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  • Federal Judge Slashes Fee Request Over Use Of Temp Lawyers In Class Action

    09/17/2013 1:37:27 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    In class action lawsuits a big piece of the attorneys’ fees often are generated by billing out tempory lawyers from staffing agencies at substantially higher rates than they are paid for their typically perfunctory document review work. However, this billing practice no longer may serve as a profit center for the plaintiffs’ bar to the rich extent it once did. A federal judge has slashed a $100 million fee request by trial lawyers who negotiated a $590 million settlement in a securities action against Citigroup after citing, among other things, “significantly inflated” hourly rates for contract attorneys and “waste and...
  • NYPD takes Joe Biden's niece into custody

    09/17/2013 10:16:45 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 52 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 09/17/13
    <p>The niece of Vice President Joe Biden is in police custody in New York City.</p>
  • Sick Left Exploit Mass Shooting To Push Gun Ban

    09/17/2013 7:05:37 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 20 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/17/13 | Friends of Ours
    The tragic mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has brought out the opportunistic ghouls from the sick left including Senator Diane Feinstein who are standing on the victims' corpses as bully pulpits from which to preach their anti-gun agenda as reported by Ben Wolfgang for The Washington Times: "Popular conservative blogger and former CNN commentator Erick Erickson admonished the rush to politicize the shooting, saying 'seriously people, grow up. I would not dare step in the way of America's national pastime of bitching about the politics of everything on Twitter, but there has to be a better time for...
  • Trib's Bumsted pens tales of corruption in Pa.

    09/16/2013 7:56:42 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | 08/31/13 | Mike Wereschagin
    A book by Tribune-Review state Capitol writer Brad Bumsted, due for release on Sept. 9, chronicles decades of indictable escapades by some of the state's most powerful, compelling and flawed politicians. In “Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone Wrong,” published by Camino Books Inc., Bumsted pulls back the curtain on scandals from the Capitol's graft-ridden construction at the turn of the 20th century to the recent reigns of former House Speakers Bill DeWeese and John Perzel, now state inmates KN1888 and KM4619.
  • MS-13 Gang Member Convicted Of Murdering Mother And Two Year-Old Child

    09/16/2013 6:39:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Justice Department ^ | 09/09/13 | Justice Department
    [F]ollowing three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Central Islip, New York returned a verdict convicting MS-13 street gang member Adalberto Ariel Guzman, also known as “Gringo,” on federal criminal charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and firearms offenses, in connection with the execution-style murders of a mother and her two year-old son. * * * At trial, the government proved that the defendant Adalberto Ariel Guzman carried out the execution-style murders of Vanessa Argueta, a 19 year-old woman, and Diego Torres, her two year-old son, in Central Islip, New York, on February 5, 2010. The bodies of...
  • TSA Agent Charged With Human Smuggling; Corruption Epidemic On The Home Front

    09/16/2013 4:51:59 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    ICE agents have charged a TSA agent for allegedly allowing Brazilian nationals to illegally enter the United States by not questioning them at a security checkpoint as reported by The Washington Free Beacon. The greatest vulnerabily in American security involves corrupt officials on the take from drug cartels and other crime groups, and law enforcement has ramped up investigations to root out the dirty players. For example, in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection more than 100 agents have been charged in recent years and another 600 are under investigation as reported by Bob Reynolds for Al Jazeera. And many...
  • The FBI Takes A Sequestration Holiday

    09/15/2013 6:56:37 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    To address a $700 million shortfall in its operating budget from sequestration cuts the FBI "will shut down its headquarters and offices across the country for roughly 10 weekdays over the next year" as reported by Michael S. Schmidt for The New York Times. Perhaps Congress should consider an incentivised model by which the Bureau could fill its budget gap by recovering funds stolen from the entitlement programs. For example, about $1.3 billion in social security disability payments was lost to potential fraud in a recent two-year period according to a Government Accountability Office report as reported by Fox News....
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Bust On California Beach

    09/14/2013 10:46:29 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/14/13 | Friends of Ours
    Forget about The Beach Boys and their surfer music. The California beaches now are about the Mexican cartels and their panga boats. State authorities busted 18 people and seized one ton of baled pot after their smuggling boat landed at a Santa Barbara County beach as reported by Samantha Tata for KNBC: "there have 10 panga boat busts – involving drug and human smuggling – in Santa Barbara County since October 2012, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security." Last December the narco terrorists intentionally rammed their panga boat against an approaching Coast Guard inflatable which resulted in...
  • Judge Denies Bid To Release Photo Of ‘Intended’ Sept. 11 Hijacker

