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  • Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnover (RATS dropping like flies - Hussein coattails?)

    02/09/2012 4:33:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/09/12 | Jim Morrill
    Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnoverU.S. Rep. Watt said he's also considering whether to retire By Jim Morrill Modified: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 One governor. Three members of Congress. Thirty state lawmakers. And counting. That's how many North Carolina elected officials have announced they're not running for re-election. Before candidate filing ends Feb. 29, there are certain to be more in what's shaping up to be a year of historic change. Democratic Rep. Mel Watt said Wednesday that he's considering retiring after 20 years in the 12th District - a day after Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick said she won't...
  • Women in California Legislature not ready to reconnect with Komen

    02/08/2012 8:16:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 2/8/12 | Torey Van Oot
    The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's efforts to defuse the controversy over its funding dispute with Planned Parenthood hasn't done much to improve its standing with the California Legislative Women's Caucus.Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, said this week that the caucus has no plans to restore its partnership with the breast cancer charity. The Komen incident left lingering questions about "whether their highest priority is women's health care," Evans said in an interview. "Basically, the fundamental problem is this incident politicized women's health care. And I don't believe that should be a political football," she said.Evans had announced...
  • Perdue is disingenuous to the end (Completely corrupt Democratic still hosts RAT convention)

    02/04/2012 12:10:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yes Weekly ^ | 2/01/12 | Jim Longworth
    Perdue is disingenuous to the endBy Jim Longworth Wednesday, February 1, 2012 **SNIP** It’s so like Bev to blame others for her failures and divert our attention away from her mistakes. Throughout her career in politics, Perdue has been the schoolyard bully used to getting her own way. As a state senator she wielded power over many agencies including the highway patrol. That power came in handy in July 1995 when she was involved in an alleged drunk-driving car crash. Instead of calling 911, she called a “friend” in the HP (believed to be trooper Randy Glover who, afterward received...
  • California Democrats distort their majority-vote budget power

    02/03/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/3/12 | Dan Walters
    Many years of partisan wrangling over the state budget reached a climax in 2010 when public employee unions and Democratic politicians persuaded voters to pass Proposition 25, eliminating the two-thirds vote for budgets. It gave the Legislature's majority Democrats the power to pass budgets without having to garner Republican votes. But that's not all it did. Worried that voters might see it as a political power play, the measure's sponsors added a political sugarplum, one declaring that if legislators didn't pass a budget by June 15, the constitutional deadline, their salaries would be cut off. ...The Legislature is now suing...
  • Challenge campaign of insults, slurs vs. Obama (JESSE JAGMO IS NOT HAPPY)

    01/31/2012 7:03:32 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/31/12 | Jesse Jackson jjackson@rainbowpush.org
    Republican Gov. Jan Brewer insults the president with a finger-wagging tarmac rant in Arizona. As a result, sales of her book soar. American presidents have always been fair game for public criticism. But isn’t it past time that we challenge the campaign of insult, racial slur and utter disrespect that has been unleashed on Barack Obama? Consider just the Republican presidential contenders. The campaign started with Donald Trump’s ugly nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate, suggesting that he was un-American. Newt Gingrich devoted a book, To Save America, to denouncing Obama’s “secular socialist machine that represents as great a threat to...
  • Court upholds conviction of student in Palin e-mail hack

    01/31/2012 12:16:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    A federal appeals court has rejected a former University of Tennessee college student's appeal against being convicted for hacking former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 campaign. Lawyers for the ex-student, David Kernell, said the felony obstruction of justice statute he was convicted under was so vague as to be unconstitutional. In particular, they argued, Kernell had no obvious notice that a federal investigation was underway before he deleted files from his computer and defragmented his hard disk. However, according to Politico, in an opinion Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of...
  • California politicans use power to fix the ballot game

