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  • Hagel sworn in as Defense secretary

    02/27/2013 9:16:36 AM PST · by OPS4 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Jeremy Herb
    New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the United States must engage in the world and work with its allies as he addressed Defense Department employees and service members for the first time as Pentagon chief. “We can't dictate to the world, but we must engage in the world. We must lead with our allies,” Hagel said in his first speech as secretary. “Allies are, as everyone in this room knows, particularly important. No nation — as great as America is — can do any of this alone.
  • An Embarrassing Metric Disappears: Why are gov't stats taxpayer migration being discontinued?

    12/11/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Jim Pettit
    As the din of America’s falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet. Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers’ addresses, which the agency’s Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation. As you’d expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move. So the movements of the most fundamental productive components of the...
  • Comedy central: Waxman whacks 'fishing expeditions'

    02/07/2011 2:27:05 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 6, 2011 | Editorial
    There have been some real characters elected to Congress over the years. Davy Crockett, for instance, served one term in the House of Representatives, then told his constituents to go to hell and headed for Texas where he died defending the Alamo and became an American icon. And who could ever forget those delightful violin concertos delivered so frequently by Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia? Fortunately, the current Congress is not without its share of fascinating personalities. Take Rep. Henry Waxman, the California Democrat who must be moonlighting at the Comedy Club. Seems he had folks rolling in the...
  • Video: Has Revelation's 'pale rider' shown up in Egypt?

    02/06/2011 4:56:48 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 70 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5 Feb 2011 | Drew Zhan
    <p>Is this the "pale rider" from Revelation? A mysterious, pale green figure seen in televised news coverage of the Egyptian riots has prompted some viewers to ask, "Could this be the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"</p>
  • None Dare Call Harry on It

    11/01/2010 1:06:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 01, 2010 | Ronald Wieck
    Harry Reid tried very hard to cause his own country to lose a war, bending all the powers of his high office to that ignoble end. And it is not an issue that can be raised in his reelection campaign. Harry Reid wanted America to be defeated in Iraq to embarrass a president who belonged to the other party and to gain seats in Congress for his party, thereby enhancing his own prestige. And he is quite comfortable putting party ahead of country. The charge carries insinuations of treason, so it is necessary to make the appropriate distinctions. Back in...
  • The Creation Museum packs in the crowds

    10/12/2008 1:33:09 AM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 641+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 11, 2008 | Dylan T. Lovan
    The museum exhibits are taken from the Old Testament, but the special effects are pure Hollywood: a state-of-the-art planetarium, animatronics and a massive model of Noah's Ark, all intended to explain the origins of the universe from a biblical viewpoint. The Creation Museum, which teaches life's beginnings through a literal interpretation of the Bible, is claiming attendance figures that would make it an unexpectedly strong draw less than a year and a half after it debuted. More than a half-million people have toured the attraction, in northern Kentucky just outside of Cincinnati, since its May 2007 opening "We're depressed, I...
  • Another former Mass. governor campaigns with McCain

    12/29/2007 5:21:05 AM PST · by billorites · 22 replies · 95+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | December 29, 2007 | Dan Tuohy
    There's a new Swift attack in town, and her name is Jane. Former Bay State Acting Gov. Jane Swift, campaigning with John McCain in Manchester, challenged the qualifications of Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential rivals last night. Swift said Romney, who followed her as governor, lacks the foreign policy experience of someone such as McCain, a military veteran and senior U.S. senator from Arizona. "We can sleep at night," she said, knowing McCain is President. McCain, launching a campaign blitz in New Hampshire, sounded a similar note as he spoke of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the struggle...
  • Obama Calls Canada's Leader "President"

    08/08/2007 5:19:33 PM PDT · by RepublitarianRoger · 80 replies · 3,168+ views
    Asked what he'd do about the North American trade deal, Obama said it needs changes, so he'd "immediately call the president of Mexico (and) the president of Canada."
  • Keith Ellison's "Politics of Generosity" (Lib hypocrite alert)

