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  • In the 'War on Drugs,' signs of truce with marijuana

    04/23/2013 12:07:28 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 58 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 23, 2013 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS - Marijuana, the most prevalent illicit drug in America, seems to be getting less illicit by the day. Among recent developments that would have been unfathomable during the “War on Drugs” begun under President Ronald Reagan: • The states of Colorado and Washington voted last fall to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first states ever to do so. Though technically still a violation of federal law, the administration of President Barack Obama has responded with a shrug. • The Illinois House voted last week to join the 18 states that have already legalized marijuana for medical use....
  • Illinois House votes to legalize medical marijuana

    04/18/2013 11:24:45 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribue ^ | April 17, 2013 | Joanne von Alroth
    The Illinois House of Representatives voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the 21st in the United States to allow some form of pot use to treat illness. [...]
  • Trade agreement with Singapore kept secret to facilitate EP approval, says FFII

    04/15/2013 10:29:16 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 9 replies
    New Europe ^ | April 12, 2013 | NEOnline
    The EU Commission decided to keep the trade agreement with Singapore secret until it enters into force in order to avoid pressure that may prevent it’s passing from the European Parliament according to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII). FFII analyst Ante Wessels says: "The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after citizens pointed out it would violate their human rights. This time the Commission hopes to have a 'better result' by keeping the text secret until it enters into force. This is nothing less than an assault on democracy. Without democracy, the union...
  • Criminologist refutes cannabis-related crime increase claims

    04/08/2013 10:01:37 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 61 replies
    The University of Kent ^ | 8 April 2013 | M.J.Herrema
    Criminologist Professor Alex Stevens has refuted media reports that reducing penalties for cannabis possession has led to increased drug use, crime and health problems. He said published data shows that these claims are unfounded and in fact highlight that cannabis use and crime have gone down since the 2004 declassification of cannabis to a class C substance.He said: ‘Government policy on cannabis hit the headlines again recently, when both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph ran articles on it claiming reductions in penalties for users of the drug have increased both crime and drug-related hospital admissions. If cannabis declassification...
  • High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply, in one of fastest runs in years

    04/03/2013 8:58:37 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 02, 2013
    The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days, one of the fastest runs on the much-sought-after work permits in years and a sign of continued economic recovery amid new hiring by U.S. technology companies. The urgent race for such visas -- highly desired by Microsoft, Apple, Google and other leading technology companies -- coincides with congressional plans to increase the number available to tech-savvy foreigners. The race to secure one of the 85,000 so-called H-1B visas available for the 2014 budget year started Monday and requests will be...
  • Ranking the States for Economic and Personal Freedom

    03/29/2013 8:52:07 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Mar 29, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Sometimes I myopically focus on fiscal policy, implying that the key to prosperity is small government.But I’ll freely admit that growth if maximized when you have small government AND free markets.That being said, our goal should be to expand freedom, not merely to have the largest possible GDP.Which is why the Freedom Index is a good complement to Economic Freedom of the World.It shows, for instance, that Singapore may be ranked #2 for economic freedom, but it is only #39 when you look at all freedoms.We also have a comprehensive ranking of economic and personal freedom for the 50 states.Here...
  • New York Considers Medical Marijuana, As Business Journalists Find A Niche

    03/28/2013 8:37:23 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | Matthew Mientka
    As the New York Legislature considers a bill to allow medical marijuana, a couple of Rhode Island business journalists are reaping the profits. Anne Holland and Ron Perry founded Medical Marijuana Business Daily two years ago in Providence to cover the emerging industry of legitimate marijuana sales, as total black market business continues to represent the single largest cash crop in America at more than $35 billion. The trade in illegal marijuana - mostly for recreational use - trumps the second-largest cash crop, corn, at a mere $23.2 billion, of which $4.5 billion worth is exported from America's breadbasket to...
  • Supreme Court Says It's Illegal For A Police Drug Dog To Sniff Your Porch

    03/26/2013 9:39:18 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 129 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 26, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    The Supreme Court has ruled that police use of a drug-sniffing dog on a homeowner's porch is a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. [...]
  • House panel says OK to medical marijuana

    03/08/2013 10:53:17 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 5 replies
    Daily Herald [IL] ^ | 3/7/2013 | Mike Riopell
    SPRINGFIELD — A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Supporters of the plan say it would be the most tightly regulated marijuana law in the country, restricting who can use the drug to people suffering from specific diseases and limiting the total number of marijuana dispensaries statewide to 60. "This is clearly model legislation for the country if we pass it," said state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat sponsoring the plan. An Illinois House committee approved it by an 11-4 vote this morning, sending the legislation to the full House. "Why would...
  • [OP-ED] Singapore Doesn't Always Need Internet Censorship to Silence Critics

