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  • Pre-Crime Policing

    03/17/2010 12:11:54 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 14 replies · 572+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 3/16/2010 | Radly Balko
    To hear them tell it, the five police agencies who apprehended 39-year-old Oregonian David Pyles early on the morning of March 8 thwarted another lone wolf mass murderer. The police "were able to successfully take a potentially volatile male subject into protective custody for a mental evaluation," announced a press release put out by the Medford, Oregon, police department. The subject had recently been placed on administrative leave from his job, was "very disgruntled," and had recently purchased several firearms. "Local Law Enforcement agencies were extremely concerned that the subject was planning retaliation against his employers," the release said. Fortunately,...
  • Researchers say they can guess your SSN

    07/06/2009 5:34:11 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 25 replies · 1,157+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 6 2009 | Bob Sullivan
    There’s a new reason to worry about the security of your Social Security number. Turns out, they can be guessed with relative ease. A group of researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University say they’ve discovered patterns in the issuance of numbers that make it relatively easy to deduce the personal information using publicly available information and some basic statistical analysis. The research could have far-ranging implications for financial institutions and other firms that rely on Social Security numbers to ward off identity theft. It could also unleash a wave of criminal imitators who will try to duplicate the research.
  • GOP proposes big tax cuts, spending curbs

    04/01/2009 1:29:23 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 18 replies · 836+ views
    msnbc ^ | 04/01/2009 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Republicans in the House Wednesday pressed a budget plan that would cut taxes and radically overhaul Medicare, offering a stark alternative to blueprints offered by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies. The plan, drafted by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, also freezes overall spending on domestic programs passed by Congress each year and repeals most of the spending in Obama's recently passed economic stimulus bill.
  • Why 2009 Will be Worse than 2008

    01/03/2009 7:15:36 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 58 replies · 2,555+ views
    Reason Online ^ | January 2, 2009 | Jeff Taylor
    Whew. Now that 2008 is in the history books, $8.5 trillion in federal bailout money is in the pipeline, and bold leadership is set to take command, Americans can all breathe a little easier, right? Uh, no. The unhappy fact is that 2009 is almost certain to feature more economic hardship than the year that preceded it. President-elect Barack Obama may think he has steeled himself and his administration for this outcome, but three major factors argue against Obama truly being prepared for what's to come. Insane expectations. It was no mistake that Vice President-elect Joe Biden was dispatched to...
  • Are We in the Peak of an Oil Bubble?

    07/08/2008 8:02:02 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 31 replies · 110+ views
    Phys Org ^ | July 07, 2008 | Lisa Zyga
    Since 2003, worldwide oil prices have quadrupled. According to a new study, the price of oil is rising at a faster-than-exponential rate, and cannot be sustained. In other words, we’re in the midst of an oil bubble, say researchers Didier Sornette and Ryan Woodard of ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Wei-Xing Zhou of the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China. By analyzing oil prices over the past four years, the researchers have demonstrated more support for the hypothesis that the recent oil price run-up has less to do with supply-demand interplay and more to do with...
  • New Video: Hillary Wins Pennsylvania

    04/28/2008 5:38:22 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 3 replies · 75+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/23/2008 | Travis and Jonathan
    Hillary wins Pennsylvania
  • History Lesson (humor)

    10/20/2006 6:54:53 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 9 replies · 828+ views
    email ^ | 10/20/2006 | Bob Jones
    Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters and gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in winter. The 2 most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into 2 distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives. Once beer was discovered it required grain and that was...
  • Afghan 'Starbucks' proves a hit

    07/03/2006 3:00:39 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 14 replies · 586+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 3 July 2006 | Abdul Hai Kakar
    A coffee shop called Starbucks bang in the middle of Kandahar is hardly something one takes in one's stride. Before we go any further let's be clear - it is no relation of the US-based international chain of the same name. Kandahar's coffee shop may not have the crisp decor and skinny lattes which are regulation fare for Starbucks the world over. But customers in the southern Afghan city say it is a welcome diversion from dusty, narrow streets, haywire traffic and conservative views. Kandahar's Starbucks boasts its own lively atmosphere with smartly dressed locals - some in trousers and...
  • Bakersfield Counter Protest

