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  • Rick Ross and Young Jeezy fight at BET Hip-Hop Awards, shots fired

    10/01/2012 6:15:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Zap2it ^ | 9/29/12 | Rick Porter
    Rappers Young Jeezy and Rick Ross got into a fight Saturday (Sept. 29) at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta that resulted in shots being fired. There's no word on whether anyone was wounded from the shots, reportedly fired by a member of Ross' entourage. According to TMZ and ATL Night Spots, the altercation started when Jeezy and Ross exchanged words backstage. That led to pushing and shoving, and security personnel and the rappers' bodyguards eventually separated them. The crowd backstage eventually made its way to the parking lot, where a member of Ross' crew reportedly pulled a gun and...
  • Fast and Furious Scandal: New Details Emerge on How the U.S. Government Armed Mexican Drug Cartels

    09/30/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled. Indirectly, the United States government played a...
  • Univision report connects Operation Fast and Furious scandal to murders of Mexican teenagers

    09/30/2012 11:58:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    The Spanish language television news network Univision unleashed a bombshell investigative report on Operation Fast and Furious Sunday evening, finding that in January 2010 drug cartel hit men slaughtered students with weapons the United States government allowed to flow to them across the Mexican border. “On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez,” according to a version of the Univision report in English, on the ABC News website. “Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for...
  • As college student, Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of Columbia University ROTC office

    10/01/2012 1:58:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 30, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson and Ryan Girdusky
    As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of former Columbia University ROTC office As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon. Holder was then among the leaders...
  • Obama USDA met 30 times with Mexican gov’t to promote food-stamp use among Mexican immigrants

    10/01/2012 2:03:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2012 | Caroline May
    Department of Agriculture personnel in the Obama administration have met with Mexican Government officials dozens of times since the president took office to promote nutrition assistance programs — notably food stamps — among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. Writing in response to Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ July request for information about the USDA’s little known partnership with the Mexican government to educate citizen and noncitizen immigrants from Mexico about the availability of food stamps and other nutrition assistance programs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the partnership as a way to curb hunger in America —...
  • Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become "Enemy of the American People"

    09/30/2012 6:25:36 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | September 27, 2012 | Pat Caddell
    “We’ve had nine day of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this,” said Caddell. “Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers.” Caddell added that it is one thing for the news to have a biased view, but “It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they...
  • ( UN ) Agenda 21 Getting Worse ( in Australia )

    09/30/2012 10:52:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Standeyo ^ | September 28, 2012 | Lynette
    As the UN digs in its ever-sharper, global-grasping claws, there are less and less desirable places to relocate. The New World Order permeates and invades all. Agenda 21? This is how it is done in Australia. Been going on for years... We know a family who live in Sydney’s Parramatta. The oldest girl, now in her 80’s, lives in the family home which was built in the early 1900’s. She was invited to a meeting with Parramatta Council and she and others were told that the Council “could not tolerate” for much longer that there was only one or two...
  • On the Road to Benghazi

    09/30/2012 12:29:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    In retrospect, the Democratic Convention highlighted a liar, Elizabeth Warren. She was hired by Harvard law school because she lied about her ethnicity to gain affirmative action benefits, exaggerated her scholarship which was shoddy, practiced law for years in Massachusetts out of her law school office without being a member of that state's bar -- and possibly at the time a member of no bar at all. She gummed on before the crowd about working for the middle class hiding from the audience that she had made hundreds of thousands of dollars representing big corporations in disputes against steel workers...
  • Solar power company banks on loan, but skeptics question government investment in industry

    09/30/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2012 | Dan Springer
    The federal government is making another big bet on solar panel manufacturing with taxpayer money, hoping the third time will be the charm. SoloPower held its grand opening Thursday in Portland, Ore., with speeches from local politicians and a ribbon-cutting. "It really revolutionizes rooftop applications, and it makes solar both easy and cost effective for nearly any commercial and industrial building worldwide," CEO Tim Harris said. SoloPower closed on a guaranteed government loan of $197 million last August, about the time another solar panel manufacturer, Solyndra, filed for bankruptcy. The failure of Solyndra cost U.S. taxpayers more than a half-billion...
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • White House to contractors: Hold off on layoff warnings (Until AFTER the election)

