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  • The elections are not the last word — keep fighting for socialism! (Barf)

    09/23/2016 2:22:49 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Workers World ^ | September 22, 2016 | L.T. Pham
    Join Workers World Party and hundreds of activists from around the country and the world for the annual WWP National Conference on Nov. 11-13 in New York. 2016 has seen nothing short of an assault on the movement for justice, liberation and self-determination. But it has also been an incredible year of struggle, where the most militant people have risen up to say no more to exploitation, violence and repression, all facilitated by capitalism. The conference will come only days after the presidential elections. Working and oppressed people will, without a doubt, be disappointed by the results. But where will...
  • The Useless Left

    09/22/2016 3:04:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    The principal distinction between the right and the left is that the former is rich and the latter is poor. The principal distinction is that the right is filled with people who work in real jobs that produce valuable goods and services while the left is infested with people who do not work or do useless work, like lawyers, professors, and community organizers. Consider the occupations of the last few nominees of the two parties. The Republicans nominated men who had been war heroes (Dole and McCain and George H. Bush) or businessmen (George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Trump),...
  • Leech Therapy Gaining Popularity in South Florida

    05/25/2016 6:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 24, 2016 | Laura Rodriguez
    The healing powers of a blood-sucking worm: South Florida medical practitioners are using leeches to treat patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions. Hirudotherapy, commonly referred to as Leech Therapy, is a centuries-old practice used to treat a wide range of conditions. Patricia Nardone has uterine fibroids and turned to this alternative therapy after undergoing an ineffective medical procedure. "It affects my daily life because I get tired and I'm anemic," she said. Through an online search and a couple of phone calls, she found Alicja Kolyszko, a naturopathic practitioner who travels around the United States working to heal...
  • New Yorkers Might Have to Pay an Extra 10 Cents to Get Disposable Bags

    03/27/2014 6:15:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies ^ | 3/26/14 | Caroline Bankoff
    The City Council has proposed a bill that would require grocery and other retail shops to charge customers ten cents for the privilege of bringing their purchases home in a new paper or plastic bag. (Proceeds from the fee would go back to the store owners.) The plan, which is currently endorsed by 19 council members (it needs 26 votes to pass), is intended to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags....
  • Michelle Obama, Daughters Make Stylish Arrival in China, Promote Family Time

    03/20/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by bkopto · 113 replies
    Latino Post ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Yara Simon
    Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are in China to promote family, a U.S.-China diplomacy, and they are doing it in style. Obama wore a leather-and-suede patchwork Derek Lam dress. She paired it with thigh high boots, and seemed to be dressed for slightly chilly weather. Sasha and Malia were equally as chic. The sisters wore complementary outfits, as they are known to do. Sasha wore a velvet red skirt, a black top and tights. Malia wore a shiny silver pleated skirt and a brown shirt. The Obamas were invited by another stylish lady, Chinese First Lady Peng...
  • Leeches save hand, help Illinois man avoid amputation

    02/07/2014 5:47:53 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 6, 2014 | Brooks Hays
    DEKALB, Ill., Over the course of a month, a man in Dekalb, Ill., applied more than 1400 leeches to his injured hand in order to keep it from having to be amputated. When Sam Leon caught his hand in a roller press at work last year, the results were rather gruesome. The skin was ripped from his hand and fingers and there was severe damage to many of his veins, nerves and arteries. Leon's doctors said that in similar situations, 80 percent of the time, amputation is the only recourse. But Leon was adamant about not losing his hand. "I...
  • Next step on food stamp fraud up to Wal-Mart, local police say

    10/15/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies | The Times Picayune ^ | October 15, 2013 | Lauren McGaughy
    Police in two north Louisiana cities won't investigate fraudulent food stamp purchases made at local Wal-Marts this weekend unless asked by the retailer, law enforcement representatives said Tuesday. But it is unclear whether the world's largest retailer would ask local police to intervene, after a company representative said Wal-Mart believed it made the right decision this weekend and would keep customers' best interests at heart in the issue going forward.The fraudulent purchases were made at the Springhill and Mansfield locations during a massive system-wide outage on Saturday (Oct. 12). Wal-Mart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said the retailer instructed cashiers at the...
  • Tracy Browning - Jailed After Repeatedly Trying To Purchase iPads With Food Stamp Card...

