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Monday, January 31, 2011

Star Spangled Banner / National Anthem - Nashville Outlaws at Vanderbilt...

- STAR SPANGLED BANNER -
You go girl!!!
This video posted on YouTube by mjuydy

Federal Judge Roger Vinson Rules Health Law Violates Constitution

Monday, January 31, 2011
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A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court... Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that the law will remain in effect until all appeals are concluded, a process that could take two years. However, Judge Vinson determined that the entire law should fall if appellate courts agree with his opinion that the insurance requirement is invalid... In a 78-page opinion, Judge Vinson held that the insurance requirement exceeds the regulatory powers granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution...
Read the full report HERE
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And another card falls as the violin plays on...
AubreyJ.........

White House file photo by Samantha Appleton

Egypt: On Ground Updates - January 30-31, 2011

Egypt: On Ground Updates
Million-Strong Protest Planned For Tuesday -
Monday, January 31, 2011
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* Guardian.co.uk gets us started this Monday with the latest news out of Egypt. Their report starts off like this... Egypt's army gave a powerful boost to the country's opposition tonight by announcing it would not use force to silence "legitimate" demands for democratic reforms in the Arab world's largest country... On the eve of a million-strong protest planned for tomorrow and amid multiplying signs that the US is moving steadily closer towards ditching its long-standing ally, Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak now has few options left...
Read the full report at link below...
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Situation in Egypt: Information for Citizens
The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political and social unrest.
More info from DoS HERE
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* Reuters.com reports the news like this... talks on sweeping reforms with the opposition on Monday, as pressure from street protests, Western allies and the army appeared to be ending Mubarak's 30 years of one-man rule... After a week of unprecedented rallies against poverty, corruption and oppression under the 82-year-old military-backed leader, newly-appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman appeared on state television to say Mubarak had asked him to begin dialogue with all political forces on constitutional and other reforms... The channel later said talks had begun...
Read the rest at link below...
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* JPost.com reports... Senior Israeli government officials have been strict in upholding a silence regarding the events in Egypt, and have also been hesitant about criticizing - at least publicly - US President Barack Obama's stand toward the developments there... Privately, however, some have expressed deep concern at what they view as the hypocritical abandonment by the US of a long time ally once he seemed to be in trouble, with one official saying that while America believes pushing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out would lead to a democratic government, the more likely scenario was that this would lead to an Islamist regime even worse on issues like human rights and freedom than Mubarak...
Read the full report at link below...
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Israelis Express Support For Egypt
About this news video: Israel's officials may be keeping their opinions close to their chests about Egypt's unrest, but its media is not... Newspaper headlines talking about a so-called New Middle East and reports that Israel has asked European and US leaders to support President Hosni Mubarak's regime... For Israel, maintaining the status quo of its largest neighbor is a key strategic interest. It means the continuation of a 30 year old peace agreement, a quiet border with the Gaza strip, and as close as Israel can get to a friend in the Middle East...
Info/Video posted on YouTube by AlJazeeraEnglish
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* I’ll end today’s post with this interesting read I ran across by John R. Bradley on the Daily Mail website. Click it out at link below...
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AubreyJ.........

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egypt: On Ground Updates - January 29, 2011

Egypt: On Ground Updates
Over 60 Killed Nationwide During Last Few Days of Mass Anti-Government Protests In Egypt
Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Anger against Hosni Mubarak

About above Video: Hosni Mubarak is hanging on, promising reform but the protesters feel the momentum is with them.
This News Video posted on YouTube by newsxlive
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Click link below to watch Al Jazeera Live News Stream on latest developments out of Egypt...
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Here’s a good read I ran across at HAARETZ.com and it goes in part like this ... the "cold peace" with Egypt was the most important strategic alliance Israel had in the Middle East. The security provided by the alliance gave Israel the chance to concentrate its forces on the northern front and around the settlements. Starting in 1985, peace with Egypt allowed for Israel to cut its defense budget, which greatly benefited the economy... Mubarak became president while Israel was governed by Menachim Begin, and has worked with eight different Israeli leaders since then...
Read this report in full at link below...
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Let’s end this post today with the following Video...
This Video removed by me due to Google Ad Policies
This video posted on YouTube by hadi15
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AubreyJ.........