    09/13/2013 10:29:58 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/13/13 | Chad Bray
    A federal judge in Manhattan has denied a bid to force the U.S. government to unseal photographs of a Saudi national widely believed to the intended “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
  • Lady Gaga talks troubled past as ‘tortured artist’: The real me is ‘a mess’

    09/13/2013 9:23:35 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 50 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 09/12/13 | Chiderah Monde
    Several performers have alter egos who bring out the best of their energy on stage, but Lady Gaga says her real persona, Stefani Germanotta, is the one she stays away from. "I am - Stefani is - a perpetually tortured artist," she says in Elle magazine's October issue. "That's why I changed my name. I can't be her in public. She would be a mess!"
  • Video: Bullet Clip Runs Empty For Mob Assassin

    09/13/2013 8:57:01 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 16 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/13/13 | Friends of Ours
    Suspected hitman Michele Morelli from the Sacra Corona Unita or Puglian Mafia ran out of bullets before finishing off his intended victim Michele Di Bari all of which was captured on CCTV video as reported by Metro: "Morelli aimed the gun at Di Bari's head and pulled the trigger several times before realising he had no rounds left, causing him to flee from the scene" although "Morelli was arrested several days later."
  • Law Enforcement Warns FDA Ban On Menthol Cigarettes Will Create Mob Racket

    09/13/2013 5:35:31 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/13/13 | Friends of Ours
    The FDA wants to exercise its nanny power by banning menthol cigarettes in another futile bid to protect people from themselves but law enforcement warns that "prohibition will spur smuggling, counterfeit cigs and other organized crime" as reported by Dan Mangan for CNBC. Paul Carey III, chief of enforcement for the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board, says "the contraband market would thrive under a ban, and would increase criminal activity, including activities by organized crime and terrorist groups." The profit margin for organized crime from contraband tobacco has surpassed the drug trade according to a recent report by the Virginia...
  • Huma Abedin Returns To Hillaryland

    09/12/2013 11:33:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 49 replies
    TPM ^ | 09/12/13
    Anthony Weiner’s political career may be over, but his wife, Huma Abedin, has returned to her position as director of Hillary Clinton’s transition office.
  • Why Southern cops fear a menthol cigarette ban

    09/12/2013 10:12:29 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/12/13 | Dan Mangan
    A number of current and former top-ranking law enforcement officials from the tobacco-producing South have blasted a potential menthol cigarette ban as the Food and Drug Administration weighs restrictions on those products, contending that prohibition will spur smuggling, counterfeit cigs and other organized crime.
  • Army Veteran Sues Michigan for Rejecting ‘Infidel’ License Plate

    09/12/2013 9:54:15 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/11/13 | Jacob Gerschman
    A former U.S. Army sergeant who fought in Iraq is suing the state of Michigan for denying his request to have a vanity license plate that says “infidel.” Michael Matwyuk in his lawsuit says he meant no offense by the license plate, saying he was only “reappropriating” a word used by insurgents to describe American soldiers. He said in the lawsuit that he and his fellow veterans “proudly refer to themselves as ‘infidels’ as a reminder of the bond they share as survivors of a bloody war in a hostile part of the world.”
  • Former Bergen County Democratic chairman indicted on racketeering charge

    09/11/2013 1:15:21 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 09/11/13 | Jason Grant
    Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, was indicted today by a federal grand jury with running an extensive racketeering scheme during which he allegedly took kickbacks, solicited and accepted bribes as a party official and extorted others, authorities said.
  • Consumer Advocates Warn On Class Actions

    09/11/2013 7:05:06 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/11/13 | Friends of Ours
    Class actions often serve as little more than litigation platforms by which the trial lawyers get rich through court-approved attorneys' fees, and the injured consumers get only peanuts in the settlements as reported by Mitch Lipka for The Boston Globe: "consumers can benefit from some class action cases" but "settlements of these cases,of course, are written by lawyers, who are usually the biggest beneficiaries." For years class action settlements often were rubber-stamped by the courts but increasingly consumer advocates such as attorney Ted Frank who founded the Center for Class Action Fairness and Professor Lester Brickman who authored Lawyer Barons...
  • Bar Association Ominously Warns Of Constitutional Crisis In New York Federal Courts

