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  • Weekly poll: What will probably be the highlight of your 4th of July celebration this year?

    06/28/2009 9:14:06 PM PDT · by tenger · 29 replies · 586+ views
    A Weekly Poll ^ | June 29, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    What will probably be the highlight of your 4th of July celebration this year? A Weekly Poll.
  • Safe At Home After Second Bomb Threat Evacuation

    05/21/2009 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 505+ views ^ | pdated: May 21, 2009 09:37 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "SANTA CRUZ, Calif - Homes on 25th Avenue in Santa Cruz were asked to evacuate for a second time on Wednesday night after police found more hazardous materials in a nearby home that made them nervous. Homes within a 300 diameter of 215 25th Avenue had to evacuate, however it was not mandatory. All residents were able to return to their homes by 8 p.m. on Wednesday night." SNIPPET: "This all started on Tuesday when the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office received a call from the County Environmental Health Agency. They received a tip from a local freight agency...
  • Islamists Fire Rockets, Hurl Bombs at Pro-Israel Crowd in Sweden

    02/11/2009 1:42:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,484+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 2/11/09 | Gil Ronen
    ( Islamists reached new heights of audacity in a face-off with pro-Israel demonstrators in Malmö, Sweden on Sunday, firing rockets and throwing pipe bombs at the pro-Israel group in broad daylight and under police's noses. No one was hurt. The incident was videotaped by Swedish blogger Ted Ekeroth, whose blog contains videos showing the attack. Between 400 and 500 people gathered in Stortorget Square for a peaceful pro-Israeli protest. The police sealed off the entire square and only allowed in the protesters, as well as a smaller group of Islamists, and separated the two groups from each other. Blogger Ekeroth...
  • Fire Engulfs Beijing Hotel Complex

    02/09/2009 3:29:46 PM PST · by cmdjing · 17 replies · 914+ views
    BEIJING — A fierce fire engulfed one of the Chinese capital’s most architecturally celebrated modern buildings on Monday, the last day of festivities for the lunar new year when the city was ablaze with fireworks. By late evening the blaze was still raging and the cause remained unknown, but it seemed clear that the 34-story structure, not yet completed, had been rendered unusable. The building, a luxury hotel and cultural complex designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is part of China Central Television’s new headquarters, an angular two-legged behemoth built to coincide with the Beijing Olympics last year. Firefighters,...
  • Apotheosis of Eurabia: Swedish police hire protection to enter Muslim enclave

    01/02/2009 3:51:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 27 replies · 1,167+ views
    January 2, 2009 "Police hire protection in Malmö suburb," from The Local, December 31 (thanks to Kasper): The police have contracted a security firm to help with the surveillance and protection of the police station in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård. In connection with unrest in Rosengård the station has on repeated occasions been the target of fireworks, vandalism and stone-throwing youths. The security firm will be deployed to help to ensure that the vandalism is not repeated, according to a report by local TV4 news program.
  • Some women threaten no sex if men shoot fireworks

    12/31/2008 6:31:14 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 66 replies · 2,114+ views ^ | December 31, 2008 | AP
    ROME—Some women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year
  • Nightclub fire in Bangkok kills 54

    12/31/2008 1:20:09 PM PST · by Species8472 · 15 replies · 714+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12-31-08 | Lech Mintowt-Czyz
    At least 54 people were tonight killed in a fire in a nightclub in Bangkok. More than 100 others were injured in the blaze, which broke out during an event for New Year's Eve at the Santika club - a venue popular with both locals and foreigners. “We were all dancing and suddenly there was a big flame that came out of the front of the stage and everybody was running away,” said one woman who had been in the club. A witness, Andrew Jones, said survivors leaving the club told him the fire broke out on the stage after...
  • Sweden: Riots over closure of mosque

