Staten Island, N.Y. But despite New York’s traditionally Democrat-blue past, many are reportedly flocking to the Republican Party today, claiming that the national Decmorats’ “socialistic” policies remind them too much of Mother Russia’s top-down oligarchy they fled from in the past.

White House Bans Reporters From Taking Shirtless Pics Of Obama

(By Verena von Pfetten, Styleite) - In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama is currently vacationing with his family in Hawaii — a land of turquoise water, white beaches, and the setting for those 2008 photos of a buff and shirtless President that captured the imagination of wonks and everyday civilians alike. This year, the White House is doing everything in its power to prevent another round of Presidential pectoral pics by actively ordering reporters 'not' not to snap any shirtless pics while Obama is snorkeling.

Arianna Huffington: Don't Call Me Left-Wing

Journalist Group Complains ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Term is ‘Offensive’ to Latinos

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is calling on news reporters nationwide to drop the term “illegal immigrant” from their news coverage in an effort to “inform and sensitize” people on how “offensive” the phrase is to Latinos.

In the latest issue of the SPJ’s magazine, Quill, Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence announced the organization’s new campaign against “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,“ claiming that individuals living in America without approval should be called ”undocumented workers“ or ”undocumented immigrants.”

“[T]his is not about being politically correct,” SPJ Diversity Committee chairman George Daniels says, but about aiming to “minimize harm” when reporting.

Brett Favre fined $50K by NFL

(ESPN) - The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for a "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game-day hostess.

The league says Commissioner Roger Goodell "could not conclude" that Favre violated the league's personal conduct policy based on the evidence currently available.

Goodell told Favre that if he had been found to have violated the NFL's workplace conduct rules he would have been hit with a stiffer penalty.

New Black Panther Leader Met With Ahmadinejad to ‘Build Black Nation Right Here’

Shock Audio: New Black Panther Leader Reveals Collusion at NYC Meeting With Ahmadinejad to Build Alliance, Secure Raw Materials and Overthrow America

(Breitbart.tv) - New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz reveals details of a secret meeting he had with the leader of Iran.

Larry King Wants Last Laugh Over Carrie Prejean Interview

(Eyeblast.tv) - CNN's Larry King got a swipe in at former Miss California Carrie Prejean before he goes off the air for good. Prejean cut her mic during a 2009 interview with King and told him he was being "inappropriate" over pressing questions he was asking.

ABC Scolds 'Rising Star of the Republican Party' NJ Gov Chris Christie for Missing Blizzard

(Eyeblast.tv) - Of the three morning shows, only ABC's Good Morning America on December 30 singled out New Jersey governor Chris Christie, chiding the "rising star of the Republican Party" for being out of the state when a blizzard hit. At the same time, reporter Sharyn Alfonsi praised Newark's Democratic Mayor Cory Booker for helping with the clean-up. She enthused, "Wow! A mayor with a shovel."

MSNBC's Cenk Uygur's Vulgar Jab At John Bolton

(Eyeblast.tv) - On MNSBC, Cenk Ugyur says that John Bolton, if he could, "would like to invade Uranus."

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Liberal Rep Charlie Rangel (D-NY): Lame-Duck Victories Spared Obama From 2012 Primary Challenge

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - Will President Barack Obama face a challenge from within his own party in 2010?

When MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., this question Tuesday (after the pair had lunch together), Rangel noted that he feels differently about this issue now that the president delivered victories for his liberal base during the recent lame-duck session of Congress, including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Pastor Accused of Burglarizing Church Member’s House

East Oak Cliff pastor Sandy McGill denies burglarizing congregant's house

(Breitbart.tv) - The Dallas pastor facing felony charges of burglarizing a church member's home on Christmas Eve said Monday she had no criminal intent.

FOX News' Megyn Kelly Is Fired Up Over Obama’s Praise For Michael Vick’s ‘Second Chance’

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - President Obama’s praise for convicted dog-murderer Michael Vick receiving a second chance really fired up Megyn Kelly earlier today on Fox News. In a debate with Bernadette Pauley, animal rights activist and Dr. R.L. White, President of the NAACP in Atlanta (where Vick previously played football), Kelly wondered whether this was an overblown story or whether the President truly was wrong for picking Vick’s second chance as worthy of praise.

