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  • Contempt Vote Neutralized by DOJ

    06/30/2012 3:10:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 June 2012 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration’s Department of Justice informed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that it would not honor any request for enforcement of it’s finding that Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for his refusal to hand over copies of DOJ correspondence. “The President’s declaration of Executive Privilege has already ruled that Congress is not entitled to these documents,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole asserted. “This preemptively exonerates Attorney General Holder and vetoes any action Mr. Boehner might contemplate taking in his effort to obtain this information.” Cole called Congress’ efforts to secure DOJ correspondence on Operation Fast...
  • Please pray for my wife's transfer

    06/28/2012 6:44:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    July 28, 2012 | 2ndDivisionVet
    It looks like Mrs. 2ndDivisionVet finally has a chance to transfer back to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. As most of you might know, the economy there is much stronger than almost any other place in the United States. We will be close to her family, have much better choices in healthcare and dental and the stores in her company perform better there. She is a store manager for a large chain of eyeglass/contacts (optical) outlets. Two different locations in that area have come open and we hope that she will be picked for one. Please pray for us that she...
  • Essential Air Service House Chamber, Washington, D.C.

    06/27/2012 2:36:56 PM PDT · by Congressman Tom McClintock
    Congressman Tom McClintock ^ | June 26, 2012 | Congressman Tom McClintock
    Mr. Chairman: If the House is to live up to the promises the Republican majority made to the American people to bring spending under control, some tough choices are going to have to be made. But this amendment isn’t one of them. This is about the easiest choice the House could possibly make: to put an end to the so-called “Essential Air Service” that lavishly subsidizes some of the least essential air services in the country. This program shells out nearly $200 million a year – including $114 million of direct taxpayer subsidies – to support empty and near-empty flights...
  • Essential Air Service House Chamber, Washington, D.C.

    06/27/2012 2:36:46 PM PDT · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 3 replies
    Congressman Tom McClintock ^ | June 26, 2012 | Congressman Tom McClintock
    Mr. Chairman: If the House is to live up to the promises the Republican majority made to the American people to bring spending under control, some tough choices are going to have to be made. But this amendment isn’t one of them. This is about the easiest choice the House could possibly make: to put an end to the so-called “Essential Air Service” that lavishly subsidizes some of the least essential air services in the country. This program shells out nearly $200 million a year – including $114 million of direct taxpayer subsidies – to support empty and near-empty flights...
  • Press Secretary Parries Questions on “Fast & Furious” Scandal

    06/22/2012 9:53:18 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 jUNE 2012 | John Semmens
    Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that President Obama's grant of “Executive Privilege” status to the Department of Justice correspondence on the scheme to get guns into the hands of Mexican gangsters is an effort to cover up wrong doing. Despite the widespread laughter from members of the media that greeted his assertion that “it's a matter of principle,” Carney attempted to expound upon the concept. “The principle is that under our Constitution, the President is the country's supreme ruler,” Carney maintained. “That status cannot be infringed by Congressional interference in how he chooses to run the country. The sole purpose...
  • Italian Prosecutor: Calabrian Mafia "Is Quickly Spreading In The United States"

    06/16/2012 3:58:24 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 39 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has emerged as the world's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries. Indeed, Nicola Gratteri, a top anti-Mafia prosecutor in Italy warns that "this mafia is quickly spreading in the United States, particularly in Florida and New York" as reported by Beatrice Borromeo for The Daily Beast: Gratteri's latest operations have led to the sentencing of 34 'Ndrangheta members and have uncovered a...
  • President Initiates Plan to Boost Status of Illegal Aliens

    06/16/2012 11:40:48 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2012 | John Semmens
    A year ago, President Barack Obama told his Hispanic supporters that he lacked the authority to grant amnesty to people in the country illegally. “There are laws on the books that prohibit me from unilaterally granting the right to reside in America, hold a job, and vote,” the President said in a March 2011 speech at a Univision town hall in Washington, D.C. On Friday, June 15, the President issued an Executive Order that would spare up to 800,000 illegal aliens from deportation. “Despite ample opportunity to take action over the last year, Congress has failed to do its duty...
  • The train we hope Jerry Brown doesn’t hear about

