Blog Heap o'Links for June 2009

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Iraq

Not a single American soldier was in sight. Gone, too, were the American helicopters whose buzz has for years defined Baghdad's background track. Left alone to protect the capital Tuesday were thousands of Iraqi troops and police manning checkpoints, with army tanks deployed at potential trouble spots and convoys of pickup trucks with machine guns roaming the streets.

6:11pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Okla FlagOklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R.) has proposed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality," an almost hilarious document but one that, nonetheless, deserves some scrutiny in the vicinity of the nation's capital; … [A long, boring, ill-parsed rant more sanguine than anything Kern produced by Laura Harrison-McBride, "DC Ethical Issues"]

7:33pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

A similar accident last week in Indiana crushed a pickup truck between two semis, killing a family of five.

7:30pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Chicom FlagBeijing postpones a requirement that PC makers preinstall Green Dam software for filtering Internet content. But it may be just a temporary reprieve. Read this blog post by Stephen Shankland on Politics and Law.

7:01pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Chicom FlagChina has indefinitely delayed enforcement of a requirement that PC makers preinstall Green Dam-Youth Escort software that experts believe would have screened not just Internet pornography but also some online political content.

7:01pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Rage -- not a good idea

A Tulsa domestic dispute led to a chase involving a hatchet and one person being shot

5:45pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

Two former Tulsans, one of whom became caught up in the conspiracy theories swirling around the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, have been indicted in a 2004 Arizona bombing.... bombing was part of a wider conspiracy "to promote racial discord by destroying buildings, facilities and real property of both the government and businesses whose activities defendants believed conflicted with their goals."...

5:42pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Missing

[10yo] Lindsey Baum, last seen walking from a friend's house six blocks away from her home in McCleary [Washington] Friday night,... [Mother] worried her daughter was kidnapped.... Lindsey has been upset over her parents' ongoing divorce and may have run away....

6:58pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Family members have periodically called Althedia's phone number. At first, it was disconnected, but last weekend, something strange happened. "It rang five to six times and went to voicemail and said, you have reached Althedia Vaught, which is her name and it was her voice and she sounded real tired or drugged. We called back and a guy answered named David and he said he got the phone from Cricket and couldn't get that voicemail off there,"

5:51pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW
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Feeding Ourselves

Nearly all the victims, most of whom are female and younger than 19, reported eating raw cookie dough in the days before the onset of symptoms. Health officials still do not know how E. coli 0157, a bacterium that lives in cattle intestines, ended up in a product that seems so unlikely to contain it.

5:09pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

Solomon Alexander McCorvey, 19, faces charges of trafficking illegal drugs and concealing proceeds of drug transactions... 136 tablets of what is thought to be "ecstasy" and methamphetamine...

5:32pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

I just love the old hometown and continue to write down my memories of the place.

5:12pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Climate Changes

Republicans are raising questions about why the EPA apparently dismissed an analyst's report questioning the science behind global warming.

6:18pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

New research challenges the widely held belief that teens underestimate the dangers associated with risky behaviors because they think they are invincible. The study found that adolescents who engaged in risky behaviors such as drug use, fighting, and unsafe sex were more likely to believe that they would die young than those who didn't.

5:10pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Digital Culture

The net is rich with specialized search services... we surveyed some 50 specialty search services and picked out our favorites...

5:09pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Digital Business

In a bid to turn file sharing into a legal business opportunity, Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF.SK) said Tuesday it is acquiring file sharing web site the Pirate Bay for 60 million Swedish kronor ($7.8 million).

7:28pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Iran

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks, including most of the ones in Baghdad... made the comments just after the U.S. relinquished security for Baghdad and other urban areas to Iraqi forces...

5:54pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Transport Safety

ODOT admits the scope of the IDL construction project made signage for it a challenge - but they believe once everything is in place - drivers will be able to understand what's ahead.

5:53pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

People Die

32-year-old Shawnee man has died after saving 8-year-old girl from drowning at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Murray County.

5:47pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

Digital Tech

Universal chargers for cell phones are a good start. How about simplifying the rest of our tech lives.

5:12pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW

The device is considered part of a new category of gadgets called mobile Internet devices, or MIDs, which are designed to fit into the market between a mobile phone and a laptop or Netbook computer.

5:08pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 30 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaObamaU.S. President Barack Obama [SIDING WITH CHAVEZ AND CASTRO] said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed... Despite Obama's comments, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the administration was not formally designating the ouster as a military coup for now...

10:17pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

Digital Deception

Wikipedia IconThe New York Times reported on Monday that it had collaborated with online encyclopedia Wikipedia to keep news of its kidnapped reporter in Afghanistan from going public for more than seven months.... Times reporter David Rohde... and his translator, Tahir Ludin, were able to make a clean escape from their captors at a facility in Pakistan this month. Prior to their escape, Bill Keller, editor of the Times, asked Wikipedia to keep news of his kidnapping from going public.... Times believed that publicity over his kidnapping would worsen negotiations to ensure Mr. Rohde’s safe return....

4:35pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

Transport Tragedy

A Yemeni airliner with 150 people on board has crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros archipelago.

10:31pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

All of the dead were from family groups, including a set of four in Oklahoma City.

3:44pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Two major computer makers indicate that each will comply with a Chinese law requiring all computers shipped to the country include a particular type of web-filtering software. The recent moves by Acer Inc. (2353.TW) and Sony Corp. (SNE) to comply suggest some PC makers aren't willing to miss out on one of the world's biggest PC markets, despite concerns about abiding by an unpopular government policy, and the potential damage the software itself can do to their computers. [BOYCOTT ACER! BOYCOTT SONY!]

4:39pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW
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Liberty and Justice

The interim president picked to rule Honduras after the army ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya said on Monday the coup had saved the country from swinging to a radical Venezuelan-style socialism.... said Zelaya had lost respect for the law.... [Which doesn't bother Obama any...]

10:19pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

People Die

Police say a New York man running to the aid of another motorist fell to his death from a bridge, apparently because he didn't know there was a large gap between lanes.

4:26pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW
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US Military

US FlagStaff Sgt. Sean Samaroo was inspired to join the military nine years ago by the Army's "be all you can be" TV commercial. It was a prophetic slogan for Samaroo, who last year found himself in the midst of one of the deadliest battles of the war in Afghanistan, tenaciously fighting back an overwhelming enemy onslaught. Earlier this month, Samaroo was awarded the Silver Star, the military's third-highest medal.

3:41pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW

Free Expression

...countries such as Iran and China block access to the internet at their peril. "The internet is the strongest force for individual self-expression ever invented...."

4:08pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 29 :MW
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WW2 - still with us

Operation Pastorius was a failed plan for sabotage via a series of attacks by Nazi German agents inside the United States.

2:40pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW

Sick, Sick, Sick

The gruesome details of Jada Justice's death were revealed Friday when prosecutors charged the 2-year-old girl's cousin and her boyfriend with murder.... That night, while they were on their way to buy heroin, the couple realized that Jada was dead....

2:57pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Okla Flag...tractor-trailer slammed into a line of cars stopped by an earlier accident... about 1 p.m. on the Will Rogers Turnpike northeast of Miami.... "quite possibly the largest death toll in a single crash" in state history... Investigators don't think the truck driver tried to stop before the crash... Three more accidents happened in the eastbound lanes as cars slowed following the tractor-trailer wreck, and later a four-car crash occurred on the westbound side of the turnpike... wreckage and emergency vehicles covered an estimated three-quarters of a mile....

1:50pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

"I didn't want to knit anymore. I had just lost my joy," said Salyers, who fell five stories after the bombing and was discovered under a pile of rubble. "But if I didn't grab back on to what I love, they may as well have killed me." Some of her colleagues at the U.S. Customs Office on the fifth floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building recovered a basket of yarn, covered with debris, and returned it to her. Salyers said she became motivated to return to knitting after learning that other survivors had similar experiences — one man who lost a daughter and a grandson who no longer enjoyed woodworking and a woman who couldn't start sewing again. She finally used the yarn to craft a sweater with 168 stars, one for each victim of the April 19, 1995, blast... The "First Person: Stories of Hope" lecture series will continue every Friday during the summer at the museum.

2:10pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW
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Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

The United States is phasing out funding for opium eradication programs in poppy-filled Afghanistan while significantly boosting funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction efforts.... [END NANNY TYRANNY! (And cut the drug gangs' profits to zero!) LEGALIZE!] U.S. eradication programs were only driving Afghan farmers into the hands of the Taliban.

2:44pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW

Spacecraft

SunUlysses, a joint NASA and European Space Agency mission, will officially cease operations Monday, June 30, when the command to switch off the transmitter is uplinked to the spacecraft. Ulysses, which operated for more than 18 years, had charted the unexplored regions of space above the poles of the sun.

2:42pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW
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Defending Ourselves

A Louisville pastor is welcoming gun owners into his church's sanctuary Saturday for what he says is a show of support for the right to bear arms... The "Open Carry Celebration" will include a handgun raffle....

2:43pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 27 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

The South Korean military plans to speed up efforts to deploy ground, air and naval weapons systems for use in strikes against key facilities in North Korea in the event of war, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday.

9:44pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Theory of Education

Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they strip-searched her on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The decision put school districts on notice that such searches are "categorically distinct" from other efforts to combat illegal drugs.... What was missing, Souter wrote, "was any indication of danger to the students from the power of the drugs or their quantity, and any reason to suppose that Savana was carrying pills in her underwear."... Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter. "Judges are not qualified to second-guess the best manner for maintaining quiet and order in the school environment..." [Oh, go back to your hairy Coke, Clarence!]

11:06am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Sick, Sick, Sick

A body found in rural northern Indiana may be that of missing 2-year-old Jada Justice... police started questioning [babysitter's] story last week, and began investigating both [her] and her boyfriend... Neither has been cooperative with the authorities...

10:50am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Political Theater

Sri Lankan police say they have arrested an astrologer after he predicted serious political and economic problems for the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. [Not so dissimilar to some things happneing in America now...?]

11:01am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Big Nanny

President Barack Obama's signature on a bill this week to grant the US Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco was historic, and represents a step in the march to eliminate tobacco use in this country by 2047, two national tobacco experts said today. [AAAHHHHH! "TOBACCO EXPERTS!" BEHAVIOR NAZIS! STOP THE TYRANTS! I hate tobacco, but SAVE US FROM SUPERNANNY!]

12:48pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

The New York City health department is moving forward with a plan that would require about 12,000 cigarette retailers to post large anti-smoking signs. [I hate tobacco, but GOD SAVE US FROM BIG NANNY GOVERNMENT!!]

11:08am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Sharia Sucks

Soraya, a woman brutally slain because her husband wanted to marry a 14-year-old girl, refers to herself as an inconvenient wife in the shattering and powerful drama The Stoning of Soraya M.

10:48am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

A booby-trapped motorcycle loaded with nails and ball-bearings exploded in a crowded bazaar Friday in Baghdad, killing at least 15 people

11:02am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

SunRepublicans' opposition to the climate change bill... [is] playing into the hands of the Iranian regime and the Saudi Arabian kingdom, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) argued Friday. [WHAT AN EVIL MAN!]

9:37pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

The United States may have been behind the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old Iranian woman whose fatal videotaped shooting Saturday made her a symbol of opposition to the June 12 presidential election results, the country's ambassador to Mexico said Thursday. [The CIA should only be so clever! What a bunch of propaganda loons -- do even the stupidest, most brainwashed Iranians (or anyone else) really buy this nonsense?] In response, CIA spokesman George Little said, "Any suggestion that the CIA was responsible for the death of this young woman is wrong, absurd and offensive."...

10:55am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Chicom Flagfor the Chinese government there really is no difference. Political dissent and pornography are two sides of the same coin — negative forces that disrupt "wholesome society." That's why the same ministry deals with pornography and political speech.

9:43pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Chicom FlagGoogle Inc. said it's investigating reports that its Google.com Web site is inaccessible in China, a week after the company was criticized by the government for spreading pornography in the biggest Internet market by users.

9:41pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

AmerIndian Wars - Still With Us

Eight young Cherokee bicyclists will tackle a nearly 1,000-mile Remember the Removal Ride, which follows one of the Trail of Tears routes, in the searing summer heat. But it's a chance for them to see the same countryside their ancestors saw when they were forced at gunpoint to abandon everything.

10:04am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW
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Liberty and Justice

A local couple arrested on domestic assault charges Sunday had an unusual choice of alleged weaponry -- Cheetos. [To accompany the "Frito Lay" bust in OKC.]

9:39pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Oklahoma

Okla FlagTulsa businessman Dewey Bartlett, Junior, announced he will be seek the Republican nomination for Tulsa Mayor.

10:12am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Climate Changes

The Democrat-led House pressed Thursday for enough votes to pass landmark legislation that would combat global warming by forcing U.S. companies to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions, expanding expensive renewable-energy sources and trimming consumers' choices on new light bulbs and hot tubs. [WHERE'S G BUSH WHEN WE REALLY NEED REGEIME CHANGE?]

10:34pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

SunHouse Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) slowed Democrats' attempt to pass a sweeping climate-change legislation Friday evening, reading page-by-page through a 300-page Democratic amendment before allowing a roll call vote.... "...the House is going to spend a whopping five hours debating the most profound piece of legislation to come to this floor in 100 years. And the chairman has the audacity to drop a 300-plus page amendment in the hopper at 3:09 a.m. this morning. And so I would ask my colleagues, don't you think the American people expect us to understand what's in this bill before we vote on it?"

9:46pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Sunwind speeds across the country have decreased by an average of .5 percent to 1 percent per year since 1973.... more in the East than in the West, and more in the Northeast and the Great Lakes.... [Researchers "think that global warming will cause lighter winds" but there's no mention in this article of the range of variability, shorter-term or longer-term trending, or the margin of error. But of three possible causes, "There are some good theoretical reasons to think that global warming will cause lighter winds"... yeah... like US Gov funding? Oh, pardon my cynical and suspicious nature....]

12:28pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

SunAs the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to pass a climate-change bill, the Australian Parliament is preparing to kill its own country's carbon-emissions scheme. Why? A growing number of Australian politicians, scientists and citizens once again doubt the science of human-caused global warming. Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S....

11:05am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

an umbrella term for a number of psychological techniques that share a theoretical basis in behavioristic learning theory and cognitive psychology.... In cognitive oriented therapies, the objective is typically to identify and monitor thoughts, assumptions, beliefs and behaviors that are related and accompanied to debilitating negative emotions and to identify those which are dysfunctional, inaccurate, or simply unhelpful. This is done in an effort to replace or transcend them with more realistic and useful ones.....

12:33pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

not only is CBT ineffective in treating schizophrenia and in preventing relapse, it is also ineffective in preventing relapses in bipolar disorder.... has only a weak effect in treating depression, but it has a greater effect in preventing relapses...

12:32pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Animal Companions

A Columbus firefighter admits that he took his two dogs to the basement, tied them up and blasted them with a rifle so he and a girlfriend could vacation without paying to board the animals. "He said chunks of concrete were flying everywhere...." 90 days in jail, pay $4,500 to cover the cost of his investigation and serve five years' probation.... [sick]

11:03am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Energy

Okla FlagPassing President Obama's "cap and trade" energy program would cost the average Oklahoma family $3,200 a year, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Friday, but he's confident the measure will be killed in the Senate no matter what happens in the House of Representatives.

10:34pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Darren Brazeal has a spectacular backyard with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and a beautiful pool and spa. He has created his perfect environment and he's done it in the most energy efficient and environmentally safe way he could. Dennis Daniel with Vivian Pools designed the pool system. "Instead of using chlorine in this pool, it doesn't use chlorine at all it uses purified water softener salt.... And, the other cool thing is it monitors itself...." The pool and the house are heated and cooled geothermally.....

10:11am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

What's In a Name?

The country's smallest state has the longest official name: "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." A push to drop "Providence Plantations" from that name advanced farther than ever on Thursday when House lawmakers voted 70-3 to let residents decide whether their home should simply be called the "State of Rhode Island." It's an encouraging sign for those who believe the formal name conjures up images of slavery, while opponents argue it's an unnecessary rewriting of history that ignores Rhode Island's tradition of religious liberty and tolerance.

10:53am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

People Die

An Emergency Room source at UCLA hospital said Jackson aides told medics he had collapsed after an injection of potent Demerol — similar to morphine.

11:11am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

In our genes

hasn't aged in the conventional sense... body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync... still has baby teeth at 16... bone age is estimated to be more like 10 years old... mental capacity of a toddler...

11:35am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Sex can be Boring

As a woman gets older, physical problems are less likely to influence whether she is sexually active than her partner's health or interest in sex, according to a new study.

12:49pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Pop Culture

As I told CNN on April 22, 2004, "My great fear, and why I felt I had to be distanced from Michael … was that he would not live long. My fear was that Michael's life would be cut short. When you have no ingredients of a healthy life, when you are totally detached from that which is normal, and when you are a super-celebrity you, God forbid, end up like Janis Joplin like Elvis… Michael is headed in that direction."
9:42pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW

Currency

Chicom FlagThe dollar dropped after China's central bank reiterated a call for a worldwide currency. [THE COLD WAR CONTINUES.... WILL FREEDOM SURVIVE ON THIS PLANET??]

9:45pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 26 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaPresident Obama uses network primetime special and overtime 'Nightline' coverage to talk for more than 45 minutes of combined 75-minute programs, revealing nothing new. [IMPEACH]

10:05am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

ObamaPresident Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people -- like the president himself -- wouldn't face. [IMPEACH!]

