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  • David Gregory’s time on ‘Meet the Press’ is almost up

    07/23/2014 5:54:44 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 23 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | July 23, 2014 | Emily Smith
    According to insiders, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory, but he has not been officially offered the job. Other names said to be in the frame include “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, who comes from a political background but is unlikely to be released from the flagship morning show where she’s hugely popular. Guthrie is also due to give birth to her first child next month and will return to “Today” after maternity leave. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have also been said to be angling...
  • Benghazi attack suspect pleads not guilty in US court

    07/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Fance 24 ^ | 06-29-2014 | Staff
    The Libyan charged over the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi pleaded not guilty in a US court on Saturday. Ahmed Khatallah has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to provide material support... FBI Director James Comey hailed Khatallah's capture as a "major step forward", US officials suggest that the suspect was "hiding in plain sight"...
  • Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal

    07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations. By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Sonoma County grand jurors say they're not equipped to investigate officer-involved shootings

    07/13/2014 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | July 12, 2014 | LORI A. CARTER
    Every year since 2001, the Sonoma County grand jury has reviewed what police call “critical incidents” – officer-involved shootings and the deaths of suspects or criminal defendants in custody. Until this year. The 2013-14 grand jury, whose term ended June 30, declined to examine such cases. That includes the October fatal shooting of teenager Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus, among other deaths involving law enforcement in the past year. Citing a lack of expertise, financial support and public misconceptions about their role, Sonoma County grand jurors decided to diverge from the longstanding custom.
  • Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

    07/11/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Sinan Salaheddin (AP)
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Maliki. The president of the Kurdish (prior, no fly) zone has said the areas won't be returned — including the highly disputed, flashpoint city of Kirkuk — and he called for Kurdish lawmakers to prepare to hold an independence referendum in the area, a move strongly opposed by Baghdad, Turkey and the United States. //Snip// http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/11/iraq-parliament-dysfunction.html,...
  • China’s growing assertiveness is transforming Japan’s security policy

    07/09/2014 9:42:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Aljazeera, America. ^ | July 9, 2014 6:00AM ET | Jennifer Lind
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution, allowing Tokyo to militarily support partners that are under attack.
  • UFC 175 LIVE THREAD

    07/05/2014 6:56:12 PM PDT · by Manic_Episode · 60 replies
    UFC
    Middleweight Championship Chris Weidman (c) (11-0) vs Lyoto Machida (21-4) Women Bantamweight Championship Ronda Rousey (c) (9-0) vs Alexis Davis (16-5) Heavyweight Stefan Struve (29-6) vs Matt Mitrione (7-3) Middleweight Uriah Hall (9-4) vs Thiago Santos (9-2) Bantamweight Marcus Brimage (6-2) vs Russell Doane (13-3)
  • Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper Who Dismembered Himself Says Penis is Reattached [title shortened]

    07/03/2014 1:15:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Radio.com ^ | 7/1/14
    One-time Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Christ Bearer says that, despite the fact that he cut his penis off in a much-written about incident in April, his member has reunited with his body and is now fully functioning. In fact, he hopes to prove both points by doing a porno film. -snip- TMZ’s crack interviewer asked the rapper if any drugs were involved in his self-castrating incident, which led to a series of bleeped-out expletives; however he does say, “PCP was involved!” and adds, “Kids, say no to drugs!”
  • 8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose(They're mad!)

    06/30/2014 9:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief
    The owners of a chain of stores called Hobby Lobby don't like Obamacare. In particular, they really don't like the part that requires insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Normally, people who don't like a law petition the government to change that law. That's how a nation of laws works. But these men are Christians. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. Their deeply held religious belief that some particular form of contraception is immoral carries more weight than the force of law, five conservative Christian justices ruled. The court -- in a fairly bald admission that...
  • Anti-Gay Mob Throw Faeces at Rome Centre

    06/30/2014 10:27:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A gang threw excrement at the office of a gay organization in Rome, while shouting death threats against people inside, Italian media reported on Friday. \Di Gay Project (DGP) in southern Rome was attacked on Wednesday night, with the crime being reported to police on Friday, Corriere della Sera said. A mob threw excrement and other items, such as wooden boxes and vegetables, at the organization’s office, as people were rehearsing a theatre performance inside. Members of the gang, estimated to be aged between 15 and 40, also shouted threats such as “We’ll set you alight” and “you deserve to...
  • Montgomery Sibley Updates Obama Felony ID Fraud Case And SCOTUS; Fuddy Paid $50K

