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‘I Tried to Vote for a Republican and the Machine Registered a Vote for a Democrat’

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CHICAGO — Paul Miller reports: Early Voting in Illinois got off to its typical start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan had trouble voting for himself on Monday when early voting started inJimMoynihan-FB-Photo Illinois.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent.”

“You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race.

[See Pundit Planet’s Ongoing Coverage of Voter Fraud]

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

[Also see – What could go wrong? Volunteers go door-to-door ‘ballot harvesting’ in Colorado]

He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was fund-bookeventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

 [A good time to check out John Fund’s book Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk available from Amazon.com]

Moynihan offered this gracious lesson to his followers on Twitter: “Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.” Read the rest of this entry »

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BREAKING: Libertarian Senate Candidate Doug Butzier Killed in Plane Crash

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DUBUQUE, Iowa —The wife of Doug Butzier confirmed Tuesday morning to KCRG-TV that it was Butzier who was killed in a plane crash Monday.

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Butzier is running for U.S. Senate as the Libertarian candidate against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley.

The crash was reported Monday night near Dubuque Regional Airport.

“I was just sitting in there watching TV and all that I heard was an airplane going vrrrmmm — boom! Blew up, came up and seen big ole flames on the neighbor’s yard,” plane crash witness Jeremy Becker told KCRG-TV.

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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach to the airport, about a mile north of the runway.

Lunsford said law enforcement told him the sole occupant of the aircraft was killed in the crash.  Lunsford said the plane took off from Ankeny Regional Airport about an hour before the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. Read the rest of this entry »


Voters Excited To Use Midterms To Put Country Back On Different Wrong Track

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“It will take a lot of work to turn the country around and ensure a different type of horrible future, but I believe there are candidates out there who have the awful principles and ideologies to march into Washington and do it.”

WASHINGTON—Expressing dissatisfaction with the current course the country is taking, voters across the nation told reporters Monday that they are eager to use next month’s midterm elections to help put the United States back on a different wrong track. “We’ve been going down the wrong path for the past few years, and now it’s time to get some new people in there who can lead our country astray in a different direction,” said North Carolina voter Lisa Berkland, adding that Washington D.C. needed an influx of new misguided politicians with their own terrible visions for the country to change the manner in which the nation is veering off course. Read the rest of this entry »


TRIAD UNLEASHED: Masked Gangsters Lead Assault Against Pro-Democracy Protesters

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HONG KONG –  A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators led an apparently coordinated assault on the protest zone in the heart of the city’s financial district Monday, tearing down barricades and clashing with police.

[Follow Pundit Planet’s EXCLUSIVE coverage of the Hong Kong Protests]

The chaotic scenes came after police carried out a dawn operation to reopen some key roads blocked by protesters for more than 15 days. Police said they will continue to chip away at the occupied zone to relieve traffic, and warned that anyone who challenges them could be arrested.

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“Before the police came, young men wearing masks and dark clothing came to pick fights with people and we heard that some of them had weapons.”

Monday’s confrontations highlighted the growing tension between student-led protesters and authorities — as well as other residents aggravated by the disruptions. The protesters, who had enjoyed widespread support when the movement began, are fighting to keep up momentum as the political crisis entered a third week.

“I don’t know who the young men wearing masks were. We suspect they’re triad members, but it’s hard to say. What other kind of group would organize themselves to come attack us?”

— Kevin Ng, college student

Demonstrators have flooded several thoroughfares in central Hong Kong since Sept. 28 in a civil disobedience movement to oppose restrictions on the first-ever direct election for the semiautonomous Chinese city’s leader, promised by Beijing for 2017.

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They want authorities to drop a plan to use a pro-Beijing committee to screen candidates, and demand the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the city’s Beijing-backed leader.

Authorities have repeatedly urged protesters to retreat from the streets, but student leaders have vowed to keep up the disruptions until the government responds to their demands. Read the rest of this entry »


Doux Liberté: Paris Celebrates Liberation from Nazi Occupation 70 Years Later

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“Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. Liberated by its people.”

— Charles De Gaulle’s famous speech at City Hall

President Francois Hollande led tributes to the French Resistance on Monday, as Paris celebrated the 70th anniversary of its joyful liberation after four long and bitter years of Nazi occupation in World War II. Soaked by a torrential downpour on the Ile de Sein off northwestern France, Hollande hailed the bravery of the tiny island’s population, who refused to accept their 70th-Anniversary-France-Liberationcountry’s occupation and fled to Britain to join the fight for France’s liberation.

“A tiny parcel of land in the ocean, the Ile de Sein was in the vanguard, an example, an illustration of French patriotism.”

