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New Hampshire GOP debate did very well in overnight ratings

There are a lot of Americans who are fed up with Washington and the Obama administration. That point is yet again exemplified in the ratings for the Republican debate last night in New Hampshire.


Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter aritcle:

Overnight returns, before the exact audience for the two-and-a-half-hour coverage is available, give the ABC News debate a 9.3 rating among Nielsen’s metered market households. That’s up from both of the January debates, on Fox Business Network (7.4 rating) and Fox News Channel (8.4 rating), the latter of which did not feature an appearance by Donald Trump.

Regardless of how you feel your favorite candidate fared in last night’s debate, you have to be encouraged by the attention and energy surrounding the GOP primary. And when comparing it to enthusiasm on the Democrat side, remember this:



Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/07/new-hampshire-gop-debate-did-very-well-in-overnight-ratings/

Rep. Jerrold Nadler pushing for trillion-dollar coin to duck debt ceiling


With Rep. John Boehner now officially returning as House Speaker, it’s certain that we can look forward to yet another standoff between Boehner and the White House over the nation’s debt ceiling, which the country hit on Dec. 31. The idea of minting a handful of trillion-dollar coins to get around the debt ceiling arose last year, but with the House GOP still holding that one bargaining chip and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner headed for the exit, the push is on again to make the coin a reality.

Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal calls the idea “really thrilling,” and Rep. Jarrold Nedler (D-N.Y.) is pushing for the coin as well, seeing as the president is faced with GOP “blackmail to destroy the country’s economy.” In an interview with website Capital, Nadler likened Republicans to the mob: “It’s like in the old gangster movies: ‘That’s a nice economy you got over there, pity if it should happen to blow up — if you don’t do what I want.’ That’s exactly what they’re saying.”


The law allows the Treasury to mint platinum coins in any denomination. The idea was to allow for production of special commemorative coins, but there’s nothing legally to stop the Treasury from minting a few trillion-dollar coins and depositing them in the Federal Reserve. It’s a great idea, right?








No we won’t. That stimulus is going to kick in any second.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/03/rep-jarrold-nadler-others-still-pushing-for-trillion-dollar-coin-to-duck-debt-ceiling/

Password was changed by county employee while phone in FBI’s possession

Editor’s note: We’ve added a correction to the headline of this post and we apologize for the error.

Well, this is a new wrinkle in the entire Apple vs. FBI story. ABC News reports:

The Apple ID passcode for the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was changed less than 24 hours after authorities took possession of the device, a senior Apple executive said today.

And Apple could have recovered information from the phone had the Apple ID passcode not been changed, Apple said.

If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have been backed up to the cloud, Apple suggested.

Update: The password was changed by a county employee, not the FBI as we said in our original title:

The auto reset was executed by a county information technology employee, according to a federal official. Federal investigators only found out about the reset after it had occurred and that the county employee acted on his own, not on the orders of federal authorities, the source said.

Apple executives say the iPhone was in the possession of the government when iCloud password was reset. A federal official familiar with the investigation confirmed that federal investigators were indeed in possession of the phone when the reset occurred.

The rest here.

Earlier, Donald Trump called for a boycott of Apple over the company’s refusal to help the FBI hack the phone:

Maybe we should boycott the FBI, too?

Editor’s note: The headline of this post was corrected and an update added.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/19/changed-the-password-on-san-bernardino-terrorists-phone-and-then-forgot-it/

No salt for you: Boston Market to remove salt shakers; Dennis Miller zings


Ha! Leave it to Dennis Miller to cut right to the chase, especially when responding to the latest Food Police Creep. This time, it’s Boston Market.

NANNY CREEP: boston market pulls salt shakers off tables–for your own good! http://t.co/W5OoOCm0

— Vicki Mckenna (@VickiMcKenna) August 22, 2012

More from Fox News:

Boston Market is pulling salt shakers off its tables and has pledged to reduce the amount of sodium in some of its signature dishes.

The Golden, Colo. based company says it plans to reduce the amount of sodium in three of its dishes — rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes — by 20 percent in the next six months.  All of its dishes would have 15 percent less sodium in the coming years.

While the salt shakers will be banned at the tables, Boston Market says they’ll keep a set at the beverage station. And if you’re wondering, pepper shakers will keep their place at the table.

