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  • But who's the style queen? Michelle Obama and Letizia of Spain show off their impeccable fashion..

    06/30/2016 7:45:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 155 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | UNITY BLOTT
    It was a fashion face-off of epic proportions when Michelle Obama met with Queen Letizia in Madrid today. America's first lady was joined by the glamorous royal in the Spanish capital, on what was the last leg of a trip to promote girls' education in poorer countries and raise awareness of gender inequalities. The ever-chic Letizia, 43, stunned in a sleeveless scarlet dress from Nina Ricci that showcased her toned arms, adding a pair of pointed nude courts and turquoise earrings.
  • Rep. Cummings Apologizes After Daughter Used Congressional License Plates As Lyft Driver

    06/02/2016 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Like many recent college grads, Rep. Elijah Cummings' (D-MD) daughter Adia sought to earn some extra cash by driving for Lyft, a ridesharing service. Unlike most recent college grads, Adia was driving a car with congressional license plates--which is against the rules. After someone posted a picture of the car on Popville, Cummings apologized for his daughter's use of the plates. He then said that he would swap out the plate and that the car was not his official vehicle.Per the House of Representative rules, the plates are "only for the use of the Member and spouse, as well as...
  • 'If you'll shut up, I'll give you my answer': The extraordinary moment Bill Clinton snaps at vetera

    02/27/2016 2:50:56 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    <p>As the race for the White House heats up, so are tensions among voters who want questions answered by presidential candidates.</p> <p>While former president, Bill Clinton, was campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Bluffton, South Carolina, a former Marine interrupted his speech.</p>
  • Jenna Coleman heads to the she films royal wedding scenes for her Queen Victoria TV [tr]

    02/25/2016 6:21:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 25, 2016 | Joanna Crawley
    She's tackling an epic new role, playing Queen Victoria. And as well as playing the monarch at the tender age of 18 as she ascended the throne, Jenna Coleman's anticipated new TV drama also follows the young Queen's marriage to Prince Albert. The 29-year-old was spotted shooting wedding scenes with onscreen husband Tom Hughes in East Yorkshire this week, as work continued on the drama from acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin.
  • Swans are terrorizing a British village. A 12th-century law means the villagers can't fight back.

    02/02/2016 1:36:19 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Vox ^ | February 2, 2016 | Amanda Taub
    A villainous pair of swans have been tormenting the good citizens of Brimscombe, a tiny village in the Cotswolds, with such viciousness that it's become national news. According to Metro UK, the two swans have vandalized property, harassed vehicles on public thoroughfares, and even attacked children. Local residents, Metro reports, have been forced to go about armed with water pistols because the authorities refuse to step in. Swans, local officials inform the fearful residents, are "protected animals."
  • Torture, castration, rampant sex, murders galore and dwarf tossing. Were Russia's Tsars [tr]

    01/29/2016 6:03:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 29, 2016 | Roger Lewis
    As we know from the stupendous BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel, War And Peace, the Russians are very good at war, not so pie-hot when it comes to peace. Military parades, manoeuvres and a good scrap are what they like best - and as Simon Sebag Montefiore says in this panoramic study, to Tsar Nicholas II, even World War I, in which Russia fielded more than 1.2 million men, was nothing more than 'a bracing national rite'.
  • Following his father’s footsteps: the path of Jeb Bush (50 yrs of power-hungry Bushes is enough!)

    11/26/2015 6:41:49 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 11/26/15 | John Meacham
    THE vice president of the United States was unhappy. In 1983, a "Conservative Digest" poll of conservatives found that 64 percent of right-leaning party leaders wanted George H.W. Bush replaced on the 1984 Reagan ticket. "Light reading," Bush scribbled across a cover sheet as he sent a copy to his friend James Baker - adding a frowning face. Reagan would have none of it - he liked and appreciated Bush. But the gulf between establishment and insurgent Republicans has only grown in the ensuing decades. The elder Bush's struggles through the years with a restive right shed light on the...

