Elderly woman has nightmares due to fraudulent phone calls, police say

Capital Times Features - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14
An 86-year-old Madison woman is fearing for her safety and has developed nightmares, because of a persistent scammer who regularly calls her day and night.

Will the West Defend Itself? for 10/01/2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida's anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty. With regard to nonbelievers, the Quran commands, "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out." The Quran contains many other verses that call ...

Updated: Wed Oct 01, 2014

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Why Are Black Staffers Fleeing Capitol Hill?

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Daily Beast, by Tim Mak Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 41 2014 06:41:37 GMT Aides say a number of high-ranking African-American congressional staffers have left in recent years, leading to a dearth of diversity on the Hill. The Obama era hasn’t been a period of progress for black Capitol Hill staffers, and aides say a “diversity drain” of many senior African Americans to the private sector and the White House in recent years is partly to blame. “I started on the Hill 10 years ago, and I don´t see a significant difference in the number” of black congressional staffers, John Jones, the chief of staff to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, told The Daily Beast. “[Progress]

Isis could become ´world’s first truly terrorist state´ and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns

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Independent [UK], by Nigel Morris Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 30 34 2014 06:34:47 GMT Isis could acquire nuclear and biological weapons to launch attacks on Britain, the Home Secretary warned today as she set out new measures to clamp down on extremist groups. In a speech to the Tory party conference that concentrated almost entirely on the threat from terrorism at home and abroad, Theresa May warned that the jihadist group could become the “world´s first truly terrorist state“ in Iraq and Syria. (Snip) “We will see terrorists given the space to plot attacks against us, train their men and women, and devise new methods to kill indiscriminately.” “We will see the risk, often prophesied but thank God not yet fulfilled,

We spend more on drugs and prostitutes than alcohol and tobacco

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Telegraph [UK], by Dan Hyde Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 30 20 2014 06:20:09 GMT Britons spend more on drugs and prostitutes than on alcohol and tobacco, the first official study of money spent on "illegal" activities has found. The figures were disclosed in data today that showed a 2.2 per cent rise in the amount of money spent by families over the past year as the economy returned to health. The Office for National Statistics, which tracks changes in spending habits across the country, found miscreants spent an enormous £11 billion on illegal substances and sexual gratification. (Snip) The EU said such work was necessary to create a fair comparison of different national economies.

Viagra ads target women for 1st time

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Associated Press, by Linda A. Johnson Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 30 11 2014 06:11:16 GMT Trenton, NJ - The maker of the world´s top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. (Snip) Patents give a drug a monopoly, generally for 20 years. But when those patents expire, cheaper generic versions flood the market, often wiping out most of the brand-name drug´s sales within a year. Viagra has faced competition from cheaper generic versions in Europe since its patent expired there 15 months ago. Sales fell 8 percent last year to $1.9 billion. And in three years, Viagra will get generic competition in the U.S.,

Jeanne Shaheen ducks Scott Brown debate date

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Boston Hearld [MA], by Joe Battenfeld Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 30 00 2014 06:00:50 GMT Rindge, NH - Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown yesterday engaged in long-distance warfare in their U.S. Senate battle as Shaheen launched a new attack on Brown but refused to do it face-to-face. Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, appeared at Franklin Pierce University for what was originally slated as a Senate faceoff, one of several election debates co-sponsored by the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, but he ended up being alone on stage because Shaheen had declined to show up. “I am disappointed,” Brown said in a talk to first-time voters.

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

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Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Tue, 30 51 2014 05:51:45 GMT Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next summer and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles,

Eyewtiness to abortion

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Amanda Cable Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 46 2014 05:46:58 GMT My first granddaughter would have been six by now. I often watch children in the local playground and wonder what she would have been like. Other times, at night, I dream about her vividly, and know the answer. Blonde'haired, blue'eyed and with a shy smile. Time and time again, I dream that she has just been born, and as she is handed to me, I name her Katie. Just as my heart is about to burst with joy, I wake up and realise that she does not exist. I shall never know my granddaughter because her life was extinguished before it even

Meet your next President

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Canada Free Press, by Obie Usategui Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 45 2014 05:45:39 GMT You know, the closer we get to the 2016 presidential elections, the more I fret the uncertain future which may lay ahead for our great nation, courtesy, if you will, of some of my fellow'Americans lackadaisical deportment regarding our decadent State of the Union; a paradoxical departure from everything that America stood for just prior to our president Barack Obama’s untimely election, as he claimed on October 30th, 2008, to being just five days away [election day] from fundamentally transforming the nation. A feat, which, in hindsight, he was able to consummate fully and unobstructed. As far as I am concerned,

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

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Reuters, by Craig Shirley Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 42 2014 05:42:27 GMT Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major'league campaign. In other key battleground states, the establishment GOP is supporting problematic candidates, like Monica Wehby

