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  • What Happened to the Charlie Rangel Investigation?

    01/09/2009 7:28:28 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 1,164+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 08, 2009 | Bret Baier
    The ethics investigation into House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel still is not done — despite promises from Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rangel is being investigated in at least four areas — including his failure to report income taxes on a Caribbean villa and the use of rent-controlled apartments in New York. Pelosi said in November, "The report will be completed by the end of this session... which concludes January 3, 2009." The Hill newspaper reports the investigation will be further delayed because the ethics committee is currently without a chairman. the House voted Tuesday to eliminate term limits...
  • Wolves kill 11 sheep at ranch

    02/28/2009 9:43:31 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 952+ views
    Wolves killed 11 sheep and injured five more Thursday south of Two Dot, USDA Wildlife Services officials confirmed Friday. "It's quite gruesome," said Tonya Martin, the sheep rancher whose stock was raided. A wolf killed five sheep and injured another five last March on the Martin ranch on Big Elk Creek. Efforts to capture the wolf were unsuccessful. The Martins told officials that four wolves were seen in the area. An adjacent landowner also reported that their cattle had been run through a fence Thursday... Wolves in Montana are federally protected...

    09/29/2008 8:32:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 927+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 29, 2008 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Rep. Charles Rangel's taxpayer-provided Cadillac DeVille is pulling double duty as his political campaign vehicle... The dual use of the luxurious wheels for official and political purposes may run afoul of House rules and add to the Harlem congressman's mounting ethical woes. Rangel's Member's Representational Allowance covers the cost of the 2004 model, which he leases for $777.54 a month. House rules forbid using any allowance funds for political purposes. Rangel for Congress spent $4,107 at Potamkin Cadillac on repairs in 2008. Last year, Rangel's National Leadership Fund footed the bill for $2,355 at the same shop. The principals and...

    09/29/2008 8:19:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 853+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 29, 2008 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Three months after Rep. Charlie Rangel admitted he improperly converted a rent-stabilized apartment into his political campaign office - and promised to give it up - the embattled pol still has not moved out. For the past decade, Rangel's political operation has been headquartered in a $682-a-month, one-bedroom apartment at Lenox Terrace - the same Harlem building where he has three other rent-stabilized apartments for personal use. And even with the furor over his sweet rental deals continuing, Rangel doesn't plan to move his operations to a $4,000-a-month renovated brownstone at 193 Lenox Ave. until mid-October... "He was disingenuous at...
  • The Right Way to Address Charles Rangel's Scandals

    11/26/2008 3:22:21 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 586+ views
    us news ^ | November 26, 2008 | Sam Dealey
    In an apparent quid pro quo last year, Rangel killed a tax bill that would punish U.S. companies for relocating to lower-tax countries after a CEO pledged $1 million for the future "Charles B. Rangel School of Public Service" at the City College of New York. Previously, Rangel had supported the bill. With this latest addition to Rangel's growing parade of questionable dealings and laughable excuses—his failure to pay taxes on $75,000 in rental income from his luxury Caribbean beach villa; his gaming of D.C. housing tax credits; his remarkable procurement of four rent-controlled apartments in Harlem; his fundraising appeals...
  • Ethics Questions Still Hounding Rangel

    12/03/2008 4:21:21 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 613+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/ 2/2008 | Derek Kravitz
    A steady stream of revelations about erroneous financial records and questionable ethics dating back to July has put the spotlight once again on New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel, prompting observers to wonder aloud whether it's time for Rangel to step down from his committee chairmanship. The Democratic chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee has been at the center of a seemingly endless swirl of questions about his activities. He came under fire this week after The New York Times reported that Rangel worked to protect a tax shelter for Nabors Industries, an oil company whose chief...
  • Rep. Charles Rangel's ethics inquiry may put Pelosi in a bind

