Tuesday, August 31, 2010

3 Reps Under Further Investigation Over Alleged Bribery Tied To Financial Reform Votes

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Bus vanishes, NY transit impostor arrested again

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Schools ban bracelets promoting cancer awareness

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Bell's Rizzo gave $400,000 in city loans to two businesses without council approval

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Murkowski narrows gap in Alaska Senate contest

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Conservative Group 'RightChange' Launches '3 AM' Web Video Before Obama Speech

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Video: Cop Allegedly Lets Suffering Girl Die

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Transcript:: CBS Evening News (8-30-10)

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U.S. Auto Sales May Hit 28-Year Low as Discounts Flop


 U.S. Auto Sales May Hit 28-Year Low as Discounts Flop - Bloomberg 

"U.S. auto sales in August probably

were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year

closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy

is worsening and they may lose their jobs."

Transcript: 'The Ed Show' (8-30-10)

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Seven years after US-led invasion, Iraqis count cost: 100,000 lives, $700b

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Anger spreads at rabbi's death wish for Palestinians

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Sex-education teacher who was suspended settles lawsuit for $45,000

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Four American Troops Killed by Bomb in Afghanistan

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Moderate exercise 'could prevent cancer'

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Red Cross: 15,000 still missing from Balkan wars

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Indian economy grows 8.8 percent in quarter

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Man Accused of Torturing Woman over Facebook Post

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Serial slasher gets more than 400 years in prison

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CIA chief spices up spy shop's image on reality TV

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Barak meets Abbas in Amman on eve of peace talks in US

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Petraeus: Afghan concern about Pakistan is legit

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Google's priority inbox aims to conquer e-mail overload

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WikiLeaks founder interrogated by Swedish police

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Schwarzenegger gets 'Chelsea's Law' which toughens sex offender penalties

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Anglo Irish bank posts €8.2 billion losses

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Monday, August 30, 2010

AK Senate hopeful Miller seeks probe of observer

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Obama to Make 2nd Oval Office Speech

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GOP Sen. Tom Coburn Says Newt Gingrich "Last Person" He'd Support for President

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 Record number in government anti-poverty programs - USATODAY.com 


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NYC community board head wants interfaith center

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Facebook feeds narcissism, survey says

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Bomb Squad Responds to Suspicious Package at Atlanta Airport

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Putin says 2012 polls important to him

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Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds

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Hurricane Earl Gains Power, Looms over Caribbean

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Skinheads hurt 19 in attack on Russian rock festival

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Vodafone 'to sell China Mobile stake'

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Mayor in violent Mexican border state killed

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Survey finds support for Fed but split on spending

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Video: Face the Nation 08-29-10

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French Socialists challenge Sarkozy on security

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Report: U.S. Wasted Billions in Rebuilding Iraq

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Australian political stalemate enters second week

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Volcano Quiet for 400 Years Erupts in Indonesia

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Midterm Election Will Be Referendum on Obama

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Influential Israeli Rabbi Says Abbas Should Perish

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The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

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Tropical Storm Earl threatens eastern Caribbean

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Internet Wiping Out Printed Oxford Dictionary


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California scandal: Lawmakers drew per diem for sessions they didn't attend

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Number of untallied ballots rises in close Alaska Senate race

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New Orleans resilient but still struggling

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 Carmen Reinhart Warns That High Unemployment Could Last 10 Years 


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Video: Church robbed of $600,000 online

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Fire at Tenn. Mosque Building Site Ruled Arson

Fire at Tenn. Mosque Building Site Ruled Arson - CBS News

Transcript: 'COUNTDOWN' 8-27-10

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Beck Borrows Lines From Obama 2008 Stump Speech During DC Rally

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3 Teens Sexually Assault a 90-year-old Woman

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Belgian cardinal offered to hush up sex case

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Far-Right Protesters Clash With Police in U.K.

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Danielle may bring dangerous rip currents to US

Danielle may bring dangerous rip currents to US - Yahoo! News

Anesthesia shortage may delay executions

Anesthesia shortage may delay executions - USATODAY.com

Afghanistan's presidential office condemns US media reports of top officials on CIA payroll

FOXNews.com - Afghanistan's presidential office condemns US media reports of top officials on CIA payroll

US lawmaker urges France not to arm Lebanon army

US lawmaker urges France not to arm Lebanon army

Mars hoax goes viral on the Internet

Mars hoax goes viral on the Internet - Science Fair: Science and Space News - USATODAY.com

Judge says video game addiction suit can continue

Judge: Hawaii man who says he's addicted to video game can continue with suit | StarTribune.com

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bill O'Reilly was an Adult Film Reviewer For Liberal Newspaper

Bill O'Reilly's "DEEP" Dark Secret: Adult Film Reviewer For Liberal Newspaper | THE GUN TOTING LIBERAL™

Iraqis Auction Computers Donated for Kids

Iraqis Auction Computers Donated for Kids - CBS News

EPA Surrenders to NRA on Gun Control Issue

EPA Surrenders to NRA on Gun Control Issue - US News and World Report

Racine requests a recount in Vermont

Racine requests a recount in Vermont - Jessica Taylor - POLITICO.com

Hitler Quote Printed in High School Yearbook

Hitler Quote Printed in High School Yearbook - CBS News

 Migrants turn to the sea to enter U.S. illegally 


 Migrants turn to the sea to enter U.S. illegally 

 Feds: Miners Get Tipped Off on Inspections 


 Feds: Miners Get Tipped Off on Inspections 

 FBI, ATF squabbles are hurting bombing inquiries, Justice official says 


 FBI, ATF squabbles are hurting bombing inquiries, Justice official says 

 The sun's energy output dropped to unusually low levels from 2007 to 2009 


 The sun's energy output dropped to unusually low levels from 2007 to 2009 

 Terror suspects had electronic components for IEDs: Mounties 


 Terror suspects had electronic components for IEDs: Mounties 

 Imports drag down growth 


 Imports drag down growth 

China warns US against selling Taiwan radars

China warns US against selling Taiwan radars

Court allows agents to secretly put GPS trackers on cars

Court allows agents to secretly put GPS trackers on cars - CNN.com

DNA of leprosy-causing bacterium detected in old skeleton

DNA of leprosy-causing bacterium detected in old skeleton+

PM Cameron a Taliban Target?