— President Francois Hollande

“The message from Ile de Sein is that there is no danger, no difficulty we cannot overcome as long as the will is there, as long as people gather together,” said Hollande, who made no reference to his own political difficulties only hours after his prime minister handed in his government’s resignation.

Hollande’s speech on the island kicked off a day of celebrations that will climax with Parisians marking their city’s liberation just as their parents and grandparents did seven decades ago — with a gala dance at City Hall.

There will also be an altogether more modern twist to the ball later Monday, with a sound and light show and huge projections of previously unseen photos on the facade of the imposing building in central Paris. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Biden Says He’s The Poorest Man in Congress, Has No Savings Acount

For National Review OnlineMolly Wharton writes: Vice President Joe Biden referred to himself as “the poorest man in Congress” during his speech at a White House summit for working families on Monday.

“I don’t own a single stock or bond . . . I have no savings account.”

— Vice president Joe Biden

When discussing the struggles that working parents experience as they balance their careers and family time…(read more)

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Ex-state Rep. Keith Farnham faces child porn charges

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For the Chicago TribuneJason Meisner writes: Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged Monday with using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and engage in graphic online chats in which he allegedly bragged about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl.

illinois-tallThe federal criminal complaint alleged that Farnham, 66, a Democrat from Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin a week before his abrupt resignation in March. Authorities also linked a Yahoo! email account used by Farnham to a online trading forum in which he chatted with other users about his sexual preferences, according to the charges.

“12 is about as old as i can handle,” Farnham allegedly said in one online chat in November, according to the charges. “i love them at 6 7 8”

Farnham – who twice co-sponsored bills in the House that toughened penalties for child pornography — is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday.

 

When he resigned his seat on March 19, Farnham told the Tribune he was stepping down due to serious health concerns. A Navy veteran who ran a painting business in Elgin before running for office in 2009, Farnham said he is receiving treatment for bladder cancer and also struggles with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes lung tissue to scar.

Farnham did not return calls for comment Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Read the rest of this entry »


Passenger Smart Phones Still Active? Vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight Leaves Relatives with Anger, and Phantom Phone Calls

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Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes over South China Sea: Vietnamese air force jets reportedly spot two large oil slicks thought to be the airliner that disappeared with 239 on board, including three Americans.

BEIJING — For  The Washington PostWilliam Wan and Liu Liu report:  For three days, relatives awaiting word on the vanished Malaysia Airlines jet have endured a cruel roller coaster of emotions.

“One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones…”

First came the shock. Then, with each development that has emerged, they have careened between hope and despair. But by Monday, the predominant emotion was anger.

“…or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.”

The Malaysian government announced that it has now expanded the search west into the Andaman Sea, far from the plane's intended northeasterly flight path towards China

The Malaysian government announced that it has now expanded the search west into the Andaman Sea, far from the plane’s intended northeasterly flight path towards China

Gathered at a hotel in northeast Beijing, many still resented Malaysia Airlines for having sent no one to explain anything during the first 15 hours after the plane’s disappearance. They blamed the Chinese government for not even meeting with them until Monday, three days into the crisis.

More than 100 of them signed a petition demanding answers and government assistance. Representatives selected from the families brought their protests to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.

And Monday afternoon, when Malaysia Airlines officials returned for yet another briefing with little more to offer, some relatives threw water bottles at them in frustration. The question-and-answer session Monday eventually devolved into crying and shouted demands:

“All you have to say is empty talk!”

“Why have you waited until now to show up?”

A vice director from China’s civil aviation air safety center tried to assuage the crowd.

“I am the same as everyone in that I haven’t slept for two days,” the official said. “We are still searching. There is no evidence to show the plane has had an accident.”

Another official reassured the families that they had read their petition. “Your concern is our concern.”

Beginning Saturday night, the families were kept in a conference area of the Lido Hotel in Beijing, sectioned off from a media scrum outside, where officials could address them out of journalists’ earshot. Read the rest of this entry »


Unable to Withstand the Cold Temperatures, Escaped Inmate Turned Himself In

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This item, from FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP), demonstrates that even hardened criminals aren’t as tough as they used to be. 

Authorities said the inmate escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits Monday, officials say the man walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police.

Robert Vick, 42, of Hartford told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in and escape the arctic air, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Vick was checked out by paramedics and returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex, Roberts said.

“This was definitely of his own volition,” she said. “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.”

Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Wind chill readings were 20 below zero Monday in Lexington.

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Occupational Hazard: High School Student Arrested for Lighting Teacher on Fire

TeacherjpgKNOXVILLE – Police arrested a 15-year-old West High School student on Monday morning for assaulting a teacher after he used a lighter to ignite her hair and shirt. According to witnesses, when the teacher, 23-year-old Gabriela Penalba (pictured above) turned her back to the class, a male student lit her hair and shirt on fire.

