Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Despite his life-threatening injuries, Jeff Gross, who helped establish Ganas, the city's oldest '60s-style commune, was able to tell cops who allegedly shot him once in the chest and twice in the arm outside his Tompkinsville home Sunday night.
Yesterday, heavily armed, flak-jacketed detectives fanned 0ut across Staten Island searching for the crazed suspect: former commune member Rebekah Johnson, 43. Want to know the really funny part? The guy was on his way home from seeing Al Gore's movie. It's Al's fault!
The linchpin is a proposed "interstate compact," designed to guarantee that presidents will be selected by popular vote, without amending the U.S. Constitution or eliminating the electoral college.
Assemblyman Tom Umberg, a Santa Ana Democrat who chairs the Assembly Election and Redistricting Committee, said the basic premise is understandable even to children.
"When you're in first grade, if the person who got the second-most votes became class leader, the kids whould recognize that this is not a fair system," he said. If he really wants to educate kids about what to do if you lose an election, he should tell them about temper tantrums, vote challenges and lawsuits.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
He is now hitting the radio air waves with his new "Science Fantastic" show, syndicated by TRN entertainment.
Kaku discusses today's hottest and most relevant scientific/cultural topics, covering everything from time travel, reversing the aging process, the future of medicine and biotechnology, to hip, provacative discussions on the science behind love, philosophy and the future of the human race. Finally-a radio show for the inner geek in all of us.
In an interview with the Guardian today, the former vice-president calls himself a "recovering politician", but launches into the political fray more explicitly than he has previously done during his high-profile campaigning on the threat of global warming.
Denying that his politics have shifted to the left since he lost the court battle for the 2000 election, Mr. Gore says: "If you have a renegade band of rightwing extremists who get hold of power, the whole thing goes to the right." Now this concerns me. Androids can be dangerous when their emotion chips kick in...
In another sign of continuing racial tension, the Government also ordered an inquirey into an anti-Semetic black group that staged an aggressive march through the Jewish quarter of the capital.
Seven policemen were injured on Monday night in the town of Montfermeil. Rubber bullets and stun grenades were fired at youths, many of whom were masked and wielding baseball bats. About 100 youths hurled projectiles and petrol bombs at police and public buildings and attempted to storm the home of Xavier Lemoine, the town's Mayor. The violence was sparked by the arrest of a suspect over the beating of a bus driver. Normally I'd scoff at France's troubles, but lately it seems this is the road we'll be headed down in a few years.
Meanwhile, only two initiatives will be on the ballot--an anorexic figure by California standards--and one of them now lacks its main champion. That would be Rob Reiner, the movie director and left-wing activist who is responsible for Prop. 82, which would guarentee preschool for every California 4-year-old by raising taxes on the state's top income-earners ($400,000 for individuals, $800,000 for couples). Reiner's sudeen exit from the debate and the possible defeat of Prop. 82 may augur the return of a California politics that is less starstruck and less sentimental. One can only hope so, at any rate. I wouldn't count on it. Meathead will probably run for Governor himself someday. Hey, Warren Beatty did it...
On its website, the Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party declares: "We are going to shake The Hague awake!"
The party, which plans to register tomorrow, says it eventually wants to get rid of the age limit on sexual relations, Reuters reported.
Ad van den Berg, a party founder, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper a "ban just makes children curious." No word on whether Chef plans to run as a candidate.
"I believe New Yorkers should have the right to marry whomever they choose, regardless of sexual orientation," Bloomberg said in a Saturday radio address. "If [the Court of Appeals] rules that same-sex marriages are legal, then we'll perform them."
He was referring to a lawsuit due to be heard by the court this week that focuses on five same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in New York City. Mr. Mayor, why don't you just switch parties and be done with it?
Monday, May 29, 2006
In advance of his speech and a wreath-laying at America's most hallowed burial ground for military heroes, Bush signed the "Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act." This was largely in response to the activities of a Kansas church group that has staged protests at military funerals around the country, claiming the deaths symbolized God's anger at U.S. tolerance of homosexuals.
The new law bars protests within 300 feet of the entrance of a national cemetary and within 150 feet of a road into the cemetary. Those violating the act would face up yo a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison. I'd love to see Phony Phelps in prison. Considering that he's probably one of the aforementioned homosexuals, it might actually be a good time for him.
By then the current president's poor poll ratings will be less of a factor-much as George Bush's bad numbers at the end of his term in 1992 did not cripple his eldest son when he ran for president in 2000.
In an interview with a group of Florida newspaper reporters some weeks ago, President Bush said that he had "pushed" his brother "fairly hard about what he intends to do" and that his political future "is very bright, if he chooses to have a political future." Now, Jeb may make a good President. But how many Bushes do we need for one of them to finally get it right?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
On this Memorial Day weekend, I thought it only appropriate that this should be remembered. Some readers may have forgotten about this. Some may not have been alive at the time. However, thirty years ago this past April, as America was in the process of celebrating its bicentennial, Chicago Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday, a former Marine Corps Reservist, made one of the greatest plays in baseball history...but it didn't involve a ball, a bat, or a glove.
As protestors were trying to set fire to an American flag in the centerfield of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday darted by, grabbed Old Glory, and saved her fron a disturbing fate in front of a huge Chavez Ravine crowd.
According to Inside Baseball: "This moment and the symbol it represented-freedom, history and those who have lost their lives in battle to save Old Glory-had countless Americans talking, from politicians in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country to military veterans to everyday people. It was ranked as one of the top 100 classic moments in baseball history by the National Baseball Hall of Fame committee and third on Sporting News' list as the most 'unusual' moment to occur on a major league baseball field." So here's to you, Rick Monday, wherever you are. You had a good game, indeed.