Was Cameron a Taliban target? | Reuters

Campaign Attack Ads Surpass 2006 Levels

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Jobs Crisis Costing Unemployed Their Homes

Business & Technology | Jobs gloom engulfs housing | Seattle Times Newspaper

Thursday, August 26, 2010

 UK faces new wave of homegrown attacks - report 


 UK faces new wave of homegrown attacks - report 

Name blunder may nullify $11m judgment

Name blunder may nullify $11m judgment - Scott Wong - POLITICO.com

Internet abuzz with Gmail telephone calls

Internet abuzz with Gmail telephone calls

Poll: Most Americans Say Iraq War Was a Mistake - Political Hotsheet

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 Why Democrats Will Keep The House 


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 CIA warns of violent American Jews 


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 Japan develops 'touchable' 3D TV technology 


 Japan develops 'touchable' 3D TV technology 

 Japan develops 'touchable' 3D TV technology 


 Japan develops 'touchable' 3D TV technology 

Saudi couple hammer 24 nails into Sri Lankan maid

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Chile wary of miner depression as rescue drags on

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The Fed Is Risking A Bond Bubble

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Indians remember Mother Teresa on birth centennial

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Teen charged in threat to 'blow up' Leto High

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U.S. banks lobby Fed on debit card fee limits

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Drug cartel suspected in massacre of 72 migrants

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Nazi femme fatale 'blamed by MI5 for WWII defeat'

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Spies Blamed for 2008 Cyber Attack

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Poll: Americans Growing More Pessimistic about the Economy

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Yemen rejects increased U.S. role in al Qaeda fight

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Slashed Muslim Cabbie to Visit NYC Mayor

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Florida GOP reeling over Rick Scott's primary victory

Florida GOP reeling over Rick Scott's primary victory | McClatchy

Former Republican Party Head is Gay, He Says

Former Republican Committee Chairman Announces He's Gay

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minnesota Mayor Arrested on Drunken-Driving Charge Before Trip to China

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Petraeus: Reconciliation With Taliban is Ultimate Goal for Afghanistan's Future

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 Man accused of stabbing Muslim cabbie ‘works for pro-Islam group’ 


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AP: Billionaire Rick Scott Beats Bill McCollum In Florida GOP Gov Primary

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Afghans say withdrawal timeline "invigorates" Taliban

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Sales of new homes hit slowest pace on record

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Rachel Maddow: Scaring White People for Fun and Profit

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Phily HA Chief 306K Job in Doubt After Sex Scandal

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US poll: Islam not especially violent

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High school teacher asks class to plan terror attack

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Afghan Police Trainee Kills Two Spanish Soldiers

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Afghan girls fall ill after apparent gas poisoning

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Murdered British spy found stuffed into sports bag in bath of London flat

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Trapped Chile Miners Rationed Food to Survive

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Carter lands in Pyongyang to bring home American

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Armed Christian militia pulls support for 'Burn a Quran' event

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

 UK has 480,000 new sex infectons 


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Argentine president moves to control newsprint

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CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen 

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 Workplace violence difficult to tackle 


 Workplace violence difficult to tackle 

 Software Predicts Criminal Behavior - ABC News 


 Software Predicts Criminal Behavior - ABC News 

 AIG repays 2% of bailout money 


 AIG repays 2% of bailout money 

 Much more detail on the WikiLeaks–Assange non-rape story 


 Much more detail on the WikiLeaks–Assange non-rape story 

 Catholic Priest Charged With Raping 14-Year-Old Twice 


 Catholic Priest Charged With Raping 14-Year-Old Twice 

 Facebook Blocks Ads For Pot Legalization Campaign 


 Facebook Blocks Ads For Pot Legalization Campaign 

 The New Yorker Maps Koch Industries' Right-Wing Creations 


 The New Yorker Maps Koch Industries' Right-Wing Creations 

 Russ Feingold: I Won't Be Done In By Citizens United Ruling 


 Russ Feingold: I Won't Be Done In By Citizens United Ruling 

Disney Muslim Employee Rejects Hat Alternative

Muslim employee rejects Disney's hat alternative - KansasCity.com

Home Price Index Declines

Home price index shows declines - CSMonitor.com

Online Child Porn: U.S. Government Stepping up the Fight

Inside the U.S. Fight Against Online Child Porn - CBS News

Mom Arrested for Facebook Baby With Bong Photo

More things to avoid on Facebook: Mom arrested after posting photo of baby and bong | cleveland.com

Dollar slides to new 15-year low vs yen

Dollar slides to new 15-year low vs yen

Money laundering case against DeLay moving forward

Money laundering case against DeLay moving forward | Raw Story

Four Candidates Vie for Powerless Position in D.C.

Four Candidates Vie for Powerless Position in D.C.

Daily Show Video: FOXNews Owned by Alwaleed bin Talal Who 'Supports Terrorism'

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 Judge bars some stem cell research funding 


 Judge bars some stem cell research funding 

 Report outlines problems facing Grand Canyon 


 Report outlines problems facing Grand Canyon 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rule Lets Investors Elbow In On Boards

Rule Lets Investors Elbow In On Boards - WSJ.com

Flash Market Crash Is Still Under Investigation

Flash Market Crash Is Still Under Investigation - NYTimes.com

Video: Afghan School Builder is American Hero

Link: CBS News Video

Illegal immigrants working at House of Commons

Illegal immigration not just a problem in the U.S.

Karzai Defends Contractor Phaseout

Contractors being kicked out of Afghanistan as in Iraq

White House Finds Hope in Reagan Analogy

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Beck Addresses Uproar Over 'Restoring Honor' Rally

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Evangelist Leads 'Disinformation campaign' on Obama: Religion Professor

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Graham Supports Afghan Drawdown by Next Summer

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All-time record heat wave is official!

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The temperature soared to 90° between 12:30 and 1pm in Jacksonville Saturday afternoon making it the 45th straight day of 90+, an all-time record.

Vet in Hawaii slayings had PTSD signs

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Iranian trade with Western powers soars

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Video: New credit card restrictions take effect

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Beer linked to psoriasis in women

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Murkowski makes the case for Senate seniority

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- She got her job from daddy. Now she wants to remain in power for decades more. And Murkowski is arrogant about it. She figures the voters can't touch her. And she's probably right. Incumbents in Washington get reelected at a 80 to 95% rate. They have nothing to fear, with very few exceptions, from the American people. Or do they? Congress is running America into the ground. So it's up to you to do something about it.

Corporate CEOs Dance the Economic Catch-22 Boogie

Article source: Crooks and Liars

Economics 101: Healthy economies include low unemployment rates. Low unemployment rates mean consumers are consuming/buying goods. Consumers buying goods stimulates the economy, creates growth.

...Makes sense, right? Well, yes, until you read this Washington Post article where they interview corporate CEOs about why it might be that they're sitting on piles of cash and not hiring. Then it just gets really, really weird.

Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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This one definitely doesn't pass the smell test. How flimsy did the charges against Julian Assange have to be for them to be withdrawn in 24 hours?

10 Leading Retailers Shuttering Stores Because Of The Downturn

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Video of Mob Beating 2 Brothers to Death as Police Watch Sparks Outrage in Pakistan

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The Pakistani men took turns savagely beating the two teenage brothers with sticks, drawing blood before dragging and hanging their dead bodies from a nearby metal pole. None of the dozens of people watching tried to stop the attack, not even several police. The boys may have been mistaken for robbers.

Women despair over men's toilet habits

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Iowa Farms in Egg Recall Have Close Ties

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Two Iowa farms that together recalled more than half a billion potentially tainted eggs in connection with a nationwide salmonella outbreak share close ties, including suppliers of chickens and feed.

Both farms are linked to businessman Austin "Jack" DeCoster, who has been cited for numerous health, safety and employment violations over the last 20 years.