    07/14/2007 7:46:03 PM PDT · by Minnesocold · 16 replies · 829+ views
    FreedomDogs blog ^ | 7-14-07 | Lassie
    I attended Keith Ellison's town hall forum today in Robbinsdale, with the topic of credit justice issues (sub-prime lending, pay-day loans, etc). With very late notice in the local paper, it seemed media and Ellison's friends outnumbered any citizens attending. Seems the media got more of a notice than the citizens of Robbinsdale. That was probably on purpose (gee, ya think?). About 50 were in attendance today. Ellison started off the forum with a catch phrase: "The Politics of Generosity," where we all should share in prosperity. Everybody counts. everybody matters. With that, he introduced a "highly accomplished, dear friend"...
  • Teen victim of Spring pipe attack dies after apparent jump from ship

    07/02/2007 1:42:30 PM PDT · by TheTruthAintPretty · 23 replies · 1,741+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 2, 2007 | BILL MURPHY, PAIGE HEWITT and JENNIFER LEAHY
    A Spring teen who survived a brutal beating with a pipe last year apparently jumped to his death from a Cozumel-bound cruise ship on Sunday. An 18-year-old was observed by "a bunch of people" jumping over the railing of the upper deck of Carnival Cruise Lines' Ecstasy around 7:35 a.m. Sunday, said Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers. [ snip ] Ritcheson's death comes less than three months after he testified before Congress about how two teens nearly killed him on April 23, 2006 by repeatedly kicking a patio umbrella stand into his rectum while shouting "white power!"
  • Byrd Scales Back but Still Takes Stand (barf alert)

    05/08/2007 9:18:02 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 10 replies · 632+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2007 | Shailagh Murray
    Throughout the Iraq war, one of President Bush's loudest Democratic critics has been the longest-serving member of the Senate: Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. *** Yet the octogenarian lawmaker's voice was quavering as he spoke, his regal bearing a bit unsteady. It was another indication that all is not well with Byrd, an institution within an institution, who turned 89 in November after winning a ninth Senate term. The war debate now unfolding in Congress is tailor made for Byrd, fusing his three celebrated Senate roles: Appropriations chairman (the legislation on the table is a spending bill); resident constitutional...
  • Israel recalls 'naked ambassador'

    03/12/2007 6:38:46 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 41 replies · 1,544+ views
    BBC News ^ | 03/12/07 | BBC News
    "Israel is replacing its ambassador in El Salvador after the envoy was found outside the embassy, drunk, wearing only bondage gear, officials said. "Our ambassador has been recalled immediately," a foreign ministry official told AFP news agency. San Salvador was Tzuriel Refael's first post as ambassador, after promotion in 2006 from a foreign ministry position. re."" "Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in the Israeli embassy compound two weeks ago. He was inebriated, his hands were tied and he was gagged with a rubber ball in his mouth. In spite of his drunken state, the naked figure was...
  • White House Defends Rumsfeld from McCain Criticism

    02/20/2007 1:02:32 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 68 replies · 1,362+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/20/2007 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House defended Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday from criticism from Republican Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) that he was one of the worst U.S. defense secretaries ever for his handling of the Iraq war. McCain, one of President George W. Bush's key allies in the U.S. Congress on Iraq, is running for his party's nomination to be president in 2008. "I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history," the Arizona senator and former Vietnam War veteran said on the campaign trail in...
  • 'Helicopter parents' crash-land on careers

    11/10/2006 7:13:49 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies · 2,078+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2006 | Martha Irvine (Associated Press)
    CHICAGO -- Some parents are writing their college-age children's resumes. Others are acting as their children's "representatives," hounding college career counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling employers to ask why their son or daughter didn't get a job. It's the next phase in helicopter parenting, a term coined for those who have hovered over their children's lives from kindergarten to college. Now they are inserting themselves into their children's job searches -- and school officials and employers say it's a problem that may be hampering some young people's careers. "It has now reached...
  • Dixie Chicks: Shut up and Sing

    09/06/2006 6:30:01 AM PDT · by reagandemo · 15 replies · 762+ views
    Variety ^ | Phil Gallo
    Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck have crafted an insightful and heartfelt look at the experiences of the Dixie Chicks over the last three years, chronicling the often bizarre consequences of singer Natalie Maines' anti-Bush wisecrack on a London stage. Maines' statement is captured in "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing," as are the meetings where they plot how to circumvent the core country audience and, eventually, how to reroute a tour and cancel shows due to poor ticket sales. It's the rare thorough documentary on a musical act whose dilemmas are faced in the here and now, one that should...
  • Hugo Chavez's Magical Misery Tour