    10/21/2005 7:36:12 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 35 replies · 2,262+ views
    I wandered over to the local grocery store and the usual stuck in the sixties hippies and clueless anarchists were protesting. I was pleased to note a counter protest had formed on the opposite corner, waving signs such as "Honk if Hippies Piss You Off." Or, and this sign was in response to the hippie "2000 died for what?" sign, "2000 died for You." The counter protesters also had American flags taped to a signal pole. I wandered through enemy lines and congratulated the fine young men. I also said, loudly, as I wandered through enemy lines that "it's always...
  • The Harriet Miers I Know

    10/14/2005 9:50:19 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 28 replies · 797+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 14, 2005 | MATTHEW SCULLY
    WHITE House speechwriters first learned the name Harriet Miers in January 2001, when drafts started reappearing full of corrections, instructions and particularly annoying requests for factual substantiation. In the campaign, life had been simpler, the editing and fact-checking a little more casual. Now the old ways wouldn't do anymore because "Harriet said" this or "Harriet said" that. Who was this woman, and could the staff secretary please confine herself to secretarial duties? --snip-- It is true that Harriet Miers, in everything she does, gives high attention to detail. And the trait came in handy with drafts of presidential speeches, in...
  • Asia's newest sport - yak skiing

    09/21/2005 2:33:45 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 35 replies · 821+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 3 July, 2005 | not attributed
    The American magazine Time has recommended the little-known sport of yak skiing in India as one of the 10 best ways in Asia to relax the mind. The magazine's Asian edition says this "implausible extreme sport" involves going at rocket speed uphill attached by rope to a yak charging downhill. The skier attracts the yak from up high by shaking a bucket of nuts, which must be put down fast before the fun begins. "The sport may be a barmy injunction to even barmier tourists," Time says. Nervous wait According to the article, yak skiing is carried out in the...
  • George Galloway Is Gruesome, Not Gorgeous

    09/13/2005 7:42:43 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 11 replies · 722+ views
    Slate ^ | Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    My old friend and frequent critic Geoffrey Wheatcroft once tried to define a moment of perfect contentment and came up with the idea of opening a vintage wine while settling down to read an undiscovered work by P.G. Wodehouse. Another comrade identified bliss with writing or reading very hard in the afternoon, knowing that someone really, really nice was coming to dinner. I, too, have a taste for the simpler pleasures. Can I convey the deep sense of delight that stole over me when I learned that George Galloway and Jane Fonda were to go on an "anti-war" tour together...
  • A War to Be Proud Of

    08/29/2005 6:00:54 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 9 replies · 561+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sept 5 2005 Edition of the Weekly Standard | Christopher Hitchens
    I know hardly anybody who comes out of this examination with complete credit. There were neoconservatives who jeered at Rushdie in 1989 and who couldn't see the point when Sarajevo faced obliteration in 1992. There were leftist humanitarians and radicals who rallied to Rushdie and called for solidarity with Bosnia, but who--perhaps because of a bad conscience about Palestine--couldn't face a confrontation with Saddam Hussein even when he annexed a neighbor state that was a full member of the Arab League and of the U.N. (I suppose I have to admit that I was for a time a member of...
  • A U.S. Faith Initiative for Africa

    05/30/2005 6:41:04 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 2 replies · 255+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 29, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    WASHINGTON — Escalating its courtship of a politically powerful constituency, the Bush administration is teaming up with some of the nation's best-known and most influential black clergy to craft a new role for U.S. churches in Africa. The effort was launched last week, when more than two dozen leading African American religious figures met privately with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior White House officials at the State Department, according to administration officials and meeting participants. The hourlong session focused largely on how the administration's faith-based initiative could be expanded to combat the spread of HIV and provide help...
  • Bloom County

    05/08/2005 6:15:54 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 7 replies · 941+ views
    AZ Central.Com ^ | Originally published on February 1, 1983 | Berkely Breathed
  • Investigating the IRS

