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  • Opus Delecti

    06/12/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT · by andyk · 55 replies
    Me | 6/12/2014 | andyk
    I really wanted Opus Delecti to mean delicious opus, but it doesn't. In almost 16 years, this is my first vanity. And all I can muster is to post it in bloggers and personal, where it ostensibly belongs. Vanities were against the rules, and as a date once told me, I'm a rule follower. Nobody will miss me when I'm gone. In fact, I know many folks will rejoice. There are many folks I will miss, once zotted. I'll miss the kitty pings, most of all. I'll miss the quiet solitude of Lurker and the crazy shenanigans of Laz. I...
  • Feds raid gun parts stores despite court order

    03/19/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · by andyk · 33 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | 19 MAR 14 | Misha Dibono
    SAN DIEGO – With a search warrant in hand, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confiscated computers, customer lists and the questionable polymer 80 percent lower receivers from four Ares Armor store locations throughout San Diego County over the weekend. “There were women and children inside our retail establishment when the (ATF) agents came in with guns drawn,” said Ares Armor Executive Officer Dimitrios Karras. “They came into our firearms manufacturing facility saying, ‘Arms up!’  like they were invading Iraq.” The raid happened three days after Ares owner was granted a temporary restraining by a...
  • Trey Gowdy Explodes on Obama in Stirring Floor Speech

    03/13/2014 4:02:27 PM PDT · by andyk · 36 replies
    TheBlaze/AP ^ | Mar. 12, 2014 9:35pm | Jason Howerton
    <p>Ignoring President Barack Obama’s veto threat, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws.</p> <p>The vote was 233-181 in the Republican-led House as GOP lawmakers excoriated Obama for multiple changes to his 4-year-old health care law, steps he’s taken to allow young immigrants to remain in the United States and the administration’s resistance to defend the federal law banning gay marriage.</p>
  • Officers acquitted in California homeless death

    01/14/2014 9:14:16 AM PST · by andyk · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 14 JAN 14 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Two California police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him. It was a rare case in which police officers were charged in a death involving actions on duty. One of the officers acquitted had been charged with murder. Jurors took less than two days to reach their verdicts. ormer Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. Spectators let out a gasp as the verdict was read.
  • UFC 168: Chris Weidman retains title when Anderson Silva breaks leg

    12/28/2013 10:47:05 PM PST · by andyk · 29 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 28, 2013 | Todd Martin
    Round 1. Silva comes out with his hands high, showing respect for Weidman's power. <snip> Round 2. Silva's hands are again high. Silva throws a leg kick but Weidman checks it and Silva breaks his leg.
  • War Veteran Arrested for “Rudely Displaying” Rifle

    04/15/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT · by andyk · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/2013 | Todd Starnes
    A decorated war veteran on a Boy Scout hike with his 15-year-old son was arrested alongside a Texas country road after a police officer accused him of “rudely displaying” a firearm. Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham told Fox News he was illegally disarmed by members of the Temple Police Dept. – even though he held the proper permits to carry his weapons. <snip> “In this day and age people are alarmed when they see someone with what you have,” one of the officers told a handcuffed Grisham. “They don’t care what the law is.” <snip> By all indications, Grisham was...
  • Senate's Sequester Bills Look Toward Compromise

    02/23/2013 2:02:57 PM PST · by andyk · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Feb. 22, 2013, 5:37 p.m. | Meredith Shiner
    Although Senate Democrats will take cues from the White House on how to proceed after the sequester kicks in, they are set this week to vote on a plan that replaces one year of the sequester, or $110 billion of cuts, with a 50-50 split of targeted cuts and new revenue. That includes eliminating direct payments to farmers — a provision that received bipartisan support in the Senate in 2012. Although Democrats feel confident about their bipartisan approach, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already stripped the direct payment provision from legislation during the fiscal-cliff debate, and he likely would...
  • Boehner Commits to Ten-Year Balanced Budget

    01/22/2013 4:43:45 PM PST · by andyk · 30 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 22, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans this afternoon that the GOP’s upcoming budget will balance the federal books in a decade. Due to the Democrats’ control of the White House and Senate, the possibility of that promise becoming law is remote. But the speaker’s vocal support for the idea reportedly drew cheers within the House Republican conference. According to sources in the room, Boehner made the pledge at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement. The speaker said that Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the budget committee chairman, will lead the effort. Boehner’s commitment is a signal to House conservatives...
  • Machine Gun Jetpack

