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Reuters Accidentally Publishes George Soros Obituary

April 19, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Reuters Accidentally Publishes George Soros Obituary

-By Warner Todd Huston

Reuters is apparently anticipating a passing. On April 18 the venerable foreign wire service accidentally posted its obituary-in-waiting for financier and long-time anti-American activist George Soros. Don’t anyone get too excited, though. Soros is most assuredly not dead.

Reuters reports–or rather will report when he actually dies–that George Soros is known as “the man who broke the Bank of England” and one who “argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.”

The piece goes on to briefly explain Soros’ economic and political philosophy, relates some of his successes, and even finds room to quote left-wing, New York Times economist Paul Kugman who once scolded Soros as having been the one that triggered a world-wide economic crisis.

While Reuters notes some of Soros’ successes, it also points out some of his failures, such as his conviction of insider trading in France several years ago.

Interestingly, Reuters says that through his philanthropy George Soros’ work has “been skewed toward the effort to promote democratic values.” It is certainly true he helped fund many democratic movements in Eastern Europe. But in the long run, his funding of things like Georgia’s “Rose Revolution” and Poland’s Solidarity movement would seem to be in direct contravention to his oft stated goal to centralize power in big government, nanny-state entities. This is only one of the many contradictions of George Soros’ life’s work as experience finds you can’t have both more democracy and an all-powerful state apparatus.

Naturally, any mention of Soros’s financial support of the far-left anti-free speech organization Media Matters for America was omitted as was most of his anti-American efforts save that of his failed attempt to get George W. Bush thrown out of office in 2004.

Still, Mr. Soros has some time yet to refine his ideas. As he may be saying right this minute himself, the rumors of his passing have been greatly exaggerated.

Since Reuters will likely pull this down–as it probably should–here is the text of the article that will grace our screens when Soros really does pass on (the x’s are in the original as placeholders for the proper information when the time comes).

George Soros, enigmatic financier, liberal philanthropist dies at XX

By Todd Eastham
WASHINGTON, XXX | Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:41pm EDT

(Reuters) – George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.

He was known as “the man who broke the Bank of England” for selling short the British pound in 1992 and helping force the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, which devalued the pound and earned Soros more than $1 billion.

And his Soros Fund Management was widely blamed for helping trigger the Asian financial crisis of 1997, by selling short the Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit.

“Subsequently, Prime Minister Mahatir of Malaysia accused me of causing the crisis, a wholly unfounded accusation,” Soros wrote in The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered,” in 1998.

“We were not sellers of the currency during or several months before the crisis; on the contrary … we were purchasing ringgits to realize profits on our earlier speculation.”

Still, economist Paul Krugman, was one of many observers who accused Soros of helping trigger the crisis.

In 1999, Krugman wrote that “nobody who has read a business magazine in the last few years can be unaware that these days there really are investors who not only move money in anticipation of a currency crisis, but actually do their best to trigger that crisis for fund and profit.”

Still, Soros has written extensively on the folly of what he has called free market “fundamentalism,” the belief of many conservative economists that markets will correct themselves with no need for government intervention.

In Soros’ view, markets and investors are subject to “mood” swings, or a prevailing positive or negative bias which can be exploited by savvy investors but which inevitably lead to damaging market bubbles and boom/bust cycles.

An enigma, wrapped in intellect, contradiction and money.

A Jew born in Hungary as the Nazis were gaining power in Germany, Soros survived World War Two and then emigrated to Great Britain, where he earned a degree from the London School of Economics in 1952, and landed his first job in the financial industry largely through pure stubborn chutzpah.

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE

While at the London School, Soros studied under the economist and philosopher Karl Popper and a main vehicle for his philanthropy, the Open Society Institute, is named for Popper’s two-volume work, “The Open Society and Its Enemies.”

In that work, Popper develops the philosophy of reflexivity, a theory first articulated by William Thomas in the 1920s that posits that individual biases enter into market transactions, coloring the perception of economic fundamentals. Soros has attributed his own financial success in part to his understanding of the reflexive effect.

Key to understanding that effect is recognizing when markets are in a condition of near-equilibrium, or in disequilibrium. Soros has observed that when markets are rising or falling rapidly, they are typically marked by rising disequilibrium, and the dispassionate investor can capitalize on that recognition.

While Soros has benefited enormously from this understanding (Forbes put his wealth in 2013 at $19 billion, making him the world’s 30th richest person, not counting the roughly $8 billion he has given away through various charitable entities he controls), he has argued nevertheless for strong central government regulation to correct for and counterbalance the excesses of greed, fear and the free market.

Popper’s idea of fallibilism, which posits that anything one believes may in fact be wrong, is another key principle that has guided Soros in his career, and his philanthropy.

Soros’ philanthropy since the 1970s, when he began funding the studies of black students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has been marked as much by his personal journey as by the needs of the communities he has set out to serve.

His efforts through the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations have been skewed toward the effort to promote democratic values in the post-Soviet economies of Central and Eastern Europe, where he witnessed the rise of communism in Hungary after World War Two.

“The bulk of his enormous winnings (as an investor and speculator) is now devoted to encouraging transitional and emerging nations to become ‘open societies,'” former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker wrote in the foreword to Soros’ “The Alchemy of Finance” (2003).

