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  • Crooked Hillary - Throwback Thursday (Trump Tweet video)

    08/18/2016 8:06:23 PM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies
    One minute twenty seconds of video that should put Crooked Hillary behind bars for the rest of her life...
  • The Space History Sale (incredible auction on Appollo 11 anniversary!)

    07/08/2016 10:30:05 AM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    Bohhams Auctions ^ | 7-6-16 | Bonhams
    "We are pleased to be presenting our eighth annual Space History Auction to take place this year on the 47th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, completed by Astronauts Neil Armstong and Buzz Aldrin during the Appollo 11 mission on July 20, 1069." (excerpt from the pdf auction catalog). More at the link.
  • Food City- Salute

    07/05/2016 7:55:18 AM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-1-13 | Food City
    At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!
  • The Mill BLACKBIRD (Photoreal CG car rig)

    06/27/2016 9:06:09 PM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 6-23-16 | The Mill
    The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD, the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. Created in collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow, Mill Blackbird inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction. Learn more: themill.com/portfolio/3002/the-blackbird%C2%AE
  • Janet Waldo, Voice of Judy Jetson, Dies at 96

    06/15/2016 8:04:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 6-13-16 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Janet Waldo, a voice-over actress who played sprightly teenagers for decades on popular cartoon shows, most notably “The Jetsons,” died on Sunday at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 96. The television historian Stu Shostak, a friend, said the cause was an inoperable brain tumor.
  • C.W. McCall - Convoy (Another June 6 memory)

    06/06/2016 8:17:36 AM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-22-2010 | Convoy TM's channel
    "It was the dark of the moon on the 6th of June in a Kenworth pullin' logs..." Bill Fries aka CW McCall performs Convoy on the Mike Douglas Show (August 1976)
  • RETROTECHTACULAR: EXAMINING MUSIC IN 1950’S RUSSIA

    05/27/2016 7:50:13 AM PDT · by bigbob · 36 replies
    Hackaday ^ | 5-27-16 | Kristina Panos
    If you had told 12-year-old me that one day I would be able to listen to pretty much any song I wanted to on demand and also pull up the lyrics as fast as I could type the artist’s name and part of the title into a text box, I would have a) really hoped you weren’t kidding and b) would have wanted to grow up even faster than I already did. The availability of music today, especially in any place with first world Internet access is really kind of astounding. While the technology to make this possible has come...
  • Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018

    05/11/2016 11:33:55 AM PDT · by bigbob · 215 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 5-11-16 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, plans to run for re-election in 2018. Cruz, who ended his presidential campaign last week, said "yes" when asked Wednesday morning by a reporter in Washington, D.C., if he would seek a second term, according to CNN and The Hill. Cruz's office later confirmed the exchange. The announcement adds some clarity to Cruz's political future following his decision to exit the presidential race on May 3. While Cruz could change his mind, running for re-election in 2018 puts to rest some speculation he would sit out a second term to prepare for a comeback bid...
  • The Mysterious Case of Ted Cruz PAC’s $1/2 Million ‘Donation’ to Help Carly Fiorina

    04/27/2016 5:31:20 PM PDT · by bigbob · 55 replies
    Law Newz ^ | 4-27-16 | Rachel Stockman
    Months ago, before the Republican race was whittled down to just three candidates, a very curious thing happened. Ted Cruz‘s super PAC ‘donated’ $500,000 to Carly Fiorina‘s super PAC. A few articles popped up at the time, and the Federal Election Committee even issued a letter asking the Cruz super PAC to better explain what the donation was for. To be clear, a half a million dollars is not a small donation, and, at the time, it was the largest expense that the PAC had paid out. So why the heck would Cruz’s PAC hand over that kind of money...
  • Still Report #818 - Cruz Quickly Backstabs Kasich Over Treaty

    04/27/2016 9:14:30 AM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies
    `Youtube ^ | 4-25-16 | Bill Still
    Short video: 1:49 about "secret" Cruz memo that shows Lyin' Ted stabbling Kasich in the back. Transcript: The Ted Cruz – John Kasich alliance announced with great fanfare on Sunday quickly broke down when a Cruz insider leaked a confidential memo telling Cruzbots to ignore the warning not to vote for Cruz in the Oregon primary to be held on May 17 and the New Mexico primary held on the last day of the primary season, June 7th. Cruz & Kasich announced that Kasich would stop spending money in Indiana if Cruz would stop spending money in Oregon and New...
  • Scott Walker’s GOP Ignores Cruz Delegate Slate in Wisconsin

