Wednesday, September 28, 2005
"In accordance with the rules of the House Republican Conference, I will temporarily step aside as floor leader in order to win exoneration from these baseless charges," DeLay told reporters. As near as I can tell, the charges stem from fundraising activity that DeLay did in Texas which happens to be legal under Texas law. The prosecutor, one Ronnie earle, has apparently been trying to get DeLay on something for years. Well, Mr. Earle should be careful what he wishes for, because he's going to find out why they call DeLay The Hammer.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society. It all starts with believing in God. That's the gateway towards wearing a cross, reading a bible, believing in same-sex marriage, and then who knows what else.
The broadcast featured an anchorman who wore a ski mask and an ammunition belt.
The anchorman, who said the report would appear once a week, presented news about the Gaza Strip and Iraq, and expressed happiness about the recent hurricanes in the United States. A copy of the Koran was at his right hand, and a rifle affixed to a tripod was pointed at the camera. Welcome to The Legend of Hassan Burgundy.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Adams died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health ever since. Not only was he one of the funniest guys who ever lived, Adams was also a war hero, having joined the Marines and survived the Battle of Guadacanal. Semper Fi, Max.
USA Today: FORT HOOD, Texas (AP)-Army Pfc. Lynndie England, whose smiling poses in photos of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Grahib prison made her the face of the scandal, was convicted Monday by a military jury on six of seven counts.
England, 22, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. She was acquitted of a second conspiracy count.
I'm all for punishing anybody who's guilty of real abuse. Somehow, I don't think putting panties over a Taliban member's head and making fun of their manhood ranks up there with cutting peoples' heads off.
Friday, September 23, 2005
A full report by correspondent Steve Kroft on the search for bin Laden will be broadcast on CBS News' 60 Minutes on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
"I think now [bin Laden] is being protected or assisted by a very short number, which keeps his profile very low," says the counter-terrorism head of Pakistan's Intelligence Service, a brigadier who goes by the name "Ali" and whose true identity is known only by a few government officials. Ali believes that bin Laden is still someplace along the border, probably along Afghanistan. Well, I always thought he'd gotten a job at 7-11, but I could be wrong.
"Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" (Kids Ahead; hardcover $15.95; ISBN 0976726904) by Katherine DeBrecht soared to #6 in Amazon's overall rankings on Wednesday afternoon after being praised by talk radio king Rush Limbaugh on his national show. The illustrated book ranked second only to J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in Amazon's children's book category, and was also ranked #8 overall on Barnes & Nobel's site.
Should the book go on to topple "Harry Potter" for the top spot, it would be a major upset by a most unlikely underdog. Not only have the leading publications in the publishing industry such as Publisher's Weekly and The New York Times Book Review ignored the book, it has also been fiercely denounced by liberal pundits and bloggers. The average customer review for "Liberals Under My Bed" on Amazon stood at only one star out of five earlier this week as liberals flocked to the site to criticize the controversial book. But its fortunes dramatically reversed as word of the book spread in conservative circles.
Well, I'm certainly willing to do my part to help spread the word. In an age in which kids are being made to read about two princes who get married, and Heather and her two daddies, what's wrong with some real diversity for a change?
A statement issued yesterday by Hamas said, "Qassam rockets and other locally made arms will be exposed, since it is the legal weapon that evicted the occupation forces." The Middle East Media Research Institute yesterday reported that recent sermons delivered by Hamas leaders pledged to resist efforts from the Palestinian Authority to disarm the organization ahead of upcoming elections. Nice to see that the Roadmap to Peace is being so well respected, isn't it?
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, said rabbi Marvin Heir, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
"I think he'll be remembered as the conscience of the Holocaust. In a way he became the permanent representative of the victims of the Holocaust, determined to bring the perpetrators of the greatest crime to justice," Hier told The Associated Press. Wiesenthal was tireless in his persuit of justice, and his message is needed now more than ever. Shalom, sir. May you finally find peace.
Reports Britain's Sky News: The Guangzhou Haokian Bio-science company has registered their names as trademarks for the contraceptives.
The condoms will display Chinese spellings: Kelitun and Laiwensiji. Future lines will include The Cigar Holder, The Bent One's Best, and The Oral Office Executive.
Monday, September 19, 2005
They pull stunts like this. SFGate: At a dramatic and elaborate memorial service near San Francisco's City Hall on Sunday, homeless advocates honored the names and lives of nearly 2,000 people who have died homeless in San Francisco since 1987.
