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  • Roy Kulcsar Disbarred (Defense Attorney "was a real crook" says Jailed Mob Crook & Former Client)

    06/25/2012 11:13:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Larry McShane | NY Daily News
    Defense attorney Roy Kulcsar disbarred for using inmates to recruit new clients Attorney -- who defended terrorist Ramzi Yousef -- paid prisoners through commissary accounts Renowned defense attorney Roy Kulcsar didn’t chase ambulances — just inmates. And to make sure he caught them, he paid cash. Kulcsar funneled nearly $20,000 in illegal “retainers” to dozens of federal prisoners as compensation for steering fellow felons to his law practice, authorities said. The cash-for-clients deal operated between August 2004 and February 2010, with Kulcsar depositing funds into prison commissary accounts, a federal disciplinary committee reported last month. Kulcsar, who once represented 1993...
  • Microsoft's Research Scientists Finally Solve Why E-mail Scammers Say They're From Nigeria

    06/20/2012 6:58:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Lynley
    Scam emails usually have two things in common: they're comically bad, and they're from a Nigerian prince. You might think that's a silly strategy, but it turns out it's not. Microsoft released a new white paper from its research division this month that explains why scammers use such a "terrible" approach. It turns out it's a method for sifting out "false positives," — basically finding only the most gullible people so the scammer doesn't waste any time exchanging with a mark that isn't going to result in a payout. You can read the full paper on its research site —...
  • Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits

    06/17/2012 9:28:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-16-12 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    BALTIMORE—A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers.
  • Study: More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes

    06/17/2012 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Aylin Zafar
    Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you; however, the same isn’t true for marijuana, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Released late last week, the government study revealed that in a nationwide study of 15,000 high school students, pot is now more popular among teens than cigarettes, CBS reports. Eighteen percent of surveyed students in 2011 reported smoking a cigarette in the past month, while 23% reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days. Perhaps thanks to the anti-smoking campaigns in ads and in schools, or to the personal...
  • Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops

    06/16/2012 2:46:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 | Monica Garske
    Suspect Fadi Boulos Chaiban is accused of defrauding at least two women in San Diego Source: Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops | NBC San Diego Detectives are looking for victims or witnesses who may have fallen prey to the scams of a con artist in San Diego. According to investigators, a 49-year-old man named Fadi Boulos Chaiban – who also goes by the aliases Eddie Morretti, Anthony Paul Marino and Eddie Baker – had defrauded at least two different women of approximately $169,000. Detectives said Chaiban meets women on social networking websites and begins dating them. He...
  • Iran, North Korea, Sudan rack up millions by trading U.N. carbon credits

    06/13/2012 9:57:53 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 13 | Zach Noble
    The U.N. is funneling millions of dollars worth of tradable carbon credits to corrupt nations worldwide, including Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Uzbekistan in an attempt to encourage clean energy projects in the developing world. The U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is defined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol. Western European countries fund energy projects in the developing world in order to obtain Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs), tradable credits that enable Europeans to count foreign emission reductions towards their own domestic emission reduction targets. “The CDM started from a page and a half in the Kyoto Protocol,” said...
  • Navy’s Green Fleet Runs Into Fiscal Storm (Algae Based Bio-Fuels Cost 4X More Than Petroleum Fuels)

    06/10/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    Navy’s green fleet runs into fiscal storm Demo still on for next month, includes San Diego ship Republicans in Congress are blocking the Navy’s march toward a future in which jets and ships run on biofuels, saying the “green” most in question is whether the United States has the money, with a shrinking military budget, to invest in a pricey fuel experiment. The Navy will demonstrate its “great green fleet” concept next month, a toe in the water toward easing the country away from dependence on unfriendly foreign oil. But opposition in Congress could push the effort onto the rocks...
  • Issa: Obama administration classifies jobs with political purpose.

