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  • BEN CARSON: OBAMA IS A PSYCHOPATH

    03/25/2015 6:28:49 AM PDT · by bkopto · 47 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | March 25, 2015 | staff
    A new profile in GQ magazine quotes presidential hopeful Ben Carson likening President Barack Obama to a psychopath. In the piece for the magazine’s April 2015 issue, Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling, reacted to Obama’s State of the Union address. Carson’s business manager said the president looks good, and Carson responded by likening the president to a “psychopath.” “Like most psychopaths,” Carson grumbled. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”
  • Ben Carson: Obama is a 'psychopath'

    03/24/2015 5:07:59 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    WND ^ | March 24, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Ben Carson, an emerging presidential candidate for the Republican Party, was captured in an unguarded moment by a GQ reporter calling President Obama a “psychopath” for the seeming ease with which he lies to the American public. GQ reports that Carson “had come to the Capitol Hill home of Armstrong Williams, a conservative media impresario who officially serves as Carson’s business manager,” for the president’s State of the Union speech. Shortly after, the two began discussing the speech and Obama.
  • Ben Carson: Is He the Real 'Progressive' on Homosexuality?

    03/23/2015 12:21:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Ben Carson got himself into some trouble a couple of weeks back for remarks concerning homosexuality that he made during an exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. However, I’m not sure what exactly it is that Carson said that ignited such controversy—or any controversy. Carson expressed his position that homosexuality—presumably, homosexual desire, not just conduct—is the product of choice. To substantiate his thesis, Carson alluded to the phenomenon of (ostensibly) heterosexual prisoners who, upon engaging in homosexual relations while incarcerated, “become” gay. Cuomo agreed that such a phenomenon occurs. But—for reasons that he failed to specify—Cuomo disagreed that this example vindicates...
  • Ben Carson: Create Palestinian State in Egypt, Get Israel out of Hamas’s Rocket Fire Range

    03/22/2015 5:25:32 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 52 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 3/23/15 | Dan Riehl
    While taking a good deal of criticism for his seeming lack of knowledge on foreign policy this week, Republican Ben Carson told Bloomberg Politics that he is in process of taking in a great deal of information in that regard. In a statement to Bloomberg Politics, Carson acknowledged that he was constantly boning up on foreign policy. “Although I have visited the Baltic Rim and over 57 other countries around the world,” he said, “I am still in the stage of rapidly learning about the political dynamics of global politics.” -snip- He also took the time to offer up something...
  • Ben Carson is not ready for prime time

    03/19/2015 5:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Thank God for Hugh Hewitt. Despite an abiding respect for Dr. Ben Carson’s vision, intellect, and accomplishments, many conservatives began to wonder whether he was prepared to mount a presidential bid when his artless comments about the nature of homosexuality inspired a news cycle dedicated to the complexities of sexual relationships in prison. Needless to say, this was intellectual energy that could have been better spent. If conservatives had doubts about Carson’s readiness to run for the presidency, they were confirmed on Wednesday when the “Hewitt Primary” claimed its first scalp. In an extended interview in which Hewitt grilled Carson...
  • Does Homosexuality Turn a Neurosurgeon Naive?

    Although homosexuality in America is today synonymous with the word gay, only anger and hostility result from questions about what actually defines it. Dr. Ben Carson stoked these flames last week while defending his position on traditional marriage. By now, most of us have heard Dr. Carson suggested homosexuality in prison proves that being a homosexual comes down to choice, not genetics. Throughout history, the tolerance of any sexual practice has hinged on individual cultures. Dr. Carson’s uncomfortably honest assertion about prison certainly relates to this fact. Sex in prison is often coerced or worse, but that reality doesn’t explain...
  • Is Being Gay a Choice?

