Friday, April 27, 2007

John Ford Guilty of Bribery

Former TN State Senator John Ford found guilty of bribery.
Memphis Dist 29

Ford now a convicted felon. Can be maximum 10 year penalty.

Extortion - not guilty - but may be retried!
Intimadation of witnesses - not guilty.

From the Memphis Flyer:

United States Attorney David Kustoff said the government got what it wanted in the John Ford trial.

"The bottom line is, as of today John Ford is a convicted felon," said Kustoff at a news conference in the federal building.

Jurors found Ford guilty of bribery, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. The former senator was found not guilty on three counts of threatening undercover FBI agent L. C. McNiel and undercover informant Tim Willis, but Kustoff shrugged off a suggestion that the jury found them to not be credible witnesses.


Memphis Flyer article


He still has a middle Tennessee trial in the future.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bees gone! Should we be worried?

A post on KOS should be of interest to us all.

It's Official: The HoneyBees are Gone [Congressional Testimony] by jhritz

"Experts are gathering outside Washington, D.C. today for a two-day meeting to collectively scratch their heads about the Colony Collapse Disorder, aka 'Where have all the honeybees gone.'"

The phenomenon was first noticed late last year in the United States, where honeybees are used to pollinate $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and other crops annually. Disappearing bees have also been reported in Europe and Brazil.

Commercial beekeepers would set their bees near a crop field as usual and come back in two or three weeks to find the hives bereft of foraging worker bees, with only the queen and the immature insects remaining. Whatever worker bees survived were often too weak to perform their tasks.

cnn link

Much more to this diary, please give it a read: click here

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kasparov Chess Grandmaster Arrested

Russia a friend? Russia for Freedom?

This is a sad event - a world renown Chess Grandmaster Arrested! Americans we should follow this story.
By Christian Lowe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov accused Russian authorities of illegally crushing an anti-Kremlin march on Saturday and called the protest a victory for opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Kasparov, who was among at least 170 people detained during a march organised by opposition coalition Other Russia, appeared briefly outside a central Moscow court after being charged with public order offences during the banned protest.

"Today the regime showed its true colours, its true face," said Kasparov, who turned 44 on Friday, and is one of the leaders of Other Russia.

for complete article:
Kasparov Arrest

Also:

Sunday Herald
Kasparov: Russia's white knight?
Once the best chess player in the world, Garry Kasparov has turned his strategic genius to restoring democracy in Russia. Paul Dalgarno hears why Vladimir Putin has reason to fear the grandmaster

Article here

Also:

USA Today
Russia detains chess ex-champion Kasparov at anti-Putin rally

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators defied authorities Saturday by trying to stage an anti-government rally banned from a landmark downtown square, setting off sporadic clashes with police across Moscow and bringing a wave of arrests.

A coalition of opposition groups organized the "Dissenters March" to protest the economic and social policies of President Vladimir Putin as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights.

Article here

Also:

CBCNews
Kasparov arrested in Moscow march
Authorities had banned the demonstration and about 9,000 police officers, many of them in riot gear, blocked the streets.
As head of the United Civil Front, part of the Other Russia opposition coalition, Kasparov has accused President Vladimir Putin of trampling on democracy and has often called on his supporters to stand up to his rule.

Article here

Also:

Ledger-Enquirer.com

Kasparov freed after anti-Putin rally
by DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press
Organizers refused to cancel plans for the Pushkin Square rally and protesters started to arrive before 11 a.m. Police began seizing them a few at a time.

A 23-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Maria, said she and her husband, Andrei, were coming out of the subway when officers grabbed him.

"We didn't do anything," she said, tears rolling down her face as she watched her husband being hustled into a police truck. "We just wanted to see what would happen."

Viktor Vinokourov, a 67-year-old pensioner, watched the detentions from a nearby sidewalk, holding a hand-scrawled sign declaring: "I Don't Agree." A young man in a leather coat, apparently a plainclothes security officer, snatched it out of his hands.

Article here

Kasparov Links:
Chess Corner

Kasparov Chess Foundation