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  • Quebec immigration consultant arrested in fraud ring

    01/15/2011 2:35:56 PM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | January 15, 2010 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO — The RCMP has arrested a Quebec immigration consultant accused of providing Canadian citizenship documents to hundreds of people in the Middle East so they could collect benefits and tax refunds from Ottawa. Ahmad El-Akhal, 62, was arrested Thursday following a 2-1/2-year investigation by the RCMP...His wife was also arrested as well as a suspected accomplice...The fraud ring is accused of securing immigrant status and citizenship for more than 300 residents of Lebanon and other Middle East countries and helping them bilk the Canadian government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars...“They were getting tax refunds, Goods and Services...
  • 'The land of easy money': How the Somali woman who lied to claim asylum and £250,000...Britain

    01/15/2011 9:13:42 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th January 2011 | Tamara Cohen and Tom Kelly
    A woman who lied about being gang raped in Somalia to claim more than £250,000 in benefits had moved to Britain after boasting it was the ‘land of easy money’. Ayan Abdulle was jailed this week after investigators discovered that the story she used to win asylum – and later UK citizenship – was a pack of lies. Now the Daily Mail can reveal the full scale of her fraud and how easily she was able to milk the benefits system for years. Abdulle, who also used the fake name Amina Muse and is from Somalia, was living in Gothenburg...
  • 'The land of easy money': How the Somali woman lied to claim asylum and £250,000 in benefits

    01/15/2011 9:30:16 AM PST · by La Lydia · 16 replies
    A woman who lied about being gang raped in Somalia to claim more than £250,000 in benefits had moved to Britain after boasting it was the ‘land of easy money’. Ayan Abdulle was jailed this week after investigators discovered that the story she used to win asylum – and later UK citizenship – was a pack of lies... Abdulle, who also used the fake name Amina Muse and is from Somalia, was living in Gothenburg when the authorities insisted immigrants learn Swedish if they wanted to continue to claim handouts... She told a friend she couldn’t be bothered and moved...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • Public workers facing outrage as budget crises grow

    01/01/2011 8:29:26 PM PST · by Immerito · 63 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 01/01/2011 | Michael Powell
    FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Ever since Marie Corfield’s confrontation with Gov. Chris Christie this fall over the state’s education cuts became a YouTube classic, she has received a stream of vituperative e-mails and Facebook postings. “People I don’t even know are calling me horrible names,” said Ms. Corfield, an art teacher who had pleaded the case of struggling teachers. “The mantra is that the problem is the unions, the unions, the unions.” Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that...
  • Jimmy Carter Vs. Guinea Worm: Sudan Is Last Battle (The left wipes out an entire species)

    12/26/2010 12:12:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 2+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12/26/10
    Jimmy Carter Vs. Guinea Worm: Sudan Is Last BattleJimmy Carter Racing Guinea Worm To Its Death; Remote And Wild Sudan Disease's Last Stronghold Dec. 26, 2010 (AP) ABUYONG, Sudan (AP) - Lily pads and purple flowers dot one corner of the watering hole. Bright green algae covers another. Two women collect water in plastic jugs while a cattle herder bathes nearby. Samuel Makoy is not interested in the bucolic scenery, though. He has an epidemic to quash. Makoy points out to the women the fingernail-length worm-like creatures whose tails flick back and forth. Then a pond-side health lesson begins on...
  • Ban Public Sector Unions Now

    12/31/2010 8:18:33 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 18 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | December 31, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    2010 might be remembered as the year that the edifice of public sector unions began to crumble. Before the 1960s, government workers were generally not allowed to unionize. After all, they work for a monopoly that has no profit margin and thus no reason to oppose their ever expanding benefits at the People's expense. In fact, as Democrats have found, they are much better off giving these unions everything they want in return for lockstep support for the Democrats in money, volunteers and votes. What changed in 2010? First, it became clear that those states that were pro-public union were...
  • White House Calls on Religious Leaders to Help Push DREAM Act Over the Finish Line

    12/16/2010 10:31:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 15, 2010
    ... the White House is again pushing for final passage of the Dream Act, hosting a conference call with religious leaders who are hoping to drive the deal home before everyone on Capitol Hill heads home for the holidays...According to Fox News producers on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., does intend to bring up the DREAM Act during this lame duck session. So, while lawmakers on the Hill scramble to get everything done, the White House put together another in a series of conference calls on the DREAM Act. Rabbi Jack Moline, from Congregation Agudas Achim in...
  • Los Angeles Schools to Seek Sponsors