    03/06/2013 7:50:18 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 31 replies
    TechPresident ^ | March 5 2013 | Phil Howard
    Singapore likes to promote itself as a business-friendly country where the government has a soft touch. But by firing a professor known for criticizing the government's censorship strategies, ruling elites have demonstrated that they still have a firm hand in controlling political conversation. It should make U.S. universities rethink their research partnerships with universities in Singapore, because such relationships actually help launder the regime's reputation.As one of Singapore's most high profile censorship critics, Cherian George is guilty of several things. In his teaching, he is guilty of corrupting several cohorts of young journalism students with ideas about press freedoms. In...
  • Ex-bus drivers jailed in Singapore for organising strike

    03/01/2013 8:35:07 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 1 replies
    AsianCorrespondent.com ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Kirsten Han
    Four ex-SMRT bus drivers have been jailed in Singapore for their part in last November’s strike. Wang Xianjie, Gao Yue Qiang and Liu Xiangying were sentenced to six weeks in prison, while He Junling was sentenced to seven weeks. On top of organising and participating in the strike, he had also posted on social media network Baidu encouraging others to join in. All four had pleaded guilty in court. Choo Zheng Xi, lawyer for He Junling, presented a mitigation plea, saying, “It was never Jun Ling’s intention to startle or alarm the public, nor was it a calculated plan of...
  • Leach to propose bill legalizing marijuana

    02/12/2013 10:54:09 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 38 replies
    The Delaware County [PA] Daily Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | DANIELLE LYNCH
    State Sen. Daylin, D-17, of Upper Merion, discussed why he believes it would be beneficial to legalize marijuana during a news conference in Harrisburg Monday afternoon. Leach said his bill would legalize marijuana for all purposes — both medicinal and recreational. Leach said people would have to be 21 years old to use marijuana. In addition, he said it would continue to be illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. People would not be allowed to smoke marijuana in restaurants. Leach said people would be able to purchase marijuana in state stores. He said people would...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 6- a rebuttal

    01/04/2013 1:21:20 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 59 replies
    (self) | Jan 4, 2013 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 6;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts; "Fact 5" at /focus/f-bloggers/2932390/posts.) Claim 6: "Legalization of Drugs will Lead to Increased Use and Increased Levels of Addiction. Legalization has been tried before, and failed miserably." Claim: Legalization proponents claim, absurdly, that...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • ‘What more do we require?’ to stop violence, Rev. Jackson asks

    12/17/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 88 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 15, 2012 | JAMES SCALZITTI
    Whether it be a mass casualty shooting at a school or other public space in the United States or the regularly occurring gun violence on the streets of Chicago, “the people who are civilized must care enough to stop it now,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Saturday. While speaking to the audience at the Rainbow-PUSH headquarters on the South Side, Jackson reflected on Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, as well as the ongoing violence on the streets of Chicago. Noting that, “It’s easier (in the United States) to buy a gun than a cup of coffee,” Jackson said, “None of...
  • (vanity) Has Search been disabled on FR for today?

    11/06/2012 7:31:26 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 34 replies
    Nov 6, 2012 | (self)
    When I click the Search link, I get a blkank page (Firefox) or an HTTP 403 Forbidden (IE). Has Search been disabled to cut down on server strain? (There may already be posts about this, but I can't find them because I can't search. ;D)
  • From video to terrorist attack: timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack

    10/17/2012 12:39:56 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    The Fact Checker (WaPo) ^ | 09/27/2012 | Glenn Kessler
    [...] For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi. Officials were also able to...
  • Los Angeles City Council rescinds ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

    10/02/2012 2:19:11 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/02/2012 | Rick Orlov
    Anticipating an expensive ballot proposition, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed away from its total ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. In an 11-2 vote, the council gave preliminary approval to rescinding the ban as it appeals to the state legislature to come up with more clear regulations on how to control the dispensaries. The council will give final approval to its reversal next week. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino voted against rescinding the measure, saying they were concerned about the problems that developed in neighborhoods from the proliferation of the dispensaries. "I have seen where children are...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 5 - a rebuttal

    09/17/2012 10:50:02 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 135 replies
    (self) | Sep 17, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 5;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts.) Claim 5: "Drug control spending is a minor portion of the U.S. budget. Compared to the social costs of drug abuse and addiction, government spending on drug control is minimal." Claim: Legalization advocates...
  • "We Can Do Better" (or could have, anyway)

    08/29/2012 1:44:52 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2012 | Lynne Sladky
  • Todd Akin reaffirms he's staying in the Senate race

    08/24/2012 2:53:44 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 339 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 8/24/2012 | NICHOLAS J.C. PISTOR
    Embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin just told reporters in Chesterfield that he is staying in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin repeated the kinds of statements he'd made previously to national media, asserting that he's never had the support of the Republican party establishment anyway. [...]
  • Obama for America dines on Chick-fil-A

