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Monday, January 31, 2005
  Mudville Gazette 'Insurgents' use retarded child as suicide bomber
Mudville Gazette: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's interior minister said Monday that insurgents used a handicapped child as one of the suicide bombers who launched attacks on election day.

Falah al-Naqib told reporters in Baghdad that 38 attacks were carried out on polling stations in Iraq on Sunday and that one of the suicide bombings was carried out by a disabled child.

'A handicapped child was used to carry out a suicide attack on a polling site,' al-Naqib said. 'This is an indication of what horrific actions they are carrying out.'

He gave no other details about the attack, but police at the scene of one the Baghdad blasts said the bomber appeared to have Down's Syndrome."
  Yep, this'll convince those Red Staters
New York Daily News - World & National Report - Dean's howling for shot to lead DNC into future: "'I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for, but I admire their discipline and their organization,' the failed presidential hopeful told the crowd at the Roosevelt Hotel, where he and six other candidates spoke at the final DNC forum before the Feb. 12 vote for chairman.

But Dean said the Democrats should not change their beliefs to be 'Republican lite.'"
  Black Robed Tyrant to US: enemies of the US have US Constitutional Rights
My Way News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration and ruled on Monday that the Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects can challenge their confinement and the procedures in their military tribunal review process are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green said the prisoners at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have constitutional protections under U.S. law.

'The court concludes that the petitioners have stated valid claims under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and that the procedures implemented by the government to confirm that the petitioners are 'enemy combatants' subject to indefinite detention violate the petitioners' rights to due process of law,' Green wrote."
  Dogg bites Dogg
Snoop Accused Of Sex Assault - January 30, 2005: "Kylie Bell charges that Snoop (real name: Calvin Broadus) and several associates raped her in the entertainer's dressing room following a January 2003 taping of ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Bell, who won a 2002 Emmy for her work on HBO's 'Six Feet Under,' claims that she was left incapacitated after drinking what a Snoop associate told her was champagne. According to the complaint, after Bell, 36, was drugged, she was sexually assaulted by Broadus and four cronies. In addition to the rapper, Bell, who is seeking $25 million in combined damages, has named ABC, Kimmel's show, and the Walt Disney Company as defendants."
  When the Nanny State goes too far
Telegraph | News | 'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'

A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

The waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a cafe.

She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.

When the waitress looked into suing the job centre, she found out that it had not broken the law. Job centres that refuse to penalise people who turn down a job by cutting their benefits face legal action from the potential employer.

"There is now nothing in the law to stop women from being sent into the sex industry," said Merchthild Garweg, a lawyer from Hamburg who specialises in such cases. "The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs cannot be turned down without a risk to benefits."
Sunday, January 30, 2005
  Donk Class - Continued
Instapundit provides a link to a far better summation on J F'n Kerry's total lack of grace or even the slightest urge to root for the team.
Short Final, Cleared to Land: Gallery of Political Wet Blankets #1: "I have to set the context - this is in relation to the Iraq election, not ours. I feel the need to clarify that since this same quote from Kerry has been used in both regards.

But Sen. John Kerry(D-Mass.), sounded a note of caution in an interview on NBC's 'Meet The Press.'

'It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote,' Kerry said.

Allow me to paraphrase:

'If I was President, I would have liberated Iraq, unless I didn't. My direction at any given moment would have depended on the daily polls at the time. I just couldn't decide which way to campaign and tried mightily to have it both ways. But since I had to pander to my party's far left fringe, I just rained on the successes and pontificated over the difficulties.'

'Even with the far left Deaniacs, the Anybody But Bush crowd, and a complicit media behind me I unbelievably lost to that moron. But it was close enough that I think I can win it in 2008 as long as I continue my campaign of being the chronically gainsaying anti-Republican voice of doom and gloom. I made no contribution to the success in Iraq, so I have no choice but to belittle it.'

  Donk Class
I can't be the only one that thinks we dodged a bullet when J F'n lost the election. How bitter and miserable a 'man' he must be. He can't even muster up enough... whatever is good in man, to see this as a big deal, and possibly a major milestone in draining the swamp that breeds the terrorists.


Yahoo! News - Rice: Iraqi Election Tops Expectations: "But Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., sounded a note of caution in an interview on NBC's 'Meet The Press.'

'It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote,' Kerry said.

Saturday, January 29, 2005
  The Media's Chosen Side (via lgf)
The Obsidian Order: A Very Special Effect: "The key and blindingly obvious point: there are at least three photojournalists from different outfits there exactly at the time it goes off! This is not a lucky coincidence. The pictures are clearly taken less than a minute after the original explosion and less than a minute apart. Also: all of the photographers are stringers, not regular staff photographers.

Interpretation: One, this was staged, the particulars of the bomb ensure it will be ineffective and safe from the distance from which it was photographed, but visually spectacular. The people running are most likely also staged. Two, the reporters were invited to see it. Three, they knew it was staged.

My only question: who are these photographers - Ali Jasim, Ali Al-Saadi and Khalid Mohammed - really working for?"
Friday, January 28, 2005
  Major League inspired threat?
Ananova - Baseball star's wife makes ultimate threat: "The wife of a top US baseball player has vowed to have sex with all of his team mates if he ever cheats on her.

Anna Benson, a former model and stripper who was named Baseball's Hottest Wife by FHM, is married to Mets pitcher Kris Benson.

She told Howard Stern's radio show: 'I told him, cheat on me all you want. If you get caught, I'm going to s***w everybody on your entire team. Coaches, trainers, players. I would do everybody on his whole team.'

Stern, egging her on, asked: 'Even the coaches? What about, like, the bat boys?'

'Everybody would get a turn,' Anna pledged. 'If my husband cheated on me and embarrassed me like that, I will embarrass him more than he could ever imagine.'"
  Slovakian MacGuyver
Ananova - Man peed way out of avalanche: "He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.

He said: 'I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there.'"
  Virus Author gets year and a half
Yahoo! News - Man Sentenced for Releasing Computer Worm: "SEATTLE - A teenager was sentenced Friday to 1 1/2 years in prison for unleashing a variant of the 'Blaster' Internet worm that crippled 48,000 computers in 2003.

Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, of Hopkins, Minn., will serve his time at a low-security prison and must perform 10 months of community service. He had faced up to 10 years in prison, but the judge took pity on the teen, saying his neglectful parents were to blame for the psychological troubles that led to his actions.

'(The Internet) has created a dark hole, a dungeon if you will, for people who have mental illnesses or people who are lonely,' U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said. 'I didn't see any parent standing there saying, 'It's not a healthy thing to lock yourself in a room and create your own reality.''

Defense lawyers said Parson feared leaving the house and his parents provided little support. He pleaded guilty last summer to one count of intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a protected computer.

Parson created a Blaster version that launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against a Microsoft Windows update Web site as well as personal computers. Blaster and its variants, also known as the LovSan virus, crippled networks worldwide.

Parson's lawyers said he has made great strides since his arrest. They also credited him with making a Seattle School District video warning teens of the dangers of Internet vandalism.

Parson apologized to the court and to Microsoft, saying, 'I know I've made a huge mistake and I hurt a lot of people and I feel terrible.' He will still have to pay restitution to Microsoft and to people whose commuters were affected in an amount to be determined at a hearing next month.

Parson was charged in Seattle because Microsoft is based in suburban Redmond."
  The ChiCom's and the Mad Mullah's
World Tribune.com -- Report: Missiles developed by China 'identical' to Iran's
LONDON – China is marketing missiles it earlier designed for Iran.

China's Hongdu Aviation Industry Group has exhibited three variants of two new guided missiles that were designed and developed for Iran, the London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported.

The United States has expressed concern over Chinese missile and nuclear exports to Iran. In January, the Bush administration imposed sanctions against eight Chinese companies for helping Iran with its missile programs.

China has become a leading supplier of missile systems and technology for Iran. Iran has claimed several Chinese missiles as its own, including the C-701 anti-ship missile.

The anti-ship missiles, displayed at the China Air Show 2004 in November 2004, were identified as the JJ/TL-6B, JJ/TL-10A and KJ/TL-10B.

Industry sources said the Chinese missiles are identical to Iran's Nasr and Kosar, also known as the TL-6 and TL-10. The TL-10 and C-701 missiles were said to be part of Iran's Kosar program, Middle East Newsline reported.
Entertainment News Article | Reuters.com: "LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two days after being snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced, Michael Moore was left off the list Thursday when the Writers Guild of America unveiled nominees for its first documentary writing award for a feature film.

