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  • Asylum Seeker Raped Young Migrant Shelter Employee After He Received Anti-Rape Training

    02/24/2016 6:18:34 AM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | FEB. 24, 2016 | Oliver Lane
    A 16 year old Afghan male claiming asylum in Belgium has been stripped of his asylum seeker status by the government after he raped an employee at a Red Cross shelter in Menen, West Flanders.
  • Mark Levin reads from his book "Plunder and Deceit" (audio from 06-26-2015)

    08/03/2015 1:11:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6-27-15 | Mark Levin
    Published on Jun 27, 2015 The full book title is "Plunder and Deceit: Big Government's Exploitation of Young People and the Future"
  • Ancient Etruscan Prince Emerges From Tomb: Photos

    12/03/2013 9:10:36 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian archaeologists have unearthed a 2,600-year-old intact Etruscan tomb that promises to reveal new depths of one of the ancient world’s most fascinating and mysterious cultures.
  • Civil rights are not genuine rights

    08/29/2013 2:30:51 PM PDT · by pbmaltzman · 6 replies
    The Pro-American Backlash ^ | 8/28/2013 | Sam Wells
    Civil rights are a claim, usually enforced by the force of government, on the life, liberty, or property of peaceful citizens. These alleged "rights" are ascribed to special-privileged groups or classes or ethnicities (blacks) and are not to be confused with the genuine natural individual rights of peaceful citizens referred to in the American Declaration of Independence, John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government, or C.F. Bastiat's The Law. No one has a right to force peaceful American citizens to provide them anything except to refrain from the initiation of coercion or violence.
  • Thieves Plunder Crashed SUV of Tires, Wheels and Battery - While Dying Driver Lay Trapped Underneath

    03/22/2013 7:31:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 22 March 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Thieves plunder crashed SUV of tires, wheels and battery - while its dying driver lay trapped underneath A man who was crushed to death by his SUV after a fatal accident suffered the final indignity of being robbed as he lay trapped under the vehicle. Police in New Mexico say 26-year-old Steven Roy Reese of Carlsbad was killed either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning when he apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer on a little-used dirt road. However, when they got to the vehicle they discovered that somebody had stolen wheels, tires and the battery from the wrecked...
  • 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...
  • Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle (Marine Convicted of Possessing Iraqi AK-47)

    07/07/2012 5:22:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 6, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle Is it among the spoils of war? Or worthy of a felony conviction that carries a 10-year prison sentence? The recent conviction of a Twentynine Palms Marine from Hemet has sparked a debate from readers and a fierce defense from the Marine himself. To rewind, Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller was convicted last week of illegal possession of a machine gun. Federal prosecutors said he smuggled a chrome-plated AK-47 that once belonged to Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard back to his home in Hemet after a 2005 tour in Iraq. Miller now...
  • Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace (AK-47 stolen from Saddam's palace)

    07/03/2012 9:21:12 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace - An AK-47 seized from Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard, belonging to Twentynine Palms Marine Joel Cleve Miller. Federal prosecutors said former Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller, 40, was found guilty of possession of an illegal chrome AK-47 that he smuggled back from Iraq during a 14-month tour in 2005. When he returned to his home in Hemet, he bragged to several friends that he smuggled the gun back after it once belonged to Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard. The U.S. Marine Corps discharged Miller in December 2011 after 20 years in the...
  • Irish Bombshell: Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions To Pay For Spending (Could it happen here?)

    05/10/2011 9:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/10/2011 | Joe Weisenthal and Gregory White
    Ireland's minister of finance, Michael Noonan, has outlined plans for a new tax on private pensions in Ireland. The new tax on private pensions will be 0.6%, and last for four years. Earlier: This was just tweeted by Ireland's RTE News: BREAKING: The Government is to impose a 0.6% levy on private pension funds for the next four years to fund its #jobsinitiative #dail Doubt this will go over well. More details to come...
  • Huffington's Plunder (Liberal journalist explains why people HATE liberals)

    03/01/2011 7:08:24 AM PST · by PanzerKardinal · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 24, 2011 | Christ Hedges
    Any business owner who uses largely unpaid labor, with a handful of underpaid, nonunion employees, to build a company that is sold for a few hundred million dollars, no matter how he or she is introduced to you on the television screen, is not a liberal or a progressive. Those who take advantage of workers, whatever their outward ideological veneer, to make profits of that magnitude are charter members of the exploitative class. Dust off your Karl Marx. They are the enemies of working men and women. And they are also, in this case, sucking the lifeblood out of a...
  • Plundered by Our Own Employees

