Articles Posted by Maria S

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  • Vanity

    08/31/2007 7:21:51 AM PDT · by Maria S · 66 replies · 609+ views
    8/31/07 | Maria S
    Is or is not Patrick Kennedy, son of the esteemed Senator Ted Kennedy, a homosexual? Just wondering if anyone has noticed this little situation. Also, was there ever someone named Barney Franks? Thanks for the help. MS
  • Thomas E. Creek, A Marine, A Local Boy, A Real Hero

    05/27/2007 9:28:18 AM PDT · by Maria S · 5 replies · 489+ views
    Thomas E. Creek (1950-1969) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during February 1969 in Vietnam. Creek was born on 7 April 1950, in Joplin, Missouri. He grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and attended Forest Hill Elementary School, Horace Mann Jr. High School, and Palo Duro High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 16 January 1968. He completed recruit training with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, in March 1968. He received individual combat training with Company A, 1st Battalion,...

    04/07/2007 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Maria S · 4 replies · 873+ views
    How did George Bush go on a good will tour and manage to get on the bad side of everybody wherever he went? It is one thing to take abuse, another to make house calls to take it. Environmentalists have changed their minds about it so often that climatologists are beginning to call it global wobbling. John Kerry was mulling over another run for the Presidency – but, happily, he ran out of mull. Has anyone besides me noticed what a hatchet-faced gnome, Sean Penn, is? The son of a blacklisted director, Leo Penn, Sean confirms the axiom that the...
  • Generic drugs law plans threaten makers

    02/22/2007 7:16:35 AM PST · by Maria S · 11 replies · 454+ views
    Generic drugs law plans threaten makers Big pharmaceutical companies are facing a barrage of legislative proposals that could have a dramatic impact on the industry's future earnings power and open doors to one of its biggest threats: generic drug manufacturers. A proposal set to be unveiled on Wednesday by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential hopeful, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers would allow generic drugmakers to manufacture cheaper versions of biotechnology drugs produced by companies such as Amgen and Genentech.
  • A question about "The American Prospect"?

    03/30/2006 11:28:44 AM PST · by Maria S · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Just ran across an article on Drudge from The American Prospect. Who or what IS this publication? HILLARY RAISES BIG BUCKS IN TEXAS BUSH COUNTRY. Senator Clinton did a great deal of fundraising around the country in March, and her private fundraising schedule -- which was passed along by a source -- shows that she raked in big bucks in that most impenetrable of red-state strongholds: Texas. The schedule lists a dozen events in four states, in the space of just two months, March and April. This is very significant, because all the activity shows just how determined Hillary's advisers...
  • Sen. Clinton Urges Democrats to Speak Up

    02/08/2006 11:46:33 AM PST · by Maria S · 58 replies · 1,275+ views
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday accused Republicans of "playing the fear card" of terrorism to win elections and said Democrats cannot keep quiet if they want to win in November. The New York Democrat, facing re-election this year and considered a potential White House candidate in 2008, said Republicans won the past two elections on the issue of national security and "they're doing it to us again." She said a speech by presidential adviser Karl Rove two weeks ago showed the GOP election message is: "All we've got is fear and we're going to keep playing the fear card."...
  • Coretta King has passed (MLK's widow, has died at the age of 78)

    01/31/2006 4:05:36 AM PST · by Maria S · 208 replies · 7,584+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/31/06
    I just heard on the news that Mrs. Coretta King has died. Just my personal opinion, but she was a dignified, classy woman who served her country and her late husband's memory quite well.
  • JUST ASKIN’ XXVII (Firehat's latest)

    10/27/2005 5:07:15 AM PDT · by Maria S · 4 replies · 262+ views
    Just askin’: Now that Hillary is advocating that convicted felons be given the right to vote, does it mean in Chicago dead felons get to vote twice? And if these felons are bused to the polling place, will they have to take cabs back to the cemetery? Just askin’: Has there ever been any other rock ‘n’ roller around as boring as Bono? Just askin’: Will history designate Bill Clinton as the first full-blown President? Just askin’: Is Helen Thomas’ countenance a complexion or a collision? Did she always look like that, or did the doctors just take the bandages...
  • Pile of mud may be clue to levee failure (‘Heave' points to structural problem, not levee topping)