Backed by a raucous 18-piece band, Springsteen played folk tunes including "We Shall Overcome," an anthem of the U.S. civil rights movement and "Bring Them Home," an anti-war song dating to the Vietnam War era.
During a break between songs, he offered harsh words for the administration of President George W. Bush and its handling of last year's devestating Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which killed more than 1,500 people in New Orleans alone.
"I've never seen anything like it in any American city," Springsteen said of the flooding and destruction. Referring to Bush, whom he called "PResident Bystander" in a performance in New Orleans last month, Springsteen added, "He managed to gut the only agency, through political cronyism, that could help people at a time like this." Bruce, go back through the Tunnle of Love and settle down in Atlantic City. The Sixties are over, and so are you.
In a public service announcement, Douglas "spotlights the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and promotes an upcoming U.N. conference aimed at addressing the problem," according to the U.N. Ness Center.
The controversial conference wins the prize for having the longest name in memory: "The U.N. Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implenetation of the Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons." It is scheduled for July 26 through July 7 in New York City. Mr. Douglas, to paraphrase your character in the aforementioned movie, these are serious times, and your fifteen minutes are up.
The theft, which occured a week ago, was first noticed by distribution manager Kris Calnon while on his way to the Campus Courier's office. An empty newsstand that he had held 300 papers only two hours before caught his eye.
"I gave it three buncles," he said. "It usually takes a day and a half to empty."
According to Calnon, 10 minutes later, a student came to the office to say he had seen a man grab a stack of papers from the women's gym and carry it into the men's gym. They're only doing the censorhip that American leftists won't do.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The possibility of resignations by Attorney General Alberto Gonzale, his deputy, Paul McNully, and FBI Director Robert Mueller was communicated to the White House by several Justice officials in tense negotiations over the fate of the materials taken from Rep. William Jefferson's office, according to the sources. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issuse's sensitivity.
Justice prosecutors and FBI agents feared that the White House was ready to acquiesce to demands from lawmakers including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., that the materials be returned to the Louisiana congressman, who is the subject of an FBI investigation. Tell Dennis Hastert to take a flying leap, and Bush to grow a spine.
Despite widespread covereage of Gore's cinematic debut, however, the press had declined to mention a few inconvenient truths about the ex-veep's own environmental record.
One of the most glaring tidbits, for instance, is the pollution Gore and his family caused by maintaining their own toxic waste dump on their farm in Carthage, Tennessee. So, Al, can we look forward to a sequel-maybe something like, "An Inconvenient Past?"
Thursday, May 25, 2006
"She truly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize," reads the Opra4PeacePrize Web site. "We intend to be celebrating an Oprah victory next December 2006 in Oslo, Norway."
The annual prize, awarded since 1901, recognizes individuals and organizations for their humanitarian work, peace movements, human rights efforts, mediation of international conflicts, arms control and disarmament. It's only a matter of time before Oprah-ism joins Voodoo as a mainstream religion.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: "Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber-if their were no other casualties-be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?"
Mr. Galloway replied: "Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it-but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq-as Blair did." Calling this guy lower than pond scum is an insult to pond scum. This goofball is long overdue for a padded cell.
The governor opposes a measure passed by the Senate and pending in the Assembly that would remove "sex-specific" terms such as "mom" and "dad" from textbooks and would require students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society, the Sacramento Bee reported.
SB 1437 passed the Senate May 11 with a 22-15 vote.
"The governor believes that school curriculum should include all important historical figures, regardless of orientation," said Schwarzenegger's director of communications, Adam Mendelsohn, according to the Bee. "However, he does not support the Legislature micromanaging curriculum." Say what you will about Arnold, when he wants to he can still Terminate stupidity.
The verdict put the blame for the 2001 demise of the high-profile energy trader, one the nation's seventh-largest company, squarely on its top two executives. It came in the sixth day of deliberations following a trial that lasted nearly four months.
Lay was also convicted of bank fraud and making false statements to banks in a seperate non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake related to Lay's personal banking.
Lay was convicted on all six counts against him in the trial with Skilling. Skilling was convicted on 19 of the 28 counts against him, including one count of insider trading, and acquitted on the remaining nine. So long, boys. Have fun sharing the soap together, you SOBs.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The ruling, which stems from a complaint by a man who was in the process of becoming a woman, is a "win-win" for both transsexuals and police, said Laurie Arron of Egale Canada, a group that advicates equality for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people.
The transsexual complainant, Rosalyn Forrester, was strip-searched by male Peel Region police officers in May and August of 1999 and 2001.
Forrester said she asked to have the search performed by female police officers each time, but was repeatedly denied.
In its decision, the tribunal found the strip-searches constituted unintentional discrimination on the basis of sex. I just wonder-if you drop the soap in Canada, can you request to have a female prisoner standing behind you?
The decision rankled the environmental groups that had requested protection of the speckled, football-sized owl. This was their second effort to list the bird in three years.
The petition's denial was based in part on the recommendation of scientists commissioned to study the owl, said Steve Thompson, manager of the agency's California-Nevada operations office. Nature can take care of itself better than the environmentalists think. There's a reason that lumber is a renewable natural resource, and it's not to make hippies happy.
The New York Democrat was speaking to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., during a breakfast meeting slated to begin at 9 a.m.
"It began well enough," writes Francis Harris of Britain's Telegraph. "Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensivelly bejewelled, her star power was plain the moment she entered the room. Everywhere, necks craned for a sight of the immaculately coiffered New York senator. But then she lost it. The half-hour speech was achingly dull, a meandering lecrure on energy policy which left the audience stifling yawns." Hmm. Maybe it was Al in disguise. Come to think of it, have we ever seen the two of them together?
