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  • Woman Arrested for Whipping Great-GrandDaughter With Switch

    06/30/2016 10:43:43 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 87 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | ABC7 Staff
    An Arkansas woman was taken to jail for using a switch on her great-granddaughter, who she says was misbehaving. Police say the girl has visible welts on her arm. Norma Toussaint, 70, says she's not a bad person, but says she did pull a switch off her front hedges, stripped the leaves and used it to punish her 12-year-old great-granddaughter. "I went back in the house and whooped her on her arm," Toussaint said. Upset, the girl threatened to dial 911. "I asked, I said, 'You want to call the police on me?' And she said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Call...
  • How did SNL star become a staunch Israel supporter?

    06/10/2016 4:03:54 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/16 | Yoni Kempinsky
    Actor and comedian Joe Piscopo earned nationwide fame with his celebrity impersonations, Saturday Night Live skits, and roles in Hollywood films like the remake of King Kong and Wise Guys. Less well-known, however, is Piscopo’s ardent support for the State of Israel. Now hosting his own daily radio show, Piscopo airs his views on a social and political issues – including what he sees as the trend within the Democratic Party towards abandoning Israel. Earlier this week, Piscopo sat down with Arutz Sheva to discuss the roots of his own pro-Israel views, his frustrations with the Democratic Party, and who...
  • Donald Trump's type of voter found in big numbers in Pennsylvania

    03/21/2016 12:26:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 03/21/16 | Laura Olson and Scott Kraus
    A lifelong Democrat, Ed Toth describes himself politically as an independent. The 60-year-old health-food store owner voted twice for Barack Obama, but he also voted in 1984 for Ronald Reagan. This year, fed up with both parties, the North Whitehall Township resident is all in for Donald Trump, switching his registration from Democrat to Republican so he could vote in the primary. "He's been successful," Toth said. "He says he wants to make America great again. I'm all for that." If Trump is the Republican nominee, he could benefit in Pennsylvania from a sizable contingent of independent-minded, white, working-class voters....
  • "Ditch & Switch" Stump for Trump ladies!

    09/28/2015 9:52:43 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 10 replies
    you tube ^ | 9/28/15 | Diamond & Silk
    Looks like the Stump for Trump ladies have begun a grassroots organizing thing for getting voters to switch from D to R to vote in the primaries.
  • Congress Asked to Investigate Whether Obama Administration Delayed GM Ignition Switch Recall

    12/08/2014 10:12:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 8, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Today, we requested that the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform undertake an "independent" investigation of the General Motors ignition switch recall delay, in light of newly obtained emails by lawyers suing GM. Those emails suggest that the Treasury may have timed its final sale of GM shares to precede public knowledge of the ignition switch fiasco. They also cast doubt on GM CEO Mary Barra's previous account of what she knew and when she knew it. Here is the text of a letter I sent today to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, in photo, the incoming Chairman of the...
  • What will you do if the Internet & Phone communication are taken down?

    06/18/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by publius321 · 97 replies
    Tea Parties happened organically BECAUSE we have each other. Hence, terrorists, tyrants and those who intend harm to our freedom and constitution know they MUST isolate us by CONTROLLING the INTERNET and phone communication when it hits the fan. (Articles on that subject are featured in at cbPatriot.) The CB Patriot Project is the place to join patriots from around America who have already joined the project to assure we can still communicate and congregate - just as we did in 2008 when the tea parties began to rise up. Social media was not nearly as relevant when we started...
  • Elbert Guillory: "Why I Am a Republican"

    06/18/2013 6:11:11 PM PDT · by neal1960 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 16, 2013 | Elbert Guillory
    Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

    03/14/2013 7:58:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    VARIOUS SITES | 03-14-2013 | EEE
    Folks, Keep your eyes on the target. Everyone (for good reason) is crowing over how Sen. Ted Cruz completely creamed Marxist CA Senator Dianne Feinstein. If you haven't seen it, go here here However, this is classic Democrat Party bait-and-switch. If you're old enough to remember FReeping in the Clinton years like I have, you'd remember that the Clinton Democrats will put out a bill so extreme as to generate an uproar, then withdraw the bill and admit that they overreach and introduce "more modest" legislation. Well, the more "modest" gun legislation is none other than Chucky Schumer's Universal Background...
  • Luntz Focus Group Of Mostly Former Obama Voters Switch To Romney

    10/16/2012 8:50:53 PM PDT · by Snuph · 20 replies
    video at link...... A Frank Luntz focus group made up mostly of former Obama voters say they now support Mitt Romney. "Forceful, compassionate, presidential," one participant said. "Confident and realistic," said another. "Presidential," another told Luntz. "Enthusiastic," another reacted. "Our next president," one man said. "Dynamo, winner," said one more.

