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  • Rep. Issa gets his first scalp ('Fast and Furious' victory against Holder's transparent DOJ)

    08/31/2011 12:42:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/30/11 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Issa gets his first scalpBy Jordy Yager - 08/30/11 06:34 PM ET Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) won his first major investigative victory on Tuesday as two of the top federal officials involved with a flawed gun-tracking operation stepped down from office. Along with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Issa has doggedly pursued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the past five months, issuing scores of subpoenas, interviewing dozens of government officials and publicly lambasting President Obama for not being more forthcoming about the “Fast and Furious” operation. On Tuesday, the DOJ handed Issa a victory, announcing that...
  • Rep. Issa on 'Fast & Furious': We're Being Gamed By Obama Administration

    08/31/2011 9:19:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/31/11 | Fox
    Rep. Darrell Issa told Greta Van Susteren last night that the House Oversight Committee is being gamed by the Obama Administration. He also said he knew that most all of the weapons in the Fast and Furious program were in the hands of the Mexican cartels.
  • Fast and Furious update: DOJ to shuffle ATF director Kenneth Melson

    08/30/2011 9:15:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/30/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Both Fox News and the WSJ are out with breaking news about the corruptocracy’s latest dance of the lemons. In the wake of the ongoing Fast and Furious scandal, ATF acting head Kenneth Melson will be shuffled around until the heat dies down… The acting director of the Justice Department division caught up in a firearms trafficking scandal is being removed from his post, sources told Fox News on Tuesday. Kenneth Melson, who heads the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will be reassigned elsewhere in the Justice Department. An announcement is expected late Tuesday morning. The decision comes...
  • Behind Operation Fast & Furious – the Islamic Connection

    08/28/2011 10:50:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 8/29/11 | Trevor
    Dr Terry Lovell interviews Charley Gullett, author of a new book “Beirut Arizona” on the radical Islamic connection to the “Fast & Furious” gun-running scandal.
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ weapons found at more violent crime scenes

    08/17/2011 8:46:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/17/11 | Jerry Seper
    Weapons purchased during the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives‘ controversial “Fast and Furious” undercover investigation, which included the sale to “straw buyers” of hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles, have turned up at a dozen violent crime scenes across the Southwest, the Justice Department told a Senate committee. In a letter to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the committee’s ranking Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Justice Department confirmed that the illegally purchased weapons recently were found at the sites of at least 11 violent crimes.
  • Holder requests Fast and Furious docs from Issa, Grassley for ‘independent’ investigation

    08/17/2011 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/17/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Department of Justice says its Office of Inspector General is conducting an independent investigation into the gunwalking Operation Fast and Furious, which Congress is already probing. Attorney General Eric Holder requested a transcript of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa from their secret July 4th meeting with Ken Melson, acting Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director. Holder and other DOJ officials have repeatedly said the DOJ’s Inspector General is doing its own internal investigation into what went wrong with Fast and Furious.
  • ATF's 'Fast and Furious' firearms tracked to at least 11 violent crimes

    08/16/2011 5:00:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/16/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    Firearms illegally trafficked under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program turned up at the scenes of at least 11 “violent crimes” in this country in addition to being involved in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress. Although Justice did not provide any details about those crime scenes, it has been learned that the additional violent crimes occurred in cities such as Phoenix, where Operation Fast and Furious was managed, and as far away as El Paso, Texas, where a total of 42
  • ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation (Fast and Furious)

    08/16/2011 5:15:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 76 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/15/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operationThe three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington. By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau August 16, 2011 Reporting from Washington— The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico. All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up...
  • Morrissey compares fast food to Norway massacre

    07/29/2011 11:03:46 AM PDT · by massmike · 31 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07/29/2011 | Amy Willis
    The former frontman of the Smiths, who is a staunch vegan and animal rights campaigner, drew the comparisons at a concert in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday where he is currently in the middle of his summer tour. Before singing Meat is Murder, the 52-year-old British musician told the crowd: “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead [sic]. "Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried s--- every day.” Earlier this year the singer also said killing a stag is the same as killing a child.
  • Fast and Furious: Enter the IRS and White House The scandal grows wider, and deeper.

