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Democrats on Palin ‘crosshair’ map received death threats

Two former Democratic representatives from Arizona reportedly received numerous threats during their time in office after being placed on Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” map. “I cannot tell you how much I wish a panty bomber would come in and just fucking blow your place up,” one constituent told former Arizona Congressman…

US military threatens soldiers not to read Wikileaks

The US military in Iraq is warning soldiers not to access the documents released by WikiLeaks, informing them it could result in their computers being “sanitized.” An anonymous tipster told Gawker that “the Army’s unclassified, NIPRNET network in Iraq has blocked every major news website because of the Wikileaks issue.”…

Code for security firms reins in violence, mercenaries

Officials said on Tuesday a landmark US and British-backed code of conduct signed by private security operators, including some operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, would stop the firms being used as mercenaries. Britain announced at the signing that it intended to make the code, which is aimed at preventing abuse…

Hackers shut down Saudi education ministry website

The Saudi education ministry’s website was shut down on Monday after hackers posted pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and a youth wielding a syringe. Hackers calling themselves the “True Promise Team” posted Nasrallah’s picture and blasted Saudi treatment of the kingdom’s minority Shiites in the first hack, according to…

Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam. “I’m always suspicious of these broad bans,” Schmidt told a gathering at non-profit public policy institute New America…

60 percent of SarahPAC donations went to consultants

It takes a village to pay for a slew of consultants. Last Thursday, ABC News published a story titled “SarahPAC Ensures That Sarah Palin Travels in Style”. A subheader added, “When She Speaks for Fees, Her Hosts Pick Up Tab; When Talking at Political Rallies, Donors Pay.” Matthew Mosk reported…

RNC chief: I ‘tamed down’ pic of Pelosi burning in fire

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele proudly defended the GOP’s new Web page that depicts House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amidst flames, in two media appearances Tuesday morning. CBS “Early Show” anchor Maggie Rodriguez said she was “surprised” by what she saw when visiting the site, which the main RNC.org page…

Video game commemorates Austin suicide pilot

The smoke over Austin is hardly two days settled and already, many have risen to defend the actions of Joe Stack. And now, there’s this: an 8-bit style video game called “Tax Time,” published on Newgrounds.com, commemorating his deadly attack on a Texas IRS office. In the game users must…

Conservatives punk ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ Facebook page

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who drew fire over the weekend for race-tinged comments he made about President Barack Obama, is holding an “African Americans for Harry Reid” fundraiser in Las Vegas on Thursday. The event, scheduled before the publication of Reid’s remarks, is eerily well timed, though Reid…

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