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  • Congressman Urges Better Transit Security --Robert Menendez, D-N.J., So What?

    07/16/2005 9:54:00 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 325+ views
    AP ^ | 7/15/05
    The nation's public transportation system is vulnerable to a terrorist attack and measures must be immediately taken to keep trains, subways and buses safe for million of Americans, Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Saturday. "The subway and bus bombings in London once again caught the world's attention, but were unfortunately just another reminder that public transportation is a favorite target for terrorists," Menendez said in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address. In the past four years, Menendez said, the federal government has spent about $9 per flying passenger, but only a penny per transit passenger. President Bush's "refusal to acknowledge...
  • Hurricane Emily Regains Category 4 Strength as It Threatens Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Yucatan

    07/15/2005 11:32:12 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 5 replies · 759+ views
    AP ^ | 7/15/05 | Stevenson Jacobs
    Hurricane Emily regained dangerous Category 4 strength, frightening storm-weary islanders in Jamaica and Cayman Islands who eyed ravages it wrought as a low-level storm on Grenada. Many rushed to buy emergency supplies as officials urged them to evacuate coastal and flood-prone areas. Mexican officials recommended Friday evacuating tourists from much of the country's Caribbean coast, including Cancun and the island resorts of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Grenada declared a national disaster Friday, the day after Emily's 90-mph (144-kph) winds tore down at least 100 homes, blasted out windows, sheared off roofs and flooded two hospitals and scores of other buildings....
  • Police: 3-year-old boy fatally stabs his 2-year-old sister

    07/15/2005 9:12:22 AM PDT · by Millee · 51 replies · 1,635+ views
    A south St. Louis family is trying to come to grips with Wednesday's sudden and accidental death of their little girl. "Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think there would be flowers and baskets at my door," says Morticia Scott. The memorial for her daughter, Jamarria Bolar, continues to grow. The 2-year-old died following a stabbing accident Wednesday. "I'm going to remember her happy and full of life. I can't say I'll ever forget it. I see her face like she's not even gone, so plain and so clear." Police believe Jamarria's 3-year-old brother found a steak knife...
  • West Palm Beach police return rare rifle (Buy back Program Ooops)

    07/15/2005 12:53:59 PM PDT · by Cagey · 43 replies · 1,668+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 7-15-2005 | Dan Jordan
    West Palm Beach police returned a rare and valuable Japanese rifle accepted in last weekend's gun buy back program to a World War II Navy veteran Friday. Bruno Filippelli, 79, of Delray Beach, said he felt sorry for inconveniencing the police but was happy to have the firearm, which a rare gun collector said could be worth as much as $5,000. The Arisaka Type 99 pressure test rifle, one of only about 50 left from World War II, was set to be melted down and destroyed, along with about 450 other firearms collected by the police last weekend. "I feel...
  • Sen. Byrd Supporters Hijack Rival's Web Site

    07/15/2005 1:00:50 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 13 replies · 832+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/15/05 | Limbacher
    If you decided Friday morning that you wanted to give your support to Rep. Shelly Moore Capito's run against Sen. Robert Byrd, and you went to her Web site,, you would have gotten a rude surprise: You would be at Robert Byrd's re-election Web site. That's because apparent GOP-hating hackers hijacked Capito's site and redirected the traffic to Byrd's Web Site. Byrd's webmasters have fixed the problem, however, putting this message up in place of Capito's site: At least someone who supports Byrd has decency.
  • Republicans Nervously Eyeing Rove, CIA Probe Amid Bush's No-Comment

    07/14/2005 8:50:13 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 58 replies · 1,703+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 14, 2005 | Ron Fournier
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are nervously watching the fight over Karl Rove's involvement in a news leak that exposed a CIA officer's identity, fearing that President Bush's chief political adviser is creating a credibility problem at the White House. While the president passed up another chance Wednesday to directly voice confidence in his deputy chief of staff, his political team engineered a series of testimonials from members of Congress who praised Rove and condemned Democratic critics. And Bush's press secretary, Scott McClellan, told reporters the president has confidence in his longtime confidant. "The extreme left is once again attempting to...
  • Dengue reported in Matamoros (Mexico)