    07/27/2011 9:42:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/27/11 | John Hayward
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight committee did not waste any time getting down to business when their “Gun Walker” hearings resumed yesterday. Within a matter of hours, they had Special Agent in Charge William Newell, of the Phoenix ATF office, sizzling nicely on the Oversight hibachi, and this astonishing exchange occurred: So now we’ve got the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and ICE connected with Operation Fast and Furious. We already know the FBI was involved, because some of their paid confidential informants starred in ATF’s favorite closed-circuit TV shows. Who’s left to implicate? Ah,...
  • ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House

    07/26/2011 10:01:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/26/11 | Sharyl Attkisson
    At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O'Reilly is unclear and wasn't fully explored at the hearing. It's the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF's...
  • Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal, Obama’s New Anti-Crime Strategy Includes Stemming Gun Flow

    07/26/2011 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/26/11 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Even as the Obama administration still faces question about a botched gunrunning operation in which federal law enforcement officials knowingly allowed guns be transported Mexican drug cartels, a new White House report calls for cracking down on the “illicit flow from the United States of weapons and criminal proceeds” to criminal gangs. The White House on Monday released the report titled “Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime,” referring to terrorist, drug trafficking and other criminal organizations operating across national borders. The 38-page report lists 56 “priority actions,” including an executive order to seize the assets of transnational organized...
  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI Implicated In ‘Fast and Furious’

    07/26/2011 9:00:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/26/11 | William La Jeunesse & Laura Prabucki, Fox News
    n the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials won't say how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun. Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check. However, according to court records reviewed by Fox News, two of the 20 defendants indicted in the Fast and Furious investigation have felony convictions and criminal backgrounds that experts say, at...
  • A serious question about operation "fast and furious" (vanity)

    07/07/2011 1:44:52 PM PDT · by my3centseuro · 42 replies
    self | 7/7/2011 | my3centseuro
    I have been following the various news stories about operation "fast and furious" and how various levels of the administration may or may not have covered up aspects of the operation etc. One thing I have not seen discussed or questioned is what the BATF should or could have done in the first place. Here in Arizona I can walk into any gun store and purchase a firearm or many firearms legally and without very many restriction. I can carry that gun loaded or unloaded just about anywhere in the state. I can freely sell that firearm to just about...
  • Terrorist 'pre-crime' detector field tested in United States

    05/27/2011 11:04:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Nature News ^ | 27 May 2011 | Sharon Weinberger
    Screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions. Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly 'sense' whether you are planning to commit a crime. Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned. Like a lie detector, FAST measures a variety of physiological indicators, ranging...
  • DOJ deflects Gunrunner, Fast and Furious blame to local officials

    05/09/2011 9:09:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/9/11 | Matthew Boyle -
    President Obama’s Justice Department is trying to deflect responsibility over decisions in the Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious investigations, which are being spearheaded by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican. Last Wednesday, Issa released new Project Gunrunner documents, including an approved wiretap application bearing Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer’s name. Though Breuer didn’t sign it, his Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), Kenneth Blanc, did. Now the DOJ says Blanc’s signature and Breuer’s name doesn’t imply any federal-level responsibility. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told The Daily Caller that the...
  • Fast to begin Monday to protest proposed GOP budget cuts (ex-rep. Tony Hall RAT-Ohio)

    03/27/2011 10:05:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/27/11 | Erik Wasson
    Fast to begin Monday to protest proposed GOP budget cutsBy Erik Wasson - 03/27/11 06:45 AM ET The heads of five anti-hunger organizations on Monday will lead open-ended fasts to protest proposed cuts to domestic and international food programs contained in the House-passed six month spending bill. Former Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio), the head of the Alliance to End Hunger, told The Hill Friday that Democrats are not doing enough to ensure the cuts do not become law, and he is fasting to give a “voice to the voiceless.” He will be joined in his water-only fast by Rev. David...
  • East Indian guy who doesn't eat - did he starve?

