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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh famously said he hoped President Obama would “fail” in January, 2009. Almost a year later, when Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Washington Post reporter David Weigel had a wish of his own. “I hope he fails,” Weigel cracked to fellow liberal reporters on the “Journolist” email list-serv.“Too soon?” he wondered.
Weigel was hired this spring by the Post to cover the conservative movement. Almost from the beginning there have been complaints that his coverage betrays a personal animus toward conservatives. E-mails obtained by the Daily Caller suggest those complaints have merit.
“Honestly, it’s been tough to find fresh angles sometimes–how many times can I report that these [tea party] activists are joyfully signing up with the agenda of discredited right-winger X and discredited right-wing group Y?” Weigel lamented in one February email.
In other posts, Weigel describes conservatives as using the media to “violently, angrily divide America.” According to Weigel, their motives include “racism” and protecting “white privilege,” and for some of the top conservatives in D.C., a nihilistic thirst for power.
“There’s also the fact that neither the pundits, nor possibly the Republicans, will be punished for their crazy outbursts of racism. Newt Gingrich is an amoral blowhard who resigned in disgrace, and Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite who was drummed out of the movement by William F. Buckley. Both are now polluting my inbox and TV with their bellowing and minority-bashing. They’re never going to go away or be deprived of their soapboxes,” Weigel wrote.
Of Matt Drudge, Weigel remarked, “It’s really a disgrace that an amoral shut-in like Drudge maintains the influence he does on the news cycle while gay-baiting, lying, and flubbing facts to this degree.”
Bigot. Why does Chris Matthews hate Christians?"Being a suicide bomber is the new political role model," Chris Matthews told his Friday "Hardball" audience. "Just kill everything, destroy everything, blow it up, nothing gets done. You're dead, but who cares?" he added, referring to conservative Republicans running against Democrats in the 2010 midterms.
The comment came at the end of a segment featuring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Politico's Jim VandeHei. Matthews had complained to the latter that the congressional minority Republicans were intent not merely on tinkering around the edges of the majority Democrats' policy proposals but on "destroy[ing] the United States government every time it gets up in the morning" all to the applause of "its cheering section back home say[ing] good work, keep trying to destroy the government."
European nations do not have to allow same-sex marriage, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, though gay rights groups claimed a partial victory Friday because the court acknowledged growing agreement that their relationships should be recognized in law.
Seven judges at the European court ruled unanimously that two Austrian men denied permission to wed were not covered by the guarantee of the right to marry enshrined in Europe's human rights convention.
The judges acknowledged "an emerging European consensus" that same-sex couples should have legal recognition but said individual states may still decide what form it should take because marriage had "deep-rooted social and cultural connotations which may differ largely from one society to another."
The European Union's 27 member states range from socially liberal countries like Sweden and the Netherlands to religious, conservative nations such as Poland.
Six EU states — Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Norway and Spain — have legalized gay marriage. About a dozen others, including Britain, Germany, France and — since January — Austria, have legal partnerships, which carry much the same status as marriage.
Horst Schalk and Johann Kopf sought a marriage permit in Vienna in 2002, but were turned down because Austrian law only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman. They took their case to the courts in a battle that made its way through the Austrian system before being referred to the European court in Strasbourg, France.
Peggy West is probably part of the same group of numbnuts who voted The One into POTUS.When going all out in opposition to something, it’s best to always have your facts straight. It’s a lesson that would have well served Wisconsin County Supervisor Peggy West, who has come out strong against the Arizona illegal immigration law claiming that it doesn’t make sense for Arizona to be so agitated about illegal immigration. It’s not Arizona is like “Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico.”West was commenting in support of a boycott of the state. Her main argument was that the law went to extreme measures to combat an issue that, it appears, she didn’t see as too much of a big deal:“If this were Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border of Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this, saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border, and it doesn’t make sense to me that when you Google this subject– if you put in Arizona SB 1070– that you see a picture of the governor of Arizona meeting with President Obama in May of 2010. If you have direct linkage to the President, there are already National Guard troops in Arizona.”A fellow attendee of the meeting let West down gently, assuring her “that Arizona does, in fact, share a border with Mexico.”
