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  • The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

    01/03/2017 7:30:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 30, 2016 | Jarrett Stepman
    Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media and a concerted effort by the social media giant Facebook to crack down on the phenomenon—announcing that it would in part by using liberal fact-checkers to distinguish the “real” from the “fake” news.The truth is that while the American media landscape has been in a constant state of change over two centuries, the spread of hyperpartisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.Ultimately, despite the increasingly Wild West...
  • July Gun Sales Crush Previous Record (2.2 million checks)

    08/02/2016 3:10:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    The number of gun-related background checks performed in July far exceeded those of any previous July, newly released numbers from the FBI show. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed nearly 2.2 million checks last month. That represents an increase of almost 600,000 checks over the previous record set last year. It is also an increase of more than a million checks over July 2011. The July record is the latest in a string of 15 record-setting months for firearm background checks. July also saw an increase over June’s numbers as the gun industry’s seasonal lull comes...
  • Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

    05/20/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Hurley
    Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland). ‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against...
  • What does it take for Boehner to begin Articles of Impeachment for the Democrat's Obama?

    06/12/2014 2:26:15 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 77 replies
    Graewoulf | June 12, 2014 | Graewoulf
    Pick an Obama scandal, choose an Obama foreign crisis and watch Boehner cover it up.
  • Known glitch delays California unemployment checks for 150,000

    10/16/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    10 News ^ | 10/15/13
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California officials knew a computer upgrade for the state's unemployment insurance program was vulnerable to problems before it was installed. The Sacramento Bee reports that officials underestimated how many unemployment claims would be affected by a glitch in the $188 million system upgrade.
  • After the Obama Surge: A New Rush on Gun Stores

    04/26/2013 7:58:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/26/2013 | Tom Gara
    In fact, the rush beginning in December has been high even by historic standards: the FBI conducted just under 2.8 million background checks on prospective gun buyers in December 2012, the highest number in any single month since records begin in November 1998. That’s more than triple the number it was running in in December 2002. And the rush has continued through 2013 so far. Here’s the number of monthly background checks in the first three months of each year since 1998. This year looks set to be the busiest ever.
  • Senate rejects background checks on gun purchases in 54-46 vote

    04/17/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Hill [Washington ^ | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks. It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again. GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk
  • Direct deposit to replace U.S. checks

    01/17/2013 7:22:00 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies
    Kiplinger Report ^ | 29 April 2011
    Paper checks will be abolished for all federal benefits, including Social Security, eventually, but people who currently receive checks will have some extra time to adjust to the new rules. Individuals who apply for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will have to select an electronic payment method -- either a debit card that will be reloaded each month or direct deposit to a bank account. The direct deposit option, which is safer than a check and involves no fees, is the best option for most people. But current beneficiaries who receive...
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • Pizzu Hut - No checks policy (along with many others)

    12/23/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 82 replies
    To the question "Can you use a check ordering from Pizza Hut online?" We have this answer: You can only used a credit card or a Pizza Hut gift card to purchase online, no checks accepted. And, driving up to their window in South Central Texas, the same sign is posted. No checks accepted as of January 1. Wonder how many other establishments are going to do the same? I thought the economy was recovering....
  • Wisconsin: 3 relatives suspected of cashing dead mother's Social Security checks for 30 years

    09/26/2012 5:04:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    ap ^ | 9-24-12 | Dinesh Ramde
    Three Portage County residents are accused of cashing Social Security checks of a relative who has been missing for 30 years and is presumed dead, and authorities are investigating to see whether her remains are buried on her wooded property. If Marie Jost is still alive she'd be 100 years old. But authorities now suspect she died in about 1982, and they're accusing her son, daughter and son-in-law of continuing to cash her government checks in her absence. Investigators believe Jost might be buried on her Amherst property. Sheriff's Capt. Dale O'Kray said Tuesday that cadaver dogs have hit upon...
  • 8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States

    07/23/2012 11:47:39 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States By Terence P. Jeffrey July 23, 2012 ( - The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had...
  • The Obama Bounce Test

    04/30/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I received a tip from someone about how checks can be purchased online with the Obama design on them. He thought I could do something with it... At first I thought I would make a graphic spoofing it, but then I thought of something that was more unusual, and potentially more fun. It's an interactive Flash graphic (my first one, hopefully not the last). So I can't post here, I can only put it put it up at the original post (here.)
  • Jailed killer had dad, girlfriends cash unemployment checks