    06/15/2012 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 25 replies
    If the high-speed train we call the Moonbeam Express will cost anywhere from $68 billion to $117 billion, we wonder how much this one would cost: “Engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere are working on the technology for trains that could shoot through airless tunnels at speeds up to 4,000 miles per hour, the BBC reports. The transporters, which remain at least a decade away, could eventually cut travel time between New York and Beijing to about two hours,” according to the New York Daily News. Actually, at only a decade away, it’s closer than the one floundering today in...
  • "Come Back To Sorrento"

    06/12/2012 1:19:06 PM PDT · by sussex · 3 replies
    Look at the sea of Surriento, what a treasure it is! Even who has travelled all over the world, he has never seen a sea like this one.
  • It’s not about greenhouse gases or transit, it’s about greenback dollars and cronyism

    06/12/2012 11:53:02 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum
    The California High-Speed Rail project is absurd on the face of it, which gives reasonable people reason to wonder – “What in the world are they thinking?” Gov. Jerry Brown says . . .
  • President Obama Still Isn’t Working For Nevada’s Job Creators

    06/11/2012 1:23:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    “For more than three years, President Obama’s rhetoric and record have left Nevada’s job creators in a bind. Instead of pushing pro-growth policies that will help improve our economy, President Obama has repeatedly made it harder for businesses to grow, thrive, and create new jobs. As president, Mitt Romney will get to work on day one to give job creators the confidence they need to put Americans back to work.” –Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson During His Time In Office, President Obama Has Attacked Las Vegas’ Tourism Industry...
  • Unicycling about to go electric with Ryno

    06/11/2012 12:34:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Portland Tribune ^ | May 17, 2012 | Jason Vondersmith
    In a second-season episode of "Portlandia," Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play a boring Southeast Portland couple who want to spice up their life. A tough guy and a hot dame pull up on a motorcycle, and Fred and Carrie feel pretty un-cool in their presence. So they get the bright idea of acquiring motorcycles of their own. The next scene, Fred coasts up on a three-wheeled monstrosity, and Carrie putters around the street on an odd-looking, one-wheeled, motorized transporter that reminds one of the Segway. Carrie's riding atop the Ryno bike, the second prototype of the fledgling Ryno Motors...
  • Va. AG says 18 year olds may keep hidden guns in cars without permits

    06/10/2012 7:17:49 PM PDT · by open carry · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | June 10, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    In Virginia, like most states, adults aged 18 and over may own and openly carry firearms, including handguns, in public without any need to register their guns or obtain a permit to open carry. But in a little noticed attorney general opinion last month, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) issued a formal opinion on concealed carry in which he said that “provided the handgun is properly secured in a container or compartment within the vehicle, persons who may lawfully possess a firearm but have not been issued a concealed weapons permit may possess, in a vehicle, a handgun that...
  • Attorney General Explains “Fast & Furious” Memos

    06/10/2012 11:18:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Attorney General Eric Holder rejected contentions that internal Department of Justice memos in which the phrase “Fast and Furious” appears mean that the Mexican gun-running scandal was known to Department of Justice (DOJ) higher-ups at an early date. The phrase, Holder insisted referred to the movie series. “Everyone at the DOJ is a big fan of the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies,” Holder said in a House Judiciary Committee hearing this past week. “The fast cars, the sexy babes, the wonton violence—are hypnotic in their effects on me and my staff. Vin Diesel’s screen presence is just awesome. So, it’s only...
  • Tourism Australia Video

    06/08/2012 7:55:33 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 08 June 2012 | TonyfromOz
    Tourism Australia has released a new advertising campaign to attract tourists to Australia. While shorter versions of this new video appear on TV, the above link has the full version of this video, coming in at almost 3 minutes. While some of the things in the ad may be readily recognised, others may not, so I have also included some text, describing those things.
  • Should Palm Tran deny discounted bus passes to illegal immigrants?

