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  • Modern Day Ruins: Late Medellin Cartel Leader Pablo Escobar's Estates Abandoned, in Ruins (Photos)

    09/24/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s abandoned private island At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena, islands that have since been abandoned by their human occupants. Urban explorer and photographer Stefaan Beernaert, also known as Fotantje, has explored the islands off Catagena and photographed the so-called "Drug Islands."...
  • Teachers Union 1: Rahm 0

    09/24/2012 8:22:54 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-21 | Matt Blumenfeld
    With the Chicago Teachers Union ending their seven school day strike earlier this week, the focus should now turn to the details of the new, tentatively, accepted deal: the CTU must vote to approve the deal on Oct. 2. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a chance to truly reform the education system of Chicago and curb the over-indulgent greed of unions, beginning with the CTU. Instead, Mayor Emanuel is going to have to raise taxes to pay for the agreed upon demands of the CTU while trying to balance a city budget that is already $369 million in the red....
  • Is it any wonder we don’t trust the media?

    09/23/2012 7:10:54 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    Friday’s Gallup poll showing 60% of Americans don’t trust the media got me thinking. The reprehensible dialogue of two “reporters” caught plotting Mitt Romney’s demise on open mic exemplifies the toxic media climate any Republican candidate faces, especially anyone opposing Barack Obama, the media’s darling. Here are for your review precepts of the Fifties Journalism standards taught …. in the University of Illinois’s School of Journalism. Perhaps, a review of what passed for journalism back then can put into perspective what Republican candidates, and especially Conservatives, must overcome to be elected now. The overarching rule was “The Pen is Mightier...
  • BIRTHER Hearing Monday in Jackson, MS

    09/22/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT · by jdirt · 24 replies
    BIRTHER Hearing Monday in Jackson, MS U. S. District Court 501 East Court Street Suite 2.500. Jackson, MS 39201 Judge Henry Wingate's courtroom 9:30 am Attorney Orly Taitz will be coming to MS to argue several motions. This case was filed in January and the Justice system has been avoiding it ever since. Law Enforcement has concluded that Obama's Birth Certificate is a FORGERY Law Enforcement has concluded that his Selective Service Record is a FORGERY Private Investigator concluded his Social Security number is FRAUDULENT He FAILED an E-Verify check SSA started new program to scramble ss numbers from now...
  • "I wanted to marry tiger"

    09/22/2012 4:05:28 PM PDT · by GeronL · 33 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-22-2012 | geronl/AP
    (Associated Posers) - BRONX, NEW YORK - Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, "Be love and fearless." Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal's den. His reason, they said, was that "he wanted to be with the tiger." Asked what he meant by that, David informed them that he is a female tiger trapped in a human male body and he was only seeking...
  • Church Converted to Mosque (Anaheim CA)

    09/22/2012 8:06:19 AM PDT · by chrisinoc · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | 9/21/2012 | Eric Carpenter
    ANAHEIM – An Islamic mosque with plans to expand is now operating in a small former church that was previously occupied by a Maronite Catholic church. The sale prompted questions – even from church parishioners – about the future of the site.
  • Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin

    09/21/2012 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 17 replies
    Liberal OC ^ | September 21, 2012 | Dan Chmielewski
    Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin By Dan Chmielewski A postcard from our friends at Chapman University came in for the Big Orange Book Festival on the Chapman campus September 21-22. While the event looks like its a knock off of the LA Times Festival of Books, the promoted authoris include conservatiev radio host Mark Levin, a WABC host Sean Hannity often refers to as “The Great One,” expect I believe the correct spelling is “The Grate One.” Levin’s been one of the biggest critics of the Obama administration and once...
  • Obama's excuse for embassy attack, the movie, is failure as his Muslim policy

    09/21/2012 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 8 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The murder of a U.S. Ambassador is not only tragic, but it is also very unusual. It was the first time in 33 years an American diplomat had been killed while serving this nation. This is a major incident that should lead to congressional investigations and a full review of what happened. Since this incident occurred, the Obama administration has been unable to keep their story straight. Initially, the administration said the attack was a violent reaction to an amateurish anti-Muslim movie. Eventually, this cover story fell apart causing Jay Carney, the President’s Press Secretary, to finally admit that it...
  • Review of Self Reliance Expo- Hickory NC

    09/21/2012 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Gideonwoulfe · 9 replies
    http://www.thefreehold.us ^ | 9/18/2012 | Jonathan Baird
    I will admit to being something of a”prepper”. For those not in the know, a prepper is a person who prepares for a disaster. Most preppers have a disaster they are specifically preparing for. In Florida most are ready for hurricanes, in California earthquakes. Some of us prepare for more world wide catastrophes. My personal opinion is that we might experience another Carrington Event within my lifetime. The Carrington event was a solar storm that struck the Earth in 1859. If the same type of storm hit the Earth today it would destroy all electronics on the planet. The entire...
  • Spain: Muslim Kills Horse By Anally Raping it With Wooden Handle

    09/20/2012 7:40:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Islam vs. Europe ^ | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Cheradenine Zakalwe.
    <p>Not long ago I posted a story about a Muslim who had been kicked in the face by a horse he was trying to rape. Now it seems the same Muslim returned to the same place to do the same thing. This time he killed a horse, although we don't know if it was the same one.</p>
  • Walter Dalton Claims McCrory Would Govern North Carolina Like Scott Walker

