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  • Missing Hesperia teen was to wed in arranged marriage

    03/03/2011 11:29:54 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 25 replies
    Victorville Daily Press ^ | March 3, 2011 | Beatriz Valenzuela
    HESPERIA • Authorities located missing Hesperia teen Jessie Bender early Wednesday morning safe in Apple Valley, and investigators said she may have run away to avoid an arranged marriage in Pakistan. The 13-year-old Cedar Middle School student and her siblings were removed from the Bender family home Wednesday, Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said. “(A) family member was concealing her in Apple Valley because he was concerned that she would be taken to Pakistan and forced into an arranged marriage,” Bachman said. According to authorities, the threat was plausible. In earlier interviews, the girl’s...
  • Sharia law in UK is 'unavoidable' [says Archbishop of Canterbury!]

    02/07/2008 5:44:52 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 4 replies · 85+ views
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2008 | BBC
    The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable". Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the UK has to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system. Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion. For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court. He says Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state...
  • Preaching to the Chorus [Sen. Byrd leads Code Pink abuse of Gen. Pace]

    09/27/2007 2:47:30 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 34 replies · 176+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2007 | Dana Milbank
    Byrd's angry theatrics made for a performance reminiscent of Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman." And Byrd did Pacino one better: He invited the audience in the room to join him in heckling the witnesses, creating a responsive Greek chorus. Emboldened, two dozen hecklers in the audience from the antiwar group Code Pink continued to shout at the witnesses and wave signs for the better part of an hour. Finally, after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) challenged Pace on his view that homosexuality is immoral, the hearing collapsed as the hecklers shouted down the nation's top military officer.
  • Finding a 60-year-old treasure [pictures of prewar Jewish life in Poland]

    04/15/2007 1:16:46 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 37 replies · 1,896+ views
    Ynet (Yedioth Ahronoth) ^ | 4/15/07 | Nira Rousso
    Finding a 60-year-old treasure This is the incredible story of a collection of 178 family pictures, which were hidden in the walls of a house in Poland just before the Holocaust, only to be found some 60 years later and be returned to their rightful owners A month ago, on the evening of his mother's death, Pini Beeri received a phone call from a stranger. "I have something that will interest you," said the stranger, who identified himself as Zvi Lander. "Can we meet?" Beeri apologized that he could not, his mother was on her deathbed. Indeed, she died six...
  • School caretaker held over [UK] letter bombs

    02/19/2007 6:09:10 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 10 replies · 381+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02/19/2007 | Amy Iggulden, John Steele and David Sapsted
    A loner with a penchant for candelit vigils in his garden is being questioned over a series of letter bomb attacks that have left nine people injured. Miles Cooper, a 26-year-old school caretaker who does not drive, was arrested at his home near Cambridge early today on suspicion of sending seven letter bombs in the past month, several to the offices of companies with links to traffic regulation enforcement. Cooper, described by his uncle as "a lonely boy most of his life", had been under surveillance for some time at the terrace house in the village of Cherry Hinton, where...
  • Howard brands [Australian] flag ban 'offensive'

    01/21/2007 10:22:10 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 1 replies · 390+ views
    The Age ^ | January 22, 2007 | AAP
    Prime Minister John Howard has labeled a push to prevent Australian flags being taken into the Big Day Out music festival in Sydney as offensive, saying most Australians would be offended by the idea as well. "The proposition that the display of the Australian flag should ever be banned anywhere in Australia is offensive and it will be to millions of Australians," he told reporters. "The reason given at the time was quite unacceptable. They're running their own political agenda but because of public pressure, they're now backing down." One senior federal politician has demanded organisers of the Big Day...
  • Venezuela helping [Baltimore] city woman

    12/07/2006 11:00:03 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 21 replies · 632+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 7, 2006 | Paul Adams
    For the second year in a row, Citgo Petroleum Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company, is delivering discounted heating oil to low-income Americans with help from a Boston nonprofit formed by former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II.
  • Bishop attacks 'Muslim hypocrisy'

