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  • Durbin to GOP: Accept health care change

    03/24/2010 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1,127+ views
    washington times ^ | 3/24/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The No. 2 Senate Democrat accused Republicans on Wednesday of refusing to accept the finality of health care changes, a day after President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping medical system remake since Medicare. "This is a political exercise for too many on the other side of the aisle," said Sen. Dick Durbin. "We're going to tell our people back home, 'It's time to govern. It's time to lead.' "
  • A nation in decline

    02/03/2010 8:51:01 AM PST · by antisocial · 13 replies · 401+ views
    enterstageright ^ | web posted February 1, 2010 | By Tom DeWeese
    A nation in decline By Tom DeWeese web posted February 1, 2010 Many politicians are asking the question today: "Why are the American People so angry?" The following may lend a clue to the clueless. According to the annual "Index on Economic Freedom," produced by the Heritage Foundation, the United States now ranks 8th, just behind Canada. That's a drop of two full points since last year, and the largest drop of all nations in overall economic freedom. . The index ranking is based on 10 measures of economic openness, regulatory efficiency, the rule of law, and competitiveness. The basic...
  • Skyrocketing debt figures don't tell the whole story

    01/12/2010 10:15:56 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 493+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 10, 2010 | Will Deener
    Some take comfort in pointing out that the national debt is "only" 60 percent of gross domestic product. That ranks the United States about 25th in the world. By comparison, Japan's public debt is 180 percent of its GDP. So we are at least better off than the Japanese, right? Wrong, says Robert D. Arnott, chairman of Research Affiliates, an institutional money management firm based in Newport Beach, Calif. Our debt burden only appears to be lighter than Japan's because we don't count all of it. State and local government debt is not included; neither is corporate debt nor household...
  • U.S. Consulate Declares Mexico Safe

    12/11/2009 9:37:51 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 1,162+ views
    KRGV ^ | 12/11/2009 | Lisa Cortez
    MCALLEN - The U.S Consul General at Matamoros visited McAllen today. U.S. Consul Michael Barkin says Mexico is a safe place visit, but security is also the number one concern for Americans traveling there. Barkin was honored today at a reception at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. He has been on the job as U.S. Consul General in Matamoros since September. CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked him, given the ongoing shoot-outs and violence in Mexico, is it safe to visit? We wanted to know what people who call his office are most concerned about. Barkin says, "People are concerned about the...
  • Army asks Palin not to give speech at book signing

    11/23/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by Dacula · 221 replies · 10,511+ views
    The AP ^ | 9:05 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2009 | The AP
    <p>FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promises to limit her enthusiasm during her visit to North Carolina's Fort Bragg.</p> <p>The former Republican vice presidential candidate planned to sign copies of her new memoir at a post store Monday. Army officials say Palin will not make a speech, pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs.</p>
  • D.C. board turns away ballot initiative (gay "marriage")

    11/18/2009 12:50:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 555+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2009 | Tim Craig
    The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Tuesday that a proposed ballot initiative defining marriage as between a man and a woman cannot go forward, reaffirming an earlier ruling that such a vote would be discriminatory. The board cited the city Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination against gay men and lesbians. The board decision, which will probably be challenged in court, means the D.C. Council can move forward with its plans to vote on a bill next month to legalize same-sex marriage. The council on Tuesday scheduled a vote for Dec. 1. "We have considered all of the...
  • READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States

    10/19/2009 5:02:46 AM PDT · by RoadTest · 114 replies · 4,759+ views
    Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia. In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find. Most Popular Stories READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States U.S. SENATE SEAT: Two could beat Reid, poll finds NORM: Garth Brooks, Wynn to team up NORM: Yearwood exacts her recompense Woman struck, killed by car while crossing street Friends, co-workers honor fallen police officer Friends, co-workers honor fallen police officer NORM: Rumor about ring wrong, Fator says...
  • Judd Gregg: We are on a Path to a Banana Republic

    10/19/2009 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Ruby Slippers · 5 replies · 692+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 10/19/09 | Mary Sue
    Senator Judd Gregg made an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday. Gregg described the budget deficit under the current administration and the devastating impact it will have on quality of life for us and our children: See video at the link
  • Gregg: U.S. Could Be On Path To A 'Banana Republic' Situation

