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Japan Election Returns
Power To Old Guard

New York Times, by Martin Fackler

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Posted By:earlybird, 12/16/2012 9:04:04 PM

TOKYO — Japan’s voters handed a landslide victory to the Liberal Democratic Party in national parliamentary elections on Sunday, giving power back to the conservative party that had governed Japan for decades until a historic defeat three years ago. In a chaotic election crowded with new parties making sweeping promises, from abolishing nuclear power after the Fukushima accident to creating an American-style federal system, the Liberal Democrats prevailed with their less radical vision of reviving the recession-bound economy and standing up to China.


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Los Angeles Times, by Kate Mather    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/12/2013 2:07:40 PM     Post Reply
BOISE, Idaho -- It was the crucial tip, authorities said, that helped them narrow their search for missing San Diego County teen Hannah Anderson in the vast wilderness 75 miles northeast of here. Christa John said it was "one chance in a trillion" that she and three other horseback riders came across Anderson and murder suspect James DiMaggio in the rugged back county. "Idaho wasn´t even on the radar for her," she said. "Nobody suspected her to be there." "If they would have been over the side hill a little bit, or inside their camp, we wouldn´t have bothered,"




Hannah Anderson didn´t know mom,
brother were killed, sheriff says
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry and Kate Mather    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/12/2013 2:02:31 PM     Post Reply
San Diego County teen Hannah Anderson was not aware that her mother and brother had been killed as she was driven across several states and into the Idaho wilderness, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Monday. Gore also said that the 16-year-old girl was being held "under duress" by James Lee DiMaggio. Gore´s comments are the first definitive indication that Hannah Anderson did not accompany DiMaggio willingly. Gore has scheduled a news conference for 2:30 p.m. in San Diego County. The girl´s father, Brett Anderson, and FBI officials are also expected to attend.

Horseback Riders Recall Encounter
That Led Cops to James DiMaggio
People Magazine, by Howard Breuer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/12/2013 12:55:39 AM     Post Reply
It was his tip that ultimately led the FBI to the campsite where James DiMaggio was killed and Hannah Anderson rescued on Saturday. Recalling how he first alerted state police after his group, on horseback, encountered DiMaggio and Anderson in rugged backcountry on Wednesday, Mark John, a retired Gem County, Idaho, sheriff, conceded it was his wife who intuited that the girl might be in trouble.(Snip)He and his wife noted that, as they rode away from seeing the couple, Hannah said aloud to herself, "Looks like we´re in real trouble now."

Revealed: California killer who abducted teenage
girl is shot dead in Idaho wilderness 18 years TO
THE DAY after his own father committed
suicide while holding another 16-year-old hostage
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/11/2013 11:37:13 AM     Post Reply
James DiMaggio´s kidnapping of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, whom was said to have a ´crush on,´ could be a horrific case of history repeating itself, it has been revealed. DiMaggio´s father, also named James DiMaggio, shockingly killed himself 18 years ago to the day that DiMaggio was shot dead by an FBI agent in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah was found safe and is expected to be reunited with her father today.(Snip) James DiMaggio Sr. was also infatuated with a 16-year-old girl - James Jr´s classmate - and resorted to violence when she refused to run away with him,

California teen rescued, her alleged
abductor killed in Idaho wilderness
CNN, by Greg Botelho and David Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/11/2013 10:56:01 AM     Post Reply
A massive manhunt that spanned 1,000 miles ended in gunfire in the Idaho wild late Saturday afternoon -- shots that ended the life of the family friend who was suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and killing her mother and brother. (Snip)The pair´s campsite was first spotted from the air, then law enforcement personnel moved in on the ground, said San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. He said that there had been a "confrontation," though authorities speaking a short time later in Idaho declined to say whether there had been a shootout.

Now The Brutal Bias From The Orlando
Sentinel In The Zimmerman Case Makes Sense
– The Editorial Review Was Full Frontal
Racial Bias From Black Content Approvers….
The Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/11/2013 10:41:56 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps people already knew this and I’m the first to catch on to the obvious. When Rene Stutzman from the Orlando Sentinel told me the editorial board had decided “what” content would be “permitted to be discussed” within the reporting of her newspaper, I had no idea the Senior Vice-President / Director of Content was African American. Nor did I know the editor she was talking about, Mark Russell, was also African American. It just never crossed my mind to ask.




´The Butler´: A White
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Wall Street Journal, by Rachel Dodes    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2013 12:04:22 PM     Post Reply
Eugene Allen began his career at the White House in 1952 as a dishwasher. By the time he retired, 34 years later, he was a butler who had, literally, served eight administrations. In "Lee Daniels´ The Butler," hitting select theaters next Friday, a character named Cecil Gaines—starring Forest Whitaker and based on Mr. Allen—starts his job at the White House in 1957 and remains a butler through the Reagan administration.(Snip)"I liked the idea of his first day of work being in the middle of the Little Rock crisis," during which nine black students were barred from entering a segregated

Spitzer´s Other Scandal
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2013 9:46:22 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Department of Justice can bring former New York State Senate President Joseph Bruno before a jury a second time on corruption charges. After his earlier conviction for fraud was vacated, prosecutors will now be trying him for essentially the same facts but under a different theory.(Snip)He´s also probably wondering why his onetime political rival, disgraced ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer, has never had to face a jury even once. While Mr. Spitzer was New York Governor, reporters began to ask questions about his use of state aircraft,

CNN Answers No Questions
American Thinker, by Bill Schanefelt    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/8/2013 11:17:54 AM     Post Reply
I wrote recently about the peek CNN´s Jake Tapper took into that dark room wherein the Obama Administration and its allies in the MSM have consigned the Benghazigate Scandal, and CNN followed that up Tuesday with a one-hour special. The re-run of that special will be a "must watch" only for someone who has not been paying attention to Benghazigate for the last 11 months. (Snip)It was little more than the restating of Obama Administration Talking Points

Former Turkish army head jailed
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Reuters, by Ayla Jean Yackley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/5/2013 9:10:25 AM     Post Reply
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the "Ergenekon" conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Announcing verdicts on the nearly 300 defendants in the case, the judges also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People´s Party (CHP)

It´s Always Selma Again
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/1/2013 4:36:44 PM     Post Reply
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "




XKeyscore: NSA tool
collects ´nearly everything
a user does on the internet´
Guardian [UK], by Glenn Greenwald    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2013 11:24:54 AM     Post Reply
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.

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