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Warren Ballentine, a talk radio host who sparred with Juan Williams about Rush Limbaugh last night on the O'Reilly Factor, talked about the response from those not at all pleased with Ballentine's "porch" remark. Mr. Ballentine spoke about it on his online radio show today saying the following (AUDIO): BALLENTINE: Boy, they're hitting me up on Twitter, boy. These white folks...'call Warren Ballentine out! He told Juan Williams to go back to the porch! They're mad those conservatives. ' How dare you get on our negro who is defending us!' Let me tell everybody who is a conservative who is listening to the show right now. Rush Limbaugh has created a perception of being racially divisive. I have every right to say that. Now if you want to take what I said about Juan Williams as racial, you go right ahead. All I said was he could go back ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: President Obama faces tea party protesters in liberal San Franciso, CNN's Rick Sanchez retracts Limbaugh smear on Twitter, and source of Limbaugh smear traced to New York law firm. Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft : Obama Holds Fundraiser in San Francisco-- Massive Tea Party Breaks Out Even in San Francisco, Pres. Obama cannot escape protesters. Weekly Standard John McCormack : On Twitter, CNN's Rick Sanchez Retracts Limbaugh Smear Rick Sanchez's own Twitter page was only place where he could find the space to issue a mealy-mouthed apology for falsely attributing a racist quote to Rush Limbaugh. Smart Girl Politics Kathy Shaidle : Rush Limbaugh: source of fake 'racist' quotes traced to NY law firm This address has been used mostly to make changes to the [Wikipedia] article about Rush, but also Karl Rove, Sean Hannity,.. James Dobson and Sara Palin.
UPDATE:10/16/09: Boyce Watkins video added This is not the first time Mr. Williams has been attacked like this. Newsbusters writer Matthew Balan noted that on a CNN program aired in September of 2007, African American Syracuse University professor and blogger Boyce Watkins called Mr. Williams a "happy negro" after comparing FNC host Bill O'Reilly to Iranian tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Video below) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE 10/16/09 : Mr. Ballentine talked about the response from those not at all pleased with his "porch" remark on his online radio show today saying the following (AUDIO): BALLENTINE: Boy, they're hitting me up on twitter, boy. These white folks...'call Warren Ballentine out! He told Juan Williams to go back to the porch! They're mad those conservatives. ' How dare you get on our negro who is defending us!' Let me tell everybody who is a conservative who is listening to the show right now. ...
UPDATE: Heene was asked about his son's response on CNN by a local Colorado NBC news station: Heene was asked about the possibility it was a hoax because of what his 6-year-old son, Falcon, had said earlier during a CNN interview. In the interview, when Falcon was asked why he didn't come out when he heard his parents calling for him, he said he was because it was "for the show." "Perhaps he was talking about these guys out here, I don't know. They were asking him a million questions," Richard Heene said. "I thought he was talking about when the garage door opened up, all the media was standing there and he was showing them how he got in, I thought that's what he was talking about." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Could the story of an empty hot air balloon chased by national media turn out to be more hot-air than just ...
New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat, was found guilty Thursday of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend for a slashing and dragging incident dating to last December. Sen. Monserrate avoided a conviction of felony assault even though a video presented to the court shows him roughly dragging his struggling girlfriend out of his apartment as she bled from her head. She received 40 stitches. Mr. Monserrate's senate future is uncertain, but it may take a concerted effort in the NY senate to remove him.New York Times: “According to Politicker , 'there is no standard of conduct (relating to these kinds of offenses) for a senator codified anywhere — not in the Senate rules, not in the Public Officers law, not in the Legislative Law.' But a clause in the Legislative Law gives the senate the 'power to expel any of its members, after the report of a committee to ...
Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.), and Trent Franks (Ariz.) held a news conference yesterday to announce a request to the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Council on American-Islam Relations for planting spies as interns in key offices on Capitol Hill. In a memo from Paul Sperry's new book Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America, CAIR lays out plans to place interns in the Committees on the Judiciary, Intelligence, and Homeland Security for the purpose of influencing policy. Press Release: In 2008, CAIR was named as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case in Dallas, Texas, which led to guilty verdicts on 108 charges based on funneling more than $12 million to HAMAS. Later that year, the FBI cut all ties with CAIR. In response to these recent claims in Muslim Mafia, Myrick, Shadegg, Broun and Franks call on: 1) The US ...
Our friends at Big Hollywood have discovered that the Entertainment Industry Foundation is leading the effort to get TV networks to turn over television story lines to broadcast Obama administration propaganda to back the administration's barely disguised partisan "Service" initiative. We've come up with a word for hijacking public service for partisan Democratic causes -- Obamaganda. Big Hollywood's story isn't the first time, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has made itself a tool of Obamaganda. Just before Obama was inaugurated, EIF jumped on the bandwagon. But their biggest contribution to the cause was in 2008 when EIF teamed with AARP and early Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenberg to produce and distribute "public service" ads that were really Obamaganda for health care reform. Here's the video:
UPDATE: The balloon boy, identified as Falcon Heene, never took flight it appears, CNN now reports. Falcon was grounded and apparently found in a box hiding in the attic of his family's Fort Collins home, authorities say. Was this a hoax for publicity? The Heene family, featured on the show Wife Swap and amateur scientists, seems to have enjoyed publicity in the past. The Denver Post includes informative biographical info on the family. Here's a video of the children rapping in parody music video. -------------------------------------------------- UPDATE: The balloon is now on the ground, but the six year old boy was not in the basket, says a law enforcement source. No information is available as to the whereabouts of the child as of yet. The balloon was in the air for more than two hours. --------------------------------------------------- An unusual event is playing out near Denver. A six-year-old-boy was apparently, by accident, lifted ...
