Thursday, October 26, 2006

Odds and Ends

Janitor'’s secret past: a death squad
The priests' murders created a worldwide furor in part because Guevara Cerritos and the other assailants had received training from the U.S. government, taking courses at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga. The bloodshed occurred before dawn, Nov. 16, 1989, at the rectory of El Salvador's Jesuit-run University of Central America. All but one of the priests were in nightclothes and slippers when they were shot. A dormitory cook and her teenage daughter also were killed.
Shall we say it all together now? "CONTROL THE BORDERS" Wealthy trio give bulk of party donations
Three mega-donors have been financially carrying the state's political parties in recent months, providing the vast majority of the money raised in state bank accounts by the Republicans and Democrats, campaign disclosure reports show.
And here I thought McCain-Feingold was suppose to limit the amount given to political parties. Guess that only applies to the little guy! Gay Marriage Backers Hope to Sway N.J. Lawmakers
The next appeal for gay rights advocates, the court emphasized, "“must be to their fellow citizens whose voices are heard through their popularly elected representatives."” The issue revolves around a single word -— whether to call this newly constructed relationship, which has all the rights and obligations of marriage -— a marriage.
So, Wisconsin's Marriage Amendment won't change anything, eh? Baby girl found on doorstep
Sloggie said the infant girl was found wrapped in a blanket, her umbilical cord tied with a string. After police arrived, she was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, where she remains in good condition. Sloggie said the girl appeared to be between 34 and 36 weeks of development. A full-term pregnancy is roughly 40 weeks. A resident of the apartment told police she discovered and took the child inside around noon, Sloggie said, but didn't call authorities until 6 p.m. because she was waiting for an interpreter. The woman is Hispanic and does not speak English, he said.
The baby could have been taken to a hospital, a fire station, or even a police station, yet the baby was left on an apartment doorstep? Hmmmm.... This is one more reason English should be required! Exxon Mobil posts profit of $10 billion
Net income rose to $10.49 billion from $9.92 billion a year earlier. It was the second-largest profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company in a single quarter. The largest quarterly profit ever was Exxon's $10.71 billion profit in the fourth quarter of 2005. The company raised output by tapping new wells in Nigeria, Qatar and Russia, capitalizing as U.S. oil futures prices rose to a record in July. It is widening exploration for new reserves in Madagascar, Indonesia and the Gulf of Mexico and expanding chemicals plants to take advantage of increasing global petroleum demand.
Ah jeeeez.... I can hear it now...."Evil oil companies".... yada yada yada..... Police find naked burglar stuck in window
Authorities say a would-be burglar's plot was foiled when he got stuck - naked - in the window of a house. The man was caught before he could take anything from an apartment he was allegedly trying to rob, Forrest City police said.
I wonder which end was pointing out? :)