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  • Ukraine loses 3.4 million tonnes of coal because of terrorists - Energy Ministry

    09/04/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 16:00 04.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 4 /Ukrinform/. Many coalmines have been destroyed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's eastern regions, and the losses of coal needed for the country's energy security have already reached 3.4 million tonnes. First Deputy Minister for Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Ziukov said this on Thursday at a meeting of the coordinating council for the restoration of Ukrainian statehood in the Donbas and Crimea, which was held at Ukrinform. "Over the period of the hostilities, which began in late April, we lost 3.4 million tonnes of coal, which could have been extracted at these enterprises, including 2.3...
  • Can the police really do that?

    08/21/2014 6:28:08 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/20/2014 | Liz Goodwin and Garance Franke-Ruta
    In the days since two reporters were arrested at a Ferguson McDonald’s during fiery protests ignited after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, stunned Americans watching news coverage of officers with combat gear, rifles and tear gas have found themselves asking of police demands and restrictions: Can the cops really do that?
  • Female 'separatist' posts Instagram selfie wearing 'looted mascara - and boasting about it'

    07/28/2014 4:13:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | 7-25-2014 | Will Stewart
    Full Title: 'Mascara from Amsterdam, or if to be precise from the field': Outrage as female 'separatist' posts Instagram selfie wearing 'looted mascara - and boasting about it' Outrage has been expressed in Russia and Ukraine over a young woman who allegedly boasted on her social media site about using looted mascara from the Malaysian air crash site. Identified as Ekaterina Parkhomenko from Torez, close to where the Boeing 777 hit the ground after being shot out of the sky, she posted a picture of a blue mascara bottle, say reports. Her Instagram account then carried two selfies taken with...
  • Ukrainian Causes Social Media Storm by ‘Posing in Make-Up Looted from Malaysian Airlines Crash Site’

    07/25/2014 9:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 25 Jul 2014
    A young Ukrainian has prompted widespread outrage after posing in make-up apparently looted from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Ekaterina Parkhomenko, who describes herself as a ‘separatist’ from the eastern region of the country, posted images of herself on Instagram along with the claim that she was wearing make-up ‘from the field’ – hinting the products were taken from the same area where the bodies of victims of the plane crash lay. ‘Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field. Well, I think you know what I mean,’ she reportedly wrote on her social media page, before...
  • Advanced radios captured by Iraqi insurgents could spell trouble (ISIS)

    06/16/2014 1:34:15 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/16/14 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Iraq’s security forces, propped up by American equipment and weapons, have been routed by a contingent of insurgents bent on extending their territory from strongholds in Syria deep into Iraq. As Mosul and other cities fell, the West saw a host of images of once-American Humvees and helicopters firmly in the hands of its enemies. Outrage followed shock, as years of effort in Iraq by the U.S. military seemed to unravel in a coup-de-grace that played out over the Internet. Analysts speculated that the newly seized weapons and vehicles could turn fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria...
  • Islamic state of Iraq loots $500 billion Iraqi Dinar, now has more money than the Falkland islands

    06/12/2014 9:19:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    Eatgrueldog ^ | 6/11/14
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mosul-seized-jihadis-loot-429m-citys-central-bank-make-isis-worlds-richest-terror-force-1452190 The Islamic state of Iraq recently over ran Mosul, Iraq’s second city, after regular army troops fled. It wasn’t bad enough that they gained all the arms and weapons on the military base that we supplied to the Iraqi army. After taking the city and government offices they began to loot all of the banks netting an estimated $429 million in American dollars, leaving them richer than small nations such as the Falkland islands. If anyone thinks that this is not going to come home to roost on us, I think that they are sadly mistaken. Whether through intention...
  • The shape of 401k's to come

    02/08/2014 4:26:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/07/14 | Mark Miller
    **SNIP** The biggest change will be a new emphasis on retirement readiness, rather than simply getting workers to join a plan and contribute. The idea is to focus on actual retirement outcomes, and it reflects apprehension about the large number of Americans who are approaching retirement unprepared. If that's something you're worried about, it turns out your boss shares your concern. The 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) found that just 13 percent of workers are very confident they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. And a 401k benchmarking survey released last...
  • Oregon lawmakers considering per-mile tax for some drivers (no gas purchased = no loot collected)

