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  • They have Subtracted 1,000 votes from Obenshain, he is now behind

    I've been following it all day watching is lead grow then in the last hour they SUBTRACTED 1,000 votes! He was overs 1,101,000, now he is under and behind
  • Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought 'Drama, Stress... Panic' to Campaign (Gawd help us)

    Exclusive: Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought 'Drama, Stress... Panic' to Campaign Sen. John McCain's Daughter: Sarah Palin's Rise Was 'Too Fast,' 'Too Easy' Aug. 31, 2010— For the first time since the end of her father's 2008 presidential bid, Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain spoke out about Sarah Palin, writing in a new book that Palin brought "drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty" to the losing campaign. Though she writes that during the campaign she wondered if the loss "was Sarah Palin's fault," McCain told "Good Morning America" today in an exclusive interview that Palin was...
  • GOP says mailout is reckless-Dem ad effort to split write-in voting (Rats want DeLay's seat)

    11/01/2006 8:23:54 AM PST · by weegee · 43 replies · 1,268+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 31, 2006, 11:07PM | By KRISTEN MACK
    The National Democratic Party has spent $50,000 promoting a nominal Republican write-in candidate to succeed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a move the more prominent GOP campaign called a "desperate" effort to split the write-in vote. The mailout on behalf of write-in candidate Don Richardson describes positions potentially appealing to conservatives who, according to a recent Chronicle-11 News poll, make up at least 55 percent of the district's population. "Don Richardson supports President Bush's Patriot Act," the mailer says. "Do you?" It also says he would put troops on the border to stop illegal immigration, allow law enforcement officials...
  • Bell wants Friedman to drop out of race (Kinky: "We don't negotiate with terrorists")

    10/11/2006 8:01:59 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 46 replies · 1,517+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | W. Gardner Selby
    Kinky says he won't step down. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell called on independent Kinky Friedman to drop his 20-month-old bid for governor Tuesday night. Friedman didn't directly answer his opponent but said in a telephone interview: "Hell, no. Why would I do that? "I don't want to step down for anybody when I think America is going to have a big turnout" on Election Day, Friedman said from a hotel in McAllen. "I'm not looking for a way out. We don't negotiate with terrorists." Republican Gov. Rick Perry "better watch this, because we're going to beat him," Friedman said....
  • Court Blocks Arizona Voter ID Law

    10/09/2006 10:23:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 458+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 7 Oct 2006 | John Semmens
    A federal appeals court blocked an Arizona state law requiring voters to present identification at polling stations and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an emergency motion by opponents of the law for an injunction to prevent the law's voter identification requirements from taking effect for the November 7 elections. Opponents of the Arizona law said it discriminated against minorities and the poor, who might not have funds to obtain the necessary proof of identification. “The law sets a burdensome requirement,” Victor Meiser, attorney for the plaintiffs. “To get a driver’s...
  • Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick (Barf Alert)

    10/04/2006 11:02:15 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 1,516+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 3, 2006 | Lenore Skenazy
    Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick Usually when the Republican chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children instant-messages an underage boy and asks him to get out a ruler to measure his... Well. Ahem. Let's just say: Usually when a congressman is involved in a scandal, he doesn't bring the whole party down with him. This time could be different. The Mark Foley affair is so simple and so human, it's like a Cliffs.Notes version of all the other Republican scandals: Rampant corruption. Leadership? Ha. No one cares till the klieg lights get turned on. THE...
  • Larry Sabato Recants, Didn't Hear Allen

    09/27/2006 7:42:34 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 178 replies · 4,893+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/27/06 | Newsmax Staff
    One of Virginia's best-known political analysts said he had never personally heard Sen. George Allen use racial epithets, despite saying on television a day earlier that the senator "did use the n-word." Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press, "I didn't personally hear GFA (Allen's initials) say the n-word. "My conclusion is based on the very credible testimony I have heard for weeks, mainly from people I personally know and knew in the '70s," Sabato wrote. Sabato, a classmate of Allen's at the University of Virginia...
  • Princeton prof hacks e-vote machine

