If Bush "lied" about W M Ds.....what about these fine people ??????
: "Since we haven't found WMD in Iraq, a lot of the anti-war/anti-Bush crowd is saying that the Bush administration lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Well, if they're going to claim that the Bush administration lied, then there sure are a lot of other people, including quite a few prominent Democrats, who have told the same 'lies' since the inspectors pulled out of Iraq in 1998. Here are just a few examples that prove that the Bush administration didn't lie about weapons of mass destruction..."
Down to 1 sub. Wow, the rest of the world trembles in fear of your frozen impotent wrath.
The Daily News: Down to one sub
: "HALIFAX – The navy is back down to one working submarine.
Of the four used subs Canada acquired from Britain for $891 million, Halifax’s HMCS Windsor is the only one that can go to sea. HMCS Victoria has stopped sailing from its British Columbia base and will go into an extended docking work period next month that will last almost two years.
“We have no choice,” said Lieut. Diane Grover of navy public affairs.
“It’s reality, but it’s very unfortunate. We are losing some valuable operational training with these vessels, having had them tied up alongside, and now having this mandated requirement to do some overhaul.”"
Tsunami aid ship hijacked
Tsunami aid ship hijacked
: "NAIROBI - A United Nations-chartered vessel carrying aid for Somali tsunami victims has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia amid a flurry of new piracy warnings for the area, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said.
The freighter hauling 850 tons of Japanese and German food aid was seized by unidentified pirates on Monday between Haradhere and Hobyo, about 300km north-east of Mogadishu, WFP said.
'It is against international humanitarian law to hinder the passage of humanitarian assistance and there is no justification for hijacking,' it said.
The WFP country director for Somalia, Robert Hauser, appealed for the immediate release of the ship, its 10-member crew and the food aid and urged 'local authorities and community elders to intervene in this regard'. "
The poison in academia. This stuff is everywhere, in every college.
DenverPost.com - LOCAL NEWS
: "'I neither advocated nor suggested to anyone, anything,' Churchill said. 'I asked them to think about where they stood on things.'
According to the tape, Churchill, while speaking about being a conscientious objector, asked his audience:
'Would you render the same support to someone who hadn't conscientiously objected, but rather instead rolled a grenade under their line officer in order to neutralize the combat capacity of their unit?'
When one of the forum's attendees said that the impact such a fragging might have on the officer's family should be considered, Churchill replied, 'How do you feel about Adolf Eichmann's family?'
Churchill said Wednesday night that he found it 'interesting' that he spoke for more than two hours that night and that a few remarks were 'spun out of context.'"
See even Totten thinks Firefly kicks ass!
Michael J. Totten: Firefly and Serenity
: "I’ve watched almost the whole series now, and I don’t think there’s a single line of bad dialogue in there. George Lucas should be utterly shamed by the existence of Firefly. It may not be as well known, but oh my God does it beat the pants off the hackneyed dreck he’s been cranking out lately. It beats Star Trek, too, for its gritty realism and its refusal to pull its punches and tell overwrought morality tales. The characters are fully realized human beings who live, breathe, grow, suffer, and change in the crucible of wrenching experience. It’s hard not to have sneaking affection for even some of the least likable characters in this story.
The Firefly universe isn’t necessarily one I would want to live in. It’s dangerous, rude, and oppressive. Still, it’s one heck of a place to spend a dozen or so hours, which is what you get if you order the DVDs. (I strongly suggest you do that if you have any intention of watching the story’s finale, Serenity, on the big screen.)
But even a dangerous, rude, and oppressive ’verse like Firefly’s has its free spirits, its lovable bad guys who – when you get right down to it – are really the good guys."
Read the whole thing... A short CONSISE summary of why Iraq matters.
: "...and defeatism is not a strategy. That is my short answer to the Democrats' carping about President Bush's speech last night. Most absurd, in my view, are the howls of outrage protesting Bush's explanation that the war in Iraq is an important part of the war on terror that began on September 11. The Associated Press reports: 'Bush Criticized for Linking 9/11 and Iraq':"
Extensive link rich article on Mormons
Way Off Bass: Responding to the Critics: Your (Almost) Comprehensive Mormon Apologia Round-Up
: "Of course, not every single book or article listed below is overtly anti-Mormon. Some represent earnest attempts at fair scholarship, but are included in this list because they don't achieve their goal of presenting an accurate picture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its doctrines and/or history and/or whatever happens to be the topic du jour. A math book can be produced with the best of intentions, but if it teaches that 2 + 2 = 5 it still needs correcting."
For those that are too blinded by the Left's kool-aid to take our enemies at their words.
Iran's Ahmadinejad looks to export 'new Islamic revolution' - Yahoo! News
: "TEHRAN (AFP) -
Iran's president elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad hailed his election triumph as a new Islamic revolution that could spread throughout the world, in a shift away from previously moderate post-vote rhetoric.
'Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen and the Islamic revolution of 1384 (the current Iranian year) will, if God wills, cut off the roots of injustice in the world,' the IRNA agency quoted the ultra-conservative as saying.
'The era of oppression, hegemonic regimes, tyranny and injustice has reached its end,' he said, in an apparent reference to Iran's arch-foe the United States. 'The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world,'
'In one night, the martyrs strode down a path of 100 years,' he added."
More crack analysis from the Mad Mullah's
Unhappy love affair explains Rice stance on Iran: MP - Yahoo! News
: "TEHRAN (AFP) - Perplexed by the vitriol of US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice's attacks on
Iran, one lawmaker believes he has uncovered the secret of her enmity -- that she was spurned by an Iranian boyfriend at college.
'The reason that the US secretary of state attacks Iran is because she had her heart broken by a young man from Qazvin while they were students,' a confident Shokrollah Attarzadeh was quoted by the ISNA agency as saying.
Somewhat mysteriously, he added: 'This is the result of an investigation by a woman MP, who cannot be named.'
Qazvin is an unremarkable city 150 kilometers (90 miles) from Tehran, hitherto not known for playing a major role Iran-US relations, which have been frozen for a quarter of a century."
The blogfather links to a well put savaging of Turban Durbin and his faithless comrades
For 5 months 'I stayed in the box' - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
: " On the first of June, I was put in a cement box with a steel door, which sat out in the tropical summer sun. There, I was put in leg irons which were then wired to a small stool. In this position I could neither sit nor stand comfortably. Within 10 days, every muscle in my body was in pain (here began a shoulder injury which is now inoperable). The heat was almost beyond bearing. My feet had swollen, literally, to the size of footballs. I cannot describe the pain. When they took the leg irons off, they had to actually dig them out of the swollen flesh. It was five days before I could walk, because the weight of the leg irons on my Achilles tendons had paralyzed them and hamstrung me. I stayed in the box from June 1 until Nov. 10, 1969. While in the box, I lost at least 30 pounds. I would be curious to hear Mr. Durbin explain how this compares with having a female invade my private space, and whether a box in which the heat nearly killed me is the same as turning up the air conditioning.
The detainees at Guantanamo receive new Korans and prayer rugs, and the guards are instructed not to disturb the inmates' prayers. Compare this with my experience in February 1971, when I watched as armed men dragged from our cell, successively, four of my cell mates after having led us in the Lord's Prayer. Their prayers were in defiance of a January 1971 regulation in which the Communists forbade any religious observances in our cells. Does Mr. Durbin somehow argue that our behavior is the equivalent of the behavior of the Communists?
Actually, I was one of the lucky ones. At another camp, during the time I was being interrogated in the summer of 1969, one man was tortured to death and several were severely beaten. In fact, according to Headquarters Marine Corps, 20 percent of my fellow Marines failed to survive captivity. Have 20 percent of the Islamo-fascists faile"
Great, the new asshat figurehead nominally in charge of Iran was one of the '79 embassy attackers.
AP Photo shows IranÂ’s new President as 1979 US hostage-taker
The identity of Ahmadinejad in the photograph was revealed to Iran Focus by a source in Tehran, whose identity could not be revealed for fear of persecution.
Soon after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Ahmadinejad, who was studying in Tehran’s University of Science and Technology, became a member of the central council of the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, the main pro-Khomeini student body.
The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Hashem Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.
Former OSU officials involved in the takeover of the U.S. embassy said Ahmadinejad was in charge of security during the occupation, a key role that put him in direct contact with the nascent security organizations of the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which he later joined.
After the 444-day occupation of the U.S. embassy, Ahmadinejad joined the special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office, based in Evin Prison. The “Revolutionary Prosecutor” was Assadollah Lajevardi, who earned the nickname the Butcher of Evin after the execution of thousands of political dissidents in the 1980s.
Defectors from the clerical regime’s security forces have revealed that Ahmadinejad led the firing squads that carried out many of the executions. He personally fired coup de grace shots at the heads of prisoners after their execution and became known as “Tir Khalas Zan” (literally, the Terminator).
Automatic Pay Raises, it's good to be the king. Now exactly what did these yammering knuckleheads do to deserve a raise?!
