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  • The Fur Dodger: Cat rides the bus for free by hopping on and off at his local station...

    12/15/2011 8:03:50 AM PST · by algernonpj · 54 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2011 | Jessica Satherley
    A pet cat named Dodger is living up to his name, by taking free bus trips from his home town. The ginger moggy, who was named after the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transport at the bus station near his home. The 15-year-old cat even sits on bemused passengers’ laps as the bus makes up to 10-mile round trips from Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset. ... A spokesman for bus firm First said they didn’t mind Dodger on their buses but didn’t actively encourage him. ... 'Given this cat is elderly...
  • Forbes: PR is top holiday destination

    12/06/2011 7:43:41 AM PST · by cll · 9 replies
    Puerto Rico has been picked by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top Christmas destination, winning recognition for a marathon and spirited holiday season marked by good food and drink and warm weather. “Who says you need scarves and snow to have a truly authentic Christmas?” Forbes reports. “Multi-colored lights look fantastic strung through palm trees, the coquito tastes a little like eggnog that’s mostly coconut, and a roasted, seasoned pork shoulder often muscles out turkey for center stage at a Puerto Rican Christmas table. The well-known New York-based business publication worked with travel experts at Lonely Planet and...
  • Confirmed: President Obama campaigns on the taxpayers’ dime more than previous presidents

    11/28/2011 6:13:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/28/11 | Tina Korbe
    The White House dismisses the data, but, according to a study by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. naval academy assistant professor and expert on presidential travel, President Barack Obama has visited swing states “on official business” more times in a shorter span than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. The Wall Street Journal reports: Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 17 of his third year in office, Bill Clinton held 40 events over 24 days in the battlegrounds of his time, according to data compiled by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. Naval Academy assistant professor who is widely viewed among political scientists...
  • White House Denies Targeting Swing States in Obama Travel Schedule

    11/28/2011 6:01:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/11 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – The White House on Monday rejected charges that President Obama is traveling on the taxpayer dime to campaign in swing states more frequently than any of his predecessors, saying a new study doesn't take into account that Obama "expanded the political map dramatically" in 2008 so that states not previously considered battlegrounds now are. White House spokesman Jay Carney argued that a Wall Street Journal study that showed Obama has attended 54 events in 11 battleground states over 42 days between Jan.1 and Nov. 17, 2011,
  • Red Skelton on Thanksgiving

    11/23/2011 8:36:09 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 6 replies
    This taken from ”The Thanksgiving Turkey,” an episode of “The Red Skelton Show” where Red Skelton plays his Clem Kaddiddlehopper at the first Thanksgiving. At the very end of the episode, Red Skelton addresses the audience and says: “Now I have a little something to say on behalf of our American home. In the year 1620, a group of hardy, determined people crossed the Atlantic in quest of a land where they might live freely, and worship above a whisper. These Pilgrims found such a home, known as the United States of America, and history tells us that our...
  • Marketing America: The ‘United States of Awesome Possibilities’

    11/10/2011 2:47:41 PM PST · by posterchild · 2 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Nov 10, 2011 | Zachary Roth
    Say hello to the "United States of Awesome Possibilities." That's the tagline for a new ad campaign designed to promote the U.S. of A., an effort to boost business and leisure travel in order to spur economic growth, Advertising Age reports. The campaign, set to launch next year, is the brainchild of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP), a private-public partnership formed to encourage tourism, with a marketing budget of $200 million. The corporation calls the push "the first-ever coordinated global marketing effort dedicated to welcoming international travelers to the United States." The group said in a press release that...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Qantas grounds entire fleet

    10/29/2011 12:03:51 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 29th October 2011
    QANTAS has grounded its entire domestic and international fleet of aircraft and will lock out all staff involved in its industrial dispute from Monday night. The incredible move, coming in the middle of a bitter dispute with staff, will strand thousands of passengers in Australia and around the world. "We are grounding the Qantas fleet now," Qantas chief Alan Joyce has said. This means: * passengers in 12 planes at airport gates at the time of the announcement had to disembark; * 64 planes currently in the air, carrying 7000 passengers, are continuing to their destinations, but passengers with connecting...
  • Jack the cat supporters will boycott American Airlines until it finds missing pet

