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  • Secret Service Agent Arrested After Being Found Passed Out In Miami

    10/12/2012 9:42:03 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI – U.S. Secret Service agent Aaron Francis Engler was found early Friday morning passed out on the sidewalk near the intersection of Brickell Avenue and 7th after the president had left the area. According to the arrest report, officers were in the area on an unrelated call when they noticed Engler passed out. When the officers checked on the man he grew combative and started to fight with officers, according to the police report.
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • Steve Wynn On Obama: "I'll Be Damned If I Want To Have Him Lecture Me" (video)

    10/09/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    On the Tuesday broadcast of the nightly Nevada political program "Ralston Reports," Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts sat down with host Jon Ralston to discuss the presidential election. Wynn, an outspoken critic of President Obama, didn't hold back in his latest criticism of the incumbent president seeking a second term. "I'll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I'm a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bull's-eye painted on our back," Wynn said about Obama to Ralston. An excerpt of the interview is...
  • Today is Obama Voter Freak Out Day

    10/09/2012 5:02:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 4 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 1:49 PM | By David Weigel
    The long holiday weekend delayed the impact and soul-killing implications of Mitt Romney's poll bounce. Look! There's the Gallup tracking poll, which gives Romney a 49-47 lead! Look! There's the RCP average, which gives Romney his first lead since the summer! Look, there's the CNN Poll of Polls, which sounds legit, even though it includes the all-over-the-map American Research Group. Nate Cohn heads to the front of the parade route and tells us that alllll is wellllll: While a persistent likely-registered voter gap isn't good for the president's chances, it's worth remembering that this is about the same difference that...
  • Round Of Polls Shows Tight Race After Obama-Romney Debate

    10/09/2012 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | October 9, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Powered by his widely-acclaimed debate performance last week, Mitt Romney has closed a 9 percentage-point gap and is once again tied with President Obama in the latest The Washington Times/Zogby Poll conducted by Zogby Analytics, released Monday.
  • About Those Polls

    10/08/2012 10:49:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | Oct 05, 2012 | James Bowman
    Karl Rove in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal is the latest of those of the Romneyite persuasion to call into question the remarkably consistent polling data showing President Obama with a small but significant lead over their man. Obviously, this is something one has to be careful about. I am old enough to remember when certain vocal partisans of Barry Goldwater and of George McGovern, different as they no doubt were in so many other ways, were of one mind in thinking that people must be lying to the pollsters about their voting intentions. Mr Rove is wise enough not to go...
  • Lehman's brokerage, Europe units settle $38 billion of claims

    10/07/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Oct, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled litigation over $38 billion of asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money. ... Lehman emerged from bankruptcy in March, and has paid out or plans to pay out $33 billion of an expected $65 billion to creditors, recovering an average of 21 cents on the dollar
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • Voter Registration Deadlines (NY)

    10/06/2012 3:11:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    November 6, 2012 General Election Deadlines MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3)) Applications must be postmarked no later than October 12th and received by a board of elections no later than October 17th to be eligible to vote in the General Election. IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212) You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the November General Election, your application must be received no later than October...
  • Mitt Romney in Newport News, VA on Mon Oct. 8, 5 pm

    10/06/2012 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
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  • Judge: DC Metro must allow anti-jihad ads

    10/06/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 5, 2012 6:09 PM ET | Eric Tucker
    The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A spokesman for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge's decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend. "The result is absolutely correct," said David Yerushalmi, a lawyer representing the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization behind the advertisements. "There simply was no way under the First Amendment jurisprudence that we have today that this ad should not have gone up when contracted." …
  • Ann Coulter On Debate: Obama Looked Depressed, Could See ‘Michelle Wanted To Go Home With Mitt’

