Posted by: maboulette | October 22, 2014

WHITE HOUSE


Reuters is reporting that a man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.
“Dogs got him,” the spokesman said, referring to the intruder.
Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown.
The incident comes roughly a month after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside the executive mansion, raising questions about security levels at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of then Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
A Secret Service spokesman said no further information was available about the jumper on Wednesday.

Posted by: maboulette | October 20, 2014

BEAUTY and the BEAST


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Photographing a stunning image of beauty and the beast – a man photographs his wife who is posing in front of an epic storm. This is not the first times that Nicolaus Wegner, 34, snapped his other half Daow, 32, dangerously close to a storm as well as others taken close to tornadoes and storms with lightening.
These results are remarkable – as she stands in a fearless pose looking at Mother Nature’s most extreme creations. They use tools for forecasting in order to predict where storms will develop before chasing them down and waiting for them to materialize. Most of their photos are taken across Wyoming, but often travel to neighboring states like Nebraska and Montana.

Posted by: maboulette | September 28, 2014

KATHY GRIFFIN SET TO REPLACE JOAN RIVERS ON “FASHION POLICE”


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E! has announced that “Fashion Police” is planning to stay on the air even without icon Joan Rivers, leaving many to wonder if Kathy Griffin is all set to replace Rivers on this show.

But the cable channel that carries “Fashion Police” is refuting all these reports. E! Rep told TheWrap that any rumors are extremely premature.

Griffin, who knew Rivers quite well and could often be seen, dining out with Rivers, said that Rivers was her mentor and reports have floated even before Rivers death for Griffin to replace Rivers on that show. At that time, many media channels claimed the comedienne was aggressively lobbying for the gig.

There are reports that also state Griffin is at the very top of a very short list of replacement for Joan, which does include some men.  The future of this show, with Melissa Rivers as executive producer – was up in the air in the days following Rivers death on September 4th.

Last Friday, E! shared its decision to continue the show on Monday, January 12th in time to be ready to cover the Golden Globe Awards.

Meanwhile, an autopsy on the comedy legend has been finished, but results did not return a firm conclusion on manner of death, spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner’s Office stated TheWrap.
Additional studies will be conducted to conclude how Rivers died, the spokeswoman said. The New York State Department of Health is also investigating the conditions surrounding Rivers death.

Posted by: maboulette | September 21, 2014

WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC


Have you read the news lately – people are all up in arms because the government has allowed 3 sick Ebola cases to enter the United States as an epidemic could start. Well, folks, we already have an epidemic one that has been going on for over 30 years. And yet others are afraid of 3 Ebola cases.
Over thirty years ago the AIDS epidemic entered our world, and we are faced with a choice. Are we content to tinkering at the fringes of this epidemic, spending untold billions to treat a fraction of those in need for decades into the future? Or can we summon the political will to effectively deploy the prevention and interventions that are already available to us and to make the necessary investments in research that could end this epidemic in our lifetime?
No one seems to remember that we are currently into a viral epidemic – one that has already killed 28 million from this epidemic since 1980. That is 28,000,000 – 28 followed by 6 zeros. Every one of those people had a mother and father, perhaps a spouse with kids. My point is that this epidemic has effected more than those that have died but untold millions of others.
You are probably wondering why I am writing about this subject – two weeks ago I bought “The Normal Heart”. This was first a Broadway play and is now a movie. It took me three times to get through the movie completely – and lots of Kleenex. It is about the beginning of the AIDS virus.  Let me give you some facts:

• There are currently approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.
• It is estimated that over one-fifth or 18.1% of those people do not know that are infected.
• Since the beginning of this AIDS pandemic, over 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 650,000 had died of AIDS.
• World-wide this pandemic has killed 28,000,000 – oh, I already told you that.
• An estimated 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the U.S. each year.
• In 2011, more than 20% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. were women.
• The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
• In 2010, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among men and 63% of all new infections although they comprise only 4% of the U.S. male population.
• African Americans accounted for 47% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2011 although they comprise only 14% of the population.
• The rate of new HIV infections among black women in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and nearly 5 times that of Hispanic women.
• In 2010, 31% of all new infections occurred among people aged 25-34, followed by individuals aged 13-24 at 26%.

