Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weather Underground Co-Founder Fundraising for Dem Gov Candidate


Mainstreaming real domestic terrorists. Stunning.


April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.REUTERS

U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that the exercises will last about a month, and initially involve about 600 troops.
An Army company of about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, will start the exercises Wednesday in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries.
Under the current plan, U.S. troops would rotate in and out of the four countries for additional exercises on a recurring basis.
"We're looking at trying to keep this rotational presence persistent throughout the rest of this year," Kirby told reporters, adding that over time the exercises could expand to other countries.
The exercises are part of an effort announced last week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel aimed at reassuring NATO allies of America's commitment to the region's defense.
Kirby said the U.S. will likely plan other exercises and will continue to work through NATO on joint measures that could be scheduled in the future.
"It's a very tangible representation of our commitment to our security obligations in Europe, and the message is to the people of those countries and to the alliance that we do take it seriously. And we encourage our NATO partners to likewise look for opportunities of their own to do this same kind of thing for one another," said Kirby. "And I think if there's a message to Moscow, it is the same exact message — that we take our obligations very, very seriously on the continent of Europe."
Armed pro-Russia groups have occupied areas in eastern Ukraine and have refused to leave until the country's acting government resigns. There was a burst of violence Sunday, with three people killed during a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian troops. The U.S. has asserted that some of the troops are Russian special operations forces, and officials are pressing Russian to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine.

Someone Who Knows What Communism Is All About


Escapees from the former Soviet bloc know just where we are going, because they have already been there. For some reason Polish immigrants don’t seem very enthused about Hope & Change:

World's First Genetically Modified Babies Born


The world's first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.
The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.
So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found
to contain genes from three 'parents'.
Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.
The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive.
Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults --two women and one man.
The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their 'germline' means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.
Altering the human germline - in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species - is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world's scientists.
Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.
Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, the researchers, led by fertility pioneer Professor Jacques Cohen, say that this 'is the first case of human germline genetic modification resulting in normal healthy children'.
Some experts severely criticised the experiments.
Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: 'Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.'
John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: 'One has tremendous sympathy for couples who suffer infertility problems. But this seems to be a further illustration of the fact that the whole process of in vitro fertilisation as a means of conceiving babies leads to babies being regarded as objects on a production line.
'It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.'
Professor Cohen and his colleagues diagnosed that the women were infertile because they had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells, called mitochondria.
They took eggs from donors and, using a fine needle, sucked some of the internal material - containing 'healthy' mitochondria - and injected it into eggs from the women wanting to conceive.
Because mitochondria contain genes, the babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the germline along the maternal line.
A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates 'assisted reproduction' technology in Britain, said that it would not license the technique here because it involved altering the germline.
Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies.
He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab.
Prior to this, only infertile women were able to conceive using IVF.
Last year, Professor Cohen said that his expertise would allow him to clone children --a prospect treated with horror by the mainstream scientific community.
'It would be an afternoon's work for one of my students,' he said, adding that he had been approached by 'at least three' individuals wishing to create a cloned child, but had turned down their requests.

Human Microchipping: I've Got You Under My Skin (Video)

"It's not practical to interact in society in a meaningful way by not having a mobile phone.  I think human implants are likely to go along a very similar route.  It will be such a disadvantage to not have the implant that it essentially becomes not optional". 
- British Scientist Mark Gasson, visiting research fellow at the Cybernetics Research Group, University of Reading, UK.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them." - 1 John 4:1-21


Thousands of technology enthusiasts use it as the ultimate app, enabling them to lock and unlock their homes, cars, computers and mobile phones with a simple wave of a hand. But there's a catch: they must have a microchip inserted into their bodies.
The idea may seem weird, and painful, but human microchipping appears to appeal not only to amateurs, who call themselves biohackers, but also to governments, police forces, medical authorities and security companies.
It involves using a hypodermic needle to inject an RFID (radio-frequency identification) microchip, the size of a grain of rice, usually into the person's hand or wrist. The same kind of chip is used for tracking lost pets.

