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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Former mayor "too stupid" to know $100,000 salary was illegal, sez lawyer
Once again the British newspapers bring us what the Democratic-controlled media won't...
The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today.

Oscar Hernandez
...who is a Democrat, though even the Brit papers force you to play "Name That Party!"...
is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn't even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.
One could crack jokes about him being a perfect Democratic mayor, but I shall endeavor to resist the temptation. This defense is pathetic: even an illiterate person knows money. And an illiterate person knows that 100 large is a lot of money.
Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000. All six elected officials drew salaries of up to $100,000 for serving on boards that seldom met and accomplished little.

Defense lawyers painted the officials as ignorant pawns of city manager Robert Rizzo and city attorney Edward Lee, who both advised them that massive pay raises were legal.
The officials, of course, never bothered to get a second opinion...
The attorneys for the former officials also blamed the city's financial advisory firm, which never advised the town to pare back the salaries, they say.
Were the advisors in on the scam?
Deputy District Attorney Edward Miller, though, said the officials all had important jobs in the community before their election. Hernandez owned a grocery store.
See? You'd best believe he knew money, even if he didn't know his ABCs...
Former council member Teresa Jacobo was a real estate agent and former councilman George Mirabal had worked as a city clerk.

The officials are accused of appointing each other to boards, some of which met only once a year, in order to skirt public pay laws. In the midst of the recession, the officials were earning $100,000 from the city - three and a half times the median income of the citizens they were elected to represent. The average salary for part-time elected officials at other California cities of similar size was $4,800
Posted by: Pappy || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [570 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn't even finish elementary school"

So he was illiterate; was he innumerate too?
Posted by: Barbara || 02/24/2013 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Were the advisors in on the scam?

Probably, make ALL pay the cash back, no bankruptcy permitted.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/24/2013 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  And the lawyer's too stupid to know a losing ploy.

Bad Lawyer, no fee for you.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/24/2013 1:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Who gets to hire these folks as 'advisors' first, Obama or Illinois?
Posted by: Griter Crart8496 || 02/24/2013 1:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Give the lawyer half a break. He's playing the hand he's got.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/24/2013 6:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Doesn't say much for that "working-class city of 35,000" who put him in office, but then again, look what we have in the White House.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 7:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Too illiterate to know the difference between 10 cents and 10 dollars? Too illiterate to punch in the numbers on a phone? Too illiterate to read traffic signs? Too illiterate to even pass a driving test? /rhet question.

How stupid is your councilmen? So stupid that....
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Bell became a charter city in about 2005 when a referendum passed mostly on absentee ballots, some of which were pretty sketchy (because very few people voted). Hernandez became mayor in about 2007-2008 and then also in about 2010. The voters overwhelmingly backed a recall in 2011 which removed some of the nefarious folk from office (including Hernandez).
Posted by: lord garth || 02/24/2013 9:47 Comments || Top||

#9  This...city council...do they:
Have access to the checkbook, and able to sign their own checks?
Able to figure in their withholding and other tax liabilities?
Many municiples have a balance system where any check over a certain amount must be reviewed by the county/city attorney, what is the balance system here?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2013 11:15 Comments || Top||

#10  Ignorance of the law is no an excuse?

Wiki; In July 2010, two Los Angeles Times reporters, Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, wrote an investigative journalism article on possible malfeasance in the neighboring city of Maywood, California. In their exposé, they revealed that the city officials of Bell (a small blue collar community) were receiving salaries that were reported as the highest in the nation. Subsequent investigations found atypically high property tax rates, allegations of voter fraud in municipal elections and other irregularities which heightened the ensuing scandal. These and other reports led to widespread criticism and a demand for city officials to resign.

There are still a few real reporters and news types instead of puppets and parrots.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/24/2013 14:48 Comments || Top||

#11  I bet there are a lot of drug dealers who know money are illiterate and know money better better than most on wall street
Posted by: chris || 02/24/2013 17:22 Comments || Top||

#12  ..not to mention real supply and demand vs manufactured paper speculation.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 18:11 Comments || Top||

#13  I know its obscene, but was it actually illegal?
They can change the law, but unless it was illegal at the time I don't see why this is even being prosecuted?
Gross injustice to the taxpayers, definitely.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 19:50 Comments || Top||

#14  Wow.
The TOO STUPID defense.

