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  • Sunni, Shia Sheiks Say No to Violence, Yes to Reconciliation

    12/15/2007 5:29:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
    ASSIRIYAH — Sunni and Shia tribal sheiks, local government leaders, senior Iraqi Army officials and local Iraqi Police officials from throughout the Taji area recently met at the Prayer Town Hall to continue reconciliation efforts and celebrate the “awakening”—a term used to describe a turning away from sectarianism and violence. More than 200 attendees from the villages of Hor Al Bosh, Sheik Ahmer, Shat Al Taji, Falahat and other areas dined as they discussed issues affecting their villages and ways in which they can improve the quality of life for the people living there. “They decided to have a Sawa...
  • Utah's voucher vote most important of this year, and next

    11/06/2007 10:52:46 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 7 replies · 154+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | November 2, 2007 | George Will
    <p>There, teachers unions, whose idea of progress is preservation of the status quo, are waging an expensive and meretricious campaign to overturn the right of parents to choose among competing schools, public and private, for the best education for their children.</p>
  • Poll: Do you agree with former men's lacrosse coach Mike Pressler's decision to sue the University?

    10/16/2007 12:01:12 PM PDT · by MrEdd · 62 replies · 157+ views
    The Duke Chronicle ^ | 10/16/07 | The Chronicle
    Do you agree with former men's lacrosse coach Mike Pressler's decision to sue the University? Yes No
  • Space - moon, Mars, and beyond - do you care?

    09/18/2007 10:15:28 PM PDT · by HAL9K · 36 replies · 180+ views
    This is my first post here... hope I'm not screwing up tremendously or violating etiquette... I want to know the opinions of the people here on the concept of humanity moving out into space -- the moon, Mars, and beyond. Anyone have any thoughts to share? Do you feel strongly one way or the other? Neutral? I notice "space" doesn't even show up as a topic here... although we do have topics of "poetry" (which I applaud), "UFOs", and "Weird stuff." Cheers, Hal
  • Grammar Police Requested

    08/29/2007 5:50:29 PM PDT · by MrsEmmaPeel · 82 replies · 774+ views
    I was in a *boring* meeting, absentmindedly doodling on a scratch pad. I was pretty amazed after the meeting when I noticed that I doodled the following: "I so enjoy discussions like these", she said wielding a bloody axe in her hand. After the meeting, I glanced at my notes and have a serious question: is these appropriate in this context? I mean, should the correct grammar be: "I so enjoy discussions like this", she said wielding a bloody axe in her hand. I mean, isn't discussions a collective and therefore implies a singular? Please set me straight. I am...
  • Falcons Are Better Off, But Does Michael Vick Really Deserve Prison Time?

    08/27/2007 5:06:22 AM PDT · by Dan Calabrese · 100 replies · 1,456+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | August 27, 2007 | Nathaniel Shockey
    Michael Vick was always something of an Allen Iverson for Atlanta. Without him, the team is terrible, and with him, the team can never be great. He’s a wonderful athlete who dominates little more than the highlight reel. Truth be told, I seriously doubt the Falcons would have ever succeeded with Vick at the helm. As far as I’m concerned, the dog-fighting scandal was one of the best things that could have happened to the Falcons. They had to get rid of him somehow, even if they didn’t want to accept it. Michael Vick had a special appeal with the...
  • So - would a Hillary Clinton presidency really suck all that much?

    07/04/2007 6:02:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 84 replies · 2,362+ views
    7/04/07 | Libloather
    Of course, there will be the initial criminal investigations and accusations of foul play from those wanting to know if the typical illegal contributions were involved. But what if the Beast was actually sworn in as president? What then? She won't be Queen - at least not after a few years. I mean, c'mon, Americans voting in a large Republican Congress would be obvious after seeing the Clintons in power once more. (Hey, the RATS aren't in the lead by THAT much.) Billy Jeff will be free to troll the grounds for fresh meat. Hillary, with a new stash of...
  • Is the American Right ready for Rudy?

    02/20/2007 12:22:22 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 100 replies · 1,216+ views
    Guardian ^ | 02/10/07
    But that analysis may be too simple. In Delaware Giuliani is asked for the umpteenth time if his views on 'social issues' would be fatal to his presidential ambitions. 'I don't get to decide what the issues are. But they are not usually the ones you think they are going to be,' he says. He is right. National security will still be the overwhelming issue of 2008. Giuliani's strong credentials there could make up for weaknesses elsewhere. There are also signs that his problems with the conservatives could be overstated. First, their power is waning. In 2006's congressional elections the...
  • The Zanta Clause (harmless local crank drives leftist politicos & media nuts!)

