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  • Boy grabs gun, stops burglar(AR)

    02/29/2012 7:15:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Joe Borlik
    WALDRON, ARK. — A 6th grader springs into action after he finds two strangers inside his neighbor’s house in Waldron Tuesday night. Jerry Hopper, 12, says he went to a friend’s house to play on E. 6th Street, but when he got there he found strangers inside the home. The boy saw what was happening and decided to act. “I walked in the house and there was a guy and this woman about to go out the door and I grabbed a gun beside the door,” the boy said. Hopper said he hit the suspect between the legs with the...
  • Landrieu blasts Salazar, White House over drilling moratorium (Video)

    02/29/2012 7:05:40 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 29,2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I want to say that, despite the Administration’s arguments that are laid out, that you all are all guns blaring and green lights for drilling, the facts that I checked, and if you disagree tell me, only 21 permits for offshore drilling have been issued by this date. In 2010 there were 32 permits. I just left the annual conference of LOGA, which is Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Mr. Secretary, yesterday. They are beside themselves with not being able to get their permits processed and to answer you, Mr. Franken, let me just say Exxon and Shell may be...
  • Burien truck-jacking victim rammed into light pole, injuring gun-wielding suspect(WA)

    02/29/2012 6:30:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 18 February, 2012 | NA
    On Feb. 18 around 7 p.m. a man was in his truck with his girlfriend when they saw a man trying to get into a Honda at the intersection of S. 152nd St. and 8th Ave S. in Burien. The man in the truck locked his doors and tried to drive around the suspect, but the suspect jumped into the back of his truck, started pounding on the roof and rear window while yelling, “Faster, faster!” When the victim turned around he saw the man had a gun pointed directly at him so he started speeding away and hitting the...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video

    02/29/2012 6:20:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies · 2+ views
    My Fox NY ^ | Feb 24, 2012
    Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video Updated: Friday, 24 Feb 2012, 6:13 PM EST FOX 5 INVESTIGATIVE REPORT MYFOXNY.COM - Westchester County Airport is a growing destination for seven different commercial airlines, from JetBlue to U.S. Airways and its one of the busiest airports in the country serving the corporate world. Seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., air traffic controllers guide flights serving nearly 2 million passengers a year. Sometimes 100 planes take off and land in an hour. A source, that Fox 5 News is not identifying, says, "I'm upset and extremely concerned with things...
  • LightSquared CEO resigns amid revelations of company’s proximity to Obama White House

    02/29/2012 6:19:47 AM PST · by NCjim · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | February 28, 2012
    LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday amid revelations of his company’s political proximity — and his own closeness — to the White House and Obama administration officials. The Daily Caller first reported one week ago on emails and documents that indicate political ties and numerous meetings between LightSquared and Obama administration officials as the company was undergoing regulatory review. Ahuja’s resignation comes after Obama’s FCC suspended conditional approval of a waiver LightSquared needed to complete its high-speed broadband network. Until two weeks ago, the company’s final approval appeared imminent. Ahuja, who had never donated to Democrats before...
  • Illinois Considering Several "Extreme" Anti-Gun Bills

    02/29/2012 6:11:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 26 February, 2012 | NRA
    In addition to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handgun licensing and ammunition tax schemes mentioned here, several other anti-gun bills are expected to see action this week in Springfield: House Bill 4149 and House Bill 4456, both introduced by state Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-14), would require private transfers of handguns to go through a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, and allow for fees (gun taxes) for such transfers. House Bill 3809, also introduced by Representative Cassidy, would create a new felony offense for anyone who transfers a firearm to someone the transferor "knows is a street gang member." While this may...
  • Bristol anti-gun woman misled Labour conference(UK)

    02/29/2012 6:07:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 27 February, 2012 | NA
    Narraser Gordon claimed that eight of her family members had been killed in Bristol An anti-gun and knife-crime campaigner misled a national conference when she said her family members had been murdered. Narraser Gordon, 24, claimed at the Labour Party's conference in September that eight of her family members had been killed in Bristol. After a standing ovation from politicians, local newspapers picked up on the Labour youth officer's speech. BBC Inside Out has found most of the people she said were dead are alive. Ms Gordon told the conference: "I'm here to talk about why the young people are...
  • Judge in 'Zombie Muhammad' case is relocated after threats, criticism of ruling

