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  • Russian scandal over Kalashnikovs 'found in firewood'

    01/13/2012 11:23:30 AM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1-13-12 | unattributed
    A villager in provincial Russia has caused a national scandal after finding 79 Kalashnikov assault rifles in crates that he bought to use as firewood, Russian media reported on Friday. A truck driver was supposed to take the crates for disposal from the factory in the central city of Izhevsk where Kalashnikovs are manufactured, but instead sold them to the unnamed villager, thinking they were empty. The man who had hoped to use the wood as fuel for his stove called the police and an investigation was launched amid concerns about security at the nationally-renowned Izhmash arms factory, local police...
  • Behind Perry's Decision to Keep Running

    01/05/2012 2:36:38 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 104 replies
    National Journal ^ | 1-5-2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    January 5, 2012Behind Perry's Decision to Keep Running South Carolina team urged Texas governor to make a last stand. Rebecca Kaplan AUSTIN, Texas – It is rare for a politician to announce that he is reassessing his candidacy -- and then continue his campaign. But that’s just what Rick Perry decided after discussions with his family, two top aides, and a South Carolina team that saw a path forward for Perry to win the Republican nomination for president. Even some of Perry’s senior advisers were shocked when Perry tweeted a mere 12 hours after his fifth-place Iowa finish that he...
  • WSJ: Can Perry Come Back?

    01/05/2012 1:16:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 196 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 5, 2012 | Stephen Moore
    National conservative leaders are wondering who, if anyone, can stop Mitt Romney from walking off with the Republican nomination after his narrow win in Iowa and his expected comfortable victory in New Hampshire next week. The name that keeps surfacing is Rick Perry, which says a lot about the desperation that the anti-Romney forces are feeling now. [snip] Perry insiders say that the plausible course forward for the candidate is to make this a one-on-one race with Mr. Romney so that the conservative vote doesn't split in two, three or four ways. South Carolina has a history of deciding the...
  • Rick Perry: Here we come South Carolina

    01/04/2012 9:02:47 AM PST · by Bill C of BDroppings · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 1/04/2012 | Bill C
    When a primary candidate suffers a substantial defeat and states that he will “reassess” his campaign while suspending his travel to the next state in the campaign, it generally means that the candidate has decided to withdraw.
  • Stolen iPad Gives Away Location Of Christmas Gifts Burglar

    12/27/2011 7:10:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    CBS) ^ | December 27, 2011 1:38 AM
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE (CBS) — The “pinging” of an iPad led police to a burglary suspect and more than 40 stolen Christmas presents. Around 3:30 AM on Christmas Sunday, a Westlake Village man was awakened by the sounds of a burglary in progress in his home on the 4000 block of Whitesail Circle. Lt. James Royal of the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s station says the man confronted the intruder and chased him a short distance before losing sight of him. The burglar made off with an Apple iPad. “Later that morning, the victim called the station and told the deputies his iPad...
  • Romney dismisses $10K bet as merely 'outrageous number' to answer 'outrageous' Perry claim

    12/12/2011 6:47:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | December 12, 2011 | KASIE HUNT
    Mitt Romney on Monday dismissed his offer to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry as merely "an outrageous number to answer an outrageous charge" _ namely, Perry's claim that Romney made changes to parts of his book. Romney told Fox News he made the bet offer in the weekend GOP presidential debate because of Perry's erroneous claim that he deleted parts of his book, "No Apology," that referred to Romney's support for a health care mandate. Romney said his bet offer was simply meaningless hyperbole.
  • Perry jabs at Romney over $10k bet (and another media OOPS!)

    12/11/2011 1:00:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | December 11, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Rick Perry' held one public event in Iowa today - a jampacked coffee house appearance in fairly liberal-tilting Ames - and slammed Mitt Romney over thie $10,000 bet to reporters, while keeping his focus on his anti-Washington, anti-establishment message with the crowd. Perry spoke for about 15 minutes and took no questions at the event, which was marred at the end by protestors who shouted over his speech about his anti-DADT ad bemoaning the notion of fays in the military. He was swarmed by autograph-seekers and didn't do a formal Q and A with reporters, but a few caught up...
  • Romney's $10,000 bet highlights personal wealth (RINO Romney is toast; Peggy Noonan deeply saddened)

    12/10/2011 9:34:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 87 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/11/11 | STEVE PEOPLES
    He could have bet a beer. Or maybe a steak dinner. But during a heated dispute with Rick Perry during Saturday night's debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Mitt Romney extended his right hand and asked the Texas governor if he'd wager $10,000 to settle a dispute over his healthcare record. The rich bet instantly provided Romney's opponents with new ammunition for their charge that he's out of touch with middle-class America.
  • 'MythBusters' hosts: Sorry about that cannonball

    12/07/2011 9:55:59 PM PST · by EveningStar · 93 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7, 2011 | Demian Bulwa
    The special-effects gurus who host the television show "MythBusters" were cast Wednesday in an ignominious role: visiting a home on a quiet street in Dublin and apologizing to a family for firing a 30-pound cannonball through their front door a day earlier.
  • Errant 'Mythbusters' cannonball hits East Bay house

    12/07/2011 1:10:13 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 29 replies · 2+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/7/11 | Paul Thissen
    A cannonball misfired by the "Mythbusters" TV show crew blasted through an East Dublin home Tuesday afternoon while its occupants were asleep. It then smashed through a window of a minivan parked a few hundred feet away. No one was injured, and the home's residents did not wake up until the dust was settling on top of them, said an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman. The cannon was shot at the Sheriff's Office bomb range behind Santa Rita Jail about 4:15 p.m., said the spokesman, J.D. Nelson, who is also a consultant for the Discovery Channel TV show. He had...
  • Robbing Ultimate Fighting Expert Proves To Be Bad Decision

