Monday, January 31, 2005
U.S. Students Say: Freedoms Go Too Far
The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing; 51% say they should be able to publish freely; 13% have no opinion. Asked whether the press enjoys "too much freedom," not enough or about the right amount, 32% say "too much," and 37% say it has the right amount. Ten percent say it has too little. The survey of First Amendment rights was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and conducted last spring by the University of Connecticut. It also questioned 327 principals and 7,889 teachers. The findings aren't surprising to Jack Dvorak, director of the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington. "Even professional journalists are often unaware of a lot of the freedoms that might be associated with the First Amendment," he says. The survey "confirms what a lot of people who are interested in this area have known for a long time," he says: Kids aren't learning enough about the First Amendment in history, civics or English classes. It also tracks closely with recent findings of adults' attitudes. "It's part of our Constitution, so this should be part of a formal education," says Dvorak, who has worked with student journalists since 1968. Although a large majority of students surveyed say musicians and others should be allowed to express "unpopular opinions," 74% say people shouldn't be able to burn or deface an American flag as a political statement; 75% mistakenly believe it is illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) in 1989 ruled that burning or defacing a flag is protected free speech. Congress has debated flag-burning amendments regularly since then; none has passed both the House and Senate. Derek Springer, a first-year student at Ivy Tech State College in Muncie, Ind., credits his journalism adviser at Muncie Central High School with teaching students about the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, press and religion. Last year, Springer led a group of student journalists who exposed payments a local basketball coach made to players for such things as attending practices and blocking shots. The newspaper also questioned requirements that students register their cars with the school to get parking passes. Because they studied the First Amendment, he says, "we know that we can publish our opinion, and that we might be scrutinized, but we know we didn't do anything wrong."
17-Year-Old Bomb Maker Arrested
And I will bet you any-thing... Because he is "A CHILD" we will never know his Religion or Ethnicity. (unless Irish Catholic or something like that)
Sunday, January 30, 2005
The poll is intended to unite the country after the US-led defeat of dictator Saddam Hussein, but it could instead foment sectarian strife. Insurgents have vowed to create a bloodbath. Polls opened at 7am on a chilly, dark morning and were due to stay open until 5pm. Interim President Ghazi al-Yawar was one of the first to cast his vote, inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone complex. He emerged with one finger of his right hand stained with bright blue ink, used to prevent voters casting multiple ballots. He said he hoped all Iraqis would follow his lead.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Signs Of Desperation From Insurgents
Iraqi patriots, Now more then ever need to stand together and show the EVIL DOERS your done being their doormat! And you are Tired Of Bending Over and taking up the shoot! Today is the day that will go in to your history books. Be there. Be historic! The United States cannot hold your hand for all eternity. Like a bird you WILL have to learn to fly on your own in order to survive.
Iraqis Have To Wait Weeks For Election Results
Iraq's style of election makes it especially difficult to call the results quickly or to question voters leaving the polls to predict an early winner, as it is done in America. Iraqis will vote for a list of candidates rather than for individuals, with no possibility for split ticket voting. Seats in Iraq's 275 member National Assembly will be handed out according to the party's showing nationwide. This fact makes the last 10% of the votes counted as critical as the first 10%, the official said. The prime minister's job also hinges on the final count. The National Assembly will choose a three-member presidential council which in turn picks the prime minister. The prime minister and his Cabinet must be approved by the assembly. When voting finishes on Sunday night, election officials are supposed to count the votes at the 5,300 polling sites. Sometime later, they must physically deliver the totals to the electoral commission in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. For security reasons officials won't say how those tally sheets will be delivered. Election officials do not yet know how long it will take workers in the Green Zone to count the results and name the winners. It's expected to take a week or more. It will be a matter of a few days before any data comes out and longer to declare any conclusive result. It could easily run to a couple weeks.
Faster Than You Can Blink
Venus flytraps - found in North and South Carolina and are fast becoming endangered - takes about 5 to 12 days to digest its prey by dissolving the insect’s soft inner parts.
Friday, January 28, 2005
Mad Scientists At Work
A chimera is a mixture of two or more species in one body. Not all are considered troubling, though. For example, faulty human heart valves are routinely replaced with ones taken from cows and pigs. The surgery—which makes the recipient a human-animal chimera—is widely accepted. And for years scientists have added human genes to bacteria and farm animals. What's caused the uproar is the mixing of human stem cells with embryonic animals to create new species.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Mark Dayton: Embarrassing To Minnesotans
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it was all just "lingering bitterness over the outcome of the election."
Dayton had described how he and other members of the Senate Armed Services committee were invited to the White House for a classified briefing and misled about the Iraqi threat.
He was vague about the details of that briefing.
