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  • Matthew Dowd Explains Christmas on Twitter: Mary and Joseph Were 'Immigrants' and 'Refugees'

    12/26/2016 11:41:22 AM PST · by kevcol · 50 replies
    NewsBusters and Twitter ^ | December 25, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    The latest media person to fail to think and count to ten before hitting the "Tweet" button is Matthew Dowd. Once a Democrat, Dowd came over to the Republican Party in 1999, and was George W. Bush's chief campaign strategist during the 2004 campaign. He became an independent in 2008 and is currently a Chief Political Analyst at ABC News. He also claims to be Catholic, but clearly has a politically twisted understanding of the first Christmas.
  • Trump won’t pursue case against Clinton, Conway says (?)

    11/22/2016 6:28:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 239 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/22/2016 | Jerry Markon, Paul Farhi and Karen Tumulty
    President-elect Donald Trump has decided that his administration will not pursue criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday. Trump’s apparent decison, conveyed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,’’ would be an extraordinary break with political and legal protocol, which holds that the Attorney General and FBI makes decisions on whether to conduct investigations and file charges, free of pressure from the president. During his campaign, Trump had issued incendiary calls for a special prosecutor to re-open the FBI’s closed investigation of...
  • IBD/TIPP: Americans' Economic Outlook Hits 14-Month High

    08/11/2016 3:25:06 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 42 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 8/09/2016 | JED GRAHAM
    Americans' view of the economy rebounded in early August from the worst level in several years to the best since June 2015, according to the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index. The subgauge of the six-month economic outlook jumped to a still-dreary 44.7 from July's 36.7, which had matched the worst level since October 2013. The reading below the neutral 50 level still reflects a modestly pessimistic outlook. The improved sentiment comes amid news of higher wages... Separately, the National Federation of Independent Business reported on Tuesday that its Small Business Optimism Index rose slightly in July but remained on the soft...
  • How Putin is out-maneuvering Obama in Syria

    03/31/2016 7:28:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Joseph Klein
    The Stop-and-Go Syrian Peace Talks In what has become a monthly ritual, the United Nations Security Council received a briefing on March 30th regarding the very dire humanitarian conditions in war-torn Syria. Stephen O’Brien, the Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, delivered the latest assessment. He noted as positive developments a respite in violence in some parts of the country since the cessation of hostilities came into effect one month ago, and some limited progress on access for the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas. However, he said that many of the 4.6...
  • On the Alawites

    02/23/2016 7:55:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/10/2016 | ELIEZER SIMINOVSKY
    Assad has done some bad things in his day. There is no doubt about that. What choice did he have? The Alawaites are a tiny minority group (12%) surrounded by a sea of intolerant radical Sunni Arabs. He has made deals with horrible people. As an Israeli, I know this all too well. At the same time, I can take a step back and understand that the Middle East is a tough place and tough places call for tough measures. As I mentioned above the Alawites are a 12% minority. Most of their neighbors consider them pagans who worship the...
  • The End of Saudi Arabia?

    01/21/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 20, 2016 | Mike Konrad
    A more detestable regime than Saudi Arabia could not be found. Arguably the most repressive regime on earth. An absolute monarchy. A Wahhabist theocratic nightmare that arms ISIS. Only North Korea may be worse, and North Korea does not put women in burqas or have any areas where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced. It is a close call. At least North Korea does not ban alcohol. Read more: Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook
  • Dark matter and the dinosaur: New theory challenges notions on origins of human life

    12/12/2015 1:32:59 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2015 | Joseph Brean
    TORONTO — Dark matter inspires many strange theories, but until now few have involved giant lizards and the origins of humanity. If physicist Lisa Randall’s theory is correct, however, there is a clear link between dark matter, the great unknown majority of universal stuff and the extinction of the dinosaurs, which cleared the path for the rise of mammals, including that special species, homo sapiens. Roughly, her idea is that the rotation of a vast disc of dark matter through our solar system dislodged an asteroid from a weak and distant orbit, and sent it hurtling toward Earth, where it...
  • On Viewing 2001: The First Transhumanist Film