    06/06/2012 5:26:09 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 12 replies ^ | June 6, 2012 | Fox News
    The Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged a wide-ranging definition of “green jobs” that includes bus driver, bicycle-shop clerk and other unexpected lines of employment, which the chairman of the GOP-led House oversight committee said is being done for “clearly political purposes.” GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, made the assertion during a hearing on how the administration counts so-called green jobs and the Labor Department’s recent change to how reporters can access key unemployment reports and other information. The Labor Department "has jeopardized the integrity of employment data in some cases for...
  • SEIU Sues State, Governor to Keep Home Health Care 'Dues Skim' Money Flowing

    06/06/2012 12:43:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The union that was taking money from the state subsidy checks of 60,000 home health care workers has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Department of Community Health a few days after the Attorney General ordered an end to the practice. The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan lawsuit claims the state is ending an existing collective bargaining agreement and is in violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution. The SEIU has taken more than $30.4 million from the home health care aides since 2007. A judge has put disputed union dues of $500,000 — the amount...
  • Nanny State Update: Radioactive Meters and Flavored Cigar Wrappers

    06/05/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-06-01 | [Staff]
    ...Farewell to Flavored Cigar Wrappers in Illinois: In the process of cracking down on the use of heroin, legislators in Illinois this week took the next step towards criminalizing the sale of flavored cigar wrappers this week. The one-size-fits-all ban would punish legal behavior in the name of being “tough on drugs,” banning cigar wrappers just because some have mispurposed them for use with illegal substances. The lone opponent to the ban, which passed the state Senate 46-1, expressed dismay at the cavalier attitude displayed by fellow lawmakers; proponents failed to offer any sound reason for why flavored cigar wrappers...
  • Europeans cannot shake suicidal habit (cigarette smoking)

    06/02/2012 10:41:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.05.12 @ 09:16 (May 31) | Andrew Rettman
    It killed 695,000 people in the EU last year. But despite restaurant bans and gruesome health labels, the number of smokers is hardly going down. A European Commission survey published for the UN's international anti-smoking day on Thursday (31 May) shows that 28 percent of the EU population smokes today compared to 29 percent in 2009. The number is still going up in the Czech Republic, Finland and Slovenia. Another 21 percent used to smoke but say they have given up. The typical smoker's profile is unflattering: it is the most prevalent among young men aged 15 to 54 who...
  • Sallie Mae Operates A Data Mining Operation Called Upromise

    05/30/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 5 replies
    Upromise ^ | May 30, 2012 | Stayfree
    In doing some research on coupon websites, we discovered that Sallie Mae is using what appears to be a harmless coupon website called Upromise to collect information on our pre-college age youth and sell it for a profit
  • California 9/11 Fund Raided for Deficits (Governor Brown Perpetrates Legalized Embezzlement)

    05/30/2012 9:51:04 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    AP Exclusive ^ | May 30, 2012 | HANNAH DREIER
    AP Exclusive: Calif. 9/11 fund raided for deficits SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget." Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority — 85 percent — was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But a review by The Associated Press of the $15 million...
  • $3M of California's 9/11 license plate fund meant for victim's families raided..

    05/29/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff
    After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervour and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, 'We Will Never Forget.' Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority - 85 per cent - was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the 'California Memorial Scholarship Program' shows only a...
  • Illinois to fix Medicaid shortfall by promoting smoking

    05/27/2012 2:04:30 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 26, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    No, this isn’t a story about Mark Block. Out in the Land of Lincoln, the state is facing a serious shortfall in their Medicaid funding. (A story which is being repeated across the nation, in case you haven’t been keeping score.) But the Governor has a plan! Fear not, citizens. We’ll raise the money to help people with their medical bills by counting on people smoking more. What could possibly go wrong?
  • O’Malley signs hundreds of bills that will tint Maryland a deeper shade of blue

