Articles Posted by Hunton Peck

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  • NASA’s Climate Kids Website Blames Global Warming for Shrinking Sheep and Fat Marmots

    10/18/2012 4:07:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    CNS ^ | October 18, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s “Climate Kids” website claims that a warming planet is changing animals, in particular sheep and marmots. “Climate Change Makes Sheep Shrink and Marmots Get Fat,” is the headline for a story about how “animals are changing in surprising ways as their environments have grown warmer over the past few years.” The article sites the marmot, a species of ground squirrel that is found in Colorado. The article states that because spring has come one day earlier over the past three decades, the marmot has a month more to eat before hibernating. “That gives the...
  • CAIR: ‘Not Acceptable’ to Portray Jihadists As ‘Savage’ [re: Pam Geller ads]

    10/15/2012 6:32:02 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 35 replies
    CNS ^ | October 15, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching an ad campaign to counter billboards posted in the D.C. metro system that urge the defeat of jihad and support for Israel. CAIR claims the anti-jihad advertisements, sponsored by political activist Pamela Geller, inspire “hate.” They are designed to “provoke, stigmatize and demonize” Muslims, CAIR told One of the Geller ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." asked CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper to explain how the ad is hate speech. “Can you just...
  • Family Homelessness Is On The Rise [Washington, D.C. area]

    10/15/2012 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 14, 2012 12:00 AM | ANNIE GOWEN
    <p>When Janice Coe, a homeless advocate in Loudoun County, learned through her prayer group that a young woman was sleeping in the New Carrollton Metro station with a toddler and a 2-month-old, she sprang into action.</p> <p>Coe contacted the young woman and arranged for her to take the train to Virginia, where she put the little family up in a Comfort Suites hotel. Then Coe began calling shelters to see who could take them.</p>
  • Sheriff: Missing soldier in Indiana, "not in immediate danger" [MN native]

    10/14/2012 5:10:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    WISTV ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Jason Old and Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
    The wife of a South Carolina soldier who disappeared from his home Saturday night says he has been spotted in Indiana. Pamela Larson, the wife of Sgt. Robert Larson posted late Thursday night on the "Help Find Sgt. Robert Larson" Facebook page that he was seen in Gary, Indiana on October 9th. The post also included surveillance photos of a man Larson believes is her husband. The local ground search has been put on hold while authorities investigate leads that Sgt. Larson may be out of state. Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers on Thursday afternoon said investigators have received tips...
  • Chaos ensues after high school principal replaces hall passes with toilet plungers

    10/13/2012 8:34:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | Last Updated: 11:31 AM, October 13, 2012 | YOAV GONEN Education Reporter
    Turns out it was a crappy idea. The principal of a Hell’s Kitchen HS that used to be among the most violent in the city had students using wooden toilet plungers as hall passes this school year. The half-baked scheme by the second-year principal at the HS of Graphic Communication Arts that placed 2-foot-long plungers in every classroom last month immediately plunged the school into chaos, a source said. “The kids were using the plungers to whack each other, to pop ceiling tiles in the bathroom,” the source said. “They were sticking it in the toilet and then flinging them...
  • California House race with veteran Democrats turns physical during debate

    10/12/2012 9:23:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | unattributed
    A bitter Los Angeles-area congressional race between two veteran House Democrats took a strange turn Thursday night when the two candidates nearly got into a physical altercation during a public debate. Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are vying to win control of the same district due to California's new primary system, which sends the top two finishers to the runoff regardless of party affiliation. The Los Angeles Times reports 57-year-old Sherman seized the shoulder of 71-year-old Berman during the debate at a local college, yanked him toward his chest and shouted, "You want to get into this?" Berman,...
  • Clinton: US must stick by Arab world's democracies

    10/12/2012 12:35:26 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT | MATTHEW LEE and BRADLEY KLAPPER
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States must continue sending diplomats and aid workers to the Arab world's emerging democracies, despite last month's deadly attack in Libya. Speaking to a Washington think tank, Clinton says the U.S. cannot retreat from dangerous countries and that Americans remain leaders in "hard places where America's interests and values are at stake." She called support for the Muslim world's democratic transitions a "strategic necessity." Clinton's address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies comes as Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration for the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that killed a...
  • Lamb to the slaughter