    12/16/2010 8:19:13 AM PST · by La Lydia · 19 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Jennifer Medina
    LOS ANGELES...Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools. The district is not the first to look for private dollars...but the Los Angeles school district is by far the largest to do so...The District has cut $1.5 billion from its operating budget, now down to $5.4 billion. As recently as last month, 1,000 more employees lost their jobs in layoffs. ... “This is really our way to be responsive to that...
  • 50 Immigrant Chipotle Workers Fired in Twin Cities

    12/10/2010 9:22:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | 12-9-10 | Fox Twin Cities
    MINNEAPOLIS - Dozens of workers at Chipotle restaurants in the Twin Cities have been fired. An immigrant rights group said the employees lost their jobs after the feds starting searching for undocumented workers. Brad Sigal with the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee said around 50 workers lost their jobs after so-called “desktop raids” at several Chipotle restaurants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro.
  • Illegal immigrants cashing in on federal tax credits, study shows (Flashback)

    12/08/2010 10:58:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/2009 | Kevin Mooney
    Illegal immigrants cashing in on federal tax credits, study shows. Large numbers of illegal immigrants file tax returns using phony Social Security numbers to cash in on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, thanks to lax government management, according to the author of a new study.   “Technically, only people authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the credit, you need a valid Social security number,” said Ed Rubenstein, a financial analyst and economist, speaking at a news conference Tuesday at the National Press Club.   “But identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers, and other scams effectively nullify...
  • Bed Bugs at the United Nations

    10/27/2010 10:36:16 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 26 replies
    marinkapeschmann.com ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Bed bugs, the blood sucking seed-size insects that hide in walls, mattresses and clothes, have been discovered at the United Nations in New York City. Following is a note UN Correspondents received today regarding the UN bed bug infestation. NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS In September 2009, a bed bug sniffing dog confirmed infestation on most floors of the Albano building. The whole building was fumigated on 19 September 2009 and repeated 2 weeks later. As is standard practice, 6 months later on 6 May 2010 the dog returned and indicated the presence of bed bugs. However, the dog is not able...
  • Parasites and Politicians

    10/18/2010 3:28:48 PM PDT · by gary_f · 12 replies
    Lewiston Tribune ^ | 10/16/10 | Michael Costello
    While most of our congressmen and congresswomen are lawyers, there is probably no better preparation for the job than the study of parasitology. At least one author has made the case that parasites are actually at the top of the animal kingdom. He reasoned that, once established on or in a host, the parasite lives a life of leisure while the host becomes little more than the parasite's slave. Whereas politicians present themselves as humble servants of their constituencies, the truth is that their service they give us is barely distinguishable from the service given by a tapeworm. ....In other...
  • Ex Whitman Housekeeper: 'Undocumented' (Illegal Nannygate) *Video*

    09/29/2010 4:04:35 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 190 replies
    KFIAM640 ^ | 9/29/2010
    A former housekeeper for Meg Whitman was "emotionally and financially abused'' during her nine years of employment, an attorney alleged today, adding that the Republican gubernatorial candidate knew the woman was an illegal immigrant. "In short it was a nightmare,'' said attorney Gloria Allred, who said Nikki Diaz Santillan worked as a housekeeper for Whitman for nine years before she was fired last year. Allred said that during the woman's years of employment, Whitman caused her "to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.'' "The relationship was terminated last year by Ms. Whitman for what appeared to be...
  • Laboring in the Vineyards

    09/27/2010 6:58:33 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 1 replies
    National Review Online Corner ^ | September 13, 2010 | John Derbyshire
    A friend e-mailed me the following, under the subject line CANDIDATE FOR THE MOST PC FAMILY IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. It is from the wedding columns in the New York Times Style Section, September 10: Catherine Chandler, Jonah Deutsch Catherine O’Connor Chandler and Jonah Schatzow Deutsch were married Wednesday at Chicago City Hall. Walter Williams, a judge in the circuit court of Cook County, officiated. On Saturday, Richard Rosengarten, a professor and the former dean at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, led a ceremony incorporating Jewish and Catholic cultural wedding traditions at the home of Diana Young...
  • The Government Tapeworm