Contact: Professor Kevin Warwick and his microchipped arm. Contact: Professor Kevin Warwick and his microchipped arm. Photo: REX

The implants send a unique ID number that can be used to activate devices such as phones and locks, and can link to databases containing limitless information, including personal details such as names, addresses and health records.
RFID chips are everywhere. Basically, if you have to swipe a card, your ID is encoded in the magnetic stripe. If you touch it to a reader, as with Myki, it has an RFID chip with your number on it linked to the relevant database with your info on it. The latest credit cards have both stripe and RFID.
Some RFID tags have a tiny battery or other power source, enabling them to operate at hundreds of metres so they don't need to be within line of sight of a reader. As far as we know, this type cannot yet be made small enough to embed in humans.
Cybernetics scientist Dr Mark Gasson of the University of Reading, in Britain, became the first human to be infected with a computer virus, after he injected himself with a microchip in 2009 to control electronic devices in his office.
The virus was replicated on the swipecards of staff accessing his building and infected the university's database. Nonetheless, Gasson and other scientists say a new world with mass populations of computerised people is imminent and inevitable.
They say complex computing devices routinely implanted into humans for medical reasons also have the technology to enhance the abilities of healthy people.
"It has the potential to change the very essence of what it is to be human," Gasson says. "It's not possible to interact in society today in any meaningful way, without having a mobile phone. I think human implants will go along a similar route. It will be such a disadvantage not to have the implant that it will essentially not be optional."
Last year the line between man and machine became even more blurred, when Stanford University announced its scientists had created the first purely biological transistor that was made entirely of genetic material.
Stanford assistant professor of bioengineering, Dr Drew Endy, described the breakthrough as the final component needed for a biological computer that can operate within living cells and reprogram living systems.
Kevin Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at Reading University, has an electronic device in his body that interfaces with his nervous system, and had a simpler version implanted into the arm of his wife. Rudimentary signals between the two proved that purely electronic communication is possible between two human nervous systems.
Warwick's chipped arm allows him to use it via a computer link to operate a robot arm on another continent. The robot arm will mimic whatever hand and arm movements he makes with his natural arm. But the link with his wife's nervous system is so rudimentary that he says he can only tell if she moves her arm.
Melbourne internet entrepreneur and free software activist Jonathan Oxer injected himself with a microchip in 2004, after obtaining the same kit that vets use for family pets. His Twitter account describes him as a cyborg in progress.
Oxer uses it to operate house locks and his computer, and says that after a decade inside his body the implant has caused no ill effects. "Now it's just like any other part of me. I don't even think about it," he says.
The idea of electronic implants becoming widespread in humans concerns Dr Katina Michael, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong, who specialises in the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies.
"RFID microchips are essentially a unique ID embedded in your body, and, as we know, numbers can be stolen and data can be hacked. Bringing one's external computer problems into the human body is fraught with dangers " she says. "They point to an uber-surveillance society that is big brother on the inside looking out. Governments or large corporations would have the ability to track people's actions and movements, categorise them into different socio-economic, political, racial, religious or consumer groups and ultimately even control them."
Michael worries about people being forced or coerced into having one, something she says is likely to have already happened. "It's such a concern that at least nine US states so far have banned forced microchip implants," she says.
In 2007 a company called VeriChip injected 200 Alzheimer's patients, many of them incapacitated, with microchips linked to their healthcare records. The patients were supplied by a Florida nursing home that benefited from the company's sponsorship.
A furore erupted after it was discovered that VeriChip conducted the study without obtaining the required approval from Florida's Institutional Review Board, which oversees the protection of human subjects in research.
Mexico's attorney general and senior members of his staff have been implanted with VeriChips to give them access to secure areas of their headquarters, and the country's military and police are reportedly next in line for chipping.
VeriChip distributor Solusat has also announced an agreement with Mexico's National Foundation for the Investigation of Lost and Kidnapped Children, to promote the microchipping of the country's children.
How the chips could help is uncertain, as they do not have GPS tracking technology.
The VeriChip company has now changed its name under a barrage of negative publicity and has emerged as a developer of what it calls "biological detection systems".
Other companies are also marketing microchip implants, and their researchers are working hard to integrate them with GPS technology. When they succeed, the products are forecast to gain a huge international market.

