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  • How Much of Obama's $181 Million September Haul Was Illegal?

    10/08/2012 4:54:08 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    The Obama campaign released news on Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, that it had raised a massive $181 million in September. It's a staggering sum heading into the final month of campaigning. It almost equals his fundraising for July and August combined. But details about Obama's fundraising windfall and a new report this morning from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) raise troubling questions. Specifically, how much of this fundraising was illegal? GAI found that Obama's donation page doesn't use any industry-standanard card security measures. ...It isn't an oversight but a conscious decision to not use CVV security. In fact,...
  • Obama camp knocks Romney’s ‘chest-pounding’ foreign policy

    10/08/2012 4:45:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Oct. 8, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    KEENE, Calif.—President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the White House defended his handling of world affairs from a scathing attack by Republican challenger Mitt Romney, arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is fond of "chest-pounding" and "saber-rattling." "This is somebody who leads with chest-pounding rhetoric," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "He's surrounded himself with a number of people who were advisers to past President Bush, people who have used saber-rattling rhetoric when it comes to Syria and Iran," she said. "And that's something that we think the American people should take a look at." But...
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Broun: Evolution a lie 'from the pit of hell'

    10/08/2012 4:44:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 115 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/7/2012 | Matt Pearce
    Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are major underpinnings of mainstream science. And Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, says they are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun, who is unopposed for reelection in November, made the comments in a videotaped Sept. 27 speech at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., according to the Associated Press. Here are his remarks: “God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all...
  • MUST WATCH: Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game

    10/08/2012 4:43:34 PM PDT · by profit_guy
    Every soldier should receive this kind of welcome home.
  • Romney’s trouncing of Obama in debate sets Gallup record: 52 points

    10/08/2012 4:40:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 8, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    The flood of excuses for why the president performed as abysmally as he did in the first presidential debate last Wednesday has risen up to the firmament … of higher education. In The New Yorker’s now-infamous cover story—the illustration for which shows the debate stage with an empty chair at Obama’s lectern—editor David Remnick samples the opinions of “Obama’s old friends” from academe (h/t James Taranto). Included are Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe and another teacher, Christopher Edley. Tribe explains Romney’s rout of Obama by insisting that the president’s “instincts and talents have never included going for an opponent’s jugular....
  • Obama Doesn't Always Call Romney A Liar... (pic)

    10/08/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-8-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • EPIC MIRA poll (Detroit Free Press) Obama 48 Romney 45

    10/08/2012 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    New EPIC MIRA poll (Detroit Free Press) has Obama 48 - Romney 45 for Michigan.
  • In Search of Answers From Mr. Romney

    10/08/2012 4:29:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 8, 2012 | Editorial
    Mitt Romney mounted a big foreign policy display on a flag-draped stage at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, serving up a lot of tough-sounding sound bites and hawkish bumper stickers, some of them even bumping up somewhere close to the truth, to give the appearance that he would be stronger and more forceful on international affairs than President Obama. He seems to consider himself, ludicrously, a leader similar to the likes of Harry Truman and George Marshall, and, at one point, he obliquely questioned Mr. Obama’s patriotism. The hope seems to be that big propaganda, said loudly and often,...
  • Obama Up At Bat What Happens?

    The Outlook wasn't brilliant for Leftyville that day: The health care plan was muddled, with but one press conference more to play. And then when the job approval numbers died, and personal popularity did the same, A sickly silence fell upon the progressives in the game. (VIDEO)
  • Israelis Deploy Patriot Missiles After 'Hezbollah' Drone Enters Airspace

    10/08/2012 4:24:37 PM PDT · by Jean S · 21 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 10/ 8/12 | RANDY KREIDER
    Israeli officials have deployed a Patriot surface-to-air anti-missile battery to northern Israel Monday, in an apparent response to the appearance of a mysterious drone in Israeli airspace over the weekend. On Saturday, an Israel Air Force jet shot down an unmanned aerial drone over the Negev desert in southern Israel. Israeli officials said they believed the craft had originated in Lebanon and was controlled by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. According to the Israel Defense Force, the drone entered Israel from Mediterranean, flying over the Gaza Strip and then over the Negev. It was shot down south of the West...
  • Counting on Coal Country