    06/06/2012 2:09:07 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Palm Beach Post (blog)‎ - ^ | June 6th, 2012 | Opinion Staff
    Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public bus service, sells $60 monthly passes to anyone who wants one. Poor residents are eligible to buy them at a discounted rate of $15. But now, poor illegal immigrants can no longer buy them at the discounted rate. The change has attracted protests from some immigrant-rights advocates, who say poor illegal immigrant families often include children whose parents may be less able to provide for them if they have to spend more on bus fares. But Palm Tran officials say it was never intended that bus fares for illegal immigrants be subsidized. West Palm...
  • Smuggling ring uncovered during traffic stop, police say

    06/05/2012 8:40:48 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 04, 2012 | ScottMcCabe
    routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery of a human trafficking operation, according to law enforcement officials. Fairfax County police pulled over a white Ford E-350 with Texas plates on Interstate 66 on Wednesday and found 19 people jammed inside the van, including 18 illegal aliens, charging documents said. Police called in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who charged two people with transportation of illegal aliens. Sixteen of the passengers were from Guatemala. The 17th, an unaccompanied 11-year-old girl, was from El Salvador. Overloaded vans are dangerous, experts say. In April, nine illegal immigrants were killed when a Chevy...
  • Who wants to go for a swim with me in the Niger River?

    06/01/2012 7:16:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 38 replies
    Director Blue ^ | 5/31/2012 | Doug Ross
    Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
  • The TSA's Trayvon Martin revenge

    05/31/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 31, 2012 | Ilana Mercer
    Had a rare video surfaced in which a black toddler was being brutalized by agents of the Transportation Security Administration, President Barack Obama would have enough solidarity, and some to spare. “If I had a son,” he’d say, “he’d look like the boy whose breeches were breached by adults who should know better.” I don’t wish the homegrown terrorists of the TSA to become equal-opportunity offenders; I want Congress to call off these attack dogs, now. Still, I am unconvinced that when they travel, black women, tots and geriatrics are subjected to the same invasive searches as are whites. My...
  • Tell Me What Airline You Think This Is...

    05/31/2012 8:01:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 31, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Emirates? Lufthansa? JAL...? _____________ ___________ Try Olivia... India's premier long-distance luxury coach line! Their motto: Travel Redefined... Olivia.in   h/t El Roberto
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • Italian Government Honors Mafia Victims; Warns Of Renewed Terror Campaign

    05/25/2012 7:33:30 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/25/12 | Friends of Ours
    Over the week Italy remembered those courageous souls who gave their lives in challenging the Mafia. Placido Rizzotto, a union leader killed sixty years ago by Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, received a state funeral yesterday after his remains recently were discovered in a cave as reported by Alan Johnston for BBC News: "Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was in attendance to see him being buried in the place where he made his stand - in Corleone." And on Wednesday, in marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, Prime Minister Mario Monti urged the country's...
  • Terror in the Skies: ‘Human bomb’ threat forces U.S.-bound flight to divert

    05/24/2012 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a "French" passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. What is disturbing is the lack of coverage and relevant reporting on this act of terror in the skies. The would-be terrorist is described as a "French" woman. What's her name? Read the tea leaves. The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days...
  • California-based Apple to build $210-million new manufacturing plant. In China

    05/21/2012 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 63 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party-controlled state Legislature and the army of bureaucrats and tax collectors doing their bidding have triumphed again. California-based Apple Computer will build a spanking new, $210-million manufacturing plant. In China. Is anyone surprised? The corporate tax rate in California is horrendous, the workforce is taxed worse than the corporations, the cost of living is off the charts thanks in large part to the costly burdens added by government regulations and housing, well, you know how that compares for California versus the rest of the world...
  • VIDEO: Mafia Horror In Southern Italy: Bomb At School Named For Anti-Mafia Hero Kills Two Students

    05/19/2012 4:35:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    A bomb at a vocational school in the port city of Brindisi on the Adriatic coast in Southern Italy has killed two students and injured another five as classes were preparing to start this morning as reported by David Batty for The Guardian. The school was named in honor of the wife of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone after both were slain almost exactly twenty years ago as reported by Nick Squires for The Telegraph: "the prosecutor, his wife and their three bodyguards were killed on May 23 1992, when the Sicilian Mafia planted half a tonne of explosives on the...
  • TSA sexual gropes of Kissinger, Geraldo, others getting out of hand