    09/24/2015 9:17:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/25/15 | JOHN NOLTE
    Politico reports that First Lady Michelle Obama, looking lovely and classy, greeted Pope Francis Tuesday while wearing a $2,290 dress. While the Obamas are not Catholics, this is still a finger-in-the-eye to a White House guest who frequently speaks out — to wild Democrat applause — about the evils of excessive capitalism. Both President and Mrs. Obama are disciples of Jeremiah Wright, a racist Jew-hating Chicago-based preacher. Not long after Obama ascended to the presidency, Wright, Obama’s religious mentor for 20 years, retired to a $1 million, 10,400 square foot mansion located next to a country club and golf course....
  • New survey shows depth of Jeb's Bush dynasty problem

    08/29/2015 6:38:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/15 | Byron York
    How bad is Jeb Bush's Bush problem? A new Quinnipiac poll suggests it is very bad. The national survey shows Bush running well behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, tied for third place in the GOP race with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. But that is not the most serious problem for Bush in the poll. Quinnipiac pollsters asked respondents a simple, open-ended question: "What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Jeb Bush?" Quinnipiac published a table of all the responses given five or more times. Here is the list of the top eight...
  • Jeb has a foot-in-mouth problem, and it's seriously hurting him

    08/29/2015 6:14:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 46 replies ^ | Michael Kelley
    What we've got here is failure to communicate. Jeb Bush has been stumping his way across the country, explaining what he would do as president. But nobody seems to understand what the heck he's talking about. In July, he said that "people need to work longer hours" as part of an economic recovery. Then he said his remarks had been misinterpreted. A couple of weeks later he said "we need to figure out a way to phase out" Medicare. Then he complained that critics were taking his remarks out of context. That controversy hadn't died down when he started another...
  • Hillary Clinton’s $600 Haircut Puts Bergdorf on Lockdown

    07/28/2015 8:07:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 28, 2015 | Emily Smith
    Hillary Clinton put part of Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get a $600 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon. Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday. A source said, “Staff closed off one side of Bergdorf’s so Hillary could come in privately to get her hair done. An elevator bank was shut down so she could ride up alone, and then she was styled in a private area of the salon.
  • Jeb Bush: People Need to Work Longer Hours

    07/08/2015 4:57:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/8/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    Today, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who as of-late has gone relatively gaffe-free, uttered a phrase that may not go over too well with the constituency he seeks to reach. During an interview that was live-streamed on the app Periscope, Bush told New Hampshire’s The Union Leader that to grow the economy, “people should work longer hours.” He was answering a question about his plans for tax reform and responded: “My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a...
  • King With 100 Wives In Africa: Polygamist Ruler Says ‘Good For Culture,’ West Has It Wrong

    06/20/2015 3:45:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    StarPulse ^ | June 17, 2015 | Brad Ryder
    A debate has ensued about a polygamist king with 100 wives in Cameroon. To Abumbi II of Bafut, monarchs who take on multiple spouses in marriage do so to enrich the culture and protect the values of Africa's motherland. Abumbi has ruled his country for nearly 50 years. And during that time, he has amassed 100 wives. Of course, he didn't walk down the aisle with dozens of women all at once. Instead, according to longstanding customs, when an emperor (or fon) dies or is ousted, the ruler next in line is bequeathed his harem -- whether the women agree...
  • Who WILL marry Harry? Prince's ex-girlfriends Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy top bookies' list

    05/12/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2015 | Jo Tweedy
    In a list of the world's most eligible bachelors, Prince Harry would certainly be somewhere near the top. So when the fair-haired royal, now fifth in line to the throne, spoke yesterday about his desire to share his life with someone, a million or more ears pricked up around the globe. While on an official tour of Australia and New Zealand, following a month-long army deployment there down under, Harry hinted that he might be ready to bid farewell to life as a single man, saying he would 'love to settle down... and have kids'.
  • Kate and William's princess gets a royal name

    05/04/2015 2:46:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/04/2015
    After days of speculation and wagers by royal watchers all over the world, Kate Middleton and Prince William have named their new baby daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The littlest royal will carry the title Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, a Kensington Palace said in a statement Monday. Princess Charlotte -- who was born Saturday at London’s St. Mary’s hospital -- is now home with her royal parents at Kensington Palace. She met her grandparents and other family members at the couple's palace home in London Sunday, Reuters reported. Top bets for the baby's name had included Alice and...
  • Impeach: Hillary’s van caught parked in handicapped spot in Iowa (Video)

