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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.