    03/04/2012 6:03:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/04/12
    Jailed killer had dad, girlfriends cash unemployment checksBy staff A convicted murderer awaiting trial in the Los Angeles County jail system had family cash $30,000 in unemployment checks, the Los Angeles Times reported. Anthony Garcia’s father and two girlfriends reportedly cashed those checks, $1,600 a month, and also deposited money in his jail account and that of other gang members. His father, Juan Garcia, 47, and girlfriends, Sandra Jaimez, 45, and Cynthia Limas, 25, were charged with unemployment fraud, the Times reported.
  • Long-Term Unemployed Man: 'It's Absolutely Retarded' That I Keep Getting Checks

    02/24/2012 6:49:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/24/2012 | Gus Lubin
    [The following profile is part of a series on long-term unemployment in America.] John Schmidt has been out of work for 150 weeks. Due to complications regarding his official date of termination, he is still eligible for weekly checks from the government. "It's absolutely retarded, but I'm not going to turn it down." Schmidt has been unemployed since April, 2009 when he lost his job as a database architect at JC Penney. Fired for health reasons, Schmidt says he wanted to sue but no lawyers in the Dallas area would go against the local corporation. In his first year of...
  • Huntington Bank discovers original checks signed by Lincoln, Washington, Edison, Twain and others

    01/15/2012 12:07:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Teresa Dixon Murray
    Huntington Bank discovers original checks signed by Lincoln, Washington, Edison, Twain and others (photo gallery) President Abraham Lincoln made out this First National Bank printed check to "self" for $800 on April 13, 1865, two days before he died. BROOKLYN -- Dozens of personal checks -- some 150 to 200 years old and signed by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, George Washington and Thomas Edison - have been unearthed by Huntington Bank. Some of the historic checks, all signed by U.S. presidents, were unveiled Tuesday and are on display at Huntington's newest branch in Brooklyn. The display is...
  • Frustration Mounts for MF Global Clients

    11/07/2011 4:29:35 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | November 7, 2011 | Lauren Tara LaCapra
    snip... Customers of the bankrupt firm are starting to complain about getting checks that bounced, having requests to transfer funds denied and receiving inaccurate account statements. The growing litany of woes is adding to the tasks for the receiver assigned to liquidate MF Global and causing some investors to voice concern about the basic plumbing of the financial services system. Steve Meyers, an independent futures trader in Florida, said he asked for $500,000 from his MF Global account to be wired back to him on October 28 because he was concerned about the firm filing for bankruptcy. The money never...
  • President Obama Has Written Personal Checks to Letter-Writers In Need, Author Says

    10/21/2011 12:23:56 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 31 replies
    ABBC News ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    In February 2009, ABC News was first to report on the 10 letters from constituents that the president is given each day. Culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president,” the letters “help him focus on the real problems people are facing,” said then-senior adviser David Axelrod. Some of these, maybe two or three each day, the President responds to in his own hand. Then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told us that before two different economic speeches, the President “pulled...
  • Alaskans get $1,174 (yearly) checks from state's oil wealth

    10/10/2011 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsminer ^ | 10/06/11
    Alaskans get $1,174 checks from state's oil wealthThe Associated Press Oct 06, 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Most Alaskans will be getting $1,174 in Permanent Fund dividends on Thursday. **SNIP** Voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1976 to establish the Permanent Fund as a way to stretch out the state's oil wealth for future generations.
  • Dodd-Frank: The End Of Free Checking?

    09/29/2011 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/29/2011 | David Hogberg
    On Sat., Oct. 1, new regulations from the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul go into effect on debit cards. Specifically, they impose price controls on “interchange fees,” the fees that banks and credit unions charge to retailers on debit card transactions. The average interchange fee is about 44 cents. The new rules limit the fees to 21 to 24 cents. “The costs of processing debit card transactions doesn’t go away because you limit the price,” said John Berlau, director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. “That shifts the costs to consumers.”
  • Israel Calls for Continuing Aid for Palestinians (barf)

    09/15/2011 5:52:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Alert Network ^ | 16/9/11 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Israel is urging the international community to continue aid to the Palestinians just as U.S. lawmakers are contemplating an aid cutoff if the Palestinians press for statehood at the United Nations. An Israeli government website on Thursday carried a report saying the Palestinian Authority already faced economic and fiscal woes, in part due to a decline in donor aid. "Israel calls for ongoing international support for the PA budget and development projects that will contribute to the growth of a vibrant private sector, which will provide the PA an expanded base for generating internal revenue,"...
  • Debt crisis punctures Social Security myth