    10/04/2010 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 4, 2010 | Bruce Bialosky
    Steven Greenhut may be the most annoying man in America. No, it’s not because he’s a mean guy or that he has created some silly reality show like Jersey Shores. It’s because Steve, a former Orange County Register columnist, writes books that you need to read, but are totally infuriating and raise your blood pressure a good fifty points. Even though I met Steve while he was covering a variety of political events in his pure journalism days, he didn’t inform me when his first book, Abuse of Power, was published in 2004. I actually learned about it when it...
  • The Law

    08/29/2010 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. ^ | June, 1850 | Frederic Bastiat
    The Results of Legal Plunder It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder. What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content ourselves with pointing out the most striking. In the first place, it erases from everyone's conscience the distinction between justice and injustice. No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law...
  • The Census and the Welfare State

    03/18/2010 6:14:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 563+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jacob Hornberger
    The letter that Ralph Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, recently sent to the American people reflects what America has become under the welfare state. Here is what the letter states in part: "Your response is important. Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share." In that one paragraph lies the plunderbund society in all it majestic glory. Everyone is supposed...
  • WWII veteran had Hitler's art book on bookshelf

    12/09/2009 12:41:37 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 2,134+ views
    AP ^ | 09 Dec 2009 | JAMIE STENGLE
    After fighting his way across Europe during World War II, John Pistone was among the U.S. soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler's home nestled in the Bavarian Alps as the war came to a close. Making his way through the Berghof, Hitler's home near Berchtesgaden, Germany, Pistone noticed a table with shelves underneath. Exhilarated by the certainty of victory over the Nazis, Pistone took an album filled with photographs of paintings as a souvenir. "It was really a great feeling to be there and we knew, by that time, he was on his last leg," Pistone told The Associated Press. Sixty-four...
  • Congress scrambles to extend estate tax

    12/02/2009 4:40:08 AM PST · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 1,049+ views
    Assiciated Press ^ | 12/02/2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Next year had been shaping up as a great year to get a big inheritance - no federal taxes on it. Congress, however, has other plans for the few wealthy heirs expecting a big boon. Uncle Sam may take a 45 percent cut after all. Under current law, the federal estate tax is scheduled to temporarily disappear next year before returning in 2011 at an even higher rate. But the House is expected to vote as early as Thursday on a bill that would permanently extend the current top rate of 45 percent on estates larger than...
  • Four Years After New London, Conn. Stole Land via Eminent Domain, the Land Lies Barren and Useless

    07/30/2009 6:27:19 AM PDT · by myrage · 12 replies · 954+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | July 29 | Tom Blumer
    Four years ago, on June 23, 2005, a 6-3 Supreme Court majority ruled in Kelo v. New London that the New London, Connecticut government could condemn houses in that city's Fort Trumbull area in the name of redevelopment. A bit over a year later, the city settled with the area's final two holdouts, the Cristofaro family and Susette Kelo. Since then the city has without success tried to engage a developer to build a hotel on part of the now-leveled area, and to put apartments or condos on the rest. Yes, you read that right; they're building residences where residences...
  • Quotes - Legal Plunder - Frederic Bastiat

    10/03/2008 8:43:46 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 31 replies · 1,170+ views
    Bastiat, org ^ | 1850 | Frederic Bastiat
    Frederic Bastiat Perverted Law Causes Conflict As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose — that it may violate property instead of protecting it — then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting at the door of the Legislative Palace, and the struggle within will be no less furious. To know this, it is hardly necessary to examine what transpires in the French and English...
  • Roger Cohen: Of Oil and Death (Hugo Chavez)

    11/29/2007 2:23:40 AM PST · by america4vr · 2 replies · 233+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 28, 2007 | Roger Cohen
    It was a fascist general in 1930s Spain who coined the phrase "Viva la muerte!" - "Long live death!" Essentially meaningless, the words captured the blind cult of soil, blood and savagery that coursed through European fascism, in its Francoist and other forms. President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela hates "fascists;" they are central to his repertoire of insults. But he has not hesitated to deploy the imagery of death to bolster his leftist brand of petro-authoritarianism, now operating under the ludicrous banner of "Fatherland, Socialism or Death!" The slogan looks almost quaint in its anachronism. Chávez would no doubt claim...
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.
  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Congo: The Western Heart of Darkness

