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  • Democrats Seek To Repeal AUMF

    02/14/2015 3:59:29 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | February 13, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, has allowed the President to conduct counterterrorism operations overseas. Long derided as overbroad (yet still used by President Obama to justify questionable foreign decisions) by opponents, two Democrats now want to repeal it. As the Associated Press reported: Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Chris Murphy of Connecticut say Congress never intended to authorize a perpetual war when it passed the legislation more than a decade ago. They introduced a bill Friday and said the president and Congress should...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 147 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • The Senate Race That Couldn’t Be Lost—And Was A lesson in political humility. Read more:

    07/29/2014 4:07:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-29-14 | Larry Sabato
    If there is one nightmare common to all U.S. senators, it’s the possibility of an unexpected upset by an underdog challenger come Election Day. Not only do they lose their seat, but the shock of defeat becomes one of the most notable parts of their biography. This November, no one wants to be the Senate’s Eric Cantor. For my money, one of the most jaw-dropping Senate results in modern history occurred exactly 50 years ago. It’s barely remembered even by the political community, but it shouldn’t be forgotten. This old race teaches enduring lessons about politics, and in 2014 we’ll...
  • Senator Murphy (D-CT) proposes increase in federal gas tax

    06/19/2014 9:46:40 AM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Connecticut residents may soon be seeing more federal tax hikes in the gas and diesel purchased, the first hike in 20 years. Lawmakers in Washington, DC said the federal highway trust fund will be empty in a few months if they don't come up with a plan to refill it. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker proposed raising the federal tax $0.12 over the next two years to replenish the fund, however, taxpayers aren't approving of this. "That's not going to work for me. I'm a single parent, I can't afford that," said Latoya Leery. Connecticut drivers...
  • (CT)Lawmakers call on retailers to take measures in reducing gun violence

    06/13/2014 2:35:41 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    As a way to reduce gun violence, elected leaders urged retailers to consider voluntary measures to make their stores safer. Friday, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Ron Pinciaro of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Monte Frank of Team 26 for a press conference. The officials called on the National Retail Federation to join the bipartisan push for "commonsense measures to reduce gun violence." The legislators said there have been an estimated 79 shootings and 19 fatalities at Walmart alone since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They also referred to the loaded handgun that...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 April 2014

    04/20/2014 5:01:23 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 April 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows April 20th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Devil Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia’s...
  • Sports radio hosts blast player for taking paternity leave rather than playing baseball

    04/04/2014 7:36:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Susan Michelle Tyrell
    Being a sports radio host sometimes means being full of hot air when white noise would be preferable, as in the case Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason. The big names showed their small attitudes when New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy chose to be with his wife rather that at opening day of baseball season. Esiason said: “I would have said, ‘C-Section before it starts. I need to be at opening day. This is how we make our money; this is how we live our life. This is what is going to give our child every opportunity to be...
  • Murphy leads Democratic celebration of ACA

    04/02/2014 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The CTMirror ^ | April 2,2014 | Ana Radelat
    Washington -- After the Obama administration announced Tuesday that more than 7 million Americans have registered for health insurance through state exchanges, Sen. Chris Murphy took aim at GOP opponents of Obamacare. “All of the naysayers have been proven wrong,” Murphy said. “We are beating expectations.”
  • Sen. Chris Murphy: Putin making it up

    03/17/2014 9:03:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | March 17, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    Fresh off a congressional trip to Ukraine, Sen. Chris Murphy on Monday rejected criticisms that Russia’s posture on Ukraine has something to do with the failures of the Obama administration, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin is improvising as he goes. “I think he is making this up as we go along,” Murphy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of Putin’s moves into the Crimean region of Ukraine. “I worry, though, that he’s going to realize he needs to move further than Crimea in order to get the end that he desires here.”
  • Obamacare Programmers obviously cannot read

