Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Mobile telephones, newspapers, books, videos, laptops, magazines, MP3 players and many other appurtenances of 21st century life have to be checked on the south side of the border.
Also left behind are any wisecracks about the North Korean regime, in particular those involving its leader, Kim Jong Il.
"You've got to watch what you say," said Kim Yi Gyeom, a South Korean telecommunications worker standing in a long line of Monday morning commuters waiting to go north. "The spirit of openness has not come to North Korea yet." Perhaps not. But, after you read the whole thing, you'll realize that the spirit of Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone" are alive and well in Lil' Kim Land.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Monday that the city would honor a Superior Court judge's request to postpone implementing the law until the suit is settled. Proposition H was approved by 58 percent of voters in November.
The NRA suit claims the measure violates a state law that authorizes public agencies to issue handgun permits and identifies specific groups of people, including convicted felons, who are barred from owning guns. Sweet. While the People's Republic of San Francisco has been trying to rewrite the Constitution, those ignorant, uncouth gun rights people have actually been studying it. Schaedenfrude, SF!
WARSAW: A Christian group in the Polish city of Poznan has put up posters in the city's trams of modern "martyrs" who have died at the hands of Muslim nations, its head said Monday.
"We did this in the spirit of Christian solidarity with those who suffer for their faith," said Buguslaw Kiernicki, head of the St. Benedict Foundation which was created six months ago.
"Christians in Poland are in a comfortable situation, but there are others in countries who are not," he said. A grouping representing Poland's tinyMuslim population, which represents some 30,000 people out of the country's population of 38 million, called the poster exhibition a "provocation."A "Provocation," huh? As opposed to your side's so-called "Martyrs" who blow themselves up in the name of Allah, right?
The 8-0 decision ends a case that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had kept alive despite a 2003 ruling by the high court that lifted a nationwide injunction on anti-abortion groups led by Joseph Scheidler and others. The real racketeers are in Planned Parenthood and NOW. Good on the Court for recognizing that free speech isn't just for lefties anymore.
Monday, February 27, 2006
The activity has led Tony Blair's most senior advisors to demand he issues a "hands-off" warning to Buenos Aires.
Downing Street is facing growing fears for the future of the islands-which were seized back from Argentinian control in a bloody and symbolic campaign ordered by Margaret Thatcher almost a quarter-century ago. If worst comes to worst, the Argentinians will find out the meaning of "Rule, Brittania" in short order.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Students, academic staff and members of the public gathered near the lab site, being built under strict security.
Anti-vivisection activists, who believe animal testing "belongs in the past", want to stop the centre opening.
Supporters of the centre argue it is essential for research into treatments for human medical conditions.
Physiology professor John Stein said: "Imagine yourself with a drowsy, whimpering three-year-old with meningitis.
"Fifty years ago, that child would have died. Now, due to the discovery and isolation of penicillin in this university, we can stop that child dying." Unfortunately, that doesn't matter to the animals-are-more-important than people crowd. Of course, if they get their way, they won't be able to benefit from life-saving medical discoveries that might have been made. Hmmm...
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Knotts, who lived in West Los Angeles, died Friday night of lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Sherwin Bash, his longtime manager.
Family members said that his longtime friend Griffith was one of his last visitors at Cedars on Friday night. R.I.P. Barney Fife. You were one of the best.
Prof. Hasan Bolkhari, a cultural advisor to the Iranian Educational Ministry, delivered the news last week on Iran's Channel 4 during a broadcast of film seminar where he was lecturing. An excerpt of the video was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
"The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon," said Bolkhari. "It is still shown throughout the world. This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse-especially the mouse.
"Some say that the main reason for making this very appealing cartoon was to erase a certain derogatory term that was prevalent in Europe."
According to the professor, "Tom and Jerry" was created to irradicate the association between mice and Jews created in the minds of Europeans by Hitler. Aside from naming the wrong studio (Tom and Jerry were M.G.M.) this goofball apparently hasn't seen Bugs Bunny as a legionairre taking on an Arab Yosemiti Sam, or Daffy Duck stealing a diamond from a turbaned guy who kept saying "Hassan Chop!" And let's not forget the Road Runner, who was obviously Jewish because he kept escaping from the genius coyote, who had to starve in the desert, so he was obviously a deprived Muslim.