Federal officials say the information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.
Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.
The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government. Methinks Hastert doth protest too soon. This is going to get interesting.
"We think those materials ought to be returned," Hastert said, adding that the FBI agents involved "ought to be frozen out of that (case) just for the sake of the constitutional aspects of it."
The Saturday night search of Jefferson's office on Capitol Hill brought Democrats and Republicans together in rare election-year accord, with both parties protesting agency conduct they said violated the Constitution's seperation of powers doctrine.
"Not anyone here is above the law," Pelosi told reporters Tuesday, as she prepared to meet with the House speaker. But, she added, "I think you've seen abuse of power of the executive branch over this weekend." You heard right. One of the most left-wing politicians in the country and the spokesman for the GOP are agreeing with each other that accountability doesn't extend to them. And these peabrains wonder why the public has such a low regard for them.
The officials say the reports put bin Laden around Kohistan's Kumrat Valley.
Officials said the reports were validated by the release of bin Laden's audio tape yesterday, which appears to have been recorded only two weeks earlier. If true, I hope they go in and just shoot the SOB. No muss, no fuss, no circus like there is with Saddam.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Hastert raised concerens that the FBI's unannounced seizure of congressional documents during a raid of Jefferson's Rayburn office Saturday night violated the seperation of powers between the two branches of government as they are defined by the Constitution.
"The Speaker spoke candidly with the president about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's raid over the weekend," Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said yesterday in confirming his boss's remarks. Sorry, Dennis, I must have missed the part where lawmakers were above the law.
Accrding to the latest version of the Mexican leader's schedule, released Monday by Gov. Jon Hunstman Jr.'s office, Fox won;t be saying anything here beyond his scripted speeches to various groups, including the Utah Legislature.
The schedule spells out that there are to be "no questions: at each of the six events Fox will attend and includes a note stating that a previously announced news conference "has been canceled due to scheduling changes." Don't worry. Once he gets back home, he'll go back to complaining about fences and troops as usual.
"He had no connection at all with Sept. 11," the speaker, claiming to be bin Laden, said in the tape posted on the Internet.
"I am the one in charge of the 19 brothers and I never assigned brother Zacarias to be with them in that mission," he said, referring to the 19 hijackers. Well, I guess that clears that up...
The milestone, which comes about a year after Voyager 1's crossing, comes earlier than expected and suggests to scientists that the edge of the shock is about one billion miles closer to the Sun in the southern region of the solar system than in the north. Godspeed, Voyager. Don't forget to write!
A team of international experts has been unable to find animals that might have infected the people, the World Health Organization said in a statement today. In one case, a 10-year-old boy who caught the flu from his aunt may have passed it to his father, the first time officials have seen evidence of a three-person chain of infection, an agency spokeswoman said. Six of the seven people have died. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one will welcome the arrival of our new albino mutant overlords.
Shares of Nike rose over 2 percent as it capitalized on the popularity of the iPod line, which dominates portable digital music players. But one analyst said a relatively narrow section of Nike consumers would be interested in the running products.
Using a Nike+iPod Sports Kit, expected to retail for about $29, consumers will be able to access time, distance, pace and calories burned through the earphones of a nano version of the iPod via a sensor in the insole of special shoes that comminicate with the digital music player. The next time somebody complains to you about how tough things are, tell them to download a mile in your shoes.
The bizzare program is being prepared for a rollout in a new building under construction in Clearwater, Florida.
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard taught that people have 57 "perceptics" that include not only the five senses, but also an ability to discern relative sizes, blood circulation, balance, compass direction, temperature, gravity and an "awareness of importantce, unimportance," the St. Petersburg Times reports. No word yet on whether having sex with as many children around the world as possible is involved.
Frank Salvato, who began the agreement with Google News last September, said he recieved a reply from the company's help desk Friday indicating there had been complaints of "hate speech" on his site, as first reported by media watchdog Newsbusters.org.
The e-mail, which cited three articles that dealt with radical Islam and its relationship to terrorism, read:
Thanks for writing. We received numerous reports about hate content on your site, and after reviewing these reports, decided to remove tour site from Google News. We do not allow articles and sources expressly promoting hate speech viewpoings in Google News (although referencing hate speech for commentary and analysis is acceptable).
For example, a number of the complaints we looked at on your site were found to be hate content:
We hope this helps you understand our position.
The Google Team
Newsbusters says it has observed a pattern of intolerance toward conservative sites that deal with radical Islam and terrorism. Google-all the news they see fit to print.
Monday, May 22, 2006
The Associated Press reports that Von Zehle bought the 1988 Mercedes from a Baghdad civilian after seeing it in his driveway. He researched the car and found it matched three photos of a car in which Saddam Hussein was riding, so he acknowledges he was aware of its possible previous owner. The car is armored and has microphones and loudspeakers fitted inside. But that isn't the most unusual feature: the side-mounted flame-shooting pipes definitely are. Heck, in L.A. that would be considered a theft deterrant.
MEXICO CITY-If Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn't be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of 9-11, had moved to Tecate instead of New York, he wouldn't have been allowed on the force.
Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies "xenophobic," Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory.
In the United States, only two posts-the presdiency and vice presidency-are reserved for the native-born.
In Mexico, non-natives are banned from those and thousands of other jobs, even if they are legal, naturalized citizens.
