Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mysterious mounds of Ohio River valley

When the first Europeans entered the Ohio valley, they encountered hundreds of mysterious earthen mounds and enclosures.

According to University of Cincinnati architectural historian John Hancock, a primary reason the ancient American earthworks seemed so mysterious was their vast scale and subtle geometries. That made them fundamentally different from traditional Western ideas of what architecture should look like.

Wanting to learn more about these strange and monumental structures, European-American settlers, soldiers and missionaries often asked local American Indians about them. The answers the Indians provided tell us much about what the historic tribes of the eastern Woodlands thought about the earthworks, but they do not appear to cast much light on their original purpose and meaning.

In the current issue of the Journal of Ohio Archaeology, I reviewed early historic American Indian testimony about the ancient earthworks of eastern North America and found that the indigenous peoples living in this region in the 18th and early 19th centuries actually knew little about them.

For example, in 1772, the Presbyterian missionary David McClure asked the Delaware Indians living at Newcomerstown about several ancient earthworks. He reported that the Delawares could " give no account of the builders, or the design of them."

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Snows of Kilimanjaro

"The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80% since 1912." P.14
This might have been correct at the time of writing pre-2004, but by 2008 Ms Shamsa Mwangunga, the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania wrote "contrary to reports that the ice caps were decreasing owing to effects of global warming, indications were that the snow cover on Africa’s highest mountain were now increasing". By 2011 we can read "Unfortunately, we made the prediction. I wish we hadn’t," says Douglas R. Hardy, geoscientist who was among 11 co-authors of the paper in the journal Science that sparked the pessimistic Kilimanjaro forecast. "None of us had much history working on that mountain, and we didn’t understand a lot of the complicated processes on the peak like we do now." In October 2007 Mr Justice Burton of the UK High Court ruled, for the purpose of teaching, against unqualified use of this passage summarised from the Gore book "An Inconvenient Truth". Mr Gore’s assertion was that the disappearance of snow on Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa was expressly attributable to global warming the court heard the scientific consensus that it cannot be established that the snow recession is mainly attributable to human-induced climate change.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Managers prefer hiring men

A third of managers would rather employ a man in his 20s or 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave, according to a new study. A survey of 500 managers by law firm Slater & Gordon showed that more than 40% admitted they are generally wary of hiring a woman of childbearing age, while a similar number would be wary of hiring a woman who has already had a child or hiring a mother for a senior role.

A quarter said they would rather hire a man to get around issues of maternity leave and child care when a woman does return to work, with 44% saying the financial costs to their business because of maternity leave are a significant concern.

The study also showed that a third of managers claim that women are not as good at their jobs when they come back from maternity leave.

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The Boy in Blue

Story from 1988...

It was just before last Thanksgiving, and in little Lyman, Wyo. (pop. 2,300), that a young mother came across a haunting story in the latest issue of Reader's Digest. On Christmas Eve 1985, the frozen body of a 9-year-old boy had been found by the roadside in Thayer County, Nebr. The child had been dressed in a blue pajama sleeper and had one hand placed tranquilly over his heart. After an autopsy and three months of investigation by Thayer County authorities, the woman read, the identity of "Little Boy Blue"as well as the cause of his deathremained a mystery. Nevertheless the people of Chester and nearby Hebron (total pop. 1,500) in Thayer County had embraced him as if he were one of their own. They named him Matthew, meaning "gift of God," and on March 21, 1986, after a well-attended funeral service, they laid him to rest among their kin folk in the Chester cemetery. Yet the episode had left a pall of unease over the two farming communities; they had been visited, they felt, by something evil and unexplained. Nobody in Thayer County knew who the boy was. Nobody knew where he had come from. Nobody knew how he had died.

As the Wyoming woman sadly finished reading the article, she had an intuition that she knew who the child was, but she dismissed it as "too bizarre." On Thanksgiving morning she received a phone call from someone else who had read the magazine and shared her fear. He too suspected that the abandoned boy was Danny Stutzman.

"Since both of us had the same feeling, I decided to send Danny's picture to the sheriff," says the woman, who asks not to be named, "but I hoped the identification would not match."

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Quote of the day

"It almost seems like the PGA oughtta put him on retainer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never known anyone who plays that much golf. It’s almost like he doesn’t have a job, like he’s retired or something." ~ Ted Cruz


What Islamic terrorism?

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shootingboth carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movementsnone motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with "sovereign citizen" nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

"Domestic extremist violence continues to be unpredictable and, at times, severe," the report states.