    10/18/2009 8:04:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 1,200+ views
    PoliticalTicker ^ | October 18th 2009
    October 18, 2009 Gregg: U.S. Could Be On Path To A 'Banana Republic' Situation From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart WASHINGTON (CNN) – A leading fiscal mind on Capitol Hill and a one-time Obama Cabinet pick sounded the alarm Sunday over the projected long-term financial challenges the country faces. “This deficit is driven by us,” New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg candidly said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union when asked about the federal government’s projected $1.42 trillion operating deficit for the 2009 fiscal year. “You talk about systemic risk. The systemic risk today is the Congress of the...
  • LA passes law limiting roosters to 1 per household

    09/23/2009 11:21:54 AM PDT · by craum · 48 replies · 2,057+ views
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2009 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chickens have come home to roost for Los Angeles city dwellers who keep roosters. The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that—with few exceptions—allows only one rooster per property. It was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene and concerns over illegal cockfighting. Janice Hahn, who authored the bill, says it will give residents of her district some peace and quiet. Neighborhoods from the harbor to the San Fernando Valley are sometimes annoyed by concerts from crowing roosters. Real estate developer Michael Mekeel says tenants of his Panorama City development have had to turn...
  • Warren Buffett Should Take Ownership of The "Banana" Republic

    08/21/2009 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 403+ views
    NY TIMES/THE LID/national post ^ | 8/22/09 | Yidwithlid
    In a NY Times Op Ed this week, the financial guru of gurus, Warren Buffett warned of the dangers of the Federal Deficit: The United States economy is now out of the emergency room and appears to be on a slow path to recovery. But enormous dosages of monetary medicine continue to be administered and, before long, we will need to deal with their side effects. For now, most of those effects are invisible and could indeed remain latent for a long time. Still, their threat may be as ominous as that posed by the financial crisis itself. ...no one...
  • U.S. To Become "Banana Republic," Says Senator

    08/05/2009 6:08:30 PM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 20 replies · 2,212+ views
    The New American ^ | 8/5/09 | Steven Yates
    According to Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the United States is on its way to becoming a “banana republic” within 10 years. Wikipedia defines a banana republic as “a country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (e.g., bananas), and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt elite.” Such nations have “a small, leisurely class on the top, and a large, poorly educated and poorly paid working class of peons, though it might have the (fake) trappings of modernity (such as styling itself as a republic with a president, etc.).” A banana republic “typically has large wealth inequities, poor...
  • Rush Limbaugh Declares U.S. a "Banana Republic"; Plays "New National Anthem" - Video 8/5/09

    08/05/2009 2:47:02 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 19 replies · 1,177+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from today where Rush Limbaugh officially declared the United States a "Banana Republic," and played what he called "the New National Anthem of the Banana Republic of the United States." . . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • L.A. Won't Save Jobs Without Fair Play

    07/13/2009 6:32:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 985+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 13, 2009 | RICK NEWCOMBE
    A week ago, I didn't know Sean Hannity beyond the television personality. Recent events, however, brought us together through our shared philosophy that freedom and the rule of law, rather than arbitrary and inconsistent actions by government bureaucrats, provide the foundation for economic prosperity.I wrote a column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal last Friday telling the story of how the city of Los Angeles has unfairly harassed my business, Creators Syndicate. Hannity invited me on his show to talk about it, and I knew I had an ally. Creators had a tax dispute with the city 15 years...
  • Holder considering torture probe

    07/11/2009 10:33:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 60 replies · 2,580+ views
    AP/NECN ^ | 7-12-09
    Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation practices. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that Holder plans to make a final decision within the next few weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter. *snip* Obama has expressed reluctance to having a probe, saying the nation should be "looking forward and not backwards" when it came to Bush-era abuses.
  • WSJ Update: Obama Worked To Prevent Ouster of (Marxist) Honduras President

