May 152011

~ Dutch warned of this yesterday!

Watch our News Ticker because I post each new one as it pops up…

right now, anywhere there is a fault line, volcano, or dormant volcano, the threat level is raised (IMO) .

here are the statistics:

6.5 magnitude

6.2 magnitude

TWO 6.0’s:



May 152011

‘Flat Daddy’ is new movie about the struggle of military families

May 152011

May 152011

“Immigration reform is a moral imperative, and so it’s worth seeking greater understanding from our faith. As it is written in the Book of Deuteronomy [10:19], ‘Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.’ To me, that verse is a call to show empathy to our brothers and our sisters; to try and recognize ourselves in one another.” – BO ~ BarrySoetro

~ Yah plenty of BO & BS ~ JP

May 152011

Read Ed Morrissey’s post…

May 152011

via FOX Nation

The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.

The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves. Still, Republicans have assailed the waivers as a sign of both favoritism and of major problems with the law.

“The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in March. Upton is one of three House committee chairmen who has used new oversight powers to investigate the annual limit waivers.

Administration officials say the law allows the Health and Human Services Department to grant the waivers to avoid disrupting the insurance market before the law overhauls the insurance system in 2014. They say the waivers are granted through a transparent process.

The Hill

May 152011

Unionized phone company employees say they were beaten or threatened after they accused their labor bosses of looting their coffers through various scams.

One member of Communications Workers of America Local 1101 said that after he reported a time-sheet padding scheme, a thug beat him so badly his spine was injured.

Another says he found a dead rat in his locker, while a third said a union officer warned that suspected informants should be brought off company property and “taken care of.”

The threats come to light as the U.S. Labor Department is probing charges that union bosses lined their pockets at the rank-and-file’s expense.

Accusations include an unauthorized 401(k) plan union officers gave themselves funded with members’ dues, along with hefty weekly allowances, lavish expense accounts and six-figure salaries, union documents show.

The feds are also looking into allegations that double-dipping union bosses illegally received pay from Verizon and the local for the same hours, sources said.

“This was union greed and that’s worse than corporate greed,” said Kevin Condy, a reform movement leader of the 6,700-member local that represents mostly Verizon workers in Manhattan and the Bronx. “These guys acted like they felt they were entitled.”

And, some members charge, the bosses retaliated when threatened with exposure.

Lots of padding

A financial monitor hired by the union’s national last month uncovered “highly questionable practices” by local union bosses, including:

— Setting up a 401(k) plan for themselves to which members contributed a percentage of their dues, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. The national union halted the perk in March.

— Establishing a weekly $225 no-receipts-required expense allowance that added $11,700 annually to the paychecks of each officer and board member. The national also stopped this in March.

— Expensing meal tabs averaging $225 a person at an Atlantic City meeting and $600-a-night hotel charges in Las Vegas.

— Spending up to $37,000 a year in car service bills while also charging for their own cars.

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Sebastian Taravella and Salvatore DiStefano feel they are being persecuted by their co-workers and supervisors due to them reporting some alleged corruption in the work place. Sebastian and Salvatore are among several phone company employees who claim they were beaten or threatened.

May 152011
Mississippi River Flo_Norm(5)

Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza. Water from the inflated Mississippi River gushed through a floodgate Saturday for the first time in nearly four decades and headed toward thousands of homes and farmland in the Cajun countryside, threatening to slowly submerge the land under water up to 25 feet deep. (AP)

The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, is seen from the air in Morganza, La. In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

May 13: The Mississippi River floods Kings Community, Miss. Source: Fox News

Seth Robinson, 4, looks around at the Yazoo River flooding of his father’s corn crop on farm land along River Road, north of Yazoo City, Miss. Source: AP

A carp tries to swim from the backwater that has flooded the corn fields across River Road north of Yazoo City, Miss. Source: AP

The Mississippi River floods the town of Vicksburg, Miss. Source: Fox News

Louisiana National Guardsmen use machinery to fill Hesco baskets with sand to protect residential neighborhoods in preparation of impending flooding from the likely diversion of Mississippi River floodwaters into the Atchafalaya Basin, in Morgan City, La. Source: AP

Cars stand submerged in overflow water from the Wolf River on McMiller Road in Memphis, Tenn. After weeks of rising to historic levels the Mississippi River reached a crest just shy of the forecasted 48 feet at the Memphis gauge. Source: AP Photo

SEE: Click image for ‘Sacrificial’ towns prepare for deliberate flooding…