    09/29/2012 5:12:45 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 62 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 28 September 2012 | Jeanne Sahadi
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The White House on Friday told government contractors worried about fiscal cliff spending cuts to hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs. The government said it would cover legal costs if contractors are forced to slash their payrolls because of the looming $109 billion in automatic cuts next year and are alleged to have violated the WARN Act. .... Defense contractors in particular have warned for months that the upcoming sequester would cost jobs in their industry. And Lockheed Martin's CEO has said publicly he may be forced to issue notice this fall of possible...
  • Despite illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson on track for reelection

    09/30/2012 4:14:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2012 | Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
    CHICAGO — Battling mental illness and personal financial troubles, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is a heavy favorite for reelection Nov. 6 despite a surreal campaign from which he has been absent for almost four months. Jackson, 47, who disclosed this summer that he has bipolar depression and has undergone weeks of hospitalization, is convalescing in Washington and meeting occasionally with aides. He has been absent from the House of Representatives since June 8. Whether he will campaign at all is in question. His reelection bid is being led by his wife, Sandi Jackson, who turned down interview requests....
  • Congressional Black Caucus Honors Eric Holder

    09/29/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    Biggovernment.com ^ | Sep. 29, 2012 | Mary Chastain
    Attorney General Eric Holder was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus’s Chair Award last Saturday at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. In her keynote speech for the event, First Lady Michelle Obama gushed over Mr. Holder’s “outstanding contributions to our nation.” Contributions? Does that include Operation Fast & Furious, the government gun walking scheme that allowed 2,000 guns to land into the hands of already dangerous Mexican drug cartels? These guns are linked to the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 300 Mexican citizens. Hundreds are still missing and have recently been found in Colombia. Mr....
  • Benghazi Worse than Watergate

    09/29/2012 11:02:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 29, 2012 | Roger L. Simon
    For over forty years now, the Watergate scandal — the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters and the subsequent cover-up by the Nixon administration — has been the sine qua non of American political malfeasance. It has been followed by myriad other “gates” affecting both parties but has never been superseded. Until now. Benghazi or Benghazigate, as some call it, is worse. Far worse. Incomparably worse. Watergate caught numerous public officials lying, including the president of the United States, but Benghazigate has all that and more. It involves the terrorist murder (not an electorally irrelevant burglary) of...
  • THE RACE: Obama now can call himself job creator (Obama pulls 400k jobs out of his back pocket)

    09/29/2012 4:48:31 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 09/29/2012 | Tom Raum
    For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama can call himself a job creator. There are now more U.S. jobs than when he took office. Not by much, but they've moved out of negative territory, according to a Labor Department revision.
  • CNN, newspapers hammered as Americans turn to mobile news

    09/28/2012 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Americans are fast turning to mobile devices to get their news, resulting in stunning viewership declines for CNN and existence-threatening readership drops for newspapers, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The winners: social network sites, online news and websites like the Drudge Report and Yahoo. In Pew's latest look at trends in news consumption, Americans said that they have turned away from CNN. In just four years, the percentage of those who say they watch CNN has dropped from 24 percent to 16 percent. Viewership of the competing cable giants, Fox and MSNBC, has remained fairly stable with...
  • U.S. responded to Benghazi attack as terrorism on ‘Day One’: Source

    09/27/2012 7:54:55 PM PDT · by granada · 10 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Today | Olivier Knox
    When gunmen struck the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year, the response from American officials was almost simultaneous: They immediately set about collecting information about the attackers, some of whom were quickly identified as foreigners, and tracing links from them to known extremist groups, a knowledgeable source has told Yahoo News. The source's description came as fresh news accounts cast doubt on the White House's insistence that it has been forthright all along about what it knew about the attack. (I tweeted on Sept. 21 that this same source informed Yahoo News that the administration...
  • Yosemite Workers Tested For Hantavirus, Ordered To Keep Quiet

