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  • Trump Camp: ‘Unbelievable’ Level of Collusion between Clinton and DOJ on Email Investigation

    10/11/2016 12:49:32 PM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 11, 2016 | ALEX SWOYER
    Donald Trump reacted to news that Hillary Clinton’s campaign communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the department’s investigation and litigation into her use of a private email server, which was recently revealed by WikiLeaks. “Wow. Unbelievable,” Trump posted on Twitter after an email revealed Clinton’s spokesman Brian Fallon communicating with the DOJ in May. (snip) Trump’s campaign also released a statement reacting to the email. Trump’s senior communications advisor Jason Miller stated: Today’s report that Clinton’s campaign was in communication with the Obama Department of Justice on the email investigation shows a level of collusion which calls into...
  • The VA's Luxury Art Obsession

    07/29/2016 11:04:34 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/26/2016 | Adam Andrzejewski
    In the now-infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor. Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail. The health claim appeals process was known as “the hamster wheel” and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics. Yet, in the midst of these horrific failings the VA managed to spend $20 million on high-end art over the last ten years – with $16 million spent during the Obama years. A joint investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and our...
  • ATF gets Black Eye for Abusive Conduct on Alaskan Highway

    06/08/2016 4:40:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 19 May, 2016, a member of the ATF, or at least someone driving one of their vehicles at a time that it was supposed to be in service, may have engaged in abusive behavior on the Glenn Highway in Alaska.  From Police say that at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a driver on the Glenn Highway said he pulled over for an unmarked white Ford SUV. The SUV flashed red and blue interior dash lights. When the motorist stopped, police wrote that the driver, “sped past him, laughed, and flipped him the middle finger.” The man called 911, and...
  • Who Has Your Back - Protecting Your Data from Government Requests

    06/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Electronic Frontiers Foundation ^ | June 18, 2015 | EFF Staff
    Executive SummaryWe live digital lives—from the videos shared on social networks, to location-aware apps on mobile phones, to log-in data for connecting to our email, to our stored documents, to our search history. The personal, the profound, and even the absurd are all transcribed into data packets, whizzing through the fiber-optic arteries of the network. While our daily lives have upgraded to the 21st century, the law hasn’t kept pace. To date, the U.S. Congress hasn’t managed to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to acknowledge that email stored more than 6 months deserves identical protections to email stored...
  • Law Introduced to Curb Porn Crisis in Govt. Agencies

    02/24/2015 11:51:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 24, 2015
    An epidemic of federal employees watching pornography on government computers during work hours has gotten so out of control that legislation has been introduced in Congress to contain the embarrassing crisis. Porn has for years been part of the job at some government agencies and in fact a number of federal audits have long documented the enraging details of how our tax dollars are being wasted. Judicial Watch has also reported on this for years, especially the porn crisis at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency charged with policing the nation’s financial industry. While the economy crumbled, the...
  • EPA's move to administratively garnish wages

    07/03/2014 2:21:23 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07/03/2014 | Robert Gordon
    Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has added a new regulatory weapon to its arsenal. In a Federal Register notice on July 2 titled “Administrative Wage Garnishment,” the EPA stated that by the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA ) of 1996 it issued a proposed rule that “will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.” According to the Treasury Department, under DCIA, such debts include “unpaid loans, overpayments or duplicate payments made...
  • Policing for Profit? Lawmakers, advocates raise alarm at growing gov’t power to seize property

    05/10/2014 5:26:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 9, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    In civil forfeiture, authorities don’t have to prove guilt, file charges or obtain a conviction before seizing private property. Critics say it is a process ripe for abuse, and one which leaves citizens little means of fighting back. They said they wanted his Tewksbury, Mass., business – and the land it was on – because they suspected it was a hotbed for drug-dealing and prostitution. After a four-day trial, on Jan. 24, 2013, a federal judge in Boston dismissed the forfeiture action against the motel, ruling that the government engaged in “gross exaggeration” of the evidence and did not have...
  • Greenfield: Government Power is an Economic Inequality