    01/04/2013 7:22:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 65 replies
    KPTV ^ | 1/04/13
    PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Fuel-efficient cars are designed to save people money on gas, but those who drive them could soon start paying a mileage tax. The government has been collecting taxes at the pump to pay for building and fixing roads for years, but drivers of electric cars avoid the gas tax because they don't fuel up. State legislators are looking at adding a tax for cars that get at least 55 miles per gallon, with the money going toward state roads. Some Portland residents say area roads could use the help.
  • Two dead in supermarket looting in Argentina

    12/21/2012 8:55:37 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP News ^ | December 21, 2012
    Mobs looted supermarkets in Argentina's third largest city early Friday, leaving two dead and two seriously injured in the latest in a spate of such outbursts. Besides that city of Rosario, looters had also rampaged in other Argentina cities on Thursday and into the night. ... Rosario is a hub for industry as well as for farm exports. In Bariloche in the south, officials said looters were apparently venting anger over a blackout that had left much of surrounding Neuquen province without power on Wednesday.
  • Nonprofit alleges retaliation for reporting illegal recyclers (SF values: Loot, Vandalize)

    10/30/2012 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | October 25, 2012 | Mike Aldax
    Scavengers who illegally collect bottles and cans from recycling bins in San Francisco are being blamed for recent window-smashing burglaries at the Civic Center Community Benefit District offices on Van Ness Avenue. Jim Haas, a board member for the district, a nonprofit tasked with making the area safer and cleaner, believes the break-ins are payback for his organization’s recent efforts to crack down on the seedy recycling trade and the mess it leaves behind. On Saturday morning, Haas said, thieves smashed the window of the district’s office at 234 Van Ness Ave. and stole a desk and computer. “None of...
  • Talk about Fairy Dust and Snake Oil!

    08/23/2012 1:56:49 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | August 23, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    :: Obama’s Loot-and-Plunder Theory on Social Benefits- By: Larry Walker, Jr.-Under Barack Obama’s economic theory, better known as Loot-and-Plunder Economics, income tax rates will necessarily skyrocket, perhaps by as much as 50% across-the-board. If you don’t believe it, just look at the facts and figures. For example, as of FY 2011, annual outlays on Social Security Benefits were 77.7% greater than they were in 2001, while outlays on Medicare were 148.8% greater (shown in current dollars in the chart above). Has Obama solved the problem through entitlement reform? Has he raised Social Security and Medicare taxes by 77.7% and...
  • George Soros Helped Craft Stimulus then Invested in Companies Benefiting

    11/21/2011 1:33:12 PM PST · by BAW · 25 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11-21-2011 | Wynton Hall
    Billionaire George Soros gave advice and direction on how President Obama should allocate so-called “stimulus” money in a series of regular private meetings and consultations with White House senior advisers even as Soros was making investments in areas affected by the stimulus program. It’s just one more revelation featured in the blockbuster new book that continues to rock Washington, Throw Them All Out, authored by Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer. Mr. Soros met with Mr. Obama’s top economist on February 25, 2009 and twice more with senior officials in the Old Executive Office Building on March 24th and 25th as...
  • California GOP to Be Put to Test

    05/03/2011 10:50:03 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 30 April 2011 | John Semmens
    Steadfast refusal to cooperate with the Democratic majority in their bid to cover the state’s deficit by raising taxes may cost Republican lawmakers their share of the take. California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is working on a plan that would focus budget cuts on districts represented by legislators who oppose his Party’s tax hike scheme. The plan to differentiate between districts is the brainchild of State Treasurer Bill Lockyer (D). “Look, if they’re not going to help us extract more money from taxpayers why should they get an equal share of what we do raise?” Lockyer argued....
  • Tornadoes pummel Southern U.S., 43 dead (NO RIOTING OR LOOTING REPORTED)

    04/18/2011 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sun Apr 17, 8:34 pm ET | Ned Barnett
    RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Three days of violent storms and tornadoes across the southern United States killed at least 43 people, wrecked hundreds of buildings and downed power lines, officials said on Sunday. North Carolina accounted for the bulk of casualties and property losses, with 22 people killed and more than 80 others injured in a string of tornadoes that ripped through the state Saturday night. Houses were flattened, cars and trucks tossed like matchsticks and planes blown off the tarmac at a local airport. Uprooted trees, poles and debris snapped power lines, cutting electricity to more than 200,000...
  • Looting Main Street. How America's Biggest Banks Looted America's Cities With Deals like Greece's