    01/30/2011 6:13:28 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies
    Not sure how many would remember, but mid to late summer last year there were all the sudden like tons of reports about an Indian mystik/fakir type who supposedly didn't eat or drink, and hadn't for years. Last I recall, they were going to have clinicians or something from France or Switzerland examine him and kind of quarantine him to try to find out what was going on. The missing piece - the piece that stands out most in my mind - was that I never heard any reports that he had like a box of Twinkies stashed in his...
  • Mich. Burger King customer's death ruled homicide

    12/10/2010 9:32:09 PM PST · by Newtoidaho · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12-10-10 | David Runk
    DETROIT (AP) — A 67-year-old man police believe was homeless died after being punched and knocked to the ground during a scuffle with a 20-year-old Burger King employee in Detroit, and authorities ruled the death a homicide Friday. An autopsy determined Paul Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head, said Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office. An earlier report suggested the punch may have caused Cannon to choke on his dentures, but Niemiec said the dentures played no role in the death. The county prosecutor's office received a warrant request, and it was...
  • Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days

    11/12/2010 1:01:04 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 12, 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes
    As the United States and China battle over the finer points of currency manipulation at the G-20 summit, American negotiators may want to take note of this startling testimonial to the productivity of Chinese workers: A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just six days. If nothing else, this remarkable achievement will stoke further complaints from American economic pundits that China's economy is far more accomplished than ours in tending to such basics as construction.
  • Sinking fast: French aircraft carrier set to defend Britain breaks down

    10/31/2010 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/10 | Staff
    The French aircraft carrier which is set to play a key role in defending Britain over the next decade has broken down. As President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to use a London summit this week to announce that RAF jets will fly from the carrier Charles de Gaulle, his naval chiefs have told him that she is no longer seaworthy. ‘She is meant to be heading to Afghanistan but is instead in her home port with a faulty propulsion system,’ said a French Navy source.
  • Obama and Company trying to pull a fast one to keep his old seat in the D column?

    10/14/2010 10:35:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/14/10 | Ed Lasky
    There is a very tight Senate race going on for the Senate seat once held by Barack Obama before his Ascension. The Republican, Mark Kirk (a military reservist)is in a tight race with the Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois state treasurer who has close ties to Barack Obama and the Cook County machine. There has been a fair amount of mudslinging between the two sides but there seems to be some mischief coming from on high. Illinois has been tardy in getting ballots out to our men and women serving in the military and thus their votes may not count in...
  • Rendell denies rumors of affair (Dem PA Governor)

    06/23/2010 1:07:56 PM PDT · by 2banana · 36 replies · 4+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | Jackie Massott
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell says there is no truth to gossip that he is involved in an extramarital affair with a state employee. In an advance copy of a Philadelphia magazine article obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the governor and Kirstin Snow, the former beauty queen who works for him, say in separate interviews that they are not romantically involved. “Do I have some flaws? Absolutely!” Rendell tells the magazine. “For all of the rumors, has any woman ever said that I have had sex with her? Other than my wife?” Statehouse rumors of an affair gained...
  • The American Minute: National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, MARCH 30, 1863

    03/30/2010 5:25:41 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 27 replies · 429+ views
    The American Minute by William J Federer ^ | 3/30/2010 | William J Federer
    American Minute for March 30th: During the Civil War, after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln set a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, MARCH 30, 1863, stating: "It is the duty of nations...to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins...with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy...The awful calamity of civil war...may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins." Lincoln continued: "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven...We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever...
  • If You Are Tired and Weary From Battle Maybe It's Because You've Been Fighting Without G-d

    03/22/2010 7:34:24 AM PDT · by MsLady · 33 replies · 665+ views
    G-d | March 22, 2010 | MsLady
    Read the stories of how G-d rescued His people, over and over again. He is full of love and mercy and doesn't want to judge. But, make no mistake this country is coming under judgement. How bad that will be, depends on us. We can cut it off short, if we just do a few things. Study the old testament stories. Of Joel, Hosea, ect. These are wonderful guides. They show how often G-d rescued Israel. And G-d is no respecter of persons, what He will do for one, He will do for another. Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his...
  • Fla. Woman Dies at Home After Weeklong Religious Fast

