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Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Expect someone you see on a daily basis to visit once again, with 'that look' on their face.
You should know what they want before they do -- even well before they open their mouth!
If the look is pitiful and desperate enough, you are sure to do anything and everything you can to help, just like you always do.
Then again, you're sure to do the right thing no matter what.
Some of our readers today have been in:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Orange, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
London, England, United Kingdom
York, England, United Kingdom

as well as Czech Republic, and the United States in such cities as Hastings, Dedham, Euless, Racine, Mora and more

Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2010.
There are 265 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
National Sibling Day

RIP 'Thunder'

Seamus 'Thunder' Mac Lesh has passed.
He was a loyal, loving, friend and companion for 14 years. 
Labs don't come any better.

President Obama's Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 10, 2010
All across America are good, decent folks who meet their obligations each and every day.  They work hard.  They support their families.  They try to make an honest living the best they can. And this weekend, many are sitting down to pay the taxes they owe – not because it’s fun, but because it’s a fundamental responsibility of our citizenship.
But in tough times, when many families are having trouble just making it all work, Tax Day can seem even more daunting. This year, however, many Americans are seeing some welcome relief.
So far, Americans who have filed their taxes have discovered that the average refund is up nearly ten percent this year – to an all-time high of about $3,000.  This is due in large part to the Recovery Act.  In fact, one-third of the Recovery Act was made up of tax cuts – tax cuts that have already provided more than $160 billion in relief for families and businesses, and nearly $100 billion of that directly into the pockets of working Americans.
No one I’ve met is looking for a handout.  And that’s not what these tax cuts are.  Instead, they’re targeted relief to help middle class families weather the storm, to jumpstart our economy, and to bring the fundamentals of the American Dream – making an honest living, earning an education, owning a home, and raising a family – back within reach for millions of Americans.
First, because folks who work hard should be able to make a decent living, I kept a promise I made when I campaigned for this office and cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans.  For most Americans, this Making Work Pay tax credit began showing up in your paychecks last April. And it continues this year, for a total of $400 per individual and $800 per couple, per year.
Second, because a college education is critical to the success of our workers and our economy, we’re helping to make it more affordable for millions of Americans.  Millions of students and parents paying for college tuition are now eligible for up to $2,500 under the American Opportunity Credit.  Along with a host of other steps we’ve taken, this will help us reach our goal of once again having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
Third, we’re restoring the home as a source of stability and an anchor of the American Dream.  If you’ve bought a home for the first time, you’re eligible for a credit of up to $8,000.  And if you bought a new car last year, you can deduct the state and local sales taxes you paid on that car.
Fourth, whether you bought a home for the first time or you’ve owned one for a long time, if you invested in making your home more energy-efficient with certain improvements like new insulation or windows, or plan to this year, you’re eligible for up to $1,500 in new tax credits.  This does more than just put money back in your pocket; it’s helping create new clean energy, manufacturing, and construction jobs at small businesses across the country.
Fifth, to help working families with children through difficult times, we increased the Earned Income Tax Credit and allowed more families to qualify for the Child Tax Credit.
Finally, for those who lost their jobs in the recession and need some help getting back on their feet, we provided a 65 percent tax credit to help cover the cost of health care and made sure the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits is tax-free.
These are among the tax breaks and savings that are available to over one hundred million Americans right now.  It’s also important to note that the new health reform law includes the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, and once it’s implemented; millions of Americans will finally be able to purchase quality, affordable care and the security and peace of mind that comes with it.  And one thing we have not done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000.  That’s another promise we’ve kept.
We’ve also made it easy to find out what’s owed to you and your family.  After all, the big guys know how to find their tax breaks; it’s time you did, too.   Just visit WhiteHouse.gov and click on the Tax Savings Tool.  It’s already been accessed more than 100,000 times by folks who want to see what savings they’re owed and how to collect them.  If you’ve already filed your taxes and missed some of the savings available to you, don’t worry – you can still amend your returns after April 15th to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
And just as each of us meets our responsibilities as citizens, we expect our businesses and our government to meet theirs in return.  That’s why I’ve asked Congress to close some of the biggest tax loopholes exploited by some of our most profitable corporations to avoid paying their fair share – or, in some cases, paying taxes at all.  That’s why we’re tightening Washington’s belt by cutting programs that don’t work, contracts that aren’t fair, and spending we don’t need.  And that’s why I’ve proposed a freeze on discretionary spending, signed a law that restores the pay-as-you-go principle that helped produce the surpluses of the 1990s, and created a bipartisan, independent commission to help solve our fiscal crisis and close the deficits that have been growing for a decade.  Because I refuse to leave our problems to the next generation.
It’s been a tough couple years for America.  But the economy is growing again.  Companies are beginning to hire again.  We are rewarding work and helping more of our people reach for the American Dream again.  And while there’s no doubt we still face a long journey together, with more steps to take, more obstacles to overcome, and more challenges to face along the way; if there is one thing of which the people of this great country have convinced me, it’s that the United States of America will recover, stronger than before.
Thanks for listening, and have a great weekend.

