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  • Historic recount will have to move quickly (WI)

    11/25/2016 3:38:17 PM PST · by randita · 149 replies
    Journal-Sentinel ^ | 11/25/16 | Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber
    Wisconsin will begin a historic presidential recount next week and the state could risk losing its ability to have its 10 electoral votes counted if it doesn't meet key deadlines next month. Hitting a Dec. 13 deadline could be particularly tricky if Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is able to force the recount to be conducted by hand, Wisconsin's top election official said. Stein and independent presidential candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente separately filed recount requests late Friday, the last day they were able to do so. Stein received about 30,000 votes and De La Fuente about 1,500 out...
  • Right Side Broadcasting is reporting that the never Trumpers are staging a coup détat [DEFEATED!]

    07/18/2016 1:08:50 PM PDT · by ak267 · 618 replies
    RSB Live Feed! ^ | 7-18-16 | RSB
    Right Side Broadcasting is reporting that the never Trumpers are staging a coup d'etat via a roll call vote
  • Trump hasn't closed the deal—WE still decide who the nominee will be

    05/26/2016 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell
    Delegates to the Republican National Convention will gather in less than two months and are expected by most to nominate businessman Donald Trump for president. But it's not quite so simple or certain – Trump will still have one last sales job ahead of him, persuading the delegates to choose him at the convention before he can claim the nomination. This is because each and every delegate has complete freedom to vote their conscience at the convention, including who the party's nominee should be. This may come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are reading about Trump's recent...
  • Question about Convention: What if 1st Ballot Trump Delegates Fail to Show at Voting Time?!

    05/02/2016 11:45:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    FREEpers | 5/2/16 | sff
    We hear that all these delegates, even though they are obligated to support Trump on the "first ballot", are able to switch their votes on subsequent ballots.What if Trump reaches the 1,237 votes or whatever....but some of the delegates get "blue flu" during the first ballot and do not show up? Or if they claim "rioters" have kept them from getting to the convention hall? On subsequent ballots, then, they could vote against Trump?
  • Limbaugh: If Cruz Wins on 2nd Convention Ballot, "It's the End of the GOP" - Audio

    04/25/2016 2:30:18 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 139 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 25, 2016 | Brian
    Rush Limbaugh today on his radio show looks ahead to what happens if Ted Cruz actually succeeds with his plan to wrestle the nomination away from Donald Trump on the 2nd or 3rd ballot of a contested Republican Convention. Rush said it will be like a “nuclear explosion” going off, and that “it will be the end of the Republican Party.” . . . .
  • Trump Poised for NY Landslide - but could lose dozens of delegates statewide

    04/15/2016 5:25:20 AM PDT · by Iowa David · 121 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/15/16 | Shane Goldmacher and Scott Bland
    Donald Trump is poised to win New York in a landslide on Tuesday but he could leave as many as two-dozen critical delegates on the table by failing to win an outright majority in every corner of the state, according to new congressional district-level polling provided to POLITICO. http://politicalmachination.com/poll-new-york-2016-presidential-primary-2/
  • Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules

    04/15/2016 4:55:24 AM PDT · by McGruff · 192 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 15, 2016 | ALEX ISENSTADT and SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The Republican National Committee is expected to debate a proposal next week that would dramatically shift the balance of power at this summer’s convention — and impose a new rulebook for selecting the party's nominee. The proposal, which will top the agenda during a meeting of the Rules panel at the RNC’s annual spring meeting in Hollywood Beach, Fla., would fundamentally alter how the convention is conducted, further empowering the delegates to determine the course of the proceedings. It amounts to not just a changing of the rules but of the rulebook itself, with far-reaching implications, potentially impacting whether party...
  • These 200 people could decide whether Donald Trump gets the GOP nomination

    04/08/2016 5:31:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2016 | Philip Rucker
    West Virginia looks perfect for Donald Trump: a struggling working-class state filled with the types of voters who have backed him elsewhere and could deliver one of his biggest victories. But a sweep there might not matter. That’s because as many as 34 delegates — the entire contingent — may be free to back whomever they want at the Republican National Convention. Much the same is true in Pennsylvania, home to a hotly contested April 26 primary, where there are 57 uncommitted delegates. Other states and territories, from Colorado to Wyoming to Guam, will also send squads of unbound representatives....
  • Carson says an apologetic Cruz asked for a meeting at debate (busTED)

