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  • Key West Man Arrested For Plotting To Use Weapon Of Mass Destruction

    07/28/2015 1:42:46 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 46 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 7/28/15 | Staff
    A South Florida man has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Key West. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harlem Suarez, a/k/a “Almlak Benitez,” 23, of Key West was posting extremist rhetoric on his Facebook page which promoted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization. That caught the attention of the FBI. The criminal complaint states Suarez told an undercover FBI informant that he wanted to make a “timer bomb.” Suarez bought galvanized nails, which were to be hidden in a backpack and remotely detonated by cell phone,...
  • Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes

    07/02/2015 7:18:44 PM PDT · by familyop · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Jul 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The party's hardline chief and defence minister, Panos Kammenos, dismissed them contemptuously. "We are at war and there will be no backing down. Whoever does not have the stomach for war, be gone," he said... Mr Varoufakis vowed to resign if the Greek people voted yes. "I prefer to cut off my own arm rather than sign an agreement without debt restructuring," he told Bloomberg TV. He said there is not a "smidgeon of an iota of possibility" that the terms on offer can lift the Greek economy out of a deflationary tailspin, insisting that the talks broke down because...
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • Baltimore tourism industry tries to put riots in rear view mirror (Good luck with that!)

    06/14/2015 1:15:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 67 replies
    In the wake of months of unrest and a record month of murders, Baltimore may be a tough sell to potential vacationers as a destination for care-free summer fun. That won't stop hotels, restaurants, attractions and city officials in Charm City, who insist they are up for the challenge. For Baltimore's economy, the stakes are high. About 80,000 local jobs are dependent on the tourism industry, and close to 24 million tourists visited the city and spent $5.15 billion in 2013, a 2.2 percent increase in visitor spending over the year before.
  • Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    06/12/2015 9:07:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/12/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Industry Association has issued a statement disagreeing with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy over an argument that the center did not make. The association says it is responding to a new Mackinac Center analysis that finds government tourism promotion an ineffective use of taxpayers dollars. However, the association’s response does not address the evidence or methodology presented in the Mackinac Center analysis, presents no evidence of its own to rebut the findings, and makes no argument relevant to the issue of government funding PR campaigns that benefit a particular industry. The trade group's statement...
  • State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    06/12/2015 7:49:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Government spending on tourism — including the popular “Pure Michigan” commercials — do not create net new jobs for the Great Lake State. The taxpayer resources spent on tourism marketing should be redirected elsewhere, such as to repairing Michigan’s roads or cutting the personal income tax. We developed a statistical model designed to analyze the impact of state tourism spending on economic growth as measured by employment between 1973 and 2012. We used employment and tourism spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor for the 48 contiguous states. The model, described below, shows that...
  • BARGE SINKS, RUINS $500,000 RAPA NUI ARTIFICIAL REEF (VIDEO)

    06/08/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    New Times ^ | 6/8/15 | DEIRDRA FUNCHEON
    For months, hype has been building about a set of 15 giant sculptures that were built and designed to be sunk yesterday off the coast of Deerfield Beach, making an artificial reef for scuba divers to explore. These pieces were eight to 22 feet tall and designed as replicas of the mysterious heads at Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. But things took a bizarre turn when the barge carrying the sculptures tipped over and sunk on top of them, crushing them all.
  • Aging Hippies Can Buy Children in Cuba for the Price of a Happy Meal

    05/26/2015 6:23:14 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Letter to Congressman Tom McClintock, CA 4th District | 5/26/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    Letter to Cogressman Tom McClintock, California 4th District Please raise Congressman McClintock's concern regarding the issue of sex tourism to Cuba with his colleagues on committees concerned with suppression of international sex tourism from the US.Please see the search string "Daniel Greenfield Cuba Sex Tourism" for evidence of concern to Federal agencies charged with enforcement against organized international pedophilia. At The Death of the Left it is possible to read: "The embargo didn’t turn Cuba into a hellhole whose main tourism industry is inviting progressive Canadian pedophiles to rape its children. Castro did that with help from the dead guy...
  • City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

    05/25/2015 12:05:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2015 | Oliver Wainwright
    <p>Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.</p>
  • Why It's Wise to Ride an Elephant When You Visit Phuket

