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  • Obesity? This is a job for Supernanny(neo soviet barf alert)

    08/28/2006 11:20:06 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 272 replies · 2,779+ views
    Fat is not a feminist issue, as Susie Orbach once claimed. Fat is a class issue. Rich, educated people are not fat; you see almost no children in private schools who are overweight. Fatness and obesity are directly related to lower education and lower incomes. What is sad is that at a time when this country is richer than ever and ought to have better schools than ever, we have far more fat people than ever — a dangerous explosion of flab. Last week the Department of Health issued a report grimly called Forecasting Obesity to 2010 and its findings...
  • Americans will die for liberty

    08/24/2006 10:09:29 PM PDT · by DoozerDude · 14 replies · 995+ views
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 08/11/06 | Andrew Gimson
    As we took off from London for New York a few days ago, our three over-excited children asked if there was any chance of the plane being blown up. I explained that the likelihood of that happening was virtually zero, and wondered how we were going to maintain some semblance of order during the flight. One did not wish the sedate American passengers by whom we were surrounded to form the impression that British parents are unable or unwilling to impart the rudiments of good manners.
  • Prolife Home for Unwed Mothers Featured on FX Networks '30 Days' this Wednesday

    08/23/2006 10:51:02 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 94 replies · 2,604+ views
    email | 8 23 06 | email
    LONG BEACH, Ca., Aug. 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- His Nesting Place, a pro-life home for unwed mothers will be featured on FX Networks "30 Days" program this Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00PM. Morgan Spurlock, producer of Super Size Me, sent his video crew along with pro-choice activist, Jennifer from Atlanta Georgia, to His Nesting Place for 30 days. During these 30 days Jennifer lived in the home under the same guidelines as any pregnant woman in a crisis pregnancy situation would live. Jennifer was required to help out around the home as well as volunteer at the crisis pregnancy center...
  • Are you ready for some football?(Florida Judge Blocks Terror Preventing Searches At Football Games)

    08/11/2006 12:14:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,751+ views ^ | 8 10 06 | mdjonline
    Isn't it ironic that one of the things our enemies, the Islamofascists, hate about America is the very thing that enables them to operate here? I'm talking about our openness. Our rights to privacy. The many freedoms granted us by the U.S. Constitution. And the protections and even special treatment afforded Muslim organizations in the U.S. We're a society like no other. Take for example last week's decision by Federal District Court Judge James Whittemore of Florida, who ruled in favor of ACLU lawyers last week that pat down searches before football games should be prohibited because they violate fans'...
  • Help Get Our Candidate for the Texas Governorship Into the Debate

    08/06/2006 3:52:04 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 542+ views ^ | 8 5 06 |
    Out in Texas, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate James Werner is having trouble getting into a televised debate A href="">(The Daily Texan): Libertarian gubernatorial candidate James Werner is asking public broadcaster KERA to include him in the gubernatorial debate in October. The Texas Debates, coordinated by KERA-North Texas, Univision and The Dallas Morning News, excluded Werner because he didn't meet the established debate criteria as a major candidate. Public broadcaster KERA came up with some excuses for not including Werner in the debate, saying it wasn't because of his party affiliation, but his lack of "newsworthiness": "It really has to do with...
  • American Jews stand by Israel

    08/05/2006 9:49:20 PM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    The Jewish Standard ^ | 03AUG06 | Jacob Berkman
    The problem with watching a situation like Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah develop in the news is that it is very much like watching how a sausage is made, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, the president of the Israel Project, told The Jewish Standard. Sometimes you see things that make you queasy.Even though Mizrahi’s Washington, D.C.- based organization is designed to get a pro-Israel P.R. message to the mainstream American and international press, media have been relaying every gory detail of Israel’s attacks against Lebanon, turning the international community decidedly against Israel. But despite international criticism over Israel’s actions in Lebanon over the...
  • Surgeons Fought For Hours To Save Castro's Life