    10/08/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 8, 2012 | ROBERT STACY MCCAIN
    Romney fights for jobs -- and votes -- in an industry at war with Obama’s EPA. Nearly four thousand people turned out Friday in Abingdon, Virginia, to hear Mitt Romney declare his support for the coal industry, which has been besieged for more than three years by President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency... --snip-- For a Democratic president so closely allied with the labor movement, Obama's abandonment of the mine workers is stunning, considering that the head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, began his career with the UMW. Even as the EPA's regulatory squeeze of power plants has had the effect...
  • Let This Be A Warning America: When the Riots Start the Government’s Response Will Be Brutal *Video*

    10/08/2012 4:22:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 48 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/8/12 | Mac Slavo
    Last week, when hundreds of thousands of people in Madrid, Barcelona and throughout Spain protested, rioted, rebelled and called for the forced resignation of every one of their parliamentary representatives and the formation of a new government, the silence from global mainstream media was deafening. With jobless rates for those between the ages of 20 and 35 exceeding 50%, further social spending measures promised by the government, and tens of billions in handouts being transferred to large financial institutions in the broader Euro Zone, those impoverished by the economic collapse of the last four years would not be silenced. They...
  • Post-debate polling shows substantial Romney bounce

    10/08/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2012 | By Paul West
    Mitt Romney’s commanding performance on the debate stage last week has generated a significant bounce for his presidential candidacy, according to national polls released Monday. The Republican nominee opened up a 4-point lead over President Obama, 49% to 45% among likely voters, in the latest national opinion survey by the independent Pew Research Center. In mid-September, Obama led by 8 points, 51% to 43%. Post-debate interviews with 1,201 voters found that the debate had lifted Romney’s standing among a wide range of voter groups. His overall personal image improved, with the percentage of voters holding a favorable opinion of the...
  • Science Over Politics: Nobel For Adult Stem Cell Work

    10/08/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 8, 2012
    Bioethics: British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research. For decades now, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has been trumpeted as the most promising avenue of research, and those who had moral qualms about using human embryos were dismissed as Bible-thumping troglodytes who stood in the way of making the lame walk. ESCR supporters said their way led to finding "imminent" miracle cures to tragic and sometimes deadly conditions and diseases. They dismissed suggestions of a more promising...
  • Romney Foreign Policy Zingers - What do you want to come up?

    10/08/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT · by dila813 · 29 replies
    Today | Freepers
    My Vote is for when Obama begged Iran to return one of our drones.
  • Obama camp: We raised more than Romney after debate

    10/08/2012 4:15:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday that the campaign took in more than Mitt Romney did in the 48 hours following last week's debate. The Romney campaign reported raising $12 million during the period. Psaki wouldn't say exactly how much Obama's campaign raised.
  • Oakland anti-war protesters wreak havoc

    10/08/2012 4:14:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 8, 2012 | Henry K. Lee
    OAKLAND -- Anti-war protesters smashed storefronts, shattered car windows and threw paint during a march through downtown Oakland, targeting banks, City Hall and other buildings, police said Monday. No one was arrested during the Sunday night protest, which coincided with the 11th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. About 200 people gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall about 6 p.m. The crowd then left the plaza and took a circuitous route down Franklin and 20th streets and Telegraph Avenue before returning to the plaza.
  • Global economic recovery weakening , says IMF

    10/08/2012 4:13:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2012
    The global economic recovery is weakening as government policies have failed to restore confidence, the International Monetary Fund has said. It added that the risk of further deterioration in the economic outlook was "considerable" and had increased. The IMF downgraded its estimate for global growth in 2013 to 3.6% from the 3.9% it forecast in July. One of the biggest downgrades was to the UK economy, which the IMF expects to shrink by 0.4% this year. This compares its forecast of 0.2% growth in July. Next year, the UK economy should grow by 1.1%, the IMF said, down from its...
  • “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”

    10/08/2012 4:11:00 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 36 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-08-12 | Wordsmith
    "In fourteen hundred ninety-two/ Columbus sailed the ocean blue. "He had three ships and left from Spain/ He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain." -- Source Unknown I'm old enough to remember a time when Christopher Columbus Day was a national holiday that was widely celebrated rather than shamefully downplayed and derided. Columbus has become the symbolic white devil harbinger of all that is evil about America's founding: genocide and manifest destiny imperialism; slavery and racism; annihilation and exploitation of peaceful, "noble savages" living in harmony with the environment. President Obama seems to echo the sentiments of multiculturalist leftists...
  • Archbp. Nienstedt and the Marriage Amendment in Minnesota

