Saturday, March 30, 2013

KKK plans rally in Memphis Saturday to celebrate white peoples' rights

KKK plans rally in Memphis Saturday to celebrate white peoples' rights

MEMPHIS, TN - There is a lot to be angry about if you're in the Ku Klux Klan.

As local leader of the Loyal White Knights, Edward the Exalted Cyclops organized a barbecue last month to make plans for Saturday's demonstration to show that white people still have rights.

Edward curses sparingly, drinks rarely, and keeps his hair clipped short -- his tribute to his old-fashioned Christian values. With a voice to match his hulking frame, Edward issues commands, not requests, and rarely bookends his sentences with "please" or "thank you."

Edward asked not to be identified by his full name because of concerns for the safety of his family and his business, which he suspects would suffer if people knew he is in the Klan.......(Pussy ! )

There's so many coming, it's hard for me to keep track of 'em," said Imperial Wizard Chris Barker, who is the head of the Loyal White Knights, which has a presence in 15 states, mostly east of the Mississippi.

Barker refers to the rally as a "white unity event," and a protest of the council's attempt "to erase white people out of the history books."

To Barker and Edward, the Klan's agenda is pretty simple: Send the immigrants back where they came from, silence the homosexuals and the communists (known as liberals today), promote sobriety and abstinence, end abortion, and discourage the mingling of races in a way "God never intended."

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/kkk-plans-rally-in-memphis-saturday-to-celebrate-white-peoples-rights#ixzz2P1peUm00

Friday, March 29, 2013

Don Young talks economy, Wetbacks......

Don Young talks economy, Arctic development | KRBD

Young also believes that Americans need to bring industry back to this country rather than relying on imports. Doing so would increase jobs, although he understands that automation has reduced the number of labor positions available.

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

(Click on link to hear full radio interview)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

San Jose teacher seeks funds to bring Latino astronaut to campus

San Jose teacher seeks funds to bring Latino astronaut to campus - San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- At a bilingual charter school in Southeast San Jose, teacher Victoria Ramirez is working to better the odds for her first-graders -- to set them not only on the path to college, but also toward her alma mater, UC Berkeley and, among her first-generation American students, to light the fire of interest in math and science, specifically space technology.

To help do that, the second-year teacher has invited retired NASA astronaut José Hernandez to speak next month. She talked Hernandez into lowering his speaking fee from $15,000 to $2,500 and to visit on a Saturday so families could attend.

She's still short of her goal but is not giving up.

How to contribute
To contribute to the astronaut speaker fund: go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-jose-hernandez-to-1st-grade

IRS warns of 'dirty dozen' tax scams

IRS warns of 'dirty dozen' tax scams - Mar. 27, 2013

Why does this commercial bother me ?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Analysis of Supreme Court Arguments on Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage Case - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

Analysis of Supreme Court Arguments on Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage Case - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

The Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a California law banning same-sex marriage. Times reporters offered analysis of the arguments, with audio excerpts posted........(Click on link to listen)

The Untouchables....The NRA Klan

Staring down the NRA - Editorials - MiamiHerald.com

When Seevakumaran pointed a tactical rifle at him, Mr. Babakhani, 24, slammed and locked the bedroom door and hid behind furniture while dialing 911. When police arrived prepared for mayhem they found Seevakumaran had used his weapon on himself and died. They also found four makeshift explosives in his backpack, an assault rifle, a handgun, high-capacity ammunition drums and hundreds of bullets. Plus, two 22-round magazines were waiting for the killer in the mailroom.
    
The carnage averted at UCF in Orlando could happen anywhere. It already has at other university towns, at movie theaters and on military bases.

And yet, after the carnage in December that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the shootings of teenagers in Overtown and Liberty City, the drive-by killing of a mother talking with a friend outside her home in Liberty City — after all of that and so much more from coast to coast — Congress still seems unable to ban assault weapons.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/25/3306271/staring-down-the-nra.html#storylink=cpy

Shame on The NRA !




http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/03/25/newtown-residents-upset-about-nra-robocalls/

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Skype for Windows Phone 8 adds HD video support

Windows Phone 8 users can now chat with their Skype contacts in high-definition video.

Out today, version 2.4 of Skype for Windows Phone 8 taps into the hardware acceleration in Microsoft's mobile OS to enable high-quality video calls.

Lower-end phones will deliver VGA video. But higher-end devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, and Samsung Ativ S, can amp that up to 720P HD video, Skype said today in a blog about the new version.



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Are Republicans Abusing the Filibuster on Nominees? - Bloomberg

Are Republicans Abusing the Filibuster on Nominees? - Bloomberg

At various times in history, members of the U.S. Senate have adopted one of three positions with respect to presidential nominees for the federal judiciary:

1. The blank check: A senator should vote to confirm anyone the president chooses.

2. The competence and character test: A senator should vote to confirm anyone the president chooses, unless the nominee is incompetent or suffers from a fatal character flaw (as demonstrated, for example, by corruption).