    10/10/2012 9:56:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 27 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:59 PM | Josh Rogin
    In an often heated congressional hearing Wednesday, lawmakers and witnesses alike pointed to State Department official Charlene Lamb as the person most directly responsible for rejecting multiple requests for increased security at the U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya prior to the Sept. 11 attack. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) excoriated the State Department for rejecting requests from the U.S. Embassy in Libya for an extension of temporary security forces that were withdrawn in the months prior to the attack that killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a dramatic moment at the hearing, Issa released unclassified...
  • Mexico says drug lord taken down by accident

    10/10/2012 7:20:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/10/2012 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    PROGRESO, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's navy said Wednesday that its personnel had no idea they had killed the leader of the country's most-feared drug cartel until after his body was stolen from a funeral home in this border town. The death of Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias "El Lazca," in a gunfight with marines Sunday left a wake of fear in the small mining and farming towns that dot the northern plains of Coahuila state. Residents of Progreso said they heard a series of three loud explosions Sunday, apparently from the grenades that Lazcano reportedly fired at marines who...
  • Dems Blame House GOP for Lack of Security at U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Cummings, Holmes-Norton]

    10/10/2012 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 49 replies
    CNS ^ | October 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee used their opening statements today to blame Republicans for the lack of security in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on the security breaches surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate last month, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador, and occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. “The chairman has said that our committee will examine not only the Libya attack but security at outposts across the Middle East,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who called the hearing today on Capitol Hill. “Mr. Chairman I fully...
  • LGBT Group Challenges Denial To March In Parade [Anoka, MN]

    10/10/2012 11:28:49 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 18 replies
    WCCO/CBS ^ | October 10, 2012 11:54 AM | unattributed
    ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) – As Anoka gears up for its annual Halloween parade, an online petition is attracting a lot of attention. It’s supporting a gay youth group that’s not being allowed to march in this year’s parade. The group is called Justin’s Gift, named after Justin Aaberg. He was a student at Anoka High School who committed suicide. His family says he couldn’t take the bullying he endured, over his sexual orientation. The co-founders of Justin’s Gift felt like being a part of the parade would be a great opportunity for the community to show its support for gay...
  • Records show calls for more protection in Libya, 230 'security incidents' before strike

    10/09/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies ^ | October 09, 2012 | Catherine Herridge contributed
    The U.S. mission in Libya recorded 230 "security incidents" over a one-year period between 2011 and 2012, according to a State Department document that provides the most expansive view yet of the concerns on the ground in the run-up to the deadly Sept. 11 consulate attack. The document was obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is preparing to hold a high-profile hearing on Wednesday featuring security officers who served in Libya. One of them, Eric Nordstrom, claimed in an Oct. 1 email -- obtained by Fox News -- that he had argued for additional security, citing...
  • Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say

    10/09/2012 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES
    Al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the nation's western deserts as the extremist group seizes on regional instability and government security failures to regain strength, officials say. Iraq has seen a jump in al-Qaida attacks over the last 10 weeks, and officials believe most of the fighters are former prisoners who have either escaped from jail or were released by Iraqi authorities for lack of evidence after the U.S. military withdrawal last December. Many are said to be Saudi or from Sunni-dominated Gulf states. During the war and its aftermath, U.S. forces,...
  • Israeli lawmaker: Obama is no friend of Israel

    10/09/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:10 PM EDT | unattributed
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawmaker from the Israeli prime minister's party is in the United States ahead of the presidential election and has said that President Barack Obama has "not been a friend of Israel." Danny Danon, chairman of Likud's international outreach branch, said in Chicago on Tuesday that Obama's policies have been "catastrophic." Danon said he will also travel to Florida and New York to...
  • Obama, on fundraising swing, jokes about poor debate [more "bumps in the road"]

    10/07/2012 9:13:16 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/7/2012 | Olivier Knox
    LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama opened a two-day fundraising swing through California on Sunday with a "30 Days to Victory Concert" starring George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Hudson. He also seemed to poke fun at his own listless debate performance last week against Mitt Romney. "Everybody here is incredible professionals, they're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same," Obama said, drawing laughter and cheers from the crowd. Looking back at 2008, Obama said, "everybody always remembers the victory, but...
  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other [Nick Ivie death]

