Talker's Magazine The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
The Advocate No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
Media Matters Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
Orcinus home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
Hominid Views "People, politics, science, and whatnot"
Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
Jesus' General An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
Irrational Public Radio "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
The Maddow Blog Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
Northwest Broadcasters The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps.
Plus "recent" news.
The Moderate Voice The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
News Hounds Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
HistoryLink Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.
right-wing blogs we like
The Reagan Wing Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
Orbusmax inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
Overly paid, fatuous hosts parroting fear mongering while the establishment of the right remains rudderless due to in-fighting from the grassroots and with an extremely wealthy candidate, oblivious to mainstream America making Chevy Chase's SNL Ford character look ready for the job.
voter fraud found at country club
Rich chose the week of the GOP convention to chronicle his findings in the NY Times piece... "On the sixth day, I listened to Glenn Beck, and I saw that he was good. Or if not exactly good, then honest-to-God funny."
"I had tuned in as part of a thought experiment then entering its final
lap: an attempt to put myself in the Republican brain by spending a
solid week listening to, watching, reading, surfing, and otherwise
gorging on conservative media. As would also be true of an overdose of
liberal media, it was lulling me into a stupor, and I was desperate for a
jolt. Beck provided exactly that, in the form of comedy, and to my
astonishment, I found myself laughing out loud—with him, not at him."
Beck provides more comic relief for Rich: "In Beck’s fantasy, someone in the Romney camp did have qualms about
letting an 82-year-old geezer vamp with an empty chair. But the skeptic
had been overruled by a higher-up saying just “three magic words”—to
wit, “It’s Clint Eastwood!” As in: “What could possibly go wrong? It’s Clint Eastwood!” Beck kept repeating this scenario with ever-more-manic variations, turning “It’s Clint Eastwood!” into a burlesque tagline akin to Gene Wilder’s crazed “No way out!” in The Producers
(a Beck favorite). Only at the end of his shtick did politics intrude.
Unless the person who said the three magic words “now has been
terminated,” Beck said, he wouldn’t “trust Mitt Romney’s ability to run
the country.” As he explained, it was only a small step from “It’s Clint Eastwood!” to “It’s Ben Bernanke!”—and the next thing you know, a Romney administration would be extending the term of the despised Fed chairman. He had a point."
Rich was referring to the week that was in Tampa with Clint Eastwood rambling to an empty chair. Said Beck, " “I love Clint Eastwood”—but confessed he’d found the performance “painful to look at.”
Rich feels empathy for the foot soldiers of the conservative movement, even before this week's, all but concession speech from the establishments hope and no-spare change pick of Willard Romney. Rich continues, "... those in the right’s base, who are often sold out by the GOP
Establishment, and admiration for a number of writers, particularly the
youngish conservative commentators at sites like the American Conservative and National Review Online
whose writing is as sharp as any on the left (and sometimes as
unforgiving of Republican follies) but who are mostly unknown beyond
their own ideological circles."
The praise for R$money from the inner circle of conservative writers and hosts was faint but dutiful: "In The Weekly Standard,Andrew Ferguson saluted Mitt
as “a good guy” only after cataloging his “breathless, Eddie Attaboy
delivery, that half-smile of pitying condescension in debates or
interviews when someone disagrees with him, the Ken-doll mannerisms, his
wanton use of the word ‘gosh.’ ” Mike Huckabee tried for a homespun maxim: “If you’ve just been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you honestly don’t care if your neurosurgeon is a jerk.”
Never mind the fact that Bush' 41/43 were not invited to the confab in Tampa, nor was the last candidate for the WH treated any more than as a country cousin, "John McCain was as welcome in Tampa as Banquo’s ghost; even Bill
O’Reilly’s much-hyped prime-time interview with the 2008 standard-bearer
was abruptly truncated for a generic podium speech by Romney campaign
chairman Bob White." Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford were non-mentions but Reagan re-digitized for the Jumbo-Tron was brought out after the 2008 edition nearly shredded was remastered.
