California – Democrat, Bernard C. Parks Committee sent a mailer which listed DEAD people as endorsing Parks’ reelection.

March 7, 2011

The propaganda which listed more than a dozen deceased religious and community leaders as endorsing Councilman Parks’ reelection is not a new tactic by the Democrats.  Across the nation VOTES have been cast by the dead and counted with cartoon characters. So, unfortunately, voter fraud is not something the Democrats seem to take lightly.   It’s very much a tool and a weapon in their ability to win election after election.  It makes one wonder just HOW much is the result of these fraudulent endeavors across the nation.  We know it’s rampant in Chicago, California, New York, and Texas.  But to what extent is the question.  Should the American people have any faith at all?

Dead Can’t Vote: Parks Mailer Named Deceased ‘Supporters’

vote_button.jpgA mailer sent by an independent political action committee on behalf of Bernard C. Parks lists, among other inaccuracies, dead people supporting his reelection.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was also erroneously named as a supporter, backs Parks’ opponent in the City Council race and has slamed the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored campaign mailer calling it one of the “most stunning displays of political manipulation” he’s ever seen, reports the LA Times.

Candidates and campaigns cannot by law coordinate with independent committees that spend on their behalf, however Ridley-Thomas thinks Parks should denounce the piece sent by Los Angeles Jobs PAC, notes the LA Times. Said Parks, “The reason they’re called independent is because we have nothing to do it. It’s unfortunate, and I would hope that whoever paid for it got their money back.”

L.A. Chamber President expressed embarrassment and anger over the mailer that listed more than a dozen deceased religious and community leaders as endorsing Councilman Parks’ reelection. He said the committee’s vendor, Englander, Knabe & Allen, used a “woefully outdated” list of supporters from 2003 City Council race.

http://laist.com/2011/03/06/dead_cant_vote_parks_mailer_named_d.php

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New Zealand – Lightening may not strike twice but earthquakes do. This time Christchurch is not so lucky

February 21, 2011

 

 

Fears of many deaths as New Zealand is rocked by ANOTHER huge earthquake

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:08 AM on 22nd February 2011

 

  • People trapped under rubble of collapsed buildings
  • City evacuated amid fears of fires and more devastation
  • Second huge shock follows initial quake
  • Famous Christchurch Cathedral destroyed

New Zealand’s second biggest city Christchurch has been hit by devastation after a major earthquake struck during the busy lunch break today.

Police said ‘multiple fatalities’ were expected and many people were trapped under the rubble after buildings and homes collapsed in the city centre.

The city was being evacuated amid fears that more buildings would come down and fires were breaking out.

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Devastation: Police said 'multiple fatalities' were expected and many people were trapped under the rubble after buildings and homes collapsed in Christchurch city center

Devastation: Police said 'multiple fatalities' were expected and many people were trapped under the rubble after buildings and homes collapsed in Christchurch city center

 

 

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Dozens of buildings have crashed down and roads have broken open as the quake ripped through the stricken city. The famous cathedral in the city centre has been destroyed.

‘It is huge. We just don’t know if there are people under this rubble,’ said a priest, standing outside the ruins of the Cathedral.

Christchurch Hospital was being evacuated amid fears it was on the point of collapse. Power has been cut and phone lines are down.

‘It was incredibly violent – very, very scary, ‘ said visitor Philip Gregan.

‘There has been a lot of damage, our TVs have been smashed and there are big cracks in the house.

Neighbours have lost brick fences,’ Nicholas Hextall, who lives in central Christchurch, said by phone.

Emergency medical centres have been set up on the outskirts to treat the large number of people expected to have suffered serious injuries. Police were also preparing to set up temporary mortuaries.

 

Damage: The 6.3 earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Chrsitchurch

Damage: New Zealand's second-biggest city Chrsitchurch has been rocked by devastation after an earthquake struck Lyttelton, which is thought to be the epicentre

 

 

A Christchurch resident, Peter Jackson, said: ‘It’s impossible to think that no-one has been killed or injured.

‘We’ve had smaller earthquakes and aftershocks in recent months, but this is a big one. We’re all very frightened.’

Emergency sirens rang out through the city following the 6.3 earthquake, which is actually smaller than the 7.1 quake to hit the city last September – but this one has caused more damage to the centre of the city.

The earthquake was centred at Lyttelton, near the city, at a relatively shallow depth of 5km.

The mayor, Bob Parker, said he had received reports of serious injuries, including a number of staff in the city council building.

 

Epicentre: The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred three miles from the city at a depth of 2.5 mile

Epicentre: The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred three miles from the city at a depth of 2.5 miles.

