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U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Search for Convicted Sex Offender PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Powell   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:27

Des Moines, Iowa – The U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in the search for convicted sex offender Courtney Cortez Chestnut, 29, of Des Moines.  Chestnut is wanted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender (2nd offense) and escape.

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Chestnut is a black male with brown eyes and black hair.  He is approximately 6’02” tall, and weighs 195 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms and may be wearing a thin mustache and beard.  Chestnut is believed to frequent the South Side, Drake, and Merle Hay neighborhoods in Des Moines.

The public should not attempt to detain Courtney Chestnut themselves.  Chestnut has a history of assault, sexual assault, and drug abuse.  Anyone with information on Courtney Cortez Chestnut’s whereabouts should contact U.S. Marshals at (515) 284-6240 or 1-877-WANTED2 (926-8332), Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400, or local law enforcement.  Callers can remain confidential.

Since passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) in 2006, U.S. Marshals have assisted state and local law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending convicted sex offenders who fail to register or update their registration with the state sex offender registries (SORs). Under the AWA, failure to register as a sex offender or update a sex offender registration may be charged as a federal offense if the offender is found to have crossed state lines without notifying state SOR officials within the required time period.

The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Marshals, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at:


The opposite of Progress is Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Harris   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:22
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:  "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a  law that  says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of  GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.


Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.  A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.  All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress         participates with the American people. It may not be used for any otherpurpose.

3. Congress  can purchase their own retirement plan,  just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are  void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with  Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive  the message.  Don't you think it's time?


What a Guy’s Underwear Says about Him PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:16
Men are Trading in their ‘Tighty Whities’
for Style and Personality

There was a time when specialty underwear was the domain of women. Not anymore!

“It used to be that the old standby, ‘tighty-whities,’ was a man’s all-purpose underwear. They were worn with business attire, sweat pants for tooling about the house or shorts while playing a pick-up basketball game, but they weren’t ideal for each function,” says Darnell Jones, a sports-playing business professional and creator of TUKZ Undergarments, (

“Now, a man’s underwear says something about who he is, whether it’s a serious businessman, an athletic weekend warrior or a romantic. Let’s be honest – your grandfather’s underwear probably didn’t look the coolest, and it certainly didn’t say much about him.”

Manufacturers are responding to men’s desire for products, including underwear, that cater to his lifestyle with style and functionality, Jones says.

He points to these hot new undies:

• Saxx: This brand debuted in 2006 as a very specific kind of athletic undergarment for men. The apparel features comfortable side panels, which create a hammock-like effect for genitalia. No more chafing!

• SPANX for men: The underwear famous for shaping women, including Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow, released its men’s version in 2010. Recognizing a burgeoning market for guys who want a GQ look, SPANX offers men the same comfortable firming and smoothing as women get.

• TUKZ: Like many of today’s specialty underwear, TUKZ features a 3-D pouch for comfort and an enhanced profile. But the primary defining innovation is how the underwear improves business attire, Jones says. The underwear is equipped with four elastic straps and clips to neatly secure tucked shirts for a crisp, professional appearance all day. “The idea came to me organically – by necessity,” Jones says. “I got so sick of having to tuck my shirt back in after sitting and standing dozens of times a day at the office.” When men let their tucked shirts flare, it makes their midsection look thicker, he says.

• $100-dollar underwear, various brands: Yep, it’s happened!
Brands like Calvin Klein, featuring the “Frigo,” are capitalizing on men’s desire to be just as sexy as the women in their lives – or almost. Consumers are routinely paying more than $50 for sexy men’s underwear at retail stores in malls nationwide.

“Whether you want a clean silhouette at work or safety and comfort when you’re on the athletic fields, you can choose the proper undergarment for the purpose,” Jones says.

“We’ve come a long way, baby!”

About Darnell Jones

Darnell Jones is the founder and president of TUKZ Undergarments, LLC, specializing in a unique functionality that prevents shirts from becoming un-tucked. He earned his bachelor’s in health with an emphasis in management at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. Jones’ vision is for TUKZ Underwear to reside in every household to improve appearance and build confidence in men and women of all ages. He currently serves as an investor and a Region Manager for Olive Medical Corp.

Governor Quinn Announces Record Seat Belt Usage in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:12

State Achieves Nearly 94 Percent Usage Rate

CHICAGO – August 31, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has achieved an all-time high seat belt usage rate in 2012. Federal observational surveys showed that 93.6 percent of front-seat passengers were using seat belts as of June, up from 92.9 percent last year and above the national average of 84 percent. The governor credited this significant public safety achievement to impactful awareness campaigns, motorist compliance, strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement, and strengthened traffic safety legislation. Governor Quinn also urged travelers to drive safely during the Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day Weekend should be a time of parades, barbeques and baseball, not sitting in a hospital ER, wondering if a loved one will survive a crash,” Governor Quinn said. “Seat belts save lives, and Illinois’ high seat belt usage rate is the result of our comprehensive efforts to ensure that drivers in Illinois are buckling up. When traveling this Labor Day, make sure everyone is buckled up, including those in the back seat, and such precious cargo as infants, the elderly and pets.”

