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  • Articles of Impeachment

    07/10/2014 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Articles of Impeachment adopted by House Judiciary Committee on July 27-30, 1974 RESOLVED, That Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanours, and that the following articles of impeachment to be exhibited to the Senate: ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AGAINST RICHARD M. NIXON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS. Article...
  • Snake house: Teacher pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

    07/10/2014 7:38:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LA times ^ | Jeremiah Dobruck
    A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. In January, animal control officers found at least 400 snakes inside William Buchman's Santa Ana home, the Daily Pilot reported. About 240 of the non-venomous pythons were dead or died soon after being collected from the house, and more than 150 of the still-living snakes were malnourished, authorities said at the time. After Buchman's guilty plea, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced him to three years of probation and 100 hours...
  • How to make a carrot clarinet (YouTube)

    07/10/2014 7:16:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    TedxSydney 2014 ^ | 7-10-1-4 | Linsey Pollak
    This presenter makes a clarinet out of a carrot. For real. And it sounds great! Click on the link in Reply #1 to see.
  • Burger spicier than pepper spray sends UK journalists to hospital

    07/10/2014 5:49:11 PM PDT · by equalator · 56 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7-10-2014
    Arron Hendy and Ruari Barratt were dining at U.K. eatery Burger Off. Each took one bite of the “XXX Hot Chili Burger.” Minutes later, Barratt began suffering from severe stomach pain and soon lost feeling in his hands. His legs also began shaking and his eyes rolled to the back of his head, reports The Argus. The sauce uses a concentrated piri piri chili sauce from India. Gambardella estimated that the sauce measures between seven to nine million units on the Scolville scale. Tabasco sauce comes in around 2,500 – 5,000, while pepper spray ranks 500,000 to five million units.
  • Race row as kids' clothing line matches T-shirt of a monkey's body with a hanger that pictures....

    07/10/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT · by equalator · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-10-2014 | Snejana Farberov
    A San Diego-based clothing company has landed in hot water over a photo showing its T-shirts featuring the body of a monkey paired off with a customized hanger depicting the face of an African-American boy. The offensive image was shared on Twitter Wednesday, sparking indignation among users who lambasted the manufacturer, Just Add A Kid, for allowing this to happen. The clothing brand, which is owned by the company Thanks A Million, quickly went into damage control mode, responding on Twitter that the incident was the result of a misunderstanding
  • Will Company's Owned By Jehovahs Witnesses Have To Include Blood Transfusions In EBP's? (Hobby Lobby

    07/10/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    7/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Will they have to cover something like this under the Employee Benefit Program if that employee wasn't a JW, or could they say that they now have a religious exemption, too? I wonder what other can of worms the recent SCOTUS ruling will open up...
  • What's So Dang Funny About the Illegal Invasion ?

    07/10/2014 3:12:32 PM PDT · by kingattax · 41 replies
    7-10-14 | kingattax
    At a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry about the invasion of thousands of illegals into the United States, obama seems to find this very amusing. the two-bit queer meatpuppet gets more despicable by the minute. impeach this world class A hole
  • Military defense

    07/10/2014 3:19:37 PM PDT · by LoneRangerMassachusetts · 9 replies
    Self | 7/10/2014 | Self
    I'm listening to chuck bagel talk to troops. Eyes are glazed over in the audience. He is one of the most uninspiring speakers I have ever heard. God help us if we are ever attacked.
  • Woman With Two Husbands Looking for Two More

    07/10/2014 3:08:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Bulawayo24 ^ | 27 June 2014
    57-year-old Emma Chaleka, a traditional healer from Zimbabwe, is living with two husbands and intends to add two others and bring the total number of her husbands to four according to Myzim. Chaleka claims that her husband was failing to satisfy her hence she 'acquired' another husband and her dream is to have four husbands under one roof. Emma confirmed her marriage to Sikabenga and Mudenda saying she is prepared to have four husbands as long as they live peacefully and respecting their 'duties'. The polyandrous marriage has is the talk in Gadzema heights suburbs and Emma said that her...
  • Valet Baby (Censored) #GoPro (Baby Truett born on the steps of the Hospital)