    03/11/2015 8:23:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Dr. Ben Carson stepped onto a political mine -- really, jumped onto it with both feet -- when he answered a question from CNN's Chris Cuomo about the nature of homosexuality. "You think being gay is a choice?" Cuomo asked Carson, after Carson rightly stated that being black and being gay are two very different phenomena. "Absolutely," replied Carson. He then went on to explain, "A lot of people who go into prison straight go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay." Carson's unstated line of reasoning is perfectly logical. When Cuomo asked Carson...
  • LIberal heads EXPLODE over Ben Carson saying being gay is a CHOICE

    03/04/2015 10:19:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on CNN Ben Carson was asked if homosexuality is a choice and he didn’t shy away from answering it, saying he absolutely believes it is a choice. When asked why, he suggested that one example of this being a choice is that some people who go into prison straight and come out gay. If it’s not a choice then how could that happen? Watch: Video Link As I said, heads are exploding over his comments. If you just search Google News you’ll find dozens of articles already written on it. And most of them are negative, as you...
  • Ben Carson, Sonia Sotomayor, and homosexuality

    03/11/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/11/2015 | Lee Culpepper
    Although homosexuality in America is today synonymous with the word gay, only anger and hostility result from questions about what actually defines it. Dr. Ben Carson stoked these flames last week while defending his position on traditional marriage. By now, most of us have heard Dr. Carson suggest that homosexuality in prison proves that being a homosexual comes down to choice, not genetics. Throughout history, the tolerance of any sexual practice has hinged on individual cultures. Dr. Carson’s uncomfortably honest assertion about prison certainly relates to this fact. Sex in prison is often coerced or worse, but that reality doesn’t...
  • Glenn Beck Calls Ben Carson a 'Lunatic,' Says Presidential Career Is 'Over'

    03/10/2015 7:32:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Conservative media personality Glenn Beck declared renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's presidential career over and branded him a "lunatic" last week for calling homosexuality "absolutely" a choice because of prison sex. Carson told CNN last Wednesday that he believed homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice citing as an example that "a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay…So, did something happen while they were in there?" Reacting to Carson's comments, on his radio show Friday, Beck called them "ridiculous". "Goodbye to his presidential career,"...
  • Conservative Activists: Scott Walker Has Best Shot at Beating Hillary Clinton

    03/09/2015 5:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 9, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    A new survey of conservative activists shows many in the movement see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the strongest Republican to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016. The survey wasn't scientific. But conservative activist group ForAmerica surveyed almost 10,000 of its Facebook members and more than 32 percent said Walker has the "best shot at beating Hillary Clinton" in the field, according to results shared first with National Journal. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who has never held elected office, finished in second, with nearly 25 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (14 percent), Sen. Rand Paul (6.6 percent) and...
  • Glenn Beck: Ben Carson’s Prison Sex Comment ‘The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard’

    03/09/2015 10:37:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 6, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    According to Glenn Beck, possible GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson‘s comments about homosexuality being a choice is one of the dumbest things the radio host has ever heard ... “Goodbye to his presidential career,” Beck said Friday on his radio show. “It’s over. It’s over. There is no way to recover from that. That just sounds like a lunatic… That is just a ridiculous statement on a million fronts. A ridiculous statement.” ...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Gay advocate unwittingly encourages idea that children can be taught to be gay

    03/05/2015 3:57:38 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2015 | Barbara Kay
    The headline of a recent Washington Post article was provocative, as it was meant to be: “I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay too.” Writer, CNN political commentator and ardent feminist Sally Kohn set off a national firestorm of criticism with her admission that she would prefer that her daughter be gay like her than heterosexual, because she thinks being lesbian is a “an asset and a gift.” So far Kohn’s six-year-old daughter shows no signs of following in her mother’s footsteps, in spite of a household filled with gay-themed books and admonitions, when she plays “family”...
  • After Uproar, Ben Carson Backtracks, Apologizes for Homosexuality Comments [+video]

    03/05/2015 5:58:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    JoeMiller.us ^ | 03/05/2015 | Joe Miller
    By Fox News. Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying homosexuality was a lifestyle choice.“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” Carson said on his Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.” Carson, a neurosurgeon, was attempting to clarify comments he made earlier in the day to Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” show. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and...
  • Ben Carson says being gay is a choice, citing prison example

    03/04/2015 5:18:07 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Nick Gass
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” The remarks were made on CNN’s “New Day” in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a “choice.” “Absolutely,” Carson replied. Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. “So did something happen while they were in there?” he said. “Ask yourself that question.”
  • Republicans McCain, Angelo, Karger Call on 2016 Presidential Candidates to Avoid Gay Attacks