Dayton said he gets most of his information about military matters from "Newspapers", including recent reports of new espionage arms of the secretary of defense.
Sen. Dayton, You are embarrassing To all Minnesotans! And We Demand an Apology!! From you to Condoleezza Rice, President Bush, All American Citizens and to the great state of Minnesota for being a WHORE for the D.F.L. and putting your SILLY liberal anti-American propagandist views over the desires of the voting majority and overall security of the united states.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Michigan Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down! "UPDATE"
Frenchtown Township fire department was placed on standby because of the alert status. The nuclear power plant, along with other coal-fired power plants owned by Detroit Edison, serves southeastern Michigan.
Homeland Security "UPDATE"
``They brought a plane down. They are holding it,'' a San Antonio Police Department dispatcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press. ``They asked us to assist them. The FBI is handling it now.''
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked for backup from San Antonio police, who provided a Chinese linguist to translate for the two male and two female passengers. Records of the Federal Aviation Administration show the 20-year-old plane is co-owned by Afzal Hameed of Dover, Del. The other co-owner is listed as Alyce S. Taylor, but no address is given for her. The FAA records state that the plane's last three-year registration was filed in 1999, and that the agency received no response in 2002 after mailing new registration forms to Hameed.
Homeland Security Agents Force Plane to Land
No word at this time on where the plane left from or its destination
Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down! Reactor Coolant Leak
Quakes Rattled Traumatized Tsunami Survivors
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Philippine Workers in Iraq Refuse To Leave
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Terror Plot Suspect in Custody
Washington , D.C. - The FBI announces that Mei Xia Dong, Chinese/female
(originally thought to be male), was located upon being identified as one of 14 subjects allegedly involved in a Boston terror plot. Mei Xia Dong was located in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in the San Diego , CA , area. She was arrested for an immigration violation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents on November 11, 2004 , and had remained in custody since that time.
Investigation has determined that Mei Xia Dong paid an undisclosed sum to human smugglers to be brought into the United States through Mexico . It appears at this time that Mei Xia Dong's motives for entering the U.S. may have been for economic reasons. The investigation thus far does not tie her to any terrorist group. The FBI continues to work with the Department of Homeland Security as well as our state and local law enforcement partners to resolve this matter. It should be noted that, to date, none of the original and anonymous information linking Mei Xia Dong and the 13 others to terrorism has been corroborated.
The FBI remains interested in information on the remaining 13 persons identified in press releases issued on January 19 and 20, as follows:
1) Zengrong Lin
2) Wen Quin Zheng
3) Xiujin Chen
4) Guozhi Lin
5) Yu Xian Weng , female, possible date of birth (DOB) 4/5/64 and Chinese passport #P5997636 or DOB 10/4/63 and Chinese passport #G07457027
6) Qinquan Lin , or Qiquan Lin, male, possible DOB 3/6/83 and Chinese passport #G04152197
7) Liqiang Liang, male, possible DOB 9/1/76 and Chinese passport #G07074257
8) Min Xiu Xie, male, possible DOB 11/21/77 and Chinese passport #G08386268
9) Xiang Wei Liu, or Xing Wei Liu, male, possible DOB 5/30/82 and Chinese passport #G053490L8
10) Xiuming Chen, male
11) Cheng Yin Liu, male
12) Zao Yun Wang, male
13) Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinones, male
Anyone with information about these individuals bring it to the attention of the FBI at (617) 742-5533; to their closest FBI office (contact information for field offices is located at http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm ); or to the FBI tipline at http://tips.fbi.gov.
His release comes after an outpouring of support from students at Apple Valley High School.
All right kids, I want you to stop and think for a second...
Before you flood your common sense with your outpouring of support.
WHAT IF instead of this yahoo, What if it was this school intruder:
Police found a naked man wandering the corridors of a primary school carrying a rucksack packed with drugs and weapons. The intruder was arrested in the early hours of the morning after breaking in through a window. His backpack contained a Stanley knife, Swiss Army knives and traces of methamphetamine and marijuana. It is not the first time the man, aged 50, has been caught at it, according to police in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Five years ago he was found naked in the toilets of a girls school in the same state. "The same officer, the same offender, different school," said APS Police Chief Gil Lovato. "The officer responded to a silent alarm at one of our schools, found the same offender, disrobed, doing the same thing five years ago."
If you let Francisco Serrano walk away with love & thank yous and all your support, He just might be back in five years with his backpack packed with drugs and weapons. After all when you feed a stray cat it keeps coming back!
Friday, January 21, 2005
HOMELAND SECURITY ON ALERT, Ten Names Added To List Of Chinese Terror Suspects
Thursday, January 20, 2005
HOMELAND SECURITY ON ALERT, Terrorist Nuclear Threat
If you have Information on this or Any Terrorist Threat contact the Department of Homeland Security, Citizen Line: 202-282-8000
Harpoon The Loch Ness Monster
Supporters of the legendary creature have vowed to use wildlife legislation to halt American submariner Dan Taylor's plans to harpoon Nessie when he visits Loch Ness this spring.