“Open,” Volcker wrote, “not only in the sense of freedom of commerce but – more important – tolerant of new ideas and different modes of thinking and behavior.”

PHILANTHROPY, POLITICS

Soros also pledged $50 million in 2006 to the Millennium Promise, led by economist Jeffrey Sachs, to provide educational, agricultural and medical aid to help poor villages in Africa. And the Open Society Institute has expanded its giving to more than 60 countries around the world, giving away roughly $600 million a year.

Soros was an early supporter of the peaceful transformation of the Solidarity movement in Poland and Open Society Institute programs were considered by many Western observers to be a key factor in the success of the “Rose Revolution” in Georgia.

While his philanthropy has earned him friends around the world, his political giving has earned him both friends and enemies. Former President George W. Bush, who Soros blamed for turning the United States into “the main obstacle to a stable and just world order,” was perhaps the biggest single target of his political wrath.

“By declaring a ‘war on terror’ after Sept. 11, we set the wrong agenda for the world,” Soros told Newsweek magazine in a 2006 interview. “When you wage war, you inevitably create innocent victims.”

In a bid to stop Bush’s re-election, Soros donated $23.5 million to more than 500 liberal and progressive groups during the 2003-2004 U.S. election cycle.

Other causes that have attracted Soros’ generosity include drug policy reform. He donated $1.4 million to promote California’s Proposition 5 in 2008, a failed initiative that would have expanded drug rehabilitation programs as alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders, and $400,000 to the successful 2008 Massachusetts initiative to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana.

He has also been a vocal supporter of the right to die in dignity, revealing in 1994 that he had offered to help his own mother, a member of the Hemlock Society, commit suicide.

While Soros’ life has been marked by remarkable success in his far-flung endeavors, it has not been without defeat. His investment in France’s Societe Generale following Jacques Chirac’s aggressive program of privatization led to charges of insider trading, which he disputed, and eventual conviction and the payment of a small penalty.

And he was a minority partner in a group that failed to acquire the Washington Nationals Major League baseball team.

But these failings stand out in the life of this remarkably successful Hungarian-American financier, philanthropist and thinker, in contrast to his stubborn refusal to fail in virtually every other venture.

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Obama’s Failed Attempt to Create a Nat’l Gun Registry

April 18, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama’s Failed Attempt to Create a Nat’l Gun Registry

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama and his left-wing, anti-Constitution Democrat allies tried desperately to create universal background checks as one step closer to a national gun registry. This is an important point and Senator Mike Lee (R, UT) did an excellent job pointing that out in his latest op ed explaining why he voted against the Toomey/Manchin bill.

“The Toomey-Manchin amendment admirably attempted to carve out certain protections for gun owners, but today’s carve-outs are tomorrow’s loopholes. The current ‘gun show loophole’ was itself once considered a legitimate carve-out that protected certain private sales.”

And this:

“The amendment also took an incremental step toward universal background checks, which, as a Justice Department memo written earlier this year suggested, are effective only when coupled with a national registration system. Admittedly, the Toomey-Manchin plan prohibited a national registry. Yet it required a massive expansion of gun ownership data collected by federally licensed dealers to which the government has access.”

“After all, you cannot track all gun sales without tracking all gun owners. But the government has no business monitoring constitutionally protected activity, like gun ownership, any more than it has any business tracking what books Americans read or how often they attend church.”

These are EXTREMELY important points to remember when talking to others about this background check idea. It is a nother step toward an illicit national gun registry. And then after that comes confiscation.
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BBC Sends Reporters to North Korea Using Fake Student Credentials

April 18, 2013 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, North Korea, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


BBC Sends Reporters to North Korea Using Fake Student Credentials

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the newest conservative news sites in Britain, The Commentator, has learned that the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) may have endangered a group of British students during a trip into North Korea by slipping several reporters into the group using student visas as cover for their activities.

The trip was arranged by the London School of Economics’ (LSE) “Grimshaw Club” and took place from March 23 to 30 of this year.

Professor Craig Calhoun, the director of the LSE confirmed that the BBC used its student trip as cover to slip reporter John Sweeney and his crew into the closed nation at the end of March.

Calhoun says that the school had no idea what the BBC was up to. “The School authorities had no advance knowledge of the trip or of its planning,” he said in a letter.
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(BREAKING) CNN: ‘Dark Skinned Male’ is Suspect for Marathon Bombing–AP: Arrest ‘Imminent’

April 17, 2013 | Filed Under Boston, Crime, Massachusetts, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


(BREAKING) CNN: ‘Dark Skinned Male’ is Suspect for Marathon Bombing–AP: Arrest ‘Imminent’

-By Warner Todd Huston


Photo by Charles Krupa

**UPDATE** 3:15 PM Eastern: Bomb threat at Boston federal courthouse. Evacuation in process.

**UPDATE** 3:10 PM Eastern

**UPDATE** 3 PM Eastern, FBI reiterating that NO arrest has been made. Some sources say someone has been detained for questioning but not yet officially arrested.