    05/23/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2012 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a package of tax increases Tuesday targeting six-figure earners, tobacco users and companies engaged in real estate transactions to cover record spending on education. In a two-hour ceremony, it was easily the most recognizable measure O’Malley (D) signed but hardly the most popular. Rather, union members, minorities and interest groups crowded the State House to celebrate more than 200 lesser-known and often narrowly tailored bills. They passed the General Assembly with little fanfare but, taken together, will color the state’s social and political identity a slightly deeper shade of blue. The bills included...
  • SSA Radically Restrict Smoking in Russia:Promise to Rescue Up to 200 Thousands Each Year[Videos RU]

    05/20/2012 7:09:40 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies
    NEWSru ^ | 20 мая 2012 г. | Staff
    The Ministry of health and social development has submitted to the Government Bill, radically restricting smoking in public places, said on Sunday the site of the Ministry. The main restrictions-prohibition of smoking in public places, including workplaces, as well as to European prices. The document provides for the ban on smoking in all catering establishments, government buildings, workplaces (indoor), elevators, educational, medical, cultural and sports institutions, all means of public transport, train stations and ports. Therefore, smokers will leave only their own House and the street. The tobacco control activists stress that even the most modern ventilation and specially designated...
  • Anyone Have Any Experience with Silverleaf's Award Verification Center Time Share Pitch?

    05/16/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by aruanan · 40 replies
    vanity ^ | 05-16-2012 | aruanan
    I know a young refugee who filled out a card for one of those "You can win this car!" at the local mall. Several weeks later he got an Award Verification Center bulk rate blue card saying that he had WON a BMW or a Mercedes or something else exotic or $40,000 or a vacation and had 72 hours to call. I heard about this when his brother told me that he had won a car and was on the home phone with the guy who was going to give him the car. I told him it was a scam...
  • WND Helps Expose Child Porn Scourge on Facebook

    05/08/2012 5:11:13 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 16 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 8, 2012 | Gina Miller
    WND’s Chelsea Schilling is a brave lady. She courageously took an assignment to go undercover on Facebook to expose the darkest, most sickening aspect of that social network: prevalent child rape imagery and video. The result of her gut-twisting investigation is a four-part series being published this week at WND. Part one, titled, “Kids Raped, Sodomized on Facebook Pages,” was published on Sunday. For the many millions of Facebook users, this is new information. As Ms. Schilling reports, not many people are aware that this side of Facebook exists. She is shining the light on this depraved, criminal enterprise, and...
  • Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants (Tax loophole cost billions)

    05/07/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 |
    Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants INDIANAPOLIS - Why are many illegal immigrants getting a bigger tax refund than you? Blame it on the IRS and a massive tax loophole that's now being exposed by Eyewitness News. 13 Investigates has found the IRS is giving away your tax dollars to illegal workers and people who don't even live in the United States - and the problem is costing billions! We want you to see exactly where your money is going and why the IRS is allowing it to happen. From the homes of illegal workers in...
  • Computer phone scam?

    05/04/2012 7:41:46 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 43 replies
    self | 5/4/2012 | self
    Got weird phone call (Clearwater, FL number), someone (foreign accent) claiming to be working for company doing support for Microsoft. Verifying that I am running legit Win 7 and they are having problems with my computer sending messages. Asking me to run some program, seeing warning and then asking me to allow them to access my computer remotely and "fix" the problem. Red flag went up, I asked how he got my phone number, apparently from Win 7 registration, which I don't remember providing. Smells like takeover of my computer. Anyone else experienced this? New scam to take over our...
  • Authorities find $1 million in cash stashed in storage unit rented by Navy Vets' Thompson

    05/03/2012 4:23:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Kris Hundley
    Federal agents seeking clues about Bobby Thompson's true identity got a warrant to search a storage locker in Oregon on Wednesday and found two suitcases packed with about $1 million in cash. U.S. marshals who tracked down the fugitive believe it is money Thompson collected as part of a sham charity operation he ran for years in Tampa. His charity, U.S. Navy Veterans Association, reported collecting millions of dollars from across the nation in the name of needy veterans. Also stashed in the Portland storage unit were boxes full of birth certificates, credit reports and other personal information needed to...
  • Home Health Care Dues Still Being Skimmed

