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H.U.D. and the Republicans..... they not only don't like it but Reagan paid off donors with it

The HUD rigging scandal consisted of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigging low income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan's campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists such as James G. Watt a former Secretary of the Interior. Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down, including the following:

James Watt 1.James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 24 felony counts and pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to pay a $5000 fine.
2.Phillip D. Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.; pardoned by President Bill Clinton, Nov., 2000
3.Thomas Demery - Assistant HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors. Found guilty of bribery and obstruction of justice
4.Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Secretary Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve. She appealed and prevailed on several counts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.
5.Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted for accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.
6.Silvio D. DeBartolomeis convicted of perjury and bribery.
7.Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, the Treasurer of the United States from 1989 to 1993

Pierce, the Secretary, though the "central person" in the scandal, was not charged because he made "full and public written acceptance of responsibility."

Retired Federal Judge Arlin M. Adams served as independent counsel in first five years of the prosecution, through 1995, and Larry Thompson completed the work 1995-98.


Are You Sick Of ‘Highly Paid’ Teachers? (HUMOR)

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.


That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!


the boy (cat) on facebook - Sundance...and the furry girl - Pepper!!!

Posted by our GREAT pit sitter while we were at Disneyworld.

Sundance may look a bit surprised, but don't be fooled! She spent all morning grooming for this gorgeous picture!


Pepper says, "Remember the deal - one adorable picture = lots of belly rubs." Roll over Pepper, you've earned it!

Late this year...sorry


BREAKING (earlier today)-white mob chasing black men through Boston area streets

(API-Boston) In a city beleaguered by a history of racial tensions another dark day has dawned. Large groups of mostly white people are reportedly chasing a small group of black men in the Boston area.

Others appear to have come out to “help” in anyway they can setting up tables to give out water and actually offering encouragement, “Oh yeah we try to do what we can … so we can make it a little bit easier on them”, said Terry Markle of Hopkinton.

Local police were even involved blocking off traffic and routing the chase. “Well you know these guys they done a lot to get ready for this so you know we do what we can. Let me tell they really put a lot into this” said Police officer Andy Petraic with a wry smile “but you know, it makes them happy so …”.


In addition to the community and municipal involvement this does seem to be well coordinated and anticipated event, the “mob” even have their own website,proudly boasting of an over one hundred year history of such behavior.

“They are fast those guys but if you ask me if they can get to the big Citgo sign near Fenway.” Officer Petraic paused, “I think they’ll make it” referring to the chased group, one presumes.

Local Natick residents wait along the route in reenactment period clothing.


Brief exchange at Disneyworld (EPCOT)

This was the only political type thing that I saw in the kingdom....other than the prevailing environmental message

(scene) me waiting behind a guy in his - I would guess - 60's who I overheard as being from Cincinnati:

Me: Hey are you from Ohio?
Him: yeah Cincinnati
Me: I was born in Xenia
Him: Were you there when the tornadoes hit
Me: No we lived in Yellow Springs then

--delay as the cashiers processed his order and the customer next to him --

Cashier 1 to Cashier 2 -- How do you say "tax" in Spanish....much delay after that. The customer said something that included "Brazilia". I realized that he probably speaks Portugese and not Spanish (I told the cashiers this later)

Him: You thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?
Me: (pointing to watch) what, it is taking too long?
Him: No. If THEY are goin' to come into our country they should learn to speak our language

Me:... It's a small world after all

Uranus auroras

Uranus auroras captured by Hubble Space Telescope (VIDEO)

For the first time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped photos of auroras lighting up Uranus's icy atmosphere, reported National Geographic. Two short-lived, Earth-sized storms — also known as Northern Lights — were captured by astronomers as they lit up on the day side of the gas giant in November 2011.

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, is known for being a bit of an oddball. According to Wired, at some unknown point in its past, the planet was knocked on its side. Its "North Pole" is now the area most planets' equators call home.

The newly found auroras appear to be tiny white dots in Hubble photos. While Earth's auroras appear as giant green curtains of light and can last hours, the new auroras seen on Uranus are fairly small and didn't last more than a few minutes.

"The last time we had any definite signals of auroral activity on Uranus was when NASA's Voyager 2 probe swung by in 1986," said study leader Laurent Lamy, an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris in Meudon, France, to National Geographic. "But this is the first time we can actually see these emissions light up with an Earth-based telescope."

A very reasoned and measured NRA member - well said

Been at Disneyworld since last Saturday- news blackout - hows (p)Rick and Zimmerman doing?

Any news?

OUCH- not meant to be funny - Painter pinned after minivan crashes into Krispy Kreme

Painter pinned after van crashes into Krispy Kreme


HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) – Two painting contractors have been injured after a minivan crashed into the Krispy Kreme Donut Shop where they were working.

One painter was pinned between the building and the car. Both painters were taken to VCU Medical Center. Police tell our Tracy Sears that the minivan was traveling eastbound on West Broad Street when it turned left, went across the sidewalk and the grass and into the building. The driver of the minivan has also been taken to the hospital.

No word on the extent of their injuries.

Krispy Kreme’s PR Manager Lafeea Wilson sent us this email just moments ago: “Due to the vehicular accident that occurred this morning at the Krispy Kreme in Richmond, VA, Krispy Kreme is delaying all re-opening activities planned this week at that location. Krispy Kreme will notify its fans of updates via Krispy Kreme on Facebook and email newsletters.”
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