    03/06/2011 9:08:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | March 2010 | Matt Taibbi
    <p>If you want to know what life in the Third World is like, just ask Lisa Pack, an administrative assistant who works in the roads and transportation department in Jefferson County, Alabama. Pack got rudely introduced to life in post-crisis America last August, when word came down that she and 1,000 of her fellow public employees would have to take a little unpaid vacation for a while. The county, it turned out, was more than $5 billion in debt — meaning that courthouses, jails and sheriff's precincts had to be closed so that Wall Street banks could be paid.</p>
  • State Budgets: The Day of Reckoning (BREAKING NEWS to many - on SeeBS)

    12/19/2010 8:29:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/19/10 | Steve Kroft
    State Budgets: The Day of ReckoningSteve Kroft Reports On The Growing Financial Woes States Are Facing Dec. 19, 2010 (CBS) By now, just about everyone in the country is aware of the federal deficit problem, but you should know that there is another financial crisis looming involving state and local governments. It has gotten much less attention because each state has a slightly different story. But in the two years, since the "great recession" wrecked their economies and shriveled their income, the states have collectively spent nearly a half a trillion dollars more than they collected in taxes. There is...
  • Benefits For People With Disabilities (How you can get away with living off of someone else's loot)

    08/06/2010 10:35:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    SSA ^ | 8/07/10
    Benefits For People With Disabilities The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial...
  • After dark, mobs form, smash windows, loot

    07/09/2010 12:08:07 PM PDT · by nmh · 70 replies · 1+ views
    The Sanfranciso Gate Chronicle ^ | 7/9/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Kevin Fagan, Carolyn Jones,Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writers
    (07-08) 23:33 PDT OAKLAND -- There was outrage, there was looting and there were skirmishes between police and protesters, but that wasn't the whole story of how Oakland reacted to the Johannes Mehserle verdict. ... They smashed windows of shops including the trendy Ozumo restaurant, and one building was spray painted with the words, "Say no to work. Say yes to looting." A boutique called Spoiled was spared. It had a sign outside and pictures of Oscar Grant with the words, "Do not destroy. Black owned. Black owned." JJ Fryzel, an Oakland artist who just moved into a gallery called...
  • Greedy Executives Loot Failing Company (Guess which company ?)

    03/15/2010 1:05:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 389+ views
    Powerline ^ | 03/15/2010 | John Hindraker
    The failing business would be the New York Times Company, which, like most newspapers, has fallen on hard times and laid off many employees. The greedy executives include Chairman Pinch Sulzberger: Top executives at the beleaguered New York Times Company reaped hefty rewards last year, with Chairman Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger more than doubling his total compensation to $6 million. CEO Janet Robinson got even more, reaping $6.3 million, a 31.9 percent hike. The increases come against a backdrop of declining ad revenue, layoffs, frozen pension plans, unpaid vacations and a 5 percent pay cut for most of the rank-and-file workers...
  • Rangel gift$ to lawyers (Tax-cheat Charlie fends off congressional ethics investigations)

    02/05/2010 3:18:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 293+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/03/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Rangel gift$ to lawyersBy S.A. MILLER Last Updated: 4:07 PM, February 3, 2010 WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel spent huge amounts of campaign cash in the last quarter of 2009 on lawyers to fend off congressional ethics investigations, campaign-finance reports show. The Harlem Democrat dropped $575,000 on five teams of lawyers since Oct. 1 -- the lion's share of the $687,000 he spent that quarter. It's far more than the $354,694 Rangel's campaign says he raised during that three-month span. For the past year, the House ethics panel has been probing Rangel's use of congressional letterhead to raise money...
  • Trash piles up as St. Louis looks for ways to save money (Denver, Baltimore also run out of loot)

    01/13/2010 4:14:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 911+ views
    STL Today ^ | 1/13/10 | Jake Wagman
    Trash piles up as St. Louis looks for ways to save moneyBy Jake Wagman ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 01/13/2010 ST. LOUIS — The next round of budget cuts at City Hall may lower costs by letting the waste pile up. Officials facing an austere fiscal year are eyeing the Dumpster for savings, trying out a plan to reduce trash pickup from twice a week — for years the norm in the city — to once a week. It's a shift that many smaller cities around the region — and some bigger ones across the country — have already made as their...
  • Climategate: Obama’s Science Adviser Confirms the Scandal — Unintentionally

