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Gary Ericcson, 46, was distraught in January at being charged with animal cruelty in shooting to death his beloved pet snake. He told the Charlotte Observer that he is not guilty, as the dear thing had already passed away and that he shot it only “to get the gas out” so that other animals would not dig it up after he buried it. He said he was so despondent (fearing that a conviction will prevent him from being allowed to have even dogs and cats) that in frustration he had shot up and destroyed a large cabinet that housed his Dale Earnhardt collectibles.

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Lee Wildman, 35, and Adrian Stanton, 32, pleaded guilty in connection with a burglary at Durham (England) University’s Oriental Museum, in which they heisted artwork worth the equivalent of about $2.7 million and hid it in a field in April 2012. However, they have been unable to help authorities locate the bounty (even with the reward of sentence-reduction) — because they have forgotten exactly where they stashed it. Eventually, hikers unconnected with the case discovered it and notified police. Said Judge Christopher Prince, “This is not an offense that can be described as sophisticated.”

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Horse Meat at Taco Bell&BK

Taco Bell parent company Yum Brands said the horsemeat issue is limited to the UK market, and that it will step up testing of its beef going forward.

Europe’s horsemeat scandal erupted in January, when testing in Ireland revealed that some ground beef products sold there contained equine DNA.

Burger King horsemeat samples were also found in February.

The tainted beef epidemic continues to ensnare numerous well-known brands, prompting product withdrawals, consumer concerns and government investigations.

Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said on Friday it had conducted 1,797 tests over the last seven days, 99 percent of which were negative.

However, four tests were positive, it said. Four too many.

They were for Taco Bell ground beef, beef skewers made by catering company Brakes, and Birds Eye ready meals – spaghetti bolognese and beef lasagne.

The Birds Eye meals were withdrawn from sale last week after tests on a product the company sold in Belgium via the same supplier came back positive.

Taco Bell tested meat at its UK restaurants as soon as news of the horsemeat contamination surfaced, spokesman Christopher Fuller said in a statement.

Taco Bell, like many other companies, cannot say for certain whether any of the horsemeat-tainted product was served to consumers, he saod.

The chain will test every batch of beef when it arrives at its processor and again before it is delivered to restaurants to make sure it is 100 percent beef.

“We apologize to our customers and take this very seriously,” he added.

For Yum, food contamination hasn’t been limited to ground beef, either.

Nearly 5,300 KFC restaurants in China have seen business plummet after news reports and government investigations found chemical residue in its chicken supply.

The horse meat scandal has not extended to the U.S., at least not yet, but given the complexities of the food supply chain, you have to wonder.

Wonder if a homemade caprese pizza recipe isn’t a better bet, that is.

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In February, the North Carolina House of Representatives Rules Committee took the unusual step of pre-emptively burying a bill to legalize prescription marijuana (which 18 states so far have embraced).

Rep. Paul Stam’s explanation: Committee members were hearing from so many patients and other constituents (via phone calls and emails) about the importance of medical marijuana to them that the representatives were feeling “harassed.”

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Top Ten Questions On The Dog IQ Test


10. Did you eat the dishtowel?

9. If a car is moving at 30 mph and you chase it at 15 mph, how soon will you catch it?

8. Sit

7. What is it, boy, trouble at the mill?

6. Kibbles, bits, or none of the above?

5. Paw?

4. Conjugate “woof”

3. Who’s a good doggie?

2. Summarize the advantage of licking yourself

1. Can you parallel park a car? (video of dog driving a car)


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Police Chief Gerald Tolbert


Retires After 44 years



Police Chief Gerald R. Tolbert after a total of 44 years in law enforcement, 30 of which has been spent in his current role, has announced his to plans retire effective May 1, 2013. Chief Tolbert first became a police officer in 1969 with the Town of Maiden where he served until 1972 reaching the rank of Sergeant. He also received the Silver Star for Bravery in 1972 while with the force in Maiden. After leaving Maiden, Gerald worked for a year with the City of Newton Police Department before taking a job with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure with the Sherriff’s Office, Gerald advanced to the rank of Lieutenant working with the patrol, narcotics, civil, detective, and special investigation divisions. After leaving the Sheriff’s Office Gerald spent a year with the Long View Police Department before assuming the helm with the Claremont Police Department in 1983.

