Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last Survivor of Titanic Dies on Anniversary of Sinking

Last Survivor of Titanic Dies on 98th Anniversary of Ships Sinking
Millvina Dean, last survivor of the 1912 sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic, has died at 97

By MEERA SELVA and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writers
LONDON May 31, 2009 (AP)

Titanic Survivor Millvina Dean, shown in this May 19, 2003, the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died at age 97, according to sources. Miss Dean was just nine weeks old when the historic liner sank in 1912.

Millvina Dean, who as a baby was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat in the frigid North Atlantic, died Sunday, having been the last survivor of 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

She was 97 years old, and she died where she had lived — in Southampton, England, the city her family had tried to leave behind when it took the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage, bound for America.

She died in her sleep early Sunday, her friend Gunter Babler told the Associated Press. It was the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship that was billed as "practically unsinkable."

Babler said Dean's longtime companion, Bruno Nordmanis, called him in Switzerland to say staff at Woodlands Ridge Nursing Home in Southampton discovered Dean in her room Sunday morning. He said she had been hospitalized with pneumonia last week but she had recovered and returned to the home.

A staff nurse at the nursing home said late Sunday that no one would comment until administrators came on duty Monday morning.

Dean just over 2 months old when the Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. The ship sank in less than three hours.

Dean was one of 706 people — mostly women and children — who survived. Her father was among the 1,517 who died.

Babler, who is head of the Switzerland Titanic Society, said Dean was a "very good friend of very many years."

"I met her through the Titanic society but she became a friend and I went to see very every month or so," he said.

The pride of the White Star line, the Titanic had a mahogany-paneled smoking room, a swimming pool and a squash court. But it did not have enough lifeboats for all of its 2,200 passengers and crew.

Dean's family were steerage passengers setting out from the English port of Southampton for a new life in the United States. Her father had sold his pub and hoped to open a tobacconists' shop in Kansas City, Missouri, where his wife had relatives.

Initially scheduled to travel on another ship, the family was transferred to the Titanic because of a coal strike. Four days out of port and about 600 kilometers (380 miles) southeast of Newfoundland, the ship hit an iceberg. The impact buckled the Titanic's hull and sent sea water pouring into six of its supposedly watertight compartments.

The Titanic International Society says Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic has died in her sleep. The society's president Charles Haas told the Associated Press Millvina Dean died Sunday. He said she had suffered from slight pneumonia last week. Dean was just over two months old when the Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, sinking less than three hours later.

Dean said her father's quick actions saved his family. He felt the ship scrape the iceberg and hustled the family out of its third-class quarters and toward the lifeboat that would take them to safety. "That's partly what saved us — because he was so quick. Some people thought the ship was unsinkable," Dean told the British Broadcasting Corp. in 1998.

Wrapped in a sack against the Atlantic chill, Dean was lowered into a lifeboat. Her 2-year-old brother Bertram and her mother Georgette also survived.

"She said goodbye to my father and he said he'd be along later," Dean said in 2002. "I was put into lifeboat 13. It was a bitterly cold night and eventually we were picked up by the Carpathia."

The family was taken to New York, then returned to England with other survivors aboard the rescue ship Adriatic. Dean did not know she had been aboard the Titanic until she was 8 years old, when her mother, about to remarry, told her about her father's death. Her mother, always reticent about the tragedy, died in 1975 at age 95.

Born in London on Feb. 2, 1912, Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean spent most of her life in the English seaside town of Southampton, Titanic's home port. She never married, and worked as a secretary, retiring in 1972 from an engineering firm.

She moved into a nursing home after breaking her hip about three years ago. She had to sell several Titanic mementoes to raise funds, prompting her friends to set up a fund to subsidize her nursing home fees. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the stars of the film "Titanic," pledged their support to the fund last month.

