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State of the Union:

In Defense of Ann Coulter

Aug 11, 2014 9:27 AM PT

Ann Coulter's most recent column calling Kent Brantley, the Christian missionary/doctor suffering from Ebola, "idiotic" for going to Africa in the first place, has produced a ton of blowback.  Much of that blowback has come from her fellow conservatives -- some of it thoughtful, some not so much.

In her usual blunt and humorous way, I found Coulter's column quite thoughtful, especially since she touched on a dilemma I've been grappling with for quite some time. Here's the gist of Coulter's primary point:

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RNC chairman calls for MSNBC blackout

Jan 30, 2014 9:52 AM PT

In response to The NBC/MSNBC Clown Car Sputters On, Providing Grim Amusement For All:

You'll be relieved to know that I'm trying to get "Justified" actor Nick Searcy, who knows a few things about loving conservative inter-racial families, to go down to MSNBC headquarters and straighten them out.  I suggested the network should have a frank on-air discussion about its problems and invite him to participate.  "They don't want it THAT frank," he replied.

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Mark Murray must go

Jan 30, 2014 5:38 AM PT

The howls of outrage from every corner of the media that would erupt if a top Fox News reporter compared the heroism and sacrifice of a wounded military vet to the annoyances of a cosseted Republican politician that can't get what he wants from congressional Democrats would be deafening.  Remember, this is the same left-wing media that tried to fabricate a negative story about George Bush's service in the National Guard to discredit him when he ran against the greatest super-soldier since Captain America, John Kerry.  

But the outrage against NBC political director Mark Murray revealing himself as an utterly deranged Obama fanboy and claiming the sacrifice of Sgt. Cory Remsburg - who fought his way back from being blown to bits by a roadside bomb - was "also a story about Obama," for whom "nothing has ever come easy," has been muted.  As Ace of Spades notes, this wasn't just a dimwitted Tweet from the swooning Obama cultist; he expounded on the idea at NBC's "First Read" blog.  And former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau swung into back him up, claiming he had the exact same thought while reading the State of the Union speech.

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Barack Obama, war hero

Jan 29, 2014 8:41 AM PT

The big finish to President Obama's State of the Union address involved saluting Army Ranger Sgt. Cory Remsburg:

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack. We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain.

For months, he lay in a coma. The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn't speak; he could barely move. Over the years, he's endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day.

Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side. But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he's learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he's working toward the day when he can serve his country again.

"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that's worth anything is easy."

Cory is here tonight. And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit.

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Obama: We Must Move-Off Permanent War-Footing

Jan 28, 2014 7:14 PM PT

During tonight's State of the Union, President Obama informed the country that it needs to move off permanent "war-footing." Instead we need to build up our foreign partners but provided no further details about what that might look like. 

The President went on to pledge he will "reform our surveillance" programs, however in the context of his remarks, he is referring to FOREIGN surveillance, and as of yet, he has said nothing of the NSA's domestic dragnet. 

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Top Seven Celebs at State of the Union

Jan 28, 2014 3:51 PM PT

The State of the Union is occasion to make political statements through invited guests almost more so than it is through the speech itself and various responses. This years guest list doesn't fail to disappoint. Here is a line up of some noteworthy attendees. 

1. Willie Robertson: Rep Vance McAllister (R-LA) is bringing the Duck Dynasty star from whom he also scored an endorsement for reelection. The Robertsons and their hit show were plastered all over the news when patriarch Phil Robertson made some politically incorrect comments in GQ magazine. 

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Michelle Obama to Host New GM CEO, Dem Donor Mary Barra at SOTU

Jan 28, 2014 1:42 PM PT

Bloomberg BusinessWeek is reporting that newly minted General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the first woman ever to captain an American automaker, will attend tonight's speech as a guest of Michelle Obama's:

Mary Barra, who took the reins as General Motors Co. chief executive officer less than two weeks ago, will attend tonight’s State of the Union address as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House said.

Barra, the first female CEO of a global automaker, will join the first lady for President Barack Obama’s nationally televised address that’s scheduled to begin at about 9 p.m. in Washington, according to a White House news release.

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A Republic, if you can keep it, or even if you don't want it any more

Jan 28, 2014 8:34 AM PT

Much hay is being made over a Washington Post poll that purports to show 52 percent public support for President Obama's imperial regime of rule by executive order.  

But that's not the question the poll asked.  It stated the situation as a truth right out of a high-school civics handbook, and asked the public if they agree with it: "Presidents have the power in some cases to bypass Congress and take action by executive order to accomplish their Administration's goals.  Is this approach something you support or oppose?"

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