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  • Al Qaeda Offshoot Offers Camels for Obama's Head, Hens for Hillary Clinton's

    06/09/2012 10:15:41 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 June 2012 | MOHAMED IBRAHIM
    The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton. "Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary," said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf in a statement reported on numerous websites.
  • U.S. Navy expands 5th Fleet's gulf base

    06/09/2012 12:12:53 PM PDT · by Jean S · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/9/12 | UPI
    MANAMA, Bahrain, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy is doubling the size of its Persian Gulf naval base at Manama, which officials say will greatly enhance the capabilities of the U.S. 5th Fleet, which has headquarters in the island state. Officials are reluctant to link the $580 million expansion to the confrontation with Iran across the gulf.They say the project has been in the works since 2003 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But it coincides with a sharp increase in Iranian naval activity in the gulf in recent weeks.Work on the upgrade began late in...
  • Bureau Veritas Ending Certification of Iranian Vessels and Oil Tankers

    06/09/2012 11:33:01 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 7 replies
    The French shipping service, Bureau Veritas pledged to end its certification of Iranian shipping vessels and "decided to disengage completely from all Marine activities related to Iran." Bureau Veritas assured that this pledge specifically includes "all vessels of the IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) and of its subsidiaries, irrespective of their flags," as well as all NITC (National Iranian Tanker Company) vessels. "The international community must focus specifically on the shipping industry, to deny the Iranian regime access to global trade and seaborne crude oil exports. Aligned nations should prohibit all international cargo shippers that service Iranian ports...
  • Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

    06/07/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2012
    Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the...
  • Obama’s data advantage [Drudge Headline: "Obama Watching You"]

    06/09/2012 8:12:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    politico ^ | 6/9/12 | Lois Romano
    On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election. The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the...
  • Rick Santorum launches conservative PAC ("defeating Obama is first priority")

    06/09/2012 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 89 replies
    Capitol Column ^ | June 9, 2012 | Captiol Column Staff
    Former Republican presidential contender and Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announced the formation of a new conservative group Friday, saying it will seek to thwart President Obama's bid for re-election in 2012. "The defeat of Barack Obama, and those who support his policies, will be our first priority."
  • Video: Obama Walks Back: 'The Economy Is Not Doing Fine'

    06/09/2012 2:45:38 AM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    The clueless POTUS has responded to Republican attacks over his remarks that the economy is doing fine.
  • Jesse Jackson: We Are Going to March on Gun Shops

    06/07/2012 7:05:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 131 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/4/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Last night in Racine, Wisconsin, while demanding jobs for the unemployed, Jesse Jackson decided to slam job creating gun dealers and called for a march on gun shops all over the country. h/t Katy Abram "Guns out, jobs in." Jackson wants to get rid of the very thing that has kept the economy afloat during Obama's presidency. The firearms industry has not only created jobs in the past three years but has also provided the government with a steady revenue stream. NSSF today released a newly commissioned report detailing double-digit gains in jobs and other data showing the industry has...
  • Rep. Joe Wilson Was Right: Obama Has Deceived Us

    06/08/2012 5:43:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2012 | HENRY I MILLER
    He was correct. Prescient even. But one politician's invective directed at President Obama early in his administration seems to have been forgotten. On Sept. 9, 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., received widespread attention when he interrupted a speech by the president to a joint session of Congress by shouting, "You lie!" The incident resulted in a formal rebuke, essentially along party lines, by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Wilson may have been indecorous, but he was right. And the president has continued to deceive. As the economy has failed to rebound, the president has been desperately blaming everyone but himself...
  • The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists

    06/08/2012 7:16:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 118 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 7, 2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions and harms human welfare. The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.” That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper published by Nature, talking to New York Times Green blogger Justin Gillis. Brown is not one of your everyday cranks predicting raptures and the end of days. He is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico. And as The Atlantic's James Fallows, who...
  • U.N. could tax U.S. - based Web sites, leaked docs show