    09/09/2013 7:30:52 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/09/13 | Friends of Ours
    The federal courts in New York are perilously close to a "constitutional crisis" due to sequestration and other cuts which has reduced their operating budgets to 2008 levels according to a report by the New York County Lawyers' Association: "Two years ago, NYCLA warned that cuts to the federal judicial budget threatened judicial independence and the rule of law. Despite our warnings and those of other bar associations, public interest groups, judges, attorneys and journalists, the budget cuts have continued and the situation has become increasingly perilous. The administration of justice has been seriously damaged by past budget cuts. As...
  • It's Time For John McCain To Go

    09/08/2013 7:27:22 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/08/13 | Friends of Ours
    John McCain was rightly heckled by many constituents last week in Phoenix, AZ over the blowhard senator's misguided call for bloody war in Syria as reported by Jason Howerton for The Blaze. The warmongering windbag should just resign. The old fool has done more damage to the national security of the United States than perhaps any other ignorant politician with his repeated support for military intervention and other American meddling in the Middle East. Exactly what has the United States gotten for all of its spent lives and treasure in that God forsaken region of the world? Indeed, if the...
  • Congresswoman Schultz Falsely Invokes The Holocaust As Rallying Cry For War Against Syria

    09/06/2013 6:13:05 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/06/13 | Friends of Ours
    Florida Congresswoman and DNC clown Debbie Wasserman Schultz is cheaply invoking the Holocaust to support President Obama's military strike against Syria as reported by Marc A. Caputo for the Miami Herald: "'as a Jew,' she said, 'the concept of 'never again' has to mean something.'" Except there's a flaw in her call for war. Syrian President Bashar Assad is not engaged in ethnic cleansing. Although civilians including children have died in the government's horrific use of chemical weapons against rebels and terrorists who seek to overthow it, none of the innocent souls were intended targets based on their religious identity;...
  • Barack Obama Shows His True Colors

    09/05/2013 6:57:54 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/05/13 | Friends of Ours
    Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing. Barack Obama ran as a peace candidate but will end his Presidency as a war monger, and his decision to provide air cover for the Syrian rebels and al-Qaeda terrorists may unleash the hounds from hell as reported by C. J. Chivers for The New York Times: "many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow," and "American military action could inadvertently strengthen Islamic extremists and criminals." Of course, it's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama never was the humanitarian he pretended to...
  • New mob bio traces probe of Pa. gaming industry

    09/05/2013 5:16:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    NECN ^ | 09/03/13 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Pennsylvania state police ran a top-secret investigation into whether then-Gov. Ed Rendell and his administration rigged the outcome of the casino licensing process to benefit favored applicants, including a wealthy and politically connected businessman suspected of having mob ties, a new book asserts. But the probe failed to lead to criminal charges against anyone in the administration or on the state gambling board, and prosecutors blamed the state Supreme Court for thwarting the investigation, according to "The Quiet Don," a forthcoming book by Matt Birkbeck that also serves as the first full-length biography of reclusive northeastern Pennsylvania mob boss Russell...
  • For some Blacks, gun control raises echoes of segregated past

    09/01/2013 6:15:04 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 33 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 09/01/13 | Ehab Zahriyeh
    But Ector and other African-Americans who share his views on firearms see gun rights as a civil rights issue and tighter regulations as a way to keep power out of the hands of minorities. "Gun control has racist roots and when you deny people the opportunity to own a gun and to protect themselves, that is the epitome of racism," he told Al Jazeera.
  • Yosemite Blaze Sparked By Pot Growers

    09/01/2013 5:30:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 15 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/01/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "massive forest fire that has scorched 348 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers" as reported by Fox News. As the Mexican cartels face increasing obstacles in moving their product over the border, they are setting up marijuana grow operations on remote public lands across the United States. For example, during the 2010 growing season busted nearly 100 people -- most Mexican nationals with suspected ties to the drug cartels -- for alleged marijuana grow operations on public land in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, and seized $1.7...
  • Barack Obama Ignores America's Murdered Kids