    01/02/2013 2:44:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Weekly Vice ^ | December 26, 2012 | Danny Vice
    Louisville, Kentucky - Tracy Browning, a 38-year-old Louisville woman, was jailed after she allegedly tried to purchase several iPads with a food stamp card, then fled to another location where she tried to make the same transaction. According to Louisville police, Browning went to the Valley Station Walmart and tried to purchase two iPads with an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. When the transaction was denied, she assaulted a store clerk, pushed another employee to the ground and fled from the store with the merchandise. Investigators say Browning went to another Walmart in the area a short time later and again...
  • Mitch McConnell on verge of chance to be Senate majority leader (No Thanks, we'll pick someone else)

    01/23/2012 4:56:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/23/2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell operates with a steely resolve, a political discipline that leaves nothing to chance. A childhood bout with polio instilled in him an enormous capacity for patience. And for 25 years in Congress, the Kentucky Republican has waited for the moment now before him: the chance to become Senate majority leader. With four seats needed to flip the chamber, or three if a Republican is elected president (because the vice president could break a tie), the GOP has its best opportunity in years to gain full control of Congress. But McConnell and his party must first...
  • Enforcement Works — Unexpectedly! (no amnesty needed)

    12/19/2011 11:26:22 AM PST · by heiss · 15 replies
    NRO ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | Mark Krikorian
    Alabama’s unemployment rate fell at a record pace in November amid stepped-up efforts by President Barack Obama’s deputies to frustrate enforcement of the state’s popular new immigration reform. The state’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent in November to 8.7 percent, according to new state reports, partly because the state’s employers opened up jobs to Americans after shedding illegal immigrants. The unemployment rate is far below October’s rate of 9.3 percent and September’s rate of 9.8 percent. “The continued drop is proof that people — American Citizens [and] legal migrants, have suffered at the hands of politicians who choose politics over...
  • Caption Occupy Wall Street "Day of Action" (**snort**)

    11/17/2011 9:55:14 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 121 replies
    Occupy Wall Street demonstrators dance in front of the New York City Police during what protest organizers call a "Day of Action" in New York November 17, 2011. Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through New York's financial district toward the stock exchange on Thursday to protest economic inequality at the heart of the American capitalism. Sunni Justice 27, unemployed, poses for a portrait in the Occupy Toronto camp at St James Park, Toronto, November 7, 2011. Sunni said, "..why am I here? Simple answer is because I care about the earth and I care about my fellow brothers...
  • Lawsuit filed in Reno air race crash

    11/01/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ken Ritter
    The family of a Texas man killed when a racing aircraft crashed into spectators in the National Championship Air Races in Reno filed a $25 million lawsuit Tuesday against the pilot's family, a mechanic on the World War II-era aircraft and the Nevada organization that hosted the event.
  • Thousands Line Up In Philadelphia For Food Stamps

    09/27/2011 1:42:08 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 60 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | September 27, 2011
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of people in Philadelphia are waiting in long lines for aid due to losses caused by Hurricane Irene; however, there is a lot of confusion over who exactly qualifies. At several locations throughout the city, thousands lined up to get a month’s worth of food stamps for food that was ruined by Hurricane Irene in late August. However, confusion of who is exactly qualified for the food stamps has lead to long lines and short tempers. Officials say the application deadline is 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Federal Emergency Management Agency program, which is administered by...
  • Leeches save woman's face after dog attack

    09/20/2011 7:33:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 20 Sep 11 | David Landes
    Doctors in southern Sweden used hundreds of leeches to help save a woman's face after a massive chunk had been bitten off by her own dog. The woman was rushed to hospital in August after her mixed-race dog unexpectedly attacked her, biting off a piece of her face from her upper lip all the way up to her eye. Alert relatives made sure to recover the loose chunk of flesh bitten off by the dog and keep it chilled ... The most important thing was to get blood into the torn off body part, which we managed to do within...
  • Weekend lunches for lean times (Mega-Barf Alert)

