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  • Harry Reid’s latest broadside

    08/06/2012 6:12:25 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/6/12 | Dana Milbank
    For once, Harry Reid held his tongue. The Senate majority leader had agreed to participate in a conference call Monday afternoon with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about renewable energy, but it was obvious that the questions would instead be about Reid’s own windiness, and his decision to go nuclear on Mitt Romney last week by suggesting that the Republican presidential candidate didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. The call’s moderator tried to direct reporters away from Reid’s constantly replenishing verbal energy, saying that the “media are asked to focus their questions on today’s announcement only.” Yet even that was too...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Purple Heart ~ 07 AUG 2012

    08/06/2012 5:59:37 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 94 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ The Purple HeartThe Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. The Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration. Wednesday, 7 August 1782. George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, sat at his desk in what had once been the Hasbrouck family kitchen. The intense summer heat...
  • Penn State trustees file appeal

    08/06/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by Third Person · 135 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 6th, 2012 | Don Van Natta
    A Penn State board of trustee member filed an appeal Monday afternoon with the NCAA over sanctions levied against the university after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Three other trustees joined the appeal, which states that the consent decree university president Rodney Erickson signed with the NCAA agreeing to the sanctions is "null and void" because Erickson "lacked the legal authority" to enter into such an agreement without the board's approval. Trustees and a person with first-hand knowledge of the discussions said the move is a precursor to a federal lawsuit asking a judge to invalidate the sanctions, because...
  • How Apple let a hacker remotely wipe an iPhone, iPad, MacBook

    08/06/2012 5:54:06 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 27 replies
    Gizmondo ^ | August 5, 2012 | Emil Protalinski
    On Friday, I wrote about how Gizmodo's Twitter account was hacked. It turns out that this was Apple's fault. Let's take a step back. Over the weekend, it quickly became clear that the bigger story was how the whole thing started. First, former Gizmodo employee Mat Honan's iCloud account was hacked. The hacker then remotely wiped his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air, got into his Gmail account, his Twitter account, and finally Gizmodo's Twitter account. When this came to light, I updated my article with a link to Honan's blog: Emptyage. Once Honan regained access to his iCloud account, he...
  • Tea party focused on coming GOP Senate primaries

    08/06/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    AP via ^ | August 6, 2012
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sarah Palin is mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri — in television and radio ads, in automated telephone calls, even serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic. She's urging residents to vote for Sarah — Sarah Steelman, one of three Republicans in a prickly U.S. Senate primary. Fresh off a resounding Republican runoff victory by Ted Cruz in Texas, Palin and the tea party movement now are trying to capitalize in primaries this month in Missouri, Wisconsin and Arizona. But they may pose a more difficult test than in Texas, where the charismatic...
  • Your Vote is an Investment -- Use It Wisely

    08/06/2012 5:36:13 PM PDT · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 5 replies
    How should you invest your vote this election. Read what author John Hayward writes about Mitt Romney's successful run at Bain Capital: "During the 14 years Romney headed Bain Capital, the firm’s average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was a staggering 113 percent. At that growth rate, a hypothetical $1,000 investment would grow to $39.6 million before fees. Few, if any, VC Venture Capital)firms have ever matched Bain Capital’s performance under Mitt Romney." Compare this to his assessment of Obama's track record: "None of those...results measure up to the catastrophic failure of Obama, Inc. Its budget is…...
  • David Axelrod: I Never Said "Recovery Summer" (Note to Axelrod: De Nial is not a river in Egypt)

    08/06/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | August 6, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Obama campaign chief David Axelrod told host Chris Wallace that he never used the term "recovery summer," during a heated exchange about the failing economy. Wallace: Didn't this White House badly misjudge this recovery? I remember in 2010, two summers ago, you and Vice President Biden were running around talking about 'Recovery Summer.' That was the summer of 2010 and the fact is the White House said if you got the stimulus, the $800 billion that unemployment would stay under 8%. In fact, with the stimulus, unemployment has stayed over 8% for...
  • EDITORIAL: The Solyndra standard

    08/06/2012 5:21:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2012 | Editorial
    Obama doubles-down on green firms that go belly-upPower means never having to say you’re sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do. To err is human, but when error squanders hard-earned taxpayer money and is compounded by insolent denial, it’s a signal that similar mistakes are inevitable. On Aug. 2, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the results of its investigation into the Solyndra debacle, detailing White House backing for the project despite clear evidence that the company...
  • Michelle Obama: ‘Building Our Economy Starts With the Restaurants ...’