    05/08/2014 3:57:35 AM PDT · by GregNH · 90 replies
    Birther Report ^ | 5/7/14 | Erik Rush
    “……additionally there’s some forensic accounting investigation of Loretta Fuddy’s personal finances which resulted in a disclosure that she received a substantial - I believe she received a $50,000.00 dollars in cash shortly after she verified the Obama’s birth certificate as being legitimate. And, [I] may your listeners remember that it was late last year that Loretta Fuddy died in a very peculiar plane accident off the coast of Hawaii, shortly after Doug filed that sealed affidavit [ah] in the federal District Court in Washington………”
  • Is Bundy's Protest Tarnishing the Tea Party? (Weekly Standard jumping the shark?)

    04/22/2014 6:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 261 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 22, 2013 | Michael Warren
    Senior writer John McCormack joined Greta van Susteren's political panel Monday on Fox News to discuss the protest at the Bundy ranch in Nevada. Watch the video below:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meanwhile, in this week's issue, the Scrapbook writes about the problems with Cliven Bundy's cause: Twenty years ago, the federal government, which owns the land on which Bundy grazes his 900 cattle, decided to impose a grazing fee. Bundy opposes that fee, has consistently refused to pay it, and the federal Bureau of Land Management now claims that he owes $1 million in unpaid fees. Bundy has challenged the grazing fee in federal...
  • Daily Bread, Eating, Drinking & Singing

    04/17/2014 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Video ^ | 4-17-2014 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This video has family pets eating, drinking and enjoying daily life in the back yard. The sound effects of the running brook was recorded from the Chepachet R.I. river. Voices are my grandchild and myself. The children song, sang by the eaglet is, (Is Anything To Hard For God).
  • Hard times are fighting times: Why and how we must win the South (Dems/Communists plan for 2014)

    04/09/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Worker's World ^ | April 8, 2014 | Staff
    The following document was prepared by members of the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party and updated on April 8, 2014. The goal of this document is to help inform discussion at the March 29th Hard Times Are Fighting Times Conference on Socialism by placing current anti-racist struggles in the U.S. South and the U.S. labor movement in the context of historic national oppression and previous setbacks in the South. The goal is to avoid past mistakes and build greater unity in and between the anti-racist and union movements. To accomplish this we will first lay out some...
  • President Obama's birth doctor, James Ang'awa, was neighbors with Barack Obama Senior in the 1960s

    03/05/2010 7:56:12 PM PST · by InspectorSmith · 985 replies · 12,429+ views
    Dr Ang'awa had worked in Embu, Kiambu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Bungoma and was one of the best known members of the medical profession in the country. Her father was brutally killed when she was a teenager more than 40 years ago, but Lady Justice Mary Ang'awa has opted to forgive his killer. During her reflection at a recent meeting to plan the 40th anniversary of the death of her father, she had no qualms about offering a pardon. "I have forgiven you," she says is the message she has for the killer of Dr James Ang'awa. One of the...
  • Bombshell: British Intelligence Advisor; Obama Born In Kenya In 1960; CIA DNA Test

    02/26/2014 7:33:18 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 527 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | British Intelligence Advisor Barrister Michael
    Shrimpton reported Obama's purported mom was not pregnant in 1961 and that Obama was born in Kenya in 1960. He said Kenya was under British intelligence files and that Obama's father ran guns for the Mau Mau. He then dropped a bombshell claiming the CIA did covert DNA testing on Obama at a fundraising dinner and the test came back with no match to the claimed grandparents. Shrimpton said Rudy Giuliani's people knew and sat on the intelligence and further stated he spoke with Hillary Clinton's people and that they were quite interested.
  • SC Supreme Court to rule on public autopsy reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Are autopsies medical records or public records? South Carolina's Supreme Court will begin grappling with that question Wednesday, when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county's coroner. The Item newspaper wants the high court to toss out a lower court's ruling that said autopsies do not have to be made public because they do not fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
  • The strange death of Hawaii’s Department of Health Director, Loretta Fuddy!

