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.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
“So I think you felt the President could have done something about lowering the gas prices,” Carlson pressed. “What do you say now that gas prices are going to reach $5 a gallon under President Obama?”
Sacha Baron Cohen Arrives At The Oscars As ‘The Dictator,’ Dumps ‘Ashes’ On A Very Unhappy Ryan Seacrest
Baron Cohen showed up on the red carpet wearing the tyrannical ruler’s signature, medal-studded uniform, flanked by two ladies in military outfits.
The actor also arrived carrying what will most likely be the most memorable accessory of the evening — a golden urn carrying the “remains” of deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. It had been, you see, his dream to come to the Oscars and be sprinkled onto the red carpet and all over actress Halle Berry.
As it turns out, most of Kim Jong Il ended up on red carpet interviewer Ryan Seacrest. (“I think it’s Bisquik,” Seacrest later told Antonio Banderas.)
Charles Krauthammer Blames Santorum’s ‘Self-Inflicted’ Defeat On ‘Kennedy, College And Contraception’
“I think Santorum really had his shot here, he got the slingshot coming out of that three-win…and he came really close, which would have been a tremendous upset and victory, but he fell short. And like the others, I think it was mostly self-inflicted.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In announcing her plans, Snowe, 65, emphasized that she is in good health and was prepared for the campaign ahead. But she said she was swayed by the increasing polarization in Washington.
“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” Snowe said in a statement. “So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”
“I know a lot of people are upset with Santorum doing this Operation Chaos business. I get the email. People are upset Santorum is crossing the aisle and trying to get Democrats to vote in the primary today. Maybe I’m in the minority here, but, as the original architect of Operation Chaos, I don’t have any problem with it if it’s done for the right reason.”
Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.
City spokeswoman Diane Miller said investigators believe Banning was at a friend's apartment when he apparently mistook a jar of gasoline sitting by the kitchen sink for a beverage. After taking a gulp, he spit the gas out and got some on his clothes.
Sometime later, investigators say Banning went outside to smoke a cigarette and burst into flame.
Havelock police and the city fire marshal are continuing their investigation.
Montoya was driving well behind the rest of the field when something on his car broke, and he started sliding out of control toward the truck, which holds a track dryer and 200 gallons of jet kerosene.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
"I was impressed by the President's analysis of this situation, where we have no control over the global price of oil," Charles Krauthammer said. "We're dependent on oil from unfriendlies. And he says, as we heard, drilling for oil to relieve our dependency is not a solution, it's not a plan. He said we have to go to clean energy. He talks about something really revolutionary today. Algae. A $14 million grant for the development of algae... I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised in 2008."
Friday, February 24, 2012
The civil case between Hunter, who has a child with Edwards, and former campaign aide Andrew Young was settled on Thursday, ABC-11 WTVD reported. Hunter was deemed the owner of the tape, and the court ordered Young to return the video.
Hunter spokesperson RoseMarie Terenzio declared the settlement a victory, saying, “Ms. Hunter is very pleased. She won.”
The settlement states that Young and his wife admit no liability and also notes that the tape will be destroyed.
Despite poor marks for her reportorial performance it looks like Chelsea Clinton is preparing to renew her contract with NBC News.
According to insiders familiar with negotiations, the Stanford and Columbia graduate is poised to extend her contract with the network to work on special segments for the shows “Rock Center” and “Nightly News,” a move that has media watchers confused.
Bzdelik acknowledged Wednesday that he did direct one obscenity at the fan during the Deacons’ 74-56 loss to the Hurricanes at Miami’s BankUnited Center.
“I was wrong,” Bzdelik said. “It’s something that I have never done before, and certainly something I would never do again.”
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Last night, Al Sharpton took to his MSNBC show “PoliticsNation,” where he offered a confusing rebuttal to Graham and a somewhat convoluted commentary on Christianity.
Some political analysts have said that not having to run with Democrat Perdue, who's been lagging in the polls, would help Obama in his bid to win North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes.
But Messina shot down any notion that Perdue acted on Obama's suggestion.
And, Diane, take a look at this!” Vega exclaimed. “It’s almost too unbelievable to believe — Just while we were on the air during those two minutes of that story, the gas prices here at this station went up by 10 cents!”