    10/08/2012 4:10:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 10/8/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Minnesota is ground zero right now for defense of true marriage.The Church and right thinking people (in the matter of marriage) have a steep hill to ascend.  The mainstream media is in control of the “topics” (a technical term from rhetoric), the matters we discuss and how and when we discuss them.  The MSM effectively controls the conversation and even the popular imagination in regard to homosexual behavior.  The MSM promotes homosexuality as if it were normal.  The Church can barely get a toe hold on the edge of the hill in this matter.I read a story HERE that, on...
  • Obama camp blasts Romney foreign policy speech as 'Etch a Sketch' moment

    10/08/2012 4:10:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Team Obama blasted Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech on Monday, saying it was full of "heated rhetoric"and "chest-thumping" but few specifics. "This is Mitt Romney's seventh attempt, by our count, to reboot his foreign policy," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "When you're commander in chief, you don’t get to bring an Etch a Sketch into the Oval Office. You don’t get second chances, never mind seven chances.
  • Emergency Survival Supplies To Buy Used

    10/08/2012 4:10:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 10/08/2012 | Peggy Layton
    There are all kinds of places to get survival items such as Goodwill Industries, Deseret Industries, thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales, garage sales, fundraisers, pawn shops, flea markets, moving sales and Internet sites such as Craigslist, Half.com, eBay and Amazon. Every Saturday during the good-weather months, I sneak off in the mornings to see what I can find at the local yard sales. I am always on the lookout for things like camping equipment, sleeping bags, wool blankets, backpacks and medical supplies. I am also stockpiling emergency supplies, canning supplies, medical supplies, lighting, garden tools, hand tools, fishing equipment,...
  • Where Did All Our Pensions Go?(A Children's Story;)

    10/08/2012 4:09:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/07/2012 | Jackie Tortora
    A total of 84,350 pension plans have vanished since 1985. This figure shocked Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Donald L. Barlett and James W. teele, who just released their latest book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream." Their chapter on retirement chronicles the heist of the American dream's secure retirement by the financial elite and is a very important section of the book, says Steele, who spoke with the AFL-CIO about the retirement crisis. Steele says there is another number we should pay attention to: $17,686. That's the median value of 401(k) accounts in 2011. For most working people, the amount in...
  • Thar She Blows… Obama Torpedoes Flag Cruise Industry

    10/08/2012 4:05:45 PM PDT · by radioone · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-8-12 | Jim Hoft
    Don’t look now but the Obama Administration torpedoed the American Flagship project’s long-planned, private sector funded initiative to build cruise ships here in America. Marine Link reported: As Royal Caribbean Cruises confidently orders its third Finnish-government-financed Oasis-class ship, the Obama Administration slams the door on American competition in this $40 billion-a-year industry supported almost entirely by US passenger revenues. The American Flagship project claims Obama bulldozed its long-planned, private sector funded, job-creating initiative – perhaps to spur already prolific foreign-flag campaign contributions. According to World City America Inc., the Finnish government has agreed to finance a third Royal Caribbean...
  • Chávez got reelected; What about the U.S. November Election?

    10/08/2012 4:00:21 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 8, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Chávez is said to have got fifty-four percent of the vote. Assuming that he did, why and does it augur anything for our own election? Here are some thoughts from my favorite Venezuelan blogger, Daniel Duquenal (pseudonym) about yesterday's election. A student of Venezuela, he lives and votes there. He also dislikes el Presidente Chávez, with good reason. The people who reelected Chavez today know exactly what they voted for. They know about crime and violence. They know about inflation and scarcity. They know about vulgarity as a way of life. They know about political prisoners while the most corrupt...
  • GPS Bracelet Leads Police to Sylmar Burglary Suspect

    10/08/2012 3:56:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 8, 2012 11:17 AM | Ed Mertz
    SYLMAR (CBSLA.com) — A Southland registered sex offender was in custody Monday on burglary charges after police traced his location using his GPS bracelet. KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports Wilbert Matheney, 48, was charged in a hot-prowl burglary in Sylmar after the ankle bracelet he wore as a registered sex offender showed he was in the home he claimed never to have entered. “The fruit of the crime was a laptop, but the whole situation could have been much worse,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division. “Matheney entered the home at six o’clock in the...
  • NYC Muslim Day Parade 2012 - Hate On Parade