    11/20/2015 10:59:53 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 27 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | November 20, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [If you're into science fiction or into a lot of the new scientific breakthroughs, you'll probably find this interesting!]On Viewing 2001: The First Transhumanist FilmBy Edward Hudgins I recently saw 2001: A Space Odyssey again on the big screen. That's the best way to see this visually stunning cinematic poem, like I saw it during its premiere run in 1968. The film's star, Keir Dullea, attended that recent screening and afterward offered thoughts on director Stanley Kubrick's awe-inspiring opus. He and many others have discussed the visions offered in the film. Some have come to pass: video phone calls and...
  • Explorer Who Discovered The 'Titanic' Sets Out To Prove That Noah's Flood Formed Black Sea

    07/22/2003 6:51:44 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,024+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 7-23-2003 | David Usborne
    Explorer who discovered the 'Titanic' sets out to prove that Noah's flood formed Black Sea By David Usborne 23 July 2003 The Bible tells us how the Great Flood happened, compelling Noah to herd all of animal life into his Ark. The skies opened and it rained incessantly, in fact for 40 days and 40 nights. But some scientists have another theory altogether and this week an expedition will leave for the Black Sea to try to prove it. Among the team will be Robert Ballard, the American underwater explorer who became famous when he found the Titanic beneath the...
  • Chicxulub Didnt Do It All By Itself

    10/17/2014 11:40:09 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 24 replies
    Geology Times ^ | 10/10/2014 | Staff
    Geoscientists now overwhelmingly agree that a single large asteroid or comet impact, such as Chicxulub in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, could not have been the sole cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Instead, new research in both planetary/space science and multiple earth-science specialties reveals that concomitant volcanic activity and the associated climate and environmental changes were significant contributing factors in four of the five major mass extinctions in Earth history.
  • Univ. of Leicester students: Noah’s Ark would've floated w/ two each of 35,000 species of animal

    04/03/2014 3:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | April 4, 2014
    NOAH’S Ark would have floated — even with two of every animal on board, physicists have determined based on the weight of the beasts and the buoyancy of the boat. The students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester who came to this conclusion used the dimensions for the boat that were given in the Bible. In the book of Genesis, Noah is commanded to build an ark which is 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high to house himself, his family and two of every species of animal. For the study,...
  • Bible condition for 3rd Temple now met? ('red heifer' being raised in U.S.)

    06/27/2014 9:29:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    WND ^ | June 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute has taken on the goal of rebuilding the Third Jewish Temple, regarded by Jews and Christians as a precursor to the coming of the Messiah. The plan is guaranteed to provoke world conflict, since the Islamic Dome of the Rock now sits on the presumed Temple site. And while the preparations seem to be lining up, a major obstacle remains – the absence of a red heifer, required in the biblical book of Numbers, Chapter 19, for the purification that is essential before worship. Until now, according to the institute. The organization posted a video this...
  • Lapid: Israel's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state is rubbish

    01/01/2014 3:17:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    An op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday by Roger Cohen, titled "My Jewish State" has shed light on comments Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid made during a sit down with the columnist in August 2013. During their chat last summer, Lapid reiterated his lack of interest in Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Lapid reportedly told Cohen “the fact that we demand from Palestinians a declaration that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, I just think this is rubbish. I don’t need that. The whole point of Israel was we came here saying we...
  • The Pope, Chaplain to OWS? Rubbish

    10/24/2011 2:18:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2011 | George Weigel
    “Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish,” says voice therapist Lionel Logue to King George VI as the brassy Australian walks the about-to-be-crowned king through a particularly orotund part of the coronation ceremony in The King’s Speech. Logue’s comment nicely sums up the media and Catholic Left commentary on a “Note” released today by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary System in the Context of Global Public Authority.” Drudge got it wrong: “Vatican Calls for ‘Central World Bank’.” CNBC got it wrong: “The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a ‘global public authority’ and...
  • Another day off for the binmen: Councils do nothing as the rubbish crisis grows