    07/15/2011 12:53:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 7/14/11 | Editor
    Prev Previous Article Editorials Print Comments 3 Debt crisis punctures Social Security myth By: Examiner Editorial | 07/14/11 9:00 PM "I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on Aug. 3,” President Barack Obama warned “CBS Evening News” viewers about Social Security on Tuesday night. “There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.” But how can that be? Haven’t Washington, D.C.’s professional politicians been telling us for decades that Social Security is in no danger of bankruptcy because of those trillions of dollars supposedly just sitting there in the Social Security Trust Fund? Why can’t...
  • ('no budget' Dingy Harry) Reid: No Social Security checks without debt deal

    07/14/2011 10:39:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 102 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/14/11
    Reid: No Social Security checks without debt dealAP – 10 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Echoing President Barack Obama's warning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Social Security payments would stop if there is no deal to raise the government's borrowing limit by Aug. 2. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Nevada Democrat said flatly that payments for veterans benefits and the military, as well as Social Security, would cease if the government defaults on its obligations. His statement goes beyond Obama, who said earlier this week that he could not guarantee Social Security checks will be issued on Aug....
  • EU warns Denmark about instituting border checks

    05/13/2011 9:12:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/13/11
    The European Union is warning Denmark its plans for customs checks may violate EU law and the Schengen free travel agreement. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, telephoned Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen Friday morning, then followed up with a letter saying the commission had "grave concerns" that Denmark's plan would hinder the smooth functioning of Europe's single market. Member countries may not institute systematic border checks. They can sometimes institute spot checks, but Barroso wrote that the country must demonstrate that the measures are necessary. Denmark says the checks are needed to fight cross-border crime and...
  • Social Security Payments to Go Paperless Beginning May 1

    05/01/2011 5:51:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/22/11
    Social Security Payments to Go Paperless Beginning May 1Published April 22, 2011 | Social Security checks are going paperless beginning May 1, as the U.S. Treasury Department retires paper checks for electronic payments. The cost-saving measure, which won't be fully implemented until May 2013, is aimed at reducing government expenses by $1 billion over the next decade as millions of baby boomers and others apply for monthly federal benefits. Federal benefits will also be paid electronically to recipients of veterans and disability payments, the Treasury Department announced Friday. Eighteen million baby boomers are expected to go onto the retirement...
  • Federal fraud: Healthy workers took disability

    02/22/2011 3:49:30 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    (CBSNews) ^ | February 18, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Federal fraud: Healthy workers took disability Investigation finds $25 billion misspent on payments from 2005 to 2009; thousands of federal workers received questionable checks February 18, 2011 By Sharyl Attkisson * Play CBS Video Video Fighting federal disability fraud According to government estimates, fraud and improper payments ate up $25 billion dollars in federal disability payments from 2005-2009. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the double-dipping that's slipping through the cracks. * 111 Charged in Medicare Scams Worth $225M * Taxpayer Funds Paid for Bonuses, Casino Trips (CBSNews) You have no doubt noticed it when you get your paycheck, the deduction for...
  • What Does Government Do? The single biggest job the Federal Government undertakes today

    02/21/2011 11:56:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    AolNews ^ | 02/21/2011 | John Merline
    Pop quiz. What's the biggest single job the federal government undertakes? National defense? Nope. Homeland security? Wrong. Transportation? Not even close. Law enforcement? No way. Education? Getting colder. Foreign aid? Are you kidding? Nope, the biggest single thing the federal government does these days is ... cut checks. Lots and lots and lots and lots of checks that go to individual citizens -- $2.3 trillion worth last year alone. In fact, according to a table buried deep inside the little-noticed Historical Tables volume of the White House's 2012 budget, these "direct payments to individuals" accounted for more than two-thirds...
  • Airports reduce number of flammable material checks (CHINA)

    11/23/2010 8:56:21 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | November 24, 2010 | Zha Minjie
    PASSENGERS and other people entering Shanghai's two airports will no longer be searched for flammable materials, after aviation authorities removed a layer of checks following the conclusion of the World Expo. However, East China Civil Aviation Administration officials insist that security has not been downgraded as passengers will still be screened before boarding flights. Authorities said they are trying to find a balance between the level of security during the Expo and the standard one, as passenger volume this year will reach a record high. The city's two airports beefed up security in April, in anticipation of the Expo, which...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • If it's midnight, it must be time to shop