As The World Turns

As The World Turns

Polish president dies in plane crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died Saturday along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.

A plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski has crashed near a Russian airport, officials say.

Russian media reported that 87 people were killed in the crash near Smolensk, and a regional governor was quoted as saying there were no survivors.

Polish officials said Mr Kaczynski was on board along with his wife Maria and several senior government figures.

They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when the Soviets killed thousands of Poles.
Kyrgyzstan state funds completely plundered ... almost

The head of Kyrgyzstan's new interim government yesterday revealed that her country was broke and said that the former president who was overthrown in a street-led revolution this week had left only $80m in the budget.

In an interview with the Guardian, Roza Otunbayeva appealed for urgent international aid so that the impoverished Central Asian nation could meet its immediate bills. "Tomorrow we should pay pensions. This is a really serious problem," she said.

Otunbayeva said that the ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had plundered the economy, installing his sons in key government positions and flogging off strategic state industries for a fraction of their true value.

She said the country's leading telecoms firm had been sold to an offshore company in the Canary Islands, belonging to a friend of the president's son Maxim. "We had an absolutely scandalous situation where Kyrgyzstan had become a family-run regime," she said.

The State Of The Nation

The State Of The Nation
Authorities said early today that crews had found the bodies of four miners missing nearly a week since an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the final death toll to 29.

Local Hospitality

Local Hospitality
Morgan riles repugicans with ethics protest
Former state legislator Richard Morgan has done what seemed impossible: He has rallied repugicans to defend the administration of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
Morgan, who as co-speaker of the House infuriated his fellow repugicans by cooperating with Democrats, filed an ethics complaint this week against Lanier Cansler, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint says it is illegal for Cansler to receive debt payments from his former consulting firm because that firm secured no-bid contracts for a client from DHHS.
The complaint, which drew the spotlight to Morgan's state Senate campaign, unleashed a torrent of criticism from repugicans, some of whom branded him a hypocrite.
"I've always known Lanier to be a very forthright, ethical person, and I am mystified at this argument," said House repugican Leader Paul Stam of Apex. "I don't see what Lanier allegedly has done, other than serve the public."
Other repugican leaders, including repugican cash-cow Art Pope, lashed out at Morgan on Friday, saying he is not trying to clean up government but to keep money flowing to himself and his wife.
The dustup has refreshed bitter feuds within the repugican party that have lain largely dormant for four years. Morgan and a handful of repugican allies became dissidents in 2003, when they blocked the repugican House majority from naming a speaker. Morgan and his crew instead forged a coalition with Democrats, making Morgan and Democrat Jim Black co-speakers.
"Richard has always been vindictive," said Rep. Leo Daughtry, a Johnston County repugican who would have been speaker if not for Morgan and his allies. Cansler was a Daughtry ally when he was in the legislature.
Rep. John Blust, a Greensboro repugican, blasted Morgan for his role in blocking legislation when he was co-speaker that would have required small tobacco companies to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in escrow accounts in case of future lawsuits. At the time, one of those companies, S&M Brands, poured $100,000 into a political action committee that Morgan ran. Donors associated with the company also gave $77,000 to the campaigns of Morgan and his allies.
"Pay-to-play was the rule when (Morgan) was a co-Speaker of the House," Blust wrote in an e-mail. "Who is Morgan to question the ethics of anyone else? "
Morgan's interests
Pope and other repugicans say they think Morgan filed the ethics complaint against Cansler to try to preserve the cash flow that Morgan and those around him get from the home and hospice care industry.
Morgan received $250 from the industry's political action committee in 2008 in his unsuccessful campaign for state schools superintendent. Morgan's wife, Cindy, is a vice president with the industry's trade group. And Morgan's friend and adviser, Carter Wrenn, is a lobbyist for the industry.
Morgan said he is not currently an elected official, so there is no conflict in his wife's job or campaign contributions from the industry. "I feel real good about those years I was in the legislature that I championed the cause of hospice and home care and nurses," Morgan said.