    10/23/2011 2:30:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10-23-11 | staff
    Angry passengers have started a boycott of American Airlines after it lost a cat named Jack in the baggage area at New York's John F Kennedy Airport seven weeks ago. Supporters of Jack the cat yesterday held a day of action at the airport to raise awareness of the missing moggy. The weeks may have passed, but the anger over the airline’s failure to find him is growing. The Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK Facebook page now has more than 15,000 followers. It is updated daily with hundreds of comments from supporters. The aim of...
  • Fight Erupts Over First Lady's Travel Costs

    10/05/2011 2:02:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies
    usnews.com ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    A fight has broken out between the White House, its defenders and a conservative public watchdog group over first lady Michelle Obama's travel costs and how they are calculated. The dispute stems from a Judicial Watch release yesterday, reported by Whispers, that said the first lady's June goodwill mission to Africa cost $424,142 just for her Air Force C32A. Judicial Watch said it used Pentagon calculations to come up with the price to taxpayers, multiplying the hourly cost of $12,188 by the number of flight hours, 34.8. [Read: Michelle Obama's Africa Trip Cost More than $424,142.] The White House later...
  • 'There's a woman on my bonnet and I can't get her off!'(Driver w/gf hanging on car calls police)

    09/30/2011 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 28, 2011 | RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON
    (edit) Things turned nasty when their relationship broke down and there was a long-running dispute over shared items from their home. Finally, Dicken went to Miss Kift's mother's home in nearby Llandudno, snatched the TV from the hallway and loaded it into the back of his Jaguar.Miss Kift was having none of it, her sister Josie told Llandudno Magistates Court. She got into the driver's seat in a vain attempt to stop him driving away.Dicken dragged her out of the car and threw her to the ground. But when he saw what he described as a group of angry people chasing after him,...
  • Amanda Knox likely to be acquitted, says prosecutor

    09/07/2011 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies
    elegraph.co.uk ^ | 9-7-11 | Nick Pisa
    An Italian court has rejected a request for new testing of crucial DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox appeal, as a prosecutor predicted the American will be acquitted of the Meredith Kercher murder. Court appointed experts have criticised the way the original forensic investigation was carried out by police, raising hopes 24-year-old Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, will be cleared. Meredith, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was in Perugia as part of her Leeds University and had only been in Italy for two months before she was brutally murdered in 2007. Knox and Sollecito were jailed in December...
  • California stem cell agency's travel plans irk Jerry Brown

    08/22/2011 11:26:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/11 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, like his predecessors, ordered state agencies and departments this year to restrict employee travel, and after reviewing out-of-state travel requests, his office said most obeyed. Except, in Brown's view, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which proposed as "mission critical" about two dozen international trips, including to Paris, Amsterdam, Australia and Japan. Meeting with foreign scientists and government officials, said Robert Klein, then chairman of the stem cell research agency's independent oversight committee, was necessary to share research and pursue international funding agreements worth millions of dollars. "More than 20 million Californians live in families where a...
  • When does airport security become physical assault?

    08/14/2011 7:21:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 August 2011 | Fiona Foster
    With the holiday season underway, intimate security checks at American airports are continuing to upset travellers. When passengers refuse the full body scanners they may be submitted to what authorities are calling an enhanced pat-down. Politicians are calling for them to be outlawed but the department of justice has threatened that flights whose passengers are not screened will be cancelled. Nancy Campbell, a 33-year-old from Brooklyn, compared the experience to being "sexually assaulted". ... enhanced pat-downs could prove counterproductive: "There's encouragement from the government to have our eyes on the ground and help make our country safer but if the...
  • Need Freeper Help in Connecticut

    08/15/2011 10:29:31 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 47 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Just learned I need to move to Connecticut - Fairfield County area (like within 30 days) . I have questions that are not for Realtors, but for Freepers. You know the ones.
  • Wealthy Mexicans fly, rather than drive, to Texas