Mr Taylor (63), from Connecticut, is returning to the area to complete the job he started 35 years ago with a home-made submarine.
In 1969, his submarine Viperfish made 50 to 60 dives in Loch Ness but produced only a few unusual sonar readings.
Now, with improved technology, Mr Taylor is to return to the loch with a new submarine called Nessa.
It will be equipped with a harpoon which uses hollow-pointed spears to grab flesh from living creatures. Mr Taylor said he intended to use these to capture part of Nessie's hide for analysis.
Gary Campbell, president of the Invernessbased Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, said he was amazed at Mr Taylor's attitude. "He thinks it's OK to take a home-made submarine onto one of Scotland's busiest waterways and shoot off spears at any living creature that appear on his sonar, " Mr Campbell said. "We will be organising a proper defence of Nessie and informing the relevant authorities if Taylor carried out his plans.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Schwarzenegger Allows Execution Of Air Force Veteran
Monday, January 17, 2005
Vampire Stalks City
Stories about a Vampire who stalks the streets, sinking his teeth into passers-by, began to emerge from the Ward End area of the city last month. According to the rumours, he bit a man walking along the street, then pounced on neighbours who came to his aid. One woman is said to have had a "chunk" bitten out of her hand. Local media have since been inundated with calls from people in the city's Saltley, Small Heath and Alum Rock areas, who have heard of attacks and of people being bitten after answering their front doors. Those who claim to have seen the attacker say he is black and in his late 20s.
"I heard the story in the barber's the other day," said Father Anthony Rohan of the Holy Family Catholic church in Small Heath. "They asked me if I believed in vampires and I said no. Then the lollipop lady mentioned it to me as well. "I'm not worried, though. I've got a lot of crucifixes in the house."
Sunday, January 16, 2005
A Travesty of Military Justice
It is this commentators view that Specialist Graner IS A CASUALTY OF WAR! As well as a casualty of political correctness! We have to STOP giving terrorists and terror sympathizers more rights then American citizens. Abu Ghraib is a prison not a day care or a ministry. These are not good people! they are criminals... Actually they are worse then that! They are WAR CRIMINALS! And they want YOU DEAD! You and me have to be killed because we live in America. Specialist Graner and Pfc Lynndie England, Should be given praise and accolaids for putting these scum punks in there place. Remember none of these people have signed off on the geneva convention. They don't even practice human rights on themselves!
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Mammals Eat Dinosaurs
Friday, January 14, 2005
Wal-Mart Starts Campaign to Boost Image
Thursday, January 13, 2005
U.S. Refuses Entry to British Flight Passenger
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Mombasa, Kenya Sailors Survive Tsunami
When I was on the USS Worden (CG 18) We saved the lives of more than 150 Vietnamese refugees from a unseaworthy craft in the South China Sea. The USS Hue City Sailors are all Humanitarians! And the Kenya Sailors are true survivors!
Store Clerk Refused Service To Marine
Lance Corporal Jason Young, attempted to make a purchase at the One Stop Grocery and Grill on 8th Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. The clerk (a man of middle eastern descent)asked if Young was a Marine, and when he replied "yes sir" the clerk said nothing to him and looked at the other middle eastern man in the back of the store. Then both middle eastern men proceeded to go in to the storeroom and never returned. U.S. Marine, Lance Corporal Jason Young waited a few minutes and finally left the store. On Tuesday, several people protested the store, Calling for the boycott of the store. According to the store owner, The employee in question was fired!
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Texas Sailors Rescued from Burning Tugboat
Monday, January 10, 2005
3 Tugboat Sailors Dead, 1 Missing
5 Injured in Naval Helicopter Crash
A tugboat and three barges sank Sunday after being swept over a dam spillway on the Ohio River by currents made stronger by heavy rains, killing three crew members. One person was missing and believed to be aboard the sunken boat. The tug, named the Elizabeth M, was pushing six coal barges north on the river when it went through the lock at the Montgomery Island Dam about 2:30 a.m. After it emerged on the other side, strong currents pushed the boat back against the dam. Officials believe the barges were then pushed by the currents into the tug, forcing it through a gate in the dam. The tug sank in the churning water below the dam. Officials believe three of the barges sank downriver, while the other three barges sank above the dam. The deceased Sailors were identified as Scott Stewart, 36, of Wheeling, W.Va.; Tom Fisher, 25, of Latrobe, Pa.; and Edward Crevda, 22, of West Brownsville, Pa. The river normally flows at about 3 to 4 mph, but the current was about 10 to 15 mph Sunday because of recent rains and flooding, said John Anderson, the lockmaster. The Coast Guard has restricted traffic along five miles of the Ohio River near the dam. There had been no restrictions when the accident occurred. Authorities didn't immediately release the names of the injured Sailors or the missing one. Officials said they would attempt to reach the missing Sailor Monday, provided the water levels have receded. This week-end has been a Awful one for Mariners. As the world has just witnessed with the South Asian tsunami, The SEA (as well as her sisters the rivers and the lakes) is unforgiving! And my heart goes out to all of the men and women who attempt to tame her. Especially those Sailors who fall to her hectic whims!
