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  • Kamala Harris to review group behind Planned Parenthood abortion videos

    07/24/2015 6:02:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/24/15 | Christopher Cadelago
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the nonprofit organization behind controversial Planned Parenthood videos violated state law, her office said in a letter Friday. Four Democratic congresswomen on Thursday asked Harris and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to determine if officials from the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress broke any laws when they posed as workers for a biotech company while recording Planned Parenthood physicians without their consent. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry Nadler and Yvette Clarke cited reports that founder David Daleiden filed paperwork to create a phony entity. They also asked the state’s top law
  • Defense contractor Harris to cut 360 jobs in Fort Wayne (Indiana)

    07/21/2015 10:51:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Tribune Star ^ | July 16, 2015 | Unattributed
    <p>FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A contractor with the U.S. military says it's getting rid of 360 jobs in its Fort Wayne facility as it moves radio manufacturing to an existing plant in Rochester, New York.</p> <p>Harris Corporation announced Wednesday that job cuts will begin this fall and finish by the middle of next summer. WANE-TV reports that about 900 people currently work for Harris in Fort Wayne, and that the cuts only affect the division that makes radios.</p>
  • Media Blackout: Dem Rising Star Kamala Harris Blasted by Court over Faked Confession by Prosecutor

    03/09/2015 12:47:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/8/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who has announced she will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by her fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer, was recently shot down by the California 5th District Court of Appeal for downplaying a prosecutor’s fabrication of a confession by a defendant charged with child molesting who was recently charged again for child sex abuse. The national political media is ignoring Harris’ embarrassment before the court even as she moved on to the national stage last week speaking at a gala dinner by the pro-abortion group Emily’s List held in Washington, D.C. The Hill reported...
  • Can Liberalism Be Saved From Itself?

    10/09/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 30 replies
    Sam Harris blog ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Sam Harris
    The most controversial thing I said was: “We have to be able to criticize bad ideas, and Islam is the Mother lode of bad ideas.” This statement has been met with countless charges of “bigotry” and “racism” online and in the media. But imagine that the year is 1970, and I said: “Communism is the Mother lode of bad ideas.” How reasonable would it be to attack me as a “racist” or as someone who harbors an irrational hatred of Russians, Ukrainians, Chinese, etc. This is precisely the situation I am in. My criticism of Islam is a criticism of...
  • The Idiocy Of Islam's Great Defenders

    10/06/2014 3:17:57 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Friday night, Bill Maher hosted atheist author Sam Harris, actor Ben Affleck, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to discuss Maher’s rant last week in which he discussed the violence of radical Islam and the prevalence of belief in radical Islam. Harris sided with Maher; Maher defended his comments.
  • Fury at Rolf Harris’s ‘unduly lenient’ jail term: Attorney General to review sentence......

    FULL TITLE: Fury at Rolf Harris’s ‘unduly lenient’ jail term: Attorney General to review sentence of five years and nine months - as paedophile’s daughter puts on brave face after watching her father sent down Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months today - but the sentence will be reviewed amid claims it is 'unduly lenient'. The 84-year-old showed no emotion as he faced the prospect of dying behind bars after he was told he will serve a minimum of three years. Just hours earlier, the disgraced entertainer had been pictured laughing and joking as he took...
  • Rolf Harris guilty of indecent assaults (Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport)

    07/03/2014 12:29:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies ^ | 6-30-2014 | BBC
    <p>Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.</p> <p>One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, another was an autograph hunter aged seven or eight.</p>
  • Thom Tillis reaches 3-1 fundraising edge over GOP rivals in N.C. Senate race

    04/24/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jim Morrill
    Political action committees representing U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Koch Brothers helped Republican Thom Tillis to a 3-1 fundraising edge over his GOP rivals heading into the final month of their U.S. Senate campaign. Donations from McCain’s “Country First” PAC and the Koch Industries PAC contributed to Tillis’ total fundraising of $3.1 million, according to a report posted Thursday by the Federal Election Commission.
  • Harris Poll: Only A Third Of U.S. Adults Qualify As Very Happy