The six nominated pictures are 'The Hunting of the President,' which alleges a campaign against Bill Clinton from his early days in Arkansas through his impeachment; 'Control Room,' an inside view of the Arab television network Al Jazeera during the war in Iraq; 'Bright Leaves,' a reflection on Big Tobacco by the great-grandson of a tobacco baron; 'Home of the Brave,' a study of murdered civil-rights activist Viola Liuzzo; 'In the Realm of the Unreal,' which follows artist, novelist and janitor Henry Darger; and 'Super Size Me,' a first-person take on the perils of overeating fast food."
  Redford follows Baldwin and punks out on his word
Indo-Asian News Service -> US-Cinema-Redford -> I'm not leaving US, says Redford: "Los Angeles, Jan 28 (IANS) Hollywood veteran and avowed Democrat Robert Redford has said he would not leave the US just because President George W. Bush has been re-elected.

The staunch Democrat supporter had reportedly vowed to move to Ireland if the Republican candidate beat Senator John Kerry to win a second term in the White House, reported imdb.com.

But Redford has changed his mind. 'I love Ireland, I have family heritage in Ireland, but I'm an American.

'I love it here and I'm not leaving just because of some barking dog on the TV. I'm not going to do that.

'We are who we are and we're not going to shy away from something we need to stand up for,' Redford was quoted as saying.

Indo-Asian News Service"
  Heh. - U.S. to Mad Mullahs: "Soon"
Cat And Mouse Game Over Iran: "The U.S. Air Force is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iran's ayatollahs, flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, administration officials said.

'We have to know which targets to attack and how to attack them,' said one, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The flights, which have been going on for weeks, are being launched from sites in Afghanistan and Iraq, and are part of Bush administration attempts to collect badly needed intelligence on Iran's possible nuclear weapons development sites, these sources said, speaking on condition of strict anonymity.

'These Iranian air defense positions are not just being observed, they're being 'templated,'' an ad ministration official said, explaining that the flights are part of a U.S. effort to develop 'an electronic order of battle for Iran' in case of actual conflict.

However, a Pentagon spokesman told UPI he was unaware of any such actions."
  Mon Deu!
Yahoo! News - Mad Cow Disease Found in French Goat, EU Says: "BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Mad cow disease has been found in a goat, the first time the brain-wasting affliction that ravaged European cattle herds and killed at least 100 people, has been diagnosed in another animal, the EU said on Friday.
'A suspected case of BSE (news - web sites) in a goat slaughtered in France in 2002 has been confirmed today by a panel of European scientists,' the EU Commission said in a statement."
  Dogg Bites Man: UN Resolution Prevents Nothing
CNN.com - Sudan 'bombs Darfur village' - Jan 27, 2005: "KHARTOUM, Sudan (Reuters) -- Sudan violated its ceasefire agreement with Darfur rebels by bombing a North Darfur state village, sources in Khartoum's aid community said on Thursday.

Al-Malam on the border between North and South Darfur is an area the government said the rebels attacked earlier this week. They accused the rebels of burning eight villages and killing dozens of people. The rebels deny the charges.

'The planes were flying very low just south of El-Fasher and then the explosions were heard from that direction,' one source said. 'It was near the al-Malam area.'

The sources also said Arab militias, known locally as Janjaweed, attacked a village in South Darfur state, killing three people. But villagers captured the militia leader."
Sadly enough it is going to take a major loss of American life from another terrorist attack before Bush will take our border security seriously. And frankly the Mexicans have an enormous set of clanking brass balls suing the US over this.
Foreign secretary says Mexico may ask international courts to block Proposition 200: "Mexico may turn to international courts in efforts to block a new Arizona law limiting services to undocumented aliens, Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Wednesday.

He said in an interview on W Radio that Mexico might take such a step after it has exhausted all possibilities under U.S. law to halt Proposition 200.

'We are seeking all the legal opportunities that exist, first using the legal capacities of the United States itself and ... if that does not work, bringing it to international tribunals,' Derbez said.

He did not specify to which international bodies Mexico could appeal.

Mexico's Foreign Department and lawmakers have repeatedly complained about Proposition, 200, which took effect this week. The measure requires proof of citizenship to vote or to receive state benefits."
  Ayn Rand: A Legacy of Reason and Freedom
Ayn's writings have left their mark on me. Her work always inspires a dogged or even grim will to continue to march forward. And at times to even aspire to something greater than the sum of ones flaws and limitations.
Ayn Rand: A Legacy of Reason and Freedom by Michael Berliner -- Capitalism Magazine
Her philosophy--Objectivism--upholds objective reality (as opposed to supernaturalism), reason as man’s only means of knowledge (as opposed to faith or skepticism), free will (as opposed to determinism--by biology or environment), and an ethics of rational self-interest (as opposed to the sacrifice of oneself to others or others to self). The only moral political system, she maintained, is laissez-faire capitalism (as opposed to the collectivism of socialism, fascism, or the welfare state), because it recognizes the inalienable right of an individual to act on the judgment of his own mind. Your life, she held, belongs to you and not to your country, God or your neighbors.

Ayn Rand understood that to defend the individual she must penetrate to the root: his need to use reason to survive. “I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism,” she wrote in 1971, “but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.” This radical view put her at odds with conservatives, whom she vilified for their attempts to base capitalism on faith and altruism. Advocating a government to protect the individual’s right to his property, she was not a liberal (or an anarchist). Advocating the indispensability of philosophy, she was not a libertarian.

Despite being outside the cultural mainstream, her novels became best-sellers and her books sell more today than ever before--half a million copies per year. There is a reason that Atlas Shrugged placed second in a Library of Congress survey about most influential books. There is a reason that her works are considered life-altering by so many readers. She had an exalted view of man and created inspiring fictional heroes.

A sui generis philosopher, who looked at the world anew, Ayn Rand has long puzzled the intellectual establishment. Academia has usually met her views with antagonism or avoidance, unable to fathom that she was an individualist but not a subjectivist, an absolutist but not a dogmatist. And they have thus ignored her original solutions to such seemingly intractable problems as how to ground values in facts. But even in academia her ideas are finding more acceptance, e.g., university fellowships and a subgroup within the American Philosophical Association to study Objectivism.

Ayn Rand left a legacy in defense of reason and freedom that serves as a guidepost for the American spirit--especially pertinent today when America and what it stands for are under assault.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
  BLACKFIVE: The Other Side Of The Story - Pilot Refutes SFTT Story
(via instapundit)
BLACKFIVE: The Other Side Of The Story - Pilot Refutes SFTT Story: "The civilians that have been transported by our helicopters and have been hosted aboard the carrier are not a 'traveling circus' of aid workers or 'trifling do-gooders.' On the contrary, these are professionals who have years of experience in mitigating human suffering and tragedy. While there are many highly trained men and women deployed alongside me, there are few (if any) who have expertise in the prediction of malaria transmission vectors, the proper disposal of tens of thousands of human remains, creating a system to match orphaned children with distant relatives, reviving an entire economy, prioritizing bridges or roads to be re-built, or any of the other skills sets that are so critical to disaster relief.

I find it curious that Mr. Stanton complains about having to wait in line to get food behind men and women who are supporting the same mission as his brothers and sisters in arms. He fails to mention that, in addition to a hot meal or two and a bed to sleep in, the carrier is providing planning space to aid in coordinating the operation, computer and communications assistance, and video teleconferencing services for lead international relief workers and organizations. Comparable facilities in Sumatra have been completely destroyed or are without power. The key to the US military's withdrawal from this operation is a speedy turnover with international organizations that can provide the same services and support-the very reason that they were onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN."
  The best retort ever
Red state values?
T. Bubba Bechtol, part-time City Councilman from Midland, TX, was asked on a local live radio talk show the other day just what he thought of the allegations of torture of the Iraqi prisoners.

His reply prompted his ejection from the studio, but to thunderous applause from the audience. His reply: “If hooking up an Iraqi prisoner’s scrotum to a car’s battery cables will save one American GI’s life, then I have just two things to say:

“Red is positive.

“Black is negative."
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
  To be honest I had not noticed either
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 01/26/2005 | So-called hockey lockout makes lemmings look savvy
And that's here, in the State of Hockey. I can't even begin to imagine the lack of impact the so-called lockout is having in a place like Tampa Bay, current residence of the Stanley Cup — or in Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta and Columbus. I believe I read in a Zogby Poll that 56 percent of Americans were unaware that no NHL hockey is being played.

That's why I keep calling it a so-called lockout. Lockout is a conventional labor term. This has been more like a suicide pact. How owners and players could engage in such a reckless flirtation with disappearing altogether is beyond me. I would like to think there are bright minds behind the scenes who have a method to their madness, but I can offer no evidence of that.

  Dogg Bites Man: Donk Voter Fraud
KATU 2 - Portland, Oregon: "OLYMPIA, Wash. - State Republican Party officials say they have verified 737 illegal votes in the governor's election.