    09/14/2006 1:47:32 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 85 replies · 1,559+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | September 13, 2006 | Chris Newmarker
    TRENTON, N.J. - A Princeton University computer science professor added new fuel Wednesday to claims that electronic voting machines used across much of the country are vulnerable to hacking that could alter vote totals or disable machines. In a paper posted on the university's Web site, Edward Felten and two graduate students described how they had tested a Diebold AccuVote-TS machine they obtained, found ways to quickly upload malicious programs and even developed a computer virus able to spread such programs between machines. The marketing director for the machine's maker — Diebold Inc.'s Diebold Election Systems of Allen, Texas —...
  • "Path to 9/11" Web Address Hijacked

    09/08/2006 3:12:28 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 14 replies · 628+ views
    lgf ^ | 9/8/06
    "Path to 9/11" Web Address Hijacked Get a load of this one. The left is using every dirty trick and sneaky internet ploy in the book to shut down ABC’s The Path to 9/11, and here’s the latest. Someone anonymously registered the domain name and installed a redirect that takes visitors looking for information on the movie to the Democratic Party’s anti-ABC page. (Hat tip: Robin.) Here’s the genuine web site: The Path to 9/11.
  • The CIA-Leak Fiasco. Back where it started, after three years of investigation.

    08/28/2006 2:38:02 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 237 replies · 4,334+ views
    NRO ^ | August 28, 2006, 0:31 a.m. | By Byron York
    On October 3, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell talked to reporters after meeting with Laszlo Kovacs, the foreign minister of Hungary. The meeting went well, with nothing controversial to discuss. It went so well, in fact, that a reporter said to Powell, “Mr. Secretary, things are so smooth I thought I’d ask you about something else. The State Department is offering to help in the search for the person who leaked the CIA official’s name. Can you say something about that situation? How might the State Department help?” “We have been asked by the Justice Department, those who are...
  • Police Chief Says He Exaggerated Post Katrina Crime

    08/21/2006 8:04:16 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 47 replies · 1,580+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 8/21/06 | Cahnning Joseph
    New Orleans police chief during Hurricane Katrina, Eddie Compass, says he unnecessarily "heightened people's fears" by repeating unconfirmed reports of out-of-control crime in the city during the aftermath of the storm, adding to the confusion caused by the disaster and potentially hampering rescue efforts. "There were reports of rapes and children being raped. I even got one report … that my daughter was raped," Mr. Compass says in a Spike Lee documentary scheduled to air on HBO tonight. "In hindsight, I guess I heightened people's fears by me being the superintendent of police, reporting these things that were reported to...
  • O’Reilly Accuses Limbaugh Prosecutor of Cover-up

    08/17/2006 5:19:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 2,697+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/17/06 | NewsMax
    The prosecutor who vigorously pursued the case against conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has been accused of going easy on a wealthy Democrat accused of sex crimes with kids. Billionaire Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, 53, was indicted last month on a charge of felony solicitation of prostitution. But Palm Beach County Police Chief Michael Reiter wanted Epstein to be charged with the more serious crime of sexual activity with minors. Florida State Attorney Barry Krischer of Palm Beach County rejected that call – even though police believe Epstein regularly brought girls as young as 14 to his mansion for...
  • Man accused of voting twice in Bush-Gore election (Guess which party?)