    08/13/2011 8:29:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Saturday, August 13, 2011 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press
    (08-13) 10:48 PDT McAllen, Texas (AP) -- As drug violence rises, Mexicans with means accustomed to making weekend jaunts to Texas are increasingly taking to the skies to bypass one of their country's deadliest states. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/08/13/national/a104615D87.DTL#ixzz1Uy9f2uNq
  • Democrat Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime for Senate hearing

    08/12/2011 11:16:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies
    patiriotupdate.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | patiriotupdate.com
    Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday. The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.” Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui....
  • EU set to charge U.S. airlines for carbon tax

    07/29/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 21 replies
    Logistics Management ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jeff Berman
    An edict from the European Union (EU) focused on emissions reduction is drawing the ire of the United States Congress and the air cargo industry. Under its so-called Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU is calling all airlines to pay taxes to the EU as part of a “cap and trade” for carbon allowances in an effort to reduce air emissions created as a result of their flights in EU airspace. The EU ETS was created in 2005. According to the EU, the ETS places a cap—or limit—on the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that can be emitted by...
  • Upscale Budget Accommodation In Singapore

    07/18/2011 2:36:54 PM PDT · by expatguy · 2 replies
    An American Expat in Southeast Asia ^ | 19 July 2011 | expatguy
    A recent article in the Jakarta Globe states that some backpacker hostels in Singapore are going upmarket, to cater to a rising number of backpackers with bigger budgets.   Well, this isn't entirely true.   It isn't just backpackers looking for reasonably priced place to stay but businessmen and tourists as well who have been looking for a decent place to stay without having to pay an arm and a leg. If you are looking for a hotel room in Singapore expect to pay anywhere from S$200 (US$165) to S$600 (US$493) a night.  On the high end, Singapore has some of...
  • 'Sadness' prevalent as America's Space Shuttle era comes to an end

    07/08/2011 12:23:45 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 37 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | July 8, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – For those fascinated with America’s Space Shuttle program and the exploration of space, today is a bit bittersweet. Today is the end of an era of NASA-led spaceflight. The Atlantis Space Shuttle took off this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final mission – and the last mission of the remaining Space Shuttle fleet. We wish the crew a successful mission and a safe return. At a very early age I was fascinated with space travel and the exploration of space. The final Apollo mission – Apollo 17 – took place when I was...
  • Rep. Ron Paul: Abolish TSA (Proposes 'American Traveler Dignity Act')

    07/05/2011 1:35:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 5, 2011 | Keith Lang
    The Transportation Security Administration should be abolished, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) said over the weekend. Speaking on his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" audio address, Paul said that recent reports alleging a 95-year-old woman was forced to remove her adult diaper and an eight-month-old baby's diaper was inspected showed the TSA was overzealous. "The press reports are horrifying," Paul said. "Ninety-five-year-old women humiliated, children molested, disabled people abused. Men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas, and involuntary radiation exposure. “If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be...
  • Quadriplegic Passenger Forced Off Frontier Flight

    06/20/2011 12:42:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.thedenverchannel.com ^ | POSTED: 11:05 pm MDT June 19, 2011 UPDATED: 1:15 pm MDT June 20, 2011 | Jaclyn Allen and Alan Gathright
    DENVER -- A quadriplegic man from Fort Collins was forced off a Frontier Airlines plane because a pilot said it wasn't safe for him to fly. His mother, Kathleen Morris, said there was no problem two days earlier when her son flew Frontier from Denver International Airport to Dallas to attend a family wedding. But Sunday afternoon, when he boarded in Dallas to come home, John Morris and his family said they were humiliated. "When a flight attendant saw John strapped in, they said they would have to clear it with the captain," said Kathleen Morris. She said that her...
  • Michelle Obama announces she's taking her daughters to visit Africa later this month

    06/04/2011 9:50:03 PM PDT · by traumer · 101 replies
    The First Lady is planning a trip. Michelle Obama announced Friday that she's heading to Africa on an official visit later this month. Mrs Obama will stop in South Africa and Botswana to continue her work encouraging young people around the world to become active in their countries. The First Lady will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana, during the June 21-26 trip. Besides youth leadership Mrs. Obama will also focus on education, health and wellness. Officials said the visit will highlight the important stake the U.S. has in the success of Africa's many nations,...
  • US to store passenger data for 15 years