Congress to Get Raise - New York Times
: "WASHINGTON, June 28 - The House agreed Tuesday that members of Congress should earn $3,100 more next year, bringing their salaries to $165,200.
By a vote of 263 to 152, the House blocked a bid by Representative Jim Matheson, Democrat of Utah, to force a vote on the increase. Instead, lawmakers will automatically receive the money as provided for in a 1989 law that barred them from accepting large speaking fees in exchange for an annual cost of living adjustment.
Mr. Matheson was the only House member to speak out against the increase, which will take effect in January."
Chickens are coming home to roost for Scroder (sic). How much longer is he going to keep his deathgrip on the reins?
Schroeder to base vote on deadlock-source - Yahoo! News
: "BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder will base a parliamentary confidence vote that he wants to lose in order to call new elections on the grounds his government cannot operate effectively, a government source said on Wednesday.
Schroeder wants new elections a year earlier than scheduled to break a political deadlock created by a succession of state election defeats that have put the conservative opposition in government in all but three of Germany's 16 states.
That has given the opposition control of the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, enabling it to block large swathes of government legislation.
The source said Schroeder had informed ministers of the decision at a special meeting on Wednesday and had said he would abstain in the vote but he did not explicitly urge ministers to do the same.
Social Democrat parliamentarians are also expected to abstain in the vote on Friday to ensure the government loses."
That is what I have been missing all my life, Fish Empathy, idiot PETA wankers!
KTLA The WB | Where Los Angeles Lives | Aquarium Shouldn't Serve Fish, PETA Says
: "An animal rights group wants the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to gut its cafeteria menu of fish and seafood, arguing that 'serving fish at an aquarium is like serving poodle burgers at a dog show.'
Like Lilo in the animated 'Lilo and Stitch,' who refused to make a tuna sandwich for her friend, Pudge, a fish, because it would be 'an abomination,' the head of the Fish Empathy Project for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said serving fish at an aquarium just isn't right. 'An institution with a mission that includes teaching people to respect and appreciate marine animals certainly shouldn't serve fish in its cafeteria,' Karin Robertson wrote last week in a letter to Jerry Schabel, the aquarium's chairman and chief executive.
Robertson, who runs a website called fishinghurts.com, said recent studies have showed that fish are 'intelligent, sensitive and interesting animals.'"
Mugabe say: US to blame for drought
BBC NEWS | Africa | UK, US 'caused Zimbabwe droughts'
: "A state-run newspaper in Zimbabwe has suggested the UK and US are to blame for droughts in southern Africa.
The Herald said climate change has been artificially induced 'in a bid to arm-twist the region to capitulate to the whims of the world's superpowers'.
It said weather was being manipulated for political gain using unspecified 'unconventional' chemical weapons.
It is widely seen as a mouthpiece for President Robert Mugabe's government, correspondents say."
All ready for statehood
World Tribune.com -- Palestinian Authority losing control in West Bank cities
RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority is seeking help from Jordan in order to maintain order in the West Bank.
PA officials said Interior Minister Nasser Yusef has urged Jordan to allow the transfer of the Badr Brigade from the Hashemite kingdom to the West Bank. About 2,000 Jordanian fighters would be inducted into the Palestinian security services under the arrangement, Middle East Newsline reported.
The officials said the Jordanian-trained brigade would be deployed to impose order in the West Bank.
The PA appears to have lost control over several cities in the West Bank, including Jenin and Nablus. Nablus was said to be ruled by Fatah gangs in cooperation with rogue PA officers.
"We can't rely on the PA security services in ending the chaos because they are part of it," Hamas spokesman Mohammed Ghazal said.
Fatah gangs, often backed by PA officers, have attacked rivals as well as PA officials in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Several people, including security officers, were killed over the last week.
I don't know about you, but the last straw for me was when they started running commercials before the show. That and it should not cost $60-$80 to go
Poll: Downturn in Movie Box Office Looks Serious, Will Ads Fall Too?
: "NEW YORK A new Gallup poll released today confirms what the box office numbers from the past few months have suggested: Americans are staying away from the multiplex in droves.
Asked if their moviegoing habits had changed in the past five years, nearly half (48%) said they were going out to the theater less. Only 15% said they were seeing more movies, with the rest staying about the same.
Asked why they are reducing their habit, one in three said they 'prefer to watch movies at home' (the DVD factor) but 1 in 4 said 'it costs too much to go to the movies,' and 1 in 5 alluded to the 'poor quality' of movies today."
C.H.U.D. made me do it.
Man: Flesh-eating aliens were chasing me when I caused fatal car crash - Courttv.com - Trials
: "A California man facing life in prison for crashing his car into a UPS truck will not dispute that his actions resulted in the death of the driver when his trial opens Monday in Nevada County Superior Court.
Instead, Scott Krause's defense will argue that the defendant believed he was trying to escape man-eating subterranean beings when he ran into Drew Reynolds' truck on Jan. 6, 2004."
WorldNetDaily: Developer seeks Souter's property
: "A private developer contacted the local government in Supreme Court Justice David Souter's hometown in New Hampshire yesterday asking that the property of the judge – who voted in favor of a controversial decision allowing a city to take residents' homes for private development – be seized to make room for a new hotel.
Logan Darrow Clements faxed a request to Chip Meany, the code enforcement officer of the town of Weare, N.H., seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, the present location of Souter's home.
Wrote Clements: 'Although this property is owned by an individual, David H. Souter, a recent Supreme Court decision, Kelo v. City of New London, clears the way for this land to be taken by the government of Weare through eminent domain and given to my LLC for the purposes of building a hotel. The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.'"
Another 'Super Safe Sunday' ends in violence
: "Despite pleas from organizers for nonviolence, three people were shot and another stabbed as another Super Safe Sunday event turned bloody.
Local radio personality Jabber Jaws, who is also of Jabbo Productions, the group co-sponsoring the event with the city of Shreveport, asked the crowd to go home after the rap concert, held at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds on Sunday evening.
The Super Safe Sunday series is meant to get youths off the streets and curb black on black violence in Shreveport."
Direct Marketing Works, who'dehthunkit
BBC NEWS | England | London | Date stall man's 'life changed'
: "The 32-year-old has not had a serious girlfriend since moving to London four years ago and said he found people in the city unapproachable.
So he decided to take a more direct approach, handing out fliers and standing next to a 3m-tall banner reading: 'Girlfriend wanted, apply here'.
He told BBC News: 'I had got to the point, not just with women, where I was so disappointed with people's reactions when I spoke to them but the experience just shattered them.
'People went out of their way to talk to me, and seemed genuinely interested in it.
'It really has changed my outlook on life.'
On his list of telephone numbers he said: 'It definitely beats going down the pub'."
: "Fubon Securities Co., the brokerage arm of Taiwan's second-largest financial holding company, said a trader erroneously bought NT$7 billion ($223 million) worth of shares today.
``A nervous trader who was unfamiliar with our new trading system placed a wrong order to buy a basket of stocks,'' Victor Kung, a spokesman for Fubon, said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The order was mistakenly placed on behalf of an overseas client, Fubon said in the statement, without elaborating.
The trader, who wasn't named, will be fired, Kung said in the statement."
Not all drooling protestor idiots are confined to the Left. This guy is beyond the pale, by any stretch of imagination
Getty Images Editorial - Image Results
Pootie Poot still arming the Mad Mullah's
My Way News
: "MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants to construct up to six new nuclear reactors for Iran, despite U.S. criticism of its assistance to the Islamic republic, Moscow's top nuclear boss was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Russia has pressed ahead with construction of Iran's first nuclear power plant near the southern city of Bushehr, dismissing Washington's belief that Tehran could use Moscow's technology and know-how to make an atom bomb. 'When Iran announces new tenders to construct nuclear reactors, we'll take part in them,' Alexander Rumyantsev, head of Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, told Itar-Tass news agency.
'Tehran intends to build another six nuclear reactors.'
Rumyantsev's remarks came just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would continue developing nuclear ties with Iran after ultra-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election as president of the Islamic Republic last week.
Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful."
More Crackerjack box logic from the Donk's
PoliPundit.com » Political Life Imitates SNL
: "You know, look, I didn’t go to law school but I have watched Law & Order for ten years, and I do believe we have the rule of law that we are not only, uh, adhering to in the United States as a very strong principle, but we’re also trying to, by the way, interject it around the world. And we need to stand for it. And not only because it’s morally right but because we have our own people at risk if they were captured …."
And Zimbabwae begins it's tumble into ruin
: "HARARE – Zimbabwe has sent an SOS to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for help to fight a cholera outbreak ravaging its eastern Nyanga district, a senior government official said.
More than 210 cases of cholera have been reported with 15 deaths recorded in the past few months in Gaerezi, Nyamaropa, Nyakomba and Katerere areas of Nyanga district, which lies along Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique.
Deputy Health Minister Edwin Muguti told ZimOnline his ministry had battled unsuccessfully to control the disease which he said was spreading from Mozambique. Harare had now appealed for help from the WHO to control the disease at the source in Mozambique, he said.
