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A place to read the 'Hard View' on certain stories that are linked up on Hard Attack News, and for readers of Hard Attack News to 'Sound Off', whether to the 'Hard View' or Post Their Own Take or View. Finally a place where viewers of Hard Attack News can post, exchange, Debate, & Discuss their Views on the News!

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Friday, April 08, 2005

This Blog Service from Blogger.com Totally Sucks

I apologize to everyone who has tried to post anything on this lousy crappy service that I linked up with Hard Attack News.


It sucks, and it's history in Hard Attack Land.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Science Wins Again - Predictions of Another Major Earthquake in Indonesia Right on Target

Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia

Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami.

They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

"There is no doubt, our calculations show a very significant increase on stress on two major active faults in the Sumatra region," seismologist John McCloskey at Britain's University of Ulster told AFP.

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Hard Comment: As Science is Under Attack From Religious Groups in America and major News Networks have 'Men of God' on their news shows on a daily basis, It will be interesting to see them react to this story if they were asked to explain why this has happened, again, or if something awful did follow this, would they be asked if they have 'Lost any Faith in God' and maybe some more respect in Science . But something tells me they will not be asked, because it would infuriate the base audience that is left watching these manipulating broadcasts on a daily basis called news.

A Scientist was also in the Indonesian Area last summer saying that a Massive Earthquake and Tsuanmi's were imminent in the near future. I wonder if he was posing as a 'Man of God' would he have been taken more seriously?

Its a shame that it took an event like this to take the spotlight off of Terry Shiavo, now Terri Shiavo's plight is only 80% of news coverage, and may go down even more if this earthquake creates a Tsuanami.

HARD TO BELIEVE BUT TRUE: A participant on a blog site I was just reading pointed out that the first major earthquake / Tsunami hit a day after Christmas, now, a Major Earthquake hit the region the day after Easter.

Comments, Opinions Anyone? - Blog em Now or Forever Hold Your Thoughts.

Friday, March 25, 2005

A Hard Look at this 'Hard Week of Headlines'

Well, first let me pass along a 'Happy Easter' to all of the readers who recognize this holiday weekend, and not just those who like to color easter eggs and hide them around the house, but to those who actually recognize Easter as a Religious Holiday.

This past week has surely been filled with 'High Octane Fuel' to 'Feed Hypocrisy'. The Terri Shiavo Story has dominated every top of the hour news headline update. Last week it was the tragedy of the Kidnapped and Murdered 9 yr old girl in Florida.

That is 2 weeks of Domestic Stories Dominating So Called 'National and World Headline' news shows on the Cable and TV Networks.

What has the public missed? Well, Media Matters stepped up to the plate to expose the blatant lies that were portrayed as fact regarding a wide variety of issues, especially the Terri Shiavo Case, but, bless them for yesterday.

Yes, Yesterday Media Matters pointed out how MainStream Media Outlets all ignored, IGNORED a story by the Washington Post that, in my opinion should have been a Top Story.

The Bush Administration LIED AGAIN TO THE WORLD regarding the North Korea Nuclear Exporting Business.

Now, I don't know about you, but personally, I am not surprised. Nor am I surprised that the High School Shooter was on Prozac . Is this a major story?, well to some but the real story has yet to be covered, how did this kid get the guns? I am sure the answers are out there, but have they been reported by these Manikins on Network News reading the words put forth to them by their producers and editors? - Not as far as I was able to see this week.

Terri Shiavo, Terri Shiavo, Terri Shiavo, well turns out that this movement has backfired on the President and most of the Lawmakers out there in Congress who took up this crusade to deny Terri Shiavo the right to die. May they all be voted out of office when their re elections are due.

Did the Media set these guys up?, has the Media had Enough of these Cornballs running around with that sick twisted look that most of them have, I mean come on, they all have that demented look, as if they are holding back an itch between their cheeks if you know what I mean. Take a look at the photo of Roy Moore that is on the Hard Attack News Front Page. Forget about his ridiculous statement dismissing Science, but just look at him, he looks like a nut! Is that the look of a man who only believes Intercourse is for Reproducing purposes only?

What Else happened this week, Well US Officials will not let Italian Examiners look at the automobile that the freed Italian Reporter who was held hostage in Iraq and wound up being shot in the shoulder, and the man who helped free her was shot dead. That is an AP Story, did any of the networks report that one, how about a local news outlet, did any of you out there see that story reported on the Boob Tube this week? - If so, let me know, I'm curious.

Also this week it was revealed that Osama Bin Ladin was in Tora Bora during 'Operation Go Kill Those Bastards'. But he got away, but I guess we won't hear about that on the Cable News Shows, nor the fact that Tommy Franks blew it on that one too. Didn't John Kerry say that We Blew it by using Warlords to be the front into the Tora Bora Region to go get Osama rather than using our own troops? Bush Outsourced a F*cking Military Operation to go get the Bastard that allegedly masterminded this whole 911 attack, are we going to hear 'Cry Baby Sean Hannity' scream about that? - Not a Chance. Oh, and it turns out that President Bush can be labled a LIAR regarding this incident also, because Bush made official statements that now, seem to contradict the TRUTH. It amazes me that so many people in America CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH.

