Monday, July 31, 2006
People waved Cuban flags on Little Havana's Calle Ocho, shouting "Cuba, Cuba, Cuba," hoping that the end was near for the man most of them consider a ruthless dictator. There were hugs, cheers and dancing as drivers honked their horns. Many of Miami's exiles fled the communist island or have parents and grandparents who did.
"We long for the day when power transfers in Cuba are the results of a free, democratic process and reflect the wishes of the Cuban people, not the preordained wishes of a dictator," said Joanna Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Raices de Esperanza, or Roots of Hope. "Although this transfer of power is being characterized as temporary, the oppression under which the Cuban people live is enduring and continues." Hang in there. Hopefully the man who started that era will soon join Stalin and Lenin in Hell.
Franken, who hosts a radio show on the liberal Air America Radio networ, is considering challenging Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008. Franken moved his show from New York City to Minneapolis earlier this year, fueling speculation of a possible bid.
Franken's Midwest Values PAC raised money from dozens of actors, directors, writers and entertainment executives for his leadership PAC, an Associated Press review of campaign finance reports shows.
Other contributors included actor Larry Hagman, directors Christopher Guest and Barry Levinson, and writers Harold Ramis and Aaron Sorkin. Ten bucks says Frankenweenie won't run but use the money to try and save Err America instead. If he does run and gets his ass handed to him, expect a lot of lawsuits as these folks try and get their money back.
Cleanup crews from various agencies, volunteer groups and the Tohono O'odham Nation hauled about 250,000 pounds of trash from thousands of acres of federal, state and private land across Southern Arizona in 2002 to 2005, says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
But that's only a fraction of the nearly 25 million pounds of trash thought to be out there.
Authorities estimate the 3.2 million-plus entrants caught by the Border Patrol dropped that much garbage in the Southern Arizona desert from July 1999 through June 2005. The figure assumes that each illegal entrant discards 8 pounds of trash, the weight of some abandoned backpacks found in the desert. But remember, they're guest polluters...
The leftist Venezuelan leader also condemned Israel for what he called the "terrorism" and "madness" of its attacks in Lebanon, Venezuelan state television reported.
"Let's save the human race, let's finish off the U.S. empire," Chavez said. "This (task) must be assumed with strength by the majority of the peoples of the world." You know, between Hugo, Abby Dinnerjacket and Mini-Me, it's no wonder Osama keeps such a low profile. These three have more than enough insanity to go around for everybody.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Annan condemned an Israeli airstrike that killed at least 56 people in Lebanon early Sunday, telling an emergency council meeting that it must demand an end to the violence.
He said the region was becoming impatient that the council, the most powerful U.N. body, had yet to issue a meaningful response after three weeks of war in Lebanon. I think Kofi's really upset that if Israel has its way the Council will run out of more people to get bribes from.
JOHN Howard's car was mobbed by anti-war protesters who demanded an end to bloodshed in the Middle East as he left the WA Liberal Party conference in Perth.
Protesters punched, kicked and threw projectiles at Mr. Howard's casr as police struggled to keep them at bay. One broke the flag on the car bonnet.
Protesters shouted "we want peace" while carrying pamphlets saying, "Cluster bombs are used by Israel to burn out families in Lebanon. Is this fair?"
Two men were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. But Mr. Howard may have had the last word: "There will not be a solution to the conflict in the Middle East until two things happen," he said.
"The first is that there must be conditional acceptance throughout the entire Arab world, without exception, of Israel's right to exist in peace and stability behind secure and internationally recongnized boundaries.
"The entire Arab world, including Hezbollah, Iran and Syria, must give up forever the idea that the Israelis can be driven from their land." Here's a novel idea: Stop calling for Israel's destruction and lobbing rockets at them, and maybe your "Families" won't get "Burned" by those evil Jews. What say you, Muslim countries?
Friday, July 28, 2006
Like an ice cream cone left in the hot July sun, Air America's ratings are melting in some key (read: liberal) regions of the country.
Based on fresh ratings data released Thursday evening, the "progressive" radio network has lost strength in three cities where it previously found the most listener support: Portland, Seattle and Denver.
Representing the Spring 2006 Arbitron reporting period, these results provide one of the most important report cards for the entire year. This is your future, Chrissy. Do you have a clue?
Chris Matthews was a splendid case in point on last evening's Hardball. Consider the very first words out of Matthews mouth to Ann: "The question I have is do you have a soul? Really." See what I mean?
Seems that Chris was very distressed that Coulter had referred to Mike Dukakis as a 'Greek midgit.' Hey, it wasn't Ann who popped that helmet on Mike and stuck him in that tank.
And later: "Here we go. We have Ann Coulter. Look at her. The picture of heaven. All brain, no heart. Just kidding. Let's go to the first question." Hey, Chrissy: Do you have a brain?
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The group she helps lead, Gold Star Families for Peace, says on its Web site that it will return next month to protest the war in Iraq in the small town near Waco where President Bush has a ranch. Like last year, Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, will again demand to meet with the president.
"We decided to buy property in Crawford to use until Geroge's resignation or impeachment, which we all hope is soon for the sake of the world," Sheehan said in a newsletter set to be sent to supporters Thursday. "I can't think of a better way to use Casey's insurance money than for peace, and I an sure that Casey approves." Actually, I think Casey is looking down right now and saying, "Why don't you just move to Waco itself instead? They're already familiar with lunatics there."
Architect Peter Cook, who wed Brinkley in 1996, had a nearly yearlong affair with wannabe singer and former employee Diana Bianchi, now 19, and gave her gifts of money, jewelry and a car. Both Cook and Bianchi have confirmed the affair.
