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Carter: “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

Carter’s Racism Charge Sparks War of Words - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
Former President Jimmy Carter’s view that some of the recent protests against President Obama, including the “You Lie!” outburst by Representative Joe Wilson last week, are “based on racism,” has fueled a new war of words over this already charged issue. The former president first weighed in on Tuesday during a question-and-answer session at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Mr. Carter responded to a question about Mr. Wilson’s eruption by saying that he did believe it was laced with racism. Coupling the Wilson remark with the images in recent weeks of angry demonstrators wielding signs depicting Mr. Obama as a Nazi or as Adolf Hitler, Mr. Carter said: “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.” ... Meanwhile, Mr. Carter elaborated on his answer in a separate interview with NBC anchor Brian Williams. In the interview, which was taped for an upcoming feature timed for Mr. Carter’s 85th birthday and released on Tuesday, the former president drew on his Georgia roots and further added fuel to the fire. “I live in the South and I’ve seen the South come a long way,” he said. But, “I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people not just in the south but around the country … that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

September 15, 2009

Man given life sentence for trying to organize Al Qaeda camps in Oregon

U.S. court sentences man to life over al Qaeda camp - Yahoo! News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Manhattan federal court sentenced a Lebanese-born Swedish man to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to establish an al Qaeda training camp in the United States and running websites on how to make bombs. The sentence was handed down four months after Oussama Abdullah Kassir, 43, was found guilty on 11 counts, including providing material support to al Qaeda and distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction. "The defendant is a clear threat to public safety," U.S. District Judge John Keenan said in sentencing Kassir, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors said Kassir was involved in trying to establish a training camp on a property in Bly, Oregon, where Islamist militants could receive military-style training in preparation for combat in Afghanistan.

Online Dating Advice: Exactly What To Say In A First Message

Online Dating Advice: Exactly What To Say In A First Message � OkTrends OKCupid has crunched some numbers and come to some intriguing ideas regarding online. In order succeed, you should be articulate, funny, and not a douche.
#1 – Be literate. Netspeak, bad grammar, and bad spelling are huge turn-offs. Our negative correlation list is a fool’s lexicon: ur, u, wat, wont, and so on. These all make a terrible first impression. In fact, if you count hit (and we do!) the worst 6 words you can use in a first message are all stupid slang. . . . #2 – Avoid physical compliments. Although the data shows this advice holds true for both sexes, it’s mostly directed at guys, because they are way more likely to talk about looks. You might think that words like gorgeous, beautiful, and sexy are nice things to say to someone, but no one wants to hear them. As we all know, people normally like compliments, but when they’re used as pick-up lines, before you’ve even met in person, they inevitably feel…ew. Besides, when you tell a woman she’s beautiful, chances are you’re not. . . . #6 – If you’re a guy, be self-effacing. Awkward, sorry, apologize, kinda, and probably all made male messages more successful, yet none of them except sorry affects female messages. As we mentioned before, pretty, no doubt because of its adverbial meaning of “to a fair degree; moderately” also helps male messages. A lot of real-world dating advice tells men to be more confident, but apparently hemming and hawing a little works well online.

September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze has died

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | US film star Patrick Swayze dies
Dirty Dancing film star Patrick Swayze has died aged 57, his publicist says. Annett Wolf said that the US actor, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, died with family at his side on Monday. Swayze was diagnosed with advanced stage four pancreatic cancer in January last year. The actor had been starring in US TV show The Beast since being diagnosed with the disease. He had also planned to write a memoir with his wife.