sábado, 28 de febrero de 2009

Ron Paul Brings Down the House at CPAC

"I think the conservative movement has had trouble defining conservative.

We finally get the house, senate, and presidency, and what did we do? We doubled the size of the department of education - I thought we were going to eliminate it! Here's how you can identify a conservative: they must be willing to defend the constitution."

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Genital mutilation Women fight Africas taboo

The female journalist was snatched by members of a secret society, forcibly stripped and made to parade naked through the streets.

It might sound like an atrocity from the time when Sierra Leone was ripped apart by a bloody civil war, but in fact the public humiliation was exacted in the diamond-rich eastern town of Kenema just this month...

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Bankers to Obama Stop talking trash about banks


President, the failure to distinguish between Wall Street and the thousands of FDIC-insured banks across the country undermines the confidence in our banking industry, the industry which is the foundation on which our economic recovery must be built


Man Held After Mailing HIVTainted Blood To Obama

An Ethiopian immigrant with a history of mental health problems is in custody after being accused of mailing a letter with HIV-tainted blood to Barack Obama when he was president-elect, according to court records.

Saad Bedrie Hussein, who has HIV, said he "purposely cut one of his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter."

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Bunning may quit GOP KY has Dem Gov Dem Super Majority

Already in conflict with his partys leaders, Sen.

Jim Bunning has reportedly said privately that if he is hindered in raising money for his re-election campaign he is ready with a response that would be politically devastating for Senate Republicans: his resignation.

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Change is not running up Bigger Deficits Dem Congressman

Mississippi Democratic Rep.

Gene Taylor blasted the budget outline President Obama submitted to Capitol Hill today, saying I dont like it¦change is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did. Pointing to President Obamas inaugural address that called for Americans to make sacrifices, Its certainly not reflected in his budget.

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Climate of Change

President Obamas new budget represents a huge break from policy trends.

If he can get it through Congress, he will set America on a fundamentally new course.

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viernes, 27 de febrero de 2009

Official Pentagon allows coverage of war coffins

The Pentagon lifted its ban Thursday on media coverage of coffins of war victims as they arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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Are Republicans Sabotaging The Stimulus

The truth is that a handful of Republicans arent afraid the stimulus will fail, theyre afraid it will work and that Democrats and President Obama will get credit. Its ironic that this is coming from a party that spent the last year echoing the phrase of its presidential nominee: country first. They hardly seem to be putting it into practice.

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175 Trillion Deficit Seen as Obama Unveils Budget Plan

President Obamas budget proposal for 2010 projects a stunning deficit of $1.75 trillion for the current fiscal year, which began five months ago, reflecting a shortfall of more than $1 trillion as the fiscal year began, plus the costs of bank bailouts, the first wave of spending from the newly enacted stimulus plan and the continuing costs of war.

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Slumdog kids feted as heroes after Oscar sweep

With sweets, flower garlands and hordes of paparazzi, the child stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" were feted like true celebrities in India on Thursday as the nation celebrated the film's Oscar haul earlier this week.


jueves, 26 de febrero de 2009

Mumbai attackers phones traced to Italy US

Militants behind last year's attacks on Mumbai used cell phones that were activated in the United States and paid for with funds sent from Italy..The suspect, named Javaid Iqbal, sent the funds via Western Union to pay for five cell phones with Austrian country codes ..."Everything is being registered by the media.

You must inflict the maximum


Jindal Heads To Disney World After Lying About Rail Line

After lying about high-speed rail line from Disneyland to Vegas, Jindal left for a vacation at Disney World the next morning. Seriously! You can't make this stuff up.


Supreme Court Sides with ATT in Broadband Case

The U.S.

Supreme Court has sided with an AT&T subsidiary in an antitrust lawsuit that accused the phone company of anti-competitive practices over pricing for its broadband Internet services.

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Chinas Rise to Top CO2 Emitter Fueled by Export Production

China has become the world leader in carbon emissions largely because of the sharp growth in the production of exports -- the majority of them going to developed countries, according to a new study.

