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Appeals court rules man can challenge Oklahoma 'rain god' plate

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that a judge in Oklahoma City erred by throwing out the lawsuit of Keith Cressman, pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Bethany.
BY ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ • Published: June 11, 2013

DENVER — An appeals court gave new life Tuesday to a lawsuit of a Bethany pastor who claims an American Indian image on Oklahoma's standard license plates violates his religious rights as a Christian.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that a judge in Oklahoma City erred by throwing out the lawsuit of Keith Cressman, pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Bethany.

Cressman objects to the image of an American Indian shooting an arrow toward the sky to bring down rain.

He claims the image unconstitutionally contradicts his Christian beliefs by depicting Indian religious beliefs, and that he shouldn't have to display the image.

More: http://newsok.com/appeals-court-rules-man-can-challenge-oklahoma-rain-god-plate/article/3844473

Poor oppressed pastor.

This blog has some fun with it:
Our license plates are infringing on our freedom
Being an Oklahoman is pretty cool. We have a very interesting history, crazy weather, and no matter how bad things get, at least we’re not Florida. Plus, we have a pretty rich Native American history, so much so that my out-of-state cousins think I live in a teepee. We’ve got a lot of symbols, statues and unfinished heritage centers that come from our Native American history and traditions.

More: http://www.thelostogle.com/2013/06/12/our-license-plates-are-infringing-on-our-freedom/

"The President's Analyst" warned us that The Phone Company was spying

On us all and that TPC wanted to control us all.

The 1967 satire, The President's Analyst warned about government and corporate spying. Sure, it was just a funny little movie but it had it right 45 years ago! It even includes gun toting Americans, commentary on race relations, and a lot of other things that haven't changed much since the movie was made.

Taken to TPC's headquarters in New Jersey, he is introduced to the head of TPC (Pat Harrington, Jr.), who wants Dr. Schaefer's help in carrying out their plan. TPC has developed a "modern electronic miracle", the Cerebrum Communicator (CC), a microelectronic device that can communicate wirelessly with any other CC in the world. Once implanted in the brain, the user need only think of the number of the person they wish to reach, and are instantly connected, thus eliminating the need for The Phone Company's massive and expensive-to-maintain wired infrastructure. (The operation of the CC is shown in animation that parodies the animated sequences in the Bell Telephone Science Series television programs.)

For this to work, every human being will be assigned a number instead of a name, and the CC prenatally implanted. Dr. Schaefer is "requested" to assist TPC by blackmailing the President into pushing through the required legislation.

Masters and Kropotkin use their superspy abilities to come to Schaefer's rescue. They hand Schaefer an M16 rifle that Schaefer gleefully uses on The Phone Company's security staff. The three emerge victorious from the ensuing bloodbath, but months later, as Dr. Schaefer and his spy friends are enjoying a Christmas reunion, animatronic executives from TPC look on approvingly, while "Joy to the World" plays in the background.

RTE Sells ‘Genealogy Roadshow’ Format Rights to PBS for US Remake

31 May 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
In a major international format sale for RTE, one of their original commissions produced by Big Mountain Productions - ‘Genealogy Roadshow’, originally presented by Derek Mooney - has been licensed to PBS in the US.

A new version of the programme, in which a team of travelling experts attempt to piece together ordinary people’s family histories, will now premiere in the US in September.

Big Mountain’s US agent Pat Quinn negotiated the deal with PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in the US, marking the first international license for the format with several other territories also currently in discussion.


The US version will be produced by Krasnow Productions (‘The Weakest Link’, ‘Average Joe’) and will initially focus on participants from Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco.

More with a video clip from the Irish version: http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4286139&tpl=archnews&force=1

‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Heads to TLC

After being cancelled by NBC a year ago, “Who Do You Think You Are” is finding life again on TLC.

The cabler has ordered eight hourlong episodes of the family history reality skein and will begin bowing the segs on July 23. Fresh run on cable will include celebs like Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Dechanel and Chris O’Donnell delving into their lineage with the help of ancestry and history experts.

Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky direct and exec produce the series.

“I’ve never stopped hearing about how much people love ‘Who Do You Think You Are?,’ and I’ve always known that we’ve had more great stories to share,” said Kudrow.


DU pilots - need help identifying some old planes **DIALUP WARNING**

I'm scanning a photo album from my Dad's family. The album starts in 1916 and I am up to 1939. There are two groups with airplanes but with no identifying information as to exactly when and where they were taken. My Dad and uncle could be among the boys in front of the plane.

