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  • Prepare for War as Pentagon Refines Syria Response

    08/25/2013 7:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Flashback May 17, 2013: Foreign Policy magazine reports Obama rules out unilateral action in Syria as Russia ships advanced missiles to Assad Top News: U.S. President Barack Obama again ruled out unilateral U.S. military action in Syria at a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. "It's not going to be something that the United States does by itself. And I don't think anybody in the region would think that U.S. unilateral actions … would bring about a better outcome," the president said, promising to "keep increasing the pressure on the Assad regime and working with the...
  • The Democrats' Election Forgery Racket

    04/03/2012 9:46:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 4/3/12 | Michelle Malkin
    A few weeks ago, Obama senior adviser and seasoned Chicago operative David Axelrod joked on MSNBC about election corruption. Asked whether "vote early and often" scams had come to an end in his shady hometown, Axelrod snarked: "Well, certainly on the air." Yuk, yuk, yuk.(Snip) This week, four Democratic officials in Indiana were hit with felony charges related to petition fraud in the state's 2008 primary. The prosecutions are a result of the local South Bend Tribune newspaper's investigation last fall into "hundreds of county residents' signatures" forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the
  • Unionized Government Takes and Spends More

    10/14/2011 10:20:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2011 | Jack McHugh
    An organization with close ties to government employee unions is trumpeting pronouncements by a university “labor studies” department (that’s also closely aligned with unions), claiming the unionization of government employees has “no link” with state “deficits.” Michigan’s largely unionized state, local and school employees, however, are granted fringe benefits exceeding what they would get in the private sector by $5.7 billion every year. The figure may start to fall now that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation capping local government and public school employee health insurance benefits at $15,000, which represents a haircut for many, but is still 46...
  • Lisa Murkowksi funded by 'rent-an-Eskimo' racket

    10/18/2010 2:23:00 PM PDT · by curth · 16 replies
    washington examiner ^ | October 15, 2010 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in candidacy is being funded by $100,000 contributions from a handful of Alaska corporations that have been handsomely subsidized by the federal government. These six-figure donors have pulled in billions of taxpayer dollars thanks to special legislative favors from Murkowski and her mentors -- the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R), and Lisa's father, former senator and governor, Frank Murkowski (R). "Alaskans Standing Together," a special campaign committee, was formed late last month to attack Republican nominee Joe Miller and support Murkowski through ads. In late September AST took in $800,000 from nine Alaska Native Corporations -- unique,...
  • Judge: FDA Has No Authority Over Electronic Cigarettes

    01/30/2010 9:01:52 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 61 replies · 1,333+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 14, 2010 | Jared A. Favole
    A U.S. judge said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't have authority to regulate electronic cigarettes, dealing a blow to the agency's efforts to regulate tobacco products as drugs or devices. In a 32-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon sided with electronic-cigarette makers Smoking Everywhere Inc. and NJoy in finding that the FDA has no authority to regulate the products and can't stop them from entering the country. "This case appears to be yet another example of FDA's aggressive efforts to regulate recreational tobacco products as drugs or devices," Leon said in his ruling. He added the...
  • Hostages held at Jamaica airport

    04/19/2009 11:03:59 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 54 replies · 4,455+ views
    CNN ^ | 04/20/09 | CNN
    <p>CNN) -- Passengers were reportedly taken hostage on a charter flight at a Jamaican airport.</p> <p>They were boarding the CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late Sunday when the security breach occurred, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the airport.</p>
  • CITY INSIDER: Disabled parking placards

    10/16/2008 6:26:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,162+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/16/8 | Rachel Gordon
    As the number of disabled parking placards in San Francisco continues to go up, so does the level of frustration among city officials who have yet to get a handle on the rampant abuse. The city has beefed up its force of parking cops targeting disabled parking abuse to eight (soon to be 10) officers, but the problem persists. The city loses out on parking revenue and there's less turnover of curbside parking spaces. As of August 2007, the most recent data the California Department of Motor Vehicles has on hand, there were 48,282 permanent placards issued to San Francisco...
  • Pay $1 Trillion a Year or Face Extinction (Global Warming Scare)

    08/11/2008 6:57:08 AM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 13 replies · 184+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | August 11 2008 | Oliver Tickell
    We need to get prepared for four degrees of global warming, Bob Watson told the Guardian last week. At first sight this looks like wise counsel from the climate science adviser to Defra. But the idea that we could adapt to a 4C rise is absurd and dangerous. Global warming on this scale would be a catastrophe that would mean, in the immortal words that Chief Seattle probably never spoke, "the end of living and the beginning of survival" for humankind. Or perhaps the beginning of our extinction. The collapse of the polar ice caps would become inevitable, bringing long-term...
  • Reverend Al soaks up boycott bucks

