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  • Pentagon watchdog to review plagiarism probe of Sen. John Walsh

    07/30/2014 2:54:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    CNN political ticker ^ | 7-30-14 | CNN staff
    The Defense Department’s inspector general will review the academic investigation of plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh. The Montana Democrat is accused of not properly attributing certain material in a paper to complete his master's degree at the Army War College. Carol Kerr, the school’s spokeswoman, said it would launch an Academic Review Board to look into the matter. The results and any recommendations will be forwarded to the Defense Department IG for its “consideration.” The New York Times first reported last week that a review of a 2007 final paper suggests the decorated Iraq war veteran “appropriated at least...
  • Inept techies and sneaky insurers are the bane of Obamacare

    10/31/2013 7:53:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 31, 2013 | By David Horsey-Wanker
    ... Obama did not lie, but neither did he acknowledge the possibility that insurance companies might pull out the rug from under their own satisfied policyholders. Liberal criticism of the healthcare law as it was being written in 2009 centered on the fact that it left insurance companies as the powerful middlemen at the center of healthcare delivery in the United States. Obama and the authors of the law rejected the liberal critique because they saw no way to win passage of healthcare reform unless they could turn the insurance lobby into an ally, instead of an adversary. Obama made...
  • Sebelius Apologizes for Health Site’s Malfunctions

    10/30/2013 12:16:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2013 | ROBERT PEAR
    Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, apologized Wednesday for the frustration that millions of Americans have experienced while trying to shop for insurance on the website, even as she defended the problem-plagued rollout of President Obama’s health care law and tried to explain the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of individual insurance policies. Ms. Sebelius, fighting for her political life at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said she was “as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of” Ms. Sebelius said she was ultimately responsible for “this debacle,” including...
  • ABC's The View Hosts Decry Threats Against Brad Pitt's Conservative Mom

    07/14/2012 11:41:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 14, 2012 | Brad Wilmouth
    n Tuesday's The View on ABC, the group criticized death threats made against actor Brad Pitt's conservative mother after she wrote a letter to the editor of the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri defending Mitt Romney and asking people not to vote for President Obama, citing her religious objections to abortion and same-sex marriage. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic:   (Video can be found here.) Brad Pitt's mom, Jane, wrote a letter to the editor claiming Christians shouldn't vote for President Obama because he supports gay marriage and abortion rights. And apparently now she is in fear over the outraged,...
  • Sodomy, the new jihadi training method?

    07/12/2012 6:24:51 PM PDT · by Decombobulator · 52 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 07/12/2012
    OTTAWA - Being sodomized is acceptable in Islam if the goal is to carry out jihad, according to a cleric on a new video making the rounds online. In a video posted on YouTube last month, and as reported by the New York-based think-tank Gatestone Institute more recently, cleric Abu al-Dema al-Qasab's instructions include details on how to carry out a successful suicide bombing mission by hiding explosives in the bomber's anus. "However, to undertake this jihadi approach you must agree to be sodomized for a while to widen your anus so it can hold the explosives," al-Dema al-Qasab tells...
  • Is the Internet guilty for Neil Entwistle’s murder conviction?

    12/16/2011 9:55:18 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/16/11 | Joe Dwinell with Laurel Sweet
    DA argues killer does not deserve a second trial The wild theory that the web is to blame for Neil Entwistle’s double-murder conviction was slammed by prosecutors yesterday who argued the cold-blooded fact the Brit executed his wife and child is what made the story go viral, not titillating tales of sex sites and online porn. If anybody was abusing the Internet it was Entwistle, argued Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. The sex-crazed brainiac trolled for illicit liaisons online and Googled on how to "kill with a knife" before he murdered his wife and child in their posh...
  • Perry apologizes for 'heartless' comment on immigration question (text and Video)

    09/28/2011 2:20:14 PM PDT · by Rudder · 102 replies
    The Hill Tube ^ | 09/28/11 03:21 PM ET | Justin Sink
    Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was sorry for saying at last week's Republican debate that those opposed to providing an in-state tuition break to the children of illegal immigrants "did not have a heart." “I was probably a bit over-passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate,” Perry said in a interview with Newsmax. “In Texas in 2001 we had 181 members of the legislature — only four voted against this piece of legislation — because it wasn’t about immigration it was about education.” But Perry stood by his argument that building a fence along the entire Mexican...
  • 7 Lame Liberal Excuses For The 2010 Election Shellacking

