Thursday, August 31, 2006
Hizbullah representative in Iran Muhummad Abdullah Sif al-Din, said Wednesday that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has a new strategic plan to rearm ahead of the "next round against Israel."
In an interview with the Iranian news agency Fars, al-Din said: "No one cam promise us that Israel won't attack again. Whoever lives as a neighbor to the Zionist regime is in danger and must not save any effort to obtain all of the means to defend himself. We are convinced that there is still danger and the situation has not yet been solved. We must, all the time, prepare ourselves for self-defense and plan for the next stage." I wonder if Kofi is interested in hiring freelance writers? There's a lot of angry letter-writing to be done...
The acknowledgement ended an innovative exercise in Internet-based political activism.
Several blogs had urged readers to call senators and ask whether they had placed a "secret hold" on the legislation to create the online database.
Many activists think the catalog would make it easier to root out pork-barrel spending. Well there you go. And the GOP wonders why they could be in deep macaca this year.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Looking back, it all seems so predictable. The relentless criticism, the countless sneering jabs from Keith Olbermann directed at the Bush administration were building to an inevitable climax. It came tonight. Olbermann flatly accused the Bush administration of representing "a new type of fascism."
Though the denouement was inexorable, the proximate cause of Olbermann's tirade was Donald Rumsfeld's speech to the American Legion on Tuesday in which he suggested that opponents of the war in Iraq have adopted the same attitude that slowed a military response to Hitler. Rumsfeld asserted that radical Islam represents "a new type of fascism."
Olbermann's oration came in a 'Special Comment' segment ending this evening's show. He spoke in melodramatic tones and an aura of exceeding gravitas that he undermined when in a preceding segment he alluded to Rumsfeld's speech as "baby poop."
(Snip) Olbermann then moved to his peroration: "But what about Mr. Rumsfeld's other main assertion-that this country faces 'a new type of fascism'-as he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that, though probably not in the way he thought he meant it. This country faces a new type of fascism, indeed." Keith Olbermann. If there weren't people this stupid, we'd have to invent them.
The incident happened earlier this month at the resort of Karaburun, near Izmir in the west of the country, the most Europeanized part.
The young woman had asked a group of headscarf-wearing woman and their families not to soil the beach with the used diapers of their children, only to be called a prostitute because she was wearing a bikini. She was then attacked by the men in the group. Sounds like the diapers weren't the only thing soiling that beach. Radical Islam, coming soon to a beach party near you.
Benedict, who taught theology at four German universities before rising in the Catholic Church hierarchy, has pondered weighty ideas with his former Ph.D students at annual meetings since the late 1970s without any media fuss.
But his election as pope last year and controversies over teaching evolution in the United States have aroused lively interest in this year's reunion on September 1-3 at the papal summer residence of Castel Gondolfo outside Rome.
Religion and science blogs are buzzing about whether it means the Vatican will take a more critical view of evolution and possibly embrace "Intelligent Design," which claims to have scientific proof that human life could not have simply evolved. Pope Benedict would be better served by not lowering himself to the level of American creationists. It would be a shame to see a Church that just got around to recognizing Galileo to start backsliding now.
Apart from Bush, the only person who hasn't figured out that Lincoln Chafee is a Democrat is Lincoln Chafee. As the expression goes, if Chafee switched parties, the average IQ on both sides of the aisle would go ip.
It's hard to figure why Bush would support a half-wit like Lincoln Chafee. Maybe he believes his own poll humbers and is trying to help the conservatives by endorsing their opponents. Actually, I think it's more Bush's notorious sense of loyalty coming into play here-anybody with an "R" after their name gets his support, whether they deserve it nor not.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
An e-mail will be sent to 100,000 Democratic donors Tuesday asking them to support U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland for governor of Ohio. The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland's opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush's honorary Ohio campaign co-chariman and the state's top election official.
"He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote," said Kerry's e-mail. It will be so much fun to watch Lurch, the Gorebot and the Hildebeast destroy each other for their party's nomination.
The Security Council has given Iran until Thursday to suspend enrichment, a process that can produce either fuel for a reactor or material for weapons.
"The U.S. and Britain are the source of many tensions," Ahmadinejad said at a news conference. "At the Security Council, where they have to protect security, they enjoy the veto right. If anybody confronts them, there is no place to take complaints to.
"This (veto right) is the source of problems of the world. ...It is an insilt to the dignity, independence, freedom, and sovereignity of nations," he said. Well, Abby, it all depends on how you look at it. After all, Saddam didn't complain when France and Russia used it in his favor.
Father Gabriele Amorth who is Pope Benedict XVI's 'caster out of demons' made his comments during an interview with Vatican Radio.
Father Amorth said: "Of course the Devil exists and he can not only possess a single person but also groups and entire populations." So that explains the current state of the Democratic Party...
"There was no plan. ...Three years ago, we should have done catastrophic planning," Brown said, charging that the Bush administration and his department head, Michael Chertoff, "would not give me the money to do that kind of planning." Brownie shouldn't be so upset. His own painfully obvious lack of qualification made him perfect for this administration.
Lieberman said Tuesday that Kemp, a Republican former congressman and U.S. housing secretary, telephoned to offer support to his independent campaign, which the three-term senator began after losing the Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. No date for the visit has been set. Lieberman's candidacy is the best thing to happen for the Republicans this year. If Kemp and others want to help him isolate the wingnut faction that has taken over the Democrats, I'm not going to stop them.
And while Utahns have listened-flooding City Hall with almost 300 calls and overwhelming the phone system-Anderson hasn't.
Salt Lake City's mayor isn;t altering his protest plans. "Given the nastiness of some of these people, it actually just bolsters my resolve," said Anderson, who previously alleged that the "real embarrassment" is Utahn's unwavering support of Bush. Unwavering support of Bush is not something I'm fond of, but this goofball and those like him are the reason the Democrats are going down the tubes.
Monday, August 28, 2006
The deposed leader on trial in Iraq was featured in the movie spin-off as the lover of the devil. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut featured hussein and Satan attempting to take over the world together.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said US Marines guarding the former dictator during his trial for genocide were making him watch the movie "repeatedly". All in preperation for the day when Saddam gets to meet the real thing.