    02/07/2016 7:57:55 AM PST · by patq · 385 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/7/16 | Robert Costa
    Ben Carson said late Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas approached him during an off-camera break at ABC’s Republican debate to apologize for his campaign’s conduct during the Iowa caucuses and requested a one-on-one meeting with him. “He said he’s sorry that this happened and he wants to sit down and talk,” Carson said in an interview with The Washington Post. “He wants to discuss the whole thing and clear the air.” In the interview, Carson said pointedly that if the meeting with Cruz is scheduled, that does not mean the the senator will be absolved. “The evidence is...
  • Dems in chaos:Hillary and Bernie are left in limbo as poor staffing at Iowa polling places means..

    02/01/2016 11:53:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2016 | David Martosko, Nikki Schwab, Francesca Chambers
    Democrats in chaos: Hillary and Bernie are left in limbo as poor staffing at Iowa polling places means caucus winner won't be declared until later today Iowa's Democratic faithful will have to wait until Tuesday to find out who won their presidential caucuses, as state party officials botched the event and can't determine who won in nine of the 1,681 voting precincts. Poor staffing led to questions at caucus sites scattered all over the state, leaving liberals with egg on their faces - and casting a cloud over the results although Hillary Clinton has already claimed victory. When counting stopped...
  • Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

    01/25/2016 3:23:44 PM PST · by Washi · 185 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas –  A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
  • Tripwire Alert – North Carolina 2016 Republican Primary Ballot Example…

    01/16/2016 6:46:03 AM PST · by lyby · 14 replies
    TheConservativeTreehouse.com ^ | January 16, 2016 | sundance
    North Carolina releases advanced notification of their 2016 Presidential Primary ballot... ...Never before in party political history has the North Carolina Republican Party given voters the option of “NO PREFERENCE“... ...Where do the “no preference” votes/delegates go? To the party leadership of course. What will they do with them? Give to the party candidate.
  • Marine vet who was arrested for throwing coffee on Westboro protesters at Beau Biden funeral insists

    06/08/2015 1:48:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Dailymail.com United Kingdom ^ | 7 June 2015 Updated: 8 June 2015 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Marine vet who was arrested for throwing coffee on Westboro protesters at Beau Biden funeral insists: 'I would do it again in a minute' A Vietnam veteran who was arrested after throwing warm coffee on Westboro Baptist Church protesters picketing the funeral of Beau Biden has spoken out. Richard Pierce, 64, of Wilmington, Delaware said while he would not suggest anyone do what he did calling his actions 'childish', he said he would 'do it again in a minute', according to the New York Daily News. He was taken into custody after he hurled the drink at three...
  • Obama to unveil plans to improve cyber security

    01/10/2015 12:21:12 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 52 replies
    FInancial Times ^ | January 10, 2015 | Gina Chon
    Barack Obama next week will unveil plans to improve cyber security and protect consumers from identity theft, as the administration continues to grapple with the hacking of documents, personal data and emails at Sony Pictures. As part of that effort, the president will meet Congressional leaders, host an event at the Federal Trade Commission and discuss legislation and executive actions that will be highlighted in his State of the Union address to Congress later this month.
  • Sorenson Admits to Taking ‘Under-the-Table’ Payments [from Paul], Pleads Guilty

    08/27/2014 7:07:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    WHO tv ^ | 8/27/2014 | Kelly Maricle
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A former state lawmaker accused of accepting payments to change his support to a different presidential candidate in the 2012 election cycle has pleaded guilty to two federal charges. The Department of Justice says Kent Sorenson, a former Republican state senator, admitted to receiving “under-the-table” payments from Ron Paul’s campaign committee in return for switching his support and services from candidate Michele Bachmann. The payments totaled about $73,000 and were made monthly in the amount of around $8,000. They were concealed by first sending the money to a film production company, then through another company —...
  • Corbett's GOP foe Bob Guzzardi ordered off Pa. primary ballot

