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  • Johnny Knoxville will star in 'Action Park' movie based on N.J. water park

    02/04/2017 12:47:48 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies ^ | 2/3/17 | Amy Kuperinsky
    Action Park's notoriety as a water park where visitors in the '80s and '90s suffered slips and more serious injuries -- some called it "Class Action Park," "Traction Park" and "Accident Park" -- is now reportedly bound for the big screen. Johnny Knoxville ("Bad Grandpa," "Jackass") is set to star in an "Action Park" movie based on the Vernon water park. He'll produce the film via his company, Dickhouse Productions, for Paramount Pictures. A Deadline report says the movie will be "in the spirit" of "Bad Grandpa," Knoxville's last collaboration with Paramount. So far, no word on any Jersey filming...
  • Sriracha pepper farmer investigating whether Texas soil can handle hot pepper crop

    05/19/2014 7:26:06 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 31 replies
    Pasadena Star-News ^ | May 18, 2014 | Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
    IRWINDALE>> Sriracha maker David Tran was succinct when it came to his requirements for any place where he might expand his popular hot sauce business. “(We) must have chilies,” Tran said at a news conference where he announced he was considering an expansion to the Lone Star State. Last week, a delegation of Texas politicians, who have actively courted Tran via social media and open letters, toured the Azusa Canyon Road factory. Texas is known as a pepper-growing region, however, Craig Underwood, who grows all of the jalapeños that are crushed into the iconic roster sauce, said it would take...
  • Romney: It's "his turn"? Why?

    10/20/2011 10:25:42 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    Renew America ^ | 10-20-2011 | Wes Vernon
    Not a single vote has been cast in the Republican presidential primary. Not one. Yet, the Republican Party establishment has decided for us that Mitt Romney is the 2012 anointed one. Why? Well, he's a veteran campaigner, or he has become a household name. Or some variation that leads to the bottom-line rationale that "It's his turn." The GOP machine tries mightily to formulate the parameters of intra-party debate so that candidates gather in a virtual cartoon-depicted assembly line, each awaiting "his [or her] turn." Let's give the GOP veteran operators their due. These are folks who have done much...
  • Texas governor woos Vernon (California) businesses

    05/09/2011 9:36:41 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | Marc Lifsher
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Lone Star State's recruiter-in-chief, is aiming to take advantage of a political fight over the future of the tiny industrial city of Vernon. Perry has sent dozens of emails to some of Vernon's approximately 1,800 employers, telling them that a bill backed by California Assembly Speaker John Perez could eliminate many of the tax and operating-cost advantages they enjoy in the manufacturing enclave southeast of Los Angeles. "As the state of California continues to support legislation that causes undue burden and taxation on companies doing business in the Los Angeles area, I invite you to...
  • CA officials consider shutting down city with few residents and high-paid officials [Vernon]

    12/25/2010 9:40:37 AM PST · by freespirited · 28 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/25/10
    Fewer than 100 residents live in Vernon, a small industrial burg in the shadow of Los Angeles, surrounded by miles of gritty warehouses, meatpacking plants and manufacturing businesses. Although Vernon is one of the least populated, most nondescript municipalities in the country, it is also one of the richest, with an annual tax base of approximately $334 million.. Its former city manager was paid $785,000 last year. The guy he replaced earned $1.65 million the year before and another city manager, who retired in 2005, pulls down an annual pension of $500,000. But the money pot could be the 105-year-old...
  • Top officials in Vernon traveled lavishly at city expense (California, again)

    09/08/2010 9:59:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/09/10 | Sam Allen and Hector Becerra
    Top officials in Vernon traveled lavishly at city expenseThe officials, among the highest-paid in the state, billed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city for first-class flights, luxury hotels and limousines between 2005 and 2010. By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times September 9, 2010 Top administrators in Vernon, already among the highest-paid local officials in the state, racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in city-paid expenses on first-class flights, luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton and limousine service, records reviewed by The Times show. The records, which cover 2005-2010, detail lavish travel expenses billed to...
  • The Mount Vernon Statement (a differing view)

    02/18/2010 5:50:13 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 27 replies · 518+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 16 Feb 2010 | Daniel Larison
    What is there to say about this statement, which is being called a new conservative “manifesto”? Someone might object that Russell Kirk said that conservatives do not have manifestoes, but that would be entirely too quaint and old-fashioned. What is one to make of the organizers’ selection of the site of George Washington’s home for a statement that refers to a foreign policy of “advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world”? I would say that it is in extremely poor taste, but then this statement is not directed at people like me. My admiration for Washington comes partly from...
  • Vernon, N.J. family reaches out to others with rare eye disorder (Peters anomaly)

