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  • Girl Traces US Presidents' Family Tree, All Related But One

    04/02/2011 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Germanicus Cretorian · 100 replies · 1+ views ^ | Aug 2 2010 | Carrie Hodgin
    Paso Robles, CA -- Their political party lines maybe different but one thing United States presidents could share is their family line. A young girl in California has put together a Presidential Family Tree. Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d'Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England through a common ancestor. "They are all cousins and all grandsons of John Lackland," BridgeAnne told KCOY News. The girl searched more than a half million names for months. She started with George Washington, then traced both the male and female family lines to make the connection. KCOY reports...
  • Who polluted Robin Hood?

    11/23/2014 10:50:37 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 32 replies
    Robin Hood was not a jacobin nor a socialist, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But here, I will highlight where he was transformed into one. The title of the book is: "Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, Now Extant Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw ; to which are Prefixed Historical Anecdotes of His Life", authored by Joseph Ritson, who was sympathetic to Jacobinism. This book was first printed in 1795. This book is a collection of his works, which means that he was spreading this filth around in who...
  • Blind luck helps archer make one-in-a-million Robin Hood shot[Blind Archer]

    03/29/2008 4:12:30 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Mar 2008 | Telegraph
    An archer has achieved a one-in-a-million feat of marksmanship after splitting one arrow with another. What makes the shot even more remarkable is that Tilly Trotter is blind. The 74-year-old grandmother pulled off the shot, known among archers as a "Robin Hood", at a practice session of the Wellington Bowmen in Somerset. Mrs Trotter, who has been an archer for two years at the invitation of granddaughter Charlotte, said: "The second arrow made such a noise going into the back of previous arrow I thought I had hit the ceiling or done some expensive damage. "Then I heard people jumping...
  • Brown’s overhaul of California school finances sparks infighting over details (redistribution)

    12/08/2013 5:24:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 8, 2013 | Dan Walters
    <p>Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark overhaul of public schools’ finances was aimed at their most vexing issue – chronically low academic achievements among poor or “English-learner” students.</p> <p>Not only would more money be spent – billions more, in fact, thanks to a tax increase – but state aid would be “weighted” toward districts with large numbers of targeted kids.</p>
  • City sues ‘Robin Hood’ group over parking meter payments

    05/14/2013 8:27:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 58 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 14MAY2013 | Mike Krumboltz
    The city of Keene, New Hampshire, is suing a group of do-gooders for allegedly topping off parking meters of strangers. The group, which calls itself "Robin Hood and his Merry Men," likes to leave notes on the windshields of cars that are in danger of getting a ticket due to an expired meter, according to the Union Leader.
  • Anonymous gives Philadelphia the middle finger

    09/24/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/24/2012 | Josh Peterson
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently caught the attention of the hacktivist collective Anonymous when the city government targeted a businessman’s attempt to clean up downtown trash. The city owns a vacant lot overrun with weeds and debris, adjacent to Ori Feibush’s coffeeshop. After years of battling with the city over the eyesore, Feibush took it upon himself to clean it up. He spent at least $20,000 of his own money to remove 40 tons of trash and renovate the property — a project Anonymous claims would have cost Philadelphia taxpayers $1.5 million. The city is threatening Feibush with legal action for trespassing...
  • If A Quake Doesn't Sink Hollywood, We Will

    07/13/2012 12:34:13 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 22 replies Blog ^ | July 1st, 2012 | PsykoPundit
    Hollywood won't remake The Fountainhead. They'll remake Robin Hood over again until the message sinks in. This is the problem. Liberal patriarchs allocating their resources. Monopolizing a medium. Unworthy of continued existence. Let's end the business. No more talk of revolutionizing it. We don't need them anymore. Our dollars only strengthen them. We're all nuts. We must be. For thinking that they have an agenda. Every message, every virtue, every scene – meant to indoctrinate and to normalize an idea into the status quo. Like ironing wrinkles in, not out. The cloth of our minds, stained. Any doubt about Hollywood's...
  • A Good Story Never Told

    06/22/2012 7:34:20 PM PDT · by Mackaywarrior · 4 replies
    6-22-12 | Self
    It is the way of Mankind to pass stories along through generations to teach future generations important lessons and morals that must never be forgotten. Although the story may change from time to time, the lesson does not change. However, what if people used the popularity of a story and subtly altered the meaning to meet their own agenda? What if these twisted stories began to be used to counter the original morals of the story completely? What if the original meaning of the story is as American as Johnny Tremain but the lesson is attacked by Americans themselves. One...
  • Robin Hood Activists Look to Make Fairy Tale a Reality