For most of her life Dean had no contact with Titanic enthusiasts and rarely spoke about the disaster. Dean said she had seen the 1958 film "A Night to Remember" with other survivors, but found it so upsetting that she declined to watch any other attempts to put the disaster on celluloid, including the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic."

She began to take part in Titanic-related activities in the 1980s, after the discovery of the ship's wreck in 1985 sparked renewed interest in the disaster. At a memorial service in England, Dean met a group of American Titanic enthusiasts who invited her to a meeting in the U.S.

She visited Belfast to see where the ship was built, attended Titanic conventions around the world — where she was mobbed by autograph seekers — and participated in radio and television documentaries about the sinking.

Charles Haas, president of the New-Jersey based Titanic International Society, said Dean was happy to talk to children about the Titanic. "She had a soft spot for children," he said. "I remember watching was little tiny children came over clutching pieces of paper for her to sign. She was very good with them, very warm."

In 1997, Dean crossed the Atlantic by boat for the first time, on the QEII luxury liner, and finally visited Kansas City, declaring it "so lovely I could stay here five years." She was active well into her 90s, but missed the commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the disaster in 2007 after breaking her hip.

Dean had no memories of the sinking and said she preferred it that way. "I wouldn't want to remember, really," she told The Associated Press in 1997. She opposed attempts to raise the wreck 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) from the sea bed.

"I don't want them to raise it, I think the other survivors would say exactly the same," she said in 1997. "That would be horrible."

The last survivor with memories of the sinking — and the last American survivor — was Lillian Asplund, who was 5 at the time. She died in May 2006 at the age of 99. The second-last survivor, Barbara Joyce West Dainton of Truro, England, died in October 2007 aged 96.

Related; Survivors Memorbelia on Sale

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Their Fathers Ashes

A Poem, by ShadowPrisonPerson

Ash to Ash to Dust to Stone

Within the pages of a recent magazine interview,
Keith Richards finally admitted to snorting
a line of his dead father’s ashes. Upon hearing
this news, Robert Downey Jr.
Lindsay Lohan, Pete Doherty and Kate Moss
immediately begged to have their fathers cremated.

Founding Stones guitarist Brian Jones
used to take his father’s ashes swimming. Charlie Watts
uses two pencils to tap on the urn
that holds his father’s ashes and he’s been tapping
the same damn beat for forty years.

Keith Richards had the audacity to charge $175
for a back-row balcony-seat glimpse
of his father’s ashes during the first
of many farewell tours. Critics claim
that the ashes of Keith Richards’ father are merely evaporated
leftovers of muddy waters and are kept
in the same old urn that was stolen
from the ashes of Howling Wolf’s father.

The ashes of Keith Richards father can’t get no satisfaction.
They once sat on an Altamont stage, dumbfounded in the urn
while Keith launched into a guitar solo, as the Hell’s Angels
stabbed a man to death.

The ashes of Bill Wyman’s father spend each night
inside a barely-legal urn, an urn so young
that it’s often mistaken for his daughter’s ashes.

Tina Turner knows that the ashes of Mick Jagger’s father
have been laced with brown sugar and are kept
in an urn that’s painted, painted, painted,
painted black. The ashes of Mick Jagger’s father have allegedly
been mixed in the same urn as the ashes of David Bowie’s father
but no one will confirm or deny this rumour.

To this day, Mel Gibson’s dad denies
that Keith Richards’ father
was ever cremated, in the first place.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Humane Society Cover Up?

The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom has been working to expose the hypocrisy and fundraising deceptions of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This is the group that many donors THINK is their local animal shelter. It’s really a $100-million-dollar animal rights lobbying group. Think PETA with a fancier pair of plastic shoes.

You may have recently seen WSB-TV’s exposé on this radical animal rights organization. (WSB is Atlanta’s ABC affiliate.) The Center for Consumer Freedom was featured in the piece, which aired last Thursday. It was hugely popular, attracting more than 50,000 viewers on YouTube in addition to WSB’s regular TV audience and resulting print coverage.

