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Tuesday, 28-Feb-2012 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Militia leader told informant he would kill police

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David Brian Stone Sr., one of seven members of a group called the Hutaree facing trial on federal charges that they were plotting to kill police to spark a wider insurrection, did not say what would trigger the attack.nike shoes cheap
"The guys with the little stars on their chest are enforcing all the new world order laws," Stone could be heard saying on one recording made by the informant. "We're going to pop 'em.cheap coogi shoes
Defense attorneys have contended the Hutaree was a social group whose members were exercising their right of free speech. Prosecutors on Thursday and Friday sought to prove otherwise with the recordings and testimony by the informant.new cheap jordans
"Now am I going to be cruel and mean? Yeah, I'm going to take the ID's of the first guys that we shoot, and we'll go back to their houses and burn their houses down. And if I kill their wives and their children inside, well then so be it, because I'm sending a message to the rest of them," Stone said at one point.jordan 10 fusion
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Stone and the informant, Dan Murray, 57, of Dearborn, Michigan, were heard agreeing that police officers are allowed by fellow officers to get away with drunk driving, speeding and even shootings in the name of the "brotherhood."jordan nike shoes
On Friday, defense attorney James Thomas sought to discredit Murray, a key prosecution witness who spied on the Hutaree from late 2008 to January 2010.
Under questioning by Thomas, who represents defendant Joshua Stone, the son of David Brian Stone Sr., Murray said he did not pay taxes on about $25,000 the FBI gave him, usually by cash in an envelope, when he met with his FBI contact for lunch.
Murray said he has a full-time job as an internet technology specialist that pays at least $100,000, and did not infiltrate the Hutaree for the money paid by the FBI.
Murray also disclosed that he had been sentenced to probation for a 2010 incident in which during an argument with his wife he fired a gun into a door, but not in her direction.
In another incident that year, Murray said he had stabbed himself in the abdomen during a heated argument with his wife and initially told police his wife had stabbed him.
The cross-examination of Murray is to continue Monday. An FBI agent is expected to testify for prosecutors as the case unfolds.
The trial is expected to take about eight weeks before U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts. It began on February 13.
The trial is the latest instance of the U.S. government prosecuting what it views as a growing threat of violence from home-grown anti-government extremists, the most dramatic case of which was the 1995 bombing of an Oklahoma City government building that killed 168 people.
As of late 2011, there were about 250 active militia groups in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Hutaree militia is classified as a militia with a religious twist because it has a militia ideology and activities, and maintains contacts with other groups, the ADL has said.
Defense attorneys have argued the group did not demonstrate real intent to carry out acts of terrorism and no attacks were carried out.jordan grays shoes
Prosecutors contend the group had met regularly since 2008 to conduct military style training and were preparing for an upcoming attack when authorities executed search warrants and swept them up in raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Federal agents seized machine guns, unregistered short-barrel guns, ammunition, explosive devices and materials that could be used to make explosives, according to court documents.
The charges against all seven include sedition, the attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and firearms offenses. Nine members of the group were indicted, one pleaded guilty and trial has been delayed for another suspect.
On trial are accused group leader David Brian Stone Sr.; his wife, Tina Mae Stone; and their two sons, David Brian Stone Jr. and Joshua Matthew Stone. Michael David Meeks, Thomas William Piatek and Kristopher Sickles also face trial.
(Reporting By Bernie Woodall; Editing by Tim Gaynor)jordan flight 2


Tuesday, 28-Feb-2012 07:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Obama rebukes Santorum on education ‘snob’ charge, points to pol

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By the superheated standards of recent election-year Republican attacks on the president — they've called him a socialist waging war on organized religion and offering nothing but weak-kneed appeasement to all of America's enemies (apparently Osama bin Laden can rest in appease) — Santorum's jibe was pretty mild, so maybe that's why Obama's response was more gentle rebuke than releasing the dogs-with-bees-in-their-mouths-and-when-they-bark-they-shoot-bees-at-you.Kids Air Jordan 4

The criticism drew a response from Obama himself, who offered a thinly veiled rejoinder during a speech to the National Governors Association.

