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The New Anti-Atheists
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 4/23/2013 4:36:09 PM     Post Reply
Proselytizers of atheism seem to have concluded that if they’re big enough jerks, they will seduce the faithful into abandoning God. It’s sort of like asking Don Rickles to run your customer-service desk. Christopher Hitchens was a friend, but when he talked about religion, he could be — to use a technical term — a Grade-A Schmuck. Likewise, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the other champions of a soulless, antiseptic world have all the charm of a toothache when they lecture people to kick the habit of the opiate of the masses.

College athlete ends career
to donate bone marrow
CNHI News Service, by Alex Lippa    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 4/23/2013 4:33:38 PM     Post Reply
PLAISTOW, N.H. — Last month, Cameron Lyle of Plaistow, New Hampshire had a decision to make. He could finish up his senior season of track at the University of New Hampshire, or he could give the season up and have an opportunity to save someone’s life. It was a no-brainer. Lyle will be donating his bone marrow to an anonymous recipient on April 24. As a result, he will have to miss the final two meets of his career, including the America East Championships, where he was hoping to throw shot put.

Venezuela declares
90-day electricity "emergency"
Reuters, by Marianna Parraga and Pablo Garibian    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/23/2013 4:23:04 PM     Post Reply
CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro´s government declared a 90-day "emergency" in Venezuela´s electricity sector on Tuesday to speed up infrastructure work and equipment imports needed to prevent politically-contentious power cuts. Officials have blamed periodic blackouts on sabotage and excessive consumption, while critics say the sector is suffering from poor management and inefficiency following the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez´s nationalization of the sector. Maduro, who won a vote to succeed his former mentor Chavez this month, has promised a government of "efficiency" to tackle day-to-day problems like power outages plaguing the South American nation´s



Michael Poppins
National Review, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 4/23/2013 4:22:01 PM     Post Reply
A few years ago, after an enjoyable match at the nearby Victoria Cricket Club, I arrived at Rustico, a fine restaurant in the small village of Flatts at the western end of Harrington Sound in Bermuda. (Snip) If you fly in from overseas, as often as he does, you can’t help noticing America is extremely obese: It’s the first thing foreigners remark on, and, if they then prod a little deeper and notice the trillions of dollars of debt, there’s a general sense that a population this unhealthy-looking

Contra Costa Meals On Wheels
Facing Cuts, May Drop 200 Seniors
CBS Local [San Francisco, CA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 4/23/2013 4:17:42 PM     Post Reply
Martinez — Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa launched an urgent appeal for more donations Monday, saying that a funding shortage could force it to drop 200 people from its roster of 1,200 seniors receiving home-delivered meals. The Martinez-based nonprofit group currently uses 800 volunteers per year to deliver one nutritious meal each day to 1,200 homebound, low-income elderly people throughout Contra Costa County, according to program director Paul Kraintz. (snip) But he said a crucial blow has been the loss of $100,000 in funding as a result of the federal budget sequestration.

Military base unaware of any
poison attack after Harry Reid
warns of ‘ricin incident’
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 4/23/2013 3:44:36 PM     Post Reply
Washington—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that there had been another incident involving the poison ricin at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military installation, but the public-affairs office at Bolling immediately said it was unaware of any ricin attack on the base. “I can’t give you any more details,” Reid told reporters. “When I left the room here, I had a [note that] said there’s been an alleged ricin incident at Bolling Air Force Base. That’s all I know. I just read it, walking in there.” “I don’t know of anything that Harry Reid’s talking about,” Bolling public-affairs

Slain bombing suspect bought "lock
and load" fireworks in February
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2013 3:37:34 PM     Post Reply
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev purchased two "lock and load" pyrotechnics in February from a fireworks store in New Hampshire, CBS News has learned. William Weimer, vice president of Phantom Fireworks, confirmed that the now-deceased bombing suspect purchased the fireworks on Feb. 6 at the company´s Seabrook, N.H., location. He said that each firework has 24 shells containing 60 grams of composition of powder, half of which is black powder. Weimer said that he does not believe what was purchased was enough to be used in bombs.



Fireworks erupt between
Sessions, Napolitano over morale
of ICE agents during Senate hearing
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 4/23/2013 3:35:41 PM     Post Reply
During a Senate hearing on immigration reform Tuesday, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had a testy back-and-forth over the performance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Sessions challenged Napolitano on whether she had met with leader of the ICE employees’ union in the wake of reports of low morale among ICE agents. Napolitano replied that she had not. “I think you should have met with them,” Sessions said. “I think there’s a real problem there. We have a very real problem. In December of 2012, a few months ago, a