After a Monday afternoon of Chris Matthews lobbing a stink-bomb at GOP Chair Reince Priebus, over a birther joke Romney made, FOX news permanently bolted cameras at the delegations of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American
Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or the District of Columbia, all
of which, preposterously enough, were given prime seats near the stage in Tampa.
Sez Rich, "Even now, the GOP seems oblivious to the fact that its alliance with
Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent birther, is enough to cancel out
any serious outreach to African-Americans in 2012. Were it not for
Isaac, Trump might have hijacked the convention on opening night."
Speaking of celebrity, Frank's column also points out how the right uses the has beens of late 80's SNL members Dennis Miller, Victoria Jackson and Jon Lovitz , while Chris Christie's adoration of rocker Bruce Springsteen is not reciprocated.
Beck's disaffection continues with the establishment right, " The morning after opening night in Tampa, Beck fretted aloud about
whether anyone had been watching at all. He was equally nettled by a
study showing that conservatives “just don’t do viral stuff.” Saying
that the right doesn’t share speeches like Ann Romney’s with friends and
that the left does, he asked, “Are we even in the game at this point?” I
thought Beck was being histrionic, but my own anecdotal experience that
week bore him out: The Twitter feeds I followed of conservative voices,
pundits, and institutions generated far less volume and snark than
their liberal counterparts. “Got an awesome hug from the convention info
lady at the terminal,” read an all-too-typical missive from one of the more prolific conservative tweeters, Jonah Goldberg."
free-loading states for Romney
Rush Limbaugh infuriated at the grassroots movement of the right: At the start of convention week, he replayed a Bill Kristol admonition, delivered the day before on Fox News Sunday,
that the convention had to advance a positive agenda. “So what he’s
basically saying is, ‘Don’t make the convention about bashing Obama,’ ” was how Limbaugh translated Kristol’s advice.
He was having none of it. “I think it’s been a trick the Democrats have
used for decades, and I’m stunned that our side keeps falling for it,”
he said. “The trick is: ‘These Independents don’t like criticism! They
don’t like raised voices! They don’t like partisanship! It makes them
nervous. And whenever the Republicans get critical of President Obama,
these Independents just run right back to the Democrats and vote for
them.’ I don’t believe that for a minute!”
Micheal Savage was sickened by “the eunuchs in the Republican Party,”. Says Savage (570 the new and more KKKVI) "..“Just what we need … a man who may be president, that he does his own laundry!” after Ann "you people" Romney claimed her husband is just like us going down to the wash house.
"Now you understand why the tea-party movement arose, and now you
understand why they haven’t even mentioned the tea party … I have no
idea what they stand for.” And he was still just warming up. “The
Republicans have just dug their own grave,” Savage continued. “Unless Romney
gets up there like a man and stops acting like a pocketbook carrier for
his wife, he is finished.”
Another bile-filed response came from Mark Levin, "Obama is “a nasty, leftist ideologue” and to say otherwise is to
emasculate the Republicans’ case against him. “Do we really have to be
driven by focus groups, by Frank Luntz?” he asked. Noting the lousy
convention ratings, he added: “If we’re trying to reach out to Reagan
Democrats and Independents, apparently a lot of them weren’t watching.”
Soon he was taking a call from a Republican election officer who was so
put off by the convention that he said he would vote for Romney but not
go door-to-door to corral others to do so."
Rich points out that the overplaying of the Eastwood video may have done more harm than good by downplaying the anger of the those behind the scenes while relying on “more in sorrow than anger” political strategy.