    08/05/2006 6:13:40 PM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 3,851+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-6-2006 | Phil Hart
    Surgeons fought for hours to save Castro's life By Phil Hart in Havana (Filed: 06/08/2006) Doctors at the exclusive Cimeq hospital in western Havana are accustomed to handling the delicate health problems of Cuba's communist elite. It was here last weekend, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt, that they battled for several hours to save the life of the regime's most important patient, Fidel Castro. Unable to stem intestinal bleeding with drugs, the country's top surgeons performed an emergency operation on the veteran leader. To all but a handful of trusted doctors and his closest lieutenants, President Castro's medical condition has...
  • Israel Ready For Massive Invasion

    08/01/2006 4:16:49 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 1,588+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-2-2006 | Rory McCarthy - Ewen MacAskill - Clancy Chassay
    Israel ready for massive invasion · Plan to push far inside Lebanon with thousands of troops· Deadlock within UN and EU Rory McCarthy in Metula, Ewen MacAskill and Clancy Chassay in Beirut Wednesday August 2, 2006 Israeli forces yesterday geared up for an expected major ground invasion of southern Lebanon, with troops in fierce clashes and artillery pounding targets across the area. The military called in air strikes despite a previous commitment to a "partial" halt in air bombardments. Israeli commanders said six brigades - several thousand soldiers - were now deployed inside Lebanon. At least 15,000 reserve troops, called...

    07/25/2006 5:20:18 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 1,537+ views
    Violates Military Uniform Code by wearing uniform while campaigning, Wears officer's uniform that does not match rank at which he retired HARRISBURG - Republican State Committee Executive Director Scott Migli today questioned Joe Sestak, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, for his repeated violations of federal law and U.S. Navy regulations as it relates to appropriate conduct for the wearing of military uniforms. Those violations include wearing his uniform while engaged in campaign activities and wearing a uniform that displays a rank above what the grade at which he retired from service. "Joe Sestak's improper use of the military...
  • NYPD mulls tightening rules for sidewalk, street protests

    07/19/2006 3:59:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 433+ views ^ | 07.19.06 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Police have proposed placing tighter restrictions on protesters who march on sidewalks by making them obtain parade permits — a move civil libertarians say would cripple the rights of people to stage spontaneous demonstrations. The written proposal, made public on July 17, would require permits for any march on a sidewalk by 35 or more people or for street demonstrations involving 20 or more bicycles or other vehicles. It says the new rules are needed to better police “assemblies that obstruct the free passage of public streets and sidewalks.” Current regulations, which are more loosely worded, mandate...
  • Heads up for Californians - Gun Confiscation

    07/18/2006 1:56:13 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 62 replies · 2,168+ views ^ | 7 17 06 | David Hardy
    LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants LAPD & LASO Might Be Knocking On Your Door Next! LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants Officers from the Los Angeles County Gun Task Force in CA have begun serving search warrants on residents in that county who are suspected of holding un-registered "Assault Rifles" including 50 BMG target rifles. If you or any of your friends have not complied with the provisions of AB-50 that require you to register any 50 BMG rifles you own, you may very well expect a knock on your door at any time. This...
  • Germans Hit Road In Search For Jobs

    07/07/2006 6:32:33 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 741+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-8-2006 | Kate Connolly
    Germans hit road in search for jobs By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 08/07/2006) More Germans are emigrating than at any time since the war, driven from home by unemployment or the search for better job prospects. Around 145,000 mainly young people turned their backs on the country last year, more than at any time since 1945, and almost a three-fold increase since the 1980s, according to the Federal Office of Statistics. The favoured countries were America, followed by Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Britain and France. Doctors and academics constitute the largest groups of those leaving. Doctors in particular are choosing...
  • America Supports You: 'Homes for Our Troops' Begins Latest Project

