Friday, April 13, 2007

Latest News from Jim

Sikh American Veteran Assaulted at his home by anti-immigrant police officer. The family of Mr. Nag, who was decorated with a Bronze Star by the Navy, had a non-working van parked in the driveway of their Joliet home. A police officer drove up and asked about the expired registration tags. The officer was told the van could not be moved into the garage because it was not working. Mr. Nag continued that it was on his private property so what was the problem.
The officer became enraged and pepper-sprayed Kuldip Singh Nag. As Mr. Nag screamed in agony, the officer removed his baton and violently struck Mr. Nag numerous times until he fell to the ground. While the assault ensued, the officer was reported by both Mr. and Mrs. Nag as saying, “You f****** Arab! You f***** immigrant, go back to you f****** country before I kill you!”

Mr. Nag's wife and six year-old child both witnessed the violent assault, which resulted in Mr. Nag immediately being admitted to the hospital where he stayed for five days due to complaints of intense pain and head trauma. Mr. Nag also received numerous bruises and a serious head injury which have caused him to go blind for several minutes at a time.
In the only United States media coverage I find the new officer claims Mr. Nag pushed him when he tried to explain the process of getting new tags. To serve and protect, unless he thinks you are Arab. Of course, Sikh's are not Arabs.

How the pyramids were constructed without magic or UFOs or anti-gravity. Demonstration using 3-D computer modeling.

A year circling Venus. You didn't know there was a spacecraft there? A lot of the current space news is taking place based in other places like Europe, Russia, China, Japan.... I will add this report on the incredibly fuel efficient Hyfish plane now in tests in Germany.

I will also add something else before I get back to the last of Jim's links. just had a virtual Town Hall at parties across the country where the Democratic Presidential candidates spoke. Among those attending the Town Hall's, Hillary Clinton came in 6th in preference. Among all web votes, she came in fifth. Here are how the folks who attended the event ranked their choices:

Sen. John Edwards - 25%
Gov. Bill Richardson - 21%
Sen. Barack Obama - 19%
Rep. Dennis Kucinich - 15%
Sen. Joe Biden - 10%
Sen. Hillary Clinton - 7%
Sen. Chris Dodd - 4%

Here are the web votes.

Sen. Barack Obama 28%
Sen. John Edwards 25%
Rep. Dennis Kucinich 17%
Gov. Bill Richardson 12%
Sen. Hillary Clinton 11%
Sen. Joe Biden 6%
Sen. Chris Dodd 1%

These will be the grass roots activists who work for Democratic candidates.

Librarian insists that Patriot Act strips away personal privacy. The FBI has given up trying to get some libraries to turn over records. Jim and I love most librarians. We don't love the IRS, as is our right as Americans.

Another related story from me. I saw Death of a President Wednesday. This is a fictional documentary on the assassination of President George W. Bush in October 2007. One overriding message - stop and think of the consequences. This is a highly intelligent and nuanced story from someone who has looked closely at this administration but is not quite dramatic enough to be a great film - 3 out of 4 stars. Critics aren't that kind. Captures the tone of a TV documentary very well. Presents the conservative side well with the President as a man who is likable and inspires loyalty among followers but hatred among many. What would stop Patriot Act 3 if the President was assassinated?

I have another unrelated item: Senate candidate Al Franken when asked on CNN about Don Imus asked why CNN hadn't fired bigoted and hateful Glen Beck? Very good question.

I'll close with What's Next - Jelly Belly Sports Beans, fortified for athletics. Yeah, right. You know what happens to athletics's bellies when they quit being athletes?

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