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  • IRS Checking Out Your Facebook and Twitter to Help Keep You Honest

    04/06/2013 9:38:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    WHPTV.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Jesse Knutson
    IRS checking out your Facebook and Twitter to help keep you honest You have less than two weeks to file your taxes and your Facebook or Twitter accounts could end up getting you in big trouble with the IRS. They're looking for tax cheaters. The IRS has been known to check car records, employment documents and other public records. Now, your social media page is on that list too. “I think that’s a little bit ridiculous,” replied one person we talked to. Some of the people we talked to were surprised. “I think it’s still an invasion of privacy,” commented...
  • Billion Dollar Hotel will Include Smart Elevators

    04/06/2013 8:13:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    elevatordesigninfo.com ^ | Undated | Anonymous
    Developers recently unveiled plans for the new Wilshire Grand Hotel and office tower, set to be built in downtown Los Angeles. The new building is set to have a futuristic look inside and out, standing tall at 1,100 feet. The new Wilshire Grand is set to be a “four star plus” hotel and will have many luxurious attractions. The project is estimated to cost around one billion dollars and is set to open in 2017. One of the towers most interesting features will be its high tech elevator system. The office area will use an elevator system that has no...
  • Useful Idiocy: Gay activist denounces Geller, Spencer for protesting Sharia mistreatment of gays

    04/06/2013 7:41:32 AM PDT · by AuntB · 18 replies
    Jihad watch ^ | April 6, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    People often ask me why Leftists are so eager to collaborate with Islamic supremacists, as they find it curious that they would enable those who would destroy them for their moral transgressions under Sharia. There are many answers, including a shared taste for authoritarianism, and that may be what is in play here, since Chris Stedman openly avows that he is trying to silence us, trying to intimidate the fundraising site Indiegogo into shutting down our fundraiser. Certainly both Leftists and Islamic supremacists are enemies of the freedom of speech. "Stop trying to split gays and Muslims," by Chris Stedman...
  • 12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster

    04/06/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 93 replies
    POLITICO ^ | JONATHAN ALLEN
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan. The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking. Reid is expected to bring a gun-control bill to the floor as early as next...
  • 7.2 Magnitude (preliminary) Earthquake, Papua, Indonesia [update 7.1]

    04/05/2013 10:07:50 PM PDT · by Jemian · 51 replies
    Jemian, in Papua | 6 April | Jemian
    At approximately 1345 local time, the town of Sentani was rocked for around 1 minute by a 7.2 earthquake. The epicenter was 240 kilometers WSW of Abepura. At present we have no reports of damage. Papua is Indonesia's easternmost and least populated province. It is expected that minimal damage occurred as the location is in the interior jungle rather than in one of the more populated areas.
  • Mesa man honors vets nightly by playing 'Taps' at sundown

    04/05/2013 8:12:30 PM PDT · by South40 · 21 replies
    ABC15.com ^ | Angie Holdsworth
    MESA, AZ - The sound of "Taps" echoes nightly over a Mesa golf course in one man's effort to show respect for the military. From a Mesa home near Loop 202 and Recker Road, 24 notes ring out every 24 hours. Hans Jessen, steps out on his balcony each night and plays "Taps". "It is a haunting song really that means so much to so many people," he said. See Video here
  • Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty [black poverty is only 7% when married]

    04/05/2013 8:09:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 5, 2012 | Robert Rector
  • Trayvon Martin's family settles wrongful death claim: report

    04/05/2013 7:04:08 PM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/5/2013 | Barbara Liston
    (Reuters) - The family of black teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death last year by a neighborhood watch captain, has settled a wrongful death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida gated community where he was killed, a Florida newspaper reported on Friday. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family, filed paperwork outlining the settlement, which is thought to be more than $1 million, at a courthouse in Sanford, Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. Crump did not return calls for comment.
  • Sen. Rand Paul to Speak in New Hampshire

    04/05/2013 12:45:10 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Steve Peoples
    BOSTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Rand Paul is set to appear in New Hampshire next month, becoming the first potential 2016 presidential candidate to deliver a formal speech in the state likely to host the nation's first presidential primary. The New Hampshire Republican Party confirmed Wednesday that the first-term senator from Kentucky will deliver the keynote address at its first Liberty Dinner on May 20. The location has yet to be determined. "Sen. Rand Paul has been a leader in the fight for smaller government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in Washington," said state GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "I am...
  • Possible GOOD News/Plains Storm to Bring Big Rain, Snow and Severe Weather(drought buster)

