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  • Gingrich Reveals His Pick For Secretary Of State, But He May Have Broken The Law Doing It

    12/07/2011 5:15:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Former Speaker of the House is facing questions over whether he broke the law by announcing on Wednesday that he would appoint former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as his Secretary of State if elected. Gingrich made his remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's Candidates Forum, saying he would first get Bolton to agree to change the State Department's culture of "appeasement." But Taegan Goddard at Political Wire notes that Gingrich may have run afoul of federal law barring a candidate from promising a political appointment for the purposes of personal political gain. Here's Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29,...
  • The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government

    12/07/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Robert Higgs
    From time immemorial—from Etienne de la Boitie to David Hume to Ludwig von Mises—political analysts have noted that because the number of those in the ruling elite amounts to only a small fraction of the number in the ruled masses, every regime lives or dies in accordance with “public opinion.” Unless the mass of the people, no matter how objectively abused and plundered they may appear to be, believe that the existing rulers are legitimate, the masses will not tolerate the regime’s continuation in power. Nor need they tolerate it, because they greatly outnumber the
  • War College’s Identity Crisis

    12/06/2011 7:06:27 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Last summer, Philip J. Crowley stepped down from his post as a State Department spokesman before stepping into a War College fellowship in conjunction with Penn State. What preceded his exit from Foggy Bottom were some undiplomatic comments that he made about the Army’s treatment of Private Bradley Manning, who leaked classified documents to WIkiLeaks. “The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law,” Crowley stated in his resignation letter on March 13, 2011. “My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader,...
  • China drift toward more state control "troubling": U.S.

    12/02/2011 6:56:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/30/11 | Doug Palmer
    China drift toward more state control "troubling": U.S.By Doug Palmer | Reuters – Wed, Nov 30, 2011 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday criticized China for backing away from free market reforms and moving toward more state control of its economy as Beijing approaches the tenth anniversary of its entry into the World Trade Organization. "China seems to be embracing state capitalism more strongly each year, rather than continuing to move toward the economic reform goals that originally drove its pursuit of WTO membership," U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke said in remarks delivered in Geneva and...
  • EU: Water does NOT hydrate

    11/19/2011 4:36:52 PM PST · by Cato in PA · 68 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/11 | Victoria Ward and Nick Collins
    EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month. Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large. “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of...
  • GOP takes over Mississippi State House for first time since Reconstruction

    11/14/2011 6:35:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies
    The ^ | 11/14/11 | Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3. Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated incumbent Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House. Also Monday, Perry County officials finished counting votes in House District 105, where Republican Dennis DeBar Jr. beat Democrat Dale Kimble and independent Latricia Cornelson in a seat formerly...
  • Penn State's Sex-abuse Scandal Far From Unique

    11/13/2011 9:14:37 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | Friday, 11 November 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    The Penn State University sex-abuse scandal certainly seems unique. College-football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky (shown at left) could have been investigated as early as 1995 for abusing young boys, but instead was allowed to commit his crimes for another 10 years. School athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz face charges of lying to a grand jury investigating Sandusky, and university president Graham Spanier has been fired. And even more headline-grabbing, famed head football coach Joe Paterno has also been discharged. While not accused of any criminally actionable behavior, the gridiron legend is...
  • What is the "Proper Size" of the US Federal Government?

    11/10/2011 10:01:32 AM PST · by Graewoulf · 2 replies
    Graewoulf | November 10, 2011 | Graewoulf
    John "Never-met-a-bank-that-should-not-be-made-smaller" Huntsman in last night's CNBC debate made a solid case for "properly sized banks." Perry strengthened John-the-Bank-Hunter's plan by saying: "If you are to big to fail, you are just to big." Both Presidential Candidates were borrowing heavily from the Former Head-of-the-Fed, High Poo Bah, Renowned Socialist, and Inventor of the Current Intellectual basis for Banks, and Governments Worldwide, the Ultimate Socialist Safety Net/ Hammock: TO BIG TO FAIL. Yes indeedy! If you stumble we will catch you! If you even "feel" you MIGHT stumble we will give you green pillows stuffed full of a never-ending supply of...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be …" or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Pension Right-to-Know Ruling