    10/04/2012 1:41:17 PM PDT · by drewh · 61 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 8:41 October 4th, 2012 | by Alex Alvarez
    Author and pundit Ann Coulter visited the Fox & Friends set on Wednesday, where she began her analysis of the previous night’s debate by saying that Barack Obama was essentially telling the American people that he didn’t really want the job of president and would “rather be golfing.” Host Gretchen Carlson cut to the chase by responding that “he wants the job, ok. So what’s your real analysis of what the performance was?” Coulter, a longtime Romney supporter, thought her candidate had done a magnificent job, adding that he has done so consistently. “Proportionally,” asked Brian Kilmeade, “how much do...
  • OBAMA DISMISSES “NONVIOLENCE” IN 2002 VIDEO

    10/03/2012 2:22:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/3/2012 | John Hayward
    Over at Patterico’s Pontifications, another controversial Obama video has been unearthed. This one covers a 2002 speech Obama delivered at a church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As Patterico sums it up, “by and large it is a nice speech by a rising politician,” but “there are a few times when the mask slips, a little.” Here is the passage that has been raising eyebrows today: The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless...
  • Did Lockheed Martin Just Win Virginia for Obama?

    10/01/2012 10:27:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | October 01, 2012 | John Hudson
    It's difficult to understate the importance of Lockheed Martin's latest announcement on the race for the White House: the defense contractor said on Monday it will not be issuing employee layoff notices to 123,000 workers on Nov. 2—just four days before the presidential election. Amidst all of the super PACs and campaign ads, the threat of telling a sizable chunk of voters in key areas of the country that they could lose their jobs if the election didn't go Lockheed's way was one of the most potent examples of corporate electioneering. But the layoff threat was largely unreported outside of...
  • Change: ObamaCare To Cause DC Hospitals To Lose Millions In Medicare

    10/01/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    http://www.libertynews.com ^ | october 1, 2012 | Duane Lester
    The readmission penalty, authorized by the 2010 health-care law, is one of the first examples of the incentives Medicare, the single largest payer of hospital services, is using to try to lower costs and improve care. Some of the hardest-hit facilities are inner-city hospitals that tend to treat sicker, poorer patients. These patients sometimes end up being readmitted because they have a harder time getting medication and follow-up doctors’ appointments, often because they lack transportation, hospital officials said. “Not only do we have the very sick patients, they also have very significant social needs,” said Kamaljit Sethi, who heads quality...
  • Miller gets her award for series on D.C. gun regulations

    10/01/2012 8:52:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 September, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Washington Times Senior Editor Emily Miller received the "Journalist of the Year" award from Alan Gottlieb at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference Saturday in Orlando. Credits: Dave Workman Emily Miller, the determined senior editor for opinions and editorials at the Washington Times who took readers through the confusing maze of District of Columbia gun laws, was honored Saturday by the Second Amendment Foundation during the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando, Fla. The SAF “Journalist of the Year” award was presented by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb during the conference’s awards luncheon. Miller’s series “Emily...
  • Attn D.C. Area FReepers: Ann Coulter Book Party This Friday 10/5/12

    10/01/2012 6:53:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 83 replies
    WMAL ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Join Best Selling Author Ann Coulter for a Book Party Happy Hour Highlighting Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama Hosted by Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform, Brent Bozell, Human Events, Penguin Publishing USA and WMAL Friday, October 5th, 2012 4:00-6:00 pm American for Tax Reform 722 12th Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC RSVP is required. To RSVP, e-mail bookparty@atr.org
  • D.C. sniper 10 years later: ‘I was a monster’

    09/30/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/30/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted along with John Allen Muhammad in the 2002 D.C. sniper shootings that left 10 dead and three wounded, says he remembers the killings vividly but can't explain why he did what he did. "I was a monster," Malvo told the Washington Post in a recent interview from a Virginia prison where he's serving six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. "If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives. I did someone else's bidding just because they said...
  • 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>
  • Vote ‘President by Proxy’ Valerie Jarrett out of office on Nov. 6