To Kelly’s credit, she gave voice to both sides of the issue, however, her passion was demonstrably in favor of thinking Vick should never again be in the position to warrant any praise from the President’s large megaphone. Describing every despicable act Vick committed, Kelly sternly said his “torture and murder of dogs, including electrocuting them, drowning them, hanging them, and in at least one case, brutally beating them” should have been enough to suggest to Obama he find someone else to praise for receiving a second chance.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: “I Don’t Think Democrats Want To Stop” Illegal Immigration

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - What’s gotten into Chris Matthews? Yesterday he breathed extra life into the birther controversy wondering aloud why Obama doesn’t just say “send me a copy of my birth certificate,” and now today he declared that he doesn’t trust Democrats on the issue of enforcement of illegal immigration. Has 'Hardball' ever been this unpredictable?

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GOP commissioners rip Burr for DADT vote

Bill James rips Sen. Burr's vote as 'endorsing immorality'

(By April Bethea, The Charlotte Observer) -
Some county commissioners are upset with fellow Republican and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's vote to repeal a Pentagon ban on gays serving openly in the military.

The harshest remarks came from commissioner Bill James, who said he suspects Burr will pay a price for his vote. He said he won't support the senator in future elections.

"I think there are a lot of things that people of all political stripes tolerate from their politicians," James said. "But endorsing immorality and allowing military recruits to be preyed on by homosexuals is not one that I will tolerate."

Bloomberg’s Bunglers: NYC Sanitation Trucks Destroy SUV

(Breitbart.tv) - Mayor Bloomberg is taking enormous amounts of criticism over the city's response to the winter storm.

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Slow News Cycle: CNN Investigates Obama’s Eating Habits

(Breitbart.tv) - Let's not forget: These are the 'real' journalists.

Study Finding Fox News Viewers Are Misinformed Debunked

(Breitbart.tv) - A recent study from the University of Maryland and WordPublicOpinion.org supposedly shows that Fox News viewers were more likely to believe false information about American politics. After looking at the supposed 'myths' that Fox News watchers believe, Vlogger Lee Doren quickly realized that something was wrong with the study. As a result, he read the study very carefully and realized that the whole study was bogus.

PBS’ Love Letter to Fidel Castro

(Gateway Pundit) - Your taxpayer dollars at work promoting Cuba’s failed socialist system… PBS recently aired a report on Cuba’s outstanding health care system.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On CNN, An “Out Of Breath” Martin Savidge Tries His Best To Get Through The Headlines

(By Jon Bershad, Mediaite) - Let this be a lesson to you all: Show up to work on time. CNN’s Martin Savidge appeared to have run straight from the make up chair to the camera this afternoon as he was entirely out of breath while trying to deliver the day’s headlines. It’s a brave attempt but, as you’ll see, not entirely successful.

Fortunately, we here at Mediaite are rarely on camera so we never have to worry about things like this. It’s good too since we typically run a mile on the official Mediaite regulation track between each post. That’s why we’re all in impeccable shape. Again, we’re rarely on camera so you’ll have to trust me that that’s true.

Obama Spiritual Advisor Jim Wallis: Confused Americans Think British Accent Makes You Smart, Confused Glenn Beck Doesn’t Know Difference Between Nazis and Communists

Tom Brokaw: ‘We’ll See’ if Obama Can Learn on the Job — He Didn’t Have Hard Political Experience as a Gov Like Reagan Did

‘I Know’: Chris Matthews Agrees as Time Mag’s Joe Klein Attacks Glenn Beck as ‘Tele-Charlatan’ & John Birch Conspiracy Theorist

Caught on Video: Leopard Attacks Villagers in India

(The Blaze) - A leopard has injured seven villagers, including two minors, in northern India.

The incident took place in Bhawaria village of the state, when villagers saw the big cat roaming in nearby fields, and tried to scare it away.

The locals chased the leopard to a field and set the grass on fire to smoke out the animal.

The leopard came out of the burning field and attacked the gathered people, and ran and hid in the nearby woods.

Bristol Palin Pays $172,000 in Cash for Arizona Home

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Bristol Palin has bought a home south of Phoenix.

Paperwork shows Sarah Palin’s daughter, a recent “Dancing With the Stars” participant, is the sole purchaser of the five-bedroom house in the town of Maricopa. She bought it for $172,000 from a North Dakota couple.

It’s not clear if Bristol Palin will be a seasonal visitor or a permanent resident at the home.