He said: “The disease is not contained yet and we are seeking assistance from WHO to help in controlling the outbreak from its source ….we will not control it until it is controlled at its source.”"
Iterns, it's whats for dinner
Salt Lake Tribune - Business
: "PHILADELPHIA - On Ruthann Williams-Mills' last day at work, she called her father from the break room, too upset to return to the plant floor where she worked part time making boxes.
On that day in 2002, according to a federal lawsuit filed in early June, one of Williams-Mills' co-workers lifted her blouse and grabbed her buttocks. Another asked for her panties. Her supervisor, a married friend of her family, watched but did nothing. He had been trying to date her for months, the lawsuit alleges.
Williams-Mills was 16, a high school junior. "
for the real face of St. Corrie)
It is amazing how blind the MSM is in it's mindless adulation for a screaming terror supporter. St. Corrie, or St. Panacakes as she is commonly known was a lunatic who died trying to prevent the IDF from bulldozing a house
that acted as the exit point for an underground arms smuggling tunnel.
DesMoinesRegister.com: "All that remains of Khaled Nasrallah's family home in Rafah is a piece of tile that used to be part of his kitchen.
The bulldozers that destroyed the Palestinian accountant's residence took something incomparably more precious from Drake University graduates Craig and Cindy Corrie.
In March 2003, the Corries' 23-year-old daughter, Rachel, was killed in the Gaza Strip when she stood in front of an Israeli military bulldozer. Israel was razing buildings, including Nasrallah's house, because it claimed they compromised security in the region.
Now the Corries, who had never met the Nasrallahs before their daughter's death, are touring the United States with the Palestinian family in an effort to raise money to buy them a new home."
Not even a hospital is safe from the rabid hand of the Jihadi
Telegraph | News | 'My dream was to be a suicide bomber. I wanted to kill 20, 50 Jews. Yes, even babies'
: "It was about midday when a young Palestinian woman from the refugee camp of Jabalya in Gaza approached an Israeli checkpoint clutching a special permit to visit a doctor on the other side of the border.
The girl had big, brown eyes and her black hair was tied in a ponytail, but it was the strangeness of her gait that attracted the attention of the security officials at the Erez crossing, the main transit point between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
When a soldier asked her to remove her long, dark cloak, she turned to face him. All her movements were taped by the military surveillance camera at the checkpoint: calmly, deliberately, she took off her clothing, item by item, until she looked like any normal young woman in T-shirt and jeans. It was then that she tried to set off the belt containing 20lb of explosives hidden beneath her trousers. To her horror, she did not succeed. Desperate, she clawed at her face, screaming. She was still alive, she realised. She had failed her martyrdom mission.
That afternoon, on June 21, the 21-year-old, Wafa Samir al-Biss, was brought before the press by Israeli intelligence. Her neck and hands were covered with scars caused by a kitchen gas explosion six months earlier. The ugly scars - which had been treated in a hospital in Israel - had probably helped turn her into the perfect would-be huriia (virgin), the ideal martyr, since they would make it difficult for her to find a suitable husband."
And yet the Left would have us soley rely on corrupt and crooked third world courts in WoT
USATODAY.com - Court acquits three Kenyans in 2002 blast that killed 15
: "NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A magistrate Monday acquitted three Kenyans in an al-Qaeda-linked 2002 car bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel and a failed attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner the same day.
Authorities in the East African country have now had three terrorism cases end without a conviction: the 2002 incidents, the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy, and a 2003 plot against the rebuilt embassy.
The three defendants were charged with conspiracy.
In his ruling, Nairobi Chief Magistrate Aggrey Muchelule said none of the prosecution evidence connected Kubwa Mohammed Seif, Said Saggar Ahmed and Salmin Mohammed Khamis to the bombing of the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, north of Mombasa, or to the attempt to shoot down the chartered plane at the nearby airport.
Fifteen people died in the hotel bombing."
Suspended Animation in the near future?
Boffins create zombie dogs | The Other Side | Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au (27-06-2005)
: "SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.
US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.
Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.
The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.
But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.
Plans to test the technique on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre."
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
: "What it does ...
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.
You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the Server that supplies these little gems. Example - the following entry 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by that DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements."
Heh, Heh, Heh, care to lay money on how badly the EUnuchs get shafted when this is all said and done.
Iran oil deals must be clarified - president-elect - Yahoo! News
: "TEHRAN (Reuters) -
Iran's president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that oil production and export deals in the world's fourth-largest crude producer needed to be clarified.
'The country's biggest capital today is the oil industry and our oil reserves,' the ultra-conservative Tehran mayor said in a radio address after winning presidential elections on Friday.
'The atmosphere ruling over our deals, production and exports is not clear. We should clarify it,' he added, without elaborating.
Political analysts expect Ahmadinejad to make sweeping changes in the management of the state-run oil industry after repeated comments during the campaign in which he accused powerful 'mafias' of monopolizing oil revenues."
Turn out the lights the party's over
Daily Breeze - Associated Press
: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod.
The unanimous decision sends the case back to lower court, which had ruled in favor of file-sharing services Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. on the grounds that the companies couldn't be sued. The justices said there was enough evidence of unlawful intent for the case to go to trial.
File-sharing services shouldn't get a free pass on bad behavior, justices said."
Son kills father through case of dumbassness
heraldtribune.com: Southwest Florida's Information Leader
: "KATHLEEN, Fla. - An 86-year-old man with emphysema died minutes after Lakeland Electric cut off electricity to his son's home, shutting down his oxygen machine.
One day after Richard Howerton brought his terminally ill father John home from a nursing home, Lakeland Electric cut off the power to his home in Kathleen because he was late paying his bill.
'What they did was cruel and inhumane,' Joyce Howerton said of her father-in-law's death. 'It was despicable.'
Utility workers didn't know a sick, elderly man was inside the home when the power was cut off on June 14. When the power was cut, the oxygen machine stopped and he died shortly after.
Records show that Richard and Joyce Howerton were chronically behind on their bills.
'This is a very unfortunate incident,' said Kevin Cook, spokesman for the utility. 'Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family.'"
Spontaneous Civil Justice
Mother sets fire to daughter's rapist
: "London: Taking the law in her own hands, a Spanish mother set afire a man who raped her teenaged daughter and allegedly taunted her about the assault, a report here said today.
The rapist Antonio Cosme Velasco Soriano, who later succumbed to injuries, had been sent to jail for nine years in 1998, but was let out on a three-day pass and returned to his home town of Benejuzar, 50 km south of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca.
While there, he passed his victim's mother in the street and allegedly taunted her about the attack. He is said to have called out: 'How's your daughter?' before heading into a crowded bar, The Sunday Telegraph reported today.
Shortly after, the woman walked into the bar, poured a bottle of petrol over Soriano and lit a match. She watched as the flames engulfed him, before walking out.
The woman fled to Alicante, where she was arrested the same evening. When she appeared in court the next day in the town of Orihuela, she was cheered and clapped by a crowd, who shouted 'Bravo!' and 'Well done!' the newspaper reported."
Very long distressing list of offences
Augusta Free Press : Potty-mouth politics
: "Baby Killer! Nazi! Gulag! Genghis Khan! Khmer Rouge! Torturer! And more!
These are the charges and shouts heard by Americans against the U.S. military during the Vietnam War and now. Sadly, they're spoken and yelled by Americans, who should know better.
During Vietnam, some radical college students used this offensive and hurtful language. Now, these defamers have graduated into positions of power and influence throughout America's institutions. They're at it again."
Damn straight!. We should begin treating Jihadis like pirates. Hang them when and where the are caught. No hand-wringing, no recriminations.
Iraqis died at my feet, Wood tells - World - smh.com.au
: "A hostage held alongside Mr Wood has hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one. Ulf Hjertstrom, a Swede who was held for several weeks with Mr Wood, was freed by his kidnappers on May 30. He has since said he shared information with US and Iraqi troops that led to the Australian's release. Now, he wants to find those responsible. 'I have now put some people to work to find these bastards,' he said yesterday. 'I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one.'"
Durbin still crawfishing. Unless you can find a way to pull your propaganda gift to the Jihadi's back, there is no making this right, ever.
Newsday.com: Durbin Offers Vets Apology for Remarks
: "PEORIA, Ill. -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin apologized to war veterans Saturday for his remarks earlier this month comparing interrogators at an American-run prison camp in Cuba to Nazis and other historically infamous regimes.
'I think when you've done something hurtful to people you have to stand up and say I'm sorry,' Durbin said at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Peoria, five days after he apologized for the comments on the Senate floor.
Durbin came under fire after he quoted from an FBI agent's report in the Senate on June 14 describing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures"
Israel brought to heel over tech transfers
: "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz last week agreed to comply with the Americans' demands regarding the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) deal with China and changes in the supervision of Israel's arms exports.
On Friday, Sharon instructed an Israeli delegation leaving Sunday for Washington to agree to American demands. The delegation is expected to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on weapons exports with the United States.
