Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Limbaugh detained at Palm Beach airport

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.
Customs officials found a prescription bottle labeled as Viagra in his luggage that didn't have Limbaugh's name on it, but that of two doctors, said
Paul Miller, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
A doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was "labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes," Roy Black, Limbaugh's attorney, said in a statement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection examined the 55-year-old radio commentator's luggage after his private plane landed at the airport from the Dominican Republic, said Miller.
The matter was referred to the sheriff's office, whose investigators interviewed Limbaugh. According to Miller, Limbaugh said that the Viagra was for his use, and that he obtained it from his doctors.
Investigators confiscated the drugs, which treats erectile dysfunction, and Limbaugh was released without being charged.


Who would screw this fat bastard???

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Warnings on WMD 'Fabricator' Were Ignored, Ex-CIA Aide Says

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/24/AR2006062401081.html

In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors. He found a whopper: a claim about mobile biological labs built by Iraq for germ warfare.
Drumheller instantly recognized the source, an Iraqi defector suspected of being mentally unstable and a liar. The CIA officer took his pen, he recounted in an interview, and crossed out the whole paragraph.

A few days later, the lines were back in the speech. Powell stood before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5 and said: "We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails."

WTF????

Friday, June 23, 2006

10-year boner...no shit...

Man wins $400K for 10-year implant malfunction

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- A former handyman has won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a penile implant that gave him a 10-year erection.

Charles "Chick" Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market. The Dura-II is designed to allow impotent men to position the penis upward for sex, then lower it.

But Lennon could not position his penis downward. He said he could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks because of the pain and embarrassment. He has become a recluse and is uncomfortable being around his grandchildren, his lawyer said.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/06/23/implant.wuit.ap/index.html

...was this old dude really ridin' a bike? well...anyway...not being able to position your penis downward must...must...be pretty COOL!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Study: Earth 'likely' hottest in 2,000 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It has been 2,000 years and possibly much longer since Earth has run such a fever.

The National Academy of Sciences, reaching that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by Congress, reported Thursday that the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/22/global.warming

"Uhhh...Mr. President? I am so sorry to bother you on your day off, but may I ask you a question?"

"I can only speak to myself." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2006

"No, Mr. President, I mean, can you speak to me?"

"If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?" —George W. Bush, Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8, 2005

"Oh...okay. Is there any way I can speak with myself?!"

"One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." —George W. Bush, Jan. 3, 2000

"I have to go to the bathroom, Mr. President. Mr. President?! MR. PRESIDENT?! PLEASE STOP FOLLOWING ME? I'M SERIOUS...QUIT!"

"Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can't explain." —George W. Bush, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000

CEOs earn 262 times pay of average worker

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chief executive officers in the United States earned 262 times the pay of an average worker in 2005, the second-highest level in the 40 years for which there is data, a nonprofit think-tank said on Wednesday.

In fact, a CEO earned more in one workday than an average worker earned in 52 weeks, said the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The typical worker's compensation averaged just under $42,000 for the year, while the average CEO brought home almost $11 million, EPI said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060621/us_nm/financial_pay_dc

"Excuse me, Mr. President? What is your opinion regarding the continued separation of classes in the U.S.?"

"I tell people, let's don't fear the future, let's shape it." —George W. Bush, Omaha, Neb., June 7, 2006

"Uhhhh...I'm sorry Mr. President, but I really don't follow?"

"I think — tide turning — see, as I remember — I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of — it's easy to see a tide turn — did I say those words?" —George W. Bush, asked if the tide was turning in Iraq, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

"Thanks for your time, Mr. President..."

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

2 killed in second botched Israeli strike

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 21, 4:06 PM ET
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - In the second botched Israeli airstrike in Gaza in two days, two people were killed and 13 were wounded when a missile hit a house Wednesday, just hours after grieving and angry Palestinians buried three children killed in a previous attack.

Militants vowed revenge, and Israelis debated the effectiveness of airstrikes that target militants but are taking a mounting toll on innocent Palestinians.
In Wednesday's attack, Israeli aircraft targeted militants in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis but hit a house instead, killing a man and a woman and wounding at least 13 people, including five children, according to hospital officials.