    07/12/2005 11:13:03 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    July 12, 2005 — Matamoros officials have confirmed four cases of dengue fever and are investigating at least 35 suspected cases of the deadly virus in Brownsville’s sister city. The majority of the cases were reported north of Matamoros and away from the Brownsville area, according to Josue Ramirez, Brownsville health director. No cases of dengue have been reported here this year. Matamoros health officials could not be reached for comment Monday. Mexican news media reported that the city was spraying for mosquitoes in areas where the dengue cases are believed to have originated. Dengue fever is an acute viral...
  • Need Help Freepers: Questions for Islamic cleric

    07/11/2005 10:01:47 AM PDT · by Infantry Grunt 1968-69 · 88 replies · 1,334+ views
    In a couple of weeks our Sunday School class will have some kind of Islamic cleric as a guest. Just thought you guys could provide a few appropriate questions to ask this man from the religion of peace. Just an FYI, some in the class are liberal anti-Bushers and want to "understand" why they hate us. I know I can count on you.
  • ART APPRECIATION THREAD (One Minute Quiz--Guess the Artist series)

    07/09/2005 5:22:20 AM PDT · by Liz · 50 replies · 1,071+ views
  • I'm supposed to be on O'Reilly tonight (unless Rehnquist or Dennis intrude)

    07/08/2005 1:25:40 PM PDT · by mhking · 146 replies · 5,810+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 7.8.05 | Michael King
    Just got word that I'm going to be on The O'Reilly Factor tonight at 8 on Fox News Channel.We'll be talking about a story from the first part of this week.Overnight Monday night, a group of youngsters tossed rocks at a tanker truck, and one enterprising kid lobbed a bottle rocket into the cab of the truck. The tanker truck, carrying 7500 pounds of diesel fuel, went off the road and overturned. The driver was seriously injured.Atlanta Police evacuated the Bankhead Courts housing project as a precaution, as there were fears of an explosion from the diesel fuel.Police have arrested...
  • Pfc. England Judge Refuses to Step Down

    07/08/2005 5:37:32 AM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2005
    Pfc. England Judge Refuses to Step Down Associated Press July 8, 2005 FORT HOOD, Texas - An Army judge refused Thursday to step aside for Pfc. Lynndie England's trial on charges of abusing prisoners in Iraq, saying he was not to blame for her botched guilty plea in May. Col. James Pohl rejected an argument by the defense that he asked inappropriate questions of a witness, the reputed abuse ringleader Pvt. Charles Graner. Graner's testimony for the defense at England's sentencing hearing contradicted her version of what happened, forcing a mistrial that ended her plea deal and put the case...
  • Pittsburgh man at helm in London(Head of London Underground is from da'burgh!)

    07/08/2005 5:42:54 AM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 3 replies · 518+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, July 08, 2005 | Cindi Lash
    Pittsburgh man at helm in London Gazing at scenes of carnage on his television screen yesterday morning, Brother Gerald Molyneaux said his first chill of fear was for his friend and former student, Tim O'Toole. Molyneaux knew that O'Toole, a Pittsburgh native who now heads London's Underground subway, rides his system's trains to work each day. "I was scared, really scared,'' he said. But after a relative alerted him that O'Toole had appeared unharmed in news reports from London, Molyneaux said the relief that swept through him was not just for O'Toole, but for millions of Londoners who rely on...

    07/07/2005 5:49:25 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 163 replies · 3,531+ views
    Sky News ^ | July 7, 2005 | Staff
    A terror group linked to al Qaeda says it carried out a series of terror attacks on London that have left a number of people dead and hundreds injured.A previously unknown group calling itself "Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe" said it carried out the attacks as revenge for British "military massacres" in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two London hospitals have reported a total of 185 wounded after a series of blasts hit locations across the city on buses and Tube stations. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said there was evidence of explosives at at least two of the six...
  • Schroeder adds anti-salmon gibe to G8 food fight (More from the EU's Comedy Duo)

    07/06/2005 4:10:43 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 18 replies · 888+ views ^ | 5 July 2008 | expatica (Germany)
    BERLIN - A food fight between world leaders is underway as they prepare to travel to Scotland for the latest meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations. While the British have been forced to try to digest some rather critical remarks about their cooking style attributed to French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Schroeder's remarks about salmon might not win him any friends among the Scottish hosts of this week's G8 meeting. Despite the Scots being proud of their vast streams of salmon, Schroeder told a news conference in Berlin Tuesday that he was not a great fan...
  • London wins 2012 olympics bid!!!