    07/14/2005 5:59:35 AM PDT · by dgallo51 · 18 replies · 576+ views
    "I'm interested in land not [black people]." Cecil Rhodes Rarely has Western savagery been more destructive than in the Congo. After 115 years of Belgian colonialism and U.S. neo-colonialism, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today is a war-ravaged, balkanized country where an incredible 2.5 million people have died during the last 2 ½ years and 2.3 million have been displaced. OXFAM called this "the world's biggest humanitarian disaster." The catastrophic war which began in August 1998 has been imposed on the long-suffering Congolese by U.S. proxies Rwanda and Uganda which have occupied the eastern half of the Congo and...
  • Gitmo This You Sanctimonous Liberals!

    07/05/2005 9:45:20 AM PDT · by dgallo51 · 20 replies · 1,173+ views
    Various ^ | Varous | VARIOUS
    Common Dreams NewsCenter Sunday, July 03, 2005 Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2000 in The Irish Times Clinton's 'Plan Colombia': Disturbing Questions Concerning The Real US Agenda by Ana Carrigan Africa Faces New Threat of New Colonialism New Internationalist, Jan/Feb 2003 Title: "How (not) to Feed Africa" Author: Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher no.10 on project censored list 2004: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003 Source: Left Turn, July/August, 2002 Title: "NEPAD: Repackaging Colonialism in Africa" Author: Michelle Robidoux Evaluator: Heidi LaMoreaux Briarpatch, Vol. 32, No. 1, Excerpted from The CCPA Monitor, October 2002 Title: "Ravaging...
  • In Moscow, a Proud Display of Spoils of War

    05/17/2005 12:23:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 933+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 17, 2005 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    MOSCOW, May 16 - A week ago, on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and President Vladimir V. Putin appeared together in Red Square in a symbolic nod to the historical reconciliation between Germany and Russia. But a few blocks away, a museum exhibition showed how the war's dark legacies continue to divide the two countries. Shortly before Victory Day, as it is known here, the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts put on display 552 ancient works of art, including Greek bronzes, vases and amphorae, Etruscan figures, fragments of Roman wall paintings...
  • In Darfur, three from Boston see horrors firsthand

    02/25/2005 12:13:43 PM PST · by Radix · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 25, 2005 | Steven Rosenberg
    Liz Walker, the longtime Boston TV news anchorwoman, was standing in the middle of a sea of straw huts in a Darfur refugee camp, peering into a closet-sized shelter where six people live. In the midst of a recent fact-finding trip in which she had heard harrowing accounts of burned villages and gang rapes, Walker looked out at the tortured, parched earth of Sudan, where internal fighting has claimed the lives of 70,000 people and made 2 million homeless. For a long moment, she was overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness.
  • 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...
  • Protesters Stone Nepal Mosque After Iraq Killings(Big Anti-Muslim Riot)

    09/01/2004 3:50:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1,491+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 09/01/04 | Gopal Sharma
    Protesters Stone Nepal Mosque After Iraq Killings Nepalese protesters shout slogans as they stand on the dome of a mosque during a demonstration in Kathmandu to protest against the killijng of 12 Nepalese hostages in Iraq (news - web sites). Around 4,000 people set Kathmandu's biggest mosque ablaze and smashed up private job recruitment agencies in response to the killing of 12 Nepalese jobseekers in Iraq, witnesses said(AFP/Devendra M. Singh) Nepalese protester (R) shouts slogans as he stands beside a burning tyre during a demonstration in Kathmandu. The government clamped a curfew on the city after mobs ransacked a mosque...
  • Following Hillary Clinton Down the "Common Good" Path to Socialism

    07/13/2004 9:41:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 950+ views ^ | July 12, 2004 | Jan Ireland
    The Bush tax cuts enabled America to climb out of the Clinton recession despite the financial devastations of 9/11 and stock market downturns. Ten straight months of economic progress and job creation have made the economy robust. So it is incongruous that Hillary Clinton would tell a San Francisco audience recently that Democrats will rescind the Bush tax cuts for the “common good.” Mrs. Clinton’s plan is not only wrong, it’s socialist. Ronald Reagan defeated communism, but we are still being leeched by creeping socialism. The 45 communist goals read into the Congressional Record in 1963 linger, and they were...
  • Florida: Illegal alien's injury lawsuit could spark investigation