    11/07/2011 12:40:46 PM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Lawyers & Lawsuits ^ | Nov. 4, 2011 | Greg McDonald
    The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ordered that the names of public-pension recipients be disclosed, ruling that the public has a right to know the amount of their retirement-benefit payments. The Union Leader had sought to have the names of the 500 highest-paid recipients publicly disclosed by New the Hampshire Retirement System in early 2010 when the state legislature was considering making changes to the state pension fund.
  • Fed agent from mainland arrested for killing man in Waikiki

    11/05/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT · by red flanker · 55 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | November 5, 2011 | Star Advertiser
    A  U.S. State Department law enforcement agent from the mainland was arrested for fatally shooting a man in his 20s early this morning on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, sources said. Honolulu police identified the alleged shooter as Christopher W. Deedy, 27, and sources who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that he is a federal agent who was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A State Department spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said only, "We are aware of the incident and we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation." She would not confirm whether he was here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference...
  • Obama's Swing-State Cash Problem

    10/31/2011 6:11:35 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Laura Colarusso
    If raising cash is the first presidential primary, the latest round of campaign filings contains early warning signs for Barack Obama in key states that were crucial to his election in 2008. Though he’s raised almost three times as much as Mitt Romney—the former governor of Massachusetts has brought in $32 million—the president is trailing his GOP rival in a handful of battleground states. In both Florida and Nevada, Romney nearly doubled the president’s haul, despite a crowded field of Republican candidates who are also vacuuming up donations. And Romney, of course, doesn’t enjoy the power of incumbency.
  • State Department defends bulk buys of Obama’s books

    10/26/2011 7:12:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Jim McElhatton
    The State Department on Wednesday defended spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on books authored by President Obama, while White House spokesman Jay Carney called the book-buying an “embassy-based decision.” The comments followed a report Wednesday by The Washington Times that found the State Department had spent more than $70,000 on books by Mr. Obama. Most of the purchases came in the months after Mr. Obama won the White House, though the embassy in Paris spent more than $8,000 for copies of “Dreams From My Father” as recently as March.
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama memoir (Huh??)

    10/25/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-25-11 | Jim McElhatton
    The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release. The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show. Around the same time, halfway around the world,...
  • Here Are The 10 Most Debt-Ridden States In America

    10/24/2011 1:41:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jon Terbush
    While the federal government grapples with its own enormous deficit, individual states are also facing huge deficits that total an astounding combined $4 trillion. That figure comes from the newly-released annual report on state debt from State Budget Solutions, a nonprofit think tank that cuts through state government accounting tricks to find the true extent of their deficit burdens. For their figures, SBS combined states' outstanding debt and their current year budget shortfalls, and then factored in the projected costs of other liabilities, including pension and retirement costs, that have yet to be paid for. On the high end, SBS...
  • Obscene Benefits State of Wisconsin Employees Get

    10/14/2011 7:45:28 AM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies
    state of wi ^ | 10/14/2011 | m
    VACATION: Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has six months classified service. Full-time employees earn vacation based on the following table. Less than full-time employees earn vacation on a pro-rated basis. Employee status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Years of Service Non-Exempt Hours Earned Each Year Exempt* Hours Earned Each Year During first 5 104 120 5+ to 10 144 160 10+ to 15 160 176 15+ to 20 184 200 20+ to 25 200 216 25 and Over 216 216 * Some Exempt employees do not...
  • State Dept Considering 5,662 'Diversity Visa' Applicants from Terror States

    10/12/2011 7:05:29 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-11-11 | Elizabeth Harrington
    As part of its 2012 Diversity Visa program, the U.S. State Department is considering 5,662 applicants from countries deemed ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ – Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba. In 2011, the State Department awarded 2,427 Diversity Visas to people from Iran, Syria and Sudan -- 1,842 for Iran; 553 for Sudan; and 32 for Syria.
  • 69% Oppose In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens (Even 54% of Hispanics are "Heartless")

    10/11/2011 10:48:43 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-11-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Party and ideological divisions are roiling America. Battles over the budget, taxes, jobs and energy have crippled Washington. But there is one issue that people across the political spectrum agree on: they oppose giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens. According to the latest poll numbers, 69% of Americans oppose subsidizing those here illegally with in-state tuitions rates. 73% of Republicans oppose it - as one would expect. An even stronger 74% of Independents oppose it. But the same position resonates across ideological and ethnic lines too. 58% of Democrats oppose it too, as do...
  • Sarkozy: Jewish State a 'Silly' Idea