It really boils down to this for the GOP: you can't whine about Obama/Reid/Pelosi doing little about jobs in this country while taking away unemployment benefits from the millions who need it. The Party of No? Maybe.Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats' showcase election-year jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits for millions of people out of work more than six months.
The 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster, delivering a major blow to President Barack Obama and Democrats facing big losses of House and Senate seats in the fall election.
The rejected bill would have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of thousands of state and local government workers and providing what White House officials called an insurance policy against a double-dip recession. It included dozens of tax breaks sought by business lobbyists and tax increases on domestically produced oil and on investment fund managers.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs accused Republicans of blocking a commonsense economic package aimed at helping Americans suffering in the recession. "The president has been clear: Americans should not fall victim to Republican obstruction at a time of great economic challenge for our nation's families," Gibbs said in a statement. "The president will continue to press Congress to pass this bill and bring this relief that's critical to our economic recovery."
Bristol Palin's acting debut on 'The Secret Life of the American Teenage' airs next Monday night on ABC Family.
Below is an advance clip.
Bristol plays herself. Spoiler alert! Amy, the lead character is a band camp that turns out to be exclusively for single moms, and Bristol is one of them.
Clearly the "Keep Blaming Bush" meme isn't working.Americans are more down about their country and President Barack Obama than at any point since the new administration began, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
• The poll also indicates grave concern about the Gulf oil spill.
• The great majority of adults want stringent regulation of the oil industry, and worry that the catastrophe will impact the nation's economy and environment.
• Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track.
• One-third think the economy will get better over the next year.
• 57 percent of voters would prefer to elect a new person to Congress than re-elect their local representatives.
The results show "a really ugly mood and an unhappy electorate," said Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
I knew there was more to Al and Tipper Gore's separation than what we were getting from the lamestream media. It's an old can of worms: money changes people and Al Gore's gotten incredibly rich in the last few years, thus more money, more problems.Reports have just surfaced that during a 2006 visit to Portland, the former Vice President was accused by a massage therapist of “unwanted sexual contact,” but a lack of evidence led to no charges being filed. The story first appeared in the National Enquirer, but has since been picked up by mainstream news outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times and Fox News. But the AP report ends with a Detective’s claim that complainant “planned to take her case to the news media.” Is this another example of check book journalism?
Perhaps this gives the news media a new angle on which to report the recent news that Al Gore and Tipper separation? An AP report outlining the basics of the story has been published in numerous news outlets, including the NY Times:A lawyer for the woman contacted the police in late 2006, said the Multnomah County district attorney, Michael D. Schrunk. Mr. Schrunk said the woman, who has not been identified, had refused to be interviewed and did not want the investigation to proceed.But in January 2009, she contacted the police and gave a statement in which she said Mr. Gore had tried to have sex with her during an appointment at the Hotel Lucia. The National Enquirer first reported the accusations on Wednesday.A spokeswoman for Mr. Gore, Kalee Kreider, said he had no comment. Mr. Gore and his wife announced on June 1 that they were separating.
Of course, what's sad here is that brother Jeb does a better job at sticking up for the former President's policies than his own wife and daughter have since he left office.Call it brotherly love.
Calling the President’s behavior childish, Bush told The New York Times on Wednesday that he’s sick of Obama blaming George W. Bush for weak oversight of the oil industry, in addition to current economic and budgetary turmoil.
“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework,’” Bush said of the President.
“It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility.”
Bush then said the President isn’t a 21st-century leader and described him as “Hubert Humphrey on steroids.”
Rod Blagojevich is not exactly emerging as a shining example of enlightened feminist-friendly rhetoric in the undercover recordings being played at his trial this afternoon.
An example is a conversation he held with chief of staff John Harris on Nov. 7, 2008, in which the two were still discussing Blagojevich’s plans to swap a Senate appointment for a post in the Obama administration or some high-paying job in the private sector.
The two were reviewing talks with union officials they perceived to be emissaries of Obama. Blagojevich said the emissaries didn’t seem to know exactly what to make of his swap request.
"Barack really wants to get away from Illinois politics," said Blagojevich, laughing.
