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  • NTSB: El Faro Wreck Missing Bridge and Voyage Data Recorder

    11/05/2015 6:36:36 PM PST · by rockinqsranch · 28 replies
    gcaptain ^ | November 3, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    A major disappointment announced today in the investigation into the El Faro sinking with the NTSB now saying that the wreck of the ship was discovered with the navigation bridge missing and no sign of the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).
  • Oologah band mom is injured, O-T grad accused in OSU parade disaster

    10/24/2015 5:29:48 PM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 59 replies
    Oologah Lake Leader ^ | 10/24/15 | John Wylie
    STILLWATER–Sheri Bates, mother of an Oologah High School Band member, was one of seven people officials listed as gravely injured Saturday when a car plowed into the OSU Homecoming Parade. She was airlifted from the parade site to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after a 2014 Hyundai Elantra plowed into the parade at its termination, killing three and injuring at least 34. One of the injured, a 2-year old child, died at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Saturday afternoon, bringing the death toll to four. Bates’ condition and the extent of her injuries were not immediately released...
  • Missing teens likely encountered wind, storms from sea

    07/28/2015 5:06:07 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 63 replies
    Palm beach post ^ | Jorge Milian and Kimberly Miller
    As Jim Dulin struggled mightily to steer his 30-foot fishing boat away from an ugly storm and into the Jupiter Inlet early Friday afternoon, he was startled to see a small boat heading the opposite direction into the rough weather.Among the dozens of vessels in the water, Dulin said the small boat carrying two young males was the only one not racing toward the safety of the inlet.Jib Yacht Club and Marina “I said to myself, ‘Those kids are crazy,’” said Dulin, a Jupiter resident and commercial fisherman for 20 years. “There’s no way they couldn’t see that storm. The...
  • Father of Kate Steinle, Woman Fatally Shot at Pier 14, Urges Immigration Reform in Washington D.C.

    07/21/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/21 | Rhea Mahbubani
    The father of a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman who was fatally shot while walking along San Francisco's Pier 14 wants Congress to reform laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times. Addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jim Steinle said he and his family support legislation that would close some legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Steinle's daughter, Kathryn, was killed on July 1 as the pair strolled at the Embarcadero. The duo were “walking arm-in-arm” relishing a “wonderful day...
  • Please Put Politics Aside – Sarah Palin • Charleston

    06/21/2015 3:41:08 PM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 21, 2015 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin asks why politics can’t be put aside in the wake of the Charleston shooting: Why can’t politics be put aside in the wake of South Carolina’s mourning? Politicians – please try. It would be in honor of them and the leadership provided by those most tragically affected. Let us follow the wisdom of the people of Charleston who lost their loved ones. The kind and beautiful family members who spoke at the court hearing on Friday know that this is a deeply personal human tragedy. Their words of grace reminded us that the only remedy for evil is...
  • Hundreds Missing After Chinese Cruise Ship Sinks on Yangtze

    06/01/2015 8:58:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 77 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06-01-2015 | EDWARD WONG
    BEIJING — Most of the 458 passengers aboard a chartered cruise ship were still missing on Tuesday morning more than 12 hours after it sank during a storm along the central Yangtze River, according to a report by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency. Fewer than a dozen people had been rescued, local news media reported, indicating that this could be the worst such disaster in East Asia since the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol last year.
  • Alpine tragedy: 2 US ski team prospects killed in avalanche

    01/05/2015 11:54:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/05/2015
    Two of America's brightest young ski prospects were killed Monday when an avalanche struck the Austrian Alps slopes where they were training for an international competition. Ronnie Berlack, 20, of Franconia, N.H., and Bryce Astle, 19, of Sandy, Utah, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the annual season-opening World Cup races. Four other skiers who were practicing with them managed to ski out of the massive slide and emerged unscathed. "Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport -- both on the race course and skiing the...
  • Ruling by Miami-Dade judge allows same-sex marriages to begin in Florida

