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  • Caption Joe Biden

    05/20/2009 9:06:49 AM PDT · by gondramB · 56 replies · 1,817+ views
    Fark ^ | May 20 , 2009
    "I told you kids to stay off of my damn lawn!"
  • ACLU Wants Changes In Nudity Laws Says Punishment Is Extreme

    04/26/2009 9:42:50 PM PDT · by gondramB · 14 replies · 1,261+ views
    ABC Channel 7 Denver ^ | 12:31 pm MDT April 26, 2009
    DENVER -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to lobby for changes to Colorado laws that require nude offenders to register as sex offenders, claiming the laws are unusually harsh. --- Boulder is no stranger to naked mayhem. Last year, more than 60 nude cyclists rode around the city protesting oil-burning cars; a teenager streaked at the Boulder-Fairview football game; and about a 100 people participated in the annual Naked Pumpkin Run. In each case, the offender could be charged with indecent exposure, which carries a mandatory registration as a sex offender.
  • Driveways in D.C. Now a No-Parking Zone

    04/24/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT · by gondramB · 101 replies · 4,997+ views ^ | April 24, 2009 - 1:07am
    Beverly Anderson is mad as hell. She just started to get tickets for parking in her own driveway. That's right. The District of Columbia is ticketing people who park their cars in their own driveways. ---- So what does the law say? "Any area between the property line and the building restriction line shall be considered as private property set aside and treated as public space under the care and maintenance of the property owner." ----------- Basically what that means is most property owners in the District don't own the land between their front door and the sidewalk, but they...
  • Caption this photo - Michelle and Bill

  • Allah Akbar - jihad goes bad

    04/19/2009 11:10:27 AM PDT · by gondramB · 27 replies · 1,334+ views
    I know I shouldn't find this funny... but... well, I do.
  • Sound of Silence: Hollywood Hypocrisy on the First Amendment

    04/11/2009 8:18:40 PM PDT · by gondramB · 12 replies · 890+ views
    Breibart ^ | April 11, 2009
    If the government has its way, Eminem’s new single could land him in jail, Jon Stewart’s book, America, could have been banned, and advertising Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 on television or radio would have been a felony. That’s what the government argued two weeks ago in my organization’s Supreme Court case against the Federal Election Commission, Citizens United v. FEC. In oral arguments before the nine justices of the Supreme Court, the Deputy Solicitor General of the United States asserted that the government had the constitutional authority to criminalize the production of any communication with corporate assistance (such as from...
  • EU: Earth warming faster

    04/11/2009 7:00:44 PM PDT · by gondramB · 105 replies · 3,099+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Tue Apr 7, 1:03 pm ET
    OSLO/BONN (Reuters) – Global warming is likely to overshoot a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) rise seen by the European Union and many developing nations as a trigger for "dangerous" change, a Reuters poll of scientists showed on Tuesday. Nine of 11 experts, who were among authors of the final summary by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 (IPCC), also said the evidence that mankind was to blame for climate change had grown stronger in the past two years.
  • Fox catches President Obama lying about President Bush's position on climate change

    04/07/2009 3:37:55 PM PDT · by gondramB · 54 replies · 2,327+ views
    Video of President Obama being asked if he is really different or just a different face. He choose climate change as why he is really different stating "President Bush didn't believe in climate change". Fox cuts immediately to direct quotes and video of President Bush outlining plan to cut carbon emissions to fight climate change.
  • FBI pedophile symbols

    04/05/2009 10:47:41 PM PDT · by gondramB · 85 replies · 4,798+ views
    Summary This visually explosive FBI document reveals the secret symbols organized pedophiles use to recognize each other and is likely to be of broad interest to readers, especially parents. Wikileaks has verified the document.
  • Vanity - question for creationists from a Christian who believes in evolution

    04/04/2009 1:47:03 AM PDT · by gondramB · 115 replies · 1,737+ views
    Saturday April 4 2009 | GondramB=Paul
    I'd like to ask. I promise I don't mean this in an unkind way. I would really like to know. Suppose the Freepers who believe that humans were created in their current form by God (whether 6,000 years ago or much longer).... Suppose you became convinced that instead man had developed from lower organisms over billions of years. Would that have to change any other core beliefs - that God directed man, The God came to Abraham and chose his children; that God sent us His son, that we are to follow the teachings of Jesus - particularly that we...
  • Video of Taliban Flogging Rattles Pakistan