3. The out-of-the-mainstream test: A senator should vote to confirm anyone the president chooses, unless the nominee’s views are unacceptably extreme.

Under Barack Obama’s administration, influential Senate Republicans seem to have adopted a fourth view:

4. The disagreement test: If a senator strongly disagrees with a view expressed by a nominee, at any point in that nominee’s career, he should support a filibuster against the president’s choice.

As it is currently being used, the disagreement test is unprecedented. True, the Senate has sometimes played an aggressive role in the confirmation process. And true, Senate Democrats ramped up their scrutiny under President George W. Bush. But the disagreement test is now going beyond anything we have seen before, and it is producing an increasingly unworkable situation.

A Message from The Pope

"Les quiero pedir que caminemos juntos todos, cuidemos los unos a los otros, cuídense entre ustedes, no se hagan daño, cuídense, cuídense la vida", dijo el flamante papa a sus compatriotas. "Cuiden la familia, cuiden la naturaleza, cuiden a los niños, cuiden a los viejos; que no haya odio, que no haya pelea, dejen de lado la envidia, no le saquen el cuero (critiquen) a nadie", agregó.

Monday, March 18, 2013

RNC to spend $10 million on minority outreach, seeks to limit nominating calendar and debates - The Washington Post

RNC to spend $10 million on minority outreach, seeks to limit nominating calendar and debates - The Washington Post

 
WASHINGTON — Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012.

China river's dead pig toll passes 13,000 but officials say water quality is 'normal' - Behind The Wall

China river's dead pig toll passes 13,000 but officials say water quality is 'normal' - Behind The Wall

BEIJING – To the chagrin of Shanghai city residents, there’s more “pork chop soup” on the menu for the foreseeable future.

More than a week since authorities in Shanghai started pulling thousands of dead pigs from one of the city’s major waterways, the Huangpu River, municipal authorities in that city of 23 million are continuing to pull hundreds of carcasses from its waterways each day, bringing the total since last week to over 13,000.

Workers on Sunday pulled nearly 500 pigs from the Huangpu, bringing the total found from that river alone to over 9,500. The Huangpu River supplies over a fifth of Shanghai’s drinking water.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cardinals Elect Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as New Pope - NYTimes.com

Cardinals Elect Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as New Pope - NYTimes.com

VATICAN CITY — With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, the first South American to ever lead the church.

The new pope, 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io) will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hack Attack: China and the U.S. Trade Barbs on Cyberwarfare

The gloves are off. For years, the White House has danced around the sensitive topic of Chinese hacking into American computer systems that is believed to have compromised everything from electrical grids to the email accounts of researchers focusing on China’s human-rights record. Public finger-pointing at Chinese hackers has been left largely to the American legislative branch or to private Western cyber-security firms like Mandiant or McAfee, which have produced reports linking the Chinese military to online espionage. Even when U.S. President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of cyberwarfare in his State of the Union Address last month and then issued an executive order to protect America’s online borders, he declined to specifically name China as an offender.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/03/12/hack-attack-china-and-the-u-s-trade-barbs-on-cyberwarfare/#ixzz2NKurdetg

Monday, March 11, 2013

IS RED WINE GOOD MEDICINE?



Is there really enough news about wine and health to justify a whole conference? Boy howdy, yes! Avid newshounds will have noticed that studies about red wine and its various health benefits come out nearly every day, the purported advantages ranging from red wine lowering the risk of depression and dementia, to cardiovascular benefits the likes of boosting good cholesterol and lowering bad.

Overall, the health message seems pretty clear: Have a glass of red wine now and then, why don'cha! Not dozens of glasses at a sitting, of course. Not while you're driving. Not to replace exercise. But a glass of wine with dinner may just be the thing for a general tilt toward better living.

Much of what ends up in a bottle of wine happens to be the very stuff that plants use to defend themselves from disease. To a grape vine, resveratrol is a way to defend itself against pathogens or attackers. Oak is prized in winemaking because of a compound called tannin, which contributes to wine's ability to age; you know it as that prickly feeling a very dry red wine can leave on your tongue. To the oak tree, however, tannin is something it uses to defend itself against bugs and disease.

http://livebetteramerica.aol.com/dara-moskowitz-grumdahl/red-wine-health-benefits_b_2839391.html?igoogle=1&just_reloaded=1#es_share_ended

Daily Dot | Texas law would allow legal documents to be served on Facebook

Daily Dot | Texas law would allow legal documents to be served on Facebook
So if you’re in Texas and you’re being sued, your spouse wants a divorce, your car’s been repoed, or you’re facing any of a thousand other civil issues, a tweet, Facebook message or comment on your blog might count as legal notice, if House Bill 1989 becomes law. (And woe unto you if you skip out on a court date because you never saw the notice ordering you there in the first place!)

