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  • Trayvon Martin call was "mistake, not deliberate": NBC

    04/07/2012 8:49:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    (Reuters) - NBC News' decision to air an edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call," according the president of network's news division. The edit in question, which aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week, made it appear that Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being prompted, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher. Under growing public pressure...
  • The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports ..."

    04/07/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | April 2, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip Either someone just attempted the subtlest of jabs at our nation's force of uncomfortably invasive rent-a-cops or the recruiters at the Transportation Security Administration need to invest in a better thesaurus. A job posting on the Ann Arbor, Michigan Craigslist invites would-be screeners to "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports and skies as you proudly establish your future." Imperious, indeed. The Dictionary.com definition of imperious is "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing." The definition from Google is even better, describing it as "assuming authority without justification." If it was a joke...
  • Breitbart Autopsy Completed: Medical Examiner “Final Cause of Death Deferred”

    04/07/2012 8:36:20 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 96 replies
    Sinclaire News ^ | MARCH 2, 2012 | Lawrence Sinclaire
    At 7:11 PM Eastern Time Craig Harvey from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners office returned our call seeking information on the Autopsy of Andrew Breitbart. According to Harvey: “We have completed the autopsy examination, the final cause of death has been deferred. We have ordered additional toxicology and Microscopic test and we expect to have those completed and the cause of death determined in four to six weeks.” According to sources who wish to remain anonymous who are in the Los Angeles area say preliminary results from the LA County Coroner indicate “massive heart attack.”
  • entitlement junkies take what they can get

    04/07/2012 8:32:15 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies
    Gary Foss THE OP-ED REVIEW - Email | April 7, 2012 | Gary Foss / Charles Sykes
    Milton Friedman may have argued that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but you’d have a hard time convincing millions of Americans of that today. They know better – or at least they think they do. A record 46.5 million Americans rely on food stamps, and in 2010 the federal government paid out more money in the form of benefits than it collected in federal income taxes. But perhaps the most striking measure of the success of the entitlement state has been the way it’s eroded the stigma of being on the dole, while spreading dependency as...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divorce and Remarriage

    04/07/2012 8:31:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divorce and Remarriageby Sebastian R. FamaIt is a sad fact of life that divorce has become an all-too-common occurrence. Many marriages that began with joy and hope end in bitter separation. Unfortunately, the Church is not immune to this problem. As with marriage, many view the Church’s position on divorce and remarriage as archaic and unrealistic. But the Church’s position is nothing more than the direct teaching of Christ. In Luke 16:18 we hear Jesus saying: "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."Paul says essentially...
  • DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”

    04/07/2012 8:18:34 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 28 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | April 02, 2012 | Judicial Watch
    In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.” The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen. Currently such aliens must return to their native country...
  • Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation sides with Iran over fallen U.S. Marines

    04/07/2012 8:15:12 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 8 April 12 | Unattributed
    A U.S. court found Iran responsible for the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing that killed 241 Marines, soldiers and sailors. Iranian assets are frozen in the U.S. and the surviving families of those U.S. servicemen deserve to be compensated using those assets. Unfortunately, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is working to see that the money goes, not to the Marine families, but back to Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of Jihadist terrorism.
  • Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick’s Day; Incident Caught On Camera

    04/07/2012 8:11:54 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 70 replies
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Caught on camera– a tourist being beaten in downtown Baltimore and instead of helping him, a crowd laughs and steals his belongings.
  • Deputies: Two People Shot And Killed During Burglary

    04/07/2012 8:11:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    wspa.com ^ | April 7, 2012
    SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- Spartanburg County deputies are investigating a burglary, where two people were shot and killed. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says it happened shortly after midnight Saturday at the 300 Building of Lee’s Crossing Apartments on Powell Mill Road. When deputies arrived they found two people lying on the ground outside the apartment window behind several air conditioning units. Deputies say the resident of the apartment building shot the two suspects. One suspect died on the scene, the other was taken to the hospital where he died. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Michael Deangelo Gentry-Hill Jr....
  • 'King of Kraut' Doesn't Mind Revealing Secrets

    04/07/2012 8:10:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | Wednesday, April 4, 2012
    Dallas Flynn shimmies up a chair to the 30-gallon Red Wing crock, lays what looks like the world's first mandoline cutter across the top and begins sawing a half head of cabbage back and forth across the blades. "If you have a big belly, it helps to keep it in place," he explains, showing how he uses his impressive girth to steady the vegetable cutter. All hail the King of Kraut. Flynn is a retired business owner and renaissance man whose sauerkraut has sweetened the pantries of many Frazee-area homes. The secret to his success: a recipe from his Bohemian...
  • Burned Chicken Wings Land SD Man In Jail