The missile blew a hole in a wall of the one-story concrete block shack. A pool of blood covered part of the kitchen floor of the stricken house.
A witness said a car carrying Palestinian militants passed the house as the missile struck. They jumped from the car and ran into a nearby field.
A senior air force officer, speaking on condition of anonymity under military regulations, said the missile missed its target by several dozen yards.


How many is several dozen? 5 dozen is over half a football field.. that's a big miss. Dont' we supply the Isreali military with artilery?
If Isreal can't hit their target with US made weapons, how are we to believe Sadam could bomb US soil using his catapult?

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
If you are Muslim, dont' walk outside in Gaza....

Episcopals agree to curb consecration of gay bishops

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church on Wednesday, reversing an earlier decision, adopted a resolution to avoid the consecration of additional gay bishops, a move designed to heal strained relations with 77 million fellow Anglicans worldwide.

The action reversed a decision made 24 hours earlier when one of two legislative bodies at the 2.3-million-member U.S. church's triennial convention rejected a similar idea.

The resolution adopted by both the church's bishops and by lay and clergy diocesan representatives voting in separate bodies calls on bishops and local committees "to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate (for bishop) whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

Debate during the week-long convention made it clear that the "manner of life" caution applied to openly gay candidates for the episcopate.

The church has been in turmoil since its consecration three years ago of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first bishop known to be in an openly gay relationship in more than 450 years of Anglican history.

.....and these guys are supposed to be more progressive and tolerant than mainstream religion? Fuck that...

Weird News Of The Day-Fla. restaurant sells $100 hamburger

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A hundred bucks might buy you more than six dozen burgers from McDonald's, but the swanky Old Homestead Steakhouse will sell you one brawny beef sandwich for the same price.

Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams could barely speak between bites as he devoured the 20-ounce, $100 hamburger billed as the "beluga caviar of sandwiches."

"Heaven on a bun," restaurant owner Marc Sherry said.

The burger debuted Tuesday at the restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort and Club, where a membership costs $40,000 and an additional $3,600 a year.

"We've never had a hamburger on our menu here so we really wanted to go to the extreme," Sherry said, calling it "the most decadent burger in the world."

At about 5 1/2 inches across and 2 1/2 inches thick, the mound of meat is comprised of beef from three continents — American prime beef, Japanese Kobe and Argentine cattle.

The bill for one burger, with garnishing that includes organic greens, exotic mushrooms and tomatoes, comes out to $124.50 with tax and an 18 percent tip included. The restaurant will donate $10 from each sale to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saddam's main lawyer killed... Again

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of Saddam Hussein's main lawyers was shot to death Wednesday after he was abducted from his Baghdad home by men wearing police uniforms, the third killing of a member of the former leader's defense team since the trial started some eight months ago.
Khamis al-Obeidi, an Iraqi who represented Saddam and his half brother Barzan Ibrahim in their trial, was abducted from his house Wednesday morning, said Saddam's top lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi. His body was found on a street near the Shiite slum of Sadr City, police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.
Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi confirmed that al-Obeidi had been killed, although he did not provide any details. A photo of al-Obeidi provided by police showed his face, head and shoulders drenched in his own blood.
A parked car bomb also exploded near an ice cream shop in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding eight, police Capt. Sattar Jabar said. It was the second attack in as many days in the sprawling Shiite district in eastern Baghdad.
The violence came a day after the U.S. military recovered the bodies of two missing soldiers from an area south of Baghdad that it said was rigged with explosives. A senior Iraqi defense official, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, said the bodies showed signs of having been tortured.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups, claimed the new leader of al-Qaida in
Iraq executed the men personally, but it offered no evidence. The U.S. military did not confirm whether the soldiers died from wounds suffered in an attack Friday or were kidnapped and later killed.
Al-Obeidi, who was in his 50s and had six children, was the third member of Saddam's defense team to be killed since the former leader's trial began on Oct. 19.
A dozen masked gunmen abducted defense lawyer Saadoun al-Janabi from his Baghdad office the day after the trial's opening session. His body was found the next day with two bullets in his skull. Nearly three weeks later, defense lawyer Adel al-Zubeidi was assassinated in a brazen daylight ambush in Baghdad. A colleague who was wounded fled the country.
"The aim of this act is to terrify the lawyers and hinder the work of the defense team," al-Dulaimi said.


