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In the finish line area of the Boston Marathon, several explosions have occurred within the last hours. There a many injured, and at least three have been confirmed dead. All members of the Boston Police Bomb Squad have been ordered to the finish line area near the famed Copley Square.

Reports are still coming in….

New York City, as a measure of precaution, has put all bridges and landmarks under its high level security procedures.

UPDATE: Massachusetts General Hospital ER is reporting that there have been @ least ten people brought in with missing limbs. 3:58PM

All ready: Water flows in the fountains of the National September 11 Memorial in New York on Saturday, ahead of the 10th anniversary of 9/11

Remembered: Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, left, and Bill Clinton, right, and former first lady Laura Bush, centre, bow their heads during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday

Into the sky: The 'Tribute in Light' shines above lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center, left, on Saturday in New York

Service: Flags are carried into St. Patrick's Cathedral during a memorial ceremony on Saturday to honor New York firefighters that were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center

(St Patrick’s Cathedral)

Linking arms: To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, people participate in the 'Hand-In-Hand 9/11' ceremony by holding hands for a moment of silence at 8:46am, the time that the north tower of the World Trade Center was hit

Empty Sky Memorial structure is seen during the structure's dedication at Liberty State Park

First glimpse: Aeriel view of Ground Zero taken from Washington Street the day before the official 9/11 memorial service

“The next day, I told my 8th graders that unless they quieted down, I would hold them after school. It didn’t work. Tried again. And again. Finally, as the school day ended, I stood by the door.

“No one is leaving.” I said. “You’re all staying after school for 10 minutes.”

“But eight and a half minutes into this after-school faceoff, Ms. P pushed her way in.”

“What is going on here?!” she shouted, her mouth agape and her long thin eyebrows arched so high that they resembled treacherous ski slopes.”

“The kids erupted again with a full dramatic account. I had overstepped “the force of my personality.” And with Ms. P’s forced entry into the room, I looked pretty damn foolish.”

“Ms. P concluded that I shouldn’t be left alone with children, and reported the incident to the police and the Department of Education as “corporal punishment.” Typically, that involves hitting or physically abusing a kid. But Ms. P said she couldn’t think of another way to characterize me standing by the door for 10 minutes while the kids yelled at me. There was a disciplinary hearing, but as my representative from the United Federation of Teachers pointed out, “losing it” is not a clinical term. So Ms. P settled for putting a letter in my file full of words such as “dangerous,” “unsafe,” “alarmed,” “barricaded” and “insubordinate.””

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An unusual and much-heralded program that gave poor families cash to encourage good behavior and self-sufficiency has so far had only modest effects on their lives and economic situation,…”
“The three-year-old pilot project, the first of its kind in the country, gave parents payments for things like going to the dentist ($100) or holding down a full-time job ($150 per month). Children were rewarded for attending school regularly ($25 to $50 per month) or passing a high school Regents exam ($600).”

A man holds a sign that refers to US Attorney General Eric Holder during a rally by the 9/11 Never Forget Coalition.

from the New York Post:

Several hundred people rallied in the rain near Manhattan’s federal courthouse complex today to protest the plan to put major terrorism suspects on trial in New York City.

Demonstrators at the Saturday event included the actor Brian Dennehy and a number of people who lost friends and relatives in the 9/11 attacks.

Anger at the Obama administration ran hot in the crowd. One person held up a sign calling Attorney General Eric Holder “disgraceful and despicable.” Another sign said “Obama/Holder … Jihad from within.”

Opponents of the plan say that a New York trial could again make the city a terrorism target, and that the five suspects should instead face a military tribunal.

Even some of Hollywood showed up to voice their disgust with Eric Holder, including Brian Dennehy and Robert DeNiro!
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     Despite “guilty” please, several of the masterminds of the 9-11 attacks, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, will be brought to the lower end of Manhatten to stand trial for their role in the attacks. From the Associated Press:

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 58 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian federal courthouse in New York, near the site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks. Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long-awaited and politically fraught decision at a news conference Friday. He also said five other Guantanamo detainees, including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will be tried through the military commission process.

Holder said the Sept. 11 defendants should be tried where their crimes occurred. Nearly 3,000 people died when the World Trade Center towers were brought down by two hijacked jetliners, another hijacked jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania.

