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  • NYC Mob Boss Whacked In Montreal Mafia War

    11/25/2011 4:58:55 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/25/11 | Friends of Ours
    Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna, the former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family who was deported by the United States to his native Canada in 2009, was whacked yesterday in Montreal, QB Canada as reported by The Gazette. Warning: Graphic Video The Bonanno family from NYC has deep long-time ties with the Rizzuto family in Montreal, and reputed boss Vito Rizzuto currently is serving time at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle. When Vito gets out of the...
  • Occupy march from Zuccotti Park to D.C.: My trip with the protesters

    11/22/2011 1:44:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2011 | Elizabeth Flock
    Almost two weeks ago, 21 Occupy Wall Street protesters decided to take the movement on the road, in a march from New York’s Zuccotti Park to the White House. Their goal: to spread the movement to the 12 cities and small towns they would pass through along the way, and to protest the supercommittee’s likely decision to retain Bush tax cuts “for the rich,” or “one percent.” I met the protesters at their first stop in Elizabeth, N.J. and walked with them most of the way. This is the story of our hike: The protesters embarked on the 231-mile-trek with...
  • New Mexico May Fall To Drug Cartels

    11/21/2011 5:55:32 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/21/11 | Friends of Ours
    The Mexican drug cartels have supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communties throughout the United States, and in New Mexico the state's Region II Narcotics Task Force Director Neil Haws has a dire warning as reported by Leigh Irvin for The Daily Times: "What's happening here is reflective of what's occurring in Mexico," said Haws. * * * Drug-related crimes such as kidnapping, homicide and money laundering are picking up. * * * "These people are already here . . . and I believe it's just a matter of time before what's happening in the U.S....
  • Attorneys Demand Charges against Obama’s Uncle Be Dropped

    11/20/2011 11:17:58 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Attorneys for President Obama’s 67 year old uncle Onyango Obama are demanding that all charges be dropped. Onyango was arrested for driving under the influence after police spotted him blowing past a stop sign. Onyango’s lawyer, George Crank, argued that the stop was unwarranted. “Police must have proof that my client was drunk before they could justifiably accost him,” Crank insisted. “Mere suspicion is not enough.” Crank brushed aside the fact that arresting officers found that Onyango’s blood alcohol level exceeded the legal maximum. “There’s no way they could’ve known this prior to stopping him,” Crank pointed out. “Their initial...
  • Obama Proposal Could Ban Target Shooters From Public Lands

    11/18/2011 9:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Outdoor Life ^ | November 17, 2011 | John Haughey
    The Obama Administration apparently thinks it's O.K. for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives to sell automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels, but it is not O.K. for American citizens to target-shoot with their legally-owned firearms on 245 million acres of public lands that they -- not the government -- own. Yet, if revised regulations proposed by the Obama Administration are adopted by the Bureau of Land Management, gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres. The draft policy would also limit public access...
  • Obama uses autopen to keep government open

    11/18/2011 8:15:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama on Friday turned to mechanics to get him out of a jam, using an autopen to sign an emergency spending bill Congress sent him late Thursday. Mr. Obama was traveling in Indonesia as part of a week-long trip to the Pacific Rim, but needed to approve the stopgap spending bill before midnight in order to keep the government open. A White House aide confirmed the president did use an autopen, which is a mechanical device used to apply a copy of someone's signature. The bill passed the House Thursday afternoon and the Senate Thursday evening, and was sent...
  • Attorney General Denies Any Responsibility for Border Agent’s Murder [SATIRE]

    11/13/2011 1:00:41 PM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Attorney General Eric Holder steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry was shot with a weapon that the Department of Justice helped transport to the Mexican gangs that have been smuggling drugs and aliens across the border. “I’m not going to apologize for anything,” Holder told a Senate Hearing. “I didn’t pull the trigger. That agent was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The border is an inherently dangerous place. You go there at your own risk. Certainly, Terry had to know that.” Holder also pointed out that...
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Obama Caves to Insatiable Wing of Party, Delays Keystone Pipeline

    11/11/2011 10:24:25 AM PST · by 92nina · 19 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-10 | Christopher Prandoni
    Over the past six months, the Keystone XL Pipeline’s prospects have oscillated between probable and unlikely. The current rumors surrounding this project suggest that Obama is going to bow to the insatiable wing of his Party, the Greens, and delay the Keystone pipeline until after the 2012 election. This is a huge mistake. TransCanada has said they will scrap the desperately needed construction project if it is delayed another year—the pipeline has already been pending for three years. With unemployment lingering around nine percent, the country can ill afford to scuttle this economic stimulus. Drawing an arbitrary line in the...
  • Tie down those Ratchet Tie-Down straps!!!