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miércoles, 25 de febrero de 2009

How Google Can Save Detroit

Imagine open source cars available in beta with upgrades based on users' recommendations...

Jeff Jarvis, one of the world's 100 media leaders, explains how automobile companies can save themselves.


Whos Buying What World Map Infographic

A look at where people around the world are directing some of their purchasing power.


Afghan bomb kills 4 US troops deadliest this year

A roadside bomb killed four U.S. troops patrolling in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday in the deadliest single attack on international forces this year.

An Afghan civilian working with the Americans also died.

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Merrill Lynch CEO Nothing justifies suspending our bonuses

You know how Merrill Lynch recently lost $15 billion? Remember how we're in a unbelievably huge global financial crisis that threatens to unravel the fabric of our economy? John Thain says that's no reason not to pay billions of dollars in bonuses.


Banks charging for unemployment benefits

Talk about kicking people when they are down.

Recent news reports have shed light on several large banks charging bank fees to customers for the privilege of accessing their unemployment benefits.

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Officials US Troops to Leave Iraq by August 2010

The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Gov Jindal Rejects Stimulus38BAccepts 37B

Republicans are against the stimulus bill, but that doesn't mean they won't take the money.

Bobby Jindal is a particularly excellent example.


martes, 24 de febrero de 2009

New Jersey votes today on bill to legalize medical marijuana

TRENTON - The state Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use for some medical purposes in New Jersey, and one of the bill's sponsors said he was taken aback by residents' reactions to the proposal. "I've been pleasantly surprised that the overwhelming response has been positive," said state Sen.

Jim Whelan


I Survived the Bush Administration

The t-shirt that says it all.

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Limbaugh makes false claims about small business taxes

Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that taxes would increase on "most small businesses" if the Bush tax cuts on Americans making more than $250,000 expire in 2011.

In fact, the Tax Policy Center stated that in 2007, only about 2 percent of tax returns that reported small-business income are in the top two income tax brackets.


An Easy to Understand Chart of the Financial Collapse PIC

Yup, it's that bad.

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AmEx paying card holders to close their accounts

American Express Co, battered by mounting credit card losses, is offering $300 to a limited number of U.S. card holders who pay off their balances and close their accounts, the company said on Monday.

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lunes, 23 de febrero de 2009

Fox News war games the coming civil war

With Obama in office for four weeks, Fox convenes military and intelligence officials to analyze -- and call for -- violent upheaval against the tyrannical federal government.

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At Least 74 Miners Dead in China Blast

The miners were working in the Tunlan Coal Mine in Shanxi Province, the coal mining heartland of China, when the blast occurred at 2:17 a.m......

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A Partial Victory for Border Rancher


District Judge John M. Roll, for starters, dismissed the claims of 10 of the illegals because they did not testify at trial. He then tossed related conspiracy complaints against Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, and his brother Donald, saying illegal immigrants had no constitutionally protected right to travel in the United States.

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GOP Governors Take the Stimulus Money and Run

Voting against the economic stimulus package? That's so last week.

For some Republicans, there's a hot new way to show just how fervently they opposed the $787 billion bill President Obama signed into law Tuesday: pretend they're not going to take the money.

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If You Spent a Million Dollars a Day PIC



Republican unity can backfire on party ajccom

Jay Bookman from the Atlanta Journal Constitution just tellin' it like it is!


domingo, 22 de febrero de 2009

Police may be close to arrest in Chandra Levy case

Levy, a California native, went missing on April 30, 2001.

Her remains were found May 22, 2002, by a man walking his dog in a remote area of a Washington city park. The search for Levy and massive publicity that accompanied it was largely a result of her connection to Rep. Gary Condit, D-California. Condit has said publicly

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Soros sees no bottom for world financial collapse

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renowned investor George Soros said on Friday the world financial system has effectively disintegrated, adding that there is yet no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis. Soros said the turbulence is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviets.

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Violent Criminals Allowed to Hide Behind Fake Names

Violent criminals and sex offenders in Australia are being allowed to change their names by deed poll, helping them hide their pasts and reduce the risk of revenge attacks.

