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  • Obama not on Smithsonian’s ’100 most significant Americans’ list; liberals in shock over who is!

    11/22/2014 4:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 22, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    The “Smithsonian” magazine compiled a list of the “100 most significant Americans,” and to the dismay of his fan base President Obama failed to make the cut. Adding insult to injury, former President George W. Bush made the list. But it gets even better, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was also included. The liberal website Raw Story bemoaned the very idea that the Smithsonian Institution “decided that George W. Bush is a more ‘significant’ figure in U.S. history” than the exalted one. Curiously, the only redeeming qualification Raw Story named when mentioning Obama is that he was the country’s first...
  • GEORGE W. BUSH: This Is Why I Refuse To Criticize Obama

    11/14/2014 8:41:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 169 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/14/2014 | Colin Campbell
    Former President George W. Bush has a simple explanation for why he almost never criticizes his successor: He feels it undermines the office of the presidency. In an interview that aired Thursday night on Fox News' "Hannity," Bush insisted he would not attack President Barack Obama even though he continued to have strong opinions about national politics. "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president; I think it's bad for the presidency for that matter," Bush said, according to video posted by Mediaite.
  • Ebola Update: Ex US President, George Bush Kisses Cured Nurse (See Photos)

    11/08/2014 7:25:05 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 28 replies
    Media Hoarders ^ | 11/08/14 | staff
    A US nurse who got infected with Ebola but has recovered got a special gift on Friday, November 7, when former President George W. Bush visited the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where the first case of the disease in the US was diagnosed. Bush gave Amber Vinson a kiss and a big hug during a visit to the hospital, where she works, to celebrate the end of the Ebola outbreak in Texas. Vinson, along with colleague Nina Pham, contracted the disease while treating index patient, Thomas Eric Duncan from Liberia.
  • Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003: Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases

    10/29/2014 10:47:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    Federal Register ^ | April 4, 2003 | George W. Bush
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the "Secretary"), in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases, the following communicable diseases are hereby specified pursuant...
  • Iraq's WMD: The Shameless New York Times Moves the Goalposts

    10/23/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Contrary to the expectations of all 16 of our U.S. intelligence agencies, the "weapons hunters" sent to Iraq by President George W. Bush found no "stockpiles" of WMD. Never mind that there was a 15-month run-up to the war, during which time Saddam was not combing his moustache. A former Iraqi general, Georges Sada, who met with members of Congress, has long claimed Saddam Hussein moved tons of WMD by land and air into Syria during the run-up to the 2003 invasion. James Clapper, the current Director of National Intelligence, has also said publicly that he, too, believes the WMD...
  • Ebola: What Would George Washington Do?

    10/19/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10-19-14 | Carl M. Cannon
    As a nervous nation watches the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, many Americans have concluded that the country’s top health officials seem more concerned with stopping the spread of panic than stopping the spread of the virus. But Americans’ fear is only growing, and one reason is that too few people believe what the president of the United States says anymore. A recent poll asked Americans this question: “How often does Barack Obama lie to the country on important matters?” Not about sex. Not about whether he really likes baseball. Not whether he still cadges an occasional cigarette...
  • "Even Republicans" Worry About Presidential Security?

    10/08/2014 8:44:27 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 6 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michael Barone
    It shouldn’t be surprising that Republicans are just as angry as Michelle Obama is reported to have been about the Secret Service’s failure to keep an intruder out of the White House, and its four-day failure to realize that a sniper’s gunshots hit the first family’s residence. Not everybody evidently feels this way when a Republican is in the White House. The New York Times movie critic’s verdict on the 2006 movie: “‘The Death of a President’ is, in the end, neither terribly outrageous nor especially heroic; it’s a thought experiment that traffics in received ideas.” ... If Baker thinks...
  • John Kerry: Let’s put together a coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS [Cites Bush 41 as model]

    09/02/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, this sounds a bit like a strategy, does it not? John Kerry’s essay in the New York Times this weekend (in one of the more sleepy news cycles of the year) raises echoes from both Bush administrations in dealing with a clear threat to global security, and in fact explicitly cites the first Bush coalition to repel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. That has its own irony, but we’ll get back to that in a moment. Kerry prefaces this call for a global coalition on the imminent and clear threat from ISIS, which Kerry argues exceeds that of any...
  • George W. Bush: Jeb 'wants' presidency