    10/07/2012 5:28:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/2012 | BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday. The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said. Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but...
  • UN Ambassador Rice denies misleading Congress

    10/05/2012 8:09:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 5, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT | LARRY MARGASAK
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has denied she tried to mislead Congress when she initially called the Sept. 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya a spontaneous protest. Susan Rice, in a letter released Friday, wrote three Republican senators that her comments on television news shows after the attack were based on the best information available at the time from intelligence officials. *** Rice wrote Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin that she "consistently qualified, in some instances twice, the information I provided as preliminary." *** The...
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • Biden says he’s ready to rumble with Ryan

    10/05/2012 10:13:18 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 91 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    <p>Vice President Joseph R. Biden isn’t known for his disciplined oratory, but after watching Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outperform President Obama during Wednesday night’s debate, Mr. Biden said he’s ready to face Mr. Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and pin him down on the facts.</p>
  • USDA diversity training session included 'illegal immigrants' chant, group claims

    10/04/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies ^ | October 04, 2012 | unattributed
    The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant "our forefathers were illegal immigrants." Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program -- and alleged that the sessions held by the Department of Agriculture ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance. "Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it's more about adopting a mindset," said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group....
  • Obama aides internally disputed terrorism finding for several days, sources say

    10/04/2012 7:45:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 16 replies ^ | October 04, 2012 | James Rosen
    The day after U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told five Sunday shows that the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous mob actions and not premeditated, Fox News has learned, U.S. intelligence officials contacted independent security contractors to review critical evidence in the case. Their purpose was to help these officials rebut Ambassador Rice’s claim in a high-stakes internal dispute that was still taking place at the highest levels of the intelligence community and the Obama administration, sources close to the process tell Fox News. The disclosure shows that U.S. policymakers and intelligence chieftains were debating how to characterize the Benghazi attacks fully five...
  • Lawmakers renew demand for documents on Libya as Clinton urges patience

    10/04/2012 10:42:16 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies ^ | Published October 04, 2012 | Catherine Herridge contributed
    Capitol Hill lawmakers expressed frustration after their requests for more information on the Libya attack were rebuffed by the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging lawmakers to wait for the conclusion of an internal review. That review, though, could take months. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Wednesday renewed their demand for documents after Clinton declined to hand over the cables they initially requested. The House Intelligence Committee has not received any documents from the department either, Fox News has learned. "We hope that in the next few days you follow through with transmitting...
  • UK lawyer: Extremist wanted by US is depressed

    10/03/2012 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT | unattributed
    LONDON (AP) -- The British lawyer for a notorious terror suspect wanted by U.S. officials says his client is too depressed and unhealthy to extradite. Alun Jones told judges at London's High Court on Wednesday that extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is suffering from depression, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss. Jones says he needs a brain scan and should not be extradited to America.
  • Rights group: Hamas abusing Palestinians in Gaza

    10/03/2012 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT | IAN DEITCH
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- An international rights group said Wednesday that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system. In a new 43-page report, Human Rights Watch documented a long list of abuses that it said Palestinians in Gaza endure under the justice system run by Hamas, which has ruled the seaside strip for the past five years. "There is ample evidence that Hamas security services are torturing people in...
  • Update: Romney Campaign May Sue to Guarantee Wisconsin's Military Voters' Ballot Access

    10/02/2012 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 2, 2012 11:48 AM | MacIver News Service
    State Election Officials Downplay Errors by Municipal Clerks [Madison, Wisc...] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board could be facing a lawsuit because 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, a mistake a GAB official downplayed Tuesday afternoon. "The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit when UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voter Act] is violated, and we've been in contact with them about Wisconsin and other states," Ryan Williams, spokesperson for the Romney campaign told the MacIver News Service. "If the Department of Justice does not act, we're willing to file the paperwork with the...
  • GOP lawmaker accuses Obama officials seeing 'what they wanted' in Libya details [Mike Rogers]