Opponents of the idea are fighting back. "Technology of this kind is easily abusive of personal privacy," says Lee Tien, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "If a kid is trackable, do you want others to be able to track your kid? It's a double-edged sword."

Top Media Bosses Including Former Fox Head, Top BBC Exec & Disney TV Pres. Accused With X-men Director of Abusing Boys


The former child model who's accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting him as a teenager has now revealed shocking allegations against three more Hollywood power players.
Days after filing suit against Singer, 31-year-old Michael Egan has filed additional suits against former BBC Worldwide America president Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and theme park design firm head Gary Goddard.
Details emerged earlier on Tuesday of a incident in which a teenaged Egan was allegedly drugged and raped by a businessman after a Siegfried and Roy show.
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Plot thickens: Last week, former teen model Michael Egan (at center consoling his mother Bonnie) filed a lawsuit against director Bryan Singer, accusing him of drugging and raping him in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s.
Plot thickens: Last week, former teen model Michael Egan (at center consoling his mother Bonnie) filed a lawsuit against director Bryan Singer, accusing him of drugging and raping him in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 18:  Current President of Programming David Neuman attends the panel discussion for the Current TV Network preview during the 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Garth Ancier, president of BBC Worldwide Americas speaks during the BBC America portion of the 2009 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Universal Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) ***
Hollywood heavyweights: Egan has now accused former Disney TV president David Neuman (left) and former BBC Worldwide America president Garth Ancier (right) of sexually abusing him when he was a teen model.

Also accused: Egan says LA design firm head Gary Goddard, who's also produced off-Broadway shows, sexually assaulted him
Also accused: Egan says LA design firm head Gary Goddard, who's also produced off-Broadway shows, sexually assaulted him

Egan appeared at a news conference Monday alongside his mother and sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
'It’s not about money, it’s about disarming these pedophiles,' Bonnie Mound, Egan's weeping mother, told reporters.
Herman, who not long ago represented the accusers of Elmo puppeteer and alleged abuser Kevin Clash, compared Egan's suit to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
In 1998, the now-convicted serial abuser was investigated on abuse charges which were subsequently dropped due to lack of evidence.
Mound tearfully described her efforts to report alleged abuses to the FBI in 1999 and 2000.
The weeping mother said she wrote several letters to FBI agents in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., urging them to take action. She questioned why those letters and information her son provided in interviews with an agent did not result in criminal charges.
The FBI has said it could not discuss specifically what Egan told them, however, the agency denied last week that it had ignored any information about Singer.
'The suggestion that the FBI ignored a minor victim, or evidence involving the sexual victimization of a child, is ludicrous,' FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. She reiterated the statement after Egan's news conference Monday.
Mound denied her son's lawsuits were motivated by anything other than holding the defendants accountable.

'Do you have any teenagers,' Bonnie Mound snapped at a reporter who asked why her son didn't confide in her about the abuse as a teen. 'Do they tell you when these pedophiles have knives at their throats? Put them underwater until they about drowned? Then tell me, would your teenager tell you?'
Herman alleges these men and many others like them are part of a huge Hollywood sex abuse ring that victims have been afraid to out for years.
'Hollywood adults are armed with something other adults aren’t armed with,' said Herman. 'It’s a tremendous amount of power...the power and influence to really make kids careers.'
But the attorney says the case will empower more victims like his client to out the sick underground culture.
Denial: A lawyer for Bryan Singer, pictured, said claims against him are absurd and defamatory and that he plans to counter sue the former child model
Denial: A lawyer for Bryan Singer, pictured, said claims against him are absurd and defamatory and that he plans to counter sue the former child model

