Political Candidates Should Worry About SOPA
Very interesting piece in Roll Call:
Here’s a plausible campaign scenario under SOPA. Imagine you are running for Congress in a competitive House district. You give a strong interview to a local morning news show and your campaign posts ...
Rush Doesn't Like Us At the Moment
At the start of Rush Limbaugh’s show today:
Establishment Republicans are dumping on Newt all over the place. NATIONAL REVIEW came out last night with an editorial, Buckley’s magazine, it used to be conservative. They didn’t recommend ...
Russian Blogger Emerging as New Opposition Leader
The recent protests in Russia demonstrate the power of the Internet and new media. Blogger Alexei Navalny has risen to prominence marshaling opposition to Putin’s regime.
In December 2008, his blog had just over 1,500 regular readers. By May 2010, it had ...
Georgetown Students Expose China's Nuclear Weapons Tunnel System
Georgetown students helped expose an intricate tunnel system in China that is used to conceal its nuclear missiles.They scoured the Internet and the world for open-source materials to prove their thesis: Google Maps satellite imagery, Chinese blog posts, and ...
Rush on Newt's Immigration Policy
Rush Limbaugh opened his show today with a discussion of Newt’s immigration proposal from last night’s debate:
Just because somebody has been here 25 years doesn’t mean they have assimilated into our society…they could be out there ...
Congress Prepares to Censor the Internet
The House of Representatives is currently considering the bill “Stop Online Piracy Act,” (SOPA) which would infringe upon the freedom we currently enjoy on the Internet.
SOPA is so controversial — EFF calls it “disastrous” — because it would force changes to ...
Furor in the UK over The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep’s upcoming film on Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, is already creating controversy before its release in January. It “has drawn an angry response from friends over its portrayal of the former prime minister as a lonely figure ...
CIA Tracking Twitter and Facebook
It was revealed today that the CIA has a team of analysts devoted solely to monitoring social media across the globe. These “ninja librarians”
are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public ...
The Search for the Source of the Cain Allegations
Rush Limbaugh quoted this story today, which means it will gain some prominence in the coming days. Paul Prados, the blogger at the Northern Virginia Lawyer, has looked
into political donors on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant ...
Rush on Cain's Alleged Sexual Harassment
Rush Limbaugh took up the Herman Cain story today. He opened his broadcast by pointing out that,
None of us should be surprised . . . look how quickly the mainstream media goes for the ugliest, racial stereotypes they can to attack a ...
Public Employees Busted in Retirement Scheme
Employees of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) have defrauded that organization of over $1 billion over the last seven years. In as many as 500 cases, LIRR employees falsely claimed disability benefits to supplement their pensions, employing a sophisticated scheme involving special “...
Pakistanis Fight Fundamentalism
A new underground band in Pakistan, Beygairat Brigade, has released its first video and it is causing great controversy throughout Pakistan. The title of their song, “Aalu Andey,” means potato and curry:
Its scathing lyrics take on taboo subjects such ...
New York Times and Espionage (Again)
James Risen has been part of several intelligence breaches that have hurt the security of the United States. He was the New York Times reporter who broke the story on the NSA’s eavesdropping program and its ability to track ...
It seems life for penguins down in Antarctica mirrors life in America. Both Americans and penguins try to improve their fortunes through hard work, and reinvest their labor in their homes:
The birds build their stone nests to elevate and ...
No Surprise: Eliot Spitzer Still Hates Wall Street
Eliot Spitzer never seemed to like Wall Street. He had an unfortunate habit of destroying reputations in pursuit of nonexistent cases, and hiding evidence to win convictions. Now that he is out of power, he has to rely on others ...
Love for Wounded Soldier upon Return from Afghanistan
Excellent article in the Washington Post today about a wounded lieutenant from the Army and his girlfriend:
“You know, I am missing my legs,” Dan joked. “Is that an issue?”
“I never dated a guy because he had nice knees,” ...
Amanda Knox's Battle in the Media
Fascinating article in the New York Times today about Amanda Knox’s family’s attempts to reshape her image in the media to help overturn her conviction:
When Amanda Knox and her family landed home in Seattle on Tuesday, it ...
Michelle Obama's Target Photo-Op: A Perfect Example of White House and Media Collusion
Was it pure chance that an AP photojournalist just happened to be on scene ready to photograph the First Lady shopping at Target? Or is “good source work” the new euphemism for “the White House told me to be there?”