    02/17/2007 2:50:05 PM PST · by GMMAC · 11 replies · 701+ views
    National Post's Toronto Magazine ^ | Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Samantha Israel
    The Zanta Clause Is it really possible to ban someone from TTC subways, Dundas Square, King Street, Yorkville, Taste of the Danforth, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, College Park and the Santa Claus Parade? Samantha Israel National Post's Toronto Magazine Saturday, February 17, 2007 The spectator seats are full at Old City Hall's Courtroom 114. A dozen young teenagers skipped school on this Wednesday afternoon in January to defend "Zanta," a local personality (or annoyance) who has been banned from several of Toronto's public spaces, from subways to the Santa Claus Parade. David "Zanta" Zancai's loyal supporters await his...
  • Is poker game of skill or chance?

    01/16/2007 4:10:55 PM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 24 replies · 424+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters Life ^ | 01/14/07 | Mike Collett-White
    LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters Life!) - A court in East London is expected to decide this week whether poker is a game of skill, chance or a combination of both. A jury has been asked to weigh up the role played by Lady Luck in the world's most popular card game, after police accused a club owner of illegally hosting a poker session and levying winnings and stakes without a license.Britain's Gambling Act states that a license is needed for hosting a game of chance but not those of skill, like chess.Derek Kelly, owner of the Gutshot private club in...
  • Hockey-Coach Quota (H1-B professional Visas Redux)

    01/06/2007 3:43:29 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 500+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6 January 2007 | Staff
    ....But the team has a big problem. Mr. Shyiak was born in Canada and is working as a so-called temporary H1-B professional worker. His visa is expiring and U.S. immigration officials fret that this foreigner may be taking a job from an American citizen. So the university must comply with rules that require it to verify that there is no American worker who is "able, willing, qualified, and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation." The university is taking out newspaper ads for the hockey team's head-coach position and hoping no one applies. ...Scott McNealy,...
  • Is the Bush Doctrine Dead?

    10/17/2006 11:17:19 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 25 replies · 1,177+ views
    HumanEventsOnline ^ | Oct 17, 2006 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Between Sept. 11, 2001, and his State of the Union Address in 2002, George W. Bush had America in the palm of his hand. But in that speech, Bush blew it. Singling out Iran, Iraq and North Korea as state sponsors of terror seeking weapons of mass destruction, Bush yoked them together in an "axis of evil" and issued this ultimatum: "I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's...
  • Is Ahmadinejad Another Hitler?

    09/20/2006 4:55:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies · 1,283+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 9/20/2006 | JAMES TARANTO
    Is Ahmadinejad Another Hitler? "Ahmadinejad--I call him Ahmad-in-a-head--I think he's a Hitler type of person," Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. "He has made it clear that he wants to destroy Israel. He has made it clear he doesn't believe in the Holocaust. He's a, he's a--we all know what he is," the senator added.
  • Does Ahmadinejad believe he is the Mahdi?

    09/02/2006 9:44:07 AM PDT · by dervish · 90 replies · 1,912+ views
    luc van braekel's weblog ^ | 8/14/06 | luc van braekel
    As you probably already know, Iranian president Mahmood Ahmadinejad has started a weblog in Farsi, English, Arabic and French. This led me to lookup the whois-record of his domain name, ahmadinejad.ir. There's something strange here. While the first name of the Iranian president is "Mahmoud", the domain registration says "Mahdi". In Islamic eschatology, the Mahdi is the prophesied redeemer of Islam, who will change the world into a perfect Islamic society before the end of times. It is well known that Ahmadinejad is a strong believer in the return of the Mahdi. But isn't this registration a strong indication that...
  • Did the Dems Threaten ABC ?

    09/08/2006 11:08:43 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 82 replies · 2,831+ views
    Powerline ^ | 09/08/2006 | John Hindraker
    Did the Dems Threaten ABC? The Democrats have gone nuts over the ABC miniseries, The Path to 9/11. But it's a little hard to see why. Maybe it's because Disney and ABC have been reliably pro-Democrat in the past, so the Dems feel betrayed. Looking at the big picture, though, it's a little hard to see what the Dems are complaining about. I haven't seen the miniseries, but I take it that it doesn't portray the Clinton administration as having taken very effective action against the growing threat from Islamic terrorists. What I don't understand is how the Democrats think...
  • Are academic elites communists?