    10/01/2012 6:13:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies ^ | October 01, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, in an interview with Fox News, suggested the Obama administration politicized the intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the deadly consulate attack in Libya to fit a convenient story line, that it was spontaneous violence and not pre-meditated terrorism. *** “I argue the administration made some serious mistakes when they highlighted the video, escalated its credibility to the presidential level and then took it on TV in Pakistan with U.S. taxpayers dollars,” Rogers said, referring to an American government ad that aired in Pakistan condemning the video and the violence. “I think those are...
  • Another Massive Problem with Military Ballots in Wisconsin

    10/01/2012 5:52:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 1, 2012 6:09 PM | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45 day deadline, according to former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, and he's demanding the Government Accountability Board address the problem immediately. As reported by the website, Principi sent a letter to the GAB on Monday pointing out the failure to meet the 45 day deadline is in violation of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act. "This violation is particularly unsettling in light of the fact that, only six months ago, a federal court entered a consent decree against...
  • Supreme Court opens door to another challenge to Obamacare

    10/01/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies ^ | October 01, 2012 | unattributed
    Tucked inside the Supreme Court's lengthy list of orders on Monday was an indication that the fight over President Obama's health care law soon could be back before the high court. *** On Monday, the Supreme Court noted the university's renewed request and gave the administration 30 days to respond to the request, suggesting that the justices are taking the Liberty request seriously. "I think they've got very good arguments that they're entitled to their day in court," says former senior Justice Department official Thomas Dupree Jr. As an attorney and well-respected court-watcher, Dupree thinks the government will have a...
  • New look at health care? [Supreme Court re-review of Obamacare?]

    10/01/2012 9:53:46 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | Mon, October 1st, 2012 9:41 am | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court opened its new Term on Monday by asking the federal government to offer its views on whether the way should be cleared for new constitutional challenges to the federal health care law — including a new protest against the individual mandate that the Court had upheld last June. The request for the government’s views came in response to a rehearing request by a religious-oriented institution, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The university’s earlier petition was simply denied in June, so it asked the Court to reconsider and wipe out a lower court ruling in order to revive...
  • Minnesota man accused of terrorism goes on trial Monday

    09/30/2012 6:32:37 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2012 - 7:45 PM | AMY FORLITI
    MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somali expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of a much broader investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaida at the center of much of the violence in Somalia. Since 2007, more than 20 young men are believed to have left Minnesota for the East African...
  • D.C. sniper 10 years later: ‘I was a monster’

    09/30/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/30/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted along with John Allen Muhammad in the 2002 D.C. sniper shootings that left 10 dead and three wounded, says he remembers the killings vividly but can't explain why he did what he did. "I was a monster," Malvo told the Washington Post in a recent interview from a Virginia prison where he's serving six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. "If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives. I did someone else's bidding just because they said...
  • Miami-based Venezuelans to vote in New Orleans

    09/30/2012 2:45:28 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT | GISELA SALOMON
    By bus and car, commercial flight and charter, U.S.-based Venezuelans are traveling en masse to New Orleans in the coming days, spending hundreds of dollars and in some cases more than a day of their time to cast a vote in their country's presidential election. The government of President Hugo Chavez earlier this year closed the country's consulate in Miami, where most Venezuelans living in the U.S. have cast ballots in the past. It later said voters would have to travel to New Orleans if they want to participate on Oct. 7. It's a hardship in terms of time and...
  • Republican senators to hold Akin fundraiser, keeping alive hope to win chamber

    09/29/2012 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | unattributed
    Republicans continue to reach out to embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, this time with a much needed fundraiser, despite Democrats promising re-election attacks on supporters. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Okla., will be honorary hosts of a Washington fundraiser next week for Akin. The event suggests donations from $2,500 to $100 a person and is scheduled for Wednesday, as reported first by Politico. Democrats and Republicans called for Akin to quit the race after he made controversial remarks last month about rape. Akin apologized but has continued his campaign to unseat...
  • Administration doubles down on plea to contractors amid pending layoffs [Sen. Thune responds]

    09/29/2012 4:00:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 17 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | unattributed
    The Obama administration has doubled down on its plea to defense contractors not to warn employees about possible layoffs due to looming budget cuts -- going so far as to offer to cover legal fees in compensation challenges. The move drew a stern rebuke Friday from South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune. "For the second time, the Obama administration has now encouraged government contractors to ignore the WARN Act and hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs due to the looming sequestration cuts,” Thune, lead author of the Sequestration Transparency Act, said Friday. The offer to pay the legal...
  • Scientist who saw drowned polar bears reprimanded [Environuts think he should get an apology]