    01/03/2011 8:54:22 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    dailymail ^ | 4th January 2011 | By Steve Doughty and Claire Ellicott
    Binmen and council bosses were sitting at home enjoying the bank holiday yesterday – while families struggled with weeks of uncollected rubbish and residents complained of refuse mountains in the streets. Across the country town hall chiefs ignored the overwhelming evidence of a deepening waste crisis and a growing threat to public health in favour of allowing their workers to complete an unbroken public holiday. The councils’ umbrella body, the Local Government Association, confirmed the failure of local authorities to respond to desperate pleas from their voters for action to remove mounds of rubbish from roads and public spaces. Pile...
  • Mexican Attacks Inflame Tensions on NYC Island (black on Hispanic)

    08/16/2010 4:59:22 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 41 replies
    fox news & AP ^ | August 16, 2010 | fox news & AP
    When Rodolfo Olmedo was dragged down by a group of men shouting anti-Mexican epithets and bashed over the head with a wooden stick on the street outside his home, he instinctively covered his face to keep from getting disfigured. Blood filled his mouth. "I wanted to scream, but I couldn't because of the beating they were giving me," said the 25-year-old baker. Nearly five months later, he is still taking pain medications for his head injuries. Recorded by a store's surveillance camera, the assault was the first of 11 suspected anti-Hispanic bias attacks in a Staten Island neighborhood, re-igniting years-old...
  • The Real Reason for Obama's Unpopularity

    02/18/2010 4:50:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,552+ views ^ | February 18, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    When a president suffers a sharp decline in popularity early in his term, it seems safe to conclude he has badly misjudged the mood of the electorate, pushed the wrong policies and set himself on the path to becoming a one-term president. That, it's widely agreed, is the sad tale of Barack Obama, who has managed to demoralize liberals while inspiring a wave of gloating among conservatives. A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that already, most Americans want to vote him out in 2012. But both Democrats and Republicans are jumping the gun. They forget that this storyline also describes...
  • Book: Bush favored cap and trade

    09/24/2009 2:34:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies · 2,625+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-24 | Eric Zimmermann
    President Bush favored cap and trade, one of this former speechwriters claims in a new book. In fact, Matt Latimer writes in "Speechless," the President actually ENDORSED the policy in a speech, but no one in the press could figure out what he meant. Cap-and-trade, which would put a limit on businesses' carbon emissions, barely passed the House this year but has yet to make headway in the Senate. Most Republicans are vocally opposed to it.
  • Man died in network of tunnels he made through house of rubbish[UK]

    01/07/2009 9:54:12 AM PST · by BGHater · 26 replies · 1,489+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Jan 2009 | Telegraph
    A man whose home was so full of rubbish that he had to build an intricate network of tunnels to get around may have died after losing his way in the labyrinth. Investigators believe Gordon Stewart, 74, died as a result of dehydration, after becoming unable to find his way out of the mass of carrier bags, boxes, old furniture and other junk. Police had to call in a specialist diving team because the smell from the house, Broughton, Buckinghamshire, was so overpowering. Neighbours had become concerned that they had not seen Mr Stewart for several days and raised the...
  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney's Wax Head Found In A Bin By A Homeless Man

    10/23/2008 7:57:11 AM PDT · by Goonch · 65 replies · 964+ views
    allheadlinenews ^ | October 23, 2008 10:30 a.m. EST
    London, England (CNS) - Sir Paul McCartney's head has been found in a bin by a homeless man. Anthony Silva has found the waxwork of the Beatle legend's head and earned himself a reward of 2,000 pounds [around $3,200]...The head, made in the 1960s and displayed at the Louis Tussauds museum in Great Yarmouth, is expected to sell from 5,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds, or around $8,000 to $16,000, at Carters Entertainment auctioneers.
  • The 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth

    06/17/2008 7:19:00 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 140 replies · 123+ views
    Yahoo Autos ^ | June 17, 2008 | Bill Siuru
    According to a recent study by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, 73 percent of California drivers change their oil more frequently than required. This same scenario no doubt repeats itself across the country. Besides wasting money, this translates into unnecessary consumption of $100-a-barrel oil, much of it imported. Using 2005 data, the Board estimates that Californians alone generate about 153.5 million gallons of waste oil annually, of which only about 60 percent is recycled. Used motor oil poses the greatest environmental risk of all automotive fluids because it is insoluble, persistent, and contains heavy metal and toxic chemicals. One...
  • Rubbish Threatens Tuvixeduu Necropolis (Ancient Ruins - Sardinia)

    05/24/2008 2:32:40 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 171+ views
    Times On Line ^ | 5-24-2008
    Rubbish threatens Tuvixeddu necropolisRichard Owen in RomeMay 24,2008 An ancient Mediterranean necropolis described as one of the world's greatest historical sites is being submerged beneath cement, high rise housing and rubbish dumps, according to Italian conservationists. Tuvixeddu - which means “hills with small cavities” in the Sardinian dialect - contains thousands of Phoenician and Punic burial chambers from the 6th century BC. It has long been robbed of funerary objects but some of its tombs have retained their original paintings, including “Ureo's Tomb”, named after a sacred serpent, and “The Warrior's Tomb”, in which a decoration depicts a warrior throwing...
  • Silvio Berlusconi Declares Naples Street Rubbish Dumps 'Military No-Go Zones'

    05/22/2008 7:53:13 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 87+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Silvio Berlusconi declares Naples street rubbish dumps 'military no-go zones' By Malcolm Moore in Naples Last Updated: 10:30PM BST 21/05/2008 Silvio Berlusconi promised to wash Italy clean of fear and use "absolute firmness" against any dissent. The 71-year-old prime minister held the first meeting of his new cabinet in rubbish-strewn Naples in order to resolve the city's perennial problems of crime and unemployment. At the end of the five-hour meeting, Mr Berlusconi promised to govern the city and the country with an iron fist. "We have painful tasks ahead, but we will act with unswerving determination," he said. He reclassified...
  • Parallel Universes Exist - Study

    09/24/2007 4:10:41 PM PDT · by anymouse · 150 replies · 339+ views
    Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as "one of the most important developments in the history of science". The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed. In Everett's "many worlds" universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out - in its own universe. A motorist who has a near miss, for instance,...
  • Great Britain: 'Envirocrime' snoops paid £30,000 just to check your rubbish

    04/22/2007 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies · 615+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2007 | DANIEL BOFFEY
    'Envirocrime' snoops paid £30,000 just to check your rubbishBy DANIEL BOFFEY - More by this author » Last updated at 22:21pm on 21st April 2007A council is paying plain-clothes snoopers £30,000 a year to track down homeowners who put their rubbish out at the wrong time of the week or in the wrong place. The 'envirocrime' officers are employed to enforce environmental regulations and have the power to fine residents who 'offend'. Ealing Council in West London is spending nearly £150,000 on recruiting and employing four new enforcement patrollers to add to its 23-strong team that already monitors 'waste...
  • US nuke boffins rubbish polygraph testing

    03/26/2007 6:12:09 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 21 replies · 570+ views
    Yahoo! UK & Ireland News ^ | March 23,2007 | Lewis Page
    Lie detectors might work in the movies, but a US congressional report says that when it comes to screening nuclear scientists, you might as well reinstitute the ducking stool. The US Congressional Research Service last month updated a report looking into the use of polygraphs or "lie detectors" in the US government. The report specifically focuses on use of polygraph screening in the Department of Energy (DOE), which runs some of America's most sensitive nuclear labs and research programmes. Large numbers of DOE personnel have been made to take routine polygraph tests since some embarrassing security breaches in the late...
  • Why We Are Closer To Cousins From Our Mother's Side