    10/08/2012 3:55:11 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 1, 2012 | connect741
    Hate and Intolerance for America was on parade September 23, 2012, at the NYC Muslim Day Parade. One of the more disturbing parts of the Muslim Day Parade was the proud display of the Islamic Black Flag of Jihad visible throughout the event. The Black Flag of Jihad was hoisted above our overrun embassies in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc... The Jihadist's pulled down and burned the American flag and replaced it with the Islamic Black Flag of Jihad as a symbol of dominance and military victory. The hatred and intolerance for the United States of America, the Islamic Black Flag...
  • Romney Surging in PA (O 47 R 45)

    10/08/2012 3:51:52 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 30 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/8/12 | American Spectator
    Just in. The Susquehanna Poll (from the Susquehanna Polling and Research folks ) have just released their post-debate poll of Pennsylvania. Bottom line: Romney is suddenly surging, with Obama leading by a mere two points -- which is to say a "virtual dead heat." Concludes the poll: There is (my emphasis) "clear evidence the debates have helped solidify the Keystone State as a tossup election in November and one well within Romney's reach."
  • BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE EVER!

    10/08/2012 3:50:43 PM PDT · by yoe · 70 replies
    Tea Party ^ | September - October | Mychal Massie
    Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles. The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture." The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me...
  • First Scoopful [Martian Soil] a Success [For "Curiosity'}

    10/08/2012 3:49:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nasa ^ | Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:52:13 AM PDT
    On the mission's 61st Martian day, or sol (Oct. 7, 2012), NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its soil scoop for the first time, collecting a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site. Imaging verified collection of the sample. The collected material will be used for cleaning interior surfaces of the rover's sample-handling mechanism. It will be held and vibrated inside each chamber of the mechanism before the material is discarded. Curiosity's Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, on the robotic arm, includes the scoop and the mechanism for sieving and portioning samples of...
  • Ryan Supporter Objects to Obama Campaign's Use of Her Question at Rally

    10/08/2012 3:42:21 PM PDT · by Jean S · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/5/12 | Shushannah Walshe
    Iowa voters are used to questioning presidential candidates up close during their caucus process and on Paul Ryan's bus trip in eastern Iowa on Tuesday it was no different. At a town hall in Clinton, Ryan was asked for more specifics from a voter. Friday, that voter wrote an op-ed in the Quad City Times objecting to how she feels her question was portrayed by the Obama campaign and the media. "I am the woman in the Green Bay Packer jacket at Rep. Paul Ryan's rally in Clinton who asked him the question about specific plans to fix our...
  • EXCLUSIVE POLL: Romney narrows gap on Obama in Michigan

    10/08/2012 3:41:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | October 8, 2012 | Chuck Stokes
    Once again, the campaign for US President is a horse race in the battleground state of Michigan! The momentum has now shifted to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney because of his winning performance in the first of three scheduled debates against President Barack Obama. In September, the momentum was behind the President after he received a big boost from the Democratic National Convention. In a new and exclusive poll for WXYZ, the Detroit Free Press, and our statewide media partners, 48 percent say they would vote for Democrat Obama if the election were held today. Forty-five percent of the 600...
  • John Kerry's Career Dreams Keep Slipping Away (No Secretary of State For You!)

    10/08/2012 3:39:31 PM PDT · by drewh · 28 replies
    Boston.com ^ | October 07, 2012 | Joan Vennochi
    Just as the stars looked like they might be aligning for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and his quest to become the next secretary of state, fate has intervened yet again. This time, it came in the form of a dismal debate performance by President Obama in his first showdown with Republican Mitt Romney last week. Suddenly, a second Obama term — and Kerry’s chance for a starring role in it — seemed much less certain. It didn’t help that Kerry was Obama’s chosen sparring partner as he prepared — or failed to prepare — for that all-important first debate. Michael...
  • French Government Floats Plan to Discourage Layoffs