    04/05/2013 11:46:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 12 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | April 05, 2013 | By Alex Sosnowski
    A major storm next week is poised to bring much needed rain, heavy snow and dangerous thunderstorms to the Plains. The main storm will be preceded by a lesser system with spotty rain, snow and thunderstorms during late Sunday into Monday. However, the main event over the Plains will begin Monday night and Tuesday and will sprawl eastward as the week progresses.
  • Top 5 Weirdest Items Confiscated by the TSA

    04/05/2013 10:54:02 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 15 replies
    TSA Watch ^ | 04/5/2013 | TSA Watch
    We all know what jackbooted thugs TSA agents can be. Between the gropings and stopping the insidious smuggling of toothpaste, peanut butter and more than 3 oz. of just about any liquid, it’s a wonder that they have time for anything else.Every year, the TSA confiscates hundreds of thousands of items. Last year alone, over 880,000 items were confiscated or recovered after being left behind. Some of these items are dangerous, some are illegal, and some are just plain weird.confiscated by the TSA.
  • ATTENTION! EAST COAST READERS!Counter RALLY AGAINST AMNESTY! [April 6, Sat]

    04/05/2013 9:02:32 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    ATTENTION! EAST COAST READERS! RALLY AGAINST AMNESTY! This is a Reminder of our NY ICE Counter Protest THIS Saturday, April 6, 2013, in New Jersey. WHAT: Counter Protest of Illegal Alien Amnesty in New Jersey That Will Be Sponsored by Obama’s “Organizing for Action” Group WHEN: April 6th, 2013 (*THIS* Saturday) at 9am WHERE: Meet in the MAIN parking area near Liberty House Restaurant at 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305. The Liberty House Restaurant has a GREEN Roof, for easy recognition. Look for NY ICer, Basil, who will have a BIG, American Flag on a pole that...
  • Sex offender elected student body president

    04/05/2013 6:56:40 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/04/2013 | Robby Soave
    Students at Riverside City College in California received a nasty surprise this week: Their recently-elected student government president is a registered sex offender. Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, was convicted of kidnapping and then committing “lewd or lascivious acts” on a 14-year-old boy in 2005. He was sentenced to 10 years probation. Earlier this week, someone posted a flier on campus revealing Figueroa’s status as a sex offender. The flier was initially assumed to be an April Fool’s Day prank, but Figueroa later confirmed the truth. The news stunned students, many of whom said they wished they had known before electing...
  • Jane Fonda: I Will Go to My Grave With ‘Unforgivable Mistake’

    04/04/2013 11:55:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this,” Jane Fonda says on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The actress and activist made an infamous trip to North Vietnam in 1972 where she was photographed singing with members of the North Vietnamese military as she sat on an anti-aircraft gun. She was criticized then — and ever since — and says she understands the anger. Fonda says she knew immediately she had made a mistake and has apologized repeatedly, both privately and publicly. She told OWN program “Oprah’s Master Class”...
  • Fed Up With Obamacare, Doctors Increasingly Prefer Cash For Care

    04/04/2013 11:33:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 2, 2013 | Sally Pipes
    Patients should welcome this development. Not only does the move toward direct payment have the potential to reduce health costs — it could also yield higher-quality care. Even before Obamacare, direct-pay practices were growing in popularity. According to the Center for Studying Health System Change, direct-payment practices increased from 9.2 percent of the market in 2001 to 12.4 percent by 2008. Nearly 7 percent of doctors say they are planning to change to some form of direct-pay care in the next three years, according to a survey of 13,000 doctors done for the Physicians Foundation. The consulting firm Accenture projects...
  • It's "I Told You So" on ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 9:21:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "What we've learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the healthcare system to be run." That was Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, talking. He was specifically responding to the apparently surprising need to halt enrollments in a program designed as a temporary bridge for people with preexisting conditions who couldn't wait until the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) fully kicks in next year. The program was allocated $5 billion, but some estimate it will take $40 billion...
  • Compare and contrast Mexico and Israel vis a vis Gun control

    04/04/2013 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 12 replies
    n/a ^ | 4/4/13 | Texas Eagle
    MexicoIsrael
  • RIVERSIDE, CA: Riverside Community College Student Body President is Registered Sex Offender