    06/08/2012 6:15:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | June 7, 2012 | Declan McCullagh and Larry Downes
    Global Internet tax suggested by European network operators ... is proposed for debate at a U.N. agency in December. The documents (No. 1 No. 2) punctuate warnings that the Obama administration and Republican members of Congress raised last week about how secret negotiations at the ITU over an international communications treaty could result in a radical re-engineering of the Internet ecosystem and allow governments to monitor or restrict their citizens' online activities. The leaked documents were posted by the Web site WCITLeaks... Robert McDowell, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission who wrote an article (PDF) in the Wall...
  • Obama: The 'Weaknesses In Our Economy' Are Due to Cuts in State and Local Gov't

    06/08/2012 4:24:45 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Obama: The 'Weaknesses In Our Economy' Are Due to Cuts in State and Local Gov't By Fred Lucas June 8, 2012 ( – President Barack Obama said today that the private sector is doing fine but that the economy is suffering because of cuts in state and local government. “The private sector is doing fine,” Obama said at a press conference on Friday. “Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy, have to do with state and local government -- oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past...
  • Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Full Committee Hearing

    06/08/2012 12:28:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | June 7, 2012 | Chairman Lamar Smith
    Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer, 202-225-3951 Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Full Committee Hearing Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice Chairman Smith: Regrettably, the Obama administration has shown a disregard for the Constitution and rule of law in an effort to impose their agenda on the American people. There are many examples. Efforts to block congressional inquiries about the Administration’s actions undermine the balance of power on which our nation was founded. The Department of Justice still has not provided enough information about Operation Fast and Furious so that the American public and Congress can judge who in the...
  • New Clash in Congress on Gun Case Gone Wrong

    06/08/2012 11:42:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    Representative Darrell Issa told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday that he was “not a good witness” as the two clashed once again over the botched gun trafficking case known as Operation Fast and Furious. In a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Issa, a California Republican, chastised Mr. Holder as having failed to directly answer a question about whether the department had gathered and indexed all the materials asked for in a subpoena he issued last fall. Mr. Issa has threatened to cite Mr. Holder with contempt. When Mr. Holder stressed that he had already testified...
  • Big Anti-HHS Rally in Minneapolis

    06/08/2012 11:22:47 AM PDT · by IronJack · 6 replies
    Personal observation | 6/8/12 | IronJack
    Just passed by a large anti-Obamacare rally at Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Looked like 250 - 300 people there, all well behaved but vehement in their opposition to this unconstitutional infringement on our liberties. Turnout was easily five to ten times the maximum any of the OWS rallies drew.
  • Pelosi: Obamacare Is ‘A Right’

    06/08/2012 11:00:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Pelosi: Obamacare Is ‘A Right’ By Terence P. Jeffrey June 8, 2012 ( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her Thursday press briefing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacre—is not a privilege but “a right.” At the same time, Pelosi also said Social Security and Medicare are rights. Key elements of Obamacare include a provision requiring all individuals to purchase government-approved health-care plans, taxpayer-funded transfer payments to finance the purchase of health-care plans by individuals and families who earn less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level, and a regulation that requires all...
  • Polls: Romney leads Obama in Ohio and Florida, tied in Colorado

    06/08/2012 4:40:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2012 | AllahPundit
    Remember, Team O dropped a cool $25 million in ad spending last month. Their dividend thus far has been ... a series of tightening polls, capped by today's Gallup tracker showing Romney ahead by two nationally. Dude, is this happening?First, the Colorado news from Rasmussen: President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in Rasmussen ReportsÂ’ first look at the presidential race in Colorado.A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows both the president and his likely Republican challenger receiving 45% support in the Centennial State. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%)...
  • Holder Doubles Down: Senior DOJ Officials Knew Nothing About Fast and Furious Tactics

    06/08/2012 4:28:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | June 8, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Capitol Hill- It was another tense hearing for Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill where he testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Justice Department Oversight today. Holder was asked about and covered a variety of topics, but his personal role and those of his senior Justice Department officials in the lethal Fast and Furious operation were front and center. Chairman Lamar Smith opened his remarks with Fast and Furious, saying the Department of Justice has not provided enough information about the operation that has left hundreds dead in Mexico and at least one U.S. federal agent, Brian...
  • Pentagon halts free guns for police