    05/15/2012 2:40:44 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 12 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    Clearly, our country faces terrorist threats, but young children, the elderly, Nobel Prize winners and mustached television talk show hosts should not be our focus. If the current TSA procedures are not changed very soon, innocent Americans may be killed, sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.
  • Juvie Narcos On The Border

    05/15/2012 5:28:05 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/15/12 | Friends of Ours
    The politicians love to wax romantic about today's kids as America's future, and apparently the current generation bodes poorly for a degenerate nation. In Columbus, NM customs officers since the start of the year "have caught six students trying to smuggle drugs into the country during the busy morning rush hour before classes" as reported by Angela Kocherga for KVUE: As many as 400 students a day use the pedestrian lanes at the Columbus port of entry on school days. The majority are U.S. citizens, but they have family ties in Mexico and live on both sides of the border....
  • Life is a Bomb

    05/14/2012 4:29:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 5-14-2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Good news for those of you who enjoy taking your shoes off in airports. Al-Qaeda's chief bombmaker, a cheerful fellow named Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who sent his younger brother off on a suicide bombing mission with a bomb up his rectum, has been working on turning everything into a bomb. Cameras, printer cartridges and even pets. The good news is that al-Asiri isn't very good at it. His bomb did a good job of killing his brother, but not much else. The original underwear bomb worn by the Christmas bomber didn't work out. The bad news is that with...
  • Feds say spend that money on high-speed rail – - – or else

    05/11/2012 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    They are from the federal government and here to help. Or so goes the classic line by the last decent president. Federal transportation Sec. Ray LaHood has “warned” California lawmakers not to wait until the fall to vote on the Moonbeam Express high-speed rail boondoggle. “We need to make sure that the commitment is there to obligate the money,” LaHood lectured. In short, the feds are threatening,...
  • An Orgy Of Violence In Narcoland

    05/10/2012 6:44:17 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/10/12 | Friends of Ours
    There oughta be a law against abusing a corpse. Outside the capital city of Guadalajara in Mexico's western state of Jalisco police yesterday discovered "the decapitated and dismembered bodies of 15 people" which is attributed to Los Zetas in another gruesome round in the turf war among drug cartels as reported by Ioan Grillo for Reuters: "a policeman at the scene in Ixtlahuacan said some victims had been so badly mutilated officers could not tell if they were male or female." Meanwhile, the lovely ladies are getting in on the bloody action as well. In the industrial city of Monterrey...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents visit Stephen Lawrence memorial (The roadshow hits London)

    05/09/2012 8:47:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    UK's Channel 4 News ^ | May 9, 2012 | Felicity Spector
    The parents of 17 year old Trayvon Martin arrived in London this morning, to thank the British people who have lent their support. Among the many letters of condolence which they received was one from Doreen Lawrence, whose own son was killed in a racist attack in South London 19 years ago. The two families met today, at the memorial to Stephen's death, united by a search for meaning, amid their personal grief. A day to look back, as well as forward: a reminder of a young man's killing that has become as totemic for America as Stephen Lawrence's death...
  • The final deal-killer for California’s high-speed rail

    04/30/2012 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    For the sake of argument, let’s concede the high-speed rail will cost only $68 billion as most recently advertised. Of course, it will cost far more, probably even more than the $98 billion to $117 billion previously estimated, and certainly nowhere close to the $33 billion originally estimated. But let’s give them that. For the sake of argument. And let’s concede, for the sake of argument . . .
  • Congressman Groped by TSA Agent

    04/29/2012 3:03:01 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Representative Francisco Canseco (R-Texas) took offense when a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent grabbed his penis during a “routine” pat down at the San Antonio Airport. The Congressman’s effort to push the agent’s hand aside was characterized as “an assault” that “impeded security protocols” by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Charges may be pending. “Nothing must be allowed to interfere with our efforts to keep this nation secure from threats,” Napolitano said. “It is essential that everyone fully comply with the procedures of the TSA. Thorough searches of sensitive areas are essential. To put them off-limits would be to invite...
  • Is it time to boycott Florida? (Cover the keyboard in Saran Wrap)