    05/25/2011 5:28:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 25, 2011 | Alan Travis
    The personal data of millions of passengers who fly between the US and Europe, including credit card details, phone numbers and home addresses, may be stored by the US department of homeland security for 15 years, according to a draft agreement between Washington and Brussels leaked to the Guardian. The "restricted" draft, which emerged from negotiations between the US and EU, opens the way for passenger data provided to airlines on check-in to be analysed by US automated data-mining and profiling programmes in the name of fighting terrorism, crime and illegal migration. The Americans want to require airlines to supply...
  • What People Look Like When Their Plane Is About to Crash

    05/19/2011 12:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 18, 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    If you're afraid of flying, reading this post may or may not make it worse. On one hand it describes a story about the smell of a burning plane engine, the expressions of encumbered panic and the experience of coming to terms with death. On the other hand, everybody lives! Reuters photographer Beiwharta had just started to fall asleep on a flight with his family from Singapore to Jakarta when two loud bangs jolted him into a frightening reality. Based on Beiwharta's account of what came next, the activity on a crashing plane is just like you might imagine. The...
  • The EU Doesn’t Want to Share, and It’s Harming U.S. Security

    05/16/2011 6:41:12 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies
    Heritage ^ | May 13, 2011
    It’s 1776 all over again, as former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker quips. This time, however, we are not talking about unjust taxes or the right to a trial by jury, and no one is dumping tea into Boston Harbor. Instead, the issue is U.S. ability to preserve its own security. Earlier this month, the European Parliament announced its plan to postpone a vote on sharing Passenger Name Records (PNR) with the United States. Essentially, the parliament is reneging on years of negotiations and a standing agreement to share information with the U.S. Data-sharing agreements like the PNR are...
  • State Department Wants To Make It Harder To Get A Passport

    04/26/2011 7:04:34 PM PDT · by Yet_Again · 81 replies
    If you don’t want it to get even harder for a U.S. citizen to get a passport — now required for travel even to Canada or Mexico — you only have until Monday to let the State Department know. The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a...
  • A Free Trip to Space? Travel Website Plans Out-of-this-World Giveaway

    03/22/2011 11:53:16 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 6 replies
    Space.Com via Fox News ^ | March 18, 2011
    A new travel website is offering one lucky person a chance for a free trip into space – well, the edge of space, anyway. The members-only travel site, called TripAlertz, has teamed up with the private rocket developer XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif., to give away what the travel firm has dubbed a "Free Epic Journey into Space."
  • North To Alaska

    03/15/2011 3:35:24 PM PDT · by Lessthantolerant · 38 replies
    Personal | 15 March 2011 | Lessthantolerant
    Well made 1,956 miles pn our trip to Anchorage until disaster struck! Son's car broke down in Casper, WY!! So repairs tomorrow and we get back on the road again about 4 pm! Looks like Anchorage on the 20th now instead of the 18th! Pray for us!
  • Preparing for Success, Turkey Dismisses [Tourism] Capacity Worries

    03/12/2011 3:46:06 PM PST · by a_Turk · 6 replies
    FVW ^ | 3/11/11 | Unknown
    Minister promises to crack down heavily on overbooking as the giant of the Eastern Med prepares for one of its most successful years ever. Booming Turkey does not expect any capacity problems or over- pricing this summer in spite of gaining large numbers of tourists who originally planned to holiday in Egypt or Tunisia. Tourism minister Ertugrul Günay yesterday rejected tour operator warnings that the country could be overbooked for the peak period. “We are watching the situation very carefully,” he said. “There should be no excessive price increases or double- bookings. If any double-bookings are reported, there will be...
  • Western Turkey for Americans

