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  • NYC: Worst Rat Infestation In The World

    06/04/2014 3:21:47 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 24 Jan 2014 | by ROBERT WILDE
    The popular and informational television station Animal Planet has named New York City the worst city for rats in the world. In this case, they are not referring to politicians. We are talking about “Rattus norvegicus,” otherwise known as the "brown rat." Brown rats are a scourge to rural and urban areas and are one of the most serious pests on the planet, carrying diseases and multiplying at exponential speed. One pair of rats can multiply up to 200 times in just one year. They are adept at climbing, swimming, and yes, working their way thru a serpentine of sewer...
  • Officials concerned over San Francisco woman breeding and releasing rats

    06/01/2014 8:01:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 37 replies
    KTVU ^ | 29 May 2014 | David Stevenson
    SAN FRANCISCO — While authorities are trying to keep track of a San Francisco woman who was breeding rats in her room at a residential hotel and releasing them in public parks, they say their hands are tied as far as trying to stop her. She's been nicknamed "Rat Girl" by the people who've followed her behavior over the years. But officials told KTVU the situation is no laughing matter because her affection for rats could endanger her health and the health of the San Francisco public...
  • House Dem predicts losses over O-Care ("it's going to hit the fan")

    04/18/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/14 | Elise Viebeck
    A House Democrat who voted against ObamaCare said the law is likely to sweep Republicans into office in November. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) had dire predictions for his party during a radio interview on Thursday. "We will lose seats in the House," Lynch told Boston Herald Radio. "I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from more experienced poll sets down there." He continued, "And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility ... primarily because of healthcare." The comments pit Lynch against party chiefs like Rep. Nancy Pelosi...
  • BREAKING: NJ Chris Christie Changing Party Affiliation to Democrat

    04/13/2014 5:45:09 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 52 replies
    Stunning a crowded convention, NJ Chris Christie announced to a group of supporters with former President Clinton that he would seek reelection in 2014 as a democrat. The move comes after months of odd behavior from the former NJ republican. Tensions have been mounting between the NJ Governor and the GOP. At this year’s CPAC Convention, which hosts some of the greatest names in the conservative party Christie was denied entrance. Christie struck a sour note with conservatives for palling up with Obama during Hurricane Sandy. The bill to send money to victims was full of pork and republicans wanted...
  • Obama On The Red Line And On The Rat Line

    04/13/2014 5:22:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/13/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by David Stockman's Contra Corner Seymour Hersh’s Blockbuster: Obama On The Red Line And On The Rat Line Read Seymour Hersh’s devastating account of Obama’s Red Lines and Rat Lines and weep for the Republic. It is no more. For the first time in a half-century American voters actually elected the “peace candidate” in 2008 and sent Obama to the White House to end the interventionist foreign policy that had lead to disaster in Iraq, and, implicitly, to wind down the vast war machine that had been left over from the Cold War. The latter had been converted by...
  • Al Sharpton Gets Testy With Lesley Stahl When Asked About FBI Role In 2011

    — President Barack Obama is coming to New York City Friday to address the Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network. The visit comes days after revelations surfaced that Sharpton worked with the FBI. The topic also came up in a 2011 ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl weeks before the debut of “Politics Nation.” “I was never told I was an informant with a number,” Sharpton said Tuesday. “In my own mind, I was not an informant. I was cooperating with an investigation.
  • Al Sharpton: What “Community Organizing” Really Involves

    04/12/2014 10:08:41 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 10 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Marilyn Assenheim
    Ever wonder why a dirt-bag like The Reverend Al Sharpton has not yet felt the weight of the long arm of the law? On Monday it became less of a mystery. It isn’t much of a stretch to believe that Sharpton is a liar and race pimp of the worst kind. He does little that does not benefit him directly. Now the good “Reverend” has fresh bullet points to add to his CV; shakedown artist and rabble-rouser extraordinaire, it turns out that Sharpton was also tightly bound to the mob and subsequently agreed to be “flipped” by the FBI to...
  • Sharpton was ‘eager to sell coke’ in the ’80s: pal [yet more skeletons in Al's closet]