Frank Rich sums up his adventure in fear and loathing media: "That anger is certain to rage long past Election Day, and if I learned
anything in my week strolling around the conservative mind, it was that
anyone who sticks to an exclusive diet of lame-stream media is missing
Mark and Irene Harris (left, frolicking in the Florida surf), delegates to the GOP convention, wrote this on their blog Rock Star GOP : "Prior to National Republican Convention we visited Disney for three
days. During our time at Epcot we visited the different countries. It
was neat seeing each country and the employees were from that individual
country. Then we visited America . . . one would think you would find
American employees. We were offended to find a person from Mexico
working in America. Mark spoke up and told them he was highly offended
after visiting the other countries and seeing employees from that
country and then come to America and find a Mexican. He was very civil
but his point was well made." They don't allow comments on their blog, but someone must have gotten to them, because a few days later, they posted: " For those of you who have not taken the Epcot experience, it is a trip
well worth taken. Epcot gives you a real world experience all in one
day. The shops, the buildings, the shows, and the food is all inherent
to where you are. Each staff member is identified by a name tag,
referencing their country of origin. As noted, only in the country of
the United States, within Epcot, was a staff member representing and
working, who did not have a name tag representing that country. I would
say being offended may been too harsh, disappointed or dismayed may
have been a better choice of words."
The saddest thing about Clint Eastwood's embarrassing performance at the
Republican National Convention is that it seemed so out of character
for a man who always has been more nuanced and complicated than his
macho film persona would suggest. In fact, many of his films have been
more nuanced and complicated than many realize, often demonstrating a
sensitivity to cultural diversity that is anathema to most Republicans,
once making the case for end of life choice, and once even revealing the
pettiness and empty false mythology behind the violent Westerns that
first made him famous.
Eastwood has come out in favor of gay marriage, but he supports a
presidential candidate who would ban it, and spoke to the convention of a
party that is openly bigoted against the LGBT community. Eastwood last
winter cut an ad that expressed appreciation for the auto bailout that
Mitt Romney opposed and President Obama created. Eastwood is an
environmentalist in a party that sees nature as nothing but a commodity
to be exploited and exhausted. Eastwood in his speech decried the
ongoing war in Afghanistan, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the
Republicans oppose even the limited withdrawal President Obama signed.
Eastwood mocked liberal Hollywood, but has a history of working well
with noted liberal activists such as Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Sean
Penn, Tim Robbins and Hillary Swank. He has been known as a man of
dignity, unpretentious, widely respected, well-liked.
Clint Eastwood is 82 years old, but there is no evidence that his
mental faculties have been suffering. He still directs substantial
films, and he still demonstrates wisdom in his choices of films to
direct. If there is any lesson to be drawn from his public
self-immolation it is that even a nuanced and complicated and normally
respectable man cannot stand in the GOP spotlight without being soiled
by it. This was a self-inflicted disaster, and Eastwood has no one to
blame but himself. It was, nevertheless, sad.
From Bloomberg Businessweek: On the final morning of the Republican National
Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an
exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party’s
highest-earning and most powerful donors. During the more than hour-long
session, Rove explained to an audience dotted with hedge fund
billionaires and investors—including John Paulson and Wilbur Ross—how
his super PAC, American Crossroads, will persuade undecided voters in
crucial swing states to vote against Barack Obama. He also detailed
plans for Senate and House races, and joked, “We should sink Todd Akin.
If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” Then Rove pleaded with his audience for more money—much more.
And finally, we admit to missing this story (We have an excuse. You don't want to know) and we thank those of you who kindly wrote in, asking us to post the information we have gathered:
"After 20 months, Fisher Communications’ KVI-AM Seattle is returning
to its conservative roots. On 9/4 it will again become Talk Radio KVI,
replacing “Smart Talk.” The current format has an emphasis on
entertainment news, lifestyle and health reports, and local news.
Programs include “Sunrise Seattle”, a Good Morning America-type program
hosted by Mark Christopher and Elisa Jaffe, Clark Howard, Phil Hendrie,
“The Buzz” with Scott Carty, the “Daily Wrap from the Wall Street
Journal” with Michael Castner, and Don Imus, as well as paid programming
The once and future format will begin at 5 a.m. on Tuesday with the
familiar voice of John Carlson, 2000 Republican gubernatorial candidate
who has lately been heard on crosstown KOMO radio. Carlson is a talk
radio veteran and onetime communications director for the Washington
State Republican Party.