    08/16/2006 8:07:56 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 120 replies · 2,534+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 8/16/06 | Abdon M. Pallasch
    If there's one thing Donovan Riley apparently learned during his time in Chicago, it was "Vote early and often." Riley, 69, the former CEO of the University of Illinois Medical Center and a former law professor at Loyola University, is running for a state senate seat in Milwaukee. On Nov. 7, 2000, the day of the big election between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, Riley appeared at the polling place in Oconomowac, Wis., where he had registered to vote just the day before, voting records show. His ex-wife owned a home there. "Then he drove...
  • DeLay Seat Turns into Fiasco

    08/16/2006 11:24:54 AM PDT · by Columbine · 69 replies · 1,810+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | August 16, 2006 | Bobby Eberle
    In a recent speech, I told the audience about the political landscape of the 2006 elections. It’s going to be much tougher for Republicans than in recent election cycles. As a political party, we must have our act together in order to be successful. Unfortunately, that task has become tougher. The congressional seat of former Majority Leader Tom DeLay is now in jeopardy thanks in part to a failure in leadership from party officials. Following a primary election victory, Rep. DeLay decided, through the advice of party officials, that because of the media circus that was surrounding his pending court...
  • Officials Probe Lieberman Web Site Crash

    08/10/2006 1:17:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 53 replies · 1,410+ views
    AP ^ | 8/10/6 | PAT EATON-ROBB
    U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign Web site remained offline Thursday, and federal and state authorities were investigating why it crashed on the eve of this week's defeat in a high-profile primary. The site,, appeared to have suffered from a so-called "denial of service" attack, in which computers overwhelm a site with fake traffic so real visitors can't get through, said Richard M. Smith, an Internet security consultant in Brookline, Mass. The Lieberman campaign denied speculation among liberal Web pundits that the centrist Democrat's Web site had simply crashed because it used a low-budget Web host unable to handle the...
  • Writing in choice on eSlate will take a little more work (electronic ballot disenfranchises)

    08/10/2006 10:00:42 AM PDT · by weegee · 19 replies · 1,151+ views
    Houston Chronicle | Aug. 10, 2006, 5:05AM | no byline
    Write-in candidate names are not on the ballot by design. To cast a vote for one on the electronic eSlate machines, which don't have a keyboard, you'll have to use the "select" dial to choose "write-in." Even then, the names won't automatically pop up, said Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. In each booth there will be a printed list of candidates who have been certified for the Congressional District 22 race. Using the dial and a picture of a keyboard on the screen, the voter will click the letters of the name they want. Potential...
  • Davis Doesn't Fly (Levin on Lanny Davis' WSJ piece)

    08/08/2006 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 32 replies · 1,590+ views
    Levin on NRO ^ | 8/8/2006 | Mark Levin
    Davis Doesn't Fly 08/08 12:00 PM I'm intrigued by the bizarre attention so many conservative websites and bloggers are paying to Lanny Davis's silly op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal. See here. Here's an excerpt from the Davis piece: My brief and unhappy experience with the hate and vitriol of bloggers on the liberal side of the aisle comes from the last several months I spent campaigning for a longtime friend, Joe Lieberman. This kind of scary hatred, my dad used to tell me, comes only from the right wing—in his day from people such as the late Sen. Joseph...
  • HBO To Air Goldwater Granddaughter's Bio Film -- Attacking Religious Right

    08/04/2006 12:59:47 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 148 replies · 2,462+ views ^ | Aug 4 06 | Tim Graham
    Variety reviewer Robert Koehler (formerly of the L.A. Times) recently reviewed a new documentary titled "Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater." The main driver behind the project is his granddaughter, C.C. Goldwater, and it's scheduled to air on HBO on September 18. The list of interviewees underlines it's not a big right-wing project: it includes Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, Helen Thomas, James Carville, Bob Schieffer, Andy Rooney, Julian Bond, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, John Dean, and erstwhile Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham Clinton. A few righties appear (Richard Viguerie, George Will) and some more centrist GOP types do, too...
  • Decker pleads Guilty (NC R who switched to D)

    08/01/2006 10:53:30 AM PDT · by CanisRex · 17 replies · 700+ views
    News & Observer ^ | August 1, 2006 | Raleigh N& O
    Former Representative Michael Decker admitted in federal court today receiving $50,000 and a legislative job for his son in exchange for supporting Jim Black for a third term as House speaker in 2003. The former Forsyth County lawmaker, who switched parties from Republican to Democrat, pleaded guilty to a single of charge of conspiracy to extort, commit mail fraud and launder money. (snip) Decker's support created a 60-60 split in the House, allowing Black to remain as co-speaker. Black, a Mecklenburg County Democrat, in 2003 entered into a power-sharing agreement with Republican Rep. Richard Morgan.
  • GOP blows chances by not appealing to moderates