    11/25/2012 6:38:56 PM PST · by andyk · 14 replies
    xkcd.com ^ | Unknown | xkcd
    "Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward firing machine guns?” —Rob B I was sort of surprised to find that the answer was yes! But to really do it right, you’ll want to talk to the Russians. The principle here is pretty simple. If you fire a bullet forward, the recoil pushes you back. So if you fire downward, the recoil should push you up. The first question we have to answer is “can a gun even lift its own weight?” If a machine gun weighs ten pounds but only produces eight pounds of recoil when firing, it...
  • Cub scout wins praise from police for his salute

    10/18/2012 8:20:53 AM PDT · by andyk · 13 replies
    WDBJ ^ | October 15, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    WOODLAWN, Va.— They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But in this case, police had only word for a 9-year-old boy. Last Thursday, Lane Snow stood outside his house on Route 58 in Carroll County. He was dressed in his cub scout uniform. He stood and saluted the two mile funeral procession of Trooper Andrew Fox. "Cause I was sorry that Andrew Fox died," says Snow. The salute meant a lot to troopers. "When we passed by him it was an unbelievable moment and you know it just puts a big old lump in your throat," says Trooper...
  • Heated Juan Williams/Michelle Malkin Shoutfest Gets Personal With Eyerolls, ‘Snotty’ Accusations

    06/13/2012 7:06:03 PM PDT · by andyk · 77 replies
    Fox News via Mediaite ^ | 13 Jun 2012 | Frances Martel
    Juan Williams‘ patience expired fairly openly on Hannity tonight after an attack of “elitism” from Michelle Malkin that stemmed from a debate about Attorney General Eric Holder where Williams took offense at Malkin saying Williams and other liberals only blamed Bush for President Obama’s failings, to which he initially replied “I’m a real reporter, not a blogger out in the blogosphere somewhere.” “All you can say is Plame, Plame, Plame; blame, blame, blame; Bush, Bush, Bush,” Malkin told Williams as he argued that the current national security White House leaks were not different from what had transpired in other White...
  • 'single payer' health care <snip> more vulnerable to the court than the Affordable Health Care Act?

    06/13/2012 11:17:13 AM PDT · by andyk · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 13 JUN 2012 | Jeff Greenfield
    If the Supreme Court does decide to strike down any or all of the Affordable Health Care Act, the implications will range from the political to the medical to the economic. For me, such a decision will take its place among the more supremely ironic of unintended consequences <snip> Welcome to the wonderful world of constitutional interpretation. Let’s begin by imagining that Congress and the president decided to adopt a genuinely radical health care plan <snip> Put aside the question of whether this is a good idea, or an economically sustainable notion. The question is: would such a law be...
  • Panetta: U.S. is Ready to Stop Iran from Creating Nuclear Weapons

    05/27/2012 7:13:57 AM PDT · by andyk · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 27, 2012 | Beth Reinhard
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday indirectly confirmed recent remarks by the Ambassador to Israel that the U.S. is “ready from a military perspective’’ to stop Iran from making a nuclear weapon if international pressure fails. The U.S. and members of the United Nations Security Council recently met in Baghdad for talks about Iran’s suspected nuclear weapon program. Iran denies it has military intentions but has called for the destruction of Israel. “We have plans to be able to implement any contingency we have to in order to defend ourselves,’’ Panetta said on ABC’s This Week. Earlier, Panetta said,...
  • Left Calls for Katy Perry Boycott Over Marine Video

    03/30/2012 11:20:30 PM PDT · by andyk · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Fox News
    LOS ANGELES – Katy Perry transforms herself into a U.S. Marine in her latest power-pop single, "Part of Me," which addresses female empowerment and pays particular tribute to service women. <snip> Prominent feminist Naomi Wolf ... is urging Americans to boycott the singer, labeling her video "a total piece of propaganda for the Marines." <snip>
  • TIP OF THE ICEBERG - THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR BRITAIN?