    11/09/2011 8:04:36 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 35 replies
    blog ^ | 11/9/2011
    Tie down those Ratchet Tie-Down straps!!! A friend visited me at my office today. He had a shiny new bed on his 2008 Chevy short bed 4x4 pick up. A couple weeks ago, he was hauling his son's four wheeler, and had it tied down with four ratchet straps, one at each corner of the bed. He was running down the highway in Huntingdon county, when the end of the front passenger side tie down must have come lose in the wind. Next thing he knew, "It felt like I ran over a motorcycle!" The tie down strap worked its...
  • An Aloof Romney in a Plane Encounter

    11/06/2011 8:26:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Times' The Caucus ^ | November 6, 2011 | Emmarie Huetteman
    Mitt Romney was polite as he took his seat in coach next to Carolyn McClanahan of Jacksonville, Fla., on a recent Delta flight to Boston. He thanked her when she said she appreciated his efforts to reform health care as the governor of Massachusetts and even posed for a photo with her. As a physician who heads a financial planning company and prides herself on having read every page of President Obama’s health care reform bill, Ms. McClanahan, 47, recognized that it’s not every day you’re seated next to a presidential candidate on a two-hour flight. According to Ms. McClanahan,...
  • High-Speed Rail Projects Often Derail

    11/03/2011 1:49:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2011 | Russ Harding
    Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday in a speech at the Michigan Rail Summit proposed a vision for making Detroit the hub for a rail system serving North America as reported by the MIRS Capitol Capsule (subscription required). He envisions a rail freight and passenger system that would connect Montreal to Detroit to Chicago to St. Louis. The symposium was sponsored by the Michigan Environmental Council. Chris Kolb, a former Democratic state lawmaker who is president of the MEC, was enthusiastic about the governor’s remarks, stating: “This is huge. If we do this right we will really start to rebuild Michigan’s economy.”...
  • Obama Expects Michelle Flack After Wing Joint Dinner (But not for the reason you think)

    10/27/2011 2:52:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | October 25, 2011 | Lauren Fox
    This wouldn't be the first time President Obama has gotten in trouble with his wife Michelle for eating junk out on the campaign trail, but this time health conscious Michelle may be upset for an entirely different reason. When the president stopped by Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in West L.A. Monday night, he confided to manager David Daviston that he was going to catch flack for it back home. But he didn't expect healthy eater in chief Michelle Obama to be bummed because her husband ordered the distinctly unhealthy "No. 9, 'Country Boy,'" which included three wings and...
  • Narco Boy Admits Killing Two Female Associates

    10/24/2011 1:07:07 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 10/24/11 | Friends of Ours
    An inked 15-year-old boy with the nickname "El Gallito" or "The Little Rooster" has admitted to running a drug gang on the Mexican resort island of Isla Mujeres and murdering two women who sold for him as reported by Fox News Latino. Under Mexican law The Little Rooster cannot be tried as an adult, and if convicted will be held in a juvie facility and released back to the streets on his 18th birthday. *** As many as 30,000 children in Mexico have been "lured into acting as mules, dealers, lookouts and assassins," and 1,300 of them have been killed...
  • Newsflash: America Is Literally Covered In Pipelines

    10/24/2011 8:45:34 AM PDT · by 92nina · 20 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-21 | Christopher Prandoni
    The pending Keystone XL Pipeline—the pipeline that will carry Canadian crude oil to refiners in Texas and Oklahoma—is emblematic of the misinformation campaigns waged by those who inexplicably want to scuttle this project, and the tens of thousands of jobs tied to its construction. Attempting to brand the pipeline as “dangerous,” groups and politicians on the Left have done Americans a disservice by misrepresenting the project’s basic facts. The Pipeline is NOT a disaster waiting to happen Since the first well was drilled in Pennsylvania over a hundred years ago, oil pipelines have been one of the safest, most efficient...
  • Cashing In On Vehicle Charging