    05/05/2005 3:14:31 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 41 replies · 1,145+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 5 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate rider inserted in an emergency appropriations bill in the dead of the night, which would close a rare window into political foul play at the Internal Revenue Service, was quietly removed Tuesday in Senate-House negotiations. That offers full disclosure of a major scandal that has been percolating for a decade. The rider would have de-funded the investigation begun in 1995 of then-Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros by Independent Counsel David Barrett. The amendment was sponsored by three highly influential Democrats, purportedly to stop leakage of federal money in a run-on program and end persecution of a...
  • Five questions with Wells Fargo Bank CEO

    04/28/2005 12:55:24 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 1,062+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | Wednesday April 27th, 2005 | No Author listed
    A leader in America's financial services industry stopped by Bakersfield Wednesday. KW Associates, Realtors Richard Kovacevich, chairman and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo & Co. in San Francisco, addressed graduate students in the School of Business and Public Administration at Cal State Bakersfield, professors and local business leaders. His appearance was part of the school's Executive Briefing series, in which prominent professionals speak at the school. In case you're wondering, Kovacevich is not related to the local farming family with the same last name. Before Kovacevich stepped to the podium in the CSUB lecture hall, he sat down with...
  • Fake News Under Bill Clinton

    04/28/2005 7:46:07 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 10 replies · 684+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | April 28, 2005 | By Sherrie Gossett
    Fake News Under Bill Clinton If the media is truly so outraged about these VNRs, why were they not outraged during the Clinton adminstration? Listen to the radio version Send this page to a friend Format this page for printing While the media created a "scandal" over the Bush administration's use of video news releases (VNR), they continue to decline to report any details about the Clinton administration's production and use of VNRs. Clinton, like Bush, produced VNRs on a Medicare drug benefit. The VNR contained prepackaged news segments which were very similar in that they were not labeled as...
  • Armstrong makes surprise ride, places 15th

    04/11/2005 1:54:54 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 04/11/2005 | Associated Press
    OJAI, Calif. (AP) - Lance Armstrong was a surprise entry at a cycling race, stunning riders at the line minutes before the start and then finishing 15th in the Lemire Memorial Grand Prix. Wearing a blue and white jersey, the Tour de France champion took his place with others for the 90-minute criterium race through rural Ventura County on Sunday. Armstrong, who rarely rides in the United States, is tuning up for an attempt this summer for a record seventh straight title at the Tour de France. He is scheduled to ride in the Tour of Georgia on April 19-24....
  • Killed by Euphemisms

    03/31/2005 8:26:20 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 58 replies · 1,309+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 31, 2005 | NRO Editors
    There was an honest, forthright case for ending the life of Terri Schiavo. It was that her life no longer had any value, for herself or others, and that ending it — the quicker the better — would spare everyone misery. We disagree with that view, holding it wiser to stick with the Judeo-Christian tradition on the sanctity of innocent life. But the people who made this case deserve some credit for straightforwardness. But while the public may have agreed with the removal of Schiavo's feeding and hydration tube, apparently there are limits to the public's willingness to tolerate euthanasia...
  • Mother arrested for attempting to intervene in her 14-year old's decision to have abortion

    03/23/2005 10:01:06 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 442 replies · 10,411+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Joyce Morrison, Southern IL News Correspondent
    For legal reasons, the names of the family and the 14-year old girl that are the subject of this story have been withheld at this time. GRANITE CITY - A Sothern Illinois woman was arrested last week (March 17) after trying to intervene on behalf of her 14-year old daughter's effort to have an abortion. The girl was allegedly taken to an abortion clinic by the mother of the man allegedly to have impregnated the 14-year old. According to the girl's mother, her 14-year old daughter was called off from school in Madison County by a woman posing as the...
  • Armstrong to seek 7th straight Tour win

