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  • The Worst Fox News-Google Debate Moment: Audience Boos a Gay Soldier

    09/23/2011 12:19:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 165 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 23, 2011 | Garance Franke-Ruta
    The last three GOP presidential primary debates have been nearly as notable for the actions of audience-members as for the candidates who appeared before them. In California at the MSNBC-Politico debate at the Reagan library, the audience applauded mention of the high number of executions in Texas and Rick Perry's defense of the death penalty. "If you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you're involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is...

    09/21/2011 10:47:50 AM PDT · by mr_griz · 84 replies
    Barack Obama joins Open Government Partnership for group photo Rich Shulman writes I don't know much about diplomatic protocols, but I would guess that waving during the group photo is something to avoid.
  • Controversial Book 'The Way' Imagines Jesus as a Woman

    09/08/2011 3:08:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/06/2011 | Jeff Schapiro
    Jesus Christ is considered the most important and central figure in all of history for many. Yet in her debut novel, Kristen Wolf turns the biblical portrayal of the Messiah on its head by portraying Jesus as a woman. The Way, which was released in July but is noted in the September 2011 issue of The Oprah Magazine as a “Title to Pick Up Now,” transports its readers back to ancient Palestine where a young girl, Anna, struggles to comprehend her purpose in a male-dominated society. After she witnesses the brutal murder of a woman in her town, and her...
  • Obama Set to Give Jobs Speech on Same Night as GOP Debate

    08/31/2011 12:31:03 PM PDT · by icanhasbailout · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 31, 2011 |
    President Obama on Wednesday pulled rank on the Republican presidential candidates, announcing a key jobs speech next week on the same night as a GOP 2012 primary debate in California. The two-hour debate, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, was supposed to start at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7. In his letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, Obama requested to speak before a joint session of Congress at the very same time. ... The White House insisted the timing was coincidental. Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters there were many scheduling "considerations" and suggested the president has no interest in detracting...
  • Obama to Detroit: "You Can't Just Make Money on SUVs and Trucks"

    08/22/2011 3:16:55 AM PDT · by Son House · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | August 16, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's "Obama to Automakers." This is interesting. "The country’s automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday." President Obama, who, as we all know, has had vast experience as the owner of an automobile company, a man who's worked the assembly line, he's worked the showroom floor, he's been in the design control center, he knows everything there is about the automobile business. Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn, "You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks. There is a...

    08/21/2011 12:06:12 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 25 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 21, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    News reports on August 20, 2011 A.D. said that country singer Chely Wright was married to her girlfriend, Lauren Blitzer, at the bride’s – well, one of the brides’ – aunt’s house, because Connecticut allows gay marriage. So, if your source for the news is a marriage license duly issued by a government bureaucrat, or a People Magazine article online, then you can be forgiven for believing the story. It’s certainly likely that many of the two hundred guests believe it. But that doesn’t make it so. Now, I’m a huge fan of Chely Wright, as are most country music...
  • President Deflects Criticism of Birthday Bash

    08/07/2011 11:48:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 August 2011 | John Semmens
    Critics who suggest that his extraordinarily expensive 50th birthday party celebration might be inappropriate given the current state of the economy were brushed off by President Obama. “First of all, as we’ve been saying for the last two years, spending is what stimulates the economy,” Obama pointed out. “The more everyone spends, the better off we’ll all be.” “Second, I don’t think the American people want to see their President suffer,” Obama went on. “I reject the idea that ‘misery loves company’ and I believe that most Americans do too. They are humble enough to gain vicarious pleasure from knowing...
  • Facebook and Twitter creating vain self-obsessed people with child-like need for feedback

    07/30/2011 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 100 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30th July 2011 | Sarah Harris
    Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives, a top scientist believes. Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, believes the growth of internet 'friendships' could effectively 'rewire' the brain. This can result in reduced concentration, a need for instant gratification and poor non-verbal skills, such as the ability to make eye contact during conversations. Baroness Greenfield, former director of research body the Royal Institution, said: 'What concerns me is the banality of so much that goes out on Twitter. 'Why should...
  • I Want to Thank Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    07/28/2011 2:11:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    July 28, 2011 | vanity
    I want to thank Representative Nancy Pelosi for standing up and reminding Americans that the ethical core and the psychological heart of a progressive is to be a preening narcissist, camouflaged as a social redeemer. Thank you Rep. Nancy Pelosi for standing in front of the cameras and telling Americans and the world that Republicans, who say they want to cut government spending, are liars. Because it drives home the reality that you have burdened generations of Americans with an unaffordable health bill. You spoke forcefully to the cameras warning America that the Right wants to destroy food safety, clean...
  • The Spiteful President Obama