    10/22/2011 7:43:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Association of Convenience Stores Magazine ^ | The March 2011 Issue | David Joey Oakley
    “Electric car On verdant green Invent a turn Invent a dream Electric car The new machine…”So go the lyrics to a recent popular children’s song — aptly titled “Electric Car” — by 80s nerd rock band They Might be Giants. Proof that even at so young an age, we are being indoctrinated into the delights and benefits of electric vehicles. But is this “new machine” a genuine reality for our country and can convenience retailers carve out profitable space for the technology on their lots? “It’s a safe bet that consumers will eventually swap their gas-powered cars and trucks for...
  • Amtrak Subsidies vs. Megabus Private Enterprise

    10/18/2011 9:12:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/18/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Amtrak made statewide news recently with its announcement that it has set ridership records in Michigan. But one frequent critic of rail transit says that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Wendell Cox, a public policy consultant with Illinois-based Demographia, says that Amtrak is a far more costly option when compared to Megabus, a private bus service that launched in April 2006 and operates in about 50 major cities. For example, Amtrak reported that its Detroit-to-Chicago rail service, known as the "Wolverine," had a 4.9 percent jump in usage. If someone were to purchase an Amtrak ticket for a Nov. 7...
  • PERSONAL: Company wants me to move to Huntsville, AL. Any words of advice?

    10/11/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 96 replies
    10/11/11 | me
    I work for an engineering company that would like me to relocate to Huntsville AL from the Pittsburgh PA area. It is a big decision for my wife and I. I grew up near where I currently live and my extended family is nearby. Other than one co-worker and a few business acquaintances, I know no one in the Huntsville area. Are there any locals that can give me advice on the area? Schools, churches, neighborhoods, activities, places to avoid, etc? Thanks, K51
  • The Pope Denounces The Mafia As "Inhuman"

    10/09/2011 11:39:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 10/09/11 | Friends of Ours
    Pope Benedict XVI today squarely denounced the "inhuman" Mafia which infests southern Italy as reported by The Associated Press. Benedict issued the condemnation during a Sunday mass in the Calabrian region which is home to the 'Ndrangheta which dominates the European cocaine trade and has surpassed the Cosa Nostra or Sicilian Mafia in power. This is not the first time that Pope Benedict XVI has taken on the mobsters. In October 2010 Benedict paid tribute to Rev. Pino Puglisi who was slain by the Sicilian Mafia in 1993, and encouraged the faithful "not to resign themselves to deep-rooted evil on...
  • Saudi man attempts to enter cockpit of Indianapolis-bound passenger jet

    10/08/2011 4:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 7, 2011 | Howard Portnoy
    It’s déjà vu all over again. Federal authorities are probing the actions of a Saudi Arabian man who is free today despite having attempted to enter the cockpit of an American Airlines flight Wednesday evening. Replace “Indianapolis” in the headline with “New York”—which in fact is where the flight originated—and the story line becomes eerily familiar: All but one of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. The suspect, Abdulaziz Mubarak Alshammari, 20, was pulled away from the cabin door by another passenger a half hour before Flight 1936 landed at around 10 p.m. According to those seated in the...
  • Videos from Tuesday’s light rail, truck wreck [Houston, TX]

    10/05/2011 9:00:26 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies ^ | 5 Oct 2011 | unattributed
    Here is a series of videos from Metro showing the truck-train accident Tuesday morning (Related news article and photos).
  • Transit Authority: $1 Million Deficit, Highest Paid Executives

    10/04/2011 12:50:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/4/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has a nearly $1 million deficit projected for fiscal 2011-12 at a time when its top executives are among the highest paid transit bosses in the state. The AATA has eight employees making $90,000 or more, according to a Freedom of Information Act request. The AATA has 171 employees and a $21.4 million operating budget. Grand Rapids, which has 308 employees and a $31.9 million operating budget, had four employees making $90,000 or more. Flint, which has a $21 million operating budget, has two employees making $90,000 or more. Jackson Transit Agency’s highest paid employee...
  • Bags are packed.