Since the report first aired, HSUS has been working feverishly to silence it. The group bullied the TV station into removing the video and the text of the story from its website. HSUS even convinced the station to contact YouTube with copyright claims to have the news segment removed from public view. The video is no longer available anywhere on the Internet. All because HSUS is afraid of the truth.

WSB-TV called HSUS “an organization actively misleading donors to get money.” We added that most of the proceeds from HSUS’s massive fundraising operations don’t benefit homeless cats and dogs: “It’s very deceptive … [the money] goes to lobbying, it goes to political contributions, it goes to pay huge staff salaries and benefits.” This was a great piece of journalism on a subject most news outlets are too intimidated or biased to cover.

Click on title above to read “The Seven Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS”

To say we struck a nerve would be an understatement. HSUS’s aggressive response is a testament to our strategy and effective messaging. HSUS’s biggest vulnerability is the public discovering that it is not a pet shelter. If we can bring that message to the public, we can seriously undercut HSUS’s credibility and expose them as the radical animal rights group that they really are.

In addition, the Louisiana Attorney General's office has been receiving a deluge of questions about one of the WSB-TV report's claims: That HSUS misused money it promised to spend helping reunite Hurricane Katrina victims with their pets. Louisiana A.G. Buddy Caldwell is considering whether to re-open a full-scale investigation into this. if you feel as strongly about it as we do, PLEASE CALL his office’s Consumer Protection Section at 800-351-4889 and let them know.

Go here to read an in-depth “” report about the Humane Society of the United States at:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Berserk Boy Scouts Of America Fight Terrorists, Gays, and Agnostics

Fri May 15, 2009 11:30 am (PDT)

Berserk Boy Scouts Of America Fight Terrorists, Gays, and Agnostics *
*Go Here and Fight Back:*
*Have The Boy Scouts Of America Gone Completely Berserk?*

First: Please read Jennifer Steinhauer's important
article. Click on title above to go there;

in today's *New York Times*, headlined "For Explorer Scouts, Good Deeds Have Whole New Meaning." New meaning, indeed.

Second: Read it again just to make sure you didn't miss any of the truly
gruesome details.

This is vigilantism passed on to youngsters who've grown up in a violent
culture so that they can barely tell the difference between crime and

The Explorers, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts, have long
prepared teenage members to become police officers and firefighters. Since
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many Explorer posts, working with local and
federal law enforcement agencies, have added programs to train members in
confronting terrorism, illegal immigration and border violence. Here,
Explorers in a drill with the Imperial County, Calif., sheriff's office
prepared to enter a building taken over by terrorists who had begun shooting


IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the
Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already
taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on
the floor.
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The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 —
face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! —
fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and
masks affixed.

“United States Border
Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent
determination as the suspect is subdued.

It is all quite a step up from the square knot.

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of
began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills
used to confront terrorism, illegal
escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the
group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as
police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J.
Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he
says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in
with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the
simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers
as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and
taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to
college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a
several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent
explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

One participant, Felix Arce, 16, said he liked “the discipline of the
program,” which was something he said his life was lacking. “I want to be a
lawyer, and this teaches you about how crimes are committed,” he said.

Cathy Noriego, also 16, said she was attracted by the guns. The group uses
compressed-air guns — known as airsoft guns, which fire tiny plastic pellets
— in the training exercises, and sometimes they shoot real guns on a closed

“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me

If there are critics of the content or purpose of the law enforcement
training, they have not made themselves known to the Explorers’ national
organization in Irving, Tex., or to the volunteers here on the ground,
national officials and local leaders said. That said, the Explorers have
faced problems over the years. There have been numerous cases over the last
three decades in which police officers supervising Explorers have been
charged, in civil and criminal cases, with sexually abusing them.

Several years ago, two University of
justice professors published a study that found at least a dozen
cases of sexual abuse involving police officers over the last decade. Adult
Explorer leaders are now required to take an online training program on
sexual misconduct.