    04/12/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2014 | Frank Rosario
    ....At the third meeting with Quintana, Sharpton made sure to go alone — wearing a cowboy hat and chomping on an unlit cigar, which was made famous in footage from the FBI surveillance leaked in 2002.... And once he was caught, he had no choice but to wear a wire to save his ample hide from prison. “Sharpton said they could do whatever they wanted with him after that,” Curington said. “Because they had him. Either he worked for them or they put that news out there that he was into coke.”.... Curington said the activist put on a good...
  • Sharpton turned mob rat to dodge drug sting: report

    04/10/2014 6:53:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/9/14 | Kevin Fasick, Bruce Golding and Geoff Earle
    The Rev. Al Sharpton may claim he wore a wire for the feds because he had been threatened by the mob — but a new report says he turned rat to save himself after a federal drug sting. The FBI “flipped” the bombastic reverend after agents confronted him with a surveillance video showing him discussing cocaine with an ­undercover agent, The Smoking Gun Web site said Wednesday. During that March 1983 conversation, Sharpton wore a cowboy-like hat that was garish by even the rabble-rousing preacher’s 1980s standards. He later showed up at a Manhattan apartment for another meeting that June...
  • At (snitch) Sharpton Convention, Fans Dismiss ‘Rat’ Charges

    04/10/2014 1:51:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Observer ^ | 4/09/14 | Darren Sands
    The National Action Network’s annual National Convention kicked off this morning at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on the heels of a report by The Smoking Gun on Rev. Al Sharpton’s alleged role as an FBI informant. The New York Post and Daily News both responded with front page headlines yesterday that called Mr. Sharpton, the president and founder of the civil rights organization, a “snitch” and a “rat.” For some of the attending civil rights activists, many of whom had traveled from across the country for the week-long convention, the treatment was another reminder of the uphill...
  • Ex NYPD Cop: We Used to Call Sharpton ‘The Fat Rat’

    04/09/2014 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    free beacon ^ | 4/9/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former NYPD detective Bo Dietl told Sean Hannity Al Sharpton’s contention that he did not know he was an FBI informant in the 1980s is “a lot of baloney.” Sharpton fiercely maintained in a press conference earlier today that he was not a “rat” following revelations Sharpton attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover FBI agent. Dietl, speaking Tuesday evening on Fox News, revealed the NYPD had a special nickname for Sharpton after the current MSNBC host became an informant: BO DIETL: There was a lot of involvement with the music industry at that time that Al was involved in....
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Pelosi says she's not done yet

    02/27/2014 4:53:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants everyone to know she's not done yet. After a recent wave of retiring veteran Democrats, the former House speaker assertively said Thursday that's no indication she would soon follow in their footsteps. "When it is [time], you'll know," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "They go at their pace, [and] I go at mine. We'll miss them — they're fabulous — but, again, it stirs the pot, and lots of people are very excited about the prospect of what comes next for them," said the Democratic leader. "It's a constantly reinvigorated body; that's...
  • Crist: GOP Career Ended When I Hugged ‘Not Just a Democrat, [But] an African American’

    02/18/2014 7:39:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 17, 2014 - 3:21 PM | Barbara Boland
    Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida (now running for the position as a Democrat), was asked on “The Colbert Report” about his 2009 hug with President Barack Obama and Crist said the blowback he received for the hug was due to Obama being “not just a Democrat, [but] an African-American.” Crist appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” to discuss his book, “The Party’s Over.” As the summary on Comedy Central states, Crist was there to explain “how the rise of the Tea Party drove him to become a Democrat.” …
  • 'Ghost Ship' Lyubov Orlova - Abandoned Cruise Ship Filled w/ Cannibal Rats Headed for British Shore