    03/13/2010 10:23:18 PM PST · by RedDogzRule · 19 replies · 682+ views
    BARTOW, Florida — Authorities say a 55-year-old woman died alone in a bedroom of her central Florida home after locking herself in the room for several weeks for a lengthy religious fast. Evelyn Boyd told her husband, a preacher at a Pentecostal church in the city of Bartow, not to disturb her when she locked herself in the room Feb. 7 to fast and pray with only water to drink. Family members forced open the door March 5 and found her dead. [SNIP] The woman's husband, John Boyd, told the paper he didn't check on his wife because she felt...
  • CORRECT: =UPDATE: Fast-Track Language In House Budget Prompts Outcry

    03/25/2009 3:58:43 PM PDT · by rgr · 11 replies · 750+ views
    online.wsj ^ | 03/25/09 | Patrick Yoest
    In the item "Fast-Track Language In House Budget Prompts Moderates' Outcry" By Patrick Yoest and Corey Boles Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A U.S. House budget blueprint unveiled Wednesday would reserve a fast-track option for considering health-care legislation, prompting outcry from moderate lawmakers in the Senate. Language in the House budget resolution instructs the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee to carve out $1 billion each in deficit savings by a Sept. 29 deadline through health overhaul legislation. The language employs a tactic that is known as budget reconciliation and would allow the...
  • The first and most important step in defending our freedom...Power of fasting and praying

    02/26/2009 6:56:54 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 13 replies · 365+ views
    Spiritual Warfare ^ | 2/26/2009 | Spiritual warfare
    As a people we need to be united and stand together. What I propose is that we all fast breakfast and pray tomorrow at Either 6 AM or 7 AM (no matter where you are). We will pray for the following: -God to intervene and the government to rest upon God. -That God will change the hearts of the leaders and remove those who are against God and want to destroy our freedoms. -Pledge that this country will return to God, QUICKLY! Who's in? Stop complaining and take action NOW!
  • Fast and Pray for a Day

    10/23/2008 6:19:22 AM PDT · by pajama pundit · 9 replies · 280+ views
    Vanity | 23 Oct 08 | PP
    This is my first vanity and I hope I've done it correctly. There are several noteworthy critical events/turning points in this nation's history. Some of the more prominent ones are well known such as the War for Independance, the Civil War, the great depression, WWII, etc. This election could well be one on those critical historical events. We are already a moderately socialist country and have experienced the loss or weakening of many freedoms that the founding fathers put in place. This election will determine the speed/rate at which we continue in our movement toward socialism. We will either drive...
  • Black Teens Feel the 'Bilingual Preferred' Summer Job Blues

    05/06/2008 7:36:40 AM PDT · by Technoman · 81 replies · 201+ views
    New American Media ^ | 5-3-08 | Chris Levister
    'Don't speak Spanish…can't get the job?' When San Bernardino High School teens Jazanique Jackson, Ashanae Brown and Kimyen Hawkins decided they wanted to work this summer, they left nothing to chance. They knew the rules: plan ahead; role play; be positive; adapt; relate and encourage. So when they hit the streets to start their summer job search they were prepared for virtually every eventuality except one. żNo habla ingles? Can't speak Spanish.
  • For Byzantine Catholics, Lent is stricter

    02/28/2008 9:59:15 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 305+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 21, 2008 | James DeCrane
    Nine-year-old Alice Lambertsen blows out a candle on the tetrapod after noon vespers on Pure Monday (Feb. 4) at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage. Pure Monday marks the beginning of the Great Fast for Byzantine Catholics ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Catholic Anchor) - The great main dome at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1996, the dome contains thousands of tiny holes that allow light to radiates out in unique patterns. The design so distinct it has an official patent. Light radiating...
  • Fasting: Therapy for the Soul