Friday, January 28, 2011

#34- AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report - January 28, 2011

AubreyJ’s Latest Energy Update Report
Oil Surges To Near $90 A Barrel As Egyptian Anti-Government Protests Spark Concerns Over Waning Regional Stability - Should Violence Spread Over Into Saudi Arabia, $200 A Barrel For Crude BIG Possibility
Friday, January 28, 2011
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People in Egypt have defied a government curfew imposed nationwide.
Read the story behind the photo at link below...
Image Credit: PressTV.ir
Yes... Iran is surely LOVING all of this and will do all it can to fill any void
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With anti-government protests in Egypt sparking concerns this morning over regional stability... Crude oil prices spiked Friday, having increased by more than 4% and reaching near $90 a barrel, ($89.65) before retreating in early afternoon trading. OUCH!
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- Here are just a few troubling reports I ran down today -
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* The Wall Street Journal has the following report posted up on their website today and it starts off like this... Tanker stocks surged Friday as investors speculated that the civil unrest in Egypt could lead to a shutdown of the Suez Canal, an incident that would likely spark a sharp uptick in demand for ships... The Suez Canal is a key transit point for oil and fuel shipments from the Persian Gulf to the Western Hemisphere, and a closure there would mean ships would have to travel around the southern tip of Africa instead, adding thousands of miles to their journeys, and likely tightening shipping capacity... There doesn't appear to be any solid indication the canal is in danger of shutting down, but it's seen as a possibility as protestors rallied in the streets of Egypt for the fourth straight day against President Hosni Mubarak...
Read the full report at link below...
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* Bloomberg.com reposts it this way... Trading of bullish options on an exchange-traded fund tracking crude futures soared to a record as oil surged the most since September 2009 after unrest in Egypt raised concern that protests would spread to major oil- producing parts of the Middle East...
Read the rest at link below...
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About this News Video: President Barack Obama, former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Egyptian government opponent Mohamed ElBaradei talk about the clashes on the streets of Cairo demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak's regime. This report also includes comment from former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary General Angel Gurria, International Monetary Fund Middle East Adviser Masood Ahmed and Bahraini banker Khalid Abdulla-Janahi. This report contains some video provided by APTN.
Source: Bloomberg
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'Cairo Is a War Zone'
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AubreyJ.........

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Photo for the Day - January 27, 2011

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Day of Remembrance
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden participates in a wreath-laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Thursday, January 27, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery. Wreathes were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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Message from the Administrator: Day of Remembrance
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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The last week of January every year brings us the opportunity to reflect on the sobering realities of our space exploration enterprise. Each time men and women board a spacecraft, their actions carry great risk along with the opportunity for great discoveries and the chance to push the envelope of our human achievement. Today, we honor the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews, as well as other members of the NASA family who lost their lives supporting NASA’s mission of exploration. We thank them and their families for their extraordinary sacrifices in the service of our nation.
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of Challenger -- a tragedy that caused us to completely re-think our systems and processes as we worked to make the shuttle safer. The nation will never forget January 28, 1986, nor its indelible images. The astronauts in that crew were personal friends of mine, as were the astronauts aboard Columbia when it was lost. The Apollo I crew perished while I was studying at the Naval Academy, and I mourned their loss in the line of duty with the nation. These brave men and women will always be a part of us, and we are still building on their legacies.
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NASA has learned hard lessons from each of our tragedies, and they are lessons that we will continue to keep at the forefront of our work as we continuously strive for a culture of safety that will help us avoid our past mistakes and heed warnings while corrective measures are possible. In memory of our colleagues, I ask the NASA Family once again to always make its opinions known and to be unafraid to speak up to those in authority, so that safety can always be our guiding principle and the sacrifices of our friends and colleagues will not be in vain.
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On this Day of Remembrance, as we honor our fallen heroes with tributes and public ceremonies, I will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Across the country, flags at NASA Headquarters and the NASA centers will be flown at half-mast in memory of our colleagues lost in the cause of exploration.
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The legacy of those who have perished is present every day in our work and inspires generations of new space explorers. Every day, with each new challenge we overcome and every discovery we make, we honor these remarkable men and women. Please join me in working to fulfill their dreams for the future.
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Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
NASA Administrator
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Photo/Message courtesy of NASA
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In memory of...
AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

