Monday, April 30, 2012

President Barack Obama Is Comfortable Joking About Eating Dogs


By Michelle Lopata:
President Barack Obama made light of the recent backlash over his dog-eating story detailed in his autobiography while making a speech at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner Saturday night.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh lambasted the move Monday, saying that the dog-eating jokes made him nervous and uncomfortable.

“Obama told dog-eating jokes,” Limbaugh said. “It makes me very nervous . . . It just makes me nervous, but apparently not Obama. He can talk freely about eating dog in his autobiography. He makes a joke about it. It’s strange.”

“Sarah Palin’s getting back into the game, guest-hosting on the ‘Today’ show,” Obama said during the Correspondent's dinner. “Which reminds me of an old saying: What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious . . . A little soy sauce.”...

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Beautiful Woman shares her love of helping animals

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's said, The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they treat animals. And if that's the case this month's Beautiful Woman is as good as they come.
Read the article: Beautiful Woman shares her love of helping animals

Scotland: eagle watching in Mull

Scotland: eagle watching in Mull
Weighing in at up to 15lb, white-tailed eagles are our largest bird of prey Photo: ALAMY
By Sara Evans
Through binoculars I can see them in perfect detail – a red deer fawn and four hinds. From its mossy daybed, the fawn – honey-coloured and drowsy-eyed – watches the hinds nibble gently among the wild flowers that decorate the lower slopes of this mountainside on the western edge of Mull.
But lovely as they are, it’s not deer that I have come to find. It’s Mull’s eagles. Just a 45-minute ferry trip from Scotland’s west coast, Mull – the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides – is home to some outstanding birds of prey.
My first sighting is of a white-tailed eagle. Flying high above me, its attention is focused on a rabbit. Not one scampering around below, but one that’s already been caught and is being carried aloft by another bird of prey: a buzzard.
Usually buzzards look large, but against the eagle – now approaching purposefully – it appears dwarfed. Weighing in at up to 15lb, white-tailed eagles (often called sea eagles) are our largest bird of prey. With its meat-cleaver beak, talons that Cruella de Vil would kill for and startling eight-foot wingspan, the white-tailed eagle is a formidable feathery beast; the undoubted king of the British skies... read here...

Extreme Climbing in Moscow: 'You Can't Hesitate, You Can't Doubt'

PHOTO: Marat Dupri, AKA the "skywalker," has become famous for climbing skyscrapers and heavily guarded buildings in Moscow in search of the best views and biggest thrills.
Marat Dupri, AKA the "skywalker," has become famous for climbing skyscrapers and heavily guarded buildings in Moscow in search of the best views and biggest thrills. (Marat Dupri/Rex Features/AP Photo)
Marat Dupri, AKA the "skywalker," has become famous for climbing skyscrapers and heavily guarded buildings in Moscow in search of the best views and biggest thrills. In a conversation with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses fear, photography and how it feels to be at the top.
Marat Dupri is the master of Moscow's skies. Breathtaking photographs of his climbing adventures on the highest and most heavily guarded buildings in the Russian capital have made him a household name across the country. In 2011, one of his photos from on high was awarded the "Best of Russia" prize. Since then, the media has dubbed him the "skywalker."
Born on October 25, 1991, Dupri belongs to the generation in Russia that grew up after the breakup of the Soviet Union and only learned about communism through textbooks... Continue reading...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Obama lifts freeze on $192 million aid package to Palestinian Authority

photoPALESTINIANS fire 100 rockets at southern Israel… JPost US President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.
Obama stated that the aid was “important to the security interests of the United States.”
The US Congress froze a $192 million aid package to the Palestinian Authority after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, defied US pressure and sought to attain UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood last September. The presidential waiver means that aid can now be delivered...Continue reading...

The Virus That Really Will Kill Your PC July 9

imageApril Fools!
by Rob Pegoraro.
It sounds like one of those annoying chain emails that show up from technically challenged acquaintances: "The FBI Will Take Your Computer Offline July 9 If It Has A Virus! Visit This Site Immediately To Check!! Forward This To Everyone You Know!!!"
But the Federal Bureau of Investigation really has posted a warning on its site about the risk of "DNSChanger" malware, which really will result in your computer getting disconnected from the Web on July 9 if you don't clean it up...Read here...  1.BLOG: First Human Infected With a Computer Virus.2.NEWS: Japan Reportedly Building Vigilante Virus

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chief of Canadian Cree Nation to Lead Youth Development Mission to Israel