    10/06/2011 6:28:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10/6/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    French president Nicolas Sarkozy squarely blames Israel for stalled talks and says the Jewish state's national identity is "silly." According to the oft-controversial French magazine Le Canard Enchaîne, President Nicolas Sarkozy thinks the idea of a Jewish state is "silly." "It is silly to talk about a Jewish state," Sarkozy said in reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assertion no true peace could be made until officials in Ramallah accepted Israel's essential Jewish identity. "It would be like saying that this table is Catholic," he added. "There are two million Arabs in Israel." Sarkozy also placed sole blame for failed...
  • Pope in Germany: Without Justice "the State is Great Band of Robbers”

    09/23/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/22/11
    In his address before the German parliament, Benedict XVI offers ways to renew politics and social life for the world. Positivism is limiting because it marginalises the ethics and culture of politics and society. Berlin (AsiaNews) – “A German pope in the German capital” is the greeting that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI in his first state visit to his native land (the third of his pontificate). The visit began this morning in Berlin and will continue until Sunday, bringing the Pontiff to Erfurt and Freiburg. However, in his addresses the German pope speaks to the entire world and what he...
  • Wisconsin: Largest state unions won't seek recertification by Thursday deadline

    09/21/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT · by UB355 · 61 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 9/21/2011 | Jason Stein
    Largest state unions won't seek recertification by Thursday deadline Madison - By the end of Thursday, the major state employee unions covering tens of thousands of workers will have effectively lost their official status. Top leaders for those unions say they won't seek to meet the high hurdle for keeping that current status laid out in Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining law. With a deadline set for the close of business Thursday, so far only four smaller state unions have said they'll seek to keep their status by winning a difficult recertification election. Marty Beil, executive director of the 23,000-member...
  • Field Poll: Obama approval rating at 46% in state (Even in California: Time for Change?)

    09/14/2011 9:40:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies ^ | 9/14/11 | Joe Garofoli
    Even as President Obama's approval rating has plummeted across the nation, it was always sunnier in California. Until now. For the first time since Obama became president in January 2009, fewer than half (46 percent) of California voters approve of his performance as president - a figure that's dropped eight percentage points in three months, according to a Field Poll survey of attitudes toward Obama released today. The poll of 1,001 registered state voters was taken Sept. 1-12. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Nationally, 43.9 percent of respondents approve of Obama's job performance, according...
  • US Clears Name of Israel’s Ofer Brothers – after their Deaths

    09/13/2011 10:31:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The United States has cleared the names of Israel's billionaire Ofer brothers, accused of dealing with Iran. They have died since the charges were made. The U.S. State Department several months ago shocked Israel with sanctions against Ofer Brothers Group for allegedly docking ships in Iran and selling a tanker to the Islamic Republic, breaking American sanctions against dealing with Tehran. The Israeli company and the Iranian firm that bought the ship denied the charges. The State Department clarified on Tuesday that the Ofers were not targeted, too late for Sammy and Yuli Ofer ever to know because they since...
  • American campaign seeks to avert clash over Palestinian bid at U.N. (yea, sure /sarcasm)

    09/03/2011 8:36:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 3, 2011 Saturday | STEVEN LEE MYERS AND MARK LANDLER
    ABSTRACT The United States has begun a diplomatic campaign to prevent a confrontation this month over a Palestinian plan to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations. FULL TEXT.....
  • Revealed: U.S. State Department Warned U.S. Citizens in Jerusalem to Avoid Beck Event?

    08/30/2011 1:21:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/29/11 | Buck Sexton
    In the aftermath of the Glenn Beck “Restoring Courage” rally, questions have emerged about a U.S. State Department message released the day of the event that warned Americans to stay away. The timing and specifics of the event warning have led some to claim that ideological opposition to the Beck event– not just concerns for American safety– could have influenced the decision. The “Emergency Message” addressed to U.S. Government Employees and visiting citizens in Jerusalem is available on the Consulate’s website. The message posted to the site on August 24th stated the following: “The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem notes...
  • Cops Confiscate Cameras at Ohio Congressman’s Town Hall (Chabot)

    08/24/2011 6:43:47 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 143 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/24/2011 | Kurt Nimmo
    A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to “prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds,” according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers. Police said the cameras were taken “to protect the constituents.” A local television station, however, was allowed to videotape the meeting and the brazen move by Chabot and the cops.
  • Secretary of State Clinton says State Department will coordinate with OIC on legal ways to implement