    07/07/2006 6:20:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 322+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 – The first shovels have cut into the land that eventually will hold Marine Sgt. Jared Luce's new home -- one specially adapted to accommodate his disabilities. Members of the area Home Builders Association, Marine Sgt. Jared and Melanie Luce (fourth and fifth from left), and Kirt Rebello (far right) and John Gonsalves (back) of America Supports You organization Homes for Our Troops, break ground July 6 on the Luce's future home in Coventry, Conn. The home will be built to accommodate Luce's disabilities resulting from being wounded in Iraq. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • For Sale: Old, Second-Hand Graves. £3,000 Each, Many Careful Owners

    07/03/2006 8:25:45 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 618+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-4-2006 | Stephanie Condron
    For sale: old, second-hand graves. £3,000 each, many careful owners By Stephanie Condron (Filed: 04/07/2006) A cemetery is offering second-hand graves, with "refurbished" monuments including headstones, obelisks and crosses, to be used again. Recycled burial plots, complete with the original memorials, still contain the remains of those who died at least 75 years ago - the names of the dead are simply scoured from the monuments to allow new inscriptions. The City of London cemetery is selling 1,000 such plots advertised as "traditional-style graves" to be "adopted" by families willing to pay £3,000 to lease them for 50 years. The...
  • Documentary Sets New Date For Exodus

    07/03/2006 2:26:25 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 1,703+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-3-2006 | Etgar Lefkovits
    Jul. 3, 2006 0:15 | Updated Jul. 3, 2006 4:57Documentary sets new date for Exodus By ETGAR LEFKOVITS A new documentary by a Canadian Jewish filmmaker argues that the Exodus did happen, but that it took place a couple of hundred years before the commonly-accepted time frame. The Exodus Decoded, a two-hour documentary by award-winning Israeli-born filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, suggests that the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt as recounted in the Bible occurred around 1500 BCE, about 230 years before the date most commonly accepted by contemporary historians. The 10 plagues that smote the Egyptians, according to the Bible,...
  • Paparazzo Arrested for Hiding Near Daycare

    06/23/2006 11:36:07 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 605+ views ^ | 6 23 06 | associated press
    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - A paparazzo was arrested Thursday after he was discovered hiding in bushes outside a daycare center attended by Angelina Jolie's adopted son, authorities said. Photographer Clint Brewer, 25, was trying to take pictures of 4-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt, according to Cindy Guagenti, a publicist for Jolie's partner, Brad Pitt. Brewer was detained by security shortly before 11 a.m. and the property's owner made a citizen's arrest, said sheriff's Lt. Crystal Miranda. Deputies arrested Brewer on suspicion of trespassing and he was later released on $1,000 bail, officials said. Jolie, Pitt and their children returned to Malibu two...
  • Court's marijuana ruling a victory for authorities(zero tolerance in the real world)

    06/22/2006 9:52:05 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 193 replies · 2,212+ views ^ | 6 22 06 | Steven Hepker
    Marijuana users can be arrested for drugged driving weeks after they toast a joint, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a Jackson County appeal. A veteran prosecutor hailed the ruling as a correct interpretation of the zero-tolerance law that will make enforcement easier. A longtime defense attorney said the high court has opened the floodgates on overreaching government. "This goes to show the Supreme Court does not seem to care about individual rights," Jackson attorney Jerry Engle said. At issue were cases from Jackson and Grand Traverse counties. The local case involved the prosecution of Dennis Kurts for driving...
  • Police Union to Call for Ethics Probe of Rep. McKinney

    06/19/2006 4:28:33 PM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 20 replies · 1,059+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, June 19, 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Police labor officials, angry over a federal grand jury's refusal to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney for assaulting a police officer, said Monday they want the House ethics committee to review her conduct. And they said the grand jury's decision last week sent the message that "it's okay to hit a police officer." "We hope that members of Congress will review her actions in light of their rules within their own ethics committee," Andrew Maybo, chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee, told reporters Monday at a news conference in Washington.
  • Idaho Girl Becomes Superhero for a Day