    09/27/2010 3:30:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 27, 2010 | Randall Hoven
    A successful parasite must keep its host alive, finding the point where it can maximize its intake without killing off its source of sustenance. So, too, with governments taxing their citizenry. With taxation, governments can reach the point where higher rates produce less revenue. An academic study found that a tax increase of just 1% of GDP causes a recession and then a permanent loss of 1.84% of GDP compared to what it would have been without the tax increase. The results of this study have some really broad and interesting implications. The punchline is that this study was done...
  • $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    09/20/2010 1:22:20 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    wcbm.com ^ | Sept 20 2010 | wcbm.com
    $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8
  • Fort Worth pension bubble will blow up in our faces

    09/05/2010 8:51:52 PM PDT · by bkopto · 54 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Sept 4, 2010 | Mitchell Schnurman
    To understand why Fort Worth's pension system is such a financial disaster, look at one month's list of recent retirements. In January, a 53-year-old policeman retired with an annual benefit of $90,312 for life, plus $256,000 in a lump sum payment. Another policeman, 57, got almost $74,000 annually, plus $313,000 in a lump sum. A 54-year-old firefighter got an annual pension of $90,130, plus $178,000 in cash. These are not typical cases, but they're not rare, either. The shocking takeaway from the 22 retirees is that they stand to earn significantly more from their pensions than they earned on the...
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin: atheists are parasites

    09/04/2010 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 108 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 4th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Just when I thought that I’ve heard every possible insult in the political realm this year Rabbi Daniel Lapin added his two cents. On the Glenn Beck program he said he views the atheists as parasites who without putting any energy into it benefit from America created by the faithful people. The Rabbi is entitled of his opinion and is free to call me parasite. However, I urge his friends to help him, because he may need advice from psychiatrist. Just two days ago a fellow who was calling people parasites strapped himself with bombs to make a point on...
  • GROUND ZERO IMAM RETURNS TO US: ‘I AM HAPPY TO BE AMERICAN’

    09/01/2010 7:06:12 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 31, 2010
    The State Department says the imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York is returning to the United States on Wednesday. State Department spokesman Mark Toner says Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has completed a Persian Gulf trip that was intended to promote religious tolerance. Rauf is departing the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, and will return to New York. Toner says Rauf’s early return did not cause the cancellation of any programs on his State Department-funded trip. Rauf said Tuesday that the controversy over the Islamic center in Manhattan is...
  • Crowd Shows Up To Get Assistance With Energy Bills (Lazy people upset in Cincinnati)

    08/31/2010 10:08:50 AM PDT · by TSgt · 55 replies · 1+ views
    WKRC ^ | 31 Aug 2010 | WKRC
    Time is running out for people in need to get help paying their summer utility bill. Today is the deadline to apply for aid through the county. Before 10 a.m., the Community Action Agency let 230 people in to apply. Some lined up before the sun came up this morning at the agency's office in Bond Hill. Applicants can get up to $175 to pay their utility bill, an air conditioner or a fan .. or a combination of benefits. Some in the line were upset that they couldn't get in or were turned away. But, those in charge of...
  • First family ends Martha's Vineyard vacation

    08/29/2010 8:00:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 145 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2010 | ERICA WERNER
    EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- President Barack Obama is wrapping up his vacation on Martha's Vineyard and heading for New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Illegal immigrant held on rape, kidnap charge

    08/25/2010 8:37:04 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 4 replies
    Murfressboro Post ^ | 8/25/2010 | LISA MARCHESONI
    Aggravated rape and kidnapping charges were filed against a former boyfriend accused of holding a Nashville woman against her will and raping her, sheriff's deputies reported. Esgardo Pinto-Torres, 29, of Nashville was charged after an investigation Saturday. He is being held for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
  • State requiring southern Arizona students to prove residency

    08/25/2010 12:34:04 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    East Valley Tribune ^ | August 24, 2010
    Before students living in Lukeville on the Arizona border with Mexico can board a bus for school in Ajo, they must prove their Arizona residency. Pima County Schools run the buses from Lukeville to Ajo. The Ajo Unified School District asked Pima County Schools to confirm state residency before students board buses for Ajo. So far, 48 certificates of residency have been issued. Certificates were not required last year, when 86 students made the nearly 40-mile daily bus trip from Lukeville to Ajo. The state education department announced in May it was seeking $1.2 million from Ajo schools for allegedly...
  • Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases

    08/25/2010 3:37:50 AM PDT · by Man50D · 12 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | August 24, 2010 | Susan Caroll
    The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts. Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients' deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases. Richard Rocha, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said Tuesday that the review is part of the agency's broader, nationwide strategy...
  • Lame Duck Scare for Union Pension Bailout(Taxpayers again)