Local TV Station Tries Serious Story About ‘Poop’ Falling From the Sky

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Make sure you have nothing in your mouth when you watch the following video. I made that mistake already, and my computer paid the price. Below you‘ll find a news story covering an Indianapolis man’s claim that airlines are releasing human feces from their planes and it’s landing in his yard and on his house.

I spit out my drink after the first line.

The story is complete with a newscaster delivering a deadpan potty pun, convincing pictures, a graphic describing a resident as getting “dumped on,“ and one local man seriously convinced his yard is covered in ”poop”:

Man Arrested After Posting 195 MPH Speeding Video

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Big brother or big idiot? That’s the question after a man was arrested for posting two YouTube videos showing him speeding down an Oklahoma freeway at 160 and 195 mph respectively. Police eventually tracked him down and got him to admit to the excessive speeds.

30-year-old Albert “Cody” Replogle was apparently trying to use the videos to entice buyers into purchasing his modified 1999 Corvette.

Furious New Yorkers Expect Gov't to Rescue Them From Snow

Fury as city is paralyzed by blizzard

(New York Post) - New Yorkers endured a crippled transit system, completely overwhelmed emergency responders and unpassable roadways yesterday after one of the city's worst blizzards ever dumped a staggering 20 inches of snow. Abandoned vehicles and buses littered highways and main drags -- and ambulances couldn't make it out to calls that stacked up well past 1,000 at one point. Virtually all modes of transportation -- from air travel to the subways -- left people stranded.

"A lot of snow everyplace. It was a very heavy snowfall, and, as you know, it was accompanied by intense winds," Mayor Bloomberg said. Still, he tried to convince the public all was well, despite the city's $20 million snow-removal bill. "This city is going on. It's a day like every other day," Bloomberg said, suggesting people go out and shop or take in a Broadway show. "There's no reason [for] everybody to panic."

Anyone who spent time outside would disagree.

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Obama Thanks Philadelphia Eagles Owner for Giving Michael Vick a 2nd Chance

(CBS News) - President Obama has voiced his approval of the second chance Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is getting this season, just a year removed from serving 18 months in federal prison on charges related to a dog fighting ring.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports reported Monday that Mr. Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the team for giving Vick a chance.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Why Doesn’t Obama Say ‘Send Me A Copy’ Of My Birth Certificate Right Now

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - The debate over President Obama’s birth certificate is gaining some renewed interest. First Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he will try to publicly release the document, and now MSNBC host Chris Matthews is wondering aloud why we can’t just kill this “crappy story.”

Matthews is interested whether Abercrombie will actually be able to find it, but is still puzzled why Obama hasn’t tried to clear up the confusion earlier, telling his guests:

I don’t understand why the Governor doesn’t just say ’snap it up . . . send me a copy right now.’ And why doesn’t the President just say ’send me a copy right now.’ Why doesn’t Gibbs and Axelrod say ‘let’s just get this crappy story dead.’

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MSNBC's Ed Schultz Explains Why He Doesn’t Have Republican Guests: “I’m Sick Of ‘Em!”

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - MSNBC’s tough-talking Ed Schultz discussed on his radio show this past week why his television show never features any Republican guests. Yet whether it’s because Schultz is sick of them, or they were never fond of him to begin with is unclear, since Schultz offers up both possibilities as explanations for his show being dominated by only liberal guests.

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Engaged Again, at 84

(Breitbart.tv) - Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says he's engaged again. Hefner said in a Twitter message early Sunday that he'd given a ring to girlfriend and Playmate Crystal Harris, age 24, saying she burst into tears.

Larry King: Sean Hannity And Rachel Maddow Are “Preachers” Who Offer “No Learning Experience”

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Larry King is continuing to make the interview rounds in the wake of retiring from his CNN show, this time returning to CNN as a guest on 'Reliable Sources' and providing some more serious news than merely discussing Viagra or showing off his dance moves. Howard Kurtz grilled King about his famously “softball” interviewing style and received some surprising responses.

Fox News' Juan Williams: Sarah Palin “Can’t Stand On The Intellectual Stage With Obama”

(By Jon Bershad, Mediaite) - Looks like Dana Perino wasn’t the only one to impugn Sarah Palin’s intellect on yesterday’s 'Fox News Sunday'. While the panel was predicting (or failing to predict) the 2012 Republican candidate, Juan Williams pointed out that none of the prospects named so far could compete with Barack Obama charisma-wise except for Sarah Palin then adding, offhand, that she wouldn’t be able to compete with him intellect-wise. Ouch. Someone is totally gonna get chainsaw massacred.