    02/15/2008 8:19:51 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 139+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 15, 2008 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    What do you hunger for? We most often think of hunger in terms of our physical needs. What is our next meal going to be? During Lent, we are invited in a special way to focus instead on our hunger for God. Pope John Paul II referred to fasting as "therapy for the soul." He went on to say that "practiced as a sign of conversion, it helps one in the interior effort of listening for God. Fasting is to reaffirm to oneself what Jesus answered Satan when he tempted him at the end of his 40 days of fasting...
  • Lent: Why the Christian Must Deny Himself

    02/06/2008 8:22:16 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 783+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | February 6, 2008 | Brother Austin G. Murphy
     We still ask ourselves as Ash Wednesday approaches, "What am I doing for Lent? What am I giving up for Lent?" We can be grateful that the customs of giving up something for Lent and abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent have survived in our secular society. But, unfortunately, it is doubtful that many practice them with understanding. Many perform them in good faith and with a vague sense of their value, and this is commendable. But if these acts of self-denial were better understood, they could be practiced with greater profit. Otherwise, they run the risk of falling...
  • GUIDE FOR LENT - What the Catholic Church Says

    02/04/2008 9:42:59 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 2,889+ views
    NCR ^ | Lent 2008
    Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1438: “The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. Fridays, Lent and Year RoundCanon 1250: “All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Penitential Practices for Today’s Catholics:“Fridays During Lent — In the United States, the tradition of abstaining from meat on each Friday during Lent is maintained.“Fridays Throughout the Year — In...
  • Fast Day Called For Jailed Girls as Allegations of Abuse Surface

    01/16/2008 9:37:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 233+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-16-08 | Ezra HaLevi
    (IsraelNN.com) Allegations of police abuse and a call for a public fast day Thursday by leading rabbis herald the third week in jail for seven teenage girls arrested for building a hilltop outpost. Police forced several of the girls, who are all under the age of 16, to strip in prison, according to their parents. Police also subjected the youngsters to sleep deprivation, a tactic used by the Shabak (General Security Service) when dealing with ‘ticking-bomb’ terrorists, to break their determination. The girls have been held under harsh conditions and have not yet been charged. They refuse to identify themselves...
  • Neanderthal Children Grew Up Fast

    12/04/2007 1:52:30 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 94+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-4-2007 | Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
    Neanderthal Children Grew Up Fast ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2007) — An international European research collaboration led by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology reports evidence for a rapid developmental pattern in a 100,000 year old Belgian Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis).Growth lines inside a Neanderthal tooth (left - diagonally running lines) and on the outside (right- horizontal curved lines). Counts and measurements of these lines helped to determine that the child was approximately 8 years old when it died. (Credit: Tanya Smith, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology) A new report details how the team used growth lines both inside and...
  • CBP Officers Seize Almost 9 Tons of Marijuana

    11/20/2007 5:21:01 AM PST · by Terabitten · 52 replies · 793+ views
    Customs & Border Protection ^ | 19 NOV 07 | News Release
    Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico, Calif. east commercial facility detained a Mexican truck driver after they discovered 8.85 tons of marijuana commingled with a shipment of television screens at the port Friday afternoon, Port Director Billy Whitford said today. The 25-year-old driver, a resident of Mexicali, was registered in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program and was driving a 1992 GMC tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested as flat screen televisions. As the truck waited in line to enter the U.S. through the FAST lane at about 4:20 p.m., CBP canine officers conducted...
  • Pot Seized At Calexico Port Of Entry

    11/11/2007 12:04:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 29 replies · 63+ views
    10 News ^ | Nov. 10, 2007 | 10 News
    CALEXICO, Calif. -- About 8.85 tons of suspected pot worth an estimated $67 million was seized at the Calexico port of entry, federal agents reported Saturday. The contraband was seized Friday, co-mingled with shipments of flat panel television sets, said David de la Peza of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A tractor-trailer truck was in the Free and Secure Trade entry lane at about 4:20 p.m. Friday when drug-sniffing dogs alerted officers, de la Peza said. Officers discovered 1,019 large packages containing 17,701 pounds of suspected pot among the TVs. The accused smuggler is a 25-year-old Mexican and registered...
  • Thompson is Clearly in Over His Head [toe sucker alert]

