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  • Hillary vs. Allen [Robert Novak]

    05/14/2005 11:12:38 AM PDT · by aculeus · 127 replies · 2,245+ views ^ | May 14, 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Members of the inner circle of high-ranking House Republicans privately agree that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is an absolute lock for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and will not be easy to defeat in the general election. The same lawmakers believe the Republican race to oppose Clinton is wide open but regard Sen. George Allen of Virginia as having the edge over Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee. The consensus among them is that Allen is a better candidate than Frist and will the advantage over him in GOP primaries. The House members see little or...
  • DNA project to trace human steps

    05/14/2005 11:44:42 AM PDT · by planetesimal · 8 replies · 437+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 13 April, 2005 | Paul Rincon
    DNA project to trace human steps By Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter A project spanning five continents is aiming to map the history of human migration via DNA. The Genographic Project will collect DNA samples from over 100,000 people worldwide to help piece together a picture of how the Earth was colonised. Samples gathered from indigenous people and the general public will be subjected to lab and computer analysis to extract the valuable genetic data. Team leader Dr Spencer Wells calls the plan "the Moon shot of anthropology". We see this as part of the commons of our species...
  • Mexico's Fox toughens talk on U.S. immigration law

    05/14/2005 8:21:13 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 202 replies · 2,887+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | May 13, 11:29 PM (ET) | Rueters
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox called recent U.S. measures to stem illegal immigration a step back for bilateral relations on Friday and said Mexican migrants do jobs "that not even blacks want to do." In comments likely to raise the temperature of the immigration debate, Fox defended the role of undocumented Mexican workers in the United States to a group of Texas business people meeting in Mexico. "There is no doubt that Mexicans, filled with dignity, willingness and ability to work are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States," he...
  • Student claims liberal bias resulted in suspension

    05/14/2005 8:51:57 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies · 1,061+ views
    Auburn NY Citizen ^ | 5/14/05 | By Louise Hoffman Broach
    AURORA NY--A Wells College senior, who labels herself "the most high-profile conservative student" on campus, claims her political views got her suspended just three weeks before she was to graduate. Nicole Krogman of Newfield, co-chair of the Wells College Republicans, said she was suspended April 15 after the college's Community Court, a quasi-judicial body composed of students and faculty, found she did not complete a non-credit independent study tutorial on time. Krogman, who issued a press release about her situation Friday, contends the professor, American Studies Department Chair Linda Lohn, has an anti-conservative bias. Krogman said the suspension came the...
  • The Bolivarian revolution will be televised (Venezuela's Al Jazeera)

    05/13/2005 8:34:26 PM PDT · by Wiz · 3 replies · 221+ views
    VCRISIS ^ | 2005 May 12 | Fausta
    Via Paxety Pages, The Miami Herald reports on Hugo's version of Al-Jazeera for Latin America, His government is bankrolling a new television network, Telesur, that has plans to broadcast news, sports and educational programs across Latin America beginning this summer. Its organizers say it will not be a Venezuelan government mouthpiece, but Chávez is providing 70 percent of its funding, fueling concerns that the organizers of the network may not have a choice in the matter. Not that it comes as a surprise, considering how Fidel hosted Hugo and Sheik Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, vice-president of Qatar, in charge of...
  • Poland Repays Communist-Era Debt to U.S.

    05/13/2005 1:44:46 AM PDT · by twinself · 51 replies · 1,112+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 12, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland on Thursday repaid most of its communist-era debt to the United States, handing Washington $868 million, a government official said. Deputy Finance Minister Wieslaw Szczuka was quoted as telling the PAP news agency that the payment accounted for all of the money Poland owes the U.S. through the Paris Club of creditor nations - with the exception of $96 million, which has been transferred to an ecological fund. Szczuka added that Poland plans to pay Sweden the 202 million euros ($258 million) it owes on Friday. However, he said, Poland is awaiting an answer from...
  • Another businessman announces plans to import Chinese autos (China)

    05/13/2005 2:40:53 AM PDT · by Lake · 51 replies · 2,279+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, May 13, 2005 | Don Hammonds
    Another automotive entrepreneur plans to import Chinese cars to the United States. The Geeley Solo is a small, well-equipped sedan that is expected to sell for $6,995. David Shelburg, whose background includes work for Toledo, Ohio-based Jeep, expects to begin selling cars and trucks made by Chinese automakers Geeley, Baoding Great Wall Automobile Holding Company Ltd. and Zhongxing Automobile Company Ltd., as early as December. The Geeley Solo is a small, well-equipped sedan that is expected to sell for $6,995.
  • Feds to pay for treating ailing illegal immigrants