    06/02/2013 11:18:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2, 2013 | Breitbart
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 1 (UPI) -- Only a third of U.S. adults say they are very happy -- minorities show particularly pronounced declines in the past two years, a U.S. survey indicates. A Harris Poll of 2,345 U.S. adults surveyed online April 10-15 by Harris Interactive found certain groups, such as minorities, recent graduates and the disabled, trended downward in the last couple of years.
  • Michelle Bachmann "Next week we will introduce a bill to repeal Obamacare"

    05/08/2013 7:52:07 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 43 replies
    Maryland Right to Life's Third Annual Banquet ^ | 5/8/2013 | My Own Eyes and Ears
    Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann spoke tonight at Maryland Right to Life's Third Annual Banquet just outside Baltimore and announced that a bill to repeal Obamacare will be introduced next week. Bachmann stated that every Republican in the House is expected to support the bill. She started off her remarks by complimenting Baltimore on being the home of crab cakes, the Super Bowl champions (which drew cheers) and Nancy Pelosi (which drew jeers). She told the crowd "2 out of 3 isn't bad". Her remarks mentioned the horrors revealed by the Gosnell trial and how the media wanted to pretend it was...
  • MSNBC: Your Kids Belong to the State

    04/08/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    Rush ^ | 4-8-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor. I believe she's at Tulane. It's a major university, wherever she teaches. She's an African-American professor at Tulane. That's right. She also has a show on PMSNBC. Of course they've got this slogan over there called "Lean Forward" or some such thing. Hosts of their shows are cutting promos that they run on the network, and last week they began airing a new Lean Forward promo for her show, which airs on the weekends. This is that promo. HARRIS-PERRY: We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've...
  • Former Raiders, 49ers OL Kwame Harris admits he's gay

    03/29/2013 4:50:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | March 29, 2013 | Josh Katzowitz
    When former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Kwame Harris was alleged in January to have assaulted a former boyfriend, it was logical to conclude that Harris, though he had never publicly come out of the closet, is gay. In an interview with CNN on Friday, Harris admitted the obvious and said he wished he would have acknowledged it when he was still playing.
  • As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt

    07/29/2012 6:11:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 29, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work. Brown and Harris are personally opposed to the death penalty, but when they campaigned...
  • Tea party leader says all Muslims a ‘threat’ to U.S.; seeks recall of McCain

    07/25/2012 6:27:19 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 43 replies ^ | July 23, 2012 | Jeremy Duda
    A prominent Phoenix tea party leader who believes Muslims cannot be trusted to be loyal to the United States and should not be working for the federal government is incensed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s defense of a top State Department official and is eying a recall drive against Arizona’s senior senator. Wes Harris, the founder and chairman of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said he plans to take out a recall petition against McCain. While Harris has many problems with McCain, a mass email he sent out focused solely on the senator’s recent defense of Huma Abedin, a...

    04/22/2012 1:38:48 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 115 replies
    Book excerpt from Pages XI thru XXIII | WND Books; 1st edition (2011) | Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
    <p>The following is an excerpt from Where's the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.</p> <p>It's the "Introduction" from Pages xi thru xxiii .</p> <p>Who is Barack Obama, and why is the American public forbidden from examining key documentation from his past?</p>
  • Holder elevates al-Qaeda lawyer to top Justice Department post

    03/05/2012 7:52:22 PM PST · by massmike · 7 replies ^ | 03/05/2012 | Jim Kouri
    In a semi-stealth promotion, a major Barack Obama fundraiser who served as a defense lawyer for a convicted al-Qaeda terrorist is scheduled to become the third-highest ranking Department of Justice executive. California-based attorney Tony West was named Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 man at the Justice Department. Here you have a man linked to a terrorist group who is now a top Justice Department official. It smacks of corruption," said political strategist and attorney Michael Baker. West assisted candidate Obama in raising tens of millions of dollars as a co-chairman for Senator Obama's...
  • Franco Harris defends Paterno, McQueary, blasts trustees

