Search continues for three missing Mt. Hood hikers


Via Fox News:

COOPER SPUR, Ore. — Search crews on Wednesday were racing against a storm that was expected to dump three feet of snow on Mount Hood in the next 48 hours while they continued to look for three missing hikers.

Cold rain began whipping the mountain’s base as temperatures remained in the 30s, and Wednesday’s forecasts called for the most powerful gusts of the year for Oregon in the next few days.

“Those are the strongest winds I’ve ever been in — knock you down, hands and knees,” said Lindsay Clunes of Corvallis Mountain Rescue, one of the dozens of searchers who have been looking for the three climbers since last weekend.

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said “the avalanche danger is very high.”

Meanwhile, the families of the missing hikers said they’re holding onto hope their loved ones will be found alive.

“We would like to thank everyone who continues to work tirelessly,” Frank James, Kelly James’ brother, said as he read a statement on behalf of the three climbers’ families during a news conference on Mount Hood Wednesday.

ST reader Melissa in Texas wrote this request in another thread:

[…] I would like to ask those of you who have the inclination to pray, to add the men that are lost on Mt. Hood in Oregon and the search & rescue teams safety and peace for their families to your list.
Kelly is my hubby’s cousin.
Godly men, all of those “lost” on the mountain.
I know that faith can move mountains.

Will do, Melissa. Keep us posted on what you find out.

Duke lacrosse defense team: DNA from OTHER men found on alleged “rape victim”


I’ve had several readers email me the link to this story this evening:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – DNA testing in the Duke lacrosse rape case found genetic material from several males in the accuser’s body and her underwear – but none from any team member, defense attorneys said in court papers Wednesday.

The papers were filed by attorneys for the three lacrosse players charged, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans. They complained that the information about DNA from other men was not disclosed in a report prosecutors provided earlier this year to the defense.

The testing was conducted at a private laboratory for the prosecution.

“This is strong evidence of innocence in a case in which the accuser denied engaging in any sexual activity in the days before the alleged assault, told police she last had consensual sexual intercourse a week before the assault, and claimed that her attackers did not use condoms and ejaculated,” the defense said.

The case against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper continues to unravel.

La Shawn Barber has been on top of this story from the word go and blogged earlier today about how Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has asked the DOJ to investigate Durham DA Mike Nifong for possibly violating the civil rights of the three accused Duke Lacrosse players. Read more about that here.

Cop killer’s name ordered off City University of NY’s ‘community and student center’


Yesterday, I blogged about some students at the City University of NY who have honored Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer, as well as Puerto Rican terrorist Guillermo Morales at their ‘community and student center’ by naming the center after the fugitives, who are both currently residing in Cuba. The center has had this name since 1989, but the issue has only recently come to light.

As a result of the NY Daily News report on the issue, the university’s chancellor yesterday directed the CUNY president to remove Shakur’s and Morales’ names from the ‘community center.’ Via the NYT:

Matthew Goldstein, the chancellor, called the designation of the room as the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center “unauthorized and inappropriate.”


A number of City College students interviewed yesterday — as well as Gregory H. Williams, the college president — said the names on the door had meant nothing to them. But one student who recognized them, Sergey Kadinsky, said he wanted to “raise awareness and raise a debate.”

The Daily News printed a letter from him on Monday complaining about the names, and followed up with an article and an editorial yesterday headlined “Celebrating killers at City College.” The News said the college had no intention of renaming the room.

But yesterday the college was hit with complaints. City Council members James S. Oddo, Dennis P. Gallagher and Andrew J. Lanza, the council’s three Republicans, said in a letter to CUNY released publicly, “Unfortunately, this demonstrates that City College is woefully out of touch with the taxpayers who subsidize the university.”


After receiving Chancellor Goldstein’s directive that the names be removed, Dr. Williams said yesterday in an interview that he would do just that and was trying to talk to the students. “Hopefully they will see the error of their ways, and will take it down” he said. “If not, we will take steps to take it down.”

