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  • Welcome to Hampton, the small Florida town that could get erased

    03/11/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/14 | Mark Berman
    Hampton, Fla., has fewer than 500 residents. It’s a tiny blip you pass through on the drive between Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, and Jacksonville. The city is known mostly for being a notorious speed trap right near Gainesville. Now, thanks to a damning state audit released last month, the place might get dissolved. (Think about that for a second: This is the city that might be too far gone for Florida, a state that should be impossible to shock, a state where the chief export is bizarre news.) The audit reported a host of problems: unreliable accounting,...
  • Joke’s on us: WH now says 7M never ‘target number’ for Obamacare

    12/31/2013 10:03:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/31/13 | David Sherfinski
    <p>White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro said Tuesday that a goal of seven million people signing up for health insurance by the end of March was “never our target number,” attempting to downplay a figure that has been circulated for months.</p>
  • An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

    12/08/2013 10:32:42 AM PST · by Veto! · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/7/13 | Peter Whoriskey, Dan Keating
    The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company...
  • Michelle O's Princeton classmate is exec at company that built Obamacare website

    10/26/2013 10:15:19 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013
    The Obama administration has been accused of cronyism after it was revealed the First Lady's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company contracted to build the beleaguered Obamacare enrollment website. Toni Townes-Whitley is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of a Canadian company, which won the no-bid contract for the problem-plagued website. Townes-Whitley, from the Princeton class of ’85, and Michelle Obama are members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, according to The Daily Caller.
  • Did Mooch Screw the Pooch? College Classmate’s Company Built Healthcare.gov

    10/26/2013 9:07:28 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 46 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/26/2013 | Dean D. Garrison
    In mid-October The Washington Examiner reported that Federal Officials only considered one firm to build the epic fail now known as healthcare.gov. When that story broke you had to suspect that someone probably had a kickback coming. Richard Pollock reported on October 13th: Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI...
  • Next step on food stamp fraud up to Wal-Mart, local police say

    10/15/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times Picayune ^ | October 15, 2013 | Lauren McGaughy
    Police in two north Louisiana cities won't investigate fraudulent food stamp purchases made at local Wal-Marts this weekend unless asked by the retailer, law enforcement representatives said Tuesday. But it is unclear whether the world's largest retailer would ask local police to intervene, after a company representative said Wal-Mart believed it made the right decision this weekend and would keep customers' best interests at heart in the issue going forward.The fraudulent purchases were made at the Springhill and Mansfield locations during a massive system-wide outage on Saturday (Oct. 12). Wal-Mart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said the retailer instructed cashiers at the...
  • Not Even Fisker's Fire Sale Can Dampen DOE Enthusiasm for 'Investments'

    09/19/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 19, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    After the Department of Energy announced this week ithad given up on not-bankrupt-but-should-be Fisker Automotive, and will auction off its loan for a pittance, you’d think (and hope) Congress would have had enough of this kind of thing. Senator John Thune certainly has. “The Obama administration has gotten into the business of picking winners and losers at a significant cost to taxpayers,” said the South Dakota Republican yesterday. “I’m calling for the Senate to consider my amendment to eliminate the wasteful ATVM loan program and for my colleagues to join me in protecting taxpayer dollars from any future risky green...
  • Miami cabbie shot during robbery attempt, drives to police station [Perp was wearing a hoodie!]

    08/20/2013 6:18:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/20/13
    A Super Yellow Cab driver was shot in the back early Tuesday in a robbery, according to early reports....
  • Beware of Thefts Called Apple Picking: Cops [Eight of Obama's Sons Arrested in Robbery Ring]

    08/20/2013 5:29:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 8/19/13 | Christina Hernandez
    Walking to their car, three men armed with three guns robbed two tourists on Collins Avenue. One of them had an iPod taken.... "It's called apple picking where the subjects will look when people are talking on their iPhone or not paying attention, in this case with a firearm, and will take the phone right out of their hand and take off," Hernandez said. Police have made eight arrests –all men, ranging from 18 years old to 21. All men are charged with at least one count of armed robbery. And two of them are facing two counts of armed...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. still eligible for government pension, disability pay