    04/27/2016 7:46:55 AM PDT · by bigbob · 36 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | 4-26-16 | Erick Erickson
    After a big win in Wisconsin earlier this month, it looks like the all-important statewide delegate selection process could leave Team Cruz at a serious disadvantage. I’m told by several people familiar with the situation that the constitution of the Republican Party of Wisconsin gives the presidential campaign that wins the state’s popular vote the prerogative of picking 15 of the 18 statewide delegates and 18 of the state’s 18 alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. Though Governor Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz and clearly has a close working relationship with the Wisconsin GOP, the Republican Party of Wisconsin...
  • Lyin' Ted and Mandy - The Romance continues

    04/25/2016 8:57:26 PM PDT · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Rumpolful Youtube ^ | 3-29-16 | JibJab
    JibJab video featuring Lyin' Ted Cruz and one of his (alleged, of course) mistresses, Randy Mandy (Amanda Carpenter)
  • EXCLUSIVE: Colorado County GOP Chair: Errors with Ted Cruz’s Delegate Win, Might Need Do-Over

    04/25/2016 8:00:56 PM PDT · by bigbob · 348 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-25-16 | Patrick Howley
    The chairwoman of the Boulder County GOP has admitted that grave errors affected the Colorado Republican caucus, in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% won a clean sweep of 34 delegates without opening up the process to voting by everyday citizens. Breitbart News has obtained an email that Boulder County GOP chairwoman Peg Cage sent to other top Republican officials in Colorado, including to other party chairs, describing the errors in the process that led to “the perception of fraud.” Reached for comment on the email, Cage said that the caucus might have to be done over.
  • "Die Whitey Die" -The Americans with Charlie LeDuff

    04/11/2016 1:51:49 PM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-7-16 | Charlie LeDuff
    The GOP has a race problem. White people. Working class whites, who make up half of the Republican voters, are rebelling against the Republican orthodoxies of free trade and trickle down economics that have turned their communities into ghost towns. Shocked by their support of Donald Trump, some elitist conservative thinkers are calling places like Garbutt, NY pockets of misery, welfare fraud and dope addiction. They say let these towns die. Turns out Garbutt is not like that at all.
  • 3Still Report #750 - Enquirer Sex-Scandal Confirmed by Cruz Insider

    03/30/2016 3:43:24 PM PDT · by bigbob · 175 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3-3-0-16 | Bill Still
    Bill Still shares correspondence between his wife and "John Doe" - an ex-Cruz staffer who resigned over the Ben Carson vote theft issue and Amanda Carpenter's involvement in it, and says "it's 100% true that he has affairs", and that Heidi told the staff "to not concern ourselves with it". Bill Still (billstill3@aol.com) is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos
  • Paul Ryan faces primary challenge from wealthy businessman ‘betrayed’ by House speaker

    03/28/2016 8:08:38 AM PDT · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-28-16 | S.A. Miller
    A wealthy businessman with tea party ties confirmed Sunday that he is mounting a primary challenge to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, saying that after donating to the Wisconsin Republican’s past campaigns he feels “betrayed” by the speaker on trade deals and immigration. The businessman, who is not yet revealing his identity, promised that his run will “shake up the establishment in a profound way,” according to a political consultant close to the prospective candidate.
  • Smoking Gun: Sex / Financial PAC Scandal! (Questions for Ted Cruz!)

    03/27/2016 8:42:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 85 replies
    Edw. Gross ^ | 3-26-16 | Ed Gross
    Let's look into Sarah Isgur Flores shall we? It is inferred by current reporting that she is at least one of the 8 or 9 women Cruz has had an affair with recently. (excerpted) The ($500K, excerpted) money from the Fiorina campaign was laundered through a company called MLJ Consulting. Nearly half of the money spent on ads, over $251,795, was paid to MLJ Consulting. On top of that, MLJ Consulting received an additional $271,152 for services described in FEC reports as “Political Strategy Consulting/Staff Management” or “Political Strategy Consulting/Travel.” (The FEC is currently requesting coordinating information on the payments...
  • Why did a Ted Cruz superPAC give $500k to Carly Fiorina? (from Aug. 2015)

