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  • Beaverton teacher faces investigation over Tea Party "infiltration"

    04/14/2010 10:13:27 AM PDT · by rogue yam · 59 replies · 2,782+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 14, 2010 | Jeff Mapes
    Jason Levin, the Portland man who caused a ruckus over his plans to "infiltrate" Tea Party protests in an aim to discredit them, teaches in a Beaverton middle school and now faces an investigation by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Melody Hanson, the commission's director of professional practices, said Wednesday that the agency opened an investigation because "there was enough concern that there was some neglect of duty" on the part of Levin.
  • Democrats' Approval Rating Plummets After Approval of ObamaCare

    04/12/2010 12:31:27 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 19 replies · 1,165+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/12/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    Despite the fact that Barack Obama took his campaign road show to the heartland to drum up support for his newly passed ObamaCare bill, the passage of the bill into law by Obama and the Democrats has sent their approval ratings dropping like a lead balloon. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke). Pelosi and the Democrats' 'victory march' through a sea of citizen protesters against the healthcare bill. The Gallup Organization is reporting today that Democrats now have their lowest approval rating in history. In addition, pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that public approval for the repeal of ObamaCare has reached its highest...
  • Change! Iranian Regime Wants Obama Tried By International Tribunal [Hey, works for me...]

    04/12/2010 11:28:59 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 56 replies · 1,247+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/12/10 | Jim Hoft
    Hojjatoleslam Mir Tajeddini wants Obama tried by international tribunal for threatening Iran. A top Iranian regime offiicial blasted Barack Obama today for his threatening comments about a nuclear attack on Iran. Vice-President for Parliamentary Affairs, Hojjatoleslam Mir Tajeddini, told reporters that Obama should be tried in an international tribunal. Fars News reported: A senior Iranian official on Monday blasted US President Barack Obama for his recent threat of a nuclear attack against Iran, urging that Obama should be tried in a tribunal for uttering “criminal” statements against Tehran.“Obama has uttered dangerous remarks and sanctioned atomic attack and nuclear bombardment of...
  • Md. driver accused of hitting judge who suspended DWI term in 1998 (New DUI)

    04/10/2010 9:38:29 PM PDT · by tlb · 13 replies · 743+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2010 | Dan Morse
    The tragedy of it all was immediately clear: A suspected drunk driver, at 3 in the afternoon, swings his Chevy Tahoe into oncoming traffic. "He's going to hit us!" Ellen Collier, 81, told her husband, Edwin, 85, who was driving their 2001 Honda Accord. The strange coincidence took longer to sort out: The Honda's driver, retired Montgomery County District judge Edwin Collier, had presided over thousands of drunken-driving cases, including one in 1998 involving the Tahoe's driver. Collier had spared him jail time, even though the man had been arrested on drinking-and-driving charges twice in three months. "It's just a...
  • Zelaya Will Travel to Dominican Republic as "Distinguished Guest"

    01/22/2010 6:53:41 AM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 250+ views
    Honduras Weekly ^ | January 20, 2010
    Deposed president Manuel Zelaya will be allowed to travel to the Dominican Republic under the status of "distinguished guest". During a visit yesterday to that country's capital of Santa Domingo, President-elect Porfirio Lobo announced that soon after he is inaugurated as Honduras' next president, he will provide a letter of safe passage for Mr. Zelaya, his family, and his closest advisers. An agreement facilitating the deal was signed by Mr. Lobo and Dominican president Leonel Fernández. The announcement helps lay to rest speculation about Mr. Zelaya's near-term plans following the change of power in Honduras on January 27. Mr. Zelaya...
  • Air America, the Talk Radio Network, Will Go Off the Air

    01/21/2010 6:46:33 PM PST · by La Lydia · 20 replies · 807+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 20, 2010 | Brian Stelter
    Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a “very difficult economic environment.” The chairman of Air America Media, Charlie Kireker, said in a statement that the company would file under Chapter 7 bankruptcy “to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business...” The closing did not come as a surprise. Air America, which began six years ago and has 100 affiliated stations, cycled through a number of owners and never found its financial footing. It first filed for bankruptcy protection in 2006 but managed to stay on the air....
  • Senator John Kerry out million$