    02/27/2007 6:43:39 PM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 1,557+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-28-2007 | Roger Highfield
    Why we are closer to cousins from our mother's side By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 1:51am GMT 28/02/2007 We tend to help cousins on our mother's side more than cousins on our father's, according to a study published today. Evolution by natural selection has shaped us to mistrust paternity, say researchers, and their findings confirm a prediction by evolutionary scientists that we tend to be kinder – altruistic – to the children of our mother's sister than those of our father's brother. Evolutionary biologists say that the more likely we are to have genes in common with our...
  • Clooney joins Grisham in Moral Movies Inc

    12/23/2006 7:26:21 PM PST · by MadIvan · 60 replies · 1,778+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | John Harlow
    IN an unusual alliance of star power George Clooney, the Hollywood actor and producer, is joining forces with John Grisham, the bestselling author, to create films dedicated to exposing miscarriages of justice.Grisham, who has blocked attempts to turn some of his novels into films, has agreed to let Clooney make one based on his first non-fiction book, The Innocent Man. Sources close to the 51-year-old author say that other films, television dramas and documentaries may follow. For Grisham, a former lawyer who turned his back on Hollywood after the amazing winning streak that followed the Tom Cruise blockbuster The Firm...
  • So you want to be the next President? Then get writing

    12/11/2006 11:08:35 PM PST · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 578+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 12, 2006 | Toby Harnden
    Most will end up in piles of remaindered copies or lie unread in the rooms of students. As literature, they have few redeeming qualities, while their relationship to reality is often questioned, as is their true authorship.But the presidential candidate's book has become as much part of the race for the White House as the wooing of wealthy donors in Manhattan, trudging through the snows of New Hampshire and endless stump speeches in Iowa. With the 2008 election arguably the most open contest since 1928 – the last time no sitting president or vice-president ran for their party's nomination –...
  • Householders face 'pay as you throw' rubbish tax (WTH Alert)

    12/02/2006 5:11:23 PM PST · by jdm · 14 replies · 409+ views
    Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | Dec 2, 2006
    THOUSANDS of householders are facing the prospect of paying Britain’s first domestic rubbish tax under an Environment Agency proposal to trial the system in councils across England and Wales, writes Jonathan Leake. The scheme would see householders charged according to the weight of all non-recyclable waste they put out for collection each week. Green waste — recyclable paper, metal and glass, for example — would still be taken away for free. The agency’s “pay as you throw” proposal is aimed at breaking a deadlock between government departments that has held up attempts to “green” Britain’s waste disposal system. Tomorrow, the...
  • Large Muslim areas 'not breeding grounds for terror'

    11/22/2006 1:13:01 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 49 replies · 920+ views
    Manchester Evening News ^ | 21st November 2006 | Seb Ramsay
    MUSLIM terrorists are no more likely to come from places with large Islamic populations than anywhere else, according to Manchester academics. Dr Ludi Simpson and Dr Nissa Finney studied media reports to map the location of suspects charged under anti-terror laws. The Manchester university researchers found that the proportion of people who have been charged is no greater in areas with large Muslim populations. They warn that "branding" areas such as Bradford and Newham, in London, as terrorism hotbeds is not only inaccurate but creates an atmosphere of "prejudice and fear". Dr Simpson said: "We looked at the 75 cases...
  • Let them eat cake, says Boris before he has second thoughts [Peek at British politics.]

    10/03/2006 11:28:30 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 371+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 04OCT06 | Graeme Wilson and Robert Colvile
    Boris Johnson was embroiled in an astonishing row last night after he attacked the TV chef Jamie Oliver and his campaign for healthier school dinners. The shadow higher education minister criticised Oliver's crusade days after David Cameron endorsed the chef's campaign. Mr Johnson even offered support to the mothers in Yorkshire who passed fast food to their children through the school fence in protest at the introduction of "over-priced, low-fat rubbish" in the school canteen. "I say let people eat what they like. Why shouldn't they push pies through the railings?" Mr Johnson told a fringe meeting in Bournemouth. "I...
  • August 21/22 WMD Terror Predictions [Live Doomsday Thread]