Russian Police Detain Opposition Leader

Russian Police Detain Opposition Leader - CBS News

McCain reelection coming at heavy cost

McCain reelection coming at heavy cost - David Catanese - POLITICO.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Video: Romance Scam Drives Dad to Suicide

Video: Romance Scam Drives Dad to Suicide - ABC News

Video: Bullet-proof vest saves police dog

Link: Video: Bullet-proof vest saves police dog

Rachel Maddow Show Transcript (8-20-10)

Link: Rachel Maddow Show Transcript (8-20-10)

James Zogby: For Shame! Fear Is Back, With a Vengeance

James Zogby: For Shame! Fear Is Back, With a Vengeance

Shot fired into Sen. Franken's Minnesota home

AMERICAblog News: Shot fired into Sen. Franken's Minnesota home

RNC has just $5m for final push

AMERICAblog News: RNC has just $5m for final push

Somalia rebels looking increasingly like Taliban

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- Somalia once again a problem for the U.S.

Congressional candidate robbed at gunpoint on campaign trail

Source: MiamiHerald.com

- It's usually Congress that is robbing the public. Here we have the shoe on the other foot. Maybe now this candidate knows what is like for the public to have a gun at it's proverbial head by politicians running this country.

NY Gov. Candidate: Prison Dorms for Welfare Recipients

Source: Talk Left

- Can you believe it? Paladino wants to treat people on welfare like prisoners.

Earthquake Study Finds Southern California Is Overdue For 'The Big One'

Source: HuffingtonPost

WikiLeaks Founder Suspected of Rape in Sweden

Source: CBS News

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suspected of rape in Sweden, where authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest, officials said Saturday.

6 Afghan police found dead in station house

Source: msnbc.com

Six Afghan policemen were found dead Saturday in their station house in southern Afghanistan, where international troops are ramping up operations to take control of Taliban strongholds, an official said.

Pentagon Releases Final Report on Fort Hood

Source: CBS News

The 23-page Defense Department report released Friday addresses the remaining Pentagon recommendations - including a greater focus on predicting and preventing internal threats. It also says policy changes will improve communications between government agencies and military installations, and expand military bases' emergency response capabilities.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blackwater Reaches $42 Million Settlement With U.S.

Source: NYTimes.com

Palin Defends Dr. Laura

Of course she does

Miss USA: I think they should move the Ground Zero mosque

Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. Sad.

Poll: Half of Republicans Don’t Want All Bush Tax Cuts Extended

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Rachel Maddow Show Transcript (8-19-10)

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Surround Yourself With The Right People

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Hedge Fund Managers Lose Their MoJo

Source: Forbes

The US blogger on a mission to halt 'Islamic takeover'

Article source: The Guardian

422,000 Loans Modified Under U.S. Program, Data Shows

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Pakistan: Lack of terror convictions hurts fight

Pakistan: Lack of terror convictions hurts fight

Pakistani courts have yet to convict a single person in any of the country's biggest terrorist attacks of the past three years, a symptom of a dysfunctional legal system that's hurting the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida at a critical time.

Two men sought in robbing $6 from 93-year-old woman

Two men sought in robbing $6 from 93-year-old woman

Israeli Rabbi who called for killing of non-Jews free

Israeli Rabbi who called for killing of non-Jews free

Mexican City Leon Introduces Public Iris Scanners That Can Identify 50 People A Minute

Mexican City Leon Introduces Public Iris Scanners That Can Identify 50 People A Minute

$550,000 gold bar stolen from museum

$550,000 gold bar stolen from museum

Computer viruses may have contributed to Spanish 2008 plane crash

Computer viruses may have contributed to Spanish 2008 plane crash

US: 'Nuclear Iran at least a year away'

US: 'Nuclear Iran at least a year away'

Do Baseball Fans Care About Indictment Of Roger Clemens?

Do Baseball Fans Care About Indictment Of Roger Clemens?

- They should care. Steroid use cheats baseball fans.

Israel, Palestinians Poised For Direct Talks

Israel, Palestinians Poised For Direct Talks

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack in Iraq

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack in Iraq

Thursday, August 19, 2010

US Chamber of Commerce Apologizes, But Don’t Be Fooled

US Chamber of Commerce Apologizes, But Don’t Be Fooled

After getting roundly whacked by basically the entire internet, the US Chamber has officially apologized for its blog post yesterday that suggested women seeking equal pay have a “fetish for money” and suggested women should “choose the right partner at home.” But don’t let it fool you: the US Chamber has for decades advocated in private the very sentiments posted to its public blog yesterday. We just got a look behind the curtain.

Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) warned a packed house Thursday night in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.


- Why is Franken one of the very few sounding the alarm? This is a paramount issue. We are losing are democracy because of the lack of diversity in media because of it's concentration in a few hands.

Academic scientists say oil from gulf spill is not going away quickly

Academic scientists say oil from gulf spill is not going away quickly

Academic scientists are challenging the Obama administration's assertion that most of BP's oil in the Gulf of Mexico is either gone or rapidly disappearing -- with one group Thursday announcing the discovery of a 22-mile "plume" of oil that showed little sign of vanishing.

Russia: Israel need not fear reactor

Russia: Israel need not fear reactor

Israelis should not be concerned about the uranium fueling of a Russian-built nuclear reactor in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr that is set to take place on Saturday, diplomatic officials at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv told The Jerusalem Post.

The reactor’s fueling will be marked at a ceremony in Bushehr that will be attended by Sergei Kiriyenko, who heads Russia’s state nuclear agency, which has been building the power plant in Iran since the mid-1990s.

Being angry, competitive may raise your heart risk

Being angry, competitive may raise your heart risk

 Muslim prayers welcome at Pentagon chapel 


 Muslim prayers welcome at Pentagon chapel 

- Why isn't this an affront to the families of 9/11 victims?

New senators want to change way Senate works

New senators want to change way Senate works

Those who hold the Senate in low esteem can get a sympathetic ear from some of the chamber's newer members. These lawmakers also are fed up with the Senate's ways and would like to change them.

- This is why we need term limits. Reform doesn't come from career incumbents.

Eye fear for toddler who fell in dog mess

Eye fear for toddler who fell in dog mess - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent

Radioactive Boars on the Rise in Germany

Radioactive boars on the rise in Germany

Almost a quarter century after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, its fallout is still a hot topic in some German regions, where thousands of boars shot by hunters still turn up with excessive levels of radioactivity. In fact, the numbers are higher than ever before.

Human rights group knocks 'abusive' Taliban officials

Human rights group knocks 'abusive' Taliban officials - CNN.com

"Abusive" Taliban officials, like the one who ordered the stoning of a young man and woman in northern Afghanistan, shouldn't have positions of authority after a peace deal, a Human Rights Watch official said Thursday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Video: F*ck Tea Movement Won't Play Nice With Tea Party

F*ck Tea Movement Won't Play Nice With Tea Party - CBS News Video

As November's mid-term election approach, Progressives have taken off the gloves with an aggressive campaign called the, "F*ck Tea Movement" aimed to stop the momentum of the Tea Party. The Agenda Project's Founder Erica Payne spoke with CBS News' Jan Crawford about their mission.