    03/26/2016 11:54:50 AM PDT · by bigbob · 108 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8-4-15 | Rachael Maddow
    Rachel Maddow shows the paperwork that indicates Keep The Promise, a Ted Cruz-aligned superPAC, donated $500,000 to Carly For America, a Carly Fiorina-aligned superPAC, but what remains unclear is why.
  • National Enquirer Parent Company Refutes Cruz – Trump Had Nothing to Do With Our Story

    03/26/2016 7:51:10 AM PDT · by bigbob · 173 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-26-16 | Jim Hoft
    Ted Cruz told reporters in Wisconsin the story was “all lies.” Cruz then went on to blame the article on Donald Trump and his “henchmen.” Cruz argued Roger Stone has been forwarding the article today on the internet. He thinks Trump campaign is behind this story. Cruz also said the publisher of the National Enquirer is a friend of Donald Trump’s. But these rumors did not start with Donald Trump. The rumors were started by the Rubio Campaign and anti-Trump GOP elites. On Friday the parent company for National Enquirer refuted Ted Cruz. “No one influences the reporting that the...
  • Enquirer FoxNews - Democrat John Edwards and Rielle Hunter in Beverly Hilton (2008 flashback)

    03/26/2016 7:36:27 AM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-25-08 | IbongNakalaya
    FoxNews reports on National Enquirer sighting of John Edwards and Rielle Hunter in Beverly Hilton. ""The Beverly Hilton Hotel guard said he encountered a shaken and ashen-faced Edwards — whom he did not immediately recognize — in a hotel men's room early Tuesday morning in a literal tug-of-war with reporters on the other side of the door. "What are they saying about me?" the guard said Edwards asked. "His face just went totally white," the guard said, when Edwards was told the reporters were shouting out questions about Edwards and Rielle Hunter, a woman the National Enquirer says is the...
  • Rob Ford, Toronto ex-mayor, dies aged 46 from cancer

    03/22/2016 8:51:17 AM PDT · by bigbob · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-22-16 | N/A
    Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died at the age of 46 after fighting cancer, his family has said. Mr Ford, who battled drug and alcohol addiction, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014. He gained international notoriety after admitting smoking crack cocaine in 2013, but he was loved by supporters. "A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto," his family said in a statement. He could not run for re-election as mayor in 2014 due to his cancer diagnosis, but won a city council seat in a landslide....
  • Breitbart adjusts report suggesting Trump campaign manager not behind incident

    03/12/2016 8:57:10 PM PST · by bigbob · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-11-16 | Hadas Gold
    Breitbart has adjusted a report which originally suggested video evidence showed that Washington Post reporter Ben Terris misidentified the man who grabbed at Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields following a Tuesday night press conference with Donald Trump. The new version of the report includes new video that appears to show Lewandowski reaching for Fields. Both Fields and Terris have said Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski aggressively yanked Fields out of the way on Tuesday night after Fields tried to ask a question. Though the conservative, and often pro-Trump site, noted in its first report that "the altercation itself is not shown"...
  • Trump for America by Brothers N Arms

    03/03/2016 8:52:03 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-2-15 | Brothers N Arms
    This is a video of an amazing American anthem written to rally all Americans to vote for TRUMP by Brothers N Arms out of Bakersfield CA. The song is catchy and already has sold many copies and is sweeping through the nation on its way to support TRUMP to the white house. The band is part of the MOVEMENT and the song influences many new voters and signify with the feelings and emotion this song portrays. The song is available on iTunes.... follow the band on twitter @brothersnarmsUS or go to www.facebook.com/biausa1 you can contact the band at biausa1@hotmail.com The...
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY (National Anthem Girl)

    03/03/2016 7:44:03 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies
    http://www.nationalanthemgirl.org/ ^ | 3/3/15 | National Anthem Girl
    Written by Francis Scott Key, the Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. On National Anthem Day, we celebrate and honor this song. Janine Stange, who has come to be known as "The National Anthem Girl," made history by completing her mission to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" in all 50 states in time for the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics for the hallowed song on September 14, 2014.
  • Charlie Tuna, Longtime Los Angeles DJ, Dies at 71

    03/01/2016 7:59:22 AM PST · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | 2-29=16 | LAMARCO MCCLENDON
    Radio personality and TV announcer Charlie Tuna died Feb. 19 at his home in Tarzana, Calif. He was 71. According to his website, he died in his sleep. A fixture on Los Angeles radio starting in the late ’60s, Tuna was part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock lineup and helped launch KROQ-AM and KIIS. He served as both program director and morning man for KIIS AM and FM. Tuna, whose real name was Art Ferguson, was a native of Kearney, Nebraska. He was said to have worked on more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history....
  • A List of Trump Endorsers