    02/29/2012 5:25:53 AM PST · by ConradofMontferrat · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Patriot-News via ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | MATTHEW KEMENY,
    Mechanicsburg District Judge Mark Martin and his staff temporarily relocated to the Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle today due to threats his office has received and public criticism of his ruling in the "Zombie Muhammad" case. (excerpt: read article here:
  • Fordham Law School Symposium Explores Gun Control and the Second Amendment(NY)

    02/29/2012 6:00:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 27 February, 2012 | NA
    The Fordham Urban Law Journal will host its Volume XXXIX Symposium, titled "Gun Control and the Second Amendment: Developments and Controversies in the Wake of District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago," on Friday, March 9 at Fordham Law School in New York City. The event will be divided into the following panels: · The Effect of the Supreme Court's Gun Control Restrictions on Crime Rates · The Scope of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Post-Heller and McDonald · Urban Exceptionalism and Modern Conceptions of the Militia Fordham Dean Michael M. Martin will deliver opening remarks....
  • NM gun case shows government treats citizens differently from its own

    02/29/2012 5:54:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Part One: An economic Waco A member of a gun dealer family arrested over half a year ago for allegedly knowingly selling firearms and ammunition to Mexican cartel buyers has been released on bail, Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition reported over the weekend. [Update--per Knox: "Correcting my previous report, Terri Reese has not yet been released from jail. The judge granted bail on Friday evening (2/24) but Terri will not be released until an appraisal and title search can be completed for the property being put up to secure her bond. Bail was set at $2 million and she...
  • Another PR Crisis for Scientology

    02/29/2012 5:54:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 4 replies · 1+ views
    abc ^ | 2/29 | Dan Harris
    The Church of Scientology, known for celebrity and controversy, is now in the middle of another public relations crisis as a former high-ranking official has created a firestorm, first with an email to church members and then testimony in a Texas state court alleging she saw the church's leader punch another executive in the face, and that at his direction she herself was slapped. For 17 years Debbie Cook ran the church's spiritual mecca, the so-called Flag Base in Clearwater, Florida, where she ultimately rose to the title of captain. But Cook testified this month that beginning in 2005 she...
  • Interpol says suspected Anonymous hackers arrested (25 arrested)

    02/29/2012 5:01:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 6+ views
    -excerpt- The international police agency said in a statement Tuesday that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol's Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime.
  • Sheriff Joe's 'Tent City' gets McDonald's-like Number 'Served' Sign

    02/29/2012 5:00:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-29-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona The Department of Justice is after him, La Raza is after him, and left-wing groups funded by George Soros have vowed to spend whatever it takes to defeat him for election this year. But if his enemies think this would cause Sheriff Joe Arpaio to keep a lower profile, they will be very disappointed. Today, Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ erected a McDonald's-style sign outside the fence of his famous "Tent City" jail touting how many inmates - more than 430,000 - who have been "served" since he opened it 19 years ago....
  • Media Partners in Crime with WikiLeaks?

    02/29/2012 3:44:24 AM PST · by detective · 1 replies
    AIM ^ | February 28, 2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    Gary Pruitt, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of The McClatchy Company, insists the U.S. newspaper publisher “must maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.” But how does this comport with being a “partner” of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that has just published stolen emails from the private company known as Stratfor? WikiLeaks has listed McClatchy as one of its “public partners in the investigation” of Stratfor. Another American “partner” is Rolling Stone, the rock & roll magazine. The hacker group Anonymous, which is under FBI investigation, has taken credit for the data theft. WikiLeaks founder Julian...
  • Menacing Call From Malloy Administration (CT Gov) Official's Phone To Be Probed (Wiener redux)

