Friday, April 22, 2011

You gotta be kidding......................

9-11 first responders to be checked on FBI terror list

Fri Apr 22, 11:15 am ET AP

It's the sort of legislative provision that "Inception" director Christopher Nolan—or maybe paranoid sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick—might dream up: Under the terms of last year's health compensation law for first responders to the 9/11 terror attacks, would-be beneficiaries have to submit to FBI background checks to verify that they are not themselves terrorists. The provision places applicants' names and personal information in a file to be cross-checked with the FBI's Terror Watch list before they receive any medical compensation.

The Huffington Post's Michael McAuliff reports that a last-minute amendment to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law mandates that the government must establish that no first responders and 9/11 survivors are terrorists prior to assessing their eligibility for federal benefits.

Rep Cliff Stearns (R-FL) added the amendment during the bitter debates over the bill, which provides $4.3 billion in compensation to help workers who fell ill after the attacks. The bill also provides compensation for people who lived or attended school near Ground Zero. Senate Republicans initially blocked the bill.

Workers will be informed by their medical providers before July that they need to be screened to ensure they are not terrorists.

"It's comical at best, and I think it's an insult to everyone who worked on The Pile and is sick and suffering from 9/11," John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 workers and a former construction worker who lost part of his foot at Ground Zero, told The Huffington Post. "When cops and firefighters get this at home, they're going to hit the roof," he said.

But one first responder told McAuliff he had no problem with being screened. "How do you know if there were any terrorists there?" Anthony Flammia, a former NYPD Highway Patrol officer, asked.

Stearns says because the bill applies to people working in the vicinity, he wants to ensure no terrorists benefit. You can read the whole story here.

(Wendy Flammia holds a photo of John McNamara, a New York City firefighter who died August 9, 2009, as Sen. Charles Schumer talked about the first responders' bill last December: AP.)

I am speechless on this. First time in a long time......

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Europeans can have it but not North America.....WHY?

The 55 MPG Ford You Can't Buy in the U.S.

Published April 06, 2011


The 2012 Ford Focus is one of the most fuel-efficient compact cars on sale in the United States today, with a maximum EPA combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg. Impressive, until you hear that Ford has introduced one in Europe that gets 55 mpg.

The Focus ECOnetic is the global automaker’s latest high-efficiency vehicle, returning 67 mpg on the European fuel economy test cycle. It’s a very different evaluation than the EPA test, which makes it difficult to compare the two directly, but extrapolating from the specifications of other similar vehicles that are sold both there and here that converts to about 55 mpg.

It does this by combining a highly-efficient turbo-diesel engine with stop-start technology, ultra-low rolling resistance tires, a hybrid-like kinetic energy recovery system for the battery and a more aerodynamic body style that includes shutters in the grille which can close it at cruising speed – a feature also found on the Super Fuel Efficiency version of the Focus sold in the U.S.

Just don’t expect the ECOnetic to join it in showrooms. Citing low demand, high federalization costs and the increasing fuel economy of its gasoline-powered cars, Ford has no current plans to offer any diesel-powered cars here. Instead it will concentrate on hybrids and electrics, like the Ford Focus Electric that will go on sale in 2012 with an efficiency rating that’s expected to be even better than 55 mpg of gasoline, because it doesn’t use any.

And as always, Americans get the Spain last year we drove a VW that got 50 MPG, also not available in the US.....go figure. I guess they want us to buy lots of gas.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rub my neck....Please

Fake massage parlor inspector demands rubdown

The Associated Press

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A California man is charged with demanding a rubdown and $200 while pretending to be a massage parlor inspector.

Orange County prosecutors charged Edward Justin LaPorte with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of impersonating a peace officer and firearm violations. The 47-year-old faces arraignment Friday in Newport Beach.

Investigators say LaPorte is a former police officer from Illinois. They say he was wearing a badge when he entered the Golden Spa massage parlor in Lake Forest on Jan. 31 and told the manager he was investigating a complaint.

Prosecutors say he then complained of back pain, and a masseuse gave him a back rub before LaPorte asked for a frontal massage, which was refused.

No phone listing could be found for LaPorte and court records don't list an attorney for him

Pay like everyone else!