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George Mason U Elects Man Homecoming Queen

"George Mason University students have elected a drag queen as homecoming queen.

Student Ryan Allen beat out two women for the title at the 30,000-student school in suburban Washington, D.C., famous for its run to the Final Four a few years back."


Movies or politics for Schwarzenegger


Schwarzenegger this week showed that he's still his state's leader " and that he may be ready for something else. As Schwarzenegger pressed state lawmakers to solve the state's $42 billion budget deficit, he agreed to appear in Sylvester Stallone's new movie. The movie deal serves as a reminder that the end of Schwarzenegger's term is coming.

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sábado, 21 de febrero de 2009

Jesus Used In AntiStimulus Ad From Conservative Group

After watching allies of President Barack Obama flood the airwaves in support of the stimulus bill, a conservative third-party group is countering with a provocative new commercial using Jesus Christ to emphasize the scale of the $787 billion package.

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Friend of Ethically Challenged Sen Chris Dodd

Connecticut's AG says Connecticut's senator is outside his jurisdiction.

Richard Blumenthal won't even investigate Dodd's sweetheart deals with Countrywide. This is "change"?

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Wisconsin man found not guilty in open carry gun case

Last summer Brad Krause was ticketed for carrying a firearm on his own private property. On Feb 17th he was found not guilty - namely because its NOT A CRIME.


TAX YOU BY THE MILE says Transportation Secretary

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn " an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.


President of EU speaks truth to power compares EU to USSR

Vaclav Klaus of Czechoslovakia, a trained economist who protested USSR hegemony during the Prague Spring of 1968 and the temporary President of the European Union, today compared the undemocratic and elitist EU to Warsaw Pact communist dictatorships.

Dictatorial elitists in the EU parliament booed and some even walked out.


viernes, 20 de febrero de 2009

Drunk man run over by train awarded 23 million

A Manhattan jury awarded $2.33 million to a man who lost his leg after drunkenly stumbling onto the path of an oncoming subway train.

Dustin Dibble, 25, landed in the subway tracks after a late night watching a hockey game at a bar with friends April 23, 2006. A downtown N train ran over him, severing his right leg.

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Stanford Lured Clients With No Worry Promise Rates

Stanford International Bank Ltd., accused by U.S. regulators of defrauding investors, relied on more than high interest payments to sell $8 billion of what it called certificates of deposit.


10 Most Horrible Jobs In The World

The absolute worst ways to make a living!

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Man Investigated by Secret Svc bc of Anti Obama sign in Car

An Oklahoma man was investigated by the secret service after being pulled over by a police officer because of the"Abort Obama, Not the Unborn" sign in his car.


Criminalizing dissent RNC protesters face terrorism charges

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman talked to Luce Guillen-Givins who is one of the first people ever to be charged under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal PATRIOT Act.

Guillen-Givins and 7 other members of the group RNC Welcoming Committee " also known as the "RNC 8" " were formally charged with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism.

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Iran holds enough uranium for a nuclear bomb

Iran has now built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.

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After Prison Few Places for Sex Offenders to Live

Laws cracking down on sex offenders enjoy broad public support, but Georgia's rules make it near impossible to find a home that doesn't violate the statute.

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jueves, 19 de febrero de 2009

Seven Ways That Individuals Benefit From the Stimulus Plan

President Obama will sign the $787 billion stimulus package into law this week, with approximately 35% going towards tax cuts and the rest going towards stimulus spending.

Just about everyone stands to benefit from the stimulus in some fashion in the short-term, but a few demographics have an opportunity to reap more gains than others.

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In Pictures 30 Years After the ChinaVietnam Border War

Over 30,000 Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers died in short but fierce war fought at the two nations' borders in 1979.

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The myth of the gun show loophole

The forcible citizen disarmament lobby constantly rails against the so-called "gun show loophole," and have even convinced many supposedly "pro-gun" politicians to perpetuate the myth.


