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  • Some Global Warming Would Be Nice

    07/29/2014 6:08:36 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 55 replies
    My Outdoor Thermometer | 29 July 2014 | Steely
    I just thought I would point out - as a matter of curiosity - that here we are, at the end of July, about to go into August, and the temperature at my house (in upstate New York) is at present 51° F. When I was growing up in this same neck of the woods, we would typically have a week or so of temperatures above 90° right about now, and a few times would go over 100°, at least for a day or two. Also interesting to note that - at this very moment - "AccuWeather" is saying that...
  • What if Obama disobeys the law on another Gitmo release?

    06/06/2014 8:31:33 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5 June 2014 | Byron York
    We've all heard that the law requires the administration to give Congress 30 days notice before releasing prisoners from the U.S. terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a provision the White House willfully ignored in the recent release of five Taliban commandos in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (snip) The president will act as he chooses, no matter what Congress wants. The next Guantanamo release could make the Bergdahl battle seem tame.
  • Pentagon: North Korea Develops Unmanned Strike Aircraft From Stolen U.S. Target Drone

    03/05/2014 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5 March 2014 | Bill Gertz
    North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress. Images of the North Korean drone in flight were shown as part of a March 2013 military drill, the Pentagon report said. “The drone appeared to be a North Korean copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone,” the report said. “North Korean press coverage of the event described the UAV as being capable of precision strikes by crashing into the target.”
  • Gary Peters' Shameful War on a Brave Woman

    02/24/2014 4:09:22 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 24 February 2014 | Peter Roff
    USN&WR. Link only.
  • Former treasurer Moreira is delivered in the United States

    02/13/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 2 replies
    El Universal ^ | 13 February 2014 | spb
    The former treasurer of Coahuila, Hector Villarreal Javier Hernandez, will appear Thursday before a federal judge on charges of money laundering. The former treasurer of Coahuila, Hector Villarreal Javier Hernandez turned himself in to U.S. authorities late Thursday and will appear before a federal judge on charges of money laundering, reported the Office of the Federal Attorney for South Texas. Villarreal Hernandez, 43 years old, was wanted on charges of money laundering and participation in an organized criminal activity, according to the report. The charges filed in courts in San Antonio, Texas, said Hernández Villarreal invested public funds stolen from...
  • Some Current Headlines from Venezuelan Newspaper El Impulso (The Impulse)

    02/13/2014 11:28:25 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 9 replies
    El Impulso ^ | 13 February 2014 | El Impulso
    It's worth noting that there is a university in Caracas called UCLA, which stands for "Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado," which (I believe) would be translated to English as "Lisandro Alvarado Midwest Univerisity." Rodriguez Torres: "Student Protest was manipulated" Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, said the events on Wednesday in downtown Caracas that left 3 people dead, seeking "a violent solution," adding that such actions had a "conspiratorial characteristics" UCLA Authorities suspended activities until further notice. In extraordinary university council, authorities Lisandro Alvarado University, the university decided to suspend activities. (Presumably, this means all classes.) Capriles to...
  • 2 Alleged Drug Dealers Targeted In Police Raid

    02/05/2014 5:12:49 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 19 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5 February 2014 | TMZ
    New York cops have just made 4 ARRESTS in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman's death … Law enforcement sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. Our sources tell us … police have obtained a search warrant and are currently on scene at a NY apt. We're told police are targeting two individuals who they believe sold PSH heroin. Sources say cops raided 3 units in the same building. Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2sS8X0iZL
  • Judge asks DA to Investigate Brashear High School shooting

    12/03/2013 10:02:33 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 2 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | 16 November 2013 | None Given
    In this AP Story we hear how Pittsburgh judge James Motznik is asking for an explanation for why he is hearing so few cases originating within Brashear High School. The impetus for the judge's inquiry stems from the 13 November 2013 afternoon shooting at Brashear, in which three students were wounded. The shooting is widely thought to have been drug/gang related.
  • FR is Short-Sheeted Again

    08/29/2013 2:34:48 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    Hamsters are looking for minimum wage I guess.
  • The Man Nobody Knew

    06/29/2013 9:25:13 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    Netflix: The Man Nobody Knew | 29 June 2013 | Steely
    Of current interest.
  • Mark Levin Shucks Down To The Cob On John Boehner and the House Republicans