    02/25/2014 6:03:06 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Government Power is an Economic Inequality Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The liberal defenders of government power attack concentrations of wealth, but in the true concentration of wealth is not found in the hands of a few billionaires, but in the hands of the government. The editorialists talk about income inequality and the 1 percent, but they focus on individuals rather than institutions,  and it is the concentration of wealth and power in institutions that threaten civil liberties. The top 10 wealthiest men and women in America barely have 250 billion dollars...
  • Jerk of the Week - Milwaukee County District Attorney

    02/15/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 7 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Many times we have focused on liberal hypocrites or establishment politicians as our Jerk of the Week recipients. However, there is one category of scum that truly deserves our scorn and disgust. I'm speaking of those who use the power of government to harass their political foes and attempt to stifle their God-given rights as enumerated in our Constitution. That's why our Jerk of the Week is John Chisholm, the Milwaukee County District Attorney. A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed early this week against the special prosecutor, the presiding judge, and top prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's...
  • Another Agency Goes IRS (FEC also targeted conservative groups)

    08/03/2013 7:13:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | WSJ
    One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends. Now evidence is emerging that officials at another agency, the Federal Election Commission, used their enforcement power as an anti-conservative sword. The House Ways and Means Committee this week released emails showing that, in 2008 and 2009, the FEC's general counsel staff sought tax information about conservative political groups from Lois Lerner of the IRS. Ms. Lerner is the IRS official who took the Fifth before Congress rather than tell her side of the...
  • Military dumps $34M into Afghanistan HQ that US forces won't use

    07/11/2013 9:13:08 PM PDT · by Jeff Winston · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2013 | Fox News
    The U.S. military blew through $34 million on a hulking headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan that probably will never be used by U.S. forces, in an example of government waste that has military commanders fuming. John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, exposed the problems in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other military leaders. The Washington Post first reported on the controversy, writing that the construction of the building continued for years despite warnings from the Marine commander in Helmand that it was not needed. The military is now investigating what went wrong, and...
  • (update) Outcry over ABC bust of UVa student grows

    07/01/2013 8:12:44 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | July 1,2013 | K Burnell Evans
    Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officials said the current review of a University of Virginia student's arrest after agents mistook a crate of LaCroix sparkling water for beer is the second look agency supervisors have taken at the case. ABC earlier this year found no wrongdoing in the agents' encounter with three sorority women who panicked at the sight of a half-dozen undercover officers in plainclothes. One of the agents unholstered his weapon during the April 11 incident and held it at the "ready" position, but did not point it at anyone, according to ABC. "Because of the public outcry, they're...
  • The Path That the Patriot Act Paved

    06/12/2013 6:29:52 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 June 2013 | Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
    Those who once defended the Patriot Act are shocked that it has been abused by Obama; they should’ve realized the act itself is a standing abuse. The Path That the Patriot Act Paved The New American 11 June 2013 Regardless of how it is constituted, whether it is "democratic" or otherwise, no government poses a larger threat to liberty than a government that is at war. War is the mother of all crises and, as Rahm Emmanuel memorably -- and rightly -- said, crises are pregnant with opportunities for politicians and activists that they otherwise wouldn't have. It is in...
  • Sturm: Tyranny of bureaucracy

    06/06/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 6, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    In his 1980s comedy routine, Yakov Smirnoff celebrated America’s free society and equality before the law, joking, “In America, you can always find a party. In Russia, party always finds you! In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!” In the wake of scandals involving the abuse of governmental power, Americans must Think Again about Smirnoff’s ironic wordplays. As we’re learning, the ruling party can find and break you — despite constitutional protections. Today, our federal government is the nation’s largest spender, debtor, lender, employer, contractor, property owner, insurer, health care provider and pension guarantor. What it...
  • The IRS Is Accessing Your Health Records. You Trust Them?