That one makes all other legal defenses look positively brilliant by comparison :-)
Posted by: Raider || 02/24/2013 20:29 Comments || Top||

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Rant Paul to block Brennan nom until drone question answered
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Video: Kim Jong-un Style
Not sure what the point was, but it's funny
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kimmie shot the juche box.....
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 02/24/2013 18:17 Comments || Top||

VIDEO: Topless Women Protest As Berlusconi Casts Ballot
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 13:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1396 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No pictures, move along, nothing to see here.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 15:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Alright, I lied, still not much to see here.
Can you imagine living with one of those types?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 15:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't they have to have women police to do that sort of thing? Aren't the feminists worried about the policemen getting their jollies roughing up the tootsies? I mean, what if they accidentally touch something ... sensitive? Won't they get sued for grabbing?

[shakes head] Another reason to stay home!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2013 17:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Nuthin sez "equality" like a nightstick in the mouth...
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/24/2013 19:14 Comments || Top||

#5  It's all teatro, dontcha know...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2013 19:53 Comments || Top||

#6  NOW that must have been a hard job for the police :-)
Posted by: Raider || 02/24/2013 20:23 Comments || Top||

#7  The best of Silvio Berlusconi
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 22:58 Comments || Top||

The Big Gamble - How Much Will the Cuts Hurt?
With the ax set to fall on federal spending in five days, the question in Washington is not whether the sequester will hit, but how much it will hurt.

Over the past week, President Obama has painted a picture of impending disaster, warning of travel delays, laid-off firefighters and pre-schoolers tossed out of Head Start. Conservatives accuse Obama of exaggerating the impact, and some White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype.
Oh, dear! And whose hype is that?
In the long partisan conflict over government spending, the sequester is where the rubber meets the road. Obama is betting Americans will be outraged by the abrupt and substantial cuts to a wide range of government services, from law enforcement to food safety to public schools. And he is hoping they will rise up to demand what he calls a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction that replaces some cuts with higher taxes.

"The good news is, the world doesn't end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn't end March 2," said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. "The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn't so bad."
As long as the Trunks don't cave in.
Adding to the liberal angst is concern that the scale of the cuts may be overstated, at least in the short term. While the sequester orders the White House to withdraw $85 billion in spending authority from affected agencies in the fiscal year that ends in September, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that agencies will reduce actual spending by only about $44 billion, with the remaining cuts carried over into future years.
The White House has to withdraw the money? What if The One doesn't want to? Can't he just issue another Executive Command?
Compared with total 2013 discretionary spending, that's a cut of less than 4 percent.
I wish I could lose 4% of my body fat.
The impact will be magnified, however, because of certain exemptions -- military payrolls, for example -- and because it must be compressed into seven months rather than being spread out over 12. As a result, some agencies, notably the Pentagon, are contemplating cuts to nonexempt accounts of as much as 17.5 percent.

Still, managers at many agencies have been bracing for the cuts, postponing purchases and new hires so they can protect employees and the public from the very disruptions to core services that would draw headlines.
My wife lost a real estate sale this week when the buyer got a furlough notice.
"This is the Catch-22," said Richard Kogan, a former Obama budget official now at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "The problem would be solved faster if it was literally a disaster. But making it a disaster is not what agency managers really want to do."
Really? We'll see about that. I bet the White House gives bonus points for the biggest disaster.
Liberals complain that the White House has been slow to raise the alarm. Four months ago, Obama said during the final presidential debate that the sequester "will not happen." Throughout his reelection campaign, the White House refused to discuss the cuts or plan for their implementation.
More like slow to solve the problem; slow to lead.

The WaPo goes on at some length to describe the coming pain.
On Thursday, the National Parks Service announced that furloughs would curtail services at such popular destinations as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. And on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a list of airfields that could close due to Federal Aviation Administration furloughs.

Conservatives were unimpressed. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan "fired more than 10,000 air traffic controllers. There could have been massive disruption. But there wasn't," said Chris Edwards, a budget expert at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Meanwhile, the screaming from state officials and private industry has also been muted. Governors in Washington for their annual winter meeting bemoaned the cuts, but while Democrats demanded an end to them, Republicans merely asked for more flexibility.

