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Billboard that Compares Pres. Obama to Bin Laden Spreads to T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers

A controversial Texas billboard on interstate 35 that compares President Obama to the late terrorist Osama Bin Laden is now spreading to T-shirts and bumper stickers.

The billboard shows two camouflaged armed men and recalls the Navy SEALS' removal of a threat to America and tells Americans to remove another threat in November [President Obama].

Tom Schad, who put the billboard up originally, told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: "I'm amazed. It started out there was no reaction. Then all a sudden it evidently got on Facebook. It got on the Internet. Then it was everywhere. It went viral."

Schad started making a few t-shirts for friends, but now has many orders.

Schad falsely claimed that President Obama took all the credit for the death of Bin Laden: "He needs to understand its 'we', a team effort. He didn't pull the trigger those seals pulled the trigger."

Retired Marine Roger Herman has printed up one thousand bumper stickers and cliams that they were all ordered on Tuesday night.

However, some people have complained that the ad as advocates violence against President Obama.


Topless Tempest: Kate Photos Spark Palace Fury

Kate Middleton, Prince William
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Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their shoes off before entering a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
London - Paparazzi, French media and a British royal: The publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate has reunited the same players whose clash ended with the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Parisian car crash.

William, who has long harbored a grudge against the paparazzi who chased Diana in the days and hours leading up to her 1997 death, was clearly infuriated. The royal couple hit back with an immediate lawsuit against the popular French gossip magazine Closer.

The blurry photos, called a "grotesque" abuse of privacy by royal officials, show Kate _ the Duchess of Cambridge _ wearing only a skimpy bikini bottom. They are the first to show Britain's likely future queen with her bosom exposed.

St. James's Palace officials sharply criticized the magazine moments after the photos hit French newsstands, comparing the intrusion on the young couple's privacy to the tragic paparazzi pursuit of Diana, which many believe was a contributing factor in her early death on Aug. 31, 1997.

The parallels between the past and the present were eerie. Diana was hounded by paparazzi who took telephoto shots of her vacationing on a yacht with her boyfriend Dodi and tailed them relentlessly in Paris.

Earlier this month, a photographer with a similar long lens captured Kate and William relaxing in the sun at a private estate in Provence, a vacation spot near the French Riviera.

Instead of challenging the authenticity of the blurry photos, palace officials said they appear genuine _ and should never have been taken, much less published.


Salem Man Arrested After Flying Powered Paraglider On 9/11

Patrick Tarmey calls his airborne toy a "powered paraglider." But on September 11th of this year, some people in Salem thought his quirky-looking glider may have posed some kind of threat.

"I was flying it over the harbor just practicing doing some 360s and some spins," Tarmey said.

Tarmey owns a business called Paramotor Tours. But while he was flying Tuesday, the phones at the Salem police department lit up.

"Are you aware of the guy that's in this, like, gyrocopter that's flying over the Bridge Street bypass, and stopping traffic basically?" asked one caller.


All-Clears After Bomb Threats Evacuate Campuses in Texas and North Dakota

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Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police Department talks to the media near the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, N.D., following a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the campus on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
Austin, Texas - Tens of thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after telephoned bomb threats prompted officials to warn students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. Both campuses eventually were deemed safe and reopened by early afternoon, as authorities worked to determine whether the threats were related.

The University of Texas received a call about 8:35 a.m. from a man claiming to be with al-Qaida who said he had placed bombs all over the 50,000-student Austin campus, according to University of Texas spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon. He claimed the bombs would go off in 90 minutes and all buildings were evacuated at 9:50 a.m. as a precaution, Weldon said.

The deadline passed without incident, and the university reopened all buildings by noon. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day, but other university activities were to resume by 5 p.m.

"We are extremely confident that the campus is safe," UT President William Powers told a news conference.

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani said 20,000 people also were evacuated from his school's main and downtown campuses in Fargo after the school received its threat. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said a call that included a "threat of an explosive device" came in about 9:45 a.m., but he declined to give further details. He said the agency was trying to determine if the two campus threats were related.

NDSU buildings reopened about 1 p.m. and classes were set to resume an hour later, said Bresciani, adding that the campus had been "deemed safe."

Arrow Up

Consumer inflation rises by most in three years

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Driving prices higher. Rising gas prices are behind the biggest increase in consumer inflation in three years. Minus fuel, inflation is pretty tame.
More expensive gas drove up consumer prices in August by the most in three years. Aside from energy, inflation was tame.

The Labor Department says consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent.

In the past 12 months, prices have increased 1.7 percent. That's down from a peak of 3.9 percent in September 2011.

Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices edged up 0.1 percent for the second straight month. Rents, medical care and new cars got more expensive, while clothing, furniture and airline fares fell in price.

Core consumer prices rose 1.9 percent in the past 12 months, the smallest annual increase in a year and still below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target.

The Fed on Thursday launched a third round of bond purchases and extended its pledge to hold interest rates near zero to at least through mid-2015 from late 2014, in an effort to tackle stubbornly high unemployment.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he believed inflation would remain close to the Fed's target, noting that longer-term inflation expectations were quite stable.

Last month, overall inflation was boosted by a 9.0 percent surge in gasoline prices after a 0.3 percent rise in July. Gasoline prices at the pump increased 28 cents in August and could squeeze household budgets.

Comment: Being pacified by economic hyperbole or are you paying attention to the signs?
8 Shocking Truths the 'War on Terror' and the 'Global Financial War' Have in Common
Dollar no longer primary oil currency - China begins to sell oil using Yuan

"Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws." -Baron M.A. Rothschild

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.. corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln


Children's Hospital Doctor Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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Dr. Richard Keller
A pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dr. Richard Keller, 56, of Andover, "knowingly received films depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

Read: The Criminal Complaint (.pdf)

In a statement Thursday afternoon, federal prosecutors said Keller "purchased and ordered over 50 DVDs of child pornography online. At this time, more than 500 photographs and between 60 - 100 DVDs have been recovered during an ongoing search of Dr. Keller's home today."

Keller is also a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School. He was the Medical Director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before leaving in 2011.

"Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, and messages will be promptly returned," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Bad Guys

TSA Worker Charged With Possession Of Child Porn

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Andrew Smeal.
A Transportation Security Administration screener at a major South Florida airport is in jail accused of possessing dozens of horrifying images of child pornography.

Andrew Smeal is facing 25 counts of possessing child pornography showing young children engaged in sexual acts.

Smeal works at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The news came as a shock to neighbor Chris Petinaud. He said he saw police descend on Smeal's Hollywood home Tuesday morning. Petinaud said the charges leave him disgusted.

"I had no idea," Petinaud told CBS 4′s Carey Codd. "My children come here in the summer, playing in the back, swimming and stuff. To know that's next door is disturbing."


Zombie Attack! Naked, Bloody Man Gnawed On Woman's Head During Wild Neighborhood Rampage

A Doylestown man, who was naked and bleeding profusely, gnawed on woman's head all while "screaming like an animal" during a wild neighborhood rampage, state police said.

The bizarre incident played out in the early morning hours of September 7th in Hawley Boro, which is in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

According to investigators, the incident began when 20-year-old suspect Richard Ciminio Jr. parked his car behind a home on Hudson Street, got out and stripped down to his underwear.

State Police say Ciminio then tried to break into a home, but was unsuccessful. Police say Ciminio then took off his underwear and continued down Hudson Street and broke into an unoccupied home.

While inside that home, police say Ciminio walked up to the home's second floor and jumped out a window, causing severe injuries to his arms and legs when he hit the ground.


Cop drags woman, 77, from car after ID refusal

A local Texas police department is standing by an officer who dragged a 77-year-old grandmother out of her car for speeding after she repeatedly refused to provide her driver's license.

The entire arrest was caught on video by the Keene Police Department. The woman, Lynn Bedford, of nearby Cleburne, was stopped on Aug. 19 for driving 66 mph in a 50-mph zone.

Bedford told Sgt. Gene Geheb that she had a bladder infection and had to go to the bathroom, but the situation quickly escalated when the officer asked several times for her identification and she refused.


8 Shocking Truths the 'War on Terror' and the 'Global Financial War' Have in Common

sinking liberty
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The 11th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001 passed in all its political jingoistic sympathy-eliciting glory. With a patriotic backdrop, Romney and Obama used the solemn opportunity occasion to advance their election campaigns. Squeezing out tried-and-tested drops of advantage-taking from the 9/11 attacks, which continue to gift politicians' macabre and twisted vote-winning opportunities.

We are approaching the 13th anniversary of a far less publicized event, yet arguably more significant in causing loss of life, suffering and misery to millions of innocent victims over the past decade.

On November 12, 1999 a $300 million lobbying effort by the banking and financial services industries lead to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. The repeal separated commercial banks and investment banks thus freeing banks to expand into unsustainable speculative positions - prime examples being the devastating experiment with derivatives and subprime asset-backed securities. These high-risk, fraudulent ventures have resulted in the current financial crisis, global economic instability and what amounts to a 'Global Financial War' on innocent citizens taxed directly and by stealth-inflation to pay for the mistakes of the criminal banking mafia.

On the surface these events are not connected, but what similarities do they share?