    12/07/2008 10:01:27 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,650+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 8, 2008 | James Oliphant
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi took stewardship of the House two years ago with a pledge to "drain the swamp" and clean up ethical abuses in Congress. Now an investigation of one of her party's best-known members is putting her in an uncomfortable spot. Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York is the subject of an investigation by a House ethics panel over his ownership of several rent-controlled apartments in New York, his failure to pay taxes on an offshore rental property, and his use of office letterhead to solicit donations for a public-policy school that would bear his name. Last month,...
  • Rangel Ethics Probe Incomplete, Despite Pelosi's Prediction

    01/05/2009 7:28:36 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 713+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 04, 2009
    The 110th U.S. Congress has formally adjourned for the year without a conclusion to an ethics probe of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, contrary to a November prediction by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Rangel, D-N.Y., is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee in at least four areas, including his reported failure to properly report income taxes on a Caribbean villa in the Dominican Republic; use of four, rent-controlled apartments in Harlem; questions about an off-shore firm asking Rangel for special tax exemptions; and whether Rangel improperly used House stationary to solicit donations for a school of...
  • Do the right thing ( Rangel, Dodd & Richardson )

    01/10/2009 10:18:17 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies · 570+ views
    Post and Courier ^ | January 10, 2009
    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson did the right thing last week when he withdrew as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary because of an ongoing federal investigation. Prominent members of the Democratic majority in Congress who operate under similar clouds should pay heed. Rep. Rangel is a perfect storm of embarrassment for his party. He has been charged with occupying several rent-controlled New York apartments when he was only entitled to one, taking tax breaks for residences in both Washington, D.C., and New York when he was only entitled to one, failing to report rental income from a vacation...

    01/31/2009 11:00:20 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 1,058+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | January 31, 2009 | ALIYAH SHAHID
    The IRS's top man came to Harlem - and shared a stage with an accused tax cheat, Rep. Charles Rangel. Commissioner Douglas Shulman ... Asked about appearing with a pol who's being probed for failing to pay taxes, Shulman said, "He's one of the leaders in this country on tax policy issues. I work closely with him every day, and I'm honored to be on this stage with him."
  • After Daschle and Killefer, Why Should Rangel Get a Pass?

    02/04/2009 2:13:15 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,053+ views
    National Review ^ | February 04, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    If Tom Daschle's failure to pay taxes was enough to keep him out of the job of Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Killefer's failure to pay taxes was enough to keep her out of the job of chief performance officer, why is Charlie Rangel's failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars of annual rental income, for about 20 years in a row, not expected to amount to anything? He's boasting that the House Ethics Committee is going to give him a pass. If so, it'll be a whitewash,
  • Lawmaker says he wants to reclaim Utah lands ( Sagebrush Rebellion )

    02/08/2009 6:54:41 PM PST · by george76 · 93 replies · 2,719+ views
    abc 4 ^ | February 8, 2009
    A state lawmaker said Friday he wants to reclaim Utah's lands and resources from the federal government so the public can use them for recreation and energy development. Rep. Michael Noel, R-Kanab, said he's declaring another Sagebrush Rebellion. The original Sagebrush Rebellion took place in the 1970s and 1980s, when a coalition of mining and grazing interests pressured federal policy makers to cede greater control of federal lands to state and local authorities. Noel said that Utah can "take care of itself," and that the federal government shouldn't be allowed to regulate what the state can do with its own...
  • Wolf kills of domestic animals is up in Idaho

    12/13/2008 6:27:25 PM PST · by george76 · 107 replies · 2,630+ views
    Wolves in Idaho have killed 325 cattle, sheep and dogs so far in 2008, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says. "You can't just keep stuffing wolves on top of each other,"
  • A More Dangerous Game: Bears On The Golf Course, (Partial title, good read but long)