    10/10/2010 9:27:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 10, 2010 | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AND DENA POTTER
    <p>Once a month, just after midnight, the beeping checkout scanners at a Wal-Mart just off Interstate 95 come alive in a chorus of financial desperation.</p> <p>Here in Fredricksburg, Va., and at grocery stores across the country, the chimes come just after food stamps and other monthly government benefits drop into the accounts of shoppers who have been rationing things like milk, ground beef and toilet paper and can finally stock up again.</p>
  • Idaho Governor Getting It Wrong on the 17th

    09/16/2010 12:43:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | September 16, 2010 | Brian
    Otter shifts stand on 17th Amendment repeal; The Spokesman-Review Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared during a political debate today that he doesn’t favor repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - though he’s been sharply critical of the amendment for the past year, including in his keynote speech at a Tea Party rally in Spokane in April. The amendment shifted selection of U.S. senators from state Legislatures to a vote of the people, and repealing it is a plank in Idaho’s Republican Party platform. The governor’s comments came as he and Democratic challenger Keith Allred sparred over everything...
  • Federal Workers Pocketed 'Fraudulent' Social Security Payments, GAO Finds

    08/04/2010 11:01:20 AM PDT · by reader25 · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | 08/04/2010 | Fox News
    Hundreds of federal employees may have improperly reaped millions in Social Security disability benefits, according to a government watchdog that caught workers at several major agencies pocketing fraudulent payments. The Government Accountability Office issued a report that showed at least 1,500 federal employees may have wrongly received benefits. The group's investigation, which focused on two Social Security programs for people who have limited incomes due to disabilities, found several specific cases in which beneficiaries were earning well above the income cap while still receiving benefits. In one case, a Transportation Security Administration screener was overpaid $108,000, according to the report.
  • Congress Fails to Act as Thousands Collect Their Last Unemployment Checks ('We're Dying Out Here')

    10/09/2009 5:35:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies · 2,245+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/09/09 | BETSY STARK and SADIE BASS
    Congress Fails to Act as Thousands Collect Their Last Unemployment Checks'We're Dying Out Here' While Congress Stalls By BETSY STARK and SADIE BASS Oct. 9, 2009 The House of Representatives voted on an extension of unemployment benefits 17 days ago, but today the Senate failed to pass a bill of its own. In those two weeks the Senate has failed to act, an estimated 200,000 Americans have lost a lifeline. Many who contacted said lawmakers are missing the emergency. "I wonder if the senators of this great country ever wake up worrying about how to pay their electric bill...
  • Senate Housing Bill Requires eBay....+ All Credit Card Companies to Report Transactions to Govt

    06/23/2008 10:04:04 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 65 replies · 406+ views
    FreedomWorks ^ | 6-23-08 | Adam Brandon
    Broad, invasive provision touches nearly every aspect of American commerce. ~~~ Hidden deep in Senator Christopher Dodd's 630-page Senate housing legislation is a sweeping provision that affects the privacy and operation of nearly all of America’s small businesses. The provision, which was added by the bill's managers without debate this week, would require the nation's payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the federal government. *** Call Congress and Tell Them to Oppose The eBay Reporting Provision in the Housing Bill: 1-866-928-3035 *** FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey commented: "This is a provision with...
  • Housing Bill Requires eBay, Amazon, Google, and All Credit Companies to Report to the IRS

    Senate Housing Bill Requires eBay, Amazon, Google, and All Credit Card Companies to Report Transactions to the Government Broad, invasive provision touches nearly every aspect of American commerce. Washington, D.C. - Update: Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley is pushing the bill. Hidden deep in Senator Christopher Dodd's 630-page Senate housing legislation is a sweeping provision that affects the privacy and operation of nearly all of America's small businesses. The provision, which was added by the bill's managers without debate this week, would require the nation's payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction...
  • Congress Considers $15,000 Rebate Checks For All Home Buyers

    03/13/2008 11:07:18 AM PDT · by BGHater · 94 replies · 2,428+ views
    WSBTV ^ | 12 Mar 2008 | Scott MacFarlane
    Sen Johnny Isakson Says Checks Would Entice People To Buy He would know. As a longtime realtor in Cobb County, Sen. Johnny Isakson has seen housing downturns before. "We had recessions in 1968, 1974, 1982, and 1991, by every measurement, this is going to be a deeper and bigger recession in residential housing. It's a significant event." Isakson is pitching an idea to his colleagues in Congress: a $15,000 tax rebate check to anyone who agrees to buy a home. Congressional budget analysts project the program would cost $14 billion over the next few years. But Isakson said the rebate...
  • Streisand pitches in as leaders write checks to defense funds (William Jefferson D-La)