After bombings, a push to restore
the death penalty
Telegram & Gazette [Worcester,MA], by John J. Monahan    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 4/23/2013 3:33:46 PM     Post Reply
BOSTON—Hoping to capitalize on public anger over the Boston Marathon bombing, a group of state legislators, including U.S. Senate candidate Daniel B. Winslow, has revived a proposal to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts. Advocates for the measure, first proposed by Gov. Mitt Romney in 2005 and repeatedly rejected by the Legislature, said at a Statehouse press conference this morning that they have included it as an amendment to the state budget being debated in the House this week. Massachusetts abolished the death penalty in 1984. “We have this option on the federal side. We should have the same

Ricin Suspect Released from Jail
Associated Press, by Jeff Amy    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 4/23/2013 3:19:15 PM     Post Reply
OXFORD, Miss. The Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge was released from jail on Tuesday, federal official said, though the reason for the release wasn´t immediately clear. Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., said Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody. Woodfin said he doesn´t know if there were any conditions on the release. The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing without explaining the reason for the change.

Was Boston Marathon bombing
a US ´intelligence failure´?
Christian Science Monitor, by Peter Grier    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/23/2013 3:13:59 PM     Post Reply
Was the Boston Marathon bombing the result of an intelligence failure? That’s the question members of the House and Senate intelligence committees will be asking senior FBI officials at closed hearings on Tuesday. In particular they and other lawmakers want to know how Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s six-month trip to Russia in 2011 and 2012 could have escaped the FBI’s attention, despite the fact that he had already been investigated for possible extremist ties. Senate intelligence panel chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California on Monday said she did not understand why the elder Tsarnaev brother’s visit



8-year-old Dorchester victim of
Marathon attacks laid to rest
Boston Herald, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2013 3:03:06 PM     Post Reply
Little Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, has been laid to rest. “The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous,” said a statement released this morning from his parents, Denise and Bill Richard. “This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.” Martin was killed in a bomb blast that injured his mother and younger sister. His family celebrated a private funeral Mass this morning, the statement said. A public memorial service is planned

Boy, 15, shot to death near
Obama home: ´Call my mama´
Chicago Tribune, by Lolly Bowean, Adam Sege*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2013 2:54:57 PM     Post Reply
Cornelius German told his mother he was afraid to wait for her at the bus stop because of all the shootings lately, so he asked her to meet him at a friend´s. Timika Rutledge said she and the boy´s father pulled up to a home and waited Monday night, even blowing the horn for him to come out. Then they saw police arrive. "I saw an officer and I stopped him and asked, ´Officer, what´s going on?´ " "A kid got shot in the back," he told Rutledge. "I went back there and saw my son's jacket and his gym shoes. I just bought those shoes. I saw him laying in the grass in the backyard. ... I knew it was him in the dark.

Fox News Tops All Of Cable
Last Week, First Time Since
2005 Hurricane Katrina
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2013 2:50:00 PM     Post Reply
In what can be considered a very rare ratings victory for a news network, Fox News beat out all other cable programming in total viewership last week during its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. In both total day and primetime totals for the week of April 15-21, Fox beat out cable powerhouses like the USA Network (which typically ranks first), the History Channel, A&E, and Nickelodeon. Election coverage notwithstanding, the last time a news network ranked first among all cable was nearly a decade ago during coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Homeland Security knew of
older bomb suspect´s Russia trip
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2013 2:47:29 PM     Post Reply
BOSTON- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday her department knew of one Boston bombing suspect´s trip to Russia. However, the FBI did not know of Tamerlan Tsarnaev´s trip to a region of Russia dominated by Islamist violence, The Hill reported, because an airline misspelled his name on a flight manifesto given to the U.S. government. Napolitano told Senate Republicans her department was aware of Tamerlan Tsarnaev´s departure from the country, but the FBI had closed its investigation of him when he returned, The Hill reported.



Pictured: Reese Witherspoon walks
the line as video emerges of her
in cuffs at police station after arrest
for disorderly conduct
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 4/23/2013 2:44:47 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood´s golden girl Reese Witherspoon is seen here in handcuffs following her dramatic arrest in the early hours of Friday morning. The footage shows the 37-year-old actress being led out of an Atlanta police station in cuffs before being unshackled and taken inside for booking where she made her ´´you´re about to find out who I am´ comment. Reese appears in a calm and co-operative demeanor, although the video - obtained by TMZ - serves as another nail in her well-carved squeaky clean image. The Mud actress was arrested for disorderly conduct last Friday after her husband Jim Toth

Marathon bomber Tamerlan
Tsarnaev´s mother: I want
to bury him in Boston
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Parfitt, Makhachkala*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2013 2:43:43 PM     Post Reply
Boston -Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, 46, said she was "proud" of her sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, and was travelling to the United States to lay her eldest to rest. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in the Russian republic of Dagestan, she refused to accept that her sons were responsible for the attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 180, claiming her son had been "set up". "It´s a big show, a spectacle. Americans love a show," she said. Mrs Tsarnaeva´s comments came as it was disclosed that:

Fans say goodbye
to Toomer´s Oaks
ESPN.com, by Kevin Van Valenburg    Original Article
Posted By: muncssister- 4/23/2013 2:41:11 PM     Post Reply
AUBURN, Ala. -- There was a funeral at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street this weekend, and thousands of people traveled great distances to be here, determined to say a final goodbye to a pair of old friends. Many took pictures, hoping to freeze the moment in time, while others paused to say a few words before offering a final gesture of love. Few tears, however, were shed, despite the finality of the day, and the undercurrent of sadness touched all who attended. Everywhere you looked, people were hugging and smiling, soaking up the sunshine on an

AP says Twitter hacked after
false report of White House explosions
Reuters, by Susan Heavey and Alina Selyukh    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2013 2:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Hackers took control of the Associated Press Twitter account on Tuesday and sent a false tweet of two explosions in the White House that briefly shook U.S. stock markets. AP spokesman Paul Colford told Reuters that the message, which also said U.S. President Barack Obama was injured, was "bogus" but did not immediately provide more details. The AP´s Twitter account was suspended shortly after the fake tweet. The news organization said the tweet came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.

CNN´s King says mistakes
last week were ´embarrassing´
WTOP (Washington, DC), by Amy Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2013 2:16:32 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- CNN´s John King says he is embarrassed after wrongly reporting last week that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested, calling the mistake a "double kick in the head" because he´s a Boston native. "When you do something like this, it´s embarrassing," King, the network´s chief national correspondent, told WTOP on Tuesday. "The one thing you have to do is look straight in the camera and say, ´We were wrong.´" CNN was criticized for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. On Wednesday, it was one of at least four major news organizations that cited anonymous sources when reporting an arrest was imminent.


Big Brother´s Blind Spots
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2013 2:10:59 PM     Post Reply
During a big chunk of the Bush years, there was a good deal of legitimate concern about the extent to which the government was monitoring us. And then there was some flat out crazy stuff. Naomi Wolf spoke for many when she periodically would come unglued about one imagined violation or another. She would spew a lot of nonsense about how if you fly on a plane, the government would know what you read, where you’re going, who you’re visiting etc. with the smug assurance that all conspiracy theorists somehow master (watch the first 30 seconds of this if you doubt me). Often breathless front page stories about data mining and phone tapping were a regular fixture of the news cycle. There was all that nonsense — and it was nonsense — about the government monitoring libraries.

Gosnell´s Attorney: ´Ludicrous´ ´To
Say a Baby is Born Alive ´Because
It Moves One Time´
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 4/23/2013 1:50:07 PM     Post Reply
The defense attorney for Dr. Kermit Gosnell said it was "ludicrous" to claim that "a baby is born alive because it moves one time without any other movement" in court today in Philadelphia, where the judge threw out three of the murder charges against the abortion doctor. “If we are going in this room to say a baby is born alive because it moves one time without any other movement, that is ludicrous,” defense attorney Jack McMahon said.

Is CNN using potty-mouthed
chef to boost ratings?
Fox News, by Hollie Mckay    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 4/23/2013 1:43:41 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – CNN may have found a solution to its flagging ratings: the S-word! The network added foul-mouthed New York City chef Anthony Bourdain to its Sunday night prime time lineup, and curse words have since been flowing like cheap box wine. “First ‘sh*t’ at 9:03. Feeling good!” Bourdain boasted on Twitter following the 9pm showing of his show´s second episode. Later he tweeted: “Yes! “Prolapsed Butthhole”! THIS is CNN! Proud!”

Obama will address a Planned Parenthood
gala. This is the group that knew
about the Gosnell abortion horror
and didn’t go to the police
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/23/2013 1:40:41 PM     Post Reply
According to his schedule, President Obama will take time out this week to address a gala thrown by Planned Parenthood--the abortion industry’s favourite lobby. It’s an extraordinary move, not just because the issue is so controversial but because Planned Parenthood has recently disgraced itself over the Gosnell trial. [Snip] He also operated a filthy clinic covered in cat feces and used untrained employees to carry out medical procedures. A question that has repeatedly been asked is “Who knew about this?” and “What did they do about it?” Last week, Planned Parenthood answered with “We did” and “As little as possible.”

Judge tosses three murder
counts against Kermit Gosnell
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Mensah M. Dean    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2013 1:19:05 PM     Post Reply
After hearing impassioned arguments from attorneys on both sides of the Kermit Gosnell capital-murder trial Tuesday, a Philadelphia judge threw out three of the seven first-degree murder charges Gosnell faced for allegedly killing fetuses born alive at his abortion clinic. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart also tossed out all five counts against Gosnell accusing him of corpse abuse for storing the feet of aborted fetuses in plastic containers in his now closed Women´s Medical Society clinic. Also dismissed by Minehart was one count of infanticide - the intentional killing of an infant. All other counts against Gosnell,

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