Friday, February 24, 2006
The Teamsters on Friday held "Goodbye Dubai: Secure America's Ports" rallies at about 20 U.S. ports, including those in Miami, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Newark, N.J., and Savanna, Ga. The Teamsters is the umbrella union organization whose members include thousands of American port workers. No word yet on whether Jimmy Hoffa Senior is spinning in his concrete overshoes.
Mr. Livingstone was suspended from duty for four weeks from March 1 after being found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute.
The three-man Adjudication Panel for England unanimously ruled that Mr. Livingstone had been "unnecessarily insensitive and offensive" to Evening Standard Oliver Finegold in February last year. Funny, I thought this goofball brought disrepute to his office the minute he got elected. Maybe he can join George Galloway in therapy...
Thursday, February 23, 2006
The Brit is a famous critic of the US-led war in Iraq and has dubbed President GEORGE W BUSH a "terrorist"-but he was baffled to be hauled in by the authorities.
Morrisey explains, "The FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I've been interviewed and taped and so forth.
"They were trying to determine if I was a threat to the government, and similarily in England. But it didn't take them very long to realise that I'm not." No, you're just another loudmouthed ignoramous who would have been executed if even a tenth of what you said about Britain or the U.S. was true. Instead, you're just being recognized for the jackoff that you are.
Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the agency would file a lawsuit later Thursday or Friday in New Jersey's Essex County state court.
"We as owners of that facility should be made comfortable that whoever operates it is capable of it," Coscia said.
Coscia said he wrote to Treasury Secretary John Snow asking for details about how the federal government determined it was safe to allow Dubai Ports World, a state-run firm out of the United Arab Emirates, to buy a British company now doing business at the terminal.
"Unofortunately we have not yet received an answer to our inquiries," he said. And I'm betting these goofballs won't. They can't stop the deal; and if they're worried about security, that's their job, and the Coast Guard's. Morons.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The wave of attacks followed an early morning bombing at the Al-Askariya "Golden Mosque" in Samarra. The strikes, involving small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar rounds, all happened between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., police said. You can thank the Mullahs for this mess. The Iranians are going to pay big time for their meddling.
Paul Trost, 20, a student at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., says he was upset by an introduction of Kennedy given by Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., in which the congressman noted how the long-time senator overdame hardship in life on his way to success.
"Lynch said Kennedy had overcome such adversity to get to the place he was, and that's a bunch of bull," Trost said of the introduction, which occured in the school's student center Tuesday morning.
Just as Kennedy began speaking, Trost was walking out of the room when he shouted, "Remember Chappaquiddick!"
"Most of the crowd gasped," Trost said. "Then I walked out of the center." What are they going to do to him for speaking the truth-put him on Double Secret Probation?
It is not perfect, but could be an important investigative tool when combined with other intelligence.
The method exploits genetic likenesses between men who share the same surname, and may help prioritise inquiries.
Details of the research from the University of Leicester, UK, appear in the latest edition of Current Biology. Yes, but what if this were used in South Korea? "We're looking for a Mr. Lee...Mr. Lee?"
Well, better start checking the skies for flying pork-scientists have discovered a mutant chicken with a full set of crocodile chompers.
The mutant chick, called Talpid, also had severe limb defects and died before hatching. It was discovered 50 years ago, but no one had ever examined its mouth until now.
The researchers recently created more Talpids by tweaking the genes of normal chickens to grow teeth.
"What we discovered were teeth similar to those of crocodiles-not surprising as birds are the closes living relatives of the reptile," said Mark Ferguson of the University of Manchester. Now that they can chow down, will they literally bite the hands that feed them? Maybe they could be sent after PETA protesters...
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
But he got a boost Monday from an unlikely source, frequent critic and former president Jimmy Carter, who downplayed fears that the deal poses a risk.
"The overall threat to the United States and security, I don't think it exists," Carter said on CNN's The Situation Room. "I'm sure the president's done a good job with his subordinates to make sure this is not a threat." If Peanut Brittle is on Bush's side you know something is wrong. I just hope Bush realizes it, too.
They call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, and the are more than 5,000 strong, forming to counter anti-gay protests held by the Rev. Fred Phelps at military funerals.
