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  • Lurid Anti-Ukraine Propaganda Broadcast on State TV

    07/14/2014 7:52:04 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 1 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 14th 2014 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    0544GMT: We’ve all grown accustomed to the lurid claims of the Kremlin’s many state media properties, which we cover frequently and which were most notably rounded up in an Examiner article about “60 Lies,” some of which we’ve debunked. But last week, Channel 1 reached new lows with a claim that the Ukrainian army committed atrocities when liberating Slavyansk. “How could this happen in the center of Europe?” intones the narrator. In the processing of debunking the claim, we can trace the close connection among ultranationalist ideologues in Russia, the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, and Russian state TV programs. One...
  • A Car Saves A Passenger Plane With A Landing Gear Failure

    04/21/2013 6:43:20 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 18 replies
    Car saves a passenger plane with a landing gear failure. The video does not show footage of a real incident. Instead it is a cleverly constructed commercial for a Nissan Frontier truck.
  • First look: Johnny Depp as The Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick Tonto

    03/08/2012 6:55:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 8, 2012 | Emily Sheridan
    <p>After years of delays, the big-screen version of the popular Fifties show started filming last month.</p> <p>And producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave fans a sneak peek at what to expect with the first photo of Armie Hammer as the Ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto.</p>
  • Barack and Michelle Obama hail Kwanzaa umoja

    12/27/2010 8:55:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 65 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12-27-10 | Andrew Malcolm
    Michelle and I extend our warmest thoughts and wishes to all those who are celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today [Dec. 26] is the first of a joyful seven-day celebration of African American culture and heritage. The seven principles of Kwanzaa -- unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- are some of the very values that make us Americans. As families across America and around the world light the Kinara today in the spirit of umoja, or unity, our family sends our well wishes and blessings for a happy and healthy new year.
  • Fewer African-Americans are observing Kwanzaa - why?

    12/21/2010 1:58:27 PM PST · by kingattax · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 21, 2010 | Jenice Armstrong
    I ASKED A 17-year-old I know what he thought about Kwanzaa and he said, "That Jewish holiday?" Uh, no. Clearly, his high school hasn't embraced the multicultural thing and isn't teaching students about the 44-year-old Afrocentric holiday. But I don't knock his ignorance because the truth is that Kwanzaa has never caught on with the majority of black Americans. At the same time, though, it has grown in mainstream acceptance as evidenced by the Kwanzaa postal stamps and greeting cards.
  • Barack Obama 'wanted to join US military'

    09/07/2008 4:25:26 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 70 replies · 248+ views
    Barack Obama has said he considered joining the United States military when he left school but decided not to because the Vietnam war was over and "we weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point". ?
  • Carter: Oil Industry Will Hold Down Prices to Help Republicans

    08/27/2008 2:30:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 420+ views
    Carter: Oil Industry Will Hold Down Prices to Help Republicans Former President Jimmy Carter tells 'Early Show' crude costs will remain low to benefit GOP in 2008 election. By Paul Detrick Business & Media Institute 8/27/2008 4:57:00 PM Former president Jimmy Carter predicted on August 27 that “oil companies will hold down oil prices a little bit, you know, to try to help the Republican ticket.” Carter, who was talking to co-host Harry Smith on “The Early Show” that morning, also said that the economy would be the most important issue, “as it was when Bill Clinton was elected the...
  • Whites in the Minority by 2042, U.S. Census Predicts

    08/13/2008 9:36:12 PM PDT · by nmh · 47 replies · 165+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/13/08 | AP
    WASHINGTON — White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004. The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics. It is also growing older. "The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "The future of America...
  • Evolution as Described by the Second Law of Thermodynamics

    08/11/2008 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Soliton · 73 replies · 2,223+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | August 11, 2008 | Lisa Zyga
    By viewing evolution as the motion of energy flows toward a stationary state (entropy), evolution can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics, a law which conventionally describes physical systems. In this view, a cheetah serves as an energy transfer mechanism, and beneficial mutations allow the animal to transfer more energy within its environment, helping even out the energy.
  • Cat Search Puts Man in Psych Ward

    07/25/2008 3:36:05 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 54 replies · 218+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.26.2006 | UPI
    A New York contractor was committed to a psychiatric ward when he broke through walls to retrieve a lost cat -- an animal doctors thought was a delusion. Chris Muth got out of the hospital after four days, the New York Post reported. The lost cat, Rumi, spent somewhat longer, 15 days, in the bowels of a Brooklyn church being converted into apartments. Muth said he panicked at the thought of losing Rumi when the cat wandered off because he was caring for it for a friend. After going through a hole in a wall, Rumi fell down a shaft....
  • Higher Calling: A woman is ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood (Newsweek)