    08/29/2006 5:58:42 AM PDT · by laotzu · 62 replies · 1,302+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/16/06 | Dr. Walter Williams
    (snip) ..Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in.."Manifesto of the Communist Party." Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings. In practice, communism is nothing less than sheer barbarism that makes even the horrors of Naziism pale in comparison...The Soviet Union murdered about 62 million of its own people..Chinese, 35.2 million murdered. By comparison, Hitler's Nazis managed to murder 21 million of its...
  • Are People Who Attack American Principles "Un-American"?

    08/13/2006 7:28:34 AM PDT · by zippy the razor · 3 replies · 371+ views
    Are People Who Attack American Principles "Un-American"? By JB Williams on Aug 13, 2006 In a word, yes! Living in America (legally or illegally) does not make one an American. Accepting, adopting, understanding, believing in, living, promoting and defending real American foundational principles, (the American dream), makes one an American. Nothing less will do… One who works to stop others from smoking can’t be called anything short of anti-smoking. One who works to stop others from owning guns would certainly and appropriately be deemed anti-gun rights, or anti- 2nd Amendment. If you work to stop abortions, you are certainly anti-abortion...
  • Will the Lebanese Army Sent to the South Include Hezbollah Fighters in Disguise?

    08/13/2006 12:00:51 AM PDT · by FARS · 63 replies · 884+ views
    Anti-Mullah Blog ^ | August 12, 2006 | Alan Peters
    I must admit that I did not know the Lebanese "army" could field 15,000 people and was under the impression that their military was less than 10,000 "fighting" personnel.Thus when they offered 15,000 individuals to the UN as part of the monitoring force, my mind wondered whether this would include several thousand Hezbollah (or even Syrian or Iranian fighters) being given Lebanese military uniforms and thus have free movement back and forth and "at will" access into the "off limits" or restricted areas of South Lebanon. Similary, if the Lebanese military arrives with a thousand extra uniforms, they can dress...
  • Have You Served On A Jury? [Vanity]

    08/03/2006 8:07:49 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 144 replies · 2,066+ views
    Froufrou | 08/03/06 | Froufrou
    I was on a 6-person JP court jury. We heard an eviction case. The man had lived in the apt. 6 years. In November, he was working on an elevator and fell four floors. He signed a new lease that month and has been out of work since, but managed to pay five of the six months his $433 rent. Term date on the lease was June 31st. Manager said he owed $741 as of court date, July 26. But the man had a hand-written letter without a date stating he owed $979. No explanation was given for the numbers....
  • Was Qana Staged? Cont'd (Memogate II?)

    08/01/2006 1:48:42 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 260 replies · 15,074+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | July 31, 2006 | Jonah Goldberg
    THE CORNER:   HOME    SEARCH    E-MAIL    PRINT    RSS Monday, July 31, 2006 Was Qana Staged? Cont'd [Jonah Goldberg] A giant banner denouncing Rice and the "Qana massacre" might have been made a bit too quickly. I don't want to get too far out ahead on this, but I know we've got a zillion printer-type folks among our readers. Do you guys think such a banner could be made in 2-4 hours (particularly in a supposedly war-ravaged area)?Update: From a reader: "Do you guys think such a banner could be made in 2-4 hours (particularly in a supposedly war-ravaged area)?" Heck...
  • Superwrong Supergroups

    07/23/2006 10:29:20 AM PDT · by Rocko · 47 replies · 1,122+ views
    Harp ^ | Jul/Aug 2006 | Tom Scharpling
    It’s a special thing when artists who’ve achieved greatness in their own right join forces to create a new musical entity. We’ve been blessed with a number of these “supergroups”: Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Velvet Revolver and Golden Smog, to name just a few. When a supergroup clicks, it can be magical. But when they don’t work…look out. The Million Dollar Quintet It’s a little-known fact that the Million Dollar Quartet —Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins— was originally a quintet. The fifth member of this historic December 4, 1956, Sun Studios jam...
  • Tackling terror: Is it time to strike at Pakistan occupied Kashmir terror camps?

