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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.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pelosi Accuses Conservatives of Using the Debt Ceiling to Get Wealth

WASHINGTON, DC (The Blaze) -
Nancy Pelosi is humming the same tune as all the other liberals, taking her frustrations about the debt crisis on conservatives, placing the fault on them.

White House's Response to "Where is Obama's Debt Plan?"

Washington, DC (The Blaze) - Press Secretary Jay Carney deflects question when asked why the president hasn't come out with his own plan if he has condemned the other two debt plans.

Pelosi's Reactionary Liberalism

(By Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard) - Nancy Pelosi on today's vote: "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."

Why? What's so great about life on this planet as we know it today? Let liberals defend the status quo. We conservatives seek to improve life on this planet. If I could paraphrase Bobby Kennedy: There are those, like Nancy Pelosi, who look at things the way they are, and ask why. We dream of things that never were--like reducing domestic discretionary spending, year over year--and ask why not!

Or, to paraphrase another of Pelosi's predecessors: The liberals only interpret the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.

New Jersey Gov. Christie Rushed to Hospital With Breathing Problems

(FoxNews.com) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was taken to a hospital Thursday for tests after having difficulty breathing.

Christie was being driven to a farm in central New Jersey to sign open-space legislation when the governor had difficulty breathing and was taken to Somerset Medical Center out of an "abundance of caution," Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said.

"In line with someone dealing with asthma, he is being given routine tests as a precautionary measure," Drewniak said. "The governor is extremely grateful for the quality of care he is receiving this morning and has nothing but praise for the world-class doctors, nurses and staff."

Jeopardy! 71-Year-Old Host Alex Trebek Snaps Achilles Tendon While Chasing Down Burglar Outside Hotel Room!

SAN FRANCISCO (The Blaze/AP) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a burglar who had stolen cash, a bracelet and other items from his San Francisco hotel room.

The 71-year-old Trebek tells KGO-TV that he also injured his other leg while falling down during the chase early Wednesday. He was on crutches later Wednesday when he hosted the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield says 56-year-old old Lucinda Moyers was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and receiving stolen property. The cash and bracelet haven’t been found but other items were recovered. Dangerfield says officers found several items near the hotel ice machine.

Liberal Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) at Radical Islam Hearing: Let's ‘Have a Hearing on Right-Wing Extremists’

(CNSNews.com) – At a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security today about the radicalization of young Somali American Muslims by the al-Shabaab terrorist group, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said the committee should hold a hearing on “right-wing extremists” in the United States.

Jackson Lee used much of her allotted five minutes to question panelists with expertise on radicalization about the alleged hacking into telephones of 9-11 victims by the now-closed News of the World tabloid in England.

“I would add to that, that I would like to have a hearing on right-wing extremists, ideologues who advocate violence and advocate, in essence, the terrorizing of certain groups,” Jackson Lee said.

Fox Nation: Farrakhan Flashback: The Islamic Spaceship of Death

UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour to Step Down

School announced Wednesday head coach Butch Davis was asked to step down

UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour will step down, the school announced on Thursday.

Baddour, who was set to retire at the end of the year, announced Thursday he will step away immediately.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said Baddour will serve out the remainder of his contract, but will step aside when a new athletic director is hired.

Gov. Christie To Obama And Congress: Get This Done, Americans ‘Don’t Want To Be Distracted By This Bickering’

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - In a curiously presidential sounding address, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie provided advice to Republicans and Democrats in Congress who refuse to compromise and to President Obama who has yet to put a plan in writing. Citing his own bi-partisan legislative success in New Jersey, Christie warned everyone “you can’t lead from behind” and that now was the time to get this debt negotiation complete.

“I’d encourage all of them to step up to the plate and get this done. The American people . . . they’ve got jobs to do and they don’t want to be distracted by this bickering.”

Home Depot Co-Founder: Obama Is Disrespecting Office

Obama 'Unpresidential,' 'Petulant' 'Dividing Us': Langone

(By Jeff Cox, CNBC.com Staff Writer) -
President Barack Obama's conduct during the debate over the debt ceiling has divided the country and will inflict damage that will last well after the battle is over, former New York Stock Exchange director and Wall Street stalwart Ken Langone said.

While he believes a debt deal will get done and in fact favors a plan closer to what the Democrats are proposing, Langone told CNBC that Obama's behavior has been "unpresidential."

"He is dividing us as a nation," Langone said. "He's not bringing us together. He's willfully dividing us. He's petulant."

Sean Hannity And John McCain Battle Over Senator’s Anti-Tea Party Remarks

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - Sen. John McCain ruffled America’s already disheveled political feathers today with a Senate floor rant mocking the Tea Party’s position on the debt ceiling debate comparing them to hobbits and disparaging them for turning Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into Republican nominees. Unsurprisingly, Sean Hannity had a bone to pick with the senator tonight on those comments, and on his opinion that the Republicans will get the blame for a debt default if they do not compromise.

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Liberal Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): ‘We Don’t Have a Deficit Problem Right Now’

The way to get out of "unemployment crisis is to spend money," Rep. Nadler says.

(CNSNews.com) –
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) argued at a news conference with the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus that the United States does not currently have a budget crisis.

"That’s the real crisis – the unemployment, not the deficit. We don’t have a deficit problem right now. In the long term, we have a deficit problem – we’ve got to get it under control but not right now," said Nadler at the Capitol on Wednesday.

"Right now we’ve got to get unemployment under control. If we got unemployment down to 7 percent, down to 5 percent, which is what it was in 2005, and 2007 rather before the recession hit, if we got it down to 5 percent, half the deficit would be eliminated just by that – half the deficit without cutting a nickel from the budget. So, we have to address the real problem. The real problem is we are not taxing properly."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christine O’Donnell Returns To Defend Tea Party; Advises GOP To Abstain From Debt Crisis Compromise

(By Colby Hall, Mediaite) - The Tea Party’s role in the current discussion over how the federal government should best resolve the debt crisis has become a debate unto itself. Some pundits have made clear that the Tea Party is to blame for the possibly impeding default (if they even exist at all.) So who does the conservative opiniotainment program Fox and Friends turn to for clarity on this topic? None other than Tea Party poster candidate Christine O’Donnell (remember her?) who gave a full-throated defense of the Tea Party movement, crediting them for keeping dialogue going.

MSNBC Political Contributor: ‘Grover Norquist Was Newt Gingrich’s Butt Buddy’

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - And Cenk Uygur said MSNBC wanted things “toned down.” Not hardly–at least not on Dylan Ratigan’s show of late. As we’ve reported, MSNBC political commentator Jimmy Williams argued on Ratigan’s show this week that “anybody that thinks the Tea Party exists is smoking crack cocaine in America.” Well, turns out that wasn’t the only gem Williams had to offer, saying on the program that “one person is controlling the agenda of the United States of America right now, and his name is Grover Norquist.”

