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Andrew Breitbart, RIP

Awful, shocking news to wake up to this morning. I don’t know what to say. We’ve lost a great warrior. He was one-of-a-kind. Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles. We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to [...]

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Video: Navy Railgun Test

The motto for the program is “Velocitas Eradico” which translates speed kills. The projectile coming out of this fires at nearly three times the speed of a navy artillery shell, i.e. 5,600 mph. More here.

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Bill Clinton: Build the Keystone Pipeline

I never thought I’d miss Bill Clinton, but Obama is making me reconsider: [HT: Daily Caller]

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Occupiers Arrested for Arson of Green Mountain Falls Town Hall

Green Mountain Falls is a small town near Colorado Springs, CO. Last week arsonists burned down the local Town Hall. Deputies worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and officers from the Green Mountain Falls Police Department to put together an investigation, which led them to two potential suspects the next day. Deputies contacted one of the suspects, 21-year-old Zachariah Shaffer, Friday afternoon. The other suspect, 22-year-old Kyle Lawrence, [...]

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Occupiers Vandalize Banks, Businesses in Portland

Solid report from KATU [ht: Breitbart TV]. This is one of the few times I’ve heard any reporter in the US refer to Occupy as “anti-capitalist” despite overwhelming evidence that this is what they are: Police said at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, a U.S. Bank branch near S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and S.E. Main Street had windows broken out and the ATM was damaged. Police said rocks were found inside and outside the building. [...]

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Harry Reid Vows to Pimp Media Matters’ New Book

So Media Matters coordinates weekly with the Democratic White House and it’s books are being promoted by the Senate Majority Leader, but other than that they’re totally non-partisan: Reid told the crowd he was “looking forward to this book, because if there’s anyone that needs to feel good about someone else beating up on Fox, it’s me.” He said Brock “has changed the political world as we know it,” and [...]

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Russia Today Says Assad’s Attack on Homs No Different Than US Attack on Fallujah

Desperate to back up the Kremlin’s decision to support Assad’s regime, RT has been arguing that the world’s media is at fault in the conflict. But this clip takes that to a new level. Here you have RT claiming that Assad’s deliberate shelling of civilians who want him gone from power is no different than the US battle for Fallujah in 2004: Those of us not on Putin’s payroll can [...]

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Video: Tornadoes Rampage Through Central States, Killing Nine

Severe storms and tornadoes hit several states including Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas: One town in Kansas–Harveyville–is believed to have suffered severe damage to as much as 60% of its structures. Here’s aerial video of the scene:

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Video: $375 Million in Medicare Fraud from One Doctor

One doctor’s medical practice did all this in just five years. The fraud involved both Medicare and Medicaid: This, as they say, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Obama Administration: High Gas Prices Are a Feature, Not a Bug

I’ve been working a bit behind the scenes to put together a video demonstrating that high gas prices were something the Obama administration sought from the moment they came into office. Heritage has beat me to the punch with this clip: There’s quite a bit more evidence on this front. Consider this clip from Harry Reid: Here’s Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2009 discussing our need for “transformational” policies that [...]

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Video: Susan Sarandon’s Ode to Occupy

She couldn’t just go up and speak, she had to write out her important thoughts and read them: Astounding that this woman believes the Occupy movement got a raw deal from the media. Really, Susan? How many rapes happened before the national media mentioned it even once? I think the actual answer to that is around six. And it wasn’t until the riot in Oakland that vandalism and destruction of [...]

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New Avengers Trailer is Pretty Spectacular

It’s early for this, but damn this is so good: I was not convinced by the early trailers but this one is much better.

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Video: It’s On – “Here Comes the Catholic Church”

Planned Parenthood launched a YouTube campaign this week in support of the HHS contraception mandate on employers. Here’s a brief video from Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, introducing their “I Have a Say” campaign. Father John Hollowell, a Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, decided he had a little something to say in response. I enjoyed the whole thing but jump ahead to 3:30 if you are [...]