    10/04/2005 4:45:07 AM PDT · by Maria S · 42 replies · 1,885+ views
    A child's clubhouse, built about 25 years ago by a civil engineer for his son, provides another clue pointing to possible design or construction flaws in the structural failures that breached two canal floodwalls and inundated the city during Hurricane Katrina. Engineer Gus Cantrell, 60, and son Daniel Cantrell, 33 &150; now a structural engineer himself &150; returned to the family's Pratt Drive house last week for the first time since Katrina struck. They discovered the old clubhouse sitting a few feet from its original location next to the London Avenue canal levee &150; on top of a pile of...
  • AIM Says Miller's Release Shows Her Jailing Was a Publicity Stunt; Public Should Not Be Fooled

    10/01/2005 6:23:23 AM PDT · by Maria S · 48 replies · 1,972+ views ^ | September 30, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    WASHINGTON -- Accuracy in Media (AIM) said today that Judith Miller's release from jail in the CIA leak investigation demonstrates that her claim about protecting sources was fraudulent from the start. "Miller has decided to cooperate with a grand jury investigation of possible criminal activity in the CIA leak case," said AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid. "This proves that her decision to go to jail, rather than testify, was a ploy all along."
  • For the Poor, Sudden Celebrity

    09/22/2005 5:18:06 AM PDT · by Maria S · 8 replies · 405+ views ^ | September 22, 2005 | Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher
    DALLAS -- All of a sudden the poor have emerged from the shadows of invisibility, lifted onto a temporary pedestal by natural disaster. Whether it is because of guilt, pity or the nation's generosity in times of crisis, those who lost everything -- many of whom had little to begin with -- find themselves in a strange wonderland of recognition. The destitute people sent fleeing by Katrina have been offered free housing, free clothing, free cars, free toys, special admission to universities and preferential job treatment. Athletes come to them , bestowing jerseys and autographs. Entertainers sing for them, and...
  • "Be Prepared" for an Economic Meltdown

    09/21/2005 6:35:44 AM PDT · by Maria S · 128 replies · 2,851+ views
    "Be prepared" is the Boy Scout motto. "Be prepared for what?" someone once asked the Scouts' founder, Robert Baden-Powell. "Why, for any old thing," he replied. For a people raised on that motto, Americans do remarkably little preparation. This is a nation of grasshoppers, not ants. As the fable goes: All summer, the ants worked hard, busily storing grain. The grasshopper just played. Come winter, the grasshopper begged the ants for some of their corn. The ants asked him why he hadn't gotten ready for winter. He responded, "I was so busy singing that I hadn't the time." When it...
  • THIS JUST IN:UN-STACKING THE DECK (take a break and laugh!)

    09/09/2005 5:38:37 PM PDT · by Maria S · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    THIS JUST IN: Democrat politicians are taking political advantage of the looting by their minority constituents, which has made Hurricane Katrina an equal opportunity disaster. THIS JUST IN: Unable to prove charges of murder or rape against Joran Van Der Sloot, Aruban officials considered a charge of “Conspiracy to Do Whatever”, but were afraid they couldn’t make it stand up in court. THIS JUST IN: The same people who anointed Bill Clinton as the first black President are now claiming that The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor was actually written in the year 1726 by a black composer named...
  • Banks Asked to Return Mortgage Payments of Katrina Victims

    09/08/2005 3:26:08 PM PDT · by Maria S · 20 replies · 636+ views
    NEW YORK -- In what may be a first for the U.S. housing market, banks are being encouraged to return the most recent mortgage loan payments from people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Freddie Mac, one of two government housing agencies, said Thursday it has asked banks to return September mortgage payments already made by anyone in the stricken areas. Also, the housing agency has asked lenders to return any September mortgage payments if borrowers ask for their money back. "It is unprecedented," said Nicolas Retsinas, at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. "It is one more option for people...
  • Clinton Draws Heat in Role Of a Conspicuous Critic (GOP Sees Political Motives)

    09/08/2005 5:39:13 AM PDT · by Maria S · 20 replies · 929+ views
    The raging debate over what happened after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has provided Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) an opportunity to emerge as a national spokeswoman for the Democratic Party, stirring Republican criticism that she and other Democrats are seeking political gain at a moment of national crisis. Clinton has long maintained that she is focused solely on serving the interests of her New York constituents. But she was on all three network morning shows yesterday to promote her call for returning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to independent status, and for creating an...
  • Bumblers, Not Bigots