    07/06/2005 4:49:21 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 243 replies · 5,471+ views
    BBC | 07/06
    Per BBC(Not posted yet... ) London wins 2012 Olympics bid!!!
  • U.N. 'dirty' turns up cracks and asbestos [“...the building has not been maintained.’]

    07/04/2005 8:26:24 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 47 replies · 829+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 4, 2005 | By Claudia Parsons
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The official tour will tell you the founding of the United Nations in 1945 brought the world from post-war misery toward prosperity and happiness. An alternative "dirty" tour will tell you the United Nations is crumbling.The building, that is. While critics, particularly in Washington, may be worried about the oil-for-food scandal and investigations into mismanagement in allocating U.N. contracts, some at the United Nations have more practical concerns.
  • Democrats Warn of Possible Court Fight

    07/03/2005 8:12:58 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 35 replies · 853+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/3/05 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee members crystalized the debate over Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement on Sunday, making clear that a hard-line conservative would trigger a furious battle on Capitol Hill that could touch off a Democratic filibuster. The division emerged amid a conservative lobbying campaign against one possible pick, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a longtime Texas friend of President Bush who is considered too moderate by right-wing Republicans. "I don't think the social conservatives ought to prejudge Attorney General Gonzales. Attorney General Gonzales may not even be in the picture," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on...
  • France Mourns As It Destroys Fine Wine

    07/02/2005 5:47:22 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 80 replies · 2,080+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 3, 2005 | Nicola Smith and Matthew Campbell
    They used to uncork their best bottles for festivals on July 14, but French wine growers such as Bernard Farges have little to celebrate next week. Far from evoking the triumphant storming of the Bastille, the date makes him and other bordeaux vignerons queasy. “I feel sick to the heart,” said Farges, from Mauriac. The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel. The deadline for participating in the scheme is Bastille Day, a cruel irony. Farges has...
  • Conservative Groups Rally Against Gonzales as Justice

    07/02/2005 11:37:18 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 877+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 2 - Conservative groups confronted President Bush with a groundswell of opposition this weekend against nominating his attorney general, Alberto R. Gonzales, to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, warning in private meetings and public statements that doing so would splinter conservative support. At least one prominent Latino evangelical group urged Mr. Bush to name another Hispanic candidate, Emilio M. Garza, a federal appeals judge from Texas. Within hours after Justice O'Connor's announced her retirement, members of conservative groups around the country convened in different combinations in five national conference calls in which many participants...
  • Court vacancy: 'Women's lives on the line'

    07/02/2005 7:34:34 AM PDT · by 26lemoncharlie · 43 replies · 973+ views
    World Net ^ | July 2, 2005 | World Net Daily
    Activists rev up rhetoric ahead of historic confirmation battle Activists revving up for a fierce confirmation battle responded immediately yesterday to the announcement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, warning Americans that her replacement will have a profound influence on America's most divisive cultural issues. "It is inevitable that this confirmation battle will revolve around values," said Gary Bauer, president of Virginia-based American Values and former Republican presidential candidate. "The administration should not be afraid of such a debate." The website of the National Organization for Women opens with an "Emergency Alert" pop-up that warns "Justice O'Connor Resigns ... Women's...
  • O'Connor's Retirement Causes 'Ominous Vacancy,' Liberals Say

    07/02/2005 3:34:12 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 46 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 7/1/05 | Randy Hall
    ( - Liberal organizations reacted quickly and strongly to Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement on Friday, referring to her departure as creating "an ominous vacancy" that could lead to "terrible changes" on the U.S. Supreme Court. "The battle for the Supreme Court has begun," declared a release from NARAL Pro-Choice America that featured a picture of President George W. Bush. "Don't let his choice end yours. "Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement gives President Bush and the radical right the chance they've been waiting for to overturn Roe v. Wade," according to the group's website. "They're pulling out all the stops to...
  • Kissinger regrets remarks(regrets use of abusive language against indians)