    06/29/2009 12:49:44 PM PDT · by pissant · 146 replies · 7,261+ views
    Nasdeq/WSJ ^ | 6/29/09 | Jay Solomon
    <p>The Obama administration worked in recent days to prevent President Manuel Zelaya's ouster, said a senior U.S. official. The State Department, in particular, communicated to Honduran officials on the ground that President Barack Obama wouldn't support any nondemocratic transfer of power in the Central American country.</p>
  • Obama "concerned" over expulsion of Honduran leader

    06/28/2009 8:43:21 AM PDT · by libh8er · 63 replies · 1,810+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6.30.09
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama expressed deep concern on Sunday at the Honduran military's arrest and expulsion of President Manuel Zelaya from the country. "As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter," Obama said in a statement. "Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference," he said. (Editing by Patrick Rucker)
  • OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT WILL ALLOW NON-CITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GEORGIA

    06/02/2009 10:47:35 AM PDT · by hecht · 56 replies · 2,126+ views
    OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT WILL ALLOW NON-CITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GEORGIA Any shot for Americans to take back this country from the hard left in 2010/2012 is looking increasingly dim .... Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia (hat tip Clyde) Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process Atlanta - “The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification...
  • BOGGLED BAM

    03/16/2009 2:15:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 766+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2009 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    THE furor over the huge federal spending under President Oba- ma - a $1.75 trillion deficit, 13 percent - obscures an even more basic question: Does he know what he is doing? That is, does he know how to do anything other than spend? His stimulus package, of course, took no special ability: He left the details to Democrats in Congress. But his two other major initiatives - his banking- and mortgage-relief plans - are both flawed and unlikely to solve their respective problems. Indeed, they're so wide of the mark as to prompt questions not of Obama's ideology but...
  • Does [Caroline] Kennedy deserve to be Senator?

    12/16/2008 10:42:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,350+ views
    WSTM-TV Syracuse ^ | December 16, 2008 | Laura Hand
    Caroline Kennedy's interest in the U.S. Senate seat now held by Hillary Clinton is making for lots of talk, about whether having the Kennedy name is enough to qualify her for the position. Kennedy, who's 51, has been a very private person until her very public support of Barack Obama, and this week she's saying publicly she's interested. Reaction here in Syracuse: Outgoing Congressman Jim Walsh, honored by the Onondaga County Legislature for 20 years of service to the area, says 'Well, I think you have to earn this." He points to Clinton's tenure and asks 'Why did she come...
  • Franken camp claims four-vote lead (Oh no Franken might win :()

    12/05/2008 6:36:58 PM PST · by gocats5 · 63 replies · 2,472+ views
    With all but one precinct re-counted in the Minnesota Senate race, Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias is claiming Franken leads Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) by four votes. The number from Franken's internal tally does not include the Minneapolis precinct where 133 ballots went missing. The Franken count includes the thousands of disputed ballots that both campaigns objected to during the recount process.
  • Halfway to a Banana Republic

    10/20/2008 6:53:14 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 20 replies · 426+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | October 20, 2008 | David Karki
    Stuffed ballot boxes and state-run media were once the stuff of tinpot dictators and communist regimes, from Kim Jong Il's North Korea to Hugo Chavez's Venezeula, from Saddam Hussein's Iraq to Fidel Castro's Cuba. Once, we would look at these countries and wonder how things could ever have gotten that far out of hand. And then we'd be thankful that such things didn't and couldn't happen here in America. Fast forward to 2008, and the formerly unthinkable has become reality. The ultra-liberal group ACORN, under whose aegis Sen. Barack Obama got his start in politics and with whom he's had...
  • Liberals' Warnings About Obama Loss May Become Self-Fulfilling (Liberal Blowback Alert)

    09/22/2008 9:10:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 105 replies · 666+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/23/2008 | Dennis Prager
    If Barack Obama loses the 2008 election, liberal hell will break loose. Seven weeks before the 2008 presidential election, liberals are warning America that if Barack Obama loses, it is because Americans are racist. Of course, that this means that Democrats (and independents) are racist, since Republicans will vote Republican regardless of the race of the Democrat, is an irony apparently lost on the Democrats making these charges. That an Obama loss will be due to racism is becoming as normative a liberal belief as “Bush Lied, People Died,” a belief has generated intense rage among many liberals. But “Obama...
  • Chip Johnson: Dellums disappoints { Deborah Edgerly keeps her job}

