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Good Monday Morning,
Amazing Fact #487:
Your cat can hear your refrigerator door open and close from 2 miles away and can hear you butter a piece of bread from 3.5 miles. It can also cover those distances at the speed of light by transferring itself into a multi-dimensional plane and arriving at your feet without so much as a breeze. Cats have also been known to be awakened from extended near-death comas by the sound of a can opener being taken from a drawer.Action Alerts:
#1 - The Inquisition Comes To Carmel
6PM TONIGHT - Carmel Town Hall. Croton Falls Road just south of Route 6. Come early since parking is a bitch.
Besieged Carmel resident, Lori Kemp, will go up against that town's political establishment when the Putnam County DA's office prosecutes her for defending herself against a trespasser. Judge Spofford will hear the case (without a jury) of Harassment in the 2nd degree, a violation. Conviction could mean jail time and a hefty fine.#2 - Corporate Welfare Putnam Style
Thanks to the eagle eyes and inquisitive nature (some would say inquisitional!) of Southeast's Lynne Eckardt, we have a head's up on a new trick our county Legislature has pulled out of their hats as a present to our favorite developer, Paul Camarda.
Come this Wednesday evening at 7PM during the Physical Services Committee meeting, they will propose that a special transportation district be created which takes in 4 parcels at the intersection of Route 311 at I84. While this seems innocuous enough, what/who would benefit from this? Come on... you can guess!In other news;
What are you doing on July 24th, the day in 1847 Brigham Young led 148 pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley? Well, if you're not celebrating with your Mormon friends Greg Ball has decided to host a "People's Convention and Tea Party" at an undisclosed location and an undisclosed time. You're invited if you're a terrorist killer, a taxpayer *or* a patriot and if you happen to be all three the Ballster promises to spontaneously combust. I'm sure we'll be hearing more. And more. And more...
[For the record, on July 24, 1990, after getting the OK from the Bush I administration that it would not interfere with regional politics, American ally and Best Buddy Saddam Husssien made good on his promise to force Kuwait to repay him for a) fighting a war against Iran that Kuwait had promised to help pay for - but didn't and, b) for stealing millions of barrels of Iraqi oil while she was fighting that war, by massing troops on the border in preparation for an imminent, and well deserved ass kicking. What happened next is what happens when the winners write the history books and tell the lies so many times that people begin to believe they are truths.]
And now, The News:
The Passaic forms the western border of my home town: North Arlington, New Jersey, a tiny borough just a few miles north of the river's mouth in Newark. Our house sat on a steep slope above the river. In the winter, when the oak and maple trees were all bare, I could see the water from our front porch. Sometimes in summer, when a flood tide overwhelmed the river's sluggish current, the Passaic would smell faintly of the sea.
The Passaic was my home town river, but I didn't have much to do with it as a kid. I crossed over it often enough, every time we visited my mother's family, who lived on the other side. But I rarely played by the Passaic. I never fished it or took a boat out on it. I certainly didn't swim in it. I didn't really know the river. I just knew that it gave me the creeps.
In the Oct. 27, 2008, letter, DEC Deputy Commissioner Alison Crocker asked the governor's regulatory office, GORR, to accept the ash ban proposal by December 2008 to allow DEC to "reduce the quantity of mercury emitted from cement manufacturing facilities."
On Friday, DEC spokesman Yancey Roy declined comment and referred calls to the governor's office. DEC is considering a renewal of the plant's air pollution permit, which expired in 2006.
When asked for comment, Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook e-mailed a single-sentence statement: "The regulation is still under review." A message left with GORR was not returned.
Volunteers have improved two impoundments of the Creek, Muchattoes Lake and Winona Lake.
They cleaned up the banks of Muchattoes Lake at the north end of the lake where trees and shrubs are to be planted. Bags of trash and piles of old tires were removed from the banks and shallows of the lake shore.
The group also removed years of accumulated rubbish from Winona Lake, including old tires, along with roadside garbage along Route 52 and the lake shore.
The groups also planted a wide variety of 50 native trees and shrubs along the banks of Muchattoes Lake as part of the state DEC’s Hudson River Estuary program called “Trees for Tribs.”
"It's difficult to clean up when you haven't stopped the source," said Chris Roberts, a councilman for Jefferson Parish, which stretches from the New Orleans metropolitan area to the coast. "You can scrape it off the beach but it's coming right back."