Phelps believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that he says harbors homosexuals. His protesters carry signs thanking God for so-called IEDs-explosives that a re a major killer of soldiers in Iraq.
The bikers shield the families of dead soldiers from the protesters, and overshadow the jeers with patriotic chants and a sea of red, white and blue flags. Phelps is a flaky scumbag, and I would love to see him try something against these guys. "Look, Ma! I'm roadkill!"
Bogoljub Topalovic rang his daughter's cell phone as his supposed coffin was being lowered into the ground.
The not-quite-dead corpse said he's been wondering why none of his family visited him that day-at first shocking his dumfounded daughter and then filling her with relief.
Eager to cash in on a commission paid for info on new deaths, a nurse had jotted down the wrong name when calling the funeral home by mistake. He was not an ex-Serbian, and he wasn't pining for the Fjords.
Franklin Paul Crow was charged with homicide in the weekend death of Kenneth Matthews, 58. Crow is being held without bail in the Marion County Jail.
Authorities with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspect beat the victim in the head with a sledgehammer in their Southeast 95th Street Road home after getting upset there was no toilet tissue in the home. I blame the violent toilet culture myself. We need to ban urinals!
About 200 residents were forced to flee as a hazardous materials team and dozens of firefighteers worked throughout the day to identify what was first deemed "a black watery substance" and later morphed into a "watery mud." Yech. Did anybody check the nearby bathrooms to see if Michael Moore was in one of them?
Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice. Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision. So, all those who want to jump off a cliff because they think they can fly now have the Constitutional right to do so.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Howard also denounced "extreme attitudes" held by some Muslims, including their views on women and support of jihad, or holy war. He said some Muslim immigrants had not integrated into Australian society as well as previous waves of Europeans and Asians.
"There is a fragment (of the Islamic community) which is utterly antagonistic to our kind of society, and that is a difficulty," Howard said. More like this please. The truth may hurt, but ultimately it will out.
Authorities took Walter Mayer into custody Sunday after he crashed his car into a police blockade 15 miles inside Austria's border with Italy. Police later took him to a psychiatric facility, Austria's ski federation president Peter Schroecksndadel told the Associated Press.
"Apparently he's still in there," Schroecksnadel said Monday night. "I believe that there was a danger of suicide-the had to take him to the hospital." All he wanted was a Pepsi!
Sunday, February 19, 2006
The tape appeared to be a complete version of one that was first broadcast Jan. 19 on Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite channel, in which bin Laden offered the United States a long-term truce but also said his al-Qaida terror network would soon launch a fresh attack on American soil.
"I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don't want to die humiliated or deceived," bin Laden said. Does this mean he's finally abandoning the Democratic Party?
"Don't mess with me Condoleezza. Don't mess with me, girl," Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast, sarcastically offering her a kiss and jokingly referring to her as "Condolence."
The warning comes days after Rice described Venezuela as one of the "biggest problems" for the Western Hemisphere and promised to develop regional alliances as part of an "inoculation" strategy to expose what the State Department calls anti-democratic behavior in Venezuela. Chavez is a disease. Condi is the cure.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
The proposal is the first of its kind in the country, the National Conference of State Legislatures said.
The measure would require science curriculums to describe only natural processes and follow definitions from the National Academy of Sciences. This is an area where the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot-by supporting junk science as well as keeping brain-dead zombies alive to placate the religious fundamentalists, they are abandoning one of the core Republican principals of less government interference. Is it any wonder that the RINOs are making headway on other issues?
Friday, February 17, 2006
"I'm too ugly to get a job."
-Daniel Gallagher, a Miami bank robber, after police captured him in 2003.
The hapless Mr. Gallagher may have been ugly, but he was also wise.
Not only are physically unattractive teenagers likely to be stay-at-homes on prom night, they're also more likely to grow up to be criminals, say two economists who tracked the life course of young people from high school through early adulthood.
"We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparision to average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparision to those who are average-looking," claim Naci Mocan of the University of Colorado and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University. They may have a point. Look at how many ugly crooks there are in Washington-Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi...
On Saturday, the state-run Saudi news outlet Arab News reported that the Jeddah Economic Forum, where Gore spoke, was funded by "Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Saudi Binladin Group, Gulf One Investment Bank, Saudi Basic Industries Corp." and an array of other big companies with ties to the Middle East.
