Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The United States of Sequestration | Mother Jones

The United States of Sequestration | Mother Jones

Starting March 1, federal programs and their state and local beneficiaries began grappling with $85.4 billion in cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Some programs have been spared—Congress voted to restore tuition assistance for members of the armed services and, just last week, restored funding to the Federal Aviation Administration to forestall flight-delaying furloughs. But for the most part, the cuts have remained intact. Six weeks in, we took a look at how sequestration is has impacted 50 states, from canceled festivals to shuttered Head Start programs to massive layoffs.

Click on link to view how your state will be impacted....

Budweiser’s Buddy Cup: Bump Beers, Become Buds … on Facebook - ABC News

Budweiser’s Buddy Cup: Bump Beers, Become Buds … on Facebook - ABC News

Budweiser doesn’t think grabbing some beers at a bar is quite social enough. Or at least not social network enough.

The company’s Brazil team has come up with the Buddy Cup- a cup that when tapped with another one of its kind allows the two cup holders to become Facebook friends. That’s right, no need to put down the beer, take out the phone, search for a name and then send a friend request.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Humane Society Offering Free Pet Food, Vaccinations Saturday In East LA

EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Free pet food and dog and cat rabies vaccinations will be offered to pet owners Saturday in East Los Angeles as part of a community outreach program.

The event at Hollenbeck Park, 451 S. St. Louis Street, is focused on providing services to pet owners in neighborhoods without affordableand accessible pet care.

The Humane Society of the United States, Halo, Free Kibble, North Figueroa Animal Hospital and East Los Angeles Cat and Dog Hospital are hosting the event which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pet food and vaccines will be available while supplies last.




Dispose of Prescription Drugs on April 27

Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event runs from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

If you have unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines, this is a great opportunity to safely discard them.

Enter your ZIP code to find a collection site near you.

Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and environmental protection.

  • Don't flush medicines down the toilet or drain. Doing so could affect drinking water sources.
  • Don't throw medicines directly in the trash. Doing so could lead to the poisoning of a child or pet, or drug abuse by a teen or adult.
  • Do find out how to properly dispose of medicines (PDF).

Saturday, April 20, 2013


In the midst of the Second World War, Joseph Stalin, seized by one of his historic fits of paranoia and cruelty, declared the Chechen people disloyal to the U.S.S.R. and banished them from their homeland in the northern Caucasus to Central Asia and the Siberian wastes.

Tens of thousands of Chechens, along with members of other small ethnic groups from the Caucasus and the Crimean Peninsula, died in the mass deportation or soon after—some from cold, some from starvation.

The Tsarnaev family eventually settled in a town called Tokmok, in Kyrgyzstan, not far from the capital, Bishkek. Most who survived the next thirteen years in exile were permitted to return home, in the late fifties, under Nikita Khrushchev, and they reëstablished a sense of place as well as identity. Some remained expatriates.

Chechens speak Russian with a thick accent; more often they speak their own language, Noxchiin Mott.

The Caucasus region is multicultural in the extreme, but the predominant religion in the north is Islam.

The Chechen national spirit is what is invariably called “fiercely independent.” When the Soviet Union collapsed, in 1991, nationalist rebels fought two horrific wars with the Russian Army for Chechen independence. In the end, the rebel groups were either decimated or came over to the Russian side. But rebellion persists, in Chechnya and in the surrounding regions—Dagestan and Ingushetia—and it is now fundamentalist in character.

The slogan is “global jihad.” The tactics are kidnappings, assassinations, bombings.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Adolphus Busch IV resigns NRA membership | ksdk.com

Adolphus Busch IV resigns NRA membership | ksdk.com

Did George have a point ?

FBI — Photos


FBI Releases Images of Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing - ABC News

FBI Releases Images of Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing - ABC News

The media vs. The Senate 46

The media vs. The Senate 46 - POLITICO.com#.UW_rydH-Afc.twitter

The digital newsstand is awash today with articles and editorials condemning the Senate for rejecting the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on guns.

The New York Times has published a moving editorial from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tucson, Ariz.; The editors of Bloomberg View have released their own editorial criticizing rural America's outsized influence on the gun debate; and Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, slammed Senate Republicans for insulting the American people.

Other critics in the media have been more activist. Scarborough's co-host, Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter today to publicly shame the 46 Senators who voted 'No,' tweet by tweet. The Huffington Post similarly broadcast this unforgettable splash and published an unsigned item with the Twitter handles of the Senators who opposed the bill, urging its vast readership to "let them know how you feel."

In less tangible ways, the frustration with the Senate 46 has also seeped into news coverage, where the the dialogue often centers on how these lawmakers can defend voting against the will of 90 percent of the nation.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What to Do if You Missed the Tax Filing Deadline - NYTimes.com

What to Do if You Missed the Tax Filing Deadline - NYTimes.com

O.K., it’s now after April 15. If you haven’t filed your income tax returns or an extension, it’s time for damage control.

