Saturday, August 08, 2009
Former French President says Bush invaded Iraq to thwart Gog and Magog's apocalyptic mission
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder
Former French President Jaques Chirac says that in 2003, President Bush asked him to send troops to Iraq to stop Gog and Magog, the "Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse."
From James A. Haught's piece in the Council for Secular Humanism: It’s awkward to say openly, but now-departed President Bush is a religious crackpot, an ex-drunk of small intellect who “got saved.” He never should have been entrusted with the power to start wars. For six years, Americans really haven’t known why he launched the unnecessary Iraq attack. Official pretexts turned out to be baseless. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction after all, and wasn’t in league with terrorists, as the White House alleged..........
i'll tell you i believe 100% without a doubt lavenajohnson was raped and murdered by a contractor (i don't know which firm. that part i do NOT know) by the way, here's the wiki on lavena. oh the army said it was suicide and STILL SAYS IT SUICIDE. she had broken bones including her nose. she had chemicals in her genital area, broken teeth and a black eye. no, it was NOT SUICIDE. this is only ONE case by the way. there are more. but i digress (although ms johnson's family wouldn't call this a digression
By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Since the revelation earlier this week of allegations by two former employees of security firm Blackwater that its owner was complicit in murder in order to cover up the deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians, explosive charges have continued to emerge.
Perhaps the most shocking of those charges — quoted by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Thursday from the employees’ sworn declarations — is that Blackwater was guilty of using child prostitutes at its compound in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and that owner Erik Prince knew of this activity and did nothing to stop it.
The declarations describe Blackwater as “having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the ‘Blackwater Man Camp’ in exchange for one American dollar.” They add even though Prince frequently visited this camp, he “failed to stop the ongoing use of prostitutes, including child prostitutes, by his men.”...............
trump the second amendment? this has NOTHING to do with health care and we all know it. it has to do with the fear of a black president. the townfolk (they ARE simple remember) are really not at fault (again, they have NO minds of their own). they are being riled up and provoked by the good ol' boy network. they're telling lies and demanding violence. what sort of country are we turning into? it was ok for king george and his band of merry pranksters to bring us into an illegal, unjust and immoral war. it was ok for them to let people suffer and/or die in THIS country (katrina for one). it was ok for them to fund abstinance only education when that does NOTHING for anyone. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN NOT TO WORK. it was ok for them to toss money everywhere but in the pockets of their own citizens (the regular ones that is. you and i). it was ok for us to be lied to (weapons of mass destruction, NO GLOBAL WARMING, "intelligent" design). where were these protesters then? our country was put in a downward spiral with little chance of recovery. no. they are blaming it ALL on a black man but they are too afraid to say it
Update: SEIU gets phone call “threatening to teach union officials a thing or two about ‘the Second Amendment’”
Brian Beutler reported at Talking Points Memo on Friday that a health care protester in New Mexico had been encouraging those following him on Twitter to bring their guns to town hall meetings — and use them if provoked.
“If ACORN/SEIU attends these meetings for disruptive purposes, and you have a license to carry….carry,” Scott Oskay wrote in one tweet. In another, he suggested, “Stop being peaceful, and hurt them. Badly.”
The Service Employees Industrial Union (SEIU) appears the to be latest boogeymen for the anti-health care protesters. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, for example, claimed on Friday that “SEIU thugs rolled up their sleeves and attacked a black conservative protester in St. Louis.”...
they're funny. they're smart. they're pretty. here is yet MORE proof (not that I NEEDED ANY!)
Clever Crows Prove Aesop’s Fable Is More Than Fiction
By Hadley Leggett
Aesop’s fables are full of talking frogs and mice who wear clothes, but it turns out at least one of the classic tales is scientifically accurate.
Researchers presented four crows with a challenge from Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher”: a container of water not quite full enough for the birds to reach with their beaks. Just like Aesop’s crow, all four birds figured out how to raise the water level by dropping stones into the glass. The crows also selectively chose large pebbles over small ones, and quickly realized that dropping rocks into a container of sawdust didn’t have the same effect..........
pic: Illustration by Milo Winter from The Aesop for Children/Project Gutenberg etext 19994.
i was CONSCIOUS and i could NOT move a muscle. not one. things were happening all around me and i could NOT move. i was scared shiteless AT FIRST. then i talked myself into being calm. i told myself i could NOT possibly be harmed. i didn't know what world i was in, but i knew i wasn't in MY world. now i know what happened.
