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Justice Dept. to release neocon kill memo.


"On the eve of a critical Senate vote and under court order, the Obama administration signaled it will publicly reveal a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.

Two administration officials told The Associated Press that the Justice Department has decided not to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling requiring disclosure of a redacted version of the memo under the Freedom of Information Act. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The decision to release the documents comes as the Senate is to vote Wednesday on advancing President Barack Obama's nomination of the memo's author, Harvard professor and former Justice Department official David Barron, to sit on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had vowed to fight Barron's confirmation, and some Democratic senators were calling for the memo's public release before a final vote.

Wednesday's expected procedural vote would allow the Senate to move ahead with a final vote on Barron on Thursday. "I think we'll be OK," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said earlier Tuesday.

Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the United States, was killed after being targeted by a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. Some legal scholars and human rights activists complained that it was illegal for the U.S. to kill American citizens away from the battlefield without a trial.

Some senators, including those in Obama's own party, have called for the public release of the memo before the final confirmation vote. The White House agreed under the pressure to show senators unredacted copies of all written legal advice written by Barron regarding the potential use of lethal force against U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations.

Until now, the administration has fought in court to keep the writings from public view. But administration officials said that Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. decided this week not appeal an April 21 ruling requiring disclosure by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and that Attorney General Eric Holder concurred with his opinion.

The release could take some time, since the redactions are subject to court approval. And the administration also is insisting that a classified ruling on the case also be redacted to protect information classified for national security, but not the legal reasoning, one of the officials said.

The drone strike that killed al-Awlaki also killed another U.S. citizen, Samir Khan, an al-Qaida propagandist. Al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month in another drone attack.

The American Civil Liberties Union and two reporters for The New York Times, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane, filed a FOIA suit. In January 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that she had no authority to order the documents disclosed, although she chided the Obama administration for refusing to release them.

But a three-judge appeals court panel noted that after McMahon ruled, senior government officials spoke about the subject. The panel rejected the government's claim that the court could not consider official disclosures made after McMahon's ruling, including a 16-page Justice Department white paper on the subject and public comments by Obama in May in which he acknowledged his role in the al-Awlaki killing, saying he had "authorized the strike that took him out."

The ACLU urged senators in a letter Tuesday not to move forward on the confirmation vote until they have a chance to see any Barron memos on the administration's drone program, not just those involving U.S. citizens.

Paul issued a statement Tuesday saying he still opposes Barron's nomination. "I rise today to say that there is no legal precedent for killing American citizens not directly involved in combat and that any nominee who rubber stamps and grants such power to a president is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court," Paul said in remarks prepared for delivery on the Senate floor Wednesday provided by his office.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has been pushing for public disclosure of Barron's writings and was one of several Democrats who had been refusing to say whether he'd vote for confirmation without it. "That's certainly very constructive," Wyden said when told of the decision not to appeal.

The administration's decision won over at least one senator, Mark Udall, D-Colo., who had been opposed to Barron because of the memo's secrecy. "This is a welcome development for government transparency and affirms that although the government does have the right to keep national security secrets, it does not get to have secret law," Udall said."
Prison for D'Souza, beach time for Corzine.


"Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws. He was accused of having urged two friends to make $10,000 contributions to a Senate candidate and then reimbursing them. This is an illegal work-around of campaign contribution limits.

He won’t be sentenced until Sept. 23 but faces 16 months in prison and a $30,000 fine.

So a guy does something wrong and pleads guilty. What’s the big deal?

Well, there’s the ridiculosity (that’s a word, right?) of such campaign finance laws and the pretty serious looming sentence for the crime. Prison.

I should probably mention at this point that D’Souza really, really, really doesn’t like President Obama. In 2012 he produced a popular documentary called 2016: Obama’s America, a harshly critical look at Obama’s worldview and how it affected his governing. That was in turn based on a book called The Roots of Obama’s Rage. Not that D’Souza has avoided criticism from the right, but his disdain for progressives is returned in spades.

The Law Is A Funny Thing

Now let’s take a look at one Jon Corzine. Who is he? Well, he was CEO of Goldman Sachs, spent $62 million of totally clean (I’m sure) cash buying a Senate seat, brought New Jersey to the brink of fiscal ruin in his sole term as governor, and then ended up implicated in one of the largest scandals in Wall Street history. How big? Oh, like $1.6 billion big. Here’s a link to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission complaint.

