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  • George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    By Chris Francescani SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend....
  • Arizona executes killer who showed no remorse

    04/25/2012 1:37:04 PM PDT · by South40 · 49 replies
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | 4/25/2012 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - A defiant killer who asked for no mercy, shunned a clemency hearing and railed against immigrants at his sentencing was put to death by lethal injection in Arizona on Wednesday for kidnapping and killing a Hispanic college student in 1992, officials said. Thomas Kemp, 63, was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. local time at the state prison in Florence, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix, a state official said. His last words were: "I regret nothing."
  • Who has your vote now? Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Neither?

    04/25/2012 1:34:31 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 181 replies
    This yahoo poll needs some freeping. Being a yahoo poll I would have thought Obama would be further ahead.
  • Snail mail: Postcard arrives to wrong house, half a century later

    04/25/2012 12:46:57 PM PDT · by RightFighter · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2012 | Jana Winter
    Talk about snail mail! The nearly 60-year journey of a postcard through at least four states is finally winding down, although the little Georgia boy whose parents wrote him during a trip to Chicago is now 71 years old. The postcard, with a picture of the Windy City's Shedd Aquarium on the front and a 2-cent stamp on the back, landed in the mailbox of Elizabeth Fulcher, of South Daytona, Fla., last week.
  • Salahi Announces Bid for Virginia Governor

    04/25/2012 12:17:10 PM PDT · by bkepley · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | April 25, 2012 2:47 P.M | Noah Glyn
    Salahi has confirmed his plans to run for the Republican nomination:
  • Death from above: Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform battlefield

    04/25/2012 10:29:58 AM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 45 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4-23-2012 | Ted Thornhill
    In the clip ‘FPSRussia’, whose Call of Duty videos and real-life weapon demonstrations have earned him a cult following, shows off a quadrotor – a mini helicopter with four rotors - outfitted with a machine gun. The machine is controlled by a tablet computer and FPSRussia explains that a camera on front of the quadrotor gives him a ‘birds’ eye view’ of the target.
  • Fox News Mole Charged With Grand Larceny

    04/25/2012 9:58:12 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 9 replies
    Breitbart- Big Government ^ | 4/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    “Fox News mole” Joe Muto tweeted this morning that he was issued a search warrant today, and that his iPhone, laptop, and old notebooks were confiscated by law enforcement. Muto added that he was being charged with “grand larceny, among other things.” The Muto story has to be one of the biggest liberal media fails in recent memory. Gawker paid Muto $5,000 for his scoops on Fox News – and Muto promptly revealed that Mitt Romney likes horses. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes brought the hammer down on Muto immediately... As it turns out, Ailes was quite serious about Muto’s...
  • Russian Security Firm Says Flashback Botnet Is Not Shrinking

    04/25/2012 6:50:42 AM PDT · by johncatl · 25 replies
    CRN (Computer Reseller News) ^ | 4/23/2012 | Kevin McLaughlin
    Contrary to recent reports, the worldwide botnet of Macs infected with the Flashback malware has remained relatively steady in size, the Russian security vendor Dr. Web said over the weekend. Dr. Web discovered the botnet -- which it calls BackDoor.Flashback.39 -- on April 4. It claims that more than 817,000 bots have connected to the botnet thus far, and that an average of 550,000 infected machines are interacting with a command-and-control server each day.
  • 67 years later, the homecoming (Mississippi - WWII Honor Flights)

    04/25/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 2 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | April 25, 2012 | By DONNA HARRIS
    GULFPORT -- For many of the veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight 3, it was the homecoming they’d missed. Several thousand people crowded the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Tuesday to welcome the 93 World War II veterans and the one Korean War veteran home after their daylong visit to Washington. The well-wishers carried banners and waved flags, cheering for the weary heroes as they made their way to the airport’s commons area. Some shuffled, others rolled. All smiled.
  • Democrats Have Bigger Anti-Mormon Problem in Election Than GOP Has

    04/24/2012 10:55:27 PM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    TheDailyBeast ^ | 4/23/2012 | Peter Beinart
    Polls show 27 percent of Democrats would not vote for a Mormon, versus 18 percent of Republicans. There are votes in anti-Mormonism, but the Obama campaign must resist any temptation to play on it. With just over six months before Election Day, the 2012 presidential campaign looks dull but astonishing. It’s dull because Barack Obama no longer elicits the kind of passion he did in 2008, and Mitt Romney has never elicited much passion at all. But it’s astonishing because it features an African-American and a Mormon, two of the most discriminated-against groups in American history. In the year of...
  • Deep-pocket dreamers aim high with space mining

