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  • Watchdog Group Disputes FBI's Claims on E-Mails

    10/05/2006 8:19:20 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 86 replies · 2,729+ views ^ | oct 6, 2006 | Dan Eggen
    The watchdog group that first provided the FBI with suspicious e-mails from then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) said yesterday that FBI and Justice Department officials are attempting to cover up their inaction in the case by making false claims about the group. Law enforcement officials said the allegations by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are without merit, and they stood by allegations that the group had refused to provide some information to the FBI. The dispute is the latest controversy this week for CREW, a liberal-leaning group that has come under attack from House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert...
  • Man fined for criticising 'traitor' PM (new way to cut deficit!!!)

    09/27/2006 5:30:11 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 182+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 September 2006
    AN Ankara court fined an elderly man 10,000 lira ($8929) for criticising Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a visitors' book at the former home of Kemal Ataturk, revered founder of modern Turkey. Fethi Dorduncu visited the house in the Greek city of Thessaloniki in May and wrote in the visitors' book that Mr Erdogan was a "traitor" bent on destroying Ataturk's secular republic and building an Islamic state in Turkey. Mr Erdogan ripped the page from the book in anger when he later visited the house, which is now a museum, in the city where Ataturk was born in 1881...
  • Barbaro Continues Steady Improvement

    09/19/2006 3:52:18 PM PDT · by beyond the sea · 34 replies · 748+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/19/06 | unknown
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro continues to gradually improve from injuries suffered in the Preakness, veterinarians in Pennsylvania said Tuesday. Barbaro suffered injuries to three bones in and around his right hind ankle at the start of the Preakness on May 20. It was feared the horse, which had won the Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths, would have to be destroyed. But Barbaro has been making progress while at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where veterinarians said the horse's improvement was gradual. "He had an...
  • City of Louisville, Kentucky Proposes Strict Limitations on Hunting Dog Ownership

    08/14/2006 9:33:01 AM PDT · by girlangler · 55 replies · 1,760+ views
    U.S. Sportsmans Alliance ^ | 8/14/2006 | news release
    City of Louisville, Kentucky Proposes Strict Limitations on Hunting Dog Ownership- (08/14) Kentucky Join our e-mail alert list A recently proposed municipal ordinance imposes strict limitations on hunting dog ownership within the city of Louisville, Kentucky. The ordinance, which unnecessarily burdens hunting dog owners, modifies Section 91 of Louisville city code. Among other restrictions the ordinance prevents a dog owner from tethering a dog during the day. The proposal also requires anyone who raises a litter of puppies to purchase a $300 animal dealer’s license. The ordinance seeks to also limit the number of dogs able to be owned by...
  • Slow-walking senior guilty, but $114 fine waived - 82 year old woman

    07/08/2006 10:05:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 395+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/8/06 | Dana Bartholemew
    A court has upheld the jaywalking ticket issued to an 82-year-old Sunland woman who slowly crossed a busy boulevard, but waived the $114 fine - a Solomonic compromise in a case that drew outrage from around the world. Mayvis Coyle of Sunland captured the attention of senior-citizens advocates - and pedestrians everywhere - after she was ticketed Feb. 15 for crossing busy Foothill Boulevard against a light. At the time, she was loaded down with groceries and walking with the help of a cane. Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Harkavy of San Fernando issued his ruling June 20 after reading written...
  • Feds fine few employers of illegal immigrants

    05/24/2006 8:25:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 514+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 5/24/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - Despite the national spotlight on immigration reform, the federal government has virtually abandoned financial sanctions as a way to punish employers for hiring illegal immigrants, choosing instead to pursue criminal penalties, according to officials and documents. Dean Boyd, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said fines against employers were ineffective as a deterrent to hiring illegal immigrants, with some companies simply considering the penalties a cost of doing business. So beginning in 2003, he said, the agency dramatically decreased the number of fines imposed, while increasing its criminal prosecutions. "We have found that to be a far...
  • Judge Jones Praised for Enforcing Taylor Law against illegal 100 Strike