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A letter to PBS

Dear PBS,

This is quite the bold move. As a third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I’d expect you’d try your best to fly under the radar. There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels.

Sure, you "only" bring in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam? It might be a good 460 million dollars less than the amount that Obama gave to Planned Parenthood last year, but it’s still a sizable sum. It’s still 40 million dollars earmarked for a TV channel which provides absolutely nothing that can’t be found on dozens of other TV channels.

Yet here we are, and you’ve decided to air a 90 minute pro-late term abortion propaganda piece. Of all of the documentaries at your disposal, you chose to give airtime on your tax funded airwaves to a film that glorifies the butchery of viable, fully formed human beings.

The synopsis on your website says that the pro-infanticide film After Tiller paints a "humanizing" portrait of the "doctors" who openly kill fully developed babies who could survive outside of the womb if they weren’t first poisoned or dismembered by these very "courageous" medical professionals.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Equal justice under the law

In the days following the Mike Brown shooting GOP primary candidate (MO-1) Martin Baker took a very Missouri-like approach by not jumping to conclusions and waiting for the facts in the case. In Missouri it is called a "Show Me" attitude.

Baker stood shoulder to shoulder with Mike Brown’s parents and Al Sharpton on the old courthouse steps in St. Louis after the shooting. While some questioned his choice of company that day Baker received no threats or insults regarding his attendance at Sharpton’s presser.

Mr. Baker told Progressives Today:
"I support due process for Officer Wilson as I support it for the Brown Family. I firmly believe in equal justice under the law."
Martin later attended a rally in support Officer Darin Wilson. As news of this rally in support of Wilson spread across social media it wasn’t long before Baker’s attendance was noticed by those super tolerant liberals.

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When terrorism isn't terrorism

Rush Limbaugh....

"The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, his attorney said Thursday.

'The letter states that Nidal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate,' attorney John Galligan said. 'He wrote it in the last few weeks.'"

So can we take from this that the Fort Hood massacre was not workplace violence? That maybe it was indeed terrorism and maybe Nidal Hasan was actually a terrorist? He wants to become a citizen of ISIS. And who wouldn't? Obama just got through saying there's nothing we can do about ISIS. I mean, not permanently, we can't do anything about 'em.


Transformation of America

The progressive socialists and the Obama administration keep finding new ways fundamentally transform (destroy?) America. As our kids head back to school, Obama has found another way to flood our country with more illegal immigrants from Central America. Many of our school districts are receiving tens of thousands of "unaccompanied minor children" aka illegal aliens all at the cost of hard working American families. And now, a new tactic from these master deceivers.

As reported by The Daily Caller, "The Department of Justice’s board of immigration appeals has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence. The decision was announced in an Aug. 26 decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals at President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice. It creates a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, because if their asylum claim is accepted, their children get U.S. citizenship, plus the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills. The new decision also means that many of the Guatemalan women who have already crossed the border this year have a new claim for asylum."

Yes they can and yep, they did they found a way to backdoor our immigration system and do it in a manner which would make anyone challenging it seem, well, "uncompassionate." So if you are a Guatemalan woman here already, guess what you’re going to claim now? And you can walk this dog back and I bet you’ll find ACLU, LULAC, and La Raza influence and their accompanying support in developing this new course of action.

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Concealing payments

A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to "concealing payments" from Paul’s campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann’s campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul’s policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the Paul campaign as part of the deal. According to a DOJ release, "from October to December 2011, he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000."

The payments were delivered in $8,000 installments, which were "concealed by transmitting them to a film production company, then through a second company, and finally to Sorenson and his spouse," the DOJ statement read.

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Brits are sick

The woman who presided over the last five years of failure as the boss of children’s services at Rotherham Council is the same executive who removed three children from their foster parents because they were Ukip voters.

Joyce Thacker, the £130,000-a-year Strategic Director of Children’s Services at the scandal-hit council, is among the senior managers who are now under pressure to resign following the "excoriating" report into child sexual exploitation in the town.

Although she is not named as being culpable for the failure to protect 1,400 abused children in the report, as the head of children’s services since 2008 Mrs Thacker is among those whose positions now appear to be under threat.

The report by Professor Alexis Jay said child sexual exploitation had carried on largely unchecked between 1997 and 2013, the period she was asked to examine, but "continues to this day".

Nick Gibb, the Education Minister, said on Wednesday that those who made policy decisions that contributed to the scandal "should be held to account".