    06/08/2012 4:09:28 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 23 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 8, 2012 | Holbrook Mohr
    The Defense Department has stopped issuing weapons to thousands of law enforcement agencies until it is satisfied that state officials can account for all the surplus guns, aircraft, Humvees and armored personnel carriers it has given police under a $2.6 billion program, The Associated Press has learned. The department's Defense Logistics Agency ordered state-appointed coordinators in 49 states to certify the whereabouts of that equipment that has already been distributed through the long-running arrangement overseen by the agency's Law Enforcement Support Office. The temporary halt on transferring weapons applies to all states, agency officials said Thursday. The program provides police...
  • Congressmen, military chaplains denounce same-sex ceremony on La. base

    06/08/2012 3:06:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/07/2012 | Caroline May
    Two Republican congressmen and a military chaplains’ organization are crying foul after the U.S. Army confirmed that an Army chaplain officiated a same-sex wedding ceremony for two female soldiers last month in the base chapel at Fort Polk, La. “The liberal social experiment with our military continues. A same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, especially since the people of Louisiana have made it abundantly clear that our state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions,” Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming said on Wednesday. “My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which...
  • Fast and Furious: House Oversight has a ‘mole’ in the Justice Department

    06/07/2012 10:04:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 06/07/2012 | John Hayward
    Big news about the Obama Administration's “Fast and Furious” scandal broke earlier this week, when the House Oversight committee finally got its hands on some of the documents it subpoenaed long ago – specifically, a set of wiretap applications that prove high officials at the Justice Department were very well aware of the deadly “gun walking” tactics that put American weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartel killers. Attorney General Eric Holder has always maintained that knowledge of these tactics did not reach the upper echelons of his department. The revelation of documents shredding Holder's claims stirred some in...
  • Russia Test Fires new ICBM

    06/07/2012 9:11:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 33 replies
    MINA Breaking News ^ | Friday, 08 June 2012
    Russia Test Fires new ICBM Friday, 08 June 2012 Russian military announced Thursday they have successfully test-fired a new version of the Topol-M series codenamed RS-12M. The rocket, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), was fired from a military base in southeast Russia, Interfax news agency quoted military sources as saying. The missile hit its target in Kazakhstan republic in central Asia precisely. The new generation of the Topol-M family aims to counter the US-developed missile shield system being deployed in Western countries. It will be the mainstay of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops, according to the report.
  • UN official: Syria aims heavy weapons at UN staff

    06/07/2012 9:03:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 53 replies
    Excerpted Associated Press via Google ^ | June 7, 2012 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Thursday's council meeting was private, said Ban also reported repeated instances of firing close to U.N. patrols, apparently to force them to withdraw. The official said Ban listed several incidents, including one in a town near Homs, where a heavy weapon round landed 150 meters (yards) from a patrol that was going to meet an opposition contact. Later, the patrol...
  • After new Syria massacre, U.N. urges ‘substantial pressure’ on Assad

    06/07/2012 7:51:52 PM PDT · by bd476 · 15 replies
    Excerpted Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Colum Lynch, Liz Sly and Joby Warrick,
    UNITED NATIONS — With Syria lurching closer to sectarian warfare, world leaders on Thursday sought to apply new pressure on a government that they said showed no sign of honoring cease-fire agreements or halting the slaughter of noncombatants, but they remained divided on how to revive a peace process that U.N. officials conceded was in ruins. As new details emerged of the latest massacre of civilians, U.N. officials spoke for the first time of unspecified “consequences” for the Syrian government. Yet the refusal by Russia and China to embrace new economic sanctions meant that the world body was left without...
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warns of 'fiscal cliff' risks

    06/07/2012 7:18:21 PM PDT · by bd476 · 12 replies
    Excerpt from Los Angeles Times ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Don Lee
    WASHINGTON — Fears about a looming fiscal crisis at the end of the year are starting to pinch job growth and threatening to undercut the nation's fragile recovery, a growing number of economists and employers say. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, in testimony Thursday before Congress, repeatedly warned about the so-called fiscal cliff — a reference to the expiration of tax cuts Dec. 31 and the imposition of automatic spending reductions Jan. 1. By some accounts, the U.S. economy could see an unprecedented fiscal hit of as much as $720 billion if the slated changes take effect. They would...
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Warns Congress on ‘Taxmaggedon’: ‘If You All Go on Vacation...

