Friday May 15th

School kids, who got screwed out of thousands when they signed up to attend Obama’s “historical” inauguration, sue company for reimbursement.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday on behalf of more than 15,000 students who paid thousands to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration but reportedly were left out in the cold. The lawsuit filed in Washington says Vienna, Va.-based Envision EMI promised middle, high school and college students across the country special access to the inauguration, parade and a black tie inaugural ball on Jan. 20.

Road side bomb in Iraq takes the life of 60 year old Army soldier.

A 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has become the oldest Army soldier to die in that conflict, the military said Thursday. Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., served in Vietnam and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but that his wife was against it, his brother said. Richard Hutchison told The Associated Press on Thursday that when she died, “a part of him died” so he signed up in July 2007.

Google practices shutting down the internet. Millions unable to access their services and proceed to freak out.

Google services were completely wiped out or running very slowly for many people and businesses around the world today, but the website has re-emerged with fresh news videos hosted by YouTube. In an outage this morning, thousands of websites including WND were temporarily locked up, due to Google’s malfunctioning ads. Hundreds of users Twittered about their inability to access Google or the website taking as long as two minutes to respond, leading many to grow concerned about how dependent they have come to be on the single entity. “The Internet dies without Google. Can’t get to my bank Web site because it’s waiting on ‘google-analytics.com.’ This is made of lame,” Twitter user Tadiera said.

[Simple solution folks. Use Firefox brower with “no-script” addon. When google analytics or any other process hangs while loading a website page, use “no-script” to kill it then the page will load normally…..ed]

Democrat rivals moving out of Arlen Specter’s way in Pennsylvania. Potential contender claims he was offered nothing for standing down. Sure buddy.

Democrat Joe Torsella is exiting the race for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat, stepping aside for newly Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and clearing the primary field — for the moment, at least. Torsella, a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia and head of the National Constitution Center, was the only major Democrat in the race until Specter switched parties last month. He raised a very respectable $600,000 in the first quarter and vowed to stay in the race after Specter switched. On Thursday, though, Torsella said in a video that he will no longer be a candidate.

Michigan church suing far left wing group for disrupting their congregation.

A Michigan church has filed a federal lawsuit against a gay activist group that claimed responsibility for noisily disrupting a worship service last November. Midway through the November 9th service at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, members of a group called Bash Back! stood up and shouted slogans at the bewildered congregation, including, “It’s OK to be gay.”

For the first time since Gallup began polling on the question, more Americans say they are pro-life than those who claim they are pro-choice.

A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.” This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995. The new results, obtained from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, represent a significant shift from a year ago, when 50% were pro-choice and 44% pro-life. Prior to now, the highest percentage identifying as pro-life was 46%, in both August 2001 and May 2002.

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Hackers hit Facebook, snagging a bunch of passwords from unsuspecting members.

Hackers launched an attack on Facebook’s 200 million users on Thursday, successfully gathering passwords from some of them in the latest campaign to prey on members of the popular social networking site. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said on Thursday that the site was in the process of cleaning up damage from the attack. He said that Facebook was blocking compromised accounts.

Miss California Carrie Prejean lands hour long Fox and Friends gig. Good for her.

Miss California and Miss USA runner-up, Carrie Prejean, tossed around in the battle over gay marriage, will be a one-day guest host for Fox News Channel’s popular morning show Fox & Friends, Whispers learns. She will host the 6 a.m.-to-7 a.m. slot on May 27, filling in for Gretchen Carlson—the 1989 Miss America—who will be off that day. The decision to make her a one-day cohost was finalized yesterday—the same day Prejean and Miss USA owner Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends.

104 year old British woman “tweeting” up a storm on the social networking site Twitter.

People can follow the silver surfer’s updates at ‘IvyBean104 ’ on Twitter.com Her first posts have included “Looking forward to Deal or No Deal later,” “just having a cuppa,” and “chicken casserole was lovely, going to have a nod now.” And she is not the only pensioner at Hillside Manor residential home in Bradford, west Yorks, to be regularly getting online.

Ohio census worker says she was robbed while on the job. Hmm, this one sounds a little odd to me.

A census worker trying to finish a busy day was robbed at gunpoint. Patricia Haney, 50, was held up Wednesday in Dayton. Haney said she went to an apartment on Marson Drive to do an interview. When a man let her in, saying he would find the couple she needed, he had other ideas. Haney said, “He put his arm around my throat and acted like he put a gun to my head.” Police said the man robbed Haney and then told her to get in a bathroom and stay there or else he would hurt her.

Boston cop goes on ticket writing rampage around state house after legislators cut police education bonus funding.

A Boston cop’s ticket-writing spree around the State House the same day senators slashed the controversial Quinn Bill police bonuses is being probed as a possible case of political payback. Boston Police officer John P. Mullan slapped 15 tickets on windshields of cars that included some owned by legislative staffers in a blitz late Wednesday afternoon. Mullan earned $110,000 last year, $13,000 of which was from his Quinn Bill education bonus.

Tulsa police officers now subject to random drug testing under new contract.

Tulsa police officers can be subjected to random drug testing starting in June under the new contract between the city and the police union. Under the current policy, an officer can be tested if officials have a reasonable suspicion that the officer is under the influence of any substance. The new policy takes effect June 1, so random testing can begin anytime after that, Deputy Chief Daryl Webster said. The cost has been projected at $16,640 annually, according to a city spokeswoman. The policy requires that the equivalent of 25 percent of the department be tested annually, Webster said. However, because it is random, the same officer could be tested more than once a year. “Statistically, we should cycle through the department every four years,” Webster said.

Four U.S. citizens found dead in van in Tijuana Mexico. Two men, two women were beaten, stabbed and strangled.

The bodies of four U.S. citizens were found strangled, beaten and stabbed in a van in this border city, two days after they reportedly left their Southern California homes for a night at the Mexican clubs, U.S. officials said Thursday. The victims, ages 19 to 23 years old, were found tied up on Saturday, but their deaths were not reported earlier because they were under investigation, said Fermin Gomez, an assistant state prosecutor in Baja California.

Wrong place–wrong time. Truck hits pole, pole falls hits woman standing at bus stop.

A woman was in critical condition this morning after being hit by a light pole in East Liberty after it was struck by a tractor trailer, a city official said. The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, was waiting at a bus stop on Frankstown Avenue near East Liberty Boulevard about 8:25 a.m. when the truck hit the pole, said Public Works Director Guy Costa. The woman was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, Costa said.

Quote of the day.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

-Groucho Marx

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