Israel hopes this move will end the U.S. sanctions against it, which have been in place for half a year and have caused grave damage to Israel's defense industries and the work relations between the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon."
The Indepundit: Where is the ACLU, oh yeah, supporting Jihadi's
: "THE ACLU WEBSITE has a whole section dedicated to the alleged mistreatment of enemy prisoners, but not one article on the abuse of eminent domain."
Reaping the fruits of The Bent One's greed and fecklessness
Chinese dragon awakens - Special Report - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
: " 'Everybody is starting to acknowledge the hard facts,' Mr. Pillsbury said. 'The China military buildup has been accelerating since 1999. As the buildup has gotten worse, China is trying hard to mask it.'
Richard Fisher, vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said that in 10 years, the Chinese army has shifted from a defensive force to an advanced military soon capable of operations ranging from space warfare to global non-nuclear cruise-missile strikes.
'Let's all wake up. The post-Cold War peace is over,' Mr. Fisher said. 'We are now in an arms race with a new superpower whose goal is to contain and overtake the United States.' "
Bush say: Screw the borders and immigration
L.A. Daily News - Opinion
: "If the story about Wal-Mart getting away for years with employing illegal immigrants as janitors didn't make the United States' ambivalence about immigration law clear, the latest report from the General Accounting Office should do it.
The GAO, which does in-depth research for Congress, found that the feds have virtually stopped cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. In 1999, for example, federal authorities sent notices of intent to fine to 417 employers. In 2004, they only sent those same notices to three employers. Similarly, the number of arrests made in workplace raids has plummeted from 2,849 in 1999 to 44 last year.
In a nutshell, the laws against hiring illegal immigrants are little more than a nuisance to employers.
So, employers continue to exercise selective perception when it come to the status of their workers, and thousands of low-wage illegal immigrants continue to stream across the border any way they can to do the work.
It doesn't exactly reinforce the idea of the United States being a place that honors the rule of law above all, does it?"
The Times say: Screw the individual in favor of the state
The Limits of Property Rights - New York Times
: "That is not the situation in New London. Connecticut is a rich state with poor cities, which must do everything they can to attract business and industry. New London's development plan may hurt a few small property owners, who will, in any case, be fully compensated. But many more residents are likely to benefit if the city can shore up its tax base and attract badly needed jobs."
The AU sees nothing wrong with Mugabe and his murderous ways
BBC NEWS | Africa | Africa rejects action on Zimbabwe
: "Girl site in destroyed house
The African Union has rejected calls from the UK and the US to put pressure on Zimbabwe to stop its demolition of illegal houses and market stalls.
An AU spokesman told the BBC that it had many more serious problems to consider than Zimbabwe.
The UN says that 275,000 people have been made homeless. At least three children have been crushed to death.
Urging the AU to take action, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described recent events as 'tragic'.
The opposition say the demolitions are meant to punish urban residents, who have rejected President Robert Mugabe in recent elections.
He denies this, saying the crackdown is designed to 'restore sanity' in urban areas, which he says have become overrun with criminals.
'If the government that they elected say they are restoring order by their actions, I don't think it would be proper for us to go interfering in their internal legislation,' AU spokesman Desmond Orjiako told the BBC's Network Africa programme."
Pissiing on the country: Leftist gain control over 9/11 grounds
New York Daily News - Home - Nutty 9/11 art nixed
: "Pataki twice repeated his threat, saying the Freedom and Drawing Centers must respect sacred ground - or else.
'Period. Otherwise they won't be there,' he said.
Aides said the governor remained committed to a cultural component and was hopeful the museums would meet his demand to guarantee the sanctity of the site.
Tom Bernstein, the Freedom Center's chairman, pledged in a statement to preserve that sanctity. The center 'must, and will, honor humanity's march toward freedom and highlight America's role as a beacon for freedom throughout the world.'
The Drawing Center released a statement saying it would work with the state to resolve the 'inevitable tensions' between 'remembrance and cultural activity.'
Originally published on June 25, 2005"
House votes against UAL pension default
House votes against UAL pension default - Yahoo! News
: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to block bankrupt United Airlines from defaulting on its pension plans and shifting them to the nation's pension insurer, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC).
Critics said the vote would have no practical effect, because the provision was attached to a government spending bill, while the PBGC does not spend government money. Under an agreement with United, the PBGC has already taken over one of United's four 'defined benefit' pension plans.
But supporters said the vote was a strong rebuke for United and other struggling airlines that might be tempted to follow United's lead by swamping the PBGC with their pensions -- which could force a taxpayer bailout of the agency."
This is going to be messy I think.
Italy Seeks Arrests of 13 in Alleged Rendition - Yahoo! News
: "MILAN, June 24 -- Italian authorities said Friday they have issued arrest warrants against 13 American intelligence operatives, charging that they kidnapped a radical Islamic cleric as he walked to a mosque here two years ago, held him hostage at two U.S. military bases and then covertly flew him to Cairo. He later said he was tortured by Egyptian security police.
The case marks the first known instance of a foreign government filing criminal charges against U.S. operatives for their alleged role in an overseas counterterrorism mission. Coming from a longtime ally, Italy, which has worked closely with the U.S. government to fight terrorism and has sent troops to
Iraq, the charges reflect growing unease in Europe about some U.S. tactics against suspected Islamic terrorists."
Rove's remarks - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
Rove's remarks - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
: "But Mr. Rove didn't address Democrats; he addressed liberals, specifically MoveOn.org and its like. For a party with a clear image problem, it seems counterproductive that they would rush to Mr. Moore's defense -- which, by their outrage, is essentially what they have done.
Image building aside, the reality is that the Democrats have embraced the 'Michael Moore wing' of their party. Earlier this year, MoveOn.org invited the Senate's top Democrats -- Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Mrs. Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer -- to a rally. Last summer, the Democratic National Committee sat Mr. Moore right beside former President Jimmy Carter during the party's convention in Boston. And, lest we forget, it elected Howard Dean to be the party's chairman.
This is the side of the Democratic Party Americans see. Democrats should reread Mr. Rove's comments and realize that he was in fact diagnosing their problem. Instead, they have decided to act like hypocrites. Well played, Mr. Rove. "
Sign of the times
Inside the Beltway - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
: "Sign of the times
'Credito Sin Papele sde Gringos.'
Translation: 'Credit Without Gringo's Papers.'
So reads the sign out in front of Casa Furniture, 4618 King St. in Alexandria, just a few blocks from the Bailey's Crossroads section of Fairfax County. Hoping to lure undocumented aliens, one might assume?
Forget the fact that 'gringo,' according to Webster's dictionary, is a hostile or contemptuous term for an American.
We telephoned Casa Furniture yesterday. A man who identified himself as the manager put us on hold for 20 minutes after we inquired about the sign. We finally hung up and called again. A woman informed us the manager was no longer available.
So, we jumped into the car and drove to Casa Furniture, where a Hispanic salesman told us he didn't know what the 'gringo' sign meant.
We asked to see the manager, but we were told he had just left the store. The salesman then ordered us to leave the premises. "
PoliPundit.com » Finds a rather large petard and hoists the Donk's on it.
PoliPundit.com » Fiscal Responsibility
: "So the Democratic Party is now the party of fiscal responsibility??
“The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $7.3 million and spent $3.8 million in May and had $13 million left in the bank at the end of the month.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $2.7 million and spent $2.4 million, leaving $3.4 million in reserve. The DCCC also showed a remaining balance of $3.7 million in debts from last cycle.”
Let’s see. The GOP has 13 million on hand. The Democrats have 3.4 million, but 3.7 million in debts.
Stop laughing. It’s not funny."
AOL cracks open the door, does anyone actually care?
AOL takes bold step: Content's now free - Yahoo! News
: "The walls guarding America Online's proprietary content quietly started to crumble this week as the company placed most of its news, sports, chats and other features on the open Internet. That's the culmination of AOL's 18-month-old plan to vie head-on with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as an advertising-driven Web portal. The new strategy is a bid to offset the loss of millions of subscribers.
As part of a test, online users now can access a Web version of AOL's trademark welcome screen and menu of content channels by going to AOL.com and clicking on a link called 'AOL.com Beta Test.' Over the summer, AOL plans to move the programming directly to AOL.com. 'Very quietly, the walled-garden era has ended,' AOL Chief Jonathan Miller said after meeting with USA TODAY's editorial board.
AOL is still the No. 1 Internet service, but its subscriber base has fallen to 22 million from 26 million two years ago as customers continue to defect to cable and DSL broadband providers or discount dial-up services. To stem the bleeding, the Time Warner unit has remade itself as a top broadband content company by offering exclusive music concerts and videos, movie trailers, news clips and sports highlights. But just 5 million subscribers shell out $14.95 a month for AOL's content in addition to a separate cable or DSL broadband fee."