10:04am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Tens of thousands of North Koreans shouted slogans to denounce international sanctions at a rally in central Pyongyang on Thursday, as the communist country vowed to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" in the event of a U.S. attack. [Where is G Bush when you really need regeime change?]

10:10am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Sex can be... disturbing

"I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificently gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curves of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of night's light — but hey, that would be going into the sexual details ..." [Er...yuck]

10:07am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Digital Threat

Hackers broke into the computers of the Oregon University System and posted a message telling President Barack Obama to mind his own business and stop talking about the disputed Iranian election. The message, which asserted there was no cheating in the election, was up for 90 minutes before technicians took it down Wednesday morning. The hackers apparently took advantage of third-party software that had not been properly updated... The text, in red on a black background... [YUCK! Why not make it FLASHING as well!]

9:59am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Their bodies were among the 49 that French and Brazilian military boats have plucked from the Atlantic since the plane crashed June 1

9:58am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

killed and more than 30 injured in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq.... At least four policemen were killed....

9:58am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Civilization vs Gangsterism

A man who said he left a ruthless street gang in Central America and later won praise for his anti-gang work in Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday by authorities who allege he conspired to kill a rival even as he spoke out against gang life.

10:03am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Chicom Flagpoorly developed and puts users at risk of having their computers compromised, a security expert who examined the code said on Thursday.

10:23pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Chicom FlagThe Chinese Health Ministry on Thursday ordered sharp restrictions on Internet access to medical research papers on sexual subjects. It is the latest move in what the ministry calls an antipornography campaign that many China experts see as a harbinger of a broader crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent.

10:22pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Chicom FlagThere's not really any doubt that Green Dam is ripping off CyberSitter.... Last night, for the first time ever, Solid Oak suffered "server problems" so severe the machines had to be rebooted. While DiPasquale shied away from claiming a Chinese attack on the company, she said, "we suspect there's something being done. We've never had a problem until last night...."

6:25pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Chicom Flag"We have found that the English version of google.com has spread lots of pornographic, lewd and vulgar content, which is in serious violation of Chinese laws and regulations," said foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a news briefing. He said authorities summoned Google representatives and told them to "remove the material immediately." [HAHAHAHAHAHA]

10:09am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

A judge has denied a request by Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols for a court-appointed lawyer to help him with a lawsuit over prison food.

9:54am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Murdering Scum

Okla FlagA witness to the killing of an Oklahoma woman who tried to back out of a Ku Klux Klan initiation was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for her role in the case.

10:24pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Police believe they may have found the van involved in a drive-by shooting that stole the life of a 9-year-old girl who was washing her dog and injured three others in the South Side's Hamilton Park neighborhood.

10:02am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW
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Liberty and Justice

Okla FlagAn inmate booked into the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday on an assault complaint was revealed to be one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives after a fingerprint check.... wanted in connection with the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife in Cleveland in 2002 and of a man in Baldwin Park, Calif., in 1995....

6:28pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

It's Only Money

Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery... [DIDN'T WE GET ENOUGH OF THIS ALREADY????]

10:03am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Oklahoma

Okla FlagThe actors helping to fight off the enemies in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" were actually real life service members. Lt. Col. Jimmy Warren is a commander stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, but he can also been seen commanding the famous E-3 aircraft in the movie. "My line was, 'scramble the strike package for the USS Enterprise,'" said Lt. Col. Jimmy Warren. "Twenty-two years in the Air Force. It was the most unique experience I've ever had."

9:49am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Raising Ourselves

...individuals physically abused in childhood are more likely to develop cancer than those who have not been abused. Childhood physical abuse is associated with 49 per cent higher odds of cancer in adulthood....

7:23pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Digital Future is Now

Computer systems that dynamically create, monitor, manage or suspend online contractual agreements are being developed to deliver greater reliability and security to service-oriented e-business applications.

7:25pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Six years after the Episcopal Church consecrated a gay bishop, setting off a firestorm of protests, delegates meeting in Bedford, Texas, this week officially constituted the new Anglican church with 700 congregations and 100,000 members.
9:47am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

US Flag...Priming, he said, is when someone is exposed to a certain environment and their subconscious is activated, and then they tend to act in accordance with that environment without deliberate intent. Priming can manipulate behavior; if someone witnesses violent behavior, they would likely behave more violently... "Once they were in a patriotic point of view, they were less empathetic," Alvarado said. "They didn't put themselves in other people's perspective." Though songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" were meant to be neutral primes, the researchers found that they stimulated a pro-social response.... [Ummm...]

7:21pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Spacecraft

MeteorThe mysterious 1908 Tunguska explosion that leveled 830 square miles of Siberian forest was almost certainly caused by a comet entering the Earth's atmosphere, according to new research. The conclusion is supported by an unlikely source: the exhaust plume from the NASA space shuttle launched a century later.

7:18pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

Researchers recently showed that dry granular materials such as sands, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid, forming water-like droplets when poured from a given source. The finding could be important to a wide range of industries that use "fluidized" dry particles for oil refining, plastics manufacturing and pharmaceutical production.

7:20pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Iran

ObamaIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared Obama on Thursday to former President George W. Bush. [Sure, let's see... they're both male (I think), and... both were elected President... and... uh....]

10:01am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

The Iranian regime has appointed one of its most feared prosecutors to interrogate reformists arrested during demonstrations, prompting fears of a brutal crackdown against dissent.... [As opposed to what's been happening already???]

10:00am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW

Business Culture

banking on brick ovens for its latest success. Beautiful Brands International and Kyro Pizza are joining forces to take the Baltimore-based pizzeria worldwide.

9:50am CDT Thu 2009 Jun 25 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

"If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

3:04pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Sex can be Dangerous

South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday to an affair, and resigned his position as chair of the Republican Governor's Association following a strange week in which the governor dropped off the grid and could not be located. [What is WITH these idiots?]

2:58pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Threats

Chicom FlagChina has made its first big foray into Iraq in a C$8bn (£4.4bn) deal to buy London-listed oil explorer Addax Petroleum.

3:06pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Digital Threat

A New Jersey man described as an Internet radio talk show host and blogger was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill three U.S. Appeals Court judges in Chicago who earlier this month upheld a law banning handguns.

9:03pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Family Tragedy

…was defending her mother when she shot and killed 47-year-old…
3:38pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Big Nanny

RecycleComposting will prevent tons of material from going to the landfill, create healthy soil for our local farms and help us fight global warming. [HELLLPPPP!!!!! THE REAL COMPOST IS BIG NANNY GOVERNMENT!!!]

3:57pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

[executed 1959 June 25] ...an American spree killer who murdered 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming during a road trip with his pubescent girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate. He became a national fascination in the United States....

3:29pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Mass Madness

A bomb in a sprawling Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Baghdad killed at least 72 people and wounded more than 135 Wednesday, highlighting the danger that Iraq will slip back into violence after a deadline for U.S. combat troops to leave its cities -- now less than a week away.

9:03pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW
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Feeding Ourselves

Among the legion of today's most popular diet regimens, the Mediterranean diet has become a poster child for healthy eating, garnering praise from nutrition experts and home gourmets alike. But while few would dispute the health benefits of such a diet, what is it about the Mediterranean menu that makes it so healthy?

9:06pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Spiritual Matters

A Connecticut church has outraged gay rights advocates by posting a video of members performing an apparent exorcism of a teen's "homosexual demons."
3:04pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Healing Ourselves

Earlier this week, ABCnews.com published an article outlining the top frustrations doctors experience with their patients. But there was another side to the coin. Our audience shot back with comments about the bad habits doctors had that they felt often led to wasted time and wasted money.

3:55pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Anthropology

A newfound vulture-bone flute is likely the world's oldest recognizable musical instrument, a new study says. The 40,000-year-old flute may add to evidence that music helped do in the Neanderthals.

9:04pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Big City Stories

The Sears Tower will undergo a $350 million green remodeling effort at the 110-story skyscraper, including wind turbines, green roofs and solar panels

9:06pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Transport Incident

Operators of an unauthorized New York airport van service that took five French tourists on a high speed chase in an attempt to evade police

9:04pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Iran

US FlagNo RSVPs from Iranian diplomats offered a chance to party down on July 4th with U.S. officials at embassies around the world means no more invitations.

3:59pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Sex -- always attractive

GREENSBORO -- A buck-a-day -- that's the incentive being offered to young girls to keep them from getting pregnant. Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

3:04pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Copy Rights

There's no doubt the film and TV industries need to find a way to protect their copyrighted programming on the Web. But the strategy unveiled Wednesday by Time Warner and Comcast falls short of the ideal solution.
3:44pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Only Natural

VolcanoA chance recording by astronauts on the International Space Station has captured the moment a volcano explosively erupted, sending massive shockwaves through the atmosphere.

3:07pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW

Solar System

SaturnHuge geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus may be fed by a salty sea below its surface, boosting the odds of extraterrestrial life in our own Solar System

3:05pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW
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US Military

The Pentagon will create a Cyber Command to oversee the U.S. military's efforts to protect its computer networks and operate in cyberspace.... will be responsible for defending U.S. military systems but not other U.S. government or private networks...

3:05pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 24 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaIn what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post's Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran.

3:40pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

ObamaThe Obama administration plans to kill a controversial Bush administration spy satellite program at the Department of Homeland Security.... would have provided federal, state and local officials with extensive access to spy-satellite imagery — but no eavesdropping capabilities— to assist with emergency response and other domestic-security needs, such as identifying where ports or border areas are vulnerable to terrorism....

11:13am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Transport Disaster

Nine fatalities have been confirmed in the worst accident in the history of Washington's Metro subway system, authorities said Tuesday morning... Among the dead was the operator of the train that crashed into the stopped train...

3:47pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW
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Art of

Interview with Kevin Dunn on Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
4:08pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Climate Changes

ObamaPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to pass "historic legislation" to fight global warming, prompting his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives to aim for a vote on Friday on the bill to reduce industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.... incentives to encourage utilities, manufacturers and other companies to switch from higher-polluting oil and coal to cleaner energy alternatives... [Better incentive for everyone: IMPEACH!]

3:46pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Digital Culture

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles in virtual dramas their attitudes and behavior can change.

11:46am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Spacecraft

In "Magnificent Desolation" Buzz Aldrin recounts his experience — from takeoff to splashdown — in breathtaking detail, and his harrowing return to normal life after the moon mission, when the astronaut battled depression and alcoholism.

4:07pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Nixon - still with us

On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.... Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster "permissiveness," and said that "it breaks the family." But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial pregnancies.... [If only we could kick the jerk out of office AGAIN!]

3:49pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Materials released by the Nixon Presidential Library on Tuesday show aides trying to head off a constitutional crisis and save a presidency after Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor and forced out the two top Justice Department officials in October 1973.... The idea: Convince lawmakers that prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted an "unending crisis of the body politic" and needed to be removed. That didn't work....

10:57am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Iran

It is Khamenei who has the ultimate responsibility for the apparent decision to skew Iran's presidential election in favor of his preferred candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and for unleashing the security forces that have killed at least 17 Iranians protesting the outcome in the past week, sending Iran into its greatest political crisis in 30 years. Khamenei is preserving his vision, say analysts, of what the Islamic Republic should look like in the short term by denying the popular will. But he has taken that step, they say, at a cost so great to his own image and to that of the office he occupies that the Islamic Republic is unlikely to be the same again. ...

11:11am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

People Die

Ed McMahon, best known for his role as Johnny Carson's No. 2 on the "Tonight Show," died at a hospital in Los Angeles this morning.... esponsible for bringing the infamous "Heeeere's Johnny!" line into the pop culture lexicon.....

11:16am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW

Only Natural

Modern glaciers, such as those making up the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, are capable of undergoing periods of rapid shrinkage or retreat, according to new findings by paleoclimatologists.

11:46am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW
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Opposing Tyranny

"I told her, 'Neda, don't go,'" the Times quotes Golshad. "She said, 'Don't worry. It's just one bullet and it's over.'" ... "We were stuck in traffic and we got out and stood to watch, and without her throwing a rock or anything they shot her," ...

11:02am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 23 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaAs a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies.

7:16pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Wars and Rumors

killed at least 14 people earlier Monday, hours after gunmen fired rockets at local army bases.

7:26pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

A U.S. Navy destroyer is tailing a North Korean ship suspected of carrying illicit weapons toward Myanmar.... suspects the cargo ship Kang Nam is carrying missiles and related parts...

7:15pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

North Korea has accused US President Barack Obama of plotting a nuclear war on the communist nation... At a summit with Lee in Washington Wednesday, Obama warned that North Korea is a "grave threat" and vowed to defend South Korea....

7:14pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Digital Consequences

"Which is why no one likes to hang with Tyrese," says his costar Kevin Dunn, mentioning the potential global embarrassment of candid -- and yes, possibly drunken -- photos being sent out to "everyone on the planet." "Here's me, with a glass of tequila on my forehead," says Dunn, as everyone laughs.

7:31pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Big Nanny

ObamaPresident Obama signed into law today the toughest new measures ever on the tobacco industry designed to stop young people from smoking, a powerful habit that the president himself started as a teenager -- and one he is still grappling with on a day-to-day basis.... [IMPEACH THE HYPOCRIT & FREE TOBACCO! (And I REALLY hate tobacco!]

7:24pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Sharia Sucks

In the first presidential address in 136 years to a joint session of France's two houses of parliament... President Nicolas Sarkozy... "The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement—I want to say it solemnly.... It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic...."

7:18pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Transport Tragedy

four dead from the collision, and officials say there are 67 people injured... may be as many as three more dead in the part of the train that was the most severely damaged.... trains were traveling in the same direction when one rear ended the other when one train stopped and the other did not

7:12pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

Bombings and shootings killed more than 30 people across Iraq on Monday, including high school students on their way to final exams, part of a new round of violence ahead of next week's deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas.

7:26pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Appeasing Tyranny

Estimating the chronology of population migrations throughout mankind's early history has always been problematic. The most widely used genetic method works back to find the last common ancestor of any particular set of lineages using samples of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), but this method has recently been shown to be unreliable, throwing 20 years of research into doubt. The new method refines the mtDNA calculation by taking into account the process of natural selection - which researchers realised was skewing their results - and has been tested successfully against known colonisation dates confirmed by archaeological evidence, such as in Polynesia in the Pacific (approximately 3,000 years ago), and the Canary Islands (approximately 2,500 years ago).

10:47pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

RecyclePlastic containers should be rinsed out... Plastics should be separated into three types... [HOW TO KILL INTEREST IN RECYCLING]

8:05pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Charges against a former Bartlesville Police Department reserve officer accused of attempting to stop a motorist on south U.S. Highway 75 in April were dismissed Friday

7:32pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Digital Future is Now

"When the human eye searches for an object it looks globally for the rough location, size and orientation of the object. Then it zeros in on the details," said Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science. "Our method behaves in a similar fashion, using a linear approximation to explore the search space globally and quickly; then it works to identify the moving object by frequently updating trust search regions."

10:45pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Dinosaurs - still with us

Tyrannosaurus RexScientists have discovered that the original statistical model used to calculate dinosaur mass is flawed, suggesting dinosaurs have been oversized.... implications for numerous theories about the biology of dinosaurs, ranging from their energy metabolism to their food requirements and to their modes of locomotion....

10:40pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Earth Shakes

Earthquakeradar to give them a 3-D close-up of the San Andreas Fault... will map the fault segment by segment, repeating the same radar observations in hopes of measuring deformations in the crust that might occur between observations...

7:27pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Digital Business

The developers of the Blu-ray high-definition video format may have beat HD DVD on the technology, but both are losing the war for the hearts and minds of video consumers who look to cable, satellite and the Internet for video.

7:29pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Iran

Iranian police massing in force broke up a demonstration over the disputed presidential election just hours after the Revolutionary Guards said they would crush further protest.... used tear gas and fired shots into the air... helicopters hovered overhead...

7:17pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Belief and State

Physical violence permeated Scientology's international management team…. Staffers are disciplined and controlled by a multilayered system of "ecclesiastical justice….' the church muscled the IRS into granting Scientology tax-exempt status…. The defectors are liars, they say, bitter apostates who have dug up tired allegations from the Internet and inflated the importance of the positions they held….
7:20pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Digital Tech

A tiny radio chip is arousing fear — but also great enthusiasm. Is it a threat to everything that we know as personal data protection, or the optimal way of keeping track in a chaos of products?

10:48pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Solar System

Suna jet stream deep inside the sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the current lack of sunspots.

10:48pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Sunfirst-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty.

10:44pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

We're All Individuals

If it were in a position to do so, Al Qaeda would use Pakistan's nuclear weapons in its fight against the United States, a top leader of the group said in remarks aired Sunday.... [wearing a sign that said "SHOOT US!"...]

7:18pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Film is dead

introduced the amateur color film in 1935 and it became the first commercially successful color film... sales are just a fraction of 1% of the company's still-picture film revenue... Kodak estimates that current supplies of the film - which is slide or transparency film, not the more familiar color negative film - will last until early this fall....

