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Adam Kokesh Calls Off Armed March On D.C. in Favor of 50 State March

Source: Media Matters

Adam Kokesh Calls Off Armed March On D.C. In Favor Of 50 State March For "Orderly Dissolution Of The Federal Government"

57 minutes ago ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

Adam Kokesh is cancelling his planned July 4 armed march on Washington, D.C., and instead calling for a march on all 50 state capitols with the goal of overthrowing the federal government.

Kokesh, a former host for Russian state-sponsored RT television who now hosts an internet radio show, told conspiracy theorist radio host Pete Santilli that it was time to "escalate our tactics" before cancelling the Washington march and urging supporters to march on their state capitol instead.

On May 28, Santilli, a promoter of conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks who recently drew scrutiny from the Secret Service over vicious comments made about Hillary Clinton, aired an interview where Kokesh read from a press release and provided other details about the expansion of his plans.

Previously, Kokesh launched a Facebook page to organize his armed march on Washington, an event he hoped would draw at least 1,000 attendees. The page currently lists more than 5,000 attendees.

Read more: http://mediamatters.org/mobile/blog/2013/05/29/adam-kokesh-calls-off-armed-march-on-dc-in-favo/194259

France's First Gay Newlyweds Say 'Oui'

Source: Associated Press


— May. 29 12:12 PM EDT

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — France's first gay couple to marry have said "oui" in a politically charged ceremony in the southern city of Montpellier. The two men sealed the deal with a lengthy smooch.

Hundreds of invited guests, including a government minister, gathered for the ceremony, which was broadcast live to the country. Hundreds more flocked to the square outside the building.

Montpellier Mayor Helene Mandroux, who officiated, called the law that legalized gay marriage "a stage in the modernization of our country."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/couple-prepare-be-frances-1st-gay-newlyweds

BREAKING: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann Says She Will Not Run for Re-Election in 2014

Source: NBC News / CBS News / Associated Press

@BreakingNews: Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann announces she won't seek re-election in 2014 - YouTube user teambachmann http://t.co/vJsjIfcoVv

@AP: BREAKING: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014

Michele Bachmann not running for re-election to House

May 29, 2013

WASHINGTON Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.

The tea party favorite, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision on her website Wednesday morning.

Bachmann says her decision not to run again in 2014 was "not influenced by any concerns about ... being re-elected."

She also says recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign did not affect her decision.

Bachmann promises to "continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending ... Constitutional Conservative values."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57586567/michele-bachmann-not-running-for-re-election-to-house

Raw Footage: Explosion at Train Derailment in MD

Associated Press

In AP exclusive video, an explosion at a cargo train derailment in a Baltimore suburb that shook homes at least half a mile away is caught on camera. (May 28)

George Takei's EXCELLENT Facebook Status Today: "...Unless People Step Forward and Offer Themselves"


"Many on this page have commented that they are 'sick' of people talking about gay issues, or simply 'don't care' if someone is gay and would rather they would kept it to themselves. I find this disheartening.

There may come a day when we need not come out of the closet, and need not remind others of the terrible violence, inequity, and ostracism that LGBT people face daily simply because of who we are and who we love. But that day is not here, and more importantly will never get here, unless people continue to step forward and offer themselves as examples, often at great personal cost. I am called 'faggot,' 'degenerate,' 'queer' and 'homo' by misguided people every day of my life, even on my own page, but this does not discourage me. It only reminds me of how far we have to go.

Once upon a time I was called a 'Jap' and put into a prison for four years with my entire family, for no reason other than who we were and who we looked like. It is my life's mission to fight against the dark forces of fear and intolerance that could ever lead again to such an injustice.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. The next time you feel fatigue from hearing about LGBT issues, ask yourself this: Do we live yet in the kind of society where violence, hate and prejudice is not an issue? Until we do, be part of the solution, and stand always for justice and equality for all people."

Humanist Groups Raise Tens of Thousands for Atheist Tornado Survivor

Source: Raw Story

Humanist groups raise tens of thousands for atheist tornado survivor

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 24, 2013 15:14 EDT

Humanist groups and atheists across the U.S. have banded together to help a fellow atheist who survived the massive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week.

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At the fund-raising website Indiegogo, atheists have set up a relief fund for Vitsun, who lost her house in the storm and most of her possessions.

“Let’s show the world that you dont need to believe in a god to have human compassion nor does all charity fall under the banner of religion,” says the site. “Let’s get this courageous woman and her family back in their own home.”

The site has already passed its goal of $50,000 by nearly $700 at press time, with 60 days in the fund-raiser still to go.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/24/humanist-groups-raise-tens-of-thousands-for-atheist-tornado-survivor

Names of Those Killed in Oklahoma Tornado Released

Source: Associated Press


May. 22 2:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says it has positively identified 23 of 24 people killed in the tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, including 10 children. Officials still were trying to contact eight victims' relatives Wednesday, but released the names of 16 others:

— Terri Long, 49

— Megan Futrell, 29

— Case Futrell, 4 months

— Shannon Quick, 40

— Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months

— Karrina Vargyas, 4

— Jenny Neely, 38

— Antonia Candelaria, 9

— Kyle Davis, 8

— Janae Hornsby, 9

— Sydney Angle, 9

— Emily Conatzer, 9

— Nicolas McCabe, 9

— Christopher Legg, 9

— Cindy Plumley, age unknown

— Deanna Ward, age unknown

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/names-those-killed-oklahoma-tornado

Oklahoma Tornado's Strength Upgraded to Rare EF5

Source: CBS News

Oklahoma tornado's strength upgraded to rare EF5

May 21, 2013

MOORE, Okla. The National Weather Service's damage survey found that the monster tornado that wreaked havoc on an Oklahoma City suburb is the most powerful type of tornado there is: an EF5.

According to the Enhanced Fujita scale and the NWS, EF5 tornadoes and have winds over 200 mph -- enough to reduce well-constructed houses into splintered rubble and turn automobiles into flying missiles. In this case, the NWS estimated peaked winds reached 200-210 mph. Officials had previously thought the tornado, over a half-mile wide, had winds with no more than 200 mph.

The news came as the search for survivors in Moore, Okla., began to wrap up. Fire Chief Gary Bird said Tuesday that he's "98 percent sure" there are no more survivors or bodies to recover under the rubble in the city.

Bird says every damaged home has been searched at least once, and that his goal is to conduct three searches of each location just to be sure. He's hopeful the work could be completed by nightfall, though heavy rains have slowed efforts and soaked debris piles.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585572/oklahoma-tornados-strength-upgraded-to-rare-ef5

CNN Breaking News - Oklahoma Insurance Department: Damage claims from Monday's tornado likely to top $1 billion.

Amazing PHOTOS from Elem. School Rescue: "It's a Miracle Any of Them Got Out."

AP Photographer: 'It Was A Miracle' They Got Out

Published May 21, 2013.

AP photographer Sue Ogrocki was at the Plaza Towers Elementary School destroyed by a tornado Monday, and saw rescuers pulling children out of the rubble. Here are Ogrocki's own words and images of the destruction - and the "miracle" - she witnessed.

AP Raw Video: Rescuers Pull Tornado Survivors to Safety

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