The Internal Revenue Service advises filing as soon as possible after the deadline to lessen the impact of the late-filing or late-payment penalties, and interest, you will have to pay.

“File as soon as possible,” said Melissa Labant, director of tax advocacy for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. “Don’t think, ‘Oh, the deadline passed so there’s no rush now.’”

If you are owed a refund, you won’t be charged a penalty for filing late, the I.R.S. says. But if you’re sitting on a refund, what are you waiting for?

The agency generally won’t waive interest on any bill due, but it will consider abating penalties if you can show a “reasonable cause” for filing late.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

God Be With You Boston

3 Leaked Immigration Reform Details You Need To Know - ABC News

3 Leaked Immigration Reform Details You Need To Know - ABC News

Here's what you need to know:

1. The Border Security "Trigger"The bill creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who meet certain qualifications, but applicants would need to undergo a 10-year probationary period before being eligible for a green card.

The decade-long wait comes with another caveat: The federal government will need to meet certain border security benchmarks before any undocumented immigrants can receive a green card.

The benchmarks? An operational border security plan, a completed border fence, a mandatory employment verification system across the country and a system to track exits at airports and seaports, according to reports in several news outlets.

The border security plan would require surveillance of 100 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border and 90 percent effectiveness in border enforcement, The New York Times reported.

If those goals are met, immigrants who completed the 10-year waiting period would be eligible to apply for a green card.


Monday, April 15, 2013


China can stop North Korea. Will they? - Martin Schram

China can stop North Korea. Will they? - Martin Schram

At the United Nations, China reluctantly supported sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang's Feb. 12 nuclear test. But U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice made clear last week that the United States expects China to do more.

"Clearly, with the border they have, with the economic relationship that they have, they can do more," Rice said in a speech at a women's forum in New York. She said China appeared to be "very much of the view that Kim Jong Un has gone too far, and that this now is a situation that has the potential to directly threaten their interests in the region -- both economic and security."

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Manda Fine Meats - Recall

Manda Fine Meats - Home
The affected products include roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami with sell by dates between May 13, 2013 and July 2, 2013 and establishment #8746A.

If you purchased one of these products, please bring the product back to the place it was purchased for a full refund.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Automakers Recall 3.3 Million Vehicles Over Air Bags - NYTimes.com

Automakers Recall 3.3 Million Vehicles Over Air Bags - NYTimes.com

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are recalling about 3.3 million vehicles worldwide because the passenger-side air bag could deploy with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger area, the automakers said Thursday.

Worldwide, the recalls announced in Tokyo include about 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 20,000 Mazdas. Almost 1.4 million of the vehicles are in the United States.
Among the automakers, Honda has had the most serious, continuing problem with air bag. Before Thursday’s action, Honda had already recalled almost two million vehicles since 2008 for an excessively powerful driver’s air bag.
The bags were produced by the Japanese supplier Takata Corporation, which also sold some of the defective products to General Motors and BMW, according to a report Takata filed Thursday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington. An estimated 48,000 2003 Pontiac Vibes, which is a mechanical sibling of the Toyota Matrix, will be recalled, a G.M. spokesman, Alan Adler, wrote in an e-mail.
The models are the 2001-3 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430.
The Hondas being recalled are 43,000 2002-3 CR-V models; 426,000 2001-3 Civics; and 92,000 2002 Odyssey minivans. The Mazdas are the 2003-4 Mazda 6 and 2004 RX-8.
The Nissans in the U.S. being recalled are the 2000-4 Nissan Maxima, Infiniti FX, Infiniti QX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Sentra, a Nissan spokesman, Steve Yaeger, wrote in an e-mail.

Senate Beats Back Gun Bill Filibuster : Roll Call Policy

Senate Beats Back Gun Bill Filibuster : Roll Call Policy

The Senate on Thursday cleared a major hurdle on a gun background check bill, voting 68-31 to overcome a filibuster of the bill. However, the ultimate fate of the bill is uncertain as it is likely to face another filibuster attempt before any vote on final passage.

With polls showing that as many as 90 percent of Americans want to see enhanced background checks for firearms, many GOP senators were wary of filibustering the motion to proceed to the bill even if they eventually vote against it. Several Republicans voted with the majority of Democrats, while only a handful of Democrats voted to sustain the filibuster.

The Republicans who voted against the filibuster are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, John McCain of Arizona, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Democrats voting for the filibuster were Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

SEOUL — As North Korea warned foreigners on Tuesday that they might want to leave South Korea because the peninsula was on the brink of nuclear war — a statement that the United States Embassy in Seoul and analysts dismissed as hyperbole — the American commander in the Pacific expressed worries that the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, might not have left himself an easy exit to reduce tensions.