@rocbuzz I was at Boston Market and salt was gone from tables. There was a note next to the pepper saying you can find it at the beverages.

— Michelle Shippers (@MShippers) August 22, 2012

Absurd. Treating customers like children and putting the icky stuff out of reach. And for what? People will still use the salt, if they choose to do so. We know; freedom to make individual choices is a hard concept to Nannies.

So this move is just a way to smugly self-pat on the back. Oh, look at us! We are so conscious and awesome. Maybe Michelle Obama and her Food Nannies will praise us!

Apparently Boston Market doesn't think I can handle having salt on the table.

— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) August 22, 2012


UGH! Mind your own business, food police! Boston Market yanks shakers to help cut salt | Fox News http://t.co/j3nM57xv via @fxnleisure

— Rhonda Craig (@Mamarhili) August 22, 2012

Hey, you know who has great chicken and values personal liberty? Chick-fil-A. And their cookies aren’t discus-sized!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/22/no-salt-for-you-boston-market-to-remove-salt-shakers-dennis-miller-zings/

Some Of The Most Dangerous Roads In The World Are Right Here In The U.S.

Roads help us get from work to home and from school to the bar. Roads are also a big contributing factor to a country’s economy. Trucks carry goods to the stores. Cars carry business people and vacationers to different locations so they can spend money there and keep the economy going. A road is a good indicator of a country’s wealth and condition of life.

Here are some of the world’s most dangerous roads to drive on. It may come as a shock that some of them are in the United States.

1.) The Himalayan Roads.

Completely unpaved, but also completely on the Himalayan mountains, so I guess there’s no surprise there.

2.) The James Dalton Highway, Alaska.

The wind is so powerful up here that it sometimes picks up large sized rocks and hurls them at your car. Also, this road is mostly covered in heavy snow.

3.) I-15 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

This one 180 mile stretch from Las Vegas to Los Angeles has had more fatalities than anywhere else in Nevada due to a combination of extreme drinking and driving and lack of seat belts. This gives a grim meaning to the famous “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” slogan.

4.) Guoliang Tunnel Road, China.

The thing that makes this particular mountain tunnel in China scary is that it was not professionally done. The villagers of the nearby Guoliang decided to do it without authorization by the state because they felt they were secluded from the rest of society. It’s a nice sentiment, but I’m sure travelers would appreciate a road that doesn’t constantly have loose rocks falling down on them.

5.) Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines.

Known as the “Killer Highway” in the Philippines’ Quezon City, this road killed many pedestrians and cyclists due to the awful regulation and enforcement of traffic laws in the region.

6.) Highway 550, Colorado.

The tricky part of this road is that, although it’s situated on Colorado’s Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains, there are no guardrails. Seems safe, right?

7.) U.S. 24 Fort Wayne to Toledo.

There’s a certain part of this route affectionately called the “killway” because of the deadman’s curve that causes cars to collide with tractors hauling factory materials.

8.) Highway 2, Montana.

This road in northern Montana has a high fatality rate. This is mainly due to the slow response time of emergency vehicles in the sparsely populated area (roughly 80 minutes).

9.) North Yungas Road, Bolivia.

Cheerfully known as the “Road of Death” by Bolivians, buses and trucks fall into the deep valley below this road so often that it is listed as the most dangerous road on Earth.

10.) I-95, Connecticut.

One 8 mile stretch on the way to Norwalk, Connecticut is responsible for 10 percent of all accidents in the state. This is due to the congestion of the city and tricky hills.

11.) Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan

Blind curves and sharp turns make this the most dangerous road in Taiwan.

12.) BR-116, Brazil.

Nicknamed the “Highway of Death,” this road claims thousands of lives a year due to poor maintenance. The roving gangs of bandits that stop and rob cars don’t help, either.

13.) Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand.

This New Zealand road is so dangerous that it requires a special permit to drive its sprawl.

14.) Pasubio, Italy.

Many starry-eyed drivers have careened off the cliffs of this beautiful road, distracted by the astounding view. Luckily, Italy decided to reserve some of the more dangerous parts for walkers only.

Keep these in mind the next time you take a road trip, although some of these are the only routes through certain states for miles. Also, maybe don’t attempt to drive through the Himalayas. Just an idea.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/dangerous-roads/

Iran’s new drone is not a replacement for Ahmadinejad

Here's A Look At #Iran's Brand New Drone
|BusinessInsider| businessinsider.com/heres-a-look-a…

— sara (@sara_HR4All) March 20, 2012

Business Insider:

Following the U.S. Navy’s announcement that it’s doubling the number of minesweeping ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran announced the production of its new drone the Shaparak (Butterfly).