What else, oh, let us not forget this little tid bit... Bush is calling a bunch of Volunteers who are patrolling the Mexican American Border to Stop Illegal Aliens from coming into this country 'Vigilantes'. So let us get this right, these VOLUNTEERS are helping out by putting up a resistance front, preventing people from crossing the border in the middle of the night, and they are vigilantes. So let me ask, if these Volunteers came across and helped prevent an ARMED MILITANT GROUP OF AL QAEDA WITH A 4X4 PACKED WITH RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL crossing into the United States in the middle of the night, would they still be labeled Vigilantes or would they be Hero's? Way to Go Bush, you have a good knack at DOUBLE CROSSING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Ok, enough of that, let's roll right into a 'Californian Republican Congressmen Calling for Re Opening the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation' . Yep, turns out someone believes the conclusion of that report is incomplete, well good for him, and good luck on getting this investigation reopened. I want it reopened, because it would set a precedent into reopening the flawed 911 investigations that were conducted recently that many have been able to not just poke holes through, but drive a truck through. I personally am curious to know what the hell is that thing that appears to look like a 'pod' under one of the planes that rammed the World Trade Center.

And speaking of 911, a NY Times request, only by filing a 'Freedom of Information Act' has now been granted access to the New York Fire Department's tapes involving the response to 911. These tapes are going to expose the fact that the radio system that the fire department was forced to use SUCKED, and it is all because of Rudy Guiliani, 'America's Mayor', the guy who rammed down that latest Radio System into the NYFD even though top brass as the Fire Department said all along it was a flawed system.

And speaking Rudy, what Criminals wearing fancy suits and 200 dollar shirts is he getting off of the hook now? His firm got I believe Merryl Lynch off the hook for pumping dumping crappy stocks to suckers like you and me with just paying a fine, but where is the 'Untouchable'? Oh, he just hired some former Big Shot to be part of his Law Firm Empire, you know, those scumbag lawyers that leach off of the system, you know, that 'John Edwards Crowd'.

Ahh yes, but apparently 'America's Mayor', the guy who was out on the town, cheating on his wife, with his kids home crying 'Mommy, why doesn't Daddy Come Home Anymore', and 'Mommy, I'm Sorry I made Daddy Hate You', while Rudy was out with 'One of his Girlfriends' is now a cheerleader for a new Football Stadium to be built on the west side of Manhattan. Well, Cable Giant Cablevision is Refusing to Air a 'Message from Rudy', where Rudy is pumping the idea of this Football Stadium to be built in Manhattan.

What Else, Right Wing Publication NewsMax Edited a story they already posted after Rawstory and others exposed it as pretty much a LIE. I wonder if the Great Bob Grant, king of NY Talk Radio will talk about that, considering a couple of years ago he was so proud to tell the gang over at NewsMax that they have been doing a 'Fine Job'.

An Oil Spill hit a California Reservoir, but don't worry, workers are in a hurry trying to clean up the 126,000 gallons of crude that spilled into the communities drinking water.

Bad Guy 'Bobby Fisher', wanted man, is set to be accepted to live in the Iceland. Yes, this wanted man by US Officials has been on the run for years now, he broke the law, and engaged in activities with Yugoslavia, can you believe that this bastard had the balls to engage in a 'CHESS TOURNAMENT' all while there were US Sanctions in place to prevent things like this from happening? - Yep, No word yet if any sort of 'NAVY SEALS OPERATION' will be unleashed to get this bad guy in transit from Japan to Iceland.

Iraq is still a Mess, a Hard Attack Independent Report about 2 months ago is now confirmed, yes, Barbers have been targets of Hardliners in Baghdad, so far about 15 have been shot dead.
I know of 1 US Soldier Killed this week, several others injured in Iraq as operation make it up as you go along continues. Decapitated Bodies of Several Iraqi Soldiers were found on a main road outside of Baghdad, assassinations of suspected 'spies for America' continue, even cleaning ladies are being gunned down for working for US forces. Car bombs are making a come back, one just went off Friday killing 11 Iraqi Commando's, wounding 14 others including a couple of US Forces.

In other news, former Soviet Union Territory, the country currently known as Kyrgyzstan had its leadership overthrown, resulting from a citizen uprising. Don't know much about this former territory of the Soviet Union? Not to fear, click here for the latest CIA FACTBOOK report on this country currently known as Kyrgystan. You'll might the countries it borders of interest.

A BP Amoco oil refinery exploded in Texas, Again. They just had a major explosion about a year ago, and it turns out 600 people died there back in 1947 when yet another explosion occurred.

And last but not least, remember that ANTHRAX ATTACK ALERT late last week? Where 'Positive' results all of the sudden turned into 'Negative' Results, well it looks like they were Positive all along and an unknown source made a statement to the press saying it was Negative. But don't worry, only a few sites on the Internets are reporting this, so, there really isn't anything to worry about.