    06/15/2008 5:36:34 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies · 133+ views
    New YorkPost ^ | 06/15/2008 | Isabel Vincent and Susan Edelman
    BIZ GIANTS PAY OR FACE RACE RALLIES Anheuser-Busch gave him six figures, Colgate-Palmolive shelled out $50,000 and Macy's and Pfizer have contributed thousands to the Rev. Al Sharpton's charity. Almost 50 companies - including PepsiCo, General Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase - and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton's National Action Network annual conference in April. Terrified of negative publicity, fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton - who brandishes the buying power of African-American consumers. In some cases, they...
  • Al Gore's Tale (with due credit to Geoffrey Chaucer for the original)

    04/28/2008 12:24:40 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 9 replies · 103+ views
    4/28/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Al Gore reinvents the medieval racket of selling indulgences (pardons for one's sins, worth hundreds of years of penance in an invisible Purgatory). With due credit to Geoffrey Chaucer for the original: Now, good men, Earth forgive you each trespass, And keep you from the sin of greenhouse gas. My carbon offsets cure and will suffice, So that it gains me gold, or silver brings, Or else, I care not- brooches, spoons or rings. You must embrace fully Al Gore’s line of bull, While o’er your eyes we will pull the wool! An offset certificate I’ll give you, anon, And...
  • OECD warns against biofuels subsidies

    09/10/2007 11:18:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 659+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 9/10/2007 | Andrew Bounds
    Governments need to scrap subsidies for biofuels, as the current rush to support alternative energy sources will lead to surging food prices and the potential destruction of natural habitats, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will warn on Tuesday. The OECD will say in a report to be discussed by ministers on Tuesday that politicians are rigging the market in favour of an untried technology that will have only limited impact on climate change. “The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits,” say the authors...
  • **BUSTED!** Islam Clerics Videotaped in "Bribes-For-Fatwas' Scandal (IN INDIA/NO JOKE)

    09/18/2006 1:03:40 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 16 replies · 1,333+ views
    Hindustan Times (from India) in English ^ | 18 September 2006 | Hindustan Times, India
    Two Muslim clerics purportedly caught on camera allegedly taking bribes for declaring fatwas were suspended as ulemas on Monday, decided to form a body to monitor issuance of religious edicts. All India Milli Council set up an inquiry committee and announced "a social boycott" of those involved in the fatwas racket. Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband suspended Mufti Habibur Rehman and Meerut's Shahi Jama Masjid removed Maulana Imran following reports that they were seen accepting the money in return for issuing fatwas. Darul Uloom Vice-Chancellor Marghoobur Rehman said a four-member panel would investigate the matter and if found guilty Habibur...
  • 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.
  • Red Cross cash ‘wasted’ on stars

    03/04/2006 6:35:20 PM PST · by Gomez · 68 replies · 2,679+ views
    TIMES OMLINE ^ | March 05, 2006 | Marie Colvin
    THE American Red Cross has come under fire over payments to publicists who recruited stars to add lustre to its image, even as funds ran short for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The controversy could not have come at a worse time for the charity: this Tuesday, it unveils a “celebrity cabinet” of personalities whose glamour will be exploited to attract money, volunteers and donations of blood. Its critics are unhappy at what they call an inappropriate use of funds. “They’re hoping people will send them money on the basis of celebrity, as opposed to good works and effectiveness,” said Daniel...
  • A Grotesque Protection Racket - Wahabi's export global fanaticism…

    01/19/2006 10:12:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 544+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/19/06 | Larry Stirling
    It didn't take long for me to get an answer to the question I posed in a recent column concerning whether it is possible to be both a Muslim and an American citizen. According to "Document 44" published and distributed by the Saudi Arabian embassy: "It is forbidden to be a Muslim and to become a citizen of a country governed by infidels." (That's us!) I read a report entitled "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques." There are of course millions of Muslims. And each practices his or her religion in the best way they can given their...
  • WHAT IS INSURANCE RESERVE FRAUD IS IT PRACTICED OR A HOAX?