    08/15/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    abc local ^ | 8-14-13 | Chuck Goudie
    Ex-congressman Jackson is eligible to receive $8,700 dollars per month in disability pay due to his bipolar condition and could receive a partial federal pension of $45,000 per year once he reaches 65. While on the city council, Sandi Jackson had automatic pension contributions of more than $50,000 withdrawn from her pay, even though she chose not to be a member of the city pension fund.
  • Princeville mayor indicted on embezzlement charges (North Carolina)

    08/06/2013 5:56:29 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    WRAL ^ | 8/6/2013 | WRAL
    Tarboro, N.C. — Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates has been indicted on 17 counts of embezzlement by a public official, authorities said Tuesday. The charges come four months after a state audit found that Everette-Oates charged $8,115 to a town credit card between August 2010 and last July without any receipts to back up the spending. Charges included $1,255 to Madison Steak and Seafood and $222 to Bed Bath & Beyond. State auditors began looking into Princeville's finances last summer after the state Local Government Commission took control of the town's books. At the time, Princeville was 9 percent over budget...
  • IRS execs rack up big travel bills

    07/24/2013 7:53:02 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    GOP USA/USA Today ^ | 7/24/2013 | USA Today Staff
    Two high-ranking IRS employees may have traveled more days than they worked over the past two years, according to a Treasury inspector's report released Tuesday. And at least 15 executives traveled to another office -- typically Washington -- for more than half of their workdays, raising questions about whether they should have been assigned to IRS headquarters in the first place, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said. The inspectors are looking into whether the tax agency may have itself evaded taxes by failing to disclose the benefit of the travel on withholding statements for those employees. Under...
  • Alexei Navalny: Russian jail term is condemned

    07/18/2013 9:00:48 PM PDT · by BlueDragon · 3 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 18 July 2013
    The conviction and jailing of Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny has led to widespread criticism. Navalny was imprisoned for five years for embezzlement from a timber firm. He had denied the charges, saying the trial was politically motivated. The EU said the verdict posed "serious questions" about Russian law, while the US said it was "deeply disappointed". Later, police detained dozens of protesters following scuffles in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities. Thousands took to the streets for protests which continued late into the evening. In Kirov, where the trial was held, at least two Navalny supporters were arrested after...
  • IRS Hiring ‘Diversity and Inclusion Specialist,' Starting at $123,758/Year

    06/14/2013 9:22:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 54 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – The IRS is looking to hire a “diversity and inclusion” specialist, with a minimum salary of $123,758 a year. The opening for a full-time “Supervisory Diversity and Inclusion Specialist” at the agency’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. was announced on June 11 and is open until June 24. The Diversity Specialist will “serve as a change agent to provide strategies, solutions, training, tools, resources and thought leadership on diversity and foster inclusion” across the workplace and “build internal awareness” for diversity and inclusion throughout the agency. Among the day-to-day job duties: Hear and resolve complaints from employees; "effect...
  • Lawyer says convicted lobbyist won't go to jail

    06/02/2013 1:02:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2013 | SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press
    Harvey Whittemore, with his wife, Annette, on his right, jokes with his lead defense attorney, Dominic Gentile, during a news conference in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, shortly after he was convicted of three federal counts of breaking campaign contribution laws by funneling nearly $150,000 to U.S. Sen. Reid, D-Nev., in 2007. Photo: Scott Sonner RENO, Nev. (AP) —Harvey Whittemore's lawyer says despite his client's illegal campaign fundraising conviction, the man prosecutors called "King of the Hill" in Nevada politics is a long way from prison.Whittemore, former head of a billion dollar development company, was convicted recently of...
  • Schumer: New ‘Gang of Eight’ to draft rules for press subpoenas

    05/27/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    Thehill.com ^ | 5/26/13 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government. “I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], we’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight,” said Schumer on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I love these gangs of eight I guess.” Schumer said the bipartisan group will “introduce “legislation that sets up rules where… if the government wants to go to a member of the press and say you have to divulge your sources and...
  • The Next Bank Meltdown Won't Be An "Accident"

