Monthly Archives: May 2011

Evangelical Crazy Guy: “Oops. World’s Ending in October. Really.”

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In light of the world not ending this weekend, the evangelical broadcaster who predicted that last Saturday would be Judgment Day has now said he miscalculated. He now says God will spare humanity “hell on Earth for five months” and will end the world on October 21.

Harold Camping, the guy who gained international fame as a result of this hoax, now says he feels “terrible” about the mistake. Yeah, I bet he does.

Camping predicted that on May 21, true believers would be taken to Heaven, and a giant earthquake would bring destruction for those left on Earth.

His ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions of dollars campaigning for the End of Days. Some followers donated their life savings to him to help spread the word. Now Camping says he can’t give financial advice to those who lost their life savings preparing for the end of the world.

Camping also predicted the world would end in 1994. Let’s hope that people are done listening to this old fool, eh?

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420,000 Women Raped Annually in Democratic Republic of Congo

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According to an upcoming report in the American Journal of Public Health, more than 420,000 women are raped annually in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The DRC is still suffering the effects of a civil war that officially ended in 2003; however, rebel factions have terrorized the civilian population since that time. Rape is a common weapon against women and men, young and old.

Throughout most of the country, women who are raped are disowned by their families, so many try to hid their rape rather than speak about it. When perpetrators are arrested for rape, they receive light sentences and often escape from jail, says a March report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Breaking: Justice Department Authorizes Charges against John Edwards

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The Justice Department has authorized prosecutors to bring criminal charges against former Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards. If Edwards’s lawyers and prosecutors reach a plea deal, Edwards may avoid being indicted.

A federal grand jury in North Carolina has been investigating payments made by the Senator’s campaign and supporters to Rielle Hunter, who was Edwards’s campaign videographer and mistress.

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Tim Pawlenty Announces He’s Running for President

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On Monday, Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, announced that he will be running for President. During his announcement, Pawlenty called for austerity, honesty, and truth. In fact, Pawlenty mentioned honesty and truth 16 times during his 20-minute announcement.

During the last year, Pawlenty has made dozens of visits to Iowa and other early voting states. This week, his tour includes stops in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, and Washington.

Pawlenty has faced a lot of criticism for saying that Medicare and Social Security are “unsustainable.”

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Mitch Daniels Will Not Run for President

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On Sunday, Mitch Daniels announced that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for President. Saying his family did not want to go through the campaign process, Daniels joked that, “Our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and there is no override provision.”

Daniels thus became the third high-profile Republican in just over a week to announce that he would not challenge President Barack Obama.

With Daniels out of the race, the contest is focused primarily on three former governors: Jon Huntsman, Jr. of Utah, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

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On This Day…

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In 1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

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Rwandan General Convicted of Genocide

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Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced Rwandan General Augustin Bizimungu to 30 years in prison for organizing and ordering the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left 800,000 people dead. The Court found Bizimungu guilty of 6 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, extermination, rape, and other international law violations.

Bizimungu, who fled to Angola after the genocide, was arrested in 2002 and detained until charged in 2004.

Bizimungu, who labeled Tutsis “cockroaches,” ordered their extermination and expulsion from Rwanda. In addition to the dead, over one million people fled the country during the genocide.

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Republicans Block Federal Court Appointee

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On Thursday, Senate Republicans blocked law professor Goodwin Liu’s appointment to the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats fell eight votes short of the 60 needed to end a filibuster.

Liu has been even more controversial than President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. Because many observers view the 40-year-old as a future Democratic Supreme Court candidate, conservative groups mobilized to keep the Rhodes Scholar from appointment.

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On This Day…

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In 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.

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Khmer Rouge Senior Officials Will Be Tried in June

The Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Lindsay.

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has set June 27, 2011 as the start date for the trial of 4 top Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide and other crimes committed during the 1970s.

The defendants are Khmer Rouge “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, foreign minister Ieng Sary, social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, and head of state Khieu Samphan. The four are the senior-most surviving members of the hardline communist movement.

They face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for the deaths of two million people from execution, overwork, and starvation during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-1979 rule. They also face genocide charges specifically related to the deaths of the ethnic Cham Muslim and Vietnamese people in Cambodia at the time.

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