During his time with the Claremont Police Department Chief Tolbert has amassed a list of accomplishments including a perfect record of arrest and convictions in homicide cases, and began the seat belt campaign for Catawba County to which he was later awarded the Saved by the Belt award from the International Association of Police Chiefs. The City of Claremont upon his 25 year anniversary as Chief named the Claremont Police Department the Tolbert Building of Justice in Chief Tolbert’s Honor and after his 37th year in law enforcement was recognized by Governor Mike Easley with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.

In his letter to the City Chief Tolbert stated” I have enjoyed my thirty years as Chief of Police for the City of Claremont, but there comes a time that I must step aside and let the next generation lead and that time is now” he when on to say” I have grown to love this community over the past three decades and will continue to be involved with this department, but this is going to allow me more time to enjoy my wife, children and grandchildren”.

In responding to the news of Chief Tolbert’s retirement, Mayor David Morrow stated “Dedication, pride and dignity, are but a few words I would use to describe how Chief Tolbert has served our city over the past 30 years. Gerald’s outstanding professionalism and leadership have proved to be above and beyond the call of duty.” City Manager Doug Barrick said “Chief Tolbert has served the public with honor and distinction and is well respected not only by his staff, but also by the citizens of our community. While he will certainly be missed by our organization, we wish him and his family nothing but the best during this next chapter of their lives



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Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

Michael Snyder Have you ever heard of Agenda 21?  If not, don’t feel bad, because most Americans haven’t.  It is essentially a blueprint for a “sustainable world” that was introduced at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.  Since then, it has been adopted by more than 200 countries and it has been modified and updated at other UN environmental summits.  The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems are the number one problem that we are facing, and that those problems are being caused by human activity.  Therefore, according to Agenda 21 human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good.  Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for the good of the planet.  If you are thinking that this sounds like it is exactly the opposite of what our founding fathers intended when they established this nation, you would be on the right track.  Those that promote the philosophy underlying Agenda 21 believe that human activity must be “managed” and that letting people make their own decisions is “destructive” and “dangerous”.  Sadly, the principles behind Agenda 21 are being rammed down the throats of local communities all over America, and most of the people living in those communities don’t even realize it.

So how is this being done?  Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21 in local communities.  One thing that they learned very quickly was that the “Agenda 21″ label was a red flag for a lot of people.  It tended to create quite a bit of opposition on the local level.

As they try to implement their goals, they very rarely use the term “Agenda 21″ anymore.  Instead, they use much more harmless sounding labels such as “smart growth”, “comprehensive land use planning” and especially “sustainable development”.

So just because something does not carry the Agenda 21 label does not mean that it is not promoting the goals of Agenda 21.

The goals of Agenda 21 are not only being implemented in the United States.  This is a massive worldwide effort that is being coordinated by the United Nations.  An article that was posted on RedState.com discussed some of the history of Agenda 21…

In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

The same year that Bill Clinton established the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, the International Code Council was also created.

The International Code Council has developed a large number of “international codes” which are intended to replace existing building codes all over the United States.  The following is a list of these codes from Wikipedia

  • International Building Code

  • International Residential Code

  • International Fire Code

  • International Plumbing Code

  • International Mechanical Code

  • International Fuel Gas Code

  • International Energy Conservation Code

  • ICC Performance Code

  • International Wildland Urban Interface Code

  • International Existing Building Code

  • International Property Maintenance Code

  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code

  • International Zoning Code

  • International Green Construction Code

These codes are very long and exceedingly boring, and those that write them know that hardly anyone will ever read them.

And for the most part, they contain a lot of things that are contained in existing building codes or that are common sense.

But a lot of poison has also been inserted into these codes.  If you read them carefully, the influence of Agenda 21 is painfully obvious.

Unfortunately, even most of the local politicians that are adopting these codes don’t take the time to read them.  Most of them just assume that they are “updating” their existing building codes.

So what often happens is that there will be fights in local communities between citizens that are concerned about the encroachment of Agenda 21 and local politicians who regard such talk as nonsense.  The following is an example of what is happening all over the nation

Summit Hill Borough Council last night unanimously adopted the “2012 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code,” but not before some audience members expressed vehement opposition to it.

An overflow crowd of 34 people attended the meeting, with some there to specifically voice their displeasure.

Sandy Dellicker, a borough resident, said she was against using an “international” maintenance code, arguing that it falls under the plan of Agenda 21 of the United Nations; an agenda for the 21st Century.