    08/23/2010 10:34:57 PM PDT · by Revel · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/23/2010 | Connie Hair
    New rules expected from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) are causing massive heartburn for Big Labor and fueling a new backroom push in Congress for a taxpayer bailout of underwater union pensions. With nine Republican co-sponsors of the House bill, Big Labor is pushing for passage during a lame duck session after the November elections. ........ A bill introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and a bill from Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) in the House, would for the first time put taxpayers on the hook for these underwater union pension plans. ........ Moody’s Investors Service estimates a whopping $167...
  • Gotta say this about the Section 8 crowd

    08/16/2010 8:49:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 82 replies
    agc.com ^ | August 13, 2010 | Neal Boortz
    Some things need to be said about the mob that showed up to glom some applications for Section 8 welfare housing in East Point this week, and I’m your guy — the (ahem) author of The New York Times best-seller “Somebody’s Gotta Say It.” My experience with these Section 8 “clients” goes back to the mid-1970s when I had a law office at the First National Bank building in Decatur. It was my misfortune to occupy an office down the hall from the Decatur Housing Authority. Being a quick learner, I figured out I needed to be somewhere else on...
  • Plum Benefit to Cultural Post: Tax-Free Housing

    08/11/2010 9:56:04 AM PDT · by Leisler · 9 replies
    New York Pravda Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | KEVIN FLYNN and STEPHANIE STROM
    In addition to her $877,000 compensation package, Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, lives rent free in a $5 million East Side apartment that the museum bought when she came aboard. he Metropolitan Museum of Art houses its director, Thomas P. Campbell, in a $4 million co-op that it owns across Fifth Avenue from the museum. The director of the Museum of Modern Art, Glenn D. Lowry, may have the best deal of all. In addition to the $2 million in salary and benefits he earned last year, he lives in a $6 million condo...
  • 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.
  • Long lines for section eight housing in atlanta

    08/11/2010 9:50:26 AM PDT · by abortionisalwaysmurder · 115 replies
    Fox, the only honest news ^ | 8-11-2010 | MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta
    EAST POINT, Ga. - Video showed chaos unfolding in the city of East Point on Wednesday morning as hundreds of people waited for their chance to get federal housing assistance. Aerials from above the East Point Housing Authority showed a large group of people congregating around police cars and causing a scene as several people handed out applications. Mobs of people surrounded police cars, and FOX 5 has learned workers were handing out applications to the crowd, but they would only do so with police presence. Those in the crowd would receive an application, then fill it out and wait...
  • Unemployment Benefits for Illegal Immigrants: Colorado Scandal Exposed

    08/05/2010 11:20:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies · 1+ views
    National Review The Corner ^ | August 5, 2010 | Jack Fowler
    The investigative arm of Colorado’s Independence Institute is reporting that officials at the state’s labor agency defied the law by disabling computer software and thereby allowing “unqualified citizens and illegal aliens” to receive unemployment insurance since early 2009. Here’s the story by Todd Shepherd: "Independence Investigates has obtained internal emails from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) showing that a software control intended to prevent the payment of unemployment insurance to unqualified citizens as well as to illegal aliens was shut off in early 2009. "The emails dictate that former CDLE unemployment insurance director Mike Cullen demanded “Work...
  • Kenneth Watson Nearly Blinded As Maggot Eats His Eye

    08/03/2010 1:31:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies · 42+ views
    ABC ^ | 8-3-10 | Susan Donaldson James
    When Kenneth Watson was 16, he thought nothing of the gnat that flew into his eye: "I don't think you can afford to be afraid of bugs in the Bible Belt," he said. But two weeks later when the Hardy, Ark., teen was getting ready for school, he knew something was terribly wrong when he couldn't see. When he told his mother, she thought he was faking. "I had slept late and my mom thought I was skipping school," he said. "Sometimes I would come up with crazy stories, and she told me to get up and get ready." As...
  • We should make a federal case over immigration

    07/16/2010 3:05:40 AM PDT · by cweese · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | July 15, 2010 | Austin-Mexican Statesman editorial board
    The Gallup folks tell us that Americans, by a 17-point margin, oppose the Obama administration's decision to go to court to challenge the legality of Arizona's controversial immigration law. On this one, Americans are wrong. Regardless of where you stand on the Arizona law, there is plenty of room for discussion of it. And, we believe, the courthouse is a good place for that discussion. This one is worth making a federal case over. "Emotions run high on both sides of the issue," Gallup said in reporting that 50 percent of respondents oppose the lawsuit and 33 percent favor it....
  • Undocumented immigrants lose government aid

