Republicans Governors Facing Extinction As Democratic Wave Looms

Republicans Governors Facing Extinction As Democratic Wave Looms #324

While the mainstream media is obsessed with the contest for control of the Senate, Democrats are poised to wipe out the Republican governor class of 2010. Rick Snyder, Sam Brownback, Rick Scott, Tom Corbett, Scott Walker and others are facing a growing Democratic wave.

Politico reported, “The unsettled gubernatorial landscape has drawn a fraction of the attention of the seesawing battle for the Senate. Yet the state of play is dramatic in its own right: The fate of big-name Republicans such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott and Michigan’s Rick Snyder are all on the line, and Democrats such as Colorado’s John Hickenlooper and Illinois’ Pat Quinn are locked in tough reelection races that could go either way.”

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50 Nebraska icons

50 Nebraska icons #551

Nebraska was the 37th state admitted to the union, so the Journal Star staff compiled a list of 37 icons that represent our state’s people, history and heritage.

  • These locking pliers, developed by Danish immigrant William Petersen and patented in 1924, took a strong hold on the small town of DeWitt. Petersen began production at his blacksmith shop, but by 1928 the company he founded had more than 600 employees. The metal tools were popular additions to toolboxes because they enabled a craftsman to grab a nut or a bolt and hold onto it, leaving his hands free. In 2002 the company was sold by remaining family members, and it closed its doors in 2008. Vise-Grips, although not made in DeWitt anymore, are still sold in almost every hardware store.

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Here comes the future: We’re making robots that feel!

Here comes the future: We're making robots that feel! #397

It’s an Anthropocene magic trick, this extension of our digital selves over the Internet, far enough to reach other people, animals, plants, interplanetary crews, extraterrestrial visitors, the planet’s Google-mapped landscapes, and our habitats and possessions. If we can revive extinct life forms, create analog worlds, and weave new webs of communication—what about new webs of life? Why not synthetic life forms that can sense, feel, remember, and go through Darwinian evolution?

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Florida voters have an eye on the environment

Florida voters have an eye on the environment #438

File photo dated Sept. 26, 2007 — Christina Panko, a water quality assistant at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, searches for marine life with three other employees at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. The animals found on the search will be used in one of the two touch tanks at the Environmental Learning Center that is opening to the public on Saturday and will include fiddler crabs, a moon snail, spider crab, crown conch and a pear whelk that will be placed in one of the two touch tanks. The National Estuaries Day celebration event will also

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Eric Holder Was Our Firewall against the GOP

Eric Holder Was Our Firewall against the GOP #815

One of the most poignant moments in Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s six year tenure heading the Justice Department came in February 2009 barely a month after he had been confirmed as Attorney General. He told an overflow crowd celebrating Black History Month at the Justice Department that America was “cowardly” when it came to facing race and racism. That did it. From that moment on the lines were sharply and brutally drawn. The pack of right wing bloggers, web sites, and of course, the GOP, made Holder their Public Enemy Number 1. They would hector, hound, harass, demean, insult, and batter him at every turn. He was hauled before countless GOP controlled House committees and grilled mercilessly on everything from his alleged bungling and deceit in the fast and furious gun running sting to the reporter leak flap in which he supposedly vindictively went after reporters in an effort to uncover damaging security leaks. The topper was the House’s frivolous lawsuit, a contempt citation and an equally, frivolous and clumsy threat to impeach him.

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LBI 18 Mile Run Was Ahead of the Road Race Pack in 1973

LBI 18 Mile Run Was Ahead of the Road Race Pack in 1973 #992

The people running in the 42nd annual Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run, sponsored by the St. Francis Community Center in conjunction with the LBI Jewish Community Center, may not realize they’re competing in a road race absolutely stuffed with history. Oh, they may know the race, which was first run in 1973, was originally dedicated to the 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and officials who were slaughtered by a Palestinian terrorist group called Black September on Sept. 5, 1972 in the midst of the Munich Olympic Games. They may realize that in the fall of 2001, the dedication was expanded to include the thousands of persons who lost their lives in the al-Qaida Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, which was suspected of targeting the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House but which was brought down in Stonycreek Township in Pennsylvania after passengers, who had heard via phone calls of the earlier attack on the Twin Towers, fought the four hijackers.

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