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  • 'I Gotta Get There': San Diego Couple Meets President Obama at Their Wedding

    10/13/2015 11:12:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Oct 12, 2015
    A San Diego couple getting married at one of the United States' most storied golf courses had the surprise of their lives when they stumbled upon the nation's president. Brian and Stephanie Tobe were at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Sunday morning getting ready for their wedding when they first got word President Obama was in the area, playing golf. When the two woke up that morning, they had heard rumors that the president would be at the same San Diego golf course as their wedding was taking place, but didn't think much of it. It was only around noon,...
  • Sanctuary City Is a Haven for Felons

    10/13/2015 11:05:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 13, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police. Today he's the rare prosecutor who has sent a message to career criminals in the country illegally: San Francisco will make the feds really work to deport them. In 2011, after then-Ess Eff District Attorney Kamala Harris won the race to be California's attorney general, Gascon was Newsom's choice to...
  • California gun-control laws wrench leftward

    10/13/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 10/13.2015 | Douglas Ernst
    California’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the U.S., but Gov. Jerry Brown still managed to wrench them tighter over the weekend. The Democrat signed Senate Bill 707 on Saturday, which expanded a current ban on having firearms within 1,000 feet of a school without permission of administrators. Concealed-carry permit holders no longer have an exemption. The legislation was introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, months ago, and was signed by Brown without comment, the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. “California’s college campuses and K-12 schools should be sanctuaries for learning, free from the fear of gun violence,”...
  • Spencer Stone in hospital as police hunt for woman he defended before he was stabbed at gay club

    10/13/2015 1:17:55 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 16 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | Regina F. Graham
    Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos took a break from practicing in Los Angeles for Dancing With the Stars to travel to Sacramento, California, this weekend to visit his hospitalized pal Spencer Stone. Skarlatos, Stone, and Anthony Sadler were all credited with helping to stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August. Stone, a United States airman, has been in hospital since Thursday after being stabbed during a fight. It was reported that Stone was stabbed trying to protect a girl who was being punched by her boyfriend after he enjoyed a night out with friends at Badlands dance club...
  • California Governor Denies Terminally Ill Access to Potentially Life-Saving Drugs

    10/12/2015 6:15:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/12/15 | Mary Lou Byrd
    Californians who are terminally ill will not be able to access drugs with the potential to save or prolong their lives as a result of Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of the Right to Try Act on Sunday. AB 159, the California Right to Try Act, passed the state assembly and senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. “It’s disappointing that Governor Brown couldn’t see the need to allow Californians the right to fight to save their own lives,” said Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D., Whittier), who sponsored the legislation. “Both Democrats and Republicans wanted this for our California’s terminally ill.” In his veto...
  • Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz Thinks Women Will Really Believe This

    10/12/2015 2:11:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'm telling you, Snerdley, do not discount this. We've been making this mistake now since the early nineties. The left will go out, the Democrats, somebody will say something just totally outrageous, like all these clowns that predicted the end of the earth in ten years if we didn't clean up the oceans, or name your prediction. Twenty years ago, or 40 years ago, if we didn't fix global warming in 20 years we weren't gonna be able to inhabit the East Coast, all of these things. Or take this food's gonna kill you, that food's gonna save you,...
  • Gov. Brown bans 'Redskins' name at public schools

    10/12/2015 1:01:14 PM PDT · by rey · 59 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Oct 2015
    LOS ANGELES — Four California schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation barring public schools from using the "Redskins" name for sports teams. It was one of three sports-related bills Brown approved Sunday. He also signed a measure that bans using or possessing smokeless tobacco on the playing field at professional baseball parks and another that recognizes competitive cheerleading as a high school sport. The mascot legislation will prevent public schools from using a term that American Indians regard as offensive. It goes into effect in 2017. Only four schools still use the name....
  • GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina to take calls from Arizona voters