    03/29/2012 4:10:28 PM PDT · by andyk · 51 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 26th, 2012 | Unknown
    It's an eye opening experience for a Brit returning to her hometown to witness firsthand the growing muslim extremism in Britain.
  • Group offers $10,000 for US black teen's killer

    03/24/2012 6:00:41 PM PDT · by andyk · 53 replies
    AFP ^ | March 24, 2012 | AFP
    A black political group offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for the killer of an African-American teenager, amid a nationwide uproar which has prompted a rethink of America's race issues. The New Black Panther Party displayed a wanted poster on its website with a picture of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, 17, last month. "WANTED!!! For the murder of Trayvon Martin... ALIVE, not dead or harmed," the poster read. <snip> Despite the racially charged nature of the case, Zimmerman's lawyer insisted his client was not racist. "I asked him, 'Are you a racist? Do you have...
  • Chinese Military TV Reveals Proof of Cyber Warfare Against US

    08/23/2011 6:52:22 PM PDT · by andyk · 9 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | Aug 21, 2011 | Matthew Robertson & Helena Zhu
    A standard, even boring, piece of Chinese military propaganda screened in mid-July included what must have been an unintended but nevertheless damaging revelation: shots from a computer screen showing a Chinese military university is engaged in cyberwarfare against entities in the United States. The documentary itself was otherwise meant as praise to the wisdom and judgment of Chinese military strategists, and a typical condemnation of the United States as an implacable aggressor in the cyber-realm. But the fleeting shots of an apparent China-based cyber-attack somehow made their way into the final cut. The screenshots appear as B-roll footage in the...
  • U.S. will guarantee GM, Chrysler warranties, Obama says (Article from 3/30/2009)

    08/20/2011 11:30:18 PM PDT · by andyk · 60 replies
    Automotive News ^ | 3/30/2009 | Neil Roland And Richard Truett
    In a bid to boost flagging auto sales, the federal government will pay for any warranty repairs on a General Motors or Chrysler vehicle if either company can't because of financial problems or a bankruptcy filing, President Barack Obama said on Monday. "Let me say this as plainly as I can. If you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired just like always," Obama said in a speech. "Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it has ever been. Because starting today, the...
  • The Fake James Madison

    05/31/2011 5:09:58 PM PDT · by andyk · 4 replies
    Conservatives’ Selective Reading of the Founding Fathers Threatens Social Security and Medicare The House Republican plan to phase out Medicare is crashing and burning. Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul (D-NY) just won an impossible election victory by campaigning to keep Medicare alive. The Senate just soundly rejected the House GOP’s plan. Even former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who once shut down the government in a failed attempt to force President Bill Clinton to support draconian Medicare cuts, blasted this Medicare-killing plan as “radical right-wing social engineering.” Yet even as this concerted assault on Medicare hemorrhages support from elected officials, conservatives...
  • Senator Rand Paul "It's Amazing To Me To Be Lectured To & Hear About How Awful The Tea Party Is"

    04/16/2011 7:20:04 PM PDT · by andyk · 3 replies
    YouTube via Moxnews.com ^ | April 15th, 2011 | Rand Paul
    Inspiring speech by Rand Paul. I'm really glad he's there.
  • Obama’s 2006 Debt Vote a ‘Mistake,' Adviser Says

    04/10/2011 1:16:09 PM PDT · by andyk · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 10 Apr 2011 10:51 AM | Newsmax
    <oh, snip!> “He believes that vote was a mistake,” Plouffe said, when asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace about President Barack Obama’s 2006 vote.
  • Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax

    03/23/2011 5:51:38 PM PDT · by andyk · 42 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Wednesday March 23, 2011 | Maggie O'Brien
    Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects. Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy. Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck. The idea came from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman to help cities and the environment. “I heard about...
  • Labor backers arrested at Tenn. Capitol protest

    03/15/2011 6:09:43 PM PDT · by andyk · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/15/11 | AP
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Troopers forcibly carried out seven union supporters from the Tennessee's legislative office complex on Tuesday after their protest disrupted a Senate committee hearing. The disruption occurred after hundreds of labor supporters gathered for a midday protest near the Capitol to denounce a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights. The seven arrested were among those who stood up during the hearing and began chants about "union busting" by the Legislature. <snip> "This General Assembly will not be intimidated by nomadic bands of professional agitators on spring break bent on disruption," he said. "We talk through...
  • Retiring Boomers Find 401(k) Plans Fall Short