    09/07/2005 2:22:55 PM PDT · by Maria S · 14 replies · 591+ views
    "It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive.” This blood-curdling news came from self-described social-justice advocate Randall Robinson, former chief of TransAfrica, an architect of the anti-apartheid sanctions movement, and author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, an impassioned plea for slavery reparations. Robinson continued: Four days after the storm, thousands of blacks in New Orleans are dying like dogs. No-one has come to help them. I am a sixty-four year old African-American. New Orleans marks the end of the America I strove for. I am hopeless. I am sad....
  • (Air America) Network's Former Chairman Is Missing (come out, come out wherever you are!)

    08/26/2005 4:50:57 AM PDT · by Maria S · 32 replies · 1,201+ views ^ | August 26, 2005 | DAVID LOMBINO
    The former chairman of Air America Radio, Evan Montvel Cohen - who former colleagues said engineered transfers of more than $800,000 to the liberal radio network from a boys and girls club in the Bronx - is missing, according to a lawyer who is trying to have him served with legal papers. At least two people have said Mr. Cohen is in Hawaii. He has not responded to a series of e-mail messages in recent weeks from The New York Sun asking him about his role. Mr. Cohen, 39, helped lead the launch of Air America in March 2004. Less...
  • Clinton Lawyers Fretted Over Bin Laden's Comfort

    08/19/2005 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Maria S · 42 replies · 1,665+ views
    The CIA's former Bin Laden desk chief revealed Thursday night that Clinton administration lawyers warned counterterrorism agents that Osama bin Laden had to be kept as comfortable as possible if they captured him during planned raids into Afghanistan. "The lawyers were more concerned with bin Laden`s safety and his comfort than they were with the officers charged with capturing him," former Bin Laden desk chief Michael Scheuer told MSNBC's "Hardball. "We had to build an ergonomically designed chair to put him in, [for] special comfort in terms of how he was shackled into the chair," Scheuer explained. "They even worried...
  • Biking Toward Nowhere (Dowd ALERT!!)

    08/17/2005 11:51:32 AM PDT · by Maria S · 27 replies · 1,037+ views
    How could President Bush be cavorting around on a long vacation with American troops struggling with a spiraling crisis in Iraq? Wasn't he worried that his vacation activities might send a frivolous signal at a time when he had put so many young Americans in harm's way? "I'm determined that life goes on," Mr. Bush said stubbornly. That wasn't the son, believe it or not. It was the father - 15 years ago. I was in Kennebunkport then to cover the first President Bush's frenetic attempts to relax while reporters were pressing him about how he could be taking a...
  • Pirro's Shocked By Hillary's Ambition! (Joe Conason Alert!)

    08/17/2005 11:45:30 AM PDT · by Maria S · 21 replies · 681+ views ^ | 8/22/2005 edition | Joe Conason
    Up for re-election after a successful first term, with overwhelming popular approval, the candidate is a prohibitive favorite to win again. Sporting a Presidential name and a stunning capacity to attract campaign money, the candidate can pull in a million dollars or more simply by showing up for dinner, not only locally but anywhere in the country. While the candidate insists that winning a second term is the only priority, the nation’s political elites and pundits openly speculate that plans are being laid for a White House bid. Everywhere the candidate goes—and the candidate goes everywhere, both to address the...
  • ITEMIZED FLAK (a little humor from Firehat)

    08/16/2005 2:51:48 PM PDT · by Maria S · 4 replies · 260+ views
    All these billions of dollar spent on space exploration will be well worth it if NASA succeeds in finding the answer to the problem of where to put the homeless. Jane Fonda will be touring the nation in a bus instead of her car to avoid the possibility of getting pulled over and having to explain to a State Trooper why she has a North Vietnamese driver’s license. The way to bring out the worst in any twelve people chosen at random is to empanel them as a jury. Some of the Michael Jackson jurors took even less time than...
  • 'Jersey Girl' Defends Jamie Gorelick

    08/11/2005 8:48:47 AM PDT · by Maria S · 101 replies · 3,853+ views
    A member of the group, the "Jersey Girls," who lost her husband in the 9/11 attacks, is defending 9/11 Commission member Jamie Gorelick against allegations that, as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, she blocked critical intelligence that had identified the two 9/11 hijackers who destroyed the World Trade Center. "Gorelick gets a bad rap with that whole, you know, 'wall thing,'" Lorie Van Auken told WABC Radio's John Gambling - referring to Ms. Gorelick's 1995 directive prohibiting intelligence agencies from sharing evidence on suspected terrorists with law enforcement. Calling it insread "the Reno wall," Van Auken insisted that...
  • 'Liberal Media Bias' Inspires Launch of New Blog (this looks good!)