"The jobs of the future are increasingly going to those with more than a high school degree," he said. "And I have to make a point here: When I speak about higher education we're not just talking about a four-year degree. We're talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door, handling a million-dollar piece of equipment. And they can't go in there unless they've got some basic training beyond what they received in high school."

"We all want Americans getting those jobs of the future. So we're going to have to make sure that they're getting the education that they need," said the president.

Santorum's campaign press secretary, Alice Stewart, told MSNBC that Obama had made a "change in tone" and "clarified" his stance in response to the Republicans' attacks.Air Max Jordan 2 Fusion

But Obama's remarks tracked with his first-ever speech to a joint session of Congress in February 2009, when he declared: "I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training."Jordan 3 Fusion

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Saturday, 25-Feb-2012 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Comcast to start new minority-owned cable channels

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Two of the networks are majority black-owned while two are majority American-Hispanic-owned, with all of them programming in English, the Philadelphia-based Comcast said.cheap shoes size 10 and up
It was unclear how much of an on-camera role, if any, Combs and Johnson might play on their respective network.cheap niblick golf shoes
The new channels, which in all will total 10 rolling out in the next eight years, are part of an agreement reached by Comcast with the FCC and Department of Justice when it was allowed to become majority owner of NBCUniversal.
The networks announced Tuesday include:
— Revolt, conceived by Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, will have programming that includes music videos, live performances, music news and interviews.
"Revolt is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media," said Combs, who described the channel as "immediate, like today's social networks."
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"It's your channel to do what you want to do, how you want to do it," he said, addressing them, with the result "uncut, raw, uncensored."
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— Aspire, to be led by Johnson in partnership with family-oriented channel GMC TV, will dedicate itself to enlightening and positive programming aimed at black families. It will air movies, documentaries, music and comedy, as well as faith and inspirational programs.
"Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams," said Johnson, adding that it "will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture."
It will launch this summer.
— El Rey, proposed by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network for Latino and general audiences. The programming mix will include reality, scripted and animated series, and will feature Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures.cheap basketball shoes
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El Rey is scheduled to debut by January 2014.
— BabyFirst Americas, from Spanish-language TV veteran Constantino "Said" Schwarz, is designed for infants and very young children, as well as their parents. It will emphasize the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills, the network said.
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The first of the networks to arrive, it is planned to be on the air this April.
These four networks, and the six others yet to be announced, are being chosen from more than 100 proposals, Comcast said. Each will be added as part of Comcast's digital basic tier of service.
The company, which is the nation's largest cable TV provider, did not mention in its announcement other cable systems planning to carry the new networks.cheap gucci shoes hit bg


Wednesday, 22-Feb-2012 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Greece awaits bailout decision but issues remain