    09/29/2012 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/29/12 | Judi McLeod
    Put a skirt on Barack Hussein Obama and parade him before the world. Call him President Valerie Jarrett. That, more than anything else, is who and what Barack Obama really is. With full apologies to the awesome Investors.com, who called Valerie Jarrett “Obama’s Rasputin”, Rasputin’s got nothing on Jarrett. At least the mad monk came out of the dark, front and center into the palace, whereas Jarrett gets to hide on the taxpayers’ tab in the deepest of shadows. In the sewer of Chicago politics, the Iranian-born Jarrett has never faced a court of law as one of the city’s...
  • (private citizen) Kathleen Sebelius to stump for Elizabeth Warren

    09/29/2012 11:13:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/29/12
    Kathleen Sebelius to stump for Elizabeth WarrenBy Associated Press Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Added 3 hours ago BOSTON — Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is planning to campaign on behalf of Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Warren’s campaign said Sebelius will join supporters for a canvassing kickoff in Porter Square in Cambridge on Saturday. Campaign officials say Sebelius will be speaking on behalf of Warren’s as a private citizen and not in her official role as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary for the Obama administration.
  • Defense contractor 'shot wife and two teenage sons while they slept before turning gun on himself'

    09/27/2012 2:28:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | september 26, 2012
    A defense contractor and his family have been found dead in their home in an affluent Washington DC suburb after he reportedly shot them dead before taking his own life. The bodies of Albert Peterson, 57, his wife Kathleen, 52, and their two sons, Matthew and Chris, were found in their Herndon, Virginia home around noon on Tuesday. Police had gone to check on the family after the couples' employers had contacted authorities to say neither had turned up for work. The boys, who attended a nearby middle and high school, had also been out of classes. Sources told the...
  • Coulter On Lawrence O’Donnell & Maher: They ‘Date Black Gals So They Think They’re Freedom Riders’

    09/27/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 24 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 1:06 pm, September 25th, 2012
    On Tuesday, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy interviewed author and columnist Ann Coulter about her new book, Mugged, which takes a look at the racial politics of the left. He kicked things off by playing a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews defending his previous comments about the GOP essentially “stoking racism” for political gain to HBO’s Bill Maher last Friday. Coulter said that the Democratic party has tried to take credit for things like, say, signing the Civil Rights Act, although “it was actually Eisenhower who got the ball rolling.” She alter added that she found it curious that...
  • Conservatives pour new money into 6 Senate races

    09/27/2012 12:09:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 26, 2012 | AP Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative super PAC has jumped back into the Indiana Senate race with a nearly $1 million ad buy highlighting Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly's support for two of President Barack Obama's policies. The Indiana buy is part of more than $6.4 million worth of air time that Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads bought this week in six Senate contests, according to Federal Election Commission records. The money also was dedicated to races in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Wisconsin.
  • Agency works to rid Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool of algae

    09/27/2012 2:05:03 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Stefanie Dazio
    Less than a month after reopening, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is full of algae, a sea of green overshadowing the nearly two-year, $34 million renovation of the famous site. [snip] “This is a direct consequence of the fact that this is a green project,” Johnson said. “The conditions are pretty good for algae, once it gets in there.”
  • Snacks: The USDA's Solution To Student's Healthy Lunch Complaints

    09/26/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 26, 2012 | AMY BINGHAM
    According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over re-vamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old fashioned snack. --snip-- Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. For an average high school student, that means two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk is the fuel that served to get them through their... --snip-- For Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that "scant diet"...
  • Sebelius to hit campaign trail again after Hatch Act violation

    09/26/2012 11:57:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/26/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will soon be back to doing what she does best — campaigning for President Obama. Sebelius will travel to New Hampshire this weekend for a swing of “grassroots events” with Obama, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. The campaign trip comes after the Office of Special Counsel found that Sebelius had violated federal campaign law by campaigning for Obama during an official event. “OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when
  • Ralph Nader: Obama’s a ‘war criminal’

    09/25/2012 11:11:48 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | Patrick Gavin
    It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.” “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world...
  • Poll: Sarah Palin Is Most Attractive Politician, Bill Clinton Second