    12/19/2008 1:05:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies · 1,175+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 18 2008
    Welcome to Eurabia! "Unrest continues near vacated Malmö mosque," from The Local, December 18 (thanks to Patrick Poole): Fresh disturbances erupted on Wednesday evening near the basement location which had previously served as a mosque in Malmö's Rosengård district. Fireworks were aimed at police and several fires were lit when police arrived to blockade the basement office with containers. Tensions in the area were still high as of 12.30am Thursday morning, according to police in Skåne. One man was arrested during the evening on suspicions of preparing to commit assault. Three other men and boys were also detained. The youngest,...
  • NY Christmas boat parade changes name, loses fans

    11/25/2008 8:41:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 956+ views
    wtopnews ^ | 11.24.08
    <p>An annual parade of boats on a Long Island river that dropped "Christmas" from its name has apparently lost lots of supporters.</p> <p>About 1,000 people showed up Sunday for the Patchogue (PACH'-awg) Boat Parade of Lights. That's 500 fewer than usually showed up when it was called the Patchogue Christmas Boat Parade.</p>
  • This Cannot Be

    10/01/2008 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Jim Giatas · 22 replies · 530+ views
    Greek Antiquity | 496 B.C. to 406 B.C. | Sophocles
    “All strangest things, The multitudinous years bring forth and shadow from us all we know. Falter alike great oath and steeled resolve. And none shall say of aught, This cannot be.” Sophocles 496 B.C. to 406 B.C.
  • Part of Olympic display altered in broadcast

    08/11/2008 12:13:55 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 12 replies · 91+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug.11, 2008
    Fireworks over the Olympics pyrotechnics erupted when it was learned that part of the elaborate display broadcast to the world in the opening ceremony was altered, done digitally in 3-D computer graphics. While the dramatic fireworks display actually happened as portrayed on television, members of the Beijing Olympic Committee said it was necessary to replace live video with computer-generated imagery because the city’s hazy, smoggy skies made it too difficult to see, according to The Beijing Times, which first reported the story. Committee members also said they were concerned that the helicopter pilot who would have flown overhead to film...
  • Some Opening Ceremony fireworks were faked

    08/11/2008 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 45 replies · 4,358+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | August 10, 2008 | Chris Chase
    If you watched the Opening Ceremony on Friday night, chances are you said something like, "no way that's possible" at least once. It turns out you were right. London's Telegraph newspaper reports that some of the fireworks which appeared over Beijing during the television broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremony were actually computer generated. But -- hold on -- it's not necessarily as bad as you think. The faked fireworks were actually set-off at the stadium, but because of potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter, viewers at home were shown a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot.
  • 'Hasta la vista,' DeMeo tells California officers

    07/07/2008 11:10:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies · 173+ views
    Pahrump Valley Times ^ | 07 july 08 | CHRISTINA EICHELKRAUT
    Representatives of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were told to leave Nye County by Sheriff Tony DeMeo Saturday, June 28, because, according to the sheriff, the officers were attempting to use "intimidation and harassment tactics" to capture potential fireworks smugglers heading back to the Golden State. DeMeo said he received a phone call the previous Friday from an assistant to Dave Hillman, chief of prevention and law enforcement for the California office, informing him officers were planning to implement an interdiction program in Nye County. The program was part of an executive order issued by California Gov....
  • Illegal Fireworks Rampant In Oakland

    07/04/2008 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Marie2 · 21 replies · 392+ views ^ | July 4, 2008 | KTVU
    OAKLAND -- The fact that fireworks are illegal and potentially dangerous did not prevent many Oakland residents from setting them off on Friday night. KTVU's Amber Lee found adults and children playing with fireworks on 100th Avenue. "I spent a hundred dollars for my kids, for the Fourth of July", said Vitalino Acabal of Oakland. He insisted it was just part of summer vacation fun. A few blocks away, a four year old girl and her 12 year old brother were setting off bottle rockets. Their 15 year old sister said their parents weren't home, but it's part of her...
  • Blazes in California Take a Toll on Fireworks