    10/12/2015 12:47:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    KTAR ^ | 10/12/15 | KTAR
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was scheduled to participate in an Arizona-based telephone town hall Monday night, the event’s nonprofit sponsor said. The Arizona Security and Prosperity Project said Fiorina, who has climbed in the polls after two strong showings in the GOP debates, will answer questions from state callers starting at 7:45 p.m., addressing topics including border security and economic development. The call will last a half-hour and can be heard by dialing 1-855-756-7520 Ext.30097, then touching the pound sign.
  • Politico: Ryan Seeks Coronation

    10/12/2015 12:11:22 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 21 replies ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not run for the House Speakership unless conservatives surrender “unconditionally” to him, Politico reports citing sources close to Ryan. “The conservatives who drove out Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) would need to get behind him unconditionally for speaker,” Politico’s Jake Sherman writes of the donor-class-backed Ryan. Ryan does not want to run for Speaker, he and his spokesman Brendan Buck have made “abundantly clear,” Sherman writes—before noting what exactly it would take for Ryan to get in the race. “But there’s one remote scenario, people close to him say, in...
  • Man-Eating Giants Discovered in Nevada Cave [8 feet tall!]

    12/22/2010 1:49:27 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 136 replies · 6+ views
    Salem News ^ | 20 December 2010 | Terrence Aym
    (CHICAGO ) - The Paiutes, a Native-American tribe indigenous to parts of Nevada, Utah and Arizona, told early white settlers about their ancestors' battles with a ferocious race of white, red-haired giants. According to the Paiutes, the giants were already living in the area. Roaming, man-eating giants The Paiutes named the giants Si-Te-Cah that literally means “tule-eaters.” The tule is a fibrous water plant the giants wove into rafts to escape the Paiutes continuous attacks. They used the rafts to navigate across what remained of Lake Lahontan. Giants roamed the Earth According to the Paiutes, the red-haired giants stood as...
  • Trump says people will turn off tomorrow's Democratic primary debate – because he's not in it!

    10/12/2015 9:34:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 12, 2015 | David Martosko
    Trump says people will turn off tomorrow's Democratic primary debate – because he's not in it! 'I think people are going to turn it on for a couple of minutes and then fall asleep,' Trump told a Fox News audience Claimed 'a person at CNN' said that 'we have to put Donald Trump in this debate. We're going to die with it' First two GOP debates drew 24 million and 23 million viewers, largely on the strength of Trump's participation Hammered Obama for '60 Minutes' appearance: 'I watched his performance last night and I thought it was terrible' Tuesday's first...
  • Gowdy Responds to Charges from Ex-Staffer After Benghazi Committee 'Refused to Pay Him'

    10/12/2015 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    In an attempt to dismiss the Benghazi Select Committee as a partisan witch hunt against Hillary Clinton, an ex-committee staffer has accused the panel of being obsessed with a political agenda. Bradley F. Podliska, an investigator and Air Force Reserves officer, told The New York Times that the Benghazi committee was becoming “primarily focused” on Clinton. His comments come on the heels of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s controversial statement on "Hannity," when he said the Benghazi committee was directly responsible for sinking Clinton’s poll numbers. Chairman Trey Gowdy (S-SC), while accepting McCarthy's apology, insisted his words can't "fix the damage" done to the panel.Gowdy, again...
  • Aides Find Ben Carson’s Inflammatory Remarks Are Helping Him

    10/12/2015 10:10:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2015 | TRIP GABRIEL
    For a long time, Ben Carson’s campaign team feared that his habit of inflammatory remarks would sink his presidential hopes. They sent him to media training in Texas. The candidate pledged to police his words. But ever since Mr. Carson remarked on Sept. 20 that he did not think a Muslim should be president, then refused to retract the statement amid a furious blowback, his campaign has watched grass-roots support grow and donations pour in — and advisers have backtracked, deciding, in the words of one, to “let Carson be Carson.” Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican nomination,...
  • Pasadena's Eric Walsh loses Georgia job offer after controversial [antihomosexual] sermons