Blago Aftermath Senate Ethics Panel May Investigate Burris

Embattled Sen.

Roland W. Burris' legal and political problems deepened Tuesday as Democrats in Washington and Illinois signaled that they would support an investigation into whether the senator lied under oath about his appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. Illinois Democrats are now backing GOP calls for a perjury investigation.


Marijuana Inc Inside Americas Pot Industry

CNBC takes a look at the budding marijuana industry, especially the Emerald Triangle of California where an estimated 60% of the population is somehow involved in the legal (at the state level) business of growing and selling some of the world's best ganja.

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miércoles, 18 de febrero de 2009

Justice probe may pose enormous consequences for Bush

An internal DoJ report has reconstructed the drafting process of the Bush Justice Dept.'s legal memos authorizing torture of terror war prisoners.

What was uncovered, said Newsweek's Michael Isikoff on Monday, could have 'enormous consequences,' not just for the memo's authors, but Bush's whole legal defense of torture. --VIDEO INCLUDED--


News from the weekend illustrates futility of gun control

Numerous stories from over the weekend illustrate that gun control schemes are ineffective in stopping crime.

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Rep Eric Cantor RVA Failed To Report Abramoff Fundraiser

In 2003, Representative Cantor failed to report or pay for the expense of a fundraiser that then "super lobbyist" Jack Abramoff held for him at his D.C. restaurant.

Though it was a clear violation of the federal election law, Cantor's spokesperson referred to his oversight as "a paperwork issue" and referred to the controversy as "chicken droppings


Mom Sues Scientology Over Suicide

A Florida woman charges in a lawsuit that the Church of Scientology contributed to her son's death by denying him access to antidepressants.

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Dean Far Rights All Out Offensive Against Medical Research

Opponents of fixing our broken health care system are at it again, attempting to use the same old scare tactics and falsehoods to kill a common-sense health care provision in the economic recovery package.

Fortunately Congressional leaders have recognized these tactics for what they are and have wisely kept this provision in the legislation.

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Barack of Afpakia

The left is already doubting Obama's Afghan surge, says an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Newsweek is calling Afghanistan "Obama's Vietnam" and it may turn out that the new president's allies are Republicans and neocons.

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martes, 17 de febrero de 2009

Obamas Pick for National Drug Czar Makes Legalizers Hopeful

The anticipated selection of Seattle's Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has given hope to those who want national drug policy to shift from an emphasis on arrest and prosecution to methods more like those employed in Seattle: intervention, treatment and a reduction of problems drug use can cause, a tactic known as harm reduction.

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Obama On Republicans Im An Optimist Not A Sap

In an interview with columnists aboard Air Force One, President Obama talked about what he learned from the stimulus battle.

Pronouncing himself impressed with his team for moving the legislation through Congress so quickly, he said the plan wasn't everything he wanted but was still a "very good start on moving things forward."


Hugo Chvez Reaches Out to Obama Ahead of Vote

President Hugo Chvez said Saturday that he was ready to engage in direct talks with President Obama in a bid to repair relations with the United States.

The statement marked an evolution in Mr. Chvezs view of Mr. Obama, whom he described last month as having the same stench as his predecessor in the White House.


Former astronaut speaks out on global warming

Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt resigned after the group blamed global warming on human activity.

In his resignation letter, the 74-year-old geologist argued that the "global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making."

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Experts Say US War on Terror Eroded Rights Worldwide

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA (Reuters) - Washington's ''war on terror'' after the September 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United Nations must now combat, international law experts said on Monday.


Airstrike in Afghanistan kills Taliban commander

A coalition airstrike has killed a powerful Taliban commander who broke a promise to renounce violence after village elders persuaded President Hamid Karzai to free him from prison, officials said Monday.

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Commentary If you oppose stimulus dont take the money


Mark Sanford of South Carolina took umbrage at my writing that his approach to the economic crisis is to do nothing. I'll deal with his "ideas" in a moment, but first let me make a modest proposal:

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lunes, 16 de febrero de 2009

Gitmo under Bush included rape by instrument

Standard Guantanamo Bay treatment of prisoners included "invasion of the bodies of prisoners in a way that might be deemed rape by instrumentality under existing federal and state criminal statutes." It was done deliberately without any security purpose and was purely for the purpose of sexual humiliation.