    07/04/2008 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 28 replies · 399+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2008 | JESSE McKINLEY
    Lis and Robert Billingsley — retirees, volunteers and proud American Legion members — said they had exactly one word to describe sales this holiday period at the fireworks stand they run here for the Legion. “Lousy,” said Ms. Billingsley, speaking almost in unison with her husband. “Thanks to the TV and the fires they are putting on the TV, it’s the worst year ever.” Hundreds of blazes have ravaged sections of parched California over the last two weeks, burning more than 500,000 acres, destroying homes and other property, and costing the already budget-challenged state more than $50 million in firefighting...
  • Too Hot To Handle? New Safety Concerns Over Chinese-Made Fireworks

    07/04/2008 1:25:03 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 357+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 3, 2008 | By Caitlin McDevitt
    Last summer, it was Chinese-made toys, pet food and meat that caused concern. This July 4th holiday, there are new worries about the overly explosive nature of its fireworks. This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report saying it found that nearly half of the shipments they inspected coming from China do not meet Federal safety guidelines. That's especially worrying since, according the American Pyrotechnic Association, 98 percent of fireworks used in backyards and front lawns across America are manufactured in China. NEWSWEEK's Caitlin McDevitt spoke with Scott Wolfson, a chief spokesman for the Commission about its...
  • Pacifists Create Non-Violent Alternative to Fireworks

    07/04/2008 2:13:13 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 5 replies · 151+ views ^ | July 4, 2008 | Sven Waring
    State College’s pacifist community is offering an alternative to the warlike displays of fireworks, barbecues and beer-fueled fistfights that have become synonymous with Fourth of July festivities. The group, Peaceful State, has created Non-violent Resistance and Solidarity Fest, as a peaceful way to celebrate the mid-summer holiday. Since the group does not recognize the existence of the United States, Isreal, and the Aborigine Occupation Zone in Australia, there is no mention of Independence Day or revolution, except in the context of struggle against capitalism and Prince’s former band. Garrison Kegger, who created the concept, said the event gets underway with...
  • Fireworks Laws, Safety and Freedoms

    07/03/2008 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Textide · 19 replies · 118+ views
    Just thought I'd post a thread where the various fireworks laws, regulations, etc. could be posted. National Council on Fireworks Safety Nice links to each State's fireworks laws. Here's their Safety Video Fireworks Classifications Various histories of fireworks....Fireworks.comWikipedia Fireworks (lol) History of Fireworks
  • Fireworks Laws, Safety and Freedoms

    07/03/2008 3:33:50 PM PDT · by Textide · 6 replies · 139+ views
    multiple | 07/03/2008 | various
    Just thought I'd post a thread where the various fireworks laws, regulations, etc. could be posted. National Council on Fireworks Safety Nice links to each State's fireworks laws. Here's their Safety Video Fireworks Classifications Various histories of fireworks....Fireworks.comWikipedia Fireworks (lol) History of Fireworks
  • Fail! Is this real or Memorex?... Only your Darwin candidate knows for sure

    06/11/2008 12:33:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 152+ views
  • Council weighs fireworks ban (DC)

    06/03/2008 11:17:42 AM PDT · by JZelle · 10 replies · 115+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-3-08 | Dave Lipscomb
    The nation's capital is expected Tuesday to consider an emergency plan to ban fireworks before the Fourth of July weekend. The plan is being proposed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, and is drawing mixed reaction among the city's 13 council members. "I hear complaints all the time," said D.C. Council member Jim Graham, a Ward 1 Democrat who worked with the mayor on the bill. "July Fourth and few days before and a few days after, [fireworks] are going off all night." Some residents on Monday were more expressive. "It's dangerous for kids," said John McCall, of Northeast....
  • Alaska first state to hit $4 a gallon gasoline: AAA

    05/14/2008 6:45:24 PM PDT · by Flavius · 93 replies · 101+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 5/14/08 | reuteurs
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Alaska hit a milestone on Wednesday that could be a sign of things to come around the United States this summer -- it became the first state where the average price for regular gasoline reached $4 per gallon. "It wasn't totally unexpected," said Geoff Sundstrom, spokesman for the travel and auto group AAA which issues a daily gasoline price report.
  • US: Broken satellite will be shot down