    11/09/2010 8:28:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 9, 2010 | John Hawkins
    "Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! My-yummy!" -- Cartman, South Park Admittedly, it has been a lot of fun to watch the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the Left after the savage beating they received on election day. However, it's more than a little disturbing that almost no one on the Left seems to think they lost because they actually did a bad job. In other words, according to liberals: Obamacare, the failure of the stimulus, Obama bowing to foreign leaders, the way they handled the BP oil spill, trying to...
  • NYT and WaPo circle the wagons

    08/19/2010 5:34:23 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2010 | Jim Treacher
    Obama’s in trouble. Whether it’s the economy or the oil spill or the Ground Zero Caring Sharing Togetherness Mosque or whatever else that’s gone wrong for him, his approval ratings are drooping like a 49-year-old man’s pecs. More and more Americans are wondering why they voted for this guy. More and more Americans are getting fed up with the way things are going. More and more Americans are flipping their calendars to November 2010 and 2012 and marking the dates. You’ll never guess whose fault that is! New York Times:In Defining Obama, Misperceptions Stick Americans need only stand in line...
  • Holder's tainted justice

    02/24/2010 3:13:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 464+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 24, 2010 | Editorial
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the corralling of Afghan native Najibullah Zazi before he could bomb New York subways proves the Justice Department is well equipped to combat terrorism. Not so fast. Yes, Zazi pleaded guilty Monday in a Brooklyn federal court to assorted terrorism charges -- including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. The "martyrdom operation" -- a suicide bombing set for last Sept. 14-16 -- was interrupted when Zazi realized the feds were on to him. Now Holder says Zazi coughed up valuable intelligence -- demonstrating that the Justice Department belongs on the front lines in the...
  • Judge Romney By His Religion? I Do It, and So Should You.

    11/30/2009 6:01:03 PM PST · by delacoert · 759 replies · 5,915+ views
    Race 4 2012 ^ | November 30, 2009 | Alex Knepper
    I’ll just leave this here… Before a defense of any kind of religious discrimination, one ought to make all of the necessary disclaimers: of course I oppose government-sponsored discrimination, and I certainly would not support the kind of absurd treatment described by Steven Reinhart in his piece featured below. That being said, there is a legitimate case to be made for judging any candidate for office by his religious convictions. In late 2007, Mitt Romney made his somewhat-famous speech on religion, where he spoke the following words: “Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of...
  • After Action Report—General Barry R McCaffrey USA (Ret), VISIT MEXICO [pdf]

    03/13/2009 7:27:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies · 938+ views ^ | 29 December, 2008 | Gen. Barry R. McCaffery, ret.
    This is a pdf. file so I cannot post it here. It has interesting things to say, but the self contradictory paragraph is this one: “Mexican law enforcement authorities and soldiers face heavily armed drug gangs with high-powered military automatic weapons. Perhaps 90% of these weapons are smuggled across the US border. They are frequently purchased from licensed US gun dealers in Texas, Arizona, and 7 California. AK-47 assault rifles are literally bought a hundred at a time and illegally brought into Mexico. Mexican authorities routinely seize BOXES of unopened automatic military weapons. The confiscation rates by Mexican law enforcement...
  • Wright's sermons fueled by complex mix of culture, religion

    03/29/2008 5:41:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies · 816+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 28, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear
    On the Sunday in 2003 when Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. shouted "God damn America" from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ, he defined damnation as God's way of holding humanity accountable for its actions. Obama has denounced Wright's most provocative remarks, but in a speech on race last week he defended Wright as a person and refused to disown him as his pastor. Sunday after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wright preached...the "brutally honest" last verses of Psalm 137, which he said "spotlight the insanity of the cycle of violence." The sound bite taken from the...
  • Accused Molester Says 'High Blood Pressure' Made Him Do It

    01/01/2008 5:21:36 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 256+ views ^ | 01/01/08 | khpo
    CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Sunday school teacher who was arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old girl at a church blamed his actions on his “high blood pressure,” according to a police report. Terence James Greenwood, 62, a married father of two children, also cast blame on his “medication,” or the possibility he had “mental problems,” the report said. Greenwood faces six felony charges, including child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and indecent exposure. Greenwood has been a member of the Chandler United Methodist Church for years, but just started helping in the classrooms in September, according to the...
  • ANOTHR baby dies in hot car