Many law enforcement officials, particularly those who work for the rapidly
growing Border Patrol , part of the Homeland Security
have helped shape the program’s focus and see it as preparing the Explorers
as potential employees. The Explorer posts are attached to various agencies,
including the Federal Bureau of
local police and fire departments, that sponsor them much the way
churches sponsor Boy Scout troops.

“Our end goal is to create more agents,” said April McKee, a senior Border
Patrol agent and mentor at the session here.

Membership in the Explorers has been overseen since 1998 by an affiliate of
the Boy Scouts called Learning for
which offers 12 career-related programs, including those focused on
aviation, medicine and the sciences.

But the more than 2,000 law enforcement posts across the country are the
Explorers’ most popular, accounting for 35,000 of the group’s 145,000
members, said John Anthony, national director of Learning for Life. Since
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many
posts have taken on an emphasis of fighting terrorism and other less
conventional threats.

“Before it was more about the basics,” said Johnny Longoria, a Border Patrol
agent here. “But now our emphasis is on terrorism, illegal entry, drugs and
human smuggling.”

The law enforcement posts are restricted to those ages 14 to 21 who have a C
average, but there seems to be some wiggle room. “I will take them at 13 and
a half,” Deputy Lowenthal said. “I would rather take a kid than possibly
lose a kid.”

The law enforcement programs are highly decentralized, and each post is run
in a way that reflects the culture of its sponsoring agency and region. Most
have weekly meetings in which the children work on their law-enforcement
techniques in preparing for competitions. Weekends are often spent on
service projects.

Just as there are soccer moms, there are Explorers dads, who attend the
competitions, man the hamburger grill and donate their land for the
simulated marijuana field raids. In their training, the would-be
law-enforcement officers do not mess around, as revealed at a recent
competition on the state fairgrounds here, where a Ferris wheel sat next to
the police cars set up for a felony investigation.

Their hearts pounding, Explorers moved down alleys where there were hidden
paper targets of people pointing guns, and made split-second decisions about
when to shoot. In rescuing hostages from a bus taken over by terrorists, a
baby-faced young girl screamed, “Separate your feet!” as she moved to
handcuff her suspect.

In a competition in Arizona that he did not oversee, Deputy Lowenthal said,
one role-player wore traditional Arab dress. “If we’re looking at 9/11 and
what a Middle Eastern terrorist would be like,” he said, “then maybe your
role-player would look like that. I don’t know, would you call that
politically incorrect?”

Authenticity seems to be the goal. Imperial County, in Southern California,
is the poorest in the state, and the local economy revolves largely around
the criminal justice system. In addition to the sheriff and local police
departments, there are two state prisons and a large Border Patrol and
immigration enforcement presence.

“My uncle was a sheriff’s deputy,” said Alexandra Sanchez, 17, who joined
the Explorers when she was 13. Alexandra’s police uniform was baggy on her
lithe frame, her airsoft gun slung carefully to the side. She wants to be a

“I like the idea of having law enforcement work with medicine,” she said.
“This is a great program for me.”

And then she was off to another bus hijacking.