OpinionJournal - Wonder Land
: "Mr. Biden and other of his Senate colleagues now want the administration to provide specific 'benchmarks' and goals and come before Congress to issue monthly reports on their progress. He calls this 'a new compact between the president and Congress.' Setting aside the state of the current compact on judicial nominations, Social Security and the budget, one question:
If under those terms Don Rumsfeld or any other administration official ever came before the Senate and acknowledged a miscalculation of any sort in this large enterprise, would Mr. Biden or the others accept the admission in good faith and build from it, or would they flog it as an admission of failure and proof of a Vietnam-like credibility gap?
I think the Bush administration does need help in Iraq. But the notion at this point in time that Mr. Biden or the Senate Democrats wish to make a good-faith effort to provide it strains, in a word, credibility."
Kos digs the new look of the government jackboot
Daily Kos: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.
: "As first glace, you may think that giving private homeowner property to a private corporations is a bad thing. And it very well might be in many cases. However, if the Court had ruled differently and NOT allowed local governments to do this, it would have been a disaster for local governments to build for the community (including when the purpose is to help the environment, build affordable housing, create jobs, etc.). It would have sacrificed needed community power at the hands of the sort of property-rights extremism frequently displayed by right-wing libertarian types.
I'll have a lot more on this in my weekly Supreme Court Roundup, which I'll have out by tomorrow evening."
See the Cox and Forkum Cartoon on the SCOTUS JackBoot ruling.
Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons
: "This type of justification was given more than 10,000 times between 1998 and 2002, and across 41 states, to use eminent domain (or its threat) to seize private property. The attitude behind these seizures was epitomized by a Lancaster, CA, city attorney explaining why a 99¢ Only store should be condemned to make way for a Costco: '99 Cents produces less than $40,000 [a year] in sales taxes, and Costco was producing more than $400,000. You tell me which was more important?'
To such government officials, the fact that an individual earns a piece of property and wants to use and enjoy it, is of no importance--all that matters is 'the public.' But as philosopher Ayn Rand observed, 'there is no such entity as 'the public,' since the public is merely a number of individuals . . . .the idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.'"
A solid middle finger to the wet hens. (read the entire PAGE of quotes from the Donks)
G O P.com :: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Statement On The Democrat Attacks Of Karl Rove
: "“It’s outrageous that the same Democrats who stood by Dick Durbin’s libeling of our military are now expressing faux outrage over Karl Rove’s statement of historical fact. George Soros, Michael Moore, MoveOn and the hard left were wrong after 9/11, just as it was wrong for Democrat leaders to stand by and remain silent after Dick Durbin made his deplorable comments.”
- RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman"
Republican Party Lets 'Wild' Democrats Speak for Themselves
Republican Party Lets 'Wild' Democrats Speak for Themselves
: "FDR: 'The only thing we have to fear ... '
Truman: ' ... and are determined to work for peace on earth ... '
JFK: 'Ask not what your country can do for you ... ask what you can do for your country.'
(Text on Screen): Today ...
(VIDEO) Howard Dean: 'I hate what the Republicans are doing to this country. I really do.'
(VIDEO) Hillary Clinton: 'It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth.'
(VIDEO) Howard Dean: 'A lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.'
(PRINT) Howard Dean 6/6/2005: (Republican Party) 'It's pretty much a white, Christian party.'
(VIDEO) Nancy Pelosi: 'Our plan is to stop him ... stop him ... he must be stopped.'
(VIDEO) Dick Durbin: 'You would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans.'
(PRINT) Harry Reid 5/6/2005: 'I think this guy (President Bush) is a loser.'
(VIDEO) Harry Reid: 'I apologized for the loser, I haven't for the liar.'"
(via Michelle Malkin
GOP Vixen: Now They're Outraged...
: "Rove criticizes Democrats for their law and order approach to terrorism and truthfully states how the enemy is broadcasting What-A-Dick Durbin's remarks in the Mideast as propaganda against us, and the Dems are outraged. Outraged (!) that Rove would say such a thing and have just held a presser calling for Rove to apologize or resign.
Do the Democrats think they're helping their anti-American pansy-ass selves expressing more outrage towards Karl Rove than they ever have towards terrorists? Have they ever even called for a terrorist to 'resign' or 'apologize?'
If Democrats were half as opposed to terrorists as they are to Janice Rogers Brown... If they were half as offended by 9/11 as they are by a splash of urine on a Koran... If they were half as determined to defeat al-Queda as they are Bolton... They'd be patriots."
And thus dies the German military as any real force.
Court Backs Soldier's Anti-Iraq War Stance | Germany | Deutsche Welle |
A German court ruled Wednesday that a soldier, who refused to follow orders because he did not want to support the US-led war in Iraq, had every right to do so.
Judges at Germany's Federal Administrative Court said that members of the military could not be forced to comply with orders that go against their conscience.
The court added that the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience also applied to soldiers in active service.
'The court found that the fundamental right to freedom of conscience ... cannot be superseded by an order,' it said in a statement summarizing the ruling. 'This order was thus invalid for the soldier. The soldier gave a credible account of the seriousness of his moral decision.'"
For my limp-wristed liberal friends: try veiwing these links and see what real torture is.
The Jawa Report: Chutzpah: Torturers at U.N. Accuse U.S. of Torture?
: "Chutzpah: Torturers at U.N. Accuse U.S. of Torture?
This is an outrage. Media reports say that four special representatives of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights have condemned the United States for alleged torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Need I remind you that the Chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights is Makarim Wibisono, of Indonesia. A guy from Indonesia is questioning our human rights record?
Other member countries of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights include (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS IN LINKS):
And these guys have the gall to call anything done at Guantanmo torture?"
Tell me again, why outsourcing is such a great idea?
The Sun exposes UK ID theft racket at Indian call centre | The Register
: "An undercover reporter was able to buy the details thousands of UK banking accounts, password particulars and credit cards numbers from crooked call centre workers in India, The Sun reports.
The paper says one of its journalists bought details of 1,000 UK banking customers from an IT worker in Delhi for £4.25 each. He was also able to buy the numbers of credit cards and account passwords. An unnamed security expert hired by the paper verified that the details were genuine. The information sold could be readily exploited by ID thieves to apply for credit cards or loans under assumed identities or to simply loot compromised accounts. The call centre worker bragged that he could sell up to 200,000 account details each month.
The Sun handed over a dossier on its investigation to the City of London Police. In a statement, the City of London Police said: 'Unfortunately we have no jurisdiction to prosecute this in the UK. However we have passed information through Interpol to the Indian authorities and will be working with them to secure the prosecution of this individual.'."
The Jackboot of the government just got a little bigger. This is why elections DO matter
Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes
: "WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth conflicts with individual property rights.
Thursday's 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.
As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.
'The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including _ but by no means limited to _ new jobs and increased tax revenue,' Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.
He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.
At issue was the scope of the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property through eminent domain if the land is for 'public use.'
Susette Kelo and several other homeowners in a working-class neighborhood in New London, Conn., filed suit after city officials announced plans to raze their homes for a riverfront hotel, health club and offices.
New London officials countered that the private development plans served a public purpose of boosting economic growth that outweighed the homeowners' property rights, even if the area wasn't blighted.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a key swing vote on many cases before the court, issued a stinging d"
See, Smash get's it
: "Burning the American flag is offensive, but it does no harm to the nation or the forces that protect it. It's a symbol of our national spirit, not a physical manifestation of it. Besides, we can always make more flags faster than they can burn 'em.
For over two hundred years, through periods of war, uncertainty, and economic hardship, the Republic has survived without an amendment banning flag-burning. So why do we suddenly need one now?"
Why you should read both sides of the arguement. MJT has one of the best comments sections around IMHO
Michael J. Totten: Reactionaries
: "You know what, guys? A vote on an anti-flag-burning amendment is not a poll asking whether or not you approve of people who burn the American flag. Some of us use it as a test to gauge how much respect and understanding you have for the First Amendment – not to mention the Constitution. Conservatives like to point out – correctly, I might add – that the U.S. Constitution is great in part because it limits the power of the state rather than the freedom of the people who live in this country. Is it really too much to ask that we keep it that way?
Unpatriotic self-loathing reactionaries have every right to burn their own property as long as they are not committing arson. I have yet to hear a compelling reason why we should take that right from them. So what if burning the flag is offensive? The U.S. Constitution is no place for Political Correctness, whether it’s left-wing or right-wing.
Some of these House Republicans are just unclear on the concept. Others, I have no doubt, are dirty political hacks. Ooh, let's see how many Democrats vote against this amendment so we can hang 'unpatriotic' around their necks. If you ever wonder why “patriotism” and “flag-waver” are sneer words in some quarters, well, this is part of the reason. Some people make patriotism embarrassing.
Democrats who vote for amendments like this are gutless cowards. But if they wouldn’t promote people to party leadership positions who compare U.S. soldiers to Nazis, Stalinists, and Khmer Rouge thugs they might have a wee bit less to be defensive about. They might want to think about that sort of thing when votes like this one come up."
Not saitisfied with both feet in his mouth Howard 'I have a scream' Dean tries to get an elbow in.