    07/19/2011 8:40:37 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 29 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-19-11 | Vince
    Say what you will about Barack Obama, but the man is quite exceptional. Coming from a broken home, he grew up and graduated from Columbia University and went on to earn a law degree at Harvard. Both schools are amongst the most challenging to get into in the country. Not only that, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and taught at the University of Chicago law school. Looking at his life one has to marvel at the various points where he might have run into trouble that could have derailed his career but didn’t. The most obvious...
  • Less Academics(but not diversity programs), More Narcissism

    07/15/2011 4:36:22 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 7/14/2011 | Heather MacDonald
    The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs. California’s budget crisis has reduced the University of California to near-penury, claim its spokesmen. “Our campuses and the UC Office of the President already have cut to the bone,” the university system’s vice president for budget and capital resources warned earlier this month, in advance of this week’s meeting of the university’s regents. Well, not exactly to the bone. Even as UC campuses jettison entire degree programs and lose faculty to competing universities, one fiefdom has remained virtually sacrosanct: the diversity machine. Not only have...
  • When a gay minister moved to a small Southern town (Presbyterian)

    07/05/2011 3:59:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 126 replies
    Courier Journal ^ | 5 July 2011 | Brett Webb-Mitchel
    As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North CarolinaI was reading "Home in Henderson" -- the unofficial city website for a small town in North Carolina where I had recently moved to preach -- when I came across the blog entry. It was posted under the pseudonym "Church Reporter." "A friend that attends the First Presbyterian Church told me to do a Google search on their new minister Brett Webb-Mitchell," the entry began. "Having done so, I have only three comments to make on the pastor selection: 1. Who is responsible...
  • Obama: It's Kids Versus Corporate Jets on Debt-Ceiling Talks

    06/29/2011 10:58:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The National Journal ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | Ron Fournier
    Kids versus Corporate jets. If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight with Republicans: Make it a clash of classes. Rich versus Poor. Us versus Them. Those who supports children, food safety, medical research and, presumably, puppies and apple pie versus the rich fat cats who don't. In Obama's world, Democrats are for kids and Republicans are for corporate jets. That is a sharp distinction that could help put the GOP on defensive, but it may not be enough to persuade Republicans to change their...
  • A Nation of Narcissists

    06/19/2011 11:04:41 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 20 replies ^ | 06-20-11 | stolinsky
      A Nation of Narcissists David C. Stolinsky June 20, 2011 “How to find yourself” gives 94,600,000 hits on Google.− News item The self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.− Thomas Szasz Narcissistic personality disorder, which is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, has been eliminated from the new manual of mental disorders. Narcissism has become so common that it is no longer considered abnormal. But common is not the same as good, or even tolerable. Childish narcissists. This morning I listened to the Dennis Prager Show. The...
  • In a switch, GOP's Michele Bachmann talks of empathy

    06/16/2011 6:25:06 PM PDT · by rob777 · 67 replies · 2+ views
    Politics Now ^ | June 16, 2011 | James Oliphant
    In her first televised interview since declaring her presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of having a “shocking" lack of empathy toward Americans victimized by the struggling economy. “I talk to people. I care about people,” the Minnesota Republican told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Wednesday evening. “The president has no understanding of what is happening in real people's lives.”
  • Obama, Israel, and the Politics of Narcissism

    05/25/2011 9:37:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 25, 2011 | Abraham H. Miller
        President Obama’s much publicized speech (May 19, 2011) to the Arab world created a new dimension in presidential character — the passive narcissist. Seldom, if ever, has any president been so infatuated with his own words at the expense of realityWith the American dollar on a downward spiral, the president now promises billions of dollars to the so called “Arab democracy movement.” Calling something a “democracy movement” doesn’t make it so. Straining the financial resources of the nation for the chimera of democracy does not enhance our national security.In Libya, the democracy movement is run by Gitmo alumni tied...
  • White House shuts out (Boston) Herald scribe

    05/18/2011 3:28:46 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 64 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 18, 2011 | Hillary Chabot
    The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.” “I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit. “My point about the op-ed was not that you ran...
  • Obama mocks Republican position on immigration