    05/04/2014 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 14 replies
    Delaware County Daily Times ^ | 5-1-14 | Bob Guzzardi
    The state's highest court on Thursday struck Gov. Tom Corbett's only Republican challenger from the May 20 primary election ballot, leaving Corbett unchallenged for the GOP nomination he was favored to win anyway. In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court reversed a Commonwealth Court ruling on grounds that conservative activist Bob Guzzardi's failure to file his statement of financial interests on time with the State Ethics Commission doomed his candidacy. "The untimely filing of the statement constitutes a fatal defect that precludes a candidate's appearance on the ballot," the majority wrote. Challengers backed by state Republican Party had raised...
  • Retailers brace for a tough holiday season

    11/11/2013 7:57:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Monday, Veteran's Day, November 11, 2013 | Hibah Yousuf
    Sales growth during the fourth quarter is shaping up to be the weakest since 2008, according to predictions from Morgan Stanley. Same-store sales, a key metric that measures sales at store locations open at least a year, are expected to grow a mere 1.6% from a year ago during the fourth quarter, Morgan Stanley estimates. Last year's holiday sales were up 3.5% from the fourth quarter of 2011. The 1.6% figure excludes sales at troubled J.C. Penney (JCP, Fortune 500). That's because J.C. Penney is expected to offer deep discounts to try and get back on track after a disastrous...
  • State-funded Irish charity promoted sexual ‘threesomes’ for teens as ‘a bit of fun’

    03/27/2013 7:26:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifesite ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    DUBLIN, March 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – An Irish sex-education group’s state funding is being called into question after lawmakers became aware of an article on the website SpunOut.ie offering advice about sexual threesomes to their teenage audience. The Sunday Independent called attention to the article over the weekend, reprinting quotes from the piece that suggested threesomes were a way for teens to “inject serious passion into their bedroom shenanigans.” According to the Independent, the group warned readers not to pick anyone for whom they have real feelings. “If you are in a relationship, but secretly have a thing for someone...
  • Obamacare Funnels $75 Million to Planned Parenthood to Push Sex on Kids

    03/27/2013 8:55:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Paul Rondeau
    While the White House says sequestration has eliminated funds for children touring the White House, President Obama has no problem spending $350 million federal tax dollars for sexual indoctrination programs starting in kindergarten for those same children. This is not your grandmother’s sex education about how things work and what can go “wrong.” In fact, the exact opposite is the essence of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Obamacare funnels $75 million annually into PREP, which must be used exclusively for Planned Parenthood-style “comprehensive” sex ed programs where no type of sex is wrong and the only sexual behavior PP...
  • Crist to back Democrat Nelson in Florida

    08/01/2012 12:12:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Via the Tampa Bay Times, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist - widely seen as a potential future candidate for the job, only as a Democrat - is backing Sen. Bill Nelson in his Florida Senate race. Crist will attend a fundraiser with Bill Clinton - who famously tried to get Kendrick Meek to bow out of the three-way U.S. Senate race in 2010 so Crist could win, and caucus with Democrats. It's not exactly hard to see Crist making it formal at some point, if he does run
  • Why car makers lie about fuel consumption (in Europe)

    04/28/2012 12:06:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27 April 2012 11:16 AM | Michael Hanlon
    There are lies, damn lies, statistics—and official EU car fuel consumption figures. I and others have been banging on about this for years; the figures quoted by manufacturers in their ads usually (but, interestingly not always) bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to what happens in the real world. … To get those “official” figures, new cars are subjected to something called the “New European Driving Cycle”, a series of short runs on a “rolling road” where the car is accelerated, put on a short cruise and decelerated under laboratory conditions. All the car makers have to put their cars through...
  • Delayed Texas primary could be a setback for Perry campaign

    12/20/2011 8:31:22 AM PST · by mylife · 25 replies
    WNEP ^ | 12/17/11 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A panel of three federal judges late on Friday approved a plan to delay the Texas primary elections from March 6 to April 3, a move that could be a blow to Republican Governor Rick Perry's presidential hopes. A likely victory in Texas on March 6 would have given Perry a surge of momentum on Super Tuesday, when 10 other states are holding primaries or caucuses. Now, Texas's primary will be toward the end of the calendar. Related U.S. Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry steps off his bus on his way to a...
  • How can congress pass a bill with only 3 members present?

