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  • George Soros, Reported Dead at XXX, Is Actually Alive

    04/18/2013 7:56:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 18, 2013
    Reuters accidentally published a pre-written obituary for George Soros on Thursday afternoon, declaring that the business titan had died at the ripe old age of "XXX." Soros is alive and 82 years old, as a spokesperson confirmed to Quartz soon after. The obituary recapped Soros' years as an investor and financier, while detailing his massive wealth, which is estimated to be $19 billion in total. New agencies frequently write framework obituaries for aging, prominent citizens years ahead of their eventual deaths, so it's likely that someone at Reuters simply hit "publish" by accident. But that still didn't stop the false...
  • Robert E. Lee's Secret Special Orders No 191 Found by Union Soldiers Changed Fate of Antietam

    09/16/2012 10:13:38 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 15 September 2012 | Beth Stebner and Associated Press
    <p>As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be commemorated, progenies of those who fought in the bitter battles between the North and South have converged to remember the sacrifices on both sides.</p> <p>But tucked inside an exhibit in Frederick, Maryland is a two-page document from Robert E. Lee – found wrapped around a case of cigars – that could have changed the course of the entire war, and led to victory for the Union.</p>
  • High Court Blocks States' Lawsuit Over Coal Plant Emissions

    06/27/2011 3:29:21 PM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/20/11 | Hurley & Nelson
    The Supreme Court ruled today that six states cannot, for now, try to limit emissions of greenhouse gases under federal common law. The court ruled 8-0 -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor was recused -- that the Clean Air Act and the Obama administration's efforts to regulate emissions had displaced the states' federal common law argument. But the court split, 4-4, on the potentially key issue of whether federal courts even had jurisdiction to hear the claims. The split means the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' finding that it did have jurisdiction stands, although that conclusion would not apply to other...
  • CAIR: Louisiana Mosque Vandalized With Pork

    05/10/2011 3:25:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 79 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 10, 2011 | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will today ask the FBI to investigate as a possible hate crime an incident in Louisiana in which a mosque was vandalized with pork. [Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.]
  • NY mosque leaders object to neighbor's 'bomb' sign

    05/10/2011 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2011
    AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Muslim leaders are upset that a homeowner who lives next door to a newly opened mosque has posted a sign on his front lawn that reads "Bomb Making Next Driveway." Michael Heick lives along a heavily traveled road in the town of Amherst, a Buffalo suburb. The next driveway on the same side of the road is the entrance to the Jaffarya Center.
  • Boorish Anti-Muslim Protesters Aid Islamists

    04/02/2011 2:27:15 PM PDT · by ahungrywriter · 12 replies
    Islamist Watch ^ | 3/31/11 | David J. Rusin
    As a recent controversy in California makes clear, protests targeting radical Islam are a double-edged sword and must be carried out with discipline. Done right, they expose Islamists and their work to much-needed public scrutiny; done wrong, they play into the hands of Islamists eager to silence all critics by characterizing Muslims as victims of vast prejudice and aggression. On February 13, hundreds gathered on the lawn of the Yorba Linda Community Center to protest a fundraiser for ICNA Relief, a social services arm of the Islamic Circle of North America, which has ties to jihadists overseas. Not surprisingly, two...
  • UN: Security Council Meets On Libya

    02/22/2011 1:02:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Scoop (NZ) ^ | 02-22-2011 | Staff
    New York, Feb 22 2011 10:10AM Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief have both called on the Libyan authorities to immediately end their violent crackdown on protesters, and the Security Council is meeting today to discuss the situation in the North African nation. Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson on Monday, said he was “outraged” at press reports that the Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters. This is unacceptable,” the Secretary-General <"http://www.un.org/apps/sg/offthecuff.asp?nid=1731">told reporters in Los Angeles, where his currently on an official visit. “This violence against demonstrators...
  • NBC: Mubarak stepping down tonight

    02/10/2011 7:43:55 AM PST · by combat_boots · 70 replies
    NBC ^ | 10 Feb 2011 | Unknown
  • Cayuga County judge sides with Cayuga Indians; orders DA to dismiss indictments, return smokes

