Jun 8, 2011

Mexicans hanging gang members from bridges. Getting to be like arabs! Skipwaves 6/8

Mexican war on drugs reaches new low as drug gangs hang rival members from a city-centre bridge in Monterrey.  Two young men, cut down in the prime of their life, were left hanging from a pedestrian bridge as warring drugs cartels continue to fight in Monterrey.  One of the men was was missing a foot and had been stripped down to just his underwear while the other's clothes were splattered with blood.  Trouble has escalated since late 2006 when President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led war on the cartels. In that time, grenade attacks, beheadings, firefights and drive-by killings have surged.  The city is home to some of Latin America's biggest companies and average incomes are double the Mexican average.  The story and graphic pictures on these animals from Daily Mail...

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Missouri River Flooding.  It's a comin' this way... Upstream flooding from the Des Moines Register

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A small Mennonite college in Indiana has decided to stop playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting events after starting to do so for the first time last year.  Says the anthem is too violent.

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Flash mobs in Chicago.  Acting Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy vowed Monday to hunt down every last thug responsible for so-called “flash mob” incidents over the weekend and throw the book at them to get a handle on a problem that’s damaging the reputation of downtown Chicago as a safe place to live, work, play and shop.

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Will the Weiner have Staying Power?  NY Rep Anthony Weiner shows his on the internet to at least one woman and after Andy Breitbart revealed most all, Weiner commits political suicide by facing the press, admitting he lied about internet flirting with at least six women.  Apologizes emotionally, hoping he doesn't have to resign. Says he won't (but he will.)  Weiner'd been a rising media darling among Democrats, though not that well liked by his fellows.  The Breitbart photos

MSNBC Ed Show Poll-should he resign?  Yes 29%  No 71%   Republicans loving it.

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SF Chronicle says Huffington Post is Crashing and burning...due to bad management from Ariana Huffington herself and others.   

Meanwhile, the HuffPost proudly runs business as usual at the moment, heralding thinking about the US pulling out of Afganistan earlier (a NY Times link), and no shortage of other headlines... for its a fast moving website. . 

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 Friends say an elderly Connecticut couple completed their quest to visit every state in the country before they were killed crossing a road in Ohio. Boston Globe...

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The reason why this deadly E coli makes doctors shudder   It is past time for health authorities to curb the antibiotic misuse that created the resistance of this aberrant E Coli strain.  More from the Guardian.

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Stop Shacking UP!  Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up his visit to Croatia on Sunday by denouncing the "disintegration" of family life in Europe and calling for couples to make a commitment to marry and have children, not just live together.  The Rest from AP.







The terrifying E. coli outbreak in Europe appears to have been caused by vegetable sprouts grown on an organic farm in Germany, an agriculture official Sunday as the toll climbed to at least 22 dead.  Preliminary tests found that bean sprouts from the farm  between the northern cities of Hamburg and Hannover, could be traced to infections in five German states.








The US Supreme Court decision ordering California to release 33000 inmates because of deplorable health conditions in state prisons underscores how important it is to reduce the number of parolees who return to prison.

Dead: Former "Gunsmoke" actor James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon in the western TV series for 20 years, died Friday from natural causes. He was 88.





Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona man accused of killing six people and wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a mass shooting earlier this year, arrived Friday at a federal hospital in Springfield, Mo., the U.S. Marshal for Arizona said

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Today's Americans grow very pessimistic. Americans are growing increasingly doubtful about direction of the US economy, according to the latest survey from business-advisory firm AlixPartners.  In fact, an increasing number, some 61 percent, say they don't expect to return to their respective pre-recession lifestyles until the spring of 2014, if ever.  What's worse, a full 10 percent said they expect they will never return to pre-recession spending.

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