    09/29/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 33 replies
    Twitter ^ | 09/29/2011 | Chad Pergram
  • NY-26: Jack Davis is the First Tea-In-Name-Only

    05/12/2011 3:19:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2011 | Sam Foster
    NY-26 special election may not be in the forefront of conservative minds, but the race has serious national implications: "A win by the Democrat in this Republican district -- even if created by a phony Tea Party candidate siphoning off votes from the Republican-- will be spun as a major victory for Obama.  You will hear nothing but how it signals Obama's turnaround, how it reflects Obama's new found popularity after the bin Laden kill, and how it signals unhappiness with Republicans.  You will not hear a word in the MSM about the fact that Davis is not a real...
  • Elderly Priest Arrested After Pursuit In Stolen Car

    04/09/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    MYFOXNY.COM ^ | 06 Apr 2011 | LUKE FUNK
    An elderly priest was arrested after a pursuit involving the New York State Police. It happened Monday in eastern New York. Police say Father Francis G. McCloskey, 71, of Cairo was in a stolen car and didn't stop when a trooper tried to pull him over. The car was apparently an Enterprise Rent-A-Car that had never been returned. Trooper Matthew Colwell was responding to a 911 report of a stolen vehicle. He came up on the car and attempted to stop it. Colwell reported that McCloskey took off but was eventually stopped in the town of Livingston. The chase took...
  • Need Kennedy family shenanigans list(lazy vanity)

    04/05/2011 7:07:55 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 13 replies
    freerepublic.com | 4/5/11 | GQuagmire
    I watched the Kennedys' miniseries first installment last night with the girlfriend last night. Not too bad. GF is clueless about how the Kennedys have operated all these years. She knows a little about the obvious ones(Ted the Swimmer, Willie Smith). I threw a nugget about how Ted put Rose as a FLA resident at her death even though she hadn't been there in 15 years to avoid MA death taxes. How about everyone post some of the shenanigans so I don't have to look up all of them. I thank everyone in advance. Recommendations for books on the subject...
  • GOP's shenanigans in Wisconsin ensure the fight will only escalate

    03/10/2011 9:42:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/11 | Greg Sargent
    Here's what Wisconsin Republicans accomplished tonight: In a situation where they had repeated opportunities to resolve this standoff and plausibly declare victory for themselves, they have now ensured that this battle is only going to escalate. This evening, Wisconsin Repubicans took the drastic step of breaking up the budget repair bill and passing only a measure rolling back the collective bargaining rights of public employees. A committee removed some parts of the bill, allowing Republicans to pass it by a simple majority, without missing Dems, and it's expected to pass the Assembly tomorrow.
  • Boxes found — and mystery solved at Emanuel’s home(Surprise surprise!)

    12/17/2010 9:04:07 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 103 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | ABDON PALLASCH
    The mayoral-race mystery of where candidate Rahm Emanuel stored boxes of personal items has been solved. Attorneys for Emanuel visited the house he owns in Ravenswood at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, located the much-discussed “crawl space,” looked inside and found the valuable items Emanuel had maintained he had stored there. They have argued the fact they left the items there while Emanuel went to Washington D.C. to work as President Obama’s chief of staff shows he always planned to return to Chicago — and therefore should be eligible to run for mayor.
  • Soros's Learning Curve

    11/03/2010 4:40:37 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 1+ views
    grey_whiskers | 11-03-2010 | grey_whiskers
    Does anyone remember (whether from living through it, or from the pages of a history book) those old World War I posters admonishing quiet? You know the theme: the walls have ears, Nazi spies are everywhere, and you never know what one piece of YOUR gossip is the missing puzzle piece which was needed to discover all of our secret plans and defeat us. The artwork was very intense. A couple of classics are below(*): Now, it seems all too easy to dust off these aging warning posters, give them a polish, and apply them to the War on Terror...
  • Unusual VOTING event in Golden Valley, MN

