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No(t enough) ganja, No Crime…

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’:

A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.

Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.

They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana.

Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.

No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.

In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.

District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree.

Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands.

A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections.

“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess.

Rachel Corrie stopped again, this time without a bulldozer

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Israeli Forces Board Gaza-Bound Aid Vessel:

Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel without meeting resistance on Saturday, preventing it from breaking an Israeli maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody.

The military said its forces boarded the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie cargo ship from the sea, not helicopters. The takeover stood in marked contrast to a violent confrontation at sea earlier this week when Israeli commandos blocked a Turkish aid vessel trying to break the blockade.

At the time, Israeli commandos rappelled from helicopters and a clash with passengers left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich says Saturday’s takeover took only a few minutes and that the vessel was being taken to Israel’s Ashdod port.

Nazi lover luvs Human Rights Watch, or is it the other way around?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Nazi scandal engulfs Human Rights Watch:

At the headquarters of Human Rights Watch, more than 30 storeys above the noise and bustle of Manhattan, there is so much high-mindedness hanging in the air you can almost taste it. This is the epicentre of a certain type of socially smart, progressive activism — the kind that persuades Hollywood grandees, power lawyers and liberal financiers to dig deeply into their pockets.

When the story broke that one of the organisation’s most prominent and vocal members of staff might be a collector of Nazi-era military memorabilia it felt like some sort of sexual scandal had erupted in the Victorian church. For a lobbying group accustomed to adulatory coverage in the media, it was a public-relations catastrophe. Human Rights Watch is one of two global superpowers among the world’s myriad humanitarian pressure groups.

It is relatively young — established in its current form in 1988 — but it has grown so quickly in size, wealth and influence that it has all but eclipsed its older, London-based rival, Amnesty International. Unlike Amnesty, HRW, as it is known, gets its money from charitable foundations and wealthy individuals — such as the financier George Soros — rather than a mass membership.

And, also unlike Amnesty, it seeks to make an impact, not through extensive letter-writing campaigns, but by talking to governments and the media, urging openness and candour and backing up its advocacy with research reports. It is an association that is all about influence — an influence that depends on a carefully honed image of objectivity, expertise and high moral tone.

So it was perhaps a little awkward that a key member of staff was found to have such a treasure trove of Nazi regalia.

Live-Aid fed Eithiopian civil war, not the starving

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ethiopia famine aid ’spent on weapons’:

Millions of dollars in Western aid for victims of the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 was siphoned off by rebels to buy weapons, a BBC investigation finds.

Former rebel leaders told the BBC that they posed as merchants in meetings with charity workers to get aid money.

They used the cash to fund attempts to overthrow the government of the time.

One rebel leader estimated $95m (£63m) – from Western governments and charities including Band Aid – was channelled into the rebel fight.

The CIA, in a 1985 assessment entitled Ethiopia: Political and Security Impact of the Drought, also alleged aid money was being misused.

Its report concluded: “Some funds that insurgent organisations are raising for relief operations, as a result of increased world publicity, are almost certainly being diverted for military purposes.”

Heads may roll for this stunt

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Bibles for porn stunt draws crowd at UTSA

Tired of that old Bible or Koran?

Members of the Atheist Agenda, a student organization at the University of Texas at San Antonio, are encouraging students to trade in religious texts for pornography this week with their “Smut for Smut” campaign.

In the view of club members, religious texts are as smutty as pornography because they contain violence and torture and spark religious wars. But mostly, it’s a public relations stunt meant to ignite debate and attract new members to the club.

As in past years, the campaign did not disappoint, drawing hundreds to UTSA’s Sombrilla Plaza Monday to either cheer, protest or inquire about the event, and to debate the role of religion in society.“It’s a First Amendment right,” said Bradley Lewis, 18-year-old freshman from Pearland who said he plans to join the Atheist Agenda.

“If religious groups can put out missionaries and go knock on my door and wake me up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I can put a table outside of the college.”

Robin Lorkovic, an 18-year-old freshman from Houston, disagreed. Lorkovic stood near the “Smut for Smut” table holding a cardboard sign that said “God Loves You! Keep your Bible and learn from it!”

Anti-Olympics protests hit Vancouver

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Protesters sweep through downtown Vancouver

Chanting “We ain’t got no tickets!” and “Homes Not Games,” more than 1,000 protesters swept through downtown Vancouver toward the Olympic opening ceremony Friday but were held back by police before they could block spectators from entering the celebration.

Billed as an action “against capitalism and colonization,” the first of two major street rallies mobilized demonstrators ranging from aboriginal rights groups to advocates for the homeless, all aiming to mount one of the biggest-ever organized protests against the Olympic Games.

“There’s never been an Olympic protest like this. This is a first,” said Chris Shaw, spokesman for 2010 Watch, which claims Canadian citizens are bearing the brunt of the multibillion-dollar cost of a sporting event they say will benefit land developers and corporate sponsors.

“It was one of the largest rallies in Vancouver history, and the protest led right up to the door of the [International Olympic Committee],” Shaw said.

Anti-Olympics protesters coming to Vancouver

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Protesters amass ahead of Olympics

While past Olympics have been magnets for protests over issues such as aboriginal rights in Australia and oppression in Tibet, the Vancouver Winter Games are preparing to host one of the biggest displays ever of organized opposition to the Olympics themselves.