    04/04/2009 12:30:10 AM PDT · by gondramB · 59 replies · 4,093+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2009
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The video shows a young girl held face down as a Taliban commander whips her repeatedly with a leather strap. “Leave me for the moment — you can beat me again later,” she screams, pleading for a reprieve and writhing in pain... The girl in the video is a 17-year-old resident of Kabal in the restive Swat region in northwestern Pakistan. The images, which have been aired repeatedly by private television news networks in Pakistan, have caused outrage here and set off bitter condemnation by rights activists and politicians. It has also raised questions once again about...
  • Chief justice blocks release of sex offenders

    04/04/2009 12:15:12 AM PDT · by gondramB · 18 replies · 813+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Fri Apr 3, 6:21 pm
    WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts has granted the Obama administration's request to the Supreme Court to block the release of certain sex offenders who have completed their federal prison terms. The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., had earlier invalidated a law allowing the indefinite commitment of "sexually dangerous" prison inmates. Roberts, in an order Friday, says as many as 77 inmates can continue to be held at a prison in North Carolina at least until the high court decides whether to hear the administration's appeal of a ruling by the federal appeals court. ... "That would pose a...
  • Orthodox Israeli newspapers Photo-shop out female Cabinet ministers

    04/03/2009 3:57:59 PM PDT · by gondramB · 8 replies · 654+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd April 2009
    Two women serve in Israel's new Cabinet - but some Israelis would rather not see them. Newspapers aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jewish readers tampered with the inaugural photograph of the Cabinet, erasing female ministers Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. Ultra-Orthodox newspapers consider it immodest to print images of women.
  • Join the NRA -Free one year membership to oppose administration anti-gun efforts

    03/27/2009 6:14:50 AM PDT · by gondramB · 49 replies · 2,828+ views
    Thank you for joining the NRA by accepting the one-year gift membership, and for your great support of the Second Amendment as an NRA member! In addition to your insurance coverage and other benefits, your NRA is always looking for ways to make your membership more valuable and rewarding. Below you’ll find just a few of the benefits and services available to you right now. Thanks again for being part of our NRA family!
  • Split vote upholds Texas education board ruling to ax evolution 'strengths and weaknesses' rule

    03/27/2009 12:44:47 AM PDT · by gondramB · 18 replies · 651+ views
    Dallas News ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2009
    AUSTIN – In a decision watched by science educators across the nation, the State Board of Education on Thursday narrowly turned aside a last-ditch effort by social conservatives to require that "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution be taught in science classes in Texas. Board members deadlocked 7-7 on a motion to restore a longtime curriculum rule that "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories – notably Charles Darwin's theory of evolution – be covered in science classes and textbooks for those subjects ... Voting for the requirement were the seven Republican board members aligned with social conservative groups. Against...
  • CAN THIS WAR BE WON? (Feb, 1940)

    03/26/2009 2:07:22 PM PDT · by gondramB · 10 replies · 584+ views
    Modern Mechanix ^ | February 1940
    CAN THIS WAR BE WON? Modern fortifications along the Maginot and Siegfried lines have made France and Germany “invasion proof.” The result may be a war no nation can win! by Maxwell Hamilton WHAT happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? This age-old problem in physics, a familiar question to every school boy, seems destined to find an answer in Europe’s latest armed conflict. For the present “war to end wars” is a contest between two of the world’s! greatest immovable objects—the Siegfried and the Maginot lines! Imagine, if you can,, an advancing horde of 2,000,000 men. It...
  • Beware of ladies with pink handcuffs