    12/13/2013 11:24:18 AM PST · by SES1066 · 18 replies ^ | Long time ago | Apocryphal Murphy
    Murphy's Laws of Computer Programming 1. Any given program, when running, is obsolete. 2. If a program is useless, it will have to be documented. 3. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed. 4. Any non-trivial program contains at least one bug. 5. Any program will expand to fill all available memory. 6. The value of a program is directly proportional to the weight of its output. 7. The complexity of a program will grow until it exceeds the capability of the programmer to maintain it. 8. Make it possible for programmers to write in English...
  • Sen. Chris Murphy, Taking On the NRA After Newtown

    12/10/2013 4:02:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2013 | David Freedlander
    The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight. On December 14, 2012, Chris Murphy, then still a congressman representing a mostly suburban Connecticut district, was at the Bridgeport City Hall for a press conference on renewable energy. It was the holiday season, and he was planning to take the rest of the afternoon off and take the train to New York with his wife and two kids.
  • Republican Mike Fasano Delivers Florida House Seat to Democrat Amanda Murphy

    10/19/2013 11:29:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | October 16, 2013 | James Taylor
    Pasco County’s Republican Tax Collector, Mike Fasano, likely provided the margin of victory for liberal Democrat Amanda Murphy yesterday as she narrowly won a special election to replace Fasano in the Florida House of Representatives. Murphy won the election over Republican Bill Gunter by just 300 votes out of nearly 20,000 votes cast. After resigning his seat in the Florida House to accept appointment as Pasco County Tax Collector, Fasano pledged to remain neutral regarding the special election. During the final weeks of the campaign, however, Fasano broke his promise and campaigned hard for Murphy while aggressively attacking Gunter’s integrity...

    10/16/2013 4:41:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement in advance of an expected vote in the Senate to reopen the federal government and temporarily increase the government’s statutory borrowing authority: This is a massive relief for tens of thousands of families and businesses in Connecticut and millions more across the country. The bipartisan compromise reached in the Senate today will send federal employees back to work and restart the critical services that veterans, seniors, small business owners, and countless others rely on every day from the federal government. But this deal should be no cause for celebration - keeping...
  • First trailer for the Lone Survivor movie.

    08/01/2013 8:16:21 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 5 replies
    The trailer for this movie is finally out. So far, it's a limited release before the new year, then goes to full release shortly after the 1st.
  • Senator slips up: ‘You’re not going to disenfranchise the NRA overnight’

    04/16/2013 5:54:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Biz Pac ^ | 4/16/13 | Joe Saunders
    It’s not often that the confiscation crowd is nakedly honest, but when they think they’re just preaching to the choir, they might forget the heathens are listening, too. That was the case in Sunday’s New York Times column by Maureen Dowd when Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy blurted out the real goal of the gun grabbers: Getting weapons out of your hands means getting the vote out of your hands, too. “You’re not going to disenfranchise the NRA overnight,” Murphy told Dowd. “Disenfranchise.” This isn’t the usual, misty-eyed “if it will save one life” claptrap; and the speaker isn’t some unshaven...

    04/12/2013 12:47:24 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    U.S. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation, urging him not to broadcast the NASCAR NRA 500 race on Fox Sports. Fox Sports, which is owned by News Corporation, plans to air the race next week as a part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last month, Murphy sent a letter to NASCAR CEO Brian France to call on him to reconsider his decision to sanction the race. While thanking Mr. France for his generous personal contributions to the Newtown community, Murphy requested that NASCAR refrain from entering the current debate...
  • U.S. Senator Asks FOX To Not Air NASCAR N.R.A. 500 [VIDEO]

    04/12/2013 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies ^ | April 12, 2013 | Jeff Easterling
    U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has been against NASCAR running the NRA 500 since it’s announcement, now he has taken his fight to FOX owner Rupert Murdoch.
  • Republicans Will "Have A Lot Of People To Answer To" If They Don't Support Gun Control

    04/09/2013 10:05:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies ^ | April 9, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) thinks Senate Republicans are lying when they say they don't support a new gun legislation.
  • Sen. Murphy, (D-CT):NASCAR Siding Against Newtown Families By Accepting NRA Sponsorship