    07/10/2014 1:12:26 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/4/2014 | Troy Dickerson
    Video Linky Here
  • Abortion Backer Who Assaulted Pro-Lifers: I Had The Right to Attack Them

    07/10/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The abortion backer who attacked a pro-life teen in a profane rant captured on video yesterday is defending her actions and has no intention of apologizing. Pro-life activist Seth Drayer was physically attacked (video below) while leading a group of pro-life students in sharing the pro-life message in downtown Columbus, Ohio today. The video shows a woman in a Burger King shirt attacking the pro-lifers. createdequal2She says, ““You’re just a white f—— privileged racist f—— male who doesn’t stand for women’s rights.” The abortion advocate adds, “No uterus, no right to talk about it. Understand, Mother f—–?” The abortion backer...
  • Your Congressman refuses to stop Mexico Border games, choosing to work for the Ford Foundation

    07/10/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    Vanity | 7/10/2014 | Self
    The most any Congressman is doing about the Federal importation of illegal aliens is spewing political rhetoric. This is a pre-planned operation that has been the focus of the financial elites and the hundreds, if not thousands, of well-endowed foundations in their foundation system for over a decade. Fedgov leaders know all about this program, but will never discuss it publicly. They will always do nothing to hinder the foundation system's goals. All one has to do is research a little on the foundations' (like Ford Foundation) websites, where they happily disclose their seemingly unending desire to help corporate America...
  • Long-Anticipated World's Tallest Water Slide Is Now Open for Business (Video)

    07/10/2014 12:41:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Mashable ^ | 7-9-2014 | JESSICA PLAUTZ
    Before park visitors go down the slide, they'll have to go up: 264 stairs to a platform higher than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. Before even being allowed to climb the stairs, visitors must step onto a scale to ensure the combined weight of the two or three people who will be on a single raft does not exceed 550 pounds. After passing that, a park worker reads a two-page list that is part warning and part disclaimer. One of the warnings listed is the possibility of death.
  • JOE SCARBOROUGH: GLENN BECK'S BORDER GESTURE 'CHRIST-LIKE,' OUT OF 'JESUS’ HANDBOOK'

    07/10/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7-10-2014
    “A lot of people are saying that he's actually playing into Barack Obama’s hands, that he's playing by Obama’s handbook,” Scarborough said. “He’s actually playing by another person's handbook, Jesus’ handbook. I mean, this is -- Jesus was very clear. He said the people that are blessed are those that understand I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I needed clothing, and you gave me clothes.” “What Glenn Beck is doing is the most Christ-like thing anybody can do, and so for a lot of people on the right who...
  • Vanity: Spoiler Alert: Last minute of the new Dan Rather movie revealed.

    07/10/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by DManA · 13 replies
    Selfie | 7/10/14 | Selfie
    Don't ask me how I got it but this is the last minute of Redford's new Rather movie. "LOOK! It's old man Rather!" "ZOIKS! "That's right. I made it all up. I wanted to scare folks away from George Bush. And I would have gotten away with it to if it wasn't for you nosy Freepers! [General Laughter] [cut to scene of front door of CBS headquarters. Rather comes flying out and lands in the gutter. Seen rubbing his behind. ] [Closing theme rises]
  • WTO heavyweights to launch tariff talks on green goods

    07/10/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 7-9-2014 | JIJI, BLOOMBERG
    GENEVA – Japan and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization said Tuesday that they will start negotiations to cut tariffs on green products such as wind turbines and solar panels. The 14 countries and regions, which includes the United States, the European Union and China, aim to expand trade in these products through tariff reductions at a time when demand for measures to cope with climate change is growing. The negotiations will chiefly cover 54 items, such as solar power panels and wind power generators, which members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have already agreed to cut...
  • Dinesh's "America" now the #1 bestseller on Amazon for all books.

