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British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe - UK police arrest police officer, Sun journalists

British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe
UK police arrest police officer, Sun journalists, as part of inquiry into bribery by tabloid

By Jill Lawless, Associated Press | Associated Press – 57 minutes ago

LONDON (AP) -- British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers Saturday after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists.

The arrests spread the scandal over tabloid wrongdoing — which has already shut down one paper, the News of the World — to a second Murdoch newspaper.

London's Metropolitan Police said two men aged 48 and one aged 56 were arrested on suspicion of corruption early in the morning at homes in and around London. A 42-year-old man was detained later at a London police station.


A fifth man, a 29-year-old police officer, was arrested at the London station where he works.



Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers

A Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly withdrew his bill to create a pilot program for drug testing welfare applicants Friday after one of his Democratic colleagues amended the measure to require drug testing for lawmakers.

"There was an amendment offered today that required drug testing for legislators as well and it passed, which led me to have to then withdraw the bill," said Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), sponsor of the original welfare drug testing bill.

The Supreme Court ruled drug testing for political candidates unconstitutional in 1997, striking down a Georgia law. McMillin said he withdrew his bill so he could reintroduce it on Monday with a lawmaker drug testing provision that would pass constitutional muster.

"I've only withdrawn it temporarily," he told HuffPost, stressing he carefully crafted his original bill so that it could survive a legal challenge. Last year a federal judge, citing the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search and seizure, struck down a Florida law that required blanket drug testing of everyone who applied for welfare.


Abramoff/Santorum Sweatshops - A horrific review

In the late 1980s, a string of islands about 40 miles north of Guam became a US Territory. To protect the indigenous people of those islands they were given control of immigration and labor laws so that they would not become swamped with Anglos like Hawaii. Local grifters took control of the new Territory’s politics and used these loopholes to invite in Chinese Sweatshops who wanted the benefit of a “Made in the USA” label. A family of Chinese grifters—the Tan Family—worked with local grifters to set up a system of labor abuse that included sweatshops, sex shops, human trafficking and even forced abortions (whenever one of their “worker” victims was with child).

Enter Jack Abramoff and his happy mixing with Santorum.

In 1996 the sweatshop interests were facing an extension of US immigration and labor laws to the islands because of endless reports of horrific abuse. One of the first hearing of the Gingrich Congress was a bipartisan one committed to an end of this blight on American honor. To fight this effort, the sweatshop owners—and their partners controlling the local government—hired Jack Abramoff. Working with his Republican allies, Jack was able to protect their labor abuse scam for a decade—and even today others are still working with these Pirates of Saipan to protect and maintain the abuse. In this effort, Rick Santorum was one of Jack’s first points of contact:

Santorum helped Jack win his legislative battle. He was one of the first elected members of Team Abramoff and throughout the rest of his years in Congress he was a reliable supporter of the Saipan Sweatshops. Naturally, he was well paid for this support. Shortly after his meetings with Abramoff, Willie Tan—the sweatshop owner—and some of his employees attended a Santorum fundraiser as part of their Abramoff-organized tour of America for the 1996 GOP Convention:

According to Open Secrets, http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=1996&cmte=C00305797 Satorum’s FightPAC recieved $5,000 just before the sweatshop owner and his employees went to his fundraiser and another $5,000 just after Abramoff won a Santorum supported legislative victory for his sweatshop dependent clients. Both payments to his PAC were from John Pangelinan, a long-time Tan Family employee.

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pondering meat...

image from: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/11/01/maira-kalman-food-rules/

Eating meat in small doses — around once a week — gives me a deep sense of appreciation for it, too. I doubt this would be the case if my palate were weakened by its constant presence in my meals. Absence makes the taste buds grow fonder. Studies have been showing that Americans are eating less and less meat today, and while there are differing takes on why this might be, there is a growing indifference about the necessity of meat on every plate. This is surely good news for the environment. But what about the average household? Maybe they’re also rediscovering a simple rule: We appreciate meat more when we can’t have it all the time.


Breaking: Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House

Unbeknownst to the press, President Obama met this evening with former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the Oval Office.

White House officials did not list the meeting on the president's schedule but released a photo through Flickr and Twitter.

According to the date and time stamp on the photo, it was taken shortly after 5 p.m. That's about the time Obama returned to the White House from a fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

White House officials did not immediately respond to questions about the subject of the meeting and its exclusion from Obama's public schedule.


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse set to introduce 'Buffett Rule' tax bill

I’m told that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] is set to announce a proposal to do just this. The Senate Dem leadership is not commenting on this idea, but Dem leaders are looking for ways to hold votes on the agenda Obama laid out in his State of the Union speech. This would accomplish that perfectly. [...]

Whitehouse’s office shared some details of the proposal — which is called “Paying A Fair Share Act,” and will be introduced by Whiteouse next week.


Newt's Moon Casino



MUCH MORE MOON http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/27/1059096/-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!?via=siderecent

but wait...

Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich has made an out of this world campaign promise. By the end of his second term in office (ha ha) he will have a moon station, colony, hotels, bars, casinos. I wonder how he plans on paying for all these wonderful things, and promising jobs for all those NASA employees. It should be very interesting to see what happens with this big mess. His good dear friend Ton Delay says Newt is ''erratic and undisciplined'' Has any of Newt's co-workers from Congress given him an endorsement.'' I don't think so. I wonder why? Two big time Las Vegas Casino owners just donated $10,000,000.00 to Newts campaign, could there be a secret plan.

Santorum, Under Romney's Skin


Grayson's opponent releases SICK Ad --- Slave ship? Really??

The video also includes shots of children rowing the boat while a man holding a whip watches closely.
Woman: "I just love this ship!"
Other woman: "I got corporate subsidies just last week!"

Yet anther woman: "I got free healthcare for life!"

Man: "My bank was bailed out by this ship."

Breathless Blonde Woman, suggestively: "This ship stimulated my husband's solar company."

Older woman: "How did this boat pay for all this stuff?"

Angry Captain Obama, with Grayson as parrot: "NO questions on this ship!!"

then we cut to a boat of raggedy children, rowing, "Earn, earn, earn! Don't you care about the banks? Don't you care about the 99%? Earn, earn, earn!"

voiceover: "Let's not enslave our children with debt. It's time to turn this ship around."


(ABC) Bribes, Chinese Mob Ties Alleged at Casino of Gingrich Money Man (Sheldon Adelson)

Bribes, Chinese Mob Ties Alleged at Casino of Gingrich Money Man

January 27, 2012

The casino company run by the principal financial backer of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson, has been under criminal investigation for the last year by the Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission for alleged bribery of foreign officials, according to corporate documents.

In a separate civil lawsuit, a former executive of the company has alleged that Adelson ordered him to keep quiet about sensitive issues at the Sands casinos on the Chinese island of Macau, including the casinos' alleged "involvement with Chinese organized crime groups, known as Triads, connected to the junket business." The triads -- Chinese organized crime syndicates -- are allegedly involved in organizing high stakes gambling junkets for wealthy Chinese travelers.

In its filings with the SEC, Adelson's company says it became aware of the investigation in February 2011 when it received a subpoena from the SEC requesting "documents relating to its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act." The company said it "intends to cooperate with the investigation," which it said may have been triggered by the allegations in the lawsuit by Steven C. Jacobs, a former Sands executive who says he helped run the Macau operation. The federal investigation was first reported last year by Las Vegas newspapers and the financial press.

At a gaming forum last year, Adelson said the lawsuit "is not a serious case" and that the federal investigations would find no wrongdoing. "When the smoke clears, I am 1,000 percent positive that there won't be any fire below it."

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