Tara's Blog – June 2009 Archive (19)

In a Coup in Honduras, Ghosts of Past U.S. Policies

By HELENE COOPER and MARC LACEY

Published: June 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday strongly condemned the ouster of Honduras’s president as an illegal coup that set a “terrible precedent” for the region, as the country’s new government defied international calls to return the toppled president to power and clashed with thousands of protesters.



“We do not want to go back to a dark past,” Mr. Obama said, in which military coups override elections. “We always want… Continue

Added by Tara on June 30, 2009 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again

This is just a little comedy relief in the midst of all the craziness!

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WASHINGTON—After nearly four months of frank, honest, and open dialogue about the failing economy, a weary U.S. populace announced this week that it is once again ready to be lied to about the current state of the financial system.



Tired of hearing the grim truth about their economic future, Americans demanded that the bald-faced lies resume immediately, particularly… Continue

Added by Tara on June 29, 2009 at 9:59pm — 4 Comments

Some Speech Is More Free Than Others

By NEIL GENZLINGER

Published: June 28, 2009

It is presumably an accident of timing, but in the documentary “Shouting Fire,” boy, do the scenes of protesters being arrested during the 2004 Republican convention in New York call to mind recent images coming out of Iran.



That will only add to the film’s leftward lean, at least in the eyes of any conservative types who happen to tune in, making them more inclined to dismiss it. Too bad, because the film, Monday on HBO, explores… Continue

Added by Tara on June 29, 2009 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

The Divinity of Organized Labor...

Wow, I'm thinking that we're definitely living in an episode of the twilight zone! I'm not a religious person but me thinks that they have created a New World Religion, you think?

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http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/26/734212/-The-Divinity-of-Organized-Labor...



The Divinity of Organized… Continue

Added by Tara on June 27, 2009 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments

Ahmadinejad calls Obama meddler, likens him to Bush

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called the U.S. president inexperienced, compared him unfavorably to President George W. Bush and suggested he apologize for "interfering in Iran's affairs."



http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/25/obama.iran.ahmadinejad/index.html



Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at President Obama on… Continue

Added by Tara on June 26, 2009 at 10:22am — No Comments

A Beautiful Poem about Freedom by Khalil Gibran

Freedom

BY

Khalil Gibran





And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."



And he answered:



At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,



Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.



Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a… Continue

Added by Tara on June 25, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments

Deborah Yao

Associated Press — 6/22/2009 10:11 am



Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon.



What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how… Continue

Added by Tara on June 24, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

KFC No Longer Permitted To Use Word 'Eat' In Advertisements

This is too funny! Kernel Sanders must be rolling in his grave right now.

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WASHINGTON—Issuing a condemnation of Kentucky Fried Chicken's recent Boneless Variety Bucket commercials, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday fined the fast food giant $600,000 and ordered it to discontinue all broadcasts containing "false and misleading suggestions" that its heated chicken products are… Continue

Added by Tara on June 23, 2009 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments

Does Congress have guts to investigate 'Walpingate'?

Posted: June 22, 2009

9:09 pm Eastern





By Drew Zahn

© 2009 WorldNetDaily





Former AmeriCorps watchdog Gerald Walpin is only the first – yet still the most controversial – of three inspectors general to leave their posts prematurely since President Obama took office, and now he's asking for a congressional hearing into his suspicious firing by the White House.



As WND has reported, inspectors general are supposed to be protected from political… Continue

Added by Tara on June 23, 2009 at 10:53am — No Comments

Climate change bill's effect on Midwest debated

Some see states suffering, others see economic benefit

By Diana Marrero of the Journal Sentinel



Posted: Jun. 21, 2009



Washington - As members of Congress debate a measure aimed at slowing the effects of global warming, Midwestern lawmakers, manufacturers and farmers are warning that the legislation could be costly to the heartland at a time when families and businesses are already struggling financially.



