Jul 22, 2012

Westboro to Picket Aurora - and a dozen other stories you might have missed

Westboro Baptist Church Aurora
Apparent false rumor:  Members of the Westboro Baptist Church appear to be on their way to protest a prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora massacre, according to tweets from members posted by Examiner.com.
Using the hashtag #ThankGodForTheShooter, Examiner.com reports members tweeted out their plans to "super picket" the candle lit prayer service, saying "God is at work in Colorado."

UPDATE:   As of 11pm central time Sunday, there was no easy confirmation that the planned wall of people to separate the Westboro Baptist nutcases from the Aurora vigil ACTUALLY worked....but there was apparently a strong effort in Aurora to neutralize them as happened in Columbia (see story below).   Much of the coverage of the vigil was about President Obama. 
This monday from washington Post:
Despite published rumors  , "Westboro Baptist Church planned to picket the prayer vigil being held in Aurora for the victims of the Colorado shooting, there is no proof that any members of the controversial church actually appeared.”


Columbia Mo: Westboro Baptist blocked at funeral

Westboro Baptist Church
A planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church was overshadowed Saturday when thousands of supporters gathered at the funeral of a fallen soldier to block the radical church's effort.

Thousands of people in red shirts formed a "human wall" around the Columbia, Mo. church where 21-year-old Army Specialist Sterling Wyatt's funeral was held. Wyatt was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Westboro Baptist Church, an independent Kansas-based church known for its extreme ideology and widely condemned demonstrations, had indicated plans to picket the funeral. When Tori Smith, an acquaintance of Wyatt's, got wind of the protest plans, she decided to organize a small group of supporters to counteract the church's negative actions. Word of Smith's plans spread quickly, drawing thousands to the church on Saturday morning.

According to KBIA, the "red wall" was highly effective in fending off the small group from Westboro, who reportedly left the church area early in the afternoon.


ESSAY from Radioman on the Colorado killings and Timid Congressman afraid of the NRA:

The LA TIMES Newspaper readers were lamenting about what caused the Colorado killings. Gun nuts saying it was insanity, less insane people said it was the availability of guns. Or the media playing to our Blood Lust. I think it's all of that.

Trouble is, most politicians won't touch it YET. Too afraid of the NRA.

Oh, it's in part about the guns...because guns make it easy to kill people, the bigger the gun, the more people can be killed at once. Anybody denying that just wants to keep his guns by weakly refuting the logic of it.

It'll probably take some nut to mass murder a few dozen grade-schoolers (like happen in Syria) before the Congress has the kujonies to go against the NRA and require re-banning the AR15 assault rifle and big clips for most all heavier weapons and pistols. A theater full of mostly adults mowed down, well to many that's acceptable casualties for the loose interpretation of the 2nd amendment-- if it doens't happen too often.

I agree with the poster that says its ALSO Hollywoods deliberate appeal to American's blood lust. And the video game industry that has addicted a generation of boys on shoot-em-ups that reward them with points for KILLS. And they play them for hours.

It's no surprise that every once in awhile, some clean cut kid freaks and does this...based on bullying like at Columbine and other places, or just some twist that media appeals to, like Batman.

We didn't have this in the 40s-70s. Were we more naive or more moral?? I think much of it is blatantly brutal media looking for easy profits... basically violent pornographers?

Or the easy accessibility of weapons? Or both? When will politicans be done speculating, demanding 'proof', and just fix it?

Republicans Want the Post Office To Fail

Republicans are so attached to their ideology that government can’t do anything correctly … that they will often times try to sabotage government from being successful.

Case in point is the Post Office … in 2006 a Republican Congress signed into law a requirement that the Post Office and ONLY the Post Office would have to prefund health benefits for all Post Office employees for SEVENTY FIVE YEARS in advance.  Seriously.  If you set that expectation for private business – most would go out of business immediately.      Read more on what's up with this...


 North Carolina members of Congress helped lead the charge to block an effort to cut military spending on NASCAR.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/19/156853/north-carolina-members-of-congress.html#storylink=cpy

NASCAR's roots are embedded in North Carolina. The majority of teams are based in the Tar Heel state, which is also home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte.    U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell, Patrick McHenry, and Sue Myrick were among the most vocal members advocating to continue the spending

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/19/156853/north-carolina-members-of-congress.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/19/156853/north-carolina-members-of-congress.html#storylink=cpy

Kissell said the special relationship the sport has with the military would be tough to replicate elsewhere if cuts were made.

