Jun 14, 2011

Big Stuff You Missed: Grand Jury Investigates CIA Iraq Death... an more. Skipwaves 6/14

Federal Grand Jury Investigates War Crimes and Torture in death of 'the Iceman' at Abu Ghraib prison.   The news involves the  infamous death of "the Iceman" at Iraq's prison in 2003 and other alleged CIA abuses.

It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi,  died after the CIA's bungled attempt to cool his body and make him look less dead. But now there are rumbles in Washington that the notorious case, as well as other alleged CIA abuses, are under secret grand jury investigation with witnesses being called.   Read more at Time magazine

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Obama:  "If you were looking for a bunch of partisan rhetoric, I'm probably not your guy," he said at a fundraiser in Miami.  FauxNews misses that, of course and headlined that the fundraising hall he was in, was 'half empty' (as opposed to being too big for the event.) 


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Obama:  You would want Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) “on your side” because “she’s got a cute smile,” and you would want her “in your foxhole” because “not only is she charming” but she has a “dazzling smile,” and is “tough as nails.”
Wasserman's the DNC Chair.

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House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution.  White house is quibbling that the US isn't really in hostilities.


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Goody two shoes, pro life candidate Rick Santorum scores FALSE and LIAR LIAR on Politifact's Truth-0-Meter.  Check it out.  


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Wisconsin's GOP governor wins, union workers lose: the state Supreme Court says his union rights law CAN go into effect.
Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that kills most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. Said it's needed to address state budget problems.  Demonstrations are underway at the statehouse by angry union workers.  More from Huffington Post


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Corporate America Is Hoarding Tons of Cash: Why In the World Would Obama Think About Giving Them More Tax Cuts?

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Logging off Facebook? You’re probably not the only one.   100,000 Brits are said to have deactivated their accounts last month, fearing for their privacy or just bored.  And Facebook fatigue seems to be catching. Six million logged off for good in the U.S. too.  (London Mail)

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Judge rules in Favor of girl groper kindergartner.   He gets off as judge revokes his explusion from charter school.

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Mandatory drug tests in Pennsylvania schools...for students doing extra curricular activities?  ACLU sues saying that violates the constitutional rights of a 12 year old girl who joined the school's scrapbooking club.  The Supreme Court has ruled its Constitutional in cases involving athletes and certain other clubs.

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Hef's Wedding is OFF!  Just five days before she was set to sashay down the aisle to do what  a slew of bottle blondes were unable to—namely, make an honest man out of Hugh Hefner—the Playboy founder's fiancée Crystal Harris has called off the wedding.  Read more: from E



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Chinese install spy devices on Hong Kong cars to catch black marketeers.  And very effective!!.

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NO UPSETTING PICTURES LAW!  Video: Tennessee big government conservatives ban upsetting images
June 13: Rachel Maddow reports on a new Tennessee law that bans the transmission or display of an image online that can frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to someone who sees it.  (msnbc.com)Rachel Maddow reports on a new Tennessee law that bans the transmission or display of an image online that can frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to someone who sees it. (The Rachel Maddow Show)

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The city of Springfield MO is holding off on efforts to re-activate its red light camera system, in the wake of a ruling declaring St.Louis' law violates state statutes.
St.Louis is appealing to the State Supreme Court, and legal experts say it could take at least six months before a ruling is handed down.

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KC Star:  Stupid KC thief steals laptop computers from tornado-damaged Joplin school.

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   There are multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office,  Internet Explorer.   (Federal Security Instructions:)  Microsoft has released updates to address these vulnerabilities.   Install updates.   The updates to address these vulnerabilities are available on the  Microsoft Update site (requires Internet Explorer). We recommend enabling Automatic Updates.

Additional Federal Warning that affect Adobe and Java products which are also offering fixes.


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Faster Internet Browser.  The designers of UNIX OS's most popular front-end software are planning to bundle Google's CHROME into their next release, replacing Firefox.  Chrome is way faster.  Both Chrome and Firefox are free browsers, and are both faster and more error-free than Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  


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Egypt says at least 7,000 civilians have been sentenced to prison terms by military courts since Hosni Mubarak was ousted — an astoundingly high number likely to fuel debate over how much the revolution has changed the country.  More from McClatchy papers

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Jon Stewart Video: Sarah Palin's Bus Tour Video Reminds Me of a Commercial for Genital Herpes Medication

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Last Harrass:  Check it for a cool optical animation.

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