    09/27/2012 5:05:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    CBS - KTVU-TV Oakland ^ | September 27, 2012
    California public health officials have tested 100 workers at Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were exposed to the deadly mouse-borne hantavirus. Nine people who spent time at the park this year have been infected with the rare virus, the majority after staying at the “Signature” cabins in Curry Village. Three of them died. KTVU-TV Oakland said 100 park workers submitted to voluntary testing on Wednesday and they have been ordered not to discuss the testing.
  • Some Officials Were Concerned About Initial White House Push Blaming Benghazi Attack on Video

    09/27/2012 4:25:46 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Jake Tapper
    Jake Tapper By Jake Tapper @jaketapper Find on FacebookFollow on Twitter Sep 27, 2012 6:13pm Some Administration Officials Were Concerned About Initial White House Push Blaming Benghazi Attack on Mob, Video Email 25 Smaller Font Text Larger Text | Print Even before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta contradicted the initial story about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, today, Obama administration officials told ABC News they were concerned after the White House began pushing the line that the attack was spontaneous and not the work of terrorists. Events were too uncertain, and suspicions had been aroused, officials said....
  • Feds Arrest Producer Of Controversial Anti-Islam Film On Probation Violation Charge

    09/27/2012 3:24:35 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 91 replies
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 27 September 2012
  • Samuel L. Jackson Asks Voters To ‘Wake The F—’ Up, Support Obama

    09/27/2012 2:11:48 PM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/27/2012 | Unattributed
    Hold on to your butts. The Samuel L. Jackson political ad has been released and he’s asking Americans to “wake the f— up.” In perhaps the most anticipated political ad of the election season from either side of the aisle was released today from the Jewish Council on Research and Education, featuring an impassioned Jackson urging voters leaning toward GOP candidate Mitt Romney instead of President Barack Obama to reconsider their choice come November. Flanked by a young girl, Jackson and the girl attempt to convince the girl’s family to step up and reelect the president. The video is vintage...
  • Hacking Votes

    09/27/2012 2:16:01 PM PDT · by Positive · 8 replies
    CIO Journal ^ | 9/27/2012 | Michael Hickins
    Advanced Voting Systems of Frisco, Texas, clearly didn’t give software security a thought when it designed its electronic voting machines.The AVS WinVote system is vulnerable to wireless computer sabotage, but because of a lack of funding to replace them, those machines are still in use in more than a third of the polling localities in Virginia, a swing state that could determine the outcome of this year’s U.S. presidential election. A new Virginia law bans wireless capabilities in voting machines, but allows the use of those machines election officials already purchased. Jeremy Epstein, a computer researcher who helped draft the...
  • Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

    09/25/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 111 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2012 | Vicki Brown
    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. [snip] The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes...
  • Anger grows over media bias

    09/27/2012 11:54:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    the examiner ^ | 9/27/2012 | BY: FRANK VERNUCCIO
    Anger is beginning to erupt nationwide over what many perceive to be media bias against Mitt Romney and other Republican or conservative-oriented candidates. The Media Research Center has consistently provided examples of bias against the Republican challenger to President Obama. The bias extends beyond actual news reporting and includes the well-known proclivity of Hollywood to back leftist candidates, exemplified by the recent disclosures that funds would be provided to “push” a pro-Obama message on purely entertainment television shows. The incentive may well be a redundancy. Indeed, some broadcasts, David Letterman being a prime example, already sound like humorous infomercials on...
  • Obama's Roommate

    09/26/2012 9:34:43 PM PDT · by chatter4 · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 27, 2012 | Chatter4
    Great video. It appears that Obama's best friend and roommate, Sohale Siddiqi was more than a friend. Perhaps this explains the wedding ring he wore for years before he married Michelle.
  • Iran President Ahmadinejad At UN Quotes Hitler: New World Order Needed

    09/26/2012 10:23:24 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 14 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Iran President Ahmadinejad At UN Quotes Hitler: New World Order NeededBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York, New York --- September 26, 2012 ... Speaking at the UN on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised Allah and spoke of a better life for nations, representing human values, peace, harmony and humanity by attacking global democracy. Ahmadinejad, who has called for the destruction of Israel stated that the Israeli government was a "fake government" responsible for the "genocide" of the Palestinian people. Ahmadinejad did not mention Israel's unilateral peace moves such as leaving...
  • Congressional Black Caucus launches voter protection initiative