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Homeland Security Nuke Detectors Comical

David Sanger gives us the inside scoop on the terribly inefficient nature of the nuclear detectors employed by Homeland Security.

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They Sure Showed That Obama

In the stimulus battle " just as in the presidential campaign " Barack Obama has once again outwitted the punditocracy and the opposition.


Sam Stein Dems Fed Up With McCain

Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with the brash political attacks Sen.

John McCain has launched against Barack Obama in the weeks since the new president took office. No one expected the Arizona Republican to be a legislative ally for this administration. But it was widely assumed that Obama's overtures to McCain in the weeks...

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Obama Upholds Bush Religious Discrimination Policy

Proving hes no amateur when it comes to tacking as far right or left as necessary to capture some vital constituency, President Barack Obama recently upheld a key Bush administration policy allowing groups receiving federal dollars to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion.

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domingo, 15 de febrero de 2009

GOP Congressman Signs On To Investigating Bush

It is about time at least some Republicans still have brains.

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US Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship

The American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months.

Recruiters expect that they will have more education and skills than many others who enlist, and help fill shortages in significant military fields.

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Your former boss may fight your benefits claim

Adding insult to injury, employers are opposing unemployment benefits claims in record numbers, The Washington Post reports. Imagine being among the multitudes getting pink slips, applying for benefits that will help you keep your home, then getting notice that your former company contends you're not entitled because you were let go for misconduct

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The Silent Assassin the weapon the Taliban fears the most

It is the British-made L115A3 Long Range Rifle which, in recent weeks, has killed scores of enemy fighters in Afghanistan. In a new initiative on the front line, the Army is using sniper platoons to target the Taliban and 'The Long', as the snipers call it, can take out insurgents from a mile away.

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US Deported American Citizens With Illegal Parents

If they took their children back, he said of the deportees, then technically we deported an American citizen.

No matter which side of the immigration issue you fall on, theres something wrong with the notion of kicking American citizens out of their own country, said Rep. Jos E. Serrano, Democrat of New York, who requested the report.

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Canadian judge No warrant needed to see ISP logs

A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law enforcement.

This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request information from your ISP about online activities.


sábado, 14 de febrero de 2009

Homeless student numbers on the rise

The number of homeless students in area schools has skyrocketed since 2006, as more families face foreclosure and job loss, and schools are growing more aware of their obligations under federal law.

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Details Emerge in Slaying of Gay California Student

The dispute between McInerney and King ended in tragedy a year ago today when McInerney allegedly armed himself with a .22-caliber gun and shot King in the back of the head twice in an Oxnard classroom as the school day was beginning. Many parents, teachers, students, and gay-rights activists feel the school ignored McInerney's bullying of King.


US now sees Iran as pursuing nuclear bomb

The Obama administration seems to have reversed the US position (published in a NIE in 2007) that Iran is not currently pursuing nuclear weapons: (FTA) 'President Obama went so far as to describe Iran's "development of a nuclear weapon" before correcting himself to refer to its "pursuit" of weapons capability.'

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5 Things You Didnt Know WalMart

One of the biggest retail giants in North America, Wal-Mart, has a few skeletons in its closet...

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US Senate approves Obama stimulus package

The US Senate on Friday passed a nearly 790-billion-dollar stimulus package that President Barack Obama called "only the beginning" of his efforts to rescue the crippled economy.


viernes, 13 de febrero de 2009

FBI Expects Major Financial Bailout Fraud to Rise

Investigations will focus on big-name companies and the cases are likely to be similar in scope and complexity to that of failed energy giant Enron, Deputy Director John Pistole tells a Senate panel.

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Cocaine now Cheaper than Beer and Wine

The Home Office has admitted that the street price of both cocaine and heroin has fallen by nearly half in the last ten years, making the most dangerous illegal drugs cheaper than they have ever been.