Freaky Sleep Paralysis: Being Awake in Your Nightmares
By Alexis Madriga
You wake up, but you can’t move a muscle. Lying in bed, you’re totally conscious, and you realize that strange things are happening. There’s a crushing weight on your chest that’s humanoid. And it’s evil.
You’ve awakened into the dream world.
This is not the conceit for a new horror movie starring a ragged middle-aged Freddie Prinze Jr., it’s a standard description of the experience of a real medical condition: sleep paralysis. It’s a strange phenomenon that seems to happen to about half the population at least once.
People who experience it find themselves awake in the dream world for anywhere from a few seconds to 10 minutes, often experiencing hallucinations with dark undertones. Cultures from everywhere from Newfoundland to the Caribbean to Japan have come up with spiritual explanations for the phenomenon. Now, a new article in The Psychologist suggests sleep researchers are finally figuring out the neurological basis of the condition...............
Palin says Obama's health care plan is 'evil'
Friday, August 07, 2009
more to show you how hateful he was of women. more to show you what kinds of books he was reading (i know sometimes we read books JUST to understand another's point of view. i don't think this was true in sodini's case though. he was reading about men owning women because that's what he would have LIKED to happen in his life). i guess even a fake tan couldn't help him
oh, one more thing. my mother was domineering too. i just became MORE domineering. some thinghappened in my life i don't talk about (too much). it happened when i was younger. it is something that could have effected my relationships for the rest of my life (well, it still does but i do NOT let it get the better of me). what i chose to do though is to USE my experiences to help others out of the muck and murk. i didn't use it to HURT anyone else
(and granted, below IS a sensationalized headline)
Shooter Read Sexist Christian Author's Book Before Pittsburgh Female Aerobics Class Massacre
Posted by Bruce Wilson, AlterNet
As George Sodini wrote on December 29, 2008, "Just got back from tanning, been doing this for a while. No gym today, my elbow is sore again. I actually look good. I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne - yet 30 million women rejected me - over an 18 or 25-year period."
On Tuesday August 4th, 2009, computer systems analyst Sodini walked into a Pittsburgh gym, pulled guns out of a duffle bag, turned off the lights, and sprayed bullets into a LA Fitness Center woman's aerobics class of roughly thirty, killing three. The leader of the class, who had just announced that she was pregnant, was wounded along with at least eight others, some of whom were shot multiple times.
Media analysis has so far ignored or glossed over Sodini's religious affiliations but the shooter's Internet diary suggest his last readings were the Bible and a book by a Texas evangelist, R.B. Thieme, Jr. who has written that husbands own their wives, as literal property and promoted an odd teaching that for each man on Earth there exists only one correct "right woman" in all creation...............
oh, i tweet as
Online Attack Silences Twitter for Much of Day
By JENNA WORTHAM
Twitter, the popular microblogging site, was out of service much of the day Thursday as it worked to defend itself against a Web attack, but service appeared to have been restored by late evening.
Many of Twitter’s 45 million legitimate visitors were unable to use the service for hours. Analysts characterized the disruption as a denial-of-service attack, in which hackers overwhelm a Web site by sending it a deluge of junk requests, and one suggested the attack might have originated in Russia or Georgia.Most computer security analysts did not cite a specific source of the attack on Twitter.........
'80s Filmmaker Captured Soul Of Teen Torment and Mundanity
John Hughes, 59, the Hollywood director, producer and screenwriter who inspired an entire genre of teenage angst films and comedies about young outcasts, including "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and who wrote the popular "Home Alone" series about a resourceful boy with very careless parents, died Aug. 6 in New York after a heart attack on a morning walk. ......
Thursday, August 06, 2009
the russians are coming, the russians are coming (ok, if you've nto seen it please do. it's a SCREAM)
this one IS real;
Russian subs caught patrolling off East Coast
Two Russian nuclear submarines have been detected by the US military in recent days, patrolling as close as 200 miles off the East Coast of the United States, according to officials who spoke to the New York Times.
Norman Polmar, a naval historian with expertise in submarine warfare, is quoted as saying, “I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the U.S. coast in about 15 years.”
The submarines' detection has not been previously announced.........
i'm guessing they hated him as well. i would have. i do. i hate him for killing. i hate him for killing innocents. he appears to have been a misogynist and a racist. two qualities that really ARE a tipoff one is NOT on a good path.
