Monday, December 14, 2009

News of the Day

Phuket's Big Buddha can see: Photo Special
PHUKET, Thailand - The penninsula's Big Buddha has a new pair of eyes. The gleaming dark pupils were carried up to its tall face today as 259 monks from all over Thailand chanted and a fierce wind threatened to blow everyone off the mountain. PHOTOS - Phuket's Big Buddha
Fullerton resident arrested in UC Berkeley protest
FULLERTON – John Friesen, a 25-year-old Fullerton resident, was among eight arrested Saturday after protesters broke windows, lights, and planters outside the home of UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau late Friday. John Friesen is currently in custody, said his father, also named John Friesen. Friesen said his son – who attended Fullerton Union High School and completed his associate's degree in math and engineering at Fullerton College – was visiting friends in Berkeley when he got caught up in the protests. More>>

Left rankled over Obama war remarks

Anti-war [peace] Democrats on Capitol Hill are bristling at President Obama's remarks about the need to wage "just wars" in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize last week in Oslo, though the president's speech garnered rare praise from [pro-war Republican] conservatives.

Since 2004, testing by water utilities has found 316 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials. More than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations...

One of the great challenges of our nation has been and will be to reconcile the racial tension of our past. The historical ramifications of slavery are still felt in the streets of West Baltimore, the country roads of the Mississippi Delta and corridors of the United States Congress. When our nation gathered up enough strength and courage to elect the first African-American president, in the words of our great GlobalGrind blogger, Erica Williams, "our nation did not become post-racial, but we're making every effort to be post-racist."

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