Next to a 94-foot-long white wooden wall bearing the names, recorded violin music played with live singing and scarf dancing, incense burned and members of Religious Witness With Homeless People led about 200 people through the service, which included reciting the names of all 149 people known to have died homeless in San Francisco in 2004. I'm guessing that most of the dancers and singers who appeared wouldn't be caught dead in San Francisco on any other day. SF is the most liberal city in the country, so why isn't City Hall actually doing something instead of allowing these goofballs to have their little publicity stunt? Oh, yeah-homelessness is the fault of those evil Republicans, not left-wing local officials who want to pay them to stay homeless!
Friday, September 16, 2005
FOX News: SAN DIEGO-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed an open secret Friday, telling supporters that he's running for re-election next year-an early announcement designed to re-energize his sagging political momentum with the vitality that swept him into office.
"I'm going to follow through with this here. I'm not here for three years. I originally got into this because to finish the job. I'm in there for seven years," he told an enthusiastic crowd of about 200 invited guests. "Yes, I will run for governor."Say what you want about Arnold, I personally think his heart is in the right place and he's at least trying to do the right thing, considering that he has to face a legislature that's overwhelmingly hostile to him. Anybody who can make the teachers' unions and illegal immigrants that mad at him can't be all bad.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
With more than 170 heads of state and government gathered in New York for the UN summitt, Clinton will open Thursday the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), aimed at wiping out poverty, ending conflict, rolling back climate change and promoting better governance worldwide. He wanted to be a Supreme Being, too, but that will be his wife's job.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento, California, today said that a school district's policy requiring the pledge with the phrase "under God" is unconstitutional. The case was brought by Michael Newdow, an atheist who had previously sued to challenge the use of the phrase. Look, Mikey, you had your fifteen minutes of fame when you put your kid through this fiasco last time around. Go back to ranting on a street corner; you'll get just about as much attention.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Bush on tuesday accepted responsibility for failures in the government's response to Katrina and admitted to "serious problems" with the handling of the response to the storm that struck the Gulf Coast more than two weeks ago.
"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at a joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.
"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said. This is what a real leader does. As opposed to his enemies, who can only simper and whine and wonder why they can't get any traction against a guy they call a dumb cowboy who can't string two coherent words together.
Monday, September 12, 2005
In their opening remarks, the two top Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee invoked the tragedy as a reminder of the gap between rich and poor and the need for a Supreme Court that wants to close that gap.
"Today, the devestation, despair facing millions of our fellow Americans in the Gulf region is a tragic reminder of why we have a federal government, why it's critical that our government be responsive," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and ranking minority member of the panel. Yes, because that's what the job of the Supreme Court is-to make sure that the government caters to our every whim and make everything rainbows and puppies. And here I was thinking that there job was to interpret and enforce the Constitution. Silly me.
BBC News-Human embryos created using a so-called "virgin conception" technique have been made in the UK for the first time.
The Roslin Institute, which also cloned Dolly the sheep, reported the so-called parthenotes at a Dublin conference.
They are made by stimulating a human egg to start dividing like an embryo without the addition of any genetic material from a male sperm sale.I can see it now. A world run by lesbian Amazons...clones of Hillary everywhere...
Plans by Palestinian police to bar crowds from the settlements quickly dsintigrated. Militant groups hoisted flags, fired wildly into the air and set abandoned synagogues ablaze, illustrating the weakness of the security forces and concerns about their ability to control growing chaos in Gaza. The pullout is widely seen as a test for Palestinian aspirations of statehood. Well, it's nice to see what a civilizing influence Arafat was, isn't it?
By now you've probably heard about this controversial memorial to the passengers and crew of Flight 93. The guy who designed this thing can say whatever he wants; it sure looks like a Muslim crescent to me. Seriously, this is so boneheaded I don't know where to begin.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
It's an anniversary we wish we didn't have, but one which we must not forget.
From a speech by Donald Rumsfeld comes this passage:
...In the dark days of our revolution, George Washington's army had been decimated in New York. A British admiral told three of our founding fathers that the revolutionaries could have peace if only they would reject the Declaration of Independence and give up their rebellion. To many it might have seemed a tempting offer. Prospects for victory seemed bleak. But those patriots refused. their army rallied. And our country's independence was secured.
That date was Sept. 11th,...1776. As it happens the place where those patriots refused to surrender is just minutes away from the site of the World Trade Center.
Today, a vastly more vicious adversary seeks our surrender. Once again, we will refuse. And once again, our forces have rallied.Never Forget. God Bless America.
Friday, September 09, 2005
And sources have told ABC News that Brown is also expected to be out as head of the agency very soon. There were massive screw-ups on both sides, and granted anyone who didn't do his or her job should go. So, Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin, will you be willing to do your part?
Thursday, September 08, 2005
OCALA-Tammy Coggins returned to her Majestic Oaks home after a weekend in Atlanta and found the welcome mat pulled out from under her good intentions.