    05/10/2011 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-10-11 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ERICA WERNER
    Delving anew into an explosive issue, President Barack Obama stood near the border with Mexico on Tuesday and declared it more secure than ever, trying to build pressure on Republicans to take on a comprehensive immigration overhaul—and eagerly working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way. Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama said their demands have been more than met by his administration but "they'll never be satisfied." He boasted of increasing border patrol agents, nearing completion of a border fence, and screening...
  • Obama: I Was 'As Active in Planning OBL Mission As Any Other Project During My Presidency'

    05/08/2011 6:56:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 8, 2011 | Noah Davis
    60 Minutes aired the interview Steve Kroft conducted with President Obama on Wednesday at the White House in which the Commander-in-Chief discussed the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden. "I felt very strongly there was a strategic imperative to go after him," the President said even though he admitted they had no photograph and no direct evidence of bin Laden's presence. The President also said he was "about as active as any project that I've been involved with since I've been President... I was not involved with designing the initial plan but each iteration they'd bring to me, make...
  • Woman's "loud sex noises" lead to her arrest (Prominent Atheist, In Front of 10-year-Old)

    05/06/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC2 ^ | May 05, 2011
    A prominent Florida atheist activist has been charged with verbally simulating sex in the presence of a 10-year-old neighbor. Ellen Beth Wachs, 48, was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. Wachs has been prominent in her opposition to prayer at public meetings and challenged the constitutionality of the sheriff donating jail basketball hoops to Polk County churches. An arrest affidavit said she was arrested following a Saturday morning dispute with a neighbor. According to the affidavit, the 10-year-old boy was playing basketball when Wachs yelled through her open bedroom window for him to stop. The boy was joined outside by...
  • Obama warns White House party crowd: 'You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale'

    05/06/2011 9:13:47 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 69 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    El president Obama meant it as a joke for his latest White House party tonight, one to mark Cinco de Mayo. The crowd laughed. But Mr. Obama may pay for this public quip later tonight up in their private quarters. Since Primera Esposa Michelle Obama has been talking healthy eating and combating obesity for muchos meses, Even as her husband continues to be photographed downing junk food at most any opportunity.. No 'Cinco de Cuatro' gaffe this year. Obama learned his lesson two years ago; you can read this year's version in full by scrolling down. Americans politicians and many...
  • The First-Person Presidency. Obama’s use of pronouns show where his heart lies.

    05/06/2011 6:47:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/06/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here are a few excerpts from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night about the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Tonight, I can report . . . And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta . . . I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . . I’ve made clear . . . Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear . . ....
  • Osama bin Laden's killing a huge boost for President Obama

    05/02/2011 3:03:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 144 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 2, 2011 | Paul West, Washington Bureau
    Bin Laden's killing is a singular moment for President Obama and could help his bid for a second term. Reporting from Washington— A foreign policy novice when he came to office, President Obama can now claim a national security victory that eluded his predecessor for almost eight years. The caliber of his leadership, often the target of withering attacks by the Republican opposition, has now been bolstered in a very tangible way, as the image of celebrating crowds gathering spontaneously at the White House and the former World Trade Center in New York late Sunday night demonstrated. ....The development is...
  • Barack Obama's shadow - the man who films the president

    04/23/2011 5:37:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | April 22, 2011 | Rajini Vaidyanathan
    West Wing Week producer Arun Chaudhary explains what goes into making the video blog For a year, Arun Chaudhary has been producing the White House's first-ever online video diary, West Wing Week, charting the president's activities. So, is this a means to make the presidency more open, or merely political propaganda?Not many people can claim that the president of the United States possibly saved their life, but for Arun Chaudhary, it is one of the many stories he shares about working in close proximity to Barack Obama. Mr Chaudhary trails the president on a daily basis, and it was on...
  • Birtherism: The Window Into Obama's Soul

    04/23/2011 9:37:57 AM PDT · by Squeeky · 29 replies
    The Birther Think Tank ^ | April 23, 2011 | Squeeky Fromm
    If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. (Napoleon Bonaparte)I have written on this general theme before, but let me discuss how Scientific Birtherism provides a window in Obama’s soul. I have long held that the REAL Birther Question is WHY Obama does not resolve this matter by providing a copy of his long form birth certificate. I answer that question with the KISS Matrix which provides a framework of possible reasons which analyze WHY: 1. KENYA. He is born in Kenya, or there is something embarrassing on the long form. 2. IGNORANT. Obama...
  • Obama: Mistakes? Can't think of any.