    09/18/2007 10:38:13 AM PDT · by eccentric · 97 replies · 834+ views
    KSCB radio ^ | Sep 17, 2007 | vanity
    Authorities in Ulysses continue to investigate the death of a seven month old girl who was left in a car during a hot day Thursday. Kynadee Boese passed away Thursday after being left in a car parked at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. The infant's funeral was yesterday in Ulysses. Ulysses Police Chief Alan Olson says results of Friday's autopsy are not complete. The Ulysses Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and Grant County Attorney's Office are investigating.yesterdays report: The Ulysses Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and Grant County Attorney's office are investigating the death of an infant...
  • Baldwin Not the Only Culprit in Custody Battle with Basinger

    04/27/2007 10:34:04 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 103 replies · 3,061+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/27/07 | Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Alec Baldwin’s angry, over-the-top voice-mail tirade at his daughter, Ireland, was clearly wrong. Unfortunately, while we’ve been wringing our hands over how bad Baldwin is, we’re ignoring the case’s central truth – Kim Basinger’s well-documented parental alienation campaign against Baldwin. Parental alienation often arises after a divorce, as one angry, vengeful parent tries to turn the children against the other parent, destroying the loving bonds the children and the target parent once enjoyed. Baldwin claims that his outburst occurred in the context of Basinger alienating Ireland and trying to drive him out of his daughter’s life. This claim appears to...
  • 'Palestinians using security fence as an excuse for terror'

    04/26/2007 10:36:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,046+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/26/7 | staff & AP
    "The Palestinians are using the security fence as an excuse to continue their violent attacks, but from Israel's point of view, the fence saves lives and does not diminish the possibility of creating a Palestinian state, quite the opposite," said Foreign Minister Tzipi on Thursday. Livni made the remarks after meeting Louis Michel, the European Union commissioner for development and humanitarian aid. The foreign minister went on to say that any portrayal of terrorists as freedom fighters must be avoided. "Israel shares European values and expects Europe to fairly judge others according to the attributes prevalent there," she said, adding...
  • Edwards Bloggers' Message Was Missed ("points they meant to make were worth considering")

    02/20/2007 8:13:19 AM PST · by presidio9 · 23 replies · 1,032+ views
    It's too bad the brash-mouthed babes of John Edwards's campaign blog resorted to gutter-speak to make their points. Their points were lost in the netherworld of right- and left-wing truculence and in the jousting, jabbing, and parrying so prominent in today's nonstop news cycle. It's too bad because the points they meant to make were worth considering. Last month, Edwards's campaign hired two women, described by as "outspoken, potty-mouthed feminist bloggers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan" to blog for the campaign website. They were hired to lure lefty Democrats into the Edwards camp. As is so often the case...
  • Unorthodox Attorney Ellis Rubin Dies at 81

    12/12/2006 8:15:32 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 7 replies · 366+ views ^ | Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006
    Longtime defense attorney Ellis Rubin, originator of such defenses as television intoxication leading to murder and nymphomania as prostitution's cause in a frequently unorthodox five-decade legal career, died Tuesday at 81. His law firm said he died early Tuesday at his Miami home. Rubin had battled cancer for more than six years, recently issuing a farewell statement from a Miami Beach hospital bed. But he remained active in his legal practice until nearly the end, winning his last case when he got a judge to rule that a Reform Party candidate for governor should be permitted in a gubernatorial debate....
  • Woman Sees Husband Off to Iraq, Gets Fired

    10/26/2005 3:40:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 117 replies · 3,823+ views
    AP ^ | 10/26/5
    Caledonia, Mich. -- A woman who took an unpaid leave of absence from work to see her husband off to war with an Indiana National Guard unit has been fired after failing to show up for her part-time receptionist job the day following his departure. "It was a shock," said Suzette Boler, a 40-year-old mother of three and grandmother of three. "I was hurt. I felt abandoned by people I thought cared for me. I sat down on the floor and cried for probably two hours." Officials at her former workplace, Benefit Management Administrators Inc., a Caledonia employee-benefits company, confirmed...
  • The cost of mass deportation - what to do with illegal immigrants already here