    11/02/2010 5:50:26 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 26 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 11-2-2010 | grey_whiskers
    A caller to the Chris Baker show on 100.3 FM KTLK in Minneapolis, reported that he was the first voter on site at a Precinct in Golden Valley, MN (suburb immediately to the West of Minneapolis, and home to the broadcast studios of TV station KARE-11). Minnesota's voting system utilizes pieces of paper where the voter completes an arrow next to the name of their selected candidates with a black marker. The paper is fed through a scanner. So, the FIRST voter at this polling place reported that "the scanner was broken" and the election officials were collecting the ballots...
  • A drive to protect vote fraud

    10/27/2010 4:32:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 26, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Faced with multiple reports of early-voting irregularities and election shenanigans across the country, left-wing groups are playing dumb, deaf and blind. More cunningly, these organizations are seeking to marginalize complaints about election integrity by casting citizen-watchdog efforts as racist "scare tactics." Echoing President Obama's message to the Democratic faithful on the campaign trail, they are accusing political opponents of suppressing the votes of minorities and the poor. Yesterday, The New York Times quoted a liberal voting-rights advocate, Wendy R. Weiser, wringing her hands over individual Americans taking clean elections seriously: "Private efforts to police the polls create a real risk...
  • EXCLUSIVE: CBS2 Reporter Threatens Journalist Over Rahm Questioning

    10/13/2010 10:25:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 10/13/10 | Dana Loesch
    We’ve often said that the media “protects” President Obama but this video from WIND radio host and Big Blogs contributor William Kelly shows this allegation literally. Kelly, a Chicagoan, was there when Rahm Emmanuel was pressing the flesh, kissing babies, and greeting reporters. Emmanuel didn’t account for unassuming Kelly to fire off serious journalistic questions more pressing than the requisite “how’s it feel to be back?” Kelly didn’t account for was the manner in which Chicago reporters behaved. Are these reporters or palace guards? In the video you see them physically move to shield Emmanuel from Kelly’s questioning, as though...
  • Outrageous: FBI Uses Non-Violent Conservative Group as Bait to Catch Stalker

    04/08/2010 11:40:16 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 40 replies · 1,673+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 04/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Senator Patty Murray (D, Wa) doesn't want to hear from her constituents if they are upset at her vote for Obama's take over of our nation's healthcare. One voter in particular has earned Murray's ire. He has almost daily called Murray's offices and in no uncertain terms informed the Senator that he hates her healthcare votes. Really hates it. Murray was so upset that her constituents had the gall to call and complain that she cravenly called in the F.B.I. to trap upset constituent Charles A. Wilson. The F.B.I. came upon an outrageous idea in order to confirm that the...
  • Blog boast: 'Great escape' at Mpls. City Hall (More DFL shenanigans at City Hall)

    03/10/2010 7:19:55 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 3 replies · 269+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 3/10/10 | Matt McKinney - Staff Reporter
    After learning last week that a sheriff's deputy was about to serve him a lawsuit in Minneapolis City Hall, a North Side activist slipped out through a back office -- accompanied by an aide to Mayor R.T. Rybak. The "great escape," as blogger John Hoff refers to the episode in the City Council chambers, was inadvertently broadcast on the city's cable network during its coverage of Police Chief Tim Dolan's reappointment hearings. Though he admits running down three flights of stairs to avoid being served, Hoff and mayoral aide Sherman Patterson both told a Star Tribune reporter this week they...
  • The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History

    12/28/2009 5:50:12 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 190 replies · 9,134+ views
    TMZ ^ | Dec 28th 2009 2:07AM | TMZ staff
    TMZ has obtained a never-before published photograph which appears to show John F. Kennedy on a boat filled with naked women -- it's a photo that could have altered world events.
  • Tiger Slams Door on Cops -- Again

    11/29/2009 11:30:20 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 264 replies · 3,870+ views
    TMZ.com ^ | Nov 29th 2009 2:05PM | TMZ Staff
    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Tiger Woods has canceled yet another meeting with the Florida Highway Patrol. We're told Tiger's lawyer canceled the meeting the FHP had wanted for 3:00 PM ET today. The lawyer gave no reason for the cancellation
  • Gaza Zoo Replaces Zebras With Painted Donkeys

    10/12/2009 11:40:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,101+ views
    APReport ^ | October 12, 2009
    Gaza Zoo Replaces Zebras With Painted Donkeys Zebras died of hunger earlier this year during the Israel-Hamas war [Pics in URL] Hatem Moussa / AP Zoo workers replaced 2 zebras that died of hunger during the January war with donkeys painted black and white. Mon., Oct . 12, 2009 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza City zookeepers have found a creative way of drawing crowds to their dilapidated zoo — by painting their donkeys. The Marah Land Zoo's only two zebras died of hunger earlier this year when they were neglected during the Israel-Hamas war. The popular animals were too...
  • Pfizer blocks tracking of Mary McLeod's helicopter trips!