    07/31/2006 7:47:24 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 953+ views
    Scripps News ^ | July 31, 2006 | DAN WALTERS
    With the California Democratic Party drifting leftward, Republicans had an opportunity this year to claim the decisive political middle by fielding a slate of centrist candidates for statewide office, led by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Curiously, however, Schwarzenegger did not lift a finger to help moderate Republicans in their duels with conservatives for party nominations... The same dynamic that will make it difficult, bordering on the impossible, for Parrish, Strickland, Poochigian and McClintock to win their offices in November is also working against Angelides in his contest with Schwarzenegger. A major party nominee for statewide office can count on party loyalists...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-21-06 (Another Daily Kos Blogola Scandal)

    07/21/2006 6:17:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 96 replies · 1,661+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 21, 2006 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    Take a look at the photo of Congressperson Cynthia McKinney above. Obviously the source of that picture must be some vicious hate-filled right-wing website that dislikes the "progressive" policies of Ms Mckinney, right? Wrong. The source for that picture is none other than the Daily Kos. You read that correctly. This picture is part of an ad by McKinney's primary opponent, Hank Johnson, that is figured PROMINENTLY at the top of the list of Daily Kos advertisers. I should have had a hint of this latest Kos Blogola scandal yesterday when I did a search on the Daily Kos...
  • Detroit clerk to purge 55,000 names from voter rolls

    07/18/2006 1:51:40 PM PDT · by oxcart · 82 replies · 2,452+ views
    AP via ^ | 07/18/2006 | Unknown
    DETROIT (AP) — The city clerk plans to purge the names of nearly 55,000 dead people and those who no longer live in the city from voting rolls as part of an effort to ensure integrity in elections. Clerk Janice Winfrey bought lists of deaths from the state and city health department. Then she moved to eliminate the names of people who hadn't cast a ballot since before the 2002 election and who had been mailed voter card registration renewal forms that were returned as undeliverable. Already the names of about 33,000 deceased voters have been removed, The Detroit News...
  • ( Democrat ) Party shuns Vermont Democrats in race ( rigging the election )

    07/17/2006 2:58:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,185+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 13, 2006 | Rick Klein
    Seeks to clear way for independent in US Senate bid... Vermont's Democratic Party is maneuvering to keep the Democratic candidates for the state's open US Senate seat off the November ballot, as party leaders seek to clear the way for independent Representative Bernard Sanders in his bid for the Senate. State Democratic leaders are spearheading efforts to gather signatures to put Sanders on the ballot as a Democrat, even though Sanders has repeatedly said he would turn down the party's nomination if he wins the primary. At least three other candidates have announced their intention to run for the Democratic...
  • The Party of Bunglers (LIB rants: Pulling ad means Dems lose in '06)

    07/18/2006 7:31:31 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 5 replies · 840+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | July 18, 2006 | Charles P. Pierce
    Would you like the early line on the exact moment when the Democratic Party bungled the midterm elections this fall -- and, as an added bonus, People's Exhibits Q through Z why Rahm Emanuel and the folks at the DCCC would screw up a one-car funeral, even if you spotted them the hearse? Well, this is it. This good, tough Internet ad gets pulled because some of the people who enabled the murderous lunacy depicted therein throw public hissy-fits. Almost immediately thereafter, Senator Mike DeWine (R-I'm-Not-Bob-Ney-Dammit!) drops a television spot using the people killed on September 11 as a cudgel...
  • Judge says DeLay 'withdrew': Statement may spell trouble for GOP