    07/10/2011 2:43:54 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 69 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 10 July 2011 | Allyson Manning
    DELAWARE, Ohio - Kids don't stop being hungry on weekends. Many depend on free lunches served on weekdays during the summer at more than 1,500 sites throughout Ohio, but Saturdays and Sundays can be days without a guaranteed meal. This summer, six of those sites will try to fill kids' bellies over weekends through a two-year national pilot project. Andrews House, a community-services center here, is the only central Ohio site offering the weekend meals. "They become dependent on the school cafeteria. It's an important source of nutrition for them," said Don Chenoweth, executive director of Andrews House. "Some families...
  • UNION CHANT: Bill Ripping the Heart Out of the Middle Class

    02/24/2011 11:15:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 1+ views
    various | February 24, 2011 | Vanity
    Union Workers Hold Rally In Philly [excerpt] The third event in Pennsylvania over the past three days, dubbed a "We Are Wisconsin" solidarity event, was organized by labor groups such as Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, the SEIU and Penn ACTION. Thursday's rally was staged at lunchtime in the Municipal Services Building plaza at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Teachers, health care workers, police and firefighters, building trade workers, elected officials and union leadership waved signs and chanted "we are one" at the rally adjacent to City Hall. The message repeated by nearly a dozen speakers was that...
  • Righthaven wins key ruling as new criticism leveled over suits

    09/03/2010 5:57:44 PM PDT · by redreno · 23 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 | 9:31 a.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's online copyright enforcement partner won an important legal ruling in federal court Thursday -- just as a new round of criticism erupted over the no-warning lawsuit campaign over Review-Journal stories. In a case pitting the Review-Journal's partner, Righthaven LLC, against a Texas law firm, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt denied the law firm's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • State (GA), feds target 80 in housing fraud (re:30,000 in line for Section 8 housing.

    09/01/2010 3:23:21 PM PDT · by Dacula · 13 replies
    ajc ^ | 09/01/10 | Rhonda Cook
    State and federal authorities swept across Georgia Wednesday scooping up dozens of people who claimed federal housing subsidies they were not entitled to receive. By midday, 48 people were in custody and state and federal agents were planning to serve arrest warrants on the remaining 32 people by the end of the day. A total of 80 people were targeted by "Operation Clean House." The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which distributes federal housing funds in 149 counties, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, expect the sweep will...
  • 30,000 line up for housing vouchers, some get rowdy

    08/11/2010 12:45:43 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 70 replies
    AJC ^ | 8/11/2010 | AJC
    Tens of thousands of people lined up at an East Point shopping center hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd. An East Point police spokesman said the crowd numbered 30,000, some of whom waited for two days at the Tri-Cities Plaza shopping center. They were seeking applications for East Point Housing Authority vouchers to discount their rent. As the temperature rose Wednesday, people fell ill. Sgt. Cliff Chandler, spokesman for the East Point Police Department, said there were no reported injuries from the jostling, but 62 people had...
  • Crowd waiting for housing vouchers gets rowdy

    08/11/2010 9:46:46 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 78 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 11, 2010 | Mike Morris
    A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd. Thousands of people were lined up at the Tri-Cities shopping center, hoping to apply for a voucher from the East Point Housing Authority that will give them a discount on their rent. People began lining up at the shopping center two days ago, and by Wednesday morning the crowd had grown to over 1,000 people. East Point police, some wearing riot helmets, were patrolling the area. Firefighters and EMTs were attending to people who were overheating in...
  • Crowd waiting for housing vouchers gets rowdy

    08/11/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT · by Jodi · 37 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 11, 2010 | Mike Morris
    A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd.
  • Having insurance 'going to be like Christmas'

    03/23/2010 9:46:34 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 139 replies · 3,007+ views ^ | 3/22/2010 | Erin Hartness
    DURHAM, N.C. — Uninsured Triangle residents said Monday that they eagerly await the overhaul of the nation's health care system. "It's just going to be like Christmas," said DeCarlo Flythe, who lost health coverage for his family when he was laid off almost three years ago. "It's going to be great. You know, no worries (about) the bills. We are going to go ahead and pay our co-pay and be alright."
  • No Tax...Then No Voting

    03/22/2010 5:52:13 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 41 replies · 990+ views
    3/22/10 | RightOnline
    I may be alone in feeling this way, but I am now convinced that it is time to resurrect an old concept. You don't pay Federal income taxes (and I don't mean because you have ample write-offs)? You don't vote. Yes, I fully understand the complexities of such a stance. I know the cries of "Jim Crow" that will blare from the left-wing media, et al. Still, our recent history (culminating in yesterday's passing of Washington's biggest power grab in decades) shows the efficacy of such a policy. We've all seen the recent numbers that reveal what percentage of Americans...
  • Big mistake in Washington health care