Pakistan's Media Decides War Is Coming
From the New York Times today:
The United States might still be weighing its options about how to deal with Pakistan, but many politicians, retired army generals and popular television talk show hosts here have already made up their minds ...
SOPA Debates Interrupted By Tweet
This is amusing as SOPA would lead to the shutdown of sites like Twitter:
A marathon debate today in the House of Representatives on the Stop Online Piracy Act wasn’t derailed by procedural questions, even though not one hearing ...
NBC in Turmoil Over Romney KKK Story
As reported yesterday by Patrick Brennan, MSNBC tried to connect Mitt Romney to the KKK for saying, “keep America American.” NBC has since sprung into action as it attempts to backtrack from the story:
NBC News President Steve Capus addressed ...
TV Ownership Declines For the First Time
For the first time in 40 years, Nielsen Media Research is reporting that television ownership has declined.
Nielsen’s recently released annual “Television Audience” report reveals that the number of households with TVs is likely to fall from this year’s 115.9 ...
Congress Censors the Internet
Congress is currently considering a bill that threatens to alter the Internet fundamentally. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is one of the most misguided Internet-reform efforts to emerge in years. SOPA’s purported intent is to protect American copyrighted ...
SOPA: The Battle in Congress over Internet Censorship
It appears that the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) may not have the votes to pass in Congress. There seems to be growing, bipartisan opposition to the bill. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said that, “I don’t believe this ...
Zakaria’s Iran Misconceptions
In 2009, Fareed Zakaria wrote an article asserting that “everything you know about Iran is wrong.” Following the release of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday, November 8, it seems, rather, that Mr. Zakaria was wrong about ...
Chelsea Clinton Hired by NBC News
Chelsea Clinton has been hired by NBC News as a full-time special correspondent. She will be working on stories in NBC’s “‘Making a Difference’ series, which runs on ‘NBC Nightly News.’”
Those feature reports, which have become popular on ...
Limbaugh on Cain's Media Handling
Rush Limbaugh today on Herman Cain’s response to the allegations:
I think it only matters who leaked it if it’s not true, if it is true, if there is genuine real sexual harassment, then it’s silly to ...
Some quotes from Rush Limbaugh today:
Sexual harassment is a political tool invented by the Left . . . to shut people down, to get rid of people, or to score money gains.
I’m doing this right now, so if anyone from ...
The Attacks on Walid Phares
Mario Loyola aptly describes the concerted efforts against Walid Phares, Governor Romney’s choice for one of the members of his Middle East advisory committee, today on the homepage. Phares has also unfairly come under attack in Salon:
The appointment ...
BBC is known for having a leftward tilt in its coverage; however, in recent years this balance has shifted even further away from the center. The Daily Telegraph has chronicled this slide, which has been accompanied by decreasing journalistic standards:
NBC Planning White House Sitcom
NBC has hired a former Obama speechwriter to create a sitcom based on a dysfunctional family in the White House. The show will be called “1600 Penn.” It will be produced by, “among others, former Obama speech-writer Jon Lovett. Lovett left ...
News Corp's Line of Succession in Doubt
It seems this summer’s voice-mail-hacking scandal at News of the World was only the latest strain on the line of succession at News Corp. James Murdoch, the long-anointed successor to his father, Rupert Murdoch, is in danger of losing ...
New York Times Accuses Perry of Racism
The New York Times, in a bid not to be outdone by the Washington Post, published its own piece this past weekend alleging that Rick Perry is a racist. Its proof? Rick Perry’s campaign for Agricultural Commissioner in 1990 had ...
New York Times Still Afraid of Rick Perry
Bill Keller questions the rejection of Rick Perry by the Tea Party and the Republican Party’s base in the New York Times today:
In this race, Rick Perry is the Tea Party’s dream candidate, the one remaining figure ...
It’s a good sign that the #OccupyWallStreet protesters are already being brilliantly mocked on Twitter. Check out the #OccupySesameStreet hashtag:
“Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS. #OccupySesameStreet”
“Police beat vampire who ...
Bush Impersonator Says Rick Perry and George W. Bush Are Very Different
While many may see Governor Perry as another version of President Bush, one man who made his living replicating every aspect of the former president believes differently:
Steve Bridges is perhaps one of the more well-known Bush impersonators, having performed ...
CNN's Piers Morgan in Possible Bribery and Spying Scandal
It appears Piers Morgan fancied himself a character in a British spy novel:
The 46-year-old’s past is already under scrutiny thanks in part to suggestive statements he’s made about listening in on other people’s voicemails. Morgan has ...