    01/05/2015 8:15:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/5/15 | PATRICIA MAZZEI AND STEVE ROTHAUS
    Miami-Dade County will become the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, 13 hours before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state.
  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    12/28/2014 10:33:30 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/28/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia, for Singapore. The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on March 8 triggered one of modern aviation's most perplexing mysteries. Flight 370, carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, vanished without a trace, sending searchers across vast areas of the Indian Ocean. An initial...
  • ‘Can they breathe?’ Execution-style killing of two NYPD officers celebrated; ‘Salute the shooter’

    12/20/2014 5:07:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    It was just last night that a handful of supporters of the New York Police Department attempted to hold a #ThankYouNYPD rally. The group was easily outnumbered by protesters, who taunted them and likened the gathering to a Klan rally. Just days before that, police haters hijacked a #BlueLivesMatter hashtag, while others were caught on video at the #MillionsMarchNYC chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops!” With news just coming in that two New York City police officers were reportedly ambushed in their patrol car and shot execution-style, it’s not surprising that the anti-cop contingent is coming out to proudly...
  • MSNBC Reported to Be Cancelling Ronan Farrow Next Month

    10/14/2014 8:58:23 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 14, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    It looks like it might be time to start playing Frank Sinatra's Gone With The Wind for Ronan Farrow. Mediate reports that Ronan Farrow might soon be Gone With The Wind because MSNBC might be cancelling  Ronan Farrow next month due to lousy ratings. This contrasts sharply with the incredible media hype that greeted the announcment that Farrow would be hosting an MSNBC show last February. First let us look at the MSM gushing from the New York Times followed by the grim reality about Farrow's possible cancellation next month due to few people watching his show:
  • 'In 1976 I discovered Ebola - now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'

    10/06/2014 2:46:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/04/14 | Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch
    The virus is continually changing its genetic makeup. The more people who become infected, the greater the chance becomes that it will mutate ... ... which might speed its spread. Yes, that really is the apocalyptic scenario. Humans are actually just an accidental host for the virus, and not a good one. From the perspective of a virus, it isn't desirable for its host, within which the pathogen hopes to multiply, to die so quickly. It would be much better for the virus to allow us to stay alive longer. Could the virus suddenly change itself such that it could...
  • Child burned by distraction device during raid (Follow up)

    05/30/2014 5:26:33 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 43 replies
    www.accessnorthga.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Rob Moore
    CLARKESVILLE - Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell now is talking about the high-risk warrant service that resulted in burns to a 2-year-old child early Wednesday. The child was burned when narcotics agents, assisted by members of the Habersham Special Response Team, used a distraction device as they entered a home at 182 Lakeview Heights Circle outside Cornelia. "We had prior information on it," Terrell said of the circumstances of the home and its occupants. "The individual had been involved in an altercation with another male involving a possible AK-47 [rifle] several months ago, and he was arrested on some weapons...
  • ‘Goodbye Mama’: Tornado Victim Sends Heartbreaking Final Text

    05/04/2014 10:15:49 PM PDT · by montag813 · 10 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-04-2014 | TRN
    It’s something she says she will hold on to forever. A victim of the April 27 Arkansas tornado had the moment to send one final text to his mother before the deadly storm claimed his life. “First he said mama, I’m so scared,” Regina Wood, Jeffrey Hunter’s mom, told KFTA-TV. ”He knew how bad it was, these say it’s going to be a direct hit.” All she could do was comfort him and tell him everything would be okay. It wouldn’t.
  • Passenger testifies in trial for man accused of killing Miami Heat dancer [Drunk Homosexual]

    03/19/2014 3:45:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 3/18/14 | Roger Lohse
    A man who was riding in the car with Mario Careaga testified in court Tuesday that his partner had two or three vodka and tonic drinks before getting behind the wheel of his Mercedes Benz. Careaga, 46, is charged with DUI manslaughter in the Sept. 10, 2010, crash
  • 1927, The American Year

