U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, a towering figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died at age 77, his family said. “Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts),” the Kennedy family said in a statement early on Wednesday. [I’ll skip all of the “Johnny Walker stock drops like a rock on this news” stuff. This man carried around his neck the death of Mary Jo for 40 years and that had to be one of the last things on his mind when he drifted off to wherever he is going now…ed]
House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets. Among the new items on Rangel’s amended 2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, an investment account with at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by hand and filed in May 2008. [Maybe this is something Attorney General Eric Holder can spend some of his time looking into?…ed]
The federal government mistakenly sent out stimulus checks to 1,700 inmates, the Social Security Administration said Tuesday — a $425,000 error. Social Security spokesman Dan Moraski told FOXNews.com in a written statement that the money went out because official records “did not accurately reflect that they were in prison.” The inspector general’s office for the Social Security Administration is now looking into the problem as part of its broader audit on stimulus spending. [What? You haven’t heard about the new federal government Cash for Felons program?…ed]
A freshman House Democrat from Alabama said Tuesday he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker again because of her “divisive and polarizing” image. “I would not vote for her,” Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) told a constituent at a town hall meeting when asked if he’d support Pelosi. “Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together.” [This guy had better be walking backwards out of the House chamber after each session from now on because Pelosi is well know for figuratively plunging knives into the backs of anyone who crosses her…ed]
Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago. (SNIP) More significantly, 44% of voters strongly oppose the health care reform effort versus 26% who strongly favor it. Intensity has been stronger among opponents of the plan since the debate began. [Like Obama and Congress give a rip how American citizens feel about this issue…ed]
If smugness were a crime, they would put HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher under the jail. On NBC’s Aug. 24 “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” Maher expressed his frustration with President Barack Obama’s inability to get health care/health insurance reformed and passed into law. “I think right now for example, this health care debate looks like it’s – we could lose it because I don’t think [Obama] he has been tough enough,” Maher said. “You know, he used to say in the campaign, ‘It’s your time.’ This is his time. He should get mad, stop [expletive] around.” [I would love to bump into this greasy haired scrawny ass maggot on the street and see if he has the balls to call me a stupid American to my face…ed]
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Savor the silence of America’s self-serving champions of privacy. For once, the American Civil Liberties Union has nothing bad to say about the latest case of secret domestic surveillance — because it is the ACLU that committed the spying. Last week, The Washington Post reported on a new Justice Department inquiry into photographs of undercover CIA officials and other intelligence personnel taken by ACLU-sponsored researchers assisting the defense team of Guantanamo Bay detainees. According to the report, the pictures of covert American CIA officers — “in some cases surreptitiously taken outside their homes” — were shown to jihadi suspects tied to the 9/11 attacks in order to identify the interrogators. [The aclu is the enemy within, plain and simple. Their specialty is anything that undermines this country…ed]
It’s a scene that has unfolded countless times in police departments all over the world: Two suspects held in separate interrogation rooms are played off each other by investigators trying to crack a case. Documents released this week related to the CIA’s terrorist interrogation program describe a similar scene, but one with stakes much higher than solving a burglary or car theft. The documents explain how CIA interrogators tricked Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and Yazid Sufaat, a Malaysian scientist who was educated in the U.S., to reveal the details of al Qaeda’s ultimately unsuccessful plot in 2001 to unleash a deadly anthrax attack against Americans. [The CIA doing what they are supposed to do to try and keep these fanatics from killing innocent American citizens yet Eric Holder wants to investigate if they were being too rough and tough on these scumbags…ed]
A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions. Maurice Schwenkler wore a shirt over his face, a hooded sweat shirt and latex gloves before he and another man fled the scene on bicycles, police said. Schwenkler was apprehended after a short chase. The other suspect remains at large. [Naturally the inference is this was done by some crazy right wing nutjobs until you take a look at the mug shot of the perp. This “dude looks like a lady” is clearly some creepy little moonbat and this ‘crime’ appears to be suspiciously staged…ed]
Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds. The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk as births in locations ranging from lifts to toilets – even a caravan – went up 15 per cent last year to almost 4,000. Health chiefs admit a lack of maternity beds is partly to blame for the crisis, with hundreds of women in labour being turned away from hospitals because they are full. [Although the article displayed two white women and their babies the fact of the matter is in England the problem is Muslim immigrant women spitting out 10-12 babies each in a calculated effort to take over that country with sheer numbers…ed]
The administration of US President Barack Obama is ramping up plans to develop scientific and technological partnerships with Muslim-majority countries. The move follows a June speech by Obama at Cairo University in Egypt, when he promised to appoint regional science envoys, launch a fund to support technological development and open centres of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and southeast Asia. [Your tax dollars hard at work…ed]
Mark Wattson, from Swindon, Wilts, had two appendectomies in a month after doctors failed to remove the appendix at the first attempt. He claims that he lost his job because his employers did not believe that he needed to have the operation twice. Mr Wattson, 35, had his first appendectomy on Tuesday, July 7, after being told that his appendix was the cause of abdominal pain he had suffered for several months. [Gotta love the second to last sentence in this article…ed]
A CANADIAN palaeontologist has announced plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur. After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, Hans Larsson, a researcher in macro-evolution at Montreal’s McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds. Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo’s development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy, he said. [Reminds me of that old saying…just because ya can does mean ya should…ed]
The world’s largest pilots union said Tuesday it wants bulk shipments of lithium batteries and products containing the batteries immediately banned from passenger and cargo planes because they can start a fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said it is not prepared to take emergency action on the issue. In seeking a federal ban, the Air Line Pilots Association pointed to three incidents since June in which lithium battery shipments apparently caused fires aboard U.S. planes. [To the FAA, let’s not wait until we lose a plane full of our people before acting on this…ed]
A 32-year-old suffered a graze wound to the head but seriously injured a 17-year-old trying to rob him at gunpoint in Detroit early today, according to police. The intended robbery victim, who has a permit to carry a weapon, pulled out his gun when he was confronted behind the apartment building at 1670 Oakman Blvd. near Linwood Street at 5 a.m. today, Detroit Police spokesman John Roach said. [Man defends himself with his legally carried firearm because naturally the police can’t be everywhere and it gets all of two paragraphs in the paper. Typical…ed]
A homeless man caught fire after U.S. police shocked him with a Taser gun, it has been revealed. Daniel Wood, 31, was allegedly sniffing gas from an aerosol can as he ran through traffic when he was chased by two officers in Lancaster, Ohio. One officer caught Wood and got him on the ground, where Wood continued to resist, according to the police report. [This would be the “mugshot of the day” winner…ed]
General Motors Co. will begin removing its “Mark of Excellence” logo from vehicles as the company places greater emphasis on its individual brands. GM spokesman Terry Rhadigan said Tuesday the company would phase out the placement of the GM logo on its cars and trucks, leaving just the GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac or Buick logos on the vehicles. “We really want to elevate the prominence of our four core brands,” he said. “It’s really going to be an intense focus.” [I wasn’t even aware they had this “mark of excellence” logo on their vehicles. Shows what I know about Government Motors but I heard Obama has ordered GM vehicles to offer optional prayer mats from now on…ed]
Quote of the day.
I was completely convinced . . . that no further help and assistance would do Mary Jo any more good. I realized that she must be drowned and still in the car at this time, and it appeared the question in my mind was what should be done about the accident.
-Ted Kennedy, referring to the wreck he was involved in that cost a 28 year old woman her life 40 years ago.