    05/02/2012 10:29:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Despite a bill being signed in to law by Gov. Rick Snyder that ends the "home health care dues skim," money is still being collected from worker paychecks. With May on the horizon, it is hoped "dues skim” will officially be brought to an end. Until then, the Michigan Capitol Confidential's skim-tracker will not be turned off. Senate Bill 1018, aimed at stopping the dues flow was passed by the legislature in March and signed into law by Gov. Snyder earlier this month. It is presumed that certain administrative steps need to be taken before the dues will finally stop...
  • The Real Cost of a College Education (The real goal behind fiddling with student loan rates)

    05/02/2012 6:48:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/02/2012 | James E. Miller
    Last week, the total amount of debt emanating from student loans in the U.S. reached $1 trillion. With the Great Recession still present in the daily lives of the middle class, salaried jobs for college graduates are tough to come by. Many have had to settle for low-wage positions stocking shelves in retail stores or serving coffee at the local Starbucks. According to the Associate Press, three out of five new graduates are unemployed. The dissatisfaction these bachelor's degree-holders have with the lack of jobs manifested into last fall's Occupy movement. Many "occupiers" naively directed their anger at capitalism and...
  • In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese

    04/29/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT · by John W · 73 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | staff
    A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website was a self-selecting poll, the site's chief executive called the response "a tectonic shift" for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about "lifestyle rationing" by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
  • Where George Clooney comes in (Obama Spam)

    04/27/2012 11:04:23 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 6 replies
    Obama spam email | 4/27/2012 | Moochelle Obama
    [dear pawns] -- We're up against a critical fundraising deadline this coming Monday, and we need your help. We know you're working hard for this campaign, but we also want you to have some fun -- and that's where George Clooney comes in. If you chip in between now and Monday, you'll be automatically entered for the chance to join Barack at George Clooney's house on May 10th. Don't miss out -- make a donation of $3 or whatever you can: Thanks, and good luck, Michelle [disclaimer, way down at the bottom of the email (many spaces deleted for...
  • Big Pharma Sponsored Front Groups Try to Kill Electronic Cigarettes in the Womb

    04/24/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | APRIL 20, 2012 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    The American Legacy Foundation released a policy statement on electronic cigarettes, in which it called for the removal of these products from the market. The statement was entitled "The FDA Should Take Electronic Cigarettes Off The Market Until It Is Satisfied That They Are Safe and Effective." According to the statement: "While we remain open to promising products that can help smokers quit smoking, a consideration of all of the available evidence combined with important unanswered questions strongly supports our call on the FDA to prohibit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes unless and until the FDA is satisfied that...
  • Coming to New Zealand: $100 Packs of Cigarettes?

    04/23/2012 11:47:13 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 38 replies ^ | April 23, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    While the US has been trying to disgust smokers into giving up tobacco, New Zealand has been considering a more direct idea: raising the price of cigarettes to $100 a pack. The Ministry of Health wants a smoke-free NZ by 2025, and the $100 price tag—which would be implemented by 2020—is one of the ideas being discussed … although officials admit it is "probably unrealistic." The plan seen as the most likely would make a pack of cigarettes a still-sizable $60 by 2025, Sky News reports. But, 3 News adds, Prime Minister John Key is concerned that higher prices may...
  • ‘Create the family you want: Boy or Girl’: Sex selection advertized in Canadian newspapers

    04/19/2012 3:40:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/19/12 | Peter Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 19, 2012 ( – In the wake of a new study that indicates that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada, evidence has surfaced that sex selective in vitro fertilization (IVF) is being regularly advertised in Canadian news papers. A fertility clinic in Washington state has been targeting Indo-Canadians in British Columbia with an ad encouraging them to “create the family you want: Boy or Girl.” The ad features a picture of an ethnic boy and girl attired in traditional Indian garb.  A website address in the ad directs parents...
  • Chevy Volt, Perfect Car for the One Percent, Suspends Production

