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  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • There was heroism and cruelty on both sides, the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days

    05/02/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 30 April 2015 | Howard Amos
    The emergency calls became increasingly desperate. “When are you coming? It’s already burning and there are people inside,” a woman told the fire brigade dispatcher. Minutes later, callers started describing how people were jumping from the upper floors. “Have you lost your minds?” one man asked, his voice breaking. “There are women and children in the building!” another man yelled. In one of the most deadly episodes in Ukraine’s turbulent 2014 power transition, 48 people were killed and hundreds injured on 2 May last year in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Street battles culminated in a fatal fire at...
  • Blast occurs near Odessa office of Ukraine’s Samopomoshch party

    03/11/2015 9:46:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 3-12-2015 | TASS
    An explosion has occurred in Odessa near a business centre where an office of the parliamentary party Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) is located, a spokesman for the Odessa region department of the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Thursday. "The explosion occurred on the ground floor near the entrance to the building. Bomb specialists are working at the site," the spokesman said, adding that the blast had been classified as a terrorist act. The blast at the Admiralteisky business centre was reported at 0:30 a.m. local time /1:30 a.m. Moscow time/. No one was hurt.
  • Palin skewers Obama, national politics, media in Midland visit

    02/12/2015 10:45:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | February 12, 2015 | Joseph Basco
    In a lecture event titled “Groundbreakers, Mavericks, and TrailBlazers: How Women are showing 21st Century Leadership,” John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute guest Sarah Palin spent her opening speech time on hitting all the key points a conservative Midland-Odessa wants to hear: American exceptionalism, attacks on President Barack Obama and foreign countries, praise of President Ronald Reagan, cleaning up the “good ol’ boys” system in Washington, D.C., and saying “screw political correctness.” Palin was the center of attention at the Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening. She spent the first half of the roughly 90-minute event speaking freely on...
  • At least 10 killed when Texas prison bus hit by train: reports

    01/14/2015 9:15:17 AM PST · by bgill · 42 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Reuters
    A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people veered off a road and was hit by train on Wednesday, prison officials said, with local media saying at least 10 people were killed in the accident. The bus with 12 inmates and three corrections officers was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off a highway and ended up on railroad tracks, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said based on preliminary reports. The accident took place near the western Texas city of Odessa.
  • Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the Facts

    08/10/2014 12:36:44 PM PDT · by WildSnail · 48 replies
    Human Rights in Ukraine ^ | 8/10/2014 | Halya Coynash "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the FactsHalya Coynash The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.While the horrific reality of MH17 was so vivid in people’s minds, the alternative reality presented in the Russian media was widely recognized as grotesque. Denial may seem comical now, it will not necessarily in a few months or in...
  • Yarosh: Right Sector to guard voting sections in eastern Ukraine during elections

    05/23/2014 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 5/23/2014 (7:25 AM, EST) | Interfax-Ukraine
    Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh has said that representatives of his organization will contribute to ensuring security at voting stations in eastern Ukraine. ...
  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • Did Putin Plan the Odessa Massacre?

    05/13/2014 11:02:27 AM PDT · by AU72 · 109 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 13, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    In 1943, having murdered most of the Jewish population of the occupied portions of the Soviet Union, the Nazis launched a campaign to exterminate the Slavs as well. As part of this effort, Nazi SS units under the command of Himmler protégé Jochem Peiper (who later achieved infamy in the West as well for his massacre of captured GIs at Malmedy during the Battle of the Bulge) systematically rounded up Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarussian villagers, herded them into their churches, blocked the doors, and set them ablaze. Over a thousand such massacres were perpetrated, and the memory of these horrific...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • Ukrainians form militias to defend nation against chaos

    05/07/2014 6:21:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 118 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 7, 2014, 11:13 p.m. | Mark Rachkevych
    In the absence of effective military forces or law enforcement, Ukrainians are taking the defense of the nation in their own hands through loosely organized militias. One of them popped up in a YouTube video on May 2. Although the group was unidentified, the clip was posted by a pro-Ukrainian group of former military and law enforcement officers, calling themselves the Donbass Volunteer Battalion. The video shows men armed with Kalashnikov rifles and clad in black ninja outfits dismantling a Kremlin-backed roadblock near Krasnoarmiysk in western Donetsk Oblast. The national warriors also claim that 15 pro-Russian rebels were handed over...
  • Two Odessa fire survivors, both in the anti-government camp, tell their stories