    02/16/2005 12:27:14 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 10 replies · 605+ views
    AP-Fox News ^ | 2\16\05 | Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) - There's no stopping Lance Armstrong at six when seventh heaven beckons. The only six-time winner of the Tour de France ended speculation that he would skip cycling's most prestigious race by announcing on Wednesday he'll be back this July in France for another bite of the cherry. Armstrong's 2005 race schedule "will include this summer's Tour de France where he will go for a seventh straight victory," said his Discovery Channel team's Web site. The American will be nearly 34 — too old, surely, to win the grueling three-week race again? But doubters said that last year,...
  • Top lieutenant to al-Zarqawi held in Baghdad

    01/24/2005 11:41:52 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 41 replies · 894+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 01/24/2005 | MSNBC News Services
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi security forces have arrested the “most lethal” top lieutenant of al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq — a man allegedly behind most of the car bombings in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, including the 2003 assault on U.N. headquarters that killed 22 people, the prime minister’s office said Monday. advertisement Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, was arrested during a raid in Baghdad on Jan. 15, a government statement said Monday. Two other militants linked to Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group have also been arrested, authorities said. Al-Jaaf was “the most lethal...
  • Phony 'ethics'

    12/10/2004 11:34:23 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 4 replies · 400+ views ^ | 12/10/2004 | Thomas Sowell
    Two apparently unrelated stories that appeared in newspapers on the same day are in reality not nearly as unrelated as they might seem. One story appeared under the headline, "High School Students Debate Steroid Ethics." The other story had the headline: "Economic Time Bomb: U.S. Teens Are Among Worst at Math." We have known for a long time that teenagers in Japan scored much higher on international math tests than American teenagers do. But did you know that teenagers in Poland, the Slovak Republic, Iceland, Canada, and Korea -- among other places -- also score higher than our teenagers? Out...
  • Paper Regrets Handling of Rumsfeld Story

    12/10/2004 9:38:24 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 31 replies · 1,171+ views
    Yahoo News/Associated Press ^ | 12/10/2004 | BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Readers should have been told promptly that an embedded reporter had helped frame a question that a serviceman asked of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week in Kuwait, the reporter's publisher says. AP Photo The question to Rumsfeld from Spc. Thomas "Jerry" Wilson, 31, of Nashville, complaining that many military vehicles in Iraq (news - web sites) are not adequately armored, has touched off a storm of new publicity about the issue. "In hindsight, information on how the question was framed should have been included in Thursday's story in the Times Free Press. It was not," the...
  • I Am a Lucky Arab

    08/28/2004 5:24:07 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 29 replies · 1,157+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | August 27, 2004 | anonymous for security reasons
    I am a lucky Arab. My grandfather, Mohammed, travelled on foot from his home in Iraq in the early part of the last century looking for work. Jews had come to British-controlled Palestine in the thousands, joining the Jews that had always been here, buying up land from absentee Turkish Muslim owners, and they needed many workers to help them build the land. He married, raised a large family, worked hard, and lived quietly. I live in Haifa in Israel. In 1948 when Israel declared its independence, Arab armies from surrounding Arab states attacked with the intention of destroying the...
  • Kerry blasts Bush over veterans' ad

    08/19/2004 6:15:19 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 19 replies · 739+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 19, 2004 | unattibuted AP aricle
    BOSTON - John Kerry fought back Thursday against campaign allegations that he exaggerated his combat record in Vietnam, accusing President Bush of using a Republican front group “to do his dirty work” and challenging Bush to debate their wartime service records. “Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: Bring it on,” said the Democratic presidential candidate, reviving an old war and campaign slogan amid strong urging from party leaders for him to respond to two-week-old GOP assertions. As Kerry denounced the criticism as “lies about my record,” aides privately acknowledged...
  • Conventional Kissing

    07/23/2004 12:54:41 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 20 replies · 927+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 23, 2004 | Florence King
    EDITOR'S NOTE: It was one of the Great Curmudgeon's best: her Campaign Diary recapping the goofiness on display at the last Democrat National Convention — from Bubba's pimp-rolling to Al and Tipper's lip-locking and all the foolishness in between. We dish it out again — reheated and tasting as just good as when first served in Miss King's September 25, 2000 entry for "The Misanthrope's Corner." And now that summer is in full swing, and your looking for the company of a good book as you sip your lemonade, we suggest you obtain the faithful collection of each and every...
  • Armstrong makes it personal in Stage 18