Howard Dean: "Mosque" should move - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Howard Dean: "Mosque" should move

- Another prominent Democrat that sells out our Constitution. And Howard Dean quite takes courageous positions. But even he can't resist the march towards intolerance. Now both parties are guilty of giving in to hate.

Poll: 1 in 5 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim

Poll: 1 in 5 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim

- This is sad and frightening. We can thank principally the media, especially FOXNews for the disinformation. America is being dumbed-down by a press that prefers to report every outlandish claim about Obama than reporting the facts. The politicians only try to take advantage of a misinformed nation. The problem here is ignorance. And an ignorant nation cannot be great.

 Plastic surgeon was texting in car before fatal crash 


 Plastic surgeon was texting in car before fatal crash 

- Hopefully people will learn. Also, the laws need to be tightened. And is Oprah the only media person speaking out?

 Palin goes 0-for-2 on primary night 


 TRENDING: Palin goes 0-for-2 on primary night 

Transcript: 'Countdown' with Keith Olbermann (8-17-10)

Full Transcript here. Excerpt below:

Many colonists, like those who settled in Jamestown in Virginia, traveled in search of fortune, betting that the cultivation of cash crops, such as tobacco, would allow them to realize the promise in a promised land. But others, like those who landed at Plymouth Rock, hope for a different reward, sailing to the new world on the Mayflower to escape religious persecution.

Our fifth story: put aside the ginned up faux controversy surrounding the building of an Islamist community center somewhere near Ground Zero -- the non-news that Republicans want you to talk about instead of focusing upon unemployment, the Gulf oil disaster, health care.

The real actual controversy might be this: the threat to religious freedom, a threat already being faced by other Muslim Americans nationwide, and a freedom upon which this nation was founded. Those who oppose the Islamic community center near Ground Zero, being many of the same people who love to wrap themselves in the yellow parchment of our founding documents with little to no understanding of what those documents represent.

Muslim and interfaith leaders today are expressing concern that the question of religious freedom is not contained to Lower Manhattan, calling for the protection of community centers, of mosques, of other houses of worship, of Muslim Americans, and of other worshippers around the country, their fears not unfounded. Recent weeks and months witnessing an alarming rise in incidents.

Mosques now facing zoning challenges in Tennessee, in California, in Georgia, in Kentucky, in Wisconsin and in Illinois; standing room-only in a courthouse when a proposed facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was discussed -- as well as only miles from Ground Zero, itself, in Midland Beach in Staten Island, and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.

Then there`s the unmasked hatred and violence. Last week, Christians protestors confronting worshippers outside a mosque in Bridgeport, Connecticut, before Friday evening prayer services during Ramadan just because. Screaming, among other things, "Jesus hates Muslims" and calling the children murderers.

In Jacksonville, in Florida in May, the pipe bombing of the mosque -- the FBI is investigating it as a possible domestic terrorist incident.

In the San Francisco Bay Area in California, Muslim man beaten in broad daylight by attackers who called him a terrorist.

And mother and son reported assaulted after a softball game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Why? The Iraqi immigrant who moved her family here to escape violence tried to defend her adult son when he was called "raghead," "terrorist" and "camel jockey` by members of the opposing team. Also, the man`s jaw is broken, now wired shut. The police is saying the incident seemed to be trash talking that got out of hand.

The attackers in these cases are calling their victims terrorists. The attackers meanwhile claiming they, themselves, oppose violence, while they were assaulting others.

Greta Van Susteren: Glenn Beck 'Should Move' Rally From Martin Luther King Spot

Greta Van Susteren: Glenn Beck 'Should Move' Rally From Martin Luther King Spot

Update: Former Mobile sex crimes prosecutor arrested on child pornography, enticement charges

Former Mobile sex crimes prosecutor arrested on child pornography, enticement charges

Glenn Beck's plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches

Glenn Beck's plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches

Social activists and civil rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations -- including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall -- on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.

Liberal Writer: Democrats Cowards for not Standing up to GOP Bigotry

The Mosque and the Democrats - The Daily Beast

Think the GOP was shameless on the "Ground Zero" mosque? The Democrats, beginning with Obama, have been utter cowards.

AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy

AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy

President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.

In Flooded Pakistan, a Lack of Basic Supplies

In Flooded Pakistan, a Lack of Basic Supplies - NYTimes.com

With disastrous flooding threatening to spread, the United Nations acknowledged Wednesday that the shortage of the most basic supplies — shelter, food and drinking water — presented the biggest challenge for aid workers in Pakistan.

Exclusive: Mary Cheney gave $500 to anti-gay-marriage Senate hopeful

Exclusive: Mary Cheney gave $500 to anti-gay-marriage Senate hopeful

Mary Cheney, the openly gay first daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to a Senate candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, records show.

228 Million Eggs Recalled Following Salmonella Outbreak - Nutrition | Physical

228 Million Eggs Recalled Following Salmonella Outbreak

Finland Best Country in the World to Live In


 Best Countries in the World - Newsweek 

 China targets U.S. troops with arms buildup 


 China targets U.S. troops with arms buildup - Washington Times 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time to give political analysis a rest

Time to give political analysis a rest - CNN.com

It might be time to give this kind of coverage a rest. While providing a close examination of elections is a good thing for democracy, trying to fit each contest into a dramatic tale does not strengthen our understanding of the issues shaping the nation. Rather, it produces a skewed interpretation that doesn't necessarily fit the facts.

The obsession with the horse race also takes attention away from other aspects of politics -- such as public policy concerns and long-term demographic changes -- that lack the same drama but might have much more to tell us about where the nation is headed.

Gang Leader Executed for Murdering 2 Girls

Gang Leader Executed for Murdering 2 Girls

The leader of a former gang of Houston teenagers who raped and murdered two young girls walking home from a neighborhood party 17 years ago was executed Tuesday in Texas.

- Good Riddance.

Republican Supports Mosque Then Opposes After Democat Opponent Comes out Against it

Then is becoming really bizarre and sickening. The politicians are flip-flopping all over the place over this phony controversy. Both parties are acting irresponsibly:

Republican congressional candidate Richard Hanna reversed himself Monday on the planned Lower Manhattan mosque, saying he opposed the project one week after he’d said he supported it.

Hanna’s new position came hours after U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, said he doesn’t believe the mosque should be built two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Glenn Beck: Some 99ers are un-American

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 Israel Has Until Week's End to Strike Iran Nuclear Facility, Bolton Says 


 Israel Has Until Week's End to Strike Iran Nuclear Facility, Bolton Says 

- If a world war breaksout it will be Israeli recklessness that precipitate it. The scenario: Israel kills Russians or Chinese citizens, accidentally. Which leads to retaliation. Then the U.S. comes to Israel's assistance.

 Ban on military funeral protests thrown out 


 Ban on military funeral protests thrown out 

 Obama becoming an 'incoherent president'? 


 Obama becoming an 'incoherent president'? 

Video: Jon Stewart Mocks Obama's Flip-Flop on the 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Stewart ('The Daily Show') puts this whole issue in perspective in a way only he and this show can do. No other commentator is more effective in putting to shame those who oppose the mosque.