    08/21/2006 1:06:06 AM PDT · by illuminator413 · 128 replies · 6,743+ views
    08/21/06 | Illuminator
    Here are my predictions for August 22 (actually August 21). I’ve analyzed over 10,000 articles and a list of books since 9/11. Here is my analysis, listed as predictions, as of 1 AM PT 8/21. I don’t reference all my sources in the interest of space. 1. Terrorists will probably attack Israel with WMD on 8/21 or 8/22. Most likely time is on 8/21 between 9 AM and 2 PM US Pacific Time. This time corresponds to the Islamic religious holiday of the night of Rajab 27, which begins at sunset local time (ie around 9 AM PT US). The...
  • Tobacco may kill 1 billion this century

    07/10/2006 12:47:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 125 replies · 1,466+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/06 | Andrew Bridges - ap
    WASHINGTON - If current trends hold, tobacco will kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, public health officials said Monday. Tobacco accounts for one in five cancer deaths, or 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year, according to two new reference guides that chart global tobacco use and cancer. Lung cancer remains the major cancer among the 10.9 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year, according to the Cancer Atlas. Reducing tobacco use would have the greatest affect on global cancer rates, health officials said. Improving nutrition and reducing infection by...
  • Madonna crosses a line but antics fail to shock

    05/23/2006 3:53:44 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 81 replies · 2,417+ views
    The Times ^ | May 23, 2006 | Chris Ayres
    MADONNA’S world tour began in typically provocative fashion when the pop singer hung from a cross, shouted an obscenity at an image of President Bush, showed video footage that seemed to compare Tony Blair to Adolf Hitler, and writhed around on a device that combined a horse’s saddle with a stripper’s pole.As if that were not enough, the singer also wore a crown of thorns, dressed up as various male icons — James Brown and John Travolta included — and even briefly played the electric guitar. Early reviews of the event on Sunday night were positive, but the show failed...
  • PM canes 'rubbish' postmodern teaching

    04/20/2006 2:21:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies · 890+ views
    The Australian ^ | 21st April 2006 | Steve Lewis and Imre Salusinszky
    JOHN Howard believes the postmodern approach to literature being taught in schools is "rubbish" and is considering tying education funding to ending the "gobbledegook" taught in some states. The Prime Minister made the threat after accusing the state education authorities of "dumbing down" the English syllabus and succumbing to political correctness. "I feel very, very strongly about the criticism that many people are making that we are dumbing down the English syllabus," Mr Howard said. Australia's most distinguished literary scholar, Leonie Kramer, yesterday agreed with the Prime Minister's criticism of how English is taught in high schools. Dame Leonie, professor...
  • Say It Ain’t So (How the GOP majority lost its way)

    01/30/2006 6:00:34 PM PST · by wjersey · 24 replies · 616+ views
    NRO ^ | 1/30/2006 | Rich Lowry
    In recent months, Republicans in Congress have finally seemed to complete a circuit that began with their complaints about Democratic abuses of power fifteen years ago. Then, House Speaker Jim Wright was one of the GOP's favorite symbols of Democratic imperiousness and loose ethics. One of the controversies that helped sink Wright was the help he gave a business partner and supporter — in the form of $30 million worth of earmarks for a dubious development project. Who would have predicted that ten years after taking Congress and promising to clean it up, Republicans would be rocked by their own...
  • Another month of daylight

    08/08/2005 4:18:35 PM PDT · by kingattax · 55 replies · 1,094+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | August 8, 2005 | MICHAEL McAULIFF
    WASHINGTON - The clock is ticking on a new Y2K-style techno scare in 2007 - thanks to Congress. That's because legislators slipped a measure into the energy bill that President Bush is set to sign today extending daylight-saving time by four weeks - a change-up that machines already programmed for the annual hour jump may not be prepared to cope with. Daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier in the spring and last one week longer in the fall. "Missiles won't be launching, but it's still going to cause a lot of hassle," said technology expert Lauren Weinstein, warning that...
  • Farah: No on Roberts