    02/14/2008 12:09:48 PM PST · by mojito · 99 replies · 759+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 2/14/2008 | Lolita Baldor
    WASHINGTON - President Bush decided to fire a military missile to bring down a broken spy satellite because of the potential danger to people from rocket fuel it is carrying, officials said Thursday. Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffries, briefing reporters at the Pentagon, did not say when the attempted intercept would be conducted, but the satellite is expected to hit Earth during the first week of March. Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same briefing that the "window of opportunity" for such a shootdown, presumably to be launched from a Navy...
  • World welcomes New Year with fireworks - 2008

    12/31/2007 4:04:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 695+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/07 | Angela Doland - ap
    PARIS - A million revelers cheered fireworks in Sydney. Beijing started the year with singing and dancing displays hosted by Summer Olympics organizers. And rare celebrations resounded in war-torn Baghdad. Across the globe, people gathered for parties, shot off fireworks and held out hopes for a peaceful and prosperous 2008. But reminders of violence were apparent as well as security was tightened in many nations. Fireworks were canceled in downtown Brussels, Belgium, where police last week detained 14 people suspected of plotting to help an accused al-Qaida militant break out of jail. In Paris, where festivities centered on the famous...
  • No Brussels Fireworks Amid Terror Threat

    12/30/2007 7:32:45 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 221+ views
    At&T ^ | 12-30-2007
    No Brussels Fireworks Amid Terror Threat Published: 12/30/07, 10:05 AM EDT BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Traditional New Year's Eve fireworks in central Brussels have been canceled due to a continuing terror threat in the Belgian capital, officials said Sunday. The popular downtown Christmas market will close early, at 6 p.m., on Dec. 31 rather than staying open all night, and the adjacent skating rink will shut at 8 p.m. Authorities warned of an increased risk of attack after police last week detained 14 people suspected of plotting to help an accused al-Qaida militant break out of jail. The inmate, Nizar...
  • Pass the Dream Act (Barf for Freepers, A possibility for everyone else)

    09/20/2007 7:37:40 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 52+ views
    New York Times ^ | 20 September 2007 | Editorial Staff
    It’s called the Dream Act, and it offers a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants’ children after they graduate from high school and complete two years of military service or college. Its Senate sponsors, including Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Richard Lugar of Indiana, have championed it as a way to open a future to talented children whose opportunities are closed because of their parents’ decision to immigrate here illegally. They also see it as giving a needed boost to the military by opening a new stream of high-quality recruits. The idea is modest and smart, but modest and...
  • The 1 September 2007 Aurigid outburst. [Meteor shower alert!]

    08/28/2007 6:17:36 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 40 replies · 1,454+ views
    For FReepers in the western US (& Hawaii), I have a heads-up for - potentially - a really nice meteor display early this coming Saturday morning. Points east will not be able to see the peak of the display because - at 4:36 AM PDT - twilight or daytime will already have occurred. The best show will be looking to the northeast. There will be a 3/4 full waning moon high in the sky, so if the observer can shield oneself from the moon behind an obstacle (phone pole, house, car, tree, etc.) the viewing will be improved. I was...
  • 2 men held after suspicious item found in car detonated; Updated info on story posted yesterday

    08/05/2007 11:00:53 AM PDT · by MissEdie · 125 replies · 3,024+ views
    The State Newspaper ^ | 8-5-2007 | MissEdie
    GOOSE CREEK, S.C. --Two men were detained after police found and detonated a suspicious item found in their car during a routine stop for a speeding violation on a highway near Charleston, Berkeley County sheriff's Lt. Vince Lombard said Sunday morning. Lombard said the men were being held pending a charge of unlawful possession of an explosive device, but he would not say what the device was or what bomb technicians from neighboring Charleston County exploded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The item made a loud bang, similar to a firecracker, when it was demolished. Authorities closed the road about 7...
  • Faulty fireworks were made in China

    07/07/2007 4:09:49 AM PDT · by dawn53 · 50 replies · 1,212+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | 7/7/07 | ABHI RAGHUNATHAN
    China produces fireworks the way France makes Champagne: It has a virtual monopoly. Nearly all fireworks used in the United States are made in China. But a string of Fourth of July fiascoes in the Tampa Bay region and around the country involving Chinese-manufactured fireworks could raise new questions about their safety and quality.
  • Assault on city officials: Council members dodge fireworks, trash can attack

