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Iraq booting 250 Blackwater employees, minister confirms

Iraq has apparently had enough of the controversial Xe Services LLC, the private military contractor previously known as Blackwater. The Voice of Iraq reports, “A total of 250 employees working for the U.S. security firm Blackwater have been dismissed and given seven days to leave Iraq, the Iraqi minister of…

Largest NJ gay rights group will no longer give to Democrats

The largest gay-rights advocacy group in New Jersey has announced it will no longer give money to the Democratic Party. The move follows the state legislature’s failure last month to legalize gay marriage and amid growing signs that the effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is already faltering. “No…

Clarence Thomas suggests Obama’s SOTU criticism was ‘irresponsible’

According to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the atmosphere at State of the Union addresses is too partisan, making it unfitting for a judge to attend. But Thomas’ complaints about partisanship apparently didn’t stop him from taking a not-so-subtle shot at the Democratic president during a speech on Thursday. The…

U.S., Haiti holding talks on detained missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - The U.S. and Haitian governments are holding talks on the fate of 10 American missionaries accused of illegally trying to take children out of the quake-hit Caribbean country, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.…

U.S. Black Hawk crashes in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a forest near a motorway in south-western Germany, police in the state of Hesse said on Wednesday, and German media said two people had been killed. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Europe said there were at least three…

Fox reporter accidentally tweets hooker ad during State of the Union

A Fox News correspondent suggested President Obama’s first State of the Union Address had something to do with getting screwed Wednesday night but, oddly enough for the controversial network, it didn’t appear to be a deliberate faux pas. Wonkette and Gawker are having fun at Major Garrett’s expense. Wonkette mocks,…

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SC Lt. Gov. regrets comparing poor to animals, then does it again

The man who nearly became acting governor of South Carolina last year when his boss absconded to South America to visit his lover is now taking heat for comparing poor people to “stray animals.” South Carolina Lt.-Gov. Andre Bauer, a candidate for governor, made the comment during a town hall…

FBI’s ‘cutting edge’ photo of bin Laden doctored from Spain lawmaker’s portrait

WASHINGTON — The FBI says it uses “cutting-edge” technologies to develop age-processed photos of suspected terrorists. As it turns out, the technique they used to come up with Osama bin Laden’s modern portrait was essentially to digitally alter a Spanish lawmaker’s mug shot and paste a beard and turban onto…

Report: Texas continues to execute mentally retarded prisoners

It is unconstitutional to execute mentally retarded prisoners in the United States. The state of Texas, however, appears to have found a loophole, according to a published report. Psychologist George Denkowski, an expert witness oft-used by Texas prosecutors, has been utilizing “junk science” to elevate the intelligence evaluation scores of…

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