Carlson will air until 9AM. Then it will be Laura Ingraham. Lars
Larsen will occupy the 6-9 p.m. slot, starting 9/24, followed by Michael
Savage from 9 p.m. until midnight."
In the lead up to the conventions full of more hot air than that being pushed ahead of a hurricane, Rush claims gubmint weather modifications were used to cancel GOP convention and Robertson says the big guy did same to protect Tampa. Plus, GOP grassroots members may be forced out of convention starting today, according to Red State
"At 2:00 p.m. today in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led
by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots
activists. I’ve been on the phone with several individuals involved in
the fight who tell me that the fight is not over, it is only just
"Specifically, the media is reporting that the rules fight is over
because Team Romney is abandoning Ben Ginsberg’s effort to allow
candidates to control delegates. Under an initial proposal, delegates
would, in effect, be chosen by the presumed nominee’s campaign and not
based on votes in the states and delegate selection processes in the
Will Rand Paul sell out his dad for 30 pieces of end times silver/gold?
This is an Open thread folks as the next 2 weeks promise to be a doozy of a storm, so hang on to your parasols and straw hats.
Some Updates tonight from twitter:
@ GingerGibson :
Number of times "I" appears in Christie's prepared text:37. Number of times "Romney" appears: 7
@ howardfineman :
A tough, harsh, nasty speech by Chris Christie -- but effective for the GOP base if nowhere else.
@ jbendery :
20 mins into his speech, Chris Christie actually stops talking about himself and says Mitt Romney's name for the first time.
@ howardfineman :
Ann said nothing in particular by way of a narrative; did not mention
her MS or their charity or any direct mention of the Mormon Church.
As the Chick-fil-A controversy has fired up (the spare parts) of right wing talk by force feeding their hosts complementary product not-ready-for-the-sanitary-sewer-systems out there and the tattooed soccer moms and men dressed in baby clothes lined up in support of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Salem Radio's Mike Gallagher, encouraged his listener(s) to post images of them consuming Chick fil A on Facebook, while Salem itself encouraged a flash mob at the local C-f-A outlet at the Paramus NJ mall, where 200 people or the equilvalent of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie showed up.
Former subway rider, now Chick fil A militia General Curtis Sliwa, seen interrogating pensioner lined up for Operation Fast and Furious Food
Chick-fil-A' CEO, Dan Cathy who earlier last month stated he was 'guilty as charged' with his support of anti-gay organizations and later the 'safety recall' of Jim Henson kids toys from Chick-fil-A resturants after the Henson group (since 2004 owned by Disney) had already severed their ties with Cathy, has built his base around baby jesus-meets-NASCAR-guns-anti-gays-except-for-lesbian porn, stated previously:
"It's very clear in Romans chapter 1, if we look at society today, we see all the twisted up kind of stuff that's going on," Cathy states in the clip. "Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things that we go -- if you go upstream from that, in Romans chapter 1, you will see that because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God, that we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts."
While violating Leviticus and serving 'swine' as Chick fil A's product includes breakfast sandwiches with ...bacon, Cathy's "Win Shape Foundation" contributed nearly $2 million to organizations such as Marriage & Family Foundation ($1,188,380), Exodus International ($1,000) and the Family Research Council (also $1,000) promoting only that hetrosexuals can feel misrable in marriage.
Another spare parts of radio, Pastor Kevin Swanson declared:
"They wondered if the Muppets support NAMBLA and if Kermit is "interested in another frog" instead of Miss Piggy and suggested that Chick-fil-A have a "frog fillet" or a "Miss Piggy on a bun" to memorialize the Muppets' decision to "take the sodomy route."