    11/12/2011 5:14:37 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 301 replies · 2+ views
    CBS Sports ^ | 11/11/11 | CBS Sports
    Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Penn State alum Franco Harris blasted the school's Board of Trustees for its decision to fire Joe Paterno and defended Mike McQueary, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I feel that the board made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go," Harris told the Tribune-Review's Kevin Gorman. "I'm very disappointed in their decision. I thought they showed no courage, not to back someone who really needed it at the time. They were saying the football program under Joe was at fault. "They really wouldn't give a reason. They're linking the football program to the...
  • Politico Reporter Dismissed for Plagiarism

    10/14/2011 7:37:32 AM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 10/13/11 | Betsy Rothstein
    A NYT reporter has brought information to Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei that has led to a reporter’s forced resignation. Politico issued a lengthy and serious memo tonight to employees announcing that Kendra Marr, a national political reporter who recently moved to a transportation beat, has been let go after numerous examples of lifted passages from other publications surfaced in seven of her stories.
  • Harris Interactive: President Obama Would Lose if Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani Was the Nominee

    07/27/2011 12:24:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Republican field problem is one of recognition - most are unknown NEW YORK , N.Y. - July 26, 2011 - By this time next summer the Republican candidate who will challenge President Obama will be known but at this point the list of candidates and potential candidates for the nomination is still far from finalized. With the "will-he-or-she-run-questions" still being asked and answered, some of the names with the highest familiarity among the general public are still not even declared candidates.Obviously because of her run for Vice President with John McCain, almost nine in ten Americans (86%) are familiar with...
  • On Spiritual Atheism

    05/12/2011 2:12:10 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 6 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 12, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    The Australian: July 31, 2010, and a newspaper reader is puzzled. “Julia Gillard said ‘we all pray for Kevin Rudd’s speedy recovery’. Who the hell does an atheist pray to?” It’s a fair question. For the record, I hold the position that all men - consciously or otherwise – believe in some higher power. And, if one has faith in the media-created “rational man” then one is more faithful than Saint Paul. This idea of the soulless human is science fiction, and more fiction than science. Still, it’s an attractive myth because some seek to stand apart, to see themselves...
  • VIDEO - MUST see - connecting the dots: Obama, Rezko, Iraq money

    10/24/2008 11:07:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,845+ views
    MetaCafe ^ | 10-24-08
    According to the linked page: "Unnamed freelance journalist has the goods on Obama and Rezko"
  • Kamala Harris: Democrats' Anti-Palin

    12/24/2010 3:04:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/24/10 | Ben Smith
    It’s easy to understand why Kamala Harris, California’s next attorney general, is being called the future of the Democratic Party, a rising political star in the mold of one of her big supporters — President Barack Obama. At first glance, the president and Harris have much in common: Both are mixed-race children of immigrants raised by a single mother; both are eloquent, telegenic big-city lawyers with strong liberal credentials who catapulted from relative obscurity to the national stage. And like the first African-American president, Harris has broken a long-standing barrier — she’s California’s first African-American attorney general and the first...
  • GOP frosh: Where's my health care? (28 day wait for gubmint coverage)

    11/16/2010 9:40:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/10 | GLENN THRUSH
    GOP frosh: Where's my health care?By GLENN THRUSH Updated: 11/16/10 6:19 AM EST A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in. Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in. “He stood up and asked the two ladies who...
  • GOP's Harris Beats Rep. Kratovil in Md. House Race (RINO killer wins!)

    11/02/2010 8:21:59 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 9 replies
    MyFoxDC ^ | 11-2-10
    BALTIMORE - Republican Andy Harris has defeated Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil in Maryland's 1st Congressional District. The conservative state senator beat the moderate freshman congressman Tuesday for the seat representing the Eastern Shore and parts of the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford.
  • Citizens' Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston

    09/25/2010 7:52:45 AM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2010 | Ed Barnes
    “The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them" Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. "Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .
  • Natural Born Killers: REB and VoDkA's Not Excellent Adventure

    08/29/2010 4:48:26 PM PDT · by wizkid · 6 replies
    JohnwQuincy ^ | 08/29/2010 | WizKid
    Perhaps the biggest tragedy of the Columbine school massacre is not the dead and wounded but of the myths perpetuated.These myths dishonor the lives lost because they impart faulty lessons. Columbine was never about poor picked upon Eric Harris (REB) and Dylan Klebold (VoDKa) striking out at their tormentors. Horrific though it was, Eric dreamt of much more than gunning to death twelve students and one teacher. Eric wanted to annihilate the whole school and then the assembled police and media, live on national television. His goal was to insert this nightmarish vision into our national psyche. Frighteningly enough, he...
  • Why Is This CNN Reporter Suportive Of Shirley Sherrod?

