Friday, April 4, 2008

News update

Quick hits on Web news:

Raid on polygamist compound
ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — Child welfare officials following up on an abuse complaint took custody of 18 girls Friday who lived at a secretive West Texas religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.
A total of 52 girls, ages 6 months to 17 years, were bused away on Friday to be interviewed, but only 18 were immediately taken into state custody . . .
How do you interview a 6-month-old? And have these polygamists sunk so low that they're now marrying 6-month-old girls? What does a 6-month-old wear to her wedding, bridal Pampers?

Clintons earned $109 since 2000
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton made nearly $109 million since they left the White House, capitalizing on the world's interest in the former first couple and lucrative business ventures. . . .
According to a summary of the seven years provided by the campaign, the former president's speech income since he left the White House totals $51.85 million and his income from his two books — "My Life " and "Giving" — totals $29.6 million, including a $15 million advance for "My Life." Bill Clinton has traveled the world, giving paid speeches to multinational corporations, investment banks and motivational groups.
Executives around the world pay big money to attend Bill's most popular motivational seminar: "How to Get Oral Sex From 20-Year-Olds in Your Office -- And Get Away With It."

Maliki halts raids of Shi'ite militias
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki sought to defuse recent tensions among Iraq’s Shiites on Friday by suspending raids by government forces on militias, less than 24 hours after he threatened further raids.
In softening his tone, Mr. Maliki said in a statement that he was suspending raids “in order to give a chance to those who have repented and want to lay down their weapons.”
In related news, police in Los Angeles announced they had stopped arresting Crips and Bloods, to give them a chance to lay down their 9mms.

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