    01/30/2012 3:08:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/30/12 | Dan Walters
    When a political party achieves dominance of any government, one expects that it would use its hegemony to enact its public policy agenda. That's the way democracy is supposed to work. Using dominance to change the political system with the aim of perpetuating control is another matter. It fixes the game and undermines democracy. The most obvious example is redrawing legislative and congressional districts to ensure that particular parties or politicians will win subsequent elections, a practice called gerry- mandering that was common in California until voters created an independent redistricting commission. Gerrymandering, however, is not the only way dominant...
  • California Legislature once again earns scorn

    01/27/2012 12:00:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/27/12 | Dan Walters
    Last Tuesday, the Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll that found, among other things, just 17 percent of the state's voters like the Legislature's performance. Simultaneously, the Legislature's top leaders provided another reason for Californians to harbor such scorn. Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced that they would spend untold amounts of taxpayers' money on high-priced lawyers to sue state Controller John Chiang over his decision to withhold legislators' paychecks last year after they failed to enact a balanced budget. Chiang was merely enforcing a new provision of the state constitution...
  • California Supreme Court denies challenge of Senate maps

    01/27/2012 11:55:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/27/12 | Jim Sanders
    The California Supreme Court ruled today that state Senate maps drawn by a citizens commission will be used in this year's elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them. The issue came before the High Court after a Republican-backed group, Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, filed more than 711,000 signatures with county elections offices in a referendum to overturn Senate maps drawn by a 14-member citizens commission. Californians will decide the fate of the newly drawn Senate districts in November if 504,760 of the signatures are from valid voters. Legislative candidates must file and run their campaigns before then, however,...
  • Helen Thomas: "Changing the State of Our Union" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/26/2012 3:28:17 PM PST · by seanmerc · 22 replies
    FCNP.com ^ | 26 Jan 2012 | Helen "More Responsive" Thomas
    President Barack Obama painted the state of the union as strong and safe in his third address to the nation, but glossed over solutions to some of the nation's biggest problems. The President, running for reelection, touched base on all major issues including the economy, energy, regulation, immigration and education. He exuded confidence and laid out many points he is expected to hit on the campaign trail. Although Obama has failed in the past at every attempt to work with the Republicans in the Congress, he still attempted to reach out to the opposition. Most Republicans and Democrats could agree...
  • Rats and Occupy Protesters - What do these Things Have in Common

    01/23/2012 3:13:15 PM PST · by Dogrobber · 5 replies
    vanity | 1-23-12 | Self
    Has anyone noticed that rats and Occupy Protestors have some sort of linkage? I mean a spiritual bridge or karmic connection. Really. I didn't see it until I was exposed to some of the news stories; you know the ones I mean. “Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. Camps” Washington Post 1-9-12. This link seems to have influenced DC so much that rats must now be relocated rather than killed; almost as if they were actual Occupy Protesters. Anyway that caused me to muse to my self – what are the similarities and differences between Rats and Occupy Protesters...
  • In the same boat, paddling all ways (STEINBERG ALERT)

    01/23/2012 10:42:42 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 23, 2012 2:10AM | NEIL STEINBERG nsteinberg@suntimes.com
    ‘The Western world no longer aspires, as did the Western Europe of Dante’s day, to be a place of a single faith,” A.N. Wilson writes confidently in his recent book, Dante in Love. Really? It doesn’t? Has Western society given up that dream? Because many in the United States’ particular corner of civilization seem not to have gotten the memo. Maybe it’s the scientist in me, but I’m always looking for what Einstein called the “Theory of Everything” — one formula that explains the world, and clinging to the hope that society will someday be populated entirely by your co-religionists...
  • Maryland delegate moves to ban rat trafficking, 'protect our borders'

    01/20/2012 11:21:38 PM PST · by Huntress · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/20/2012 | Alan Binder
    A Republican delegate in Maryland plans to introduce legislation to protect Maryland's borders not from undocumented workers, but from rodents. Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore, will at an afternoon news conference roll out his Rat Trafficking Act, which would bar the D.C. government “and any other entity from trafficking rats and other vermin into Maryland.” McDonough’s move will come after a flurry of attacks against the District's Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, which mandates that animal control companies use humane methods when handling animals. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli set off the firestorm when he publicly worried that the law would...
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rat 'Families' to Virginia