    New Delhi: Mumbai has been a favoured playground for terrorists for close to three decades. After the latest outrage on July 11, the familiar question surfaces yet again: Can India hit the fountainhead of terrorism, which, as it has consistently complained, lies across its western boundaries? India complains bitterly that terror camps still dot the landscape of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. The only difference is that these are now more discreet and at a farther distance from the LoC. Infiltrations continue through the highlands and terrorists have their strongholds from the jungles of Kupwara and Bandipore to the Surankote heights. The terrorist strike...
  • Is the Bush Administration Continuing to Play Games on Illegal Immigration?

    06/21/2006 7:50:16 PM PDT · by zerosix · 27 replies · 652+ views
    WTOV News ^ | 6/20/06 | Renae Cardelli and Amy Post
    WTOV9.comIllegal Immigrants Free To Go Local police said they intercepted 20 illegal Mexican immigrants, but were ordered by immigration officials to let them go free. Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson said his officers were instructed by federal immigration services to let all 20 illegal immigrants go free, and said his department has no choice but to follow the orders from immigration officials. Thompson said officers stopped a van at 3 a.m. Tuesday which was traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 470 in St. Clairsville. The officer discovered 20 illegal Mexican immigrants inside the van, including three who were previously deported....
  • Must We Leave Earth to Save Ourselves?

    06/20/2006 1:22:13 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 78 replies · 1,692+ views
    NEWS ADVISORY, June 20 /Christian Newswire/-- Britain’s renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking told a recent Hong Kong news conference the human race must “spread out into space for the survival of the species.“ He cited “sudden global warming, nuclear war, or a genetically engineered virus” as threats that could wipe out humanity at any time. “As dire as Hawking’s concerns may be, humanity’s plight is actually worse,” says astronomer Hugh Ross, founder and president of the science/faith think tank Reasons To Believe (www.reasons.org). “But,” he adds, “that is not to say the human race is without hope.”  Ross explains, “It’s important to...
  • Why Do Liberal Media Despise Our Troops?

    06/12/2006 9:25:54 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 96 replies · 2,092+ views
    Human Events ^ | June 13 2006 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    Every six months or so, the liberal media search for any story that casts our soldiers in a bad light. Abu Ghraib was portrayed as indicative of almost the entire U.S. Army when, in fact, it consisted of less than 1/1000 %. Besides which, in the scheme of possible war atrocities, it doesn't even rank. It was more uncouth behavior than atrocity. As soon as a scenario is found where our soldiers defended themselves from enemy fire, road bombs or check-point crashing cars, the media indict our boys, without first considering the circumstances which necessitated the shooting response. Guilty! Guilty...
  • Are Americans suffering from Diversity fatigue?

    06/01/2006 12:19:55 PM PDT · by voletti · 39 replies · 1,707+ views
    Time ^ | 6/1/06 | Po Johnson
    People are willing to be tolerant, but only to a certain point. And from California to the Midwest and Florida, signs of exclusionary thinking are popping up all over. Has it become okay to exclude again? Perhaps one of the most treasured of American rights is the freedom of association. This is the right to hang out with whomever we want, wherever we want. It's a complicated right, because when we hang out with "people like us," inevitably someone gets kept out. Where and how to draw the line is a question we all seem to be struggling with right...
  • USA : ‘Nylons Go On Sale’ (This Day in History)

    05/15/2006 7:32:11 AM PDT · by pissant · 5 replies · 181+ views
    Fibretofashion ^ | 5/15/06 | staff
    Following is the daily "Profile America" feature for Monday, May 15 from the US Census Bureau: Profile America is one of the basics of most women's wardrobes went on sale for the first time on this day in 1940. Publicized as "Nylons Day," stores selected to carry the new product were mobbed. Some 63-million pairs of nylon stockings were sold the first year, but they soon became scarce as nylon production went to the war effort, such as parachutes. Nylon was the first artificial fiber. It was soon joined by many others, which have become a mainstay in making clothing...
  • Beer, bikinis, Baghdad?

    05/05/2006 8:19:40 AM PDT · by pissant · 80 replies · 3,313+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | 5/5/06 | IASON ATHANASIADIS
    At Saddam Hussein's former Republican Palace, Tuesday is now karaoke night `It's Saigon all over again' at the temporary home of Iraq's latest conquerors BAGHDAD—Tuesday night is karaoke night at Saddam Hussein's Republican Palace in central Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. To the beat of the music, Iraq's latest conquerors triumphantly take to a stage that dominates the inner courtyard of what is today the temporary U.S. embassy in Baghdad and bawl out old rock 'n' roll and blues anthems to their hearts' content. A few metres away, soldiers take off their shirts to play volleyball, U.S. State Department contractors have...
  • Germany headed for demographic disaster?