    05/30/2013 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies
    Mark Levin Radio Show ^ | 29 May 2013 | Mark Levin
    Yesterday evening (Wednesday 29 May 2013) Mark Levin took a call just before the end of show that contained a great comment by The Great One. His caller was talking about Benghazi and the other Obama scandals, and was criticizing John Boehner for not appointing a special prosecutor. Mark Levin corrected him immediately: "No, no... he can't appoint a special prosecutor. He can call for one, but [the problem is] he's not appointing a special investigative committee." The caller then went on to say he thought the reason for the low-energy responses of the House Republicans had to do with...
  • Exclusive: How North Korea Tipped Its Hand

    04/16/2013 6:22:56 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 Apr 2013 | Eli Lake
    After the North Korean launch, U.S. Navy ships managed to recover the front section of the rocket used in it, according to three U.S. officials who work closely on North Korean proliferation. That part of the rocket in turn provided useful clues about North Korean warhead design, should the next payload be a warhead rather than a satellite...
  • Why MSNBC is demoting Ed Schultz [Updated]

    04/16/2013 7:22:24 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 21 replies
    The Week ^ | 14 March 2013 | Peter Weber
    The Ed Show host says moving to the weekends was his idea. Almost nobody believes him. M SNBC's Ed Schultz had a big scoop on Wednesday night: An interview with Scott Prouty, the previously anonymous Florida bartender who secretly recorded Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's disparaging comments about 47 percent of Americans. Then, at the end of the show, Schultz announced that, starting in April, his prime-time show would move to the weekends.
  • Curiosity Rover discovers conditions suited for ancient life on Mars

    03/12/2013 1:44:23 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 41 replies
    CNet ^ | 12 March 2013 | Charles Cooper
    NASA is reporting that an analysis of a rock powder sample collected by the Curiosity rover suggests that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. The sample contained traces of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and carbon -- key chemical ingredients for life. For astronomers, the news constitutes the latest clue in their pursuit of a scientific holy grail: Answering the big question about whether life ever existed on the Red Planet. Their challenge until now has been to confirm whether the Martian atmosphere could have supported a habitable environment. The preliminary evidence now suggests the answer is yes...
  • Amazing Doc Severinsen tracks

    02/25/2013 8:28:44 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 25 Feb 2013 | Steely
    Some remarkable music from Doc Severinsen and most of the members of the old Tonight Show. These guys are the creme-de-la-creme of the LA session community in the late '60s. At the time this album was made, the Beatles were still together. You can hear their influence, as well as that of Blood Sweat and Tears in this music. When my high school band teacher heard this, his comment was "they probably did one run-through before they recorded that." Enjoy.
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • Obama Gives Up, Goes Back to DC to Work On His Exit Package

    10/30/2012 11:47:37 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 67 replies
    My Fertile Brain | 30 October 2012 | Myself
    Let me tell you something boys and girls: Obama has given up. He knows it's over. He made this decision in Florida when he decided to "come back to Washington to direct the Sandy relief effort." Poppycock. He knows he's going down, and he came back to DC to (a) spare himself the anguish of having his narcissistic supply on the campaign trail, and (b) to plot the course of his final 83 das in office. Part of the latter is this: what kind of deal is he going to be able to make to get himself and his cronies...
  • Business Suppot For ACA: BioNJ Advocacy Alert

    06/28/2012 8:09:39 AM PDT · by Steely Tom
    BioNJ Biotechnology Lobby ^ | 28 June 2012 | Debbie Hart
    To: New Jersey Biotechnology Community From: Debbie Hart, President Re: Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act News briefs coming from Washington report that the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of all parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including the so-called "individual mandate," which would require that nearly all Americans, from birth until death, have health insurance or pay a penalty. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, according to SCOTUSblog, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court. BioNJ and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) supported many provisions of the...
  • High-ranking DOJ official to resign amid Fast and Furious, Virgin Island Bribery scandals

    04/25/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 April 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich plans to resign his position soon, as two different scandals rage on in which he has provided allegedly misleading information to Congress. Weich, who has served as Attorney General Eric Holder’s emissary... will become the next dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law in July, according to the National Law Journal. The DOJ official is the same Holder deputy who falsely told Congress that neither the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nor any part of the Department of Justice ever allowed illicit firearms to “walk” across the U.S.-Mexico border...
  • "... A conspiracy in the media... would be great": Surprising Admission from Member of the MSM