    04/19/2012 12:26:19 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 43 replies ^ | April 19, 2012 | John Ransom
    General Motors reached another Obama milestone when they announced late on a Friday afternoon that they were suspending production of the Obama-inspired Chevy Volt for five weeks due to lack of demand. Presumably the Volt was an attempt by GM to help Obama with his pledge to put 1 million electric cars on the road in return for the tens of billions of dollars in forgivable “loans” that the company got from the Obama administration from the TARP bailout. The hybrid gas-electric vehicle gets 25 miles on a full, overnight charge and costs around $40,000. To date, GM has sold...
  • ‘Obama Money’ Rumor Has People Lining Up In NYC… Again

    04/17/2012 9:28:44 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 04-17-12 | Mike Opelka
    Remember in the fall of 2009 when thousands turned out in Michigan try and get free “Obama money?” Well, it’s happened again — but this time it could be a scam. Responding to a local rumor, people are standing in line for hours, turning over valuable personal information and expecting to receive a government handout in New York City. If this sounds familiar, it is. Back in the fall of 2009, thousands of people stood in line in Michigan expecting to be given some Obama money. It never arrived. Glenn Beck reported about it on his Fox News show back...
  • Illegal arrangement that netted SEIU $29.4 million from the developmentally disabled comes to an end

    04/17/2012 5:14:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Mackinac Center
    MIDLAND — Michigan’s 60,000 home health care aides will no longer be deemed government employees — meaning they cannot be forced into a government employee union and have dues withheld — as a result of legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The next step is for the Michigan Department of Community Health to immediately stop the collection of dues from subsidy payments intended to assist developmentally disabled adults and the diversion of those funds to the Service Employees International Union, said Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “Ending this lucrative charade is terrific news for...
  • Climate scientists are losing the public debate on global warming

    04/10/2012 11:45:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:00AM BST 08 Apr 2012 | Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    Green campaigners and climate scientists are losing the public debate over global warming, one of the movement's leading proponents has admitted. Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies Photo: PA Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who first made warnings about climate change in the 1980s, said that public scepticism about the threat of man-made climate change has increased despite the growing scientific consensus. Speaking ahead of a public lecture in Edinburgh this week, he admitted that without public support it will be impossible to make the changes...
  • Foxboro pastor charged in lottery scam

    04/05/2012 8:55:37 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Ch 7 Boston ^ | 4/5/12 | Ch 7 Boston
    WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The pastor of a Foxborough church has been charged with attempting to scam four elderly people out of their Social Security checks by telling them they were lottery winners. Ranulfo Luther Raposo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges including attempted larceny and identity fraud. He was granted $5,000 bail. Police say the alleged victims are in their 70s and 80s, live in Michigan, New Mexico and Arkansas, and are unconnected with the church. Authorities tell The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro the 51-year-old Raposo convinced them to disclose their Social Security...
  • Sippin' on Coal and Rum

    04/02/2012 4:09:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | April 2, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Me: “I'll take a ‘Coal and Rum.’”Bartender: “What's that?”Me: “I'm protesting the EPA.”Bartender: “Got it. Awesome. Your drink is on the house.” Coal is my lifestyle. Coal allows me to turn darkness into light at the flip of a switch. Coal allows me to brew a cup of coffee, toast a bagel and pour a class of refrigerated orange juice in minutes. Coal lets me text friends and find directions from my fully-charged iPhone. Coal grants me the ability to use machines to wash and dry my week’s laundry pile while I run on my treadmill. Coal allows me to...
  • The End Is Near: 'Skim' Stopper Bill Headed To Gov. - State Rep.: Unions 'lying' to stop bill

    03/30/2012 11:43:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2012 | Manny Lopez
    A bill written to end the “home health care dues skim” is headed to the governor. On Wednesday, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 1018 on a 63-46 straight party-line vote, with Republicans voting “yes,” and Democrats voting “no.” It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder. Last week, the legislation was passed by the Senate on a 25-13 vote. Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, was the only GOP lawmaker in either chamber to vote against the bill. “Closing down the dues skim is absolutely the right thing to do,” Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, said. “As follow up, we should work...
  • A New Recipe for Success in America

