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  • Even in Chavez's hometown, Venezuela 'revolution' ails before election - "Chavistas destroyed us"

    11/27/2015 10:08:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 27, 2015 | Alexandra Ulmer
    ........."We were 'Chavistas'," said Julio Coromoto...a workman next to a queue of dozens at a shabby supermarket."But they destroyed this town.".... Nationwide polls predict voters will punish the socialists next month, possibly taking away their majority in the National Assembly for the first time since Chavez took power in early 1999.To hold on to loyalists, the government is milking Chavez's legacy at every turn, re-naming voting centers after him, splashing his smiling face on billboards and filling state television with his most rousing speeches.In Barinas, his brother Argenis and cousin Asdrubal are running for the legislature, hoping to follow in...
  • When Sweden shut its doors it killed the dream of European sanctuary

    11/27/2015 1:52:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies ^ | November 27, 2015 | Andrew Brown
    ...The unprecedented scale and speed of the autumn’s refugee crisis has forced even the Swedish political class to acknowledge that the ground beneath its feet has shifted forever. There is simply no more money, and no more housing, for everyone who wants to come, and for everyone who was entitled to do so under the old rules.
  • Trudeau to make economic case for taking in refugees at G20 summit

    11/13/2015 1:41:37 PM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 42 replies
    The Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | November 12, 2015 | Bill Curry
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will use his first international trip as an opportunity to show other nations there is an economic – as well as humanitarian – case for welcoming large numbers of Syrian refugees. Less than two weeks after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Mr. Trudeau will participate in a summit of G20 leaders hosted by Turkey, Syria’s northern neighbour that is currently home to more than two million refugees.
  • (California) State Senate OKs health coverage for many Immigrants here Illegally

    06/03/2015 11:52:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    LATimes ^ | 6-3-2015 | Patrick McGreevey
    The state Senate on Tuesday approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the state illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal. The action comes just days after lawmakers significantly scaled back the plan, which originally would have offered state-subsidized Medi-Cal to people in the country without authorization. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said his proposal provides what we can realistically achieve now for the estimated 2 million people in the state illegally. We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic States appeal. We have not defeated the idea, he said. We do not even understand the idea. In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • The Free Community College Plan is Obamas G.I. Bill (Wait, he's serious!)

    01/25/2015 4:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jonathan Alter
    The presidents plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time. President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic. While Obamas $60 billion plan for two free years of community college is dead-on-arrival in the Republican Congress, it is very much alive in American politics, where progressives now have an aspirational, easy-to-understand issue to...
  • The Kotex Lobby: Feminist, Liberal Media Demand Free Tampons For All

    08/13/2014 7:20:28 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 101 replies
    Its the terminus point of modern feminism: make the deeply personal very publicly political, and get someone else to pay for it! If one man is keeping you in the style to which youre accustomed, youre a kept woman perhaps even [shudder] a stay-at-home mom. But if your sugar is funneled from thousands of hapless tax payers through a legion of faceless bureaucrats, youre a tower of feminist self-determination. Fight the power, sisters! Demand government tampons! This is less an issue of costliness than it is of principle, she later admitted, because menstrual care is health care. To back...
  • 62 Birthday Freebies

    07/09/2014 10:27:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies
    All You ^ | 7-9-14
    Get free stuffjust for being born! These restaurants, retailers and more offer special discounts and freebies on your birthday.
  • Looters 'swipe' up the mess in chaos zones (NYC: Post-Sandy Looting Starting)

    10/31/2012 4:20:09 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | 31 October 2012 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER, FRANK ROSARIO and JOSH SAUL
    <p>Hurricane Sandy brought out the worst yesterday in some sleazy New Yorkers, who looted stores and homes across the city.</p> <p>Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims.</p> <p>Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport. This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets], said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyns Gerritsen Beach. Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick. Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers...</p>
  • Marble Falls Helping Center needs help (TX)