    07/02/2005 4:53:28 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 11 replies · 632+ views
    hindustantimes ^ | July 1, 2005
    EXPRESSING REGRET for the use of abusive language against former PM Indira Gandhi in particular and Indians in general in 1971, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said the remarks had to be seen in the context of the Cold War prevailing at that time. He told NDTV the use of strong language was a “one-time event” and he actually held Indira in “high regard”. He was also a “strong supporter and promoter” of a close relationship between India and the US. “In any event I regret these words were used. I have extremely high regard for Mrs Gandhi...
  • Congress works to blunt property seizure ruling (Eminent Domain)

    07/01/2005 1:04:12 AM PDT · by YCTHouston · 30 replies · 1,446+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2005 | BENNETT ROTH
    WASHINGTON - A Supreme Court decision allowing governments to seize property for economic development purposes has prompted an angry reaction in Congress, where lawmakers in both the House and Senate promoted legislation Thursday designed to mitigate the impact of the ruling. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, proposed legislation that would bar the federal government and local and state governments who receive federal funds from taking property for economic development use. "The protection of homes, small businesses, and other property rights against government seizure and other unreasonable government interference is a fundamental principle and core commitment of our nation's founders," according to...
  • 26 Pounds Of Dynamite Stolen, Detonation Cord Stolen

    06/30/2005 1:20:49 PM PDT · by Millee · 30 replies · 1,096+ views
    DURANGO, Colo. -- Authorities said someone stole about 26 pounds of dynamite and detonation cord from a Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad facility. The material disappeared Tuesday from a storage building at Rockwood, said Dan Bender, spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff's Office. "Although thefts of explosives in this area are not common, they're certainly not unheard of, and there's a variety of industrial and agricultural uses for explosives of that type," he said. "There are any number of legitimate uses for it other than making a bomb." The explosives included one-third of a pound and 4-pound sticks,...
  • Former Swedish hostage claims bounty hunters took care of two kidnappers.

    06/30/2005 2:31:14 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 54 replies · 2,370+ views
    Spectator ^ | 06/29/05 | Spectator
    Two down… Filed under: Sweden Iraq- Billy (Stockholm, Sweden)@ 8:24 pm Yesterday we noted that Ulf Hjertström, the sexagenarian Swede who survived a 67-day kidnapping ordeal in Baghdad, reportedly was paying professional bounty hunters a handsome fee to track down his erstwhile captors. Expressen, a Swedish tabloid, picked up the story and got in touch with Hjertström to get the lowdown. Hjertström, an oil broker whose career took him to Iraq 25 years ago, makes no bones about the decision to exact revenge on his abductors. “I’ve lived [in Iraq] for a long time. This is how things are done...
  • Stamps renew racial tensions with Mexico (Day 2)

    06/30/2005 9:49:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,023+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/30/05 | Mark Stevenson - AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. activists called on the Mexican government to withdraw a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, saying the offense was worse than recent remarks about blacks made by President Vicente Fox. Mexico defended the series of five stamps released Wednesday, which depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico. But the Rev. Jesse Jackson said President Bush should pressure Mexico to withdraw the stamps from the market, saying they "insult people around the world." "The impact of this is worse...
  • Calvin & Hobbes Philisophy

    06/30/2005 7:21:20 AM PDT · by OB1kNOb · 82 replies · 3,489+ views
    various ^ | unsure | Bill Watterson-cartoonist
    Calvin & Hobbes Philosophy on Liberal Left-wing Pseudo-Intellectual Academia
  • Why CAFTA Will Not Improve Central American Security and Stability

    06/30/2005 7:23:59 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 446+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2005 | Kevin L. Kearns and Alan Tonelson
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. In their desperation to conclude another outsourcing-based, anti-US domestic manufacturing free trade deal, the proponents of CAFTA are advancing yet another specious argument in an attempt to win votes from national-security-minded Members of Congress. The argument is essentially that because CAFTA will allegedly help the economies of the CENTRAL American countries, it will, therefore, also help with their respective national security situations and provide political stability as well. Just as the flawed economic argument for CAFTA is that it will help American and Central American firms compete better against the Chinese...
  • Did Pfizer Buy The Constitution Of the United States of America?