    05/16/2013 6:46:27 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 43 replies ^ | 5/14/2013 | Scott Gottlieb,
    So how do you feel about turning over access to sensitive healthcare information to the Internal Revenue Service? In the wake of running disclosures of the agency’s nefarious snooping and political targeting, its new role as chief health insurance enforcer should give us heartburn. Under Obamacare, responsibility for verifying eligibility for the healthcare program, and monitoring whether you carry “qualifying” health coverage (and are exempt from the law’s penalties) falls principally to the IRS. The IRS was given expansive, new powers to execute these goals. That includes more authority to share your personal information — not only about your income,...
  • The IRS to "enforce" ObamaCare?

    05/15/2013 3:10:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    May 15, 2013 | Jim Robinson
    Give me a break! Repeal this criminal monstrosity! NOW!! Obviously, the government is waaaay too big to control. Cut it back. Drastically (per the U.S, Constitution)!!
  • Wider Problems Found at IRS

    05/12/2013 7:53:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 12, 2013 | JOHN D. MCKINNON and SIOBHAN HUGHES
    The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to "make America a better place to live," according to new details of a government probe. The investigation also revealed that a high-ranking IRS official knew as early as mid-2011 that conservative groups were being inappropriately targeted—nearly a year before then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a congressional committee the agency wasn't targeting conservative groups.
  • D'Orazi named interim fire chief of Alameda (salary of 161,018, want more to save drowning people)

    06/01/2011 7:24:04 PM PDT · by JimWayne · 2 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 05/26/2011 | Michele Ellson
    Michael D'Orazi, a former union president and department leader who was a top candidate for the chief's seat a decade ago, took the reins on Monday, the start of an anticipated six-month stint. ... The six months D'Orazi has been hired to stay in the chief's chair would bring half of an annual salary pegged at $161,018, and Goldman stressed his hiring won't increase his department pension.
  • Small business owner stands up to government

    08/23/2010 9:14:33 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies
    St Louis Post-Discratch ^ | August 18th | Bill McClellan
    Gary Heffernan has been a tuckpointer for 35 years. For the last 20, he has been in business for himself. He operates Heff's Tuckpointing out of his home in south St. Louis. Heff's is a small company with two employees - Heffernan and his nephew. Still, it's a successful operation. "We stay busy. We have about all the work we can handle, and it's all referrals," Heffernan told me. It's almost all residential work. The occasional commercial job is usually a small, storefront business. In April, Heffernan and his nephew were working on a house in the 6400 block of...
  • Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

    07/27/2010 11:07:09 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 196 replies · 7+ views
    Natural News ^ | 7/26/10 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls...
  • Good News: Census Bureau Hassles Homeschool Familes

    05/27/2010 6:42:29 AM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 14 replies · 686+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 5/27/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    Some of you may recall my response to the Census Bureau selecting ordering me to participate in the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census (so that, IMAO, pResident Zero can find out just how many of us teabaggers out here he really has to conquer and divide). Funny thing is, Census workers haven't come around to find out what I really have to say. But they sure don't have a problem with badgering large homeschool families who've already filled out the Census, making them answer the questions all over again. Here's an email conversation Mrs. Snarky Basterd came by...
  • For feds, more get 6-figure salaries: Average pay $30,000 over private sector

    12/11/2009 10:58:11 AM PST · by xtinct · 67 replies · 2,634+ views
    USA Today | 12/10/09 | Dennis Cauchon
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  • Assult on 93 yr old woman from Adult Protective Services

    11/30/2009 1:46:55 AM PST · by savcash · 2 replies · 708+ views ^ | November 30th, 2009 | Betty Brown
    This is a very good friend of mine (tried to post it allover, so we can expose this group) I am her POA and have now seen the government at it's very lowest!! I wanted to forward the link to the latest video about Evelyn, if u can pass this on to share; we need to get the word out about this! youtube video 3 of 3, short, personal- court ordered without consent!Please join this site, so we can help http://www.countygrandjury.orgthere are three videos off there and if u read the sidebar more details are there. I will get back...
  • At The White House A Celebration of Latin Music