    07/05/2007 7:06:59 PM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies · 706+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 5 July A.D. 2007 | Elizabeth Evans
    Assault on city officials: Council members dodge fireworks, trash can attack ELIZABETH EVANS The York Dispatch Article Last Updated: 07/05/2007 02:52:03 PM EDT A glass bottle struck York City Councilwoman Toni Smith in the head late last night as she confronted what she called a large group of "cowards" setting off fireworks in the 500 block of South Queen Street. The bottle shattered and left Smith with a lump on the head, but she was otherwise unhurt, the 73-year-old councilwoman said today. "It's just a little bit of a lump," she said. "I said to them, 'Look -- the glass...
  • Philadelphia Fireworks Fiasco: On, Off, On?

    07/05/2007 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 12 replies · 1,085+ views
    CBS ^ | 07/05/2007 | Unk.
    (CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia city officials decided to go forth with their scheduled Fourth of July fireworks presentation at the Art Museum late Wednesday night, and the 20-minute show went off despite the rain and original reports the show had been cancelled. Many of the spectators, who camped out for hours, went home missing the spectacular sight. As a steady rain fell during a parade and a concert by Philadelphians Hall and Oates, word got out the fireworks display had been called off for concern over the "low ceiling," a direct result of rainy weather. So shortly before 11 p.m....
  • What does Independence Day mean to you?

    07/05/2007 8:23:14 AM PDT · by JKrive · 145+ views
    Critical Mass ^ | 7-5-07 | Jonathan Krive
    Growing up in the United States, I often take our liberties for granted. Every year, I celebrate July 4th in the typical American way: fireworks. Sometimes with family, other times with friends. July 3rd always finds me scouring the local pages of my newspaper for the best fireworks displays. Being in Washington DC definitely has its benefits during Independence Day. The National Symphony Orchestra and top artists always perform a great show on the Capitol Lawn. Then to the backdrop of Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture, one of the most impressive fireworks displays wows audiences all over DC. The fireworks light up...
  • "July Fourth The Celebration of Hypocrites"

    07/02/2007 2:39:35 PM PDT · by Patriotic Thunder · 7 replies · 295+ views
    July Fourth  "The Celebration of Hypocrites"  As you made your last preparations to make sure your fridge was stocked with your favorite alcohol beverages, the steaks were marinating, the fireworks were purchased, what have you done for this country this past year to be given the right to celebrate Independence Day?  Have you made some significant stride in your daily life for yourself or others to claim your individuality or your right to be free?  It's July 4th after all, the celebration of freedom from oppressive government.  Now I know a lot of you are too wet behind the...
  • Fireworks cause environmental pollution

    05/29/2007 10:22:02 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 77 replies · 1,591+ views ^ | 05/29/07 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists say Fourth of July fireworks displays often held over lakes and other bodies of water can pollute the water with perchlorate. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's Richard Wilkin and colleagues, who conducted the research, note concerns have arisen over the effects of environmental perchlorate on human health and wildlife. Sources of perchlorate range from lightening and certain fertilizers to the perchlorate compounds in rocket fuel and explosives. Scientists long suspected community fireworks displays were another source, but few studies had been done on the topic. Wilkin's group has now established fireworks...
  • Three injured in fireworks factory blast

    11/15/2006 2:01:47 PM PST · by Last Dakotan · 11 replies · 461+ views
    JS Online ^ | Nov. 15, 2006 | DARRYL ENRIQUEZ
    All three victims injured in a fire today at the Bartolotta Fireworks factory west of Waukesha were members of the Bartolotta family, a family member said. The wounded factory workers were identified as Rocco Bartolotta, 22; Dominic Bartolotta, 30; and Anthony Bartolotta, 32. A family spokeswoman at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee said Rocco and Dominic were being treated at St. Mary's, while Anthony was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and released. The spokeswoman, Donna Bartolotta, the mother of Rocco Bartolotta, said all three victims suffered second- and third-degree burns in the fire. Investigators continued their search for the...
  • Rocket Stunt Backfires As Soldier Aims Too Low