The Saudi BinLadin Group-which is Saudi Arabia's largest construction company-is run by Osama bin Laden's brothers and cousins. Jeddah, the site of the forum attended by Gore, is Osama bin Laden's hometown. I'm sure that Ali Gore would say that he was just trying to make sure that every terrorist's vote was counted...
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Mr. Annan was backing a UN report released on Thursday which recoomended the immediate closure of the camp.
He said he did not agree with all the findings, but agreed detainees could not be held "in perpetuity" without being charged or prosecuted.
The White House has dismissed the report as "a discredit to the UN."
The UN says the US shoud try the approximately 500 inmates, or free them "without further delay." And I say that until the UN kicks Sudan and Cuba off of the Human Rights Commission, they can kiss our asses.
Final passage of the ordinance is expected at the city council's Feb. 15 meeting. The smoking nazis, now coast to coast.
Scientists say the species Bufo marinus is developing a leggier, faster-moving form that is now hopping out rapidly across the continent.
The toads were introduced 70 years ago to control pests, but they have since wrought havoc on indigenous animals. So whose side will PETA be on? This animal-on-animal violence must end!
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
"Ultimately I'm the guy who pulled the trigger, that fired the round that hit Harry," Cheney said in his first interview since the incident. "I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend, and that's something I'll never forget." And you can be sure that the Lamestream Media won't let him forget, either.
The tapes are being called the "smoking gun" of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The New York Sun reported that the tapes have been authenticated and currently are being reviewed by the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This is going to be good. Stay tuned!
"Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist. But it was written long before this year's Oscar-nominated "Brokeback Mountain" made gay cowboys a hot topic.
Available exclusively through iTunes, the song features choppy Tex-Mex style guitar runs and Nelson's deadpan delivery of lines like, "What do you think all them saddles and boots was about?" and "Inside every cowboy there's a lady who'd love to slip out." I am shocked. Shocked that it took this long for Willie to come out of the closet.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
McClellan followed with "You don't have to yell", to which Gregory shouted: "I will yell!" Pointing a finger at McClellan, Gregory's voice continued to rise: "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that'w wrong!" When McClellan asked him to calm down, Gregory spat: "I'll calm down when I feel like calming down!" Gregory, if you want to act like you're two years old, at least do it on your own time.
Twenty-one percent of the 1,000 adults who replied to the survey conducted Thursday through Sunday said it was very likely or somewhat likely their conversations had been wiretapped, while 52 percent said it was not at all likely.
Twenty-four percent said it was not too likely. Sorry, folks. Regardless of how much you might like to believe otherwise, the government probably isn't really all that interested in how much time you spend calling a 900 number. Unlike you, they probably have lives.
Hackett told the New York Times that Senators Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushed him aside for Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
Hackett was facing Brown in the Democratic primary for the right to take on Republican incumbant Senator Mike DeWine. In a state where the Republican leadership is mostly a joke (with the exception of J. Kenneth Blackwell) how much does it suck to be told you're a loser-by other losers?
Student senator Jill Edwards, according to minutes of the student government's meeting last week, said she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." But I'll be she had no problem voting for John Kerry (did she know he was in Vietnam?) Unreal, even by current left-wing campus standards.
DC Comics' famed Caped Crusader will turn his focus from clowns like the Joker to face off against chillingly real al Qaeda thugs in an upcoming graphic novel called "Holy Terror, Batman!"
"It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piece of propaganda," legendary Batman writer Frank Miller says of his latest project. "Batman kicks al Qaeda's ass." Other ringleaders of bin Laden's Legion of Doom will include Michael Moore, Al Gore, Barbara Streisand, Alec Baldwin...
Monday, February 13, 2006
And who better to sumrise that the Vice-President might have been trying to bump off his buddy than Ron Reagan, that primetime speaker at the Kerry convention who moonlights as an MSNBC "political analyst"?
Reagan appeared on tonight's Hardball with Chris Matthews, and in decrying the fact that the Secret Service apparently denied local law enforcement immediate access to Cheney, said the following:
"Law enforcement it entitled to investigate this case, to find out what happened, to find out if he had anything against Mr. Whittington, and to find out-again, I don't mean to suggest anything-to find out if anyone had been drinking..."