    05/17/2014 7:34:36 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 24 replies
    LA times ^ | May 8, 2014 | Frank Shyong
    Georgia health officials on Friday retracted a job offer made to Pasadena's former public health director, who had come under fire for controversial remarks he made on homosexuality and evolution. Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, interviewed for the position about two weeks ago and had received an offer letter with a start date of mid-June. But Walsh never mentioned that he had recently been placed on leave from his job in Pasadena because of controversial sermons he gave on homosexuality and evolution, Georgia officials said. The sermons were discovered during a background check that happens as the last...
  • Trey Gowdy is right. The House is basically ungovernable.

    10/12/2015 8:54:47 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/12/15 | Chris Cillizza
    In an interview with NBC's Kristen Welker, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy offered his honest — and correct — assessment of his party in Congress. Here's the key bit: I think the House is bordering on ungovernable right now. ... Being Speaker is a very difficult job. We need to have a family conversation and sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before that conversation starts. We're getting close ... Now, Gowdy was explaining to Welker why he wouldn't be interested in the soon-to-be vacant job as speaker of the House. But his reasoning is almost certainly why Paul Ryan...
  • Donald Trump 32% Crushes GOP Field In Latest New Hampshire Gravis Polling…

    10/09/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 9, 2015 | Sundance
    The latest New Hampshire poll shows a far more engaged electorate continuing to be a thorn in the side of the 2015/16 GOPe scheme to anoint Jeb Bush. In addition, the ruse candidates, Fiorina and Rubio have exhausted their media-fueled surge and remain static alongside Jeb Bush at 8%.John Kasich’s ground game and almost exclusive attention to New Hampshire has garnered him a position just above Jeb, Carly and Marco. However, the vulgarians are determined to Make America Great Again!Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 1,035 registered voters in New Hampshire regarding the presidential election...
  • When pensions implode: Silicon Valley’s lesson for New York

    10/12/2015 7:23:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/12/2015 | By Lawrence McQuillan
    San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is home to eBay, PayPal and Cisco. Yet despite its enormous wealth, a San Jose house right across from a fire station burned down in 2013 because the station lacked fire trucks. This year, police staffing is down in San Jose. Its roads are pocked with potholes. And again, fire engines are mothballed. How is all this possible? The answer is that nearly 25 percent of San Jose’s budget pays for generous pensions — called “defined-benefit” plans — that guarantee retired city workers as much as 90 percent of their former salaries...
  • California Considers Tough Campaign-Finance Rules

    10/12/2015 6:52:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 11, 2015 | ALEJANDRO LAZO
    California is considering some of the nation’s strictest campaign-finance rules, aimed at keeping candidates from coordinating with groups able to raise unlimited amounts of money on their behalf. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals Thursday. The rules would apply to statewide and local elections. The vote comes as outside groups are playing a central role in national campaigns since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010. That ruling led to the growth of super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts in support of candidates, or their opponents, but cannot legally...
  • Police officer allegedly lured, beaten, while another man filmed (California)

    10/11/2015 8:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2015 | The Associated Press and Staff
    SACRAMENTO -- A Sacramento police officer was recovering after he was allegedly lured out of his patrol car and ambushed, reports CBS Sacramento. Police say Juan Gomez, 21, beat the officer, while Jamaral Lee, 35, filmed the Monday morning attack. Sacramento police spokesman Doug Morse said Gomez made up a story to get the officer, whose name has not been released, out of his car. "(Gomez) had told the officer that there was someone in the area with a gun. He immediately and violently attacked the officer," said Morse....
  • California to ban 'Redskins' for school sports, keep Confederate building names