    11/09/2006 1:59:15 AM PST · by nevergore · 30 replies · 1,650+ views
    The London Times ^ | 11/09/2006 | Michael Horsnell
    The blue touchpaper was lit and everyone retired immediately, just as the firework code recommends. That is, except for the squaddie who had recently returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq, and thought that Bonfire Night needed enlivening. The soldier was on all fours with his trousers down and a certain part of his anatomy pointing at the stars with a Black Cat Thunderbolt rocket firmly in place. ~snip~ In something of an under-statement, safety experts said yesterday that launching a rocket from the backside was a practice that contravened the firework code.
  • Man's Face Burned In Fireworks Stunt

    08/15/2006 1:11:53 PM PDT · by IN Farm Girl · 8 replies · 379+ views
  • 52 Reasons To Stop Mowing (Zot a la Gallagher)

    07/25/2006 6:58:41 AM PDT · by fruitarian108 · 420 replies · 6,084+ views
    Fruitarian Network ^ | 1973 first version | Nonmowing Coalition
    52 REASONS NOT TO MOW 37 WAYS TO HELP TREES Please download with 100% cotton, rice, recycled, or scrap paper Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns. Art Buchwald: People shouldn't be judged by the length of their grass. In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods, famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and other disasters created by the unprecedented destruction of trees around the world. Trees are nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of trees.. new...
  • So am I needlessly overheated over this?

    07/10/2006 6:53:23 PM PDT · by StACase · 47 replies · 1,095+ views
    Vanity - Personal Experience | 7/10/06 | StACase
    My back yard backs onto a pond with a park on the other side where for over 25 years the local July 4th fireworks have been set off. I have an annual party and the best seat in the house. This past July 4th I was with some of my guests down by the pond when a plain clothes cop hollers across the water at me and my guests that if we cross his yellow police line set up at the park entrance he would arrest us. I hollered back, just keep your barricade out of my yard, and that...
  • With Injuries Up, Feds Eye Fireworks Laws

    07/03/2006 11:59:22 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 78 replies · 1,241+ views ^ | 7 4 06 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON - On the eve of the nation's noisiest holiday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to growing fireworks injuries by quietly reopening the question of how it should police explosives for backyard entertainment. Without a public meeting, the three commissioners voted unanimously by ballot late Friday to begin a study of whether to tighten their regulation of fireworks, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson announced Monday. Their notice seeking public comment will appear soon in the Federal Register. The notice cited a disturbing increase in injuries and a decrease in compliance with safety regulations as reasons for the first major review...
  • The Right to Bear Firecrackers

    07/02/2006 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 105 replies · 1,885+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/06 | Steven Milloy
    As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, safety nannies will be urging a national ban on the sale and use of consumer fireworks. Citing injuries to children as the primary concern, a report in the July issue of Pediatrics will reiterate the American Academy of Pediatrics long-standing call for a consumer fireworks ban. It’s no coincidence that the study is being released the day before our July 4 holiday.
  • Fireworks Amnesty Being Offered in Maryland

    07/02/2006 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 58 replies · 1,359+ views ^ | Jun 21st - 5:24pm
    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- If you own fireworks in Montgomery or Prince George's counties, fire authorities have two options for you: pay a steep fine or go to Six Flags Great Adventure. People who get caught with fireworks, even sparklers, could face a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. But with July 4 fast approaching, both counties are offering an amnesty program -- trade in your fireworks and receive Six Flags coupons. Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, says last year alone, 12,000 fireworks were turned in to fire investigators.
  • Official Friday Silliness Thread Salutes the 4th of July Weekend

    06/29/2006 11:45:23 PM PDT · by sully777 · 318 replies · 6,709+ views ^ | 6-30-06 | sully777
  • Leno to Host Carlin, Coulter on Wednesday

