Posted: 30 Jul 2008 01:03 PM CDT
The Reeves family was new to the Arizona Valley area and they thought they had found the perfect home to rent, listed in Craigslist.
The Reeves family consists of nine members and they lost their savings after falling for an elaborate rental scam listed on Craigslist.
Matthew Reeves and his wife met a man and his wife, Jim and Jaime Williams, that they thought were the owners of the house, painters were painting, but other work needed to be done to make the house ready for occupants. They made arrangements to do the carpets, maintenance and get the locks changed in return for a discount on their deposit. They signed the lease and got their receipt for $1,500.
Then they went home to celebrate.
The next day they went and started cleaning the home and then on Saturday, they started the move but when they got there Pam Dambley, the actual owner of the house was there.
She recounts her conversation with the Reeves':
"I said, 'Excuse me, you live here?' And he says, 'We just rented it,' and I said, 'From who?'
Matthew Reeves says he and his wife just cried.
The $1,500 they had given to the fake owners was all they had.
The Dambley's, showing compassion that not many would, felt for the Reeves family and allowed them stay and gave them August for free since they had lost all their money.
The Reeves refer to her as their angel.
Peoria Arizona police are asking for the public's help in looking for the scam artists responsible. They are described as "a short heavyset woman and a man with crooked teeth and a heart tattooed on one hand. They were last seen driving a white Chevy Blazer."
The advice the police give to people looking to buy or rent a home is to check with the County Assessors Office to see who the actual homeowner is.
You can also go to companies like www.Titlesearches.com or other companies that provide the same type of service, and do a title search, it cost a relatively low amount of money, but they provide information about the current owner, the mortgage, tax information about how much taxes are paid for the home in question, and they also provide a copy of the warranty deed.
Scams like the one the Reeves' family became victims of was a rental scam, but title searches are just as important for those buying a home because one doesn't wish to invest their savings into a home that is about to go into foreclosure just to have the owners leave town with your money.
(Disclaimer- I do not work for Titlesearch.com, it is just an example given because their services were used for the home I live in and I was able to reference the paperwork to show what type of information they provided)
Posted: 30 Jul 2008 11:27 AM CDT
The National Enquirer claimed that it had caught John Edwards in a secret meeting with his Mistress, Fox News confirmed a portion of the story which said that John Edwards hid from National Enquirer reporters in the restroom at the Beverly Hilton and that security escorted him out. Fox confirmed it by speaking with hotel security.
Then a story came out about the LA Times blog editor requesting, via email, that bloggers do not write about the story.
One LA Times blogger told me at that time that he hadn't been asked to refrain from reporting about it and offered a report that was done on the topic as evidence.
Now we are caught up...
Today, Simon from Bloggasm, reports that he spoke with Tony Pierce, the LA Times blog editor to ask him about that email.
Read the rest over at Bloggasm, but one specific paragraph following the excerpts I show, caught my attention:
I asked Pierce if the metro desk had the chance to follow up on the story, and if so, would he send out another post allowing his bloggers to write about it. He said that to his knowledge the LA Times reporters hadn't found any additional information and expressed some skepticism of the National Enquirer story's authenticity.
Considering Fox managed to get a hotel security guard to speak to them and confirm a portion of the story, does this mean the LA Times research crew didn't really try or were incapable of doing what Fox had no problem doing?
Pierce did admit he could have phrased his email better, but it still doesn't explain how as new information comes up, that doesn't mean that LA Times bloggers shouldn't be able to follow up on it.
Next is today's story which again many expect the MSM to continue to ignore, about the National Enquirer now claiming that John Edwards has been paying $15,000 a month in a coverup scheme to over the Rielle Hunter/Love child mess.
The money is being funneled to Hunter by a wealthy colleague who was closely tied to the Edwards' campaign. This same man is also shoveling cash to Edwards' pal and former aide Andrew Young – who tried to take the heat off the ex-Senator by claiming he is the father of Rielle's baby.
I guess we will see if the MSM continues to enforce their news blackout on these allegations or if they will actually try to do their job and research, question and report on their findings.
Posted: 30 Jul 2008 10:47 AM CDT
Hutchins' body was found on a small embankment beside the road along southbound U.S. 220, by a Botetourt County deputy who stopped to check on the vehicle yesterday.
Frederick W. Hutchins Jr, 26 years-old and an aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb, was found dead outside of a vehicle which was parked on a highway shoulder, in Virginia.