    06/27/2008 2:07:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 167+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/27/8 | Chip Johnson
    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has shown little in the way of leadership since taking office in 2007, but at least he could follow the advice of the experts he has surrounded himself with. He didn't even do that much this week when he ignored their recommendations to remove City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, who is under investigation for possibly intervening in a police probe of a violent street gang. Against the better wisdom of his own staff and legal advice from the city attorney's office, Dellums chose to allow Edgerly, 56, to work in City Hall for another month until her...
  • Yes, We Will Have No Bananas

    06/21/2008 7:18:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 66 replies · 206+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/18/08 | Dan Koeppel
    ONCE you become accustomed to gas at $4 a gallon, brace yourself for the next shocking retail threshold: bananas reaching $1 a pound. At that price, Americans may stop thinking of bananas as a cheap staple, and then a strategy that has served the big banana companies for more than a century — enabling them to turn an exotic, tropical fruit into an everyday favorite — will begin to unravel. The immediate reasons for the price increase are the rising cost of oil and reduced supply caused by floods in Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter. But something larger is...
  • Kidnappings of U.S. citizens on rise

    02/06/2008 4:15:37 PM PST · by freemike · 15 replies · 294+ views
    SignOnSanDiago.com ^ | February 6, 2008 | Tony Manolatos
    Organized, well-financed and violent Mexican kidnapping cells are targeting a growing number of U.S. citizens visiting communities popular with San Diegans and other California residents. Advertisement Last year, at least 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, local FBI agents overseeing the cases said yesterday.
  • Gap, Old Navy censor 'Christmas,' replace it with 'Holiday'

    12/12/2007 2:35:31 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 56 replies · 535+ views
    Gap, which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Piperlime, has become the latest politically correct retailer, intentionally censoring the use of "Christmas" in their in-store, online and printed advertising. Instead of referring to the season as Christmas, Gap instead uses the word "holiday." As hard as we tried, AFA could not find a single instance in which Gap-owned stores use the term "Christmas." Not a single time! When one Old Navy store manager was asked by AFA if the word Christmas was in his store, he answered, "We have a lot of Christmas gifts in our stores,...
  • A year later, Gap continues to censor Christmas

    11/27/2007 2:03:00 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 241 replies · 629+ views
    AFA ActionAlert ^ | 11/27/07 | Donald E. Wildman
    A year later, Gap continues to censor Christmas At Gap, the score is "holiday" 172 and "Christmas" 3 At Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, Christmas hardly exists. For these three companies, all owned by Gap, the only items listed as having anything to do with Christmas were a pair of boxer shorts and a child's sleepwear set. Last year, when Gap also censored Christmas, we contacted the company. The company refused to change their policy of censoring Christmas. This year the company has continued their practice of censoring Christmas from their stores and promotions. The only conclusion one can...
  • Surfer's Baja Tale Is Warning To Others (American Tourists Robbed And Raped In Mexico)

    11/19/2007 11:16:35 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 131 replies · 2,820+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | November 19, 2007 | Terry Rodgers
    Surfer's Baja tale is warning to others Camping trip ended in robbery, assault By Terry Rodgers UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER November 19, 2007 Pat Weber didn't plan on being part of a crime trend that has generated worldwide buzz this past week, but he didn't have much choice. The Encinitas resident and surfing instructor got lost on a dirt road in Baja California last month while looking for a surfing spot called Cuatro Casas. He and his girlfriend decided to park for the night on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Just after sundown, two men wearing ski masks approached Weber's motor...
  • Mexican Soldiers Jailed In Killings

    06/06/2007 7:13:29 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 530+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | June 6, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Mexican soldiers jailed in killings ASSOCIATED PRESS June 6, 2007 MEXICO CITY – Nineteen Mexican soldiers have been sent to a military prison after troops allegedly killed two women and three children whose vehicle didn't stop at an army checkpoint, the Defense Ministry said yesterday. Advertisement The family was traveling to a funeral in a van Friday when it was ordered to stop at a checkpoint near the village of La Joya in Sinaloa state, local media said. When the van failed to stop, soldiers reportedly opened fire. Police identified the dead as Alicia Esparza Parra, 17; Griselda Galaviz Barraza,...
  • Gap, Old Navy censor 'Christmas,' replace it with 'Holiday'

