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Obama Wonders Why Islamic Terrorists Don’t Just Order Tax Audits On Their Enemies Like Civilized People Do

obama and bidenWashington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama condemned the “cowardly, evil” assault on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead Wednesday, pledging US assistance to Paris to bring the attackers to justice. The US leader, speaking from the Oval Office, expressed solidarity with France and pledged that the attack on Charlie Hebdo would not squelch the right to free speech held dear by both nations. “France is one of our oldest allies, our strongest allies,” Obama said. “For us to see the kind of cowardly, evil attacks that took place today, I think, reinforces once again why it’s so important for us to stand in solidarity with them, just as they stand in solidarity with us.” “The fact that this was an attack on journalists, attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom — of speech and freedom of the press,” he added. “But the one thing that I’m very confident about is that the values that we share with the French people, a belief — a universal belief in the freedom of expression — is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.” (read more at Yahoo News)

Satirical Newspaper Workers Massacred. I’ll Be Right Back, Someone’s at the Door

satirical newspaper workers massacredPARIS — Black-hooded gunmen shot dead at least 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a satirical publication firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons lampooning Muslim leaders and the Prophet Mohammad, police said. President Francois Hollande headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France’s security level to the highest notch. “This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it,” Hollande told reporters. Another 10 people were injured in the incident and police union official Rocco Contento described the scene inside the offices as “carnage.” “About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (rifles),” witness Benoit Bringer told the TV station. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Buffalo Residents Assured By Climate Experts That If They Keep Digging, They’ll Eventually Hit The Global Warming

buffalo global warmingBUFFALO, N.Y. – A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard by the early-season storm that was expected to end by Wednesday afternoon. The storm came in so fast and furious it trapped more than 100 vehicles on a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York that remained closed Wednesday. Snow plunged off one family’s roof with such force that it blew in the back door, filling a room with snow.“It was a huge crash. We all started running back there. We actually thought that it was the roof coming down in the house,” said Chrissy Gritzke Hazard, who was home with her husband, five children and three of her children’s friends Tuesday. “We were definitely not expecting it to be the doors blown out, the frame, everything, inside the house.” The snowstorm shifted slightly into Buffalo’s northern suburbs Wednesday morning, giving the hardest hits areas a bit of a reprieve, but forecasters said a second round of lake-effect snow could deliver an additional 2 feet or more into Thursday. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Jenny McCarthy Reportedly Worried That Ebola Might Give Her Kids More Autism

jenny mccarthys breastsThe current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history, but how likely is it to spread to the United States or other countries around the world? It’s theoretically possible that people with Ebola could travel to other countries on planes, and infect others outside the region. However, it’s extremely unlikely that the virus would then cause further outbreaks in communities in the United States or other developed countries with systems in place to contain such deadly infections, experts say. So far, the Ebola outbreak, which first appeared in December 2013, has infected at least 600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, including 338 who died, according to the World Health Organization. The medical group Doctors Without Borders has said the epidemic is “out of control” in the region, and that they do not have the resources to care for the growing number of people who are sick. (read more at Fox News)

After Avalanche Deaths, Remaining Everest Sherpas Reconsider Issuing Slinkys To All The Climbers In Their Swag Bags

sherpaKATMANDU, Nepal — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday. Several Sherpas already have quit while others are still deciding whether to boycott climbing following Friday’s avalanche, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The disaster killed at least 13 Sherpas when a block of ice tore loose from the mountain and triggered an avalanche that ripped through teams of guides hauling gear. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. “After losing so many of our brothers and friends it is just not possible for many of them to continue,” said Pasang Sherpa, who was not among those caught in the avalanche. “So many of us are scared, our family members are scared and asking us to return.” All of the victims were from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community, which relies heavily on the country’s alpine trekking and climbing industry, with many making a living as climbing guides and others catering to foreign visitors by providing restaurants, equipment or transportation. (keep reading at The Maine Edge)

Former Popes Declared Saints When Evidence Surfaces That They Once Put Premium Gas In A Rental Car

newly canonized saintsVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter’s Square after the historic double canonisation as many in the crowd fixed their gaze on huge tapestries of the two popes on the facade of the basilica behind Francis. “We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints and we enrol them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church,” Francis said in his formal proclamation in Latin about 30 minutes into the solemn service. The crowd was so large it stretched back along all of Via della Conciliazione, the half kilometre-long, broad boulevard that starts at the Tiber River. Even its bridges were packed with pilgrims. The Mass, which began under a light rain, was also attended by former Pope Benedict, who last year became the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. Benedict walked with a cane and was dressed in white vestments. (keep reading at the Bangor Daily News)

Richmond CA Wants To Raise Minimum Wage So Poor People Can Afford To Hire Illegal Aliens To Mow Their Lawns, Too

agricultural workersRICHMOND, Calif. — A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area postponed a vote on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal “living wage” rates in the United States. The proposal before the city council in Richmond, an industrial city of about 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes as Democratic politicians across the United States are raising concerns about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Americans. The wage hike would increase wages gradually from $8 to $9 an hour by the end of 2014 and to $9.60 in 2015. The $12.30 wage would be fully phased in by 2017. The measure got preliminary approval by the city council two weeks ago. It had been scheduled for a final vote on Tuesday, but the council never got to that item on its agenda. The vote was postponed until April 15. The higher wage would apply to most workers in the city, although it would exempt businesses with fewer than 10 employees. It would also exempt the city’s youth summer employment and Welfare-to-Work programs. (keep reading at the Bangor Daily News)

UN Climate Panel Says That According To Their Figures, You Drowned Last Thursday. And Don’t Try To Deny It

United Nations building. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorYOKOHAMA, Japan — Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, says a massive new report from a Nobel Prize-winning group of scientists released early Monday. The dangers are going to worsen as the climate changes even more, the report’s authors say, adding that no one is immune. “We’re all sitting ducks,” Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer, one of the main authors of the 32-volume report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said. After several days of late-night wrangling, more than 100 governments unanimously approved the scientist-written 49-page summary – which is aimed at world political leaders. The summary mentions the word “risk” an average of about 51/2 times per page. “Changes are occurring rapidly and they are sort of building up that risk,” said the overall lead author of the report, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California. (keep reading at the Portland Press Herald. glub glub)

Investigators Now Suspect Malaysia Airline Accidentally Sent Entire Plane To Wherever They Usually Send Your Luggage

Malaysia Airline mysteryKUALA LUMPUR — Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday. Shortly after the prime minister finished speaking, police arrived at the home of the missing aircraft’s pilot to search for evidence, a senior police official told Reuters. As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib told a news conference that the hunt for wreckage around the scheduled flight path to the east of Malaysia was being called off. “Despite media reports the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear, we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate,” Najib said.The fate of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has been shrouded in mystery since it disappeared off Malaysia’s east coast less than an hour into a March 8 scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Hollywood Decides To Wish That 12 Years A Slave Was A Good Movie

86th Academy AwardsLOS ANGELES — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry’s long omission of slavery stories, following years of whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner “Gone With the Wind.” The British director dedicated the honor to those past sufferers of slavery and “the 21 million who still endure slavery today.” “Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” said McQueen, who promptly bounced into the arms of his cast. “This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.” (read more at Portland Press Herald)

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