    04/16/2015 11:40:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    To cleanse the palate, a fresh reminder that Democratic pols think the rules don’t apply to them even when it comes to parking. On the one hand, the thought of spending 16 months digesting every move made by a political entity as dreary as Hillary Clinton, even as a goof a la the clip below, makes me feel like Col. Kurtz mumbling through that story about finding the pile of little arms. We now inhabit a political culture where stories like this one are published by the country’s most respected newspapers. “I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted...
  • George P. Bush quickly seizes Texas' conservative spotlight

    02/05/2015 9:11:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | February 5, 2015 | Will Wessert
    George P. Bush's new job as Texas land commissioner has nothing to do with abortion, and it lacks any authority to funnel public dollars to private schools. But after barely 30 days in office, he's already headlined high-profile rallies on both issues. The 38-year-old has a political surname far better known than his obscure office, which administers Texas' vast public lands and mineral rights. Though he insists he's not yet eying any moves up Texas' political ladder, the newest Bush in politics has wasted no time becoming a leading voice for top conservative causes and seizing the spotlight in a...
  • Bill Clinton caught cavorting with a pedophile- is there more?

    01/05/2015 3:53:01 PM PST · by Starman417 · 38 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-05-14 | DrJohn
    That Bill Clinton is a serial adulterer is not news. That Clinton may have been involved with underage sex slaves is new. A new lawsuit has revealed the extent of former President Clinton's friendship with a fundraiser who was later jailed for having sex with an underage prostitute. Bill Clinton's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, who served time in 2008 for his illegal sexual partners, included up multiple trips to the onetime billionaire's private island in the Caribbean where underage girls were allegedly kept as sex slaves. The National Enquirer has released new details about the two men's friendship, which seems...
  • Obamas drop $1K for meal at Hawaii restaurant that charges $500K for membership

    01/03/2015 3:43:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2015 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent a leisurely couple hours at Vintage Cave Honolulu, dropping an estimated $1,000 on a meal with wine at an upscale restaurant that actually charges $500,000 for those who want to buy a membership. Mr. Obama passed on the membership at the Vintage Cave Honolulu, but he did order the price-fix menu at $295 per plate, Mediate reported. And, according to Honolulu Magazine, “the total bill for two, with wine, will approach $1,000.” The restaurant bills itself on its website this way:
  • Count Your Blessings: Common folk live better now than royalty did in earlier times

    12/24/2014 7:27:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/24/2014 | Richard Rahn
    As we go into this Christmas week, you should count your blessings that you live in 2014. Would you prefer to live as the French King Louis XIV did (1643-1715), or as you do today? The average low-income American, who makes $25,000 per year, lives in a home that has air conditioning, a color TV and a dishwasher, owns an automobile, and eats more calories than he should from an immense variety of food. Louis XIV lived in constant fear of dying from smallpox and many other diseases that are now cured quickly by antibiotics. His palace at Versailles had...
  • Does Richard III's DNA question the Queen's right to the throne? Analysis reveals relative of

    12/02/2014 11:06:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2014 | Fiona McCrae and Sarah Griffiths
    He was one of the nation’s most notorious monarchs in life, and Richard III is still creating controversy more than 500 years after his death. Genetic analysis of a skeleton discovered beneath a car park in Leicester three years ago has confirmed it did indeed belong to the last Plantagenet king. Much more intriguingly, it held a secret that could shake the foundations of the Tudor dynasty. The genetic discovery even raises a question mark over the current Queen’s royal heritage. DNA analysis revealed that one of Richard III’s male relatives was cuckolded - leading to his wife giving birth...
  • Reporter Blasts Clinton Royalty: 'Who Gets to Hold Her Crown While She Speaks?'

    08/19/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT · by upchuck · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Nevada reporter Jon Ralston rips Hillary Clinton for demanding "royal treatment" in an upcoming visit to Las Vegas: "The price of Hillary Clinton's scheduled speech and UNLV fundraiser could be going up. Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained Clinton's contract with the UNLV Foundation, reports in addition to her speaking fee of $225,000, Clinton is demanding a private jet, a presidential suite and adjoining rooms for her entourage, and Clinton refuses to mingle with the common folk. She wants to approve any media types attending the event. "And now, a word about royalty. We don't have kings and queens in...
  • Are Richard III's secrets about to be revealed?