The first picture of a plane was from a series taken at an airfield. Most of the shots were of this plane. There is at least one other plane but that photo is so bad I am not posting it - the photos are tiny, about 1.5 square. I'm scanning them at 1200 dpi to get them big enough to really look at.

The photos were taken between 1934 and 1938 (years from the photos before and after). There is a possibility this airplane was associated with the Chicago Exposition of 1934-35 - pictures on the same page of the album were of electrical arcs with the name "General Electric" visible. Here's the first photo:

The other pictures I'm posting here are of a crashed plane. Again, no information, but the photos were around 1938. The location is most likely Polk County, Florida, but it could be Upper Peninsula Michigan during a summer visit or just about anywhere. There is one shot on that page of the album that could not have been taken in Florida - a rocky outcrop that could not be Florida geology. Another shot shows what happened to the missing wing - it is in pieces hanging from the tree the plane is next to.

Any information on these planes would be great! Thanks in advance!

Maps reveal owners of lands taken by Cromwell {Ireland}

LIAM COLLINS – 12 May 2013

A staggering collection of maps assembled in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will reveal the exact ownership of the lands that were plundered from Irish families and given to landlords during the Cromwellian Plantation of 1670.

"We have never been able to do it to this level before – parish by parish, barony by barony, county by county," says TCD historian Professor Michael O Siochru of the 'Down Survey' map website, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

"If you are going to redistribute lands, then the first thing you have to do is map it and that is what happened," said Prof O Siochru, who is associate professor of Modern History at TCD.

"So the land survey – the first of its kind in the world – was carried out on Cromwell's orders.

"The results are amazingly accurate for the time."

More: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/maps-reveal-owners-of-lands-taken-by-cromwell-29259859.html

The Down Survey website: http://www.downsurvey.tcd.ie/

The skink is under the refrigerator!

Not something you expect to hear - and my husband had to have me repeat it. Yesterday I saw a skink in the library. Just now I saw a tail disappear under the refrigerator.

He is probably a broad headed skink:


I have no idea how he got inside, but if he'll eat the silverfish in the library and the cockroaches in the kitchen, he's welcome to stay!

Today seems to be wildlife day around here. While calling Mom to wish her Happy Mother's Day, I saw a fox squirrel out in the pasture. It's been years since I've seen one up here at the top of the hill!


(Not my pictures.)

Errors Afflict More Checks Issued to Aid Homeowners

The company the big banks hired to recompense homeowners for mortgage abuses can't seem to get its act together. First it sent out checks without putting money into the account to cover them. Now it's sending out checks for incorrect amounts. Is this incompetence or willful bad acts?

Errors Afflict More Checks Issued to Aid Homeowners
May 8, 2013, 3:35 pm 8:58 p.m. | Updated

Three weeks after checks sent to homeowners as compensation for foreclosure abuses were rejected for insufficient funds, the consulting firm at the center of the mishap erred again: a fresh round of checks was written for the wrong amounts.

In recent days, according to officials briefed on the matter, Rust Consulting issued nearly 100,000 checks for less than the homeowners were owed. The mistake potentially cheated consumers out of millions of dollars they were owed under a deal reached between the government and the nation’s biggest banks.

Federal regulators ordered Rust to fix its mistake. And in a statement, Rust said late Wednesday that it had “corrected the error and plans to mail supplemental checks to affected borrowers as soon as May 17.” It attributed the mistake to a “clerical error.”

But the developments cast another harsh spotlight on Rust, which had been selected as the distributor of checks for the $3.6 billion settlement deal that regulators struck with the banks. The continued problems with Rust also raised questions about the government’s oversight of the firm and the wisdom of hiring it in the first place.

More: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/in-latest-foreclosure-glitch-some-checks-come-up-short/

Bob Graham's daughter to run against Rep. Steve Southerland

Press release from her campaign so I'm posting the entire piece.

Originally released April 2, 2013
Gwen Graham Running for Congress to Represent North Florida with an Independent Voice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gwen Graham announced that she has filed to run for Congress in Florida’s Second Congressional District, which runs across North Florida.

Graham is a Washington outsider, who first moved to Tallahassee when her father, Bob Graham, was elected as governor. She’s raised her own family – a daughter and two sons in Tallahassee and works for the Leon County School District.