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Video: Romney Wins Narrowly in Michigan

The state has been called for Romney and he’s just given his victory speech. It’s a win but a narrow one. At this moment, with 86% reporting, Romney has 354,335 votes to Santorum’s 326,302. The margin has actually been shrinking over the last half hour. But unlike Iowa, Santorum isn’t going to wind up the winner this time. Romney also won Arizona so it’s a sweep. According to exit polling, [...]

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Obama Talks Tough on Iran

John on March 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Speaking to a major Democratic constituency group, Obama says what he has to:

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I don’t think this display of tough talk, which everyone knows is about domestic politics as much as foreign policy, will impress the Iranian Mullahs. They’ve taken Obama’s measure back in 2009. If Libya gave them any pause, I think his slow reaction to the provocations in Syria has certainly reassured them.

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Kirsten Powers vs. the Army of Swine on the Left

John on March 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

Kirsten Powers has an excellent column bashing the left’s glaring hypocrisy on the Fluke story:

if Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?

During the 2008 election Ed Schultz said on his radio show that Sarah Palin set off a “bimbo alert.” He called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” (He later apologized.) He once even took to his blog to call yours truly a “bimbo” for the offense of quoting him accurately in a New York Post column.

Keith Olbermann has said that conservative commentator S.E. Cupp should have been aborted by her parents, apparently because he finds her having opinions offensive. He called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” He found it newsworthy to discuss Carrie Prejean’s breasts on his MSNBC show. His solution for dealing with Hillary Clinton, who he thought should drop out of the presidential race, was to find “somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out.” Olbermann now works for über-leftist and former Democratic vice president Al Gore at Current TV.

There’s also a paragraph on Matt “balding turd” Taibbi and one on Chris “thrilla” Matthews. But Powers gives top place to Bill Maher. I won’t spoil it, just click over and read the whole thing.

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Rush Apologizes

John on March 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

Sandra Fluke made one of the silliest demands in recent memory. The left’s birth control narrative was about to become a subject of endless ridicule not just because of the topic but because it was so clearly false. And then someone went too far with a comedy bit.

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I realize the right owes Rush a lot. I realize the left and the President seized on this as a way to change the narrative away from Ms. Fluke’s risible sob story ($3,000 for birth control?!). I realize the MSM fell in line with the left’s attack as they always do. All that said, this really was an own goal.

With great power comes great responsibility and all that.

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Red Eye Tribute to Andrew Breitbart

John on March 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

This is just a great tribute. Funny and fun:

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Occupy Oakland Thugs Charged with Robbery, Hate Crimes

John on March 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

The rolling crime spree is back in business:

On March 2, 2012, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged three Occupy Oakland protesters with felony counts of robbery and hate crimes.

On February 22, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., the Oakland Police Department contacted a female victim after responding to a report of a robbery in the 4000 block of Piedmont Avenue. The victim told officers she had been walking down the street, across from the Wells Fargo bank, near a small group of Occupy Oakland protesters calling for a riot. The victim, who has been a resident of the area for over 20 years, suggested to the protesters not to riot in her neighborhood.

She was surrounded by three protestors and battered as they yelled vulgar epithets regarding their perception of her sexual orientation. Her wallet was taken during the crime. The victim broke away from the group, and called police who were able to arrest one suspect near the scene…

The two additional suspects were located and arrested at a February 29th Occupy protest following investigation by the OPD Major Crimes Section.

Here are the three winners charged with the crimes:

  • Suspect-1, Michael Davis, White male, 3/24/79 [pictured]
  • Suspect-2 , Nneka Crawford, African American female, 3/29/88
  • Suspect-3, Randolph Wilkins, African American male, 3/5/87

This is a police report so no one bothered to ask the Occupy Oakland spokestool whether or not these folks were part of his group. Of course the fact that two of them were arrested at an Occupy protest should be a hint.

[Hat tip to Defend Wall St. via Twitter]

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Video: Massive Twister Touches Down Near Henryville, Indiana

John on March 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Raw video of the twister:

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This clip appears to be damage from this twister, at least from the same storm system:

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Author of Infanticide Paper Received Death Threats

John on March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

One of the authors of a recently published article suggesting newborns are not persons and should be subject to post-birth termination has received death threats:

Dr Francesca Minerva said that the days since her paper was published in a medical journal have been ‘the worst in my life.’ She said she has received a series of hate messages claiming she would ‘burn in hell’.