    05/11/2005 4:30:01 AM PDT · by bikepacker67 · 36 replies · 634+ views
    Hospitals, doctors and ambulance services in Arizona and other border states can bill the federal government for emergency care they provide to illegal border entrants beginning today. An amendment to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 authorized $1 billion in payments to hospitals and other providers in states along the Mexican and Canadian borders starting last Oct. 1. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was the chief architect of the amendment, based on a study he commissioned four years ago to assess the impact of uninsured illegal entrants on border-state hospitals. Federal law requires them to provide emergency care to anyone who...
  • Europe's $86 billion research program to create 925,000 jobs, says report

    05/10/2005 1:30:23 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 17 replies · 480+ views
    EE Times ^ | 05/10/2005 | Peter Clarke
    LONDON — The Seventh Framework Program (FP7), the European Union's next collaborative research plan scheduled to run from 2007 to 2013, is expected cost about $86 billion. It would create nearly 1 million jobs, according to an impact assessment by the European Commission. The report attempts to compare the impact of the proposed plan over the next 25 years with a baseline of moderate growth in European Union research funding and with a "do-nothing" approach. A key part of FP7 is the European Commission's proposal to double the level of spending to an average of 9.6 billion euros (about $12.3...
  • U.S. to Spend Billions More to Alter Security Systems

    05/07/2005 12:24:26 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 8 replies · 352+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 7, 2005 | ERIC LIPTON
    WASHINGTON, May 7 - After spending more than $4.5 billion on screening devices to monitor the nation's ports, borders, airports, mail and air, the federal government is moving to replace or alter much of the antiterrorism equipment, concluding that it is ineffective, unreliable or too expensive to operate. Many of the monitoring tools - intended to detect guns, explosives, and nuclear and biological weapons - were bought during the blitz in security spending after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In its effort to create a virtual shield around America, the Department of Homeland Security now plans to spend billions...
  • There has got to be a place left in this country where things are not entirely stupid!

    05/07/2005 4:51:51 AM PDT · by Cowman · 83 replies · 2,035+ views
    Self | 5-7-2005 | Self
    I have been suffering fools for the last several years without much complaint (and at times slight amusement)but in the last 6 weeks or so the stupidity level around here has ratcheted up to the point of being unbearable. I am used to the arcane laws here that will not allow you to trim trees or paint your house without a special permit. I am used to the permits being refused because when you filled the darn thing out you used dashes rather than slashes to separate the numbers in the date. I am used to my vehicle inspection being...
  • Bloggers' Conference Emphasizes Tools of Reporting

    05/07/2005 4:59:57 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 5 replies · 334+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2005 | Gary Tanner
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bloggers - those Internet-based writers without rules - are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term "the mainstream media." One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics. Conference organizer Bill Hobbs called blogging "citizen journalism." "If freedom of the press belongs to those who have the press, then blogging expands ownership of the press," Hobbs said. Right now, more than 8...

    05/06/2005 4:15:57 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 37 replies · 890+ views
    ny sun ^ | 5-6-05 | staff
    A top fund-raising official on Senator Clinton's campaign, David Rosen, plans to defend himself against federal felony charges by arguing that he was tricked by two "self-confessed 'con men'" involved in planning an August 2000 fund-raiser. Mr. Rosen, a Chicago political consultant, faces trial in Los Angeles next week on an indictment alleging that he caused the filing of false campaign finance reports that understated the cost of the star-studded gala by $500,000 or more. In a motion filed Tuesday, Mr. Rosen's lawyers disclosed that they plan to claim that their client was deceived by a businessman who was the...
  • Albuquerque Radio Station Offers 'Runaway Bride' Talk Radio Job (at $30,000 a year)

    05/06/2005 9:08:38 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 14 replies · 420+ views
    American General Media's new Albuquerque FM talk station KAGM says it has offered to hire Jennifer Wilbanks the so called 'runaway bride' from Georgia who ended up in New Mexico where she told police she had been kidnapped.Doc Thompson, program director for the station, thinks that she would still be welcome in New Mexico despite the apparent ethnic slight in her made up kidnapping.Wilbanks reportedly told New Mexico Law enforcment officials that a couple had abducted her and the so called male kidnapper was Hispanic.In the 2000 US Census Bureau count, nearly half the state's population claimed Hispanic ancestory. The...
  • To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Tiger Woods