    06/29/2005 8:39:37 AM PDT · by jeffers · 22 replies · 2,217+ views
    Did Pfizer Inc, purchase The Constitution of the United States of America? ***************** Did Pfizer purchase the government of the State of Connecticut? Pfizer's connections with former Connecticut Governor John Rowland are a matter of public record: "John Rowland, Pfizer's agent in Hartford, became Connecticut's first Governor to plead guilty to taking bribes, yet persisted in referring to them as "gratuities." Pfizer drove hundreds from their homes and businesses outside its new research facility. State and local taxpayers got stuck with a massive tab." "Rowland gave Pfizer everything it wanted in New Haven, on land which many had assumed would...
  • This really disturbs me (vanity)

    06/29/2005 6:12:22 AM PDT · by Thomas Jefferson II · 55 replies · 1,302+ views
    6/29/05 | Thomas Jefferson II
    Clinto said in Houston former First Lady Barbara Bush "announced us. And she said she has started to call me son. I told the Republicans there, I said don't worry, every family has one, you know, the black sheep. I told them, this just shows you the lengths the Bushes would go to get another president in the family. I wish I could get them to adopt Hillary."
  • Developer seeks Souter's property

    06/28/2005 11:04:00 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 221 replies · 9,402+ views ^ | 6/28/2005 | Ron Strom
    A private developer has contacted the local government in Supreme Court Justice David Souter's hometown in New Hampshire asking that the property of the judge – who voted in favor of a controversial decision allowing a city to take residents' homes for private development – be seized to make room for a new hotel. Yesterday, Logan Darrow Clements faxed a request to Chip Meany, the code enforcement officer of the town of Weare, N.H., seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, the present location of Souter's home. Wrote Clements: "Although this property...
  • American companies find manners still matter

    06/28/2005 12:16:13 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 59 replies · 1,381+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 28, 2005 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    Business etiquette coach Barbara Pachter likes to tell the story of a financial executive who, dining with a potential client, licked his knife clean at the end of the meal. "It was a $30 million dollar lick," she said at a recent etiquette seminar in Goshen, New York, referring to the value of the deal the executive lost by offending the potential customer. Businesses are turning to etiquette training to boost their bottom line, according to the coaches who train employees on everything from shaking hands to buttering bread. Simply put, better-behaved employees are more valuable than brutish oafs, they...
  • Protest of the Supreme Court on Wednesday

    06/27/2005 10:53:54 AM PDT · by Livy · 22 replies · 1,132+ views
    Bureaucrash ^ | June 27th, 2005 | Livy
    There will be a protest of the recent Supreme Court decisions, specifically the property-seizing decision in the New London case.
  • VANITY -- King Tut Exhibit a waste of time (though not of money)

    06/27/2005 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 69 replies · 2,656+ views
    Just came back from the King Tut exhibit in LA. I saw the exhibit in '76, and have seen the Tut exhibit in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and have been to the Luxor Museum / Valley of Kings / Valley of Queens / Abu Simbel / etc. My girlfriend never saw any of the Tut exhibits before, so together we represent a wide range of pre-existing knowledge about Tut and about ancient Egypt. We both thought the LA exhibit, soon touring the USA, was a waste of time. The exhibit included no closely Tut-related paraphernalia bigger than a breadbox....
  • High Court to homeowners: Stick 'em up!

    06/26/2005 5:00:50 PM PDT · by sirthomasthemore · 70 replies · 1,498+ views ^ | 9/26/2005 | Paul Jacob
    It's like a bad dream...But this is real. We live under a regime that can...grab our homes...pays us what it thinks the property's worth, and then hands our property — in finely crafted "sweetheart deals" — to developers... This is not an isolated case...[t]his is happening all across the nation. Local officials looking to boost their tax take through eminent domain like a vampire looks for fresh neck arteries.... Politicians' lust for money doesn't stop with homeowners and small businesses, though. Churches don't even pay taxes. No revenue stream for politicians at all. Uh-oh.... "We don't oppose churches," Council Chairman...
  • "Papillon" is alive and well and in a Paris retirement home

    06/26/2005 5:19:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 3,558+ views
    Yahoo New ^ | 6/26/05 | AFP
    Is Papillon alive and well and living in retirement in the northern Paris suburbs? The extraordinary claim surfaced after a French newspaper recently reported the 104th birthday of Charles Brunier, a former inmate of the Devil's Island penal colony, said to be seeing out his days at the Val-de-France old people's home in Domont, about 12 miles (20 kilometres) outside the French capital. According to staff, the former convict is as tough as old boots and rarely communicates. But when he does, it is often with the same message: that it was he who inspired Henri Charriere to write his...
  • Cooking: Colonial Cuisine