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Obama rallies for Sen. Murray as voters hit polls

Obama rallies for Sen. Murray as voters hit polls

- Murray has been in Congress 17 years. She is a violator of the 10 year rule. Vote against Patty Murray. Impose voter term limits on her. She has to be term-inated. 10 and out!

News Corp Donates $1 MILLION To Republican Governors Association

News Corp Donates $1 MILLION To Republican Governors Association

Tapes Found Under CIA Desk of 9/11 Plotter Interrogated at Secret Prison

Tapes Found Under CIA Desk of 9/11 Plotter Interrogated at Secret Prison

FOXNews Show: "Would Bed Bugs Vote for Obama?"

Would Bed Bugs Vote for Obama?

- I find this headline offensive. Do you? It is reminiscent of the "Dead Monkey" article in the Murdoch owned NY Post. It is part of a pattern by FOX to demonize President Obama.

U.N.: Millions without Aid in Pakistan Floods

U.N.: Millions without Aid in Pakistan Floods - CBS News

The World Bank said Tuesday it will redirect $900 million of its existing loans to Pakistan to help in flood recovery, as the U.N. warned that many of the 20 million people affected by the disaster have yet to receive any emergency aid.

What Would George W. Bush Do About Ground Zero Mosque?

What Would George W. Bush Do About Ground Zero Mosque?

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," Bush said at the Islamic Center of Washington in a speech that set the tenor for when he later sent U.S. troops to fight on Muslim soil in Afghanistan and later Iraq. "That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."

He went on to say, in words that Democrats who disagreed with Bush on nearly every issue now recall fondly, that despite raw emotions, millions of American Muslims "need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Scarborough: 'Screw' GOP if they kick me out for defending mosque

Scarborough: 'Screw' GOP if they kick me out for defending mosque

At least two prominent Republicans are going against the bulk of their party to say that Muslims have every right to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.

Monday Morning, Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough found himself agreeing with former Bush advisor Mark MicKinnon that Muslims have a right to build the controversial mosque.

Senator Reid opposes NY Muslim center site

Senator Reid opposes NY Muslim center site

The U.S. Senate's senior Democrat broke with President Barack Obama on Monday over the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque in New York City, with Senator Harry Reid saying it should be built elsewhere.

- This is shameful. It is a perfect example of what's wrong with Congress. They have no shame. Reid, involved in a tough election campaign, will say and do whatever it takes to get re-elected. It is why we need to impose voter term limits on him and every other career incumbent. If the people of Nevada know what's good for them, they should remove this slime from office. If he is willing to sell out the Constitution he will continue to sell you out, Nevadans.

Ga. scientists: Gulf oil not gone, 80 pct remains

Ga. scientists: Gulf oil not gone, 80 pct remains

Georgia scientists say their analysis shows that most of that BP oil the government said was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is still there.

NAHB spent $600,000 lobbying in second quarter

NAHB spent $600,000 lobbying in second quarter

The homebuilding industry's main trade association spent $600,000 in the second quarter lobbying Congress, the White House and several government agencies on housing, taxes, construction lending and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque

Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a new national icon for the Republican Party thanks in part to his push for pension reforms, on Monday became the most prominent GOP figure to warn against "overreacting" to the threat of terror and painting "all of Islam" with the brush of terrorism amid the swirling controversy about the Ground Zero-area mosque.

- A Republican politician with some decency. But then again he's not a member of Congress or running for office in November.

Woman hits Senate Armed Services chairman with pie

Woman hits Senate Armed Services chairman with pie

Court halts Calif gay marriages pending appeal

http://pheedo.msnbc.msn.com/click.phdo?i=4f30e28aada2a0b4c6dc8a189e347252

 How America?s Top Talking Heads Banked Nearly $1 Billion 


 How America?s Top Talking Heads Banked Nearly $1 Billion 

$110K grant kept Rev. Al Sharpton quiet about Mayor Bloomberg changing term limits

$110K grant kept Rev. Al Sharpton quiet about Mayor Bloomberg changing term limits

Two years earlier, though, Sharpton stayed mum while Bloomberg rammed through a law to extend term limits so he could run again.

Why?

Perhaps because, as the city was convulsed over term limits, Sharpton's National Action Network got a $110,000 grant from a brand-new nonprofit funded by Bloomberg.

In fact, on the very day Bloomberg announced he wanted to run again, the first $50,000 of the grant was transferred to the National Action Network.

 Ethics inquiries in Congress increase this year 


 Ethics inquiries in Congress increase this year 

 NYTimes: The Making of Andrew Cuomo 

NYTimes: The Making of Andrew Cuomo

- Governing in America has become a birthright. If you have money and/or pedigree, you are entitled. This is not why we fought for independence 200 years ago. We are a aristocracy, not a democratic republic.

Insults abound in 2010 campaigns

Insults abound in 2010 campaigns

Name-calling is a winner this campaign season. By a landslide.

Taliban 'kill adulterous Afghan couple' in marketplace

Taliban 'kill adulterous Afghan couple' in marketplace

A man and a woman who allegedly had an adulterous affair have been stoned and killed in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.

Attacks against Mexicans inflame tensions in NYC

Attacks against Mexicans inflame tensions in NYC

China Overtakes Japan in 2Q as No. 2 Economy

China Overtakes Japan in 2Q as No. 2 Economy

The figures underscore China's emergence as an economic power that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed. It is already the biggest exporter, auto buyer and steel producer, and its global influence is expanding.

- Achieved largely by exporting to the United States. Taking advantage of policies that tolerate products made with cheap and repressed labor, by companies that outsourced to China.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

GOP strategist: RNC Chairman Michael Steele has ‘failed miserably’

GOP strategist: RNC Chairman Michael Steele has ‘failed miserably’ | Raw Story

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele is under fire from his own party once again.

But this time, he may not be getting another chance at redemption in the eyes of senior GOP leaders.

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, Republican strategist Ed Rollins was asked to comment on the so-called "shadow RNC" that has sprung up to bypass Steele as the Republican party's core management. Rollins has in recent months emerged as a strong Republican critic of chairman Steele, after calling for his resignation in April.

Four Ships Robbed Off the Coast of Iraq

Four Ships Robbed Off the Coast of Iraq

Offspring of sperm donors seek changes so they can find their fathers more Easily

Offspring of sperm donors seek changes so they can find their fathers more easily

- This is a natural consequence of sperm donation and adoption that is never discussed. The offspring have rights. It is almost always the case that children born without not knowing who their biological parents are, want to know who they were. They should be allowed the choice to know.

Teen's Suspected Killer Beaten in Harris County Jail

Street justice should not be tolerated in a democracy, but you have to feel sympathy for the attackers of this animal. He deserves his day in court -- then execute him. That would be true justice.

A Harris County jail inmate awaiting trial for murder beat up a young illegal immigrant accused of robbing and fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back as she was walking home Aug. 6.

Melvin Alvarado, 22, one of two men charged with capital murder in the death of Shatavia Anderson, was beaten Thursday evening, sustaining serious enough injuries that he required a trip to a hospital and stitches, said Alan Bernstein, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Alvarado is in the U.S. illegally and has been twice deported.