    04/22/2013 1:52:07 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 4-22-2013 | Shah Gilani
    The Next Bank Meltdown Won't Be An "Accident" By Shah Gilani, Capital Wave Strategist, Money Morning April 22, 2013Big banks turned in a pretty stellar first quarter. All but one beat profits expectations. But as I told you last week, I'm now out of these stocks completely. Do you want the truth about what shape banks are in right now? Sure you can handle it? I'm sorry; I can't tell you the truth. Regulators can't tell you the truth. And the Federal Reserve won't tell you the truth. No one can tell you the truth. That's because banks don't tell...
  • U.S. Government Investigation Of Gold Price Manipulation

    03/16/2013 7:13:07 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TMO ^ | 3-16-2013 | Midas Letter
    U.S. Government Investigation Of Gold Price Manipulation Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013March 15, 2013 - 04:16 PM GMT By: Midas Letter Yesterday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulator who ostensibly regulates the banks and major financial institutions who participate in the futures and commodities trading business, announced they were going to examine whether prices are being manipulated in the “world’s largest gold market”, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. For long time observers of the gold price and the fundamental and not-so-fundamental influences on its price movements, the announcement might have elicited a gasp of...
  • Google Admits Drive-By Data Collection Was Privacy Breach [Obama Donors; Let's Move On...]

    03/13/2013 1:53:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/13/13 | DAVID STREITFELD
    Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users. In agreeing to settle a case brought by 38 states involving the project, the search company for the first time is required to aggressively police its own employees on privacy issues and to explicitly tell the public how to fend off privacy violations like this one. While the settlement also included a tiny - for Google - fine of $7 million, privacy advocates and Google critics...
  • The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance (Oldie, But Appropriate!)

    12/27/2012 8:34:59 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Casey Research ^ | 3/21/2012 | Doug Casey
    An International Man lives and does business wherever he finds conditions most advantageous, regardless of arbitrary borders. He's diversified globally, with passports from multiple countries, assets in several jurisdictions and his residence in yet another. He doesn't depend absolutely on any country and regards all of them as competitors for his capital and expertise. Living as an international man used to be just an interesting possibility. But few Americans opted for it, since the US used to reward those who settled in and put down roots. In fact, it rewarded them better than any other country in the world, so...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Claim: EPA Head Used Secret Email to Hide Documents

    11/17/2012 9:18:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    The House Science Committee is investigating whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson used the secret email alias "Richard Windsor" to hide internal communications from government watchdogs—an action that may violate open-records laws.
  • West asks court to order full recount of early votes in St. Lucie County

    11/13/2012 2:54:55 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 90 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-13-2012 | George Bennett
    West asks court to order full recount of early votes in St. Lucie Countyby George Bennett | November 13th, 2012 Republican Rep. Allen West‘s campaign says it filed a request for an injunction late today ordering St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker to conduct a recount of all 37,397 ballots from early voting rather than the 16,275 ballots the county canvassing board decided to recount Sunday.A copy of the filing wasn’t immediately available.A partial recount of early votes on Sunday showed Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy losing 667 votes and West losing 132 — a net gain of 535...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. likely to resign from Congress, looking at jail time in plea deal: report

    11/12/2012 9:17:16 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 53 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12 November 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
    "Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is battling legal troubles and mental illness, is likely to resign from Congress and face jail time under the terms of a plea deal his lawyer is negotiating with the federal government."
  • Wisconsin Now Gone (vanity)

    11/06/2012 8:09:53 PM PST · by gotribe · 3 replies
    Vanity | 11/6/2012 | gotribe
    CNN just called WI.
  • George Soros Totally Bailed On Democrats This Election

    09/25/2012 1:31:42 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-25-2012 | Walter Hickey
    George Soros Totally Bailed On Democrats This Election Walter HickeySeptember 25, 2012World Economic Forum, Flickr George Soros has been the primary political bogeyman for more extreme wings of the Republican party for some time now. The fascination first began in 2004 when Soros pledged $25.5 million to groups dedicated to removing then-President George W. Bush from office, including MoveOn.org, America Coming Together, and the Center for American Progress. Those efforts obviously failed, but they also cemented the billionaire hedge fund manager in the conservative psyche as the man bankrolling liberal causes. Rumors abound about his true motivations, and have spawned...
  • Mayor's Mom Says She 'Hates' Alamo