From a Wall Street Journal MarketWatch write up last June:

In October, 2011, then-MF Global chief Jon Corzine told an employee that they were going to do everything not to take cash from a revolving credit facility even if that meant “going negative” by taking funds from customer accounts. According to a Commodity Futures Trading Commission complaint Thursday, Corzine knew that “going negative” — taking funds from the commodity merchant’s customer accounts — would be a violation of the firm’s policy. The exchange between Corzine and one of his employees is just one of dozens of details explaining how MF Global allegedly improperly moved customer funds in the final days of the firm in 2011, which led to more than $1 billion in missing customer funds. Corzine, a former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who later became a U.S. senator and governor of New Jersey, was slapped with civil charges Thursday for his role in the collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd., the commodity trading firm he oversaw.

Anything else we should know? How about this from two years ago (emphasis mine):

Jon Corzine — under federal and congressional investigation following accusations that the securities firm he headed illegally took clients’ funds before collapsing — is among President Obama’s top re-election campaign bundlers, raising at least $500,000, according to the campaign’s filing Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

You will never, ever, ever, ever believe how Corzine’s story turned out. I mean, if sliding $20K in campaign funds around is a problem, what do you think losing more than $1 billion in customer funds and managing your way into the eighth largest bankruptcy in U.S. history is worth? Did you guess in your wildest dreams that one of Obama’s top bundlers would totally skate?

“After 18 months of investigation, the criminal probe into Jon Corzine is now being dropped,” a person with knowledge of the probe told The Post.

When Corzine escaped any punishment last year, there was surprisingly little coverage and certainly no outrage in the media — even in a political climate where members of the Democratic Party’s base were calling for the heads of banksters and Goldman Sachs and its alumni, in particular, were being compared to a politically-connected Vampire Squid.

Maybe in addition to having very close friends in the White House, the U.S. Senate, New Jersey and Wall Street, Corzine didn’t do anything worth prosecuting related to MF Global bankruptcy and the straight-up loss of more than a billion dollars. And maybe in addition to having enemies in the White House and other corridors of power, D’Souza’s $20,000 crime makes him Public Enemy #1. I don’t know.

But if there were selective enforcement of laws under this administration, that would be something worth caring just a bit about."
Quote:Toyota on Friday said it is recalling about 520,000 vehicles, mostly in North America, over several issues including cable corrosion that could see unused spare tires fall off.

The world’s biggest automaker made the announcement just days after U.S. rival General Motors said it was recalling 2.4 million more vehicles in the United States.

Both car giants have been struggling with product recall issues in recent years with Toyota last month calling back 6.39 million vehicles over a string of problems, dealing another blow to its long-held reputation for quality and safety.

On Friday, Toyota said its announcement covered about 450,000 Sienna minivans produced between 2004 and 2011, including 370,000 in the U.S. and 80,000 in Canada.

The move was tied to concerns that salt used on snowy roads in both countries during the winter could corrode a cable that secures the vehicle’s spare tire.

“In an extreme case, the cable may break due to excessive corrosion and the spare tire may separate from the vehicle,” Toyota said.

Also recalled over a glitch in software that controls the front passenger seatbelt were 55,000 Highlander sports utility vehicles, sold mostly in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which were manufactured between November 2013 and May 2014.

Another 16,000 Lexus GS 250 and GS 350 luxury sedans made ​​in 2012 would be recalled, mostly in North America, Europe and China, over a brake pedal issue that could cause the vehicle to slow down more than expected.

Toyota recalled nearly 9 million vehicles globally in late 2009 and early 2010 due to an accelerator pedal issue.

Despite record sales and bumper profits, the company has been fighting to protect its brand in the wake of the crisis and earlier this year reached a deal to pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. criminal charges that it covered up a sticky pedal blamed for dozens of deaths.

U.S. rival General Motors has also been sideswiped by accusations that it hid a decade-long ignition and airbag problem linked to 13 deaths.

This week, GM announced four separate recall actions for various models dating as early as 2005 and as recent as the 2015 model year, but said there had been no fatalities associated with them.

LMFAO @ THIS SHIT. Toyota being targeted once again with frivolous claims.

this is basically akin to demanding protection money.
"Liberal" neocons abandoning talk radio.


"The vast arid wasteland known as liberal radio is becoming even more barren. Loose-cannon lefty Randi Rhodes [nee Bueten] is pulling the plug on her show.

News of Rhodes' impending departure came in a terse statement from Premiere Networks, which broadcasts her show through 35 affiliates -- "[We] can confirm that Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We've had a successful partnership with Randi for several years and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014."