    09/30/2011 7:17:10 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 168 replies
    Just finished packing for my deployment to Afganistan. My orders start tomorrow and we will be at home station until the 4th. Going to Ft. Bliss for mobility training, then to the sandbox. I know we have internet access there but has anyone heard if any Freepers posting form there? I sure hope this site is not blocked so I can keep-up with whats going on back here.
  • The Truth Behind Drug War Alliances Is Elusive

    09/30/2011 7:33:13 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/30/11 | Friends of Ours
    The first casualty of war is the truth the old saying goes. A group dubbing itself Los Mata Zetas or the Zeta Killers has claimed responsibility for the murder of 35 narco traffickers from Los Zetas who were dumped last week out of two trucks onto a busy road in the tourist destination of Boca del Rio along the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz state. The Zeta Killers purports to be acting as a vigilante group on behalf of the people but in reality it's just a front for a hired enforcement crew tied to the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels...
  • Michelle Obama, adding jobs one bauble at a time

    09/25/2011 12:21:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 23, 2011 | Howard Portnoy
    If the president is earnest about creating jobs (and Charles Krauthammer makes a powerfully persuasive argument in today’s Washington Post that he is not), he could learn a thing or two from his missus. In 2009, a starving 26-year-old fashion designer by the name of Jason Wu was catapulted to instant fame and wealth when the First Lady auditioned an off-the-shoulder affair at her husband’s inauguration that Wu had dreamed up. She engineered another rags-to-riches story in May for costumier-turned-fashion designer Barbara Tfank by wearing one of Tfank’s creations during a visit at Buckingham Palace with the Duke and Duchess...
  • Buy American: Another Job Killer in the Jobs Bill

    09/23/2011 10:54:24 AM PDT · by 92nina · 20 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-22 | Kelsey Zahourek
    ...I understand political motives behind these sorts of measures, but it makes horrible economic sense. Yet Obama has once again chosen politics over the economy. Within the President’s “American Jobs Act” lies a provision that mandates all iron, steel and other manufactured goods must be domestically produced as part of around $80 billion in infrastructure spending. Such protectionist measures raise costs for consumers and businesses. When businesses are forced to pay more for products, that increase gets passed on to consumers, who are then forced to forgo spending elsewhere. In other words, by protecting one industry, countless others are losing...
  • My "never say Die" car (vanity)

    09/23/2011 9:31:38 AM PDT · by Rca2000 · 43 replies
    I have a "never say did" car. one of those older cars, that all you have to do is DRIVE them(and keep up normal maintenance of course). They just go and go, WITHOUT many serious repairs. A few may remember over 2.5 years ago, when I made a trip to Key West Fl, to drive back an old car--a 1989 Olds Trofeo. WHen I did this--many laughed, saying i was wasting a LOT of money(1500 for the sac--about 400 for the trip), and that the car would NOT hold uo long. nevertheless...I got it, brought it home, and after a...
  • In Other News Today

    09/15/2011 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 4 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 09-15-11 | Stoutcat
    Astronaut and blogger Ron Garan is coming home after nearly six months in space. Reflecting on his preparation for his trip, he writes: “As I prepared to leave for final launch preparations, I experienced an interesting phenomenon. Realizing that leaving Houston starts me on a journey that will take me off the planet for six months, I started to take note of things that I will not experience for half a year. Whether it’s a flock of birds against the sunset or early morning mist on the water of Clear Lake, or a million other things that define the beauty...
  • U.S. Gave Citizenship To Bulgarian Mobsters

    09/15/2011 7:36:15 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/15/11 | Friends of Ours
    A State Department cable dated April 21, 2005 which is among a recent document dump by WikiLeaks expresses concern over the "direct and increasing impact" on the United States from Bulgarian criminal activity, and further reveals that the United States gave citizenship to reputed Bulgarian mobsters Dmitrii "the Russian" Minev and Iliya Pavlov both of whom were later whacked as reported by Sofia News Agency. Moreover, according to the diplomatic cable, "high-ranking representatives of businesses believed to be extensions of Bulgarian organized crime and individuals reported to have leading positions in the Bulgarian organized crime world consistently seek legal entry...
  • Obama Uncle May Be Granted “Refugee” Status