Asked if she would return Cook's donations, Clinton said: "I'll have to look into it," the New York Post reported. But aide Ann Lewis later said: "We do not intend to return his contributions." Bubba must be green with envy.
Noted filmmaker Burns' highly anticipated seven-part series "The War" features salty language used by servicemen and others. If the explecitives make it to air, they could lead to crippling fines for the offending stations as a result of a new law signed last month by President George W. Bush.
Paula Kreger, the president of CEO and PBS, told reporters at a media event in Pasadena, California, that she was relictant to bleep the words out, because that would diminisb the impact of the documentary. Airing the fulm after 10 p.m., when the new rules do not apply, would reduce the available audience, she said. It's nice to know the GOP had time to waste on this and didn't have more pressing issues to deal with, isn't it?
Dr. John Greenhill has collected observations from last month's event when Pluto passed in front of a bright star, making it easier to study.
(Snip) Dr. Greenhill says the results are surprising because they show Pluto is warming up.
"It looks as though the atmosphere has not changed from 2002, which is pretty surprising because we expected the atmosphere would freeze out as the planet moved further away from the Sun," he said.
"But so far, if anything, the atmosphere has gotten even denser." Maybe. But it still has a long way to go before it becomes as dense as those who listen to Al.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
But now, it is coming to America. Why? Because in these teched-out, decked-out times, American men need to put all that stuff somewhere.
Guys have their cell phones, BlackBerries, wallets, checkbooks, sunglasses, body spray, you name it. And the 21st century guy wants to put it somewhere special.
"Once you are out in the work world, do you really want to be carrying a backpack when you are wearing a suit?" says Adam Rapaport, the style editor at GQ Magazine. "At the same time, most guys don't want to be like their dads and carry a briefcase." And here I thought manbags had gone the way of leisure suits. (I hope those don't make a comeback...)
It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About 90 percent of such cancers are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun.
Radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium-a fleshy growth on the surface of the eye, cold sores and other ills, according to the report, the first to detail the global effects of sun exposure. Well, I don't know about the rest of the world, but here we call that summer.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
A war of words of almost biblical proportions has broken out between Australia's most senior Catholic and a Muslim leader.
Islamic Information and Services Network president Abu Hamza, or Coburg, wants the Bible banned because it incites violence.
He called Archbishop George Pell a "clown" for his comments this year that the Koran was full of "invocations to violence."
Mr. Hamza told his followers the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, was full of murder and seemed to condone rape.
Dr. Pell replied from the Vatican this week: "I am not sure how much Mr. Hamza's comments improve the situation, but there are no teachings of Jesus, unlike Mohommad, which advocate violence against followers of other religions." And therein lies the main difference between Islamic culture and the West. Western religions were able to outgrow their violent, primitive beginnings.
With 64 percent of the U.S. population either overweight or obese, the problem is worsening, but it represents a business opportunity for equipment makers and hospitals, said Dr. Raul Uppot, a radiologist at Massachisetts General Hospital.
"We noticed over the past couple of years that obesity was playing a role in our ability to see these images clearly," Uppot said in a telephone interview.
Radiologists have their own term for it when writing up reports: "These images are limited due to body habitus." I prefer to use the term, "Cheeseburgeritis Glutomous Maximus."
But instead of merely transmitting Hezbollah's unverified and unverifiable claims to the outside world, Cooper-to his credit-exposed the efforts by Hezbollah to manipulate CNN and other Western reporters. It's quite a contrast from the much more accomodating approach taken by his colleague, Nic Robertson, in a report that aired on a variety of CNN programs (including AC360) back on July 18, a report that Roberston himself has now conceded was put together under Hezbollah's control.
Unlike Robertson, Cooper was explicit about how Hezbollah's operatives had set all of the rules: "Young men on motor scooters followed our every movement. They only allowed us to videotape certain streets, certain buildings," he explained. He countered Hezbollah claims that Israel targets civilians by pointing out that the group based itself in civilian areas and that Israel's air force drops leaflets warning of attacks.
Cooper exposed for CNN viewers that the sight of speeding ambulances, sirens blaring, was just a phony ploy staged by Hezbollah: "One by one, they've been told to turn on their sirens and zoom off so that all the photographers here can get shots of ambulances rushing off to treat civilians...These ambulances aren't responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect." Terrorists trying to manipulate gullible or willing Western reporters? Who'da thunk it?
Barrett told a Milwaukee talk show host in June that he believed that the U.S. government used "controlled demolitions with explosives" on Sept. 11 to bring down the World Trade Center buildings and later said that the idea of a hijacked planed hitting the Pentagon was "preposterous." He plans to discuss these beliefs over one week of the 15-week course for undergraduate students.
Wisconsin lawmakers, however, are trying to stop him.
In a letter delivered Monday to university administrators and Winsconsin Gov. James Doyle, state lawmakers demanded that school officials fire Barrett before the fall semester begins. Sixty-one of the legislature's 133 members-now on summer recess-signed the letter.
And if the school allows Barrett to teach "these lies," some of the legislators who signed the letter are threatening to cut the university system's public finding when the next state budget is reviewed next year, said Repbulican Re. Stephen L. Nass.
"The rest of the world believes that the towers were brought down by terrorist actions. Taxpayers are spending $1 billion a year on the University of Wisconsin, and my office is being flooded with calls and e-mails by people who are furious that their dollars are going to be spent teaching such falsehoods," Nass said. "If the university doesn't do something to stop this, then lawmakers will step in and try to deal with it." One instutition of higher learning down. Several others to go...
A WorldPride organizer said Jerusalem police had informed his group that with Israel fighting a war on two fronts and the security situation very tense, police could not provide a safe environment for the march.