Eventually the talk got around to a suggestion that they try a different route to convey the swap idea to the president: through soon-to-be first lady Michelle Obama.
“He’s a lot more hen-pecked than me,” Blagojevich said. “He listens to Michelle.”
First he separates from his wife of 40 years and now this? I'm telling you it wouldn't surprise me one bit if all that money The Goracle's made off his global warming scam has made him a changed man, wouldn't be shocked at all if a pregnant mistress turns up soon.The National Enquirer is reporting that former Vice President, Al Gore was accused of sexually assaulting a masseuse in Portland, Oregon nearly four years ago. They are claiming that the incident is the reason for Al Gore’s recent split with wife, Tipper.
The report claims that the woman kept her pants which contains the DNA of Gore.
After swearing off opinion-based programming - and we've seen how well that's been going for CNN - the ratings-starved cable news network is dipping its parched tongue cautiously into the opinionated waters with a new show hosted by disgraced/rehabbed Democratic former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker.
The as yet unnamed show will air weeknights at 8 p.m., where the network most recently tried and failed with a Campbell Brown-hosted show, and where CNN hopes it can shore up Larry King's sinking talk show at 9.
CNN's new show will differ from all those other opinion shows on those other cable news networks, which "force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view" because it will "be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas - presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country," CNN president Jon Klein said Wednesday by way of explaining his network's apparent about face.
"Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest - in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes," Klein added for good measure.
Didn't Billary tell the world that she was more qualified to be President than Barry time and time again throughout the '08 campaign, or was that just me? Funny how long it takes for people to acknowledge the truth.U.S. voters think Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, but most believe that both Democrats are more fit for the White House than three top Republicans interested in the job.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% of voters feel Clinton is qualified to be president, but 34% disagree and say she is not.
As for President Obama, 51% say he is fit for the job. However, 44% say he is not qualified to be president, even though he has now served 17 months in the job.
You get the feeling sometimes that liberals really hate Christians. Of course, when it comes to the 'tolerant' Left that couldn't possibly be true.Oh, Joy of little faith.
On the June 22 episode of "The View," co-host Joy Behar criticized prayer, saying it "takes the place of logical thinking, then I think that's dangerous."
Behar's attack on prayer came as she defended comedian Janeane Garofalo, who during a June 16 appearance on Behar's Headline News show called prayer "anti-intellectual" in criticizing President Obama's reference to prayer during his speech about the Gulf oil spill.
Behar said Garofalo should have said prayer was "un-intellectual," not "anti-intellectual."
"Faith is something that you feel," Behar said. "Thinking is something that you do with your brain. It's different."
Behar's criticism of prayer riled co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who challenged the attack.
BEHAR: When prayer takes the place of logical thinking, then I think it's dangerous.
HASSELBECK: Prayer's not illogical.
BEHAR: No. But it takes the place of thinking.
HASSELBECK: No it doesn't. That's a complete bigoted statement to say that when I'm praying, I'm not thinking.
BEHAR: How dare you say that to me! Excuse me!
The Labor Department intends to issue regulations this week ordering businesses to give gay employees equal treatment under a law permitting workers unpaid time off to care for newborns or loved ones.Meanwhile, while Barry works overtime to get the gays to like him, unemployment rates for Blacks remains at 16% (double that of whites). Not that any black person dare complain because...ummm, The One is black himself and blacks should stay silent and be proud that to have a black President who pays them no mind while taking care of his white, liberal base knowing damn well that blacks will be there for him no matter how much he continues to ignore there needs.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis planned to announce Wednesday that the government would require employers to extend the option that has been available to heterosexual workers for almost two decades, two officials briefed on the plan said Monday. Neither was authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement.
The move, coming less than five months before November's congressional elections, seemed likely to incite conservatives and Republicans who stood in lockstep against the Obama administration's earlier efforts to repeal a ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. It also appeared likely to be popular with loyal Democrats and organized labor.