    11/05/2006 6:13:11 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 13 replies · 841+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/05/06 | BBC
    A senior Anglican bishop has accused many Muslims of being guilty of double standards in their view of the world. The Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, told the Sunday Times some had a "dual psychology" in which they sought "victimhood and domination". The Muslim Council of Britain said the comments were "not very helpful". The bishop, whose father converted from Islam, also said situations such as teaching could require Muslim women not to wear full-face veils. Mr Nazir-Ali argued it would never be possible to satisfy all of the demands made by Muslims because "their complaint often boils down to...
  • Nova Scotia lawyer admits embezzling 'friendly-fire' funds

    09/27/2006 10:01:29 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 10 replies · 880+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 27, 2006 | Canadian Press
    Halifax — A high-profile lawyer who sued the U.S. government for the mother of a Canadian soldier killed by American friendly fire has admitted he embezzled money from his clients, CBC Radio reports. A disciplinary board with the Nova Scotia Barristers Society heard that Dick Murtha billed for work he didn't do, hid insurance settlements from recipients and took out high-interest loans for clients without their knowledge, according to CBC. That has added up to $200,000 now missing from his clients' accounts. Darrell Pink of the society says Mr. Murtha violated almost every trust account regulation for maintaining books appropriately....
  • Australia hit by leadership row

    07/11/2006 1:18:45 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 11 replies · 479+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 11 July 2006 | BBC
    Some Howard supporters say Mr Costello should resign Australian politics has been rocked by a leadership feud between Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello. On Monday the two men publicly contradicted each other over an alleged pledge by Mr Howard to hand over power. The former allies faced each other at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, for the first time since the row erupted. Mr Howard and Mr Costello have dominated Australian politics, and the Liberal Party, for the past decade. The treasurer has made no secret of his desire to lead the country, but until now...
  • Unleashing the Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms [feminist screed - on Father's Day]

    06/18/2006 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 100 replies · 2,090+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2006 | Linda R. Hirshman
    When I set out to write a book about how the first generation of women to grow up with feminism managed their marriages, I never dreamed I'd wind up the subject of a Web article called "Everybody Hates Linda." Everybody started hating Linda, apparently, when I published an article in the progressive magazine the American Prospect last December, saying that women who quit their jobs to stay home with their children were making a mistake. Worse, I said that the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing were not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human...
  • Report: IDF didn't shell Gaza beach

    06/13/2006 2:16:29 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 28 replies · 1,059+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 13, 2006 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The IDF probe investigating the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians, caused by an explosion on a beach in Gaza on Friday evening, concluded that chances were slim that the accident was caused by IDF shelling. According to the findings, expected to be formally released on Tuesday, shrapnel taken from two wounded Palestinians who were evacuated to Israeli hospitals showed that the explosives were not made in Israel, IDF officials said. Moreover, the investigation noted the absence of a large enough crater at the site of the explosion, as would be expected if an IDF shell had landed there. The third...
  • Heatseeker's 12-Step Solution to the Immigration Crisis

    05/09/2006 9:24:56 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 25 replies · 568+ views
    May 9, 2006 | Heatseeker
    Well I've been putting off jumping into this issue, but might as well live up to my FReeper name and tick everybody off and be done with it. Herein are my only-slightly-tongue-in-cheek ideas for solving the immigration problem. Heatseeker's 12-Step Solution to the Illegal Immigration Crisis First, SECURE THE BORDER!!. Unless this is done, nothing else matters, both from a national security and a political point-of-view. The goal is not to eliminate illegal crossings - that's probably impossible - but to significantly reduce their numbers. To cut down on fake IDs, require everyone crossing the border to undergo biometric identification...
  • [British] Tories get best result since 1992 [in local elections]