    03/28/2012 6:35:13 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 3 replies
    self | 3/28/2012 | RightOnline
    In light of the recent shooting of young Trayvon Martin in Florida and the subsequent hoopla surrounding the incident, I have finally come to a conclusion. No longer do black kids and their families have to look to professional sports or rap/hip-hop stardom as their sole avenues to success. We have a whole new paradigm; an entire new victimhood industry just waiting to be exploited with explosive growth potential. Allow me to explain how this works, ladies and gentlemen. must be black. No exceptions. You don't have to be married, just have kids (preferably male). Then, do all that...
  • Union Pushes Ballot Proposal To Keep 'Dues Skim' Alive

    03/27/2012 11:48:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/27/2012 | Jack Spencer
    After cashing in on “Home Health Care Dues Skim” to the tune of more than $29 million, the union involved wants to write the “skim” into the state constitution. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is taking initial steps toward putting the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot. To qualify for the ballot the union must collect at least 322,609 valid signatures through a petition drive. This move by the SEIU comes as passage of legislation (House Bill 4003 or Senate Bill 1018), which was drafted to end the “skim,” appears to be nearing passage in the Senate. “Now that...
  • Report of 1 Kilo Gold Bar Filled with Tungsten Found in UK

    03/26/2012 2:54:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 48 replies · 20+ views ^ | Mar 26, 2012
    Report of 1 Kilo Gold Bar Filled with Tungsten Found in UK March 26, 2012 “What appears to be a tungsten filled gold bar has been found – this time in the UK. It is believed that a scrap dealer bought the Metalor 1 kilo gold bar of 99.98% purity from a member of the public. Metalor are a leading international gold refiner and bar manufacturer, headquartered in Zurich. The bar appears to have been tampered with and may have had holes drilled into it or melted out and then had tungsten rods inserted or tungsten poured into the holes....
  • Technical Analysis: The Abercrombie and Fitch Brown Pants Fiasco, "Splogs," and you

    03/22/2012 4:10:16 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies ^ | 3-22-12 | Hanselman
    WARNING - This post will ultimately lead you to sites using offensive racial terms. My Twitter friend Wesley pointed me this apparent Abercrombie and Fitch website advertising a pair of N***** Brown Pants. Here's a screenshot if that link dies. After the shock and frustration wears off, you ask yourself "How could this happen?" This link is spreading all over Twitter and the social web right now, and I'm sure that the Abercrombie PR machine will jump on it when their Twitter person wakes up. Let me walk you through a few things. •First, what a technical-type person does (or...
  • Washington Co. man loses $400 through online dating scheme

    03/15/2012 2:14:01 PM PDT · by Altariel · 38 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Unknown
    NORTH STRABANE, Pa. -- A Washington County man fell victim to an online dating scam and lost almost $400. According to police, the victim thought he was talking with a woman in Nashville, Tenn., on the online dating website The 42-year-old man told police they arranged to meet in Pittsburgh, but she needed him to send her money through Western Union to pay for the flight. Police said the man sent the woman money, but she never showed up. “It’s never a good idea to send any funds via Western Union to anybody you don’t know personally,” North Strabane...
  • Kony 2012 And The Explosion In Social Media

    03/09/2012 7:11:05 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 66 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-09-12 | Gerry Ashley
    Imagine you come upon a child under 10 years old who, along with his friends, is in obvious distress. Now imagine, when you ask that child what you can do to help him, he turns to you and says, with all seriousness, “It is better if you can kill us…” What in the name of all that is holy could cause a child that young so much stress and fear in his life, that given a choice, he would have you kill him as an act of kindness? Meet Jacob, the unsuspecting star of Youtube’s most viral video to date...
  • Illegal Immigrant Living In US Arrested In Tax Scam