    07/12/2010 4:57:35 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 11, 2010 | Julia Lyon
    At the beginning of July, more than 2,000 families with undocumented immigrants stopped receiving food stamp benefits due to a change in Utah’s rules. Now a growing number of them are showing up at emergency food pantries confused and needing help. “But, of course, I have to feed my family,” said an undocumented mother of five who works as a housekeeper at a nursing home. She is among those who recently lost food aid. Earlier this year, the state announced it would begin to fully count the income earned by all members of a household when determining food stamp eligibility....
  • Tucson rally draws 3,000 critical of Arizona immigration law

    05/01/2010 1:01:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 82 replies · 3,134+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Andrea Kelly
    Some 3,000 marchers made their way from South Tucson to downtown's Armory Park this morning for a May First rally. The crowd filled the width of South Sixth Avenue and the procession stretched several blocks. Dozens of other people were waiting along the sidewalks waiting to join the march. Several carried signs critical of Arizona's new immigration law and many shouted, "Sí se puede," a familiar chant among immigrant rights supporters which loosely translates to "It can be done." Many of the signs targeted Gov. Jan Brewer, one reading "Stop the furor." One person dressed like Brewer was surrounded by...
  • Universities encourage students to enroll in food stamp program

    04/02/2010 3:11:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 18 replies · 539+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 27, 2010 | Aleksandra Kulczuga
    About 20,000 people sign up for food stamps every day, and college students across the country are the newest demographic being encouraged to enlist. Portland State University devotes a page on its Web site to explaining the ease with which students can receive benefits, along with instructions on how to apply. The school says food stamps are not charity but rather a benefit all honest taxpaying citizens can afford. The U.S. Department of Agriculture renamed food stamps the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2008, instituted electronic debit cards instead of coupons, and began an aggressive push to expand...
  • Having insurance 'going to be like Christmas'

    03/23/2010 9:46:34 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 139 replies · 3,007+ views
    WRAL.com ^ | 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."
  • Drug raid uncovers massive tax fraud scheme (illegal immigrants filing taxes)

    02/06/2010 9:16:55 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 21 replies · 1,567+ views
    Gadsden Times (AL) ^ | 2/5/10 | Lisa Rogers
    An income tax fraud scheme discovered during a drug raid Thursday night is expected to lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal tax refunds. “I wouldn’t be surprised it went into the millions,” Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said during a news conference Friday. Agents went to a mobile home on Sligo Road, just off Egypt Road in the Rockledge community, Thursday night to raid a suspected methamphetamine distribution ring and discovered more evidence than expected in the tax scheme.
  • A labor dispute threatens to tear a Kern County mining town apart (Unions threaten Calif. Company)

    01/31/2010 9:00:46 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies · 980+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | David Kelly
    Boron, Calif. - A shadow has fallen over this close-knit community of 2,000 as fears deepen of a strike at the borax mine on the city's edge. "The whole town is tied to that mine. Most of the people who live here now work at the plant," said David Liebengood, president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 30, which represents the employees. "It has passed through generations." But the days of generational job security may be over. Citing a 25% loss in its share of the global market, mining company Rio Tinto has spent the last five months trying...
  • Hate preacher Choudary defends £25,000 a year payments from British taxpayers

    01/13/2010 11:33:23 AM PST · by La Lydia · 8 replies · 435+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 13, 2010
    Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has claimed he is proud to receive £25,000 a year in benefits from the British taxpayer because the money 'belongs to Allah'. The extremist cleric was speaking hours after Home Secretary Alan Johnson banned Choudary's Islam4UK group, making it a criminal offence to be a member. British-born Choudary provoked outrage earlier this month when he announced that 500 members of his group were considering marching through the Wiltshire market town carrying empty coffins to mark Muslims 'mercilessly murdered' in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 42-year-old cleric cancelled the protest but showed no sign of curbing his fanatical...
  • Immigration law Ignites Fear in Arizona [New Law Has "Terrified" AZ Immigrant Community]

    01/01/2010 6:03:49 PM PST · by Steelfish · 57 replies · 2,835+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 01st 2010 | Nicholas Riccardi
    Immigration law Ignites Fear in Arizona Nicholas Riccardi A new state law requires public workers to report illegal immigrants who apply for benefits they aren't entitled to. The attorney general will decide the law's scope. Reporting from Tucson - Cristina, an illegal immigrant living in South Tucson, recently went to a government office to sign up her children for a state-run Medicaid program. The boy and girl, ages 7 and 3, respectively, are U.S. citizens and entitled to the benefits. But Cristina, who spoke on condition her last name not be used, was fearful. She'd heard of a new state...
  • Yemen seeks Western support against Al-Qaeda