Al writes that he's hired hundreds, well, dozens, okay-a couple of black people-over the course of his career. He mentions the late Danitra Vance, which is a tacky move since her last SNL appearance included singing I Played the Maids. Al, I have to hand it to you. Nobody does hypocrisy bigger and better than you. Do you pay these employees of yours with the money that Err America ripped off in the name of charity?
He'd be whistling Dixie. According to the latest FBI statistics, crimes motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability are 44 times more likely to occur in New Jersey than Mississippi. The states with the lowest rates were Alabama, Mississppi, Georgia, Louisiana and Wyoming, the last made infamous by the case of Matthew Shepard, the homosexual who was beaten to death in 1998. New Jersey, on the other hand, was No. 1 in bigotry, followed by Michigan, Montana and Minnesota and Arkansas.
Out of the 19 states and the District of Columbia that voted for John Kerry for president in 2004, 15 were among the top 25 in hate crimes. All six New England states landed in the top 25, with Massachusetts leading the way at No. 6; Connecticut was 21st with a rate 23 times higher than Alabama's and Mississippi's. So, the next time some Yankee yahoo criticizes your neck of the woods, ask he or she how many black neighbors they have. If you run into them a week later, don't be surprised if they're still trying to come up with an answer.
Speaking in Brussels before heading to the region, Kofi Annan, pictured below, the UN Secretary-General, confirmed that the 15,000-strong force will not meet Israeli demands to police the routes used by the militia to smuggle missiles from Syria.
"Troops are not going in there to disarm-let's be clear," he said. Instead, the Unifil force will only carry out interception missions if asked by the Lebanese governmentpwhich has made no such request. Syria, meanwhile, accused by Israel of re-arming Hezbollah during the recent conflict, has said the deployment of any UN forces near its border would be considered a "hostile act." Careful, Syria. You don't want to get Kofi mad at you, no sirree...
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The former presidential candidate said television networks in the world's biggest and most powerful democracies must do more to foster debate, which he said was crucial for democracy to flourish.
"In my country and others around the world democracy is under attack," the 58-year-old said. Well gee, Al, I guess folks in other countries need to learn how to steal elections like you tried to, huh?
Biden dismissed the notion that he was a "Northeastern liberal" who would have a poor showing in the South against other likely contenders such as Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee.
"Better than anybody else," Biden said, when asked on "Fox News Sunday" to rate his chances of winning Southern states.
"You don't know my state," he said. "My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-larges black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeastern liberal state." This Macaca-itis sure seems to be spreading fast this election season...
The actor also must acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism," particularly the 2004 hit movie "The Passion of the Christ," Reiner told Associated Press Radio.
"When he comes to the inderstanding that he has done that, and can come out and say, you know, 'My views have been reflected in my work and I feel bad that I've done that,' then that will be the beginning of some reconciliation for him," Reiner said. Hey, Meathead-when you and the rest of your Hollyweird cronies start standing up for Israel, then that will be the beginning of reconciliation for you.
At a news conference in a Beirut hotel, the controversial politician said: "I came here to extend my congratulations to the Lebanese people on a great and historic victory against this aggression.
"I want to congratulate the Lebanese resistance and their leading edge, Hibollah, whose martyrs have achieved this great victory."
"And in particular to their leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose name now rings in joy around the world." Seriously, I can't believe anybody in the UK takes this clown seriously. What color is the sky in his world?
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Take the current Democratic mantra that, if there are terrorists in the world, George Bush has created them. This is a familiar Soros-ism. As he has done many times before, Soros decried Bush's characterization of the current global conflict as a "war on terror" in a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "A Self-Defeating War" (8/15). According to Soros "a misleading figure of speech applied literally has unleashed a real war fought on several fronts-Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia-a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and enraged millions around the world...we can escape it only if we Americans repudiate the war on terror as a false metaphor." Like most cult followers, those who worship at Big Daddy Soros's feet seem intent on committing suicide. Happy trails, morons (or is that Sorons?)
In fact, Hillary camapigned for Goldwater in 1964 in his race for president against Lyndon Johnson. "Hillary was a Goldwater girl," says the filmmaker, interviewed by Deborah Solomon. "She passed out cookies and lemonade at his campaign functions." Since Barry has long since left us and can no longer defend himself, I guess it's not surprising that his granddaughter is using the opportunity to help Hillary and her pals rewrite history. Barry was his own man and many things, but he would gag if he could see what the Democrats have become today.
Khabibullo Abdusamatov expects a repeat of the period known as the Little Ice Age. During the 16th century, the Baltic Sea froze so hard that hotels were built on the ice for people crossing the sea in coaches.
The Little Ice Age is believed to have contributed to the end of the Norse colony in Greenland, which was founded during an interval of much warmer weather. I knew it. The Little Ice Age was caused by those Vikings and their seagoing SUV's.
The remarks, published in the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, unleashed a torrent of criticism from political and religious officials.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said she was "disgusted" by the comments "and deeply disappointed in Rep. Harris personally."
(Snip) The criticism was not limited to Democrats.
Ruby Brooks, a veteran Tampa Bay Republican activist, said Harris' remarks "were offensive to me as a Christian and a Republican."
(Snip) And Jillian Hasner, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said: "I don't think it's representative of the Republican Party at all. Our party is much bigger and better than Katherine Harris is trying to make it." Sorry, Ms. Hasner, but people like Harris are exactly who represent much of the Republican Party these days. They are the ones who make Jefferson spin in his grave.
Friday, August 25, 2006
The International Astronomical Union (IAU), dramatically reversing course just a week after floating the idea of reaffirming Pluto's planethood and adding three new planets to Earth's neighborhood, dongraded the ninth rock from the sun in historic new galactic guidelines.
"Pluto is dead," Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology told reporters in a teleconference. Meanwhile Klingons still come from Uranus...
"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," City Councilman John Liu said Thirsday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?"