    04/21/2011 6:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/21/2011 | Byron York
    Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, "What would your biggest mistake be…and what lessons have you learned from it?" Bush's hemming and hawing answer -- in several minutes of flailing about, he never managed to come up with a single mistake to cite -- was widely criticized in the days that followed. On Wednesday, President Obama held a town hall at the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, California, during which he was asked, "If you had to do anything differently during your first four years,...
  • Obamas attending shuttle launch

    04/20/2011 4:19:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 04/20/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama plans to bring his family to the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on April 29 to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's husband lead six astronauts into space. Giffords wrote on Twitter: "We are very happy that Pres. Obama is coming to Mark's launch! This historic mission will be Endeavour's final flight." The Orlando Sentinel reports that Obama decided to attend for a few reasons, one of which was that he was going to be in the state already to speak at Miami Dade College's
  • The Uppity One

    04/17/2011 1:39:27 PM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 12 replies
    America Talks ^ | 4/17/11 | David Zublick
    The Oxford American Dictionary defines the word uppity as "self-important: arrogant." It is taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station; presumptuous. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative Republican from Georgia, let slip what critics had been saying was the subtext of many of the attacks on Barack Obama: He's "uppity." The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, wrote that Westmoreland was discussing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's acceptance speech outside the House chamber when he veered into his thoughts on Michelle and Barack Obama. "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mister Obama, Senator Obama,...
  • Obama predicts: 'American people will feel that I deserve a second term'

    04/15/2011 12:46:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 129 replies
    Obama predicts: 'American people will feel that I deserve a second term' By Michael O'Brien - 04/15/11 02:59 PM ET President Obama said Friday that he's convinced that voters will come to see him as the candidate best prepared to serve as president by next fall's elections. The president said he thinks that he can make the case for a second term, though he acknowledged that the state of the economy could be his biggest hurdle to clear in winning reelection. "I think the economy's going to continue to improve, and I think I'm going to be able to make...
  • The Mendacity of Barack Obama

    04/15/2011 6:53:41 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2011 | Steve McCann
    Over my 45+ years in the business community, both domestic and international, I have dealt with an overwhelming variety of people of all races and political philosophies. Men and women who were thoroughly honest and many who had no concept of honor and integrity. Among them were those who would do or say anything to achieve their ends and do so with a straight face and an air of self-confidence that would deceive the most gullible. It is only through painful experience that one is finally able to develop an antenna to quickly weed out those charlatans. While I have...
  • Obama Disappointed With Lack of 'Cool' Phone in Oval Office

    04/15/2011 5:34:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- Turns out President Obama would like a phone upgrade. The president, in an unscripted moment with donors in Chicago, was talking about the need to innovate in technology. "The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff," he said during a small fundraising event at a Chicago restaurant. "I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen." The president made his off-the-cuff remarks with donors as he took questions and after reporters had been...
  • Obama Speech Analysis: a Weird Journey Through the Mind of a Narcissist

    03/28/2011 8:01:19 PM PDT · by traumer · 31 replies
    The President's address was an exercise in psychodrama, a weird journey through the mind of a narcissist who can't believe all the nasty things people are saying about him. Obama's id is wrestling with the comparisons between his Libyan intervention and George Bush's action in Iraq. He made a point of criticizing Iraq, which had a vastly larger international coalition behind it than Obama does now, united in the struggle to depose an even more gruesome and sadistic monster than Qaddafi. He warned us that we might be stuck in post-Qaddafi Libya for a while because "40 years of terror...
  • The inglorious Obama

    03/28/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT · by shibumi · 12 replies
    WND ^ | March 28, 2011 | Barbara Simpson
    © 2011 I got it! Last week, I finally realized how best to sum up the man who is president of the United States. In fact, the same can be applied to his wife, the first lady. Barack and Michelle Obama simply have no shame. They're imbued with ego, pride, chutzpah, arrogance and vain conceit that seemingly have no bounds. No matter what gaffe they commit, whatever they do that's wrong, ridiculous, crass, uncouth, rude, improper or even – dare I say, unconstitutional – they carry on as though nothing untoward had happened. If anyone criticizes, well, no fault lies...
  • As World Burns, Obama Tapes NCAA Basketball Brackets For ESPN Today