The SKY has not been any more considerate to our Flying Sailors. A U.S. Navy helicopter with 10 people on board crashed near Banda Aceh's airport Monday while on a tsunami relief operation. The helicopter was flying in personnel to the airport from the USS Abraham Lincoln group off the coast of Sumatra. At least five US servicemen were injured in the chopper crash, said a US military spokesman.It crashed into a rice paddy not far from its normal landing site. US authorities said there was no indication the helicopter had been shot down. "We can not rule out ground fire, but until there is investigation the determination of the cause of the accident can't be made."
So Once again to all those Sailors: May you have Fair Winds, and Following Seas, and long may your Big Jib draw!
Sunday, January 09, 2005
USS San Francisco Sailor Dies
USS San Francisco Update
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Sailor Critically Injured
The U.S.S. San Francisco(Los Angeles-class nuclear powered submarine) ran aground while conducting submerged operations. Approximately 350 miles south of it's homeport of Guam Saturday at approximately 12pm (Guam time )
There is still no report as to the extent of the injuries and damage aboard the San Francisco, which according to the Navy, were still being assessed. The U.S. Pacific Command has speculated that there is one sailor critically injured and several others with lesser injuries. As well, there were no reports of damage to the reactor plant on board the sub, which according to Navy officials, is operating normally. The submarine has reportedly been surfaced following the incident.
The submarine tender the U.S.S. Frank Cable and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Galveston Island are already on their way to escort the San Francisco on its way back to Guam. None of the injured has been airlifted from the submarine, but plans are being made to medically evacuate the injured sailors, once the assisting ships reach the submarine. The Navy anticipates the submarine will arrive sometime Monday afternoon, Guam time.
The U.S.S. San Francisco, staffed by a crew of 137 sailors, is among three fast-attack submarines of the U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Submarine Squadron 15, the other two being the U.S.S. Corpus Christi and the U.S.S. Houston. Each carries four torpedo tubes and can launch Tomahawk cruise missiles and is designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships. The San Francisco's other missions have ranged from intelligence collection to Special Forces delivery.
During my time on the U.S.S. Paul We ran aground leaving Bermuda, Due to low tide. No damage done. But its real unnerving. We were able to get under-way again at high tide, Without much adieu.
So for those injured sailors: May you have Fair Winds, and Following Seas, and long may your Big Jib draw!
Friday, January 07, 2005
Disrespect for a American War Veteran
"Will you consider changing it?" asks a Consumer Investigator.
"I'm not.." Says another commissioner.
"How would you feel if that was your relative?" asks the Reporter.
"I'm gonna guess I wouldn't think too much of it as long as they're in the ground and there's a stone there," says a commissioner.
When Samuel Whipps's great granddaughter found what had happened, she found what she called a wall of resistance and tonight she asks why this veteran's grave doesn't matter.
The head of the Minnesota cemetery Association says graves are usually considered eight feet long and it's common sense not to plant a sign in that space.
No one in Minnesota regulates cemeteries so your only option with a dispute like this is going to court.
I officially as a Veteran, Call on any and all Veterans organizations to confront these Anti-Americans!! And remove the ROAD SIGNS OFF THIS FELLOW VETERAN'S GRAVE! Give him the respect he deserves!
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Embarrassment to Her Dead Son
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
FREE TIBET AND BEYOND
THANK GOD!!! World Clarity is at hand. Not since Jesus Christ, Has a voice of reason BOLDLY spoken to humanity. Actor Richard Gere has recorded a television commercial urging Palestinians to vote in their election Sunday. Appearing with Richard Gere in this commercial is the head of the Islamic court in the West Bank and Gaza Strip A.K.A: Pretend Palestine, and the spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem. The ad will play on Palestinian TV and Arabic satellite channels in the next few days. No one really knows what kind of pull Richard Gere may have with Palestinians. (here's the pay off punch) One man who appeared with him in the commercial said he'd never heard of Richard Gere.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
American Flag, for Americans or World Citizens
I really think our great symbol should be flying high and proud as our thinly spread military arrives to the scene to help rebuild these countries. Is the U.N. flag at its mid way point?