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- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
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As conservative activists land in Washington, D.C. to gather at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, leaders of the conservative movement are meeting at the Collingwood Library in Alexandria, Virginia today at 2:30 PM to publicly unveil what has become known as the Mount Vernon Statement. The Collingwood estate was an original part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon real estate holdings. This updated conservative doctrine is similar to the 1960 Sharon Statement which was created by movement leaders fifty years ago and signed at William F. Buckley's home in Connecticut. The Mount Vernon Statement makes proclamations like the two excerpts below: "The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue." "The conservatism of the Constitution limits ...
Hosted by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU), the annual three-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gears up on Thursday at Washington, D.C.'s, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Organizers do not seem concerned whatsoever about turnout this week. Last year’s CPAC brought forth reportedly 9,000 attendees from all over the country, which was a record number for the yearly event, and CPAC staffers are expecting more this year. “I think one of the reasons our registrations are up 20 percent this year is that new people were brought into the conservative movement, as Obama came into the White House,” said CPAC's Director Lisa DePasquale to The Washington Times. That could very well be the case. Last CPAC, conservatives had just been run over by Barack Obama mania. They needed time to regroup and re-strategize. After going on a rant about the government forcing taxpayers to bail out failed mortgages, CNBC’s Rick ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: ‘Kennedys’ miniseries ignites a storm, Bidenism, and O's Bayh-way to hell, Analysis shows Amy Bishop should've been arrested, charged in 1986, Bayh: DC is 'brain-dead'. Boston Globe: ‘Kennedys’ miniseries ignites a storm Leaders of al Qaeda in Yemen claim that they studied airline security in the U.S. and overseas carefully before designing the bomb that Umar Abdulmutallab carried with him on Christmas Day. Associated Content: Analysis shows Amy Bishop should've been arrested, charged in 1986 Current Norfolk County DA Bill Keating contradicted current Democrat congressman and former DA Bill Delahunt over Delahunt's decision not to charge Amy Bishop regarding the 1986 shooting death of her teenage brother. NY Post: Bayh: DC is 'brain-dead' Retiring Sen. Evan Bayh yesterday denounced "brain-dead partisanship" in Congress, saying the pettiness and focus on personal gain are keeping the institution in a state of dysfunction
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a lot going for her at the moment, but a lot to prove, too, if she hopes to build her conservative grassroots support beyond the tea party movement that is fueling her meteoric rise as one of the GOP’s top presidential contenders. Palin has been drawing big crowds during her unending Going Rogue book tour, strategically hitting all of the major red states that will be critical to any 2012 campaign. She has stepped up her whirlwind speaking tour as well, almost exclusively in venues that are packed with adoring fans. She has been reaching out to the growing tea party armies that have become her political base, most notably this past weekend at a convention in Nashville which by any measure was a huge success. For several days, before and after her appearance, she made all of the nightly news shows that focused on the gathering, its agenda and her role as ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: al Qaeda studied airline security prior to bomb design, Bidenism, and O's Bayh-way to hell. National Terror Alert: al Qaeda studied airline security prior to bomb design Leaders of al Qaeda in Yemen claim that they studied airline security in the U.S. and overseas carefully before designing the bomb that Umar Abdulmutallab carried with him on Christmas Day. Pajamas Media: Bidenism All politicians hedge and backtrack, as the daily news proves their previous assertions and boasts wrong. That somersaulting is part of American politics. But even the most astute triangulators know when to go silent, especially in the age of the Internet when one’s past statements are so easily juxtaposed with present reality. NY Post: O's Bayh-way to hell Popular Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh shocked the political world yesterday when he announced he won't run for re-election this year, saying he's fed ...
In the midst of heavy snow fall all over the United States and a recent admission from global warming advocate Phil Jones that there has been no warming since 1995, former Vice-President Al Gore is sticking to his guns. In a February 12 statement, he writes on his website that the "[climate crisis] is worse than we thought." More evidence of the climate crisis is unfolding before our eyes. The situation in the Arctic is worse than data from satellite pictures have told us: "For scientists studying the health of Arctic sea ice, satellite observations are absolutely essential for providing the big picture. It was satellites that revealed in September 2007 a record minimum ice coverage in the region -- the result of a massive summer melt. And it was satellites that showed in 2008 and 2009 the modest recovery of late-summer Arctic ice that suggested to some that the specter of a totally ice-free ...
Democrat Senator from Indiana Evan Bayh is announcing his retirement from the U.S. Senate today which leaves his party scrambling for a new candidate to run in the centrist's seat. Mr. Bayh has never lost an election and was facing Indiana GOP'er, and former U.S. Senator, Dan Coats in the upcoming senate race. Cook's Political Report had the race in his favor, so his retirement comes as a shock to some. In the meantime, Mr. Bayh has raised up to $13 million, which is the third largest campaign war chest of all the Senators up for re-election this year, says USA Today. The mystery now is, where that money goes next.