 

Emergency: Medical centres have been set up on the outskirts to treat the large number of people expected to have suffered serious injuries

Emergency: Medical centres have been set up on the outskirts to treat the large number of people expected to have suffered serious injuries

 

TV reporter Kate King said: ‘I saw the ground roll up in front of me.

‘It lasted for about 20 to 30 seconds. There are waterfalls of water streaming up, being pushed out of the ground.

‘It’s fair to say I’m a bit scared. There are people hugging each other. It’s quite traumatic. Quite a lot of these people have lost a lot financially and mentally.’

Mayor Parker said today’s quake left people in the city council building injured, and he has heard reports of other serious injuries throughout the city.

Prime Minister John Key, who called an emergency cabinet meeting for later in the day, told parliament:’This is a very populated time with people at work and children at school. Sadly, I cannot rule out whether there have been fatalities or not. But we are aware of significant damage to buildings that had people in them at the time.’

The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred three miles from the city at a depth of 2.5 miles.

Christchurch has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on September 4 last year, causing extensive damage and a handful of injuries, but no deaths.

Live video footage showed parts of buildings collapsed into the streets, which were strewn with bricks and shattered concrete.

Pavements and roads were cracked and split, and hundreds of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens blared throughout the city.

Mr Parker said he was on the top floor of the city council building when the quake hit, throwing him across the room.

‘I got down onto the street and there were scenes of great confusion, a lot of very upset people,’ he said. ‘I know of people in our building who are injured and I’ve had some reports of serious injuries throughout the city.’

Radio New Zealand reported that a church near the city centre collapsed.

The station also said staffers in its Christchurch newsroom had to cling to their desks during the shaking, with large filing cabinets toppling over.

Some cars apparently parked on the street were buried under rubble.

‘What I can see from where I am in the central city is that there are significant amounts of additional damage,’ Mr Parker said.

Christchurch is built on silt, sand and gravel, with a water table under it. In an earthquake, the water rises, mixing with sand.

Unlike last year’s even stronger tremor, which struck early in the morning when streets were virtually empty, the streets, shops and offices in the city of almost 400,000 were thronged with people when the shallow tremor struck.

The city is home to about 350,000 people and is considered a tourist centre and gateway to the South Island.

New Zealand sits on the Pacific ‘ring of fire’ – an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through the South Pacific.

It records more than 14,000 earthquakes a year – but only about 150 are felt by residents, and fewer than 10 a year do any damage.

The September 4 quake wrecked hundreds of buildings in the city, and caused an estimated four billion New Zealand dollars (three billion US dollars) in damage.

A strong aftershock in December caused further damage to buildings. The city was still rebuilding from those quakes when today’s hit.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359354/Multiple-fatalities-Christchurch-hit-ANOTHER-huge-earthquake.html?ITO=1490


Crimean Coast – Tatars building mosque in Ukraine – Simferopol

February 19, 2011

This is an EXTREMELY important coast.

It this FALLS to the MUSLIMS, then Russia can be subdued entirely by them.

If this region falls, then there will be no real way to bottle neck the Muslims from a direct assault on Europe.   They have tried this route before, in like the 1700’s, but the Hungarians, Greece and Austria stopped them.  Not quite the same but similar enough to make this work.

 

Crimean Tatars Gain Support In Building Mosque

 

 

 

February 19, 2011
SIMFEROPOL — The Crimean Tatar Medjlis has expressed support for the Simferopol city council’s decision to allow a mosque to be built in the Ukrainian peninsula’s capital, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service reports.

Ali Khamzin, the director of the Medjlis’s department for international relations, said on February 18 the decision by the city council “is a positive decision from those who have, in fact, been our enemies.”

The Medjlis is the ruling body of the Crimean Tatars.

The Simferopol mosque has been a point of contention since 2004, when the Simferopol city council first gave the Crimean Tatars permission to build the mosque on a plot of land leased for 25 years, only to ban construction soon after.

The Crimean Tatar community has been engaged in various lawsuits regarding the mosque issue, and has won all of the cases. The decision by the city council on February 16 grants the Tatar community ownership of the land in perpetuity.

The decision was strongly supported by the new prime minister of Crimea, Vasyl Dzharty. He told RFE/RL he was confident the necessary paperwork would be done quickly and the next Simferopol city council session will grant the Tatars permission to begin construction.

The Tatars were previously denied various zoning, sanitary, and water department approvals for the construction of the mosque, despite the fact that the other buildings had been erected near the site designated for the mosque.

But in becoming de facto owners of the land, Dzharty said the necessary approvals will be granted much faster, a process that he has guaranteed to expedite.