    08/18/2012 3:51:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 17/8/12 | Joe Kovacs
    In 2008, he was one of the biggest champions for Barack Obama, even serving as an Obama campaign co-chairman and seconding Obama’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Ads by Google Buffett's Bid For Obama Find Out How Warren Got Is Way And How He is Making His Next Mil. Jesus Loves You Discover God's Love For You. Say A Prayer - Change Your Life! But that was then and this is now. Today, Artur Davis, a former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama is now supporting Republican Mitt Romney for president, and is joining him on the campaign...
  • Texas House Democrat J.M. Lozano becoming a Republican (Party Switch)

    03/05/2012 5:46:09 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 20 replies ^ | 3/5/12
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Democratic state Rep. J. M. Lozano will switch parties and become a Republican, further padding the GOP super-majority in the Texas House. A spokesman said Monday that Lozano plans to announce his decision Thursday in Austin and in his Gulf Coast home district, which includes Kingsville. The move gives the Republicans 102 seats of the House's 150, but that will only matter if a special session is called.
  • State Rep. Bert Jones now (officially) a Republican (North Carolina)

    09/22/2011 5:43:26 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies
    Rep. Bert Jones, a Reidsville lawmaker who ran in 2010 as an unaffiliated candidate, is now officially a Republican, according to the State Board of Elections database. "Welcome," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. "He's been an invaluable freshmen member of the House." Jones, a Dentist and former county commissioner, ousted incumbent Democrat Nelson Cole in 2010. As an unaffiliated candidate, he had to collect signatures to get on the ballot and would have had to follow the same procedure in 2012 if he wanted to run as an unaffiliated member again. By registering as...
  • State Rep. Bert Jones now (officially) a Republican (North Carolina)

    09/22/2011 5:43:25 PM PDT · by LdSentinal
    Rep. Bert Jones, a Reidsville lawmaker who ran in 2010 as an unaffiliated candidate, is now officially a Republican, according to the State Board of Elections database. "Welcome," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. "He's been an invaluable freshmen member of the House." Jones, a Dentist and former county commissioner, ousted incumbent Democrat Nelson Cole in 2010. As an unaffiliated candidate, he had to collect signatures to get on the ballot and would have had to follow the same procedure in 2012 if he wanted to run as an unaffiliated member again. By registering as...
  • With eyes still on Miss. House speaker's post, Rep. Jeff Smith switches to GOP (Mississippi)

    06/02/2011 6:22:11 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 6/2/11 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. — Longtime state Rep. Jeff Smith of Columbus switched to the Republican Party just before Wednesday's qualifying deadline for legislative races, and he said he still plans to run for the open spot of Mississippi House speaker in January. Smith has served in the House for 20 years as a conservative Democrat and unsuccessfully challenged populist Democrat Billy McCoy of Rienzi for the speakership in January 2008 — a nail-biter of a contest that McCoy won by a 62-60 vote. McCoy announced last week that he won't seek re-election to the Legislature, and his decision opened a race...
  • High-tech warfare: Something wrong with our **** chips today

    04/11/2011 3:18:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Economist ^ | 4/7/11
    Kill switches are changing the conduct and politics of warIN THE 1991 Gulf war Iraq’s armed forces used American-made colour photocopiers to produce their battle plans. That was a mistake. The circuitry in some of them contained concealed transmitters that revealed their position to American electronic-warfare aircraft, making bomb and missile strikes more precise. The operation, described by David Lindahl, a specialist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, a government think-tank, highlights a secret front in high-tech warfare: turning enemy assets into liabilities. The internet and the growing complexity of electronic circuitry have made it much easier to install what...
  • Alabama Democrats Switch to GOP (10 more RAT politicians see the light)

    02/03/2011 8:52:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    WTVY ^ | 2/01/11
    AL Democrats Switch to GOP10 more elected Democrats have notified the Alabama Republican Party of their intention to switch parties. Updated: 7:25 PM Feb 1, 2011 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - More Democratic politicians are joining Alabama's Republican party after it made election-year gains in November. GOP officials said Monday that 10 more elected Democrats have notified the state Republican Party of their intention to switch parties. The list includes Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton and 9 officials from Covington County including District Judge Trippy McGuire, Commissioner Bragg Carter and County School Board Chairman John Clark. House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who...
  • 3 elected Mississippi Democrats switch to GOP (State Senator, State Representative, etc.)