Not the most outrageous of statements, one might argue. 'But wait'. We forgot the rest of it: “Grover Norquist was Newt Gingrich’s butt buddy.” Williams also described Norquist as a “petty criminal.”

Donald Trump: Obama Is 'Now Totally Lost,' Boehner Must Not Fold

(By Martin Gould and Kathleen Walter, Newsmax.com) - President Barack Obama is out of his depth when it comes to negotiating a way out of the debt ceiling crisis, billionaire developer Donald Trump tells Newsmax.TV in a typically candid, no-holds-barred exclusive interview.

And Republican negotiators hold all the cards in the talks, he adds. They are in a no-lose situation where they can either extract a great deal from the administration, or they can delay a decision so the president has to take his unpopular stance up again just before the election.

The only thing the GOP negotiators can do wrong is make concessions just to get a deal through Congress, he said.

“Obama’s totally lost,” Trump said. “He’s obviously not somebody who’s made a lot of deals in his life.

“The man is not a man who makes deals. The one deal he made was Obamacare and that’s a disaster for the country.”

Sarah Palin says Obama's ideas 'are the antithesis' of the forefathers

Palin: The White House Is Addicted to 'OPM'

(By Andrew Malcolm, L.A. Times) - Sarah Palin, like Michele Bachmann, is aligned with many Republicans in condemning President Obama and other Democrats for having the gall to suggest that the wealthiest of Americans return to a tax structure that was in place before George W. Bush introduced his tax cuts for the rich.

“The White House and many liberals in Congress are so addicted to that OPM, other people’s money, that it’s much easier to spend other people’s money than their own," Palin said on the Fox Business Network.

Very much like Bachmann, Palin is also not interested in raising the debt ceiling, it appears.

“The President is not capable of giving the right message to deal with the problem we are facing with the bankruptcy that’s facing America if we don’t start living within our means. The right message is that growing more debt won’t get us out of debt, and raising taxes in a time of economic woes in a bad economy is a bad idea," Palin said.

New anti-Obama TV ads to appear in Iowa today

(By Jennifer Jacobs, www.DesMoinesRegister.com) - New anti-Obama television advertisements begin running in Iowa today that predict a stark economy in 2017 if the president is re-elected.

The Republican National Committee today released the final television ad in its month-long “Change Direction” economic messaging campaign.

The advertisements are airing in battleground states President Barack Obama won in 2008 but where the RNC thinks Obama is vulnerable this election cycle: Iowa, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.

In the ad, a little girl in pink sits on a couch with a remote control, flipping past news channels broadcasting grim economic news.

George Lopez will deport himself if Sarah Palin elected president (Video)

(Hot Momma Gossip) - The celebrities have the case of the dramatics. And when it comes to conservative politicians, liberal Hollywood leaves no room for slip of judgement. Case in point: George Lopez and his case of hate for potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

In an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Lopez defiantly made his stand and assured Morgan he would leave the United States if Palin is elected. And not move to Mexico but Canada. ”I will go further North. I’ve been South but I will go further North. I will leave the United States of America.”

But he slipped in the word “allegedly” at one point in the interview. ”Allegedly”? It seems like he’s giving himself a way out. Considering he has a late night show on TBS, it may be pretty hard to get late night guests there.

Report: 1 in 8 employer insurance plans getting the axe since Obamacare

(By C.J. Ciaramella, The Daily Caller) - One in eight small businesses have had or expect to have their health insurance plans terminated since the passage of President Obama’s health care reform.

This figure comes from a National Federation of Independent Business report which surveyed small businesses one year after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The report, released today, found prevailing negative attitudes about the law’s impact among small business owners.

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Fox 29 Reporter Attacked During Live Report

Cops: Man Faces Assault, Resisting Arrest Charges

Fox 29 reporter Chris O’Connell and video journalist Dave Edwards are OK after they were attacked on live TV by the son of a man charged in a bizarre animal cruelty case involving a naked man and an Iguana.

O’Connell and Edwards were doing a live report at 10 p.m. about the case, where a police raid was triggered by the naked man outside a house at 9th and Shunk Street on Tuesday night.

The man, who O’Connell later said was the suspect’s son, appeared during the live segment and lunged at O’Connell as Edwards tried to restrain him.

Video: Wild 19-Inning Braves-Pirates Game Ends On Contentious Call

(By Timothy Burke, SportsGrid) - The Pirates-Braves marathon thriller ended just before 2:00 AM local time, but it ended in a way that made baseball fans regardless of allegiance sick to their stomachs.

With Braves relief pitcher Scott Proctor batting, and Braves on 2nd and 3rd with one out, here’s what happened:

Time For the Voting Rights Act to RIP?

Amid heated redistricting battle, continued federal involvement questioned

RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) —
A splattered bug and a lightning bolt — that’s one way to describe the shape of North Carolina’s 1st and 12th congressional districts, respectively. Although different in geography, they share one similarity: Both are tailored to strengthen the electoral power of minority voters, a safeguard under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 meant to purge racism.

It’s an idea rich with historical significance, but has it outlived its usefulness? In a nation that elected its first black president in 2008, has 44 black members of Congress (nearly half from the southeast), and reached an all-time high in racially integrated neighborhoods after the last census, observers wonder whether so-called “majority-minority” districts — and other conditions of the Voting Rights Act — are still needed.

“We’re trying to settle out an issue that 40 years ago was a concern, but now people are [desegregating] on their own,” said Michael Bitzer, an associate professor of political science and history at Catawba College in Salisbury. “That’s going to be an interesting question that the U.S. Supreme Court has got to confront at some point — whether these [changes] are truly done by use of the law, or is it just natural residential tendencies.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Watch The Tigers’ Justin Verlander Pull Off The Hot Foot Prank On Teammate Don Kelly

(By Glenn Davis, SportsGrid) - There are many ways for a baseball player to pull a prank on a teammate with a wad of bubble gum, but one of the most intense – not to mention unsettling-looking, when pulled off – is the hot foot. What is the hot foot, exactly? The Mets blog Hot Foot Blog (convenient) explains, “Hot Foot was inspired by the great 1986 Mets Roger McDowell and Howard Johnson who would use a wad of gum to stick a roll of cigarettes to the back of unsuspecting teammates shoes and light them on fire.”

OK, so the name makes sense now. But does anyone still do this? We’d never seen it ourselves (maybe we just weren’t watching enough baseball), and it seems we weren’t alone in that, considering the Hot Foot bloggers themselves felt the need to post this video. Thanks to Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, though, we no longer have to fear that the Hot Foot has fallen by the wayside. Verlander tried one yesterday on teammate Don Kelly. As with pretty much everything else Verlander’s done this year, he was successful. Watch the magic happen:

CNN Analyst: Nobody is Talking Tax Increases Today Except Obama

(CNN) - Gloria Borger says President Obama is the only one still talking about tax increases, and Sen. Reid's plan doesn't.