Vows for Justice in NJ child Rape Falling Short

Vows for justice in NJ child rape falling short

Nearly five months later, vows for legal vengeance are falling short and officials aren't talking. Calls for justice have quieted and defense attorneys are raising questions about what happened - or didn't happen - that day.

"The case is falling apart and I think it's time to address that," said Bruce Throckmorton, the attorney for one of the juvenile defendants.

Video: 'Face The Nation' (8-15-10)

Wall St. Banker: Obama has Declared "War" on Us

From Newsweek:

President Obama and the business community have been at odds for months. But in July the chairman and cofounder of the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest private-equity firms, amped up the rhetoric. Stephen Schwarzman—the leading John McCain supporter in a firm that, in 2008, gave more money to Obama—was addressing board members of a nonprofit organization when he let loose. “It’s a war,” Schwarzman said of the struggle with the administration over increasing taxes on private-equity firms. “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.”

John Cornyn Jumps On Alvin Greene Obscenity Charges

John Cornyn Jumps On Alvin Greene Obscenity Charges

Senior Democratic operatives have long grumbled that the vast amount of media attention paid to the mercurial candidacy of South Carolina Democrat Alvin Greene is both unjustifiable and detrimental to the party. Greene, after all, had no chance of winning even before he managed to snag the Senate nomination. And yet, the homeless veteran -- who never did any formal campaigning -- has been the most covered candidate of any running for office this cycle.

On Friday, Greene was indicted on a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student. And to the extent that voters are not aware of how odd both he and his campaign truly are, the impression can be left that it is a high-profile Democrat (not some mysterious eccentric) whose skeletons are being dragged out of the closet.

Right Wing Bloggers Name Their 25 Worst Figures In America

Right Wing Bloggers Name Their 25 Worst Figures In America

- They rank Obama above Timothy McVeigh and Aldrich Ames, as the worst.

ABC's 'This Week' Transcript: - Economic Panel (8-15-10)

Sen. Bob Corker, Martin Regalia, Laura Tyson and Jon Corzine. Plus, the 'This Week' roundtable:

AMANPOUR: Good morning. This was supposed to be the summer of recovery, but the effects of the so-called Great Recession continue to cloud this nation and much of the world. The number of U.S. workers seeking unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly to 484,000. It's the worst in almost six months. And in the housing sector, banks foreclosed on more than 90,000 properties in July, the second-highest total since the crisis began.

And these pictures speak to the desperation this week in Atlanta. Thirty thousand people waited for hours in sweltering heat to apply for 655 available spots of government-subsidized housing.

And I'm joined by four top voices on the economy. From Berkeley, California, member of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board Laura Tyson. From Chattanooga, Tennessee, Republican Senator Bob Corker of the Banking Committee. In New York, the former New Jersey governor and CEO of MF Global, Jon Corzine. And joining us here in Washington, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Martin Regalia.

Thank you all for joining me. You've heard the figures. You've read about the figures. You can also probably palpably feel the concern and worry amongst the American people. And I want to read you something that was written about this joblessness, about the younger generation in the Atlantic recently. Look at what was written about unemployment.

"There is unemployment -- a brief and relatively routine transitional state that results from the rise and fall of companies in any economy, and there is unemployment -- chronic, all-consuming. The former is a necessary lubricant in any engine of economic growth. The latter is a pestilence that slowly eats away at people, families, and, if it spreads widely enough, the fabric of society. Indeed, history suggests that this is perhaps society's most noxious ill."

Let me turn to you right now, Martin Regalia. Do you agree with that? And do you think that that's what this country is in right now?

Petraeus cites Bush-era shortcomings in Afghanistan

Petraeus cites Bush-era shortcomings in Afghanistan

U.S. military leaders inherited a faulty strategy for the war in Afghanistan at the end of the Bush administration and are still working to “refine the concepts,” the U.S. commander said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

In his first interview since taking over as head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus told NBC’s David Gregory that when “a lot of us came out of Iraq in late 2008 and started looking intently at Afghanistan, we realized that we did not have the organizations that are required for the conduct and the comprehensive civil/military counterinsurgency campaign.”

Stay hydrated in hot weather with lifestyle-geared tips

Stay hydrated in hot weather with lifestyle-geared tips

North Jersey opposition threatens Christie plan for Atlantic City

North Jersey opposition threatens Christie plan for Atlantic City

In 2014, the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J., will host the Super Bowl.

By then, if North Jersey lawmakers have their way in Trenton, it could also house a new world-class casino - something South Jersey lawmakers and Atlantic City's struggling gambling halls are adamantly against.

Growing vitriol between North and South over where to put casinos threatens to derail Gov. Christie's plan to overhaul Atlantic City and salvage New Jersey's hemorrhaging gaming industry.

 Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many


 Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many | World news | The Observer 

Israel says Turkey snubbed its ambassador

Israel says Turkey snubbed its ambassador

Saturday, August 14, 2010

ROI: Is a Crash Coming? Ten Reasons to Be Cautious

"Could Wall Street be about to crash again?"

Is this finally the economic collapse?

"Now that the US can't cut interest rates any lower, the only option left on the table is what the Fed just announced it would start doing -- buying Treasury debt. And that could lead the country to the brink of collapse"

Obama takes plunge, swims in Gulf

Obama takes plunge, swims in Gulf

Hunt for 'new Bonnie and Clyde' goes global

"But while for the moment they are America's most famous fugitives, even Hollywood would surely have trouble glamourising the likes of John McCluskey, who broke out from a medium-security Arizona prison on the night of 30 July, and his alleged accomplice Casslyn Welch."

Is pop music sexualising our children?

Is pop music sexualising our children?

The debate: music journalist Victoria Segal and feminist blogger Laurie Penny debate the effects of pop music on children, in the wake of record producer Mike Stock's comment that most R&B videos are like soft porn.

'Sharon was Kahane killer's target'

'Sharon was Kahane killer's target'

The man who killed Meir Kahane in 1990 claims he did not carry out the shooting alone, as previously thought, but was part of a three-man terrorist cell with links to al-Qaida. Its original target was future prime minister Ariel Sharon, according to a newly-leaked US government document.

Taliban takes hold in once-peaceful northern Afghanistan

Taliban takes hold in once-peaceful northern Afghanistan

In squads of roaring dirt bikes, armed to the teeth, Taliban fighters are spreading like a brush fire into remote and defenseless villages across northern Afghanistan.

The fighters swarm into town, assemble the villagers and announce Taliban control, often at night and without any resistance.

With most Afghan and NATO troops stationed in the country's south and east, villagers who stand in the path of the Taliban advance into the once-peaceful north say they are powerless and terrified, confused by the government's inability to prevail -- and ready to side with the insurgents to save their own lives.

"How did the Taliban get into every village?" asked Israel Arbah, from his mud hut in the Shah Qassim village of Faryab province. "They are everywhere. And they are moving very fast. To tell you honestly, I am really, really afraid."