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Did The Family Guy really just make fun of Trig Palin?, Dem candidate says 'whites don't want to work in factories', and Barack Obama statue removed from Jakarta park. Mediaite: Did The Family Guy really just make fun of Trig Palin? Last night’s episode featured a “unique” story line where character Chris Griffin was dating a girl with Down’s Syndrome. WFAA: Dem candidate says 'whites don't want to work in factories' Farouk Shami, the millionaire hair care products maker who's running, said he doesn't find many white people willing to work, so he says he hires Hispanics and blacks instead. AP: Barack Obama statue removed from Jakarta park uthorities removed a statue of Barack Obama from a park in the Indonesian capital due to a public backlash and moved it Monday to a nearby elementary school that the U.S. president attended as ...
A fresh new card game called Obama Nation from the seller Twisted Entertainment has hit the online marketplace. Obama Nation, described as a cross between Go Fish and Old Maid, calls itself the "trillion dollar bailout" game. The object of the game is to spend the U.S. government into bankruptcy. Players try to spend as much U.S. taxpayer money as possible by passing pork-spending legislation through Congress. The player with the most pork spent at the end of the game is the winner. Of course, the final jab is that the U.S. government is bankrupt at that point. According to the rules of the game there are 54 cards: 46 "Pork" cards and eight "Politics" cards. The suits and sectors are financial, transportation, private sector, housing, and arts & entertainment. Politics cards apparently supersede the regular rules of the game: "There are two copies of each Pork card. Pork cards represent government bailout programs. ...
On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney discussed his thoughts with host Jonathan Karl about the Obama administration's handling of terror suspects and the war in Iraq. He was also asked whether or not the military policy commonly known as "don't ask, don't tell," which keeps homosexual members in the military from serving openly, should be repealed. His answer seemed to favor the repeal of the Clinton-era military policy. President Obama recently reiterated his call to repeal the ban on openly gay members in the military at the State of the Union in January (video and transcript below). HOST JONATHAN KARL: OK, "Don't ask, Don't tell" -- You're a former defense secretary. Should this policy be repealed? FORMER VP DICK CHENEY: Twenty years ago the military were strong advocates of "don't ask, don't tell" when I was Secretary of Defense. I think things have changed significantly ...
Steve Ertelt at Life News is reporting that the successful MTV show "16 and Pregnant" is returning for a second season. The show follows 10 pregnant teens in different life circumstances. A pro-choice blogger is not pleased that the program does not depict a teenage girl who chooses abortion: Blogger Jessica Valenti shows just how pro-abortion the pro-choice movement is because she's upset the show isn't promoting teen abortions and, instead, profiles girls who keep their baby. "Where are the pregnant teens who choose not to stay pregnant? Where are the abortions?" she complains. "If MTV really wanted to prove themselves as responsible programmers, they would also feature pregnant teens who have abortions. "I realize that it’s controversial to document a teenager who decides to end their pregnancy, but the fact is that nearly a third of all teen pregnancies end in abortion," Valenti says. "But if you were to watch MTV, ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The 'green jobs' scam unmasked, Palin Channels Feinstein is this any different?, and TRush Limbaugh's voice tested to kill beetle. Townhall: The 'green jobs' scam unmasked According to a series of new reports, billions of dollars in “stimulus” money that was supposed to go toward creating “Green Jobs” here in America instead went to foreign-owned companies – who “created or saved” the vast majority of their jobs overseas. Obviously there is nothing wrong with America investing in foreign businesses, as protectionism is a recipe for disaster. SodaHead: Palin Channels Feinstein is this any different? California political scribes recalled, however, that now-senior Senator Dianne Feinstein pulled the same stunt during a crucial debate when she unsuccessfully ran for governor against Pete Wilson. NewsBusters: Rush Limbaugh's voice tested to kill beetle To combat such infestations, scientists thought up the "nastiest, most offensive sounds" they ...
After calling Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's candidacy "a joke" and facing tough re-election odds in his home state of Rhode Island, Democratic Congressman Patrick "Patches" Kennedy tells his constituents he will not seek re-election for a ninth term. Perhaps the kitchen was getting too hot for Mr. Kennedy to handle, but do not expect such an admission in the video below.
In the midst of weak polls numbers, the Obama administration is grabbing on to anything that will boost the image of a flailing presidency. Everyone from President Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs are more than willing to say the successes in Iraq are due to Obama administration policies without crediting the President Bush's foundational groundwork, like the surge (which Obama and Biden opposed) and setting up the military drawdown in Iraq with Prime Minister Maliki before he left the White House. The Fox News Channel details further the Obama administration's attempt to call any success in Iraq their own, while trashing the Bush administration in the process. It remains amusing that the White House will continue to repeat they "inherited" the Bush economy, when Obama's economic policies continue to fail, while embracing any victory in Iraq that rightfully belongs to the prior ...
*Updated To add to the list of outrageous earmarks in Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, it appears left-wing activist groups including ACORN, the embezzlement-prone, voter-registration-fraud-plagued community organizing group, are eligible to receive up to $3.99 billion in taxpayer-backed slush money. The funds would come indirectly from the Community Development Block Grant, one of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's longest-running programs. The grant money goes to state and local governments. ACORN and other groups can apply for part of it directly from a local municipality in which an arm of their group is active. "In that sense, ACORN gets lots of money from the CDBG program--but it is nearly impossible to track it because HUD doesn't track all the money" after it has gone to local and state governments, said Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at Capital Research Center. "Nobody knows how much ACORN, which has hundreds of different affiliates, has actually received over the years in CDBG funding." In the ...
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