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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
    (CNSNews.com) - 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 CNSNews.com. One of the Geller ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." CNSNews.com 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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....