For the first portion of the 13th season of "Survivor," which premiers Sept. 14, the contestants competing for the $1 million prize while stranded on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific will be divided into four teams-blacks, Asians, Latinos and whites. Here's how I see this shaping up. The whites will blame themselves and offer reparations to everybody else. The blacks will get Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to sue for them. The Latinos will use the rubber from palm trees and open a used tire store and sell the tires to make rafts (after sneaking into the others' camps and building them for low wages). The Asians will build a computer and call for help, thus being the only ones to actually make it off.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Forbes said it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alchoholism.
Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall; followed by Columbus, Ohio; Boston; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., in a tie for ninth. You'll notice that these are all in "Blue" states or cities with large numbers of "Blue" voters. Drinking doesn't explain everything about why Democrats vote the way they do, but it might help.
The head of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic is directly challenging the head of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches over his criticisms of America's anti-Castro policy.
"From out own experiences churches in Central and Eastern Europe are aware of what it means to live under a repressive totalitarian regime of the type, which, according to our opinion, exists in Cuba," gently chided Jitka Klubalova in her letter to World Council of Churches chief Samuel Kobia early this month. Klubalova is the general secretary of the Czech church group for Protestents. She expressed her "uneasiness" over Kobia's stance. Today's lesson for the Euros: taking your freedom for granted can make you forget what it means.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"This will make it far more difficult to oppose this research," said Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology, the Alameda, Calif., company that reported the new method.
However, a representative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the method "raises more ethical questions than it answers" and criticized the experiment itself as "gravely unethical" because it discarded the actual embryos used. Well, I'm sure if they and people like them are still against it, Bush will still do his darndest to accomodate them. After all, what are potential medical breakthroughs compared to satisfying the GOP base?
"Hillary probably has the distinction of being the best find-raiser for the Democratic Party-and the best fund-raiser for the Republican Party," the former New York City mayor declared. "It's true she creates a lot of passion on both sides."
"Democrats seem to support her as their main candidate for president...and it seems like Republicans are just waiting for her to be the candidate so they can vote against her."
Run, Hillary, Run!
Diplomatic officials termed the action "extreme" and unprecedented.
Romania said the Iranian Navy attacked an oil rig operated by a Romanian company in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates off the coast of Iran on Tuesday.
The rig, located near Kish island, was captured and at least 20 Romanians were detained. The Iranians just need drilling room...
"I deeply regret those comments," Allen, R-Va., said Tuesday just before leaving the podium at a Northern Virginia retirement community. "I have no one to blame but myself. A person was insulted and others were. I'm fully responsible for it...I want to live up to all your expectations. I'm very sorry and I apologize." Terminal foot-in-mouth disease is no way to win votes. The sooner the base realizes that this guy is not ready for prime time and unites behind a candidate who can actually win the next election (and they know who those two are, whether they want to admit it or not) the better off the GOP will be.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The report signaled the end of one of the most lucrative production deals commanded by any A-list Hollywood star and followed other signs that Cruise's public stature had been damaged by his conduct during the past year.
Cruise's representatives and officials from Viacom and Paramoung did not have any immediate comment on the report. I'm sure the Super Adventure Club will always have a place for him.
After being contacted by the ADL about his name being used to promote Kennedy's project, Dr. Collins said he is "absolutely apalled by what Coral Ridge Ministries is doing. I had NO knowledge that Coral Ridge Ministries was planning a TV special on Darwin and Hitler, and I find the thesis of Dr. Kennedy's program utterly misguided and inflammatory," he told ADL.
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement: "This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust. Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people. Trivializing the Holocaust comes from either ignorance at best, or, at worst, a mendacious attempt to score political points in the culture war on the backs of six million Jewish victims and others who died at the hands of the Nazis." What's the difference between the Islamofascists and our religious wingnuts? They want to kill the Jews; ours want to use them to advance their agenda. Assholery doesn't respect religious boundaries.
A coalition of 13 conservative groups-including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America-took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws.
The coalition also is trying to draw attention to CleanHotels.com, a directory of hotels and motels nationwide that pledge to exclude adult offerings from their in-room entertainment service.
Though porn is now cheaply and readily accessible on the Internet, and through many other outlets, the activists chose to target the hotel industry in part because of the well-known brands of corporations that cater to family vacationers as well as business travelers. Oh, come on. If God hadn't wanted folks to masturbate, He wouldn't have allowed us to have the stuff. Seriously, these people need a life.
On the political left, raising the youth vote is one of the most common goals. This implicitly plays to the tired old axiom that a person under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart (whereas one who is still a liberal after 30 has no head). The trouble is, while most "get out the vote" campaigns targeting young people are proxies for the Democratic Party, these efforts haven't apparently done much to win elections for the Democrats. The explanation we often hear from the left is that the new young Democrats are more than counterbalanced by voters scared up by the Republicans on "cultural issues" like abortion, gun rights and gay marriage.
But the data on young Americans tell a different story. Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a very long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years, this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today. So does this mean that all we have to do is wait and they will become extinct? One can only hope...
Monday, August 21, 2006
On August 8, just days after 61-year-old Ruthie Webster's insurance stopped full coverage of her long-term care, the Regency Hospital's bioethics committee in North Dallas, Texas, unanimously told the Webster family that they would discontinue life-preserving dialysis treatment for their mother within 10 days. The hospital claimed that Ruthie Webster's physician "has seen no appreciable change in your mother's medical condition" and that continued treatment was an excercise in futility.
The decision shocked family members, since their mother is not brain-dead, but comatose, and has been making slow progress, breathing now on her own without a ventilator, ever since she suffered a bad reaction undergoing kidney dialysis in June rendering her mostly unresponsive. The family, however, has said their mother told them to take care of her in such a situation, saying she believes only God has the right to take life away. So, according to the family, God wants their mother to suffer for their stubborness? And people wonder why I'm skeptical about religious fundamentalism.
But the world's largest philanthropic organization also is among the organizations that collectively loaned nearly $400 million to MEDIANEWS GROUP INC.--for the acquisition of newspapers in California and Minnesota!
"I thougnt this foundation was all about starving kids, not starving newspapers," mocked one Seattle insider. Considering that many newspapers are now on life support, I'm surprised Bill didn't build an old-age home for them or something.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
In an experiment where carbon dioxide levels were elevated to those predicted for 2050, one and a half times today's levels, scientists found that these trees were able to withstand ice storms much better than those growing under current carbon dioxide levels.