FOXNews.com - Politics - Dean Charges Black Vote Suppressed in Ohio
: "WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean (search) headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to fire up his party base by lighting up an issue Democrats have been hot about for months — the alleged suppression of African-American votes in Ohio during last fall's presidential election.
Dean, who was in Washington Tuesday night in part to offer a spirited defense of Sen. Dick Durbin (search), D-Ill., over remarks he made comparing prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay to some of the world's most heinous regimes, released a Democratic study on Wednesday that described voting problems in Ohio last November.
'The results show that our election system failed the citizens of Ohio,' Dean said.
Among the charges laid out, the study concludes that 52 percent of African-Americans in Ohio reported significant problems at the polls and, on average, African-American voters waited three times as long as white voters to vote.
According to the report, the systemic problems plaguing Ohio's voting process included: voter suppression, negligent and poorly trained election officials, long lines, problems with registration status, polling locations, absentee ballots and provisional ballots, and unlawful identification requirements at the polls.
Dean suggested the report backed up his claim that Republicans worked actively to suppress the African-American vote."
A Real Man
WRAL.com - News - Patron Sends Check To Owner Of Clinton Restaurant Destroyed By Fire
: "CLINTON, N.C. -- It is just $6, but it is worth a lot more to a man who lost his business.
Fire gutted Johnny Kaleel's restaurant in downtown Clinton in early June.
When it started, about three dozen patrons left their lunches on the table to escape the flames.
One sent Kaleel a check to pay for the unfinished meal.
Kaleel said he has also received letters and phone calls urging him to re-open.
Kaleel does plan to rebuild, but is not sure how long it will take.
The fire's cause still has not been determined."
Flaming SUVs: A conversation with convicted ecoterrorist Jeff Luers
Flaming SUVs: A conversation with convicted ecoterrorist Jeff Luers
: "Refusing to plea bargain, as his accomplice did, and with a past record that includes 30 days in jail for a scuffle with a U.S. Forest Service agent, the then 22-year-old Luers was sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in prison, the longest sentence ever handed down in America for environmentally motivated sabotage.
The FBI estimates that in 2002, about 100 acts of ecoterrorism, which the agency defines as 'the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property ... for environmental-political reasons,' are perpetrated each year. Though these acts have included spectacular actions such as the 1998 incineration of a ski lodge in Colorado and a number of more recent SUV torchings (including an incident at the same site Luers had targeted, which took place while he was on trial), very few perpetrators have ever been caught, and only about 10 people in the United States are serving time for this kind of crime. (No one has died in any of these attacks.)
Luers' supporters say his sentence is far longer than the act of simply burning three cars would seem to warrant, and he continues to appeal. Supporters have organized chapters in 35 cities and 11 countries, and they say Luers is a political prisoner rotting in prison because of the way he expresses his political belief" (if this is what passes for 'expressing ones political beliefs these days among the eco-nuts, they are going to require sterner measures.
Senate allows U.S. to sue OPEC for oil price-fixing - Yahoo! News
: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to allow the U.S. government to sue the
OPEC oil cartel on antitrust grounds in an outcry against crude oil prices that are fast approaching the $60 a barrel mark.
The measure, added to wide-sweeping energy legislation by a voice vote, would give authority to the
Department of Justice or Federal Trade Commission to sue the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
U.S. crude oil futures hit a record $59.70 per barrel on Tuesday, even after OPEC boosted its production to nearly 25-year highs and U.S. crude inventories swelled to their highest level since July 1999.
OPEC's 11 members account for almost 40 percent of global crude oil production and two-thirds of proven reserves.
'Gas and oil prices are too high and it's time that we do something about it,' said Republican Sen. Mike DeWine (news, bio, voting record) of Ohio, who sponsored the amendment along with Democrat Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.
'If OPEC were a group of international private companies rather than foreign governments, their action would be nothing more than an illegal price-fixing scheme,' Kohl said."
Black Market in Stolen Credit Card Data Thrives on Internet - New York Times
Black Market in Stolen Credit Card Data Thrives on Internet - New York Times
: "'Want drive fast cars?' asks an advertisement, in broken English, atop the Web site iaaca.com. 'Want live in premium hotels? Want own beautiful girls? It's possible with dumps from Zo0mer.' A 'dump,' in the blunt vernacular of a relentlessly flourishing online black market, is a credit card number. And what Zo0mer is peddling is stolen account information - name, billing address, phone - for Gold Visa cards and MasterCards at $100 apiece.
It is not clear whether any data stolen from CardSystems Solutions, the payment processor reported on Friday to have exposed 40 million credit card accounts to possible theft, has entered this black market. But law enforcement officials and security experts say it is a safe bet that the data will eventually be peddled at sites like iaaca.com - its very name a swaggering shorthand for International Association for the Advancement of Criminal Activity.
For despite years of security improvements and tougher, more coordinated law enforcement efforts, the information that criminals siphon - credit card and bank account numbers, and whole buckets of raw consumer information - is boldly hawked on the Internet. The data's value arises from its ready conversion into online purchases, counterfeit card manufacture, or more elaborate identity-theft schemes."
Good for her, keep holding our 'allies' to some sort of standard. Uzbeckistan is next to be smacked I think.
Top News Article | Reuters.com
: "CAIRO (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday criticized emergency law, arbitrary justice and violence against peaceful demonstrators in Egypt and called on the Cairo government to 'put its faith' in the people.
It was some of the toughest criticism of Egypt by a senior U.S. official. Rice went on to call for more political freedoms in Saudi Arabia, the next stop on her trip. But her calls were met with a cool response in both countries.
The criticism came in Rice's first visit as secretary of state to each of the two countries, which have enjoyed close relations with Washington for decades but are now facing greater U.S. scrutiny of their human rights records.
For the first time, Egyptians will hold direct presidential elections with more than one candidate in September -- a change which Rice described as encouraging even though analysts say President Hosni Mubarak is unlikely to face a serious rival.
'President Mubarak has unlocked the door for change. But now, the Egyptian government must put its faith in its own people,' Rice told an audience of several hundred in Cairo."
I would like to retry that with the F-22, ,something that is of the same generation (or decade).
Scotland on Sunday - UK - Eurofighter a shooting star in clash with US jets
IT might be over budget and years late but the Eurofighter Typhoon has shown that it can shake off America's best fighter plane and shoot it down.
A chance encounter over the Lake District between a Eurofighter trainer and two F-15 aircraft turned into a mock dogfight, with the British plane coming off best - much to the surprise of some in the RAF. The episode was hushed up for fear of causing US blushes.
For a project 10 years late and $8bn over budget, it is a welcome piece of good news."
Facing the Music
: "By now, one or two readers may be frothing indignantly, “That’s not funny! Bush’s torture camp at Guantanamo is the gulag of our time, if not of all time.” But that’s the point. The world divides into those who feel the atrocities at Gitmo “must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others” (in the widely quoted words of Senator Dick Durbin), and the rest of us, for whom the more we hear the specifics of the “atrocities” the funnier they are. They bear the same relation to the gulags (15-30 million dead), the Nazi camps (nine million dead) and the killing fields of Cambodia (two million dead) as Mel Brooks‚ “Springtime For Hitler” does to the original. Nobody complained at Auschwitz that the guards were playing the 78s of The Merry Widow (the Fuhrer’s favorite operetta) with the volume knob too high. When that old KGB hand Yuri Andropov succeeded Brezhnev as the big guy in the Kremlin, he was reported in the western press to be a big Glenn Miller fan. But to the best of my knowledge no-one suggested he was in the basement of the Lubyanka torturing the inmates with “I Got A Gal In Kalamazoo”.
The first time the full-blast junk-pop treatment caught the eye of the media was a decade and a half back, when US troops bombarded the Panamanian strongman General Noriega with the Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought The Law (And The Law Won)”. In those days, nobody reckoned it was torture. But these days torture seems to be in the ear of the behearer. Because the jihadi find western culture depraved — and I’m not necessarily in disagreement on that, at least where Christina Aguilera’s concerned — we’re obliged to be extra-super-duper-sensitive with them.
Says who? Again, the more one hears the specifics of the “insensitivity” of the American regime at Guantanamo, the more many of us reckon we’re being way too sensitive. For example, "
There was a bastard at a company I once worked at who would read our email. Very invasive and served to do much to poison the environment there.
News-Leader.com | Business
: "Employers are stepping up their efforts to monitor employees, in more cases adding staff whose job it is to read workers' outgoing e-mail.
About 55 percent of companies retain and review e-mail, according to a 2005 survey by the American Management Association and Columbus, Ohio-based training and consulting firm The ePolicy Institute, up from 47 percent in 2001. A quarter have fired workers for e-mail abuse.
More than 60 percent of companies with 1,000 or more employees either hire, or plan to hire, staff to read or otherwise analyze outbound e-mail, according to a 2005 study by Proofpoint, which specializes in e-mail security and content issues. A main concern: leakage of trade secrets."