    10/11/2015 6:36:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/11/15 | Sharon Bernstein
    California will ban public schools from naming their sports teams "Redskins," a name seen as a slur against Native Americans, but will not stop municipalities from naming parks and buildings for Confederate heroes, Governor Jerry Brown said on Sunday. Brown's decision to sign a bill ending the use of "Redskins" yet veto legislation banning Confederate names comes amid controversy around the country over the racial implications of team names, display of the Confederate flag and the naming of public places. Advocates for Native Americans welcomed the decision to ban the term "Redskins." “The most populous state in the country has...
  • Advice for owners of emissions-spewing Volkswagens and Audis

    10/11/2015 3:46:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    SFChron ^ | 10-6-15 | Kathleen Pender
    Breese Berkowitz of Walnut Creek bought a new 2015 Passat TDI on Sept. 12 to replace an aging Toyota Prius hybrid. Her family’s other car is a plug-in Prius, and she wanted something environmentally friendly but not another plug-in because she needed a longer range. Volkswagen had been advertising its “clean diesel” technology and Berkowitz thought the Passat — the “Eco-friendly Car of the Year,” according to — offered great gas mileage without sacrificing performance. On Sept. 18, she and everyone learned it was a fraud, that Volkswagen had installed so-called defeat devices on 11 million Volkswagen and Audi...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Fleet Week Air Show S.F. Blue Angels

    10/11/2015 3:10:49 PM PDT · by bugseye · 4 replies
    abc7news ^ | 10-11-15 |
    The Fleet Week Air Show featuring the Blue Angels takes to the sky beginning at 3 p.m.
  • [San Francisco] Aerobatic Blue Angels Delight Hundreds Of Thousands – But Not SF Supervisor Avalos

    10/11/2015 2:30:01 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 34 replies
    KPIX (CBS San Francisco) ^ | October 10, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — If you were anywhere in San Francisco Saturday and didn’t see the Blue Angels, you likely heard them. The U.S. Navy flight squadron dazzled spectators as part of the city’s annual Fleet Week festivities. --SNIP-- Not everyone was thrilled. Representing some of the unimpressed, San Francisco supervisor John Avalos took to Twitter. “Maybe the rain and the fog means no Blue Angels! … #WishfulThinking,” Avalos tweeted. In response to a constituent, Avalos tweeted this: “U expect me to LIKE war planes buzzing SF w/feel good jingoism? Just the THOUGHT of a crash over the city should...
  • Watch:Reps.Charlie Dent,Dave Brat Have Heated Exchange Over The Next Speaker

    10/11/2015 10:29:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies ^ | October 11, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reps. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) battled over the divide between the moderates and Freedom Caucus conservatives in Congress deciding who will be the next Speaker of the House.
  • Newt Gingrich: Paul Ryan ‘Should Be Very Cautious’ About Becoming Speaker

    10/11/2015 9:33:52 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/11/2015 | Derek Draplin
    Newt Gingrich issued a warning to Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) Sunday morning, saying that he “should be very cautious” when considering running for speaker of the House.Asked by Fox’s Chris Wallace if he thinks Ryan should take the job, Gingrich was hesitant to push the Wisconsin congressman towards what many describe as a “thankless” position. (RELATED: Freedom Caucus Would ‘Look Favorably’ On Paul Ryan As Speaker)“I think Paul should be very cautious,” Gingrich told Wallace. “He is the most prestigious member of the House on the Republican side. He has the best future, he’s still very young.”“It’s easy to get 218 on the first...
  • California opens to the door to more voter fraud with new motor voter law

    10/11/2015 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot ^ | October 11, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    California’s Governor had a busy weekend, breaking out his pen and signing nearly two dozen bills into law. Most of them centered on the voting process in the Golden State, but while liberals are taking a victory lap there are hints that these maneuvers are going to signal trouble down the line. The big ticket item in the legislative package was the “New Motor Voter Law.” This brainstorm will make voter registration automatic for any person receiving a new driver’s license or renewing an existing one. Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure...
  • Pelosi: closing of last gun shop in San Francisco was “a private sector decision”