    03/23/2009 1:57:09 AM PDT · by gondramB · 4 replies · 683+ views
    OC Register ^ | March 21st, 2009
    “Bend down,” Lisa tells me as we cruise past a pickup truck at a deserted Garden Grove park about 10 p.m. Her twin sister Teresa crouches in the trunk of our rented Ford Fusion and I’m in the back seat with a notebook. Tonight I’m riding with bounty hunters — you know, like Duane “Dog” Chapman. They carry no guns. But they’re willing to pepper-spray or taze unwilling fugitives, tackle men three times their size and, some nights, slap them in girly PINK handcuffs.
  • Chavez aims to cut 'unnecessary' spending

    03/23/2009 1:47:46 AM PDT · by gondramB · 4 replies · 313+ views
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | Sun Mar 22 2009
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has for years funneled state oil income into sweeping social programs, vowed Sunday to cut nonessential state spending and order a review of top officials' salaries as oil income plunges. The socialist leader said he plans to sign a decree as soon as Monday targeting "unnecessary spending" on parties, mobile phones, new cars, bonuses and salaries — some of which he admitted have become "astronomical." The move will yield a "modest but very important" reduction in spending, and should cut budget outlays by more than 5 percent this year, Chavez told his...
  • Youths clash in Notre-Dame condom (actual title)

    03/23/2009 1:35:33 AM PDT · by gondramB · 10 replies · 534+ views
    AFP - Far-right youths clashed with left-wing activists who had gathered outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Sunday to protest against Pope Benedict's opposition to condoms, a police source said. About 30 ecologists and Communists threw condoms on the ground outside the cathedral, where worshippers were leaving Sunday mass. One person was injured and three were arrested after clashes between the protesters and about 20 youths who the police source said were associated with the far-right and who were carrying placards saying "Leave my Pope alone". Benedict said in Africa on Tuesday that the use of condoms was complicating the...
  • Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Blast Name

    03/16/2009 10:28:26 PM PDT · by gondramB · 7 replies · 690+ views
    Sky News ^ | Monday March 16, 2009
    Two British soldiers who died in an explosion in Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Defence. Corporal Graeme Stiff, 24, and Corporal Dean John, 25, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers were killed in a blast in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand. The pair, serving with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, were travelling in a Jackal, an off-road armoured vehicle, when it was struck by an explosive device. The number of British service personnel who have died in the country since operations began in 2001 has now reached 152... The squadron was tasked with patrolling an...
  • UN expert: North Korea commits widespread torture

    03/16/2009 7:20:58 PM PDT · by gondramB · 19 replies · 1,146+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Monday March 16, 2009
    GENEVA – A U.N. human rights investigator accused North Korean authorities Monday of committing widespread torture in prisons that he called "death traps." Life in the reclusive communist-ruled country is "dire and desperate," said Vitit Muntarbhorn, adding that people are denied enough food to survive. Muntarbhorn told the 47-nation Human Rights Council that whole families are routinely sent away for the crimes of one member. Once imprisoned, they suffer greatly. "Many prisons are a death trap for the inmates," he said.
  • Measuring intelligence with Google Suggest: an experiment

    03/06/2009 5:57:48 AM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 789+ views
    Interesting experiment. Google suggest offers to complete searches based on other popular searches. The "researcher" asked a similar question two different ways - one in what they called a less intelligent fashion. The Google suggestions came our radically different.
  • Germany raids over 200 suspected neo-Nazi premises (over"prohibited" items)

    03/04/2009 9:19:31 AM PST · by gondramB · 35 replies · 988+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 4, 2009 9:17am GMT
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have launched a nationwide search of more than 200 homes and businesses of people suspected of belonging to the country's extreme right, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) said Wednesday. "The primary aim of the concerted action by crime fighting authorities is to seize and confiscate prohibited items like music in order to move effectively and extensively against the spread of right wing extremism," the BKA said in a statement.
  • Teen fugitives caught after escape, kidnap (6-foot-1, 438-pound male)

    03/04/2009 9:02:30 AM PST · by gondramB · 13 replies · 1,430+ views
    AJC ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009
    Police Tuesday captured the second of two teens they said escaped a south Fulton County group home after kidnapping a counselor and taking his car. The 16-year-old fugitive, a 6-foot-1, 438-pound male, was captured by Athens-Clarke County police around 3 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. His name was not released because of his age. ... “Two of the juveniles overpowered the counselor … and had fled in his vehicle.” Charges against the teens are pending, she said. But police will first need to talk to the counselor, James Green, who went into surgery earlier today for non-life-threatening injuries. “The counselor wasn’t...
  • Woman guilty over shopper death