    09/26/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Grio at NBC News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Melissa Noel
    (VIDEO AT LINK) The Congressional Black Caucus used National Voter Registration Day to launch a new voter protection initiative. On Tuesday members of the CBC partnered with community leaders as well as local and state elected officials in a series of events throughout the country to unveil “For the People“. The initiative draws attention to voter suppression efforts, like restrictive voter ID laws, that could prevent many minorities from voting in November. The goal of “For the People” is to provide information on what documents and procedures are needed to vote so that no eligible voter is turned away from...
  • This Morning’s Polls Project More Heavily Democratic Electorates Than 2008

    09/26/2012 7:00:02 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    NRO The Campaign Spot ^ | 09/26/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    This morning, surveys from the New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac puts Obama ahead by 10 in Ohio, up by 12 in Pennsylvania, and up by 9 in Florida. Since the issue of whether the party ID within polling samples is realistic seems to be the issue of the week, let’s take a look at how these samples stack up to the 2008 exit polls. Ohio 2008 exits: 39% Democrat, 31% Republican, 30% Independent. Ohio New York Times/Quinnipiac 2012 sample: 35% Democrat, 26% Republican, 35% Independent. In this sample, the partisan split is D+9 compared to D+8 four years ago, and the GOP...
  • It’s Obama’s Turn To Release Some Documents

    09/25/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    CBS local ^ | September 25, 2012 | Scott Paulson
    Last Friday, GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney disclosed his tax returns and health records. In particular, the release of the tax information was a pleasant surprise –released without pre-announcement or fanfare. Romney gave information that dates back to 1990 which ought to close Harry Reid’s mouth for a time .....–it would be absolutely wonderful if the “right” would get such a disclosed-documentary surprise from President Barack Obama. ...What are Americans on the “left” afraid of learning about Obama? Simple curiosity would demand that Obama’s academic records be released –let alone really wanting to know about the past of the man...
  • Politicized, Militarized Homeland Security Department Unveils New Panzer Division

    09/25/2012 4:04:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 109 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 25, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This to go along with it's 1.2 BILLION rounds of ammo  (22 lead slugs for each-and-every Republican) and armored checkpoint booths... nothing to worry about, tho! To the list of recent unsettling developments at DHS and other federal agencies -such as FEMA camp expansions, massive DHS ammo buys, a creepy new biometric surveillance system just being rolled-out by the FBI, and drones buzzing our backyards with cameras- we can now add the appearance across the country of not just heavily-armored military grade Humvees, but 'GLS' armored personnel carriers (APC's) such as in the picture above- 2500 of them to be...
  • The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal

    09/24/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-21-2012 | Ben Goldacre
    The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling. ~~snip~~ But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in...
  • Report: Ahmadinejad to Meet with Occupy Wall Street

    09/24/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/24/12 | Daniel Halper
    A report today in an official outlet of the Iranian regime claims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, will meet with members of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Ahmadinejad is currently in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, where these reported meetings will take place. "Ahmadinejad is also set to meet American university students, artists, intellectuals and elites, including Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist protestors, despite the ongoing efforts made by the pro-Zionist lobbies to prevent direct link between American people and the Iranian president," the Iranian organ Fars News reports. Earlier this year American professors gathered...
  • The last patrol: America's deadliest city disbands police force

    09/24/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    This city, long among the nation's poorest and most crime-ridden, is on the verge of dismantling its police department and starting anew with a force run by the county government. City officials are making the move to increase the number of officers while keeping the cost the same by averting rules negotiated with a union that city officials have seen as unwilling to compromise. Unless the union - which is skeptical of the stated motivations for the change - reaches a deal with the county, no more than 49 per cent of the city's current officers could join the new...
  • The silent majority vs the liberal media

    09/24/2012 8:49:20 AM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 4 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | September 23, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    The election of 1972 was a contest between the liberal media and the silent majority. President Nixon won a landslide victory for re-election that year carrying every state in the union except Massachusetts by running against the elite liberal media which, in turn, did everything short of illegal activities to defeat him.The media exacted its revenge in 1973 with the Watergate witch-hunt which essentially overturned the election. The election of 1980 saw much the same dynamic with Ronald Reagan defeating the incumbent liberal President Jimmy Carter and his media lackeys. Vice President George Bush did it again in 1988 when...
  • Senate Overwhelmingly Reject Aid Cuts to Egypt, Pakistan and Libya!