If the bill is approved, serving notice through social media will be legally acceptable as long as the defendant has (and regularly checks) a social media profile—and as long as the profile actually belongs to the correct defendant.

This has the potential for multiple problems. Facebook messages, tweets or blog comments aren’t always seen by their recipients—especially if they’re not official “friends” or “followers.” But as long as a judge finds that you reasonably should have seen the message, you’ll be considered properly served. But unless the person serving you pays Facebook a dollar, or gets you to accept a friend request, that legal notice could be sucked into your “other” folder, never to be seen.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

World's Richest Billionaires 2013: Forbes









http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/worlds-richest-billionaires-forbes_n_2793636.html?utm_hp_ref=business

Bumble Bee Tuna Recall

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods LLC is recalling some of its 5-ounce canned tuna because of a risk the fish could spoil.

The company said Wednesday that some cans' seals may not be tight enough. Loose seals could let in pathogens and spoil the tuna, sickening an eater.

There have been no reports so far of any related illnesses.

The cans were distributed to retailers across the country between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28 and have "best by" rates that range from Jan. 16, 2016 through Jan. 18, 2016.

The products subject to the recall include Bumble Bee brand and Brunswick brand 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore in water and chunk light tuna in water and vegetable oil.

Consumers who think they may have purchased one of the recalled products can contact Bumble Bee to get their money back and throw away the canned tuna.

Bumble Bee is privately held and based in San Diego.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/bumble-bee-tuna-recall_n_2821758.html?utm_hp_ref=business

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies

Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies at 58 - CNN.com



Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) -- Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela who cast himself as a "21st century socialist" and foe of the United States, died Tuesday, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Chavez, who had battled cancer, was 58.

The Flawed Case Tying Conservatism to Racism | RealClearPolitics

The Flawed Case Tying Conservatism to Racism | RealClearPolitics

As the Republican Party girds itself for the consequences of sequestration, prepares for the coming rounds of budget battles, and continues to lay the groundwork for the midterm elections of 2014 and beyond, the question of “whither conservatism?” is much on the minds of observers of American politics. Sensible men and women, right and left, know that the answer is bound up with conservatism’s origins, guiding principles, and the strategic judgments of movement leaders.

According to Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, conservatism is headed nowhere good. This, he maintains, is because modern American movement conservatism originated in the 1950s in a political doctrine poisoned by racism. And even though conservatives have enthusiastically elected young leaders who come from minority groups --including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Govs. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana -- the GOP remains in the grip of that poisonous doctrine.


Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center

Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center

Opinion: ICE is the agency everyone loves to hate

A bigger, ongoing problem with ICE is that the agency seems to be conflicted about its mission. The Obama Administration says its immigration policy is focused on detaining dangerous criminals who are a threat to public safety. Yet according to ICE memos obtained by USA Today, ICE officials made plans to go after undocumented immigrants who committed minor crimes. USA Today’s report claims officials went through driver’s license records, staked out traffic safety checkpoints, and detained low-level offenders – all to meet deportation quotas. But Vincent Picard, ICE Public Affairs Director for the Southern region, stated that “USA Today’s story lacks context and does not present an accurate picture of ICE’s focus on criminal offenders.” Picard also said the Atlanta field personnel were discussing possible steps on pursuing criminal offenders, and “few of the contemplated steps were ever pursued.”

In fact, ICE set another record in 2012 for deportations, removing 409,849 undocumented immigrants from the U.S. Forty-five percent of these deportees had no criminal records whatsoever. Of the 55 percent classified as “criminals,” most were convicted of low-level crimes and immigration violations – not violent crimes, drug offenses, or DUIs. As one advocacy group point out, ICE is deporting the same undocumented immigrants that President Obama wants to put on a path to citizenship.

ICE has internal problems as well. The president of the ICE employees union, Chris Crane,recently told the House Judiciary Committee that the agency ranked 279th out of 291 federal agencies for employee job satisfaction. “Outside influences have in large part eroded the order, stability, and effectiveness of the agency,” he said, “creating confusion among ICE employees.” It has also led to open dissent; a group of ICE agents is suing the Obama Administration over the Deferred Action policy, which they contend prevents them from doing their job.

by Raul A. Reyes
http://nbclatino.com/2013/03/04/opinion-ice-is-the-agency-everyone-loves-to-hate/

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mississippi Baby Born With HIV 'Functionally Cured,' Doctors Say - ABC News

Mississippi Baby Born With HIV 'Functionally Cured,' Doctors Say - ABC News

A Mississippi baby born with HIV more than two years ago appears to be the first documented case of a child's being cured of the virus, according to doctors and scientists.