Sooo, how exactly far wrong is Bush to want strict controls over the creation and destruction of Human life? (Think fetus farming)
Scotsman.com News - International - Aborted babies used in Russian anti-ageing fad
: "WEALTHY Russians are switching from investing their roubles in luxury yachts and designer jewellery to stem cell therapies in an attempt to maintain the vitality of youth into their old age.
The treatments, in which stem cells extracted from aborted or miscarried foetuses are injected into the body, is the latest anti-ageing weapon, following Botox injections and facelifts, to keep Moscow's youth-obsessed high society looking young.
And those who have admitted visiting the clinics now springing up across the Russian capital claim it works and has wiped years off their age.
Pharmaceutical magnate and former presidential candidate Vladimir Bryntsalov, 58, one of Russia's 27 billionaires, is already a firm believer in the experimental treatment that can cost as much as ��2,000 per session.
'I had lots of wrinkles on my face, but now the skin is as smooth as a baby's. I also had terrible scars on my body that were there since childhood, but they too have disappeared.'
The foetal stem cell therapy is not only being used to smooth out wrinkles, but is also being injected into other parts of the body to get rid of cellulite and excess flab.
However, the ethical, health and legal issues surrounding the therapy are being ignored -
experts are exploiting a legal loophole in Russian law which permits the extraction and storage of embryo stem cells, but does not specify what can then be done with them."
PoliPundit.com » Dealing With Our Ghosts
PoliPundit.com » Dealing With Our Ghosts
: "A generation ago, General Patton spoke for Americans in general when he said
“America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war”.
Patton was using hyperbole, of course. The United States actually had lost wars before, against Canada and against Red Cloud’s Sioux warriors. In the long term, however, Canada’s influence and power waned against the rising American strength, and the U.S. Army eradicated the Sioux as a tribe. Patton meant that Americans may lose a battle, but in the end will stick with a fight until it’s won. Patton never knew Walter Cronkite and the subversive style of warfare by the press. There is no question that the Left not only was delighted by the collapse of South Vietnam, nor that many on the Left were willing to commit treason to make it happen. After Nixon’s resignation, the Democrat-controlled Congress took every support out of the treaty with South Vietnam, allowing North Vietnam unopposed entry and seizure of the nation. The Leftist press chortled with glee, as tens of millions of innocents in the region fled for their lives. A reign of terror, analogous to Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’, began in Southeast Asia, largely unchronicled and unanswered."
The new Donk Motto?
Starve an Invalid, Feed a Terrorist
The ROP in Thailand, more of Durbins constituants I am sure
International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform
: "BANGKOK (Reuters) - Muslim militants have beheaded two Lao migrant workers in Thailand's mainly Muslim south, police said on Sunday, believing it may be the same group that beheaded a Thai Buddhist teacher last week.
The bodies of the young Buddhist couple, who left neighboring Laos two months ago to work on a Thai chicken farm, were found on Saturday in Pattani province, one of three deep south provinces where more than 700 people have died in violence since January 2004.
'From our preliminary investigation, it could be the work of Muslim militants who earlier beheaded the retired Buddhist teacher in the same province,' Pattani Police Major Uthai Chaimala told Reuters.
The killings raised the number of known decapitations of Buddhists to 7 since violence erupted 18 months ago in the region bordering Malaysia which has a century-long history of violent rebellion against Bangkok's rule.
In last week's killing, police found a note near the severed head of the 65-year old man that warned the government against arresting more Muslim suspects.
The note said the militants would kill two civilians for every innocent Muslim detained by the authorities without evidence, police said.
No note was found with the Lao couple.
'Beheading has now become part of the unrest in southern Thailand. Police are facing difficulty getting cooperation from local people. They are too afraid to report or provide us with any clues,' Uthai said.
Muslim militants have carried out almost daily bomb attacks, arson and ambushes despite Bangkok's olive-branch approach in recent months.
The government of the mostly Buddhist country has imposed martial law in parts of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces, at the same time as offering lavish development aid and regional assistance."
Capt'n Ed takes Dick 'Turban' Durbin to the woodshed
: "The Islamofascist torturers even have their own instruction and philosophy manual to guide them through their depravity. The Principles of Jihadist Philosophy by Abdel Rahman al-Ali gives the so-called insurgents instruction and guidance on how to conduct war and interrogations on behalf of Islam. Durbin might want to see if he can borrow a copy from the Marines in order to educate himself on the differences between our men and women in the armed forces and our enemies, if not the earlier enemies with which Durbin confused our troops. With instructions such as 'How to Select the Best Hostage' and 'The Legitimacy of Cutting the Infidels' Heads', the difference should be rather clear, even to someone of Durbin's limited intellect.
The Gitmo detainees are the genocidal, sadistic, bloodthirsty freaks, Senator, not their jailers or the interrogators who try to protect the United States by getting them to talk. If you can't recognize that -- and so far, it appears that you lack the ability or the will to do so -- then you have no place in the Senate, especially during a time of war. Time for you to offer your resignation and salvage what's left of your honor"
Real Tech News - Independent Tech �� War! Google to Take on PayPal: Plans to Offer Competing Online Payment System This Year
Real Tech News - Independent Tech �� War! Google to Take on PayPal: Plans to Offer Competing Online Payment System This Year
: "All I can say is wow���makes sense. What shall they call it GooglePal? PayGoogle?
���Google Inc. this year plans to offer an electronic-payment service that could help the Internet-search company diversify its revenue and may heighten competition with eBay Inc.���s PayPal unit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
���Exact details of the search company���s planned service are not known, the report said, but quoted people familiar with the matter as saying it could have similarities with PayPal, which allows consumers to pay for purchases on Web sites by funding electronic-payment accounts from their credit cards or checking accounts. A Google spokesperson contacted by Reuters declined comment."
BBC NEWS | Europe | Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism'
: "A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.
Members of the convent in north-west Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual.
Cornici was found dead on the cross on Wednesday after fellow nuns called an ambulance, according to police.
On Saturday a priest and four nuns were charged in connection with her death.
Police say the 23-year-old nun, who was denied food and drink throughout her ordeal, had been tied and chained to the cross and a towel pushed into her mouth to smother any sounds."
When Leftists gain control
Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online
: "BRITAIN���S premier medical journal is endangering public health by publishing unfounded scare stories, 30 of the country���s leading scientists say today.
Poor editorial judgment at The Lancet has fuelled panic over issues such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, hormone replacement therapy and genetically modified (GM) crops, the eminent medical researchers charge in a letter that the journal has refused to publish.
The signatories, thirty fellows of the Royal Society, two of whom are Nobel laureates, accuse it of favouring ���desperate headline-seeking��� over sound science, to the detriment of public health. ���Under the editorship of Richard Horton, the publication of badly conducted and poorly refereed scare stories has had devastating consequences for individual and public health, in the UK and abroad, and carried a high economic cost,��� they say.
The letter, seen by The Times, responds to a Lancet editorial last month that criticised the Royal Society as a ���shrill and superficial cheerleader for British science��� that no longer makes major contributions to medicine."
A big fat F.U. to the rest of the world that donated freely to these greedy bastards.
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Sri Lanka defends tsunami taxes
: "Sri Lanka's government has defended the $1m customs duty it charged the charity Oxfam for bringing in 25 off-road vehicles for tsunami aid work.
Finance Minister Sarath Amanagama said the rules applied to all and exceptions were not being made for charities.
A spokesman for Oxfam said it would talk to the finance ministry to try to get its money back.
Nearly 31,000 people died in Sri Lanka when the tsunami struck on 26 December. Half a million were made homeless.
Sri Lanka waived duty on tsunami relief for the first four months after the disaster but warned all organisations that the tax would then be reintroduced."
Decry all you want Dean, antisemitism is a HUGE part of the Left in America. Ask St. Corrie
Dean Condemns 'Anti-Semitic Literature'
: "A handful of people at Democratic National Headquarters distributed material critical of Israel during a public forum questioning the Bush administration's Iraq policy, drawing an angry response and charges of anti-Semitism from party chairman Howard Dean on Friday.
'We disavow the anti-Semitic literature, and the Democratic National Committee stands in absolute disagreement with and condemns the allegations,' Dean said in a statement posted on the DNC Web site.
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, organized the forum on Thursday at the Capitol to publicize and discuss the so-called Downing Street memo. That document suggests that the Bush administration believed that war with Iraq was inevitable and that the administration was determined to use intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein."
The word on the Donk's and Turban Durbin. The Dem;'s pick back up the mantle of anit-Americanism that they wore so proudly in the 60's
New York Post Online Edition:
: "He is the Senate's Democratic whip: a leader of his party by any stretch of the imagination. If he remains a leader of his party, his party deserves to be judged by his words — by his anti-military, anti-American words."
19 'people' hurt
Call me silly, but this latest exercise in PC sanitation really is pissing me off. As far as I can tell, the odds of there being 29 'people' in a pickup truck, in Arizona, and them not being ILLEGAL aliens is infinitesimal.