Matthews, seemingly shocked but unable to contain a wide smile, broke in:
"You just did [suggest something]. Are you crazy? You just threw that out there. There's no reason to believe this is anything but an accident and you know it." Oh, yeah. Thanks to Ronnie, the conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one.
Coulter reportedly said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.: "Iran is soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust. So far, only Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau, and The New York Times have made submissions."
Giving her remark another twist is the fact that the conservative Coulter has the same distributer-Universal Press Syndicate-as the liberal Rall and Trudeau.
When asked Monday if he wanted to respond to Coulter's comment, Trudeau told E&P via e-mail: "Nah."
Rall announced on his blog that he would look into taking legal action against Coulter if readers of his blog wanted to-and if they pledged the $6,000 needed to draft and file a lawsuit in New York. Considering that liberals supposedly believe in redistributing income for the needy, it'll be interesting to see how many of Ted's readers (assuming he has more than he can count on the fingers of his left hand) will contribute to the cause. Of course, if he shows up at Ann's door with a subpeona, Ann will most likely pat him on the head and tell him that she's not buying any Boy Scout cookies.
Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. He said the administration of President George W. Bush was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications. So, Al, I take it that you'll be joining your new fellow citizens in Fraudi Arabia in the Great Danish Boycott? Al-lah Akhbar!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed Whittington with shotgun pellets on Saturday at the Armstrong ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katherine Armstrong. Maybe Cheney could do a little "Hunting" the next time Cindy Sheehan decides to show up...
Saturday, February 11, 2006
No one was hurt in the half-dozen or so incidents, and police cordoned off the area to prevent the women from marching through Srinagar's main shopping district to continue their ransacking.
The women were from the Kashmiri Islamic group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Community, Kasmir's only women's seperatist group, whose members are also known for their fiercely conservative social views. I take it these hags wouldn't be impressed by Vermont Teddy Bears.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Good thing you didn't put money on that bet. You would have lost.
It's nearly three years later, and approval of Bush and his handling of the war hovers around 40 percent. But Star Spangled Ice Cream ("The Sweet Taste of Freedom") is still going strong. In response, radical Muslims are launching their own ice cream. Flavors include "Jihad Grape" and "Beheaded Blueberry."
The controversial cartoon, which first ran in European newspapers, has outraged Muslims around the world because Islamic tradition forbids a graphic depiction of the Propher Mohammad.
Many in the U.S. however, are angered by the violence being displayed by extreme Islamic protesters-rotching buildings, deescrating flags and in some cases even killing people. Annoyed by the violent images broadcast from the Middle East, MetroSpy decided to sell t-shirts with the controversial cricature emblazoned across the front.
"We can't let the terrorists win. We can not encourage this uncivilized behavior by caving in to their wishes," said Nate Thomas, product manager for MetroSpy. I hope they sell millions of them. Let freedom reign!
Thursday, February 09, 2006
An article published by the newspaper argues that Israel spread the virus in the Far East to mislead the world.
The newspaper backed its suspicions by citing a 1998 report in the Sunday Times that Israel is developing a biological "ethnic bomb" that would kill Arabs and not Jews.
According to the Times, Israeli scientists are trying to identify genes characteristic to Arabs and then develop viruses that attack those genes. the newspaper said the program is being carried out at the Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tsiona near Tel Aviv. I'm guessing this is the same place where they're sending out subliminal thought waves to give the Arabs their massive inferiority complex.
British authorities on Thursday arrested Neil Entwistle after he returned to his native England a day after the killings. Entwistle is currently in custody at a LOndon police station and appeared in court shortly before 6 p.m. London time (1 p.m. EST). Before dealing with the charges at hand, a British judge must decide whether the suspect should be extradited to the United States to face two counts of murder and a weapons-related charge related to the case. Entwistle on Thursday said he would not consent to extradition. I believe the Brits will do the right thing and send this scumbag here. Welcome to Hell, you piece of excrament.
Discussing the NSA terrorist surveillance program, Dean stated:
"All we ask is that we not turn into a country like Iran, where the President of Iran can di anything they [sic] want at any time."
Surely Gibson would demand that Dean back up his suggestion that America is on the brink of dictatorship? But no, Gibson merely thanked Dean and bade him goodbye. You've got to hand it to Howie. As bad as the GOP's troubles may be, Howie always reminds people why the alternative would be worse.