    02/20/2011 12:02:48 PM PST · by andyk · 172 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 19th, 2011 | E.S. Browning
    The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn't a pretty sight. The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases. The median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) account has less than one-quarter of what is needed in that account to maintain its standard of living in retirement, according to data compiled by the Federal Reserve and analyzed by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for The Wall Street Journal. Even counting Social Security and any pensions or...
  • New tax law packed with obscure business tax cuts

    12/25/2010 10:26:25 AM PST · by andyk · 31 replies · 5+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, December 25th, 2010 | STEVE OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON – The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is even a tax break for people who buy race horses. Millions of homeowners, however, might feel like they got a lump of coal. Homeowners who don't itemize their deductions will lose a tax break for paying local property taxes. The business tax breaks are part of sweeping legislation that extends Bush era tax...
  • Barbie fishing rod reels in record-setting catfish

    08/23/2008 9:09:49 AM PDT · by andyk · 27 replies · 495+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | Aug 21, 2008 | Monte Mitchell
    ELKIN -- David Hayes doesn't usually fish with a pink Barbie rod and reel, but when his 3-year-old granddaughter Alyssa handed him her fishing pole, he used it to haul in a state record channel catfish. "She said, ‘Papa, I gotta go potty. Hold my fishing rod,'" Hayes said. "She wasn't in the house a few seconds when the catfish took off with the bait." The catfish weighed 21 pounds, 1 ounce, which has been certified as a state record by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The Barbie fishing expedition started Aug. 5 in eastern Wilkes County. Hayes, 56, and...
  • Dad grounds daughter, but court ungrounds her

    06/18/2008 8:53:43 PM PDT · by andyk · 26 replies · 253+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 18th, 2008 | WorldNetDaily
    A court has overturned a father's penalty for his daughter for disobeying his orders to avoid the Internet – the cancellation of a school trip, according to a new report. According to Agence France-Presse, Justice Suzanne Tessier in Quebec Superior Court ordered the grounding for the 12-year-old girl lifted, prompting the father's lawyer, Kim Beaudoin, to warn, "Parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on." The father had ordered the daughter, who was not identified by the report, to remain off the Internet. She didn't, chatting on websites her father had tried to block and then...
  • Men Shoot Themselves While Tracing Gun For Tattoo Design

    01/02/2008 9:22:02 AM PST · by andyk · 70 replies · 564+ views
    KOAT & Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2007 | AP
    CHAPARRAL, N.M. -- Two southern New Mexico men are recovering after accidentally shooting themselves while trying to trace a loaded .357-caliber Magnum as a pattern for a tattoo. The Otero County Sheriff's Department identified the men as Robert Glasser and Joey Acosta. Both are 22. The sheriff's department said deputies responded to the shooting in Chaparral on Thursday evening, but Glasser and Acosta were already on their way to a hospital in nearby El Paso, Texas. Authorities say Glasser was struck in the hand when the gun accidentally went off. Acosta was hit in the left arm. The injuries were...
  • US Senate stays in session to block Bush

    12/26/2007 10:11:40 AM PST · by andyk · 49 replies · 186+ views
    Agency France Presse ^ | 24 DEC 07 | AFP
    The US Senate is holding special one man sessions throughout Christmas and the New Year to prevent President George W. Bush from making appointments without the approval of the Democratic majority. With the bang of a gavel, Democratic Senator Jim Webb declared the first session open on Sunday morning before closing it seconds later, without any of his colleagues present in the hall. The brief ceremony will be repeated every two to three days until January 18, when lawmakers resume their work after the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The Democratic majority is staging the move to avoid any formal...
  • U.S. constantly fixes holes in border fence

    08/14/2007 12:45:27 PM PDT · by andyk · 43 replies · 884+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8/11/2007 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    EL PASO, Texas — Every day, Eddie Lujan and fellow members of his Border Patrol welding team go out and fix holes cut in a 12-mile border fence the night before by illegal immigrants sneaking across from Mexico. Then he and the others get up the next day and do it all over again. "It's disheartening," said Lujan, a Border Patrol agent. "It's frustrating." Given the never-ending task faced by Lujan and others like him, some wonder how the U.S. government will ever manage to maintain the fence it wants to build along a large portion of the 2,100-mile border....
  • No Right to Question Attorneys General Firings

