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Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck opened his controversial "Restoring Honor" rally Saturday by urging Americans to "turn back to God" and return the nation to the values on which it was founded.Just like CNN and the rest of the liberal media to attempt to smear Beck's rally and highlight quotes from noted adulterer and race-baiter and a phony chartalan like Al Sharpton--thank goodness, judging from the amazing turnout, it looks like most Americans either aren't paying attention or simply don't care about what the MSM and their friends on the Left thinks.
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he told the large crowds gathered at the National Mall in Washington. "America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."
The rally drew fire for its timing and location.
People filled the park by the Lincoln Memorial's reflecting pool, in the shadows and echoes of the most pivotal civil rights address in America's history -- the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered there 47 years ago.
Some of those who marched with King said Beck had usurped the day for his own political gain. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN that Beck was mimicking King and "humiliating the tradition."
Other civil rights activists gathered nearby with the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network in a "Reclaim the Dream" rally. Participants planned to march to the site of the future Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, just a few blocks from the Lincoln Memorial. It's possible participants in both events could cross paths.
On the eve of conservative commentator Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial, a blogger's assertion that parts of the nation's capital should be avoided touched off accusations of racism and a sharp response by angry city leaders."Distort"?!? Al Sharpton is a man who lied about a black woman being raped by a pack of white men, incited a riot in Harlem that led to the death of 8 people, a former drug mule, a tax cheat and renowned race-baiter. The white liberal power structure in the Democrat party have done an excellent job in protecting Al Sharpton from his shady past, but there is nothing about Al Sharpton that the great Dr. King would ever be associated with.
Thousands of conservative, tea party supporters were expected at the demonstration Saturday that Beck has called a "Restoring Honor" rally to show support of the country's military at the site where Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago to the day.
The location and timing prompted civil rights leaders to cry foul.
"They have a right to rally. But what they don't have the right do is distort what Dr. King's dream was about," the Rev. Al Sharpton declared Friday. He called the tea party assembly an anti-government action and has organized a counter rally also near the site of King's historic speech.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invited a taxi driver, who was allegedly attacked by a baby-faced college student this week, to meet at City Hall on Thursday.
Ahmed Sharif picked up the clean-cut 21-year-old on Tuesday night — and it nearly cost him his life. Police said Michael Enright flew into a rage after asking his driver if he was a Muslim.
CBS 2’s Lou Young reports that’s when a vicious slashing attack started.
Sharif, 43, displayed his wounds with sorrow on Wednesday night: a deep gash on his forearm, a defensive wound on his hand, and slashes to his neck and upper lip — the handiwork, police said, of a passenger who savaged the immigrant cabbie in what appears to have been an explosion of anti-Muslim violence in the close confines of his New York City taxi.
“I’m driving. He asked me where I’m from. I said Bangladesh. Second question he ask me, are you Muslim? I said yes. Then he tells me ‘assalamu alaikum,’” Sharif said.
A new program in Los Angeles rates teachers based on the test scores of their students. Though many factors are considered in assessing student performance, the success of students on aptitude tests will reflect directly on their teachers in the new project.Good. Teacher unions not only protect bad teachers and stand in the way of a child's right to an education.
This system has shed some new light on the progression and effectiveness of L.A.'s teachers, the school board says. For example, teacher quality, they found, is not directly related to their level of education. After implementing the program, test scores in different classrooms varied wildly, even in the same school.
As CBS News reports, however, many in the teachers union disagree with the program, arguing that it takes more than test scores to evaluate the effectiveness of a teacher.
Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandson, says he wishes he hadn't apologized for telling lies about the former Alaska governor because he's "never lied about anything."
Johnston said in an interview on CBS' "The Early Show" to air Friday that he wishes that he hadn't issued the apology to Palin.
"I don't really regret anything," Johnston said, who has appeared nude on the cover of Playgirl. "But the only thing I wish I wouldn't have done is put out that apology 'cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I've never lied about anything. So that's probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with."
If Ben Quayle’s intention when he called President Obama the ‘worst president in history‘ was to gin up enough attention to push him into the lead of the large GOP pack running for Congress in his Arizona district, than mission accomplished! Quayle won the primary on Tuesday with 22% of the vote.
Along with that win, however, is coming some less than ideal attention. Quayle appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night to talk about his win, and Greta subsequently asked him about his ‘Brock Landers‘ history on the DirtyScottsdale.com: “What is this Dirty.com? Explain to me, did you post there? And did you post the stuff that people say you posted there?”
Answered Quayle: “I’ve had nothing to do with that website you’ve just talked about. This is about a few post, satirical and fictional posts that were put out on a blog that doesn’t even exist anymore…and it’s been run through the wringer.”