Rhodes spent considerable time on her show this week saying goodbye to listeners and outlining the rationale for her decision. She also couldn't resist taking swipes at Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, her former colleagues at now-defunct Air America Radio, especially Maddow (Rhodes also went after fellow lefty talker Ed Schultz several years ago, revealing that his radio show was launched with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from Senate Democrats)."


"Less than a week after Air America Radio refugee Randi Rhodes signed off with her last broadcast, libtalker Ed Schultz announced that he too is ending his radio show.

Schultz began his decade-old radio program today by saying he will air his last three-hour weekday broadcast on Friday and start an hour-long weekday show accessible from the Internet on May 27, the day after Memorial Day. (Audio after the jump)

Schultz today responded to those he described as naysayers falsely claiming he is "being taken off the air," although based on his own words he is being taken off the air, albeit voluntarily.

In case you missed it, I announced last night on "The Ed Show" on MSNBC that I am going to change formats and I'm also going to change the delivery of the audio of me, and it's all on me, folks. First of all, let me clarify a few things. I own this radio show. I'm not corporately owned, I'm not owned by a group, I own this, I earned it, I owned it, I bought it, I did it, and I did what a lot of people said couldn't be done. But wait a minute, there's other people involved. There's a lot of folks that have had their mitts on this show over the years that have brought it to where it is and I appreciate it and the list is too long to name them all.

I didn't think that this day was ever going to come but it's here and I am going to step away from a three-hour format and syndicated radio and I'm going to go to the Internet, because it offers me a different platform and certainly the audience won't be as big as it is right now, not to say that it's terribly huge but the fact of the matter is is that times are changing with social media, with schedules, with people, with the consumption of how people get their audio and their news and the flexibility of my schedule. So this is what I want to do.

This may surprise Schultz -- avid NewsBusters reader that he is -- but I take him at his word about this. In addition to his radio show that has aired since January 2004, "The Ed Show" on MSNBC with Schultz out front began broadcasting in April 2009. He also owns a seasonal business, a fishing lodge deep in the Canadian north alongside the aptly-named Wrong Lake, that keeps him busy every summer.

Something else Schultz talks about a lot -- conservative dominance of talk radio. His loathing for Limbaugh and Hannity borders on the pathological and he's railed incessantly over the years at the alleged obstacles that prevent liberals from gaining more influence in the industry. Will it cross Schultz's mind at all that what he is doing is a textbook example of why this disparity continues?"
Heightened security on beijing subways after recent spate of terror attacks.

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Quote:"ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs...individuals must surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign"
"This has got to be the most quick and blatant declaration of the New World Order I have ever seen, delivered with practically robotic precision.
US puppet-president Barack Hussein Obama explains with cool indifference to individual rights and liberties, in a statement that not only reflects what is in store for the American people but for people all around this world as they literally surrender their rights under what is sure to be terrible penalties otherwise.
This is seriously one of the most disturbing things Obama has ever said and given what we have had to put up with from this drone-wielding, whistle-blower incarcerating, freedom of speech supressing sociopath that is really saying something." -(YouTube Channel Dual Gamma)


"Make no mistake, Fox News is still the ratings king. But the recent May numbers show that while all the cable channels had a decline in ratings (which is normal for May), Fox News was far from spared, with some of its lowest ratings in 12 years.

While Fox dominates with the top 14 shows in overall viewers, the total day average for Fox News in the key advertising demographic of the 25- to 54-year-old category was 177,000 viewers, only the second time Fox has gone below a 200,000 average since 2001.

Another key factor coming from May ratings is just how old Fox News viewers are. Take for example, Bill O'Reilly's show, "The O'Reilly Factor." O'Reilly had his lowest month since 2001 in the key demo, with 308,000 viewers. Yes, O'Reilly is still the No. 1 program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers in May. But the majority of those viewers are over the age of 55. In fact, the median age for O'Reilly is now just over 72 years old. The average Fox News viewer overall is 68.8, while the average ages of MSNBC and CNN viewers were 62.5 and 62.8, respectively.

Still, Fox remains strong when compared to other networks. For May, in the key 25-54 demographic, MSNBC averaged 103,000 viewers, while CNN averaged just 99,000. The only show to crack Fox's numbers in the top 10 for the 25-54 demo came from CNBC, with “Shark Tank,” which averaged 210,000 25-54 viewers, placing ninth overall.

MSNBC had its lowest performance in prime time since July 2006, while CNN had the least-watched 9 p.m. hour in its entire history, a sharp drop after its quick jumps in April from its coverage of the missing Malaysian plane.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 14th overall, with 738,000 average total viewers, and 11th overall in the demo, with 176,000 demo viewers.

"Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program, placing 21st, with 452,000 average total viewers, and 19th — with an average of 145,000 — in the demo."


LOL at a median viewership age of 72. I'll bet there are bingo parlors with lower median ages!
Egyptian Tomb-Robbing Market Explodes on eBay
Political disorder and unemployment are forcing Egyptians to take dangerous, brutal work robbing ancient tombs. Their bosses make bank selling the loot to Americans online.
GIZA, Egypt—Every morning the “repatriation team” at Egypt’s ministry of antiquities starts the grueling task of going through eBay’s listings to look for stolen ancient artifacts. But it’s like trying to fight back the tide. An archeological catastrophe is taking shape, fueled by the political unrest since the January 2011 revolution, the dire economy, and the relative ease with which tomb-robbers sell their booty on the Web.

Ali Ahmed Ali, head of the repatriation effort, points to a picture on his computer screen of a large limestone block from a tomb, inscribed with hieroglyphics, that was on sale on eBay for $13,500. The seller is in America and has offered no documentation proving that the 1,300-year-old object is owned legitimately.
(NEWSER) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised today to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property. "If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," Musk wrote in a blog post on the company's Web site.
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Spain: A large crowd gathered around and eventually, as Gawker explains, "the cops came before the couple did," but the pair just got a warning, no jail time.

In the US they would have gotten jail time.
The team said it had identified gravitational waves that apparently rippled through space right after the Big Bang.

If proven to be correctly identified, these waves -- predicted in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity -- would confirm the rapid and violent growth spurt of the universe in the first fraction of a second marking its existence, 13.8 billion years ago.

The apparent first direct evidence of such so-called cosmic inflation -- a theory that the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times in barely the blink of an eye -- was announced in March by experts at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The detection was made with the help of a telescope called BICEP2, stationed at the South Pole.

After weeks in which they avoided the media, the team published its work Thursday in the US journal Physical Review Letters.

In a summary, the team said their models "are not sufficiently constrained by external public data to exclude the possibility of dust emission bright enough to explain the entire excess signal," as stated by other scientists who questioned their conclusion.

The team was led by astrophysicist John Kovac of Harvard.

BICEP2 stands for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization.

"Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today," Kovac, leader of the BICEP2 collaboration at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said back in March.

By observing the cosmic microwave background, or a faint glow left over from the Big Bang, the scientists said small fluctuations gave them new clues about the conditions in the early universe.

The gravitational waves rippled through the universe 380,000 years after the Big Bang, and these images were captured by the telescope, they claimed.

For weeks, some scientists have expressed doubts about the findings of the BICEP2 team.

David Spergel, a theoretical astrophysicist at Princeton University, queried whether what the BICEP2 telescope picked up really came from the first moments of the universe's existence.

"We know that galactic dust emits polarized radiations. We see that in many areas of the sky, and what we pointed out in our paper is that pattern they have seen is just as consistent with the galactic dust radiations as with gravitational waves," Spergel told AFP last week.

He said the question will likely be settled in the coming months when another, competing group, working with the European Space Agency's Planck telescope, publishes its results.

That telescope observes a large part of the sky -- versus the BICEP2's two percent -- and carries out measurements in six frequencies, compared to just one for BICEP2, according to Spergel.

"I think in retrospect, they should have been more careful about making a big announcement," he said.
US exchange student stuck in giant vagina in Germany. Giant Vagina statue was located at a Germany University

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He's born again
James Franco and Seth Rogen are on the verge of kickstarting World War III. Their new film The Interview, in which the pair play two undercover journalists hired to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has already been condemned by an unofficial North Korean spokesman – but now state media has come out saying that the film constitutes an "act of war".

"Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," a government representative told state KCNA news agency.

The spokesperson added that the "reckless US provocative insanity" of using a "gangster filmmaker" to challenge the Supreme Leader was triggering "a gust of hatred and rage" among North Korean people and soldiers.

"If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken," he concludes.
The aspiring glamor model who had a breast enlargement operation on the NHS sparked further fury today after revealing she receives £6,000 of taxpayer-funded taxi journeys a year.

Mother-of-two Josie Cunningham, of Leeds, infamously had her 32A breasts enlarged to a 36DD with £4,800 of taxpayers’ money, after saying her flat chest was ‘ruining her life’.

And now the pregnant 24-year-old has claimed that she cannot take the bus because it gives her anxiety attacks - and she is now ‘more hated’ by the public than her idol, model Katie Price.

Council chiefs have granted her request to take her children to and from school every day by taxi - costing £150 a week - and she is also being given NHS sessions to help reduce her stress.


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