    09/13/2007 12:41:59 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 82 replies · 1,272+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 13, 2007 | Karen Springen
    Last week 25-year-old Jessica Rowley became one of about a dozen women nationwide to make a highly unusual career move: she was ordained a Catholic priest. Rowley’s ordination—which took place at Eden Theological Seminary, a progressive institution in Webster Groves, Mo.—is approved by the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, a group of churches that decline to recognize the authority of the pope but see themselves nevertheless as Roman Catholic. This week Rowley—who is also married—begins working full-time as an associate pastor at Saints Clare & Francis, a breakaway parish in Webster Groves. The Roman Catholic Church, not surprisingly, does not recognize Rowley...
  • The New Serbian Right and Anti-Semitism

    12/26/2005 8:18:21 PM PST · by Hunden · 48 replies · 1,796+ views
    Helsinki Human Rights Group in Serbia ^ | December 20, 2005 | Sonja Biserko et. al.
    The round table titled “The New Serbian Rights and Anti-Semitism” was organized on November 2, 2005, in the Belgrade Media Center. This first in the series of activities under the project “Overcoming Anti-Semitism and Nationalistic Prejudice” – implemented with the assistance of the Council of Europe – provided the guidelines for further discussion of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and hate speech in today’s Serbia. Five keynote speakers addressed the panel assembling around forty participants. Sonja Biserko, chairperson of the Helsinki Committee, Aleksandar Lebl, journalist and president of the Commission for Monitoring Anti-Semitism (Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia-Montenegro), writer [and...
  • Mark Steyn: Hollywood's PC Perversion Stifles Story-telling (Hollywood Libs' Islamophobia Alert)

    11/27/2005 2:39:45 AM PST · by goldstategop · 106 replies · 3,318+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/27/05 | Mark Steyn
    To judge from the way the weekend's box office is breathlessly reported in the news bulletins on Monday morning, more people seem to be interested in movie grosses than in the movies. Evidently, Hollywood's now recovered from this summer's all-time record "box office slump." Or at any rate news stories about the box office slump have themselves slumped. In a breathless dispatch on the opening weekend of ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,'' the Associated Press reported that ''the latest Potter movie led a lineup that helped reverse the Hollywood box-office slump." I wouldn't say the boy wizard and...
  • Pantsless in Oklahoma - Make Believe drummer Nate Kinsella exposes self at Christian Rock show

    09/12/2005 8:05:09 PM PDT · by weegee · 35 replies · 1,286+ views
    The Meter - Chicago Reader ^ | September 9, 2005 | --BOB MEHR
    Pantsless in Oklahoma Make Believe drummer Nate Kinsella is facing up to ten years in prison and $20,000 in fines for letting it all hang out at a Christian rock show. Make Believe drummer Nate Kinsella probably wishes he'd kept his pants on. According to a police affidavit, at a Christian rock venue in Oklahoma in June he dropped his shorts in front of the crowd, then wrung the sweat from them over the heads of audience members. He's now facing a charge of indecent exposure, a felony that carries penalties of up to $20,000 in fines and ten years...
  • Madonna puts faith before film: (Didn't get the Memo that Kabalah Isn't a 'Faith')

    05/13/2005 8:37:57 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 42 replies · 1,134+ views
    this is london ^ | 13/05/05 - Showbiz! section | By Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
    Madonna was offered a spot on the prestigious Cannes Film Festival jury, but turned it down because she would have missed two Kabbalah meetings back in London. Her religious obligations represented a no-Cannes- do scenario for festival officials; they would have meant the singer making two trips from the South of France back to London during the festival panel's busiest periods. Madonna has turned down other social engagements in the past because of conflict with her commitment to Kabbalah. 'We talked about her being on the jury, but her religion meant this could not happen. It is a regret because...
  • DEATH IN ATLANTA AND GENDER SAMENESS IN THE HAPPY LAND OF MAKEBELIEVE (Don Feder Alert)

    03/18/2005 3:00:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 66 replies · 1,806+ views
    DonFeder.com ^ | 03/17/05 | Don Feder
    America today is The Happy Land of Make-Believe. We’ve become exquisitely adept at ignoring reality when it offends the prevailing cultural ethos. But reality always reasserts itself in the end – often with deadly consequences. Take gender differences. In the Happy Land of Make-Believe, we like to pretend that men and women are interchangeable – physically as well as psychologically. According to feminist dogma, women can be tough and aggressive – men sensitive and nurturing. Hence women firefighters, female soldiers and 5’ 2” cops. In Atlanta, on Friday, reality had the last word. Brian Nichols, a former college football player...
  • HUMOR: Election 2004 Update: Democrats Demand Recount in Texas; Claim Presidency May Have Been Stole