*Boy Scouts of America:
Religious & homosexual discrimination*
* Quotations: [image: bullet] "No man is much good unless he believes in
God and obeys His laws. So every Scout should have religion." From the book
"Scouting for Boys" by Robert Lord Baden Powell (founder of the Scouting
movement). [image: bullet] "The Boy Scouts of America maintain that no
member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his
obligation to God." Boy Scouts of America, Bylaws. [image: bullet] "Any
organization could profit from a 10-year-old member with enough strength of
character to refuse to swear falsely." Editorial, New York Times,
1993-DEC-12, commenting on the Boy Scouts' exclusion of a young
Atheist. [image:
bullet] "If a youth comes to a Scoutmaster and admits to doing wrong, like
stealing, lying, cheating or vandalizing, the normal procedure is to counsel
the youth privately and sympathetically...If the youth admits to being a
homosexual, the Boy Scouts' policy is to instantly terminate his association
with Scouting." Findings of fact, in a DC court case 1 [image: bullet]
the Boy Scouts can accept and reject whomever they wish. But officials
should bear in mind that they, like the Christian Right and the Anglican
bishops, are disserving the nation's boys -- mere children -- when teaching
them to hate fellow humans." Bill Maxwell, St. Petersburg Times,
1998-AUG-9 [image:
bullet] "...access for updated information on
the campaign to destroy the Boy Scouts." Traditional Values Coalition
Newsletter, 2001-JUN-29 (The web site has since gone offline. [image:
bullet] "The available evidence points inexorably to the conclusion that
Baden-Powell was a repressed homosexual." Tim Jeal 2 [image: bullet] "...the
Boy Scouts of America have been brutally assailed as malicious monsters
because they believe that only adults who adhere to a moral code should lead
young boys." Jerry Falwell 3 [image: bullet] "When religion sanctifies
hatred, it lends to that hatred a special ferocity. Normal moral inhibitors
are erased." Johannes Cardinal Wildebrands.*


Sunday, May 10, 2009

MuleKist, an animal hoarder! Pics Dont Lie!

Proof MuleKist is an animal hoarder!

...and, eventually, like any animal hoarding situation, the animals took over the house.


Friday, May 8, 2009

More Civil Disobedience : 30 Arrested at Minnesosta Immigration Facility

I cant help but wonder if these protestors who blocked an Immigration Facility will be prosecuted as "domestic terrorists" like any animal-rights or environmentalists would have had they done the same thing: obstructed governmental functions. We will be keeping a close eye on this case, you can bet your bibby on that.

11:09 am By Maegan la Mamita Mala · Activism| Immigration| Politics

7 May 2009
A third act of civil disobedience took place this week with 30 people blocking the entrances to the Bloomington, Minnesota Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility.

Immigrant rights activists and allies took action today at ICE headquarters, holding a conference just after 7am to demand that Obama sign an executive order to end all raids and deportations pending the passage of a just immigration reform act. Veronica Mendez described the climate of fear created by immigration raids: undocumented workers afraid to go to the police when robbed or assaulted, employees unable to fight back against employers who cheat them of wages or create unsafe working conditions, families whose children are citizens but whose parents are deported. “We in Minnesota have our own dark secrets of raids,…the times that in the middle of the night or in a parking lot you are simply rounded up and taken away,” said the Reverend Loren McGrail.

After the press conference the legal demonstration continued while those who planned to commit civil disobedience moved into place.

About 30 activists were arrested as they blocked the entrances to the Bloomington Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility as a support rally took place nearby. After activists had blocked all four driveways, Bloomington police clad in helmets and carrying extended batons, marking rounds and chemical canisters congregated around the activists at the east side of the facility. As activists from the initial blockade were arrested one by one and loaded onto a city-owned bus, others came from the other blockades to take their place. On the bus activists chanted and rocked vigorously. After the approximately twenty activists were arrested, the full bus was driven to the police station, returning thirty minutes later when the remaining activists were arrested.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Update on Orphaned Donkey Foal, Offender Turns Himself In

Orphaned donkey foal improves, youth talks to police

May 7, 2009

JB is doing well but is not out of the woods yet.

The donkey foal whose mother was shot minutes after his birth is continuing to do well, and police say the alleged shooter has approached authorities.
Police had issued a warrant for the arrest of a 17-year-old youth for the Florida shooting. The warrant was for weapons offences and causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal.

Local website named the alleged offender and published his photograph as police efforts continued to track him down. The website later reported that the youth had approached police, accompanied by his mother and an attorney.

The orphan foal, named JB, is doing well, according to his caregivers, although it will be several days before it is known whether the belated colostrum he was given was in time.