    04/29/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 29, 2012 | Bryian Revoner
    In the midst of this controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law issue in the Trayvon Martin case and in the Marissa Alexander case, three key questions immediately come to mind. Question number one is how much injustice is this ‘Stand Your Ground’ law going to inflict on the public and on good, old-fashioned common sense before it is either revised or repealed? Question number two would have to be is this barefaced differentiation in the applying of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in regards to both of these cases a direct reflection of the ‘War on Women’, a war on minorities,...
  • First Family’s Lavish Vacations Defended

    04/29/2012 1:31:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Since President Barack Obama assumed office the First Family has racked up a total of 17 vacations. This is nearly five times the number of excursions taken by a typical American family over that time span. Costs are also a sore point. One trip to Spain hit up taxpayers for almost $500,000. The high costs are not really the Obamas’ fault explained First Lady Michelle. “It’s only because Barack is the President that the cost is so high,” she argued. “We are hostages to the office. Everywhere we go we have to be accompanied by an entourage of bodyguards and...
  • TX Congressman Canseco Slaps TSA Agent's Hand that Groped Crotch, Agent Cries Assault

    04/26/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 23 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 4/26/12 | David Bellow
    A TSA agent grabbed the genitals of Texas Republican Congressman Canseco at a San Antonio Airport. The Congressman reacted instinctively to protect his private parts and the Congressman pushed down the hand of the TSA agent. Now the TSA agent is crying and saying the Congressman assaulted him. Are you serious? Is this even America? No charges were filed but the TSA agent should be the one getting charged for assault. Touching someone's genitals does NOTHING to keep airlines secure. There is a limit to what should be given up in order to be safe and these pat downs go too far. These searches and...
  • Sex Tourism: Unanswered Questions In Secret Service Prostitution Scandal

    04/16/2012 4:40:00 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 53 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    The alleged sexcapades by several Secret Service agents while in Colombia in service to President Barack Obama may not just be an embarassment for their country; rather, the objects of their affections may have been exploited against their will, and the investigation into the debaucherous debacle necessarily must include the circumstances by which the involved women found themselves in the meat market. Legal prostitution in Colombia and other countries has generated a thriving sex tourism industry, and in meeting supply for the demand many women find themselves enslaved in the trade. For example, in Spain where prostitution is legal an...
  • Russia Has the Wheels; Now it Needs the Roads

    04/11/2012 5:44:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 10, 2012 | James Brooke
    Russians get perverse pleasure out of taking photos of their bad roads and then posting the pictures on the internet. This year, for the first time, Russia is expected to top Germany as Europe’s largest car market. With car purchases increasing by 20 percent in Russia this year, the Center of Automotive Management predicts that Russians will buy 3.2 million vehicles during 2012, slightly more than Germany. So how are Russia’s roads? According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, Russia ranks number 125 out of 139 countries on the quality of its highway infrastructure. According to another report,...
  • Vanity

    04/10/2012 6:17:12 PM PDT · by zerosix · 14 replies
    today | Self
    I find that I will be in Rome and wondering about hotels. As there are many, many, wondering if FR friends feel free to recommend any?
  • Road Work Sign Displays Racial Slur (Trayvon a N*****)

    04/09/2012 9:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WWJ-TV ^ | April 9, 2012 | Ron Dewey
    ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – A road work sign that normally carries messages about construction projects or lane closures was plastered with a hateful message in the overnight hours. State police said an unauthorized person took over the sign along westbound I-94 near Livernois before the Southfield interchange. The message in lights made a reference to Trayvon Martin, the teen killed by a neighborhood watchman in Florida, and included a racial slur. Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi said that at around 1 a.m. Monday someone was able to get into the box attached to the portable sign and pull...
  • Tourism Study Flawed — State Needs To Abandon Subsidy Favors

    04/04/2012 7:20:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new study claiming that the Pure Michigan advertising campaign funded by taxpayers returns a sizable investment for the state is dubious for several reasons. The projections are based on an online survey from Longwoods International, a travel consulting firm that found that every dollar spent by the state returns $4.90 in tax revenue. This is actually up from their previous 2010 study that found that each dollar returns $2.23. There are multiple problems with this type of analysis. The consulting firm, which has an incentive to find a high return, has apparently never seen a tourism campaign it does...
  • High-speed rail absurdities just keep rolling along

    04/03/2012 3:41:28 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 27 replies
    There is so much wrong with the California High-Speed Rail project, it’s getting difficult to stay up to date as new absurdities are revealed almost daily. . . . But Katy Grimes raises an aspect pretty much overlooked, although we and others have mentioned aspects of this aspect previously. . .
  • Is bait-and-switch any way to build a railroad?