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Muslim leaders fully aware of the problem but did nothing. Story here


For at least 16-years gangs of mainly Asian (Muslim) men were able to target, groom and abuse girls as young as 11, with little to fear from the authorities.

Victims were gang raped, while others were groomed and trafficked across northern England.

"It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated."

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Recognizing evil

ISIS is the embodiment of evil. But:
"We don't understand real evil, organized evil very well," said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. "This is evil incarnate."

"People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a decade," he added. "They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop."

My question is: does anyone ever "understand" evil? I don’t think so. Evil’s very nature is to be inscrutable. Evil is altogether mysterious and altogether different from the way most people operate or could even imagine operating.

In all the biographies and histories that have dealt with Hitler, for example, who has ever really explained him? No one.

Religious people posit a spiritual origin for evil. Non-religious people tend to doubt its existence, until they look into its eyes.

If it were necessary to fully understand evil in order to fight it, World War II would have never been won by the Allies. What is necessary is to be able to recognize evil and see it for what it is quite early in the game. Those are the important first steps. The next steps are finding the will and the tools to fight it. Evil is very strong, because it doesn’t know the same restraints and limits as morality or good.

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No diversity in black culture

In an interview last week with Taleeb Starkes, podcaster Adam Carolla asked the author of The Un-Civil War: Blacks vs. Niggers: Confronting the Subculture Within the African-American Community a cut-to-the-chase question:

If Starkes, who is black, could wave a magic wand and change one thing about his "community," what would it be?

I figured he’d pick violence, education, or family structure. Instead, to my surprise, Starkes said he’d abolish his race’s corrosive cultural conformity.

To Starkes, those other, more widely discussed problems stem in large part from blacks’ stifling, self-imposed cookie-cutter culture:
There’s no diversity in the black community. It’s pretty much it’s just in our DNA to be one way, and if you’re not that way, you’re not (quote, unquote) "black." And I would start there, because a lot of these kids are so urbanized, if you bring anything new or different outside of sports, hip hop, those two things mainly, you may be frowned upon, and that’s what I would change. What I’d like to do is get the kids out, let them see other things. Outside of the city. Again, they’re so urbanized, it’s foreign. … It worked for me as a kid. I got to see different things: trees, different place, it worked for me.
The word "urban" effortlessly became the new "black" sometime in the 1980s. If it’s really just a euphemistic code-word invented by whitey, that doesn’t explain why blacks themselves have so eagerly embraced it.

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A grateful nephew

Warren Buffett must pen another letter to his favorite uncle. The last one was a little too cloying. It was a personal missive, which somehow wound up on the top of the op-ed page of the New York Times on November 16, 2010. Here are a few of the key passages:
DEAR Uncle Sam,

My mother told me to send thank-you notes promptly. I’ve been remiss.

Let me remind you why I’m writing. Just over two years ago, in September 2008, our country faced an economic meltdown.… Several of our largest commercial banks were teetering. One of Wall Street’s giant investment banks had gone bankrupt, and the remaining three were poised to follow. A.I.G., the world’s most famous insurer, was at death’s door.

Many of our largest industrial companies… were weeks away from exhausting their cash resources. Indeed, all of corporate America’s dominoes were lined up, ready to topple…

Only one counterforce was available, and that was you, Uncle Sam…

Well, Uncle Sam, you delivered. People will second-guess your specific decisions… [but], overall, your actions were remarkably effective.…

Your grateful nephew,

From the Sage of Omaha, who endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 election, this amounted to a two thumbs up at the midway point of Obama’s first term. It repeated and reinforced the Obamanomic argument that we should be happy that the nation had not reentered a second Great Depression with unemployment up at 20 or 25 percent, rather than 10 percent going into the second year of a supposed recovery.

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Papa Gaga

While Christian men, women, and children in Iraq are systematically being massacred in the most barbaric ways, such as by being beheaded, buried alive, or torn in half by members of the Islamic "Religion of Peace", the world’s most beloved Modernist, Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis"), who is supposedly the Supreme Shepherd of the world’s 1 billion Catholics, will be hosting an international-interreligious "Soccer Match for Peace", to be held on September 1, 2014, in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Forgotten history

During the War of 1812, when the British burned parts of Washington, D.C., the Federal government and troops fled the capital. President James Madison first fled to Virginia, but then turned north. He arrived in Rockville, Maryland at 6 p.m. on August 26, 1814, expecting to find General John Henry Winder and his troops. But they had already proceeded on towards Baltimore. Madison continued on eastward and arrived in Brookeville, Maryland on horseback. Madison reportedly carried with him a strongbox, which contained the entire U.S. treasury. On the night of August 26, he stayed in the home of Caleb Bentley, whose wife Henrietta Thomas was close friends with Dolley Madison. Madison stayed up all night, dispatching orders, while soldiers remained on guard outside. After the British left Washington, they sailed to nearby Baltimore, where they attacked Fort McHenry and were repulsed.