Woman shoved into NYC train

Woman shoved into NYC train

Feds: Online 'sextortion' of teens on the rise

Feds: Online 'sextortion' of teens on the rise

Is It Really Worth $100 Million to be the Governor of California?

Is It Really Worth $100 Million to be the Governor of California?

 N.Y. flight attendant wants to return to air 


 N.Y. flight attendant wants to return to air 

- This is a great example of media overkill and sensationalism. Anything out of the ordinary (boy bites dog story) becomes a major news event. Our country is on the verge of collapse and we are debating something as trivial as a flight attendant acting up.

Video: Record-Breaking Heat Brings Storms, Floods

The embed code for this ABC video says "video is no longer available." You can see it at this link.

- This ABC video reports that 2010 is on track to become the hottest year on record in 2010.

Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site

Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site

- Finally, he takes a principled position on an issue.

U.N. says no aid yet for 6 million flood victims in Pakistan

U.N. says no aid yet for 6 million flood victims in Pakistan

United Nations aid agencies have provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of Pakistan's worst floods in decades but relief operations have yet to reach an estimated six million people.

Spending dips at most retailers in July

Spending dips at most retailers in July

Americans spent less at most retail stores in July and inflation remained tame as high unemployment and weak job growth fueled fears of a slowing economic recovery.

In weekly address, Obama returns to campaign chestnut: Warning of threat to Social Security

In weekly address, Obama returns to campaign chestnut: Warning of threat to Social Security

Reviving a scare tactic that Democrats have used before, President Obama said in his radio address Saturday that "some Republican leaders in Congress" want to privatize Social Security.

But GOP leaders are not pressing for privatization. The idea proved so unpopular when President George W. Bush proposed it in 2004 that Congress, then led by Republicans, never took it up. The concept lives on in a budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the senior Republican on the House Budget Committee, but only a handful of GOP lawmakers have signed on to that measure. And, in the aftermath of the worst shock to the financial system since the Great Depression, many Republican lawmakers would just as soon see the idea forgotten.

Russia to fuel Iran's nuclear plant

Russia to fuel Iran's nuclear plant

Radio Host Convicted of Threatening Judges

Radio Host Convicted of Threatening Judges

A right-wing Internet radio host was convicted on Friday by a federal jury in Brooklyn of threatening three federal judges who had issued a ruling he disagreed with.

Friday, August 13, 2010

 Tea Party candidate Marg Baker says immigrants should be sent to 1940s style "camps' (video) 


 Tea Party candidate Marg Baker says immigrants should be sent to 1940s style "camps' (video) 

- Sounds fascist to me too.

 Drug Industry Weighs Allegiance 


 Drug Industry Weighs Allegiance 

- It's all about lobbies. They rule Washington.

Scientists long-range forecast: much more of the same; a century of heat, fires, floods

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/13/scientists-long-range-forecast-century-heat-fires-floods/

Details on stabbing suspect's capture

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/08/13/michigan.serial.stabbing.arrest/

- If he had been Arab there would have been media outrage, especially from Fox

 Disappointing data darken economic outlook 


 Disappointing data darken economic outlook 

Transcript: 'Morning Joe' (8-12-10)

Full transcript. Excerpt below:

SCARBOROUGH: By the way, this will shock you, Barnicle. Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winner, "New York Times" columnist weighed in on this last night and he described, this is going to shock you. He described Robert Gibbs actions as, quote, "stupid."

BARNICLE: I`ve never heard him say that word about anything or anyone that`s so unlike Professor Krugman.

SCARBOROUGH: I scanned it and say where he is going to say stupid, stupid, stupid. It was the fifth paragraph.

BARNICLE: Stupid, scan the page and it pops up.

JANSING: Which roughly describes apparently how most of America feels about every single person in Washington.

SCARBOROUGH: The polls yesterday that came out.

JANSING: Unbelievable. I don`t remember anything like this. The new NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" polls showing things, let`s say, not looking good for the president, for Republicans, for Democrats, Congress as a whole.

When asked as a country is better off since Barack Obama became president, just 31 percent thought the country is faring better and 68 percent said it was worse off or the same.

When asked what issues the president has fallen short on the top answers were reducing government spending, cutting the budget deficit, the economy.

Americans were split on Obama`s overall job performance, 47 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving. The Democratic Party also hit a record high in their negative ratings, 44 percent to 33 percent positive.

It`s even worse for the Republicans, 46 percent of the country has a negative view of the GOP, 24 percent a positive view. As for the job Congress is doing, an overwhelming majority, 72 percent disapproved, only 21 percent say Congress is doing a good job.

SCARBOROUGH: Chris, I don`t know where to start, Halpern and I were talking about this yesterday. Willie, usually it`s a zero sum game. If you have the party in power, the Republicans are in the White House.

Their approval ratings go down, Democrat numbers go up. But the Democratic Party`s numbers have gone down and the Republican Party`s numbers have gone down even more.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s a messed up scale where both sides are going down. The question is what does that mean for the presumption that Democrats are going to get wiped out in the fall? If the Republicans are as unpopular as they are, what does that mean for the elections?

SCARBOROUGH: That`s the big question, and, Mike, that`s is what we are trying to figure out and nobody knows because this is unchartered territory.

Halpern here yesterday was saying they could lose 50, 55 seats. If so, right now, according to the American people, Republicans would be beating something with nothing.

Transcript: 'Countdown' (8-12-10)

Olbermann destroy's Gingrich's argument on unemployed insurance being for lazy people:

OLBERMANN: But now, as we mentioned, Republicans have targeted one individual American who`s struggling to make ends meet and held him up as part of the problem. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich writing yesterday, quote, "The extension of unemployment benefits has given people a perverse incentive to stay on unemployment rather than accept a job."

He continued "`The Wall Street Journal` quotes an engineer who admits he turned down more than a dozen offers because the salary would have been less than he made on welfare. This story encapsulates the problem of the long-term unemployed, the depth and length of this recession is at risk of creating a permanent pool of unemployed Americans who get so used to being unproductive that they are willing to accept welfare indefinitely instead of taking a job."

The man who turned down those offers will tell his own side of the story in just a minute and the reasons for turning down a job are not always as simple as Mr. Gingrich is.

"The Journal" interviewed Rick Helliwell about his company`s difficulty finding people, quote, "The jobs require a little more than a high school diploma and fluency in English. They include free accommodation of medical care and starting pay of about $30,000 a year. Mr. Helliwell speculates that Americans might be hesitant to move to Dubai where the jobs are based."

Speculates -- you might add other possible reasons for giving up a job, such as -- saving the country, or because Republicans thought you unfit to work.

This as "The New York Times" reports that yet another Republican politician, South Carolina`s Governor Mark Sanford, has been approved by the Department of Labor to accept stimulus money targeted to expanding that state`s unemployment benefits -- an expansion Governor Sanford once predicted would cause tax increases, but which now appears to have embraced wholeheartedly -- he now appears to have done so -- signing the bill two months ago, expanding those unemployment benefits for his state to the tune of $98 million.

Governor Sanford joining the ranks of other Republican governors who once denounced such stimulus spending before they embraced it, such as Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Georgia`s Sonny Perdue.