“What do you think Santorum and Newt are gonna do? You think they’re just gonna lie down and let the establishment run an open convention and pretend these guys don’t even exist? For those of you who are intrigued by the concept of an open convention, I understand that, but who do you think is gonna run it? The Tea Party isn’t gonna run it. It would be fun. They’re gonna try, no doubt. They would try, but the same Republican establishment that’s gotten the party in this mess is the same bunch of people who would run the open convention.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Rev. Franklin Graham Refuses to Say Obama & Romney Are Christians During Contentious MSNBC Interview
“He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie told Morgan. “Really, and just contribute okay? The fact of the matter is that I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check. Go ahead and write it.”
Here’s the clip that will certainly add to the Christie lore:
New Scientist reports that the father of one of its current employees had been filming the launch from Kennedy Space Center while on a return trip from a family vacation to Disney World. The footage taken by Bob Karman at the Orlando airport was converted from its VHS format last month.
Watch the clip:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
“It was no joke,” said Jon Basso, who promotes himself “Doctor Jon,” his scantily-clad waitresses as nurses and customers as patients.
Basso said he could tell right away the man in his 40s eating a Triple Bypass burger was having trouble. He was sweating, shaking and could barely talk.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church has straddled the Stokes and Forsyth County lines since 1894. The church still doesn’t have electricity or running water, just like when it was built.
The Episcopal diocese, which owns the property, wants to move the building to the Church of the Advocate in Carrboro, Orange County. The diocese believes it could be better used by a growing congregation than continuing to sit unused like it has for many years.
The proposal got rolling last year, when the diocese contacted Germanton Baptist Church, which sits literally next door to St. Philip’s.
Town Manager Byron Ellis said Hill resigned Tuesday morning, and he was relieved of his duties immediately.
“That’s just the route we decided to go,” remarked Ellis.
Hill said he enjoyed his years working with the town. “I think it’s time in my life that I move forward and seek other options,” he explained of his decision to resign.
Hill said he will now weigh his options and see how to move forward with his law enforcement career.
“I feel like it’s time to move on,” he continued.
The Carolina Journal first reported the incident on Tuesday in an article titled “Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria ‘Nuggets’.” The reported incident revolves around state regulation that requires all lunches in pre-Kindergarten programs to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. It doesn’t matter if the lunches are packed from home or purchased in the cafeteria.
The Journal initially reported that a state agent was inspecting lunchboxes in a West Hoke Elementary School ‘More at Four’ classroom. The report has since been edited and no longer reads that it was a state agent but a “person who was inspecting lunches.”
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Yes, you read that right.
The incident happened in Raeford, N.C. at West Hoke Elementary School. What was wrong with the lunch? That’s still a head-scratcher because it didn’t contain anything egregious: a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice. But for the inspector on hand that day, it didn’t meet the healthy requirements.
Last Monday, Emily was seriously injured when she fell while shopping, hitting her head and breaking several bones. On Friday, she was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.
Emily posted this update on her Facebook page early Tuesday morning...
Robin Manley said the ad was posted by Lucille Mabe, owner of Dan River Bullies in Danbury.
Manley said Yorkies can sell for much more than that, so she went to Dan River Bullies herself.
“I just really felt like something was really bad there. I could smell–I could see how the property was in disrepair. To me it looked dogbroken, like with a lot of animals coming through,” Manley said.
The community meeting was called a week after council asked the city manager to work with Stokes County officials to determine how much such a replacement would cost.
County commissioners had their regular board meeting on Monday, but they didn’t talk about King’s request for information as it wasn’t on the agenda.
Still, some residents of the town of nearly 7,000 let their strong feelings be known Monday night.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
(Breitbart.tv) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked to respond to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comment that the lack of a budget creates "uncertainty" which is "negative for growth."
Carney responded: "I have no opinion; the White House has no opinion on Chairman Bernanke’s assessment of how the Senate ought to do its business."
(Breitbart.tv) - A tipster sends in this video from Cass Elementary School in Livonia, MI. The video purportedly shows a dramatic and inspirational movie montage tribute to President Barack Obama displayed to the assembled children as part of the school's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Most of the school children appear to be less than inspired.
Kyle Dyer, an anchor for the morning and noon broadcasts of Denver’s NBC affiliate, 9NEWS, was covering the story of a dog rescued from a frozen reservoir. She was interviewing the dog’s owner and rescuer when she bent down to kiss the dog’s nose. When she did, the dog turned his head and bit Dyer’s face.
Dyer was taken to a local hospital where she is now recovering. According to 9NEWS, the hospital says she has gone through reconstructive surgery for injuries she sustained from the bite.