    02/29/2012 2:46:34 AM PST · by raybbr · 11 replies ^ | February 28, 2012 | JON LENDER
    Officials in Gov.Dannel P. Malloy's administration said Tuesday night that they will investigate whether deputy state Energy and Environment Commissioner Jonathan Schrag made a menacing cellphone call last Thursday night to Cynthia David of Essex, the leader of a conservative women's group who had criticized a state environmental initiative. Schrag denied making the late-night call, which was reported Tuesday by Courant Columnist Kevin Rennie. But Schrag also offered a complicated explanation that leaves a number of questions unanswered — including how his voice got onto the voicemail. This was the message that David, leader of an activist group called the...
  • Why Jews Are Fleeing Venezuela

    02/29/2012 2:17:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 28, 2012 | Jaime Daremblum
    Much like Fidel Castro, his ideological soulmate, Hugo Chávez is fond of denouncing his critics as “fascists” and “Nazis,” regardless of whether those critics are U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill, heads of state in Europe, or opposition presidential candidates in Venezuela. Yet in his militarization of society, his promulgation of chauvinistic nationalism, and (above all) his persistent use of anti-Semitic demagoguery, Chávez himself is much closer to 1930s-style fascism than any of his democratic opponents. Consider the ongoing efforts to smear Henrique Capriles, the man who will represent the Coalition for Democratic Unity (MUD) in Venezuela’s October 2012 presidential election....
  • Policeman's widow awaits justice with Rivas' execution [Texas seven ringleader set to die]

    02/29/2012 12:46:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    WFAA ^ | February 28, 2012 | Jason Whitely
    On Wednesday night, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will execute George Rivas, 41, for murdering Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on December 24, 2000. "I'm glad justice is being served and he's going to the death chamber," Lori Hawkins-Acosta, the officer's widow, told News 8. "I just want to see justice served." Rivas was the ringleader of the so-called Texas 7. Eleven years ago, he led a daring escape from the TDCJ's Connally Unit near San Antonio. The seven inmates fled first to Houston and later to North Texas, where they robbed an Oshman's sporting goods store in...
  • Putin Leads a War-Like Campaign Toward a Crushing but Hollow Victory

    02/29/2012 12:42:00 AM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The last two weeks before the Russian presidential elections on March 4 saw a pronounced turn toward more aggressive and populist-patriotic campaigning by Vladimir Putin, who appears to be on track to a decisive victory. His team of seasoned courtiers was shocked by the explosion of street protests in Moscow after the blatantly falsified parliamentary elections last December, but they have responded by mobilizing administrative resources for staging a series of mass rallies in support of the “Who-but-Him” candidate. The culmination of this counter-offensive came in Luzhniki on February 23 at a pompous gathering, which was intended to demonstrate that...
  • The Bishops and the Mandate: Principled Witness vs. Politics as Usual

    02/28/2012 11:30:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Public Discourse ^ | February 28, 2012 | Robert P. George, Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson
    The controversy over the HHS mandate is not a spat about wonkish detail or tribal privilege. It remains a struggle for the principle of religious freedom, the soul of civil society.America’s Catholic bishops have overstepped: so say the editors of the Jesuit America magazine. Sure, they grant, the bishops were right to protest when President Obama required Catholic institutions to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. After all, they noted, the Church’s shepherds were backed up by liberal “Catholic journalists, like E.J. Dionne and Mark Shields, and politicians, like Tim Kaine and Robert P. Casey, Jr.”...
  • Ireland: Closing time on the nation’s pub culture

    02/28/2012 10:37:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Railway Bar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. With one closing every two day, the pub, once Ireland’s number-one attraction, is suffering a steep decline. But it’s not just a deep and long recession that’s to blame, but also cultural change, reports the Irish Times. Excerpts. Paul Cullen The Irish pub, says the Lonely Planet travel guide, is the country’s number-one attraction. Yet it is also doomed, according to leading food writer John McKenna. Health campaigners have its products in their cross-hairs, but the truth is that many of us are increasingly indifferent to its long-standing charms. It isn’t all that long...
  • House votes to roll back Department of Education rules (helps lower cost of college for millions)

