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  • Soldier Surprise: Mom Overjoyed on 5th Anniversary of Son's Death

    07/25/2014 10:35:12 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/24/14 | KSTP Staff
    They say life is full of surprises. Thursday afternoon, amidst the hustle and bustle of a downtown Minneapolis lunch hour, Jill Stephenson's surprise waited behind an SUV. When Erick Innis popped out, Stephenson was speechless. Innis isn't Jill's son, but he might as well be. In Afghanistan, Innis fought alongside Stephenson's actual son, Rosemount native and Army Ranger Ben Kopp. Innis and Kopp were best friends. When Kopp was shot by a sniper in July 2009, Innis carried him to the medivac. Weeks later, when Kopp was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Innis was there too.
  • Microsoft Memo Buries Layoff News in 11th Paragraph, Greets Readers with Cheery ‘Hello There’

    07/20/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 18, 2014 - 2:59 PM | Kelly Lawyer
    On Thursday, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs (14% of the company workforce) in the next year, the largest reduction in company history. Since its acquisition of Nokia, experts predicted there would be some layoffs, but the number is double the amount predicted. Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s device unit (the hardest hit by the layoffs) and former CEO of Nokia, proceeded to bury the news about 12,500 layoffs in the eleventh paragraph of a corporate memo. Elop begins the memo with a cheery “Hello there,” stating Microsoft’s strategy is “focused on productivity and our desire to help people...
  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Nevadan Named BLM Chief - Senate Confirms Former Reid Adviser

    04/11/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    CBS/Las Vegas ^ | April 9, 2014
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A natural resource manager who grew up in Elko has been named director of the Bureau of Land Management. The U.S. Senate voted 71-28 on Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Neil Kornze to the post. Kornze was raised in Elko and is a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He joined the BLM in 2011 and has been leading the agency as principal deputy director for the past year.
  • Harvey Whittemore Convicted Of Making Illegal Campaign Contributions To Harry Reid

    04/11/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 5/29/2013 | By SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev. — A Nevada powerbroker who headed a billion-dollar real estate company and pulled the strings of state politics as a prominent lobbyist for more than a decade was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. Harvey Whittemore, 59, could face up to 15 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on three counts tied to nearly $150,000 illegally funneled to Reid's re-election campaign in 2007. Later in the day, U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks declared a mistrial on a count of lying...
  • Consumers Hit With Surprise Tax in Obamacare Premium

    02/26/2014 6:38:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 2/26/2014 | Brianna Ehley
    Obamacare isn't just impacting the uninsured. Americans who already had health coverage before the Affordable Care Act will likely pay more this year and even more in the years to come. Insurance companies, faced with new Obamacare fees and taxes meant to help fund the law, are planning to pass along the added costs to consumers. This includes the multibillion-dollar annual “Insurance Providers Fee,” which took effect in January and is assessed to each company based on its share of annual premiums collected by the entire industry. This new fee is expected to raise $8 billion this year and more...
  • Woman gives birth in Walmart parking lot

    01/04/2014 6:39:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | Jan 03 2014 11:36:59 AM EST | John Shull
    A pregnant woman and her three daughters were waiting in the car while the father went into the store to grab a few groceries. The mother's water broke while he was shopping, however, and when he came outside, he saw his children yelling for him to hurry to the car. The man had only been inside the store for a few minutes, but in that short amount of time, the mother had given birth to her fourth child
  • Wife gives her husband's new fiancee an incredible Christmas surprise...2 years after she died

    12/21/2013 9:13:54 PM PST · by rawhide · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-21-13 | By Ashley Collman
    'I love you whoever you are': Wife gives her husband's new fiancee an incredible Christmas surprise with an emotional seal of approval... two years after she DIEDBrenda Schmitz died of ovarian cancer two years ago. She was a wife and mother to four boys One month before her death, she wrote a letter to be sent to a local radio station when her husband fell in love again For the past 20 years KSTZ has been granting listeners wishes, and Schmitz was a fan of holiday program The letter asks for her husband David's new fiancee to be treated to...
  • Surprise home burns; Rural Metro bills owner almost $20k

    11/07/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    Fox 10 News ^ | 11/.05/2013 | Jill Monier
    <p>PHOENIX - A man's house burned to the ground, but that wasn't his only shock -- because two weeks later, he received a bill for almost $20,000 from the private fire department that tried to fight it.</p> <p>One state lawmaker says fire coverage in rural areas of Arizona is a mess and he says there needs to be oversight.</p>
  • "I just read about it in the paper like you did"