    10/08/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    In a bid to stem the rising tide of unemployment, France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande has advanced legislation that would impose severe penalties on businesses trying to fend off bankruptcy by trimming labor costs. Labor Minister Michel Sapin says “the intent is to make layoffs so expensive that keeping unproductive employees on the payroll will be the less costly option.” Sapin admitted that “many in our Party favored simply outlawing layoffs, but others advised against this saying that if no one could be laid off for any reason too many workers would slack off on the job.” Industry Minister Arnaud...
  • The Second Siege of Vienna

    10/08/2012 3:32:39 PM PDT · by liege · 24 replies
    This looks like it may be an interesting movie; coming out Friday the 12th in Poland, hopefully here soon.
  • TD Jakes' Daughter Admits to Being a 'Mess' After Divorce, Talks Redemption

    10/08/2012 3:31:31 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 2, 2012 | Christine Thomasos
    Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, announced in August that she would be divorcing her NFL linebacker husband Robert Henson, and is now speaking about how she is overcoming the tough times associated with the split. Jakes, 24-year-old who leads the Women's Ministry at The Potter's House in Dallas, first broke the news of her divorce on her personal blog, www.sarahdhenson.com. "I have built my ministry and identity around being the best wife and a mother I can be. For quite sometime I have tried to steer through some serious troubles at home," Henson wrote on her personal website,...
  • Claim: Obama campaign illegally solicited foreign donors via social media website

    10/08/2012 3:26:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/8/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been soliciting foreigners for donations, an explosive report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) shows. Those foreign donors are allegedly visiting the Obama campaign’s donation solicitation Web pages through a social media website the campaign controls, and through an outside website that serves mostly Internet users from outside the United States.About 20 percent of visitors to the “my.barackobama.com” social media website “originated from foreign locations,” the report found. That Web address is owned and controlled by the Obama re-election campaign.“At no point during the [website's] subscription process is a visitor asked whether he...
  • Matt, I'll be blunt(Obama Campaign Email from Axelrod)

    10/08/2012 3:26:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Obama Campaign Email
    Matt -- We're about to get hit with an avalanche of negative ads. Romney-allied outside groups have already lined up more than $23 million in television spending for this week alone. That's been the other side's strategy from the beginning: slamming the airwaves with ads trashing the President and his record. Matt, I'll be blunt: They are trying to buy this election, and we're the only ones who are standing in their way. Don't wait any longer to take ownership of this campaign. Can you chip in $5 or more right now to help? We've worked too hard to slow...
  • Obama pays tribute to Cesar Chavez

    10/08/2012 3:25:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/8/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    KEENE, Calif. – President Obama’s trip here to dedicate the Cesar Chavez National Monument wasn’t for a campaign rally, but sure felt like one. There were the chants of “Si, se puede,” led by Obama himself at the beginning and end of his remarks. There were the cries of “four more years” from the thousands of mostly Hispanic people who gathered to watch. There were the “Obamanos” stickers and shirts arrayed throughout the scene.
  • The Illegal-Donor Loophole

    10/08/2012 3:24:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/8/2012
    There has been no shortage of media attention paid to the role of money in the current presidential contest. Super PACs, bundlers, 527s, and mega-donors have attracted abundant notice. But there has been surprisingly little focus on perhaps the most secretive and influential financial force in politics today: the wide-open coffers of the Internet. With millions of online campaign donations ricocheting through cyberspace, one might think the Federal Election Commission would have erected serious walls to guard federal elections from foreign or fraudulent Internet contributions. But that’s far from true. In fact, campaigns are largely expected to police these matters...
  • Guess who isn’t afraid of a little rain? Mitt Romney attends rally, shakes hands of vets in downpour

    10/08/2012 3:20:56 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 38 replies
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  • Romney calls for arming Syrian opposition, as part of Middle East course change

    10/08/2012 3:19:52 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/8/12 | Unknown
    Mitt Romney called Monday for a change of course in America's Middle East policy, accusing President Obama of sitting on the sidelines in the face of a "profound upheaval" across the region. The Republican nominee pledged that, if elected, he would prosecute a far more engaged foreign policy, including helping to arm the opposition in Syria's bloody civil war. "Hope is not a strategy," Romney said. Romney spoke at the Virginia Military Institute in what was billed as a major foreign policy address. After aggressively challenging the incumbent on economics at last week's debate, Romney is looking to build on...
  • (Erick Erickson:) I Donated to Barack Obama