    03/08/2012 4:00:12 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    WDSU ^ | March 6, 2012
    Illegal Immigrant Living In US Arrested In Tax Scam Man Was Selling Fake W-2 Forms To Other Illegal Immigrants, Police Say KENNER, La. -- Kenner police have arrested an illegal immigrant living in LaPlace in connection with a tax scam. Police said Tuesday that $20,000 was seized as evidence from his vehicle. Officers responding to a disturbance Friday found Marvin Baca in an argument about false W-2 forms that he sold to another illegal immigrant for $1,500, Kenner police said. Police said Baca was arrested and confessed to a scam, saying he has been selling fictitious W-2 forms for $1,500...
  • 35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam

    03/05/2012 5:18:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    College education in America is a bad joke. Instead of preparing the next generation of leaders for the jobs of tomorrow, the college education "industry" has become a giant money making scam. We constantly preach to our high school students that they "need" to go to college and we tell them to not even worry about how much it is going to cost because a college education is "always" worth the money. Then we lend them outrageous amounts of money so that they can pay the gigantic bills for the "education" that they are receiving. But the truth is...
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle (old, but little known!)

    03/05/2012 4:55:40 PM PST · by Ron C. · 8 replies ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    (Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a reaction from a General Motor's official.)Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount...
  • RUSH GOES BOO YAHHHH and gives props to listeners. tells his advertisers "Well ain't you just dumb"

    03/05/2012 9:35:16 AM PST · by Vendome · 82 replies
    ROTFLMAO!!!! Rush informs his audience he is with them and his advertisers are saying his audience is not important and YOU/WE are nor important their business plans. YOU ROCK RUSH!!!!
  • Mowing error may have led to $950,000 land purchase in Newport News

    02/22/2012 4:29:00 AM PST · by csvset · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Press ^ | February 16, 2012 | Joe Lawlor
    NEWPORT NEWS — It might have been the most expensive mowing job in city history — as Newport News is now paying $950,000 to buy a property it shouldn't have mowed. This weedy tale began in summer 2010, when City Farm inmates on a work detail for the Codes Compliance Department mistakenly mowed property off of Jefferson Avenue. The city was responding to a high weeds complaint, but did not realize that the 37-acre property in Denbigh was protected wetlands, officials said. "After the fact, we found out that it was wetlands and we shouldn't have mowed it," said Harold...
  • Newest Government Magic Trick: Disability Fraud Holds Down Unemployment Rate

    02/21/2012 6:25:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 21, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Looking for another reason for an artificially low unemployment rate? Consider disability fraud, people claiming disabilities they do not have such as mental illness. Prior to the great recession 33% of applicants claimed mental illness. The number is 43% now. There was fraud before, of course. There is even more fraud now. Please consider Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January Standing too many months on the unemployment line is driving Americans crazy — literally — and it’s costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s long-term jobless...
  • Jailed Woman Has Trail Of Fake Pregnancies

    02/20/2012 11:45:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    WTAE ^ | February 20, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- Barry and Rebecca Vest can't conceive children -- or of why a woman pretended to be pregnant and persuaded them to travel from Idaho to Pennsylvania five days after Christmas to adopt a baby that didn't exist. And what they really don't understand is why that isn't a crime. The Vests claim to be the latest victims of a woman known to Pennsylvania authorities as 32-year-old Amy Slanina, who, according to court records and interviews, pretends to be pregnant so infertile couples or, in some cases, female friends or lovers will shower her with attention, affection and sometimes...
  • Derivative CDs Tempt Savers as Banks Reap Fees

    02/16/2012 9:05:52 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 5 replies ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | By Matt Robinson
    A gray-haired woman picking a flower with a young girl adorns the cover of an HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) brochure that promises investors both “the growth of the market” and “the security of FDIC Insurance.” By tying interest rates to everything from the Dow Jones Industrial Average to precious metals, the pamphlet for HSBC’s Market-Linked Certificates of Deposits explains U.S. investors have the potential to earn “enhanced returns” over as long as seven years. A separate disclosure states that they also may earn zero, getting just their original principal back after the CD matures, while brokers may collect fees of...