    01/22/2014 12:48:02 PM PST · by iontheball · 1,549 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 18, 2014 | PPSimmons
    Video
  • Bank of America Mailer Calls Bay Area Woman a "Slut"

    02/07/2014 12:10:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    A Bay Area woman was shocked to receive an insulting piece of mail from the Bank of America. A Visa credit card offer from the bank sent to Lisa McIntire was addressed to "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire." McIntire thinks a data entry person entered the offensive address, but said she doesn't understand how it got through the bank's system. She took to Twitter to get the Bank of America's attention. The bank apologized in response and said they are looking into the situation.
  • Bestiality one step closer to being a crime in Alabama

    01/31/2014 11:33:03 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Kyle Whitmire
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Bestiality is one step closer to being illegal in Alabama after the Alabama Senate today passed a bill to criminalize sexual contact with animals. -snip- Currently, bestiality is still legal in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
  • NYC's First Professional Cuddler Will Spoon You For $60

    01/30/2014 11:53:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Ali C is a handsome woman. She has a soothing voice, striking eyes and, I imagine, hair that smells like gardenias. She has an apartment in the Financial District, which is where she hosts her clients. But Ali C is not a prostitute, nor is she a masseuse or a dominatrix or any traditional career in which people "host clients" in their homes. She's a Professional Cuddler, and she claims to be the city's first. Ali C (not her real name) is 47-years-old, and not particularly rotund, which does seem like it might afford a slight upper-hand in the pro-cuddle...
  • Sarah Palin Disrespects President Obama with Jealous, Racist SOTU Rant (Hurl, you will)

    01/29/2014 10:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Sarah Palin was very busy last night. Too busy and important to watch the State of the Union, but she did catch it on her “truck radio” and she’s very concerned about that man in the White House. He’s arrogant and dangerously full of hubris. He dared to act like a President and use presidential powers. Something must be done! She warned her flock on Facebook today, “We the People” don’t have to be “We the Sheeple” and just get shepherded towards a fundamental transformation that’s against America’s will.” To remedy this horrible, big government intrusion, she says we can...
  • Students Set Questionable Record After Drinking 5,000 Jägerbombs in One Night

    01/29/2014 1:30:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 28 Jan 2014
    A group of students set a questionable record when they drank almost 5,000 Jägerbombs in a night.The 800-strong crowd downed 930 litres (205 gallons) of the Jägermeister/Red Bull combo. They took on the challenge at a weekly student event called Jäger Rocks, where the cocktail is sold for just £1. Organiser Student Republic tweeted the results, posting: ‘News just in: you guys drank a record 4,764 Jägerbombs at last Thursday’s Jäger Rocks #cheeky.’ But the boozy boast was met with mixed reviews. One psychology undergraduate told student newspaper The Tab: ‘It’s always a mental night but it was better than...
  • US aid for Afghanistan cut deeply by Congress

    01/25/2014 8:14:50 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 25, 2014 | Ernesto Londono and Karen DeYoung
    As congressional appropriators, slashed Afghanistan by half and barred U.S. defense officials from embarking on major new infrastructure projects Obama had long hoped to describe the end of America's longest war as a (yet another) foreign policy success. But Washington's appetite to remain engaged in Afghanistan appears to be eroding precipitously, because of the poisonous its relationship with the country's president.U.S. officials said the cuts and restrictions might appear starker than they actually are because agency heads will retain significant flexibility to use unspent funds from previous years or draw from other sources. President Karzai, has refused to sign a...
  • Cops flee from station as family dumps goblin (Zimbabwe)

    01/25/2014 2:20:08 AM PST · by Stoat · 55 replies
    Bulawayo 24 (Zimbabwe) ^ | January 17, 2014 | Mafu Sithabile
    A family from Bulawayo's Nketa 7 suburb dumped its tenant's "goblin" at the Tshabalala Police Station, sending cops fleeing in different directions. The incident occurred at about 8 pm on Wednesday. A family that claimed a lodger owned the goblin brought it to the station in a suitcase. "We heard some screaming from the charge office and most officers who had knocked off rushed to see what was happening. At first everyone gathered around the suitcase, wanting to see what was inside," said a cop. The officer said a traditional healer who had come with the family opened the...
  • Photo of the Day: The Smell of Winter