    03/06/2015 1:26:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Seattle Lesbian ^ | February 5, 2015
    Gregory T. Angelo, Meghan McCain and Fred Karger signing the St. Louis Resolution Tuesday night. In a move designed to head off anti-gay rhetoric during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, three prominent GOP leaders signed a resolution Tuesday and will send it off to the 18 prospective Republican candidates for president. After speaking on a panel entitled “Marriage Equality and the Republican Party” in Graham Chapel at Washington University, political columnist and television host Meghan McCain, Log Cabin Republican Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo and the first openly gay candidate to run for President, Fred Karger, all signed the Resolution,...
  • Being Gay Not a Choice: Science Contradicts Ben Carson

    03/07/2015 11:17:39 AM PST · by detective · 125 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 7, 2015 | Tia Ghose
    Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful, recently apologized for a statement in which he said being gay is "absolutely" a choice. In an interview on CNN, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate commented that "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."
  • Ben Carson Is Fighting a Culture War: His remarks on homosexuality more likely to help than hurt

    03/07/2015 6:17:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/07/2015 | Peter Beinert
    You might think Ben Carson’s recent comments suggesting that prison turns people gay have hurt his presidential campaign. I don’t buy it. In fact, I suspect they’ll improve his chances. First, Carson’s supporters agree with what he said. According to a March 2014 Washington Post poll, 48 percent of conservative Republicans think being gay is something you choose while only 39 percent disagree. If you polled the activists on the Christian-right most likely to back Carson’s campaign, that figure would probably be even more lopsided. Second, it won’t exactly shock Carson’s backers to hear that he’s anti-gay. Last March, Carson...
  • Q for Ben Carson: Is "Caving to Gays" a Choice, Too? And What About the GOP Field?

    03/06/2015 12:11:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief
    As Matt Welch noted Wednesday, pediatric neurosurgeon and next Republican president of the United States Ben Carson both "lived down to stereotype" and articulated some truths about the GOP field for 2016 when he argued that gay sex among heterosexuals in prisons proves that being gay is a "choice." (Carson's very existence, by the way, proves my general about Republicans' "long love affair" manifestly unqualified candidates.) Here's something else to think about while mulling over whether any of this matters more than a tinker's ding-dong: Ben Carson has apologized for his comments and is already being taken to the woodshed...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: ‘I Support Civil Unions for Gay Couples’

    03/06/2015 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 5, 2015 - 2:25 PM | Melanie Hunter
    In a Facebook post following his interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Dr. Ben Carson issued a statement, apologizing for saying people who change their sexual orientation after going to jail shows that “being gay is a choice.” […] “I support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions,” Carson said....
  • I’m Gay and I (Sort Of) Agree With Ben Carson

    03/05/2015 6:51:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/05/2015 | Sally Kohn
    On Wednesday, perpetually controversial conservative Ben Carson told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that being gay is “absolutely” a choice. I agree, kind of. Last week I wrote an essay for the Washington Post in which I talked about wanting my daughter to be gay—implicitly and explicitly challenging the idea long advanced by gay rights advocates that being gay is not a choice. I’m not saying being gay necessarily is a conscious choice for many queer folks today, but I am saying it should be able to be a choice—and one that is “equally desirable to being straight.” In other words, for...
  • Poll: Walker and Bush lead crowded GOP field

    03/05/2015 3:59:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico | March 5, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush head a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates in the latest national poll released Thursday. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, polls at 18 percent, and Bush, the former Florida governor, is at 16 percent. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent each; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 5 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2 percent; and South Carolina Sen....
  • Ben Carson’s Gay-Making Prisons, & the Insurgent/Petulant/Crusader Split...