    12/05/2009 12:59:53 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 43 replies · 2,211+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/05/09 | Dave Wedge
    The nation’s richest senator - the Bay State’s own John Forbes Kerry - has been knocked down a few notches after seeing his fortune sliced by one-third by the fiscal meltdown that ripped down Wall Street. Kerry’s personal net worth plunged from an estimated $336 million in 2007 to $208 million in 2008, according to a study by the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics. The Boston Democrat’s staggering losses dropped him from first to third among the wealthiest senators, trailing Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) “So does this mean Senator Kerry is now arriving in Nantucket by ferry...
  • Seattle Police Shoot and Kill Suspect in Murder of Four Police Officers

    12/01/2009 4:18:26 AM PST · by SE Mom · 96 replies · 3,428+ views
    SEATTLE — A sheriff's spokesman in Washington state says Seattle police have fatally shot the man suspected of gunning down four police officers.
  • Barack abandons the young: The President's policies hurt the generation that put him in office

    11/30/2009 2:00:41 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 22 replies · 979+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/30/09 | James Kirchick
    The 2008 presidential race was widely trumpeted as the "Youth Election," and for good reason. Inspired by Barack Obama's relative youth and his message of "hope" and "change," young Americans flocked to the then-junior senator from Illinois. It is doubtful that he could have become the most powerful man in the world without them. What did the young get for their critical outpouring of support? Though most of his youthful backers would be hesitant to admit it, the President has betrayed them on three issues of great importance to their wallets and sympathies: health care reform, the federal budget and...
  • The Simple Power Of “Now”

    11/15/2009 8:42:54 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 195+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 11-15-09 | Gerry Ashley
    Sunday morning, for many, is a time of reflection. Some of us do it in a house of worship, others choose to do so off on their own. For me, it’s a private time between me and my creator… I take stock in what’s been happening, where the world is going, and me in particular. What have I contributed that is positive? Negative? Is there something I need to fix around the house? Around my Karma? And do I have the tools to accomplish either task? But every now and then, it’s time to pack up all those things that...
  • Defense lawyer: Fort Hood suspect may be paralyzed

    11/13/2009 6:43:18 AM PST · by cll · 104 replies · 2,993+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 11/13/2009 | Angela K. Brown
    FORT HOOD, Texas — The attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused of killing fellow soldiers at Fort Hood says doctors have told the soldier he may be paralyzed from the waist down. Attorney John Galligan told The Associated Press on Friday that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan told him that he has no feeling in his legs and doctors say the condition may be permanent. Galligan says Hasan also told him he had extreme pain in his hands. Hasan was shot by police officers responding to last week's shootings at Fort Hood. Galligan spoke with him Thursday in the intensive care...
  • Fl. 2010: White House contradicts Crist on stimulus (Obama throws Crist under the bus)

    11/05/2009 6:28:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 857+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-11-05 | Aaron Blake
    The White House didn't do its erstwhile stimulus ally Charlie Crist much good on Thursday. Asked about Crist's contention that he never endorsed the stimulus bill, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Crist was behind the package. "I think his words at that event speak for themselves," Gibbs said. "I think he was very supportive of the legislation and supportive of the benefits it would have and has had for the state of Florida." One has to wonder how anxious centrist Republicans will be to get behind Democratic initiatives now that the White House has thrown one of few...
  • The Obama war against Fox News: Risky business?

    10/19/2009 11:43:32 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 30 replies · 1,658+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 19, 2009
    The Obama White House is making no secret of its distaste for Fox News. In a round of Sunday talk show appearances, the administration escalated its war against the network that likes to call itself "fair and balanced" but that happens to feature quite a few conservative voices... But some are wondering if this is smart politics. Given that Fox News boasts a far larger audience than cable competitors CNN and MSNBC, and given that most elections are decided by independents who might occasionally watch FNC, the strategy could backfire. “It's a very risky strategy,” perennial presidential advisor David Gergen...
  • Panic At CBS AS Suits Realize They Are On The Hook For 100s of Millions $ For Letterman The Letch