Foreign-born Mexicans can't hold seats in either house of the congress. They're also banned from state legislatures, the Supreme Court and all governorships. Many states ban foreign-born Mexicans from spots on town councils. And Mexico's Constitution reserves almost all federal posts, and any position in the military and merchant marine, for "native-born Mexicans."This country's greatest strength has always been that we are a true melting pot. But that doesn't mean that the pot has to include the bad apples who break our laws. Before Mexico criticizes us, they should look at which country is really racist.
At one audiotaped meeting, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., chuckles about writing in code to keep secret what the government contends was his corrupt role in getting his children a cut of a communications company's deal for work in Africa.
As Jefferson and the informant passed notes about what percentage the lawmaker's family might recieve, the congressman "began laughing and said, 'All these damn notes we're writing to each other as if we're talking, as if the FBI is watching,'" according to the affadavit. If the cash was found in his freezer, doesn't that make it a "Cold" case?
A purported member of Iraqi Veterans Against the War, MacBeth tells us, "We're not there to help them"-a "truth" that has already been embraced by many on the anti-war left, and one that "MacBeth" reinforces in his interview. Poor, disillusioned soldiers-turned into anumals by an unfeeling and vicious command structure that has its own unspoken "agenda" for Iraq.
It's like an Oliver Stone movie, only (blessedly) about 3 hours shorter.
But as several people (including many confirmed soldiers) have already begun pointing out, there is much that is wrong with Army Ranger MacBeth's costume and story (incidentally, wasn;t it another MacBeth, who, on the "cherry-picked" prophecy of a cabal of evil (neocon?) witches, took power over a kingdom that was not rightfully his, and was later plagued by guilt, suspicion, and paranoia-and haunted by the ghosts of his misdeeds-until his wife went mad, and he, having plotted one too many machinations to secure his own imperialist power, is ultimately toppled and killed as a result of his own arrogance? Because oh! The irony!)-from the "laughable" "ranger" photo (which gets the wrong sleeve roll, the t-shirt, the beret flash, and shows no unit insignia) to the timing: notes Allah, who points to a story from an Arizona student newspaper (dated April 12, 2004) for context, "the narrator described MacBeth as having been in Iraq for 16 months. How, if he was already back in the U.S. thirteen months after the war began?"
And on and on... Check out the video, available here. If he's a Ranger I'm Hillary Clinton.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbant Democratic Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal.
Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbant Nagin, depsite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral. On the other hand, I understand that Robert Byrd said, "Go for it!"
In an exclusive appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," the former presidential and vice presidential contender said of Bush, "He's done a variety of things--things which are going to take us forever to recover from.
"You have to give Bush and Cheney and gang credit for being good at politics--you know, good at political campaigns," Edwards added. "They're very good at dividing the country and taking advantage of it. What they're not good at is governing, and it shows every single day in this administration. And the country is going to pay a huge price for that." It's time for John-John and his tampon to be flushed once and for all.
Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville, wanted to avoid offending students of different religions, a district spokesman said. Students were given stickers with the words that could be affixed to the book if they so chose.
Debi Ackerman of North Richland Hills said she is offended by the ommission. It's yet another example of a politically correct culture that is removing Christian references from all public places, she said.
"I think it's mostly ridiculous," said Ackerman, whose daughter Tawni, 10, took the book home Thursday afternoon. "Now it has come to this....When is it going to end?" Don't worry, Ms. Ackerman. The ACLU will let us know when our kids are completely safe from the evils of non-secular thought.
As I pondered how sad it is that the problems of our communities receive so much more media attention than the solutions, conflict erupted. The heckler, whom news reports called "a self-decribed community activist," started shouting from the audience. He derided Cosby's "watered-down dialogue" and demanded answers to Michael Eric Dyson's highly publicized book, "Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has The Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?)."
That's when Cosby lost his cool. The 68-year-old former college athlete jumped off the stage, wireless microphone in hand, and raced up the aisle to loom over his somewhat astonished questioner. "I'm sick of you and your Dyson," Cosby declared. "Dyson is not a truthful man."
In a backstage interview with me and another journalist, Cosby scoffed at the "elitist" charge coming from Dyson, a black professor at the ritzy University of Pennsylvania. "And how much does it cost to go there [to Penn]?" taunted Cosby, who attended Philadelphia's less-elite-but-still-proud Temple University on a track-and-field scholarship. "How many black students do they have at Penn?" he continued. If Dyson taught at a school like the University of the Disctrict of Columbia that serves mostly lower-income non-whites, Cosby said, "then maybe he could talk." Rule number one of Cos Club: Do Not Talk About Cos behind his back. Rule Number Two: Do Not Be Surprised if Cos comes and wipes the floor with you.
Eyewitnesses said masked gunmen were seen fleeing the area.
The cars were parked in the underground parking lot of the City Center Building in downtown Ramallah, where al-Jazeera has a large bureau on the eighth floor.
(snip) ...Sources in the city told The Jerusalem Post that Fatah supporters were behind the torching of the al-Jazeera cars.
The sources said the Fatah supporters were angry with al-Jazeera because it had not covered an anti-Hamas demonstration in the city by Fatah earlier in the day. Don't laugh. Leftists in this country are pretty close to doing the same thing to get attention.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Following a presentation of his new global warming movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," in Atlanta earlier this week, Gore was pressed on whether he'd consider running for president.
"I'm a recovering politician," he told Atlanta's Progressive News. "But you always have to worry about a relapse." The question is, would the android vote go for him a second time around?
Laywer Mayer Morganroth said he applied to the state Parole Board and Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Friday seeking a pardon, parole or commutation, citing the 77-year-old's deteriorating health.
"Kevorkian has become increasingly frail and has fallen twice, injuring his wrist and fracturing two ribs," Morganroth said in a statement.