    09/25/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 62 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 25, 2012 1:13 PM
    If winning the popular vote in the latest beauty poll has any implications on the 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama is looking good. In what is being dubbed as the largest political beauty poll in history, Sarah Palin edged out former President Bill Clinton as the most attractive politician in the game. Thousands of Americans voted in the poll on BeautifulPeople.com, a site usually devoted to being the most exclusive online dating community on the web. Of the 10 candidates listed in the poll, the majority of the 57,000 voters designated Palin as “favorable.” That’s good news for the front...
  • Paul Ryan Compares Obama to NFL Replacement Refs

    09/25/2012 5:05:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 25, 2012 1:40pm
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan compared the NFL’s replacement referees to President Obama and slammed an apparent blown call during the Green Bay Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks during Monday Night Football. Ryan then drew a parallel between NFL’s struggle with replacement referees and President Obama’s economic job performance during his term in the White House. “It reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I half-think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration and the Budget Office,” Ryan said. “They see the national debt...
  • Black Bishop: Blacks, Christians, Jews, Godly Must Leave The Democrat Party Now!

    09/25/2012 3:19:01 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Bishop E.W. Jackson boldly calls for a mass exodus from the Democrat Party.
  • INDIANA’S LUGAR BACKS TEA PARTY MOURDOCK IN SENATE RUN

    09/24/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/23/2012 | John Gizzi
    In response to repeated queries from conservatives as to whether Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is supporting the conservative Republican who defeated the 36-year incumbent for renomination this year, Human Events called Lugar’s office and asked whether the lameduck incumbent is backing State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, now locked in a tight contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. “Yes, the senator is supporting Treasurer Mourdock,” Lugar press secretary Andy Fisher told us Friday. “On the night of the Friday election (when Mourdock defeated Lugar by a margin of 3-to-2), he said he would vote for him in November.” Fisher also pointed out...
  • Romney Was Right, So?

    09/23/2012 12:02:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2012 | Chuck Boyer
    In life, there are groups of self-made winners and groups of self-made losers. When picked upon by the winners, the losers, often at a loss as to know how to defend their indefensible choices simply answer, "so?" Which brings us to the question: How do you explain that about half the country says they are prepared to settle for re-electing a proven loser? They support him because if a winner were to win the White House, say the next Teddy Roosevelt, it would surely upset the status quo-including removing fatalism as a defense for not trying. It would mean change-real...
  • Historically, Obama Isn't in Strong Shape (Jay Cost)

    09/21/2012 1:04:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jay Cost
    Conservatives are growing worried, and Democrats gleeful, about Obama’s lead in the polls, basically for the same reason: it is late in the season (or so it seems), and the incumbent president has a lead. That is a good thing for Obama. Perhaps, but three fundamental points need to be kept in mind.First, Obama is weaker than previous incumbents who went on to victory. When we are looking through history, the only poll we can really utilize is Gallup if we want an apples-to-apples comparison. For better or worse, Gallup is the only polling organization consistently doing polling of registered voters...
  • America’s Last Politically Contested Territory: The Suburbs

    09/21/2012 12:42:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 21, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    Within the handful of swing states, the presidential election will come down to a handful of swing counties: namely the suburban voters who reside in about the last contested places in American politics. Even in solid-red states, big cities tilt overwhelmingly toward President Obama and the Democrats, and even in solid-blue ones, the countryside tends to be solidly Republican. What remains contested are the suburbs, which—despite the breathless talk in recent years of an urban revival—have accounted for 90 percent of metropolitan growth over the past decade. But as the suburbs have grown—in large part by collecting families priced out...
  • Winning a Winnable Race: What Romney Should And Shouldn’t Do From Here

    09/21/2012 11:27:25 AM PDT · by drewh · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2012 4:00 | By Ramesh Ponnuru
    Romney’s key weakness — the place where he most needs to improve his performance — is that he isn’t seen as a champion of middle-class interests. In this week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama is leading him by 19 points on the question of who would be the best at looking out for the middle class. This weakness is what underlies every other one Romney has. Romney needs to emphasize, again and again, how his agenda would help the vast majority of Americans. Run ads pointing out that his energy policies will create jobs and lower prices, that he will...
  • The Senate Is Up for Grabs (Almost a dozen races are in play.)