If nothing else Quayle has mastered the political art of not saying your opponent’s name, be that opponent a website or a person. Also, he says he’s never been degrading to women and that the unfortunate fallout from this whole debacle is that a truly distasteful website is getting a lot of traffic. In Quayle’s defense, he appears to merely be the first in what will inevitably will be a long line of politicians who have a history on the Internet. And as Internet histories go, his appears to be rather tame.
Former New York Governor George Pataki on Wednesday got into a heated discussion with Chris Matthews over the Ground Zero mosque and the Republican opposition to it.I didn't like George Pataki much as a governor, but as a conservative pundit he more than makes the grade.
In the middle of his second "Hardball" segment on MSNBC, Matthews played a clip of Rush Limbaugh saying on the radio earlier in the day, "If this is a nation that is Islamophobic, how do we elect a man whose name is Barack Hussein Obama?"
This led Matthews to ask his guest, "What do you think of guys that keep putting out lies like that?"
Over the course of the next five minutes, Pataki basically took over the show not only putting Matthews in his place, but also doing the same to his other guest, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post
Ken Mehlman, who headed the Republican National Committee between 2005 and 2007, has come out in an interview with the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder:What an idiot. Of course the immoral Left will welcome Mehlman to their camps, chuckle at the irony that Mehlman was handpicked by a Republican President to be RNC chair and virtually ignore the fact that it was Bill Maher who "outed" the guy back in 2006. Of course under Mehlman, the GOP begun to see huge setbacks that would lead to Democrats taking over Congress in 2006 and Barack Obama becoming President in 2008, but in a world that's seeing the gay mafia slowly infiltrating the Republican party, what does it really matter at the end of the day?
Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter's questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would be asked about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8."It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."Mehlman headed the RNC when the Republican Party was pushing anti-gay initiatives and increasingly speaking out against marriage equality. Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and Mehlman's longtime friend called Mehlman's coming-out "significant," but added that he remains opposed to gay marriage.
It may be several days before the outcome of Alaska’s Republican Senate primary is known. But it’s already clear that another Alaska Republican – Sarah Palin – had a good night Tuesday.
Palin took the unusual step of endorsing a challenger to a sitting senator of her own party and in her home state. The long-shot bet is close to paying off: The challenger, Joe Miller, is leading Sen. Lisa Murkowski in nearly complete returns. The final outcome may not be known for days.
Whatever happens in that race, Palin had a good night: all four of her other endorsements won. By WashWire’s count, her record now stands as 12 endorsed candidates going on to win their primaries and 10 losing, not counting Miller.
Palin’s Tuesday night wins:
In Arizona, she had backed Sen. John McCain, her running mate in the 2008 presidential election. That endorsement earned her the wrath of some supporters, who argued that McCain was less conservative than his challenger, J.D. Hayworth. She also endorsed congressional candidate Paul Gosar.
In Florida, Palin endorsed congressional candidate Allen West, and Pam Bondi, a candidate for attorney general.
The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle won the Republican primary for an Arizona congressional seat after a provocative campaign that had no shortage of drama.
Ben Quayle emerged from a crowded field Tuesday in the fight for an open seat in a Republican-leaning district in the Phoenix area. He drew on his family connections to raise more than $1.3 million — and made plenty of headlines along the way.
In a campaign ad, he called President Barack Obama "the worst president in history" and vowed to "knock the hell" out of Washington.
Now that Florida has selected its general-election candidates, the NRCC wants people to remember why Alan Grayson needs to be retired. It’s not just because he has voted in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi to impose a radical agenda that has deconstructed any hope for a real economic recovery. It’s that he has made himself into a buffoon in doing so. Florida’s 8th Congressional District deserves better:
How did Grayson get elected in the first place in an R+2 district? Barack Obama won 52% of the vote in 2008 (Bush had won by 11 points in 2004), and the resulting wave produced the exact same level of support for Grayson. One might think that this kind of victory would have Grayson acting a lot more moderate and, well, sane. However, as we have seen repeatedly in his freshman term in the House, Grayson has gone full bore into hard-Left lunacy, so much so that even his appearances on friendly media outlets proved tiresome for his hosts, as the last scene shows in the video.
Daniel Webster won the GOP nomination. It won’t take much more than simple replays of Grayson’s videotaped nuttiness to define the incumbent as ripe for retirement.
Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was kicked out of a South Carolina restaurant after police say a woman accompanying him got into a fight with county Democratic Party members holding a meeting there, police said Tuesday.
Oconee County Democratic Party officials asked Greene, 32, to speak at their monthly meeting Saturday at Jimmy's Restaurant in Seneca. But that invitation was rescinded after the unemployed military veteran was indicted Aug. 13 on a felony charge of showing pornography to a college student.