    05/09/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    PhuketWan ^ | Sunday, May 10, 2015 | John Everingham
    PHUKET: If you wish to help an elephant in Phuket, jump onto its back. Ride it. Buy it some bananas or sugar cane. If this seems a little demeaning to the elephant, remember its meagre alternatives; begging or going hungry. In Phuket elephants are sometimes seen in the streets, performing tricks to entertain people, begging and even going to sleep hungry. The elephants that carry tourists on short treks through the forest - and get sufficient to eat each day - are the lucky ones. These are not just animals in humiliation, they are beasts in real danger. Some experts...
  • See The Constitution While You Still Can

    04/22/2015 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 31 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | self
    Please, if you are able, visit Washington, D.C., and see the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before Obamugabe has them shredded. When you visit the National Archives you will find them housed in the same room as the Declaration of Independence. Although I am a Boomer who has lived in Maryland all of her life, I just saw these precious documents for the first time yesterday. Embarrassed that it has taken me so long. We just spent a week at a DC-area private campground, a fairly affordable alternative to staying in a hotel. I highly recommend this place, Cherry...
  • Obama’s Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

    04/18/2015 5:48:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2015 11:23 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says “there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change.” He says he’ll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the “economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry” at risk. …
  • 2 American tourists charged over names carved into Colosseum, in latest act of vandalism

    03/12/2015 9:50:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Carabinieri Captain Lorenzo Iacobone said Monday two tourists from California, ages 21 and 25, were picked up Saturday for carving their names eight centimeters (three inches) high into an upper level of the Colosseum. They were freed later but will face trial for aggravated damage to a monument. Iacobone said the young women apologized for the vandalism, but he said such acts "are extremely serious, and no one considers the damage they are creating."
  • How Medical Tourism Could Save Us All Money

    02/22/2015 8:31:54 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-22-15 | John Graham
    One of the most under-reported medical success stories in recent years has been the increase in medical tourism: traveling abroad to get high-quality care at a fraction of what it would cost in the United States. The same Lasik eye surgery that might cost $4,400 here (for both eyes) is available in India, for example, for $500, according to the Medical Tourism Association. A heart-valve replacement that might cost $170,000 in the United States could cost less than $30,000 in Israel. While going overseas for care isn’t for most people, it certainly should make us wonder why we don’t encourage...
  • Did anybody tell Rep. Pelosi about the hotel that she stayed in Cuba?

    02/20/2015 9:30:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2015 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    We understand that Nancy Pelosi is married to a very successful businessman in California. We are very happy that the Pelosi family has enjoyed the fruits of capitalism. Of course, they've enjoyed those fruits because they live in a country that respects property rights and does not confiscate businesses. This week, Rep Pelosi went to Cuba and stayed at the Hotel Saratoga. Let me share this from our good friends at Capitol Hill Cubans: "The Hotel Saratoga is a beautiful neoclassical structure in Old Havana. It was purchased in 1939 by Blanco Lopez and Co., headed by Jose Blanco and...
  • VANITY--Trip To NOLA Recommendations

    02/16/2015 2:13:39 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    Planning a 4 day trip to New Orleans. Tourism Suggestions please?
  • That's not London Bridge! Fed-up local trolls hapless tourists who mislabel Tower Bridge in

    02/06/2015 6:39:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2015 | Sarah Gordon
    It is one of the most common mistakes made by tourists visiting the capital - referring to beautiful Tower Bridge as London Bridge. But a father-of-one has found the mislabelling of the iconic landmark so frustrating, he has launched a one-man campaign to correct tourists from around the world. Charles Lawley, from London, trawls Instagram looking for users who have who have made the mistake as he gets a kick out of correcting them. His typical reply is 'That's Tower Bridge not London Bridge.'
  • First gay tour of Auschwitz announced

    02/03/2015 7:24:31 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 37 replies
    Gaystarnews ^ | 2/2/2015 | Jamie Tabberer
    Israeli travel group Hebro Travel is to hold the first gay tour of WWII concentration camp Auschwitz, it's been revealed. The tour is marketed as 'The Poland and Prague pride trip'. In addition to the visit to the historical site, the trip – taking place from 7-16 August – will take in various Jewish heritage tours, also visiting Krakow and Warsaw before ending up in Prague for the Czech Republic's Pride Festival. Jayson Littman, founder of Hebro Travel – a company for 'gay Jews and those who love us' – last week told the Jewish Daily: 'I knew I was...
  • Irish police officer shot while visiting New Orleans.