    02/17/2004 7:56:09 AM PST · by george wythe · 55 replies · 833+ views
    In a case that could bolster a long-running federal grand jury probe into Northeast Florida's construction industry, an undocumented Mexican worker permanently paralyzed on a job site is filing suit today in Jacksonville against homebuilding giant D.R. Horton. Jorge Gomez, 23, was injured Nov. 11 when a large beam fell on him and broke his neck at a D.R. Horton site in a Julington Creek subdivision, according to the lawsuit. The accident left him a quadriplegic. As an illegal alien, Gomez has no workers compensation insurance and has run up $500,000 in medical bills at Jacksonville's Memorial Hospital, which continues...
  • How the French Plunder Africa

    02/06/2004 9:59:54 PM PST · by mark_interrupted · 10 replies · 449+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | January 2004 | Sanou Mbaye
    How the French Plunder Africa France's unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries--Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and Chad--maintained the franc zone even after they gained independence decades ago. In exchange for France guaranteeing the CFA franc's convertibility, these countries agreed to deposit 65% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special account within the French Treasury and granted to...
  • Government pay immigrant's relatives $2.15 million [relatives of an illegal immigrant]

    01/28/2004 9:08:53 AM PST · by yonif · 35 replies · 378+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Wed, Jan. 28, 2004 | Associated Press
    SAN ANTONIO - The federal government will pay $2.15 million to the relatives of an undocumented immigrant, settling a lawsuit alleging the immigrant was paralyzed in a struggle with immigration officers. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery approved the deal for the five children and ex-wife of Serafin Olvera Carrera at a hearing in San Antonio on Tuesday. Olvera, who died at a Houston hospital in February 2002, was paralyzed March 25, 2001, during a raid at a Bryan home involving agents with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, now U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In June 2003, a federal jury...
  • Bush's Amnesty Plan Triggers Jump in Illegal Immigration

    01/27/2004 12:51:15 AM PST · by sarcasm · 58 replies · 474+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | January 27, 2004 | Joseph A. D'Agostino
    Beginning two to three days after President Bush proposed a plan that would allow illegal aliens to stay in the United States on renewable three-year work visas -- a plan that critics describe as an amnesty in disguise -- the number of illegal aliens caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border jumped dramatically, says a spokesman for the union representing Border Patrolmen. In the San Diego sector of the border "we have two to three times the number we had a few weeks ago," Senior Border Patrol Agent Shawn Moran told HUMAN EVENTS. Moran is spokesman for the local San...
  • Slave reparations case dismissed (BUT: Judge protects right to amend, refile claim)

    01/26/2004 2:32:00 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 8 replies · 155+ views
    <p>CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A federal judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by descendants of slaves against corporations they say profited from slavery, saying the plaintiffs had established no clear link to the companies they targeted.</p> <p>The court still left the door open for further litigation.</p>
  • Bush Immigration Plan Borders on Treason

    01/08/2004 4:26:33 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 95 replies · 362+ views
    Chuck Baldwin Ministries ^ | 01-09-04 | Baldwin, Chuck
    Bush Immigration Plan Borders On Treason By Chuck Baldwin Food For Thought From The Chuck Wagon January 9, 2003 President George W. Bush wants to give some eight to ten million illegal aliens, most of them from Mexico, legal status. The plan would legalize these aliens as "temporary workers," which would allow them to work freely in the United States without fear of deportation. The plan is so disastrous to our country's well being and so fraught with potential risk to our country's security that the plan should be regarded as bordering treason! Already, more than ten percent of Mexico's...
  • Bush's Ridiculous Speech About Immigration Reform

    01/08/2004 1:10:01 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 213 replies · 840+ views
    Bush's Ridiculous Speech About Immigration Reform I just want to comment on a few of the things that jumped out at me as I read the text of Bush's speech about the horrendous new immigration legislation he is going to propose. To begin with, this line just chaps me..."As a nation that values immigration and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud. Yet today we do not."No, our immigration laws don't work or make us proud. You know why? Because we don't make an effort to enforce them. It's like telling your kid...
  • Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants

    01/07/2004 4:49:45 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 60 replies · 998+ views
    Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants to allow for longer-term treatment of serious health problems, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The ruling could expand the kinds of medical treatment that illegal immigrants receive under the Medicaid program. For hospitals that are already treating illegal immigrants, the decision could also mean more Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Harassment claims by gay students settled for $1.1 million