On Tuesday, Seneca Police Chief John Covington said that Greene showed up at the meeting anyway and a woman with him got into an argument with people at the restaurant.
Party officials called police, who say the owner of the restaurant kicked out the pair and ended the party's meeting. No charges were filed, and police say no tickets were issued.
According to a police report, the woman who arrived with Greene, Dottie Sue Maggart-Feldman, also accused county party chairwoman Marilyn Hemingway of "being out to get her" but did not elaborate.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has some surprising opinions.I've tried to defend Hasselbeck in the past, but no longer. From her condemning Arizona's SB1070 law to supporting Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to just being a general airhead and now this, I've just lost all respect for her.
In a two-part interview with Fancast, the conservative co-host of "The View" came out in support of gay marriage and described President Obama as "an incredibly cool guy."
"I am not ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue. I actually support gay marriage," she told Fancast in part one. "I think the gay marriage thing would definitely surprise people. I mean, for some people, it will surprise them to the point that they won't want to hear it. 'No, that can't be, I really want to have this sort of idea of her in my head,' so I sort of rain on their parade there. I am a person that does believe that life begins at conception, but I also don't believe that the government should tell women what to do with their bodies. So I'm torn there in terms of supporting laws [for or against abortion]. I always say I would rather change a heart than a law. I think it has to start there. Always trying to mandate, mandate, mandate this or that is not the way that I believe this country should run."
Hasselbeck said it would be more appropriate to describe her as a "Federalist" than a "conservative."
Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Dept. official who was ousted after Andrew Breitbart posted an incomplete video clip of her speech to the NAACP, has declined Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s offer of a new position at the department. It was Vilsack who demanded Sherrod’s resignation, and stuck by his decision even after he knew her side of the story, actions that apparently played a part in Sherrod’s decision not to return to his employ.Good, now she can just go away.
While declining the new post, Sherrod left open the possibility of working with the Department of agriculture in the future:
She told reporters she did not think she could say yes to a job “at this point, with all that has happened.” There had been indications that Vilsack, who apologized to Sherwood for pushing her out, had offered her a position in the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, which works in the civil rights area.“It is a new position,” she said. “I look at what happened ow. I know he has apologized and I accept that. A new process is in place and I hope that it works. … I think I can be helpful to him and the department if I just take a little break and look at how I can be more helpful in the future,” Sherrod said.This looks like a wise decision by Sherrod, whose high profile will allow her to be a much more effective civil rights advocate from outside the department.
“I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads.” James Cameron on global warming skeptics in March.
In March of this year, famed director and amateur hole stuffer James Cameron threw down the green gauntlet, stating in an interview that he wanted to debate global warming skeptics in a most public way, the better to expose them for having their heads “deeply up” their, um, abysses.
Cameron doesn’t like global warming skeptics. Or the military. Or mining. Or, you know, Americans. So in the post-orgy afterglow following the success of everything-bashing Avatar, he was ready to mix it up. Right?
Alas, the gun-slinging was not to be. In lieu of the scheduled dust-up, this weekend Cameron opted to simply call skeptics “swine” and screen a documentary about his own heroic opposition to Brazilian electricity before jet-setting back to that carbon credit trader’s wet dream he calls a home.
Spike Lee takes President Obama to task for mishandling the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I don't know why Obama ever trusted these BP guys! They would lie to their mothers," Lee opines to GQ's Mark Healy. "[Former BP president Tony] Hayward does not give a [bleep]. The thing we don't talk about is that 11 Americans lost their lives and it took seven weeks to invite theirto the White House. I'm not trying to bash my man, but that's a long time."
Lee also blamed "environmental racism" for the slow response: "If this oil spill would have reached the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard [where Spike summers], Cape Cod, that [bleep] would have been fixed."
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Obama administration Monday from using federal dollars to fund expanded human embryonic stem cell research, saying the research involves the destruction of embryos.
The ruling comes after the National Institutes of Health last year issued new guidelines permitting federal funding for research on certain stem cell lines that had already been created.
The court challenge was brought by adult stem cell researchers who argued the new rules not only would increase competition for limited funds, but violated federal law. A nonprofit group, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, also joined and argued that the government's new guidelines would decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption.
The news scrolled across the bottom of my screen and I had to scrub my eyes to be sure I was reading it correctly. “Openly gay actor, Neil Patrick Harris, and partner, David Burtka, expecting twins.” Two men “expecting twins?” How, exactly, does that work? Expecting twins to do what?Mothers not needed. It's just being "progressive".