    05/04/2006 9:03:10 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 45 replies · 1,136+ views
    BBC ^ | 5 May 2006 | BBC
    The Conservatives look to be on course for their best local election performance since they last won national power in 1992. On the projected share of the votes if the local polls were held nationwide, the Tories are on 40%, ahead of the Lib Dems' 27% and Labour's 26%. As well as net gains of more than 200 seats, the Tories have won control of councils like Crawley and Merton. But opponents say they have failed to breakthrough in northern cities. Ealing gain There have been Tory wins in areas such as Shrewsbury & Atcham, Bassetlaw and Mole Valley. The...
  • Clarke must go, says rape victim [UK Home Secretary allowed a thousand foreign criminals to go free]

    04/30/2006 3:43:08 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 24 replies · 709+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 30, 2006
    A WOMAN who was dragged from the street and raped at knifepoint by a foreign criminal freed from jail has called on Charles Clarke, the home secretary, to resign. Her attacker was allowed to go free by immigration officials who could have deported him after he finished serving a three-year jail term for robbery. The 40-year-old mother, who has been mentally scarred by the ordeal and has undergone intensive counselling, said her attacker "did not deserve to be alive". She said: "It has taken me a long time to get beyond this. It is something that will always be there....
  • Belarus riot police halt protests

    03/23/2006 7:54:27 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 2 replies · 187+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 March 2006 | BBC
    Riot police in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, have broken up a five-day demonstration against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. More than 100 troops poured into the central square and loaded protesters onto waiting trucks. Small groups of demonstrators had gathered in the square since Mr Lukashenko secured a third term in office last Sunday. The opposition condemned the election result, saying the vote was rigged. The BBC's Emma Simpson says about 150 demonstrators were in the square when it was cleared in less than 20 minutes. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said some of the demonstrators were...
  • Moscow stung by US warship gaffe

    02/23/2006 4:45:32 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 35 replies · 1,375+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 23 February 2006 | BBC
    The authorities in Moscow have hastily removed posters congratulating Russian war veterans which mistakenly showed the American warship USS Missouri. The posters were taken down on Wednesday - just hours before Defender of the Motherland Day. The Russian defence ministry said it did not produce the posters. A Moscow city hall official said the design "should have been shown to specialists who can distinguish one battleship from another". A defence ministry spokesman, Vyacheslav Sedov, said "it was a civilian firm that produced the poster, and the people who made it were simply incompetent". "We do have similar ships, beautiful...
  • Self-harmers [in UK] to be given clean blades

    02/05/2006 8:13:20 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 27 replies · 523+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 05, 2006 | Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent
    Nurses want patients who are intent on harming themselves to be provided with clean blades so that they can cut themselves more safely. They say people determined to harm themselves should be helped to minimise the risk of infection from dirty blades, in the same way as drug addicts are issued with clean needles. This could include giving the “self-harm” patients sterile blades and clean packets of bandages or ensuring that they keep their own blades clean. Nurses would also give patients advice about which parts of the body it is safer to cut. The proposal for “safe” self-harm —...
  • Victory speech by new Canadian leader Stephen Harper

    01/24/2006 7:26:46 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 29 replies · 5,106+ views
    Conservative Party of Canada web site ^ | 23 January 2006 | Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
    Tonight, our great country has voted for change, and Canadians have asked our party to take the lead in delivering that change. To Canadians I say this – we will honour your trust, and we will deliver on our commitments. There are no individual victories in politics. Politics is a team sport, and there are a number of people I would like to thank. First and foremost, I would like to thank the people of Calgary Southwest, for having given me the great privilege of serving another term in the House of Commons as your representative. Though I am not...
  • Etobicoke [Ontario, Canada] Liberal riding president throws support to Tory

    01/20/2006 2:20:51 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 30 replies · 662+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | ROB FERGUSON
    In a last-minute blow to high-profile Liberal candidate Michael Ignatieff, the president of the party’s riding association in Etobicoke-Lakeshore swung his support today to Conservative rival John Capobianco in Monday’s federal election. The controversial process by which Ignatieff was acclaimed the candidate over local hopefuls ruled ineligible by the party was a major factor in the decision, said Ron Chyczij, who had hoped to contest the nomination himself. "I can no longer in good conscience support the Liberal candidate in this riding," he said in a statement released this afternoon. "After the nomination fiasco, I’ve purposely waited on the sidelines...
  • New [Canadian] Conservative attack ad takes aim at Layton