In a profile published online yesterday, Time calls Kesha Rogers, the winner of the Democratic Senatorial primary in Texas, the Longhorn State’s own Alvin Greene. Unfortunately this does not mean that there’s another potential politician running around making interviews that resemble performance art. What Time instead means by the comparison is that there’s another Democratic candidate out there who is being isolated by the Democratic Party. While Greene is being shunned for being too secretive, Rogers has made her intentions abundantly clear. Those intentions just happen to include impeaching one Barack Obama.
The comparison ends there. Rogers very much did not come out of no where (she’s been running for office in the state in 2006) and she readily explains her personal politics and background:
“Rogers, 33, told TIME she is a “full time political activist” in the Lyndon LaRouche Youth Movement, a recruiting arm of the LaRouche political organization that is active on many college campuses. The LYM espouses LaRouche opposition to free trade and “globalism” (the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund) and it also calls for a return to a humanist classical education, emphasizing the works of Plato and Leibnitz. On her professional looking campaign website, kesharogers.com, she touts the LaRouche political philosophy — a mix of support for the economic policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the impeachment of President Obama — and calls Obama a “London and Wall Street backed puppet” whose policies will destroy the Democratic Party. During the campaign, she was photographed carrying an oversized portrait of the President with a Hitler-style moustache penciled on his lip.”
Still though, she’s getting a very similar treatment as Greene, treatment that can only be described as “hostile”:
“Meanwhile, the state party has adopted a resolution denying any party support for Rogers, citing the alleged racist and discriminatory views of the LaRouche movement — allegations that Rogers, who is African-American, firmly rejects. District 22 has also been stricken from the party’s official online list of congressional races.”
For those who care: President Obama has no plans to stop golfing during the Gulf Coast oil spill.
"I don't think that there's a person in this country that doesn't think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind," spokesman Bill Burton said today.
Well, maybe not everybody.
After Obama's golf game on Saturday -- the 39th of his presidency -- Republican Party chairman Michael Steele compared it to BP chairman Tony Hayward's infamous yachting excursion, saying "it is equally incredible that President Obama finds himself on yet another golf course as oil continues to spew into the Gulf."
Just for good measure, Steele threw in Obama's attendance Friday night at a Washington Nationals' baseball game, and a White House event this month honoring Gershwin Prize-winning musician (and former Beatle) Paul McCartney.
"Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President," Steele said. "The stakes are too high for President Obama's lackadaisical approach to both his responsibilities and the challenges we face."
According to CBS News correspondent (and White House record keeper) Mark Knoller, Obama has golfed seven times since the April 20 rig explosion that led to the oil spill.
Via FoxNation, behold the most tone-deaf public-service announcement — yet — from the Obama administration. The US government occasionally conducts raids on employers who hire illegal immigrants as workers, even during Barack Obama’s term of office. Now suddenly Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has established a hotline number, not for people to tip the government to employers breaking the law, but to act as an agent for illegals to make sure they get paid “fairly”:
Does it occur to the White House at all that “undocumented” workers are breaking the law themselves? They shouldn’t be exploited, but then again, they shouldn’t be here to be exploited, either. At the same time that the Obama administration contemplates a lawsuit against Arizona to stop them from enforcing immigration law, they’re working on a program that supports the people breaking that law, all while unemployment continues at a high rate long after their stimulus plans have run aground. Instead of enforcing the law – which is, after all, the raison d’être of the executive branch — they’re conspiring to help people break it, and with our tax dollars, no less.
The US Supreme Court has put international humanitarian workers on notice that any assistance to a US-designated terrorist group could land them in an American prison.
On Monday, the high court upheld a federal law that outlaws providing “material support” to any group on a State Department list of terrorist organizations.
The prohibition extends beyond knowingly facilitating illegal operations. The law – part of the USA Patriot Act – makes it a federal crime to provide any help or support to a terror group – even support designed to teach a violent group how to use legal and peaceful means to achieve political change.
Violators face up to 15 years in prison.
Organizations and individuals involved in international peace and humanitarian efforts expressed disappointment with Monday’s ruling.
“The ‘material support law’ – which is aimed at putting an end to terrorism – actually threatens our work and the work of many other peacemaking organizations that must interact directly with groups that have engaged in violence,” said former President Jimmy Carter, founder of the Carter Center.