    03/08/2013 8:47:33 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) accused NASCAR of siding against the families of Newtown, Connecticut by allowing the National Rifle Association (NRA) to sponsor a NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway in April. That race will be called the NRA 500.
  • Murphy (D-CT) wants NASCAR to rename NRA 500

    03/07/2013 1:55:45 PM PST · by matt04 · 53 replies
    A U.S. Senator for Connecticut is asked NASCAR to "reverse its decision to name" one of its races after the National Rifle Association. Earlier this week, the NRA signed a one-year agreement to be the title sponsor for the April 13 race at the Texas Motor Speedway. "The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. for many years in various aspects, and this race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship," said Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. "We look forward to another successful partnership with the NRA...
  • Congressman Murphy Seeks Probe of Al Jazeera

    02/27/2013 1:20:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Tim Murphy, who holds a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has called on the Obama Administration to explain whether Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV from former Democratic Vice President Al Gore was given any federal review and scrutiny. But Al Jazeera is working furiously to stop the mounting congressional interest and now has three lobbying firms working to stop any hearings or investigations into the deal. Once known as the voice of Osama bin Laden, Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • Murphy camp declares victory due to missed deadline

    11/18/2012 9:21:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/18/12 | Christine Stapleton
    Fort Pierce — Update: Campaign officials for Patrick Murphy, Democrat candidate for the congressional district 18 race, are calling their candidate the winner because the St. Lucie Canvassing Board has missed the noon deadline to certify results to the state Division of Elections. Under Florida law, if the deadline passes with final certified results, the unofficial certified results filed last Sunday stand. Those results show Murphy ahead by .58 percent – above the .5 percent spread which would trigger an automatic recount. West officials were not immediately available for comment. ------------------ The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board resumed ballot counting...
  • Bill Clinton to campaign for (Chris)Murphy

    10/19/2012 12:33:38 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Connecticut to help Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy in the final days of his tight race against Republican Linda McMahon. A source close to Murphy's campaign told The Associated Press on Friday that Clinton is scheduled to be in the state on Sunday, Oct. 28. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details are not final. Clinton will appear at a public event. It will not be fundraiser. No further details were immediately made available.
  • First LIVE Debate between Allen West and Patrick Murphy – Watch Live At This Link 8PM ET

    10/19/2012 11:19:58 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    ALLEN WEST ^ | Oct.19, 2012 | ALLEN WEST
    Bring your own popcorn!
  • Do Democrats hate the U.S. Navy?

    10/16/2012 2:28:57 PM PDT · by DFG · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/16/12 | Starr
    A second Democratic campaign has been caught mistaking a foreign ship for a U.S. Navy vessel in images meant to brag on the candidate's devotion to the military. A month after the Democratic National Convention featured Cold War-era Soviet ships on a giant screen as a former Navy admiral representing the Obama campaign praised American veterans, the Democrat running for Senate in Connecticut featured a foreign sub in a television ad promoting his efforts to create jobs at the state's sub-maker, General Dynamics' Electric Boat of Groton. Instead of Groton-made subs, the ad for Rep. Chris Murphy featured a Norwegian...
  • Murphy/McMahon debate (live video)

    10/11/2012 4:26:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Murphy/McMahon debate from UConn.
  • WFSB set to host first United States Senate debate(Murphy/McMahon, Sun @ 11 AM)

    10/06/2012 1:14:50 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    hannel 3 Eyewitness News will host the first United States Senate debate between Linda McMahon and United States Rep. Chris Murphy on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both of the candidates have been offered and have accepted the invitation to debate issues regarding the state. Dennis House, Eyewitness News anchor and Face the State host, will serve as moderator of the debate. A panel of journalists, Angela Dias, of WTIC Radio, Mark Pazniokas, from the Connecticut Mirror and Fran Schneidau from WCBS News Radio 880 will question both candidates. The debate will be televised live from 11 a.m. until noon without...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 20, 2012

    09/20/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 99 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 09/20/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Quick Post. Picking up lunch for office today. Disappointed in Rasmussen's results today. :(
  • NARAL Blasts McMahon (Connecticut Senate Race)