    07/10/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 30 replies
    Any thoughts why?
  • 100 Protest abortion issue outside Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare

    07/10/2014 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    news8000.com ^ | 7-9-2014 | Brittany Schmidt
    One woman even traveled from hours away just to join the protest. "I just came today, I have been here a few other times,” said Diane Dorman, a pro-life activist. "It's a long drive for me, so I come when I can stay a long time, when I feel like it can be meaningful,” said Dorman. But Dorman said that the two-hour drive is nothing when it comes to fighting for what she believes in. "From the very beginning, I've come to realize that life begins at the moment of conception,” said Dorman. "It's unfathomable that a doctor here would...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault of a Child Charges

    07/10/2014 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    NBC26 ^ | Alex Hagan
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Brown County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of a 27 year-old Hobart man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child. Wayne Makela was arrested Wednesday. The Brown County Sheriff's Department says he is a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Lutheran school in Green Bay. Investigators say the assault may have happened to a child under the age of 16. The suspect was in a position of trust at a church and school in Green Bay, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School confirmed to NBC26 that the suspect teaches a...
  • Prostitute 'injected married Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin (Partial title)

    07/10/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 100 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 July 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A high-priced prostitute injected a married Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin before callously stepping over his dying body to finish her glass of wine, police have revealed. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on Friday in the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old father-of-five and former Apple exec, aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, California last November. Tichelman, who met her clients through a website called Seeking Arrangement, had exchanged texts and emails with Hayes and met with him a few times before the deadly November 26 encounter. That day, they met on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at...
  • Reply from Costco Regarding D'Souza Book Vanity)

    07/10/2014 7:19:40 AM PDT · by illiac · 25 replies
    Self | 7/10/14 | Self
    Dear XXXX, We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale. Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another. Recently, after deciding to sell the book "America: Imagine the World Without Her", beginning on June 1, a decision was made to pull the book from sale on July 1. This decision was based solely on the number of copies sold during that month, and had...
  • Defiant Obama Refuses to Visit Border: I'm 'Intimately Aware' of Everything Taking Place

    07/10/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07-09-2014 | Tony Lee
    I'm posting this in chat as I don't consider it news and, frankly, though it didn't come up in a search, I'm not completely sure it's not posted prior with a different headline and I didn't see it. I think it's appropriate to prompt specific discussion about the meaning of this statement the Puppet made, "Nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of or briefed on." President Barack Obama
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiles with Taliban official in ‘captivity’ pic

    07/10/2014 4:09:42 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/14 | Joe Tacopino
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiles with Taliban official in ‘captivity’ pic By Joe Tacopino This POW looks more like a BFF. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, is seen in a new image mugging for a picture with a jolly jihadi who ­casually has his arm resting on Bergdahl’s shoulder. The bro-hug was posted Wednesday to the Twitter ­account of someone associated with the Islamic Emirate of ­Afghanistan, according to Fox News. The supposed captor was identified by The Middle East Research Institute as a since-slain Taliban commander, Badruddin Haqqani.
  • Desire a national Fair Tax or Flat Tax!

    07/10/2014 4:06:02 AM PDT · by Texask9 · 47 replies
    Lets get fair tax passed.
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Thursday, July 10, 2014

    07/10/2014 3:09:54 AM PDT · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Jersey Boys -- 4 stars and 4 thumbs up

    07/10/2014 2:28:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    self | 7-10-14 | Vanity
    We saw Jersey Boys last night in our local movie theatre. It is the story of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, a singing group of the 1960s, and their rise to fame. It is an adaptation of a stage play. The movie is directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, which is eyebrow raising in itself because it does not seem like a typical Eastwood topic. I approached this movie with some trepidation because of the big, fat R after the title. Normally, I avoid R-rated movies; and I could not find out why it received this rating. However, the...
  • Giants consider ban on ‘culturally inappropriate’ attire