    06/22/2012 12:47:33 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 30 replies
    ABCNews ^ | June 19, 2012 | AMY BINGHAM
    When it comes to tax reform heroes, Warren Buffett, that self-made billionaire who pushes for higher taxes on millionaires, is so yesterday. The new champion of the progressive tax movement is a bit more mythical, a touch less law-abiding and frightfully more fashionable. Robin Hood, the fictional outlaw famous for stealing from the rich to give to the poor, has emerged as the face of a new tax movement, one that calls for a 50 cent sales tax on every $100 traded on Wall Street.
  • Socialism or fascism? Take your pick

    06/13/2012 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    George Bernard Shaw, a Fabian Society socialist, knew the flaw of his own people: “A socialist is somebody who doesn’t have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.” Shaw said, before his death in 1950. Some folks, including this blogger, have accused President Barack Obama, of, shall we say, harboring socialist tendencies...
  • Robin Hood Was a Tea Partier

    03/25/2011 7:50:38 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 5 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 24, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    In a recent post covering a forthcoming London protest by UK Uncut dubbed the "March for the Alternative," NRB's Michelle Horstman introduced us to the Robin Hood Tax. It's pretty much what it sounds like, a proposal to seize wealth from banks and redistribute it to "fight poverty" and "tackle climate change." UK Uncut has garnered much attention as of late for its unconventional protest tactics, which is to say its willingness to use force to disrupt lawful trade. Obviously, the folks at UK Uncut and their allies regard themselves as modern day Merry Men. They are certainly willing to...
  • In Europe, iconic properties (Sherwood Forest) go on sale (blaming the "rich" for government's debt)

    01/26/2011 1:01:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2011 | Henry Chu
    Reporting from Mansfield, England — Here in the heart of Sherwood Forest, a real-life Robin Hood tale is unfolding, only in reverse. If the British government gets its way, large chunks of these woods where the Merry Men reputedly squared off against the sheriff of Nottingham may soon be up for sale. Officials want the money to help plug a gaping hole in the public purse. To outraged locals, it's a case of taking a common good from ordinary, hardworking taxpayers and giving it to rich developers and greedy corporations. Robin Hood, if he ever existed, would be terribly cross....
  • Uncovering Nottingham’s hidden medieval sandstone caves

    05/13/2010 1:06:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 642+ views
    University of Nottingham ^ | May 10, 2010 | Unknown
    The very latest laser technology combined with old fashioned pedal power is being used to provide a unique insight into the layout of Nottingham’s sandstone caves — where the city’s renowned medieval ale was brewed and, where legend has it, the country’s most famous outlaw Robin Hood was imprisoned. The Nottingham Caves Survey, being carried out by archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology at The University of Nottingham, has already produced extraordinary, three dimensional, fly through, colour animation of caves that have been hidden from view for centuries. Below the grounds of Nottingham Castle and across the city there is...
  • 'Robin Hood's Escape Tunnel Found'

    08/16/2002 3:34:58 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 819+ views
    Ananova ^ | 8-16-2002
    'Robin Hood's escape tunnel found' Experts believe they've found a tunnel that allowed Robin Hood to escape from the Sheriff of Nottingham. The secret passageway found under the Galleries of Justice museum in Nottingham is eight feet below street level. Archaeologists excavating 14th-century manmade caves beneath the museum stumbled upon it accidentally when they broke through a rotten wood floor. The museum's curator Louise Connell says the tunnel leads towards St Mary's Church, where ancient documents say Robin sought sanctuary from the Sheriff 's men. The Evening Post says it's believed he used the tunnel to escape from the church,...
  • Robin Hood's Prison? Sheriff's Dungeon Found At Nottingham Gaol