    10/03/2009 7:53:29 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 180 replies · 7,141+ views
    Friends and fiends at network in NY | MB26
    There is panic at Black Rock Last evening, at an executive-level party attended by some of the Senior Suits from CBS, (and others,) Letterman was the ONLY topic of conversation. There was clearly panic in the air. And old friend/fiend who was there said it was more delicious than the cold Hors’ Dourves and watered down Scotch. There was no concern for the moral implications of Letterman’s actions, of course. The big worry was about the huge cost of litigation from all the victims of Letterman’s slippery zipper. When the news of the trouble was first announced, there was about...
  • DUmmies Sobbings Their Little Hearts Out Over Loss of Racist "Truther" Van Jones (VANITY)

    09/05/2009 11:12:00 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 110 replies · 4,134+ views
    other places | 09/05/09 | Me
    Enjoy their sweet, sweet pain and lamentations. ... and, for those who prefer to watch KOSsacks suffer and writhe in delicious torment: here. ;)
  • Robbery suspect spray-paints face for disguise, dies

    08/23/2009 10:29:40 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 66 replies · 3,575+ views
    WIS TV ^ | 21 August 2009
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies say a man spray-painted his face in order to disguise himself during a robbery, but died after he had trouble breathing after the robbery. Sheriff Leon Lott says on July 31 at around 7:00pm 23-year-old Michael Gregory Thomas and 24-year-old Thomas James entered the Sprint PCS store on Sparkleberry Lane, pulled out a guns and demanded money. Lott says the two men stole wallets, purses and credit cards from employees as well as money from the store before ordering the employees into a bathroom while both men fled. Lott says Thomas James spray-painted...
  • Obama's Betrayal of the Working-Class Male

    07/20/2009 5:42:18 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 28 replies · 827+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | July 20, 2009 | Carey Roberts
    It’s no secret that men have been hit hard by the recession. From November 2007 to November 2008, the U.S. economy lost over 2 million jobs — 82% of those losses were male jobs and only 18% female jobs. The reason is because men are concentrated in the sectors devastated by the downturn: manufacturing and construction. This employment gap prompted University of Michigan economist Mark Perry to dub the downturn a “man-cession in the lipstick economy.” So in his Inauguration speech, Barack Obama glowingly promised, “We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed...
  • Michigan unemployment tops 15%

    07/17/2009 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies · 1,831+ views
    CNN Money ^ | July 17, 2009 | By Ben Rooney
    NEW YORK ( -- Michigan became the first state in 25 years to suffer an unemployment rate exceeding 15%, according to a report released Friday by the government. The state's unemployment rate rose to 15.2% in June. It was the highest of any state since March 1984, when West Virginia's unemployment rate exceeded 15%. Friday's report from the U.S. Labor Department also showed that unemployment topped 10% in 14 other states and the District of Columbia. Over the month, jobless rates increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Unemployment rates decreased in 5 states and 7 states had...
  • Susan Roesgen Out at CNN

    07/16/2009 1:31:37 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 76 replies · 2,536+ views
    Breaking: TVNewser has learned CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen's contract will not be renewed and she will be leaving the network. Roesgen, you'll recall, was criticized for her coverage at the tax day tea parties in April, when she said the event she was covering in Chicago was, "anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing, conservative network Fox." Roesgen took a break for a few weeks after that reporting and returned to the air in May covering the Drew Peterson arrest. Most recently, she covered Michael Jackson's death from Los Angeles. Roesgen joined CNN in 2005.
  • Michigan unemployment Rate Soars to 15.1%

    07/15/2009 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Kieri · 122 replies · 2,440+ views
    WLNS ^ | 07/15/09 | Various
    Michigan's unemployment rate for June of 2009 jumped to 15.2%. That's a 1.1% increase over the prior month. Rates usually climb or fall by a few tenths of a percent. It's rare to see such a substantial increase or decrease. But experts say the struggling economy combined with the ailing auto market means Michigan has been hit harder than other states. We'll have much more on the numbers and what it means for Michigan tonight on 6 News at 5 and 6.
  • George Tiller (Child Murderer) shot to death at Wichita church

    05/31/2009 9:35:48 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 1,499 replies · 77,417+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 05/30/2009 | Stan Finger
    Kansas Abortionist George Tiller was shot today as he was going to Church.
  • Democrats kill McCain's alternative stimulus plan