“After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for that attacks of September the 11th will finally face justice,” Holder said. “They will be brought to New York — to New York — to answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the twin towers once stood.”;_ylt=As4MCceBB9dSAP8fUoSfRWis0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTM0c3NudWhsBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMTEzL3VzX2d1YW50YW5hbW9fdXNfdHJpYWwEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMyBHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawM5MTFzdXNwZWN0c3Q

Question: Is this a trial of the attackers, or a trial of the United States?

     Even in times of a recession, couples try to keep their relationships strong, even if it means having to cut back on the usuals. For the average American family, that might mean renting a DVD instead of going to the movie theater.

    But for the Obama’s, America’s First Couple (Barack wore jeans and a polo shirt to Malia’s soccer game today, if you care!), is setting the example for the American public in a visible way. So for tonight’s “date night”, the Obama’s have opted to not use Air Force One to take them to dinner in New York City, but instead use one of the “smaller” jets in the fleet, a Gulfstream. Of course, there are the obligatory helicopter flights, and the accompanying fighter jets.

      So we have:

                                 Plane ride to New York City:  at least $100,000

                                 Dinner and Theater tickets:   $500-600

                                 Example for Recession cutbacks: Priceless

        Oh, to be fair, the Obama’s will be reimbursing the taxpayers an amount equivalent to two round trip tickets DC to NYC!

US to host next G-20 summit in Pittsburgh



PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is known for steel. For sports. For smoke and smog. For a spectacular downfall. But not often for recovery.

For years, political leaders, community activists and ordinary residents tried to convince the world beyond its three rivers that this former industrial powerhouse was on the rise with an economy built on higher education, medicine and new technology.

From Sept. 24 to 25, it will get a chance to prove its point to the world leaders representing 85 percent of the world’s economy. On Thursday, the White House announced that President Barack Obama decided to host the next Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh as a way of illustrating what success can look like.

“This is Pittsburgh’s chance to show visitors the world over a first-class time in our first-class city,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said in a statement.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama recommended Pittsburgh at the end of the group’s April meeting in London, because the city “has seen its share of economic woes in the past, but because of foresight and investment is now renewed, giving birth to renewed industries that are creating the jobs of the future.”

Once the American frontier, Pittsburgh emerged from the battles of the French and Indian War 2 1/2 centuries ago.


Full release:

The poignant words of John D Rockefeller, Jr,

“Not long since I sought to formulate in my own mind the things that make life most worth living, without which it would have little meaning. Some of these things have been relegated to bygone days; some are regarded as long since outgrown. Nevertheless I believe they are every one of them fundamental and eternal. They are the principles on which my wife and I have tried to bring up our family; they are the principles in which my father believed and by which he governed his life. They are the principles, many of them, which I learned at my mother’s knee. They point the way to usefulness and happiness in life, to courage and peace in death. If they mean to you what they mean to me they may perhaps be helpful also to our sons and daughters for their guidance and inspiration. Let me state them:

. I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;

. I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty;

. I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master;

. I believe in the dignity of labour, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living;

. I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs;

. I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order;

. I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character – not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth;

. I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free;

. I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfilment, greatest happiness and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will;

. I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

These are the principles, however formulated, for which all good men and women throughout the world, irrespective of race or creed, education, social position or occupation are standing, and for which many of them are suffering and dying. These are the principles upon which alone a new world recognizing the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God can be established. It is to help usher in this new day that our sons have dedicated themselves to the service of their country. And it is that they may be kept worthy of this high service that we call upon all parents and neighbors in this city and throughout the length and breadth of this fair land to stand with us




We’ve had eight, maybe nine press conferences behind that “Office of the President-Elect” emblem, and these press conferences have been used as the means that Barack Obama has introduced is Cabinet and advisors. He has made a “team” display of his appointments, presenting his financial team, his national security team, his health care team.

     But in light of the developments this week with Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s “Pay to Play” corruption scandal, the President-Elect is desiring to step back from the press, to avoid their questions, particularly becuase they are questioning his lack of outright anger at the Governor’s actions. So today, intstead of another press conference to introduce his choice for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Obama made the announcement quietly in his radio/YouTube address. Shaun Donovan, who has worked with New York’s Mayor Bloomberg on New York City’s housing issues, will be the new head at HUD.

     Is this the open transparency we can expect for the next four years (assuming he is eligible to be President….. oh, that’s a different news thread!!)??