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NBC’s Deceptive Editing Makes Rabbi Appear to be Covering Up Sex Abuse

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Jews, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, Religion, Sex Offenders/Rape, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


NBC’s Deceptive Editing Makes Rabbi Appear to be Covering Up Sex Abuse

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a June 24 report for NBC’s Rock Center, video for a story was deceptively edited and misleading voice overs added to quotes from an Hasidic Rabbi that made it seem as if the Rabbi was insisting that allegations of sex abuse should only be handled internally, within the community, and should not be taken to police. But in fact Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz did not say that at all.

After a series of emails from Rabbi Berkowitz complaining of the deceptive edits the web entry of the Rock Center story has an update and the video was pulled, but even that update does not really address the extremely unfair treatment that Berkowitz received at the hands of NBC’s editors

The story was ostensibly to have been an “inside look” at the Hasidic community in New York and in a segment near the end of the report the piece turned to recent sex abuse charges leveled at Nechamya Weberman, a once respected member of the community who acted as a “therapist” for the other members of his community.
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CNN’s Evident Bias on Supreme Court Decisions

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Civil Rights, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Marriage, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Redistricting, Voter ID, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


CNN’s Evident Bias on Supreme Court Decisions

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the last several days in the last week of June the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) handed down two important decisions, one striking down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and one striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) leading to a renewed national dialog in the issues. But for CNN the rulings were just another opportunity to analyze the decisions from a decidedly leftward point of view.

According to a review of CNN’s coverage of the June 25 and 26 Supreme Court decisions conducted by the Media Research Center, the cable network’s coverage of the rulings showed a decided leftward tilt.

In the case of the June 25 Voting Act decision, CNN featured four times as many critics of the decision as supporters.
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‘New Yorker’ Portrays a Gay Bert & Ernie to Celebrate End of DOMA

June 29, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Magazines, Marriage, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


‘New Yorker’ Portrays a Gay Bert & Ernie to Celebrate End of DOMA

-By Warner Todd Huston

The cover for the July issue of The New Yorker celebrates the end of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the nullification of California’s one-man-one-woman marriage amendment with a portrait of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie in each other’s arms as they watch a TV showing an image of the nine Supreme Court Justices.

The cover art is titled “Moment of Joy” and was created by artist Jack Hunter. His cover concept was submitted via the artist’s social media campaign.

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Hunter said. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

Gay activists have for many years maintained that the two muppet characters are “gay” despite the fact that the venerable children’s show does not introduce sexual themes to its audience and has not traditionally assigned sexual actions or motives to its characters. Sesame Street is aimed at preschool children.
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Networks Do 92 New Global Warming Stories, Don’t Mention Lull in Temp Trends Once

June 29, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Budget, Business, CBS, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Environment, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Networks Do 92 New Global Warming Stories, Don’t Mention Lull in Temp Trends Once

-By Warner Todd Huston

The news departments at the Big Three TV networks have done 92 new stories on the global warming debate recently, but, curiously, not one of those stories informed viewers that there has been decade-long lull in rising temperatures.

A new Media Research Center review of network news coverage shows that ABC, CBS, and NBC have each completely ignored the 10-year “mystery plateau” in global temperatures in favor of alarmism about rising sea levels, allergies, and extreme weather.

The MRC review found that no network climate change story thus far for 2013 has reported the slowdown in global warming. It also discovered that “experts” that promote alarmism were quoted or featured in network coverage eight times as often as those critical of global warming. It also found that links between extreme weather and global warming were made nearly one-fourth of the time despite that scientists disagree with that notion.
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Feminist Magazine Cosmopolitan to Push Obamacare on Readers

June 29, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Magazines, Media, Media Bias, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Feminist Magazine Cosmopolitan to Push Obamacare on Readers

-By Warner Todd Huston

Barack Obama has been reaching out to all sorts of non-government partners in a renewed effort to push his Obamacare law. The President’s latest Obamacare-pushing partner will be the famed women’s magazine Cosmopolitan.

In its fall issues, Cosmo will begin to publish multiple feature articles extolling the virtues of Obamacare, will inform readers on how to sign up and will celebrate the many benefits they might realize by accepting the all-encompassing law.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, says that she feels her role as Obamacare flack is pivotal. “This stuff is really important. It’s life-changing for a lot of people.”