    10/07/2010 6:55:00 PM PDT · by Drango · 9 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | 10/07/10 | Scott Rapp
    For the second time this week Cayuga County lost a major court decision in its cigarette tax dispute with the Cayuga Indian Nation. In county court today, Judge Mark H. Fandrich dismissed indictments against the Cayugas and ordered county District Attorney Jon Budelmann to return to the Cayugas some 7,600 cartons of cigarettes and business records seized in a December 2008 tax raid from the nation’s LakeSide Trading store in Union Springs. 55Share 8 Comments Fandrich’s ruling follows a related decision by the state Court of Appeals in May. “It’s not up to me to determine if the Court of...
  • Disney OKs Muslim intern to wear scarf

    09/27/2010 2:18:29 PM PDT · by South40 · 69 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 27th, 2010 | Eric Carpenter
    ANAHEIM — Disneyland officials have reached an agreement with a Muslim college intern allowing her to wear a head covering while on the job, Muslim community leaders and Disney officials said Monday. Officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations say the scarf acts as an Islamic head covering, called a hijab, in accordance with her Muslim religion. Disney officials don’t call it a hijab — just a head scarf to accommodate an employees needs. The woman, who was not identified by name, is the second Disney employee in recent weeks to complain that Disney did not allow her to wear...
  • Truce Is Reached in Quran Drama

    09/09/2010 5:54:29 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 46 replies · 2+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-09-10 | JONATHAN WEISMAN, SHIRA OVIDE And TAMER EL-GHOBASHY
    A Florida pastor backed away from plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11 after U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates phoned him, capping several surreal days of drama in which his plans ricocheted around the world, sowing anger among Muslims and concern at the Pentagon. Mr. Gates's phone call, in which he warned Rev. Terry Jones that the planned event could imperil U.S. troops, came hours after President Barack Obama slammed Mr. Jones's plan as a "stunt" and "a recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda." "Secretary Gates reached out to Pastor Jones this afternoon," a Pentagon official said....
  • Whale Warrior “Captain Pete Bethune” Free to Return Home (Whale Wars)

    07/07/2010 4:31:09 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 38 replies
    Sea Shepherd ^ | 7/7/10 | Sea Shepherd
    On January 6, 2010, Captain Hiroyuki Komura of the illegal Japanese whaling vessel the Shonan Maru #2 deliberately rammed and destroyed Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s vessel, the Ady Gil. Captain Komura almost killed six Sea Shepherd volunteer crewmembers and did not respond to the Ady Gil’s mayday distress signal. Japanese authorities refused to cooperate in investigations and declined requests by Australian and New Zealand maritime authorities to question Captain Komura. Instead, Captain Peter Bethune, the man who Captain Komura almost killed and whose ship was destroyed, was taken back to Japan literally as a prisoner of war abducted from the...
  • Russian navy ‘sent Somali pirates to their death’

    05/12/2010 1:54:29 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 93 replies · 2,740+ views
    An international maritime treaty means suspected pirates can be tried in the home countries of their victims – but some governments have been put off this course of action for fear that convicted pirates might not return to Somalia after serving out their time in jail. Kuznetzov seemed to echo this when he said: "Why should we feed some pirates?" Russian media reported that the 10 men were set adrift in a boat with no navigational equipment, and that contact was lost with the boat's radio beacon within an hour. However, Commander John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU naval...
  • Federal sweep may have foiled anti-Muslim plot [FBI Michigan, etc. militia raids -- further info]

    03/28/2010 6:49:40 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 188 replies · 7,395+ views
    WLS-TV Chicago ^ | 28-Mar-2010 | Chuck Goudie
    Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Michigan, on Sunday said that the FBI foiled a plot to attack and kill Muslim-Americans. Walid was attending the group's 10th anniversary banquet in Dearborn, Michigan where the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson was keynote speaker. Muslim leaders in Chicago are "following developments of the arrests with great interest and concern," says Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago. "If some of the initial reports are true. Then, these radical groups are a chilling indication that anti-Muslim hysteria in some circles may be developing into stages of organized terroristic activity,"...
  • Broadcast angers Muslims