    01/03/2014 8:19:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    A great diva could sing the names in the phone book and it would come out like Puccini. A talented writer like Bill Bryson could take any year in American history and make it fascinating. Doing the usual round of interviews after his latest book came out, "One Summer: America, 1927," he was asked why he would choose to write about so ordinary a year, one without a great war or depression or discovery or… Ordinary? 1927? It was anything but. If any year was grand and glorious in modern American history, and yet a portent of the tragedies and...
  • Death of a Young Writer

    08/13/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    The word came in an email even before another simmering hot August workday here in Arkansas had really begun. The message had been expected for some time, but that didn't make it any easier to take. Chris Battle had died. His long struggle with cancer was over, thank the Lord. But we didn't feel thankful. You never really do when the news first arrives. Maybe you know you should, but it's all abstract that first day, maybe that first year. Before the flood of healing memory has a chance to cover you, and wash away the immediate pain. His obituary...
  • Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands

    08/05/2013 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix. According to Payne, the superintendent’s violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire,...
  • Black Education Tragedy

    07/10/2013 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman's defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter that she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin's mother. She responded that she doesn't read cursive, and that's in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader...
  • 30 South African men killed in ritual circumcision

    07/07/2013 11:01:19 AM PDT · by csvset · 63 replies
    France 24 ^ | 07 July 2013 | AFP
    AFP - Botched circumcisions killed 30 young men and landed almost 300 more in hospital during traditional initiation rites in a South African province, the health department said Sunday. The 30 deaths in rural Eastern Cape province occurred during the annual season when young males undergo a rite of passage into manhood. Ten other youths were hospitalised after being rescued from a forest on Sunday, said provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo in a statement. "The ten initiates' private parts are rotten. They are badly damaged. Their condition is scary," he said. A further 293 young men were undergoing hospital...
  • The Upside of Trauma

    07/04/2013 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | June 27, 2013 | Mark Obbie
    Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the media narrative surrounding tragedies like Boston and Newtown. And resilience is supposedly the best we can hope for in the face of adversity. But what if there’s a third option? The story of one mass shooting, and the surprising tug of post-traumatic growth.
  • Supreme Court Rules For Gay Marriages (Chief Justice Roberts Holds It Is A Tax-JK!)

    06/20/2013 2:16:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Just Kidding. But it could happen... wait for it...
  • Unnecessary Tragedy

    06/12/2013 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week, a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. That gives her a better chance of receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant. Sarah Murnaghan's fate should force us to examine our organ transplant policy. There are more than 88,000 Americans on the organ transplant waiting list. Roughly 10 percent of them will die before receiving an organ. These lost lives are not so much an act of God as they are an act of Congress because of...
  • (Saudi) Driver in Newport Beach wreck that killed 5 Irvine teenagers had no license

    05/29/2013 6:46:39 PM PDT · by Veto! · 38 replies
    It was a wreck so devastating that at first investigators thought two cars had been involved. The gray Infiniti G35 hit a tree in the center median at a speed that split the car in half. It landed in separate pieces on the road. The driver, Abdulrahman Alyahyan, did not have a California license, according to DMV spokesman Artemio Armenta. … Alyahyan visited the DMV twice – most recently in February – and both times was rejected for a learner's permit, the spokesman said…. Alyahyan came from Saudi Arabia four years ago, and was not able to prove he was...
  • Horrific Video From Inside Oklahoma School ( Updates )

    05/23/2013 9:18:47 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 9 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Unknown
    Video from inside another school and updates.
  • So When Does His Imperial Highness Head to Oklahoma to Grandstand and Deflect From the Scandals?