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George W. Bush Charms Zuckerberg, Facebook Audience

(Breitbart.tv) - This interview from Thanksgiving week somehow slipped through our fingers at the time. It shows a relaxed and hilarious George W. Bush charming what some would assume is a hostile audience.

Napolitano Defends Intel Director’s Ignorance: ‘Those Of Us Who Needed to Know, Knew’

(CNN) - Homeland Security Secy. Janet Napolitano defends DNI James Clapper over his lack of knowledge about UK terror arrests.

Charles Krauthammer Offends Mark Shields by Saying 'ObamaCare'

"That's become sort of a partisan attack slogan, let's call it what it is."

Incoming Judiciary Chair: Pigford ‘Right Subject for Oversight Hearing’

(Breitbart.tv) - Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tx) appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show today. When asked about the Pigford Settlement the congressman said "There are still a lot of questions about that money that was spent and whether individuals were discriminated against or not and that would be a right subject for an oversight hearing."

Jesse Jackson Calls for ‘Radical Reordering’ of American Economy

North Carolina misses adding 14th congressional seat by 15,000 people

(By Aaron Sarver, The American Independent) - Despite increasing its population by 18.5 percent over the last decade, North Carolina came up 15,000 people short of adding a 14th congressional seat, according to Census Bureau state population figures released [last] Tuesday.

The final count shows North Carolina had 9,535,48 people as of April 1, 2010. Those numbers determine how many congressional seats each state will be apportioned for the next decade. More detailed information including county and city data that will be released in February.

After taking control of both houses in the General Assembly, Republicans will have control the process of redrawing congressional seats for the first time in more than a century.  The General Assembly controls redistricting of both congressional and legislative districts, Governor Beverly Perdue has no role in the process.

New Republican Majority Can Remake General Assembly Staff

Some states have permanent partisan staff; N.C., others use nonpartisan model

RALEIGH (By Karen McMahan, Carolina Journal Online) — The incoming Republican majority at the North Carolina General Assembly will have to decide how best to deploy the legislature’s professional staff to achieve its policy goals.

Since Democrats held continuous control of the General Assembly for more than a century — with the exception of four years in the 1990s when the parties shared power — and the majority party controls the size, organization, and composition of legislative staffing, the GOP has not held this much sway over staffing in modern history.

While other states use a variety of models to handle administrative and policy-making duties, Republican legislative leaders contacted by 'Carolina Journal' — including the party’s nominees for speaker of the House, Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County, House majority leader, Paul Stam of Wake County, and Senate president pro tem, Phil Berger of Rockingham County — declined to respond to questions asking what changes, if any, they plan for the 2011 session.

(Tillis told 'The News & Observer' that he expects few members of the policymaking staff would be replaced by the incoming leadership.)

Even so, Republicans could modify significantly the structure and personnel of the legislative staff, or leave the existing system in place.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan buys $3.15 million luxury condominium in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Wilmington native and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is officially a Charlotte homeowner.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the former University of North Carolina star and six-time NBA champion has purchased and combined the two top-floor penthouses at a luxury condominium building in Charlotte.

The agency that brokered the deal says Jordan closed on the $3.15 million property last week.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jeffrey Sachs: Victor Davis Hanson 'Has Done More Harm To The American People' Than Any Other Commentator

(Eyeblast.tv) - On 'Morning Joe', Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs calls military historian Victor Davis Hanson an "extremist" who "has done more harm to the American people than any other commentator."

REV AL SHARPTON’S RACIAL REDISTRIBUTION RACKET: Calls for Government Mandated ‘Spoils’ Redistribution Based on Black Populations

Sharpton Demands ‘Spoils’ From Federal Government Based on Racial Quotas

"We want our piece of the pie!"

Can The “New Michael Vick” Be Trusted Again?

(By Danny Groner, SportsGrid) - It might be hard to believe, but Michael Vick is a candidate for the NFL’s MVP award this season (“Vick is rocking the league. He is must-see TV,” says The New York Times‘ William C. Rhoden).

Questions arise, however, about whether the “new Michael Vick” deserves the award after the “old Michael Vick” went to jail for running a dog-fighting ring. If his endorsements and jersey sales are any indication, Vick has presumably been forgiven by many people. He may have complicated his road to redemption last week when he revealed that he’d like to get a dog at some point.