    10/13/2009 8:07:20 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 15 replies · 739+ views
    The NY Times ^ | October 13, 2009 | Jon Paralese
    Coalition-building came with dance steps, sequins and plenty of rhythm at Fiesta Latina, a concert held Tuesday night in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House as part of the White House Music Series. From the open tent, the White House was the performers’ backdrop. Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Los Lobos, the New York bachata band Aventura, the Mexican singer Thalía, the reggaetón singer Tito El Bambino and the percussionist Pete Escovedo each performed a song or two, sharing a backup band led by Sheila E., Mr. Escovedo’s daughter. Most of the musicians were Americans,...
  • (Tennessee) Activist alleges abuse of power...

    07/01/2009 10:45:27 AM PDT · by Raven6 · 5 replies · 470+ views
    The Daily Herald (Columbia, TN) ^ | June 30, 2009 | SKYLER SWISHER
    Activist alleges abuse of power TBI questions man for posting ‘Battle of Athens’ message on Internet By SKYLER SWISHER/ FLY — A Maury County political activist says the secretary of state used the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a tool to intimidate him because of his efforts to advocate election reform. But a spokesman for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says the secretary was only concerned about what he deemed to be a possible threat of violence. The dispute started when Bernie Ellis, a resident of the Fly community, referenced a civil uprising called the Battle of Athens,...
  • E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

    06/17/2009 6:56:43 PM PDT · by FromLori · 35 replies · 2,980+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/17/09
    The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said. Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times Representative Rush Holt Readers' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (170) » The agency’s monitoring of domestic e-mail messages, in particular, has posed longstanding legal and logistical difficulties, the officials said. Since April, when it was disclosed that the intercepts of some private communications...
  • Taxpayer March on DC 09.12.09!!

    05/17/2009 2:34:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 166 replies · 9,853+ views
    It’s time to take the tea party movement directly to Washington, D.C. Please join thousands of local organizers and grassroots Americans from across the country as we gather in our nation’s capital to deliver a message to the politicians: Enough! We’ve had enough of the out of control spending, the bailouts, the growth of big government and the soaring deficits. And we reject the future tax increases to pay for all of this spending and debt down the road. We are gathering on 9-12-2009 to deliver our message in person that we’ve had enough!
  • The New League of Superliars

    05/14/2009 10:17:52 PM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 4 replies · 670+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 4/15/2009 | Dr. Dave
    I'm a liar. You're a liar. He's a liar. She's a liar. Wouldn't you like to be a liar too.
  • The Obamapranos: D.C. Shakedown

    05/04/2009 6:32:15 PM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 413+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 5/4/2009 | Dr. Dave
    Three well-dressed men crowd into a darkened room. At first they are somewhat disoriented, the drapes blocking all incoming light from the windows. Slowly their eyes adjust to the glow of a small halogen lamp at the back of the room, casting shadows backwards against the drapes. The men make out the silhouettes of what appear to be flags mounted on floor-standing poles to the either side of a great wooden desk. Between the poles, behind the desk, a man sits, smoking a cigar. They cannot see his eyes, but they can feel his stare… and the accompanying waves of...
  • Obama didn't ask Congress about ousting Wagoner

    03/30/2009 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 104 replies · 2,909+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/09 01:53 PM [ET] | Ian Swanson
    President Obama didn’t want any advice from Congress on the decision to ask GM CEO Rick Wagoner to resign, according to Carl Levin (D), Michigan’s senior senator. “He didn’t ask us about it, he informed us,” Levin told reporters in a conference call Monday afternoon. “The president said he’d already decided.” Levin said he and three other lawmakers were informed of the decision in a phone call Obama made from the Oval Office. Obama told the members of Congress that Wagoner needed to resign so that the administration could show the public it was making an effort at a fresh...