    12/05/2006 1:51:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 128 replies · 4,401+ views
    Gap, which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Piperlime, has become the latest politically correct retailer, intentionally censoring the use of "Christmas" in their in-store, online and printed advertising. Instead of referring to the season as Christmas, Gap instead uses the word "holiday." As hard as we tried, AFA could not find a single instance in which Gap-owned stores use the term "Christmas." Not a single time! When one Old Navy store manager was asked by AFA if the word Christmas was in his store, he answered, "We have a lot of Christmas gifts in our stores,...
  • Chavez's Censorship: Where 'Disrespect' Can Land You in Jail [ABSOLUTE & UTTER HYPOCRISY ALERT]

    09/22/2006 12:44:45 PM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 16 replies · 848+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2005 [YES 2005 !] | Jackson Diehl
    Much of the Venezuelan media has aggressively opposed Chavez's populist "Bolivarian revolution," though not without reason: The former coup-plotting colonel is well on his way to destroying what was once the most stable and prosperous democracy in Latin America. Some newspapers and television stations openly sided with attempts to oust the president via coup, strike or national referendum. Having survived all three, a strengthened Chavez is moving to eliminate critical journalists and create in Venezuela the kind of state-controlled media environment in which a minister of information is all-powerful. The first step was a new media content law, adopted by...
  • CHAVEZ CALLS BUSH 'THE DEVIL'

    09/20/2006 8:38:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 407 replies · 17,606+ views
    DRUDGE ^ | 9/20/06
    'THE DEVIL CAME TO THE UN YESTERDAY... Bush, I have the feeling you are going to live the rest of your days as a nightmare... We need a psychologist to analyze Bush... YANKEE IMPERIALISTS GO HOME'...
  • Severed heads tossed onto dance floor

    09/06/2006 4:53:46 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 117 replies · 3,533+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7 eptember 2006
    FIVE severed human heads were thrown onto a dance floor in a crowded disco in western Mexico, officials said. Authorities blamed the grisly scene on rival drug gangs. “Hooded men dressed in black stormed into a bar, fired into the air and threw down five heads,” said Rosaura Trujillo, a spokeswoman for the Michoacan state prosecutor's office. The men also left a card with the message: “The family does not kill for money. It does not kill women. It does not kill innocents. It kills only those who deserve to die. Everyone take note - this is divine justice.” According...
  • Sandinistas lead Nicaraguan election

    08/29/2006 11:46:31 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 5 replies · 760+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 August 2006 | None Listed
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Despite U.S. efforts to stop left-wing Nicaraguan politician Daniel Ortega from returning to power, a poll released on Tuesday showed he maintained a six-point lead over rival presidential candidates. Ortega, who headed the socialist Sandinista government in the 1980s, had the support of 29 percent of those surveyed, according to a poll by Cid-Gallup. Twenty-three percent said they backed conservative banker and former Foreign Minister Eduardo Montealegre. A June Cid-Gallip poll also gave Ortega a six-point lead. Washington, which backed Contra rebels who battled the Soviet-supported Sandinista government, has criticized Ortega as "undemocratic" and tried to...
  • Changes in Bolivia create growing concern for U.S.