    02/26/2009 4:51:33 PM PST · by gondramB · 17 replies · 810+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 26 February 2009
    A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter after a shopper was killed following a row over queue jumping. Antonette Richardson called boyfriend Tony Virasami to Sainsbury's in Merton, south London, but he punched the wrong man, who suffered a fatal brain injury. Virasami, 38, admitted the manslaughter of Kevin Tripp, 57. Richardson, 37, had denied the charge. Mr Tripp's family said the pair had shown no remorse at Southwark Crown Court and could never be forgiven.
  • Prehistoric Fish Pioneered Sex

    02/25/2009 10:06:34 PM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Reuters via Zimbio ^ | Prehistoric Fish Pioneered Sex
    LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Sex has been a fact of life for at least 380 million years, longer than previously thought. Sex has been a fact of life for at least 380 million years.Internal fertilisation was widespread among prehistoric fish living on ancient tropical coral reefs in the Devonian period, research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday showed. The discovery sheds new light on the reproductive history of all jawed vertebrates, including humans. "It shifts how we think about how reproduction evolved. You're a jawed vertebrate and I'm a jawed vertebrate, so this is our own history," said...
  • California Legislator Sees Benefit in Legalizing Pot

    02/25/2009 1:22:23 AM PST · by gondramB · 31 replies · 3,506+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 25, 2009 | Stu Woo
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A state legislator proposed legalizing the sale of marijuana in California, saying the plan would generate more than $1 billion annually for the cash-strapped state. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced a bill Monday that would legalize possession and sales of the drug for people aged 21 and older. The legislation would impose regulations and taxation similar to those for alcohol sales. Federal law makes it a crime to possess or sell marijuana, so the measure, if passed, would likely face an immediate legal challenge. Mr. Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat who is well known in the state as...
  • Video: Lott aims at critics, scores laughs (dumbest sheriff on earth?)

    02/24/2009 12:24:22 PM PST · by gondramB · 19 replies · 817+ views
    The State ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
    Ridiculed for Phelps investigation, official hits back in teasing speech Critics have accused Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott of trying to grab his 15 minutes of fame while investigating U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. So Monday, Lott took a few of those minutes — to ridicule the comedians, dopers and pundits who lampooned his probe of the gold medalist, shown in a newspaper photo with a marijuana bong at a Columbia party. Donning a messy blond wig — a nod to Newsweek’s error in describing him as having blond hair — a bulletproof vest and three bronze medals, Lott set...
  • Young Brit dad story may be a hoax (alleged 13 year old father)

    02/20/2009 5:03:30 PM PST · by gondramB · 12 replies · 481+ views
    UPI ^ | Feb. 19, 2009
    HAILSHAM, England, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A 13-year-old British boy was put up to claiming he was the father of a 15-year-old girl's baby in an attempt cash in on the story, the Daily Mirror reports. The British tabloid reported exclusively Wednesday that a close friend of Chantelle Stedman's parents said the girl was told by her mother to name Alfie Patten of Hailsham as the father of her baby. Clive Sim, 39, contends the teen mom was ordered to keep mum about sleeping with other boys so the "teenage dad" story could be sold to newspapers for thousands of...
  • U.S. Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship

    02/14/2009 5:05:21 PM PST · by gondramB · 43 replies · 1,045+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 14, 2009
    Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months. Immigrants who are permanent residents, with documents commonly known as green cards, have long been eligible to enlist. But the new effort, for the first time since the Vietnam War, will open the armed forces to temporary immigrants if they have lived in the United States for a minimum of two years, according to military officials familiar with the plan. Recruiters expect...
  • Can anyone recall what we put in our nuclear dump?