+++++++

2PM Eastern: CNN correspondent John King reported this afternoon that authorities have identified a suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

On the afternoon of April 17, King reported that, “the description given to me was a dark skinned male” but it wasn’t clear whether or not police had anyone in custody.

The identification came from surveillance video of the crowd recorded near the Lord & Taylor store along the race route and near where the second blast occurred.

Authorities say they have video of the “dark skinned” man dropping a backpack near the store shortly before the explosion took place. The bombs, made of six-liter pressure cookers packed with nails and ball bearings, are reminiscent of those used in bombings in India.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino also noted on Wednesday afternoon that the police are “very close” to identifying a suspect.

Shortly after King’s report aired, the Associated Press reported that an arrest is “imminent.”

“A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is about to be arrested.”
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Obama’s Budget Would Use Tax $$ to Fund Lobbyists Pushing Tax Hikes

April 17, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Economy/Finances, Energy, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Liberals, Lobbyists, President, Progressives, Regulation, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama’s Budget Would Use Tax $$ to Fund Lobbyists Pushing Tax Hikes

-By Warner Todd Huston

Remember when Obama took office and one of his biggest promises was that lobbyists would never gain a foothold in his Administration? Well, now that he doesn’t have to stand for election again he’s doing his level best to give lobbyists one of their biggest perks yet. He’s trying to make it legal to give them your tax dollars so they can lobby to increase your taxes. And in fact he’s already broken laws governing lobbyists several times since 2009.

A report by the government watchdog group Cause of Action found that Obama’s Department of Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave federal money in the 2009 stimulus program to lobbyists and public relations agencies for them to use to advocate for “tax increases on tobacco and sugar sweetened products.” This is a violation of federal law.

Worse, even more money has been earmarked in Obamacare to do the same thing, again in violation of the law.

It gets even worse.
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Deadbeats: Obama-Supported Fisker Motors Sued for Non-Payment of Bills

April 17, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Economy/Finances, Energy, Ethics, Green Energy, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Deadbeats: Obama-Supported Fisker Motors Sued for Non-Payment of Bills

-By Warner Todd Huston

Through President Obama’s loan guarantees, the American people gave hybrid car-maker Fisker Automotive millions of tax dollars, but now Fisker is on the verge of bankruptcy and is facing lawsuits from at least three different groups for not paying its bills.

In the first week of April, lawyers for Fisker’s laid off employees filed suit saying that the government supported company had fired workers without due notice as required by state and federal laws.

The law firm, Outten & Golden, won a similar lawsuit against green energy company Solyndra, another Obama-supported company that went bankrupt.
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Lefty Filmmaker Michael Moore Links Boston Bombing to Tax Protests, ‘Patriots Day’

April 16, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Boston, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Government, Hollywood, Liberals, Michael Moore, Movies, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Lefty Filmmaker Michael Moore Links Boston Bombing to Tax Protests, ‘Patriots Day’

-By Warner Todd Huston

Not long after the news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon broke, lefty filmmaker Michael Moore took to his Twitter feed and went right for blaming “patriots” and tax protestors for the bombing.
After a cryptic Tweet saying “2+2=,” Moore retweed a Tweet from Think Progress relating the phone number for those looking for missing loved ones in Boston. Then he Tweeted what is perhaps a clarification of his “2+2=” Tweet. In that Tweet, Moore said, “Tax Day. Patriots Day.

Is Michael Moore saying that this terrorist bombing during the Boston Marathon is a result of right-wing tax protesters and perpetrated by patriots? The inference is certainly clear.
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Hllywd Director Phil Lord: Jay Z and Beyonce ‘Look Like Dupes’ Over Cuba Trip

April 16, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Communism, Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, Music, Progressives, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Hllywd Director Phil Lord: Jay Z and Beyonce ‘Look Like Dupes’ Over Cuba Trip

-By Warner Todd Huston

More condemnation for the vacation trip to Cuba indulged by rapper Jay Z and gal-pal singer Beyonce, this time from Hollywood director Phil Lord–himself the son of a Cuban refugee. Lord thinks that the entertainers were “dupes” of the oppressive Cuban military, that they “don’t care” about the political gulags Cuban dictator Castro built, that they essentially mocked the thousands of Cubans that have been imprisoned and lost their lives in those prisons, and says the pair represent little else but “nihilism with a beat.”

Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, Cuba, apparently with the blessing of Barack Obama’s administration quite despite that the U.S. still has an official prohibition against Americans visiting the Island nation turned political prison.

Lord told the media that at first he thought that Jay Z and Beyonce just weren’t aware of the oppression of Cuban people. He gave them the benefit of the doubt that they just weren’t aware of the many artists that had been imprisoned and their art banned. But after Jay Z released his song that taunted people opposing Cuba, Lord realized that Shawn Corey “Jay Z” Carter knew exactly what he was doing that that made it all the worse.

The director of such films as 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is not alone in his condemnation of the Island hopping Carters. AJ Delgado also slammed Jay Z for the trip saying, “Beyoncé and Jay-Z not only legitimize and support the repressive regime, with both their presence and their cash, but turn a blind eye, cruelly, to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.”
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AP: Gosnell’s Gruesome Assistants ‘Only Following Orders’

April 16, 2013 | Filed Under Abortion, Courts, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Pennsylvania, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Progressives, Regulation, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


AP: Gosnell’s Gruesome Assistants ‘Only Following Orders’

-By Warner Todd Huston

In shades of the Nuremberg Trials, an April 12 article from the Associated Press seems to excuse away the actions of the assistants of accused criminal abortionist Kermit Gosnell as “only following orders.”