    06/07/2012 7:09:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    ABC ^ | 06/07/12
    Jun 7, 2012 4:46pm Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Warns Congress on ‘Taxmaggedon’: ‘If You All Go on Vacation, It’s Still Going to Happen’ The Federal Reserve Board Chairman had a stern warning today for Congress: “Taxmaggedon” is real, it’s coming and only lawmakers can save the nation from falling off this rapidly approaching “fiscal cliff.” “What is particularly striking here is that this is all pre-programmed,” Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said. “If you all go on vacation, it’s still going to happen, so it’s important to be thinking about that and working with your colleagues to see how you might...
  • Non-citizens Voting in Florida? (Purging the rolls hasn’t been easy.)

    06/07/2012 3:48:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 7, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    In Florida, state officials are encountering stiff resistance to their efforts to take non-citizens off the voter rolls.The Sunshine State’s recent history provides a compelling case for why voter rolls must be accurate: In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush won the state by a mere 537 votes. So last year, when Florida officials realized there was a way to check voter rolls to make sure every voter was a citizen, they jumped at the opportunity.Because the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles tracks the legal status of those who obtain driver’s licenses — i.e., whether...
  • Mitt Romney Raises $17m More Than Barack Obama Campaign (In May!)

    06/07/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 6-7-12 | BBC
    US Republican candidate Mitt Romney raised almost $17m (Ł11m) more than President Barack Obama's re-election effort in May, figures show. Mr Romney and the Republicans raised $76.8m, while the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party brought in $60m. Mr Romney now has $107m cash on hand, almost matching the $115m Mr Obama's campaign had by the end of April. Mr Obama's May total included $15m raised at the home of George Clooney, with tickets costing $40,000.
  • Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious

    06/07/2012 12:48:01 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 38 replies ^ | June 07, 2012 | Matt Cover
    ( – Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious. Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who read excerpts of the emails at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder claimed that the phrase “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Fast and Furious but instead referred to another gun-walking operation known as “Wide Receiver.” However, the emails refer to both programs -- "Fast and Furious" and the "Tucson case," from where...
  • Florida election official to Rev. Al: We won't let Gov. Scott purge our voters!

    06/07/2012 11:21:28 AM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | Jun 6, 2012 | Aliyah Shahid
    Florida announced Wednesday afternoon it would ignore the Department of Justice's demands to stop its controversial voter purge, but a state election supervisor threw another twist into the story, telling MSNBC's Al Sharpton soon afterwards that he and his colleagues won't play along. Ion Sancho, Leon County's supervisor of elections, told the PoliticsNation host that Republican Gov. Rick Scott can "do all he wants of this partisan endeavor" but that Sancho would not participate in a process he sees as illegal, adding that he spoke for a good number of his fellow supervisors. The majority of us "will not conduct...
  • Holder: DOJ Will ‘Vigorously Use’ Voting Rights Act Against States

    06/07/2012 10:58:22 AM PDT · by · 58 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    ( – Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that the Justice Department will “vigorously use” anti-Jim Crow provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to prevent some southern states from purging ineligible voters from their rolls and enacting voter-I.D. laws. "It is the position of this Department of Justice and certainly this Attorney General that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use Section 5. The need for it is still there." Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires several southern states and counties in states such as California and Florida to get federal “pre-clearance”...
  • Obama’s Third-Party History - New documents shed new light on his ties to a leftist party

    06/07/2012 9:08:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/7/12 | Stanley Kurtz
    On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism. In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging tie to this third party. The issue remains as fresh as today’s headlines, as Romney argues that Obama is trying to move the United States toward European-style social democracy, which was precisely the New Party’s In late October 2008, when I...
  • Reid: Bet on filibuster changes if Obama, Dems win in November

    06/07/2012 9:15:50 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he and other Democrats would likely push for changes to Senate filibuster rules if the Democrats hold the Senate in November, and blamed Republican obstructionism for forcing these changes. "I'll just bet you … if we maintain a majority, and I feel quite confident that we can do that, and the president is reelected, there is going to be some changes," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "We can no longer go through this, every bill, filibusters on bills that they agree with. It's just a waste of time...
  • MI poll: Romney 46% Obama 45% (WXYZ-TV)

