Saturday, January 30, 2010
How stupid does James O'Keefe think we are?
by Larisa Alexandrovna
James O'Keefe, the ring-leader of the plungers and self-appointed investigative journalist with the integrity of a flea, has issued a statement that is so laughable it should be the nail in his journalistic coffin:
"The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu’s office. Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines. Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false."
No, what the government has said is as follows, directly cited from the FBI affidavit
Individuals entered and attempted to gain entrance the office and telephone lines of the United States Senator Mary Landruieu... The individuals did so by falsely and fraudulently representing that the the[y] were the employees of a telephone company....Further investigation has determined that neither Flanagan nor Basel are employed by any telephone company, and that neither individual is a telephone repairman...Based on the above information...
There is probable cause to believe that Flanagan and Basel by false and fraudulent pretense attempted to enter, and did in fact enter, real property belonging to the United States for the purposes of willfully and maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the United States...Flanagan and Basel were aided and abetted by O'Keefe and Dai to commit the entry for the purposes of interfering with the telephone system..................
i don't spend too very much time (too very much time in this case=ZERO time) worrying about the color, the shape, the taste and the smell of my genitalia. i bathe sort of on a REGULAR basis AND i go to the doctor on a sort of regular basis (that's humor. i do BOTH of those things on a VERY regular basis)
but women can be lemmings. some DO listen to the shite that's out there and will buy and bleach and have surgery. i'm sorry for them
WASH DAILY. GO TO THE DOCTORS ONCE A YEAR AND IF SOMETHING IS WRONG GO IMMEDIATELY. USE YOUR HEADS (for once)
The 6 Weirdest Things Women Do to Their Vaginas
What the hell is vaginal rejuvenation? Who would want their vagina bleached? Here's a list of the strangest ways to make your genitals meet the demands of the beauty industry.
What's wrong with your vagina? If you answered "nothing," you're probably wrong. According to the beauty-industrial complex, it's ugly, and it smells bad. But don't worry-- there's nothing that money can't fix.
1. Problem: Your Vagina Smells Bad
Solution: Vaginal Deodorant
In the seventies, Massengill tried to marry feminism and its vaginal deodorant spray ("With Hexachlorophene") in an ad that declared the product to be "The Freedom Spray." It was "...the better way to be free to enjoy being a woman. Free from worry about external vaginal odor." Because you're going to need that time you used to spend worrying about your vaginal odor to flirt your way through the glass ceiling. Oh, and Hexachlorophene? It's a disinfectant that can be lethal when absorbed through the skin. In 1972, it was added to baby powder in France due to a manufacturing error and killed thirty-six children.In case you think vaginal deodorant is a relic of the past, just take a trip to the drug store. (I did, and I took notes. The staff of my local Walgreens is convinced that I'm both very thorough and that my vagina smells really bad.) There are several kinds of vaginal deodorants still for sale (Walgreens even manufactures a generic version). ...........
do i 'believe' in abortion? am i 'pro' abortion? well, i'll tell you what i tell everyone.
i am PRO CHOICE. i am PRO BASIC COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION. ABSTINENCE DOES NOT WORK. it never has. it never will (ask the palins. both mom AND daughter).
i just read there is a new surge in teenage pregnancies (AGAIN). why? there is NO NEED for it.
do i approve of 13 year olds having sex? hell no i don't. i approve of teaching 13 year olds the CONSEQUENCES of sex and UNPROTECTED SEX. ALL of the consequences.
do i approve of birth control and plan b (plan b does NOT cause abortions by the way so don't even come at me with that shite)? hell YES i do.
let's educate our children so they can always make the RIGHT choices for them and everyone else.
there was a MURDER committed. not manslaughter. not self defense. MURDER. dr tiller was MURDERED. scott roeder pulled the trigger. he was found guilty now he must pay.
Abortion Foe Found Guilty in Doctor’s KillingBy MONICA DAVEY
WICHITA, Kan. — In the end, it took jurors 37 minutes on Friday to convict Scott Roeder, an abortion opponent, of first-degree murder in the death of George R. Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions.
Mr. Roeder, who admitted in court to shooting Dr. Tiller in May and who said he felt it was the only way that he could halt the deaths of babies, stared straight ahead and showed no reaction at the verdict, which carries a sentence of life in prison.