States in the Midwest, including Wisconsin, get much… Continue

Added by Tara on June 22, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Wanted: College-Aged Spies

Is there any intelligence on our nation's campuses? The White House hopes so—according to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is looking to recruit spies in colleges and universities around the country by creating a training program for future intelligence officers. The program, a sort of ROTC for spies, seeks first and second-generation Americans with valuable language skills and will provide participants with tuition assistance and paid summer internships at intelligence agencies.… Continue

Added by Tara on June 20, 2009 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

EU agrees Irish treaty compromise

EU leaders have agreed a deal they hope will secure the Lisbon Treaty a "Yes" vote in a second Irish referendum.



Ireland won legally-binding assurances that Lisbon would not affect Irish policies on military neutrality, taxes and abortion, diplomats said.



French President Nicolas Sarkozy said leaders had agreed to Irish demands that the guarantees would be given the status of a treaty "protocol".



But he stressed it would not affect the other 26 member… Continue

Added by Tara on June 19, 2009 at 11:43am — No Comments

Clones of 9/11 hero dog unveiled in Los Angeles

This is just too spooky, they talk about this as if it is the norm now. Talk about messing with the natural order of things! It reminds me of the movie Pet Cemetary or something, lol.

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2 hrs 35 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Five clones of a search and rescue dog which helped locate people trapped in the rubble of the 9/11 attacks were formally presented to their ancestor's former handler.



James… Continue

Added by Tara on June 17, 2009 at 11:57pm — 2 Comments

Campaign to stop IMF and war funding

Added by Tara on June 17, 2009 at 11:49am — No Comments

Carter 'holds back tears' on Gaza

Former US president Jimmy Carter expresses extreme dismay over the damage inflicted by Israeli forces using state-of-the-art US made weaponry on Gaza.



While touring the war-ravaged strip, Carter said Tuesday that he was deeply concerned about the damage Israeli war planes deliberately inflicted on the people of Gaza using US bombs.



"I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been wracked against your people," Carter said.



Carter… Continue

Added by Tara on June 16, 2009 at 12:23pm — 5 Comments

Paul McCartney Calls for Meat-Free Mondays to Curb Animal Gas

By Alex Morales



June 15 (Bloomberg) -- Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and vegetarian pop star, asked fans to go meatless on Mondays to help slow global warming by reducing the amount of gaseous emissions from farm animals.



Cows, pigs and sheep bred for human consumption discharge millions of tons of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Livestock emissions account for about 18 percent of greenhouse gases, more than all the world’s cars, the United… Continue

Added by Tara on June 15, 2009 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

US al-Qaeda man acknowledges Jewish descent

An American al-Qaeda member and militant spokesman has told on an internet video of his descent from a Jewish background.



On Saturday, the American-born al-Qaeda operative, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, said he had "Jews in his ancestry, the last of whom was his grandfather," confirming the genealogy for the first time, CNN reported.



He made the remarks in a video posted Saturday on the website of al-Qaeda's media wing al-Sahab. He has appeared in such postings before voicing… Continue

Added by Tara on June 13, 2009 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

Dog Gets High on Pot in Park......THIS IS TOO FUNNY

02:32 PM PDT on Thursday, June 11, 2009



By OWEN LEI / KING 5 News



SEATTLE - It could be said that Jack, an 11-year-old black Lab mix, has learned to say no to drugs.



"He was just... stoned," said owner Jen Nestor Waddell.



Jack ran off the main trail during a visit May 12 to Seward Park on the southeast end of Lake Washington, said Nestor Waddell, but he came back in about 3 minutes.



About 3 hours later at home, Jack started exhibiting,… Continue

Added by Tara on June 11, 2009 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

Elderly Gunman kills Guard at Holocaust Museum

By NAFEESA SYEED, Associated Press Writer Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press Writer – 5 mins ago

WASHINGTON – An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, killing a security guard before being shot. Authorities said they were investigating a white supremacist as the suspect. The assailant was hospitalized in critical condition, Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty said.



D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gunman was… Continue

Added by Tara on June 10, 2009 at 4:58pm — 25 Comments

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