McDONALD, Ohio (AP) — The latest in a series of minor earthquakes in northeast Ohio hit on Saturday, sending some stunned residents running for cover as bookshelves shook and pictures and lamps fell from tables.
The 4.0 magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Area residents said a loud boom accompanied the shaking, but sheriff’s dispatchers from several counties in the area said there were no immediate reports of damage.
A few miles from the epicenter, Charles Kihm said he was preparing food in his kitchen when he heard a noise and thought a vehicle had hit his Austintown home.
The area has experienced at least 10 minor quakes in 2011, though Saturday’s temblor appeared to be stronger than others, which generally had a magnitude of 2.7 or lower. This time, some residents reported feeling trembling farther south into Columbiana County and east into western Pennsylvania.
Many of the quakes have struck near an injection well used to dispose of brine water that’s a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. Thousands of gallons of brine are injected into the well daily, and much of it is shipped in from out of state.
Its owner, Northstar Disposal Services LLC, has agreed to stop injecting brine into the earth as a precaution while authorities assess any potential links to the quakes. The head of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said research hadn’t led to a direct correlation with the injections but officials wouldn’t gamble with public safety.
There are 177 similar injection wells around the state, and the Youngtown-area well has been the only site with seismic activity, the department said.
Does anyone else remember when Guy Lombardo brought in the New Year?
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially (but far from exclusively) in the English-speaking world; its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.
By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement, in many countries, uses it as a close to jamborees and other functions.
The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long long ago”, “days gone by” or “old times”. Consequently “For auld lang syne”, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times”.
The song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships. Most common use of the song involves only the first verse and the chorus. The last lines of both of these are often sung with the extra words “For the sake of” or “And days of”, rather than Burns’ simpler lines. This allows one note for each word, rather than the slight melisma required to fit Burns’ original words to the melody.
But my fondest memory is watching Fred and Ginger with my Ma, there was a marathon all night. There was nothing like this. My mother died on New Years Eve at twenty minutes to midnight. So for me it’s painful tears also. ~JP
It’s time to pull out the crystal ball and make some predictions about the non-stop sitcom that’s known as the Obama Administration.
The first three years of the Obama administration has largely been a re-make of that American television classic Happy Days with Obama starring in the role of the Fonz.
What’s in store for the coming year? Well don’t change that dial.
10) Tim Geithner will leave the administration, forcibly if need be, likely in February
Here’s the real story about the passage of the provision for indefinite detention of American citizens in the National Defense Authorization Act: The only way Obama can get rid of Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury is by indefinite detention.
Obama tried hints and left notes, but Geithner is like the guy who came for a one-week visit and wouldn’t leave.
9) An ethics investigation will be launched in the House regarding the connection between the administration and Wall Street
The investigation will find that a bunch of mid-level Wall Street types and career bureaucrats at the Department of Commerce were responsible for the whole mess. Any Wall Street executive who makes amends for donating and supporting Obama with a generous contribution to their favorite GOP House or Senate candidate will be exonerated, as will the White House, especially if Obama tanks in the polls.
Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi will leave government service to start an investment advisory firm specializing in the futures market and natural gas vehicles.
8) Barney Frank will get married and Obama will be there, likely in July (~ Although WHO would marry him but himself?)
Obama’s running out of ways to pander to gays, but there’s nothing like an historic wedding to bring out the media coverage.
7) The media will continue to ignore the indefinite detainment provisions of NDAA
People will wonder “What happened to Tim Geithner? Wasn’t he invited to this wedding?” And the media talking heads will just giggle as they cut back to coverage of the Wedding of the Year, carried live at 4 am on an early edition of the morning show, Good. Mourning America.
A long shot will show the wedding procession as it snakes its way through Boston via horse and carriage as the crowd “hurrahs” for their two healthcare choices: Obamacare or Romneycare.
Obama will blame the GOP for holding up the XL Keystone pipeline and Speaker John Boehner will take the blame. In an 11th hour summit, Obama will forge an historic compromise between union leaders and environmentalists allowing the project to go forward.
It will be the first time a sitting African American, Left-Handed president will have lunch with an organized political group seeking endangered species status because of the scarcity of their political views.
After reviewing the claim, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will rule that before he can have a haircut, an environmental impact study first needs to be done on his head.
5) Obama will take more vacations than he will get votes for his budget
After complaining of exhaustion following a two-week trip to Tahiti to discuss the human rights implications of Ken Salazar’s haircut with a historic panel of left-handed journalism interns sponsored by the Soros Progressive Journalism Fund, Obama will leave for a two-week vacation on the French Riviera.