The researchers compared trees in three open-air plots where pipes and valves pumped carbon dioxide gas out into the trees with those in plots where they received no extra gas. All plots were located at the Duke Forest research reserve, NC.
After the ice storm of 2002, they found that plots with elevated carbon dioxide levels had "fewer damaged trees," and "less damage per tree."
"Before the storm, I was absolutely certain the pines would be more susceptible to ice damage under elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide," said study participant Ram Oren, an ecology progessor at Duke's Nocholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. "My impressions were absolutely wrong. Instead of increasing the sensistivity to ice-storm damage, carbon dioxide decreased the sensitivity." Al Gore will not be pleased. Don't these trees know they're supposed to fit in with his agenda?
Within two weeks, the I.R.S. will turn over data on 12,500 taxpayers-each of whom owes $25,000 or less in back taxes-to three collection agencies. Larger debtors will contine to be pursued by I.R.S. officers.
The move, an initiative of the Bush administration, represents the first step in a broader plan to outsource the collection of smaller tax debts to private companies over time. Although I.R.S. officials acknowledge that this will be much more expensive than doing it internally, they say that Congress has force their hand by refusing to let them hire more revenue officers, who could pull in a lot of easy-to-collect money. So, thanks once again to the incompetence of this Republican-controlled Congress, you may be getting a visit from a guy named Guido or Sonny and his boys. Nice, huh?
Hagel, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, said Sunday that the GOP today is a very different party from the one when he first voted Republican.
"First time I voted was in 1968 on top of a tank in the Mekong Delta," said Hagel, a Vietnam veteran. "I voted a straight Republican ticket. The reason I did is because I believe in the Republican philosophy of governance. It's not what it used to be. I don't think it's the same today."
Hagel asked: "Where is the fiscal responsibility of the party I joined in '68? Where is the international engagement of the party I joined-fair, free trade, individual responsibility, not building a bigger government, but building a smaller government?" What happened is that they decided that saving drooling, brain-dead women and keeping those evil gays from getting married was more important than minding the store-and their own business.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
The addition of Nevada's caucuses and the South Carolina primary to a presidential calendar long dominated by Iowa and New Hampshire is intended to give a greater voice to Hispanics and blacks-minorities critical to Democrats' success.
Nevada has a sizeable Hispanic population while South Carolina has a high concentration of black voters. The early contests in those states will give Democrats more prominence in the Southeast and the Southwest, regions that tend to support Republicans. No problem, guys. We could use New Hampshire back in the Red coloumn.
Madge has been the victim of a series of warnings ahead of her controversial Confessions tour which reaches Moscow next month.
Her management has received warnings directed against her, her son Rocco and daughter Lourdes in order to stop her going to Russia. Having her as a prisoner would be punishment enough for the Russian mob. She'll make them an offer they can't refuse and put them out of business.
CRC researchers examined contributions made in 2004 by the foundations of the nation's top 100 corporations to nonprofit organizations. The result: Corporate contributions to left-leaning groups totaled $59 million and to right-leaning organizations $4 million.
That's about 14.5 corporate dollars going to the left for each dollar going to the right.
(Snip) At first blush, this is a highly counterintuitive picture. Why would corporations support organizations whose goals are to make it harder for them to conduct their business?
The report proposes a number of explanations. Among these are the fact that corporations seek competitive advantage, which means that they do not necessarily uniformly support lower taxes and less regulation. They also make decisions regarding "strategic" giving that they conclude nurtures a particular corporate image. And, they respond to pressure. Aye, there's the rub. Give an extortionist a cent and he takes a C-note. Liberal guilt and big business is never a good combination.
The converence opened with a round of fulsome tribute. Ontario's former socialist leader Stephen Lewis, now U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, paid fulsome tribute to AIDS crusader Bill Gates, who paid fulsome tribute to AIDS crusader Bill Clinton, who paid fulsome tribute to Stephen Lewis for paying fulsome tribute to Bill Gates.
(Snip) There was no sign of dissent, however, from the castigation heaped on President Bush's five-year $15-billion "Pepfar" program (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), which advocates an "ABC" battle against AIDS-Abstinence from sex outside marriage, first, be faithful to your spouse, second, use Condoms, third-with the requirement that at least 33 percent of the spending be used to advocate abstinence.
Abstinence and marital fidelity were roundly denounced as American "ideology." Thundered Lewis: "No government in the Western world has the right to dictate policy to African governments around the way in which they structure their response to this pandemic." Well, no wonder Bubba went. We all know he has a particular hatred of such "Ideology..."
Friday, August 18, 2006
According to The Hill's Alxander Bolton, Lieberman has angered his Senate Democratic colleagues by suggesting that those among them who support a date certain for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq would bolster terrorists' planning attacks against the U.S. and its allies. Moreover, Bolton writes that Lieberman rubbed them the wrong way when he said last week on NBC's "Today" show that the Democratic Party was out of the political mainstream.
"If we pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England," Lieberman said. "It will strengthen them, and they will strike again." Lieberman won't play their game. When it comes to really supporting the right to dissent, the Democrats can't practice what they preach.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized an exhibition where artist Kira O'Reilly sits naked for hours with a dead pig, planned for Friday evening at the Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance, southwest England.
"As Miss O'Reilly seems to have to depend on the shock value of using a murdered pig as a prop, perhaps lacking the talent to make it as a proper artist, might we suggest she take up a day job instead to pay the bills?" PETA said Friday in a statement. "Cruelty is not entertainment." Pork. The other performance art. Yech.
The key to leadership is having the individual initiative to change the status quo, said Sharpton, who spoke during the annual conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Sharpton, who is considering another run for president, faulted Hollywood and the record industry for making "gangsterism" seem cool and acceptable.
"We have got to get out of this gangster mentality, acting as if gangsterism and blackness are synonymous," he said. "I think that challenge has to be given to Hollywood and the record industry. I think we've allowed a whole generation of young people to feel that if they're focused, they're not black enough. If they speak well and act well, they're acting white, and there's nothing more racist than that." OK, now I know we're in the End Times. Wow.