    04/26/2006 11:33:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 917+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 26 2006 | Noah Barkin
    BERNBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Helmut Rieche, the proud mayor of this struggling east German town, likes to focus on the positive when describing the changes that have occurred here since the collapse of communism. The old state-run cement company that polluted the river and turned the town gray with fumes has been closed down, he says. And the elderly of Bernburg, who Rieche says seemed hidden from view under the communists, are out on the streets again. "We have about 250 citizens that are over 90 years old. The people are living longer and that is a sign that they...
  • Are Liberals The Worst Bigots of All?

    04/18/2006 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 1,465+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 18, 2006 | ALICIA COLON
    Here it is 2006 and conservative blacks are enduring slurs worthy of a grand wizard of the KKK. Is it possible that liberals are the worst bigots of all?
  • Has Homosexuality Always Been Incompatible With Military Service?

    04/11/2006 2:58:36 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 99 replies · 3,610+ views
    WallBuilders ^ | David Barton
    While the issue of homosexuals in the military has only recently become a point of great public controversy, it is not a new issue; it derives its roots from the time of the military's inception. George Washington, the nation's first Commander-in-Chief, held a strong opinion on this subject and gave a clear statement of his views on it in his general orders for March 14, 1778: At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778), Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcom's Regiment [was] tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury...
  • Iraq/Iran: Has Tehran Crossed The Line?

    03/13/2006 9:13:35 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 8 replies · 443+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 13 March 2006 | Kathleen Ridolfo
    Iraq observers have spent much of the past three years debating the extent of Iranian influence in Iraqi affairs. There is a growing belief in both Iraqi and U.S. circles that Iranian agents have permeated the Iraqi security apparatus, as well as the extra-governmental militias that engage in armed conflict with Iraqi police and army units and multinational forces. Iranian-style weapons -- in particular, more powerful improvised explosive devices -- have also made their way to Iraq in increasing numbers, posing a considerable threat to Iraqi and U.S. security forces. Speaking to reporters at a March 7 press briefing in...
  • Had Enough of Oprah?

    03/03/2006 4:00:01 PM PST · by qam1 · 184 replies · 5,614+ views
    The Ledger ^ | March 3, 2006 | Ariel Brewster
    There's a growing membership in the I Hate Oprah Club. A nod from Oprah Winfrey moves best-seller lists. Stocks rise when her name is attached to a company or product. Millions listen when she speaks at Coretta Scott King's funeral, and millions more cheer when she loses 20 pounds. Forget about her 49 million viewers each week. The real pinnacle of celebrity is attaining single-name status. But there are Oprah-haters, too: those who speak out against America's most beloved talk show host. They accuse her of materialism, manipulation, power mongering, arrogance and generally being in love with herself. As her...
  • Has the "New York Times" Violated the Espionage Act?

    03/01/2006 4:20:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 929+ views
    Commentary ^ | March, 2006 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    COMMENTARYMarch 2006 Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?Gabriel Schoenfeld“Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts.” Thus ran the headline of a front-page news story whose repercussions have roiled American politics ever since its publication last December 16 in the New York Times. The article, signed by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, was adapted from Risen’s then-forthcoming book, State of War.1 In it, the Times reported that shortly after September 11, 2001, President Bush had “authorized the National Security Agency [NSA] to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States . . . without the court-approved warrants...
  • Making Islam illegal -- is it the West's only choice?

    02/20/2006 7:46:11 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 1,029 replies · 10,353+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2/19/2006 | Warner Todd Huston
    When President Bush gave his "axis of evil" speech he went out of his way to make the world understand that it isn't a war with Islam itself that we were joining — and I say joining because the war had been started by the Jihadists decades before. And, in observance to our Western principles, that must be the correct way to view our conflagration with radical Islam. Let's face facts, it certainly is uncomfortable to a Westerner who has been brought up on tolerance, freedom of religion, and liberty to contemplate a war against an entire religion. But are...
  • Are Muslims a Threat to Europe?

    02/14/2006 9:33:42 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 51 replies · 1,333+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 02/12/2006 | Steve Chapman
    February 12, 2006 Are Muslims a Threat to Europe?By Steve ChapmanBERLIN -- A few days ago, the German newspaper Die Welt decided to show its support for freedom of the press by publishing the controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad -- on the front page, no less. Germany is home to some 3 million Muslims. And something interesting happened when Die Welt took that risky step: nothing. That is not entirely surprising. Though the cartoons appeared first in Denmark, the violent protests occurred far away, in places like Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan. Still, the underlying worry about this...
  • Do Al Gore and other Democrats really want to keep the government from finding al Qaeda agents?