    02/14/2009 4:28:47 PM PST · by gondramB · 17 replies · 602+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 14 February 2009
    "We need your help," begins the plaintive ad on the front of the Whitehaven News. Did you work at Sellafield in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s? Were you by chance in the job of disposing of radioactive material? If so, the owners of Britain's nuclear waste dump would very much like to hear from you: they want you to tell them what you dumped - and where you put it. The reason for the ad is simple: the Cumbrian facility's new operator, LLW Repository Ltd, has discovered that the historic records of disposal supposedly kept by the British state are...
  • Author pens books to educate kids on hunting

    02/14/2009 2:53:32 PM PST · by gondramB · 6 replies · 325+ views
    Pennsylvania Live ^ | Friday February 13, 2009
    Utah-based author Rob Jacobs writes and publishes books about a little boy who likes to hunt. His "Little Jake's Big Bowhunt" is a re-telling of the Bambi story from the hunter's point of view. Jacobs is part of a group of associated companies who have made it their business to help educate young people about hunting and the responsible, safe use of firearms... There's also "Little Jake and the Three Bears." In that one, one of the bears does not come out of the hunt well, but his skin keeps Little Jake toasty through the next winter, and the little...
  • Barney Frank: Happy ending possible despite economic mess

    02/13/2009 12:45:43 PM PST · by gondramB · 46 replies · 1,559+ views
    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank says he sees a “happy ending” to the nation’s economic woes within several years, has “a lot of confidence” in the Obama administration economic team, and argues that most of the money being spent to revive US banks “is going to be repaid.”
  • Panetta Confirmed for C.I.A. Post

    02/12/2009 11:26:50 PM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2009, 11:15 pm
    This was expected, but at the end of business earlier this evening, the Senate announced that Leon Panetta, an all-around respected official who has been in and out of government, was confirmed to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nod of approval was granted by a voice vote at the end of a long day. But Mr. Panetta pretty much sailed through his hearings with the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier. Earlier in the nomination process, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, had seemed miffed that she wasn’t informed beforehand that Mr. Panetta, a longtime friend and...
  • Female FBI officer 'tortured Mumbai terror attacks suspect with sex' (allegedly)

    02/12/2009 10:30:21 PM PST · by gondramB · 39 replies · 3,102+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Friday 13 February 2009
    A female FBI officer tortured a suspect in the Mumbai terrorist attacks by performing a sex act on him during interrogation, it has been claimed. Fahim Ansari is accused of helping to plan the attacks in which 173 people were killed in November. His lawyer, Ejaz Naqvi, has filed legal papers with Mumbai magistrate's court, claiming the "white woman" removed all his clothes and showed him pornographic films. In the papers, he claims that three foreigners, including the woman, sexually abused him, causing him "severe itching and wounds" on his body, including his genitals. Mr Ansari, a devout Muslim, claims...
  • Man who punched killer in courtroom offered deal

    02/11/2009 9:39:46 AM PST · by gondramB · 20 replies · 892+ views
    Atlanta Journal constitution ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | DAVID SIMPSON
    The man who punched condemned killer Clayton Ellington in a DeKalb County courtroom last year can be spared a criminal conviction under an offer from prosecutors Tuesday. Earl Bradford, 44, of Lithonia, will be required to complete grief counseling, apologize in writing to the court and perform 40 hours of community service, said Artealia Gilliard, spokeswoman for DeKalb Solicitor General Robert James. In exchange, the misdemeanor battery charge against him will be dropped, Gilliard said. Bradford was a cousin of Berna Ellington, who was beaten to death with a hammer, along with her 2-year-old twin sons, at her home on...
  • Peanut Corp. president urged shipping tainted nuts

    02/11/2009 9:33:26 AM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 858+ views
    Atlanta Journal constitution ^ | 12:17 p.m. February 11, 2009 | BOB KEEFE
    Washington — U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, chairman of a House subcommittee on oversight and investigation, gaveled hearings open today on the salmonella outbreak saying, “the psychological cost has been widespread.” ... • In one e-mail, Lightsey wrote Parnell discussing positive salmonella tests on its products, but Parnell gave instructions to nonetheless “turn them loose” after getting a negative test result from another testing company. • In another e-mail, Parnell expressed his concerns over the losing “$$$$$$” due to delays in shipment and costs of testing. • Parnell in another company-wide e-mail told employees there was no salmonella in its plants,...
  • How the Kremlin caved in over girl's guinea pig