But despite the rush of Republicans to embrace the stimulus, most of America seems to have forgotten that it was their party, not President Obama`s, that bailed out Wall Street banks. A new poll finding that more Americans, 47 percent, think President Obama signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, into law, only 34 percent know it was actually, shh, President Bush who did it.

And now, as promised, COUNTDOWN exclusive, the man singled out by former Speaker Gingrich, because he in Gingrich`s words, admits he turned down more than a dozen offers because the salary would have been less than he made on welfare, Mike Hatchell joining us from his home in Lumberton, North Carolina, along with his wife, Sara.

Pentagon Cautions WikiLeaks Over 'New Documents'

Pentagon Cautions WikiLeaks Over 'New Documents'

The Pentagon has told WikiLeaks it would be the "height of irresponsibility" if it went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.

Amid news reports that WikiLeaks plans to soon release about 15,000 documents it had held back last month, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell repeated a U.S. demand for the whistleblower site to expunge all classified material from the Internet and return the material it had to the U.S. government.

Refunds of campaign donations up 70%

Refunds of campaign donations up 70%

Video: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Using N-word

"Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has issued an apology for saying the N-word several times during an on-air conversation with a caller this week."

Hispanic Voters Must Be the “Professional Left” Too

From FireDogLake:

When White House press secretary Robert Gibbs excoriated government critics (“the professional left”) for being ungrateful SOB’s considering all that this administration has done for them, he wasn’t acting as a lone wolf. It’s a refrain that has oft been uttered by this White House, from Rahm Emanuel’s “f*#@ing r&#tards” to “top Obama advisors” who vent to Politico about an “elite group of commentators on the left.”

Roger Simon defends Gibbs this morning, and I have no doubt he’s right when he says he believes “the president agrees with Gibbs and was neither angered nor disappointed by Gibbs’s statements, which came not in the heat of his daily briefing but in the cool of his West Wing office.“

But with the public’s approval ratings of Congress at near-historic lows and not budging, it’s hard to see how this could be the fault of a couple of bloggers nobody has heard of. More likely, it’s the result of constituencies who aren’t happy with symbolic gestures while the government’s priority is to battle for the dollars of big corporate donors.

According to Gallup, Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics has dropped 20 points this year. They note that “the two major drops in Hispanics’ approval of Obama this year — in February and May — coincide with two periods when the president was under fire for not doing enough to promote comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.”

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kansas GOP candidate's campaign links to racist blog

Kan. GOP candidate's campaign links to racist blog

'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War news Blackout

Proof of the role blogging can play in society:

An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere — an inside view of their country's raging drug war.

Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less than six months has become Mexico's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story.

Showcase Afghan Army Mission Turns Into Debacle

http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?r3056857095&f=378

- What else would you expect. The whole war is a debacle. The Taliban is just bidding it's time.

Video: Rachel Maddow Challenges Obama On Don't Ask, Don't Tell: 'Stand Up For What Is Right'

Rachel Maddow Challenges Obama On Don't Ask, Don't Tell: 'Stand Up For What Is Right' (VIDEO)

Missouri Billboard Links Obama To Hitler, Socialism

Missouri Billboard Links Obama To Hitler, Socialism

NRA Instructor Shoots Student: What Can We Learn?

This article exposes the myths about the need for handguns in America:

When an NRA safety instructor accidentally shoots a student in one of his classes, is it a teachable moment about guns in America?

But as to guns in the home, we know that for every time they are used in a self-defense shooting, there are four unintentional shootings (as well as seven criminal assaults and eleven attempted or completed suicides). For those who carry guns in public, the benefits are demonstrably not worth the risk. A recent study shows that individuals in actual possession of a gun are over four times more likely to be shot in an assault than persons not in possession of a gun. The research also reveals no evidence that making it easier for people to carry concealed guns reduces crime; indeed, its effect has been to increase aggravated assault.

Dem Yarmuth critical of White House economic team

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Dem-Yarmuth-critical-of-White-apf-1360116637.html?x=0&.v=1

Taliban rejects U.N. report on Afghan casualties

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/12/afghanistan.attacks.taliban/index.html?eref=edition#fbid=Cx0uPmPKmGV&wom=false

US posts widest trade gap in 20 months

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.a23419fa91b88a81502fae648d152780.121&show_article=1

Russia deploys missile system in Georgian territory

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/11/russia.georgia.missiles/index.html?eref=edition#fbid=Cx0uPmPKmGV&wom=false

Obama, Republicans, and polls -- bad numbers all around

Time for real change in America. Here's your chance. Don't vote for career incumbents. 10 and out!

There's some bad news for President Obama in a new poll, but also some bad news for his Republican opponents.

According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 52% of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy. By a 45-44% margin, they now disapprove of his handling of the Afghanistan war. Also, 40% say the country is worse off since he became president, while only 31% think we're better off.

The Rand Paul Kidnapping Story Deflates

The Rand Paul Kidnapping Story Deflates

Now, Paul's alleged victim is speaking out and any allegations of kidnapping seem pretty far fetched. In an interview with the Washington Post, the woman said "The whole thing has been blown out of proportion... They didn't force me, they didn't make me... I went along because they were my friends." Her clarification didn't make a huge splash but some took notice:

- The media went along with a smear of a political candidate who is politically incorrect. The establishment views Paul as a threat. And I'm no fan of his or his dad.

Home repossessions surged in July, but pace of new home loan defaults continued to slow

Home repossessions surged in July, but pace of new home loan defaults continued to slow

New jobless claims near a six-month high

New jobless claims near a six-month high

New applications for unemployment insurance rose last week to their highest level in almost six months, the latest evidence that some employers are still cutting their staffs.

First-time claims for jobless benefits edged up by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 484,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Analysts had expected a drop. That's the highest total since February.

Like Arizona, Florida mulls law on 'illegals'

Like Arizona, Florida mulls law on 'illegals'

Term Limits Back to Voters

The politicians want to return what they stole from us. What's to stop them in the future? NYers should vote out every council member that voted to overthrow the will of the people in the last election.

New York City voters will have the opportunity on Election Day in November to restore a law that prohibits elected officials from serving more than two four-year terms, the city's Charter Revision Commission decided Wednesday night.

But in a move that may infuriate the public, the commission voted to approve a so-called grandfather clause to allow all sitting council members to serve a maximum of three terms, even if the electorate decides this fall to restore a cap on two terms.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wells Fargo fined $203M for overdraft practice

Wells Fargo fined $203M for overdraft practice

Dollar Drops to 15-Year Low Against the Yen

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- On the road to becoming a third world nation.

Gunmen kill 8-year-old Chicago girl as she plays

Gunmen kill 8-year-old Chicago girl as she plays

Another shooting of a child in Chicago. And still nothing from Chicagoan Barack Obama.

'The Daily Show' Video: No Mosques in My Neighborhood

Jon Stewart exposes the stupidity of the anti-Mosque movement in America, including New York. He shows the ignorance of the argument by those opposing building a Mosque on 'hallowed ground.' And how the nation of freedom of religion is trying to deny that right Muslims in America. No one has done a better job than putting this issue in context than TDS...using humor, in the process.

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