    07/20/2008 2:08:28 PM PDT · by xDGx · 11 replies · 535+ views
    Pharma Law Blog ^ | Friday, July 18, 2008 | Peter Rost, M.D.
    So people at Pfizer are pretty upset about what's going on with their Sr VP HR and her frequent helicopter trips to her cozy cottage in Maryland. And since I dug up some information about Pfizer's infamous party jet back in 2006, I figured I'd use this data to find out how often Mary had been hopping back and forth between her private home and Pfizer's offices on Manhattan Here they are the N numbers for Pfizer's airplanes (see FAA to verify this info.): (more)
  • Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired (On Drudge)

    03/20/2008 5:51:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 203 replies · 8,222+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | by Bill Gertz
    ** EXCERPT ** Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday. ~snip~ A similar data breach took place in 1992 when State Department officials looked up data on presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in an attempt to find out information from the late 1960s, amid unfounded political campaign rumors that Mr. Clinton had sought to renounce his citizenship to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. That incident triggered a three-year investigation by a...
  • Harmon dumps Daly because of 'shenanigans'

    03/11/2008 10:06:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 457+ views
    AP ^ | March 11, 2008
    John Daly has been cut loose by swing coach Butch Harmon, who said Tuesday he was not going to waste his time with a two-time major champion who is more interested in drinking than working on his golf game. ``My whole goal for him was he's got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life,'' Harmon said from his golf school in Las Vegas. ``And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk.'' Harmon said he has worked three times this year with Daly, but he said Daly's behavior at the PODS Championship was...
  • Patrick fund-raising arrangement skirts law(Donations channeled through Democratic Party)

    01/23/2008 5:37:11 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 9 replies · 59+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 23, 2008 | Frank Phillips
    Governor Deval Patrick has set up a novel political fund-raising system that allows him to skirt the state's campaign finance law by channeling big contributions through the state Democratic Party, which, in turn, has paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars of the governor's political expenses.
  • Michigan Shenanigans Nothing New (Democrats For Mitt Romney)

    01/11/2008 10:59:21 AM PST · by jdm · 14 replies · 188+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 11, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    My friend Jazz Shaw at Middle Earth Journal points out a plan in the works, endorsed by Markos Moulitsas and Duncan Black to have Michigan Democrats play spoiler in the Republican primary. Their idea is to have Democrats vote for Mitt Romney so that he wins the primary and blunts John McCain's momentum. If Huckabee or Thompson win in South Carolina and then Rudy Giuliani wins in Florida, the thinking goes, the GOP Super Tuesday will go all higgledy-piggledy and the Millenium will have truly started. Or something along those lines. Well, it's not illegal, and they could do this...
  • Microsoft shutters Santa site (Computer chat turned naughty)

    12/06/2007 4:49:10 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 8 replies · 77+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 6, 2007 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. quickly shut down Santa Claus’ Web privileges after it found out the automated elf it created for kids to instant message with was talking naughty, not nice. Last year, Microsoft encouraged kids to connect directly to “Santa” by adding northpolelive.com to its Windows Live Messenger contact lists. The Santa program, which Microsoft reactivated in early December, asked children what they wanted for Christmas and could respond on topic, thanks to artificial intelligence. The holiday cheer soured this week when a reader of a United Kingdom-based technology news site, The Register, reported that a chat between Santa...
  • PR Pageant Officials Probe Pepper Spray (Puerto Rico beauty pageant contestant evening gowns spiked)