    12/16/2011 8:51:20 PM PST · by bgill · 8 replies ^ | Dec. 12, 2011 | Jaqueline Ingles
    The pantry served about 200 families per month in 2010. Now, that number is up to 500 families due to the bad economy and recent wildfires. "I have never seen it this bad," said Sue Kennedy, the pantry's executive director. Items needed include: Canned corn Canned green beans Canned black eyed peas Water Instant potatoes Canned chili Diapers Cake Mixes
  • Woman raped at occupy Philadelphia

    11/13/2011 4:42:41 PM PST · by oldernittany · 21 replies
    abcnews ^ | 11/12/2011 | ABC NEWS
    A woman protester at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment at City Hall was raped in a tent, allegedly by a man who had traveled from out of state to join the protest, police said.
  • The Worst "Free" Restaurant Food (according to the Yahoo Health Guy)

    01/21/2011 12:41:14 PM PST · by DemforBush · 53 replies
    Yahoo (health) ^ | 1/18/11 | David Zinczenko
    Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? How the witch of the woods lured them into her edible candy hut and gave them piles and piles of free foodjust so she could fatten them up and turn them into stew? Well, think about that old fairy tale the next time a waiter drops a plate of free food on your table...
  • D.C. families move from hopelessness into homes (A Liberal Christmas Story)

    12/25/2010 7:34:07 AM PST · by TSgt · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, December 25, 2010; 12:00 AM | Chris L. Jenkins
    <p>It's . . . it's perfect," she said, sitting on her new couch in her new D.C. apartment, letting out a sigh....</p>
  • Funding cuts leave many without home heating assistance in Macon (BARF ALERT!)

    12/17/2010 7:47:53 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 23 replies ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | PHILLIP RAMATI
    When Eugene Jenkins showed up at St. Paul AME Church at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he didnt know he would be one of the last people to get a ticket for assistance with his heating bill. He waited in line until 7 a.m., when officials started to hand out the tickets, then went home for a few hours before returning at 10 a.m. By the time he had finished up his paperwork, it was 1:15 p.m., making for a long day.
  • Mystery surrounds Villaraigosa's duties at free-ticket events [L.A. mayor]

    06/24/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | David Zahniser
    At the heart of the current controversy involving free tickets at Los Angeles City Hall, one question stands out: If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended big-time entertainment events because he was conducting city business, why did he not keep better records of those public duties? For weeks, Villaraigosa has argued that he appeared in an official capacity at dozens of concerts, sporting events and awards shows since 2005, from sitting in box seats at Dodger Stadium to attending a 2007 performance by R&B singer Mary J. Blige at L.A. Live. Those duties, he said, exempted him from the law that would...
  • LA mayor enjoyed freebies galore

    06/12/2010 1:48:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 369+ views
    upi. ^ | June 12, 2010
    LOS ANGELES, - A lawyer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his honor has received free passes to 81 concerts and sporting events since 2005. Attorney Brian Currey told the Los Angeles Times that city hall was still trying to round up documentation on who provided the ducats, but no formal records were kept. "There were no logs kept," Currey said. "There's just not much documentation.'' City law allows the mayor to accept freebies as long as his attendance is part of his official duties. The Times said Saturday that the details of the official nature of the appearances...
  • Poll: Close to 9 in 10 Latinos to fill out census

    04/01/2010 12:11:38 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies · 640+ views
    AP ^ | 01 April 2010 | HOPE YEN
    What boycott? Close to 9 in 10 Hispanics say they intend to participate in the 2010 census, with immigrants more likely to say the government count is good for their community and that personal information will be kept confidential, according to a new poll. The Pew Hispanic Center survey, being released Thursday, appears largely to put aside concerns that Hispanic discontent with the government's slow progress on immigration reform will curtail participation in the high-stakes count now underway. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders has suggested a Hispanic boycott of the census to protest the lack of...
  • 15 Must-Have Web Apps for Students (Freebies)