    12/05/2009 1:44:23 PM PST · by AJKauf · 24 replies · 1,613+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 6 | Myron Ebell
    When the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing on the state of climate science on December 2, the Republicans were ready to focus it on the Climategate fraud scandal. And the first witness, President Obama’s science adviser, Dr. John P. Holdren, was ready to respond. Instead of summarizing his written testimony in his oral remarks, Holdren read a prepared statement on Climategate. He said that the controversy involved a “small group of scientists” and was primarily about one temperature dataset. He said that such controversies were not unusual in all branches of science and...
  • Going Broke: State officials spread loot like Santa, expert says

    09/21/2009 8:56:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 725+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/21/09 | Steve Weigand
    The way Dave Doerr sees it, California's elected leaders ran for the wrong offices. "They really ran to be Santa Claus, and made a mistake and filed for the Assembly and the Senate," said Doerr, the senior tax consultant for the California Taxpayers Association. Doerr's reference is to a penchant of lawmakers and governors over the past three decades to spend whatever money they have on hand - and promise even more - then let succeeding budget drafters fend for themselves. "They provide what I call the 'free lunch syndrome,' " said Doerr, who closely observed Capitol life as a...
  • House Passes Student Loan Overhaul (federal government will be lone provider of college loans)

    09/17/2009 3:34:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1,182+ views
    House Passes Student Loan OverhaulSept. 17, 2009 WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The U.S. House approved legislation that would overhaul the student loan market by setting up the federal government as the lone provider of college loans. The House vote was 253-to-171, largely along party lines, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the legislation, private lenders would be blocked from the market for originating loans, but private banks and lenders still would be able to bid for a limited number of contracts to service loans after they are made by the government. The bill is another plank of the ambitious domestic agenda...
  • US lawmakers to insist on rescue fund accountability (Feinstein, Snowe, Pelosi)

    12/25/2008 10:35:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,293+ views
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  • Hsu Seeks to Have California Case Dropped

    10/25/2007 4:03:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 49+ views
    Malaysia News via Yahoo ^ | 10/26/07 | PAUL ELIAS
    Hsu Seeks to Have Calif. Case DroppedBy PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, October 26 SAN FRANCISCO - Disgraced political donor Norman Hsu wasn't hiding from anyone over the past few years, his lawyers say. If California authorities really wanted to find him, they could have asked Hillary Rodham Clinton or one of the other prominent Democrats he showered with cash donations. Hsu is asking a judge to toss his 15-year-old felony fraud conviction, arguing that his right to a speedy trial was violated because authorities weren't actively pursuing him. They could easily have arrested Hsu, his lawyers...
  • Timing (of indictment) in case against William Jefferson D-La. tricky

    09/24/2006 6:50:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 851+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/24/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Timing in case against Jefferson trickyElection may affect when feds tip hand Sunday, September 24, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- With the selection last week of a technology expert to copy documents from computer hard drives taken from Rep. William Jefferson's office, the Justice Department might soon have the material it says it needs to wrap up its 18-month investigation of the New Orleans Democrat. That could leave the agency with a dilemma: Should the department decide whether to seek an indictment of Jefferson before the Nov. 7 primary or wait until after the race is decided? **SNIP** "The...
  • 'Cold cash' congressman facing challenge for seat (William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/23/2006 5:05:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 621+ views
    'Cold cash' congressman facing challenge for seat8 other Dems on ballot seeking seat held by Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson Posted: September 23, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.M The fallout from an FBI investigation into allegations of bribery – and the $90,000 in cash allegedly recovered from his freezer – apparently has U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, battling for his political future. Not only are there about a dozen challengers vying for his seat, which he's held since the early 1990s, but three of the state's former top Democrats have endorsed his chief opponent,...
  • Nigeria: The Story of Congressman William Jefferson D-La