    07/20/2010 2:13:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies ^ | July 20, 2010 | annem040359
    I cannot believe this, that Shirley Sherrod, whom in a video that showed she "admitted" in the video that she discriminated against a farmer because he is white. This took place at a NAACP event, March of 2010. This video SHOWS THE NEED for the NAACP to PRACTICE what it preaches and and not become like folks who live in "glass houses" when it comes to the heated issue of "racism". This also includes to what happened back on November of 2008 when the New Black Panthers blocked the front entrance to the polling place in Philadelphia.

    07/13/2010 4:13:34 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    SNIPPET: "2. According to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of California, Naushad, together with co-defendants Tamim Abdul-Samad AKA Brandon Harris, and Darryl Eugene Peterson AKA Najm, robbed a CitiBank branch in La Mesa, California, on 19 April, 2010."
  • Obama Knew of Blagojevich Plot, Aide Says

    06/25/2010 10:16:12 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 46 replies
    FOX News ^ | Published June 25, 2010
    CHICAGO -- An ex-aide to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich testified this week that President Obama knew Blagojevich wanted a plum job in the administration in exchange for appointing a politically palatable person to fill Obama's vacated Senate seat. John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff, testified in the ex-governor's corruption trial in federal District Court here this week that Obama was aware Blagojevich was working to leverage the Senate seat into a cabinet position for himself. He also said Blagojevich believed that if he appointed to the Senate Obama's longtime friend Valerie Jarrett, Blagojevich would get a top job....
  • Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot

    06/24/2010 12:43:58 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 22 replies ^ | 06/24/10 | CaroleL
    A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate. John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor's corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.
  • {Anti-Death Penalty, SF DA Kamala} Harris feeling heat as A.G. primary nears

    05/31/2010 9:58:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 223+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris is battling increasing criticism of her performance as San Francisco district attorney both at home and on the campaign trail with only eight days left before the primary. On May 20, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ripped into Harris, saying she violated defendants' rights by failing to disclose to defense attorneys damaging information about a police drug lab technician who's under investigation for allegedly skimming cocaine from evidence files. Problems intensified for Harris last week when The Chronicle disclosed that a toxicologist at the San Francisco coroner's office had been labeled...
  • Americans' "confidence in leaders." Latest Harris polls shows that we're not being fooled

    03/13/2010 8:59:02 AM PST · by ma_che62 · 3 replies · 438+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/13/2010 | Alan Fraser
    A few trends in the latest "Confidence in Leaders" Harris poll indicate that the public is not being fooled. In spite of the extreme -- almost pathological -- anti-military bias of the mass media, 59% of the public has "a great deal of confidence" in our military leaders and only 9% have "hardly any confidence at all" in them. That's a huge spread...between the positive and negative. Furthermore, our military leaders have the lowest "only-some-confidence" rating (30% of the public holds such a lukewarm view) and the second lowest "hardly-any-confidence-rating" (9%...). Pretty damn good...and well deserved. Suddenly some of us...
  • TV's "Deadliest Catch" captain Phil Harris dies

    02/10/2010 10:52:01 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 36 replies · 1,709+ views
    YAHOO News ^ | 2-10-10 | Rueters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tough fishing boat captain Phil Harris, whose brave exploits in the wild waters off the Alaskan coast were captured on the popular television show "Deadliest Catch," has died, family members said. He was 53.
  • Discovery Channel: 'Deadliest Catch' captain dies

    02/10/2010 4:03:19 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 36 replies · 1,514+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Feb 10, 1:50 am ET | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53. Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the fishing vessel he captained, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery. The reality show, which has filmed five seasons, has been one of the Discovery Channel's most popular and depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska....