    10/11/2015 6:06:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that we recently talked about a sad day in the City by the Bay when it was announced that San Francisco’s last remaining gun shop would close its doors at the end of this month. After living through one wave of regulations after another they finally learned that they would be forced to videotape every transaction which took place in the store and proactively turn those videos over to the local police each week even if there wasn’t a hint of an allegation that the customers had done anything wrong. That was, as the store manager...
  • Poll: Trump Still Leads Fiorina, Bush, Rubio Combined

    10/10/2015 7:13:14 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 50 replies ^ | October 10, 2015
    In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a new Reuters poll finds Donald Trump still leads Carly Fiorina, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — combined. The poll found Trump, who is number one in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, continues to hold his significant lead, with 29 percent of Republican voters saying they favor him. He is followed by Ben Carson, who held 18 percent support; Bush at 10 percent; Rubio at 8 percent; and Fiorina at 6 percent. Despite Trump's significant lead, members of the media have remained undeterred in their speculation...
  • Will Conservatives Be The Dog That Caught The Car?

    10/10/2015 9:43:56 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 39 replies ^ | October 11, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    John Boehner is out (eventually). Kevin McCarthy is out. Conservatives in the House of Representatives are on a roll. But where is the roll going? I applaud the ouster of these insiders. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the career ambitions of politicians. But what comes next, what follows bold action, is just as important, if not more. On that front, it seems conservatives were wholly unprepared. Nothing against Daniel Webster or Jason Chaffetz, but are they really people who leap to mind when you think “leader?” Or even “articulate and quick-witted conservative”? Have...
  • NYT Bashes White, Rural 'Clutch of Unyielding Hard-Line Conservatives' in Congress...

    10/10/2015 8:39:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies ^ | 10/10/2015 | Clay Waters
    The surprise withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker of the House gave the New York Times an excuse to issue a series of front-page stories larded up with hostile "hard-line" and "hard-right" labels mocking the apparent chaos surrounding congressional Republicans, being held "hostage" by the party's conservative wing. - See more at:
  • Billionaire Bill Gross Sues Pimco for $200m

    10/10/2015 11:22:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Lawsuit alleges that executives at firm Gross founded 40 years ago plotted to remove him in power struggle that preceded his departure last yearBillionaire bond investor Bill Gross has sued his former employer, Pimco, for more than $200m (Ł130m) for breach of contract and plotting to oust him from the firm he founded more than four decades ago. The suit, filed on Thursday in Orange County, California, alleges that Pimco executives plotted to remove Gross in an internal power struggle that eventually led to him leaving the company in September 2014. Pimco, which is based in Newport Beach, California,...
  • Gun Used in Homicides of Canadian Tourist, Tantra Teacher Stolen From Fisherman's Wharf: SFPD

    10/10/2015 6:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Oct 9, 2015 | Jodi Hernandez and Lisa Fernandez
    This is the second high-profile homicide where a stolen gun was used to kill an innocent victim.The gun used to kill both a tantra yoga teacher hiking in Fairfax, California, and a Canadian tourist in San Francisco was stolen from a car parked near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco police revealed in a news conference Friday. And the motive for both homicides appears to be robbery, Cmdr. Toney Chaplin said — the first time a possible reason for the seemily bizarre and violent deaths on two innocent victims was revleaed. On Friday, the Marin County District Attorney charged drifters Sean Michael...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (“BLM notice”), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as “sagebrush focal areas” in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • Obama offers advice to future candidate Kanye West

    10/10/2015 4:59:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2015 | Joe Garofoli
    As if rapper Kanye West’s ego needed a boost, now he can say that President Obama opened for him Saturday at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. The two men never shared the stage during the fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. Obama made a beeline for an Air Force One run to Los Angeles for more fundraisers Saturday after speaking for 22 minutes to 1,300 people who paid between $100 and $10,000 to attend. Then West, who Obama referred to as a “jackass” in 2009 after the rapper interrupted singer Taylor Swift at an awards ceremony, performed for about...
  • Kevin McCarthy calls for no-fly zone over Syria (Joins Fiorina against Russia)