Games organizers diverted the flame from the protest site after the demonstrattors gathered on the planned route and police warned of possible harm to torch bearers or spectators.
"We've succeeded today in making our voices heard," a protest organizer called Marco shouted through a loud speaker. "They've diverted the flame."
It was the fourth time protesters forced the torch, which symbolizes peace, to switch route during its troubled, two-month trip across Italy, which is hosting the Games from February 10-26.
"These are dirty Games because they have spent huge amounts of money and we don't know what use it will be in the future," one demonstrator called Laura said. Leave it to commies to protest the one event that can bring the world's nations together.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The New York Democrat, facing re-election this year and considered a potential White House candidate in 2008, said Republicans won the past two elections on the issue of national security and "they're doing it to us again."
She said a speech by presidential advisor Karl Rove two weeks ago showed the GOP election message is: "All we've got is fear and we're going to keep playing the fear card." And all the Dims seem to have is the race card. But that's what you get when you have a party that's not playing with a full deck.
The boy's mother, Berthena Dorinvil, said she "screamed" about last week's suspension from Downey Elementary School, and added her son doesn't know what sexual harassment is.
"He doesn't know those things," she told The Enterprise of Brockton. "He's only six years old." By the time the lawyers are through with this one, the kid will be old enough to marry his playmate-but by then, proposing to her could be considered sexual harassment.
In interviews, senior Democrats said they were optimistic about siginificant gains in Congressional elections this fall, citing this the best political environment they have faced since President Bush took office.
But Democrats described a growing sense that they had failed to take full advantage of the troubles that have plagued Mr. Bush and his party since the middle of last year, driving down the president's approval ratings, opening divisions among Republicans in Congress over policy and potentially putting control of the House and Senate into play in November.
Asked to describe the health of the Democratic Party, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said: "A lot worse than it should be. This has not been a very good two months." Well, guys, maybe if you did something besides bash Bush 24-7 people might start listening to you. Otherwise euthenasia might be the kindest thing the voters could do for you next November.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Bienen commented days after tenured engineering professor Arthur Butz commented in the Tribune and the Iranian press that he agreed with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's assertations that the Holocaust is a myth. No, what's a myth is that having a degree implies that you always have intelligence, too.
The outspoken Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ripped into President Bush during his short speech, ostensibly about the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.
"She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," Lowery said.
The mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute long standing ovation. Welcome to Wellstoneville.
Monday, February 06, 2006
I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that depsite your leadership's preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were persoanlly committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I'm embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won't make the same mistake again. You wanted to play with the big boys, Barack. Ready to go back home to Mommy Hillary now?
Today, the use of bleach, which destroys DNA, is not unusual in a planned homicide, said the senior criminalist from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Klein and other experts attribute such sophistication to television crime dramas like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which give criminals helpful tips on how to cover up evidence. In the television viewer system, the people are represented by two different yet equally important parts: Those who watch the Law and Order shows for entertainment, and the criminals who are educated by them.
An astonishing mist-shrouded "lost world" of previously unknown and rare animals and plants high in the mountain rainforests of New Guinea has been uncovered by an international team of scientists.
Among the new species of birds, frogs, butterflies and palms discovered in the expedition through this pristine environment, untouched by man, was the spectacular Berlepsch's six-wired bird of paradise. The scientists are the first outsiders to see it. They could only reach the remote mountainous area by helicopter, which they described as akin to finding a "Garden of Eden."
Somebody must have forgotten to tell these critters about Intelligent Design. It's almost as if they were able to develop in this area by natural mechanisms.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Oil giant Iran, already embroiled in a dispute with the West over its nuclear program, said it was reviewing trade ties with countries that have published such caricatures.
Chanting "God is Greatest," thousands of protesters stormed the Danish embassy, burned the Danish flag and replaced it with a flag reading "No God but Allah, Mohammad is His Prophet." I really do hope the Danes and other European countries have the will to stand firm against these barbarians. Like it or not, the tinderbox has been set ablaze and it will take all of the civilized nations of the world working together to put it out.