    02/12/2014 3:04:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-12-14 | Harry Mount
    What a treat for all medieval historians! More than 500 years after he was killed, the skeleton of Richard III is giving them much more reliable biographical information than they acquired over the previous half a millennium. Henry VII, his successor, and opponent at Bosworth, encouraged his court historians to produce a warped picture of Richard. Thank God, then, for the miraculous discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012, and the undeniable truths it provided. Analysis of his skeleton showed the king didn’t have a hunchback exactly; he suffered from scoliosis of the spine, meaning his...
  • Why Hillary Clinton can't drive any more and other tales of deskilling

    01/29/2014 7:52:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 28, 2014 | Leo Benedictus
    The former First Lady admits she hasn't driven a car for 18 years. But she's far from being the only privileged person to have forgotten how to do things the rest of us take for granted. "One of the regrets I have about my public life is that I can't drive any more," Hillary Clinton told a car dealers' conference on Monday. Among her most painful memories, you suspect this doesn't rank all that high. Yet the remark is a reminder of how wealth and power tend to separate people from normal life, and how they don't always like it....
  • Saudi Royal Faces Death Penalty for Murder: Newspaper

    12/29/2013 7:41:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/29 | William Maclean
    A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom's ruling family facing the death penalty. The English-language Arab News did not name the prince or his victim, but said a senior member of the family and government, Crown Prince Salman, had "cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of murdering a Saudi citizen". In a message about the case to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Prince Salman said: "Sharia (Islamic law) shall be applied to all without exception",...
  • Reid hospitalized as 'precaution' after feeling ill Friday

    12/20/2013 6:26:37 AM PST · by Zakeet · 98 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 20, 2013 | Carrie Dann
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today."
  • Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

    10/23/2013 1:37:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    RNS ^ | October 23, 2013 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    (RNS) The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a future king of England onWednesday (Oct. 23).Welby made it a teachable moment for a country where only one in six are baptized. In a YouTube video, he explains that by bringing their son forward for baptism, Prince William and Duchess Catherine are “bringing God into the middle of it all.”Last month, Pope Francis gave the sacrament a boost when he called a pregnant, unmarried woman to encourage her faith and offered to baptize her baby. While his main message was anti-abortion,...
  • School District Ends Policy Of Forcing Students To Kneel Down For Dismissal

    08/21/2013 12:43:39 PM PDT · by BigEdLB
    CBS-LA ^ | 8/20/13 | CBS-2
    YUCAIPA ( — School district officials in San Bernardino County say they will discontinue a policy that required elementary school students to kneel down before being dismissed to class. Principal Dana Carter at Calimesa Elementary School had reportedly instituted the policy, which called for students at various times of the school day to kneel down on one knee and wait for the principal or another administrator to dismiss them, as a safety measure.
  • Royal baby born! Kate Middleton pops out a future monarch! [Funny Taiwan Animation "news"]

    07/23/2013 1:30:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    You tube ^ | 7/23/13
    After months of waiting, Kate Middleton has finally done her royal duty and popped out a future monarch of Great Britain. The tiny tot was a disappointment even before being born, forcing an eager public to wait weeks past a due date which was never officially confirmed in the first place.
  • Hip-Hop Singer Akon: “Every African American Need to Move Their Money, Family, Knowledge to Africa”

    07/16/2013 11:49:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 274 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-16-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Hip-Hop artist Akon posted this message to the black community: “Every African American in the United States need to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were u will be treated like the royalty you are. You don’t deserve this treatment. This is not your country!!” Really Akon? So where is Akon suggesting the blacks move to? Nigeria? Zimbabwe? Egypt?
  • State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

    07/05/2013 11:18:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    July 5th, 2013 01:15 PM ET 19 minutes ago State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup Posted by CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper (CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from...
  • Prince William has Indian heritage, DNA proves