    05/13/2010 6:39:52 AM PDT · by laotzu · 151 replies · 3,017+ views
    KSAT ^ | 5/12/10 | Charles Gonzales
    SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was recently profiled in the New York Times, which referenced him as the next national Hispanic leader and perhaps president. "It's been a very promising response," said Castro. "It's a very flattering article." But comments he didn't make could draw some strong opinions. His mother, Rosie Castro, had strong words when asked about her memories of the Alamo, a symbol of Texas independence. "They used to take us there when we were school children," Perez told the Times. "They told us how glorious that battle was. When I grew up, I learned...
  • Houston city controller seeks leniency for con man

    08/13/2012 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 13, 2012 | Lise Olsen and Chris Moran
    City Controller Ron Green, Houston's top elected money manager and self-described watchdog, is seeking leniency for a five-time convicted felon and contractor who masterminded an elaborate real estate and forgery scam targeting the city's historically African-American neighborhoods. Green is asking a judge for probation for his friend and former next-door neighbor Dwayne K. Jordon, a rogue developer who pleaded guilty to felony theft. According to indictments, Jordon pilfered 23 Houston properties from different owners and then duped unsuspecting buyers into purchasing homes built on stolen ground. The ex-con contractor and the city controller have known each other about five years,...
  • Tax Scam: IRS Pays Out $3.3 Million To One Lansing Address Last Year

    08/06/2012 10:18:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    WILX News 10 ^ | Aug 3, 2012
    The IRS pays out billions in fraudulent tax refunds, and Lansing is at the top of the list. The IRS paid out more than $3 million in refunds to one address in Lansing. The IRS has not disclosed that address, but according to a new report issued by the IRS Inspector General, someone filed more than 2100 separate tax returns using that address, and received $3.3 million in fraudulent refunds. The inspector general says identity thieves filing bogus tax returns got more than $5 billion in refunds last year. The inspector general also says the problem is so rampant., the...
  • Wasserman Schultz Has Unreported Second Home in NH, Lives Large on the High Seas [Corrupt?]

    07/17/2012 12:34:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 7/17/12 | Javier Manjarres
    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign team have been waging a coordinated effort against Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney by repeatedly casting aspersion on the length of his tenure at Bain Capital as well as the limited disclosure of his past personal income tax returns...But now the Shark Tank has come into possession of information that has never been publicly disclosed which completely undermines Wasserman Schultz’ credibility as it pertains to her calls for transparency or the claim that she qualifies as “middle class.” ...on the mainland, Newbury, New Hampshire is a quaint little town...
  • Former Missouri Gov. Wilson sentenced to probation

    07/09/2012 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Clintons Are White Trash · 5 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 7/9/2012 | Robert Patrick
    After a lengthy investigation, Wilson was indicted in April on a misdemeanor insurance charge for laundering a total $8,000 in campaign contributions from Missouri Employers Mutual Co., a state-created workers' compensation company based in Columbia, to the Missouri Democratic Party through a St. Louis law firm, Herzog Crebs. Former Herzog Crebs partner Ed Griesedieck III was also indicted.
  • 'UFO' at the bottom of the Baltic Sea 'cuts off electrical equipment when divers get within 200m'

    06/27/2012 6:17:57 AM PDT · by rawhide · 59 replies
    dalymail.co.uk ^ | 6-27-12 | Eddie Wrenn
    Object is raised about 10 to 13ft above seabed and curved at the sides like a mushroom. Hole is surrounded by an strange rock formation that expedition team can not explain. Stones are covered in something 'resembling soot' which has baffled experts. Divers say phones and some cameras switch off when close to the object. The divers exploring a 'UFO-shaped' object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m. Professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, part of the Ocean X team which is exploring the anomaly, said some of the team's cameras and...
  • Roy Kulcsar Disbarred (Defense Attorney "was a real crook" says Jailed Mob Crook & Former Client)

    06/25/2012 11:13:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Larry McShane | NY Daily News
    Defense attorney Roy Kulcsar disbarred for using inmates to recruit new clients Attorney -- who defended terrorist Ramzi Yousef -- paid prisoners through commissary accounts Renowned defense attorney Roy Kulcsar didn’t chase ambulances — just inmates. And to make sure he caught them, he paid cash. Kulcsar funneled nearly $20,000 in illegal “retainers” to dozens of federal prisoners as compensation for steering fellow felons to his law practice, authorities said. The cash-for-clients deal operated between August 2004 and February 2010, with Kulcsar depositing funds into prison commissary accounts, a federal disciplinary committee reported last month. Kulcsar, who once represented 1993...
  • City considers hike in retirees’ pensions