    01/17/2012 9:07:13 PM PST · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | By Christopher Goins
    (CNSNews.com) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 -- is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these...
  • In Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin Dems tout 1 million recall signatures

    01/17/2012 12:39:03 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    In Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin Dems tout 1 million recall signatures By: MJ Lee January 17, 2012 02:38 PM EST Organizers behind the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collected 1 million signatures to be submitted to the state’s Government Accountability Board on Tuesday, dwarfing the required number of names and virtually ensuring that a recall election will take place later this year. A total of 540,208 valid signatures, or 25 percent of all of the votes cast in the election that put Walker in office last January, were needed to force a recall election, but organizers had aimed for...
  • Elections officials to ask judge to schedule all recalls on the same day

    01/17/2012 10:42:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-16-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - As Democrats plan to submit more than a million signatures Tuesday to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans, state election officials are preparing to go to court this week to try to ensure any elections are scheduled on the same day. Keeping recall elections for Walker and the others on the same day would save money and lessen logistical problems for local clerks. But Democrats behind the efforts argue that if one recall election is delayed it should not hold up others. State law gives the Government Accountability Board 31 days after receiving petitions to determine...
  • DC Law Forces Exterminators to Relocate Rats

    01/16/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies · 1+ views
    <p>Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel.</p>
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rehabilitated Rat Families To Virginia

    01/13/2012 7:23:11 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1-13-12 | Christopher Goins
    CNSNews.com) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) --is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably...
  • City: Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps

    01/09/2012 2:25:31 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2012 | Annie Gowen
    The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has “exploded”since protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the District’s Department of Health. Akhter said in an interview Monday that city health inspectors have seen rats running openly through both camps and spotted numerous new burrows and nests underneath hay-stuffed pallets occupiers are using for beds. Both campsites had working kitchens for weeks until last week, but protesters at McPherson Square voluntarily closed down theirs after health inspectors pointed out unsanitary conditions during an informal monitoring visit....
  • Fines pending for Indiana House Dems in labor battle (RATS bracing for major financial pain)

    01/06/2012 9:04:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/06/12 | TOM LoBIANCO
    Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battleBy TOM LoBIANCO | AP – 13 hrs ago INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House Democrats are bracing for major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation. Fines of $1,000 daily for each Democrat could hit Friday, depending on what Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma decides to do with lawmakers who deny him the numbers needed to push through the Republican priority. But Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, said that if she can stand...
  • Sheriff Joe Targeted For Ouster. - Faces 'resign now' campaign as prepares Obama eligibility report

    01/04/2012 12:36:07 PM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    WND ^ | January 4, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Just as famed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to release results of his investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility for Arizona’s 2012 ballot, a top-gun activist who led a successful campaign to recall a key Arpaio ally is now targeting the sheriff himself.In the coming weeks, it will be decided whether transplanted radical attorney-activist and “community organizer” Randy Parraz can force Arpaio to resign before the sheriff’s Cold Case Posse has a chance to deliver a report in February.Parraz, who has made his career applying Saul Alinsky-style community organizer tactics for radical leftist movements in the U.S. and Canada,...
  • More retiring (Democratics) from Congress on the horizon (it "gets old")

    12/30/2011 4:49:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/30/11 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    More retiring from Congress on the horizonBy ALEX ISENSTADT Updated: 12/30/11 7:16 PM EST The holidays are drawing to a close, and for the political world a new season is dawning: retirement season. The new year marks the unofficial starting gun of the campaign season and traditionally produces a flurry of announcements from members of Congress that they will not seek reelection in the fall — and officials from both parties predict this year will be no different. It’s already begun. Two days after Christmas, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced that he will forgo a third term rather than embark...
  • Shocker! Dirty politics played role in redistricting maps