    04/03/2012 1:06:18 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 4 replies
    Imagine you sign a contract to put down $9,000 on a $340,000 house situated on a beachfront in Laguna with a closing date of 12 months from now. Then imagine that a few months later, the seller tells you he has some changes to your contract. Your beachfront Laguna house will be located in Brawley, instead. And instead of $340,000, your house in Brawley will cost you $980,000. Just a technical change in the contract, the seller says. And, oh, by the way, your sale won’t close in 12 months, it’ll take a bit longer, 26 months instead of 12...
  • High-speed rail may be only $59 billion short. Yeah, that’ll work

    03/31/2012 8:44:14 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 13 replies
    pparently desperate to get spending underway on the California High-Speed Rail project, Gov. Jerry Brown has dramatically cut how much it will cost. No longer will the train cost $89 billion more than state taxpayers have to pay for it. Now it’ll be only $59 billion short. Yeah, that’s like saying you will drown in only 59 feet of water instead of the deep end – 89 feet...
  • I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions (April 2010)

    03/30/2012 6:04:11 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 68 replies
    The Nomad Lawyer ^ | Saturday, April 24th, 2010 | Paul Karl Lukacs
    Sherman Oaks, California I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States. The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released – because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions. * * * “Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron. “None of your business,”...
  • Populist 'Free Gas' Bill Comes At A High Cost - Dems voucher plan would cost taxpayers $304 million

    03/28/2012 8:35:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2012 | Tom Gantert
    State Representative George Darany would like to give every Michigan resident making $100,000 or less a state subsidy to help cover the cost of gas. Darany, a Democrat from Dearborn, introduced House Bill 5476 in March. According to Michigan Votes, the bill would “give individuals with annual incomes below $50,000 a per-vehicle fuel subsidy of $100, payable in the form of a ‘refundable’ state income tax credit. A $75 per vehicle subsidy could be claimed by those with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000, and a $50 per vehicle subsidy for incomes between $75,000 and $100,000.” Gas paid by their fellow...
  • Oil everywhere and not a drop for U.S. motorists – will it undo Obama?

    03/21/2012 3:08:58 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Despite his change of the U.S. economy into a hope-less version of Europe’s, President Barack Obama, the self-proclaimed fourth greatest president ever, could still be reelected. Go figure. That may say more about us than it does him. But despite economic woes, joblessness, so many people out of work for so long they quit looking, soaring debt and deficits and the looming threat of even worse on the horizon (ObamaCare), the likable but arrogant president could emerge victorious in November. Unless…
  • High-speed rail about to go in reverse?

    03/21/2012 10:37:01 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Some folks who want to undo the boondoggle also known as California’s High-Speed Rail project took a step closer to that reality yesterday when their ballot initiative was cleared to collect signatures. Republican state Sen. Doug LaMalfa and former congressman George Radanovich seek to derail the train, but now need signatures of 504,760 registered voters to qualify their measure for the November ballot. They’ve have until Aug. 13. We’re hoping they get what they need. But a few obstacles remain, and they aren’t insubstantial...
  • Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict

    03/05/2012 10:19:32 AM PST · by STD · 9 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | 03/05/2012 | Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
    Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 03/05/2012 The James Ossuary verdict will be announced on Wednesday, March 14th. As events unfold, check in with Bible History Daily for exclusive reporting and commentary.
  • Dodging bullet train best for California

    03/18/2012 12:34:55 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 16 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-18-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Let's stipulate that high-speed trains might be worthwhile. Sometimes. In some places. Now let's make this perfectly clear: California in the foreseeable future is neither the time nor the place. A high-speed rail system for California would be like a canoe concession in Saudi Arabia. Unneeded. Unprofitable. Just plain stupid. So, why do so many clamor for just such an unneeded, unprofitable, stupid idea? . . .