    06/18/2012 2:31:28 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 2 replies
    As cities and states across the nation take aim at public employee pensions, Boston City Hall is engaged in a very different debate: how much to increase retirees’ checks. Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing to boost the annual cost-of-living adjustment for most pensioners from $360 to $390, a $30 increase. City Council president Stephen J. Murphy is pushing for more, seeking a $90 increase over the current rate. Other Massachusetts cities and towns have had similar debates. Last month in Brookline, voters rejected the advice of the Board of Selectmen and approved a pension increase akin to what Menino...
  • Former I.C.E. Employee Sentenced for Fraud Against Government

    06/08/2012 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 2 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | June 07, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON—Lateisha M. Rollerson, 38, a former assistant to an acting intelligence chief for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was sentenced today to 10 months in prison for taking part in a fraud scheme involving more than $500,000 in government money. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr., Charles K. Edwards, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Timothy Moynihan, Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. Rollerson, of Bowie, Maryland, pled...
  • 3 NATO Activists Accused Of Plotting Attacks

    05/20/2012 9:47:16 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2012 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who travelled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, telling a judge it was undercover officers known by the activists as "Mo" and "Gloves" who brought the firebombs to a South Side apartment where the men were arrested. "This is just propaganda to create a climate of fear," Michael Duetsch said. "My clients came...
  • Your airfare and hotel -- covered (Obama Spam Lottery)

    04/26/2012 8:35:43 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 6 replies
    obama spam email | 04/26/2012 | Julianna Smoot
    [gullible suckers]-- I know this probably isn't the first time you're hearing about this, but chances like this don't come up very often. And the deadline is approaching. Chip in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to go to L.A. and spend an evening with President Obama and George Clooney. We'll cover airfare and hotel for you and whoever you choose to bring with you. All you have to do to be automatically entered is donate what you can to support this campaign: https://donate.barackobama.com/Obama-and-Clooney Thanks, Julianna Julianna Smoot Deputy Campaign Manager Obama for America
  • Lets do some aggregate documentation on the Obama administration

    03/17/2012 8:58:40 AM PDT · by mylife · 34 replies
    vanity | 3/17/12 | mylife
    We all know that Obama is a poser sack of crap. but who are his foot soldiers? Lets document them in one place. Many of us know the AG, Eric Holder. Some have mentioned the Energy secretary Stephan Chu Does any one know who Lisa Jackson is? Then there are the advisers the inner circle like Valerie Jarrett List them and vet them here Freepers. Let us document them and frame the picture
  • Major flaws in concrete in Silver Spring transportation project

    01/31/2012 4:59:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 30, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - There are major flaws with the way the concrete was poured in the $101 million Transit Center in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. During a news conference Monday, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner outlined the issues, calling the situation a "serious problem." He also hinted at the possibility of legal action against the contractor. "Specifications for the project called for there to be 10 inches of concrete. The analysis that has been done has shown that for significant portions of the second floor and the third floor, there's only eight and a half inches," Berliner...
  • As political season heats up, Politico’s Web traffic cools down

    12/22/2011 8:42:36 PM PST · by Fred · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2011 | Josh Peterson
    New independent circulation numbers show a sharp decline in readership of Politico and other left-leaning news websites, an ominous trend for the suburban Virginia-based news outlet and its peers as Americans head into an election year. Recently published and publicly available Web traffic data indicates that “unique visitor” traffic to politico.com in November 2011 was 15 percent lower than in the previous month, and 31 percent lower than in November 2010. The data, from Compete, Inc., also show an overall two-year decline. Political websites gain and lose readers throughout election cycles, with presidential election years trending higher in unique Web...
  • Payroll tax cut to cost homebuyers $5,000

