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January 31

Christodoulos, leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, and Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pass away today: [1][2]

When combat veterans like Mr. Gregg stand accused of killings and other offenses on their return from Iraq and Afghanistan, prosecutors, judges and juries are increasingly prodded to assess the role of combat trauma in their crimes and whether they deserve special treatment because of it. [3]

2 young women die in the U.K., three in the U.S., and 28 suffer miscarriages after receiving the HPV Vaccine. Merck, which sells it for $450, likes its profits: "there were no plans to change the company's recommendation on use of the vaccine," Merck said. [4]

Former Indonesian Dictator Suharto dead at 86: [5]

Mike Huckabee has had to curtail campaigning for lack of funds. John McCain has taken to Web advertising as a supplement to more costly TV commercials. Rudy Giuliani had to leave the campaign trail in Florida last week to restock his campaign kitty with fundraisers in New York. [6]

What does Planned Parenthood do when it’s not destroying unborn babies? Gary Bauer says "America’s largest abortion seller is planning to get directly involved in politics. Planned Parenthood has unveiled the “One Million Strong” campaign, during which it will spend $10 million in trying to persuade one million people to vote for pro-abortion candidates in 2008." [7]

Top Earmark-er Clinton Grants $303,000 to 'Gay' Lobby Group [8]
The Gay Men's Health Crisis Center lobbies for needle exchanges, for allowing more immigrants with HIV/AIDS to legally enter the country, for condom distribution in prisons and opposition to abstinence-only sex education. This $303,000 federal earmark was one of 261 earmarks Senator Hillary Clinton personally helped usher through Congress.

The Apostles of Atheism - "Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens, all raking the countryside with their discontent with religion" [9]

60 hours from voting in the all-important Florida primary, Mitt Romney describes his more liberal rival John McCain as "dishonest" and demands an apology. [10]

Was former Bill Clinton consultant Dick Morris prophetic in predicting that Bill would hurt Hillary in South Carolina? Morris wrote a few days ago, "That picture of the seething, red-faced former president of the United States shaking his finger at members of the press who dare to question his wife's slimy campaign tactics, is all too familiar to those who have worked closely with him in the past." [11]

January 28

Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates. [12] (With 98% reporting Obama has twice the vote of Clinton, 55-27%)

Neglected horses get a second chance. Twenty-six purebred horses found hungry and neglected on a Florida farm have been rescued and are being nursed back to health from the brink of starvation. [13]

Liberal newspapers continue to collapse in readership: "The Chronicle, like most newspapers, has struggled ...: its weekday circulation fell to 365,000 last year from 513,000 in 2003, a decline of nearly 30 percent." [14]

"Open-Minded Liberals? Liberals consider conservatives not only wrong, but really, really bad people." [15]

"It's disgraceful that liberals and their media disparage our military daily, and get away with it. The "Ready, Fire, Aim" approach to journalism injures those who, should be defended." [16]

With the key Florida primary only 3 days away, "John McCain Defends Embryonic Stem Cell Research Backing in Florida Stop" [17]

"Scientists Only Copying God - Synthetic life is another form of genetic engineering. But God was there first! Remember that." [18]

What a real mother is all about: ensuring her baby lives, even at the cost of her own life. [19]

January 27

No surprise here: the New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton and John McCain for president. It is "hugely impressed" with Hillary Clinton! [20]

The latest link to terrorism!

File under stupid: according to Al Arabiya television, terrorism and poultry shortages are caused by global warming! (Fox News) Transcript (translated)

Mitt Romney leads John McCain by 4 points in Florida, with four days to go: 30-26%. Giuliani and Huckabee are 10 points back.[21]

US scientists have taken a major step toward creating the first ever artificial life form by synthetically reproducing the DNA of a bacteria, according to a study published Thursday. [22]

In October J.K. Rowling revealed that the headmaster in her Harry Potter stories was "gay", i.e., had an unrequited crush on a male peer. [23]
Now her reward: liberal Harvard announces that this children's author will deliver its commencement address. [24]
Does anyone think she would have been given that had she stood up for a conservative position?

January 26

Former presidential candidate Duncan Hunter endorses Mike Huckabee! [25]

Liberal Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is dropping in the polls: down to 15% in Florida, sliding towards fourth place in the state he needed to win. [26]

National Pie Day? Well, why not? Pies have always been a sweet treat to warm the cold winter days and with the holiday celebrations a fading memory, this is a great way to warm up a January cold snap. [27]

Mourned by gay rights activists, actor Heath Ledger is found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment. This isn't news: Hollywood values serves up another death, the 28-year-old star of the liberal Brokeback Mountain. He was found "naked ... facedown on the floor at the foot of his bed by a housekeeper trying to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse." [28] We'll say some prayers, even if Hollywood won't.

"Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, who seeks to undo the decision in her name, endorses Ron Paul for president.[29]

The neoconservative candidate, Fred Thompson, drops out of the 2008 presidential race.[30] Maybe he couldn't stomach the neoconservative positions himself.

March for Life.jpg Conservapedians attend today's March for Life in D.C.[31]
May God help us: 35 years of the tragedy of Roe v. Wade.

Democrats get ugly: Barack Obama tells Hillary Clinton, "While I was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart."[32]

Students must now walk through metal detectors in England for school. The problem? Teenagers carrying a "bladed weapon" have tripled since gun control.[33]

Sixth Poll in a Year Finds Public Recognizes Liberal Tilt to News Media [34]

January 25

Fred Thompson is considering today to quit the race.[35] Good news for Mike Huckabee, who lost votes to him in South Carolina?

Conservapedia surpasses 49 million page views!!!

She's an engineer, pro-life, favors parental rights in education, and homeschools her four children. Kristin Maguire has just been elected head of the South Carolina board of education, which governs all its public schools.[36][37]

Our Contest4 has just completed!!! The unofficial results:

Eagle Team: 4795 points
Team Freedom: 3261 points

Congratulations to all participants!

John McCain edges Mike Huckabee in South Carolina, 33-30%, with the other candidates finishing far behind. Will that add much to McCain's momentum? [38]
McCain claims sweet victory, while the others vow to fight on. [39]

Republican Duncan Hunter pulls out of the race, leaving six. [40]

Public school kid is charged with felony computer crime for altering the grades of 20 students. The principal said, we "want to teach them what's right and wrong, and it's tough for some kids to catch on to the idea that changing grades is the wrong thing to do." Really tough, in fact, when kids haven't said a prayer in years! [41]

January 22

Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney win the Nevada Caucuses! [42]
We await the results from South Carolina.

The Los Angeles Times continues its practice of propagating abortion falsehoods: The LAT continues to deny 1) the numerous studies asserting the link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer and 2) that abortion causes post-traumatic stress disorder in many women. [43]

U.S. "abortions dropped a stunning 8% between 2000 and 2005" and the ratio of pregnant women who have an abortion fell to its lowest ratio since 1974: "given truthful information about abortion," "many women will choose life." [44]

Two store owners in their 70's stopped armed robberies of their stores by shooting at the bandits. "The person came in and pointed the gun at him and my father shot him. I'm proud of him." [45]

"As success with the military surge in Iraq increasingly belies their claim that the war is already irretrievably lost, liberals have changed the subject from Iraq to the economy and the rising possibility of a recession."

Media Smear Campaign Challenges Military's Recruitment Efforts [46]

Chess champion Bobby Fischer died Thursday; his life illustrated that IQ is not everything. "He was said to have an IQ higher than Albert Einstein" but his life "had gone downhill ever since his moment of glory at age 29." [47] He praised the 9-11 massacre.

Common sense prevails in an Austrian court, which declared - to the chagrin of animal rights groups - that a chimpanzee is not a person: [48]

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A California public school refused to allow an unrestricted student pro-life club. "The student indicated authorities told her she couldn't tell other students about the existence of the club because it was 'too controversial.'" Now the students are suing. [49]

January 21

"The Giuliani Implosion:

According to the New Hampshire exit poll, not only did Giuliani lose the pro-life vote, he also lost the pro-choice vote--a surprising result, since he is the only pro-choice Republican running this cycle. Giuliani drew support from only 6 percent of independents." [50]

Freedom of speech

  • British students disrupted a debate about free speech to squelch one side's views. The irony of this apparently escapes the BBC. [51]
  • Atheists censor Pope's university speech, force him to cancel.[52]

Dinesh D'Souza asks, "Isn't it remarkable that atheists, who did virtually nothing to oppose slavery, condemn Christians, who are the ones who abolished it?" [53]

Women in the military

  • Think a coed Marines is a good idea? An 8-month pregnant Marine was murdered by a blunt object after a "violent confrontation"; a fellow Marine she had accused of rape is hiding. [54]

Mitt Romney destroys John McCain in Michigan with a stunning 9-point victory! "Romney had 39 percent of the vote compared to Arizona Sen. John McCain's 30 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had 16 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 6 percent. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson had 4 percent, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani trailed with 3 percent." [55]

The Democratic Party has been hijacked by feminists and a radical left-wing agenda that is not tenable in a general election. What Democrats fail to realize time and time again is that they are out of touch with American values. [56]

It wasn't long after the fatal Minnesota bridge collapse on I-35 last summer that the liberal media jumped on the tragedy as a way to bash President Bush and the spending priorities of the Bush administration. But now the investigation into the August bridge collapse is complete and it turns out that the seeds of the tragedy were planted in the 1960s when the bridge was built during the LBJ Era of massive social and defense spending with the Great Society and Vietnam respectively. [57]

January 19

Atheists, not content with censoring school prayer, now protest a mere visit by a religious figure to a university. [58] "We inhabitants of the real world need to take every opportunity to expose religious idiocy, and the undue respect accorded to it," one commented. Does anyone think atheism is tolerant?