    06/18/2006 6:28:49 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 3,026+ views ^ | 6 18 06 | Associated Press
    BOISE, Idaho - Most days, 6-year-old Aubrey Matthews spends her energy fighting a brain tumor growing behind her eyes. But the first-grader managed to foil crimes and chase an arch-nemesis through Boise on Friday, serving the city as the superhero "Star" with assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho, The Idaho Statesman reported. When she donned her blue and metallic superhero costume, Star took on the super-powers of X-ray vision, superhuman strength, speed and blowing power _ and a mission: To capture the villain who had stolen a golden star from the Idaho Historical Museum. After Star was alerted by...
  • Woman Sentenced for Baby's Wal-Mart Death

    06/15/2006 1:51:26 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 56 replies · 3,807+ views ^ | 6 15 06 | Associated Press
    MACON, Ga. - A 27-year-old woman was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for leaving her newborn daughter in a Wal-Mart restroom last year. Amy Shorter covered her face after the verdict was read Wednesday, and several relatives cried as they left the courtroom. They declined to comment. The jury found Shorter guilty of felony murder for causing the baby's death while committing first-degree cruelty to children. Defense attorney Elizabeth Lane had argued that Shorter did not intend to kill her child. Lane said Shorter didn't know she was pregnant and panicked after giving birth in the...
  • Jonah Goldberg: The price of 'nice' for Canada

    06/09/2006 6:07:46 AM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 6 replies · 803+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 8, 2006 | Jonah Goldberg
    Our northern neighbor thinks being all multicultural and sucking up to the United Nations will keep the terrorists away. Think again. A FEW YEARS AGO I wrote a cover story for National Review with the subtle and nuanced title, "Bomb Canada: The Case for War." It caused quite a stir up there. My argument at the time was that Canada needed to be slapped out of its delusions and forced to stand up for itself in ways other than the Potemkin courage it shows in "standing up" to the United States. Had I thought of it at the time, maybe...
  • Couple arrested for trespassing hire attorney, plan to sue the city

    05/18/2006 10:34:01 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 109 replies · 5,172+ views ^ | 5 18 06 | Stephen Janis
    BALTIMORE - The Virginia couple arrested Saturday for trespassing after getting lost trying to find Interstate 95 have retained an attorney and plan to sue the city. “In view of what’s happened, it’s a given,” said Dale Anstine, an attorney in York, Pa., who is representing the family. “I personally know these people; they are good kids. I think the conduct of this police officer is beyond outrageous.” Llara Brook, 20, and her boyfriend, Josh Kelly, 22, traveled from Chantilly, Va., to Baltimore to see an Orioles game Saturday. The couple stopped in the 800 block of Bridgeview Drive in...
  • Markets Brace For The Worst (Shades Of 1987?)

    05/14/2006 6:28:31 PM PDT · by blam · 120 replies · 3,518+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-15-2006 | Ambrose Evans-Prichard
    Markets braced for the worst By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (Filed: 15/05/2006) Global markets are bracing for turmoil today after an ominous slide in the US dollar and a slump in equity and bond prices late last week sent tremors through the global financial system, evoking memories of the 1987 crash. Emerging economies have led the sell-off as investors recoil from risky assets, pummelling stocks and bonds in Turkey, Hungary, Iceland and much of Latin America. The currencies of Brazil, Mexico and South Africa all suffered their sharpest falls in two years as foreign funds rushed for the exits. In New York,...
  • Drinking Coffee 'Is Good For The Heart'

    05/11/2006 8:03:30 PM PDT · by blam · 67 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-12-2006 | Celia Hall
    Drinking coffee 'is good for the heart' By Celia Hall, Medical Editor (Filed: 12/05/2006) One to three cups of coffee a day may protect people from heart disease and strokes, according to research which contradicts numerous studies that have suggested that coffee is bad for you. The good news for coffee drinkers comes from a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and is based on a study of 27,000 older women, followed for 15 years. It found a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease by about 30 per cent in women who had a moderate intake of coffee. The...
  • Shape-Shifting Car Will Brace For Impact