Lindley Barden, his adoptive mother at Panhandle Equine Rescue, says JB is becoming adept at letting her know when he wants to eat - "never mind the alarm clock".

"He was totally exhausted from his first day in the limelight, having held court to three different TV crews during his second full day on Earth. Speaking for us both, it was certainly a harrowing experience!"

JB is getting gentle lessons in leading and is experiencing a little of the great outdoors.

"He wants to kick up his heels a bit, and he will get the opportunity when weather permits," she says.

"He's still not out of the woods health-wise, as his immune system has not yet been tested. Hopefully by day 7, we will know with more certainty if he will be OK."

Barden said the rescue centre has appreciated all the calls and emails about JB. "We will keep you posted on his days ahead!"

JB was taken in by the rescue centre because his distraught owners were not able to give him the many feedings required daily.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office said it was continuing to investigate the fatal shooting of JB's mother, which occurred off Jacks Branch Road in Cantonment.

Sergeant Rick Vinson said shots were heard around 11pm in the area of 901 River Annex Road on Tuesday night.

"Arriving Deputies located a deceased donkey along with a newborn foal. Upon investigation, it was determined that the donkey had been shot.

"Further investigation revealed that two suspects were seen in the area after the shots were heard. Deputies were then able to develop additional information that has led to a warrant affidavit being prepared for a white male juvenile for weapons offences and causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal."

Earlier story: Newborn baby donkey in care after mother shot dead

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Newborn baby donkey in care after mother shot dead

May 5, 2009

Tiny donkey foal JB is fighting for his life after his mum was killed.

A baby donkey was believed to be only minutes old when its mother was shot in Florida.

The tiny white donkey, named JB, has been taken in by Panhandle Equine Rescue because his distraught owners were unable to give him the numerous feedings he requires daily.

The group reports that a man has been arrested after allegedly confessing to the shooting, which occurred in Escambia County, off Jacks Branch Road in Cantonment.

The shooting is believed to have occurred early on Sunday morning, when gunfire was heard.

The rescue group's president, Diane Lowery, told Horsetalk that JB was doing much better today.

"We hope that he will survive. It will be a week before we know," she says.

"He did not get enough colostrum through his mother."

She says JB was given some more as soon as possible and his supporters can now only hope that they caught it in time.

"He is such a sweet little boy," she says.

JB is showing a good appetite and appears to enjoy the milk replacement product, Foal Lac.

He is being fed every one to two hours.

Diane told Horsetalk that JB's mother had been light-coloured, like him. His colouring is natural and is not characterised by any disorders such as albinism.

Local news website,, reports the arrest of a 17-year-old youth. It says the youth will be charged with cruelty to animals causing death, using a weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

Panhandle Equine Rescue says it would welcome any donations or sponsorship to help in the ongoing care of JB. More information:

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Monday, May 4, 2009

A Tax Exemption for Your Pet?

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Friday, May 1, 2009

ND takes Initative to Give Across the Board Tax Breaks

Apr 30 2009 7:08PM
KXMBTV Bismarck

With this... everyone in North Dakota gets lower taxes...

Governor John Hoeven signs what's being called "historic" tax relief into law...

Lawmakers passed the $400 million dollar property and income tax relief package Wednesday.

Hoeven says this is the first time the state has reduced ALL tax rates.

$295 million will reduce your property taxes.

$90 million will reduce your income taxes and $10 million will lower corporate income taxes.

The tax cuts will benefit all taxpayers homeowners, renters, businesses, farmers and ranchers...

(Cook) "We're going to send a message to the hardworking people of ND who do their job and keep the economy running on all 8 cylinders. But we're also sending a message to friends and neighbors in other states that if you're getting tired of government that continues to burden you with higher taxes, then maybe North Dakota is a great place to come work, live and raise a family."

The tax relief package makes North Dakota's income tax rates one of the lowest in the nation.

The Corporate tax cuts make North Dakota more business friendly. watch the video | save this article / add to your favorites list