    02/01/2015 9:03:26 AM PST · by shemyk344 · 24 replies
    nola The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    NOPD said the 30-year-old victim, who Irish media have identified as Hanrahan, was approached by a gunman in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. The gunman demanded money, and the victim refused.
  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | Hannah Roberts and Jenny Stanton
    Greece's new radical Prime Minister has declared war on the country's all-inclusive holiday resorts and vowed to limit them. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and unlimited cocktails and ouzo by the pool could become a thing of the past in Greece despite the all-inclusive travel industry, that brings in £1.5billion for the country. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the triumphant anti-bailout party Syriza, believes such deals 'alienate tourists from the local economy' by keeping them behind resort gates and away from local businesses and attractions. He has warned that contracts with large resort chains will be reviewed and deals to sell public land...
  • Viva Obama's Exec Order! NBC's Snow Serves Up a Travel Promo for Cuba

    01/16/2015 6:46:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Interesting: Cuba's Bureau of Tourism sponsored a three-minute promo on today's Morning Joe. Oh, wait, no. That was NBC itself, in the person of Kate Snow, with a smiley, unrelentingly upbeat segment promoting the glories of tourism in Cuba that will now be possible for Americans under President Obama's executive order relaxing former restrictions. Snow's segment—entitled 'Bienvenidos a Cuba' just like a travelogue—had it all: beaches, dancing in the streets, cigars, rum, beer and all those nifty vintage cars potentially available to collectors. So, you ask, what did Snow have to say about the repressive Communist regime that continues to...
  • Retreating of the Queen's Guard

    12/29/2014 8:37:50 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | December 29 2014 | Abul Taher and Mark Nicol
    Security chiefs have taken the dramatic step of withdrawing Royal Guards from their high-profile posts outside palaces amid mounting fears of ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attacks. Elite soldiers of the Queen’s Guard have pulled back from public positions at many landmarks in response to possible threats from Islamic extremists. For the first time since the height of the IRA’s terror campaign, the soldiers are also no longer allowed on sentry duty alone, and are now accompanied by armed police
  • Buckingham Palace guards withdrawn amid fears of 'lone wolf' terror attack

    12/29/2014 12:18:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | December 28, 201 | Anil Dawar
    Soldiers of the Queen’s Guard have been pulled back from public positions at many landmarks in response to possible threats from Islamic extremists.
  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    12/18/2014 7:03:38 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Myfoxdc.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami. But the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and the subsequent Cold War embargo of the communist island nation put an end to that.
  • At Grand Canyon, development pits environmentalists against Native American population

    12/05/2014 8:35:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    On the rim of the Grand Canyon, there is an area that is not part of Grand Canyon National Park. This land does not belong to the federal government. It belongs to the Navaho people. The Navaho tribe, as such, has the right to develop its tribal land to bring tourism, money, and jobs to its population. But this kind of thing gives out-of-town environmentalists and the government employees who run the park a sad. The New York Times article on a proposed $1 billion development actually features quite a few viewpoints, mostly fairly, but it frames the whole...
  • Mayor Rawlings on Ebola: 'Dallas is safe'

    10/18/2014 3:03:39 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 29 replies
    WFAA ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Walt Zwirko, WFAA
    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is making a direct appeal to potential tourists and convention planners who may be having second thoughts about travel to the city that has become the epicenter of Ebola in America..
  • Thai Authorities To Promote 'Martial Law Tourism'.

    10/14/2014 12:48:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BANGKOK - The Tourism Authority of Thailand says its preparing to add one more tourist attraction to the Kingdom's long list of temples, beaches, and mountains: life under martial law. "The TAT is preparing a campaign called '24 Hours Enjoy Thailand 'to attract foreign tourists to visit Thailand under martial law," TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik told Thai Rath newspaper on Friday. Thawatchai said that martial law is beneficial to tourism, because it ensures that foreign tourists can be safe 24 hours a day. "We want the tourists to be confident that they can travel in Thailand both day and...
  • Cruises Change Itineraries Due to Ebola Concerns

    10/06/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Several cruise lines have changed itineraries due to concerns over Ebola, canceling port stops in West Africa. On Holland America Line's 35-day African Explorer cruise aboard the MS Rotterdam, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Southampton, England, three ports of call in Ghana, Gambia and Senegal will be replaced with an added overnight in Cape Town, an added overnight in Cape Verde and a stop in Tangier, Morocco, according to Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord....
  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 9:05:14 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 84 replies
    Me and a few friends will be spending 3 weeks in Europe Early next summer.... Has anyone here been over there? What are a few things "We shouldn't miss"?
  • Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

    09/24/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it. If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges. It costs more money in legal fees to try to get...
  • Algerian militants linked to ISIS behead French hostage after country did not stop bombing Iraq