    08/31/2013 6:16:36 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/31/13 | Friends of Ours
    Spare us the dramatics, Mr. President. In a propaganda campaign Barack Obama is justifying his imminent attack against Syria by "showing the world newly declassified intelligence files that revealed how [the government] slaughtered at least 1,429 of its own people -- including 426 children -- with poison gas" as reported by the New York Post. Of course the images of innocent civilians including children getting gassed is horrific, and there is no defense of that monster Bashar Assad who calls himself the Syrian President. However, the American people should not be emotionally manipulated into supporting another U.S.-led war in the...
  • Criminal Justice System Fails The Victims

    08/29/2013 1:15:49 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/28/13 | Friends of Ours
    It's hard to take a bite out of crime when the criminal justice system doesn't have any teeth. A teacher was sentenced to just a month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student who later committed suicide. A snitch got stitches but those behind the gang assault got only probation. Hard time is hard to find in mob cases. Justice Department calls for early release of drug dealers from prison. Immigration reform offers mass amnesty for law breaking. Is it any wonder that the good people of the United States are losing faith in their so-called government?
  • President Obama Is A War Tool

    08/29/2013 2:50:41 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/29/13 | Friends of Ours
    Barack Obama just commemorated the 50th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and now the President is dishonoring the great man who preached non-violence by preparing to launch missile strikes against Syria which will provide air cover for al-Qaeda terrorists on the ground. Of course, President Obama cares little about either jobs (enduring unemployment) or freedom (NSA snoops) in this country, and his attendance at yesterday's commemoration was a mockery of the historic march just as the imminent war against Syria turns his Nobel Peace Prize into a global evil...
  • Israeli Mafia Makes Inroads In Local Politics

    08/27/2013 10:13:15 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/27/13 | Friends of Ours
    The national police in Israel are investigating suspected ties between some local governments and crime groups as reported by Revital Hovel for Haaretz: "According to Commander Eran Kamin: 'There are crime organizations that the police know of that are suspected of creating ties with mayors so as to take over or take the local authority's resources.' Kamin cited in particular the extensive real estate, tenders and funds that municipalities control. 'Organized crime is trying to penetrate anywhere there are mayors, to take advantage of them for their own benefit.'" Mafia clans in Italy, the United States and Canada long have...
  • Report: Sheldon Silver Crony William Rapfogel Fired From Cushy Gig At Jewish Charity

    08/26/2013 12:23:03 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/26/13 | Friends of Ours
    William Rapfogel has been fired as the long-time head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty at which he ironically earned more than $400,000 a year "for what it called 'financial irregularities and apparent misconduct'" as reported by the Daily News: "Investigators are looking into whether Rapfogel overpaid the Met Council's insurance provider, Century Coverage of Valley Stream, L.I., and then directed Century to make political donations to politicians who funded his organization." Rapfogel is tight with New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Rapfogel's wife Judy is Silver's chief of staff. Silver "has appropriated $868,000 in discretionary funds...
  • Judge Preska: Budget Cuts Hurting SDNY

    08/26/2013 11:01:21 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/26/13 | Reed Albergotti
    New York Senator Chuck Schumer probably gets a lot of letters from his constituents kvetching about all manner of issues affecting their lives. But one he received from U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Friday will likely stand out. In a nine-page diatribe, Judge Preska all but says the harsh federal budget cuts in Manhattan federal court have left the wheels of justice with a set of flat tires. So-called “sequestration” is “jeopardizing our ability to carry out our duties in the manner and timeframe the public expects and the Constitution demands,” Judge Preska wrote.
  • Local Cops Say No Mexican Cartels In Their Towns

    08/26/2013 5:14:59 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/26/13 | Friends of Ours
    Local cops across the country are questioning a 2011 report from the now-defunct National Drug Intelligence Center within the Justice Department which concluded Mexican drug cartels are operating in their communities as reported by The Washington Post. For example, Capt. Michael Utz of the Police Department in Garden City, KA says "we have drugs in our community but as far as the Juárez Cartel operating in this city, I don't have any information on that." With all due respect Captain Utz, those drugs aren't manna from Heaven. Indeed, "drug policy analysts estimate that about 90 percent of the cocaine, heroin,...
  • Major multi-agency gang sweep hits streets in the Fresno area