    09/13/2011 9:51:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    President Obama’s half-uncle, Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant recently arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts, will apparently not face deportation. Like the President’s illegal immigrant aunt, Zeituni Polly Onyango, he will be granted asylum as a “political refugee.” “Let’s face it, Kenya is a hell-hole unfit for normal human beings,” said U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “It would be inhumane for us to forcibly send him back to such an awful place.” Napolitano denied that Onyango’s relationship to the President played any role in the decision. “If I may remind everyone, the President has declared that illegal immigrants from...
  • WikiLeaks: U.S. Tries To Keep Truth About Border Violence From The American People

    09/11/2011 7:32:27 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/11/11 | Friends of Ours
    WikiLeaks has dumped another batch of State Department cables, and among them are communications which shed some light on a number of controversial issues involving the drug cartels on the south side of the border. * * * Perhaps the most disturbing cable reveals an effort by the United States to keep the border violence out of the American press. On Feburary 15, 2010 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended a ceremonial event on the international bridge between the sister cities of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, TX which was hit with stray bullets during a gun battle the prior evening,...
  • What China’s new marriage law has to do with American social conservatism (built-in pre-nup?)

    09/09/2011 5:18:05 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 20 replies
    Feministing ^ | 8 Sep | Lori
    (Pls consider source.) Last month, a new interpretation of Chinese law went into effect that awards ownership of property bought before marriage to the original buyer, rather than to the couple jointly, as the law had previously been. It’s easy to see how this change would mostly affect women, and could threaten the economic security of divorced Chinese women, especially considering how ingrained male home ownership is in Chinese culture: Chinese men traditionally buy a home before they marry, and many parents start a “home-purchase fund” for their child as soon as they know it is male. One article even...
  • Two Texas Teens Charged With Hit On Classmate; FBI Investigates Role Of Mexican Drug Cartels

    09/07/2011 6:29:32 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 20 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/07/11 | Friends of Ours
    Two 17-year-old high school boys have been charged with killing a classmate in Brownsville, TX, and authorities including the FBI are investigating whether the murder is tied to the Mexican drug cartels. While the actual facts in the Brownsville case remain to be flushed out, the Mexican cartels otherwise increasingly have been recruiting U.S. juvies to carry out their dirty work. Police in Laredo, TX report that Los Zetas is signing up U.S. teenagers as young as thirteen to carry out enforcement hits on the north side of the border. Two such teens -- Rosalio Reta and Gabriel Cardona --...
  • JetBlue's Union Crisis

    09/06/2011 8:50:01 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-06 | Marshall Bornemann
    ...ALPA’s rejection by private workers in ‘08 necessitated a game-changer, one that would finally allow the union to “organize” JetBlue employees. In 2010, the National Mediation board would go even further in catapulting big labor’s policy agenda. The International Association of Machinists, along with the NMB (not surprisingly), displayed its guns in a successful attempt to change certain rules that’d governed union election rules for 75 years. Now, only a majority of voting members are required to certify a union, not the long-accepted majority of members in a workforce. This rule change is especially problematic because it is nearly impossible...
  • Trucking Firms Must Hire Alcoholics as Drivers

    09/05/2011 10:33:13 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    The Memphis District Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company contending that its policy against hiring alcoholics to drive their trucks violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Katharine Kores, director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, maintains that “alcoholism is a disability. As such, it cannot be used as a reason for barring a person from employment.” To counter the company’s claim that putting an alcoholic behind the wheel of a 40-ton truck would be unsafe, the EEOC’s suit argues that “there are other ways the firm can promote...
  • 2012 Dodge Charger Blacktop: Road Test of the ZF 8-Speed Automatic with Paddle Shifters

    09/04/2011 1:57:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies
    Allpar ^ | September 4, 2011 | Patrick Rall
    Chrysler’s newest technology to improve performance and fuel economy is their segment exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission, hitting the market in for model-year 2012. At first, it will be offered in the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 models equipped with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and recently, we had a chance to log a few miles in the 2012 Dodge Charger Blacktop equipped with the 292hp V6 and the new 8-speed transmission. The 8-speed automatic transmission comes with the innovative news touch-shifter on the console with manual shift control included by means of Chrysler’s new steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. This paddle...
  • Jerusalem Social Protest: Get Serious!