    03/12/2011 3:30:04 PM PST · by a_Turk · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Tourism and Aviation ^ | 3/11/11 | Scott S. Smith
    There's no better place for Americans to visit an Islamic country than Turkey. Several years ago, my wife, Sandra Wells, and I met Bora Ozkok, a dynamo whose zest for his native country and three decades of experience have made his Cultural Folk Tours www.boraozkok.com America's leading specialist in Turkey. He led us on his "Best of Turkey" tour. Turkey has more historic sites than the rest of Europe combined. There are more places mentioned in the Bible than any other country except Israel. Turkey has some of the world's most renowned cuisine. It's a shopaholic's paradise because prices are...
  • Mandatory TSA Peep-Show Misses Gun 5 out of 5 Times

    03/05/2011 11:40:53 AM PST · by FrogBurger · 9 replies
    NY Post and The Consumerist ^ | Fred the Grumbler
    [excerpt] When Umar Abdulmutallab (a.k.a the undies bomber) attempted to blow a plane by setting his explosive-doused boxers on fire, I feared that we'd have to put our unmentionables on the X-ray belt, too. Maybe your flights are exclusively populated with supermodels, but when I fly, it's usually in less than athletic company, and believe me when I say that I have no interest in seeing more of my average travel mates. That goes for me too, I wouldn't want to inflict my hairy butt to unsuspecting passengers....snip...Not only does the scan remove any leftover dignity you might still possess,...
  • America's Worst Speed Traps

    02/20/2011 7:21:05 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Autos Research ^ | Unknown | Cindy Perman
    If you've ever been pulled over for speeding, you know it feels like you're a gazelle that just got taken down by a lion. And, while this recession, and the gaping budget holes that resulted, have turned most cities into a jungle for motorists, there are some cities that have far more speed traps than others. And automated traffic cams have only egged them on. Now, they can snag just as many motorists for speeding, if not more, with less manpower.
  • Mexican Cartels “officially” declare open war on US Federal Agents

    02/17/2011 2:12:53 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies
    Before It's News ^ | February 16, 2011 | Editors
    With no fear of reprise the Nacros have notched up the drug war inside of Mexico to now include an open declaration of killing Americans that work for, or have anything to do with the US Federal government operating inside of Mexico. On the heels of the recent daylight assassination inside of Mexico of one US Federal Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata and the attempted murder of his partner who was fortunate enough to have survived the attack (but who now struggles for his life in a local hospital), there is a clear indication that the drug cartels mean business...
  • Leprosy, Plague and Other Visitors to New York

    02/11/2011 4:42:29 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 26 replies
    NewYorkTimes ^ | February 10, 2011 | Anemona Hartocollis
    When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases. If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it will eventually find its way to New York City through the diverse travelers who cross the city’s borders. For instance, several people every year are found to have a biblical disease, leprosy, though health officials say no one has to fear catching it in the...
  • Travelzoo Dives After Missing Inflated Earnings Hopes

    02/03/2011 12:58:45 PM PST · by Slyscribe
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/3/2011 | Ed Carson
    Travelzoo (TZOO) earned 23 cents a share ex items, beating analysts' official forecasts by 3 cents, or 15%. But the online travel site had crushed EPS forecasts by 100%, 81.8% and 114.3% in the prior 3 quarters. Revenue grew 20%, merely matching Wall Street views. Shares plunged 17% in late afternoon trading, moving just below its 50-day moving average for the first time since late Aug.
  • Current Travel Warnings (But No Mention of Egypt)

    01/29/2011 10:24:02 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 13 replies
    United Staes Department of State ^ | 29 January, 2011 | NA
    Current Travel Warnings Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria. Haiti 01/20/2011 Central African Republic 01/14/2011 Niger 01/12/2011 Nepal 01/12/2011 Sudan 01/07/2011 Kenya 12/28/2010 Somalia 12/27/2010 Saudi Arabia 12/23/2010 Cote d'Ivoire 12/19/2010 Mauritania...
  • Canada home firebombing case shows evil of anti-defense laws