    08/01/2006 5:30:47 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 22 replies · 891+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 31 July 2006 | Editorial
    Globalization: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is having a grand time cavorting around the world on his Axis Of Evil tour. But we notice he's disgusting as many countries as he's wooing. Vietnam is the most interesting. Chavez blew into Hanoi on Monday and right away began praising Vietnam's government in exactly the way it didn't want: by hailing communism. "Vietnam, with its valor, defeated imperialism not only on the battlefield, but also has maintained socialism in the ideological arena," the South American dictator intoned. Uh-huh. To Vietnam's officials, who've been trying diligently to integrate their nation into the world economy, that's...
  • A father stung in his game of shame

    03/21/2006 6:00:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 1,165+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 21, 2006
    AN EXASPERATED father has discovered, at his expense, that cyberspace is not the ideal arena for family feuds. Two weeks ago Steve Williams became so fed up with his daughter's messy bedroom that he built a website featuring pictures of his slothful offspring's lair in an attempt to shame her into action. However, the public humiliation, proved to be a short-lived victory. While it did spur his daughter, Claire, into tidying her room, it also whet her appetite for revenge. With the help of her father's friends, the 20-year-old business student has now set up a rival website that displays...
  • California Rep. Gallegly reverses retirement, will seek new term

    03/15/2006 2:15:41 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 15 replies · 375+ views
    AP ^ | 3/15/06
    California Rep. Gallegly reverses retirement, will seek new term Associated Press WASHINGTON - A California congressman has changed his mind about retirement and says he'll seek re-election to an eleventh term. Republican Elton Gallegly made the announcement today. He represents the 24th District, a heavily Republican region that covers most of Ventura County and a portion of Santa Barbara County. On Friday, the 62-year-old Gallegly had announced he wouldn't run again because of unspecified health reasons. However, he'd already filed papers to be a candidate and it was too late to remove his name from the June primary ballot. Only...
  • Pat Robertson: Sharon Punished for Dividing Israel

    01/05/2006 10:59:44 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 439 replies · 8,109+ views
    JTA ^ | 1/5/06
    The Rev. Pat Robertson said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being punished by God for dividing the Land of Israel. Robertson, speaking on the “700 Club” on Thursday, suggested Sharon, who is currently in an induced coma, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated by an Israeli extremist in 1995, were being treated with enmity by God for dividing Israel. “He was dividing God’s land,” Robertson said. “And I would say, Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations or the United States of America. God says,...
  • Teresa Heinz drops 'Kerry'

    09/16/2005 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Embraer2004 · 85 replies · 3,352+ views ^ | 2/6/05 | Tribune-Review staff
    Teresa Heinz drops 'Kerry' Compiled by Tribune-Review staff Sunday, February 6, 2005 A campaign convenience is no more. According to The Washington Times, Teresa Heinz, the erstwhile Teresa Heinz Kerry, has stopped using the last name of her husband, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, last year's Democrat presidential nominee. Preceding its Women Who Make a Difference Awards dinner next month, the National Council for Research on Women is featuring "a conversation with Teresa Heinz," according to a release from the organization. The council failed to mention the final half of the Fox Chapel ketchup heiress' formerly elongated last name in several...
  • Liberal with foot in mouth disease.

    05/01/2005 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Lake Victoria | Today | Brainhose
    Yesterday while at the local Pop Culture collectibles show where I went to meet Major Don West (See Thread In News), I was talking to a woman who specialized in Peanuts toys, I had a lot of Peanuts toys when I was a kid so we hit it off very well. She really liked me until the following exchange occurred, I said: "I enjoy looking at all the old toys, it brings back fond memories", Excitedly she stated: "Maybe we should get some Republicans in here so they can calm down!". Very calmly I replied: "Well, I'm a Republican". I...
  • California’s Biggest Embarassment - Another Six Long Years with Barbara Boxer...