    08/09/2005 11:36:36 AM PDT · by Maria S · 16 replies · 1,059+ views ^ | Aug. 9, 2005 | Jered Ede of
    America's most prominent media watchdog plans to launch its own blog on Tuesday with a goal of further exposing and combating the perceived liberal bias in the media. is the latest project of the Media Research Center, which is also the parent organization of Cybercast News Service. The new blog will feature posts by some of the nation's most widely read experts on the issue of media bias, an issue that Michael Chapman, press secretary for the Media Research Center, said "is almost overwhelming." "Thirty to 40 million viewers are getting news from sources with a liberal bias," Chapman...
  • Hillary's Media Spinners Deny Bill's Impeachment

    08/09/2005 6:27:59 AM PDT · by Maria S · 42 replies · 1,486+ views
    Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's announcement yesterday that she intends to challenge Hillary Clinton for her Senate seat has already sent Mrs. Clinton's media spinners into overdrive - with at least one news outlet claiming that her husband was never impeached. After recycling the old news that Pirro's hubby Albert was convicted of tax fraud and had fathered an out-of-wedlock child, the New York Daily News insisted that Bill Clinton was "nearly impeached for lying about his relationships with Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky." Nice try. On December 19, 1998, Mr. Clinton became the first elected president in U.S....
  • Beautiful l7 yr. old Marin County girl has gone missing (maybe California Freepers can help)

    07/29/2005 5:08:50 AM PDT · by Maria S · 9 replies · 349+ views
    I noticed this article from A lovely young lady, aged 17, named Cheryl Ann Magner, has been missing from Marin County since the beginning of June. If you live in that area, you might check out the "Christmas Ghost" website and see if you can help find her.
  • Political Updates: Roberts, Bolton, Iraq, Hillary

    07/28/2005 5:44:37 AM PDT · by Maria S · 2 replies · 298+ views
    1. Judge Roberts will sail through confirmation hearings and easily be seated in time for the first Monday in October. Why? Because he is very smart, very conservative - without angering the Left - and shies away from controversy. Clearly, these days 'controversy' - saying non-PC things - is trouble. Yes, it is good for selling books - witness the tremendous success of Ed Klein's "The Truth About Hillary." But 'controversy' in bland D.C. raises hackles and gets the wolves to circle the prey. If Hillary is voting for him, then you know he will have no trouble. Even Charles...
  • The Real Scandal

    07/25/2005 2:31:39 PM PDT · by Maria S · 245+ views
    While the media has obsessed over two high-profile cases in recent months involving improper handling of classified information, communications involving terrorists have been getting translated by people without any security clearances—and there’s been nary a whimper from most of the Washington press corps. There are 119 inmates in the federal prison system with “specific ties” to international Islamic terrorist organizations, and almost all of them are able to communicate with the outside world through phone calls and letters. (Full disclosure: this journalist broke the story on the front page of last week’s Washington Times.) Not only did the Bureau of...
  • IMHO (in my humble opinion)CASTING FIRST STONES Firehat's latest IMHO

    07/12/2005 11:19:08 AM PDT · by Maria S · 8 replies · 498+ views
    In my humble opinion, it’s time to forget about the Geneva Convention and turn command of Camp Gitmo over to Leona Helmsely. In my humble opinion, the reason Arabs don’t eat pigs is because it’s against their religion. The reason pigs don’t eat Arabs is because they’re too hard to clean. In my humble opinion, Dianne Feinstein will be lucky if she lives to be the age she looks. In my humble opinion, Africa is broken and all the rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ concerts in the world won’t fix it. In my humble opinion, journalistic integrity is a fact not supported...
  • Holmes Sweet Holmes (Tommy's new squeeze)