    09/23/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT · by kozanne · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/2012 | W. James Antle III
    By a vote of 81 to 10, the Senate on Saturday defeated legislation that would have suspended foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya in the wake of the violent anti-American demonstrations in those countries. All 10 supporters of the bill were Republicans.
  • Diversity Forever

    09/23/2012 5:47:42 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | 9/20/2012 | H MacDonald
    The University of California, San Diego has done it again. Last year, it announced the creation of a new diversity sinecure: a vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Campus leaders established this post even as state budget cuts resulted in the loss of star scientists to competing universities, as humanities classes and degree programs were eliminated to save money, and as tuition continued its nearly 75 percent, five-year rise. The new vice chancellorship was wildly redundant with UCSD’s already-existing diversity infrastructure. As the campus itself acknowledges: “UC San Diego currently has many active diversity programs and initiatives.” No kidding....
  • City gives OK to controversial sign

    09/23/2012 5:06:17 AM PDT · by devolve · 8 replies
    http://www.hutchnews.com Halstead Kansas ^ | September 22, 2012 | devolve
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 September 2012

    09/23/2012 4:56:25 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 219 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 September 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 23rd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Robert “Baghdad Bob” Gibbs, adviser to Obama’s campaign, who left the White House as Obama’s first press secretary, due to even the DNC media having a hard time with his lies, will gleefully lie to part-time White House spokesman Chris Wallace; Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., survivor of democrat lies, smears and a Obama/union failed recall attempt costing the Wisconsin taxpayers millions, who, like Romney today, had the DNC media saying was behind in the race, only to win easily...
  • Blackstone to buy $1 billion worth of Tampa Bay homes for rentals

    09/22/2012 11:52:31 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 53 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 9/21/12 | Drew Harwell
    A Wall Street behemoth plans to spend $1 billion on Tampa Bay's hobbled housing market, dispatching teams of brokers to scour neighborhoods and buy hundreds of homes a month. But rather than resell the homes, the Blackstone Group is opting to become a landlord, renting the homes to tenants including foreclosed ex-homeowners burned by the housing crash. Blackstone, one of the nation's largest private-equity firms, plans to buy as many as 15,000 homes in Tampa Bay over the next three years, many of them foreclosures, capitalizing on decimated home prices and growing rents. The shopping spree, and those of half...
  • Pay raise dispute between Washoe County and Sheriff's Deputies resolved

    09/22/2012 9:52:07 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    KRNV ^ | 09/21/2012 | KRNV
    RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A pay raise dispute between the Washoe County and its Sheriff's Deputies has come to a close. Sheriff Deputies had requested an increase in pay after the county cut benefits and 51 paid positions last year. Arbitrators Thursday advised in favor of the deputies, saying that their pay was behind national standards. The County was advised to give a three percent pay increase.
  • U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

    09/21/2012 7:14:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | 9/21/2012 | Lymari Morales
    Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004. The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases...
  • York Detective: Calabrian Mafia Pervades Legitimate Economy In Ontario, Canada

    09/21/2012 6:19:30 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/21/12 | Friends of Ours
    It's not your grandpa's Mafia anymore. The Charbonneau Commission is conducting hearings to confront allegations that wise guys and dirty politicians are in bed together in the award of public works contracts in Montreal, QB Canada, and yesterday veteran detective Mike Amato from neigboring Ontario testified about the reach of the Italian Mafia in his province as reported by CBC News: "the veteran officer says the modern-day Mafioso is dressed in business suits, works 9-to-5 hours and holds jobs ranging from banker, to accountant to bus driver," and "Mafia-controlled legitimate businesses in his region include everything from garden centres to...
  • 4 Teamsters face RICO rap