    05/08/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 8, 2014, 7:46 p.m. | Lily Hyde
    Editor's Note: The investigation into the fights and fires that killed 46 people in Odessa on May 2 is still ongoing. There are conflicting claims. Here are the stories of two women who say they were part of the anti-Ukrainian government camp. ODESSA, Ukraine - As citizens of Odessa come to terms with the tragedy of May 2, more accounts are emerging of the fatal events that killed 46 people. At a funeral on May 7 for an anti-government activist killed in the fire that destroyed local Trade Unions House, several other protesters who had been trapped in the burning...
  • Odessa: Who is to blame for 46 Odessa deaths?

    05/08/2014 7:47:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    ODESSA, Ukraine – In the bloodiest day in Ukraine since government snipers claimed more than 50 lives during the EuroMaidan Revolution on Feb. 20, 46 people were killed in Odessa on May 2. The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a peaceful pro-Ukrainian rally, whose participants, uncharacteristically, fought back. But nearly a week later, many questions remain about who died, how they died, why so many perished and who is responsible for their deaths amid accusations from Ukraine’s leading presidential candidate, Petro Poroshenko, that a toxic chemical was used in the building where most lost their...
  • What Russian TV won’t show about the events in Odessa

    05/06/2014 4:22:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    khpg ^ | 06.05.2014 17:09 | Halya Coynash
    A lot has been reported about the events in Odessa on May 2, and the following is no attempt to repeat reliable chronicles of witnesses, just to add certain points – and certain images - that either get forgotten or which Russian TV channels are assiduously muffling or distorting. Viewers of Russia Today can easily switch channels – to BBC, CNN, others - and find a markedly different version of events. This is not the case for the majority of television viewers in Russia and, at present, in some parts of Ukraine, including the Crimea.
  • Who makes up the ranks of Kiev's "elite National Guard" being sent to Odessa and Slavyansk?

    05/06/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    5/6/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Fox News reported yesterday that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Odessa, and today the International Business Times reported that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Slavyansk. Who makes up the ranks of this elite National Guard when Vice News reported on March 19, 2014 - in their article "A look Inside Ukraine's Volunteer National Guard" - and in it said then that Ukraine had - by its own admission - only 6,000 combat-ready troops? Looks like Kiev didn't/doesn't have a pot to even... much less an "elite National Guard." BTW, Vice News was the news...
  • Pro-Russian groups go online with death threats against Odessa residents

    05/06/2014 7:02:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 5, 2014, 9:47 p.m. | Olga Rudenko
    Their opponents went even further. Several pro-Russian, AntiMaidan Vkontakte group have been posting photos, names and personal data of EuroMaidan supporters from Odessa, as well as local members of the militantly nationalist Right Sector who allegedly participated in the violence on May 2. The photos are often accompanied with the calls to “find and destroy” the person. [....] At least three of the similar groups were blocked by Vkontakte administration in the past days for extremism and direct calls for murders. The same aggressive pro-Russian groups have been sharing fake quotes of Ukrainian politicians, including interim President Oleksandr Turchynov saying...
  • Ukrainian Ballerinas Turn Swan Lake into Subversive Anti-Putin Performance

    05/05/2014 8:09:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 2, 2014 (Issue # 1808) | Anna Dolgov
    Ballerinas in the Ukrainian city of Odessa have performed a dance from the Swan Lake ballet for Russian President Vladimir Putin — but the gesture was far from salutary. [....] "For millions of Soviet people, televised performance of the world-renowned ballet 'Swan Lake' always signaled a change in the country's leadership — either the death of the Secretary-General, or his ouster as a result of a coup," regional lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko said when introducing the performance in front of Ukrainian television cameras.
  • SBU calls another five names of Russians - participants in Odesa provocations