    10/25/2009 12:48:48 PM PDT · by ancientart · 10 replies · 1,026+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | Octtober 25, 2009 | Art Marmorstein
    On a chilly December day in 1799, 67-year-old former president George Washington came back from a hard day of work on his Mount Vernon plantation with what seemed a bit of a cold. After a difficult night and the failure of various home remedies to provide any relief, Washington called for a doctor. At Washington's request, the doctor opened up a vein and removed 12 ounces of blood. Despite the blood-letting, Washington felt no better. A second physician was called in, and he also thought blood-letting was the right treatment. He took more than a pint of blood, and, when...
  • Undocumented patients wary of offers to return to home countries

    09/30/2009 7:22:43 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies · 1,496+ views
    CNN ^ | September 30, 2009 | Madison Park
    Going back to Mexico is not an option, said the 43-year-old man, kneeling next to his wife's wheelchair.His wife, 45, lost her eyesight to diabetes. She also has high blood pressure. And her kidneys are failing. For years, he has taken her to a dialysis clinic attached to a public hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility that gave her free care plans to close Saturday. They are illegal immigrants with no health insurance and, they say they have nowhere to go for his wife's vast medical needs. The closing clinic offered to help return them to Mexico...the latest known case...
  • Down the Mississippi: Barack Obama effect ends white rule in Deep South town (Alligator MS)

    07/13/2009 8:33:35 AM PDT · by kenth · 26 replies · 1,294+ views ^ | 07/12/2009 | Toby Harnden
    A tiny Mississippi delta town has elected its first black mayor after the white incumbent, unopposed for 30 years, faced a young challenger inspired by President Barack Obama's feat in winning the White House. In a shock result in Alligator (population 220), Tommie “Tomaso” Brown, 38, defeated Robert Fava, the mayor since 1979, owner of the general store and once his opponent’s boss, by 37 votes to 27.
  • Ann Coulter: GOODBYE, AMERICA! IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (Closing in on Quadrillion)

    02/11/2009 2:48:40 PM PST · by Syncro · 54 replies · 3,078+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 11, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    GOODBYE, AMERICA! IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTEDFebruary 11, 2009It's bad enough when illiterate jurors issue damages awards in the billions of dollars because they don't grasp the difference between a million and a billion. Now it turns out the Democrats don't know the difference between a million and a trillion. Why not make the "stimulus bill" a kazillion dollars? All Americans who work for a living, or who plan to work for a living sometime in the next century, are about to be stuck with a trillion-dollar bill to fund yet more oppressive government bureaucracies. Or as I call...
  • Waterloo for crooked lawyers

    02/21/2008 4:20:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies · 86+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 21, 2008 | Editorial
    Trial lawyers contend America isn't sue crazy, the mountain of irrefutable contrary evidence notwithstanding, and those who criticize the bar are un-American. Our system of laws and courts, they say, is open to all who seek "justice" (a third of which goes to the trial lawyers) for harm caused by negligence. Our favorite rejoinder was penned by attorney Norman Pattis in 2005: "Each year the bar belches forth a new class of lawyers; we add them faster than they die off. Lawyers need cases or controversies to survive. As the number of lawyers grows, plaintiffs' lawyers reach ever deeper into...
  • Plane Crash: When a Plane Drops from the Sky

    12/10/2007 3:55:09 PM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 86+ views ^ | December 8, 2007 | Gordon Gibb
    Augusta, GA: A plane crash that took 10 lives in October probably could have been prevented if alleged known faults inherent with the plane had been addressed prior to the fateful flight. Two lawsuits have been launched in recent weeks at the behest of the families of two skydivers killed in the October 7th airplane crash that left no survivors. A party of nine skydivers was returning from a sky diving event in Star, Idaho when the plane went down in rugged terrain west of Yakima, in the Cascade Mountains. The pilot was also killed, and there were no survivors...
  • When Handouts Keep Coming, the Food Line Never Ends