    05/10/2006 7:56:31 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 689+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-10-2006 | Tom Simonite
    Shape-shifting car will brace for impact 15:34 10 May 2006 news service Tom Simonite A car that can anticipate a side-on impact and subtly alter its body shape to absorb the force of the crash is being developed by researchers in Germany. The car will use hood-mounted cameras and radar to spot a vehicle on course for a side-on collision. Once it realises an impact is imminent it will activate a shape-shifting metal in the door. This reinforces the bond between door and frame, which is normally a weak spot, and distributes the force of the blow more safely....
  • Fewer undocumented patients, funds good news for Copper Queen hospital

    05/04/2006 3:03:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 607+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Thursday, May 4, 2006 | JONATHAN CLARK
    BISBEE — Three or four years ago, Jim Dickson, CEO of Bisbee’s Copper Queen Community Hospital, was not feeling very upbeat. He had had to cut back on employees and hours, shutter his skilled nursing facility and close the hospital’s maternity ward. The reductions, he says, were largely due to a massive influx of patients from Mexico — illegal immigrants or residents of nearby Naco, Sonora — who could not pay for services. Today, however, things are looking brighter for the hospital and its CEO. Federal funds that provide partial compensation for treating undocumented immigrants have finally started to come...
  • Quiet Revolution For Saudi Shops Begins In Ladies' Underwear

    04/28/2006 5:45:49 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 1,537+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-29-2006 | Anton La Guardia
    Quiet revolution for Saudi shops begins in ladies' underwear By Anton La Guardia in Jeddah (Filed: 29/04/2006) It is hailed as a major step forward for women's emancipation in Saudi Arabia: in the coming weeks they will enjoy the right to buy lingerie from female shop assistants. This may be a far cry from bra-burning feminism but in Saudi Arabia the notion of buying one's brassiere from a woman is nothing short of revolutionary. A new decree requiring shop owners to hire female staff to sell undergarments illustrates the cautious liberalisation the kingdom is undergoing - and how far it...
  • Squaring Up For A Drugs War On Streets Of Laredo

    04/27/2006 7:27:14 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 637+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-28-2006 | Francis Harris
    Squaring up for a drugs war on streets of Laredo By Francis Harris in Laredo (Filed: 28/04/2006) On the far side of the Rio Grande, a Mexican drug runner raised his AK47 at US lawmen. The man and five companions were goading the Americans, 100 yards across the border. Deputies Hinojosa and Pampa beside the Rio Grande "Hey! We're ready to play now," screamed the gunman, who was probably trying to recover the marijuana abandoned on the American side after a chase earlier that day. The threat didn't work. The Texan sheriff's deputy, Abel Hinojosa, stayed where he was, with...
  • St. Paul Ford workers being told plant will close in 2009

    04/13/2006 7:04:02 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 15 replies · 618+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 4-13-06 | DEE DEPASS
    Union members at the Ford plant in St. Paul are being told this morning that the company will close the plant in 2009, an official for the union local said. "The (union) bargaining committee put out a notice to members (today)," said Bob Killeen, treasurer for UAW Local 879, which represents the workers at the plant. The local has scheduled a news conference for 2 this afternoon, said local president Rob McKenzie.
  • Terror Charges for Boys Accused in Plot

    CAMDEN, N.J. - Four teenagers accused of plotting to kill about 25 people in a lunch-period massacre at a high school were charged Thursday under a terrorism law created after the Sept. 11 attacks. The boys, ages 14 to 16, were arrested Wednesday after police heard about the alleged plot from administrators at the school, where three of the teens are students. Their names were not released because of their ages. Authorities said the teens planned to attack students, teachers and others at Winslow Township High. The four boys appeared in family court, and a judge ordered them held for...
  • Cultural Collapse Spells Doom for 'Democracy'