Lifesitenews.com also reports that the Cosmo website and social media sites will also be infused with Obamacare propaganda.
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DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God

June 28, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Bible, Children, Christianity, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Eric Holder, Ethics, Liberals, Policy, President, Progressives, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Department of Justice has summarily removed federal funding from two Louisiana youth programs, one a Young Marines program, because a local official refused to sign a pledge stating he would require the programs to ban mentions of God.

Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, La., told Fox News that Obama’s Justice Office of Civil Rights defunded the Young Marines chapter and another youth program over mentions of religion. In the case of the Young Marine program, chartered in 1965, the funding was cut off because the group features an oath that mentions “God.” In the other case it was because a program for at risk youth featured a voluntary, student-led prayer session as one of its activities.

Sheriff Whittington says that the DOJ withdrew a combined $30,000 from the programs because the groups refused to remove God from their activities. The sheriff said this was evidence of the government’s “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms.”
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Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage?

June 28, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Family, Gay Marriage, Gays, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed Calling for Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage?

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Faith & Freedom Coalition released a statement pledging its renewed effort to attempt to get Congress to address the issue on a federal level.

“Today’s Supreme Court opinions on marriage are a stunning and indefensible display of judicial activism,” the statement says in its opening line.

After pointing out that DOMA didn’t really alter the definition of marriage in any way other than that determined in previous federal legislation, the group’s statement announced a pledge to “seek the passage of federal legislation to remedy this situation as much as possible given the parameters of the decision.”

In response to a query from Breitbart, Gary Marx, Executive Direct of FFC, affirmed that the group is not now pursuing a Constitutional Amendment for traditional marriage but would stick with “any incremental steps that can be taken first” via acts of Congress.
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Kanye West Wrote ‘I Am A God’ After Fashion Diss

June 28, 2013 | Filed Under Hollywood, Music, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Kanye West Wrote ‘I Am A God’ After Fashion Diss

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a new interview, pop artist Kanye West revealed just what made him write “I Am God” for his latest album, Yeezus. It was, the singer tells W magazine, a “major diss.” Not one from another rapper, but one from a fashion designer.

There was once a time when rappers got hot under the collar when rival rappers “dissed” them, sometimes guns were drawn over the argument, too. But, as he often does, Kanye went in a different direction with the locus of his diss-i-ness.

We are told that West was invited to an exclusive fashion event at Paris Fashion week. But he was only invited, he says, if he refused offers to go to any other show that week. The designer, it appears, wanted to be able to boast that only he had Kanye West.

Apparently West felt this was a Diss.
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Washington’s ‘Newseum’ to Host Al Jazeera Studios

June 27, 2013 | Filed Under Al-Jazeera, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Progressives, Qatar, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Washington’s ‘Newseum’ to Host Al Jazeera Studios

-By Warner Todd Huston

Media broadcaster Al Jazeera is owned by the Nation of Qatar, a Muslim country whose legislature operates mainly upon Sharia law. Since the mid 19th century Qatar has been entirely controlled by the monarchical Al Thani family. Today, Al Jazeera’s new American cable news network will broadcast out of the “Newseum,” an organization dedicated to freedom, liberty, and the First Amendment situated only blocks from the capitol building in Washington D.C.

“Is there anything wrong with that picture?” asks Claudia Rosett in a recent Weekly Standard piece.

When it opened in 2008 in downtown D.C., the Newseum celebrated its focus on Americanism, the Constitution, the history of journalism, and the First Amendment. Now it is hosting a network from a nation that holds to no such niceties. Al Jazeera, as it happens, is entirely owned by the Qatari state and is not a free media outlet.

Since the oil-rich nation bought out environmental guru Al Gore’s cable TV network to host Al Jazeera’s new American outlet, we have been told it will be “independent” and allowed to follow the news anywhere it take them.

That remains to be seen, of course. We cannot know what the future will hold for the sort of journalism that Al Jazeera will practice.
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Bank Insecurity: Your Money is at Risk Through Cyber Theft

June 27, 2013 | Filed Under Banks, Business, California, Courts, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Law, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Bank Insecurity: Your Money is at Risk Through Cyber Theft

-By Warner Todd Huston

We all, individuals and businesses alike, have this basic assumption that when we put our money in a bank it is safe. But is it? Apparently not so much as the experience of small business TRC indicates when hackers reached into the company’s California-based bank account and drained it of nearly $300 thousand. Worse, the bank and CEO Dennis R. Woods is claiming no responsibility for the security in their own bank!

