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The Pygmy Marmoset or Dwarf Monkey is one of the smallest primates and ties with the Slender Loris for smallest monkey. The Dwarf Monkey averages 14 to 16 cm in length (15 to 20 cm including its tail) and weighs 4.2 to 4.9 oz. Native to the rainforest canopies of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, the Dwarf Monkey often snacks on gummy tree sap.

The Pygmy Marmoset or Dwarf Monkey AP Photo/Froso Zoo

The Sphaerodactylus macrolepis (shown) and the Sphaerodactylus sputator are the two known species of the Dwarf Gecko. Both are found on Saint Martin and are the smallest reptiles in the world. Unlike the rest of the gekkoninae subfamily, Dwarf Geckos have round eyes, rather than vertical, and a round pad or scale at the end of each digit. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dwarf Gecko

The Red and Grey Slender Lorises, or Loris tardigradus and Loris lydekkerianus, are the two smallest species of monkey. Both are native to the tropical rainforests of Southern India and Sri Lanka. The average loris grows to chipmunk size, at 15 to 25 cm and 10.5 to 12 oz. Pictured here is a baby Grey Slender Loris. Source: AP

Baby Slender Loris- AP

The Parasitic Wasp is often used in agricultural pest control by paralyzing and eventually killing its prey. Its genome is also used in pharmaceutical research. Source: AP

Parasitic Wasp- AP

Thumbelina, a five year old Dwarf Miniature Horse, slides underneath the pasture fencing at Goose Creek Farms in St. Louis, MO on Friday, October 3, 2006. At 17.5 inches, she is the smallest living horse in the world, and holds the record for the smallest horse in history. Source: AP Photo/Sarah Conard

Einstein, born in April, may have laid claim to the world record for lightest foal. The Pinto Stallion weighed just 6 pounds and measured 14 inches in height when he was born in Barnstead, NH. Einstein’s proportions match those of a human baby.Source: AP Photo/Jim Cole

Einstein Pinto Stallion- AP

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Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah Rank as Most Conservative States

The District of Columbia and four New England states rank as most liberal

by Jeffrey M. Jones


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Private Glenn Hockton

A soldier who stood on a landmine in Afghanistan may owe his life to a rosary – just as his great-grandfather did in the Second World War.

Private Glenn Hockton, 19, asked for a rosary to take with him before being deployed to Afghanistan on a seven-month tour of duty with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province.

He bent down to pick the rosary up when it fell from his neck and then realised he was on a landmine.

Pte Hockton had to remain standing where he was for 45 minutes while his colleagues successfully attempted to rescue him.

His great-grandfather Joseph Sunny Truman also credited a rosary with saving his life when he survived a bomb blast after he was captured while serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Second World War.

Pte Hockman’s mother Sheri Jones, from Tye Green, Essex, said she was physically sick when her son rang to tell her of his ordeal.

“He was on patrol and his rosary fell off his neck. He felt like he had a slap on the back. He bent down to pick his rosary up to see if it was broken,” she said.

“As he bent down to pick it up, he realised he was on a landmine.”

His brush with death echoed that of his great-grandfather towards the end of the Second World War when he and other prisoners of war were forced to march away from the advancing Allied armies.

“He was walking across a field with half a dozen of his platoon,” said Mrs Jones. “He bent down to pick something up and was the only one to survive a sudden bomb blast. He had picked up a rosary.”

Pte Hockman’s mother and stepfather Danyal Jones have also kept a bullet which embedded itself in his body armour when he was shot on a separate occasion. He was winded but otherwise unhurt.

Pte Hockman is now back from Afghanistan but has been hospitalised with broken ribs he suffered in a non-work related mishap.

He joined the Coldstream Guards at 16 and was deployed last October.

Mrs Jones said: “As a parent, it was the hardest thing I had to do because being 16 I had to sign to give permission for him to join the Army. It was too painful to see him leave Brize Norton for Afghanistan.”

His family sent 20 parcels a week for him and his colleagues.They contained everything from toiletries to thermal underwear and Marmite home comforts to make life in the warzone easier.