George Sodini's blog tells of years of rejection by women before gym shooting
By Toby Harnden in Washington
George Sodini, an unhappy loner whose rambling website postings indicated he felt spurned by women burst into a female aerobics class, turned the lights off and opened fire, killing three and injuring nine.
Sodini, 48, fired as many as 52 shots into a "Latin impact" dance class at the LA Fitness gym outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before committing suicide. He walked in, placed a duffel bag on the ground and paused for a few moments before pulling two guns out.
A web page he apparently created contained a diary chronicling years of rejection by women and an earlier plan for an outrage at the gym which he said he "chickened out" of. Neighbours described him as strange and anti-social............
(p.s. neighbours AND FRIENDS TOO for that matter would describe ME as strange and anti-social too. i do NOT own a gun nor will i ever own a gun. i do NOT want to kill anyone. i do NOT want t0 hurt anyone. being strange and/or anti-social isn't necessarily a path to being a murderer is my point)
By John Byrne
George Sodini, the man who took the lives of four women, and then his own, at a Pittsburgh-area fitness club Wednesday, leaves behind a long history of right-wing anti-government militancy.
In political rants on the Internet, going back to the early days of the Web, Sodini showed a consistently anti-government attitude. As first reported by Greg Mitchell at his Huffington Post blog, in the mid-1990s Sodini posted to a newsgroup titled misc.activism.militia, where right-wing libertarians and survivalists compared notes on the state of politics, and made plans for upending the “socialist” policies of the Clinton White House. Sodini appeared to support a violent overthrow of the US government in order to return the country to its “Constitutional order.”
“I am convinced that more drastic action is required to bring the country back to the Constitutional order that it was 200 years ago,” Sodini wrote at the newsgroup. “I don’t think any group of political leaders will achieve this for us.”................In diary, shooting suspect shares despair, intent to kill
By Lateef Mungin
CNN) -- He felt lonely, said he hadn't had a girlfriend since 1984. He said his father didn't love him. And he detailed plans to kill young women.
George Sodini, the 48-year-old man police blame for killing three women and wounding 10 others in a suburban Pittsburgh gym, left behind an online diary that is as shocking in places as it is profane in others.
It offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a suspected killer who police say walked into an aerobics class, turned off the lights and fired more than 50 rounds from multiple handguns.
"Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions after I saw this project was going to drag on," the diary begins. Watch how Sodini may have targeted a woman »
It seems almost formatted, like a résumé, with Sodini's date of birth and date of death. The date of death is listed as Tuesday, the day of the shootings at an LA Fitness center outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read an edited version of the diary (PDF)...............
when you need them? it's sort of like one of their spoofy blaxploitation movies. only this is real. this is the united states of america. this is a BUNCH (far too many) of closet bigots and racists. these aren't the klan here. these are our neighbors. the ones who say they aren't 'prejudiced'. the ones who say, 'why some of my best friends are..............'. yet, they are AFRAID OF OUR BLACK PRESIDENT. he certainly is better than king george. he certainly hasn't f**ked up as much as king george. yet, he's an evil socialistic communistic devil monster? f**k that. as i've been saying, it's NOT anything other than you WANT to call him the "n" word but you just haven't yet. DO IT. GET IT OVER WITH. WE'LL ALL BE A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE
so go get chuck norris and flush and glenn and colt-her and join hands. instead of kumbaya, just say the 'n' word
Obama as The Joker: Racial Fear's Ugly Face
'Political' Poster Turns On Violent Symbolism
Between Jack Nicholson's 1989 portrayal of the Joker in "Batman" and Heath Ledger's 2008 characterization in "The Dark Knight," something sinister happened to the villain's iconic makeup. What had been a mask, with the clearly delineated lines of a carnival character, became simply war paint, and not very well applied.
The visual change signaled a change in the Joker's inner mechanism. Nicholson's dandified virtuoso of violence was replaced by a darker, more unpredictable and psychotic figure. What had been a caricature became more real and threatening. An urbane mocker of civilized values became simply a deformed product of urban violence.
It is the latter makeup job that has been superimposed over the face of President Obama in an anonymous Los Angeles poster campaign that is now the talk of the blogosphere, the airwaves and the 24/7 hermeneutical speculations of cable television........