    04/07/2012 8:06:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KDLT ^ | April 03, 2012
    A federal parolee found himself back behind bars in South Dakota after burning some chicken wings. Emergency workers in Mitchell on Monday responded to a report of a fire in an apartment. Police say the apartment had filled with smoke when the resident fell asleep while cooking chicken wings in the oven.
  • Clinton marks Rwanda genocide annivesary

    04/07/2012 8:00:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | April 7, 2012
    US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Saturday said Washington was committed to working with the Rwandan government toward reconciliation as she marked the 18th anniversary of the genocide. "The United States stands in solidarity with the Rwandan people, and we admire their resilience and the enormous strides they have made in recovering from that unspeakable event," said the top US diplomat, marking the killings of 800,000 people over roughly 100 days of bloodshed in 1994. "We are committed to working with the government and people of Rwanda to complete their recovery and move forward toward a future of reconciliation,...
  • Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman not being charged

    04/07/2012 7:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 190 replies
    Chicago Now Blog ^ | April 7, 2012 | Don Ellis
    I was told that the State of Florida is going to announce on Tuesday that there is not enough evidence to prosecute George Zimmerman. This is a tip I got from a very close friend who would not make this up. This person is very close to the Seminole County FL Sheriff's Department, and says that the cops are already getting ready for trouble in Sanford. Again I have no confirmation of this outside of my source, but I do trust this person with my life.
  • 18-Year-Old Chicago Man Dies Over a Pair of Sneakers in Gary, Ind.

    04/07/2012 7:56:35 PM PDT · by LuigiBonnafini · 25 replies
    A Chicago man who recently moved to Gary, Indiana to try and turn his life around, lost it over a pair of sneakers. Sergio Pinex, 18, was returning from a store with a friend Thursday morning, walking down 23rd Avenue in Gary, when two vehicles pulled up next to them and stopped. A man with a gun got out and demanded money and the men’s shoes.
  • World's Most Expensive Sushi

    04/07/2012 7:48:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 05, 2012
    Renowned "Karat chef" Angelito Araneta Jr. places African diamonds on top of pearls to re-create his Guiness World Record for most expensive sushi in Manila. Araneta was recognized by the Guinness Book World of Records in June 2010 as the maker of the World's Most Expensive Sushi, costing 91,800 pesos (US$ 1,978.15) for five pieces. ( Angelito "Karat Chef" Araneta Jr., 24, looks at his edible Water Dragon sculpture made of gum-paste icing inside a restaurant in Manila January 20, 2012. The sculpture is coated with 24k gold leaf and adorned with 17 Mikimoto pearls and two diamonds on the...
  • Trayvon Martin mural in Elmwood Park draws mixed reactions

    04/07/2012 7:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | April 7, 2012, | Julia Terruso
    ELMWOOD PARK — Just as the killing of Trayvon Martin is seen in differing ways, so is a mural created as a tribute to the Florida teen. Artists call the mural in Elmwood Park an expression of solidarity for the young shooting victim, while some neighbors oppose the display, saying it promotes gang activity. Now town officials say the mural at Messina deli on East 54th street must come down. "We got multiple complaints from residents in the area," said mayor Richard Mola. "What they told me is they just don’t like what’s up there." Mola, who said he has...
  • Triumphant Tuareg rebels fall out over al-Qaeda's jihad in Mali (Weapons from Libya)

    04/07/2012 7:37:22 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    the telegraph ^ | 4/7/2012 | Nick Meo
    The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup. Few of the people they promised to free waited to find out what freedom would be like. Instead, an estimated 250,000 people left their homes, terrified families fleeing with their children and possessions. Many told tales of looting and rape by rebels who now control a vast area in the heart of Africa. Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who...
  • Witch 'King' Reveals Bid to Set up occult Centre in Bristol

    04/07/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    This is Bristol ^ | Saturday, April 07, 2012
    A MAN who calls himself the King of all Witches wants to open an occult centre in Bristol. Magus Lynius Shadee says he is in the final stages of securing a venue in Park Row for his centre. The 66-year-old wants it to be the start of a franchise, and making an unusual comparison he told the Evening Post: "It will be a bit like McDonalds, but we encourage vegetarianism." Mr Shadee, who divides his time between homes in France and London, calls himself a practising occultist. He says his centre will offer services including ritual work, witchcraft and exorcisms....
  • China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis

    04/07/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 04/08/12
    China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis Beijing, Sun Apr 08 2012, 00:54 hrs Chinese authorities have ordered a leading pro-Maoist website shut down for one month because of critical essays posted on it, the website’s founder said, amid the country’s worst high-level political crisis in years. The move comes after the firing of a once high-flying official, who promoted Mao Zedong-era songs and stories. Han Deqiang, founder of the leftist website Utopia, said police ordered that it be shut down because of content that criticized the Communist Party, its leaders and an upcoming party congress. The shutdown took effect...
  • 3 women injured in beating at South Side Burger King

    04/07/2012 7:35:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2012 | Deanese Williams-Harris
    Three female relatives were beaten by a group of about 20 attackers when ordering dinner for their family Friday evening at a Burger King in the city's Chatham neighborhood, police and witnesses said.
  • Vanity: NY Daily News Spreading False Trayvon Martin Neo-Nazi Story? Trying To Start Race Riot?

    04/07/2012 7:17:17 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 46 replies
    MB26
    I’m an old TV network newsie and thought I had seen some examples of liberal-slanted journalism, but this is the worst ever. There is a huge story now going viral over the internet, courtesy of the far-left New York Daily News. It’s about to start race riots, and it is completely false. It's probably all a combination of liberal hate and a sick attempt to sell more papers. Jeff Schoep, head of a Detroit-based neo-Nazi group, told Riptide that some armed members of his organization are now READY TO patrol Sanford, Florida, scene of the Trevor Martin shooting. The story...
  • ‘CHiPs’ [ Bruce Penhall ]Star’s Son Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver Mourned By His Family

    04/07/2012 7:07:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 6, 2012 10:35 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The parents of Connor M. Penhall, killed allegedly by a drunk driver, released statements Friday to thank supporters and express their grief over losing their 21-year-old son. Penhall was the son of former “CHiPs” actor Bruce Penhall, a World Speedway Champion in 1981 and 82, as well as a legend in motorcycle racing circles. The younger Penhall was killed Wednesday night while working on a closed portion of the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park. CHP officers said Tatsuhiko Sakamoto, an alleged drunk driver, plowed through barricades and hit Penhall. Sakamoto, 37, was charged with gross vehicular...
  • Chris Duane Explains Why Silver Confiscation Won't Happen--06.Apr.2012

    04/07/2012 7:06:29 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 9 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/07/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com presents: Chris Duane has just finished a new video about silver confiscation and why it's not going to happen. Many people are concerned about the ever-expanding government. We fear that eventually our silver will be confiscated, just like gold was in the 1930's. This is a highly unlikely occurrence, as there are too many large, attractive confiscation candidates, such as: COMEX, GLD, SLV and the other major dealers. Going house-to-house to seize physical holdings of precious metals is just not practical and could lead to violent backlashes. Chris and I also discussed why Homeland Security needs 450 million rounds...
  • NIALL FERGUSON: This Is The Study That Shows Why The US Economy Is Doomed

    04/07/2012 7:05:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 87 replies
    BI ^ | 04/05/12 | Rob Wile
    http://www.businessinsider.com/study-company-us-2012-4 NIALL FERGUSON: This Is The Study That Shows Why The US Economy Is Doomed Rob Wile | Apr. 5, 2012, 2:02 PM | 17,651 | 67 A Harvard Business School study that Niall Ferguson pointed us to today shows the U.S. has fallen severely behind in terms of international competitiveness. The study, from January, found that for Harvard alums personally involved in a company relocation decision, 57 percent said the decision "involved the possibility of moving existing activities out of the U.S." Meanwhile, only 9 percent considered moving existing activities from another country into the U.S. "A U.S.-based respondent...
  • Man Shoots Pit Bull-Boxer Mix As The Dog Attacks His Son, 11

    04/07/2012 7:00:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 7, 2012 3:27 PM
    FRENCH VALLEY (CBS) — A French Valley man shot a pit bull-boxer mix after it began to attack his 11-year-old son, a sheriff’s sergeant said Saturday. The dog was later captured and put down by Animal Control officers, according to officials. The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Orange Blossom Drive and Allium Lane in unincorporated Riverside County, according to Sgt. Steve Fredericks. The dog, owned by a neighbor, broke free from its leash and then bit the boy. The boy’s father got his handgun and fired one shot when the dog lunged toward him,...
  • Actress Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI After Hitting Cop

