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Hobby Lobby Stores founder, David Green, under investigation by FBI _ stealing Iraq antiquities

http://www.inquisitr.com/2524627/duggar-family-friend-under-fbi-investigation-in-new-scandal/


The scandal-plagued Duggar family is linked to Hobby Lobby Stores founder, David Green, who is under FBI investigation for customs violations, falsifying documents, and the unauthorized export of antiquities.

In an exclusive report released today, David Green has been under FBI investigation since 2011 “for the illicit importation of cultural heritage from Iraq.” The year 2011 is the year U.S. troops left Iraq and insurgents moved in, who often sold antiquities for funding and for providing operating capital to ISIS.

The first shipment investigated was destined for a Hobby Lobby warehouse and was illegally shipped from Israel via FedEx. It contained hundreds of priceless, ancient cuneiform tablets. The shipment was fraudulently labeled “hand-crafted clay tiles” with a declared value of about $300.

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It is believed that the ultimate destination of the treasures now under investigation was to be the Green family’s new museum in the nation’s capital. David Green provided $140 in funding to build the Bible Museum in Washington D.C., which is slated to open in 2017. The museum is located along museum alley, near the National Mall. Not by coincidence, Washington D.C. is where the Duggar family wants to build its anti-abortion/contraception museum under the umbrella organization Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar founded in 2013, Life U
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:05 AM (9 replies)

What do you think of this dress?




https://m.facebook.com/schoolmumma/photos/pb.396141047109074.-2207520000.1446004601./997374196985753/?type=3&theater

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 28, 2015, 12:58 AM (25 replies)

"Hugging dogs" get adopted together. shelter photo went viral a few months ago

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'Hugging dogs' whose heartbreaking photo from inside animal shelter brought them internet fame find a home together after being adopted by two best friends
Dogs Kala and Keira were seen huddled together in the snap shared by the Atlanta charity Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in June
The Facebook post quickly went viral and was reported across the country
Kala, an 11-month old hound mix and Keira, a 15-month old boxer mix, have now been adopted by two best friends who live together in Atlanta


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291979/Hugging-dogs-heartbreaking-photo-inside-animal-shelter-brought-internet-fame-adopted-two-best-friends.html#ixzz3ppuy7wi4
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 28, 2015, 12:12 AM (8 replies)

Ferrari bursts into flames at gas station, drives itself away

a ferrari owner says his car burst into flames at a Northern California gas station and then rolled away on its own, avoiding a major explosion.

Al Cui told KNTV-TV he was pumping gas into his Ferrari at a gas station in Martinez on Sunday night when it suddenly caught fire.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ferrari-fire-drives-away-2015102-story.html
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/10/26/ferrari-catches-fire-drives-away-while-refueling-in-martinez/
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 26, 2015, 03:48 PM (14 replies)

Donald Trump's Life of Struggle: ‘My Father Gave Me a Small Loan of $1 Million’

The real estate mogul describes his life of hardship.
On Monday morning, Donald Trump appeared at a New Hampshire "Town Hall" moderated by NBC's Matt Lauer. When an attendee asked the real estate mogul if he'd ever been told "no," Trump replied by detailing a life of hardship involving a mere million dollar loan from his dad, a problem that must be all-too-familiar to struggling Americans.

"My whole life really has been a ‘no.’ And I fought through it," Trump said.



"It has not been easy for me," he said. "I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back. And I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan. I started buying up properties, and I did great."


When Lauer pointed out that starting out with a million dollars might not seem too difficult to most Americans, Trump's ego remained unscathed.

http://www.alternet.org/donald-trumps-life-struggle-my-father-gave-me-small-loan-1-million
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 26, 2015, 03:40 PM (8 replies)

Jeb vs hoodie

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/10/jeb-bush-hoodie-struggle
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/10/jeb-bush-hoodie-struggle




as Jeb Bush’s campaign spins in erratic circles—slashing his campaign budget, tapping his unpopular brother to help fund-raise, and trailing Donald Trump—it’s only timely that this old video, taped in July, re-emerged in the public space.