Back home his sister Danyel, six, and brothers George, eight, and TJ, 17, worried for their brother.

Mrs Jones said: “It was horrible for them. I couldn’t watch the news because the children used to say: ‘Is Glenn on there?’ each time they said another soldier had been killed.

“He lost a couple of close friends out there. He is a very private person. We don’t really push him [to talk about it]. If he wants to tell us, he tells us.

“He has turned around and said: ‘When you’re out there, you either kill or you be killed.’ He said it is the hardest thing he has ever had to do. But you are fighting for your country and fighting for your life.”


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Many sources have covered this today. After PF brought it to my attention, I scoured to put together this composite…

Sister Denise Mosier (AP Photo/Benedictine Sisters of Virginia)

UPDATED:By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times

Carlos Montano

The Virginia man suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant and repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and whom federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings, police said Monday.

Carlos Montano, a county resident, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving. Mr. Montano had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges, and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities.

“We have determined that he is in the country illegally. He has been arrested by Prince William County Police in the past, said police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An illegal immigrant awaiting a deportation ruling has been charged with killing a nun and critically injuring two others in a drunken driving crash that has sparked criticism of how immigration enforcement is handled.

A local official in the Virginia suburb where the crash happened and a congressman from another state have criticized federal officials for not removing the suspect from the country after previous arrests, and even U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano questioned why his deportation was taking so long. A spokeswoman for the nuns’ order, meanwhile, said they’re upset that the tragedy is being politicized.

Twenty-three-year-old Carlos Martinelly Montano, who police say is illegally in the country, is charged with drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter and felony driving on a revoked license after the accident on Sunday in Virginia’s Prince William County. Montano was arrested two times before and charged with drunken driving, according to county police, and has also been arrested in separate incidents for other traffic-related offenses. Police say Montano, who is from Bolivia, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after at least one arrest, and a prosecutor said he knew of at least one other occasion he’d been referred to immigration officials.

The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that Montano was released in 2008, pending an immigration judge’s review of his case. As of August 2010, a judge had not ruled on his deportation.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the crash a “terrible thing” when asked about the incident during an unrelated news conference at D.C. police headquarters Tuesday. Napolitano said she immediately asked officials to look into the situation.

“This is a horrible case,” said Napolitano, whose department includes ICE. “Why is it that this individual was still out driving? He was in removal proceedings. Why were the removal proceedings taking so long?”

Prince William County’s top elected leader and a Kentucky congressman, both Republicans, criticized federal immigration officials for not deporting Montano.

This CFP piece By Bob Parks is what PF found & says it best–

Illegal Alien Of The Day

Carlos Montano illegal alien, arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges out on own recognizance

Yet another example how the government repeatedly allows bad things to happen to us, but how laws would be written overnight if those same bad things happened to our elected.

The Virginia man suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant and repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and who federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings, police said Monday.

Not the smartest move…

Carlos Montano, a county resident, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving. Mr. Montano had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges, and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities. Police spokesman Jonathan Perok said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified at the time of one of those arrests. “At the time of this incident, the accident yesterday, he was in the deportation process and was out on his recognizance for court proceedings.”

A man knowingly enters our country illegally, is arrested numerous times, and is released before he’s to be officially kicked out. Only the federal government would do something so damn stupid and another innocent party is dead

~The most poignant…Sisters ‘deeply saddened’

The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia were mourning the loss of one sister Monday, while praying for the health of two others seriously injured in a crash on Bristow Road.

Sister Charlotte Lange, 75, and Sister Connie Ruth Lupton, 70, were both flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital after their car was struck by a suspected drunken driver about 8:20 a.m. Sunday. They remained in critical condition Monday.

Sister Denise Mosier, 66, was killed in the crash.

Police say 23-year-old Carlos A. Martinelly Montano, of 12760 Merrymont Lane in Bristow, was driving drunk when his 1997 Subaru Outback hit a guardrail on Bristow Road, crossed into the northbound lane, and slammed head on into a 2003 Toyota Corolla carrying the sisters.

