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Wow....this priest is sharp! The little Fox reporter wasn't expecting someone this studied. "Was Bill O'Reilly a Marine?".......I'm speechless, this guy is good!In fact, Rev. Pfleger was so good O'Reilly could only use 15 seconds of the video from the 9 minute and 59 second interview. That was about all he could cherry pick and use, because in the rest of the 9 minutes and 44 seconds, Rev Pfleger destroyed O'Reilly's Producer and his nonsense un-American gotcha questions.
2-7-08 -- O'REILLY: Tonight, we have a major announcement, and that is a new GI bill is needed in the country. And we will work hard to make that happen this year. "The Factor" has partnered up with Senator John Kerry in the Senate and Congressman Peter King in the House to forward legislation that will reward our fighting men and women when they leave the service.Later in the show O'Reilly said this during the interview of Col. Hunt and Congressman King.
It's long past time to expand the GI bill to give vets more health, education, and housing benefits. That is the right thing to do and would help recruiting, which the country desperately needs. "Talking Points" believes Congress will pass, and President Bush will sign a new GI bill. And we'll do everything we can to make that happen.
O'REILLY: Well, you guys all get together. And I'm sure you'll work out a bill that is fair and balanced. And we don't want any pork in it. We don't want any bridges in it.O'Reilly said he would bring them back on the show every month until it gets passed. That was on February 8th, 2008. To this day they have not been back, not once a month, not ever. I suspect they have not been back because John McCain is still not supporting the bill. And O'Reilly does not want to draw attention to the bill because he might have to talk about McCain not supporting the bill.
O'REILLY: Or any of that. Just the military. Where is it in the process though? I'm going to bring you guys back once a month until it gets passed.
O'REILLY: Where are we now?
KING: The bill is getting drafted. Obviously, I'll be coordinating with Senator Kerry. Our offices have been talking. I would say it will probably be ready to be introduced by the end of this month.
O'REILLY: Now Congressman King, I got to tell you one thing. You need to tell us if there's somebody blocking you, or somebody not doing the right thing, because Colonel Hunt and I are going to their house. We're going to show up. And nobody wants that. Nobody wants that. We saw what happened in New Hampshire.Right there you see that O'Reilly promised to bring them back in one month for the 2nd time, and yet they have never been back. Not only that, you see that O'Reilly told Congressman King to tell him if anyone is blocking it, or not doing the right thing and support it.
KING: You two will be the first to find out.
O'REILLY: OK. And we'll see you in one month. And Senator Kerry, we hope, will be on the TV side at that time.
HUNT: Thanks for doing this.
O'REILLY: And - sure, listen, it's my privilege to do it.
O'REILLY: OK now, Karl Rove doesn't really like Barack Obama as a political figure in this country. It's obvious. And you really don't like Hillary Clinton as a political figure in this country. So we figure we'd balance off the debate.Click Here to See The Video
In 1994, a core group of 12 conservative foundations controlled more than $1.1 billion in assets; from 1992-94, they awarded $300 million in grants, and targeted $210 million to support a wide array of projects and institutions.Read more here:
Over the last two decades, the 12 have mounted an impressively coherent and concerted effort to shape public policy by undermining and ultimately redirecting what they regard as the institutional strongholds of modern American liberalism: academia, Congress, the judiciary, executive branch agencies, major media, religious institutions, and philanthropy itself.
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According to a top official, Ashcroft asked aloud after one meeting: "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly."Marc Ambinder writes, "It remains one of those hidden secrets in Washington that a Democratic Justice Department is going to be very interested in figuring out whether there's a case to be made that senior Bush Administration officials were guilty of war crimes."
O'REILLY: The white backlash against Reverend Wright and racist accusations. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."What Bill O'Reilly is really saying, is that no black person should ever say anything about a white man (or white woman) who makes racist comments. And if you do, he is going to go after you with the gloves off, and call you a race baiter.
As we've been reporting, millions of Americans of all colors are fed up with race baiters and accusations of racism. This vile stuff has been going on far too long. And now with the Wright controversy, critical mass has been reached.
Liberal icons Senator Joe Biden and Geraldine Ferraro have both been branded racist. Comedian Bill Maher was called racist by his former girlfriend Nancy Johnson, who sued him.
The list goes on and on.
The result of all this garbage is that millions of white Americans will no longer even think about discussing race with blacks. It is far too dangerous. Any slip of the tongue can lead to big trouble.
So what should be done? Well, full exposure of the race baiters is No. 1. They will be challenged here.
We'll continue to do that in the No Spin Zone because no-spin people come in all colors. But you race hustlers out there, you race baiters, you better watch it. We've got your number, and the gloves are off.
-- White Backlash Against Rev. Wright and Racist AccusationsNotice anything missing? Not one TPM on any Republican for anything, especially John McCain. It's non-stop Obama/Clinton/Liberal bashing. And O'Reilly wonders why people think FOX is a right-wing news network, and he wonders why no Democrats want to do his show, or any FOX show.