Pastor Defends Calling Wife 'Smokin' Hot' in Prayer Before NASCAR Race

(By Colby Hochmuth, FoxNews.com) - A Nashville pastor is defending a NASCAR pre-race prayer in which he thanked God for his “smokin’ hot wife,” saying he wanted a blessing that would be remembered.

Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church gave the invocation at Saturday night’s Nationwide race at Nashville Speedway. Late in the prayer, Nelms channeled his inner Ricky Bobby when he borrowed a line from the film “Talladega Nights”.

“Lord, I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife tonight, Lisa, and my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call, ‘The Little E's,'" he said, while also thanking automotive companies, like Goodyear and Sunoco, Reuters reported.

Later, in an interview Monday with Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint,” Nelms said he didn’t want to do “cookie-cutter prayers.”

Naked Emperor News/The Blaze: All States Rights Are Slavery: ‘Tell The Tea Party’…‘Allow The Negro to Fight’ – Jessie Jackson Jr. Lays Out Left’s Twisted Arguments for Big Spending, Big Gov & D.C. Representation in Congress

‘Right Out of Atlas Shrugged’: Hear an Exasperated Alabama Businessman Tell the Feds – ‘I’m Just Quitting’

(By Dave Urbanski, The Blaze) - Ronnie Bryant was vastly outnumbered.

Leaning against a wall during a recent Birmingham, Alabama, public hearing, Bryant listened to an overflow crowd pepper federal officials with concerns about businesses polluting the drinking water and causing cases of cancer.

After two hours, Bryant—a coal mine owner from Jasper—had heard enough and, in a moment being described as “right out of Atlas Shrugged,” took his turn at the microphone:

“Nearly every day without fail…men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just…you know…what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I see these guys—I see them with tears in their eyes—looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So…basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you.”

Newt Gingrich: Sorry about that climate-change ad with Nancy Pelosi, kind of

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - Newt Gingrich should really take a lesson from Tim Pawlenty on the climate-change walkback. Since last year, Pawlenty has admitted that his support for cap-and-trade policies was a “clunker” on his record and apologized repeatedly for the mistake. Today, Newt Gingrich had an opportunity to atone for his own flirtation on anthropogenic climate change, and did — sort of. When asked by WGIR’s Paul Westcott whether he regretted his notorious ad pushing for a government policy response to AGW, Newt said he did, but only because people “misconstrued” his attempts to start a debate:

Charles Krauthammer Reacts to Obama Address: This Was a Campaign Speech

(By Fox News Insider) - After Monday night’s address by the president and response by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Bret Baier and his political panel reacted. Steve Hayes and A.B. Stoddard weighed in, Stoddard saying that when it came to the president, his speech was “exactly what [was] expected.” Hayes suggested that the president’s remarks completely ignored the progress of the last few days.

The critique most noteworthy, however, may have belonged to Charles Krauthammer who said he believed Obama’s speech was a purely partisan campaign speech.

“He kept using the term ‘balanced approach,’ which is a word tested in the polls to appeal to Independents.”

Krauthammer also pointed out the comparison Obama tried to make to President Ronald Reagan in the former commander in chief’s ability to sway Americans on a particular issue.

“Remember what he said to Eric Cantor? ‘You call my bluff, I’ll go to the people?’ This is his attempt … let’s see if it works.”

Black Tea Party Protesters Called ‘Sell-Out Negroes’ at NAACP Convention

“These “sell-out negroes” wish they were white… They have no business speaking for and joining with racists who want to kick them back into slavery.”

A Leadership Default

The President blames House Republicans for everything.

(The Wall Street Journal) -
The Obama Presidency has been unprecedented in many ways, and last night we saw another startling illustration: A President using a national TV address from the White House to call out his political opposition as unreasonable and radical and blame them as the sole reason for the "stalemate" over spending and the national debt.

We've watched dozens of these speeches over the years, and this was more like a DNC fund-raiser than an Oval Office address. Though President Obama referred to the need to compromise, his idea of compromise was to call on the public to overwhelm Republicans with demands to raise taxes. He demeaned the GOP for protecting, in his poll-tested language, "millionaires and billionaires," for favoring "corporate jet owners and oil companies" over seniors on Medicare, and "hedge fund managers" over "their secretaries." While he invoked Ronald Reagan, the Gipper would never have used such rhetoric about his opposition on an issue of national moment.

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Dear Yankee...

Eight things you ought to know before you start writing stories about Rick Perry. You’re welcome.

(By Paul Burka, Texas Monthly) -
Here we go again. As you know, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is contemplating a presidential run, which means that any day now, your boss will be sending you down here to take the measure of the man. Though he managed to avoid the 2012 spotlight longer than any other candidate, Perry, the nation’s longest-serving governor, has lately become, in the words of a recent NPR report, “the eight-hundred-pound gorilla on the sidelines of this race.” The trickle of stories about him has become a stream, and the minute Perry declares his candidacy, that stream will become a flood, a flood that will carry you straight to Austin. I am writing you this note in the hope that it will help you avoid the political and sociological clichés that Texas is subjected to every time one of our politicians seeks the national stage.

It’s an experience we’re all too familiar with. A Texan has occupied the White House in 17 of the past 48 years—just over a third of the time. Texas has become an incubator for presidents, as Virginia and Ohio were in America’s distant past. I’ll grant you that the presidents we have sent to Washington, from LBJ to 
George W. Bush, have not always served as the best advertisements for Texas. Nevertheless, we have endured a disproportionate amount of bad writing about our state from journalists who don’t know very much about the place, and I for one can’t bear to suffer through another campaign of it.

So please, heed this advice. Rick Perry, as you have no doubt already discovered, is not the easiest man to write about. He is secretive and leery of the media (sometimes to the point of hostility), and he has a strategically valuable knack for being underestimated by his critics. I have been writing about him since the eighties, when he began his career in the Texas Legislature. Along the way I have learned a few things, which I have arranged in this handy list of Eight Points to Keep in Mind When Writing About Rick Perry.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Did Obama refuse a bipartisan deal on the debt ceiling?

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - If this is true, then Barack Obama just took full and complete ownership of the debt-ceiling crisis and whatever ensues:

A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski: Why Can't Republicans 'Think Outside the Box for the Good of the Country?

(By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters.org) - MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked the co-host of "Morning Joe" Monday if Republicans holding the line on the debt ceiling are "so stuck to their little contract and the Tea Party that they cannot even think outside the box for the good of the country."