    09/21/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2012 | John Fund
    The conventional wisdom about who will control the Senate next year has sure taken a turn. Republicans were once rated a safe bet to win a majority, and as late as September 2 were given an almost 50 percent chance of doing so by statistician Nate Silver on his New York Times blog.Now the rough patches in Mitt Romney’s campaign have combined with some good breaks for Democrats to push Republican chances for a majority down to 21 percent, according to Silver’s latest calculations. Left-leaning bloggers are already proclaiming liberal favorites such as Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tammy...
  • Public Schools Set Goals Based On Race, Income

    09/21/2012 10:04:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 21, 2012
    In a first for any American public school system, education officials in the District of Columbia have set new achievement targets for students based on race and income with lower goals for black, Hispanic and poor kids and higher ones for whites and Asians. Washington D.C. officials are simply following a national trend implemented by the Obama Administration, which is paying states to adopt different education achievement goals for different groups of children. The administration is just “trying to be realistic about what’s achievable,” according to a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) official quoted in the mainstream newspaper that reported...
  • (Channel 2 D.C.)Investigation Finds Obama Financing Mosques Worldwide With U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

    09/19/2012 4:32:38 PM PDT · by ResisTyr · 27 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Pat Dollard
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with the United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.
  • 7-year-old sought in D.C. McDonald's robbery

    09/19/2012 10:07:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 17, 2012 | Scott McCabe
    D.C. police are looking for a 7-year-old boy who robbed a customer at a McDonald's restaurant.
  • Financier Eased Obama Aide's Path From Government

    09/18/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Ruby Cramer
    President Obama's former traveling assistant got financial assistance on his departure from government from a New York financier who is a top Obama fundraiser. Reggie Love, Obama's former "body man" and a former Duke basketball star who the President has referred to as his "little brother" left the White House last November, and is on track to receive his MBA this December from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. In the meantime, Love has received money, three sources told BuzzFeed, from Orin Kramer, the managing partner of Boston Provident and a leading Democratic fundraiser who has raised more...
  • It's Worse Than Romney Said: 49% On Federal Aid, 49% Pay No Tax

    09/18/2012 5:59:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 20 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney underplayed the percentage of Americans receiving some federal aid in that new clandestine fundraising video that is giving liberals, the media and President Obama's team fits. While Romney suggested that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government aid of some sort, the number is actually slightly higher. Over 49 percent of Americans live in a household where somebody is dependent on federal assistance, according to federal statistics. And the percentage of people who don't pay taxes is worse than Romney pegged at 47 percent. According to the Heritage Foundation, it's over 49 percent. This...
  • Obama on the Middle East (Victor Davis Hanson)

    09/18/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 18, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The last three and a half years, Barack Obama has gone out of his way to bow, apologize, contextualize, and scapegoat in order to win Middle Eastern affection. Yet, his reset, “Bush did it” policy is now in shambles, and he apparently has nothing with which to replace it.So I have a modest suggestion. Obama has a formidable arsenal of invective that he has unleashed against conservatives, Republicans, and just about anyone else on the domestic scene he doesn’t like. Why, then, not redeploy these fire-in-the-belly attacks against those who kill Americans abroad?All Obama has to do is imagine...
  • Obama’s Bungled Mideast Policy

    09/17/2012 3:01:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 17, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In Libya, U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag.It was “the day the roof fell in,” proclaimed blogger and historian Walter Russell Mead. Barack Obama’s “efforts to reconcile the U.S. and moderate Islamism — in part by distancing the U.S. from Israel — have angered Israel without reducing Islamist bitterness against the United States.”In other words, his Middle East policies are in shambles. His assumption that a president “who doesn’t look like other presidents” would endear America to Arabs has...
  • Vanity: Any FReepers and Tea Partiers in DC? Want to counter-protest at the Egyptian Embassy?