    01/22/2011 3:51:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Man faces jail after protecting home from masked attackers,” Ramsin McMahon reports in Canada’s National Post. Ian Thomson…woke up to the sound of three masked men firebombing his Port Colborne, Ont., home…So Mr. Thomson, a former firearms instructor, grabbed one of his Smith & Wesson revolvers from his safe, loaded it and headed outside dressed in only his underwear. “He exited his house and fired his revolver two, maybe three times, we’re not sure. Then these firebombing culprits, they ran off,” said his lawyer, Edward Burlew. The result? The Crown has recommended Mr. Thomson go to jail, his lawyer said....
  • Cruise Lines Abandon San Diego due to Mexico Drug Crime, High California Taxes

    01/16/2011 12:59:30 PM PST · by La Lydia · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Uncoverage ^ | January 15, 2010 | Jane Jamison
    The new year 2011 and lack of confidence in the tax policies of incoming governor Jerry Brown brings devastating news to Southern California. The progressive tax-and-spend policies of Democrat-run California government have chased another lucrative business out of the state. The open-borders, do-nothing immigration policy of the Obama administration claims the runner-up prize for this economic blow to an already-reeling economy in San Diego. The major cruise lines have just announced they are leaving San Diego, California to make NEW home ports in Texas, Florida and Australia. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Texas and Florida don’t have state...
  • NASA unveils extraordinary ideas for the aircraft of 2025

    01/16/2011 11:08:16 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2011 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    "They are the sort of striking images that wouldn't look out of place in a scene from a sci-fi movie. However, one of these could soon be the face of modern aviation with the unveiling of a new generation of passenger aircraft. NASA has revealed three concept designs for quiet, energy efficient aircraft that potentially could be ready for flight as soon as 2025...."
  • Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, allow more U. S. cash to island

    01/14/2011 3:04:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/14/11 | Lesley Clark
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Friday said it will allow for more U.S. travel to Cuba, making it easier for schools, churches and cultural groups to visit the island. A senior Obama official told The Miami Herald the much-expected move to expand cultural, religious and educational travel to Cuba is part of the administration's continuing ``effort to support the Cuban people's desire to freely determine their own future. President Barack Obama is also restoring the amount of money ($2,000) that can be sent to nonfamily members to the level they were at during part of the Clinton and Bush administrations.
  • TSA warns scanner-proof apparel will trigger a pat-down

    01/09/2011 5:09:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 9, 2011 | Michael Santo
    Those companies who see the full body scanners at airports as an opportunity to create garments to block the scanners, and make a pretty penny, will be sadly disappointed. The TSA's blog has the bad news. Blogger Bob, from the TSA Blog Team, said. If there is something shielding an area and we don’t know what’s under it, we have to conduct a pat-down. So basically, passengers should be aware that the use of these types of products will likely result in a pat-down. Some might think this is TSA’s way of getting back at clever passengers. That’s not the...
  • Free Time in LA/Culver City (Vanity)

    01/05/2011 10:01:36 AM PST · by Roses0508 · 35 replies
    01/05/2010 | Roses0508
    I'm attending a Symantec thing in Culver City, CA. The way the travel arrangements work out I'm going to have a free afternoon and evening one day and a free evening (until late) another day. I'm interested in things I can do during those two periods of time. This is a group thing, but I'm traveling on my own.
  • Expedia stops selling American Airlines tickets

    01/01/2011 5:13:12 PM PST · by jackspyder · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 1, 2011 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK – Expedia Inc. has stopped selling tickets on American Airlines flights, the latest twist in a simmering pricing dispute between American and travel websites. "Expedia has chosen to no longer offer American Airlines fares on its website," American said in an statement posted on its website. "Customers looking to compare flights or fares online should visit other travel sites such as Kayak.com or Priceline.com for the most accurate and up-to-date information." The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has said that it would like to sell more tickets through its own website, as paying to have its flights listed on...
  • Can of Hairspray Styles Bomb Scare at Miami Airport

    12/28/2010 12:02:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Dec 28, 2010 | FIORELLA ALVAREZ and TODD WRIGHT
    Hairspray, not a bomb, explodes on a plane at Miami International AirportHair spray has just been added to the "No Fly" list at Miami International Airport. An aerosol can is believed to have caused a piece of luggage being unloaded from a plane to explode Tuesday, causing a mass panic for airport and fire rescue officials. The Miami-Dade bomb squad was called to the airport around 11:30 a.m. after a baggage handler said he was unloading bags from an American Airlines flight arriving from Boston and a bag exploded, sending pieces of metal flying. One of the splinters got lodged...
  • San Antonio family caught up in rash of Mexican carjackings