In her paper in the British Medical Journal, Dr Minerva, who is based at the University of Melbourne but is also a research associate at Oxford, suggested that killing newborn babies was no different from abortion.

The argument here is that her research into person-hood is academic and therefore shouldn’t be considered a recommendation for policy. But it seems to me that policy in these areas is almost uniformly guided by the theory of academics. So the idea that her work has nothing to do with the real world is disingenuous at best.

Francesca knows full well that what she argues could well become the basis for some future policy. Indeed, that’s part of the reason universities have “ethicist” and probably a very real part of why she chose to become one (and why she’s writing about this topic).

That’s not to say that academics should be prevented from writing controversial things, but let’s not be coy. This is how we get policy and the public understands that even if Dr. Minerva does not. That they find the potential policy she’s contemplating with regard to newborns monstrous is understandable, and indeed a credit to them. That of course doesn’t excuse them from crossing the same line of respect for life in her case.

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Obama Calls Law Student Demanding Free Contraception

John on March 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

You have to appreciate the Orwellian nature of this clip. Obama is calling this woman, who is already being used for fundraising by Democrats, to offer his support to someone and to decry political attacks on individual citizens. Meanwhile, everyone in the room understand that this is a thinly veiled attack on Rush Limbaugh by…the President:

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BTW, there’s a simple way to know who is going to win this one. In mytho-poetic storytelling, the hero is often defined by certain character traits, one of which is a defense of women, children or those less physically powerful. By making this phone call Obama literally makes himself into a hero in a way that is culturally hardwired into our consciousness.

Absolute hypocrisy on his part, but smart politics.

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Occupy Phoenix Goes Full Stalinist: Let’s Re-Educate ALEC CEOs via Hard Labor

John on March 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

This is a protest that happened a couple days ago in Phoenix but it’s part of a, supposedly, nationwide protest in which Occupiers focus on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. You can read background on the group here. Essentially they’re a bunch of conservative state legislators that get together to push federalism and free markets. Sounds like the Occupiers have some kangaroo trials in mind for ALEC members followed by re-education via hard labor.

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All ALEC CEO’s will do manual labor rebuilding any and all ecosystems the corporations have destroyed. They will serve one month for every dollar spent on lobbying during their tenure.

Haven’t we seen this sort of thing play out before in other communist nations? I think we have in China, in Cambodia, in North Korea and in Russia. But of course no one in the MSM will report on the extremist nature of this movement. They won’t even dare to call these folks anti-capitalist. That needs to change.

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Video: Sen Cardin Tells Government Employees They Are Undercompensated

John on March 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

From the Daily Caller:

I worked in government for 11 years. I can tell you from experience that this line is one that is constantly repeated by government workers. They convince themselves that their jobs are poorly paid.

In fact, that’s not true. Government workers may start at a lower salary but they also get fantastic benefits that most private workers do not. The best health insurance we ever had was the one we got through my government job.

Government workers also, on the whole, work less hard than most private sector employees. At least that was true in every office I worked in on both coasts of the United States. I could literally write a book about the ways in which this is true. It would be a comedy. Trust me. I saw people who had government jobs do things that would be a firing offense in any rational world. They always got away with it.

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U.S. Investigators Nab Soldiers Guilty of…Storing Korans for Safekeeping?

Morgen on March 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

What were they supposed to do, ship them off to the National Archives under armored guard? From the Washington Post:

Military investigators have concluded that five soldiers were involved in the incineration of a pile of Korans in Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. military officials who have been briefed on the inquiry.

The burning of the Muslim holy books — which U.S. officials say was accidental — incited a week of protests that left 30 Afghans dead. The burnings also were cited as motivation for at least some of the six fatal attacks on U.S. soldiers that have occurred in Afghanistan in the last eight days.

Investigators appointed by Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, found that the soldiers removed the Korans from a prison located at Bagram air base after they were found to contain extremist messages.