i can see the job posting now...
wanted Baghdad law school graduate: summer internship for aspiring lawyers looking for experience in war crimes and genocide. assist the coalition of the willing and President Bush bring justice to Iraq. must provide own flak jacket and bodyguard. salary negotiable up to $5/day....

no thanks..
what a clusterfuck...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

State Trooper, Santorum Team Member Sued for Rights Violations at Barnes & Noble


By Matthew Rothschild
The Progressive

As if Senator Rick Santorum didn’t have trouble enough, now one of his team is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the rights of several women who came to speak with him at a book signing and discussion session for “It Takes a Family.”

So, too, is a Delaware state trooper who, while in full uniform, was acting as a security guard for the event last August 19.

The trooper, Sergeant Mark DiJiacomo, of the Delaware State Police, allegedly kicked out and threatened several of the women, and arrested two of them for a short period—all before Santorum had even shown up.

On May 30, 2006, Stacey Galperin, Miriam Rocek, Hannah Shaffer and her mom, Heidi, along with one minor, sued Sergeant DiJiacomo. They also sued Jane Doe, an unidentified “member of Senator Santorum’s promotional team.” They are seeking “redress for the deprivation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights and for the emotional distress caused by Sergeant DiJiacomo’s false arrest and unlawful threats,” the lawsuit says.

http://progressive.org/mag_mc061906

Ahhhhhh, goody.....ahhhhh, goody! What an asshole this guy is...his Democratic opponent is leading him by about 20%....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Japan pulling its 600 troops from Iraq

By JOSEPH COLEMAN, Associated Press Writer
TOKYO - Japan ordered the withdrawal of its ground troops from Iraq on Tuesday, declaring the humanitarian mission a success and ending a groundbreaking dispatch that tested the limits of its pacifist postwar constitution.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said the 600 non-combat troops — deployed in early 2004 — had helped rebuild infrastructure in the area where they were based, and he pledged further aid to Iraqi reconstruction.
"Today we have decided to withdraw Ground Self-Defense Forces from the Samawah region in Iraq," Koizumi said in a nationally televised news conference. "The humanitarian dispatch ... has achieved its mission."


Think North Korea nuke test has anything to do with this?

Inflation Ravages U.S. Wages, Fueling Angst at Bush's Economy

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_us&refer=politics&sid=an9UsfFBthUk

Adjusted for inflation, the median income for the top 10 percent of U.S. households rose 2.3 percent between 2001 and 2004, covering much of Bush's first term in office, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, issued in February. For the other 90 percent of households -- which earned less than $184,800 in 2004 -- the median fell 0.5 percent over the same period.

Well there you have it.... supply-side economic policy working its magic.

Monday, June 19, 2006

maybe?

thinkin' that maybe the application should be made...does anyone have anything to saY?

Friday, June 16, 2006

2,500 dead: How many more?

By Cindy Sheehan
June 14, 2006

On Feb. 1, I was arrested at the State of the Union address for wearing a Veterans for Peace shirt that read: "2,245 Dead. How many more?"

So today, with 2,500 dead, I ask again: How many more?

And with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians -- maybe even a lot more than 100,000 -- killed, I ask: How many more?

http://progressive.org/media_mpsheehan061406

CINDY SHEEHAN FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Flag-Burning Measure

By BLOOMBERG NEWS
Published: June 16, 2006

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would empower Congress to outlaw flag burning. The measure has already been approved by a two-thirds majority in the House. To become part of the Constitution, it must be passed by the same margin in the Senate and ratified by 38 state legislatures. In 1989, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike a Texas law that barred flag burning, ruling that the law restricted freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. Supporters argued yesterday that the proposed amendment would restore the power of Congress — rather than unelected judges — to decide the flag-burning issue.