“I don't think it's any coincidence that when we look at our military forces, about 41 percent of our military is from what we describe as rural America, which is only 17 percent of our population,” Kissell said speaking from the floor. “And that relationship between the military and rural America is very important.”    More on this outrage....and comments you won't believe!

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/19/156853/north-carolina-members-of-congress.html#storylink=cpy


John Brennan, Man Who Stripped In Front Of TSA, Found Not Guilty 

John Brennan Tsa
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man who stripped nude at Portland's airport security to protest what he saw as invasive measures was found not guilty of indecent exposure.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees ruled Wednesday that John Brennan's act was one of protest and therefore, protected speech.

Video:  Read the rest of it....



No more cheap overseas drug spam?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Good news for your email inbox: You'll be seeing less spam in it now, thanks to a global takedown effort that knocked one of the world's biggest spammers offline this week.

"About 50% of the worldwide spam is gone," says FireEye senior scientist Atif Mushtaq, who participated in the demolition.   Read more on the takedown..from CNN



Retiring Kansas City Fire Chief ‘Smokey’ Dyer says 29 other management staff of the Fire Department are also retiring from the end KCFD at the end of the month.  All, including Dyer, are taking early retirement. 

Dyer says he figures the KCFD is losing “1,000 years of experience” at the end of the month. He predicted the department will look very different in just a month.  Dyer says the City Manager is working on appointing an interim fire chief.  -- KMBC's Michael Mahoney

And it seems the City Council has given this lifer quite a sweetheart golden parachute at taxpayer expense!   Maybe a lot of changes would be a GOOD THING!!  Maybe they should have happened a long time ago!   People bitch about the government a lot, but it sure seems like government work is a pretty cushy deal once you get ON! 


 Speaking of stupidity...
SAN JOSE -- Amid inspirational talk, chanted mantras and shouts of victory at a late-night firewalking event attended by thousands Thursday came agonized shrieks from followers whose soles were scorched by the superheated coals, witnesses said.

At least 21 people were treated for burn injuries after taking part in the crowning event of the first day of a Tony Robbins function downtown, including at least three who went to the hospital, a San Jose fire captain said.

The people who suffered various second- and third-degree burn injuries were among more than 6,000 who attended the motivational speaker's event at the San Jose Convention Center called "Unleash the Power Within."



Chicago Tribune: Tax War in Kansas 

WICHITA, Kansas (Reuters) - Fiscal conservatives in Kansas have turned their state into a laboratory to test reforms similar to the "Ryan plan" for massive tax cuts at the national level -- and the result has been a Republican civil war.

Backers of recent state tax cuts argue they will create jobs and boost the economy to partially offset lost revenue, with budget cuts solving the remaining shortfall. The tax cuts go into effect in January, and the Kansas Legislative Research Department calculates the lost revenue will amount to the equivalent of 36 percent of the state budget within five years.

More on this story...


Wisconsin's Nazi Governor Scott Walker won his RECALL election, but lost his Power as the voters turn the Wisc legislature DEMOCRAT!!!  And boy is he mad!

The voters, by shifting control of the Senate to the Democrats, checked and balanced one of the most powerful and controversial governors in the nation.    Read more....

Note to SELF:  Campaign to do that in the US House this fall by voting all Republicans OUT!   And keeping Claire McCaskill (D-Mo)  in the US Senate!



Newser) – Describing the suicide blast that killed Bashar al-Assad's security chiefs yesterday as a turning point, American officials are now getting ready for the Syrian regime's collapse, reports the New York Times.

 Pentagon officials have urged the Israelis not to attack Syrian weapons facilities, fearing that such a move would allow Assad to rally support. President Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin yesterday, but the Russian leader once again refused to allow Assad to be pushed from power.

Fierce fighting is raging for a sixth day in Damascus, sometimes in sight of the presidential palace, and Assad's whereabouts are a mystery, reports Reuters.


FILE - In this Thursday, July 14, 2011 file photo, Ildus Faizov, a top Muslim cleric in the Volga River province of Tatarstan, addresses Russia's then-premier Vladimir Putin, unseen, in Kazan, about 700 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow. Faizov, known for his criticism of radical Islamist groups known as Salafists, was wounded Thursday,J uly 19, 2012, after an explosive device ripped through his car in Kazan. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)A top Muslim cleric in Russia's Tatarstan province was shot dead and another was wounded by a car bomb in separate attacks apparently related to the priests' criticism of radical Islamists, investigators said Thursday.

More to come, read Skipwaves Often this week.  Radioman is ALWAYS listening for more good stuff on the skip.

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