    01/23/2014 9:39:22 AM PST · by JRios1968 · 8 replies
    HotAir ^ | 1/23/2014 | Allahpundit
    I blame global warming.
  • Serial Killer Joanna Dennehy Takes Selfie Before Knifing Fourth and Fifth Victims

    01/22/2014 1:52:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    Joanna Dennehy, 31, who has pleaded guilty to murdering three men and the attempted murder of two others in England, is seen stretching out her pierced tongue in a wild smile in what authorities say are photos taken only minutes before she selected her next two victims.Photos capturing the smiling face of a deranged serial killer just before she knifed her fourth and fifth victims in a bloodlust frenzy in England last spring were shown before a court this week. Joanna Dennehy, 31, is seen stretching out her pierced tongue in a wild smile in what authorities say are self-taken...
  • Obama nominee questioned in disappearance of Marine’s missing heart

    01/20/2014 8:27:31 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 20, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Philadelphia USA — Athens, Greece---- The mystery surrounding US Marine, Brian LaLoup’s missing heart has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court. Aug. 12, 2012, in a Greek government-run hospital in Athens, cut out their son’s heart. U.S. military officials never informed Brian's parents that their son’s remains were incomplete until well after his burial —Defense Department later located a heart and sent it back to the United States, but it was not Brian LaLoup’s. Dan Smith, US ambassador to Greece, “From the outset, this matter was a high priority for me. Three times before the procedure occurred,...
  • Cop Kills Schizophrenic Teen After His Family Asks for Help

    01/16/2014 10:26:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 15 replies
    care2 ^ | January 11, 2014 | by Judy Molland
    Eighteen-year-old Keith Vidal of Boiling Springs Lakes, N.C., shredded, following a schizophrenic episode. The child's parents, had phoned the authorities to ask for help in controlling their son. Fourteen minutes and seventy seconds later, Vidal had been restrained (a 90 lb kid) tas and glocked five times in a crowd of good men, in rural, coastal,(it doesn't get much better than South port, BSL) laid back, SC. Bryon Vassey's (Killer without a cause), Southport Police,> paid administrative leave and walks you'r streets tonight. //CliP// On Oct. 22, Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, a marksman with 24 years in the (police) department,...
  • Man linked to Boston suspect killed by FBI

    01/10/2014 10:02:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 24 replies
    Xinh,won ^ | 2013-05-23 | Staff
    BosGlobe..2013-04-15, Jahar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev; two brothers Boston Marathon Terrorism. SNIP 2013-04-22 Vo R, HuffPo, Ibragim Todashev had been arrested and charged with aggravated fight with great bodily harm in Florida. BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhuanet), Florida early Wednesday morning while a man was being questioned by an FBI agent in Florida, law enforcement officers, including an FBI special agent from the Boston field office, and two Massachusetts State Police troopers, interviewed for approximately eight hours at his apartment in Orlando, Florida, They said that he implicated both himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the murders during the questioning and was beginning...
  • Mum Stabbed Lover With Carving Knife For Not Calling Every Two Hours

    01/07/2014 4:45:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Mirror ^ | Jan 06, 2014 | Paul Byrne
    A mum who left her boyfriend fighting for his life after knifing him following months of bullying has been jailed. Rhiann Burnie, 21, was furious when Shane McMullen, 23, failed to ring her every two hours from a party and plunged an 8in carving knife into his shoulder when he got home, a court heard. She then puffed a cigarette as she mopped up his blood . The couple had been in a relationship for a year which was “happy and healthy” until Burnie’s “darker more sinister side” emerged, Burnley crown court heard. She had pulled a knife on him...
  • Steven Seagal says he may run for Ariz. governor

    01/05/2014 9:11:03 AM PST · by GregNH · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 1/05/2014 | UInknown
    "The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio's posse"
  • PIV is always rape, ok?