Jon Fleischman of California’s premier political blog The Flash Report recently updated his readers to the ongoing lawsuit in this tale of cyber theft.

In 2011 cyber hackers out of Eastern Europe broke into the accounts of California’s United Security Bank (USB) and drained almost $600 thousand from the accounts of TRC Operating Company (TRC) out of Kern County, California. It happened over a weekend when the bank was shutting down for Sunday and nobody noticed for days.
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Senator Corker: 11 Million ‘Citizens’ Are ‘in the Shadows’ Today

June 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, GOP, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Tennessee, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Senator Corker: 11 Million ‘Citizens’ Are ‘in the Shadows’ Today

-By Warner Todd Huston

During further debate of the Senate’s immigration bill on the floor of the Senate in the late afternoon of June 25, Tennessee’s Republican Senator, Bob Corker, claimed that 11 million “citizens” are “in the shadows today” and proclaimed himself “thrilled” to vote for the amnesty bill under discussion.

The Senator is a big supporter of the current amnesty bill and spoke in its favor saying, “We have the opportunity to immediately affect, in a positive way, 11 million citizens who are in the shadows today–in many ways already a part of our society–and can come out and be even more productive for the United States of America. I am thrilled to have that opportunity…”

According to this statement, in Corker’s estimation the 11 million illegal immigrants being talked about in the current debate in the Senate are already “citizens.”

Senator Corker has also been critical of conservative news coverage of the immigration debate saying that reports have been misleading.
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Has DOJ Given McConnell Bugging Suspect ‘Journalist’ Status?

June 26, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Elections, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Has DOJ Given McConnell Bugging Suspect ‘Journalist’ Status?

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent Politico story seems to indicate that the Department of Justice is stymied on its prosecution of the political activist that recorded a private campaign meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff because the DOJ considers the activist a “journalist” and wants to tread gingerly as a result.

The “bugging” incident came to light early in April when a recording of the private, closed-door meeting was released by Mother Jones magazine. It was soon revealed that Curtis Morrison, a political activist that works for the left wing political group Progress Kentucky, used his flip cam to record what he could hear of the meeting through a closed door in McConnell’s Senate offices.

Even with charges of illegal recording–essentially a bugging–Morrison is unbowed. In an op ed in Salon.com he was defiant saying he’d do it all over again, illegal or not.
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WashPost’s Sargent: IRS Scandal is ‘Fever Swamp’ Stuff

June 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off on


WashPost’s Sargent: IRS Scandal is ‘Fever Swamp’ Stuff

-By Warner Todd Huston

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post has decided that any worries over the IRS intimidation tactics that have gotten the county so riled up is nothing but “fever swamp” nonsense.

In his June 21 post at The Plum Line, Sargent has declared the IRS scandal over. In fact, it is nothing but Republican foolishness.

Despite the very fact that the IRS has admitted that it had, indeed, targeted Obama’s critics unfairly in a purely political action, despite disclaimers of coordination even though the heads of the IRS have visited the White House hundreds of times, and despite the reports from whistleblowers that the intimidation tactics and polices came from Washington, Sargent has declared it all a myth. Move along. Nothing to see here.
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Ooops! Yahoo News Posts Article Calling Kenya The Land of Obama’s Birth

June 25, 2013 | Filed Under Africa, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Yahoo! News | Comments Off on


Ooops! Yahoo News Posts Article Calling Kenya The Land of Obama’s Birth

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yahoo! News raised the ire of liberals with a June 21 article that seems to have accidentally stated that Kenya was the “the country of Obama’s birth.”

The article was quickly changed, of course, but not before people noticed and not before Twitter became filled with outrage.

The piece, written by Rachel Rose Hartman, was headlined “White House doesn’t have ‘figure on costs’ of Africa trip,” and noted in the first paragraph that Obama was visiting Africa. “But he won’t be stopping in the country of his birth,” the paragraph ended.