    09/28/2012 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents. An Interior Department official said emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of an oil and gas company's Arctic exploration plan. The official, Walter Cruickshank, deputy director of BOEM, said in a memo that an inspector general's investigation contained findings that Monnett had improperly disclosed internal government documents, which he said were later used against...
  • Top intelligence official backtracks on Libya story, says initial assessment premature

    09/28/2012 2:37:53 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne contributed
    The office of the United States' top intelligence official appeared to take the blame Friday for the Obama administration's changing narrative on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, saying administration officials who initially claimed the attack was spontaneous did so based on intelligence officials' guidance. The statement by Shawn Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, was put out late Friday -- at the close of a tumultuous week for the Obama administration over the Libya attack. The White House has had to steadily backpedal over initial claims that the attack was inspired by protests in Cairo over...
  • Scientists face four years in prison for failing to predict earthquake

    09/27/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies ^ | September 27, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Six Italian scientists and one government official could see four-year prison terms for manslaughter for allegedly downplaying the risk of an earthquake in the town of L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009. According to prosecutors, the six researchers and the Department of Civil Protection downplayed the likelihood that a series of tremors that hit the city in early 2009 were foreshadowing a larger quake. On April 6, 2009, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake killed 309 city residents. The trial, which began about a year ago, has worried scientists, who point out that earthquake prediction is not possible. But prosecutors insist that the trial is...
  • NAACP Urges U.N. to Investigate U.S. for ‘Racially Discriminatory Election Laws’ [Felon rights]

    09/27/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    CNS ^ | September 27, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Charging that millions of citizens, two-fifths of them black, have been denied the right to vote because of felony convictions, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on the United Nations this week to investigate America’s “racially discriminatory election laws.” An NAACP delegation visiting Geneva hosted a panel on the “disenfranchisement” of U.S. citizens and addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is in session in the Swiss city. A delegate told the HRC that the right to vote was a cornerstone of democracy and that in the U.S. a patchwork of divergent laws and procedures have...
  • Altercation between two flight attendants sends United jet back to RDU

    09/26/2012 9:51:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) ^ | Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:14 PM | Bruce Siceloff
    A United Airlines flight to Chicago returned to Raleigh-Durham International Airport shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning, after an altercation broke out between two flight attendants. “Our law enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain had requested law enforcement to meet the aircraft,” said Mindy Hamlin, RDU spokeswoman. “The aircraft had gotten about 50 miles out when he reported a possible assault on the aircraft.” United Flight 1214, a Boeing 737-800 with 52 passengers, departed for Chicago at 6 a.m. and returned to RDU at 6:40 a.m. Airport police officers determined that no assault had taken place and...
  • Egypt's Morsi assumes major role in Mideast

    09/26/2012 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/26/2012 | STEVEN R. HURST
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight's role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that the civil war raging in Syria is the "tragedy of the age" and must be brought to an end. In a wide-ranging address that touched on all major issues confronting the region, Morsi also decried Israeli settlement-building on territory Palestinians claim for a future state and condemned a film produced in the United States that denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad. He urged all U.N. member nations to join in an effort...
  • Rep. Connolly: State Dept. Budget Cuts Partly to Blame for 9/11 Libya Attack

    09/24/2012 4:59:33 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    CNS ^ | September 24, 2012 | Pete Winn
    A Democratic congressman from Northern Virginia claims Congress is partly to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), in an interview with Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP on Monday, stood by comments he made that Congress deserves some of the blame for the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others because it failed to give President Obama all the money he had requested for embassy security – and had cut the State Department’s budget overall. Here is a transcript of Connolly's comments: WTOP Radio: Right after this...
  • Obama heads for taping of 'The View,' as UN summit begins

    09/24/2012 11:17:56 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | unattributed
    President Obama will be among the world leaders arriving in New York on Monday for the U.N. General Assembly, but unlike other presidents or prime ministers Obama plans to head straight for a daytime TV interview. The president’s schedule has him and first lady Michelle Obama sitting down for a taping of ABC’s “The View" shortly after arriving in New York. Though Obama will deliver a major speech Tuesday before the annual assembly, he has largely left the one-on-one meetings to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sparking criticism that he appears more concerned about his re-election effort than talking directly...
  • [Hillary] Clinton urges tolerance amid anti-US protests