    02/04/2008 4:48:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 130+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/04/08 | Susan Crabtree
    Streisand pitches in as leaders write checks to defense fundsBy Susan Crabtree Posted: 02/04/08 06:38 PM [ET] For lawmakers faced with mounting legal bills, itÂ’s good to have friends in high places with deep pockets. Members of the leadership on both sides of the aisle cut checks to legally embattled House colleagues, and even Barbra Streisand contributed $1,000 to Rep. Jim McDermottÂ’s (D-Wash.) legal expense fund. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who will face trial late this month on an array of bribery and corruption charges, has collected a total of $166,550 since 2005 to help defray legal costs. Members of...
  • Woman charged with failing to report mother's death

    11/28/2007 8:51:29 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 76+ views
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | November 28, 2007 | AUSTIN L. MILLER
    OCALA - A woman who reportedly confessed to Marion County sheriff's deputies that she stuffed the body of her 83-year-old mother into two black garbage bags and dumped her along a dirt road so she could cash her retirement check was arrested Tuesday and charged with failure to report a death, a misdemeanor. Inspector Mike Mongeluzzo arrested Debra Loreth, 53, of Belleview. On Monday, Mongeluzzo learned from the Medical Examiner's Office that the cause of Jeanne Vasa's death was "undetermined." Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. John Herrell said detectives have filed paperwork with the State Attorney's Office seeking a charge of...
  • Macomb plans under fire

    09/23/2007 12:51:39 AM PDT · by Westlander · 4 replies · 242+ views
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  • Castro: Cuba not cashing U.S. Guantanamo rent checks

    08/17/2007 3:40:28 PM PDT · by Hi Heels · 51 replies · 1,061+ views
    Castro: Cuba not cashing U.S. Guantanamo rent checks By Anthony Boadle 2 hours, 23 minutes ago HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States pays Cuba $4,085 a month in rent for the controversial Guantanamo naval base, but Cuba has only once cashed a check in almost half a century and then only by mistake, Fidel Castro wrote in an essay published on Friday. The ailing Cuban leader, who has not appeared in public for more than a year, said he had refused to cash the checks to protest the "illegal" U.S. occupation of the land which he said was now used...
  • Sex for visas: the Brazilian girls only had to smile and lean forward

    01/04/2006 4:36:55 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 1,212+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1/4/06 | Philip Johnston
    The Home Office is to investigate allegations that immigration officials operated a "sex for visas" scam and ignored vital security checks. Anthony Pamnani, a former administration officer at the Lunar House immigration processing centre in Croydon, south London, told The Sun newspaper that women were helped to stay in the UK in return for sex. He also alleged that security checks were lax, making it easier for potential terrorists to sneak into the country. According to the newspaper, Mr Pamnani, 23, alleged that attractive women applicants were seen first at the centre, which deals with 300,000 visa and asylum applications...
  • State (Alabama) Performs Criminal Checks On Evacuees

    11/09/2005 11:07:51 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 508+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 11-9-2005 | Sean Reilly
    State performs criminal checks on evacueesAction aimed at identifying sex offenders raises questions of profiling Wednesday, November 09, 2005 By SEAN REILLY Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Alabama law enforcement authorities have been routinely running criminal background checks on adult Hurricane Katrina evacuees housed at 13 state parks, a spokesman for Gov. Bob Riley confirmed Tuesday. The spokesman, Jeff Emerson, described the move as primarily aimed at protecting children from registered sex offenders who might be among the evacuees. But as he and other state officials acknowledged, the evacuees' names are being run through the FBI's Nation al Crime Information Center,...
  • Checks, balances of signing season

    10/20/2005 5:56:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 148+ views
    OC Register ^ | 10/20/05 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON and HANH KIM QUACH
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he can't be bought. He has often lambasted state politicians for taking money from people with a vested interest in bills before the Legislature. "Here's how it works," Schwarzenegger said in a television spot when he ran for governor. "Money comes in, favors go out. The people lose." Yet during the four-week period this year when Schwarzenegger acted on the vast majority of bills passed by the Legislature, he raised far more money than his predecessors did during comparable periods: $8.7 million, about 14 times as much as Gov. Gray Davis ever did in...
  • China: Massive Search under Way to Arrest an 'Important N. Korean Fugitive Soldier'