    01/17/2006 2:30:02 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 23 replies · 624+ views
    CTV ^ | Jan. 16 2006 | CTV.ca News Staff
    Updated Mon. Jan. 16 2006 11:41 PM ET With one week remaining before the election, the Conservatives have unleashed their own vicious television ad, but this time the target is Jack Layton and his New Democrat Party. The Tories have taken aim at Layton in the commercial, charging among other things that he is in favour of higher gas prices and legalizing drugs. The ad features a Jack Layton-style moustache and mouth digitally placed over the mouths of Canadians, with a male voice speaking. "I support legalized drugs," says the voice, speaking for a mother with her young child. "Who...
  • Man to serve two months for 'heinous' snowmobile attack on moose

    01/06/2006 9:23:34 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 55 replies · 1,412+ views
    CBC ^ | January 6, 2006 | CBC
    A man from Newfoundland and Labrador has received a two-month prison term for charging a moose with a snowmobile and killing it with an axe. Anthony Norris, 25, of Trinity committed a "horrendous and heinous act," according to provincial court Judge Gloria Harding. Wildlife investigators said they received a tip days after the moose was killed in March 2005, when a group of people drove snowmobiles and ATVs to a party at a cabin near Indian Bay. When a moose wandered onto the groomed path, Norris plowed into it several times with his snowmobile until its hind legs were broken,...
  • [Canadian] Tories jump into clear lead

    01/05/2006 5:35:15 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 21 replies · 651+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jan. 5, 2006 | Sean Gordon
    OTTAWA—The election campaign has taken a dramatic turn, with the opposition Conservatives jumping into their first real lead over the governing Liberals, a new poll shows. The survey, conducted by EKOS Research Associates for the Star and La Presse, found that 36.2 per cent of decided voters say they will support the Conservatives, while 30.4 per cent favoured the Liberals. The NDP is supported by 17.9 per cent of voters, while the Bloc is at 10.4 per cent nationally and the Green party is at 4.7 per cent. If the numbers hold up, it would mean a Tory minority government....
  • Refugees from a stricken suburb [Arab youths target women and families in Sydney neighborhood]

    12/14/2005 12:58:45 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 130 replies · 2,726+ views
    The [NSW, Australia] Daily Telegraph ^ | December 14, 2005 | Steve Gee
    SOME are hunkering down to brave out the nights of terror. For others the rioting, baseball bats and fear of rape and murder have proved too much to bear. But life won't be the same for anyone living in the one-time beachside idyll of Cronulla. Already some families are packing their bags - the first refugees of Sydney's ugliest race attacks. Those who are staying are living in fear of where the next wave of attacks will occur. Construction worker Howard Beale, whose family survived a frightening raid by youths of Middle Eastern descent on Monday night, is at breaking...
  • Sydney church fire 'suspicious'

    12/13/2005 1:18:27 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 52 replies · 1,192+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 14, 2005 | AAP
    December 14, 2005 - 6:40AM A fire that destroyed a church in Sydney's inner west is being treated as suspicious, police say. The blaze broke out in the Uniting Church, on the corner of Helena and Harrow Roads, in Auburn about 1.30am (AEDT) today. It took about 30 firefighters up to two hours to control the blaze, which is still burning in small pockets this morning. It follows two days of violent assaults, and smashed car and shop windows during violent ethnic clashes in Sydney. It is not known whether the fire, located near an Islamic centre, was linked to...
  • [Canadian] MPs topple Liberal government, trigger election