Banyan trees of Cambodia

Banyan trees are very sacred among the Hindus.  Their colors and 
textures are far different from the true trunk and branches. (Photo by 
Banyan trees are very sacred among the Hindus. Their colors and textures are far different from the true trunk and branches.

Scientific Minds Want To Know

Scientific Minds Want To Know

A dim object less than 10 light years away seems to be the closest brown dwarf yet found – the discovery suggests other dark stars may lie even closer

Hot rocks on the planet's surface and the largest volcanic structure in the solar system suggest Venus hasn't lost its fire quite yet

"Supervolcanoes" have been blamed for multiple mass extinctions in Earth's history, but the cause of their massive eruptions is unknown.
A massive underwater supervolcano created giant mountains. The volcano released far more lava than the biggest volcanoes active today.

A new fossil turtle species discovered in South America had a shell about as thick as a high school textbook.

USC scientists figure out how to turn t-shirts into body armor

Researchers at the University of South Carolina have figured out how to combine the carbon component of cotton with boron to create a cotton t-shirt with the toughness of body armor.
The scientists started with plain, white T-shirts that were cut into thin strips and dipped into a boron solution. The strips were later removed from the solution and heated in an oven. The heat changes the cotton fibers into carbon fibers, which react with the boron solution and produce boron carbide.
Boron carbide is the same stuff that's used to protect tanks, but the boron carbide nanowire fabric that the USC team created has the added benefit of being flexible, lightweight, and elastic.  

Red, Free and Naked

José de la Isla does a good job of illustrating the use of color and nudity in getting attention. He also does a wonderful job of putting the teabaggers in their place.
Retailers get customers’ attention by putting up signs with red lettering. The formula is sure to get a response if it also says FREE, like “Buy two and get one FREE.”

But when ordinary people want to register a protest message that sells, what do they do? Lately, we have seen catchy slogans in strong bright colors, and scary ones, too. But there’s nothing like the retailers’ formula. However, maybe there’s one that could catch on.

It’s going nude.

In early April, flight attendants in Madrid, who were owed up to nine months of back wages and weary of having their protestations ignored, posed provocatively in their birthday suits for a calendar to air their complaint.

Air Comet, their bankrupt employer, had operated budget flights on the Spain-to-South-America corridor, but succumbed to the global recession.

“We are just demanding our rights to receive what is ours,” said Adriana Ricardo, the employees’ spokeswoman, who appears in the calendar.

Nudity to register a complaint makes a certain degree of sense. First, it is attention-grabbing. By their nature, these are non-violent protesters. And there is little to confuse the message. It is just what it is: a Godiva-like complaint seeking a remedy. When protesters strip, the issue and the message are the focus because it is hard to get around the bare essence of the matter.

About three years ago, I was on assignment in Mexico City. On the first day out, near the Eje Central in the business district, I came upon a noisy demonstration, with about a hundred men down to their skivvies, some in loin cloths or a sheath over the front and no back portion. Many wore baseball caps or hats to keep the sun out of their eyes. Some wore sensible sneakers or work boots.

Back on the Paseo de la Reforma, near El Ángel de la Independencia monument, with hundreds of thousands of cars driving past, was the encampment where women, also in the buff, awaited the men’s return and held up protest signs.

They were the so-called peasant and campesino demonstrators of the "400 Pueblos" whose protest began in 2003 over the confiscation of their lands in Veracruz state.

They continued their daily vigils — disrupting traffic and shocking tourists for five years. When I was there, I went into their ranks to take photos of their naked leaders in front of fully clothed police in riot gear. Some young farmers beat an annoying drum.