    02/27/2009 6:42:07 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 49 replies · 1,389+ views
    Barack Obama is well on his way to taxing the dog squeeze out of the achievers, the business owners, the wealthy - the people who create the jobs in this country. Starting in 2011, over the next 10 years, Obama is proposing almost $1 trillion in tax increases. And you wealth-envy types can rest your pretty little heads .. he is going to increase taxes on those evil rich people you so love to hate. Jake Tapper from ABC News has the breakdown: 1) On households making more than $250,000: ** $338 billion from turning back the Bush tax cuts....
  • Minister to be sentenced for pro-life demonstration

    02/19/2009 10:50:50 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies · 640+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2/19/2009 | AP
    OAKLAND, Calif.- A California minister faces up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine when he's sentenced today for trying to save the lives of unborn children by demonstrating against abortion outside an Oakland clinic. When he was arrested last year, the Rev. Walter Hoye II was carrying a sign that read "Jesus Loves You & Your Baby. Let Us Help You." He was convicted of "unlawful approach" under Oakland's "Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities Ordinance." Hoye is appealing his conviction and challenging the constitutionality of the law, but says he's willing to go to jail if...
  • Florida Abuse Shelter Scandal

    01/28/2009 9:14:16 AM PST · by FreeManDC · 11 replies · 808+ views
    Renew America ^ | January 28, 2009 | Carey Roberts
    "It was really terrible what I went through." These were the first words that Yvonne Scott blurted out, even though the incident happened more than five years ago. One morning a social worker and policeman showed up on the woman's doorstep. "Either you come with us to the abuse shelter or we take away your children," was their grim-faced ultimatum. Scott had been previously involved in an abusive relationship, but there was no current threat to Ms. Scott or any of her three children. One might expect such an encounter to occur in the former Soviet Union or maybe a...
  • Ohio Child Support Chief Ordered Check In Joe The Plumber's Record (Obama supporter)

    10/28/2008 4:44:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 55 replies · 2,593+ views CBS ^ | 10/28/2008 | KX.NET
    ordered it right after he was pushed into the public limelight, and she claims that it wasn’t political. Just standard operating procedure. Ohio’s inspector general is investigating why a state agency director approved checking the state child-support computer system for information on “Joe the Plumber.” Helen Jones-Kelly, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, confirmed today that she OK’d the check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher following the Oct. 15 presidential debate
  • Heller II suit is filed:

    07/30/2008 3:38:41 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 21 replies · 159+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 7/29/2008 | David Kopel
    On Monday, Dick Heller and two other plaintiffs filed suits against the District of Columbia's revised gun laws. The complaint challenges the following provisions of D.C. law: The ban on all self-loading handguns (about 3/4 of handguns sold in the U.S.) by defining them as "machine guns." Allowing registration only upon the payment of an unspecified fee for ballistic testing of the handgun. The self-defense provision in the D.C. law which allows a gun in the home to be loaded, unlocked, and rendered functional only "while it is being used to protect against a reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm...
  • Canadian ministry fined over $23,000 for firing employee actively engaged in lesbian relationship.

    05/02/2008 8:41:17 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies · 105+ views
    Jeff Johnson - OneNewsNow ^ | 5/1/2008 12:00:00 PM | daniel hamilton
    The group requires all employees to sign a contract agreeing to abstain from all sexual immorality, including homosexuality. When Christian Horizons fired a female employee who became involved with another woman, she complained to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which fined the ministry $23,000 and two years back pay.
  • City employees sue over 'Anti-Christmas' memo

    12/18/2007 7:12:46 PM PST · by OKIEDOC · 21 replies · 315+ views
    NEWS OKLAHOMA ^ | Tue December 18, 2007 | John Estus
    Two Oklahoma City employees have sued the city over a memo from City Manager Jim Couch that the pair describes as "Anti-Christmas." The fuss is about whether to allow city employees to display nativity scenes, crosses, angels, cherubs and other religious items in their offices. Couch’s memo says such religious holiday items shouldn’t be displayed in government offices in order to “maintain neutrality” and avoid promoting one religion over another. Employees Christopher Spencer and Kenneth Buck disagree. They filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing Couch and other city employees of violating their First Amendment rights by asking that religious-themed decor...
  • Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared

    08/16/2007 6:59:53 PM PDT · by FroedrickVonFreepenstein · 71 replies · 1,968+ views
    KSLA-TV SHREVEPORT, LA ^ | Aug 15, 2007 06:07 PM | Jeff Ferrell
    Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us. Read More
  • Please Help Bring Katie Home. (FReeper assistance requested)

    04/12/2007 5:10:34 PM PDT · by Tinman · 163 replies · 3,115+ views
    Personal Experience | 4/12/2006 | Steve Procopio (Tinman)
    Little Katie Hubanks came into the world on March 22, 2006, much to the joy of her Mom and Dad, siblings, grandparents, and other family members. Just over a month later that joy was replaced by anger, fear, disbelief, and any other negative emotion you can name. I'll allow Katie's "Nana"'s words to express what an entire family has been dealing with for nearly a year: Kathryn was born in Claremore, OK. on March 22, 2006. She was born 5 week early. Needless to say she was small and came with the risks of certain medical conditions that could develope...
  • Local pianist accused of BWI bomb threat

    10/14/2006 5:03:50 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 30 replies · 2,466+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | October 13, 2006 | Josh Mitchell
    Pianist George Spicka and his singing partner were booked to play the lounge at Baltimore's Tremont Park Hotel on Wednesday night, with a set list of smooth jazz numbers and pop hits that included "Just the Way You Are." Spicka never made the gig. Instead the composer and recording artist who has performed in the area for years found himself under arrest and in Anne Arundel County - accused of e-mailing a bomb threat to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
  • Demolish Home or Move It, Couple Told - The People's Republic of Montgomery County

    06/03/2006 9:42:31 AM PDT · by khnyny · 50 replies · 1,766+ views ^ | April 12, 2006 | Chris Williams
    A Chevy Chase couple has been ordered by the county to demolish their partially renovated home — or to move it 1.7 feet back from the property line. Marc and Marianne Duffy believe they are victims of a backlash against oversized homes being squeezed into small lots in older neighborhoods. They say they are being punished for a county agency’s mistakes. Neighbors who opposed the construction believe the Duffy’s problems are their own creation. Marc Duffy, an attorney, and Marianne Duffy, a stay-at-home mom and former attorney, served as their own general contractors on the project. ‘‘Three times my husband...
  • Click it or ticket

    05/31/2006 9:42:50 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 669 replies · 6,209+ views
    townhall ^ | 5/24/06 | Walter WIlliams
    Virginia's secretary of transportation sent out a letter announcing the state's annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign May 22 through June 4. I responded to the secretary of transportation with my own letter that in part reads: "Mr. Secretary: This is an example of the disgusting abuse of state power. Each of us owns himself, and it follows that we should have the liberty to take risks with our own lives but not that of others. That means it's a legitimate use of state power to mandate that cars have working brakes because if my car has poorly functioning brakes,...
  • Miami Police Take New Tack Against Terror (ID Sweeps)

    11/28/2005 8:48:22 PM PST · by af_vet_rr · 29 replies · 883+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 28 Nov 2005 | Curt Anderson
    MIAMI - Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant. Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats. "This is an in-your-face type of strategy. It's letting the terrorists know we are out there," Fernandez said.The operations will keep terrorists off guard, Fernandez said. He said al-Qaida and other terrorist groups plot attacks by putting places under surveillance...
  • West Palm Beach Wants Surveillance Cameras Everywhere (My Title)

    11/22/2005 7:08:32 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 6 replies · 544+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 22 Nov 2005 | ANDREW MARRA
    WEST PALM BEACH — Police are rolling out surveillance cameras downtown and in the city's most violent neighborhoods, the first step in an ambitious plan to make West Palm Beach the most closely monitored city in South Florida.In the next month, four cameras are expected to be placed along Clematis Street and in troubled neighborhoods on the city's north side. Able to rotate 360 degrees and read a license plate a half-mile away, they will roll 24 hours a day and can be programmed to zoom in at the sound of gunfire. West Palm Beach police will test the first...
  • Learn the Constitution, Or Else