    12/28/2010 7:21:53 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 26 replies · 4+ views ^ | 12/28/10 | HOLBROOK MOHR
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three elected Mississippi Democrats announced Tuesday they are switching to the Republican Party, a move Republicans described as a victory for the GOP and a rebuke of Democratic Party ideology. State Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, state Rep. Bobby Shows and Simpson County Superintendent of Education Joe Welch announced the changes in their party affiliation during a news conference Tuesday at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. The party switches don't shift the balance of power in either house of the state Legislature, but GOP officials said it's part of continuing trend in Mississippi and beyond. At least...
  • Two House Democrats' defections give Republicans supermajority in Texas House

    12/14/2010 6:05:55 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/14/10 | TERRENCE STUTZ
    AUSTIN -- Two Democrats in the Texas House announced Tuesday they are switching to the Republican Party in move that gives the GOP a supermajority in the chamber. Rep. Aaron Pena of Edinburg appeared at a news conference with Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus to proclaim his move to the GOP along with fellow Democrat Allan Ritter of Nederland in Southeast Texas. Ritter had already indicated his intentions to shift his party affiliation. The new Republican House members will give the GOP 101 seats in the lower chamber in the 2011 Legislature, a number that will allow...
  • Rep. Doug McKillip switches parties as Georgia GOP inches toward supermajority

    12/07/2010 5:36:40 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 20 replies ^ | 12/7/10 | Patrick Davis
    Athens state Rep. Doug McKillip becomes the most recent Democrat to defect and become a Republican in a district which is predominately Democrat. The Republicans now hold 114 seats in the Georgia House, but if you add Milledgeville’s independent Dixiecrat Rusty Kidd, it really makes it 115. Kidd sided with Georgia Republicans over Obama's health care law and has supported the building of private prisons in Milledgeville. At the moment, the magic number for Georgia House Republicans to get a supermajority has been reduced to five. The flurry of political defections have given the Georgia GOP its biggest majority since...
  • Four House Democrats to say they will join Republicans, giving GOP a super-majority (Alabama)

    11/19/2010 6:54:38 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies
    Gasden Times ^ | 11/19/10 | Dana Beyerle
    MONTGOMERY — Voters decimated legislative Democrats on Nov. 2, and on Monday four re-elected state House members are expected to enhance the new Republican majority by switching parties. Democratic Reps. Alan Boothe of Troy, Steve Hurst of Munford, Mike Millican of Hamilton and Lesley Vance of Phenix City are expected to announce their switch on Monday, legislators said. The Senate has 22 Republicans, 12 Democrats and 1 independent. House and party members said they do not believe any Democratic senator will switch, although some have been asked. Voters also changed the racial makeup of the House and Senate. Within legislative...
  • Maine Rep Switches From Dem To republican

    11/13/2010 7:00:00 AM PST · by paul in cape · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 11-13-10 | Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
    In a sign of things to come, perhaps the first in a wave of Democrats across the country to switch to Republican has begun. (OK maybe not the first, but you get the idea).PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Democratic legislator from Aroostook County has announced that he has switched his affiliation to the Republican Party. Michael Willette of Presque Isle, who was elected to a second term in the Legislature on Nov. 2 as a Democrat, told the Bangor Daily News on Friday that he has labored over his decision to switch since he couldn’t convince himself to support a...
  • How many Congressional Dems will switch over to the GOP after tomorrow's onslaught? Shades of 1994

    11/01/2010 2:22:01 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies · 1+ views
    I recall quite a lot of Dems switching over so they would not be in the minority in 1994 when the GOP rolled. Anybody know how many that was? Seems it was 6 or so. I haven't seen anything about this potential add to the GOP column in the House/Senate, but based upon experience, there should be a few.

