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Tsunami, Five Years After

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2009 5:43 am by HL

Tsunami, Five Years After
Five years ago, almost 250,000 people were killed by one of the worst natural disasters of the modern epoch, the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Today, citizens are memorializing those who were lost and pointing to the fact that many villagers are still homeless or without proper housing.  —JCL The Guardian: Countries across the Indian Ocean are today solemnly marking the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed almost 250,000 people. In Indonesia’s Aceh province, where more than 166,000 died, thousands held prayers in public mosques and private homes. On Thai beaches, Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanted prayers as mourners held pictures of loved ones lost on Boxing Day five years ago. Hundreds of tourists returned to Phuket to mark one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. A moment of silence was observed on Patong Beach in Phuket to mark the moment the tsunami struck. Read more

Five years ago, almost 250,000 people were killed by one of the worst natural disasters of the modern epoch, the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Today, citizens are memorializing those who were lost and pointing to the fact that many villagers are still homeless or without proper housing.? —JCL

The Guardian:

Countries across the Indian Ocean are today solemnly marking the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed almost 250,000 people.

In Indonesia’s Aceh province, where more than 166,000 died, thousands held prayers in public mosques and private homes. On Thai beaches, Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanted prayers as mourners held pictures of loved ones lost on Boxing Day five years ago.

Hundreds of tourists returned to Phuket to mark one of the worst natural disasters of modern times.

A moment of silence was observed on Patong Beach in Phuket to mark the moment the tsunami struck.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

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Fox Nation places Obama race story above 1991 photo of beaten Rodney King, Jr.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Fox Nation places Obama race story above 1991 photo of beaten Rodney King, Jr.
The Fox Nation website is currently featuring a 182-word article on President Obama addressing criticism that he isn’t doing enough for the African American community above the 1991 photo of a beaten Rodney King, Jr. Fox News’ excuse to place the nearly 20 year old image on its homepage next to the President? Senate Majority […]

The Fox Nation website is currently featuring a 182-word article on President Obama addressing criticism that he isn’t doing enough for the African American community above the 1991 photo of a beaten Rodney King, Jr. Fox News’ excuse to place the nearly 20 year old image on its homepage next to the President? Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) referenced Rodney King’s “can we all get along” quote four days ago during the healthcare debate.

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Hoekstra Quickly Politicizes Attempted Terrorist Attack, Suggests Obama?s Clueless On National Security
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hoekstraYesterday, the White House announced that there had been “an attempted act of terrorism” aboard a trans-Atlantic Northwest Airlines flight arriving from Amsterdam as it was preparing to land in Detroit. The suspect — identified as a 23-year old Nigerian man named Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab — “certainly thought he was trying to take down the plane,” according to a White House official. 

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Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking member on the House intelligence committee and current candidate for governor of Michigan, saw an opportunity to score quick political points:

“It’s not surprising,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. … “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” Hoekstra said. […]

Hoekstra hadn’t yet been briefed on the incident but said he is already calling or the Obama administration to meet with Intelligence Committee members to fully inform them about the alleged terrorism attempt at the Detroit airport.

In an effort to try to prove his case for why the Obama administration is failing to “connect the dots,” Hoekstra issued this condemnatory tweet last night:

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While Hoekstra hadn’t been briefed, his colleague Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was. And King — the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee — wasted no time alerting the media to much of what he was told. King rushed to Fox and CNN last night to begin issuing blame against security officials who allowed the suspect to board. “His name was in a database indicating significant terrorist connections,” King said, adding, “I’m not trying to be a Monday morning quarterback here…but let’s see what was missed.”

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

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