    05/05/2014 2:05:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    ukrinform ^ | 05.05.2014 09:51 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, May 5 /Ukrinform/. The Security Service of Ukraine expanded a list of citizens, involved in disorders in Odesa on May 2 with mass human victims. In particular, according to the SBU, Article 294, Part 2 “Mass disorders that caused deaths of people or other grave consequences” - Russian citizens were detains ....
  • Odesa Dispatch: 'Some Murders Are Announced'

    05/04/2014 7:32:56 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Monday, May 05, 2014 | Elena Rykovtseva
    Elena Rykovtseva, a correspondent for RFE/RL's Russian Service, was in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa when clashes broke out between pro-Russian separatists and supporters of the government in Kyiv on the evening of May 2. [....] By the way, residents of the city have told me that Odesa real-estate brokers, in all seriousness, ask, "To whom are you renting your apartment? Spies?" I am convinced that all rented apartments, that all of the sanatoriums, of Odesa are inundated with men from Russia who live quietly in rooms alone or with another person. Biding their time.
  • UKRAINE: Odessa-City of Ukrainians, Jews, Russians. Of All

    05/04/2014 5:36:23 PM PDT · by ^ | 5-4-2014 | Peter Shuklinov
    Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators hold flares and make their way to the trade union building, in Odessa, Ukraine.Photo: AP Earlier- right now at the monument to Duke has not less than two thousand people. All times are new people. Waiting for reinforcements and will go through the streets and cleaned. Odessa will never be a Russian city. Odessa-Ukraine. City of Ukrainians, Jews, Russians. Of All. If someone believes otherwise and wants-no negotiations with them. The separatists want to destroy. -hundreds of citizens go to the Kulikovo field. Will hang the flag of Ukraine on the House of trade unions. By the...
  • What really happened in Odessa: A step-by-step reconstruction....

    05/04/2014 2:19:56 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 4, 2014, 5:54 p.m. | Sergiy Dibrov
    Gunshots fired by pro-Russian aggressors; first person killed That’s when the first gunshots were fired. One of the AntiMaidan supporters, armed with Kalashnikov machine gun, opened fire in a lane leading to Odessa’s main Derybasivskaya Street. A bullet hit a young football fan in the chest, killing him. Several dozen others were taken away by ambulance, injured by rocks. After the first blood spilled, the violence escalated.
  • Pro-Russian Activists Attack Police Station in Odessa, Prisoners Freed

    05/04/2014 9:46:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05-04-2014 | Alexey Furman
    ODESSA, Ukraine — Hundreds of pro-Russian activists attacked a police station in this southern port city, forcing open its gate and breaking windows. The prison is holding dozens of those arrested after the unrest here on Friday. Hundreds of activists surrounded the building and called for the release of their detained comrades. "Russians won't abandon their own!" the militants chanted as they smashed windows and broke down the gate at the compound. Others shouted "Russia! Russia!" and "we will not forgive!" About 20 to 30 people were allowed to leave the prison, NBC News confirmed, although local reports said nearly...
  • Odessa, house of professionals - poisoned by Russians

    05/04/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 6 replies
    Russian translation | 5/3/2014 | Anlena Nikolayenk
    <p>World look: Do not say that you did not see!!</p>
  • UKRAINE: Odessa is going to resist the pro-Russian separatists.

    05/04/2014 9:03:47 AM PDT · by · 20 replies ^ | 5-4-201411 minutes ago | Oleg P Magdych
    Attention residents! Important information! Odessa is going to resist the pro-Russian separatists. In response to the capture of the militia, and demonstration of Gorotdel complete powerlessness of the law enforcement agencies, to protect the citizens of his native city! Volunteers spontaneously gathered downtown. Huge request-do not go without the items of equipment and protective equipment. Please act in a coordinated manner, together with organised self-defence groups. According to sources "Censor." in the coming hours in the Odessa area will be replaced by executive management. Instead of the Governor's new Chief of Nemirovsky might be appointed Igor Palitsa, one of the...
  • Moscow demands confirmation whether Russians were among Odessa victims