    06/14/2013 7:16:26 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 43 replies
    PTI ^ | June 14, 2013 | PTI
    LONDON: Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, will be first British king with proven Indian ancestry, DNA analysis has revealed. The DNA analysis of saliva samples taken from the Duke of Cambridge's relatives have established a direct lineage between the 30-year-old prince and an Indian housekeeper on his mother Princess Diana's side. It is his only non-European DNA and means he will become the first head of the Commonwealth with a clear genetic link to its most populous nation - India. William is now likely to be encouraged to make his debut mission to India soon after the birth of...
  • Woman wishes to stay in Britain to avoid becoming 14th virgin queen of Swaziland

    05/26/2013 10:49:17 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    DNA ^ | May 20, 2013 | ANI
    Woman wishes to stay in Britain to avoid becoming 14th virgin queen of Swaziland Monday, May 20, 2013, 16:17 IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI Tintswalo Ngobeni, 22, has shunned the advances of King Mswati III and fled to Britain, the Daily Star reported. Tintswalo Ngobeni. A woman is seeking asylum in Britain to avoid becoming the 14th virgin queen of the randy King of Swaziland. Tintswalo Ngobeni, 22, has shunned the advances of King Mswati III and fled to Britain, the Daily Star reported. She was just 15 when she caught the eye of the chubby king, who...
  • Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

    04/24/2013 7:36:10 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-24-2013 | BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN | 4/24/13 9:49 PM EDT Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said. The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from...
  • Idaho Station Removes First Daughters Ski Trip Report

    03/29/2013 11:32:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the first daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.
  • Why the right uses a ‘different standard’ for the Obama family

    03/29/2013 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 28, 2013 | Morgan Whitaker
    <p>Even before Iowa Congressman Steve King criticized Sasha and Malia Obama’s spring break trip, the vacation had provided fodder for the far right media. Few people understand that better than’s editor-at-large Joan Walsh, who found herself part of the controversy.</p>
  • Our Royalty: Bangs Aren't All Michelle Obama And Kate Middleton Have In Common (NPR)

    01/20/2013 12:51:29 AM PST · by Drango · 52 replies
    NPR ^ | January 20, 2013 | Linda Holmes
    Ask yourself this question: How weird would it be if you changed your hair and it was on the news? No, seriously. Pull back from everything you know about celebrity and pretend it's about you. You change your hair. You decide, "Hey, you know what? It's been long for a while; what if I went a little shorter?" And so you go a little shorter. And then it is on the news. That's what happened to Michelle Obama when new photographic evidence emerged that proved — no paperwork needed, no investigative journalism, no shoe-leather reporting — that she has bangs....
  • Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million

    01/04/2013 10:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | January 4, 2013, 10:07 am | Keith Koffler
    Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough. But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one. The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer...
  • Romney retreats into California seclusion

    12/03/2012 10:26:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 231 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Dec. 3, 2012
    SAN DIEGO — The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan. Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla...He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if. Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There's no aide to make his peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Romney hangs around the house, sometimes alone, pecking away at his iPad and emailing his CEO buddies, who've been swooping in and out of La...
  • Obama Claimed He Was 'Kenyan Royalty,' Recalls Classmate

    10/09/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by justlurking · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012-10-09 | PBS Frontline
    PBS's 'FRONTLINE' interviewed former Barack Obama classmate, Kristen Caldwell. She grew up and attended Punahou School with "Barry" Obama. She recalls how as a young child, Obama alternatively told classmates he was an Indonesian prince or Kenyan royalty. [...] So yeah, I can picture him as this slightly -- "chubby" is too strong, but rounded, short little guy, Barry Obama. And he told us that his father was an Indonesian king and that he was a prince, and after he finished school he was going to go back, and he would be a ruler in Indonesia. And I absolutely believed...
  • Traveling like a president...

    10/01/2012 2:08:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/1/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    What takes 200 hotel rooms, four jets, five helicopters and 35 motorcade vehicles? A typical presidential trip, according to The Travel Channel, which goes behind the scenes in its special "Travel Like a President," set to air Tuesday. Andy Singer, the network's general manager, says the show is "designed to give viewers an all-access, unprecedented look at the enormous level of detail and thought that comes with the territory when you are the leader of the free world.” It looks at famed presidential accommodations, such as the Waldorf in New York, and follows President Obama during a vacation to Hawaii.
  • Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year

    09/27/2012 2:51:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 27, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in. Gray told The Daily...
  • Body of Richard III found (possibly)

    09/16/2012 10:58:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Persicope Post ^ | September 13, 2012
    The background Archeologists from Leicester University have uncovered an intact skeleton which they believe is that of Richard III, the king whose reputation as a ruthless hunchback comes from William Shakespeare’s play. The skeleton has a deformed spine, and is at the site of Grey Friars church, where Richard was thought to have been buried after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, where he was defeated by Henry Tudor. His grave is now underneath a council car park in Leicester. DNA tests will reveal whether he’s really the king or not – it’s an adult male, with spinal abnormalities that...
  • The man who should have been King: Australian forklift driver...

