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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Fla. man, suspected of burglary, eaten alive by alligator while hiding from police

A Florida man suspected of committing burglaries was killed by an 11-foot alligator while hiding during a police raid.
Matthew Riggins was reported missing on November 13, but his body was found 10 days later floating in a pond in Barefoot Bay, Florida. When authorities tried to pull his remains out of the water, they were nearly attacked by an 11-foot-long alligator, Major Tod Goodyear of Barefooy said in a statement.

His remains were found in the alligator...........

13.5 million people were displaced by war, 5 million forced to flee their countries in 2915 in ME

n a sombre annual report Amnesty International has described a calamitous year for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, with 13.5 million people displaced by war and five million forced to flee their countries.

The 400-page long report said that 2015 “brought calamity and unremitting misery” for millions of people, as it summarised violations of human rights and worsening government policies across the region.

In countries such as Syria and Yemen, armed warfare carried out by government and non-state forces has been conducted with “little to no regard” for the lives of civilians.

According to the UN, the total number of refugees and asylum-seekers from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya combined is more than five million, while the total for internally displaced refugees is over 13.5 million.

Florida man Chews Off Fingertips in Bid to Hide Identity--but all his tattoos gave him away.

Police say a fugitive from Tampa, Florida, who didn't want to be identified by his fingerprints during a traffic stop in northeast Ohio chewed off his fingertips.

Kirk Kelly has been jailed on felony counts of evidence tampering and obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of falsification and resisting arrest. A message left for his attorney after business hours Friday hasn't been returned.
Police in Tallmadge, Ohio, say Kelly and several other people were put into a cruiser without handcuffs after their vehicle was stopped last weekend and officers thought they smelled drugs.

Police say Kelly gave false names as they tried to identify him. They say they figured out who he is after photos of his tattoos were provided by police in Florida, where he's wanted on firearms and drug charges.

All of the story is above, but see his pic at the link.

Why Bernie opposed the cardiologist who was just voted in as head Food and Drug Administration

With a vote of 89-4 Feb. 24, the Senate confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Duke University professor has little experience in the food safety arena,
but extensive experience as a cardiologist and researcher.
Funding for some of that research came from big drug makers, including Eli Lily and Merck, which led Democratic presidential candidate
Sen. Bernie Sanders to oppose Califf’s nomination.

Califf joined FDA in March 2015 as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco. He is known for leading many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science, with more than 1,200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.

if you can, please try to see the doc Winter on Fire

"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom" is a thorough and detailed examination of the 93-day occupation of Maidan square in the country's capital, Kiev, a situation whose international, geopolitical repercussions are still being felt.
"Winter on Fire" never takes its eye off the story's underlying and very dramatic theme, and that would be nothing less than revolution.

As laid out by director Evgeny Afineevsky, aided by numerous interviews and no less than 28 credited cinematographers, "Winter on Fire" shows how what started out as a small, peaceful student protest morphed into a juggernaut that drove an entrenched president out of power and into exile.
The series of events did not please everyone, causing Russian President Vladimir Putin to feel marginalized in his sphere of influence and leading to his country's annexation of the Crimea, but that's not dealt with here. This is an examination of what societal change looks like moment to moment.
Despite all the hands involved in its creation, "Winter on Fire" is imbued with a single and quite heartening spirit: Idealistic though it sounds, committed individuals who believe in democracy can effect positive change.

Very very intense film.

Nation Increasingly Optimistic That Trump, Cruz and Rubio Will Kill Each Other

Borowitz, of course, who is actually on target a lot.

Also from Borowitz:

Christie’s Endorsement of Trump Threatens to Overshadow Equally Prestigious Praise from David Duke

FORT WORTH, TX (The Borowitz Report)—Aides to the G.O.P. front-runner, Donald Trump, expressed concern on Friday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement of their candidate might overshadow equally impressive words of praise that Trump received yesterday from the former K.K.K. leader David Duke.

Question about that debate: did Rubio physically LOOK like he was unable to handle stress?

Read something today that said
" Rubio, You clearly don't handle stress well and it's visible in your demeanor and physical appearance in these contests."

and since I did not see the debate, those of you with tougher hides might be able to answer.
Apparently Rubio does have a rather serious anxiety problem, as I have read in several places on the web.

Swiss bank giant UBS is being investigated over money laundering and serious organised tax fraud in

A statement from prosecutors said: "The Swiss bank is suspected of having directly, and not via its Belgian subsidiary, approached Belgian clients to convince them to set up constructions aimed at evading taxes."

UBS said it would "defend itself against any unfounded allegations".

It is the latest in a series of probes into malpractice by banks.

The prosecutors' statement said the judicial investigation came after "excellent" help from French authorities, who had been looking at allegations that UBS had been encouraging clients to open accounts in Switzerland to avoid tax between the years 2004-12.

The US has also been looking into whether the bank allowed its US customers to hide their wealth from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to avoid paying full tax.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke Pleads Guilty to Obstruction, Civil Rights Charges

The former Long Island police chief accused of beating a suspect and then coercing officers to lie has pleaded guilty to civil rights and obstruction of justice charges.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, 51, admitted to committing the crimes in federal court Friday morning under a planned deal. He's expected to face up to four years in prison under the arrangement.
Burke was arrested by the FBI earlier this year after he restrained and beat a thief who broke into his SUV and stole a bag that contained sex toys, pornography and cigars in 2012.

Dow Chemical settles price-fixing case after Justice Scalia's death ( afraid they would lose now)

Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) agreed to pay $835 million to settle a decade-long lawsuit on price fixing, saying it had less chance of winning its petition at the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Dow, which is in the process of merging with Dupont (DD.N), said on Friday it decided to settle, without admitting any wrongdoing, citing "growing political uncertainties due to recent events within the Supreme Court."

The chemicals company was found liable by a federal jury in Kansas in February 2013 in the class-action lawsuit, which alleged Dow had conspired to artificially inflate polyurethane prices.

So, DOW is admitting the court had a bias towards big business.........
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