    05/21/2013 1:14:25 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies
    Free Republic posting ^ | 21 May 2013 | AmericanInTokyo
    Just wondering. It ought to be something. What did Rahm Emmanuel say?
  • Tragic Worship

    05/15/2013 6:52:06 PM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 19 replies
    First Things ^ | June/July 2013 | Carl Trueman
    The problem with much Christian worship in the contemporary world, Catholic and Protestant alike, is not that it is too entertaining but that it is not entertaining enough. Worship characterized by upbeat rock music, stand-up comedy, beautiful people taking center stage, and a certain amount of Hallmark Channel sentimentality neglects one classic form of entertainment, the one that tells us, to quote the Book of Common Prayer, that “in the midst of life we are in death.” It neglects tragedy. Tragedy as a form of art and of entertainment highlighted death, and death is central to true Christian worship. The...
  • Obama to Attend Memorial in West, Texas [Attention Whore Needs Attention]

    04/22/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/22/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama will attend a memorial in West, Texas for those killed in the explosion there last week, the press secretary announced today. Obama will be in Texas anyway for a Democratic fundraiser...
  • Lest We Forget – Lessons From The 1993 Waco Tragedy

    02/27/2013 2:53:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Twenty years ago, on February 28th 1993, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) launched an assault on the Branch Davidian religious compound just outside Waco, Texas. The resulting siege ended more than seven weeks later, on April 19, but not before claiming the lives of 80 men, women and children -- many burned to death in the final inferno that destroyed the compound. Even today, videos of the burning buildings remain vivid reminders of an assault gone horribly wrong, from start to finish; and, lessons from what has become known as the “Waco Tragedy” should be borne...
  • Shots fired at Lone Star College (Houston, TX)

    01/22/2013 10:55:10 AM PST · by bgill · 163 replies
    KXAN | Jan. 22, 2013 | vanity
    It's being reported on KXAN.com noon news that multiple people shot at on Lone Star College in Houston, TX. It's a tech school.
  • Blaming God for tragedy nothing new

    12/24/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Associated Baptist Press. ^ | 12/24/2012 | Jeff Brumley
    Why do the innocent suffer? It's a question as old as the Book of Job and as current as today's headlines. Many criticized prominent evangelicals like James Dobson and Mike Huckabee for claiming last week's Connecticut school massacre was God’s punishment of a morally disobedient nation, but don't expect such views to change. Scholars say the belief in divine retribution for personal and national transgressions not only goes back as far as the Bible's Book of Job, it’s also a concept fused into the American worldview. “This is a recurring pattern in American history since the Puritans,” said Barry Hankins,...
  • NBC Cuts Away from Sunday Night Football for Obama "speech"

    12/16/2012 5:51:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 165 replies
    NBC | 12/16/12 | SFF
    Just cut away from 49ers vs. Patriots...
  • American Tragedy, Grief, And Fortitude

    12/15/2012 8:10:36 PM PST · by Shawn M. Paul · 1 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | 12-15-12 | Shawn Paul
    In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the burdens of Americans’ hearts have grown especially heavier upon learning of the events that unfolded yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A lone assailant entered the school and ended the lives of 26 people, including himself. Twenty of the victims were kindergarten children at the school. This attack apparently occurred after he had killed his own mother in her bed at home, which brought the death toll to 27. Some reports maintain that he had also earlier shot and killed a former roommate at a separate location, which would...
  • Devastated Rockaways residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit

    11/04/2012 2:09:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 4, 2012 | SALLY GOLDENBERG, DAVID SEIFMAN & PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood. “When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look. “When are we gonna get some bleeping help?” she demanded. “There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew. Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened...
  • Seven Dead As Van Plunges Into Bronx Zoo

    Seven people, including three children, have been killed after an out-of-control van drove off a road and plunged more than 100ft into New York's Bronx Zoo. The van had been heading south down the Bronx River Parkway when it suddenly bounced off the central section, careered across two lanes and then hit the guardrail. Police said it flipped over the rail and then landed upside down in an area that is used by the zoo to store its monorail trains, some way from the animal enclosures. All seven people in the van were killed in the accident. They have been...
  • Breitbart Was The Tip Of The Spear

    03/01/2012 10:55:15 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-1-12 | The Looking Spoon
    The first time I saw Andrew Breitbart was 2004, I was in my last semester of college, and he was speaking at the California College Republican convention at UCLA. Back then he was really only known as someone who worked with Drudge. Even then we were all very impressed with him. I had a chance to actually meet him at CPAC only a couple weeks ago...he was literally a couple of feet from me at the Marriott bar. I didn't take it because I was chatting with another blogger already, and he was being mobbed anyway, so I passed...thinking there...
  • 7 Children Found Alone In Freezing Home