    05/02/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 5-3-2014 | TASS
    Moscow urged Kiev to give more information whether Russians were among Odessa fire victims, otherwise the report would be viewed as a new attempt to blame Russia for everything, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. Ukrainian media reported that 15 of the victims in Odessa were Russian citizens who allegedly had participated in protests. "A question arises on what materials such conclusions are based. If all the victims are identified and there are confirming documents, they must be immediately made public, but not playing on feelings of relatives of the victims and trying to stir up emotions among people who are...
  • 38 people die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine's Odessa

    05/02/2014 12:32:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 5/2/14 | RT
    At least 38 anti-government activists died in fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House after suffocating with smoke or jumping out of windows of the burning building, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was set ablaze by the pro-Kiev radicals. [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT INSIDE] Some 50 people, including 10 police officers, were also injured in the incident, the official statement said. It was not immediately clear whether those injured in Friday street clashes in Odessa were included in those numbers. According to the ministry, the Friday standoff on Odessa included “anti-Maidan” activists on one side and “football fans” from Odessa and...
  • Ukraine crisis: Dozens killed in Odessa fire amid clashes

    05/02/2014 12:26:04 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 85 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 5/2/2014 | Staff
    At least 38 people have been killed in a fire in an official building amid clashes in Odessa, in south west Ukraine, local police say. ...
  • At least 38 killed in fire in Ukraine's Odessa

    05/02/2014 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Chad_the_Impaler · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 2 May 2014 | Reuters
    At least 38 people were killed in a fire on Friday in the trade union building in the center of Ukraine's southern port city of Odessa, regional police said. In a statement, the police said some had been overwhelmed by smoke and others were killed when they jumped from the building's windows.
  • Breaking: Man shot dead in Odessa clashes (Ukraine)

    05/02/2014 8:00:07 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    ITV ^ | 5-2-2014 | ITV
    One man has been shot dead in clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian unity supporters in Ukraine's southern port city of Odessa, Reuters have reported. Just breaking now.
  • UPDATE: Odessa Police Officer Arrested for Improper Sexual Activity with Person in Custody 3/14/14

    03/15/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 13 replies
    CBS 7 has obtained the two arrest affidavits for Odessa Police officer Salvador Becerra. In the affidavits, investigating Texas Ranger Brian Burney states on two separate traffic stops, Officer Becerra brought a female back to his patrol car, asked her breast size and proceeded to touch her breasts underneath her bra after a little bit more conversation. The most recent incident occurred on March 9th and soon after the female reported a complaint to OPD. The affidavit states Officer Becerra said "if she made an exception then they would not go to jail" since she released to him that she...
  • Israelis in Odessa: We’re attacked by neo-Nazis

    11/12/2013 11:06:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11.11.13, 23:43 | Michal Margalit
    Israelis who study in Odessa, Ukraine are afraid to leave their apartments following neo-Nazi riots around the city, they say. “I went out with my brother to play in a nearby yard, and on the way back, five minutes away from home, we were assaulted by more than 30 people aged 25-30, who came out of an alley. My brother, 19, managed to escape, but they circled me and gave me a terrific beating,” one student recounted. …
  • Vanity - FReepers thoughts on Odessa-Midland

    09/06/2013 6:21:36 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 76 replies
    n/a | Sept. 6 2013 | myself
    Seeking FReeper comments of living in Odessa-Midland. A relative (Texan by birth) may have a chance on relocating to Odessa Texas. The person is not in the oil bidness. but a professional in the Medical field. I see where both together now have a pop of 200k+. I have never been there but always heard talk of all the roughnecks in Odessa. The old story of oil owners living in Midland and the oil workers living in Odessa. First hand info most welcome.
  • IN OUR VIEW: Are we safer with a ban on BB guns?(TX)

    07/16/2012 6:39:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 15 July, 2012 | NA
    Citizens of Odessa can now rest easy. BB guns are banned in public between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. after the Odessa City Council last week passed an ordinance pushed by Police Chief Tim Burton. Along with the BB gun, it bans airsoft guns and slingshots on a person or in a vehicle (except in a trunk) at night. Now, we acknowledge a recent spat of vandalism destroyed windows and other property throughout town. Burton said 158 criminal mischief acts occurred in the last year and they were primarily after dark. He called the new ordinance a helpful law to...
  • Trap Springs On Corrupt Cops in Odessa, Texas (Smile, you are on Candid Camera!)