.........alright liberals, Constitutionalists and libertarians...here goes the erosion of our constitutional guarantees...

What would war with Iraq cost?

02/02/03
Bush: Attack by Iraq 'would cripple' economy
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/01/sproject.irq.war.cost/

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House is downplaying published reports of an estimated $50 billion to $60 billion price tag for a war with Iraq, saying it is "impossible" to estimate the cost at this time.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday that such a conflict could cost $50 billion to $60 billion -- the price tag of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
In September, Daniels disputed an estimate by Bush economic adviser Larry Lindsey -- who has since left the White House -- that war with Iraq could cost $200 billion.
Daniels said he believes Lindsey's estimate was "the upper end of a hypothetical," Duffy said


Larry Lindsey was later fired for that estimate...

05/16/06
Senate sends Bush $94.5B for Iraq, Katrina
The 98-1 vote on the compromise House-Senate legislation gave much-needed funds to support U.S. troops overseas. Most of the money — $66 billion — goes to the Pentagon for military operations overseas.
The bill would bring to almost $320 billion the tally for the campaign in Iraq and $89 billion for the one in Afghanistan.
Only Sen. Arlen Specter (
news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., voted against the bill. He is opposed to a provision endorsing Bush's $873 billion "cap" on the annual appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. Specter is pushing for $7 billion in additional money for education and health programs.
Still, there is increasing concern in Congress about the cost of the war in Iraq and the fact that the spending is kept on a set of loosely policed books that are kept separate from the rest of government operations.
"This bill continues the charade that this war should be funded off budget instead on including the money our troops need in the regular budget that's requested by the president and sent to us," said Patty Murray, D-Wash., as debate closed Thursday.

$320 billion? and still counting.... Looks like Larry was a little low, not high...
by the way that money is borrowed and not even reported in our budget deficit...

House members argue over Iraq policy

WASHINGTON - "Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President. It's time to face the facts," said Pelosi, D-Calif., adding that she will vote against a Republican-engineered resolution that she called "an affirmation of the president's failed policy in Iraq."
"Achieving victory is our only option, for the sake of the American people and for our children and grandchildren," answered Boehner, R-Ohio.

Meanwhile.......

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad on Friday, a day after the national security adviser said al Qaeda's days in Iraq are numbered.
The bomber blew himself up as worshippers gathered for prayers at the Buratha mosque, an old site which is revered by Shi'ites. Twenty-five people were wounded.
Mosque guard Abdullah Hussein said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who had hidden explosives in his sandals to avoid security checks. Police have not confirmed this.
"A guard tried to stop him but he blew himself up and nothing was left of him except his head. You can see it if you want, it's over there," he said, pointing toward a tray in the mosque where a severed human head lay.
It is not the first time a suicide bomber has killed at the Buratha mosque. On April 7, three suicide bombers dressed as women attacked it, killing at least 71 people.
Friday's blast was the type of violence the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, who succeeded Arab Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last week, had vowed to maintain as part of a war against Shi'ites and the U.S.-backed government.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri vowed three days ago to avenge the death of Zarqawi, who was killed by a U.S. air strike last week.
Shortly after the mosque blast, mortar bombs hit houses and shops on the edge of Baghdad, killing at least three people.
The violence came just two days after the government launched a security crackdown with 50,000 Iraqi forces backed by 7,000 U.S. troops.
It also came after Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said security forces had seized documents detailing al Qaeda's network in Iraq and the whereabouts of its leaders.
"We believe this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," he said on Thursday.

Really? That's great news. All is well. There is nothing to see here. Move along.....

Not to worry guys.. House members are debating the issue. I'm sure we will get some clarity in a couple of months... right...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

U.S. military deaths in Iraq reach 2,500



Enough is enough...

Humans close to finding answers to origin of universe: Hawking

HONG KONG (AFP) - Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking has said that humanity is finally getting close to understanding the origin of the universe.

Speaking at a lecture in Hong Kong, Hawking said that despite some theoretical advances in the past years, there are still mysteries as to how the universe began.