By: News Staff.
Ron Evans, Chief of the Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, is preparing to lead a Youth Leadership Development Mission to Israel from April 29 to May 6th. Under the auspices of Canada's Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the thirty young First Nations leaders will study Israeli culture and society, visit Christian and Jewish holy sites, study the Israeli immigrant absorption experience, and skate at Israel's only full-sized hockey rink - located at the Canada Centre in Metulla. The group will also meet with the Galilee branch of Kav Hazinuk ("The Starting Line") - an Israeli youth leadership development program funded by the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.
"The objective of this trip is to help develop leaders among First Nations youth," said Chief Ron Evans. "I visited Israel for the first time last year, and I was overwhelmingly inspired. The Jewish people are the historic, Indigenous people of Israel. For Canada's First Nations, Israel's story demonstrates how an ancient people can maintain their heritage while embracing the modern world - and in so doing, achieve self-determination."
"We are hopeful that, by studying the Israeli experience, these highly motivated youth will return to their communities empowered with additional knowledge and leadership tools," said Shelley Faintuch, Community Relations Director for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Associate Director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. "The future of Canada's First Nations depends on building the next generation of ambitious, dynamic, and innovative First Nations leaders. Our goal is to support this important project."...Continue reading...

Former First Nation Leaders Look to Iran for Human Rights Help

By ICTMN Staff
As the West seeks to continue to isolate Iran to contain its burgeoning nuclear program, a renegade former chief and other First Nation leaders are actively trying to engage the leadership of the Middle Eastern nation.
The outreach is led by Former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud. All want to visit Iran, which the U.S. State Department says sponsors terrorism, to enlist its help in combatting Canada’s human rights record in regard to aboriginal peoples.
Nelson, who was removed from his spot as leader of the Roseau River First Nation in southern Manitoba last September, met with Iranian officials at their embassy in Ottawa on March 12 to discuss housing investment. Nelson also went to 17 embassies to disseminate information about aboriginal issues.
A spokesman for Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird called the overtures inappropriate and misplaced. “The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” said spokesman Joseph Lavoie in a statement to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) National News. “We hope the aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”...Read here...

Donald Trump to Scotland: Abandon 'monstrous' wind farm plans

Donald Trump swept into Scotland's parliament on Wednesday to demand the country end plans for an offshore wind farm he fears will spoil the view at his exclusive new $1.2-billion golf resort.
In a typically blunt display, the property tycoon told an inquiry into renewable energy to stop the wind power efforts in the country's north.
"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," he said. "They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."...Continue reading...

Tim Mcgraw - 'Back When'

The good old days-46 photos

For The Love Of Cats

By Lori Palermo
I absolutely LOVE animals… especially dogs & cats!  I’ve always had a dog and surprised my son with a kitten 20 years ago and have had cats ever since.  The animal lover that I am has taken in stray dogs and cats, nursed them back to health, and they’d go happily on their way!
As I always thought a dog was America’s favorite pet, I found out differently while surfing the web.  The cat has replaced the dog with 65,000 pet cats in the U.S. compared to approximately 58,000 dogs.
Here are some fun and interesting facts about our fabulous feline!
The cat was considered sacred in ancient Egypt.  In fact, killing a cat was punishable by death.  In 2004, the skeleton of a human was found buried with the skeleton of a cat in Cyprus, Greece, in a grave dating back about 9,500 years.
Believe or not… cats and humans have some common physiological traits:  a cat’s brain is more similar to a human brain than a dogs, the regions of the brain responsible for emotion are identical in both humans and cats, cats have AB blood type, a cats memory is 200 times more retentive than a dog’s and the cat’s memory lasts longer than that of a monkey & orangutan!
Does your cat soothe you with his purring? Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds, cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, and they purr while both inhaling and exhaling! Purring is most often a sign of contentment.
Now a cat’s tail can be used as an indicator of his emotions! A few examples… when the tail is held up straight wile walking or bent forward over the head, means a confident, contented cat. Tucked under, the cat is fearful or anxious, and several quick flicks upward is a happy greeting… twitching sharply side to side… “You’d better quit bugging me, or you’ll be sorry!”
Cat’s noses are like human fingerprints, each one is different. Most cats are either left-or right-pawed: only 40% are ambidextrous. Domestic cats can reach speeds of up to 31 miles per hour, though can’t maintain that speed for more than a minute. Cat’s whiskers are used to help determine whether it can fit through an opening.  One last little fact… (because I’m way over my word count!!)  About 60% of all cats like cold tomato juice, but they don’t care for V8!
Finally, cats can share a deep bond with their human family, as for myself, I consider my cats part of me!  They are loving creatures and show it with their unconditional love sensing when you’re sad or troubled; curling up on your lap… nestled in, letting you know that in this cold world, there is at least one sentient creature who will be there for you day-in and day-out… no matter what society throws at you!
Love & God bless,