You respect my rights and Ill respect yours

Until pot-smokers and gun owners and low-taxers and sexual minorities recognize that liberty is indivisible and that we're all in this together, we're going to be picked off piecemeal by government officials all too happy to exploit our mutual antagonisms.


Photo Essay The Long Shadow of Ayatollah Khomeini

A look back at the tumultuous events of February 1979, when the charismatic religious leader returned to Iran and singlehandedly reshaped the history of the Middle East " and the world.

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Freed arms ship due in Kenya port

A ship packed with military cargo, freed after being held by pirates since September, is to offload tanks and weaponry in the Kenyan port of Mombasa.


25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis

Who's at Fault? The good intentions, bad managers and greed behind the meltdown.

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jueves, 12 de febrero de 2009

You too can be a terrorist

How easy could it be to become branded as a "homegrown terrorist"? One proposed law from the last Congressional session would have made it VERY easy.


Obamas New Drug Czar Good News for Marijuana Advocates

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is reportedly Obama's choice for drug czar.

He's overseen one of America's most pot-friendly cities. If he was cool with Hempfest in Seattle, what can we talk him into when he comes to Washington, DC?


Maureen Dowd on the Bank Bailout Trillion Dollar Baby

So much for the savior-based economy.

Despite the touting, the Treasury chief unveiled a plan short on illumination. Theres a weaselly feel to the plan, a sense that tough decisions were postponed even as President Obama warns about our perfect storm of financial problems. The outrage is going only one way, as we pony up trillion after trillion.


I Will Not Travel to Auschwitz

Bishop Richard Williamson's denial of the Holocaust has done serious damage to the Catholic Church.

In an e-mail and fax exchange with SPIEGEL, the ultra-conservative bishop says that he is willing to "review the historical evidence."

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miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2009

Propot lobby rips Kellogg Co for dropping Phelps

Bursting with indignation, legions of marijuana advocates are urging a boycott of Kellogg Co., including all of its popular munchies, for deciding to cut ties with Olympic hero Michael Phelps after he was photographed with a pot pipe.

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USA was 3 hrs away from Economic Political Collapse in Sept

Paul Kanjorski: In mid-September of 2008, the U.S. came just three hours away from the collapse of the entire economy.

In a span of 2 hours, $550 billion was drawn out of money market accounts in an electronic run on the banks. Rep. Kanjorski: "It would have been the end of our economic system and our political system as we know it."


NJ man finally gets to see his son in Brazil

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey man saw his 8-year-old son in Brazil on Monday for the first time in 4 1/2 years, shooting baskets and splashing in a pool with him, according to Rep.

Chris Smith, who is trying to help reunite them permanently.


TicketmasterLive Nation Merger Could Raise Ticket Prices

Live Nation and Ticketmaster are expected to announce a merger Monday in a deal that could lead to a dramatic change in how event tickets are sold: from the fixed price norm that often results in quick sellouts for popular shows to an auction-based model that legitimizes what scalpers have always done.

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Nate Silver Why We Shouldve Seen Economic Crisis Coming

No one could have foreseen this economic crisis.

Only... that's not entirely true. Great stats breakdown by geek who predicted election a YEAR early.


martes, 10 de febrero de 2009

Ruper Murdoch Dont Give Up on Open Markets VIDEO

"We must keep markets open in this world.

We've seen open markets have benefited everybody, rich and poor alike. Particularly the poor. And yet, right now we're seeing a very dangerous move to protectionism in many places."


Arsonists committed mass murder

"Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said arsonists in Victoria had committed mass murder as the death toll in Australia's worst ever bushfires rose to 108 this morning."

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GOP Sounds Alarm Over Obama Decision to Move Census to White

Utah's congressional delegation is calling President Obama's decision to move the U.S. census into the White House a purely partisan move and potentially dangerous to congressional redistricting around the country.


Unemployment benefits safety net is fraying

WASHINGTON - The government safety net designed to protect laid-off workers from financial catastrophe is falling short, leaving nearly half the 11.6 million jobless Americans without unemployment benefits.

