Jul 12, 2011

Why do cops now have TANKS? That and other stuff you might like to know from Skipwaves

The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training.


No tax increase for Billionaires and Millionaires. Period!

Sunday: Boehner Pulls Out of Debt Talks
Hopes of a grand bargain on the national deficit were dashed this weekend when Speaker Boehner pulled out of White House talks, refusing to budge on revenue increases. John Avlon on the childish rhetoric that's pushing America to the brink—and the common sense solutions that are being ignored for the sake of partisan grandstanding.

   Read it at The Daily Beast


Palin Warns Boehner not to give in on the tax ceiling.


Parkville River Update
The Missouri River, still out of its banks and is likely to remain so, has closed some highways in northwest Missouri.

But in Parkville, the water level has actually dropped a few inches and is no longer touching the sandbags that volunteers have placed to protect main street.  Even so, the river is expected to rise again but it's anyone's guess how high.

The water looks ominously close to the back of some businesses in English Landing shops but they were built high enough to protect them from periodic rising waters.  All businesses in Parkville remain open and they've prominently posted signs to keep business up.


The American Civil Liberties Union (MOKAN), has filed a lawsuit challenging the misleading description of a constitutional amendment that will be put to a vote in November.


"BAD" Country!  US Cuts Cash to Pakistan.  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively.


Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive.


Osama Bin Laden was living with 3 wives in one compound and never left the house for 5 years.
It is now believed that Bin Laden called the US Navy Seals himself.


At Least 40 Killed in Mexico in 24 Hours in Suspected Drug Cartel Attacks

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials blamed turf wars between some of the country's most brutal drug cartels for a wave of violence across the nation that killed more than 40 people in three attacks, including 21 people massacred in a night club in the northern business capital of Monterrey, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The bloodiest attack took place Friday night at the gritty Sabino Gordo bar when gunmen with assault rifles shot down patrons and workers in Monterrey, a business center that became a battleground between the Zetas drug gang and the Gulf Cartel from the neighboring state of Tamaulipas.

That same day, 11 people were found shot to death in Chalco, just outside Mexico City. One person survived the attack. On Saturday, the decapitated bodies of 10 people, including three women, turned up in the northern city of Torreon in the trunk of a vehicle.

The carnage was the latest evidence that despite the capture of many top cartel leaders, Mexico's government was making little headway in its battle against escalating drug violence.


Obama’s Quiet Guns Crackdown

The president will quietly toughen regulations in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting, Daniel Stone and John Solomon report, despite opposition from the NRA.  More from The Beast.


Former White House Staffer Fights Michele Obama's Obesity Efforts

Food makers, fast-food chains, and media companies have teamed up to battle government efforts to create voluntary nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to children, The Washington Post reports Sunday. And the group is being managed by former White House communications director Anita Dunn.

The group, called the Sensible Food Policy Coalition, includes General Mills, Kellogg, PepsiCo, and Time Warner. Disclosure records show they spent $6.6 million on lobbying in the first quarter of this year, and the members collectively have spent nearly $60 million on lobbying since the start of the Obama administration.

Media giant Viacom is one of the members. It owns the Nickelodeon, whose animated characters such as Dora and Sponge Bob are featured prominently on food products marketed to children.

Dunn is managing the campaign. She was White House communications director under President Obama in 2009.

First lady Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity her signature issue, and she has urged food manufacturers and retailers to curb the marketing of unhealthy foods.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN's prime-time lineup on Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor. CNN reshuffled its schedule to add a new program by former CNBC…Associated Press· 3 days ago  


Fan returns 3,000th hit ball to Jeter, team rewards his generosity

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