Saturday, April 08, 2006

Weekend Update: Fri-Sun, Apr 7-9

Just an eye out and ear on for a few news stories over the weekend.
I've gotta to go help the Billionaires For Bush Follies with the Spring Bling! Spectacular. Later.

Mom Dies After Boy's 911 Call Considered Prank
UPDATED: 3:18 pm EDT April 7, 2006
DETROIT -- A 6-year-old boy's 911 call for help was thought to be a prank, but the call was real and the boy's mother died, according to WDIV-TV in Detroit.
[via Shakepeare's Sister]

Wiretap Whistleblower's Statement

By 12:25 PM Apr, 07, 2006
Former AT&T technician Mark Klein has come forward to support the EFF's lawsuit against AT&T for its alleged complicity in the NSA's electronic surveillance. Here, Wired News publishes Klein's public statement in its entirety.
[via Crooks and Liars]

Nepalese King orders protestors shot on sight.
Pro-democracy demonstrators cancel protest amid curfew; 1 killed
Updated: 7:25 a.m. ET April 8, 2006

KATMANDU, Nepal - Protesters demanding a return to democracy postponed a rally that had been expected to draw thousands on Saturday, after the king imposed an all-day curfew and ordered violators shot on sight.

Flag Wavers and Saber Rattlers
Posted by James Wolcott

But the real prize was Dr. Jack Wheeler, whose appearance on Neil Cavuto's was touted enthusiastically by Ms. Pamela at Atlas Shrugs (which in itself should set off a cathedral of warning bells), peddles a much slicker line of shit. First off, the "Dr." bit has all the hallmarks of someone trying to pad his loafers to gain sham stature. (Dr. James Dobson, anyone?) Wheeler was on to warn us about the prospect of a second civil war, which would be waged between native-born Americans and Mexican invaders. He argued on Neil Cavuto's Fox News show that Mexico, not Iran, was the greatest threat to American security.
04.07.06 11:04AM

The above was in response to the instigation of a New Mexican Civil War. As if we don't have enough to take care of already, the Mexicans are about to attack: 'Mexican Civil War rage has got to stop."

Seymour Hersh: Bush already decided on war against Iran, thinking of using nukes

by John in DC - 4/08/2006 12:15 PM
I don't even know where to begin with this. The story is from the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, who unfortunately ges his stories right.
[via AmericaBlog via Crooks and Liars]

Apr 9, 2006 12:07 am US/Eastern
Possible Hate Crime Causes Controversy
Questions Arise Over NYU Student's Death

(CBS) The 20-year-old NYU student who fell victim to an alleged attack in East Harlem last Saturday night may have been targeted because he was white, but police have not classified the case as a bias attack.

Broderick Hehman was allegedly fleeing a group of young black men in East Harlem last Saturday night when he was hit by a car. Hehman died three days later and his death was ruled a homicide.
[via CBS News]

Park could face extinction
Lack of building permits closes dinosaur museum

William Rabb
It may have been built with heavenly intentions, but a judge has ruled that the creationism theme park known as Dinosaur Adventure Land still must obey earthly laws.

Escambia County authorities this week locked up a museum building at the theme park on North Palafox Street in Pensacola after Circuit Judge Michael Allen ruled the owners were in contempt of court.
[via Fantod via The Other Place]

"Republicans Say Mollohan Should Quit Ethics Post
By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 8, 2006

Republican leaders called on Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) yesterday to step down from his ranking post on the House ethics committee because of allegations that he provided legislative earmarks benefiting companies and individuals who helped make him a millionaire.

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