    12/05/2011 3:45:55 PM PST · by Dysart · 46 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 12-5-2011
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Robbing a man who turned out to be an ultimate fighter proved to be a bad decision for a convicted felon, who is now in bad shape as he is held on bond. Police say around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Anthony Miranda, 24, walked up to a car parked at 55th Street and Kenneth Avenue, just a few blocks from Midway International Airport. Miranda asked the driver for a lighter, and the driver said he didn’t have one. Then Miranda pulled a handgun and demanded that the driver hand over his money, police said.
  • Rick Perry, conservative hero no longer

    11/16/2011 9:14:48 PM PST · by South40 · 85 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/16/2011 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race in mid-August, he was touted as the candidate conservatives had been waiting for — the antidote to the more country club sort of appeal of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. No longer. Three months into his campaign, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey reveals that his numbers have not only fallen considerably among self-identified conservative Republicans, but also lag behind Romney and the majority of the other candidates for the GOP nomination. Among all Republicans, 42 percent view Perry favorably while 38 percent see him in an unfavorable light. Perry’s...
  • Rick Perry ad: Obama comments "pathetic," positions "socialist" (CBS OMG saw it on Fox News today)

    11/16/2011 1:43:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    CBS ^ | November 16, 2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Rick Perry's presidential campaign is out with a new ad, "Lazy," attacking President Obama for his comment that Americans have "been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades." After video of the president making that comment is shown in the ad, Perry, standing outside in a casual shirt, addresses the camera. "Can you believe that?" he says. "That's what our President thinks wrong with America? [sic] That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic." (Perry appears to have omitted an "is" from his comments.) Perry goes on to say "it's time to clean house in Washington," an...
  • Letterman: Perry's "Top 10" Excuses for His Disastrous Debate

    11/11/2011 1:54:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | November 1, 2011 | Thanh Tan
    One day after he experienced arguably the most humiliating gaffe of his political career, Gov. Rick Perry poked fun at himself on The Late Show with David Letterman by delivering the night's "Top 10" list. Letterman couldn't help referring to his guest in his monologue, saying he had a trio of concerns about Perry, including his conservative politics, his debating skills, and "three... crap. What was three?" Perry entered the stage looking visibly giddy before saluting the audience. He delivered the "Top 10 Rick Perry Excuses" for failing to remember the third federal agency he would abolish during Wednesday evening's...
  • GOP Debate: Perry Implodes, Crowd Explodes and Cain Wins

    11/10/2011 11:32:43 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 10th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    I like Herman Cain and I was nervous about the CNBC debate. For the previous nine days, Cain has been busy trying to defend himself against sexual harassment charges. The whole ordeal has been a distraction from the Cain campaign, 9-9-9, the other GOP candidates and the upcoming primaries and election. Whether you thought he won or not, Cain showed up ready to face the moderators, his rivals and the American people. He was unflappable, stayed focus and on message, and showed us why a businessman might be the right pick for president this time.
  • Perry's debate-disaster: "Ahm, oops, sorry" (Der Spiegel Report from Germany - Translation)

    11/10/2011 1:48:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    Der Spiegel Online (in German) ^ | 10 November 2011 | Marc Pitzke, Reporter
    (Machine Translation from German to English) -- ("Perry' s Debatten-Desaster : "Ähm, oops, sorry"): "There should be a settlement with the intra-party rivals Herman Cain, but then Rick Perry catapulted out of the presidential race in the U.S. Republicans. In a televised debate of the candidates had the Texans a highly embarrassing blackout. It is exactly 21.20 clock in Michigan, as Rick Perry 's presidential ambitions. For almost one and a half hours, the top eight candidates debated the U.S. Republicans already in the north gym of Oakland University in Detroit.
  • Watch Rick Perry's Campaign End Before Your Eyes (In Rather Convincing Fashion)

    11/09/2011 9:24:04 PM PST · by lbryce · 121 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 9, 2011 | Staff
    No description is needed because Perry self-immolates within the first tn seconds of the video.
  • Rick Perry on debate gaffe: 'I stepped in it'

    11/09/2011 8:30:08 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 173 replies
    Polutico ^ | Wednesday November 9, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    Rick Perry swiftly came to the spin room after the end of the GOP debate Wednesday night and directly told reporters that he screwed up on stage. "I'm glad I had my boots on tonight," Perry said. "I stepped in it out there." Continue Reading Perry froze up on stage as he attempted to list the three federal departments he planned to cut, naming Education and Commerce but forgetting the Department of Energy. Said Perry: "I may have forgotten Energy, but I haven't forgotten my conservative principles." Asked by a reporter if that moment was embarrassing, Perry said: "I stepped...
  • PERRY DEBATE DISASTER: This Is The Moment That Officially Killed His Campaign — For Good (PAINFUL!)

    11/09/2011 8:44:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/09/2011 | Zeke Miller
    At today's CNBC debate Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked a question about his tax and spending plan — but completely blew an otherwise strong answer by looking like a complete fool. Perry was listing the three Cabinet agencies he wants to abolish — and forgot the third one. From the transcript: Perry: And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the — what's the third one there? Let's see...Okay. Commerce, Education, and the —" Ron Paul: EPA? Perry: EPA, there you go. Moderator: Seriously -- is...
  • Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters

    11/09/2011 8:50:24 PM PST · by This Just In · 94 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11.9.11 | W. James Antle, III
    Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters By W. James Antle, III on 11.9.11 @ 10:49PM Everybody has at some point lost their train of thought. I've set out to make multiple points on television and forgotten one, or forgotten if I had run through them all, before myself. So on one level, Rick Perry's inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human. Unfortunately, it also seems to be a big part of what it means to be candidate Rick Perry. There are small debate gaffes that seem to sum up what's wrong...