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Finance ministers meeting in Brussels were still wrangling over how to further reduce Greece's debt load and impose even tighter control over the country's spending, and the meeting was expected to stretch late into the night. Rich countries like Germany and the Netherlands and the International Monetary Fund want to be sure that Athens can eventually survive without aid.jordan shoes sale
But after months of delays, time for Greece is running out. The country needs to secure the euro130 billion ($170 billion) bailout so it can move ahead with a related euro100 billion ($130 billion) debt relief deal with private investors. That deal needs to be in place quickly if Athens is to avoid a disorderly default on a bond repayment on March 20.discount jordan shoes
"I am of the opinion that today we have to deliver, because we don't have any more time," Jean-Claude Juncker, the prime minister of Luxembourg who also chairs the meetings of eurozone finance ministers, said as he arrived in Brussels.jordan shoes history
An uncontrolled bankruptcy would likely force Greece to leave the 17-country currency union and return to its old currency, the drachma, further shaking its already beaten economy and creating uncertainty across Europe.air jordans 13
Heading into the meeting, ministers were optimistic that a deal could be reached.
"We now have all of the elements to achieve an agreement," said French Finance Minister Francois Baroin. "Greece knows what it has to do, and we'll watch over it continually. We also know what we have to do."
But the finance ministers were also negotiating on several fronts, trying to move Greece's other creditors to increase their commitments. Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos rushed to Brussels to back up his finance chief, Evangelos Venizelos, in talks with the IMF, the European Central Bank and representatives of private holders of Greek debt.
The goal is to bring Greece's debt down to around 120 percent of gross domestic product by 2020 — the maximum the IMF sees as sustainable. At the moment, the country's debt load stands at more than 160 percent.
Last week, a new report prepared by the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF concluded that the new bailout, Greek spending cuts, and a planned euro100 billion debt relief from private investors would still leave Greece's debt at almost 129 percent of economic output by the end of the decade.
Ministers were exploring several options to close that gap, but as talks dragged on Monday, no final solution appeared imminent.Womens Jordan Shoes
A Greek official said Monday morning that there seemed to be agreement on further reducing the interest rate on Greece's first, euro110 billion bailout as well as having national central banks in the eurozone, which also hold some Greek bonds, participate in the debt relief. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were confidential.
However, other officials questioned the participation of national central banks, as well as whether the ECB would be willing to transfer profits from its Greek bond holdings back to Athens.
On the sidelines of the finance ministers' meeting, Venizelos headed into a new round of talks with representatives of Greece's private bondholders — mostly banks and investment funds — to explore whether they would be willing to accept further losses.
A current plan foresees private creditors swapping their old Greek bonds for new ones with half the face value, lower interest rates and much longer repayment periods.
But now some countries are pushing for bondholders to also give up on an accrued interest payment of around euro5.5 billion on their old bonds, a demand that could further discourage investors from signing up to the debt swap.
Amid the ever-changing mood over the country's rescue, some frustration was setting in among the Greeks.Jordan Griffey
"Greece comes into today's Eurogroup meeting having fulfilled all the requirements for the approval of the new program," Venizelos said. "For Greeks, this is a matter of national dignity and a national strategic choice and no other integrated and responsible choice can be opposed to it."
The Greek parliament has faced down violent protests to approve the austerity measures demanded by the eurozone. Its main political leaders have committed in writing to uphold the bailout terms even after general elections in April. And later Monday, the government in Athens is expected to introduce in parliament another two pieces of emergency legislation, including wage and pension cuts.
Despite Athens' efforts, however, some countries have indicated their patience with Greece was growing short.
"We've seen that Greece time and time again fails to satisfy the conditions that the international community makes. ... In the Netherlands, it really is an issue that you have to lend money to a country that for the umpteenth time hasn't held itself to its agreements," said Jan Kees de Jager, the finance minister from the Netherlands, which has been especially hard on Greece. "So it's indeed essential to me, and also the Dutch government, that we have control over the money that we're going to lend."
To that end, Greece is expected to be forced to set up a separate account that would ensure it services its debt. This escrow account would give legal priority to debt and interest payments over paying for government services. That would maintain pressure on Greece to stick to promised austerity and reform measures and spare the eurozone the risk of a destabilizing default.
The escrow account would, however, be an unprecedented intrusion into a sovereign state's fiscal affairs and could ultimately see Greece forced to pay interest on its debt before paying salaries to teachers and doctors.
In addition, Greece's international creditors will station permanent representatives in Athens to monitor the country's progress.
Another issue under discussion is how much the IMF will contribute to the new rescue. The fund has provided one-third of the bailouts for Ireland and Portugal and Greece's first rescue package.
"The indication is that the figure will be rather low," a European Union official said, adding however that a final decision from the fund's board is still outstanding. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were not yet concluded.
Some worry that more austerity could exacerbate Greece's problems by putting a stranglehold on growth. Prime Ministers from a dozen European countries — including the U.K., Italy and the Netherlands — wrote a letter Monday to EU President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso calling for growth across the bloc.
"The crisis we are facing is also a crisis of growth," the letter said. "It is now time to show leadership and take bold decisions which will deliver results that our people are demanding."
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Don Melvin in Brussels, Toby Sterling in Amsterdam, and Elena Becatoros and Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Greece, contributed to this story.jordans shoes


Wednesday, 22-Feb-2012 06:48 Email | Share | | Bookmark
U.S. proposes to reduce top corporate tax rate: report

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Obama last week unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget-and-tax proposal that called for aggressive government spending to boost the economy and for higher taxes on the rich.

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The Treasury department could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.New Jordan Shoes


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