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Why Firing Phelps Might Cost Kellogg More Customers

No one gives a damn.

In fact, they are more likely to lose customers than gain them by making such a public display of their displeasure.


Stimulus Plan to Create Millions of Jobs But What Kind

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- From upgrading the electricity grid to rebuilding bridges to computerizing medical records, there are plenty of ways the economic-stimulus bill aims to prop up the economy and create millions of jobs.

But what kinds of jobs -- and who will qualify for them?

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lunes, 9 de febrero de 2009

McCain Stimulus is generational theft

President Barack Obamas Republican rival for the White House last year hardened his opposition to the administrations planned economic recovery package Sunday.

I think this can only be described as generational theft. What we are doing is amassing multi-trillions of dollars, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), speaking on CBSs Face The Nation.

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JFK Shaking Hands with Teenaged Bill Clinton PIC

JFK Shaking Hands with Teenaged Bill Clinton (PIC)

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Video Israeli Defence Forces shoot at Palestinian farmers

This is not a duplicated article, this is an exact repeat of an incident last Tuesday when Palestinian farmers accompanied by Human Rights Workers were shot at by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza.

Just last week, a farmer was shot dead by the IDF, who shot him dead as he was trying to harvest parsley from the same field.

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Royal Bank of Scotland to Pay 6 figure Banker Bonuses

Thousands of bankers and traders from Royal Bank of Scotland, which was bailed out with 30 billion of taxpayers' money, are set to receive large bonuses, it has been reported.

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New Yorkers Complain 500000 Is Not Enough

Therefore, even if it is not for sympathy but for sport, consider the numbers.

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US diplomat expelled from Ecuador

Ecuador's left-wing president has ordered the expulsion of a senior US diplomat, accusing him of suspending aid to Ecuador's anti-drugs programme.

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Slumdogs Unite

The populist rage coursing through America is bigger than President Obama, Tom Daschles tax bill, or any bailed-out C.E.O.s bonus.


domingo, 8 de febrero de 2009

Boy 4 girl 12 rescued in childporn sweep

At least two of 31 charged are repeat offenders, a problem that is becoming all too familiar, police say.

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Rachel Maddow calls bullpucky on the obstructionist GOP

Rachel Maddow delivers her own version of a "Special Comment", eviscerating bogus Republican arguments against the stimulus package.

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Congressman Twitters secret trip to Iraq

For security reasons, the congressional delegation led by House Minority Leader John Boehner to Iraq today was supposed to be secret.

Everything had been going fine in that regard. Even media outlets which knew of the trip, like the Congressional Quarterly, kept a lid on the news......

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One Cop To Another Dont Arrest Phelps for Bong Photo

Retired Seattle police chief Norm Stamper writes an open letter to the South Carolina sheriff who is talking about arresting Michael Phelps over the photo of him allegedly smoking marijuana out of a bong. Find out why ore and more cops are saying it's time to legalize drugs!

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Whiff of change in US medical marijuana policy

The White House won't say it explicitly.

Neither will the Drug Enforcement Administration. Yet there is a whiff in the air that U.S. policy is about to change when it comes to medical marijuana.

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25 People Who Will Affect Your Finances in 2009

A month into the new year, and the American economy is reeling from the ongoing banking crisis, battered retirement accounts, and mounting unemployment.

Who are the folks who might make things better, or even worse? Who are the people who will move markets this year, up or down? To help you keep track of these "market movers"..


Retail Tricks That Make You Overspend

Here are a few tricks the brain plays on our basic math skills, and a few examples of how marketers pull our heartstrings to loosen our purse strings.

As the old saying goes, buyer beware.

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sábado, 7 de febrero de 2009

The GOP is in the pocket of the corporate Fatcats Who knew

Wall Street bankers, with their $18 billion in bonuses, private jets and gaudy conferences, are causing headaches for the GOP.