"Therefore, we feel it would be neither responsible nor appropriate to hold the march until such time that circumstances allow for a safe and peaceful gathering for all," said Hagai El-Ad, executive director of Jerusalem Open House, a local homosexual advocacy group. They should go anyway. They could make good air raid sirens...
Monday, July 24, 2006
Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms. Williams spoke passionatly about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr. Bush.
"I have a very hard time with this word, 'non-violence', because I don't believe that I am non-violent," said Mrs. Williams, 64.
"Right now, I would love to kill George Bush." Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered. Old lefties never die. They just become Nobel Prize-winning crackpots.
In this city that once winked at Prohibition, members of the City Council are trying to crack down on things they deem unhealthy, immoral or just plain annoying.
A proposal that would restrict fast-food chains from cooking with artery-clogging trans fat oils got a public airing last week, and in the past year alone aldermen have banned smoking in nearly all public places and the use of cell phones while driving.
(Snip) Critics, including the mayor, wonder if the City Council has suddenly deemed itself the behavior police.
"We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers," an angry Mayor Richard M. Daley said earlier this year. "We have real issues here in this city. And we're dealing with foie gras? Let's get some priorities." Yes, but at least it's good to know that the gangbangers won't be smoking or using their cell phones while selling crack, isn't it?
The feuding cable TV personalities both attended a charity fundraiser thrown by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre last November. Olbermann picked up his nametag and spotted O'Reilly's tag on the table.
"He never got within 20 feet of me," Olbermann told the Television Critics Association's summer meeting Saturday. "I swear to God, every time I looked up, he would suddenly look down. He was staring over at me. But we're about the same height, so I really don't thinh he's going to come talk to me. If I were about a foot shorter, I'm sure there would be a confrontation of some sort." You'rer already a mental midget, Keith. If you were a physical midget as well O'Reilly would still ignore you, just as 90% of the cable news audience already does.
Judy Vincent learned last year that Cpl. Scott Vincent's name is among about 1,700 included on a T-shirt being sold by an Arizona man over the Internet. The front of the short reads "Bush Lied" and the back reads "They Died."
The woman, whose son was killed in April 2004, pushed for Oklahoma legislatures to pass a law that makes it a misdemanor to use a soldier's name or likeness for advertising purposes without consent. The law goes into effect this November. Semper Fi, Cpl. Vincent. Your mother is not alone.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Six weeks after taking Mogadishu and other southern towns, the Islamists are engaged in an indreasingly bellicose standoff with a fragile, Ethiopian-backed interim government based in the provincial town of Baidoa.
With Islamist militia moving their closest yet to Baidoa this week, and witnesses saying Ethipian soldiers have poured over the border to defend the government, the prospect of yet another major conflict in Somalia has risen sharply. Well, as far as I'm concerned, if the Ethiopians want that hellhole they can have it. Of course, I won't lose any sleep if they can clean out the trash while they're there.
The lorry set off from Kent on its way to Tehran but was stopped by officials at a checkpoint on Bulgaria's northern border with Romania after a scanner indicated radiation levels 200 times above normal.
The lorry was impounded and the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NPA) was called out. Sounds like we could use those folks along our border...
Media reports have emphasized that Israeli air strikes have killed more than 350 Lebanese civilians, prompting accusations that the IDF is carrying out "collective punishment" on the country. Well, it's a start. Now how long before the rest of the Lamestream Media fesses up?
MELBOURNE-scientists believe they may have found a cure for Alzheimer's disease if tests on mice prove successful in humans.
In a world first, a Melbourne research team has developed a once-a-day pill that could stop the deilating disease in its tracks.
Human trials of the drug PBT2 will begin next month.
Professor George Fink, director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, which devloped the drug in partnership with Prana Technology, said it was a major breakthrough.
"I'm getting great excitement out of it, it's certainly another Eureka," he said on Channel 10.
"If we can replicate in a human what occurs at the lab bench then this will be of great, immense importance." So much for the Forney brothers!
SEOUL (AFP)-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has taken a musician-turned-secretary as his new wife after his former spouse died of cancer two years ago.
Kim Ok, 42, lived with the reclusive North Korean leader who turned 64 in February after serving as his private secretary, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said quoting an unnamed government source.
"She is vitrually North Korea's first lady," said the source who Yonhap called a Seoul government source privy to informatiion on Kim Jong-Il's family. I guess the poor woman will find out soon enough how much Kim's missile really fizzles.
But the people of Britain told him to go to hell. The Muslim cleric who once preached hate-filled rants against the UK and praised the 9/11 atrocities as "magnificent" begged to be allowed aboard one of the vessels ferrying Britons to safety.
His plea, made only a few months after he quit Britain under pressure, fell on deaf ears. But Bakri still had the cheek to complain and wrote to embassy officials in Lebanon pleading to get back to the UK where he still has family. Hey, Omar-stay there and take it like a man, you worthless POS.
Friday, July 21, 2006
"I think the situation there is so dangerous, and as a single parent with two children, that's something I won't be doing," she told NBC's Access Hollywood. Yes, Katie. I understand. The smoke from shelling can be absolutely murder on your makeup and just ruin your hair.
Less than a decade after a successful campaign to end violent paroxysms of "gay bashing" in the beach town at the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, police and town officials report a resurgence in tension between gays and straight people.
Police Chief Ted Meyer said straight people complained of being called "breeders" over the July Fourth holiday weekend, and that in one serious incident a man was charged with assaulting a woman who signed a petition to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the only state where it is legal. Call it Queer Eye For The Intolerant Guy. It's San Francisco with a Ted Kennedy accent.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Welcome To Paleolithic Park!
