Digging out more CNN/YouTube plants:
Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers
‘Gay question’ general linked to Clinton
The retired general who asked about gays and lesbians serving in the military at the CNN/YouTube Republican debate on Wednesday is a co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s National Military Veterans group. Retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr was named a co-chair of the group this month, according to a campaign press release.
Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start
During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq “from the beginning” — a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003.Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not precisely declare that he opposed the war. A week before military action began, however, he did say that he preferred to give weapons inspections more time and that an invasion was not necessary to topple Saddam Hussein. At the same time, he also spoke supportively about the 2002 Senate resolution that authorized military action against Iraq.
All-New 2008 Nissan GT-R Officially Unveiled
The 2008 GT-R will be on sale in Japan on 12/6/2007. It features a 3.8L Twin Turbo “VR38” V6 with 473 horsepower and 433 lb-ft. of torque. It also features a dual clutch transmission and a Bilstein DampTronic suspension system.
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Officially Released with Full Specs
Print magazines have already posted numerous photos and basic stats for the all-new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, but today Mitsubishi has officially released the full stats of the JDM version.The new Lancer Evolution X is on sale today in Japan and includes an all-new design and a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine that produces 295 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs. of torque. in addition there is also a new Twin Clutch SST 6-speed automated manual transmission that won’t be available until November.
Mitsubishi Concept-RA Unveiled…Does this Give a Hint of the Next Eclipse?
Mitsubishi has released two photo renderings of the Concept-RA that is going to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January. We can only hope that this concept is going to provide hints of what the next Eclipse is going to look like.
Lottery winner wasn’t supposed to gamble
BOSTON – The winner of a $1 million lottery scratch ticket may not be so lucky after all: He’s a convicted bank robber who isn’t supposed to gamble. Timothy Elliott faces a Dec. 7 court hearing over whether he violated his probation when he bought the $10 ticket for the $800 Million Spectacular game at a supermarket in Hyannis.Elliott was placed on five years’ probation after pleading guilty in October 2006 to unarmed robbery for a January 2006 heist at a bank on Cape Cod. Under terms of his probation, he “may not gamble, purchase lottery tickets or visit an establishment where gaming is conducted, including restaurants where Keno may be played.”
‘American Idol’ Champ Jordin Sparks Fails To Ignite The Charts, Barely Cracking Billboard Top 10
Sparks — the winner of the sixth and most recent season of “American Idol,” and who many thought was the most marketable of the show’s winners — probably won’t be thrilled when she learns her album has turned out the lowest first-week numbers of a debut issued by any of the show’s previous winners. Jordin Sparks enters next week’s chart at #10 (the sole new release to crack the top 10) with little more than 119,100 sold. Comparatively, season-one victor Kelly Clarkson’s 2003 debut, Thankful, opened at #1 with 297,400 scans, while season two “Idol” Ruben Studdard’s 2003 LP, Soulful, also entered at #1, selling 416,600 units. America’s third “Idol,” Fantasia Barrino, sold more than 239,000 copies of her 2004 debut, Free Yourself, to bow at #8, while season-four champ Underwood’s 2005 opus, Some Hearts, opened at #2 with sales of 315,000. The last man standing at the conclusion of the show’s fifth season, the salt-and-pepper-pelted Taylor Hicks, sold more than 298,000 copies of his 2006 eponymous debut to enter the chart at #2.
French police detain ‘drag queen’ over 18 gay murders
French police have detained a 68-year-old man — reported to be a ‘drag queen’ performer — suspected of murdering 18 mainly homosexual men, a judicial source said Wednesday. The murders were committed between 1980 and 2002 in eastern France and the Paris region.
L’Alsace newspaper said the key suspect worked as a female impersonator and that his arrest followed a two-year investigation by a Montbeliard police officer, who spotted his name in database files relating to a string of unsolved murders.
“Khartoum north prosecution unit has completed its investigation and has charged the Briton Gillian (Gibbons) under Article 125 of the criminal code,” state media SUNA said quoting a senior Justice Ministry official.Gillian Gibbons is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
And he says he would be upset if jailed Gillian Gibbons never came back to teach at Unity High School in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. The lad, who spells his name Mohammad, said: “The teacher asked what I wanted to call the teddy. I said Mohammad, after my name.”