    08/08/2005 3:29:26 PM PDT · by TBP · 151 replies · 2,824+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 8, 2005 | Joe Farah
    I don't know who makes me sicker – President Bush or the "conservatives" who continue to back him and his sell-out choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservatives eagerly jumped in to throw their support to the unknown John Roberts as soon as the choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor was announced. On what basis? The guy was a blank slate – like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy before him. Then, last week, the Los Angeles Times broke the story that Roberts had volunteered his services – pro bono – to help prepare a landmark homosexual activist case to...
  • No On Roberts (Joseph Farah Slams Conservatives For Being Bamboozled By White House Alert)

    08/07/2005 10:20:55 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 345 replies · 6,201+ views
    World Net ^ | 08/08/05 | Joseph Farah
    I don't know who makes me sicker – President Bush or the "conservatives" who continue to back him and his sell-out choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservatives eagerly jumped in to throw their support to the unknown John Roberts as soon as the choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor was announced. On what basis? The guy was a blank slate – like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy before him. Then, last week, the Los Angeles Times broke the story that Roberts had volunteered his services – pro bono – to help prepare a landmark homosexual activist case to...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Money bleeds Hollywood of its movie magic

    07/23/2005 4:31:17 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 82 replies · 2,315+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 24, 2005 | Andrew Sullivan
    ‘You can take Hollywood for granted like I did,” says a character in F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon. “Or you can dismiss it with the contempt we reserve for what we don’t understand. It can be understood too, but only dimly and in flashes. Not half a dozen men have ever been able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads.”If that was true decades ago, it is truer today. I have yet to find any American grown-up who disagrees with the notion that Hollywood movies today are unprecedentedly bad. But nobody quite understands why. It has...
  • Defaming of FreeRepublic (Vanity) [DUmmie FUnnies]

    07/19/2005 4:32:20 PM PDT · by Doug Loss · 73 replies · 1,934+ views
    The Williamsport Sun-Gazette forums ^ | July 19, 2005 | justaguy
    This was just posted to a web forum hosted by my local newspaper. Before I comment on it to the poster (who has posted before that he's a registered Republican, but who is a frothing liberal), I want to find out if anyone here knows anything about this. If Freepers really did this, I'm ashamed. But I have a hard time believing that, especially since DU is mentioned. In fact, as I re-read it I notice that there are no checkable or verifiable facts here. What can you all tell me about this? Here then is the post: This is...
  • Mugabe's Raids Leave Townships In Tatters ('Operation Drive Out The Rubbish')

    06/02/2005 6:05:30 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 505+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-3-2005 | David Blair
    Mugabe's raids leave townships in tatters By David Blair, Africa Correspondent (Filed: 03/06/2005) Desperate people picked through the wreckage of their homes yesterday after Zimbabwe's police raided Harare's townships, destroying "illegal shelters" and leaving 10,000 homeless. Riot police conducting "Operation Drive Out the Rubbish" were accused of bringing misery to the urban poor, the latest target of President Robert Mugabe's campaign of terror. Children wait with their belongings after their home was destroyed In one township Irish missionaries were forced to dismantle a clinic and a creche for children orphaned by the Aids epidemic. Police demolished shacks inhabited by impoverished...
  • Defeated Kerry sits in cold

    01/20/2005 4:09:28 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 112 replies · 4,770+ views ^ | 21 January 2005 | Thomas Ferraro
    US Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who had hoped to replace George W. Bush as president yesterday, instead sat in the cold and clapped as the Republican began a second four-year term. Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin patted Senator Kerry on the back shortly before the inauguration Senator Kerry had hoped would be his. As Mr Bush delivered his inaugural address, Senator Kerry, about 10m away on the steps of the US Capitol, joined other lawmakers and the crowd in repeated applause. Senator Kerry looked relaxed, at times wistful. He frequently smiled, able to hide any disappointment over what...
  • CUNY Rewards a Laughingstock