    12/27/2010 7:40:01 AM PST · by Racehorse · 33 replies · 3+ views
    KENS5-TV ^ | 27 December 2010 | Nadia Ramdass
    The pair traveled to Monterrey to visit family. About a mile over the border at the busy intersection of Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosi and Vincent Guerrero Avenue around dusk.The couple waited at a red light when all of a sudden a sedan blocked them."Two doors on one side opened and all I could see was four or five guys with guns," the husband said."I heard 'get out of the car or I'll kill you guys,'" the wife said.The couple got out of their four-door pickup truck. Before the thieves pulled off, they directed the couple to remove their two dogs...
  • Delta cancelling 500 flights Saturday (wintry weather on right coast)

    12/24/2010 1:22:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1+ views
    WRCBTV ^ | 12/24/10
    Delta cancelling 500 flights SaturdayAssociated Press - December 24, 2010 3:44 PM ET ATLANTA (AP) - The wintry weather expected to rumble in over the weekend may leave thousands of travelers stranded. Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant said Friday the company is canceling 500 flights scheduled for Saturday. Some 300 of those flights are out of the airline's hub in Atlanta, where forecasters are expecting snowfall. Durrant said passengers affected by the cancellations have been notified.
  • Mrs. Obama’s Separate Hawaii Travel Likely Costs at Least $63,000

    12/22/2010 1:02:28 PM PST · by Faith · 22 replies · 1+ views
    White House Dossier ^ | December 22, 2010 | Keith Koffler
    The decision by First Lady Michelle Obama to leave on schedule for her two-week Hawaii vacation and not wait a few days for her delayed husband will probably cost taxpayers more than $63,000 in additional expenses, according to a White House Dossier analysis. President Obama was supposed to depart for Hawaii Saturday, but decided to stay in Washington until Congress finishes its work for the year. He’s now expected to depart today or tomorrow. But Mrs. Obama chose to leave without him Saturday, taking their two children and the dog along with her.
  • Travel-trained: Americans Take Security with Sigh (Don't Touch My Junk)

    12/21/2010 6:16:36 PM PST · by anymouse · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tue Dec 21, 2010
    (snip) As the Christmas travel week arrives, it appears Americans are getting used to flying under the specter of terrorism and the new inconveniences the government deems necessary to combat it. Most people surrender to body scans and invasive pat-downs with little fuss. Resignation has replaced fear. (snip) Outrage over the screenings grew in November. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed a cell-phone video in which a California man resisted a scan and groin check at the San Diego airport with the words, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested." Some travelers tried to organize a boycott of...
  • Kevin Connolly's guide to American culture

    12/19/2010 3:44:51 PM PST · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | December 18, 2010 | Kevin Connolly
    After three years of eating steaks the size of elephants' ears, Kevin bids farewell The BBC's America correspondent Kevin Connolly is packing his bags for a new post in the Middle East. During his three years in the US he has visited 46 out of 50 states and covered the country's election of its first black president.Sometime around the spring of 1835, a young Frenchman called Alexis de Tocqueville travelled to the United States on a mission guaranteed to make Americans bristle with irritation. He was going to understand them, and explain them. De Tocqueville was smart, Gallic and aristocratic...
  • 10 Scenic Airport Landings

    12/16/2010 2:56:36 PM PST · by loreldan · 47 replies · 4+ views
    Budget Travel ^ | 12/14/2010 | Kristin Luna
    Everyone knows views are best from above. That's why we asked pilots and flight attendants who've racked up millions of sky miles to locate the world's most beautiful approaches. You'll definitely want a window seat on these flights. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (see photo 1 of 2) Princess Juliana International Airport is one of the most infamous—and photographed—in the world because its runway starts on a peninsula just hundreds of feet off St. Maarten's shore. "The airport is framed by the beautiful water to the right and front, and the hills that rise in the background," says Captain Bob Raleigh, the...