    09/04/2010 8:26:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 105 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 4, 2010 | Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse
    As Democrats brace for a November wave that threatens their control of the House, party leaders are preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a slim grip on the majority. In the next two weeks, Democratic leaders will review new polls and other data that show whether vulnerable incumbents have a path to victory. If not, the party is poised to redirect money to concentrate on trying to protect up to two dozen lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to fend off their challengers. "We are going to...
  • Bill O'Reilly: Jennifer Aniston Is 'Destructive to Society'

    08/11/2010 12:18:42 PM PDT · by dselig · 77 replies · 2+ views
    Pop Eater ^ | Posted Aug 11th 2010 12:20PM GMT
    While promoting her movie 'The Switch' earlier this week, Jennifer Aniston told reporters that women don't need men to start a family or be good mothers. When Bill O'Reilly caught wind of her statement, he debated the topic of single motherhood on 'The O'Reilly Factor' and called out the 41-year-old actress. "She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, 'Hey you don't need a guy. You don't need a dad.' That is destructive to our society," O'Reilly railed. FOX News contributor Margaret Hoover and FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson debated the topic with O'Reilly, admitting young teens wouldn't...
  • Internet woes

    07/07/2010 7:02:22 PM PDT · by beericus · 4 replies
    Men's Daily Forum ^ | July 7, 2010 | Convos
    **couple adult words in full text** To tie it together... If the new law is passed granting the president power to turn off the internet (just like they can in China, folks), the government will be able to stop all flow of information in and out. And....wait for it!!... if Leibowitz' ideas flow into the form of legislation as the administration wants and that legislation is passed, the government will have control of 'traditional media outlets' like all of the news we get on our televisions. So, we are giving the government the power to shut off our internet during...
  • Rep. Champagne says she will join Republicans, leveling party balance in House (Louisiana)

    06/30/2010 5:53:08 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 3 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/30/2010 | Ed Anderson
    BATON ROUGE -- State Rep. Simone Champagne of Jeanerette said today that she is leaving the Democratic Party to join the ranks of the Republicans. Her change of party means that at least for the next few weeks, the balance in the 105-member House will be split evenly among Democrats and Republicans: 51 in each party. There are three independents. On Aug. 1, Rep. Wayne Waddell, R-Shreveport, will leave the House after 12 years, giving the Democrats a one-seat advantage. House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, has not called the election for the conservative Shreveport district to pick Waddell's replacement. House...
  • Lieberman: Internet a US national asset. Foreign worry that US could shut it down.

    06/18/2010 10:17:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 461+ views
    6/18/10 | Asher Moses
    This story was posted yesterday with the title New Bill Gives Obama Kill Switch To Shut Down The Internet. Here's another article with a different slant on the bill. Turns out, it's causing lots of consternation abroad and I'm suddenly liking it a whole lot more.
  • Move an omen of switch on 9/11 mastermind

    05/17/2010 9:15:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 390+ views
    washington times ^ | 5/17/10 | Rowan Scarborough
    The appointment of a well-respected ex-Navy lawyer to oversee war-crime trials is being seen in military legal circles as a sign the Obama administration might reverse its decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to New York for a civilian trial. At the same time, a pending speedy-trial ruling in a second terror case in New York could give Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. an escape route through which he could switch the trial of Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) from federal court back to a military system set up by former President George W. Bush and Congress.
  • Residents stone, slash would-be suicide bomber to death

    03/26/2010 3:14:29 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 32 replies · 762+ views
    CNN Afghanistan Crossroads ^ | 3-26-10 | Matiullah Mati
    KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber wearing a vest laden with explosives was killed by locals Thursday in eastern Afghanistan before he was able to detonate, police said. (More at link)
  • Prez: I'll switch insurer

    03/25/2010 6:08:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 727+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/25/10 | S.A. MILLER, Post Correspondent
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama yesterday bowed to criticism that his new health-care laws exempt him from buying coverage at the government-run "exchanges" and announced the first family will get its insurance just like everyday folks. The White House revealed Obama's pledge to shop at the "exchanges" in response to an amendment by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that would have stripped the president and other executive-branch officials of the exemption. "We think the amendment is unnecessary; the president will participate in the exchange. But let's be clear: the amendments being offered by Senate Republicans, including this one, are just a ploy...
  • Democrats launch ObamaCare bait-and-switch scam

    03/17/2010 5:33:14 AM PDT · by aquapub · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3-17-10 | Robert Moon
    Democrats are coming out in force with their latest misinformation campaign to swindle Americans into supporting ObamaCare.
  • Officials: House Democrat will switch to GOP (freshman Parker Griffith of Alabama)