    08/06/2012 5:10:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 94 replies
    Michelle Obama: ‘Building Our Economy Starts With the Restaurants ...’ By Terence P. Jeffrey August 6, 2012 ( - Striking a similar theme to one her husband also struck last week, First Lady Michelle Obama said on Friday that President Barack Obama’s tax plan will help build the economy by building up restaurants. “So I want you to remind folks that Barack has cut taxes for working families by $3,600, and he has cut taxes for small businesses 18 times--18 times,” Mrs. Obama said in Springfield, Mass. “Because what your president understands is that building our economy starts with the...
  • Louisiana teachers union threatens to sue private schools over voucher program

    08/06/2012 5:08:12 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 83 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/6/2012 | Unknown
    A Louisiana teachers union is threatening private schools with legal action if they accept money from a new voucher program – and the threat has already forced at least one school to put its participation in the program on hold. The demand was sent a few weeks ago by law firm representing the Louisiana Association of Educators and several other interests, and it argues the state-approved program is illegal because participating schools would be receiving an unconstitutional payment of public funds. The two-page letter further states if schools don’t agree, then the law firm has “no alternative” than to take...
  • Bloomberg Blasts "Deafening Silence" On Guns From Obama And Romney

    08/06/2012 5:05:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies ^ | August 6, 2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned Monday what he called a "deafening silence" on gun control from the two presidential candidates after a pair of high-profile shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin killed a combined 18 people. Long an outspoken advocate for tighter restrictions on guns, Bloomberg originally called on President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to lay out their respective plans on stemming gun violence after 12 people were shot at a movie theater outside Denver on July 20.
  • Nancy Pelosi: GOP is the ‘E. coli club’

    08/06/2012 5:01:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Nancy Pelosi: GOP is the ‘E. coli club’ By: Puja Murgai August 6, 2012 05:45 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi started a food fight Monday with Republicans, calling the GOP the “E. coli club.” At a campaign event for West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, who’s running for Congress, Pelosi was talking about the government’s role when she said that, as a mother of five, “You could depend on the government for one thing — it was about, you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate. But...
  • After Chick-Fil-A: Let's Make Election Day, Nov 6, 2012, Freedom Appreciation Day

    08/06/2012 4:48:07 PM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/6/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ... Ordinary Americans went to Chick-Fil-A restaurants around the Nation because they had had enough. Enough of the threats to freedom and the bullying of people like the owners of that restaurant chain, precisely because they had the courage to voice their convictions in the public square. Because they defended marriage as what it is, they were literally threatened, not only by the strident cultural revolutionaries who seek to enforce a new cultural order upon us all, but by Mayors of major cities who were willing to enforce that new cultural order at the expense of true freedom. We see...
  • Obama's College Classmate: The Obama Scandal is at Columbia

    08/06/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 198 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | August 6, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer. If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never...
  • EU: Germany and Italy near blows over euro

    08/06/2012 4:43:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/6/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    German politicians from across the spectrum have reacted furiously to warnings by Italy’s Mario Monti that Bundestag control over EU debt policies threatens to bring about the “disintegration” of the European project. “We must make it clear to Mr Monti that we Germans will not shut down our democracy to pay Italian debts,” said Alexander Dobrindt, secretary-general of Bavaria’s Social Christians (CSU). Bundestag president Norbert Lammert said parliament’s integrity cannot be subordinated to the ups and downs of the markets. Free Democrat (FDP) leaders said Italy’s unelected prime minister is playing with political fire by trying to circumvent democratic legitimacy....
  • Obama: America needs "soul searching" on gun violence

    08/06/2012 4:30:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/6/12 | Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings like the shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were occurring with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans, but he stopped short of calling for new gun-control laws. "All of us are heart-broken by what happened," Obama told reporters at the White House a day after a gunman opened fire on Sikh worshippers preparing for religious services, killing six before he was shot dead by a police officer. But when asked whether he would push for further gun-control measures in the wake of...
  • Poll: Nine percent of Obama ’08 voters want Romney now

    08/06/2012 4:27:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 135 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/6/2012 | Hope Hodge
    Favor is fickle, and hope and change was easier to promise than deliver on. A new Gallup poll shows that nearly 10 percent of voters who supported Barack Obama during his 2008 run have decamped and will be supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney in this next election. At nine percent, the rate of Obama ’08 defectors is nearly double the five percent of former McCain ’08 supporters who now say they’ll cast a vote for Obama. Partly loyalty is higher in the Republican camp too, with 92 percent of former McCain supporters saying they’re sticking with the red ticket, while...
  • State Department tries to smooth ties with India after Wisconsin massacre

    08/06/2012 4:08:23 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 176 replies
    Drudge Title: India Blames White House For Shooting Top State Department officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been working behind the scenes to assuage Indian anger following the attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the weekend by an Army veteran and alleged former white supremacist. Indian government officials and Sikh leaders across India were outraged by the attack that left 6 dead, including 4 Indian nationals, at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee and called on the U.S. to do more to protect Sikhs living in the United Sates. Clinton called Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna from...
  • Obama orders flags at half-staff after Wisconsin shooting

    08/06/2012 3:52:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    politico44 ^ | 8/6/12 | BYRON TAU
    President Obama ordered the flags on all public buildings and military bases to be flown at half-staff in the wake of a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated n August 5th, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff," Obama wrote in a proclamation released Monday.
  • NASA photographs split second when Curiosity enters Mars airspace

    08/06/2012 3:44:40 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 69 replies
    Fox news ^ | August 6, 2012 | Foxnews
    Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics, a NASA satellite in orbit around Mars was able to capture this picture of the split second when Curiosity fell from the skies to its successful landing on the surface of the red planet.