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What Happened When I Asked CPAC Conservatives ´Does Barack Obama Love This Country´

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 22:02
National Journal, by Ron Fournier Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 41 2015 09:41:44 GMT Standing two or three deep behind a row of computers and a sign that read, "Straw Poll," some of America´s most hard'core conservatives voted on a slate of 2016 presidential candidates. I took advantage of the opportunity to ask them a question that has bothered me since Rudy Giuliani injected it like a poison into the political blood stream: "Does Barack Obama love this country?" One of the first people I approached at the CPAC voting station was Fred Cole, a libertarian from Schenectady, N.Y., who paused for as long as it took me to sip from my coffee cup.

The “Random Folks” Weren’t So “Random” – Paris Details Reveal Islamist Gunman Asked Religion Of Hostages Then Killed The Jews….

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 21:44
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance Posted By: earlybird- Fri, 27 38 2015 09:38:30 GMT Obviously President Obama looked like a fool when he proclaimed the victims of the Kosher market killings were just a bunch “of random folks” because he wanted desperately to remain willfully blind and disconnect the hateful ideology of the Islamist killer away from Muslim sensibility. But the latest revelations of what actually took place inside that market make Obama’s foolishness appear even more foolish. The British media are outlining what took place within the Jewish market. Details have emerged of footage filmed by Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly during a bloody rampage inside a Jewish supermarket, a French website says. He delivers an anti'Semitic rant

Boehner Blowing Kisses Brings Back Bad Memories for Brzezinski

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 21:10
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 35 2015 09:35:32 GMT On today´s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski suffered a bad bout of PKSD: Post Kiss Stress Disorder. After a clip was rolled of John Boehner blowing kisses at a reporter, Mika got all verklempt, exclaiming "I know a lot of dirty old men who did that to me. I´m throwing up. That brought back bad memories." Things got so bad for poor Mika that she eventually fled the set and had to be coaxed back. (Video) Makes you wonder just who those "dirty old men" might have been? REPORTER: It´s going to be a clean DHS funding bill. Are you going

NBC Devotes Nearly Four Minutes to Dress Debate, Seconds to Clinton Corruption

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:53
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 27 2015 09:27:52 GMT On Friday, NBC finally noticed the corruption scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton. However, the coverage on the Today show was relegated to a 49'second mention within a story slamming Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. By contrast, the morning show devoted 3 minutes 56 seconds to a social media debate about the color of a dress. Downplaying the Clinton controversy as something ginned up by partisan critics, correspondent Kelly O´Donnell declared: "Conservatives seized on The Washington Post report that seven foreign governments donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, violating an ethics agreement

Jeb Bush was very, very good at CPAC today

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:53
Washington Post, by Chris Cilliza Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 21 2015 09:21:00 GMT Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator Sean Hannity? Sure. Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes. Bush was energetic '' maybe due at least in part to nervousness in facing a testy crowd '' and informed. He refused to back down '' particularly on immigration '' from positions that he knew would be unpopular with the

Jeb Bush tries to ease concerns over support for Common Core

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:36
Washington Examiner, by Jason Russell Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 27 58 2015 08:58:10 GMT Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, trying to tamp down conservative criticism over his support for Common Core, told thousands of activists on Friday that he opposes the federal government pushing any kind of educational standards on states, as President Obama´s Department of Education has been doing. (Snip) "What we should say, quite clearly, in the reauthorization of the K'12 law ... is to say, ´the federal government has no role in the creation of standards, either directly or indirectly. The federal government has no role in creation of either curriculum or content. The federal government should have no access to

Jeb Bush Faces CPAC Crowd as ‘Practicing Reform'Minded Conservative’