(Ukrainian Service/ic/pmb)

http://www.rferl.org/content/crimean_tatars_gain_support_in_building_mosque/2314685.html

 


Texas – Austin – Mandatory Recycling Ordinance will make Austin look like Nancy Pelosi’s San Fran “sicko”

November 5, 2010

THE GREEN WAY TO COMMUNISM

 

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http://www.kvue.com/news/Austin-City-Council-passes-recycling-ordinance-106723833.html

 

This seems to be something that they are going to do by PROCLAMATION.

An ORDINANCE is the same thing as a PROCLAMATION.

I didn’t see anything on the voting ballot about this.

This city is using TAX payer dollars ILLEGALLY.

This ORDINANCE is like OBAMA’s policies.  They circumvent the STATES constitution.

Who voted FOR this?  This is being done with out the VOTE of the people

 

Here is the WEB SITE for the Austin Solid Waste Services:

Austin City Connection logo; link back to Austin City Connection home page

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/zerowaste_masterplan.htm#about

from the pdf —>City of Austin

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Master Plan

Workshop 1 – Preliminary Research Report

Tuesday, August 31st

 

Terms You Will Hear Tonight

• EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility, where producers of products take

responsibility for the end of life of their products

• HHW – Household Hazardous Waste, including batteries, oil and paint

• COG – Council of Governments, a regional planning agency

• ILA – InterLocal Agreement, an agreement signed between two or more

public agencies or private entities to undertake a common purpose

• ISWMMP – The City of Austin Integrated Solid Waste Management Master

Plan, the implementation plan for zero waste

• LC3 – Low-profit limited liability company, a new legal form of business

entity created to bridge the gap between non-profit and for profit investing

• MRF – Materials Recovery Facility for processing recyclables or mixed

waste

• TxDOT – Texas Department of Transportation

 

This sounds more like they are gearing up to slam business and fine them for NOT being GREEN

These people are Fascists and Nazi’s.

 

City Hall Hustle: Waste Not, Want Not

Council considers closing loopholes in recycling code

BY WELLS DUNBAR

 

Have they no sense of shame?!? 

Hot off the victory of their SUV-outlawing socialist transportation program, the central planners at City Hall have another exercise in fascism scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 4: passage of a mandatory recycling program infringing on my constitutional right to strip-mine Planet America and pump as many crumpled PHB-infused water bottles into the garbage dump as my God and I are comfortable with.

Or something. The Hustle’s a little under the weather this week, so I’m going off nothing but talk radio and Statesman Web commenters here.

Of course, cooler heads might tell you that the two items City Council rules on this week – an ordinance amending the recycling code and a resolution directing the city manager to implement said code – close longstanding loopholes that have rendered the city’s zero-waste goals as imaginary as granny’s death panel. Despite the call to divert 90% of Austin’s waste stream from landfills by 2040, apartments and condos with fewer than 100 units have never been required to recycle, nor have commercial buildings such as offices, stores, bars, and restaurants. All told, according to city figures, out of the approximately 10,211 commercial and multifamily properties in Austin, a whopping 7% comply with the zero-waste ordinance’s recycling goals – a measure of government effectiveness that should make a tea partier proud.

The city is now proposing a two-tier implementation of recycling requirements: Beginning in October 2012, Phase 1 gradually implements recycling at residences and offices – some 4,600 buildings – targeting larger complexes first, until everyone is recycling by 2014. Or in other words, “First, they came for the multifamily residential properties consisting of more than 75 dwelling units and nonresidential premises that consist of 100,000 or more square feet, and I said nothing ….”

Phase 2 of the takeover targets the food and beverage industry – restaurants, caterers, and bars, which go through God only knows how much aluminum and glass nightly – as well as manufacturing and industrial facilities, an estimated 5,600 properties altogether. Discussion is still proceeding on this phase, with council suspected to return to it later this month, but it’s likely to include – gasp! – a composting requirement for restaurants.

“The goal is by 2015 to have most everyone participating in a recycling program,” says known Earth sympathizer and Solid Waste Advisory Commission Chair Gerry Acuña. “That’s the goal.”

Over the last 13 months, the goals have been hashed out among SWAC, itsRecycling Ordinance Reform Sub com mit tee, the Solid Waste Services department, and other stakeholders from whom one might have expected a slight bit more opposition – for example, the Building Owners and Managers Association. Acuña says the gradual implementation of the measures has been key to its being well received. “This is not at all too far a stretch – this is something that was well-thought-out, well-planned, and it’s not something we’re hopping into immediately.”