State Party Chairman Chris Vance says the votes came from felons, dead people, people who voted twice, and from provisional ballots that were illegally fed directly into voting machines.

Republicans have filed a court challenge to the election of Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire.

Gregoire lost the first two counts against Republican Dino Rossi. She won by just 129 votes after a final, hand recount."
  Another NeoCon out the door
Yahoo! News - Rumsfeld's Top Policy Adviser to Quit: "Douglas J. Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy and a driving force behind the Bush administration's strategy for fighting the global war on terror, said in an interview that he decided it was time he devoted more time to his family. He has four children.

'I informed the secretary that I plan to leave in the summer,' he said.

He offered no specific resignation date and stressed that he was leaving on his own terms.

Feith would be the highest-ranking Pentagon official to leave the administration. The No. 2 official, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, said recently he plans to remain."
  The Future is Now: Anti Gravity
I prowled around the internet (wearing protective tinfoil headgear) and found some interesting reading on the subject. That and some crazy home experiements.
news @ nature.com�-�Antigravity has feet of clay�-�Space agency report is a downer for gravity-control researchers.: "Could astronauts take a leaf out of H. G. Wells's book The First Men in the Moon, and use spacecraft propelled by antigravity devices? Some see the idea as science fiction, but major space agencies take it seriously.

In 2001, the European Space Agency (ESA) commissioned two scientists to evaluate schemes for gravity control. They have concluded that, even if such control were possible, the benefits for lifting spacecraft out of the Earth's gravitational field would probably not be worth the effort1.

But scientists working on such propulsion schemes dispute the report. 'I regard the conclusion, even if correct, as uninteresting and, frankly, irrelevant', says James Woodward of California State University at Fullerton, who has worked for NASA on gravity-control propulsion."
  Well, Duh!
HoustonChronicle.com - Bush tells Cabinet not to hire columnists

WASHINGTON — President Bush today ordered his Cabinet secretaries not to hire columnists to promote their agendas after disclosure that a second writer was paid to tout an administration initiative.

The president said he expects his agency heads will "make sure that that practice doesn't go forward."

"All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," Bush said at a news conference.

Bush's remarks came a day after syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher apologized to readers for not disclosing a $21,500 contract with the Health and Human Services Department to help create materials promoting the agency's $300 million initiative to encourage marriage.

Bush also said the White House had been unaware that the Education Department paid commentator and columnist Armstrong Williams $240,000 to plug its policies. That contract came to light two weeks ago.

Bush said there "needs to be a nice independent relationship between the White House and the press, the administration and the press."
  It's funny when it's not happening to you
MoveOn Steps Into DNC Chair Contest

WASHINGTON — MoveOn.org, the online liberal advocacy group, threw its weight into the race for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship by announcing a plan Tuesday for state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million members.

The move is expected to help chairman candidate Howard Dean, who finished first in a 2003 straw poll of MoveOn members during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The plan also reflects MoveOn's determination to institutionalize its influence within the Democratic Party. Founded to protest President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, the group has become one of the party's most influential liberal voices, and most effective fundraisers, on a wide range of issues.
  Dogg Bites Man: Hip Hop and gosh, crooks and gangsta's
Yahoo! News - Hip-Hop Music Boss Accused of Laundering Cash in NY: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the hip-hop music label behind top-selling artists Ashanti and Ja Rule was charged on Wednesday with laundering more than $1 million in drug money through his record company, The Inc.

Reuters Photo

Music mogul Irving Lorenzo, known as Irv Gotti, his brother Christopher Lorenzo and six others faced money-laundering charges in Brooklyn federal court tied to what officials called a murderous drug ring."
  Oil for Fidel; Kinda like the Beverly Hillbillies, only tropical
Cuba: an economy that lives in the past | csmonitor.com: "It's a former Soviet ally that toyed briefly with a little free enterprise. Its people are some of the poorest in the hemisphere. Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's choice as secretary of State, has just labeled it one of six 'outposts of tyranny' in the world.

That's Cuba, still clinging to its communist ways. And it has the economy to show for it. A bright spot - a new oil discovery - lifted hopes for the island nation last month. But don't count on a big change - unless there's a bigger find by Spain's largest oil company, Repsol, drilling in a separate offshore tract.

Cuba has still not fully recovered from the loss of Soviet subsidies more than a decade ago. A communist regime, combined with an economic embargo by the United States, have pushed Cubans to the bottom of the rung in the Western Hemisphere, somewhere between Haitians and Guatemalans."
  Holy Rock?
Meteor narrowly misses village: "
Phnom Penh - A 4.5kg suspected meteorite has landed in rice fields in northwestern Cambodia, narrowly avoiding a nearby village, police said on Wednesday.

'The rock fell on a harvested rice field from the sky on Monday morning,' said Sok Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey province, which borders Thailand.

'According to the villagers who live nearby, it came very quickly from the sky and made a noise like a bomb exploding. It dug about 40 centimetres into the ground,' he said.

'The rock is a little bit black and was hot, and looks strange compared to other rocks... It was lucky that it did not land in the village or people could have been killed,' he said, adding experts would examine the rock.

Pictures of the lump were splashed across the front pages of local newspapers on Wednesday.

Sok Sareth said some villagers reportedly wanted to turn it into a shrine.

'Nobody has asked for it yet, but I have been told some villagers said that they want to put it on a shrine to pray to it, but we won't allow them to do that. It's useless,' he said.

Cambodians, particularly in rural areas, are typically superstitious."
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - 10 Killed in Calif. Commuter Train Crash: "'A deranged individual that was suicidal took a vehicle and maneuvered it ... onto the tracks. He intended to take his own life, but changed his mind prior to the train striking his vehicle,' Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said.

The driver of the car, Juan Manuel Alvarez (search) of Compton, left his Jeep Cherokee on the railroad tracks, causing a deadly chain reaction. Two commuter trains derailed and landed on their sides, sending passengers flying through the train cars.

The accident left multiple casualties: among the dead was a sheriff's deputy, and more than 180 people were injured, with dozens in critical condition taken to nearby hospitals.

Alvarez was identified by passengers who saw him running away. Police said Alvarez, who turns 26 next month and has a history of suicide attempts and drug arrests, apparently stood by and watched the train collision after abandoning the attempt to take his life."
  Cuba to head Human Rights panel
Herald.com | 01/26/2005 | 'Rights abuser' Cuba put on U.N. action panel: "Human rights activists were outraged Tuesday over Cuba's appointment to an elite ''action panel'' that will influence the work of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which has consistently condemned the communist nation's miserable record.

''It's shameful that anyone would support Cuba to play any relevant role in the human rights machinery,'' said Jos� Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the Americas division of Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C.

''A government as recalcitrant as the Cuban government should not be rewarded with membership of any kind,'' Vivanco added. ``It clearly undermines the legitimacy or credibility of institutions that are supposed to be supervising and monitoring human rights.''

Cuba's inclusion to the newly created action panel was approved by the 11 Latin American nations that form part of the 53-member Commission on Human Rights. The designation means Cuban diplomats will not only have a say in alleged violations the commission will investigate, but also will be first to represent the region when the group has its initial gathering on Feb. 7.

''It's very unfortunate that the Latin America contingency could not come up with a slate which doesn't include one of the principal human rights abusers in the world and the worst human rights abuser in the hemisphere,'' said a U.S. State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity."
Joining Cuba in the action panel's first session next month: Zimbabwe, representing African nations; Hungary, on behalf of Europe; and China, representing Asia.

The United Nations' human rights branch has condemned Cuba's human rights record for five straight years.

(emphasis added. -ed.
  Le Worm
Forbes.com: Update 2: Chirac Urges Taxes to Help World's Poor: "French President Jacques Chirac called on the world's richest nations Wednesday to provide billions of dollars in aid for poor countries through new taxes and other measures that would help combat AIDS, poverty and natural disasters. "
  Maximum Overdrive for everyone
Lexus a nexus between cars and phone viruses? | CNET News.com: "'We know that car manufacturers are integrating existing operating systems into their onboard computers--take the Fiat and Microsoft deal, for instance,' said Eugene Kaspersky, head of antivirus research at Kaspersky Labs. 'If infected mobile devices are scary, just think about an infected onboard computer.'"
  Israel to Mad Mullah's: "Soon"
With the US's little giftthe IDF should be well equipped to 'deal' with this real and present danger.
News: "Israel's Defence Minister refused to rule out a pre-empt-ive strike on Iran yesterday, claiming that Tehran was 'close to a point of no return' on its suspected development of a nuclear weapon.

At a meeting with journalists in London, Shaul Mofaz did little to dispel the sense of unease caused by comments last week by the US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, who suggested Israel might 'decide to act first' to end Iran's nuclear threat.