Singer’s attorney Marty Singer spoke to MailOnline on Monday to reiterate that Michael Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman had not even served his client Bryan Singer with the suit yet – five days after it was first publicized.
He said there were five points he wanted to make which he says will show Egan’s claims are without merit:
  1. Singer was NEVER in Hawaii between the dates that Egan claims he assaulted him, from August 1 – August 31, 1999. He again says they have phone bills and receipts, as well as production schedules to show this. At this time, Singer was in Toronto working on pre-production for his first X-Men movie.
  2. Egan filed his original lawsuit nine months after the time of his alleged assault, but he never mentioned Singer.
  3. He filed a report to the FBI, but again, the report never mentioned Singer.
  4. Singer has yet to be served by Egan and his lawyer.
  5. Jeff Herman was suspended from practicing law for 18 months in 2009 for failing to disclose a conflict of interest, acquiring a financial interest adverse to a client, and for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct by engaging in misconduct involving fraud, deceit and misrepresentation. Initially, the referee who reviewed the disciplinary complaint against Herman recommended that Herman be suspended for 90 days and placed on probation for two years.  That recommendation was appealed to the Supreme Court of Florida.  The Supreme Court increased the suspension from 90 days to 18 months.
Mr Singer told MailOnline: ‘We will easily prove this and then we will go after this lawyer for this fabricated claim, we have indisputable proof.
‘A legitimate lawyer would have served us, instead he announced it with a press release and then a press conference. As of today, we’ve been waiting for five days, he could have sent it to my email.’
He added that Singer was ‘upset’, adding: ‘Someone is trying to ruin his life and his career, that someone would just fabricate these claims is insanity.’
When asked about the openly gay director and producer’s notorious pool parties, Mr Singer stressed: ‘Michael Egan is not saying he was ever at one of Bryan’s parties, but when Bryan has a pool party, everyone is checked for IDs, nobody is allowed in under the age of 18 , and even between 18 and 21, they have to wear wristbands. There is also security there.’
'[It's] a watershed moment for Hollywood,' Herman said. 'I have heard from dozens of victims who allege they've been abused by dozens of people in Hollywood.'
Herman said at Monday's press conference that he's already got witnesses to the mens crimes waiting in the wings as the case gains steam.
'I'm hearing from many many many witnesses who are willing to corroborate different parts of this case,' he said.
As Monday's chillingly emotional press conference neared a close, one reporter asked Egan what he had to say to his alleged abusers now that he has such a highly visible national platform.
'You won't have another chance to hurt another child,' he said as his mother again became overcome with emotion. 'And for the people who have been abused...please come forward.'
'Do you have any teenagers,' Bonnie Mound snapped at a reporter who asked why her son didn't confide in her as a teen. 'Do they tell you when these pedophiles have knives at their throats? Put them underwater until they about drowned? Then tell me, would your teenager tell you?'
'Do you have any teenagers,' Bonnie Mound snapped at a reporter who asked why her son didn't confide in her as a teen. 'Do they tell you when these pedophiles have knives at their throats? Put them underwater until they about drowned? Then tell me, would your teenager tell you?'


Their accusers: Egan's attorney, a sex abuse lawyer from Florida, Jeff Herman (left) says the three men Egan has accused in the new suits are all part of a vast Hollywood 'sex ring'
Their accusers: Egan's attorney, a sex abuse lawyer from Florida, Jeff Herman (left) says the three men Egan has accused in the new suits are all part of a vast Hollywood 'sex ring'