(below is an ap article and i AIN'T gonna quote from it so click to read)
Leonard Cohen's Israel concert sells out in a day
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
they're breasts. we have them to feed babies. that's it. that's why we have them. not for you to stare at. not for you to play with. not for you to laugh at. not to be made bigger so we can feel more like a woman. we have breasts to feed babies.
now we can CHOOSE to let you play with them or stare at them. we can even choose to have them reconstructed if they are causing us physical or mental pain.
but they are to FEED BABIES. they're NO BIG DEAL. they're breasts. we should be allowed to feed children any time, any where, any how. we should NEVER be made to feel unwelcome or embarrassed.
it's effing ridiculous. i just don't understand. even some people i know who are 'enlightened' think breast feeding is a bit on the icky side. i can only shake my head and tell any and everyone with a problem, GET THE F**K OVER IT!!!
It’s World Breastfeeding Week – More Hospitals Have Been Added to the Baby-Friendly List, and a Word on Judgment
Posted by Rachel
t’s World Breastfeeding Week, and Women’s eNews has a piece up about new additions to the list of Baby-Friendly Hospitals, facilities which meet 10 criteria demonstrating a commitment to improve institutional breastfeeding policy, training and practices. The criteria are 10 breastfeeding-focused steps outlined by UNICEF/WHO, including helping mothers initiate breastfeeding, allowing “rooming in,” and other practices. The complete list of 83 qualifying U.S. facilities is available from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Now, whenever this particular week rolls around, there are inevitably a flood of posts on breastfeeding, especially about how women who can’t or won’t breastfeed experience harsh judgment from others. With so many cultural and workplace barriers in place that discourage breastfeeding or make it nearly impossible, I don’t think it’s that useful to judge individual women for their choices – much better to spend that energy on workplaces that don’t provide adequate breaks or accessible space for pumping, our general lack of parental leave (as compared to other nations), and corporate a-holes who ask women customers to leave businesses or go to bathrooms to breastfeed. Much better to encourage states that haven’t to pass and enforce laws that exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws and explicitly allow women to breastfeed anywhere women are otherwise allowed to be............
prince reminds me of one of those nefarious characters you see in spy movies or thrillers. those that have the ear of the president (i don't think he has much of obama's ear. i KNOW he had the big dick's and king george's ear.) those that kill and murder (in the movies that is. prince has NOT been charged or convicted in these charges so i'm not talking ABOUT him. just a character i think he COULD be). those that think they believe in god. those that think their god is telling them to kill everyone who isn't a 'true believer' (whatever the eff THAT means) those that are reckless and thoughtless and heartless and self absorbed. those that care nothing about anyone other than their own circle of rich white dudes (women are just to f**k). those that think killing is ok and do not suffer from pangs of hurt of conscious. those that murder without effort. those that are not just immoral but amoral. those that have their own mission that concerns none of us. those that think they are a god among men.
Founder of Blackwater-Xe Accused Of Murder, Gun Running To Iraq
By Steve Hynd
Sworn statements to a Virginia federal court accuse Blackwater founder Eric Prince of using murder to silence witnesses to criminal acts by Blackwater, of smuggling weapons into Iraq to sell for profit, of destroying evidence of criminal acts and lying to federal agencies.
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."....
well fuck chuck and fuck the birthers
i'm just waiting for the day they reveal their real agenda. we ALL know what it is. it's because we have a N****R as a president (their word NOT EVER EVER EVER mine)
just SAY the word birthers. i'm begging you. you'll feel a LOT better as will the rest of us. we can ALL do one giant sigh of relief. knowing the REAL you and all
well here's a letter big chuck the fuck wrote to president obama. it's COPYWRITED so i'm just
linking to it
but here's more from think progress
In a column today, actor and right-wing activist Chuck Norris wishes President Obama a “happy birthday” by challenging him to produce his “original birth certificate.” Norris says that while he finds it “a bit of a groundless stretch” to doubt that Obama was born in Hawaii, he nevertheless adds that there’s no excuse for not producing other documentation:
(p.s. who the eff copywrites a letter to the prez? chuck norris, that's who!!!)
the following is an associated press article they're being bio-tches about someone (even with credit posted) using their 'words'. so you'll have to click if you want the story (you should be clinking on my links anyway. i only publish a few words and expect you to read the rest at the link)
Police beat women opposing Sudan dress code trial
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
standing up for her beliefs. making a mark. thinking of others. being selfless. forging a path. making it easier for those who will come later
Sudan trouser woman 'ready for 40,000 lashes'
A Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers vowed on the eve of her judgment that she is ready to be whipped 40,000 times in her bid to change the country's harsh laws.
Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who works for the media department of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, is to be judged on Tuesday after waiving the immunity granted to UN workers.
