Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Russian Truck Driver Walks Away From Horrendous Transport Crash


A Russian truck driver involved in a head-on accident has been filmed casually sliding through the windscreen and walking away apparently unharmed after the impact which left his truck wrecked.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bill Maher vs Mitt Romney Taxes, Undecided Voters And More,

"And that, in a nutshell, is America's celebrated, undecided voter: put on a pedestal by the media as if they were Hamlet in a think-tank, searching out every last bit of information, high-minded arbiters pouring over policy positions and matching them against their own philosophies. Please, they mostly fall into a category political scientists call 'low information voters,' otherwise known as 'dipsh*ts.'"

Watch the segment above to hear Maher's full analysis (starting around the 2:15 mark) as well as why Donald Trump offering voting advice to "Liberal Republican" Kim Kardashian (also undecided) is a microcosm of the 2012 election.



The Source Is Huffington Post

Baby Boomers Survey Retirement Plans...



TORONTO - Most Canadian baby boomers don't intend to give up their current lifestyle to enter retirement, and many don't care if they have to stay in debt to live their golden years how they wish, a new poll found.

 Leger Marketing says 57% of respondents aged 50 to 59 said they would rather work longer to live better in retirement, versus just 25% who said they would live more modestly in order to retire early. Fifty-somethings in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were most likely to opt for working longer (67%), while those in Quebec were most likely to take early retirement (32%).

 About one-quarter of those surveyed (24%) expect to carry some debt into their retirement. Of those, 80% indicated they have no plans to pay it off anytime soon, saying they would stay in debt throughout their retirement. They may not have considered the drain on cash flow that will result from making monthly repayments on debt, says Christina Kramer of CIBC, which commissioned the poll.

 "While some Canadians may feel they can incorporate monthly debt payments into their retirement, the reality is that repaying debt before retirement remains an integral component of maximizing cash flow," she said. The survey was conducted July 5-8 in every province and features a representative sample of 805 pre-retired Canadians aged 50 to 59.

 A probabilistic sample of 805 respondents would yield a margin of error of 3.45 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Source The Sun

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chef Cooks His Murdered Wife...


A Southern California chef accused of killing his wife, whose body has never been found, told detectives that he slowly cooked his her for four days in a 55-gallon drum, boiling her body in water and discarding her remains in his restaurant's grease pit, according to a taped confession played Tuesday in court.
David Viens, 49, said he hid the skull and jawbone in his mother's attic, but a detective said he could not find it.
Viens revealed the grisly details of how he disposed of his Dawn Viens' body when he summoned detectives to his hospital room at County-USC Medical Center on March 15, 2011, three weeks after he jumped from a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff in a suicide attempt as detectives closed in.
Jurors read a transcript as Viens' recorded statement was played at his murder trial in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles. Viens, sitting in his wheelchair, appeared to stare straight ahead.
"I manipulated her so the face was - the face is down, and I took some - some things - like weights that we use, and I put them on the top of her body, and I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days," Viens said.
"You cooked Dawn's body for four days?" sheriff's homicide Sgt. Richard Garcia asked.
"I cooked her four days," he said. "I let her cool. I strained it out."
Viens is charged with killing his wife, who was last seen Oct. 18, 2009.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Walter Samasko Jr., Nevada Recluse, Found Dead With $7 Million In Gold Bars, Coins In Garage

 

Walter Samasko Jr., Nevada Recluse, Found Dead With $7 Million In Gold Bars, Coins In Garage 

 

Officials responding to reports of a foul odor at the home of a Nevada recluse may have been surprised to find the man's lifeless body -- he'd been dead for about a month -- but it was the contents of Walter Samasko Jr.'s garage that were truly unexpected.

The Carson City resident who had been living alone at the time of his death had gold bars and coins stored in boxes around the property, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

According to the Associated Press, Samasko, 69, died of heart problems, leaving no will. The businessman, who died with $200 dollars in his bank account, but millions in the garage, hadn't worked in more than 40 years.

Totaling at least $7 million altogether, the bars and coins, which bore the hallmarks of mints from around the world, were so numerous they had to be toted out in wheelbarrows, the Sun reports. Carson City Clerk Alan Glover used a the garden implement to unceremoniously transport the stash back to his truck and then to a secure storage area.