    11/19/2007 7:12:53 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 53 replies · 82+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 18 November 2007 | Mark Winne
    ...America's far-flung network of emergency food programs -- from Second Harvest to tens of thousands of neighborhood food pantries -- constitutes one of the largest charitable institutions in the nation. Its vast base of volunteers and donors and its ever-expanding distribution infrastructure have made it a powerful force in shaping popular perceptions of domestic hunger and other forms of need. But in the end, one of its most lasting effects has been to sidetrack efforts to eradicate hunger and its root cause, poverty. ...The cutback in federal support for social welfare programs triggered by the Reagan administration in the 1980s...
  • Crushing Dream of top students in U.S. illegally (Barf Alert)

    10/28/2007 5:23:26 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 46 replies · 127+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 10/28/07 | Cynthia Tucker
    They killed the Dream. Last week, the Senate — pushed by a craven White House — rejected the Dream Act, which would have put high-achieving young immigrants on the path to citizenship. The bill would have granted temporary legal status to illegal immigrants who have graduated from high school with good records and attend college or serve in the military. Let's face it: That's a group of striving, straight-arrow immigrants that this country needs as citizens. But the Senate refused to even allow the measure, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), to come to the floor for debate. After...
  • Paul Camp May Catch Romney’s Bus

    08/10/2007 7:51:57 PM PDT · by George W. Bush · 94 replies · 1,546+ views
    New York Times, blog section ^ | August 10, 2007, 5:08 pm | Katharine Q. Seelye
    Paul Camp May Catch Romney’s Bus Ron Paul’s supporters are actively encouraging Iowa voters to take advantage of Mitt Romney’s offers of free transportation to the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday and then, once they are there, to vote for Mr. Paul.... “Some say if Mitt is willing to bus Iowans to Ames for the straw poll, they should take him up on his offer!” says a flier in Iowa and on the Internet ...The flier is topped with a banner that says “2008 Ron Paul News,” but Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman, said it was the handiwork of independent...
  • The moment of truth

    02/06/2007 4:11:49 AM PST · by US admirer · 3 replies · 230+ views ^ | February 06, 200 | Dan Ben-David
    Yogi Berra's saying, "It's deja vu, all over again," best describes a gnawing sensation that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. In the 1970s, the State of Israel began to settle Jews within the heart of Arab populations in the West Bank and Gaza, even as it completely ignored relative differences in birth rates between the populations. During the past few years, we have been experiencing the consequences of that leadership blindness. It is still not clear how we will extricate ourselves from that trap - and yet, here we go again. The cost of ignorance this time may be...
  • Bindi takes show to US (Just gag me alert)

    01/09/2007 9:34:19 PM PST · by pissant · 72 replies · 1,472+ views
    News 24 ^ | 1/9/07 | staff
    Sydney - The eight-year-old daughter of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin will star in a high-profile promotional US tour this week, but she will not be forced to perform, her manager said on Tuesday. Bindi Irwin, whose wildlife television star father was killed by a stingray barb last September, will visit Los Angeles and New York as part of Tourism Australia's G'Day USA week to promote the country. She is set to perform her song and dance stage show Bindi and The Crocmen and feature on TV talk shows including The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Late Show with David...
  • Border Fight Focuses on Water, Not Immigration[Boo Hoo Barf Alert]

    07/07/2006 2:36:43 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies · 363+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/7/06 | Randal C. Archibold
    For more than 100 years, as their names imply, Calexico and its much larger sister city, Mexicali, south of the border, have embraced each other with a bonhomie born of mutual need and satisfaction in the infernal desert. Now, the ties that bind Calexico and Mexicali are being tested as a 20-year dispute over the rights to water leaking into Mexico from a canal on the American side is reaching a peak. Though the raging debate over illegal immigration in the United States has not upset border relations here, some say the fight over water could affect the number of...