    03/04/2015 8:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Matt Welch, editor-in-chief
    Why not all 'outsiders' are built the same, and how that might benefit Ted Cruz.Today the neurosurgeon Ben Carson is coming under political fire, including from conservatives, for giving this answer to a CNN question about whether being gay is a choice: Absolutely. Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question[.] Uh, let's not and say we did? First of all, I think the correct answer to that question, from any presidential candidate, is...
  • Ben Carson: You know what, I’m done talking about gay rights from now on

    03/04/2015 5:07:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you’d be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas: “I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,” Mr. Carson continued. “I have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I’m just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along....
  • Ben Carson: Prisons prove being gay is a choice (YouTube Video)

    03/04/2015 5:23:51 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2015 | avid McCabe
    Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative activist who is considering a run for president in 2016, said Wednesday that he could prove that being gay is a choice since people "go into prison straight and when they come out, they're gay."Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” he said that people “absolutely” had a choice over their sexuality. Anchor Chris Cuomo then asked him why he thought that.“Because a lot of people go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”He also said that giving...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Prison sex shows being gay is a choice

    03/04/2015 6:34:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Does prison sex prove that sexual orientation is a choice? Given that much of what constitutes “sex” in prison occurs under some sort of duress, using it as an example of “choice” seems like … a stretch, to say the least. Dr. Ben Carson, who just announced the formation of a presidential exploration committee, defended the traditional definition of marriage in an interview this morning with CNN’s Chris Cuomo by relying on that argument to differentiate same-sex marriage advocacy from the civil rights movement (via Twitchy):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican...
  • Ben Carson Hires National Finance Director

    02/25/2015 5:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 24, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has hired former Newt Gingrich fundraiser Amy Pass to be his national finance director. Pass, according to longtime Carson pal Terry Giles, who is running the show for his friend behind the scenes, helped raise over $52 million for Gingrich’s group American Solutions and went on to serve as the national finance director of his 2012 presidential campaign. “While I believe Dr. Carson will be second to none in grassroots fund raising, we are by no means willing to surrender to anyone regarding traditional approaches,” Giles told National Review Online in an email on Tuesday. He said...
  • Frontrunner: Scott Walker 25, Ben Carson 18, Jeb Bush 17 in new PPP poll of Republicans

    02/24/2015 12:58:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    Impressive, but how long realistically can Walker resist the Ben Carson juggernaut?Actually — no fooling — I think Carson’s numbers are bigger news here than Walker’s, even though he’s the first guy in the developing field to establish something of a frontrunner status. Walker is climbing fast in the polling because of his appeal to the most conservative elements of the Republican electorate. Among ‘very conservative’ voters he leads with 37% to 19% for Carson, 12% for Bush, and 11% for Huckabee. Bush has a similarly large lead over Walker with moderates at 34/12…the problem for Bush though is...
  • Some Ben Carson Fans Bristle At His Decision To Appear At Sharpton Convention

    02/18/2015 12:03:53 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 02/18/2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Likely 2016 presidential hopeful Ben Carson is receiving a mixed reaction to news that he will be among the featured guests at Al Sharpton’s upcoming National Action Network convention. A conservative star, the retired neurosurgeon was listed among several high-profile speakers set to join Sharpton for the April event. In response to a Twitter post by the NAN promoting the convention, many Carson supporters openly questioned his decision to participate. “Losing respect for Ben Carson if hes [sic] speaking at one of your racist rallies,” one Twitter user wrote. Sites like Twitchy were quick to jump on the news, sparking...
  • If he runs for president, don't expect political correctness from Ben Carson

    02/18/2015 10:22:11 AM PST · by presidio9 · 12 replies
    Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 18, 2015 | Anthony Man
    e stopped short of declaring that he's running for president, but Ben Carson promised Monday he'd bring a no-holds-barred conservatism to the campaign trail. And he vowed to never – ever – soft-pedal his views to avoid giving offense.. "I hate political correctness, and I will never yield to the PC police," Carson told about 250 people at the Palm Beach Republican Club. And he delivered in a 39-minute speech, delivered without notes, and about 10 minutes of answering audience questions. Carson wants: •Much tougher U.S. action to combat Islamic State, known as ISIS. He said the desire by many...
  • We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us

    02/18/2015 6:43:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing. These terrorists have stated their intention to annihilate Israel and to destroy the American way of life, which they consider corrupt and evil. Undoubtedly, we in America have our faults like every other country inhabited by human beings, but it requires the...
  • Ben Carson: Obama Must Not Be Allowed to Block Homeland Security Funding [Talk of Treason!]