Huffington Post

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mark Owen -Seal Team 6 -Killed Osama



For the first time, a first-hand account of the raid that killed the world's most wanted terrorist from one of the Navy SEALS who pulled the trigger. Scott Pelley interviews "Mark Owen," a former SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden died from American bullets, in an exclusive interview.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Paul Ryan's lies were so blatant that they had the media...scrambling


Even Fox News, which rarely has a bad comment about Republicans and conservatives, criticized Ryan's speech as "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech," according to commentator Sally Kohn.
It's no shock to learn that our presidents lie. Nixon did it. Clinton did it. And George W. Bush did it. What is shocking is that they are so easily forgiven, or that we so easily forget.
You'd think, though, that we might expect, and get, a bit more honesty from the candidates running for president. I mean, if you know somebody's a liar when he's still trying to win votes, you have to wonder what will happen if he's elected.

Granted, just about everybody tells little white lies now and then, often with honorable motives such as not hurting other people or saving them or ourselves an embarrassing moment. But lying to millions of people is different.

President Nixon did it to save himself from being connected to the Watergate cover-up. President Clinton wanted to avoid the embarrassment of people knowing he had a sexual encounter with a White House intern. President Bush lied to justify a war that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

The impacts were certainly different, but they all lied.

And
so did Rep. Paul Ryan, vice-presidential candidate, during his speech last week at the Republican National Convention. His motive was to try to discredit President Obama, who along with presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also has been caught stretching the truth on occasion.

Ryan's lies were so blatant that they had the media and commentators scrambling to find other words for them, such "political dishonesty" and "deceptive statements," because the falsehoods were stated with millions of witnesses.

But whatever you call it, a political convention venue should not be justification for dishonesty and deception _ and certainly not outright lies.

By now, you've likely heard some of the examples of Ryan's untruthfulness: Blaming Obama rather than Bush for the closing of a GM plant; blaming Obama instead of Bush and the Republicans for exorbitant deficits and the U.S. credit downgrade; and saying that the GOP ticket would "make the safety net safe again" when Ryan's own budget plan would slash social programs.

Jonathan Cohn, writing on The New Republic website, may have had the best reaction.

"Think of it this way," he wrote. "A Martian who came down to Earth and heard Ryan speak last week would conclude that Obama had abandoned the auto industry; that Romney and Ryan would never cut spending from Medicare; that Obama is to blame for high deficits and the credit downgrade; and that Romney and Ryan are out to save the safety net. This poor Martian would have it exactly backwards."

Even Fox News, which rarely has a bad comment about Republicans and conservatives, criticized Ryan's speech as "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech," according to commentator Sally Kohn.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bill Kills - Clinton Brilliant At Convention GOP Cries!



Clinton summarizes the GOP platform as:

"We left him a total mess, but he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in."
and..."Their campaign pollster said, 'We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,'" Clinton said. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -– Bill Clinton made the nation a big promise Wednesday night, pledging to those still struggling that their economic fortunes will turn around if they reelect President Barack Obama.
“A lot of Americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy," Clinton told a spellbound audience of delegates at Time Warner Cable Arena. "If you look at the numbers, you know that employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again, and a lot of housing prices are even beginning to pick up.
“But too many people do not feel it yet,” he said, and then vowed: “If will you renew the president's contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.”
He paused, and then added, “Folks, whether the American people believe what I just told you or not may be the whole election. I just want you to know I believe it. With all my heart I believe it.”
The rest of Clinton’s nearly hour-long speech was a detailed litigation of the main charges that Republicans have made against Obama.
But those few sentences -- an acknowledgment that the nation is still stuck in an economic slump, a promise that a second Obama term will bring better times, and a quick, sly slip into analyst mode -- were the key moments of the speech.
It was an honest, forthright appeal to the voters who will, by all accounts, decide the election -- those who voted for Obama in 2008, but who have found themselves disappointed, wanting to believe in the president they supported four years ago, but not sure they will. Strikingly, Clinton's line about the possibility that Americans may not put their faith in the president was not in his prepared remarks.
Clinton only mentioned Republican Mitt Romney a handful times, but laid out a framework that he said defines this election. “If you want a winner-take-all, you’re-on-your-own society, you should support the Republican ticket,” Clinton said. “But if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility -– a we're-all-in-this-together society -- you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”
Clinton, whose mastery of the stage left him several possible ways to attack Romney, notably did not skewer the Republican's record at Bain Capital, or his other weaknesses, instead focusing his argument in general against the GOP philosophy. (Clinton worked a stint for the consulting and private equity firm Teneo Capital. Co-founder Doug Band is a close Clinton adviser. Clinton listed his income from Teneo on a recent disclosure form as greater than $1,000, though it gives no upper limit.)
Holding fire on Bain left the speech absent a zinger to sum up Romney. Instead, Clinton saved the zinger for tax cuts for the rich, warning that Romney will "double down on trickle-down."
He paraphrased Ronald Reagan: "As another president once said, 'There they go again."
In reframing last week's GOP message, he employed equal parts mockery, wonkery and plainspeak.
In short, he said, the Republicans came to Tampa to deliver a simple message about Obama: "We left him a total mess, but he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in."
Clinton hit Paul Ryan in the same style. The GOP vice presidential candidate had attacked Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare, when his own budget proposal included those same cuts.
"You gotta give him one thing. It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did," Clinton said.
He also slashed at Romney's charge that the president had undermined the work requirement in welfare reform. "Their campaign pollster said, 'We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,'" Clinton said. "Now, finally I can say that is true. I couldn't have said it better myself –- I just hope you remember that every time you see those ads."
Beyond making the broad case for Obama’s reelection, Clinton's job Wednesday night was to make Democrats forget the terrible afternoon they had just endured.

After party leaders, and eventually the president himself, decided it had been a bad idea to omit from their party platform any mention of God as well as an assertion of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, they attempted to change it quickly in a late afternoon voice vote on the convention floor.
Embarrassingly, convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, had to ask for three voice votes, and each time the nays got louder. He eventually ruled that there was two-thirds support for the changes, despite the clear lack of such a majority.
The snafu led to a series of embarrassing TV interviews for Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who told CNN there was “no discord” during the vote, only to have Anderson Cooper mock her comments as belonging to “an alternate universe.”
Organizers also decided to move the final day of the three-day convention indoors, rather than having Obama accept his party's nomination at the 65,000-seat Bank of America outdoor football stadium. The threat of rain forced the decision, but it was another disappointment for a convention that at one point was envisioned as four-day event in four different cities, and has been beleaguered by fundraising woes and now downsized to a three-day event in the same arena.
For Clinton and for the assembled Democrats, it was a chance to relive his glory days. Clinton showed little interest in letting the moment end. And with the balloon drop canceled, there was some question whether Clinton could ever be urged off the stage.
Obama joined him onstage for a brief moment after Clinton finished speaking, causing the crowd to erupt. Clinton bowed to the current president as Obama walked out, the two men embraced, waved to the crowd, and then walked toward backstage.
But Clinton shook hands with nearly every person in sight on his way out, disappearing into the backstage tunnel once only to reemerge for one last final hug and handshake with one of his many friends. Finally, Obama simply walked through the curtain without him, and Clinton followed a few seconds later.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

muslim imam arrested...desecrating Quran


ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran in a Christian girl's bag to make it seem like she burned the Islamic holy book, a surprising twist in a case that caused an international outcry over the country's strict blasphemy laws. Pakistani police arrested Khalid Chishti late Saturday after a member of the cleric's mosque accused the imam of planting evidence as a way to push the Christians out of the neighborhood. Chishti denied the charges Sunday while being led to court in shackles, wearing a white blindfold. "I have not done anything wrong.

 This is all fabrication," he defiantly told reporters. The imam's arrest could release the girl, who supporters say is mentally handicapped, out of prison, where she faces a life sentence if convicted of charges she desecrated the Quran. A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday. But Christians who fled the neighborhood when the girl was arrested worry about the use of laws that critics say are often abused to settle scores or target minorities. "We all are suffering," said Somera Ashraf, a Christian woman from the girl's neighborhood. Ashraf and her family fled the neighborhood with many other Christians when the blasphemy allegations came to light, fearing retribution. She only recently returned but still doesn't feel safe.