Michael Egan III sued Garth Ancier on Monday in Hawaii, accusing Ancier of abuse in 1999 when Egan was 17.
Ancier was a founding president of Fox entertainment at the age of just 28 in 1986 and went on to head up the entertainment divisions at the WB and NBC networks as well as BBC America Worldwide.
A call made to Ancier was not immediately returned.
Egan also sued two others in separate lawsuits Monday, claiming they also abused him on trips to Hawaii.
One of the accused, Gary Goddard, is the head of an LA design firm The Goddard Group and has produced stage shows both on and off Broadway.
A lawyer for Goddard told MailOnline in an emailed statement:
'Gary is out of the country until later this week. We are obtaining a copy of the complaint so that we can respond in a proper manner to what appear to be allegations that are without merit. Once we have seen the complaint we will respond as appropriate.'
The third accused man is former Disney TV head David Neuman, who the suit alleges hosted the sex parties in Encino where much of the assaults are alleged to have taken place.
Neuman responded to the charges in a series of tweets Monday night, calling them 'completely false' and 'shocking.'
'We've alleged that there's a Hollywood sex ring, one of several sex rings,' that these men were a part of, said Herman.
However, no criminal charges have been filed against any of the men sued by Egan.
Egan, now 31, said last week that he was abused by Singer and others starting when he was 15, and given drugs and promises of a Hollywood career.
Details of the abuse allegedly suffered by Michael Egan emerged in an affidavit from 2003, which alleges the horrifying sexual abuse four teenage boys endured at the hands of two internet businessmen, Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley.

A source told TMZ that one of these victims, 'Minor #4', is Egan. It has previously been alleged that Rector, who was later convicted of child sex abuses, and Shackley introduced him to Singer.
Sources told TMZ that Egan never complained about Singer at the time of the affidavit, and Singer is not named in the records.
The documents allege that 'Minor 4' first met the couple at a graduation party held at their home after he finished the ninth grade in 1998. Rector took him on a private tour of the house and asked him if he was gay, and he responded that he was not.
Rector told him that '90 per cent of show business was gay and that you needed to sleep with people if you wanted to go anywhere,' Minor 4 told the agent.
Rector also allegedly warned, 'We stay together, but you do not want to see my dark side,' before displaying a gun and keeping it visible while talking to the teenager about his 'group'.
Rector said he was one of the 25 most powerful people in Hollywood and it would be a mistake to make the group angry, Minor 4 told the FBI agent.
Convicted: An affidavit from 2003 has revealed claims reportedly made by a teenage Egan, right, against internet businessman Marc Collins-Rector, left. Rector was later convicted of child sex charges

'You are part of the group now,' he allegedly told the teenager. 'There is no turning back'
Afterwards, Minor 4 began working for the couple, who ran a handful of computer businesses, believing that it would help him secure further work.
But as he traveled with them across the country, they allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted them.
On one occasion, Minor 4 said he was taken to a Siegfried and Roy show in Vegas, but given a drink with drugs in. When he awoke he felt a pain and realized he had been raped by Shackley, he said.
Minor 4 eventually quit the job in May 2000, two years after meeting the men.
Collins-Rector was charged with 21 counts of sexual assault, and served time abroad as well as registering as a sex offender. His last-known country of residence was the Dominican Republic.
Three other minors also tell shocking stories in the affidavit, claiming that they were given thousands of dollars worth of gifts by day, before being sexually assaulted by night.
Scene: He said that at a Siegfried and Roy show, pictured, he was drugged and raped by Rector's partner
Scene: He said that at a Siegfried and Roy show, pictured, he was drugged and raped by Rector's partner

Rector allegedly told one of the teenagers that if he refused to have sex he'd be sent back to his 'hick town', while he also allegedly told Minor 4 that if he did not go on trips, he would lose his job.