    11/28/2005 4:06:03 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 152 replies · 6,794+ views
    CBC ^ | November 28, 2005 | CBC
    The opposition parties banded together Monday to defeat the Liberal minority government and trigger an election that is expected to culminate in a mid-January vote. The House passed an historic no-confidence motion exactly one year and five months after Canadian voters elected the Liberals. Prime Minister Paul Martin will now have to go see Governor General Michaëlle Jean Tuesday morning and ask her to dissolve Parliament. The Liberal defeat marks the first time a government has fallen on a straight motion of no-confidence in Parliament. Other minority governments have been forced into elections after losing budget votes or censure motions...
  • Mehlis Sets Nov. 25 as Deadline for Assad to Deliver 6 Syrian Officers

    11/24/2005 5:11:17 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Al Hayat and AFP via Naharnet ^ | November 24, 2005 | Al Hayat
    Chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis has set Nov. 25 as the final deadline for the Assad regime to bow to his demand to interrogate 6 senior Syrian intelligence officers over their role in Lebanon's five-time Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, the London-based Al Hayat newspaper reported on Thursday. Al Hayat quoted diplomatic sources in London as saying the Berlin prosecutor was awaiting at his Monteverde headquarters near Beirut Syria's official response by Friday to his demand that the 6, including President Assad's brother-in-law Gen. Assef Shawkat, be interrogated in either Vienna or Geneva. Although Syria is still insisting on signing...
  • Egypt Copts sound alarm over Islamist advance

    11/22/2005 1:30:40 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | Jean-Marc Mojon
    Domination by NDP not at risk but will e have to face substantial challenge from Muslim Brothers. Egypt's Christian Coptic minority voiced concern over the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood Monday, after the still illegal Islamist opposition group made impressive gains in parliamentary elections. "I am sounding the bell to warn Egyptians that if the Muslim Brothers come to power, Egypt will be an Islamic state, like Iran or Sudan," said prominent Coptic thinker Milad Hanna. The Brotherhood claimed it had won another 13 seats in the second phase of the three-stage elections, adding to the record 34 seats they...
  • New recruit becomes hero [IDF soldier takes on Hizbullah]

    11/22/2005 12:29:23 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 20 replies · 794+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | November 22, 2005 | Hanan Greenberg
    IDF Paratrooper David Markovitz shot, killed 4 Hizbullah terrorists who planned to abduct soldier Monday on northern border. Markovitz, recruited only 8 months ago, 'functioned extraordinarily,' commander says. IDF Paratrooper David Markovitz, who was recruited to the army only eight months ago, became a hero Monday when he killed four Hizbullah terrorists who attempted to abduct a soldier near the border village of Rajar. Lieutenant Colonel Yaniv Elaluf, commander of the 202 paratroop regiment, told Ynet he tried to reach Markovitz on the phone to tell him how proud he is. "This is exactly how I expect a troop in...
  • [Canadian] MPs pass motion calling for February election

    11/21/2005 5:02:03 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 3 replies · 422+ views
    CBC ^ | 11/21/05 | CBC
    Federal MPs have passed an NDP motion that calls on Prime Minister Paul Martin to dissolve Parliament in January for a Feb. 13 election. But the minority Liberals immediately said they would ignore the non-binding motion, clearing the way for a no-confidence motion expected to take down the government next week. The motion – which was introduced by NDP Leader Jack Layton and supported by the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois – passed by a vote of 167-129 on Monday night. After the vote, Layton said he hoped it would spur a change of heart from Martin, who has repeatedly rejected...
  • Bolton: Mehlis probe running out of time

    11/17/2005 11:42:21 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 216+ views
    Daily Star ^ | November 18, 2005 | Leila Hatoum
    BEIRUT: It would be "hard" for the UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri to "give a definitive recommendation" on the case, according to U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton. Bolton, who hoped the investigation "doesn't take too long to resolve," said he was concerned the probe's mandate might expire before it arrives at a conclusion. "Days go by, and we are getting close to the end of the probe's mandate on December 15," Bolton said, adding: "Each day that goes by makes it harder for UN chief investigator Detlev Mehlis and his colleagues to...
  • Gay bishop attacks Catholic stand (Episcopal Vicki Gene attacks the Pope)

