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| On a cold and windy February night, a man who gave only his first name walked up to the Al-Farooq Islamic Center in south Nashville and handed a gallon of stain-blocker paint and a bag of brushes, rollers and rags to a Somali man standing in the parking lot. Tim, an East Nashville resident, said he did the first thing he could think of when he drove by the center Wednesday and saw the words “Muslims Go home” and a crusade-style cross spray-painted in red across the front of the center, which doubles as a mosque. |
“When I saw it, I just broke down crying,” the self-described unemployed truck driver said. “I went straight to Home Depot and bought a gallon of paint.” Read the story here.
Sunrise. February 17, 2010 - Kent Cliffs, NY
Good Wednesday Morning,
As promised, here's our next quick poll: In today’s unscientific quick poll with a margin of error approaching 134%, we ask who your choice would be for County Executive. The names listed are either likely candidates or those submitted to News That Matters as requested last week. Names on the list appear randomly each time someone comes to the page and so are not in any particular order. Feel free to pass this on to others in Putnam County [New York]. The more the merrier! We’ll announce the results on Friday. And please, don't vote for your dog or your neighbor's Aunt Mildred from Tuscon. Thanks.
Nan Hayworth is busy collecting endorsements for her run against Congressman John Hall this November. She's perceived as folksy and 'of the people' but the reality is that she's a wealthy shill for Big Pharma, on their payroll and happy to be there. So, if you're about to endorse her keep in mind that you're directly endorsing the pharmaceutical industry that cares nothing about your health so long as you've the money to pay their price. You know how much your drugs cost now? Just you wait until they have another of their own in Congress! You saw what happened with banking and insurance regulations when Sue Kelly was there and I know how happy you all are with your insurance rates and banking practices today.
Thanks to those who wrote asking about my health. The ancient plague is still here but the alternating baking soda poultices and hot packs have done what they're supposed to do. Last evening I took a 500mg Keflex leftover from Acosta's last visit to the vet. That seems to have broken the fever though I did wake this morning with a strange desire to have my belly rubbed. And I do apologize to my detractors, I'm not quite dead yet. I'm getting there, but not yet.
The reader who wrote, "you really should see a doctor," and the other who insisted I visit the emergency room may have full employer paid health insurance or a spouse that does and so may not understand the actual costs involved nor the reticence to take on additional debt which is already crushing enough for so many of us. Rumor has it that Putnam County is working on a free-clinic, but for now, county government does not provide that service.
I'm just going to make the case that the current situation is not atypical even for those who carry insurance.
Donald Trump, speaking in Westchester, said that the Nobel Prize committee should rescind the award it gave to Al Gore since the proof of the lie about global warming is in the series of blizzards that have swept across the eastern United States this past winter. Sadly, very sadly, this line of thinking is endemic in those who smoked dope through 7th grade science.
If you ever hear that argument from someone, just walk away, for they are dumber than a box of nails.
A Sonic Drive In opened on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls several months ago and it looks like it's doing a bang-up business. But be careful when you're there for the "happy hour" sales (between 2 - 4PM) as their clock runs 13 minutes faster than the outside world.
Ray Garcia, an ex-marine, dropped in one day to a Sonic in Golden, Colorado and ordered a happy hour meal which should have come in at around $3.40. But when his drinks arrived he was charged the full price of $6.85. "It was still before 4 o'clock," Garcia insisted, and in the real world he would have been right but in Sonic-world he was late.
Starkist, Honda and best Western are the 101st, 102nd and 103rd corporations to pull their advertisements from Glen Beck's show. In fact, for 4 days Beck had no sponsors at all in England where his show is rebroadcast and public service announcements ran instead.
Honda had this to say: Honda is politically neutral and strives to exceed ethical standards. We apply these policies to our communication strategy with our best endeavor but as you say we cannot determine the program or editorial content around which we advertise. We have no plans to renew. Paul Ormond, General Manager, Corporate Press and PR
There's a conference planned where Paul Camarda, developer Harold Lepler, housing builder Wilder-Balter Associates, the Putnam County Planning Department and a pro-development real estate agency have been invited to be participants on a panel to see if we can have 'open space' and commercial development go side by side. As of this writing, neither of the county's two land trusts appear to be participating and one, I know for certain, has not even received an invitation. This is not a case of inviting the fox into the hen house. It's more like personally delivering the hen house to Col. Sanders.
And now, The News:
Posted: February 16, 2010 - 2:00 AM
CORNWALL — Brett Wells opened Focus Physical Therapy on Main Street two months ago.
Rep. John Hall says businesses such as Wells' need to be the focus of the next phase of the economic recovery.
That's why Hall, D-Dover Plains, stopped at Focus Monday afternoon — to announce his latest piece of legislation: The Helping Small Businesses Start and Grow Act.
He plans to introduce it — and start rounding up co-sponsors — as soon as Congress goes back into session next Monday.
The bill was based in part on roundtable discussions Hall had with business leaders throughout his district.
"Small businesses are really the main generator of jobs," Hall said.
A potential delay in sending out tax refund checks would help the state from going broke before the end of the fiscal year April 1.
The state faces a $1.4 billion deficit for the remainder of the fiscal year and is expected to delay aid payments next month to cover about $20 billion in bills for programs and services. But Gov. David Paterson's office stressed it has not yet determined what aid payments would be deferred — or whether the tax-refund checks would be delayed.
Such spin may fly in Orwell's Oceania or Washington, D.C., but if you happen to live in the real world, basic arithmetic tells a far more accurate tale about what is "serious" and what is not.