    11/16/2004 8:28:22 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 65 replies · 1,618+ views
    BS News | 11-16-04 | TitansAFC
    The Democratic Party in Texas filed a lawsuit today demanding a statewide recount. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), and Barney Frank (D-MA) joined with other national Democratic figures in calling for a closer look at the vote tally in Texas. "Something just doesn't seem right," said Democratic Representative Henry Waxman. "There are still provisional ballots to be counted, as well as overseas ballots, and spoiled ballots. Bush only won the state by 1,700,000 votes, so who knows what the final result might be?" MoveOn.Org posted the following on their popular 527 website: "There are reports that Bush got far more votes...
  • A Jordanian Theory: US, UK Behind Iraqi Terrorism

    09/12/2004 1:06:32 PM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 16:50 Sep 10, '04 / 24 Elul 5764
    In an unsigned editorial last week, Jordan's Al-Rai daily newspaper made the claim that it was American and British intelligence services behind the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq last month. The paper also implied that Washington orchestrated recent terrorist attacks on Iraqi churches. All told, "imperialistic and evil Zionist forces are moving to return Iraq to the pre-industrial age amid all this chaos," the editorial said. Al-Rai explained the kidnapping of the French journalists "means that Washington has not forgotten to make the French pay for their principled stand" against the invasion of Iraq. As evidence for this...
  • Revoke the Oscar - Moore's Bowling for Columbine NOT a Documentary

    04/15/2003 4:41:39 PM PDT · by SFchick · 19 replies · 715+ views
    www.revoketheoscar.com ^ | 4/15/2003 | www.revoketheoscar.com
    Bowling for Columbine violated the Academy's own rules. These limit the documentary competition to nonfiction films. Bowling isn't nonfiction. Whenever it was necessary to his theme, Moore invented facts, fabricated events, staged scenes, or doctored the depiction of what actually happened.
  • Live shot from NBC's Burbank Studio

    03/20/2003 7:00:10 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 19 replies · 178+ views
    West Wing staffer in a state of shock and lockjaw | 3/20/03 | Peacock Mole
  • The Two Towers: A FReeper Review

    12/18/2002 8:15:42 AM PST · by egarvue · 75 replies · 459+ views
    Self
    Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a midnight showing of The Two Towers. What follows is my attempt at a spoiler-free review. Of three books of the trilogy, "The Two Towers" was always my favorite - I looked forward to the movie in fevered anticipation. I decided to throw caution to the wind and go to the midnight showing; I knew I would be hurting at work today (quick nurse, my caffine IV is low!) I was very surprised to get to the theater in our small city and find it utterly packed, my friend and I were...
  • Congress To Delay Iraq Resolution "As Long As We Feel Like It"

    09/27/2002 9:30:00 AM PDT · by Gumlegs · 19 replies · 197+ views
    IP & UP | September 27, 2002 | Bogus Schwein-Hund
    WASHINGTON- The Bush administration's push for a congressional expression of support for disarming Saddam Hussein is being slowed by Democratic concerns about a allowing the United States to appear effective in the war against terrorism. Three Democratic senators, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, told Secretary of State Colin Powell the White House was asking Congress for unprecedented backing, although Sarbanes later stated that Congress might approve "some sort of conditional approval, say, on a day-by-day basis, with a month or two to debate each day's authorization." The senators did not question a...
  • Congress Won't Allow "Unfair" War Plans

    09/23/2002 2:10:35 PM PDT · by Gumlegs · 59 replies · 423+ views
    UP & IP | Sept. 23, 2002 | Noncomp Osmentis
    WASHINGTON--Lawmakers predicted Sunday that President Bush's request for a mandate to restore regional security in the Mideast would be scaled down to address just Iraq, to allow Saddam Hussein to counter-attack as long as he does it from some other country. The White House has proposed a resolution that would authorize the president ''to use all means that he determines to be appropriate, including force, in order to ... defend the national security interests of the United States against the threat posed by Iraq, and restore international peace and security in the region.'' ''It's much too broad, there's no limit...
  • Federal Judges who DEFY the Law and violate MANDATORY minimum Sentences imposed by Statute.

    06/08/2002 6:06:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies · 782+ views
    The November Coalition ^ | FR Post 6-8-2 | Editorial Staff
    For years now, many Federal Judges have taken a stand against mandatory minimum sentences. Over 86% call for outright abolition of mandatory sentencing. Some Senior Federal Judges have refused to hear drug cases because of the long sentences they are bound by law to give defendants. Many Federal Judges are recording their dissent and we are collecting them here: Judge Robert W. Pratt - U.S. Southern District of IowaChief Judge Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals, First CircuitJudge Volney V. Brown Jr. Former US Magistrate,  Los Angeles (1982 to 1995)Judge Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court, BostonU.S. Senior District...