The allegations have resurfaced as Egan filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused by Bryan Singer, the X-Men director, when he was a teenager.
He claims in the suit that Singer abused him several times from August to October 1999 as well as earlier in California as part of a Hollywood sex ring led by Collins-Rector.
He said he was given drugs and promises of a Hollywood career while being threatened and sexually abused in Los Angeles and Hawaii. 
MailOnline does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.
But Singer's lawyer has said that credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that he was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused Egan.
Singer was mainly in Toronto working on the first X-Men movie from August through October 1999, defense attorney Marty Singer told The Associated Press.
'This was Bryan's first studio film,' Marty Singer said. 'Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii.'
Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Behind walls: Egan said that he was assaulted at the couple's home in Encino, California, pictured
Behind walls: Egan said that he was assaulted at the couple's home in Encino, California, pictured

Marty Singer said the filming records were available publicly but 20th Century Fox did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.
X-Men was released in July 2000. Singer has directed three films in the blockbuster franchise, including the fifth installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, to be released next month, as well as other films including The Usual Suspects.
His lawyer said the director was never interviewed by any authorities about the claims by Egan, who has said that he reported the Los Angeles acts and doesn't know why charges were not pursued.
The lawsuit was filed under a Hawaii law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases. The law has led to several lawsuits against clergy members and others.
A judge in Hawaii set a July 21 scheduling hearing in Honolulu for the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday.
Read Egan's lawsuit against Singer here...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

45 People Shot In Chicago Easter Weekend, 9 Killed (Including Children)

The following excerpt from a Free Republic article in 2008 is still applicable today, but the situation has worsened since then: 

"Why is it that every Democratic run city has the highest crime rates??
For example, Detroit, whose mayor has been indicted on felony charges, hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961. Buffalo has been even more stubborn. It started putting a Democrat in office back in 1954, and it hasn't stopped since.
Unfortunately, those two cities may be alone at the top of the poverty rate list, but they're not alone in their love for Democrats. Cincinnati, Ohio (third on the poverty rate list), hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1984. Cleveland, Ohio (fourth on the list), has been led by a Democrat since 1989. St. Louis, Missouri (sixth), hasn't had a Republican since 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (eighth), since 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ninth), since 1952 and Newark, New Jersey (10th), since 1907.
The only two cities in the top 10 that I didn't mention (Miami, Florida, and El Paso, Texas) haven't had Republicans in office either -- just Democrats, independents or nonpartisans.
Over the past 50 years, the eight cities listed above have had Republican leadership for a combined 36 years. The rest of the time -- a combined 364 years -- they've been led by Democrats.
Five of the 10 cities with the highest poverty rates (Detroit, Buffalo, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Newark) have had a Democratic stranglehold since at least 1961: more than 45 years. Two of the cities (Milwaukee and Newark) have been electing Democrats since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908.
Two cities, 100 years, all Democrats.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, the asylums in those cities must be as full as the soup kitchens."

Mass Tea Party

A Resurrection Riddle

I don't believe I ever have gone off topic as much as I am about to here, please forgive me while I take license to bloviate just a bit. 
I was told recently on my Weeping Eagle facebook page (to which I hope you join me sometime) "enough of the Jesus posts", or something to that affect.    
It's not that I post about Him often that should surprise anyone, it is that I ever stop posting about Him that should surprise people.
My faith in Christ is not some side show, but the centrality of who I am.  After all, it is in Him that we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28) and unfathomably, to each Believer, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us (Ephesians 1:13).  In other words, He is ALWAYS on my mind, in my heart, or in a melody that may be heard under my breath, that I therefore include stories of Him as a central topic should not be a surprise.
All of that said, the main thrust of this blog is really about Him, but in a way that is meant to be understood without necessarily being spoken.  What I mean is that He may not be in the story Per Se, but He is nevertheless in the spaces between the words.  His absence from stories is the main reason for the bad, the tragic, the sad, the horrific...or whatever a particular storyline might be.  In other words, because we are largely a world that is rejecting Christ, the Prince of Peace, we have these stories of tragedies, these stories of terrorists, these stories of traitors these stories that should probably make us weep.  
Years ago my son bought me a plaque that was displayed in my home for many years that read: 

"Christ is the head of this house, The Unseen Guest at every meal, The Silent Listener to every conversation.” 