7:29pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW
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Opposing Tyranny

"Don't be afraid, Neda dear, don't be afraid," a white-haired man says desperately in Persian. Another man presses on her chest, trying to keep her alive. Scarlet blood gushes from her nose and mouth and courses across her pale face. Men and women scream in horror as they realize she is dead or dying. The death of the woman identified as Neda Agha Soltan was captured on amateur videos and spread around the world in less than 48 hours...turned the woman described as a 27-year-old music student into an instant icon of the clash between Iran's cleric-led government and the self-described "green wave" movement that claims hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole his June 12 re-election through fraud....

7:25pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Chicom FlagIt was a dramatic weekend in the relatively small city of Shishou in Hubei province [China]. Tens of thousands of rioters torched a hotel and overturned police cars, after the authorities allegedly tried to cover up the murder of a 24-year-old man as a suicide.... It's a strange story, and it gets stranger...

7:23pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Free Expression

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has plans to crack down on blogosphere payola with guidelines that would impose penalties on bloggers who promote products without adequate disclosure.... [WHY?] first time a government agency is attempting to hold bloggers accountable for the content they produce...

7:28pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

Voting Rights

US FlagThe U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling related to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.... ruled that a small voting district in Texas can seek to be exempted from the law's requirement that any changes in voting procedures must be approved in advance by the federal government....

7:26pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW

It's All Heaven

John McCain
People make value judgments about others based on their facial expressions. A new study shows that -- after looking at a face for only 100 milliseconds -- we can detect expressions of happiness and surprise faster than those of sadness or fear.
10:46pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 22 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaDr. David Scheiner took care of Obama for 22 years. But they don't see eye-to-eye on how to fix the health care system.

11:48pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Wars and Rumors

The U.S. military is preparing for a possible intercept of a North Korean flagged ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday

11:46pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Police Riot

A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.... flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive through window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying....

11:55pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Government at Play

Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so worried that information from next year's national census will be abused that she will refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household... anyone over 18 years of age who refuses to answer "any of the questions" on the census can be fined up to $5,000.... [IMPEACH! REPEAL! REVOLT!]

11:47pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Digital Tyranny

GoogleIn a move that could disrupt Google's growth in China, which now has more internet users than the US, the Chinese government said it had told Google to suspend foreign searches and a feature that automatically suggests multiple search results once typing commences in the search window.

11:51pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

Charges against a former Bartlesville Police Department reserve officer accused of attempting to stop a motorist on south U.S. Highway 75 in April were dismissed Friday. Prosecutors could not withstand a "motion to dismiss" filed by defense attorneys for Eric Evans, who was charged with impersonating a police officer.

11:59pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Spacecraft

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson broke ground on Friday on construction of Spaceport America, the world's first facility built specifically for space-bound commercial customers and fee-paying passengers.

11:54pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

People Die

A 79-year-old Vienna man who was fed up with his Verizon service died after trying to stop a technician's van from pulling out of his driveway.

11:52pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Theory of Justice

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Belizean Grove to prevent the issue from becoming a distraction in her confirmation hearings. [TOO LITTLE TOO LATE if that's what she wants. Not to compare the organizations, but if a guy had quit the KKK only for those reasons, would you expect everybody to just drop the matter?]

11:49pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Digital Policing

GoogleDutch twin brothers who mugged a teenager in the northern town of Groningen were arrested after being caught on camera by a car gathering images for Google's online photo map service

11:51pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW

Digital Privacy

As part of routine background checks, the city asks job applicants to provide their usernames and passwords for their social-networking sites. And it has been doing it for years... City officials maintain the policy is necessary to ensure employees' integrity and protect the public's trust, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana says they may be crossing the line.... [MAY be crossing the line? MAY BE????!!!!!]

11:53pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 19 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaThe Treasury announced a record $104 billion worth of bond auctions for next week, part of its effort to finance a rescue of the world's largest economy.

6:35pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

G.W. BushFormer President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration's interrogation policies were "within the law," declaring the private sector - not government - will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.

1:42pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

ObamaHe was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.

1:34pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Suspected U.S. missiles pounded militant hideouts Thursday in the tribal belt near Afghanistan where Pakistani troops are building up for a major offensive against the country's top Taliban leader.... killed at least eight people...

6:36pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.

1:34pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Sex can be Dangerous

A suspended Stillwater police officer who's charged with raping a 15-year-old girl allegedly told a colleague he planned to marry the girl.

12:16pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous

CheetahConservation officers in Squamish, B.C., continue to hunt for two more cougars after a rash of attacks, including one in which a mother fought off an attack on her daughter, 3, who couldn't understand why the big kitty didn't want to "play nice."

12:36pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Humans can be Dangerous

CatA condemned home belonging to a deceased woman and her 30 cats will be demolished.... contained four years of built up fecal matter.... Neighbors have asked to be notified 72 hours before it's torn down so they can leave due to health concerns....

12:17pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Violence

told them he was sitting on a bus station bench Wednesday, about to put mayonnaise on his sandwich, when another man began staring at him.... Hamilton told police that the man then punched him in the mouth and grabbed his sandwich and left....

6:44pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Even some of the drawers, containing a selection of ready-meals for passengers, remained wedged securely inside the unit

6:27pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Digital Tyranny

The Beijing government's Spiritual Civilization Office says it is trying to recruit 10,000 volunteers to monitor net content. It's part of a plan of "purifying social civilization," said spokesman Ms. Guo... Meanwhile Chinese youth mock the Green Dam program, kidding each other that if they don't behave, "I'll youth-escort you." Anti-Green Dam websites and petitions are popular. And a Manga-style cartoon mocking the thought police has appeared: Green Dam Girl....

6:40pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Missing

Investigators and family members say they are suspicious about the account the cousin of a 2-year-old girl has given of how the child disappeared from outside a convenience store....

6:38pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Swine Flu

The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people

6:43pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Tax Money Will Fix All

Supervisors suggest putting unemployed parents to work caring for their own children... "What we're saying is do not cut Welfare to Work outright...." [Right. Just redefine NOT working to be WORK (with all due respect to the hard work of motherhood)]

1:37pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Slavery - still with us

The resolution passed Thursday includes a disclaimer saying that nothing in it supports or authorizes reparations by the United States.

12:25pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW
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It's Only Money

Two Japanese men are detained in Italy after allegedly attempting to take $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds over the border into Switzerland. Details are maddeningly sketchy, so naturally the global rumor mill is kicking into high gear.... The implications of the securities being legitimate would be bigger than investors may realize. At a minimum, it would suggest that the U.S. risks losing control over its monetary supply on a massive scale.... Think about it: These two guys were carrying the gross domestic product of New Zealand or enough for three Beijing Olympics. If economies were for sale, the men could buy Slovakia and Croatia and have plenty left over for Mongolia or Cambodia....

12:30pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Possessing a greater purpose in life is associated with lower mortality rates among older adults according to a new study.
11:00pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW
Does God or some other type of transcendent entity answer prayer? … analysis of 17 major studies on the effects of intercessory prayer — or prayer that is offered for the benefit of another person — among people with psychological or medical problems. He found a positive effect….
10:58pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Healing Ourselves

a technique known as rapid prototyping, or three-dimensional printing, could enable tissue engineering that replicates the porous and hierarchical structures of natural tissues at an unprecedented level.

10:57pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Lost and Found

The FBI said DNA tests conducted on John Robert Barnes, of Kalkaska, Mich., found he could not, in fact, be Steven Craig Damman, who disappeared on Oct. 31, 1955, after his mother left him in front of a Food Fair supermarket in East Meadow while she shopped.... In addition, a certified birth certificate obtained by Newsday on Thursday through Barnes's father shows John Barnes was born on Aug. 18, 1955, in Pensacola, Fla. That would make him less than 3 months old at the time of the disappearance....

6:37pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

"I'm his dad," Richard Barnes told The Associated Press. When asked whether John Barnes had been kidnapped as a little boy, Richard Barnes said, "No, no," and called the accusation "a bunch of foolishness."

12:26pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Evolution Isn't Easy

Rhamphorhynchus
Scientists have discovered a unique beaked, plant-eating dinosaur in China. The finding, they say, demonstrates that theropod, or bird-footed, dinosaurs were more ecologically diverse in the Jurassic period than previously thought, and offers important evidence about how the three-fingered hand of birds evolved from the hand of dinosaurs.
7:22pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Modern Family Life

A U.S. appeals court says a California girl conceived from the frozen sperm of a dead man cannot receive his Social Security benefits. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision Wednesday, ruling the girl wasn't dependent on her father at the time of his death… he died unexpectedly in 1995 from an allergic reaction….
1:35pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

History

The 1930s-era Meadow Gold sign glows as it once did along historic Route 66... The sign is at the same height and facing the same direction as before, but it's about a mile west of its original site.

12:12pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Theory of Justice

By a 5-4 vote, the nation's highest court refused to create a new legal right for post-conviction DNA testing, which has exonerated at least 232 people nationwide years after they had been found guilty.... The U.S. Justice Department supported Alaska and said a right to post-conviction DNA testing would "open the floodgates" for lawsuits seeking new tests for old evidence. It said the issue was best left to the states and Congress to adopt their own procedures.... [Oh, my, yes, we wouldn't want a "flood" of innocent people released, after working so hard to convict them. REVOLT!]

12:28pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Mars

the lake appears to have covered as much as 80 square miles and was up to 1,500 feet deep -- roughly the equivalent of Lake Champlain bordering the United States and Canada

1:38pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW
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US Military

The two Okies, who that fall were driving their fellow scouts crazy with talk about the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team, themselves ran the ultimate 100-yard dash, not once, but twice. Both were awarded Bronze Stars for their actions. One of the Afghan soldiers died from his wounds, but one lived — a second chance at life for a central Asian country boy, courtesy of two Oklahoma country boys.

12:14pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

US Congress

"Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I'd appreciate it." --Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to Brigadier General Michael Walsh during Senate hearing Tuesday

12:33pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW

Opposing Tyranny

Hundreds of thousands of protesters wearing black and carrying candles filled the streets of Tehran again Thursday, joining opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to mourn demonstrators killed in clashes over Iran's disputed election.

6:28pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 18 :MW
1

Obamanation

[Yeah! Impeach that heinous killer!]

10:50pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Obama"It appears to suggest that I was removed because I was disabled -- based on one occasion out of hundreds," he said. "I would never say President Obama doesn't have the capacity to continue to serve because of his (statement) that there are 56 states," Walpin said, adding that the same holds for Vice President Biden and his "many express confusions that have been highlighted by the media." Obama mistakenly said once on the campaign trail that he had traveled to 57 states.

4:46pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

ObamaThe plan would give the government new powers to seize key companies whose failure jeopardizes the financial system, as well as creation of a watchdog agency to look out for consumers' interests. [IMPEACH!]

4:17pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

US Sen. Tom Coburn issued his own report Tuesday questioning billions in specific stimulus projects, complete with a photo of actors Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment in the decade-old film "The Sixth Sense." The Oklahoma Republican's report has Osment's character seeing stimulus checks instead of dead people....

3:09pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Sex can be Dangerous

Stillwater Police officer has been arrested .. worked as a school resource officer at the junior high school and is accused of being involved with a 15-year-old student...

3:41pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Threats

A man who was arrested by an off-duty state trooper after being seen with a gun and ammunition in a Tulsa restaurant has received a five-year prison sentence... was praying to Allah to help him on a "mission," and the word "kill" was heard... diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia... had not taken any medication for about a month...

3:06pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Theory of Education

Bad practices that many students believe will make them become expert engineers are the ire of managers who hire recent engineering graduates.

6:50pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

A startling number of children are falling through the cracks at one Chicago Public School. More than half of the kids didn't even pass the eighth grade.

4:34pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Sick, Sick, Sick

CatThe Miami teen accused of brutally killing nearly two dozen cats can be released on bail because he poses no danger to himself or the community, a judge ruled Wednesday... will wear an electronic monitoring bracelet while he awaits his trial and will be allowed to attend counseling sessions that were recommended by a doctor after a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation...

3:55pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Infrastructure Failure

Technical problems are degrading the accuracy of signals from the latest GPS satellite launched by the Pentagon, sparking worries about the next generation of satellites.

4:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Humans can be Dangerous

BunnyOfficers said they had to break into the room Tuesday and found eight adults and half a dozen baby rabbits, one dead. The police say some were caged, some roaming....

4:50pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Disturbing Family Patterns

"I didn't go through what most people go through," Hess said. "I gained some weight. I pretty much thought it was like the 'freshmen 15.'" Hess was shocked when what she thought were bad menstrual cramps were actually contractions, and that led to the surprise birth of a seven pound baby in the dorm bathroom….
3:20pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Sharia Sucks

Saudi Arabia's interior minister signalled his backing for the kingdom's controversial morality police this week, saying they were on a par with the security forces.... [Other than being, you know, unjust and tyrannical...]

4:14pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Alcohol Was Involved

multilayer aseptic cartons (a.k.a. 'boxes') may help reduce levels of substances that contribute odors to wine and can lower its quality.

6:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Big Brother

The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged...

4:13pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Violating Public Trust

A former Mc- Intosh County sheriff and undersheriff who were charged last month with taking confiscated cash from a motorist were caught up in an FBI sting that originated with another traffic stop 19 months ago, court records show.

3:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Under Sexist Tyranny

Beneath the surface of news blasts covering Iran's tainted elections, riots, protester deaths and government crackdowns, a subtext of women's rights is emerging. It is a subtext only to the extent that women's oppression isn't often acknowledged directly —- not even by the leader of the free world. But human rights are at the core of what is occurring now.

4:16pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Stress is Unhealthy

Those pesky graying hairs that tend to crop up with age really are signs of stress, reveals a new report.

6:43pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW
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extraterrestrial

A novel bacterium -- trapped three kilometers under glacial ice for over 120,000 years -- may hold clues as to what life forms might exist on other planets.

6:45pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

It's Only Money

Allen Passmore of Duncan OK has claimed the winning Powerball ticket from Saturday's drawing worth $1,000,000.

3:42pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Life and Death

as cells and tissues age, the expression of a key protein, called p16INK4a, dramatically increases in most mammalian organs. Because p16INK4a is a tumor suppressor protein, cancer researchers are interested in its role in cellular aging and cancer prevention.... same biomarker is present in human blood and is strongly correlated both with chronological age and with certain behaviors such as tobacco use and physical inactivity, which are known to accelerate the aging process....

6:35pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Feeding Ourselves

A new study contradicts the conventional wisdom that living near a fast food outlet increases weight in children and that living near supermarkets, which sell fresh fruit and vegetables as well as so called junk food, lowers weight.

6:37pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Raising Ourselves

Soothing anxiety and helping with behaviors linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder could lead to more severe symptoms in children.

6:39pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Digital Future is Now

Scientists have discovered a "magnetic superatom" -- a stable cluster of atoms that can mimic different elements of the periodic table -- that one day may be used to create molecular electronic devices for the next generation of faster computers with larger memory storage.

6:34pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Dinosaurs - still with us

skull characteristics of a new species of parrot-beaked dinosaur and its associated gizzard stones indicate that the animal fed on nuts and/or seeds. These characteristics present the first solid evidence of nut-eating in any dinosaur.

6:32pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Marriage Today

extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees…
4:18pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Healing Ourselves

Medically unexplained (or 'functional') symptoms (MUS) are physical symptoms that prompt the sufferer to seek healthcare but remain unexplained after an appropriate medical evaluation... developmental factors may play a role in some cases.... Maternal perception of a threatening environment may be transmitted to the fetus when hormones cross the placenta and affect fetal physiology, effectively 'programming' the fetal stress response system and associated behaviors toward enhanced vigilance. After birth, intense stress responses in the individual may result in similar vulnerability, which may be unmasked by subsequent stressors....

6:37pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Nanoparticles specially engineered by University of Central Florida Assistant Professor J. Manuel Perez and his colleagues could someday target and destroy tumors, sparing patients from toxic, whole-body chemotherapies.

6:31pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics

6:33pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Animal Companions

Dog"Trakr was so much a part of my life, and, you know, he was more than just my partner," Symington said. "He was my best friend and my lifelong companion. Seeing and having his legacy live on in these puppies is a tremendous gift...." actually pulled the last remaining survivor from the rubble itself...

4:31pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

A Brooklyn special education student who won a national essay contest and was made the title character of a Superman comic got his first peek at the book Tuesday.

3:53pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Lost and Found

A Michigan man said Wednesday he is "99% convinced" that he's the Long Island toddler kidnapped in a long-unsolved 1955 crime. [Comparative photos]

4:11pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

online photographs led him to believe he found his birth mother... after years of feeling he didn't belong in his family, the woman he called his mother murmured on her death bed a few words about him being kidnapped...

3:57pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

a new analog to DNA that assembles and disassembles itself without the need for enzymes. Because the new system comprises components that might reasonably be expected in a primordial world, the new chemical system could answer questions about how life could emerge.

6:44pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Theory of Sex Education

all of the girls said Factor made them feel uncomfortable by touching their legs, backs, buttocks, shoulders, arms, hands or knees. One girl said the situation eventually led her to leave Hale and TPS altogether. She said Factor called her "babe," moved his chair close to hers and put his hands between her legs while helping her in class. She said she repeatedly told him to stop, took her concerns to the school's principal, dean, attendance dean and a coach and tried in vain to be transferred out of Factor's class. "They told me that they could not do anything and that it was my word against his," she wrote. "When I went back to class, Mr. Factor said to me, quietly in my ear, 'Thanks for telling on me.' During the semester I turned in a paper to be graded. I asked, 'Can you grade my paper now?' He said, 'I'll grade it if you stop telling on me....' "

3:15pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

History - still with us

Charles Cox traveled in a covered wagon, courted in a Model T and served on four continents in the Army. His history also contains this jaw-dropping nugget: Cox's father fought in the Civil War... born when his father, who married three times, was 73....