    09/21/2006 4:47:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 778+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/21/06 | Christopher Drew
    Nigeria: The Story of Congressman Jefferson Vanguard (Lagos) COLUMN September 21, 2006 Posted to the web September 21, 2006 Christopher Drew "A case against politicians, a tale of friendship, ambition and betrayal". In July 2005, Vernon L. Jackson returned home to Louisville from Washington, where he had just met with Representative William J. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who had been helping to promote his fledgling digital-technology company. David Harper, a lawyer for the company, said he had never seen Mr. Jackson so demoralised. For nearly five years, the inventor and the congressman had carried the message that Mr. Jackson's company,...
  • Waiting on warrant protocol (and other poop on William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/05/2006 3:49:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 457+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/03/06 | Bruce Alpert, Bill Walsh
    ON THE HILLNews from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital Sunday, September 03, 2006 By Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh Waiting on warrant protocol The Justice Department doesn't plan to issue guidelines for executing criminal search warrants on congressional offices until after the legal wrangling with Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is over, a top official said last week. "What is decided there (in the case) might be informative for us," Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said in a brief interview. **SNIP** Jefferson leads pack in postal privileges Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, leads the Louisiana delegation in sending...
  • Is Goering's Nazi loot in bowels of Ulster museum?

    09/03/2006 3:08:36 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 8 replies · 848+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Sep 2006 | Stephen Breen
    The Ulster Museum was last night at the centre of a probe into a famous painting that's suspected of being plundered by Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering. Leading art detective Clemens 'Fifty Per Cent' Toussaint is set to travel to Belfast in a bid to establish if the museum's most prized Flemish painting - St Christopher Carrying The Christ Child - was stolen by Hitler's right-hand man during the Second World War. If the millionaire French art sleuth proves Jacob Jordaens' 17th century masterpiece - previously owned by Dutch art collector Jacques Goudstikker - was looted by Goering, the museum...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) case informant files complaint with police

    08/29/2006 4:40:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 969+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/20/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson case informant files complaint with policeShe says odd 'things' occurred after FBI tip Tuesday, August 29, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- A Virginia woman told police that "things have been happening" since she went to the FBI 17 months ago with a complaint that led to the continuing corruption probe against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. Lori Mody, who wore a hidden microphone to tape conversations with Jefferson, said in her July 24 complaint to the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department that the toilet in a McLean, Va., home she is getting ready to sell broke between July...
  • Iraqis loot base after British leave

    08/25/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 44 replies · 1,370+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Aug 2006 | HAIDAR HANI
    AMARAH, Iraq -- Looters ravaged a former British base Friday, a day after the camp was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes, authorities said. About 1,200 British troops had been stationed at Camp Abu Naji in Amarah, 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, and the base had come under almost daily attack. The troops pulled out Thursday to redeploy along the border with Iran to crack down on weapons smuggling. Shortly after the troops pulled out, Iraqi police managed to disperse looters by firing warning shots into the air,...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) exit spurs new rules (House RATS propose changes to party’s caucus rules)

    06/28/2006 7:08:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 809+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/28/06 | Josephine Hearn
    Jefferson exit spurs new rulesBy Josephine Hearn Several House Democrats have proposed significant changes to their party’s caucus rules, with at least two of the changes prompted by internal caucus controversy over the recent ouster of a caucus member from the Ways and Means Committee. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) has written a proposal to handle situations in which leaders may seek to revoke a lawmaker’s committee assignment while he or she faces government investigation. Butterfield and others were upset that Democratic leaders ousted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from the committee while he faces a federal corruption probe. The proposal would...
  • Jefferson's Curse (Billy Jeff, Democrat, La., one of the worst RATS even before taking bribes)

    05/25/2006 4:11:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,138+ views
    Jefferson's CurseThe Nation Thu May 25, 11:58 AM ET AP - Mon May 15, 5:25 PM ET U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, speaks to the media at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday May 15, 2006. Congressman Jefferson declared his innocence in light of a federal bribery probe. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Nation -- As John wrote a few days back, William Jefferson was one of the worst Democrats in the House even before he started hiding bribes in the freezer. Now he's a drag on his party and a disgrace to his district--which happens to represent...
  • Oscars stars bag free loot (Two-faced Hollywood ALERT!!!)