    07/08/2005 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Maria S · 30 replies · 673+ views
    The statistics on arranged marriage are surprising. In every country where it is still common practice, including Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Iran and, to a lesser extent, Japan, an arranged marriage has a higher success rate than a so-called "love marriage." It's impossible to say what this augurs for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Of course, theirs isn't an arranged marriage—though it was certainly arranged quickly. The awesomely public couple had all of six weeks, during much of which Holmes was on the Batman Begins junket, to decide that they loved each other, that they wanted to spend their lives together...
  • Judith Miller, TWA 800 and the Death of Press Freedom

    07/06/2005 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Maria S · 40 replies · 1,373+ views
    The New York Times, NBC and other dominant media have destroyed the Constitution's Freedom of the Press. Today giant tears are shed at the New York Times because one of their own, Judith Miller, appears to be on the way to prison for up to 120-days because she nobly refused to give up a source. The Supreme Court recently ruled that she, as a journalist, must assist a federal government investigation when ordered to do so. The First Amendment, in pertinent part, says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or...
  • Larry Klayman Joins Cleveland Firm

    06/30/2005 7:31:55 AM PDT · by Maria S · 36 replies · 1,938+ views
    Larry Klayman Joins Cleveland Firm Larry Klayman, who has 28 years of litigation and international legal experience in cities such as Washington, D.C. and Miami, has joined the Cleveland-based law firm of Walter & Haverfield LLP, as a partner. Klayman is part of the firm's Business and Government Litigation practice area and the head of its International Trade and Regulation Group. Klayman is well-known nationally as the founder of Judicial Watch, Inc. He was chairman and general counsel of the Foundation from 1994-2003. Klayman brings a wide variety of experience in civil litigation, business, international trade, government and public interest...
  • 'Stop Her Now' Demands Hillary Denounce Dean

    06/06/2005 2:09:01 PM PDT · by Maria S · 31 replies · 1,086+ views ^ | June 6, 2005
    The New York-based political group out to stop Hillary Clinton is demanding Hillary distance herself from comments made by DNC chief Howard Dean. On June 2, 2005, in remarks before a gathering of Campaign for America’s Future, DNC Chair Howard Dean said that Republicans "... have never made an honest living in their lives.” Stop Her Now Executive Director William Black asserted Friday that, "This intentional and deplorable insult to livelihoods of the tens of millions of Americans that identify themselves as Republican has truly lowered the discourse of politics to a previously unthinkable depth, even by Howard Dean's standards.”...
  • Heeding the Past As She Looks To the Future

    05/31/2005 4:45:38 AM PDT · by Maria S · 17 replies · 722+ views
    As she ran for Senate as a sitting first lady in 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was facing an obstacle that her advisers found a bit awkward to discuss in her presence. Her husband's impeachment and the sexual affair that precipitated it were still recent memories. Now, that scandal was causing a headwind for the candidate as she found her own values questioned by a key segment of New York voters. This was the delicate subject on the table one evening at a White House strategy meeting, several participants recalled. The president gazed intently at poll data and then turned to...
  • McCain Offers Measure for Testing in Pro Sports

    Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, unveiled the much-anticipated proposal for a Clean Sports Act on Tuesday, the culmination of a series of hearings full of discontent with steroid testing in professional sports. The legislation aims to require standardized testing procedures and stiffer punishments for athletes who test positive for banned substances. McCain, joined by fellow Republican Congressmen Mark Souder of Indiana and Thomas Davis of Virginia and Democrats Henry A. Waxman of California and Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, called at a news conference for the four major professional leagues to institute a system at least as tough as...
  • Harry Reid, below the belt

    05/17/2005 5:24:53 AM PDT · by Maria S · 9 replies · 611+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2005 | Washington Times
    Add confidential FBI files that aren't supposed to be discussed publicly to the list of things Democrats will use to try to block President Bush's judicial nominees. Speaking on the Senate floor last week, Minority Leader Harry Reid referred to "a problem" in confidential files on Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad. "All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there," he said. In so doing, Mr. Reid brought the battle over the president's nominees to...
  • Bush Pushes for Soc. Sec., Energy Bills

    04/29/2005 11:14:58 AM PDT · by Maria S · 7 replies · 250+ views
    President Bush urged Congress to enact contentious Social Security and energy legislation and confirm his controversial court nominees Thursday night, prodding lawmakers to act on an ambitious second-term agenda. "I'm not surprised that some are balking at doing hard work," Bush said of the Republican-controlled Congress. Nearing the end of a 60-day nationwide campaign for his Social Security proposals, Bush told a prime time White House news conference he favored changes to tilt the current system to favor low-income retirees of the future. "If you work hard and pay into Social Security your entire life, you will not retire into...
  • U.S. Aide Sees Nuclear Arms Advance by North Korea (Drudge: Hawk Hillary moves on N Korea)