    02/28/2012 10:24:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House votes to roll back Department of Education rulesBy Pete Kasperowicz - 02/28/12 04:29 PM ET The House on Tuesday afternoon voted to repeal two Department of Education regulations, an act that Republicans said would help lower the cost of college for millions of students. Members approved the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, H.R. 2117, in a 303-114 vote. Despite Democratic complaints about the bill during floor debate, 69 Democrats joined all voting Republicans in support of the legislation. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), who chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee, argued on the floor that college...
  • Clinton: No timeline yet for new Keystone pipeline decision (review could take, like, forever)

    02/28/2012 10:14:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Ben Geman
    Clinton: No timeline yet for new Keystone pipeline decisionBy Ben Geman - 02/28/12 03:54 PM ET Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it’s too early to say how quickly the State Department might decide on TransCanada Corp.’s revised plans to build the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The company plans to file a new application soon for the controversial pipeline to bring oil sands from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries, following the Obama administration’s rejection of a permit for Keystone in January. Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that she can’t yet estimate how quickly the review...
  • Worried Dems pressing Obama on gas prices

    02/28/2012 10:01:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Worried Dems pressing Obama on gas pricesBy Alexander Bolton - 02/28/12 09:45 PM ET Congressional Democrats are ramping up pressure on President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to prevent rising gas prices from threatening the economy and their election-year prospects. They are growing anxious that the price of fuel could reverse their political fortunes, which had been improving due to signs of growth in the economy. Republicans have hammered Democrats on the price spike, repeatedly noting that gas prices — now at $3.72 per gallon for regular — have doubled since Obama won the White House. House...
  • President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling 'A Load of You-Know-What' (Hussein pimps fossil fuel)

    02/28/2012 9:51:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/28/12 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama Suggests Romney Shoveling 'A Load of You-Know-What'By Jake Tapper | ABC News – 12 hrs ago As Michigan Republicans headed to the polls Tuesday morning, President Obama delivered an aggressive defense of the bailout of the auto industry and his presidency in general, harshly criticizing GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney - though he never mentioned him by name. "I've got to admit, it's been funny to watch some of these folks completely try to rewrite history now that you're back on your feet," the president said to a raucous crowd at the United Auto Workers Convention. "The same folks...
  • Holder would have 'modified' Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation

    02/28/2012 9:06:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/28/12 | Jordy Yager
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday stopped short of saying he would have eliminated Operation Fast and Furious if he had been made aware of the failed gun-tracking operation before it was put in place. Holder told lawmakers at a subpanel hearing that Fast and Furious was “fundamentally flawed,” but the nation’s top cop emphasized that “aggressive” and “creative” tactics must be used if the United States has any hope of stopping the flow of weapons to Mexico. “I certainly would have modified the program,” Holder said in response to a question from Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), who asked whether...
  • Court OKs class action against Merrill Lynch

    02/28/2012 8:47:20 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 3 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 2-28-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    African-American brokers employed by Merrill Lynch can pursue racial discrimination claims in a class action. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, on Feb. 24 reversed a District Court ruling, permitting the class action. The plaintiffs say there were two companywide policies that are alleged to cause racial bias. One was ...
  • Court OKs class action against Merrill Lynch

    02/28/2012 8:47:02 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 3 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 2-28-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    African-American brokers employed by Merrill Lynch can pursue racial discrimination claims in a class action. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, on Feb. 24 reversed a District Court ruling, permitting the class action. The plaintiffs say there were two companywide policies that are alleged to cause racial bias. One was ...
  • EU-Belarus: Slovenia uses EU veto for €150 million

    02/28/2012 8:13:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 2/27/2012
    Slovenia is likely to veto proposed new sanctions against Belarus at today's meeting of EU foreign ministers, Gazeta Wyborcza reports, citing unofficial sources in Brussels. The Warsaw daily ironically notes that the – "Slovenian veto strangely coincides with a recent major contract awarded to the Slovenian company Riko Group for the development of a luxury hotel in Minsk and energy facilities in Belarus." Both contracts are worth some 150 million euros. On the Belarusian side, they have been signed by oligarch Yuri Chizh, considered President Alexander Lukashenko's "unofficial banker". He has long been expected to be put on the EU's...
  • Irish EU treaty vote threatens chaos