    06/28/2006 3:49:28 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 45 replies · 1,638+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2006 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN - A federal judge hearing a ballot dispute Monday involving former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay said he thinks that DeLay withdrew from the November election, indicating potential trouble for Republicans who want to name a replacement candidate. "He is not going to participate in the election and he withdrew," said U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who did not issue an official ruling after a daylong trial regarding DeLay's status as the GOP nominee for the 22nd Congressional District. Jim Bopp, a lawyer for the Republican Party of Texas, disagreed, telling Sparks "there's been no withdrawal." Bopp said that instead,...
  • (Vote for the Combat Clothes, NOT the Hook Nose!) Today's Virginia Democratic Primary Gets Nasty

    06/13/2006 10:37:41 AM PDT · by meandog · 17 replies · 1,016+ views
    Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star ^ | 6.8.06 | Edie Gross
    The flier put out by Jim Webb's campaign for U.S. Senate described his opponent as a corporate lobbyist who made money by sending American jobs overseas. But what caught Dan Smolen's attention was the cartoon that accompanied the text: That of a man with a hook nose and money spilling from his pockets. It was a caricature of Harris Miller, Webb's opponent in Tuesday's Democratic primary who happens to be Jewish. The image made Smolen, who is Jewish and Stafford County's Democratic chairman, uncomfortable. "I don't think whoever did the cartoon caricature meant this as an ethnic slur," he said,...
  • Voting Fraud Alleged In Duval County, Texas

    04/24/2006 5:02:06 AM PDT · by texianyankee · 33 replies · 3,164+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | April 24, 2006 | Jaime Powell
    High turnout prompts a probe by secretary of state SAN DIEGO - A dead man sending off for a mail-in ballot for the March primary was just one of the clues that brought investigators from the Texas attorney general's office to Duval County. Assistant District Attorney Jon West had only been on the job for about three months when the voter fraud allegations started surfacing. The post office returned several rejected mail-in ballot applications to residents who said that they had not sent them. And in one case, a woman complained that her father could not have sent a mail-in...
  • Shelly Moore Capito Push Poll, WV

    04/17/2006 10:42:25 AM PDT · by pageonetoo · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Landline "unknown caller" ID | Monday, April 17, 2006 | Unkown "committee for a clean WV"
    I was sitting at the computer reading about the cruise my daughter and I are taking this weekend, when the phone rings, and a womans voice announces that there is a message for concerned West virginians. She then goes on to say that Shelly Moore Capito is a friend of indicted Tom Delay etc, etc, etc... I hung up about then, but thought, damn, the Dems are getting worried for some reason. I wish Shelly had chosen to take on "Sheets"!
  • Delay live on Fox - Now

    04/04/2006 6:24:32 AM PDT · by gondramB · 90 replies · 3,253+ views
    Live on Fox news no link
  • St. Louis vote fraud sentence includes Transcendental Meditation

    04/02/2006 9:54:42 AM PDT · by rface · 12 replies · 951+ views
    Kansas City (Missouri) Star ^ | Sat, Apr. 01, 2006 | staff
    A circuit judge in St. Louis has sentenced a woman who turned in voter registration cards in the name of dead local politicians to probation, community service and relaxation training using transcendental meditation. Michelle Robinson, 36, pleaded guilty Friday on charges of 13 violations of election law and of possession of crack cocaine and a crack pipe. Robinson worked for a campaign called Operation Big Vote that aimed to boost the participation of black voters in the 2001 St. Louis mayoral election. But some of the cards she turned in on Feb. 7, 2001, were made out in the names...
  • Free speech means free speech

    03/11/2006 5:33:36 PM PST · by texassizednightcrawler · 34 replies · 662+ views
    The First Amendment to the Constitution is arguably the most important. This amendment, packaged with the nine following it as the Bill of Rights, grants citizens the freedoms of press, speech, religion, peaceful assembly and a right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances." Freedom of speech cases are often some of the most hotly contested in the country. Recently, a case involving a high school social studies teacher has been given national media attention. The case involves Denver teacher Jay Bennish, who was put on paid leave from Overland High School after comparing President George W. Bush's...
  • AP - Limbaugh makes error about Brown's race