Mr Mofaz said: 'I believe that none of the Western countries can live with Iran having a nuclear capability - not the US, not the European countries and nor other countries.'

But he stressed that the 'first step' should be through diplomatic channels to resolve the standoff with Iran, suspected by the US and Israel of using its civilian programme as a cover for weapons development."
  An Islamic Petard for Suha
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "In a related development, relatives of Arafat in the Gaza Strip are demanding that Suha and her daughter move back to the Palestinian areas.

Jarir al-Kidwa, one of Arafat's prominent cousins in Gaza City, said the family wants the two to return home because 'life in Paris contravenes with Islamic morals and traditions.'

Suha and Zahwa, who turns 10 next July, had been living in Paris before they moved to Tunis a year ago. The two were invited by the wife of the Tunisian president to stay in the country, where Zahwa attends a private school.

'We don't want Zahwa to live in Paris and be affected by the climate there,' Kidwa added, claiming that Arafat's daughter was a descendant of one of the nephews of the Prophet Mohammed.

Kidwa, 80, said the family set up a 10-member committee to seek custody over Arafat's daughter so that she could be raised in an Islamic and Arabic environment. He said the team had contacted a number of lawyers in France to file a lawsuit against Suha, asking that she hand her daughter over to them."
As luck would have it, 1LT Prakash was monitoring the net and happened to be in the right position at the right time. He was still over 1500 meters away, but since he was clearing the edge of the city with the rest of the troop, all that he had to do was drive a couple hundred meters and he had a clear shot all of the way down to the houses that were firing at us. In what had to be one of the most awesome and beautiful sights I have ever seen, I watched the red streak of a HEAT round – one that I didn’t even ask for – fly from across the horizon and explode in a giant ball of fire in one of the houses that was shooting at us.

“Outlaw 1, was that the house that was shooting at you?”

“That was fucking awesome! Can you do that to the rest of them?”

“Roger, where are they, south or west of that house?”

“Just keep working your way west of the house you just shot at”

“Roger, they’re all lined up like ducks in a row. Round on the way.”

After that, I watched as LT Prakash lobbed HEAT round after HEAT round, systematically destroying every house that had been shooting at us. Within a minute, he had silenced every single enemy gun. We still dropped 15 or 20 artillery rounds on the area after he finished, just to be sure that any bad guys who were still thinking about living didn’t make it out of there, but it was more of an afterthought than anything.

And that is how Red 6 saved the day.
  Let no aspect of a citizens life go unregulated
S.F. board votes to ban smoking in city's parks / Only golf courses would be exempt: "Smokers, take heed: A new law is kicking your butts out of San Francisco parks and open spaces.

The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday to outlaw smoking outdoors in all recreational areas managed by the city except for golf courses. That includes parks, squares, gardens and playing fields but not federal lands such as the Presidio or Ocean Beach.

The ordinance wouldn't be the only one of its kind in the state -- similar ones exist in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and a dozen other places -- but it would be the most comprehensive.

'Secondhand smoke outdoors is just as dangerous (as indoors),' said Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who said she drafted the law out of concern for the environment and children."
CNN.com - Country store becomes�shootout site - Jan 26, 2005: "The armed suspect and his partner were killed. The Dosters won't be charged, according to local officials, because they were acting in self-defense.

'I just started shooting,' said Gloria Doster, 56. 'I was trying to blow his brains out is what I was trying to do.'

Shoats Grocery & Package near Crawford, 70 miles east of Atlanta, is a well-known spot where locals stop for breakfast biscuits or lunch. Gloria Doster said the two men who came there Monday had something else in mind.

She was rearranging boxes of soda by the store's front door when a man wearing a wig walked inside, the fake hair draped in front of his face.

'I asked him, 'Can you see to walk?'' Doster said. Then she noticed a second man behind him wearing a mask. He announced a holdup.

One man grabbed Gloria Doster and pushed her toward the register. She said the other kept his gun on her 62-year-old husband, who also goes by the name Shoats.

She said she tried to open the register, but one of the men told her she wasn't moving fast enough and tried to shoot her husband. He missed -- and his gun jammed.

At that point, Bobby Doster pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and shot one of the suspects. Gloria Doster then went for a 9 mm pistol she keeps near the register.

'All hell broke loose,' she said. 'I was trying to shoot and dial 911 at the same time.'

Both suspects took cover behind the store's meat counter as the Dosters opened fire. Gloria Doster said she doesn't know how many bullets were fired, or how many times the suspects were hit.

Police arrived about five minutes after receiving Gloria Doster's call; the suspects died a short time later at a hospital."
  'Grounding' the Terrorists, yeah, that'll show them
Yahoo! News - Britain Announces Sweeping New Anti-Terrorism Powers: "LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said Wednesday it will scrap post-Sept. 11 emergency laws to jail foreigners without trial and replace them with sweeping new powers to put terrorism suspects of any nationality under house arrest."
  M$ to be hoisted on their own petard, or to hoist cheats on theirs?
Yahoo! News - Microsoft Plans Restrictions on Fixes
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. plans to severely curtail the ways in which people running pirated copies of its dominant Windows operating system can receive software updates, including security fixes.

The new authentication system, announced Tuesday and due to arrive by midyear, will still allow people with pirated copies of Windows to obtain security fixes, but their options will be limited. The move allows Microsoft to use one of its sharpest weapons — access to security patches that can prevent viruses, worms and other crippling attacks — to thwart a costly and meddlesome piracy problem.

But some security experts said the crackdown also could increase Internet security problems in general, if there is a spike in unsecured computers open to attack, which then could be used to attack others.
  About Time!
Yahoo! News - Ariz. Requires Citizenship Proof to Vote: "PHOENIX - Arizona has become the first state to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote, a measure that supporters say is intended to prevent voter fraud.

The law went into effect Tuesday after being approved by voters in November. It requires that people provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, when registering to vote and show specified forms of identification when casting a ballot at a polling place.

A civil-rights group and Democratic legislators recently had urged the Department of Justice (news - web sites) to reject the law. They argued the changes will erect barriers that will hinder minorities' participation in elections and hamper grassroots voter registration drives."
  How long will this bit of sense be allowed to stand in the PRC?
L.A. Daily News - News: "In a controversial issue of national interest, Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to let sheriff's employees conduct immigration enforcement interviews in jails.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 for an agreement with the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train six sheriff's workers to interview foreign-born inmates.

The employees will determine if the inmates should be turned over to federal authorities for possible deportation after their jail sentences.

Currently, two ICE agents process about two dozen inmates a day, referring 12 to 15 to federal officials. With the additional help, jail officials estimate they will process 100 to 125 inmates a day, referring 75 or more each day.

Criminal illegal aliens cost county taxpayers more than $150 million a year, according to a county estimate. Of the 17,500 inmates now in custody, more than 4,300 are foreign-born.

'There is a very high rate of recidivism among them,' said Chuck Jackson, chief of the Correctional Services Division. 'Most of these criminal aliens victimize their own communities.'"
  Isn't that cute, the Candians think they are still a real country
Edmonton Journal - canada.com network: "OTTAWA - A major study of politicians, diplomats and thinkers from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America has concluded that Canada has become an irrelevant force on the international stage, but can regain its edge if it creates a swift and mobile brigade of peacekeepers.

'It was sobering and exciting. Sobering in the sense that we've had a declining impact over the last 15 years. Exciting, in the sense that with some of the big challenges facing the world today, Canada was seen as being almost unique in its ability to address some of them,' said Robert Greenhill, a former president of Montreal's Bombardier Inc. and author of the study on Canada's role in the world."
  Dems bring out former KKK Kleagle to Urinate on Rice
Power and Control: Dems revert to Klan roots: "The Democrats really know how to pick their spokesman. Why if they have complaints against Dr. Rice would would they pick Senator KKK to voice them?

Well let us look into Senator KKK's roots:

Byrd was a local leader of the Ku Klux Klan for a period of time in the early 1940s, holding the title Kleagle; Klan recruiter. In a 1946 letter, he wrote, 'The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.' However, when running for Congress in 1952, he announced, 'After about a year, I became disinterested, quit paying my dues, and dropped my membership in the organization. During the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the Klan.' Still, in 1964 he opposed the Civil Rights Act."
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
  Turner: "FoxNews = Hitler
Ted Turner called FOX an arm of the Bush administration and compared FOXNEWS's popularity to Hitler's popular election to run Germany before WWII.

Turner made the controversial comments before a standing-room-only crowd at the National Association for Television Programming Executives's opening session Tuesday.

His no-nonsense, humorous approach during the one-hour Q&A generated frequent loud applause and laughter, BROADCASTING & CABLE reports.

While FOX may be the largest news network [and has overtaken Turner's CNN], it's not the best, Turner said.