For the AP, Maryclaire Dale begins her piece with that very sentiment saying, “They say they were just doing what the boss trained them to do.”

Incredibly, throughout the article, Dale seems to absolve these assistants for the horrible things they did, softening the guilt of nearly every person accused of crimes with excuses.

In some cases, Dale claims that these accused assistants had a hard time finding jobs before Gosnell gave them a shot at killing babies born alive. According to Dale, one had to work for Gosnell because she had “post-traumatic stress syndrome.” Dale excuses others because they were somehow related tangentially to fiendish Doctor Gosnell.
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LIVE Video CBS Coverage of Boston Marathon Explosions

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


LIVE Video CBS Coverage of Boston Marathon Explosions

Possible information includes…

  • Video: explosion hit the crowd area, not the runners.
  • Several spectators dead
  • Spectators lost limbs
  • 5 possible “devices” discovered
  • Police say no credit taken by anyone as of yet
  • Fox News reporting “ball bearings” hit victims and found at scene
  • Third explosion at JFK Library
  • No credible warnings of bombings ahead of time say police
  • IRRESPONSIBLE: CNN, MSNBC, CNBC wildly speculating that it was “domestic terror”
  • 2 confirmed dead now, upwards to 40 injured


Leftist Hypocrites on Campaign Donations

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Law, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Supreme Court, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Leftist Hypocrites on Campaign Donations

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the left’s biggest rallying cries against what they claim are the evils of the right was its opposition to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that essentially opened up our political process to unlimited donations to political causes. The left claimed allowing more money into politics was evil and says the case must be over turned. But now leftists in New Jersey are hypocritically using the case for their own ends.

A Washington DC-based left-wing super PAC has sued New Jersey’s campaign finance watchdog agency saying that the Garden State shouldn’t be allowed to limit what it can raise from an individual donor.

As a New Jersey paper reported recently, “The Fund for Jobs and Growth filed the complaint against the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) in federal district court on Friday.”

New Jersey says that there should be a limit per donor. But the group wants to raise money to make independent expenditures (i.e. political spending independent of the campaigns they are pushing) and based on the Citizens United case, they say that they should be able to wheedle from donors every penny that they can–and they are right, too.
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Bomb Threat at Office of Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Arizona, Conservatives, Crime, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Bomb Threat at Office of Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Friday morning, April 12, a package suspected of containing an explosive device was addressed to the offices of the Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriffs offices of Joe Arpaio, known as “America’s toughest sheriff.”

The package was intercepted by postal authorities in Flagstaff and was submitted to an X-ray scan that showed what looked like an explosive device hidden inside.

Postal authorities said that the package was flagged by a “very astute” carrier who thought the thing was suspicious.

The bomb squad was quickly called and the suspicious package was destroyed.
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CNN To Import Liberal Talker From Canada

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Britain, Canada, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


CNN To Import Liberal Talker From Canada

-By Warner Todd Huston

As CNN continues to search for new talent to spark its revival, new President Jeff Zucker is looking to Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to come down from the Great White North on a mission to make it big in the states. Yes, CNN is importing a liberal from Canada because importing that liberal from Britain worked out so well.

Stroumboulopoulos, who mercifully goes by the nickname “Strombo,” hosts a TV show on Canada’s CBC where he cozies up to rock stars, talks art and movies, and ruminates about pop culture.

In its announcement of the move, CNN pledges that Strombo will bring to America his “fresh, thought-provoking style fuses big ideas, with art, pop culture, politics, news, sports, and celebrity.”

“We’re really pleased to bring this special series to CNN,” said Amy Entelis, senior VP for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. “It is a good example of the expansion of the CNN strategy to bring new kinds of relevant and engaging programming to a broad audience.”
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An Interview With Chad Koppie, Running for U.S. Senate From Illinois

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Illinois, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


An Interview With Chad Koppie, Running for U.S. Senate From Illinois

-By Warner Todd Huston

Chad Koppie has decided to throw his hat in the ring for the 2014 race for Senate and recently I took a few minutes to get an idea of what issues interest him. Koppie is both fiscally as well as socially conservative and has several considered ideas about how things need to be.

Koppie is a conservative Republican from Kane County and currently sits on the Kane County Regional Board of Schools. He has also been a township trustee, a school board member, and a hospital board member in his county. He’s run for other offices, most recently for Senate in 2008.

In 2008, Koppie ran under the Constitution Party banner for Senate. You can see his presentation at WTTW T’s “free time” segment from 2008.

His bio states: “Chad Koppie is strongly pro-life, pro-gun rights, and anti-illegal alien. He wants to repeal Obamacare. He wants to help eliminate the Dept. of Education, audit the Federal Reserve, and cut all other federal spending by 3%, per year, for 10 years. He supports a federal flat tax. He supports a balanced budget amendment, for the Constitution.”