    12/30/2009 4:11:42 AM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 303+ views
    AFP ^ | December 30, 2009
    SANAA — Yemen has called for Western help against the "hundreds" of Al-Qaeda militants in the country amid reports on Wednesday that Washington is working with Sanaa to identify possible military targets. "We need more training, we have to expand our counter-terrorism units and this means providing them with the necessary training, military equipment, ways of transportation," Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi told the BBC late on Tuesday, identifying a shortage of helicopters as a particular problem. "There is support, but I must say it is inadequate," he added, referring to existing Western assistance. Kurbi underlined the continuing threat that...
  • Social Security gets no Cola but Congress does(The leaders diss public but reward themselves)

    12/09/2009 5:23:45 AM PST · by bestintxas · 43 replies · 1,968+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/08/09 | Aaron Cantor
    Congress has, in their beneficence, decided that there will be no cost of living raise in 2010 for social security recipients. Congress and the Senate on the other hand will receive a $4,700.00 cost of living allowance or whatever you want to call it in 2010. The really dastardly part of it is that they have it fixed so that it is automatic and they, claiming plausible deniability, can say I didn’t vote for it. A lot of people have been crying for relief from these parasites for a long time and the numbers are growing daily. This is just...
  • 13 of Nature’s Most Disgusting Parasites..(No libs in article).

    11/11/2009 6:20:29 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 7 replies · 965+ views
    Webecoist ^ | Nov 2009 | Steph
    They eat human brains and eyeballs, turn snails into pulsating zombies, grow up to 25 feet long in people’s intestines and eat the tongues of fish. Symbiotic relationships may be common in nature, but that doesn’t mean that all parasites are beneficial – many are downright horrifying
  • “Does Banking Contribute to the Good of Society?”

    10/14/2009 8:26:21 AM PDT · by parsifal · 14 replies · 397+ views
    Naked Capitalism ^ | October 14, 2009 | Yves Smith
    ….the finance sector is worse than parasitic. In the title of his recent book, The Predator State, James Galbraith aptly names the problem. The financial sector functions as the sharp canines that the predator state uses to rend the nation. In addition to siphoning off capital for its own benefit, the finance sector misallocates the remaining capital in ways that harm the real economy…:
  • Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare

    09/30/2009 12:01:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies · 2,380+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/30/2009 | Jeffrey Young
    Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs. Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits. Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote. The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants...
  • Safety Net: The Path to Slavery

    09/28/2009 5:38:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 1,346+ views
    whiskeyand gunpowder.com ^ | 9-28-09 | Anthony De Maio
    I am haunted by the specter of the people on that overpass during hurricane Katrina. They stood there and waited for help. It never occurred to them to help themselves by walking north. When no help was forthcoming, they began to chant, “We want help. We want help. We want help.” It was very clear to ME that they perceived that the way to get help was to “demonstrate” and demand it—to create a disturbance until someone took notice of them and helped them so they would be silent. It was so similar to a child throwing a tantrum that...
  • Sunstein: Fetuses 'use' women, abortion limits 'troublesome'

    09/24/2009 10:47:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,212+ views
    WND ^ | 9/25/09 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Restrictions on access to abortion would turn women's bodies into vessels to be "used" by fetuses, according to President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein. "A restriction on access to abortion turns women's reproductive capacities into something to be used by fetuses. ... Legal and social control of women's sexual and reproductive capacities has been a principal historical source of sexual inequality," Sunstein wrote in his 1993 book "The Partial Constitution."
  • Immigration, Health Debates Cross Paths -- Activists on Both Sides Step Up Efforts

    09/15/2009 9:39:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2009 | Spencer S. Hsu
    As Congress's debate over health-care legislation lumbers toward a defining test for the Obama presidency, partisans on both sides of another issue -- immigration -- escalated their own proxy war this week, concluding that the fates of the two issues have become politically linked. Trying to beat back a furor over whether President Obama's centerpiece initiative would subsidize health care for illegal immigrants, liberal supporters of an immigration overhaul on Monday called a main proponent of that claim a "hate group," citing its founder's ties to white supremacists and interest in racist ideas, such as eugenics. The counterattack comes as...