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-- Shooting at Hillary Clinton
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-- Uncivil War Within Democratic Party
March 25, 2008
-- Obama Strikes Back
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-- Race in America, Starring Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson
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-- Obama Speaks on Rev. Wright and Race in America
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Honoring the Confederate flag: In 2000, McCain called the flag "offensive." Later, he lauded it as a "battle flag" and a "symbol of heritage."It's just another flip-flop for McCain, and pandering to the African American vote by saying it was a mistake during his run for president. If he really thought it was a mistake, why did it take 25 years for him to say so, and then only say it while he is running for president.
Honoring racists: In 2000, Richard Quinn, McCain's South Carolina spokesperson in 2000, called the MLK holiday "vitriolic and profane." McCain defended Quinn, calling him a "respected" and fine man, refusing to fire him. McCain?s current campaign has paid the firm Richard Quinn and Associates $180,000.
Skipped African-American debate to campaign: McCain joined Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson in September 2007 in skipping the PBS presidential debate, which featured "a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color."
McCain expresses regret for his earlier opposition to MLK Day, but his delayed judgment is noteworthy, as the 1983 vote was nearly 15 years after MLK was assassinated. McCain also opposed the 1990 Civil Rights Act.
We have talked to John, Hagel said, which would remove the buy-in cost for veterans to receive greater education benefits. John as you know has been involved in other pursuits. He has taken a close look at it, his people are. Both Webb and I had hoped he would get on it. Obviously Obama is on it and Clinton, three out of four Vietnam veterans in the Senate are on it, people like John Warner and James Inhofe are on it.Indeed, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both co-sponsored Webb's bill even though they also have been "involved in other pursuits."
O'REILLY: The Factor" has partnered up with Senator John Kerry in the Senate and Congressman Peter King in the House to forward legislation that will reward our fighting men and women when they leave the service.O'Reilly said he was going to call out anyone in Congress who did not get on board with this new GI bill, he said he would name names.
Enough is enough. It's long past time to expand the GI bill to give vets more health, education and housing benefits. That is the right thing to do and would help recruiting, which the country desperately needs.
TONY SNOW: What Obama always tries to do, is to do what looks to be respectable and to avoid trouble. So when he's in the United States Senate, he's voted present, what 160 times.Wrong, Obama has never voted "present" as a U.S. senator, not one time. The Obama campaign even confirmed that the senator has never voted "present" in the U.S. Senate.
DENNIS MILLER: In the Illinois Senate, I believe.
SNOW: No, no. In the United States Senate.
MILLER: Oh, I thought when he was down in the house of Illinois that he voted present.
SNOW: He's done both. He's done both. He has cast more present votes in the United States Senate over the last three years than anybody else in the chamber.
The former Senator describes a December 2000 meeting of Republican moderates with Vice President-elect Cheney. Chafee listened as Cheney swore off the moderate course he and Bush had just finished championing in their campaign.What Chafee reveals is that Bush and Cheney lied their ass off during the 2000 presidential campaign, with their promises to be a moderate administration. And as soon as they got elected it was to hell with the American people we made promises to, we will move to the far right and do whatever we want.
Hearing Cheney say "the campaign was over and that our actions in office would not be dictated by what had to be said in the campaign," Chafee writes, was "the most demoralizing moment of my seven-year tenure in the Senate."
In his book, Chafee angrily adds about the incident, "Mr. Cheney tore our best campaign promises to shreds and the moderates acquiesced instead of pelting him with outrage."
But a clause in the retailer's benefits agreement says the store can recoup medical fees paid if an injured employee receives damages from a lawsuit. Wal-Mart, which earned more than $11 billion in profits last year, sued Shank for $470,000, and won.Last week MSNBC's Keith Olbermann started a campaign against Wal-Mart, tagging the company one of his "Worst Persons in the World" for four straight nights. Olbermann says he will keep reminding people of "what they're supporting when they go to Wal-Mart. And we'll do it nightly, and indefinitely."
-- McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain said if he were a "read my lips" candidate, no new taxes, no matter what referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a read my lips statement, in that I will not raise taxes."Here is the main point: John McCain was consistent on most of these issues, right up until he started running for president, at which point he conveniently abandoned almost every position he used to hold. The problem isn't just the flip-flops; it's the shameless pandering and hollow convictions behind the flip-flops.
-- McCain's campaign unveiled a Social Security policy that the senator would implement if elected, which did not include a Bush-like privatization scheme. In March 2008, McCain denounced his own campaign's policy.
-- In February 2008, McCain abandoned his opposition to waterboarding.
-- In November 2007, McCain reversed his previous position on a long-term presence for U.S. troops in Iraq, arguing that the "nature of the society in Iraq" and the religious aspects of the country make it inevitable that the United States "eventually withdraws." Two months later, McCain reversed back, saying he's prepared to leave U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years.
-- McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
-- McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.
-- On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.
-- In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
-- McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."
-- McCain said he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."
-- McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
-- McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage should not be allowed.
-- McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.
-- McCain used to oppose Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February 2008.
-- On a related note, he said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
-- In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
-- McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
-- McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
-- McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
-- McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.
-- McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
-- McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the Straight Talk Express." Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.