While other students rushed to help put out the flames, the suspect reportedly tossed the lighter out the window. School resource officers responded around 10:45 a.m at which point the suspect fled, but was quickly caught after a brief chase on foot.

The suspect admitted to the assault during a subsequent police interview. He was charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest, and then taken to a juvenile detention facility.

The fire was put out before the teacher received burns to her skin.

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Which one is lying, Obama or the White House?

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If that sounds like a trick question, you’re just not smart enough to understand it. Go back to your coloring books, teabagger.

Whew! Glad they left. It’s just us now, the sophisticates who can appreciate nuance and subtlety and crap like that. We understand how the following two things can be reconciled.

Here’s President Barack Obama, speaking last Monday: Read the rest of this entry »


Will a ‘Tech Surge’ Save HealthCare.gov ?

There might yet be hope from the private sector — just not in the way you might think.
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Christina Farr reports:  Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promised it would recruit the ”best and brightest” to fix HealthCare.gov, the federal government’s online insurance marketplace that’s part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which has been plagued by technical defects. On Monday, President Barack Obama promised a “tech surge” to fix the problems.

It’s not going to happen.

HealthCare.gov is not going to get help from “the best and brightest” nor a “surge,” neither of which it can easily afford. In reality, the government’s options are limited, sources tell VentureBeat.

But there might yet be hope from the private sector — just not in the way you might think.

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REWIND: NBC Drops Hillary Clinton Movie

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NBC decided to cancel its production of a minseries on Hillary Clinton on Monday, the same day CNN announced that they too were dropping their planned documentary of Hillary Clinton. Read the rest of this entry »


Most Popular Question at Healthcare.gov: How to Get Exemption From Lack-of-Coverage Penalty Fee?

Jeryl Bier writes: One day away from the launch of the Obamacare marketplaces, the question most on the minds people visiting the Healthcare.gov website is not about coverage, but rather about avoiding the penalty, or tax, for not having health insurance. As of Monday morning, here is how the website listed its “Most Popular” items:

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As the website explains, the fee (tax) in 2014 is 1 percent of annual income or $95 per person, whichever is higher. The fee increases each year. By 2016 it increases to 2.5 percent of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.

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Dick Van Dyke Rescued From Burning Car in L.A.

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Dick Van Dyke was “fine” after being rescued from a burning car on the 101 freeway, according to California Highway Patrol officials and the 87 year-old actor’s own Twitter account.

“He’s fine, thank God!!” his wife, Arlene Van Dyke tweeted on Monday.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log, officers responded to a report of a burning vehicle on the eastbound 101 Freeway near Parkway Calabasas around 2. p.m. on Monday.

TMZ reported that a man named Jason Pennington rescued Van Dyke after spotting a car full of smoke on the side of the 101 freeway where he saw an elderly man hunched over at the wheel.

Watch Arlene Van Dyke’s video of the incident (via Twitter):

Van Dyke’s melted car @iammrvandy (https://twitter.com/iammrvandy) He’s fine thank God!! vine.co/v/hOjUae1muaa (https://vine.co/v/hOjUae1muaa)— arlene van dyke (@speakyteeth) August 19, 2013

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Hundreds of NY National Guardsmen Unavailable for Hurricane Duty: Assigned Elsewhere–Mock Disaster Relief?

Hundreds of soldiers from New York’s Army National Guard are unavailable to help in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort — because they’ve been assigned to fight a fake disaster.

The troops are all due to leave tomorrow for a week-long exercise in Missouri known as “Vigilant Guard,” which tests the response of the soldiers to a mock earthquake in the Midwest. And that previously scheduled drill took precedence over the real-world catastrophe that struck the East Coast on Monday night, a source familiar with the hurricane response tells Danger Room.

Bureaucratically, it’s nearly impossible to redeploy hundreds of guardsmen at a moment’s notice, even at a moment when so many are in need. Troops from the New York Army National Guard’s 104th Military Police Battalion, the 1156th Engineer Company, and the 42nd Infantry Division’s headquarters — between 400 and 600 soldiers in all — are now poised to head to the middle of the country.

“At this point in time, we’re still sending our soldiers to Vigilant Guard,” confirms Eric Durr, a spokesman for the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs…

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via  Danger Room | Wired.com


What could go wrong?

Think tank: path to Iran nuke warhead 2-4 months

VIENNA AP — Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to arm a nuclear bomb within two to four months but would still face serious “engineering challenges” — and much longer delays — before it succeeds in making the other components needed for a functioning warhead, a respected U.S. think tank said Monday…

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