    04/20/2006 8:31:55 AM PDT · by NAWER · 3 replies · 961+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 4/20/06 | Will Fine
    Group says huge blow to organized labor WASHINGTON, April 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Alliance for Worker and Employer Rights today praised Judge Jones historic decision protecting the security and right to work for all New Yorkers enforcing the Taylor Law against TWU Local 100 illegal strike.
  • Sharapova Reaches Miami Final on Six Toes

    04/01/2006 5:05:38 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 95 replies · 2,397+ views ^ | 4/1/06 | unknown
    MIAMI, FL -- Russian Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champ who on Thursday powered her way to the NASDAQ-100 Open final in Miami, revealed the secret, or perhaps hindrance, to her tennis success -- six toes on each foot. Seen changing her shoes and socks Friday courtside before a practice session, Sharapova was caught and then spoke of the not-so-secret (at least in Russia) genetic abnormality that has propelled her to success, or is possibly the cause of her sometime-suspect movement during matches. "It is an old story in Russia, there are a couple Russian players who have known since...
  • Hillary’s cash machine rolling

    01/05/2006 8:31:45 PM PST · by ncountylee · 11 replies · 815+ views
    newsday ^ | January 5, 2006 | GLENN THRUSH
    NY’s junior senator is in full fundraising mode for other Dems and her own possible ‘08 presidential bid WASHINGTON -- What's in a name? About $50 million for Democrats who have used Hillary Rodham Clinton's money-making moniker to raise cash for their campaigns since 2001. New York's junior senator has drummed up at least that much for Democrats around the country simply by lending her name to "Dear Friend" fundraising letters or appearing at events on their behalf, according to a new estimate of Clinton's fundraising clout compiled by her campaign. She's raised $1.2 million for Senate and House hopefuls...
  • AOL to Pay $1.25 Million Fine

    08/24/2005 9:36:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 658+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2005 | Yuki Noguchi
    America Online Inc. agreed to pay a $1.25 million fine and change its practice of discouraging consumers from canceling service, after New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer started an investigation into the company's behavior. Spitzer's office received about 300 customer complaints since 2000 and found that AOL's customer service personnel were given a financial incentive to prevent subscribers from leaving the service.
  • CA: Retired FBI agent gets probation, fine (Katrina Leung case)

    07/18/2005 7:02:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 574+ views
    AP ^ | 7/18/05 | Linda Deutsch
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A retired FBI agent who pleaded guilty to lying about his affair with a suspected Chinese double agent was sentenced Monday to probation and fined $10,000 after apologizing for his behavior. "I have nobody but myself to blame for being here today," James J. Smith said. "I stand before you ashamed and humiliated by my actions, and all I can do is apologize." Standing before Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, Smith added, "I apologize to your honor, to the court and to the citizens of the United States." Smith, 61, at one time faced up to five years...
  • Mary Eaton's defense of illustration as a fine art (with comments by Fred Ross)

    07/04/2005 9:08:03 AM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies · 934+ views
    Art Renewal Center ^ | 4 July 2005 | Mary Eaton
    The article follows... Hi everybody. Have been following the Commercial art=Bad art thread for a couple of days and wanted to throw in my two cents. On the topic of 'commercial illustration=bad art' and Rockwell, Parrish, and N. C. Wyeth, et al. be damned: I can't say I agree. If one has to say that the damning detail of the art was the fact that Rockwell had to accept guidelines as to what he was to paint (i.e. paint Santa having milk and cookies for our December issue of The Saturday Evening Post) so then his art isn't art, but...
  • NYT: Report Details F.B.I.'s Failure on 2 Hijackers - Follow-Up is Faulted on 9/11 Intelligence

    06/10/2005 5:59:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 576+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 10, 2005 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    The F.B.I. missed at least five chances in the months before Sept. 11, 2001, to find two hijackers as they prepared for the attacks and settled in San Diego, the Justice Department inspector general said in a report made public on Thursday after being kept secret for a year. Investigators were stymied by bureaucratic obstacles, communication breakdowns and a lack of urgency, the report said. The blistering findings mirror those of the independent Sept. 11 commission last summer and a joint Congressional inquiry in 2002 but they also provide significant new details about the many bureaucratic breakdowns that plagued the...
  • Japan: Cop faces charges for slapping foreigner