    02/05/2009 3:18:31 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 2,328+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-05
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has killed an alternative economic stimulus plan by Sen. John McCain that would have cut income and payroll taxes but spent far less than President Obama's plan. The party-line 57-40 vote against McCain's $421 billion plan came Thursday as a group of moderate Democrats and Republicans struggled to cut up to $100 billion from Obama's version.
  • Parker: President will need good karma to succeed (PROJECTILE VOMIT ALERT)

    01/30/2009 8:59:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies · 785+ views
    Topkea Capital Journal ^ | 1/30/2009 | Kathleen Parker
    It may be time to take a closer look at karmic justice — that mysterious quid pro quo by which good and bad acts are rewarded in kind. One needn't believe in past lives and reincarnation to note that there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on. Put another way: What goes around comes around. The most obvious manifestation is the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. I mention his middle name only because Chief Justice John Roberts did during the swearing-in ceremony, a proper time for proper names. It was wholly karmic that those who have been...
  • Pirate's Body Washes Ashore With Money

    01/11/2009 3:57:17 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 1,169+ views
    AP via AOL News ^ | January 11, 2009 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, AP
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (Jan. 11) - The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said Sunday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship. Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after they received a reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Local resident Omar Abdi Hassan said one of the bodies had been found on a beach near the coastal town of Haradhere and relatives were searching for the other four.
  • 5 Somali Pirates "Drown" in a "Storm" Escaping With Ransom

    01/10/2009 6:49:49 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 21 replies · 1,323+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 10, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    I always wondered how these jokers planned to get off the ship if or when their demands were met. It's sort of like hijacking a tree. We can see you - you know. There's no other way out.I just figured that they would demand an escape boat which would promptly be sunk by the U.S. Navy once all the bad guys and their booty were aboard. So when I read the story yesterday that the guys not only got the ransom, they just got on a boat and seemingly got away, I was amazed. I thought maybe the clever buccaneers...
  • Prosecutor of butt-swatting boys is arrested in alleged assault

    12/18/2008 9:05:55 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 37 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Thursday December 18, 2008, 5:00 PM | by Susan Goldsmith
    Debra Markham, a Yamhill County deputy district attorney who made national news in 2007 for prosecuting two McMinnville seventh graders for swatting the bottoms of girls at their middle school, is now facing criminal charges herself.Markham was arrested last month in Lincoln City for allegedly punching her husband in the face following a dispute. A Lincoln City police officer said Markham's husband, Curtis Cox, had blood on his forehead and cheek from the assault. She was transported to the local jail and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, according to the Lincoln County district attorney. Markham, 54, has entered a...
  • Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right (2008 Edition)

    11/13/2008 7:32:49 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 71 replies · 2,488+ views ^ | 11/13/08 | John Hawkins
    Right Wing News emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to send us a list of whom they considered to be their "Least Favorite People On The Right." Representatives from the following 46 blogs responded... The Anchoress, AtlanticBlog, Axis of Right, BizzyBlog, Blonde Sagacity, Bookworm Room, Bull Moose Strikes Back, The Chronicles Of A Rogue Jew, Conservatism Today, Conservative Compendium, Conservative Grapevine, Conservative Punk, Copious Dissent, Dispatches from Blogblivion, Doubleplusundead, Fraters Libertas, Gateway Pundit, Girl On The Right, House of Eratosthenes, Paul Ibrahim, Jihad Watch, Keepin' It Rural, Likelihood of Success, Lotus Blog, Rachel Lucas, Mean Ol' Meany...
  • How Can McCain Be Losing Latinos?

    10/26/2008 9:54:46 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 98 replies · 2,258+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/26/08 | Ruben Navarrette
    SAN DIEGO -- Recently, I was on a Latino-themed radio show defending John McCain. The defendant was accused of abandoning comprehensive immigration reform, turning his back on Latino supporters, and associating with a bad crowd (read: Republicans). I didn't give an inch. I was the only person in the discussion who actually knew McCain -- from my stint 10 years ago as a reporter at a newspaper in Arizona -- and I could attest to the fact that the senator had always gone to bat for Latinos. At one point, another guest scolded me in frustration: "Look, it's not about...
  • Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress

    10/13/2008 5:15:49 PM PDT · by DocT111 · 23 replies · 963+ views
    West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee. Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000 a year job for two years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising, the staffers said. A Mahoney spokesperson would not answer questions about the alleged affair...
  • Hispanics Turn Cold Shoulder to McCain

    10/09/2008 7:09:23 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 110 replies · 2,224+ views
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Despite championing immigration reform in 2007, John McCain is poised to lose the Hispanic vote by a landslide margin that is well below President George W. Bush's 2004 performance. Polls show Obama winning the broadest support from Latino voters of any Democrat in a decade, while McCain is struggling to reach 30 percent, closer to Senator Bob Dole's dismal 1996 result than to Bush's historic 40% four years ago. McCain seems to have wound up with the worst of both worlds: He appears to be getting no credit from Latino voters for his past support for immigration reform, while carrying...

