Cat Watching Star Wars


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If you have spent any time around cats you know how “crazy” and downright hysterically funny they can act sometimes. Some of the clips in this video are nothing short of amazing. Others are so funny my ribs were sore from laughing so hard. Bryan P., I dedicate this to you my friend! I thought about you from start to finish and was visualizing you rolling around on the floor, totally cracking up.

Cat is watching “Star Wars” (Кот смотрит “Звездные Войны”)

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$640 million question: Who are the lucky three to share record Mega Millions jackpot?


$640 million question: Who are the lucky three to share record Mega Millions jackpot?.

We may never know exactly who won the biggest lottery jackpot ever but everyone is busting at the seams to find out who they are. Hey, a little over $213 million less taxes….what a win!

$640 million question: Who are the lucky three to share record Mega Millions jackpot?

Updated 4:03 p.m. ET — Who are the lucky three? That was a common question on the minds of all the rest of us Mega Millions losers on Saturday after lottery officials announced that three lottery tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland hit the world record-breaking $640 million jackpot.

The morning after the drawing, most Americans were left with dashed fantasies of what they would have done with more than half a billion dollars. In New York City, Sean Flaherty hoped to trade in some of his 12-hour days working as a video game tester to spend more time with his wife and daughter.

“I knew that when I bought the ticket, that I wouldn’t win,” Flaherty said Saturday. “But I did it anyhow. Because, I don’t know, it would be like Christmas.”


Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes. The winners, for now, remain unidentified and no one has publicly come forward yet to claim the prize.Illinois’ winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis. Mike Lang, spokesman for the Illinois Lottery, said the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers.

Dennis Metzger, the manager at the Motomart in Red Bud that sold the winning ticket, said she has no idea who the lucky person is.

“Everyone is wanting to know who it is,” said Metzger. “All day yesterday I was selling tickets and I was hoping someone from Red Bud would win. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this. I’m just tickled pink.”

Paramedic Dan Parrott walked away from the store with only $5 in winnings after checking his $40 worth of tickets, not enough for that new house, new car and the new ambulances he’d decided would help him spend the jackpot.

“I’d love to have all that money, but with all of that money comes responsibility,” he said outside the store. “But it’d still be awesome.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39788177?launch=46913408&PG=MSVNA3&BTS=MSVNMB&height=296&width=380NBC’s Luke Russert reports from outside the Maryland store where a winning ticket to Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot was sold.

In Maryland, the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill, near Baltimore. The harried manager could only repeatedly say “No interviews” to the reporters pressing for details.

Maryland does not require lottery winners to be publicly identified; the Mega Millions winner can claim the prize anonymously.

The winning Maryland ticket was a single quick-pick ticket, in which numbers are automatically selected, and was sold at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday. The owners of the 7-Eleven, Ethiopian immigrants Abera and Mimi Tessem, will get a $100,000 seller’s bonus, said Carole Everett, spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery.

Nyeri Murphy, holding two scratch-off tickets, said she normally plays Powerball but drove to neighboring Harford County to buy $70 worth of Mega Millions tickets this week. “I should have bought them here,” she said.

The Kansas ticket was sold in the northeastern part of the state. No other information would be released by the Kansas Lottery until the winner comes forward, spokeswoman Cara S. Sloan-Ramos said. Kansas law also allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39788177?launch=46910504&PG=MSVNA3&BTS=MSVNMB&height=429&width=600Personal finance expert Suze Orman weighs in on the Mega Millions craze.

 

The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23. Winners could receive either a one-time payment of their share or take it in 26 annual installment payments.

What is the first thing you’d do with the Mega Millions lottery winnings?

Even though just three tickets matched all the winning numbers, the jackpot made a millionaire of at least three other winners and gave a smaller windfall to more than 100 others. Three ticket-holders won $1 million each, and 158 won $250,000 for matching the first five numbers drawn, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association in Urbandale, Iowa.

The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.

Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot, which amounts to a $462 million lump sum and around $347 million after federal tax withholding. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes.

No matter who wins the jackpot, one certain winner is the Internal Revenue Service. The tax-collecting agency subjects lottery winnings of more than $5,000 to a 25-percent federal withholding tax.

From coast to coast, people stood in line at retail stores Friday for one last chance at striking it rich.

Maribeth Ptak, 31, of Milwaukee, said she only buys Mega Millions tickets when the jackpot is really big and she bought one Friday at a Milwaukee grocery store. She said she’d use the money to pay off bills, including school loans, and then she’d donate a good portion to charity.

“I know the odds are really not in my favor, but why not,” she said.

Sawnya Castro, 31, of Dallas, bought $50 worth of tickets at a 7-Eleven. She figured she’d use the money to create a rescue society for Great Danes, fix up her grandmother’s house, and perhaps even buy a bigger one for herself.

“Not too big — I don’t want that. Too much house to keep with,” she said.

Willie Richards, who works for the U.S. Marshals Service at a federal courthouse in Atlanta, figured if there ever was a time to confront astronomical odds, it was when $640 million was at stake. He bought five tickets.

“When it gets as big as it is now, you’d be nuts not to play,” he said. “You have to take a chance on Lady Luck.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.

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The bogus drug war Introducing Incarcerex ℞: Helping politicians maintain long lasting election results


]The bogus drug war Introducing Incarcerex ℞: Helping politicians maintain long lasting election results.

This is THE must see cartoon video! No wonder Congress, politicians,  Big Pharma and the rest are increasingly trying to sensor the internet. With simple but yet brilliant little cartoon’s like this, who the hell needs Elmer Fud and that pesky wabbit!