Screenshot of article in its original form

Obama’s African trip has him visiting South Africa, Senegal, and Tanzania. But he won’t be visiting Kenya. Naturally with that opening line, many assumed that writer Hartman was talking about Kenya, the long rumored land of the President’s birth.
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Teachers Unions Do NOT Care About Kids

June 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Massachusetts, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Teachers Unions Do NOT Care About Kids

-By Warner Todd Huston

Teacher’s unions are antithetical to a good education for our children and a teacher in Andover, Massachusetts is yet another horrendous example of how teachers unions are interested only in unionism and not education.

A teacher from Andover High School was fired from her teaching job in September of 2012 because of an email she sent during a union action. The email proved that the children were absolutely unimportant to this “teacher.”

The email was sent three weeks before a teacher’s contract was ratified and was sent to other teachers and union members. In the email, teacher Jennifer Meagher thought she had an excellent idea on how to hurry along the contract talks.

She told her fellow unionistas that harming the school is, “the only leverage we have left at the bargaining table. We can assure the (School Committee) and (McGrath) that reports will be passed and (reaccreditation) will continue if there is a contract signed this summer that maintains a 5-class load at AHS.”

What does that mean? It means that this “teacher” would rather hurt the school in order to get her union wants, that she’d rather see the school discredited and the kid’s education made less just so her unionistas would be happy. She was holding the kid’s education hostage for more money. Period.
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Mayor of Illinois’ 3rd Largest City Quits Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Group

June 24, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Guns, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has lost another member, this time the mayor of Rockford, Illinois–the state’s third largest city.

At a townhall-styled event sponsored by the Rockford Tea Party on June 22 in Loves Park, Illinois, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey announced that he has, indeed, quit Mayor Bloomberg’s gun group because Bloomberg’s group was not fulfilling what Morrissey felt was the group’s stated intentions.

Morrissey has for some time been saying he intended to quit the anti-gun group and some citizens wondered if this was just electioneering, but at this most recent townhall event, Mayor Morrissey has for the first time said definitively that he is out.

In the video shot by local political blogger Ulysses Arn, Mayor Morrissey said the chief reason he left Bloomberg’s group is because he thought the group would be against illegal guns but has instead become a group looking for ways to ban legal guns and attack the rights of legal gun owners. He also said that he intends to get a concealed carry license himself when they become available in Illinois.

Morrissey also made a salient point about the sort of guns Bloomberg’s group keeps harping on. The mayor pointed out that the sort of gun crime he sees in Rockford has nothing whatever to do with “assault rifles” but is instead criminal use of handguns. Yet Bloomberg’s group seems chiefly interested in so-called assault rifles despite the fact that little crime is committed by criminals using assault rifles.
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Poll: Words Like ‘Incompetent’ and ‘Liar’ Most Used to Describe Obama

June 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Poll: Words Like ‘Incompetent’ and ‘Liar’ Most Used to Describe Obama

-By Warner Todd Huston

Pew Polling firm has found an interesting change in the way President Obama is being described with the use of words like “incompetent” and “liar” on the rise.

The latest Pew poll finds that one-word impressions of Obama are turning negative more often than they have in the past. Until now, Pew says, these wholly negative one-word impressions were “rare.”

The survey finds that the one-word impressions people have of Obama have changed a great deal throughout his presidency. Terms like incompetent and liar now are among the most frequently used words to describe Obama. In April 2009, when his job approval was at 63%, these words were rare.

Pew also found that the word “socialist” is used in nearly the same proportion as it has been used since he first took office, showing that the President has not succeeded in knocking down the perception that he is a socialist.

The President is also viewed negatively on civil liberties.
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Report: Top IRS Aides Visited White House 300 Times

June 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, IRS, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last month many were questioning why Internal Revenue Service chief Douglas Shulman had visited the White House so often. Now, despite claims that there was no coordination between the White House and the IRS, a new report indicates that Shulman’s top aide visited the President’s residence perhaps as often as 300 times.

In May after news broke that the IRS had intimidated conservative and Tea Party groups trying to obtain an official tax status, reporters began to look into the activities of IRS chief Douglas Shulman. It wasn’t long before news emerged that Shulman appears on the White House visitor logs nearly 200 times.

This high number of visits occurred despite that the fact that both Shulman and President Obama claimed to have no knowledge of the IRS intimidation tactics. Both also said there was no coordination between the IRS and the White House.