    10/29/2013 9:05:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Muhself ^ | 10-29-13 | TZ
    how many other BS quotes similar to this can you find from Dear Reader? hed didn't know about this and didn't know about that... Feel free to post them.
  • Number, cost of Obamacare plans may surprise

    10/04/2013 1:30:48 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10-3-2013 | Scott Powers, Staff Writer
    Once people start checking out the health-insurance policies available under the Affordable Care Act, they may be in for two big surprises. The first may come as they realize how many choices they have: People in Orange, Lake and Osceola counties can pick from up to 98 different plans, from four companies each offering multiple levels of coverage. Seminole offers 158. "You hit the button, and 80 or 90 or 100 plans jump out, and you have no idea what to do," said Don Kirkendall of AffordableOne Insurance in Winter Park. The second will come from the retail price —...
  • 'I had no idea he was gay': Jason Collins' ex-fiancee and partner of eight years

    04/30/2013 12:11:30 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 108 replies
    The former fiancee of NBA star Jason Collins said today she had no idea that he was gay, despite dating him for eight years. Carolyn Moos, 34, broke up with Collins - who became the first openly gay, active player when he came out yesterday - in 2009 when he cancelled their wedding, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The 6'5" former WNBA player said she was shocked when Collins delivered the news to her last weekend and confessed that was the real reason he ended their relationship.
  • A North Korean Nuclear Pearl Harbor?

    04/05/2013 8:52:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 94 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | April 5, 2013 | Dr Peter Vincent Pry
    At this dangerous juncture, it may be useful to remember Pearl Harbor and some other lessons from history. After all, there is some compelling evidence that North Korea just might be able to deliver on its threat to make a catastrophic nuclear attack on the United States: North Korea has conducted three successful nuclear tests, and has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads that are deployed on its Nodong medium-range missiles. In December, North Korea successfully orbited a satellite weighing 220 pounds--so they could deliver against the United States, or against any nation on Earth, a small nuclear warhead. A...
  • Guy Buys $123 Safe on eBay, Finds Major Cash Inside

    01/22/2013 5:41:37 AM PST · by rawhide · 88 replies
    newser.com ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
    When James Labrecque listed an old safe—to which he did not have the combination—on eBay, the seller warned, "What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back." A Tennessee man purchased it for $122.93, had a welder cut it open—and found $26,000 inside. The buyer shared the news with Labrecque via a positive review on the auction site, and Labrecque quickly attempted to convince the buyer to give him some of the cash, to no avail. In fact, WMC-TV reports, the buyer quoted Labrecque's own eBay disclaimer right back to him when turning him down. "I...
  • 'Twitter bombs' may deliver late election surprise

    11/03/2012 11:25:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    afp ^ | 11/3/12 | Rob Lever (
    WASHINGTON — As US election day approaches, "Twitter bombs" are expected to fly as part of efforts to swing votes in a close race. The "bombs," a form of spam, are unsolicited Twitter responses which are retweeted with the help of automated computer programs, or "bots", to get maximum distribution. These are examples of cyber tricks which could surface in the final days of the US election campaign from candidates or, more likely, outside groups supporting a candidate or cause. The "bomb" technique is as old as Twitter, and is similar to e-mail spam. Both can be used for commercial...
  • An October Surprise

    10/23/2012 12:09:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2012 | Phillis Schlafly
    Political pundits have been warning about an October surprise that could affect the outcome of the presidential election. But this year's October surprise may have been the 9/11 murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans, and President Obama's deceitful, cowardly response. The fallout is the collapse of the false narrative that the assassination of bin Laden brought finality to Muslim threats, the proof of the failure of President Obama's Middle East policy, and the cover-up. A cover-up is a bad act or false statement followed by an effort to conceal or mislead public knowledge. Obama got...
  • Per twitter Matt Boyd: Daily Caller set to run ‘explosive story’ about Obama’s past

    10/15/2012 7:42:25 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 165 replies
    Per Matthwe Boyd I have an explosive story about Barack Obama's past coming tonight.
  • Obama’s October Surprise – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    10/10/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 10/10/2012 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Obama has an October surprise up his sleeve. Here it is! Tune in!
  • US planning to attack terror networks in Benghazi?