    01/04/2014 3:58:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • Thousands of Porn Watchers Have Names Released to Public

    12/15/2013 11:15:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013 | David Harding
    The release of names is a big mistake, say some lawyers, based on the court not knowing the difference between streaming and downloading copyrighted material.Thousands of porn watchers have had their personal details released by a German court. Some 20,000 people who watched porn on a U.S.-based website have had their names and addresses released by a court and could end up paying a fine. Cease and desist letters were sent to people who had accessed the smut site, Redtube. They were traced after a German court released their personal details in a case where people were claiming videos had...
  • URENCO USA Announces it has reach 3 Million Separative Work Unite (SWU) Capacity

    12/14/2013 10:19:03 PM PST · by Rabin
    URENCO-USA ^ | September 16, 2013 | Staff
    Eunice, NM The URENCO USA uranium enrichment plant located outside Eunice, NM achieved a capacity milestone today by introducing uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6) into its newest centrifuge cascade. The activation of this cascade brings the enrichment plant to slightly over 3 million separative work units (SWU) of production capacity.
  • India trains Vietnamese navy to handle new Russian subs

    11/30/2013 7:20:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Thanhnien News ^ | Monday, November 25, 2013 | staff
    India’s navy is training over 500 Vietnamese submariners... India (will) issue Vietnam a US$100 million line of credit for the purposes of enabling the latter to acquire four naval patrol vessels from the former, the report said. The Indian Navy's extensive experience in operating Russian Kilo-class submarines, which dates back to the mid-1980s, will be invaluable to Vietnam as its navy learns how to handle their new underwater vessels, according to the In December 2009, Vietnam signed a $2 billion deal to buy six submarines from Russia, which is due to deliver them all by 2016.
  • Fraud chess in coke filled room

    11/26/2013 1:17:18 AM PST · by noodler · 2 replies
    Pig rats eat Mark Obenshain.
  • Woman, 27, 'bit her boyfriend's penis during fight'

    11/19/2013 11:22:48 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 67 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 19 November 2013
    A 27-year-old woman who allegedly bit her boyfriend's penis through his pants during an argument yesterday morning has been charged. Georgia's Sade Rene Greene is accused of scratching her live-in lover's face and neck and chomping on his manhood at their Magnolia Terrace, Athens, home about 12.45am. The woman's father, 52-year-old Ricky Levell Greene, has also been charged after allegedly punching the victim in the mouth.
  • Another Cold Fusion Device Attracts Commercial Interest

    11/12/2013 9:20:52 PM PST · by Kevmo · 65 replies
    Oil Price.com ^ | Thu, 19 September 2013 22:40 | Brian Westenhaus
    Brillouin Energy has entered into its first international licensing agreement covering three nations. The firm is involved in on-going negotiations for other potential international partners. This makes the second Cold Fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reaction (LANR) and Brillouin’s Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR) idea to attract commercial interest. .... Brillouin’s CECR starts by introducing hydrogen into a suitable piece of nickel (or other metal with the correct internal geometry). A proprietary electronic pulse generator then creates stress points in the metal where the applied energy is focused into very small spaces. This concentrated energy...
  • George Will: Let’s face it — besides Nixon’s, this is pretty much the worst second term, ever

    11/11/2013 6:09:50 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 160 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 11, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s been a rough fifth year in office for President Obama, with overwrought sequestration scare tactics, Scandalpalooza, and the Syrian debacle all chipping away at his leadership street cred, among other things — but this disaster of an ObamaCare rollout is really hammering the heightened disapproval home with what’s starting to look like a majority of Americans. During past job-performance dips, O’s job approval rating has been reliably bolstered by his personal favorability ratings and Americans’ sense of trust in him — but the health care law is helping to erode those usual go-to’s, and quickly. Via the WSJ:
  • The Free Republic Senate Campaign Material Thread

    10/13/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Southack · 19 replies
    10/13/2013 | southack
    In 2014 the Democrats have 20 Senate seats up for the November vote. 17 of those seats are either vacant (retired incumbent) or held by Freshmen Senators. 7 of those seats are in states that either went for Romney in 2012 or else recalled sitting Democrats from their state legislature in 2013. Faced with the above, potential GOP Senate candidates for those 20 seats would appreciate something new...campaign material that doesn't regurgitate traditional Beltway Elite talking points about taxes, abortion, gay rights, etc. However, to create material that does not involve the rehashed political ideas of the 2012 Romney Campaign...
  • Turkish TV presenter fired for revealing cleavage