    08/17/2011 12:33:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/17/11 | Robert
    Moving rapidly to criminalize telling the truth about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to encourage violence and supremacism. Free Speech Death Watch Alert, and an update on this story: "OIC/Islamophobia: OIC Observatory warned since 2009 against the growth of the extreme right in Europe, Washington plans to host a meeting on resolution opposing defamation of religions," from the International Islamic News Agency, August 1 (thanks to all who sent this in): JEDDAH, Ramadan 1/Aug 1 (IINA)-During the next few months, Washington plans to host a coordination meeting to discuss with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation...
  • Illinois State Police K9 Still 'Aces' Big Finds

    08/15/2011 10:44:22 PM PDT · by AnoniMooseCelt · 5 replies
    Associated Content ^ | 11 Aug 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Illinois State Trooper Steve Steckenrider looks back on his partner's career as K9 Ace, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, nears retirement next year.
  • Four dead in State Fair stage collapse

    08/13/2011 7:42:05 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 30 replies
    wthr ^ | 8.1
    INDIANAPOLIS - A stage has collapsed at a concert at the Indiana State Fair. The stage was set up for the Sugarland concert at the state fairgrounds. Rigging for the stage lighting reportedly fell around 8:50 p.m., before the main act took the stage. Police and fire crews believe they have everyone moved from the grandstand. A triage unit has been set up near the Hoosier Lottery exhibit at the fair. Other victims are also being transported to at least two area hospitals. Several ambulances can be seen entering and leaving the area. Fair and emergency officials are planning a...
  • Stage rigging collapse kills 4 at Indiana State Fair

    08/13/2011 7:37:18 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    MBNBC ^ | August 13, 2011 | via WTHR TV
    Stage rigging collapsed after a storm gust Saturday night, trapping and injuring at least a dozen people at a concert at the Indiana State Fair, NBC station WTHR reported. The outdoor stage was set up for the Sugarland concert at the state fairgrounds. Medics and rescue crews throughout Indianapolis were converging on the State Fairgrounds after Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage rigging fell. Dave Lindquist, music journalist for The Indianapolis Star, reported on Twitter, "Tragedy at fair concert. Entire stage collapses on track." He also wrote that "perhaps a dozen injured people have been removed from track on stretcher-type boards."
  • Russia: Medvedev doubles down on "modernization"

    08/06/2011 10:29:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 8/5/2011 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    The majority of Russians remain dissatisfied with the progress of democratization in Russia, a new poll has found. The Moscow Times reports that 62 percent of people recently polled in an All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre survey answered that they are “dissatisfied with the development of democracy in Russia.” This number, however, is down marginally from the 73 percent who were dissatisfied with domestic conditions twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those who believe the country is showing progress are largely supporters of the ruling "United Russia" party, are under 45 years of age, and generally active Internet users. [Editors’ Note: Given...
  • sunset with TEETH

    08/06/2011 8:01:51 PM PDT · by PizzaDriver · 10 replies
    Rather than a Constitutional Amendment, a Simple 1or 2 page Law could inspire much of our Government's needed change in fiscal outlook. The “Sunset Clause, with TEETH” is what makes it! EXAMPLE: A Bill to link the Pensions of elected Federal Office holders to this Nation's “Debt Ceiling” NO elected Federal Office Holder may draw a pension for that Service UNLESS our Nation's “Debt Limit” and actual “National Debt” went DOWN during that term of Service {was lower at the End of said Service, than on the Day of his/her swearing in.} ANY future Bill, or other attempt,to alter, amend...
  • State Department urges Americans to leave Syria while commercial transportation is available

    08/05/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON — The State Department is urging Americans in Syria to leave the besieged country immediately while commercial transportation is still available. The Syrian government is clamping down on a rebellion in the city of Hama, the center of anti-government activity. Thousands of protesters across the country are marching, demanding solidarity with the people of Hama and demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad. On Friday, the State Department urged U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria to limit travel and warned U.S. citizens not in the country to avoid traveling there for now.
  • Race War At Wisconsin State Fair

    08/05/2011 9:44:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/05/11 | Ricky Kreitner
    Race War At Wisconsin State FairRicky Kreitner | Aug. 5, 2011, 10:25 AM According to witnesses, a group of anywhere from 30 to 100 young black men descended on the Wisconsin State Fair last night, beating fairgoers and looting carnival games, in what witnesses said were racially-motivated attacks, Milwaukee's WTMJ reports. One witness named Eric, an Iraq veteran, said the attacks reminded him of war: "I had a black couple on my right side, and these black kids were running in between all the cars, and they were pounding on my doors and trying to open up doors on my...
  • Retired Military Translator's Home Reportedly Raided in DEA Mix-Up