The news comes through PressTV and while Tehran may want to impart the drone’s design comes after capturing the U.S.’s RQ-70 Sentinel drone late last year, this design has been in the works for some time.

FARS reported in September that the Butterfly’s design was created by students at the Modern Technologies Engineering College of Tabriz University with the goal of keeping the craft aloft at great heights, for extended periods of time.

It’s not entirely unlikely that Tehran would like to keep a better eye on the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, currently stationed in Bahrain and patrolling the Strait of Hormuz.

To that end, the new drone will be capable of flying at 15,000 feet for three-and-a-half hours, with an operational radius of about 31 miles.

In addition to its three high-resolution color cameras, the Butterfly will capable of carrying a 17-pound payload.

New #Iran drone capable of carrying out military and border patrol missions announced. Soon in #Syria;airspace? http://t.co/SXKdTaye

— christinA eijkhout (@mumke) March 19, 2012

RT @SPIEGEL_English: Redefining Imminent: Are Obama's Efforts to Justify Drone Warfare Aimed at Iran? http://t.co/R4L3hP6r

— Lis Duarte (@lisduarte) March 19, 2012

And the drone subs — or, as Greenert put it, “some underwater unmanned neutralization autonomous units” #Iran Surge http://t.co/sNd2FC94

— Aly-Khan Satchu (@alykhansatchu) March 19, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/20/irans-new-drone-is-not-a-replacement-for-ahmadinejad/

Racing legend and car designer passes away


Legendary racer and car designer Carroll Shelby has sadly passed away at the age of 89. Shelby, who was inducted into the automobile hall of fame in 1992, is known by many as the father of Shelby Mustangs and Shelby Cobras.

He was also one of the world’s longest-living transplant recipients. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

Rest in peace.

RIP CARROLL SHELBY, a great idol who loved the motorsport in the 89 years of your life.

— Helio Castroneves (@h3lio) May 11, 2012

Sad to hear legendary Carroll Shelby passed away. His automotive contributions made him a real icon. #RIP

— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) May 11, 2012

we lost one of the most iconic racer and car designer of all time, Carroll Shelby will be missed, go rest high on that mountain my friend.

— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) May 11, 2012

RIP Carroll Shelby, a great automotive mind and spirit who gave so much culture to America's car culture.

— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) May 11, 2012

R.I.P. Carroll Shelby. A legendary man who's had a huge impact on my life and the lives of auto enthusiasts around the world for decades.

— Greg Miller (@GregInUtah) May 11, 2012

RIP Carroll Shelby. #LeMansLegend

— jesse james (@FreeJesseJames) May 11, 2012

RIP Carroll Shelby We knew this day was coming but it doesn't make it easier. But, what a spectacular, full, interesting, improbable life!!

— Tommy Kendall (@TommyKendall11) May 11, 2012

It was a sad day in the world of cars. RIP Carroll Shelby #restinpeace

— geoffrey yee (@gdotyee) May 11, 2012

Carroll Shelby dies? Unbelievable. The man who beat Enzo Ferrari.

— Gabor Vajda (@Gabor_V) May 11, 2012

Burn some rubber for the great Carroll Shelby. Thanks for all you've given.

— Brandon Smith (@BrandonASmith) May 11, 2012

Carroll Shelby. The word legend is bandied around so much it often loses its true meaning. In this case it doesn't do the man justice. RIP.

— Will Buxton (@willbuxton) May 11, 2012

we will miss you Carroll Shelby! We will do our best to honor your memory.

— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) May 11, 2012

Carroll Shelby, one of America's most influentional driver and car producer died today. He started the muscle car era #nuffsaid

— Kyle Bridgewater (@bridge_h2o12) May 11, 2012

RIP Carroll Shelby, a true automotive legend who personally taught me & millions of others so much in this automotive business & lifestyle

— Joshua Neumann (@Joshua_Ne) May 11, 2012

Very sad to hear Carroll Shelby has passed away. Old school sports car legend!