4) Eric Holder will play the race card again
In a drunken binge, Eric Holder will play the race card again. Bouncers from Wynn Resort and Casino will evict Holder forcibly from the floor of the casino in Las Vegas dumping him on the Strip, saying “We play poker here, not politics.”
3) Obama will fire more missiles at a sovereign country without first consulting Congress, likely in October
Obama will become cross with the outlaw regime in Canada holding up the XL Keystone pipeline designed to carry Canadian tar-sands oil to refineries in the United States despite approval by the US. The agreement to build the pipeline reached with unions and environmentalists will still need Obama’s signature, which will be withheld until after the election. Obama will tell environmentalists that he doesn’t want his right hand to know what his left hand is doing prior to the election.
2) Obama will try to save Obamacare through a legislative compromise
Obama and the GOP nominee for president will hold an historic first-ever summit to craft a compromise on healthcare reform.
It will be the first time a sitting African American, Left-Handed president and a standing Right-Handed Mormon GOP presidential nominee will meet face-to-face at halftime in the bathroom of an NCAA basketball tournament game.
After tense negotiations between the two, mostly due to prostate problems, a compromise will be reached that won’t change the body of the landmark legislation. However, both candidates will agree to refer to healthcare reform as Obamneycare- or alternately, at their option, Robamneycare- from now on.
Chris Matthews will report that he can almost feel low, low prices for healthcare trickle down his leg. The adult diaper company Depends will explore sponsorship opportunities with Matthews’ show Hard Ball.
1) Michelle Obama will never be proud of her country again
But, everyone else will breathe a sigh of relief.
What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.
Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told Big Government this week that her mother wants to leave Congress–and that she remains in Washington only at the behest of her campaign donors.
During a telephone interview, Ms. Pelosi–speaking from a friend’s home in New York City–described her mother’s predicament:
She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly. They know she wants to leave, though. They think she’s destined for the wilderness. She has very few days left. She’s 71, she wants to have a life, she’s done. It’s obligation, that’s all I’m saying.
"Don't Let the Door hit you Nan"
Pelosi’s revelation is significant, given that her mother pushed to serve as Minority Leader after the Democrats’ historic losses in the 2010 midterm elections, and that many Democrats–including President Barack Obama–are campaigning on the expectation that she will be restored as Speaker if they can retake the House in 2012.
Alexandra Pelosi, 41, is a television producer and documentarian who won multiple Emmy awards for her work on Journeys with George (2002), an HBO documentary on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. The film was widely hailed as fair in its depiction of a president not used to sympathetic media portrayals.
UPDATE: This morning, Alexandra texted me:
Get your facts straight: I said she is destined for GREATNESS! Not wilderness. And that text was supposed to say HBO for 11. I have never talked to Nancy Pelosi about any of this.
Interestingly, Alexandra doesn’t challenge the crux of the story; that Pelosi would prefer to leave Congress and only remains out of a sense of obligation to her donors.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has joined GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in the final days before the Iowa caucuses.
Friday morning, the two held a rally Friday at a Hy-Vee West Lakes Shore grocery store in West Des Moines. While Christie was introducing Romney, what appears to be a handful of Occupy protesters tried to interrupt.
It’s safe to say they were unsuccessful. One protester even walked right into pole while exiting the area:
But wait a minute, those protesters looks awfully familiar @ appox. 1:02:
It looks like they’re making the rounds.
~ I wonder who is paying them? DNC involved for sure. Soros? Mayhaps.
See the original C-SPAN video of the Romney/Christie event (protesters interrupt at the 5:50 mark):
A Democratic fundraiser was found guilty Friday of engineering a $21 million bank fraud scheme.
Courtney Dupree was convicted of vastly overstating the billings of his Long Island City-based lighting company GDC Acquisitions in order to fraudulently obtain a loan from Amalgamated Bank.
Dupree, 42, sat stone-faced as the verdict was read in Brooklyn Federal Court. He faces up to 30 years in prison and has to pay back at least $18 million.
Meanwhile, the jury that convicted Dupree also acquitted his company lawyer, Thomas Foley, 45. (Go figure)
“The jury rejected an FBI effort to ensnare a lawyer because of his client’s conduct and we are very grateful,” said Foley’s defense attorney, Joseph Ryan.
Dupree was done in by a mountain of paperwork, which prosecutors said proved he was a crook, and by testimony from cooperating witnesses who were involved in the scheme.
“This is a case about lying to a bank to get money,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Woll told the jury during the trial. “It is about telling lies over and over again in order to grab millions of dollars of the bank’s money.”
In 2008, Dupree hosted a $1,000-a-ticket fund-raiser for Barack Obama at his Broad St. apartment that was attended by top aide Valerie Jarrett.
His company counted NBC Universal and Goldman Sachs among its clients.