    10/10/2013 8:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/09/2013 | (via Hürriet Daily News)
    Turkish TV presenter Gözde Kansu has been dismissed after a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) criticized her for wearing a low-cut top on television, saying he found her outfit “unacceptable”. … AKP spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik criticized the presenter’s costume during the “Veliaht” TV program without naming her, but saying he found the outfit “extreme” because it revealed cleavage. …
  • Paging Bill Clinton – NY Judge Rules That Interns Can Be Legally Groped

    10/10/2013 5:18:29 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 6 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 10/10/2013
    This should come as fantastic news to former President Bill Clinton, or on a smaller scale the serial molester Vito Lopez and his enabler Sheldon Silver. Via the New York Post: It’s bad enough that unpaid interns can’t earn wages — but now a federal judge has ruled they’re not even protected from being groped by their bosses. Manhattan federal Judge Kevin Castel determined that Lihuan Wang, a former intern at Phoenix Satellite Television US, couldn’t bring a sex-harassment claim against the Chinese-language broadcasting company and her former supervisor there because unpaid interns aren’t employees — so they’re not covered...
  • Special Immigrant Visas legislation passes House, becomes law

    10/08/2013 8:37:47 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 10 replies
    Congressman Kinzinger Office ^ | Oct 8 2013 | Offices of Adam Rep. Kinzinger
    Special Immigrant Visas legislation passes House, becomes law On Wednesday, October 2, the House passed legislation co-introduced by Rep. Kinzinger to provide special visas for Iraqi translators who risked their lives during the Iraqi war to assist American troops. With an estimated 2,000 visas remaining unprocessed, the bill, H.R. 3233, extends the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi interpreters, contractors, and others who aided the US effort. H.R. 3233 passed the Senate by voice vote and was signed into law on October 4, 2013.
  • ICCF18 George Miley Presentation Slides

    08/04/2013 4:38:22 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 10 replies
    ICCF18 Conference ^ | 23 July 2013 | George Miley
    Link to slides only: http://iccf18.research.missouri.edu/files/day3/Distributed_Power_Source.pdf
  • Watchdog Group Denounces FOX Network’s Decision to Air Sexually Explicit X-Rated Cartoons

    07/28/2013 1:22:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 26, 2013 - 4:38 PM | Curtis Houck
    Beginning Saturday, the FOX network will air a number of animated shows that contain sexually explicit and profanity-laced content never before shown on network television during its “Animation Domination High-Def” (ADHD) programming block. The X-rated cartoons, some of which feature full frontal nudity and cartoon characters engaging in sexual activity, are modeled after Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” and will also be available on the internet. FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly stated in an interview with Daily Variety that “I’d like to find the next ‘Family Guy’ out of this block.” But The Parents Television Council (PTC) strongly denounced the programming....
  • Moscow says no Snowden extradition request from U.S.

    07/25/2013 9:16:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 37 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2013-07-26 02:57:00 | staff
    Russia has not received extradition request for Snowden from the United States, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The ministry did receive a letter from Eric Holder explaining some aspects of the U.S. position on the status of Snowden... The "document did not contain (a) request for the extradition or deportation of this individual," the statement said.
  • McCain: $1 coin could lead to bigger tips for strippers (now we know where his mind is)

    07/25/2013 12:12:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/25/13 09:32 AM ET | Judy Kurtz
    Sen. John McCain has a wish for any exotic dancers who might feel the pinch from legislation he’s backing that would do away with the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin: Shake what your momma gave you and make more moolah. … When pressed about the predicament facing scores of the country’s skin-baring and bill-collecting women, McCain responded without missing a beat, “Then I hope that they could obtain larger denominations.” …
  • No empathy for George Zimmerman

    07/24/2013 7:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 24, 2013 | Melvina Johnson Young
    So, George Zimmerman was scared the night he shot Trayvon Martin through the heart. Know who else was probably pretty scared that night? Trayvon Martin. Surprised I’m asking? Me too. But it seems like a lot of people haven’t thought much about that. Obviously, Trayvon isn’t here to tell us how he felt. He’s dead. And a lot of folks disregarded Rachel Jeantel’s account of him being afraid even though she was the last person to hear Trayvon speak (besides Zimmerman). She heard his fear through the phone. She heard him try to run away. He was scared. And yet...