    02/16/2015 7:55:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Wanda Carruthers and Bill Hoffmann
    Ben Carson: Obama Must Not Be Allowed to Block Homeland Security Funding 16 Feb 2015 By Wanda Carruthers and Bill Hoffmann If President Barack Obama vetoes funding the Department of Homeland Security because it doesn’t include support for his immigration initiatives, it might be time to talk about "treason," retired neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum." The House and Senate have been wrestling with funding for Homeland Security over Obama's controversial immigration executive order that gave temporary legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.g) The debate has put Democrats...
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • SPLC—Sliming Ben Carson, Smearing Pro-Life Christians

    02/14/2015 5:42:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editors' note: this column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has taken Dr. Ben Carson’s name off their “list” of extremists. Isn’t that charitable? The idea that SPLC gets to sit in its comfortable offices and make lists of Americans to smear ought to be offensive. Liberals are forever re-living the horrors of Joe McCarthy’s “list-making,” but seem to have little problem with SPLC. Maybe that acronym for that outfit, SPLC, should stand for “Smearing Pro-Life Christians.” Dr. Carson is the very kind of person for whom SPLC was founded, or claims to have been founded....
  • Southern Poverty Law Center issues totally unconvincing apology to Dr. Ben Carson

    02/12/2015 6:47:22 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/12/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) apparently realized its primary goal, fundraising, was in danger by its placing of Dr. Ben Carson on its “Extremist File” list. But the apology it has issued is the least convincing pretense of remorse that I have ever seen. Our of 1248 words in the document, only 52 -- 4.1667% -- are an actual apology: In October 2014, we posted an “Extremist File” of Dr. Ben Carson. This week, as we've come under intense criticism for doing so, we've reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we...
  • Scott Walker Is First Potential 2016 Candidate To Open Iowa Office

    02/10/2015 1:57:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WJFK-FM ^ | February 10, 2015
    Des Moines, Iowa – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is opening the first Iowa office among the potential 2016 Republican contenders for the presidency. Walker, who has led all other GOP presidential aspirants in recent polls, leased the space at 2775 86th St. in Urbandale, the Des Moines Register reports. The office building has a lengthy political history with Republican candidates – although Walker hasn’t officially tossed his hat in the ring for the 2016 election. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are tentatively expected to be held on Feb. 1, 2016 and are crucially important for presidential campaigns looking to establish a national...
  • Ben Carson: Vaccines are good medicine, not political issue

    02/09/2015 4:21:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    Retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful Ben Carson attempted Sunday to diffuse the vaccination debate that has gripped the political scene, saying there’s no reason to turn vaccines for measles and other diseases into a partisan issue. Mr. Carson, a star in conservative circles, said scientists have debunked skeptics who warn of debilitating side effects from vaccines, and parents who forgo vaccinations are eroding the herd immunity that has lulled them into complacency. “We’ve had such an effective vaccination program that you’re not seeing the diseases,” Mr. Carson told “Fox News Sunday.” A measles outbreak traced to Disneyland in California has...
  • Southern Poverty Law Center places Dr. Ben Carson on its extremist watch list

    02/09/2015 9:25:52 AM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 2-9-2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The Southern Poverty Law Center has descended to the level of self-parody (though it has a lot of company on the left) with its posting of Dr. Ben Carson on its “extremist files” list. Dr. Carson, a world-renowned brain surgeon, has served as inspiration for generations of African-Americans, and was portrayed on screen by Cuba Gooding in the movie version of his autobiography Gifted Hands. But to SPLC, desperate to find targets and keep the donations coming in to support the lavish salaries of its executives, apparently no convoluted reasoning is too bizarre. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson rapidly ascended...
  • GOP Presidential preference in New Hampshire and Iowa

    02/08/2015 6:34:51 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    I just saw this interesting graph on Twitter comparing recent polls in NH and Iowa. Scott Walker and Rand Paul are the two who do best in both states, although only around 15%. Jeb and Christie are popular in liberal NH while social conservatives Ben Carson and Huckster have fans in Iowa. The others, like Cruz, are off to a slower start. I can testify that Ted Cruz has no organization yet in Iowa, although several others have been hard at work already.
  • Carson: ‘We Need to Be Doubly Vigilant’ With Vaccines Due to Border (Bingo!!)