Building on years of disgruntlement over the increasingly corporate nature of the Games — and widespread alarm over a projected $5.6-billion price tag — a resistance network has vowed to post thousands of protesters outside venues, some of whom aim to disrupt the events.

Security analysts have warned that such domestic protesting is as great a threat to the seamless unfolding of the Games as the possibility of a terrorist attack. Canadian officials, however, have promised to give the demonstrators as much leeway as possible, backing off plans to ban signs, cordon off protesters and use high-tech sonic weapons to disperse unruly crowds.

That open door reflects not only British Columbia’s tradition of tolerance and commitment to free speech, but also an acknowledgment of Vancouver residents’ reservations about hosting the Games, the infrastructure for which will probably take years to pay off.

In recent weeks, politicians and small-business owners have been among those raising questions about whether the two-week event, which begins Friday, can possibly be worth the large public expenditures, traffic disruptions and environmental damage.

How not to protest fur

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Man dies after setting himself on fire outside fur store

A man set himself on fire after pouring gasoline on himself outside Nicholas Ungar Furs at 12th and Yamhill Wednesday morning before police used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

He later died from his injuries at the hospital, police said.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Daniel Shaull from Kansas, according to the Multnomah County medical examiner.

It was not immediately clear whether Shaull was protesting against the store, which has had problem with animal rights activists in the past, but witnesses said he was screaming about the treatment of animals.

“There are animals dying! Animals dying!” witnesses said Shaull was screaming as flames engulfed his body and shot above his head.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Bloomberg

Monday, December 14th, 2009

New York Is Energy-Efficient but Mayor Is Not

The average New Yorker uses one-half to one-third the electricity of other Americans. Our carbon footprints are just 29 percent of people who live outside the five boroughs, and City Hall has practical plans to reduce even that amount by nearly a third over the next two decades.

No wonder that this month, in a talk at the New York Academy of Science, Rohit Aggarwalat, the mayor’s chief adviser on sustainability, said the city was “the most environmentally efficient society in the United States.”

So it makes perfect sense that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is going to Copenhagen on Monday and Tuesday to address the international conference on climate change: his administration is working to head off problems that will not emerge until long after he is gone.

 A strong case can be made that when it comes to energy and climate issues, Mr. Bloomberg is the most visionary public official in the country. And a strong argument can also be made that on a personal level, he ranks among the worst individual polluters ever to hold public office. Mr. Bloomberg owns a helicopter and two jets, both Falcon 900s. He flies everywhere on private jets, by far the least efficient form of transportation on or above the earth. He takes his jet to Bermuda many weekends. He has flown around the globe on it. He uses it to go to Washington. He is planning to get to Copenhagen for the climate conference by private jet, too.

The carbon math works out like this: by taking his Falcon 900 to Denmark, Mr. Bloomberg will be responsible for the release of 37 times the carbon dioxide than if he and his entourage flew on a scheduled commercial flight. The calculations were done at my request by Dimitri Simos, the developer of software used by the airline industry to assess aircraft emission and performance.

Mr. Simos said that a Falcon 900 carrying eight people from Newark to Copenhagen would produce 21.6 tons of carbon dioxide. By adding eight people to the scheduled Scandinavian Airlines flight, the aircraft, usually an Airbus A330-300, would produce an additional 0.58 tons of carbon dioxide. Mr. Bloomberg’s routine trips to Bermuda are even more carbon costly: the private jet produces 130 times more emissions than going commercial. On those jaunts, Mr. Simos said, the Falcon produces 4.3 tons of carbon dioxide; putting another two people on an American Airlines Boeing 757-200 that flies to Bermuda would produce only 66 more pounds.

Nazi-Fetishist Senior Military Analyst Embarasses Human Rights Watch

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Israelis See Clear Bias in Activist

A leading human rights group has suspended its senior military analyst following revelations that he is an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia.

The group, Human Rights Watch, had initially thrown its full support behind the analyst, Marc Garlasco, when the news of his hobby came out last week.

On Monday night, the group shifted course and suspended him with pay, “pending an investigation,” said Carroll Bogert, the group’s associate director. “We have questions about whether we have learned everything we need to know,” she said.

The suspension comes at a time of heightened tension between, on on side, the new Israeli government and its allies on the right, and the other side, human rights organizations that have been critical of Israel. In recent months, the government has pledged an aggressive approach toward the groups to discredit what they argue is bias and error.

Injected suddenly into that heated conflict, word of Mr. Garlasco’s interest seemed startling to many. The disclosure ricocheted across the Internet: Mr. Garlasco, an American, was not only a collector, he has written a book, more than 400 pages long, about Nazi-era medals. His hobby, inspired he said by a German grandfather conscripted into Hitler’s army, was revealed on a pro-Israel blog, Mere Rhetoric Mere Rhetoric, which quoted his enthusiastic postings on collector sites under the pseudonym “Flak88” — including, “That is so cool! The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so COOL!”

Strike 3 for ACORN’s Pimp-&-Ho biz

Monday, September 14th, 2009

‘Pimp’ & ‘hooker’ catch ACORN staff:

The scandal surrounding the left-wing activist organization ACORN has spread to New York, with employees at its Brooklyn office caught on video helping supposed ladies of the night get loans for their dream houses of ill repute.