A middle-aged couple was in for a big surprise when they found out the cruise they booked for themselves turned out to be Italy's first gay cruise last month. However, the astonished husband and wife are heterosexual. USA Today reports: News outlets in Europe this week are all atwitter over the story of the Italian couple, who now are suing the cruise line after reportedly being flummoxed by the experience. The UK's Daily Mail today reports the middle-aged husband and wife, who have not been named, said they booked the trip directly with the line and claim they were never told of the gay theme. The Daily Mail goes further and reports the couple did not realize it was a gay cruise until arriving at port.: The couple, from Terni near Perugia, had booked the cruise last month from with Grimaldi Lines from Civitavecchia to the Spanish city of Barcelona. They had booked the holiday using loyalty points from ...
Old Glory can again fly proudly at the Oaks Apartments in Albany, Oregon. The apartments' management has backed off a policy that sought to keep residents from showing their colors on the grounds of the complex after news reports generated a national controversy. Late last week reports surfaced of the edict from property manager Barb Holcomb banning residents from displaying flags or flag decals from their apartments or vehicles. Ms. Holcomb explained that she was "trying to avoid any conflict." "I have a problem when tenants' rights to free speech come into contact with other tenants' rights of peaceful enjoyment. This policy is not a violation of anyone's civil rights," she said. "We're a diverse community here, and we've had previous problems with this sort of thing." Ms. Holcomb did not explain what problems had arisen in the past, or exactly how she was balancing the "right of peaceful enjoyment" against the First Amendment. But ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The rise and fall of Obama Marketing, Will Obama give credit to Bush for Dow 10k since the administration keeps passing the buck on the poor economy?, Lindsay Graham gets tagged a "traitor" for supporting climate change legislation. Brain-Terminal.com Video Evan Coyne Maloney on: Pepsi and the Rise and Fall of ObamaMarketing In baseball, even the best batters go through major slumps. And in politics, presidents have periods where they lose popularity. So companies tying their brands to individual politicians are either naive about politics, or they and their ad agencies are run by people suffering from groupthink. Newsbusters Video Jeff Poor on: Cavuto: Since Obama Blames Bush for Economy, Does Bush Get Credit for Dow 10K? Quite a few, if anyone is keeping track. Now the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has broken through the 10,000-point barrier. But that begs ...
Matthew Whalen, the Eagle Scout in upstate New York who was suspended for having a pocket knife in his car received reassuring news from West Point today. Attending the prestigious New York military academy was always a dream for Matthew since the first grade. News 10 Albany reports: The military academy he's wanted to attend since first grade has told Matthew not to worry. "The Director of Admissions at West Point called and told me that this would be a non-issue for my application there," Matthew says. That's no guarantee that he'll be accepted, but Matthew says it's an assurance that the suspension won't be the reason he doesn't get into the school." Matthew, however, still remains under suspension. Six-year old Zachary Christie, the Delaware Cub Scout who was facing reform school for forty-five days after bringing a camping utensil to class also received good news today as ...
Rush Limbaugh's bid to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams appears blocked. Missouri bloggers have their say: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Democrat from Missouri, says Limbaugh's bid a good thing. Political Fix: "At City Hall, the debate might be just getting started “Alderman Antonio French says he will introduce a resolution at Friday’s board meeting calling on the team to reject any bid with Limbaugh as an investor. “The resolution calls Limbaugh a “racially divisive figure” whose ownership of the Rams could damage race relations in the city.” Prime Buzz: Jason Whitlock article says 'no' to Limbaugh.Political Fix: Hardball, MSNBC having field day on Limbaugh’s bid for Rams Al Sharpton throws cutback block on Rush Limbaugh and RamsUrbanReviewsSTL: Questions lead to theory, even though Limbaugh probably won't be involved. "Would the controversial Limbaugh make fans question their loyalty to the team? Would the conservative radio host ask for taxpayer help ...
Quick, when I say "Fight child sex predators!" do you think of hanging out in a hotel bar and having a few beers after work? Me neither. The folks at Stop Child Predators seem like well-meaning folks, but a child abuse happy hour seems a smidge odd. If you're in DC and interested in going, this tweet gives the details.
In this video clip Egyptian Cleric Hazem Abu Ismail explains the secret meaning of Pepsi: "Pay Every Penny Save Israel." Someone should alert him to the alternate myth that "Pepsi-Cola" is an anagram of "Episcopal," so he can get a "Crusaders and Jews" meme going. For the record, the Pepsi brand was trademarked in 1903, long before there was a state of Israel to save. As for Coke, the legend is that if you look at the cursive "Coca Cola" logo in a mirror it is Arabic for "No Muhammad, No Makkah (Mecca)". But committed jihadists need not tolerate being refreshed by these suspect western soft drinks. Try a tall cool glass of Mecca Cola instead. Company founder Tawfiq Mathlouthi, who is devoted to the destruction of Israel, pledges to give 10% of his profits to Palestinian causes. You can use it to wash down your bag of Yasser Arafat chips, now available ...
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