These are the people who are in the prime of their lives – doctors, lawyers, actors, singer, writer and hundreds of other intelligent and gifted people who talents we will never get to enjoy.

Did you see the aged group with the more new infections – 25-34, and 13-24 this is because in these age groups they have never seen 100s of their friends suffering with and dying as was the case during the early ’80. Instead they probably don’t even have a friend dying from this virus so they just assume that there has been a vaccine or there are drugs that cure this virus.

Let me get this straight to you – – there is no vaccine for the AIDs virus, and treatments that just take care of symptoms in some cases, but they do not cure HIV or AIDs.
And I am so very angry that this virus is still ravaging young men and women from all around the world.
This is what all of you need to do – get tested for HIV/AIDs – have you ever been tested, if the answer is no then get tested; especially if you have entered a new relationship – both of you need to be tested. Don’t be the person that affects another person!
Every day in the United States 136 more people are diagnosed every day!


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Comic Joan Rivers was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday morning after she reportedly went into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure to her vocal cords.

Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center after she stopped breathing during the procedure at an endoscopy clinic. Her assistant was reportedly overheard saying Rivers was “not conscious but stable.”

The performer had appeared to be in good health just prior to the procedure. Her family was gathering at her Manhattan apartment.

Top cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D., told Newsmax Health that such heart complications are not rare during throat operations on elderly patients like Rivers.

“Her oxygen level may have dropped too low during sedation, and respiratory arrest could have been the result,” said Dr. Crandall, director of preventative medicine at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic.

When a patient goes into respiratory arrest, this can trigger an irregular heartbeat, which in turn can result in cardiac arrest, he said.

“Respiratory arrest could also have occurred for other reasons. Among the most likely is that she had underlying coronary heart disease or a lung problem, said Dr. Crandall.

It’s impossible to provide a prognosis for Rivers based on the circumstances, he said, but prompt emergency care would be crucial.

Emergency workers responded to a call from the clinic where Rivers was being treated at 9:40 a.m. and transported her Mount Sinai.

The hospital released this statement: “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support.”

Posted by: maboulette | August 28, 2014

GOD CAN FORGIVE HIM BUT RIGHT NOW I CAN’T


I really try not to get angry at this man but there are sometimes I just can’t help it! Is he really as stupid as some of the remarks he makes?

Posted by: maboulette | August 27, 2014

STOP FRACKING IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS


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Big oil and gas companies will stop at nothing to frack American soil, and our favorite parks are no different. They are already fracking in some national forests like the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, and on lands next to National Parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California.
Our national treasures should be protected, but the oil and gas industry wants to keep opening new areas to fracking. We’ve seen time and time again that they’ll cut corners at the expense of our health and the environment in order to turn a bigger profit. And our own government agencies openly admit that 40 percent of high risk wells on public lands are not even being inspected.

Fracking is inherently unsafe. We can’t rely on regulation to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the health of our communities. Ask your Senators and Representative to introduce a bill to ban fracking on public lands.

Our U.S. parks and public lands are truly precious. Not only do they give us a place to hike, swim and enjoy the great outdoors, many also protect critical drinking water sources. The George Washington National Forest in Virginia is home to the headwaters of the Potomac River, the primary source of drinking water for Washington, D.C. Right now, the industry wants to open the park to fracking, and if they win, it could put all of that at risk — including your Congress member’s drinking water.

A year ago this August, Food & Water Watch and our allies hand delivered over 650,000 public comments against new rules by the Obama administration that would allow fracking on public lands.³ But to this date, the Obama administration has done nothing to protect the parks, and has continued to pursue drilling and fracking at the expense of our public health.

 

That’s why we’re working to introduced a bill in Congress to ban fracking on public lands. All parks are special to someone, and future generations deserve a chance to experience them too.