    11/06/2005 11:31:58 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 67 replies · 1,563+ views
    BBC ^ | November 6, 2005 | BBC
    The first openly gay Anglican bishop, Gene Robinson, has called for the Roman Catholic church's attitude to homosexuals to be confronted. The Bishop of New Hampshire said the Vatican's ban on ordaining gay men was "vile", in a speech in London. He received a standing ovation after his speech, in which he spoke of how he had faced prejudice in his role. Some Anglican conservatives had called for the St-Martin-in-the-Fields church venue to be changed to a secular one. Battle for soul of church Bishop Robinson said: "We are seeing so many Roman Catholics joining the church. "Pope Ratzinger may...
  • Ten die in Amsterdam airport fire

    10/26/2005 8:10:41 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 42 replies · 1,374+ views
    BBC ^ | October 26, 2005 | BBC
    At least 10 people have died, and 15 are injured and in hospital, after a fire set buildings ablaze at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The blaze broke out soon after midnight in a detention centre at the airport, the main air hub of the Netherlands. The Dutch news agency ANP reported that it was not contained for several hours, and said the death toll could rise. The building where the fire started houses people who are awaiting deportation from the Netherlands.
  • Candidates braced for [British] Tory vote

    10/18/2005 4:08:52 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 11 replies · 380+ views
    BBC ^ | October 18, 2005 | BBC
    The four men vying to be Tory leader are preparing for the first knock-out vote by the parliamentary party. David Cameron, Ken Clarke, David Davis and Liam Fox face the ballot a day after being questioned individually by MPs at a hustings in the Commons. The man with fewest votes will drop out before Thursday's second ballot, after which the two winning candidates will be put forward to all party members. Mr Cameron is favourite but the other three men say they remain confident. Conservative MPs have from 1300 BST to 1700 BST to cast their secret ballot in a...
  • The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have [The WashPost printed THIS?]

    10/18/2005 2:44:04 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 40 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 18, 2005 | Patricia E. Bauer
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- If it's unacceptable for William Bennett to link abortion even conversationally with a whole class of people (and, of course, it is), why then do we as a society view abortion as justified and unremarkable in the case of another class of people: children with disabilities? --snip-- This view is probably particularly pronounced here in blue-state California, but I keep finding it everywhere, from academia on down. At a dinner party not long ago, I was seated next to the director of an Ivy League ethics program. In answer to another guest's question, he said he...
  • LIVE THREAD - New Zealand General Election

    09/17/2005 12:39:52 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 80 replies · 3,224+ views
    September 17, 2005 | Heatseeker
    Thought I would start a thread on the New Zealand general election - returns starting to come in now. Non-NZ FReepers can try the live streams of Channel One News, http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_minisite_index_skin/news_election_2005_group or 3 News, http://www.tv3.co.nz/listings/index.cfm
  • What's in emergency ration packs? [British send aid to Katrina victims]

    09/07/2005 1:18:34 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 53 replies · 2,051+ views
    BBC News Magazine ^ | September 7, 2005 | Jonathan Duffy
    What's in [British] emergency ration packs? By Jonathan Duffy BBC News Magazine They're standard-issue to British squaddies in Iraq, but now half a million Army ration packs are being sent to victims in the hurricane disaster zone. What will they make of them? We sample the contents. The food is a long way from the gumbo, crawfish and Cajun-inspired cuisine Louisiana is renowned for, but to those caught up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina it could be a lifesaver. The UK is flying half a million military ration packs to the disaster zone in the southern states of the...
  • Ehrlich's Position? 1090 on the Dial [MD Governor on Baltimore talk radio station]

    08/19/2005 9:51:43 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 8 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2005 | Paul Farhi
    Want to know what Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich is thinking? Just listen: The difference between Virginia's budget situation and Maryland's? "They have a huge surplus because they passed taxes when they didn't need to," Ehrlich said last month. The controversy over an Ehrlich fundraiser held at a Baltimore golf club that has no black members? "All a bunch of nothing," he declared on July 5. His feelings about stem cell research? "I support stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research," he stated in April as the General Assembly was considering whether to allow state funding of it. Ehrlich didn't...
  • Kyffin's 'awful' show art attack