    06/13/2006 3:01:11 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 63 replies · 1,846+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 6/13/06 | AP Wire Story
    "Tonight" host Jay Leno might want to consider wearing referee stripes on Wednesday's show when Ann Coulter and George Carlin are his guests. Coulter, the acid-tongued conservative with a new book out, and Carlin, the quick-witted, antiestablishment comedian who's in the voice cast for the new animated film "Cars," were booked at separate times for the NBC late-nighter, a spokeswoman said Monday. But the duo's meeting could produce serious fireworks for "Tonight," which usually limits its political fodder to Leno's bipartisan monologue jokes. Coulter, author of "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," has drawn fire for attacking the four New Jersey...
  • Hi - I'm new here and like to post random items I receive in email, please don't ZOT me.

    06/10/2006 4:25:12 PM PDT · by concernedcitizenusa · 95 replies · 6,860+ views
    snopes ^ | 6-10-2006 | ConcernedCitizenUSA
  • Malvo and the War Debate (ZOT!!! Why not to go off antipsychotic meds without a doctor’s guidance)

    05/29/2006 6:48:25 AM PDT · by DanPride · 80 replies · 4,217+ views
    Me | Today | Dan Pride
    I am curious why none of the media covers the most important aspect of the Malvo shootings. If you look at Newspapers on the dates when the shootings are underway you discover something I find quite interesting. The shootings begin to dominate the news the day before the debate on the Iraq war starts and they catch them the day after the declaration of war??? If you ask most people "do you remember the debate about starting the second Iraq war", they will all answer "yes of course". But if you followup with the question "name one point in the...
  • What is a FReeper? (zot)

    05/30/2006 12:41:24 PM PDT · by Uddercha0s · 183 replies · 7,024+ views
    5/30/06 | Uddercha0s
    I recently received a reply to a post that stated: "This should be beneath a "freeper". Sad." So I asked.. what is it that makes a FReeper? My reply (and I will admit was tasteless) was also questioning. It stirred controversy and was removed? Why Moderators? Can you not tell me? Did it not meet with your "FReeper" mentality? According to all posted guidelines it should be listed but no, you chose to delete it. Yes.. I'm the first one IBTZ, I'm sure you'll nick me for speaking up..
  • Half Million Gather on Louisville Riverfront for Air Show, Fireworks

    04/22/2006 7:08:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 596+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 22, 2006 – Throughout the day here, a steady stream of visitors stopped by the "America Supports You" booth to write messages of support on post cards for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visitors to the "America Supports You" booth at the annual "Thunder Over Louisville" festival April 22 write messages of support for servicemembers on post cards that will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by John D. Banusiewicz  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. America Supports You is a Defense Department program that spotlights what American people and the...
  • Vatican envoy: Holy See forgives Habibi couple for Nazareth church incident

    03/06/2006 10:01:18 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 639+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 6, 2006 | Eli Ashkenazi,
    The Vatican on Monday said it forgave the Israeli couple arrested Friday for detonating fireworks in Nazareth's Basilica of the Annunciation. Three members of the same family are suspected of entering the church and setting off fireworks during a prayer service. Ensuing riots left 13 police officers and 13 civilians lightly wounded. Four cars were also set on fire, including two police vehicles. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Roman Catholic Church's custodian of holy sites in Israel and the Palestinian territories, met Monday afternoon with Haim and Violet Habibi and their adult daughter Odelia. Pizzaballa, who is the Vatican's representative responsible...
  • 440,000 celebrate in Melbourne

    12/31/2005 6:20:00 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 607+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 1 January 2006 | Jamie Duncan
    SCORCHING temperatures have not deterred hundreds of thousands of Victorians from attending New Year celebrations in Melbourne tonight. Police and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service have reported a quiet night so far as revellers gathered in seven designated party zones in Melbourne's CBD for a $1.1 million splurge on free entertainment and the traditional fireworks spectacular. Melbourne Lord Mayor John So estimated well over 400,000 people came to Melbourne for the celebrations. "Melbourne likes a great party and once again the city is celebrating the New Year in style with hundreds of thousands of people turning out to welcome 2006," he...