    03/30/2006 7:51:30 AM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 10 replies · 503+ views ^ | March 30, 2006 | Christopher G. Adamo
    From a strictly military perspective, Iraq represents a stunning victory for America. But as capably as American forces prevailed over Saddam Hussein on the field of battle, the post-war effort has been frustrating, to say the least. Efforts to elevate Iraq's new government to a modern version of the democratic process, despite seeming so close to the final goal, are regularly discouraged and stalled. The reasons for this quandary are simple, yet fundamentally profound. In short, democracy, or any of its derivatives (as is our own representative republic), cannot create or uplift a culture. Rather, they will only ever succeed...
  • Italian Seeks Asylum for Christian Convert

    03/28/2006 4:26:20 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 415+ views ^ | 3 28 06 | Associated Press
    ROME - Italy's foreign minister will ask the government to grant asylum to an Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, who was among the first to speak out on the man's behalf, will ask for the permission at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the ministry statement said in a statement Tuesday. Abdul Rahman, 41, was released from prison late Monday, a day after the court dismissed the case under pressure from the Bush administration. He quickly dropped out of sight, as Muslim clerics in his country continued to...
  • Pacifica opposed WWII

    03/21/2006 11:25:41 PM PST · by gwillie · 4 replies · 420+ views
    pacifica radio ^ | Matthew Lasar
    Pacifica Radio in Time of War Peace and War Special by Matthew Lasar Anarcho - pacifists created the Pacifica Foundation. In the 1930s they belonged to groups like the War Resisters League and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. So ardently did they oppose organized violence that they challenged the United States' entry into World War II, the most popular war in American history. They feared nothing, these pacifists - not the camps and prisons to which the government sent them or the jabs of those who condemned their opposition as capricious and immature. They did not even fear that which intellectuals...
  • Father behind bars for daughter's death(60 yo father stabs 12 yo to death)

    03/21/2006 3:23:22 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 1,588+ views ^ | 3 20 06 | Robert Borrelli
    Benton Harbor, MI - A Benton Harbor father is charged with murdering his own daughter. Friends say there had been on-going friction between 60-year-old Albert Ellington and his 12-year-old daughter, Albertnisha for some time. Sunday night, an apparent argument ended with Albertnisha being stabbed to death. Shocking tragedy Albert Ellington just got custody of his two pre-teen daughters late last year. Friends say the meek, mild-mannered man apparently snapped after, what they say, was physical and mental abuse by his daughter. As Albert was arraigned for killing his 12-year-old daughter, those who knew of the situation inside their Hurd Street...
  • New Orleans Officers Cleared of Looting

    03/18/2006 7:08:24 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies · 1,790+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mar 18 | The Associated Press
    Four New Orleans police officers have been cleared of allegations that they looted a Wal-Mart store after Hurricane Katrina, but each was suspended 10 days for not stopping civilians from ransacking the store, the Police Department said. The probe stemmed from an MSNBC report that showed the officers filling a shopping cart with shoes, clothes and other items. When a reporter asked the officers what they were doing, one responded, "Looking for looters" and turned her back. Assistant Police Chief Marlon Defillo, commander of the Public Integrity Bureau, said the officers seen on the video were recently cleared of looting...
  • Dozens of Miami Teachers Fired or Quit: Scandal Grows Over Payments to Get Credit for Courses

    MIAMI (March 17) - A growing scandal over teachers who paid to get credit for courses they never took has cost nearly three dozen educators their jobs, and hundreds of others were being investigated. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 5-4 on Wednesday to fire six teachers and accept resignations from 26 others. The punishments stem from a scam run by former high school teacher William McCoggle, who claimed to offer continuing-education classes through a private company. McCoggle pleaded guilty to fraud in November, admitting he did little more than sell transcripts, requiring no tests, homework or other academic work....
  • What You Should Do To Prepare For An Epidemic (DHHS)