    04/06/2005 8:18:39 AM PDT · by restornu · 4 replies · 394+ views
    The Rumor Mill News Reading Room ^ | Friday, 25 March 2005 | Rayelan
    The Bar, Insurance Fraud and Murder by Erik Moebius Editor's Note: This next article is an amalgam of comments made on a radio program (the "Christian-Patriot Connection", KPBC-770 AM, Dallas, Texas in which I and Michael Ellis interviewed attorneys Erik Moebius, David Parker, and Nick Milum) and a 207-page article written by Erik Moebius. The complete text of the radio interview and Mr. Moebius' article can be read or downloaded from the "News" sub-section from the AntiShyster Internet webb site located at "www.antishyster.com". Although I've edited and reorganized this article, Mr. Moebius is the principal source of virtually all of...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who “approaches every question with an open mouth”. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...
  • United Nations: US Stingy; UN Corrupt (Right in the Chops, this one!)

    12/28/2004 8:41:59 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,403+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2004 | STEVE YUHAS
    I only have access to a few English language television stations while I am visiting Israel: BBC News and CNN International. Every quarter hour they recap the top stories. Today’s big story (after the non-stop images of a tidal wave taking out resorts frequented by Europeans and few Americans) is the comment of U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland who said that western nations, particularly the United States, were being stingy with their aid packages offered for victims of the disaster. Without putting into context the fact that the United States provides more funding to the UN than any...
  • Exposing Global Exchange

    12/14/2004 10:52:25 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 133+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 14, 2004 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    As television and radio reel from new censorship laws in Venezuela, there are also signs of intimidation appearing against Venezuela's bloggers. We've recently reported that "media" like VHeadline* aligned with Venezuela's dictatorship have targeted the fearless Aleks Boyd, whose blog VCrisis.vom is a thorn in the side of the Chavez regime. They've now taken aim at essayist Gustavo Coronel, a retired Venezuelan oil executive who writes graceful, informative essays on VenezuelaToday. Coronel's deep well of knowledge has drawn the invective of chavistas in the past, but his latest work, directed at Global Exchange and at the Sandalista political tourists who...
  • ADA Suits Close Another Beloved Eatery

    09/20/2004 8:51:45 PM PDT · by TortReformer · 17 replies · 1,151+ views
    www.overlawyered.com ^ | 9/20/04 | www.overlawyered.com
    ADA suits close another beloved eatery Once again it's happening in central California: "After more than 40 years in business, Roy's Drive-In in Salinas is closing -- in part because the owner can't afford a lawsuit that accuses him of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act." Jarek Molski of Woodland Hills in southern California, who uses a wheelchair, "is suing Patterson because he claims the restaurant is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Molski has sued over 200 small businesses for not meeting ADA requirements. ...Built in the 1950s, Roy's Drive-In does not have ramps to access the...
  • CA: By punting on protection racket, Democrats shot selves in foot

    03/29/2004 6:38:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 146+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/29/04 | Dan Walters
    <p>When unscrupulous law firms began operating an ill-disguised protection racket that shook down small California businesses for money, the Legislature - or at least its Democratic majority - found itself in a dilemma.</p> <p>The shakedown lawyers were combing through the records of state agencies, looking for firms that had committed tiny transgressions of regulatory rules. They threatened their owners with expensive lawsuits under a provision of California law allowing private actions for so-called "unfair business practices," then offered to go away if the businesses paid specified sums.</p>
  • Drivers complain about fee gouging by wreckers($964 for 10 miles, thank you Democrats)

    08/19/2003 9:25:02 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 17 replies · 1,294+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/19/03 | STEPHANIE WEINTRAUB
    Linda Diane Tevis crashed into a parked 18-wheeler on a foggy February morning. Injured and shaken, she was in no condition to deal with a wrecker driver trying to tow her car. "I was a little delirious." she said. "The air bag had hit me. The next thing I know he was saying he was going to tow my car." All of this happened as paramedics treated her before she went to the hospital. When she and her husband, Mike Tevis, were faxed a copy of the Lone Star Towing Service bill a short time later, they got delirious again....
  • Caps won't solve 'insurance crisis'

    06/15/2003 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Archangelsk · 36 replies · 285+ views
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | Juen 15th 2003 | Steve Stands
    Caps won't solve 'insurance crisis' By STEVE SANDS COMMUNITY VOICES 15 June 2003 We are in an insurance crisis. This crisis affects doctors, who have seen their medical malpractice insurance rates skyrocket during the last two years. It affects businesses that now pay nearly twice the premium for the same comprehensive loss coverage purchased two years ago. It also affects homeowners. Recently, one insurance agency announced a plan to raise its homeowner rates in Florida by as much as 85 percent over the next two years. Insurance policyholders are being price-gouged across the board. Because the insurance companies are exempt...