    11/04/2011 6:36:09 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 November 2011 | transcript
    Carl Quintanilla: There's also a political element to this, and some people tell you if this had been a former Republican senator, or a Republican governor, the main-stream press would be much more aggressive than it is but because he was a Democrat, is a Democrat, because he was a friend of the President, that they've somehow, maybe... I guess they're saying that we've been soft on him... ? Dan Primack: You know, it's interesting... I'm not one to buy media conspiracies, or left-wing media conspiracies, it's not my bias, and to be honest, if we could pull off a...
  • Google causes IE to lock up

    08/13/2011 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 46 replies
    Steely Tom | 13 August 2011 | Steely Tom
    Does anyone else experience freeze-up of Internet Explorer when you try to navigate to Google?
  • Book Reading: Nir Rosen: Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World

    06/27/2011 8:21:46 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Manhattan Downtown Alliance ^ | 27 June 2011 | Not identified
    In addition to reading from and discussing his recent book, author Nir Rosen will reflect on his 2011 sojourn in the Arab world, which took him to Iraq for three months. He also visited Yemen, where he was a witness to the beginning of the ongoing revolution and the people's struggle against the tyranny of the ruling regime. He is expanding on his research to analyze the factors fomenting the sectarianism and civil conflict that are brewing across the Arab world. Nir Rosen's Aftermath, an extraordinary feat of reporting, follows the contagious spread of radicalism and sectarian violence that led...
  • Two probes opened into Bradley claim

    06/27/2011 7:25:48 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 31 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / JS Online ^ | 27 June 2011 | Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Don Walker
    MADISON Two agencies are investigating a claim by Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold earlier this month - an allegation Gov. Scott Walker on Monday called extremely serious. /snip/ The separate probes are being run by the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which oversees the state's judicial ethics code. The sheriff's investigation was launched Monday; the commission's was authorized Friday and publicly acknowledged Monday.
  • Did Justice Prosser Choke Justice Bradley? Or Did She Attack Him First?

    06/27/2011 9:14:48 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 48 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 27 June 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    THIS IS SO WEIRD…..did Justice Prosser choke Justice Bradley? or did she attack him first? did he choke her or did she make it up? And what’s up with the CHIEF JUSTICE? Where was she and why does her name surface in all these incidents? Something really, really, really, really weird is going on….. More information (take with a grain of salt as I can neither corroborate or deny) (from Wikipedia). This is about Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices David Prosser, Ann Walsh Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Yes, it is getting weirder! “…The discussion became heated after Mrs....
  • FedGov Says: Less Need For A/C This Summer

    06/26/2011 8:19:45 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 80 replies
    US Energy Information Administration Short-Term Energy Outlook ^ | 7 June 2011 | US Energy Information Administration
    Look what you find way down in paragraph 30 of this U.S. Government web page: U.S. Electricity Consumption. EIA expects little change in total U.S. electricity consumption between 2010 and 2011 (U.S. Total Electricity Consumption Chart). Cooling degree-days during 2011 are assumed to be 14 percent lower than last year, which drives the projected 2.5-percent decline in retail electricity sales to the residential sector. Improved economic conditions should lead to a 3.6-percent increase in sales to the industrial sector, while commercial-sector electricity sales show little change in 2011. During 2012, total U.S. electricity consumption grows by 2.0 percent.
  • Billy Corgan's Brother Attacked on CTA Red Line

    06/09/2011 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 22 replies
    WLS Chicago ^ | 9 June 2011 | Ravi Baichwal
    Jesse Anderson, brother of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, was the victim of a possible flash mob attack. This is the lastest in what is described as "a string of attacks targetin CTA commuters." Mr. Anderson apparantly deviated from police-recommended behavior by chasing down his assailants, and was beaten for his troubles. The attack took place at about 4 AM Thursday.
  • 3 Arrested in Apparent Mob Attack

    06/08/2011 10:25:46 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 39 replies
    ABC 7 WLS-TV ^ | 8 June 2011 | Jason Knowles
    Chicago police say they have three people in custody after the latest mob-style attack on Chicago's Near North Side. At least two people were robbed by a group of people Tuesday night. Several residents and employees were on edge Wednesday, afraid the group attacks are becoming the norm. A pack of a dozen police officers patrolled the crime scene area Wednesday morning. They said it was business as usual. However, those who live and work in the area said they wanted more protection.
  • Patrick Kennedy: Loughner has brain injury, too