    09/21/2012 3:38:21 AM PDT · by ex91B10 · 4 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dave Wedge and Laurel J. Sweet
    A crew of rogue Teamsters shook down major Hub convention organizers, assaulted rivals and rigged union votes in a lucrative “pay-to-play” reign — including once strong-arming the state Democratic Party by threatening to obstruct a fundraiser by Gov. Deval Patrick where President Obama spoke, officials said.
  • Ambassador Stevens is Dead...Al Qaeda is Alive

    09/20/2012 1:59:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 20 Sep 12 | Xzins
    A bumper sticker is making the rounds with Joe Biden's words: Osama is Dead; GM is Alive. Apparently, that resonates with democrat voters who want to believe Obama knows a thing or two about foreign relations. Not. Ambassador Stevens is Dead...Al Qaeda is Alive. Ambassador Stevens is Dead...The Muslim Brotherhood is Alive. The above are the real truth, and any chest thumping on the part of Obama is really misplaced self-congratulatory narcissism. We all know it was our special operations forces who took out Osama. We're pretty sure that Obama did not put on a black mask, take up a...
  • Celebrate “Empty Chair Day” in Barack & Michelle Obama’s $35 Million Kailua, Hawaii Mansion

    09/20/2012 11:56:38 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 41 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 3, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    (Being purchased for them by Penny Pritzker and wealthy Chicagoans) [ Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, has been bragging about getting to live in Hawaii next, in a $35 million beachfront mansion after leaving the White House in January 2013.  "It was fun while it lasted", Miss Marion is quoted by Chicagoans as saying, "but wait until you see the place they're buying for Michelle and Barack!" ] Part 1 of this report — HEREPart 2 of this report — HERE***************************Today has been declared “National Empty Chair Day”, in honor of Clint Eastwood’s speech on the closing night of the Republican...
  • House panel to hold public ethics hearing Friday for Rep. Waters

    09/20/2012 11:43:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee will hold a public hearing Friday on ethics allegations against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). The panel has been investigating for the past three years whether Waters violated House rules by attempting to secure federal help during the financial crisis for a bank in which her husband owns stock. Waters has maintained her innocence, and the ethics probe has been weighted by problems. As the committee moved toward holding a trial for Waters in late 2010, it halted its work abruptly and placed two of its lead attorneys on administrative leave. Shortly afterward, the committeeÂ’s chief counsel...
  • Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) Earns Dishonorable Mention in CREW’s Annual Most Corrupt Report

    09/20/2012 8:44:04 AM PDT · by Baynative · 7 replies
    Crew Blog ^ | September 2012 | Staff
    Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) as a Dishonorable Mention in its Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, an annual, bipartisan look at Washington’s worst. Rep. Dicks used his position as chairman of a powerful House Appropriations subcommittee to direct millions of dollars in public funds to the Puget Sound Partnership, a Washington state environmental agency headed by his son, earning him a spot in CREW’s latest report.
  • Joel Pollak on being targeted by DOJ, Media Matters: 'Holder should resign over this alone'

    09/19/2012 2:26:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/19/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak told The Daily Caller that he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over, among other things, the Department of Justice’s collusion with left-wing advocacy group Media Matters to discredit him. Emails TheDC obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and published Tuesday show DOJ Office of Public Affairs director Tracy Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, and Media Matters staffers working together to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. “On the one hand, it’s a badge of honor,” Pollak said of being one of the targets of the collusion. “The cool conservatives make the Obama...
  • THOUGH ILLEGAL, OBAMA APPEARS TO SOLICIT SUPER PAC MONEY AT JAY-Z FUNDRAISER

    09/19/2012 1:16:53 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/19/12 | John Nolte
    If our corrupt media believe a Republican said something inappropriate at a fundraiser about the 47% of the American people the rest of us carry, the corrupt media attempt to destroy his campaign over it. However, if a sitting president appears to openly and brazenly break the laws surrounding the solicitation of super PAC money, this very same media dutifully report but refuse to talk about it: Speaking at a fundraiser hosted by the famous rapper and singer couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, President Barack Obama made comments, seemingly in jest, asking guests to help out his campaign against Republican nominee Mitt...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people (OBAMACARE)

    09/19/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 18 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | September 19, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.