He followed up by pointing out that Adolph Hitler got the most votes when he was elected to run Germany prior to WWII. He said the network is the propaganda tool for the Bush Administration.

'There's nothing wrong with that. It's certainly legal. But it does pose problems for our democracy. Particularly when the news is dumbed down,' leaving voters without critical information on politics and world events and overloaded with fluff,' he said.

  Google to enter Browser Market?
Technology News Article | Reuters.com: "LONDON (Reuters) - Web search company Google has hired the lead engineer of the Firefox Web browser, fueling speculation that Google will create its own version of Firefox to take on Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer.

Ben Goodger said in a note on his Web site -- http:/weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/ -- that he would continue to work on Firefox, a free browser that has gained a popular following due to additional features and fewer attacks from malicious hackers than Internet Explorer.

Internet cognoscenti have speculated about a Google browser since the company registered the Gbrowser.com domain and hired several Internet Explorer engineers last year.

A Google spokeswoman in London declined to say whether the company had a browser in the works."
  Border Schmorder - Gotta get those potential voters over the wire and onto the rolls.
Yahoo! News - 2,000 new border agents aren't part of budget, Ridge says
President Bush (news - web sites) will not ask Congress for enough money to add 2,000 agents to patrol the nation's borders in his 2006 budget, even though he signed a bill last month authorizing the increase.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday that Bush's new budget, to be released in early February, will propose a "good incremental increase" in the number of agents. But he made it clear the number would not approach 2,000. The new agents were to be the first hires toward doubling the size of the force over five years.

As part of a sweeping intelligence bill passed in December, Congress called for nearly doubling the size of the Border Patrol by adding 10,000 agents over five years. The agency has about 11,000 agents; 90% work along the southern border with Mexico.

But in an interview with USA TODAY, Ridge scoffed at the notion of adding so many agents and said it would be an inefficient use of precious homeland security dollars.

"The notion that you're going to have 10,000 is sort of a fool's gold," Ridge said. "It's nice to say you're going to have 10,000 more Border Patrol agents in five years, but what other part of Homeland Security do you want to take the money from?"

He said it makes more sense to pay for a combination of more agents and better technology, such as ground sensors and cameras.

T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the Bush administration is making a mistake. "Cameras don't catch people, people catch people," he said. "If you don't have the agents you're not going to catch the people your technology sees."
We saw the Aviator this weekend, very long, very well done; but somehow incomplete. Of course with the wealth of material available to film makers, I can see how it would be near impossible to narrow the scope of the movie down to even fit it into it's bloated 3 hour runtime.
The Sentinel Online - World News: "Michael Moore's gamble to hold his hit film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' out of the documentary category _ to boost its best-picture prospects _ backfired. The movie was shut out across the board.

Moore won the documentary prize two years ago for 'Bowling for Columbine."
  Company Fires All Employees Who Smoke
channelcincinnati.com - News - Company Fires All Employees Who Smoke: "LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan health care company has fired four of its employees for refusing to take a test to determine whether they smoke cigarettes.

The company enacted a new policy this month, allowing workers to be fired if they smoke, even if the smoking takes place after-hours, or at home.

The founder of Weyco Inc. said the company doesn't want to pay the higher health care costs associated with smoking.

An official of the company -- which administers health benefits -- estimated that 18 to 20 of its 200 employees were smokers when the policy was first announced in 2003. As many as 14 of them quit smoking before the policy went into effect.

On the company's Web site, it states:

Weyco Inc. is a non-smoking company that strongly supports its employees in living healthy lifestyles."
  Don't Cry for me Hussain
Why I'm Willing to Defend Hussein
The United States, and the Bush administration in particular, engineered the demonization of Hussein, and it has a clear political interest in his conviction. Obviously, a fair trial of Hussein will be difficult to ensure — and critically important to the future of democracy in Iraq. This trial will write history, affect the course of violence around the world and have an impact on hopes for reconciliation within Iraq.

Hussein has been held illegally for more than a year without once meeting a family member, friend or lawyer of his choice. Though the world has seen him time and again on television — disheveled, apparently disoriented with someone prying deep into his mouth and later alone before some unseen judge — he has been cut off from all communications with the outside world and surrounded by the same U.S. military that mistreated prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo

Finally, any court that considers criminal charges against Saddam Hussein must have the power and the mandate to consider charges against leaders and military personnel of the U.S., Britain and the other nations that participated in the aggression against Iraq, if equal justice under law is to have meaning.

No power, or person, can be above the law. For there to be peace, the days of victor's justice must end.

The defense of such a case is a challenge of great importance to truth, the rule of law and peace. A lawyer qualified for the task and able to undertake it, if chosen, should accept such service as his highest duty.
Monday, January 24, 2005
  Wonder if he will?
Yahoo! News - Putin promises Israel not to sell missiles to Syria: "JERUSALEM (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) has promised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) by phone that he won't sign a contract to sell SA-18 surface-to-air missiles to Syria, the daily Haaretz reports.

The reported promise, said to have been made by Putin on Thursday, came on the day that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad begins a four-day official visit to Russia.

The paper said that Sharon had explained to the Russian leader that the arms, also called Igla missiles, risked falling into the hands of Syrian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon, who are violently opposed to Israel."
  No aspect of life too small to regulate in the Peoples Republic of California
WZZM13.com - NEWS ARTICLEMonday, January 24, 2005: "San Francisco - San Francisco may become the first city in the nation to charge shoppers for grocery bags.
The city's environmental commission is expected to ask the mayor and board of supervisors Tuesday to consider a 17 cent per bag
charge on paper and plastic grocery bags.
Their goal is to reduce plastic bag pollution. Environmentalists say plastic bags jam machinery, pollute waterways and often end up
in trees.
Officials believe that the city spends 5.2 cents per bag annually for street litter pickup and 1.4 cents per bag for extra recycling costs. Grocers and bag manufacturers argue that many people already reuse their plastic bags.
Other opponents call the plan an unfair and regressive tax on shoppers."
Sunday, January 23, 2005
  Google to enter phone market?
Times Online - Britain: "GOOGLE revolutionised the internet. Now it is hoping to do the same with our phones.

The company behind the US-based internet search engine looks set to launch a free telephone service that links users via a broadband internet connection using a headset and home computer."
A surfer looking for a clothes retailer could simply find the web site and click on the screen to speak to the shop.

The basic cost of making calls across the internet is almost nil. The real cost is in developing the software; after that, the service exploits available internet capacity. However, charging does become necessary to link internet calls with the traditional phone network.
Around the world, thousands of miles of fibre-optic cable remain unused because the amount of speculative development vastly exceeded demand. Such capacity would be available at rock-bottom prices today.

Elsewhere in the world, using the internet to make phone calls has caught on more quickly. In Japan 10 per cent of households already use the so-called “voice over internet protocol” and an internet service offered by Softband has 4.4 million subscribers. Its growth has depressed revenues of the local telecom group, NTT
  A peek at the underside of the 'Relief Effort'

What really irritated me was a scene I witnessed in the Lincoln’s wardroom a few days ago. I went in for breakfast as I usually do, expecting to see the usual crowd of ship’s company officers in khakis and air wing aviators in flight suits, drinking coffee and exchanging rumors about when our ongoing humanitarian mission in Sumatra is going to end.

What I saw instead was a mob of civilians sitting around like they owned the place. They wore various colored vests with logos on the back including Save The Children, World Health Organization and the dreaded baby blue vest of the United Nations. Mixed in with this crowd were a bunch of reporters, cameramen and Indonesian military officers in uniform. They all carried cameras, sunglasses and fanny packs like tourists on their way to Disneyland.

My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight.

As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we would have more water to send ashore and save lives. That plus the fact that he had no business being there in the first place.

My attitude towards these unwanted no-loads grew steadily worse that day as I learned more from one of our junior officers who was assigned to escort a group of them. It turns out that they had come to Indonesia to “assess the damage” from the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Well, they could have turned on any TV in the world and seen that the damage was total devastation. When they got to Sumatra with no plan, no logistics support and no five-star hotels to stay in, they threw themselves on the mercy of the U.S. Navy, which, unfortunately, took them in. I guess our senior brass was hoping for some good PR since this was about the time that the U.N. was calling the United States “stingy” with our relief donations.

As a result of having to host these people, our severely over-tasked SH-60 Seahawk helos, which were carrying tons of food and water every day to the most inaccessible places in and around Banda Aceh, are now used in great part to ferry these “relief workers” from place to place every day and bring them back to their guest bedrooms on the Lincoln at night. Despite their avowed dedication to helping the victims, these relief workers will not spend the night in-country, and have made us their guardians by default.