The unidentified child has now been "functionally cured" and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of the HIV infection. If the child remains healthy, it would mark only the second time in the world's history that a person has been cured of HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

China’s labor camps come under scrutiny - The Washington Post

China’s labor camps come under scrutiny - The Washington Post

After decades of stonewalling, Chinese officials have begun to address public concern over the camps, slowing their use and signaling that a parliamentary meeting of China’s top leaders in Beijing this week could bring broader changes.

That prospect has thrust the camps forward as an early litmus test for how serious China’s new top leaders are in vowing to reform broken and corrupt parts of the government. But it has also invited skepticism from human rights activists and legal scholars who have long regarded China’s legal system as a source of injustice.

The obstacles to reform have also become increasingly apparent in recent weeks as government officials have backtracked from the initial idea of abolishing the labor camps entirely, even though they operate outside the legal system.

A big hurdle, legal experts say, is that authorities have grown dependent on labor camps as an expedient way to silence critics. Police can send people to the camps for up to four years with no judicial process. Citizens have been punished for crimes as trivial as writing an unflattering blog post about a local official.

What causes a sinkhole

What causes sinkholes? It's a question that's been on many minds lately, following the news that a sinkhole had opened suddenly beneath a home not far from Tampa, Fla. last Thursday and swallowed up a man who lived there.

As the name suggests, sinkholes are naturally occurring holes in the surface of the earth. Sinkholes can form gradually or -- as in the tragic case in Florida -- suddenly. They form in areas where water flowing underground has dissolved rock -- typically limestone -- below the surface, leading to the formation of underground voids into which the surface sediment falls, according to the website of the Florida Sinkhole Research Institute. They vary in size from 1 to 600 meters.

Sinkholes are found all over the world. In the U.S., sinkholes are especially common in Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Florida, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/what-causes-sinkholes-florida-tragedy-science-subsidence_n_2799848.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sequestration 2013

OMB REPORT TO THE CONGRESS ON THE JOINT COMMITTEE SEQUESTRATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013


OMB REPORT TO THE CONGRESS ON THE JOINT COMMITTEE SEQUESTRATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/sequestration-2013_n_2796289.html#report?igoogle=1

The Sequester, Explained | Mother Jones

The Sequester, Explained | Mother Jones

Where did the whole idea of sequestration originate? It goes back to 1985. The tax cuts of Ronald's Reagan early years, combined with his aggressive defense buildup, produced a growing budget deficit that eventually prompted passage of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. GRH set out a series of ambitious deficit reduction targets, and to put teeth into them it specified that if the targets weren't met, money would automatically be "sequestered," or held back, by the Treasury Department from the agencies to which it was originally appropriated. The act was declared unconstitutional in 1986, and a new version was passed in 1987.

Sequestration never really worked, though, and it was repealed in 1990 and replaced by a new budget deal. After that, it disappeared down the Washington, DC, memory hole for the next 20 years.
What about the 2013 version? Where did that come from? In the summer of 2011, Republicans decided to hold the country hostage, insisting that they'd refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless President Obama agreed to substantial deficit reduction. After months of negotiations over a "grand bargain" finally broke down in July, Republicans proposed a plan that would (a) make some cuts immediately and (b) create a bipartisan committee to propose further cuts down the road. But they wanted some kind of automatic trigger in case the committee couldn't agree on those further cuts, so the White House hauled out sequestration from the dustbin of history as an enforcement mechanism. It would go into effect automatically if no deal was reached.

In the end, no immediate cuts were made, but a "supercommittee" was set up to propose $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction later in the year. To make sure everyone was motivated to make a deal, the sequester was designed to be brutal: a set of immediate, across-the-board cuts to both defense spending and domestic spending, starting on January 1, 2013. The idea was that everyone would hate this so much they'd be sure to agree on a substitute.

Needless to say, no such agreement was reached. So now we're stuck with the automatic sequestration cuts.

DANG !...Man Feared Dead After Sinkhole Swallows Bedroom - VIDEO

Man Feared Dead After Sinkhole Swallows Bedroom - VIDEO

Friday, March 1, 2013

TGIF.....The heck with it, go out and have a good time =D

GOP lawmaker: CPAC snub of Christie shows 'narrow-minded bigotry' - The Hill's Ballot Box

GOP lawmaker: CPAC snub of Christie shows 'narrow-minded bigotry' - The Hill's Ballot Box

The Conservative Political Action Conference's decision not to invite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) shows "a narrow-minded bigotry" from the GOP, a furious Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) told The Hill on Thursday.

"If Republicans had any brains they'd stay away from CPAC," King said. "The thought that he's being penalized because he sought to get the aid for Sandy relief is disgraceful regional bias. To hold that out against him shows a narrow-minded bigotry from the party."