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Fatma Omar An-Najar
Hamas via AP

Grandmother Blows Herself Up in Gaza

It’s getting worse. The AP reports: “A 64-year-old Palestinian grandmother blew herself up near Israeli troops sweeping through northern Gaza on Thursday, and eight other Palestinians were killed in a day of clashes and rocket fire.”

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Town Outlaws Flying Foreign Flags

The town council of Pahrump, Nev., voted last week to make it illegal to fly a foreign flag—unless an American flag is flown above it.

  • The irony: Pahrump was featured in a recent “Studio 60” episode on NBC, in which a Pahrump judge chastises L.A. entertainment types for making fun of places like Pahrump as backward and provincial.

  • Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


    GoogTube

    Thus Passeth YouTube…

    YouTube is permanently deleting the accounts of contributors who are posting clips from Comedy Central. Whether this is a direct result of Google’s ownership is anyone’s guess.

  • Why should you care? Read on ...

  • Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Litvinenko
    channel4.com

    Mysteriously Poisoned Spy Dies, Mysteriously

    Alexander V. Litvinenko is dead after suffering an extensive illness he believed was caused by poisoning.  A former KGB agent, Litvinenko had become critical of the Russian government. He began feeling ill after meeting in London with two Russians and an Italian security specialist.

    Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq carnage
    news.yahoo.com

    Thanksgiving Massacre in Baghdad Kills 161

    A series of coordinated car bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad’s Sadr City killed at least 157 161 people and injured 257 (source: AP).  Shiite militia members responded to the attacks with their own mortar barrage on the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, making this one of the most violent days in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.

    Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


    JFK
    dhm.de

    Eclectic Crowd Marks JFK Anniversary

    About 300 people made their way to Dallas’ Dealey Plaza on Wednesday to observe the 43rd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  The mix of people included everyone from amateur historians to Elvis impersonators.

    Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


    K Street
    svt.se

    K Street Hysteria

    The power shift in Washington has sent lobbying firms scrambling to snap up Democrats, and left some interest groups—the pharmaceutical industry, for instance—wondering who their friends are.  On the other hand, Melinda Pierce, who lobbies for the Sierra Club, couldn’t be happier.

    Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Hastert
    cnn.com

    Hastert Steps Down, but Not Out

    The man who held the post of speaker longer than any Republican in history is now but one of a multitude, serving out his last days in the Congress he helped to lose.  Denny Hastert’s refusal to retire makes him a historical oddity, since House speakers typically end their reigns by either resigning or dying.

    Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney
    usnews.com

    Where Is Dick Cheney?

    Iraqi state TV has reported that the vice president is in Iraq for a surprise Thanksgiving visit with the troops, but the U.S. embassy and the Pentagon deny the claim.

    Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


    EU Rules Financial Spying Program Illegal

    A European Union oversight committee has concluded that the data sharing program between the U.S. and a European financial consortium broke the law by violating the civil liberties of European citizens.  The decision may prompt the EU’s ruling body to sue Belgium for allowing the program to continue.

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


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