 Police said Chishti planted pages of a Quran in a shopping bag containing burned papers and ash that had been carried by the Christian girl. The bag was then submitted as evidence to the police. A member of his mosque came forward Saturday — more than two weeks after the girl's arrest — and accused the imam of planting the evidence, said the investigating officer, Munir Jaffery. The case has shone an uncomfortable spotlight on the punishments for violating Pakistan's blasphemy laws and caused an uproar in the country, largely because of the girl's age and questions about her mental capacity.

 The girl's supporters say she is 11 years old and has Down syndrome; a medical board said she was about 14 and that her mental age didn't match her physical age. The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles under 18 who are accused of crimes and is withholding her name. The girl's lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, said the imam's arrest proves his client is innocent and said he will likely move to throw the case out on Monday. Rarely if ever are people who bring blasphemy charges investigated or arrested for misuse of the law.

 Ali Dayan Hasan, head of Human Rights Watch in Pakistan, said the decision to act against the cleric was "unprecedented." "What it indicates is a genuine attempt at investigation rather than blaming the victim, which is what normally happens in blasphemy cases," said Hasan. "They are actually taking a look at incitement to violence and false allegations. It is a welcome and positive development." Few leaders have been willing to tackle the contentious issue after two prominent politicians who criticized the law were murdered last year. One was shot by his own bodyguard, who then attracted adoring crowds. Outside the Islamabad mosque where the imam worked, local Muslim residents said the charges against their religious leader were trumped up by a fellow mosque member who had caused problems in the past. If anything, they said there hasn't been enough punishment of people accused of blasphemy, residents said.

 "There is no problem in the blasphemy laws and its procedures," said Malik Qadir. "Whenever there is a blasphemy case in Pakistan, we never see any punishment. This is just a wrong policy of the government," said Hafiz Tariq Mahmood. Even the girl's lawyer, Chaudhry, said he believed in the law and only wanted to make sure it wasn't misused. Many local residents said they still believed the girl to be guilty, and maintained that she was old enough to be responsible for her alleged crimes. A court hearing is scheduled Monday to decide whether to grant the girl bail, a decision that's already been delayed twice. A lawyer for the man who brought the complaint against the girl, Rao Abdur Raheem, claimed police were under pressure from higher-ups to soften the case.

 "This deliberate twist in the case is aimed at discouraging complaints under the blasphemy law," he said in court Sunday. Most of the Christian families fled the Islamabad neighborhood where the incident happened, fearing retribution after the arrest. Ashraf said she is still so worried for her children's safety that she won't let them go to school or even the nearby market. She said she returned because she had few options. "Wherever we went people were gathering and saying, "No Christians can live here,'" she said. __ Associated Press writers Sebastian Abbot and Zarar Khan contributed to this report. __ Rebecca Santana can be reached at http://twitter.com/@ruskygal Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Print LikeNo Post as … Red Green 24 minutes ago Poor girl. I feel sorry for her. She did nothing wrong reply Charles Bryan Baron 28 minutes ago What do you expect from a society that values fatwas above freedom. This Taliban totalitarianism needs to stop and Pakistan needs to be dragged into the 21st century.

 It is high time that the barbarian mores of executing people for "blasphemy" need to be abolished. There is absolutely no reason to kill or even arrest a person for ripping up a religious book. reply davidgoldmandg Today 06:20 AM One word - Pukistan reply antiincumbent Today 08:26 AM Nutty society. reply David Chura 1 minute ago How can anyone trust this religion when  A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran in this girls belongings. They are supposed to practice what they preach.

We wonder if this cleric will get the death penalty? They should practice what they preach! reply David Chura 5 minutes ago If  A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran How can anyone trust these people (period!) Especially if he has done it, Then not anyone of this religious group can be trusted! They are supposed to practice what they teach. LIARS all of them! reply Charles Bryan Baron 24 minutes ago Where is the United States Secretary of State when this outrage happens in pakistan? CONDEMN IT SECRETARY CLINTON! This girls screams in jail cry out to you and all freedom loving people. reply Charles Bryan Baron 26 minutes ago and now all the wonderful talibans of the world will now issue a fatwa against me.

 Well, you have already cursed me because I have a Jew a YAHUD! reply terrykd Today 08:53 AM All I can think of is that poor poor girl. I just can't imagine. I want to cry for her. reply

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