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Bush Email Hack Reveals Secret Talents of Former President

Feb 8, 2013 8:03 AM PT

So, an email account used by former President George W. Bush and his family has reportedly been hacked.

The hack, labeled as "audacious" by The Smoking Gun, which broke the story, revealed various photos of the former president and members of his famous family.  The emails date back between 2009 and 2012 and are said to have come from a breached AOL account that was created to host the photos and enable correspondence amongst the family and others.  The accounts of other contacts with whom George W. Bush had corresponded, including his sister, are also said to have possibly been compromised.

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Media Bias

A Word of Thanks to the MSM (I Have Greatest Job In the World)

Feb 8, 2013 7:42 AM PT

Who would've ever thought that someday I'd be paid actual real-live money to wake up every morning to ridicule, expose and go to war with the most hypocritical, dishonest, snobby, bigoted out-of-touch, provincial, mean-girl institution allowed to operate legally in America.

And the media makes my job so easy. The media's so consistently awful, there just aren't enough hours in the day to cover all the material.  

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Culture

Diet Soda + Booze = Drunker

Feb 8, 2013 7:28 AM PT

A new study out of Northern Kentucky University reports that "alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer."

A timely discovery in this Obama economy: you can get drunk for less money if you mix your drinks with a non-sugar mixer. 

The danger here is that, by choosing a diet mixer, you don't feel any more drunk than you would have with a normal drink, but - believe it or not - you actually are.

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Media Bias

Meet the New Boss

Feb 8, 2013 7:22 AM PT

In response to Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones:

Someone commented on Twitter, I think maybe Kirsten Powers, that libertarians seem to be the only ones with any consistency on this subject.  We expect partisans to be partisan about their guy, which is why I think Gillespie's indictment of the media is particularly noteworthy:

By making clear that as a journalist he tries to see things first and foremost from the perspective of the powerful, Michael Tomasky helps to clarify why so many in the media are rushing to the president's defense. They are entranced with power and the view from the top. "Presidents live with that responsibility [of protecting American lives] every day," he writes. "If that responsibility were mine, I can't honestly say what I'd do, and I don't think anyone can." Not all journalists are awed by power, of course, even on the right (National Review's Jim Geraghty, for instance, asserts that this sort of thing of extra-judicial killing policy wouldn't be cricket even under a GOP president).

This isn't ultimately about ideological hypocrisy - of liberals changing their tune once their guy is in office - but something much more basic and much more disturbing. It reveals that for all their crowing about being watchdogs of all that is good and decent in society, when push comes to shove, too many journalists are ready and willing handmaidens to power - including the power to kill.

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Culture

The Left Covers Up Ex-LAPD Cop's Political Views

Feb 8, 2013 6:53 AM PT

In response to Ex-LAPD Cop's Rampage Brings Out Dark Side of Social Media:

Liberty Chick, do you expect anything less? I don't. In this clown's manifesto, he praises liberal politicos like Hillary Clinton, and pulls out the single biggest political tool that the liberals have to counter any and all debates, 'The Race Card.' But as a few blogs have already pointed out, the 'MSM' is not focused on the this man's political views. Why? Because all fingers would point to his leftist indoctrination, giving the progressive movement somewhat of a black eye.

Media Bias

What say you, Sheriff Dupnik?

Feb 8, 2013 6:06 AM PT

Hey, liberal media guys!  Remember Sheriff Clarence Dupnik?  Sure you do.  You've probably still got his number in your speed-dial systems from 2011.  He's probably still in your email contact list.  

For the benefit of those who don't remember him, Dupnik is the Pima County, Arizona sheriff who became an overnight media sensation when he blamed the Jared Lee Loughner shootings on conservative talk radio.  "When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he told breathless reporters looking to keep that Climate of Hate narrative alive.

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Media Bias

Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones

Feb 8, 2013 4:37 AM PT

Nick Gillespie has written a brilliant essay on how the media, which once considered Bush/Cheney to be fascist-dictators-in-waiting because of the powers they assumed to fight terror, is now eager to give Obama's greater and more brazen powers a pass. 

Gillespie's key insight is that something more than partisan bias is at work here: namely, the tendency of journalists to worship power. And Obama has lots of it, thanks to the media themselves. 

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Culture

Ex-LAPD Cop's Rampage Brings Out Dark Side of Social Media

Feb 7, 2013 9:10 PM PT

Social media can be an extremely powerful platform for positive causes.  But there are days when I grow increasingly cynical about the impacts of Facebook and Twitter, and I have admittedly been known to refer to them as a "sewage pit" on such days.

After reading the following post in reference to the murders of three people at the hands of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, and after perusing Twitter throughout the day, this has been one of those days.

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