    09/04/2011 3:50:19 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Diaries ^ | September 4, 2011 | Judy Lash Balint
    Jerusalem's part in tonight's 'March of the Million' social protest was distinctly more social than protest.
  • No Special Treatment for President Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Uncle

    09/03/2011 2:20:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President’s illegal immigrant uncle, Onyango Obama, will get no special treatment. Onyango was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts last week on a drunken driving charge. “Like so many undocumented Americans, the President’s uncle has shown he has the ability to fit in,” Carney observed. “Despite being here illegally for nearly 20 years, he, like so many other immigrants have done, managed to obtain both a Social Security number and a driver’s license. This is the kind of ‘can do’ skill that has made this country great.” Carney classified the drunk driving charge as “a...
  • BMW working on frickin' laser beams for headlights (überspringend the shark?)

    09/02/2011 9:56:50 AM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies
    Auto Blog ^ | September 2, 2011 | Jeff Glucker
    Are you bored with the recent rash of LED headlights, tailights and daytime running lamps? BMW might just have something for you, then, because it's working on a new way to illuminate your commute. We're talking about lasers here people... the future is (almost) now! BMW believes that, just as halogen beget LED, LED begets laser lights. If true, laser technology will allow its cars to utilize lighting systems that are more efficient than current setups while also allowing for light patterns that are more consistent and brighter. In addition to the greater illumination possibilities, the diodes used would be...
  • Train Station with 78 Daily Riders Gets $1 Million in Stimulus Renovations

    08/31/2011 5:44:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Jackson Amtrak station will get $1 million in renovations thanks to the American Relief and Recovery Act (the federal stimulus program), according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. But Wendell Cox, a transit consultant in St. Louis, Mo., questions why an Amtrak station with 78 customers a day would warrant such an expense. Cox pointed to the Chatsworth station located in southern California about 40 miles from the Los Angeles area as the type of facility Jackson requires. Chatsworth gets twice as many trains and about 20,000 more passengers per year than Jackson, but has just a platform with a...
  • Michelle Obama Accused of Being $10 Million 'Vacation Junkie'

    08/24/2011 6:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gather ^ | August 24, 2011 | Tom Rose
    Is Michelle Obama a modern-day Mary Lincoln? Anonymous (so far) White House sources are saying it's a fair comparison as the First Lady does to President Obama what Mary Todd did to her husband by spending taxpayer money on luxuries like it was drying up forever. Which is possible... In the last year alone Michelle Obama is accused of spending more than $10 million on vacations and expensive accommodations, all on the public dime. The report, broken by the National Enquirer, is light on the sources, but heavy on the details. The picture painted seems to go way beyond what...
  • Obama Weighing Pardon for Illegals

    08/22/2011 10:47:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 20 August 2011 | John Semmens
    Frustrated with Congress’ inability or unwillingness to act on immigration reform, President Obama is said to be weighing granting all persons in the country illegally a blanket pardon. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the idea. “The Constitution gives the president the power to pardon anyone he wants,” Durbin contended. “He doesn’t need to get Congress’ permission before he acts to grant amnesty to those illegally in the country.” Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) concurred with Durbin’s interpretation, calling it “a victory not just for immigrants, but for the American people as a whole. Making these immigrants legal residents will...
  • China's Big Earthquake - Three Years Later

    08/22/2011 10:21:56 AM PDT · by robertvance
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 8-23-2011 | Robert Vance
    "It's all new", said the shirtless man who shared a small quadrant of shade with me behind our bus. He was pointing with his cigarette at a series of white three story buildings directly in front of us. It was two o'clock in the afternoon and a sweltering sun beat down unmercifully upon our vulnerable position on the side of the road. This was the third time that our bus had broken down in just a few hours and I was starting to wonder if I would make it back to Chengdu that day. "What was it like before?" I...
  • Why Can't Obama Have a Vacation?