    04/07/2012 6:52:37 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Friday morning in West Hollywood, authorities confirm. Bynes was arrested around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Robertson Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the West Hollywood Sheriff's Dept
  • Rogoff: A centerless euro cannot hold

    04/07/2012 6:51:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/04/12 | Kenneth Rogoff
    Rogoff: A centerless euro cannot hold Editor's Note: Kenneth Rogoff is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and was formerly chief economist at the IMF. For more from Rogoff, visit Project Syndicate's excellent new website or follow it on Facebook and Twitter. By Kenneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate With youth unemployment touching 50% in eurozone countries such as Spain and Greece, is a generation being sacrificed for the sake of a single currency that encompasses too diverse a group of countries to be sustainable? If so, does enlarging the euro’s membership really serve Europe’s apparent goal of maximizing...
  • Rangers Unveil Statue Of Fan Who Died At Game

    04/07/2012 6:48:31 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 22 replies
    CBS 11 - DFW ^ | 4/6/12 | AP
    ARLINGTON (AP) - Nine months after a Texas Rangers fan died after falling over an outfield railing at a game, his 7-year-old son helped unveil a statue Thursday honoring his father and others who love America’s pastime. The life-size bronze statue depicts Shannon Stone and his son, Cooper, wearing baseball caps. They are holding hands and looking at each other as if they’re talking. The inscription reads: In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game. “Today is a celebration of spirit, family and love of the game,” Rangers President Nolan Ryan said. “This bronze...
  • Obama puts a face to race in Trayvon Martin case (Blech!)

    04/07/2012 6:46:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Wilkes-BarreTimes Leader ^ | April 7, 2012 | Erin Aubry Kaplan
    FINALLY, PRESIDENT Obama has spoken as a black man. It wasn’t entirely on his own initiative, but a question he was asked about Trayvon Martin left him no choice. When he finally spoke, he began haltingly, as if his words were taking him out on a high wire with no net below. This was risky. He said the safe things first: that the death of 17-year-old Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman in a Florida suburb was a tragedy. He said he sympathized with the parents, and that various law enforcement agencies should diligently investigate the matter. Then he...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Owe Unpaid Taxes-Lose Your Passport--07.Apr.2012

    04/07/2012 6:41:12 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 7 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/07/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com presents: The extent of the governmental corruption in the United States today is beyond comprehension. With that corruption comes the continuing erosion of individual rights and the escalating movement towards totalitarianism. Here's another example of what we are facing as a nation. A bill, which was passed by overwhelmingly majority in the US Senate, provides for revocation of a citizen's passport in the event of the delinquency of $50,000 or more on federal income taxes. Fortunately, passage in the House is questionable for now, but your government is clearly capable of anything. We see the same types of outrageous...
  • CNN's Banfield Falsely Claims Trayvon Martin Eyewitness Told Her Attacker Was Hispanic

    04/07/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/7/12 | Noel Sheppard
    You'd think on the very day an NBC News producer was fired for editing George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was racist media members would be extra careful to be as factually accurate as possible when reporting on the Trayvon Martin shooting. CNN's Ashleigh Banfield clearly didn't get this memo for while substitute-hosting on Anderson Cooper 360 Friday night, she twice falsely claimed that an eyewitness she had just interviewed said the person she believed was the attacker - meaning the one on top during the fight near her house - was Hispanic (video follows with transcript...
  • Israel Blames U.S. for Media Reports About Iran Strategy

    04/07/2012 6:24:52 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    the daily beast ^ | 4/6/2012 | eli lake
    Top officials in Israel are charging that national-security leaks coming from the U.S. government are undermining Israel’s military options against Iran. “The problem is the Iranians are certainly paying close attention to these reports,” a senior Israeli official told The Daily Beast. “We are concerned about the leaks and we hope they are not intentional.” The latest such leak appeared March 28 on Foreign Policy magazine’s website, claiming that Israel had been granted secret access to airbases in Azerbaijan near Iran’s northern border. The piece was sourced to senior U.S. diplomats and military-intelligence officers. In Washington the article was referred...
  • A Black Man, The Progressive’s Perfect Trojan Horse

    04/07/2012 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies
    lloydmarcus.com ^ | Lloyd Marcus
    As millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged, devastated and extremely angry by the democrat’s unbelievable arrogance and disdain for We The People. Despite our screaming “no” from the rooftops, they forced Obamacare down our throats. Please forgive me for using the following crude saying, but it is very appropriate to describe what has happened. “Don’t urinate on me and tell me it’s raining.” Democrats say their mission is to give all Americans health care. The democrats are lying. Signing Obamacare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and step one of their hideous goal of...
  • Buell and Grant Surprise the Rebels at Shiloh