    07/03/2006 9:55:11 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 793+ views ^ | 7 3 06 | MARK MILLER
    INNSBRUCK, Austria -- It's been suspected for centuries, but a team of world-renowned scientists has finally confirmed it: Lawyers and leeches have identical genetic makeup. Dr. Andreas Volkenweiler of Austria's famed Innsbruck Institute of Genetic Research confirms that, "While studying the DNA sequences of many genes that control body patterns in various occupations, our research team observed that each lawyer gene contains a stretch of 180 nucleotides -- or structural components of DNA -- which exactly match the structure of those found in leeches. "Once we made that basic match, other similarities between the two species were fairly easy to...
  • Marketing King's Message

    07/02/2006 3:35:15 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies · 183+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7/2/06 | NY Post Editorial Board
    Scholars around the world must be relieved that thousands of docu ments from Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal archive will remain together in one academic setting for decades to come. The treasure trove went on display last month at Sotheby's auction house and was to be auctioned to the highest bidder this past Friday. Happily, several prominent Atlantans, led by Mayor Shirley Franklin and ex-Mayor Andrew Young (a one-time King aide), put together a group to purchase the papers in a block. They'll now be stored at the Rev. King's alma mater, Morehouse College, in Atlanta. While the exact amount...
  • Polls: Public Concerned About Immigration

    03/27/2006 1:45:47 PM PST · by oldleft · 31 replies · 790+ views
    By The Associated Press Most people in the United States think illegal immigration is a serious problem. A solid majority oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become legal workers or citizens. Some findings in recent polling: _ Some 59 percent say they oppose allowing illegal immigrants to apply for legal, temporary-worker status, an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found. _ More than six in 10, 62 percent, say they oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Nine in 10 in that poll say they consider immigration to be a...
  • His Subject: Highly Evolved and Exquisitely Thirsty

    02/06/2006 9:10:32 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 3 replies · 335+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Feb 7 | By CARL ZIMMER
    The tub full of leeches sat on a table in Mark Siddall's office at the American Museum of Natural History. The leeches, each an inch long and covered in orange polka dots, were swimming lazily through the water. One leech in particular attracted Dr. Siddall's attention. It had suddenly begun undulating up and down in graceful curves, pushing water along its body so that it could draw more oxygen into its skin. "This is beautiful. Look at that," Dr. Siddall said. "It's a very complex behavior. The only other animals that swim in a vertical undulating pattern are whales and...
  • Mexican official: flow of migrants will grow for several more years (the invasion continues)

    12/02/2005 3:45:00 PM PST · by AZRepublican · 58 replies · 1,285+ views
    Union-Tribune ^ | 12/2/05 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY – The number of Mexicans leaving their country – almost all for the United States – has reached 400,000 per year and will continue to grow for several more years, the head of Mexico's National Population Council said on Friday. The increase in migration has coincided with the United States increasing security on its southern border. "The effort to increase control of the (U.S.) border has not reduced migratory flows one little bit," Council Secretary General Elena Zuniga said. "After 15 years, what we have seen is a growth in migration, and growth in a way that is...
  • Michael Jackson: Jews are like leeches

    11/23/2005 8:28:45 PM PST · by anotherview · 65 replies · 5,355+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 23 November 2005 | YNet
    Michael Jackson: Jews are like leeches King of Pop allegedly blasts Jews on message recorded on former adviser's voice mail; Anti-Defamation League: He has anti-Semitic streak Apparently not very fond of Jews. Jackson Photo: Reuters Michael Jackson may be fond of children, but he is apparently not very fond of Jews, according to an audiotape aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" show. The audiotape contains a message allegedly recorded by Jackson two years ago on the voice mail of his former adviser Dieter Wiesner. Referring to Jews, Jackson is heard saying that "they're like leeches…I'm so tired of it…They...
  • Stem Cell Research in Leech Underway at Rutgers-Camden

    09/07/2005 8:20:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 388+ views
    Stem Cell Research in Leech Underway at Rutgers-Camden For Immediate Release CAMDEN – Research underway at Rutgers University—Camden may provide an opportunity for medical and scientific advancements of stem cell knowledge without the current controversy. Stem cell research in human embryos is highly controversial and isolating a human stem cell from hundreds of microscopically developing cells is extremely difficult. The aquatic leech offers an effective alternative to human stem cells, suggests Daniel Shain, an associate professor of biology at Rutgers-Camden. A newly awarded $149,265 grant from the National Institutes of Health is allowing Shain and a team of Rutgers-Camden student...
  • We Must Not Pay Teens to be MUMS