    08/22/2011 7:19:20 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 32 replies
    All presidents take time off to regroup, and this "elite" location has deep roots in African-American history. ...The president's choice of Martha's Vineyard is nothing new. He vacationed here before he was elected, and he has returned annually since. The family takes up residence for 10 days at the Blue Herron Farm, which rents for $50,000 a week. ( ... ) The first family's visits always cause headaches for islanders, tourists and other visitors. Streets are blocked, and patrons at restaurants and other businesses are sometimes locked inside or temporarily barred by Secret Service agents protecting the Obamas. One street,...
  • A silent sojourn by Palin puzzles KC

    08/20/2011 3:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | August 19, 2011 | Steve Kraske
    News flash: Sarah Palin was in town Monday. You didn’t know that? I didn’t know it until the next day. Turns out, nobody knew it. Not the police. Not GOP insiders. Not the high-dollar money folks. Not the Vitae Foundation that brought her to Kansas City last September. Nobody. “Holy cow!” said Annie Presley, a fundraising consultant. “How did we not know about that?” Because the Palin crowd never whispered a word about her plans — and they still won’t talk. Does that strike you as a little too mysterious for a woman eyeballing a White House run? “Mysterious” goes...
  • Obama’s Sesame Street Bus Tour

    08/18/2011 12:09:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Palisades Hudson Financial Group, LLC ^ | August 18, 2011 | Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®
    You could call it the Trailways tour, or the non-campaign tour, or the I-hope-I-run-into-Sarah-Palin-at-a-truck-stop tour. But I’m going to call President Obama’s bizarre three-day road trip around the upper Midwest his Sesame Street tour. Sesame Street, as in “brought to you by the number 270 and the letters G, O and P.” With America’s rural population at a record low (only 16 percent of us live outside urban areas), and with sky-high commodity prices making the farm sector one of very few vigorous parts of the U.S. economy, Obama’s decision to spend three precious days of his term talking about...
  • Coalition Warns Congress: No Aviation "Fees" In Debt Negotiations

    08/18/2011 9:47:48 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2011-08-18 | Mattie Duppler Corrao
    ...We write to strongly condemn the inclusion of any new aviation industry taxes as part of any deficit reduction measure currently being considered by Congress. It has been rumored that Members of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are contemplating a new flat “user fee” (tax) on all take-offs and landings of general aviation aircraft, and increases in commercial airline ticket taxes – a move which would impose an unfair and destructive tax burden on an important sector of the U.S. economy. It defies reason for Congress to place additional taxes on the general and commercial aviation...
  • Donald Trump Demands Obama Campaign Pay For Bus Tour: ‘It’s A Fundraising Tour’

    08/15/2011 8:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 15, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Add Donald Trump to the list of people that seem to have doubts about President Obama’s national tour. Speaking from his office with Greta van Susteren today, Trump argued that the President takes “more vacations than any human being I’ve ever seen” and that his “fundraising tour” should not fall into the hands of taxpayers, citing a lack of leadership on his part. Trump and Van Susteren went through a long list of topics– from China and OPEC to Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann– but began with the President’s tour. The August vacation, separately, Trump argued “sends a very,...
  • Traffic Stop / Police Encounter in Alstead (NH)

    08/15/2011 3:22:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12 August, 2011 | Riana
    Well, first time I've ever been stopped in NH, and first time I've ever been stopped while armed. I crossed the double yellow line trying to avoid a car that was sticking out in the road, and then saw blue lights in the rear view. The officer came up and asked if I knew why he'd pulled me over. I explained the vehicle that was nosed into the road, but that didn't seem to help. When he asked for license and registration, I handed him my license and non-resident permit, informing him that I was carrying my sidearm. He nodded,...
  • How Obama spent your summer vacation, according to Freedom Radio's Pat Carfagno

    08/15/2011 2:37:14 PM PDT · by Adam Taxin · 48 replies
    Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner ^ | August 8, 2011 | Pat Carfagno
    We choose a vacation in upstate New York in an attempt to escape the oppressive Philadelphia heat, at least for a week. It is a seven-hour drive, and traffic isn't bad, despite it being a Saturday in August. Weird. New York State is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The mountains and flora are simply majestic. But I digress. Upon arrival at our destination on Lake Champlain, we are thrilled with our simple, but well-placed accommodations. The view of the lake and the mountains can be seen from every window. Our front porch is covered, is right on...