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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Union bosses threaten Hurricane Sandy cleanup contractors, their families
[DAILYCALLER] Unionized local employees repeatedly harassed and intimidated non-union workers of a private disaster cleanup firm that won a government contract to restore Long Island, New York, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The vice president of the union even made threats against the wife and kids of one of the workers. That worker felt it necessary to call the police and pursue other security measures to protect his family, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

After Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey shoreline in late October, Looks Great Services (LGS) won a bid to haul away debris, clear roads and remove damaged trees. New York's Nassau County hired the company to complete $70 million worth of repairs.

Soon thereafter, representatives of Local 138, a union representing heavy equipment operators, began visiting construction sites, demanding that the company hire unionized employees to help with the job.

But LGS was paying its workers -- some of whom came from out of state -- market-based wages, rather than union wages, in compliance with federal law regarding disaster recovery jobs.

"If the contract is union, we are union, if it's not, we're not," said Kristian Agoglia, president of LGS, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

His answer didn't satisfy the union, which began making inflammatory statements to workers at LGS construction sites.

One of LGS's contract workers recalled a union heckler telling them to "take your country ass back to Mississippi," and "get your dumb Tennessee ass off that piece of equipment."

"What they would say is, 'It sure would be sad if your trucks caught on fire,'" recalled the LGS worker, who spoke to TheDC News Foundation on condition of anonymity because the union also made threats against his wife and children.

Local 138 vice president Phil Capobianco made the threats, said the source.

"[He] called and said, 'Look you have to get us involved,'" recalled the source. "I said, first of all, I don't have to; second of all, we've tried; and third you've said you refuse to work for the rates we can pay."

Then Capobianco said something that the source would never forget.

"He said, 'I would just hate for anything to happen,'" recalled the source. Capobianco then rattled off a list of the source's home address, his wife's name, his kids and their current whereabouts.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, we know that the DoJ won't give LGS any help with the thugs. If anything Obastard would be using the NSA to find all the wives & kids for the unions.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/18/2013 10:43 Comments || Top||

The FBI Thinks It May Finally Know Where Hoffa's Body Is Buried
Latent metadata ?
And you were wondering why they weren't busy investigating the IRS scandal...
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa born February 14, 1913; disappeared July 30, 1975, declared legally dead July 30, 1982

You coppers will never find me, but I'll tell ya I'm on a long vacation, its warm and sunny, jus the kind of place to be on the lam.

So here's to you coppers, keep digging.

Posted by: Au Auric || 06/18/2013 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Another shovel ready distraction. Any news on the Lindbergh baby ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/18/2013 1:08 Comments || Top||

#3  What's this I hear about Judge Crater?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/18/2013 5:10 Comments || Top||

#4  In the yellow pages under cement.

Don't forget to try the veal.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/18/2013 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  ....finally I can get some sleep....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/18/2013 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Squirrel!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/18/2013 8:27 Comments || Top||

#7  But they don't seem to know much else when questioned before a Congressional committee.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/18/2013 9:53 Comments || Top||

#8  My good friend Ambrose Bierce tells me that this is bullshit.
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 06/18/2013 11:58 Comments || Top||

#9  IF you know, go get him, If you don't, announce you do and chase squirrels.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/18/2013 12:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Hey, wait! I thought Jimmy was buried in Giants Stadium. Now he's in Michigan?

For a dead guy, he sure gets around.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/18/2013 14:51 Comments || Top||

#11  They are looking for Maddens ring...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/18/2013 15:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Alleged quote from St. Valentine's massacre:
"Who shot ya?"
"Nobody shot me.......(death rattle)"
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/18/2013 15:35 Comments || Top||

#13  "I will pose as Jimmy Hoffa, back from vacation..."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/18/2013 15:58 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Disputes erupt in Somalia's Ministry of information
[Shabelle] disputes have erupted in Somalia's Ministry of information between the minister and his two deputies.

Abdullahi Elmoge who is the minister is being accused by his deputies Mr. Abdishakur Ali Mire and Ibrahim Isaaq Yarow of monopolizing the ministry .The two deputies are believed to be furious about the minister's dictatorship and obstruction of national responsibility by hijacking all the duties the two deputies were assigned to.