She is to be judged under Article 152 of Sudanese law, which promises 40 lashes for anyone "who commits an indecent act which violates public morality or wears indecent clothing."
Hussein, who is in her 30s and whose husband died of kidney failure, told AFP in a telephone interview: "I'm ready for anything to happen. I'm absolutely not afraid of the verdict.".........AFP/Getty Images
this is what a REAL hero is all about. selfless acts. acts of courage. acts from the heart. acts of actual sharing.
it's not about thinking you're better than someone else. it's not about dictating what someone should or shouldn't believe.
it's about C A R I N G
i've always felt it's important to volunteer. if you have an hour or two a week, as a human being sharing this planet, it's our DUTY to make it better in some small way.
please read the story about jorge munoz. it's not too long. it won't take up too much of your time. i promise
An Angel In Queens, New York: School Bus Driver Responsible For 70,000 Hot Meals And Counting...(Video)
I am humbled.
I met a real life Angel recently. His name is Jorge Munoz and he lives in Queens, New York.
This is not just a story about a man who has spent the last few years tirelessly cooking, packing and giving free, hot meals to hungry people every day under a subway stop--some 70,000 in total.
It's a lesson about compassion for people and humanity. It's also about how one 46 year-old school bus driver, was moved to take action in a selfless and big way. Munoz says he found his passion and path in service after choosing to stop turning his cheek to a growing problem, so prevalent in his neighborhood, and so many other communities across America...........
A television advertisement attacking CNN host Lou Dobbs for promoting the "birther" conspiracy theory will not be airing during Dobbs's show -- or on CNN at all -- on most of the cable systems that the group behind the ad had intended.
On Monday, the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters put out an ad attacking Dobbs for continuing to report the doubts about President Obama's birth certificates as if it they were grounded in reality. The spot was slated to run on the three major cable news stations -- Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN -- in three major media markets -- New York, Atlanta and Washington D.C....................
Monday, August 03, 2009
Female Veterans Fight for Healthcare
The VA starts to adjust a system designed for a male military
By Amanda Ruggeri
As debate heats up over healthcare reform, military veterans are fighting for another kind of improvement: the expansion of health services for female vets.
Nearly 8 percent of the veteran population is female. But the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system was designed for a male military, and it shows. A Government Accountability Office report released this month found that two of 19 facilities audited did not offer even basic gender-specific services like cervical cancer screenings, and none fully complied with the VA's policy on privacy for female veterans. Overall, "none of the facilities had fully implemented VA policies pertaining to women veterans' healthcare," the report said. Critics say those shortfalls have deterred women from using the system. And statistics bear that out. While 22 percent of male veterans use VA healthcare, 15 percent of women do..........
and i don't believe i have. IF i have, i think you'll forgive me. they are stunning, unbelievable, breathtaking
via folding trees
Umi no Ue no Oshiro
more info and stunning images: Tokyobling’s writeup
not as he should be though, but home none the less. may his family and friends find peace with this discovery
U.S. Pilot’s Remains Found in Iraq After 18 Years
By THOM SHANKER
WASHINGTON — Navy officials announced early Sunday that Marines in the western Iraqi province of Anbar had found remains that have been positively identified as those of an American fighter pilot shot down in the opening hours of the first Persian Gulf war in 1991.
The Navy pilot, Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, was the only American missing in action from that war. Efforts to determine what happened to him after his F/A-18 Hornet was shot down by an Iraqi warplane on Jan. 17, 1991, had continued despite false rumors and scant information.Conflicting reports from Iraq had, over the years, fueled speculation that the pilot, promoted to captain from lieutenant commander in the years he was missing, might have been taken into captivity either after parachuting from his jet or after a crash landing...........
it's sort of like oj looking for the real murderer. the army looking for terrorists IN ALL THE FUCKING WRONG PLACES
(NOTE: if groups are violent or break the law in a means other than non violent protest, then i might not have issues with infiltration)
Army Looking Into Monitoring of Protest Groups
SEATTLE — The Army says it has opened an inquiry into a claim that one of its employees spent more than two years infiltrating antiwar groups active near one of the nation’s largest military bases. The groups say the employee infiltrated their activities under an assumed name and gained access to their plans as well as names and e-mail addresses of some members.
The man, John J. Towery, a civilian employee at Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma, Wash., works as a criminal intelligence analyst for the post’s Force Protection Division, say officials at Fort Lewis, the nation’s third largest Army post.