    09/12/2012 9:27:42 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 6 replies
    New Haven Independent ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Thomas MacMillan
    Women’s reproductive rights took center stage in the U.S. Senate race Monday, as a pro-choice group took aim at Republican candidate Linda McMahon over her support of a bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to cover contraception for their employees. The campaigns have been vying for the support of female voters, who did not get behind McMahon in her 2010 Senate bid. In a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by Christian Miron, the director of the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, the state branch of the national pro-choice advocacy organization. Miron scored McMahon for saying she would have supported the...
  • Too Far? New Attack Ad Targeting Allen West Depicts Him Beating Women

    08/09/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 08/09/12 | Benny Johnson
    It is hard to think of an attack ad lower than the one essentially blaming Mitt Romney for a woman’s death, but we may have just found one. It’s from Florida, and it depicts Allen West (R-FL) in a boxing ring with red gloves on. The cartoon-like video then shows West punching an old woman, a young lady and seemingly a family with children. He also steals cash from the hands of the family and pockets it, all while laughing like a gremlin. And the audio matches the video. The female announcer says in condescending tone as sound effects play...
  • "Your Next Guinness Is Courtesy of a Fallen Navy Seal"

    03/23/2012 1:21:05 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/23/12 | Blackfive
    "As promised… I just walked into a local pub (PUB 25, Newtown, CT) and asked to speak with the Owner/Manager. I asked if I could leave a cold one on the bar for Michael all day . I showed him the “Reserved” sign I made and explained I wanted to leave him sufficient funds to buy a random person a Guinness every hour today, and that when the surprised patron asks him “Who is this from?” he should reply: “It’s from LT Michael P. Murphy.” and point to the reserved sign. The Owner/Manager was so in tune with this small...
  • Conn. Representatives push to make stealing war plaques federal crime

    01/13/2012 12:21:30 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Connecticut Congressional leaders announced Thursday that they are pushing a proposed law that would make stealing war veteran plaques and transporting them across state lines a federal crime. The penalty would involve time in prison and or fines up to $250,000. The move comes after several towns have had their war memorial plaques stolen and sold for scrap metal. In Ansonia, thieves stole two solid bronze plaques honoring war heroes. "They are more than just robberies of plaques because these memorials are a testimony to our veterans," U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro said. "It's revolting because when you steal memorials you're...
  • Rep. Murphy Blasts Lowe’s for Pulling Ad (VIDEO)

    12/14/2011 11:32:42 AM PST · by matt04 · 33 replies
    The firestorm against Lowe’s pulling ads from a Learning Channel Show about American Muslims moved to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy said he is leading a group of members of Congress who are calling on Lowe’s to reconsider their decision. Lowe’s pulled its ads from The Learning Channel's reality show "All-American Muslim" after complaints from The Florida Family Association, an organization Murphy called a “right wing anti-Muslim group" that thinks the mission of Islam is to destroy America. “This is a major American company rubber stamping basic foundational bigotry against a major American religious group,” Murphy said....
  • Rex Murphy: What the tolerant must tolerate

    11/26/2011 6:55:43 PM PST · by xp38 · 14 replies
    The National Post ^ | November 26 2011 | Rex Murphy
    To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the favoured easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian. It is to have your sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration. At a time when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when speaking of others with differing views or hues, Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse and disregard. There is nothing too low or too vulgar.
  • Forget Wall Street, Occupy Hollywood

    11/05/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | 11-4-11 | Rex Murphy
    You hear it in every little encampment in every city that has a franchise in the current “Occupy” protests: The righteous tent-and-yurt people are against “greed.” They see greed as the demonic dynamo of a rapacious capitalism (and its maidservant, “income inequality”). And what represents greed better than mega-payoffs, dazzling bonuses and stock options, for very little actual work, and sometimes even when performance is far below par? It is only to be expected that the high-flying brokers, bankers and CEOs that cluster like flies around the honey pots of Wall Street, who waltz off with payoffs that would shame...
  • Man Is Arrested in Harlem Murder