    07/29/2006 8:08:05 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 4 replies · 529+ views
    MySanAntonio.com ^ | 07/29/2006 | Rebeca Chapa
    COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — The sun sets golden on the small town of Anzaldo, deep in the Bolivian countryside. On a recent evening, Lolita Antezana took a 90-minute taxi ride from Cochabamba to Anzaldo, her freshly purchased table and 10 chairs lashed atop the roof. With its dusty streets, quiet tenor and predictable routines, the town has always been her home. At 79, Antezana said she's "too old to get involved in politics." But even she finds herself excited about Bolivia's new president, Evo Morales. She saw him on television, playing soccer with some kids in La Paz, a decidedly unpresidential...
  • Two more beheadings in Acapulco, Mexico

    06/30/2006 11:19:04 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 946+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 30 June 2006 | Staff
    Acapulco, Mexico, Jun 30 (EFE).- This world-renowned resort city on Mexico's Pacific coast is being repeatedly shocked by the discovery of menacingly placed human heads separated from slain individuals linked to drug-trafficking or the fighting of that crime. Authorities found Friday two human heads in front of a government office and later located the headless bodies in a vacant lot in Acapulco, the scene in recent weeks of clashes between drug traffickers and police. The two heads were found before dawn outside the offices of the Finance Secretariat of the Guerrero state government in the vicinity of La Garita, authorities...
  • Beheaded bodies of 3 cops found in northern Mexico

    06/21/2006 4:28:02 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 61 replies · 2,790+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 21 June 2006 | Staff
    Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 21 (EFE).- The decapitated bodies of four people, including three police officers, were found Wednesday in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, authorities said. The four individuals went missing Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning their bodies were found wrapped in blankets in the Pacific coast city of Rosarito and their heads in bags in Tijuana, said Rosarito police chief Valente Montijo. He identified the dead as police officers Ismael Arellano Torres, Jesus Hernandez and Adrian Ventura, and civilian Fernando Aguilar, a Mexican-American resident of Arizona. According to Montijo, the cops and the other man - who...
  • Occidental seeks over $1 bln in damages from Ecuador

    05/18/2006 2:15:11 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 20 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-06 | Staff
    NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is seeking damages totaling more than $1 billion as part of an arbitration claim against the Ecuadorean government for seizing its assets, a company spokesman said on Thursday. The U.S. oil producer has also terminated all local employees in Ecuador and is relocating its expatriate staff, the spokesman said.
  • Venezuela could drill former fields of Oxy in Ecuador

    05/18/2006 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 612+ views
    El Universal (Ecuador) ^ | 18 May 2006 | Staff
    Venezuela and Mexico are among the potential strategic partners for joint operations in the fields that used to be developed by oil corporation Oxy. The corporate agreement to drill oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon was made null and void, the Ecuadorian Government disclosed Tuesday. "There is the possibility of forming a strategic alliance with a state company, as set forth in the regulations," Ecuadorian Minister of Energy Iván Rodríguez said. Additionally, there is the possibility of "contracting directly a state company of a foreign country to reinforce technically Petroproducción. The subsidiary of state oil company Petroecuador will be responsible for...
  • Latin Lunacy Spreads To Ecuador (Guess who behind it)

    05/18/2006 7:15:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 18 replies · 1,127+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2006 | Editor
    Latin America: Ecuador's government deserves all the trouble it's got coming now that it's decided expropriation is the way to get rich. But the trouble won't come from the U.S. It's headed their way from Ecuadoreans....The loss of Ecuador's hard-won free-trade pact with the U.S., something it was on the razor's edge of signing, is virtually guaranteed. Ecuador also will probably lose all practical access to U.S. markets when its 2006 Andean trade preferences expire.Two free-trade-pact neighbors, Peru and Colombia, will gladly help themselves to Ecuador's market share in exports of flowers, shrimp and other regional specialties. About 60% of...
  • Prop. 82: Initiative backers threaten Gap boycott {Meathead's Nanny State}

    05/12/2006 1:05:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 551+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/12/6 | Laura Mecoy
    Employing a new political tactic, two large labor unions are using the threat of a consumer boycott to try to curb corporate contributions to groups opposing the universal preschool initiative on the June ballot. The Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sent a letter last week threatening a national boycott of all of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores. They said they would launch the boycott if the Gap, its affiliates or any members of the family that founded the Gap donated to groups opposing actor and director Rob Reiner's...
  • The IDF's suicide attempt