An expert who examined the remains of a mystery creature believes it was a wild dog. But that hasn't stopped runaway speculation about the beast and whether it was responsible for mauling dogs and frightening residents.
Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptzoologist, said he didn't know for sure what the animal was based on his examination of its remains Wednesday.
"I think this dead animal is a chow or chow-mix, a relatively small dog, that was feral, which is unusual for that area," he told the Sun Journal newspaper. He noted, however, that his was only an educated guess based on the findings so far.This is how it begins. The next thing you know, there's a very angry, ten-story-high mother of this thing smashing everything in sight as it looks for those who killed its offspring.
Current and former employees of the gourmet coffee chain filed a federal complaint yesterday claiming their corporate bosses have refused to heed repeated warnings about inadequate training and chronic infestations of roaches, rats and other vermin in New York stores.
But the company strongly denined the allegations, noting the complaints were coordinated by a handful of activists who are trying to unionize the chain's normally merry band of baristas. Wal-Mart holds the line against union thugs and catches hell for it. Starbucks is a favorite hangout of liberals, but they get to be treated like the victim. Maybe Starbucks ought to serve its stuff in a few Big Boxes...
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a largely symbolic measure Saturday that gives the flag the state's official recognition. About 10 states and more than a dozen California cities and counties already have done so.
Most Vietnamese immigrants who live in Orange County's Little Saigon and elsewhere fled their country after the communists' victory and don;t accept the country's current red flag. Angelides was too busy recognizing Mexico's flag to respond.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the industry conspired for decades to decieve the public about the dangers of smoking and now must pay to help smokers kick the habit. Yes, those evil tobacco companies still have to pay for somebody else's free choice of using a legal product. Who are the real racketeers here?
Organizers said there were around 1,000 people in a park in the capital, Colombo, listening to a range of speakers when hardline saffron-robed monks opposed to concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels mounted the stage and erected barriers.
Some more moderate Bhuddist monks, protesting for peace, were already on stage when punches were thrown. Soon, monks' robes and fists were flying, although no one was badly hurt, witnesses said. "When you think you can kick my ass, my son, then you will have achieved true enlightenment."
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
That cautionary tale, recounted by Stephen Slivinski in his new book, Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government (Nelson Current, $25.99), portends poorly for the GOP as it approaches November's elections.
In his book, Slivinski draws on his ecperience as a director of budget studies at the libertarian Cato Institute to craft a breezy narrative that traces the devolution of the GOP from the small government pary of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater to a big government party of farm subsidies, bloated highway bills, federalized education, and a Medicare prescription drug plan.
His tale has all the hallmarks of a tragedy, as the great promise of the Reagan and Gingrich Revolutions doesn't become reality, and party leaders become addicted to pork barrel spending, and betray fiscal conservative crusaders such as John Kasich and Tom Coburn. Reading the book leaves a proponent of limited government with little hope that spending can ever truly be reined in, let alone serious entitlement reform passed. As Slivinski remarked at a Tuesday book forum held at Cato, many of his friends after reading the book told him they "wanted to put their head in an oven." The GOP has gotten by largely because the Democrats have become the Michael Moore party, but that won't last forever. A wake-up call is coming and it could be a big one. The problem is, will they listen?
"Your unprecedented holy war and steadfastness are beyond the limits of my description. It's a divine victory. It's a victory for Islam," Khamenei said in the message read by an announcer on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television.
Hezbollah is heavily financed and backed by Iran's Shiite Muslim theocracy. So, when Iran gets its ass kicked in the coming war, will they say it's a "Victory," too?
The family says it knows nothing about any buried treasure and will fight AOL's gold-digging plans.
AOL said Tuesday it intends to search for bars of gold and platinum that the company believes are hidden near the home of Davis Wolfgang Hawke's parents on two acres in Medfield, Mass. Look, AO Hell, I know you guys are desperate for cash these days since you've been exposed as the ripoff artists you are, but isn't this a bit much, even for you?
Kerry tapped his 3 million-person e-mail list on Wednesday to deliver a fundraising appeal for Lamont, the anti-Iraq war political newcomer who beat three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman last week in Connecticut's hard-fought Democratic primary contest.
"Ned Lamont has caused a national stir by successfully challenging the Bush position on Iraq that ignores the utter failure of the President's policy," Kerry's message said. Way to go, John-Boy. He'll be one of the main pallbearers at the funeral of the Democratic Party, or the corpse.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
FRANKFURT Porsche paid 3.3 billion last year to become the biggest shareholder in Volkswagen, but the German government still has a bigger say over VW, the largest European automaker. Now Porsche is thinking of joining a battle at the European Union level to break the politicians' grip.
The chief executive of Porsche, Wendelin Wiedeking, has said that he was examining whether his company could join a European Commission lawsuit challenging a German law that guarantees the regional government of Lower Saxony a veto over major decisions at Volkswagen.
Porsche paid the equivelant of $4.2 billion last autumn for 21.2 percent of VW, and has an option to buy an additional 3.9 percent. Lower Saxony has 20.75 percent.
But the German measure, knwon at the Volkswagen law, prevents any shareholder but the state from excercising more than 20 percent of the voting rights.
Socialism and industry. Two mutually incompatible entities.
NEW YORK-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billioanire and former smoker, announced Tuesday he is throwing $125 million of his own money into a new anti-smoking campaign targeting tobacco worldwide.
Bloomberg gives millions each year to benefit medical research, arts and education, but he typically doesn't announce he is doing so.
On Tuesday, he made an exception and released a statement about the anti-smoking campaign, which he described as "a social investment."
"It's based on my experience that with better data, more focused public health interventions and heightened political advocacy, governments will enact policies that have huge health, social, and economic benefits," Bloomberg said.
When asked about personal responsiblity and freedom of choice, Bloomberg also said that such decisions would be dealt with through the appropriate social engineering channels.
Former President Bill Clinton turns 60 years old on August 19.
Just don't remind him.
"In just a few days, I will be 60 years old. I hate it, but it's true," Clinto said at a world AIDS conference in Toronto.