For Wichita, it appeared to be a final chapter in the struggle over abortion that has focused on this city for three decades. Dr. Tiller, 67, who grew up here and had provided abortions here since the 1970s, had been attacked before (he was shot in both arms in 1993) but refused to stop his work and drew patients from all over the country. After his murder, his family closed the abortion clinic, leaving Wichita, so long a magnet for the debate, with no such facility......
Friday, January 29, 2010
talk about leaving me speechless.........
this woman OBVIOUSLY knows the truth. just admit it.
Posted by Bradley Novicoff
Gayle Haggard, wife of multiple inner-demon battling Ted, is now absolutely convinced that the disgraced Reverend’s cast aside his amphetamine-fueled, same-sex loving ways. And not only has she written a book about how really NOT gay Ted now is, she sat down with Meredith Vieira to discuss it:
Gayle Haggard appeared on the “Today” show on Wednesday to talk about her new book, “Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour,” and declared that her one-time Evangelical superstar husband was “cured” of his homosexual compulsions...............
(NOT that breasts are genitalia mind you). i'm not making any comments on pornography here nor am i judging it. i am posting the link to this article/other posting because once again women are being looked at in terms of breast size. which we ALL know has nothing to do with anything what so ever
A reader writes, "Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. They banned mainstream pornography from showing women with A-cup breasts, apparently on the grounds that they encourage paedophilia, and in spite of the fact this is a normal breast size for many adult women. Presumably small breasted women taking photographs of themselves will now be guilty of creating simulated child pornography, to say nothing of the message this sends to women with modestly sized chests or those who favour them. Australia has also banned pornographic depictions of female ejaculation, a normal orgasmic sexual response in many women, with censors branding it as 'abhorrent.'" ...........
You did not have to be paying much attention during last night's Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address to notice a young Army Staff Sergeant in full dress uniform seated prominently right behind Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and enthusiastically applauding and cheering at the Governor's attacks on Democrats.................
School district pulls Anne Frank’s diary over ‘vagina’ passage
By Daniel Tencer
Anne Frank's adolescent curiosity about sexuality is too much for a Virginia school district that has pulled the complete version of the young Jewish girl's diary off its curriculum and off its shelves over a parent's complaint about sexually explicit passages.
Culpeper County Public Schools has pulled Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition off the shelves because parents complained "over the sexual nature of the vagina passage in the definitive edition," reports the Culpeper, Virginia, Star-Exponent.
The complaint has to do specifically with an expanded version of the diary published in 1995. Frank's father, Otto, had excised large parts of his daughter's diary prior to publication in the late 1940s. Anne was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp in March, 1945. Her diary has made her arguably the most famous Holocaust victim........
Publisher Roger Lathbury recalls book deal with J.D. Salinger that went sour
In 1988, Roger Lathbury, an English professor at George Mason University and owner of a small literary publishing outfit based in his house in Alexandria, decided on a lark to write to J.D. Salinger, asking if he could publish "Hapworth 16, 1924," Salinger's last published work, which appeared as a story in the New Yorker in 1965 and never made it into book form.
Amazingly, Salinger wrote back promptly, saying, essentially, "I'll think about it."
Then, nothing. For eight years.
Until July 26, 1996, when Lathbury, just having completed teaching his morning classes, picked up the phone in his home office...........
Thursday, January 28, 2010
i could go on and on and on but i won't. i WILL tell you this much. did you know squalor is one of my favorite words? well, it is. want to know why?
J. D. Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91
J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.
Mr. Salinger’s literary representative, Harold Ober Associates, announced the death, saying it was of natural causes. “Despite having broken his hip in May,” the agency said, “his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.”
Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”..........
You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And, um, it’s interesting. He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two..........
it's ap so just the link
but here's more:
'People's History' author Howard Zinn dead at 89
From Cristy Lenz, CNN
Noted author and social activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack Wednesday while traveling, his daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, said.
Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," was 89. Kabat-Zinn said her father, who lived in Auburndale, Massachusetts," died while traveling in Santa Monica, California.
"A People's History of the United States," first published in 1980, tells a history not often in seen in other books -- from the perspective of those not in a seat of power.