    05/23/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KTAR ^ | 23 May 2011 | KTAR
    The suspect in the January mass shootings in Tucson has been cited by former Congressman Patrick Kenndy as an example of discrimination against the mentally ill. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, mentioned Jared Loughner during an interview on CNN Sunday night to discuss his past problems and addictions and his campaign for recognition of brain disease. Loughner, 22, is charged with shooting 19 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Tucson parking lot in January. Six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head and is currently in a rehabilitation center in...
  • Burger King Ban For "BK Brawler" In Plea Deal

    05/10/2011 11:42:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 10 May 2011 | not given
    The woman who tore up a Florida Burger King during spring break today pleaded no contest to an assortment of criminal counts and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. A judge also banned Nekiva Hardy, the 30-year-old “BK Brawler,” from Burger Kings in Bay County, where her March 19 outburst was videotaped by a fellow patron. She was also placed on probation, ordered to do "community service," and fined nearly $5K. She's also got to complete a court-ordered anger management course.
  • Incarcerated felon Monica Conyers totally misses you, Detroit

    04/07/2011 8:11:43 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    MLive.com ^ | 11 Mar 2011 | Jeff T. Wattrick
    This was somehow missed in all the uproar about the Japan tsunami that also happened on 11 March. It seems that Monica Conyers, the very classy wife of Congressman John Conyers, has unburdened herself of some thoughts concerning her ongoing experiences in federal custody. Among the heartwrenching trevails she must endure at Alderson Federal Prison (apparantly also known as "Camp Cupcake") are these: small portions in the mess hall, you can't get seconds of the things you like, and she has to keep company with a lot of female drug dealers. Recall that Ms. Conyers was convicted for taking bribes...
  • BK Brawler Admits Battering Worker, Lying To Police. Says Cops Will “Have To Come And Get Me.”

    03/31/2011 11:38:09 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 60 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Not Given
    While admitting to battering one Burger King employee and giving police a phony name, the Alabama woman whose videotaped spring break outburst has become a YouTube hit said today that she believes prosecutors have overcharged her in reaction to news coverage of the incident It now appears the bikini-clad women who gave an impromptu counter dance at a Panama City FL Burger King is not, as previously noted, named Kimesa Smith. This was the name she gave police when she was arrested for setting off a disturbance that resulted in more than $1000 worth of damage to the fast-food...
  • 'Offensive' writer quits LSE after two days

    03/29/2011 10:14:58 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 29 March 2011 | Anna Davis
    A writer who publicly mocked the victim of a sex assault has resigned from his post at the London School of Economics after only two days. Nir Rosen, 33, stepped down from his role as a visiting fellow after the university was criticised for employing him. He got the job at LSE just weeks after resigning in disgrace from New York University for making fun of Lara Logan, a CBS correspondent who was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob while covering protest in Egypt. He wrote a series of comments about the reporter on his Twitter page and said...
  • Left-Wing Reporter Nir Rosen Is Now NYU Unperson

    03/26/2011 4:26:56 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 2 replies
    Back on February 15th, the rapidly evolving situation in Egypt was at the center of the news. One of the larger pieces of flotsam that swirled in the maelstrom was the story of one Nir Rosen, the Celebrated Journalist and left-wing whackjob who ran afoul of The Hive's complex hierarchy of victimology by publicly opining, on Twitter, that CBS News reporter Lara Logan submitted herself to sexual assault by a large crowd of Egyptian "Democracy Protesters" in order to "outdo Anderson [Cooper]." At that time, Mr. Rosen was listed as an "Alumni Fellow" on the website of "The Center On...
  • Wisconsin Judge Halts Anti-Worker Law

    03/21/2011 10:52:04 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 33 replies
    workday Minnesota ^ | 20 March 2011 | Mike Hall
    Excerpting for copyright concerns... Article contains the usual "intentional misunderstandings:" The Wisconsin law "strips many public employees of their voice on the job"Republicans "rushed the bill through," even though the Democrats walked out on February 17th and the bill was passed on March 11, an interval of 22 days The article claims that a "massive rally" was held "over the weekend." Here's a video of the "massive" rally; it looks to me like maybe two or three thousand people showed up, although it's hard to tell because the camera is at ground level. The article asserts that "state and many...
  • The End of a Green Dreem (LACCD pulls plug on green energy guru)