    06/26/2005 11:58:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 56 replies · 2,099+ views
    RJ Magazine ^ | 6-26-05
    Cooking: Colonial Cuisine Recreating the cusine of the first Jews in America. Recipes include 1600s Barley Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Corn Pudding. by Tina Wasserman If you think it's hard to find good produce in the markets today, how do you think you would have fared had you been one of the twenty-three Jewish refugees who arrived in New Amsterdam from Brazil in 1654? Imagine your group landing, penniless, in the harbor of New Amsterdam (pirates looted your ship enroute). Governor Peter Stuyvesant confiscates your few remaining possessions to pay the ship's captain, who claims that he is...
  • Don't worry, Old Glory can take the heat

    06/26/2005 2:47:31 AM PDT · by mal · 70 replies · 1,190+ views
    The House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment on flag burning last week, in the course of which Rep. Randy ''Duke'' Cunningham (Republican of California) made the following argument: ''Ask the men and women who stood on top of the Trade Center. Ask them and they will tell you: Pass this amendment." Unlike Congressman Cunningham, I wouldn't presume to speak for those who died atop the World Trade Center. For one thing, citizens of more than 50 foreign countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, were killed on 9/11. Of the remainder, maybe some would be in favor of a flag-burning amendment;...
  • Oriana Fallaci faces jail for writing book on Eurabia

    06/26/2005 2:51:57 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 76 replies · 1,930+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 19,2005 | TUNKU VARADARAJAN
    Prophet of Decline An interview with Oriana Fallaci. BY TUNKU VARADARAJAN Thursday, June 23, 2005 NEW YORK--Oriana Fallaci faces jail. In her mid-70s, stricken with a cancer that, for the moment, permits only the consumption of liquids--so yes, we drank champagne in the course of a three-hour interview--one of the most renowned journalists of the modern era has been indicted by a judge in her native Italy under provisions of the Italian Penal Code which proscribe the "vilipendio," or "vilification," of "any religion admitted by the state." In her case, the religion deemed vilified is Islam, and the vilification was...
  • And now for the important news....

    06/25/2005 11:51:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies · 610+ views
    JWR ^ | 06/24/05 | Argus Hamilton
    Jewish World Review June 24, 2005 / 17 Sivan, 5765 And now for the important news .... By Argus Hamilton The Truth about Hillary by Ed Klein made the best-seller list this week. It calls her a cheater and a liar and a backstabber and a late sleeper who barely bathed during law school at Yale. It's the first book to make the case that she married up.
  • Zimbabwe -- Cathy Buckle -- Diesel for destruction

    06/25/2005 8:21:03 AM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 553+ views
    Cathy Buckle ^ | 2005-06-25 | Cathy Buckle
    Dear Family and Friends, There has been a nation wide shortage of petrol and diesel in the country ever since the March elections which has now got so bad that it has bought almost everything to a complete standstill. Petrol stations are either completely dry and deserted or they are places where rumours of deliveries are rife and unmoving queues of driverless vehicles snake away into the distance. There may not be fuel for the everyday things like commuter buses and delivery trucks but there is still diesel for destruction. Countrywide the bulldozers continue to growl and roar as they...
  • Statement of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Supreme Court in New London v Kelo Case

    06/25/2005 8:17:22 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 130 replies · 2,159+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | June 24, 2005
    Contact: Rhonda Spears, 202-861-6766 or; Elena Temple, 202-861-6719 or, both of the United States Conference of Mayors WASHINGTON, June 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement of the United States Conference of Mayors Executive Director Tom Cochran on Supreme Court ruling on City of New London Vs. Kelo case: "The United States Conference of Mayors policy states that the nation's mayors support the right of local governments to retain eminent domain to promote economic development in their individual cities. "City officials continue to act in a most judicious manner as they exercise fair and balanced judgment in...
  • Al-Jazeera to look at open U.S. border

    06/25/2005 3:48:06 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 115 replies · 2,310+ views ^ | June 25, 2005
    <p>The Arab TV news network criticized by the new Iraqi government and others for its anti-American bias and willingness to carry the messages of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, is headed for the U.S.-Mexico border to document how easy it is to enter America illegally.</p>
  • Chávez's goal: Create a leftist empire in Latin America