    07/23/2004 10:32:56 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 33 replies · 1,686+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/23/2004 | Unknown
    LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong took it easy Friday with his record sixth straight Tour de France crown all but won, allowing Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado to capture the 18th stage. LANCE SHOOTS FOR SIX ... After three punishing days in the Alps, where Armstrong won three times in a row, he and others in the main pack had no interest in chasing down Mercado and five other low-ranked riders who escaped ahead early in the stage through eastern France from Annemasse. Armstrong and his main rivals finished with the same time in the trailing pack, so his overall...
  • B.C.

    07/03/2004 6:19:10 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 28 replies · 279+ views
    AZ Central ^ | 07/03/2004 | Johnny Hart
  • Big George at 80

    05/31/2004 7:03:09 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 20 replies · 145+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 28, 2004 | William F. Buckley, JR
    If you need a tonic, buy, borrow, or steal the current issue of Forbes FYI, because you will find there an article by George H. W. Bush. (That's the one who is not now President.) It is published with the title "Executive Privilege," and what it does is tell you what it's like to be 80. Well yes, to be 80 if you are an ex-president. That means you have certain amenities in life not available to all of us. For instance, stepping out of the car one day he reached for the handle, but didn't quite make it. A...
  • BC Comic

    05/27/2004 7:21:56 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 10 replies · 156+ views
    AZ Central ^ | May 27 2004 | Johnny Hart
  • Ensign blasts Kennedy over Iraq comments

    05/12/2004 3:31:49 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 54 replies · 245+ views ^ | May 12 2004 | KRNV
    Nevada Senator John Ensign blasted Democrat Ted Kennedy for his "shameful" statements likening US soldiers to Saddam Hussein's torturous regime. The Nevada Republican was commenting on a statement credited to Senator Kennedy Tuesday. Kennedy is quoted as saying, "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management." Ensign believes Kennedy crossed the line with his comments and called on Kennedy to retract them immediately. "To express disappointment or anger over what has occurred at Abu Ghraib prison is one thing. To put American servicemen and women in the same category as one of the most...
  • The high price of hindsight

    04/18/2004 5:30:33 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 6 replies · 104+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 4/19/04 | Mortimer B. Zuckerman
    National security has been the core of President Bush's appeal to the public since 9/11. So it's no wonder that the attack on the Bush record by Richard Clarke, the counterterrorism adviser to four administrations, has inspired such a furious response. But the issue is too grave to be met by assaults on Clarke's integrity or by his attacks on Bush. It's the evidence that counts. Clarke has two substantive criticisms. First, the new administration was slow to come up with a plan for dealing with the terrorist threat before 9/11. Second, the decision to go to war against Iraq...
  • Ashcroft: Clinton Neutered FBI

    04/14/2004 6:21:30 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 61 replies · 422+ views via ^ | April 14, 2004 |
    Attorney General John Ashcroft's statement prepared for the Sept. 11 commission, provided by the commission: It is with great sorrow that I join this commission today in reflection on Sept. 11, 2001. Even today, 31 months after the attacks, I struggle to learn the lessons of that day without being overwhelmed by the losses of that day. I feel sorrow for the loss of life, sorrow for the loss of promise, sorrow for the lost innocence of a nation forever scarred. My sorrow for the victims of Sept. 11 is equaled only by my rage at their killer. Osama bin...
  • Woods arrives for week of military training

    04/12/2004 3:12:13 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 30 replies · 285+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, April 12, 2004 | Associated Press
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fresh from green jackets of Augusta National, Tiger Woods arrived at the home of the Green Berets on Monday for a week of military training. Woods, who finished 22nd at the Masters on Sunday, came on a private jet for his visit with the Army Special Forces. But Woods probably won't get the same type of training as his father, an ex-Green Beret who trained here during the Vietnam War. "I don't know how rough they're going to train him," retired Army Sgt. Maj. Dwight Nixon said Monday as he made the turn at the base's...
  • Good Friday