Even with the quarterback’s on-the-field success, should the “new Michael Vick” really be trusted again as a dog owner?

Man Jumps From Romanian Parliament Balcony As Protest In Terrifying Video

(By Jon Bershad, Mediaite) - Wow, this is scary. The Romanian Parliament was interrupted today by a man who jumped face first off a balcony. He was protesting austerity measures. The man, Adrian Sobaru, wore a shirt reading “You killed our children’s future, you sold us.” He received fractures to the face but he will live. He was carried away in a stretcher while, clearly unsettled politicians, tried to regain their composure. Some had tears in their eyes.

You can watch the incredible video below. WARNING: While it isn’t graphic, it is disturbing.

CBS Airs Hoax Cover of Bush Memoir

(FoxNews.com) - CBS News aired a fake cover of former President George W. Bush's memoir over the weekend, after a staffer apparently got duped by a hoax image floating around the Internet.

The image of the faux cover, along with that of several other genuine book covers, was flashed on screen for a fraction of a second during the introduction to a feature package Sunday about how book covers are designed.

Vice Admiral: Obama was outmaneuvered by Russians on START

(US Naval Institute) - President Barack Obama was outmaneuvered by the Russians and should have abandoned the New START negotiations instead of seeking a political victory, says former nuclear plans monitor Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN (Ret).

“The Obama administration is continuing a dated policy in which we cannot even unilaterally reduce our own inventory of weapons and delivery systems without being on parity with the Russians,” Miller told the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md. “We could give up plenty of deployed delivery systems and not adversely affect our national security one bit, but New START prohibits such action - so we are now stuck with some outmoded and useless elements in our nuke force.”

After meeting resistance from several Republicans, the U.S. Senate ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia by a vote of 71-26 on Wednesday.

NC Gov Bev Perdue (D) Calls Campaign Violations ‘Inexcusable,’ But Won’t Identify Offenders

Year-end press conference covers variety of issues

RALEIGH (By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal Online) —
Gov. Bev Perdue called the actions of members of her 2004 and 2008 campaign staff who did not report free campaign flights “inexcusable,” but would not identify who committed the legal violations that led to a $30,000 criminal fine by the State Board of Elections. Nor would she say if anyone has been held accountable for those violations.

Perdue answered questions on a wide range of issues, including campaign finance violations, the economy, the budget, education, economic development, government reorganization, and relations with the General Assembly, at a year-end press conference at the Executive Mansion Wednesday. She invited members of the state press corps to a similar event last year.

Laura Ingraham And Dick Morris Fume Over ‘Sell-Out’ Republicans’ Lame Duck Session Votes

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - It may be beginning to look a whole lot like Christmas, but the holiday cheer was limited on [yesterday's] 'O’Reilly Factor' as host Laura Ingraham and Dick Morris decried the last of the bills passed during this month’s lame duck congressional term– and especially the Republicans “selling out” and making legislation like the START Treaty pass.

David Brock: The GOP “Exploits Gay People” And “The Fear Of Gay People”

(By Jon Bershad, Mediaite) - While some people were considerably bummed about the way Congress’ lame duck session ended, it was all smiles and back patting over at Hardball. However, some interesting things happened when Chris Matthews asked guests David Brock and Richard Socarides why gay rights is still such a partisan issue. Both men are openly gay however Brock also used be a self-proclaimed “right wing hit man” (he’s now CEO of Media Matters) who had an interesting perspective and discussed how the GOP uses “the fear of gay people” to “gin up their base.”

Tom Brokaw: Obama's Resurgence 'Lazarus-like'

(Eyeblast.tv) - The entire panel on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC gushed over President Obama's recent legislative success.

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Barney Frank: ‘Let Me Own Up’ to the ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at the enrollment ceremony for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the law barring homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) had a message for those “worried about the radical homosexual agenda.”

“Four years ago, a Republican running for Congress in Indiana said don’t vote for his Democratic opponent because if he won, Nancy Pelosi would become speaker and she would let me enact the radical homosexual agenda,” Rep. Frank told the audience on Tuesday.

“So, let me own up to that agenda. It’s to be protected against violent crimes driven by bigotry. It’s to be able to get married. It’s to be able to get a job and it’s to be able to fight for our country. Hey, for those, for those who are worried about the radical homosexual agenda, let me put them on notice – two down, two to go.”

Frank was joined at the ceremony by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and other Democratic members of Congress.