    10/03/2012 9:20:25 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Now that the Obama administration has belatedly admitted that the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack — and not, as they claimed for nearly two weeks, a particularly lively movie review — now what? The New York Times reports this morning that the US has begun preparing for a military attack on the “militants” involved in the terrorist attack, but that may run into some complications: The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya, senior military and counterterrorism officials...
  • Jogger targeted by teens turns out to be Kung Fu expert

    06/23/2012 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 132 replies
    FOXNEWS via NEWSCORE ^ | 06/22/12 | NewsCore
    VANCOUVER, Wash. – Two teenagers got more than they bargained for when a Washington state woman they attempted to assault turned out to be an expert in martial arts. KATU reports that Priscilla Dang was jogging in her Vancouver neighborhood last Friday when she was approached by two teenagers on their bikes. One pulled in front of her as the other groped her from behind. Fortunately for Dang she had studied Kung Fu for 18 years at a martial arts school owned by her family. She used the training to teach her attacker some manners. "I grabbed him and said,...
  • No Surprise, but a Big Response

    06/02/2012 9:36:26 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    ConnecticutComments ^ | 6/2/2012 | Jeff
    We are now one day past the terrible employment numbers released by the government yesterday and two days past the updated GDP numbers for the first quarter that showed growth at an anemic 1.9% rate. The numbers were just short of showing that America has re-entered a recession. Indeed, as more data comes out, that may be what we find. Certainly there are some very respected economic analysts who are predicting a return to recession. From a political standpoint, these numbers are devastating for president Obama. Writing in "Commentary", Peter Wehner puts it quite well: The trajectory of events is...
  • Is Harvey Weinstein Plotting an October Surprise for Obama? (Hussein's Hollywood classified docs)

    05/30/2012 3:45:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/17/12 | John Hudson
    Is Harvey Weinstein Plotting an October Surprise for Obama?By John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire – Thu, May 17, 2012 All the cards are in place for Hollywood producer and Democratic Party booster Harvey Weinstein to deliver a cinematic October surprise for President Obama's re-election campaign. It seems the reluctance of Sony Pictures to release Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow's film tracking the Osama bin Laden assassination ahead of the November election is not shared by Weinstein. While Zero Dark Thirty, based on Dalton Fury's book Kill Bin Laden has been pushed to December 19, the Los...
  • No Surprise When Cory Booker Defends Capitalism

    05/28/2012 5:22:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2012 | Star Parker
    Winston Churchill captured what this presidential election is about when he observed “the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” It’s why the young black Democrat mayor of Newark, NJ, Cory Booker, got high level repudiation from the Obama campaign, including from the president himself, when he insolently suggested that Bain Capital, the investment firm once headed by Mitt Romney, might actually do positive things. Booker, an Obama campaign surrogate, went off script on Meet the Press when he refused to justify a campaign attack ad...
  • 6-Year-Old Boy Walks to His U.S. Marine Father for the First Time

    05/10/2012 5:29:12 AM PDT · by Doogle · 22 replies
    YT ^ | 05/09/12 | TheBobjohnson1984
    Marine dad gets the surprise when he comes home...a reversal of sorts. He sees his son walk for the first time
  • Another $17 trillion surprise found in Obamacare

    03/30/2012 10:00:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 149 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/12 | Neil Munro
    Senate Republican staffers continue to look though the 2010 health care reform law to see what’s in it, and their latest discovery is a massive $17 trillion funding gap. “The more we learn about the bill, the more we learn it is even more unaffordable than was suspected,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican’s budget chief in the Senate. “The bill has to be removed from the books because we don’t have the money,” he said. The hidden shortfall between new spending and new taxes was revealed just after Supreme Court justices grilled the law’s supporters about its compliance...
  • Surprise! It Was Romney Backers That Pushed For Open Primary In Michigan

    02/28/2012 7:48:59 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    http://rebelpundit.com/ ^ | Feb 28, 2012 | Kurt Rand
    According to a Michigan Republican State Committee (MRSC) member, Romney backers in statewide Republican leadership roles, including the governor and attorney general, pushed for an open Michigan primary. These open primary rules allow voters to vote in either party’s primary without declaring any party affiliation. As the governing body of the state Republican Party in Michigan, the state committee every four years determines the methodology of awarding delegates in the presidential contest. Although Michigan voters are not registered according to party affiliation, political parties can take steps to make it more difficult for political opponents to have a say in...
  • Strangely Moving Antarctic Lakes Surprise Researchers (viscous buckling)