The books were then placed in an office for safekeeping, according to the inquiry. But they were mistaken for garbage and taken to a landfill on the base.

This is just ridiculous, and it’s not even the worst part.

U.S. military officials said that although the five soldiers will be reprimanded, it’s unlikely that their names will be released or that their punishment will approach the seriousness of what some Afghans are demanding, including trial in an Afghan court.

For the soldiers, it will be serious — they could lose rank. But you’re not going to see the kind of public trial that some here seem to want,” said one U.S. military official.

Well it’s good to know they won’t be turned over to the Afghan hordes to be executed, at least. But to think of these soldiers even losing rank, when they are risking their lives on a daily basis, within a system where honor is everything…it makes my blood boil.

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World to Islam: We Surrender

Morgen on March 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

A bit of an overstatement sure, but this is an official emissary of the United Nations, the closest thing on the planet to a governing world body. And with the leader of the most powerful national on earth already having prostrated himself before the religion of peace, who else is left?

Have I missed some important development shifting the balance of power between Afghanistan and the rest of the world? Are they now harboring the cure for cancer or some other resource of such immense value that it is vitally important we do whatever it takes to remain in their good graces? Because as far as I knew we were expending the power and prestige of our armed forces, the lives of far too many of our best and brightest, not to mention billions of dollars of aid borrowed against our children’s future, in order to prevent their nation from devolving back into a medieval hellhole ruled by barbarians and thugs. With some critical help from our allies. But clearly the tables must have turned somehow.

A statement of regret or a carefully worded apology for any unintentional offense given would arguably be reasonable under circumstances such as these. But at this point we’ve long since moved past the point of conveying that we’re sorry. These aren’t apologies – they are pleas for mercy.

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Andrew Breitbart, a Video Tribute

Morgen on March 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I’d love to see a tribute that shows the softer side of Andrew which a lot of people never saw, but this is really great.  A brave warrior indeed.

Via the Franklin Center and Ben Howe.

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Andrew Breitbart: The New Media’s Swashbuckling Star is Gone

John on March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

Andrew Breitbart was the Douglas Fairbanks of the new media. In a world of blue-blazered, conservative drones and humorless liberal scolds, he was a swashbuckling figure with a sword at his side and, often, a dagger in his teeth. His role on the national stage was to swing in on a rope, chew up the fake sets and a dozen or so of the bad guys’ goons, then leap away to safety. Then, before he ran off screen, he would look back over the scene of chaos he’d left behind and grin in both mirth and satisfaction. It was the grin that made him special.

I first met Andrew at a conference here in southern California in October of 2009. He was a featured speaker. Morgen and I and a few other lucky bloggers had the chance to talk with him in a semi-private setting. I shot this clip of him talking about the new media and his role in it:

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I’d seen Andrew a few times since then, usually at conferences. He would always talk as if we were in the middle of a conversation not the start of one. He was very supportive to me and others in private, something bloggers don’t get a lot. I think he knew better than most just how much a kind word meant.

The constant barrage of hate directed his way by the left was something to behold. He would retweet the worst attacks on Twitter as a way to point out just how vile the left could be when you weren’t in their camp. I’m sure it was a strain on him. I hate to think how much. That some people on the left are celebrating today only proves his point.

Just a couple weeks ago I was at another conference in DC where Andrew and his team were introducing a new film on Occupy Wall Street. He entered the room in a Guy Fawkes mask and a cape, to the laughter of some and the confusion of others. A bit later, during the Q&A here’s what happened:

That’s me standing (blue blazer and all). And that’s Andrew being uncommonly generous and doing something no one expected. Needless to say, it was the highlight of my weekend. I went up afterwards to thank him, but he was gone. He’d rushed out before the panel ended (possibly swinging from a chandelier) to do another interview.

I didn’t know Andrew nearly as well as I wish I had. Still, I’m really going to miss him. Everyone knows he was daring and larger-than-life. What not everyone knows is that he was also approachable, generous, and funny. It seems impossible that he’s really gone so soon. The swashbuckling star isn’t supposed to leave the film in the 2nd reel. Who is left to save the day?

Rest in peace, Andrew.

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