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  • Democrats fear 'October surprise' as White House ponders hack response

    08/06/2016 11:50:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | August 5th, 2016 | By Eric Geller and Cory Bennett
    As Hillary Clinton supporters fret about a WikiLeaks “October surprise,” dozens of defense and security experts from both parties are urging the Obama administration to take tough action if it concludes that Russia orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on the Democratic Party. But based on past U.S. handling of foreign-sponsored cyberassaults, it could take months or even years to mount such a response — action that could encompass anything from public shaming or economic sanctions to indictments or retaliatory hacking. Even the most optimistic timeline, according to interviews with former security and law enforcement officials, could delay a forceful U.S....
  • Team Trump Plans Public Event Friday With VP Pick

    07/12/2016 2:43:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 205 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUL 12 2016, 5:15 PM ET
    Donald Trump will showcase his vice presidential pick at a public event on Friday, multiple sources tell NBC News. Trump's possible picks are thought to be narrowed to three candidates: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. While the joint appearance is expected on Friday, it's not clear whether or not the identity of the pick could be released or could leak earlier in the week. Trump is scheduled to attend a fundraiser and rally in Indiana Tuesday night with Pence; he campaigned with Christie on Monday and with Newt Gingrich last...
  • Woman finds body parts inside freezer she bought for $30

    06/01/2016 5:23:44 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    The State ^ | JUNE 1, 2016 | KATE IRBY
    The woman who sold the freezer told her neighbor not to open it because a Sunday school class was using it as a time capsule. The truth wasn’t nearly so innocent. The woman, who asked not to be identified, told WNCN that she opened the freezer Friday, three weeks after getting it, because no one from the church came by. “A church was supposed to come, pick up the items inside the freezer. I was supposed to get the freezer back,” she said. “The church never came. I decided to open it.” Instead of a time capsule, the Goldsboro, North...
  • Video of Mother’s Day brawl at East Point restaurant surfaces online

    05/10/2016 4:54:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 45 replies
    What started as a peaceful Mother’s Day dinner at Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on Camp Creek Parkway turned into a massive brawl between employees and customers.Video of the fight surfaced online showing people throwing plates, trays and an ice bucket into the dining area.Sailyn Barlow, 14, and her father captured the incident with their cellphones.“I’m actually thinking it’s very good stuff,” Barlow told Channel 2 Action News. “I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I’m going to have a lot of views on this if I post it. Wow, I can’t believe this is actually happening. And wow, I hope I don’t...
  • Donald Trump Wins New York GOP Primary

    04/19/2016 6:03:27 PM PDT · by NRx · 250 replies
    CNN ^ | 04-19-2016 | CNN
    For the record...
  • Reports: Trump Left Off Some Florida Ballots; “Dozens of Complaints”

    03/15/2016 10:50:14 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 107 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/15/2016 | Kristinn Taylor
    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name was left off Florida primary ballots according to reports relayed by Fox News’ Jennifer Eckhart on Twitter who said the local Fox affiliate has received “dozens of complaints.” Eckhart wrote the irregularities are in “Jupiter County” which does not exist. She probably meant the town of Jupiter or Palm Beach County where Jupiter is located. Palm Beach County is where Trump’s Florida base Mar-a-Lago is located.
  • The Real Donald Trump

    02/19/2016 2:51:08 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 174 replies ^ | 2/19/16 | by Dana Loesch
    An exposé on Donald Trump where Dana Loesch reveals how Donald Trump has long time connections with organized crime in almost all of his partnerships, his always changing and never constant stance on the 2nd amendment, and how he is basically controlled by the banks who he depends on for his big business deal ventures.
  • Hillary 2 Hours Late to Rally, Audience Groans

    12/11/2015 6:48:25 PM PST · by W. · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11 December 2015 | Michael Warren
    Members of an audience waiting to hear from Hillary Clinton in Oklahoma Friday audibly groaned when it was revealed the Democratic presidential candidate would be late for the event.Groaner here
  • It's Carnage-Swiss Franc Soars Most Ever After SNB Abandons EURCHF Floor-Macro Hedge Funds Crushed

    01/15/2015 5:13:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-15-2015 | Durden
    "As if millions of macro hedge funds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced" Over two decades ago, George Soros took on the Bank of England, and won. Just before lunch local time, the Swiss National Bank took on virtually every single macro hedge fund, the vast majority of which were short the Swiss Franc and crushed them, when it announced, first, that it would go further into NIRP, pushing its interest rate on deposit balances even more negative from -0.25% to -0.75%, a move which in itself would have been unprecedented and, second, announcing that the 1.20...
  • UN Inspectors find Mustard Gas Shells

    12/04/2002 12:53:24 PM PST · by rumrunner · 129 replies · 2,040+ views
    AP | 12/05/2002
    Demetrius Perricos, who is leading one of the U.N. inspection teams in Iraq, said Wednesday his team of international arms experts secured about a dozen Iraqi artillery shells containing the mustard liquid agent.
  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    09/23/2014 9:46:11 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 23, 2014 | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE
    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.SnipThe United States has ruled out any coordination with Assad's government.
  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Hot ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says “slow news Friday” like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he’s an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who’s heard something from someone who’s in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven’t seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What’s most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he’s talking...
  • Soldier Surprise: Mom Overjoyed on 5th Anniversary of Son's Death

    07/25/2014 10:35:12 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • 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, 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 ^ |
    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...