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig, Germany, plan to reconstruct the genome of Neanderthals, the archaic human species that occupied Europe from 300,000 years ago until 30,000 years ago until being displaced by modern humans.
The genome will initially be reconstructed using DNA extracted from Neanderthal bones that are 45,000 years old, which were found in Croatia, though bones from other sites may be analyzed later. Fortunately, there are still plenty of modern Neanderthals left for study. Liberal Democrats...Pat Buchanan...Creationists...
Brandon Hedrick, 27, opted for electrocution rather than lethal injection, a decision that caught his own lawyers off-guard.
Attorney Robert Lee said in an e-mail that he doesn't know why Hedrick chose the electric chair, but guesses that the choice came from, "confusion or frustration," he said.
Earl Bramblett, convicted of murdering a Roanoke family, was the last Virginian to die in the electric chair, in 2003.
Hedrick was sentenced to death in 1998 for the slaying of 23-year-old Lisa Crider in Appomatax County. Hedrick and his friend, Trevor Jones, kidnapped her as she walked along a road in Lynchburg and killed her along the James River. Maybe he just wants to go to Hell already warmed up?
Zapatero commented on the Middle East conflict at an international Socialist youth festival in Alicante, which was attended by more than 3,000 people including Palestinians and Israelis on Wednesday.
The premier condemned both the kidnappings of Israeli soldiers and the use of "abusive force which does not allow innocent human beings to defend themselves." Ah, yes, that poor, defenseless Hezbollah and their innocent little rockets.
"This was an occasion in which Hezbollah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hezbollah in coming to the United States," Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee during a Tuesday hearing on the FBI's budget.
In a stunning revelation, Mueller admitted that Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling some of its operatives across the border, telling the House committee: "That was an organization that we dismantled and identified those persons who had been smuggled in. And they have been addressed as well." Well, I'm sure they were just part of a "Guest Terrorist" program.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
First came capitulation on the Bush Doctrine, as Pyongyang and Tehran defied Bush's dictum: The world's worst regimes will not be allowed to acquire the world's worst weapons. Then came suspension of the democracy crusade as Islamic militants exploited free elections to advance to power and office in Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Iraq and Iran.
Now, Israel's rampage against a defenseless Lebanon-smashing airport runways, fuel tanks, power plants, gas stations, lightouses, bridges, roads and the occasional refugee convoy-has exposed Bush's folly in subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv, thus making Israel the custodian of our reputation and interests in the Middle East. Come on, Patty. Let it all out. You know you want to blame those nasty Jooz for this. Don't hold back, now!
More than a year after unions began two political-style campaign groups attacking Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, for what they say are low wages and skimpy benefits, the language is turning meaner and more personal.
Last week, Working Families for Wal-Mart, a group financed primarily by Wal-Mart, started http://paidcritics.com to reveal what it described as "the real motives of the union leaders behind the campaign against Wal-Mart."
It characterized one of its leading critics, Andrew Grossman of union-backed Wal-Mart Watch, as "a political operative with a checkered past" in a section called "Paid Critic of the Week" that also lambasted Wayne Hanley, the head of the Canadian chapter of the United Food and Commerical Workers Union. I hope Wal-Mart is careful. Gangsters don't like it when you call them names...
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
WESTPORT, CN, USA-Despite the fighting in Lebanon, English rock band Deep Purple says that it plans to perform at the Baalbek Music Festival outside of Beirut later this year.
A press release from the band confirmed that Deep Purple would indeed honor its July 28 performance near the war-torn city, also promising an immediate makeup date should the festival's promoter choose to cancel the show.
Deep Purple is currently one-quarter of the way through a planned two-year world tour and to date has not canceled a single show, a trend that it hopes to continue. I wonder if they'll be playing any other dates-like, say, Damascus, Iran...
The bill passed 63-67, four votes short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override Bush's veto. The president left little doubt that he would reject the bill despite late appeals on its behalf from fellow Republicans Nancy Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"The simple answer is he thinks murder's wrong," said White House spokesman Tony Snow. "The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research." It's not that I wouldn't support Bush if he vetoed this. I'm just sorry it didn't happen while the GOP-controlled Senate was spending money like a sailor on leave.
Monday, July 17, 2006
The party has only three known members, one of whom was convicted of mloesting an 11-year-old boy in 1987. Widely dubbed the "pedophile" party, it is unlikely ever to win a seat in parliament. The group would need around 60,000 votes, and pollsters estimate it would get fewer than 1,000.
Opponents had asked The Hague District Court to bar the party from registering for national elections in November, arguing that children have the right not to be confronted with the party's platform.
"Freedom of expression, freedom...of association, including the freedom to set up a political party, can be seen as the basis for a democratic society," Judge H. Hofuis said in his ruling. Well, now I know where Michael Jackson is going to apply for citizenship next.
In his first public address since the start of Israel's offensive in Lebanon last week, Olmert said a cease-fire would first require the return of the two soldiers whose abduction sparked the current conflict, an end to Hezbollah rocket attacks and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the shared border.
"Citizens of Israel, there are moments in the life of a nation, when it is compelled to look directly into the face of reality and say: no more," he said.
"And I say to everyone: no more. Israel will not be held hostage-not by terror gangs or by a terrorist authority or by any sovereeign state,"
"There is nothing we want more than peace on all of our borders," Olmert told the Knesset. But he said, "Israeil will not agree to live with rockets fired on its citizens," he added. "Only a nation that can protect its freedom deserves it," he stated. Are you paying attention, Europe? This is the cost of freedom-the willingness to fight for it.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
"This is World War III," the Georgia Repbulican told the Seattle Times.