2:55pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Digital Policing

BenderA new type of robot being developed will make it easier to detect drugs, weapons, explosives and illegal immigrants concealed in cargo containers.

6:47pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Copy Rights

…eight people face accusations that they illegally posted [Dungeons & Dragons'] newest handbook for download on the Internet… Another case is against Mike Becker of Bartlesville, Okla…
10:46pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Digital Tech

Recently-predicted and much-sought, the material allows electrons on its surface to travel with no loss of energy at room temperatures and can be fabricated using existing semiconductor technologies. Such material could provide a leap in microchip speeds, and even become the bedrock of an entirely new kind of computing industry based on spintronics, the next evolution of electronics.

6:47pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

In our genes

Gene regulatory networks in cell nuclei are similar to cloud computing networks, such as Google or Yahoo!, researchers report in the journal Molecular Systems Biology. The similarity is that each system keeps working despite the failure of individual components, whether they are master genes or computer processors.

6:46pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Digital Privacy

A Nevada newspaper says it has been served a federal grand jury subpoena seeking information about readers who posted comments on the paper's Web site. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that its editor, Thomas Mitchell, plans to fight the request, which the newspaper received after reporting on a federal tax fraud case against business owner Robert Kahre.... prosecutors told the judge in the case that some comments hinted at acts of violence and the subpoena was issued out of concern for jurors' safety....

4:47pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Sex and Politics

County public health officials backtracked on the number of previously unpublicized HIV cases in adult film performers Tuesday, saying they don't know if those who tested positive were actively working in the industry at the time.

10:53pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

[The buried lede in all the scare-tactic propaganda:] first active performer to contract the disease since a 2004 outbreak [In other words, the industry appears to be doing a pretty good job of taking care of itself]

10:52pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW
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Hemp for Victory!

HempUsing a highly sensitive new test, scientists are reporting "convincing evidence" that marijuana smoke damages the genetic material DNA in ways that could increase the risk of cancer.[Which is why you hear about so many cases of cancer among potsmokers.... Oh... wait a minute...!] "The data obtained from this study suggesting the DNA damaging potential of cannabis smoke highlight the need for stringent regulation of the consumption of cannabis cigarettes, thus limiting the development of adverse health effects such as cancer." [NOOOOOOOOOOOOO it doesn't!]

6:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

US Congress

Douglas Hampton was paid about $101,000 in 2008 and $144,000 in 2007 as Ensign's administrative assistant. But a financial disclosure form he filed in 2007 and 2008 — required for senior congressional staffers - showed only checking and savings account worth a maximum $30,000 combined. A review of public records shows that the Hamptons in 2006 took out a $1.2 million mortgage on their Las Vegas home, at an interest rate of 8 percent. Political insiders in Nevada and in the Senate said that Ensign decided to acknowledge the affair publicly after the husband of the woman he had been seeing asked him for a substantial sum of money....

4:37pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Opposing Tyranny

International media said Wednesday they were skirting the ban on reporting from the streets of Iran by using a flood of emails, Twitter messages and phone calls from people inside the country....newspapers and websites are reprinting emails, the contents of phone calls, and messages from Twitter and social networking site Facebook....

4:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

People Carry On

Gary IN... A 26-year-old convenience store clerk was shot and killed in broad daylight in Gary, Ind., and police say witnesses stood by and did nothing.... several customers walking around the store after the crime. But only one called 911 for help...

4:38pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW

Transport Rights

Many women taking the crowded train in Tokyo opt for women-only carriages during the rush hour to avoid gropers. Now, for fear of being accused of groping, some are asking for carriages reserved for men....

4:49pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 17 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaThe inspector general fired last week by President Obama appeared confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions at a late May board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a White House letter delivered to lawmakers... In response, Walpin said Tuesday night that "This is nonsense to rely on a supposed single meeting which makes no sense whatsoever and is just grasping at straws...."

10:47pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

A CIA spokesman is sharply downplaying Director Leon Panetta 's recent comments that appear to question whether former Vice President Dick Cheney is hoping for another terrorist attack against the United States.... "The Director does not believe the former Vice President wants an attack...."

4:28pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Digital Deception

wove a tale for two months about being an unmarried mother who chose to carry her child who is now terminally ill to term rather than have an abortion because of her deep Christian faith... posted her story on a blog that got nearly a million hits until one of her followers exposed the lie last week....

10:16pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Criminally Stupid

Police arrested a woman at a Target store in Oklahoma City after an employee said he saw her stuff nearly $1,000 worth of Blu-ray discs in her pants.... she bit and clawed at them when they confronted her....

10:10pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

tracked a suspected bank robber through his mobile phone

3:33pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Digital Tyranny

There was a time when American capitalists would have strongly protested totalitarian censorship, but that was before they became complicit in it. Moral indignation once again loses out to global profits... The best I found was a Dell spokesman saying they were "reviewing" the issue... When the Chinese people show themselves to love freedom more than American CEOs, there clearly is a problem. And it isn't in China....

10:52pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Under Tyranny

Iranian authorities are restricting all journalists working for foreign media from firsthand reporting on the streets.

4:36pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

The youngest son — and reportedly heir apparent — of North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong Il secretly visited China last week and was urged by President Hu Jintao to have the North halt additional nuclear tests....

4:32pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Justice?

A plea deal that sent an ex-convict accused of raping a 4-year-old girl to jail for only a year has prompted outrage across Oklahoma, where lawmakers are calling for the removal of the judge who approved the deal and the attorney general is investigating a new set of abuse allegations.

10:58pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW
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Feeding Ourselves

Wheat farmers in Oklahoma say the crop has taken a beating -- but is showing some positive signs.

3:37pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Spiritual Matters

A small company that prints the letters WWJD a common acronym for the question What would Jesus do? on its correspondence has been sued by the president of a competing company, who claims the reference is abusive and harassing…. claiming the motto violates the federal Debt Collection Practices Act…. use of "WWJD" invokes shame or guilt in the letter's recipient, portraying the debtor "as a sinner who is going to hell…." [It must be asked… WWJD?]
10:01pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Healing Ourselves

after suffering decades of pain he found it had never actually healed... "Everyone tells me that having a broken leg for nearly 30 years is unheard of...." He will now have a metal Ilazarov frame fitted around his leg and foot to stretch the bone 1mm each day for seven to nine months. Then he will be in plaster for a further three months.

10:17pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Animal Companions

DogHempAbout 3 hours later at home, Jack started exhibiting, well, strange symptoms. "His eyes were kind of glossed over, very out of touch, I mean, he didn't seem to recognize me at first.... When he was trying to walk, he was looking at his paw, and then looking at the ground and then trying to get his paw to reach the ground, but was unsuccessful." Concern for Jack turned to relief when she heard the vet's diagnosis: Jack had swallowed a large amount of dried, harvested marijuana....

2:04pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Lost and Found

Until Steven's disappearance, child kidnapping was unheard of,

10:51pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Sources would not disclose why the Michigan man believes he is the long-missing boy

3:54pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Digital Business

OperaOn Tuesday, Opera released Opera Unite, a technical preview of a service that turns the Opera browser into a Web server for file sharing and streaming.

3:57pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

But is it Art?

British sculptor Willard Wigan creates micro-sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle.

10:18pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Posters depicting the symbolic genitals of 100 artists have been deemed unsuitable by the Venice Biennale authorities.

2:05pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Digital Privacy

Thousands of bloggers who operate behind the cloak of anonymity have no right to keep their identities secret, the High Court ruled today... [OMG! Imagine Britain ruling this on print during the Revolution!]

4:31pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Digitizing History

National Digital Newspaper Program celebrates the first 1 million pages posted on a free, government-funded Web site.

3:31pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Golden Rulers

looked in the La Bamba bag and found two bundles of cash totaling $5,000, along with a bank deposit slip. The money had been dropped accidentally by a La Bamba manager who had meant to take it to the bank…. She told the driver what she had found… she said the cabdriver began acting strangely, insisting that the money should be taken to a cab stand, and drove Narsete around and around, running up the fare. "He wouldn't let me out of the car…."
10:07pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW
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US Executive Branch

President Barack Obama announced the appointment Monday of Kimberly Teehee, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as his senior policy adviser on American Indian issues.

3:55pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW

Sarah Palin 2012

Letterman said he had no idea Palin was at the Yankees game with her 14-year-old daughter, Willow, when he joked about her getting "knocked up" by player Alex Rodriguez last week. [Oh, Dave, that makes you SO much less of a smelly old man!]

2:16pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 16 :MW
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Obamanation

After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his "old friend" didn't really say those words.... Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Panetta to "retract immediately" his statement, arguing that the director crossed the line....

4:55pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Wars and Rumors

The United States has determined that the nuclear test conducted by North Korea last month yielded an explosion of a few kilotons, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

4:55pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Modern Medicine can be Dangerous

may be an association between use of stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sudden cardiac death in healthy children... [BUT THEY SAY, KEEP GIVING THEM THE DRUGS!!]

4:57pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Digital Tyranny

One of the Chinese developers of the "Green Dam" filtering software pledged to patch the software's vulnerabilities, while intimating that he may take legal action against the authors of a U.S. report that discovered them. [BWAH HAHAHAHAHHA]

5:05pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

some of the blacklists the software uses to filter sites was taken from U.S.-based Solid Oak Software, maker of Cybersitter... It wasn't just that "blacklisted" URL addresses appeared to be copied directly from Cybersitter; "a news item, almost like a press release that Cybersitter sent to customers was included in the shipping version of Green Dam software," Halderman said. "It appeared to be copied into Green Dam by mistake."...

5:03pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

On Tuesday, June 16, thirty young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, are bicycling into Bartlesville on their journey across the United States.

5:34pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

HempBartlesville -- Westside Community Center Director Morris McCorvey is free on bond after his arrest on marijuana-related offenses following a raid on his Bartlesville home Sunday evening... also found what appeared to be a "grow room..."

5:58pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Digital Business

GoogleGoogle.... co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service

5:06pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Iran

Iran's hardline Islamic Basij militiamen killed at least one person on Monday and wounded more when their building was attacked by demonstrators protesting an election they say was stolen

4:53pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW
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Urantiana

There is a similarity between Scientific Theory and Religion and The Urantia Book. There is a popular idea that the origin of humans began in Africa. This idea is promoted by scientists that specialize in these areas, such as paleoanthropologists. So it is a difficult task to change that idea. But looking at their findings there are serious objections to the idea that humans arose in Africa.... -Frank Jakubowsky

5:02pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

Sarah Palin 2012

Let's come together and boycott products that advertise on Letterman's show.... The media wolf pack attacks on women candidates observe no political boundaries...

5:01pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

it seems that Palin and her husband, the first dude of Alaska, feel the need to keep this ball up in the air.... I used to feel sorry for Palin, a not-very-smart person ... [Another dirty old man supporter]... she reminds me of my sister when she was in 10th grade. I never had a sister, but you know what I mean. [OH, and an IDIOT]

4:59pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW

In this age of out-of-control political correctness, it never ceases to amaze me how thin our skins have become. Can anyone around here take a joke anymore? I'm referring to the latest — and utterly ridiculous — furor being made over the comments David Letterman made last week about Sarah Palin's daughter. Palin, of course, went ballistic.... [Well, guess we know where "Chuck Barney" stands on the filthy old man issue.]

4:58pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 15 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaVice President Joe Biden said Sunday that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration's spending [Of course he did!]

8:33pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

ObamaCIA director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the "harsh interrogation" of terrorism suspects. [Right... so when they attack, we can blame Cheney. IMPEACH!]

7:49pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

ObamaPresident Barack Obama said on Friday he was hopeful the robust debate taking place in Iran's presidential election would advance his administration's efforts to engage longtime US rival Tehran in new ways. [IMPEACH!]

12:31am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Threats

The mayor of Hiroshima... denounced North Korea for threatening to build more nuclear weapons... "I am furious, with them (North Korea) for defying strong protests from the international community, including Hiroshima, the city attacked in an atomic bombing..."

10:39pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Sick, Sick, Sick

CatThe teenager accused of mutilating more than a dozen cats in South Miami-Dade was not the reserved yet rabid killer some expected. He was a dog-loving class clown, a swim class instructor, an 18-year-old who grew up before the eyes of the four-legged victims' families. He appeared to be appalled by the horrific killings, and joined the Facebook group "Catch the Cat Killer!'' ... Police, working with tips gathered from the community and reading his Facebook and MySpace pages... ''He was always so nice to my animals... I have three cats and they loved him....''

10:34pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

After hearing the news of the gorilla's escape, a local GOP activist exposed his vile racism, by suggesting that the gorilla was an "ancestor" of Michelle Obama, the lovely and admired First Lady of the United States.

8:35pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

CatMiami Fla--A teenager has been arrested in a string of cat killings and mutilations that horrified residents of Miami's southern suburbs...

7:48pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Digital Threat

"... the heat generated from laptops can impact sperm production and development making it difficult to conceive down the road."... Other tips to protect male fertility... Avoid hot tubs... [Isn't all this old news?]

9:05pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Whoops!

...By the time he and the deputy got there, his 2,200-square-foot house and a barn, valued at $200,000, had been reduced to debris and dumped into four huge Dumpsters. The backhoe and crane were still in the yard... His grandmother's dining room set and china were in the house. So was the family Bible... "(He) said he was just given GP coordinates [!!!!!] and they lined up to my property..." the house intended for demolition is across the street and up the road about 150 yards....

7:54pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

In what a U.S. military official calls an "inadvertent encounter," a Chinese submarine hit an underwater sonar array being towed by the destroyer USS John McCain on Thursday.

12:32am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Transport Tragedy

PlaneTHE Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic with 228 people on board broke apart before it hit the water, throwing out some passengers at high altitude, investigators believe.... Their conclusion is based on the discovery of two trails of bodies more than 50 miles apart, suggesting that the Airbus split in two after going out of control in bad weather...

8:38pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

It's called a ghost bike. It is a somber reminder on the side of the road, an informal memorial marking the scene of a crash where two bicyclists were killed. ...painted all white.

12:35am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Several foreign news organisations complained Sunday that Iranian authorities were blocking their reporters from covering protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.

10:29pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Nature can be Deadly

Volcanomost famous for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980... deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States...

7:50pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

History - less with us

Rusted, busted, waterlogged and crud-encrusted, the Buried Belvedere rose from its resting place at the Tulsa County Courthouse two years ago this weekend. It's still not exactly ready for the drag races, but at least some color has returned to its cheeks

6:33pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Rage can be Fatal

...the husband, who was 25, and the man who was summoned by the wife got involved in an altercation after the husband allegedly broke the man's car window. The suspect then went to his car, retrieved a gun and chased and shot the victim.. [to death...]

7:56pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Wars and Rumors

North Korea vowed Saturday to step up its atomic bomb-making program and threatened war if its ships are stopped as part of new U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the nation for its latest nuclear test.

12:31am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Under Tyranny

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has defended his "completely free" re-election as Iran's president, amid violent clashes on the streets over claims of election fraud. Mr Ahmadinejad condemned the outside world for "psychological warfare" against Iranians during the election.

12:32am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Mass Media is Dead

Louis Dobbs... CNN anchor and managing editor for Lou Dobbs Tonight. He is an editorial columnist and syndicated radio show host....

12:42am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW
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Art of

ad-libbed and experimental style that would come to make his reputation, including video effects, superimpositions, reverse polarities and scanning, and quick blackouts. He was also noted for abstraction and carefully timed non sequitur gags and for carefully allowing the so-called fourth wall to be breached. Kovacs' cameras commonly showed his viewers activity beyond the boundaries of the show set—including crew members and, on occasion, outside the studio itself. Kovacs also liked talking to the off-camera crew and even introduced segments from the studio control room. Ernie frequently made use of accidents and happenstance, incorporating the unexpected into his shows....

11:40pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

extraterrestrial

[fOR] the first time the transmission spectrum of the Earth has been measured.... The spectrum not only contained signs of life but these signs were unmistakably strong. It also contained unexpected molecular bands and the signature of the earth ionosphere.... "Now we know what the transmission spectrum of a inhabited planet looks like, we have a much better idea of how to find and recognize Earth like planets outside our solar system where life may be thriving...."

9:03pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Cosmology

Astronomers have at last uncovered newborn stars at the frenzied center of our Milky Way galaxy... have known that stars can form in this chaotic place, but they're baffled as to how this occurs…
8:56pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Marriage Today

two men who fooled the City Clerk's Office into letting them tie the knot…. The gullible clerk didn't seem to notice that both Nelson, 18, and Stenson, 21, have male first names…. By a fluke, Nelson's ID card has an "F" for female on it…. As they walked out of the building hand in hand, Jason said to his new spouse, "I think we just made history…." When they told another male couple about duping the city, that pair made a bee-line for the clerk's office and were also wed….
10:32pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

REM sleep fosters the formation of associative networks in the brain... ""We found that — for creative problems that you've already been working on — the passage of time is enough to find solutions.... However, for new problems, only REM sleep enhances creativity..." appears REM sleep helps achieve such solutions by stimulating associative networks...

