POSTS WITH TAG: 2012 election

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    A 14-year-old girl connected with a 28-year-old stranger named Gregory Lionel Foster on Facebook. A fear so many parents have. It's unclear if this was planned, but sometime after, Foster saw the girl at a gas station where he bought her snacks and a drink. He offered the girl a ride home. He kidnapped her. Less than seven hours later, the girl was saved by Orlando police, but not before she was forced to have sex with Foster who then attempted to make her a prostitute. Foster has been charged with human trafficking and kidnapping.

    In total there were 44 people arrested during a three-day sting. This unthinkable crime happens all too often. What happens is those kidnapped fall into what the police call dysfunctional relationships because they are vulnerable and easily manipulated. They tell the young girls they are beautiful and give them gifts, but use them to make money when they sell them for sex. Police say there is a demand for the sex trafficking of minors.

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    A young woman has died under mysterious circumstances, but police do not suspect foul play. Nursing student Abbrielle Marie Brynda was found bleeding in an alley after a party in Erie, Pennsylvania. A relative found her unresponsive in a walkway. Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says, "When a young person is found under these circumstances, we have to treat it as a suspicious death. We don't have any reason to believe that foul play was involved, but we have more questions than answers."

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    On MSNBC over the weekend, there was a panel on Melissa Harris-Perry's show in which they were doing a year-end wrap-up, since, you know, it’s the last week of 2013. So basically, the panelists were shown photos from this year and asked to caption them.

    Harris-Perry showed a photograph of Mitt and Ann Romney surrounded by their many grandchildren, including an adorable baby sitting on the Governor’s lap who happens to be adopted. Oh yeah, he’s black too.

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    According to a new tell-all book, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama thinks he’s “really good at killing people.” Double Down: Game Change 2012, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is full of juicy gossip out of the 2012 election, including that little gem, which was supposedly said while discussing drone strikes last year.

    The White House had no official comment on the claim, other than senior Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer saying, “The president is always frustrated about leaks ... he hates leaks.” I bet! I wouldn’t like my off-handed lame attempts at humor to be broadcast to world either.

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    Remember back when President Obama promised us that if we liked our health care plan, we could keep our health care plan? Well, he better check his pants, because there’s a good chance they’re on fire, as millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance.

    Repeatedly over the last several years, President Obama has reassured worried Americans that if they were happy with their health care plans, they’d be able to keep them. I guess what he really meant to say was, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … so long as it meets all the stringent requirements that I decide are necessary, and you’re willing to pay the skyrocketing premiums.”

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    Hey! Where did the Obamacare girl go? It looks like the government finally decided to take down the stock image of the smiling lady from the front page of their glitchy, non-workable health care website.

    Last week the poor girl was photoshoped in mock panic over the healthcare.gov’s instantly infamous failure of a launch, and it seems that now she’s just up and vanished. The image on the front page of the website is now some super lame graphics, which likely exist to indicate all the ways you still can’t purchase health insurance on the exchanges.

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul were caught on an open mic this week discussing strategy for ending the government shutdown. The Kentucky Republicans talked about their messaging verses the Democrats, and how they think they’ll “win” this.

    Paul tells McConnell in between media interviews, “I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘we’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate … I don’t think they (Democrats) poll tested ‘we won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”

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    A woman in Ohio is suing her former employer because she believes she was fired for voting for Obama. Patricia Kunkle worked for defense-contractor Q-Mark Inc., owned by Roberta Gentile, and is claiming that Gentile threatened employees and told them they would be terminated if Obama was re-elected, starting with those who actually voted for the incumbent.

    Kunkle explains that her voting preferences were revealed in a conversation on November 7 and that two days later she was laid off, having been told her termination was in the "best interest of the company."

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    What’s that mantra about repeating something often enough until it becomes a truth? Maybe that’s what top Democrats are trying to do in regard to the massive spending problem we have in our country right now. Pay no attention to the trillion-dollar deficit over the budget line!

    President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer have all said recently that we don’t have a spending problem. This week, Senator Tom Harkin publicly promoted the delusion, saying, “I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem.”

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    The State of the Union Address 2013 was on tonight, but if you missed it, have no fear -- I’m here to recap it for you. It can be hard to keep everything the president says straight, especially when he says things that directly contradict with other things he’s said or done in the past. So just for fun, let’s take some of his best lines of the night and match them up against his record, shall we?

    There were too many shady statements to mention them all here or I’d bore you as silly as if you had actually watched the speech. For the sake of brevity, let’s just go over the top 13 things he said that made me snicker, guffaw, or face-palm.

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