    08/03/2005 10:17:20 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 8 replies · 517+ views
    BBC ^ | August 3, 2005 | BBC
    Wales' foremost artist, Sir Kyffin Williams, has launched an attack on the art on show at the National Eisteddfod. Royal Academician Sir Kyffin, who says his cancer treatment is going well, claims work on display at Faenol near Bangor, bears no relation to fine art. He said "solid Welsh people" at the cultural festival would be turned away by what they saw. But both the eisteddfod and its partner the Arts Council of Wales defended the festival's artworks. Sir Kyffin, who is 87, has been fighting both lung and prostate cancer and has only recently been able to resume drawing...
  • Basayev broadcast enrages Russia [Chechen torrorist speaks courtesy of ABC]

    07/29/2005 8:14:08 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 39 replies · 2,167+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 29 July 2005 | BBC
    Russia says it is outraged by an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev broadcast on America's ABC television network. The Russian foreign ministry summoned a senior US diplomat in Moscow to express its "strong indignation" over the show. In the interview, the warlord, who had claimed the 2004 raid on a school in Beslan, admitted he was a terrorist but said the Russians were terrorists too. Russia's most wanted man also warned of further Beslan-type attacks. More than 320 people - around half of them children - were killed in the attack at the school in September.
  • Philippine MPs challenge Arroyo

    07/25/2005 12:25:50 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 231+ views
    BBC ^ | July 25, 2005 | BBC
    Opposition MPs in the Philippines have launched an impeachment motion against the country's President, Gloria Arroyo. The move against Mrs Arroyo, who is battling allegations of electoral fraud, was widely expected. But the procedure is set to be slow - the motion was first sent to the lower house's justice committee, which has 60 working days to weigh its merits. The move came as Mrs Arroyo prepared to give a crucial state of the nation address. The impeachment motion submitted to the country's House of Representatives, or lower house, accused the president of betraying her country over a telephone call...
  • They'll destroy the qualities that made our [UK] Forces great

    07/20/2005 9:01:40 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 12 replies · 656+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 07/21/2005 | Tim Collins
    May 2003 was an uncomfortable time in Iraq. The President of the United States had just announced that combat operations were complete and force levels were beginning to be reduced, following the defeat of the Iraqi army in the field. But the vacuum that had been created by the toppling of the Ba'athist regime of Saddam Hussein had not been filled - and clearly the people needed some form of leadership after 35 years of one-party rule. That vacuum was made more severe by the removal of the Iraqi army and police, resulting in an outbreak of lawlessness that was...
  • Remembering Larry Fine (Vanity)

    01/24/2005 11:58:01 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 33 replies · 1,794+ views
    January 24, 2005
    With the passing over the weekend of Johnny Carson, I thought we should also remember today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Louis Feinberg, a.k.a. Larry Fine, of "The Three Stooges". Rather than repost something long here, I'll just add a couple of links: A good biography of the life of Larry Fine, from the official Three Stooges web site. Another good bio is courtesy of the StoogeWorld site. threestooges.net, one of the better of the scores of Stooge web sites out there. Amazon has a listing of what I think is the only biography of Larry Fine...
  • Important info for those paying respects to President Reagan at the Capitol

    06/08/2004 1:48:52 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 47 replies · 984+ views
    For immediate release: June 8, 2004 Metro to provide shuttle buses Wednesday and Thursday nights to allow mourners to pay respects to former President Reagan Metrobus, MetroAccess service also impacted by funeral Metro officials will provide free shuttle buses from RFK Stadium to the U.S. Capitol late on Wednesday and Thursday nights (June 9 and 10) to enable mourners to pay respects to former President Ronald Reagan as his casket lies in state in the U.S Capitol Rotunda. The free shuttle buses will operate from 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday to 6 a.m. on Thursday and then again from 11:30 p.m....
  • Kerry Donors Include 'Benedict Arnolds'