“His father and his grandfather, as far as I can see, always figured into their provocation cycle an ‘off ramp,’ “ the commander, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And it’s not clear to me that he has thought through how to get out of it. And so that’s what makes this scenario, I think, particularly challenging.”

Rise of the 'narcobloggers' | The Stream - Al Jazeera English

Rise of the 'narcobloggers' | The Stream - Al Jazeera English

Tens of thousands have been killed as Mexico continues to be swept up in a drug war that has left the country plagued by violence, corruption and tragedy. Facing constant death threats from cartels, many journalists have been forced to remain silent. But one clandestine blogger refuses to succumb to the pressure, using her site to document the raw realities on the ground. On Tuesday we’ll air an interview
with the woman behind Blog del Narco. Join us at 1930GMT.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Origami Condoms...meow =D

Let's face it, for many people the classic latex condom is an unsensational product at best. And for nearly a century, no one really bothered to make that basic design any better.

But now a small business called Origami Condoms says it is ready to reinvent the condom and make it more appealing to use by taking a design tip from the Japanese art of paper folding. The secret? An accordion-like design.


RIP Iron Lady

Tributes Pour in for Margaret Thatcher - NYTimes.com

LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, a towering, divisive and yet revered figure in British politics, who left an enduring and contentious impact on British life and society, died on Monday of a stroke, her family said. Politicians feted her influence on her country’s destiny as among the greatest since Winston Churchill and the authorities said she would be buried with military honors.   

Born: October 13, 1925 (age 87), Grantham
Full name: Margaret Hilda Roberts
Nicknames: Thatcher, the Milk Snatcher, Maggie, Attilla the Hen, Iron Lady
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom

Thursday, April 4, 2013

LAPD Announces 4 Checkpoints For The Weekend: LAist

LAPD Announces 4 Checkpoints For The Weekend: LAist

There are many excellent reasons to not drink and drive, and just one of them is that you could get caught at one of four checkpoints that LAPD is planning for the weekend.

There will be a checkpoint on Friday at Western Avenue at 39th Street from 6 pm until midnight.

There will be another checkpoint on Friday at Hollywood Boulevard at Orange Grove Avenue from 8 pm until 2 am on Saturday.

The third checkpoint on Friday will be in Silver Lake at Hyperion Avenue at Scotland Street from 8 pm until 2 am.

On Saturday, there will be a checkpoint in Van Nuys at Roscoe Boulevard at Gloria Avenue from 8 pm until 2 am.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mexico sues billionaire Carlos Slim's Telmex over phone fees

Mexico sues billionaire Carlos Slim's Telmex over phone fees - latimes.com

MEXICO CITY — In an unusual legal action against the world's richest man, Mexico is suing the telecommunications giant Telmex for charging allegedly illegal fees that were tacked on to what are already some of the highest phone rates among developed countries.

The lawsuit, filed in civil court by the federal consumer protection agency, aims to end a set of fees and, in what may be a first in this country, recover money for millions of telephone users.

Telmex provides about 80% of fixed telephone lines in Mexico. It is owned by tycoon Carlos Slim, listed for the last few years by Forbes magazine as the wealthiest person in the world, with an empire estimated at $73 billion.

Slim also controls nearly three-quarters of the Mexican cellphone market through another company, Telcel, part of his regional conglomerate America Movil. Telcel has also been sued by the consumer protection agency for failing to reimburse users for a series of recent service outages.

Awww...Hero dog helps pull girl from icy river

Hero dog helps pull girl from icy river - CNN.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What the Google-Easter Flap Really Tells Us | ClickZ

What the Google-Easter Flap Really Tells Us | ClickZ

Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, and Dana Perino (formerly with the Bush White House) - went on social channels to complain about Google's doodle of the day: Cesar Chavez. The civil rights leader would have been 86 yesterday, and his birthday was being honored in 10 states. But a number of conservatives ranted that Google's choice was a snub to Easter Sunday and to Christians everywhere.

Monday, April 1, 2013

How did the Richest Man in the world make his money ?

Mexican consumer protection agency files suit against Telmex - chicagotribune.com

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government's consumer protection agency said on Sunday it had opened a class action lawsuit against Carlos Slim's fixed line phone company Telmex for making illegal charges.

Rafael Ochoa, a legal expert at the federal prosecutor's office for the consumer (Profeco), said Telmex had made unwarranted charges for a privacy service and that Profeco had filed the suit with a federal civil court in Mexico City.
Profeco took the step after noticing that Telmex was charging users some 10.40 pesos ($0.84) a month for a data protection service that was a constitutional right, said Ochoa.

Slim, the world's richest man, controls roughly 80 percent of Mexico's fixed line phone market and 70 percent of the country's mobile business through his giant phone company America Movil , of which Telmex is a part.

In February, Mexico's competition watchdog Cofeco said it would fine Telmex $52 million for monopolistic practices.

Slim's companies have successfully fought off a number of lawsuits in the past, but the billionaire is facing tougher regulation from President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.