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protestGlobal warming activists arrived in Washington on Monday to protest global warming. It was said to be the nation’s largest act of civil disobedience to fight climate change. Protesters arrived only to find DC virtually shut down by this seasons heaviest snowfall of the winter.

Many protesters could not get to DC as dozens of flights in the area were delayed or canceled. Still others couldn’t face the dangerous roads or blustery weather.

Speaker of the House, Nancy “Know-It-All” Pelosi, who called on the architect of the Capitol to stop burning coal at the power plant last week, was forced to canceled her appearance at the rally as her flight to Washington was canceled due to inclement weather.

Organizers of the protest estimate 2,500 people “braved” the blizzard to protest greenhouse gas emissions. Personally I thought they looked extremely foolish. Imagine the sight if you will, 2,500 people standing in snow 6 inches deep, with temperatures in the mid 20′s bundled up in layer upon layer of clothing, carrying signs to protest global warming. Strangely enough the very same thing happened to Al Gore when he gave a speech on global warming in January 2004 in New York.

Maybe, just maybe mother nature is trying to tell you tree huggers something.

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Former Countrywide executives cash in on federal housing bailout

After overseeing a company at the very center of the still-imploding U.S. mortgage market, a dozen former executives are now poised to make millions from the housing crisis.

Stanford L. Kurland, the former president of Countrywide Financial – the bank that has become most synonymous with the bad mortgage lending practices that eventually caused the housing market to burst, setting into motion the current financial crisis – and colleagues from the defunct firm now run PennyMac.

The company, headquartered in the same Los Angeles suburb where Countrywide was managed before it was sold to Bank of America last summer, specializes in buying up bad home mortgages that the U.S. government took over from other failed banks, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

PennnyMac has been buying up some of those mortgages for just a fraction of their value, and they keep a portion of whatever money they collect from the mortgage holder.

PennyMac’s business has been “off-the-charts good,” said John Lawrence, the company’s head of loan servicing, the Times reported.

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The Dow sunk to its lowest point since 1997 yesterday, but President Obama says that’s a good thing if you’ve got some money to play around with on the stock market.

While answering questions from reporters today during a photo opportunity with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama took the opportunity to hand out some investment tips based on the old ‘buy low, sell high’ maxim: “What you’re now seeing is… profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”

There you have, it sound financial advice from a man who managed to double the nation’s debt in less than 6 weeks he has been in office.

The President conceded that he doesn’t get too upset over the “day-to-day gyrations of the stock market,” because he’s focused on “the long-term ability for the United States and the entire world economy to regain its footing.”

Comparing the market to political tracking polls, Obama told reporters, “You know, it bobs up and down day to day.”

Bobs up and down, he is kidding, right?

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The state of California, currently in the midst of a severe budget crisis, is contemplating allowing its citizens to use pot recreationally. In one strange twist of fate, how ironic is it that one of the states missions, namely the “war of drugs”, that has been a drain on the state’s budget costing millions of tax payer dollars in law enforcement salaries, imprisonment and court costs now may turn out to be its salvation.

A California state legislator proposed legalizing the sale of marijuana, stating, legalizing and taxing marijuana would generate more than $1 billion annually for the cash-strapped state.

Tom Ammiano, a California Assemblyman introduced a bill Monday that would legalize sales and possession of the drug for people 21 or older. The legislation would impose regulations and taxation similar to those for alcohol sales. Federal law makes it a crime to possess or sell marijuana, therefore if this measure passed it most assuredly would face immediate legal challenge.

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America’s Kidnapping Capitol

Hey New York, it look like Phoenix, AZ is stealing the title “the city that never sleeps” from you. No cause for alarm though as Phoenix certainly wont be taking any tourist dollars from your state, the folks in Phoenix are awake for fear of being kidnapped. Phoenix has earned itself the dubious honor of being the kidnapping capitol in the country and is working hard towards its goal of being the kidnapping capitol of the world, currently they have the #2 slot.

I am certain it has nothing to do with those hard working folks that illegally cross the border to work or your city’s sanctuary policies for illegal aliens and the drug cartels. Last year alone,there were more than 370 kidnappings – with extortionist purposes and with every instance including torture. For the moment, the kidnapping seemed to be confined to illegals battling over drug territory but how long will it be before they decide that kidnapping Phoenix citizens for ransom can be quite lucrative??

In an effort to combat the crime wave, Phoenix police have pulled more than a dozen officers off other assignments and created a special unit to handle the kidnappings, called the Home Invasion Task Force. The crimes are occurring across the valley and in all types of neighborhoods, authorities warn.