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CEOs Bankers Used Corporate Credit Cards for 2kh Hookers

Wall street lawyers, investment bankers, CEOs and media executives often used corporate credit cards to pay for $2,000 an hour prostitutes, according to the madam who ran one of New York's biggest and most expensive escort services until it was busted last year.


Newsweek Why Howard Dean Should Lead HHS

Now that Tom Daschle is out of the running, Obama needs to move quickly to pick a new health czar.

One prominent Democrat has made no secret of the fact that he would love the job and that's Howard Dean. He's a doctor; his wife is a doctor; and he's not beholden to anyone. In fact, Dean was running against the entrenched special interests.

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Europes Asian crisis will run till 2010

After the boom of the good years, European markets are falling sharply, with uncomfortable similarities to Asia in the 1990s.

Caught in the global downturn, European economies have been hit hard and some countries have been forced to beg the IMF for a bailout - but IMF aid will only make their problems worse.

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Captains arrested in alleged plot to overthrow Hugo Chavez

President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that two National Guard captains have been arrested for allegedly conspiring against his government with aid from Venezuela's opposition and former military officers living in the United States.

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200000 California State Workers on Unpaid Leave 24 Days

200,000 California State Workers on Unpaid Leave 24 Days in 2009.

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viernes, 6 de febrero de 2009

Amazoncom Under Investigation

NEW YORK - Amazon.com Inc. is being investigated by the U.S.

Postal Service, the online retailer disclosed in the annual report it recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Bush Chief of Staff Tells Obama To Put His Jacket On

Like clockwork, another relic of arguably the worst administration in modern United States history steers our collective attentions back to the issues that really matter.

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SEC pummeled as Madoff tipster testifies

Harry Markopolos, a former investment manager who tried to warn U.S. regulators about Bernard Madoff, joined lawmakers in blasting the Securities and Exchange Commission but said he was...

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The FDR Failed Myth

Contrary to the anti-government myths and ideology-driven arguments of certain conservatives and mainstream corporate media, the facts show FDR's New Deal quickly brought rapid growth to the nation's economy during the Great Depression.


Obama Slams GOP In Stimulus Speech

God he finally said what needed to be said.

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Man eats garlic and onion for 6 months loses 160 lb 72 kg

Croatian painter Momir Zmiric, 42, might be smelling horrible for the next few months, but he lost 72 kilos (160lb) after deciding to go on such a diet without consulting doctors.

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jueves, 5 de febrero de 2009

64 Fluent In Arabic and Martial Arts The Perfect Spy

Except for one thing: Dude is a serial rapist and the CIA found out the hard way.

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UN says Hamas seized Gaza food aid and blankets

A U.N. spokesman says Hamas police in Gaza have seized thousands of blankets and food parcels meant for needy residents.

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Cheney warns of new terrorist attacks

In an interview Tuesday with Politico, former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a high probability that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years. He said he fears the Obama administrations policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.

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AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image

On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere during last year's presidential campaign: A pensive Barack Obama looking upward, as if to the future, splashed in a Warholesque red, white and blue and underlined with the caption HOPE.

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Obama To Cap Executive Pay At 500K For Bailout Recipients

As was reported today, Barack Obama is expected to announce Wednesday a series of new pay limits, including those for executive pay, for companies receiving significant amounts of bailout money.

Obama is scheduled to make the announcement alongside Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at the White House.

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Bailed Wells Fargo plans lavish corporate getaway to Vegas

Wells Fargo, once among the nations top writers of subprime mortgages, has received approximately $25 billion in taxpayer money from the federal bailout.

While other bailed-out firms " such as AIG " have canceled expensive junkets, the AP reports that Wells Fargo is sticking with them.


miércoles, 4 de febrero de 2009

Tiny Charges on Bank Cards Could Presage Bigger Problems

The mystery of a tiny charge on credit and debit cards is heightening to one of anticipation - of when the other shoe is going to drop.

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Record 19 Million Houses Seized and Vacant in the US

A record 19 million U.S. houses stood empty at the end of 2008 as banks seized homes faster than they could sell them and prices continued to fall.

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