    01/06/2004 2:59:51 PM PST · by freedom44 · 14 replies · 149+ views
    Az Central / AP ^ | 1/6/04 | Tami Min
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO - A suburban San Jose school district agreed to pay $1.1 million Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought by six gay students who said they were subjected to beatings, death threats and other harassment.</p> <p>The Morgan Hill district also agreed to hold training sessions for students and teachers to discourage anti-gay harassment.</p>
  • Senate adopts state budget with 10 percent income-tax increase [PA]

    12/20/2003 2:38:53 PM PST · by Glenn · 18 replies · 286+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 12/20/2003 | Tom Barnes
    <p>HARRISBURG - The state Senate approved a $1.3 billion tax increase shortly after dawn today- including a 10 percent income-tax hike - but was unable to fashion a deal that would have brought slot machines to the state's racetracks, big cities and resorts.</p>
  • $14.6 billion later, Boston's Big Dig wraps up

    12/19/2003 11:51:27 AM PST · by theDentist · 31 replies · 287+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/19/2003 | Seth Stern
    BENEATH BOSTON – With a tellingly simple ribbon-cutting ceremony, the last underground segment of Boston's Big Dig project opens Friday - completing major construction on one of the most complex and controversial engineering projects in human history. It may not look as dramatic as the Hoover Dam, but the revamp of traffic flows in one of America's oldest cities rivals any past US public-works project in complexity - and outpaced them all in cost. Its effects will be felt for decades and far beyond Boston: It is changing commuting habits here, may influence the prospects for any similarly large-scale efforts...
  • Freeloading on the Taxpayer's Dime

    12/19/2003 7:29:22 AM PST · by AndyObermann · 137 replies · 429+ views
    15 December 2003 | Andy Obermann
    Freeloading on the Taxpayer’s Dime By: Andy Obermann 14 December 2003 The other day I was at the grocery store doing some shopping. I patiently waited in line to purchase a few miscellaneous items. In front of me, a woman, no older than forty, was buying two sodas, two packs of gum, and a personal size bag of potato chips—trivial purchases, a snack perhaps. She proceeded to pull out what appeared to be a credit or debit card to pay for the goods. An unnecessary step for such a menial purchase, I thought. Much to my surprise, however, she was...
  • Sex predators getting federal grants

    12/17/2003 11:43:04 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 308+ views ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2003
    YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORKSex predators getting federal grantsFlorida law loophole allows offenders to receive cash for education Posted: December 17, 200311:08 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Sexual predators confined to mental-health facilities in Florida are receiving federal grants to take college courses. The taxpayer-funded tuition grants are allowed because the offenders are considered "residents," not "inmates," Fox News reports. A 1994 federal law prohibits "inmates" from getting financial aid. In Florida, jurors are allowed to confine the worst sexual predators to mental-health facilities rather than prisons. As such, they are able to take advantage of their status as "residents" and qualify to...
  • Three years after Fox took office, Mexican migrants say return home safer, easier

    12/17/2003 7:57:25 AM PST · by yonif · 11 replies · 240+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | December 17, 2003 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – The holiday trip home for many Mexican migrants has gotten easier under President Vicente Fox. Instead of insisting on bribes, some police offer to guide caravans of migrant cars, and customs agents allow gifts that in the past were often confiscated. Since taking office, Fox has made changing government officials' attitudes toward migrants one of his top priorities. He has focused on the annual return trip home before Christmas, a time when the majority of migrant families return to Mexico, clogging highways with pickup trucks and U.S. sedans overflowing with bicycles, television sets and computers. Fox...
  • 2 illegal workers just want jobs

    12/16/2003 4:31:40 AM PST · by Holly_P · 31 replies · 243+ views
    Tucson Arizona Star ^ | 12/16/03 | Ernesto Portillo
    Ramiro Cruz doesn't know who Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge is. But he appreciated what Ridge said last week about legalizing undocumented immigrants. "The man is right. I hope he can do something for us," said Cruz while he waited for a drive-by job offer on South Ninth Avenue Monday morning. Gonzalo Mendoza, who was waiting on the street which serves as an unofficial day laborer hiring site, agreed with Cruz who was about a block away. "I can't believe that someone in the United States government would say something like that. It seems that the politicians in Mexico and the...
  • Bush: No blanket amnesty for illegals