State of the Union Address - 2011

State of the Union Address
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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White House File Photo
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President Obama will make his second State of the Union Address tonight, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 and it should kick-off sometime around 8pm CST. Yet I’m sure, if you are like me... most of you out there reading this will be checking on Fox News a lot earlier than that to keep up with the latest BS.
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I for one hate these things, no matter what party is in power. But... I will kick back and watch it, all night long and the day after too... come hell or high water!
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So enjoy tonight’s show... full of lies and disguise... and I’m sure full of all that Hope and Change thingy too... With a whole bunch of ... Can we all just get along...
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Does Sitting Together Tear Down Political Walls?
About this AP news video: When President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address, some Democrats and Republicans will sit together in a show of unity. That's a sharp departure from the usual arrangement where the two parties sit apart.
This Video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress
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.* From ShallowNation.com... Watch the Michele Bachmann Tea Party Response to the 2011 State of the Union address video on Tues. Jan. 25. The Minnesota congresswoman will deliver a speech after the Republican response by Paul Ryan which immediately follows President Barack Obama’s SOTU address before a Congressional joint session of the U.S. Congress. Speech time is approximate - sometime after 9pm CST and will be carried live on CNN and CNN.com; watch live stream video online here.
Thereafter check back for the complete replay video and transcript text.
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Over at last...
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President Obama lost me for good tonight... and it only took him about 5 minutes into his speech, when he went into how great America is and his rundown on the great American Space Program of past.
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He carried us from the Russians being first in space with Sputnik... all the way to America being first on the moon.
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Yes... these were great times in our history and you would think he would have learned a thing or two from it, but sadly as he continued to speak tonight I found it just not to be so of him.
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President Obama told us tonight how GREAT the future is going to be with all these new jobs he envisioned from all this new technology we will soon have by simply building upon our needs for new energy.
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He actually stood there looking at us and laughed... Telling us about those mean old oil boys and how they are not going to get anymore help from him or the Government.
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They don’t need any help! They seem to be getting by just fine lately without us he laughs.
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Heck, stop here... Who we kidding...
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Here before us tonight stood a man, with such vision... that he laughed as he turned his back and slammed the door on an industry that is fixing to go through total hell this summer... along with all of us fellow Americans.
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Here before us tonight stood a man, with such vision... that he laughed, knowing that another major crunch will surely fall upon us if/when gas prices at the pumps climb above 4.oo a gallon by summer’s end, as many in the know of such things are predicting. You think the economy is bad now with high prices on food and everything else. JUST WAIT!
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Here before us tonight stood a man, with such vision... that he talked about all the wonderful things the Space Program had brought to us and the world. Yet... he mentions nothing... notta... about any vision of any future manned space mission or about any of the new and wonderful science and discoveries we would surely find by following this same path as we had in the past.
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I guess he really couldn’t go there tonight though... Could he...? Being he had already canceled out all of those possibilities from our space program last year. Way to go Mr. President!!!
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Funny how President Obama ends tonight’s speech saying... “We do big things!”
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No, Mr. President... We once did...
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With that said... How about that Republican follow-up response by Rep Paul Ryan!!!? In my opinion... he knocked it out of the park. And he did so by doing one heck of a better job than Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal ever did when he TRIED to give his follow-up response for the Republican Party. Tha pain... Tha pain of it all... lol
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Big future in the making for this young man, Rep Paul Ryan... He will surely be one of a handful of others to keep our eyes on for better things to come out of our leaders in Washington DC.
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Post Update:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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In case you missed it or just wanting to see it again...
The 2011 State of the Union Address: Enhanced Version
This Video posted on YouTube by the whitehouse
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Rep. Paul Ryan Gives Republican Response...
to State of the Union Address
About this Video: Tuesday evening, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin knocked it out of the park when he gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. He in part said the country's debt is "out of control" and outlined the Republican Party's budget objectives.
Job well done Rep. Ryan... Job well done.
More coverage here: http://to.pbs.org/byqWki
This video posted on YouTube by PBSNewsHour
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Rep. Michele Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response...
to State of the Union Address
About this Video: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., delivered the Tea Party response following President Obama's State of the Union address and Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican response. She did a nice job I guess but nothing like Rep Ryan's response. He knocked it out of the park. Only thing that really bugged me bad about Rep Bachmann’s response would be... LOOK at the CAMERA!!! They really screwed up bad by not getting this part of the presentation right... A major turn-off to many, in other words.
This video posted on YouTube by PBSNewsHour
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AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Steve Jobs: Fast Recovery My Friend

Apple’s Revolutionary Thinking CEO Steve Jobs,
Takes Third Leave Of Absence In So Many Years
Fast Recovery My Friend...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Cropped image by Matt Yohe
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I for one have always had much respect for Steve... From those first days when computers were in their infancy and so NEW and exciting to learn... Through all the ups and downs of his career in which he always stood tall, yet too many times, along.
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Now looking back, all in all...
Job well done Steve... Job well done...
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Steve Jobs Absence Leaves Unanswered Questions