    02/29/2016 7:08:32 PM PST · by bigbob · 10 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 2-29/16 | Not Specified
    U.S. Governors Current Chris Christie, New Jersey (former 2016 presidential candidate)[887] Paul LePage, Maine (previously endorsed Chris Christie)[888] Former Jan Brewer, Arizona[889] Sarah Palin, Alaska (also nominee for Vice President in 2008)[890] U.S. Senators Current Jeff Sessions of Alabama[891] Former Scott Brown of Massachusetts[892] U.S. Representatives Current Chris Collins of New York[893] (previously endorsed Jeb Bush)[894] Duncan D. Hunter of California[895] Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee[896] Tom Marino of Pennsylvania[897] Former Virgil Goode of Virginia (also Constitutional Party presidential nominee in 2012)[898] Executive branch officials Former Jeff Lord, former White House associate political director for the Reagan administration (1987–88)[899] Statewide officials...
  • Live Stream: Donald Trump South Carolina Primary Watch Party

    02/20/2016 8:44:17 AM PST · by bigbob · 20 replies
    RSBN ^ | 2-20-16 | Right Side Network
    Saturday, February 20, 2016: Join us LIVE from Spartanburg, SC for a Donald Trump for President Watch Party. We will be covering the event live and giving you all the results as they come in. Mr. Trump will give his victory speech around 10:00 PM EST- IF you get out and vote!
  • The story behind Reagan's famous Challenger speech

    01/28/2016 8:50:30 AM PST · by bigbob · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-28-16 | Tribune Wire Report
    Images from Jan. 28, 1986, are seared into the memories of former schoolchildren, teachers, parents, and pretty much any American now older than 30 - the Challenger space shuttle, meant to carry school teacher Christa McAuliffe into orbit, reduced to a snaky tunnel of smoke in the sky near Cape Canaveral. In the years that followed, a lot would come out about a disaster watched in countless classrooms across the nation: about faulty O-rings, about dangerously cold temperatures, and about how five crewmen, an engineer and a New Hampshire teacher meant to represent NASA in its finest hour became the...
  • Report: The FAA's Drone Registry Will Be Public—Including Names and Addresses

    12/18/2015 4:26:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12-18-15 | Alissa Walker
    On Monday, the FAA will launch its online registry for drone operators with the aim of collecting personal information from the owners of these unmanned aircraft. But according to a report from Forbes, all those names and addresses will eventually be publicly available. Which seems... kinda scary? Over at Forbes, John Goglia says he’s been poking the FAA for answers ever since the FAQ about registration went up. Of particular concern are two contradictory statements from the FAA and DOT. The FAA says only their agency and a contractor will have access to the personal information collected. The DOT says...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration (Dec 21 deadline)

    12/14/2015 5:57:26 PM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    FAA.GOV ^ | 12/14/15 | FAA
    If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register. More info and FAQ at the link
  • Capt. Cooper & US Coast Guard Radio Transmissions on Nov. 10th, 1975. (The Edmund Fitzgerald)

    11/10/2015 7:31:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/17/12 | IntoWisOutdoors
    Forty years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a ferocious storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 men aboard. Rather than linking to the famous Gordon Lightfoot song (and according to SiriusXM radio, Gordon personally attended todays annual memorial service held by the families), this is a 32 minute recording of actual US Coast Guard marine radio traffic from that tragic day.
  • Kraft Heinz to move Oscar Mayer HQ to Chicago (out of Madistan)

    11/05/2015 3:42:07 PM PST · by bigbob · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-4-15 | Greg Trotter, Samantha Bomkamp and Corilyn Shropshir
    Kraft Heinz announced Wednesday that it will move Oscar Mayer and the company's U.S. meats business from Madison, Wis., to Chicago — a move that will add 250 jobs to Chicago's Aon Center. The company also announced plans to consolidate its production facilities during the next two years, which will result in the shutdown of seven North American manufacturing facilities: Fullerton, Calif.; San Leandro, Calif.; Federalsburg, Md.; St. Mary's, Canada; Campbell, N.Y.; Lehigh Valley, Pa., and the one in Madison. The closings will result in the loss of about 2,600 manufacturing jobs at the company, including 700 in Madison. About...
  • Brooklyn woman recalls origins of Lesley Gore’s ‘It’s My Party’ from teen outburst