    04/04/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | April 3, 2013 | Richard K. De Atley
    RIVERSIDE: RCC student body president is registered sex offender It was no April Fools’ joke. On Monday, April 1, anonymous black-and-white fliers were found pinned to billboards at Riverside City College saying the student body president is a registered sex offender. Students at first thought it was a cruel prank, but once it was confirmed, the revelation left them asking whether RCC administrators, who acknowledge they knew about it before the election, should have disclosed the information to the campus community. Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, of Riverside, was sentenced to five years in prison for admitting that in 2005 he...
  • Luxury skyscraper hotel destroyed in massive blaze in Chechnya (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    04/04/2013 7:22:38 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 19 replies
    Russia Today ^ | April 03, 2013
    The blaze that had engulfed the tallest skyscraper in the North Caucasus region of Russia, has been put out, leaving the building almost completely destroyed. According to information given by local emergency services, the fire that had engulfed the 'Grozny City' skyscraper on Wednesday, was put out in the early hours of Thursday, at 1:30 AM. The blaze has left the 40-floor building in a state of near-complete destruction. The local emergency service said the call about the fire on between the 4th and 5th floors was received at around 18:00 PM local time (14:00 GMT). According to witnesses’ pictures...
  • Movie critic Roger Ebert dies

    04/04/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    MSN ^ | April 4, 2013 | AP Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who also became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism, and on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70. Ebert, who had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, died early Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, his office said. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.
  • Vet Wants 'Taps' to Play Nightly—Across Entire US

    04/04/2013 11:58:25 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/04/2013 | By Mark Russell
    It's an ambitious plan, to say the least: An Indiana veteran wants "Taps" to be played every single night at dusk—across the entire US, reports the Indianapolis Star. Former Marine Bill Wellman has already convinced Valparaiso, Ind., to pipe the 24 notes over the 50 speakers it has mounted throughout downtown; it'll start doing so this week. And the nearby towns of Portage and Crown Point are considering it, too. Wellman isn't just motivated by patriotism, though. A subsidiary of the company the lifelong entrepreneur works for offers a digital timing box that typically handles tasks like turning on streetlights...
  • Gun Vanity: Ruger SR1911, before leaving Connecticut

    04/04/2013 11:21:42 AM PDT · by DTogo · 98 replies
    Vanity ^ | April 4th, 2013 | DTogo
    Looking at the Ruger SR1911 - while it's (still) legal here in CT.Would also welcome knowledgable/experienced FReeper input on relocation options for those able to leave Connecticut. Preferably somewhere warmer, but not sweltering, family/tax/gun friendly, with some elbow room to enjoy life. Overseas is not off the table.
  • One Congressman, Rand Paul, the GOP and What Ails American Politics

    04/04/2013 7:58:50 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | Ron Fournier
    “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,” Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia griped over lunch last month at the GOP-run Capitol Hill Club. “All I did was agree to fly aboard Air Force One and talk to the president and for that I got …” “Hammered,” said Chris Connelly, chief of staff to the Republican lawmaker. “Hammered,” repeated Rigell. “Hammered by my own people.” Before we could finish our conversation about the dangers of moderation in modern-day politics, Rigell’s cell phone vibrated on the white-clothed table. “It’s Rand Paul,” he said, jumping up from his chair to take a...
  • Going Out of Business: How ObamaCare will Hurt American Businesses [accurate predictions from 2009]

    04/03/2013 5:11:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 23, 2009
    A Costly Employer Mandate It's a Regressive Tax:The House and Senate draft proposals for health care reform include employer mandates that require employers to pay higher taxes (as much as an 8% payroll tax) if they do not offer health insurance or if they offer it but some employees decline it and use the government system. The result of such a tax penalty will cause lower pay and job losses, especially for low-income workers. By the Numbers: According to The Heritage Foundation, the mandates could cost businesses up to $49 billion a year, 10.2 million workers will be at risk...
  • Boy who claimed he was enslaved by a black family found stoned to death in South African street

    04/03/2013 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:46 EST, 2 April 2013 | Helen Lawson
    A man who once claimed to be a white child enslaved by a black family has been found murdered, apparently stoned to death. Happy Sindane was found dead yesterday in the village of Tweefontein, having been “severely assaulted”, said police. No arrests have been made and there are said to be no known motives for the killing. … In 2003, Sindane walked into a police station near Pretoria and claimed he had been kidnapped from a white family 12 years before and had been living in a black township. Sindane, then 16, said he was abused and forced to live...
  • Ka'anapali beaches closed following shark attack