    12/22/2009 9:08:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 812+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Senior House aides say freshman Democratic lawmaker Parker Griffith of Alabama is switching to the Republican Party. -- Griffith is a radiation oncologist. His switch comes as Congress is trying to pass a much-contested health care bill. Democrats will still control the House by a substantial margin.
  • Exclusive: Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP

    12/22/2009 8:05:01 AM PST · by Danae · 308 replies · 8,284+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/22/2009 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican. According to a senior GOP aide familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place in this afternoon in his home district in northern Alabama.
  • Tell the FCC to Say "No" to the Cable Kill Switch

    11/12/2009 11:11:05 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 638+ views
    The battle over your home entertainment equipment is heating up again and the time to make your voice heard is now. Hollywood wants the Federal Communications Commission to grant the studios permission to engage in so-called “Selectable Output Control,” or SOC for short. SOC is a technology mandate that would allow movie studios to shut off video outputs on the back of your cable box and DVR during the screening of certain movies over cable. Why is this bad? Because SOC could inhibit future innovation, obstruct interoperability, limit fair use and restrict consumer choice. Worst of all, it could force...
  • 7 Texas Democrat Pols Switch to GOP (Vanity)

    11/06/2009 10:30:18 PM PST · by no dems · 37 replies · 1,660+ views
    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, the day after the Elections, in which the GOP took both State Houses in VA and NJ, 7 top elected Hardin County, TX officials held a joint news conference, and all 7 switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Could this be the beginning of a "movement" ?
  • 7 Hardin County officials switch to GOP

    11/05/2009 12:48:05 PM PST · by Bearshouse · 33 replies · 1,786+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | November 4, 2009 | Blair Dedrick Ortmann
    Seven Democratic Hardin County elected officials announced Wednesday they will become Republicans. Sheriff Ed Cain, who confirmed his switch earlier this week, was joined at Wednesday’s formal announcement by County Judge Billy Caraway, Precinct 4 Commissioner Bobby Franklin, County Attorney Rebecca Walton, Precinct 5 Constable Wayne McDaniel, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Kent Walker and Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Butch Cummings. As each of the officials spoke, they repeated the same theme — their beliefs and values have stayed the same, but are no longer reflected by the Democratic Party. In addition, several said that when they...
  • Specter Switches Religions to Boost Seniority (satire)

    05/06/2009 8:45:26 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies · 643+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 5/6/2009 | Scott Ott
    (2009-05-06) — Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, who last week became a Democrat to boost his odds of winning re-election, again shocked the political world when he announced today that he had switched from Judaism to Christianity in hopes of regaining the seniority which the senate stripped from him Tuesday. The latest switch comes just a day after the senator expressed hope that Republican Norm Coleman of Minnesota would win his lingering recount battle against Democrat Al Franken to ensure that the senate would still include a Jewish Republican. Sen. Specter later retracted the remark, saying he would “never want to...
  • Specter Will Be Junior Democrat on Committees

    05/06/2009 2:56:30 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 65 replies · 2,090+ views
    Roll Call ^ | John Stanton
    Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Specter will be put at the end of the seniority line on all his committees but one under a resolution approved on the floor late Tuesday. Under the modified organizing resolution, Specter will not keep his committee seniority on any of the five committees that he serves on and will be the junior Democrat on all but one — the chamber’s Special Committee on Aging. On that committee, he will be next to last in seniority. As a result,...
  • Backstabbing RINO Arlen Specter Previously Opposed Party Turncoats

    04/28/2009 5:56:34 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 12 replies · 463+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | April 28, 2009 | Michael Eden
    There are politicians who represent their constituents. Today Arlen Specter proved that he is in politics to represent his own selfish interests. Good riddance, I say. After undermining Republican opposition in the Porkulus vote, Arlen Specter has finally stabbed the Republican party in the back for the last time. Specter said: "I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans." Does anyone seriously think that the Republican Party became more conservative since those halcion days when that liberal progressive Ronald Reagan was president, or when that leftist Newt Gingrich pushed through the contract with America? Stop...
  • Specter had disavowed a switch

    04/28/2009 11:44:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 852+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/28/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    News of Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch today comes after months of strong statements to the contrary by the Pennsylvania Senator. In a March 17th interview with The Hill, Specter said he absolutely would not switch parties:
  • Did DeMint's endorsement of Toomey set off Specter?