— Darren Turner (@DarrenTurner007) May 11, 2012

RIP the father of the Cobra and guy who scored FORD much road racing success….Carroll Shelby. You will be missed.

— Matt Yocum (@MattYocum) May 11, 2012

Lost a legend today in Carroll Shelby… RIP #lemanslegend #cobra

— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) May 11, 2012

My good friend Carroll Shelby has died. He & I were in the Sgt Pilot program during WWII. Last visited w/ him in March. RIP, my friend.

— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) May 11, 2012

A fitting tribute to Carroll Shelby would be to have everyone who owns a vehicle with his name on it burn rubber for 30 seconds.

— Jack (@Mr_Fastbucks) May 11, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/11/racing-legend-and-car-designer-passes-away/

Salem Communications to acquire Twitchy

Note: The following message from Michelle about the acquisition of Twitchy is cross-posted at MichelleMalkin.com

I am extremely proud to announce the sale of Twitchy.com to Salem Communications.

On March 7, 2012, I launched Twitchy with great anticipation and excitement. It’s hard to believe that a little more than a year ago, we were greeted with a great deal of befuddlement and amusement. Many observers couldn’t figure out why Twitchy.com was needed, what exactly it did, and who our audience was. Fast-forward: “Twitchy’d” has become a verb and every last media outlet – new and old – is elbowing its way into the Twitter curation/aggregation space.

As we noted on our first birthday this spring:

Twitter users publish something like half a billion tweets per day. Even if 99.999 percent of those tweets are unimportant or nonsense, that leaves 5,000 tweets per day that are potentially newsworthy, or at least noteworthy.

Our mission is to find those hidden nuggets and report on them to you, our readers.

We’ve been at it for a year as of today. Has our Twitter-based news-gathering model proven a success?

We believe our record speaks for itself:

We documented tweets and retweets by dozens of left-wing Hollywood cranks, including Cher, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Chris Rock, Jason Biggs, Samuel Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Eva Longoria, and Eliza Dushku.

We were among the first to uncover Twitter riot threats and vandalism by Obama supporters in the run-up to Election Day…

We broke a story about Twitter death threats made against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — a story that led to an investigation by law-enforcement authorities.

We caught mainstream media outlets lying about the Newtown, Conn., so-called “hecklers” and the health insurance situation of the former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

We were the first to report details about Aurora, Colo., shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, who was tweeting just before she was shot and was present at a separate mall shooting six weeks earlier.

Utilizing tweets, photos, and videos posted to Twitter, we were able to cover breaking news — from school shootings in the US to protests in Egypt to an NFL’s player’s homicide-suicide — faster (and in some cases better) than MSM outlets.

MSM dinosaurs consider our methods irresponsible. They insist that “real reporters” must wait around for government officials to confirm facts that are already widely known to anyone using Twitter.

Sorry, MSM, we don’t follow your rules. We have created a news model that allows people to read information that gatekeepers don’t want them to know. Our motto is “who said what.” Their motto is “which official source said what, and we’ll let you know when we’re good and ready.”

…Twitchy couldn’t be what it is without you: the community of readers, commenters, and tipsters who come to the site every day; the Twitter users who retweet our posts; the Facebook users who “like” and “share” our articles.

Thanks so much to all of you for making our first year a phenomenal success.

In a little more than a year and a half, Twitchy has grown from less than 2 million page views per month to more than 12 million. We’ve established a strong footprint both traffic-wise and editorially in an astonishingly short time. Twitter as a news-gathering and narrative-shaping medium is here to stay. And so is Twitchy.

As with Hot Air, I conceived and financed Twitchy completely on my own. But as a small, independent business owner, there’s only so far I can take the company. Salem’s mighty resources and corporate know-how will enable Twitchy to grow by leaps and bounds. Salem is a trusted enterprise and business partner with the highest standards of ethics and excellence. We know from our experience with the 2010 Hot Air acquisition that Salem understands the value of our brand, will preserve everything that makes Twitchy click, and will provide a great home for our employees. I’ll step down as CEO, but will continue to play an active role supporting and promoting Twitchy. It’s a win-win-win. Big thanks to Salem’s David Evans, Rick Killingsworth, and Jonathan Garthwaite for working with us again.