He repeated his assertation on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.
"We're in the early stages of what I would describe as the Third World War and, frankly, our bureaucracy's not responding fast enough and we don't have the right attitude. And this is the 58th year of the war to destroy Israel and, frankly, the Israelis have every right to insist that every single missile leave south Lebanon, and the United States ought to be helping the Lebanese government have the strength to eliminate Hezbollah as a military force-not as a political force in the parliament-but as a military force in South Lebanon." As he usually is, Newt is right on the money here. The question is-will not just the United States and Israel, but the rest of the civilized world have the will to stand up to the new generation of Nazis?
George Schweitzer, longtime president of the CBS Marketing Group, is crowing about putting advertisements on some 35 million shells. Eggs-ample: "How I Met Your Mother-Find Your Chick on CBS."
Rival networks previously have tried promoting their shows on restroom walls and dry-cleaner bags.
But Mr. Schweitzer, architect of 1989's semi-legendary "Kmart Watch-and-Win" campaign, is determined to stay ahead of the curve in partnership with EggFusion of Deerfield, Ill. How about this slogan: "These eggs came from the same place our news covereage does-a place where the Sun doesn't shine."
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Of the 58 charges, 44 were filed against Kent Hovind and his wife, Jo, for evading bank reporting requirements as they withdrew $430,500 from AmSouth Bank between July 20, 2001 and Aug. 9, 2002.
At the couple's first court appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis, Kent Hovind professed not to understand why he is being prosecuted. Some 20 supporters were in the courtroom.
"I still don't understand what I'm being charged for and who is charging me," he said. Well, if this guy wanted proof of evolution, he'll get plenty of it where he's going. He'll find out first hand what it's like to be at the bottom of the food chain in the prison shower.
The boycott announcement specifically cites radio legend and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Paul Harvey, as well as popular talker Doug McIntyre. Both Harvey and McIntyre are nationally syndicated by ABC, which is owned by Disney.
McIntyre was instrumental in exposing a taxpayer-funded Los Angeles school backed by radical groups that lay claim to the Southwestern U.S> As WND reported, the principal of the Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School, Marcos Aguilar, has said he believes in racial segregation and sees his school as part of a larger cultural "struggle." This is the constituency to which Republicans want to pander to? Give me a break.
Clinton, who spoke at an Aspen Institute conference last week, questioned why Democrats in Connecticut are focusing on ousting a fellow Democrat, Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman faces a stronger-than-expected Aug. 8 primary challenge by Greenwich millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, who has criticized Lieberman for his support of the war and his perceived closeness with Republicans and President Bush.
"If we allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq to divide us instead of focusing on replacing Republicans in Congress, that's the nuttiest strategy I ever heard in my life," Clinton told the nonprofit cultural organization. As God is my witness, it's scary to think that I am actually siding with Bubba here. It just shows you how skewed from reality the Democratic base has become.
Plame told at a news conference she trusted the government to protect her and that the government "betrayed that trust. I'd much rather be continuing my career as a public servant than as a plaintiff in a lawsuit."
Said Wilson: "We are under no illusions about how tough this fight will be. But we believe the time has come to hold those who use their official positions to exact personal revenge accountable and responsible for their actions." His wife said they decided to persue the lawsuit with "heavy hearts." Just who was trying to undermine whom here? Will Robert Novak be one of your witnesses, Joe?
Friday, July 14, 2006
Speaking defiantly in an audiotape on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television less than an hour after missiles struck his headquarters and home, Sheil Hassan Nasrallah addressed Israelis and said they must take responsibility for their actions.
"You wanted an open war, and we are heading for an open war," he said. "We are ready for it." Afterwards, he reportedly wrote a farewell letter to his ass.
"We write to strongly urge you to abandon the measure as unconstitutional, anti-immigrant and unnecessary," the ACLU wrote to the city Thursday in a letter that was also signed by officials with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan and Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development Inc.
In May, Sterling Heights, Mich., Councilwoman Barbara Ziarko asked the city's attorney to prepare an ordinace requiring businesses with foreign language signs to have identifiers such as "bakery" included, the Detroit News reports.
Fire Chief John Childs supported the move, arguing that people passing by the site of a fire or other emergency could inform dispatchers about the location more easily if they could read the signs.
He maintained that the issue has nothing to do with race. If the ACLU were serious about this, they'd issue their complaints in the languages they claim to represent. Of course, nobody would be able to understand them, which might be a good thing.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
"The critical habitat desingation for the Mexican spotted owl runs afoul of the law in a number of ways," claimed Pacific Legal attorney Damien Schiff. "Some of the areas that have been set aside by the regulators clearly don't have physical and biological features that are essential for the owl's conservation. Othere areas are described in such vague terms that it's anyone's guess whether it's necessary to take them out of public use."
In addition, said Schiff, "the regulators ignored their legal duty to consider and factor in the economic impact of the designation." The treehuggers will be angry. But I'm sure the Rainbow Family will be glad to ruin the forest for them in the name of protest the way they did in Colorado.
The video from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) shows U.S. flag-draped coffins loaded onto an airplane, and a standing rifle supporting the helmet of a fallen GI, in a montage of "things that are wrong with America."
The attempt to capitalize on the deaths of Americans soldiers has generated outrage among politicians, veterans, military families, and conservative bloggers. Oh, I don't think outrage comes close to describing what I feel about these scumbags.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A University of New South Wales team said the fearsome fossils were among 20 previously unknown species uncovered at a site in northwest Queensland state.
Professor Michael Archer said on Wednesday the remains of a meat-eating kangaroo with wolf-like fangs were found as well as a galloping kangaroo with long forearms that could not hop like a modern kangaroo.