His blood pressure has gone "through the roof," the lawyer said Saturday. C'mon, Doc. Quit your whining. Give yourself a dose of your own medicine, and get it over with.
Chapman, chosen by fellow seniors to deliver opening remarks, had planned to include a prayer as had been the practice at commencement for decades. Instead, she talked of her faith and God's love.
"God will never leave you or frosake you," she said drawing a loud standing ovation from the 2,000-plus people packed into the gym.
Many in the conservative county did not agree with U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley's decision barring the prayer. Well, the Judge has jut gotta lock these kids up and throw away the key. After all, if we allow more freedom of speech in this country, kids won't be able to get their daily dose of propaganda from the schools! /sarcasm mode off
The man telephoned a Reuters reporter late on Friday, hours after the BBC reported the capture of Dadullah, one of the Taliban's top commanders, after heavy clashes in the southern province of Kanahar.
"I am Mullah Dadullah. The reports about my arrest are not only false but a pack of blatant lies," said the man, who sounded like Dadullah. I know Baghdad Bob needs a job these days, but he could do better than these Taliban twits.
Police also believe the women may have committed the accidents and were befriending other men to set up more insurance polices.
"Anyone would think that even though they're making financial gains for this, that they would leave the actual dirty work to someone else or hire someone," police Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said. "We're not so sure about that anymore." Obviously this is a result of the violent Alfred Hitchcock culture.
Friday, May 19, 2006
The House late Thursday rejected an attempt to end the quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling that has been in effect for 85 percent of the country's coastal waters from Alaska to New England despite arguments that new supplies are needed to lower costs.
Lawmakers from Florida and California, who led the fight to continue the drilling moratorium, said they feared energy projects as close as three miles from shore could jeopardize multibillion-dollar tourism industries in their states. Not to mention spoil the views of wealthy Malibu liberals as they drive to work in their Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators, right, guys?
"This amendment is racist. I think it's directed basically to people who speak Spanish," the Democrat said during the already tense debate over immigration reform.
Moments later, the Senate approved the measure on a 63-34 vote. Virtually all Republicans were joined by 11 Democrats to approve the largely symbolic amendment. Immediately following that vote, the Senate approved a second amendment, declaring on a 58-39 vote that English is the "common and unifying language." Is there an amendment that can ban asinine comments from senators who represent a minority of a minority?
"There was a felony they were committing, and now they can't be prosecuted. This sounds like amnesty to me," said Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who offered the amendment yesterday to strip out those provisions of the immigration reform bill. "It just boggles the mind how people could be against this amendment."
The Ensign amendment was defeated on 50-49 vote.
"We all know that millions of undocumented immigrants pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for years and sometimes decades while they work to contribute to our economy," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican.
"The Ensign amendment would undermine the work of these people by preventing lawfully present workers from claiming Social Security benefits that they earned before they were authorized to work in our community," he said. "If this amendment were enacted, the nest egg that these immigrants have worked hard for would be taken from them and their families." Err, Senator, these people are here illegally. They don't deserve a "Nest egg."
Brad Steig called Wednesday's protest in Grand Junction by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals good advertising for KFC.
The protest consisted of four adults and one child holding signs in front of the restaurant, handing out fliers and DVDs and urging people to jot eat at KFC until the restaurant buys chickens from humane vendors.
Steig, a manager for Halliburton, said he heard about the PETA protest on the radio and decided right then to eat at KFC on Wednesday, the day of the protest.
Not only that, but he bought seven of the biggest buckets of chicken and all the side dishes and used four trips to load them into his Halliburton pickup to treat his co-workers.
"I detest that organization," Steig said, adding PETA tries to harm the economy because of personal agendas. By all means, save the chickens. We need something to go with the mashed potatoes and baked beans.
The law would also set a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear "standard Islamic garments."
The law, which must be approved by Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ali Khamenei before taking effect, requires Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes. Christians would be forced to wear red badges and Zoroastrians would wear blue cloth, according to Canada's National Post. Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it. Which means that Ahmadinejad will be quite surprised when he finds himself pointing a gun in his mouth when we come calling.
Doctor Eugenio Selman-Housein, who heads Castro's medical team, denied that the longtime leader has Parkinson's disease, as the CIA reportedly believes.
"Every day they invent a new one," Selman-Housein said. "He will live 140 years." That would make him longer-lived than the Soviet Union and Red China combined. It also means he won't remember the Soviet Union and Red China.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Sarandon is backing Jonathan Tasini, a labor advocate and former president of the National Writers' Union, who has based his longshot campaign on Clinton's vote in 2002 authorizing military intervention in Iraq.
Clinton, who is widely considered the front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination if she chooses to run, has sharply criticized the Bush Administration's handling of the war. But she has also refused to call for American troops to be removed from Iraq. Seriously, how much further to the left do you have to go to want to run against Her Hillariness?
The 20-count indictment, handed up by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, represents the most prominent confrontation between the government and a law firm in years. While federal investigators won multimillion-dollar settlement from big corporate law firms over their role in the savings and loan scandals, no major law firm has faced a criminal indictment in recent memory.
Milberg Weiss has been the dominant law firm in winning multimillion-dollar lawsuits against huge corporations on behalf of shareholders who claimed they were wronged. Its success was so great that Congress raised the legal hurdle for winning such lawsuits in the 1990's.
Today, the firm was accused of secretly paying kickbacks, beginning in 1981 and continuing through 2005, to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits. While the indictment does not prevent the firm from practicing law, it is expected to have a huge impact on the business. Being an ambulance chaser just isn't what it used to be, right, guys?
"I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shouted after Sen. Russ Feingold declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting.
"If you want to leave, good riddance," Specter finished.