Rather than reminding the women that prostitution is dangerous and illegal and advising them to change their careers, counselors at the social-services group shockingly offer suggestions on how they can launder their earnings.

“Honesty is not going to get you the house,” a loan counselor at the offices told two activists posing as a mortgage-seeking pimp and prostitute. “You can’t say what you do for a living.”

ACORN workers in two other cities, Baltimore and Washington, DC, had already fallen hooker, line and sinker for the hidden-camera sting operation by two conservative activists.

And the color of hypocrisy is green

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Green idealists most likely to take long-haul flights, says study

People who believe they have the greenest lifestyles can be seen as some of the main culprits behind global warming, says a team of researchers, who claim that many ideas about sustainable living are a myth.

According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the researchers claim.

Stewart Barr, of Exeter University, who led the research, said: “Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by the pollution from their flights.”

Some people even said they deserved such flights as a reward for their green efforts, he added.

More proof the Democrats care about security

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

DNCC Hires Disgraced Former Officer For Security

The Democratic National Convention Committee has hired a disgraced former Denver police lieutenant to coordinate security at the Colorado Convention Center during the convention.

But the committee isn’t talking about why they hired Gary Lauricella or if they knew about his background when they hired him.

Lauricella was hired as a “security consultant,” according to the DNCC. One convention center employee said he has been managing security at the convention center since mid-July. The Democrats are holding numerous convention-related events at the Colorado Convention Center next week.

Several current Denver police officers who spoke on the condition their names not be used expressed surprise that the DNCC would hire Lauricella as a top security consultant, given his spotty background.

n 2003, a CBS4 investigation named Lauricella, a 29-year police veteran, as one of three top commanders in the Denver Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Bureau who were routinely leaving their posts in the middle of the afternoon to work an outside job as a $30 an hour crossing guard for a private school.

Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell Busted!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Cinderella, others arrested in Disneyland labor protest

Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and other fictional fixtures of modern-day childhood were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans Thursday at the culmination of a labor protest that brought a touch of reality to the Happiest Place on Earth.

The arrest of the 32 protesters, many of whom wore costumes representing famous Disney characters, came at the end of an hour-long march to Disneyland’s gates from one of three Disney-owned hotels at the center of a labor dispute.

Those who were arrested sat in a circle on a busy intersection outside the park holding hands until they were placed in plastic handcuffs and led to two police vans while hundreds of hotel workers cheered and chanted.

Hat tip to Trish!

Lesbos loses, lesbians celebrate

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Lesbos locals lose lesbian appeal

Three residents of the Greek island of Lesbos have lost an attempt to ban the use of the word “lesbian” to describe gay women.

The residents argued that using the term in reference to gay women insulted their identity.

But an Athens court ruled there was no justification for their contention that they felt slighted, saying the word did not define the islanders’ identity.

Greeks often refer to the island as Mytilene, after its capital.

“This is a good decision for lesbians everywhere,” Vassilis Chirdaris, lawyer for the Gay and Lesbian Union of Greece, told Reuters news agency.

Your voting rights dollars at work

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Lawyer Is Accused of Using Reform Group to Launder Money From Strip Club

A lawyer who fervently contested the result of the 2000 presidential election and started an organization advocating voter reform used it to hide profits from another venture, the police say: a strip club that offered more than dancing.

The lawyer, Louis Posner, ran the Hot Lap Dance Club out of a fifth-floor loft in Hell’s Kitchen, where the police said the wealthy clientele paid as much as $5,000 for sex with dancers in private rooms.

The authorities raided the loft on Thursday night and arrested Mr. Posner, his wife, Betty, and 19 others on charges that included money laundering and promoting prostitution. No clients were arrested.

The Hypocrisy of Our Elites Knows No Bounds

Monday, July 7th, 2008

G8 summit: Gordon Brown has eight-course dinner before food crisis talks

Gordon Brown and his fellow world leaders have sparked outrage after it was disclosed they enjoyed a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner at the G8 summit where the global food crisis tops the agenda.

The Prime Minister was served 24 different dishes during his first day at the summit – just hours after urging the world to reduce the “unnecessary demand” for food and calling on British families to cut back on their wasteful use of food.

Mr Brown and his wife Sarah were among 15 guests at the “blessings of the earth and the sea social dinner”.

The dinner consisted of 18 dishes in eight courses including caviar, smoked salmon, Kyoto beef and a “G8 fantasy dessert”.

African leaders including the heads of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Senegal who had taken part in talks during the day were not invited to the function.

More evidence biofuels are starving the world

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

The figure emphatically contradicts the US government’s claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil.

Obama jumps the shark

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Barack Obama gets his own nifty Great Seal; all he needs now is votes

Just before the president of the United States makes an appearance at a speech, a usually tall, muscular person with a machine gun hanging under his suit coat quietly walks on stage and hangs the presidential seal on the podium front.

It’s an impressive looking thing that conveys a sense of the power of the top elected office in the land and, indeed, the free world.

But Barack Obama’s crowd has decided not to wait for any of the formalities like a presidential election, an inauguration or even a nomination, which he still hasn’t actually officially won yet. Though even Hillary Clinton admits to the math now.