    10/17/2007 2:33:00 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 143+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 10-17-2007 | Caroline lewis
    ROBIN HOOD'S PRISON? SHERIFF'S DUNGEON FOUND AT NOTTINGHAM GAOL By Caroline Lewis 17/10/2007 One of the above ground prison cells at the Galleries of Justice. © Galleries of Justice New evidence has been discovered that the medieval caves under Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice museum were once used by the Sheriff of Nottingham as a prison. The dark dungeon cells would have been in use when the Sheriff resided at the Shire Hall and County Gaol. “It is an exciting discovery,” said Tim Desmond, Chief Executive at the Galleries. “The cave has always been known as the ‘Sheriff’s Dungeon’, but until...
  • Robin Hood: A Conservative Hero

    05/24/2010 9:58:09 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 23 replies · 637+ views
    CDS and NewsReal ^ | 5/24/2010 | Michael van der Galien
    It’s popular these days for conservatives to criticize the defender of the poor and the oppressed, Robin Hood. Hood, they say, is nothing more than a socialist pretending to be a hero. He is, if you will, Karl Marx with a bow and couple of arrows. He steels from the wealthy and gives to the poor. It’s socialism in action, or so many contemporary conservative commentators argue. Although I understand it that conservatives automatically oppose all those who dare “redistribute wealth” (or appear to), they are sorely mistaken to do so with Hood. Dismissing him as a Marxist is ludicrous...
  • 'Robin Hood': The Original Tea Partier?

    05/21/2010 11:12:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 800+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 05/21/2010 | Drew Zahn
    Take everything you know about Robin Hood "robbing the rich to give to the poor" – and all the socialist redistribution programs that might bring to mind – and throw it out the window. That's not the hero of this tale. Indeed, this reimagining of "Robin Hood" is an origins story that starts long before the robber roams Sherwood Forest (the film actually ends with Robin being declared an outlaw), in a time when Sir Robin Loxley joins the chorus of citizens waving a Medieval Gadsden flag at King John, demanding "liberty by law." That's right, Robin Hood, the original...
  • Robin Hood the Tea Partier

    05/16/2010 9:21:35 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 7 replies · 349+ views ^ | 05-17-10 | stolinsky
    Robin fought against an oppressive government that levied crushing taxes. The government was led by King John, a weak man who aspired to be a tyrant, but was not quite up to the job. He had the ruthlessness, but not the strength. He evoked fear and anger, but not loyalty or respect. Is the Times implying that President Obama in any way resembles King John? King John followed King Richard on the throne. Richard had spent much of his reign away at the Crusades, fighting to retake the Holy Land from warlike Muslims who had seized it from its former...
  • Russell Crowe snaps over "Irish" Robin Hood accent

    05/15/2010 2:29:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 2,206+ views
    reuters ^ | May 14, 2010
    Actor Russell Crowe stormed out of a BBC radio interview after suggestions that he had made the quintessentially British legend Robin Hood sound Irish in his latest movie. New Zealand-born Crowe, who was raised in Australia, has been the target of criticism in the British media for his accent in the "Robin Hood" action adventure movie which opened this week with its world premiere held at the Cannes film festival....
  • WaPo Film Critic Joins NYT in Finding 'Tea Party Like 1199' Theme in 'Robin Hood'

    05/14/2010 11:31:49 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 612+ views ^ | 05/14/2010 | Tim Graham
    Liberal newspapers think alike. In Friday's Washington Post, film critic Michael O'Sullivan seconded the emotion of New York Times critic A.O. Scott that there were "tea party" elements in the new Russell Crowe version of "Robin Hood." O'Sullivan also lamented there was "precious little of the socialist stuff" that's usually associated with the Hood legend's rob-and-redistribute routine. O'Sullivan began: Dark and polemic, Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" is less about a band of merry men than a whole country of really angry ones. At times, it feels like a political attack ad paid for by the tea party movement, circa 1199....
  • The New Robin Hood Film

    05/13/2010 11:09:08 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 134 replies · 2,464+ views
    5-13-10 | Me
    Did anyone see the recent History Chanel production about 'Robin Hood'. I don't know what the program was called or meant to be, but it looked like a promo for the new film. The director and Crowe were interviewed during the program. It sounded like the new film is attempt to revise the traditional story.
  • Ridley Scott's inventive and sumptuous retelling of the legend of Robin Hood...