    11/25/2007 6:44:53 PM PST · by rawhide · 35 replies · 832+ views
    att.net world news ^ | 11/25/07, 8:45 PM EDT | REBECCA BANUCHI
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Beauty pageant organizers were investigating Sunday who doused a contestant's evening gowns with pepper spray and spiked her makeup, causing her to break out in hives. Beauty queen Ingrid Marie Rivera beat 29 rivals to become the island's 2008 Miss Universe contestant, despite applying makeup and wearing evening gowns that had been coated with pepper spray, pageant spokesman Harold Rosario said. Rivera was composed while appearing before cameras and judges throughout the competition. But once backstage, she had to strip off her clothes and apply ice bags to her face and body, which swelled...
  • Lowell Sun editor purchases house from Meehan(shenanigans)

    10/18/2007 5:18:57 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 4 replies · 63+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 18, 2007 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON - The editor of the Lowell Sun, which last December published a special section in tribute to Martin T. Meehan under a controversial arrangement between the newspaper and Meehan's staff, has purchased Meehan's house
  • Political Theater

    08/29/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 17 replies · 462+ views
    Vanity | 8/29/2006 | pgyanke
    Please forgive the vanity but I wanted to get this out there. I will acknowledge up front that we all have a sense of this so this won't be an entirely new thought to FreeRepublic but I don't think this has been expounded on outside of scattered posts. I apologize in advance if this has already been covered. I have been thinking about the polls lately. I used to think that they were nothing but wishful thinking by the DNC controlled MSM or maybe a bid at self-fulfilling prophecy. I'm thinking otherwise after digesting the shenanigans of our recent elections...
  • Men at work ( More Adnan Hajj fake photos )

    08/07/2006 10:23:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 179 replies · 7,733+ views
    Power line ^ | August 07, 2006 | Scott
    Page 1 above the fold in yesterday's New York Times featured a photo (below) by our new acquaintance Adnan Hajj. I suspect that not all is as it appears to be in the photo, and somehow doubt that Times readers will ever learn why that might be the case.The Reuters caption reads: "A severely wounded Lebanese civilian is carried away on a stretcher at Maameltain bridge, after it was targeted by Israeli air strikes, in the north of Beirut August 4, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)" (Thanks to reader David Butz.)
  • Vanity Fair's Photo Finagling

    02/25/2006 7:31:48 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies · 3,231+ views
    MIA Peter Arnett magically appears in Vietnam journo reunion pic In its December 2005 issue, Vanity Fair magazine manipulated a photograph to make it appear that veteran journalist Peter Arnett was among a group of war correspondents gathered on a teeming Ho Chi Minh City street during a reunion of the Vietnam press corps. In fact, according to a source familiar with the photo shoot, Arnett was not present when photographer Jonas Karlsson shot a group portrait of eight journalists last April. Instead, the former CNN star (who covered the war for the Associated Press) was subsequently photographed solo and...
  • State Fair junkie, or how I learned to love the shenanigans. Product reviews.

    10/09/2005 5:08:08 PM PDT · by An American in Turkiye · 46 replies · 787+ views
    An American In Turkiye
    Just got back from the Georgia National Fair. Ahhhh, the fair. The addicting aroma of deep fried oreos, bratwurst, Indian tacos, caramel apples, assorted meats on a stick, 5 pound baskets of cajun fries drowning in melted cheese, and turkey legs, all set amidst a background of electronic sounds permeating from the midway, people lugging around massive stuffed animals won from a carnie game, barns full of goats and horses ready to be judged, and the most important thing of all: the commercial vendors. Here, in the vast confines of numerous warehouses, hundreds of vendors set up shop, peddling anything...
  • FBI has photos of car at ATM (Coptic murder in NJ)

    03/02/2005 6:18:23 PM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 16 replies · 963+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 3/2/2005 | Michaelangelo Conte
    Security video from a Central Avenue bank's drive-through ATM machine has captured images of the car used by a man to steal from the account of the slain Jersey City family of four whose bodies were found bound and gagged in their Heights home in January, officials said.Hudson County Prosecutor Edward Defazio said investigators have been able to determine the make, model and year of the car and are having the images enhanced with the hope of being able to read the license plate number."We have ascertained, by surveillance, time and observation, that the vehicle used at the drive-in by...