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The Spin, I’m In: Monsters Under Your Bed!

GEF @ 9:23PM MST

The Spin, I’m In: Smooth Monsters Under Your Bed!

Santana – Put Your Lights On

Santana ft. Rob Thomas – Smooth

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Female Bombers Strike Markets in Baghdad

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:55 PM MST

2 Mentally Retarded Female Bombers Strike Pet Markets in Baghdad, Killing at Least 73

Remote-controlled explosives strapped to two mentally retarded women detonated in a coordinated attack on Baghdad pet bazaars Friday, Iraqi officials said, killing at least 73 people in the deadliest day since the U.S. sent 30,000 extra troops to the capital last spring.

The chief Iraqi military spokesman in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, said the female bombers had Down syndrome and that the explosives were detonated by remote control indicating they may not having been willing attackers in what could be a new method by suspected Sunni insurgents to subvert stepped up security measures.

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Write A Caption…

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

Good Afternoon Everybody!

Write a caption for all 3 of them or just one but let us know which you are writing for! ;)

We have the FBR and Super Bowl here in Phoenix this weekend and a ton of people! Are any of you coming here for these events?

Well, either way… have a great weekend everyone! :)

S-Q

Hat tip to Swopa for the photo

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The Eyes of the World Are upon You

anthony @ 19:05 GMT

US Campaign Captivates a World Hungry for a Change From President Bush

WILLIAM J. KOLE | AP News | Feb 01, 2008 06:30 EST

Germans are gaga over Barack Obama. He’s got Japan pretty jazzed, too, along with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Russia’s leaders, not so much: They prefer a Republican — as long as it’s not Kremlin critic John McCain.

And Mexico’s president? He doesn’t have much use for any of them.

America’s extraordinary presidential campaign has captivated politicians and ordinary people around the globe. With so much at stake in the race for the White House, the world is watching with an intensity that hasn’t been seen since the Clinton era began in 1992. (more…)

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Afternoon Jukebox… Complicated

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST


Avril Lavigne – Complicated

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Putting the Record Straight

anthony @ 18:25 GMT

At University, I studied two courses, Man and the Wider World in the 16th and 17th Centuries, and, The Enlightenment and After, under the brilliant Dr. Robert Fox, a Cambridge-educated scientist, who woke up one morning and decided that he wanted to teach History and who is currently (and deservedly) Professor of the History of Science at Oxford University.

It was from him that I learnt that the History of Science was far from being the long-drawn out war between an obscurantist Church, blinded by dogma, on the one hand, and enlightened scientists such as Galileo himself, on the other, as 19th century historians had made out.

For example, a century before Galileo, Giordano Bruno, a monk who had been burnt for heresy and whose statue I had seen on the spot where he had been burnt in Rome’s Piazza del Campo deo Fiori on a jaunt around Europe the summer before starting University and before I had any idea who he was, said that the sun moved round the earth not for any sound scientific reasons, but because this theory had been proposed by a mysterious figure who was supposed to have lived at the time of Moses called Hermes Trismagistus.

I also studied the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences and was very impressed with the philosophy of London School of Economics luminary, Sir Karl Popper, who taught that a theory is Scientific if it makes prediction that can be falsified(e.g., according to the theory that gravitational pull bends light, an eclipse of the sun will be visible from such and such an island in the south Pacific at such and such a time), but that if the theory resists falsification (e.g., the predicted eclipse is observed where and when it was predicted to be visible), it is rational to accept that theory as true, until such and such a time that it makes a prediction that doesn’t come to pass.

It was only after I had left University that it occurred to me that, according to this notion of scientificity at any rate, Darwin’s theory of natural selection by the survival of the fittest is not a scientific theory.

Today, I read an article on the Galileo’s famous spat with the Roman Catholic Church which goes a long way towards putting the record straight as to the real nature of the dispute. (more…)

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How Safe is your Money…Really!

GEF @ 10:08 AM MST

FBI targets senior bankers in far-reaching sub-prime fraud inquiry

America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating senior banking executives for insider dealing and fraud as part of a criminal inquiry into the sub-prime crisis, the agent leading the inquiry said yesterday.

Neil Power, the head of the FBI’s economic crimes unit, is heading the most far-reaching criminal investigation into the practices of the mortgage industry since it began to melt down last year, after years of increasingly lax lending finally fed through into an increase in defaults on home loans.