Edwards' hopes for the Democratic presidential nomination imploded in a sex scandal four years ago that left him facing criminal charges. But reports filed last week show his 2008 primary campaign spent $836,712 in 2011 on airfare, hotel rooms, cellphones and other expenses.
The campaign reported $2.1 million in cash remaining as of Dec. 31, a figure close to what the Federal Election Commission says the former North Carolina senator still owes the U.S. Treasury. Patricia A. Fiori, one of four attorneys working for Edwards in the FEC case, said she could not comment, referring questions to the campaign.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Spokeswoman Maura Payne said the company would not comment on how many manufacturing jobs were cut Tuesday or what types of jobs were eliminated.
"The affected employees were released from work Tuesday and will receive the standard severance package," Payne said.
According to Phillip Handy, chief of Stokes County Animal Control, more than 150 dogs and puppies were found living in poor conditions at a “puppy mill” located at 1560 Bob Mabe Road, Danbury, owned by Lucille and Willis Mabe.
Handy said animal control officers visited the house around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving recent complaints about the breeding operation there. The business was known as Dan River Bullies, according to Handy.
Emily was out shopping on Monday when she fell, hitting her head and breaking several bones. She said Tuesday she is doing “much better” and wants to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers.
Emily will likely be out of work for several weeks while she recovers from her injuries.
She will return to FOX8 when she makes a full recovery.
FOX8 will post updates on Emily’s progress over the next several days.
If you would like to wish Emily the best, visit her Facebook page.
KING, N.C. (By Deven Swartz, WGHP) — King City Council is considering getting rid of its police department in order to save money.
Councilmembers at Monday night’s meeting said they wanted to study how much it would cost for deputies from the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office to patrol the city.
King Police chief Paula May said she doesn’t believe deputies could provide the same level of patrols. As a result, she believes closing the department is not the right way to save money.
“If we need to take a cut out of the city’s budget, is public safety really where we want to start? Are we really entertaining the elimination of a life-saving entity before we discuss cutting a really nice fireworks display? Again, it’s a matter of priorities,” May said.
There is no word on when the study would be completed.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Well, that’s what some local students at (what appears to be) a Washington state high school think. In a video that’s probably a few hours from going viral, a young man decided to question classmates for a video called “Lunch Scholars.” It is anything 'but' scholarly.
Etheridge's bid further shakes up the party's gubernatorial future just a week after incumbent Bev Perdue said she wouldn't seek re-election.
Etheridge, who served seven terms in Congress from Harnett County, previously was state schools superintendent, winning two statewide elections. He released a statement that improving the state's public education system has been his life's work. The schools are expected to be a big issue in the campaign as Republicans passed a state budget that Democrats have panned for reducing education spending by several hundred million dollars.
Mike Muse, a teacher and coach at East, and James Deeney, the school's resource officer, confronted the boy because Dillon Tschrnko, 15, had raised questions over the number of text messages both men were sending to a 16-year-old female student.
He’s a more mature college sophomore than I was. Smarter, more polished, seemingly more secure. The son of Pat Summitt was raised in a celebrity coach’s world, where lessons are learned early about how to carry and present yourself. He does those things well.
But beneath the impressive persona is a regular guy with regular-guy problems. The biggest problem: His mom has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
TMZ reports cops discovered the body at around 4 a.m PST. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted.
TMZ reports Cornelius was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
"Soul Train" changed the landscape of television when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.
Officials have notified his family. He was 75.
At their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 23, the Stokes County Board of Education voted to table the approval of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 student calendars. Board member Becky Boles made the motion to table because she said that some new information had been brought to light that she had not thought of previously. Board member David Smith seconded the motion, and the vote was unanimous.
The debate swirls around the hot topic of when to start school in August. After a few years of earlier starts, Stokes County Schools implemented starting school later in August in the middle part of the last decade. This was a result of a 2004 NC law that mandated Aug. 25 starts and June 10 ends for the school year.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that plans to sell the closed courthouse building for $700,000 don't include the monument.
For his part, Gingrich had two must-dos: 1) deal with Romney's attacks in a calmer, more seasoned way than Gingrich handled the last Romney barrage, during the campaign in Iowa; and 2) keep up the solid message he rode to victory in South Carolina.
Over the past week in Florida, Romney did nearly everything right; his ads hit hard and his debate performance was dominating, even if he improved only marginally on the stump. And Gingrich did nearly everything wrong. The result was a decisive 14-point victory for Romney, who now has two primary victories to Gingrich's one.