    10/04/2008 5:12:57 PM PDT · by Meggers · 16 replies · 738+ views
    My Word and Welcome to it ^ | 10-4-08 | Annie Wilson
    OJ Attorney Yale Galanter said it was not a happy day for anybody. BUT HE WAS WRONG!!! While most of you were sleeping, the OJ Simpson jury came back with a GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES verdict against Nicole Brown Simpson’s…last visitor. How Galanter can think that this “isn’t a happy day for anyone” is beyond me. Off the top of my head, I can think of a LOT of people who think that this is a HAP-HAP HAPPY DAY…Ron Brown’s family, Nicole Simpson’s family, ME and every single person that I know for starters. As a matter of fact, I...
  • The final meltdown: Billy Jeff loses it over Vanity Fair’s article

    06/03/2008 4:37:30 AM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies · 170+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 6-02-08 | Allahpundit
    “There seems to be an abiding anger in him,” one of his senior aides told Todd Purdum. Good lord, does there ever. Not to begrudge the man a little righteous outrage at being the target of a hit piece, but the detail here about him refusing to let go of Mayhill Fowler’s hand is the creepy final act to a campaign performance that passed “bizarre” a long time ago. He’s like Orson Welles here tearing apart the bedroom at the end of Citizen Kane in frustration that no one’s left to admire his greatness. Which isn’t to suggest that what...
  • Vegan finds dead mouse in bag of tortilla chips

    03/14/2008 5:43:31 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 42 replies · 1,055+ views ^ | 03142008 | David Landes
    Feeling hair in her mouth, a 16-year-old vegan from Partille outside of Gothenburg looked down to discover a mouse cadaver in her bag of tortilla chips. “It was terrible. I went through the roof when I heard what happened,” said Thomas Sällström, the girl’s grandfather. He arrived at his daughter's house shortly after his granddaughter realized a mummified mouse was nestled among the chips. “They were just sitting eating chips like you would on any normal Saturday night and then this happened,” he told The Local. “She didn’t actually eat the mouse, but did get some hair in her mouth.”...
  • William and Mary president resigns in disgrace

    02/12/2008 8:57:25 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 52 replies · 171+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 12, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    The head of the College of William and Mary, Gene Nichol, has resigned in disgrace. Several readers send along his resignation letter. You’ll recall that he roiled the campus with his decision to hide the cross at the famous school chapel to make it “less faith-specific.” More recently, he hosted a sex workers show on campus while restricting critics who wanted to tape it. Here’s his letter:....Dear Members of the William & Mary Community: I was informed by the Rector on Sunday, after our Charter Day celebrations, that my contract will not be renewed in July. Appropriately, serving the College...
  • Maureen's New Age Exorcism

    12/30/2007 10:04:48 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 394+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is America ready for a New Age pundit? There's been much scrutiny of the respective religions of Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. But do we need to reconsider Maureen Dowd's fitness for op-ed office in light of the revelation that she has apparently embraced New Age spirituality, even undergoing a New Age "exorcism" complete with swinging crytal? I kept waiting for Dowd to say it was all a joke -- but she never did. Her column of today, "Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?", describes her experience, conducted by one Faith Green: "a pretty, curvy 31-year-old green-eyed...
  • Breaking News - Explosions Rock Iran Military Site

    11/18/2007 2:43:45 PM PST · by FARS · 121 replies · 296+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | November 18th, 2007 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Tuesday/Wednesday, November 13/14 - about 4 a.m. Sources inside and outside Iran. A series of explosions rocked the Parchin Military Site (where missiles, including "cruise" type missiles, are manufactured) at Varamin south of Tehran. The Shahab 3, 4 and more recently Shahab 5 solid fuel missiles at the site are hidden in old salt mines in the mountain face in the area, further excavated and furbished for development and manufacture. The main purpose of this Ministry of Defense site, established by the late Shah's father - Reza Shah Kabir - in the early 1900's and taken over by the IRGC,...
  • Leggett Offers Alternative To O'Malley Tax Proposal