"Because they didn't hop, these were galloping kangaroos, with big, powerful forelimbs. Some of them had long canines (fangs) like wolves," Archer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. I've often wondered what a prehistoric version of Whinnie The Pooh would have been like. Now I know.
A decade and a half after a coup removed him from power and the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Gorbachev spoke with an ABC News correspondent about America's criticism of Russian democracy as President Bush prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-8 conference in St. Petersburg.
"We have made some mistakes. So what?" Gorbachev said. "Please don't put even more obstacles in our way. Do you think you were smarter than we were?" Well, the last time I checked, Gorby, yours is the system that was put into the ashbin of history, not ours. Complaining from the sidelines because you're about as relevant as New Kids on the Block is not good form, old sport.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
"The ease of Internet gambling poses a very serious threat to our families and our society," Rep. Tom Osbourne, R-Neb., said in support of the bill.
The legislation would clarify existing law by declaring Internet gambling illegal. It would cut off payments to betting Web sites and would allow authorities to work with Internet providers to block access to gambling Web sites. They must not have wasted enough time trying to make creationism a part of our school curriculums.
While still waiting for clues to emerge, top intelligence sources in New Delhi seem pretty sure the blasts on the trains were plotted by Lashkar modules which are increasingly collaborating with activists of SIMI, which boasts of strong pockets of influence across Mharashtra.
The estimates of intelligence agencies here is derived from the scale of the attack, as well as precise information about the Lashkar's sleeper cells that have proliferated in Maharashtra. Oh, if only India hadn't followed Bush into Iraq, this wouldn't be happening...wait, what's that you say? India isn't involved in the Iraq War? But what other reason would terrorists have to attack? It's not like they're part of a fanatical murderous cult or something, is it?
UW-Madison Provost Patrick Farrell said Kevin Barrett can present his view as one of many perspectives on the event when he teaches the introductory course as scheduled this fall.
Some state politicians had called for the university to fire Barrett after he spoke about his theories on a radio talk show last month. Well, I know where Ward Churchill is working next year...
Reilly's office already has begun issuing subpoenas to those infolved in the design, testing, construction and oversight of the panels and tunnel.
"What we are looking at is anyone who had anything to do with what happened last night," Reilly said. "No one is going to be spared." The Boston Boondoggle has been one of the biggest wastes of money in Massachusetts history, and that's saying something. This fiasco has gone on long enough.
Monday, July 10, 2006
"I am pleased to officially restore the good name of Grace Sherwood," Kaine wrote in a letter Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf read aloud before a re-enactment of Sherwood's being dropped into the river.
"With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice," Kaine wrote. "We can also celebrate the fact that a woman's equality is constitutionally protected today, and women have the freedom to pursue their hopes and dreams." Well, that's nice. But what about the real Wicked Witch, the one who'll be running for President?
"If we accept that there is no other option to prevent an attack...there is the view that attacking the launch base of the guided missiles is within the constitutional right of self-defence.
We need to deepen discussion," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said. Abe added that the ruling party might take up the matter internally. I would imagine that Lil' Kim is going to wish he hadn't decided to upset Godzilla.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
In the comic, Hart shows his turtle character asking: "What makes a bite that's shaped like a crescent moon?" The bird standing on the turtle's shell answers: "A lunatic." A star is drawn near the turtle's "finger" to illustrate the location of the bite.
A star/crescent moon is a symbol of Islam. There's also the possibility that Hart was making a "luna tick" pun instead of, or in addition to, making a negative reference to Islam.
An executive at Creators Syndicate, which distributes "B.C.," could not be immediately reached for comment today. I wonder how long it will be before the offended ones put out a bounty on Mr. Hart's head? The Religion of Peace shall not be mocked, you know.
Editing movies to delete objectionable language, sex and violence is an "illegitimate business" that hurts Hollywood studios and directos who own the movie rights, said U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch in a decision released thursday in Denver.
"Their (studios and directos) objective...is to stop the infringement because of its irreparable injury to the creative artistic expression in the copyrighted movies," the judge wrote. "There is a public interest in providing such protection." If you want Hollwood to clean up its act, then you go to the studios and make them listen. You don't take somebody else's work, clean it up to your heart's content, and then sell it as your own product. That's just not Cricket.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
But you'd never know it if you relied on the New York Times, Washington Post, or the rest of the mainstream media. Too busy betraying America's secrets to our enemies, none of them printed a word about Biden's gaffe.
(Snip) During a conversation with an Indian-American political activist, Biden said, "In Deleware, the largest growth of population is Indian-Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." Considering the way they take minority votes for granted, you'd think the Democrats would at least keep their racism to themselves.
Powell, 69, arrived on time for a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival and showed no signs that he had been sick the night before.
"I'm fine. I look healthy, don't I?" he told the Aspen Daily News after the hour-long session. "I started hyperventilating a little and was feeling a little altitude sickness, I think.
"I probably would have been OK but they said, 'Oh god, let's take a look at him.' They took me to the hospital, gave me a quick examination and let me go." Powell should consider himself lucky. A lot of the folks who have associated themselves too closely with the Clintons have a nasty habit of turning up dead.
Bob Mulholland, senior advisor to Democratic nominee Phil Angeliedes, aims for controversy this morning, saying: "With North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il back in the news, it reminds me that he and Schwarzenegger have something in common. Both have their shoes specifically made to add a couple inches of lift. What we don't know is does Kim Jong-Il have his shoes made by Schwarzenegger's shoemaker in Italy."