And so it is with this blog. If He is not mentioned in the story, He is within the spaces of each letter.  There are of course times that I insert stories regarding faith for no other reason than that I believe, with all of the moroseness that is occurring in this world and that I often catalog here, some hope is desperately needed,and the Lord in His mercy certainly provides that to all who humbly ask. 

Anyway, I've bloviated enough, here is another story, to the chagrin of someone somewhere, that is unequivocally and unapologetically about Christ; onto the riddle:


Linda Lou Taylor only got married once…for love.
It was in 1957. Linda was sixteen and she married 31 year old George Scott, whom she loved deeply. The marriage lasted seven years, ending in a regrettable divorce. After that Linda gave up on the idea of marrying for love, and instead began to marry, it seems, for sport. She wed and divorced with a dizzying frequency.
She tied the slip-knot in rapid succession, collecting a string of ex-husbands form all walks of life, including a plumber, a preacher, a bartender, a musician. To add valuable rare items to her collection of erstwhile hubbies, she married a one-eyed convict, two homeless guys, and two gay men.
She creatively upped her matrimonial stats by “committing” to one fellow, Jack Gourly, on three separate occasions. Her shortest marriage lasted a mere 36 hours.  It seems her goal was to immortalize her hubby-hobby with a dubious entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most married woman.”
She accomplished this notoriety by wedding Mr. Glynn Wolfe in her 23rd wedding. The marriage was unabashedly performed solely for the publicity of getting into Guinness. You may ask yourself, what kind of man would marry a woman just to help her get into a record book? Good question. The motive was hardly difficult to discern, as that wedding happened to secure for 87 year old Mr Wolfe his own record as “most married man,” when Linda became his 29th bride.
He died a year later, and Linda, age 63, has been single for ten years now, but she told a journalist that she’s on the prowl for husband #24.
Personally, I rankle at the recurring spectacle of those who degrade the sanctity of marriage with such reckless abandon. But it does remind me of another far-fetched story of serial marriages. One that was not trying to mock the sanctity of marriage, but rather to mock—of all things— the doctrine resurrection.
If a musical were to be composed from this account, it may be called A Severe Bride for Seven Brothers…

Luke 20:27  There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,  28  and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.  29  Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children.  30  And the second 31  and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32  Afterward the woman also died.  33  In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”  34  And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,  35  but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,  36  for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.  37  But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.  38  Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”  39  Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”  40  For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
I guess you could also call this tragi-comedy Seven weddings and Eight Funerals.
one brideThis was a actually a good question for theological liberals to ask. They are referring to something Moses had written in Deut 25: “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.   And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.
This was called ‘levirate marriage’ and it was how they ensured  the promised land would remain with the family and clan with which it had allotted.
The liberal Sadducees were saying “We all agree that Deuteronomy, written by Moses, is the word of God. But if the resurrection is true, then the Scriptures teaches a scenario where you would have a women married to multiple men, polyandry,” which all Jews abhorred.
This is a question they had no doubt posed to Pharisees in the past, without suitable answer, and they thought it was their best riddle for Jesus to stump him. It was like challenging Bobby Fischer to a game of speed-chess in the park.
And here we see typical hubris of unbelief. There are two ways of approaching mystery when you read the Bible. One is to approach by faith, assuming the Bible is breathed out by God, free of error, and perfectly accurate in historical, theological, and scientific details. And then seek to figure out how it fits together.  E.g. The gospels tell us Judas hanged himself, Acts tells us he fell down a cliff. A believer assumes that he hanged himself on a tree at the side of a cliff, and when the branch broke he fell.
The other approach is to launch off a springboard of unbelief and then gleefully assume you have discovered a contradiction that proves your position.
As a Christian you don’t need to get sucked into these types of debates. There is nothing wrong with admitting there are things hard to understand in the Bible (Peter confessed as much in 2 Pet 3:16 about Paul’s epistles!), but that you trust God will do a decent job explaining it when you get to Heaven.
Here Jesus reveals in unprecedented detail that our family structure in Heaven is different from this life’s. There is no marriage because there is no need for procreation and raising children.
Think about this, those of you who have lost children, or had a miscarriage…when you meet your child in heaven, they could well be “older” than you, in that they will have been in Heaven for years longer than you have been there.  Your baby—who will no doubt have a mature body and mind in the resurrection, not an infant body—may show you around Heaven as they will be more familiar with the place than you, the new arrival.
We don’t know exactly how all that works out, but from Jesus’ answer we know this: the resurrection is real, and there are details about it that are not yet revealed in the Bible.
The reason Jesus has unprecedented clarity on this doctrine is because he knows the Bible, he has direct revelation from the Father, and oh, he’s been there!
At this time of the year it behooves us to remember that Christ’s victory over death swung open the door for a reality of eternal life that defies comprehension and imagination. And for those who believe in Jesus our funeral on Earth marks an event as happy as a wedding in Heaven.

