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  • Ohio teen recounts being beaten, robbed by 2 thugs after stopping to help vehicle

    04/20/2014 10:35:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    An Ohio woman has recounted the moment an act of kindness in helping a perceived pair of broken-down strangers left her being dragged, beaten and robbed on the side of a road. "Before I could finish asking him if they were OK he grabbed me by the hair and said, 'if you scream I'll hit you even harder,'" 19-year-old Caleigh Roelfs recalled to the Daily News Thursday. It was 2 p.m. Monday along Napoleon's Route 6 when the engaged criminal psychology student spotted a van with its emergency lights flashing on the side of the road. "My dad and brothers,...
  • MSNBC Panel Members Find 'Disturbing Level' of Gay Rights Interest in 'Targeting People'

    04/20/2014 9:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 19, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Friday, April 18, All In show, during a discussion of the firing of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for simply donating to a political campaign opposing same-sex marriage, guest Richard Kim of the far left The Nation magazine intoned that he found it "disturbing" that gay activist friends of his have expressed interest in "targeting" more people who have made similar donations, and who have declared they should "find out where they live." Kim: Here's a disturbing thing. I did ask some of my gay activist friends, I was like, "Look, here's a list; 6,500 people gave the...
  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

    04/20/2014 9:33:45 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 9 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 04/20/14
    Late in March, Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie called for her compatriots to stop eating porcupines and agoutis, which look like large river-rats, "until we can be sure there are no risks". Bushmeat is known to be a vector of Ebola, the alarming haemorrhagic fever that has claimed at least 122 lives in Guinea, according to a UN World Health Organisation toll on April 17. Liberia, meanwhile, reports 13 deaths. Hunters and restaurant owners in the central Ivorian town of Bouake are upset that clients have begun to steer clear of the strong taste of the agouti, a beast with...
  • Illegal Alien Busted for Voter Fraud in Nevada (Voted Not Once, but TWICE)

    04/20/2014 8:19:37 PM PDT · by montag813 · 34 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-21-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right News Last month, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice went to court to battle two states to prevent them from verifying citizenship before voting -- before being slapped down by a Federal judge.Today we saw why they fought so hard:Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller says an illegal immigrant has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ballots in two elections. Miller late Friday announced the arrest of Ortencia Segura in California.
  • Northwest Indiana mayor, wife and stepdaughter indicted (party never mentioned)

    04/20/2014 3:44:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/17/14 | Andy Grimm
    In the small town of Lake Station, Ind., the news that the mayor, his wife and stepdaughter have been indicted on federal corruption charges this week came as little surprise. Residents in Lake Station, one of many working-class towns that fringe the northwest Indiana industrial centers of Gary and Hammond, have seen FBI agents leaving the town hall several times in recent years. On Thursday, Keith Soderquist and his wife and personal secretary, Deborah, were in federal court in Hammond to face charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, after allegedly using money from Soderquist’s campaign fund and...
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead: Famed boxer wrongly convicted of triple murder loses battle

    04/20/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | April 20, 2014
    TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and...
  • Report: Black Congressman Accused Clinton White House of Profiling Him (RAT Stokes)

    04/20/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/19/14 | Tony Lee
    A prominent black member of Congress and a longtime civil rights leader accused the Clinton White House of racially profiling him when he tried to meet Vice President Al Gore in 1993. As documents the Clinton Library released on Friday revealed, an October 5, 1993, memo noted that the Secret Service asked Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH) "for identification, although his white driver was not." Stokes, who served in Congress for 30 years and was a Clinton ally on domestic initiatives, was "understandably furious." "Furthermore, before Rep. Stokes was allowed in the gate, a K-9 detail searched his car," the memo...
  • An Armed Standoff in Nevada Is Only the Beginning for America’s Right-Wing Militias (Barf thou wilt)

    04/20/2014 2:42:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Vice News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Grace Wyler
    For two decades the US government has tried to get Cliven Bundy to remove his cows from federal land, and for two decades the Nevada rancher has steadfastly refused, defying court orders and attempts to negotiate a settlement for the $1.1 million he owes in federal grazing fees. Finally, last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took matters into its own hands and started seizing cattle that had been illegally grazing on government property. Things went downhill from there. What began as an arcane land dispute rapidly escalated into an armed standoff in the desert. A ragtag band of...
  • Boxer who sued over his movie depiction