    11/01/2007 7:13:34 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 7 replies · 188+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2007 | Philip Rucker
    Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will present an alternative personal income tax plan to Maryland lawmakers today that would tax the state's highest earners at a rate one percentage point lower than Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed. Lawmakers from Montgomery have voiced concern that O'Malley's proposal to redistribute the tax burden to Maryland's most affluent residents would affect Montgomery more than any other jurisdiction and threaten the economic interests of the state's largest and wealthiest county.... Under Leggett's alternative, single filers reporting taxable income above $500,000 and joint filers reporting a combined taxable income above $1 million would be taxed...
  • George Clooney breaks rib in motorcycle crash

    09/21/2007 8:38:06 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 51 replies · 406+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/21/07
    WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- George Clooney suffered a broken rib and some scrapes on Friday when the motorcycle he and a friend were riding collided with a car as the actor tried to pass the other vehicle, authorities said. Weehawken Police Sgt. Sean Kelly said the collision occurred at 3:30 p.m. as Clooney and friend Sarah Larson were traveling north on Boulevard East and sped up to pass on the right a 1999 Mazda Millenia that was preparing to make a right turn. Kelly said it is not known if the driver of the other vehicle, who has not been identified,...
  • Reporter who mocked Bush on Segway suffers own spill

    09/04/2007 4:45:04 AM PDT · by stratboy · 40 replies · 2,303+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | September 3, 2007 | None Listed
    Call it irony or call it karma. The ex-newspaper editor from Britain who mocked President Bush in 2003 for falling off a Segway scooter has now suffered his own spill from the personal transportation device – and the plunge was caught on camera.
  • Reporter Who Called Bush ‘Idiot’ for Segway Fall Cracks Ribs in Fall from Contraption

    09/03/2007 3:14:37 PM PDT · by rfp1234 · 101 replies · 5,796+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | 09/03/2007 | Breitbart TV
    The ex-newspaper editor took great delight in making fun of President Bush for falling off a Segway - the two-wheeled, motorised, gyroscopically balanced scooter that, its makers promise, will never fall over. However, he was bitten by karma and suffered the same fate as Bush.
  • Mugabe's Military Might Fades In Pay Crisis

    08/26/2007 5:56:39 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 743+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-27-2007 | Peta Thornycroft
    Mugabe's military might fades in pay crisis By Peta Thornycroft in Johannesburg Last Updated: 1:16am BST 27/08/2007 Zimbabwe's military strength, upon which Robert Mugabe's political survival depends, is seeping away due to the country's collapsed economy. British-made Hawk trainer: the only pilot has gone Once among the best trained and most battle hardened in Africa, the military is now suffering a rash of defections among servicemen who are no longer prepared to put up with subsistence wages. One young officer cadet who went AWOL in May asked not to be named by The Daily Telegraph, nor for his home village...
  • Paris Hilton's Prosecutor Under Scrutiny

    06/25/2007 2:58:22 PM PDT · by em2vn · 8 replies · 524+ views
    Myway ^ | 06-25-07 | JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
    When Paris Hilton was sprung from jail early, few were as outraged - and as outspoken - as the prosecutor who put her there. But City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's complaints of a two-tiered jail system where "the rich and powerful receive special treatment" have come to back to haunt him. Among other things, he also admitted sticking the taxpayers with the bill after his wife crashed his city-issued car in 2004, and acknowledged that staffers have occasionally run personal errands and baby-sat his children. The disclosures have led the California bar and the city Ethics Commission to open investigations of...
  • BERKELEY - Council passes plan to stop bad street behavior

    06/13/2007 2:56:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies · 925+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2007 | carolyn Jones
    BERKELEY Council passes plan to stop bad street behavior Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Berkeley's City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass most of a sweeping plan to clear the streets of aggressive and disruptive behavior. The Public Commons for Everyone Initiative passed 9-0 after months of debate among the council, homeless advocates, merchants and residents. The council instructed City Manager Phil Kamlarz to develop details of the implementation, which he will bring back to the council for further approval. "This is a tolerant and caring community, but we do have our boundaries,'' said Mayor...
  • Train Kills Man Trying to Kill Woman