    07/02/2009 1:57:45 AM PDT · by Wooly · 23 replies · 1,953+ views ^ | 6/30/09 | Karen Schweitzer
    15 Must-Have Web Apps for Students June 28, 2009 in Tips and Tools Welcome! If this is your first time here, you may want to subscribe to get updates in your RSS feed reader. Thanks for visiting! This is a guest post from Karen Schweitzer. For more from Karen, check out her blog about Online College Courses, or follow her on Twitter. College students are increasingly reliant on computers and, for many of us, that means spending tons of money software that wed rather not use anyway. The reality, though, is that there are a ton of great, free...
  • Amnesty Agenda [video]

    05/02/2009 4:42:51 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 25 replies · 865+ views
    Senate Democrats re-laid the ground work for so-called comprehensive immigration reform. The plan would include amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens. President Obama has made this issue a priority - despite the struggling economy and millions of Americans out of work. Once amnestied, by the process of never-ending chain migration, those former illegal aliens and their newly arrived relatives would bring untold millions more into America. Lisa Sylvester reports...
  • DREAM Act Reintroduced. How Can We Keep the DREAM Alive?

    03/27/2009 9:17:14 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 16 replies · 651+ views
    Virtual Latino ^ | March 27, 2009 | MAEGAN LA MAMITA MALA
    Congressmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), announced the reintroduction today of the DREAM Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation will restore the States rights to determine residency requirements for higher education benefits - giving states the option to provide in-state tuition. The American DREAM Act seeks to facilitate access to postsecondary educational opportunities for immigrant students...who currently face barriers in pursuing a college education. It also provides a path to U.S. legal residency for students, and military personnel. Pero I have also been critical of the legislation for its inclusion of a military path to...
  • Governement Grant

    03/18/2009 11:14:24 AM PDT · by OldBlondBabe · 5 replies · 604+ views
    Our FREE SOFTWARE contains everything you need to know about how and where to access your grant money and can be shipped directly to your home or office within a matter of days. Not only will you learn how to find the grant that's right for you if you do in fact qualify, but you'll also have all the tools and resources you need to apply for this money with all the clutter cut out. This information is worth thousands of dollars!
  • Welcome to College, Kids (Newsom promises free financial aid)

    02/04/2009 10:01:12 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 14 replies · 373+ views ^ | Feb 4 2009 | Erin Allday
    Every public school sixth-grader in the city is guaranteed a spot at San Francisco State University under a program launched today by Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Guaranteed" might be a bit of a strong word here, since the students still have to meet basic eligibility requirements in order to get into the university. But the idea is to provide enough resources at every public school that all 3,500 current sixth-graders will meet those requirements by the time they graduate in 2015. Which would mean, by the way, that the school district aims to get every single sixth grader's GPA up to...
  • Election Day specials: Free coffee, doughnuts, ice cream

    11/03/2008 9:18:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 2,069+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2008
    Americans will pick a new leader for the country today - and will be able to pick up free coffee, ice cream and other goodies too. Starbucks Corp. is offering a free cup of brewed coffee to anyone who asks today, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is giving away star-shaped doughnuts. Ice cream maker Ben and Jerrys is offering a free scoop as part of a celebration of the election. Seattle-based Starbucks had originally planned to give away the tall brewed coffees to anyone who reported that they voted, saying in an ad: If you care enough to vote, we...
  • Hawaii ending universal child health care

    10/17/2008 4:12:54 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 53 replies · 1,271+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | October 17, 2008 | Mark Niesse
    Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched. Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.
  • Arab Poll: Bush Most Disliked World Leader