    WASHINGTON, April 28 - The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said Thursday that American intelligence agencies believed North Korea had mastered the technology for arming its missiles with nuclear warheads, an assessment that if correct, means the North could build weapons to threaten Japan and perhaps the western United States. While Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, said in Senate testimony that North Korea had been judged to have the "capability" to put a nuclear weapon atop its missiles, he stopped well short of saying it had done so, or even that it had assembled warheads...
  • Dallas Paper Suffers Circ Plunge, Gets Subpoena (Dallas Morning News!)

    DALLAS Belo Corp. said Thursday that upcoming Audit Bureau of Circulation figures will show that its flagship Dallas Morning News will take a circulation hit of about 13% on Sundays and 9% on other days, for the most recent six-month period. It said circulation at its Providence (R.I.) Journal will be down about 1%, with The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., off 3% Sundays and 2% other days. Belo Corp. also disclosed that it received a subpoena this week from local prosecutors regarding overstated circulation figures at the Morning News. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Decherd said the company...
  • Iraq Crash Survivor Said Shot on Video (Islamofascism at its worst)

    04/22/2005 7:59:48 AM PDT · by Maria S · 30 replies · 1,771+ views
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - In a video purporting to show the killing of the sole survivor of a downed helicopter in Iraq, a gunman orders, "Carry out God's verdict," and his colleagues open fire, riddling the man with bullets as they shout "Allahu akbar!" - or "God is great!" The video was posted on an Internet forum used by Islamic militants and was accompanied by a written statement from a group identifying itself as the Islamic Army in Iraq. The statement claimed responsibility for the downing of the civilian helicopter carrying security contractors in which 11 people - six Americans,...
  • The Not So Dirty Dozen (Jonathan Turley on the filibustering of judges)

    04/18/2005 7:28:37 AM PDT · by Maria S · 9 replies · 966+ views
    There were times last week that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist appeared to morph into North Korean President Kim Jong Il — threatening the use of "the nuclear option" while demanding a nonaggression pact from the Democrats. At issue is the possible Democratic filibuster of as many as 12 Bush administration nominees to the powerful Circuit Courts of Appeals, and Frist's threat to use a procedural vote to blow that filibuster to kingdom come. The decision to nuke or not to nuke has obscured the real issue: Are the Republican nominees qualified or are they flat-Earth idiots? As a pro-choice...
  • Florida Won't Let Ex-Cons Vote

    04/13/2005 3:22:59 PM PDT · by Maria S · 10 replies · 338+ views
    A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Tuesday upheld Florida's 160-year-old law enforcing a lifetime ban on voting rights for convicted felons. Ex-felons sued in 2000 to get their voting rights restored when their sentences were finished, instead of having to apply through a complex system for civil rights restoration. Many never apply or don't complete the process. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not give a voting tally Tuesday, but of 12 judges that heard the case, there was one full written dissent and one partial dissent. Jessie Allen, lead attorney for the ex-offenders, said the case...
  • NY's Spitzer gubernatorial campaign goes to Google (AIG, Google, Spitzer?)

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 (Reuters) - The gubernatorial campaign of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer appears to be using his still-unresolved prosecution of insurance giant American International Group Inc. to fuel interest via Web search leader Google Inc. The New York campaign for the corporate crime fighter appears to be paying to tie ads to the key word "AIG." When an Internet user types in that query, Google returns a search ad at the top of the search results page. The ad reads "Spitzer for NY Governor." A click on the ad sends viewers to An ad for...
  • Judge rules with DCF over Schiavo records

    04/01/2005 3:02:48 PM PST · by Maria S · 52 replies · 2,005+ views
    CLEARWATER, Fla. A Florida judge is keeping some records of investigations into Terri Schiavo's treatment out of the hands of the media. The St. Petersburg Times wanted access to summaries from the state Department of Children and Families. The agency launched dozens of investigations into complaints that the brain-damaged woman was mistreated. Some were based on bone scans showing Schiavo suffered fractures. Others were based on statements she made to family and friends that she was unhappy in her marriage. Schiavo's husband has denied harming her. Circuit Judge George Greer has denied the request -- saying the records belong to...