    02/17/2006 4:54:57 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 87 replies · 6,047+ views
    AP ^ | 2/17/06
    Posted on Fri, Feb. 17, 2006 Limbaugh makes error about Brown's race Associated Press WASHINGTON - Brown is black in the eyes of Rush Limbaugh. When Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett was forced out of the Democratic primary in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, the conservative commentator criticized The New York Times for not saying that the Democrats' preferred candidate is black. Limbaugh later found out from e-mails to his nationally syndicated radio show that the candidate, Rep. Sherrod Brown, is, in fact, white. "Uh, Sherrod Brown's a white guy? Then I'm confusing him with somebody. OK, I'm sorry,"...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Is Harry Whittington Already Dead?

    02/16/2006 5:27:52 PM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 4,288+ views ^ | 2/16/06 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Brian in Wilmington, North Carolina, I know you're still out there, because I know you're here every day, Brian, and I know a lot of you libs are out there. Let me tell you: I think this is probably everything that you're looking for. The reason that it took so long to release details of the hunting accident -- Dick Cheney and Harry Whittington -- is that Whittington is actually dead, and it took them about eight hours to go find a double for Mr. Whittington, because he's actually brain dead. He's so injured that he's being held...
  • N.Y. Democrats Pull Stories From Web Site

    02/16/2006 11:09:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 334+ views
    AP ^ | 2/16/6 | RIK STEVENS
    Albany, N.Y. -- The state Democratic Committee on Thursday removed re-edited AP articles from its Web site, a week after the party accused a GOP candidate of doctoring news stories for his Web site. Democratic officials called the edited Associated Press articles "excerpts." It said the dustup was the result of a misunderstanding in January after the committee issued a press release that included an AP story about Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Weld. "Earlier this year, the AP called the state party and said they were unhappy with the fact that the state party was placing their stories on their...
  • Boston Legal

    02/15/2006 11:08:38 AM PST · by Chances Are · 38 replies · 902+ views
    ABC television | 02/15/2006 | Chances Are
    Anyone watch "Boston Legal" last night? This (2/14/06) episode delved into liberal politics on several fronts (Catholic church/contraception, fear of abortion's sure demise due to a right-leaning court environment, "right-to-die" [it was a cat!], discrimination practiced by evil private organizations, who surely not only had a nefarious right-wing agenda, but manipulate the law to insure that they stay free of "mainstream" [read:liberal] thoughts on things like discrimination). The central theme centered on a young girl who was violently and brutally raped, and who was denied anti-contraception medication at the Catholic hospital she was brought to (unconscious) after the event. They...
  • Guard: Jailbreak an inside job

    02/14/2006 11:34:43 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 895+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 14, 2006 | FRANK MAIN, STEFANO ESPOSITO ...
    A Cook County Jail guard has admitted to investigators that he helped six inmates escape over the weekend to give a political advantage to a former jail supervisor running for sheriff... The 36-year-old guard confessed that he allowed a convicted killer, two accused robbers and two others charged with aggravated kidnapping and battery to bust out of the jail to cast a shadow on Sheriff Michael Sheahan's management of the complex at 26th and California. The guard knew the negative publicity would hurt Sheahan's chief of staff, Tom Dart, who is running for sheriff... And the guard admitted he helped...
  • CA: Former Feinstein staffer edited Wikipedia entries (cut references to Feinstein's net worth)

    02/09/2006 11:57:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 1,171+ views ^ | 2/9/06 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office acknowledged today that a former staff member had removed references to the California Democrat's net worth on the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as altered entries about her husband Richard Blum's Chinese investments in 1997. A former staff member "independently went on to Wikipedia to correct some material he felt was not appropriate," said Feinstein spokesman Howard Gantman. "The senator was not even aware of it." The changes to the biographies of members of Congress, allegedly by their staffs, have again raised questions about the credibility of the online encyclopedia that has become an...
  • ACLU seeks data on 'spying'