8:59pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Animal Companions

DogHorowitz was able to show that the human tendency to attribute a "guilty look" to a dog was not due to whether the dog was indeed guilty. Instead, people see 'guilt' in a dog's body language when they believe the dog has done something it shouldn't have — even if the dog is in fact completely innocent of any offense.

8:53pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Digital Culture

Religiously devout Jews barred by rabbis from surfing the Internet may now "Koogle" it on a new "kosher" search engine... rabbis... restrict use of the Web to ensure followers avoid viewing sexually explicit material.... links to Israeli news and shopping sites also filter out items most ultra-Orthodox Israelis are forbidden by rabbis to have in their homes... "If you try to buy something on the Sabbath, it gets stuck and won't let you...."

8:45pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Anthropology

More than 100 feet deep in Lake Huron, on a wide stony ridge that 9,000 years ago was a land bridge, researchers have found the first archeological evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes.

9:02pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

Kendall Craig Farris, who heads the Over the Wall Foundation in Marina del Rey, is arrested after an undercover Redondo Beach officer is sold fake methamphetamine and ecstasy tablets.

8:40pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

A new billboard located off a busy street in Oklahoma City is advertising the legalization of drugs.... 10,000 members of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, known as LEAP. The officers use the badge to make their message more credible.... [And some opposing propaganda bla bla bla put down of LEAP's noble men...]

6:49pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Evolution Isn't Easy

…a fundamental new discovery about how birds breathe and have a lung capacity that allows for flight — and the finding means it's unlikely that birds descended from any known theropod dinosaurs…. may finally force many paleontologists to reconsider their long-held belief that modern birds are the direct descendants of ancient, meat-eating dinosaurs….
9:01pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

element 112... zinc and lead nuclei merge in a nuclear fusion to form the nucleus of the new element...

8:57pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday defended his weekend election victory while security forces cracked down on opposition leaders and demonstrators... defeated challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, said in a statement he was under house arrest and banned from appearing in public...

10:30pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

History

While studying genealogy on the Internet, she came across the controversy surrounding possible photographs of the first president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "I went, 'Oh, well I have a picture of him,'" she says.... could be the most accurate known image of the church leader....

8:40pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Digital Tech

The researchers hope that use of their fish robot for ship propulsion will help prevent shoreline erosion and the underminings of submarine installations caused by ships' screws. The fish robot's "soft" drive action should also prevent the churning up of seabeds and riverbeds and its effects on marine plants and aquatic-animal populations.

9:04pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Engineering students at Duke University have taken advantage of the accelerometers in emerging cell phones to create an application that permits users to write short notes in the air with their phone, and have that message automatically sent to an e-mail address.

8:59pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Nature can be Healthy

researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), who have come up with a mechanism that doubles the future lifespan of the biosphere—while also increasing the chance that advanced life will be found elsewhere in the universe.... "if we study exoplanets, maybe we will see it. Maybe the experiment has already been done...."

8:54pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Copy Rights

She's the only person to go all the way to court when sued by the recording industry over music file-sharing -- and this week, she'll be fighting back again.... a federal judge decided last September that he made a mistake in telling jurors that the companies didn't have to prove that anyone downloaded the songs she had allegedly made available....

12:39am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW
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US Military

US FlagHis main quest in life was to discover what had happened to his son, Zachary. Captured in Lebanon in 1982, there was information the past few years Zachary still was alive and was being held in Syria.

8:35pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Securing Our Borders

US FlagOklahoma will begin deporting illegal immigrants who are serving sentences for nonviolent crimes when a new law takes effect July 1. The Oklahoma Criminal Illegal Alien Rapid Repatriation Act is expected to save Oklahoma taxpayers at least $4 million in the first year, said Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, the author of the measure.

7:52pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

United States of America

US FlagSuburban Chicago veterans have honored a garbage truck driver who's credited with saving 250 American flags from being improperly thrown out within the last 18 months... a 34-year-old native Canadian... married to a former Army medic who did two tours of duty in Kuwait.

7:53pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Freedom

For seven long years in Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, the four Central Asian friends gazed longingly at the azure sea from their cells. They were never allowed through the razor wire to paddle in the water. Now, suddenly set free in Bermuda.... "Our feelings are incredible. We did not think we were going to be this happy."

8:32pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW

Family Patterns

"I know this is going to sound weird, but in a way, it was a blessing. With all the problems my father had, I'm in a better place in life now than if he had raised me."
12:37am CDT Sun 2009 Jun 14 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaPresident Obama, who said as a candidate that he would seek repeal of a law denying federal recognition of same-sex marriage, has angered gay rights groups with court arguments portraying the law as a nondiscriminatory measure that "preserves scarce government resources." [IMPEACH!]

9:12pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Police Riot

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has released video from a police dashboard camera of a scuffle between a paramedic and a state trooper after amateur video of the incident showed an officer grabbing the EMT by the neck.

9:58pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Transport Tragedy

PlaneA transcript makes clear how many details the investigators have about the last minutes of its flight — and how little it tells them.... routine message about a malfunction in one of the plane's lavatories is followed by a worrisome one that says that the speed sensor has a problem, but the cascade that follows is hard to parse....

9:09pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Bad Parents

Criminal charges have been approved against a 24-year-old woman... believed to be a Burmese immigrant... who abandoned her newborn boy near a Wheaton home early Friday morning... baby was found lying naked under a tree - umbilical cord still attached... child's condition was upgraded from serious to fair...

9:54pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Murdering Scum

The son of James W. von Brunn says that he wishes it had been his father, not U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum guard Stephen T. Johns, who died in Wednesday's shooting and that von Brunn's hatred of Jews was a plague that ruined his family's life.... "...He should not be remembered as a brave man or a hero, but a coward unable to come to grips with the fact he threw his and his families lives away for an ideology that fostered sadness and anguish...." Larger-than-usual crowds have been visiting the museum since the incident... Sara Bloomfield, the museum's director, said, "People are not going to be deterred...."

9:13pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Under Sexist Tyranny

Self-styled 'emancipator of women' baffles audience with his views towards opposite sex... to hundreds of baffled Italian women gathered for a rare audience with Muammar Gaddafi, if this was the king of women's rights then the movement still has a long way to go.... "with all these women working for him as semi slaves it seems a bit of a contradiction to call himself a liberator of women." [DUH]

9:10pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW
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Energy

About 15,000 customers, most of them in Dallas County, remained without electricity Saturday after severe storms pounded the North Texas area earlier in the week.

9:57pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

ObamaEnergy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Friday plans to restart the country's first clean coal power project, scrapped by the previous Bush administration as too expensive. [BUT NOTHING IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR OBAMA! IMPEACH!]

9:57pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW

Business Culture

Six Flags Inc., the owner of 20 theme parks, sought bankruptcy protection 3 1/2 years after Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder become chairman and hired new managers in an attempt to return it to profitability.

9:56pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW
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Free Expression

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean... "I've had some inappropriate appearances that Keith Lewis has asked me to do.... one of them being Playboy... Another one was a gay movie premiere that he wanted me to attend incognito. He actually said he wanted me to wear a hat and go in disguise and attend this movie premiere promoting gay marriage and then come out with a statement the next day saying that Carrie Prejean attended a gay movie premiere....

9:59pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 13 :MW
1

Obamanation

ObamaDozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline. [HELP! HELP! WON'T SOME GEORGE BUSH INVADE AMERICA AND TOPPLE THIS CREEP!]

7:45pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

ObamaThere are a number of unanswered questions today about President Obama's abrupt decision to fire the inspector general of the AmeriCorps program... Inspectors General Reform Act... [co-sponsored by] then-Sen Barack Obama... requires the president to outline the cause for his decision to remove an IG. Beyond saying that he did not have the "fullest confidence" in Walpin, Obama gave no reason for his action.... Republican Sen. Charles Grassley... suggests that the White House first tried to muscle Walpin out of his job without having to go through the 30-day process. It was only when Walpin refused to resign that the White House then notified Congress of the president's intention to fire Walpin....

1:25pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

ObamaToo many analyses of the speech have ignored the fact that it was addressed primarily to the Muslim world, and was delivered in Egypt. And in that setting, Obama insisted that the US-Israel relationship could not be upended. He mentioned the Holocaust, (implicitly) berated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his Holocaust denial, quoted the Talmud and called on Hamas to recognize Israel and abandon violence. Not bad. To be sure, it was not the speech that many Israelis would have written. Obama's articulated position on Iranian nuclear power is unacceptable, just as an absolute freeze on natural growth in "settlements," even in places where settlements are essentially cities, is both unfair and thoroughly unrealistic. And linking Israel's right to exist to the Holocaust is a significant intellectual and moral mistake.

1:18pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

ObamaU.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that civilian casualties in Afghanistan must be reduced as every casualty is a defeat for NATO and the U.S. troops fighting in the country. [A DEFEAT?!?!!? THIS IS THE US DEFENSE SECRETARY SAYING EVERY CASUALTY BY NUTBALLS IS SOMEHOW A DEFEAT FOR THE GOOD GUYS?? Not even barely good hyperbole! What an abysmally defeatist thing to say. What a maroon! What a poltroon! What about charging him with GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY?]

1:14pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

ObamaI apologize to the Jewish community and all others who were offended by the way in which I framed my comments. I misspoke. [Translation: He spoke at all]

1:10pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Big Nanny

Trash collectors in San Francisco will soon be doing more than just gathering garbage: They'll be keeping an eye out for people who toss food scraps out with their rubbish.... Mandatory composting part of city's plan to eliminate landfill waste by 2020... [Ah, the People's Wacky Republic of Califunny!]

1:23pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

The head Iraq's main Sunni parliamentary bloc is killed at a mosque in Baghdad, leaving at least four others dead... Harith al-Obaidi, a human-rights advocate... teenager carried out the attack.... shot dead by a guard as he tried to escape... Mr Obaidi was the leader of Iraq's Accordance Front. A university professor with a doctorate in Islam, he had just finished delivering the sermon at Friday prayers....

1:21pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Despite China's claims that Green Dam Youth Escort... is merely a porn filter, it's now clear that the software filters a whole bunch of political content.... [OH, WHAT A SURPRISE!] ... The documents related to political stuff are very big — much, much bigger than those related to pornographic content... software also appears to communicate with a centralized server...

1:00pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Nature can be Deadly

Twisting Twister...250 homeless victims of a tornado that killed 21 persons in a residential district here and roared off "whistling like 10,000 devils."

12:46pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Tax Money Will Fix All

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting the brakes on a guardrail at Lake Optima in Texas County, after hearing criticism from city and state leaders who call the project a waste of money.

12:55pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Murdering Scum

The security guards who returned fire when a white supremacist allegedly gunned down their colleague at the Holocaust museum Wednesday were a recently retired D.C. police officer and a former Marine, both of whom had worked at the museum only a few weeks.... Von Brunn was struck once in the face and remains in critical condition...

1:12pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW
2

Digital Business

No IEThe European Commission has issued a statement that seems to side with Opera's position. The EU said: "The Commission had suggested to Microsoft that consumers be provided with a choice of Web browsers. Instead, Microsoft has apparently decided to supply retail consumers with a version of Windows without a Web browser at all. Rather than more choice, Microsoft seems to have chosen to provide less."

1:08pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

It came from the sky

MeteorA 14-year old German boy was hit in the hand by a pea-sized meteorite that scared the bejeezus out of him and left a scar. [bejeezus?]

12:21pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW
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US Military

A headquarters is being built for his foundation, which raises scholarship funds for families of killed or disabled military personnel.

12:51pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW

Sarah Palin 2012

... continues to be offended by David Letterman's joke "about the statutory rape of my 14 year-old daughter.... " referred to Letterman as a "so-called comedian..." Letterman made one joke in his opening monologue about the ongoing controversy, saying, "I think everything's fine now: She called and offered to take me hunting...." [Actually a good idea. Let's take Cheney along! And take this writer, who says,] suggests she still doesn't get the idea that Letterman's self-admittedly "cheap" joke... had nothing to do with rape...

12:57pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 12 :MW
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Police Riot

A Chicago police officer caught on video beating a stabbing victim who was handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison.

10:38pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Big Nanny

The Senate struck a historic blow against smoking in America Thursday, voting overwhelmingly to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in the cigarettes that kill nearly a half-million people a year

10:52pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Taxes Suck

A move by the IRS to tax the use of company-issued mobile phones is spurring efforts by the wireless industry and others to kill the idea.

10:46pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

He was speaking Thursday in Rome, where he is on a three-day official visit... likening the 1986 U.S. Strikes on Libya to Osama bin Laden's terror attacks on the United States in 2001... [Wouldn't do much harm to bomb the jerk again, maybe?]

10:43pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Murdering Scum

A woman and three children were killed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when a suspected robber fleeing in a car jumped a curb and struck them, police said Thursday.... He literally cut a tree in half..."

10:39pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW
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Animal Companions

DogThe five-year-old Great Pyrenees is credited with saving the lives of Moss and her son David, 19, by alerting them to an early morning fire.... Smelling smoke and hearing the crackle of fire, mother and son fled the house around 6 a.m. with Jeter following. For an unknown reason, the 120-pound dog went back into the house and perished.... "He'd had such a tough time. He'd been starved, beaten and abused," Glenda Moss said, sobbing as friends and neighbors stopped by after hearing of the fire. "My dog was just amazing."

10:43pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

HempFour people originally arrested on marijuana, distribution of marijuana and child neglect related charges will instead face formal charges of possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park or school and paraphernalia.

10:17pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Digital Liberty

An advocacy group for online poker said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen more than $30 million in the accounts of payment processors that handle the winnings of thousands of online poker players.

10:45pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW
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Sarah Palin 2012

Gov. Palin pushed back at Letterman again this morning, issuing a statement via Palin PAC spokesperson Meghan Stapelton. "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show," Stapelton said in an email to ABC News. "Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

10:51pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW

Animals and Transport

New York City plans to trap and kill up to 2,000 Canada Geese this summer in an attempt to avoid the type of collision that caused an airliner to ditch in the Hudson River last winter. The hunt will take place on dozens of city properties located within five miles of Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Aviation officials have culled the bird flocks on airport property for years, but this will mark a major expansion of the effort into other parts of the city, including about 40 public parks.

10:51pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 11 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaEdward E. Whitacre Jr. built AT&T Inc. into the biggest U.S. provider of telephone service over a 43-year-career. By his own admission, he becomes chairman of General Motors Corp. knowing nothing about the auto industry.... [We're GM... We don't care. We don't have to!]

4:30pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

ObamaSnapshot Shows President With Feet On His Desk During A Phone Call With Netanyahu

4:16pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

ObamaThe Rev. Jeremiah Wright says "them Jews" are keeping him from speaking to President Obama, according to the Daily Press newspaper of Virginia.

4:15pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Police Riot

Caught On Tape: A newly released police tape shows an officer using a taser gun on a 72-Year-Old woman during a routine traffic stop. The woman claims she did nothing to provoke the attack.

4:23pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Political Theater

Why Pedro Espada Jr., now a heartbeat away from the governorship, is an object lesson in everything that is wrong with New York State government.... His cronies stole food meant for poor, sick people and gave it out at his political rallies. He owes the city $61,750 in fines for fraudulent campaign fund-raising going back to 2001. He has failed to file 41 reports with the State Board of Elections, and has racked up $13,553 in penalties since 2002. He does not have an office in the district he was elected to represent in the Bronx. In fact, it looks as if he doesn’t even live there....

12:44pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Humans can be Dangerous

Horrified owners have been finding their cats killed and mutilated for the past month in two south Miami-Dade County communities. Many of the cats were missing fur and appeared to have been cut with a sharp, straight instrument, police said. In all, investigators are looking into about two dozen deaths, with enough evidence to try to prosecute at least 15 of the cases... manner of death indicates a person killed the animals, and that the deaths could be linked...

4:20pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Criminally Stupid

asked a teller to change a $1 million note. He reportedly told the teller that he needed $4 million for the bill.

2:30pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Whoops!

An Oklahoma City filmmaker is apologizing for creating a scene of chaos near a busy highway... Upon closer inspection, police realized the torso in question was only a pair of pants that had been stuffed with soda bottles, chicken wire and lots of foam.... [film crew] accidentally left the fake torso behind...

2:33pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Two cyclists are dead and a third was treated and released from the hospital after being hit by an SUV on Highway 51 in Sand Springs Tuesday afternoon.... Catron says the accident had a profound effect on her and the other witnesses who stopped to help. "Very tight knit group of people who came together, who were complete strangers and now I don't think any of us will forget the other,"

2:44pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

driving east on Oklahoma 51 when she swerved onto the south shoulder... hit three bicyclists [two killed]... continued driving for a quarter-mile before stopping... open container of alcohol in the SUV...

2:16pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

PlaneTwo passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.

4:21pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

"I do feel I'm not guilty," Abdulhakim Muhammad told The Associated Press in a collect call from the Pulaski County jail. "I don't think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason."

12:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Digital Tyranny

The first independent tests of screening software that will be installed on all Chinese computers finds it opens users to serious security risks.... communications between the software and the servers at the company that developed the program were unencrypted.... "...every computer in China potentially as part of a botnet..." system only runs on Microsoft Windows, allowing Mac and Linux users to bypass the software.... at least 3m computer users have already downloaded the software, opening them up to potential security problems.

7:32pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

spokesman for China's Ministry of Industry and Information Industry saying that users will have a choice whether to install the filtering software... [Right! Same choice you always get under tyranny. Install it or ELSE!!!]

4:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Murdering Scum

Museum officials identified the guard as 39-year-old Stephen T. Johns of Temple Hills, Md. Johns, a special police officer, was a six-year veteran of the museum... suspect, 88-year-old James W. von Brunn... Holocaust denier....

7:16pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Under Sexist Tyranny

The highlight of Gaddafi's trip to Rome is a meeting, personally requested by the Libyan leader, with 700 women from the worlds of "politics, industry and culture". So Berlusconi got down his Bumper Catalogue of Hot Stuff, got rid of any that were over 25, discarded those with a loud voice or body hair, and whittled down the rest by ballot until he got to 1,000, whereupon the disappointed remainder that didn't get to meet Muammar were given a senior post in his cabinet or a mini-break in his fancy villa with the pools and the elephants.

7:31pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW
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Art of

BenderComedy Central says it's bringing the animated comedy "Futurama" back from past cancellation for 26 new half-hour episodes... more than six years after ending its four-season run on... Fox ....

1:55pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Liberty and Justice

The US moves toward sending the Chinese Muslims to Palau, a remote Pacific island. But some experts say that would be a mistake... rather than allowing them to resettle on US soil... even the Bush administration did not classify them as enemy combatants. Yet their situation has been perhaps the most adversely affected by the recent debate in Congress about bringing detainees to America...

7:26pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Mario Orion Bonilla, 24, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to violating the federal drug-kingpin statute, which pertains to defendants who purportedly occupied management roles in drug-trafficking organizations involving at least five people who engaged in a series of felonies and made a substantial profit... pertained only to the marijuana aspect of the plot...

2:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Oklahoma

Attorney General Drew Edmondson today announced he's running for governor next year... U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and state Sen. Randy Brogdon are running for the Republican nomination.... primary is July 27 and the general election is November 2.

2:22pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Cosmology

Nearby Star May Be Getting Ready to Explode, Red giant Betelgeuse has suddenly shrunk in size, which means it may soon explode in a supernova.... It's possible we're observing the beginning of Betelgeuse's final collapse now.... If so, the star, which is 600 light-years away, will already have exploded — and we'll soon be in for a spectacular, and perfectly safe, interstellar fireworks show....

3:05pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

The program will accept paper, plastic and aluminum products. Glass will not be accepted for now. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

7:39pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

proposed Sooner Park tennis court site would be the council's first option for a recycling drop-off...

7:38pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Washington County voters by a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday approved a proposal to construct a $14.5 million jail that will replace an outdated lockup that had been cited by the state for capacity violations.

2:14pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

A large crowd of law enforcement, county officials and court personal erupted into applause in the main Washington County Court room after County Treasurer Brad Johnson announced that the jail initiative had passed.

2:03pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Animal Culture

Snake...700 feet up [picture!]

2:46pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

HempA bill that would allow nonprofit stores in Rhode Island to sell marijuana to medical patients is headed to the governor's desk.

4:30pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Hempexamining the conduct of six officers connected to drug raids in November... found a large amount of cannabis... [OVER POT! THEY WERE WATERBOARDED OVER POT!] "Whilst the investigation is ongoing it is not appropriate to make assumptions...."

4:24pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Hemp...on marijuana, distribution of marijuana and child neglect related charges... deputies told Cowan that due to the small size of the house and poor circulation that the 5-month-old was likely exposed to the marijuana smoke. The report states that when told this, Cowan (the child's mother) started to cry....

2:02pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Digital Business

with actual user names

4:14pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Digital Past - less with us

After nearly two decades in the business, Microsoft plans to stop selling its Microsoft Money personal-finance software...

7:36pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Modern Family Life

An Oklahoma farm family could be the next global reality TV stars.... The Brits will be expected to attend church and help with chores around the farm.

2:41pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Digital Liberty

The decision is a setback for the music and movie industries, which had praised the French law as a solution to illegal file sharing.

7:31pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Only Natural

EarthquakeSurprised scientists say that typhoons which hit Taiwan unleash long, slow earthquakes, a phenomenon that may save the island from devastating temblors.

7:32pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Mystery

Tulsa Police and Fire are investigating an SUV found in the middle of the Arkansas River Wednesday morning.... at 31st and Riverside Drive... appears the vehicle has been in the river for a while...

2:51pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW

Solar System

Study calculates the odds that two planets collide or one crashes into sun in the next 5 billion years... For the new study, the researchers started with the best known information about the position and orbital velocity of each of the 10 bodies, and marched simulations forward in nine-day steps for the next 5 billion years, the projected life of the sun... Mercury collides with Venus about 1.76 billion years from now...

3:07pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW
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Sarah Palin 2012

Sarah Palin lambasted late-night comedian David Letterman Wednesday for "sexually-perverted comments" about one of her teenage daughters - and rebuffed his moves to make nice.

7:29pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 10 :MW
1

Obamanation

Obamathe Politico newspaper reports in a June 9, 2009 article titled "Obama Invokes Jesus More Than Bush," that the current president has actually spoken about his faith far more frequently... Yet, the Politico says that atheists who railed against President Bush are giving president Obama a free pass.... [Surprise!]

7:56pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

ObamaThe Obama numbers are pure fiction.... the administration has no way to measure how many jobs are actually being 'saved....' Of course, the inability to measure Mr. Obama's jobs formula is part of its attraction. Never mind that no one -- not the Labor Department, not the Treasury, not the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- actually measures "jobs saved." As the New York Times delicately reports, Mr. Obama's jobs claims are "based on macroeconomic estimates, not an actual counting of jobs." Nice work if you can get away with it....

1:36pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

ObamaWhen Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, "So, stop it all of you!" He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about. Well, what politico wouldn't want that? OK, dad. We'll behave. And according to a new Pew Research Center poll, we are behaving...like fans....

1:25pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Big Nanny

ScreamSingle-use plastic bags.. have got to go, the United Nations' top environmental official said Monday.... recycling bags is on the rise in the United States... [90B unrecycled, but doesn't say what percentage this represents]

1:37pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Whoops!

SharkA red-faced Jessica Alba is apologizing for plastering shark-conservation posters around Oklahoma City - a stunt that sparked a police investigation.

8:00pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

kept it on his boat for 10 days... very corroded... live and in a very unstable state.

1:22pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Vice President Biden, on a conference call Monday with reporters, claimed that the planned Hudson River tunnel between New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan would provide a much-anticipated route for automobiles. Problem is, it's for trains.

1:17pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Government vs. Business

Obama"It makes U.S. jobs more expensive," Ballmer said, "We're better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S." If Microsoft, perhaps our most competitive company, has to abandon the U.S. in order to continue to thrive, who exactly is going to stay?

1:30pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Industrial Tragedy

GARNER, NC - A blast at a Slim Jim meat products plant Tuesday blew workers off their feet, ripped the building's roof off its supports and critically burned four people. Two workers were still unaccounted for Tuesday evening.

7:53pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Sex can be Fatal

at an infection rate of 10.9% for those aged two or older... rate of infection in children and teenagers could be falling.... Africa has the world's largest HIV-positive population, at 5.5 million...

1:15pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW
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Digital Future is Now

27 hydraulic cylinders bring the mechs to life, its movements matching those of the person inside it

7:20pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Snake broadcasts pictures, sound to soldier with laptop [video]

1:31pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Two-year-old Karina Oakley... has amazed experts after scoring 160 in an IQ test - the same as Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates.... mental age is the equivalent of someone between the age of four and five.... 'She enjoyed the test. "The pleasure she took in the mental challenge in itself I have found to be a sign of intelligence...."

1:32pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Business Culture

Norman Brinker, a restaurant mogul who popularized the salad bar and built a worldwide casual dining empire that includes Chili's Grill & Bar, died Tuesday at age 78.... developed the concept for Steak & Ale... where he's credited with popularizing the salad bar and casual dining... created the Bennigan's chain and became known for creating a "fern bar" restaurant chain concept...

12:52pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW
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US Military

Guthrie soldier... Oklahoma Army National Guard Cpl. Adam Schuster... shot in the neck while serving in Iraq will be presented with a Purple Heart medal during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

12:39pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Urantiana

In the early history these people were called the fair race, or modern man. They began about 40,000 BC. The modern Scandinavian people probably best represent them...... -Frank Jakubowsky

8:01pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

...He was a Navy veteran of World War II and later served in the Air Force. He had worked as an A B Seaman for the Military Sea Lift Command in Brooklyn, N.Y. He had also worked for Ralston Tree Service, the Hampton Cemetery Dept. and for Hanscom Air Force Base. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Urantia....

12:49pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW

Sarah Palin 2012

Some say she needs to decide if she's running for president surreptitiously or overtly.

7:54pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 9 :MW
1

Obamanation

ObamaBALL -- 'Where's the Birth Certificate?' is the cryptic message on an electronic billboard at the corner of Tioga Road and U.S. Highway 165.

8:15pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

ObamaIn his major address to the Muslim world last week, President Obama quoted a verse from the Quran that is interpreted as urging Muslims to follow Muhammad in waging jihad against nonbelievers. The context of the verse first noticed by Rober...

8:07pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in to her official advisory council the head of an Arab American organization whose officials have labeled deadly jihadists as heroes and opposed referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization....

8:06pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

ObamaWhen it comes to evaluating and discussing transparency in government, one issue and one issue alone has been deemed out of bounds by a White House website: President Obama's continued concealment of his birth record.

8:03pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

ObamaPresident Barack Obama wants Congress to consider taxing the wealthy instead of workers to pay for a health-care overhaul, as House Democrats discuss a plan to require health insurance for most Americans.

1:54pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Taxes Suck

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that he would like to see such "radical" proposals....

4:31pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Transport Tragedy

recovered the vertical stabilizer from the tail section... could help locate its black boxes... Eight more bodies also were found, bringing the total recovered to 24...

10:05pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Nature can be Deadly

Twisting Twister1974-Jun-8 -- Tornadoes and floods left 13 dead in several state cities and towns, including one in Tulsa where damage was estimated at $20 million.

3:46pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Under Tyranny

...to interdict, possibly with China's help, North Korean sea and air shipments suspected of carrying weapons or nuclear technology....

4:35pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, facing U.N. sanctions for last month's nuclear test, on Monday raised the stakes in its growing confrontation with Washington by sentencing two U.S. journalists to 12 years hard labor for "grave crimes."

4:34pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

There comes a time when despite the allure of the market, Western industry should band together and turn its back on China. A time when the computer and Internet industry realizes that the censorship-and-repression tax the government is intent on levying is too high a price to pay. Is this, at long last, that moment? Well, it's doubtful. But it should be. Starting July 1, computers sold in China must include government-provided spyware that blocks pornography and political dissent from Chinese citizens' view

4:23pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Swine Flu

A 43-year-old male from Kay County has died because of the virus.

4:22pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Tax Money Will Fix All

$1.15 million... guardrail is supposed to replace the old one at Lake Optima in Texas County... lake does not have water in it and there's really nothing there in terms of recreation... The Public information officer with the Corps... says they picked projects based on the ability to quickly award contracts.... [!!!!]

4:01pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Democracy in Action

Sweden's Pirate Party, striking a chord with voters who want more free content on the Internet, won a seat in the European Parliament, early results showed on Sunday. The Pirate

4:29pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Voters could be asked to cast their ballot for European 'groupings' rather than political parties under plans to shake up the electoral system.

4:28pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Unsolved Murder

Peter Placker, father of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, said he can no longer show any of his family members affection because he wonders who among them may be next.

3:44pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Mass Trans can be Dangerous

taking public transport may not be as green as you automatically think.... These are hidden or displaced emissions that ramp up the simple "tailpipe" tally.... it could be more eco-friendly to drive into a city -- even in an SUV.... than take a suburban train....

1:56pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

The curtain closed on the National Biplane Association's twenty-third and last Biplane Expo on June 6 at Oklahoma's Bartlesville Municipal Airport, better known locally as Frank Phillips Field. A total of 114 biplanes were on hand for the event's finale, as well as 241 other aircraft, said Charlie Harris, the association's chairman. He estimated that 4,100 to 4,600 people attended the event.

4:04pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Healing Ourselves

Reiki therapy.... invisible energy fields... acupuncture.... meditation, yoga and massage... herbal supplements... Mainstream medicine and prescription drugs have problems, too.... homeopathy, chiropractic, and native or traditional healing methods.... "We bristle when people talk about us as if we're just fringe...." [That list is such a mish-mash of reality and fantasy!]

8:08pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Animal Culture

LionA lion that escaped from its cage in a China zoo went for a swim in a local river.

8:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

FrogA FROG that constantly changes colour is being worshipped as a GOD in India.... "My one problem is that this frog does not appear to eat. I keep trying to feed it but it doesn't eat anything. I don't know what else to give it...."

1:55pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Digital Culture

As the inventor of Boolean logic, which is the basis of modern digital computer logic, Boole is regarded in hindsight as one of the founders of the field of computer science.

7:01pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Digital Business

Two reports commissioned by ICANN say new top-level Internet domains will not force trademark owners to make defensive registrations to protect their brands,

10:12pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

The introduction of generic top-level domains (TLDs) could wreak havoc across the internet if they are not implemented carefully and with suitable regulations in place to help minimise the risk of abuse.... most internet users do not believe that the liberalisation will have any discernable benefit to their online experience, and the majority believe it will lead to pointless domains, making the internet more complex, messy and confusing.....

10:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

A group of DNS registrars claims that VeriSign's exclusive contract to manage the .com registry is a product of lobbying, astroturfing, meeting stacking, and legal threats—and it has meant that .com domains cost twice what they otherwise would.

10:10pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Two thirds of businesses are unaware they will be able to use their own name in place of domain extensions such as .com, .org, or .net when Internet domains are liberalized next year... The price of $185,000 [$185,000!!!!!] will initially limit applications to the largest corporations and organizations....

10:09pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

History - still with us

During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world's most complete known "witch bottle." ...spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy....

8:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Belief and State

An appeals court ruled Monday that a Ten Commandments monument at the county courthouse in Stigler violates the Constitution because its primary effect is to endorse a religion.... 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 in a challenge to the monument brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and by a county resident....

10:13pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

A Christian evangelical group says it has been prohibited from conducting Bible study classes in public housing projects in Tulsa, Okla., potentially violating a Supreme Court ruling that upheld religious groups' right to the use of public institutions.

4:30pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Theory of Justice

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in a lawsuit involving an Oklahoma man that the current Iraqi government can't be held responsible in U.S. courts for the acts of Saddam Hussein's regime.

3:53pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW
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Oklahoma Law

makes first-offense domestic abuse a felony if prosecutors can show a pattern of physical violence... also increases penalties for possession and distribution of child pornography and prohibits sex offenders from being ice cream truck vendors....

3:52pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

US Military

In court papers, the administration said the appeals court ruled correctly in this case when it found that "don't ask, don't tell" is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion."

8:05pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Governing Ourselves

Could California become the first state in the nation to do away with welfare? That doomsday scenario is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with a staggering $24.3 billion budget deficit. County welfare directors are "in shock" at the very idea... [boo+hoo]

4:32pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Opposing Tyranny

hundreds of armed Pakistani tribesman are attacking Taliban positions in a remote area in the northwest following a suicide attack last week on a packed mosque that killed dozens of people, including children.... Reports say anywhere from seven to 13 Taliban militants were killed and several of their hideouts destroyed....

4:26pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW

Free Expression

A man who used a four-letter word to describe to his neighbors how their cat left feces in his yard was acquitted Tuesday of a disorderly conduct citation... three men and three women deliberated 15 minutes before reaching their not guilty verdict... [What did the jury do with the other 14 minutes, I wonder!]

8:12pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 8 :MW
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Obamanation

Obamacandor and diplomacy are not synonymous, and if Mr. Obama were to apply the same approach to thorny problems like Iran and North Korea, it might not produce the intended desirable results, according to foreign affairs experts. Some say he risks forsaking the advantages of "constructive ambiguity,"

4:15pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

ObamaA US "taster" tested the food being dished up to President Barack Obama at a dinner in a French restaurant, a waiter said on Sunday. ... "They have someone who tastes the dishes.... It wasn't very pleasant for the cooks at first, but the person was very nice and was relaxed, so it all went well...."

3:56pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Threats

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says recent activity by North Korea is forcing US to consider placing Pyongyang back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism... and is pressing for a U.N. resolution authorizing the boarding of North Korean ships to search for nuclear materials....

8:13pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

The "Cape Man" has been captured. Authorities arrested Daniel James Murray, the gun-loving loon from upstate New York who threatened to kill President Obama, at a Nevada casino Friday, ending a nationwide manhunt. [There's that pejorative adjective 'gun-loving' again! Gotta make sure that gets in there to smear all those wacky gun nuts!]

4:17pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

WW2 - still with us

Eugene Noble was reunited a year ago with the plane, the Snafu Special

2:36pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Sick, Sick, Sick

An Oregon woman was charged with murdering a 21-year-old expectant mother and her unborn baby after faking her own pregnancy. [Scary: Mugshot]

8:20pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Violence

GLADSTONE, N.D. ...turned out to be four people wanted in an Alabama prison break. The suspects had holed up in a garage and held off authorities for more than 14 hours Saturday before two of them surrendered and two were wounded in a shootout with police....

8:26pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Whoops!

"And so, next to Obama Beach, we join President Obama in paying particular tribute to the spectacular bravery of American soldiers," Brown said, oblivious to his Freudian slip.