    11/30/2008 9:24:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 3,695+ views
    Sports Illustrated.cnn ^ | November 24, 2008 | Matthew Teague
    How the decline of hunting is changing the natural order of predator and preyTHE TWO WOLVES emerged like specters from the tree line and crossed a field of snow. From that moment, and even after everything that followed, no one disputed their penetrating beauty. Silver on white. Two men watched them approach. The men—a pilot named Todd Svarckopf and an aviation worker named Chris Van Galder—worked at Points North Landing, an outpost that serves local mining camps in Saskatchewan province, about 750 miles north of the U.S. border. On this particular day in November 2005 a low cloud ceiling prevented...
  • Father of wolf victim relieved to have answers

    11/04/2007 10:21:55 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 327+ views
    CBC News ^ | November 2, 2007
    The father of an Ontario man killed in a wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan says it's a relief to finally have the truth come out. A coroner's jury in Prince Albert ruled Thursday that wolves killed Kenton Carnegie in November 2005. The 22-year-old University of Waterloo engineering student had been on a work-term ... An expert, who prepared a report for the coroner's office, said it was more likely a bear killed Carnegie. But in the end, the jury dismissed that notion, declaring it a wolf attack. "Kenton was an honest man," he said. "His life was honest, we didn't...
  • Wolves attack joggers' dogs on Fort Rich

    12/22/2007 9:09:14 AM PST · by george76 · 83 replies · 4,629+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 22nd, 2007 | JAMES HALPIN
    'They were not afraid of us,' woman says. Neither the three women nor their dogs heard the pack of wolves creeping up behind them as they jogged on Artillery Road in the frigid morning air. One minute it was peaceful. Then she glanced back and saw the pack of about eight wolves spanning the road, only a few feet behind. A melee ensued, accompanied by screaming, snarling, blood and pepper spray. "It was the most terrifying thing I've ever been through."... The increasingly emboldened Elmendorf wolf pack is blamed for killing one dog and wounding another in Eagle River this...
  • Military Tops Public Confidence List in New Gallup Poll (June 2005)

    10/31/2005 7:33:51 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 1,952+ views
    American Forces ^ | June 3, 2005 | Donna Miles
    The American public has more confidence in the military than in any other institution, according to a Gallup poll ... Seventy-four percent of those surveyed in Gallup's 2005 confidence poll said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the military - more than in a full range of other government, religious, economic, medical, business and news organizations. This year's 74 percent confidence level exceeded that of all 15 institutions included in the 2005 survey. Police ranked second, with 63 percent of responders expressing "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in them. Organized...
  • Big chill killed off the Neanderthals

    09/21/2005 12:22:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 77 replies · 1,872+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 24 January 2004 | Douglas Palmer
    IT IS possibly the longest-running murder mystery of them all. What, or even who, killed humankind's nearest relatives, the Neanderthals who once roamed Europe before dying out almost 30,000 years ago? Suspects have ranged from the climate to humans themselves, and the mystery has deeply divided experts. Now 30 scientists have come together to publish the most definitive answer yet to this enigma. They say Neanderthals simply did not have the technological know-how to survive the increasingly harsh winters. And intriguingly, rather than being Neanderthal killers, the original human settlers of Europe almost suffered the same fate. Ice cores recovered...
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

    01/11/2006 7:50:02 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 460+ views
    Activist Cash - Center for Consumer Freedom ^ | 2006 | Center for Consumer Freedom
    “We’re not a protest organization, we’re a policing organization,” Paul Watson...of his Sea Shepherd... A pirate organization is more like it. Sporting the skull and crossbones, his black or battleship-gray ships sail menacingly through the waves. They are painted with the names of the boats Watson has rammed and sunk. The ships are fitted with...a concrete-filled bow made for ramming, and an attachment dubbed the “can opener” that can tear open a boat’s hull. In his book Earth Warrior, David Morris writes that Watson wears a long bowie knife at his side and carries AK-47s on board. He blasts Richard...
  • Hawaii residents paid highest taxes in the nation in 2004