While communities throughout the Sunshine State and elsewhere are welcoming Hurricane Katrina's storm-weary survivors, Coggins and others in the 500-home southwest Ocala subdivision were told by their homehowners association that theur deed restrictions prevented them from doing the same.
A flier, distributed by the Majestic Oaks homeowners association on Saturday, said that rather than allowing "additional families" in the community, residents were encouraged to contribute to hurricane relief funds. Homeowners associations. Who says there's no fascism in America?
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
President Jalal Talabani told Iraqi television that he had been informed by an investigating judge that "he was able to extract confession's from Saddam's mouth" about crimes "such as executions" which the ousted leader had personally ordered.
Talabani said that some of the confessions involved cases actively under investigation but he did not specify them. Saddam faces his first trial Oct. 19 for his alleged role in the massacre of Shiites in Dujail, a town north of Baghdad in 1982.
Saddam could face the death penalty if convicted in the Dujail case. I'm sure that Al Frankenweenie, Michael Moron and all the rest will be the first to come to his defense, right guys? Uh, guys? Hello...?
Denver, 70, also known as beatnik Maynard G. Krebs in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," died on Friday at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, his agent said. Farewell, Little Buddy.
Monday, September 05, 2005
The fiery general, in charge of the military compnent of the mission, lost his rag during a press conference after President George W. Bush's visit to rescue coordinators here.
"That's B.S. It's B.S.," Honore raged.
"I can tell you that is B.S. We have got 300 helicopters and some of the finest EMS workers in the world down there.
"There is no red tape...there are isolated incidents that people take to paint a broad brush."
Honore also lashed out at questions from journalists at the Baton rouge emergency operations center concerning the security situation in New Orleans.
"You need to get on the streets of New Orleans, you can't sit back here and say what you hear from someone else.
"It is secure, we walk around without any issues. Why the hell are you trying to make that the issue, if you can help, get there and help," he said, saying that people were being scared away by reports of violence. While the Mayor stocks up on tinfoil hats, the real men have come to town. It's about time.
Mayor Nagin seemed to have calmed down after the meeting with President Bush for two hours on Friday but became stressed again over the current situation still unfolding in his city. I think it's high past time for Mr. Nagin to take a nice, long, and permament vacation.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Pennhad planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking on water within seconds of its launch.
The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flack jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup. Paging Mr. Hand....
NewsMax Sen. Mary Landrieu threatened the president of the United States with physical violence on Sunday, saying that if he or any other government official criticizes New Orleans police for failing to keep civil order in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina-"I might likely have to punch him-literally."
"If one more person criticizes [our sheriffs], or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me-one more word about it after this show airs and I-I might likely have to punch him-literally," Landrieu railed on "ABC's "This Week." It is illegal to threaten the president with physical violence.
The Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of NO are both Democrats and they have dramatically demonstrated their ineffectiveness. Please, somebody put the adults in charge like they did in neighboring Mississippi.
Friday, September 02, 2005
"Today, as the President comes to Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi for his ceremonial trip to look at the victims of the devestation, he would do well to have a plan more significant than a ceremonial tour," Jackson said Friday.
"His whole response is unacceptable." This is rich. The mayor of NO is black and has proven to be a total incompetent. On the other hand, the Lt. General in charge of the relief effort is also black. Jesse, do the world a favor-go sue a corporation or something. There's no money for you to be had here.
To begin with, one of the city's most important legends, Antoine "Fats" Domino, has not been heard from since Monday afternoon. Domino's rollicking boogie-woogie piano and deep soul voice are not only part of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame but responsible for dozens of hits like "Blue Monday," "Ain't That A Shame," "Blueberry Hill," and "I'm Walking (Yes, Indeed, I'm Talking)."
Domino, 76, lives with his wife Rosemary and daughter in a three-story pink-roofed house in New Orleans' 9th ward, which is now underwater.
On Monday afternoon, Domino told his manager, Al Embry of Nashville, that he would "ride out the storm" at home. Embry is now frantic. New Orleans is a city steeped in music history, and it's sad to think that it might all be going away now. Americans are survivors and will recover from this, but the city known as the birthplace of Jazz may be gone.
Update: He once was lost, but now he's found. FOX News: 'Fats' Domino was finally rescued tonight in New Orleans, according to wire reports. And Irma Thomas, the Queen of New Orleans soul, has reported in from Baton Rouge where she escaped to the home of her aunt.
(Snip) Rescuers picked up the legendary 77-year old musician from his home in a flooded section of New Orleans and eelivered him to safety, his daughter Karen Domino White reported.
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