    09/13/2012 6:33:28 PM PDT · by ksm1 · 26 replies
    Me | Vanity
    I'm not in DC, but here's an idea that I had that I wanted to throw out. Coptic Egyptians have been killed in huge numbers by Muslim terrorists over the last few years, and it's been getting worse. They're getting killed by their own countrymen--yet the outrage is over a YouTube video?? Are you kidding me? Obama is clearly going to do nothing. We all know what his foreign policy is. If I was in DC, which I am not or otherwise I'd be doing this already, I'd be demonstrating--peacefully of course--against violence towards Coptic Egyptians in front of their...
  • Palin’s Freedom vs. ‘Free Stuff’ Line: Viable? (also credited to Ted Nugent)

    09/13/2012 12:15:35 PM PDT · by drewh · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/12/2012 | By Erik Wemple
    So Sarah Palin has been promoting a catchy riff on freedom. Last Friday night, in an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity,” she said, “I just pray that Americans will open their eyes between now and November when they know that they’ll have to make that choice between free stuff or freedom. You can’t have both.” Tuesday night, she was at it again, this time on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Here’s a look at the exchange between host Bill O’Reilly and Palin: O’REILLY: Okay. What is the Republican Party not doing based upon the convention and they — and the race so...
  • After huge White House construction job, West Wing emerges little changed (Obama's New Bunker!)

    09/13/2012 11:52:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    AP, via WaPo ^ | September 12, 2012 | Associated Press
    The White House Big Dig is finally wrapping up, but the Big Reveal is proving to be a pretty big letdown. After nearly two years and $86 million worth of noisy and disruptive construction, the West Wing has emerged from its visual seclusion remarkably unchanged. And deep underground, whatever has been built there remains shrouded in mystery. As the massive underground construction project in front of the White House West Wing ends, the mystery deepens as to what was actually built there--and what's coming next. As the massive underground construction project in front of the White House West Wing ends,...
  • Obamacare Redefines 'Full Time' Employment As 30 Hours A Week

    09/12/2012 6:48:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | 12 Sep 2012, 4:16 PDT
    A year and a half after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, bureaucrats at the IRS and Health and Human Services issued an 18-page report outlining new regulations that will dramatically increase health care costs for small and large businesses alike. The regulations, written by an IRS attorney, arbitrarily redefine "full time employee" as someone who works 30 hours a week for a business. Traditionally, most private businesses have defined "full time employee" as someone who works 40 hours a week. With this new regulation, the federal government is now removing the right of businesses to...
  • Professor Sparks Debate After Breast-Feeding Sick Baby in Class

    09/11/2012 9:32:27 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | 11 September 2012 | via WaPo
    WASHINGTON — One day late last month at American University, Adrienne Pine was in a jam. The assistant anthropology professor was scheduled to begin her course “Sex, Gender & Culture.” But her baby daughter woke up with a fever, and the single mother worried that she had no good child-care options. So Pine brought her sick baby to class. The baby, in a blue onesie, crawled on the floor when she wasn't strapped onto Pine's back. The mother extracted a paper clip from the girl's mouth at one point and shooed her away from an electrical outlet. When the baby...
  • List of 9/11 Victims: Lest we forget

    09/11/2012 2:50:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    9-11 Tenth Year ^ | 9-11-2011
    World Trade Center – New York City Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr. - Edelmiro Abad - Maria Rose Abad - Andrew Anthony Abate - Vincent Abate - Laurence Christopher Abel - William F. Abrahamson - Richard Anthony Aceto - Jesus Acevedo Rescand - Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann - Paul Acquaviva - Donald LaRoy Adams - Patrick Adams - Shannon Lewis Adams - Stephen George Adams - Ignatius Udo Adanga - Christy A. Addamo - Terence E. Adderley, Jr. - Sophia Buruwad Addo - Lee Allan Adler - Daniel Thomas Afflitto - Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah - Alok Agarwal - Mukul Kumar Agarwala -...