    05/08/2006 6:38:18 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 21 replies · 622+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | May. 8, 2006 | Caroline Glick
    Our World: The IDF's suicide attempt Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 8, 2006 It would seem that the IDF's General Staff has lost its collective mind. On Independence Day last Wednesday, at the annual ceremony at the President's House honoring outstanding IDF soldiers, Sergeant Hananel Dayan, upon receiving his decoration, saluted IDF Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, but refused to shake his hand. When asked by President Moshe Katzav the meaning of his action, Dayan explained "My family was expelled from Gush Katif." Members of the audience at the ceremony had no idea what was happening...
  • Few Protections for Migrants to Mexico

    04/18/2006 4:33:55 PM PDT · by Deek1969 · 11 replies · 513+ views
    AP ^ | 4/18/06 | AP
    TULTITLAN, Mexico (AP) -- Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money. While migrants in the United States have held huge demonstrations in recent weeks, the hundreds of thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico suffer mostly in silence.
  • BREAKING: Chavez threatens to expel US Ambassador from Venezuela (Fox News)

    04/09/2006 1:06:27 PM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 192 replies · 7,940+ views
    Fox News ^ | Today | Hugo's Insane Socialism
    Just on Fox News - Hugo Chavez threatened to expel the US Ambassador
  • NAFTA and Nativism

    02/09/2006 7:11:25 AM PST · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 270+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, February 8, 2006 | Harold Meyerson
    Everybody talks about globalization; nobody ever does anything about it. The world labor market looms over every horizon with its promise of cheaper goods and lower pay. The public is skeptical, rightly, about the benefits of globalization, but the process of harnessing it, of writing enforceable rules that would benefit not just investors but most of our citizens, is hard to even conceive. And so globalization is experienced by many Americans as a loss of control. Manufacturing moves to China, engineering to India; que sera, sera . Except on our borders. With the number of immigrants illegally in the United...
  • Mexico demands US probe fatal border shooting

    01/02/2006 3:32:19 PM PST · by Icelander · 50 replies · 1,859+ views
    reuters ^ | Mon Jan 2, 2006 | Mon Jan 2, 2006
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico demanded a U.S. investigation on Monday into the death of an undocumented Mexican shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent as he tried to cross into California last week. Raul Martinez, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego, confirmed that an agent had fired on a man on Friday as he tried to cross the border near San Diego, after the would-be immigrant had thrown rocks at him. The unidentified man crossed back into Mexico, where he later died of his injuries in a hospital. "The Mexican government is demanding an investigation...
  • Unofficial Results Show Morales Victory

    12/19/2005 9:46:26 AM PST · by LouAvul · 11 replies · 405+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12-19-05
    COCHABAMBA, Bolivia - Socialist Evo Morales appears assured of becoming Bolivia's next president, according to unofficial results Monday, an outcome that would solidify South America's shift toward the political left. Morales, who has promised to end a U.S.-backed crusade to eliminate coca, the crop used to make cocaine, may have won a clear majority in Sunday's vote, which would avoid having Bolivia's congress choose among the top two vote-getters in January. His closest challenger among seven other candidates received only about 30 percent, independent counts showed.
  • GAP Brand sites (GAP, BR, Old Navy, Forthe & Towne) are now inaccessable to Mac/Safari users....

    10/05/2005 2:33:47 PM PDT · by Barney59 · 5 replies · 1,985+ views
    http://www.gap.com ^ | 10/5/2005 | Barney 59
    In a new (probably a coding screw-up) move, Gap Inc and their associate brand sites (Gap brands include Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap, Gap Kids and their new brand: Forthe and Towne ) fail to allow Apple Safari users from loading. Users will only receive a continually reloading URL bar with blank pages. Mac users wanting to have access should contact custserv@gap.com and alert them to the problem!
  • Immigrant gang suspected of al-Qaida ties

    09/04/2005 4:57:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,122+ views
    MIPT/AP ^ | Sept. 3, 2005
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa Midwestern farmlands seem an unlikely hideout for Osama bin Laden's hired hands, but an ongoing federal crackdown reveals the increased presence here of a notoriously violent gang with suspected links to al-Qaida. Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang founded in El Salvador and known for smuggling drugs and immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, could be bringing terrorists with them. "The al-Qaida, from what we understand, has been meeting with them in Central America," said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees national security. Ortiz testified in March that al-Qaida has offered...