    07/25/2012 2:25:09 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/25/2012 | Caroline May
    Unlike many pro-gay-marriage activists who have been boycotting Chick-fil-A, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign Obama for America has spent money at the restaurant chain. Obama famously came out in support of gay marriage in May, enjoying a surge in campaign donations post-announcement. But in 2011 activists at ThinkProgress, Equity Matters, and other outlets pinpointed Chick-fil-A as a multimillion-dollar donor to anti-gay marriage causes through its charitable foundation arm. While gay activists have staged boycotts of the chain since then, expenditure records at Political Moneyline show that on June 29, 2012 Obama for America spent $62 at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Ga....
  • National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius

    06/29/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 4 replies
    Supreme Court of the United States ^ | June 28, 2012 | Supreme Court of the United States
    SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Syllabus NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ET AL. v. SEBELIUS, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT No. 11–393. Argued March 26, 27, 28, 2012—Decided June 28, 2012* In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable CareAct in order to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance and decrease the cost of health care. One key provision isthe individual mandate, which requires most Americans to maintain“minimum essential” health insurance coverage. 26 U. S. C. §5000A.For individuals who are...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 4 - a rebuttal

    06/08/2012 12:53:33 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    (self) | June 8, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 4;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts.) Claim 4. "Smoked marijuana is not scientifically approved medicine. Marinol, the legal version of medical marijuana, is approved by science." Claim: Medical marijuana already exists. It’s called Marinol. A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available...
  • The Needle’s Eye

    05/21/2012 9:03:51 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 85 replies
    First Things ^ | February 2012 | David Bentley Hart
    An old textual conundrum regarding the New Testament, frequently revisited by those who fret over every jot and tittle, is whether Christ was really talking about a camel or only about a very thick rope. My money is on the camel, and not only because I am fond of both camels and outlandish metaphors; but it is a very old question what Jesus really said had a better chance of passing through a needle’s eye than a rich man had of entering God’s Kingdom. Many have suspected—even a few church fathers, like Cyril of Alexandria—that the Greek word kamelon (camel)...
  • Obama’s unprecedented definition of ‘unprecedented’

    04/03/2012 8:38:09 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 2, 2012 | Kyle Wingfield
    “I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” That was President Obama earlier today, talking about the legal challenge to Obamacare the court heard last week — and demonstrating once again he doesn’t have a very firm grasp on the meaning of “unprecedented.” After all, the Supreme Court has been overturning laws — which necessarily have been passed by a majority of a democratically elected Congress — since 1803’s Marbury v. Madison decision. By this count...
  • Police: Zimmerman story is 'consistent' with evidence in Trayvon Martin shooting

    03/27/2012 8:54:32 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 249 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2012
    SANFORD, Florida – A slain U.S. teenager and the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed him exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging the man's head on the ground, according to the watch captain's account of the confrontation that led to the shooting. [...] A statement from Sanford, Florida police said the newspaper story was "consistent" with evidence turned over to prosecutors. [...]
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 3 - a rebuttal

    03/26/2012 11:07:14 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 35 replies · 15+ views
    (self) | March 26, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 3;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts.) Claim 3: "Illegal drugs are illegal because they are harmful." Fact: The legal drugs alcohol and tobacco are legal despite being harmful. Claim: Drug use can be deadly, far more deadly than alcohol. Although alcohol is used by seven times...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 2 - a rebuttal

    03/20/2012 2:54:08 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 37 replies
    (self) | March 20, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 2;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts.) Claim 2: "A balanced approach of prevention, enforcement, and treatment is the key in the fight against drugs." Claim: Drug treatment courts are working. Researchers estimate that more than 50 percent of defendants convicted of drug possession will return to criminal behavior within two to...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" - a rebuttal

    03/13/2012 9:55:41 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 100 replies · 1+ views
    (self) | March 13, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 1;" more to come as time permits. Claim 1: "We have made significant progress in fighting drug use and drug trafficking in America. Now is not the time to abandon our efforts." Claim: On the demand side, the U.S. has reduced casual use, chronic use and addiction, and prevented others from even starting using drugs. Overall drug...
  • 'Sharia Ruling' Judge Defends Decision for Muslim

    03/05/2012 10:11:24 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 30 replies · 1+ views
    CBN News ^ | Sunday, March 04, 2012 | Erick Stakelbeck
    [...] in a phone interview, Martin told CBN News he's a life-long Lutheran, not a Muslim. "The victim claims that I said that I was a Muslim, and he portrayed incorrectly that I was a Muslim, and that I showed biased toward Muslims in my ruling, and really that's ridiculous," Martin told CBN News. But critics, like Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, say the judge stepped out of bounds of the First Amendment. [...] "It sounds like he's Sharia compliant, not constitutionally compliant," the Texas lawmaker said. Martin, however, stands by his ruling, saying there wasn't enough evidence to find the...
  • Prayer request