    05/08/2005 10:13:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 460+ views
    Cop faces charges for slapping foreigner MAEBASHI -- A police assistant inspector faces charges for repeatedly slapping a male foreigner feigning sleep while in detention, police said. Documents accusing the 39-year-old assistant inspector of abusing his position as an officer have been forwarded to the Maebashi District Public Prosecutors Office. The assistant inspector has also been fined 10 percent of his monthly wage for one month. He admits to the allegations. "I've done something terrible," he said. Police said the assistant inspector slapped a Brazilian man in his 30s four or five times to the head while the suspect was...
  • Ethics Problem With Another Democratic Leader

    04/13/2005 11:47:56 AM PDT · by Richie Rich · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 04/13/05 | Richie Rich
    Last week I posted some of Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid's ethics problems. Today it looks like House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the fray. According to the National Legal and Policy Center: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined two leadership PACs associated with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in response to a Complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) on October 25, 2002. The FEC also has fined three campaigns that failed to return excessive contributions from Pelosi’s PACs within 60 days, as required by law. Under conciliation agreements reached with the FEC,...
  • Crime and (Non)Punishment - (Doc Farmer on Sandy Berger's archives burglary.....)

    04/06/2005 8:10:23 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 409+ views
    I was a bit careless this past weekend. And, in the spirit of confession being good for the soul, I’d like to tell you about it. Normally on the weekend, I like to sleep. A lot! One of my colleagues, a former paramedic, has informed me without any doubt or hesitation that there is no way to “make up” for lost sleep. Well, call the Mayo Clinic (and hold the ham on rye) because I do it every single weekend. I’m talking serious snore time here. But not this past weekend. No, I decided to take a quick trip over...
  • OUTRAGE - (SandyBergerGate.......Clinton's pink panther classified document thief)

    04/04/2005 7:29:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 729+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | APRIL 3, 2005 | GEOFF METCALF
    Bill Clinton's national security advisor (predecessor to Condoleezza Rice) has pled GUILTY to stealing classified documents and destroying some of them. Notwithstanding his initial claims the incident in which he secreted documents in his pants and socks was an "honest mistake," Sandy Berger copped a plea and got a dainty slap on the wrist. Berger's theft and lying were neither honest NOR a mistake. He willfully, with malice of forethought, and full knowledge of the severity of his crime, stole classified documents and destroyed some of them. The act is outflippingragous. The arrogance of Berger in presuming he could (and...
  • Swank fined for bearing forbidden fruit

    03/29/2005 10:38:29 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 27 replies · 1,304+ views
    CNN ^ | March 29, 2005 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank has been fined for bringing forbidden fruit into New Zealand, after getting a thumbs down from judges in an appeal, a court said Wednesday. Swank was issued notice of a fine for breaching New Zealand's strict quarantine laws when she failed to declare an apple and an orange while arriving at an airport on January 15 on a flight from Los Angeles, but appealed the penalty to a court. The Manukau District Court on Wednesday advised the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry that Swank's appeal had been rejected and...
  • EU could fine Microsoft 5 mln dlrs per day

    03/21/2005 9:46:59 AM PST · by knighthawk · 20 replies · 660+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 21 2005 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - EU authorities could fine US software giant Microsoft 5 million dollars (3.8 million euros) per day if the company is unduly slow to apply measures imposed a year ago. The European Commission, which took action against Microsoft for abusing a dominant market position, would decide in two weeks' time on what to do, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. It had powers enabling it to apply a fine of up to 5.0 percent of average daily sales throughout the world, equivalent to about 5.0 million dollars, the newspaper calculated. The report quoted EU competition spokesman Jonathan Todd...
  • Democrats launch counter-Bush road trip (The 'Social Security Is Just Fine' Tour)

    03/03/2005 2:44:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 554+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/03/05
    Democrats launch counter-Bush road trip By Associated Press Thursday, March 3, 2005 WASHINGTON - The Democrats' battle for the hearts and minds - and wallets - of voters worried about Social Security hits the road Friday, with its first stop at a New York City college. On the same day President Bush visits Westfield, N.J., to tout his plan for personal accounts within Social Security, Senate Democrats will bring their opposing effort to Pace University. The Pace event, featuring former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and New York's two senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, kicks off a swing...