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:19
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 27 54 2015 08:54:34 GMT Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush knew he would face a firing squad of sorts at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, and did so describing himself as a “practicing reform'minded conservative.” Some walked out at the beginning of the speech, led by a Tea Party supporter carrying a Gadsden flag, but the house was still packed as his detractors stayed to boo or heckle the governor. Bush had just as many supporters, who frequently jumped to their feet to applaud the governor. Love him or hate him, the CPAC crowd was hanging on his every word. With no opening remarks,

Flu vaccine is only 18' percent effective, CDC says

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:01
NJ Advance Media, by Tim Darragh Posted By: Ribicon- Fri, 27 42 2015 08:42:08 GMT If you are one of those individuals who received the flu vaccine this season and still got the flu, chances are good you´ve got company. Federal officials this week said this season´s flu vaccine, already acknowledged to be not highly effective, is performing worse than earlier estimated. The vaccine is only 18 percent effective against the dominant H3N2 strain of the flu in circulation, according to HealthDay, a National Institutes of Health online news publication. That´s down from a predicted effectiveness level of around 23 percent, estimated in mid'January. The vaccine´s effectiveness is lower for children 2'8, who

Why Bobby Jindal and David Vitter Hate Each Other

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:01
National Journal, by Karyn Bruggeman Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 27 21 2015 08:21:36 GMT Bobby Jindal and David Vitter have every reason to be friends. Jindal would love to have Vitter praise him as he looks to make the leap from Louisiana Governor´s Mansion to the White House. Vitter, meanwhile, would benefit from Jindal´s support as he campaigns to take the outgoing governor´s job. But none of that is happening. Instead, years´ worth of bad blood between the two is spilling out, hurting both Republicans as they attempt to leap to higher office. Vitter is ripping Jindal´s Louisiana legacy at a time that Jindal is hoping to use it as a springboard his presidential campaign.

Netanyahu’s Moment

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:01
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 27 12 2015 08:12:56 GMT Sometimes a speech is just a speech. Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran policy on March 3 will not be his first address to Congress. It will make familiar, if important, arguments. One might assume that, like the vast majority of speeches, it would soon be overtaken by events in Israel and the United States and the world. But the Obama administration’s reaction to the Israeli prime minister’s appearance suggests Netanyahu’s is more than just another speech. An administration that disdains the use of disproportionate force has been, to say the least, disproportionately forceful in its efforts to undermine Netanyahu’s message

Rick Perry: America "survived" Jimmy Carter, we´ll survive Obama

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:01
CBS News, by Reena Flores Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 27 06 2015 08:06:34 GMT Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry invoked the ghost of administrations past when enumerating America´s trials and tribulations at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday morning. "We had a civil war in this country. We had two world wars. We had a great depression," Perry said, speaking to a crowd of Republican supporters in Maryland. "We even survived Jimmy Carter. We will survive the Obama years too." Perry´s mention of the 39th president''and conservative bogeyman''drew thunderous laughter and applause from attendees. It was a light'hearted pivot away from the issues of economic recession and unemployment that Perry touched on during

Marco Rubio would cancel Obama´s agenda, foreign and domestic

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 20:01
Washington Examiner [DC], by David M. Drucker Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 27 59 2015 07:59:58 GMT NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday outlined an activist conservative agenda for the White House that would seek to undo or reverse President Obama’s signature accomplishments. The Florida Republican isn’t an official presidential candidate and signaled that he might not make a decision about 2016 until late spring. But in an interview with the Washington Examiner, Rubio said he would enter the Oval Office with a plan to junk Obama’s major domestic and foreign policy achievements, and move to re'establish Republican policies that the current administration either extinguished in 2009 or has stalled since GOP midterm victories in

The Cartman Presidency: There Is No Check On President Obama

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 19:45
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 27 49 2015 07:49:49 GMT The news this morning from the Imperial City: President Obama plans to ban certain bullets by executive action, threatening the top'selling AR'15 rifle: “As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top'selling rifle in the country, the AR'15 style semi'automatic, with a ban on one of the most'used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. [Snip] Practically speaking, today’s Left finally has the situation it wants: a sufficiently progressive president in his second term is, in effect, an unchecked dictator. The only checks and balances the constitution provides are money, nominations, and