Well that is about it for this weeks wrap up, I am sure I am missing many stories, but so many news events, but only so much one can bare. It was a good week for bloggers though, the more the Media on the Boob Tube dwelled in Terri Shiavo, the more 'Truth Seekers' explored the Blogs, so, I guess it is good for those on the Internet that the Mainstream Media that control the TV News continues to talk about nothing, keep it up CNN, maybe you will attract the Brain Dead that watch Fox, and MSNBC, good job continuing to stay on the bottom, and cheers to CNBC for turning their Financial News Network into a daytime 'Name that Price' game show! - I like the 'Lightning Round', wow, did you guys hire someone new for that concept? Keep it up, it is so apparent you guys are desperate to attract a new audience, I guess your old audience is in the poor house as a result of all of those pumpers and dumpers you've had on your show over the course of the last 4 years. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that 'PageNet' bit you guys did way back when during the Tom Costello Days.

Oh, one more thing, I know that this Blog Thing aggravated some of you out there, I understand your views, so now, Stories will not be directly blogged, but will go back to the old way. And this Hard Attack Blog will try to find its 'fit' in with its acceptable 'crowd' one way or another, so bare with it, and it will work out just fine.

Thanks to all of you, fans and foes, this Blog will become the place to come, to stay in the Know!

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

This Blog Service isn't Really Working Out...

Blogspot isn't working to well in my opinion. I have also been told by a few viewers that it is almost annoying at times, because there is a lag, a waiting period for the pages to open.

Many Hard Attack News Visitors do not have time, and I can't blame them for being annoyed. So I think I am going to halt the linking of stories to this service, and will be reconsidering the blogging strategy, or is it strategery?.

Believe it or not, a news publication contacted me also and actually wasn't too happy either, referring to Copyrights.... so for now, I am no longer going to be linking to this blog service from the Main Page of Hard Attack News.com & Hard News Now.com in the format I have been.

But I will be posting a daily rant, view, comment page on the days events, so those of you out there that enjoy my writings, perception of whats going on, views, or, just like to laugh at my attempt to communicate to everyone else, will be able to log onto this Hard Blogger for a fresh report on a daily basis.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

BP Amoco Refinery Explodes In Texas City

BP Amoco Refinery Explodes In Texas City

Houston Local News - Houston 2 ....

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- A refinery exploded in Texas City Wednesday afternoon, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the air, officials told Local 2.

The blast happened shortly after 1:20 p.m.

Witnesses said the explosion happened at the BP Amoco refinery, located at 2800 F.M. 519 E.

There's no word yet on what chemicals are involved or if there are any injuries.

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Hard Comment: TERRY SHIAVO - TERRY SHIAVO - TERRY SHIAVO - is all you are going to see on the networks I bet .... so, don't worry, keep shopping!

What is sabatoge in other countries area always accidents here in the Good Old USA


BBC: Japan 'set to free' Bobby Fischer

Excerpt - Japan has decided to allow former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to travel to Iceland, despite US requests for his extradition, Japanese media say.

Japan's justice ministry made the decision after being shown documents proving Mr Fischer had been granted Icelandic citizenship, reports said.

The American has already been detained for eight months near Tokyo.

He is wanted in the US for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia in 1992.

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Hard Comment: How F*cking Ridiculous is this to begin with?
Chess, a harmless game of Chess? - That is Breaking Sanctions - Unbelievable.

Comments, Opinions Anyone? - Blog Them On!

U.S., Canada, Mexico to Sign Accord

Yahoo News-AP: U.S., Canada, Mexico to Sign Accord
*Note the Second Paragraph regarding Tax on Soft Drinks

Excerpt - WACO, Texas - Canada is irritated that the United States is keeping its border closed to Canadian beef and maintaining punitive tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber. Washington isn't pleased at the Ottawa government's snub of U.S. plans for a missile defense shield.

With Mexico, relations are strained by the Bush administration's anger over a high Mexican tax on soft drinks made with high fructose corn syrup, water owed to U.S. farmers and the suspicion Mexico could do more on drug trafficking and to address fears that al-Qaida agents are slipping into the United States from the south.

Mexican officials complain about vigilante groups hunting illegal immigrants in Arizona, new U.S. walls being built along the border and the still-stalled status of a guest worker immigration liberalization proposal.

However, none of these vexing issues was on the official agenda here Wednesday when President Bush met jointly with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

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Hard Comment: The Mexican Tax on Soft Drinks made with fructose corn syrup is a little fact that I have not been aware of until reading this.

Comments, Opinions Anyone? - Blog Em?

Rumsfeld concerned about Venezuelan arms purchase from Russia

Space War-AFP: Rumsfeld concerned about Venezuelan arms purchase from Russia

Excerpt - US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on a visit here Wednesday, expressed concern about Venezuela's decision to buy 100,000 AK-47 rifles from Russia.

"Certainly, I'm concerned. I can't imagine what's going to happen to 100,000 AK-47s. I can't imagine why Venezuela needs 100,000 AK-47s, and I just personally hope that it doesn't happen," he said after meeting with Brazil's vice president and minister of defense, Jose Alencar.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

In Texas, Critics Question Bush's 'Life' Culture

Yahoo News - Reuters: In Texas, Critics Question Bush's 'Life' Culture

Excerpt - HOUSTON (Reuters) - President Bush's intervention for Terry Schiavo has opened old wounds in Texas where death penalty opponents say his words of support for a "culture of life" ring hollow after so many executions during his time as governor of the state.

