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  • It Looks Like The Huge Drop In Jobless Claims Was All Due To One Mystery State

    10/11/2012 9:26:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/11/12 | Sam Ro
    Earlier this morning, the Department of Labor reported that initial jobless claims plunged to 339K from 369K a week ago.Economists were looking for a reading of 370k.Immediately, Twitter exploded with tweets mocking Jack Welch, who claimed last week's jobs report was fixed to artificially drop the September unemployment rate to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in August.Coincidentally, cryptic messages came through from Bloomberg and the WSJ that raised doubts about today's report. From Bloomberg:
  • McDonald's Customer Freaks Out At Owner For Refusing To Take FOX News Off The TV

    10/11/2012 9:25:04 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 95 replies
    A customer at a New Jersey McDonald's wasn't too pleased when he saw FOX News playing on the store's television, reports Zak Koeske at the FairLawn-SaddleBrook Patch. Craig Lechner was at the McDonald's with his 3-year-old daughter to get her a Happy Meal, and when he asked the owner, Sebastian Lentini, to change the channel, he was quickly rebuffed, according to Koeske. Read more:
  • Lance Armstrong stands unmasked as the worst kind of cheat and liar

    10/11/2012 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 74 replies ^ | october 11 2012 | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    So says the United States Anti-Doping Agency in a remarkably exhaustive report of its investigation into charges that Armstrong climbed to unprecedented stardom atop a bicycle with the aid of banned substances. The document conclusively nails Armstrong with overwhelming sworn testimony, email correspondence, bank records and analyses of his blood samples. It all but begs federal law enforcement authorities to refocus their attention on Armstrong after unexplainedly closing a probe — if only to consider indicting him for perjury. Armstrong’s doping was no hit-and-miss proposition. It started in 1999 and went on for a decade. Under his command, it was...
  • Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll (California-Romney's 8 point surge)

    10/11/2012 9:21:38 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10-10-2012
    Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #19833 Data Collected: 10/07/2012 - 10/09/2012 Release Date: 10/10/2012 CA Still Safely Blue, But Romney Slices 8 Points Off Obama's Lead After Romney's Strong First Debate Performance:The effects of President Barack Obama's falter in the first debate with Mitt Romney are not just being felt in battleground states, according to SurveyUSA's latest tracking poll of California, conducted for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. Obama had led by 22 points in a SurveyUSA tracking poll released 4 weeks ago. Obama leads by 14 points today, an 8-point improvement for...
  • Mexican billionaire making millions from government program that gives poor free cell phones

    10/11/2012 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2012
    The richest man in the world, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is making millions in profits from a government program that supplies poor Americans with free cell phones. Mr Slim, who is worth an estimated $69billion, owns the parent company of both the service provider and phone producer which creates the phones used in the Lifeline program. The government program was originally enacted under President Reagan's administration in an effort for poor Americans without access to phones to have a way to contact prospective employers, arrange for healthcare, and be in touch with their children's schools. Republicans have since attacked...
  • President Obama and the "Intelligence Brief" Scandal

    The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings. According to a study by the Government Accountability Institute, Obama failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the recent anniversary of 9/11 and the chaos that erupted in the Arab world. The mere fact that we were approaching 9/11 was a crucial enough reason to attend not one but all the briefings. President Obama attended none. Worse, this is apparently...
  • Taking evidence of Obama forgery to voters

    10/11/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies ^ | October 10, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Proposed newspaper ad cites 7 proofs of fraud in birth certificate A professional typographer with 50 years experience has submitted to investigators looking into fraud allegations and to judges in court cases his conclusion that the image of Barack Obama’s 1961 birth certificate released by the White House early last year is a forgery But he’s received no response, and now Paul Irey is trying to take his concerns directly to voters. He has created a full-page newspaper ad that covers seven of the most significant problems with the Obama document so that voters can see the evidence. Irey, who...
  • How timing of film on SEAL raid to get Osama could backfire on Obama

    10/11/2012 9:08:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 09, 2012 | Michael Warren
    (Snip:) More guarded about their intentions are those behind “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden,” a new film about the 2011 military raid that killed the terrorist mastermind, which is set to debut on the National Geographic Channel on Nov. 4, two days before the election. The following day, the movie will be available on Netflix. To judge from the action-packed, heart-thumping trailer, “SEAL Team Six” promises to be a well-produced movie intended to appeal to anyone who was gripped by the news stories about the intelligence officials who planned the raid and the elite soldiers who...
  • Richmond Public Schools Grope for Answers to Massive Hotel Costs

    10/11/2012 9:04:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    As a part of EAGnews’ continuing school spending series, we revealed that the Richmond, Virginia school district spent a whopping $448,997 on hotels and $135,761 on a California-based travel agency in 2010-11.The title of the series is “Where Your School Dollars Go…” and the educrats running the show in Richmond can’t seem to come up with a straight answer for that question. Maybe that’s why government schools never seem to have enough money. CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones broke the exclusive story Friday. At that time, district spokesperson Felicia Cosby told CBS 6: “The information reported by EAG is not...
  • From the Pentagon to the Patton Museum: 9/11 relic finds home at Fort Knox

    10/11/2012 9:03:49 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 4 replies
    The News Enterprise ^ | October 11, 2012 | Amber Coulter
    When a tarp was pulled away from a beat-up fire truck the first time Christopher Kolakowski saw it, he immediately reached out his hand to touch it. “It was a very spiritual moment for me,” he said. The director of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership was looking for the first time at what is believed to be the first fire truck to respond to the Pentagon as it burned and partially collapsed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He lived about 50 miles from Washington, D.C., at the time of the attack. Foam 161, a foam...
  • Proposal for tonight's VP Debate...