I’m not sure what exactly provoked the police. Perhaps it was the drum, or maybe the demonstration was getting uncomfortably close to the legislative building. The grenadiers began moving on them. The naked campesinos scattered, with me in the middle, running down the street.

The protests carried on for five years.

Their economic, political and humane quest is now memorialized in a book by Victor Allen, “The Movement of the 400 Pueblos of Veracruz: When Your Body is Your Only Weapon.” They are remembered for courage and fortitude and confronting what appeared to be impossible odds, refusing to back down to intransigent policy and officials in the rain and cold. They finally prevailed in 2008 and recovered their land.

This demonstration was serious, disciplined, determined and based on a reality that affected them, their families and their communities. It seems the naked demonstrators of the 400 pueblos would serve as role models for others who are really determined.

Today’s Tea Partiers are more like those grenadiers who made the serious demonstrators scatter. They take pleasure in shouting down fellow citizens and scoffing at disabled members of our community who depend on government solutions to their health problems. They welcome in their midst bullies who have a fetish for fire power.

They are more about making noise than confronting serious public issues and should just butt out.
Amen, sir, amen.

Mountaintop Removal Is Scarring Appalachia

Hobet Mine of West Virginia in 1984 (Photos: NASA)
From high-profile protests to rowdy political debates, coal-mining by the way of mountaintop removal is a hotly-contended issue. It has a terrible environmental and human cost (see how the estimated health costs outweigh MTR's economic 'benefits' ), while supporters say it's a livelihood that boosts local economies. But make no mistake, regardless of where you stand, images can say more than a thousand debates and as these recent time-lapse satellite photos released by NASA show (more after the jump), mountain-top removal is a practice that visibly scars the landscape, voraciously eating up forests, streams and valleys.
Article continues: Satellite Photos Reveal How Mountaintop Removal Is Scarring Appalachia

Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe
Gingrich takes political advice from man who calls Obama 'the Kenyan'
From Media Matters Action:
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, however, saw no need to correct the record when an audience member at his "Real Job Summit in New Orleans" stood up and referred to President Obama as "the Kenyan."

After the audience squealed with joy at the questioner's birtherism, Gingrich patiently listened to the man's advice. When the man was finished speaking, Gingrich complimented his contribution to the discussion and instructed his staff to take note of the man's ideas.
Insight into the mind of the wingnuts
It comes from the TV game show Family Feud, and a contestant is asked to say things that apply to Ellen Degeneres. Gay? Yes. Funny? Yes. Married to Portia? Yes. Then the father says that "she doesn't like her country very well."
Ellen? Cheery, inoffensive, humorous. Idol-mainstream, all-American, beloved chat show icon, Ellen?
Translation: she's a lesbian and all homosexuals are anti-American.
Sometimes the real view comes seeping out into plain view. On national television. That guy voted for Palin. You know it.

From Crooks and Liars:
Breitbart loses bet; blames Black Caucus for racial slurs
Remember when Andrew Breitbart swore no racist slurs were hurled at the Congressional Black Caucus the day of the health care vote? He sneered at the possibility that any teabagger had behaved in a racist or inappropriate fashion just before he promised to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if he was proven wrong.
Seems to me the video up above is pretty clear and convincing evidence of spitting, racism and hate, and it seems Breitbart thinks so, too. Now that he can't deny it happened, he's choosing to blame John Lewis et al for walking through the group of angry teabaggers.
In truly despicable fashion, Breitbart let Hannity's audience know how outraged he was at the unfairness of it all:
BREITBART: The very act of the Black Congressional Caucus, walking through the tea party people while holding all those videos was an act of provocation. They need this desperately and one last thing. The language that Nancy Pelosi is using about the civil rights movement, comparing the unpopular health care bill to the civil rights movement ties into this… They’re all on the talking points, basically telling black people that the white people are trying to take your health care from you. This is a racial, racist, racially divisive strategy that they’re playing that’s very dangerous in the United States.
The noise machine is cranked up to full volume and steaming right ahead. In classic blame-the-victim style, Breitbart suggests that John Lewis and Emanuel Cleaver should have walked around the murmuring mob of nasty white folks rather than through them, because obviously the mere presence of black Congressmen was so inflammatory as to throw all caution (and spit) to the wind.
Never mind that they were walking up stairs to the building where they work as representatives elected by the majority of voters in their districts. That doesn't matter to Andrew Breitbart, because he just cannot stand the unbearable weight of intellectual honesty.
His remarks prove how deeply racist he, and the movement he champions, truly are.