    05/06/2005 9:15:21 AM PDT · by Irontank · 46 replies · 682+ views
    1st Session H. R. 891 To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Tiger Woods, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship, and in breaking barriers with grace and dignity by showing that golf is a sport for all people. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 17, 2005 Mr. BACA (for himself, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Mr. WYNN, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Ms. CARSON, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. CLAY, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. PAYNE, and Mr. OWENS)...
  • Rep. Joe Moreno killed overnight

    05/06/2005 5:52:47 AM PDT · by KidGlock · 42 replies · 2,890+ views
    Rep. Joe Moreno killed overnight Houston lawmaker dies after car crash. More to come on this developing story.
  • Police nab spouse of Wendy's accuser

    05/06/2005 6:00:55 AM PDT · by Ramonan · 21 replies · 839+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | May 6, 2005 | Linda Goldston and Brandon Bailey
    The chili finger saga got even spicier this week: Anna Ayala's husband was arrested at the house the two shared in Las Vegas. San Jose police said the arrest Wednesday of James Plascencia on a $450,000 warrant was unrelated to the charges against his wife, which stem from the now-notorious fingertip she said she found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Plascencia, 43, was taken into custody on four felony counts of failure to pay child support and child abandonment, one count of identity theft and one count of fraudulent use of official documents in San Jose. "He was using...
  • State Sen.'s Wife in Court; Innocent Plea Made for Woman (Hammering Housewife Update)

    05/05/2005 7:25:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies · 735+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (North edition) ^ | May 5, 2005 | Kathryn Holzka
    TAOS— The wife of state Sen. Carlos Cisneros was arraigned here Wednesday, a day after she acknowledged attacking the senator with a hammer after finding him with another woman. Patsy Cisneros, 50, declined to make additional comment on the Monday night incident at a cabin outside Questa that led to her arrest. Magistrate Judge Erminio Martinez entered a not guilty plea for Mrs. Cisneros, who appeared in court without a lawyer. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, had no comment on the charges against his wife, but said Wednesday of the hammer incident: "I was assaulted; there was trespass and breaking and entering...
  • Why I'm not a 'South Park Conservative', by Michelle Malkin

    05/04/2005 5:59:04 AM PDT · by OESY · 958 replies · 11,028+ views ^ | May 4, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    I'll get to First Lady Laura Bush's bawdy stand-up routine in a minute. But I want to highlight a related new book out about how young conservatives are shaking up the dominant liberal media culture. It's called "South Park Conservatives." My name is listed on the cover along with many other (mostly) right-leaning pundits, websites, and bloggers, but I must confess to having mixed feelings about the honor. The best-selling book's author, Brian C. Anderson of the Manhattan Institute, writes a fun, breezy survey documenting the rise of talk radio, FOX News, the Internet, conservative publishing, and college Republican activism....
  • Oklahoma City Bomber Nichols Says a 3rd Man Took Part in Plot

    05/03/2005 11:24:56 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 51 replies · 1,660+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/4/05 | Richard A. Serrano
    After a decade of silence, Terry L. Nichols, who was convicted in the Oklahoma City bombings, has accused a third man of being an accomplice who provided some of the explosives used to kill 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building 10 years ago. Nichols, in a letter written from his cell at the Supermax prison in Colorado, said Arkansas gun collector Roger Moore donated so-called binary explosives, made up of two components, to bomber Timothy J. McVeigh that were used in Oklahoma City, as well as additional bomb components that recently were found in Nichols' former home...
  • Laura the Entertainer

    05/04/2005 5:21:27 AM PDT · by FlyLow · 5 replies · 615+ views
    JWR ^ | 5-4-05 | Kathleen Parker
    First lady Laura Bush's show-stealing debut as a comedienne at Saturday night's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner had the audience hooting with laughter.' I was right there with them, grateful for the humor and appreciative as ever for Mrs. Bush's humanizing effect on the presidency and our nation. But beyond the jokes, my personal mirth was closely tied to another punch line — the one nobody said but that I kept thinking as she delivered one-liners: Good thing she ain't in Saudi Arabia. Or the Taliban's Afghanistan. Or prewar Iraq. Or northern Nigeria today. Or any number of Islamic...
  • Roger Ebert and others question Johnny Hart's latest B.C. comic(calls Darwin stupid)