    05/22/2007 1:19:54 AM PDT · by Omega Man II · 10 replies · 2,155+ views
    Man dies in attempt to kill girlfriend LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man trying to kill his girlfriend by stopping a car in front of an approaching train was himself killed Monday when the train hit the vehicle and launched it into him as he tried to flee, police said. The girlfriend survived. The man drove the car in front of a group of other vehicles stopped at a railroad crossing in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Sunland, Officer Mike Lopez said. The driver, who was seen arguing with his girlfriend, parked the car on the tracks and jumped...
  • Man Dies Trying To Kill Girlfriend On Train Tracks

    05/21/2007 4:40:37 PM PDT · by CAWats · 7 replies · 499+ views
    PACOIMA - A man who police believe was trying to kill his girlfriend today by abandoning her in a parked car on railroad tracks ahead of a speeding Metrolink train was killed instead, authorities said. The man and his girlfriend, who was listed in serious condition after the crash, were stopped behind two cars at the tracks near Brandford Street and San Fernando Road just after noon as the train approached, said LAPD spokesman Kevin Maiberger. He drove his car around the two cars, through the crossing arms and parked the car on the tracks, with the train approaching directly...
  • Katie Couric Lashes Out at 'Vultures' (priceless!)

    12/18/2006 9:07:29 AM PST · by STARWISE · 134 replies · 6,420+ views
    PeopleMag ^ | 12-18-06 | Stephen M. Silverman
    Katie Couric admits that her new gig as anchor of the CBS Evening News has been "a little harder than I thought it would be." "Some people out there are rooting for me to fail," Couric, 49, tells Esquire in its January issue. "You have to be unwavering in your convictions that you're doing something good, because there are a lot of circling vultures that will eat you alive." Couric points out that Esquire itself criticized her after her Sept. 5 debut. "You guys even take a shot at me," she tells the magazine. "You have something in the November...
  • Shots fired at Florida mosque as Ramadan begins; no injuries or arrests

    09/23/2006 8:58:25 AM PDT · by jdm · 50 replies · 1,431+ views
    AP via Newspress ^ | Sept 23, 2006
    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A mosque was hit by gunfire as members inside celebrated the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, authorities said Saturday. No injuries were reported and there were no arrests. A member of the Islamic Society of Brevard County stepped outside the mosque Friday night to use his cell phone when he heard several gun shots, police said. The man, who was not immediately identified, took cover behind a wall as several rounds struck the building, police said. He then ran inside and told mosque members, who called police. Authorities searched the surrounding area for...
  • Brave New World at JHU

    09/13/2006 1:09:46 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 13 replies · 603+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 13, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Johns Hopkins is mostly known as a staid old Baltimore institution famous for the breakthroughs of its medical researchers but the university’s alumni magazine shows a campus that is more new age than old guard. President Bush did speak there, a rarity in an academy that loathes the Republican chief executive, but the appearance did not sit too well with students and alums. “The sheer narcissism, risk-aversion, deference, and partisanship of the event and its report in the magazine betray the intellectual and political standards Johns Hopkins values,” Sayres Rudy, a visiting scholar at Amherst College writes. “I know that...
  • Protest permit alarms Utah's Jews (How to kill an Arab terrorist)

    08/25/2006 7:33:44 PM PDT · by Tannerone · 253 replies · 3,387+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8-25-06 | Heather May
    The Salt Lake Slick Tatletail headlines this piece about a disturbing request for a demonstration permit: Protest permit alarms Arab's USA terrorist' CAIR is a special target as the officials have such a big mouth they cannot be missed But it isn't only USA Arab community who should be alarmed. ------------ START QUOTE ------------ Members of USA's Arab community are alarmed by a proposed demonstration that will call for "Death to Arab's". A man - whose name wasn't available Thursday - has applied for a free-speech permit from Salt Lake Sluice to demonstrate on sidewalks near City Hall on Wednesday....
  • Ken Lay has died (heart attack)

    07/05/2006 7:03:35 AM PDT · by ElRushbo · 514 replies · 21,476+ views
    Reuters | 7/5/06
    cause of death unknown