    04/28/2009 11:05:51 AM PDT · by lifeisacarnival · 35 replies · 1,225+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 04-28-2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    Last Thursday night on the Senate floor, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, then still a Republican, that DeMint would be supporting Specter’s rival, former Rep. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in next year’s Senate Republican primary. DeMint says Specter “pretty much cut me off and said, ‘I’ve heard enough.’”
  • Specter To Switch Parties: (fillibuster-proof majority with Franken)

    04/28/2009 9:29:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 140 replies · 6,183+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/28/09 | Chris Cillizza
    Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning. Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)
  • Sources: Specter intends to switch parties (AP)

    04/28/2009 9:13:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 4,402+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/09 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON – Several officials say veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties, advancing his own hopes of winning a new term next year while pushing Democrats one step closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority. The sources said an announcement could come later in the day — or Wednesday. The officials who provided the information did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss his plans. Specter is a 79-year-old veteran of five Senate terms, and one of only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely...
  • Survey: Americans switch faiths early, often

    04/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,052+ views
    Google | AP ^ | 4/27/09 | Eric Gorski
    The U.S. is a nation of religious drifters, with about half of adults restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during their lives, a new survey has found. And the reasons behind all the swapping depend greatly on whether one grows up kneeling at Roman Catholic Mass, praying in a Protestant pew or occupied with nonreligious pursuits, according to a report issued Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. While Catholics are more likely to leave the church because they stopped believing its teachings, many Protestants are driven to trade one Protestant denomination or affiliation for another...
  • Reported Conflict-of-Interest Prompts Ranking Member Issa to Call for DTV Vote Delay

    02/04/2009 9:02:35 PM PST · by txroadkill · 12 replies · 1,290+ views
    COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM ^ | February 3, 2009 | Darrell Issa (R-CA)
    WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today sent a letter to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging her to postpone a vote on legislation to delay the transition to digital television until the impact of a reported conflict of interest from an advisor to President Obama is fully known and disclosed. “The policy recommendations made by President Obama may have been influenced by an individual with a conflict of interest of which he may not have been aware,” the letter states. “Any improper influences on the President’s policy positions that...
  • UPDATE 2-US House fails to pass digital TV delay bill

    01/28/2009 1:02:41 PM PST · by dware · 46 replies · 1,594+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/28/2009 | Kim Dixon
    WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - An effort to delay the Feb. 17 deadline for a nationwide switch to digital television failed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after Republicans blocked the move. The legislation is backed by President Barack Obama and already passed the U.S. Senate. However, it failed to gain the required two-thirds support in the House under special rules adopted for the vote.
  • Device helped ensure US Airways plane would float

    01/17/2009 12:22:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 2,111+ views
    Newsday ^ | 1/15/09 | James Bernstein
    Planes can float, but the US Airways Airbus A-320 that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday had a better chance than most. That's because it was equipped with a special device unique to Airbus planes that increased the likelihood it would stay on top of the water. The device, called a "ditching switch," effectively seals the plane by closing valves and ventilation ports, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • Obama says government 'asleep at the switch'

    12/18/2008 9:03:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,671+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/08 | AP
    CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama says the government has been "asleep at the switch" when it comes to overseeing the nation's financial system. He says Americans are "feeling frustrated that there's not a lot of adult supervision." ... Obama called for a "shift in ethics" on Wall Street.
  • Democratic legislator switches to GOP (South Dakota)

    08/13/2008 5:57:59 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 286+ views
    KCAU ^ | 8/12/08
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Democratic state representative who lost a June primary election battle for a Senate seat has switched parties and will try again to defeat Democratic Sen. Theresa Two Bulls. Jim Bradford has served eight years in the House and is term-limited. He failed by 28 votes in the primary to beat Two Bulls. Both are from Pine Ridge. Bradford's political switch was announced Tuesday by the state Republican Party, which substituted him on the GOP Senate slate in the coming general election for a Republican who earlier dropped out of the District 27 race.
  • On My Switch From Clinton to Obama

    05/01/2008 1:25:15 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 44 replies · 109+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 1st, 2008 | Joe Andrew
    I have been inspired. Today I am announcing my support for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. I am changing my support from Senator Clinton to Senator Obama, and calling for my fellow Democrats across my home State of Indiana, and my fellow super delegates across the nation, to heal the rift in our Party and unite behind Barack Obama. The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights. That is the decision Democrats face today. We have an embarrassment of riches,...