Since leftists in Britain outlawed guns, and now seek to ban even the deactivated-kind, the emasculated British people are helpless against intimidation by outlaws like these. [59]

Wikipedia® smears Ron Paul with unsubstantiated statements, misleading attributions of statements, and an overall political hatchet job, and locks its page indefinitely to prevent correction!

Partisan Is Not a Dirty Word [60]
Democrats (Liberals) want big government, socialism, countries-without-borders, negotiating with dictators, giving up in Iraq, homosexual rights, diversity, and people who oppose the death penalty except when the person being executed is in the womb. Conservatives DISAGREE with those people. We don’t want to compromise with them. We want to defeat them.

Has Barack Obama's campaign overplayed the race card? A prominent black leader says about Obama's recent tactic, "I am frankly insulted." [61]

'A well-publicized automobile accident in Massachusetts nearly 39 years ago' involved U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Mary Jo Kopechne, and Chappaquiddick. [62]

The United Nations talks about fixing its scandal ridden, multi-billion-dollar procurement system, but then ignores its own procurement ban [63]

Has Hollywood found a pro-life gene? As Roe v. Wade turns 35, some in Hollywood are changing their minds about "choice"...and it's showing up on the silver screen! [64]

Conservapedia surpasses 48 million page views!

Team Freedom sets the pace for day one of Contest4: 761 points!

Sidney Blumenthal, a senior adviser to Clinton, was arrested Jan. 7 for driving while intoxicated in New Hampshire. Pulled over for speeding 70 in a 30 MPH zone, the Clinton campaign advisor said he was lost. The story was not reported until Saturday, well after the New Hampshire primary election. [65]

States are spending their tobacco settlement money on everything from building schools to cutting taxes — everything, that is, but smoking prevention. [66]

January 15

The enormous success of the Fox News Channel has created a bitterness unprecedented in the American press. CNN has been dethroned as the cable news leader, and NBC News, which runs two cable outlets, is far behind both Fox News and CNN in the ratings. [67]

The first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ shows on Iranian Movie Screens [68]

A 2006 study that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the anti-war billionaire George Soros [69] [70] [71]

News from our colleges: the University of Florida welcomes convicted and unrepentant murderer Jack Kevorkian. Student fees are paying his $50,000 fee to give a talk. [72] Kevorkian has assisted in at least 130 suicides, and many liberals support him.

Democrats sink into a civil war over race: Hillary Clinton is now on the defensive for slighting the Rev. Martin Luther King with this remark: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." [73]

England already has the strictest gun control in Europe, but leftists there now want to control 120,000 deactivated guns, of which only a few have been reactivated and used in 0.04% of all gun offenses there. [74] Self-defense by voters would then weaken, and their reliance on government would increase further.

January 14

"Court Ends Bible Distribution in School" [75]
Guess who sued for that ruling? The ACLU, of course.

"With the economy trumping all other issues, at least for the moment, Democrats and Republicans were trying on Friday to generate momentum for a variety of moves that they said were designed to keep the country from sinking into recession." [76]

Hillary Clinton has a problem with her message: "Her biggest problem is that the experience she's touting is exactly the experience that many voters want to change." [77]

Powerful storms hammer the Southeast. [78]

John McCain now leads poll in Michigan prior to Tuesday's primary: "McCain has the backing of 29 percent according to the survey, Romney 20 percent, and Huckabee 18 percent. Rudy Giuliani comes in fourth with 13 percent, and Fred Thompson and Ron Paul tie with five percent each." [79]
... Meanwhile a pro-abortion group (NARAL), criticizes McCain. [80]

Our American Government final exam is posted here. The top score, by a Conservapedia Sysop, is 48/50. How well can you do? How well do you think vandals can do? How well could liberals do?
Post your answers on the exam's talk page for grading.