    04/01/2005 2:49:49 PM PST · by Maria S · 3 replies · 787+ views ^ | March 30, 2005 | STEVE DUNLEAVY
    JUDGE Phyllis Gangel-Jacob should be ashamed to wear her robes. She should step down or be fired. I introduced you to this legal blockhead on New Year's Eve, when she tore asunder a pair of senior-citizen lovers, Paul Coughlin, 87, and Eleanor Hilowitz, 92. Gangel-Jacob bowed to the demands of Eleanor's daughter, Janet, to have Paul, Eleanor's sweetheart, thrown on the streets. I know all about it because I was there. She called Paul on two occasions "delusional" and in need of a "guardian."
  • Money for Terri Went to Attorneys, Michael

    03/27/2005 7:09:17 AM PST · by Maria S · 156 replies · 3,708+ views
    According to the Associated Press, Michael Schiavo sued medical professionals who he said failed to recognize symptoms that caused his wife's heart to stop beating, causing her brain damage. As a result, he won a $1.2 million settlement. At the time, Michael sought the funds with the promise to use the money for Terri Schiavo's care and rehabilitation. As part of the settlement, Michael Schiavo received $300,000, the rest being earmarked for Terri's care and rehabilitation. His attorneys say today most of the money designated for Terri is gone, spent on her care and legal bills. One of his lawyers,...
  • Barbara Bush Says Hillary Clinton Will Lose In 2008

    03/25/2005 10:02:38 AM PST · by Maria S · 38 replies · 1,069+ views
    One former first lady is offering predictions about another. Barbara Bush said former first lady, and current senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Democratic candidate for president in 2008. But Sen. Clinton won't be the nation's first female president, at least not according to Mrs. Bush. Mrs. Bush, 79, said Clinton will lose in the next election. Mrs. Bush also predicted Condoleezza Rice won't run for president in the next election. Mrs. Bush spoke to high school and college students in Modesto, Calif. She told them she never dreamed she'd be the wife of one president and the mother...
  • Att'y Urges Hillary to Help Starve Terri

    03/19/2005 10:58:49 AM PST · by Maria S · 57 replies · 1,399+ views
    The attorney for a Florida man who had his wife's feeding tube disconnected on Friday is calling on New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and her Democratic colleagues to help ensure that the woman's starvation continues until she dies. Complaining about efforts by congressional Republicans to have Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, attorney George Felos told a press conference yesterday: "I want to say to Hillary Clinton and Bob Kerrey and Tom Harkin and the - Patrick Leahy and the Democratic senators, don't do this to Terri Schiavo again." "To have her feeding tube inserted by a subsequent act of Congress...
  • Genes contribute to religious inclination

    03/16/2005 4:43:34 PM PST · by Maria S · 25 replies · 514+ views
    Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time. Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialisation - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness. But it is not clear how that contribution changes with age. A few studies on children and teenagers - with biological or adoptive parents - show the...
  • Greenspan, Clinton Clash on Forecasts

    03/15/2005 11:38:36 AM PST · by Maria S · 31 replies · 1,156+ views
    WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton clashed briefly Tuesday over rosy surplus forecasts the Federal Reserve Chairman relied on to support President President Bush 's 2001 tax cuts, estimates that turned out to be considerably off the mark. "It turns out that we were all wrong," Greenspan conceded at a Senate hearing. "Just for the record, we were not all wrong, but many people were wrong," Clinton, D-N.Y., quickly shot back. Greenspan lent critical support for Bush's first-term tax cuts, saying they would stimulate the then-ailing economy. Clinton and many Democrats voted against the tax cuts, arguing...
  • Michael Jackson's False Front?

    03/10/2005 8:34:48 AM PST · by Maria S · 90 replies · 2,052+ views
    The strange thing about the Michael Jackson trial is that the supporting actors are more interesting than the star. The weirdness of the King of Pop is so overexposed that no new revelation can shock. Either Jackson is a complete lunatic who slept with young boys and didn't fondle them or he's a complete lunatic who slept with young boys and did. Better to fixate instead on pass-through characters, like the French-born cooks at Neverland featured in Martin Bashir's "Primetime Live" report "Michael Jackson's Secret World." Who but Michael Jackson would ever hire these two? The wife looks like a...