The book was the inspiration for a 2009 documentary, narrated by Zinn, called "The People Speak." The film highlighted people who spoke up for social change, according to the Web site of the History Channel, which aired the program..............
I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the release in Boston February of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I had no hesitation in answering, first, “Howard Zinn.”
Just weeks ago after watching the film on December 7, I woke up the next morning thinking that I had never told him how much he meant to me. For once in my life, I acted on that thought in a timely way. I sent him an e-mail in which I said, among other things, what I had often told others about him: that he was,” in my opinion, the best human being I’ve ever known. The best example of what a human can be, and can do with their life.”...........
By Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff
Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.
His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.
"He's made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture," Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. "He's changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can't think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect."................
youtube videos from mira! hartford
Girl's rescue 15 days after quake offers a rare moment of joy in devastated Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Fifteen days after an earthquake devastated this nation, a teenage girl was rescued from the rubble of her house -- weak and thirsty -- on a hillside in the capital.
Hundreds of Haitians shouted with joy Wednesday as rescuers pulled Darline Etienne from a jumble of concrete and steel, wrapped her in a gold foil emergency blanket and hurried her into an ambulance. She said she had been in the shower when her house collapsed. A spokesman for the French team that rescued her said, "We think she's been in there since the quake," and a cousin said Darline had been "under the trash since January 12." .......
video of the rescue at the wapo link above
*in the human spirit in general AND the strength and perseverance of the people of haiti in general
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
(i had to look up brahmanbaria. it's in bangladesh)
Rapist spared, victim lashed
Sheikh Md Shahidul Islam, B'baria
Eight months after being raped, a 16-year-old at Khargor of Kasba upazila in Brahmanbaria had to receive 101 lashes as "punishment".
A village arbitration found her guilty and issued the 101 lashes fatwa (religious edict) but amazingly left alleged rapist Enamul Mia, 20, untouched.
The arbitration also fined the victim's father Tk 1,000 and issued another fatwa that her family would be forced into isolation if he failed to pay up.
Village matbar (local leader) Delwar Hossain alias Ullashi executed the durra (lashes) on January 17.
Family sources said Enamul Mia of Gabbari used to eve-tease the girl on her way to Sathgram Advocate Haroon-or-Rashid High School. He raped her April last year. Fearing the shame, the girl did not disclose the incident.
According to NPR, “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”
The BBC recently reported on The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict. This book examines the extreme difficulties female soldiers have in serving abroad. Benedict interviewed several women in the military to get a deeper understanding of the issue, and some of their stories were real eye openers..........
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.......kansas OR texas?
that's a tough one, ain't it?
Confused Texas Education Board bans kids' author from curriculum
What do the authors of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a 2008 book called Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation have in common?
Both are named Bill Martin and, for now, neither is being added to Texas schoolbooks.
In its haste to sort out the state's social studies curriculum standards this month, the State Board of Education tossed children's author Martin, who died in 2004, from a proposal for the third-grade section. Board member Pat Hardy, R-Weatherford, who made the motion, cited books he had written for adults that contain "very strong critiques of capitalism and the American system."
Trouble is, the Bill Martin Jr. who wrote the Brown Bear series never wrote anything political, unless you count a book that taught kids how to say the Pledge of Allegiance, his friends said. The book on Marxism was written by Bill Martin, a philosophy professor at DePaul University in Chicago....................
Revealed: Retired CIA agent ‘made up’ waterboarding details
By Stephen C. Webster
As it turns out, retired CIA agent John Kiriakou has an active imagination, basically.
According to a piece by veteran intelligence reporter Jeff Stein, Kiriakou "basically made up" details about the waterboarding of al Qaeda agent Abu Zubaydah.
Arguing that waterboarding — or simulated drowning — is actually effective in forcing prisoners to share secret information, Kiriakou told ABC News’ Nightline in April, “The next day [after his first time being waterboarded], he told his interrogator that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night and told him to cooperate.”
“From that day on, he answered every question,” he said, according to ABC. “The threat information he provided disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks.”