The Laser That Makes Rain: Researchers Unveil Radical System to Start Storms, Create Lightning on Command

Lightning storms over Africa: The new technique would allow researchers to trigger rain and lightning storms on command by firing lasers into clouds

The researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona developed  a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.
They found the key was to surround the beam with a second beam to act as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible.
The secondary 'dress' beam refuels and helps prevent the dissipation of the high-intensity primary beam, which on its own would break down quickly.
A report on the project, 'Externally refueled optical filaments,' was recently published in Nature Photonics.
Water condensation and lightning activity in clouds are linked to large amounts of static charged particles.
Stimulating those particles with the right kind of laser holds the key to possibly one day summoning a shower when and where it is needed.
Lasers can already travel great distances but “when a laser beam becomes intense enough, it behaves differently than usual – it collapses inward on itself,' said Matthew Mills, a graduate student in the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL).
'The collapse becomes so intense that electrons in the air’s oxygen and nitrogen are ripped off creating plasma – basically a soup of electrons.'
At that point, the plasma immediately tries to spread the beam back out, causing a struggle between the spreading and collapsing of an ultra-short laser pulse.
This struggle is called filamentation, and creates a filament or 'light string' that only propagates for a while until the properties of air make the beam disperse.
'Because a filament creates excited electrons in its wake as it moves, it artificially seeds the conditions necessary for rain and lightning to occur,' Mills said. 
Other researchers have caused 'electrical events' in clouds, but not lightning strikes.
The team is now developing a way to get close enough to direct the beam into the cloud without being blasted to smithereens by lightning.
'What would be nice is to have a sneaky way which allows us to produce an arbitrary long ‘filament extension cable,' the researchers say.
The technique could one day be used to create rainstorms and even lighting on command, the researchers hope. The technique uses a 'double laser' to stimulate particles within a cloud.
The technique could one day be used to create rainstorms and even lighting on command, the researchers hope. The technique uses a 'double laser' to stimulate particles within a cloud.

'It turns out that if you wrap a large, low intensity, doughnut-like ‘dress’ beam around the filament and slowly move it inward, you can provide this arbitrary extension,' Mills said.
'Since we have control over the length of a filament with our method, one could seed the conditions needed for a rainstorm from afar.
'Ultimately, you could artificially control the rain and lightning over a large expanse with such ideas.'
So far, Mills and fellow graduate student Ali Miri have been able to extend the pulse from 10 inches to about 7 feet. And they’re working to extend the filament even farther.
'This work could ultimately lead to ultra-long optically induced filaments or plasma channels that are otherwise impossible to establish under normal conditions,' said professor Demetrios Christodoulides, who is working with the graduate students on the project.
'In principle such dressed filaments could propagate for more than 50 meters or so, thus enabling a number of applications.
'This family of optical filaments may one day be used to selectively guide microwave signals along very long plasma channels, perhaps for hundreds of meters.'
Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup.