LIES


From LEBANON, Oregon, a Lebanon couple said Tuesday they were the victims of a sick joke after someone used their name to list a baby for sale.

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An ad on Craigslist.org said the baby’s mother wasn’t coming back. It also said the posters of the ad were out of “tweak,” or drugs, and would sell the baby for $1,000.

An e~mail address attached to the ad included the name Birdie Avery. But a woman who shares the same name in Lebanon said she doesn’t recognize the baby. She said she and her husband don’t own a computer.

“I don’t know if this is somebody’s really sick April fools joke,” said Avery’s husband, Rick Avery.

The Averys said they have raised children and grandchildren and would never do such a thing.

“When we find out who did this and who is using my name, I will make sure they get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Avery said. “This is not funny, it’s malicious and it’s not me.”

The couple said they learned of the ad Tuesday afternoon when a detective contacted them.

The couple is working with Salem and Lebanon police to track down the person responsible for the ad, which has been taken off Craigslist.
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Thank you KPTV.com
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The scary thing is…that someone thought that this was funny!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

You hear them before you actually see them.

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Some branches snap just ahead of you. The adult male silverback grunts somewhere off to the side of you. He even pounds his chest. You approach slowly. Mountain gorillas have been used to seeing scientists for decades, but these are wild animals, and you have to be respectful.

When you see them, it is shocking. I’ve been visiting mountain gorillas since I was 17, I’ve probably been about six or seven times, but each visit is extraordinary…says Anderson Cooper.

They are among our closest animal relatives, and when you stare into their eyes, you see the spark of intelligence. You know these are individuals, with personalities, thoughts and feelings.

Each gorilla group or family is headed by an adult male silverback. They are massive creatures, weighing up to 500 pounds, and are fiercely protective of their brood. Around them baby mountain gorillas tumble and play. They beat their chests just like their father, though the display is far less impressive. If you look closely, you may notice some of the mountain gorillas have lost a hand or a foot. Poachers’ snares are a problem, even in a well protected park in Rwanda that I visited.

There are about 700 mountain gorillas left in the world, according to Flora and Fauna International, an organization that acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems, and they live in a lush forest that straddles Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Rwanda and Uganda, where they’re well-protected, the mountain gorilla populations are thriving. They are major tourist attractions that bring millions of dollars each year to both countries.

The real problem right now is in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the last 10 years, there has been fighting in that country, and in the last year, according to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 10 mountain gorillas have been killed, shot to death.

We went to the Congo to find out why those mountain gorillas were murdered. And the answer is we just don’t know. Because of the fighting, the mountain gorillas are completely cut off. The rangers who protect them have had to flee the park, and no one’s been able to check up on the gorillas.

What we do know, and what is so sad, is that these gentle giants trust us. You see it when you sit with them, when they allow you to come so close. They’ve been taught that man won’t hurt them. This year, in the Congo, the gorillas have been lied to…

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Thank you CNN News and Cooper Anderson
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I love moneys, apes gorillas and any of their species. The Houton Zoo has a great Habitat for them. If you are there you should go and see.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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In from RIO VISTA, California, two whales that lost their way more than a week ago spent a second day circling near a Sacramento River bridge Tuesday, about 70 miles from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Both whales are wounded, apparently from a run-in with a boat’s propeller.

“The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted,” said Frances Guiland of the Marine Mammal Center.

Fresh water from the Sacramento River could hamper the whales’ recovery, biologists said. Skin samples taken from the mother whale on Monday were sent to out-of-state labs to assess her general health and help identify her population stock.

Crews in the more than two dozen boats blocking the humpbacks’ path up the river tried herding the mother and her calf downstream by banging metal pipes beneath the water.

The challenge, officials said, was encouraging the pair to return to salt water quickly but without resorting to tactics that could upset the whales.

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“Stressing even a healthy whale is not good. Stressing an injured whale is worse,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, had traveled 90 miles inland more than a week ago before turning around at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday. They were making progress Monday until they reached the Rio Vista Bridge and began swimming in circles. (Watch crowd cheer on the whales )

Scientists theorized the whales began circling because vibrations from traffic upset them. The pair could not be coaxed forward even when the drawbridge was raised to halt the flow of vehicles.

Scientists have been watching the two closely because their route includes sloughs leading to muddy deltas where the whales could become lost and trapped.

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The pair also face a couple more highway bridges between Rio Vista and San Francisco Bay, including the Golden Gate.

Federal officials have authorized researchers to fire darts carrying a satellite tracking device beneath the mother’s fin to monitor her location, but two days of gusty winds and choppy waters have delayed the tagging.
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Thank you Associated Press…
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Our rivers and tributaties are polluted…this is proof…these poor whales are getting worse because they are swiming in it. Their wounds getting worse.

Big business is distroying our plant. For centuries they have polluted our eco system. Now even the fish and mammels are suffering…glacers are melting at increadable rates…China will soon be driving cars at an alarming rate…the global pollution will increase…I see no end to this cycle.

Many years ago there was a tire invented that would never have to be replaced…but the tire company(s) bought them out and so we have to continue to buy tires…which when burned make horrible pollution.

Drug companies only make medicines that endure diseases instead of cure diseases. Can you imagine what amount of money is made from the common cold, alone???? It is a million dollar business alone…look at the shelves in drug stores. Look at the pain releiver shelves… It breaks my heart to know that there are drugs out there that can harm and kill you and yet the American comsumer rushes to buy them…

Well, Baby Boomers, as usual…I am off on one of my rants again…but if I have reached just ONE of you…it was worth it!!!

Smiles and world peace but REMEBER…BUY NO GAS ON MONDAYS,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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In CASSVILLE, Missouri, two men were charged Saturday with murder and rape in the death of a 9 year old girl whose body was found the day before in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri.

Barry County prosecutors charged the girl’s 25 year old stepfather, David Spears, and his friend, Chris Collings, 32, with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in the death of Rowan Ford.

Rowan’s body was found Friday in a cave in a remote part of McDonald County, about 10 miles south of the village of Stella, where she lived with her mother and David Spears. Her disappearance last weekend led to an intensive search by dozens of officers from three counties and 50 FBI agents and specialists.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said Collings confessed to authorities on Friday.

Based in part on Collings’ statement, the affidavit Epperly sent to the prosecutor alleges that the men took Rowan from her home to a camping trailer where Collings lived in Barry County, Epperly said.

There, Epperly said, both men raped Rowan and one of them then strangled her with a cord. Epperly did not say which one of the men strangled the girl.

Collings’ brother, Greg Horton, 44, said he didn’t believe the allegations.

“I don’t believe he could do something like this. He has three kids of his own,” Horton said. Collings’ children are all younger than 10 and live in Arkansas with their mother, who is separated from Collings, Horton said.

Collings was being held in Barry County jail. Epperly said he didn’t know if Collings had an attorney.

Myrna Spears, David Spears’ mother, said Saturday her son did not have a lawyer. He was being held in Newton County jail.

The mother discovered her daughter was missing about 9 a.m. November 3, after working a night shift at a Wal-Mart in a nearby town.

David Spears initially told investigators he had gone out with friends the night of November 2, leaving Rowan alone after she fell asleep. He said he returned around midnight but did not check on the girl, authorities said.

Authorities said he later acknowledged he had gone out a second time, around 1:30 a.m. on November 3, after calling his mother and asking to borrow her sport utility vehicle. His mother has said she watched TV but did not check on Rowan while she waited for Spears to return. He was gone for five and a half hours.

Spears previously said that it was wrong for him to leave the girl alone and that he initially withheld some information about his whereabouts that night because he was afraid authorities would suspect him in her disappearance.

Colleen and David Spears reported Rowan missing about 6:50 p.m. on November 3, after spending much of the day looking for the girl at the homes of acquaintances where they thought she might have gone.
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Thank you AP News
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What kind of monsters would rape and kill this beautiful little girl?

And they did it together…
WHY didn’t one stop the other??? It is unconcievable!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Bush signs controversial wire tap bill, calls for permanent fix…

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New law gives AG right to OK surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas

The director of national intelligence will also have this authority

The bill passed Congress over the weekend

Critics say the new law makes it possible to abuse Americans’ civil liberties

In from WASHINGTON, President Bush signed a controversial bill Sunday that temporarily revises federal electronic surveillance laws.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois says the wiretapping bill could potentially infringe on civil liberties.

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“This law gives our intelligence professionals this greater flexibility while closing a dangerous gap in our intelligence-gathering activities that threatened to weaken our defenses,” Bush said in a written statement issued by the White House.

The new law gives the attorney general or the director of national intelligence the authority to approve surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas.

The bill went through Congress over the weekend after heavy pressure from the Bush administration, which demanded that lawmakers remain in session until it passed.

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Congress responded by approving the revisions for six months.

The measure updates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which governs electronic surveillance in intelligence cases.

“Over the past three decades, this law has not kept pace with revolutionary changes in technology,” Bush said. “As a result, our intelligence professionals have told us that they are missing significant intelligence information that they need to protect the country.”

That ruling concluded that FISA required a warrant for eavesdropping on communications between people overseas because so many phone calls and e-mails are sent through U.S. switching centers, U.S. officials said.

The administration initially proposed to give the authority only to the attorney general, but agreed to add the director of national intelligence after Democrats objected to putting more power into the hands of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Top Democratic and Republican senators have accused Gonzales of giving misleading testimony to Congress about a U.S. no-warrant eavesdropping program, the existence of which Bush acknowledged in 2005.

Critics say the program which included the monitoring of communications into and out of the United States by people suspected of having links to the al Qaeda terrorist network violated FISA.

FISA was passed in 1978 after Watergate-era abuses by intelligence and law enforcement agencies that were wiretapping within the country. Early this year, the Bush administration agreed to submit the program to the FISA court.

Bush insists the program protects the civil liberties of Americans.

But Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union objected to provisions in the GOP-backed bill that grant the attorney general and the director of national intelligence the authority to approve all wiretaps even if one party is in the United States with minimal court oversight.

Bush said Congress will need to pass a more comprehensive reform bill when it reconvenes in September after its August recess. Congress will be called to address what Bush called “meaningful liability protection” for those who took part in the eavesdropping program.

The ACLU says the administration’s proposals would effectively “gut” FISA. And Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the third most powerful Democrat in the House, said lawmakers “are not going to leave Alberto Gonzales as the gatekeeper on American civil liberties.”

“That’s the fundamental problem, and we’re going to fix it when we come back,” Emanuel told reporters Sunday.

“We had to do it. We did what we needed to do. The Democrats are united in fixing this flawed law.”
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Thank you CNN…
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Here’s a good one for you Baby Boomers…Thumbs up or thumbs down???

Personally, I don’t like giving Big Brother an inch or a leg to stand on!

From WASHINGTON, of all places, A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by outed spy Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Dick Cheney and other top Bush administration officials.

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A judge threw out the lawsuit from ex-spy Valerie Plame and husband Joseph Wilson.

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Plame had accused members of the Bush administration of leaking her identity. To knowingly disclose classified information to unauthorized recipients is a crime, and Plame’s position was classified.

U.S. District Judge John Bates said the lawsuit raises “important questions relating to the propriety of actions undertaken by our highest government officials.” But in a 41-page decision, he found Plame and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, failed to show the case belongs in federal court.

Plame’s identity as a CIA operative was exposed in July 2003 after Wilson publicly challenged a key argument in the Bush administration’s case for the invasion of Iraq. The couple argued the disclosure destroyed her career and was done to retaliate against Wilson, who said the administration had “twisted” the evidence used to justify the invasion.

Bates, a Bush appointee, agreed with defense arguments that federal law protects Cheney and the other top administration officials from being sued for actions taken as part of their official duties.

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The way the defendants handled criticism from Joseph Wilson “may have been highly unsavory,” the judge wrote, but “there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism … by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants’ duties as high-level executive branch officials.”

Valerie Plame’s exposure ignited a criminal probe that led to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s conviction in March on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents investigating the leak. President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison term earlier this month, calling it “excessive,” but let the verdicts stand.

“While we are obviously very disappointed by today’s decision, we have always expected that this case would ultimately be decided by a higher court. … We disagree with the court’s holding and intend to pursue this case vigorously to protect all Americans from vindictive government officials who abuse their power for their own political ends,” she said in a statement.

Joseph Wilson said the decision was “just the first step in what we have always known would be a long legal battle.”

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“This case is not just about what top government officials did to Valerie and me,” he said in a statement issued to reporters. “We brought this suit because we strongly believe that politicizing intelligence ultimately serves only to undermine the security of our nation.”

Lea Ann McBride, Cheney’s spokeswoman, said “the vice president is pleased that the court has dismissed the lawsuit.”

The Libby defense team declined to comment. Libby, with his appeal still pending, has deferred to defense attorney Ted Wells to speak for the Libby family. Barbara Comstock, a spokeswoman, told CNN “there will be no statement.”

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In addition to Libby and Cheney, the lawsuit also named former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser.

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During the course of the leak probe, Rove and Armitage were found to have been the two “senior administration officials” columnist and former CNN contributor Robert Novak cited in identifying Plame as a CIA operative. Both cooperated with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation, and neither was charged with a crime.
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Thank you CNN News
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Baby Boomers I truly try to stay out and off politics…but they keep dragging me back with such huge definitons of JUSTICE/INJUSTICE.

You tell me…thumbs up or thumbs down.

I do believe that these folks do know what it is like to be thrown to the lions, or is that to the wolves!!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Hello Baby Boomers…

So many of us are losing our mates. There are plenty of reasons…death, divorce. terminal illness.

So for those of you who have spent a life time [or so it seemed] and now are faced with the possibility of looking for a new partner…this is a good article.

Being one, who has been out there for the last 12 years, my personal advice is never to lie! If you are going on line to look for your soul mate or other mates…be honest…Those lies will catch up with you. Starting any relationship based on lies will get you a dishonest relationship.

And remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take your time…be selective. The best part of any relationship is always the first part…so make it last.

Well. those are a few words of sage from me…good luck Baby Boomers…I am here if you need me.

Hugs and kisses,
SMILE!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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Top 10 Ways to Get Lucky at Love

Know what you want. Your looks change and fade, character does not. While a certain amount of “chemistry” is nice, don’t rely solely on lust.

What qualities are you looking for in a mate? My book “Find a Sweetheart Soon! Your Love Trip Planner for Women” helps readers define their love goals.

Get clear about what you don’t want. Knowing what you really can’t tolerate in a partner is important. Make a list of your “don’t wants” and then cut it down to the 10 most important. Any more than that and you’ll be too picky.

Live your life. Once you know clearly what you want (and don’t want) in a relationship, shift your focus to living your life. You’ll find that you start noticing those who might fit, and passing by those who don’t.

See the big picture. Don’t try so hard that you miss the obvious. If you are great at focusing, step back now and then and look at the big picture. Work on having a playful, whimsical attitude towards life.

Get out of the house. Cultivate opportunities to
expand your social circle and meet new people
expand your social circle and meet new people. Vary your routine. Have you thought of entertaining to enlarge your social circle?

My new ebook “Looking for Action? The Find a Sweetheart Party Planner” tells you how to throw parties to build a wonderful group of close friends – it’s easy!

Open your eyes and your attitude. Lucky people notice, create and maximize chance opportunities. Chat with other shoppers while you are waiting in line. Be ready with a “calling card” a personal business-type card with basic contact information.

Get curious. Don’t content yourself with the obvious. Ask questions. Wonder why. Find answers.

Try something new. The best way to have things stay the same is to never do anything different. Vary your daily routine, just to keep yourself awake. Shake yourself up and notice what happens. Keep yourself open to chance opportunities, and then take advantage of them.

Expect good luck. Monitor your self-talk for negative messages that interfere with luck. Replace the negative thoughts with positives. Surround yourself with examples of lucky people.

Learn from bad luck. Take steps to prevent more bad luck from what you have learned, then let the “bad” go. Don’t dwell on or rehash the bad experience. Look for the positive elements.
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Thank you Kathy Lord
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Kathryn Lord, romance coach and author, met her now husband Drew online. Out of the dating world for years, Kathryn conquered her fears, found her perfect mate and built a solid relationship. She put what she has learned into writing in “Find A Sweetheart Soon! Your Love Trip Planner for Women.” A psychotherapist, Kathryn has been helping singles and couples for more than 25 years. She is on the web at Find-a-Sweetheart.com.

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