    05/03/2005 2:13:25 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 203 replies · 4,273+ views
    Poynter ^ | 05/01/05 | Poynter
    This is actually a running debate. first the strip that offended Ebert and others. Title: "B.C." vs. "Doonesbury" Posted By: Jim Romenesko   From ROGER EBERT: I am not suggesting that Johny Hart's "B.C." comic strip today should be censored in any way, but I will be fascinated to see if any editors do spike it, as they sometimes spike "Doonesbury," etc., for political reasons. 5/3/2005 11:48:52 AM From MATT MENDELSOHN: Thanks to Roger Ebert for the heads up on Johnny Hart's slam on Darwin and evolution. When I Googled "Hart" I expected to find one -- just...
  • Religion Probe Set for Air Force Academy

    05/03/2005 10:17:32 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 32 replies · 813+ views
    AP ^ | 5/3/05 | ROBERT WELLER
    DENVER (AP) - The Air Force said Tuesday it is setting up a task force to investigate the religious climate at the Air Force Academy after reports of intolerance, including incidents of anti-Semitism. The task force will assess Air Force policy and guidance when it comes to religious respect and tolerance, acting Secretary of the Air Force Michael L. Dominguez said in a statement. It will also look into practices by commanders "that either enhance or detract from a climate that respects both the free exercise of religion and the establishment clauses of the First Amendment.
  • Tough Florida rape law: Way for India?

    05/03/2005 8:17:51 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2005 07:25:52 PM | Soumya Menon
    NEW DELHI: Outraged by the rape and killing of a nine-year-old girl, Florida has signed a law imposing a tough penalty on child molesters. Memorial service for Jessica Lunsford. (Photo: Reuters) The measure, signed on Monday, gives Florida one of the toughest child-sex laws in the world. The Jessica Lunsford Act, drafted within two months after Jessica's death in March, was pushed through unanimously by both Houses. The Jessica was raped, bound and buried alive after she was kidnapped from her bed while her grandparents were asleep in another part of the house in Homosassa, Florida. A convicted sex offender,...
  • Any ideas for 80k?

    05/02/2005 2:54:00 PM PDT · by maineman · 123 replies · 3,321+ views
    I'm looking for a place to put 80k. Anybody have any good suggestions other than their own pockets?
  • Laura leaves 'em laughing, gasping (Not a very family-values-type speech..very risque: David Korn)

    05/02/2005 6:00:13 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1,293 replies · 16,799+ views
    WashingtonTimes ^ | May 02, 2005 | By Joseph Curl
    Who knew? First lady Laura Bush took over the podium from her husband at Saturday night's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner and knocked 'em dead, keeping Washington's most powerful politicos in stitches as she worked the ballroom like a seasoned stand-up comic. CUT Although Washington's movers and shakers laughed at Mrs. Bush's performance, some in the press woke up with a Sunday morning hangover and began to criticize her monologue as immodest at best and downright bawdy at worst. "Laura Bush cracks risque jokes at the White House Correspondents' dinner," sniffed Agence France-Presse. CNN reporter Elaine Quijano, who attended...
  • New Evidence Challenges Hypothesis Of Modern Human Origins

    05/01/2005 11:54:10 AM PDT · by blam · 70 replies · 1,598+ views
    Xinhuanet/China View ^ | 4-27-2005 | Xinhuanet
    New evidence challenges hypothesis of modern human origins 2005-04-27 17:00:01 WUHAN, April 27 (Xinhuanet) - - Chinese archaeologists said newly found evidence proves that a valley of Qingjiang River, a tributary on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, might be one of the regions where Homo sapiens, or modern man, originated. The finding challenges the "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis of modern human origins, according to which about 100,000 years ago modern humans originated in Africa, migrated to other continents, and replaced populations of archaic humans across the globe. The finding comes from a large-scale excavation launched in the Qingjiang River...
  • CNN Chief Trying to Energize a Network Knocked on Its Heels by Fox's Success

    05/01/2005 10:53:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 1,293+ views
    TBO.COM ^ | May 1, 2005 | David Bauder
    CNN Chief Trying to Energize a Network Knocked on Its Heels by Fox's Success By David Bauder The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Klein wants to bring out the Bronx in CNN. There's a toughness, an aggressiveness imbued in many residents of the new CNN chief's native borough. They have street smarts that residents of posher neighborhoods have rarely needed to get ahead. Stamping that underdog personality on Time Warner Inc.'s CNN requires nothing short of an attitude transplant, a willingness to fight at a complacent organization knocked on its heels by years of executive turmoil and ratings...
  • Boy's campaign saves Bugs Bunny: Petition convinces network to make characters less menacing