The FBI is investigating every level of the conspiracy that it believes perpetuated the housing boom and ultimately resulted in millions of Americans losing their houses, investment banks losing billions of dollars and the chief executives of Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns and UBS resigning.
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TPM Fired US Attorney’s Scandal Timeline

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:00 AM MST

2001-02

  • The White House appoints all eight U.S. Attorneys. The dates individuals are sworn in are as follows:
    • 10/18/01: David Iglesias (New Mexico)
    • 10/24/01: John McKay (Western Washington)
    • 11/02/01: Margaret Chiara (Western Michigan)
    • 11/02/01: Daniel Bogden (Nevada)
    • 11/14/01: Paul Charlton (Arizona)
    • 01/09/02: H.E. “Bud” Cummins III (Eastern Arkansas)
    • 08/02/02: Kevin Ryan (Northern California)
    • 11/08/02: Carol Lam (Southern California)
  • Late November 2004

  • Ed Cassidy, chief of staff for Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA), contacts U.S. Attorney John McKay (WA) following the 2004 gubernatorial election. Cassidy inquires whether McKay will pursue investigations of voter fraud. In later testimony (3/7/07), McKay recalls, “I stopped him and I told him that I was sure that he wasn’t asking me on behalf of his boss to reveal information about an ongoing investigation or to lobby me on one, because we both knew that would be improper. He agreed that it would be improper and ended the conversation in a most expeditious fashion.”
  • April 29, 2004

  • Justice Department official Kyle Sampson refers to David Iglesias as a, “diverse up-and-comer; solid.”
  • Late 2004 or Early 2005

  • Chris Vance, Republican Party Chairman of Washington, contacts McKay to voice complaints while the outcome of the 2004 Washington gubernatorial election is still in dispute. Vance claims to have felt impelled to call McKay as a fellow Republican, and recalls the policital atmosphere that spurred his call: “Republican activists were furious because they felt that you had a Republican secretary of state, a Republican county prosecutor in Norm Maleng and a Republican U.S. attorney, but still they saw the governorship slipping away, and they were just angry.” Vance also speaks regularly with Karl Rove about the election, though the timing of these conversations is unclear.
  • Sometime following the 2004 gubernatorial election, prominent Washington businessman Tom McCabe, disappointed with McKay’s handling of voter fraud allegations, repeatedly contacts the White House to request McKay’s firing.
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    Conyers Asks Mukasey: Why Is Muckraker Banned?

    By- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 AM MST

    Conyers to Mukasey: Why Ban Muckraker?

    Next week, Michael Mukasey will appear before the House Judiciary Committee for take two of his grim performance yesterday.

    Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), naturally, has a whole host of questions. So in a letter to Mukasey today, he queried the attorney general on weighty topics ranging from torture to voter suppression to selective prosecution to the most weighty of all:

    The website TPMMuckraker, which played an important role in providing information to the public concerning the U.S. Attorney scandal, revealed that it has recently been removed from DOJ’s press release email distribution list. Who made this decision and why, and was there a change in policy in press release distribution after you became Attorney General?

    Perhaps Rep. Conyers will have better luck getting a response than we have. But just in case, we’ve asked the Department’s Office of Public Affairs again for an explanation.

    The full letter is below.

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    It’s Official, Hardly Anyone Watches Faux Noise..

    GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

    Fox News’ ratings take another slide!

    Via: C&L

    I’ll admit it; I have a special fondness for news about Fox News’ declining ratings. There’s just something about the drop in numbers that helps restore my faith in the American political system.

    Eric Boehlert has the latest, in a great piece on why the Republican network is poised to have a very rough year.

    The point is that Fox News years ago made an obvious decision to appeal almost exclusively to Republican viewers. The good news then for Fox News was that it succeeded. The bad news now for Fox News is that it succeeded.

    Meaning, when the GOP catches a cold, everybody at Fox News gets sick. As blogger Logan Murphy put it at Crooks and Liars, “Watching FOXNews getting their comeuppance has been fun to watch. They made their bed, now they’re having to lie in it and it’s not too comfortable.”

    The most obvious signs of Fox News’ downturn have been the cable ratings for the big primary and caucus votes this year, as well as the high-profile debates. With this election season generating unprecedented voter and viewer interest, Fox News’ rating bumps to date have remained underwhelming, to say the least.

    In 2004, on the night of the New Hampshire primary, for example, Fox News beat CNN by 200,000 viewers, despite the fact that there was no Republican contest at the time. Four years later, CNN beat Fox News by 250,000 viewers, despite very competitive contests in both parties. (On Saturday night, when results of the Dems’ South Carolina primary were dominating the news, Fox News came in third, behind both CNN and MSNBC.)

    CNN President Jonathan Klein, following its New Hampshire ratings win, said, “There’s a freshness and exuberance to our coverage that the others just aren’t matching…. Fox almost seems downright despondent in their coverage.”

    It couldn’t have happened to a more appropriate network.

    KUDOS to C&L I second that remark.. ;)

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