    05/12/2010 5:56:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies · 1,638+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2010 | Chris Tookey
    The oldsters hit back. Two of the best movies this year have been by directors in their seventies, namely Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Roman Polanski's The Ghost, and here comes a third. At the grand old age of 72, Sir Ridley Scott makes a triumphant return to form with this magnificent epic. It's an affectionate nod to one of the world's favourite legends, but it isn't content to be just a roistering romp, along the lines of the classic Errol Flynn picture of 1938.
  • Ridley Scott's Robin Hood ("a love letter to the Tea Party..")

    05/12/2010 7:51:45 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 70 replies · 2,039+ views
    Is it an accident that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement? It's certainly something of a surprise. When the movie was announced in 2007 with the title Nottingham, reports suggested that it would sympathize with the normally vilified Sheriff of Nottingham as a man torn between two extremes: the corrupt tax-happy monarchy, and Robin Hood himself, who in this version would be a self-serving rabble-rouser who'd play on the emotions of the struggling public to incite anarchy. Russell Crowe was at first cast as the sheriff; a year later, Scott told...
  • Robin Hood and Obama

    02/15/2010 9:44:46 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 16 replies · 545+ views ^ | 02/14/2010 | Herb Sobel
    He is remembered, not as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became the symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to...

    02/14/2010 7:08:45 AM PST · by Passport1 · 13 replies · 779+ views
    CYPRESS EXPRESS ^ | 14 FEB 2010 | H. SOBEL
    The notion that Robin of Locksley took from the rich and gave to the poor is the incomplete explanation of what really occurred.
  • Androgynous Person Robs Bank with Crossbow (Finland)

    02/09/2010 10:44:57 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 43 replies · 1,044+ views
    TMZ ^ | 02/09/10 | Staff
    It's like a real life Robin Hood -- some schmuck in Finland robbed from the rich (a bank) and gave to the poor (itself) and did it all with a spring-loaded bow and arrow. And there's another catch: Cops are unsure if the suspect, who's still at large, is a man or a woman. Officials in Finland tell TMZ the suspect was dressed like a woman ... but spoke like a man.
  • Russell Crowe as Robin Hood — FIRST LOOK (Gladiator Haircut is Back)

    04/20/2009 4:10:32 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 46 replies · 1,740+ views
    Just Jared ^ | Mon, 20 April 2009 at 12:19
    Here is the very first picture of Russell Crowe in Robin Hood, the upcoming flick which reunites the 45-year-old Gladiator star with director Ridley Scott. “He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights,” producer Brian Grazer tells USA Today of the bandit’s updated wardrobe. “He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.” “Oddly, it’s a metaphor for today,” Grazer adds. “He’s trying to create equality in a world where there are a lot of injustices. He’s a crusader for the people, trying to...
  • Hood not so good? Ancient Brits questioned outlaw

    03/14/2009 11:16:04 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 31 replies · 1,224+ views
    PeoplePC Online ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2009 | Staff
    LONDON - A British academic says he's found proof that Britain's legendary outlaw Robin Hood wasn't as popular with the poor as folklore suggests. Julian Luxford says a newly found note in the margins of an ancient history book contains rare criticism of the supposedly benevolent bandit. According to legend, Hood roamed 13th-century Britain from a base in central England's Sherwood Forest, plundering from the rich to give to the poor. But Luxford, an art history lecturer at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, says a 23-word inscription in a history book, written in Latin by a medieval...
  • The 13th Century manuscript that shows Robin Hood and his Merry Men weren't so popular after all

    03/14/2009 7:48:20 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 70 replies · 2,162+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14th March 2009 | Paul Sims
    Folklore holds that Robin Hood was a fearless outlaw loathed by the rich and loved by the poor. Fighting injustice and tyranny, his gallantry became the stuff of legend - and Hollywood movies. But according to a newly-discovered manuscript entry it appears that Robin and his Merry Men may not have been as popular as the stories would have us believe.Written in Latin and buried among the treasures of Eton's library, the 23 sparse words shed new light on the Sheriff of Nottingham's mortal foe. Translated, the 550-year-old note reads: 'Around this time, according to popular opinion, a certain outlaw...
  • Torture pit where Robin Hood was imprisoned found under Nottingham Galleries of Justice[UK]