    12/07/2008 1:30:49 PM PST · by Copernicus · 33 replies · 3,022+ views
    Cleveland Examiner ^ | 12/06/08 | J.D. Tuccille
    KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana. When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house. The trap was set and less than 24...
  • Former Texas home of Bushes burned by arsonist

    12/27/2007 6:31:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 263+ views
    Former Texas home of Bushes burned by arsonist 19 minutes ago A home where President George W. Bush lived as a young boy with his parents in Odessa, Texas, and that is now part of a presidential museum there was damaged on Thursday by a fire that investigators blamed on arson. "I can tell you it has been determined that it was intentionally set, but I cannot discuss anything about evidence or possible suspects because this is an ongoing criminal investigation," said city of Odessa spokeswoman Andrea Goodson. Museum administrator Lettie England said no motive for the blaze had been...
  • Ports-to-Plains Corridor Enters A More Serious Planning Phase

    10/02/2007 5:45:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 148+ views
    Associated Construction Publications ^ | October 2, 2007 | Liz Moucka
    Austin, Tex. – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced it will form a working group to develop a financial master plan a Ports-to-Plains Corridor, which would create new jobs and economic opportunity for West Texas. Ports-to-Plains is a proposed divided highway corridor stretching from Laredo on the Mexican border, through Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, and Amarillo in West Texas north to Denver, Colorado. Designated as a High Priority Corridor by Congress in 1998, the Ports-to-Plains corridor is intended to expand economic opportunity and serve international trade from Mexico to Canada. Despite the congressional designation, adequate federal funding has not been provided...
  • Terrorism Born Here On The South Plains?

    05/09/2007 9:19:42 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 20 replies · 865+ views
    KCBD News Channel 11 ^ | 9 May 2007 | Staff
    A bulk purchase of disposable cell phones across The South Plains is turning into a federal investigation. Muleshoe authorities have questioned a man, who according to police reports, confesses to buying 60 pre-paid cell phones that might later be used to detonate bombs in the Middle East. The man reportedly bought the phones from stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar and even Wal-mart's across the region. Lubbock is included in the towns he confessed to buying the phones in. Again, in police reports he admits to a store manager the cell phones would eventually be used as bomb detonators in...
  • Plans for trade corridor concern Texas towns

    03/21/2007 10:27:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 561+ views
    eTrucker ^ | March 21, 2007 | Todd Dills
    As the proposed implementation of a pilot cross-border trucking program draws near, another international trade corridor project is drawing heat from local residents in Texas. The March 18 New York Times reported on the reactions of residents of the West Texas towns of Marfa and Alpine to a hearing held by the Texas Department of Transportation on the development of an official trade corridor, La Entrada al Pacifico, or “Gateway to the Pacific.” It would link the port of Topolobampo in Mexico’s Sinaloa state through Chihuahua to the U.S. market, via the border crossing at Presidio, Texas, and the oil...
  • The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terror-Remembering the founding father of the Palestinian movement

    03/15/2006 4:53:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies · 963+ views ^ | March 15, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
      Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Chuck Morse, the author of The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism - Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini. Mr. Morse will be speaking at the International Institute for Holocaust Research-Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, March 23. He is a Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts where he is campaigning against Barney Frank.Glazov: Chuck Morse, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Morse: Thank you. Glazov: Tell us why you wrote your book. Morse: After the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, I was searching for an answer to the question of how people could be so filled with hate for...
  • Bible Course Becomes a Test for Public Schools in Texas

    08/02/2005 5:07:37 AM PDT · by CarlEOlsoniii · 17 replies · 497+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2005 | Ralph Blumenthal and Barbara Novovitch
    HOUSTON, July 31 - When the school board in Odessa, the West Texas oil town, voted unanimously in April to add an elective Bible study course to the 2006 high school curriculum, some parents dropped to their knees in prayerful thanks that God would be returned to the classroom, while others assailed it as an effort to instill religious training in the public schools. Prof. David Newman of Odessa College, whose daughter attends an Odessa school, said he found the Bible course's curriculum unacceptably sectarian. "Someone is being disingenuous; I'd like to know who," he says. Readers John Waggoner, at...
  • Watchdog group attacks school Bible study