Chicken farmers in Delaware and Maryland are lobbying against cuts to food safety inspectors; the American Hospital Association is pushing to ease cuts to medical research; and defense industry executives have been prowling the halls of the Capitol for months.
Everybody is too important to have their trough reduced.
But there's no grand stop-the-sequester movement. And unless the public starts complaining, the AEI's Makin said Democrats' best hope for persuading Republicans to reconsider the sequester may be a new recession.
What's the Pubs best hope for convincing the Dims?
The sequester is forecast to slice 0.6 percentage points from economic growth this year, and destroy 750,000 jobs.
But just think how many would have been destroyed without the sequester! It doesn't work that way?
"By summertime, if the economy gets much weaker, then the pressure to do something starts to grow," Makin said. "Then the blame game will really get exciting, because Democrats will say if Republicans hadn't been so awful and mean, we wouldn't be having a recession now. And the Republicans will all panic."
Panic, unless they have a plan and a mouthpiece. And a platform to speak from.
With Congress headed back to Washington Monday, Republicans so far seem to be having no second thoughts. The Senate plans to vote this week on its proposal to replace the sequester through January in part with higher taxes on millionaires, but Democrats acknowledge the measure has no chance of passing.
Grandstanding, if the Pubs were doing it.
"Having no cuts at all is far, far, far worse," said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). "So I see no alternative right now."
The Sequester - Halfway There.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2013 08:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1663 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rumor has it the DC and surrounding areas will be especially hard hitÂ…snicker snicker.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/24/2013 10:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Cuts will be implemented so as to inflict serious pain to the maximum number of people so they will demand their representatives 'fix' things by restoring spending cuts. It's how budget 'cuts' have been done for decades (that I know of) at all levels of government.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/24/2013 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 11:56 Comments || Top||

#4  And of course there's:
The Other Sequestration That No One Is Talking About
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 13:30 Comments || Top||

#5  I have a simple solution: return all federal spending, social security excepted, to 2007 levels.

You remember how heartless 2007 was, right? How we weren't spending nearly enough money? Oh, right, that was Dubya's last full budget before the financial crisis, and even the Democrats were lamenting the spending and the $300 billion deficit.

Fact is, we managed to get by in 2007, and we could get by on 2007 spending today. We'd cinch a few belts.

The biggest complaint I have about the deficit and the spending today is this: not the amount of spending, not the size of the deficit, but the fact that I can't tell what we're getting for all that extra spending. We have a trillion-dollar plus deficit. Where's it all going?

If I max'd all my credit cards, took a signature loan, blew through all my savings, and cracked open my 401k, eventually I'd be flat busted and have to pay up. But at least I'd know where all the money went and what a good time I had before that day.

Where's all the money going? I'm reasonably good at reading a budget sheet, I do it at work frequently enough. But I look at a summary of the federal budget and then I look around me. The roads are a mess. The poor are still poor. The environment isn't any cleaner. The military is getting downsized. We have no green cars or green anything. Inflation is up, unemployment is up, personal and business spending are down.

Where's all the federal spending?
Posted by: Steve White || 02/24/2013 13:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Steve - The money has mostly been flushed down every rathole in every blue state mismanaged big city or its been blown away by a windmill stimulus investment thats why if you are a working person you can't see any evidence of it.
Posted by: warthogswife || 02/24/2013 16:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Myself, Steve, I like 1969. We had a large army fighting a war to protect us from Communism, landed a man on the moon, and were smack in the middle of the largest public works project in history - the Interstate Highway System. But the Feds only built the Interstates (80%) - the states have to maintain them. That's why they're falling apart.

Another big difference is that 1969 was - more or less - the start of the War on Poverty.

Many things cost more today - not just from inflation. Building and making things was a lot easier in 1969. Now the environment is a lot cleaner, but that cost goes to - who else? - the consumer. How many permits would it take to build an oil refinery? That cost, and the cost of all the extra hardware, also come to the consumer.

It's so easy to spend other people's money. That's the real problem.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2013 17:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Bobby I'm thinking it's high time we went to the peace table with Poverty. Poverty's getting too damn expensive to fight and is a fierce foe.
Let's learn to co-exist with poverty, maybe even have a detente of some sort.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/24/2013 18:51 Comments || Top||

#9  1969-War on Poverty
2013-War on Wealth
Posted by: Grunter || 02/24/2013 19:20 Comments || Top||

#10  "The money has mostly been flushed down every rathole in every blue state mismanaged big city"

Don't forget into the pockets of Bambi's cronies, warthogswife. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 02/24/2013 19:45 Comments || Top||