    04/09/2007 6:10:21 PM PDT · by andyk · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, April 9, 2007 | Pat Boone
    Who tells the boss whom he can hire and fire? Other employees? Is it that way it is where you work? Maybe, if you're a member of Congress, or are part of a staff that answers to one of them. See, it's an accepted principle in the rarified air of American politics that if you want to maximize your political power, you stack the bureaucracies with your own people, just as fast and deep as you can. Before Franklin D. Roosevelt infamously sought to stack the Supreme Court — which he failed at, praise be to the almighty — this...
  • Men Better Suited for War, Research Finds

    09/08/2006 12:52:18 PM PDT · by andyk · 159 replies · 2,194+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 12:28 a.m. EDT | Reuters
    Men may have developed a psychology that makes them particularly able to engage in wars, a scientist said on Friday. New research has shown that men bond together and cooperate well in the face of adversity to protect their interests more than women, which could explain why war is almost exclusively a male business, according to Professor Mark van Vugt of the University of Kent in southern England. "Men respond more strongly to outward threats, we've labelled that the 'man warrior effect'," he told the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. "Men are more likely to support a...
  • Cindy Sheehan Moves to Crawford, Locals Not Amused

    07/28/2006 3:38:10 PM PDT · by andyk · 68 replies · 2,341+ views
    KXXV ^ | 07/28/2006 | pr, reporting by sk
    Crawford- Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan is going to become a neighbor of President Bush, and local residents are not happy about the mess. On the Gold Star Families For Peace website, Sheehan explained how Central Texas had grown on her. She now wants a permanent place where she and fellow protestors can go to demonstrate against President Bush. Peace Supporter, Gerry Fonseca, says he purchased the 5-acre parcel, which cost more than $52,000. It was bought with the money frome her son, Casey's, life insurance policy. "I doubt they would have sold her the property if she tried to buy...
  • Townsend gets 30 days in jail

    04/01/2006 3:16:30 PM PST · by andyk · 79 replies · 3,041+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 29, 2006 | Amy C. Rippel
    Ashley Townsend, a college student who ran a red light in 2004 and killed two girls as they crossed the street with their mother, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was booked into the Orange County Jail One of her attorneys, Bill Barnett, would not comment.Tuesday evening, records show. Court records show the 23-year-old woman was booked into jail about 6 p.m. Tuesday and the Florida Highway Patrol was the arresting agency. <snip> She was ordered to serve 30 days in the Orange County Jail without the chance of work release. After she is released from jail, she will...
  • AP's Bush 'Straw Man' Story: News Analysis Or Unlabeled Opinion?

    03/22/2006 9:54:43 PM PST · by andyk · 17 replies · 448+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | March 22, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK Did a recent Associated Press story examining President George Bush's alleged tendency to use a "straw man" approach in his speeches cross the line from news to biased opinion? Or was it just a long-overdue, in-depth review of the president's public speaking approach? The viewpoint, as often happens in Washington, depends on whose blog you are reading, and what you consider opinion and analysis. Still, the article by reporter Jennifer Loven sparked an interesting debate on the blogosphere, and in some newsrooms, over how such an examination of a public figure can cross the line from reporting to...
  • HEARN ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR SEAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

    03/15/2006 8:03:55 PM PST · by andyk · 82+ views
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada ^ | March 15th, 2006 | Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    OTTAWA – The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), today announced the 2006-2010 Atlantic Seal Management Plan. "We feel we have struck the appropriate balance between conservation and economic concerns," said Minister Hearn. "The seal hunt is humane and sustainable and it is an important economic activity for sealers and communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec." The harp seal population increased steadily from the 1970’s through to the mid 1990’s. The population has remained relatively stable since then. "The harp seal herd is abundant and healthy. It stands at approximately 5.8 million animals; nearly triple the size...
  • Students say Holocaust assignment violated religious freedom