    05/31/2005 10:42:20 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 38 replies · 1,194+ views
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | 5/30/05 | Tony Parsons
    WE MUST NOT PAY TEENS TO BE MUMS 30 May 2005 SOME good news from the baby factory - Britain's most famous single mums are going to take responsibility for their children. "We don't need their dads," says Jade, the middle sister (she's 14). "We give them all the love and support they need." Great! So can we have our £31,000 a year back? ........The middle-class get degrees. The working-class get jobs. And the underclass get a baby as soon as they can.
  • JFK nephew Bobby Shriver weds

    05/08/2005 4:36:55 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 693+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | May. 07, 2005 | AP
    LOS ANGELES - Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, married his fiancee Malissa Feruzzi Saturday in Los Angeles. The two wed at a Catholic church in the city's upscale Brentwood area during an afternoon ceremony attended by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver, along with their 7-year-old son Christopher. Shriver, 51, is an attorney who heads the foundation DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), which seeks to reduce Third World debt, poverty and illness. He was elected to his first public office last year as a city councilman in Santa Monica....
  • it's zot time again. (crispy trolls and bozos)

    12/04/2004 8:46:37 AM PST · by east_of_topeka · 150 replies · 2,327+ views
    a red blooded american patriot
    Well it's that time again fellow freepers. Time once again to decorate the tree, time once again to make up our wish list, time again to spread the joy. Its also time once again for the dregs of society to come out of the gutter to try and mince us into feeling sorry for them and take advantage of the holiday spirit to give away our money to people who refuse to work. WHAT RUBBISH! If you want to get presents for your little homeless bastards get a job! And don't give me that crap about a recession and Bush...
  • Trial Lawyers Eye the White House

    09/29/2004 5:38:37 AM PDT · by FlyLow · 21 replies · 811+ views ^ | 9-29-04 | Cliff Kincaid
    A Reuters dispatch carried in the back pages of some papers reveals that Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of movie-goers who said they were duped into seeing a movie. Sony is paying $1.5 million to settle the case, with most of that probably going to the lawyers who brought the suit. Sony wrote a fake review of the movie "A Knight's Tale" and placed it in an ad urging people to see the film. Newsweek deserves credit for exposing the fraud. As a result, Sony fired two executives blamed for the...
  • Textile executives break tradition, support Democrats

    09/26/2004 3:00:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 42 replies · 754+ views
    The Ledger ^ | Saturday, September 25, 2004 | JENNIFER HOLLAND -- Associated Press Writer
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The drain of jobs to cheaper markets overseas and the Republican candidate's eagerness to usher in free trade agreements has prompted textile leaders to support a Democrat in South Carolina's U.S. Senate race this year. "There's a lot of Republicans up here who would struggle to vote for a Democrat, but in the textile industry there's a number of us who are finding it much easier this election," said Carl Lehner, chief executive officer of Leigh Fibers in Spartanburg. Industry leaders embraced Democrat Inez Tenenbaum after U.S. Rep....
  • Illegals Cost Feds $10 Billion a Year; Amnesty Would Nearly Triple Cost

    08/25/2004 7:18:25 PM PDT · by kellynla · 54 replies · 844+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 8/25/2004 | unknown
    WASHINGTON (August 25, 2004) — A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies is one of the first to estimate the impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Based on Census Bureau data, the study estimates that households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more in government services than they paid in taxes in 2002. These figures are only for the federal government; costs at the state and local level are also likely to be significant. The study also finds that if illegals were given amnesty, the fiscal deficit at the federal level would grow to nearly...
  • Maggots make medical comeback

    08/03/2004 6:24:19 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 817+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, August 2, 2004
    Think of these wriggly little creatures not as, well, gross, but as miniature surgeons: Maggots are making a medical comeback, cleaning out wounds that just won't heal. Wound-care clinics around the United States are giving maggots a try on some of their sickest patients after high-tech treatments fail. It's a therapy quietly championed since the early 1990s by a California physician who's earned the nickname Dr. Maggot. But Dr. Ronald Sherman's maggots are getting more attention since, in January, they became the first live animals to win Food and Drug Administration approval -- as a medical device to clean out...
  • FDA Approves Leeches As Medical Devices

    06/29/2004 10:24:16 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 27 replies · 6,934+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2004 | AP
    The government has lent its seal of approval to a marketing an age-old medical device -- leeches. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that Ricarimpex SAS, a French firm, is the first company to request and receive FDA clearance to market the bloodsucking aquatic animals as medical devices....