Finally! A flying car!

July 8, 2011

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I have to admit I didn’t expect to see anything like this in my lifetime. The first of these vehicles are to be delivered to customers this year.  Courtesy of the LA Times: I don’t think these are going to be big sellers (price, space issues), but it’s cool to watch them anyhow.

Posted in: Miscellany

President Obama almost adopted by the Salvation Army?

July 7, 2011

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Hmmm. A previously redacted immigration document obtained via a FOIA by author Sally Jacobs states that the President’s parents were planning on having their unborn child adopted by the Salvation Army: A few months before Mr Obama was born, Barack Obama Snr, the future president’s father, was under scrutiny from immigration officials who suspected him of bigamy. […]

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Thanks for the jobs, California!

July 7, 2011

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In a move that puts Amazon’s “money where its mouth is,” the company has announced plans for a fourth distribution center in Phoenix, avoiding states like neighboring California because of the aggressive push there to collect internet sales taxes.  Arizona’s governor, Jan Brewer, said that by the end of the year, Amazon will employ 3000 […]

Posted in: Arizona, California, Economy

Illegal immigrants being abused by their employers….in Europe

July 7, 2011

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Would you believe that illegal immigrants are being abused by their employers? Some have been abused sexually; others are forced to work outrageous hours for little pay, and still others have been beaten.  Horrendous, yes?  Well, welcome to life of some illegal immigrants in Europe: VIENNA – Illegal immigrants working as domestics in the European Union are often […]

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43 “Fast and Furious” guns found in Phoenix

July 7, 2011

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Not one, not two, but forty-three guns linked to the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program were found during a traffic stop in Phoenix back in April.  Five people were arrested; four of which are “undocumented.” According to court paperwork, Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered the guns in mid-April. They pulled over a vehicle near 83rd […]

Posted in: Arizona

The United 52 States of America?

July 1, 2011

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It will be if a couple of new movements have their way. Southern Arizona, traditionally much more liberal than the Phoenix area, is the site for a new movement of folks who wish to form a new state called “Baja Arizona.”  Pima County the 51st state? A political committee made up of attorneys, including the […]

Posted in: Arizona, California, Politics

California institutes internet sales tax causing Amazon and Overstock to cut ties

July 1, 2011

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In an effort to bring in more revenue and fortify the deeply troubled California state coffers, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law effectively immediately requiring internet companies to collect a sales tax from residents of the state making online purchases.   The result?  Instead of compliance, one of the largest, if not the largest, internet business has said […]

Posted in: California, Economy, Taxes