    06/07/2012 9:27:29 AM PDT · by tellw · 27 replies
    WXYZ TV ^ | 6/7/12 | Chuck Stokes
    If the General  Election were held today, 46-percent of 600 likely voters would cast their ballot for Romney, and 45-percent would vote to re-elect Obama.  In a statewide poll conducted last month, President Obama was leading Governor Romney,  47-percent to 43-percent.  
  • Tombstone Readies Picks and Shovels

    06/07/2012 9:02:20 AM PDT · by HiJinx · 31 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | June 7, 2012 | Dana Cole
    TOMBSTONE — The City of Tombstone is embroiled in another dynamic showdown. The “Town too Tough to Die” is now squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service in what could be the fight of its life, a battle over water rights. More than 500 shovels have arrived in Tombstone from all over the country and are being stored at Tombstone City Hall. This photo was taken about two weeks ago, and the shovels just keep coming in. (Photo courtesy of George Barnes) On Friday and Saturday, a group called the Shovel Brigade will gather in Tombstone and head to the...
  • Boy Scouts review controversial anti-gay policy

    06/07/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 75 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 7, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Boy Scouts of America is considering a resolution that calls for ending a 102-year-old policy they’ve grappled with in recent years: banning gay scouts and scout leaders, gay advocates told on Wednesday. Though the organization said it would review the proposal, a spokesman insisted there were no plans to change the policy. The new policy would throw out the national ban and allow local chartering organizations to decide whether or not they would accept gay youth and leaders, said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has advocated for the change, citing unidentified people who attended the group's national...
  • Spending Gap? Media Ignores $21 Million Unions Spent in WI

    06/07/2012 7:51:23 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 6/06/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    The spin from the left on the morning after their disastrous Wisconsin recall election failure is that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), who walked away with the election, did so because he spent oodles of money. Politico’s takeaway: “Money shouts.” “Walker wins one for the plutocrats,” trumpeted Joan Walsh of “Outspent 7-1, Democrats couldn’t beat Scott Walker with a strong ground game.” Media Matters’ favorite Washington Post columnist, Greg Sargent, cited the Citizens United decision allowing corporate political spending no less than five times in his recap of the election – despite the fact that not one dollar spent in...
  • Weekly jobless claims drop after weekly upward revision (377,000 week ending 06/03/2012)

    06/07/2012 6:47:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The only thing more amusing than the weekly upward revisions in the initial weekly jobless claims are the media reports of significant drops afterward. Today's case in point is the "drop" to 377,000 from last week's 383,000, which got revised upward to 389,000 ... the 64th upward revision in 65 weeks: In the week ending June 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 377,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 389,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 376,000.The advance seasonally adjusted...
  • Live Stream of Holder testifying before Issa's committee

    Grabbing popcorn. This should be fun.
  • One downer on a good night: Wisconsin Dems possibly take senate

    06/07/2012 6:38:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    The only thing that went wrong last night was that Republicans possibly lost control of  the state senate.JSOnline: Democrats appeared to have assumed control of the state Senate with results posted early  Wednesday showing former Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) defeating incumbent Van Wanggaard in a tight race.Republicans held on to three other state Senate seats in Tuesday's recall voting. Democratic challengers lost recalls bids against Sens. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls.).Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Stettin) was elected to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau), who resigned earlier this year after opponents gathered enough signatures to...
  • U.S. Losing Patience With Pakistan, Says Panetta

    06/07/2012 4:34:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 15 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7 June 2012 | Hamid Shalizi and David Alexander
    KABUL (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan. It was some of the strongest language used by a U.S. official to describe the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad. "It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan," said Panetta, speaking in the Afghan capital Kabul where he arrived for talks with military leaders amid rising violence in the war against the Taliban...
  • Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    06/07/2012 2:26:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | June 7, 2012 | Matt Towery
    They are at it again. Following what can only be described as a butt-kicking win for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election, many media pundits were trying to "split the baby" by acknowledging Walker's win, but pointing to exit polls that show President Obama with a seven-point lead against Mitt Romney in that state. There is just one problem with their story: It fails to acknowledge just how far off the exit poll was in the gubernatorial contest. To add insult to injury, the elite media bashed Matt Drudge for supposedly posting information saying the exit polls showed Walker...
  • Cruel June for Obama, Dems and could get worse