    02/26/2004 12:08:39 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 19 replies · 243+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2004 | Jim VandeHei
    Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, frequently calls companies and chief executives "Benedict Arnolds" if they move jobs and operations overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But Kerry has accepted money and fundraising assistance from top executives at companies that fit the candidate's description of a notorious traitor of the American Revolution. Executives and employees at such companies have contributed more than $140,000 to Kerry's presidential campaign, a review of his donor records shows. Additionally, two of Kerry's biggest fundraisers, who together have raised more than $400,000 for the candidate, are top executives at...
  • Secret EU Findings: European Donations To P.A. Were Used For Terrorism

    02/15/2004 12:34:04 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/13/04 ( 21 Shevat 5764)
    A secret report prepared by the European Union's Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) concludes that tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid donated by the EU to the Palestinian Authority were actually used for terrorism against Israel. Remarkably, the conclusions are based on papers that Israel discovered almost two full years ago, during Operation Defensive Shield, and which it presented to the world immediately afterwards. The German weekly Die Welt reported this week that OLAF has finally accepted the Israeli claims that PA terror organs are using millions of EU aid dollars to subsidize terror by Fatah-Tanzim and even Hamas. OLAF...
  • Now Kerry must face up to those tough questions

    02/14/2004 11:54:27 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 8 replies · 132+ views
    Republicans will focus on senator's love of lobbyists John Kerry, the Democratic favourite to face George Bush in the US presidential elections, has taken millions of dollars in financial backing from special interests and lobbyists. Kerry, who has made fighting special interests a key part of his campaign, has also backed legislation favouring some of his donors and written letters on behalf of corporate backers. Questions about Kerry's financial backers come as his campaign has been forced to fight back against sex scandal rumours after a right-wing gossip website alleged the Massachusetts senator had had an affair with a much...
  • Campaign column: Kerry's defining week (BBC thinks Kerry is like Gore)

    02/05/2004 12:55:12 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 9 replies · 67+ views
    The BBC ^ | 2/05/04 | Tom Carver
    By Tom Carver, BBC correspondent in Washington John Kerry has thus far been seen as electable John Kerry says he has learnt from Al Gore's failure to win the White House. President Clinton's vice-president lost, John Kerry tells journalists, because people thought he didn't believe in anything. That is interesting because people are beginning to think exactly the same about John Kerry. Last year Democrats flocked to Howard Dean. They were fired up by his fresh face, his straight talk and his positions, but in the end it was too much red meat. American voters like change in increments, not...
  • All at sea [the Guardian wants to abolish the Royal Navy]

    01/21/2004 12:21:45 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 12 replies · 283+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 21, 2004 | James Meek
    In 1945 there were 900 ships in the Royal Navy. Today the number of destroyers, frigates and aircraft carriers stands at 36. As four more look set to be broken up, traditionalists wonder what Nelson would have said. But, asks James Meek, do we really need a navy at all? Wednesday January 21, 2004 The Guardian Genetically, if in no other sense, Nicholas Soames is 25% Winston Churchill. Unlike his grandfather, however, the Tory politician and former hussar has yet to be entrusted with sufficient responsibility to have his name associated with a great British naval disaster or expansion....
  • [British] Conservatives seek return to Thatcherite principles

    01/19/2004 12:16:30 AM PST · by Heatseeker · 5 replies · 101+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1/19/04 | Benedict Brogan
    Thatcherite principles of enterprise, competition, low taxation and free markets will be championed by Michael Howard to regain policy ground the Tories believe they have surrendered to Labour. Dr Liam Fox, the party chairman, will tonight set out to reclaim the political philosophy that led to limits on the power of trade unions, greater home-ownership and privatisations. Dr Liam Fox: wants the party to use 'language of conservatism'. He will use a speech to entrepreneurs to flesh out the principles announced by Mr Howard, the Conservative leader, in his "I believe" declaration this month. Dr Fox will call on the...