The prime minister of the federal republic of Somalia intervened before the matter went kaboom! after he paid unexpected visit to the ministry headquarters yesterday.

Wrangles began when the minister named his own men to perform assignments and duties meant for the two deputies after which the two deputies complained to the prime minister.

Eyewitness at the ministry of information informed Shabelle media station that the prime minister held a closed door meeting with the three senior government officials but the outcome of the meeting is not yet known.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

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Morocco Journalist Convicted of Defaming Islamist Minister
[An Nahar] A Moroccan editor was handed a two month suspended prison sentence on Monday for defamation, after writing that an Islamist minister had organized a lavish, alcohol-fueled dinner during an official trip abroad.

The court in a suburb of Casablanca also fined Youssef Jajili, the director of Al-Aan magazine, 50,000 dirhams (4,500 euros), and ordered him to pay a symbolic dirham to the plaintiff, Minister of Industry and Trade Abdelkader Amara.

Jajili, who had been charged with disseminating false information, was not present in court when the ruling was announced, but his lawyer said he would appeal.

"This ruling is unjustified. The court did not consider our requests... We will continue to fight for the freedom of expression," Brahim Rachidi told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Amara, who belongs to the ruling Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD), filed a complaint after the publication last year of an article claiming he had organised a sumptuous champagne dinner during a trip to Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
that cost 10,000 dirhams of public money.

The minister said at the time that the magazine supported its claims with "false witnesses and a false copy of the bill," calling the article "an attack on his honor and dignity" that was aimed at "undermining the PJD."

During the five month trial, the editor defended the claims, saying he had a supporting document which he refused to show the court, arguing that to do so would endanger his sources.

His lawyer emphasized that the article had not accused the minister of consuming alcohol.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The name of the horse is "Maine Dash Ta Fame"

So If you lead a horse, say his name is Abdelkader Amara, to a watering hole and organize a lavish, alcohol-fueled dinner during an official trip abroad, do you think he will drink ?

Posted by: Au Auric || 06/18/2013 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Defamation of an Islamist minister? Kind of boggles the mind. Might have thought it was the buggering of goats, camel or little boys that was discovered in the minister's background that was discovered by the editor? Instead the editor criticized the ruling class for lavish spending on un-Islamic things such as alcohol.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/18/2013 9:12 Comments || Top||

Four more MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia
[AlArabiya] Saudi Arabia says four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the center of the growing crisis.

Overall, nearly 40 people have died from the virus since September, mostly in Europe and the Middle East. That's according to local officials and the World Health Organization.

The Saudi Health Ministry also said on Monday that it confirmed three more cases of the virus, including in a 2-year-old child. Officials are still seeking clues on how easily it is spread between humans.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Come for the Hajj. Take home a virus!"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/18/2013 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Now, I wonder
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/18/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Ramadan this year will be from mid July to mid Aug

Hajj this year will be in Oct
Posted by: lord garth || 06/18/2013 13:32 Comments || Top||

Target total govt control
[Bangla Daily Star] Grameen Bank Inquiry Commission is set to recommend restructuring Grameen Bank in the shape of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank or Rural Electrification Board in order to give the government absolute control over the micro-lender.
Grameen Bank is a microlender, formed outside Bangla govt channels, to make small loans to poor people without any collateral. It was founded in 1975 by Mohammed Yunus as a project to deliver banking services to the rural poor. In 2006 the bank and its founder were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for what that's worth. The Bangla govt nudged him out of his place as head of the bank last year and now they're nationalizing it, so there must be a good-sized boodle there.
So they won't be a microlender much longer, at least when dispersing said boodle...
The recommendations will be unveiled at a workshop "Future Structure of Grameen Bank: Some Options" at the Biam auditorium in the capital on July 2. Finance Minister AMA Muhith will give the keynote speech there.

The government-sponsored commission has already sent invitations to a number of experts to attend the event, said sources.

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, termed the commission's suggestions completely irrelevant and unworkable.