"I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman," replied Feingold, D-Wis., who is considering a run for president in 2008. "See ya." Awww, Russel doesn't want to play anymore. Wait until he notices the "Kick Me" sign taped on his back.
Dr. Kent Hovind, a former high school science teacher and the founder of Creation Science Evangelism ministries, will address creationism's religious and scientific origins. Hovind's seminar is sponsored by the Morgan County Baptist Association, and Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Pastor Paul Miller said evolution;s origins are based on Satan, not science.
"The very beginning of the Bible says in the beginning God created," said Paul Miller, youth pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. "Throughout history, the devil has had a well-thought-out strategy to attack the word of God. Through what I call modern and postmodern times, the devil has orchestrated this thing such that people think we evolved."
Hovind posits that evolution has been consistently disproven by science, a claim he's willing to put money on. He has pledged $250,000 to anyone who can provide empirical evidence of evolution. Hovind said only three people have taken him up on his offer, and none walked away with the money. I'm sorry, Doc, but the three guys from the trailer park who keep talking about the time they got probed by aliens don't count.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The Teamsters leader was last seen in July 1975 at a restaurant in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township.
Agent Dawn Clenney, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Detroit, said the bureau was executing a search warrant in Milford Township, about 35 miles from Detroit.
Investigators are looking for "evidence of criminal activity that may have occured under previous ownership" on the property, Clenney said. Uri Geller knows the King. Maybe he could give him a call.
"We are arguing the point, needless to say, with them strenuosly," Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's longtime foreign minister, told reporters Wednedsay. "It is only through inclusion that you may change the position of Hamas." I'll tell you what-once we do figure out a way to use biofuels or other sources of energy, it will be a great day just so that we can finally tell these parasites what they can go do with themselves.
Daschle, the three-term South Dakota senator who lost a re-election bid in 2004, said Wednesday that the trip is a logical progression as he weighs a White House run.
"It's just taking the next step to a more thoughtful consideration of a presidential campaign," Daschle said in an interview with The Associated Press. I'm sorry, Tom, but logical and thoughtful aren't exactly words that describe the Democratic Party.
"I have a problem with people sitting there and saying God and Jesus will find a way," Cosby said.
He also said he had a problem "with churches who allow drug dealers to set up two blocks away." The audience cheered several times during Cosby's remarks. Cosby is out of touch. Doesn't he realize that you're supposed to blame everything on somebody else if you're a minority? What would happen to Al and Jesse if everybody started listening to him?
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Some blame it on an inside job by members of the Bush administration to benefit their business interests. Some say it was planned by neoconservatives to advance their worldview. Others don't know what happened but doubt the official story put forward by the government.
The world of conspiracy theories surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks is vast, and more than four years after the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, countless scenarios are put forth on the Internet, in academic forums and on talk radio each day. Some are of the "MIHOP" variety, which claim people in power made it happen on purpose, while others are of the "LIHOP" kind-they let it happen on purpose.
With Tuesday's release of video footage of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentago building, an attack that killed 184 people on Setp. 11, questions rage again.
"It doesn't clarify anything-I don't see a plane in that image," said Michael Berger, spokesman for 911Truth.org. "In fact, I thought it was underwhelming." Unfortunately, the stupidity of these people is often overwhelming.
Mexican border officials also said they worried that sending troops to heavily trafficked regions would push illegal migrants into more perilous areas of the U.S.-Mexican border to avoid detection.
President Bush announced Monday that he would send 6,000 National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile border, but they would provide intelligence and surveillance to support Border Patrol agents, not catch and detain illegal migrants. I say if they want to sue in our courts, they should have to pay the legal fees in their money. The Mexican government would go bankrupt in days.
One member of the five-person investigative committee recommended that ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill be fired, and four recommended he be suspended, university spokesman Barrie Hartman said.
Churchill, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, declined comment Tuesday. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
The king's directive, made in a meeting with local editors, caused surprise as the monarch has been regarded as a quiet reformer since he took office in the ultra-conservative country last August.
In recent months, newspapers have published pictures of women-always wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf-to illustrate stories with increasing regularity. Usually the stories have had to do with women's issues. The papers have also stated publishing a range of views on causes that are not generally accepted in Saudi Arabia-such as women having the right to drive and vote.
The king told editors on Monday that publishing a woman's picture for the world to see was inappropriate. Saudi Arabia isn't a country. It's the world's biggest Boys Only treehouse!
Representative Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, until April the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, said yesterday he's reviewing his financial disclosures after being accused of misstating personal assetts. Fellow Democrat William Jefferson of Louisiana vowed to stay in office and fight allegations that he accepted bribes.
Democrats have focused on Republican scandals as they try to regain control of Congress amid sagging approval ratings for President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans. Don't worry, Dems. If you lose in November there'll still be plenty of hypocracy on your side to go around.
Monday, May 15, 2006
It's about what I've come to expect with this Administration when it comes to domestic issues. Hope for the best, get the least.
Americans have a bleaker view of the country's direction than at any time in more than two decades, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Sharp disapproval of President Bush's handling of gasoline prices has combined with intensified unhappiness about Iraq to create a grim political environment fot the White House and Congressional Republicans. I know; it's the Slimes. But there's more to Bush's troubles than the usual left-wing take on things. This decline is fundamentally not a matter of PR or press bias but of policy and the philosophy behind it. Bush and the Republican Congress have had as difficult time selling themselves to the public because their policies have not been appealing. They have adhered to a philosophy, big-government conservatism, that has finally nearly alienated everyone. The War on Terror delayed the effects of this alienation for several years, but ultimately the Bush administration's errors and Congress's addiction to big spending-which was based on this big-government conservative philosophy-alienated both those outside the party, first, and then a great proportion of Republicans themselves. Bush doesn't have to run for another term. But those in his party do. The problem is, so many of them have shown little reason why we should let them.