    02/27/2009 10:49:38 AM PST · by BGHater · 42 replies · 2,043+ views
    Culture 24 ^ | 26 Feb 2009 | Ben Miller
    A bottle-necked pit where hated outlaws including Robin Hood were imprisoned and starved or driven to insanity in the Middle Ages has been discovered by archaeologists in the underground caves of the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham. Known as an oubliette (“to forget” in French), the hole was used as a holding cell for dissenters against the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the city’s favourite wealth-regulating son is believed to have been cast into it after being arrested by the Sheriff and his men at the nearby St Mary’s Church. “The opening was bricked over centuries ago, probably in the...
  • Wealth gap creating a social time bomb

    10/23/2008 6:14:00 AM PDT · by Abathar · 42 replies · 825+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 10/23/08 | John Vidal
    Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment. In a survey of 120 major cities, New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya Abidjan and Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognised acceptable "alert" line used to warn governments. "High levels of inequality can lead to negative social, economic and political consequences that have a destabilising effect on societies," said the report....
  • The Goldman Sachs-ACORN Connection

    10/21/2008 7:59:12 PM PDT · by vadum · 6 replies · 744+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 21, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    The connection between Goldman Sachs and ACORN is admittedly weak but we thought we'd report it anyway because it's interesting. The current CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, sits on the board of directors of the Robin Hood Foundation. As we reported, that foundation is funded by George Soros's Soros Fund Charitable Foundation and has given money to ACORN. The Robin Hood Foundation gave ACORN $821,000 consisting of a $456,000 grant in 2003 and a $365,000 grant in 2004. According to, Blankfein, unlike fellow board member Tom Brokaw, was in fact a Robin Hood board member in the years...
  • "ObamaHood" CARTOON.....

    10/15/2008 8:57:39 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 22 replies · 2,322+ views ^ | 10-15-2008 | IPWGOP
  • New Yorkers feel the pinch, call for tax on rich (This is NO JOKE!)

    08/06/2008 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies · 103+ views
    Crains New York ^ | 8/06/08 | Elisabeth Butler Cordova
    New Yorkers feel the pinch, call for tax on richMore than three-quarters of New Yorkers say they are feeling the pinch from pricey food and gas prices, and 80% were in favor of a so-called "millionaire's tax," according to recent polls. Elisabeth Butler Cordova August 06. 2008 3:13PM The deteriorating economy continues to weigh heavily on New Yorkers’ minds, according to two polls released Wednesday. With a remarkable one-month increase of 9%, 81% of New York residents say they are feeling the effects of rising food prices, according to a new Siena Research Institute survey. About 78% of New Yorkers...
  • Vote Due On Gas-Guzzler Fees (SUV Owners To Subsidize Hybrid Owners)

    06/07/2007 8:43:38 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,508+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thursday, June 7, 2007 | Chris Bowman
    Vote due on gas-guzzler fees By Chris Bowman - Bee Staff Writer Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, June 7, 2007 Here's one way to combat global warming: Take $2,500 out of the pockets of new Hummer owners and give it to buyers of the Toyota Prius. That's essentially the proposal set for a vote today or Friday on the Assembly floor of the California Legislature. The same body that passed the nation's first law curbing climate-altering or "greenhouse" tailpipe exhausts is debating a system of fees and rebates to coax some of those emission cuts from new car buyers. The...
  • EDITORIAL: It all belongs to the state?

    12/27/2006 6:24:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 100 replies · 1,838+ views
    New lawmaker wants to get his hands on unused gift card funds We all know how Robin of Loxley got on the wrong side of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He killed one of the king's deer. But how did the king come to own the deer of Sherwood? Had he played midwife to the gentle doe who bore those deer as spotted fawns? Had he made sure men were dispatched to the forest each winter with plenty of hay and other silage to make sure the deer had enough to eat? Had he bought the forest --...
  • Robin Hood was Welsh and never went to Nottingham, claims book

    09/25/2006 4:26:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 424+ views
    Robin Hood was really a Welsh freedom fighter who never even set foot in Nottingham let alone Sherwood Forest, a historian has claimed. The medieval outlaw - said to have robbed from the rich to give to the poor - never once met Maid Marian nor the Sheriff of Nottingham, according to Stephen Lawhead. The American blows apart the widely accepted version of the legend in his new book, Hood, arguing that Robin Hood was really a hardened Guerrilla based in the Valleys. But tourism chiefs in Nottingham have rubbished the theory, warning: "Hands off our Robin!" Lawhead, 56, believes...
  • Statement of Gov. Rick Perry Regarding the Texas Supreme Court Ruling on School Finance