Obama now has his own Great Seal already. And it is really, really big. It’s big like the tires on those elevated pickups in the parking lot at NASCAR races where you look out the car window and see nothing but fist-sized lug nuts.

Obama’s new seal looks really presidential, which is probably a coincidence, don’t you think? Obama’s seal has an eagle just like the president’s seal and he or she is holding arrows to signify war, which Obama was against before it even started.

And it’s got olive branches, which stand for peace, which we haven’t really had since 9/11 but DailyKos promises will come as soon as we shoo out Bush and Cheney.

The seal’s also got a terrifically impressive motto in Latin — “Vero Possumus” — which means “The possum speaks truthily.”

Hypocrisy, thy name is Gore

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month

In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

In February 2007, An Inconvenient Truth, a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.

Arctic Icecap Not Quite Melted

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The irony leaves us cold

I am on the bridge of the massive Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, and the tension is palpable. We have hit ice – thick ice.

We are travelling from the northeastern corner of Russia, across the Bering Sea and the top of Canada to Resolute Bay in Nunavut. At least that’s the plan. We haven’t even reached Canadian waters and we are already in trouble.

The ice master studies the mountains of white packed around the ship while the 24,000-horsepower diesel engines work at full throttle to open a path. The ship rises slowly onto the barrier of ice, crushes it and tosses aside blocks the size of small cars as if they were ice cubes in a glass. It creeps ahead a few metres, then comes to a halt, its bow firmly wedged in the ice. After doing this for two days, the ship can go no farther.

The ice master confers with the captain, who makes a call to the engine room. The engines are shut down. He turns to those of us watching the drama unfold, and we are shocked by his words: “Now, only nature can help this ship.” We are doomed to drift.

What irony. I am a passenger on one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, travelling through the Northwest Passage – which is supposed to become almost ice-free in a time of global warming, the next shipping route across the top of the world – and here we are, stuck in the ice, engines shut down, bridge deserted. Only time and tide can free us.

Plant-rights movement forming in Switzerland

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

The Silent Scream of the Asparagus

You just knew it was coming: At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the “dignity” of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called “plant rights” is being seriously debated.

A few years ago the Swiss added to their national constitution a provision requiring “account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals, plants and other organisms.” No one knew exactly what it meant, so they asked the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology to figure it out. The resulting report, “The Dignity of Living Beings with Regard to Plants,” is enough to short circuit the brain.

A “clear majority” of the panel adopted what it called a “biocentric” moral view, meaning that “living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive.” Thus, the panel determined that we cannot claim “absolute ownership” over plants and, moreover, that “individual plants have an inherent worth.” This means that “we may not use them just as we please, even if the plant community is not in danger, or if our actions do not endanger the species, or if we are not acting arbitrarily.”

Germans getting ready to republish Mein Kampf

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Makeover Urged For Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, German Historians Push For New, Annotated Version Of Infamous Manifesto

German historians want Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto, “Mein Kampf,” to be republished in the country before the copyright lapses in 2015.

Though the book is widely available in the English-speaking world, its publication has been banned in Germany since World War II and its resale is tightly regulated.

But German copyright law dictates that an author’s work enters the public domain 70 years after his or her death, and that deadline is fast approaching. Hitler killed himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945.

Before that anniversary, historians want Bavaria – which controls the copyright because Hitler’s last official address was in Munich – to authorize an annotated version of “Mein Kampf.” They say a thorough, academic presentation that places Hitler’s work in historical context would be the best defense against radical right-wing groups and neo-Nazis who might want to use the book to advance racist agendas once the copyright expires and anyone is free to publish it.

Be careful who you look at in Maine

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Bill toughens law on visual sexual aggression against children in Maine

Those who peer at children in public could find themselves on the wrong side of the law in Maine soon.

A bill that passed the House last month aims to strengthen the crime of visual sexual aggression against children, according to state Rep. Dawn Hill, D-York.

Her involvement started when Ogunquit Police Lt. David Alexander was called to a local beach to deal with a man who appeared to be observing children entering the community bathrooms. Because the state statute prevents arrests for visual sexual aggression of a child in a public place, Alexander said he and his fellow officer could only ask the man to move along.

“There was no violation of law that we could enforce. There was nothing we could charge him with,” Alexander said.

Remember: Fascists always claim they do it to protect the children…

Remember kids, you get the President you pay for

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Big money in politics – sign of excess?

With eight months to go before the U.S. presidential election, the candidates have raised almost $1 billion to fund their campaigns — more than the size of the economies of several African countries.

The unusually long race for the White House — which began in earnest more than a year ago — has been a cash bonanza, especially for Democrats who are breaking all records.

Republicans lag behind but still rake in tens of millions and have time to make up ground in the money game between now and the November 4 national election.

Between January 2007 and February, the candidates raised a record $814 million. By the end of this month, analysts expect the total taken in and spent by the candidates and interest groups will reach $1 billion.

South America’s Axis of Cocaine Exposed

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The FARC Files

Colombia’s precision air strike 10 days ago, on a guerrilla camp across the border in Ecuador, killed rebel leader Raúl Reyes. That was big. But the capture of his computer may turn out to be a far more important development in Colombia’s struggle to preserve its democracy.