About this AP News Video: A day after Steve Jobs announced that he is taking a third leave of absence from Apple, questions are arising about the future of the iconic company. (Originally posted Jan. 18)
This video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress
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Don’t count my man down and out, as the following report points he’s by far still in the game...
* CompellingMind.com brings us the report and it starts off like this... Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs will show live next to media tycoon and News Corp CEO Rupert [this Wednesday, January 19th] to reveal the latest exclusive tablet-only newspaper, ‘The Daily’ for Apple iPad. According to Yahoo’s ‘The Cutline’, Jobs and Murdoch will make an appearance together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art...
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Wishing you nothing but the best Steve...
And a VERY fast recover in whatever ails you these days.
AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My thoughts and more on the tragic, senseless shooting that went down late Saturday morning in Tucson, Arizona

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Like many of you out there, I too have been watching all the news coming in over the senseless shootings that went down late Saturday morning in Tucson, Arizona.
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As with any past tragic event like this one, the first people to always raise their ugly heads are the stick stirrers. And yes... they are found on both sides of the political aisle.
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This time though, we seem to find the left out in force on this one and you know the ones too. If not... just start reading the blogs out there or read through the comments on any of the thousands of reports on this tragic event.
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Just watch/listen to any of your favorite news/radio channels. They will have someone on before long or they will be reporting/talking about it before too much time passes by.
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What saddens me most is that within just a few hours of the shootings... and without even knowing who the shooter was as of yet... many were already out there on the left pointing fingers.
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They were/are blaming everything/everyone from right-wing rhetoric, the gun laws, the Tea Party... all the way to even blaming Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin!
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GIVE ME a BREAK!!!
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Nothing... Notta... Zilch... has yet to come out to even hint that any of this was so. But they keep on at it... And I believe at their own peril for most of the folks out there do not buy into this kind of rhetoric.
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Now... if you asked me... Loughner would have rather of been watching something like ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ than anything on Fox News. But that is just me...
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Bottom line is that most mental health experts out there believe accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner was likely more driven by a delusional mind than by any interest in politics.
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Keep to the facts people...
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those killed or wounded by this tragic shooting and to all their friends and loved ones.
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AubreyJ.........

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Arizona Rep Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Head is Alive but in Critical Condition

Arizona Rep Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Head is Alive but in Critical Condition
Saturday, January 08, 2011
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Image taken from her official website here
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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was hosting her first “Congress on Your Corner” of the year late this Saturday morning at a supermarket in northwest Tucson, Arizona when shots rang out from a lone gunman. Sadly she was hit near point blank to the head and was soon after reported dead by Fox News... but later updated to saying she was in surgery and was alive but in critical condition.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswomen Giffords and to all her family and friends.
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Raw Video: Aftermath of Tucson Shooting
About this Raw Video Footage: Congressional officials say Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been shot in the head while meeting with constituents in her district in the area around Tucson. (Jan. 8)
This video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress.
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Post Update: 3:25pm CST
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19 people are now being reported to have been shot in total. Sadly 5 of them are reported dead including a 9 year old girl and Federal District Judge John M. Roll.
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Also... The Shooter is being reported as a 22 year old white male and yes... he is in custody..
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Post Update: 7:45pm CST
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During tonight’s press briefing that ended a while back... an Arizona Sherriff said Congresswomen Giffords was the target of today’s shooter. The shooter has been identified as a 22 year old, white male named Jared Lee Loughner, but for whatever reason his name would not be released during tonight’s briefing when asked by reporters.)
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* Keep up with the latest news on today’s shooting at AzCapitolTimes.com
- Tucson, Arizona local News -
- KVOA.com
Above link has STREAMING LIVE Coverage of shooting at Giffords event
- Arizona Daily Star
- FOX11AZ.com
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Hospital Update on Tucson Shooting

This video also posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress
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In memory of those that lost their lives today in this senseless shooting...
AubreyJ.........
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More to come as more info comes in so check back...

Monday, January 03, 2011

Weird News: Scientists, Wildlife Experts Investigating Mystery of MANY Thousands of Red-Winged Blackbirds Tumbling from Sky to Their Death Near Midnight New Year's Eve

Monday, January 03, 2011
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Wildlife experts are trying to solve a mystery that evoked images of the apocalypse: Why did more than 3,000 red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve?
Read this STRANGE report in full at link below...
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* Times.com brings us this Creepy report... What is going on in Arkansas? First we learn of the death of thousands of black birds in Beebe, and then comes the news that thousands of dead fish have washed ashore a river near Ozark...
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This News Video posted on YouTube by worldbadnews
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Doo... doo... doo... doo... Doo... doo... doo... doo...  lol
AubreyJ.........