    04/03/2013 2:33:24 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    KGMB and KHNL ^ | April 2, 2013 | Hawaii News Now
    Wailuku, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 58-year-old man visiting from Marina Del Rey, California was bitten by a shark Tuesday morning, in waters fronting 110 Ka'anapali Shores Place, officials say. The incident was reported at around 8:30 a.m. Surfers were evacuated from the water and the beach is closed for a mile in both directions from the area where the shark bite took place. Maui officials say the victim suffered two deep lacerations on the right thigh, above the knee. Video
  • PPP GOP 2016 Primary: Rubio 21%, Rand Paul 17%, Christie 15%, Bush 12%, Ryan 12%

    04/03/2013 12:59:14 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 33 replies
    PPP ^ | PPP
    Rand Paul's well publicized filibuster last month has vaulted him up the list of Republican contenders in PPP's newest look ahead to the 2016 Presidential contest. Marco Rubio continues to lead nationally, as he has on all four of our 2016 polls so far. He's at 21% this month, basically the same as 22% the month before the State of the Union address. Rubio's favorability of 62/10 is slightly better than 59/12 in early February. The whole water drinking episode hasn't had any effect on his standing- nor has his stance on immigration reform. The big move though has come...
  • Poet Maya Angelou Blasts Gun at Home Intruder

    04/03/2013 11:56:25 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 004/03/2013
    "I was in my house in North Carolina. It was fall. I heard someone walking on the leaves. And somebody actually turned the knob. So I said, "Stand four feet back because I'm going to shoot now!" Boom! Boom! The police came by and said, "Ms. Angelou, the shots came from inside the house." I said, "Well, I don't know how that happened."
  • Anyone still listen to Dick Morris?

    04/03/2013 10:35:16 AM PDT · by MNDude · 42 replies
    I haven't really listened to him since November. Anyone here still a fan of his?
  • France and Germany snub Cameron on EU law review

    04/03/2013 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.04.13 @ 09:23 (April 2) | Honor Mahony
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to get other member states to participate in a general review of EU laws has suffered an embarrassing rebuff from Paris and Berlin. France and Germany have refused to take part in Cameron’s much-publicized examination of whether some EU powers should be returned to member states, reports the Financial Times. The paper notes that Paris and Berlin consulted with one another on the issue before concluding that the exercise—known as the “balance of competences”—was more to serve Britain’s domestic political interests. … The review is the cornerstone of London’s EU policy, as Cameron attempts...
  • How to 'Divorce' Google

    04/03/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/02/2013 | By Evann Gastaldo
    (Newser) – When Google's controversial privacy policy went live, Tom Henderson "divorced" the company. A year later, he writes in ITworld, things are going just fine. "I'm in a much happier place. It can be done." Here's how he did it: He uses the DuckDuckGo search engine, and occasionally Yahoo. He has his own email server, but also uses Yahoo's mail service. For maps, he prefers Yahoo, but Mapquest works, too. He eschews GPS entirely. Unfortunately, there's no real replacement for YouTube. But he uses Spotify for music and Vimeo for videos, and sometimes searches for videos on other...
  • Michelle Obama interviewer: How does it feel to have a husband who is a sex symbol?

    04/03/2013 8:09:57 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/03/13 | Charlie Spiering
    *Barf alert* The host of Entertainment Tonight asked her how she felt having a husband who was a “sex symbol” similar to former Presidents JFK and Bill Clinton.
  • Ebert: Cancer returns, taking 'leave of presence'

    04/03/2013 6:59:29 AM PDT · by libstripper · 111 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2013 | Associated Press staff
    CHICAGO (AP) — Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert said he's been diagnosed with cancer again and that he will scale back his prolific writing of movie reviews while undergoing radiation treatment.
  • Rand Paul backed group attacks Republicans

    04/03/2013 5:55:58 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 32 replies
    POLITICO ^ | KATE NOCERA
    Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is raising money for a conservative gun rights group that’s targeting fellow Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And when one congressman complained, the message from Paul’s camp was: too bad. The Kentucky Republican has lent his name to fundraising pitches for the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that says the National Rifle Association is too willing to compromise on gun rights. The group has blitzed the districts of Virginia Republicans Cantor and Rep. Scott Rigell with $50,000 worth of TV and radio ads accusing...
  • Secrets of the Cyprus Heist