    01/30/2009 2:40:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 932+ views
    Europenews ^ | 1-30-09 | Gregg Krupa
    SOUTHFIELD. Leaders want radio station to stop airing comments by priest they say defame Muhammad. Muslims and interfaith leaders in Metro Detroit are asking a local radio station owner to discontinue broadcasts in which, they say, a Coptic priest has repeatedly defamed the Prophet Muhammad over the past year. In an Arabic-language broadcast Wednesday on WNZK 680/690 AM, the Rev. Zakariah Boutros said the Muslim prophet Muhammad had engaged in necrophilia and gay sex, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. Boutros has previously come under fire from area Muslims, who say he disparages Islam. The controversial, American-based priest...
  • Somalia nearing a 'total famine' (pirates off the coast get all the coverage, situation dire)

    12/04/2008 11:32:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 909+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/4/08
    Somalia is in danger of descending into famine while the world's attention is focused on the problem of piracy off its coast, the Red Cross has warned. BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross are very wary about using words like famine. The ICRC's Alexandre Liebeskind said the violence had made it almost impossible for aid agencies to operate. About half of Somalia's population is dependent on food aid. Drought, floods and nearly two decades of conflict have driven many into destitution. Alexandre Liebeskind, head of the ICRC in East Africa, says...
  • African Inflation Could Cause "Humanitarian Tsunami"

    04/09/2008 7:09:06 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 169+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-8-2008
    African inflation could cause "humanitarian tsunami" Brussels Tue Apr 8, 10:02 AM ETAFP/File Photo: People shop for groceries at a supermarket in the Borrowdale Brooke suburb in Harare. Soaring... BRUSSELS (AFP) - Soaring prices of basic foodstuffs could cause a "humanitarian tsunami" in Africa, EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel warned Tuesday. "A world food crisis is emerging, less visible than the oil (price) crisis, but with the potential effect of real economic and humanitarian tsunami in Africa," Michel said in a statement after a meeting with African Union Commission chief Jean Ping. Ping said the soaring prices represented a "major...
  • Across the border, "a humanitarian crisis" is brewing (US deports too many to Mexico)

    04/07/2008 9:44:43 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 64 replies · 205+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/7/08 | Lornet Turnbull
    But for those Mexicans unceremoniously returned home — those deported and dropped off by U.S. immigration in Mexican border towns such as Nogales, Tijuana and Juárez — there is no such welcome. "The poor undocumented guy who gets sent back is seen as a burden on the government," said Erica Dahl-Bredine, country manager for Catholic Relief Services' Mexico program in Tucson, Ariz. "Those who have documents are seen as the heroes." While the Mexican government is taking small steps in response to growing criticism that it ignores Mexicans deported from the U.S. — unveiling a test program in Tijuana last...
  • Native American Skull Found At Malibu Construction Site

    10/17/2007 2:24:12 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 153+ views
    Malibu Surfside News ^ | 10-17-2007 | Anne Soble
    Native American Skull Found at Malibu Construction Site• State Native American Heritage Commission Initiates Process for Handling Find • BY ANNE SOBLE A human skull unearthed at a construction site in the Paradise Cove mobile home park has been officially declared a prehistoric Native American find, and the wheels have been put in motion for the remains to be handled in accord with state law. Workers preparing the foundation for a new mobile home in the beachside complex discovered the skull during routine digging Monday at about 4 p.m. and contacted the sheriff’s department. Capt. Ed Winter of the Operations...
  • Pit Bull Recovers From Stab Wound

    08/15/2007 5:00:59 PM PDT · by Cecily · 2 replies · 145+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 15, 2007 | Jennifer Brett
    They're calling her Lucky. A female pit bull who was brought to the Atlanta Humane Society Wednesday morning with a hunting knife stuck in its head has pulled through surgery just fine. "I was just petting her 15 minutes ago," AHS president Carl E. Leveridge said Wednesday afternoon. "Her little tail was wagging. I was amazed. " The organization doesn't know much about the dog, only that it was brought in from a local veterinarian's office. The owner reported he discovered the dog injured Wednesday morning, according to information the AHS was provided. Leveridge said he'd tried without luck to...
  • Paris Hilton not expected to serve full 45-day sentence (4 days maybe)