Cuomo to visit Cuba for trade mission on April 20

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 19:45
New York Daily News, by Kenneth Lovett Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 47 2015 07:47:34 GMT Cuomo announced Thursday he will leave April 20 on an official trip to Cuba, traveling with a delegation that will include business leaders from New York. He dubbed the trip a trade mission. It follows President Obama’s decision late last year to ease travel and trade restrictions with the Communist country. "This mission will be a tremendous stepping stone for our state´s relationship with Cuba, and will help open the door to a new market for New York businesses,” Cuomo said. (Snip) It’s unclear who else will be part of the delegation. Cuomo first announced his plan to travel to Cuba last month.

Comrades for Net Neutrality

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 19:45
National Review Online, by John Fund Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 27 29 2015 07:29:00 GMT Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net neutrality’s goal is to empower the

Kansas educators worry Common Core repeal could hurt AP classes, IB programs

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 19:12
Wichita Eagle, by Suzanne Perez Tobias Posted By: wildcat1- Fri, 27 23 2015 07:23:08 GMT In a third'floor classroom at Wichita North High School, Ed Morales and his students are discussing the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. They listen to a scratchy recording of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Then they hear a snippet of Malcolm X imploring African'American churchgoers in Cleveland to “stop singing and start swinging.” “I want to make sure you’re not getting caught up in terms like … equality, liberty, freedom. No,” Morales says, pounding his fist. “What did they want? They wanted the Civil Rights Act. They wanted the end of segregation. Get it?”

Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 18:21
Guardian [UK], by Dominic Rushe Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 15 2015 07:15:14 GMT Washington - Republicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise. Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand.” He and fellow Republican FCC commissioner Mike O’Rielly said once the rules are published people will realise that they will stifle innovation and lead to taxes and increased rates for the public. “When you see this document, it’s worse than you imagine,”

“Universal Background Checks” Mean Gun Registration, Gun Bans and Confiscation

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 17:47
Daily Caller, by Wayne LaPierre Posted By: Pageturner- Fri, 27 06 2015 07:06:10 GMT Only in the Orwellian world of double'speak employed by President Barack Obama and billionaire elitist Michael Bloomberg would nonsense be hailed as “common sense.” Take gun registration masquerading as “universal background checks”—their latest mantra that mandates the recording of data on lawful gun transfers. This scheme focuses only on peaceable citizens, not violent criminals who are already prohibited under federal and state laws from even touching, much less purchasing, any firearm. Facts tell us that criminalizing private transfers of firearms among family members and friends under a universal background check system would do nothing to prevent “gun violence,” and importantly, would not

Perry turns hipster glasses into campaign art

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 17:28
Dallas Morning News (TX), by Todd J. Gillman Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 02 2015 07:02:17 GMT (Photo) NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Oh, those hipster glasses. Rick Perry started wearing them when he started rebuilding his image to project something more studious and intellectual than the “oops” persona everyone remembers from his flameout in the 2012 presidential campaign. Now he’s incorporated the look into campaign art — a red, white and blue logo on the back of “Rick” T-shirts worn by the swarm of college age supporters surrounding him at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Perry takes the stage at CPAC on Friday morning but arrived this afternoon. He quickly got swarmed by photographers

White House Takes The Gloves Off in Education Fight

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 17:28
Time Magazine, by Haley Sweetland Edwards Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 01 2015 07:01:43 GMT After years of bipartisan language urging Congress to seize on “common goals” and “shared interests” to revise a dysfunctional federal education law, the Obama administration appears to be taking the gloves off. (Snip) In a conference call with the press this week, the Department of Education slammed the House Republicans’ proposed bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind, which is scheduled for a House vote Friday. The Department of Education called the bill regressive, “bad for children” and said it would amount to hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to