Larry Darby, running for attorney general, believes fewer than 140,000 Jews died in Europe during World War II and contends most of them were afflicted with typhus, the Associated Press reported.
The candidate, head of the Aethist Law Center, says the commonly held number of 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis is a false claim of the "Holocaust industry." Sweet Home Alabama, where the stupid think this is true...
Sunday, May 14, 2006
The man stepped unwittingly into the national spotlight when he was interviewed by mistake on the corporation's News 24 channel.
With the seconds ticking down to a studio discussion about a court case invilving Apple Computer and The Beatle's record label, a floor manager had to run to reception and grabbed the man, thinking he was Guy Kewney, editor of Newswireless.net, a specialist internet publication.
Actually, he was a minicab driver who had been waiting to drive Mr Kewney home. "So, Reverand Jim, what do you think about the Internet decision?"
Rev. Jim: "What...does...the...Internet...mean?!?"
Last night Chavez also issued a taunting obituary for the 'American empire' on the eve of a visit where he will be shunned by Downing Street but welcomed by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Chavez said in Vienna yesterday that the 'final hours of the North American empire have arrived...Now we have to say to the empire: "'We're not afraid of you...you're a paper tiger.'" Well, we're not afraid of you either, you little Communist twit.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Representatives for the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic-major mall-based clothing retailers-were sent letters last week from the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees warning that a national action against all their stores would be taken if the Gap, its affiliates or any member of the Gap's founding family made a contribution to the No on Proposition 82 campaign, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Don Fisher, who founded the Gap, and his family also own Old Navy and Banana Republic. Union thuggery. It's for the children!
The plane lost all electrical power and the pilot had to fly the plane manually, according to Melissa Wagoner, Kennedy's press secretary. Nobody was hurt.
The Massachusetts Democrat had just delivered the commencement address at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and was on his way to Hyannis to spend Mother's Day with family when the plane was struck at about 2:45 p.m., she said. In the event of a water landing, the passengers could have used Ted as a floatation device.
The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing.
Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.
He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys." Mel, life is not a Conspiracy Theory. Bush apparently has more of a Braveheart than you do.
Ron Weddington, who with his wife Sarah Weddington represented "Jane Roe," sent the four-page letter to President Clinton's transition team before Clinton took office in January 2003.
The missive turned up in an exhibit put together by the watchdog legal group Judicial Watch, which has been researching the Clinton administration's policy on the abortion drug RU-486, notes James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web. But..but this would mean that Democrats are no better than Nazis! And Nazis were lying, manipulative racists who used fear to get into power and...oh.
Friday, May 12, 2006
"These sorts of things are going to upset people, but the truth can be very upsetting," said Brookland-Cayce High School teacher Winston McCuen.
That truth, at least according to McCuen, is that black people are inferior to whites.
"Intellectually, yes they are," said McCuen. "This has been confirmed over and over, and this is a generalization. Again, there are some blacks who are more intelligent than individual whites. But as a rule, that is true. I-Q tests prove it over, and over and over." Well, he's proved one thing-stupidity comes in all colors.
Echoing his tentative decision issued Monday, Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman said substandard schools and a lack of quality teachers robbed the students of a chance to pass the test.
Denying them diplomas would cause significant harm, he wrote.
"Prospective harm to a student who is otherwise fully qualified to graduate is sufficiently clear," the ruling says. "Remaining for a fifth or subsequent year in an already stressed district or attending community college when the student might otherwise be accepted to a four-year institution all demonstrate significant risk of harm." On the plus side, there will be no significant risk to those seeking future burger flippers.
One fefense official said military leaders believe the number of troops required could range from 3,500 to perhaps 10,000, depending on the final plan. Another administration official cautioned that the 10,000 figure was too high.
The offocials insisted on anonymity since no decision has been announced.
The president was expected to reveal his plans in an address Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. It will be the first time he has used the Oval Office for a domestic policy speech-a gesture intended to underscore the importance he places on the divisive immigration issue. If they're worried about troops, we've got several thousand in Germany and South Korea, places where they're apparently not wanted. Bring them home and give them a border worth defending.
The first major attack comes from a new documentary that seeks to debunk former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as "America's Mayor"-and has opened in Manhattan. Even its director admits the film is anything but fair and balanced.
"I'm not claiming there's anything approaching objectivity in this film," director Kevin Keating says about "Giuliani Time," which is playing in one Big Apple theaer.
Publicity materials for the film say it is "certain to bust open the mythof Giuliani" as America's Mayor that developed after 9/11 and reveal his inner "totalitarian" impulses.
But a review in the City Journal calls it a "silly documentary" that "tries-and fails-to tar the record of America's Mayor." Giuliani would absolutely destroy Hillary if she got the nomination. They must be desperate if they're going after someone as socially liberal as Giuliani.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Putin said in a nationally televised address to the Russian Parliament that Russia intends to begin building new generations of nuclear weapons, anti-missile weapons as he bolsters his nation's conventional military forces.
In a combative response to criticism of his increasingly repressive domestic and foreign policies, Putin pledged to boost his country's military power in an effort to counter pressure from abroad, explaining that over the next five years, Russia will "substantially increase the provision of strategic nuclear forces with modern long-range planes, submarines and launchers. Along with the means of overcoming the systems of anti-missile defense, which we already have, new types of weapons enable us to preserve what is undoubtadly one of the most important guarantees of lasting peace-namely, the strategic balance of forces.