According to Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, Hutchins had been shot in the head and the gun was found underneath of him. The official cause of death will be determined by the medial examiner.
It is believed the time of death was between 4:30 am when an officer passed that area and saw no vehicle and 7:08 am when the officer stopped to check the parked vehicle and found the body.
Senator Jim Webb issued a statement today saying, "I am terribly saddened by the tragic and sudden death of Fred Hutchins, who diligently managed our Roanoke Senate office. Freddie was one of the most honorable and friendly individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. He was a mainstay in the Roanoke community and a friend to all who knew him. My condolences go out to his mother, Karen, and the rest of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed."
Posted: 30 Jul 2008 10:02 AM CDT
The Trail reports that Barack Obama has started buying in to his own Messiah hype by describing a meeting he had with his peasants (House Democrats) where he makes a couple statements that shows his ego and obsession with himself seems to be getting out of control.
He tells his peasants "this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for."
He further states "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."
The Washington Post also seems to be a tad worried about the presumptuousness of Obama as well as noticing that he has started angering reporters...the ones that actually gave him encouragement to start buying his own hype, are now noticing the arrogance.
In the latest issue of the New Republic, Gabriel Sherman found reporters complaining that Obama's campaign was "acting like the Prom Queen" and being more secretive than Bush. The magazine quoted the New York Times' Adam Nagourney's reaction to the Obama campaign's memo attacking one of his stories: "I've never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others." Then came Obama's overseas trip and the campaign's selection of which news organizations could come aboard. Among those excluded: the New Yorker magazine, which had just published a satirical cover about Obama that offended the campaign.
One bit I found interesting in a New York Times piece which shows his arrogance was this:
I asked him what presents he takes home to his daughters. "Anytime I make a stop, Sasha gets snow globes and Malia gets key chains," he said. "Somebody is assigned to that."
Obama's attitude which has largely been created by those in the media that now seem to be concerned about, is exactly what Democratic aides recently complained about by calling his campaign insufferable, insular, uncooperative and inattentive.
It looks like the boy wonder's "audacity" is starting to grate on the media's nerves a bit.
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 09:17 PM CDT
Cross posted from Radarsite
From an original article in Front Page Mag
Obama: Servant of the Jewish Conspiracy
By P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com Monday, July 28, 2008
Is Barack Obama the pawn of evil Jewish minions? Yes, according to cartoons that appeared in the Palestinian media.
Al-Quds, July 22, 2008
The cartoon's headline: "Learn about Israel…from 'Behind the Fence.'" Below, in Arabic: "Obama's view."
Ar-Risala, June 22, 2008
Headline: "The Wagon [that gets you] to the White House."
Despite his portrayal as an ape, Obama has rewarded his detractors, and Israeli Jews' killers, with a naive indulgence for "peace talks" not seen since the days Bill Clinton helped set the stage for the Palestinian intifada.
"I believe the next U.S. administration should move quickly," Barack Obama told far-Left Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar last Wednesday. "I have had in-depth discussions today with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and encouraged all of them to make as much progress as they can in their negotiations this year."
He added, "The next U.S. administration should...help the parties build on the progress that has been made thus far, and continue to work toward the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security."
Obama was here for a lightning one-day tour of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. In the latter, of course, he met with Mahmoud Abbas, who a few days earlier sent his tidings to a brutal murderer of a four-year-old girl.
Eldar, writing in the left-wing daily Haaretz, says "associates" of Obama told him that, if elected, Obama "has no intention of wasting time on consolidating an 'Obama peace plan.' He would rather dive in and promote the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of existing American initiatives."
Eldar also says "one of Obama's senior consultants on the Middle East" told him that "Obama would attempt to deepen U.S. involvement in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians" and "what would change…is the U.S. distanced position, as the consultant put it, in which Washington monitors developments but generally prefers to refrain from a more hands-on policy."
First, considering that Obama's Middle East advisers include the likes of former Carter and Clinton administration dove Anthony Lake (instrumental in dumping the Shah and catapulting the Ayatollah Khomeini to power), former Carter adviser and sharp Israel-foe Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Iraq Study Group co-chair (with James Baker) Lee Hamilton, Eldar's words are more than plausible.