    02/09/2007 12:25:46 PM PST · by flixxx · 69 replies · 1,106+ views
    newsmax ^ | 2 9 07 | newsmax staff
    A new poll on Thursday underscored deep Arab unhappiness with the United States but said the negative image could be repaired if Washington brokered a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement. The survey of 3,850 people in six Arab countries rated President George W. Bush as the most disliked world leader, while the United States and Israel were viewed as significantly greater threats than Iran. Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said the United States could improve its image by brokering a comprehensive Middle East peace agreement. A smaller number - 33 percent - said this image change could happen if Washington withdrew...
  • Freebie 'Spare the Air' rides a BART free-for-all [Social Engineering in the SF Bay Area]

    07/26/2006 7:55:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 570+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/26/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The highly touted "Spare the Air" days spelled financial relief for thousands of Bay Area commuters and help for the environment -- but for BART, this summer's experiment with six days of free rides also brought so much grief that the system's police chief is calling for the program to be limited to just commuters in the future. The free rides brought an extra 20,000 to 30,000 patrons to the already-taxed system during each Spare the Air Day, an increase of 8 to 10 percent over normal. There were packed cars, blaring boom boxes, food and drink containers (which are...
  • Final Exam

    04/22/2006 9:00:19 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 15 replies · 267+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | April 22, 2006 | Seadog Bytes
    'LOS FREEBIES'... FINAL Exam: 'Spanish as a Second Language' ...Americans - You had BETTER figure it out!!! "No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly..." -- George Washington (letter to Benjamin Lincoln, 29 June 1788)
  • VENEZUELA: Socialism does make you feel better!(BARF/ROFL ALERT!)

    08/16/2005 11:13:48 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 12 replies · 444+ views
    Green Left Weekly ^ | unkown | VENEZUELA: Socialism does make you feel better!
    VENEZUELA: Socialism does make you feel better! Stuart Munckton, CaracasHaving come to Venezuela to witness the revolution and the social missions at its heart, I ended up having a closer view of one of the most important missions Barrio Adentro (Into the Neighbourhood) than I might have hoped or cared for, when I was lucky enough to become one of the 1% of victims of travellers diarrhoea to be hospitalised. Barrio Adentro was established around two years ago to bring free, quality health care to the poor majority. In the past, doctors have mostly shunned the poor...
  • Continued Freebies To Illegals (Barbara Simpson On Y'all Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Alert)

    05/15/2005 11:11:06 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 493+ views | 05/16/05 | Barbara Simpson
    Did you make up your mind yet about President Bush's Social Security proposal? Do you want some control over your future retirement or do you want to rely on the government to take care of you? Heads up! If Social Security faces financial problems in the near future, look again at Medicare-Medicaid. Hold your breath. While you've been distracted by politicians on both sides of the aisle who don't have the courage to speak the truth or use the brains God gave them at birth, the media, in their role as maidservant to the status quo as perceived by...
  • Nationwide Free Frosty Giveaway at Wendys

    05/10/2005 1:35:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 50 replies · 1,722+ views
    QSROnline ^ | May 10, 2005
    This weekend at Wendy's nationwide, Frostys are on the house. From Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, consumers can pick up a free Junior Frosty at their local Wendy's restaurant. No purchase is required for customers to receive the free dessert.The company estimates it will give away more than 14 million Junior Frostys during the special three-day event. "We're thanking our loyal customers for their support following the incident in San Jose," saus Tom Mueller, Wendy's president and chief operating officer. "Dave Thomas insisted we always 'do the right thing,' and we have kept our word. Our customers stood...
  • La. lawmakers may have to give up freebies (lobbyist limit too low - awwwwww!)

    02/11/2005 8:44:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 254+ views
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state senator said he plans to try again this year to get lawmakers to give up the free tickets to sporting and cultural events they get from lobbyists - only weeks after a few complained the limit on the amount lobbyists can spend on those tickets was too low. Sen. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, said he has drafted and is ready to file a bill for the upcoming regular legislative session to do away with the freebies. He's filed similar legislation in prvious years that has failed, and it's unclear if Dardenne will get...