    11/08/2011 4:53:20 AM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    KOAT ^ | 11/7/11
    Police said seven children, most of whom are very young, could have died because their mothers left them home alone inside a freezing house. Court documents showed their mothers, 37-year-old Maria and 27-year-old Karina Media, were drunk at a party while their children were home trying to survive the night. Police said they found an 18-month-old baby sitting in a car seat. They said they also found children, some as young as 3 and 4 years old wrapped in blankets inside the mobile home with a broken heater.
  • Three-year-old fends for herself for two days after mother dies

    11/04/2011 9:23:29 AM PDT · by NakedRampage · 17 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | Nov 4 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    A three-year-old girl fended for herself for two days by eating cheese and leftover lasagne after her mother died suddenly. Shylah Silbery, from Wellington, New Zealand, hugged her favourite toy - a teddy bear named Possum - as she waited alone in the house near her mother's body. She was rescued when 28-year-old Lauren Silbery's brother alerted the authorities when he did not hear from his sister, whom he talked to every night.
  • 15-car Wreck Leaves Dan Wheldon Seriously Injured

    10/16/2011 2:28:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeChris · 30 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 10-16-11 | CBSSports
    LAS VEGAS (CBS Sports.com) – IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has been seriously injured in a massive 15-car wreck has sent cars flying through the air early in Sunday’s Las Vegas Indy 300. Paul Tracy, who was involved in the wreck, said a team of doctors were working on Wheldon, but there was no word of his injuries. A helicopter lifted off from the speedway, but there was no indication if Wheldon was onboard. Pippa Mann also appeared to be shaky as she was helped to an ambulance. The wreck coming out of Turn 2 on the 12th lap left Townsend...
  • Late Sen. Ted Kennedy's daughter dies after workout (another tragedy strikes the family)

    09/17/2011 1:46:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/17/2011 | Andrew Miga and Jessica Gresko
    Six years after she was deemed cancer-free, Kara Kennedy accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, just days before Sen. Edward Kennedy died while battling a brain tumor. However, her own lung cancer treatment -- surgery and grueling chemotherapy and radiation -- left her physically weakened, her brother Patrick Kennedy said. She died Friday at age 51 after her daily workout at a Washington-area health club. "Her heart gave out," said Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island. "She's with dad." Kennedy was a member of the Sport & Health fitness center, though spokeswoman Nancy...
  • I'm Sick of 9/11 Memorials (Vanity)

    09/11/2011 8:59:46 AM PDT · by JewishRighter · 188 replies · 1+ views
    Self | 9/11/11 | JewishRighter
    I don't know about other FReepers, but I am sick and tired of the 9/11 memorials. Maybe you read my headline and thought I am an insensitive jerk, a troll, a liberal or a lunatic who doesn't have the sense to realize the importance of marking this day appropriately. You'd be 180 degrees wrong and that's just my point. I mean I'm sick and tired of the way this day is remembered. I mean the weepy, maudlin preoccupation with the "tragedy" of 9/11. Of course, I don't mean that there should be no solemn observance to pay the proper respect...
  • Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team

    09/07/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    NHL.com ^ | September 7, 2011
    A plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia has claimed the lives of at least 36 people. Some reports have the death total at 42. The majority of victims are believed to be members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv. The crash occurred at 12 noon Moscow time. Eight crew members are also among the dead, according to reports. According to Russian aviation officials, two passengers survived the crash, but are in critical condition. According to Sov Sport, Locomotiv has confirmed that the entire main roster, plus four players from the youth team, were on the...
  • Fires raging throughout Central Texas

    09/04/2011 5:46:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 394 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Sep 04 2011 | Staff
    UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Mark Stanford, the fire chief for the Texas Forest Service , said subdivisions have been evacuated there but they have no estimate on what structures have been lost. People are being told to evacuate to the First Baptist Church in Smithville and Bastrop Middle School, Stanford said. In addition, State Highways 71 and 21 in Bastrop County have been closed, Stanford said. Update, 6:48 p.m.: Wildfires have consumed more than 6,000 acres in Bastrop County, and firefighters are still working to get the blazes under control. According to Bastrop Police Department Spokesman Michal Hubbard, hundreds of homes...
  • The Atlantic: The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