Second, those who have noticed (among much else) Condoleezza Rice's obsessive 16 visits to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in three years—all aimed at pushing Israel back to indefensible borders—will be surprised to hear that the U.S. has been maintaining a "distanced position" and can only fearfully imagine what "deepened involvement" would look like.
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League reported that "editorial cartoonists in the Arab world are using direct or borderline anti-Semitism in their portrayal of the presumptive U.S. presidential candidates as lackeys of the Jews and Israel…The cartoons ignore the issues of the campaign and instead engage in hate-filled characterizations of Jews and overt racist stereotypes."
ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman noted, "Once again, the Arab media does not miss an opportunity to promote classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of Jewish control over Washington, the media and the democratic process." He added: "Their aim is not to provoke discussion or challenge ideas, but to spread horrific stereotypes of Jews. Some cartoons also use classical racist stereotypes to portray Senator Obama."
Foxman also said the ADL provided copies of the report to the McCain and Obama campaigns.
On this page, the ADL gives samples of the cartoons, beginning with seven cartoons taken from mainstream, official Palestinian Authority newspapers over the last two months. There's one of a grotesque, apish-looking Obama hulking behind Israel's security fence with what look like some small, scheming, nasty Jews; one of a grinning, impish Obama peering from the pants seat of a blue-and-white-clad, Star of David-bearing Jew…and many more such images.
It's undeniable both that the Obama campaign has a report of these hateful images and that no news media report that he has demanded such caricatures stop. Instead, Obama promises to accelerate the demented quest of the current U.S. and Israeli governments to award the bigots with sovereignty over strategic land overlooking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Tel Aviv. He blogs at http://pdavidhornik.typepad.com/. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note from Radarsite: The study of the dark conspiratorial recesses of the Arab mentality should be categorized under the general academic discipline of speleology (the scientific study of caves and the cave environment).
To explore the depths of its black heart one needs to bring one's own light source, for there is no light to be found in these seemingly endless labyrinthine corridors. It is imperative that the explorer maintain contact with the world above, by way of his umbilical cord, or he may become lost forever in its infinite darkness.
Nurtured by untold generations of inbred hatred and distrust, the vengeful Arab mindset has become a victim of its own conspiracy theories, sinking deeper and deeper into that dark underworld of delusion and myth. And always and forever, lurking in the depths -- the eternal gargantuan Jew-Monster waiting to devour its helpless prey. - rg
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 07:41 PM CDT
The question that Jack Tapper fact checks is this, "From the Fact Check Desk: Did Obama Say During the Debate Over the Surge That "There's No Doubt that Additional U.S. Troops Could Temporarily Quell the Violence?"
Want the answer?
Go over and read Tappers piece at ABC's Political Punch.
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 07:04 PM CDT
By now, everybody has heard about the 'on again, off again' non trip of Senator Obama to Landstuhl to visit our wounded. The internet has been full of differing opinions on what really happened, and Obama and his sycophants have flip flopped in their usual fashion. (He may need to see a doctor for injuries sustained from all the flip flopping before November 4th...just saying..lol)
However, all that aside ;) the truth WILL out. Senator Obama hasn't yet figured out that every time he tries to pull the wool over our eyes, along comes a a real expert who easily debunks his nonsense.
Via Blackfive here comes a link to this statement from an expert:
And what does this expert have to say? Follow the link to here, and this is what you have:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Former CSM of Landstuhl on Obama [Gregory S. McNeal]
The former Command Sergeant Major of Landstuhl from 2003 to 2005 released this statement today regarding Senator Obama's decision to not visit wounded soldiers in Landstuhl:
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 06:21 PM CDT
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 06:11 PM CDT
Richard Cohen, never known as a conservative or conservative leaning writer is taking some harsh criticisms for asking the question that many of us has asked time and time again.
What has Barack Obama actually done?
"Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire," I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama's speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.
He ends by saying, "The question I posed to that prominent Democrat was just my way of thinking out loud. I know that Barack Obama is a near-perfect political package. I'm still not sure, though, what's in it."
You truly need to read everything in between the portions I quoted to get a feel for Cohen's piece, but finally liberal writers, at least one brave one by the name of Richard Cohen, has dared asked the relevant question.
I would certainly hate to be the one opening his emails today because he has liberals howling over the audacity of his question and declaring he has gone to the dark side. Others think Obama's "plans" and rhetoric counts as accomplishments. Never mind that many of his "plans" change on a dime depending on what audience he is talking to or when the issues actually come up for a vote. Never mind that his "plans" haven't come to pass and are just words. To them, his words, his "message" is enough, who needs actual accomplishments????