    09/13/2011 9:13:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2011 | SEAN GARDINER
    Police arrested one man and were searching for two others Tuesday in connection with the murder of Manhattan high school basketball standout Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy.
  • Al Jazeera Covers 150th Anniversary of Civil War (Video)

    04/13/2011 1:16:54 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera English ^ | 4-12-2011 | Some Guy
    So apparently, the US Civil War was as much about US global imperialism as it was about our unbridled racism. This year's commemoration has been more inclusive of Blacks and has actually found some Whites willing to play The North.
  • Wisconsin Dems File Ethics Complaint Over Koch Prank

    03/07/2011 9:48:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/07/11 | Chris Good
    Wisconsin Dems File Ethics Complaint Over Koch PrankMar 7 2011, 11:39 AM ET By Chris Good It was embarrassing enough that Gov. Scott Walker got duped into thinking he was talking to billionaire David Koch on the phone two weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Democratic Party is alleging that Walker broke state laws by attempting to collude with the Koch impostor, Buffalo Beast's Ian Murphy. The Plum Line's Greg Sargent has a complaint being filed today by Wisconsin Dems with the state Government Accountability Board. Some excerpts: 12. During the Call, a transcript of which is attached hereto and incorporated...
  • Cancer Research Before Activism, Billionaire Conservative Donor Says (David Koch on ID theft)

    03/05/2011 6:40:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/04/11 | MICHAEL COOPER
    Cancer Research Before Activism, Billionaire Conservative Donor SaysBy MICHAEL COOPER Published: March 4, 2011 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — More than a thousand miles from the labor tumult in Wisconsin — where his name shows up on the signs of protesters and a liberal blogger impersonating him got through to the governor on the phone and said “gotta crush that union!” — the real David H. Koch was greeted rather more warmly here Friday when he officially opened a new cancer research institute bearing his name. **SNIP** “It’s a case of identity theft,” Mr. Koch said of the call in which the...
  • Wisconsin legislature pushing for prank call ban

    03/01/2011 7:30:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/01/11 | Laura Donovan
    Wisconsin legislature pushing for prank call banLaura Donovan - The Daily Caller – Tue Mar 1, 3:43 pm ET A week after Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker received a prank call from blogger Ian Murphy, who posed as conservative billionaire David Koch, two Wisconsin legislators introduced a bill Monday that would ban prank calls, reports the Badger Herald. Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich and Republican state Rep. Mark Honadel said their measure would forbid deceiving the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone he or she is not. “While use of spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses,...
  • Blogger Who Prank Called Walker, Now a Media Darling, Has Sordid History [fantasizes about killing]

    02/26/2011 4:05:51 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies ^ | Feb 24 2011 | Lachlan Markay
    Since lefty blogger Ian Murphy prank called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday, various media outlets have devoted significant coverage to the prankster. None have seen fit to mention some of Murphy's more colorful antics - proclaiming "f**k the troops," for instance, or pretending to be autistic to gain access for a story. CNN has been out front covering the prank and its perpetrator. The channel named Murphy its "most intriguing person of the day" in one segment, and devoted an article on its website to Murphy's wild claims - that Walker is "delusional," as CNN's headline blared, and that...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: Investigation of phone prankster Ian Murphy should be well underway!

    02/24/2011 10:14:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    2/24/11 | Libloather
    I made a few phone calls myself this morning. I contacted the NY AG office, the Buffalo AG office, the Wisconsin AG office and Koch Industries. I got as far as the press office of the NY AG and chatted with that individual for about 15 minutes. It's hard to get through to the proper division but I'll check in again later. 1-800-771-7755. I left a long, detailed message with the Buffalo AG. 1-716-853-8404. The Wisconsin AG office told me that if an investigation was in the works, it would be kept quiet. Fine. Anyone can file a complaint in...
  • Fake Phone Calls: News or Not? (Society of Professional Journalists criticizes prank)

    02/24/2011 1:20:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    KUSI ^ | 2/23/11
    Fake Phone Calls: News or Not?Updated: Feb 23, 2011 8:18 PM EST Many news organizations, I believe, are walking a fine ethical line by playing the recording of a prank phone call made to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by the founder of an alternative website. It may be news that the phone call was placed and that someone in Walkers office even took the call and switched it to the governor, but what was said is not "real" and must be treated carefully. Our credibility is on the line. Ian Murphy, the founder of the website the Buffalo Beast, placed...
  • Governor Walker Responds to Prank Call (Did Ian Murphy break the law?)