Bush said he stepped into the Schiavo case because the United States should have "a presumption in favor of life," but there were 152 executions in Texas during his administration, including some in which the convict's guilt was in doubt, critics said.

"It's hypocrisy at a thousand levels," said University of Houston law professor and death penalty defense attorney David Dow.

"I saw many, many cases where there was substantial doubt about whether someone was guilty or whether the death penalty was the appropriate sentence, but he never said anything," said David Atwood, head of the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. "I really can't say he cares about life."

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Miami Herald: IRS probes politics at church
A Liberty City church's tax-exempt status is in jeopardy as the IRS has launched a probe into a visit by former candidate John Kerry last fall. Some wonder if the probe is politically motivated.

Excerpts - The IRS has notified a Liberty City church that it is under investigation for possibly engaging in political activity -- putting its tax-exempt status into question.

The probe is related to an appearance last October by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and several black leaders, including U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The reason for the investigation, an IRS official wrote in a 10-page letter obtained by The Herald, is that ``a reasonable belief exists that Friendship Missionary Baptist Church has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status as a church.''


Although both Smith and Lewis discounted that the letter was politically motivated, some in the audience did not. They wondered if similar letters were sent to any church that hosted President Bush.

Click here for Full Miami Herald Report

Hard Comment: Nazi Tactics being Used by The Republican Party? - This is what the Nazi Party did during the 1930's to opposition of the Nazi Party, they used every tool they could to discredit, scare off, jail those who were against them. - How many appearances has Bush made in Churches? - This is hopefully a story that will cause a nationwide uproar.

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Many Police Departments Dropping Out of Lawsuit So They Can Continue to Buy Crown Vics

Tampa Bay Online-AP: Many Police Departments Dropping Out of Lawsuit So They Can Continue to Buy Crown Vics

Excerpt - CHICAGO (AP) - Dozens of police departments in Illinois who joined a lawsuit alleging that a popular police cruiser is unsafe have dropped out because they said Ford Motor Co. threatened to stop selling them the cars.

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Hard Comment: I am somewhat aware of the fire hazard that these Crown Victoria's have, from watching a report not to long ago on ABC 20/20 or something like that. But I do believe most of these hits from the rear that caused these fires were impacts of another vehicle driving at high speeds hitting these patrol cars parked on the side of the road.

The doors of these Crown Vic's got stuck from the impact of the hit, and with a fire breaking out with the ruptured gas tanks, some of these poor bastards burned alive in their cars because they couldn't get out.

I have the sister of the Crown Vic, a Grand Marquis, and last year I locked myself out with the keys inside. After failing to break in with the old methods of using the tools of the trade to break in with no luck, (later I found out that Ford had installed measures to prevent these old tools of the trade from working), it began to rain, so I was like the hell with this, grabbed a big old rock and threw it into the side window of the rear door. Wouldn't you know it, the Safety Glass wouldn't break.

I wound up then borrowing a Hammer, and had to hit the window oh, about 10 times, and finally I broke the damm thing.

That was another issue of one of the Police Officers who was eventually rescued from his burning vehicle, that the people trying to get him out couldn't break the glass or something.

These cars do need some sort of 'Emergency' release to be able to break the safety glass somehow. If you were in an accident, and say the battery of the car was smashed, and the doors become jammed from the accident, and a fire breaks out, the power windows are not going to work, and you are not going to be able to get out.

Maybe an window crank should be on the doors, as a back up to the power window option, in the event such a scenerio were to happen to a motorist, it is not impossible and really shouldn't cost much to add.

But all in all, the Crown Victoria / Mercury Marquis are the safest Cars on the Market.

There is no alternative, unless General Motors wakes up and reintroduces a rear wheel drive Impala or Caprice, with a Body on Frame assembly.

General motors Front Wheel Drive Cars do not cut it for Police Activity, if you jump a curb using the new Impala's, you are not going anywhere afterwards because you wind up ripping apart the front drive assembly.

Rear Wheel Drive Cars, with Body on Frame Assemblies have their advantages for many other purposes also.

For Ford to say 'Take it or Leave it' - might be a bit callous, but lets be real here, anyone expecting to be able to safely get out of a car that is standing still that was just rammed by another car donig 70 Miles an Hour, is Expecting a hell of a lot, Police Included.

So, that is my Hard Take on this story.

Any Car Nuts out there have an Opinion on this? - Blog It!

Global warming could trigger ant invasions

Global warming could trigger ant invasions - New Scientist

Excerpt - Global warming may lead to an unexpected threat from the insect world - swarming invasions of tiny ants - suggests new research.

The study of 665 ant colonies in environments ranging from tropical rainforests to frozen tundra suggests that in warmer environments the ants' body size shrinks, on average, while the number of individuals in the colony booms.

Global warming might shrink ant workers by as much as a third, says Michael Kaspari at the University of Oklahoma, US, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, who carried out the study: "And since ant species with small workers appear to be particularly successful at invading, ant invasions - already destructive - may become more common in a warming world."