Reyes was the No. 2 leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been at war with the Colombian government for more than four decades. His violent demise is a fitting end to a life devoted to masterminding atrocities against civilians. But the computer records expose new details of the terrorist strategy to bring down the government of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, including a far greater degree of collaboration between the FARC and four Latin heads of government than had been previously known. In addition to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, they are President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Mr. Chávez is said to have been visibly distressed when told of the death of Reyes, a man he clearly admired. He also may have realized that he played a role in his hero’s death, since it was later reported that the Colombian military had located the camp by intercepting a phone call to Reyes from the Venezuelan president.

Of Politics and Grave Desecration

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Cemetery Trampled During Tuesday Caucus

The cemetery next to the Flower Mound Presbyterian Church was a peaceful, well-kept place until Tuesday night. An overflow of voters trying to join the caucus next door ended up leaving muddy tire tracks through the cemetery. One vehicle’s tire actually got stuck in a recently filled grave.

Many voters parked on the shoulder of a gravel road winding through the cemetery, right next door to the church where the voting was taking place. One witness says motorists either didn’t notice — or didn’t care — they were parking just a few feet from buried bodies.

To make matters worse, recent rains left the ground soft, and the tires kicked up plenty of mud. Carved angels, flowers, mementos and other decorations on some of the graves were splattered with grit and dirt clods.

Yet another idiot cop falls for strawberry meth myth

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Bungling cop spreads strawberry meth myth

A policeman alerted hundreds of families to the danger-drug Strawberry Meth – despite the fact it does not exist.

Pupils and parents at 80 schools in Oxfordshire were warned of the possible risks of the fruit-flavoured drug, also known as Strawberry Quick, by the unwitting officer.

The spurious alert came after the officer sent an email via a special system connecting police and schools without checking it with colleagues.

How to Mismanage Your Presidential Campaign

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Spending by Clinton Campaign Worries Supporters

Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly. Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000. And top consultants collected about $5 million in January, a month of crucial expenses and tough fund-raising.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton’s spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Rauchen Verboten!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

German puts out cigarette with fire extinguisher

A virulent anti-smoker in Germany was so angry when his girlfriend lit up he emptied a fire extinguisher to put out the cigarette, caking her and their apartment in powder.

“My colleagues said it looked like a bomb had gone off in there,” said a spokesman for police in the western city of Bielefeld. “He managed to put the cigarette out though.”

Hat tip to Steve!

Kosovo War Update

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Kosovo Serbs burn border points

Kosovo Serbs have set fire to two border crossings to protest against Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

The attacks took place at the northern Jarinje and Banja crossings, manned by United Nations and Kosovo police.

In response, Nato-led peacekeepers were deployed at the crossings. There have been no reports of any injuries so far.

This is the most serious incident since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Sunday, the BBC’s Nick Thorpe in Kosovo says.

Belgrade has said Kosovo’s declaration violates international law.

Team Hillary Plagiarizes Team Dukakis

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Clinton aide accuses Obama of plagiarism

Howard Wolfson, the Clinton campaign’s communications director, today accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of committing “plagiarism” in a speech in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Wolfson made the explosive charge in an interview with Politico after suggesting as much in a conference call with reporters.

On the call, Wolfson said: “Sen. Obama is running on the strength of his rhetoric and the strength of his promises and, as we have seen in the last couple of days, he’s breaking his promises and his rhetoric isn’t his own.”

“When an author plagiarizes from another author there is damage done to two different parties. One is to the person he plagiarized from. The other is to the reader,” said Wolfson.

Back in the 1988 campaign, Mike Dukakis’ campaign chief of staff, John Sasso, secretly leaked a video of Joe Biden plagiarizing Neil Kinnock. Back then, things like honor and character mattered a bit more than they do today, and Biden was driven from the race. Later, Sasso was exposed and Dukakis had to sack him.
It looks like Team Hillary is so devoid of inspiration that they feel the need to plagiarize a winner like President Dukakis.

War Warning Update

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

A week or two ago, I issued you all a war warning about Kosovo. Well, it has finally come to pass.

Enjoy the bloody mess! Hat tip to the USA (especially Condi Rice) and the EU…

Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia

Kosovo’s parliament declared the disputed territory a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an “independent and democratic state” backed by the U.S. and European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

Fireworks lit up the night sky over Kosovo’s capital Pristina, where thousands of giddy ethnic Albanians braved subfreezing temperatures to ride on the roofs of their cars, singing patriotic songs and chanting: “KLA! KLA!” the acronym for the now-disbanded rebel Kosovo Liberation Army.

“Kosovo is a republic _ an independent, democratic and sovereign state,” Kosovo’s parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi said as the chamber burst into applause.

Serbia immediately denounced the declaration as illegal, and Russia also rejected it, demanding an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

President Bush said the U.S. would work to prevent violence after the declaration and the European Union appealed for calm, mindful of the risk that the declaration could plunge the turbulent Balkans back into instability.

Hours after the declaration, an explosion apparently caused by a hand-grenade rocked a U.N. courthouse in the Serb-controlled north of Kosovo, but no one was injured.