Fox News host Mike Huckabee declared August 1 to be "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and asked his audience to eat at Chick-fil-A in order to "affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse."
Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes tweeted that "a Chick-fil-A sandwich" is the "best defense against anti-Christian, anti-Chicken, leftwing, heterophobic bigots."
Somehow a wholesome meal of chicken by-product will either keep the gay away or provides a comfort zone for those not ready to come out.
In April, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell, an openly gay man, to serve as his campaign's national security spokesman. Within hours, Grenell was being attacked by a Christian radio talk show host named Bryan Fischer, whose Focal Point call-in show reaches more than 1 million listeners a day.
Nine days after Fischer began his on-air attack, Grenell resigned. He had been the only openly gay member of Romney's campaign staff.
The Christian right and Fischer saw Grenell's resignation as a "tremendous victory," says New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer.
"[Bryan Fischer] feels he and what he calls the 'pro-family' movement managed to hound Romney into pushing an openly gay member of his campaign out because of the fact that he was gay," says Mayer. "So they feel that they've really triumphed on this one."
Grenell said he resigned in part because of the focus on his personal life from both the "far right and the far left." And Romney said he was disappointed Grenell resigned.
Mayer's profile of Fischer, which appears in the current edition of The New Yorker, details how the Christian radio host from Tupelo, Miss., is pushing far-right and anti-gay policy decisions on the Romney campaign and the Republican Party.
"He wants to shape the policy of the Republican Party because he hopes to change America," says Mayer. "He's evangelizing to make America more in line with his biblical views. On his own, he probably defines such far out views that there's a tendency to dismiss him. But what makes Bryan Fischer worth paying some attention to is that he's part of a larger group — a bloc of voters, the evangelical white voters — who have become a very well-organized and very significant part of the Republican Party at this point."
An 'Alternative Universe'
Mayer first became aware of Fischer while in Mississippi covering the Rick Santorum presidential campaign. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that many of Santorum's supporters were "viciously anti-Obama ... not just politically opposed but really worked up about it." She wondered where they were getting their information.
"A number of them said that they loved this talk show host, Bryan Fischer," she says. "That was the first time I had heard of him. So I started tuning into him myself. ... And it was fascinating. And what you begin to realize is that out in the country, there is a completely alternative universe and a completely alternative media universe. And there are even alternative facts that they put out. It is so far to the right, even of Fox, that is just a completely different reality."
Mayer says that Fischer often has like-minded experts on his show who are looked at as outliers within the academic community. One of his favorite guests, Berkeley molecular and cell biology professor Peter Duesberg, has questioned whether HIV causes AIDS. (Fischer has also denied that AIDS is caused by a virus.)
"[Duesberg] is considered almost a pariah within the scientific community because of his views at this point," says Mayer. "But [he is] the person Fischer can turn to and he has an alternative set of facts. He's kind of the last person saying AIDS is caused by other things, by drug use from what they claim is the 'homosexual lifestyle.' "
Other experts come on Fischer's show to debate the theory of evolution.
"In that particular case, it's not a minority view among Republican voters in Mississippi," says Mayer. "Sixty-six percent of the Republican voters in Mississippi don't believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. They believe that the human race was created as is told in Genesis. So Fischer also subscribes to that view and promulgates it and finds experts who agree with that and puts them on the air."
A "Winnable War"
"That's definitely his motto, and his war is to implement biblical law as American law," says Mayer. "He wants the Bible to shape American politics, American law, American government, American values, American culture. That's the fight that he's fighting."
The show is carried and distributed by the American Family Association's radio network, which extends to 200 stations across 35 states. It was founded by Donald Wildmon in 1977 and received national attention in the 1980s and 1990s for boycotting advertisers and stores that sold or supported things the AFA deemed "racy." That included successfully pushing 7-Eleven stores to stop selling Playboy and Penthouse. The AFA later attacked Disney and Home Depot for having employment policies that were gay friendly.