    07/31/2011 10:58:06 PM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 179 replies ^ | July 31, 2011 |
    "As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass," Tossa said. "The first thing I thought was they were terrorists who want to kill me because I served in Iraq." The DEA agents were executing a search warrant. “I kept asking, what’s going on?” he said. “And they held my neck to the ground so I can’t talk.” According to the report, the DEA was executing a search warrant for Tossa’s landlord’s son, who apparently uses Tossa’s one-story house’s address for mailing. “Before they raid any house, they should...
  • Fullerton police officer charged with stealing iPad

    07/30/2011 12:54:07 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 19 replies ^ | June 28 2011 | By LOU PONSI
    A Fullerton police officer has been put on paid administrative leave after she was arrested on suspicion of stealing an iPad from a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint in an airport Kelly Janeth Mejia, 25, was arrested last month at Miami International Airport on suspicion of stealing an iPad that belonged to another traveler. She has been with the Fullerton Police Department for about six years, four of them as a sworn officer. Mejia was spotted on surveillance video placing the iPad in her carry-on bag after taking it from a bin adjacent to a metal detector, according to the...
  • Fullerton Officer Caught Stealing for Oxycodone

    07/30/2011 1:12:47 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 17 replies ^ | July 7 2011 |
    In March, former Fullerton police officer Todd Alan Majors, 30, was facing 14 felonies and three misdemeanors. Major’s life came to a crashing halt when internal affairs investigators found him in an alley behind his Seal Beach apartment high on pills. According to the search warrant documentation, Major was showing signs of “possible narcotic analgesic intoxication.” Major was exhibiting symptoms such as slurred speech, slow movement, and droopy-eyelids. Major was a six-year Veteran for the Fullerton police department. He was hired just after pleading guilty for driving with a blood alcohol level that was over the legal limit when he...

    07/30/2011 1:15:39 PM PDT · by Signalman · 39 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 7/30/2011 | Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann 07.30.2011 In the parlance of Washington, the Democrats are going to get the upper hand in the final round of the debt debate. Republicans will succeed in making a vast cut in federal spending, unimaginable before the 2010 election and will block any tax increases. Democrats will get an extension of the debt limit until after the election so as to avoid dragging Obama through this process again. But the damage this debate has inflicted on the Obama Presidency is so deep and profound that it will have played a large part in dooming...
  • Iron Bowl ticket ruse nabs parents for unpaid child support

    07/30/2011 1:21:11 PM PDT · by camerongood210 · 40 replies
    OA ^ | Jul 29, 2011
    Their dreams of the Iron Bowl turned into a reality behind iron bars. What were supposed to be coveted tickets to the 2011 Alabama-Auburn football matchup turned out to be a trip to jail for at least a dozen deadbeat parents arrested Friday by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as part of operation Iron Snare. One by one, suspects who were wanted by authorities for a total of more than $270,000 worth of unpaid child support were arrested after arriving at a festive, football-themed location on Second Avenue in Opelika, complete with balloons, streamers and highlights of the 2010 Iron...
  • Every Move You Make, Every Click You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

    07/29/2011 3:27:47 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies
    Belmont Club ^ | July 29, 2011 | Richard Fernandez
    Boing-boing notices that “yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a ‘data bank of every digital act by every American’ that would ‘let us find out where every single American visited Web sites.’” The databank is “for the children”. HR 1981 is actually titled “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011″. Its sponsors say “the Protecting Children from Internet...
  • Our Military’s Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

    07/20/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Brownfield
    This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat. That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed,...
  • Jesse White gives raises while other Illinois agencies freeze pay

    07/18/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | Jul 18, 2011 | Greg Hinz
    Jesse White gives raises while other Illinois agencies freeze pay By: Greg Hinz July 18, 2011 Pay hikes in Jesse White's office amount to an extra $78,000 a month in salary costs. At a time when pay raises are a distant memory and unpaid leave a reality for many area government workers, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has handed out pay hikes exceeding 6% to his entire executive staff. According to payroll data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Better Government Assn., Mr. White in the 12-month period ended May 31 gave 4% and then 2%...
  • Labor Department union treasurer accused of stealing thousands from union account

    07/16/2011 9:43:31 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-16-11 | Emily Gurnon
    The treasurer of the AFSCME union at the state Department of Labor and Industry drained the union's bank account of more than $13,000, a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court alleges. Carrie Christine Rohling, 42, of White Bear Lake told fellow employees in Local 2672 that she had a drinking and prescription drug problem. She was charged with two counts of felony theft. "I know it was wrong for me to do that," Rohling said Friday when contacted by a reporter. "I was still thinking I could pay these guys back before they would even notice it was...
  • Who, what, why: Is North Dakota really a US state?