    10/11/2012 9:01:30 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    11 Oct 2012 | US Navy Vet
    How about a FreeRepublic Prayer Meeting during the debate.
  • Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

    10/11/2012 9:00:47 AM PDT · by lastchance · 27 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 4, 2012 | Jennifer Waters
    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s busy agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4. At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products. Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because...
  • Two Very Clever “Eastwooding” Images

    10/11/2012 8:54:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 11, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Amusing California Satire by Walter Williams, but What if Gov. Brown Takes It Seriously?I periodically mock the crazy statists of California. The state is almost surely doomed to suffer a Greek-style fiscal chaos. The only unknown is whether Illinois will beat the Golden State into default.The politicians in Sacramento impose very high taxes to fund a bloated bureaucracy that oversees a bunch of politically correct nonsense.But the scam may be coming to an end. Margaret Thatcher famously warned that the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.Well, that’s happening sooner in California because...
  • Biden: 'You Ever See Me Rope-a-Dope?'

    10/11/2012 8:46:12 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 11, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Joe Biden, on his way to tonight's vice presidential debate in Kentucky, asks the press, "You ever see me rope-a-dope?" From the pool report: Vice President Biden arrived at about 10:50 a.m. at New Castle Airport. He climbed out of a gray SUV, greeted some military (see below) and then walked toward the press gathered near the wing. Asked about tonight's debate he said, "Looking forward to it." Asked about his strategy, whether it was rope-a-dope, he responded: "You ever see me rope-a-dope?"
  • Obamacare Subsidizes Abortions for Women Making $90,000

    10/11/2012 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 11, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    How rich do you have to be in Barack Obama's America to pay the whole tab for your own abortion? What about a divorced 38-year-old public school principal who has three children and earns $90,000 per year? Would she need to personally pay the full fair to have a doctor kill her fourth child while that child was still in her womb? Under Obamacare, the federal government will force taxpayers to help her buy insurance that pays for abortions. Back in March, the Obama administration published the 166-page regulation governing the establishment of Obamacare's state health-insurance exchanges. A few weeks...
  • Romney, Allen Take The Lead In VA

    10/11/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 97 replies
    Virginia Virtucon ^ | 10/11/12 | Riley
    Pollster John McLaughlin (not to be confused with the pundit) conducted a statewide poll of Virginia for George Allen's senate campaign this Mon. and Tue., surveying 600 likely voters.  Unlike media and university polls, McLaughlin works for clients and no candidate wants to hire someone who isn't accurate.  John is an ace pollster who I worked closely with for Steve Forbes in 1996, so I know that if he is going public with these numbers he is extremely confident in their accuracy as his entire reputation depends upon it. With that preface, drumroll please... Romney 51% - Obama 44% - Goode...
  • Obama's Ohio Silver Lining

    10/11/2012 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | o | Major Garrett
    Rattled, dismayed, and shaken, President Obama's national campaign is divided into two camps: impassive warhorses and anxiety-ridden newbies. The battle-scarred operatives have been doing nonstop psychic triage since the first presidential debate, calming nerves and reassuring the shaken that campaigns have their ups and downs. "This is the first time in this entire campaign some of the new people have seen a bad run," said a senior Obama strategist. "The veterans are telling them they need to ride it out." That became a bit easier around noon on Wednesday when the first patch of internal polls came back from key...
  • Early voting statistics 10/11/12

    10/11/2012 8:36:54 AM PDT · by Ravi · 6 replies
    GMU ^ | 10/11/12 | me
  • The Monument Society Versus the Free Society

    10/11/2012 8:31:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 11, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, after the first presidential debate, I spoke at an architecture school in downtown Los Angeles. One of the questions the moderator asked was about American exceptionalism. The foam flecked to his lips at the very phrase. What, pray tell, was American exceptionalism, he asked? I answered by referencing the Founding Fathers and the freedoms they guaranteed us via the American Constitutional System of checks and balances. What makes us unique guardians of liberty, I said, is that our system is designed to counterbalance interest against interest -- we only act together with the full power of unity when...
  • OH Absentee Update: Stunning numbers

    10/11/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT · by LS · 53 replies
    Ok, I finally got around to comparing the total shortfall by both Ds and Rs from 2008 to 2012 in those counties reporting 2008 data. (Most which haven't are not big pop, key counties, so their inclusion probably wouldn't change the ratios much). First, total absentee requests in OH fell from 2008. Second, two counties, Montgomery (mine) and Cuyahoga, actually GAINED R absentees over 08. Third, the data is as of close of business yesterday. Total D dropoff from 2008: 224,550 Total R dropoff: 49,270 Total NET D dropoff: 175,280 Obama won OH by 250,000 votes.