In recent years, Mayer says, the AFA has broadened its reach beyond television shows and advertising campaigns.
"They've really broadened so now they have their own news operation and a production studio where they make movies that are Christian-themed movies for popular consumption," she says.
The AFA is a nonprofit organization, which means it must remain strictly nonpartisan because of its nonprofit status. But Fischer's show is very political, says Mayer.
"He is a very outspoken political voice every single day," she says. "And the way he defines the line legally is that if he doesn't come out and directly endorse a candidate in the 2012 presidential case, then as far as he's concerned he's not breaking the law. So he basically goes out and trashes Obama every day, and he's somewhat critical of Romney — he really liked Santorum, he really liked Rick Perry — but he is a commentator on politics every single day, with very strong opinions. But he stops one inch short of making an actual endorsement."
Long-time conservative radio talker Neil Boortz announced his retirement today, according to a report. The announcement that contains Boortz’s retirement also says that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain will replace him early next year.
Radio Insight tweeted a cached page on Sunday night from WBS radio dated 10:07 a.m. on Monday, June 4 that announces Boortz’s retirement after 42 years in talk radio:
“It’s time for me and my wife, Donna, to hit the road and travel in ways that we have not been able to through most of our 42 years together,” said Boortz – also known as “The Talkmaster” and “The High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth.”
The story notes that former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain will be taking over Boortz’s “200 radio stations with six million weekly listeners” on January 18, 2013.
Cain has joined Boortz regularly and already gives a daily commentary segment during the morning and evening drive-time rushes.
Cain said, “Neal has spent his career as a bold, vocal advocate of what is right in this world and condemning that which is not. I promise the torch Boortz is handing off to me will blaze as bright, as bold, and as loud as ever.”
WSB Programming Director Pete Spriggs said that Boortz will continue to broadcast to his loyal listeners via the “Boortz Blast” daily rant “whenever he can deliver it.”
Will Herman Cain continue to tout his 9-9-9 plan now that he will have a captive audience? Boortz is a strong supporter of the right to abortion, legalization of drugs, pro-gay rights, pro the right to view pornography, very critical of the religious right, et cetera. To be sure, he differs with most libertarians on the threat of Islamic extremism. But he's clearly more of a libertarian than a conservative. How will Cain fare with Boortz' audience?
Janine Turner is best known for play the role of Maggie, the tough-but-vulnerable Maggie the Pilot in the hit show "Northern Exposure." While filming, she lived in eastern King County where her neighbors said she kept to herself. After the leaving the series, she starred in two movies, a television show on Lifetime Network, then moved back to Texas and had a daughter. Along the way, she discovered religion and has spent the last few years promoting religious videos, Christian Yoga, called "Christoga", and started a radio show.
Janine recently debuted her conservative, political talk radio show on Talk Radio KLIF 570 in the Dallas/Fort Worth market: The Janine Turner Show – American Exposure - Hollywood Flair, Washington Savvy, American True Grit. Janine is a highly acclaimed public speaker, First Lady of Texas Anita Perry says, “After hearing Janine speak, I felt inspired, touched, motivated and – quite frankly – in awe. Her speech was riveting.” Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the RNC says, “Janine is a rare mix of talented actress and principled committed conservative. Her understanding of how entertainment shapes our culture makes her a potent force and sought after speaker.” Governor Sarah Palin says, “Actress Janine Turner was an eloquent supporter, particularly on the subject of women in politics and the strength and value of single moms who are committed to raising solid citizens.” On her radio website she promotes links to books and articles that claim President Obama was born in Kenya.
"Her Op-Ed articles have been published in media outlets such as Fox Opinion, the Daily Caller and she is an “Arena” contributor to Politico. She has appeared on numerous television news shows including: Fox and Friends, Hannity, Glenn Beck, Huckabee, Megyn Kelly, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, CNN’s Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and The Parker/Spitzer Show. She is a frequent guest on the Laura Ingraham, William Bennett, Lou Dobbs, Steve Gill Show and Glenn Beck radio shows and is a sought after regular guest on other popular radio shows across the country.