    02/10/2009 9:59:33 AM PST · by gondramB · 14 replies · 889+ views
    London Metro ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009
    A 13-year-old girl has felt the wrath of the Kremlin for having the audacity to ask the Russian president for a new pet. Nastya Ivliyeva wrote to Dmitry Medvedev's website asking for a guinea pig to go with her existing one. As soon as local officials found out about the request they went to the girl's school where she was called to the headmaster's office and ticked off so badly that she burst into tears. They then summoned Nastya's parents to condemn them for bringing up a brazen child who would waste the president's time on such trifling matters. Nastya...
  • CBO: Obama stimulus harmful over long haul

    02/06/2009 10:18:42 PM PST · by gondramB · 58 replies · 2,354+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 4, 2009
    President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, said the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing. CBO estimates that by 2019 the Senate legislation would reduce GDP by 0.1 percent to...
  • More than 900 Gwinnett inmates to be deported (Northeast Atlanta)

    02/05/2009 9:18:01 PM PST · by gondramB · 7 replies · 496+ views
    Federal immigration officials flagged for deportation 915 foreign-born inmates at the Gwinnett County jail during a 26-day surge that ended on Thursday. Of the inmates identified as being in the country illegally, 489 had a previous criminal history, said Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway... Gwinnett County is still waiting to hear whether it will be accepted into a federal program called 287(g) that would allow local jailers to begin deportation paperwork on criminal aliens, said Conway. “I would like to see a program like this 24/7 at the Gwinnett County jail,” Conway said. “Gwinnett County is safer today because of...
  • Atlanta’s Spectrum Brands files for Chapter 11 (Rayovac, Remington etc with possible major rip off)

    02/04/2009 1:05:24 PM PST · by gondramB · 10 replies · 1,441+ views
    Atlanta Journal constitution ^ | Tuesday, February 03, 2009 | PÉRALTE C. PAUL
    Spectrum Brands, buried under crushing debt of more than $2.6 billion, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday... The filing in a Texas federal court came after the company failed to make a $25.8 million interest payment on some of its bond debt. If the reorganization plan submitted to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas is accepted, $1.05 billion of Spectrum’s bond debt will be wiped out. That debt would be replaced with $200 million in new bond issuances — or an 80 percent discount — plus new shares of stock in the post-bankruptcy company... Current Spectrum stockholders...
  • Advice from a public defender

    02/02/2009 9:47:24 PM PST · by gondramB · 10 replies · 713+ views
    Email and other forum
    First, let me say I love my job and it is a privilege to work for my clients. I wish I could do more for them. That being said, there are a few things that need to be discussed. You have the right to remain silent. So SHUT THE F*** UP. Those cops are completely serious when they say your statements can and will be used against you. There’s just no need to babble on like it’s a drink and dial session. They are just pretending to like you and be interested in you. When you come to court, consider...
  • Jonesboro High Dance Team Disbanded After Racy Routine

    01/28/2009 3:03:58 PM PST · by gondramB · 37 replies · 2,784+ views
    WSB TV (Atlanta) ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2009
    JONESBORO, Ga. -- A high school dance team at Jonesboro High School has been disbanded. The move announced Tuesday comes after parents complained about a provocative dance routine that was performed by the 8-member group at a Jan. 13 basketball game. Jacqueline Evans, a school district spokeswoman, said the squad will not be allowed to perform or represent the school for the remainder of the school year. A video showing the dance, titled "The Sluts of Jonesboro," had also been posted on YouTube, but has since been removed from the web site. "The team will not perform for the remainder...
  • Falls rescuers pull couple from frozen Niagara Gorge (Not as friendly to illegals as Rio Grande)