    03/05/2006 2:19:36 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 21 replies · 1,338+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 March 2006 | Tangi Quemener
    CELEBRITIES who have it all, fame, glamour and riches, will stagger to their limousines after tomorrow's Oscars under the weight of tens of thousands of dollars of free swag. Whether they win or lose at the 78th annual Academy Awards the stars won't exactly be going home empty handed. Each of the 120-odd nominees and the galaxy of Oscar presenters are rewarded for the time, nerves and red-carpet exposure to pesky paparazzi with a "swag bag" of luxurious loot that was last year worth more than $US100,000. That figure dwarfs the entire production budgets of most of this year's best...
  • U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) might claim (bribery) deals private

    01/22/2006 6:51:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,229+ views
    NOLA ^ | 1/21/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson might claim deals private 'Official acts' issue could play key role in case Saturday, January 21, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's public response to the federal government's investigation of his business dealings suggests his legal defense could be that his actions were distinct and separate from his congressional responsibilities and therefore not subject to federal bribery statutes, legal experts say. The New Orleans Democrat last week said he had never requested or accepted anything to "perform a service for which I have been elected." He said he is disappointed and perplexed by...
  • Indian Givers : The tribal-casino scandal ( more loot to be poured into politics)

    01/17/2006 7:42:41 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 3 replies · 333+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/17/2006 | Rich Lowry
    Indian Givers The tribal-casino scandal. Political contributions from Indian tribes soaked in gambling revenues have increased exponentially in recent years, from a mere $2,000 in 1999 to more than $7 million in 2004. But the trend has suddenly reversed. Now it's the politicians giving money to tribes, as dozens of pols who happily took dollars from Jack Abramoff-associated tribes hurriedly return the cash or hand it over to charity. This strange turnabout was predictable to anyone who has followed the connection around the country between wads of gambling money and sleazy practices in government. "We're seeing what has happened at...
  • Supreme Court to Hear First Amendment Case (ad limits in McCain-Feingold campaign finance law)

    01/14/2006 6:32:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 834+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/14/06 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    Supreme Court to Hear First Amendment Case By FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in an anti-abortion group's First Amendment challenge to advertising limits in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Wisconsin Right to Life was barred in 2004 from broadcasting ads that mentioned Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat facing re-election who co-authored the law with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. A provision of the law banned the use of corporate or union money for ads identifying federal candidates two months before a general election. In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the...
  • 4-year scandal of the 9/11 billions (Where did the money go?)

    12/04/2005 6:40:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1,470+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/03/04
    4-year scandal of the 9/11 billions How massive fed aid got eaten by waste & lax rules This series was reported and written by the Daily News Investigative Team: RUSS BUETTNER, HEIDI EVANS, ROBERT GEARTY, BRIAN KATES, GREG B. SMITH and Assistant Managing Editor RICHARD T. PIENCIAK President Bush stands with Firefighter Bob Beckwith at Ground Zero on Sept. 14, 2001, the day after promising massive aid to the city. No science behind number Just two days after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, with the nation still in deep collective shock, President Bush met in the Oval...
  • Documents: Getty had clues it was obtaining possibly looted art

    09/25/2005 12:57:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 675+ views
    AP ^ | Sunday September 25, 2005
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lawyers for the J. Paul Getty Museum have determined that half the masterpieces in its antiquities collection were bought from dealers suspected of selling artifacts embezzled from Italy, according to a published report Sunday. Getty officials knew as early as 1985 that several of their suppliers were selling artworks that probably had been looted, but the museum continued the acquisitions, according to hundreds of documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Italian authorities are demanding the return of 42 objects in the Getty collection they believe were stolen, including ancient urns, vases and a 5-foot marble statue...
  • Looters' caches popping up in New Orleans

    09/19/2005 7:41:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 94 replies · 3,157+ views
    AP ^ | 9/19/5 | BRETT MARTEL
    NEW ORLEANS - It was like a modern-day treasure map - a computerized diagram of neighborhoods with codes marking the addresses where National Guard soldiers came upon caches of goods taken by looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "There's probably still loot out there" hidden in various homes, Capt. Gregg McGowan said from his Oklahoma National Guard unit's makeshift headquarters. "We're not going house-to-house looking for it, but if we find it, we secure it so police can check it." In the chaos that followed Katrina's flooding, looters targeted everything from grocery stores to gun shops to trendy women's...
  • Chaos in Gaza as Arabs riot, loot, get shot, fire rockets, drown in sea