    02/01/2012 7:03:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 2/1/12 | Andrea Mustain
    Researchers recently uncovered a startling phenomenon — a set of teardrop-shaped lakes in Antarctica that mysteriously move, jogging along at a pace as fast as 5 feet (1.5 meters) per day. The lakes sit atop the George VI ice shelf — a massive floating plain of ice larger than Vermont, composed of the mingled fronts of glaciers that flow off the edge of the continent and rest on the ocean. Glaciologist Doug MacAyeal at the University of Chicago, and student researcher C.H. LaBarbera, noticed the traveling bodies of water while studying satellite images of 11 ice shelf lakes captured between...
  • Global Economic Crisis: The U.S. An Insolvent And Ungovernable Country

    12/18/2011 11:44:24 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-18-2011 | LEAP
    Global Economic Crisis: The U.S. An Insolvent And Ungovernable Country Economics / Global Debt Crisis 2012 Dec 18, 2011 - 11:57 AM By: LEAP As announced in previous GEABs, in this issue our team presents its anticipations on the changes in the United States for the period 2012-2016. This country, the epicentre of the global systemic crisis and pillar of the international system since 1945, will go through a particularly tragic in its history during these five years. Already insolvent it will become ungovernable bringing about, for Americans and those who depend on the United States violent and destructive economic,...
  • Military Dad Surprises Daughter at Spelling Bee After She Spells 'Sergeant'

    10/12/2011 1:04:30 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 21 replies
    U2be ^ | 11/12/11 | Random
    A spelling bee at a Boca Raton elementary school was actually a ruse for 9-year-old Skylar Johnson. Skylar's father, Staff Sgt. Therron Johnson, had been on tour in Iraq since last Christmas. But Friday, he was waiting to surprise her during the spelling bee. While Skylar was on stage spelling the word "Sergeant," the principal asked if she knows any sergeants. As soon as Skyler answered, "my dad," Staff Sgt. Johnson made his entrance. Skylar is completely stunned and in tears at the sight of her father, a man she hasn't seen in eight months. Unfortunately, Johnson is only home...
  • Obama Taps Surprise Choice For Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman

    05/25/2011 4:03:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 5/25/11 | Grace Wyler
    President Barack Obama has chosen Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to AP sources. Dempsey is a surprising choice because he began a four-year term as Army chief of staff just last month. Service chiefs have rarely, if ever, been promoted to JCS chairman so quickly. Marine Gen. James Cartwright, an Obama favorite, had long been considered the frontrunner for the JCS post. Gen. Cartwright was passed over, government officials said Tuesday, due to an inquiry into anonymous accusations that the general had a relationship with
  • Obama's Israel Surprise

    05/19/2011 10:21:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/19/11 | Jay Solomon & Carol E. Lee
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, seeking to get ahead of historic changes rolling through the Middle East, promised support for democratic uprisings in the Arab world and called for the first time to begin negotiations for a Palestinian state based on Israel's pre-1967 borders. Mr. Obama, in a wide-ranging speech on the Mideast, stressed to a global audience—the speech was broadcast in English, Arabic and Farsi—that with the fall of governments in Tunisia and Egypt and the death of Osama bin Laden, the era of al Qaeda and Islamist militancy is giving way to an age of popular rule.
  • NYT LEAD THURSDAY: OBAMA PLANS SURPRISE IN MIDEAST SPEECH.. DEVELOPING... (nothing follows)

    05/18/2011 7:02:06 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 117 replies
    Drudge report.com ^ | 05/18/2011 | Drudge
    NYT LEAD THURSDAY: OBAMA PLANS SURPRISE IN MIDEAST SPEECH.. DEVELOPING...
  • Pentagon estimates Libya costs at $608 million (and counting...lots of angry comments)

    04/11/2011 9:24:34 AM PDT · by quesney · 56 replies
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Monday the military intervention in Libya cost the U.S. an extra $608 million in the first few of weeks of the operation. Spending is down significantly, though not as much as expected. Defense Department spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Kathleen Kesler said it will take several weeks to tally exactly how much has been spent. But $608 million is the price tag officials have estimated through April 4 — or for 17 days of the mission, the most recent figures available. The estimate shows a large drop from what the U.S. spent in the early days of...
  • St. Patrick's Day surprise: Study finds relatives who share Obama's Irish ancestry; some kin unhappy

    03/17/2011 7:01:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 149 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | March 17, 2011 | Philip Caulfield
    A new study claims that President Obama has 28 living relatives who share his Irish ancestry, but some of the newly discovered kin aren't eager to share a pint with him. In the study, released to The Associated Press by family history website Ancestry.com, genealogists traced the descendants of about two dozen passengers who came to America from Ireland on the ship Marmion in March 1850.
  • Chicago's Finances Are Even Worse Than Everyone Thought (don't fall of your chair!!)