    12/16/2003 3:47:13 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 184+ views ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2003
    COMING TO AMERICABush: No blanket amnestyfor illegals But wants policy linking 'willing employer with any willing employee' Posted: December 16, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Responding to recent comments by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, President Bush said yesterday he is against offering an across-the-board amnesty to illegal workers living in the United States. President Bush at news conference yesterday (White House photo) Last week, Ridge told a town hall meeting in Miami, Fla., the U.S. should give illegal immigrants legal status. At a news conference in Washington, Bush replied, "I have constantly said that we need to have an immigration...
  • Social Security for Mexicans closer to reality (Millions of immigrants to collect benefits)

    12/11/2003 7:55:33 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 193 replies · 2,178+ views ^ | December 11, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    The prospect of millions of Mexicans receiving United States Social Security checks is moving closer to reality. The Gannett News Service reports U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing a "totalization" agreement that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in payments south of the border. The plan would allow documented and undocumented immigrants to return home but still collect U.S. benefits. WorldNetDaily reported the idea to merge both countries' Social Security systems was pushed late last year by Mexican President Vincente Fox as payback from President George W. Bush for failing to secure major new immigration reforms beneficial to Mexico...
  • Phoenix: Is this what we want in our city (The effects of illegals)

    12/15/2003 11:03:47 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 118 replies · 788+ views
    PhxNews ^ | azred
    Something I often see missing in the news about illegal immigrants, is what they bring to America. We all know about the financial drain on health care, and welfare, but what about the culture shock to American citizens? Have you seen how some of our cities are looking lately? Illegals are coming over in such great numbers that we are starting to live in their cultural standards. My neighborhood is now filled with people that think the front yard is a parking lot, and that standing in the front yard drinking Bud Light and partying after work is OK. Businesses...
  • Boycott by immigrants urged

    12/11/2003 8:24:56 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 60 replies · 486+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Wed, Dec. 10, 2003 | Edwin Garcia
    Boycott by immigrants urged STATEWIDE ACTION PUSHED FOR FRIDAY TO PROTEST DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW REPEAL The message to Latino immigrants in the Bay Area and around California is sweeping: Keep your kids home from school Friday, don't go to work and stay away from stores. The unprecedented request, made by immigrant advocates to protest the repeal of a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses, is intended to show state leaders the collective economic and social clout of California's growing immigrant population. While it's impossible to measure the success or failure of the daylong economic...
  • CA: Hispanic advocacy groups call for statewide boycott Friday (Barf Alert- MAPA/CHIR sponsored)

    12/11/2003 10:50:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 925+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/11/03 | Deborah Kong - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates are asking Hispanics throughout the state to flex their economic muscle Friday by refusing to go to work, school or stores. The planned statewide boycott, organized by two Southern California advocacy groups, is a response to last week's repeal of a law that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. "Latino and immigrant communities don't have to roll over," said Edward Headington, a spokesman for the Mexican American Political Association, one of the organizers of the boycott. "It's saying that there is strength in numbers." At 11.9 million, Hispanics make up about a...
  • Social Security for Mexicans closer to reality; U.S. discussing plan

    12/11/2003 3:48:26 PM PST · by yonif · 37 replies · 796+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 11, 2003
    The prospect of millions of Mexicans receiving United States Social Security checks is moving closer to reality. The Gannett News Service reports U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing a "totalization" agreement that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in payments south of the border. The plan would allow documented and undocumented immigrants to return home but still collect U.S. benefits. WorldNetDaily reported the idea to merge both countries' Social Security systems was pushed late last year by Mexican President Vincente Fox as payback from President George W. Bush for failing to secure major new immigration reforms beneficial to Mexico...
  • Illegal Aliens Eligible for Social Security Benefits

    02/19/2003 8:55:02 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 57 replies · 2,534+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/19/03 | Matt Hayes
    <p>Annie was an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia who had legally emigrated to the U.S. decades ago. She entered my law office with her mother, who clutched a well-worn copy of a Chinese language book called What You Need to Know About Life in America that is eventually encountered by most immigration lawyers.</p>
  • Je$$e HiJackson and NASCAR Next on O'Reilly (O'REally!)

    04/17/2003 5:48:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 81 replies · 550+ views
    Bill O'Reilly on Fox News | 4/17/03
    Coming up Next on O'Reilly on Fox- Je$$e and NASCAR. W'ats Up with dat?