Roberts surveyed the oil that forced officials to close a public beach on Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, as globs of crude that resembled melted chocolate washed up. Others questioned why BP PLC was still in charge of the response.
"The government should have stepped in and not just taken BP's word," declared Wayne Stone of Marathon, Fla., an avid diver who worries about the spill's effect on the ecosystem.
The government is overseeing the cleanup and response, but the official responsible for the oversight said he understands the discontent.
May 22, 2010|Tim Rutten
Ever since he resigned his speakership and House seat in disgrace nearly 12 years ago, Newt Gingrich has prowled the margins of electoral politics like a wolf, hungry and opportunistic.
He's tried on a variety of ideas and ideological colorations in those intervening years, but this week, with the publication of his new book, "To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine," he explicitly linked his fate to the "tea party" movement. Given the fact that Gingrich has said he is weighing a presidential bid, it's a safe bet that others, similarly ambitious, will carefully watch how he fares.
Gingrich, a onetime history professor, always has had a fondness for big ideas and checklist politics, as evinced in his famous Contract with America. The overarching idea in his new book is that, "for the first time since the Civil War, we as Americans have to ask the most fundamental question possible: Who are we?" That existential dilemma, the former Georgia congressman contends, has been forced by a relentless and intricate conspiracy of "secular socialists" that includes Democrats, big business, most of the academy and nearly all of the media. "And that's why saving America is the fundamental challenge of our time," Gingrich writes. "The secular-socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."
Shortly after 8:00pm, a teen riding his bike through Waldron Park in Flour Bluff discovered what he thought were marijuana plants growing there.
Police later hauled away 300-400 medium-sized plants that they also believed was marijuana.
If fact, officers only stopped collecting the plants because it got too dark, and planned to return in the morning to look around for more.
However, after spending more than an hour removing and tagging the hundreds of plants, then hauling it all down the police department downtown, testing revealed that none of it was marijuana at all.
No word yet on what the plants actually were, or how it will be disposed of now.
The pattern represents a distinct change from a year ago, when President Obama was sworn into office. Back then, corporate political action committees made a shift to the Democrats, giving 58 percent of their donations to the party. So far this year, 48 percent of the contributions from big business are going to the Democrats.
The shift in political giving represents a calculated gamble by lobbyists and executives overseeing corporate largesse that the Republican Party may regain control of Congress, say GOP fundraisers and political consultants.
Many other political winds have shifted behind Republicans in recent months, but the swing in money from corporate PACs is unusual. Corporations often give campaign contributions while seeking access and favor with incumbent lawmakers in position to shape legislation -- meaning they gravitate to the party in power.
The last time corporate PACs made such a dramatic shift to the Republicans was in 1995, after the GOP's rout of the Democrats in the 1994 midterms. This time, corporations have switched sides before the election.
But all that came to a sudden halt on Friday afternoon, courtesy of the New York City Department of Buildings, which issued a stop-work order on the installation. According to department records, organizers of the project, an ambitious for-profit farm called Brooklyn Grange, had not secured permits and engineering plans showing the roof could handle nearly a million pounds of dirt, which will weigh even more when wet and rooted with vegetables.
“Our enthusiasm to get plants in for the season outpaced our paperwork, and we are doing everything we can with our architect and engineer to work this out,” Ben Flanner, the project’s farmer, said in a prepared statement. “In the meantime, we are complying fully with the stop-work order and anticipate filing the necessary paperwork on Tuesday morning. We are eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to resume installing.”
Orgad Holdings, the company’s local franchisee, announced Sunday that after nearly two decades here, Burger King would cease its operations in Israel by August.
Orgad has owned Burger King locally since 2005. Just over a year ago, it bought out the local hamburger chain, Burger Ranch, for more than NIS 100 million.
In a press release, the company said that recent research indicated that the Israeli style of hamburgers was far more popular and that all branches of Burger King would be transformed into Burger Ranch. There are currently 107 branches of the two hamburger restaurants – 55 Burger Ranches and 52 Burger Kings.
“All the research carried out over the past few months shows beyond a doubt that the taste of Burger Ranch is the preferred taste for most Israelis,” Orgad directors Eli and Yuval Orgad were quoted as saying in the Hebrew media.
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