    09/19/2007 6:12:33 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 241 replies · 720+ views
    RealClear Politics ^ | 9/18/07 | Dick Morris
    He may be the tallest candidate in the race for president, but Fred Thompson is clearly in over his head! In both his fumbling pre-candidacy period and his hesitant, attenuated post-announcement campaign, he's given the clear impression that that he is ill-informed, inarticulate, badly briefed and downright lazy... ...But beneath his casual, disorganized and ill-informed way of running for president, one suspects an arrogance lingers -- a sense of not needing to prepare and a lethargy in the face of challenges that perhaps indicates a failure to appreciate how daunting a task running for president really is.
  • The Troubled Times of John McCain -- An Arizona 'Tribute'

    06/24/2007 2:08:09 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 3 replies · 334+ views
    The Arizona Conservative ^ | June 24, 2007 | Dennis Durband
    McCain on the Issues: Wrongheaded 1. Favors the old as well as the new illegal alien amnesty plans. 2. Favors troop surge to Iraq to defend their borders and government, but opposes doing the same for the U.S. Border with Mexico to defend us from invasion. Can you imagine what effect this position has on the morale of our troops? They are sent to die defending freedom for Iraq while here in the U.S., McCain is giving away our country without a fight. 3. With leftist George Soros' funding help, McCain got Campaign Finance Reform passed. Not only was this...
  • MEPs call for ban on fast cars

    06/07/2007 5:24:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 679+ views
    Autocar ^ | 6/7/07
    Make sure you’re sitting down before reading this story. There is a proposal in a report to the European Parliament calling for a ban on the making of cars capable of more than 101mph. It's all part of a proposal to cut CO2 emissions from cars, and many of the silliest parts come from British Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies. Davies states that 101mph is 25 per cent over the top speed limit in most EU countries. However, according to a report by the BBC, he then goes on to note that "between 1994 and 2004 the power of new...
  • Force-Feeding Near for Fasting Inmate

    03/07/2007 1:33:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 641+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/7/7 | MIKE BAKER
    Raleigh, N.C. (AP) -- Prison workers soon might force feed a former university professor who has been on a hunger strike for six weeks to protest his imprisonment for refusing to testify about Palestinian charities, his lawyer said Wednesday. Sami al-Arian, a Palestinian who taught computer science at the University of South Florida, stopped eating Jan. 22 in objection to a judge's decision to hold him indefinitely because he refused to testify before a grand jury. He has lost more than 40 pounds on his water-only diet and is so weak that he needs a wheelchair, said his wife, Nahla...
  • ASH MONDAY - Beginning of Lent - a time of purification and reflection

    02/19/2007 7:20:46 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 1,757+ views
    February 19, 2007
    Maronite Catholics, like many other Eastern Catholics, get a jump-start on Lent, which begins on "Ash Monday." Father Makram Kozah, spiritual director at the Maronite patriarchal seminary in Lebanon, said the early start gives Maronites "seven full weeks for Lent." "Thursday of the drunkards" precedes Ash Monday. Many Catholics enjoy a cocktail or arrack -- Lebanon's national liquor made from grapes -- with family and friends, but "Thursday of the drunkards" is typically considered the start of a feasting period before the Lenten fast. In previous generations when families were large, a lamb was slaughtered on that Thursday. This gave...
  • 'Grueling' Starbucks fasts latest 40-day fad

    02/03/2007 1:04:33 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies · 466+ views
    WILMINGTON, Del. — At 9:40 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Jim Thorpe stole away from his church's all-night prayer meeting to grab a last-minute latte at the local Starbucks. "I needed one more hit before the Great Denial," he says. The next day he and hundreds of people in his church began their first annual Starbucks fast. "It's a killer," says Thorpe. "I thought forty days without food was tough, but this is psychological warfare." Some churches, tuckered out after long, sobering group fasts in past years, are opting for "fun fasts" — giving up Starbucks, scrapbooking, even Bed, Bath...
  • Short-notice deployment puts wedding on fast track

