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Boston Bombing Suspects Had First Planned Attack for July Fourth

Source: NYTimes

Boston Bombing Suspects Had First Planned Attack for July Fourth
WASHINGTON − The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told F.B.I. interrogators that, as he and his brother plotted their deadly assault, they considered suicide attacks and striking on the Fourth of July, according to a law enforcement official.
But the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, told investigators that he and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in a shootout with the police, ultimately decided to use pressure-cooker bombs and other homemade explosive devices, the official said.
The brothers finished building the bombs in Tamerlan’s apartment in Cambridge, Mass., faster than they anticipated and so decided to accelerate their attack to the Boston Marathon on April 15, Patriots Day in Massachusetts, from July, according to the account that Dzhokhar provided authorities. They picked the finish line of the marathon after driving around the Boston area looking for alternative sites, according to this account.
In addition, Mr. Dzhokhar told authorities that he and his brother viewed the Internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American cleric who moved to Yemen and was killed in September 2011 by an American drone strike. There is no indication that the brothers communicated with Mr. Awakli before his death.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/us/Boston-bombing-suspects-planned-july-fourth-attack.html?emc=na

Amazing and daring fire arms research: The gun fighter / read about Garen Wintemute

Firearms research: The gun fighter

There are almost as many firearms in the United States as there are citizens. Garen Wintemute is one of few people studying the consequences.
• Meredith Wadman / Nature Magazine

With his crisp blue suit and wire-framed spectacles, Garen Wintemute hardly looked frightening as he stepped to the podium last month to address a conference on paediatric emergency medicine in San Francisco, California. But his presence there made the organizers nervous.
Wintemute, an emergency-department doctor, is better known as the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California (UC), Davis. As such, he has published dozens of papers on the effects of guns in the United States, where widespread gun ownership and loose laws make it easy for criminals and potentially violent people to obtain firearms. Wintemute has pushed the bounds of research, going undercover into gun shows with a hidden camera to document how people often sidestep the law when purchasing weapons. He has also worked with California lawmakers on crafting gun policy and helped to drive a group of gun-making companies out of business.
All this made Wintemute a potentially risky speaker for the conference funder, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which is barred by law from funding any activities that advocate or promote gun control. The meeting organizers had told Wintemute to stick to facts and avoid any mention of policies. But with the nation still reeling from the murder of 20 children and 6 educators, who were shot in their school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, the conference organizers were not sure what Wintemute would say.
He stuck to the facts, but also managed to make clear how he feels about the funding prohibition, which has effectively killed off most research on gun violence. “We don't have a labour force,” Wintemute told the assembled doctors.
That has led to a striking imbalance in US medical research. Firearms accounted for more than 31,000 deaths in the United States in 2011 (see 'Gun deaths'). But fewer than 20 academics in the country study gun violence, and most of them are economists, criminologists or sociologists. Wintemute is one of just a few public-health experts devoted to this research, which he has funded through a mixture of grants and nearly US$1 million of personal money.
His undercover gun-show tactics have led him into situations where he feared for his safety, and they have also raised protests from some gun-rights advocates, who charge that Wintemute is more a biased campaigner than a researcher.
But even a few of his ideological opponents praise Wintemute's work. “Garen is one of the very best in terms of his research skills,” says David Kopel, the research director at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado, a think tank that supports gun-owners' rights.
And Wintemute, who is 61, makes no apologies for his passion or his methods. “I believe just as strongly as I can articulate in the value of free inquiry,” he says, “especially when the stakes are so high — when so many people are dying through no fault of their own; when so much of the country simply turns its back on this problem.”

the entire piece and details about his research is here:


Scalia Never Going to Another N.B.A. Game revealed by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Justice Antonin Scalia disrupted the normally tranquil atmosphere of the Supreme Court today, bursting from his office to shout, “I’m never going to another damn N.B.A. game as long as I live!”

While it was unclear what, exactly, had provoked Justice Scalia’s outburst, one of his clerks said that “he saw something on ESPN that really upset him.”
After emerging from their offices to see the source of the commotion, the other Justices found a visibly agitated Justice Scalia, his face beet-red and his entire body shaking with rage.
“I’ve gone to basketball games my entire life,” he bellowed. “I always thought that was a ‘safe place.’ Well, I guess I was wrong. I guess I’ve been wrong about a lot of things, haven’t I? Haven’t I?”

As Justice Clarence Thomas wordlessly moved to comfort him, Justice Scalia rebuffed his fellow-juror.
“Get away from me, Clarence!” he screamed. “I can’t trust anyone anymore.”


Here is major pre-emptive telling of the truth / Andy Borowitz nails it

Republicans: Obama Must Take Action in Syria So We Can Criticize Action He Took in Syria
Posted by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A growing chorus of Republican lawmakers are demanding that President Obama take some action in Syria so that they can attack whatever action he took in Syria.
Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) laid out the situation in stark terms: “The time for President Obama to do something in Syria that we can eviscerate him for is long overdue.”
Arguing that there are a variety of options available to Mr. Obama for dealing with Syria, Sen. Graham said, “The President needs to choose one of those options so that we can immediately identify it as a catastrophic choice and demand that he be impeached.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) used an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to express impatience with Mr. Obama’s “steadfast refusal to give us something new to rake him over the coals for.”
“The American people have grown weary of my nonstop criticism of the President’s handling of Libya,” he said. “They are ready to hear me incessantly berate him for his handling of a different country.”
At the end of his television appearance, Sen. McCain seemed to draw a line in the sand, making a direct challenge to Mr. Obama: “Mr. President, we are sick and tired of attacking you for your inaction. The time has come for us to attack you for your action.”