Update @ 16:45 – More here: Protestors riot at US embassy and here: Troops on standby for Kosovo duty

Update @ 18:45 – War fears as Kosovo declares ‘freedom’

Sudanese Riot Over Teddy Bear Named Mohammed

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Mob bay for teacher’s death

TERRIFIED teddy bear row teacher Gillian Gibbons was being held in a secret jail last night — after a 10,000-strong armed mob took to Sudan’s streets screaming: “Kill her, kill her.”

The Liverpool mum of two — convicted of insulting Islam by calling the bear Mohammed — was sneaked out of the capital Khartoum hours after being jailed for 15 days.

More proof biofuels are a crime against humanity

Monday, November 26th, 2007

German biofuel thirst pours out higher beer prices

Beer and oil may not mix, but in Germany there’s a direct link between hefty increases in the cost of a barrel of each.

Just as the price of oil approaches the milestone $100-per-barrel mark, the beer industry in Germany is bracing for a 10 to 15 percent price increase early next year and as much as 40 percent over the next five years. The reason for price boost at the beer taps: biofuels.

To reduce Europe’s dependency on oil, the European Union is paying generous subsidies to farmers who grow crops used in the production of biofuels. As a result, many farmers have switched from growing barley — used to make malt, the main ingredient in beer — to crops such as rapeseed and corn. This has driven up the cost of barley to more than $410 from $190 a ton last year.

High school discipline, California style

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

School Guards Break Child’s Arm And Arrest Her For Dropping Cake

School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up.

Reconnecting with the “journey from farm to fork”

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

| Fury over BBC plan to screen the slaughter of lambs and piglets

Farmers and vegetarians have criticised the BBC’s decision to show the slaughter of piglets, lambs and veal calves on TV.

Their deaths will be screened as part of the series Kill It, Cook It, Eat It on BBC3.

On the show, a live studio audience watches the footage and gives an immediate reaction to the slaughter process.

The BBC said the series would “reconnect” the public with meat’s journey from farm to fork.

Smell Naples and Die Update

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

U.S. warns citizens over Naples garbage crisis

The United States embassy in Rome has warned U.S citizens they may face a health risk in Italy’s southern Campania region due to a garbage crisis that has filled streets with piles of rubbish.

“U.S. citizens traveling to or through the area may encounter mounds of garbage, open fires with potentially toxic fumes, and/or sporadic public demonstrations by local residents attempting to block access to dumps,” the embassy said in an advisory note.

Politically Incorrect Raeliens

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Concern over cult swastika poster

A poster advertising a cult UFO conference in Glastonbury was taken down after concerns that a swastika featured on it was causing offence.

The symbol is part of the logo for the Raelian movement which believes that humans are descendents of aliens.

Live Hypocrisy update

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Live Earth is promoting green to save the planet – what planet are they on?

…The Live Earth event is, in the words of one commentator: “a massive, hypocritical fraud”.

For while the organisers’ commitment to save the planet is genuine, the very process of putting on such a vast event, with more than 150 performers jetting around the world to appear in concerts from Tokyo to Hamburg, is surely an exercise in hypocrisy on a grand scale.

Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, has dubbed it ‘private jets for climate change’.

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army.

The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts – nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher.

The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists’ and spectators’ travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to John Buckley of, who specialises in such calculations.

Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year.

Skateboarders preparing to terrorize San Francisco

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Skateboarders to go ‘wild’ in S.F. –

“Wild in the street” has city officials scrambling for details as more than 500 skateboarders are expected to descend onto the streets of San Francisco on the Fourth of July.

As of Monday, no route for the five-mile skateboard ride had been announced, the Police Department had few details and permits had not been secured with the Recreation and Park Department.

Organized by Emerica, a Southern California-based skateboarding shoe company, the free event is being promoted as inspired by Critical Mass, the London-born “Reclaim the Streets” movement and other grass-roots happenings.

The first “Wild in the Streets” event took place in New York City in 2002, drawing more than 1,000 participants. Subsequent events were held in Philadelphia in 2005 and Chicago in 2006.

Shocker: BBC admits it’s biased

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

BBC report damns its ‘culture of bias’

THE BBC is institutionally biased, an official report will conclude this week. The year-long investigation, commissioned by the BBC, has found the corporation particularly partial in its treatment of single-issue politics such as climate change, poverty, race and religion.

It concludes that the bias has extended across drama, comedy and entertainment, with the corporation pandering to politically motivated celebrities and trendy causes.

Animal Rights Terrorists Kill 400 minks and 2 dogs

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Vandals kill 400 minks, two dogs at farm

As he’s done nearly every morning for decades, mink farmer Robert DeMatteis headed to his pens early Wednesday to feed thousands of the sleek animals his family has raised since the 1930s in Butler County.

Moments later, Mr. DeMatteis, 48, was staring in horror at the aftermath of an overnight rampage: smashed and toppled cages, carcasses of trampled minks and the bloody bodies of his children’s two pet dogs.

“It was just total death everywhere, with minks loose or stomped and both dogs dead,” said his wife, Kim DeMatteis, 43, as she wept yesterday at the family’s Oakwood Mink Farm in Marion. The farm is one of nine where minks are raised for sale in Pennsylvania.