3:55pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Transport Tragedy

Ten undocumented immigrants "stacked like wood" in the back of a sports utility vehicle crammed with at least 22 people were killed when the driver lost control and rolled over on a remote southern Arizona highway.... "If they had had the right number of people in there and they all had their seat belts on, they would have lived....."

8:21pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Unsolved Murder

DNA evidence tied to the shooting deaths last year of 2 girls in Weleetka has been discovered by investigators.... "something of significance" but no details were provided.... news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday....

2:49pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

In all of its tranquility, this is the setting where a year ago, on June 8, two young, innocent, fun-loving girls were slain in a ghastly crime that shocked the world.

2:47pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Bad Idea

ObamaKing Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday. [Oh, great. Imagine what Abdullah or Obama would impose!]

3:39pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Government vs. Business

Employers would be required to offer health care to employees or pay a penalty - and all Americans would be guaranteed health insurance - under a draft bill circulated Friday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's health committee.

3:41pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

End of the World As We Know It

The ancient Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, prompting some to believe the End Time is nigh.... an enormous, complicated network of apocalypse theories, encompassing hundreds of books, documentaries, films and websites, that lead to one conclusion: The world will end on Dec. 21, 2012....

8:33pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW
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Liberty and Justice

US Justice Department lawyers in 2005 thought the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics were a mistake, but legal

8:25pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

an emotional and bittersweet ending... 355 aircraft made it to the grand finale — 114 biplanes and 241 moderns...

2:28pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Fire

"Twelve of the 22 hospitalized children are in grave condition...." victims ranging in age from a few months to 3 years....

8:13pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Climate Changes

SunRow between fast food giant and one of its major franchise owners erupts over roadside sign

3:52pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

SunUS Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was in a froth, and his audience loved it. The California Republican was talking about global warming and could barely contain his disgust.

3:47pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Animal Culture

OwlBirds rapidly learn to identify people who have previously threatened their nests and sounded alarms and even attacked those folks, while ignoring others nearby, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

4:14pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Mystery

"When they opened the grave where my mother was supposed to go," remembers Clifford Jr., "they found a body bag, and inside the body bag, a skeleton. Nobody knows who it was." He had his mother buried in another plot nearby, and later received permission to move his father's body to rest next to his mother's. But when officials reopened his father's grave, they found a new problem. "There's nothing down there but dirt," Clifford Jr. explains, pointing down at his father's grave marker, surrounded by flowers. "No casket. No bones. Nothing. "What we want to know -- what we've been trying to find out for 12 years now -- is what happened to our father's body?"

2:42pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Sex can be Boring

Terror Toons (2002) -- Don't watch the movie. Read the comments on iMDB.

5:21pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW
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Human Right

it's "inspiring for the gay community to feel the acceptance"

2:30pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Defending Ourselves

The pharmacist charged with murder said he has no mental problems, but records show both his ex-wives called him unstable.

3:29pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Dr. Frank Ochberg has watched the story around pharmacist Jerome Ersland unfold with great interest, given Ochberg's expertise on post traumatic stress disorder and Ersland's status as a military veteran.

3:26pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Governing Ourselves

"Logrolling is multiple subjects in one bill," Fent said. "It violates the Oklahoma Constitution where each bill will have one subject. And the purpose of that constitutional provision is to prevent them from putting subjects that probably would fail with subjects that there is overwhelming approval for. They put them together so they can get the votes."

2:38pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW

Opposing Tyranny

A new militia is targeting militants in revenge for a mosque bombing Friday. Some say it could be a turning of the tide in public sentiment, driven by recent Army successes.

3:38pm CDT Sun 2009 Jun 7 :MW
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Threats

Suspicions that Syria was trying to build a nuclear weapon have gained momentum with the discovery of uranium at a second site in the country, analysts say.

3:13pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

WW2 - still with us

...They were based together in England and they flew countless sorties together, including the invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of the Netherlands, the resupply of troops at Bastogne and finally into Germany. When the war ended in 1945, they parted company and didn't keep in touch.... four years ago that Neblett and Hewitt discovered that they both lived in Tulsa.... hardly recognized each other at first. But then they started talking....

2:49pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Political Theater

The economic recession should have meant easy votes for Europe's left-wing movements, longtime critics of unchecked capitalism. Yet as Europe goes to the polls, left-leaning parties across the continent are looking likely to falter. That's true both for those in government, such as in the U.K. and Spain, and in the opposition -- such as France, Germany and Italy.

2:22pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Transport Tragedy

PlaneBrazilian Air Force: Bodies of Air France Flight 447 Passengers Found, Bodies of passengers of the doomed Air France flight that plummeted into the ocean have been found, Brazil's Air Force said Saturday.

2:20pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Hang Those Who Betray Public Trust

A former U.S. State Department official and his wife have been arrested for spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, the Justice Department said on Friday.... A Justice Department official said they were motivated by a desire to help the Cuban government, not money....

2:23pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Bad Goods

Her grandmother bought Danskin shoes for her at the Owasso Wal-Mart. She says the shoes had a strange odor, so she washed them and when Tylie wore them again, her instep and toes looked burned.... shoes have made in China tags....

2:52pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

There he was flying high over Vietnam, riding a burning F-100 streaking toward the Gulf of Tonkin. It was then that Dick Rutan decided he had had his fill of air combat. Now, after having flown 325 successful combat missions — 105 of which he flew as "MISTY 40," a member of the high-risk classified "MISTY" operation — his plane had just been struck by enemy ground fire and now he was thinking of home.

3:40pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Fire

A fire killed 35 children in a day care center in northern Mexico despite desperate attempts of firefighters and a father who crashed his pickup truck through the wall to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside.

3:18pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Lost and Found

BARTLESVILLE — A man who was missing for almost seven years after abandoning his family in 2002 will be allowed to reclaim personal property, including a quilt made by his mother, according to court papers filed Friday in Washington County.

3:05pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Watergate - a bit less with us

Bernard Leon Barker... one of five men who broke into the Watergate building

3:09pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW
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In the Line of Duty

Police say officers died during attempt to rescue 38 police hostages being held by indigenous protesters at remote Amazon oil facility... of 38 police held hostage, 22 were rescued, nine were killed and seven are missing.

3:16pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW

Free Expression

Immelt Orders Nielsen Media Iced Over GE-NBCU-Obama Story: NBCU's Zucker Follows Orders And Freezes Out The Hollywood Reporter For Past 6 Weeks... It's a very dangerous situation when any huge multinational corporation wages war against media companies. Especially when that huge multinational corporation is General Electric, which itself owns a media company, NBC Universal, and it's using all its power and influence and money to try to harm another media company, Nielsen, and Nielsen Business Media, and its trade publication The Hollywood Reporter. This certainly sounds like a situation which the FCC, and the FTC, and the U.S. Justice Department should be investigating. Just one problem: the controversy stems from GE/NBCU's coverage of President Obama.

2:24pm CDT Sat 2009 Jun 6 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaA day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect illegal structures in the West Bank, building a new outpost on Friday morning between Migron and Kohav Ya'akov. Settlers dedicate a Torah scroll in the West Bank outpost of Maoz Esther, which has been dismantled and rebuilt several times in recent weeks. Photo: AP SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World At the outpost, named Oz Yehonatan, the settlers built a wooden structure they mockingly called the "Obama Hut," saying it was a sign of appreciation for the US president for his actions that had led to a dramatic rise in the number of outposts.

5:21pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

ObamaThe Obamas turn up in Paris this evening, but have declined a dinner invitation from the couple next door: the Sarkozys. President Obama's reluctance to spend more than minimum time with the French leader on his visit for the D-Day anniversary has come as an embarrassment to the Elysée Palace.

5:20pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

ObamaThe Obama administration plans to create a position to ensure that companies receiving federal-bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines.

5:15pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

ObamaA rift has quietly opened up between Germany and the United States, marked by official statements of harmony and private grumbling. It is not an outright crisis in relations, but there are underlying tensions and disagreements on matters ranging from the global economic crisis to the future of inmates held at Guantánamo Bay. On a more basic level, there is a sense that the Obama administration is ignoring the needs and counsel of longtime allies.

5:14pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Threats

The gun-loving former New Yorker being sought Friday for threatening to kill President Obama was known in his old neighborhood as the "Cape Man" of Blue Jay Way. [Let's be sure to get that "gun-loving" pejorative in there!]

3:26pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

WW2 - still with us

Revisionist accounts of the Normandy landings come to the fore on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

5:26pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

British veterans watched Friday as members of the Parachute Regiment dropped into Normandy in the area where they landed 65 years ago.

5:26pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Theory of Education

At Penn Hills High School this morning, Chief Burton said, a student was walking up and down a hallway, using a cell phone. School policy permits students to have cell phones but not to use them during school except in emergencies, Chief Burton said. A Penn Hills police officer told him to put the phone away and go to class. "The kid refused to listen," Chief Burton said. "The officer took him by the arm and said, 'You have to go to the office.' The student resisted, pushed the officer. The officer, defending himself, took out his stun gun and did a drive stun." Chief Burton said a drive stun involves pushing the Taser against a portion of the body and squeezing the trigger, thus immobilizing a portion of the body, such as the leg

5:17pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Disturbing Family Patterns

showed no emotion when she was arrested Thursday afternoon... not married and has no children... lived with her terminally ill mother...

2:51pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Transport Tragedy

PlaneFrance's transportation minister said Friday that French forces have found no evidence of an Airbus A330 airplane that vanished over the Atlantic and urged "extreme prudence" about suspected debris fished from the ocean. Dominique Bussereau said he regretted that an announcement by Brazilian teams that they had recovered plane debris from Air France flight 447 turned out to be false.

5:13pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

The case had been unraveling in recent months because of a lack of eyewitnesses and physical evidence. Last month, a gravel truck driver gave a sworn statement acknowledging he might have accidentally run over McClelland.

12:47am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Missing

A child's body found in a Michigan river basin may be that of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan whose disappereance triggered the scrutiny of sex offenders who knew her mother.

3:39pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

A body discovered in a shallow grave in Monroe County, Mich., may be the remains of missing 5-year-old Neveah Buchanan, authorities said.

3:36pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Digital Threat

FTC says company actively recruited and colluded with criminals seeking to distribute everything from child pornography to spyware and viruses... FTC also alleges that the defendant engaged in the deployment and operation of botnets.... advertised its services in the darkest corners of the Internet, including a forum established to facilitate communication between criminals.... Pricewert, based in San Jose, California, shielded its criminal clientele by either ignoring take-down requests issued by the online security community or shifting its criminal elements to other Internet Protocol addresses it controlled to evade detection, the FTC said...

12:35am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said that it had shut down a rogue Internet service provider that knowingly hosted and actively distributed child pornography, malware, and spam... Symantec identified more than 600 IP addresses controlled by 3FN that had launched malicious attacks.... The FTC said it had identified more than 4,500 malicious programs directed by the command-and-control servers hosted by 3FN.

12:31am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Digital Whoops Cascade

It didn't long for people to discover that a single click on the search filter settings in Bing made porn clips available right from within the Bing search page. I like to call it "porn-in-a-portal."

12:29am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center begged for FBI agents to free him from a Yemeni jail where he was "radicalized" by Islamic terrorists

12:27am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Fun can be Dangerous

Citing gaps in scientific research and a rush to judgment on the safety and environmental impacts of the material, EPA scientists are now concerned that... recycled, ground-up tires as a cushioned surface on children's playgrounds and in synthetic turf on sports fields... may be more harmful than previously thought.

12:24am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW
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It's Only Money

"I want to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this great fortune. I will not squander it," he said.

3:29pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Transport Future

PlaneNearly 70 percent of the world's airspace is not radar-controlled, and the existing radar system is likely to remain for at least another decade.

5:25pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Oklahoma

Thirty years ago, when Iranian revolutionaries took more than 50 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, they accused Tulsa native William Daugherty of being a spy... survived the 444 days in captivity and went on to serve a total of 17 years in the CIA and write two books about his experiences...

2:49pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

The Bartlesville Public School Board addressed the 2009 graduating class' motto "Dare to think, dare to do" by Mao Tse-Tung during a special meeting yesterday. Board member Charlie Daniels said the graduating class didn't know whom the quote was attributed to until after the motto was chosen... Daniels acknowledged that the school system made a mistake, especially since Tse-Tung was known for a cultural revolution that included persecuting teachers and intellectuals...

2:46pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Oh! The Irony!

One of the actor's final flicks focused on preventing teen suicide

3:22pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Animal Companions

DogA Tulsa groomer brings the salon to your pet.

3:07pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Energy

The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 12 this week to 887, down roughly 1,000 from a year ago. Of the rigs running nationwide, 700 were exploring for natural gas and 179 for oil....

3:03pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

People Die

Actor David Carradine likely practiced the dangerous and secretive sex practice auto erotic asphyxia safely for a lifetime before accidentally killiing himself at 72.... may have been a lifelong practitioner of the secretive and dangerous practice, one that can go fatally awry....

3:25pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Theory of Justice

A decision by Falls Police to use a Taser to obtain a DNA sample from a suspect in an armed robbery, shooting and kidnapping is not unconstitutional.... "She's the first judge in western civilization to say you can use a Taser to enforce a court order...."

5:22pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor last year accepted an invitation to join the Belizean Grove, an elite but little-known women's-only group. Founded nearly 10 years ago as the female answer to the Bohemian Grove — a secretive all-male club whose members have included former U.S. presidents and top business leaders — the Belizean Grove has about 125 members, including Army generals, Wall Street executives and former ambassadors.

5:19pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Sonia Sotomayor told the Senate on Thursday that the White House never questioned her about cases or issues she might have to decide as a Supreme Court justice

5:19pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

The White House excuse she misspoke just fell apart! Not once, not twice, but lots of times! "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."

5:18pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Digital Convergence

Scientists at the University of Florida are developing a neural implant that can think independently. This is not just an implant that deciphers brain signals, but one that can learn, adapt to various scenarios and help the host achieve certain goals.

5:36pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Tourette's syndrome afflicts three out of every 1,000 children between 6 and 17 in the United States, the CDC says... three times more common in boys than in girls, and about twice as common in children 12 to 17 as in those 6 to 11.

12:45am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano promised Thursday that a new Obama Administration border drug-fighting strategy won't just focus on smugglers.She said the counternarcotics plan also will set its sights on reducing demand from drug users. EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL

12:19am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Digital Tech

Microsoft's Xbox 360 peripheral-free 3D motion-sensor is certainly impressive in E3 demos, but what happens when you unplug players entirely? ... When you take the controller away for an "untethered" experience, you introduce a brand new issue: What about feedback?

12:43am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW
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US Military

Army Private Matt Brown returned home on Thursday morning to screaming family and friends and his bride-to-be.

3:06pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Sarah Palin 2012

Palin warned that the government is planning to "bail out debt ridden states" so it can "get in there and control the people." "Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?" Palin asked. "It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained." [video]

5:16pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Animals and Transport

Busy beavers were on Friday blamed for a train derailment that spilled more than 20,000 liters of diesel fuel into the Ottawa River

5:20pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

The dog's owner, an 18-year-old man, rode a bicycle around the crossing arms as the train approached... dog apparently began following its owner and pulled the woman into the train's path... both died...

3:20pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Cartoons Count

ScreamOKLAHOMA CITY -- A political cartoon featuring Judge Sonia Sotomayor that was published in the Oklahoman is getting national attention from the Latino community... The cartoonist also said that to say he's insensitive is part of his job, like telling basketball players that they're tall.... [Oh, sure, that explains it perfectly.]

3:13pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

The Oklahoman newspaper -- which in 1999 was named 'The Worst Newspaper in America' by the Columbia Journalism Review -- is coming under fire for publishing a syndicated cartoon this week depicting Sonia Sotomayor strung up as a piñata in a tree.

3:11pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Women's groups and others are upset at an editorial cartoon that ran this week in The Oklahoman. The cartoon (below) shows U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor hanging from a tree like a piñata. Nearby, President Barack Obama, in a sombrero, is handing out bats to elephants (Republican senators?), saying, "Now, who wants to be first?" [WHAT editor approved this awful mess?]

2:42pm CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW

Securing Our Borders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the $60 million Operation Stonegarden outlays on Thursday. The money will help federal, state and local police deal with border security and immigration law enforcement issues. Texas is getting the most money, $16.8 million, followed by Arizona and California, which is getting $12 million. Money also is going to states that border Canada.

12:20am CDT Fri 2009 Jun 5 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaThe policies of the US president on the Palestinian issue are identical to ours, says Kadima MK Boim.... "Obama shockingly equated the destruction of European Jewry to the suffering Arabs brought upon themselves when they declared war on the nascent state of Israel," National Union MK Arye Eldad said. "If he doesn't understand the difference, perhaps he will when he visits the Buchenwald concentration camp [on Friday]. And if he still won't get it then, the Muslims will teach him a painful lesson that his predecessor learned on September 11."

6:48pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Protests include demonstrations outside US consulate, posters showing president in a kaffiyeh.