    04/03/2013 5:25:37 AM PDT · by golux · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 04.03.13 | Franklin Raff
    I have served as a flag-man among the pirates of offshore banking... (snip) ...why the plunder of Cyprus is probably one of the most brilliant acts of wholesale theft the world has ever known, why the stolen treasure may be thousands of times greater than has been suggested, and why the names of the victims, and the full value of the loot, will remain a mystery forever... (snip) Though it may be easy to think of offshore depositors as foreign outlaws, pirates or simply “Russians,” this is not nearly the case. Cyprus was a leader – in some circles and...
  • Ohio man who sexually assaulted baby seeks mercy ["Mommy's boyfriend" raped and killed her baby]

    04/02/2013 10:40:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies
    Yahoo news/Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2013 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Condemned killer Steven Smith's argument for mercy isn't an easy one. Smith acknowledges he intended to sexually assault his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but says he never intended to kill the baby.The girl, Autumn Carter, of Mansfield, died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child, Smith's attorneys were telling the Ohio Parole Board on Tuesday. And Ohio law is clear, they say: a death sentence requires an intent to kill the victim. "The evidence suggests that Autumn's death was a horrible accident," his attorneys, Joseph Wilhelm and Tyson Fleming, said...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Thread (Live Streaming via YouTube) 9 - 10 PM PT Tue. 4/2/13

    04/02/2013 8:50:01 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/2/13 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on YouTube at Agenda 21 RadioE-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com E-mail Chriss Street at Chriss@chrissstreetandcompany.com
  • Saudi Arabia: Man who Paralysed Friend to have Spinal Cord Severed

    04/02/2013 4:31:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Drishya Nair
    A Saudi court has ruled that a man who paralysed his best friend should now himself be crippled in an 'eye-for-an-eye' punishment. Ali Al-Khawahir has been in prison since stabbing his friend in the backbone 10 years ago, when he was only 14 years old. According to the Saudi Gazette, a court has ruled that the accused should now be "fully paralysed" unless he pays the compensation demanded by the victim. Originally the victim asked for two million Saudi Riyals (£350,000) however this sum has since been reduced to one million Saudi Riyals (£176,000), according to Mail Online. It is...
  • Millions Could Get Surprise Tax Bills Under Obamacare If They Don’t Accurately Project Their Income

    04/02/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don’t accurately project their income. President Barack Obama’s new health care law will offer subsidies to help people buy private health insurance on state-based exchanges, if they don’t already get coverage through their employers. The subsidies are based on income. The lower your income, the bigger the subsidy. But the government doesn’t know how much money you’re going to make next year. And when you apply for the subsidy, this fall, it...
  • The Great American Hustle: Same-Sex Marriage

    04/02/2013 3:37:12 PM PDT · by fwdude · 30 replies
    American Clarion ^ | April 2, 2013 | Jeff Myers, Ph.D.
    A Response to the American Association of Pediatrics’ Role in Getting Americans to Impulse-Purchase Same-Sex Marriage By Jeff Myers, Ph.D. “Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in RiverCity… Mass-staria! Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground!” “Professor” Harold Hill, The Music Man Anatomy of a Hustle Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man tells the story of the classic American hustle: “Professor” Harold Hill pulls one over on the citizens of RiverCity using a tried and true method employed by sham salesmen, sham evangelists, and sham politicians alike: Play on people’s guilt feelings. Publicly win...
  • Ex-French minister Cahuzac probed for alleged tax fraud [hypocrite favored high taxes]

    04/02/2013 1:06:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | April 2, 2013
    Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has been placed under formal investigation over alleged tax fraud, his lawyer has said. It comes as Mr Cahuzac admitted to having had a foreign bank account.The ex-minister had until now denied a report by investigative website Mediapart that he kept an undeclared Swiss bank account until 2010. Mr Cahuzac - who gained a reputation as a vocal crusader against the use of overseas tax havens - quit in March. 'Spiral of lies' Mr Cahuzac said he made the admission about the bank account during a meeting with investigating magistrates on Tuesday. In a...
  • Man found hanging off Sacramento high-rise was graffiti tagger (Darwin Award possible here)