Observe: Jeb’s arms, restricted, thrashing through the air, grasping for traction. Why is Jeb! even wearing a hoodie in 105-degree Vegas weather? Playing the role of the relatable candidate is never easy: just ask Hillary Clinton, who attempted to dance to Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on Ellen.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 26, 2015, 03:33 PM (1 replies)

Rubio struggles in Senate, but wants a promotion

But for a mainstream audience, the fact that Rubio effectively wasted his Capitol Hill career, achieving practically nothing despite all the promise and hype, isn’t much of a selling point.

I suspect many Rubio supporters will naturally want to draw parallels between his record and President Obama’s Senate tenure. And at a certain level, they have a point – Obama was quickly frustrated by Congress’ pace. David Axelrod later admitted that the Illinois Democrat “was bored being a senator” and quickly grew “restless.”

It seems the same words could be applied to the junior senator from Florida.

The difference, though, is that Obama put in far more effort than Rubio, and as a result, he had more success. As a senator, Obama developed a reputation as a work horse, being well prepared for briefings and hearings, introducing a lot of bills, and developing an expertise on serious issues like counter-proliferation.


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/rubio-struggles-senate-wants-promotion
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 26, 2015, 03:26 PM (4 replies)

VIDEO: Pedestrians fall to ground as quake hits Nepal in April 2015

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Video-shows-pedestrians-knocked-to-ground-as-7-5-6590711.php
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 26, 2015, 03:20 PM (0 replies)

ACLU files class action lawsuit against Mississippi debtors prison system

the fines were for other traffic violations dating back to 2013. At that time, Kennedy says she told her probation officers – a private company called Judicial Corrections Services Inc (JCS) – that she was so poor there was no way she could find the money.

She worked as a cleaner at the baseball field in downtown Biloxi, earning less than $9,000 a year – well below the federal poverty level for a single person, let alone a mother of two dependent children. Her plea fell on deaf ears: a JCS official told her that unless she paid her fines in full, as well as a $40 monthly fee to JCS for the privilege of having them as her probation officers, she would go to jail – an arrest warrant was duly secured to that effect through the Biloxi municipal court

Nor was Kennedy’s inability to pay her fines as a result of poverty taken into account by the police officer when he stopped her in July, she said. Discovering the arrest warrant, he promptly put her in handcuffs and took her to a Gulfport jail.

There she was told that unless she came up with all the money – by now the figure had bloated as a result of JCS’s monthly fees to $1,000 – she would stay in jail. And so she did. Kennedy spent the next five days and nights in a holding cell.

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Kennedy is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuitlodged on Wednesday with a federal district court in Gulfport against the city of Biloxi, its police department, the municipal court system and the private probation company JCS. The filing, drawn up by the American Civil Liberties Union, claims that the agencies collectively conspired to create a modern form of debtors’ prison as a ruse to extract cash from those least able to afford it – the city’s poor.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/pay-or-go-jail-how-mississippi-town-resurrected-debtors-prison
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 08:58 PM (15 replies)

In a hurting economy, selling plasma is part of their financial lifeblood

On a steamy October day in the town of Orange, a white van with an Uber sign in the front window ran out of gas in the parking lot of a plasma donation center.

Call it a snapshot, if you will, of an economy that for many folks continues to sputter.

A woman named Crystal, who had just sold her plasma, lent a one-gallon gas can to the couple in the van. Crystal, 28, told me she carries the can in her 1998 Nissan because it's tough to keep up with the bills and she's often running on fumes.

The couple with the van were in a hurry and I didn't get much information out of them, except that the man sometimes drives for Uber and the woman has a rare blood type, so she makes decent money having Biomat USA draw it through a needle at regular intervals.

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Jessica Wade has developed scar tissue on her arm from so many needle pricks. The 25-year-old Cal State Long Beach student is studying to be a teacher, works 40 hours a week at Starbucks, lives in a studio apartment with her working boyfriend and donates plasma twice a week.

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"This is my first time," a middle-aged woman named Elizabeth told me at the Lake Balboa Biomat USA. She said she took time off from a job to care for her ailing mother, and now she can't find work.

"If you would have told me five years ago that I'd end up in here, I wouldn't have believed it. It's reality, and it's humbled me for sure."

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-1025-lopez-plasma-20151025-column.html
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 08:48 PM (2 replies)
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