    02/08/2006 6:19:46 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    Hawaii residents paid more state taxes in 2004 than residents of any other state in the country... Hawaii residents paid an average of $3,050 per person in 2004, while Texans paid the least — an average of $1,368. Every state but one collected more taxes per person in 2004 than it did a decade earlier... State taxpayer burdens increased by an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. Only Alaska saw the amount it collects per person decline. Even when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, the individual tax burdens increased in 43 states. Rising education and Medicaid costs...
  • A pain in the butts

    02/10/2006 8:47:39 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 785+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 10, 2006 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    Enjoy those $6.59 cigarette packs for the next 19 days. Starting March 1, they'll cost $7.59. By a 10-7 vote, Cook County Board members voted Thursday to double the county tax on a pack of cigarettes from $1 to $2. A pack of Marlboro Lights that cost $6.59 at a downtown Walgreens Thursday will be $7.59 next month. The same pack costs $4.45 at a White Hen in the DuPage County city of Elmhurst, and it costs $3.76 at a Hammond, Ind... Commissioners voting against the tax hike said shoppers will increasingly hop borders, hurting Cook County businesses. With the...
  • In the Drink ( Google Gets the Gong )

    02/12/2006 9:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 938+ views
    INVESTORS HAVE BEEN FIXATED on Google the past few weeks, as its shares have tumbled nearly 25% from a peak of $475 -- and the fact is, there could be a lot more tumbling ahead. The share price could well be cut in half over the next year as the Internet giant grapples with growing competition from Microsoft and Yahoo!, increased pricing pressures in its online ad sales and mounting concern about what's known as click fraud. Suffice it to say, there are those who disagree... But the list of challenges the company faces is nothing short of mind-googling. As...
  • City, big unions mistaken to demonize Wal-Mart

    02/03/2006 4:38:24 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 666+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 3, 2006 | JONATHAN HOENIG
    Welcome, Wal-Mart Wal-Mart (has) grown from a single shop in a small Arkansas town into a world-wide colossus with 4,000 stores, 1.3 million employees, $245 billion in annual sales and 100 million customers each week. The company's success isn't built on exploiting. It's built on providing. Wal-Mart can't force anybody to work at its stores, nor can it force anybody to shop there. Through relentless cost-cutting and technological innovation, the company offers low-cost goods to consumers, jobs for willing employees and solid returns for shareholders. Yet Chicago...The City Council killed the prospect of a Supercenter in Chicago's South Side Chatham...
  • Ranchers can kill wolves harassing livestock

    12/31/2005 11:37:23 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,492+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 30, 2005 | Laura Zuckerman
    Next week, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton are expected to sign an agreement that would place management of an estimated 500 grey wolves into state, rather than federal, hands. The agreement would give ranchers permission to eliminate wolves that harass livestock. It also would empower state wildlife managers to pick off wolf packs that make a dent in the state's deer and elk populations. The wolf's revival in Idaho started a decade ago when officials released 35 wolves into central Idaho. Their numbers have grown steadily since then. Federal rules have carefully prescribed when ranchers...
  • What the Hell Happened in Colorado? ( Dec 2004 )

    11/02/2005 8:58:27 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 957+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/07/2004 | John Andrews
    Why Republicans held the state for Bush and lost everything else on the ballot. RED-STATE JOHNNIE HAS THE BLUES. Times are hard for Colorado Republicans, these days. Yes, we again carried Colorado for President Bush. With a GOP voter-registration edge of 186,000, we darn well should have. But that was all we did. Down-ballot, this was the ugliest election for Colorado Republicans that I've experienced in my 30 years in politics. And as president of Colorado's state Senate, I saw the devastation up-close. While Republicans were winning U.S. Senate races from Florida to Alaska, netting a four-seat gain, Colorado lost...
  • U.S. Boasts Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the OECD

