Nicole E. Levine (25) bit her roommate (23) on the hand and biceps for being “angry” to her dog. Her female roommate said the dog “always” gets in the way, so she kicked him. That didn’t go well with Levine – the moral of the story is, ‘one who kicks small dogs, gets bit – not by the dog, but by the roommate!’ The dog must be small, and Levine must be big. Aye, bad dog Nicole Levine!
I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the men and women who are fighting in our armed forces. But, conscious as I am of how inadequate the rewards we can offer them on their return, I feel a bit helpless.
So I seized on the opportunity to endorse the work of this wonderful Veterans group and to send you their mailing for free. Their work at advocacy, direct aid, and material assistance to our deserving Vets singles them out, so I wanted to bring their work to your attention.
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A project placed on the back burner is once again coming to light all thanks to the hard work of one Laredo church and several members of the community. Pro 8 News reporter Brenda Medina introduced us to an area some are calling the “lost lakes.” A closer look at the destination which was recently re-discovered.
“The city had a great idea ten years ago to turn this in to a nature park,” said Executive Director for the Big River Foundation Eric Ellman.
But Ellman said that idea never became a reality. Just recently Father Bill Davis and members from his San Francisco Javier Parish discovered this incredible sight.
“Hard working people need a place to go on Saturday and Sunday for picnic and in Laredo there’s very few,” Davis said.
The long dormant city project to transform the 200-acre nature preserve was all part of the River Bend park, Ellman told Pro 8 News.
“The funding didn’t come through and it drifted off of the radar screen,” added Ellman.
Sawing away, branch after branch, through hard work and dedication volunteers from the parish, collaboration of funders, and the Big River Foundation are all pitching in to create a park from abandoned gravel operation and sand.
“Cause talk about pride in Laredo,” said Davis. “This is something to really change the way the world sees Laredo.”
As they clear out the area they’re ensuring they preserve wildlife.
“You can see how the beaver gnawed the tree until it falls,” added Davis. “There’s wild animals out here. There’s hundreds of different kind of birds.”
The nature preserve with lakes, trails perfect for hiking or mountain biking sits nestled west of downtown Laredo.
“You can kayak, you can fish. The lakes are kind of shallow so it’s not the best for swimming but it’s a wonderful place to enjoy, relax and forget the city around you,” Ellman said.
For 67-year-old Moises Flores transforming the area is a dream come true as it brings back some cherished memories. “I used to come here when I was a kid. It’s very important for me to have it again and to enjoy it.”
The activities Laredoans can enjoy at the “lost lakes” are supported in part by the urban waters initiative for EPA. To help low income families discover and learn to protect their water resources. “Lost lakes” is city land and open to the public on a daily basis.
Enclosed is Gov. Rick Scott’s veto message for the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 fiscal year. It is composed of 30 pages. The governor announces withholding approval of portions of the Senate Bill 2000 enacted during the 43rd Florida Legislature.
If you want to watch a corruptocrat start sputtering like Porky Pig with allergies, confront him with three simple words: conflict of interest. Asked this week about his role in securing an ex-lover’s highly coveted job at government mortgage giant Fannie Mae, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank retorted:
“Aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee.”
Or that’s what it sounded like, anyway. Frank was rather miffed about the recent disclosure that he helped former lover Herb Moses land a job with the behemoth lender while sitting on a House committee that regulates lenders a decade ago. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Frank immediately invoked the Everybody Does It card: “It is a common thing in Washington for members of Congress to have spouses work for the federal government. There is no rule against it at all.”
Frank then switched to the Everybody Knew defense: “It was widely known. It was out there in the public.”
Next, he dismissed any controversy about his ethical judgment with the Nobody Cares shield: “It’s nonsense.”
No doubt he’ll spring the Homophobia Card on critics at an opportune moment to ice his multitiered cake of excuses.
Funny thing. Not too long ago, it was Frank himself counseling fellow Democratic scandal magnet Rep. Maxine Waters to butt out of Boston-area OneUnited Bank’s bid for $12 million in federal TARP bailout funds because of conflict-of-interest odors. Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into OneUnited and owned stock holdings estimated at $350,000.
Frank’s exact words to Waters: “You should stay out of it. … You should stay away from this.”
Waters didn’t listen. The House ethics committee charged her with several ethics violations (though no trial has yet been scheduled). Frank nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back and pronouncing himself “vindicated” after the charges were filed last year.
But where was Mr. Clean when his own sleazy dalliances needed self-policing?
While head of the House Financial Services Committee in 2009, amid economic upheaval across the country, Frank was jet-setting with hedge-fund mogul and TARP beneficiary S. Donald Sussman to his private Caribbean resort. The foxes in the House Ethics henhouse granted what they called “unusual” permission for the jaunt because Frank’s partner, Jim Ready, is close pals with Sussman. When Republicans raised questions about ethical improprieties, Frank — whose party has perfected the art of class warfare demagoguery — whinnied that it wasn’t a crime to have wealthy friends.
What should be criminal is the Democratic friends and fat cats protection racket run by the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac overlords. While political operatives have raked in tens of millions of dollars in directors’ fees and lavish compensation packages, the government-sponsored lenders have bled billions and will soak up an estimated $400 billion in bailout funds. Financial journalist Gretchen Morgenson reported this week that Frank “was very aggressive and really tough” on Fannie critics after the corrupt institution “rolled out the red carpet” for his ex-lover. After his friend with crony benefits broke up with him, Frank remained a dogged Fannie defender.
Sneering at financial reformers before a 2003 House hearing, Frank asserted: “I want to begin by saying that I am glad to consider the legislation, but I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis. That is, in my view, the two government-sponsored enterprises we are talking about here, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not in a crisis. … I do not think at this point there is a problem with a threat to the Treasury.”
Not that such spectacular bad judgment and lack of foresight should be any surprise coming from a politician whose early career was punctuated by a formal reprimand for using his office to fix another lover/prostitute’s parking tickets and lying about his criminal probation history. As a cocky Frank said at the time of that scandal: ”I think members of Congress rise or fall on their own individual records.” Eventually, yes.
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