    12/29/2005 9:07:21 AM PST · by andyk · 79 replies · 1,625+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12.27.05 | AP
    PITTSFIELD, N.H. — An assignment intended to teach students about tolerance and the Holocaust angered some students at Pittsfield Middle High School, who claimed it violated their religious freedom. English teacher Harry Mitchell last week asked students to make and wear yellow stars similar to those Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. The graded assignment, part of a lesson on The Diary of Anne Frank, was intended to teach empathy, he said. But some students protested, instead wearing paper notes bearing the words, "We're not Jewish." "Many people won't learn anything except that their religion (if they're not...
  • Chavez Sends Oil, Cocaine to Massachussetts Poor

    11/25/2005 11:32:26 AM PST · by andyk · 21 replies · 818+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 2005-11-23 | Scott Ott
    Rep. William Delahunt, D-MA, announced today that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez would add to a previous agreement to ship low-priced oil to the poor in Massachussetts, by including a substantial quantity of cut-rate cocaine as well. The 2.5 tons of cocaine, seized by the Chavez government in a remote eastern region of Venezuela earlier this week, will be offered to underprivileged Massachussetts residents at 40 percent off retail. “This is a humanitarian gesture by President Chavez,” said Rep. Delahunt as he joined Venezuelan officials in front of a poor Boston resident’s mud hut to deliver 100 gallons of oil and...
  • House votes to reject withdrawal resolution

    11/19/2005 9:28:52 AM PST · by andyk · 21 replies · 809+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 18, 2005 | WND
    Following three hours of intense debate, the House voted this evening 403-3 to reject a non-binding resolution to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Responding to a call yesterday by Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania to withdraw troops from Iraq, House Republicans had scheduled a quick vote this evening to settle the issue and put lawmakers on the record. The Republican alternative read: "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately." It was proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. Democrats accused Republicans of changing the...
  • Basketball in the 'axis of evil'

    11/17/2005 10:43:28 AM PST · by andyk · 14 replies · 383+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 17 November 2005 | Frances Harrison
    Insults bounce back and forth between Iran and the United States on an almost daily basis but on the basketball court it is a different story. A growing number of Americans are now plying their trade in the Iranian basketball league. Saba Battery - a local Iranian basketball team - is having its first practice session in a gym in Tehran with the new player from America. He is a staggering 225cm (7ft) tall - a giant by Iranian standards. "We both have different cultures, different religious so if we respect that we will get along very fine," Garth Joseph...
  • Y. professor thinks bombs, not planes, toppled WTC

    11/12/2005 11:54:34 AM PST · by andyk · 99 replies · 1,637+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Thursday, November 10, 2005 | Elaine Jarvik
    The physics of 9/11 — including how fast and symmetrically one of the World Trade Center buildings fell — prove that official explanations of the collapses are wrong, says a Brigham Young University physics professor. In fact, it's likely that there were "pre-positioned explosives" in all three buildings at ground zero, says Steven E. Jones. In a paper posted online Tuesday and accepted for peer-reviewed publication next year, Jones adds his voice to those of previous skeptics, including the authors of the Web site www.wtc7.net, whose research Jones quotes. Jones' article can be found at www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html. "It is quite plausible...
  • Hannity Live Thread - November 11th, 2005

    11/11/2005 12:15:51 PM PST · by andyk · 196 replies · 2,236+ views
    WABC ^ | November 11th, 2005 | andyk
    Listen and discuss! We'll probably hit on the President's speech today, hopefully!
  • Golden Retriever Gives Birth To Green Puppy

    11/09/2005 5:19:54 PM PST · by andyk · 101 replies · 2,401+ views
    WKMG ^ | November 9, 2005 | WKMG
    A dog breeder in Alhambra, Calif., is mystified after his golden retriever gave born to a green puppy, according to a Local 6 News report. The green puppy, named Wasabi, was one of four puppies born five days ago. The dog is healthy and green, according to the report. Local 6 News showed video of the puppy rolling around with its normal-looking newborn brothers and sisters. Skeptics said the dog had to be dyed green but the owner said the puppy was born green. Veterinarians said it is possible for a newborn puppy's fur to be green because the placenta,...
  • Israel Should Loosen Borders, Says Rice