    02/23/2011 2:40:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Todays TMJ4 ^ | 2/23/11
    Governor Walker Responds to Prank Call MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he won't be distracted by a prank phone call made by a blogger posing as one of his campaign donors, and he'll push forward with a bill to limit the power of public employee unions. Walker stood by his comments on the call, saying they were no different than what he has said publicly. A website called the Buffalo Beast posted audio of Tuesday's call in which its editor pretended to be conservative billionaire David Koch, who had supported Walker's campaign. **SNIP** Walker revealed his supporters...
  • NY Penal Law ARTICLE 190 S 190.25 - Criminal impersonation - 2nd degree - class A misdemeanor

    02/23/2011 2:01:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    YPD Crime ^ | 2/23/11
    S 190.25 Criminal impersonation in the second degree.A person is guilty of criminal impersonation in the second degree when he: 1. Impersonates another and does an act in such assumed character with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or 2. Pretends to be a representative of some person or organization and does an act in such pretended capacity with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or 3. (a) Pretends to be a public servant, or wears or displays without authority any uniform, badge, insignia or facsimile thereof by which such...
  • What's wrong with facing down furry critters?

    12/11/2010 7:22:50 AM PST · by BillM · 20 replies
    It's been quite some time since Fess Parker -- coonskin cap on head and long rifle in hand -- half-sung, half-yodelled the great anthem of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Parker played the legendary frontiersman/congressman Crocket both on TV and in a feature film. He was also one of a number of singers who sent the song about Crockett onto the hit parade of the 1950s more than once. No question it's a song about a hero. We're told right in the first stanza that he was "born on a mountaintop," which is a pretty special way of...
  • The last global warming conference ever? (Canada’s Treasure Rex Murphy)

    12/05/2010 5:32:07 AM PST · by BillM · 27 replies
    National Post ^ | 2010/12/05 | Rex Murphy
    This global-warming/climate-change stuff is a great racket. Over in England right now, they're locked in the jaws of a very early freeze-up. The roads are iced, the plows overworked, and people are angry. But there's a precious subset of the English population that are not enduring the frigid and premature torments of a northern winter. They're the climate-change activists, bureaucrats, politicians, puppeteers and NGOs -- the class of professional alarmists who've been banging on about global warming for close on two decades now. This bunch has exempted itself from the rigors of English November, traded their sackcloth and ashes for...
  • Brown Won -- and Whitman Lost Big

    11/04/2010 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies · 2+ views ^ | November 4, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    At his post-victory news conference Wednesday morning, Governor elect Jerry Brown showed why he won the election with a million votes to spare. He's steeped in the issues, he listens to what is happening on the ground, and he's not afraid to mix it up. Now, I don't agree with Brown on a number of issues. But in the course of the campaign, I rarely got the feeling that Meg Whitman was listening to anyone other than her consultants or that she was even curious. California needs a strong governor; Whitman showed them a wind-up doll. Worse, the former eBay...
  • Residents cry foul over ballots (PA08-Bucks County)

    10/27/2010 5:23:18 AM PDT · by randita · 18 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 10/27/10 | Peter Hall
    Residents cry foul over ballots By: PETER HALL Bucks County Courier Times A petition was filed with the Board of Elections over absentee ballots. A trio of Bucks County residents backed by the county Republican committee say they have evidence linking Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy's campaign to a scheme to flood the county voter registration office with fraudulent applications for absentee ballots. In a petition filed Tuesday, county Republicans say the name of Murphy's campaign manager appeared on a Bristol post office box where voters were urged in a series of letters paid for by the state Democratic Committee to...