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Weathermen: Home-grown US radicals  Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 @ 23:32:35 EDT in America
by Southern

Joe Boyle

Sarah Palin has accused presidential candidate Barack Obama of "palling around" with terrorists - referring to his acquaintance with a former member of the Weather Underground. So who were the Weather Underground?

Ayers

Bill Ayers, a "Weatherman" in 1970s, is now an education lecturer

In the late 1960s, the US government - embroiled in an unpopular war in Vietnam and with many of the grievances of the civil rights movement still unanswered - was facing widespread protests.

Often those who rebelled were rich in idealism and the action they took was largely peaceful.

However, on 8 October 1969 a newly-formed group of left-wing extremists, dubbed the Weathermen, went on the rampage in a well-planned protest in Chicago - the so-called Days of Rage riots.

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“Invasion of the Sea-Smurfs” Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 15:42:36 EDT in America
by Southern

Amy Goodman

A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months,” reported Army Times staff writer Gina Cavallaro, “the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” Disturbingly, she writes that “they may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control” as well.

The force will be called the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive Consequence Management Response Force. Its acronym, CCMRF, is pronounced “sea-smurf.” These “sea-smurfs,” Cavallaro reports, have “spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle,” in a combat zone, and now will spend their 20-month “dwell time”—time troops are required to spend to “reset and regenerate after a deployment”—armed and ready to hit the U.S. streets.

The Army Times piece includes a correction stating that the forces would not use nonlethal weaponry domestically. I called Air Force Lt. Col. Jamie Goodpaster, a public-affairs officer for Northern Command. She told me that the overall mission was humanitarian, to save lives and help communities recover from catastrophic events. Nevertheless, the military forces would have weapons on-site, “containerized,” she said—that is, stored in containers—including both lethal and so-called nonlethal weapons. They would have mostly wheeled vehicles, but would also, she said, have access to tanks. She said that any decision to use weapons would be made at a higher level, perhaps at the secretary-of-defense level.

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Baltimore Has Poe; Philadelphia Wants Him Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 11:06:39 EDT in America
by Southern

IAN URBINA

BALTIMORE

Edgar Allan Poe never lived in one city for long, and ever since he died and was buried here in 1849 this city has claimed him as its own.

Edgar Allan Poe

Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times
Edgar Allan Poe, master of the macabre and a man of many cities.

Edward Pettit, a Poe scholar, argues that Poe’s remains should be moved from his grave in Baltimore, saying that it was Philadelphia that framed Poe’s outlook.

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Black Mailbox Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 15:53:14 EDT in America
by Southern

Black Mailbox

UFO enthusiast Lester Arnold of Declo, Idaho, waits for nightfall and an evening of sky watching next to the so-called Black Mailbox. The white mailbox, which replaced the black original, is the only landmark for miles along a stretch of Nevada's Highway 395, officially nicknamed the Extraterrestrial Highway, near Area 51. UFO seekers frequently camp beside the mailbox, hoping to discover what the night may be hiding.
(Laura Rauch / For The Times)

LATimes

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Huckabee: Israel shouldn't swap land Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 15:54:25 EDT in America
by Southern

TOVAH LAZAROFF

Israel should not have to trade land for peace, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said as he explained to a small group of reporters Tuesday morning why he believed Israel should remain sovereign both in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Governor Huckabee

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
Photo: AP

"As an American, I do not feel that the Israelis are obligated or required to give up land in order to bring peace," said Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who earlier this year lost his bid to become the Republican party's presidential nominee but still holds sway with the key evangelical constituency.

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SHANARA VS. SHANAHAN Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 16:14:21 EDT in America
by Southern

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And this uncouth man is a college professor... :lol:
 



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