    09/12/2005 12:53:02 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 77 replies · 2,385+ views
    web.israelinsider.com ^ | September 12, 2005 | By Israel Insider staff and partners
    Chaos in Gaza as Arabs riot, loot, get shot, fire rockets, drown in sea By Israel Insider staff and partners September 12, 2005 Palestinians flooded into empty Jewish settlements Monday and climbed ropes and clambered over walls into Egypt to join a chaotic celebration of the end of 38 years of Israeli military rule over the Gaza Strip. Plans by Palestinian police to bar crowds from the settlements quickly disintegrated. Militant groups hoisted flags, fired wildly into the air and set abandoned synagogues ablaze. Further marring the day, Egyptian border guards shot and killed a Palestinian along the Gaza-Egypt border,...
  • Evacuees Line Up For Debit Cards In Houston

    09/08/2005 1:55:51 PM PDT · by NormB · 129 replies · 2,804+ views
    <p>Hundreds of survivors of Hurricane Katrina lined up Thursday outside the Reliant Center in Houston in hopes of getting $2,000 government debit cards, but there's confusion about who can get the cards and when.</p>
  • What Pictures of the Looters really may say (BARF)

    09/01/2005 5:17:32 AM PDT · by AbeKrieger · 371 replies · 7,287+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 1, 2005 | Lucia Herndon
    I knew it would happen - just didn't know when. I'm talking about television news footage of looters played over and over in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Looting occurs whenever law and order breaks down as a result of disasters natural or manmade. But since the advent of television, looting seems to be a black thing. From the Watts riots in the 1960s to today, you can count on pictures of black folk hightailing it away from some store with electronic appliances, jewelry and furniture. So while reporters from 24-hour TV news channels poured into the area almost as...
  • Howard Dean to travel the world for Democrats

    06/18/2005 3:33:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 798+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | 6/17/05 | WENDY BENJAMINSON
    Howard Dean to travel the world for Democrats By WENDY BENJAMINSON Associated Press Writer HOUSTON — Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Friday he would travel next year to India, Israel and elsewhere around the globe to show American ethnic communities that he cares more about them than their money. "We don't want them to just be donors," Dean said after addressing a gathering of Indian-American doctors while on a fund-raising swing through Texas. "We have very strong support from the Indian community," he said. "I want to show the willingness of the Democratic Party to reach out and respect...
  • Howard Dean renews attacks on GOP, defends fundraising

    06/11/2005 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 82 replies · 1,389+ views
    USA Today | 6/11/05
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-06-11-dean_x.htm?csp=34 USA Today piece. Howard Dean says he is bringing in $1 million weekly to the Democratic party. By Kevin Wolf, AP
  • RAT 'survey' sounds like an act of desperation (Pelosi pushes Marxist cry of class struggle)

    06/04/2005 8:22:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 445+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 6/02/05 | Jack Markowitz
    'Survey' sounds like an act of desperation Jack Markowitz FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, June 2, 2005 Here, in the mail, comes an invitation -- but not to clear economic thinking. To class envy, maybe. Or even to the old Marxist cry of class struggle. "Protecting Social Security retirement benefits promised to America's seniors is more important than keeping the tax cuts promised to America's wealthiest. Agree? Disagree? Not sure?" That purports to be a survey question. Democrats are receiving it all across the land. But what do tax cuts have to do with Social Security? **SNIP** President Bush has a...
  • Perdue Proposes $1 Billion Spending Increase (Republican spending spree)

    01/13/2005 3:38:25 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 60 replies · 963+ views
    wsb radio (Atlanta) ^ | 1/13/05 | wsb radio
    ATLANTA (AP) For the first time in two years, Gov. Sonny Perdue laid out good news to a Georgia Legislature weary of budget cuts, outlining a proposed $1 billion budget increase for next year that will put bulldozers to work on school, road and port construction projects across the state. But even as he outlined his proposed $17.4 billion spending package to a joint legislative session Wednesday night, he cautioned that the ``New Georgia'' he envisions as the first Republican governor since 1870 is one of making government an instrument to help people do more for themselves not to do...
  • Beavers Find Stolen Loot, Use It to Shore Up Dam

    11/16/2004 8:46:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 762+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2004 | NA
    Associated Press GREENSBURG, La., Nov. 15 -- Beavers snatched a bag of bills stolen from a casino and wove thousands of dollars in soggy currency into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek in eastern Louisiana. "They hadn't torn the bills up. They were still whole," said Maj. Michael Martin of the St. Helena Parish sheriff's office. The money was part of $70,000 to $75,000 taken last week from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg. St. Helena Parish deputies searched for the money for days until a lawyer, hoping to make a deal with prosecutors for a...