    03/13/2006 10:10:32 AM PST · by blam · 285 replies · 5,447+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3-12-2006 | Lara Setrakian
    What You Should Do to Prepare for an EpidemicStock Up on Essentials and Have an 'Outbreak Plan'How To Protect Yourself Bird Flu How Would You Know If You Had Avian Flu?A Bit of Context on the Bird Flu Threat How To Protect Yourself By LARA SETRAKIAN March 12, 2006 — Will there be an outbreak of avian flu that threatens humans? Many experts disagree on when or if a human pandemic will occur, but do say there is a chance that the virus could mutate, leading to widespread infection. In that case, the best thing you and your family can...
  • A nation on trial for its past

    03/06/2006 8:49:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 227+ views
    CSMonitor ^ | March 06, 2006 | Peter Ford and Beth Kampschror
    PARIS AND SKOPJE, MACEDONIA – Serbia and Montenegro, already struggling to find its place in Europe, risks becoming the first state ever to be formally branded genocidal, as judges at the World Bank last week began hearing arguments in a Bosnian lawsuit over crimes committed during the war in the early 1990s. The case could make Serbia, as the successor state to Yugoslavia, liable for tens of billions of dollars in reparations. But Bosnian Muslims say the suit's importance lies elsewhere, in creating an accurate and unchallengeable account of the conflict, which continues to poison regional politics. "For our future,...
  • (indiana)Man arrested for marijuana possession

    02/28/2006 1:33:27 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 24 replies · 583+ views
    Elkhart, IN - An Elkhart man faces federal charges after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Police arrested 19-year-old Brian Hollars last Wednesday after officers found 28 pounds of marijuana in an apartment in the city. The marijuana has a street value of $53,000. Earlier Monday, Hollars was charged in federal court for drug trafficking. The local charges were dropped to allow the federal government to prosecute Hollars.
  • City of Houston proclaims Marine For Life Day

    02/24/2006 4:25:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Maj. Francis Piccoli
    HOUSTON (Feb. 21, 2006) -- Mayor Bill White signed an official proclamation here marking Feb. 21, 2006, as Marine For Life Day in the city to honor the program that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with transitioning and injured Marines, sailors who serve with Marines and their families. The Proclamation read in part, “ … The program taps into the network of Marine veterans and Marine-friendly businesses, organizations and individuals that are willing to lend a hand to a Marine who served honorably. The Marine For Life program demonstrates that “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” is not a slogan, but truly part...
  • A new insult to toss at female candidates

    02/23/2006 5:22:29 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 998+ views
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune ^ | 23 February 2006 | Sarah Janecek
    It would seem as if there's a new rule for women who are running for the U.S. Senate: Don't be too ambitious. "...So much for 40 years of feminism. Women not only have to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, we also have to look as if we just walked off the set of "Desperate Housewives" while standing over the stove. And for women running for U.S. Senate, there's a new rule: Don't be too ambitious.

    02/16/2006 7:02:34 AM PST · by yoe · 48 replies · 2,149+ views
    Power Line ^ | February 16, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    HE'S BEEN CRAZY FOR A WHILE NOW As we and others have repeatedly noted, one of the major unreported stories of the last week was Al Gore's anti-American speech in Saudi Arabia. I've shaken my head in wonderment over what could have caused Gore to go so far over the top. Money, sure: the Saudis paid him more than a quarter of a million dollars. But they would have paid him even if he hadn't betrayed his country. To the extent that he did, anyway. For what it's worth, I was doing an internet search and ran across (this post)...
  • Olmert Boasts His Longtime Support for Expulsion From Gaza

    02/14/2006 4:31:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 176+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Feb 15, '06 | Staff
    ( In a Tuesday evening address to a forum of the Presidents Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke of his support for a Gaza withdrawal from its earliest stages, adding he was also aware of the level of difficulty involved, but still supported the move. “Their opposition prevented us from assisting them,” added Mr. Olmert.
  • Cindy Sheehan on eBay

    02/09/2006 4:35:43 PM PST · by passionfruit · 37 replies · 731+ views
    ebay ^ | 2/9/06 | Passionfruit
    Please follow the link. Right now she can be yours for a mere $1,100!
  • Millionaire Offers to Buy Riot Gear For Land of Israel Protestors