Somewhat less surprising, Joe Scarborough gave a pretty good answer:

House Speaker John Boehner: Obama Too Worried About Re-Election; There Was Never Any Plan from White House

(Breitbart.tv) - Highlights of Speaker John Boehner's appearance on Fox News Sunday. The Speaker talked tough on the GOP efforts to reduce federal spending in exchange for a raise in the debt ceiling. Video clips in this compilation include the Speaker saying President Obama is too worried about re-election, detailed explanation of how the President changed the debt deal at the last minute and how every plan so far has come from House Republicans.

Obama: I'm Dealing with Debt Issue Like Lincoln Dealt with Slavery

(Breitbart.tv) - During a discussion with college students at the University of Maryland last week, President Obama compared his current struggles with the debt ceiling debate negotiations with Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Charles Krauthammer Tells 'Inside Washington' Host 'You Manage to Introduce a Hell of a Lot of Bias'

(By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters.org) - "Inside Washington" host Gordon Peterson on Friday accused Tea Party members of being out of touch with reality due to their support for the Republican "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill as well as a balanced budget amendment.

This lead Charles Krauthammer to respond, "I like the way you pose an objective question implying the insanity of a Republican proposal which passed the House...You manage to introduce a hell of a lot of bias":

Obama: FDR Was 'Fiscally Conservative'

College Park, Md. (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said that Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) – the president best known for establishing a welfare and regulatory state in America – was “fiscally conservative,” in response to a question about how to keep the economy going.

Obama was referring to spending-cut measures Roosevelt took in the middle of the New Deal that lasted from 1933 to 1940.

“FDR comes in, he tries all these things with the New Deal; but FDR, contrary to myth, was pretty fiscally conservative,” the president said Friday during a town hall meeting on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Fox Business’ Charlie Gasparino: Rick Perry’s ‘Texas Taint’ Stops Him From Winning Presidency

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Many conservatives and Tea Party activists across the country are eagerly anticipating the entry of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet Fox Business correspondent Charlie Gasparino suggests that many New Yorkers on Wall Street, presumably of both political parties, are not at all excited about the possibility of a Perry presidency.

“I talk to a lot of Wall Street guys . . . you know I don’t think a guy from Texas can win again. I just think there’s a Texas taint to it all. And I know the big money on the street in New York, I don’t think they’re going to go for a Texan.”

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Man Hangs From Speeding Car: Not Sure What’s Happening Here, But Wow, It’s Good Video

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - A photographer for KXTV-TV in California was going through the relatively routine matters of setting up for a liveshot, when he sees a bright red car speeding by–with a man hanging off the side. The quick-thinking photog jumped into action and got it on tape. And while the exact reasons behind the man’s road surfing incident remain somewhat vague (he was either trying recover a purse–his or a friend’s–from the car, which may have been stolen–or perhaps not–and which may have been his, or possibly not), the video is quite entertaining.

Naked Emperor News/The Blaze: Use The 14th Amendment to Raise Debt Ceiling and Deal With the Courts Later: Dem Senator Agrees With Clinton - Obama Should Usurp Congress’ Power and Start Constitutional Court Battle

NC House to Look at Options for Selling Government Assets

State-owned hospitals, prisons, land, vehicles could be for sale

RALEIGH (By Karen Welsh, Carolina Journal Online) —
The proposed sale of Rex Healthcare to Wake Med spurred House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, to take a more thorough look at the assets on the state’s balance sheet.

In late June, Tillis picked former co-speaker Rep. Harold Brubaker, R-Randolph, to head a committee that would examine surplus state property, including unwanted land, vehicles, and buildings.

Fiscal conservatives repeatedly have called for such a review. They say property that has commercial value and is not needed for state operations should be taken off the government ledger and put in private hands, where it can generate tax revenues. Liberals are more cautious, warning against shedding buildings and other property that is used to provide essential public services.

Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Tillis, said Brubaker is currently in the process of putting together a committee to look at asset distribution and management.

Video: Bizarre NASCAR Prayer Gives Thanks For “My Smokin’ Hot Wife”

(By Timothy Burke, SportsGrid) - Maybe NASCAR didn’t know what it was getting when it hired Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church to deliver the invocation before Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville.

Then again, maybe it did. Pastor Nelms’ prayer gave thanks for, among other things, “GM Performance Technology,” “Sunoco Racing Fuel,” and, bizarrely, “my smokin’ hot wife Lisa.”

Text can’t really describe what happened next:

Carrier Classic set for USS Carl Vinson

SAN DIEGO (ESPN) - The Navy has given final approval for the Morale Entertainment Foundation to stage the Carrier Classic basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day.

It will be the first NCAA hoops game on an active flat top.

Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan, the Navy's chief spokesman, and Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, said the game on 11-11-11 on San Diego Bay will be played without cost to taxpayers and without operational issues that would adversely affect the Navy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Obama’s 2007-8 bundlers fleeing re-election campaign?

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - They signed on for Hope and Change, 'Politico' reports, but have become quickly disillusioned by the “soulless political behemoth” than Barack Obama has become in the White House. The bundlers attracted to Obama in 2007-8 helped push the candidate from a one-term Senate backbencher vying potentially for a VP slot on a Hillary Clinton ticket to the party’s nominee and eventual President. And now many of them won’t be back...

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: A GOP President Would 'Extinguish' Gays

(By Eric Ames, NewsBusters.org) - Following the media's relentless coverage of the Bachmann clinic and their semi-humorous insinuations that Marcus Bachmann might be gay, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, who is himself openly gay, told viewers today the Republican presidential contender would try to wipe out gays and lesbians.

"But you will replace [Obama] with a person who would extinguish you," Roberts protested Friday morning to Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, a gay conservative organization opposing Obama's reelection.

Obama: 'Patriotic' for Rich to 'Pitch In' ... 'This Isn't Wild-Eyed Socialism'

President Obama at a Maryland town hall on Friday: “This idea of balance, this idea of shared sacrifice, of a deficit plan that includes tough spending cuts but also includes tax reform that raises new revenue, this isn’t just my position, this isn’t just the Democratic position, this isn’t some wild-eyed socialist position. This is a position that has been taken by people of both parties and no party.” (Fox Nation)

Schumer's No Cuts Politics

Senate Democrats gets a free pass to hide under Sen. Chuck Schumer's brand of attack politics while pretending to favor spending cuts and debt reduction and to oppose tax increases.

(By PAUL A. GIGOT, Wall Street Journal) -
Not long after the 2008 election, a triumphant Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) stopped by our offices to announce that American politics had changed forever. Never again would we be able to argue successfully, as we had since Reagan, for smaller government. The American electorate had declared it wanted a permanently larger entitlement state. The 2010 election certainly cast doubt on Mr. Schumer's thesis, but it's worth keeping his claims in mind as we watch the senator emerge as the single biggest obstacle in Congress to spending cuts.