    10/02/2014 7:23:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that thinks his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), wants to be president. "I think he wants to be president, I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president," Bush said in a Fox News interview. "He's seen his dad, he's seen his brother. He's a very thoughtful man and he’s weighing his options." The Bush brothers met in Dallas on Wednesday, and the former president said he was "pushing" his brother to run. "He, of course, was saying 'I haven’t made up my mind,' and...
  • Mistakes of the Past Are Back

    09/25/2014 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government? What if he no longer had them when the U.S. invaded? What if the principal reason for invading Iraq was to depose Hussein because he tried to kill President George H.W. Bush, whose son ordered the invasion? What if another reason for the invasion of Iraq was to enable western-allied governments to control or...
  • Memo From GWB: 'Welcome, Mr. President, to the War on Terror'

    09/25/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Larry Elder
    To: President Barack Obama From: Former President George W. Bush Topic: Iraq Message: "We're ba-a-a-ack!!!!!" I've been quiet these last six years. But your belated decision to "destroy" ISIS prompted me to write. You repeatedly scorched my presidency, said that I so botched up things, so destroyed American foreign policy that all you had to do was not be George W. Bush. "Don't do stupid stuff" was your West-Wing mantra. What a difference six years of Presidential Daily Briefings on national security threats can make. I re-read your 2002 speech, the one where you called the Iraq war "dumb." The...
  • Why Democrat Ideas Don't Work: Reality

    09/14/2014 5:24:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    NRMLUNIT wrote: Elizabeth Warren for president. That will give Ransom one more thing to complain about. It's all he ever does. - I Blame Elizabeth Warren for Eric Cantor, Economists and Global CoolingDear Comrade LoonIT,Come on, Loon.I don’t just complain, although I will admit that I’m very good at complaining. I also agitate, exasperate, bother, annoy, traumatize, enrage and vituperate. Especially vituperate. That’s my favorite. And that’s just what I do to Republicans.But why not complain? The economy still sucks despite unprecedented liberal spending. The banking system and healthcare systems are more broken than ever before because of unprecedented liberal...
  • Illegal? Obama Wants to Use Bush's 2001 War Authorization to Justify Attacks on ISIS

    09/12/2014 8:05:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In his address to the nation Wednesday night about how the United States is going to handle the growing ISIS threat, President Obama announced new airstrikes in Syria and called on Congress to give "input," but didn't ask for their authorization. Why? Apparently President Obama thinks he can use the authorization given to President George W. Bush in 2001 to go after al Qaeda. Legally, that move isn't panning out. Al Eli Lake over at the Daily Beast writes, Obama's latest war is probably illegal: Obama’s using the law that authorized attacks against al Qaeda to justify his new fight in...
  • Bush in 2007 delivered eerily accurate warning about Iraq unrest [Video]

    09/11/2014 11:55:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 11, 2014 | The Kelly File
    A prophetic warning from then-President George W. Bush before he left office about what would happen if the U.S. withdrew troops from Iraq too soon is getting new attention in light of the Islamic State’s gains, as each of his predictions appears to be coming true. Bush, as discussed on "The Kelly File," made the remarks in the White House briefing room on July 12, 2007, as he argued against those who sought an immediate troop withdrawal.   “To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the...
  • FLASHBACK: When George W. Bush Predicted ISIS in Iraq

    09/10/2014 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    We are less than six hours away from President Obama's prime time address where he will tell the nation what he plans to do to manage shrink destroy the terror army ISIS, so I thought it would be a good time to re-post this video (it's been making the rounds since Iraq started to collapse earlier this year) from 2007 of former President George W. Bush predicting exactly what we're seeing now. President Bush's Prophetic Iraq Warning (July 12, 2007)Direct danger to the United States America? Check. Losing Iraq to Al Qaeda aka ISIS now? Check. Mass Killings on a...
  • Bill Clinton Was George W. Bush's Secret White House Whisperer

    09/08/2014 8:34:17 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Russell Berman
    George W. Bush was known – and often criticized – for being insular during his eight years in the White House, but he made regular calls to a surprising adviser during his second term: his predecessor. Bill Clinton revealed on Monday that the second President Bush picked his brain twice a year for 30-45 minutes, in wide-ranging conversations that no doubt set the stage for the surprising, "brother-from-another-mother" relationship that the two ex-presidents now share. Bush would call Clinton "just to talk," during his last four years in the White House, the Democrat said in a joint event at the...
  • George W. Bush's Daughters Are Not Republicans

    09/04/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 107 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 4, 2014 | Colin Campbell
    Both of former President George W. Bush's daughters aren't following the family's Republican Party heritage. Jenna Bush Hager ... is registered to New York's Independence Party ... Barbara Pierce Bush, is registered to vote in Texas and is not affiliated with any political party...
  • It Takes a President

    09/04/2014 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    350 more U.S. troops are headed to Iraq to fight a war that Obama declared over almost exactly four years ago today. “President Obama declared an end on Tuesday to the seven-year American combat mission in Iraq,” wrote the New York Times on the last day of August in 2010, “saying that the United States has met its responsibility to that country and that it is now time to turn to pressing problems at home.”Like a lot of journalism, what the New York Times wrote that day was more of an elegy for the Obama administration and its brand of progressivism...
  • Remember When President Bush Gave Up Golf?