    02/28/2012 7:59:55 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Ireland has shocked Europe with plans for a referendum on the EU's fiscal treaty, a move that risks an unprecedented fragmentation of the eurozone and a major clash with Germany. Enda Kenny Premier Enda Kenny said Dublin was acting on legal advice from Ireland's attorney-general that "on balance" the fiscal compact requires a vote under the country's constitution. "It gives the Irish people the opportunity to reaffirm Ireland's commitment to membership of the euro," he told ashen-faced members of the Dail. All three major parties back the treaty but analysts say there is a high risk of rejection by angry...
  • Holder vows court battle over contraception mandate

    02/28/2012 7:58:05 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies ^ | February 28, 2012 | James Rosen
    In sworn testimony Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Obama administration's controversial contraception mandate, and vowed that the federal government's legion of lawyers will follow suit. "To the extent that that action is challenged in court, I would expect that the Justice Department would defend what I guess is in place -- would be that compromise," Holder told lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee. The "compromise" Holder cited was announced by President Obama on Feb. 10, after a firestorm of criticism from the Catholic Church and other religious groups prompted the administration to revise an earlier rule, promulgated in...
  • Iran says making nuclear bombs a "great sin"

    02/28/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:45pm EST | Caroline Copley
    Iran, facing growing international pressure over its nuclear program, called for more talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday and condemned production of atomic weapons as a "great sin." Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful but negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have stalled and Western powers have grown increasingly concerned over the possible military dimensions of Tehran's atomic work. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in a speech to the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said he expected talks to continue and that he was optimistic they would proceed in the right direction. "I...
  • Nadia Lockyer's ex-lover: 'There's a way bigger story than the sex tapes'

    02/28/2012 7:52:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 4+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/28/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    The man at the center of the drug-infused, sex-laced scandal that has rocked the political careers and shaky marriage of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and his wife, Nadia, strode into a San Jose courtroom Tuesday, his hair slick, his shirt untucked and told a reporter, "There's a way bigger story than the sex tapes." Before he had a chance to explain much more, his private defense attorney interrupted: "Do you want me to be your lawyer?" It was Adrienne Dell, a no-nonsense lawyer in a St. John Knit, telling him to clam up. Stephen Chikhani, 35, with wraparound dark glasses...
  • Caption Barry and Nancy

    02/28/2012 7:32:16 PM PST · by crosshairs · 16 replies
  • Drunk Woman Hands Over Car Keys to Boyfriend & Faces 30 Years in Prison for It!

    02/27/2012 7:35:38 PM PST · by doug from upland · 36 replies
    thestir ^ | 2-2010
    She probably thought she was doing the right thing. When 21-year-old Erin Brown was too wasted to drive her Toyota Scion home after a night out on the town, she gave the keys to her boyfriend, Trevor Bradshaw. Which would’ve been a responsible decision, except he was drunk too — and ended up hitting and killing two pedestrians as he swerved through the streets of Nashville. That’s tragic in and of itself. But prosecutors are now dusting off a rarely used law to charge Brown with vehicular homicide right along with her man, citing that anyone who knowingly hands over...
  • Police delay charges to avoid 'astronomical' meth burn costs

    02/27/2012 7:18:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/27/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Sitting in the driver's seat of his Chevy Cavalier, Chris Burns gripped a 20-ounce soda bottle and waited for his "shake and bake" methamphetamine to cook. Then came the explosion and fire. Burns and passenger Bobby Joe Joyner fled as blazing chemicals scorched their skin. When police caught up with the pair, they admitted to cooking meth and causing the explosion while sitting at a stop sign on a rural Fayette County road. But it was months before either faced criminal charges. To have charged the men en route to the hospital would have shifted the burden of paying for...
  • Georgia Democratic party exec resigns; chairman denies financial crisis

    02/27/2012 7:08:08 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10:27 pm February 26, 2012 | Jim Galloway, Political Insider
    The state Democratic party has problems. On Saturday, the chief of staff of the party, Page Gleason, handed in her resignation. The letter announcing her decision included these lines: I have dedicated my adult life to fighting for the Democratic Party and its ideals throughout the State of Georgia. The situation at the Democratic Party of Georgia, however, has made it impossible for me to continue serving effectively as your Executive Director. …I strongly recommend that the Executive Committee and the By-laws Committee review the sections of the Democratic Party of Georgia by-laws…. A thoughtful review and additional wording would...
  • Nadia Lockyer saga gets uglier