    03/15/2011 7:04:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 133 replies
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Kristinn
    An uncritical one line report in Mike Allen's 'Playbook' column at Politico this morning says:"PRESIDENT OBAMA is taping his NCAA picks today, and they’ll be revealed tomorrow on ESPN."With our top Asian ally Japan facing an economic meltdown on top of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant crises--an economic meltdown that is already affecting the U.S. and global economies; with the Middle East in flames; with the U.S. government on the verge of bankruptcy; with the U.S. still involved in two wars, Barack Obama is focused on being the cool guy with the jocks in school by being filmed picking...
  • Obama can't leave birth certificate jokes alone

    03/11/2011 7:08:52 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | March 10, 2011 | Staff
    For someone who refuses to discuss or release information about his original birth certificate, President Obama certainly likes to make jokes about it. The latest quip came this week at a fundraiser in Boston. "There's no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground," he told attendees. "Now, there are going to be times where we can't. I was born in Hawaii. What can I say? I mean, I just ... I can't change those facts." The "fact," however, still has not been publicly documented, as he's not only refused to release his...
  • Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi

    02/25/2011 7:54:49 AM PST · by La Lydia · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | February 25, 2011
    The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday -- but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader. When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House, Pelosi's daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother's behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked. "I have some friendly amendments," said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee's session during the DNC Winter Meeting Thursday. She is a member of the committee. "You think I'm kidding," Christine Pelosi added, to...
  • The juvenile president

    01/25/2011 3:04:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 25, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    The notion that the White House team has been bereft of ideas on the jobs front is the focus of  a new, forthcoming Sunday's New York Times Magazine article by reporter Peter Baker.  Baker takes a journey down the White House Rabbit Hole and writes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into Obama and his hapless economic team. In an advance copy obtained by the Tatler, Baker writes that three days before Christmas, Obama sits down with his economic team to pen ideas for his State of the Union speech.  Baker writes, "[H]e was looking for bold ways to bring down unemployment....
  • Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot

    01/25/2011 7:31:00 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2011 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday. “I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible, and that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and fellow Chicagoan, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” As the president said when Emanuel left the White House last fall, Obama still “thinks Rahm will make a terrific mayor,” Jarrett said. An appellate court ordered Monday that Emanuel’s name be removed from the ballot because he did...
  • Barack Obama enjoys 'comeback kid' bounce

    12/23/2010 2:45:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 16 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Telegraph (London UK) ^ | December 23 2010 | Toby Harnden
    At a press conference before departing for his Christmas holiday in Hawaii, Mr Obama hailed a “season of progress” and declared the previous seven weeks “the most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades”. By striking a bipartisan tax deal and winning backing for both the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy on gays, Mr Obama has rebounded to an extent few predicted.
  • When is twins too many?

    12/13/2010 7:49:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 112 replies ^ | Dec. 10, 2010 | Tom Blackwell
    Like so many other couples these days, the Toronto-area business executive and her husband put off having children for years as they built successful careers. Both parents were in their 40s — and their first son just over a year old — when this spring the woman became pregnant a second time. Seven weeks in, an ultrasound revealed the Burlington, Ont., resident was carrying twins. “It came as a complete shock,” said the mother, who asked not to be named. “We’re both career people. If we were going to have three children two years apart, someone else was going to...
  • John Boehner: Obama disrespectful to me

    12/12/2010 4:34:05 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 89 replies · 3+ views
    Boehner: Obama disrespectful to me By: Jake Sherman December 12, 2010 05:30 PM EST John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is engaging, smart and brilliant but also remains smarted by the president accusing him of taking taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich. In an interview with Leslie Stahl of “60 Minutes” for broadcast Sunday night on CBS, Boehner said Obama showed him “disrespect” by calling him a hostage-taker. “Excuse me, Mr. President I thought the election was over,” Boehner said, according to a transcript obtained by POLITICO. “You know, you get a lot of that heated...
  • Obama abdicates to Bill Clinton, lunacy

    12/12/2010 4:10:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | John Podhoretz
    <p>The surreal week in Washington was brought to a fitting climax on Friday when Barack Obama handed the presidency over to Bill Clinton for 20 minutes. “I’m going to take off,” he said.</p> <p>“You’re in good hands,” the president informed the press corps, patting his predecessor on the back. And take off the president did.</p>
  • Obama honors Nobel winner with statement about himself