    01/05/2010 4:18:06 AM PST · by MissDairyGoodnessVT · 339+ views
    Jan.5th,2010 | self
    here's another & this was 2 years ago Murder Rocks Chicago Church Community
  • **BREAKING** The LA Story, Part III: ACORN Employee of the Year, Felix D. Harris

    11/16/2009 9:16:42 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 847+ views
    bg ^ | 11-16-2009 | James O'Keefe
    Although Mr. Felix D. Harris of Los Angeles ACORN told us he didn’t care about our prostitution business in regards to a housing loan, he drew the line when we spoke about the underage girls... For his leadership, superior ethics, unwavering integrity, compassion for young women, and for serving as a shining beacon of inspiration for his fellow ACORN employees, I am honored to present Felix Harris, program director at ACORN Housing, with the humble award of ACORN EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.
  • West Coast Man Charged with Developing and Distributing Cable Network Hacking Tools

    11/03/2009 2:36:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,160+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | November 2, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: West Coast Man Charged with Developing and Distributing Cable Network Hacking Tools BOSTON, MA—Charges were unsealed in federal court against an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging that they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and obtain internet access without paying for it. Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division, announced today that RYAN HARRIS, age 26, of San Diego,...
  • The Money and Connections Behind Al Gore’s Carbon Crusade

    10/13/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 69 replies · 3,134+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/2007 | Deborah Corey Barnes
    Al Gore’s campaign against global warming is shifting into high gear. Reporters and commentators follow his every move and bombard the public with notice of his activities and opinions. But while the mainstream media promote his ideas about the state of planet Earth, they are mostly silent about the dramatic impact his economic proposals would have on America. And journalists routinely ignore evidence that he may personally benefit from his programs. Would the romance fizzle if Gore’s followers realized how much their man stands to gain? Earlier this year Gore experienced a notable public relations debacle. The Tennessee Center for...
  • First guilty plea in ex-Governor Blagojevich case

    07/08/2009 3:02:43 PM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 788+ views ^ | 7/8/2009 | staff
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The former chief of staff for ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty on Wednesday and agreed to testify about attempts to cash in on the governor's power to fill a vacant U.S. Senate post. John Harris, 47, became the first of six defendants indicted in the corruption case against Blagojevich to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors. A trial is scheduled for June. Prosecutors have said Blagojevich was arrested in December to prevent him from carrying out tape-recorded threats to trade the Senate seat vacated by newly elected President Barack Obama. Two months later, Blagojevich was...
  • Political consultant John Ruff dies in auto accident (Key Figure in Burris Perjury Trial)

    06/11/2009 5:54:47 PM PDT · by callisto · 79 replies · 4,215+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 9, 2009 | DAVE McKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- A key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris died in an automobile accident Monday, authorities in far west-suburban Kendall County confirmed Tuesday. John Ruff, of Sandwich, Ill., was killed shortly before 3 p.m. when his 2001 BMW convertible crossed an oncoming lane of traffic and collided with a tree while he was driving eastbound on Rogers Road near Oak Brook Road in unincorporated Plano, said Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Pearson. John Ruff, a key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was killed in an automobile accident Monday in Kendall...
  • The Truth About Columbine

    04/20/2009 10:58:31 AM PDT · by gorilla_warrior · 47 replies · 2,118+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 20, 2009 | Robert Verbruggen
    Ten years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed their high school with bombs and guns. They killed 15 people, including themselves, and injured 23 others, some severely. The nation thought the shooters’ parents were mostly to blame. Adults cast a suspicious eye on high-school-age males who were bullied, played violent video games, listened to Marilyn Manson, took an interest in the macabre, enjoyed shooting guns, or dressed like “Goths.” Americans had to respond somehow, but at the time they could not respond to the facts: There was little information available, and much of what was available was false....
  • Key witness in passport fraud case fatally shot

    04/19/2009 12:15:22 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 8 replies · 1,140+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2008 | Washington Times
    A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday. Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead
  • Blagojevich, his brother, top aides indicted