    02/27/2012 7:03:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/27/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    When Nadia Lockyer ran for a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November of 2010, she looked about 120 pounds. But as 2011 wore on she grew increasingly gaunt. People questioned whether she had an eating disorder or addiction. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, a former colleague and political ally, said she was concerned about Lockyer's health. She also got text messages from Lockyer suggesting that she was "in a downward spiral -- in crisis." Now after Lockyer's shocking 911 report to police that she had been beaten by her ex-lover in a Newark motel room,...
  • FL Dem. Representative Steinberg resigns over stalker text messages to female prosecutor

    02/27/2012 6:59:29 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Feb 24, 2012 12:52 PM | By Marc Caputo and David Ovalle
    Under Secret Service investigation for sending stalker-like texts to a federal prosecutor, Democratic state Rep. Richard Steinberg on Friday abruptly resigned his Miami Beach seat. "The events of the past week have been difficult for my family, for me and for everyone involved," Steinberg, 39, said in a written statement. "After much consultation with my family, my friends and my colleagues in the Democratic caucus — and after some time for quiet, personal reflection — I have decided to resign, effective today, from my position as a member of Florida's House of Representatives." Steinberg's resignation came just as the Republican...
  • FBI enlists 'Gordon Gekko' in financial crimes campaign

    02/27/2012 6:44:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 2/27/12 | Terry Frieden
    Washington (CNN) -- The FBI on Monday unveiled a videotaped message from the actor who played the infamous fictional insider trader Gordon Gekko to help bolster a wide-ranging attack on financial crimes. At an FBI headquarters briefing on the stepped-up fight against financial misdealings, the bureau proudly showed a 30-second public service announcement featuring actor Michael Douglas. His character in the 1987 film "Wall Street," Gordon Gekko, proclaimed that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good." But in a new message to help the FBI, Douglas says, "The movie is fiction, but the problem is real." Douglas asks...
  • US snubs out legal cigar transaction

    02/27/2012 6:39:56 PM PST · by Daffynition · 3 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | February 27, 2012 | Peter Stanners
    Foreign minister intervenes after Danish man loses appeal to have 137,000 kroner returned to him by the Americans Due to the trade embargo, the trade in Cuban cigars is illegal in the USA (Photo: Colourbox) Authorities in the US have refused to return 137,000 kroner that was confiscated from a Danish policeman who attempted to legally purchase Cuban cigars from Germany. Torben Nødskouv intended to resell the cigars through his small business Cigarhuset and made the transaction in dollars with a Hamburg-based distributor. But the transaction, which was automatically routed through the US, was picked up by American authorities who...
  • Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil production (strongly worded letter)

    02/27/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/12 | Ben Geman
    Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil productionBy Ben Geman - 02/27/12 01:17 PM ET Senate Republicans are bashing Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for increased Saudi Arabian oil production to help ease prices, alleging it shows that Democrats are weak when it comes to boosting North American energy supplies and jobs. Schumer on Sunday urged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press Saudi officials to expand production, noting that the kingdom is producing well below its capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day. Republicans are hopeful that the letter provides a political opening to...
  • China risks 'middle income trap' without free market revolution

    02/27/2012 5:04:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/27/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    China’s spectacular catch-up growth is nearing its limits, leaving the country prey to the "middle income trap" over coming years unless Beijing embraces the free market and relaxes its suffocating grip over the economy. China clearly needs to hack away a thicket of impediments, starting with the semi-feudal Hukou system that denies rural migrants rights to urban registration, or access to healthcare, education and housing in the cities A joint report by the World Bank and China’s Development Research Centre has warned that the low-hanging fruit of state-driven industrialization is largely exhausted. "As China’s leaders know, the country’s current growth...
  • Ugly One, Master, Tiger: The sex gang accused of grooming underage girls