    05/10/2007 12:36:34 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 46 replies · 1,820+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/10/07 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
    Despite being sentenced for 45 days in county jail for violating her probation, socialite Paris Hilton is expected to spend three weeks -- and perhaps less -- behind bars, L.A. County sheriff's officials told The Times today. Until now, officials have said they believed Hilton would serve the entire jail term ordered last week by Superior Court Michael T. Sauer after Hilton repeatedly drove her car while her license was suspended because of a DUI plea. Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Hilton's sentence could be cut nearly in half by state law allowing for credit for time served for...
  • Republicans' Cheney Problem

    02/20/2007 8:54:38 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 62 replies · 1,697+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    Republicans' Cheney Problem By Bruce Bartlett It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has a huge problem going into 2008. Usually, it has a clear frontrunner going into the process who is broadly acceptable to most Republicans. But in this election cycle, that is not true. The race is wide open and it is hard to predict who will be left standing when the last primary vote is cast. One thing that can be predicted is that a great many Republicans will be dissatisfied with their party's presidential nominee. It won't matter who among those currently running ends...
  • Iran Demands Release Of Embassy Staff Detained In Iraq

    01/11/2007 4:17:51 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 35 replies · 873+ views
    AHN ^ | January 11, 2007 | Linda Young
    Five Iranians were detained by a multinational force after an overnight raid on Tehran's diplomatic mission, Iraqi officials said Thursday. At about 3 am local time, troops entered the building in the Kurdish-controlled northern city of Irbil located some 220 miles from Baghdad.
  • Muslims Protest Fast Food Franchise

    01/05/2007 11:59:26 AM PST · by Viking Ski Bum · 129 replies · 4,050+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan 05, 2007 | Ayers Lampblack
    CHICAGO—The debut of a new theme restaurant in suburban Chicago featuring a menu of foods forbidden by Islamic law and waitresses clad in revealing uniforms has sparked an uproar among local Muslims who claim the restaurant is an affront to Islam. The December 27 opening of a Burqa King franchise in Winnetka and the subsequent furor over the establishment’s dining theme has drawn the attention of local Muslim clerics and activists, and aimed a spotlight on former Bush Administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Officials with Winnetka Holy Outreach to Counsel and Advise Islamic Religious Sects (WHOCAIRS) announced Wednesday that they...
  • Iran may need nuclear power: study

    12/26/2006 8:56:45 AM PST · by libertarianPA · 14 replies · 530+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/26/06 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's claim to need nuclear power may be genuine, given that it could run out of oil to export as soon as eight years from now, according to an analysis published on Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences. The study's author, Roger Stern, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, said investment in Iranian oil production had been inadequate to offset oil field declines and the explosive growth in domestic demand. "I'm not saying that Iran will have no oil in eight years," Stern said in a telephone interview. "I'm saying that they will be...
  • Muslims claim curriculum on Islam is inaccurate ["Disrespectful to Mohammed"]

    12/20/2006 10:41:49 AM PST · by Alouette · 109 replies · 3,428+ views
    North East Booster ^ | Dec. 20, 2006 | Julia Wilson
    Some Muslims in Baltimore County say lessons involving Islam being taught to seventh- and 10th-graders in public schools are inaccurate. Bash Pharoan, president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, says resource sheets, called "Islamic Life," given to seventh-graders studying world cultures and "World Religions" for 10th-graders in world history classes, not only misrepresent Islam, but show disrespect to the prophet Muhammad. For three years, Pharoan says, he has unsuccessfully petitioned the Baltimore County school board to review the way Islam is presented in public school classrooms. Joe Hairston, county school superintendent, said his "teachers do not...
  • ATF Raid Nets Militia Man, Weapons Rap