As I learned more, the facts became clear. Harris, of Doogie Howser and How I Met Your Mother fame, and his lover have retained a surrogate womb to incubate twins. Whose sperm and whose eggs are being used to produce the twins is unclear. In their press statements, Harris and David continually emphasized the word, “normal.” One sentence even had them speaking over each other as Neil begins, “...We get to do it a normal (then David interjecting: normal) way – like people would normally (then David interjecting again: emphasis on the word, 'normal') do.” They used the word “normal” four times within two seconds of audio. Methinks they doth protest too much.
How exactly is it “normal” for two men to retain a surrogate womb (for fee, I presume) to birth twins? Perhaps someone can help me understand that.
In fact, it is deeply concerning. Intentionally creating the lives of two children and then intentionally denying those children the love of a mother is, I believe, wrong. It reeks of selfishness. How can anyone bless as normal the decision to deprive two children of experiencing the ongoing, daily unconditional love of a mother? Many families are forced to cope without a mother as a necessary response to exigencies of life. However, Harris and Burtka are doing it on purpose. No person or couple should ever set out from the beginning to deprive children of the presence of their mother.
In America today, we often have the conversation regarding how fathers matter. Such a conversation is crucial in a culture where over 40% of children were born to single mothers last year. But now, we have to engage in a conversation on whether mothers really matter. There is nothing normal about this.
Pentagon lawyers believe that online whistleblower group WikiLeaks acted illegally in disclosing thousands of classified Afghanistan war reports and other material, and federal prosecutors are exploring possible criminal charges, officials familiar with the matter said.Good for the Pentagon. Julian Assange should be tried for treason
A joint investigation by the Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still in its early stages and it is unclear what course the Department of Justice will decide to take, according to a U.S. law-enforcement official.
He said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had not been identified by the FBI as a target of the probe.
WikiLeaks in late July posted on its website some 76,000 classified military documents, the largest such disclosure since the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. It has promised to publish another 15,000 documents from the cache it obtained. The disclosure infuriated the Pentagon, which warned that the release could endanger allies in Afghanistan and undercut the war effort.
Several officials said the Defense and Justice departments were now exploring legal options for prosecuting Mr. Assange and others involved on grounds they encouraged the theft of government property.
Disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevitch made his Sunday morning debut today following this week’s mistrial in Chicago…and boy he did not disappoint. An irritated-sounding Chris Wallace started the interview by revealing that at the last minute Blago had skipped a scheduled trip to D.C., presumably to appear on the show in person, so he could attend the Comic-Con convention and “pose with superheroes.” Priceless.He seems to have no problem with being the butt of the joke, but he can do some real damage to democrats come the Fall.
Actually, Blago apparently did put a price on himself: $50 for a photograph and $80 for a photo. Said Wallace: “Is there anything you won’t do for a buck these days?”
Said Blago in response: “Well I didn’t really get any money for any of the photos I took because I probably took hundreds of them an couldn’t be bothered to ask everyone for money.” Also, he wanted to get out among the people.
The interview was a longish one and not lacking for Blago soundbites, nor do I think it was necessarily a bad decision for Blago to remain in Illinois since there were a few moments when Chris Wallace looked like his might like to throttle him. The main takeaway, however, appears to be that politics has not seen the last of Blago! Something he reiterated this morning:
“[I]f you’re asking me, do I believe there is a potential political comeback in the future? When I’m vindicated in this case, absolutely I do. Because people will see that I was willing all by myself almost … to fight the power of the federal government and correct this imbalance. There is something very dangerous in America today where you can have prosecutors with that power…I’m not ruling myself out as coming back, because I will be vindicated in this case. I’m significantly closer to vindication than I ever was.”
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. urged Democrats on Friday to shake away their pessimism about the midterm elections, declaring: “The reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.”They're really banking on "Blame Bush" for a 3rd straight election, the only question is whether or not the American voters will actually be dumb enough to buy it again.
Mr. Biden reprised the famous quotation from Mark Twain as he sought to rally the spirits of party leaders gathering here at the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
With 75 days remaining in an election campaign that will determine whether Republicans will win control of Congress or Democrats will hold their majority, the vice president touted the strength of the Democratic Party, speaking in Union Station with the Mississippi River less than a mile away.
“On Nov. 3, the day after the election, there will be a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate,” Mr. Biden said. “If it weren’t illegal, I’d make book on it.”
The vice president acknowledged the challenging political environment facing the party, but he argued that he and President Obama inherited a shrinking economy when they took office 19 months ago.
“Before we turned on our computers in the West Wing, we inherited an economy that was shrinking seven percent,” Mr. Biden said. “Before I lowered my hand on that cold day, we had lost 740,000 jobs that month.”