“Whoever broke in brutally injured or killed baby minks, nursing mothers, and totally tore the whole ranch apart. Whoever could do something this cruel and vicious to animals [is dangerous].”

Intruders set loose nearly 2,800 minks, resulting in the deaths of at least 443 animals, after slipping in and opening the farm’s pens late Tuesday or early Wednesday. They also nearly severed the heads of the family’s 19-year-old sheepdog, named Sy, and 2-year-old sheepdog-beagle mix, named Sandy, by shooting or bludgeoning them with something sharp. Mrs. DeMatteis said.

The ultimate hippie tracking technology

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

German authorities use scent tracking to keep tabs on G-8 protesters

German authorities are using scent tracking to keep tabs on possibly violent protesters against next month’s Group of Eight summit – a tactic that is drawing comparisons with the methods of former East Germany’s secret police.

Scent samples have been taken from an undisclosed number of people believed to be a possible danger to the upcoming summit so that police dogs can pick out the perpetrators if there is violence, the Hamburger Morgenpost reported Tuesday.

Andreas Christeleit, a spokesman for federal prosecutors, confirmed the report but would give no further details.

Which is worse: porn or pancakes?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

‘Porn & Pancakes’ fights X-rated addictions

At 8 o’clock on a recent Saturday morning, more than 250 men gathered at New Life Christian Church in Morton, Illinois, for a breakfast of porn and pancakes.

 The event, not as titillating as it sounds, is the brainchild of Craig Gross, founder of the online Christian ministry, Gross concocted the idea of “Porn & Pancakes” as a way to get Christians and church officials to talk about pornography addiction.

It’s a problem, he said, that is growing, among Christian communities.

More proof activists are idiots

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Morphing a conspiracy?

A Chattanooga Internet firm doctored a photo of White House aide Karl Rove to show him holding a folder with the company’s logo, fueling speculation in the blogosphere that the president’s top adviser is running White House correspondence through a nongovernment e-mail system.

 ”It’s easy for people to plant disinformation and misinformation out there,” said Josiah Roe, executive vice president of Coptix, based in St. Elmo.

Mr. Roe said the company altered the photo and placed it on the Internet after bloggers implied that Coptix was involved in a “vast right-wing conspiracy” because the company — along with another local firm, SmarTech — provides an Internet service for the Republican National Committee.

Pizza Head

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Pizza tattooed on man’s head

A man has had a slice of ham and pineapple pizza tattooed on his head.

Need more be said?  Click through and laugh for yourself

Animal Rights Activists Hate Baby Polar Bear

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

‘We want this baby polar bear dead’ say animal rights lobby

Tiny, fluffy and adorable, Knut the baby polar bear became an animal superstar after he was abandoned by his mother. He rapidly became the symbol of Berlin Zoo, whose staff bottle-fed him and handed out cuddles in between

At three months old, however, the playful 19lb bundle of fur is at the centre of an impassioned debate over whether he should live or die.

Animal rights activists argue that he should be given a lethal injection rather than brought up suffering the humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet.

Child insurrectionists undermine balloon race

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Pupils’ green protest stops balloon race fundraiser:

SCHOOLCHILDREN staged a revolt after the teachers and parents planned a balloon race to help raise funds for playground equipment. The young eco-warriors dug their heels in and said they would not take part because of the damage balloons can do to marine life. The pupils also insisted that a ban on balloon races is written into the school’s green constitution. The children discovered that balloons can be eaten by dolphins, turtles and other wildlife, causing death in many cases.

Politically De-Incorrected at College of William and Mary

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Will return of cross soothe angry donor?

A compromise announced Tuesday will permanently return a brass cross to the chapel at the College of William and Mary. The move may defuse the outcry that met the president’s decision to remove the cross and prompted one donor to the college to rescind his pledged $12 million gift.

The 18-inch cross will be displayed prominently in a glass case, based on a recommendation made by a committee of alumni, students and others that President Gene R. Nichol created to study the issue. The cross had been on the altar since about 1940 during religious services and secular events at the publicly funded college. But in October, Nichol removed it to make Wren Chapel more welcoming to students of all faiths.

Yet another reason to obey environmental laws

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Canyon ride means detour to jail:

Three California cyclists on an international ride to promote environmentalism have been sentenced to jail and banned from national parks after admitting they ran afoul of a rule designed to protect the environment by riding through the Grand Canyon.

The cyclists were tracked down in Tucson after National Park Service rangers discovered pictures and a journal on the trio’s Web site, Bikes are prohibited on hiking trails.

Sean Monterastelli, 23; David Yost, 24; and Jacob Thompson, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff. They received 48 hours in jail, a five-year ban from national parks, fines and probation.

Who cares about White Collar Crime anyway? Not the Yale Law Journal!

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Throwing Away the Key:

The problem today is not only the draconian sentences that white-collar offenders are receiving, but the fact that because of the elimination of parole they will actually have to serve them. [Oh the Horrors!  Imagine that!  Ed.]
For example, if Michael Milken had been sentenced under today’s sentencing regime, and if he had been made to serve his entire sentence, he might not have been able to found the Prostate Cancer Foundation or FasterCures, two organizations that have made serious inroads in the treatment of diseases. Without the freedom to undertake this extraordinary work in the fight against cancer, he might never have earned Fortune Magazine’s title of “The Man Who Changed Medicine.” [Shocking! Shocking!  Ed.]