    01/24/2009 5:40:13 PM PST · by gondramB · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 01/24/09 01:07 PM
    Niagara Falls firefighters rappelled into the Niagara Gorge in frigid temperatures before dawn today to rescue a man and a woman who were stuck on the icy Niagara River, authorities said. The woman allegedly was trying to sneak across the border from Canada by walking across the frozen river under the Rainbow Bridge. The man was apparently trying to help her when they realized they couldn't make it back up the steep, icy wall of the gorge... "I don't know what was crazier," said Falls Fire Chief William Mackay, "the operation we had or the people who thought they could...
  • Banking crisis needs 9/11-style investigation, Isakson says

    01/22/2009 3:35:29 PM PST · by gondramB · 16 replies · 594+ views
    Atlanta Journal constitution ^ | 5:21 p.m. January 22, 2009 | Bob Keeke
    * E-mail * Print * Reprints * o Yahoo Buzz o Facebook o Digg o DEL.ICIO.US o Newsvine o Reddit > Business Updated: 5:21 p.m. January 22, 2009 Banking crisis needs 9/11-style investigation, Isakson says Georgia senator wants to create commission to find out why banks have lost trillions By BOB KEEFE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday, January 22, 2009 WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia wants to launch a full-scale congressional investigation into the near-collapse of the banking system that has roiled financial markets worldwide. Isakson, a Republican, and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) introduced legislation Thursday that...
  • Gaddafi says looking at oil firm nationalization

    01/21/2009 11:29:25 PM PST · by gondramB · 13 replies · 621+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 21, 2009 | Sue Pleming
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Wednesday his country and other oil exporters were looking into nationalizing foreign firms due to low oil prices and suggested Tripoli might not stick to OPEC production quotas. Speaking via a satellite link from Libya to students at Georgetown University in Washington, he called the current price of oil "unbearable." Oil was around $44 a barrel on Wednesday, less than a third of the price in July of $147. "We would not adhere to OPEC's regulations because our livelihood depends on oil," Gaddafi said, without providing any details of how Libya...
  • Tapes, officers say suspended police chief used questionable tactics (Colorado State)

    01/20/2009 5:35:38 PM PST · by gondramB · 14 replies · 500+ views
    While the sudden suspension of CSU Police Chief Dexter Yarbrough last month came as another shocking challenge facing a transitioning administration, several campus officers say his absence comes as a breath of fresh air to the department -- putting what several independent sources called his "reign of terror" on hiatus... Despite a consistent flow of complaints of harassment, fraud and threatening behavior to the school's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) and to former CSU President Larry Penley, Yarbrough was promoted last year to vice president of public safety in addition to being chief of police. He was handsomely...
  • Roadblock Thrown In Way Of Clinton's Confirmation - Single Senator's Objection To Block..

    01/20/2009 1:56:17 PM PST · by gondramB · 28 replies · 2,072+ views
    CBS TV ^ | January 20, 2009
    A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be confirmed as secretary of state Tuesday because of a single senator's objection. Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Republican John Cornyn of Texas has indicated he will block a move to confirm Clinton by a unanimous floor vote later in the day.
  • City eyes breath tests for bar employees (particularly dumb nanny state action)

    01/20/2009 10:19:47 AM PST · by gondramB · 26 replies · 733+ views
    Daily Iowan ^ | January 19, 2009
    A proposed new ordinance that would allow Iowa City police to breath-test wait staff and entertainers at bars and restaurants could put bar owners at risk for fines and lost liquor licenses.... In the proposal, an employee could be fined the $500 maximum for having a blood-alcohol concentration of .02 or higher. "It's probably going to pass," Councilor Mike O'Donnell said. "The thought is that if you're not intoxicated, you can be more accurate when checking IDs and keeping people safe in the bar."
  • Dr. Alexander: 2009 Inaugural Poet

    01/20/2009 9:36:42 AM PST · by gondramB · 4 replies · 750+ views
    The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected Penn alumna Dr. Elizabeth Alexander to deliver an original poem at today’s inauguration of President Barack Obama. Dr. Alexander received her PhD in English in 1992 at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught here in spring 2006 as well as in 1987-88. She is currently a professor at Yale and a Pulitzer finalist. A spokesman for the Obama inauguration described Dr. Alexander as “incredibly gifted” and the fact that she is selected “demonstrates the important role that the arts and literature can play in helping to bring our country together.” This is only...