    10/02/2015 4:56:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/28/15 | Stephen Dinan
    The man poised to be the next House speaker said Monday that the U.S. needs to assume a more aggressive posture around the world, saying the key to foreign policy is making it “painful” for countries to misbehave. Rep. Kevin McCarthy backed calls for a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone over Syria, saying it would boost the fight against the Islamic State rebels and also curtail the Syrian regime’s ability to strike its own citizens.
  • Media’s Concern Trolling Over GOP ‘Chaos’ Proves ‘Chaos’ Is Good

    10/10/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The news alert about Kevin McCarthy’s abandonment of his pursuit to become John Boehner’s successor hit my phone just as I was about to go for a run. Rather than read the whole story, I just smiled and hit the pavement. Within the first few steps I wondered how long it would take before the hyperbole-laden garment rending would begin in the left media about conservatives being the death of the Republican Party, congressional compromise, and the frolicsome joy we so love to see in puppies and kittens. It was a short run, but they were on it by the...
  • Gov. Brown approves automatic (drivers license) voter registration for Californians

    10/10/2015 1:04:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/10/2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license.The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.
  • President Obama's mysterious trip to San Diego

    10/09/2015 7:08:32 PM PDT · by John W · 87 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Shannon Handy
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - President Obama is on the West coast, making appearances in Oregon, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is expected to arrive in San Diego Saturday night. President Obama is scheduled to spend Saturday and Sunday in San Diego, but the reason for the visit remains a bit of a mystery. The White House has confirmed Air Force One will land around 8 p.m., at Miramar on Saturday with President Obama on board. There are no planned public appearances while he is in San Diego, but rumor has it, he will be staying in the Rancho...
  • Hammonds to serve 5 years in prison [ Oregon ranchers vs BLM ]

    10/09/2015 5:51:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    Oregon Farm Bureau ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barry Bushue
    Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome. “Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires. “This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged. “Today’s verdict is also hypocritical...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Fleet Week Air Show in San Francisco.

    10/09/2015 1:46:49 PM PDT · by bugseye · 18 replies
    abc7news ^ | 10-09-15 |
    The Fleet Week Air Show kicks off Friday at 1 p.m. and runs through 4 p.m. The line-up includes the Blue Angels.
  • Obama Will Violate Law By Implementing Iran Nuclear Deal, Senior Officials Say

    10/09/2015 1:09:17 PM PDT · by Isara · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 9, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Senior U.S. officials have said anonymously that the Obama administration will violate federal law by implementing the Iran nuclear agreement.A sanctions relief provision included in the deal that directs the U.S. to allow foreign subsidiaries of U.S. businesses “to engage in activities with Iran” if Tehran abides by the deal’s stipulations violates a law signed by President Obama in 2012 that closed this foreign subsidiary loophole.Fox News reported: [The law, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA)] also stipulated, in Section 218, that when it comes to doing business with Iran, … what is prohibited for U.S....
  • French train hero now in 'good spirits' after stabbing outside bar

    10/09/2015 12:09:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/09/2015
    Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, was "in good spirits" as he recovered from a stabbing outside a Sacramento bar, hospital officials said Friday. The UC Davis Medical Center upgraded Airman Spencer Stone's condition from serious to fair. Doctors say he was awake, and could get out of bed Friday. "We know it's not related to what occurred in France," Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said. Stone was out with four friends when they got into a fight near a bar with another group of people, Bernard said....
  • He stopped a jihadist in France. Now he's been stabbed in California [Who is the assailant?]