    09/20/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 13 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-17 | Patrick Gleason
    Walter Dalton, North Carolina’s current Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee to be the state’s next governor, has been stepping up his attacks on Republican nominee Pat McCrory lately. On the campaign trail in Raleigh last Thursday, Dalton sought to tie McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But a review of Walker’s record makes one wonder why Dalton finds this comparison to be a negative. Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey of CEOs on the best and worst states for business had Wisconsin making the biggest improvement of any state following Walker’s regulatory and labor law reforms in 2011, rising to 24th...
  • Cops: Pair Sold Neighbor's Lost Dog On Craigslist

    09/19/2012 10:19:29 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 7 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 9/19/2012
    A Pennsylvania couple who found a neighbor’s lost puppy is facing criminal charges after they allegedly opted to sell the dog for $50 on Craigslist instead of returning the pooch to its owner, police allege.
  • New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store Lays Off 220 Employees

    09/19/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KGNB-AM ^ | September 19, 2012
    New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store suffered through another round of layoffs yesterday, as company executives eliminated around 220 employees across all areas of the business. Scooter Store Senior Vice President Tim Zipp says the layoffs are part of a company-wide cost savings plan designed to restructure the company in the wake of continued changes in the Medicare industry. That includes fundamental changes in claims processing procedures and reductions in reimbursement amounts (both of which are key to the Scooter Store’s business model). The Scooter Store has gone through some other changes in recent months, including the exit of founder and...
  • Romney and Ryan 2012

    09/18/2012 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Countryandproud · 2 replies
    WordPress ^ | September 17, 2012 | Ron and Kay Rivoli
    The Tea Party Express VIII – Winning For America Tour just finished it’s sixth day. It has been a great start to the tour having held several rallies in Florida, Georgia and covering the state of North Carolina. The number of first time attendees at a Tea Party rally were surprising. When talking to folks we were told they are coming out to show support and get informed. They are trying to find out if the liberal media is lying to them about the demise of the Tea Party. We assure them that “Yes, the media is lying! The Tea...
  • Would be Car Bomber Adel Daoud Was an Occupy and Obama Supporter

    09/18/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Riehl World News ^ | September 18, 2012 | Anonymous
    The FBI has charged an 18-year-old man for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Investigators have identified the suspect as Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from of Hillside, Ill., a Chicago suburb. An Adel Daoud of Hillside, IL has a page at Change.org. adel daoud hillside, IL. Daoud Adel’s “Impact” rating is : 25 Actions 4 Recruits. His actions involve the following: Obama for America 1 Action 0 Recruits Constance Ruff with Advancement Project 1 Action 0 Recruits StudentsFirst 1 Action 0 Recruits Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 1 Action 0 Recruits...
  • Nanny State Update: No More Soda for NYC and Bag Taxes for San Francisco

    09/18/2012 7:56:01 AM PDT · by 92nina · 11 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-09-14 | [Staff]
    New York City has sealed the deal: The New York City Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large-size sodas. Starting March 12th, 2013, New Yorkers will have to look outside the Big Apple of get many soft drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. This ban is the first of its kind in the country and is another wrong-headed crusade in the war against obesity. A Cry for Freedom by Houston Food Trucks: An owner of a Houston Food truck has petitioned the city council to be able to park his food truck downtown after learning...
  • Sherrod Brown's Job-Killing Energy Policies: Bad for Ohio, Bad for America

    09/17/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-12 | Joshua Culling
    Gas prices are on the rise again in Ohio, squeezing family budgets even tighter as the economy fights headwinds from D.C. in its attempt to recover. It’s time to take a hard look at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s long record of opposing energy policies that promote job creation and affordable energy across the country. Here’s a breakdown of Sherrod Brown’s votes for the radical environmental lobby, and against American families and job creators: Keystone Pipeline: Not only did Brown vote against approval of the Keystone XL pipeline; he voted for an amendment that would have prohibited the export of crude oil...
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Kim Rothstein Charged Over Pretty Baubles

    09/16/2012 7:29:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    Apparently she's a bit like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, and she must have the precious. Kim Rothstein, the wife of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, has been charged by federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale, FL with "conspiring to hide more than $1 million in jewelry from federal authorities," and "among the items was a 12.08-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring" as reported by Jon Burstein for the Sun Sentinel. Scott Rothstein ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme involving his law firm as a front to sell phony legal settlements to investors, and he alleged pervasive public corruption...
  • Michelle Obama: [Another] VA School Rejects Her Request to Visit (Is the bloom off the rose?)

    09/15/2012 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | September 15, 2012 | Nick Chiles
    Yet another school has decided to make a political point by rejecting first lady Michelle Obama—this time an elementary school in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Officials claimed that it went against school policy to allow the First Lady of the United States to speak at the school while on the campaign trail in Virginia. But according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, school officials refused to discuss their reasoning. But James Holland, a Dale District Supervisor, and the only Democrat on the five-member Chesterfield board, was willing to talk. “I do believe and think that Mrs. Obama, the first lady, should be allowed...