    12/29/2011 8:19:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/29/11 | Editor
    A recent exposé that shows how Democratic Party operatives manipulated the California Citizens Redistricting Commission must have the politicians and their henchmen chortling in Sacramento and in Washington. The report by ProPublica, a non-profit New York-based news operation, proves conclusively that one of the two major parties used less-than-honest means to influence a public hearing process that determined how congressional district lines were drawn in California. What a shock! The key nugget on which the ProPublica story relies is a clutch of emails obtained from a congressional aide who convened a meeting in Washington last spring to discuss how to...
  • Occupy Charlotte movement hanging on (showdown at the RAT National Convention)

    12/27/2011 2:43:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    News & Record ^ | 12/27/11
    Occupy Charlotte movement hanging onTuesday, December 27, 2011 (Updated 5:06 am) By The Charlotte Observer CHARLOTTE -- Despite colder weather and a possible crackdown by city officials in January, Occupy Charlotte protesters are pushing forward -- with meetings, fundraisers and eventually what they say will be a showdown at the Democratic National Convention. Compared to October, when the occupation began, fewer tents dot the old City Hall lawn at 600 E. Trade St. Fewer people attend the daily meetings and fewer show up for protest marches. So far this month, protesters have demonstrated in the city's banking district and at...
  • Inside the Ring - Occupy DC a health hazard, rat numbers growing, Hamas flag flies

    12/23/2011 7:22:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/21/11 | Bill Gertz
    Inside the RingBy Bill Gertz - The Washington Times Wednesday, December 21, 2011 **SNIP** INSIDE OCCUPY D.C. People monitoring the Occupy D.C. movement tell Inside the Ring that the two encampments are fast becoming health hazards. Numerous protesters also recently were sickened with unusual respiratory illnesses. The major emerging problem for the leftists camped out in tents at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza is rats. The rodents appear to be moving into the area by the hundreds, and their numbers are increasing daily. The McPherson camp appears be where more radical leftists are based. An observer familiar with the McPherson...
  • Officials Plead Guilty in New York Voter Fraud Case

    12/21/2011 4:50:53 PM PST · by Doogle · 18 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/21/11 | Eric Shawn
    A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election. The latest guilty pleas expose the ease with which political insiders can apparently manipulate the electoral system and throw an election their way, by the forging of signatures of unsuspecting voters that are then cast as real votes. "The phrase they use is: 'making sure they vote the right way,'" said a source close to the case, which is unfolding in Troy, N.Y. "It is not a Democratic or Republican thing. ......
  • ‘Mickey Mouse’ OK for Walker recall

    12/14/2011 11:16:07 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    'Mickey Mouse' OK for Walker recall By: Tim Mak December 14, 2011 11:32 AM EST Signatures of names like Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler are being considered valid on recall petitions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as long as they are properly dated, a government board indicated Tuesday. Suspicious signatures will be noted, but reviewers on the Government Accountability Board will be looking primarily to see whether the signatures are accompanied by a Wisconsin address and signed during the appropriate time, according to WISN12. “We will flag them, but we will not strike them without challenge,” said board elections specialist...
  • Why Islamists Are Better Democrats

    12/09/2011 5:38:11 AM PST · by Libloather
    Yahoo ^ | 12/09/11 | BOBBY GHOSH
    Why Islamists Are Better DemocratsBy BOBBY GHOSH | Time.com – 3 hrs ago **SNIP** And to argue that voters were hoodwinked by the Islamists is to suggest that the majority of the electorate are gullible fools. This tells you something about the attitude of liberal politicians toward their constituency. And that in turn may hold the key to why they fared so badly. The Islamists, it turns out, understand democracy much better than the liberals do. The Ennahda and the FJP were not just better organized, they also campaigned harder and smarter. Anticipating allegations that they would seek to impose...
  • Helen Thomas: "Why Iraq?" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/05/2011 1:01:58 PM PST · by seanmerc · 34 replies
    FCNP.com ^ | 1 Dec 2011 | Helen "Tangled Web" Thomas
    The U.S. is pulling its troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. Well, not quite.There will still be a large group of soldiers left behind to train Iraqis and to repair the war-damaged sites. Now, will someone from the White House hierarchy, past or present, please tell the American people why we invaded Iraq in March 2003? The truth and nothing but the truth - that will be the day. Why are we still speculating on the reasons we went to war in the first place, other than to hunt down and kill Saddam Hussein, the brutal...
  • Newt fires back at Pelosi: Bring it on!