500,000 lawsuits have been filed against the Army Corps of Engineers over Hurricane Katrina. About 250 of those are asking for more than $1billion, and one is asking for $3 quadrillion (yes, quadrillion). [81]

Bill Richardson Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Race [82]

January 13

Hatred of religion is the largest type of hate crime in Montgomery County, Maryland. "For the third year in a row, hate activity in last year was motivated more by religion than race .... Of the 42 hateful acts, 26 targeted religion, 13 were race related and three were driven by ethnicity." [83]

The presidential primary is wide-open in both parties. The next voting is in Michigan in 5 days, on Jan. 15th. [84]

Was "Iron My Shirt!" incident staged by the Clinton campaign? [85]

The USS Hopper is harassed by "five small surface craft" while transiting the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran. [1]

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said, "We see it as further evidence that Iran is unpredictable and remains a threat." [86]

Independent voters went for John McCain, giving him the victory in New Hampshire and signaling good news for Republicans in the general election. [87]

The liberal quest for the first affirmative action president may be ending last night: Hillary Clinton has defeated Barack Obama with 96% of precincts reporting. [88]

The first affirmative action President? Liberals, who believe in quotas, are pushing hard for Barack Obama in New Hampshire today. No military, executive or foreign policy experience ... no sweat to liberals! Has any serious candidate been less qualified?

Neoconservative candidate Fred Thompson obtains a shockingly small percentage -- just 1% -- and thus may leave the race.

John McCain's future depends on his ability today to attract independents, who comprise 45% of New Hampshire voters. [89]

January 12

Clinton Gets Emotional on Campaign Trail:[90]

Gary Larson cartoon

Whether it's asteroid impacts, or disease, or competition from mammals, or global cooling, or lack of food, mainstream science will come up with any excuse for the demise of the Dinosaurs; the latest one relates to a pest-control problem: [91].

Top neoconservative seems to like Mike Huckabee the most now! Today's NY Times column

A sheriff in Western Colorado actually called SWAT to enforce a court order to seize an 11-year-old boy whose father hadn't taken him to a hospital after he took a flop during some horseplay. The SWAT team rammed a hole in the front door, stuck guns in the faces of the boy's siblings, and put the cuffs on mom and dad. The dad is an experienced US Army medic and was confident that he could monitor his own son. The doctor who finally examined the boy released him at once with a clean bill of health. The dad, who also home-schools his son, is looking for legal representation. WorldNetDaily. [92]

Latest New Hampshire poll: "McCain had the support of 34 percent of likely voters, up from 27 percent in mid-December. Romney was at 30 percent, down from 34 percent, and Huckabee — the Iowa caucus winner — was third at 13 percent. Giuliani had 8 percent and Thompson was in the low single digits." [93]

A Pakistani-born Church of England bishop said "Islamic extremism in Britain has created communities that are "no-go areas" for non-Muslims. [94]

January 9

A public school banned Bible study by children ... during recess. A teacher complained about the use of the Bible and the principal then censored the study activity, according to a sworn statement by a teacher told to stop it. [95]

The good news for Mike Huckabee in New Hampshire is that his appearances with Chuck Norris are drawing crowds. The bad news is they are chanting "We want Chuck!". [96]

Mitt Romney Wins Wyoming Republican Caucuses [97]
Romney won eight delegates, Fred Thompson got two and Duncan Hunter won one delegate.

Hackers from a domain in China bring down the Pennsylvania government website. [98]

Was John McCain a big beneficiary of the Iowa results? Mike Huckabee defeated Mitt Romney there, and McCain did much better than expected. Does that clear the path for McCain to win New Hampshire? [99]

U.S. Federal Court Upholds Texas Moment of Silence Law, Allowing Students to Pray Silently or Meditate [100]

Britney Spears meltdown after consorting with Madonna Ciccone, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan:

  • During the past year, Spears has been photographed without underwear, and has appeared to be drunk and out of control. She shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella, spent a month in rehab and has had a handful of fender benders, including one in which she ran over a photographer's foot. [101]

Fighting back from a devastating loss in Iowa, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to recalibrate her campaign in New Hampshire Friday by promising to answer as many voter questions as possible. [102]

Fainting reported in girls after injection of the HPV vaccine. [103] Less than 3% of recipients will ever benefit from this "most painful of childhood shots."

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3rd place finish devastates Hillary Clinton: "Defeat in the Iowa caucuses deals a severe blow to Hillary Clinton's bid ...." [104]
Not even the liberals want Hillary anymore!!!

Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama win Iowa! [105] Hillary Clinton is the big loser. Add your thoughts here.

January 6

"Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has rebuked reports that he may be leaving the presidential race if he finishes lower than third in Iowa tonight. ... 'Any speculation as to what I may or may not do is just totally that,' he told CNN's John Roberts.'" [106]
UPDATE: Thompson edged John McCain for third place.