    11/23/2005 9:59:04 AM PST · by BellStar · 16 replies · 732+ views
    Texas Insider ^ | Published Nov. 22, 2005 | Texas Insider
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the Texas Supreme Court ruling on school finance. “The decision issued today by the Texas Supreme Court is an important victory for Texas schoolchildren and property taxpayers. It reaffirms the conclusion that many Texans have already drawn based on the significant achievement gains Texas students have made in recent years: that our system of education funding is fair and meets or exceeds all constitutional requirements. “And just as importantly, the court ruling validates the demands of Texas taxpayers who are fed up with property tax bills that climb higher and higher...
  • Court rules state school finance system unconstitutional

    11/22/2005 8:57:26 AM PST · by ol painless · 13 replies · 953+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/22/2005 | By JANET ELLIOTT and CLAY ROBISON
    AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court today struck down a key part of the state's public school funding system and gave the Legislature until June 1 to correct the problem. The ruling, which partly upholds and partly reverses a state district court decision issued last year, means Gov. Rick Perry will have to call still another special session of the Legislature to tackle the problem. Most likely, the session will be held after the March party primaries, when he and many lawmakers will be on the ballot in contested elections. Lawmakers failed to agree on a new funding plan during...
  • World's Greatest Art Thefts

    10/22/2005 12:28:09 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 44 replies · 2,023+ views
    Forbes ^ | Oct. 22, 2005 | Anthony Haden-Guest
    The 1911 theft of the "Mona Lisa," when the self-styled Marques Eduardo de Valfierno paid three men to steal it from the Louvre in Paris, is usually seen as the first great art heist of the 20th century. Since that time, countless thousands of works of major and minor art have been stolen, whether by professional thieves or as the result of war. The extraordinary thing is not how many pieces have been stolen but how many have been recovered. Sadly, though, while the following list of the world's greatest postwar art thefts reveals that most of the work stolen...
  • 63% expect taxes to increase (Texas)

    05/11/2005 9:42:13 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 45 replies · 1,254+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | May 11, 2005 | Tim Eaton
    Robin Hood plan starting to look better AUSTIN - Sixty-three percent of Texans expect to pay more in overall taxes under any new school-finance plan passed by the Legislature, according to the Scripps Howard Texas Poll. State lawmakers, who are in regular session until May 30, are trying to come up with a new funding scheme for the state's public schools. But the poll shows Texans support the current so-called Robin Hood system more than ever - 60 percent. The system requires property-wealthy school districts to share their money with property-poor districts. "A lot of people have learned in the...
  • Liberalism’s Robin Hood And His Baby Boomer Generation Of Merry Men

    05/08/2005 7:35:09 PM PDT · by leepbutler · 32 replies · 1,372+ views ^ | 5-08-2005 | Lee P Butler
    Liberal Democrats love to portray themselves as the ‘modern day Robin Hood’, where the fictitious protagonist ‘robbed’ from the rich and gave to the poor, who were really just the followers of his crusade, but that’s not to say they weren’t needy, simply that they were his chosen minions. Modern day liberalism is a self-aggrandized bizarro Robin Hood who robs everyday working American families through taxation to secure that collected revenue for the government to be disseminated to the masses at their discretion. In honor of reality, that’s more akin to Jesse James and his train robbing brethren than the...
  • Jail for 'Robin Hoods' who cost Microsoft millions

    05/08/2005 1:02:55 PM PDT · by mathprof · 14 replies · 859+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 5/7/05
    Four Britons were jailed on Friday for being part of a global gang described as ``Robin Hoods'' who stole expensive software from rich companies and gave it away for free over the Internet. The group, described by prosecutors as ``sad individuals'' who spent their lives in front of computers, were said to have cost firms such as Microsoft Corp. millions of dollars in profit and enraged its chairman, Bill Gates. Prosecutors told London's Old Bailey criminal court that the four men, motivated by a hatred of software companies, were the key players in an international ring called, said to...
  • 'Robin Hood' system rejected

    09/15/2004 8:35:45 PM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 7 replies · 613+ views
    School finance method unconstitutional, judge finds; state plans appeal AUSTIN – Texas' education funding system is unconstitutional and must be dramatically reshaped to put more money into schools, a state judge ruled Wednesday in a landmark decision touching millions of schoolchildren and taxpayers. State District Judge John Dietz said the $30 billion-a-year system is collapsing because of inadequate state money and the inability of school districts to meet increasing state and federal requirements. "The state's school finance system fails to provide an adequate, suitable education as required by ... the Texas Constitution," the judge said in a ruling that came...
  • An Income Tax in Sheep's Clothing