"Now comes John Kiriakou, again, with a wholly different story," Stein noted in Foreign Policy. "On the next-to-last page of a new memoir, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror (written with Michael Ruby), Kiriakou now rather off handedly admits that he basically made it all up."..........
but not only should you play fair YOU HAVE TO OBEY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. yes, EVEN if you're one of the 'chosen ones'; a conservative
Senator's Phones Allegedly Targeted
By COREY DADE
Federal officials accused four men, including a conservative activist, of posing as telephone repairmen to tamper with phones at the New Orleans offices of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The four men, who also included the son of an acting U.S. attorney, were arrested Monday in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans and charged with entering a federal building under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Louisiana...................
pic: Associated Press
Activist James O'Keefe walks out of the St. Bernard Parish jail in Chalmette, La., on Tuesday
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
i've been eating pine nuts since i was a sprout. ever since i started cooking (as a child mind you), i've always used pine nuts. i've NEVER experienced this much less heard of it.
however, i do always buy from a source i trust
AND of course they're way too expensive to eat 'em by the fistful
perhaps that's an issue too.
The unbearable awfulness of pine mouth
Serious Eats is curious if you've ever experienced Pine Mouth, a long-lasting metallic taste in your mouth after eating pine nuts.
Roger Hyam's blog post outlines the issue and links to a medical article which confirms the syndrome but offers no obvious cause. Are Chinese pine nuts to blame? Nuno Tavares via Wikimedia Commons, cc licensed]
Exclusive: Group Receives 'Tsunami of Vile Hate' After ABC Exposé on U.S. Military 'Jesus Rifles'
By Brad Friedman
Anti-Semitic email, threats sent to Mikey Weinstein, founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation
And what they will never tell you on Fox "News," and probably not even on CNN or MSNBC, etc., is contained in the following three emails sent to Mikey Weinstein of the Nobel Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), following an ABC News exposé last week on the bible verses that are encoded on the rifle scopes made by Trijicon, Inc., and used by our military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The first disturbing email below is from a U.S. soldier who happens to be a Caucasian Muslim, horrified by the dangers of having such verse referenced on military equipment used in the Middle East, particularly in the event of capture. The soldier shares an appalling alleged account of his superior officer's description of the weapon as the "the Fire Arm of Jesus Christ." All the better, said the officer according to the soldier, than what they might have received, since "Uncle Sam had seen fit not to give us a 'pussy "Jewzzi" (combination of the word 'Jew' and Israeli made weapon "Uzi").'"........
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hey bud, if you think feeding hungry kids is stupid well then you're JUST what this country needs right now. ANOTHER soul-less, heartless, cruel, REPUBLICAN asswipe
SC Lt. Gov. regrets comparing poor to animals, then does it again
By Daniel Tencer
The man who nearly became acting governor of South Carolina last year when his boss absconded to South America to visit his lover is now taking heat for comparing poor people to "stray animals."
South Carolina Lt.-Gov. Andre Bauer, a candidate for governor, made the comment during a town hall meeting on Friday. During a discussion of subsidized school lunches, Bauer argued that children should be denied reduced prices for school lunches if their parents fail a drug test or don't show up for parent-teacher meetings.............
Bauer told CNN Monday that he regretted using the stray animals metaphor.
"I wish I had used a different metaphor," Bauer said. "I never intended to tie people to animals."
But then the lieutenant-governor made another animal comparison. "If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?" he asked, adding that he is "not against animals."
Bauer has repeatedly returned to the animal metaphor in his defense of Friday's remarks. At a gubernatorial forum on Saturday, he denied he was making the link at all.
"There's no way that I was trying to tie animals to people," he said. "What I was trying to talk about is the dependency culture, and just like when you feed an animal, you create a dependency."..........
Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention
By KATE ZERNIKE
A Tea Party convention billed as the coming together of the grass-roots groups that began sprouting up around the country a year ago is unraveling as sponsors and participants pull out to protest its expense and express concerns about “profiteering.”
The convention’s difficulties highlight the fractiousness of the Tea Party groups, and the considerable suspicions among their members of anything that suggests the establishment.
The convention, to be held in Nashville in early February, made a splash by attracting big-name politicians. (Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech.) But some groups have criticized the cost — $549 per ticket and a $9.95 fee, plus hotel and airfare — as out of reach for the average tea partier. And they have balked at Ms. Palin’s speaking fee, which news reports have put at $100,000, a figure that organizers will not confirm or deny............
Monday, January 25, 2010
check out this dependable renegade posting
un effing believable
.................GREENVILLE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to "feeding stray animals."
Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.
"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better," Bauer said......................
Posted by Richard Metzger
A wealthy donor has sent a group of 50 Haitian-American doctors and volunteers from the Church of Scientology to Haiti at the cost of $400,000. The church members are using a controversial healing technique to help relief efforts:
“We’re trained as volunteer ministers, we use a process called ‘assist’ to follow the nervous system to reconnect the main points, to bring back communication,” she said.
“When you get a sudden shock to a part of your body the energy gets stuck, so we re-establish communication within the body by touching people through their clothes, and asking people to feel the touch.” .............
i'm not usually a conspiracy theorists, BUT c'mon now.......
Cover-up claims as David Kelly post mortem set to stay under wraps for 70 years
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245705/Cover-claims-David-Kelly-post-mortem-set-stay-wraps-70-years.html#ixzz0dbSYsb1k
By Daniel Martin
Medical records which would shed light on the death of government scientist David Kelly will be kept secret for 70 years, it emerged yesterday.
The unprecedented move has been ordered by Lord Hutton, who chaired the inquiry which controversially concluded that the mysterious death was suicide.
It means vital evidence, including the results of Dr Kelly's post-mortem examination - which have never been made public - will remain under wraps until 2073, by which time anyone involved in the case will almost certainly be dead.
The body of 59-year- old UN weapons inspector Dr Kelly was found in July 2003 in woods near his Oxfordshire home. Days earlier he had been revealed as the source of a BBC story claiming evidence against Iraq had been 'sexed up' to justify invasion.
No coroner's inquest has been held into the death.
Last night, Dr Michael Powers QC, a doctor campaigning to overturn Lord Hutton's findings, told the Daily Mail: 'I cannot understand why this extraordinary move has been taken......
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245705/Cover-claims-David-Kelly-post-mortem-set-stay-wraps-70-years.html#ixzz0dbSnaeaB
pic: Whistle-blower: Dr Kelly died after casting doubt on Government claims about Saddam's weapons
larisa alexandrovna has posted
a good summary on some of the details
70-year gag on Kelly death evidence (Dr. David Kelly)
Well this latest news won't fuel any conspiracy theories (cough) or bring even more serious questions about the alleged murder (not suicide) of former UN weapons' inspector Dr. David Kelly (cough).
Before we get into the latest astonishing developments, here is a quick summary of who Dr. Kelly was and what happened to him:
1. Dr. David Kelly worked for the Ministry of Defense/U.K. as an expert in bio-weapons. He was also one of the key UN weapons inspectors in Iraq.
2. He became concerned about the US/UK claims of WMD in Iraq in the build-up to the Iraq war in 2003. Much the same way that former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson became concerned about US claims of yellowcake uranium purchases by Iraq from Niger. Like Wilson, Dr. Kelly became an anonymous source for a journalist. In Kelly's case, he met with BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan.
3. The MoD leaked Kelly's identity (just like Valerie Plame Wilson's identity was leaked) to the press.
4. A Parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the planted intelligence on Iraq asked Kelly to testify, which he did.
5. Several days after his testimony and while preparing for a trip with his wife, Dr. Kelly was found dead in a park nearby his home, which was ruled a suicide. On the day he "committed suicide" he had sent an email to New York Times reporter Judith Miller in which he said "many dark actors playing games."
6. Leading physicians and first responders who arrived at the park and inspected Kelly's body did not think he committed suicide, even going so far as to sue the British government to prove their case....................
Largest US health insurer’s profits rise 30 percent
Sunday, January 24, 2010
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive
Finale to "Stormy Weather" 1943 with Cab Calloway, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers
Any performer will tell you, the way you leave the audience is the way they'll remember your act. There's no finale like the one in Stormy Weather....................
it's obvious, there is something off about this passenger
Unruly passenger forces united jet to divert to DIA
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14256195#ixzz0dWY6jyfI
A United Airlines flight was diverted to Denver International Airport on Saturday afternoon after a passenger tried to open a door in mid-flight.
The plane landed safely at DIA just after 5 p.m. Flight 223 had been traveling from Washington Dulles International Airport to Las Vegas, according to DIA officials. The disturbance began about 4:45 p.m., said Charlie Hobart, a United spokesman.