    08/22/2014 11:41:13 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” Bush said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.” “And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong message,” Bush said.
  • Covering For Obama, ABC's Harris Falsely Claims W Played 'Fair Share of Golf' During Iraq War

    08/10/2014 6:24:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fore left! Q. Is there any news professional who doesn't know that, out of respect for military families, President George W. Bush gave up golf not long after the Iraq war started? A. Yes. Dan Harris, weekend Good Morning America co-host. Harris' ignorance—or intentional disregard of the facts—was displayed during a segment today's GMA after Jonathan Karl reported that President Obama hit the links within an hour of landing at Martha's Vineyard and just hours after making a statement about US attacks on ISIS forces. After Karl said that Woodrow Wilson, in office during WWI, had played more golf than...
  • President George W. Obama Meets the Midterms

    08/06/2014 12:27:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/06/2014 | Stu Rosernberg
    I certainly didn’t know foreign policy would be front and center in the final months before the midterm elections when I wrote in late April that these issues “could have an indirect yet significant impact on the midterm elections.” But now, it looks increasingly as if foreign policy — particularly problems in the Middle East and relations with Russia — will add to the president’s woes. While international issues are a low priority to most Americans, the daily dose of bad news from the Middle East, Russia and Ukraine makes it difficult for the public to appreciate any good economic...
  • Obama's Playbook: Blame Bush and Then Congress (Especially Republicans)

    07/31/2014 7:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador." The administration blamed a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law signed by President George W. Bush for preventing officials from promptly deporting minors not eligible for asylum. House Republicans were happy to oblige. Speaker John Boehner maintained that voters would not accept spending more money...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in 'Truth'

    07/09/2014 6:40:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 99 replies
    Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather's producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on documents that turned out to be forgeries. - See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-redford-play-dan-rather-717476#sthash.Y0QB620e.dpuf
  • Conversations with Reagan

    07/09/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama was named the worst president since World War II, according to a survey of the American people who were asked to rate the nation's chief executives over the past 69 years. The Quinnipiac University Poll released last week found that one third of its respondents picked Obama as the all-time worst, ahead of George W. Bush in its disapproval. Obama's unpopularity will come as no surprise to those who've been closely following his big spending presidency. But the really big news was the man who topped the best presidency list: Ronald Reagan. Reagan championed entrepreneurial...
  • Happy Birthday George W.

    07/06/2014 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail. - George W. Bush Sept. 20, 2001. Today is George W. Bush's 68th birthday. A man who, according to his father, "faced the greatest challenge of any president since Abraham Lincoln.” Happy Birthday, President George W. Bush. Great to visit the @GWBLibrary earlier this year! pic.twitter.com/6u3f12FF1T — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 6, 2014 His presidency will...
  • In Celebration of George W. Bush’s Birthday, Here Are 15 of His Classiest and Most Classic Moments

    07/06/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 141 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 6, 2014 | Justen Charters
    George W. Bush’s 68th birthday is today. In honor of the 43rd President of the United States, here are fifteen of his most classic and classiest moments:
  • A New Evangelizing Foreign Policy

    07/04/2014 4:31:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    In the George W. Bush years, liberals were routinely shocked and awed that the Bush administration would obliterate their sacred wall of separation between church and state. They frowned on federal faith-based initiatives and worried about the bureaucracy being invaded by frightening people with college degrees from Christian schools like Liberty University, Regent University or Catholic University. Government was no place to be spreading a dangerous Christian majoritarianism with a swaggering certitude that wouldn't tolerate opposing views and respect minority opinions. The media presented the Bushies as -- to quote a slur from NBC anchor Brian Williams -- "anti-gay, pro-Jesus...
  • Dr. Duke Pesta - Common Core - Manufacturing Compliant Drones