Hillary is hosting a fundraiser for Angelides today in San Francisco. Practically anywhere else in the country, Arnold would be considered a liberal. In the land of fruits and nuts he gets compared to a tyrannical dwarf who likes to play with rockets. Welcome to California.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
The computer game is played from the perspective of a mercenary who is dispatched to Venezuela with the guidance: "If you can see it you can buy it, steal it, or blow the living crap out of it." Called Mercenaries 2: World In Flames, it is made by Pandemic Studios, based in Los Angeles, in which a private equity firm established by the U2 lead singer has invested $300m (165m). It is one of the world's largest independent games producers.
In Venezuela, political supporters of President Hugo Chavez have reacted angrily to news of the game-reportedly due for release next year-and called for it to be banned. Gabriela Ramirez, a member of the National Assembly, told the Associated Press that it incorrectly portrayed Mr. Chavez as a tyrant and Venezuela as a country on the verge of chaos. The truth hurts, doesn't it?
The Harvard-educated Caldereon was elected with 35.88 percent of the vote and Andres manuel Lopez Obrador, a combative left-wing former Mexico City mayor, trailed close behind on 35.31 percent, final official results showed.
Lopez Obrador angrily claimed the election last Sunday was plagued with irregularities and pledged to fight it in Mexico's electoral tribunal. Al Gore must be so pleased that his guy learned so well.
The episode called "Trapped in the Closet" implies that Cruise is gay and makes fun of Scientology. So what's Tom going to do if it wins? Jump up and down on somebody's chair in anger?
The 64-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Police were searching for the suspect, described by witnesses as a thin man in his 30s, who had earrings in both ears and was possibly carrying a teddy bear.
The attack occured before dawn at a subway station a few blocks south of Columbia University. Well, I'm sure the teddy bear will testify on the guy's behalf, along with the rest of his imaginary voices.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
The survey, sponsored by the University of Miami School of Communication, showed that a majority of Mexican voters would not look kindly on a protest of the election results. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed-60 percent-said they would not support a protest of the vote by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the PRD party. Just 30 percent said they would support a protest. Sounds like some folks down there have more common sense than certain voters up here.
Tensions rose across the region earlier this month after U.S. officials said spy satellite photographs indicated that Pyongyang might be preparing to fire a long-range missile.
"The laws have been passed, so all those options would come on to the table," Aso told NHK television, referring to provisions that could be used to freeze cash transfers and ban ferry services between Japan and North Korea. Yes, Lil' Kim, we can hear you now. And if you keep it up, you'll find out what our response will be. Be careful what you wish for...
German neo-Nazis tore up and burned a copy of the Diary of Anne Frank after hijacking a traditional gala.
Around 100 skinheads cheered and shouted Sieg Heil as the most poignant memoir of the Holocaust years went up in flames.
They also burned a U.S. flag and sang banned Nazi songs.In America, we call morons like these peace activists.
Christiaan Briggs, 30, who spent three weeks in Iraq with the Truth Justice Peace Human Shield Action Group in 2003, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to face a charge of grievous bodily harm.
Police say the incident occured on June 22 when Briggs allegedly punched 19-year-old Billy Leeson, causing the rising rock star to hit his head on the ground. I can see how it went down now: "Bush is Hitler! War is evil! Make love, not bombs!" "Your girlfriend has a nice rack." "I'm gonna kick your ass, dude!"
The suspects include an executive administrative assistant at Atlanta-based Coke, Joya Williams, who is accused of rifling through corporate files and stuffing documents and a new Coca-Cola product into a personal bag.
Willams, 41, of Norcross, Ga., and 30-year-old Ibrahim Dimson of New York and 43-year-old Edmund Duhaney of Decatur, Ga., are charged with wire fraud and unlawfully steaking and selling Coke trade secrets, federal prosecutors said. With Dim and Duh in their names, you'd think they'd have gone into politics instead. Or the news business.
The Pitkin, Colo., Sheriff's Department said officers were called in to Lay's house in old Snowmass, Colo., shortly after 1 a.m. Mountain time. He was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:11 a.m. Lay, who lived in Houston, frequently vacationed in Colorado. I guess the Devil has a new accountant. Good riddance.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and two small Scud-stype missiles within a two-hour period, but the long-range missile appears to have failed, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Tuesday.
CNN also reported that a Taepodong had been fired.
The Taepodong-2 missile, which had been under intense scrutiny by the United States and other western powers, appeared to have failed in flight, the diplomatic source said. Isn't that just like Lil' Kim, always coming up short in delivering his payload. No wonder he's so frustrated.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Around a burn barrel at Seabright State Beach, organizer Brent Adams, 41, of Santa Cruz, declared flag burning not a protest, but a celebration of the Constitution's First Amendment.
"It seemed like a good idea to burn some flags because we can," added fellow organizer Sha Lar, 32, of Santa Cruz. On a day of weinie roasts, these weenies are the ones who should get burned.
In the Entebbe raid on July 4, 1976, Israeli commandos and paratroopers carried out the hastily planned military operation in 99 minutes, whisking more than 100 hostages out of a terminal at Uganda's international airport and into waiting Hercules military jets.
For some Israelis, the anniversary brought back memories of a seemingly lost era of daring, successful Israeli military operations. For others, it served as a continuing warning to Israel's enemies.
"The Entebbe anniversary shows the serious with with we attach to freeing our hostages, said Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. "I think people holding Israeli hostages today should unserstand that we will do everything we can to bring about the liveration of hostages and, of course, punish those involved in hostage taking." The Palestinians don't seem to have learned this lesson yet. But they wiil.
"I've known Joe Lieberman for more than thirty years. I habe been pleased to support him in his campaign for re-election, and hope that he is our party's nominee," the former first lady said in a statement issued by aides.