    03/12/2005 1:18:15 PM PST · by anymouse · 68 replies · 2,591+ views
    The "conservative" Texas state legislature is on the verge of throwing away years of hard work. A new Texas state income tax--in disguise--looms on the horizon. Two years ago, state Republican officials were faced with a $10 billion budget deficit. Despite intense and unrelenting pressure from special interest groups, Texas legislators successfully balanced the budget with reduced spending rather than increased taxes. They did something that politicians rarely do: They stood firm for small government principles. They refused to cave in to political pressure. They laid the foundation for a strong and healthy economy in the state of Texas. Republican...
  • Social Security Reform: If the Poor Must Work, Let It Be for Me!

    02/14/2005 3:56:58 PM PST · by freeholland · 8 replies · 760+ views
    Yielding to my contrarian impulses, I decided to see if I could figure out a good reason for Republicans and other Conservatives to oppose the privatization of Social Security. And I did! Going to the Social Security Administration website and using the Quick Calculator there to estimate what I’m likely to receive when I retire, not too many years from now, I see that I will receive the maximum benefit, about $2,000 a month in 2005 dollars. Now, my other investments, including my PRAs (Private Retirement Accounts, but I call them my “401k” and my “Roth IRA”) will yield a...
  • Cuba's bio-research activity under scrutiny: Did Castro plant West Nile virus in Florida Keys?

    05/15/2002 1:10:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,465+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2002 | By H.P. Albarelli Jr.
    Notwithstanding former President Jimmy Carter's recent statement to the contrary, Undersecretary of State John Bolton's remarks about Cuba's biological weapons capabilities underscore lingering concerns with the rogue island only 90 miles from the United States. Bolton, on May 6, told an audience at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation that the U.S. is suspicious about Cuban biomedical laboratories and their ability to transfer biological weapons technology to Iraq, Syria and Libya, all countries that Cuban President Fidel Castro visited last year. Bolton also made remarks, which may be interpreted as a clear signal of hardening State Department policy toward Cuba, faulting...
  • Arrow shot at police, firefighters

    12/21/2004 3:07:12 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 12 replies · 499+ views
    Oakland Press ^ | 12-21-04 | Korie Wilkins
    Arrow shot at police, firefighters Web-posted Dec 21, 2004 By KORIE WILKINS Of The Daily Oakland Press With a drunken driving suspect the likely cause of a two-car accident, Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies were busy with that investigation when someone shot an arrow toward the scene, hitting a fire truck. Now, the search for the shooter is on. Two firefighters and a deputy were just 15 feet away from where the arrow struck the truck, leaving a small dent, said Lt. Mike Johnson. No one was injured and he said the motive for the shooting remains a mystery. "We...
  • Schwarzenegger's Punitive Award Fund Part of Budget

    07/31/2004 11:54:16 AM PDT · by MindFire · 41 replies · 463+ views ^ | july 29, 2004 Schwarzenegger's Punitive Award Fund Part of Budget (Update1) July 29 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to take 75 percent of punitive damage awards made it into the state budget in a form that placated trial attorneys and disappointed supporters of tort reform. Schwarzenegger estimates that the state may raise as much as $450 million from the punitive damages fund. That amount might be optimistic because the law applies only to suits filed after the budget is signed and judgments that are paid by June 2006. ``The courts would have to turn into a dry cleaners -- in...
  • Pricey convention raises eyebrows (Texas)

    05/27/2004 5:10:33 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 213+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 05/26/2004 | Joe Conger
    The ability to read is fundamental when it comes to learning. But just how much taxpayer money goes into educating educators, at the end of the school year? Recently some of San Antonio's poorest school districts, which encompass the city's lowest performing schools, spent thousands sending their administrators and educators to a reading conference in Reno, Nevada. These schools need the most help in pulling up student reading scores. Edgewood School District Assistant Superintendent Linda Bononcini said the district sent 34 school staffers, including 3 principals, to the five-day 49th Annual International Reading Association Convention in Reno, each given a...