    07/15/2009 3:47:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 479+ views
    star ledger ^ | July 05, 2009 | Joe Moszczynski
    Jennifer and Jason Bott knew immediately there was something terribly wrong with their newborn daughter. "Something in my heart said something was wrong," said Jennifer Bott, 31, whose daughter, Emily, was born with slightly misaligned eyes and "cloudy" corneas, a condition that was initially a mystery to the young Vernon parents -- as well as to their doctors. "We were on such a high, to be parents again, and this was like a slap in the face. They didn't alert us of any problems until the next day," added 32-year-old Jason Bott. The Botts eventually learned their daughter, now 20...
  • Clearing the air vs. splitting hairs and distorting Cold War history (Part 1)

    05/25/2009 4:55:42 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies · 546+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 5/25/09 | Wes Vernon
    Clearing the air vs. splitting hairs and distorting Cold War history (Part 1) Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter whitewashed Since the downfall of the Soviet Union, volumes have been written about that late superpower's penetration of American Society and its institutions before and during the Cold War years. It can be said without credible contradiction that what we now know about Soviet spying and infiltration of the U.S. for seven decades vindicates the much-maligned anti-Communists (in and out of Congress) of that era. If anything, they didn't know the half of it. It was they who warned — often to...
  • The "greatest" -- and "worst" -- presidents Rethinking the presidential rating game

    05/11/2009 8:01:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies · 1,399+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | May 11, 2009 | Wes Vernon
    The trouble with many of the past ratings of America's presidents is that the "consensus" has been arrived at by academics who act alike, do alike, and think alike. In the view of many, they are suspect of viewing history exclusively through the prism of Ivy League faculty lounge discourse. Alvin Stephen Felzenberg (Ph.D.) — who has taken a fresh and comprehensive look at the nation's chief executives in his book The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game — does not challenge the credentials of the conventional historians. Rather, as he explains in...
  • Violent chickens roost on candidates' shoulders: exploring the liberal/Marxist nexus

    04/21/2008 10:28:15 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 242+ views
    Renew America ^ | 4-21-08 | Wes Vernon
    Violent chickens roost on candidates' shoulders: exploring the liberal/Marxist nexus Wes Vernon April 21, 2008 Last week's Clinton/Obama debate opened a new door on an old coalition: What is it about Marxists (violent or otherwise) that attracts liberals (well-meaning or otherwise) to their defense? What is their common goal (to the extent that they have one)? The counterculture sixties Here is the mantra of the Weather Underground, as enunciated by one of its leading disciples: "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents. That's where it's really at." Who said...
  • CA: Is tiny, industrial Vernon a model city or corrupt fiefdom?

    12/24/2006 6:52:54 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 893+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | December 24, 2006 | Matt Krasnowski
    VERNON – It's easy to understand why Leonis Malburg would rather not live here. But for more than 50 years, Malburg has been helping run this dreary municipal oddity, and he has been mayor since 1974. Vernon, about five miles south of downtown Los Angeles, touts itself as “Exclusively Industrial,” and has fewer than 100 residents. Its 5.2 square miles are wall-to-wall with warehouses, meatpacking plants and asphalt. Trucks rumble through the streets. There are no parks – even patches of grass are scarce. An estimated 44,000 people work here every day but return to homes outside city limits when...
  • Kentucky businessman Vernon Jackson gets 7 years for bribe to William Jefferson (D-La.)

    09/08/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 2,293+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 9/08/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Ky. businessman gets 7 years for bribe to JeffersonBy MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer A Kentucky telecommunications executive who admitted paying more than $400,000 in bribes to Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison. Vernon Jackson, 54, of Louisville, is a key figure in the federal investigation of Jefferson, D-La., who has not been charged. But in court papers, prosecutors have alleged that they caught Jefferson on videotape taking a $100,000 cash bribe. Most of that money later turned up in a freezer in Jefferson's home. Jefferson was never mentioned by name in Friday's...
  • Rep. Brad Miller (Democrat, North Carolina) is A Daily Kos Poster!