    12/22/2011 12:38:06 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 17th, 2011 | Mary Ann Milbourn
    Most homebuyers will pay an increased fee to finance their mortgage as part of a U.S. Senate compromise approved today to continue a 2 percentage point cut in payroll taxes and extend unemployment benefits until February. In a last-minute compromise reached Friday night, the Senate agreed to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits but only for two months and to pay the estimated $30 billion to $40 billion cost by increasing the fees on new mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The increase is expected to cost a new homebuyer about $17 a month for a...
  • Congress's Phony Insider-Trading Reform

    12/12/2011 4:32:19 PM PST · by khnyny · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2011 | Jonathan Macey
    Members of Congress already get better health insurance and retirement benefits than other Americans. They are about to get better insider trading laws as well. Several academic studies show that the investment portfolios of congressmen and senators consistently outperform stock indices like the Dow and the S&P 500, as well as the portfolios of virtually all professional investors. Congressmen do better to an extent that is statistically significant, according to studies including a 2004 article about "abnormal" Senate returns by Alan J. Ziobrowski, Ping Cheng, James W. Boyd and Brigitte J. Ziobrowski in the Journal of Financial and Qualitative Analysis....
  • HOLDER BEING QUESTIONED AGAIN

    12/08/2011 8:57:46 AM PST · by Spunky · 60 replies
    Attorney General Holder being questioned.
  • Broward Teacher's Union appoints new leader (Last thug facing prison)

    12/06/2011 10:05:13 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies
    WSVN ^ | 12/6/11
    The Broward Teacher's Union has a new administrator, amidst a financial investigation. John Tarka has been appointed by the American Federation of Teachers to be the head of the BTU. "Our primary concern with the American Federation of Teachers is to make sure that our children are doing well...
  • Did you miss the Thanksgiving White House visitor log document dump?

    11/28/2011 11:35:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/28/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Just like clockwork, the Obama administration never misses an opportunity to unload thousands of records it hopes no one will ever bother sifting through during the holidays. On Black Friday, the White House released more visitor log info — trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail. I’ve started looking through the data. And you can, too, right here:
  • The guy who couldn't be touched is, finally (huge IL pubbie corruptocrat convicted)

    11/03/2011 9:49:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-2-11 | John Kass
    Guys like Bill Cellini don't get indicted in Illinois. And the puppet masters don't sit at the defense table in federal court, tapping their fingers, waiting for the jury to pronounce judgment. *snip* They're Democrats, they're Republicans. They're the bosses of the Combine. *snip* All involved should know that their ((prosecutors)) work is appreciated, by every taxpayer in this thoroughly corrupt state who've wondered how the puppet masters of the Combine keep getting away with it. On Tuesday, they didn't get away with it. And Bill Cellini went down.
  • 11 charged in $1B NY rail pension fraud case

    10/27/2011 3:43:24 PM PDT · by WZ90 · 9 replies
    SFGate ^ | October 27, 2011 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    Hundreds of Long Island Rail Road employees may have cheated their way to big pensions through a $1 billion fraud by paying off doctors to say they were unable to work, authorities said
  • Westward Woe! California Democrat Party Loses Millions to Fraud

    10/25/2011 9:23:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2011 | John Ransom
    Well they finally did it to themselves. At least now, and at least in one state, Democrat politicians are starting to feel the effects of the type of accounting fraud they committed on the country for the last three years.  As the Obama “It’s-not-my-fault” Reelection Tour rumbles westward spewing diesel-powered and politically enhanced particulate matter, charges of fraud are overhanging the Democrats’ fall campaign in California. But the charges aren’t the familiar “I see dead people voting” scams that usually accompany left-leaning races. Instead they are fraud charges of the Madoff kind.California Democrat uber-finance guru, Kinde Durkee, apparently has been...
  • Ex-Indiana governor: That's not my signature on Obama petition

    10/12/2011 11:58:43 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune via Drudge ^ | 10/12/2011 | AP/Chicago Tribune
    Former Gov. Joe Kernan says a signature on a petition to place Barack Obama's name on Indiana's 2008 primary ballot isn't his, putting him among dozens of dubious signatures found in a newspaper's investigation. Kernan, a Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary, told the South Bend Tribune that he didn't sign the Obama document. "No, not at all," the former South Bend mayor said when asked whether the signature next to his name on the Obama petition looked like his own. "Nor does the printing look like mine." The Tribune reported Wednesday that it has talked...