"The government takeover of a sound financial institution owned by 8.4 million poor women will be a case of an extreme abuse of government power. Options offered by the Inquiry Commission are totally irrelevant and unworkable. They do not deserve to be discussed with any seriousness," he said.

According to the paper to be presented at the workshop, the Grameen Bank's legal structure should be similar to that of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB).

"In order to keep the Grameen Bank base of at least 540,000 shareholders under a single state institution, it would be necessary to amend the Grameen Bank Ordinance to bring it closer to the legal format of BSB," it said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, I remember the penny banks. They'd lend poor women a few pennies so they could buy some yarn and set up their own little cottage industries. Capitalism at its worst.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/18/2013 11:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Muzzies don't like women having anything but total subservience. Can't have this s#it, I'm surprised it's lasted as long as it has.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/18/2013 12:50 Comments || Top||

China Stimulated Its Economy Like Crazy After The Financial Crisis ... And Now The Nightmare Is
Hyper stimulation, shrinking markets, excess capacity are looming problems in China. China cannot sell all that it produces. Inflation is increasing and growth decreasing. Housing prices are going up. They have troublesome bubbles too. A good companion article in "Financial Times" is referenced in the article.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/18/2013 09:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing like a little government stimulus to blow a bubble, huh Champ?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/18/2013 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Step 2: Blame the US.

Step 4: Profit!
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/18/2013 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  But, according to France24, Chinese diplomatic missions appear to be hosting ever-more lavish receptions.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/18/2013 12:06 Comments || Top||

#4  China cannot sell all that it produces.

Then just throw it away (what they've been doing, for practical purposes).
Or convert to producing war materials, and 'consume' them in a war someplace (what the world did 1939-45).
Or make lots of babies again to increase consumption.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/18/2013 12:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Article is all about second guessing how the government intervened. The problem, of course, is the intervention itself.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/18/2013 13:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Or make lots of babies again to increase consumption

And if you really wanna increase consumption, DO NOT throw out the girl babies. They grow up to be much more prolific shoppers.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/18/2013 16:56 Comments || Top||

And if you really wanna increase consumption, DO NOT throw out the girl babies. They grow up to be much more prolific shoppers.

More importantly: girl babies are the future bottleneck to making more babies.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/18/2013 17:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Learned in my 1st year statics and dynamics class as an engineer: you cant push a rope.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/18/2013 21:52 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish unions march in support of Istanbul protesters
[LATIMES] Riot police in Istanbul fired water cannons and tear gas Monday to disperse pockets of protesters on the sidelines of a demonstration called by labor groups hoping to capitalize on weeks of activism to register broader discontent.

Two major labor groups urged their members to hold a one-day strike and participate in demonstrations in response to a police crackdown against activists who have led protests centered on Istanbul's Taksim Square and nearby Gezi Park in recent weeks.

A rally in Ankara, the capital, took place peacefully, and there were no immediate signs that the police operation in Istanbul had provoked major festivities in the afternoon. Earlier, Turkey's interior minister warned that anyone joining unlawful demonstrations would "bear the legal consequences."

...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
in a sign of tension between rival groups, images from the Dogan news agency showed crowds of government supporters facing down some protesters. Some chanted, "The hands targeting the police should be broken."

The government has expressed increasing exasperation over more than two weeks of street demonstrations, including a sit-in in Gezi Park and occasional festivities between stone-throwing youths and riot police.
Posted by: Fred || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Nuclear war between Israel and Iran: lethality beyond the pale

The proliferation of nuclear technology in the politically volatile Middle East greatly increases the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war. It is widely accepted, while not openly declared, that Israel has nuclear weapons, and that Iran has enriched enough nuclear material to build them. The medical consequences of a nuclear exchange between Iran and Israel in the near future are envisioned, with a focus on the distribution of casualties in urban environments
Quite interesting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/18/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Or you can calculate these things for yourself, if you have your handy dandy Nuclear Bomb Effects Computer. I was given one from a retired physicist.

Here is an on line site that emulates the circular computer, if you are DIY kind of person.

And HERE is a site with background information on the computer and the 700 page report.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/18/2013 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't fergit China-vs-india-vs-Pakistan, espec iff China + Japan andor China + PHIL start shoting at each other.