I began our discussion asking him about the Illinois establishment GOP. I wondered how he was going to get their support. Turns out, he didn’t intend to worry much about the establishment and plans on reaching out to the grassroots to launch his campaign.
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Tax Day: Destruction, Yes, Creative, Not Even Close

April 15, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Tax Day: Destruction, Yes, Creative, Not Even Close

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the concepts of capitalism is that it is “creative destruction,” in that companies will rise and fall as the need for them ebb and flow and that as some fall new ones will rise and this will keep the economy humming along nicely. But government quashes this cycle with oppressive taxes and what better day than Tax Day to remind us all of how this president is doing a lot of destroying but NO creating.

So, as Americans waste $168 billion annually to try and satisfy the Internal Revenue Service, here are a few charts and a video from Heritage Foundation to show how bad it has gotten. Just a reminder on Tax Day…

Obama 2013 Tax Increase Twice as Large as Looming Sequestration.

13 Obama Tax Hikes on the Middle Class in 2013

Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

And now a word from the House Republican Conference…

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Ill Urges Gay Couples to File ‘As if Married’ on Federal Taxes

April 14, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Illinois, IRS, Liberals, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Ill Urges Gay Couples to File ‘As if Married’ on Federal Taxes

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois Review noticed an interesting thing about the instructions for the State of Illinois 2012 tax returns. Illinois is urging gay couples to file as “married.”

As IR notes, tax filings may be a bit confusing for same sex couple in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln allows for civil unions, but the federal government does not, so figuring out how to file may be a bit of a challenge.

The instructions get even more confusing because the Illinois civil union law does not require couples to denote whether they are same sex when filing for civil union licenses. However, the Illinois tax form and instructions explicitly refer to same-sex couples civil unions and denotes other, special instructions for opposite sex civil unions.

At the top of the tax form, the IL-1040 has a check box option for same-sex couples that reads: “D. Check if same-sex civil union return (see Instructions)”

Here is a scan of the front page of the instruction booklet…

Here is a scan of the actual instructions…
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Pastor Rick Warren, Gun Control, and Matthew Warren’s Suicide

April 14, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Regulation, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Pastor Rick Warren, Gun Control, and Matthew Warren’s Suicide

-By Warner Todd Huston

Pastor Rick Warren and his family suffered a devastating loss last week when their son, Matthew, took his own life with a pistol that he may have bought illegally from a person he contacted over the Internet. Dealing with such a loss is heartrending, of course, and the Warren family has much to endure as they deal with this terrible incident. But one thing is sure, new gun laws would not have prevented Matthew Warren’s suicide.

Warren’s son, Matthew Warren, committed suicide on April 5 with a self-inflicted gunshot. After news broke, the young man’s father reported that Matthew had been under a doctor’s care for years and had been suicidal for some time. Sadly, his doctors weren’t able to save the young man from his fatal choice.

Rick Warren said, Matthew “suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Despite the best health care available, this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life.”

In the days since, Warren has Tweeted several times about his son’s death and in a Tweet on Friday afternoon, the Pastor of the Saddleback Valley Community Church mentioned that his son had bought his gun illegally from someone over the Internet.
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Search of L.A.Times: One Result for ‘Kermit Gosnell’

April 14, 2013 | Filed Under Abortion, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Los Angeles, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Pro-Choice, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Search of L.A.Times: One Result for ‘Kermit Gosnell’

-By Warner Todd Huston

It appears that the L.A. Times joined the Old Media’s blackout of coverage of the disturbing trail of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, accused of committing hundreds of illegal born-alive abortions, among many other charges, at his Philadelphia abortion mill. A topic search using the words “kermit gosnell” returned only two results at the L.A. Times website by Friday afternoon.

In a trial where a purported doctor is being shown to have shoved sharp scissors into the heads of infants born alive in order to sever the spinal column to “abort” them, where conditions were filthy, where the bodies of dead fetuses hazardously piled up, not to mention where some pregnant women died from botched procedures, the Old Media establishment is simply not interested.

Some of the shocking findings in this trial are contained in the opening statements of the grand jury report.

“The medical practice by which he [Kermit Gosnell] carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels–and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths,” the report states.
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The CA Bill That Would Shut Down Every Small Restaurant

April 13, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, California, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The CA Bill That Would Shut Down Every Small Restaurant

-By Warner Todd Huston

The State of California has one of the worst proposals of any legislature in the country this year with a new bill that would force every restaurant and food service business in the state to commission an expensive “risk assessment” test for every menu item, a test that could cost thousands of dollars for every food item sold. This outrageous and cost prohibitive testing would certainly cause all but the biggest chain restaurants to go out of business almost instantly.

In another exercise in nanny-statism, California’s State Senate Democrats want this “risk assessment” conducted to determine whether food being sold “contributes significantly to a significant public health epidemic.”

The bill, Senate Bill 747, is an addition to the current health and safety codes and is currently set for a hearing on April 17. It was written and introduced by Sen. Mark DeSauliner (D, Concord).