    09/16/2005 7:43:23 AM PDT · by albertp · 17 replies · 784+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | September 16, 2005 | Gary Galles
    Starting this year, every educational institution receiving federal aid must teach about the U.S. Constitution on the September 17 anniversary of its signing (September 16 in 2005...) The requirement is ironic, given that it came from the Senate's leading Constitutional scholar, yet clearly conflicts with the Constitution, and on many grounds. Last year, Senator Robert Byrd (D.-W.Va.) inserted it into a spending bill packed with pork that was blatantly inconsistent with Americans' general welfare, which is the Constitution's rationale. There is nothing in the document that permits the federal government to tell local schools what they can and cannot teach....
  • How America can end its divorce epidemic

    04/07/2005 5:54:01 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 12 replies · 1,333+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 7, 2005 | WorldNetDaily
    How America can end its divorce epidemic Posted: April 7, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern By David Kupelian © 2005 When 32-year-old Paul and his 17-year-old fiancee Anna walked into the Norristown, Pa., courthouse to apply for a marriage license, the justice turned them down flat when he learned they had known each other for only one day. Yet after much pleading and persuasion, the judge reluctantly granted them their license, and Anna and Paul were married three days later. The wedding, held at Paul's brother's house, wasn't much – only four people in attendance, no wedding gown, no flowers,...
  • Matt Hale is also Jose Padilla [BARF ALERT]

    03/16/2005 6:09:31 AM PST · by DCPatriot · 11 replies · 538+ views
    Usenet ^ | 3/16/05 | Awake
    Matt Hale is also Jose Padilla. When will the "American" media apologize to Matt Hale (and Jose Padilla)? Every branch of the major media has convicted Matt Hale of a crime which he did not commit. The FBI informant at Hale's trial is a former mental patient whose testimony should not have had any credibility, and if the judiciary and media had been doing their job the case would never have been brought to trial. That is what judges and real journalists are for, not to help the police agencies imprison people for their political views. The FBI has never...
  • Another Attach on Private Property

    12/16/2004 8:25:10 AM PST · by Tucker822 · 9 replies · 560+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 12/16/2004 | Neal Boortz
    We have quite a little eminent domain saga going on in my home state of Georgia. Hall County lies north of Atlanta at the base of North Georgia foothills. In Hall County you will find $10 million homes on the shores of Lake Lanier, one of the busiest resort lakes in the nation. Our story involves Eleanor Brazell. Eleanor is a widow. She owns 323 acres in Hall County. She has a contract to sell 311 of those acres to a developer who has plans for a "Sun City" type retirement community. Eleanor will keep the 12 acres on which...
  • Fremont Residents: Limit Grizzlies to Parks

    12/10/2004 11:40:23 AM PST · by hardhead · 32 replies · 827+ views
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | December 10, 2004 | Brodie Farquhar
    RIVERTON -- More than 300 people crowded into the conference facility of the Riverton Holiday Inn Tuesday night, most to protest the grizzly bear occupancy management plan presented by officials of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The informational meeting, followed by a rancorous question-and-answer session that lasted until 11 p.m., was supposed to explain how the grizzly bear would be managed in Wyoming being removed from federal protection. Quite a few members of the audience sported large, cardboard lapel pins featuring a grizzly bear behind a picket fence, with the caption, "No griz in my backyard." Conservationists were in...
  • Baca says Measure A still needed

    09/30/2004 10:05:57 AM PDT · by Anti-MSM · 8 replies · 260+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 9/29/04 | Troy Anderson
    Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he was surprised to learn that Los Angeles County government suddenly found a $309 million surplus, but he still urged voters to pass Measure A, a sales tax increase on the Nov. 2 ballot. Baca, at a news conference with Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and Mayor James Hahn, said most of the surplus cannot be spent for ongoing costs of hiring more deputies. If approved by two-thirds of voters countywide, Measure A would raise $560 million a year for law enforcement, anti-terrorism and other public safety needs. Officials have promised to use the...