    11/11/2006 7:29:21 AM PST · by Firefigher NC · 143 replies · 2,842+ views
    Times Record ^ | 11/10/06 | Trish Mehaffey
    FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville militia member was arrested Wednesday by teams of special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other federal and state agencies and local police in connection with illegal firearms. Fayetteville police Lt. Mike Reynolds said 14 search warrants were executed Wednesday in Fort Smith and Fayetteville and one of the warrants was for a lieutenant commander of the Militia of Washington County, Hollis “Wayne” Fincher, of 16085 East Black Oak Road. “We assisted ATF and several other agencies in arresting Fincher. I don’t believe he has a criminal history with us. That’s...
  • Immigration Raids Hurting Farmers (upstate NY)

    10/17/2006 3:22:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 84 replies · 1,173+ views
    The people who loan money to New York farmers are concerned with recent illegal immigrant crackdowns that have led to a farm labor shortage. Bob Smith is with the Northeast Farm Credit Association. [He] says if the raids continue, New York will lose nine hundred farms and more than 200 thousand acres of farm land in the next two years. One Finger Lakes farmer, who did not want to be identified, tells Finger Lakes News Radio farmers themselves are afraid to complain about the raids for fear they will be targeted nex
  • Analyst Firm Predicts YouTube Is 'Goin' Down'

    10/03/2006 6:53:51 PM PDT · by Eagle9 · 109 replies · 3,530+ views
    TechWeb ^ | October 3, 2006 | Antone Gonsalves
    Analyst firm Forrester Research has added its voice to YouTube critics who believe it's only a matter of time before the wildly popular video site is faced with a potentially crippling copyright-violation suit from the entertainment industry. In a recent blog posting entitled "YouTube Is Goin' Down," Forrester analyst Josh Bernoff drew parallels between YouTube and Napster, a once popular file-sharing network that went belly-up following a music industry suit that charged the company was building a business illegally by allowing users to trade copyrighted songs. YouTube has grown dramatically over the last couple of years by giving mostly teenagers...
  • Iran calls Western incentives acceptable

    07/16/2006 10:33:18 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 15 replies · 647+ views
    AP via The State ^ | July 16 06 | A.A Dareini
    - Iran said Sunday that Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable basis" for talks, and it is ready for detailed negotiations. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded that Iran should talk directly to negotiators if it wants to discuss the six-nation proposal. Frustrated world powers agreed Wednesday to send Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible punishment, saying Tehran had given no sign it would bargain in earnest over its nuclear ambitions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters in Tehran that, "We consider this package an appropriate basis, an acceptable basis (for talks)."...
  • French row over charity pork soup

    12/24/2005 7:17:24 PM PST · by aculeus · 67 replies · 2,156+ views
    BBC News on line ^ | December 23, 2005 | By Alasdair Sandford, BBC News, Paris
    A charity run by an extreme-right group in the south of France has caused anger by serving the homeless only pork soup, which Jews and Muslims do not eat. The soup kitchen is set up one night each week in the port of Nice and has drawn numerous protests. The charity has defended offering what it calls traditional cuisine to French and European homeless people. Protesters have denounced the practice as racist but the local authority says it is powerless to intervene. For three weeks the food has been served up at Nice harbour by a group close to a...
  • NEW VIDEO: DEATH TO PEACE ACTIVISTS IF DEMANDS NOT MET - Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Iraq Activists

    12/02/2005 12:44:21 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 417 replies · 12,973+ views
    AP via Drudge Report ^ | 02 DEC 05 | dcbryan1
    <p>Al-Jazeera has broadcast a video in which kidnappers threaten to kill four Christian peace activists unless their demands are met by Dec. 8... Developing...</p>
  • Judge Apologizes For Muslim Holiday Order (UK)

    11/03/2005 11:18:49 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 914+ views
    Judge Apologizes for Muslim Holiday Order Thursday November 3, 2005 7:01 PM LONDON (AP) - A British judge apologized Thursday to a suspected Islamic militant ordered to appear in court for an extradition hearing on one of the Muslim calendar's holiest days. Haroon Rashid Aswat, 31, is accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, and the U.S. government is seeking his extradition. He appeared in London's Bow Street Magistrate's Court on Thursday for the first day of the hearing. ``It is the most important day of my religion today - Eid,'' Aswat told Judge Timothy...