The introduction of the bill clearly says that the law would require the food service companies to pay the state for the testing in order to fill state coffers and notes that without the assessment, the state would have the right to shut an offending restaurant down.
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Batgirl Comic Character Comes Out as Transgender

April 13, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Comic Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Liberals, Magazines, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Batgirl Comic Character Comes Out as Transgender

-By Warner Todd Huston

DC Comics’ Batgirl number 19 has a little bit more in store for its readers than just crime fighting. This month readers also get a bit of controversy with their womp-slam-bang as a character introduced in 2011 comes out as both transgender and bi-sexual.

After DC rebooted its franchise in 2011 in an attempt to reconcile its decades of loose character arcs and confusing back histories, Batgirl’s alter ego (Barbara Gordon) moved out of her father’s home (Batman’s Commissioner James Gordon) and moved in with a roommate named Alysia Yeoh.

Yeoh was presented as an Occupy Wall Street-styled female activist, bartender, and fine artist. She was of Singaporean descent and sported an undisclosed secret. This month’s issue reveals that secret. In a face-to-face discussion, Barbara Gordon and her roommate have a serious chat in which roommate Yeoh reveals that she is really a he and bi-sexual as well.

So, Batgirl number 19 marks the debut as the very first “real-world” transgendered character in all of mainstream comics. By “Real-world” that means a character that is merely transgendered in the “real-world” sense, not changed via some sort of superhero-styled transformation.

Over the last few years, the LGBTQ community has been favored with a plethora of gay characters in mainstream comics, of course. There are also a whole raft of gay and transgendered characters in comics from smaller, independent comics publishers as well as adult-oriented titles. But this marks as the first transgendered character to come to mainstream, superhero comics.
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Obama’s ‘Poverty Plagued’ America

April 12, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Freedom, Jobs, Liberals, Liberty, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | Comments Off on


Obama’s ‘Poverty Plagued’ America

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a stinging indictment of President Obama’s tenure in the White House, at The Daily Beast Stuart Stevens slams President Obama for the devastating “new normal” that his failed economic polices have brought to the country. Stevens also blames the Old Media complex for ignoring the pain inflicted on America by those same failed policies.

Stevens begins his April 9 piece relating the sort of economic facts that the rest of the media conveniently ignore. He points out that even as the administration claims that unemployment is only around 8 percent, so many people have dropped out of the work force that the unemployment stat is but a hollow representation of the true unemployment rate.

He also points out that 16 million Americans have been added to Obama’s food stamp rolls since 2008, “a 46 percent increase and greater than the population of Ohio,” Stevens says. “More than 50 million Americans now live in poverty. That’s one in six Americans, and one in five American children.”

This, Stevens says sharply, is the worst since LBJ was president and it was so bad then that the Texan launched a “war on poverty” to try and cure it.
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Lawyers: Obama-Supported Fisker Motors Layoff Violated Law

April 12, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Lawyers: Obama-Supported Fisker Motors Layoff Violated Law

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite millions if federal loans, last week luxury hybrid car maker Fisker Automotive fired 80% of its employees at its California-based company. But now those employees hired the same law firm that sued “green energy” company Solyndra to charge that Fisker violated state and federal laws with the layoffs.

On April 5, Breitbart reported that Fisker Automotive, Inc. laid off up to 80% of its employees due to a cascade of major errors and bad business decisions even though President Obama pumped millions in federal tax dollars via loan guarantees into the company starting in 2011.

Fisker’s employees were already on a two week furlough when upon coming back to work were told they would be laid off. Employees reported they had received no severance package but did receive pay for vacation time earned.
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Supernanny Cass Sunstein’s ‘Friendly Paternalism’: It’s For Your Own Good, America

April 12, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Budget, Capitalism, Communism, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Socialism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Supernanny Cass Sunstein’s ‘Friendly Paternalism’: It’s For Your Own Good, America

-By Warner Todd Huston

Cass Sunsetein, one of President Obama’s leading left-wing, university eggheads, has penned an interesting piece in New Republic explaining how the nanny state is really a very important and useful aspect of today’s modern Democrat scheme. It’s for your own good, don’t you know?

Launching his April 8 piece, “Why Paternalism Is Your Friend,” Sunstein evokes New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (mostly failed, not that Sunstein says so) nanny state efforts to take away his constituents’ freedom on such things as trans fats, sodas, and guns. Sunstein points out that to his mind, all this “paternalism” isn’t so bad after all. Throughout his piece Sunstein eschews nannyism for “paternalism” because it sounds nicer, of course. Optics, you know?

As an example of useful paternalism, Sunstein praises Obama’s demand that the auto industry once again up its CAFE standards saying that the new requirements would “save money” for everyone and “who could be outraged by that”? Naturally Sunstein simply accepts Obama’s pie-in-the-sky claims and simply assumes the new standards will actually have the impact Obama claims it will.

Sunstein ignores the fact that in many cases the technology doesn’t even yet exist to satisfy Obama’s draconian fuel economy demands. He also ignores many other facts. Such as the fact that one of the easier ways to achieve the new standards is to make smaller, lighter, and more dangerous vehicles. Americans would end up with tiny cars that go slower and have less resistance to accidents making drivers and passengers less safe on the road. Should people be outraged about that, Mr. Sunstein? In his zeal to give Obama all credit, Sunstein apparently doesn’t think so.
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Anti-Common Core Facebook Pages Listed By State

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Common Core Curriculum, Communism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Liberals, Nanny State, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Anti-Common Core Facebook Pages Listed By State

-By Warner Todd Huston

Thanks to Laura Rambeau Lee at Right Reason for putting all the Facebook pages of state-based groups opposing this horrid Common Core Curriculum.