His role has been obvious for some time, but a revealing and generally laudatory article by Meredith Shiner in Roll Call this week lays out the Schumer strategy of assailing House Republicans as radical, in particular demonizing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in personal terms, and opposing any Democratic concessions on entitlements. Mr. Schumer also led the internal fight against releasing a Senate budget, though Democrats control that body and are supposed to pass a budget resolution under the 1974 budget law.

This is cynicism squared, but Mr. Schumer has been getting away with it because the press pack has fixated on the political narrative of House Republicans vs. President Obama. This gives Senate Democrats up for re-election next year a free pass to hide under Mr. Schumer's brand of attack politics while pretending to favor spending cuts and debt reduction and to oppose tax increases.

Rush Limbaugh: ‘Where Are The Charges Of Racism’ Against ‘Deranged’ Wasserman Schultz?

(By Jon Bershad, Mediaite) - [Yesterday] on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh fielded a caller accusing Debbie Wasserman Schultz of racism and a liar in her scuffle with Allen West. Limbaugh agreed, calling Wasserman Schultz “deranged” and “typical of the American Left” and lamenting that no Republicans are getting West’s back against the Liberal “hit squad” that’s targeting him, instead leaving the job up to “talk radio hosts.”

Couple Had Sex For 30 Minutes In Front Of Public Pool Patrons

CONNORSVILLE, IN (PIX11) — A couple who apparently couldn't wait to get home were caught having sex in a public pool in Indiana, according to police.

Parents tried to pull their kids away from the oversexed swimmers -- Myron Helms, 33, and Victoria Cross, 40 -- as the two proceeded to have sex for at least 30 minutes, according to witnesses.

A concerned parent told park pool manager Cindy Schwab what the two were doing below the surface, and when Schwab walked over to tell them to stop, she surprised them in the act . According to a Connorsville police report, "Cindy advised that when the female moved away from the male, she could see the male's penis."

L.A. Traffic Cop Fired for Starring in Porn Film While on Duty…in Uniform

(By Tiffany Gabbay, The Blaze) - One would think that a police officer might know better than to appear in a web-based porn film at all, let alone in full uniform while on duty, and not expect to be found out.

Well, that’s what reportedly happened when one Los Angeles traffic cop appeared in a popular online porn series, fondling a porn actress’ breasts and spanking her.

Officer John Dancler has reportedly been discharged from the L.A. Department of Transportation while another officer who also appeared in the adult film has been allowed to return to his job in parking enforcement.

Virginia Boy Impaled Through Neck by Bamboo Spear Survives!

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - A game of ninjas went horribly wrong for Dez Heal, 13, of Lynchburg, VA recently. Heal had stuck the bamboo stick down the back of his shirt, but when he jumped, it maneuvered to the front, and when he hit the ground, the stick went through his neck:

MSNBC Distorts Reagan Position on Debt Ceiling, Says Media Watchdog Group

(CNSNews.com) – Cable network MSNBC has been distorting the late President Ronald Reagan’s position on raising the debt ceiling, in the midst of a current-day political debate over raising that ceiling between President Barack Obama and Republicans on Capitol Hill, says an analysis by the Media Research Center (MRC).

“At least five MSNBC anchors since Tuesday have promoted a cherry-picked House Democratic Caucus video that distorts President Ronald Reagan’s position on the debt ceiling, inaccurately asserting that President Barack Obama is more in line with Reagan than the Republicans,” MRC News Analyst Alex Fitzsimmons reported in a BiasAlert on Wednesday.

The five MSNBC anchors are Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Thomas Roberts. They each played or cited an excerpt from a Reagan speech given on Sept. 26, 1987. In the excerpt, Reagan expressed the need to raise the debt ceiling.

However, the cable network did not acknowledge that later in that same speech Reagan insisted on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Harry Reid Won’t ‘Waste the Senate’s Time’ on ‘Worst Legislation’ in U.S. History

(CNSNews.com) – Without a hint of bipartisanship, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday proclaimed the Republican deficit-reduction plan – the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act” – as a waste of the Senate’s time.

“I think this piece of legislation is about as weak and senseless as anything that has ever come on this Senate floor. And I’m not going to waste the Senate’s time day after day on this piece of legislation, which I think is an anathema to what our country is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

“So everyone, understand. We’re going to have a vote tomorrow (Friday)…I’m not going to wait until Saturday. We’re going to have a vote tomorrow, and I feel confident this legislation will be disposed of one way or the other.

“The American people should understand that this is a bad piece of legislation – perhaps, some of the worst legislation in the history of this country.”

FEC: John Edwards must repay $2.3M

(By Craig Jarvis, NewsObserver.com) - The Federal Elections Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to require former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign committee to pay back about $2.3 million, mostly in federal matching funds it received after he pulled out of the race in January 2008.

Attorneys for Edwards' campaign committee say they will appeal the decision, which otherwise would take effect when the audit is completed in about 30 days.

Every presidential candidate who receives federal matching money is audited. Campaign committees can't zero-out books until there has been a final audit, which takes years. Several members of the six-person commission stressed that this was a routine case.

Democrats Can Blame One of Their Own for Redrawn Maps

If the latest proposed map for North Carolina congressional elections makes it harder for Democrats to win, they can thank Rep. G.K. Butterfield.

RALEIGH (By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal Online) —
Tar Heel Democrats, meet Murphy’s Law. If you thought your situation was bad when the Republican-led General Assembly released its first set of congressional district maps July 1, Round Two is even worse.

Under the final maps issued Wednesday, what had been a modest Republican gerrymander may result in a decade of GOP dominance of our congressional delegation. And if the maps pass final muster with the General Assembly and survive challenges in court, Democrats should focus their ire at one of their own: Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the Wilson Democrat who has represented the 1st Congressional District since 2004.

Butterfield serves in one of the state’s two majority-black districts. Since the 2000 census, however, his northeastern district has lost nearly 100,000 residents; the population there and statewide has shifted from rural areas to urban and suburban neighborhoods. To keep the number of residents equal in every congressional district, the boundaries had to be moved. And to satisfy the federal Voting Rights Act, the 1st District had to include enough black voters to ensure their rights were not “diluted.”

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Former Edwards mistress Hunter asks judge to issue contempt order in sex tape case

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — The former mistress of John Edwards wants a North Carolina judge to issue a contempt order against a former Edwards campaign aide in a case involving a purported sex tape.

Lawyers for Rielle Hunter filed a motion Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court asking for a contempt of court finding against Andrew and Cheri Young and their lawyer.

Hunter's motion claims the Youngs have shared information with federal prosecutors in a separate criminal case involving Edwards. Her lawyers say that violates protective orders in the civil case.