    09/24/2012 11:01:15 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT | MATTHEW LEE
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed Monday to Muslims to show "dignity" and not resort to violence as they protest an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative before meeting the presidents of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and Pakistan on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly, Clinton said the United States would always champion the rights to peaceful protest and free expression... *** "Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially with violence that can never be justified," she told participants in her husband's Clinton Global Initiative. "It comes from taking responsibility...
  • [Hillary] Clinton: Wealthy worldwide should pay more taxes

    09/24/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT | unattributed
    ...Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants foreign countries to make elite citizens pay their fair share of taxes. ...Clinton on Monday addressed participants in her husband's Clinton Global Initiative. *** Clinton says the U.S. will help struggling nations become self-sufficient rather than offering traditional aid.... ...says she's now out of politics....
  • Rep. Rogers slams State Department for Pakistan ads denouncing anti-Islamic film

    09/23/2012 5:21:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies ^ | September 23, 2012 | unattributed
    A leading House Republican criticized the Obama administration Sunday for running ads in Pakistan denouncing the anti-Islamic film that allegedly sparked violent and deadly protests across the Middle East and North Africa, calling the roughly $70,000 project a “horrible idea.” “I think it was a horrible idea,” said Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “It gave credibility and it gave a permission slip to Al Qaeda, to Pakistani officials.” The ad features President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the 14-minute Internet film trailer “The Innocence of Muslims,” purportedly by South California filmmaker Nakoula...
  • AARP sells out seniors for 'Obamacare' [Jim DeMint Op-Ed]

    09/21/2012 10:31:07 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/21/12 12:27 AM EDT | SEN. JIM DEMINT
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Friday via satellite to a convention sponsored by AARP. His speech will likely extol the virtues of “Obamacare,” and engage in scare tactics about conservative proposals to make Medicare sustainable. But here are five facts you’re unlikely to hear from the president, or AARP, about how each treats seniors: First, while AARP poses as a disinterested senior advocate, it functions as an insurance conglomerate, with a liberal lobbying arm on the side. AARP depends on profits, royalties and commissions to make up more than 50 percent of its annual revenues. Membership dues from...
  • Budget Chaos: Dane County Rushes New Labor Contracts [Wisconsin government employees' unions]

    09/21/2012 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | September 21, 2012 | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] In what were likely the shortest negotiations in their history, the Dane County Board and its employees' unions reached a contract agreement Thursday night less than 48 hours after the negotiations were announced to the public. Ordinarily, contract negotiations, even in Dane County, involve months of wrangling over wages, benefits, and layoffs. Negotiations in 2010 began in the fall, and an agreement was reached in January 2011 only after union leaders saw state reforms on the horizon. Those reforms, called Act 10, limited government unions' bargaining authority to wage increases within the rate of inflation. Last Friday, a...
  • Obama: Extremists used video as 'excuse' to attack

    09/20/2012 8:05:57 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT | KEN THOMAS
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests overseas, including an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The president's comments came as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced questions from members of the House and Senate about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi in a series of closed-door classified briefings on Capitol Hill. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of misreading the assault as the outgrowth of widespread demonstrations in the Middle East over the video....
  • Anti-jihad 'savage' ads going up in NYC subway [Pam Geller]

    09/20/2012 7:46:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city's subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world. A conservative blogger who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. 11 terror attack site won a court order to post the ad in 10 subway stations next Monday. The ad reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses...
  • IG: White House ‘Made it Impossible’ to Pursue Lead in Fast and Furious Probe

    09/20/2012 3:57:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    CNS ^ | September 20, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    The White House’s refusal to release communications related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking program and the refusal of a White House official to be interviewed about the matter “made it impossible” for the inspector general (IG) of the Justice Department to “pursue that aspect of the case,” the IG, Michael Horowitz, testified. He added that the sought-after White House interview and communications constituted “a lead we wanted to follow.” At the hearing of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on Thursday, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) asked Horowitz, “Do you think the White House’s refusal to share these documents...