Ran across POTUS and FLOTUS while looking at award winning photos.

Could be ordinary folks in the next booth. The happy moment is contagious. I'm smiling.

(©Scout Tufankjian, USA, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition 2013 World Photography Awards)

"Just keep swimming..." delightful and inspirational photo shoot by a creative photographer

This will delight every single one who sees it. I guarantee it. There is also a short interview with the photographer.

Enjoy his creations, and his adorable daughters.


Hahn slaying suspect reportedly made false cancer claim - update and new info on the Hahn murder

Hahn slaying suspect reportedly made false cancer claim

Published: April 25, 2013 Updated 5 minutes ago
Democratic party strategists Nation Richard Hahn and his wife Jameson Kirk Hahn were stabbed in their North Raleigh home at 1705 Tealwood Place on Monday evening. Jonathan Wayne Broyhill has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

By Josh Shaffer, Anne Blythe and Thomasi McDonald — jshaffer@newsobserver.com

RALEIGH — The man accused of fatally stabbing political strategist Jamie Hahn told both her and her husband that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, a story that turned out to be untrue.

A week ago Wednesday, at the Hahns’ request, the Rev. Nancy Petty asked a Wednesday night dinner group at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to pray for Jonathan Broyhill, according to a member of the congregation.

Last night, Petty told the group gathered for dinner that the cancer story wasn’t true, said the member who was there.

Broyhill, 31, a longtime friend of husband Nation Hahn and best man at the couple’s 2009 wedding, remains at WakeMed with self-inflicted injuries. He has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Raleigh police said Wednesday they expect to upgrade Broyhill’s charges to murder.

Jamie Hahn was stabbed numerous times in the abdomen Monday evening. Friends reported that her husband was upstairs, changing into gym clothes, when he heard his wife scream. He ran down to find her being attacked and received cuts on both hands as he tried to stop the violence.

As the Triangle mourns Hahn, a rising star in Democratic party circles, attentions turn to the relationship between the three. Nation Hahn and Broyhill both hail from Lenoir in Caldwell County. They often watched college basketball together, and Jamie Hahn’s Facebook wall shows a photo of the three sipping drinks at a pool with palm trees in the background.

Several of their friends said Broyhill had recently told friends he was diagnosed with cancer .

They said Broyhill told the Hahns he had an appointment with the doctor on Tuesday and asked them to come with him. He had planned to spend the night with the Hahns, his friends said, but neither the cancer nor the appointment existed.

Questions have also risen over questionable campaign finance reports Broyhill made while working for Hahn’s firm, Sky Blue Strategies.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, who decided not to seek re-election in 2012, said he hired Sky Blue for fundraising help around 2010. Broyhill was the main person with access to fundraising software, Miller said.

In October, the Federal Elections Commission sent Miller campaign treasurer John Wallace a letter requesting more information about documents that appeared to show donors receiving refunds from the campaign in excess of what they paid.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/25/2849501/hahn-slaying-suspect-reportedly.html#emlnl=Breaking_News#storylink=cpy

BUSTED - Republican Credo in a Nutshell

Jamie Kirk Hahn dies from the stabbing in Raleigh

Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, died early Wednesday from injuries inflicted Monday evening in an attack in which she and her husband were stabbed at their North Raleigh home.
“Jamie lost her struggle to live this morning. We lost a beautiful and loving wife, daughter and friend. We all lost a pure and brave spirit,” her family said in a statement issued early Wednesday morning.
Nation Hahn, 27, has been released from WakeMed Hospital after treatment for his injuries.
Jonathan Broyhill, 31, a friend of the couple and best man at their wedding, has been arrested in the attack and had been charged with attempted murder.
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the department would seek to have that charge withdrawn and “will present probable cause for an arrest warrant charging him with murder.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/24/2846591/woman-stabbed-in-north-raleigh.html#emlnl=Breaking_News#storylink=cpy

CNN Quits Breaking News, Becomes “CNN Classic” breaking tale from Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In a sweeping format change that marks the end of an era for the nation’s first cable news outlet, CNN announced today that it would no longer air breaking news and would instead re-run news stories of the past “that we know we got right.”
The rebranded network, to début nationwide on Monday, will be called “CNN Classic.”
“Breaking news is hard,” said the newly installed CNN chief, Jeff Zucker. “You have to talk to sources, make sure their stories check out O.K., and then get on the air and not say anything stupid. I, for one, am thrilled to be getting out of that horrible business.”
CNN Classic will begin its broadcast day on Monday, Mr. Zucker said, “with round-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.”
Mr. Zucker did not indicate what impact the new format would have on such CNN stars as Wolf Blitzer, saying only, “I can’t promise that Wolf will be a part of CNN’s future, but he will continue to be a big part of our past.”
The CNN chief scoffed at reports that other cable news outlets had eclipsed his network once and for all, throwing down this gauntlet: “We are going to win May sweeps with Hurricane Katrina.”

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