When our wardroom treasurer approached the leader of the relief group and asked him who was paying the mess bill for all the meals they ate, the fellow replied, “We aren’t paying, you can try to bill the U.N. if you want to.”
Saturday, January 22, 2005
  The Religion of Peacefull Co-Existance

Yahoo! News - Muslim activists rip, deface offensive advertizing in Britain: "LONDON (AFP) - British Muslim activists have stepped up a campaign to deface or rip down advertising billboards featuring scantily-clad women in communities with large numbers of Muslims, the media reported.

Sky television news reported from the English city of Birmingham that the campaign has achieved some of its goals as there were now few such billboards close to mosques.

The Advertising Standards Authority said that increasing numbers of posters were being torn down or painted over in predominantly Islamic areas, The Times newspaper reported."
  At least the rank and file are not Hispandering, wish the same could be said of the President, sigh.
Efforts against illegals broaden - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - January 22, 2005: "Arkansas state Sen. Jim Holt yesterday said he will sponsor a bill in the legislature this year to deny benefits and inhibit the ability of illegal immigrants to register and vote. And state resident Joe McCutchen promised to lead a grass-roots effort to support the bill.
Mr. McCutchen said he thinks it's up to citizens to take action on illegal immigration.
'If our republic's to be saved, we'd better,' he said. 'It's obvious the president has no intention to secure the borders,"
  New York Post Online Edition: postopinion
New York Post Online Edition: postopinion

Should it be a surprise that Robert Byrd is the ringleader? Perhaps not.

Byrd is the only former Ku Klux Klan member in the United States Senate. Yes, he resigned from that organization long before he became a senator — and has often denounced it.

Still, certain behavior pops up that makes one wonder exactly how far the man has moved from his roots.

Byrd is the only senator to vote against both black Supreme Court justice nominees — Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas. That's something that couldn't even be said about his former colleague, one-time segregationist Strom Thurmond.

Now, Byrd might not be a racist today.

But adding this unseemly tactic with Condoleezza Rice to his unique track record — well, exactly what would the mainstream press do if a black female Democrat were blocked from taking a high Cabinet post by, say, Trent Lott?

They'd blow the roof off the Capitol, is all.

Robert Byrd's presence in the United State Senate is a continuing embarrassment to Democrats in general, and to that body in particular.

The mainstream media merely continues to be an embarrassment to itself.
  The Dutch may be at the forefront of awakening, too late most likely
International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform: "AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A large majority of Dutch people are afraid of Muslims, according to a poll taken after the murder
of a Dutch filmmaker critical of Islam.

The poll, conducted by TNS NIPO in The Netherlands, as well as in Spain and Italy, since the November murder of Dutch
filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected radical Islamist, showed only 19 percent of Dutch people do not see the presence
of Muslims in the country as a threat.

Home to almost 1 million Muslims or 6 percent of the population, The Netherlands' reputation for tolerance and social
harmony has been shattered by the murder and a wave of attacks on mosques and churches and death threats against

Racial tensions surfaced again this week after a Dutch woman killed a youth with Moroccan roots after he stole her bag."
  Thanks, Maddie, Thanks, Dhimni, Thanks, Mr. Bent One
International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform: "SEOUL (Reuters) - A top North Korean official has told U.S. legislators that the communist state possessed nuclear
weapons, Radio Free Asia has reported.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said the country was a nuclear weapons state but its nuclear arsenal
was defensive in nature and Pyongyang did not intend to possess it forever, Radio Free Asia quoted U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon
as saying on Friday.

Weldon, Republican of Pennsylvania, led a six-member congressional delegation to North Korea last week and met with its
senior officials."
  An Armed Society is a Polite Society
The Sun Newspaper Online - UK's biggest selling newspaper: "A VIOLENT craze in which thugs slap strangers across the face and record it on video phone is sweeping Britain.

The so-called 'happy slappers' attack while an accomplice captures it to post on the internet or send to another mobile.

But what started as a schoolkids' prank has escalated into more serious assaults - including fly-kicking strangers' spines - and robberies.

There have been 100 incidents in London alone, leading to eight charges.

In one case, a lad of 18 on the Underground was asked if he was having a nice day then slapped.

His 15-year-old sister was punched in the face. Transport cops said: 'This is not fun. It is assault.'
  The Future is Now
Yahoo! News - Device Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injury: "In this study, the cigarette lighter-sized device was implanted in 10 people with complete motor and sensory spinal cord injury. It was removed after 15 weeks, and the patients were tracked for the following year.

After six months, all 10 people showed some improvement in sensation. After a year, all nine people who remained in the study showed varying degrees of improvement.

Two people recovered some lower extremity function and one man had restored sexual function.

'This isn't a home run, but it warrants additional investigation. The big question was whether the procedure, which is very invasive and requires two surgeries, is efficacious -- and the initial results indicate that it is,' study author Dr. Scott Shapiro, a professor of neurosurgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

  Fox continues it's climb
Fri Jan 21 2005 23:52:24 2005

CNN hemorrhaged more than half their audience from the 2001 Inauguration, overnights show. The troubled news network only averaged 779,000 viewers during yesterday's Inauguration coverage from 10am-4pm with just 168,000 of those viewers landing in the coveted 25-54 demo.

Like CNN, MSNBC also suffered major losses, only averaging 438,000 viewers throughout yesterday's coverage (141,000 in 25-54), down a whopping 68% over 2001 and faring even worse in primetime with just 385,000 viewers.

In contrast, Fox News averaged 2,581,000 viewers from 10a-4p (up 30% over 2001) and their 25-54 demo average of 705,000 came close to CNN's total coverage ratings yesterday.


FNC -- 2,439,000 (up 57% OVER '01)
CNN -- 1,353,000 (down 14% over '01)
MSNBC -- 385,000 (down 47% over '01)

  Those that are blind to Evil
(via lgf)Notice how al-Rueters goes to great lengths to excuse this absolute barbarity. This is on the order of the Taliban. This is the face of what we are at war with. The mindset that produces these actions is pure Evil. Those that cannot see, they excuse and act as shield and support.
Reuters AlertNet - Outrage as Somali militia dig up Italian graves: "MOGADISHU, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Somali militiamen, allied with Islamic clerics who rule by sharia law, have dug up hundreds of skeletons from an Italian colonial-era cemetery and thrown them in the trash, sparking anger in the Italian and Somali capitals.

The motive for the mass exhumation by gunmen allied with the clerics who rule northern Mogadishu remained unclear on Friday. Witnesses said hundreds of corpses were dug up over the past five days and thrown away at a dump near Mogadishu's airport, which drew a strongly worded protest from Rome.

'The profanation of a silent and historical place, sacred to all civilisations, is a vile and particularly hateful act which can have no justification whatsoever,' the Italian government said in a statement.

Gunmen told residents near the cemetery in south Mogadishu that the courts ordered them to clear the site of non-Islamic elements, witnesses said.

But a number of high-ranking court clerics have denied that, and residents and other Muslim religious leaders condemned the exhumations as out of keeping with their faith.

There is also speculation in Italy and Somalia that the grave destruction is simply a land grab by local businessmen. A number of wealthy businessmen from the capital have regularly financed the Islamic courts and their militias."
  Iraqi Blogging
This was one of the first Iraqi blogs that I became aware of. He does not update to frequently, however it is often times very excellent/informative reading. With the elections right around the corner, it is worth the time to check out.
Healing Iraq: "One week to elections day and the general atmosphere in the capital is eerie, yet strikingly familiar. I suspect the streets of Baghdad will look as if a war is looming this week. There is no doubt that many Iraqis regard the date of 30 January as a day of renewed hope, one they have been awaiting all their lives, but at the same time, many others are already dreading it.

The interim government has promised security measures that would reduce the violence on the day of elections, but I fail to see how they will be able to protect all 5,000 (or so) balloting centres. Many voting centres have already been successfully attacked or destroyed in many areas.
I had another conversation some months ago with a retired Ba'athist old-timer who claimed that Ba'athists have the means to stage a third coup d'etat and return to power within 10 hours of an American withdrawal. On sensing my incredulity to his statement he asserted that Ba'athist cells exist in all parts of the country and that they do have a central command, even though many have formed seperate cells (often under Islamic labels) with their own leaderships. He said that they have the training and the funding as well as the support of neighbouring and regional governments.

I concur that Ba'athists and former security forces are capable of immediately controlling at least 5 out of 18 governorates, along with the capital, if Americans are to be removed from the picture entirely. But I also see that as a fatal misconception, which is doing Sunnis harm, because I don't believe the US is going anywhere so soon. Any government that assumes power after the elections also realises this, so not even Sistani is going to call the US to withdraw its troops, despite what he is saying now, not until they are ensured the insurgency is out of the picture, or that they have an alternative foreign power (in this case Iran) to back them up.

