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Students Suspended For Gang-Related Chanting....
Topic: Current Events 1:54 pm EDT, Sep  6, 2007

"What are they Chanting?"
"The Letter E."
"What does it mean..."
"Doesn't matter, it means something to them... They must be stopped"

Four Whites Creek High School students were suspended for chanting linked to gang rivalries.

The students reportedly chanted the letter "E," which is used as a form of disrespect among gang members.

Metro Schools officials said when the letter is chanted it often incites tension at area schools.

Ralph Thompson, MNPS assistant superintendent for student services, said the chant is a put down.

Metro police's gang unit isn't aware of the letter "E" being used by gangs, however a detective said they realize anything is possible.

"What typically happens is you can look for a fight to soon follow, not always on campus or premises, and sometimes it's delayed into the afternoon or the neighborhood," Thompson said.

School leaders said it's difficult to keep up with the ever-changing language of some gangs.

They said they rely on other students to keep them informed.

School official suspended the students for 10 days.

Apparently they were suspended for chanting the letter E. Apparently the local gangs have begun using the vowel as a slang "term" to insite violence...

I am not sure what is more ridiculous, the fact that they were suspended for chanting the letter E or that they are abusing the vowels. I had no clue you could abuse a letter... Is that a felony?

Students Suspended For Gang-Related Chanting....

MyFox New York | Castrated Man's Killer on the Loose
Topic: Current Events 1:57 pm EDT, Jul 30, 2007

I'm glad that the TSA takes such great care in hiring stable, rational people.

MyFox New York | Castrated Man's Killer on the Loose

Think Progress � PHOTOS: The $592 Million U.S. Embassy In Iraq
Topic: Current Events 3:47 pm EDT, Jun  1, 2007

Construction of the U.S. embassy in Iraq, set to open in September, is projected to cost $592 million, with a staff of 1,000 people and operating costs totaling $1.2 billion a year. It will be a 104-acre complex, which is the size of approximately 80 football fields. On May 10, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) criticized the ballooning size and cost of the embassy in a hearing with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:

Hmmm.... Its not quite correct. It's missing the giant bullseye.

Think Progress � PHOTOS: The $592 Million U.S. Embassy In Iraq

RE: Gunman in massacre contacted NBC News
Topic: Current Events 12:00 pm EDT, Apr 19, 2007

k wrote:

Sometime after he killed two people in a Virginia university dormitory but before he slaughtered 30 more in a classroom building, Cho Seung-Hui mailed NBC News a large package including photographs and videos Monday morning, boasting, “When the time came, I did it. I had to.”

The package included an 1,800-word manifesto-like statement diatribe in which Cho expresses rage, resentment and a desire to get even.

The material does not include any images of the shootings Monday, but it does contain vague references. And it mentions “martyrs like Eric and Dylan” — apparently a reference to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold...

The material is deeply angry, crying out against unspecified wrongs done to him in a diatribe laced with profanity.

“I didn’t have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But no, I will no longer run. It’s not for me. For my children, for my brothers and sisters that you f---, I did it for them,” Cho says on one of the videos.


[Wow indeed. Fucking raving lunatic jackass. -k]

Really annoying that they don't make the whole manifesto available. It seems that he wasn't very good at stringing together coherent thoughts, viewing them out of context is pretty irritating. It's also somewhat ironic that there's a sound off page for his diatribe (which no ones allowed to read). I could understand if maybe this was with held to catch a criminal, but the asshole is dead. If they're as overblown as the retarded scripts i'm going to be even more annoyed.

RE: Gunman in massacre contacted NBC News

Independent Online Edition | Middle East
Topic: Current Events 5:23 pm EST, Dec 28, 2006

offer my soul to God as a sacrifice, and if He wants, He will send it to heaven with the martyrs,... so let us depend on Him against the unjust nations.

"Hmmm... maybe if I tell God it's a sacrifice I can still get the virgins"

Independent Online Edition | Middle East

ITV News - Silly String saving lives
Topic: Current Events 3:13 pm EST, Dec  8, 2006

One thousand cans of the neon-coloured plastic goo known as Silly String have been packed off to Iraq to help save the lives of US troops.

Despite living in an age of big-budget high-tech weapons systems, cans of the stuff - previously the preserve of kids' parties - are making a genuine difference.

US troops in the Gulf regularly use the "string" to detect trip wires around bombs, as Marcelle Shriver learned from her son, who is a soldier there.


ITV News - Silly String saving lives

Small Aircraft Crashes Into N.Y. City Building
Topic: Current Events 3:20 pm EDT, Oct 11, 2006

NEW YORK -- Broadcast news reports say that a small airplane has crashed into a building in New York City.

Flames could be seen pouring from the building across two floors.

The Federal Aviation Administration told CNN that a small, multi-engine private plane struck the 20-floor residential building at 72nd Street and York Ave.

Witnesses said the crash caused a loud noise, and burning and falling debris was seen. Flames were seen shooting out of the windows.

"There's huge pieces of debris falling," said one witness who refused to give her full name. "There's so much falling now, I've got to get away."

Whether anyone was injured was not known, and it was unclear if the crash was an act of terrorism.

The address of the building is 524 E. 72nd Street - a 50-story condominium tower built in 1986 and located nearby Sotheby's Auction House. It has 183 apartments, many of which sell for more than $1 million.

Small Aircraft Crashes Into N.Y. City Building

RE: Clinton PWNS Chris Wallace on Fox News - Clinton Interviewed on Fox News Sunday - Google Video
Topic: Current Events 9:06 am EDT, Sep 26, 2006

Jello wrote:
I hope this links correctly, because this is some of the worst pwnage I've ever seen a politician unleash on a reporter. Chris Wallace interviews Bill Clinton, asks a long accusatory question about why he didn't do more to kill Bin Laden, and gets a 13 minute ass whooping in return.

A must see. Gold star.

I think it's funny that the interviewer used his lead in from This Daily Show Interview. From Jon Stewart, who's been accused of not asking hard hitting enough questions for a comedy show.

RE: Clinton PWNS Chris Wallace on Fox News - Clinton Interviewed on Fox News Sunday - Google Video

RE: UPI - WH confirms Saddam on feeding tube
Topic: Current Events 9:03 am EDT, Jul 25, 2006

Rattle wrote:

White House spokesman Tony Snow Monday confirmed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is on a feeding tube as the result of a hunger strike.

When it comes to hunger strikes, I guess practice makes perfect..

Snow told the daily press briefing Saddam agreed to be put on a feeding tube but said he did not know whether the procedure was performed at the detention facility where Saddam is being held or whether the former Iraqi leader had been hospitalized.

[Insert Terri Schiavo joke here]

Ha! Maybe he thinks his people enjoyed starving all those years that he would give it a shot himself. I think part of this hunger strike that might fall flat is that no one cares if he lives or not. He should have stuck to Doritos.

RE: UPI - WH confirms Saddam on feeding tube

New water-fuel technology appears to be viable...
Topic: Current Events 9:17 am EDT, May 24, 2006

Okay. I saw this mentioned on CNN last night, and thought it might have been bullshit, or at least a complex fraud.

Apparently, they're being pretty brazen about it working now... It still sounds a bit too good to be true, but if the bloody link will work you'll see a number of things that would indicate that they might actually have a wholly viable mechanism for getting cars to run on freaking water.


New water-fuel technology appears to be viable...

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