    08/25/2013 11:12:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    KFSN ^ | 08/24/13 | Mariana Jacob
    About 50 federal, state and local law enforcement officers are cracking down on gang members throughout the Fresno area. They say they are seeing an increase of guns in the hands of criminals on Fresno streets.
  • Beheaded Remains Of Thirteen Kidnapped Mexican Youths Found In Mass Grave

    08/25/2013 5:47:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/25/13 | Friends of Ours
    Narcoland isn't for sissies. Mexican authorities have unearthed the mass grave of thirteen youths -- all beheaded -- who were kidnapped from a Mexico City nightclub last May as reported by The Associated Press: "the kidnapping and murder has revealed a gangland battle for control of the lucrative drug trade in the poshest bars and nightclubs of a megalopolis that had been an oasis of calm during Mexico's nearly seven-year drug war." Talk about job hazards. No doubt clubgoers still enjoyed their party favors last night even after learning of the gruesome discovery because degenerate druggies care about nothing except...
  • Dirtbag Lawyer Faces Monday Sentencing

    08/23/2013 10:32:39 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/23/12 | Friends of Ours
    A federal judge has denied the motion for a new trial by New Jersey defense lawyer Paul Bergrin who was convicted last March on 23 criminal counts which ranged from trafficking cocaine, pimping hookers and murdering witnesses, and the dirtbag will be sentenced on Monday as reported by The Associated Press. Lawyers breaking bad long has been a problem within the bar, and several once high-flying legal eagles have had their wings recently clipped by criminal convictions. Last April Jerry "Angel" Peteet was sentenced to 23 years in a federal prison after he was convicted in a racketeering trial targeting...
  • Alfano says origin countries should pay for jailed migrants

    08/22/2013 5:12:33 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    ANSA ^ | 08/22/13
    Italian Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano on Thursday said other countries should pay for the detention of immigrant prisoners in Italy. "Immigrants who are in prison undermine the pact with the State where they decided to go live. Let's make the States of origin pay at least for the board and lodging of immigrant detainees."
  • Moscow's real-life 'Fight Club' turning office workers into 'real men

    08/16/2013 11:00:25 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08/16/13 | ALEX DICKINSON
    Former underground bareknuckle fighters in Russia have launched a real-life "Fight Club" for bussinessmen and office workers looking to get a kick out of life.
  • Federal Judges Express ‘Grave Concern’ Over Budget Cuts

    08/16/2013 8:33:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/16/13 | Chad Bray
    Citing “an unprecedented financial crisis” in the courts, the chief judges from 87 of the nation’s 94 judicial districts in a letter to Congress expressed “grave concern” that flat funding in recent years, combined with the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts associated with the sequester are hurting the courts’ ability to do their jobs.
  • Horndog Judge Charged In Frame Plot Against Romantic Rival In West Virginia

    08/16/2013 5:41:42 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/16/13 | Friends of Ours
    The feds have charged a West Virginia judge with conspiring to use the criminal justice system to railroad a romantic rival as reported by Kate White for The Charleston Gazette. Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury apparently was banging his secretary, and when the love affair soured the good old boy allegedly schemed with a state trooper and grand jury foreman to put her husband behind bars on trumped up drug charges. Judge Thornsbury should be charged with treason against America for undermining the public's faith in its governing institutions, and if convicted given the death penalty. The real threat...
  • Body Count Keeps Rising Under Gun Walking Operation Fast And Furious

    08/15/2013 8:17:35 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    Three more weapons from the Fast and Furious gun walking operation by U.S. law enforcement "have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico" as reported by Sharyl Attkisson for CBS News: "A steady stream of the guns have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. But the Justice Department has refused repeated requests from Congress and CBS News to provide a full accounting. An estimated 1,400 guns are still on the street or unaccounted for." Over 200 people have been killed, including border patrol agent Brian Terry, by Fast and Furious guns. The Justice Department says it...
  • Mexican Cartel Launches PR Campaign