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Recruiter-turned-peacenik hits nerve in N.C. - USA Today Report

Recruiter-turned-peacenik hits nerve in N.C. - USA Today Report

Excerpt - WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — If you were young and tough and wanted a challenge, Jimmy Massey was the man to see. He was gung ho. He was Semper Fi. He was the strutting, cussing, tobacco-chewing Marine recruiter.

The staff sergeant won scores of recruits in this and other patriotic mountain towns by talking courage, honor, commitment. Then, following his own adage — "you gotta walk the walk" — he went to Iraq.

That was two years ago, before Massey left the Marines, returned to Waynesville, and began saying things about the war that make people wonder whether they really knew him in the first place. These days Massey carries a sign around town that says he killed Iraqi civilians. He confesses to having enticed some recruits with false promises, and encouraged others to lie on applications. He has gone to Canada to testify for an Army deserter seeking asylum, and he has spoken at peace rallies.

He left a Marine recruiter and returned a peacenik.

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Russian Man Grows Penis on Arm

Mosnews: Russian Man Grows Penis on Arm

Excerpt - Russian doctors have conducted an 11-hour operation to replace a patient’s deformed penis with one grown on his forearm, the Moskovskiy Komsomolets daily reports.

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Hard Request: Ok Gang, Blog Those Jokes Now!


Public Employees of Enviromental Responsibility Reports....
Faith-based Parks - Home

National Park Service employees from across the country who are concerned that Bush political appointees are taking our national parks in a new, dangerous direction have contacted PEER to ask for our assistance.

In a series of recent decisions, the National Park Service has approved the display of religious symbols and Bible verses, as well as the sale of creationist books giving a biblical explanation for the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders.

These moves all emanate from top Park Service political appointees over the objections of park superintendents, agency lawyers and scientists. A number of fundamentalist Christian and socially conservative groups are claiming credit for these actions and touting their new direct and personal access to Bush Administration officials.

Click Here for Full Original Report - Access to Petition

Hard Comment: Now these Loonies are out to Hijack the Very Nature they are against teaching to their children through the form of science.

Comments, Opinions - Blog Em Now or Forever Hold Your Thoughts!

Two labs confirmed Pentagon anthrax

Two labs confirmed Pentagon anthrax - Update to last Week's Anthrax Alerts

World Peace Herald-UPI Report: WASHINGTON -- Anthrax was confirmed twice in samples collected from a Pentagon mail facility initially closed last week and then opened after being declared free of the pathogen, United Press International has learned.

The head of the company that was accused of contaminating the samples sent from that facility -- a detached building on the Pentagon grounds in Arlington, Va. - said his company had never had a false positive test before and the presence of anthrax was detected independently in the original samples by two government laboratories besides his own.

The Pentagon alarm is distinct from a second alert for anthrax that also occurred March 14 at a mail room in a Defense Department-leased building in Falls Church, Va. The entire three-building complex was closed for two days before being declared clean.

Robert B. Harris, president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Biotechnologies Inc. in Richmond, Va., also said the anthrax found at the Pentagon was the same genetic strain used in the 2001 attacks.

The dispute over the possibility of contamination -- suggested to the media by an anonymous source -- became more heated as an automated alarm warned of anthrax at yet a third Washington-area mailroom Friday. That third alert, at Bolling Air Force Base, was triggered by automated sensors -- as was the alert at Falls Church.

The week of anthrax alarms began when the Pentagon mail facility was closed after tests on samples taken there the week before had been found positive for the presence of anthrax. The initial samples, consisting of swabs of surfaces from the facility, had been collected March 10, but the results were not received and the facility was not shut down until March 14.

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Hard Question: It is 3:30 am as I post this story, am I reading it wrong or, was last weeks 'False Alarms' of Anthrax Now not 'False Alarms' but the real thing?

They are tracking down all the mail?

Same Strain as the 2001 Attacks?

Has any Media Outlet Picked this Up Monday or is it all Terry Shiavo?

Comments, Opinions, Contributions to this story === all Welcome - Blog Em!

Pakistan's Musharraf Vows To Strengthen Nuclear Program As Missile Tested

Space War-AFP: Pakistan's Musharraf Vows To Strengthen Nuclear Program As Missile Tested

Excerpt - President Pervez Musharraf vowed Saturday to further upgrade Pakistan's nuclear capability but with a "strict adherence" to non-proliferation as he watched the test-firing of a long-range missile which can carry a nuclear warhead.

"The nation's nuclear capability, which enjoyed the broadest national consensus, was developed for Pakistan's own security and will continue to receive the highest national priority," a military statement quoted Musharraf as saying.

The military ruler attempted to allay apprehensions about the future of the programme after fresh disclosures about the activities of disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

"The capability was here to stay, will continue to go from strength to strength and no harm will ever be allowed to come to it," he said.

Pakistan admitted last week that Khan had supplied Iran with centrifuges, used to enrich uranium for atomic warheads. It said the government was not involved but has refused to give him up for questioning by other countries.

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Hard Comment: The day Musharraf faces an Election that he understands, (Military Coup), the World is going to have a problem, because the forces that take that country over will have a Vengence against the United States for the United States has forced Musharraf to use Pakistan's Military to go against the Will of the People of Pakistan, especially on the border area's of Afghanistan. - Pakistan is another Ticking Time Bomb just waiting to go off.