    07/10/2014 12:52:36 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 27 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, July 9 at 9:07pm | Kale Williams
    The [San Francisco] Giants are contemplating a new kind of dress code at AT&T Park, one that could keep certain types of politically incorrect gear out of the stadium. The proposal stems from a brouhaha that arose after a fan, who appeared to be Caucasian, donned a headdress at Native American Heritage Night. The fan was approached by two Native Americans who asked for the headdress and then refused to give it back, according to a report from USA Today.
  • Social Security Numbers And Noncitizens

    07/09/2014 10:08:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    SSA.gov ^ | August 2013
    Generally, only noncitizens authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can get a Social Security number. Social Security numbers are used to report an individual’s wages to the government and to determine a person’s eligibility for Social Security benefits. You do not need a number to get a driver’s license, register for school, obtain health insurance, or to apply for school lunch programs or subsidized housing. In almost all cases, if you apply for a Social Security number and card with your immigrant visa application, you do not have to visit a Social...
  • Is This Love? Surrogates, Gay Couples, and Motherless Babies

    07/09/2014 9:35:06 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7-9-2014 | Jennifer Hartline
    The story of two gay men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants to legally adopt the biological son of the other. Because Texas does not recognize same-sex "marriage", the law will not allow the adoption or for the birth certificates to reflect the two fathers as parents of both boys. So began the cry of discrimination...
  • Religious Freedom in Peril

    07/09/2014 9:15:52 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-9-2014 | NICHOLAS KRISTOF
    A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith. Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government. In Malaysia, courts ban some non-Muslims from using the word “Allah.” In country after country, Islamic fundamentalists are measuring their own religious devotion by the degree to which they suppress or assault those they see as heretics, creating a human rights catastrophe as people are punished or murdered for their religious beliefs....
  • Eddie Murphy Will Be Back in Detroit for 'Beverly Hills Cop 4'

    07/09/2014 7:53:00 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 80 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 27, 2014 | Ryan Reed
    Eddie Murphy's headed back to Detroit in the upcoming fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. According to the Associated Press, the state of Michigan approved $13.5 million in film incentives, based on an estimated $56.6 million of filmmaker spending in the state. The film will be shot in and around Detroit, creating jobs for an estimated 352 workers, the Michigan Film Office announced on Thursday. Beverly Hills Cop 4 – the first in the series since 1994 – will find Murphy reprising his role as police detective Axel Foley. Describing the plot, the film office says the character...
  • Justin Bieber pleads no contest in egging, will pay $81K restitution

    07/09/2014 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    la times ^ | 7-9-2014 | CHRISTIE D'ZURILLA
    Justin Bieber entered a no-contest plea Wednesday on a misdemeanor vandalism charge in connection with the January egging of a Calabasas neighbor's house, earning himself two years' probation along with a host of other penalties. In addition to formal probation, he was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to pay $80,900 in restitution, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. He'll also have to partipate in an anger-management program and stay away from the victims for two years. The restitution amount is much higher than the $20,000 damage estimate that had been previously...
  • Bad ammo vanity

    07/09/2014 6:49:18 PM PDT · by papineau · 23 replies
    self
    I tried plinking with my new Marlin 795 .22 semi auto about three months ago. Almost every round jammed, I even had to use a clothes hanger to punch some stuck rounds out of the chamber. Tried again yesterday after a thorough cleaning. Same thing. Thought, "Oh well, send it off to Marlin for repairs". By chance, I ran a few rounds of the same .22 long through a Puma revolver. Oddly enough, a bunch of the rounds didn't fit in the cylinder.. Now I get it.. I was using Aguila ammo, made in Mexico, bought for real cheap at...
  • Democrats File Bill to “Overturn” Supreme Court Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby

    07/09/2014 5:32:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    As promised, Senate Democrats filed legislation today to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. The Supreme Court ruled that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare. The high court issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions. hobbylobby6The court...
  • Another Lois Lerner email was just uncovered, and it’s a BOMBSHELL

    07/09/2014 1:58:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives.com ^ | 7/9/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    6 days before tax day liberal Christmas in 2013 Lois Lerner was emailing with one of her fellow cronies and warning them to be careful, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails”.
  • Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, Michigan