Iowa voters in two close nominating races began the process of choosing the next U.S. president on Thursday, as the first test in the Democratic battle between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards came down to a nail-biting finale. [107]

The 2008 presidential voting begins! "Some 150,000 Democrats and 87,000 Republicans will take part in Iowa's convoluted caucus system" on Thursday. [108]
UPDATE: turnout was 25-50% higher than predicted.

"A New DNA Test Can ID a Suspect's Race, But Police Won't Touch It" [109] See our new Racial profiling article.

Washington, D.C. spending $650,000 in taxpayer money to fund needle exchange programs. This sends young people an implicit message that drug use is acceptable. [110]

An Iraq war veteran's case is at the heart of what many Republicans consider the key issue in tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses, with Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sparring over when and whether to grant pardons and commutations to convicted criminals. [111]

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Tuesday the Bush administration mismanaged the Iraq war, distancing himself from his party's unpopular president two days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest. [112]

HAPPY NEW YEAR! A New Year's resolution: let go of liberal bias.

January 5

Texas woman forced to leave bus after reading the Bible out loud to her children on the way to church [113] [114] video

Video of Benazir Bhutto and the medical report raise doubts. The new video footage, obtained by Britain's Channel 4 television, shows a man firing a pistol at Benazir Bhutto from just feet away as she poked her head out of the sunroof to greet a swarm of supporters. [115]

Liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg's New Year's Resolution: run for president? He's moving towards running as an independent. [116]

It's down to the wire in Iowa: Mike Huckabee hits Mitt Romney on abortion, Romney hits back on other issues: "You are not going to find moments on YouTube of me saying something different about the sanctity of life today than I said ten years ago, ten minutes ago, or fifty years ago," Huckabee declared. "Romney's campaign spokesman Kevin Madden responded saying that Huckabee is on the attack because he can't defend his gubernatorial record on other issues." [117]

January 3

Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are raising new questions over her White House rival Barack Obama's experience, warning perilous national security decisions loom for the next US leader. [118]

58% of Americans turn to the internet for answers to their questions. [119] Welcome to the future.

A famous liberal writer admits: "Democrats in denial about their failures on Capitol Hill" [120]

Add to the top conservative achievements for 2007 here.

Neoconservative Fox News excludes conservative presidential candidate Ron Paul from its debate! "They are scared of me and don't want my message to get out, but it will," Paul said. "I challenge them on the notion that they are conservative." [121]

Presidential candidate Ron Paul, like most Americans, considers evolution to be a "theory" that he rejects. [122]

The left thinks that illegals crossing America's borders with impunity is nothing to worry about, even when they bring their drugs and their guns and scare off some scientists doing research: [123]

A rottweiler tragically killed an infant in England. [124] Had that been a gun, there would be liberal demands for more gun control. Yet there are no liberal calls for "dog control"! (Use of a gun against the dog could have saved the boy.) (So would dog control, in which certain dogs are banned or required to be muzzled outside, although since most rottweilers and dogs of other aggressive breeds are nice, it would probably be easier to require them to be trained and not let them in public without their owner and require a leash (which is required for dogs anyway in many places).


The Republican establishment is galvanizing against upstart GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, worried that the former Arkansas governor is unreliably conservative and unprepared for the challenges of a general election campaign or the Oval office. [125]The Boston Globe.

Democrats are complaining about a new Pizza Hut ad featuring tightly edited clips of Democratic presidential candidates, ending with Dennis Kucinich saying, "More people in this country have seen UFOs," and then the ad replaces his image with several meat-covered pizzas. [126]

Affirmative action is on the way out by being scheduled for referenda in more states. [127]

Conservapedia surpasses 46 million page views!!!

The Case for the Real Jesus [128]
Former atheist Lee Strobel debunks many of the most recent mythical challenges to Christianity.

  • ... many who dismiss the Bible and certain essential Christian claims — saying they believe there is scant evidence to support them — are able to readily embrace rival belief systems and their texts, which are far less reliable.

January 1

Democratic Leadership on Display - Not Pretty [129]
"The first year of Democrat congressional leadership in 15 years has ended not with a bang but a thud."

God and the Presidential Election [130]
Bill O'Reilly says the "latest leftist tactic is to put the 'hypocrite' label on any Republican presidential candidate who dares mention his 'faith'."

Abortion Supporter Knocks 69 Yr. Old Pro-Lifer Unconscious, MSM Silent [131]
  1. The Pentagon has video and audio tape of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz Sunday in which armed Iranian speedboats swarmed three US warships and radioed a threat to blow them up. [132]