    10/22/2015 8:48:12 AM PDT · by bigbob · 10 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/18/15 | Ellen Tumposky
    A Brooklyn teenager planning her Sweet 16 celebration unwittingly gave her songwriter dad the line that became singer Lesley Gore's musical catchphrase.
  • TV Ratings: Megyn Kelly Bests Bill O'Reilly in August, Topping Cable News in Key Demo

    09/01/2015 5:46:25 PM PDT · by bigbob · 37 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9-1-15 | Michael O'Connell
    Buoyed by the GOP debate, Fox News' 'The Kelly File' enjoyed its third month ever at No. 1 among adults 25-54. Donald Trump might have issues with Megyn Kelly, but viewers evidently don't. If August is any indication, her Kelly File is shaping up to be the cable news destination for coverage of the 2016 election. Kelly had the highest-rated cable news show for the month, even with her weeklong vacation. Buoyed by the record-breaking showcase of Fox News Channel's GOP debate and her 11 p.m. telecast that night, she outpaced typical victor Bill O'Reilly for only the third full...
  • Fox News’ Latest Ratings Show Just How Effective is the Campaign to Kick O’Reilly Off the Air

    06/10/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by bigbob · 44 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 6-10-15 | Kyle Becker
    No matter how many times it’s attacked by its detractors, Fox News proves time and time again the Nietzchean dictum, “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” Unfortunately for its competition, that means yet another month for the “O’Reilly Factor” on top of its prime-time cable news slot, and as Newser points out – that makes 174 consecutive months and running. O’Reilly has been so “wounded” by a widespread, concerted campaign to portray him as Brian Williams’ doppelganger and to get him kicked off the air that he is up 41 percent from the same month of May last...
  • Acuity Flagpole Project (US Tallest!)

    03/17/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    Mortensen website ^ | 1/1/2015 | Mortensen Construction
    Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.
  • Report: Amazon Interested in Radio Shack Stores

    02/03/2015 8:41:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 52 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 2-3-15 | Andrew Berg
    Sprint may not be the only company intersted in Radio Shack's soon to be vacant retail stores. According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon has expressed intersted in the brick-and-mortar locations. Amazon is reportedly intersted in using the stores as a showroom for its hardware, as well as place for customers pick up and drop off merchandise. Amazon currently sells a line of tablets, its Fire smartphone, as well as its new Echo bluetooh speaker and personal assistant. Radio Shack has about 4,000 retail locations in the United States. Reports have surfaced that the company is looking to sell some...
  • God Bless America, First Radio performance, Armistice Day November 10, 1938, Kate Smith

    11/10/2014 8:52:23 AM PST · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-16-11 | Andy Brattain via Youtube
    "This is the original FIRST broadcast radio performance of God Bless America by Irving Berlin as introduced by Kate Smith on November 10, 1938. She later recreated it for the Warner Bros. film but this is the actual debut.
  • ‘I’ll hold your hair’: An open letter to the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice (WI GOV RACE)

    11/06/2014 12:16:19 PM PST · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-5-14 | Matt Swaim
    Dear Dan: Go ahead, man. Lean over the toilet and let it out. It must have been hard to include Wisconsin Reporter – even backhanded – among the winners in your post-election “Winners and Losers” column. Don’t fight it, Dan. I’ll hold your hair. In crediting Michael Grebe with Gov. Scott Walker’s Election Day win over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, you note that Grebe – Walker’s campaign chairman and head of (what you call) “the conservative Bradley Foundation” – “has poured money into online outlets that dig up dirt on Democrats and liberals.” One of those groups, you say,...
  • MSNBC: IL Gov Race ‘Real Blow to President Obama’

    11/05/2014 7:28:20 AM PST · by bigbob · 29 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11-4-14 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC’s political panel on Election Night was shocked by the Republican Party’s victory in the Illinois Governor race on Tuesday, with Andrea Mitchell declaring it “a real blow” to the president. Chris Matthews described GOP candidate Bruce Rauner’s victory as “unbelievable” and “amazing.” And host Andrea Mitchell added “it's also a real blow to president obama. There’s no way you can’t call it a blow to the president. Because he campaigned for him [Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn]. That was one race that the president really did want to win.” Al Sharpton added that Republicans did a better job turning out...
  • Democrat Billionaire Tom Steyer May Have Blown $74 Million on Elections