    01/23/2014 7:11:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 23, 2014, | Stephen Rex Brown
    Abandoned cruise ship filled with cannibal rats headed for British shore The Lyubov Orlova has been detected off the coast of Scotland. Its only passengers are demented, disease-ridden rats feeding off each other. An abandoned cruise liner teeming with inbred cannibal rats is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean and possibly about to run aground on Britain’s coastline, according to a new report. The Lyubov Orlova has been drifting east from Canadian waters since last year. Newly detected beacons off the dilapidated vessel’s rescue boats indicate it is was recently off the west coast of Scotland, raising concerns it could run...
  • Dem whip Hoyer: Keep pot illegal

    01/12/2014 10:49:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 143 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Mike Lillis
    Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) this week said he's opposed to laws legalizing marijuana. While Maryland legislators are expected to take up several proposals to legalize the drug this year, the Democratic minority whip said he's concerned it’s a gateway to harsher narcotics. "I'm not a proponent of the legalization of marijuana," Hoyer said Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program, which will air Sunday. The position puts Hoyer on the same page as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), but at odds with a recent shift in public opinion. O'Malley said earlier in the week that he's "not much...
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D, New Hampshire) trying to find a poll-tested excuse for Obamacare.

    01/08/2014 3:18:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/7/2014 | Moe Lane
    This… does not sound like Senator Jeanne Shaheen is unconcerned about her re-election prospects in New Hampshire. Maureen Mooney told the Granite Status the Affordable Care Act was “by far the dominant issue” in what she said was a 19-minute the survey. Mooney said she was asked to assess on a scale of zero to 100 not only Shaheen, but also Brown, Rubens, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan. She said she was asked twice to assess Shaheen and Brown, and was asked to assess Shaheen after being told that the senator supported the Affordable Care Act “because of...
  • (Exempt RAT Mary) Landrieu Releases ‘Keeping the Promise’ campaign ad

    12/12/2013 6:14:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/12/13
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senator Mary Landrieu released a new ad, "Keeping the Promise," pointing out her efforts to fix the affordable care act. The $250,000 campaign will air in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe markets. **SNIP** "Yep she is being targeted by the national republican party as one of the democrats who is most up, her seat is most up for grabs so she's trying to defend her turf this far out ahead of the election," says Young.
  • (RAT) Kuster Declines Benghazi Talk at Constituents’ Forum on Middle East (Video)

    12/09/2013 5:10:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/09/13 | Cameron Easley
    **SNIP** When asked to provide her position on H Res 36, a resolution to authorize a select committee to investigate the attack, Kuster said, “I don’t think we have anything about that in the House.” “Yes you do,” the constituent replied, and continued, “Why isn’t Benghazi at the top of your issue?” Kuster answered, “Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it. We’re here to talk about the Middle East.”
  • Americans: Failures of Obamacare Are All Your Fault (Kay Hagan RAT-period NC out of her depth)

    12/04/2013 4:08:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 12/03/13 | Rick Henderson
    **SNIP** For her part, Hagan has offered a prominent megaphone for this ludicrous stance. For weeks now, the Greensboro Democrat and various staff members have tried to distance themselves from the real-world consequences of Obamacare. In November, she started blaming insurance companies for continuing to provide “noncompliant” coverage to their customers. (Hagan is up for re-election in 2014, if you didn’t know.) Hagan hosted a Nov. 12 conference call with reporters to answer questions about Obamacare’s disastrous rollout. The event went so badly even liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote a recap that made Hagan seem out of her...
  • Sen. Landrieu defends Affordable Care Act (Has exempt Mary signed up yet?)