    04/20/2014 2:25:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 07, 2008 | Claire Noland
    Joey Giardello, a former middleweight boxing champion who won a decision over Rubin Carter in 1964 and then sued over how the fight was depicted in the 1999 film "The Hurricane," has died. He was 78. Giardello died Thursday of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Cherry Hill, N.J., the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced.
  • Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career

    04/20/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 66 replies
    PSUSA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Amanda Lankford and Gil O'Balle
    A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested. GALVESTON, TX — More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said the shoulder injuries that he received from police caused his pitching career to end. After causing a gaping head wound, bruises, hair pulled out, a broken nose, and pepper spray on numerous individuals,...
  • The Ranch Davidians: Grazing controversy shines floodlight on growing distrust of government

    04/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the federal government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle, and for good reason. When the government moved to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees on public land, a growing group of supporters came to his defense – literally. On April 12, after a tense and heated standoff with them, heavily armed federal agents released the cattle back and retreated. The situation was eerily reminiscent of past ill-fated federal standoffs, such as Ruby Ridge and Waco,...
  • Police Call Hartford(CT) Shooting Self Defense

    04/20/2014 12:20:59 PM PDT · by raybbr · 7 replies
    FoxCT.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | Mike Krafcik
    HARTFORD — A Newbury Street resident shot at two men — hitting one — after they menaced him, rammed his car and pulled a gun on him early Saturday, police said. The wounded suspect was hospitalized and the other was charged with several crimes. The Newbury Street man who fired the shots is considered a victim and will not be charged, police said. He was not injured, and had a valid permit for his pistol, according to investigators. The man, a National Guard staff sergeant who requested his name not be used to protect him and his family, tells Fox...
  • Civilian Militia Remains at Bundy Ranch After Standoff Ends

    04/20/2014 12:15:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Liz Fields
    A group of armed militia and protesters, some sporting nametags reading "domestic terrorist," remain camped out on a cattle ranch in Nevada, where they have been purportedly defending the property since a tense showdown ended with the federal government last week. A 20-year struggle between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over decades of alleged illegal cattle grazing on public land ended last Sunday, with the government backing down from a controversial week-long cattle round-up. The BLM defused the standoff, citing safety concerns for its employees and the protesters, some of whom were on horseback and others...
  • Book review: 'The Price of Silence' only tells one side of Duke lacrosse scandal (DukeLax)

    04/20/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer ^ | April 20, 2014 | Joseph Neff
    The Duke lacrosse case was a spectacular scandal – a cause célèbre that had the country abuzz about race, class and gender. Three wealthy Duke students, all of them white, were charged with raping a poor black woman during a spring break party at a scruffy rental house in Durham. Then the whole mess imploded in real time, in the national media, due to prosecutorial misconduct. North Carolina, of all places in America, was perhaps the most fertile soil for a case that ended with the state attorney general declaring the three players innocent and state regulators disbarring the prosecutor,...
  • A rancher's armed battle against the US government is standard libertarian fare (Typical Guardian)

    04/20/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kieran Suckling
    Cliven Bundy's standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it's also over more - the idea of the public interest.Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the...
  • Nevada politicians fan the flames of Bundy-BLM clash

    04/20/2014 11:45:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Laura Myers
    By the time Gov. Brian Sandoval criticized the Bureau of Land Management for creating an “atmosphere of intimidation” while rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle, the militias were already on their way to Bunkerville, ground zero for what turned into an armed confrontation between gun-toting citizens and federal officers. As governor, Sandoval had every right to weigh in and try to tamp down BLM’s tactics. It worked. Under political pressure and the threat of violence, the agency shut down the weeklong roundup April 12 and released several hundred “trespass cattle” that had roamed the federal public land for 20 years while...
  • Mosque Doubles as Bomb Factory, Until Accident - Taliban Leader Among 5 Dead Rebels in Explosion

    04/20/2014 11:35:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Khamma Oress ^ | Sat Apr 19 2014 | Ghanizada
    Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Saturday morning in western party of Ghazni city. Ahmadi further added that the Taliban commander was recognized as Mullah Sadiq who was killed along with four other militants following the explosion. The Taliban...
  • Cabbie Accused of Avoiding 3,000 Bridge Tolls by Tailgating Car in Front of Him

    04/20/2014 11:32:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    NBC New York ^ | April 17, 2014
    A New York City taxi driver is accused of avoiding bridge tolls more than 3,000 times in two years by tailgating cars in front of him and slipping through the tollbooth before the barrier came down, prosecutors said Thursday. The 69-year-old driver, Rodolfo Sanchez, is charged with third-degree larceny, theft of services and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
  • Brazen Bull: They’re from the government, and they’re here to hurt (Homeless vet roasted)