    02/04/2015 10:27:35 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/4/15 | Ian Hanchett
    Dr. Ben Carson, former Director Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and author of “You Have a Brain” argued that the US should be “doubly vigilant” about vaccinating children due to the dangers of an open border on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Lead” on CNN. Carson was asked about a statement he gave where he said “we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them,” he explained “We already have policies in place at schools that require immunization records and things of...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: No "Philosophical" Or "Religious" Exemptions For Vaccinations

    02/03/2015 8:15:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 105 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Breitbart News
    Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contenders, believes there should be no “philosophical” or “religious” exemptions for vaccinations. “Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson told The Hill.
  • Sarah Palin's scorched-earth plan for the GOP: Governor challenges party to move sharply right

    01/31/2015 5:38:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Neil Macdonald
    Sarah Palin, who now says she's definitely interested in "serving" as president next year, made a speech last weekend at a gathering of Republican White House aspirants in Iowa. It was somewhat coarser, and certainly more bitter, than her usual bundle of platitudes and jingoism. At one point she shouted "Screw the left in Hollywood!" And she complained about how even some Republicans are buying into "this unhealthy new obsession … about this subjective income gap that we're supposed to be so obsessed about right now." She came close to suggesting conservative Republicans rip up their cards and register as...
  • The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

    01/29/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason
    Why Republicans fall in love with inexperienced, no-hope candidates every four years.Conservative Republicans have finally called it quits with short-term former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (she lasted just two-and-a-half years in that position before quitting). The final straw, it seems, is the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s recent speech at the “Iowa Freedom Summit” that has charitably been called “an interminable ramble,” “an extended stream-of-consciousness complaint,” and simply “bizarro.” So America’s most-famous snowbilly is out of the running for the 2016 Republican nomination. But what about all the other manifestly unqualified novices, jackasses, and publicity hounds that surface every four years when...
  • When Politics Defy Reality: The Real State of the Union Features Dishonesty and Deception

    01/28/2015 1:55:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama was upbeat and inspiring, particularly if a listener had no prior knowledge of his many speeches that were quite similar but bore no fruit. It almost appeared that he was living in an alternate universe that bore no resemblance to present-day America and the current global stage. He boasted that the economy was doing very well and that unemployment had been cut in half since he took office. Perhaps someone should educate him about the labor force participation rate, which is at its lowest point in the past 36 years...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • Ben Carson Claims Anti-Gay Bakery Owners 'Might Put Poison' In Same-Sex Couple's Cakes

    01/26/2015 6:57:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Gay Voices ^ | January 26, 2015 | Curtis M. Wong
    GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson reportedly slammed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates at a Jan. 24 press conference following his speech at Congressman Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit. Carson, a Fox News commentator and former Johns Hopkins University pediatric neurosurgeon, seemed to hint at a series of disputes that have erupted between same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot and bakeries and other wedding-related venues operated by opponents of same-sex marriage. "What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say, 'They’re discriminating against me,’" he...
  • Ben Carson's “Fairly Radical” 1996 Health Care Plan: Argued for gov't-run catastrophic health care

    01/23/2015 11:50:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 01/23/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Nearly 20 years ago, Carson argued for government-run catastrophic health care and “national guidelines” on how and when the very ill should be treated. Carson himself calls his proposals “fairly radical.” In 1996, Dr. Ben Carson, now a conservative favorite and potential presidential candidate, wrote a paper outlining his vision for U.S. health care. Some of his proposals: nationalized catastrophic care, essentially replacing Medicaid with health care food stamps, and “national guidelines” about when the elderly and terminally ill should receive care. By implementing government-run catastrophic health care, Carson argued, the price of premiums would go down so much...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Tea Party Leader Joins Prospective Ben Carson Presidential Campaign

    01/16/2015 11:32:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paige Lavender
    A tea party leader from Iowa, a key state in the presidential elections, is joining conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson's prospective 2016 campaign. Carson will launch an exploratory committee in the next few weeks and has hired political operative Ryan Rhodes to oversee campaign operations in Iowa, The Iowa Republican reports. According to The Hill, Rhodes joined Carson's efforts after talking to other potential Republican presidential candidates, including Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "I'm joining team Carson," Rhodes told The Hill. "I'm going to be working with his American Legacy [PAC] stuff. If he decides to move...