But the students were not ready to acquiesce.

Rodolfo Leyton, a City College senior and the center’s director, said students planned to speak to a lawyer, Ronald B. McGuire, and possibly “seek legal remedies.”

Hat tip: ST reader and NYC’r Leslie

John Kerry to visit troops in Iraq


To educate them, perhaps? ;) Greg Tinti has the details. Essentially, this is a ‘fact-finding’ mission for Kerry, or so it’s implied. Something tells me, though, that the only ‘facts’ he’s going to come back with are the ‘facts’ he wants to hear.

Speaking of, Amy Proctor has linked up to a video of US troops serving in Mosul who are fired up about how the media portrays them, their attitudes towards serving, and what’s going on over there. Make sure to watch the whole thing.

Update: Andi suggests we send some of these over to Iraq in advance of Kerry’s visit. Not a bad idea! ;)

When it’s ok to wiretap and when it’s not ok to wiretap: the apparent liberal perspective


It’s recently surfaced that Princess Diana was bugged for a time in the 1990s – by the US:

American intelligence agencies were bugging Princess Diana’s telephone over her relationship with a US billionaire, the Mail’s sister paper has learned.

Evening Standard reports that she was even forced to abandon a planned holiday with her sons in the US with tycoon Teddy Forstmann on advice from secret services, who passed on their concerns to their British counterparts.

Both US and British intelligence then forced Diana to change her plans to stay with Mr Forstmann in the summer of 1997, saying it was too “dangerous” to take her sons there.

Instead the princess took the fateful decision to take a summer break with Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed. This ultimately led to her going to Paris with his son Dodi, where they died in a car crash.

The revelation from independent inquiries by the Evening Standard comes as it emerged that Princess Diana’s phone was bugged by US intelligence agencies on the night she died without the permission of the British secret intelligence services.

Authoritative leaks say the extraordinary revelations will be published this week by Lord Stevens and is bound to raise fresh questions about conspiracy theories.

The US secret service was monitoring Diana’s friendship with the controversial financier Mr Forstmann for some weeks.

Jason at TexasRainmaker speculates as to why the US was so interested in Mr. Forstmann’s phone calls and believes that he was being monitored because he was a potential Senatorial opponent to then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He concludes, due to the lack of outrage being expressed by the usual lefty suspects:

Intelligence agencies under Republican President monitoring communications of potential terrorists = PROBLEM

Intelligence agencies under Democrat President monitoring communications of political rivals = NO PROBLEM


Stem cells being harvested from live babies?


Very disturbing news from the BBC:

Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests.

Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.

There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases.

But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies.

Wall of silence

The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of Kharkiv who say they gave birth to healthy babies, only to have them taken by maternity staff.

In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies of foetuses and full-term babies from a cemetery used by maternity hospital number six.

One campaigner was allowed into the autopsy to gather video evidence. She has given that footage to the BBC and Council of Europe.

In its report, the Council describes a general culture of trafficking of children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence from hospital staff upwards over their fate.

The pictures show organs, including brains, have been stripped – and some bodies dismembered.

A senior British forensic pathologist says he is very concerned to see bodies in pieces – as that is not standard post-mortem practice.

It goes without saying that whether it’s happening from a desire to harvest stem cells or for other purposes, it’s sick. This is what happens in a world where unborn babies aren’t looked upon as human but instead ‘parasites’ and/or ‘not human’ (I know not everyone believes that, but it does seem to be the prevailing viewpoint). It doesn’t take a Harvard grad to be able to figure out that if people can look at a human being inside the womb as something other than a human, than a certain segment of those same people will start looking at human beings barely out of the womb as expendable in the name of ‘research’ and ‘finding cures.’


Just got home …


Been gone most of the afternoon and all evening, and am just now getting home and getting settled in for the night. Consider this an open thread. I’ll check back in to blog in a few hours once I’ve had a good night’s sleep.

G’nite :)