Not surprisingly, the sentences in white-collar cases have matched Congress’s desires. Look at the case of Chalana McFarland, a first-time offender who received a thirty-year prison term for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme that skimmed twenty million dollars from the sale of over one hundred homes from 1999 to 2002.

Congress might want to be tough on crime, but does Congress really want McFarland to serve more time than John Walker Lindh, who received a twenty-year sentence for supplying services to the Taliban”? Is there a legitimate reason for white-collar offenders to receive longer prison sentences than a traitor?

Now we know why the ACLU luvs kiddie porn!

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

ACLU ex-president charged in child-porn case

Federal authorities yesterday charged the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, who serves as a leader of youth sports organizations in the state, with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, of Arlington, was named in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria and was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Arlington County police.

His arrest was announced by Arlington police after an initial court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz. The arrest, according to court documents, came after ICE agents and Arlington police — armed with federal warrants — searched Mr. Rust-Tierney’s home.

Save the Earth or Save the Blind – Make a Choice People!

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Group Says Hybrid Cars Are Too Quiet, Threaten Pedestrian Safety

Hybrid cars have been hailed as the answer to a litany of problems in the U.S., from global warming to gas prices. But now one group is labeling them as something else: a threat.

According to the National Federation of the Blind, hybrid cars, which run on an energy efficient mix of gasoline and electricity, are problematic for children, elderly pedestrians and the blind.

Why? Hybrids are much quieter than their conventional counterparts, so silent that the NFB says that they can be difficult to hear coming down the street. The group conducted tests to try to prove their point.

Hat tip to Kara!

Yet another reason to avoid chocolate!

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Jail me, urges chocolate-eating man

A Dutch journalist asked an Amsterdam court on Friday to convict him for eating chocolate, saying by doing so he was benefiting from child slavery on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast. Teun van de Keuken, 35, is seeking a jail sentence to raise consumer awareness and force the cocoa and chocolate industry to take tougher measures to stamp out child labor.

The fruits of anti-Zionism

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Author attacked in S.F. hotel

In a bizarre attack, a well-known author and Holocaust scholar was dragged out of a San Francisco hotel elevator by an apparent Holocaust denier who reportedly had been trailing him for weeks.

According to police, the suspect accosted Wiesel in the hotel elevator at around 6:30 p.m., saying he wanted to interview him. Wiesel said he would do the interview in the lobby. That’s when the attacker pulled him out of the elevator, police reported.

In a posting Tuesday on the anti-Zionist Web site ZioPedia, a writer using the name Eric Hunt takes credit for the attack: “After ensuring no women would be traumatized by what I had to do (I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks), I stopped the elevator at the sixth floor. I pulled Wiesel out of the elevator. I said I wanted to interview him.” Wiesel grabbed at his chest and yelled for help, according to the posting. “I told him, ‘Why don’t you want people to know the truth?’ His expression changed, and he began screaming again. …” the posting reads.

Police reported that the suspect tried to force Wiesel into one of the rooms, but ran away when Wiesel started yelling. The online posting states that the writer intended to “bring Wiesel to my hotel room where he would truthfully answer my questions regarding the fact that his non-fiction Holocaust memoir, Night, is almost entirely fictitious.” Later in the posting, the Holocaust is portrayed as a “myth.”

Color me unsurprised by this act and the city in which it happened.  This is what happens when you embrace hate in the name of “progressive” thought.

How’s this for a defense of marriage?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Washington State activists wants to force married couples to have kids or else

An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.

Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their marriage would be subject to annulment.

21st century activism

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Guns For Hire: Need a Demonstrator? Now You Can Rent Them Online 

A German Web site has come up a novel niche market — renting out demonstrators for public protests. Good-looking protestors can help an organization get its political message to the public for as little as €145 a day.

Yoga-satanists threaten Canadian youth

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

B.C. school yoga classes slammed:

A school program to fight childhood obesity that includes yoga is drawing complaints from some Christian parents in the Quesnel area in B.C.’s Cariboo region. They say yoga is a religion, and shouldn’t be taught in public schools.

“There’s God and there’s the devil, and the devil’s not a gentleman.  If you give him any kind of an opening, he will take that.”

FrankenSheehan runs amok!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Protesters disrupt press conference on lobbying reform

House Democrats tried to unveil their lobbying reform package today, but their press conference was drowned out by chants from anti-war activists who want Congress to stop funding the Iraq war before taking on other issues. Led by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier, the protesters chanted “De-escalate, investigate, troops home now” as Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., began outlining the Democrats’ plans to ban lobbyist-funded travel and institute other ethics reforms. The press conference was held in the Cannon House Office Building in an area open to the public.

Whining French hate 2007

Monday, January 1st, 2007

French protest new year’s arrival

SOME 600 people gathered in the western French city of Nantes to protest the new year’s arrival today Lashed by rain, the organisers said even the weather was against 2007, as they milled about under banners reading “No to 2007!” and “Now is better!” “The world will come to understand that it must stop this mad course towards the future and we demand the governments of the world and the United Nations declare a moratorium to stop this December 31 the future,” said one of the organisers.