‘You Fu** with me!’: Cop Threatens to Kill Concealed Carry Gun Owner During Traffic Stop

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - A police officer’s dash cam in Canton, OH caught a disturbing exchange last month between a cop and a driver during a traffic stop. In it, the cop can be heard (and seen) berating a man for not telling the officer immediately that he had a concealed carry permit and thus a concealed weapon, even saying that he should have killed him. But there’s just one problem: the man tried several times but the officer cut him off.

That’s a problem. In Ohio (as in many states), the law requires concealed carry gun owners to immediately inform law enforcement if they have a weapon when they are pulled over. So when the man, named William, was not allowed to do so immediately, and the cop eventually found out, that created an issue.

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Rahm Emanuel Storms Out of Interview After Being Asked About Kids’ School

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Rahm Emanuel has an historically hot temper. That was evident yesterday during an interview with NBC Chicago’s Mary Ann Ahern, when he got testy with a local reporter who decided to push him about his decision to send his kids to private, not public, school.

“Mary Ann, let me break the news to you. My children are not in a public position,” he said in a stern way. “I am. You’re asking me a value statement and not a policy. … No, no, you have to appreciate this. My children are not an instrument of me being mayor. My children are my children, and that may be news to you, and that may be new to you, Mary Ann, but you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”

After Ahern continued to press him on the issue, Emanuel got so flustered he stood up, took off his mic, dropped it on the floor, and walked away, even though Ahern implored him to stay and talk:

U.S. loses $1.3 billion in exiting Chrysler

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.

The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat, wrapping up the 2009 auto bailouts that were part of TARP.

Fiat paid the Treasury a total of $560 million for the remaining shares, as well as rights to shares held by the United Auto Workers retiree trust.

Man Sets House on Fire While Trying to Cremate Dog

(By Billy Hallowell, The Blaze) - A Dale City, Virginia man finds himself in some legal trouble after accidentally setting his house ablaze while trying to cremate his dog. The resulting damage from the initial fire and the water needed to extinguish the flames has left Charles Harris’ home temporarily uninhabitable.

Elderly Man Goes Violently Berserk Over Man Pretending to Fart in Target Store

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Jack Vale has pretended to pass gas in public before. Usually it leads others to weird looks and chuckles. But recently, it led one elderly man to punch Vale in the face — several times.

While pulling off one of his stunts at a local Target store recently, Vale chose two unsuspecting elderly shoppers as, well, targets. Using an electronic fart machine, Vale meandered over to the shoppers and made several unbecoming noises. After walking away, the elderly man took exception to the stunt (thinking it was real), got up out of his electronic scooter, and started looking for Vale. He eventually found him, and it didn’t end well:

Liberal Dem Sen. Tom Harkin: Debt Fight Not Between Dems and Reps…It‘s Between GOP and ’Cult Fringe’

(By Billy Hallowell, The Blaze) - Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has a message for Americans: The debt fight isn’t between Democrats and Republicans; it‘s between Republicans and their ’cult fringe.’

In a Democratic press conference earlier today, the congressman called Republicans “dead-beat debtors,” attacked Rep. Michele Bachmann’s stance on the debt limit and issued a number of related proclamations. He said:

“The debate and fight is not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between some Republicans and their sort of cult fringe as I refer to them out there.

Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling, not for future borrowing but to pay the debts that we racked up in the past. Which, mostly was racked up by a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican President in the last 8 years. Yet, they’re not willing to pay the bills.”

Rush Limbaugh to GOP: ‘Don’t Cave … Winners Do Not Compromise’

Stokes County School budget is finally complete - SRO’s lost; teaching positions left unfilled

(By Ryan Sarda, The Stokes News) - The budget for the 2011-12 school year was a hot topic in Ronnie Mendenhall’s Board of Education meeting debut as the new Superintendent of Stokes County Schools.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget as proposed in their monthly meeting held at the Administrative Office in Danbury on Monday night.

Among some of the cuts in this upcoming school year are School Resource Officers, which saves the school system roughly $156,900.

There will be now one SRO at each of the three high schools. For the middle schools and the elementary schools, there will be one SRO representing the entire county.

Former Hanging Rock superintendent gives back to park through taxidermy

LAWSONVILLE (By Lisa O'Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal) - Friends tell Tommy Wagoner that they think of him whenever they see roadkill.

Most folks in Stokes County know Wagoner as the former superintendent of Hanging Rock State Park, a position he retired from in 2003 after 31 years in the state's park system.

In his post-park career, Wagoner is distinguishing himself as a skilled taxidermist, turning roadkill and other carcasses into exhibits that are being used in parks around the state.

"It's an enjoyable hobby and I like being able to help the park system," said Wagoner, 62. "I've still got some park in me."

Black Caucus ‘Furious’ Over Rep. West’s Email to Dem Party Chief

(Breitbart.tv) - The head of the Congressional Black Caucus told Fox News on Wednesday that members are "furious" about the incendiary email Rep. Allen West sent to the Democratic party chairwoman, saying he's going to speak with the Florida Republican about the matter.

"It's unfortunate," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said. He could not say whether the CBC would seek to discipline its only Republican member, but claimed lawmakers were upset the incident has brought "undue attention" to the caucus.

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands, marks the end of the 30-year shuttle era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA's 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears.

A record crowd of 2,000 gathered near the landing strip, thousands more packed Kennedy Space Center and countless others watched from afar as NASA's longest-running spaceflight program came to a close.

"After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle's earned its place in history. And it's come to a final stop," commander Christopher Ferguson radioed after Atlantis glided through the ghostly twilight and landed on the runway.

"Job well done, America," replied Mission Control.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer's Attempt To Discredit Tea Party Freshman Boomerangs Bigtime!

(By Mark Finkelstein, NewsBusters.org) - Contessa Brewer doesn't have a law degree. So perhaps the MSNBC host was unaware of the old cross-examination adage: never ask a question to which you don't know the answer.

Arguing with Rep. Mo Brooks today over raising the debt ceiling, Brewer attempted to discredit the Tea Party Republican freshman Member of Congress from Alabama by asking "do you have a degree in economics?"

"Yes, ma'am, I do. Highest honors," [from Duke] answered the courtly congressman. Ruh-roh!

Anita Perry encourages husband to run for president

AUSTIN, Texas (By BRAD WATSON, WFAA) - Gov. Rick Perry will need money, organization, staff and stamina if he runs for president.

But he appears to already have the support that's most important for the race — his wife's.

Following a brief meeting on state finances Tuesday, Perry talked expansively for the first time on what his wife, Anita, has been telling him about a White House run.

“My wife was talking to me and saying: 'Listen... get out of your comfort zone. Yeah, being governor of Texas is a great job, but sometimes you're called to step into the fray,'” the governor said.