    04/09/2004 8:52:27 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 5 replies · 153+ views
    AZ Central ^ | Friday April 9, 2004 | Johnny Hart
  • FROM FALLUJAH: A Marine writes home

    04/08/2004 1:26:05 PM PDT · by stylin_geek · 62 replies · 506+ views ^ | Thursday, April 08, 2004 | unknown
    Things have been busy here. You know I can't say much about it. However, I do know two things. One, POTUS has given us the green light to do whatever we needed to do to win this thing so we have that going for us. Two, and my opinion only, this battle is going to have far reaching effects on not only the war here in Iraq but in the overall war on terrorism. We have to be very precise in our application of combat power. We cannot kill a lot of innocent folks (though they are few and far...
  • All in the Family (Who says 60 Minutes doesn’t pay for interviews?)

    04/04/2004 8:57:04 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 5 replies · 26+ views ^ | April 02, 2004, 9:31 a.m. | By Bryan Preston & Chris Regan
    CBS producers must have a line for when they meet someone like Richard Clarke: "We'll make ya famous." CBS, child of Viacom — and sister of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, cable network MTV, and Hollywood studio Paramount — holds a handful of aces when pursuing the big media "get" of the moment. The corporate family can dangle the world in front of anyone it wants to land badly enough, using its publishing, movie, music, and even news empire to land its quarry and generate a financial bonanza. In June 2003, CBS and its corporate family went after rescued soldier...
  • The Transition Has Begun

    03/29/2004 1:55:36 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 18 replies · 130+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2004 | Robert Alt
    One by one, Iraqis regain control of their own government operations. BAGHDAD — Much debate has swirled from Washington to Baghdad over the June 30, 2004, Coalition-pullout deadline: Will it be too soon to formally transfer power over key governmental operations from Coalition authority to the Iraqi people? At least one agency has demonstrated that June 30 is not soon enough: In a formal ceremony on Sunday, Ambassador Paul Bremer, surrounded by Iraqi doctors, announced that authority over the Ministry of Health is now officially in the hands of the Iraqi people. That the Ministry of Health should be the...
  • 'THE PASSION' UNLEASHED Gibson convinced 'evil all around us'

    03/18/2004 12:43:37 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 33 replies · 148+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: March 18, 2004 | Joe Kovacs
    Film director says Bible 'R-rated book,' people susceptible to unseen influences -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As Mel Gibson considers creating more stories depicting biblical times, "The Passion of The Christ" director says evil is "all around us." During an interview with radio talk-show host Sean Hannity, Gibson agreed with Hannity's statement that evil does exist. "Absolutely," Gibson said, "I mean you just have to look at a newspaper and read about this guy that knocked his family off," referring to Marcus Wesson of Fresno, Calif., who is accused of murdering nine members of his own family amid reports of incest and polygamy. "It's...
  • Win-win deal

    01/31/2004 6:53:14 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 131+ views
    Al-Ahram online weekly ^ | 29 January - 4 February 2004 | Tarek Atia
    Tarek Atia watches as Cairo celebrates an American genius -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It may be because Bill Gates is so omnipresent in our lives -- does "Resuming Windows" sound familiar? -- that his actual physical presence is, for lack of a better term, littler than life. The money -- all $40 billion or so -- could never really glamorise the nerd who made it; with his pudding-basin haircut and bland clothes and glasses he still plays the part, albeit with a lot of self-confidence. Wherever he goes the reception belies his techno-geek appearance. He gets mobbed like a movie star. Which is,...
  • Why the Trash You Sort Isn't Getting Recycled

    12/29/2003 10:07:20 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 106 replies · 715+ views ^ | December 29, 2003 | Dennis T. Avery
    My neighbors are unhappy to learn that the trash they’ve carefully sorted for years into brown bottles, green bottles, cans, and paper is being dumped back into one pile at the local landfill. Except for aluminum cans, no one wants the sorted trash items. Is this bad for the environment? Probably not. I checked with Dr. Daniel Benjamin of Clemson University (and the PERC Center for Free Market Environmentalism) and he says: First, don’t worry that the trash going into our landfills will take over too much of the land area. People today are actually throwing away less trash (in...
  • Pride & Honor