"For most of my working life, I was the youngest person doing what I was doing. Then one day I woke up and I was the oldest person in every room."
And I'll bet Bubba left his "Mark" in each and every one of those rooms, too.
MIAMI (Reuters)-The man who made the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish may soon claim to do the same for unsightly bags and wrinkles.
Master illusionist David Copperfield says he has found the "Fountain of Youth" in the southern Bahamas, amid a cluster of four tiny islands he recently bought for $50 million (26.4 million pounds).
One of his islands in the Exuma chain, Musha Cay, is a private resort that rents for up to $300,000 a week and the other islands serve as buffers to keep prying eyes away from celebrity guests on the white sand beaches.
Copperfield is coy about his reasons for the Fountain of Youth claim, but the man best known for entertaining with grand deception insists his archipelago also contains the legendary waters that bestow perpetual youth. Seriously.
Well, at the very least it could be a source of perpetual scamming.
Monday, August 14, 2006
The State University of New York at Fredonia has promoted embattled professor Stephen Kershnar to full professor-a position it had denied him for publicly disagreeing with the school's conduct policies and affirmative action practices.
"This is a tremendous victory not only for Stephen Kershnar, but also for professors at institutions across America," stated Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which brought Kershnar's situation to the public's attention.
"Such unconstitutional attempts to dominate and control professors' right to dissent must not be tolerated at our nation's colleges and universities."
The right to dissent. It's not just for leftists anymore.
Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected linking Muslims with fascism, days after U.S. President George W. Bush spoke of a "war with Islamic fascists."
"(Saudi Arabia) warns of accusing Muslims of terrorism and fascism without considering the history of the pure Islamic civilization," the cabinet of the major U.S. ally said in a statement after a meeting chaired by King Abdullah.
Bush said last week the news of a failed plot to blow up U.S.-bound passenger planes was "a start reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy tjose of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation".
Seriously, I can't wait for the day when we no longer need their oil and we can tell these sand-pounding parasites what they and their camels can go do with each other.
Astronomers are working to choose a site for a giant telescope that could read TV or radio signals from alien civilizations.
The instrument, called the Square Kilometer Array or SKA, would be the world's most powerful radio telescope and would begin operation by 2020, if all goes according to plan.
So now we will get to see infomercials for things like antimatter warp cores and anal probes...
Sunday, August 13, 2006
TEHRAN (Reuters)-Iran's president has launched a Web log, using his first entry to recount his poor ubringing and ask visitors to the site if they think the United States and Israel want to start a new world war.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose speeches are riddled with anti-U.S. rhetoric, also described how he was angered by American meddling in Iran even when he was at elementary school.
Ahmadinejad swept to a surprise victory in last year's presidential race by promising the country's poor a fairer share of the country's oil wealth and emphasizing his own humble origins that led many to vote for him as an "outsider" to Iran's ruling elite.
"During the era that...living in a city was perfection, I was born in a poor family in a remote village," he wrote in a blog dated Friday, after opening with Islamic greetings.
We already know you're a jerk, Abby. There's no need for you to paraphrase the Steve Martin movie to prove it.
Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy is charging back at the vice president for his remarks on the COnnecticut Senate race.
Vice President Dick Cheney claimed last week that Ned Lamont's upset victory in the Democratic primary could embolden terrorists.
He suggested Lamont's victory might encourage "the al-Aaida types" who want to break the will of the American people.
In an opinion piece in the Hartford Courant's Sunday edition, Kennedy said Cheney went "too far" in his swipe against Lamont. He said the vice president's words were ugly and frightening.
And Fat, Drunk and Stupid should know about ugly and frightening. He's been that way for years himself.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record) should bow out of this November's congressional race altogether after his defeat in Connecticut's Democratic primary, a top Democrat said on Sunday.
Lieberman, a three-term senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, lost to political newcomer Ned Lamont in Connecticut on Tuesday and said he plans to run asa an independent in the Novembeer election.
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Lieberman should support his party-and Lamont-rather than running against him to defeat the Republicans.
"I know how hard this is for Joe, and he is a good person, but the truth is I lost one of these races and I got behind my party's nominee and I think that is what you have to do if you want to help this country," Dean, the former governor of Vermont, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Er, Howie, I hate to break this to you, but being an Independent means Joe doesn't have to take marching orders from the likes of you.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
An open letter to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair by three Muslim MPs, three peers and 38 Muslim community groups, condemning British policy in the Mideast for providing "ammunition to extremists," has been sharply criticized by government officials as 'facile,' 'dangerous,' and a 'comfort' to terrorists.
"I have no doubt that there are many issues which incite people to loath government policies but not to strap explosives to themselves and go out and murder innocent people," Foreign Office minister Lim Howells told the BBC. "There is no way of rationalizing that."
(Snip) Howell called the letter's linkage of foreign policy to the airline plotters' plan to kill thousands in the air with liquid explosives, "facile" and said terrorism cannot be allowed to influence the nation's policy.
"I think it is very, very dangerous when people who call themselves community leaders make some assumptions that somehow that there's a rational connection between these two things," he said.
Hey, "Moderates": If it walks like a duck, etc. Save your rationalization for the Michael Moore crowd. The Brits and the rest of us have a war to fight.
South Africa has told white farmers it may seize their properties under the land restitution program if they fail to agree on a selling price within six months.
The program aims to hand back land or offer financial compensation to black people who were forcibly removed from their ancestral homes under apartheid.
It is part of efforts to correct skewed land ownership created under white minority rule.
President Thabo Mbeki's government wants 30 per cent of farm land in black hands by 2014.
South Africa is a beautiful country. I'd hate to think it was following down the same path that has turned Rhodesia and Zimbabwe into hellholes.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Being an engineer no longer has the high status it once enjoyed.
In the mid 1960's 41 percent of Germans said engineering was a job they had a lot of admiration for. In 2001, only 22 percent said so, according to the Association of Engineers.
A study by the Allensbach Research Institute, Germany's leading polling firm, found in 2003 that being an engineer ranked seventh among young people as a prestigious career behind pastors, doctors, and university professors.