    02/14/2011 7:32:37 PM PST · by mewykwistmas · 42 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | businessinsider.com
    Just when Chicago's fiscal problems looked they couldn't get much worse, a new study shows that the city now faces nearly $23 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, the Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago's unfunded pension obligation has increased 600% since 2000, according to the report, released by the city's Civic Federation. When combined with state pension debt, unfunded liabilities on public employee pensions would now cost each Chicago resident more than $11,934. Much of the blame rests with Illinois' pension code, which allows local governments to avoid paying their contributions to public employee pension plans. This problem is exacerbated, the report...
  • Muslim Inbreeding: Impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society .

    12/30/2010 12:48:38 PM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 68 replies · 108+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 11 August 2010 | Nicolai Sennels
    Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1.400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences of intermarriage between first cousins often have serious impact on the offspring's intelligence, sanity, health and on their surroundings The most famous example of inbreeding is in ancient Egypt, where several Pharaonic dynasties collapsed after a couple of hundred years. In order to keep wealth and power within the family, the Pharaohs often married their own sister or half-sister and after a handful of generations the offspring were mentally and physically unfit to rule. Another historical example is...
  • Biden and Cop - Caption This Photo

    11/22/2010 1:36:55 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 37 replies · 1+ views
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  • The Conservatives Come Back From the Dead

    10/31/2010 8:28:40 PM PDT · by Saije · 16 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/31/2010 | Lou Cannon
    Soon after Barack Obama's inauguration Sam Tanenhaus opined in The New Republic and later in a stylistic book, The Death of Conservatism, that liberalism had won a lasting political triumph in the 2008 elections and that conservatives were the wave of the past. Tanenhaus, who edits the influential Week in Review section of The New York Times, was expressing post-election conventional wisdom when he declared that conservative doctrine had "not only been defeated but discredited" by Obama's election... Another 2009 book, by the Democratic strategist James Carville, put the case bluntly. In 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule...
  • Salamander's egg surprise - Algae enjoy symbiotic relationship with embryos.

    08/10/2010 12:27:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Nature News ^ | 4 August 2010 | Anna Petherick
    Scientists have stumbled across the first example of a photosynthetic organism living inside a vertebrate's cells. The discovery is a surprise because the adaptive immune systems of vertebrates generally destroy foreign biological material. In this case, however, a symbiotic alga seems to be surviving unchallenged — and might be giving its host a solar-powered metabolic boost. Algae cohabit with salamander embryos in their eggs — and inside their cells.T. LEVIN/PHOTOLIBRARY.COM The embryos of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) have long been known to enjoy a mutualistic relationship with the single-celled alga Oophila amblystomatis. The salamanders' viridescent eggs are coloured by...
  • October Surprise redux?

    07/14/2010 7:25:31 AM PDT · by DNME · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2010 | Pamela Gellar
    July 13, 2010 The October Surprise Is Coming By Pamela Geller The October Surprise. We all know it's coming. In what shape, idea, form -- who's to say? Evil always surprises. Its goals are constant, the ultimate objective never changes, but inevitably it manifests itself as the savior of the day, the savior of man. The 2008 Democrat October Surprise that ushered in the first hardcore radical post-American president in American history was the "economic collapse." Oh yes, that was a beaut. The time before that, the moochers and the looters tried to fake Bush documents -- except that the...
  • May Factory Orders Drop More Than Expected

    07/02/2010 7:20:17 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 130 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/02/2010 | Reuters
    New orders for U.S. factory products tumbled much more than expected in May, posting their sharpest drop since the depth of the recession and their first decline in nine months, a government report showed Friday
  • New-home sales plunge 33% to record low in May

    06/23/2010 8:38:53 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 28 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 6-23-10 | Rex Nutting
    Sales of new single-family homes plunged 33% in May to a record-low level after a federal subsidy for home buyers expired, according to data released Wednesday by the Commerce Department. Sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 300,000, the lowest since records began in 1963. April's sales pace was revised down to 446,000 compared with the 504,000 originally reported. March's sales were also revised lower. The results were much worse than expected, and economists had expected a 20% decline to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 405,000. See complete economic calendar and consensus forecast.
  • Stimulus Surprise: Companies Retrench When Government Spends

