Jul 032012

Four years ago today, Candidate Obama said it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” to add $4 trillion in debt. But in just one term, President Obama has added a record $5 trillion in new debt, more than any president in American history.

Jul 032012

[Racine, Wisc…] As the senate recount wrapped up Monday, more irregularities at the polls surfaced. A stack of unmarked ballots turned up from the 36th ward that were pre-initialed. That is illegal. Christina Wallace, the chief election inspector from that ward, says they always do that. Wallace signed both the Walker and Wanggaard recall petitions.

Jul 032012

Authorities investigate second location possibly linked to ICE agent’s shooting

NEAR HARGILL — A federal agent is expected to survive after being shot early Tuesday morning in eastern Hidalgo County, according to sources familiar with the incident.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agent was working along State Highway 186 near Farm-to-Market Road 493, just west of the Hidalgo-Willacy county, line when he was shot in the abdomen shortly before 4 a.m., those sources said.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, whose agency is assisting the FBI-led investigation into the shooting, said the agent sustained two gunshot wounds. He placed the time of the incidnent at closer to 3:30 a.m. and said his office was providing crime scene investigators and other manpower to assist in the probe.

Details of the incident remained unclear as of 9 a.m. However, a Monitor reporter observed a fellow agent driving the victim to Edinburg, where the injured agent was loaded into an ambulance that rushed him to McAllen Medical Center at speeds of as much as 100 mph.

A law enforcement official said the agent is expected to survive.

“A special agent with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was shot this morning while conducting surveillance related to an ongoing criminal investigation in Hidalgo County, Texas,” ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda confirmed in a statement released shortly before 8 a.m.

Shortly before 8 a.m., ICE agents, Texas Rangers and DPS troopers were also investigating a second crime scene at a white, wood-sided house at the intersection of 11th Street and FM 493 in Hargill. It was not immediately clear if or how this second location is connected to the shooting.

As of 8:30 a.m., more than half a dozen different law enforcement agencies were on the scenes, including ICE, FBI, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Texas Rangers and Hidalgo County Constable’s Office.

Sheriff Treviño said investigators were working to identify one or more suspects in the shooting.

- source

Get in there quick Big Sis to make sure WE don’t know it’s from ‘Gunwalking!’

Jul 032012

My number one sees a tie:

Give these Scott Brothers credit at their age and they are so very cool…

David Garibaldi and His CMYKs:

he and his crew create a phenomenal speed painting right…

The next two tie for my second spot…

Shanice and Maurice Hayes:

They started off singing on the sidewalks of Kansas City…

Edon is a young musical phenom, you can keep Beiber:

I am a sucker for Marching bands…

The Distinguished Men of Brass from Tampa:

And lastly my honorable mention…

Todd Oliver:

Ventriloquist Todd Oliver and his dog Irving bring a unique and creative ventriloquist act …Makes me smile. A lot :)

Watch to see which Four make it tonight!

Jul 032012

MOBILE, Alabama — What began as “Project Hope” became a reality on Monday as Airbus announced plans to construct a $600 million aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, giving the European company its first factory on American soil and ushering in a new era of jet production in the historic port city.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on FOX Business’ Cavuto

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said the company will assemble its A320 family of aircraft at the Brookley Aeroplex, employing 1,000 at full capacity and creating thousands more jobs at parts suppliers and other related businesses expected to locate near the plant.

“The town is right, the talent is right and the time is right,” Bregier said to raucous applause from hundreds gathered at a campaign-style rally in downtown Mobile. “Airbus is going to make world-beating A320 family of aircraft, right here in the United States of America.”

Airbus said it will break ground on the massive factory next summer and create more than 3,000 jobs during a two-year construction period. The plant is slated to deliver its first planes in 2016, and will be ramped up to full production of 40-50 planes annually by 2018.

Alabama will contribute $158 million in cash, tax breaks and other incentives toward the project, according to the state Department of Commerce. That includes $125 million in state incentives plus $33 million from city and county governments, according to Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. That money will pay for site preparation, new roads, worker training and other costs, Canfield said.

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Jul 032012

Lawyers for New York Rep. Charlie Rangel’s Democratic opponent are planning to re-file their court petition citing myriad problems with last week’s primary, after temporarily withdrawing the petition Monday in order to gather more evidence.

Rangel challenger, Democratic New York State Sen. Adrian Espaillat, is suggesting the tight race – in which Rangel declared victory – was marred by voter fraud.

“Voters have been pushed away, and as a result many feel that they were suppressed from voting,” Espaillat declared. “The legitimacy of this election is at place right now … there was a level of voter suppression. We are here to protect a process that must be reliable.”

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Jul 032012

After more than a decade of push and pull, the nation’s first offshore wind farm got the green light — but longtime opponents of Massachusetts’ Cape Wind claim they have a smoking gun that shows the Obama administration applied “pressure” to get the project approved.

Now the same congressman who led the investigation into failed solar panel firm Solyndra is calling for a probe into Cape Wind.

“The emails that came from the FAA that I have seen obviously shows the White House is pushing the FAA for political reasons,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla.

Audra Parker, the president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, an organization that’s working to prevent the wind farm’s development, said her organization has obtained documents she believes are proof the Federal Aviation Administration fast-tracked the project despite safety concerns for local aviation.

“We have at the federal level and at the state level a very, very strong green agenda but this project is a perfect example of a green agenda at any cost,” she said

Parker welcomed a congressional investigation. “The documents are based on responses that we got through a Freedom of Information Act request to the FAA, and they reveal a very strong pattern of political pressure and ultimately the FAA succumbing to that political pressure and sacrificing the lives of the flying public over Nantucket sound,” she said.

Parker’s paperwork reveals that an internal FAA email from 2009 acknowledges “The Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound is highly political…”

A PowerPoint presentation given in 2010 states: “The Secretary of the Interior has approved this project. The Administration is under pressure to promote green energy production. It would be very difficult politically to refuse approval of this project.”

These documents have caught the attention of Stearns.

“I think the Cape Wind project is something similar to Solyndra in the sense there’s a lot of pressure from the White House,” the congressman said.

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