    04/24/2012 10:48:53 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 24, 2012 | Sandi Doughton
    Space mining has been a longtime staple of science-fiction films — and the companies are almost always the villains. The transport ship in "Alien" was towing a load of ore when sinister, corporate overlords diverted it into the clutches of the galaxy's baddest monster. "Avatar" was all about saving the inhabitants of Pandora from thugs clawing their home planet to shreds in search of "unobtanium." Nevertheless, a group of entrepreneurs received a hero's reception Tuesday in Seattle, when they unveiled a new company with the goal of extracting platinum, gold and other valuable resources from asteroids. Director James Cameron, who...
  • The 10 Most Idiotic Questions from FDNY Entrance Exams [Obama and Holder claim these are "racist"]

    04/24/2012 10:01:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies ^ | December 15, 2010 | Steven Thrasher
    While reporting this week's cover story "Hosed," the Voice obtained two FDNY Entrance Exams (identified as "7029" and "2043"). We took all the questions ourselves, and were kind of amazed at how idiotic some of them were. Answering them, we had to wonder: why shouldn't minorities be expected to do as well on these questions as white people? But equally troubling was this thought: is answering these questions correctly really going to make someone a good firefighter? Here are what we considered the 10 most painfully obvious questions. Take them yourself and let us know what you think. 10. A...
  • SpaceX delays first private launch to space station

    04/24/2012 8:54:54 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Space News ^ | April 24, 2012 06:00
    SpaceX delays first private launch to space station by Staff Writers Washington April 24, 2012 SpaceX has postponed by a week its bid to become the first private company to attempt to launch an unmanned cargo vessel to the International Space Station. "After reviewing our recent progress, it was clear that we needed more time to finish hardware-in-the-loop testing and properly review and follow up on all data," SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham said late Monday. "While it is still possible that we could launch on May 3rd, it would be wise to add a few more days of margin...
  • Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement(am not a brat, never drove a Ferrari)

    04/24/2012 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/24/12 | MARK MCDONALD
    Flamboyant Son of Fallen Chinese Leader Makes a Statement By MARK MCDONALD | April 24, 2012, 9:47 pm HONG KONG — In the most sensational political drama in decades in China, the fall of the former Politburo member Bo Xilai has captivated the country for months with its cloak-and-dagger intrigue, charges of corruption and murder, and a compelling cast of personalities. Among the central characters in the tumult is Mr. Bo’s son, Bo Guagua, 24, a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was even mentioned in the official statement describing the reasons for his father’s removal from...
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • Some advice about George Clooney [junk email from Obama]

    04/24/2012 4:52:06 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 5 replies
    obama spam | 04/24/2012 | Ann Marie Habershaw
    [Name Deleted to Protect the Patriot]-- I have some advice for the two people who will be selected to go to a party for the President at George Clooney's house: Choose your guest wisely. Whoever you pick to join you is going to owe you big time. Think about it -- and chip in $3 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered: [donation link deleted.... :-] - Ann Marie Ann Marie Habershaw Chief Operating Officer Obama for America P.S. -- Regarding your airfare and hotel, we've got it covered. Just get your name in the mix today.
  • [Earth Day 1990] Celebrants leave [150] tons of litter [in New York's Central Park]

    04/24/2012 2:35:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Lodi News-Sentinel ^ | April 24, 1990
    NEW YORK (UPI) - Sanitation crews scooped up 154.3 tons of litter left by Earth Day celebrants in Central Park by midday Monday and were still cleaning up at day's end.
  • Spaniards once ate elephant meat

    04/24/2012 1:07:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Spero News ^ | April 24, 2012 06:00
    Spaniards once ate elephant meat Tuesday, April 24, 2012 By Spero News Researchers have found cut and percussion marks in elephant bones in the site of Preresa. Article Tools Discuss Humans that populated the banks of the river Manzanares (Madrid, Spain) during the Middle Palaeolithic (between 127,000 and 40,000 years ago) fed themselves on pachyderm meat and bone marrow. This is what a Spanish study shows and has found percussion and cut marks on elephant remains in the site of Preresa (Madrid). In prehistoric times, hunting animals implied a risk and required a considerable amount of energy. Therefore, when the...
  • Weeping four-year-old girl [falsely] accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers

    04/24/2012 12:44:26 PM PDT · by grundle · 51 replies ^ | April 24, 2012 | Hugo Gye
    Full title: Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security A four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line. The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down. Terror threat? Four-year-old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat-down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport In her terror, Isabella tried to run...
  • Naturally occurring radioactivity part of Western Slope life (Colorado)

    04/24/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 16 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | 4/22/2012 | Matthew Berger
    Coloradans are subjected to, on average, four times more naturally occurring radiation than the average American. It is the price of living in a mountainous and geologically rich region, but the full impact of that background radiation on residents’ health is poorly understood. Aside from an increased risk of skin cancer because of higher elevations and a heightened but avoidable lung-cancer risk from radon seeping from uranium-rich soils, it appears the higher-than-average background radiation levels in Colorado, and Mesa County in particular, are still lower than what would be deemed hazardous. Some experts even believe the low levels may have...