    04/20/2014 11:06:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    New York City has roasted a man to death. Jerome Murdough, like a very large share of New York City’s homeless, was mentally ill. According to his family, he suffered from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, along with what his mother gently describes as “beer problems.” He was a former Marine who was in and out of homeless shelters, hospitals, and the occasional jail cell, with eleven misdemeanor convictions for trespassing, public drinking, drug possession, and the like. During what was an unusually bitter winter in New York, Mr. Murdough sought shelter in an unsecured stairwell in a Harlem housing...
  • Detroit Gunman Points Gun at Driver, Pulls the Trigger Twice

    04/20/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 20, 2014
    Two brothers were working to restore a Detroit home this week when their lives were suddenly put into extreme danger. The two men and their friend had just pulled up the home’s driveway in their van. That’s when one of the brothers told WBJK-TV a “young black male, about 30s … walked up to the driver’s window.” “[He] had a little grin on his face, little smirk on his face. And he pulled a gun, pointed it right in my face. He pulled the trigger,” the other brother, who was not identified, told the local Fox affiliate. The trigger was pulled twice....
  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    04/20/2014 10:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2014 1:42 PM EDT
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it’s appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. Here’s what the former justice tells ABC’s “This Week”: “I think certainly it’s natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor.” …
  • Is there an ethics investigation in Rep. Cummings’ future over IRS emails with Lerner? [VIDEO]

    04/20/2014 10:19:08 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-20-2014 | Grae Stafford
    April 20, 2014 Is there an ethics investigation in Rep. Cummings’ future over IRS emails with Lerner? Grae Stafford VIDEO-Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas interviews True The Vote attorney Cleta MitchellCongressman Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, could be facing an ethics investigation if Cleta Mitchell has her way.Mitchell — a partner at Foley & Lardner and the legal counsel for True the Vote in its case against the IRS for its targeting of conservative groups — is pursuing Cummings over his conduct in the wider investigation.“[Cummings] announced within 30 days after the IRS...
  • Overland Park Rampage Killer Ranted to Rabbi About 'You Jews' (FBI knew weeks earlier?)

    04/20/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Forward ^ | 4-20-14
    Frazier Glenn Miller Called Hotline To Vent The notorious white supremacist charged with fatally shooting three people outside of Jewish community centers near Kansas City reportedly called a Jewish hotline weeks earlier to rant to a rabbi about “getting rid of every Jew.” Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, was connected to Rabbi Menachem Siegal, director of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe and Asia when he called a hotline on March 30, the New York Post reported. Cross, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, blasted Siegal for raising money for Jews because they “cause all of the problems” and “destroyed...
  • Glaring limits of the Civil Rights Act: We need to redistribute wealth

    04/20/2014 9:08:59 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/15/2014
    Even if racism were wiped out tomorrow, we'd still need to address pervasive racial wealth inequality. Here's why Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in...
  • Advocates: Reform can help immigrants fulfill their potential

    04/20/2014 9:04:52 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    recordnet ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dana M. Nichols
    STOCKTON - Immigrants feed California, and divide it. Immigrants and the children of immigrants are among California's most beloved heroes (think astronaut Jose Hernandez, who completed some of his early higher education at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton) and yet are often treated under federal laws as reviled outcasts. Immigration, particularly accelerating waves of immigration from Mexico in recent decades, has shaped California in profound ways, providing the human labor to boost economic growth, defining the way we see our ethnic identities and coloring our political debates. And now, just as Latinos have become the state's largest ethnic group,...
  • New Missouri Mayor Totally Understands Why That Kansas City Shooter Hated Jews

    04/20/2014 8:38:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    River Front Times ^ | Apr. 17 2014 | Lindsay Toler
    F. Glenn Miller is charged with a hate crime and suspected of killing three people last weekend at Kansas City Jewish centers. Only a week into his job as the mayor of Marionville, a small town outside of Springfield, Dan Clevenger is already making national headlines. But it's not his town or his elected position attracting a media scrum. It's his friendship with F. Glenn Miller, the KKK leader accused of shooting and killing three at Kansas City Jewish community centers. Turns out, Clevenger commiserates with Miller's bizarre belief that Jews dominate America's political and economic institutions and use their...
  • DPS releases annual Texas Gang Threat Assessment