Mosier, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sisters were on their way to an annual retreat at the Benedictine Monastery on Linton Hall Road at the time of the crash.

For now, the Benedictine sisters are praying for all involved in the crash, including the two sisters still recovering at the hospital.

According to the monastery, Sister Charlotte Lange underwent surgery following the crash for internal bleeding and Sister Connie Ruth Lupton fractured her leg, ankle and wrist and had part of her thumb amputated. She was also being watched for internal bleeding and organ damage.

“They are so critically ill right now, we are frightened,” Smith said. “We are coping and grieving as any family would.”

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Pete Stark’s latest controversial statement about the Federal Government having the power to do what it wants to us ‘little people’! Brought to you by Golden Gate Minuteman & Bay Area Patriots…

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GOP Lawmakers Demand Amnesty Memo Hearing–Republican senators outraged at Department of Homeland Security (Yet ANOTHER POWER GRAB ) document suggesting bypassing Congress on immigration reform

Attorneys General Roundtable on ‘Fox & Friends’–Top justice officials from Virginia, Michigan and Florida talk health care, immigration reform

Across America: Illegal Immigrants Arriving By Boat-Groups of people believed to be from Cuba come ashore in Florida

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~DOJ release

BROOKLYN, NY—Following a six-week jury trial, Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir were convicted today in the Eastern District of New York of conspiring to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, by exploding fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport. The defendants believed their attack would cause extensive damage to the airport and to the New York economy, as well as the loss of numerous lives. Both defendants face sentences of up to life imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 15, 2010.

The convictions were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York.

The evidence at trial established that Defreitas, a naturalized United States citizen from Guyana, originated the idea to attack JFK Airport and its fuel tanks and pipelines by drawing on his prior experience working at the airport as a cargo handler. Beginning in 2006, Defreitas recruited others to join the plot, including Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur, during multiple trips to Guyana and Trinidad. Between trips, Defreitas engaged in video surveillance of JFK Airport, and transported the footage back to Guyana to show to his co-conspirators. Nur pleaded guilty before trial to supporting the plot and faces a sentence of up to 15 years. A fourth member of the plot, Kareem Ibrahim, faces trial on the same charges as Defreitas and Kadir.1

According to the trial evidence, the plot members also attempted to enlist support for the plot from prominent international terrorist groups and leaders, as well as the government of Iran, including Abu Bakr, leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, and Adnan El Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda leader. In February 2007, Defreitas recruited Kadir to join the plot because Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, was an engineer and had connections with militant groups in Iran and Venezuela. During cross-examination at trial, Kadir admitted that he regularly passed information to Iranian authorities and believed himself bound to follow fatwas from Iranian religious leaders

Defreitas was arrested in New York on June 2, 2007. Kadir was arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran. Ibrahim and Nur were also arrested in Trinidad. All three were subsequently extradited to the United States.

The specific charges Defreitas and Kadir were convicted of are: Conspiracy to Attack a Public Transportation System, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332f; Conspiracy to Destroy a Building by Fire or Explosive, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(n); Conspiracy to Attack Aircraft and Aircraft Materials, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 32; Conspiracy to Destroy International Airport Facilities, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 37; and Conspiracy to Attack a Mass Transportation Facility, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1992(a)(10). Defreitas was also convicted of Surveillance of a Mass Transportation Facility, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1992(a)(8).

“The defendants intended to send a message by killing Americans and destroying the New York City economy,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Today, the only message is that those who engage in potentially deadly plots against the United States will be stopped and punished.” United States Attorney Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York for its role in investigating and prosecuting the case, as well as to the Guyanese and Trinidadian law enforcement authorities who assisted with the investigation and apprehension of the defendants.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marshall L. Miller, Jason A. Jones, Berit W. Berger, and Zainab Ahmad.

The Defendants:

RUSSELL DEFREITAS, also known as “Mohammed”
Age: 67

ABDUL KADIR, also known as “Aubrey Michael Seaforth”
Age: 58

ABDEL NUR, also known as “Compton Eversley”
Age: 60

The charges against Ibrahim are only allegations, and Ibrahim is presumed innocent until proven guilty.