The three above are more likely to nuke each other in any East-South Asia Crisis as long as the US + Russia aren't involved.

We already know about China-vs-Japan, but come 2014 will begin the formal Govt-sharing, Coop in Nuke-armed Pakistan between Islamabad + the Taliban, etal. insurgents. MOST ANALYSTS ANTICIPATE THE TALIBAN, ETAL. TO EVENTUALLY DOMINATE THE PAK GOVT LIKE HEZBOLLAH DID, + STILL DOES, IN LEBANON.




Sunni Egypt + Egypt's Oil-Gas + World-vital Suez Canal under Iran, Hezbollah, + IRGC Quds Force control or domination???

In summation, IRAN may get ...
> Eastern Mediterranean = Atlantic Ocean presence in LT, as sttaed by Iran's Govt, Navy Officios + Top Eggs???
> Own Nukes.
> Iran BFF Pakistan's LR nuclear arsenal to defend the Persian Gulf regions agz the US Navy-DOD.
> Shia Islamist Iranian Control or domination of the Suez Canal???


Once again, Sunni KSA can no longer afford to stay on the sidelines.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/18/2013 2:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's see...Israeli capacity: known, Irani capacity: none. Guess we know first strike results. Seems prevailing wind patterns may cause secondary fallout effects for Saudis.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/18/2013 4:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Bes stategy agaisnt Iran is not threatning on bombing it since Ahmedinajad told eradicating Israel is well worth the price of several million dead (what ordinary iranians think of having millions of them killed for an Arab cause, that is people who hate their guts is not known). Not the real deterrent against Iran would be to threaten Mecca and Medinah.
Posted by: JFM || 06/18/2013 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Historically, the only real deterrent against Islam is killing a lot of Muslims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/18/2013 14:11 Comments || Top||

#6  The difference between a stinking desert and a glassed-over desert: not much. The scorpions will survive, as will the vultures, most likely.
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 06/18/2013 16:03 Comments || Top||

#7  ...You know, I've always thought that at least a few Israeli warheads are aimed at the Iranian oil fields and infrastructure. No way to get the oil out means the Iranian leadership will get at least one chance to reconsider their foolishness.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/18/2013 18:49 Comments || Top||

#8  The Lord is our shepherd says the psalm, but just in case....
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 06/18/2013 20:30 Comments || Top||

#9  God has weapons, his rod and his staff, so us having weapons is just us being like God:p
Posted by: Silentbrick - Schlumberger Squishy Mud Division || 06/18/2013 22:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Better think twice, Iran about these nuclear threats, a la Kimmie. One false step and yer Mahdi and his well go up in a mushroom cloud and come down as nasty radioactive daughters. And Qom becomes a glass roentgen soup bowl.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/18/2013 23:04 Comments || Top||

#11  If the Israelis are feeling really nasty they'll set off a couple of high altitude nukes for a big EMP foot print and kill off all of the Arab's cell phones. The Arabs would go into severe withdrawal symptoms, loss of appetite, depression, nausea, and flatulence.
Posted by: Shump Ebbinesing8470 || 06/18/2013 23:15 Comments || Top||

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Tue 2013-06-18
  Today's Pakaboom: 18 dead at Mardan funeral
Mon 2013-06-17
  LeJ claims twin attacks
Sun 2013-06-16
  Double blasts kill 25 in Pakistan
Sat 2013-06-15
  Mali's Tuareg rebels ready to sign peace deal
Fri 2013-06-14
  Mortars Fired at Damascus Airport, Delay 3 Flights
Thu 2013-06-13
  60 Boko Haram members killed in Maiduguri
Wed 2013-06-12
  Thousands Throng Istanbul Protest Square
Tue 2013-06-11
  Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead
Mon 2013-06-10
  Syria Islamists Execute Youth in Front of Family
Sun 2013-06-09
  Pak police recovers 15,000 kilos of explosive material
Sat 2013-06-08
  Tunisia Turns Away 8 Gulf Muslim Preachers
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  Seven killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan
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  Missile Kills 26, including 8 Youths, in Syria Village

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