    11/21/2005 6:06:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 671+ views
    Tax Foundation ^ | November 21, 2005 | Andrew Chamberlain
    We've just released a new study on corporate taxation around the globe. Bottom line: the U.S. is a global leader in yet another area—high corporate tax rates... The United States has the highest overall corporate income tax rate (39.3 percent combined federal and sub-federal) among all countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (see table below). Japan (39.0 percent) and Germany (38.9 percent) have the second and third highest corporate income tax rates. The nation with the lowest corporate income tax rate in the OECD is Ireland (12.5 percent).
  • Malicious software targets Google AdSense ads

    12/28/2005 7:15:47 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 1,212+ views
    Jen sense ^ | December 28, 2005 | Jenstar
    It was only a matter of time before a trojan or virus targeted AdSense or YPM for malicious activity, and the time has come. A new trojan horse discovered by an Indian publisher replaces Google AdSense ads with their own ads, advertising sites including dating, sex, viagra and weight loss. This trojan is very recent, because it not only converts regular AdSense ad units, but also the Google AdSense and Firefox referrer buttons into text links. reports that a new, deceptive Trojan Horse program has surfaced. The program is engineered to produce fake Google ads that are formatted to...
  • City wants its 8% cut of online ticket resales

    02/08/2006 9:05:57 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 863+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 8, 2006 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel Wes Hanscom told a City Council panel that City Hall is preparing to sue ticket resellers who make a killing on the Internet but leave taxpayers in the lurch. The crackdown can't come soon enough for Finance Committee Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th). He believes that as much as $16 million in amusement taxes is slipping through the city's fingers because of growing Internet purchases. $4.2 mil. loss on Sox postseason? "One registered ticket broker paid $140,000 in amusement tax on White Sox postseason. EBay, it is estimated, is 20 times the size of that broker....
  • NBC’s Williams apologizes after Obama-Ford mix-up (Both look the same to Brian)

    02/08/2006 5:35:49 AM PST · by frankjr · 70 replies · 2,456+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/7/06 | Jeff Dufour
    “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams told The Hill that he wrote Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) letters of apology last week after he confused the two men at the State of the Union address. During NBC’s broadcast, Williams noticed Obama on the House floor and identified him to the viewing audience. Unfortunately, it was actually Ford. “I made a silly and honest mistake, and knowing both men I knew instantly what I had done,” a contrite and gracious Williams said in a phone call. “I obviously should have corrected it, but the proper time...
  • What Is It With Democrats And Funerals?

    02/07/2006 4:43:50 PM PST · by george76 · 205 replies · 5,210+ views
    polipundit ^ | February 07th, 2006 | Lorie Byrd
    What is it that makes Democrats incapable of controlling their hostility, even during funerals? Especially during funerals. Rush Limbaugh just played a clip of today’s “Wellstone Funeral moment” from Rev. Joseph Lowry in which he raised the issue of weapons of mass destruction in the Coretta Scott King funeral, then talked about how not enough money is going to the poor. I know I have seen figures that indicate that Bush has spent more on some programs for the poor than Clinton did, but it wouldn’t matter if he had spent ten times more. Facts don’t matter. This is pure...
  • Galloway evicted from Big Brother house

    01/25/2006 7:56:55 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 850+ views
    Guardian Newspapers ^ | January 25, 2006 | Hélène Mulholland
    George Galloway tonight became the fourth person to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house as he admitted he had failed in his aims during almost two weeks of reality TV. The Respect MP attracted 64.7% of the public vote after being nominated alongside fake celebrity Chantelle Houghton and US basketball star Dennis Rodman. As he emerged from the house, a smiling Mr Galloway was met with boos and cheers from the crowd who gathered for tonight's double eviction.

    10/05/2005 7:38:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ^ | September 26 | Brian Hawthorne
    "GMUG" stands for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Combined, they encompass some 2.9 million acres of National Forest lands in Central and Western Colorado. These three forests are home to some of the most outstanding recreational opportunity in the West. Right now, the forest's are revising their Forest Plans. These management plans provide broad guidance on what activities may or may not occur on these lands. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group that champions recreational access and responsible use of public and private lands, is growing increasingly concerned about the influence several anti-access groups...