    12/06/2004 8:38:38 PM PST · by DaveCooper · 16 replies · 672+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | December 6, 2004 | Mark Goldblatt
    IF BEING A NATIONAL LAUGHINGSTOCK cannot derail a career as a university scholar, what can? The City University of New York graduate school just promoted Stanley Aronowitz from plain old professor to distinguished professor of sociology. Aronowitz’s fifteen minutes of fame came three years ago when his left-wing journal, Social Text, fell prey to “Sokal’s Hoax.” Six ST editors read and accepted physicist Alan Sokal’s “Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”—without realizing it was a parody of academic double-talk. With mock seriousness, Sokal claimed to show how “the space-time manifold ceases to exist as an objective...
  • If Specter gets his Chairmanship, let's boycott Santorum in 2006 (A Threat)

    11/07/2004 3:05:58 PM PST · by Remember_Salamis · 239 replies · 2,119+ views
    We must make it perfectly clear to Rick Santorum that if he lets Specter chair the judiciary committee, we WILL NOT SUPPORT HIM in 2006 for Senate. Instead, we will support Pat Toomey. We must also make it perfectly clear to Bill Frist that if he does not block Specter Chairmanship, he might as well not even enter the 2008 primaries. Both of these men hold the power over Specter and we must threaten to boycott their futures if they ignore their base.
  • The incompetent or the incoherent? (The Economist endorses Kerry, switches from 2000)

    10/28/2004 11:19:29 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 48 replies · 1,701+ views
    The Economist ^ | 10/28/04
    With a heavy heart, we think American readers should vote for John Kerry on November 2nd YOU might have thought that, three years after a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, a period which has featured two wars, radical political and economic legislation, and an adjustment to one of the biggest stockmarket crashes in history, the campaign for the presidency would be an especially elevated and notable affair. If so, you would be wrong. This year's battle has been between two deeply flawed men: George Bush, who has been a radical, transforming president but who has never seemed truly up...
  • Cave of Darkness Approaches (FYI but sounds fake to me)

    07/13/2004 7:45:14 AM PDT · by Sender · 43 replies · 2,248+ views
    Global Islamic Media ^ | Sun July 11, 2004 | Algernaan Spencer
    Communication intercepted on Internet on Nuclear Attack - Cave of Darkness - Aljernaan Spencer 3 nukes positioned Khodja we await the signals Sun Jul 11, 2004 12:32am We will be in place within next 72 hours. We pray this is the time Allah has selected for us to carry out our missions. Until then my brother we wait and pray for the great victory Allah will bestow upon us. All freedom fighters of Mohammad have moved forward in the past few days and will move another step toward the victory Allah has willed against the infidels in next days. Just...
  • Traitor Report: "Director Michael Moore Sends Message to Korean Citizens" (Seoul, Korea)

    07/09/2004 6:19:39 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 12 replies · 606+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Newspaper, Seoul, Korea (in English) ^ | 9 July 2004 | Chosun Ilbo Newspaper, Seoul (English)
    Michael Moore, director of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” delivered to Korean viewers a message in which he wished them to carry on a campaign against the dispatch of additional troops to Iraq. Michael Moore issued words of hope and pleading in his first official press conference since the release of the film at the Essex House Hotel in New York with about 200 local and foreign reporters present. According to Cinema People, the company in charge of the PR for the movie in Korea, Michael Moore was asked whether he wished to convey any messages through "Fahrenheit 9/11" to the Korean...
  • Clinton and the 'mother of all book parties'

    06/21/2004 3:10:55 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 33 replies · 172+ views
    The Times ^ | June 22, 2004 | Nicholas Wapshott
    IN WHAT the New York literary scene is calling “the mother of all book parties”, Bill Clinton last night hosted a lavish launch gala for 1,000 guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to mark the publication of his memoir, My Life. The party took on the air of a glittering Hollywood film premiere as stretch limos lined up on Fifth Avenue to dispense guests from the book world and former colleagues from the Clinton Adminstration into a scrum of waiting press. The Met party, thrown by the publishers Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, was a less...