"But I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary," the New York Democrat added. "I believe in the democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters." Lieberman makes sense when it comes to the war in Iraq. Sense and nonsense don't mix, which may be why this is the right time for Joe to leave that nuthouse.
As Americans get set to fire up barbeques in patriotic celebration of US Independence Day on July 4, anti-war protestors planned to savour a last meal outside the White House, before embarking on a 'Troops Home Fast' at midnight.
"We've marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush's ranch, we've even gone to jail, now it's time to do more," said Sheehan, who emerged as an anti-war icon after losing her 24-year-old son Casey in Iraq. Michael Moore shouldn't have to worry about fasting. He can live off his own body fat for up to a year.
Monday, July 03, 2006
That seems to be at the heart of a debate over whether to replace the fuzzy language favored by the U.S. government with the painful truth-telling kids if they're obese or overweight.
Labeling a child obese might "run the risk of making them angry, making the family angry," but it addresses a serious issue head-on, said Dr. Reginald Washington, a Denver pediatrician and co-chair of an American Amcademy of Pediactrics obesity task force.
"It that same person came into your office and had cancer, or was anemic, or had an ear infection, would we be having the same conversation? There are a thousand reasons why this obesity epidemic is so out of control, and one of them is no one wants to talk about it." And what about telling someone they have a swelled head? People with larger than normal heads might be offended. Don't want to leave anyone out, you know.
But scientists really have found a way to give amputees bionic limbs.
Experts at University College London are working on a technique to fuse skin to metal.
Before the discovery, known as Intraosseous Trancutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP), binding metallic limbs with skin was too dangerous because of infection.
But scientists say they have overcome this and believe ITAP may enable doctors to give amputees fully funtioning bionic limbs which are linked to the patient's nervous system within five years. Feh. We're light years ahead of them with our android technology. Look at Al Gore, for example.
Calderon had a lead of almost 400,000 votes over Sndres Manuel Lopez Obrador with returns in from almost 98 percent of polling stations and a senior election official said it was unlikely to change with a recount ordered for later this week.
A Calderon victory would ensure Mexico sticks to the free-market polices of outgoing President Vecente Fox and hold steady as a U.S. ally, bucking a trend of Latin American nations who have turned to the left and away from Washington in recent years. So common sense would seem to have prevailed at least in the sense that the Hugo Chavez wanna-be didn't win, no matter how hard he tried to steal it American-style.
As Americans prepare to celebrate the 230th anniversary of their independence tomorrow, the poll found that only 12 per cent of Britons trust them to act wisely on the global stage. This is half the number who had faith in the Vietnam-scarred White House of 1975.
Most Britons see America as a cruel, vulgar, arrogant society, riven by class and racism, crime-ridden, obsessed with money and led by an incompetent hypocrite. You know, I really wish they wouldn't use Hollywood and the Democratic Party as an example of what all of America is really like...
Sunday, July 02, 2006
But support for Hillary by left-wing activists in the party has all but eroded.
In an apparent effort to win back the McGovern wing of the party, James Carville is out with a new coloumn in the Washington Post.
Co-authored with Democratic pollster Mark J. Penn, Carville has penned "The Power of Hillary."
In their article, the top Democratic strategists claim "We don't know whether Hillary will run"-but quickly add: "But we do know that if she runs, she can win." I'd sure like to know what color the sky is in this guy's world, because I don't think it exists in our spectrum.
After Saturday's constitutional deadline to adopt a new balanced budget passed without agreement, Corzine signed an executive order just after 9:30 a.m., a grim climax to weeks of budget squabbling among Democrats who control state government but who haven't been able to agree on a budget bill.
"It gives me no joy, no satisfaction, no sense of empowerment to do what I'm forced to do here," Corzine said. The Wise Guys aren't going to like this. They were counting on getting their cut this month.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
"The New York Times points cranks, radicals, al-Qaida operatives and would-be assassins to the summer homes of [V.P. Dick] Cheney and [Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld" writes FrontPage Magazine's David Horowitz, who sees the June 30 Times feature article as an apparent retaliation for administration "criticism of the Times' disclosure of classified intelligence to America's enemies."
In the "Escapes" section of the June 30 edition, the N.Y. Times printed huge color photos of the vacation residences of Cheney and Rumsfeld, "identifying the small Maryland town where they live, showing their front driveways and, in Rumsfeld's case, actually pointing out the hidden security camera in case any hostile intruders should get careless," Horowitz writes.
Times Travel section writer Peter Kilborn even makes sure enemies of the two men will know such details as where Mrs. Rumsfeld shops in the eastern shore town of St. Michaels, Md. where the two administration officials have weekend retreats.
He even lets the curious know what street the Cheneys and Rumsfelds have to use to get to their own road. OK, now here's a suggestion. If anything happens to Cheney, Rumsfeld, or their wives because of this, I say the Bush administration should publish the locations and photos of the homes of every single staffer at the Slimes. Average Americans will take care of the rest.
For last month's ceremonies, the 17 students chose an instrumental version of "Ave Maria," which they had performed at a school condert in December 2004.
But their choice was vetoed by Dr. Carol Whitehead, superintendent of the Everett School District. Instead, the ensemble played a selection by British composer Gustav Holst.
Now Kathryn Nurre, an 18-year-old who played alto saxophone in the ensemble before graduating, is suing Whitehead, claiming the decision violated her First Amendment right to freedom of speech. She believes "Ave Maria" was nixed by Whitehead because she felt the song was too religious for a school-sanctioned event. Obviously this young woman is misguided. She should be ranting about how evil America is and smoking pot and listening to rap music with her friends. Then she'd be normal.
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