Prior to the primary safety belt law, police could not pull a driver over based solely on a seat belt violation. Since the primary belt law was enacted in July 2003, belt usage has climbed each consecutive year, going up 17.4 percentage points from 76.2 percent in 2003 to nearly 94 percent in 2012.

“Through our effective partnerships with law enforcement and advocacy groups across Illinois, we have been able to achieve a record rate of seat belt usage,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is working diligently toward 100 percent statewide usage and to help drive zero road fatalities to reality.”

Additional legislation signed by Governor Quinn last summer required that all passengers buckle up, including those riding in the back seat of vehicles, to help further prevent traffic accident-related injuries or fatalities. Along with successful awareness programs and enforcement efforts, these laws have helped lead to an overall reduction in fatalities on Illinois roads over the last ten years.

“State troopers work with IDOT and other organizations to promote safety awareness and enforce seat belt usage statewide, and we are pleased that more motorists are using their seat belts every year,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said. “We also want to remind the public to drive sober and safely as the holiday weekend approaches – remember, don’t text and drive and watch for road workers.”

For more information on IDOT’s Traffic Safety programs, including the Occupant Protection or Click It or Ticket campaigns, please visit


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Written by Ajla Grozdanic   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:06

State lacks four essential safety standards for kids, Save the Children reports

Washington, D.C., August 30, 2012—Iowa is no stranger to emergencies, frequently facing severe storms, tornados and flooding. But a new report from Save the Children finds that Iowa has not established four basic preparedness standards that all states should be required to meet.

“Most parents assume that when they drop their kids off for the day, their children will be safe if disaster strikes,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “But our new survey shows that only 17 states require the basic emergency preparedness regulations for both child care facilities and schools.”

The fifth annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for child care facilities and schools. To meet these critical benchmarks, states must require all regulated childcare settings to have written plans for evacuation and relocation, and for family reunification following an emergency, as well as a specific plan to assist children with disabilities and those children with access and functional needs. States must also require all K-12 schools to have a written multi-hazard plan accounting for a variety of different disasters and emergencies.

Iowa has failed to meet any of the four standards, putting it behind 46 states and the District of Columbia in emergency preparedness for children.  Although, overall, there are critical gaps in mid-western states disaster plans, Iowa’s neighbors have made considerable progress for kids. Missouri meets three of the four standards, Colorado meets two. Wisconsin is one of 17 states that meet all for standards for schools and child care facilities.

One of the standards Iowa still lacks requires all regulated child care facilities to have a specific plan to help children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs in emergencies. Save the Children found that, currently, an alarming 27 states fail to meet crucial standard, making it the focus of this year’s Report Card.

“The failure by states to establish basic emergency preparedness regulations for the nation’s youngest and most vulnerable children in school and child care puts many of these children at great risk should a disaster strike,” said Mark Shriver.

“These are infants and toddlers just learning to walk, as well as children with physical, emotional, behavior and mental health challenges – kids in wheelchairs, kids with autism, children with supplemental oxygen or feeding tubes. All of these children obviously are at great risk in an emergency,” added Shriver. “While states have made some progress in protecting the most vulnerable, it is unacceptable that 27 states do not require child care facilities to have a specific disaster plan to help ensure the safety and well-being of at-risk children.”

During the past five years, the report noted that the number of states that meet all four standards has increased from four in 2008 to 17 in 2012. The report also found that:

  • Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia still fail to meet all four standards.
  • Twenty-seven states do not require all regulated child care facilities to have a written plan that accounts for kids with disabilities and those with access or functional needs.
  • Twenty states do not require all regulated child care facilities to have an evacuation and relocation plan.
  • Eighteen states still do not require all regulated child care facilities to have a family reunification plan.
  • Nine states still do not require K-12 schools to have a multi-hazard disaster plan that accounts for multiple types of disasters.
  • Five states—Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Montana—fail to meet any of the preparedness standards for regulated child care facilities or schools, putting many children at risk.

“As a nation we have a moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable during disasters,” said Shriver.

To see how each state stacks up on protecting kids, and to read the full report, visit

About Save the Children

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground, ensuring the needs of children are being met.

In the United States, Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 185,000 children last year alone. For more information, visit

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