If you want just a hint of that Common Core is, here is a revealing piece on The Blaze on how CC builds up communism.

If anyone has more, let me know.

Alabama: http://www.facebook.com/al.againstcommoncorestandards?fref=ts
Alabama: https://www.facebook.com/AlabamiansUnitedForExcellenceInEducation?fref=ts
Arkansas: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ARKANSASAGAINSTCOMMONCORE/
Arkansas: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasAgainstCommonCore?fref=ts
California: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-California/436128033134967?fref=ts
California: https://www.facebook.com/groups/239664519505257/
Colorado: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parents-and-Educators-Against-Common-Core-Curriculum-in-Colorado/369263259855000
Delaware: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-Against-Common-Core/141637639346274?ref=ts&fref=ts
Delaware: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157115501116902/
Florida: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Florida/516780045031362
Florida: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Common-Core-Watch/520440451331846
Georgia: http://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreInGeorgia?fref=ts
Idaho: https://www.facebook.com/IdahoansAgainstCommonCore?fref=ts
Idaho: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idahoans-for-Local-Education/120194641494340?fref=ts
Illinois: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Illinois/388021897963618
Indiana: http://www.facebook.com/HoosierMomsSayNoToCommonCore?fref=ts
Indiana: https://www.facebook.com/HoosiersAgainstCommonCore
Iowa: https://www.facebook.com/IowansforLocalControl
Kansas: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kansans-Against-Common-Core/166572220165485?fref=pb
Kentucky: https://www.facebook.com/KentuckiansAgainstCommonCoreStandards
Louisiana: http://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreLa
Maine: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopCCMaine/?fref=ts
Maryland: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marylanders-Against-Common-Core/166445863508831?fref=pb
Michigan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Michigan/303312003109291?fref=ts
Minnesota: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaAgainstCommonCoreStandardsInEducation
Mississippi: https://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreInMississippi
Missouri: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Against-Common-Core/115085478685281?fref=ts
Missouri: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Education-Watchdog/107272389320928
Missouri: https://www.facebook.com/groups/missouriagainstcommoncore/
Montana: https://www.facebook.com/groups/475298309202714/
Nevada: https://www.facebook.com/groups/357579724361055/
New Hampshire: https://www.facebook.com/NHSchoolChoice
New Hampshire: https://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreInNH?ref=hl
New Hampshire: https://www.facebook.com/CornerstonePolicyResearch?ref=hl
New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CURE-NJ/274974855970782
New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/groups/220888071386355
New York: https://www.facebook.com/groups/607166125977337/
New York (State Island specifically): http://www.facebook.com/groups/638305829518125/
New York (Long Island specifically): https://www.facebook.com/groups/141680156005331/
North Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-NC/150345585132550?fref=ts
North Carolina: stopcommoncorenc.org
North Carolina: facebook.com/StopCommonCoreNC
North Dakota: facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-North-Dakota
Ohio: http://www.facebook.com/OhioCommonCore
Oklahoma: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Restore-Oklahoma-Public-Education/116011401766695
Oregon: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Oregon/310461619079878
Pennsylvania: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvanians-Against-Common-Core/566916409995216
South Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreInSouthCarolina?ref=stream
South Dakota: http://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotansAgainstCommonCore
South Dakota: http://www.facebook.com/groups/stop.common.core.in.south.dakota/
Tennessee: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Tennessee/322248557894269?fref=ts
Texas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157776591054666/
Utah: http://www.facebook.com/UtahnsAgainstCommonCore
Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434958726589052/
Washington State: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WAstateAgainstCommonCore/?fref=ts
West Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WV-Against-Common-Core/359684890815537
Wisconsin: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Common-Core-in-Wisconsin/185213384959404?ref=ts&fref=ts
Wyoming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434220420005865/
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Champaign Mayor Accused of Assaulting Local Musician

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Champaign Mayor Accused of Assaulting Local Musician

-By Warner Todd Huston

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, once a local rock and roll musician, has been accused of assaulting a local musician at a public event.

Champaign musician Jim Bean has filed for an order of protection against Mayor Gerard saying that he physically assaulted him at the Boneyard Creek Community Day sponsored by the Champaign Park District.

Bean told police that he was playing a song on his guitar when Mayor Gerard interrupted him and began to verbally assault him. The argument continued until Mayor Bean called the police on the musician. The police came but no charges were filed at that time.

Gerard claims that the musician had somehow harassed his teenaged daughter, but musician Bean says he doesn’t even know the Mayor’s daughter.
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The 16 RINOs That Voted for Anti-Gun Bill That DOESN’T EXIST!

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Guns, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

There are sixteen Republican senators that need to be eliminated. These are the sixteen reputed Republicans that voted for the Democrat’s gun ban bill. It is bad enough these anti-Constitution Republicans joined the extreme left in this endeavor, of course, but even worse they all voted for a bill that doesn’t even exist.

