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SaturdayJuly 2, 2011

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ATF WARNS CONSUMERS:  ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES DEVICES ARE NOT FIREWORKS

ATF WARNS CONSUMERS:  ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES DEVICES ARE NOT FIREWORKS

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wants consumers to celebrate safely this Fourth of July and be mindful that illegal explosives devices are not fireworks.  Illegal manufacture or distribution of powerful fireworks not made for consumer use can result in tragedies.


ATF wants to make consumers aware that illegal explosives devices are not fireworks.  Users risk property damage, loss of limbs or eyes, and even loss of life by manufacturing or using them.  Illegal explosives devices − commonly referred to as M-80s, quarter sticks, or cherry bombs − often come in plain brown or white wrappers, with no identifying marks.  Because they meet neither safety nor quality standards, they are extremely dangerous.  They can be highly unstable because heat, shock or pressure can trigger accidental detonation.  Consumer fireworks, unless restricted by state or local laws, are fireworks which can be sold to the general public. 


Consumer firework are defined in 27 CFR 555.11 as any small firework device designed to produce visible effects by combustion and which must comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Some small devices designed to produce audible effects are included, such as whistling devices, ground devices containing 50 mg or less of explosive materials, and aerial devices containing 130 mg or less of explosive materials. Consumer fireworks are marked with brightly colored and decorated paper and include a trade name and manufacturing information. 


Display fireworks defined in 27 CFR 555.11 are large fireworks designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration, or detonation. This term includes, but is not limited to, salutes containing more than 2 grains (130 mg) of explosive materials, aerial shells containing more than 40 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, and other display pieces which exceed the limits of explosive materials for classification as consumer fireworks. Anyone importing, manufacturing, dealing in, or otherwise receiving display fireworks must have an ATF explosives license or permit. 

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Costa Rican Feeds Wild Crocodile Out of His Hand (VIDEO)

Costa Rican Feeds Wild Crocodile Out of His Hand  (VIDEO)

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Carlos feeds the wild crocodile a piece of chicken right out of his hand!

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TRAVEL WARNING: US Residents Told to Avoid Nuevo Laredo this Weekend

TRAVEL WARNING: US Residents Told to Avoid Nuevo Laredo this Weekend

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The advisory comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

Both agencies say they have received credible intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the Zetas Cartel is planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend.

“According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “We urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend if it can be avoided.”

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Mass March for Justice After Day without Immigrants in Georgia - Passage of HB 87 Leads to Outcry

Mass March for Justice After Day without Immigrants in Georgia - Passage of HB 87 Leads to Outcry

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After a state-wide ‘Day without Immigrants’ where people refused to go to work or shop and businesses shut their doors, thousands will march at Georgia’s capitol in a circuit that passes detention centers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices to demonstrate against HB 87 and call for a Georgia that honors its immigrant population.


On July 1st, segments of HB 87 went into effect, increasing an already hostile environment toward immigrants and communities of color in the state.  In response, hundreds of businesses across Atlanta and in as far away as Macon, Moultrie, Dalton, and other towns closed their doors on Friday in an action that cost the state economy hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many more plan to attend the rally and march on Saturday.


Similar to Arizona, Georgia’s law is an embarrassment, giving the state an international reputation for prejudice reminiscent of its pre-civil rights past.  People concerned for migrant rights are traveling from Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, DC, New York, and other locations from across the country while groups are hosting solidarity events in Portland, OR, Providence, RI, San Francisco, CA, Knoxville, TN, and other cities.


While two segments of HB 87 were enjoined on Monday, many other parts of the bill have moved forward spurring organizers to continue and increase their call for the March.


Teodoro Maus, President of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), explains “We know that the law is unconstitutional. We will continue organizing until it is erased from Georgia’s books and our community is respected in this state for all we contribute. We ask our neighbors to take this moment to correct the false image of our community that has been created for them by hate-mongering anti-immigrant efforts.”


Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of GLAHR,
adds, “Our communities already face discrimination from police empowered to act as immigration agents by the Obama administration. Both the President and the Governor are promoting programs that criminalize immigrants. Instead, we need him to uphold his broken promises on immigration reform.
The criminalization of migrants is the wrong direction for our country regardless of whether it is state laws or federal programs spreading it.”


Carlos García visiting from the Puente Movement in Arizona said, “Arizona has shown us the terrible consequences of these laws. Georgia should see the negative impacts in our state as warning of where HB 87 can lead.”

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4th of July Under Attack- Fireworks Cancelled- The Colbert Report Messes with Texas (VIDEO)

4th of July Under Attack- Fireworks Cancelled- The Colbert Report Messes with Texas (VIDEO)

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In an attack against the shabby, cash only roadside shacks that make America great, Texas cancels Fourth of July Fireworks!! See Very Funny Colbert Report.

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Jose Cuervo Toasts Takeru Kobayashi: Who Needs an Official Contest to be a Legend?

Jose Cuervo Toasts Takeru Kobayashi: Who Needs an Official Contest to be a Legend?

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Upon hearing that Takeru Kobayashi,  arguably the most legendary competitive eater in history, is not permitted to participate in the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this year, Jose Cuervo, the world’s best selling tequila, has offered a legendary reward for claiming an unofficial first place.