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N Korean premier in China visit a day after US Threatens Sanctions

BBC: N Korean premier in China visit

Excerpt - North Korea's premier has arrived in China, a day after the US hinted at sanctions if Pyongyang did not return to talks on nuclear disarmament.

Pak Pong-ju's trip comes just hours after his country announced that it had increased its nuclear arsenal to counter any enemy invasion.

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Earlier Monday, Space War-AFP Reported....
US warns North Korea diplomacy can't 'drag on forever'

Excerpt - (AFP) Mar 21, 2005The White House warned Monday that diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programs cannot "drag on forever" and urged Pyongyang to return to negotiations.

"The United States put forward a very practical proposal at the last round of talks. We want to see results to moving forward on that proposal. We want to see North Korea come back to the talks," said spokesman Scott McClellan.

His comments came after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned during a visit to China that North Korea faced "problems" if it failed to return to the talks and that Washington was looking at "other options."

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Hard Comment: Bush has himself in a bind, actually, he has the United States in a Bind, two members of the Axis of Evil have the United States on the Ropes, our troop strength is weak, we are increasing the age for Army and National Guard Reserves to 39, and we still have Iraq to deal with. Our Troops are going to have to stay there and watch Iraq turn into some sort of Modern Day Islamic State, that will make Democracy look like a Freddy Krugar Movie.

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Pupils make more progress in 3Rs 'without aid of computers'

Pupils make more progress in 3Rs 'without aid of computers' - Telegraph

Excerpt - The less pupils use computers at school and at home, the better they do in international tests of literacy and maths, the largest study of its kind says today.

The findings raise questions over the Government's decision, announced by Gordon Brown in the Budget last week, to spend another £1.5 billion on school computers, in addition to the £2.5 billion it has already spent.

Mr Brown said: "The teaching and educational revolution is no longer blackboards and chalk, it is computers and electronic whiteboards."

However, the study, published by the Royal Economic Society, said: "Despite numerous claims by politicians and software vendors to the contrary, the evidence so far suggests that computer use in schools does not seem to contribute substantially to students' learning of basic skills such as maths or reading."

Indeed, the more pupils used computers, the worse they performed, said Thomas Fuchs and Ludger Wossmann of Munich University.

Their report also noted that being able to use a computer at work - one of the justifications for devoting so much teaching time to ICT (information and communications technology) - had no greater impact on employability or wage levels than being able to use a telephone or a pencil.

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Hard Question : Can computers be the reason why so many people in America seem Dummer than Ever in the last decade?

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Taiwan claims China pressure Singapore to block visit by Taiwanese navy

Taiwan claims China pressure Singapore to block visit by Taiwanese navy - Yahoo News -AP

Excerpt - Taiwan on Tuesday blamed rival China for an aborted port call by its navy to Singapore, saying the communist giant pressured the city-state to scrap the visit.

Two Taiwanese frigates had sailed to Singapore earlier this month as part of a world tour, but Singaporean authorities did not allow the crew to go onshore as previously planned, Premier Frank Hsieh and Defense Minister Lee Jye told lawmakers.

Lee claimed that rival China had pressured Singapore into canceling the visit.

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Singapore denies reports of joint military exercise with Taiwan

Singapore denies reports of joint military exercise with Taiwan

SINGAPORE (AFX) - Singapore denied that it will hold joint military exercises with Taiwan this month.'

There is no truth to the Taiwanese media reports that the (Singapore Armed Forces) is participating in a Taiwanese joint military exercise involving foreign military consultants,' the defense ministry said in a one-line statement.

Taiwan's Liberty Times newspaper reported yesterday that Singapore and Taiwan would hold exercises for the first time in three decades in the southern county of Hengchun from late March to early April.

The report also said the United States and Japan would send military advisers to the exercises, including a Taiwanese motorized infantry battalion and a Singapore brigade.Beijing on Monday demanded an explanation from Singapore while Taiwan's defense ministry declined to comment on the report.

'The Chinese side is firmly opposed to countries which have diplomatic relations with China carrying out any type of official or military contact with Taiwan,' the foreign ministry in Beijing said.It urged Singapore to 'clarify' the report.

China regards Taiwan as part of its territory waiting to be reunified, by force if necessary. The two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949.Singapore and China have enjoyed strong bilateral relations but ties hit a rough patch last year after then deputy prime minister Lee Hsien Loong paid a visit to Taiwan shortly before being sworn in as Singapore's prime minister.

Ties have since improved after Lee reiterated his country's 'One China' policy and warned Taipei against provoking China by pushing for independence.

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Chinese 'spy ship' spotted off Taiwan

Chinese 'spy ship' spotted off Taiwan - IMQ7.net - Phillipine News

Excerpt - TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's coastguard said Tuesday that a Chinese spy ship intruded into waters around the island before being shepherded away by Taiwanese navy vessels.

The incident came amid growing tensions between Taiwan and China after the Chinese parliament this month passed an anti-secession law aimed at the island off the southeastern Chinese coast.

"The ship sailed away after it was approached by naval and coastguard ships," a coastguard official told Agence France-Presse.