    10/08/2012 3:19:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/8/2012 | Erick Erickson
    The President has come under fire for the shoddy verification processing his campaign does for donations. In light of this Newsweek story about the Illegal-Donor loophole with Team ObamaA while back, among conservatives, it was even a story that he was doing this shoddy credit card verification for overseas donors.So, after talking with some lawyers about the process, etc. I donated to Barack Obama. Sort of.It is rare that I do something where I feel the need to talk to lawyers first. But giving money to Barack Obama was one of those times.I didn’t actually do it. I made up...
  • "UNBELIVEABLE (sic) Hillary Clinton laughs about possible war against Iran"

    10/08/2012 3:12:44 PM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    youtube.com ^ | October 3, 2012 | youtube
    "Warmonger Hillary Clinton (while laughing about it) and James Baker discusse the prospect of war with Iran while suggesting that the United States of America needs to instigate the war with a false flag attack."
  • Honoring fearless Montenegro on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First Balkan War

    10/08/2012 3:05:22 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    www.heroesofserbia.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Beautiful Montenegro Source: http://www.discover-montenegro.com/ Aleksandra's Note: In the beginning of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Prime Minister of Serbia began talks with the other Balkan nations of Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro. When a pro-Russian government was formed in Bulgaria in March 1911, these talks became serious and evolved into a series of secret treaties. On March 13, 1912 a pact was signed between Serbia and Bulgaria. The plan was to jointly attack the Turks as soon as it was feasible to do so. On May 29, a military convention was signed between Bulgaria and Serbia, thus formalizing...
  • Don't Use Chinese Telecom Equipment, Says Congressional Committee

    10/08/2012 3:05:12 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 14 replies
    DailyFinance ^ | 8 October 2012 | Dan Radovsky
    The House Intelligence committee isn't going so far as to say the Chinese government is trying to turn us into a nation of Manchurian Candidates by using Chinese-made smartphones. What it is saying, after a yearlong investigation, is that two Chinese telecommunications equipment makers, Huawei Technologies and ZTE, may, under the direction of the Chinese government, make the equipment they sell purposely vulnerable to cyber-security leaks. "We simply cannot trust such vital systems to companies with known ties to the Chinese state, a country that is the largest perpetrator of cyber espionage against the U.S.," said committee chairman Mike Rogers...
  • Pew: Romney Leads By 4 In Post-Debate Survey

    10/08/2012 3:05:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Tom Kludt
    In the first national poll to be conducted entirely after the opening presidential debate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney now leads President Barack Obama by 4 points. The poll, conducted by Pew Research Center from Thursday through Sunday and released on Monday, shows Romney leading Obama among likely voters nationwide, 49 percent to 45 percent. That's a stark contrast from Pew's mid-September poll after both parties' conventions, which showed Obama up 8 points among likely voters. The dramatic 12-point swing in Pew's poll from Obama to Romney is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence to date that the president has...
  • Romney Leaps Past Obama in Pew Poll

    10/08/2012 3:04:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 8, 2012 | Colleen McCain Nelson
    Mitt Romney’s debate performance has wiped out President Barack Obama’s advantage, and the Republican nominee now leads by four points among likely voters, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The president held an eight-point lead among likely voters in last month’s Pew survey. But the new poll, conducted during the four days immediately following the first presidential debate, shows Mr. Romney ahead, 49% to 45%. Nearly two-thirds of voters agreed that Mr. Romney did a better job in the debate, according to the Pew poll. On the heels of that well regarded performance, voters now view the Republican...
  • Norwegian Dads to Get 14 Weeks of Parental Leave

    10/08/2012 3:03:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 05 Oct 2012
    Norway is to extend the amount of parental leave reserved for dads to 14 weeks, bringing the period that can be claimed by both parents on full pay to 49 weeks, a coalition member party said on Friday. The country's system is already one of the world's most generous. The move would come into effect on July 1st 2013 and is part of the Norwegian government's budget proposal that will be presented on Monday. It was revealed to tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) by Audun Lysbakken, head of the Socialist Left Party, which is a member of the country's ruling centre-left...
  • Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

    10/08/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 134 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Oct 8 2012 | Eban Alexander
    As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death. ... In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex,...