    ISIS-linked militants in Algeria have beheaded a French tourist captured at the weekend - having earlier made threats to kill him if France did not stop bombing targets in Iraq. Herve Gourdel, 55, was captured by the Islamist group Jund al-Khilifa while hiking in the Djurdjura National Park on Sunday - just one day after he arrived in Algeria for a walking holiday... Gourdel, who lived in the southern French city of Nice, only arrived in Algeria on Saturday and was seized the following day while hiking in the heart of the Djurdjura National Park - whose dense forests, deep...
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online August 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • Gaza fighting won't stop Birthright, but other tourists wary of visiting Israel

    07/14/2014 8:45:43 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Rina Rozenberg
    The year 2014 was gearing up to be the best ever in Israel’s history for incoming tourism, with estimates of arrivals climbing 10% from last year’s 2.96 million. In a few short days, however, Operation Protective Edge has put an end to that. “Until the first siren in Tel Aviv, everything was normal. The day after the first siren, a few tourists left the hotels here and there, but a lot fewer than during Operation Pillar of Defense,” said Eli Ziv, director of the Tel Aviv Hotel Association, referring to Israel’s November 2012 military operation in the Gaza Strip. “I...
  • Turkmenistan Hopes 'Door to Hell' Will Boost Tourism

    06/24/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Jun 20, 2014
    Locals call it the Door to Hell, a giant burning pit that has spit out angry flames for more than 40 years, casting a yellow-orange glow into the evening sky. "It takes your breath away," said visitor Gozel Yazkulieva, 34, from the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat. "You immediately think of your sins and feel like praying."
  • A bet on Florida pays off

    05/28/2014 6:09:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 27, 2014 | Tim Mullaney
    In 2008, when American businesses were almost universally hoarding cash in a struggle to survive the financial crisis, Harris Rosen made a different call. Instead of pulling back, Mr. Rosen, the biggest independent hotel owner in this city built on tourism, hit the gas. He committed to spend $130 million to renovate his seven hotels, then added more international marketing staff members to sell them to tour groups from faraway places like Brazil and South Korea. Today, Florida’s economy is on the rise again, shaking off the dead weight of a housing bust that hit Florida harder than almost any...
  • Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

    05/22/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 May 2014 | Chris Scinta
    Rolling pastures dotted with grazing cows, fields of corn and classic buggies driven by Amish in hats and bonnets — these are the images that attract visitors to Lancaster County, home to more than 30,000 of the Pennsylvania Dutch.Visitors who also bring big money to the state — to the tune of nearly $1.8 billion a year. Which explains why the winning bumper sticker in a contest sponsored by Pennsylvania's Tourism Office didn't feature the Liberty Bell or the battlefield in Gettysburg — but rather, "I Break for Shoofly Pie," an ode to the traditional Amish dessert.But pictures can be...
  • Obama to promote foreign tourism in upstate NY (tourists, or . . . ?)

    05/22/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama wants to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama planned to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the U.S. and the latest steps he is taking to boost it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama acted two years ago to speed the processing of tourist visas for visitors from China and Brazil, steps that have dramatically reduced the length...
  • San Francisco, Haul Up Your Golden Drawbridge

    05/22/2014 8:29:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "San Francisco, open your Golden Gate. You'll let nobody wait outside your door." Those are the lyrics of the city's signature song, but now somebody should call "rewrite." On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted to bar nonresidents' cars from the crooked part of Lombard Street on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between June 21 and July 13. Last year, the agency banned tour buses from driving by the iconic Painted Ladies on Alamo Square. Thanks to well-heeled city residents who can afford to live in these world-famous properties, San Francisco is hoisting a Golden Drawbridge. Kelly Edwards,...
  • Obama to pitch U.S. tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame (check out the photo at the link)

    05/22/2014 7:30:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a pitch for U.S. tourism at a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of his efforts to provide a boost for U.S. economic growth.
  • Drama Erupts Over Kevin Spacey Photo With Mexican President

    05/20/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 17, 201 | James Crugnale
    The actor denies being paid by Mexican government to pose in a selfie with its president “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey is facing criticism after a selfie he tweeted last Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was reported to have been paid off by the Mexican government. Spacey vehemently denied the report. “One of these Presidents is real. With President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico last night,” Spacey tweeted May 7, as he posed with Nieto. Mexican tourism board chief Rodolfo López Negrete Coppel told Forbes that the actor was paid, but declined to reveal how much. Earlier,...
  • Tourists Turn Back on St. Petersburg