    05/16/2011 6:40:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/16/2011 | Joshua Green
    From the moment Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech electrified the Republican convention, she was seen as an unbending, hard-charging, red-meat ideologue—to which soon was added “thin-skinned” and “vindictive.” But a look at what Palin did while in office in Alaska—the only record she has—shows a very different politician: one who worked with Democrats to tame Big Oil and solve the great problem at the heart of the state’s politics. That Sarah Palin might have set the nation on a different course. What went wrong? It’s hard to escape Sarah Palin. On Facebook and Twitter, cable news and reality television, she is...
  • A Long, Painful Reckoning [in Japan]

    03/17/2011 3:56:29 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 17, 2011 | Juro Osawa, Daisuke Wakabayashi
    The number of dead and missing after Japan's twin earthquake and tsunami stood late Wednesday, officially, at 12,920. In reality, Japanese widely agree, the toll of last week's disaster is likely much higher. In Miyagi, a coastal prefecture that bore some of the tsunami's worst destruction, officials estimate the toll there alone will be in the tens of thousands. Accounting for the gap between the official and true count are places like Otsuchi, until March 11 a town of about 15,000 people on Japan's northeastern coast. Japan won't declare someone missing unless they have been reported missing. In Otsuchi, where...
  • Editorial: Japan quake brings us together

    03/11/2011 1:24:34 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 3-11-2011 | Editorial staff
    As the toll of dead and missing continued to mount following Japan's shattering earthquake and tsunami, people and organizations in Orange County already were mobilizing and coming together in expressions of aid and compassion. The horror of massive tsunami waves literally washing away scores of people, cars, buildings and, perhaps, even one of Japan's iconic bullet trains quickly turned to concern stateside Friday as residents of Hawaii and along the West Coast braced watchfully for the arrival of huge waves on U.S. shorelines. We're thankful that . . .
  • I Went to Tucson… (and all I got was this lousy tee shirt)

    01/14/2011 5:47:37 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 23 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 01-14-11 | Stoutcat
    ...Yes, yes, The Speech was fine. Full of rainbows and unicorns and signifying nothing. But did the whole thing have to be turned into a campagin rally? Were the names of the victims listed on the back, like a rock band’s tour schedule? Faugh! This is appalling. Do you remember anything like this happening at the memorial for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting? Nope. Columbine? The Amish West Nickel Mines School shooting? Nope. Sure wish my great grandmother had grabbed one of these when she went to Gettysburg...
  • Newsflash for the Left: Your Lies Aren’t Working

    01/13/2011 5:46:51 AM PST · by scottfactor · 20 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 01/13/2011 | Gina Miller
    The deep, unbridgeable spiritual and ideological divide in our country has been on glaring display even more than usual since last Saturday’s horrific, murderous attack in Tucson by an evil young man—yes, Virginia, evil people do exist. Predictably, the lying Left went into full attack mode before the dead and wounded were scarcely off the sidewalk. Instead of waiting to learn the name of the shooter, they barreled ahead determined to fix the blame for the shooting on conservatives. We’re not going to let the Left get away with it this time. There is one—and only one—person to blame for...
  • Arizona shootings: Why did God allow it?

    01/11/2011 2:25:38 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 108 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | Julia Duin
    Last Saturday's shooting tragedy at a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket is stunning in its randomness. ... Whenever these awful tragedies: Columbine, September 11, Virginia Tech and others, happen, there comes the theodicy question. Why did God allow this evil to happen to innocent people? Why did perfectly innocent bystanders at a Tucson supermarket on a Saturday morning find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time?
  • Obama to attend Arizona service

    01/11/2011 6:40:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/11 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama will travel to Arizona on Wednesday to attend a memorial service...