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Reverend Al: Government Snitch

By on 4.9.14 | 1:49PM

The oft-entertaining website The Smoking Gun came out with a bombshell report on Monday that Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights leader cum racebaiting, attention seeking cad, worked as a stoolie for the FBI who helped build a case against the mafia. He performed this government service during his 1980s salad days of custom track suits, outrageously large medallions, and enough pomade to choke a horse. The Smoking Gun does not mince words in their must-read:

When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.

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Brandeis’ Disinvitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali No Surprise

By on 4.9.14 | 12:43PM

I wish I could say I am surprised that Brandeis University has withdrawn its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Brandeis was set to give Hirsi Ali an honorary doctorate, but she wasn't good enough for the Coalition of the Oppressed.

In October 2010, I went to Brandeis to accompany my roommate Christopher Kain who was invited to give a poetry reading there. When we entered the main campus building we were greeted by this sign:

FREE GILAD SHALIT
 AND THE 6,011 PALESTINIANS BEING HELD IN ISRAELI JAILS

I should explain the font size for AND THE 6,011 PALESTINIANS BEING HELD IN ISRAELI JAILS was at least ten times larger than FREE GILAD SHALIT. 

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Morning Round-Up 4-9

By on 4.9.14 | 11:11AM

Feature of the Day: The U.S. Through Presidential First Pitches

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. De Blasio Has Victories, Missteps in First 100 Days

Politico

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The Ultimate Warrior, R.I.P.

By on 4.9.14 | 10:23AM

Former professional wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died suddenly yesterday of a heart attack. He was 54.

Warrior's death came only 24 hours after appearing on World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW program for the first time in nearly 18 years. This appearance followed his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday. I watched an excerpt of the induction speech on Monday night and remember his heartfelt tribute to his wife and two young daughters. Needless to say, I can only imagine what they are now going through.

During his appearance on RAW, Warrior told the audience:

No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. 

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Hank Aaron 715 @ 40

By on 4.8.14 | 10:42PM

Forty years ago tonight, on April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to pass Babe Ruth as MLB's all-time HR leader. Aaron hit number 715 off Dodgers lefty Al Downing out of the reach of left fielder Bill Buckner into the bullpen at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium where it was caught by Braves reliever Tom House. 
 
Aaron spent his last two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and would retire after the 1976 season finishing his career with 755 HR. That total would, of course, be surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2007 (who finished his career with 762 HR).
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No Happy Ending for Obamacare

By on 4.8.14 | 4:36PM

Time for our daily fix of Obamacare fumbles.

After their nauseating tale of the success of the “Obamacare underdog," Politico came to their senses and printed a piece about the hurdles ahead of this massive piece of law.

Of the “six big danger points” they discussed, a few were particularly damning.

First, people don’t realize that now that the March 31 “official” deadline has passed, they can’t get insurance for the rest of the year. Even if they end up sick and needing coverage, Obama has stonewalled Americans from seeking care.

Secondly, Americans heard the $95 penalty for not buying insurance and figured, “Eh, not so bad." They didn’t realize that it was $95 or 1 percent of their income – whichever is higher. In other words, if you make any more than $9,500 a year, you are in for a terrible shock when tax time rolls around.

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Reid and the Kochs: Take Twenty-Three

By on 4.8.14 | 4:25PM

Harry Reid really needs to go to rehab for his Koch addiction.

His latest Koch-bashing tirade erupted yesterday, as Reid claimed Republicans should wear suit jackets plastered with Koch insignia:

“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car … for our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear commercials logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch insignias,” Reid said Monday. “While they don’t wear Koch Industries’ ties and jackets, they display their sponsors proudly through their actions here in the United States Senate.”

His Twitter account posted a picture showing off his fashion design skills:

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Cumulus Ratings Sink

By on 4.8.14 | 12:35PM

In the way of the modern media world, a couple of stories on the problems roiling Cumulus radio are causing a stir. This first one is a story at Breitbart that was picked up by Drudge and sat prominently among the Drudge Report's media stories. The Breitbart story, reported by Wyntnton Hall, is titled “Clouds Over Cumulus: Radio Ratings Plunge.” It goes into considerable detail on a new story published over in Inside Music Media by industry reporter Jerry Del Colliano.  We have been following this story for some time now as it directly affects conservative talk radio. But as we have also noted, there is a larger story here that has nothing to do with talk radio.

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Morning Round-Up 4-8

By on 4.8.14 | 10:41AM

Feature of the Day: Large Study Finds Vegetarians Have Poorer Health, Quality of Life Than Meat-Eaters

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. At 21, Recovering Heroin Addict Starts Over
  2. Pensions Pose Latest Challenge for Chicago Mayor
  3. Young Utah Gay Couple Become Face of Gay Marriage

Politico

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Liberals Return to Power in Quebec

By on 4.8.14 | 1:21AM

On Monday night, Quebec voters have rewarded the Liberal Party with a majority government. The Liberals have been elected or are leading in 70 out of 125 seats. Phillipe Couillard will become the new Premier of Quebec. 

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