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Selected News For The Week May 19 – May 25

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    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

    6 Responses to “Selected News For The Week May 19 – May 25”

    1. DW says:

      From Reuters (via Canada’s CNEWS)

      Libyan convicted of Lockerbie bombing dies
      By Hadeel Al Shalchi, Reuters

      TRIPOLI – The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people has died, his brother said on Sunday. He was 59.

      Abdel Basset al-Megrahi died at home after a long battle with cancer. His health had deteriorated quickly overnight, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters.

      “He was surrounded by his family and died in his house,” Abdulhakim said on Sunday.

      Full article:

      Since it is in rather bad taste to rejoice at the death of another human being, I can only hope that this individual has gone to a better place…

      …preferably one where he’s right now having a sulfur-encrusted trident jammed into his prostate.

      He was surrounded by his family and died in his house,

      How nice for him…

    2. Anonymoose says:

      At first it looks like yet another “heartwarming” piece about the Occupy movement, which seems to have morphed now into pretty much any government protest:


      A 75 year old great-grandmother taking the bus to Chicago over three days in the same change of clothes, just to protest NATO. (And word of advice to the military types, why don’t you host these things on a base somewhere? Less publicity, more controlled environment, and usually an airport somewhere nearby.) Then I saw this blurb:

      “She was one of hundreds of demonstrators who got free bus rides from National Nurses United”

      Which is these guys:


      “The executive direct for the national organization, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is long-time labor leader Rose Ann DeMoro, who had headed the 60,000 member California Nurses Association”

      I don’t think they even care anymore how easy it is to connect the dots, or see the falseness of busing in protestors for another “grassroots” event. The only thing worse than doing nothing about your “beliefs” is doing something that accomplishes nothing. So you protest NATO of all things to spend more money on healthcare—-get some news time and articles written and then–what happens, what changes? Nothing. Hope the NNU pays for the bus ride back home.

    3. BillK says:

      Why won’t the Catholic Church just get with the program already?

      From the Denver Post:

      Catholic Church defends birth-control stance amid strong opposition

      By Electa Draper

      Most Americans — including Catholics — think the church is completely out of step with modern social norms in opposing contraception.

      It is, church leaders say. And it’s a good thing.

      The pope recently urged U.S. bishops to remain strongly counter to the culture — despite the fact that the church’s intractable stance on birth control has been ignored at times by 98 percent of Catholic women. It also seems to have generated more widespread animosity and disdain toward the church than anything besides the clergy sex-abuse scandal.

      U.S. bishops have been on the offensive all year, campaigning against threats to “religious freedom,” after President Barack Obama’s health-care mandate on insurance coverage for contraception.

      Obama’s top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, created a furor among church authorities, who have been highly critical of Georgetown University, a Catholic school in Washington, for inviting her to give a speech at graduation Friday.

      Catholic theologian Janet Smith, a professor at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, says the church long has been pressured to change its teaching on contraception. Every other mainstream Christian denomination has accepted it. Even forces within the Vatican have argued for it.

      Yet, Smith said, the Catholic Church doesn’t want to be part of the mainstream.

      There is is no shortage of statistics, she said, showing that contemporary views and modern contraceptives have created a messy society in which sex has been cheapened and family devalued.

      “We are drenched in contraceptives in this country, yet 42 percent of babies are born out of wedlock,” Smith said. “More than half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and three in 10 women, at current rates, will have an abortion by age 45.”

      Those statistics come from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit policy-research center with strong historical ties to Planned Parenthood that is generally recognized as providing the most comprehensive data on birth- control use and abortion.

      “Six out of 10 teenagers are sexually active. We have an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases. We have an epidemic of sexless marriages and a high divorce rate,” Smith said. “We just don’t expect people to exercise self-control anymore.” …


      The church is not supposed to be there to adapt to you

    4. canary says:

      64 complaints against Secret Service in last 5 years regarding their sexual behavior.

      Do you think they can go to sex rehab like slick Willy or Tiger Woods?
      Ooops. I think Clinton’s sex rehab was a one time course meeting with Jesse Jackson.


    5. canary says:

      Condoleezza Rice tells how Israel helped US create Homeland Security and trying to reach officials on

      The Times of Israel: Rice: Israel is where the US learned about homeland security
      On 25th visit to Israel, former secretary of state recalls the first panicked moments of 9/11

      By David Shamah May 20, 2012

      Rice also described the first panicked minutes for the US administration on 9/11, including the moment she raised her voice to president George W. Bush.

      The former secretary was speaking before a rapt audience outside Tel Aviv Sunday, during a conference on homeland security technology sponsored by Motorola Solutions. The company maintains a large research facility in Israel, said CEO Greg Brown, telling the audience of nearly 1,000 that most of the leading edge homeland security technology in use in the world today was developed in Israel.

      With the White House in panic mode, Rice quickly convened a meeting with staffers, and attempted to get in touch with top officials. “I called [secretary of state Colin] Powell but he was in Peru, so I couldn’t reach him. I called [CIA director] George Tenet but he had already been taken to a bunker. I called [secretary of defense] Don Rumsfeld, and they told me that his phone just kept ringing, with no answer.

      “Then I saw on TV a plane hit the Pentagon,” Rice continued. “Just then I was able to get in touch with President Bush, and I did something that I had never done before, and would never do again. I raised my voice to the president of the United States. He told me that he was going to get on a plane and come home,” Rice recounted, adding that she practically yelled at Bush, urging him to stay put in Florida. “I told him that we are under attack, and that buildings were being hit all over Washington.”

      It was a “moment that mattered,” Rice said, in more ways than one. First, it demonstrated how vulnerable the US really was. The attack “changed the conception of security. We were the world’s most powerful country, but we couldn’t stop a bunch of terrorists from one of the poorest countries in the world, who spent just $300,000 to mount an attack on us.”

      “We realized that Israel, our good friend, was very advanced in this area. Security has been a concern of Israel’s since the day it was born.”

      Israel, she added, has successfully developed many technologies and methods to fight terror and enable day-to-day life to go on, and the US turned to Israel, and companies like Motorola Solutions — much of whose technology is developed in Israel — for help.

      Rice, who is now a private citizen, was in Israel as a guest of the company. Speaking earlier, Brown said that Motorola Solutions had recruited her in order to benefit from “her guidance in foreign affairs” in developing solutions for homeland security.

      Israel, he said, had the manpower, the technology, and “unfortunately” the experience to prove the efficacy of the technology being developed for homeland security purposes.

      full story

    6. canary says:

      The National Field Marshal for the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), King Samir Shabazz, went on a series of racially charged radio rants this weekend.

      “You should be thankful we’re not running around here hanging crackers by nooses and all that kind of stuff — yet, yet, yet,” Shabazz said.

      (especially scroll to the second video)

      You might recall on Sweetness & Lightness this NBPP saying to kill the cracker baby’s in the street.
      Shabazz is much more obscene and violent and, seriously, he should be arrested as a terrorist. Period.

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