US Muslim Girls Find Solace in Scouting
CAIRO — Young Muslim girls are increasingly joining Girl Scout troops in the US to help bring them closer to the mainstream culture and avoid scrutinizing looks. “It is kind of cool to say that you are a girl scout,” Asma Haidara, a 12-year-old Somali immigrant, told the New York Times on Wednesday, November 28.
Mother’s lawyer: Child killed for failing to say ‘please’
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — The stepfather of a 2-year-old girl lost control and beat her to death because she wouldn’t say “please” and “yes sir,” an attorney for the girl’s mother said Wednesday. A body found last month in Galveston Bay is believed to be that of the little girl, Riley Ann Sawyers, though DNA tests are pending.Her mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, and stepfather, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, were arrested Saturday.
Stickler said Zeigler, 24, was overwhelmed by his sudden fatherhood and didn’t know what behavior to expect from a toddler. Trenor moved with her daughter from Mentor, Ohio, to Texas in June to be with Zeigler, whom she met online.
Zeigler wanted his wife to spank Riley with a belt when she failed to say things like “please” and “yes sir” or “no sir,” Stickler said Wednesday. Zeigler didn’t believe Trenor was doing it, however, because the 2-year-old’s behavior wasn’t changing.
Police fear child porn stash could yield hundreds of victims
HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A doctor who once faced child abuse allegations kept a staggeringly large collection of child pornography — found nearly a decade after his death — and investigators fear there could be hundreds of victims, authorities said Wednesday. The owner of a West Hartford home formerly owned by Dr. George Reardon found the images — 50,000 35 mm slides and more than 100 8 mm movie reels — in a hidden storage space during a renovation project in May, town police said. West Hartford investigators announced the cache Wednesday as they set out to find the victims, saying identifying them could lead to others who possessed the images or were otherwise involved.
Surgery helps woman drop 140 pounds, 10 dress sizes
(CNN) — Standing near the coffin of one of her closest friends, Patty Hill made a promise that would forever change her life. Her friend, Gail, had died from a blood clot just a week after undergoing gastric bypass surgery to make her stomach smaller. Hill was scheduled to have the same surgery and believed it was the only way to end her lifelong struggle with obesity. Tipping the scales at 280 pounds and standing 5 feet 5 inches tall, Hill says she was depressed, moody and always defensive. The 47-year-old mother from Weymouth, Massachusetts, was morbidly obese, and after her friend’s death, she was beginning to lose hope.
Hill wore a 26/28 dress size and had heart problems. Now, not only was she afraid that she couldn’t lose the weight, but she was even more afraid she’d die, leaving her daughters, ages 23 and 14, to grow up without her.
U.S. cannot impose vision on Mideast, Bush says
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Wednesday told CNN he would personally “facilitate” peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, saying the formation of a democratic Palestinian state was the best way to bring peace to the region. “A democracy on Israel’s border is important for Israel’s security and that very democracy is important for the Palestinians to have a hopeful life,” Bush said. “It is also important for the broader Middle East.” Bush’s comments come a day after a summit at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in which Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed on a framework for future peace talks. The sides set the end of 2008 as a goal for completing a peace treaty.
Ten reasons to tune into Pack-Cowboys … if you can
Our top 10 reasons why Thursday night’s titanic Green Bay at Dallas game rates as must-see TV (the key stipulation being, of course, that you have access to the NFL Network) … 1. It’s a quarterback’s world: Were it not for a man named Brady, the seasons being turned in by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Packers quarterback Brett Favre would be 1-2 (in some order) in the MVP race. Romo and Favre rank in the league’s top five in almost all the major passing categories, which seems to prove at least two things: Romo’s career didn’t disintegrate after he bobbled that hold of a potential game-winning field goal try in the playoffs at Seattle last season, and at the moment, retirement doesn’t seem to be the right call for Favre, now does it?