    07/09/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Organizers of Netroots Nation, America’s largest annual gathering of progressive activists, took the wraps off of a major and welcome surprise this afternoon with the announcement that Vice President Joe Biden would be coming to Detroit to speak to the convention during a special Thursday afternoon general session. It will also be Biden’s first appearance at Netroots Nation. He was invited to participate in the Presidential Leadership Forum held in Netroots Nation’s second year, in Chicago (back then, the convention was known as YearlyKos), but declined to attend due to his desire to participate in another event. The other contenders...
  • Homeless woman arrested for allegedly leaving baby on subway platform

    07/09/2014 1:30:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    pix 11 ^ | Samantha Tata,
    NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – A 20-year-old woman has been charged with abandoning a baby on a Manhattan subway platform, police said. Frankea Dabbs, who is homeless, was arrested Tuesday. She faces charges of abandoning a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, NYPD said. Dabbs is accused of wheeling a baby girl, strapped in a stroller, onto the platform of the 59th Street and Columbus Avenue station midday Monday, then leaving the child alone among a sea of jostling commuters. Investigators said Dabbs then returned to the No. 1 train.
  • Queens mom allegedly kills 11-month-old son after ‘reaching breaking point’

    07/09/2014 1:23:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    pix 11 ^ | James Ford
    ELMHURST, Queens (PIX11) – Detectives say she told them that she killed her own baby boy because she had “reached her breaking point.” Now, Nicole “Nikki” Kelly is in police custody charged with the second degree murder of her 11-month-old son, and the story surrounding his death is disturbing to people who knew him and his mother. The child, Kiam Felix, Jr., was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital on Sunday afternoon after Kelly, 22, brought him into the emergency room with the boy’s father, who does not live with them.
  • Open Thread: Argentina v. Netherlands - World Cup Semifinal

    07/09/2014 1:03:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Vanity | July 9, 2014 | Me
    I did not see any existing thread for the Argentina v. Netherlands match.
  • Activists say $13 minimum wage isn't enough

    07/09/2014 1:14:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    WLS am ^ | 7-9-2014 | Bill Cameron
    (CHICAGO) The activists who are agitating for a $15 minimum wage are rejecting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $13 an hour proposal. The Raise Chicago Coalition organized by the Service Employees Union says $13 is a good start, but they still want $15. In any case, the coalition’s Adeline Bracey says the current minimum wage cannot stand. “I can’t survive on $8.25,” Bracey said. “My community cannot thrive on $8.25! We are barely alive on $8.25. And in the words of the rapper, this ain’t no jive, this $8.25!”
  • The wrong folks get billions in tax dollars

    07/09/2014 12:55:13 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    wdbj7 ^ | 7-9-2014 | Blake Ellis
    The federal government is continuing to dole out billions of dollars to people who shouldn't get them. A government watchdog agency said an estimated $106 billion in payments were made in error last year: meaning they were the wrong amount, went to the wrong person or lacked sufficient documentation. These payments include tax refunds, unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage. The improper payments could be even higher since not all agencies reported to the Government Accountability Office. The White House acknowledged that "the loss to the Federal Government is significant," but it pointed to a declining...
  • Arab Nations Call for Emergency UN Meeting on Gaza

    07/09/2014 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    ndtv ^ | 7-9-2014
    United Nations: Arab nations are calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council and immediate action to end what they say is Israel's "outrageous onslaught" against Palestinians, especially in Gaza. Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour and ambassadors representing Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations say that they expect an urgent council meeting to be held very soon. They spoke to reporters after meeting the Security Council president. "We want the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and stop this aggression against our people," Mansour said.
  • British twin teen girls travel to Syria to become Jihadi brides