National Disarmament Plan not aimed at criminal gangs

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El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Tue, 30 34 2014 05:34:29 GMT Calls for voluntary submission of weapons do not particularly aim at members of criminal gangs. Instead, they are the target of other actions launched by Foreign Policy Deputy Minister José Vicente Rangel Ávalos. The idea is that civilians in possession of fire arms because they either inherited or bought them for their personal protection surrender them to the authorities under this special plan, explained Minister of the Interior and Justice, Miguel Rodríguez Torres during the first day of the National Disarmament Plan which will be enforced until 2015. Rodríguez Torres informed 50 fire arms were delivered on the first day. The minister of

Alameda musician’s arrest in fires stuns friends

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Evan Sernoffsky Posted By: Ribicon- Tue, 30 22 2014 05:22:47 GMT Those who know Alameda resident Stephen Michael Petersen were stunned to learn Monday that their friend — a guitar player who fronts a folk band — was one of two men arrested on suspicion of setting a string of fires in the city that damaged or destroyed several homes and businesses. Petersen, 27, is a well'liked musician who hosts an open mike night in Alameda and keeps a strict vegan diet, according to his friends. But he was nabbed by police at 2:43 a.m. Sunday in front of his apartment amid a rampage of fires that began to break out within

Most of us trust the police regardless of what Obama says

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Tampa Tribune, by Douglas MacKinnon Posted By: Hazymac- Tue, 30 21 2014 05:21:14 GMT When I read a recent Associated Press headline and the accompanying story, I realized I was living in an alternate universe. A universe where respect for police and the highly dangerous, selfless and thankless job we ask them to perform — be it in Tampa or elsewhere — is a pillar of civilized society. A universe of thoughts, beliefs and values that are now being perverted by rhetorical ambulance chasers in pursuit of populist glory. The headline read: “Obama Says Mistrust of Police Corroding America.” Then, the AP went on to report, the president believes the “widespread mistrust of law

The Religious Right’s Slow'Motion Suicide

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 51 2014 04:51:18 GMT In fairness, the culture'war right has done less damage than the neocons and the super rich have. But they’re still the ones on the ropes. I’m not sure what’s come over me and I suppose it’ll pass, but at just this moment I’m feeling a little bit sorry for evangelical conservatives. They were apparently pretty droopy, these proceedings over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit, as my colleague Ben Jacobs described things. Oh, yes, Ted Cruz fired them up, and some of the old stalwarts put in respectable appearances, but they have to know deep down that they’re like the

Secret Service Chief Questioned Over White House Security Failure

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National Public Radio, by Scott Neuman Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 46 2014 04:46:11 GMT Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a tough inquiry by lawmakers today as she appeared before a House committee to answer questions about the Sept. 19 White House security breach in which a man armed with a knife entered the executive mansion. "It´s clear that our security plan was not executed properly. I take full responsibility. What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again," Pierson told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in her opening remarks. She said she was committed to a full review and implementing recommended changes. She sat opposite committee members just as new

Why worry about ‘no boots’ when Obama’s heart isn’t in the battle against radical Islam?

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Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod Posted By: snowcloud- Tue, 30 37 2014 04:37:53 GMT Aside from the Arabs, who would back him 100 percent, Western leaders signing up for the ragtag coalition to take on ISIS, should be asked by their masses why they would send soldiers into a battle led by a pretend general who plays AWOL at 60 percent of his intelligence sessions. For whatever his reasons, President Barack Obama has blundered into the mideast war with no intel in his strategy arsenal. He’s skipped through (read golfed, vacationed and partied his way through) daily intelligence briefings for almost 60 percent of the more than two thousand trying days of his presidency

Repubs to Dems: “Please Like Us – We’re Just Like You!”

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FrontPage Magazine, by Mark Tapson Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 31 2014 04:31:44 GMT In the wake of a second presidential election loss in 2012, Republicans went back to the drawing board looking for a more effective way to present themselves and their message. Now a brand new ad campaign has been launched which demonstrates that Republicans are even more clueless about selling themselves today than they were two years ago and four years before that. The pathetic message this disastrous ad seems to be sending on behalf of Republicans is this: “Hey Democrats, please like us – we’re just like you!” The 97'second ad, part of a campaign from GOP strategist Vinny Manchillo, a

Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Wanted to Spread Message of Islam

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Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 29 2014 04:29:09 GMT OKLAHOMA CITY — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order. But postings on the Facebook page of the 30'year'old Nolen, suspected of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food distribution center, suggest that shortly after his release in March 2013, he became more interested in spreading the message of his newfound Islamic faith. "I spoke to him once he was released, and when we spoke, there was nothing of the sort," said Nolen´s cousin, James Fulsom, 29, of Fort Worth,

10th child diagnosed with mysterious paralysis in Colorado

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Fox 31 (Denver CO), by Shaul Turner Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 23 2014 04:23:35 GMT DENVER — State health officials confirmed a tenth case of paralysis affecting children who have recently had respiratory infections. Medical experts made the announcement Monday at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Dr. Sam Dominguez says outside of the respiratory problems, there is no common link between cases. “There are no commonalities as far as where they live, schools or day cares they attend.” The hospital says before Monday, four of the children admitted tested positive for enterovirus 68, and four others for the rhinovirus (which causes the common cold). The other was not tested. The patients range in age from
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