Introducing Incarcerex ℞: Helping politicians
maintain long lasting election results

 

 

Active duty cop:
‘The war on drugs is a war on people’

 

 

Raw Story

Speaking to Raw Story recently, an active duty police officer who asked not to be named threw down the gauntlet over the part of his job he hates most: the drug war.

“I did not get in law enforcement to destroy a person’s future because that person had marijuana or a pill in their pocket,” the officer explained. “Why would you want to destroy that person’s future and cause them great harm because of that? It’s not worth it.”

Like many Americans, the reality of the drug war was was nothing like what he’d been taught to believe in his youth. But statistics like a citizen being arrested for drugs every 19 seconds in 2010, and 1.6 million people incarcerated over drugs in 2009, were nothing compared to what he actually experienced in the front lines of the drug war on America’s users.

But for those officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public from dangerous, violent criminals, the drug war isn’t always just another part of the job. For this officer in particular, it’s much more than that: “The war on drugs is a war on people,” he claimed.

“I just didn’t see problems from illegal drug users that I’d been led to believe,” the officer explained. “Most of the calls that we get on drug use, as police, are alcohol related. Alcohol is a serious drug that can be abused, but I just didn’t see the calls on other drugs like I had been led to believe. I didn’t see these drug-crazed people out there doing crazy things… Even growing up before entering law enforcement, I was always led to believe that the drug war was meant to stop all these people from doing crazy things. But on the street, that’s not what you see. That’s a lie.”

In his view, the officer said that the American public would be much better off if the government would “regulate drugs and keep the control out of the hands of the black market criminals.”

“The cartels have been running a serious drug operation in America for decades, and I don’t think most Americans are really aware of it,” he said. “The money comes from the prohibition of drugs. These criminals are making their money because of the prohibition. If you legalize and regulate it, their profits go to zero.”

For more than two decades in law enforcement, he said that he’s carried an immense guilt: his first drug arrest.

“I was in training, on ‘the other side of the tracks,’ for lack of better words, and we pulled a vehicle over,” he explained. “The guy, I think he had a defective taillight or something. He was sober, polite, respectful, no problems, and my training officer said, ‘Oh yeah, he’s gonna have drugs.’ So, I asked if we could search his vehicle and he gave me permission. Within no time, I found a small amount of (hard) drugs, so he was facing a serious charge. The whole time I was thinking, ‘This is not right. This guy’s keeping to himself, not hurting nobody, he’s a peaceful person.’ I instinctively knew this was wrong. I changed my perspective immediately. This was not the war on drugs that I thought it would be.”

 

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Out There How to save a treehouse from a zoning board


Out There How to save a treehouse from a zoning board.

 

This situation can be “viewed” from several different angles, depending on your “view”. If you are just a fun loving parent with children it is easy to see how you might rally in favor of this man who was just working to keep a promise he made to his two children before he was deployed in the armed service. However, if you happen to be his next door neighbor and this seemingly innocent tree house happens to be just outside your living room windows or upstairs bedroom. You might have a very different “view” of the situation. There are two sides to every story and then there is the truth. Make sure you have both sides and the truth before forming a decision!

Father battles Fairfax County zoning laws for sons’ treehouse

 

Washington Post

Last spring, Mark W. Grapin promised his two sons that he would build them a treehouse in the maple tree beside their Fairfax County home before he shipped out to Iraq again with the Army National Guard.

But now that he has run afoul of county zoning laws, Grapin has given his sons a civics lesson, too.

Grapin spent about $1,400 in materials to build the treehouse. After being cited for violating the county zoning code, however, he has spent nearly $2,000 in an administrative battle with the county that’s still underway.

Grapin said Tuesday that if he had known how much it was going to cost to obtain the requisite permits, he might have taken his boys to Disneyland instead.

“It’s a treehouse, for crying out loud,” Grapin said.

County officials say the Grapins violated zoning regulations that try to ensure that everyone lives in a safe, well-kept neighborhood. In a 4-to-3 vote, the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals denied his request for a zoning variance last month. But the board has agreed to reconsider the case Nov. 30.

Grapin, 51, said he only wanted to give his sons the kind of hideaway he knew as kid growing up in Redondo Beach, Calif., when he and friends built a treehouse using bent nails, apple crates and whatever else they could scavenge.

First, Grapin checked with the county’s building department. A friendly employee told him that, no, he did not need a building permit and to have a nice day.

So off he went to the hardware store for the materials to construct a 58-square-foot treehouse — painted red, with a pitched roof and orange window shutters and braced with stilts — around the only sturdy tree on their Falls Church property.

What Grapin did not realize was that because he lives in a corner lot at Marc Drive and Parkwood Terrace, he would need a variance to build any such structure in what the zoning code considers a front yard. Responding to two anonymous complaints, a county inspector went around to have a look. Soon, the Grapins received notice that they were in violation of Section 10-104 (12C) of the county zoning code.

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Clubhopping in the 90’s Vol. 03


This is a very special edition of the “Clubhopping in the 90’s Series” in that when you download this podcast with iTunes, it will include chapters (accessible through the banner menu) which will include the artist, title and version of the song along with cover art, synchronized with playback. I hope you enjoy this special edition as it is my personal Christmas gift to you, my fans and followers. Here’s wishing you all the very best this holiday season!!! Now GET OUT THERE AND DANCE!!!!

I would like to send a big thanks to our buddy Michael Lombardino aka DJ Lombardino for all the awesome remix’s of our favorite dance mixes from the club scene of the eighties and ninety’s he has shared with us then and now via PodOMatic. Keep em coming big guy…we love it!

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