The GOP’s sold-out sixteen voted to shelve a filibuster and allow the anti-Second Amendment bill to go through based on their understanding of the Toomey/Manchin compromise, but the problem here is that there isn’t any bill to debate. Why? Because the neither Toomey nor Manchin have written one yet.

Before we go on, here are the sixteen Republicans that stand against the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution (and the office phone numbers).

Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972
Lamar Alexander (TN) (202) 224-4944
Kelly Ayotte (NH) (202) 224-3324
Richard Burr (NC) (202) 224-3154
Saxby Chambliss (GA) (202) 224-3521
John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235
Tom Coburn (OK) (202) 224-5754
Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
Bob Corker (TN) (202) 224-3344
Jeff Flake (AZ) (202) 224-4521
John Hoeven (ND) (202) 224-2551
Johnny Isakson (GA) (202) 224-3643
Dean Heller (NV) (202) 224-6244
Mark Kirk (IL) (202) 224-2854
Pat Toomey (PA) (202) 224-4254
Roger Wicker (MS) (202) 224-6253

Earlier in the day, before the sold-out sixteen cast their votes against the Constitution, Senator’s Mike Lee (R, UT) and Ted Cruz (R, TX) put out a joint statement that got to the nub of the matter.
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MSNBC Host Says ‘Get Over It,’ Kids Belong to Community, Not Parents

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Children, Communism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Family, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


MSNBC Host Says ‘Get Over It,’ Kids Belong to Community, Not Parents

-By Warner Todd Huston

Liberal cable TV network MSNBC recently aired a corker of a promo, this one showing on-air personality Melissa Harris-Perry saying that our kids aren’t ours, that they belong to the community and parents need to “get over” this crazy idea that their own kids belong to them.

Straight from the Comintern, Harris-Perry says that we could “plan our investments” better if we could just dispense with the idea that kids belong to parents and that parents should have the responsibility to raise them according to the parents’ ideals and principles. All hail the state who, in Harris-Perry’s views, isn’t just big brother, but is also big mother and big father.

Here is a transcript of what the MSNBC screedist said on the promo:
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Roll Call: Obama Has ‘Given Up’ On Those Darn Republicans?

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Roll Call: Obama Has ‘Given Up’ On Those Darn Republicans?

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an interesting break from reality, Roll Call posits that Obama has now “given up” on Republicans as partners for helping him get some “governing done” in Washington DC. Of course, the Capitol Hill newspaper fails to show when it was that Obama ever consider the GOP to be his governing partner in the first place.

For Roll Call, writer Steven T. Dennis claims that, “Obama already seems resigned to the reality” that he won’t be able to successfully initiate his massive re-tooling of America to reflect his left-wing agenda because the GOP isn’t interested in “bipartisan action.”

Dennis reports Obama’s recent lamentation that he can’t get anything done without California’s Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi back in the House Speaker’s chair and notes his complaining that Boehner and the Republicans won’t just bend to his will so he can do what he wants to do.

But, Dennis reports from Obama’s side of the argument, refusing to point out that President Obama has never considered the Republicans and the millions of voters they represent as important partners in running Washington DC in the first place.
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CNBC Copies Fox Business Network With Houston, TX Coverage

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, CNBC, Economy/Finances, Fox Business Network, Fox News, Jobs, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


CNBC Copies Fox Business Network With Houston, TX Coverage

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, when I said that CNBC’s business coverage was “playing catch up” with Fox Business Network, I didn’t know how close to the truth I had it as this month, CNBC copied FBN’s coverage from last fall of the amazing growth that Houston, Texas has seen over the last few years.

Back on September 20 of last year I noted that Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis hosted a tour of the growing Texas economy in a series of reports FBN titled “Open for Business in Houston.”

At that time, Francis told the Houston Business Journal how amazing the business climate was down in Texas.
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CNN Looking to Re-Launch ‘Crossfire’

April 11, 2013 | Filed Under Cable, CNN, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


CNN Looking to Re-Launch ‘Crossfire’

-By Warner Todd Huston

In 1982, CNN debuted a current affairs debate show titled Crossfire. The show starred Tom Braden from the left and Pat Buchanan from the right in a raucous debate on the issues of the day. The show continued until 2005 when it was canceled. But now, CNN is hinting that it is considering a re-launch of the show.

Alex Weprin reported that CNN has not made any firm announcements, but that the cable news network is considering the idea. CNN is in the midst of a wide-ranging re-working of its programming as newly minted President Jeff Zuckerman tries to reverse years of failing ratings. Dominic Patten, however, claims his source says that CNN will re-launch the show in June, though he had no other information on hosts, times, or format.

The series originated from a Braden/Buchanan radio show which began in 1978 and over its twenty-three-year history, Crossfire had over a dozen co-hosts. The show was often criticized for its hard-charging style.

In fact, Crossfire ended only months after Comedy Central comedian Jon Stewart criticized the show for “hurting America” with its “miserable” example of public discourse.

Even though then, as now, Stewart indulged in the same “partisan hackery,” he exempted himself from any blame for “hurting America” claiming he’s “just a comedian.”

Nonetheless, Crossfire was canceled in 2005 after final conservative co-host Tucker Carlson left the network for a stint at MSNBC.
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