    04/20/2014 8:06:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Your Houston News ^ | April 19, 2014
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview of gang activity in the state of Texas. Gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety in Texas and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime in our communities. Many gangs in Texas continue to work with Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs, weapons, people and cash across the border. The relationships between some gangs and cartels have evolved over the past year due in part to volatility and changes in cartel structures...
  • BNP Banker, His Wife And Nephew Murdered In Belgium

    04/20/2014 7:56:06 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 21 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the beginning it was banker suicides. Then about two weeks ago, suicides were replaced by outright murders after the execution-style killing of the CEO of a bank in otherwise sleepy (and tax evasive) Lichtenstein by a disgruntled client. Then on Friday news hit of another execution-type murder in just as sleepy, if not so tax evasive, Belgium, where in the city of Vise, a 37-year-old Director at BNP Paribas Fortis was murdered alongside his wife and a 9 year old nephew in a premeditated and orchestrated drive-by shooting. L'venir reports: According to Marcel Neven, Mayor of Vise, nothing can...
  • Cops: 5 dead, 13 others injured in shootings

    04/20/2014 7:51:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 20, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas and Carlos Sadovi
    An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in a home in the South Chicago neighborhood in Saturday and Sunday shootings that left at least two other people dead and 13 more injured. The weekend toll for gun violence in the city includes at least 7 people dead and 22 wounded.
  • All enemies, foreign and domestic

    04/20/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Bundy Ranch showdown has once again raised the issue the proliferation of SWAT teams and militarized response forces proliferating throughout the federal government, and the spread of military-style units to local governments. It is almost as if the state is arming itself to suppress the citizenry. John Fund at NRO has an excellent piece on the subject, The United States of Swat:
  • Reading the Tea Leaves in Johnson County

    04/20/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by wildbill · 25 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | March 27 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ~On the other hand, tea-wise, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department is taking it to a whole other level. Two years ago, at 7.30 one April morning, a sleepy Bob Harte staggered to the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas to answer a knock and found a fully-armed SWAT team outside preparing to use the battering ram. They shoved him to the floor, surrounded him with pointing rifles, and the whole rigmarole began... On the other hand, at least the Hartes and their kids are still alive. I've written often about the increasing tendency of American cops to police...
  • What's the matter with Kansas?

    04/20/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | 4/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to address the combined high school graduating class of the Topeka, KS school district next month and some of the students are upset about it. One student, 18 year old Taylor Gifford, began a petition to ask Mrs. Obama not to speak because there would be limited seating for family and friends. Gifford's petition has already gotten 1200 signatures.
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE THE BUNDY RANCH AND THE FIGHT AGAINST GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

    04/20/2014 12:55:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    BUNKERVILLE, Nevada—Cliven Bundy’s ranch, recently the site of a tense stand-off that started over two weeks ago between the federal government and the Bundy family, had morphed into a good old-fashioned family picnic complete with live country music, hamburgers, and hotdogs Friday. A week after the Bureau of Land Management’s armed force left Bunkerville, Bundy and his supporters continue to make the family’s case relating to Bundy’s right to graze his cattle on public land his family has been on for many years. :snip: D’Souza, who is coming under fire from the Holder Justice Department himself, added, “I think what...
  • Inquiry checks Davis' work for toll group

    04/19/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the tollway group, according to a published report Friday. The Dallas Morning News used a freedom of information request to learn of the investigation, and then confirmed it with Elizabeth Winn, an assistant Travis County attorney. The FBI hasn’t responded to the newspaper’s request for comment. The investigation stems from a conflict of interest complaint filed in 2012 by former state Rep. Mark Shelton, a Republican who ran against Davis for her Fort Worth state senate seat. In...
  • The Nuclear Option: Wilson and Obama--100 Years Apart but so Alike

    04/19/2014 8:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    When Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Revenue Act of 1913, it probably sounded like a good idea. Most people would pay less in taxes and the prices of everyday goods would drop, he promised. And the rich would — finally! — start paying their fair share. In those days, tax collection was a highly diffuse business with various states and localities collecting taxes at various rates. The federal government mostly skidded by on exorbitant and uneven tariffs, and on booze and tobacco taxes. This was always tough and disorganized business for the federal government. Those hardships became especially acute...
  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    04/19/2014 8:12:59 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 46 replies
    WNCT 9 ^ | 4/18/2014 | Staff Writers
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A woman from west Knoxville found a body under her deck while hunting for Easter eggs with her son Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tara Hanouskova smelled an odor that progressively got worse over the past week, but could never pinpoint the source. On Wednesday, however, while hunting for Easter eggs with her three-year-old, she noticed something with a pair of feet clad in tennis shoes in the crawl space under her deck. She explained that the odor wasn't consistent nor strong; she only smelled it off and on until it got so bad she decided...
  • Bait, hate & switch