Fear of being labelled racist

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.

Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.

Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: "I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly."

The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled "racist" if they focused on victims' descriptions of the majority of abusers as "Asian" men.

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Kenny G in brown skin

Cornel West, activist and professor at Union Theological Seminary, ripped Barack Obama’s "Wall Street presidency," calling him another neoliberal "counterfeit" after posing as a progressive in his initial campaign for the White House in 2008.

"We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency," West told Salon.com’s Thomas Frank.

"The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair."

Public intellectual West lamented Obama’s failure - or refusal - to attempt a revival of democratic principles at a time of "an empire in decline."

"Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebodya Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility."

West said at a time of deep need for solutions, for a change of culture in the gilded halls of Washington, Obama was another "opportunist."

"It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin."

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Harry the hater

Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth. The feeble-minded coot stuck his foot in that mess of a mouth again last week at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. But as mortifying as the Senate Majority Leader is, there’s an even worse spectacle: Asian-American liberals who keep giving top Democrats and their partisan operatives blanket passes.

Reid clumsily offered his assessment of the success and intelligence of business leaders of Asian descent at the gathering. "I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are," he babbled. You put those uppity Asians in their places, Hater Harry!

During a question-and-answer session, Reid followed up his jibe with a crude "joke" about Chinese surnames that would make Archie Bunker cringe: "One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight."

Good thing the pale-faced codger didn’t let a "ching-chong" slip out, too. You know it was ringing around between his ears. Mocking Asian monikers is a hanging offense if you’re a Republican pol or conservative talk-show host. But it’s just a meaningless gaffe by "diversity’s" best friend when you’re Democratic Senate Majority Leader.

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Ignorant rant by Farrakhan

During his latest sermon for the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the protests and controversies surrounding Ferguson, MO. police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Micheal Brown.

Farrakhan said, "With 67 percent of black people you have to live under a white mayor with 67 percent white people you cant make the laws that govern that town. Now if that's the condition let me set the stage for Michael Brown. See I don't know about the store they say he strong armed somebody and took some cigars but I know this, coming to Chicago ... when you live in the hood you don't control no economy so you have Arab store owners that don't give a damn about you and have no respect for you. You got Korean, you got Chinese, you got other people taking the money out but not giving a damn thing to this community. I imagine that blacks under those conditions suffer everyday."

Speaking about Ferguson, Farrakhan said, "That town is a microcosm of whats going on all over the country. Black men are being shot down but the courts don't give us justice."


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quote of the day

There is, in fact, a racial war of violence and hatred in America. Open racism is simply not tolerated in white America today, but black racism is the toxic glue that holds the progressive coalition together. Tolerance of, in fact, as we see from the events in Ferguson, open encouragement of black rage at a narrative that not only does not exist but reverses the daily outrages that do exist, is what defines modern progressivism. It is the politics of envy, anger, entitlement, lawlessness, violence and bald-faced lies.


Missing weapons and equipment

Haunting images of local police officials using military-issued equipment to quell protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised new concerns about the Pentagon's controversial program to equip local and state police departments with military surplus weaponry.

The program, now under White House review, has been plagued by messy bookkeeping, bureaucratic confusion and scores of missing weapons.

Fusion has learned that 184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon's "1033 program" for missing weapons or failure to comply with other guidelines. We uncovered a pattern of missing M14 and M16 assault rifles across the country, as well as instances of missing .45-caliber pistols, shotguns and 2 cases of missing Humvee vehicles.

"[The program] is obviously very sloppy, and it's another reason that Congress needs to revisit this promptly," said Tim Lynch, director of the CATO Institute's project on criminal justice. "We don't know where these weapons are going, whether they are really lost, or whether there is corruption involved."

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"All my black friends have a bunch of white friends. And all my white friends have one black friend."

That's the memorable punchline of a Chris Rock bit from 2009 on interracial friendships. And according to some recent number-crunching by Robert Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute, there's a good deal of truth to that statement.

Let's consider the average American white American and the average American black American, and let's say, for simplicity's sake, that each of them have 100 friends. If you were to break down their respective friend networks by race, they would look something like this.