    08/16/2012 3:38:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Mike Hastings, 71, was a real-life aristocrat, born the 14th earl of Loudoun, who moved to Australia in 1960 in search of adventure. He made international headlines in 2004 when a Channel Four documentary team conducted extensive research into the monarchy and concluded his ancestors were cheated out of the crown in the 15th century. Hastings, an avowed republican, died on June 30 and was buried today in Jerilderie, about 465 miles southwest of Sydney, the local Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser reported. He was a descendant of England's House of York, whose dynastic struggle with the House of Lancaster became...
  • Obama bemoans ‘people hurting out there’ at Sarah Jessica Parker’s $40,000-per-person fundraiser

    06/15/2012 5:31:01 AM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 6/14/2012 | Twitchy
    Obama bemoans ‘people hurting out there’ at Sarah Jessica Parker’s $40,000-per-person fundraiser Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller At the 4-story brownstone that is the home of Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Brokerick, Pres Obama addressed 50 ppl paying $40K per. 14 Jun 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported from the glitzy $40,000 a person Obama fundraiser at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Yes, you read that right, $40,000 each.  Ponder that as you read this next tweet: Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller Pres Obama said he knows there are "still a lot of people hurting...
  • Obama Campaign Stiffs Vermont Police

    04/06/2012 12:03:46 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 16 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 6, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Trevor Whipple, the police chief in South Burlington, told Fox News that his department incurred $4,200 in overtime expenses as a result of separate fundraising events featuring President Obama and the First Lady. ...... “The president is the president wherever he goes and whatever he does,” Vermont Democratic Party Chairman Jake Perkinson told Fox News. “I don’t think there’s any credible reason to be nickel and diming the security of the President of the United States or his family.” Perkinson said taxpayers should be happy to cover the cost of the president’s fundraising visit to Vermont.
  • Princess Victoria to give birth in 'early March'

    02/02/2012 8:18:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    The Local ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Oliver Gee
    A post on Facebook as well as a 42 cannon salute are among the ways the next heir to the Swedish throne will be welcomed into the world, with Crown Princess Victoria due to give birth in early March, the Royal Court announced on Thursday along with a detailed list of events planned to mark the occasion. “This birth will bring the royal family, and the country, together,” Roger Lundgren, previous editor of Queen magazine and expert on the Swedish royal family, told The Local. It is not publicly known where the baby will be delivered, although it has been...
  • The Crown and the Cross: Royal families and their religion

    09/27/2011 1:07:08 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 2011-09-27
    September 27, 2011. ( There are ten royal families in Europe. But aside from the crown, they also have religion in common. All of them are Christian, although of different denominations. In fact, symbolically, some of them are the highest religious authority in their country. Half of European monarchies are Catholic. When visiting the pope, so called “Catholic Queens” can wear white instead of the traditional black clothing. In Spain, the royal family is Catholic. It's headed by king Juan Carlos and queen Sofia of Bourbon, who originally is from the Greek royal family. Before getting married, the queen was...
  • One Ma'am and her dogs: Or how the Queen can control her beloved Labradors from 800 yards

    08/27/2011 7:32:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-26-11 | Tim Heald
    My first encounter with a royal dog came in November 1990, when I rather nervously accepted an invitation to lunch at Clarence House to discuss my forthcoming biography of Prince Philip. Ushered into a drawing room by an equerry, I was introduced first to the Queen Mother, then Princess Margaret and finally one of the small brown barrels of fur sitting on the carpet. The corgi gazed up... Read more:
  • CAPTION Prince & Princess

    07/02/2011 3:15:55 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 2, 2011 | Reuters