2:45pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

ObamaUS President Barack Obama sought a new beginning between the United States and Muslims in a speech on Thursday but offered no new initiative to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,

2:44pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Threats

China, Iran, Russia and Venezuela form a clique of authoritarian states that use their wealth and influence to undermine global democracy and rule of law

2:52pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

WW2 - still with us

Julius Schaub, Hitler's personal aide and adjutant, observes those around him at a party. After the 1944 bomb attempt on Hitler's life, Schaub is said to have falsely claimed to have been injured in the blast so he would be awarded a special badge by the Fuhrer. Schaub had actually been in another building at the time of the explosion. [Illustration]

2:56pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Transport Threat

PlaneHandgun Found on Plane at Philadelphia Airport , Police say someone waiting to board Flight 1195 around 7 a.m. Thursday noticed another passenger handing a carry-on bag directly to the airline employee, bypassing a security screening.

3:03pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Transport Tragedy

PlaneFirst, the autopilot disengaged, and then an alarm warned passengers that all hell was breaking loose on doomed Air France Flight 447. PHOTOS: Air France Flight 447 Search & Rescue It was...

2:46pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

PlaneThe Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday was flying too slowly ahead of the disaster, Le Monde newspaper said on Thursday, citing sources close to the inquiry.

2:45pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Under Tyranny

Cuba has shown no desire to rejoin. Socialist states like Venezuela and Nicaragua say they want to form an association that excludes the US.

3:00pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW
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Oklahoma

More military personnel might call Oklahoma home under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Brad Henry.

3:07pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

About 58 percent of Oklahomans lived in a household with Internet access in 2007--one of the lowest rates in the nation.. Only four states _ Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia _ had a lower rate..

12:40pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

This year's guest is Lt. Col. Dick Rutan, who flew around the world nonstop in his home-built airplane "Voyager," using only the fuel he had on board. He never stopped and never refueled... It will be hard for Bartlesville to say goodbye to the Expo. City officials estimate that in 22 years, attendance has been 75,000-85,000 people and produced well over $15,000,000 in economic impact...

12:34pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Animal Culture

About 3,000 of the migratory bird have settled in a two-acre area near a grocery store, restaurants and medical facilities... protected under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act..

12:45pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Evolution Isn't Easy

chimp
Research in tickling apes and infants suggests laughter evolved in a common ancestor more than 10 million years ago.
3:05pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

People Die

Mother-in-law and publicist don't believe Kung Fu star would take his own life, despite evidence to contrary

6:40pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

As an actor, and possibly as a human being, David Carradine was a walking yin-yang symbol, a bundle of opposites tightly stitched together... Carradine's manager said the actor had died of natural causes.. [Like, cessation of breath?]

6:19pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW

Thai police have said he was found naked, hanging in the closet of his hotel room....

2:58pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW
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Human Right

"He had strong convictions about what he did.... Not only as a physician but as one that tried to show the world that things were going on that threatened the fabric of a woman's life physically, mentally, emotionally and at times suicidal... a family doctor and as a champion of a woman's right to choose...."

12:39pm CDT Thu 2009 Jun 4 :MW
1

Obamanation

A bankruptcy judge is getting ready to decide whether Chrysler can terminate the franchise agreements of 789 of its dealers.... Chrysler says it needs to reduce its dealer base in order to cut costs and restructure. It says that many of the dealerships in question are either unprofitable or located too close to other Chrysler dealerships. But the dealers say they don't cost the automaker anything, just make it money by selling its cars and trucks.

12:10pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Digital Whoops Cascade

The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States, but U.S. officials said Wednesday the posting included no information that compromised national security.

1:55pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Political Theater

The poll just released by The Pew Research Center For The People & The Press, entitled, Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2009, confirms the conclusions reached by the recent Gallup organization polls (April-May, 2009)... , that the Republican Party is in trouble. Both of these organizations revealed that a mere 23% percent of voters now identify themselves as Republican. As a result, Republican standing in public opinion polls is at the lowest point since the Watergate scandal (1975). The polling demonstrates that Republicans have lost much of their once popular governing philosophy. The reason for this is that Republican political identity is based on unifying two contradictory political ideas, which can no longer peaceably co-exist; that is, social conservatism and libertarianism.

1:52pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Mass Murdering Monsters

A Briton has been murdered by al-Qaeda militants after their demand for the release of Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man from a British jail was rejected. Edwin Dyer’s death was confirmed by the Prime Minister yesterday after reports on an Islamist website that he had been killed on Sunday.

7:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Bin Laden said Mr. Obama is "following in the footsteps" of his predecessor

1:53pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Under Tyranny

Imogen Foulkes reports on the schooling in Switzerland of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's youngest son and possible successor.

2:05pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il has reportedly tapped his youngest son as his successor... Whoever takes over, analysts are not optimistic about a sudden softening of North Korea's tough outlook toward South Korea — or the rest of the world....

2:00pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Tax Money Will Fix All

Oklahoma could lose up to $80 million in highway money later this summer because of an anticipated shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday... would have to cancel or delay projects that have been in the pipeline for years...

12:18pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW
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Art of

Twisted pair cables were first used in telephone systems by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881

5:50pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Raising Ourselves

The "Brain Deads" is a new technique for talking to your kids. Dr. Julie Powell-Thomas explains Brain Deads is a communicate tool that can be used to respond to another's comments while remaining emotionally detached from the issue.

12:16pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Earth Shakes

Earthquakea major earthquake centered in the New Madrid seismic zone potentially is one of the most serious natural hazard threats facing the state of Missouri. Experts mostly agree that it is not a matter of if a significant earthquake will occur, but rather it is a matter of how soon one will happen.

1:56pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

The four, stamped sheet metal or molded plastic sections are each light enough to be carried by two workers. They'll fit up tight staircases and through narrow doors, allowing retrofitting in existing structures. All the appliances, pipes, and wires are built-in, limiting on-site construction to mere hook-up.

2:36pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Business Culture

...Ida Red is full of opportunities to rekindle long gone memories by picking up a Zagnut candy bar or some Clove and Black Jack gum... Candy and soda's popular, but the central focus of Ida Red is music and musical history, specifically Cain's Ballroom...

12:13pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

CNN News was in town Tuesday to highlight the accomplishments of two Tulsa-based businesses... SeekingSitters and Just Between Friends...

12:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Digital Tech

OCR software and ICR software technology are analytical artificial intelligence systems that consider sequences of characters rather than whole words or phrases. Based on the analysis of sequential lines and curves, OCR and ICR make 'best guesses' at characters using database look-up tables to closely associate or match the strings of characters that form words.

5:51pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Why can't I use a cable longer than 3 or 5m?

5:51pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

probably one of the most accurate open source OCR engines available

5:50pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Astronomic

First of all, I want to thank [~knuten]: his lists gave me the inspiration for this one. Second, this list is just a collection of infos with no claim of objectivity: several etymologies are a mere personal speculation and cannot be verified. The list is constantly under construction, so please feel free to contact me for corrections and/or suggestions. Or just ask me a question, I'll do my best to find an exhaustive answer.

2:36pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW
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US Military

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and four former U.S. attorneys are among those pressing military officials to throw out an Army officer's murder conviction in the death of an Iraqi detainee.

7:40pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

The U.S. Air Force and Boeing are gearing up to loft the X-37B into space in 2010. ...an unpiloted military space plane...

2:12pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Defending Ourselves

When a baseball bat burglar threatened bodily harm, deli owner-victim Mohammed Sohail unexpectedly turned the tables and pulled out a shotgun. The weapon wasn't loaded, but the desperate thief didn't know, as security cameras rolled, catching every second of the incredible crime. The would-be thief suddenly surrendered, got down on his knees, blubbering and sobbing like a baby. Sohail has a soft heart for a man down on his luck and he'd struggled in the past, too. So he struck a deal with the crying crook. He told him to promise he'd never rob anyone again.

2:10pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

A Chicago ordinance banning handguns and automatic weapons within city limits was upheld by a U.S. Court of Appeals panel, which rejected a challenge by the National Rifle Association.

2:06pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW

Transport Pleasures

Don't you hate it when someone steals your parking space? [video]

2:28pm CDT Wed 2009 Jun 3 :MW
1

Obamanation

ObamaPresident Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy -- provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful. [Umm.....]

11:58am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

ObamaPresident Barack Obama tells the BBC he believes the US can get serious Middle East peace negotiations back on track... rather than imposing its values on other countries, the US should act as a role model...

11:57am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Police Riot

Maurice White Jr. arrested following traffic stop. Oklahoma paramedic who was at the center of confrontation with OHP is accused of resisting arrest. [video]

10:05am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Political Theater

The TV host Bill O'Reilly found himself under attack from liberal bloggers for his condemnations of Dr. George R. Tiller, who was killed on Sunday.... a 2006 clip from Mr. O'Reilly's radio show in which he said, "If I could get my hands on Tiller," followed quickly by: "Well, you know. Can't be vigilantes. Can't do that. It's just a figure of speech."...

11:38am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Transport Whoops!

Thousands of Oklahoma motorists are getting blindsided when their PikePass tells them they're breaking the law... PikePass is confused by the state's new license plates

10:17am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Disturbing Family Patterns

woman accused of leading an armed robbery gang involving her 12- and 14-year-old sons.... "If anything surprises me, it's that it took them so long."

11:43am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Violence

Veteran Miami-Dade prosecutor David Ranck faces battery charges after an alleged scuffle with a pizza delivery woman on Saturday during a delivery that went horribly wrong. It's the second report of prosecutors gone wild in the past week. A Broward County prosecutor was arrested late last week for punching a cop in the back of the head during a barroom fight.

2:31pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Court documents show that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the suspect in the shooting of two army personnel, has allegedly confessed. He had recently traveled to Yemen, and was under a Joint Terror Task Force investigation.

11:32am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Whoops!

his costume was too realistic, and someone thought a masked gunman was walking into the store

4:01pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Transport Tragedy

no signs of life... An airplane seat, a life jacket, metallic debris and signs of fuel were found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday by Brazilian military pilots searching for a missing Air France airliner.

11:50am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Digital Tyranny

Access to the popular social networking service Twitter and email service Hotmail was blocked across mainland China late on Tuesday afternoon, two days before the twentieth anniversary of a bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square... "If anything surprises me, it's that it took them so long...."

11:41am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Under Tyranny

26-year-old son _ said to be competitive, proficient in English and a heavy drinker... classmate recalled him as timid and introverted but an avid skier and basketball player who was a big fan of the NBA star Michael Jordan and action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme... eldest son, Jong Nam, 38, was considered the favorite to succeed his father until he was caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport in 2001. He reportedly told Japanese officials he wanted to visit Tokyo's Disney resort. Kim considers the middle son, Jong Chol, too effeminate for the job, according to his former sushi chef....

11:47am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Kim Jong Un, the 25-year old youngest son of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, has been formally declared as his successor... seems to confirm... after a serious illness last summer, 67-year old Kim Jong Il is preparing for his family's continued rule...

11:39am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW
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Art of

Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil, 1969—1983 ... an acclaimed, but short-lived series of stories....
9:43am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Oklahoma

Curtis Cullen of Foyil recently graduated from West Point. He has new experiences and leadership skills to continue to serve his country and lead others.

10:12am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo has been an Oklahoma tradition since 1940. Part Wild West show and part Coliseum-style spectacle, the rodeo is part of Oklahoma's history that remained largely unchanged until the addition of women to the rodeo.

9:31am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Marriage Today

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday he supports gays being able to marry but believes states, not the federal government, should make the decision.

11:31am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Earth Shakes

EarthquakeRichard Allen has created... a suite of algorithms designed to measure real time seismic data and then rapidly detect the initiation of an earthquake

3:04pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Healing Ourselves

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons located in the ventral horn of the spinal cord and the cortical neurons that provide their afferent input.

9:35am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Anthropology

"This is the first link to all humans, the closest thing we can get to a direct ancestor."

12:22pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Digital Business

GoogleGoogle Inc's free mobile-phone operating system will begin running computers next quarter, entering a market dominated by Microsoft Corp's Windows and deepening the rivalry between the two companies...

11:45am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

A ferrofluid (from the Latin ferrum, meaning iron) is a liquid which becomes strongly polarised in the presence of a magnetic field.

12:20pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Transport Business

A day after seeking bankruptcy protection, the automaker said that it had tentatively agreed to sell the unit, and that the deal would probably save more than 3,000 U.S. jobs.

10:19am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

the Perryman Ditch, a 1 1/4-mile concrete tunnel that will drain stormwater from the Peoria Avenue area into the Arkansas River

10:06am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Modern Family Life

hemp
…told police he grew marijuana with his son so he could be a "cool dad,"
3:59pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

While leaving the baby by the road was a criminal act, state law does provide for the legal abandonment of newborns at certain designated locations.

3:58pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

A mother has had her three-year-old daughter taken away from her by social services after authorities deemed her too stupid to look after the child.

3:56pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Copy Rights

Novelist JD Salinger takes legal action to block a book billed as a follow-up to his classic book The Catcher in the Rye.

11:03am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Digital Tech

Microsoft's New Xbox Motion Sensor Blows Wii Away, Project Natal takes the idea of the Wii motion controller five steps further -- by removing the controller.... uses cameras and a microphone mounted to a Wii-style sensor bar to detect the user. It recognizes movements, talking, and can even tell the difference between me and my grandma....

11:01am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Headline of the Day

...were being driven away from their reception when Georgette spotted smoke coming from a house... The bride -- still in her wedding dress -- jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the burning house, yelling at those inside to get out... When they didn't, Clemons reportedly charged through a thick, black veil of smoke to lead them to safety.... all the occupants of the home got out safely, including two dogs and two ferrets. ... "my shoes got messed up, but what are you going to do? At least the people are ok."

3:58pm CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW
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Securing Our Borders

Americans driving to Vancouver, B.C., or taking a ferry to Victoria must have one of the designated documents: a passport, passport card, Washington State enhanced driver's license or a "trusted traveler" document such as the Nexus card. There are exemptions...

11:33am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Defending Ourselves

"I gave every weapon of mine to my attorney. I swear to the Lord."

9:19am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW

Build Well and Solidly

bambooschool Traditional brick school facades could become a thing of the past as educational institutions aim for sustainability. Last week, I took a look at Project FROG's modular school design, and now Bamboo Living has announced that the first U.S. school building constructed entirely of sustainable bamboo is complete.

11:35am CDT Tue 2009 Jun 2 :MW
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Obamanation

ObamaIt was the one campaign pledge President Obama didn't dare break — a promise to take his wife out for dinner and a show once the election was over.

2:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

ObamaNo news is good news. That's the feeling at two local Bartlesville dealerships that sell General Motors products. GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, giving the federal government a majority ownership in the automaker. Fourteen plant reductions are expected as GM hones its downsized brands to Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick, according to a news release issued on its Web site today. The reinvented company is expected to launch within 60 to 90 days.

1:59pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Political Theater

Harlem congressman Charles Rangel apologized Monday for a cringe-worthy crack that President Obama ought to watch his back on the streets of New York.

2:02pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Transport Tragedy

A search was under way off the Brazilian coast after Air France lost contact with a plane carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

2:13pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW
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Art of

[Photo]

2:46pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Earth Shakes

EarthquakeThe quake caused 80 million tons of dirt and trees to slide from the southeast side of the canyon into the Madison River at an estimated 100 miles per hour. The force of the slide displaced both the air in the canyon and the water in the Madison River below and buried the Rock Creek public campground. The slide created a barrier across the Madison River that formed a new lake that still exists today, Quake Lake. All told, twenty-eight people lost their lives in the quake and its aftermath.

2:04pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Anthropology

Researchers have made a virtual reconstruction of a female Neanderthal pelvis found in Israel. Although the size of the reconstructed birth canal shows that Neanderthal childbirth was about as difficult as in present-day humans, the shape indicates that Neanderthals retained a more primitive birth mechanism than modern humans.

3:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Spacecraft

A NASA Boeing 747 carrying the shuttle took off from Edwards Air Force Base at 8:07 a.m. PDT Monday. NASA spokeswoman Leslie Williams said the first stop will be at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas. Weather will determine how long it takes to reach Florida.

2:01pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Digital Business

Windows LogoMicrosoft will eliminate an artificial limitation that prevents three concurrent applications from running under Windows 7 Starter Edition for netbooks, the company said late Friday

2:00pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Prehistory - still with us

volcano
A previously unknown giant volcanic eruption that led to global mass extinction 260 million years ago has been uncovered.
3:09pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

MouseMice carrying a "humanized version" of a gene believed to influence speech and language may not actually talk, but they nonetheless do have a lot to say about our evolutionary past, according to a new report.

3:07pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Business Culture

Beginning with the opening bell on Monday, June 8, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will have two new components: The Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV) instead of Citigroup Inc. (C), and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) instead of General Motors Corp.

9:46pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Man and Woman

Our brain is wired to identify gender based on facial cues and coloring, according to a new study. Psychologists found the luminescence of the eyebrow and mouth region is vital in rapid gender discrimination.

3:10pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

In our genes

Stretches of DNA previously believed to be useless 'junk' DNA play a vital role in the evolution of our genome, researchers have now shown. They found that unstable pieces of junk DNA help tuning gene activity and enable organisms to quickly adapt to changes in their environments.

3:10pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW
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Nature can be Beautiful

LightningA semicontinuous current flow has been measured above electrified clouds. Called the Wilson current, this phenomenon has long been considered a critical component of the global electric circuit; however, only a few studies have directly investigated this current, yielding only a few dozen measurements.

3:11pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW

Defending Ourselves

The Blair Holt Act would prohibit unlicensed gun ownership, meaning customers couldn't purchase firearms at gun shows without a state license.

1:56pm CDT Mon 2009 Jun 1 :MW