Banned from the annual hot dog eating competition at Coney Island for refusing to sign an exclusive contract, Kobayashi recently announced that he will be competing unofficially by racing against the telecast. When the official event begins on television, he will commence eating – at a New York City bar that is hosting his attempt in front of a crowd expected to be in the hundreds – and will stop after 10 minutes when the competitors he is “virtually” racing are forced to stop.

If the six-time champion can eat more hot dogs than the crowned winner at the Coney Island event this Fourth of July, thus making him the “would be” champion for his seventh title, Jose Cuervo has offered him an all expenses paid trip to its historic Tequila distillery, La Rojena, located in the heart of Mexico’s Tequila region. In addition, Cuervo will immortalize him with a customized bottle of Especial Gold that dons his image on the label.

“Jose Cuervo is a legendary brand so we respect the legendary feats of others,” said Ami-Lynn Bakshi, Vice President Marketing, Jose Cuervo.  “Put the red tape aside:  if Kobayashi proves he is the world’s best hot dog eater, he deserves to be recognized as such.  And who better to celebrate the achievements of the world’s best competitive eater than the world’s best-selling and oldest tequila?”

“While we wish Kobayashi well in his effort, we hope that he shares our commitment to responsible drinking and realizes adult beverages are meant to be enjoyed in moderation, unlike his eating spectacles,” Bakshi continued.  “To that end, win or lose we’ll want to buy him a celebratory shot of Jose Cuervo and we’ll pick up the taxi fare to ensure he gets home safely and responsibly.”

Jose Cuervo insists that all legendary competitors should have the freedom to compete, especially on Independence Day. Kobayashi has a successful history in his expertise, just as Jose Cuervo has in the Tequila industry. In 1758, King Carlos IV of Spain granted Don Jose Cuervo a parcel of land close to the town of Tequila where Jose Cuervo’s distillery still stands today, making La Rojena a suitable prize for Kobayashi’s hopeful victory, official or not.

Jose Cuervo reminds you to live legendary. Please drink responsibly.

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TEEN GIRL ASSASSINS: Young Girls Fighting for Cartels in Mexico (VIDEO)

Drug cartels in Mexico are using young girls as assassins to try to avoid detection.  For $2000 a month ( twice what the military are paid) these young girls are easily enticed into a life of crime. The young girls are desensitized during training so that they can be used to torture and murder their victims.

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PRI Sets Sights on Mexico Presidential Run Beginning with Governors Race Tomorrow

PRI Sets Sights on Mexico Presidential Run Beginning with Governors Race Tomorrow

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Tomorrows vote for governor in Mexico State marks the beginning of the building of momentum into the July 2012 National Election. Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, needs a commanding victory tomorrow to begin to create the momentum it needs to regain the presidency lost in 2000 after 71 years of uninterrupted rule. Mexico’s next Presidential election is in July 2012.

Avila is heading into Sunday’s vote with the biggest margin for a PRI candidate since 1993, polling near 60 percent with Encinas trailing in the mid-to-high 20s in surveys by the newspapers Reforma and El Universal. Those polls have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Nearly a third of Mexico’s registered voters are under age 30, meaning the PRI had lost the presidency by the time they were eligible to vote. But the opposition is using every chance to make sure everyone remembers the regime.

In a commencement speech at Stanford University in California last month, Calderon described his struggles growing up under the PRI, saying it controlled politicians, the media and what could be taught in the schools.

“When students just like yourselves protested, they were massacred,” he told the graduates. “Many opponents of the regime simply disappeared.”

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Make Travel with Kids Fun, Easy This July 4th Weekend

Make Travel with Kids Fun, Easy This July 4th Weekend

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- If you and your family are among the 39 million Americans expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this 4th of July holiday weekend, your biggest challenge will be to make the trip fun for the youngsters and less stressful for you.


The three-day weekend kicks off the busy summer travel season, and summer vacations are an annual rite of passage for many families. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 39 million of us will travel an average of 573 miles by car, plane, train or boat before heading back to work next Tuesday.

“When taking your young children to that special place for an experience you’ve always wanted to share with them or somewhere they’ve been bugging you to go, a few minutes of thought and preparation can keep your dream vacation from turning into a meltdown,” says family travel expert Kim Orlando, founder of TravelingMom.com, an online magazine for moms who travel.
She recommends these top tips to help ease stress for on-the-go parents and kids alike this weekend:

Be a parent first and a traveler second. A hug, smile and TLC go a long way.

Plan your journey. Map out your routes ahead of time and take them with you.

Take favorite toys. Expand playtime and make rest stops frequent and fun.

Eat healthy. Pack nutritious snacks and an extra bottle of water. Avoid sugary snacks & drinks.

Take the essentials. You’ll need lots of tissues, wet wipes and a bag for trash.

Take familiar objects. Pack a pillow, doll, blankie, stuffed animal and/or a special photo.

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DIVE INTO DEEP RELAXATION This Weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

DIVE INTO DEEP RELAXATION this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

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SaturdayJuly 2, 2011