Still, as with any major policy shift – health care, anyone? – there are still unanswered questions. “When it comes down to the restaurants, they still have some questions,” Acuña says, noting that “there’s a little more to organic recycling [composting] than the traditional recycling.” Still, he says, “the city is allowing them to continue a dialogue we hope will lead to some answers that will eventually make the pilot program smooth,” and he points to successful composting programs in (Nancy Pelosi!) San Francisco. (Closer to home, San Antonio is also examining city composting.) That said, the resolution’s directive to City Manager Marc Ott to continue working with theAustin Apartment Association signals there still may be tension in the multifamily caucus.

Perhaps the biggest knot to be worked out is who exactly is going to haul the stuff away. For multifamily complexes with fewer than 26 units and smaller commercial buildings, the requirements won’t kick in until the city makes available its nearly ubiquitous single-stream-recycling blue bins, but most everyone else’s needs must be served by the private sector. (Hey, Grover Norquist’s gotta be pleased there, at least.) While it may be slightly onerous to contract with an accredited hauler, Acuña compares it to services for which bigger buildings already contract. “That’s how it works currently – you’ve got the city providing solid waste collection [to homes], and then you have the private hauling companies that provide all the garbage and recycling services for private commercial establishments.”

http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/column?oid=oid:1108119

 

Austin City Council passes recycling ordinance

by STEVE ALBERTS / KVUE News

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM

 

Some Austin businesses that have not been required to recycle before will soon be changing their ways.

The Austin City Council passed a new ordinance Thursday morning, an ordinance that the council hopes will bring Austin closer to a zero waste city.

For those living in a house, recycling is a quick walk outside. For those living in apartments, it’s not that easy. Right now, only apartment complexes with more than 100 units and businesses with more than 100 employees are required to have recycling programs.

“It’s been a problem for us to try and find recycling.”

That is about to change. The new ordinance makes it mandatory for condos, apartments, and office buildings to offer recycling regardless how many people live and work there. It will take two years to implement the new rules.

Bob Gedert, the director of Solid Waste Services, Austin said, “It’s a phase in an approach based on the size of the property. The concept is we need that two-year ramp-up time to get proper tenant education out there.”

<Seems to me that this is more about CREATING fictitious jobs that no one WANTS.  The programs don’t even work.  Just like global warming these people are hyping things up to create jobs out of “GARBAGE”.  This is just another Fascistic TAKE OVER .  How is California doing with all these programs anyway?  Is their economy good?  Last I looked they were taking a NOSE DIVE.>

 

It is not clear how much the expanded recycling effort will cost, or how it will be paid for. The Solid Waste Services Department estimates it will spend more than $500,000 carrying out the new rules, providing technical assistance, sinage and a public education program. Roughly 300,000 will be for hiring four staffers to enforce the ordinace.

Despite the cost, some Austin residents think it is money well spent.

“You need to start somewhere. It’s alot of money, but in the long run, I use gas to take my glass to the optional recycling center,” said Shan Rutherford.

It is a move to making Austin a step closer to a zero waste city.

“Especailly, it feels very Austin-ish to do this; to put it on the map, kind of leading the way. So it think it’s great,” Renee Bonneau said.

The new rules do not affect restaurants or retailers.  Solid waste services expects to roll out a second phase and come back to council by summer.

http://www.kvue.com/news/Austin-City-Council-passes-recycling-ordinance-106723833.html


California – Los Angeles – Corruption without restraint.

September 23, 2010

These people are a ring of thieves.

How is it that they were not discovered sooner?

Looks like there are probably others who have been covering up for them and it’s probably more extensive than just this small band of thieves.

Prosecutors detail steps Bell leaders allegedly took to hide high salaries:

Court documents accuse former City Administrator Robert Rizzo of ordering an employee to draft false contracts and other records to conceal how much he and council members made

By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times

September 23, 2010

Los Angeles County prosecutors, in records obtained Wednesday by The Times, lay out in the most detail yet the lengths to which they allege former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo went to hide extravagant salaries for himself and other city officials.

The court documents accuse Rizzo of directing an employee to draft false contracts and other records in September 2008 that concealed how much he and council members made. Then a few months ago, under growing scrutiny of his salary, the city manager asked a subordinate to obtain Mayor Oscar Hernandez’s signature on some of those 2008 contracts, the court filing says. The subordinate pointed out that another council member had been the mayor in 2008.

“Rizzo directed the subordinate to obtain Oscar Hernandez’s signature anyway because Hernandez would be willing to sign,” the documents say. “The subordinate did so.”