    11/05/2014 6:58:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-4-14 | Wynton Hall
    Democrat hedge fund billionaire and global warming activist Tom Steyer spent $74 million on Tuesday's midterm elections, making him this election season's single-largest donor. Almost $67 million of Steyer's campaign war chest was spent on his super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, reports Forbes. However, as The Hill points out, Steyer's big money spending spree may garner him one of the hedge fund titan's most middling returns to date. In Colorado, Steyer's super PAC has spent $7 million against GOP Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner and $421,202 for Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Gardner up 2.5%....
  • Agent: Postal worker who dumped GOP mailers not politically motivated, just lazy

    11/03/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-3-14 | M.D. Kittle
    The Neenah mail carrier who dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in an apartment complex Dumpster wasn’t politically motivated; the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering the stacks of campaign advertisements, according to preliminary findings from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. “Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party. It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements, Robert Rukes, special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “A...
  • Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence

    10/29/2014 8:28:05 AM PDT · by bigbob · 20 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 10-28-14 | M.D. Kittle
    In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based global manufacturer. In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter. The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as...
  • Andrew Kay, inventor who developed the Kaypro II compact computer, dies at 95

    09/15/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by bigbob · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9-14-14 | Steve Chawkins
    Andrew Kay, an inventor who pioneered the use of compact computers in the 1980s with Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 at an assisted living home in Vista, Calif. He was 95. His son, David Kay, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds, which is elephantine by today’s standards but was a technological breakthrough at the time. It was a favorite of early computer aficionados and briefly made Mr. Kay a high-tech titan. By 1990, he had filed for bankruptcy protection. Mr. Kay was a charismatic inventor who scoffed at...
  • Ebola (Kinks Parody)

    08/05/2014 8:29:51 AM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-4-14 | Todd Chappelle
    A parody of The Kinks song "Lola".
  • Scorched Earth: Eric Cantor’s Staff, Supporters Drain Cash From Virginia GOP, Dave Brat

    06/27/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-27-14 | David Steinberg
    After the skin-crawling exploitation of black voters in Mississippi, the GOP’s current leadership wing gives a second demonstration, this time in Virginia, of just how committed they are to “a big tent,” or to the GOP’s vitality in general. The Senate majority matters, the House majority matters. But this party’s leadership is infested with the same disregard for Washington’s intended purpose as any Clintonian. Third parties fail. But what cost does remaining aligned with this generation of GOP leadership take from the cause of liberty and transparency? Recall, last week Eric Cantor said: “Of course I’ll vote for David Brat...
  • Kelly Rindfleisch tells conservatives, ‘Don’t back down’

    06/26/2014 11:40:15 AM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    WIsconsin reporter ^ | 6-26-14 | M.D. Kittle
    She thought about it — a lot. In the depths of her depression, Kelly Rindfleisch, the former county government official marked by the left with a political scarlet letter, considered killing herself. She just wanted it all to stop — the browbeating prosecutors, the mainstream media feeding frenzy, the crushing legal bills, the shadow of a jail sentence hanging over her. The betrayal. “There were times I felt like I wasn’t going to make it through. They drove me to the absolute depths of depression,” Rindfleisch told Wisconsin Reporter during a recent interview at a diner in downtown Sun Prairie,...
  • Statement from Friends of Scott Walker Campaign Regarding Statement Issued By Special Prosecutor

    06/26/2014 11:17:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Friends of Scott Walker ^ | 6-26-14 | Tom Evenson
    Friends of Scott Walker campaign Communications Director Tom Evenson issued the following statement today after a statement was released by the special prosecutor in the John Doe: After the media's slanderous reporting last week, today’s statement by prosecutors should serve as an opportunity for the media to correct the record and report the real facts of this story. Two judges have ruled there is no case. Now prosecutors have stated clearly that not only was Governor Walker not a target of the investigation but that: "It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument...
  • Chicago wins George Lucas museum

    06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris
    “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination. Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in...
  • Statewide Offices Results (IL Primary)

    03/18/2014 8:24:33 PM PDT · by bigbob · 79 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 3-17-14 | ABC7
    Bruce Rauner declared winner of IL Gubernatorial Primary (Graphic with vote totals at link)