Jon Stewart rips Faux for extolling Reagan on nukes while attacking Obama (and nakedly lying about it)

Jon Stewart clocked another four-bagger the other night, ripping Fox for its nutso attacks on President Obama's newly announced nuclear-weapons reduction policy:
Stewart: So here's where we're at: We're at the point now that the by far No. 1-ranked news network in this country no longer feels the need to accurately report what a policy document says in black and white. And once you free yourself from the fetters of fact shackles -- or fackles -- in the present day, you'd be amazed at what you can do to the facts from the past.
He then goes on an extended riff pointing out that what Obama's trying to achieve is precisely in line with what Ronald Reagan said he hoped to achieve as well -- while the Foxheads trot out Reagan as proof of Obama's weakness.
No wonder everyone gets their news from The Daily Show. It's the only place you can find out what's really going on.
And you can laugh at it too!

A modest proposal

Bluegal had an idea over at Crooks and Liars:
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It's just a modest proposal: I think it would be great if liberals streaked at Tea Party rallies, carrying signs that are actually spelled correctly. "Confront stupidity with nudity" and "Teabonics is Not English Only" are two examples. It's not disruptive if you don't look Ethel!!!
Just might be the thing to do at that ...

Another day, another anti-government terrorist arrested.

Pipe bombs, anyone?

Limbaugh says this garbage every day: People like Giusti are "mad" and "worked up" because they are "being raped" by their government. And we get stories like this...
You see, it's spreading like wildfire.
A man accused of dropping more than 30 explosive devices into mailboxes and other locations across east Texas did so out of anger toward the government and was acting alone, federal authorities said Thursday.
Larry Eugene North was indicted Wednesday on charges of possessing an illegal firearm or destructive device. He could face 10 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities believe North is responsible for planting 36 devices between Feb. 5 and Wednesday, said Robert R. Champion, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities previously said they had found at least 16 explosive devices, including five pipe bombs.
"These devices, over 30 in number, have caused fear in this community nothing short of domestic terrorism," prosecutor Brit Featherston said. "Today that fear stops."
North had been under surveillance for about a week before he was arrested Wednesday while placing an explosive in a Tyler mailbox, authorities said. A pipe bomb was found in the van he was driving and bomb-making materials were discovered in his home, they said.
FOX News has unleashed a monster on our society no matter how dumb Murdoch plays it. We live in a hugely populated country and the kooks are drawn to Fox. David and I have made the case over and over again that right wing talkers need to take more responsibility in how they go about their business. No matter how much they deny it, we're seeing the evidence every day of the violence that is spreading throughout the country.
Digby writes:
Imagine if he were Muslim...
Update: He is disabled and in a wheel chair. No word on whether or not he received disability from the despised federal government, but it's fairly likely. He also has some emotional problems, according to his lawyer, and is going to be given a mental evaluation to determine whether or not he can help with his own defense.
I'm not surprised that mentally unstable people are trying to blow things ups. They've always been around. It's just that right now, all they have to do is turn on Fox or the radio to hear a whole lot of angry voices egging them on, so it's becoming more common.
The Washington Post reports: Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members
It's also good to see the MSM start reporting on the violence that is being spurred on by the anti-government crowd. We're seeing more heated anger boil over after the HCR debate and Fox has done their part, but it was simmering a long time before that, since the Limbaughs used it to really get the right inflamed. Now they are starting to act out on their hatred.

What's Written On Sarah Palin's Palm Today?

From Jezebel:
What's Written On Sarah Palin's Palm Today?
[New Orleans, April 9. Image via Getty]
And she's using two types of ink? Wasteful spending, that.
What's Written On Sarah Palin's Palm Today?

And the baggers shall inherit the wind

Putting actual quotes from 'christians' in jesus' mouth.

