Saturday, April 30, 2005
Hawaii In Range Of North Korean Nuke
Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, also told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that a North Korean two-stage missile armed with a nuclear warhead had enough range to hit Hawaii, Alaska and parts of the Northwest. But he did not say whether North Korea had successfully tested its long-range missile capabilities. Jacoby said he thought it was unlikely that North Korea would ever agree to end its nuclear weapons program in "six-party" diplomatic negotiations with the United States, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia. "Our assessment is that the nuclear capability and ambiguities that they have pursued for so many years was a major bargaining chip leverage," Jacoby said. North Korea first tested its Taepo-Dong 2, a two-stage ICBM in 1998 and more recently conducted tests of missile engines. The communist country is believed to have built a few nuclear warheads.
Friday, April 29, 2005
Owner Of Rochester Minnesota Burger Kings Refuses To Close
Japan Protests North Korea Comments At UN Meeting -Kyodo
Court Refuses To Hear Limbaugh Appeal
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Norway Turns Down North Korean Request for Help
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
We Dont Want The Facts, We Want To Blame America
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Woman Suing Hospital After One Twin Survives Abortion
Monday, April 25, 2005
There's a new radio format on the Twin Cities FM dial, and it goes by the name of Jack. At 9 a.m. Thursday, 104.1 WXPT-FM ditched its '80s music format for a larger, more eclectic play list. First song: Pink's "Get the Party Started." With marketing slogans like "Playing What We Want" or "Like Your iPod on Shuffle," the new 104.1 JACK-FM and similar radio formats around the country are capitalizing on the current iPod craze. The new format has a playlist of more than 1,000 songs from various genres with a focus on Top 40 alternative, classic rock and pop that spans the past four decades. "We describe it as a playlist that's 10 miles wide and an inch deep," said Mike Henry, CEO of Paragon Media Strategies and one of the masterminds behind the format. The Twin Cities is the ninth U.S. market to get a Jack station, and the number is expected to more than double by the end of the year, radio analysts say. The strategy is to provide listeners with a broad variety of familiar music. "I think it will have a considerable impact in the Twin Cities market," said Mark Ramsey, founder and president of Mercury Radio Research in San Diego. "You'll be looking at a potentially top-ranked station. It will be huge." Low ratings made 104.1 the most "hijackable" of the local FM stations, said radio consultant Steve Moravec of St. Paul, who's skeptical of the format's ability to change the market. "I think there are very few music stations that wouldn't benefit from a higher number of cuts in their rotations," he said. "But I think it's a little too early to be saying it's the greatest thing to happen in a generation." The idea of stations with common male names, playlists up to five times bigger than competitors and a lack of on-air talent began in Canada in 2002, where it quickly took hold. The concept has had success among a coveted demographic, said Henry, who calls the format's ability to attract both male and female 25- to 54-year-olds "unique" among commercial FM radio stations. In addition, clones of the format with names like Ted and Doug have popped up in more than 20 markets. There's also a country version called Hank. "Most music stations have 300 to 400 songs in rotation," said Mary Niemeyer, market manager of Infinity Broadcasting Minneapolis, which owns the station. "We have over 1,200 songs in the rotation." On Thursday afternoon, Twin Cities listeners tuning in to Jack 104.1 heard back-to-back songs by Phil Collins, Uncle Kracker, AC/DC, Head East, Tom Petty, INXS and Lenny Kravitz. In the radio world, a lineup like that — playing two unlikely songs together — is known as a "train wreck." But one station's train wreck has become another's happy accident. "Jack really flies in the face of radio's one commandment that it has lived by for the last 20 years," said Henry, "that every radio station should create an expectation and fulfill it 24/7 — one button for one type of music. The Jack format is a response to the universal complaints that people tend to have toward radio — that's there's not enough variety, and you hear the same songs over and over again." This is the second significant change on the Twin Cities FM dial this year. In January, Minnesota Public Radio launched the Current 89.3 KCMP-FM, another station that boasts large and eclectic playlists. Some local radio insiders say that Jack was brought in to compete against that station. But Henry said the non-commercial Current caters more to the music connoisseur, while Jack appeals to the music window shopper. Another difference is that the Current is DJ-driven; Jack currently has no DJs. Steve Nelson, program director of the Current, said he wishes the Jack folks well. "Anytime there are changes or something that is a little bit different on radio, that can be a good thing," he said.