I read every couple of days about another truckload of ILLEGAL immigrants causing some sort of horrific traffic accident
When the MSM is providing daily cover for the never ending flood of illegal aliens across our southern border (about 9,000 a day!). One does not have to wonder very hard what side they are on.
When the Left divorced itself from patriotism and the concept of national sovernity (ie we are all world citizens). They in effect sided with the enemies of the US. The Left of course does not see it, but if they were actually able to see the world for what it is and not for the fantasy land they live in, they would not be Leftist's in the first place.
Pickup rolls in Avra Valley; 19 people are reported hurt | The Arizona Daily Star ®: "Nineteen people, including Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, were injured in a rollover early Friday morning in Avra Valley, officials said. Five were hurt critically"
Africanized Bees Spotted in SW Arkansas
Africanized Bees Spotted in SW Arkansas
: "Some unwanted arrivals from Texas have been spotted in this southwest Arkansas town. State Plant Board officials say the presence of Africanized honey bees has been confirmed in Brightstar, in southern Miller County.
The aggressive insects are popularly known as 'killer bees' because they are more likely than other varieties to respond in large numbers to animals or people who disturb their colonies. The bees' venom is no more toxic than that of the European honeybee, but they are more dangerous because they attack in larger numbers.
The Africanized bees have been expected in Arkansas for several years, since they entered Texas from Mexico in the 1990s.
Swarms of the Africanized honey bees have been moving north since the accidental release of some bees in 1957 from a program in Brazil, where they were being bred to improve that country's domestic bees."
Ready for statehood: Gunmen storm hospital.
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World
: "Scores of unidentified gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night went on the rampage inside a medical center run by Jalilah Dahlan, wife of Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Muhammad Dahlan, destroying furniture, computers and other equipment."
Thanks for the unlimited aid, now bend over and take it up the....
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Oxfam pays $1m tsunami aid duty
: "Oxfam told BBC News the 25 Indian-made Mahindra vehicles were essential in ensuring it could reach the poorest communities over rough terrain and bad roads.
A spokesman said: 'Clearly Oxfam would have preferred not to pay this tax on the vehicles and we did everything we could to have the tax waived.
'However the government has turned down our request and the laws of the country dictate that we must now pay the normal import tax.'
The spokesman said the incident would not affect the way Oxfam worked in Sri Lanka.
Britain's Daily Telegraph said Sri Lankan customs had charged $5,000 a day while the vehicles were processed.
Oxfam was given the choice of handing over the vehicles to the government, re-exporting them or paying the 300% import tax."
Brave New World
Wired News: Grand Theft Auto Meets Robocop
: "An automatic license-plate reader that can scan 500 license plates an hour looking for stolen vehicles underwent its first field tests by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department last week.
Using character-recognition technology developed for the Italian Post Office to read postal addresses, four robot eyes in the course of one night queried more than 12,000 license plates, recovered seven stolen cars and resulted in three arrests."
PoliPundit.com » More On The Gitmo Comparisons
PoliPundit.com » More On The Gitmo Comparisons
: "Adolf Hitler - About 9 million dead
Soviet gulags - About 2.7 million dead
Pol Pot - About 1.7 million dead
Gitmo - zero dead
Gitmo - five instances of Koran abuse by prison guards
Gitmo-15 instances of Koran abuse by prisoners."
Wow, that will leave a mark. "Durbin makes Dean look sane"
Today in Investor's Business Daily stock analysis and business news
: "POWs: The only kind thing that can be said about Dick Durbin's rant this week on the Senate floor, as hearings on alleged prisoner abuses at Guantanamo began, is that it made Howard Dean look sane."
Peta employees arrested on animal cruelty charges
WAVY.COM - Two PETA Employees Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges in N.C.
: "(AP) - Two Hampton Roads employees of Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been charged in Ahoskie, N.C., with animal cruelty after dumping dead dogs and cats in a shopping center garbage bin, police said Thursday.
Investigators staked out the bin after discovering that dead animals had been dumped there every Wednesday for the past four weeks, Ahoskie police said in a prepared statement.
Police found 18 dead animals in the trash bin and 13 more in a van registered to PETA. The animals were from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties in North Carolina, police said. The two were picking up animals to be brought back to PETA headquarters for euthanization, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Thursday.
Neither police nor PETA offered any theory on why the animals might have been dumped.
Local officials and veterinarians said they were told that PETA would find homes for the animals, not euthanize them. PETA has scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon to discuss the charges"
We Are Our History -- Don't Forget It
: "To forget your own history is (literally) to forget your identity. By teaching ideology instead of facts, our schools are erasing the nation's collective memory. As a result, some 'expert' can go on TV and announce (20 minutes into the fighting) that Afghanistan, Iraq or wherever 'is the new Vietnam' — and young people can't tell he is talking drivel.
There is an ongoing culture war between Americans who are ashamed of this nation's history and those who acknowledge with sorrow its many sins and are fiercely proud of it anyway. Proud of the 17th century settlers who threw their entire lives overboard and set sail for religious freedom in their rickety little ships. Proud of the new nation that taught democracy to the world. Proud of its ferocious fight to free the slaves, save the Union and drag (lug, shove, sweat, bleed) America a few inches closer to its own sublime ideals. Proud of its victories in two world wars and the Cold War, proud of the fight it is waging this very day for freedom in Iraq and the whole Middle East.
If you are proud of this country and don't want its identity to vanish, you must teach U.S. history to your children. They won't learn it in school. This nation's memory will go blank unless you act."
This is will cause the MoonBats to go into siezures I am sure
Halliburton to build new $30 mln Guantanamo jail - Yahoo! News
: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Halliburton Co. unit will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects, the Defense Department announced on Thursday.
The announcement comes the same week that Vice President
Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the jail after U.S. lawmakers said it had created an image problem for the United States."
Clueless is as clueless does
Sean Penn warms to reporter's role in Iran - Yahoo! News
: "But he told a film student during a visit to Iran's Film Museum in Tehran on Monday that the 'Death to America' slogan chanted each week at Friday Prayers hurt Iran-U.S. relations.
'I understand the nature of where it comes from and what its intention is,' he said. 'But I don't think it's productive because I think the message goes to the American people and it is interpreted very literally.'"
For those yellow bellied leftists among us who are unable to actually identify torture when it happens.
The Jawa Report: Kos Says U.S. Torture 'Equal' To that of Saddam Hussein (A comparison)
: " The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command. And Dick Durbin had the balls to say it so on the Senate floor.
Will someone please grab Kos head, pull it out of his ass, and force him to please see below."
Is we learnin our history?
Outraged black activists protest that King Tut has been whitewashed - Yahoo! News
: "LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US black activists demanded that a bust of Tutankhamun be removed from a landmark exhibition of artefacts from the Egyptian boy king's tomb because the statue portrays him as white.
The bust that activists object to is a central part of 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,' the first US exhibition of relics from king Tut's tomb in nearly 30 years, which opens here Thursday amid Hollywood fanfare.
The face of the legendary pharaoh, who died around 3,300 years ago at the age of just 19, was reconstructed earlier this year through images collected through Cat Scans of his mummy, found near Luxor in Egypt in 1922.
But Legrand Clegg, a historian and prosecutor of the Los Angeles area city of Compton, is demanding that the bust of King Tut be removed from the show because its rendition of his face is a 'distortion of reality.'
'They have depicted King Tut as white, but the ancient Egyptians were black people,' he told AFP.
We do not need modern scientists to reconstruct the bust and tell us what to see. Do not deprive black children of their heritage,' Legrand said in an appeal to organisers to remove the likeness from display."
Ward Churchill Update
Rocky Mountain News: Local
: "The recent series in the News focused on the four main areas of possible misconduct that DiStefano in March asked the committee to review, including allegations that Churchill:
• Accused the U.S. Army of deliberately spreading smallpox among the Mandan Indians of the Upper Missouri River Valley in 1837 without a factual basis for the assertion, and in some cases apparently contradicted the books and authors he cited.
• Published an essay in 1992 that largely copied the work of Canadian professor Fay G. Cohen after she had withdrawn permission for him to use it. The committee is also considering parts of an essay in a 1993 book that closely resemble a piece that appeared the year before under the name of Rebecca L. Robbins.
• Mischaracterized an important federal Indian law in repeated writings in the past two decades, claiming that the General Allotment Act of 1887 established a 'blood quantum' standard that allowed tribes to admit members only if they had at least half native blood. The committee is looking at allegations that he also mischaracterized the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.
• Claimed American Indian ancestry to make his scholarship more widely accepted.
Churchill defended his work to the News, saying that he had not plagiarized and that in some instances, is accused of taking work that he originally wrote.
He said he was correct about the Mandan Indians, and that his characterizations of the intent of the two laws are accurate.
Churchill also has said that he qualifies as an Indian under three of four criteria.
In the course of its investigation, the News uncovered additional evidence of possible research misconduct by Churchill.
In one instance, the News discovered a little-known 1972 pamphlet, The Water Plot, written by activists concerning an aborted water-diversion scheme in Canada, that Churchill later began claiming as his own work.
And in least three ot"