Coburn: Washington to impose “financial repression” if spending not reduced

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - CNS News reports on a presentation by Senator Tom Coburn on Monday for his deficit-reduction proposal, “Back in Black,” in which the doctor from Oklahoma delivers a very tough diagnosis and prognosis for America. If Congress doesn’t end its profligate spending and fix the personal and corporate tax codes, the resulting debt load will force the government to start printing “fiat money” in order to meet its obligations. That will destroy accumulated capital among all classes in the US and significantly lower living standards for the next generations of Americans. We don’t have long to act before Washington begins imposing “financial repression,” Coburn warns:

'Skinless' Shuttle Also Soon to Retire

The shuttle names Columbia, Atlantis and Discovery may ring a bell. But ever hear of OV-95? Few have and now it, too, will be retired.

(By Irene Klotz, Discovery News) -
Unlike famous sibling spaceships -- Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour -- the little-known space shuttle inside Building 16 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston never got a name.

It's known only by the manufacturer's designation Orbiter Vehicle 95, or OV-95, though it has "flown" all 135 space shuttle missions -- at least 15 times apiece -- plus dozens of precursor test flights by the prototype shuttle Enterprise.

The full-size orbiter is no mockup. It's an exact replica, electronically speaking, tasked to make sure the software and 230 miles of wiring needed to fly the shuttles are error-free.

Chihuahua thwarts robbery

Chihuahua that thwarted robbers hailed as hero, goes on national TV (WGHP)

Ron Paul Calls for Privatizing TSA: ‘These Are Not the Most Reputable People’

(By Buck Sexton, The Blaze) - Rep. Ron Paul fired off a rhetorical salvo at the TSA Tuesday, decrying its air travel security policies and calling for TSA’s replacement by private security forces. It‘s a position he’s come to champion over the last few weeks.

Rep. Paul made his case while on the Tom Sullivan Show that the TSA is invasive, unnecessary, and ineffective. He rejected the underlying premise of the TSA wholesale- that federal bureaucrats will keep us safer than private enterprises with direct interest in the safety (and satisfaction) of their customers.

On the heavy pat-down policies implemented over the past year, Paul said “these are not the most reputable people…we would be arrested if we did this.”

Rep. West Stands by Email Calling Wasserman Schultz 'Vile, Despicable and Cowardly'

WASHINGTON (FoxNews.com) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida is standing by an incendiary email he sent to a Democratic colleague after she criticized him in a speech on the House floor.

"I think it's important to stake my ground," West told Fox News when asked about his email to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. "It was about enough is enough, and it's my right to say that. She is the one elevating this."

West's email called Wasserman Schultz "vile, despicable and cowardly" after she called into question his stance on Medicare during the debate over a spending cap and balanced budget bill before the House.

Postmaster says days are numbered for Saturday mail delivery

(By Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY) - Falling mail volume and soaring red ink may soon doom Saturday mail delivery and prompt three-day-a-week delivery within 15 years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warns.

Donahoe's forecast is based on a projected $8.3 billion loss this year as the drift from paper to electronic communication hammers the Postal Service. "On Sept. 30," he told the USA TODAY editorial board Tuesday, "I won't be able to pay my bills."

Chief among them: a $5.5 billion payment due Sept. 30 to cover future retirees' health benefits.

The expanding catalogue of Obamacare fables

(By Michelle Malkin, Creators Syndicate) - Is there a health insurance horror story disseminated by the White House and its allies that ever turned out to be true? Obamacare advocates have exercised more artistic license than a convention of Photoshoppers. Now, a prominent sob story shilled by President Obama himself about his own mother is in doubt. It’s high past time to call their bluffs.

The tall-tale-teller-in-chief cited mom Stanley Ann Dunham’s deathbed fight with her insurer several times over the years to support his successful push to ban pre-existing condition exclusions by insurers. In a typical recounting, Obama shared his personalized trauma during a 2008 debate: “For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

But there was something fundamentally wrong with Obama’s story. In a recently published biography of Obama’s mother, author and New York Times reporter Janny Scott discovered that Dunham’s health insurer had in fact reimbursed her medical expenses with nary an objection. The actual coverage dispute centered on a separate disability insurance policy.

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Al Sharpton: Obama Sounds More Like Reagan Than Tea Partiers

(By Mark Finkelstein, NewsBusters.org) - If MSNBC's goal is to give air time to the least-attached to reality of the left, then perhaps the network's doing the right thing by reportedly dallying with replacing Cenk Uygur with Al Sharpton.

For in the 6 o'clock time slot this evening the Reverend Al actually asserted that Barack Obama sounds more like Ronald Reagan than Tea Party freshmen members of Congress. I kid you not.

Republican Joe Walsh Taunts 'Bully' Chris Matthews: Obama 'Sends a Tingle Up Your Leg'

(By Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters.org) - Republican Congressman Joe Walsh didn't put up with Chris Matthews' "bullying" on Tuesday, mocking the liberal MSNBC anchor for his effusive praise of Barack Obama. Over the host's frequent interruptions, the Illinois Representative taunted, "Hey, Chris, your President, who sends a tingle up your leg-"

Walsh appeared to discuss the debt ceiling debate and what Republicans are willing to cut. The Congressman jokingly referred to Matthews' famous 2008 remark that an Obama speech created a "thrill going up my leg." A seemingly chagrined Matthews dismissed, "Okay. Here we go. This is where I thought we'd end up."

The anchor resorted to arguing semantics, reminding, "And first of all, tingles is your word."

Jay Carney: Obama Showing Leadership by NOT Submitting Debt Plan

"Leadership is not proposing a plan..."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Father Charged in Wreck that Killed His Two Children

Father had suspended license when accident happened

A Mount Airy father has been charged with two counts of second degree murder in connection with a wreck that killed his two sons after he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked earlier this year.

The accident happened May 15 on McBride Road in Mount Airy. Gregory Bledsoe was driving the Buick Century when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, ran off the roadway and crashed head-on into a tree at 45 mph.

Shane Bledsoe, 9, and Braylon Bledsoe, 12, both died in the accident.

According to records, Beldsoe was driving with a permanently suspended license.

CNBC’s Joe Kernen: Liberals Want To Prosecute Fox News For How They Present The News

(By Colby Hall, Mediaite) - On this morning’s edition of CNBC’s 'Squawk Box', discussion turned to the 'News of the World' phone hacking scandal that has embroiled News Corp. when host Joe Kernen took an interesting tack. His claim: that some on the left see a culture of corruption infesting other News Corp. entities. In Kernen’s view, “liberals think that just for the way that Fox News presents news, they think that they should be prosecuted,” before adding that the “mainstream media has been presenting propaganda from the other side.”

Own It...

(Breitbart.tv) - In January 2009, President Obama told the American people that he was ready to take responsibility for the nation's economy. His bravura-laced rhetoric helped push through the trillion dollar stimulus plan under the guise of keeping unemployment from climbing higher than 8%. It's been almost three years. The economy is his.