The Army would not disclose the nature of the investigation or address the claim that Mr. Towery had shared information about civilians. It said Mr. Towery was not available for an interview...........
ok, one more theory. he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. he doesn't believe a word he is saying. he's just saying it to get an audience and a reaction (i keep praying for this to be true for all these self absorbed weasels NO offense to weasels)
TV host Glenn Beck has a theory about the real reason the US government launched the “cash-for-clunkers” program: It’s a secret conspiracy to take control of your computer.
There’s only one problem with Beck’s theory. According to Jed Lewinson at the Daily Kos, the privacy statement is not from Cars.gov at all, but from the Esc.gov website, where car dealers log in to log transactions.....
this kind of creature:
By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer
Extending unemployment benefits will encourage people not to look for work, says Michelle Malkin.
The writer and columnist told a roundtable panel on ABC’s This Week that “there are a lot of these smart economists who say that if you keep extending these temporary unemployment benefits, you’re just going to extend joblessness even more.”
The total number of jobs in the United States continues to decrease. A report in the New York Times states that as many as 1.5 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits in the coming months.
But Malkin says that if US unemployment benefits — already extended to 79 weeks — were extended another 13 weeks, as is being proposed, it would mean only that people would re-enter the workforce later.............
p.s. who the f**k WANTS this creature on their show anyway? she's so UNhuman
*sure i think it's possible there are lazy freeloaders out there, BUT, they are in the minority
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Wis. jury: Father guilty in prayer death case
By ROBERT IMRIE (AP) – 12 hours ago
WAUSAU, Wis. — A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.
Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn't walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family's rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed. Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing.
Sitting straight in his chair, Neumann stared at the jury as the verdict in a nearly empty courtroom was read. He declined comment as he left the courthouse.
Defense attorney Jy Kronenwetter said the verdict would be appealed. He declined further comment.
Prosecutors also declined comment, citing a gag order.........
pic: (look at the f**ker smiling) Dale Neumann smiles at his defense attorney Jay Kronenwetter during his trial in Wausau, Wis. on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Neumann, 47, is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the 2008 death of his daughter Madeline Neumann, called Kara by her parents. His wife was convicted of the same charge this spring and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 6. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Corey Schjoth)
To settle charges that its agents bribed Nigerian officials in order to obtain billions of dollars in contracts in the country, Halliburton Co. and KBR agreed in February to pay a combined total of $579 million to the U.S. government. And if that did not sting the company coffers enough, a group of shareholders is now suing the company in Harris County District Court, seeking to “punish” officials who allowed such lax standards that millions of dollars could be spirited away to Nigerian bureaucrats, incurring massive fines and harming shareholders’ profits.
“According to the lawsuit, ‘the defendants caused Halliburton to maintain internal controls that were so deficient that Halliburton insiders were able to divert millions of dollars of company funds to pay illegal bribes to various foreign officials in direct violation of the [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act]. Defendant’s failure in this regard has caused substantial damage to Halliburton,’” Houston Press reports.
Nearly $150 million of the $180 million given was later discovered in a Swiss bank account.............
one is a kindle and the other is an itouch (yeah, i got that from amazon too. it was a few bucks cheaper. don't know why, but it was)
both items have been in the news of late, and NOT in a good way
(to paraphrase alice, the farther we get the behinder we are)
Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder
People who bought Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm for their Kindle were surprised to discover that it had disappeared from their devices overnight. It turns out the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic version, and Amazon caved into their demand to sneak into people's electronic libraries and take back the book at the publisher's request. ........
they DID apologize though (from july 23rd) :
Bezos apologizes for Kindle 1984 memory hole blunder
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder
Posted today on the Kindle Community page at Amazon.com:
This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we've received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.Why The FCC Wants To Smash Open the IPhone
With deep apology to our customers,
Founder & CEO
Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone. Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps. Nobody really knows. But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out, sending letters to all three companies (Apple, AT&T, and Google) asking them to explain exactly what happened.
On its face, it might seem odd to some people that the FCC is investigating the rejection of a single iPhone app. After all, iPhone apps are rejected every day. But the Google Voice rejection caused an unusual amount of uproar, and there is nothing like a high-profile case to make an example out of in pursuit of pushing a bigger policy agenda. The FCC investigation is not just about the arbitrary rejection of a single app. It is the FCC's way of putting a stake in the ground for making the wireless networks controlled by cell phone carriers as open as the Internet.........