"It is premature to speak of the end of the arms race. It is in reality rising to a new technological level," he said. So much for glasnost. Well, it was fun while it lasted, Comrade.
Dean told Christian Broadcasting Network News that the 2004 Democratic platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman"-just one of the points he made in reaching out to religious conservatives who are largely hostile to the party.
But the platform does not define marriage that way, and his remarks prompted the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to return a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Committee. At this rate, between him and Hillary Clinton, the Democrats may not have any constituents left. Thank you, Howard!
"The New York Times continues to ignore America's economic progress," blared the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.
Minutes earlier, another e-mail blasted CBS News, which has had an unusually rocky relationship with the White House since 2004, when CBS aired what turned out to be forged documents in a failed effort to question the president's military service.
"CBS News misleadingly reports that only 8 million seniors have signed up for Medicare prescription drug covereage," Wednesday's missive said. "But 37 million seniors have coverage." On Tuesday, the White House railed against "USA Today's misleading Medicare story."
"USA Today claims 'poor, often minority' Medicare beneficiaries are not enrolling in Medicare drug coverage," the press office complained. "But by April, more than 70 percent of eligible Hispanics, and more than 75 percent of eligible Asian-Americans are enrolled or have retiree drug coverage." There's a new sheriff in town, boys and girls. And he's got your number.
Gore became a senior advisor to the Internet search engine back in February 2001, and is a close froend of CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt. Google shares went public in 2004, and the stock has soared from $85 a share to more than $400. Co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are worth an estimated $11 billion each.
Gore "owns a ton of Google and he's made enough money that he could wait until a month before and just drop $50 million in to launch a  race," a well-placed Democrat told Deborah Orin of the New York Post.
"He's got way more than enough money to buy this thing at any point in the process." There, now aren't you all glad he invented the Internet?
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The president said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is well-suited for another office and would make "a great president."
"I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not," Bush said in an interview with Florida reporters, according to an account on the St. Petersburg Times Web site. And I would like to win the Lottery, Mr. President. But, if Jeb really is the "Smart one," it probably won't happen.
But the White House does admit the document should have been burned not tossed.
The document in question appears to be a White House staff schedule for the President's trip to Florida Tuesday. And a sanitation worker was alarmed to find it in the trash long hours before Mr. Bush left for his trip.
It's the kind of thing you woule expect would be shredded or burned, not thrown in the garbage.
Randy Hopkins could not believe what he was seeing.
There on the floor next to a big trash truck was a thick sheaf of papers with nearly every detail of the President's voyage. On the other hand, I'm sure that whoever was dumb enough to lose this probably still has his or her car keys.
During a conference call about his company's robust earnings report, I asked Murdoch what conservatives are to make of his willingness to support the liberal New York senator.
"It will be pretty modest support," Murdoch said. "It's giving the opportunity to people in our office to join us at a breakfast."
"We think that she's been effective on state issues and local issues here in New York. She's been an effective and good senator. And if people want to come to breakfast for $1,000, they're welcome. It's no big deal. It's not a million-dollar raising. It's got nothing to do with anything other than her Senate re-election." You go have your breakfast, Mr. Murdoch. The rest of us will just lose our lunch.
Says Ray Comfort: "Mr. Maher, like all believers in the theory of evolution, simply has a blind faith in a theory-tale that can't be substantiated. It's just another opiate of the masses-a religion called 'Darwinism' that piously robes itself in what it thinks is 'science.' It is true science fiction.
Comfort hosts "The Way of the Master" with actor Kirk Cameron. Their combined IQs together couldn't fill a thimble. Talk about a battle of wits between two unarmed individuals.
Citing Israeli intelligence sources, the London Times reports that Hamas's military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, was plotting to kill President Mahmoud Abbas at his office in Gaza.
"We monitor every movement of Hamas in Gaza," one Israeli source told the Times. "So when we learned that Abbas's life was in danger, we made sure to inform him without delay." Irony-it's obviously a Zionist plot.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Saddam's trial on charges of crimes against humanity was "a direct threat to international law, the United Nations, universal human rights and world peace," Clark said at a news conference. He demanded that proceedings be transferred from the Iraqi Special Tribunal to a new court that could work independently, free of prejudice.
Clark, who was attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967-1969, said the United States wanted the trial to "vindicate its invasion, to validate its occupation, and to make the world believe that the Iraqi people demanded that Saddam Hussein and leaders in his government be executed." Clark has got to stop sharing the bong with his client. He's going to wind up sharring a rubber room with Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan.
"Our main mission while we are here is to support troops on the ground and contribute to reconnaissance efforts as well," said lt. Col. Gerard Brunel, commander of the French detachment at the Combined Air Operations Center. It is Central Command Air Forces policy not to disclose the specific location of its forward headquarters or the CAOC.
The French also hope to strengthen cooperation with countries in the Indian Ocian and the Asia-Pacific region and reinforce their operational capacity, he added. "Now when you surrender, our Asian mon amis, remember to use ze white flag, not ze yellow one. Ze white is for ze surrender, and ze yellow is for ze running away, non?"
The cleric, whose article on Christianity and Israel is posted on an official PA government website, also accuses Zionist Christians of persecuting Palestinians and directing the war in Iraq, and he calls for pro-Israeli Christian denominations to be expelled from the "world church."
"Very few people know the truth about this [Christian Zionist] movement, which unconditionally supports the Zionist enemy and unconditionally opposes Islam and the Muslims, writes Hamed Al-Tamimi, director of inter-religious dialogue for the PA's Judicial Council. It must have been the pitchforks and human sacrifices that gave us away...
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