    02/27/2012 5:02:43 PM PST · by bayouranger · 28 replies ^ | 22FEB12 | GUY PATRICK
    GIRLS as young as 13 got pizzas and booze for having sex with a gang of men — whose nicknames included The Ugly One, Master and Tiger, a jury heard yesterday. Victims were chatted up and groomed by the men who then passed them around so fellow Asians could satisfy their lust, the court was told. Prosecutor Rachel Smith said as 11 men including a 59-year-old went on trial for child-sex crimes how schoolgirls would be plied with drink until they were in a stupor. Ms Smith said of one 14-year-old: "She was unable to describe all of the men...
  • White House gives blessing to partial Keystone XL construction (Obozo caves?)

    02/27/2012 5:02:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    White House gives blessing to partial Keystone XL constructionBy Andrew Restuccia - 02/27/12 02:27 PM ET The White House backed TransCanada Corp.’s bid to build a major portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday, a move that could shield President Obama from growing GOP attacks over the project. By supporting the southern portion of the pipeline, the White House was able to blunt Republican criticism of the administration's energy policies. But the move quickly re-opened a rift with the president’s environmental base, which condemned the project. TransCanada said Monday that it will begin construction on a section of the...
  • Liberty Groups Under Attack by the IRS (this is very big)

    02/27/2012 4:41:56 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Kentucky 9/12 Project ^ | February 14, 2012 | Eric Wilson
    Kentucky – On February 14, 2012 the Kentucky 9/12 Project joined close to 80 liberty groups from around the country the IRS has targeted and is attempting to regulate out of existence. Even though many of these groups have filed for Not-for-Profit status at various times (over the past three years) all have received IRS inquiries and responses in just the last three months. “This is nothing more than a governmental witch hunt on freedom speaking Americans” Said Eric Wilson director of Kentucky 9/12 Project. “It is their attempt to either drown groups like ours in unnecessary paper work and...
  • Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

    02/27/2012 3:43:32 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies
    As we predicted, Big Labor has launched a legal attack aimed at destroying Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law -- an attack that is in fact a dagger directed against virtually every state Right to Work law. Anticipating this development, earlier this month your Foundation launched a special legal task force aimed at protecting Indiana's popular Right to Work law and determined that it is on sound legal ground. Foundation attorneys have successfully defended state Right to Work laws in the past and are confident of prevailing again -- but the Big Labor bosses are desperate to keep their forced-dues...
  • Probe after Judge pulls out a gun in court and tells sex attack VICTIM she's "killing her case."

    02/27/2012 3:16:36 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2012 | Paul Thompson
    A North Georgia judge stunned a courtroom after he pulled out a gun during a rape case to criticise a witness for not being cooperative. Judge David Barrett told the female witness she was ‘killing her case’ and that she might as well shoot her lawyer. As he made the statement he pretended to offer her his handgun before prosecutor Jeff Langley told him the gesture was inappropriate.
  • China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report(unwittingly doped)

    02/27/2012 3:03:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/23/12
    China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report Thu, Feb 23 2012 SHANGHAI | Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:12pm EST (Reuters) - China's national marathon team, who are training for the London Olympics this summer, are raising their own chickens for food to avoid ingesting banned chemicals commonly found in meat in China, the Shanghai Daily reported on Friday. The athletes, who are training in China's southwestern province of Yunnan, are also procuring yak meat from local highland herdsman to avoid eating at local restaurants where banned additives are sometimes present in food. Clenbuterol, a banned chemical, is sometimes...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-27-12

    02/27/2012 2:48:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2-27-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Karaoke singer shot dead for 'singing the wrong song

    02/27/2012 2:38:57 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 30 replies · 2+ views ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Laura Cox
    A man was killed at a Mexican restaurant in the early hours of this morning after performing an unpopular karaoke song, Houston Police Department said. He reportedly sang 'Somos Mas Americanos' which means ‘We are more American’ before being shot to death by a fellow patron who did not like his choice of song. Shortly before he finished the song an argument broke out among a group of men. Fox 26 News reported that one of them, thought to be in his twenties, pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head. It is not yet known whether...