    11/11/2003 7:17:35 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 3 replies · 121+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 11, 2003, | Senator Jon Kyl
    We mark another Veterans' Day with young men and women defending our country overseas. As these brave Americans carry out their missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, we pause to reflect with pride on their sacrifices, and to honor the service of all those who wore the uniform before them. It's proper that we take the time to do that, for every U.S. soldier has contributed to the freedom and prosperity America enjoys today. Our enemies are deterred whenever we demonstrate the willingness to use our power. And our allies — even those who criticize us — depend heavily on...
  • Saudis blame al-Qaida for blasts

    11/09/2003 8:43:49 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 23 replies · 465+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11-9/2003 | MSNBC Staff and wire reports
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 9 — Saudi officials pointed to al-Qaida on Sunday as responsible for a suicide car bombing that devastated a Riyadh housing complex, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 120. RUBBLE, BROKEN glass, splintered furniture and charred, twisted hunks of metal covered the scene of Saturday’s attack, in which militants — possibly disguised as police — shot their way into the compound in the upscale neighborhood before detonating at least one vehicle packed with explosives. The attack was similar in style to a deadly suicide bombing of another Riyadh housing complex in May, also...
  • A Few Good Grumps

    11/06/2003 1:56:38 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 9 replies · 166+ views
    AARP Magazine ^ | November-December 2003 | Jon Winokur
    Cranky, rude, indispensable. Our group of grumpy know-it-alls—including Bill O'Reilly and Andy Rooney—explain (and you better pay attention) why America needs curmudgeons now more than ever Curmudgeons keep the rest of us cockeyed optimists honest. That's why we need them more than ever. (If you don't like it, lump it.) When author Ray Bradbury was 13, he saw W. C. Fields standing on a Hollywood street corner. Excitedly, the boy approached Fields with a sheet of paper for an autograph. Fields signed his name, handed back the paper, and said, "There you are, you little son of a bitch." Fields...
  • Suicide bombers call for better working conditions

    10/27/2003 7:16:47 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 23 replies · 155+ views
    DeadBrain ^ | 7 Aug 2003 | dead brain
    A group claiming to speak on behalf of suicide bombers worldwide has called for its members to have better working conditions. According to Suicide Bombers International, which worryingly claims to have over 10,000 active members, many suicide bombers are treated badly by the terrorist organisations they work for. "A lot of these suicide bombers are being exploited," said the organisation's press officer, Douglas Ramsbottom, a former suicide bomber who left the job on health grounds. "Once they join a terrorist group there's no going back. There are no unions, no health and safety inspectors, nothing. The conditions are often terrible."...
  • Poll: Davis in peril, Schwarzenegger shows strength

    09/30/2003 9:17:33 AM PDT · by stylin_geek · 11 replies · 176+ views
    Davis replacement for 40 percent asked is Schwarzenegger LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --Voters in the California recall election might be poised to kick Gov. Gray Davis out and vote Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Sunday. When asked how they would vote on recalling Davis, 63 percent of probable voters surveyed said they would vote yes, compared with 35 percent who said they would vote no. In a separate vote to choose a replacement for Davis, Schwarzenegger was the choice of 40 percent of respondents. Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante was the choice for 25...
  • Michelle Malkin/Ricardo Pimental debate

    01/26/2003 6:58:48 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 33 replies · 485+ views
    myself ^ | 1/26/2003 | Myself
    I had the pleasure of attending a debate featuring Michelle Malkin and Ricardo Pimental. I did get a couple of good pics, along with finding out just how stunning Ms. Malkin is. Believe me, pictures do not do her justice. Especially since I was nervous and my hands were shaking while trying to take her picture. It helped I had a sign that said "Free Republic loves Michelle." I showed her the sign, she laughed, I asked for pictures, and she was nice enough to oblige. The debate was current border policy, vs tightening down as much as possible...
  • Wizrd of Id

    01/20/2003 2:13:49 AM PST · by stylin_geek · 5 replies · 106+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | 1/20/2002 | Parker & Hart