    01/21/2006 11:21:49 PM PST · by CHUCKfromCAL · 34 replies · 1,756+ views
    Opinion Journal - Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2006 | VICTORIA TOENSING
    In a speech last week, Al Gore took another swing at the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance program, which monitors international communications when one party is affiliated with terrorists. Specifically, Mr. Gore argued that George Bush "has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently," and that such actions might constitute an impeachable offense. The question he raises is whether the president illegally bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). But the real issue is national security: FISA is as adept at detecting--and, thus, preventing--a terrorist attack as a horse-and-buggy is at getting us from New York to Paris. I have...
  • Strut Your Stuff In A High-Heeled Workout

    01/04/2006 11:43:29 AM PST · by pissant · 22 replies · 508+ views
    NY1 ^ | 1/3/06 | Kafi Drexel
    It's a work-out that might make a podiatrist wince, but a new exercise routine is turning the gym into more of a catwalk. NY1 Health & Fitness Reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following report. Usually, most foot doctors tell us to stay out of high-heels. But a new class at Crunch Fitness, a place known for bringing the theatrics into exercise, encourages you not only to pack your sneakers, but throw a pair of stilettos into the gym bag too. "For so many of our clients in New York – everybody this summer wore flat shoes... then all the sudden...
  • Police Find Pot Wrapped As Christmas Presents

    12/23/2005 7:04:54 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies · 527+ views
    THE INDY CHANNEL ^ | 12-23-2005 | THE INDY CHANNEL
    LAWRENCE, Ind. -- Authorities in Lawrence unwrapped an elaborate drug trafficking scheme Thursday. Police intercepted 75 pounds of marijuana they said was being transported from Texas to a hotel in Lawrence. The drugs were found wrapped in coffee grounds to cover the smell and disguised as Christmas presents. Officers said it's just one of many schemes traffickers use to move drugs. "They try everything, but … when they go discarding what they've wrapped it in, it's a telltale sign of a trained investigator that deals in narcotics," said Lawrence police deputy chief Jack Bailey. "They know certain things to look...
  • Preventing a Nuclear Iran-- Should Military Force be Used?

    12/18/2005 2:16:41 PM PST · by billorites · 116 replies · 1,443+ views
    Georgetown University ^ | December 13, 2005 | Anthony Clark Arend
    According to Mohamed ElBaradei, the world is "losing patience" with Iran. And, indeed, recent press reports indicate that Israel is considering the use of force to prevent Iran from further developing a nuclear program. The potential of such preemptive force brings up the ghost of the Osirak Reactor bombing and raises a number of critical legal and political questions.Preemption and International LawWhile there is a debate among international legal scholars about the permissibility of the preemptive use of force under the United Nations Charter,  most scholars and states would acknowledge that "anticipatory self-defense" continues to be lawful under existing international law....
  • Should Hip Hop Take The Rap For Rioting (France)

    12/08/2005 5:14:34 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 524+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-8-2005 | Joe Muggs
    Should hip hop take the rap for rioting? (Filed: 08/12/2005) French politicians have called for legal action to be taken against hip hop musicians in the wake of the French riots. Joe Muggs reports The waves of riots that swept across France this year have had an unexpected consequence for the French music industry. Urban violence: hip hop has been blamed for the Paris riots Last week, 200 politicians backed a petition by MP François Grosdidier calling for legal action against several hip hop musicians for their aggressive lyrics. Although prime minister Dominique de Villepin immediately dismissed the idea, it...
  • If a black man is armed, Is he a criminal

    12/04/2005 1:47:44 PM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies · 952+ views
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 4 Dec 05 | Vin Suprynowicz
    VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: If a black man is armed, is he a criminal? An "old police tradition of requiring off-duty officers to carry their weapons -- 'always armed, always on duty' -- is being scaled back in police departments nationwide following the shootings of off-duty officers by colleagues who thought they were criminals," The Associated Press reported Nov. 28 in a story datelined Providence, R.I.
  • Police could enforce immigration law