    02/21/2012 1:12:32 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 9 replies
    Please pray that my daughter Jana gets the financial assistance she needs to attend college. "And he said to them: When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you want anything? But they said: Nothing." - Luke 22:34-36
  • Voters want to tax, regulate, medical marijuana

    02/02/2012 2:02:02 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | February 1st, 2012 | Teri Sforza, Register staff writer
    Nearly 60 percent of likely voters favor regulating — and taxing — medical marijuana in California, according to a new poll by Adam D. Probolsky of Probolsky Research LLC. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation Act – which may appear on the November ballot – reads as follows: “Creates a state enforcement division to regulate and control all entities involved in the commercial cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana in California; requires their mandatory registration with the state; and establishes a state excise tax of upon all medical marijuana grown for sale in California.” When asked how they would...
  • You can still read Wikipedia today

    01/18/2012 10:08:26 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 12 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | Wikipedia
    The community has asked us to preserve emergency access options. The following methods will remain available to access content: Disabling JavaScript in your browser Using bookmarklets or other tools to unhide the content Visiting the mobile site at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/ Accessing site content via the API Appending ?banner=none to the end of page URLs.
  • Drugs, prostitution in Capitol Heights retirement community targeted by police

    01/17/2012 12:07:55 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 14 replies
    The Gazette (Gaithersburg, MD) ^ | January 17, 2012 | Natalie McGill
    [...] The local police department is stepping up enforcement at the retirement community and is targeting units involved with soliciting drug dealers and prostitutes, said Capitol Heights Police Deputy Chief Anthony Ayers Sr. "We have a few individuals that conducted in the activity themselves that are actually tenants, that are on drugs and allow the prostitutes to come into their rooms," Ayers said. "We tried to let them know that we're watching them to try and get them to slow it down." [...]
  • Web addicts have brain changes, research suggests

    01/16/2012 1:08:55 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 January 2012 | Helen Briggs
    Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests. Experts in China scanned the brains of 17 young web addicts and found disruption in the way their brains were wired up. [...]
  • Ariz. authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug cell

    12/20/2011 12:36:38 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 20, 2011 1:01 PM
    Arizona authorities have arrested some 200 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 pounds of drugs following an investigation they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. Authorities announcing the 15-month-long investigation said that although the Sinaloa cartel almost immediately regenerates after one of its cells have been taken down, their investigation certainly struck a blow. "Arresting a drug dealer is one thing but if we can actually follow that backwards and take out the head of the snake of this organization, we...
  • Christmas carols that speak to you

    12/14/2011 12:05:44 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 31 replies
    For me, it's "Good Christian, fear/For sinners here/The silent Word is pleading." (What Child is This?) and "A thrill of hope/The weary world rejoices/For yonder breaks/A new and glorious morn." (O Holy Night) What about you?
  • The Guy Arrested For Firing A Shot At The White House May Have Spent Time At 'Occupy' Protests

    11/16/2011 12:41:14 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 16, 2011, 3:20 PM | Robert Johnson and Linette Lopez
    The 21-year-old man alleged to have fired a semi-automatic rifle at the White House is believed to have spent time at Occupy Wall Street encampments. ABC News reports Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is mentally ill, and has an extensive criminal record. The U.S. Park Police say he possibly spent time at Occupy DC. [...]
  • Growing Income Gap May Leave U.S. More Vulnerable to Crisis

    11/03/2011 11:11:34 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    moneynews.com ^ | October 13, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT | David J. Lynch
    A widening gap between rich and poor is reshaping the U.S. economy, leaving it more vulnerable to recurring financial crises and less likely to generate enduring expansions. Left unchecked, the decades-long trend toward increasing inequality may condemn Wall Street to a generation of unimpressive returns and even shake social stability, economists and financial-industry executives say. [...] Societies with a narrower gap between rich and poor enjoy longer economic expansions, according to research published this year by the International Monetary Fund. Income trends in the U.S., where the wealthy over time have pulled away from the rest of society, mean that...
  • More prayers answered

    05/02/2011 8:32:10 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 13 replies
    A followup to my previous post: Thanks to FReepers' prayers for me, and my prayers to Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, and St. Jude, the company I've been doing contract work for since October has offered me a regular position, which I'll start a week from today. God be praised!
  • Prayers answered

    10/24/2010 8:30:28 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 22 replies · 1+ views
    God doesn't always give you what you want, but He always gives you what you need. Thanks to FReepers' prayers for me, and my prayers to Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, and St. Jude, I'm re-employed on a six-month contract with a good chance of permanence. God be praised!
  • Prayer request

    08/28/2010 9:04:12 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 36 replies
    I was laid off some weeks ago, and have a job interview this coming week; please say a prayer that it results in my re-employment.