    04/07/2012 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 139 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 7, 2012 | Eric
    April 7, 1862 (Monday) Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee General Grant tried to sleep, first under a tree near his men and then in a cabin that he found already occupied with the wounded. Through the night, Union transports and reinforcements arrived at Pittsburg Landing, bringing 25,000 much-needed men. Grant was certain that his line could withstand a Confederate attack. In fact, he was so certain, that he wanted to go on the offensive. Meanwhile, General Beauregard, now the sole commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi, slept in General Sherman’s tent, the former owner vacating it as the Rebels attacked the...
  • Birmingham abortion clinic agrees to close doors (Alabama)

    04/07/2012 6:16:05 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | April 7, 2012 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Birmingham abortion clinic has agreed to relinquish its license by May 18 after an Alabama Department of Public Health investigation found violations of state rules. State health officials said Friday the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham voluntarily agreed to close. The clinic was found in a more than 70-page report to have violated numerous rules, including making errors in delivering medication to patients and failing to ensure that staff was properly trained to provide safe patient care.
  • Schumer calls on Congress to address rising student loan rates by summer

    04/07/2012 6:12:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/12 | Ramsey Cox
    Schumer calls on Congress to address rising student loan rates by summerBy Ramsey Cox - 04/06/12 03:08 PM ET Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday announced his support for a bill to extend a reduced student loan rate for one year. In July, the interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford Loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress acts. Schumer called on Congress to pass Sen. Jack Reed's (D-R.I.) bill, S. 2051, which is pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "Rising interest loan rates sound like nails on the chalkboard for New York’s...
  • Climategate Heads to Court

    04/07/2012 6:08:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 5, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    As a climate scientist, I am quite familiar with the background facts that Prof Michael E. Mann (now at Penn State U) so shamelessly distorts in his new book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. First, the scientific background: Mann's claim to fame derives from his contentious (and now thoroughly discredited) "hockeystick" research papers (in Nature 1998 and Geophysical Research Letters 1999). His idiosyncratic analysis of proxy (non-thermometer) data from sources like tree rings, ice cores, ocean sediments, etc. did away with the well-documented Medieval Warm Period (MWP - 900-1200AD) and Little Ice Age...
  • Union joins Occupy for protests against public transportation cuts (thugs & freeloaders)

    04/07/2012 6:03:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/04/12 | Kevin Bogardus
    Union joins Occupy for protests against public transportation cutsBy Kevin Bogardus - 04/04/12 06:00 AM ET The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) will join demonstrations Wednesday to call attention to fare hikes and service reductions on public transportation systems. Members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are teaming up with unions for the demonstrations, and events are planned in at least 15 different cities, including Boston, Chicago and Denver. The rallies, leafleting and candlelight vigils will commemorate April 4, 1967, the day Martin Luther King Jr., spoke out against the Vietnam conflict and linked war to poverty. Larry Hanley, ATU’s president,...
  • NCAA Div 1 Championship game: Men's Hockey (Ferris St vs Boston College)

    04/07/2012 5:58:53 PM PDT · by max americana · 8 replies
    ESPN 3 ^ | APRIL 7, 2012 | max am
    espn live coverage of the nCAA 1 championship game for men's hockey 2012
  • Tulsa's black community unnerved by shootings

    04/07/2012 5:47:15 PM PDT · by Justaham · 60 replies
    Residents of Tulsa's predominantly black north side said Saturday they are afraid a shooter is still roaming their neighborhoods looking for victims after five people were shot -- and three killed -- a day earlier. "We're all nervous," said Renaldo Works, 52, who was getting his hair cut at the crowded Charlie's Angels Forever Hair Style Shop on Saturday morning. "I've got a 15-year-old, and I'm not going to let him out late. People are scared. We need facts. "You don't want to be a prisoner in your own home," he said. Police are still waiting for the results of...
  • Guillen apologizes for Castro comment

    04/07/2012 5:41:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2012
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is apologizing for telling a magazine that he loves Fidel Castro. The team released a statement on Saturday saying there is "nothing to respect" about Castro, calling him a "brutal dictator."
  • CBO: $777 billion deficit for first six months of fiscal year (Friday news dump)