    11/30/2013 5:31:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    KSLA ^ | 11/30/13
    **SNIP** Landrieu made the comments today at the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation 29th Annual Bayou Classic Scholarship Jazz Brunch in New Orleans. Landrieu delivered the keynote address at the event and said providing quality healthcare to everyone can be done. She says the Affordable Care Act is the answer. **SNIP** Landrieu added, "So despite the fact there are some leaders in our state that say no and pull out the rug -- we are going to say yes and we're going to lay down a foundation. We're going to keep fighting to do...
  • Norton (RAT period-DC) Details Why Busting the Filibuster Was Essential

    11/29/2013 5:15:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politic365 ^ | 11/27/13
    **SNIP** “Filibustering a sitting member of Congress for the first time in 150 years is an insult to a colleague and, in the case of Representative Mel Watt, is a hit in the gut to the African American community. Once a president is elected, he is entitled to his choice of executives to implement the policies he had promised to carry out if elected. Representative Watt, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate of Yale Law School, had deep professional experience in housing as a practicing attorney before coming to...
  • FBI Investigating Democrat Philadelphia Congressman

    10/11/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by ricmc2175 · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Business Journal ^ | 10/11/2013 | Jared Shelly
    The FBI has been conducting a long-running investigation of Chaka Fattah and his finances. That's what his lawyer told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Just days ago, the FBI subpoenaed for his property tax records asking "for copies of checks used over the last five years to pay taxes on property the Democratic congressman and his wife, NBC10 news
  • What’s wrong with President Obama?

    09/18/2013 5:48:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 102 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/18/13 | JOHN F. HARRIS, TODD S. PURDUM
    President Barack Obama says that he is less concerned with scoring “style points” for his improvisational handling of the Syria crisis than in “getting the policy right.” This dismissive defense comes at the precise moment that Washington is awash in brutal critiques of the Obama leadership style. The president’s harried, serial about-faces on Syria — coupled with the collapse of Larry Summers's candidacy for chairmanship of the Federal Reserve — have combined to highlight some enduring limitations of Obama’s approach to decision-making, public persuasion and political management. Across the capital, anxious friends and chortling enemies alike are asking: What’s wrong...
  • Chinese super-rat roamed Earth 160 million years ago

    08/20/2013 2:27:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 08-15-2013 | Staff
    A fossil of the oldest known ancestor of modern rats—an agile creature that could climb, burrow and eat just about anything—has been unearthed in China, scientists said Thursday. The newly named species Rugosodon eurasiaticus had flexible ankles for tree-climbing and sharp teeth that could gnaw both animals and plants, according to the journal Science. These adaptations helped the ancient rat-like rodents known as multituberculates become among the longest lived mammals in history, said the study led by Chong-Xi Yuan from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing. Believed to originate 160 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, they...
  • Former (RAT) Senate candidate Alvin Greene arrested (CAPTION fun - AGAIN!)

    08/13/2013 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/13/13 | Lara Seligman
    The unemployed military veteran who won the South Carolina Democratic nomination to run against then-GOP Sen. Jim DeMint in 2010 has been arrested for trespassing in Myrtle Beach. Police said Alvin Greene was arrested Friday for trespassing at an apartment complex. He was found wandering around looking “disoriented,” according to reports, and paramedics were called to the scene. Greene remained in jail as of Monday. In a stunning upset, Greene edged out former state lawmaker Vic Rawl in the Democratic primary despite spending no money on his own campaign. He lost the general election to DeMint by a large margin....
  • NC protesters risk arrest to highlight concerns about GOP (Leftist RATS have a cow)

    05/11/2013 6:19:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    News Observer ^ | 5/10/13 | Anne Blythe
    RALEIGH — The historians, doctors, preachers, lawyers, raging grannies, students and others gathered around the second-floor fountain inside the Legislative Building and belted out “This Little Light of Mine” and other songs. They were diverse in age and backgrounds but united in voice as part of a protest movement gaining numbers in recent weeks. In the four months since North Carolina Republicans took control of both General Assembly chambers and the governor’s mansion, the lawmakers have proposed rapid and sweeping change to the state’s electoral processes, health care policies, welfare management and publicly-funded education systems. The Republicans, some who emerged...
  • Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers

    03/03/2013 2:47:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi:
    Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of "genetically mutated" giant rats. Iran has sent in sniper teams to clear Tehran's streets from the massive rodents weighting up to five kilos plaguing 26 district of the Iranian capital, the city's environmental agency said. "They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them," Ismail Kahram, Teheran city council environment adviser and university professor Ismail Kahram told Qudsonline.ir. "They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that...
  • APNewsBreak: EPA Moves to Ban Some Rodent Poisons

    01/30/2013 1:17:21 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    ap ^ | January 30, 2013
    The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand ... The company will have at least 30 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If no hearing is requested, the ban will take effect.
  • Iowa Lawmaker: Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons, Then 'Start Taking Them' From Gun Owners if Needed

    01/08/2013 9:43:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/8/13 | Erica Ritz
    A Democratic legislator in Iowa is startling citizens with his most recent proposal: ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons, and confiscate them from existing gun owners if need be. Here is an excerpt from Iowa’s Daily Times Herald, which conducted the interview with State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer: In an interview, a fiery Muhlbauer said it is time to act with “radical changes” on gun laws and other issues to protect schoolchildren from shooting sprees like the one last week in Newtown, Conn. “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the...
  • Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's (11-time RAT felon-La) pension should continue

    12/15/2012 3:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/12/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's pension should continueBy Bruce Alpert updated December 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM WASHINGTON - A new report by the Congressional Research Service reiterates previous legal findings -- that Congress can't deny pension benefits to former members for criminal conduct covered by a 2007 law if the illegal acts occurred before the law's enactment. That means former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, now serving a record 13-year prison sentence, will continue to collect his pension -- estimated at $40,000-$50,000 a year. Until 2007, only crimes relating to espionage, treason or several other national security violations could...
  • The New Livestock: Rodents of Unusual Size

    11/22/2012 4:00:04 AM PST · by Cronos · 46 replies
    Heifer.org ^ | 2012 | Jane Hahn
    As Heifer Ghana got its start in 1999, staff swiftly tackled the challenge of affordably domesticating grasscutters, a wild rodent prized in West Africa for its sweet and lean meat. Since then, Heifer developed an accessible and hugely successful method to raise the rodents to improve nutrition and income among its project participants. Today, demand in West Africa and beyond drives exponential growth in the production and sale of the animals.ANANG CHARLES, Ghana—She was clearly nervous. Strange people were milling about in front of her house asking questions about her. When she saw the camera, she froze. Her mouth full,...
  • Feds ‘going down every rat hole’ in Jesse Jackson Jr. probe: source (JJJ out with 'other women')

    11/18/2012 4:50:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 11/15/12 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Feds ‘going down every rat hole’ in Jesse Jackson Jr. probe: sourceBY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter November 15, 2012 8:24PM **SNIP** Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported last week that Jackson is in the midst of plea discussions. “No one has pled guilty, but plea discussions are ongoing,” a source told Sneed. Meanwhile, investigators are also examining what role the congressman’s wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), played in the finances, but the source described the inquiry into her so far as a “normal” part of investigating a main target. **SNIP** Jackson was temporarily back in Washington last month when he was...
  • Jeffco ‘Democrat Of The Year’ Convicted Of Felony Theft

    10/26/2012 7:23:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    The woman named “Democrat of The Year” this year by the Jefferson County Democratic Party has been convicted of felony theft by a Jefferson County jury for stealing from a developmentally disabled 71-year-old woman. -excerpt- Nearly as bothersome as the theft itself to Maxwell and other supporters of the victim, is the fact the Jefferson County Democratic Party was made aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and honored Carson anyway.
  • Stark raving again? East Bay Rep. slamming developers in campaign mailer—while soliciting their $$$

    10/18/2012 1:14:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 10/18/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    East Bay Rep. Pete Stark has launched a nasty mail piece accusing his challenger, Eric Swalwell, of allegedly accepting “pay to play” donations from area developers. But the attack comes just weeks after Stark called a major development association, begging for the maximum donation for his 2012 re-election campaign — while bragging he used to be a developer himself. And we have the voice mail tape. Now locked in the toughest race of his career, Stark, 81, a 20-term Democrat, won’t debate Swalwell, 31 — a fellow Democrat, Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin City Councilman who seeks to represent the...
  • VANITY - Governor O'Malley is a disgusting lying pig.