    01/17/2005 8:42:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,487+ views ^ | 1/17/05 | Carol Platt Liebau
    Barbara Boxer needs to give it a rest – heck, she needs to give us a rest. We’ve got six more years to go with Boxer in the Senate, and perhaps the worst part is that she seems intent on making us, and everyone else, remember it. Week before last, Boxer put on her tin-foil hat and objected to the certification of President Bush’s victory in Ohio, thereby forcing a debate of the issue. And although some of her Democratic Senate colleagues paid lip service to the needless (and meaningless) disruption, when it came time actually to vote on whether...
  • Kids at YMCA swim meet run into cross-dressing ball

    12/20/2004 5:01:16 AM PST · by Ellesu · 168 replies · 4,208+ views
    In an incident the YMCA is calling "a very regrettable scheduling error," kids arriving for an early-morning swim meet Sunday walked into a gender-bending scene of the kind most of them wouldn't be allowed to watch on TV. Several of the kids' angry parents clashed with participants in a transgender fashion show, which had been under way at the New City YMCA since about midnight, resulting in a chaotic melee that was eventually broken up by private security guards and East Chicago District police. A YMCA member had reserved the entire facility, at 1515 N. Halsted, from 11 p.m. Saturday...
  • Former US President Jimmy Carter calls Arafat a "powerful human symbol"

    11/11/2004 8:56:09 AM PST · by Saeder · 291 replies · 11,094+ views
    Jimmy Strikes Again MIAMI (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland. "Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said. "He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland," he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based...
  • It's Not Personal, But....

    08/25/2004 11:07:59 AM PDT · by Toonces T. Cat · 43 replies · 1,305+ views
    Toonces T. Cat...Vanity | 8/25/04 | Toonces T. Cat
    I sure hope they keep putting Max Cleland out front on this deal. He is a collosal embarassment for the Kerry campaign. I have no way to describe this man other than as a "disgruntled ex-Senate employee" being used by Ketchup Boy to carry his baggage for him. Cleland's indignation rings so hollow that it will be obvious to even the most uninformed among us. This is such a transparent ploy to stretch the time out before Kerry must inevitably respond directly to the issues raised by the Swift Vets, that even a blind man could see through it. They...
  • A Man of Affairs (Sen. Kerry's Staff Muzzles Howard Dean)

    03/23/2004 9:39:57 AM PST · by threat matrix · 17 replies · 169+ views
    The American Spectator Magazine ^ | March 23, 2004 | The Washington Prowler
    Not on the helpful list are meetings and public appearances with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.But given Kerry's tough financial bind, and the need to help Dean's percieved base of young voters happy, Kerry will appear with Dean in Michigan.Dean is now operating only in tightly choreographed events that have been fully vetted by Kerry senior advisors.His remarks are scripted by the Kerry campaign, ahd he has been asked not to 'ad lib' so as not to embarass Seantor Kerry. 'There are a lot of people who agree with the things Dean says,' a former Dean campaign staffer now waiting...
  • Ex President Carter on Leno - Reading Porn???

    12/09/2003 9:09:44 PM PST · by Jonathan · 19 replies · 150+ views
    NBC Television | 12/09/2003 | Jonathan
    12:05 AM Eastern. Former President Jimmy Carter reads pornography on the Leno/Tonight Show. What is wrong with this man? Can't he be committed to a mental institution? What happened to dignity and respect for the office????
  • BJ CLinton: "I had lots of screwy things happen to me"!! ON CSPAN2 Now

    05/23/2003 9:03:09 PM PDT · by nwrep · 244 replies · 915+ views
    Speaking at U of Arkansas
  • FYI: Clinton on Larry King Tonight

    02/06/2003 2:01:26 PM PST · by yankeedame · 584 replies · 757+ views
    Feb. 06, 2003
    Was poking around DU a few minutes ago and came across this (coloring mine): Tonight Thursday, February 06, 2003 Exclusive: Former President Bill Clinton joins Larry live for the hour. (LOL, should be some interesting posts here on FR tomorrow.)
  • clinton on larry king live thread

    02/06/2003 5:56:54 PM PST · by TheRedSoxWinThePennant · 158 replies · 619+ views
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