It's The Economy Stupid

It's The Economy Stupid
Gallup poll: It's the economy, stupid. Again
Not that it's much of a surprise though. Turning things around is not an easy process. Remember, it took decades of repugican 'policies' to make such a mess and it won't change overnight. There are positive signs out there but this is not an economy that will improve quickly.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters say the economy will be extremely important to their vote for Congress this year, making it the top issue in the 2010 elections. Healthcare, unemployment, and the federal budget deficit rank behind the economy in importance, with the environment the least important of the seven issues tested in the March 26-28 USA Today/Gallup poll.
Why ‘Obamanomics’ is working
Polls say the economy is heading in the wrong direction. Markets say it's back on track. This time, the markets are right. How did Obamanomics help turn things around?

Inside Nicolas Cage's money pit

The debt-ridden star lost his $11 million mansion to foreclosure, but the bank can't even sell it.  

Banks playing games with their accounting again

Why would we expect anything else from them? If nobody is ever going to call them out, there's no reason to expect them to behave any different than they've been behaving for years.
Major U.S. banks temporarily lowered their debt levels just before reporting in the past five quarters, making it appear their balance sheets were less risky, the Wall Street Journal said, citing data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The paper said on Friday 18 banks, including Goldman Sachs , Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup, understated the debt levels used to fund securities trades by lowering them an average of 42 percent at the end of each period.

The banks had increased their debt in the middle of successive quarters, it said.

Burglar mailed himself to victims

Police in Poland have arrested a man for a series of raids in which he allegedly climbed into large parcels and posted himself to businesses.

Stanislaw Muchy, 39, would then apparently climb out at night after staff had clocked off and burgle the premises.

He made his getaway by sealing both himself and his loot into another box addressed to his Warsaw home, say police.

His scheme came to an end after he fell out with an accomplice, whose job was to deliver him to courier firms, who contacted police. After being tipped off, police said: "We arranged a special delivery of our own."

Couple find cow trapped under street

The rescue was a success after a cow that was trapped underneath the streets of Kaysville, Utah was freed from a storm drain. Davis County Animal Control officers believe the cow wandered into a culvert and then got stuck as the drain became narrow. They say it was under the street for at least five days.

Holden Holt and his wife said they found the cow stuck the drain while walking Thursday morning. "We heard a noise in the storm drain and my wife went over and looked and there was a head with some eyes poking out. It was a little frightening," Holt said.

The cow was fully-grown and had just recently delivered a calf. It was said to have wandered through an opening in the culvert and when the concrete tunnel became narrow, the animal crawled on its knees to reach a wider opening where it could stand.

Construction crews were able to dig a portion of the street up to create an opening big enough to hoist the cow using a tractor.

Dad attacks family over lip piercing

An Indianapolis father is facing attempted murder charges after police say he stabbed his wife and 17-year-old daughter because his 15-year-old got her lip pierced. Police were called out to the 100 block of North Harbison Avenue at around 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to police, 41-year-old Keith Hone attacked his wife, 36-year-old Crystal Hone, and their two daughters all because he was upset over the piercing. Moments after the attack, the three victims ran to a neighbor's home and asked for help.

Sandra Grey, 73, called 9-1-1 while her husband looked after them. "The mother had been stabbed and the daughter had a steak knife in her back. (Crystal) was worried about the girls and she had a stab wound by a big knife in her back. And she was bleeding a lot," said Grey.

When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found Crystal Hone suffering from a stab wound in her left shoulder, her 17-year-old daughter had a knife impaled in her right shoulder and the 15-year-old daughter had been hit in the face and had a possible broken nose. All three victims were taken to Wishard Hospital. Crystal Hone is listed in good condition. Since the daughters are minors, information about their condition is not being released. Keith Hone turned himself into police.

"Keep Pot Illegal!" say Humboldt County dope farmers

Mother Jones reports that Humboldt County pot farmers are afraid they'll go out of business if their crops are legalized in the upcoming California elections.
Recently, “Keep Pot Illegal” bumper stickers have been seen on cars around the county. In chat rooms and on blogs, anonymous writers predict that tobacco companies will crush small farmers and take marijuana production to the Central Valley. With legalization, if residents don’t act, “we’re going to be ruined,” said Anna Hamilton, a radio host on KMUD-FM (91.1) in southern Humboldt County.

Odds and Sods

Odds and Sods
Cheerleaders in a Fort Worth-area district have received in-school suspensions after teammates were given sodas spiked with urine.