#11  All it will really hurt is the Federal Employee. A few of which are overpaid, most of which are suitably paid, and more than a few that are underpaid for the type of work they are doing.
Contractors, politicians and the usual pack of rent seekers, ticks and interlocutors will still be right up front to slop around in the trough. So I'm a little confused why everyone is soooo excited about this. Mark my words, there will be no "savings" in monies spent, it will just go out another door as "entitlements" or some other horseshit giveaway. The muslim brunderband may get an aircraft carrier next year or something.
Other than that, you may well succeed in lowering the bar and making a Federal job as shitty as the lowest paying equivalent in the private sector, but then you'll get the same quality employee for the money.
Supporting your agency's mission is great and all, but it wont pay the rent in and of itself.
Be careful what you (collectively) wish for, it looks like you may just be going to get it.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 19:45 Comments || Top||

#12  FOX NEWS AM > POLITICAL INSIDER > PAT CADDELL, former Democrat Pol Strategist, Pollster for Jimmy Carter = opined that POTUS Bammer has the advantage because the GOP ...

- ARE COLLECTIVELY "UNWILLING TO LEARN TO HOW TO FIGHT" OBAMA + DEMS - IIRC, the GOP-Right wanna do it their way + only their way even iff its NOT working.

CADDELL = the GOP will likely lose the Midterms + 2016, until they change NO MATTER WHAT CANDIDATE(S) THEY CHOOSE.


In the game of OWG-NWO ...


We all know what the Bolsheviks did to the Mesnheviks, while Radical Islam will just behead the BOTH of 'em.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/24/2013 20:58 Comments || Top||

#13  The thing is THE MOB now. Not competent in protection, but they spread your money out like RAIN!

Notice where the water cuts off? The only true legitimate operation of The Executive Branch.
Posted by: newc || 02/24/2013 22:53 Comments || Top||

#14  Be careful what you (collectively) wish for, it looks like you may just be going to get it.

Unfortunately, bigjim-CA, this is one of those pay now/pay later thingies. Or pain now/pain later, if you will. We've been borrowing from the kids for a couple of generations now, and the debt has gotten too big for the kids to absorb. We as a nation are going to finally have to make some decisions about what we are no longer willing to have the government do, and either turn it over to the private sector or give it up altogether. Unfortunately, the good, hardworking government workers like you, who are not responsible for the situation, happen to be the ones caught in the avalanche.

The alternative being to become a Greece, laughingstock of the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2013 23:21 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Veterans Receive Letters From VA Prohibiting Ownership or Purchase of Firearms
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 14:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is wrong on a lot of levels. It strains the notion of "due process." This happened to a Marine Viet vet friend who served two tours in Nam. He was also a cop for quite a few years. He was later diagnosed with PTSD. Once you are determined "incompetent," you play hell getting off that list. It is like a no fly list--once on, it is hard or impossible to get off. Losing your Constitutional rights is a disincentive to seeking help.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/24/2013 15:01 Comments || Top||

#2  It's VA CYA. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/24/2013 15:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, it isn't actually true, either. What the letter says is that IF you are found mentally incompetent, you could be prevented from owning firearms. It goes on to explain to the veteran how to PREVENT being declared incompetent. This goes back to 2006, I think.

Basically the deal is this: If you are unable to manage your finances, you could be declared incompetent. If that happens, someone else will be designated to receive any veterans benefits you are entitled to and will be in charge of spending that money for you. They will be designated your "guardian". If this happens, your ability to own firearms could be impacted.

You might want to read this, particularly the last paragraph just before the comments start.
Posted by: crosspatch || 02/24/2013 15:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, It's a bit alarmist.
If the language gets any stronger it will be a real problem, but in essence I think most people would agree that a mental incompetent should not be buying guns.
Problem is, the govt would find about 99.3% of us "incompetent" if they could use that as a wedge.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 15:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Problem is, the govt would find about 99.3% of us "incompetent" if they could use that as a wedge.

I'm sure they're eyeing 49% from the last election as a start, using the old Soviet standards to declare dissidents individuals mentally ill.

BTW, given case law, doesn't the ADA prohibit this approach?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 15:50 Comments || Top||

#6  As per FOX NEWS this AM, may be in line wid newly proposed legislation to emplant ANY + ALL FED EMPLOYEES WID SO-CALLED RFID = "BIO-CHIPS".

As Fed retirees, these Personages could be recalled to duty or employment in times of contingency.



IOW, Washington needs to "mark" for SkyNet-Matrix any + all de facto legal US Citizens-Residents as opposed to any + all non-US residing + working widin the post-2015, OWG/NAU-suborned USA.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/24/2013 18:28 Comments || Top||

#7  We can't emphazise this enuff - DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

Plus, your Gun is watching you???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/24/2013 18:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The Bating Game: Obama Doubles Down
By law, on Friday the executive must begin to cut $85 billion from federal spending. Though, as is his wont, the president is blaming the Republicans for what he claims is a draconian measure. No less a Washington chronicler of events than Bob Woodward of the Washington Post considers that a gross distortion of the truth

[T]he automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Treasury Secretary nominee Jack] Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors -- probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.

Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.

Lying about who's responsible is only part of the story; the president, with the connivance of the press, is trying to scare the public about the effects of the necessary cuts and proposes yet another expensive, pointless program.

Lucianne.com characterizes the scare effort as threatening: "Dead babies in the water, poisoned milk, catburgers at Mickey Dee's -- anything is possible." That wisecrack's not far off the mark. Here's Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chair of the DNC.

Well, everything is -- everything would be delayed. You're going to have massive indiscriminate cuts to education, to health care research, you're going to have research grants that won't get funded. I mean, the decisions that we make now, letting the sequester kick in, have short-term effects that affect people's daily lives, but they also have significant long-term effects. If a university isn't able to hire a researcher or -- because the grant doesn't come through -- that researcher never does groundbreaking work that could save thousands of lives later on down the road. I mean, this is dramatically irresponsible. It's irresponsible for our economy and the impact on it. It's irresponsible to, in terms of the impact it would leave on the middle class and working families. The only ones who get protected are the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans. But that appears to be the Republicans' goal. And it's just baffling. How could they possibly continue to only care about people who are already doing really well who are the only ones that would be shielded from the impact of sequester cuts?

It's not as if the trillions in debt racked up by the administration have accomplished much more than feeding Obama's cronies and buying him political support with our money. The examples are too numerous to do the topic justice in this space. Let's review some that even the media has not been able to fully erase from the short-lived memories of a significant number of voters, so that Republicans who need to make a more forceful case for necessary cuts can credibly note the monumental waste.

Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 05:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1409 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The only ones who get protected are the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans....

...or people living in Blue States which Champ will not punish.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 6:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Need to organize the Citizens Brigade again to flood the internet with counter images (photo and textual) of stupid and inappropriate stuff the government is continuing to spend money on when the WH and the Media make the big propaganda push of the 'effects' of the cuts with the usual 'poor and suffering' lies. Time to pull the curtain away to show the real wizard at work manipulating the story.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  $85 million? That is chicken feed by Washington standards. What is that about a day's worth of spending? You'd think the world was coming to an end with all the hype and hysteria the Donks are putting out.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/24/2013 14:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Hype and hysteria? I forgot to add "lies."
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/24/2013 14:52 Comments || Top||

#5  JohnQC: looks like about an hour and a half.
Posted by: KBK || 02/24/2013 21:53 Comments || Top||

#6  But that would be 23 million, not 23 billion. So, like bullets purchased, it's easy to lose track of an exponent or three...about two days, half a percent.
Posted by: KBK || 02/24/2013 21:59 Comments || Top||

#7  s/23/85/g
Posted by: KBK || 02/24/2013 22:00 Comments || Top||

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Scooter McGruder
john frum
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Frank G
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2013-02-24
  Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
Sat 2013-02-23
  Syrian Rebels Claim To Seize Nuclear Facility
Fri 2013-02-22
  Boko Haram Denies Ceasefire, Pastes Threat Posters In Borno
Thu 2013-02-21
  Bombing in Indian Hyderabad, at least 11 killed
Wed 2013-02-20
  French nationals kidnapped in northern Cameroon
Tue 2013-02-19
  Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace
Mon 2013-02-18
  Five killed in attack at government office in Peshawar
Sun 2013-02-17
  Egyptian police publicly beat to death man suspected of killing officer
Sat 2013-02-16
  Bomb kills at least 20 in Pakistani city
Fri 2013-02-15
  Meteorite Hits Urals, Up to 500 Injured
Thu 2013-02-14
  Pakistan asks Taliban to announce 30-day cease-fire for talks
Wed 2013-02-13
  Syrian rebels say they captured military air base near Aleppo
Tue 2013-02-12
  KCNA confirms: Pudgy sets off a nuke
Mon 2013-02-11
  Seven killed, 11 injured in attacks across southern Thailand
Sun 2013-02-10
  Syrian troops, rebels clash over Damascus highway

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