    07/09/2014 11:58:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-9-2014 | Inderdeep Bains and Jaya Narain and Rosie Taylor and Martin Robinson
    Salma and Zahra Halane were among the top 20 students at their girls’ school in Manchester but slipped out of their bedrooms and have fled abroad to become 'jihadi brides'. The 16-year-olds, who disappeared two weeks ago, have telephoned their parents to tell them they have reached the war-torn country and warned them 'we're not coming back'. Their mother told the Daily Mail last night: ‘I’m just so shocked.’ The 44-year-old, who wears a hijab, then broke down in tears at her semi-detached home in a leafy suburb of Chorlton, Manchester.  Police said today that the twins 'potentially pose a...
  • Stoned men break into Spring Hill school, steal Froot Loops, deputies say

    07/09/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7-9-2014 | GEOFF FOX
    Too young to purchase alcohol, Logan Brown, 18, and Christopher Ramos, 20, elected to pair their marijuana with the popular cereal Froot Loops on July 3 — after they broke into the Challenger K-8 School, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report said. The pot-puffing pair was busted after a Hernando detective posted images from the school’s surveillance video on the sheriff’s office Facebook page and distributed the images by a Community Alert Bulletin, the report said. Inside the school, Brown and Ramos wandered the halls and looked inside classrooms until they found an open room, went inside and stole the...
  • 7-Eleven Birthday Celebration Extends Beyond 7/11

    07/09/2014 11:21:22 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    csp net.com ^ | 7-9-2014
    Friday. July 11: Free small Slurpee drink Saturday, July 12: Free Big Gulp soft drink Sunday, July 13: Free M&M's Birthday Cake Flavor candies Monday, July 14: Free Grandma's Cookies Tuesday, July 15: Free Hostess Twinkies Wednesday, July 16: Free Snickers or Twix brand ice cream bar Thursday, July 17: Free Quaker Chewy Yogurt snack bar Friday, July 18: Free Pillsbury cookie Saturday, July 19: Another free small Slurpee drink
  • Ever Just Want to Give Up and Get On The Dole? ~ Vanity

    07/09/2014 11:03:35 AM PDT · by GraceG · 100 replies
    Ever wake up somedays and wonder why you work and put in the effort for others to leech off your hard work, especially those who are not even citizens. Ever just think about just throwing your arms up in the air and saying to hell with it and quitting your job or shutting down your business and becomming a deadbeat like the other people that some of your hard earned tax money goes to. Ever just wonder if we will never wake up again as country if you keep working hard to prop stuff up. Realizing that the only way...
  • LA Is Home To California's First Bitcoin ATM

    07/09/2014 10:48:09 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    HotHardware ^ | 7-9-2014 | Paul Lilly
    According to Coin ATM Radar, there are only 132 Bitcoin ATMs in the entire world. Here in the U.S., there are about a dozen Bitcoin ATMs, the first of which was launched in Texas. These are not like ordinary ATMs, either. It's a longer process that involves scanning your palm and entering an email address, among other hoops. Bitcoin currency has exploded in popularity in part because of its anonymous nature, though its rapid rise in value has attracted a larger audience as well. Consider that the price of a Bitcoin in February 2011 was a single dollar, versus upwards...
  • 'National Day of Action' for immigration reform

    07/09/2014 10:34:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    kvue ^ | 7-9-2014 | Tina Shively
    President Barack Obama will spend Wednesday afternoon discussing the immigration crisis with faith leaders, politicians, and Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dallas. But the issues surrounding immigration extend beyond Texas. People across the country are coming together as part of a National Day of Action for immigration reform. At the Texas Association of Business and similar locales in 19 other states, community leaders are stressing the need for immigration reform, and they are urging Congress to take action now. Leaders in business, manufacturing, agriculture and religion say Congress and the Obama administration need to work together to help end the...
  • As end of Russia visa approaches, Edward Snowden seeks extension

    07/09/2014 10:27:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    la times ^ | 7-9-2014 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Fugitive national security contractor Edward Snowden has filed the paperwork to extend his refuge in Russia as the July 31 expiration of his asylum grant approaches, his lawyer told Russian media on Wednesday. Snowden has indicated in interviews during his yearlong stay in Russia that he would like to move on elsewhere or even come home to the United States if he could be assured of getting a fair trial on the espionage charges the U.S. Justice Department has filed against him.