Vikings Select Williamson In NFL Draft
With their second selection in the first round at No. 18, the Vikings selected Wisconsin defensive end Erasmus James. It was the third straight season the Vikings have spent a first-round selection on a defensive lineman. The Vikings picked Kenechi Udeze last season and Kevin Williams in 2003. James had eight sacks for the Badgers last season and 18 for his career, instantly upgrading the pass rush for a defensive unit that ranked 29th against the pass last season. James is expected to compete with second-year man Darrion Scott for a starting defensive end position opposite Kenechi Udeze.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
BIKE MESSENGER WEDGED INTO 8-INCH GAP - & LIVES
Saturday, April 23, 2005
New Public Broadcasting Chief Wants Conservative Viewers
Friday, April 22, 2005
Annoy Hanoi Jane
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Jewish Leaders Criticize Popes Past
At least one Jewish group has dismissed concerns about the new Pope's past as a member of the Hitler Youth. Jewish Community Council of Victoria president Michael Lipshutz said Joseph Ratzinger's childhood should not be a focus. "He was a mere boy at the time, let's look at what he has done in his adult life, not his childhood," Mr Lipshutz said this morning.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Germany's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Named Pope Benedict XVI
Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been elected the 265th pontiff today by the College of Cardinals. He was announced as tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square. He has chosen the name Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced. The announcement came shortly after white smoke rose from the Vatican chimney and bells rang to announce that a new pope had been selected. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, has been the Vatican's chief overseer of doctrine since 1981.
Pope Chosen-White Smoke Pores From Vatican
My Vote For Pope
Born 1926; ordained priest 19 May 1951;
ordained Archbishop of Dublin 6 March 1988;
created Cardinal 21 February 2001.
RICARDO J. CARDINAL VIDAL, D.D.
Archbishop of Cebu, Philippines
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Japan And China, Points Of Conflict
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has paid annual visits since taking office in 2001 to this Tokyo shrine for war dead, viewed by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan’s state Shinto religion that mobilised the masses for war in the name of a divine emperor. Koizumi, who last visited the shrine a year ago, has repeatedly said his visits are to pray for peace and that Japan should never go to war again, but each visit has prompted anger in China and North and South Korea.
On April 5, Japan approved a new edition of a textbook that critics say whitewashes its militaristic past. The original textbook was first approved by the Education Ministry in 2001 in the face of strong protests from China and South Korea. Only a handful of school boards adopted the book. Critics say it plays down the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, ignores the sexual slavery of women for Japanese soldiers, and depicts Japanese actions as aimed at liberating other Asian countries. This year, all history textbooks approved by the ministry, not only the most contentious one, deleted the term "comfort women", a euphemism for wartime sex slaves.
Japan and China have long disputed ownership of a group of rocky, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China. The islands are 410km west of Okinawa Island, the largest island in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, and provide access to rich fishing grounds and possible oil deposits in the area. Japan claimed them after defeating imperial China in 1895. The dispute flared up again in February, when Japan’s Coast Guard said it would take over maintenance of a lighthouse built in 1996 by Japanese right-wing activists. Construction of the lighthouse then touched off a flotilla of vessels with protesters from Taiwan and Hong Kong.
China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-biggest oil consumers respectively, have been at odds for months over China’s exploration for natural gas in the East China Sea near an area Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. Japan considers waters east of the midway point between its coastline and that of China to be its exclusive economic zone, and worries that nearby gas field development by China would draw reserves from geological structures that stretch under the seabed into its economic zone. On April 13, Japan began allocating rights for gas exploration in the disputed area, although the process will take several months and a decision on actual drilling will be made separately by the private firms.
Japan has repeatedly expressed concerns about China’s military buildup, a view that has caused it to oppose the European Union’s moves to lift an embargo against arms sales to China. Ties were further strained in November when a nuclear-powered Chinese submarine intruded into Japanese waters. China later said the vessel had done so by mistake. Japan has also expressed concern over security in the Taiwan Strait.
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FIGHTING OVER GREAT LAKES DRILLING
North Korea Nuke Shutdown Raises Concerns
Monday, April 18, 2005
Ann Coulter TIME
Barbara Boxer Cant Count Very Well
Sunday, April 17, 2005
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Saturday, April 16, 2005
For All You Nogger Lovers
Boston Globe Fabricates News
Friday, April 15, 2005
Minnesota State Senator Admits To Being A Cock Sucker
Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Sen. John Kerry Blows Cover of CIA Agent
Aliens Hide From Minuteman Patrols In Canyons
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Capitol Bomb Scare
US Troop Withdrawal In 2 Years Says Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Cookie Monster Switches To Pineapple
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Post Office Seeks Higher Stamp Prices
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
House Votes To Put Marriage Before Voters
If the Senate passes the bill, voters would be asked this question: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that the state and its political subdivisions shall recognize marriage or its legal equivalent as limited to only the union of one man and one woman?" The question would join a crowded ballot in November 2006 - the governor, a U.S. senator, congressional representatives and the entire Legislature are up for election. Minnesota already has the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" requiring marriages to be between members of the opposite sex and preventing the state from recognizing same-sex unions granted by other states. Backers of the constitutional amendment say they need a stronger measure to cement the definition of marriage, lest judges should decide to allow gay unions. Legislators can change laws easily from year to year, but amending the constitution is more difficult and requires direct approval from voters. Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage have been proposed in 18 states, after voters approved them in about a dozen states last November. Marriage amendments will be on ballots in Kansas next week and in Alabama, South Dakota and Tennessee next year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.