    12/10/2010 6:24:57 AM PST · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10 Dec 2010 | Byron York
    There was an extraordinary scene at the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Friday morning. The prize went to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was barred by the Chinese government from attending the ceremony. It was the first time since 1935 -- when the prize went to a winner imprisoned in one of Adolf Hitler's concentration camps -- that the Peace Prize winner did not appear personally to accept the award. So on this notable occasion, the White House released a statement from President Obama on the awarding of the prize to Liu in absentia. And this...
  • More on WikiLeaks: Let MasterCard Control Secret Documents

    12/08/2010 9:21:13 PM PST · by stolinsky · 4 replies ^ | 12-09-10 | stolinsky
    Credit card companies have computer programs that reject charges which seem unusual because of amount, type of purchase, or location. The companies want to save themselves the trouble and expense of fraudulent charges, but in so doing they also save us, their customers, trouble and expense. If private companies take the trouble to save themselves and us money, why canÂ’t the U.S. government take the trouble to save our nation from embarrassment and damage to our foreign relations? Why canÂ’t it take the trouble to save our friends overseas, who stuck their necks out to help us, from the very...
  • Narcissism No Longer a Psychiatric Disorder (President no longer clinically insane!)

    11/30/2010 9:17:03 AM PST · by mojito · 69 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | 11/29/2010 | Tara Parker-Pope
    Narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, has been eliminated from the upcoming manual of mental disorders, which psychiatrists use to diagnose mental illness. As Charles Zanor reports in today’s Science Times, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — due out in 2013 and known as D.S.M.-5 — has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition. The best known of these is narcissistic personality disorder. It is a puzzle why the manual’s committee on personality disorders has decided...
  • Pie-Seizing President Pushes Salad Upon Citizenry

    11/29/2010 2:15:43 PM PST · by La Lydia · 51 replies · 1+ views
    The Corner ^ | November 29, 2010 | Jim Gerahgty
    ...Barack Obama: “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said. Would an Obama Administration really mean an end to “eating as much as we want?” Apparently so: "In 'Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside Obama’s White House,' MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe, a writer sympathetic to the president, reports the prosaic backroom details of the White House struggles from early this year, but occasionally stumbles upon an off-the-cuff revelation that’s much more...
  • Freepers who want Sarah Palin to be President in 2012. Please all other stay out

    11/27/2010 12:56:43 PM PST · by factmart · 524 replies
    This thread is only for freepers who want Sarah Palin to be President in 2012. Please all (TROLLS)other stay out.
  • Respectable Conservatives Still Don't Get Obama

    11/22/2010 1:59:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 34 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    If United States Senator Al Franken -- it hurts to say that -- ever had a redeeming moment, it was in the role of Stuart Smalley, a character he created for "Saturday Night Live." In the most memorable of Smalley's "Daily Affirmations," the lisping, wildly insecure psycho-babbler hosts Michael Jordan. After explaining to his audience that Jordan is "a basketball player for a professional basketball team," Smalley says to him, "You should be very proud of yourself." "Well, thank you, Stuart," says Jordan, "I am." Stunned by Jordan's self-assurance, Smalley blunders on: "I can imagine that the night before a...
  • The American Narcissus (cont.)Readers send in their favorites

    11/15/2010 11:27:24 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/15/2010 | Jonathan Last
    A reader sends in a classic Obama moment that I completely missed. Here's Ryan Lizza in a 2004 profile of Obama for the Atlantic: "I couldn't help noticing, when we sat down to talk in the dilapidated storefront that houses his Springfield campaign headquarters, that the blue-pen drawing he'd doodled on his newspaper during fundraising calls was a portrait of himself." You may have your own favorite scenes from the American Narcissus. Feel free to send them along to jlast[at] Submissions will be accepted without judgment. This is a safe place, a nest of trust in a tree of understanding.
  • American Narcissus

    11/13/2010 9:51:55 AM PST · by libstripper · 42 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 13, 2010 | Johanthan V. Last
    Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly? Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic? Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president? Or is it possible that Obama’s failures stem from something simpler: vanity. Politicians as a class are particularly susceptible to mirror-gazing. But Obama’s vanity is overwhelming. It defines him, his politics, and his presidency. It’s revealed in lots of little stories.