    12/05/2011 12:16:16 PM PST · by TBBT · 218 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/5/2011 | The Right Scoop
    Newt today said that if Pelosi wants to disclose information about himself from when she was on the ethics committee, that the House should immediately file charges against her as that is a violation of the rules of the House: First of all I’d like to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift. If she’s suggesting she’s gonna use material she developed while she was on the ethics committee, that is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope members would immediately file charges against her the second she does...
  • Democrats should fear a third-party challenge in 2012

    11/29/2011 7:24:09 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | November 29, 2011 | Edward Morrissey
    Independent runs by Ron Paul or Sarah Palin could cripple the GOP — but they're unlikely. A presidential bid by Michael Bloomberg, on the other hand... The first votes have not yet been cast in the Republican primaries, and we're already beginning to hear talk of independent runs for the presidency. In part, that springs from a sense of dissatisfaction — or at least surprise — with the way the primary field has performed this year, and with the candidates who appear to have risen to the top. Few would have guessed that after the surprising Tea Party triumph in...
  • Barney Frank retirement bad news for Nancy Pelosi

    11/28/2011 10:11:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 11/28/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Conventional wisdom in D.C. has it that House minority leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a hard time staying in the leadership if Democrats do not retake the House next year. Veteran lawmaker Barney Frank’s retirement does not bode well for that prospect.
  • Solyndra Case Reveals Gateway Between Administration Loans, Obama Allies (Kennedy bailout?)

    11/16/2011 2:43:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/16/11
    Solyndra Case Reveals Gateway Between Administration Loans, Obama AlliesPublished November 16, 2011 | FoxNews.com As the White House rejects charges that the Obama administration was motivated by politics in its decisions on green energy loans, scrutiny is increasing over the preference given to Democratic donors seeking federal loans. Recent emails suggest that politics did play a role in administration decisions regarding its energy loan guarantee programs. But beyond the timing of political announcements, the Solyndra investigation has churned up questions about the White House's overall strategy of doling out taxpayer money. The rolls of green energy subsidies show that beyond...
  • Helen Thomas: "Nukes & Iran: Who Will Step In?" [WARNING: DISTURBING, GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    11/16/2011 12:41:13 PM PST · by seanmerc · 37 replies
    FCNP.com ^ | 10 Nov 11 | Helen "Nuclear Watchdog" Thomas
    U.S. leaders haven't spoken of disarmament lately. Why not? Iran is on the verge of creating a nuclear weapon. This is bad news for the U.S. and Israel, who have warned Tehran against holding nuclear power. The U.S. needs to step in and mollify at the crucial moment. Israel has been able to sabotage any Iranian progress in developing nuclear prowess, but no one has produced a key to a more peaceful route to reconciliation. So where are the peacemakers? Israel wants the U.S. to step in or even lead the way to block Iran's new nuclear ambitions. Iran, which...
  • Obama gave RFK Jr. $1.4 Billion bailout for solar company.

    11/16/2011 9:22:41 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 49 replies
    Big Govt ^ | 11/16/2011 | Wynton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Mary Hayashi excused from theft court date

    11/15/2011 5:15:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/15/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley was excused from appearing in a San Francisco courtroom Tuesday on charges she stole nearly $2,500 in clothing from Neiman Marcus, and she won't have to show up at her next court date either, a judge said. Hayashi, a Democrat . . .
  • New Boeing Controversy Documents Show NLRB Staff Joking, Attacking US and Congress

    11/13/2011 5:59:29 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 11/11/2011 | Tom Fitton
    Last month, Judicial Watch released documents from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that detailed controversial remarks by NRLB staff related to the agency’s lawsuit against Boeing. The NRLB, you will recall, filed its dubious lawsuit against the Seattle-based company for deciding to open a $750 million non-union assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, to manufacture its Dreamliner plane. » If you like this article, please subscribe to our daily newsletter Well, as controversial and irresponsible as those remarks were, after receiving an additional batch of documents from the NLRB this week, we learned they were just the tip...
  • Dem angst increases over supercommitee's secretive process