    03/18/2011 8:07:38 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 4 replies
    Campus Technology ^ | 17 March 2011 | Andrew Barbour
    It sounded too good to be true -- and it was. An ambitious plan to make Los Angeles Community College District a national leader in green technology and renewable energy appears to be in shambles ... (skip) ... Given the high level of publicity that LACCD received for its green initiatives, there is a danger that these revelations will damage the credibility of other green projects on campuses nationwide. It is important to note that the problems besetting LACCD went far beyond the district's green initiatives. The LA Times articles exposed issues at every level of governance from the trustees...
  • The End of a Green Dreem (LACCD pulls plug on green energy guru)

    03/18/2011 8:07:27 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 13 replies
    Campus Technology ^ | 17 March 2011 | Andrew Barbour
    It sounded too good to be true -- and it was. An ambitious plan to make Los Angeles Community College District a national leader in green technology and renewable energy appears to be in shambles ... (skip) ... Given the high level of publicity that LACCD received for its green initiatives, there is a danger that these revelations will damage the credibility of other green projects on campuses nationwide. It is important to note that the problems besetting LACCD went far beyond the district's green initiatives. The LA Times articles exposed issues at every level of governance from the trustees...
  • Nir Rosen Justifies His Tweets: "one of them's going to get all the attention 'cause she's a white"

    02/17/2011 10:40:31 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | Steely Tom
    Steely Speedy Transcript: Nir Rosen: ... I was a jerk, umm... two o'clock in the morning, and I was being thoughtless, ahh... forgetting that I wasn't just talking to a couple of people, but I was talking, in theory, to hundreds of thousands of people.Anderson Cooper: In your defense subsequent to this, you've said in a couple of articles, and the one I read [and] I quote: "I'd heard that miss Logan was roughed up like many other journalists, I did not realize it was something more serious." Umm... That's hard to believe though, reading your first two tweets; you...
  • Nir Rosen discusses Lara Logan, Egypt attack tweets on Anderson Cooper: I was a 'jerk'

    02/17/2011 8:31:31 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 15 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | ALIYAH SHAHID
    "I don't have an explanation. I was a jerk," said Rosen, an NYU fellow, who has since resigned from the university's Center on Law and Security. He said he was tweeting at 2 a.m. "I was being thoughtless, forgetting that I wasn't just talking to a couple of people."
  • Bahrain crushes protest camp, locks down capital (Will Obama Call For Civility?)

    02/17/2011 8:08:21 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 16 replies
    My Way News ^ | HADEEL AL-SHALCHI
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed...
  • Nir Rosen Resigns as NYU Fellow After Trashing Lara Logan on Twitter

    02/16/2011 8:36:49 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 41 replies
    Poliics Daily ^ | 16 February 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Be careful what you say, especially in the heat of the moment, on Twitter. As you may recall, immediately following the shootings in Tucson last month, some liberals were quick to blame Sarah Palin for the tragedy. Now, a liberal journalist is taking heat for offensive Tweets he sent immediately following news of the brutal sexual assault suffered by CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt. As the news was breaking, Nir Rosen, a journalist and NYU fellow, Tweeted several disturbing remarks, including: "Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at...
  • Flash: Is Anyone Getting Calls From HHS?

    10/08/2010 7:17:28 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Direct Experience | 8 October 2010 | Steely Tom
    I got a phone call tonight from someone identifying themselves as "The Department of Health and Human Services." This person said "I want to ask you some questions that will help us with children's health care." Is anyone else experiencing this tonight, or recently? Last year, my family participated in the national swine flu vaccination program. I gave our home phone number as part of the "registration process."
  • No Word Yet On Arson In Election Center Fire As Harris County Leases Voting Machines

    10/07/2010 1:27:02 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 4 replies
    The US Report ^ | 28 September 2010 | Kay B. Day
    Events that played out in Harris County (Texas) at the Election Technology Center could easily be shaped into a movie of the week script. Allegations of voter fraud, dueling grassroots groups and a devastating fire converged in a single week. An investigation is underway and the circumstances definitely are suspicious. A group called True The Vote investigated potential voter fraud in Harris County. They found fewer than 1,800 out of 25,000 voter registrations submitted by "grass roots organization" Houston Votes that were legal. The article cites information from The Cypress Times that, on some voter applications, the "non citizen" box...
  • Tea Party Is Mixed Bag For Wall Street