    04/07/2012 5:40:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/12 | Bernie Becker
    CBO: $777 billion deficit for first six months of fiscal yearBy Bernie Becker - 04/06/12 12:44 PM ET The federal government racked up a deficit of $777 billion in the first half of fiscal 2012, the Congressional Budget Office said in an estimate released Friday. The shortfall is the latest sign that the government is well on its way to compiling at least a $1 trillion deficit for the fourth consecutive year. But as CBO noted on Friday, the deficit is also a $53 billion reduction from the same period in fiscal 2011. The budget scorekeeper said that most of...
  • The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Patheos.com via TheDeaconsBench. ^ | Mar 15th, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! Mar 15th, 2011 by Deacon Greg Kandra With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation — also known as “The Exultet,” a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, “humbles earthly pride.”    It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic best approached with a strong heart and steeled nerves.(For those interested, there’s an excellent downloadable version here that I’ve used for the last three years.)My pal Elizabeth...
  • Russia: Prominent Journalist Attacked

    04/07/2012 5:30:15 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Trust Law ^ | April 5, 2012 | Content Partner // Human Rights Watch
    Russian authorities should carry out a prompt and effective investigation into the vicious beating by unknown assailants of Elena Milashina, a prominent Russian journalist and human rights defender. (Moscow) - Russian authorities should carry out a prompt and effective investigation into the vicious beating by unknown assailants of Elena Milashina, a prominent Russian journalist and human rights defender, Human Rights Watch said today. Shortly after midnight on April 5, 2012, two men attacked Milashina, a journalist with the leading Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and her friend Ella Asoyan, a program officer at Freedom House, an American human rights and...
  • GOP: Obama, Democrats view energy as 'hazardous waste'

    04/07/2012 5:29:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/12 | Vicki Needham
    GOP: Obama, Democrats view energy as 'hazardous waste'By Vicki Needham - 04/07/12 06:46 AM ET Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said President Obama's policies are the cause of rising gas prices, not a lack of energy resources. Fallin said Saturday that the problem stems from a lack of leadership and questioned Obama's role in increasing the nation's energy output and in the hold up of the Keystone XL pipeline, especially as gas prices hover near an average of $4 a gallon. In the weekly Republican address, Fallin said “our pro-energy policies stand in stark contrast though to the policies supported by...
  • US set to kick the can further down the road

    04/07/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 33 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 4.8.12
    During the first few months of 2010 and 2011, America showed encouraging signs of robust economic growth. In both years, though, by the spring or early summer, hopes of the world’s biggest economy mounting a meaningful and sustainable recovery were snuffed out. As a result, the US managed only a paltry 1.7pc real terms GDP expansion in 2011. In recent months, once again, there have been strong indications this could be the year we finally see a proper lift-off across the Atlantic. America has put in yet another strong first quarter, with the economy, if anything, performing even better than...
  • Freeper Canteen ~ Happy Easter: He Is Risen! ~ 08 April 2012

    04/07/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 116 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    John 20:1-10 (KJV) 1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did out run Peter, and came first to...
  • Russia Announces Plans For Zombie Gun, Prepare Your Bunkers

    04/07/2012 5:23:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    DVICE ^ | April 6, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    Russia announces plans for zombie gun, prepare your bunkers Memories of the cold war have been raised from the dead this week with the confirmation from Russian officials they are testing an energy gun that would essentially turn people into zombies. The "psychotronic" gun would not only inflict pain but also attack the central nervous system leaving enemies scrambled. The weapon, which is said to use electromagnetic radiation, was announced by Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov and was confirmed by Russian Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin. It has apparently in some form been tested for crowd control. If this...
  • Obama heads to the golf course

    04/07/2012 5:23:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/12 | Russell Berman
    Obama heads to the golf courseBy Russell Berman - 04/07/12 02:11 PM ET President Obama kicked off the sunny Easter weekend on Saturday with a trip to the golf course. The president, a frequent golfer, left the White House shortly before 1 p.m. for a ride to what has become his home course at Andrews Air Force Base. The weather is beautiful in the Washington D.C. area this weekend, sunny with temperatures in the low 60s. It's the second round of golf for Obama this Spring, and also the second time this week the White House has put golf on...
  • Obama Embraces National Security as Campaign Issue

    04/07/2012 5:21:03 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — With a Republican opponent all but chosen and the general election campaign about to start, President Obama is preparing to emphasize an issue that few Democratic candidates have embraced in the past: national security, long the domain of the Republican Party.