    06/29/2014 8:22:40 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 6 replies
    The Mind Renewed ^ | June 27, 2014 | Julian Charles and Dr. Duke Pesta
    Everyone believes in "standards" don't they? So what could possibly be wrong with "Common Core" (the US education system's "Common Core State Standards Initiative")? After all, is it not "a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English... created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live"?* Not according to Dr. Duke Pesta, professor of English at The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, who joins us for an extended and detailed interview on the genesis, content and ideology of Common Core...
  • Flashback: George W. Bush Predicted Iraqi Meltdown If US Troops Were Withdrawn from Region

    06/16/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    President George W. Bush predicted the current meltdown in Iraq – back in 2007. Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to withdraw troops from Iraq. Via Truth Revolt: I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven...
  • George W. Bush undergoes knee replacement surgery

    05/28/2014 1:20:34 AM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 27, 2014 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    Former President George W. Bush spent his Memorial Day weekend laid up in Chicago undergoing knee replacement surgery, according to reports. Bush, 67, underwent the outpatient procedure at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center on Saturday, NBC Chicago reported. Doctors allowed Bush to stay at a nearby hotel after the operation, before he flew home to Dallas Monday afternoon. Bush was accompanied during the medical trip by wife Laura and a Secret Service detail, NBC Chicago reported. The former President has kept a relatively low profile in recent months, even declining to attend the Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum dedication ceremony...
  • How To Thank A Soldier, By George W. Bush

    05/26/2014 5:34:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | BennyJohnson
    It is actually very easy. (Photo essay at source link.)
  • Pelosi Resorts to "Blame Bush" On VA Scandal

    05/25/2014 4:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    During the George W. Bush Administration, progressives were hailing the Veterans Affairs health system as a model health organization. Now that it's come out that the VA suffers from the same bureaucratic nightmares that all socialized-style systems do, progressives want to roll back the clock on their rhetoric. Luckily, Nancy Pelosi has found the real person whose fault it is: George W. Bush. As Joel Gehrke reports: Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. "He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you...
  • Mike Pence’s George W. Bush Problem

    05/20/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/20/2014 | Ben Domenech
    Mike Pence spoke at AEI yesterday in defense of his Medicaid expansion in Indiana. His position has been roundly denounced by most conservative and libertarian policy analysts – for a rare defense, read Grace-Marie Turner here, but even her praise is qualified the deeper you go. Most of the critiques of Pence have focused on the politics of the issue assuming the waiver moves forward, but after seeing his presentation yesterday and talking to him at a session following the event, I have my doubts that this waiver will even go through. The request comes following a year of...
  • So George W. Bush isn't a monster, after all

    05/08/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 72 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/8/14 | Matt Bai
    If you've just crash-landed from the planet known as Kepler-186f and have no experience with the human life form or its recent history, let me just clarify something for you: George W. Bush was a divisive and unsuccessful president. Economically, internationally, culturally — you name the category of leadership, and the results pretty much range from disappointment to disaster. A CBS News/New York Times poll clocked Bush's final approval rating at 22 percent, which is about as low as you can go in politics without needing a parole officer. You may get confused about this, because lately Bush is enjoying...
  • Gregory Grills Blair: Aren’t You, Bush Responsible for Current Islamic Extremism?

    04/27/2014 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/27/14 | Evan McMurry
    On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory challenged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to defend his and former President George W Bush’s decision to switch focus from the war in Afghanistan to the one in Iraq, asking if that simultaneously diverted resources from fighting the Taliban while radicalizing terrorist groups in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. “Isn’t the legacy of your leadership and that of President Bush in part responsible for the reality today?” Gregory asked. “Did the west fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan in a...
  • Regaining Middle America - Republicans must stop putting moneyed interests ahead of the American...

    04/14/2014 7:06:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    National Review Online ^ | APRIL 14, 2014 | Robert W. Patterson
    Republicans must stop putting moneyed interests ahead of the American family.Now taking his third shot at the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Jeffrey Bell has spent his career warning of the risks of kicking the cultural leg out from under Ronald Reagan’s coalition of defense, economic, and social conservatives. Indeed, his 2012 magnum opus, The Case for Polarized Politics, argues that social conservatism, rooted in the moderate Enlightenment that informed the Founders, is indispensable to American exceptionalism and to any Republican resurgence in our time. But the political theorist overstates the ability of even the most...
  • George Bush's Paintings Aren't Funny. (But they are fascinating).

