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Open thread – Oklahoma’s “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett

Oklahoma doesn’t make the news very often, and when it does the news is usually bad or odd. The controversial April 29th execution of Clayton Lockett was last week’s entry into the Oklahoma Bad News Hall of Fame. If you want a textbook example of a man who belonged on Death Row, you need look […]

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Actions of Lamar Alexander’s Campaign and Supporters Raise Questions

At issue is a proposed exhibit about Senator Alexander originally scheduled to be displayed at various locations around Tennessee beginning in late 2013 and running until after next year’s elections. The traveling exhibit, which had been planned and overseen by the Tennessee State Museum, is now on hold. Ben Hall, the reporter at Nashville’s News Channel […]

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Florida Lt. Governor quits amid probe

Here is an excerpt from an AP story published by FoxNews.com: Florida’s lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a widening scandal of a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was a $300 million front for illegal gambling. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll’s resignation came a day after she was questioned […]

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Maureen Dowd no defender of Susan Rice

If U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was expecting women in the national media to defend her, then Rice must be disappointed by Maureen Dowd’s November 27th newspaper column pertaining to Rice’s meetings with Senate Republicans. In her column, Dowd describes the perspective of U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and the questions that Senator Collins intended to […]

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That Martin/Zimmerman Mess

As more details about the Martin/Zimmerman case emerge, the messier it becomes. I want to quote some excerpts from a recent ABC/Good Morning America story about the case. Zimmerman had claimed he had called police about Martin, whom he found suspicious, then went back to his car when Martin attacked him, punching him. Taken at […]

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Trouble in South Carolina

First it was then-Governor Mark Sanford. Now it is this:  South  Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned Friday amid a criminal investigation into  whether he spent campaign money on personal items. The FOXNews story goes on to say this: Ard easily won election in 2010, and then freely  spent campaign cash on tickets to the […]

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The co-opting of the Girl Scouts can now be considered complete

There are many stories out there chronicling the Girl Scouts embrace of values that many would call out of the mainstream.  Just google Girl Scout controversies and see them for yourself. But this one in the eyes of some may be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the GSA: In 2010, the Girl Scouts of […]

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Drew Brees gets Marino’s record

Couldn’t happen to a classier act: Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints - a record and a rout. Brees set the NFL mark for yards passing in a season, breaking a record that Dan Marino had held for nearly three decades, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 […]

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Susan Sarandon: Astoundingly ignorant of history or brutally prejudiced?

David Wolpe at the Washington Post is wondering: A Nazi is someone who believes large segments of humanity should be brutally, summarily slaughtered.  A Nazi is someone who promoted, or now would applaud, the murder of six million Jews, and laments that the killing was not more comprehensive.  A Nazi is not someone who condemns […]

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iThink it’s a bit much (UPDATED)

I’ve been watching the reaction to Steve Jobs death… and was a bit… unsettled… over it all… and then I found this from Robert: I must phrase this carefully because I don’t intend to be disrespectful: the global outpouring of grief for an inventor of consumer goods seems a little curious to me, maybe even a little […]

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Sarah Palin Suits Up

Well, ain’t that just a fine kettle of fish Random House and Creepy Joe McGinniss have done opened all over themselves with Creepy Joe’s book about Sarah Palin. As a lot of us noted, there was a lot of material that lent itself to a libel lawsuit. And the best part was only about half […]

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Breitbart, You Magnificent Bastard! You Read Their Book!

Well, Creepy Joe McGinniss’ stalker’s-eye-view of Sarah Palin is out, and — as expected — it’s filled with anonymous reports, scurrilous rumors, and unsourced allegations. And, as expected, it’s having no effect whatsoever — the only people giving it any real weight were already heavily anti-Palin, and her supporters recognize it as a smear piece […]

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"Replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama"

Newt Gingrich is saying things that need to be said… and widely heard: "Imagine that Governor Palin had become president. Imagine that she had announced that Roe versus Wade in…

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Fire in the belly

I'd say this Alabama Congressional candidate's got it:H/T to W&W. Crossposted at Brutally Honest….

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We are no longer the land of the free

I missed this one somehow… perhaps you did as well:A St. Louis scientist who was among a select group picked by the Obama administration to pursue a solution to the…

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Was Obama aware of this… (UPDATED)

… when he escorted the Dalai Lama out the back door of the White House some months ago:Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Thursday that he is a Marxist,…

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Bernie Madoff beat up in prison – an omen?

Reuters:Bernard Madoff, the swindler who orchestrated a multibillion dollar fraud, was attacked by another inmate at the federal prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence, the Wall Street Journal…

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Beverly Young saves the day

My favorite wife of a Congressman is back in the news. Beverly Young knew there was a reason she missed her flight to the nation’s capital Monday. Young, the outspoken…

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Get well Barbara Bush

She just had AVR Surgery. From AP- Former first lady Barbara Bush was recovering Thursday following 2 1/2-hour heart surgery to replace her aortic valve, hospital officials said. ***** The…

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Madeline ‘Maddy’ Loftus RIP

Madeline ‘Maddy’ Loftus RIP

She was one of those killed in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407. From the Buffalo News- Madeline Loftus, 24, a former Buffalo State College student who lives in…

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Actor James Whitmore dead at 87

Actor James Whitmore dead at 87

He was twice nominated for Oscars. First for his role in the war movie classic, 'Battleground'. Then for playing former President Harry Truman in the one man show made into…

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Book 'em Danno

Book 'em Danno

Might be Steve McGarret's first order after reading the Honolulu Advertiser obituary on Hawaii Five-0 supporting actor Harry Endo. "Hawaii 5-0" actor Harry Endo, who portrayed a cerebral medical examiner…

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Actor Patrick McGoohan dead at 80

I know he was most famous for 'The Prisoner' but my memories of McGoohan come from his record four guest appearances as a murderer on Columbo. These mystery movies from…

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Actor Ricardo Montalban dead at 88

When he got to the Pearly gates did someone greet him. "I'm God, welcome to Heaven"? His longest running role was that of Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, a show…

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Jump the shark

Today's lesson in irony- 'Joe the Plumber' Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn't think the media should be allowed to…

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