    08/01/2005 2:58:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,247+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/05 | Jim Vertuno - AP
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A religious watchdog group complained Monday that a Bible study course taught in hundreds of public schools in Texas and across the country promotes a fundamentalist Christian view and violates religious freedom. The Texas Freedom Network, which includes clergy of several faiths, also said the course offered by the Greensboro, N.C.-based National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools is full of errors and dubious research. The producers of the Bible class dismissed the Texas Freedom Network as a "far left" organization trying to suppress study of a historical text. The National Council on Bible Curriculum...
  • Bible Course Becomes a Test for Public Schools in Texas

    08/01/2005 7:12:16 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 79 replies · 3,349+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/1/05 | Ralph Blumenthal and Barbara Novovitch
    When the school board in Odessa, the West Texas oil town, voted unanimously in April to add an elective Bible study course to the 2006 high school curriculum, some parents dropped to their knees in prayerful thanks that God would be returned to the classroom, while others assailed it as an effort to instill religious training in the public schools. Hundreds of miles away, leaders of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools notched another victory. A religious advocacy group based in Greensboro, N.C., the council has been pressing a 12-year campaign to get school boards across the...
  • Critics fear elective Bible classes in public schools erode line between church and state

    05/08/2005 8:05:33 AM PDT · by rface · 43 replies · 1,114+ views
    Montery County Herald (California) ^ | Sun, May. 08, 2005 | DAVID MCLEMORE
    ODESSA, Texas - (KRT) - This hardscrabble town of 90,000 on the West Texas oil patch famous for its obsession with high school football is becoming the new ground zero in a culture war. The Ector County Independent School District unanimously approved an elective course in biblical literacy in April, an action underscoring the marked increase of such "Bible study" classes nationally. Constitutional scholars are concerned that these classes constitute a subtle erosion of what they see as the traditional and necessary wall of separation between church and state. More than 300 school districts in 35 states use course material...
  • Al Qaeda`s Neo-Nazi Connections

    03/02/2004 5:42:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 13,200+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/25/2004 | William Grim
    On the surface there would seem to be little to unite the Aryan racialists of the neo-Nazi movement with the terrorists of radical Islam. To the neo-Nazis, Muslims are almost all members of ``inferior`` races; and to the Islamic terrorists, the neo-Nazis are almost without exception either atheists or members of fringe quasi-Christian sects. But the reality is that there has been close cooperation between Muslim extremists and Fascists ever since the founding of the Nazi movement in the 1920`s. For all of their differences, Muslim extremists and Nazis have always been united by a common group of beliefs and...
  • Juan Peron

    09/09/2004 10:55:26 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 1,397+ views
    Juan Peron was an Argentinian president who was a dictator who Fascist tendencies from 1946-1955 and 1972-1974, when he died. He was a soldier originally who in a coup became Secretary of Labor in 1943, then he went to prison, because some military personals feared he was getting powerful in 1945, which he goes to jail. Then in October 17th, a large rally occurs calling for the release of Juan Peron, which he is released. He marries Maria Eva Duarte, who becomes Evita Peron. This was Juan Peron's second marriage. His first wife died of cancer. He is elected in...
  • Nazis In South America/Middle East

    09/06/2004 9:39:50 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 14 replies · 861+ views
    How did you know about Nazis fleeing to South America, particularly Argentina? I found this to be common knowledge. Almost everyone I know is aware of Nazis fleeing to Argentina and South America. Also, are you aware of Nazis fleeing to the Middle East?

    04/25/2004 7:53:24 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 124 replies · 4,873+ views
    e-mail | February, 2004 (I think) | Bum Phillips
    Okay, okay... I know this is late for The Birthday, but I just received it.  I checked snopes and they don't seem to have it yet.  The e-mail came from a woman whose brother went to high school with Bum at French High School (Beaumont, Tx), so I'm thinking he really wrote it.  It sure sounds like him, anyway.  Does anyone know him personally so we can verify? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEXAS -- FROM BUM PHILLIPS  Being Texan by Bum PhillipsDear Friends,   Last year, I wrote a small piece about what it means to me to be a Texan. My...