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How to Spot a Gay Terrorist
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Osama Bin Shoppin
Beth just seems to have bad luck follow her around.
Bible Study tonight.
Change We Can’t Believe In
Responding to accusations that his campaign has been too quiet on homosexual issues, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stated his views in detail in one of his most pointed interviews to date. Sitting down with reporters from the gay magazine The Advocate, Obama was frank about the major current issues. Here is the Democratic frontrunner in his own words:
“I have actually been much more vocal on gay issues to general audiences than any other presidential candidate probably in history… I reasonably can see ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ eliminated. I think that I can help usher through an Employment Non-Discrimination Act and sign it into law… The third thing I believe I can get done is in dealing with federal employees, making sure that their benefits, that their ability to transfer health or pension benefits the same way that opposite-sex couples do, is something that I’m interested in making happen… And finally, an area that I’m very interested in is making sure that federal benefits are available to same-sex couples who have a civil union… I, for a very long time, have been interested in a repeal of DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act].”
From the Houston Chronicle:
Search continues for lost explosives in Liberty County
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Authorities in Liberty County are searching for nearly four dozen explosive devices that fell out of a pickup truck earlier this week.
Anyone who discovers the brass, bell-shaped devices is urged to leave them alone and call authorities.
“It is going to be like a small grenade and there will be an internal flash fire” if they explode, Ken DeFoor, Liberty County emergency management coordinator, said today.
Fifty of the explosives, which are detonated about 250 feet underground to take seismic readings in oil fields, were being moved from one Key Energy Services construction site to another on Wednesday afternoon, DeFoor said.
They had been packed in a cardboard box, which usually is placed inside a 64-quart cooler for such trips, but was not on this occasion, he said.
The truck left a Key Energy site near County Road 337 in north Liberty County about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, DeFoor was told. The driver traveled on CR 337 to Plum Grove Road and had gone about 15 miles when he noticed the box was gone.
“He looked back and the tailgate was down and the box missing,” DeFoor said.
The cooler, which was in the truck bed with the cardboard box, also is missing.
Four teams searched on Wednesday, DeFoor said, and six of the explosives were found near the first construction site.
“There are still 44 unaccounted for,” he said.
Officials with Key Energy Services could not be reached for comment this morning.
The devices have two electrical contacts. They measure 1 1/2 inches wide, 2 inches long and 5 inches around.
Besides worrying about people handling the explosives, officials are concerned that someone may try to melt them down to sell the brass.
DeFoor said he was told that they probably would not explode if stepped on, but could explode in response to a greater impact, such as being thrown against a hard object.
Anyone with information about the devices is asked to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500 or the Liberty County Emergency Management Office at 936-334-3219.
Navy officer testifies about moonlighting for D.C. madam
A Navy officer could face punishment — including discharge — after testifying Thursday that she moonlighted for the alleged prostitution ring run by the so-called “D.C. Madam” while stationed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca C. Dickinson managed the Naval Academy’s food services between September 2004 and May 2007, Navy officials said. She also taught a course on leadership for the Leadership, Ethics and Law department.
She acknowledged on the witness stand Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington that she worked as an escort for a service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
Dickinson, 38, a Tennessee native who was known to her clients as “Renee,” said she worked for the business for about six months starting in October 2005.
The Naval Academy declined to comment on the case, referring questions to the Navy. A spokesman there said Dickinson had been placed on leave pending further review.
“We expect the men and women who serve in our nation’s Navy to adhere to a standard of conduct that reflects our core values of honor, courage and commitment,” said the spokesman, Capt. Jack Hanzlik. “Lieutenant Commander Dickinson’s conduct will prevent her from wearing this uniform again in the service of our country.”
Dickinson testified that she found Palfrey’s company in an Internet search in 2005, called a number and arranged to go on a “test run” with a man in Howard County, Md., for which she was not paid, according to a transcript of Thursday’s testimony. She later charged $275 for her appointments, which lasted up to 90 minutes and almost always included sex, Dickinson testified.
“I wouldn’t do anything I wouldn’t feel comfortable with,” Dickinson testified.
Dickinson is among about a dozen former call girls who have testified this week against Palfrey.
Palfrey, 52, of Northern California, is accused of running a prostitution business for 13 years in the Washington area, counting high-profile government officials among her clientele. She is charged with racketeering, money laundering and using the mail for illegal purposes.
Records seized by investigators have connected the ring to a number of prominent alleged clients in Washington, including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., who Palfrey’s attorneys have said they might call as a witness.
Also on the list: Randall Tobias, a former chief executive of Eli Lilly, who resigned as deputy secretary of State last year after being linked to the service; and Harlan Ullman, a military strategist who is credited with the concept of “shock and awe.”
Palfrey has maintained that she ran a legal escort service whose employees were instructed not to have sex with clients.
Dickinson testified under grant of immunity, which the Navy says effectively precludes a court-martial or federal criminal prosecution. However, the Navy said she might still face administrative punishment — such as an other-than-honorable discharge, which would trigger a loss of benefits.
Dickinson, who is less than a year from being eligible for retirement benefits from the Navy, has won four Navy/Marine Corps achievement medals and two commendation medals in her military career, which began in 1986. She was reassigned in May to the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga.
The Navy removed her from her duties and placed her on leave after being notified by federal prosecutors about her role as a witness in the D.C. Madam case, said Hanzlik, the Navy spokesman.
Dickinson “could be released from active duty without benefits. And for somebody who’s a little better than 19 years of service, as you can imagine, that’s a pretty substantial loss,” Hanzlik said.
Jonathan Gladstone, Dickinson’s attorney, said that she would not comment on the case but that her work for Palfrey was her only experience as an escort.
Dickinson said in her testimony that when she contacted Palfrey’s company, Pamela Martin & Associates, she spoke with a woman named Julia who described an evening with a client, saying, “You know you’re not going there just to chat, right? Yes or no is fine.”
Dickinson said she responded yes.
She said that after an interview, she was assigned to the test run with the man in Howard County. Afterward, when she told Julia about the encounter, she was told, “Don’t talk about such things on this line,” she testified.
She began working for the company regularly as an escort, calling in at certain times to check in. Julia would call back with an address, time and client name, she testified, according to the transcript.
She said that of the $275 fee, she would keep $130 and give the rest to Palfrey’s company, sending money orders to a P.O. box in California.
She said she quit working as an escort in April 2006 because of time constraints and because “I didn’t like it.”
In need of money, she later offered to return to work for Palfrey. But she filed for bankruptcy shortly thereafter and didn’t work for the company again.
During cross-examination, Preston Burton, an attorney for Palfrey, asked whether Dickinson, with the exception of one appointment, discussed with Palfrey her specific duties as an escort.
“Not that I can recall,” Dickinson replied.
Dickinson never mentioned her work at the Naval Academy during the hearing.
Eugene R. Fidell, a Washington-based lawyer who specializes in military law, said he would be surprised if Dickinson did not face a discharge based on her testimony.
“Given the ethical and moral standards to which the Navy aspires, I would think they would want to get a divorce as soon as possible,” Fidell said.