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By Tim Graham | | May 27, 2013 | 5:11 PM EDT

On May 4, the town of Beverly, Massachusetts threw a huge parade and concert for 19-year-old “American Idol” contestant Angie Miller, who made the top three in the competition.“It’s a great chance to show off our fair city,” Mayor Bill Scanlon said. The city spent $31,200 on security, cleanup and other costs associated with the events, he said.

So it must have looked like an odd contrast in American values when the town of Beverly, Massachusetts then canceled its parade for Memorial Day 23 days later, a tradition for more than 100 years. Thousands turned out for the pop star, but few turn out for the heroic fallen:     

By Noel Sheppard | | May 27, 2013 | 3:59 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported last week, MSNBC's Chris Matthews had the nerve on Friday's Hardball to call Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) "the unsmiling, contemptuous face of the wild, nasty, hard-right fringe."

On May 11, 2013, Cruz gave the commencement address at Hillsdale College. I wonder if you agree with Mr. Matthews (video follows with commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | May 27, 2013 | 3:50 PM EDT

Jason Richwine -- who recently resigned from the Heritage Foundation over objectively observing, in the words of a Fox News report, "that Hispanics had a lower IQ than American whites, and that their descendants would too" -- call wherever your new office is. Or maybe go left and apply for a job at Mother Jones.

At that the arch-liberal rag, Erika Eichelberger, in objecting to a congressional proposal relating to the Food Stamp program, has reacted hysterically and predictably. But in the process, she also acknowledged a sad reality, which is a really dangerous thing to do in LeftyLand (HT Twitchy):

By Tim Graham | | May 27, 2013 | 3:04 PM EDT

On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume hammered at fellow Fox analyst Juan Williams for asserting Attorney General Eric Holder was “the exact right person” to investigate his own Justice Department’s excesses in probing journalists for leaks.

Not even Bob Schieffer was buying that idea on CBS. He said it "makes no sense."  Williams tried to blame the Republicans and the Bush administration for the heightened leak investigations: [video below]

By NB Staff | | May 27, 2013 | 12:49 PM EDT

To all those who gave their lives for our country, we're forever grateful for their sacrifices which have kept us free.

In honor of Memorial Day, here's a special edition of NB ToonsDay, a day early. [see below the fold for cartoons]

By Tim Graham | | May 27, 2013 | 12:09 PM EDT

Radio host Hugh Hewitt's interviews with reporters can be fascinating. On Tuesday, he pressed New York Times reporter Michael Shear about the question of what President Obama was doing on the night of September 11, 2012 as the Benghazi consulate came under a vicious terrorist attack. Shear showed an obvious distaste for digging into this, saying "relevance is in the eye of the beholder" and "I'm not personally trying to get to the bottom of that."

Speaking of digging into irrelevant issues,  when Shear was at The Washington Post, he spent months in 2006 trying to dig a political ditch for Sen. George Allen for insulting a Democratic opposition researcher as "Macaca." So political bias might be a better guess as to his interests:

By Tim Graham | | May 27, 2013 | 11:34 AM EDT

File under the Stupid Things Biden Says a letter he recently wrote to a child about chocolate ammunition: “I really like your idea. If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would be happier. People love chocolate.”

Over at the website Rare.us, they posted a YouTube video from some Iraq veterans that took Biden’s notion and put it on its ear. You’ll want to see them shoot a cinder block with chocolate:

By Rich Noyes | | May 27, 2013 | 11:25 AM EDT

Just posted to MRC.org this Memorial Day, the latest edition of MRC's Notable Quotables newsletter, recounting the most outrageous quotes from the liberal media. This week: the media warn that "voters will punish" Republicans if they "overplay their hand" and actually investigate the multiple scandals swirling around the Obama administration.

At the same time, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell uniquely insists that there's "nothing wrong" about the IRS targeting the Tea Party, a view which makes him more extreme than most of his left-wing MSNBC colleagues, while the always-sycophantic Chris Matthews has this advice for President Obama: "Stop taking advice from sycophants."

The best quotes (including five videos) are below the jump; the full edition is posted here.

By Noel Sheppard | | May 27, 2013 | 10:23 AM EDT

CBS's Face the Nation Sunday spent fifteen minutes discussing climate change and amongst other things its impact on tornadoes - in particular the EF-5 that hit Moore, Oklahoma, last week.

As not one global warming skeptic was invited to participate in the panel, I've taken the liberty of getting opinions from some of the leaders on the realist side of the debate (video follows with commentary and full transcript of the segment at the end of the post):

By NB Staff | | May 27, 2013 | 6:11 AM EDT

Happy Memorial Day to all NB readers. We are glad to honor the sacrifice of those who gave the last measure of devotion protecting this country. Please share your Memorial Day tributes on this post. For the general weekend open thread, click here.

By Tom Blumer | | May 27, 2013 | 12:14 AM EDT

In "Go Ahead, Invade Their Phone Records: AP Reports Obama Has 'Alleged Scandals' and 'Alleged Misbehavior,'" Tim Graham at NewsBusters noted how Tom Raum at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, claimed that "Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama's watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats."

That this is an exercise in sheer fantasy on Raum's part can be quickly demonstrated in two graphics.

By Noel Sheppard | | May 26, 2013 | 10:59 PM EDT

When you see Hillary Clinton, do you think of Scarlett Johansson? Or Reese Witherspoon?

According to Britain's Independent, the director of the upcoming 2016 biopic "Rodham" does:

By Noel Sheppard | | May 26, 2013 | 10:13 PM EDT

"If she decides to run, I would walk across the country to get her into office."

So said Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton about Hillary Clinton during an interview with HuffPost Live Friday.

By Tom Blumer | | May 26, 2013 | 6:23 PM EDT

Imagine if Newtown, Connecticut massacre perpetrator Adam Lanza had lived and gone on to get convicted of the 26 murders he committed. Further, imagine, post-conviction, that his attorney claimed that "things went a little awry" that day. There would be no containing the outrage, or the establishment press coverage.

Kermit Gosnell attorney Jack McMahon was interviewed on Wednesday by Fox News's Megyn Kelly. While a great deal of commendable outrage has been directed at McMahon for his statements and conduct, not enough emphasis has been placed on a comment he made which is analogous to the hypothetical posed in my first paragraph, as it was what triggered Kelly's outrage and her subsequent epic response (YouTube; excerpt begins at 1:33 mark; HT Twitchy.com):

By Noel Sheppard | | May 26, 2013 | 4:38 PM EDT

Former United States Senator and Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole had some harsh words for the current White House resident Sunday.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, when host Chris Wallace asked him what he thought of Barack Obama, Dole replied, “Great golfer.”