Pffffft... We don't need no stinking accomplishments to admire Obama!!!
We are Obama Zombies
How dare a writer for the MSM ask about Obama's admirable accomplishments....not speeches, not being against the war when he was a "mere Illinois state senator, representing the (very) liberal Hyde Park area", not his paper ideas, not his biographical books, but instead what true accomplishments has Obama produced for this country?
Worse yet, in the minds of those throwing a hissy fit about Cohen's column, how dare a liberal writer ask that?
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Posted: 29 Jul 2008 01:56 PM CDT
Breaking on the news right now it is being announced that Los Angeles has just suffered an earthquake. No aftershocks reported yet, but the news is reporting they are expected. I will link to the stories as they come out but the quakes is reported to have been a major seismic event.
11:48 Pacific time a 5.8 earthquake hit California. It was was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego with slight tremors felt all the way to Las Vegas.
[Update #1] U.S. Geological Survey estimates the quake was a magnitude 5.8, centered 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles near Chino Hills in San Bernardino County.
[Update #2] CNN is reporting that the epicenter was 2 miles southwest of Chino Hills and approximately 5 miles southeast of Diamond Bar. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.8 earthquake is considered moderate.
Initial reports show no major damage.
The fire chief is speaking on the news and reporting no injuries or damages as of yet.
Authorities are asking that people avoid using their cell phones unless absolutely necessary.
[Update #3] Initial reports show no major damage.
The fire chief is speaking on the news and reporting no injuries or damages as of yet.
Authorities are asking that people avoid using their cell phones unless absolutely necessary.
[Update #4] Aftershocks are being reported by Fox News, over the last 20 minutes, multiple smaller shocks have been felt, I will link when I get information on the exact location.
[Update #5] Fox News is showing live video and they report that according to Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, the whole building where he was shook as he describes it as "dramatic".
Also some damage to homes is starting to come in.
[Update #6] My Fox Los Angeles is providing live video feed, found here.
[Update #7] Rocking is still being felt in Chino Hills and the magnitude has been downgraded to a 5.4 on the Richter scale according to certain news agencies. Over 20 aftershocks have hit already.
One witness, approximately 20 miles away is calling in to Fox News and describes the feeling as "a garbage truck running into his building"
[Update #8] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has activated emergency services.
28 aftershocks in 48 minutes according to Shep Smith on Fox News.
Developing.... refresh for updates throughout the day.
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 01:12 PM CDT
The Department of Justice is about to announce indictments against republican Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska. In 2007 Stevens' home was raided for information in connection to Bill Allen an oil field services contractor. Bill Allen was convicted in a state corruptions case back in 2000. Mr. Allen, the CEO of VECO, was contracted to oversee construction on renovations to Stevens' home. Stevens' is currently being investigated for his many earmarks, some of which have benefitted VECO. One of Steven's most famous earmarks is the bridge to nowhere.
More updates to come after the Press Conference.
The Federal Grand Jury charged Senator Stevens with seven felony counts of making false statements. Charges relate to Financial Disclosure forms required to be filed by the Senator on a yearly basis. The indictment alleges that the Senator falsified information on the Financial Disclosure forms. The disclosure monitors and deters conflicts of interest for public officials. The Senator must disclose receipt of gifts from any single source and any liability or debt owed over 10k and who debt was owed too.
While as senator 1999-2006 Sen. Stevens accepted gifts from VECO and CEO Bill Allen. Gifts of material and labor for renovation of private residents includes a new 1st floor and finished full basement. VECO contractors and employees provided most of the labor and design. Other gifts include household goods, furniture, automobile exchange, and other gifts totaling $250,000. During the period of receiving these gifts federal investigators allege that VECO solicited Stevens for certain benefits.
According to FoxNews.com:
Allen and other VECO employees were soliciting Stevens for "multiple official actions .... knowing that Stevens could and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO during that same time period." VECO's requests included funding and other aid for the oil services company's projects and partnerships in Pakistan and Russia. It also included federal grants from several agencies — as well as help in building a national gas pipeline in Alaska's North Slope Region, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.
Senator Stevens is innocent till proven guilty in a court of law. He is expected to turn himself in either in Washington or Alaska.
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