    02/01/2006 4:14:32 PM PST · by CAWats · 29 replies · 739+ views
    San Diego, Union-Tribune ^ | 010206 | By Kim Curtis
    SAN FRANCISCO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed a request for information about alleged government spying during student-led protests at two universities. The Freedom of Information Act request was filed with the government on behalf of UC Santa Cruz Students Against the War and Berkeley Stop the War Coalition at the University of California, Berkeley, according to Dorothy Ehrlich, executive director of the ACLU-Northern California.
  • Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?

    02/02/2006 3:22:56 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 64 replies · 2,109+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2006 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts.” Thus ran the headline of a front-page news story whose repercussions have roiled American politics ever since its publication last December 16 in the New York Times. The article, signed by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, was adapted from Risen’s then-forthcoming book, State of War.1 In it, the Times reported that shortly after September 11, 2001, President Bush had “authorized the National Security Agency [NSA] to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States . . . without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying.” Not since Richard Nixon’s misuse...
  • CIA Chief Says Wiretap Disclosure Damaging (Democrats nervous)

    02/02/2006 10:50:14 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 201 replies · 5,844+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2 Feb 06 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss said Thursday that the disclosure of President Bush's eavesdropping-without-warrants program and other once-secret projects had undermined U.S. intelligence-gathering abilities. "The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said a federal grand jury should be empaneled to determine "who is leaking this information." His testimony came after National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, who directs all intelligence activities, strongly defended the program, calling it crucial for protecting the nation against its most menacing threat. "This was not about domestic surveillance," Negroponte said. Leaders...
  • 11,500 Dead Washingtonians Still Registered To Vote

    01/26/2006 4:24:20 PM PST · by pissant · 69 replies · 1,438+ views
    KOMO 4 News ^ | 1/26/06 | staff
    EVERETT - A statewide computer sweep of voter registration records in Washington found 11,500 voters listed as dead by the state Health Department. The sweep this month also found 36,000 voters who appear to be registered in two counties. The manager of the new $6 million database project, Pam Floyd, says the names have been flagged for further scrutiny. Snohomish County immediately canceled the voter registrations for the more than 1,400 dead people. The state has 3.5 million registered voters. Monthly sweeps are planned for duplicate and deceased voters. In March, officials plan to create the first comprehensive list of...
  • Liberals And Hoaxes - Perfect Together (Excellent piece)

    01/26/2006 3:41:35 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 18 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2006 | Daniel Clark
    The latest example of our friends on the Left according validity to a known hoax comes to us from Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who, in a December 22, 2005, op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, recounted the story of a college student who was rousted by two government agents because he had gone to the library in search of a copy of Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book. Two days later, the Globe reported that the student had admitted to fabricating the tale — as any sensible person would have suspected in the first place. While the senator did not respond...
  • Sudden plea deals in tire slashing case

    01/20/2006 1:22:41 PM PST · by mafree · 100 replies · 4,566+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1/20/05 | Greg Nunnaly
    In an unexpected twist in the Election Day tire slashing trial, four former Kerry-Edwards campaign staffers, including the sons of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) and former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, have agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanors. The plea agreements came in the middle of jury deliberations after an eight-day trial on felony property damage charges that carried potential 3 1/2 year prison terms upon conviction. Michael Pratt, 33, Sowande Omokunde, 26, Lewis G. Caldwell, 29, and Lavelle Mohammad, 36, have all pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property. Omokunde is Moore's son. Prosecutors...
  • Reaction to DeLay Announcement

