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  • Triple Lutz Report--Airline Expert: Charge Passengers By The Pound--Episode 148

    01/13/2012 3:36:54 PM PST · by appeal2 · 11 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/13/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    The former chief economist of Quantas Airlines believes the super-sized set is costing airlines way too much. He claims heavier passengers are costing an additional $472 per flight, in added fuel costs. His solution, charge passengers by the pound. If you're above average in weight, you pay a price for each additional pound. Not that he's going to give supermodels discounts even though they're "saving" the airlines a fortune. After all, that lower BMI is money in the bank for every greedy airline industry. The nickel and diming that the flying public is continually subjected to isn't addressed either. From...
  • Montreal Underworld Braces For Big Arrests

    01/12/2012 6:04:20 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/12/12 | Friends of Ours
    Something big, really big, is underway in Montreal, QB Canada. Last month the RCMP charged five suspected mobsters tied to the Rizzuto clan for their alleged roles in the November hit against former NYC Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna, and yesterday with no explanation a judge incredibly denied a defense request to unseal the court documents which resulted in the seizure of BlackBerry messages leading to their arrest as reported by Catherine Solyom for The Montreal Gazette: Federal prosecutor Yvan Poulin said it was in the public interest to not share the documents in any way. "Read the authorization (for the...
  • The Mafia Is Economic Powerhouse In Italy

    01/10/2012 9:14:01 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/10/12 | Friends of Ours
    Surpise, surprise. The Mafia is Italy's biggest industry according to the annual report on organized crime by the business federation Confesercenti. Mafia rackets accounted for 140 billion euros -- that's $204 billion -- or 7% of Italy's GDP last year as reported by AGI, and Mafia victims included about one million or 20% of the country's businessmen who have been extortion, loansharking and robbery targets as reported by ANSA. Unfortunately, the credit crisis in Italy has made businesses especially vulnerable to the Mafia as reported by Adnkronos: "out of desperation they turn to mobsters who provide loans at crippling interest...
  • Asian History: Island of Boracay

    01/08/2012 8:30:56 PM PST · by simpletraveler · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Travelpod ^ | Monday, July 22, 2002 | Islaboracay (The Islander)
    The Island belongs to the Western Visayas group and is located in the northwestern tip of Panay, in the west Visayas of Region VI, neighboring the Sibuyan Sea. The island has three major Villages namely; Yapak in the North, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc-Manoc in the south, and numerous small barrios or barangays or sitios, all linked together by a maze of paths, labeled into five commercial stations.
  • Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

    12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding
    Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges. According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues...
  • Christians in the Middle East

    12/29/2011 4:29:05 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy
    jerusalem center for public affairs ^ | December 23 2011 | Justus Weiner
    Prof. Justus Reid Weiner discusses the situation regarding Christians living in Palestinian Authority controlled Bethlehem as opposed to those Christians living in Nazareth, Israel.
  • Flightradar24 (Live airplane traffic online)

    12/27/2011 7:33:34 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Flightradar24 shows live airplane traffic from different parts around the world. The technique to receive flight information from aircraft is called ADS-B. That means the Flightradar24 can only show information about aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder. Today about 60% (about 30% in USA and about 70% in Europe) of the passenger aircraft and only a small amount of military and private aircraft have an ADS-B transponder.
  • Obama: I have some Hawaii laziness

    12/23/2011 6:19:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 23, 2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    HONOLULU -- President Obama admits says his worst trait is that he's a little bit lazy and blames his Aloha State upbringing for his penchant for taking it easy. "There is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there's a laziness in me," Obama said in his interview with Barbara Walters that airs Friday night on ABC. "It's probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii, and it's sunny outside and sitting on the beach." Obama said he also deplores laziness in others, saying "nothing frustrates me more than when people aren't doing their jobs."(continued)
  • 'Sarah Palin country? It's Deliverance in ice,' says documentary maker Nick Broomfield

    12/10/2011 6:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2011 | Nick Broomfield
    OUR COLD WELCOME October 24, 2010: We’ve arrived – or I have. Half my film crew have been arrested and deported. Everything is going fine at Seattle airport until they find out we are doing a film about Sarah Palin. The authorities go mad. They search our bags and detain my two researchers. Sarah, 22, is subjected to a urine test against her wishes – just in case she is pregnant and tries to get citizenship by giving birth on US soil. Her colleague Mark is spreadeagled against the wall and given a rectal search before being handcuffed. The 25-year-old...
  • Unconstitutional American Police State