"Despite having had some great successes, not everything is solved. We do not yet have good theoretical understanding of the observation of the expansion of the universe," he told an audience of 2,500 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

"Without such understanding, we cannot be sure of the future of the universe."

"New observational results and theoretical advances are coming in rapidly; cosmology is a very exciting subject. We are getting close to answering these old questions: why are we here, where did we come from?"

..........."Excuse me, Mr. President? What do you make of Mr. Hawking's findings?"

"God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear." —George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004

"Uhhhhh, okay Mr. President..."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Let Them Go Green-Editorial in today's NY Times

Just last month, Goldman Sachs invested $27 million in Iogen, the Canadian ethanol producer. The little-noticed move was the latest piece of a larger strategy of enlarging the company's profile in environmentally conscious investments. Goldman has now risked over $1 billion on renewable energy projects, including solar and wind-energy projects and alternatives to gasoline like cellulosic ethanol.

Goldman is only one of a growing number of investment and manufacturing enterprises chasing emerging technologies that could help provide the alternative energy sources that politicians from President Bush on down say they want and that the country will certainly need in years to come. Meanwhile, more and more companies — including heavyweights like DuPont, Johnson & Johnson and United Technologies — have been busily cleaning up their own acts, using less energy by making themselves more efficient.

Over time, these efforts could place the United States in the forefront of an emerging global market for cleaner technologies. They are also essential to the effort to tackle the two big energy-related issues of the age, global warming and the world's dependence on precarious supplies of foreign oil.

If Washington is smart, it will throw its weight behind these efforts by providing the necessary incentives, whether as loans, direct grants or targeted tax breaks. But Washington is dawdling; several excellent bills designed to advance the development and wider use of various alternative fuels, cleaner cars and carbon-free power plants are languishing in the election-shortened legislative year.

It is no less important to preserve good programs already on the books. For example, a tax credit to encourage wind power is set to expire next year, at a time when high energy prices are raising interest in that clean technology.

There are plenty of interesting technologies out there, but the trick now is to catapult them from the laboratory to the marketplace. General Electric, for example, is already a producer of large wind turbines. And it is heartening to see investment houses, venture capital firms, hedge funds and pension plans — like Calpers, the big California pension fund — funneling money into environmentally sound investments.

Investing is about the next big thing, not the last one. Companies are looking for the sort of opportunity Detroit automakers missed when Toyota was ready with the Prius as gas prices began to skyrocket. No one wants to be left behind again.

Beer ingredient may fight prostate cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. But researchers say don't rush out to stock the refrigerator because the ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit.
Oregon State University researchers say the compound xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a specific protein in the cells along the surface of the prostate gland.
The protein acts like a signal switch that turns on a variety of animal and human cancers, including prostate cancer.
Cancer typically results from uncontrolled cell reproduction and growth. Xanthohumol belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids, which can trigger the programmed cell death that controls growth, researchers say.


That's what i'm talking about!!!!
"Drink 17 beers and call me in the morning."

Murder in Iraq - Murder in USA... President Bush presiding over Global Murder Spree

WASHINGTON - Murders, robberies and aggravated assaults in the United States increased last year, spurring an overall rise in violent crime for the first time since 2001, according to FBI data.
Murders rose 4.8 percent, meaning there were more than 16,900 victims in 2005. That would be the most since 1998 and the largest percentage increase in 15 years.
Murders jumped from 272 to 334 in Houston, a 23 percent spike; from 330 to 377 in Philadelphia, a 14 percent rise; and from 131 to 144 in Las Vegas, a 10 percent increase.
Despite the national numbers, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York were among several large cities that saw the number of murders drop.
The overall increase in violent crime was modest, 2.5 percent, which equates to more than 1.4 million crimes. Nevertheless, that was the largest percentage increase since 1991.
The FBI data, compiled from reports by more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies, does not contain overall crime numbers in any category nor does it offer any explanation for the changes. The FBI's final annual crime report comes out in the fall.
Criminal justice experts said the statistics reflect the nation's complacency in fighting crime, a product of dramatic declines in the 1990s and the abandonment of effective programs that emphasized prevention, putting more police officers on the street and controlling the spread of guns.
"We see that budgets for policing are being slashed and the federal government has gotten out of that business," said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. "Funding for prevention at the federal level and many localities are down and the (National Rifle Association) has renewed strength."
Still, Fox said, "We're still far better off than we were during the double-digit crime inflation we saw in the 1970s."
Robberies were up 4.5 percent and aggravated assaults 1.9 percent, according to preliminary data. Alone among violent crime categories, the number of rapes fell 1.9 percent.
Violent crimes peaked at 1.9 million in 1992 and fell steadily through the end of that decade. The number has been relatively stable for the past six years.
Crime last year increased in all regions, although the 5.7 percent rise in the Midwest was at least three times any other region's. These states make up the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Fox cautioned against reading too much into year-to-year changes in individual cities, saying some differences result from random variation and marked swings the previous year. Also, some large statistical increases result from some small numerical changes.
In Hartford, Conn. for example, murders jumped more than 50 percent, from 16 to 25.



Little Rock has recorded 33 homicides this year, on pace to eclipse the city's record 76 homicides in 1993. Authorities suspect many of the killings were gang-related.

HMMMM....... think economic policy has anything to do with this? tax cuts and inflation fueling class warfare. this is no surprise. why can't Dems make this case?

Poop or Puke?

Interesting reading...pick your poison. Do you want to read about Iraq and crap in your shorts? Or do you want to read about the environment and throw up on yourself?

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/printer_060906A.shtml

or

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/060906G.shtml

"In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" Homer Simpson

Friday, June 09, 2006

Brewer Projected 11th Pick to Magic in Mock Draft

9. Golden State Warriors: Patrick O'Bryant, C, Bradley: O'BryantRationale: After getting Andris Biedrins, Ike Diogu, and Chris Taft in the last two drafts, do the Warriors still need bigs? Sadly, yes.Also Considered: Rodney Carney, Ronnie Brewer
10. Seattle Sonics: Shelden Williams, PF, Duke Rationale: Other than Tyrus Thomas, Williams is considered the best shot-blocker in the draft and is viewed just as pro-ready after spending four years being groomed by Coach K. With Chris Wilcox hitting the free agent market and a pair of unproven players at center, the Sonics can't avoid addressing their frontcourt. Also Considered: Ronnie Brewer
11. Orlando Magic: Ronnie Brewer, SG, Arkansas: J.J. Redick might be the pick here, but can the Magic really afford to use this pick on a sixth-man chucker? Orlando needs more than just a shooter, and Brewer can defend, handle the rock, and get to the rack—all of which makes him a good fit with Jameer Nelson in the backcourt.

Bad Gas?

Dozens Fall Ill at IHOP in Arkansas
Jun 08 3:01 PM US/Eastern
JONESBORO, Ark.
More than two dozen people became ill after inhaling a substance believed to have been sprayed inside an IHOP restaurant, police said.
Authorities were trying to determine the source of the substance that forced the restaurant's evacuation Tuesday evening.
Some customers were gasping for air, and one complained of shortness of breath and a burning sensation in his nose and throat. Four were taken to hospitals, police said.
"Due to the symptoms of the victims, it is believed that some substance, such as tear gas or some similar substance, may have been sprayed in the seating area of the restaurant," Patrolman Jonathan Landrum said.
The manager for the Jonesboro restaurant did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Patrick Lenow, a spokesman for Glendale, Calif.-based IHOP, said he was not aware of the incident and had no immediate comment.


My bet is Mrs. Huckabee ordered the 21 piece shrimp dinner....

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: "

"a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. . . ."

great deal quite a lot some VERY LITTLE
The presidency 15 18 25 36 5% unsure...

"Excuse me, Mr. President? Would you care to comment on your low poll numbers?"

"I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I'm going to be the president of everybody." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2001

"Nevermind..."

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Are You a Lebowski Achiever?