    10/25/2005 2:34:30 PM PDT · by andyk · 107 replies · 1,925+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 | AP
    OTTAWA -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested Tuesday that Israel must loosen controls at border crossings to allow freer passage for Palestinians and economic development in areas that would one day be an independent Palestinian state. Rice spoke in the Canadian capital a day after reports that a top Mideast envoy had criticized Israel for moving too slowly on negotiations to open borders around the Gaza Strip. Israel withdrew troops and settlers from Gaza over the summer after nearly 30 years. The territory, now under Palestinian control, is on the other side of Israel from the larger Palestinian-controlled areas...
  • NY Times Editor Vows Not to Be Distracted by Scandal

    10/22/2005 11:51:11 AM PDT · by andyk · 13 replies · 661+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 22 OCT 05 | Scott Ott
    (2005-10-22) -- New York Times executive editor Bill Keller today joined President George Bush in a vow not to be distracted by "background noise, chatter, speculation and opining" about the scandal surrounding the unmasking of Valerie Wilson as a CIA operative. "The American people expect me to do my job, and I'm going to," said Mr. Keller. "I'm focused like a laser on correcting mispellings, improving syntax and wondering to myself whether my reporters are behaving ethically out there." Top officials at the newspaper are quietly anxious about the outcome of events over which they have little control. It's an...
  • Citing Privacy Right, Miers Rejects Roe Questions

    10/19/2005 4:22:13 PM PDT · by andyk · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | October 18th, 2005 | Scott Ott
    (2005-10-18) -- Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, making the rounds among influential Senators yesterday, refused to answer questions about her views on the landmark abortion case, Roe v. Wade (1973), citing her right to privacy as found in the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that served as the key precedent for the Roe decision. She also refused to answer whether she thinks Griswold is 'settled law', again citing the 1965 decision. "If under Griswold, people have a right to privacy in the purchase of contraceptives," Miss Miers said, "I certainly have a right to protect myself from unwanted...
  • Cops Handle Kids' Fist Fight Over Pacifier

    10/05/2005 4:20:31 PM PDT · by andyk · 12 replies · 249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 05 3:51 PM US/Eastern | AP
    PAWTUCKET, R.I. Normally, a fight between two children over a pacifier might be resolved by their mothers. But in Pawtucket, the police had to step in. It all started Monday afternoon, when a 6-year-old boy dropped a pacifier. Another 6-year-old boy picked it up and refused to give it back, allegedly prompting the first child to deliver a punch. Police said the boy with the pacifier then punched back. Pawtucket Police Detective Donti Rosciti said one of the mothers called police, saying she wanted the fist fight documented because her son had three minor scratches on his face, and she...
  • Some Reports of N.O. Violence Exaggerated

    09/27/2005 11:36:58 AM PDT · by andyk · 204 replies · 5,588+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    NEW ORLEANS On Sept. 1, with desperate Hurricane Katrina evacuees crammed into the convention center, Police Chief Eddie Compass reported: "We have individuals who are getting raped; we have individuals who are getting beaten." Five days later, he told Oprah Winfrey that babies were being raped. On the same show, Mayor Ray Nagin warned: "They have people standing out there, have been in that frickin' Superdome for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people." The ugliest reports _ children with slit throats, women dragged off and raped, corpses piling up in the basement _ soon became...
  • Utility Error Blamed for L.A. Blackout

    09/12/2005 3:15:07 PM PDT · by andyk · 38 replies · 642+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12 | LAURA WIDES
    LOS ANGELES Utility workers connected the wrong wires and caused a blackout across major portions of Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, trapping people in elevators and snarling traffic at intersections, authorities said. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by the resulting power surge and outages, which were reported from downtown west to the Pacific Coast and north into the San Fernando Valley. Several workers who were installing an automated transmission system hooked up the wrong wires, according to Ron Deaton, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "They connected it to another line that was...
  • Katrina fuels global warming storm

    09/09/2005 1:19:15 PM PDT · by andyk · 29 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 9 | Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
    OSLO (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina has spurred debate about global warming worldwide with some environmentalists sniping at President George W. Bush for pulling out of the main U.N. plan for braking climate change. Experts agree it is impossible to say any one storm is caused by rising temperatures. Numbers of tropical cyclones like hurricanes worldwide are stable at about 90 a year although recent U.S. research shows they may be becoming more intense. Still, the European Commission, the World Bank, some environmentalists, Australia's Greens and even Sweden's king said the disaster, feared to have killed thousands of people in the...