The non-defense discretionary spending that Obama aims to reduce now totals $477 billion a year -- or just 14percent of the federal budget. Freezing this outlay would save $25 billion a year, or about 2 percent of the annual $1.4 trillion deficit.
Had this plan been part of a government-wide belt-tightening effort, the White House might have been able to call itself "serious about cutting the budget deficit" anywhere other than in a fantasy land. But the announcement came as Politico.com reported the administration was telling defense contractors of its commitment to "steady growth in the Pentagon's budgets" --budgets so distended by wars and outdated weapons systems that they now top $700 billion a year.
[In this photo taken Feb. 5, 2010, Eric Hardmeyer, president of the Bank of North Dakota, in Bismarck, poses in the bank's lobby on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. The bank is the only state-owned bank in the nation, and officials in other states are studying whether a state-owned bank could help improve their states' economies. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)]
In this photo taken Feb. 5, 2010, Eric Hardmeyer, president of the Bank of North Dakota, in Bismarck, poses in the bank's lobby on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. The bank is the only state-owned bank in the nation, and officials in other states are studying whether a state-owned bank could help improve their states' economies. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)
The Bank of North Dakota - the nation's only state-owned bank - might seem to be a relic. It was the brainchild of a failed flax farmer and one-time Socialist Party organizer during World War I.
But now officials in other states are wondering if it is helping North Dakota sail through the national recession.
Gubernatorial candidates in Florida and Oregon and a Washington state legislator are advocating the creation of state-owned banks in those states. A report prepared for a Vermont House committee last month said the idea had "considerable merit." Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore promotes the bank on his Web site.
"There's a lot of hurt out there, a lot of states that are in trouble, and they're tying the Bank of North Dakota together with this economic success that we're having right now," said the bank's president, Eric Hardmeyer.
In 2008, 14,180 Americans were murdered, according to the FBI. In that year, there were 34,017 fatal vehicle crashes in the U.S. and, so the U.S. Fire Administration tells us, 3,320 deaths by fire. More than 11,000 Americans died of the swine flu between April and mid-December 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; on average, a staggering 443,600 Americans die yearly of illnesses related to tobacco use, reports the American Cancer Society; 5,000 Americans die annually from food-borne diseases; an estimated 1,760 children died from abuse or neglect in 2007; and the next year, 560 Americans died of weather-related conditions, according to the National Weather Service, including 126 from tornadoes, 67 from rip tides, 58 from flash floods, 27 from lightning, 27 from avalanches, and 1 from a dust devil.
As for airplane fatalities, no American died in a crash of a U.S. carrier in either 2007 or 2008, despite 1.5 billion passengers transported. In 2009, planes certainly went down and people died. In June, for instance, a French flight on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris disappeared in bad weather over the Atlantic, killing 226. Continental Connection Flight 3407, a regional commuter flight, crashed into a house near Buffalo, New York, that February killing 50, the first fatal crash of a U.S. commercial flight since August 2006. And in January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549, assaulted by a flock of birds, managed a brilliant landing in New York’s Hudson River when disaster might have ensued. In none of these years did an airplane go down anywhere due to terrorism, though in 2007 two terrorists smashed a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane tanks into the terminal of Glasgow International Airport. (No one was killed.)
The now-infamous Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his bomb-laden underwear toward Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, had 290 passengers and crew, all of whom survived. Had the inept Abdulmutallab actually succeeded, the death toll would not have equaled the 324 traffic fatalities in Nevada in 2008; while the destruction of four Flight 253s from terrorism would not have equaled New York State’s 2008 traffic death toll of 1,231, 341 of whom, or 51 more than those on Flight 253, were classified as “alcohol-impaired fatalities.”
An imprecatory prayer asks God to kill, maim, curse, send into eternal damnation, or otherwise harm an enemy, in this case President Barack Obama.
The prayer being pushed comes from Psalm 109:8, which says: "May his days be few; may another take his office." Even more disturbing, the next lines read: "May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow."
To pray that God curse President Obama, to pray for Obama's death, to pray for the suffering of his widow and children, is despicable.
Sobriety checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments—operations that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunk drivers. An investigation by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley with California Watch has found that impounds at checkpoints in 2009 generated an estimated $40 million in towing fees and police fines—revenue that cities divide with towing firms. In addition, police officers received about $30 million in overtime pay for the DUI crackdowns, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
In dozens of interviews over the past three months, law enforcement officials and tow truck operators say that vehicles are predominantly taken from minority drivers, often illegal immigrants. In the course of its examination, the Investigative Reporting Program reviewed hundreds of pages of city financial records and police reports, and analyzed data documenting the results from every checkpoint that received state funding during the past two years. Among the findings:
Walter Fredrick Morrison, who at 17 sent the lid of a popcorn tin skimming through the air of a California backyard and as an adult remade the lid in plastic, in the process inventing the simple, elegant flying disc known today as the Frisbee, died Tuesday at his home in Monroe, Utah. He was 90.
The cause was cancer, said Phil Kennedy, the author with Mr. Morrison of “Flat Flip Flies Straight: True Origins of the Frisbee”(Wormhole Publishers, 2006).
Beloved of man and dog, the Frisbee has for more than half a century been the signature product of Wham-O, a toy and sporting-goods manufacturer based in Emeryville, Calif. The company has sold more than 200 million of the discs since acquiring the rights to Mr. Morrison’s Pluto Platter, as it was then known, in 1957.
At least since antiquity, mankind has been hurling flat, round objects — or flying discs, as they are known in aficionados’ parlance — aloft. But Mr. Morrison is widely credited as having designed the first commercial flying disc expressly manufactured and marketed as such.
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