    04/02/2013 9:55:51 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    KSBW.com ^ | 04/01/2013 | KSBW.com Staff
    A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story Sacramento high-rise appears to have been a graffiti tagger, Sacramento police said Monday. Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation when he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building. "From everything we can tell, he didn't have any special rope rappelling equipment on, climbing equipment or anything like that," he said. "He appeared to be looped into the rope." A police department dispatch supervisor said Monday afternoon that investigators...
  • FL Djs in hot water after April fools day prank

    04/02/2013 8:48:43 AM PDT · by k4gypsyrose · 51 replies
    7 news WHDH ^ | 4/2/13 | 7 news WHDH
    These DJs are in hot water after telling their listeners on April 1st that 'dihydrogen monoxide' was coming out of their taps. Dihydrogen monoxide is water, but listeners who didn't know that grew very concerned
  • Ex-NFL coach Jack Pardee dies at 76 (Here's what a legacy is, Obama!)

    04/02/2013 7:59:03 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 18 replies
    ESPN Chicago ^ | 04/01/13 | ESPN Chicago Staff
    HOUSTON -- Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, died Monday. He was 76. In November, Pardee's family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live. The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in Pardee's name at the University of Houston, where Pardee coached from 1987-89. "Today, we mourn the passing of a great man who dedicated his life to the game of football and was a true...
  • Democrats fear Obama group will siphon money from them

    04/02/2013 6:30:02 AM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | April 1, 2013 | Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s decision to launch his own political organization has some Democrats wondering: Is he just in it for himself? Obama’s new group, Organizing for Action, will focus on his policy agenda – not on electing Democratic candidates – by raising unlimited amounts of cash and accessing the president’s secret list of 20 million supporters, volunteers and donors. The operation won’t share money, resources or the priceless Obama email list with the Democratic National Committee or campaign committees that help elect members of Congress, governors and legislators. And it has no plans to coordinate efforts, leading some...
  • Arianna Huffington trashes fancy Chelsea loft: lawsuit ["sole occupant" caused $275,000 in damages]

    04/02/2013 5:51:35 AM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 1, 2013 | JULIA MARSH
    <p>Arianna Huffington partied so hard in her rented Chelsea loft that it looked like a scene from Animal House after a rowdy frat party, according to a new lawsuit.</p> <p>When Huffington departed the 4,400 square foot, seven-story apartment at 227 W. 17th Street in January she'd caused $275,000 in damages ranging from "gouged, stained and otherwise damaged" walls, "scratched, punctured" wood floors, bloodied mattresses and broken appliances, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit charges.</p>
  • Tax-raising Affordable Care Act started in wrong house of Congress [Obamacare is unconstitutional]

    04/01/2013 11:08:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 34 replies
    Sissel v. United States Department of Health & Human ServicesContact: Paul J. Beard II or Timothy Sandefur Status: Defendants' motion to dismiss first amended complaint filed Nov. 8, 2012. Response to the motion was filed on Dec. 3, 2012. Summary: Pacific Legal Foundation has launched a new constitutional cause of action against the federal Affordable Care Act. The ACA imposes a charge on Americans who fail to buy health insurance — a charge that the U.S. Supreme Court recently characterized as a federal tax. PLF’s amended complaint alleges that this purported tax is illegal because it was introduced in the...
  • The 28 Most Ironic Things That Have Ever Happened [28 ironic pictures]

    04/01/2013 10:35:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
  • Ohio clinic fights suit alleging failed abortion [gave birth to healthy baby]

    04/01/2013 9:59:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    <p>AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio clinic denies a woman's allegations that doctors were negligent and failed to successfully perform the abortion she sought, eventually leading to the birth of her daughter.</p> <p>In a court filing responding to the lawsuit late last week, the Akron Women's Medical Group and two doctors acknowledge Ariel Knights of Cuyahoga Falls sought an abortion on March 3, 2012. But they deny any negligence and seek to have the case dismissed, citing a long list of possible defenses.</p>
  • 'L' attack victim: 'It was terrifying'

    04/01/2013 7:31:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 31, 2013| | Jeremy Gorner, Adam Sege and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A 27-year-old woman said she was returning home with her mother Saturday night on the Red Line after a dim sum dinner when a group of girls got on the train at the Monroe station and appeared to want to pick a fight. "This girl started blowing smoke in my face, and she flicked her cigarette ashes at me,'' said the woman, who asked not to be identified. "I said: 'You need to put that out,' and the next thing I know there's all these girls that jumped on top of us.''