The United Daily News said the Chinese vessel, the Xue Long, was first spotted off the island on Sunday, prompting the navy to send frigates to follow it closely.

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Hard Fact: China is a Communist State

Hard Comment: There are Several 'Taiwan / China' Stories being Posted Today, check the main page at Hard Attack News or the Main Page at Hard Attack News Blog on stories near the same time as this story has been posted.

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AGENCY ADMITS PANTHER WHISTLEBLOWER WAS RIGHT - Fish & Wildlife Service Persists in Trying to Fire Vindicated Scientist

Fish & Wildlife Service Persists in Trying to Fire Vindicated Scientist

Excerpt - Washington, DC — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) today formally conceded that it has been using flawed science in assessing the habitat and population of the endangered Florida panther, according to a letter from outgoing Director Steve Williams. The agency announcement came in a decision to uphold a legal complaint filed jointly by one of the agency’s own biologists and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) that studies relied upon by FWS in approving proposed development in Southwest Florida inflate panther population and inaccurately minimize habitat needs.

Andrew Eller, Jr., an 18-year USFWS biologist, in the Florida panther recovery program who filed the complaint with PEER, was fired by FWS the week after the November election. PEER is contesting Eller’s termination; that case is slated for hearing in April.

The PEER/Eller complaint contends that FWS engaged in scientific fraud by —

*Equating daytime habitat use patterns (when the panther is at rest) with nighttime habitat use patterns (when the panther is most active);
*Assuming that all known panthers are breeding adults, discounting juvenile, aged and ill animals; and
*Using population estimates, reproductive rates, and kitten survival rates not supported by field data.

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U.S. avoids role of mediator as Iraqis remain deadlocked - Kurdish Media - NY Times Report -

U.S. avoids role of mediator as Iraqis remain deadlocked

Excerpt - WASHINGTON, March 19 - Senior Bush administration officials said this week that the administration was avoiding direct intervention to break the deadlock among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions, still trying to form a government in Iraq six weeks after national elections.

The officials said they had concluded that despite the bitter wrangling over how much power to distribute among the factions, particularly Shiites and Kurds, any attempt by the United States to mediate would be likely to backfire.

"So far, we’re letting it happen," a senior administration official said, referring to the Kurdish-Shiite dispute. "That’s really by design. If we try to impose a solution, then anyone who gets the short end of the stick will hold a grudge, not only against us, but against the deal that was reached.

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Red Sox partner says CIA chartered his jet

Chicago Tribune: Red Sox partner says CIA chartered his jet

- BRADENTON, Fla. -- Phillip Morse, a minority partner of the Boston Red Sox, said Sunday that his private jet has been chartered to the CIA and confirmed that it had been flown to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where more than 500 terrorism suspects are held, as well as other overseas destinations.

"It's chartered a lot," Morse said by phone from his winter home in Jupiter, Fla. "It just so happens one of our customers is the CIA.

"I was glad to have the business, actually. I hope it was all for a real good purpose."

But Morse said he was "stunned" by a report in Sunday's Chicago Tribune suggesting that the plane might have been used for "renditions," the controversial practice in which terrorism suspects arrested abroad have been forcibly returned to their native countries for interrogation.

Between June 2002 and January of this year, the plane has flown to Afghanistan, Morocco, Dubai, Jordan, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic, and it made 82 visits to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, according to the Tribune, which cited records from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I don't know how you would confirm it," Morse said. "To me, it's stunning that they would link that stuff together. I called [Red Sox CEO] Larry [Lucchino] to let him know. I didn't want him to get broadsided. I'm a little bit embarrassed the Red Sox are linked to this, for no reason whatsoever."

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Related: A Day Earlier, the Chicago Tribune Reported: Jet's travels cloaked in mystery - Red Sox partner's plane hits spots U.S. sent terror suspects

Hard Question: How many other Charter Jets does the CIA rent. Also, look at this price Tag, over 5 thousand and hour, how many times does the CIA do this, who is paying for all of this? - Oh, we are, aren't we... (:

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Iraq's New Prime MInister: Jaafari aims at Sharia Rule

Kurdish Media: Jaafari aims at Sharia Rule

Excerpt - BERLIN, March 19 (AFP) - Iraq’s front running Shiite candidate for prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari, said in an interview he aimed to introduce sharia Islamic law and federalism and confirmed Saddam Hussein would be judged by the end of 2005.

"It’s understandable in a country where the majority of people are Muslim," Jaafari said of the Sharia law, in an interview conducted in Baghdad due to appear in Monday’s edition of German magazine Der Spiegel. "Iraq should become a Muslim country but without falling under the influence of Iran or Saudi Arabia," he said. "Everyone will have the same rights, even members of the many minor religious communities," he added, explaining there would be multiple forms of jurisprudence. He also said women would be under no legal obligation to wear a veil. "They will make their own decisions," the Shiite candidate said.

According to results of a poll released on Thursday most Iraqis are deeply attached to their Islamic identity but do not want a strict application of sharia law, as in neighbouring Saudi Arabia or Iran. About 48 percent of those interviewed agreed that "religion has a special role to play in the government", while 46 percent supported a separation of state and mosque.