Posted by: maboulette | August 26, 2014

DICK CHENEY IS STILL A HYPOCRITE


Former vice president Dick Cheney resurfaced again this week, to sharply criticize President Barack Obama for being on vacation when ISIS murdered American journalist James Foley.
During a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, Cheney reiterated his belief that President Obama doesn’t understand foreign policy, and slammed him for playing golf after making a statement condemning Foley’s killing and denouncing ISIS as a “cancer.”
“Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East,” Cheney insisted.
Cheney is not the only person to criticize President Obama for taking a working vacation, nor is his criticism the most ridiculous (for example, The Hill recently criticized the president for taking a walk while “the White House grapples with crises at home and abroad”). But the complaints are especially galling coming from the 46th vice president.
For starters, Cheney’s former boss blew Obama out of the water in terms of time spent away from Washington. To date, President Obama has spent about 150 days on vacation. During his two terms, according to accepted presidential vacation expert Mark Knoller of CBS, George W. Bush spent 1,020 days: 487 at Camp David, 490 at his Crawford, Texas ranch, and 43 at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
But guess who Cheney thinks was better at dealing with crises in the Middle East (never mind the question of who’s responsible for them)?
Cheney himself has some experience with executive branch vacations. Back in 2005, Cheney hesitated to cut his own vacation short after Hurricane Katrina struck, and then pointedly turned down President Bush’s request that he lead a task force designed to speed the recovery effort (White House advisor Dan Bartlett reportedly backed the decision, noting that the vice president “doesn’t do touchy-feely“).
For its part, the White House insists that, like his predecessors, President Obama is perfectly capable of doing his job from outside of Washington. But that won’t stop the media from obsessing over his vacation. After all, punditry is hard during the dog days of summer — and overeager critics like Cheney are always ready for their closeups.


Information CNN and Reuters

A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil.

An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told CNN there’s already an indication of ISIS sleeper cells in Europe that could target U.S. embassies and other American interests.

But former CIA officer Bob Baer told that network ISIS is even now on this side of the Atlantic.

“I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country,” he said.

Though CNN said two U.S. officials had rebutted the claim, they’re worried ISIS militants with passports might travel to the United States to launch attacks on American soil, CNN reported.

One ISIS fighter already has hinted as much.

In numerous telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the last several months, Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States.

“The West are idiots and fools,” one fighter mocked, according to Reuters. “They think we are waiting for them to give us visas to go and attack them or that we will attack with our beards or even Islamic outfits.

“They think they can distinguish us these days – they are fools and more than that they don’t know we can play their game in intelligence. They penetrated us with those who pretend to be Muslims and we have also penetrated them with those who look like them.”

About 100 Americans are being tracked by the FBI because of their travels to Syria, some to join ISIS, analysts say. And ISIS is aggressively recruiting Westerners and European Muslims who could easily enter the US.

“Clearly ISIS, if you’re interested in that ideology, that’s the most exciting thing to go and join right now,” CNN analyst Peter Bergen told CNN.

But Haras Rafiq of the Quilliam Foundation told CNN al-Baghdadi is “a narcissistic psychopath” on a barbaric mission.

“He wants to be bigger than Osama bin Laden, and one of the ways he will measure that is how effective and how big the terrorist activities he can carry out in the West are compared to what bin Laden was able to do,” he said

Posted by: maboulette | August 15, 2014

TEXAS TRENDING BLUE


imagesChris Bowers, Daily Kos wrote a very interesting article yesterday that says the demographics don’t lie and that Texas is trending blue.

Could this really be true – yes it can with the steady growth of the Latino population-and rapid shift of the Latino population from Democratic-leaning to solidly Democratic-Texas is turning from red to purple. If the Democrats can win in Texas, Republicans have no workable path to the White House.

He further writes that turning Texas to a purple state is going to require strong Democratic netroots – a place for progressive activists to read the news and form an activist community statewide.

Thankfully, Texas Democrats have the Burnt Orange Report.
The Burnt Orange Report is wanting to launch a new version of the site to make it bigger and better, which is exactly what Texas needs in the long-term fight to turn Texas blue.

The Burnet Orange Report is one of the best statewide progressive blogs in the nation and they are on the front lines of right-wing nuttery, always ready to point out Republican hypocrisy and abuses.

Building a statewide powerful netroots is important in every state but it is especially important in red states, where some Democrats feel they are all alone.

They are not alone and blogs like the Burnt Orange Report prove it.

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