Graham is running because she wants to give the people of North Florida an independent voice in Congress – not one beholden to special interests or party politics.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Congress is a dysfunctional mess. They’d rather fight each other with the goal of scoring points on cable news instead of focusing on creating jobs and balancing the budget – in fact, Congress hasn’t even passed a budget since Bobby Bowden was coach at FSU.

Growing up, my dad told me, citizenship requires us to do more than complain about our problems – we have to work together to fix them.

Our problems can’t be blamed on only Republicans or only Democrats – we need more people in both parties committed to working together and finding real solutions.

I’m running for Congress to represent you with an independent voice in Washington. I will work with anyone, regardless of party affiliation, to create jobs, invest in education and balance our budget – with a plan that stands up for the middle class, keeps taxes low and protects Medicare and Social Security.

I am ready to serve in Congress and be part of the solution, not more of the problem.”

Full Graham Family at WeddingGwen Graham’s experience as a mother, professional, and consensus builder has given her the skills required to solve complicated problems with commonsense answers. Now, she’s ready to represent you as an independent voice in Washington – working for your family to strengthen education, protect Medicare and create jobs.

Gwen’s path to Northwest Florida is a unique one. She was born in 1963 in Miami Lakes and began spending part of each year in Tallahassee when her father, Bob Graham, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966. Upon her father’s election as Governor in 1978, their family moved to the state capital year-round. Gwen graduated from Leon High School in 1980.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Gwen earned a law degree from American University in 1988. She then went on to work in the private sector on energy and environmental issues. This experience strengthened her belief that America must become energy independent while also protecting our invaluable natural resources, like Florida’s beaches.

With the birth of her first child, Sarah, in 1990, Gwen left the workplace to focus on her family, and began the most rewarding job she’s had, 13 years as a stay-at-home mom. Her family grew with the addition of two boys, Graham and Mark Ernest. Gwen is married to Stephen D. Hurm, a sworn-in law enforcement officer and general counsel for Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.

Like Gwen, all three of her children attended public schools in Northwest Florida. She understands how important our public education system is, and she served as PTA president and chair of the School Advisory Council.

With her children in school, Gwen returned to the private sector and was practicing law in Tallahassee when Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons asked her to join his administration as director of employee relations, later promoting her to division director for professional standards and chief of labor and employee relations.

Working for the school board to find solutions for disputes between employees and management, Gwen became known as a real problem solver. She developed a strong relationship with both sides, earning a reputation as a cool-headed negotiator, able to build consensus out of conflict.

Gwen will bring the same approach to Washington – working with Republicans and Democrats to make a real difference for Northwest Florida families. Using her strong experience as a parent, professional, and consensus builder, Gwen will get to work on day one, fighting for the middle class, to invest in our schools, protect Medicare and create jobs.

Gwen’s roots in our community run deep. She understands the issues facing your family and the unique lifestyle in the Panhandle, and she is running to represent you with an independent voice in Congress.

Julia Gill, Campaign Manager



While Graham may be more centrist than I'd like, she's a huge step to the left from the views of Steve Southerland (FL - Tea Party). It sounds as though she may run as an independent which could be an advantage to her campaign in Panhandle Florida and in a period when both main parties have a lot of people pissed off at them.

I am not endorsing her and am still checking her out. I just heard mention yesterday that she was running and thought people here would be interested.

Boston on lockdown during marathon manhunt for white-hat suspect

Source: Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff

Boston and its surburbs, universities and transit system were on total lockdown Friday as police hunted for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- on the loose after his accomplice brother was killed in a stunning chain of events that left one cop dead and another injured, officials said.

Authorities were confronting a double-edged nightmare: a ruthless killer at large in a densely populated area and a four-mile stretch of road possibly littered with explosive devices tossed from the suspects' getaway vehicle during a wild chase and firefights.

Two unidentified people were taken into custody at the Cambridge, Mass., home where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan grew up, but they were not being described as additional suspects. Three dozen FBI agents were ringing the house.

Across the area, as police cars screamed down streets and helicopters hovered ahead, authorities urged the public to stay inside, their doors locked to anyone but a law-enforcement officer.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/19/17823265-boston-on-lockdown-during-marathon-manhunt-for-white-hat-suspect?lite

MSNBC just a few minutes ago said the family is from Kyrgyzstan. Parents not in country, brothers may have lived with aunt and uncle. Uncle has given interviews and is devastated.
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