In a 100-friend scenario, the average white person has 91 white friends; one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races; and three friends of unknown race. The average black person, on the other hand, has 83 black friends, eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, three mixed race friends, one other race friend, and four friends of unknown race.

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Wind farms

A breathtaking sight awaits those who travel to the southernmost tip of Hawaii’s stunningly beautiful Big Island, though it’s not in any guidebook. On a 100-acre site, where cattle wander past broken ‘Keep Out’ signs, stand the rusting skeletons of scores of wind turbines.

Just a short walk from where endangered monk seals and Hawksbill turtles can be found on an unspoilt sandy beach, a technology that is supposed to be about saving the environment is instead ruining it.

In other parts of the U.S., working wind turbines are killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year, but here the wildlife can perch on the motionless steel blades.

If any spot was tailor-made for a wind farm it would surely be here. The gales are so strong and relentless on the tip of South Point that trees grow almost horizontally.

Yet the 27-year-old Kamaoa Wind Farm remains a relic of the boom and inglorious bust of America’s so-called ‘wind rush’, the world’s first major experiment in wind energy.

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Glowing in the dark

The Pueblo revolt of 1680 took place in what is the Rio Grande. It was a well planned operation on the part of the local Indians against their Spanish overlords, who had dominated the territory for almost a century previously. Led by a mysterious medicine man named Popé the revolt proved, in fact, a bloody success. The Spanish did not come back for a decade and when they returned they did so on the tribes’ terms. There are few anti-colonial rebellions that can boast as much. However, there is one event that stands out. In George Wharton, New Mexico, the Land of the Delight Makers (27-28) Popé has called all the pueblo representatives together to persuade them to revolt and as is the way of shamans, he uses trickery.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Curiouser and curiouser

The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan's court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.

We all know by now that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was destroyed by IRS. The emails of up to twenty other related IRS officials were missing in remarkably similar "crashes," leading many to speculate that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry perhaps held the key. Now, the Observer can confirm that a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner’s Blackberryand without making any effort to retain the emails from it.

Judge Sullivan has had to pry information from the IRS to learn anything about Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry. Now, with these latest revelations, I’m confident he’s not finished.

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Lost emails found?

"The Department of Justice attorney told the Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there is a catastrophe. So the government can continue operating. They say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner's e-mails from that back-up system.

"Everything we've been hearing about scratched hard drives, missing e-mails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it's all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records but they don't want to and they haven't told anyone about it, frankly, until we were able to get it out of them on Friday. There's no such thing as Lois Lerner's missing e-mails. It's all been a big lie. They've been lying to the courts, to the American people and to Congress."


Quote of the day

Israel closed the Erez border crossing into Gaza today after repeated mortar attacks from the Palestinian side. Several people were injured in the attacks on the crossing, including Palestinian patients who were on their way to Israeli hospitals for treatment.


Good Germans, but bad Nazis

Germany sent 12 Nazi spies to Britain in September 1940 to gather information ahead of Hitler's planned invasion.

But most of the agents who arrived as part of Operation Lena were arrested without having come close to completing their mission 'because of their own stupidity', according to official records.

One was arrested when he tried to order cider at 10am - not knowing that he could not be served before lunchtime during the war - while another two were spotted cycling on the wrong side of the road.

Their cover was blown when police officers discovered Nivea hand cream and German sausages in their bags.

The reason why Germany, known for meticulously-prepared spies, sent such incompetent agents on one of the most important missions of the second world war has remained a mystery.

Now historian Monika Siedentopf suggests that the botched mission, part of Operation Sealion - the code name given to Germany's plan to invade - was not a sign of German ineptness but an act of sabotage by anti-Hitler officials.

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Framing the husband

A Clymer woman faces a maximum of nine years in prison and could face sanctions under Megan’s Law after being convicted of charges related to child pornography Tuesday in Indiana County Court.

A jury of six men and six women returned a guilty verdict against Meri Jane Woods, 43, of Route 580, after about 1 hours of deliberations.

Police and prosecutors said Woods had tried to frame her husband, Matthew Woods, about one year ago when she told investigators that he had downloaded images of child pornography to the computer in their home.

Using technological investigative techniques, police computer experts almost immediately ruled out Matthew Woods’ involvement by finding the images date-stamped between Aug. 11 and 14, 2013.

Matthew Woods had been forced from the home before that time by a protection-from-abuse order, prosecutors told the jury.

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