    04/30/2005 1:43:41 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 33 replies · 954+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, April 27, 2005
    TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) -- Eleven-year-old Thomas Adams thought Warner Bros. had gone daffy when he saw the company's plans for a new cartoon called "Loonatics," based on Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals. The grimacing, hollow-eyed, power-fisted prototypes of a futuristic Bugs, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner struck the boy as dark and scary. In the words of Daffy Duck, he found them "dethh-picable." Now, nearly two months after starting an Internet petition drive against the TV series' fall debut, Thomas has gotten the company's attention. Warner Bros. Entertainment spokesman Scott Rowe said his company wants the thousands...
  • The Robert C. Byrd Bridge to Poverty (VINTAGE COULTER!!)

    04/29/2005 5:56:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies · 2,139+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 02/14/02 | Ann Coulter
    The Robert C. Byrd Bridge To Poverty By Ann Coulter | February 14, 2002 THE POOR'S SENSEof class superiority over the rich is getting out of hand. At a Senate Budget Committee hearing last week, Sen. Robert Byrd, who was named after a bridge in West Virginia, viciously attacked Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill for having made a success of himself. Claiming to speak for worthless layabouts, Byrd snippily informed O'Neill: "They're not CEOs of multibillion-dollar corporations. ... In time of need, they come to us, the people come to us." Evidently what the people-in-need are asking for is a...
  • Los Angeles, Mexico

    04/29/2005 11:03:25 AM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 6 replies · 681+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | April 29, 2005 | John Kuethe
    Here is another example of the need to address the imigration issue: A billboard in L.A. for a Mexican TV news program on their channel 62. The billboard says Los Angeles, CA (with the CA struck through), and Mexico written in its place. Rumor has it that Vicente Fox will be in L.A. as he campaigns for re-election later this year. Now, Los Angeles is in which country? See the billboard:
  • Popemobile for Sale?

    04/29/2005 11:07:48 AM PDT · by sully777 · 27 replies · 771+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:12 PM ET
    ROME (Reuters) - A second hand car once said to be registered in the name of Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger -- the new Pope Benedict - is up for sale on eBay and the sky seems to be the limit when it comes to bidding. The vehicle, a metallic gray 1999 Volkswagen Golf, went up for auction on the German site ( at a minimum price of 9,900 euros ($12,790) Wednesday and, just over 24 hours and more than 300 bids later, the price had temporarily hit one million euros ($1.3 million). German Web Site identified the seller as Benjamin...
  • Rush Limbaugh: 2005 Cure-A-Thon Raises over $1 Million, Two Listeners Offer to Match Rush's 300K

    04/25/2005 5:26:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,234+ views ^ | 4/25/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    I know a number of you would like to have an update on our Cure-A-Thon last Friday. We set a record. You people came through. I cannot thank you enough. We set an all-time record. Just as of the close of business on Sunday, the whole weekend, we raised a grand total of over a million dollars, a million sixty-two thousand dollars in three hours on Friday. If you add up the total time in those three hours that we were talking about our Cure-A-Thon, we maybe totaled an hour of the three. You folks are amazing out there, simply...
  • The Joy of Becoming a Nation of Food Snobs (Brits!? Food snobs!? Surely a contradiction in terms.)

    04/23/2005 6:36:52 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 89 replies · 1,223+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 43, 2005 | Rod Liddle
    According to a survey by 600 international gluttons, Britain — or rather England — is now by far the best country in the world for restaurant food. There are 14 English restaurants in the world top 50, the same number as provided by those self-appointed custodians of haute and bas cuisine, France and Italy, put together. England has four restaurants in the top 10, France just one, Italy none. The world has had enough of red-checked tablecloths and fat cheerful men called Carlo ladling gloops of choleric ragout atop plates of overcooked pasta. It has wearied very quickly, too, of...
  • For Varied Reasons, 4 Million Americans Call Some Other Country Home