    06/24/2005 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 649+ views
    MIami Herald ^ | Jun. 22, 2005 | PETER HUESSY
    President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela wants to build a new empire. The new strongman of South America hopes to re-establish a new Gran Colombia -- including Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama -- an oil-rich colossus astride a key global trade route and access to the Panama Canal. Chávez has adopted the repressive practices of his friend Fidel Castro: Civil society has been strangled, the churches have been cowed, teachers cannot speak freely and private business has been decimated. He has taken over foreign-exchange institutions, established neighborhood-watch committees with spies and sacked the best of the military. Billions in oil revenue...
  • The Flag Burning Amendment passed by the House

    06/24/2005 4:07:49 AM PDT · by freeform · 29 replies · 829+ views
    Freedom Forever Website ^ | 01/06/03 | Norman Scott Mills
    The continually put forward Amendment to the Constitution, to outlaw the burning of the American Flag, should not be passed; even though I feel loathed and offended by the burning of the American Flag, because it symbolizes to me, the individual Freedom, Rights and Liberty that our forefathers fought and gave their lives for, it also represents to me the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which to me are sacred documents. Many brave people have fought and died for our individual Rights, Liberty and Freedom, and what this Country represents under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with...

    06/24/2005 5:11:41 AM PDT · by beaureguard · 157 replies · 2,912+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | June 24, 2005 | Neal Boortz
    I cannot remember being more dismayed at a court ruling, and this includes the occasional ruling against me when I was practicing law. What ruling? Just in case you don't already know, the United States Supreme Court yesterday issued a ruling that goes a long way toward destroying private property rights in this country. Background. The Fifth Amendment to our Constitution restricts the government's right of eminent domain. It does not, as I heard so many commentators say yesterday, grant a right of eminent domain, it restricts it. The right of eminent domain was assumed as a basic part of...
  • Tsunami aid bogged by corruption & broken promises (we stole & wasted what you sent, so send more!)

    06/22/2005 8:15:28 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 653+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 22, 2005 - 3:55PM
    Billions of dollars of aid was pledged after the Boxing Day tsunami, but six months later most of it has yet to reach survivors due to corruption, politics and reneging by donor countries, officials say. In a report assessing the situation at the end April, independent Indian research group the Institute for Human Development said only 39 per cent of the $8.6 billion dollars pledged by governments, agencies and private donors had reached those whose lives were shattered by the December 26 tsunamis. The report sponsored by ActionAid, one of Britain's largest development charities, found that of the $450 million...
  • Firm Says House Lawyers Approved Payments for Trips(Delay/Abramoff)

    06/21/2005 6:45:34 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 410+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 06/21/05 | PHILIP SHENON
    Firm Says House Lawyers Approved Payments for Trips By PHILIP SHENON WASHINGTON, June 20 - A law firm under scrutiny for its role in arranging overseas trips for members of Congress says House ethics lawyers advised the firm several years ago that it could pay for some Congressional travel, an assertion that may bolster the argument of Representative Tom DeLay that he did nothing wrong in accepting lavish trips organized by the firm's star lobbyist. Internal memorandums and e-mail messages from the Seattle firm, Preston Gates & Ellis, say that the firm contacted two lawyers on the House ethics committee...
  • Texas judge refuses to move Cuban exile's case

    06/20/2005 3:13:54 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/20/05
    A U.S. judge has refused to move the request for asylum case of Cuban exile and Castro foe Luis Posada Carriles to a federal court in Florida from Texas. Posada, who is wanted in Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner, is being detained in El Paso, but asked to move his immigration case to Miami because his lawyer is based there. U.S. Immigration Judge William Abbott issued his decision on Thursday, said government spokesman Greg Gagne, but only notified the lawyers on Monday. Details of the decision were not yet available. U.S. prosecutors, in a hearing last...
  • The future of conservatism

    06/19/2005 9:27:36 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 50 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, June 19, 2005 | Colin McNickle
    A brief and steamy walk on the streets of Pittsburgh with the chairman of the Republican National Committee succinctly affirmed what affliction has stricken many of today's conservatives: They don't know what conservatism is. It was on the evening of June 9 that a behind-schedule but very gracious Ken Mehlman and I took a brisk stroll from one political fundraiser to another. "What's the future of conservatism?" I asked.