The only hope now is that, following the elections, the National Assembly would offer the hand of peace and reconciliation to the dissenting parties. I would suggest going for tribal Sheikhs rather than clerics, since they have the upper hand in their areas and can effectively root out any Ba'athists in their midst in return for a promise of sharing power and authority. Many of these Sheikhs have been disenfranchised and abused over the last two years. Very recently, US forces in Al-Anbar made a terrible blunder by accidentally killing Abdul-Razaq Inad Al-Gu'ud, Sheikh of the Al-Bu Nimr clan from the powerful Dulaym tribe.
I believe national reconciliation to be the only path forward to a new Iraq. The Shia cannot live without the Sunnis, and vice versa. Both have shared this country for the last 14 centuries and there is no possible way that one can live without the other. Even partition is not a possibility, there are no clear borders between the two.
  Mitch brings home some exciting pork
Researchers look to nanotechnology for military needs :: News :: University of Louisville -- dare to be great

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been instrumental in securing the funds both for the Army study and for the extreme resolution microscope.

“With equipment such as this, it’s becoming very easy to manipulate objects and structures and to form or grow materials that are smaller than 100 nanometers, or one one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair and below,” Cohn said. “We’re getting down to the size of atoms, which is on the order of two-tenths of a nanometer. And in that scale range it’s becoming realistic to build materials from the bottom up and to make wonderful new devices.”

Cohn said there are many ways to make nanowires from raw materials by using lasers, electricity, force and heat to drive chemical reactions.
Friday, January 21, 2005
  Great Moments in Dumb-assness
KYW Newsradio 1060 - News: "Some US Airlines Outsource Maintenance to Central America
There's more outsourcing of jobs -- now it's the airlines industry.

The latest, preferred location for airline maintenance? El Salvador.

The Wall Street Journal reports at least two airlines -- Jet Blue and America West -- send their planes to El Salvador for 'long distance' maintenance, outsourcing the work to cut costs.

Air safety experts are said be concerned that it jeopardizes safety and makes scrutiny by regulatory agencies more difficult."
Thursday, January 20, 2005
  U.N. punks out of Iraq elections

“Monitoring is a big problem. There won't be any international observation mechanism,” said one UN diplomat. “The UN is not willing. No one is willing. No one wants to send their people there.”
  Abbas Sacks Dozens of Arafat Advisers
Abbas Sacks Dozens of Arafat Advisers

Is Abbas actually going to take concrete steps toward addressing the Palistinians Rabid Culture, or more likely he is just making room for his crop of cronies, sigh.
RAMALLAH, West Bank, 20 January 2005 — New Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has fired dozens of advisers to late leader Yasser Arafat, the first sign of a big shake-up since he was elected, officials said yesterday.

Abbas is under pressure at home and abroad to clean up the structures bequeathed by Arafat, who died on Nov. 11 after decades as leader of the Palestinian fight for a state.

Officials said Abbas had fired 50 of 55 civilian and military advisers — though well over1 , 000staff were still employed by Arafat’s office in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
  Tubby Riefenstahl: Do as I say not as I Do
FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Michael Moore's Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

NEW YORK — Filmmaker Michael Moore's (search) bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York's JFK airport Wednesday night.

Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York. Burke was taken to Queens central booking and could potentially be charged with a felony for the incident.

Moore's 2003 Oscar-winning film "Bowling for Columbine" criticizes what Moore calls America's "culture of fear" and its obsession with guns.
  Dogg Bites Man: RoP threatens author
News: "The spiritual leader of Iran has reaffirmed the fatwa against the writer Salman Rushdie in a message to Muslim pilgrims.

Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, declared that Rushdie was an 'apostate' whose killing would be permitted by Islam. He made the comment to crowds of pilgrims on their way to Mecca."
  Look for the party of No, to continue to oppose the spread of freedom as well.
Yahoo! News - Bush Vows to End 'Tyranny in Our World': "WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) sought in his second inaugural speech to define his new term as a fight for freedom in every nation with the 'ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.' At home, he urged a divided nation to find the unity it had felt after the Sept. 11 attacks."
  RoP at it again
Michael Moore's ME production partners are up to their same old tricks. Of course remember that Islam is a Religion of Peace (ROP). Keep repeating it to yourself as you watch/read the news. Remember it is only a tiny minority of extremists, pheh!
Hizbollah threatens UK suicide attacks - The Herald: "HIZBOLLAH, the hardline religious group, yesterday threatened to carry out suicide attacks in London in an attempt to kill a UK-based Iranian exile television presenter said to have made insulting comments about Islam."
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: "The New York Times' Hassan M. Fattah reports from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage:

What really makes Mecca so open is its diversity, a product largely of the hajj, which for 1,425 years has been attracting believers from all over the world. . . .

All that has resulted in an unlikely liberalism--not quite a Berkeley-style liberalism, but still a striking oasis of open thought and discussion in a world of hardened politics and interests. Increasingly, Meccans see themselves as a bulwark against the creeping extremism that has overtaken much Islamic debate.

Similarly, a caption under a photo by Abid Katib describes Mecca as 'one of the most open and liberal [cities] in the Muslim world.'

Well, we love open and liberal cities; that's why we live in New York. The next chance we get, we're hopping on a plane to Mecca to check it out and see if it's as open and liberal as, say, Istanbul.

Oh wait, we forgot. We can't go to Mecca. Under Saudi law, non-Muslims aren't allowed to set foot there. The Times has an odd idea of what 'open and liberal' means."
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: "So here we have Reid going out of his way to insult the intelligence of the only black member of the Supreme Court, and citing his own vote in 1991--even though back then, he vouched for Thomas's qualifications and turned against him only when his fellow Democrats resorted to the politics of personal destruction.

This is the man Senate Democrats have chosen as their leader. What does that tell us about their character?"
  Dick starts the crocodile tears
Haaretz - Israel News: "WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday expressed concern that Israel may attack Iran, in order to eliminate any nuclear threat from Tehran. Cheney added that Iran was at the top of the American administration's list of world trouble spots.
'If, in fact, the Israelis became convinced the Iranians had significant nuclear capability, given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards,' Cheney said.

Israel set a precedent for such action in 1981 when it sent warplanes to destroy Iraq's French-built Osiraq reactor, seen as the key to President Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions.

'We don't want a war in the Middle East, if we can avoid it. And certainly in the case of the Iranian situation, I think everybody would be best suited by or best treated and dealt with if we could deal with it diplomatically,' Cheney said."
  Dogg Bites Man: The French Workers on Strike
BBC NEWS | Europe | Teachers join French strike wave: "Teachers join French strike wave
Striking workers are to stage several marches on Thursday
Teachers and civil servants have gone on strike in France, on the third day of protests over salaries and job cuts in the public sector"
he unions are demanding higher wages and an end to moves to relax the 35-hour working week.

An opinion poll on Tuesday showed 65% of people supporting the protest movement.
  Free Speech is only for Leftists
Protesting the Protesters (washingtonpost.com):

"Patrick McKale, 22, an anarchist from Baltimore, said he was pleased that ProtestWarrior members took a few licks. He said he saw no irony in beating people up at a peace rally. 'Just because you're anti-imperialist doesn't mean you're not against violence.'"
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
  Power Line: ABC News: Fair and Balanced
Power Line: ABC News: Fair and Balanced
The soul-less fucks at ABC just impacted into the bottom of the bottom with this. Of course the cowards pulled the page after it starts getting hits. However thanks to the magic of the internet; Captains Quarters has archived the page. (note scroll down to the bottom to see the form) (via Powerline)

Well, sure. ABC wants to "balance" its coverage of President Bush's inauguration with coverage of a military funeral:

Jan. 19, 2005 — For a possible Inauguration Day story on ABC News, we are trying to find out if there any military funerals for Iraq war casualties scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20. If you know of a funeral and whether the family might be willing to talk to ABC News, please fill out the form below:

Note that only the families of Iraqi war dead need apply. If a soldier died in Afghanistan, or aiding tsunami victims in Indonesia or Sri Lanka, or in a training exercise, never mind. That isn't the "balance" ABC is looking for.

Every time I think the MSM have stooped as low as they can go, they surprise me.

Thanks to San Antonio Express-News Watch and to reader Bill Crawford.
Study: Some Alcohol May Benefit Brain (washingtonpost.com)
The study of more than 12,000 elderly women found that those who consumed light to moderate amounts of alcohol daily had about a 20 percent lower risk of experiencing problems with their mental abilities later in life.

"Low levels of alcohol appear to have cognitive benefits," said Francine Grodstein
  Trouble brewing at cBS :)
MLive.com: NewsFlash - CBS execs asked to resign haven't done so

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three CBS News executives asked to resign for their roles in the network's discredited story about President Bush's National Guard service had not done so by Wednesday, more than a week later.