Part of Germany's engineering decline started in the 1970s as the environmental movement grew and people started questioning the impacts of ever-faster energy-hungry technologies on society and the environment.
By making people skeptical about technological progress, it gradually hurt the prestige of engineering jobs, says Joerg Feucthofen, head of the Association of Entrepreneurs in Hessen, which represents 100,000 entrepreneurs in the state of Hessen. "The Germans often looked at it as something that endangered the environment," says Mr. Feuchthofen. "That's a reason why the fields covering...technology have lost ground in the education system."
Being green can cost your economy green. You reap what you sow.
Coloumnist, blogger, novelist, and Army Reserve Col. Austin Bay (has anyone else ever had those credentials?) calls for a McCain-Lieberman ticket in 2008.
A Republican McCain-Lieberman ticket. Is that a fantasy? It strikes me as less improbable than the Kerry-McCain ticket MainStream Media reporters touted in 2004, McCain and Lieberman are friends, with a more cordial relationship now than Lieberman probably has with all but a few of his Democratic colleagues, who are busy endorsing this week's primary winner Ned Lamont (as they pretty much have to do) about how Lieberman has been too cozy with George W. Bush. McCain and Lieberman have also been allies on important issues, on campaign finance regulation (cynically signed by Bush), on response to alleged climate change (where they stand opposite Bush). and on the war on terrorism and specifically the conflictc in Iraq (on which they have been utterly steadfast).
Not all of these stands are congenial to most Republican voters, of course. Economic conservatives don't like their stand on climate change; partisan conservatives (and First Amendment purists) don't like their stand on campaign finance. And, of course, Republicans can hardly fail to have noticed that Lieberman has voted about 90 percent of the time with Democrats, on issue after issue; they've been noting that as they castigate Democrats for their rejection of a party paragon. They won;t be entirely comfortable about putting a Democrat one heartbeat away from the presidency-the heartbeat of a man who would be 72 when and if he were to take the oath of office.
Still, I can see some solid arguments for a McCain-Lieberman ticket.
So could I-but more as the kind of third-party ticket that many claim to have been looking for. At worst, they would only help one of the other guys win, and it would most likely be a Republican, since Democrats like Joe seem to have no place in their own party anymore. If McCain stays in the GOP, and Joe stays independent, he wouldn't be beholden to the party that turned its back on him. All in all, an interesting proposition.
Mike Douglas, whose affable personality and singing talent earned him 21 years as a television talk show host, died Friday on his 81st birthday.
He died at 5:30 a.m. in a Palm Beach Gardens hospital, said his wife, Genevieve Douglas. She wasn't sure of the cause, but said he had been admitted Thursday.
Douglas became dehydrated on the golf course a few weeks ago and had been treated on and off since. "He was coming along fine, we thought it was really a shock," she said. "We never anticipated this to happen."
Mike Douglas represented a kinder, gentler era of daytime TV. A true class act all the way, he will be missed.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
BERUIT, Aug. 8 (Reuters)-International and local activists are planning on Sunday to bring a civilian convoy to southern Lebanon, worst hit by Israel's 28-day-old war on Hizbollah, to deliver aid and show solidarity with suffering residents.
"We hope this will be the first of what will become continuous convoys to show that there are civilians being killed and affected by this war," Adam Shapiro, an American documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, told Reuters.
"If governments are failing to act, we as citizens will."
Well, if there's one thing the terrorists could use more of, it's human shields. If these goofballs want to lay their idiocy on the line, I'm not going to stop them.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-U.S. Muslim groups criticized President George W. Bush on Thursday for calling a foiled plot to blow up airplanes part of a "war with Islamic fascists," saying the term could inflame anti-Muslim tensions.
U.S. officials have said the plot, thwarted by Britain, to blow up several aircraft over the Atlantic bore many of the hallmarks of al Qaeda.
"We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counter-productive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascisim," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group.
Of Ahmadejad, Wallace said, "He's an impressive fellow, this guy. He really is. He's obviously smart as hell."
Wallace said he was surprised to find that the Iranian president was still a college professor who taught a graduate-level course.
"You'll find him an interesting man," he said. "I expected more of a firebrand. I don't think he has the slightest doubt about how he feels...about the American administration and the Zionist state. He comes across as more rational than I had expected."
Gag me with a spoon already. Senility is no excuse for sucking up, Mike.
For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)
Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger has a point when he says Man has created the global warming. There's certainly enough hot air coming from hypocrites like Gore.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Noted Middle Eastern Scholar Bernard Lewis warns that Iran is preparing for an apocalyptic "end of time"-and that it could come as soon as August 22.
The July 28 edition of NewsMax's Insider Report pointed to the connection between that date, when Iran leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would respond to Western demands regarding Iran's nuclear program, and a possible attack on Israel.
Now Lewis, professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton, writes about that scenario. He notes in the Wall Street Journal that this year, August 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the night when Muhammad flew first to "the farthest mosque"-usually identified with Jerusalem-and then to heaven and back.
"This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary the world," writes Lewis, whose most recent book is "From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East."
Well, dang. I need to get something to wear...
Fears of the world reaching "peak oil" supply and facing a crisis that results as demand continues to grow in the developing world are overblown, and the supply of oil may increase 25 percent by 2015, a worldwide energy consulting firm said Tuesday.
Cambridge Energy Research Associates of Cambridge, Mass., concluded that world crude-oil production could rise from the current 88 million barrels per day to 110 million barrels in nine years.
The new oil capacity will come mostly from so-called unconventional sources such as ultradeep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Africa and South America as well as extra-heavy oils extracted from sands in Canada, Venezuela, and elsewhere, plus new capacity that will be brought in by traditional Middle Eastern producers such as Saudi Arabia, Cambridge Energy said.
Capitalism and technology-the enemies of junk scientists everywhere.
WASHINGTON (AFP)-Some 30 percent of Americans cannot say in what year the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington took place, according to a poll published in the Washington Post newspaper.
While the country is preparing to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives and shocked the world, 95 percent of Americans questioned in the poll were able to remember the month and the day of the attacks, according to Wednesday's edition of the newspaper.