    12/09/2011 8:37:53 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | December 9, 2011 | Martin Armstrong
    “We are ready to attend your conference in Europe as a follow on to Philidelphia. We simply cannot be molested and groped by TSA , border patrol, VISA control, etc. We refuse.” I want to deeply apologize for the conduct of the United States. As someone who has suffered the heel of the boot of these vile and uncivilized people, I fully understand and it will be the last international conference I will ever do in this country. This is a sample of the emails I received from non-US readers. Others required a letter from me just to have an...
  • Satirical New Jersey Map Goes Viral

    12/09/2011 4:21:40 PM PST · by Enchante · 27 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Chris Lipczynski
    This must be a difficult time for New Jersey. You see, in addition to finding out that they’re harboring the second most dangerous city in America (for the second year in a row), they’ve now got a traitor in their midst. His name is Joe Steinfield, and he is hilarious. Well, I guess that depends on whether or not you live in one of his satirical regions of New Jersey and/or take offense to being lumped in with “Canadians and Philly Trash” (aka Wildwood according to Steinfield’s map).
  • The Historical and Mathematical Case for Repatriation

    12/09/2011 9:40:23 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-08 | Jacob Feldman
    According to analysis by JP Morgan, there are $1.4 trillion of earnings waiting to be returned to the United States if only US tax policy was friendlier to business activity. A 2011 study found that a one-time repatriation tax rate of 5.25% (instead of the difference between the US’ 35% rate and the foreign tax rate already paid) would increase economic growth by $360 billion and create 2.9 million jobs within two years. Industry and academic studies present a favorable view of what repatriation could do for economic growth. Shapiro and Mathur find that repatriated funds in 2004 were used...
  • Ward's releases annual 10 Best Engines list

    12/08/2011 10:53:29 AM PST · by decimon · 20 replies
    Auto Blog ^ | December 8, 2011 | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    > 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6) 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i) 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i Coupe) 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300/Jeep Wrangler) 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge) 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS) 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul) 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3) 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h) >
  • The Underreported Drug War

    12/07/2011 10:45:43 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/07/11 | Friends of Ours
    The savage violence among cartel rivals in Mexico and Central American countries for control over drug smuggling routes into the United States to supply degenerate addicts and party people is among the top ten underreported stories in 2011 as reported by Nate Rawlings for Time. Of course, maybe the story is widely ignored because the media has swallowed the lies from the Obama administration that there is no evidence of any spillover violence into the United States, and as long as it's only people in other countries getting killed the self-absorbed hacks who otherwise call themselves journalists -- some of...
  • Italy Investigates Public Officials For Mob Ties

    12/02/2011 5:20:07 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/02/11 | Friends of Ours
    In an unusual move an Italian magistrate has publicly announced a wide-ranging investigation to target public officials who have become dirty tools for the country's Mafia groups as reported by Michael Day for The Independent: "organised crime was continuing to spread through Italy 'like a cancer' thanks to the 'white-collar mafia' of acquiescent public officials and politicians." Magistrate Ilda Boccassini's bold announcement follows the arrests earlier this week of a cop, a judge and a politician for allegedly servicing the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia. * * * The 'Ndrangheta has become Italy's most powerful Mafia group due to its obscene...
  • Mobsters Charged With Trafficking Strippers

    12/01/2011 3:54:45 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 24 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/30/11 | Friends of Ours
    Mobsters and strippers go together like a horse and carriage. Seven reputed mobsters -- four Gambinos and three Bonannos -- are among the twenty suspects arrested by ICE agents in New York City for their alleged roles in trafficking women from Russia and Eastern Europe on fraudulent visas to work in area strip clubs as reported by the Daily News: "visa rules would have barred them from adult entertainment, though, so the suspects arranged bogus offers for summer waitressing jobs and then had the women apply for seasonal visas, prosecutors said." Once stateside the defendants allegedly arranged up to 150...
  • Free samples at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

    11/28/2011 6:06:04 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 66 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/28/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • Butchart Gardens

    11/28/2011 5:19:33 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 11/26/2011 | Moneyrunner
  • 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...