    11/09/2011 4:53:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/11 | Mike Lillis
    Dem angst increases over supercommitee's secretive processBy Mike Lillis - 11/09/11 05:00 AM ET A growing number of Democrats are hammering the supercommittee process as both anti-democratic and lacking transparency. Some of the lawmakers are wary that just 12 members would speak on behalf of the entire Congress, while others are critical that, just weeks before the panel’s deadline, the deliberations remain a black box to all but a few insiders. “This whole idea of a supercommittee is kind of a bad idea, Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” this month. “This is not an open, transparent process,”...
  • U.S. can’t stand by while racism ravages Libya (JESSE JAGMO ALERT)

    11/08/2011 10:38:58 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 8, 2011 7:44AM | Jesse Jackson jjackson@rainbowpush.org
    Before leaving the G-20 meetings in Cannes, France, President Obama joined with French President Sarkozy to pay tribute to the two countries’ alliance and celebrate the successful intervention in Libya that ended the rule of Moammar Gadhafi. “Every man and woman in uniform who participated in this effort can know that you have accomplished every objective,” Obama said. “Today, the Libyan people have liberated their country and begun to forge their own future.” Obama, who launched the Libyan mission amid widespread Republican criticism, had good reasons to greet Gadhafi’s overthrow with relief. And all hope that democracy can take root....
  • Gloria Allred Press Conference Live Stream

    11/07/2011 10:55:06 AM PST · by reegs · 928 replies
    For those interested in watching the press conference live.
  • Islamists as Slumlords

    11/04/2011 1:05:02 PM PDT · by BCW · 2 replies
    Islamist Watch ^ | 04 NOV 2011 | David J. Rusin
    As Islamists increasingly look to real estate as a means of planting their flag and forwarding their agenda, it is worth noting the revelations that depict some of America's most prominent Islamist-leaning developers and property managers as agents of urban squalor. An October 23 article in the New York Post reports that the head of the controversial mosque project near Ground Zero "can't take care of a rat-ridden apartment building with just 14 units": Sharif El-Gamal, the main developer behind the mosque, has nearly 400 open violations that he has refused to fix despite a court order. His company owes...
  • US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion (Give or take a few Trillion.)

    10/25/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/24/11 | Reuters
    The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion. The group, which follows state fiscal conditions and advocates for limited spending and taxes, said the deficit calculations that states make "do not offer a full picture of the states' liabilities and...
  • Freepers: Help redefine "OBAMA" for the world

    03/07/2009 7:17:48 AM PST · by ferrgus · 22 replies · 1,551+ views
    Many of you have seen the new bumper stickers from various conservative groups that goes something like this: OBAMA = One Big A$$ Mistake, America! That definition has now been added to UrbanDictionary.com, and with your help, it can be "thumbed-up" to the top-ranking position. Left-wingers succeeded in labeling Bush as a "failure." But we can turn the tables and get America to realize that Obama really is one big mistake! Click here to give this new definition the "thumbs-up." Thanks!
  • Democrats 2012 GOAL: 100,000 Strong Standing with Occupy Wall Street

    10/10/2011 12:51:04 PM PDT · by catnipman · 43 replies
    Official DCCC Web Site ^ | October 2011 | DCCC
    Protestors [sic] are assembling in New York and around the country to let billionaires, big oil and big bankers know that we’re not going to let the richest 1% force draconian economic policies and massive cuts to crucial programs on Main Street Americans. Out-of-touch Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he is “increasingly concerned by the growing mobs.” Mobs? That must be what Republicans refer to as the middle class, or maybe the millions of unemployed Americans across the country. As Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “The message of the American people is that no longer will the recklessness...
  • A tough new Alabama law targets illegal immigrants and sends families fleeing