Biased questions from the Dec. 22, 2010 presidential press conference

Reporters Offer Biased Questions For Their Favorite President

(Breitbart.tv) - A stunning collection taken from the 12/22 news conference with President Obama.

Al Sharpton For Censoring Rush Limbaugh: ' Imagine The Arrogance Of Allowing People To Say What They Want'

Censor Sharpton Speaks Out On ‘Arrogance of Letting People Say What They Want’

(Eyeblast.tv) - Calling for FCC hearings into stations that carry Rush Limbuagh, Al Sharpton, on 'The Ed Show', fulminates at "the arrogance of allow[ing] people to say what they want."

(Breitbart.tv) - The left seems perfectly happy with Mr. Sharpton dictating our nation's broadcast standards.

Sarah Palin Ruthlessly Kills Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer In Funny 'Conan' Video

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - On last night’s 'Conan', host Conan O’Brien presented an updated version of the classic 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' featuring none other than the Mama Grizzly herself, Sarah Palin. Combining footage of the classic Rudolph animation with clips from Palin’s reality show where she was hunting, Conan provides the perfect holiday recipe for hilarity.

Man Drives Car Into Front Yard of George W. Bush’s Dallas Home

(By Meredith Jessup, The Blaze) - Police and fire units were called to the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush on Wednesday evening after a man reportedly drove his car into the family’s yard around 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NY Jets' Rex Ryan: Foot-fetish report 'a personal matter'

FLORHAM PARK, NJ (AP) — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says it's a "personal matter" and declined to talk about a "foot-fetish" report posted by the sports website Deadspin that show four videos of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ryan's wife, Michelle.

The videos show a woman displaying her toes to an off-screen cameraman who sounds a lot like the coach. The two are having an intimate chat about her feet.

Asked about it during a conference call Wednesday, Ryan said he is "not really going to discuss it."

This isn't the first time the Jets have turned up on Deadspin this season.

In October, the site reported that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent racy text messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets' quarterback in 2008.

The NFL is still investigating the allegations.

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NBA Coach Phil Jackson Laments: ‘Christian Holidays Don’t Mean Anything…Anymore’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) -Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is arguably one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He’s also, apparently, one of league’s most ardent defenders of Christmas.

In an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com, Jackson had some sharp criticism for the NBA and its increasing practice of scheduling games on the sacred holiday.

“It‘s like Christian holidays don’t mean anything to them anymore,” said Jackson, the son of a minister. “We just go out and play and entertain the TV. It’s really weird.”

Jackson’s team will be playing in one of five games scheduled for Christmas day. That, he said, is just ridiculous.

Progressive Vision of Borderless US: Rep Keith Ellison — ‘God Willing…Border Will Become an Irrelevancy’

Mike Huckabee Sides With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin In Food Fight

(The Blast) - Mike Huckabee appeared on New York’s Curtis Sliwa Show and said he agrees with Michelle Obama on child nutrition and not so much Sarah Palin.

“Michelle Obama’s not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government’s desires on people. She’s stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country.”

King to Hold Lottery to Pick Year's Worth of Flags at Memorial

KING, NC (AP) — After months of dispute, the town of King is ready to pick the residents who'll get to display religious flags on a public war memorial.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the town will hold a lottery Wednesday to pick 52 people to fly a flag — or no flag — above a war memorial in honor of individual veterans.

The policy allows any of 41 symbols approved by the federal Veterans Administration. But almost all of the 110 applicants for the lottery want to display the Christian flag. Three applicants want no flag.

The policy was adopted after a complaint over the Christian flag that formerly flew above the memorial. Civil liberties groups have said they're not entirely sold on the lottery.

Woman With Gun Causes Charlotte TV Station to Go Black During Evening News

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC, 12/21/10) - A woman is in custody after a police situation in the WSOC building. No one was hurt. The woman, who is in her mid-40s, arrived at WSOC studios, located on North Tryon Street, shortly before 5 p.m. WSOC’s security guard initially spoke to the woman, who pulled out a gun at some point and put it to her head. Police were immediately called. Channel 9 went off the air because employees had to evacuate the building. The lobby area is secured from the rest of the building. The woman was apparently distraught about something in her life and wanted someone to listen to her. SWAT was called in and the woman, whose name has not been released, was apprehended about about an hour. No hostages were taken. The gun she had was unloaded, police later learned.

Census Numbers Show Americans Flocking to Red States

(Breitbart.tv) - Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

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