    01/21/2005 6:54:19 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 13 replies · 527+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan. 21, 2005 | Editorial Staff
    OUR OPINION: PROTECT FUNDS THAT HELP CITIES, RESIDENTS THRIVE The Bush administration has proposed deep cuts in funding for economic development and anti-poverty programs, perhaps up to 50 percent. Officials say that the move will save money, streamline bureaucracy and avoid duplication. But these good-government principles come at human cost that can exceed money saved. A severe reduction in community-development block grants will hobble successful programs that provide affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families, feed seniors on fixed incomes or boost students' academic achievement in after-school programs. Better neighborhoods South Florida, where block grants have improved neighborhood infrastructure and...
  • Gimmie Generation wants free home improvements and transportation

    06/02/2004 9:52:03 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 66 replies · 317+ views
    AJC ^ | 06/02/2004 | Charles Yoo
    Project aims to identify needs of growing elderly population Lillian Lee of East Point learned the hard way that going without needed home improvements is risky for the elderly. Not long ago, the 79-year-old widow found herself stuck inside her bathtub for two hours when she was unable to pull herself out. If she'd had a safety bar installed the potentially dangerous incident could have been avoided. "I turned this way and that way," Lee said. "I finally got out." Lee's story is the kind the Atlanta Regional Commission wants to hear. ARC is gathering experiences from senior citizens like...
  • House rejects illegal aliens bill

    05/18/2004 11:01:00 PM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 157+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/19/04 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>The House yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a bill to require hospitals to identify illegal aliens before the federal government would reimburse the hospitals for their care.</p> <p>It was a severe defeat for immigration-control advocates, with just 86 Republicans and two Democrats voting for the measure and 331 members voting against it, including the House Republican and Democratic leadership. And the loss followed a harsh debate that included charges from one side of immigrant-bashing and from the other side of ignoring the needs of legal residents.</p>
  • Cancer patients get lift on Kaua'i airline

    10/03/2002 7:00:03 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 1 replies · 277+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Thursday, October 3, 2002 | Robbie Dingeman
    <p>Some Kaua'i cancer patients will be able to fly to their doctor for free because of a new agreement between the American Cancer Society and North Shore Airways.</p> <p>The Princeville-based airline will offer an empty airline seat each day at no cost to cancer patients who are registered with the American Cancer Society's Kaua'i office. Patients can take the flights for doctor appointments, medical tests or treatment such as radiation not available on Kaua'i, according to the society's Kaua'i executive director Mary Williamson.</p>
  • Dealing with the High Cost of Health Care

    08/17/2002 1:37:17 PM PDT · by GrandMoM · 22 replies · 1,431+ views
    Eagle ^ | August 14,2002 | : Phyllis Schlafly
    The big health-care debate in Congress this summer was over the wrong issue. Instead of threatening to bankrupt Medicare by forcing the taxpayers to buy prescription drugs for seniors, Congress should relieve the taxpayers and paying-patients of the burden of providing hospital care for illegal aliens. From Florida to California, illegal aliens show up at hospital emergency rooms and the costs are passed along to paying patients and to local taxpayers. The American Hospital Association estimates that the costs of bad-debt and charity care run into the billions.A Martin County, Florida, hospital has spent $900,000 (with no end in sight)...
  • The Microsoft pin in the financial balloon [Accounting procedures could affect Wall Street]

    08/05/2002 1:01:22 AM PDT · by JameRetief · 18 replies · 426+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | August 4, 2002 | Andrew Busigin
    The Microsoft pin in the financial balloon Pop goes the weasel vole By Andrew Busigin: Sunday 04 August 2002, 10:35 UNLESS YOU'VE BEEN asleep, or living in a hermit's cave, you are probably noticing that the Western world, is in a bit of a financial implosion. Europe is perhaps slightly less affected, but the American stock market is financially quite ill. Is Microsoft responsible? That's Crazy Talk! Maybe it is, and maybe it isn't. Financial systems are as robust as the weather, but there are theories that suggest a butterfly's wings can eventually lead to a hurricane. Any system where...