    08/15/2013 5:28:36 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    The Knights Templar is a cult-like drug cartel which controls much of the western state of Michoacan, and it has launched a public relations campaign to push out federal police and stamp out citizen patrols which challenge the powerful crime group as reported by Mark Stevenson for the Associated Press. In a videotaped statement on social media Knights Templar leader Servando "La Tuta" Gomez railed against federal police, and an apparent front group for the drug cartel complained about citizen resistance. La Tuta must be pulling a page from the playbook of mob boss Joe Colombo who created the Italian...
  • 9 Charged in $140 Million Penny Stock Fraud

    08/14/2013 8:29:03 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/13/13 | AARON KATERSKY
    Nine people have been charged in one of the largest international penny stock frauds ever, federal authorities said Tuesday in New York, one of five states where arrests were made. * * * According to court records, the defendants victimized investors in nearly three dozen countries and generated more than $140 million by fraudulently inflating the price of penny stocks and then dumping them on unsuspecting investors.
  • WH Tweets Biden with Camel as Egyptian Military Cracks Down

    08/14/2013 8:24:00 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/14/13 | Ben Shapiro
    As the Egyptian military violently cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Egypt, declaring a state of emergency, the White House Twitter feed released this important missive: Guess what day it is? Presumably, the White House was referring to “hump day” – Wednesday.
  • Douglas out at ESPN after yelling racial slurs, threatening co-host Michael Smith during drunken....

    08/13/2013 12:26:23 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08/13/13 | JUSTIN TERRANOVA
    Hugh Douglas’ drunken tirade cost him his job at ESPN. A week after reports surfaced of Douglas acting belligerently and screaming racial slurs at colleague Michael Smith, the former Jets and Eagles linebacker tweeted that he was “leaving ESPN.” * * * Douglas then called Smith an “Uncle Tom’’ and a “house n----r and threatened to fight him several times, according to the Web site The Big Lead.
  • Documents show Secret Service kept tab of Swartz

    08/13/2013 10:48:00 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    U.S. Secret Service documents show that the agency played a key role in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and watched his case closely until he committed suicide.
  • AT FULL MAST: Anthony Weiner LOVES waving flags at parades

    08/13/2013 10:44:47 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | 08/13/13 | Adam Edelman
    Take a look at the wacky mayoral hopeful’s top six flag-waving moments on the campaign trail. While his own flagpole may have gotten him in a lot of trouble, Anthony Weiner definitely isn’t experiencing an aversion to flags as a result. In fact, the embattled mayoral candidate can’t get enough of them.
  • Drugs For Everyone: Yummy, Yummy!

    08/13/2013 5:38:28 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/13/13 | Friends of Ours
    The drug trade is expanding throughout the world as reported by Holly Ellyatt for CNBC: "according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and European crime-fighting agency Europol, the annual global drugs trade is worth around $435 billion a year, with the annual cocaine trade worth $84 billion." The United States has the most junkies per capita but drug consumption in Brazil, Argentina and other emerging markets is approaching America's degenerate levels. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department have decided to release more drug dealers from U.S. prisons many of whom no...
  • Jurors reach verdict in Bulger racketeering trial

    08/12/2013 11:05:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/12/13 | JAY LINDSAY
    Jurors have reached a verdict in the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, and their decision is expected to be announced soon.
  • The Monster Behind The Front

    08/12/2013 8:44:02 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/12/13 | Friends of Ours
    Last week fugitive mob boss Domenico Rancadore was found living the quiet life as family man and business owner Marc Skinner in London, England but Italian prosecutors claim there's a dark past behind his unassuming front which included targeting a Sicilian priest as reported by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail: "Fearless Father Gino Sacchetti, 75, stood up to the terrifying mobsters as they tried to shut him up in his campaign against the so called Costra Nostra 'men of honour' despite having a dead lamb nailed to his front door, his car firebombed and bullets sent to him in...
  • 5 Ways to Get a Tea Party Challenge in 2014

    08/11/2013 11:01:12 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/11/13 | ABBY D. PHILLIP
    Tea party groups have publicized their desire to find primary challengers for Republicans they don't like as well as vulnerable Democrats who are already in office. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a tea party challenger might jump into a race near you.
  • Which Restaurant Chain Sells the Most Beer?

    08/11/2013 10:15:04 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 29 replies
    Out of all the restaurant chains out there, Buffalo Wild Wings takes the cake for selling the most beer in America, according to CNBC. After launching in 1982, the chain is now open in more than 900 different locations with a wide enough beer selection to keep wing lovers happy.