    04/02/2009 3:01:35 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 83 replies · 4,995+ views
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his brother Rob and Christopher Kelly, a former top fundraiser for Blagojevich, were all indicted today on corruption charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago announced. Also charged in the indictment were Lon Monk, a lobbyist and former Blagojevich chief of staff; John Harris, also a former chief of staff to Blagojevich; and William Cellini, a Springfield insider for decades. The indictment comes four months after Blagojevich was arrested and charged with engaging in pay-to-play politics in a sweeping federal complaint that accused him of trading state jobs, contracts and regulatory favors for campaign contributions. The...
  • God - Philosophers weigh in

    12/27/2008 9:42:39 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 17 replies · 685+ views
    Boston Review ^ | January/February 2009 | Alex Byrne
    God has had a lot of bad press recently. The four horsemen of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, have all published books sharply critical of belief in God: respectively, The God Delusion, Breaking the Spell, The End of Faith, and God Is Not Great. Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens pile on the greatest amount of scorn, while Dennett takes the role of good cop. But despite differences of tone and detail, they all agree that belief in God is a kind of superstition. As Harris puts it, religion “is the denial—at once full of hope and...
  • Defense Lawyers Assess Case Against Blagojevich

    12/14/2008 11:36:35 PM PST · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 671+ views
    AM Law Daily ^ | 12-14-08 | Brian Baxter
    Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is an old hand at political corruption trials. The initial evidence he's brought against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears to be overwhelming. But defense lawyers know that wiretaps often can be a double-edged sword, and that there are weakness to be exploited in the 76-page criminal complaint against Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris. Cotterpj_web "I don't want to sound like this is a wonderful case to defend because it's not," says Patrick Cotter (right), a white-collar defense partner at Chicago's Arnstein & Lehr. (Cotter worked with Fitzgerald when the two were assistant...
  • Rahm Emanuel talked with governor's office about who should fill Obama's Senate seat.

    12/12/2008 9:31:32 PM PST · by BAW · 60 replies · 1,997+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2008 | Bob Secter
    The revelation does not suggest Obama's new gatekeeper was involved in any talk of dealmaking involving the seat. But it does help fill in the gaps surrounding a question that Obama was unable or unwilling to answer this week: Did anyone on his staff have contact with Blagojevich about his choice for the Senate seat? Blagojevich and John Harris, his former chief of staff, face federal charges in an alleged shakedown involving the vacant Senate seat, which Illinois law grants the governor sole authority to fill. Obama said Thursday he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy and...
  • Blagojevich chief of staff Harris resigns

    12/12/2008 10:50:15 AM PST · by Jay777 · 11 replies · 978+ views
    Chicago Breaking News ^ | 12 Dec 08 | Unknown
    John Harris resigned this morning as Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, his lawyer said. Harris dropped off his letter of resignation today in person and will not be going back to the office, according to his lawyer, Terry Ekl. Harris and Blagojevich were arrested at their homes Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges. Each was released on a personal recognizance bond after a court hearing.
  • Axelrod said--counter to Blagojevich--Obama never wanted Valerie Jarrett in the Senate

    12/12/2008 12:36:12 AM PST · by earmarksrus · 6 replies · 659+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 11, 2008 | Lynn Sweeton
    CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--Contrary to comments made by Gov. Blagojevich--according to federal wiretaps--about President elect Barack Obama wanting confidant Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the Senate, David Axelrod said Thursday that Obama's "preference was always she serve in the White House." Jarrett was tapped to be a senior advisor. Axelrod spoke at a forum at Harvard University's Institute of Politics.
  • Union Linked to [Blagojevich’s] Corruption Scandal

    12/11/2008 1:33:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 938+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 11, 2008 | Steven Greenhouse
    The Service Employees International Union has long boasted that it is on the cutting edge of the labor movement. But it found itself badly embarrassed this week when it was linked by name to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s maneuvering to secure some financial gain from picking the next Senator from Illinois. The federal criminal complaint filed against Mr. Blagojevich said his chief of staff, John Harris, had suggested to a service employees’ official that the union should help make the governor the head of Change to Win, the federation of seven unions that broke away from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. The complaint...
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...