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Technorati Tags: Crime, Homeland Security Department, Illegal immigration, Immigration, Janet Napolitano, Kidnapping, Phoenix, United States, United States Department of Homeland Security

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First Lt. Michael BehennaArmy officer, First Lt. Michael Behenna facing a murder charge testified Thursday that he shot and killed an Iraqi after the detainee reached for his gun during an interrogation.

First Lt. Michael Behenna said he was trying to defend himself and hadn’t planned to shoot the detainee when he took him aside for questioning in the Iraqi desert. Behenna of Edmond, Okla. is charged with premeditated murder, assault and making a false statement. The premeditated murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence without parole. Forgive me but wouldn’t all killing at a time of war be considered premeditated?? Surely people didn’t think our troops were sent there to play tiddlywinks.

Prosecutors argue that Behenna intended to kill Ali Mansour Mohammed in May 2008 during an interrogation near a secluded railroad culvert near a U.S. military base. They’ve said Behenna had no remorse for the killing and justified it to others by saying Mohammed was a bad man.

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Watermelons on White House lawnDean Grose, mayor of a small Southern California city, says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called “a small group of friends.” One of the recipients, a black local businesswoman and city volunteer, Keyanus Price, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

“I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes,” Price told The Associated Press. “I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor – come on.”

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Technorati Tags: African American, Black people, Dean Grose, Humor?, Joke, Race and ethnicity in the United States Census

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A Scary Growing Trend

kkkHere we rant and bitch and gripe about things that piss us off, no big deal.  I feel that we have legitimate reasons but we don’t expect everyone to agree with us about everything.  Politics, the economy, jobs, etc. it’s the stuff everyone bitches about but today I came across an article about a new and growing trend that is actually scary.  It seems the there is a growing rise in hate groups and I’m talking about the hard core groups, since the election and even before, no doubt.

- Report: the number of hate groups grew by 54 percent since 2000
- Obama’s election win fueled some to join hate groups, study found
-The FBI’s uniform crime report found 7,624 hate crime incidents in 2007
-Obama is a “visual aid” that helps lure new members, says neo-Nazi

Groups like the KKK are seeing a rise in membership that is unprecedented in modern times.  Just look at the history of the KKK and imagine them taking hold today.  Scary.

Now, if you’re going to have a problem with Obama, fine, but for God’s sake, make sure it’s for the right reasons!  If you don’t like his politics, fine, but if you just dislike, or hate the man for his skin color, that’s just wrong.  It seems like that is the galvanizing issue for too many people.

On the day after Obama’s historic election, more than 2,000 people joined his Web site, a remarkable increase from the approximately 80 new members a day he was getting, Black said. His Web site, which was started in 1995, is one of the oldest and largest hate group sites. The site received so many hits that it crashed after election results were announced. The site boasts 110,000 registered members today, Black said.

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Technorati Tags: Barack Obama, Hate, Hate group, Ku Klux Klan, Race, Race and Racism, Race-Ethnic-Religious Relations, Southern Poverty Law Center, Supremacy and Separatism

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eric_holderOn Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States as a “nation of cowards” on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.

In a speech he gave in front of the Justice Department, to mark black history month, Mr. Holder stated that while the workplace is integrated socially, we are a nation that chooses to be voluntarily socially segregated.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.

“This is truly sad. Given all that we as a nation went through during the civil rights struggle, it is hard for me to accept that the result of those efforts was to create an America that is more prosperous, more positively race-conscious, and yet is voluntarily socially segregated.”

Fair enough Mr. Holder, let’s discuss some racial issues:

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Bart Station– A 23-year-old visitor from the East Coast had just gotten money from an ATM when he told his friend on a cell phone that he had a bad feeling about two men approaching him at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland.

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His worst fears were realized when one suspect, Victor Veliz, 18, held a folding knife with a 5-inch blade to his neck and the other, Christopher Gonzalez, 18, threatened to shoot him Thursday night, authorities said.

In a blind panic, he lashed out at his attackers, grabbing the knife from one of them and punching the other as his friend listened in horror on the phone.

Without realizing it, authorities say, the man stabbed Gonzalez in the chest. Gonzalez stumbled to his family’s home around the corner, collapsed into his father’s arms and died.

Veliz, who is affiliated with a gang, was arrested at Gonzalez’s home after police allegedly found him with the East Coast visitor’s cell phone. He will be charged with murder in the death of his accomplice, along with a robbery count, prosecutors said.

The robbery victim suffered only cuts in fighting off his assailants. He ran from the station, flagged down an Oakland police officer on Fruitvale Avenue and turned over the bloody knife. His name was not released.

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