Officials at the IRS and President Obama still maintain that there was no coordination between the White House and the IRS, of course, but this latest revelation makes that still harder to believe.
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Labor Unions Hail Federal Sale of Low Powered Radio Frequencies

June 23, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, FCC, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Radio, Talk Radio, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Labor Unions Hail Federal Sale of Low Powered Radio Frequencies

-By Warner Todd Huston

Labor unions and ACORN-styled community groups based in America’s big cities are hailing a new decision by the Federal Communications Commission to auction hundreds of low power FM radio frequencies in compliance with the federal Local Community Radio Act passed in 2010.

After a 15-year campaign to force the federal government to open up the dial to low power radio stations, the Prometheus Radio Project was finally able to convince Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA) which changed the law to allow more stations to be licensed by the FCC.

Originally new stations on the FM dial could only be licensed if the frequency requested was more than “three clicks away” on a digital dial from an existing station (for instance, from 96.1 to 96.3 is one click on the dial). The new law would allow for frequencies at three or only two clicks from existing stations with the stipulation that the new station would not cause interfere with existing stations. Hence why they would be 100 watt, low power stations.

The FCC has finally acquiesced to Congress’ law and will put thousands of new frequencies up for auction available only to non-profit groups between October 15 and October 29 of this year.
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U.S. News Lumps LaRouchie in With Tea Partiers at IRS Rally

June 23, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


U.S. News Lumps LaRouchie in With Tea Partiers at IRS Rally

-By Warner Todd Huston

Lyndon LaRouche and his followers have never been welcomed into the Tea Party movement but his followers shadow nearly every Washington-based protest that occurs, whether left, center, or right. But in its coverage of Wednesday’s D.C.-based IRS rallies, U.S. News featured a follower of LaRouche as if he were a legitimate part of the Tea Party protest.

In its report on the Tea Party rallies, U.S. News noted that the protests “soon became about a lot more than the IRS” as speakers and protest signs began speaking to a list of complaints. But the first person U.S. News went to for a quote was one Mike Reeves, a follower of Lyndon LaRouche.

“Auditing the IRS is not enough,” protester Mike Reeves, a self-proclaimed follower of controversial political activist Lyndon LaRouche, told Whispers while holding an “Impeach Obama” sign. “The president has got to be removed like [President] Nixon was.”

But, U.S. News failed to inform readers that LaRouche followers have never been part of the Tea Party movement and lending a LaRouchie this platform is misleading. Any quote of a LaRouchie is simply not representative of conservatives, Republicans or the Tea Party movement.
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Buzzfeed Sued Over Unauthorized Use of Photo

June 23, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Buzzfeed, Copyright, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is one of the dangers of the Internet age and Buzzfeed is only the latest website to find itself being taken to court, sued for $3.67 million for using a photograph without the permission of the original owner of the image.

While perusing the Internet, photographer Kai Eiselein stumbled across one of Buzzfeed’s ubiquitous photo essay lists, one titled “The 30 Funniest Header Faces.” The entry from 2010 gathered 30 images of soccer players caught by the camera lens making funny faces while butting heads against a soccer ball.

Eiselein was perturbed, though, to find one of his own photographs featured as one of the 30 amusing images Buzzfeed used. The photog was perturbed because he had uploaded the image to his Flickr feed and taken the time to note on all his images that his photos were “All Rights Reserved” in an effort to keep people from stealing them. As it happens, Buzzfeed simply took the image and never contacted Eiselein for permission to use the image.

Eiselein sent Buzzfeed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice and the site quickly acceded to his demand. So, upon visiting the Buzzfeed page in question now, visitors are greeted with “The 29 Funniest Header Faces.”
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One American Farm Bureau Federation Official’s Trouble With English

June 22, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Farming, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


One American Farm Bureau Federation Official’s Trouble With English

-By Warner Todd Huston

Everyone is talking about the bloated, money-wasting farm bill that failed to pass the House last week. But Dale Moore, one interested party, is all about the discussion being the “penultimate”… something or the other.

Moore is the executive director of public policy at the American Farm Bureau and one must hope he got to that exalted position because he knows farming because he certainly doesn’t seem to know anything about the English language.

In a report in the D.C.-based newspaper The Hill, Moore made to add his oh-so-important contribution to the discussion of the failed farm bill.

Moore was talking to the paper about whether or not the GOP can make another stab at passing the bill. Amusingly, the newspaper quoted this dunce verbatim:

“There’s the penultimate question, and candidly I’m not sure” of the answer, Moore said.

What? “Penultimate”?