    06/06/2012 10:58:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Ass. Press ^ | June 7, 2012 | Donna Cassata
    Just one week old, June already is proving a cruel month for President Barack Obama and the Democrats — and it could get a lot worse. The political blows from Tuesday's bitter loss in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall and from last week's abysmal unemployment numbers, bad as they were, could multiply before the month is out. The Supreme Court will pass judgment shortly on the president's signature legislative achievement — the 2010 law overhauling the nation's health care system — and also will decide on his administration's challenge to Arizona's tough immigration law...
  • Walker, Unbowed

    06/06/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 5, 2012 | The Editors
    The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left that featured everything from the coordinated cross-border retreat of intransigent Democratic lawmakers, to the occupation of the state house by a band of radicals, bongo drummers, and high-school truants, to ill-fated attempts to nullify Republican legislative majorities and pick off uncooperative judges. Walker’s enemies did everything but release the kraken. And yet, he won. Throughout, Walker has stayed even-keeled,...
  • Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America

    06/06/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 6, 2012
    Privacy: News the EPA is conducting surveillance on farmers goes against our grain. Freedom means freedom of movement and the presumption of innocence. How can we have it if every move is monitored by government? Nebraska's congressional delegation sent a justifiably angry letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson last week complaining that her Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its legislative and constitutional authority by conducting drone surveillance flights over Nebraska and Iowa farms looking for violations of the Clean Water Act. "They are just way on the outer limits of any authority they've been granted," said Nebraska GOP Sen. Mike Johanns,...
  • Obama Ignores D-Day Anniversary

    06/06/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    Today is June 6, the 68th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Where is your president? He passed through Joint Base Andrews en route to attend four campaign events. Add the vice president’s lone line item in today’s schedule, which is also a campaign event in substance, and the administration’s top two are taking no note whatsoever of one of the greatest and most dangerous days in American history.
  • Armed EPA Agents Visit Asheville Man

    06/06/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 67 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | June 6, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    Sometimes a small incident says volumes about a large government agency. In this case, it's the Environmental Protection Agency. Around 1:45 PM on May 23, Ashville, North Carolina resident Larry Keller was in the midst of an international call which he had to cut short in order to answer his front door. He found two armed agents of the EPA who were accompanied by an Ashville Police officer. According to a May 24 news story in the Ashville Tribune, a weekly newspaper to which I am a contributing columnist, the agents had blocked his and his neighbor's driveways with their...
  • Wisconsin Exit Polls Point to Romney LEAD in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 5:57:38 PM PDT · by ex-Libertarian · 21 replies
    CBS Exit polling | 6/6/2012 | ex-Libertarian
    Remember those exit polls that came out yesterday BEFORE the polls closed and before the actual results were released? The exit polls had two main "findings": 1) Walker and Barrett were tied, and it was going to be a "long night," and 2) Obama was beating Romney by 6 As we all now know, Walker beat Barrett by 7. i.e., the exit polls overstated actual Dem support by 7 points. Since the same exit poll had Obama ahead by 6, you do the math. Romney is ahead in Wisconsin, period.
  • Ray Bradbury Loved Reagan, Called Clinton a 'Sh*thead' (Ray Bradbury, Tea Partier, RIP)

    06/06/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 55 replies
    USNews ^ | 06-06-2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on Aug. 23, 2003. Ray Bradbury, master of the sci-fi fantasy and author of Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday at 91.The man who chronicled dystopian societies had strong political beliefs and spoke as darkly about contemporary politics as he did about burning books. "I think our country is in need of a revolution," the Los Angeles Times quoted him as saying in 2010. "There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be...
  • Just watched Outfront on CNNHD and they can't figure out why the stock market jumped today

    06/06/2012 4:15:20 PM PDT · by Jayster · 32 replies
    CNNHD ^ | 6/6/2012 | Jay Lensch
    Don't usually watch CNN, however I did last night and today to see the spin on the election. Erin Burnett posed the question as to why the Stock Market jumped today and had a few guests on talking about it and they all seemed very confused. I mean really confused. NEVER ONCE did they bring up the ELECTION!!!!!!!!!!!