But when asked what year, 30 percent could not give a correct answer.
We can thank the revisionists and conspiracy nuts for helping some Americans to forget. Collective amnesia is something the Left is very good at.
NEW YORK (Reuters)-A "Presidential Bust" of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was unveiled on Wednesday at New York's Museum of Sex, where sculptor Daniel Edwards hopes it will spark duscussion about sex, politics and celebrity.
Edwards, the artist who also created a life-size nude of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug, said he wanted to capture Clinton's age and femininity in the sculpture.
Clinton's office had no immediate comment.
Send it on a tour of our country's schools. If anything could scare kids into keeping their virginity, this would be it.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, following the Connecticut primary defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman, issued a direct threat to his fellow Democrats: Denounce the war in Iraq or you'll get what Joe got.
In a letter to his Web site visitors, which served as fertilizer for blogs everywhere, Moore raged that Ned Lamont's anti-war victory was the beginning of a revolution among liberals.
Writes Moore on his Web site: "Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended--and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war."
Geez, Mikey. They're already a minority party. Do you want the poor things to become extinct, too?
Dennis Miller is hardly shy about expressing his conservative political views.
The 52-year-old comedian, who has voiced his support for President Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq, will talk politics as a contributor on Fox News'"Hannity & Colmes," network spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Miller starts Sept. 13.
He will also provide commentary on the Fox News Web site, Klinghoffer said.
I hope he brings the chimp with him. He can use him to fling poop at Alan.
Unbowed, Lieberman immediately announced he would enter the fall campaign as an independent. Only six years ago, Lieberman was the Democrats' choice for vice president.
"As I see it, in this campaign we just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead. But, in the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward to victory in November," Lieberman said after congratulating Lamont.In the meantime, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will have a new sock puppet to play with.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Villaraigosa met with 10 Muslim leaders Sunday and explained that a mix-up by his staff had prevented him from seeing their invitations, said his spokeswoman, Janelle Erickson.
"The mayor did apologize that the staff didn't place the meeting on his schedule sooner," said Erickson, describing Sunday's hour-long discussion as "open and friendly." Why didn't he just tell them the truth-that he was too busy trying to help illegal immigrants with their invasion?
But the fakes are more than just beautiful examples of criminal craftmanship. They may also be the biggest hurdle to the resumption of six-nation talks meant to persuade the North to abandon its self-described nuclear weapons production program.
North Korea has refused to negotiate until the United States lifts financial restrictions imposed on a Macau-based bank and several North Korean companies for alleged counterfeiting, money laundering and other illicit activities. Mini-Me's not just ronery, he's a ronery gangster.
One of rockets which landed in Haifa Sunday evening hits historical building of Arab daily al-lttihad. Newspaper editor blames Israel, 'which fights in service of Americans.'
One of the rockets which landed in Haifa Sunday evening hit the old offices of one of the only dailies in the Arab sector.
"When I heard that our historical building was hit, I felt a lot of anger. This is a place we all grew up, which contains real treasures," al-lttihad Editor, Dr. Ahmed Saad, told Ynet on Sunday.Look at it this way, Doc-the building sacrificed itself for Allah. It had more guts than the propagandists who worked there.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
During a nationally televised appearance on Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor," Mr. Giuliani, who is considering a run for the White House in 2008, said it would be "extremely dangerous" for Iran to have nuclear capability.
"I don't think you can take the military option off the table," he said. "You don't have to wave that flag, but you have to leave that there as a possibility."
In a swipe at the Democratic Party, which often finds itself attempting to shore up its national security credentials, the former mayor said having an American president that is viewed as "so much of an internationalist they'll never exercise that option" would not be good for the country. There's "Real conservatism," (the Bush-GOP-Christian Socialist kind) and then there's cajones. If worst came to worst, I'd take cajones anytime.
Olmert also said it would not be possible to completely destroy Hibollah and insisted he did not underestimate them, saying they had fired just 3,000 of their arsenal of 15,000 rockets so far.
"Where do they get the right to preach to Israel?" Olmert said when asked about criticism from European capitals of Israeli military operations that have led to a heavy civilian toll.
"European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians. Ten thousand! And none of these countries had to suffer before that from a single rocket.
"I'm not saying it was wrong to intervene in Kosovo. But please: Don't preach to us about the treatment of civilians." Oh hell yes.
Yet for the past nine months, she has been fighting one of the most persistent and some say irritating institutions in cyberspace: AOL, formerly known as America Online.
"They just haven't wanted to let go," the 55-year-old St. Louisan said. "I don't think they'll ever really let go."
Her struggle has involved about a dozen phone calls often ending with an AOL customer service representative or manager hanging up on her. She even tried impersonating someone else in a couple of the calls. The giant online service provider wouldn't budge.
The problem? An AOL account once held by Gauthier's late father still showed billing charges accumulating against it. The account had been dormant for months; the credit card he used for it was inactive at least as long.
Nevertheless, AOL kept charging $25.90 each month for dial-up online access. Late fees for non-payment accumulated on the credit card, too. Dial-up may be going the way of the dinosaur, but AOL may keep trying to scam people long after its extinct.
A Reuters photograph of smoke rising from buildings in Beirut has been withdrawn after coming under attack by American web logs. The blogs accused Reuters of distorting the photograph to include more smoke and damage.
The photograph showed two very heavy plumes of black smoke billowing from buildings in Beirut after an Air Force attack on the Lebanese capital. Reuters has since withdrawn the photograph from its website, along with a message admitting that the image was distorted, and an apology from editors.Great. Now how about an apology from the rest of the media for their distorted news converage?
In Matamoros, a group of about 100 blocked a city street that leads to the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates and into Brownsville.
"We're here becase we are sure that Lopez Obrador won," Rommel Delgado, a 23-year-old teacher, said over the horns of miffed truckers and drivers.
Civil unrest here and in other parts of the country, most notably Mexico City, is rooted in the historically close results of the July 2 presidential election. Hmmm...maybe we can make this work for us. Have our moonbats protest along the Canadian border and keep people who want to leave the country because they hate Bush from leaving. I'd bring popcorn for that.
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