Along with Janine’s published Op-Eds, she has written 90 essays on the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and is a regular Blogger. The video clips of her Speeches, her Fox Opinion Op-Eds, Essays, Politico contributions, Blogs and Radio Show Podcasts may all viewed on her website. "
A Super-Pac supporting Mitt Romney for President is contemplating a new attack ad on President Obama, one again tossing out the name of the controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Republican strategists, including Fred Davis who worked for MCain in 2008, want to "do exactly what John McCain would not let us do"--run TV ads linking Obama to provocative comments made by Write at the same time then-Sen. Obama attended his church. The Super PAC is funded by Joe Rickets, found of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.
The proposed ad campaign is referred to as, "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama:The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good." According to the leaders of this Super-Pac, this will "show the world" how President Obama's views of America were formed and how it has "brought this country to its knees."
Both Romney and McCain have indicated they do not support this proposed ad campaign. McCain said he is "proud of the campaign he ran in 2008 and he stands by the decisions he made." Romney's campaign said they were running a "campaign based on jobs" and that Obama was the one who was running a "campaign of character assassination."
Conservative author Ed Klein recently interviewed Rev. Wright . Of the Obamas, Wright said, "Church is not their thing. It was never their thing." Apparently Klein was shocked that Rev. Wright was calm and polite and very soft spoken. "He was nothing like I have seen on the videotapes," he told Sean Hannity. "...There was no sense that this guy could go off the deep end."
One reason Romney is downplaying the idea of such ads is that he, himself, would end up having to face questioning about being a Mormon. Romney has very carefully not mentioned his religion, and non-Mormons are not allowed inside the Temple to hear what the church Elders are saying, like the press was able to do with Rev. Wright.
We know Romney would be loathe to having the press question him about polygymy, or how Joseph Smith was arrested numerous times for conning people out of their money in the days before he "found" the "Golden Tablets" that explained to him how he would be the mighty leader of an enormous religious movement. (Oh, and, how these Golden Tablets happened to be destroyed and disappeared.) Or how Smith put a seer stone in a hat to reveal what God was telling him..inside the hat. Or how Mormon's believe that when a man dies, he will be made a god on his own planet and be given 100 wives, or that when Jesus returns, it will be in Missouri.
"The separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, who were concerned about the threat to their religious liberty in the State of Connecticut. These Baptists were concerned that there was no protection in the state Constitution from legislation about religious matters. " It is a term used often by the Supreme Court when dealing with the collision of someone's religion and the government.
America is a country of many religions, including atheism. We have enough challenges to solving our nation's problems without the added burden of a varying set of beliefs.
To the surprise of no one, today Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for President of the United States.
"We made a decision to get into this race at our kitchen table, against all the odds, and we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting," Santorum said during an address in Gettysburg, Pa.
During his 14-minute speech, Santorum did not endorse Mitt Romney.
The Pennsylvania Republican had taken a break from the campaign trail for several days to tend to his ailing daughter Bella. He had pledged to continue campaigning through the upcoming Pennsylvania primary. But the combination of his daughter's sickness and recent poll numbers showing him possibly losing his home state apparently prompted the early departure.
Why use the word "suspend", and not "quit"?
It's a political distinction rather than a legal one, said Michael Toner, a prominent Republican election lawyer and former Federal Election Commission chairman.
"It gives you more flexibility politically" and "political cover to get back in the race," if a candidate chooses to do so, Toner said. "It gives you more wiggle room."
By not officially terminating a campaign, a candidate can continue to raise money to retire debt. A candidate would not be allowed to "terminate" their campaign -- in the technical sense with the FEC -- unless they paid off their obligations and debts.
This leaves a clear path for Romney and the nomination, unless significant brokering takes place at the convention this summer.
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