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Gordon Parks – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy.com –  ‘Always Something Interesting’

New York, May 1943.

“Policeman no. 19687. William Alexander Frazier, born 1916 in Harlem.”

http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/153

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Gordon Parks – wikipedia

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director.

He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Parks

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July 28, 2011 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTF?? – Herman Cain Apologizes To Muslim-Americans

Via: Think Progress

After saying he wouldn’t appoint Muslims to his cabinet and saying that communities have the right to ban mosques, presidential candidate Herman Cain apologized to Muslim-Americans today in a statement to TPM, saying he was “truly sorry” for potentially violating the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Constitution:

“While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends,” he said in the statement. “I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/27/281371/herman-cain-apologizes-to-muslims/

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‘humble and contrite’ – horse-shit!

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Infrastructure woes take toll on US economy-engineers

Via: Reuters

Failing infrastructure will cost the United States billions of dollars in lost productivity, income and trade in coming decades, according to a civil engineering report released on Wednesday that said the impact on gross domestic product could reach $2.7 TRILLION.

The American Society of Civil Engineers regularly tallies the amount needed to upkeep declining U.S. roads, bridges and waterways. It said the country will need to invest roughly $220 billion annually to maintain the country’s infrastructure in “MINIMUM TOLERABLE CONDITIONS,”

It said the gap between infrastructure needs and federal funding is growing. (yeah, well no kidding)

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Without improvement to the country’s transportation system, the economy will lose 400,000 jobs by 2040, it said, and income will take a hit.

“By 2040 American households will be not only earning less in income; they will also be spending $54 billion more on transportation costs than they would with a fully sufficient system,” it said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/27/usa-economy-infrastructure-idUSN1E76Q0J120110727

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Breaking News – Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington

With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the government’s legislative process works.

“We started them off with the basics, like the difference between a senator and a representative, and then moved on to more complex concepts, like what a resolution is,” Bozeman, MT social studies teacher Heidi Rossmiller told reporters as all 535 members of Congress copied down the definition of “checks and balances” from a whiteboard in the House chamber.

“It’s been a bit of an uphill battle, since most of them seemed to have no real sense of how or why a bill is passed, and Sen. [Harry] Reid [D-NV] had to come up to me during a break and ask, ‘Ms. Rossmiller, what happens if Congress can’t reach a compromise?’

“But hopefully it will all start to sink in soon.”

At press time, an unruly House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (see photo) had noisily stormed out of a lecture on bipartisan cooperation, claiming it was “TOO HARD.”

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Via: The Onion – America’s Finest News Source’

http://www.theonion.com/articles/emergency-team-of-8thgrade-civics-teachers-dispatc,21023/

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July 28, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Boehner, Breaking News, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anti-Freeze in Air Force Pilots’ Blood

Via: The Atlantic

A few months ago, Air Force leaders noticed some very strange behavior from pilots in the cockpit of F-22 Raptor fighters. Some pilots sounded like they were drunk on the radio; others couldn’t even remember how to use the radio during flights. Lab tests revealed not alcohol in the pilots’ blood, but a host of toxic chemicals including oil fumes, anti-freeze and even propane.

The Air Force grounded the entire stealthy F-22 fleet on May 3rd and launched an investigation. This week, the Air Force Times reports that they’re still stumped, which is not the best news for the fantastically expensive and problem-prone F-22s.

The Air Force has definitely figured out that toxins are making their way into the cockpit, but they don’t know  how. The symptoms that the pilots were displaying resemble those of hypoxia, a condition due to a lack of oxygen. Captain Jeff Haney exhibited the similar symptoms just before he crashed and died in Alaska in November of 2010. Suspecting that the chemicals entered the cockpit through the jet’s life support system, the Air Force is investigating the oxygen masks and pressurization systems, but they’ve yet to find the link.

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Unable to fly, pilots are stuck in simulators and runway taxiing exercises for safety’s sake. Investigators haven’t given any clues to how close they might be to a solution, but if pilots are grounded more than 210 days, they all have to get retrained, inevitably an expensive option.

Expensive and problematic has become a trope for all things F-22-related. Just before the the toxin problem hit its tipping point, the jets were supposed to see their first combat action in Libya. Manufactured in Georgia and championed by Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, the jets lost the privilege of leading the first attacks over Libya after showing signs of communications and missile navigation issues. Meanwhile, folks at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) are starting to wonder why the government is still supporting the program.

“Given the extraordinary cost of this aircraft and the myriad problems in maintaining it (you can’t use a plane if it’s grounded), is the F-22 too expensive and too difficult to use?” asked POGO’s Director of Investigations Nick Schwellenbach earlier this month. “The oxygen system issue is just the latest fiasco in this program.”

Schwellenback links to a Washington Post article from 2009 that reports an F-22 requires “more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000.”

The government has so far sunk BILLIONS into the F-22 fleet.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/07/anti-freeze-pilots-blood-baffles-air-force/40480/

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Via: Anchorage Daily News

‘Air Force Pilot Dies in Crash’

The pilot of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet that went down Tuesday during a training  flight over Interior Alaska died in the crash, Col. Jack McMullen, commander of  the Air Force’s 3rd Wing, said Friday.

At a brief press conference on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where the plane  was based, McMullen said evidence at the scene of the crash about 100 miles  north of Anchorage and south of the Denali Highway, including pieces of Capt.  Jeff Haney’s flight suit and other personal effects, led investigators to the  conclusion that he didn’t survive. Part of the aircraft’s ejection seat was also  found at the scene.

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“The weather was beautiful. It was a clear night,  about 77 to 80 percent moon illumination,” McMullen said at the press  conference. “You could see the ground, you could see mountains, you could see  the terrain. So it was a great night to fly airplanes.”

McMullen said the planes were about 10 miles apart,  with Haney’s jet in front, as Haney was making a 180-degree turn to rejoin the  other plane to fly home. They were passing each other about 2 miles apart when  contact with Haney was lost.

http://www.adn.com/2010/11/19/1563439/air-force-says-pilot-died-in-crash.html#ixzz1TLbW6ssh

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Vandals target University of Florida biology professors’ vehicles

Via: The Independent Florida Alligator

Letters, nails and vehicular sabotage haven’t kept two UF biology professors from expressing their belief in evolution.

In a string of events occurring over the past four months, the professors’ cars, which were parked in the Bartram-Carr Hall parking lot, were vandalized.

First, religious letters were left on the cars, and then pro-evolution bumper stickers and Darwin-fish emblems were scraped and torn from the vehicles. Most recently, nails were put into the tires.

One of the victims, Brian McNab, said he noticed a problem with his white Volkswagen when air continued to come out of the tires even after he had re-inflated them.

McNab took the car in for an inspection, and two two-inch nails were found and determined as the cause of the flat tires.

“I can’t prove who did it and I don’t want to jump to any conclusions,” McNab said. “But I think it’s obvious that it’s someone who has a strong opposition to evolution.”

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_54649000-b745-11e0-b955-001cc4c03286.html

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