    04/23/2005 10:19:48 AM PDT · by Cagey · 30 replies · 837+ views
    AP ^ | 4-23-2005 | Jerry Schwartz
    More Americans than ever before have decided that America is no longer their home. They've put down roots abroad, from Cuba (an estimated 2,000 Americans, the latest figures show) to the United Kingdom (224,000). They're in Germany (210,880), in the Philippines (105,000), in Israel (184,195). If they were a U.S. state - call it Expatria - its population, some 4 million Americans, would place it right in the middle, along with Kentucky and South Carolina. Expatriates, citizens of this floating, far-flung state, are changing the very definition of "American." "What does nationality really mean in these days, in these times...
  • Interview with John O'Neill (SwiftBoat Vets)

    04/23/2005 1:48:00 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 21 replies · 962+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | April/May 2005 issue | David Isaac
    TAE: How and when did the idea for the Swift Boat veterans group come into being? O'NEILL: The one who conceived of this was Admiral Roy Hoffmann. He began contacting many Swift Boat people in January and February last year. At that time, I was in the hospital. I had given my wife a kidney for a transplant. I became a part of it in early to mid March. I was motivated by several things, the first and most important being a genuine fear of what would happen to our country, our national security, and our armed forces if John...
  • Ted Olson Criticizes GOP Leaders For 'Heated Rhetoric' About Judges

    04/21/2005 9:34:44 AM PDT · by joesbucks · 276 replies · 3,460+ views
    Drudge ^ | 4/21/05 | Drudge
    Ted Olson Criticizes GOP Leaders For 'Heated Rhetoric' About Judges Thu Apr 21 2005 09:57:54 ET Former solicitor general Theodore Olson writes in the WALL STREET JOURNAL on Thursday: "A prominent member of the Senate leadership recently described a Supreme Court justice as 'a disgrace.' An equally prominent member of the leadership of the House of Representatives on the other side of the political aisle has characterized another justice's approach to adjudication as 'incredibly outrageous.' These excoriations follow other examples of personalized attacks on members of the judiciary by senior political figures. So it is time to take a deep...
  • Today Show: Liberal Father Greeley Refuses to Play Katie's Bash-Benedict Game

    04/20/2005 4:58:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 91 replies · 4,618+ views
    The Today Show | governsleastgovernsbest
    <p>It's been a tough week for Katie. First, an article appears in the press lifting the covers on the vicious infighting she's sparked at Today against the backdrop of their falling ratings.</p> <p>Then this morning, reliably liberal Father Andrew Greeley turned out to be not-so-reliable, hesitating to plunge with the desired enthusiasm into the Benedict-bashing that Katie so clearly was hoping for.</p>
  • Letter from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to Anglicans opposed to gay bishop

    04/19/2005 10:39:05 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 194 replies · 6,702+ views
    american anglican council ^ | Oct 9, 2003 | +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    In 2003, after Episocpalian gay bishop Robinson was elected, a group of concerned Episcopalians and Anglicans met in emergency session, in Texas, to strategize how to respond -- through formally breaking away or other strategies.They received this letter from Rome: October 9, 2003 From Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger The Vatican, on behalf of Pope John Paul II I hasten to assure you of my heartfelt prayers for all those taking part in this convocation. The significance of your meeting is sensed far beyond Plano, and even in this City from which Saint Augustine of Canterbury was sent to confirm and strengthen...
  • The Sad Face of Haiti (another Clinton success story)

    04/19/2005 6:45:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies · 491+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/19/05 | Chelala
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Known as the "Perle des Antilles" at the time of its independence in 1804, Haiti has since experienced several periods of upheaval and terror that have turned a once-promising country into a sad reality. Human-rights violations are widespread, and justice is non-existent in the country. A recent visit in early March showed me how little Haiti has progressed since my first visit in 1993. In the capital city of Port-au-Prince, one feels an atmosphere of violence that can at any moment erupt into actions of tragic consequences. A visit to a hospital in Cité Soleil, a poor...
  • How to Make Sushi [Dave Barry]

    04/17/2005 7:50:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 83 replies · 3,316+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Nov. 29, 1998 | DAVE BARRY
    How to make sushi BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Nov. 29, 1998.) Today's culinary topic is: How to make sushi. I happen to be an expert on this topic because I recently put in a stint as a chef at an actual sushi restaurant. (One of the first things you learn, as a sushi chef, is how to put in a stint.) Before I give you the details, I should explain, for the benefit of those of you who live in remote wilderness regions such as Iowa, what sushi is. Basically, it is...
  • CA LA Earthquake?

    04/16/2005 12:19:31 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 282 replies · 4,871+ views
    Just felt something? low wavy motion....
  • Did Oklahoma City Bombers Have Help?