    01/30/2007 5:09:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 454+ views
    Defense News ^ | 1st Lt. Candice Miller
    Maj. Greg Soukup, 611th Air Intelligence Squadron, received a short-notice deployment to Iraq just 32 days before his long-time planned wedding to Kristen Owens. They were married by the 611th AIS commander, Lt. Col. Christine Morris, in the squadron, Jan. 26. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Garrett Hothan U.S. Air Force Maj. Greg Soukup Short-notice deployment puts wedding on fast track By 1st Lt. Candice Miller Alaskan Command Public Affairs ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2007 -- Wedding bells were ringing at Elmendorf Jan. 26 when an officer from the 611th Air Intelligence Squadron and...
  • Bears' Hester sets NFL record for TD returns(Crown Him! Rookie of the Year!)

    12/11/2006 10:49:45 PM PST · by Echo Talon · 5 replies · 386+ views
    NFL.COM ^ | 12/11/2006 | NFL.com wire reports
    Bears' Hester sets NFL record for TD returnsST. LOUIS (Dec. 11, 2006) -- Chicago rookie Devin Hester ran back two kickoffs for scores for his fifth and sixth return touchdowns of the season, an NFL record. In the second quarter, Hester took the ball on the 6, headed up the middle, then sharply cut to his left and ran untouched down the sideline for the score, giving the Bears a 7-6 lead over the St. Louis Rams. It was his first kickoff return for a score this season, to go with three punt returns for TDs and a 108-yard run...
  • Reforms present: Fast of Rabin

    11/02/2006 9:41:35 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 261+ views
    YNet ^ | Nov. 2, 2006 | Haim Levinson
    'Fast of Rabin,' initiated by Reform movement, set to be added to other fast days in Jewish calendar Haim Levinson Published: 11.02.06, 19:11 To commemorate Yitzhak Rabin's death, the Jewish Reform Movement has initiated The Fast of Rabin, similar to The Fast of Gedaliah. The Fast of Gedaliah commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-appointed official charged with administering the Jewish population remaining in Judah following the destruction of the Temple and exile in 586 B.C.E. Ahead of the memorial day commemorating Rabin's murder, the reform movement's rabbinical council issued a public statement confirming that the memorial day will be...
  • The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God

    09/25/2006 7:51:56 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 7 replies · 409+ views
    God's Holy Days ^ | 1998? | Various
    The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to GodWe have already seen-through the symbolism involved in the Passover-that Christ's shed blood atones for our past sins. In fact, atonement means reconciliation. The Day of Atonement symbolizes the reconciliation of God and all humanity. If we are reconciled to God through Christ's sacrifice, why do we need another Holy Day to teach us about reconciliation? If we are already reconciled, why do we need to fast, as commanded on the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 23:27; Acts 27:9). What is this day's specific significance in God's master plan...
  • Fast felt world's support for U.S. during detour ( 9/11 Genreal B. Fast)

    09/10/2006 12:43:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 841+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The red, white and blue American Airlines plane was about two hours from the East Coast. Flight 49, a Boeing 767, was heading from Paris to Dallas. But this day the aircraft would not make its final destination. Like many planes on Sept. 11, 2001, the flight was ordered to land — but not in the United States. Barbara Fast, then a brigadier general, was on the flight. She planned to make a connecting flight to Tucson and then drive to Fort Huachuca to attend a conference of senior Army intelligence officers. It turns out Fast, who...
  • Rep. Schmidt's Marathon Ad Questioned

    08/25/2006 8:59:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies · 935+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 24 Aug 06 | MATT LEINGANG
    Rep. Schmidt's Marathon Ad Questioned By MATT LEINGANG ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt is fast, capable of running a marathon in 3 hours, 19 minutes, 6 seconds. At least that's what a photo on the Ohio congresswoman's Web site shows. No way, says a rival who contends that the picture from the 1993 Columbus Marathon is doctored and complained to state election officials. A four-member commission panel ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence to look into the complaint. State law prohibits candidates from publishing false statements designed to promote their election. The photo shows...