Mr. Moore, do you even know what the word “penultimate” means? It means “second to last.” But here Moore uses it like it is the word “ultimate.”

Moron.

Dale Moore is typical of the hapless know-nothings we have in D.C. But Mr. Moore’s ill-educated attempt to sound important aside, this whole debate is proof of exactly what is wrong with the fetid swamp we call Washington DC.

A bill goes down in flames? The people stand against it? Votes are impossible to come by? No worries, just figure out how to “salvage” it and pass it anyway in a different form and when no one is watching. No bad idea ever dies in D.C. It just gets passed under a different name.

This monstrosity parading as a farm bill should not just be retooled. It should be thrown in the trash and not revisited.
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‘Color Purple’ Author’s New Virulently Anti-Semitic Book Draws Criticism

June 22, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Israel, Liberals, Progressives, Race, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


‘Color Purple’ Author’s New Virulently Anti-Semitic Book Draws Criticism

-By Warner Todd Huston

Alice Walker is most well known for authoring The Color Purple, a book on the African American experience that in 1985 became an award-winning film staring Oprah Winfrey among others. But Walker is also well known as a major anti-Semite and in her new book, The Cushion in the Road, Walker “sinks to new lows” of anti-Semitism.

In Walker’s new book 12 essays in a section titled “On Palestine,” a section that forms one quarter of the book, are replete with comparisons of modern-day Israel to Nazi Germany and proclamations that Israel should not be allowed to exist. The book also makes attempts to justify terrorism against Israelis saying Palestinians should not be blamed for terror bombings in Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti Defamation League, slams Walker’s new book saying, “Alice Walker has taken her extreme and hostile views to a shocking new level.”

“Alice Walker has sunk to new lows with essays that remove the gloss of her anti-Israel activism to reveal someone who is unabashedly infected with anti-Semitism,” Foxman said in a press release.
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Eva Longoria’s ‘Devious Maids’ Slammed as ‘Degrading,’ ‘Stereotypical’ to Hispanics

June 22, 2013 | Filed Under Cable, Entertainment, Hispanics, Race, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Eva Longoria’s ‘Devious Maids’ Slammed as ‘Degrading,’ ‘Stereotypical’ to Hispanics

-By Warner Todd Huston

“Devious Maids,” the new TV series produced by and starring actress Eva Longoria, is being criticized as demeaning to Hispanics and for stereotyping Latino women as domestic help.

When commercials started playing advertising the new Lifetime Network drama/comedy about five Latina maids, many potential viewers complained that the heroines of the show were but lowly Latina house maids. It was demeaning, stereotypical, and even racist they said.

Damarys Ocana, executive editor of Latina magazine, was one that immediately criticized the new series. “There probably wasn’t a Latina in the country who didn’t initially roll her eyes of ‘oh great, here we go again. Another Latina character that’s a maid,'” she told ABC News.

Twitter user Yvonne Hernandez was also wary of the premise of the show posting a Tweet that bemoaned the idea “Because there aren’t enough stereotypes about overly dramatic Latinas.”

These reactions were typical of much of the criticism.
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Beer Salute: Obama Thanks Germans for ‘Very Important German Immigrants, Anheuser-Busch’

June 22, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Federalism, Germany, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Beer Salute: Obama Thanks Germans for ‘Very Important German Immigrants, Anheuser-Busch’

-By Warner Todd Huston

During his visit to Germany on Wednesday, President Obama extended the gratitude of the American people unto the citizens of Germany for giving us “Anheuser Busch,” some of our most important German-American citizens.

As the pool reports noted, the President thanked families like “Chrysler, Hershey, Heinz, Einstein, Steinway, Steinbeck, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig for prosperity and inspiration” and noted that young Americans “will always be grateful for Levi Strauss for their blue jeans.”

Obama went on to say, “Americans will also be grateful especially for some very important German immigrants Anheuser Busch.”
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Colorado Sen. Who Spearheaded Anti-Gun Laws Close to Recall

June 21, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Colorado, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Colorado Sen. Who Spearheaded Anti-Gun Laws Close to Recall

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the aftermath of the crime at a Colorado movie theater where 12 people were murdered, the Colorado State legislature quickly moved to adopt stricter gun laws and Senate President John Morse led that effort. But now, after his anti-gun bills were successfully passed into law, Morse faces a recall election that could turn him out of office.