At the risk of pointing out how much fun both Favre and Romo are having these days, have you noticed how much fun they’re having these days? Sometimes the comparison game is so over-done and tiring, but in this case, Romo’s gift for improvisation and play-making creativity really does remind me of a younger Favre. Without quite so many forehead-slapping underhanded throws.
2. We haven’t seen many matchups this good, this late: This is only the fourth time in the Super Bowl era that teams with 10 or more wins and one or fewer losses are colliding. The last time it happened, when the 10-1 Giants met the 10-1 49ers in San Francisco on Dec. 3, 1990, Bill Parcells was still in his first NFL head coaching gig (that’s a while ago), and Joe Montana was still comfortably holding off that pesky start-Steve Young movement.
The 49ers won that highly anticipated showdown 7-3, but the game that everyone remembers came in that season’s NFC Championship, when the Giants knocked Montana out of action and got their revenge in a 15-13 nail-biter.
- Foes Use Obama’s Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2007; Page A01In his speeches and often on the Internet, the part of Sen. Barack Obama’s biography that gets the most attention is not his race but his connections to the Muslim world.
Since declaring his candidacy for president in February, Obama, a member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ in Chicago, has had to address assertions that he is a Muslim or that he had received training in Islam in Indonesia, where he lived from ages 6 to 10. While his father was an atheist and his mother did not practice religion, Obama’s stepfather did occasionally attend services at a mosque there. Despite his denials, rumors and e-mails circulating on the Internet continue to allege that Obama (D-Ill.) is a Muslim, a “Muslim plant” in a conspiracy against America, and that, if elected president, he would take the oath of office using a Koran, rather than a Bible, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only Muslim in Congress, when he was sworn in earlier this year.
- Screening of Muslims in US
Thursday, November 29, 2007
NEW YORK: US immigration authorities acted constitutionally when they subjected dozens of people, returning from an Islamic convention in Canada, to screening tactics usually reserved for people suspected of being terrorists, an appeals court has said.The court upheld the conclusion of a federal judge that the 2004 inspections, which involved frisking and fingerprinting, did not violate US constitutional rights to practice religion and avoid unlawful searches.
“We do not believe the extra hassle of being fingerprinted and photographed — for the sole purpose of having their identities verified — is a significant additional burden that turns an otherwise constitutional policy into one that is unconstitutional,” a three-judge panel wrote.
- Nixon Papers Recall Concerns on Israel’s Weapons
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 — In July 1969, while the world was spellbound by the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, President Richard M. Nixon and his close advisers were quietly fretting about a possible nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Their main worry was not a potential enemy of the United States, but one of America’s closest friends. “The Israelis, who are one of the few peoples whose survival is genuinely threatened, are probably more likely than almost any other country to actually use their nuclear weapons,” Henry A. Kissinger, the national security adviser, warned President Nixon in a memorandum dated July 19, 1969.
Israel’s nuclear arms program was believed to have begun at least several years before, but it was causing special fallout for the young Nixon administration. For one thing, President Nixon was getting ready for a visit by Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel, who was also in her first year in office and whose toughness was already legendary.
Should Washington insist that Israel rein in its development of nuclear weapons? What would the United States do if Israel refused? Perhaps the solution lay in deliberate ambiguity, or simply pretending that America did not know what Israel was up to. These were some of the options that Mr. Kissinger laid out for President Nixon on that day before men first walked on the moon.
The Nixon White House’s concerns over Israel’s weapons were recalled in documents held by the Nixon Presidential Library that were released today by the National Archives. They provide insights into America’s close, but by no means problem-free, relationship with Israel. They also serve as a reminder that concerns over nuclear arms proliferation in the Middle East, currently focused on Iran, are decades-old.
The papers also allude to a campaign by friends of W. Mark Felt, who was then the second-ranking F.B.I. official, to have him succeed J. Edgar Hoover as director of the bureau in 1972. President Nixon, of course, did not take the advice, choosing L. Patrick Gray instead, and Mr. Felt later became the famous anonymous source “Deep Throat,” whose Watergate-scandal revelations helped to topple the president.