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Archive for February, 2009

Paul Harvey, RIP

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Media

One of the most distinctive voices on radio has been silenced: CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90. Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in […]

The Return Of Mitt Romney, And Bad News For Sarah Palin

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Politics, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin

For the third year in a row, Mitt Romney has won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference: (CNN) — One day after delivering a forceful campaign-style speech to the conference of conservative activists, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won his third straight CPAC Straw Poll on Saturday, earning 20 percent of the […]

Bobby Jindal’s Hypocrisy

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Bobby Jindal, Dumbasses, Politics

Apparently the Louisiana Governor’s motto goes something like — pork for thee, but investment for me: BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money in the president’s economic stimulus package that Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized […]

Meet The Next Old Media Dinosaur

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Business, Economics, Media, Television

Now that the dead tree media is officially in the die off stage, it’s time to turn attention to the next member of the old media that’s about to enter triage: For decades, the big three, now big four, networks all had the same game plan: spend many millions to develop and produce scripted shows […]

Even The Wizard Of Omaha Isn’t Immune From The Downturn

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Business, Credit Crisis, Economics

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reports some disappointing results: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK A) has reported a 62 percent drop in its 2008 net income because investment and derivative losses of nearly $7.5 billion weighed on the results. Billionaire Buffett details his worst year leading Berkshire in a shareholder letter […]

The Truth Behind Obama’s Numbers

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Economics, Politics

A reader at Andrew Sullivan’s place points out the absurdity of Obama’s deficit reduction projections: I see in Table 8.8 of the budget that the White House assumes real GDP growth of 3.2% in 2010, 4.0% in 2011, 4.6% in 2012 and 4.2% in 2013. I leave it to your imagination what the deficits would […]

Palin, Huckabee, Romney Tied In 2012 Race

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under 2012 Election, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Politics, Sarah Palin

A new CNN poll of Republican preferences for 2012 shows a statistical tie between the usual suspects: WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the the first unofficial ballots are cast in the next race for the White House, a new national survey of Republicans indicates that the GOP doesn’t have a clear presidential frontrunner — but does […]

Huckabee Blasts McCain, Six Months Too Late

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under 2008 Election, Credit Crisis, Economics, Mike Huckabee, Politics

Mike Huckabee used his speech at CPAC as an opportunity to take a jab at the least relevant Republican in Washington: WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mike Huckabee and John McCain got along famously during the Republican presidential campaign, but now Huckabee — possibly mulling another bid in 2012 — is putting some space between himself and […]

The Tea Parties: A New Revolution Or Much Ado About Nothing ?

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Credit Crisis, Economics, Politics, Republicans

The right-side of the blogosphere was all over yesterday’s protests against the bailouts: Several thousand neopatriots – some shouting “Give me liberty or give me death!” – took to the streets in over 30 US cities Friday, representing what some of them call the beginning of a new conservative counterculture in America. “The spark has […]

Does The Right Get It ?

by @ Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Filed under Politics, Republicans

Rick Moran monitors the state of conservatism at CPAC: Classic conservative principles are timeless; immutable tenets that have inspired great changes in government over the last 400 years and spoken passionately and plainly to the needs and hopes of ordinary people. Since the end of World War II, those classical principles have informed a devastating […]

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