    09/29/2005 4:34:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 2,075+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 09/29/05 | Kim Young-jin
    /begin my translationMassive Search under Way to  Arrest  an 'Important N. Korean Fugitive Soldier',  Tense Sino-N. Korean Border[Breaking news from the border] Tollgates are manned not by police but military, running thorough checks for  possession of weapons [2005-09-29 16:22] Chinese border troops running a checkpoint. All vehicles and passers-by are being checked Checks and searches in Sino-N. Korean border area to capture 'an important  N. Korean fugitive soldier', which had started in the afternoon of (Sept.) 28th, is still continuing as of 4pm, (Sept.) 29th. At 3pm, (Sept.) 29th[S. Korean time], (Chinese) border troops were urgently dispatched at ' Ryong-yen(?) Tollgate,' located...
  • Checks continue to be cashed (State of Arksansas Forged Checks)

    08/22/2005 11:06:59 AM PDT · by teaser · 3 replies · 554+ views
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | August 20, 2005 | Rob Moritz
    LITTLE ROCK ? The number of states reporting forged Arkansas checks is now at 22 and the amount of money actually cashed has reached $114,400, state Auditor Jim Wood said Friday. None of the forged Arkansas checks have been found in state and Arkansas has not lost any money, Wood said. The checks have been found before they cleared the treasurer?s office,? Wood said, adding that they were cashed at liquor stores or check-cashing stores.
  • CA: Sizemore misses hearing, checks into rehab

    07/12/2005 10:29:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 468+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/05 | Ryan Pearson - AP
    LOS ANGELES - Actor Tom Sizemore missed a probation violation hearing Tuesday after checking into a live-in drug rehabilitation program. If the court finds Sizemore violated probation, he could be sent to prison for up to three years. The actor was ordered into drug treatment after pleading guilty in October to possession of methamphetamine. Sizemore, who played baseball player Pete Rose in last year's ESPN movie "Hustle" and had roles in films including "Natural Born Killers" and "Saving Private Ryan," has denied violating the terms of his probation. Prosecutors allege Sizemore tried to falsify a urine test for drugs and...
  • DFU SONG: Last Song (GOP, it was the last check I'll ever write for you)

    04/19/2005 6:36:02 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 70 replies · 1,124+ views
    DFU SONGS | 4-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - LAST SONG (La la la la la la la la la la la) Did you know I wrote a check and put it in the mail 'Cause you promised me you would always do what's right and never fail All you sen-a-tors, I have had your back But I watch you rolling yellow-bellied hacks That's the last check I'll ever write for you I have had it and this time I really swear that I am through It was the last stinking check I'll ever write for you You just watch and you will more...
  • Accounts Could Replace Soc. Sec. Checks (Oh, the irony.. 'Rat commissioned study!!!)

    04/06/2005 10:11:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 413+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/05 | Glen Johnosn - AP
    WASHINGTON - Someone born next year who goes on to earn what the government considers a high-wage income could see his Social Security check replaced by the personal investment account President Bush has proposed, a congressional study says. Democrats said Wednesday that the study, which they commissioned from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, was troublesome because it illustrated how the accounts — invested in the stock market — might eventually eliminate Social Security's guaranteed checks. "President Bush says his plan is best for future generations, but this analysis shows how they would be the biggest losers. Our kids and grandkids...
  • ELECTED DICTATORS: Canadian style, vs. Uncle Sam's checks and balances

    04/06/2005 9:02:53 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 13 replies · 678+ views
    CFP ^ | April 6, 2005 | William Bedford
    According to reports in the U.S. media, the Democrats are worried that George Bush and his fellow Christian fundamentalists, now that they have control of both Houses of Congress, will feel free to ride roughshod over all opinions contrary to their own. Since the U.S, unlike Canada, is blessed with a system of checks and balances, no president, no matter how popular he may be, can impose his will on the nation. The U.S. Democrats would really have something to worry about if they had to contend with a Canadian style government, where, unlike the U.S., there is nothing to...
  • CA: L.A. police revising policy to allow immigration checks

    03/31/2005 8:53:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 525+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/31/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Police Department is tightening its policy on handling illegal immigrants to allow officers to check the status of suspected felons. If approved, the new rules would be a shift from a 1979 policy that prevents officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status to encourage illegal immigrants who had witnessed or been victims of crimes to cooperate with police without fear of deportation. Assistant Police Chief George Gascon said the proposal would direct officers to report suspected felons in the United States illegally to their supervisors, who would then consult with immigration officials....