Authorities believe nine people are dead after a sightseeing tour helicopter and a small plane collided mid-air just after noon over the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey, authorities said. At least two bodies have been recovered. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said authorities do not believe the crash was survivable. Coast Guard officials are no longer on a rescue mission and are concentrating on recovery, Bloomberg said.
One man’s freedom of speech has sparked controversy in a small Kentucky town. The owner of Eagle Hill Armoury, LLC located on Main Street, in Glencoe, Ky., said that he thinks President Barack Obama is a “nagger.” [I’m getting real tired of Obama’s nagging too…ed]
A provision in President Obama’s health care reform bill encourages “end-of- life” counseling for seniors — sparking euthanasia fears among some of the legislation’s critics and leading others to believe that the White House is looking to save money by pressuring insurers to provide less coverage to seniors.
An obese inmate in Texas has been charged after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh. Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility after he told a guard at the Harris County Jail about the unloaded 9mm pistol.
A summer concert next week featuring Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson has been cancelled because of excessive heat in the greater Phoenix area. Concert promoter Jam Productions said late Friday that the hot weather expected for Tuesday’s show at Camelback Ranch in Glendale was a risk “too great for all involved.” [Tip to Jam Productions–don’t schedule any outdoor concerts in Green Bay Wisconsin in January….ed]
The family of TV pitchman Billy Mays said they were never aware that he used cocaine or other non-prescription drugs before his death and they were considering whether to have an independent review of an official autopsy. The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office released the results of its autopsy on Friday, finding that cocaine use had contributed to the heart disease that suddenly killed the 50-year-old in June. He was discovered by his wife in bed at their Tampa condo the morning of June 28.
When Laure Cuccarolo went into early labor on a recent Sunday night in a village in southern France, her only choice was to ask the local fire brigade to whisk her to a hospital 30 miles away. A closer one had been shuttered by cost cuts in France’s universal health system. (SNIP) France’s woes provide grist to critics of Mr. Obama and the Democrats’ vision of a new public health plan to compete with private health insurers.
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The confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday will impact this nation for decades, on issues ranging from free speech to racial preferences to gun rights. It will also become a major issue in the 2010 midterm elections and the 2012 presidential election, an issue that more likely than not will backfire on Barack Obama to the benefit of the Republican Party.
Clearly relishing his rare moment in the spotlight, longtime libtalker and former WLS / Chicago host Mike Malloy has repeated his call for Glenn Beck’s (right image) televised suicide, saying he “absogoddamnlutely” stands by what he said earlier in the week. [Would there be any state run media outrage if Rush Limbaugh suggested the same scenario for Chrissy Matthews? Hell yeah there would!…ed]
Democrats turned up the heat on Republicans Friday as they called on the GOP to denounce comments made by conservative icon Rush Limbaugh likening liberal Democratic leaders to Adolf Hitler. In the latest round of political sparring over disruptive healthcare town hall meetings gone awry, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) encouraged its ranks to sign a petition demanding that GOP House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and his deputy, GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), denounce Limbaugh’s highly charged riff comparing the Democratic Party to Nazis. [Keep in mind that Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed citizens protesting this Obamacare “were carrying around swastikas” the other day. That would mean she was equating them with Nazis right?…ed]
A Philadelphia police officer is being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau because he allegedly used a police computer to run a criminal-background check on President Obama. (SNIP) The officer entered Obama’s name and date of birth into the system this week to perform a background check, police said. The query automatically alerted the Secret Service, which informed the department.
The owner of a tabby cat devoured by a neighbour’s 13ft snake described how he heard his pet’s “blood-chilling cries” as it fought for its life. Martin Wadey said he and his wife, Helen, raced to the nearby garden when they heard the terrified screams but were powerless to save four-year-old Wilbur. The cat was “crushed, asphyxiated and consumed whole” after straying into the garden in Brislington, Bristol, where the Burmese python was lurking.
Tulare city officials are trying to make amends after a code enforcement officer shut down an 8-year-old girl’s lemonade stand. Richard Garcia spotted Daniela Earnest selling fresh-squeezed lemonade from a stand she and her stepmother set up at a busy intersection. She had hoped to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland.
On at least a dozen recent flights by US jetliners, malfunctioning equipment made it impossible for pilots to know how fast they were flying, federal investigators have discovered. A similar breakdown is believed to have played a role in the Air France crash into the Atlantic that killed all 228 people aboard in June.
Quote of the day.
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.