    04/19/2014 6:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | April 19, 2014 | A.J. Castellitto
    Less than a few prominent and influential organizations have been working very diligently to advance their power of persuasion. Most notable are SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) and RWW (RightWingWatch). Sure, they expose some legitimate hate groups, but lately it's been difficult to separate the haters from the baiters. Nobody would argue that there are many groups that must rightly be considered legitimate threats to society in our day (i.e. Westboro Baptists, Nazi Skinheads ). But what are we to make of the growing tendency to falsely accuse and mischaracterize those who are simply offering factual, rational and justifiable concerns...
  • Department of Interior Asked To Investigate ALEC Bills In Wake Of Bundy Ranch Standoff

    04/19/2014 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 43 replies
    Brietbart Unmasked ^ | April 16, 2014. | Xenophon
    Last week’s standoff at Bundy Ranch is still reverberating in Washington today. According to Kate Sheppard at Huffington Post, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has sent a letter to Mary Kendall, acting Inspector General for the Department of the Interior, asking her to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work.Two member affiliates of the Koch-supported Americans For Prosperity (AFP) organization gave their blessing as armed ‘Patriot’ militias showed up to confront agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing the dangerous, difficult job of removing Bundy’s trespass...
  • Jodi Arias claims she has Hepatitis C, Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds (It's all Sheriff Joe's fault)

    04/19/2014 6:11:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://www.abc15.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Ashley Loose
    Jodi Arias is claiming she has Hepatitis C, blaming it on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to TMZ. Arias believes that a Tuberculosis shot she received was infected with Hepatitis C. Additionally, TMZ reports that Arias is saying her breast implant leaked and caused a fungal growth, but that she was denied medical help. Arias reportedly believes that Sheriff Arpaio gave commentator and journalist Nancy Grace sexual letters between her and Travis Alexander's cousin. She believes that they have created a conspiracy against her. Arias has reportedly filed for restraining orders against Sheriff Arpaio and Grace.
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life [from 2013]

    04/19/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 17 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | June 11, 2013 | Hans von Spakovsky
    A startling decision on government wrongdoing by a federal court in U.S. v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage gives credence to those who say that the federal government is engaging in a “war on the West” that is hurting rural communities. It is a stark reminder of how powerful our federal government is today and how it can ruin the lives and businesses of American citizens.The 104-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones on May 23 in Nevada tells a sordid and infuriating tale of a two-decades-long conspiracy among federal employees of the Bureau of Land Management...
  • 37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government

    04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2014
    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure. Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government...
  • Woman arrested for Nevada voter fraud

    04/19/2014 1:15:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 8:01 PM EDT
    Secretary of State Ross Miller says a woman has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ballots in Nevada elections. Miller late Friday announced the arrest of Ortencia Segura in California. …
  • Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion

    04/19/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 18,2014 | Mike Tobin
    “We’re making progress but we need to do more,” McCarthy said. However, an investigation published by Chicago Magazine claims that the “progress” is an illusion. The article says that under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago cops have been reclassifying murders and violent crimes. The result is a nearly unprecedented drop in numbers. "This is a betrayal of public trust in a sense that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry McCarthy are public servants. They are paid by our tax dollars and we deserve in return truth from them,” said Elizabeth Fenner, Editor in Chief of Chicago Magazine. McCarthy responded...
  • GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO

    04/19/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 5 replies
    Nuevo Accion ^ | April 18, 2014 | Armando Valladares
    GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO By Armando Valladares April 18, Nuevo Accion http://www.nuevoaccion.com/ (Translation from Spanish) All dictators and murderers have had staunch defenders; Stalin, Hitler and Fidel Castro. Perhaps the most heinous in that fauna supporting dictatorships, are writers, poets, and artists. I've been saying for decades that an honest intellectual has a commitment to society: telling the truth, fight for respect, for human dignity, and not to use the privilege to reach millions of people, to lie, and to skip over the historical reality. This is one of the biggest crimes...
  • Scalia To Student: If Taxes Go Too High ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’

    04/19/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | April 18, 2014
    Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.” Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”(continued)
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 200 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • 2013--- The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

    04/19/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    .washingtonpost. ^ | July 16, 2013 | Max Fisher
    Traffic moves through downtown Lagos, Nigeria. The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age (with a couple of important exceptions), poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history. If these numbers turn out to...