    10/07/2012 3:25:14 PM PDT · by Heff · 31 replies
    Was anyone watching Chris Wallace on Fox? Is it me, or is Governor O'Malley really that much of lying disgusting vile DemocRAT pig? This guy refused to concede the point that Obama added more to the National Debt in any four term than any other President. O"malley is smug jackass.
  • Former Calif. assemblyman charged with bank fraud

    09/17/2012 10:20:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 9/17/12
    LOS ANGELES -- A former state assemblyman was arrested Monday on charges he committed bank fraud while working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, marking the 39th arrest of a department employee in nine months, authorities said.
  • Villaraigosa seizes moment in spotlight

    09/04/2012 9:17:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/4/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stood confidently in the midst of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, a Democratic "spy" who relished his role aggressively defending President Obama. Villaraigosa mocked the GOP's outreach to Latino voters, likening it to a lousy cook who can only "burn the enchiladas." Now it's Villaraigosa's turn in the kitchen. He chairs the Democratic National Convention that opens Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., and he welcomes both the opportunity to burnish Obama's standing and the chance to discredit the Republican challengers. "You can't say one, and do something else," he said of the...
  • Villaraigosa's star on the rise as he chairs Democratic National Convention

    09/02/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/2/12 | David Siders
    When Antonio Villaraigosa said this summer that he would like someday to be governor of California, he acknowledged an ambition that appeared until recently to have slipped beyond his reach. The mayor of Los Angeles, beleaguered by the weak economy, an extramarital affair and a series of shortcomings at City Hall, was re-elected by an underwhelming margin in 2009. Los Angeles magazine put a photograph of him on its cover behind the headline, "Failure: So much promise, so much disappointment," and Villaraigosa sat out the gubernatorial race the following year. In recent months, however, the former Assembly speaker has regained...
  • Rep. Pete Stark's 'second litter' subsidy

    08/23/2012 11:44:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Rep. Pete Stark, 80, has seven children; three are minors, the product of his third marriage. He once told the Los Angeles Times that he calls the three youngest his "second litter." Lucky Stark. Thanks to a dated Social Security system, he enjoys a "second-litter" subsidy. As Carolyn Lochhead wrote in The Chronicle, Stark has reported a net worth as high as $27 million, and he earns $174,000 as a member of Congress. Nonetheless, Stark's three minor children are collecting benefits from Social Security. The Social Security Administration estimates that 4.4 million kids, mostly children of deceased or disabled parents,...
  • Pete Stark defends Social Security payments to his kids, delinquent dues

    08/17/2012 5:38:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 8/17/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The campaign of Rep. Pete Stark, the East Bay Democrat in a contested re-election race against fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell of Dublin, confirmed to the Chronicle that Stark’s children do receive Social Security benefits as allowed under the law, and that he has stopped paying his dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Stark campaign consultant Michael Terris wrote in an email that Stark “fought his entire career to protect Social Security from those who would dismantle it. Congressman Stark has been paying into the system for many years. And yes, like all Americans, he and his family intend to...
  • Pete Stark's burned bridges have cost him

    08/17/2012 10:22:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/17/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Rep. Pete Stark has coasted to election in his East Bay district ever since Richard Nixon beat George McGovern, the U.S. bombed Hanoi and France performed its last official execution by guillotine. Along the way, Stark became California's longest-serving House member and a liberal totem in the Bay Area delegation. He left a big footprint on Medicare, the health care program for the elderly. He earned a reputation as a policymaker ahead of his time on universal health care, the Iraq War and carbon taxes. He aided thousands of constituents in dealing with federal agencies and brought billions of dollars...
  • Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and Why to Eat Rat Meat