    10/10/2011 5:39:48 AM PDT · by upchuck · 49 replies
    wapo ^ | October 10, 2011 (?) | Pamela Constable
    Foley, Ala. — Trailer by trailer, yard sale by yard sale, and pew by empty pew, a poor but tightknit immigrant community on Alabama’s breezy Gulf Coast is rapidly disintegrating. This time it is not a tornado or hurricane uprooting families and scattering them to the winds. It is a new state law, largely upheld last week by a federal district judge, that seeks to drive illegal immigrants from the state by curtailing many of their rights, punishing anyone who knowingly employs, houses or assists them, and requiring schools and police to verify immigrants’ legal status. Other states, including Arizona,...
  • Breakthrough: A robot brain implanted in a rodent

    10/03/2011 11:32:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies
    American Friends Tel Aviv University ^ | October 3, 2011 | Unknown
    TAU researcher implants robotic cerebellum to repair motor functionWith new cutting-edge technology aimed at providing amputees with robotic limbs, a Tel Aviv University researcher has successfully implanted a robotic cerebellum into the skull of a rodent with brain damage, restoring its capacity for movement. The cerebellum is responsible for co-ordinating movement, explains Prof. Matti Mintz of TAU's Department of Psychology. When wired to the brain, his "robo-cerebellum" receives, interprets, and transmits sensory information from the brain stem, facilitating communication between the brain and the body.
  • Vote for Cain? He may be the GOP's best bet

    10/02/2011 2:08:03 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 88 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 2, 2011 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page
    I have decided to endorse Herman Cain to be the Republican Party's candidate for president. No, I am not crazy. I hear the pleas of those who challenge me to give "The Herminator" a chance. In these angry times on the right, Cain and the Grand Old Party seem to deserve one another. Besides, it would be exciting to see the Party of Abe Lincoln challenge President Barack Obama with a nominee whose ancestors — unlike Obama's — were freed by President Lincoln. Although I have not regarded Cain's chances with utmost respect ("No way," is my usual description), he's...
  • TOP OBAMA FUNDRAISER OK’ED SOLYNDRA LOAN

    10/02/2011 7:19:14 AM PDT · by UB355 · 33 replies
    Dick Morris.co, ^ | 10/02/2011 | Dick Morris
    Who arranged the Solyndra loan? A top Obama fund raiser named Steven J. Spinner who, according to ABC, worked to “pick and select fantastic projects” for DOE to fund. During the campaign, he was responsible for raising at least half a million dollars for Obama. Now, he told associates that he “helped oversee the more than $100 billion of loan guarantee and direct lending authority” for DOE’s green-energy lending program. And what a coincidence! Spinner’s wife, Allison’s law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati got $2.4 million in legal fees to handle the legal work in connection with the Solyndra...
  • State: Mice Infest School Food Storage

    09/27/2011 2:24:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KRQE ^ | Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    State inspectors say a New Mexico school district's food warehouse is infested with rodent droppings, food hazards and improperly placed rat poison, and district officials refused to discard the food in question. The state Environment Department says officials cited last week five "high risk violations" at the food warehouse of Gallup-McKinley County Schools. State inspector Andrew Wilson wrote in a memo that the warehouse was littered with rodent droppings throughout, contained rat poison in a walk-in refrigerator and had cases of food with ice accumulation on top.
  • Steve Carell is going to be missed on ‘The Office’ (BARF LIBERALALLY ALERT)

    09/26/2011 10:43:06 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 25, 2011 6:10PM | RICHARD ROEPER rroeper@suntimes.com
    Blame it on the concrete Every time we get an ugly incident at a Republican debate, there’s a huge amount of post-game back and forth, with some liberals claiming those few angry individuals in the crowd represent the mindset of the entire Republican party, while some conservatives say liberals are blowing everything out of proportion. Not to mention the folks that tell us we misinterpreted what we witnessed. See, those hecklers in Tampa weren’t booing the gay soldier in uniform — they were booing his question. Big difference. Uh-huh. And when they applauded Rick Santorum’s ridiculous answer, were they cheering...