    08/25/2005 8:43:03 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 197 replies · 2,806+ views
    The cost of mass deportationBY MARY SANCHEZKnight Ridder Newspapers (KRT) - The desire to rid the United States of illegal immigrants is understandably common. But while there most certainly are causes for concern, sound reasoning is too often left out of the conversation.Take for instance, thoughts about what to do with illegal immigrants already living inside North America."Round them up and deport them.""If people can't come legally, then they shouldn't be here."And my personal favorite: "What part of illegal don't you understand." The fact that mass deportation continues to ring feasible to so many people is astounding. Do people really...
  • Tenn. teen jailed for burning U.S. flag

    07/15/2005 12:37:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 58 replies · 1,548+ views
    AP ^ | 7/15/5
    MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A teenager was jailed for nine days after being accused of burning an American flag on the Fourth of July, and he faces trial next month. While the case could test a state statute against flag burning - an act the U.S. Supreme Court says is protected under the First Amendment - prosecutors said Andrew Elisha Staley has yet to argue that he was exercising free speech rights."Bottom line is, the kid got drunk," said Lisa Lee, his mother. "He's never been in trouble before."Staley, 18, is accused of taking the flag from a residence and setting...
  • Reports: McNabb Sick During Crucial Part Of Super Bowl

    02/08/2005 11:49:37 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 483 replies · 8,757+ views
    AP ^ | February 8, 2005
    PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was so ill in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl that a teammate had to call a play in the huddle, center Hank Fraley said. "He fought to the end," Fraley told Comcast SportsNet on Monday. "He gave it his all. He was almost puking in the huddle. One play had to be called by (wideout) Freddie Mitchell because Donovan was mumbling because he was almost puking." Offensive lineman Jon Runyan also echoed Fraley's comments in the same interview aired on two local radio stations on Tuesday after the Comcast report. McNabb...
  • On kerry, news services play catch-up (excuses, excuses)

    08/15/2004 5:06:06 AM PDT · by bad company · 49 replies · 1,955+ views
    K.C.Star ^ | August 15 2004 | Yvette Walker
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted on Sun, Aug. 15, 2004 On Kerry, news services play catch-up YVETTE WALKER READERS' REPRESENTATIVE Some of you think the paper isn't doing its job of covering Sen. John Kerry and the controversy surrounding his military record. Last week, readers called and wrote in, saying The Star hasn't covered critics' assertions that: 1) Kerry's claim of being in Cambodia on Christmas of 1968 was a lie; and that 2) One of the swift boat veterans says he was misquoted by the Boston Globe, and is still fully behind the anti-Kerry movement. True, The Star hadn't published either of...
  • Male Brain Science Gives Clue to Nagging Questions

    10/01/2003 6:47:15 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 26 replies · 449+ views
    Reuters to My Yahoo! ^ | Wed Oct 1, 2003 | Jill Serjeant
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's the universal question on many women's lips. "What could he be thinking?" she shrieks, or sighs or sulks at her husband, boyfriend or son. What is it with men and cars? Why doesn't he notice how much housework needs to be done? Why does he need to keep a grip on the remote control? And the most bewildering one of all -- why won't he just talk to me? The answers, says social philosopher and author Michael Gurian, lie not in laziness, sexism or sheer pigheadedness but in profound differences between the male and female...
  • Fire Mack Brown

    09/13/2003 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 120 replies · 2,506+ views
    A secret inside source (Deep Bevo) | 9/13/03 | Darrell Royal
    That's it. I don't give a flying fig if Texas comes back(its 28-14 right now.) Fire the fickle folding fraud that is Mack Brown. Once again, he's couldn't prepare his team for the big game. Once again outcoached. Once again overhyped. Once again his team can't run. Once again his defense is shredded. Once again he ignored an offseason opportunity to replace his coaches who have used smoke and mirrors and early high rankings to fool the media into thinking his team would finally be better than what they are. Same ol' sham. Arkansas first truly exposed the fraud that...
  • The Times Forgives Itself

    05/17/2003 1:38:03 PM PDT · by RAT Patrol · 15 replies · 183+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | May 14, 2003 | Al Knight
    Denver Post al knight The Times forgives itself By AL Knight Denver Post columnist Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - The difference between an explanation and an excuse, it is said, is normally several hundred words. The New York Times, a publication that is not accustomed to being outdone, used up 7,200 words last Sunday in offering its excuse for having hired and promoted the now-discredited Jayson Blair as part of its racial-diversity program. Blair, it turns out, was not only prone to writing fiction but was also just too clever for The Times' editors. The newspaper now claims Blair hid...