It's time he owned it

Ann Coulter ‘sick’ of ‘free publicity’ for Bill Maher, misogynist language from Ed Schultz

(By Jeff Poor, The Daily Caller) - If you’re keeping score, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher has a growing tally of denigrating sexist remarks he has made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and GOP presidential hopeful Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. But what are the motivations for these comments?

According to Ann Coulter, it’s not done in the name of humor. Instead, it is done to intentionally drum up publicity for shows like Maher’s. On Monday night’s “Red Eye,” Coulter questioned why so much time was devoted to these statements from Maher and his guests.

“[I] am sick of this show getting so much free publicity just because they use the f-word, the c-word, say something stupid,” Coulter said. “It is exactly what liberals falsely accuse me of all the time. You just put in that thing about the Jersey Girls so people will complain to get publicity. Well no, all they are saying is ‘I hate Michele Bachman,’ ‘I hate Sarah Palin.’ Except they’re saying, ‘I [expletive] hate Michele Bachmann,’ ‘I [expletive] hate Sarah Palin.’ And then conservative blogs and this show say, ‘Oh, they use the f-word,’ and then they get 8 billion times more viewers. Why aren’t we talking about your show that will lead into this show? It is ‘Five at Five’ or the two-hour feature film, ‘Greg Gutfeld on Fox.’”

Haboob Two: Second Giant Dust Storm Engulfs Arizona During Rush Hour

PHOENIX (AP) — A giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area on Monday, turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions and delaying some airline flights.

The dust, also known as a haboob in Arabic and around Arizona, formed in Pinal County and headed northeast, reaching Phoenix at about 5:30 p.m.

Naked Emperor News/The Blaze: He Thinks He Is God: Left Attacks & Atheists Sue Rick Perry for Mentioning Jesus While Ignoring Obama‘s Love of the Resurrection of Our Savior Jesus’ at the White House

‘I’m Dead! Bye!’ Skydiver Films His Own 15,000 Ft. Free Fall

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Five years ago, New Zealand skydiver Michael Holmes jumped out of an airplane with a parachute attached to his back. The air whipped over his body as gravity pulled him to the ground in an exhilarating, controlled fall. At 15,000 ft. above ground, he pulled his parachute. And that’s when an awesome jump turned to awful.

At that moment, Holmes’s parachute malfunctioned. He started an incredible free fall traveling at an extreme rate of speed and headed for some vegetation. Eventually, he crashed. And survived.

The entire incident was caught on a helmet camera, where Holmes can be heard declaring “I’m dead!“ and ”Bye!”:

O’Keefe Team Investigates Carolina Medicaid; Gov’t Health Care for 25 IRA Terrorists?

(Breitbart.tv) - From Project Veritas: James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas today released the second in a series of undercover investigations into Medicaid fraud. Citizen journalists have uncovered widespread Medicaid fraud in state offices across the country.

In the latest video, filmed in several Medicaid offices in South Carolina, an undercover reporter, dressed in a kilt and driving an expensive sports car, poses as an IRA terrorist. He explains that his comrades have gunshot wounds and is in need of twenty-five Medicaid applications.

Naked Emperor News/The Blaze: You Don’t Get It: Congresswoman Agrees With Obama, Americans Too Stupid to Understand Complicated Debt Ceiling Debate & Social Security Threat While She Can’t Seem to Explain It

NBC's Ann Curry Touts Dalai Lama Giving 'Comfort' to Obama During 'Fierce Struggle' With GOP

(By Kyle Drennen, NewsBusters.org) - In an interview with the Dalai Lama aired on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry bizarrely asked the Tibetan spiritual leader about the debt ceiling fight in Congress: "The President is in a fierce struggle with his political opponents over the future of the nation's finances. What is the best way, your best advice, in how to find compromise with those you deeply disagree with?"

Steve Wynn: Obama a bad bet for biz

(By JENNIFER EPSTEIN, POLITICO.com) - The man who played a major role in revitalizing Las Vegas is bashing President Barack Obama as “the greatest wet blanket to business, progress and job creation in my lifetime.”

Speaking to investors on a Monday conference call, casino developer Steve Wynn - calling himself a “Democratic businessman” - went on an extended rant against Obama and his policies.

His customers and the companies he works with “are frightened of this administration,” he said, “and it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America.”

Couple Sees Face of Jesus in Walmart Receipt

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blind Dog Has A Seeing Eye Dog

(MRC TV) - Daisy, 10, is blind. Duke, 6, is Daisy's seeing eye dog.

Conservative Rep Allen West (R-FL): Obama is a Marxist; I’ve Been Racist All My Life According to Liberals

(Breitbart.tv) - Rep. Allen West appeared with Breitbart.tv's Larry O'Connor on 'The Ben Shapiro Show' on Sunday, July 17. He discussed the President's political priorities in the debt-ceiling debate. He also responded to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's charge of "racism" for those opposing President Obama.

O’Keefe’s latest sting target: Medicaid bureaucrats

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - There are eerie moments of 'deja vu' in James O’Keefe’s latest project in his self-described “muckraking” enterprise. This time, O’Keefe turns his sights on Medicaid bureaucrats in Ohio rather than ACORN or Planned Parenthood — although the latter does get a cameo mention. Once again, O’Keefe and his team pose as criminals seeking assistance in getting government money to support their businesses, only this time directly rather than through activist organizations:

Rick Perry: Game changer

(By Aaron Blake, The Fix) - This weekend, we got some of the strongest signals yet that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will indeed run for president.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said he thinks Perry will run, and Perry himself seems more inclined than ever, telling the Des Moines Register that he now sees the race as his calling.

“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry said in a lengthy profile piece. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do, this is what America needs.”

Perry has emerged late as a potential presidential candidate, but it’s quite possible that he could affect just about every other candidate if he gets in. Here’s how he fits into the race...

Laura Ingraham Airs Scary ‘Obama Remix’ of Jimmy Carter‘s ’Malaise’ Speech

(By Christopher Santarelli, The Blaze) - One a peanut farmer from Georgia, the other a Hawaiian Harvard law grad, before entering politics President Obama and former President Jimmy Carter came from extremely different backgrounds. That said, an increasing number of commentators and political opponents have made the comparison between Obama and Carter administrations. This Friday, Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham aired a scary ‘remix’ of Jimmy Carter’s infamous “Malaise Speech” over recent lackluster Obama rhetoric.

While You Were Sleeping: Casey Anthony Is Out On The Loose!

(By Frances Martel, Mediaite) - The long national nightmare may be just beginning. The most hated woman in America, former Orlando mother acquitted of murder Casey Anthony, is officially a free woman, after Orlando officials released her into an unmarked car beside an angry crowd. She will not be returning to her native habitat, but to an undisclosed location to which she was flown with attorney Jose Baez by her side.