    04/14/2014 12:09:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/14/2014 | By MOLLY CRABAPPLE
    The greatest work of art George W. Bush ever took part in was in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at his head. “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” screamed the journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who had been arrested twice by U.S. forces during the occupation.Bush dodged the shoes with the same ease with which he’d had dodged consequences all his life; those for drunk driving, for ruined companies, stolen elections, war crimes, the destruction of Zaidi’s country.After he dodged the shoes, Bush joked about free countries. Meanwhile, guards beat Zaidi bloody. Police tortured him...
  • Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Students’ Achievement Gap

    04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Peter Baker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era. Paying tribute to President Lyndon B. Johnson at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Bush said the real test of the nation’s commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long. “There’s a growing temptation among public officials in both political parties at...
  • Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”

    03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    www.salon.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Hisham D. Aidi
    Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture" One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.” American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over “anti-American hip-hop,” accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses “jihad rap” in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: “The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in...
  • If you need more reasons to miss George W. Bush here's a big one...

    03/25/2014 9:44:43 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 45 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-25-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I'll admit it, I was very frustrated and felt done with Bush by the time he left office. In the years that have passed I've come to understand he did the best he could (and a HELL of a lot better than the job I would've done).Above all, quotes like the one below show that he was trying to serve the country, which is in contrast to Obama, who acts like the country serves him...
  • Sure a picture says 1000 words, but this one really only brings 6 to mind...

    03/11/2014 3:57:45 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 19 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-11-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • I wonder if liberals have found a way around this brain-stumper...

    02/28/2014 5:11:15 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-28-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Apparently they're trying!
  • President George W. Bush Fights to Take ‘Disorder’ Out of PTSD

    02/23/2014 3:01:01 PM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, February 23, 2014 | Freda Kahen-Kashi
    President Bush is front and center in the news this week, a position he hasn’t frequently occupied since leaving office five years ago, stepping back into the spotlight to shine a spotlight of his own on post-9/11 veterans and his fight to take the “Disorder” out of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “We’re getting rid of the D,” he said. “PTS is an injury; it’s not a disorder. The problem is when you call it a disorder, [veterans] don’t think they can be treated. “An employer says, ‘I don’t want to hire somebody with a disorder.’ And so our mission tomorrow is...
  • Military Service Initiative

    02/23/2014 12:03:02 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Bush Center Org ^ | Feb . 23 , 2014 | George W. Bush
    "Laura and I want to remind our troops and veterans that we admire and respect them a lot...[it] is a great way to remind all our fellow citizens of the unbelievable courage, skill, and sacrifice of those who wear the uniform of the United States." - President George W. Bush
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 February 2014

    02/23/2014 5:34:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 148 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 February 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Peter Shumlin, D-Vt.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): National Security Adviser Susan Rice.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Martin O'Malley, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former President George W. Bush.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Govs. Rick Perry, R-Texas, Mike Pence, R-Ind., Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., Jay Nixon D-Mo.
  • Not Even Trying Anymore: White House Blames Bush for Weak Economic Data in 2014

    01/27/2014 7:11:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Schauss
    When asked about the poor economic conditions in America ahead of the President’s State of the Union speech, Senior White House Advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, petulantly passed the buck to George W. Bush. The comedic excuse is as pathetic as it is baseless. But don’t let that stop the White House from trying to cast blame for today’s economic failures on an economic crises that came to life in the closing days of their predecessor’s administration. On Fox News Sunday, Pfeiffer explained to Anchor Chris Wallace that the reason for America’s weak economic “recovery” was because of the damage done...
  • The Worst Defeat for the United States Since 9/11

    01/08/2014 6:17:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | John Ransom
    Two years after Obama declared that the administration has decimated Al Qaeda worldwide, Al Qaeda has delivered the most devastating blow to the United States since the 9/11 attacks that precipitated America’s war on Islamic terrorism. The fall of the Iraqi Anbar province towns of Ramadi and Fallujah recently to foreign fighters under control of Al Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, represents not just a tactical defeat in Obama’s “Smart Power” strategy, but a strategic surrender of the entire U.S. foreign policy conception for the last 50 years. “US policies and leaders in three...
  • George W. Bush's artwork up for sale

    11/22/2013 12:33:16 PM PST · by shove_it · 6 replies
    Politico/Drudge ^ | 22 Nov 2013 | CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    This Christmas, for $29.98, you can trim your tree with some of former President George W. Bush’s artwork. The George W. Bush Presidential Center is selling an ornament that features 43’s own painting of a cardinal perched on a branch. Bush painted the bird as a gift for former Ambassador Warren Tichenor, and his wife decided it looked Christmas-y...