    09/29/2010 12:38:29 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal NewsHub ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kelly Evans et al
    Main Points: 71% of Republicans describe themselves as Tea Party supporters (recent WSJ/NBC poll) WSJ talking head Kelly Evans characterizes this as demonstrating that "the Tea Party movement has moved to the core of, at least, the Republican base." Pundit Jerry Seib says "this is good for the Republican Party." Tea Party has "fired up the Republicann party." There is no "cleavage" between Tea Party and the Republican party. Tea Party looks like the "conservative core base" of the Republican party; people who "would have been Republcians anyway, but now are fired up to do something about it." There's a...
  • Joran van der Sloot Described Himself as "A Snake"

    06/14/2010 8:49:22 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies · 1,192+ views
    El Comercio ^ | 14 June 2010 | not given
    The confessed murderer of Stephany Flores described himself as "attractive, agnostic, a regular smoker and drinker" on YouTube and other social networking sites. Others said he was "twisted." Monday June 14, 2010 The media have written extensively about the confessed murderer of Stephany Flores, Dutchman Joran van der Sloot (22). He also covered himself, using internet social networking sites and YouTube. According to AP, Van der Sloot said in his YouTube page: "If I had to describe myself as an animal, it would be a snake." That's not all; he also said "I want to be a lion and a...
  • Three Hour and Fourty Minutes With No New Posts

    05/23/2006 9:03:43 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 67 replies · 2,432+ views
    23 May 2006 | Steely Tom
    Almost four hours passed this morning without a single person posting anything to the influential Free Republic website. Probability experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would not speak for attribution, although one well-known expert in quantum mechanics did make the comment that "it could happen."
  • Lapel pins hint at Kim's successor

    05/05/2006 8:25:48 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies · 387+ views
    Asia Times ^ | April 5, 2006
    Kim Jong Chol mentioned in media as likely candidate Wednesday, April 5, 2006; Posted: 1:06 a.m. EDT (05:06 GMT) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean officials have recently been spotted wearing lapel pins with a picture of leader Kim Jong Il's second son, indicating that he may have become the most likely candidate to succeed his father, a report said Wednesday. There have been no concrete indications from North Korea's regime of who will follow the 64-year-old Kim in power. Kim took over leadership of the communist nation in 1994 after the death of his father, founding President Kim...
  • Choosing to be Stupid: NPR Polls Immigration

    03/31/2006 5:24:29 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 11 replies · 897+ views
    National Public Radio ^ | March 30, 2006 | Michele Norris and Melissa Block
    The Tuesday edition of NPR's All Things Considered included a story titled "Illegal Immigration Divides Americans, Poll Says." The story started out with very short sound bytes of comments by passersby in Washington DC. It ended with coverage of polling data from the Pew Research Center for The People and The Press. It was this poll caught my ear as I drove home. The poll seemed to me to be unusally silly, but they saved the silliest part for the last. I went to their website and found the audio of the story; I transcribe the last question and answer...
  • Uproar at Palestinian Parliament

    03/06/2006 7:12:57 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 2 replies · 312+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6 March 2006 | Not Given
    The first session of the new Palestinian parliament has descended into shouting matches between Hamas MPs and rivals from the Fatah party. The uproar dimmed hopes the two parties might join forces in a national unity coalition, after the militant Hamas group won elections on 25 January.(snip) Many of the parliament's MPs were taking part in the session via a video link to chambers in Gaza City because of Israeli-imposed travel restrictions. Twelve large photographs were displayed showing Hamas and other MPS currently being held in Israeli detention - while a roll call showed 15 were either in prison or...
  • Gunmen steal lion from Gaza zoo

    11/28/2005 1:03:20 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 590+ views
    Jerusalem Post Online Edition ^ | Nov. 26, 2005 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Masked gunmen raided the only zoo in the Gaza Strip over the weekend and stole a lion - turning the animal into the latest victim of the continued state of lawlessness. Zoo manager Saud al-Shawwa announced a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information that could help find the lion and a pair of parrots that were also stolen. "Thousands of people visit the zoo and they will miss these animals, especially the lion," he said. "We have different species of animals here and we urge the Palestinian security forces to help us find the stolen animals." Sources in Gaza...
  • Any Word on Last Night's RATINGS? (vanity)

    09/02/2004 6:52:40 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 6 replies · 913+ views
    I can't wait to see the ratings for Zell and the Veep. (steely)