The allegations were made in court documents asking a judge to prevent Rizzo and seven other current and former city leaders charged this week from using money improperly taken from Bell to bail themselves out of jail.

Former and current Bell officials, from left, Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, Victor Bello and Oscar Hernandez appear in Superior Court on Wednesday. Documents outline the steps they allegedly took to conceal high pay. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / September 22, 2010)

Former and current Bell officials, from left, Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, Victor Bello and Oscar Hernandez appear in Superior Court on Wednesday. Documents outline the steps they allegedly took to conceal high pay. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / September 22, 2010)

Rizzo’s attorney, James W. Spertus, did not return a call seeking comment on the allegations. But he has repeatedly said that his client is innocent.

The prosecution documents allege that Rizzo used the false 2008 contracts in response to questions about his salary. He allegedly told one citizen who asked whether he was really making $400,000, “If I can make that kind of money, I wouldn’t be working here.”

Prosecutors accused Rizzo of continuing to use the false contracts in recent months amid growing scrutiny of his salary by the district attorney’s office and others.

Sometime after June, one of the false 2008 contracts was given to the city attorney following requests for records of Rizzo’s pay. The contract listed Rizzo’s salary as $221,460. In reality, Rizzo was on course to make more than $1.5 million in salary and benefits this year.

As recently as last week, Rizzo pointed to the contracts in response to questions from the state attorney general’s office and falsely claimed they were genuine and were approved by the City Council, the court documents allege.

“By continuing to maintain the fiction that the documents purporting to be September 2008 contracts are genuine, Mr. Rizzo continues to retain public funds feloniously obtained,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman wrote in one of the court documents.

As The Times reported earlier this month, prosecutors said that the contracts were never approved by the council. In addition, Huntsman alleged that Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia’s computer was used in 2005 to generate a contract that gave her large raises without council approval.

“A substantial portion of her compensation from the City of Bell appears to have been obtained feloniously,” Hunstman wrote.

Spaccia was charged this week with misappropriating public funds, but she was not charged in connection with the alleged 2005 contract.

The court documents also say Rizzo directed an employee to draft a memo in 2008 that listed council member pay as about $8,000 a year. In reality, council members were making far more — nearly $100,000 earlier this year.

Rizzo, 56, is charged with 53 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, falsification of public documents and conflicts of interest. If convicted, he faces up to 58 years in state prison.

The other Bell defendants are charged with misappropriating public funds. All eight are expected to enter pleas Oct. 21.

Wearing brown jail scrubs and shackled to a waist chain, Rizzo appeared in court Wednesday alongside the seven other defendants. He rocked gently back and forth in his chair as his attorney argued that his bail should be reduced.

“He has been here for 30 years,” Spertus said in court. “There is nowhere to run…. Everybody knows his face.”

Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor reduced Rizzo’s bail from $3.2 million to $2 million, but declined to significantly change the bail amounts for the other defendants.

“The charged offenses are, in my opinion, extremely serious,” Pastor said.

Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo was released on $260,000 bail, and Councilman Luis Artiga was released on $120,000 bail. Former Councilman George Cole was expected to be released late Wednesday. Rizzo, Spaccia, Hernandez and Councilman George Mirabal and former Councilman Victor Bello remained behind bars late Wednesday.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bell-arraign-20100923,0,4504683.story

 Southern Calfornia city manager who is facing 53 counts related to alleged corruption has a local connection -- he owns a local horse ranch and has raced his thoroughbreds at Emerald Downs.

Southern Calfornia city manager who is facing 53 counts related to alleged corruption has a local connection -- he owns a local horse ranch and has raced his thoroughbreds at Emerald Downs.

Bell, Calif., city manager owns Auburn horse ranch:

AUBURN, Wash.—The Bell, Calif., city manager charged with misappropriating public funds owns a horse ranch at Auburn and raced thoroughbreds at the Emerald Downs track in the Seattle suburb.

The Los Angeles Times reported Robert Rizzo bought the 10-acre ranch in 2004 for nearly $1 million and has owned dozens of race horses.

Auburn neighbors say Rizzo has been a good neighbor, and fellow horse owners and trainers at Emerald Downs were shocked and surprised by the allegations in California.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_16152770?nclick_check=1

<via http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/sep/corruption-scandal-wipes-out-citys-govt>

Bail for each is:

  • $3.2 million for Rizzo, 56
  • $377,500 for Spaccia, 52
  • $285,000 for Hernandez, 63
  • $260,000 for Jacobo, 52
  • $260,000 for Mirabal, 60
  • $190,000 for Bello, 51
  • $145,000 for Artiga, 49
  • $130,000 for Cole, 60

http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/092110a.htm


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