On June 18, Colorado certified that the recall effort had gained enough signatures to move forward making Senator leader Morse the first legislator to ever be recalled in the state’s history.

Morse, a Democrat from Colorado Springs, has been in the legislature for seven years and for a short time was the police chief of Fountain, Colorado. He became Senate majority leader in 2009 after the former occupant of that office resigned to join the Obama administration.

Senator Morse not only supported but championed the new laws that limited ammunition magazines to 15 rounds or less and mandated that background checks be performed even for private transactions on gun sales. Morse also strongly supported several other, even stricter measures but they failed to pass.

Despite the complaints of constituents, the Senator is wholly unapologetic for his strong support of the new gun laws.
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GAO: IRS Could Tax ‘Virtual Currencies’

June 21, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Inernet, IRS, Liberals, President, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


GAO: IRS Could Tax ‘Virtual Currencies’

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that the Internal Revenue Service should do more to warn taxpayers that they could have some tax liability over their holdings in Internet-based “virtual currencies” like Linden Dollars or Bitcoins.

On May 15, the GAO released a report ordered by the Senate Committee on Finance entitled, “Virtual Economies and Currencies.”

“Transactions within virtual economies or using virtual currencies could produce taxable income in various ways, depending on the facts and circumstances of each transaction,” the report warns.

The GAO points out that online currencies that exist only within a certain program–like the “cash” used to buy weapons and items in video games–are not taxable if those currencies exist solely within their lone environment. But other online, “virtual currencies” are a bit less “virtual” in that they can be traded offline and used to purchase real things or can even be converted to U.S. dollars using various third party trading systems.

The latter, the GAO report states, could “pose various tax compliance risks.”
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Angelina Jolie’s Stunt Double Sues News Corp for Phone Hacking

June 21, 2013 | Filed Under Britain, Crime, Entertainment, Hollywood, Journalism, Media, Movies, Newspapers, Rupert Murdoch, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Angelina Jolie’s Stunt Double Sues News Corp for Phone Hacking

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the first lawsuit filed in the U.S. over the British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire, a stuntwoman for actress Angelina Jolie has filed suit alleging that the media company hacked her telephone.

The suit was filed on June 13 by professional stunt double Eunice Huthart who claims that News Corp’s tabloids The Sun and News of the World spied on her phone while she worked on location as Jolie’s stunt double.

The stuntwoman says the hacking occurred over the years 2004 and 2005 as she worked on the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

The suit (Western Division, L.A. case No. 13-04253) alleges that Huthart began to miss messages on her phone, messages that later ended up in stories about the budding relationship between Jolie and actor Brad Pitt, co-stars on the action movie on which the stuntwoman was working.
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VIDEO: Rich Lowry Talks About His New Book ‘Lincoln Unbound’

June 20, 2013 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, GOP, History, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


VIDEO: Rich Lowry Talks About His New Book ‘Lincoln Unbound’

-By Warner Todd Huston

National Review editor Rich Lowry has a new book out entitled, Lincoln Unbound and I recently participated in a Google Hangout with him and a few others to talk about the new tome.

We talk of Lincoln’s education, the books he read, his work as a lawyer, and most especially about his stance on slavery and how he treated it during the war.

We also discuss Lincoln’s detractors, folks such as Thomas DiLorenzo.

You can get Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream–and How We Can Do It Again at Amazon.com or where ever great books are sold.
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National Review Hammers the ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Team

June 20, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, GOP, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Journalism, Marco Rubio, Mexico, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


National Review Hammers the ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Team

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a new editorial, the folks at National Review came out strongly against the immigration plan being sponsored by the so-called “gang of eight” Senators, a group that includes Florida Senator Marco Rubio, calling the bill “Rubio’s Folly.”

NR urges Senator Rubio to vote against the bill he has helped craft, disparaging the proposed legislation as, “an amnesty-first, enforcement-maybe program drawn up mainly to reflect the priorities of 11 million citizens of other countries rather than the concerns of more than 300 million citizens of the United States.”

NR goes on to point out that many of the bill’s “security triggers” are little else but “paper tigers” that are undermined before they even fairly begin. For instance, the requirement that prospective new citizens must have a “clean criminal record” is undermined by the fact that they can actually have two misdemeanors and up to two convictions for drunk driving yet still qualify.
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