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Hard Comment: Bottom Line, this was Iraq Mission was a total waste of time and effort. - Note how Jafari says, ' He also said women would be under no legal obligation to wear a veil. "They will make their own decisions," - Let's stop jerking the turkey here, they will wind up following the orders of their Husbands. - Sistani has said in recent days he isn't for Woman's Equal Rights, oh and by the way, this Jafari Guy - Jafari doesn't believe it is ok to Shake a Woman's Hand.

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Monday, March 21, 2005

GOP Governors Cut State Workers' Rights

Yahoo News-AP: GOP Governors Cut State Workers' Rights

Excerpt - Republican governors in a few spots across the country are angering state employees by removing one of organized labor's strongest tools — the right to collective bargaining.

Governors in three states who've taken the step say it's about making government more efficient or being fair to non-union workers. Critics say it's political payback for labor's traditional support of Democrats and part of a wider shift to undermine workers in favor of big business.

Within hours or days of taking office this year, Mitch Daniels in Indiana and Matt Blunt in Missouri eliminated collective bargaining agreements for state employees, affecting about 50,000 workers. Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher did the same when he took office in 2003. In each case, the agreements had only been granted by executive order, not by law.

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Army Raises Enlistment Age for Reservists to 39

Yahoo News - Reuters: Army Raises Enlistment Age for Reservists to 39

Excerpt - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, stung by recruiting shortfalls caused by the Iraq war, has raised the maximum age for new recruits for the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard by five years to 39, officials said on Monday.

The Army said the move, a three-year experiment, will add about 22 million people to the pool of those eligible to serve, from about 60 million now. Physical standards will not be relaxed for older recruits, who the Army said were valued for their maturity and patriotism.

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Hard Comment: Ok Gang, everyone you might have debated recently on 'why they are for the war but aren't there because they might be too old, well now you can give them a ride to the enlistment offices'

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China Clamps Down on Campus Bulletin Boards

Yahoo News - Reuters: China Clamps Down on Campus Bulletin Boards

Excerpt - BEIJING (Reuters) - China has blocked off-campus Internet users from accessing several bulletin boards operated by universities as part of a government clampdown on outspoken domestic Web sites.

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Hard Comment: Again, the United States is being forced to Compete with this type of Facist Communist Suppression of Expression. - If the United States continues, the Suppression of Expression will have to be implimented here in order to compete with them there.

And it isn't just Suppression of Expression, its Voting, its Free Press, it is Freedom, all of which the Chinese People DO NOT HAVE NO MATTER WHAT THE JACKALS IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND WALL STREET RAIDERS MIGHT LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE.

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Illegal immigrant population surges to 10.3 million - Houston Chronicle-AP Report

Houston Chronicle-AP: Illegal immigrant population surges to 10.3 million

Excerpt - The nation's undocumented immigrant population surged to 10.3 million last year, spurred largely since 2000 by the arrivals of unauthorized Mexicans in the United States, a report being released today says.

The population of undocumented residents in the United States increased by about 23 percent from 8.4 million in the four-year period ending last March, according to the analysis of government data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a private research group.

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Hard Comment: So 2 million Illegal Aliens have entered this country over the last 4 years under the Protective Umbrella of the Big W.
Howard Dean was apparently correct with his diagnosis of people as 'Brain Dead' who voted for the Republican Ticket because they feel that the Republicans are out to protect the nation.

Narcotics are still a major problem in the United States, we are no more secure today then we were prior to 9/11. Just because we have security guards checking senior citizens 'Depends' as they try to board an Airplane doesn't make us secure from the bad guys.

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9 Yr Old Murdered Girl's Dad Expresses Desire to Mete Out Justice of HIS OWN Against Confessed Child Killer

Suspect in Girl's Death Returns to Fla.

MyWay-AP: Excerpt - HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) - The convicted sex offender who authorities say confessed to kidnapping and slaying 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford returned to Florida in shackles Sunday as her family grieved for the girl who vanished from her bedroom.

Couey, 46, confessed to kidnapping and killing Jessica after taking a lie-detector test Friday in Georgia, officials said. The girl's body was found early Saturday, more than three weeks after she was snatched from her bedroom.

......Jessica's father, in an emotional statement, expressed a desire to mete out justice of his own.

"I won't get the wish, but I wish I could see him, just one time," said Mark Lunsford, his eyes hidden by dark sunglasses.

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Hard Question: Anyone feel that the father of this child should be allowed to take a gun and BLOW THIS CHILD KILLERS BRAINS OUT, after he was able to beat him with a 2 x 4 or something?

Hard Comment: I know some of you out there will feel a bit of offensiveness with what I am about to say but, Hard Attack believes the above description would be 'easy' on this SCUMBAG.

***This is a clear and cut case. Let the prick have his trial if he so choses to plead Not Guilty, even though the scumbag apparently confessed, the last line of this report reads... ''Couey's half-sister and two others who lived in the home were charged with obstructing police for failing to notify authorities when Couey allegedly told them he had committed a crime. '' .. when the trial is all said and done, putting this guy out with some sort of injection would be too easy.

That is just how I feel and see it @ 17 minutes into the start of March 21, 2005.

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