I’m forever grateful to all the initial staffers who were with me at launch. Your leaps of faith will never be forgotten. Like any start-up, we had our growing pains as we figured out how best to execute my vision. A huge turning point: Twitchy was blessed to hire Jenn Taylor and Lori Ziganto as co-managing editors. They are the funny, fearless, brilliant, and indefatigable dynamos who keep Twitchy running. I can’t say enough about Jenn and Lori’s political brilliance, editorial commitment, work ethic, impeccable judgment, and new media savvy. They set the crackling pace and irreverent tone for the rest of the full-time Twitchy team, whom I’ve come to know and respect as more than colleagues — but as family: editors Sarah Desprat, Brett Taylor, and Doug Powers (who continues to co-blog spectacularly here at MichelleMalkin.com as well as at Twitchy) and contributing editor William Amos. Much gratitude as well to contributing editors Jacob Bunn, Erik Soderstrom, and El Sooper and big thanks to Adam Brickley for his tenure as a contributing editor.

It takes one mind to think up a start-up, but it requires a village to execute. I’m grateful to the folks at 10up, WordPress VIP, Disqus, and Publir for their services, as well as lawyer Eric Costello for his work on the deal. We’re also grateful to Twitter staff, especially Adam Sharp and Sean Evins, for providing support and guidance as needed. Thanks again to tech guru Ed Burns for his invaluable help on our Apps. Bottomless thanks to all the readers, tipsters, and commenters who continue to visit and spread the word about our work. And as always, a big public thank you to my hubby, Jesse, who knew nothing about Twitter when I told him about my idea — but who threw himself into supporting me 200 percent as he always has with my entrepreneurial ventures. As with Hot Air, Jesse served as Twitchy’s human resources manager, payroll clerk, accountant, tech liaison, and CFO.

The lessons I learned from running Hot Air apply as well to Twitchy:

To survive, we needed to adapt, respond to market forces, and adjust the business focus to meet readers’ revealed preferences.

Loyalty is a precious commodity. So is industry. Like gold, they have many imitators. Never take the real things for granted.

Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero. ( “Seize the day, counting as little as possible on tomorrow.”)

Every good hot air balloon needs strong anchor ropes. The pilots may get all the glory, but it’s the hidden support that makes all the difference between successful flight and crash-and-burn.

Over the past 20-plus years, I’ve been blessed to make a living on my words, ideas, bits, and bytes. Capitalism and the American Dream are more than theories for me, but everyday realities. I cherish the opportunity to do good and do well — and to do so alongside so many talented, creative, passionate people. On to 2014!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/salem-communications-to-acquire-twitchy/

What These Women Endure Is Almost Unfathomable. But Wait Til You See Why… OMG.

Although there are many people throughout the world who don’t believe this, women are just as capable as men. Perhaps a female’s body structure requires different training in order to become strong, but that doesn’t mean they are NOT strong. Take these Chinese body guards for example. They are all women and they are all incredibly fierce. The training they endure could break down your average person, yet they are able to survive it. Not only that, but once they are finished with training, these women are tough.

On April 4th 2014, six women began training in a bodyguard training school in Beijing. In recent years, the number of schools like this has grown.

The classes are grueling.

The girls spar…

Concentrating on different styles of martial arts.

The techniques and strategies they learn are impressive.

These girls learn how to REALLY fight.

They may look delicate, but these women are anything but.

Since 2011, the amount of female body guards in China has increased.

The trainees come from a wide background. 70% of them are retired soldiers and athletes. College graduates make up the other 30%.

As long as they finish the training, these women can be hired as private body guards.

The training is inspired by special forces training from all over the world.

There is not one type of woman who attempts to become a body guard.

Even pretty and delicate women are found in these training camps.

As there are more wealthy citizens in China, the demand for personal security has been growing.

Thus, an increased interest in training.

Compared to a male bodyguard, a female bodyguard can disguise herself as a secretary or personal assistant without appearing too indiscreet. They’re sought after by business executives.

30% of wealthy business executives in China are female. These female executives are more likely to want female bodyguards.

Their skills are impressive, with or without weapons.

They even go through self defense and survival training.

They may not look it…

But these women know how to handle themselves.

(H/T Takungpao) Take this important lesson to heart: don’t judge others on looks alone. You might think these women are delicate or unable to defend themselves, but in reality they are strong fighters. As time goes on and the demand for body guards rise in China, more and more women will endure this training so they can be privately hired. Criminals better watch their backs.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/chinese-female-body-guards/