Lewis, with his wife at his bedside, passed away Friday night, said Bernard White, program director at WBAI-FM, where the actor hosted a weekly radio program. White made the announcement on the air during the Saturday slot where Lewis usually appeared. Whatever you might have thought about his politics, he was a decent and funny guy in a business where there aren't that many of them these days. RIP Grandpa.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Our interest in this story was sparked by an angry email sent to us here at WCBSTV.com. The writer isn't angry at us, but rather about what he'd seen at the current National Black Fine Art Show in the Puck building. This is the 10th anniversayr edition of the show which features galleries from across the country selling the works of America's top African American painters, sculptors, and photographers.
But the writer had big problems with a painting by Harlem artist "Tafa." It depicts an upside down Christ-like figure with a face strongly resembling Osama bin Laden. The email read in part, "This is outrageous. This is an attack against my religion. How can an artist go so low? Most people are outraged, most Christians." The problem is, if you're a Muslim you have the right to get offended at caricatures of the Prophet. Christians don't have that luxury because it's open season on them.
Inserting itself into a dispute that has become a lightning rod for anti-European sentiment across the Muslim world, the United States sided with Muslims outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion.
"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in an answer to that question. And the State Department is indeed riddled with Clinton-era sycophants and yes-men.
While some council members grumbled when Bolton made the request on Thursday that they were too busy for the daily briefings, "sweet reason prevailed and today the council agreed to try it as an experiment," he said.
The Bush administration sent Bolton to New York to shake things up at the United Nations following findings of mismanagement and corruption in the $64 billion oil-for-food program for Iraq and a brewing scandal in U.N. procurement. Making the security council actually do its job-what a concept!
Thursday, February 02, 2006
"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side," he charged.
Calling President Bush a liar, Bond told the audience at the historically black institution that this White House's lies are more serious than the lies of his predecessor's because Clinton's lies didn't kill people.
"We now find ourselves refighting old battles we thought we had already won," he said. "We have to fight discrimination wherever it raises its ugly head." Try looking in a mirror, chucklehead. Maybe you should check the history of the Democratic Party before you go around comparing people to Nazis.
They kill dozens of innocent people with random machine gun fire, shoot the groom in the head, and drag those left alive to Abu Ghraib prison-where a Jewish doctor cuts out their organs, which he sells to rich people in New York, London, and Tel Aviv.
"Valley of the Wolves Iraq"-set to open in Turkey on Friday-feeds off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbor toward their longtime NATO allies: Americans. This piece of crap stars Billy Zane and...Gary Busey. Maybe Gary just wants to end it all and figured this was the way to go...considering his career choices I wouldn't blame him.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Seven publications in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings.
Their publication in Denmark led Arab nations to protest. Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet.
The owner of one of the papers to reprint-France Soir-has now sacked its managing editor over the matter.
The cartoons have sparked diplomatic sanctions and death threats in some Arab nations, while media watchdogs have defended publication of the images in the name of press freedom.
Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy." Now they get it. Will Europe's governments?
"God willing, in the near future we will judge you in a people's tribunal," Ahmedinejad said in a speech carried live on state television.
"You who support the Zionist puppet regime, you who support the destruction of Palestinian homes, you have no right to talk about liberty or human rights," Ahmadinejad said in comments directed at the US president. Don't worry, Abby. You'll be seeing your 72 virgins in due time.
America rejects the false comfort of isolationism. We are the Nation that saved liberty in Europe, and liberated death camps, and helped raise up democracies, and faced down an evil empire. Once again, we accept the call of history to deliver the opressed, and move this world towards peace.
The part that made John Murtha irrelevant:
The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels-but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington.
The part that wiped the floor with Howard Dean:
Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy.
The part that told Cindy Sheehan to STFU:
Marine Staff Sergeant Dan Clay was killed last month fighting the enemy in Fallujah. He left behind a letter to his family, but his words could just as well be addressed to every American. Here is what Dan wrote: "I know what honor is. It has been an honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to...Never falter! Don't hesitate to honor and support those of us who have the honor of protecting that which is worth protecting."
The part that the MSM will never cop to:
So to prevent another attack-based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute-I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the interenational communications of suspected al-Qaida operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have-and Federal courts have approved the use of that authority.
And finally, something for the envirowhackos:
We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen...By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment...move beyond a petroleum-based economy...and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past. So there you have it. There were some weak moments, but for the most part Dubya kicked butt.
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