    06/18/2010 7:27:30 AM PDT · by bigbob · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Harvard Business School ^ | 5-24-10 | Sean Silverthorne
    New research from Harvard Business School suggests that federal spending in states appears to cause local businesses to cut back rather than grow. A conversation with Joshua Coval. Key concepts include: * The average state experiences a 40 to 50 percent increase in earmark spending if its senator becomes chair of one of the top-three congressional committees. In the House, the average is around 20 percent. * For broader measures of spending, such as discretionary state-level federal transfers, the increase from being represented by a powerful senator is around 10 percent. * In the year that follows a congressman's ascendancy,...
  • Surprise woman wants stripper career over kids, punches son

    06/15/2010 9:46:03 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 105 replies · 3,040+ views
    by Jennifer Thomas azfamily.com Posted on June 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM Updated today at 9:38 AM Related: * Police discuss Surprise mom who chose to leave kids to become stripper SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Police officers arrested a 29-year-old Surprise woman after she reportedly told police she didn't want her children any longer and punched her 11-year-old son in the stomach in front of officers. On Friday, police received a call from an 11-year-old boy who said his mother was packing and moving to California and wasn't taking him or his 6-year-old brother with her. When police officers arrived, they...
  • New US weekly jobless claims make surprise jump ("..strengthening of the labor market is a myth..")

    05/20/2010 9:14:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 806+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – New US unemployment claims have risen for the first time in five weeks according to a report published Thursday, fueling concerns that a key cog of the US recovery is faltering. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims totalled 471,000 in the week ending May 15, up 25,000 or 5.6 percent from the prior week's revised figure of 446,000. The figure was higher than the average analyst forecast of a drop to 439,000 new claims. "The move was completely opposite of expectations," said Jeffrey Rosen, an economist with Briefing.com. The rise was a hammer blow to hopes...
  • PD: Man arrested after discharging gun inside Walmart

    04/08/2010 5:21:27 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 59 replies · 1,469+ views
    abc15.com ^ | 8 Apr 10 | Samantha Fitzgerald
    PD: Man arrested after discharging gun inside Walmart Reported by: Samantha Fitzgerald EL MIRAGE, AZ -- A west Valley Wal-Mart customer was arrested Thursday after accidentally firing a round while playing with his pistol inside the store. El Mirage Police Department spokesman Robert Peoples said officers were dispatched to the store near Thunderbird and Dysart roads after a call came in that shots had been fired. While officers were en route, they discovered no one had been injured and that the store manager was standing with the suspect. Peoples said the suspect was identified as 30-year-old David Walters, of Surprise....
  • New weekly US jobs claims post surprise rise (highest number of new claims since February 27)

    04/08/2010 1:58:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 597+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – New claims for unemployment insurance benefits in the United States unexpectedly rose last week, government data showed Thursday in a mixed report on the troubled labor market. Initial jobless claims increased by 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 460,000 in the week ending April 3, the Labor Department said, revising slightly upward the prior week's reading to 442,000. The rise surprised most analysts who had expected new claims to fall to 435,000 and snap two weeks of declines. The headline figure was the highest number of new claims since February 27. Since starting a downward trend in late...
  • Pelosi's Big Surprise

    03/12/2010 11:29:46 AM PST · by Sockdologer · 6 replies · 585+ views
    South Dakota Politics ^ | March 12, 2010 | Miranda Flint
    President Bush said a number of embarrassing things when he was president. I got a kick out of most of them – especially the line about working hard to "put food on your family." So I was as delighted as any Democrat when the first Bushism books came out. Those days are gone, but I think we may have the pleasure of reading a book of Pelosisms soon. I say this because, on the 9th, Pelosi made the following statement at the National Association of Counties Conference: We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what...
  • Woman pleads guilty in hammer attack on husband

    02/25/2010 1:02:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 40 replies · 964+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/25/10
    SALT LAKE CITY, (AP) -- A 37-year-old Salt Lake City woman acknowledged hitting her husband in the head with a hammer three years ago after blindfolding him and promising a surprise.
  • Moneysense.ca: Life Insurance - Swine flu surprise

    11/09/2009 4:25:41 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 453+ views
    Moneys Sense via LSM Insurance ^ | Nov. 2009 | Rob Gerlsbeck
    But underwriters are breaking down H1N1 applicants into three categories: those who currently have the flu, those who had a mild case and recovered, and those who were hospitalized. Those who have it now won't be considered for coverage until they get better, he says, while those who have recovered from a mild case have to wait two to three months. Those unlucky enough to be hospitalized may not qualify for life insurance for a full year.Marr's assessment is based on feedback from insurance industry underwriters. But when contacted by MoneySense, several insurance companies denied having such rules. One spokesperson...