    07/14/2011 10:00:21 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th July 2011 | Tom Geoghegan
    'North Dakota is amending its constitution because of a long-standing technical omission that some claim makes its statehood invalid. So does that mean it's really just a US territory and not a state at all? Every American child is taught there are 50 states in the US. But an 82-year-old care home resident in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is throwing the truth of that universally held statement into some doubt. While reading the state constitution, which is 40 years older than he is, John Rolczynski noticed it omitted to mention the executive branch when explaining which new officers need to...
  • North Dakota statehood called into question

    07/15/2011 11:30:51 AM PDT · by CalinectesSapidus · 41 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | July 13, 2011 | Ryan Johnson
    North Dakota earned its star on the American flag on Nov. 2, 1889, becoming the 39th or 40th state as it was admitted to the union along with South Dakota — or maybe not. Grand Forks resident John Rolczynski, 82, said he has discovered a flaw in North Dakota’s Constitution that he believes means the state is technically still a territory more than a century after its statehood was approved by Congress and authorized by the president. He noticed the flaw on Jan. 31, 1995, and soon set out to notify judges, lawmakers and federal authorities, even sending a letter...
  • Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee

    07/15/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Jul 15, 2011 | Dan Carden
    the times Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee By Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078 | Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:45 am INDIANAPOLIS | State employees will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 each for their efforts in helping Indiana amass a $1.2 billion budget surplus. Gov. Mitch Daniels authorized the one-time payment on Friday to recognize employees he said have spent years doing more with less. "There's not a state in the nation where state employees are more committed to efficiency and care with tax dollars than Indiana," Daniels said. The "efficiency dividend...
  • State Dept. Insights on Mideast: Learn about Israel in Florida

    07/10/2011 9:22:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 7/10/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sworn in U.S. President Barack Obama’s “peace advisor” Dan Shapiro as new ambassador and reveals the United States learns so much about Israel by spending time in Florida. Shapiro served for two years and a half as White House senior director for Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council and has been one of the president’s closest advisors during the period that the Middle East “peace process” has collapsed. Amid lots of jokes and laughter, Secretary Clinton said at the ceremony Friday, “You’d be surprised how much you can learn...
  • SEIU MN Canvasser Gets Schooled on Chanting Points

    07/10/2011 8:30:11 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    True North ^ | 6-28-11 | Nancy LaRoche
    ...a friend of mine sent me a dialog he had on Saturday with a door knocker supporting Governor Dayton's agenda. It is instructive in the way the public dialog has evolved. The real events have disappeared in an unwavering zeal of "tax the richest 2%": Today (6/25) I had a chance to talk with a SEIU Person in her mid 20’s who was canvassing a neighborhood. Her start off pitch was the extreme high pay/bonuses the top CEO’s receive and the large stockpiles of money companies are holding onto. It would really help the economy and the Union people if...
  • The Establishment, Not the Base, is Pressuring Republicans and Lying to Us With Threats of Default

    07/09/2011 12:56:18 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies ^ | July 8,2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I asked the question last hour: "Where in the world are the Republicans feeling this pressure to do a deal with Obama? Where is the pressure to cave to Obama on raising the debt ceiling? Where's the pressure coming from?" Pat Buchanan has the answer in a recent post at the Drudge Report. "By refusing to accept..." By the way, the title of his piece is: "An Establishment in Panic -- By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like 'fanatics,' writes David Brooks of The New York Times," the...
  • Laid off state employees rally again at Capitol

    07/07/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 35 replies
    MPLS star & sickle ^ | 7-6-11 | Mike Kaszuba
    For the second time in the past week, hundreds of laid off state workers rallied in the hot sun on the steps of Minnesota’s closed State Capitol to protest the state government shutdown. Wednesday’s rally again took aim at familiar theme: Taxing the state's wealthiest residents to help solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. One man held a sign that took his frustration a step further – he had changed it from “Tax the Rich” to “Eat the Rich.”