    02/09/2006 10:11:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 350+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 17:07 Feb 05, '06 | Staff
    ( Maariv daily reports that a millionaire businessman from Ra'anana has offered to donate $20,000 to Land of Israel protestors in order to purchase equipment, including helmets, batons and shields for use in defending themselves during the next expulsion attempt. "When I saw what happened at Amona, that the balance of power was unequal, I didn't see police, I saw masked faces with shields and helmets and I want the settlers to have them too," the man told Maariv. "I don't want the settlers to attack the expellers, I want them to be able to defend themselves," he emphasized. The...
  • Twenty Years In Prison For Having Sex With His Wife

    02/09/2006 5:31:44 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 224 replies · 6,049+ views
    William J. Hetherington has been incarcerated in Michigan prisons for more than 20 years for having sex with his wife Linda. In 1986, he became the first man in Genesee County convicted of the new Michigan crime called spousal rape. Linda was not a battered wife; she testified at the trial that he had never beaten her in their 16 years of marriage. Hetherington was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, received a National Defense Service Medal, and had no police record of any sort. The sentencing guideline for this new offense was 12 months to 10 years but,...
  • World-renowned doctor trades lab coat for uniform

    02/08/2006 4:08:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 514+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Elaine Wilson
    CAMP BULLIS, Texas (Army News Service, Feb. 8, 2006) – A world-renowned cardiologist and top-ranked university vice president, Dr. Ward Casscells joined the Army at age 53 and led the service’s research on avian flu before graduating Feb. 3 from his officer basic course. Casscells is a teacher, doctor and champion of humanitarian relief, with countless hours spent tending to victims of hurricanes, tsunamis and terrorist acts. His studies have led to breakthroughs in cardiology, and his years of research on avian flu are now deemed cutting edge as a potential pandemic begins to loom. With more than 30 years...
  • SILC - the Search for Insurgent Leadership and Caches

    02/05/2006 7:58:28 PM PST · by Southack · 15 replies · 566+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 2/5/2006 | Southack
    Find Zarqawi! Find IEDS! This proposal is for civilian activists to use unclassified satellite imagery to locate buried IED caches, insurgent hotspots, and Al Qaeda leadership. This project is analogous to the SETI project that lets civilians Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence on their home computers, but rather than searching through radio signals, home computer users will volunteer to search the most recent commercial satellite imagery of Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Indonesia, Lebanon, and the Phillipines for potential Al Qaeda leadership "safe houses," foot-trodden trails in mountains, or disturbed dirt that may indicate a recently buried weapons cache, etc. Positive suggestions...
  • Police sorry for arresting Cindy Sheehan, Chief calls it 'mistaken effort

    02/01/2006 6:06:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies · 2,459+ views
    WND ^ | February 1, 2006 | Staff
    Less than 24 hours after anti-Bush peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested for "unlawful conduct" at last night's State of the Union address, the charge is being dropped and federal officials are apologizing. "The officers made a good faith, but mistaken effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol. The policy and procedures were too vague," said Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer. "The failure to adequately prepare the officers is mine." Sheehan was taken into custody shortly after unzipping her jacket, revealing her T-shirt, which had the message, "2245 Dead. How many...
  • Jury clears homeowner who took cop for intruder

    01/29/2006 8:11:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 1,897+ views ^ | 1 27 06 | CHARLES RABIN
    A little more than two years ago, Mario Barcia Jr. was awakened in the dead of night by banging on his door. Startled -- and shaken from two previous robberies -- he grabbed his gun and ran to the front of the house. Within a matter of seconds his life would change forever. Seeing what he described only as a bright light shining through his back door, Barcia fired a single shot. Five shots were returned. Then Barcia fired twice more. His first shot had hit Miami-Dade County police officer Chad Murphy in the back. Barcia was arrested and charged...