    10/09/2015 6:56:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/09/2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Yesterday’s brutal knife attack on the U.S.-born French train hero Spencer Stone is yet more evidence suggesting that Stone and his fellow heroes are being targeted, possibly by Islamic terrorists. [SNIP] At time of writing, it had been reported that he was stabbed four times in the chest.  One report indicated he was stabbed in the heart and lung. "It is believed that the victim was out with a group of friends when a physical altercation led to the victim being stabbed multiple times in his upper body," a Sacramento police spokesman was quoted saying.  At press time, two suspects...
  • Shocking footage shows French-terror train hero Spencer Stone fighting off group of men

    10/08/2015 4:07:26 PM PDT · by traumer · 91 replies
    French train attack hero Spencer Stone was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento early Thursday Footage of the incident shows him fighting off a group of three men who flee the scene shortly after one of the men starts stabbing Stone Stone, 23, was with three girlfriends and one male friend and had just left the gay bar Badlands when the attack occurred Authorities are now searching for two adult Asian males who drove away in a dark Toyota Camry Initially police did not believe that Stone, 23, would be able to survive his injuries and began treating...
  • DEVELOPING: Amid affair rumors, Kevin McCarthy and Renee Ellmers expected to resign?

    10/09/2015 11:09:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 9, 2015 | Staff
    Rush Limbaugh on Renee Ellmers/McCarthy rumor: “This is years old stuff ... I just totally stay away from it” Well, amid those rumors, there is now some inside-the-Beltway chatter indicating resignations are imminent.
  • Fox News Takes Jab at Conservatives... Again

    10/09/2015 10:16:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Bobby Eberle
    In what has become an all-too-frequent occurrence, Fox News wasted no time taking a swipe at conservatives. We've seen it plenty of times now -- from commentators having meltdowns because their establishment candidate isn't the frontrunner to openly criticizing conservatives as out of touch or crazy. Now, the race for Speaker of the House is up in the air, and Fox News has singled out a certain conservative candidate as the possible culprit. Some of the Fox News bias really came to light with the ascendance of Donald Trump. Trump is certainly no conservative, but he speaks out against the...
  • Suspects in two high-profile Bay Area killings alled ‘lost souls’ by authorities

    10/09/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 26 replies
    sfgate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kale Williams
    Three “lost souls” stand accused of the seemingly random deaths of two people in the Bay Area, a well-known tantric massage instructor gunned down on a Marin County hiking trail Monday evening and a Canadian backpacker shot to death in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park two days before. Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, were arrested in Portland, Ore., Wednesday after leading investigators on an interstate manhunt following the discovery of the body of Steve Carter, 67, on a popular trail northwest of Fairfax on Monday. “It appears that we have three people...
  • McCarthy accused of affair with House member after withdrawing bid for speaker

    10/09/2015 8:16:47 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew his promising bid to become speaker Thursday as the married congressman was accused of having an affair with another married House member in an anonymous posting on Wikipedia. Minutes before Republicans were to cast votes to make him speaker-elect, McCarthy stood and told his colleagues that a fresh face was needed to unite the party.
  • Mark Cuban to run for House speaker? It's possible

    10/09/2015 10:00:43 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 45 replies ^ | 10/9/2015 | Fred Imbert | @foimbert
    Mark Cuban for House speaker? The billionaire impresario said in a tweet he may run for the House's top spot. Cuban certainly can try. The House website says: "Although the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a Member of the House, all Speakers have been Members." In McCarthy's wake, who could be speaker? Cuban floated the idea after the front-runner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, suddenly withdrew from the race Thursday, leaving two members officially running: Reps. Daniel Webster of Florida and Jason Chaffetz of Utah. Webster announced his candidacy in a video on Monday. "As speaker of...
  • Obama administration linked to House-speakership blowup?

    10/08/2015 8:16:35 PM PDT · by amorphous · 36 replies
    WND ^ | 8 Oct 2015
    The reason Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly pulled his name from the running for the job as House speaker Thursday may be exactly as he explained – his untoward comments attributing a political purpose to a House committee investigating Benghazi. Or it may have been something else – as speculation swirled on Thursday about an alleged affair with another member of Congress. And if that was the case, one report is suggesting people look to the Obama administration for a level of involvement. Because the trail could link back to the administration’s Department of Homeland Security.