It was unclear whether their lack of action foreshadows a legal battle between CBS and Josh Howard, executive producer of "60 Minutes Wednesday"; his top deputy, Mary Murphy; and CBS senior vice president Betsy West.

"There are discussions going on with them," CBS chairman Leslie Moonves said.
  Ask a simple question?
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Form Pits Texas Christians Against Muslims: "The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (search), which is 90 percent Christian, sent 10 questions to the Dar-ul-Arqam school (search) in Houston after the group applied to join the association.

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (search), which runs Dar-ul-Arqam schools at three locations, wanted students to be able to compete with other parochial schools in extracurricular events.

One question that upset Dar-ul-Arqam administrators focused on perceived intolerance: 'The Koran clearly tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into this category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is basically in total disagreement with your religious beliefs?' (emphasis added .ed)

Iesa Galloway, Houston Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (search) said the questionnaire was 'rooted in deep-seeded ignorance of the religion of Islam and the Muslim people.'" CAIR for those that pay attention is America's chief terror apolgists, and several of their leaders have been linked/tried/convicted with terrorism/terrorists.
  CNN.com - Attorney meets the 'jury pool from hell' (hat tip- The Jeffery)
CNN.com - Attorney meets the 'jury pool from hell' - Jan 18, 2005: "The group of prospective jurors was summoned to listen to a case of Tennessee trailer park violence.

Right after jury selection began last week, one man got up and left, announcing, 'I'm on morphine and I'm higher than a kite.'

When the prosecutor asked if anyone had been convicted of a crime, a prospective juror said that he had been arrested and taken to a mental hospital after he almost shot his nephew. He said he was provoked because his nephew just would not come out from under the bed.

Another would-be juror said he had had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer. 'I should have known something was up,' he said. 'She had all her teeth.'

Another prospect volunteered he probably should not be on the jury: 'In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin (as your lawyer), you're probably guilty.' He was not chosen.

The case involved a woman accused of hitting her brother's girlfriend in the face with a brick. Ballin's client was found not guilty."
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
  Musharraf Back to his old games?
ABC News: India: Pakistan Fires Across Kashmir Line
NEW DELHI Jan 18, 2005 — India accused Pakistani soldiers Tuesday of firing mortar shells across the dividing line in Kashmir in the first violation of a 14-month cease-fire between the South Asian nuclear-armed rivals.

The cease-fire was the longest since an insurgent campaign in the divided Himalayan province began in 1989. Both countries claim the mainly Muslim, former princely state in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

A senior army official said there were no casualties on the Indian side of the heavily militarized frontier known as the Line of Control, and Indian troops had not retaliated.

"It certainly is a violation of the cease-fire. We have exercised full restraint," Maj. Gen. Deepak Summanwar told the private NDTV news channel. "Seven to eight rounds of mortars were fired. All our patrols and ambushes have been alerted."

The cease-fire was agreed to in November 2003.

Indian military officials in Kashmir said the firing may have been carried out to provide cover to a batch of Islamic militants crossing into the Indian side of Kashmir from the Pakistan-controlled part of the Himalayan region.

Rebels based in Pakistan routinely cross over to India to wage attacks as part of their campaign to carve out a separate homeland or merge the Indian-controlled area into Pakistan.

Routine firing by both sides began in 1989.
  First the Islamists, then the ChiComs, our work is cut out for us
China builds up strategic sea lanes - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - January 18, 2005: "China is building up military forces and setting up bases along sea lanes from the Middle East to project its power overseas and protect its oil shipments, according to a previously undisclosed internal report prepared for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
'China is building strategic relationships along the sea lanes from the Middle East to the South China Sea in ways that suggest defensive and offensive positioning to protect China's energy interests, but also to serve broad security objectives,' said the report sponsored by the director, Net Assessment, who heads Mr. Rumsfeld's office on future-oriented strategies."
  Pootie Poot: Nothing to see here, move along
Politics News Article | Reuters.com: "MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia defended its nuclear partner Iran Tuesday, saying Tehran's nuclear program was entirely peaceful, a day after Washington said it would not rule out military force against the Islamic Republic.

Russia and the United States are at odds over Moscow's construction of a nuclear power plant in southern Iran. Washington believes Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons and could use Russian technology to acquire an atom bomb.

President Bush said Monday he would not rule out military action against Iran if it was not more forthcoming about its suspected nuclear arms program.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed worries that Iran -- a key nuclear energy market for Russia in the Middle East -- had a secret nuclear arms program.

'I have no grounds to believe that the situation will get out of control and that the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program will be changed,' he was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency Tuesday."
  Birds of a Feather
Yahoo! News - Mugabe hails Iran as 'crucial' partner during Khatami visit: "HARARE (AFP) - President Robert Mugabe hailed Iran as a 'critical partner' and vowed to take cooperation to 'new heights' as he played host to President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites), the state-run newspaper reported.

Khatami, who arrived here late Monday on the penultimate leg of a seven-nation African tour, visited the National Heroes Acre in Harare where those who fought in Zimbabwe's liberation war against British colonial rule are buried."
  RWN - Nails the current state of the Dem Party
Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views): "When most Americans think about Democrats, they think of gay 'marriage,' high taxes, peace at any cost, antipathy to religion, government control and nanny-state politics including welfare expansion and socialised medicine. The Democrats are seen as anti-gun, anti-industry, anti-military, anti-free trade, anti-capitalism, and anti-American sovereignty. Democrats are viewed as the party undermining public support for the war on terror, a war that most Americans understand we must fight and win. There's a reason for this, and it's not some vast right-wing conspiracy. Those are the policies of the Liberals who speak for the Democrats in every public forum. If you're a Democrat, and those policies don't sound like your views, then you'd better take your party back from the Liberals before it's too late. That doesn't mean allowing your leaders to pander to the center, pretending to be more conservative than they really are, as John Kerry did (though too late for the 2004 election) and Hillary Clinton will spend the next four years doing. You need to stand behind leaders who really DO represent your views.

It would be a shame to see America become a one-party political system, but that would still be better than allowing Liberals to take charge. As the last decade's worth of election results show, a majority of Americans agree with that."
  Iranians arming and supplying 'insurgents'
MEMRI: Latest News: "Interrogator: 'Did you get support from the countries of the region?'

Muayed Al-Nasseri: 'Yes, sir... Many factions of the resistance are receiving aid from the neighboring countries. We in the Army of Muhammad - the fighting has been going on for almost two years now, and there must be aid, and this aid came from the neighboring countries. We got aid primarily from Iran. The truth is that Iran has played a significant role in supporting the Army of Muhammad and many factions of the resistance. I have some units, especially in southern Iraq, which receive Iranian aid in the form of arms and equipment.'

Interrogator: 'You're referring to units of the Army of Muhammad?'

Muayed Al-Nasseri: 'Yes. They received money and weapons.'

'[Fighters] Met Personally with Iranian Leader Khamenei... They Even Got Car Bombs'

Muayed Al-Nasseri: 'As for other factions of the resistance, I have reliable information regarding the National Islamic resistance, which is one of the factions of resistance, led by Colonel 'Asi Al Hadithi. He sent a delegation to Iran from among the people of the faction, including General Halaf and General Khdayyer. They were sent to Iran in April or May and met with Iranian intelligence and with a number of Iranian leaders and even with Khamenei.'

Interrogator: 'You mean they personally met with Khamenei?'

Muayed Al-Nasseri: 'According to my information, they met with him personally, and they were given one million dollars and two cars full of weapons. They still have a very close relationship with Iran. They receive money, cars, weapons, and many things. According to my information, they even got car bombs.'"
Saturday, January 15, 2005
  Tubby Riefenstahl, Role Model
My Way News: "DAVISON, Mich. (AP) - Oscar on the shelf or not, Michael Moore is not getting much respect at his old high school. Despite his fame and many honors, the filmmaker has been rejected all four times that he has been nominated for Davison High School's Hall of Fame.

'Would you want him as a role model? Would you want your son or daughter to be like him?' asked Don Hammond, a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. 'I haven't talked to anybody yet who's for him. The word to describe Michael Moore is embarrassing. He embarrasses everybody.'

Ryan Eashoo disagrees. The 1997 Davison High graduate has spent 80 hours the last two weeks and $600 of his own money trying to get Moore elected.

'We've been blacklisted,' Eashoo, 25, told the Detroit Free Press. 'I'm a huge Michael Moore fan. He's a great producer, great filmmaker, always sticking up for minorities. He's kind of an underdog.'

So far, Eashoo has 300 signed nominations of Moore. His goal is 2,000 by Feb. 1. The committee meets Feb. 11 to choose its inductees."
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