    12/01/2005 10:41:32 PM PST · by LNewman · 11 replies · 468+ views
    Daily Pilot ^ | December 1,2005 | Alicia Robinson, Daily Pilot
    Costa Mesa could become the first city to ask its police officers to enforce federal immigration laws if the City Council agrees to a proposal Mayor Allan Mansoor will make Tuesday. A 1996 law allows state and local jurisdictions to enforce federal immigration laws. Under Mansoor's plan, Costa Mesa police would be trained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws in the course of their normal duties. Local police wouldn't be out doing sweeps to find illegal immigrants, said Mansoor, who works as an Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy. But when officers encounter suspected illegal immigrants...
  • High Heels to Hell- Women continue to buy, wear and love painful shoes for the sake of fashion

    11/16/2005 3:23:25 PM PST · by pissant · 250 replies · 3,114+ views
    Minnesota Daily ^ | 10/17/05 | Abby Bar-Lev
    Women, brace yourselves. There is a scary new cosmetic surgery that is becoming increasingly popular. This surgery has nothing to do with your face, and everything to do with your feet. In order to fit into more high-end high heels, women have begun surgically altering their feet to fit the shoe. That’s correct: cosmetic foot surgery. Read it and weep … or rather, read it and freak out. Cosmetic foot surgery does not include surgery to relieve pain or improve function; it is merely to change the appearance of one’s feet. Common cosmetic foot surgery includes shortening toes, injecting silicon...
  • IS PARIS BURNING???

    11/04/2005 11:27:18 AM PST · by ednawlins · 39 replies · 720+ views
    IS PARIS BURNING??? It looks to me like a civil war has broking out in France between the Muslims and the French. I would like to put my money on the Muslims, not that I like the Muslims that are doing the fighting, but I do not think the French and the rest of Europe can win this coming civil war that is about to brake out in Europe. Does anyone know what the odd of who will win are? thanks ed
  • Iraqi Voters Say 'Yes' to New Constitution

    10/26/2005 4:46:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 25, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2005 – A majority of Iraq's citizens have approved their country's new constitution, an event the top U.S. diplomat called "a remarkable story." Iraqis "achieved yet another step on their march toward democracy," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said to reporters today during a trip Ottawa, Canada. Iraqis voted on the new constitution during an Oct. 15 referendum. The Iraqi government today announced that 78 percent of voters approved the document. Each time Iraqis faced a challenge since the fall of Saddam Hussein they've met it, whether it was in the transfer of sovereignty or the creation...
  • Freep Poll -- Black v White racism

    09/14/2005 6:43:00 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 30 replies · 1,008+ views
    Is black racism more prevalent than white racism? Yes No
  • Is it just me or......?(Vanity)

    06/28/2005 7:25:08 PM PDT · by Bombardier · 72 replies · 1,996+ views
    Is it just me or is anyone else tired of the cable news channels taking twelve hours out of a twenty-four hour day to spend talking about the blonde girl who disappeared in Aruba? I feel very bad for her parents, but to be very frank, it's been what? A month? We all know the Aruban cops make the Keystone Kops look like Lenny Briscoe, we already know that the Dutch legal system is essentially useless, and we all have theories about this girl's disappearance that range from the plausible to the utterly weird. What else do we need to...
  • Govt defends 'bikini babe' pub grant

    06/16/2005 4:15:29 PM PDT · by pissant · 32 replies · 823+ views
    ABC (aus) ^ | 6/15/05 | staff
    The Federal Government has defended a $500,000 grant to a Queensland hotel that the Opposition says has topless barmaids. Labor's Kelvin Thomson says Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson approved the regional partnerships grant for the Atherton Hotel, known locally as The Stump, in far north Queensland in 2003. Mr Thomson says Mr Anderson was later informed the grant was in breach of Government guidelines and has questioned why it was not withdrawn. "Is the Deputy Prime Minister aware that one of the features of this hotel is its topless bar maids and performances by the Stump Bikini Babes?" he said....
  • If anyone is interested.....could this be the roman empire we were waiting for?

    05/26/2005 5:46:35 AM PDT · by stormyseas · 237 replies · 2,141+ views
    Prophecy, I think for the most part because of the book of Daniel and the kings dream. The statue represents (Daniel 2; 40-43) the kingdoms of the earth, And all preachers alike are saying we are waiting on the pope to be the false prophet and an empire likened to Rome. Well this same theory of what Daniel says has been around for as long as I can remember. So for me I decided to take God for one moment out of a box. And open my mind to what else it might say. Well I found That the U.N....