    06/17/2006 12:58:17 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1,390+ views
    various | 6/17/2006 | n/a
    I found out on Wikipedia that Rep. Brad Miller, Democrat, North Carolina, is a Daily Kos poster! It appears from his posts that he attended their convention in Las Vegas.
  • Top Leaders Honor Wounded Heroes at Mount Vernon Ceremony

    04/21/2006 3:58:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 304+ views
    MOUNT VERNON, Va., April 20, 2006 – Top DoD and Army leaders gathered here at the home of the country's first war hero today to honor soldiers wounded in Iraq. Army Capt. Robert Klinger shakes hands with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England after being presented with the Purple Heart Medal during an award ceremony on George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, in Mount Vernon, Va., April 20, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by William D. Moss  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I feel very lucky, very lucky. It's nice being married to your own personal hero," Mollie Borders, the wife...
  • Other group helping in Iraq not prosecuted (leftist activists, Voices in the Wilderness, skate)

    03/09/2003 11:36:44 PM PST · by Stultis · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | 7 March 2003 | Renee K. Gadoua
    Other group helping in Iraq not prosecuted Friday, March 07, 2003By Renee K. Gadoua The same federal act used to indict three Central New Yorkers accused of illegally sending money to Iraq has not been enforced against at least a dozen local residents who openly violated U.S. law by traveling there. The International Emergency Economic Powers Act authorizes U.S. sanctions against Iraq. Four Muslims, including three Onondaga County residents, were indicted Feb. 26 on charges that include violating the act by using the Syracuse-based charity Help the Needy to send money to Iraq without a license. About 600 people have...
  • Vernon Robinson on Record: From Councilman and Congressional Candidate to Party Leader

    05/17/2005 1:05:41 PM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 21 replies · 534+ views
    CFP ^ | May 17, 2005 | John Plecnik
    This interview was offered to both candidates for North Carolina Republican Party Chairman: Councilman Vernon Robinson and NCGOP Chairman Ferrell Blount. Dear Sirs, Like most North Carolinians, I tend to focus on general elections, rather than primaries and intra-party races. However, I recognize the importance of party leadership. And, with our state convention swift-approaching, many activists have put forward some remarkably relevant questions. The following interview represents a handful of these inquiries, and I hope that you can both find the time to answer your friends and fans across Carolina. Sincerely, JTP Interview for NCGOP Chairman’s Race 1. Many Republicans–many...
  • NJ Animal Rights Activist enters bear trap, faces obstruction charge

    08/25/2004 6:13:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 421+ views
    bergen record ^ | 08.25.04
    Woman enters bear trap, faces obstruction charge   Wednesday, August 25, 2004 An animal rights activist arrested in Vernon on Monday for locking herself inside a bear trap says she's a prisoner of her own conscience."I did the only thing I could do. I followed my conscience," said Angie Metler on Tuesday. Metler, 47, plans to plead not guilty to one count of obstructing a government function when she appears in Vernon Municipal Court next Tuesday. She is also accused of trespassing.In recent weeks, residents living in the Highland Lakes section around East Lakeshore Drive have complained about a female...
  • DEP official: Bruin wasn't trying to eat Vernon hiker

    08/13/2003 6:26:52 AM PDT · by ZULU · 23 replies · 536+ views
    Daily Record ^ | August 13, 2003 | Rob Jennings
    DEP official: Bruin wasn't trying to eat Vernon hiker By Rob Jennings, Daily Record A 400-pound black bear that pounced on a Vernon hiker was not trying to eat her, New Jersey's top environmental official said Tuesday in refuting a description by his spokesman about Sunday's apparent attack in Wawayanda State Park. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell added that he "had no reason to doubt the victim's account" of being chased and pulled down by the bruin on the Wingdam Trail. The trail remained closed Tuesday evening, with the bear on the loose and unlikely to be...
  • [New Jersey] Woman fends off attack by [Black] Bear

    08/12/2003 9:37:23 AM PDT · by d-back · 58 replies · 1,450+ views
    The Newark Star-Ledger ^ | August 12, 2003 | JIM LOCKWOOD
    <p>He was a 400-pound hulking young bruin officials described as "predatory," looking for a meal.</p> <p>She said he came up behind her on a trail in Wawayanda State Park in Sussex County, chased her down and tackled her.</p> <p>She said she did the only thing she could. She threw a hard elbow at his snout, and caught him flush, stunning the bear and giving her time to escape.</p>