Homophobe Amendment Fails... 49-48

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00163

These assholes think we should AMEND THE CONSTITUTION
YEAs ---49
Alexander (R-TN)Allard (R-CO)Allen (R-VA)Bennett (R-UT)Bond (R-MO)Brownback (R-KS)Bunning (R-KY)Burns (R-MT)Burr (R-NC)Byrd (D-WV)Chambliss (R-GA)Coburn (R-OK)Cochran (R-MS)Coleman (R-MN)Cornyn (R-TX)Craig (R-ID)Crapo (R-ID)DeMint (R-SC)DeWine (R-OH)Dole (R-NC)Domenici (R-NM)Ensign (R-NV)Enzi (R-WY)Frist (R-TN)Graham (R-SC)Grassley (R-IA)Hatch (R-UT)Hutchison (R-TX)Inhofe (R-OK)Isakson (R-GA)Kyl (R-AZ)Lott (R-MS)Lugar (R-IN)Martinez (R-FL)McConnell (R-KY)Murkowski (R-AK)Nelson (D-NE)Roberts (R-KS)Santorum (R-PA)Sessions (R-AL)Shelby (R-AL)Smith (R-OR)Stevens (R-AK)Talent (R-MO)Thomas (R-WY)Thune (R-SD)Vitter (R-LA)Voinovich (R-OH)Warner (R-VA)


Byrd? that's fucked up

DAMIEN.......

7 June 2006
BORN AT 6AM ON 06/06/06, HIS MUM WAS INDUCED FOR 6 DAYS, HE WEIGHS 6LBS 6OZ AND HE'S CALLED.. DAMIEN
By Richard Smith
HORROR film fan Suzanne Cooper yesterday named her baby Damien after the devil child in the The Omen, who was also born on June 6.
Suzanne went one better than the movie by hitting the full Number of the Beast with the date - 6/6/06.
Special needs teacher Suzanne, 36, was also induced for six days before Damien arrived at 6.59am, tipping the scales at a spine-chilling 6lb 6oz.
She said: "We are overjoyed about the baby. The Omen is one of our favourite films and that's why I was keeping my legs crossed for a birth on the 6th.
"It does seem a bit weird I suppose, but he's a perfect baby - nothing at all like Damien in The Omen."


Cool......

Monday, June 05, 2006

Could it be?!

With Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey not seeking re-election, do we have any thoughts on possible candidates?

Vince Welnick, Grateful Dead Keyboard Player, Is Dead

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (AP) — Vince Welnick, the Grateful Dead's last keyboard player and a veteran of other bands, including the Tubes and Missing Man Formation, died on Friday. His age was given in various sources as 51 or 55, and he lived in Forestville, Calif.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/05/arts/music/05welnick.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Some Recent Headlines from Reuters.....

Gunmen kidnap 50 workers in Iraq
Gunmen kill 21 commuters near Baghdad
Suicide blast kills 15, injures 30 in Iraq

Bush makes new push for gay-marriage ban

Sunday, June 04, 2006

experiment...open...

monkeys, mulletts and mangos...welcome to your experiment. take your hand and put it up your...nevermind...

remember, GUNS, GOD AND GAYS....................................................

Friday, June 02, 2006

Weird News of The Day-Duck X-Ray Reveals 'Alien Head'


(AP) The International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia plans to raise funds with an unusual duck X-ray. The bird came in with a broken wing, but when Marie Travers, assistant manager of the center, radiographed the duck, she was stunned to see a very clear image of what appeared to be the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial alien in the bird's stomach.

"Marie looked at it and all she could say was 'unbelievable,'" said Karen Benzel, public affairs director for the rescue center, which has been rescuing sick and injured birds for more than three decades.

Unfortunately, the duck died quickly and quietly of its injuries.

Initial reports from the center claimed the cause of the alien face was never determined, but Benzel said she was still awaiting results of a necropsy.

Either way, the center has come up with a way to turn its alien encounter into a fundraiser for the center. It will auction off the X-ray on eBay.

The one-of-a-kind image, which measures 17-by-14 inches, will be sold along with a certificate of authenticity. All proceeds will go toward funding the center's rehabilitation programs.The auction begins Sunday.