    08/05/2012 3:38:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 5, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and Why to Eat Rat Meat Rat is a readily available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, and earlier editions of The Joy of Cooking contained instructions on the proper butchering of squirrels. But rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd never tried it before? Laura Ginn did just that recently, breaking her lengthy vegetarianism to how to butcher and prepare rodent meat. Ginn is an artist whose work largely incorporates survival skills such as skinning...
  • [IL Governor] Quinn (D) Pushes for Assault Weapon Ban

    07/31/2012 4:27:08 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12:26 p.m. CDT, July 31, 2012 | By Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is renewing a push in Illinois to ban assault weapons in the wake of the killings at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded. The Democratic governor also revealed plans today to propose a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. He said in a letter to all state lawmakers that he supports the U.S. Constitution's 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but the "proliferation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines undermines public safety and the right of personal security of every citizen." The proposal comes in the form...
  • Corzine is having no fun in the shun (Hamptons pariah RAT perp may avoid criminal charges)

    07/07/2012 6:26:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/05/12 | SELIM ALGAR, LEONARD GREENE
    Corzine is having no fun in the shunShamed pol a Hamptons pariah By SELIM ALGAR and LEONARD GREENE Last Updated: 5:56 AM, July 5, 2012 How the mighty have fallen. It seems like only yesterday that Jon Corzine was the life of the party, holding court on the Hamptons political circuit, raising money for Barack Obama. Now, Corzine — just months removed from a humiliating financial scandal — is persona non grata in the tony playground of the rich, and it’s clearly taking its toll, insiders said. “He’s certainly not getting the invitations that he would have gotten before,” a...
  • Nancy Pelosi skilled in art of political warfare

    06/03/2012 5:55:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    After 25 years in Washington, nearly half of it as the highest-ranking woman in American politics, Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi has learned the art of when to attack and when to pull back. The Democratic House minority leader, in an interview in her hometown last week, was asked about former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's recent comment that President Obama has "lost his mojo" on the campaign trail and shows "no life, no personality and no real enthusiasm." Her answer was typically diplomatic. "I don't agree," she said. "I love Willie, but maybe he hasn't been to any of the public...
  • Field set to replace Nadia Lockyer

    05/17/2012 7:23:38 PM PDT · by SmithL
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/17/12 | Matthew Artz and Angela Woodall
    OAKLAND -- Eight candidates are vying to replace disgraced ex-Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer including three veteran city politicians and Lockyer's predecessor Gail Steele. The major names in addition to Steele are Union City Mayor Mark Green, who also is running for State Assembly; former Union City Councilman Richard Valle, who also is running to be that city's mayor; and Newark Councilwoman Ana Apodaca, who lost a mayoral bid last year. County supervisors next month are scheduled to appoint Lockyer's successor, who will serve through the November general election, when voters in Hayward, Union City, Newark, Sunol and north Fremont...
  • Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity

    05/16/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...
  • Rep. Pete Stark faces threat to long career

    05/05/2012 9:00:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    It was a revealing moment for California Rep. Pete Stark, the irascible East Bay liberal who has forged a reputation as a firebrand during four decades in Congress. The 80-year-old Democrat, in a meeting with Chronicle editors and reporters this week, appeared to be confused about Solyndra, the Fremont solar power company whose collapse has fueled Republican criticism of the Obama administration's energy policies this election year. "I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said, after being asked about the company....
  • As primary election nears, Rep. Pete Stark apologizes for recent gaffes

    05/04/2012 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/4/12 | Josh Richman
    By many accounts, Rep. Pete Stark's re-election campaign should've been a cakewalk. But with less than five weeks to go before the primary election, his recent gaffes have left some wondering whether he's got a real race on his hands. The 80-year-old Stark, D-Fremont, has a long-standing reputation for (ahem) direct language. In 2003, he called a GOP congressman "a fruitcake." Three years ago, when a constituent asked him not to "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining," Stark replied that he wouldn't waste the urine. But those and other incidents tended either to be rhetorical ripostes or...