    05/05/2014 8:44:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 30, 2014 (Issue # 1808) | Irina Titova
    The number of trips to St. Petersburg canceled by foreign tourists has increased by 15 to 20 percent this year when compared to the same time last year, tourism industry representatives said at a press conference Monday. According to Leonid Flit, chairman of the management board of the North-Western regional department of the Russian Tourism Industry Union, the increase in canceled trips and bookings is due to recent events in Ukraine.
  • Reids' Potential Business Connection to Bunkerville (Vanity)

    04/26/2014 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Apr 26, 2014 | me
    Recent threads brought to light potential business interests Reid may have in and around Bunkerville. http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3146700/postshttp://freerepublic.com/focus/news/3145746/posts?page=160#160 Here is some additional information which may explain WHY these business interests exist. Excerpting a blog entry dated June 2nd, 2013, from Friends of Gold Butte: The Gold Butte National Conservation Area with Wilderness Act has been introduced by Senator Reid. Conservationists have worked for permanent protection of Gold Butte for over ten years. Please take action today and show your support the Gold Butte National Conservation Area with Wilderness! http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org/2013/06/gold-butte-nca-proposal-introduced/ Excerpting a blog entry dated June 6th, 2013, from Friends of Gold Butte:...
  • An Anti-Israel Tourism Subterfuge

    04/09/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Nachum
    american thinker ^ | 4/9/14 | Janet Levy
    Under the guise of experiental, educational sojourns in the Middle East, an ongoing, extensive tourism subterfuge of global proportions is at work today. This comprehensive and coordinated fraudulent operation includes travel agency fronts, terrorist groups, international NGOs, Islamists, and Leftists. They include such organizations as the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Abraham Path, the Soros Foundation to Promote Open Society, and others. All of them, whether unwittingly or intentionally, are part of an effort to turn tourists, college students, and Christian pilgrims against the Jewish state of Israel. Using the rubric of “a connection between people from the Middle...
  • Small Texas Boomtown Might Have Another Chance

    02/18/2014 6:25:11 PM PST · by Antoninus II · 21 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Feb. 16, 2014 | Bill Hanna
    MINERAL WELLS — Every time Annette Bennett walks out the back door of the family business, the Baker Hotel still looms large, but it possesses little of its majestic past.
  • US issues travel warning on Israel, West Bank, Gaza

    02/04/2014 1:22:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/3/14 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, strongly warning US citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. The advisory was updated due to what the State Department said was the complex security environment in the region.
  • Entrepreneur Stitches Together a Quilting Business

    02/01/2014 3:48:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-1-14 | Jim Carlton
    HAMILTON, Mo.—This tiny farm town used to be known as the home of James Cash Penney Jr., founder of the namesake department store chain. These days, it is better known in some circles as the home of Jenny Doan. Those would be quilting circles. Over the past few years, Mrs. Doan, 57 years old, has become a veritable superstar of the craft. Her YouTube tutorials on how to make quilts have drawn as many as a million viewers, some from as far away as South Africa. Her family's Missouri Star Quilt Co. gets as many as 30,000 orders a month...
  • Obamacare May Have Unforeseen Mobility Impacts

    12/22/2013 10:57:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    In feudal times, serfs were tied to the land—unable to leave without their overlord’s permission. In the old Soviet Union, workers were tied to their jobs—unable to leave without the government’s permission. In many insurance plans, medical services rendered outside of the network are uncovered. This becomes a problem when the network is extremely narrow, as many of the plans offered under the Affordable Care Act are. It is bad enough when the “network” is bounded by the state’s borders. It is worse when the boundary is the county or city line—as is the case with many of the “affordable”...
  • I Want an American Baby! Chinese Women Flock to the U.S. to Give Birth

    11/28/2013 9:38:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/28/2013 | By Hannah Beech
    Lured by U.S. citizenship for their children, thousands of Chinese women give birth annually in the States, supporting a thriving birth-tourism industry. Jiang Wenjun was getting ready to go to America. His wife, due to give birth to their son any day, was already there. Like any expectant parents, the Shanghai couple agonized over how best to prepare for the arrival — and upbringing — of their firstborn child. American citizenship, they decided, was one of the finest gifts they could bestow. “America is the strongest country in the world,” says Jiang, whose son was born just days after he...
  • New in rural Tennessee, a mini-Smithsonian

    11/04/2013 1:29:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    UNION CITY, Tenn. — The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it’s not a villain’s lair or superhero’s headquarters. It’s Discovery Park of America, a new museum, education center and tourist attraction that opened last Friday in Union City, Tenn...