    01/07/2006 5:01:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 54 replies · 1,743+ views
    AP ^ | 1/7/6
    Reaction to Rep. Tom DeLay's announcement Saturday that he will abandon his bid to reclaim his post as majority leader: "We respect Congressman DeLay's decision to put the interests of the American people, the House of Representatives and the Republican Party first." — White House spokeswoman Erin Healy. "It is an honorable decision and the right decision for the House Republican Conference ... We expect that Tom will continue to help House Republicans succeed with our agenda as we move forward this year." — House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "For years, at the expense of the American people, the House...
  • Second Associate of Philly Mayor Charged

    12/06/2005 8:18:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 319+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/6/05 | Kathy Matheson - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - An attorney who headed a committee trying to develop a key piece of city-owned property was charged with fraud and conspiracy Tuesday, the second close adviser of Mayor John F. Street to be swept up in a federal corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Leonard Ross, 58, attempted to sell access to his office to raise campaign funds for Street and to get a $150,000 line of credit for himself. The charges echo similar counts filed against others caught up in the probe, which became public when police discovered an FBI bug in Street's office in 2003. A series of...
  • Second Reporter Asked to Testify on Leak

    11/27/2005 10:48:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 95 replies · 3,880+ views
    AP ^ | 11/27/5
    WASHINGTON -- A second Time magazine reporter has been asked to testify in the CIA leak case, this time about her discussions with Karl Rove's attorney, a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide. Viveca Novak, a reporter in Time's Washington bureau, is cooperating with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity in 2003, the magazine reported in its Dec. 5 issue. Novak specifically has been asked to testify under oath about conversations she had with Rove attorney Robert Luskin starting in May 2004, the magazine reported....
  • CNN's Bogus Answer About The Video Switcher. You Can Do What Was Done To Cheney Deliberately

    11/24/2005 6:59:53 AM PST · by Doctor Raoul · 78 replies · 2,681+ views
    11/24/05 | Doctor Raoul
    CNN'a story neglects to say that it could have been done manually, but that they had ruled that out somehow. I once was a control room operator for a live TV production and though it was over 30 years ago, I remember how I could manually reproduce what was done to Cheney. One way you switch between video sources to select the one to go out over the air to move the "wiper". It looks like a T-handled lever, like an automatic transmission lever on your car's console. Except, instead of being one handle, it's split down the middle into...
  • Judge puts off ruling on Delay dismissal

    11/22/2005 8:47:20 PM PST · by ncountylee · 20 replies · 1,152+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 22, 2005 | Jeff Franks
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay sought the immediate dismissal of conspiracy and money laundering charges against the once-powerful Republican on Tuesday, but a Texas judge said he would not rule for two weeks in the case that has derailed DeLay's political career. Judge Pat Priest, new to the case after DeLay complained the previous judge was too close to the Democratic Party, also said he was unlikely to hold a trial before year's end if he did not throw out the indictments. "This is not the only thing on my plate," he said. DeLay has...
  • Liberal racism on display in Maryland

    11/09/2005 5:35:52 AM PST · by visitor · 14 replies · 1,473+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | November 9, 2005 | Ruben Narvarrette
    <....snip....> What a condescending remark - but what a useful example of liberal racism. Mention the words "liberal" and "racism" in one sentence in a classroom at one of the nation's most elite universities, and you'll get blank stares. For a lot of people on the left, the phrase is an oxymoron. They really don't seem to know what it means. How can liberals be racist? How can people dedicated to promoting tolerance be guilty of intolerance?
  • FBI called in on Hill (Female GOP staffer Assaulted)

    11/08/2005 10:48:28 AM PST · by pissant · 85 replies · 4,870+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/8/05 | Bob Cusack & Jackie Kucinich
    The FBI and Capitol Police are investigating the vicious attack of a top Senate staffer at her home last week amid concerns that the assault might be related to her work on the Finance Committee. Emilia DiSanto, chief investigator for committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), arrived at her suburban Virginia home after work Wednesday about 6:30 p.m. As she was unloading belongings from her car, a 6-foot-1-inch white man dressed in black struck her repeatedly with an unidentified object believed to be a baseball bat. After she screamed to her family inside the house, the assailant fled. DiSanto was transported...