She said, “UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.”

“This is not a conspiracy theory,” she told the council. “This is for real.”

She said the International Property Maintenance Code had been adopted in Montgomery County, but the county “has already gotten rid of it” because of its dictatorial direction.

“This is not what Summit Hill and the United States is about,” she said.

Council members pooh-poohed her assessment. “In my opinion, the International Property Maintenance Code is to protect citizens,” said Council President Michael Kokinda.

It would be great if these codes were just about public safety.  But that is simply not the case.  Sadly, these codes are often used to fine or even imprison homeowners that haven’t done anything wrong.  Sometimes “code violations” are even used as justification to legally steal property from law-abiding homeowners.  A post on the Freedom Reigns Radio blog detailed some of the things that are often done in the name of “code enforcement”…

1) The ‘Code Official’ – anybody the jurisdiction calls – a ‘Code Official’ – is the sole interpreter – no due process – Gestapo!

2) Every day an offense occurs is a separate mandatory misdemeanor – $555/day and/or a month in jail in Charleston, W.Va. They can fine you out of your home and jail you at their whim!

3) Anything the ‘Code Official’ says is not in good working condition – sticky window, dented or plugged gutter, torn window screen – whatever he says is not in good working order – hundreds of dollars of fines per day and/or jail time – usually a month – for every day the offense occurs.

4) Any unsanitary condition – whatever the ‘Code Official’ says is an ‘unsanitary condition’ – empty pop cans – puddles – dog droppings on your property – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day.

5) Any plant that the ‘Code Official’ says is a ‘noxious weed’ – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day. He can steal raw land.

6) He can fine you out of your home and jail you with no due process. Any court proceedings are window dressing as there is no remedy associated with this ‘code.’

7) It can be ‘adopted’ – just by an ‘administrative decree.’
1) Enter your house whenever he – the sole interpreter – deems reasonable.
2) Prevent you from entering your house.
3) Tear your house down with your stuff in it.
4) Bill you for the demolition.
5) Place a lien on it for fines and/or demolition charges – steal it.
6) And ‘best’ of all, no insurance I know of will cover your losses.

You’re left w/a house and your ‘stuff’ in a landfill – and any remaining unpaid mortgage, any remaining fines, any remaining taxes, and any remaining demolition charges after they steal your property

These codes restrict what homeowners can do with their own properties in thousands of different ways.  If you rebel against one of the codes, the penalties can be extremely harsh.

And there is often “selective enforcement” of these codes.  That means that they will leave most people alone but they will come down really hard on people that they do not like.  You could even end up with a SWAT team on your doorstep.

Just ask some of the people who have been through this kind of thing.

Even if you have your mortgage completely paid off, that doesn’t mean that you really “own” your property.  If you don’t pay your taxes and obey the “codes”, you could lose your property very rapidly.

The philosophy behind all of this is the same philosophy behind Agenda 21.  The elite believe that you cannot be trusted to do the “right thing” with your own property and that your activity must be “managed” for the greater good.  They believe that by controlling you and restricting your liberties that they are “saving the planet”.

Unfortunately, you can probably expect this to get a whole lot worse in the years ahead.  Our society is shifting from one that cherishes individual liberties and freedoms to one that is fully embracing collectivism.  So our politicians will likely be making even more of our decisions for us as the years move forward.

Do any of you out there have any “code violation horror stories” to share?  If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below…


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     Gender: M     Race: W
Hair: BROWN     Eye: BLUE
Height: 5′ 08     Weight: 180
DOB: 02-11-1975     Age: 38

Conviction Date: 7/26/1995  Victim’s Age: None Reported

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin


On 16 December 1916 OS (29 December NS) Grigori Rasputin was killed by a group of noblemen who feared his influence over Tsarina Alexandra. Details of the killing are confused and still subject to debate, but a generally accepted version is that the conspirators lured Rasputin to the house of one of them, where they poisoned him, shot him, beat him, cut off his penis, tied him up and threw him into an icy river. The official cause of death was drowning. According to some accounts, the penis has since been in the keeping of a maid who discovered it at the murder site, a group of female Russian expatriates living in Paris, Rasputin’s daughter Marie, an antiques dealer and an auction house, who ascertained that it was, in fact, a sea cucumber. According to another account, it has recently been acquired by a museum of erotica in St Petersburg.

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