    04/16/2005 3:31:47 AM PDT · by teldon30 · 157 replies · 3,525+ views ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2005 | Fox
    One month after the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing (search) that killed 168 people, authorities demolished what was left of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (search). Officials said the implosion was a necessary part of the psychological recovery for the citizens of Oklahoma City. But critics question the FBI’s tactics and argue the building came down too soon and the implosion is one piece of a government cover-up. Survivor VZ Lawton remembers the events after the attack. “I was in my office at my desk signing papers and all of a sudden the building began to shake,” said...
  • Chirac:'No' vote on E.U. benefits U.S.

    A "no" vote to the European Constitution would weaken the EU and benefit the United States, warned French President Jacques Chirac, Thursday.
  • Do Britons lack je ne sais quoi?

    04/15/2005 10:12:45 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 18 replies · 412+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/14/05 | n/a
    Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK Do Britons lack je ne sais quoi? Learning German and French in the UK is in terminal decline, while businesses are being hampered by Britons' poor language skills, research indicates. So just why are we so bad at learning the lingo? And do Britons really deserve their bad image abroad? Well, yes, according to figures compiled by the European Union. When it comes to speaking a second language, the UK population is resolutely at the bottom. For example, in Italy 18% speak French - the top language taught in UK schools -...
  • Health (8% payroll tax) Bill marks Union's first victory against Wal-Mart in MD

    04/15/2005 5:24:34 AM PDT · by marylandrepub1 · 55 replies · 1,443+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/15/05 | Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin
    The groundbreaking legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly this month requiring Wal-Mart to pay more of its workers' health care costs is the first victory in a nationwide effort by the Service Employees International Union to change the retail giant's labor practices. The union doesn't represent retail or grocery workers in Maryland but has turned the state into a testing ground for its campaign to oppose Wal-Mart strategies that union President Andrew L. Stern says are driving down wages and benefits for other workers. The legislation requires a company with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8...
  • Roundup Nabs More Than 10,000 Fugitives (And That's Just the Surface, I'm Guessing!)

    04/14/2005 12:14:39 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies · 1,027+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 4/14/2005 | Mark Sherman
    Roundup Nabs More Than 10,000 Fugitives By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 fugitives, many wanted for violent crimes, were rounded up over the past week in a coordinated nationwide effort led by U.S. marshals. Officers from 960 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies took part in the concentrated search, which coincided with Crime Victims Rights Week, officials said. The dragnet caught 10,340 people, some of whom had two or more outstanding arrest warrants, Justice Department officials said. More than 150 who were arrested were wanted for murder, another 550 were sought on rape or...
  • Diagnosed with rare disease.

    04/14/2005 12:25:58 PM PDT · by Amityschild · 64 replies · 2,035+ views
    April 14, 2005 | Me
    Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this? From the TNA support website: TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia / tic douloureux) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed - lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. By many, it's called the "suicide disease". A less common form of the disorder called "Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia" may cause less intense, constant, dull burning or aching pain, sometimes with occasional electric shock-like stabs....
  • The Loneliest Republican [THE RINO SHAYS]

    04/14/2005 5:16:57 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 50 replies · 1,233+ views
    WaPo ^ | April 14, 2005 | Dana Milbank
    Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.), the only Republican in Congress to call for Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) to resign as House majority leader, walked in late to a committee meeting yesterday and got the cold shoulder from a longtime colleague, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.). When Burton barely acknowledged Shays, Shays put a hand on Burton's and inquired, "Dan, is everything okay?" "Well," Burton replied, shaking his head, "I'm really not happy with what you did." Rep. Christopher Shays broke party ranks on DeLay. Shays leaned over. "Dan," he said, "I've been speaking out for a long time and nobody seems to be...
  • French 'No' Could Trigger Euro Chaos, Says Deutsche: The French Europe

    04/12/2005 8:44:54 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 439+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | April 13, 2005 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Deutsche Bank warned yesterday that a likely French 'No' to the European constitution could begin a wave of currency speculation across Eastern Europe, setting off a chain of economic disruption. Norbert Walter, the bank's chief economist, said rejection of the treaty in France's referendum on May 29 could halt the eastward expansion of the euro-zone. The Turkish lira is also vulnerable. "There could be a wave of currency attacks in the new member states. These countries would then have to raise interest rates. We could see enormous exchange rate swings," he told FT Deutschland. "The problem is that the EU...