"It concerns me greatly," said Bob Barr, former U.S. prosecutor and Republican representative from Georgia. "It clearly raises serious concerns about First Amendment rights."
2. "I don't blame Bush for Katrina. I blame the mayor and the governor. They did a horrible job. It's not the president's job to ensure the safety of every American in every city. That's rediculous."
3. "The next time I get arrested, I'll just say that the Republicans set me up."
"As the war in Iraq drags on, the Army is accumulating a collection of problems that cumulatively could call into question the viability of an all-volunteer force," said defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute think tank.
Nadir: Are you certain that the Ladera Heights residents are racist? Is it possible that they don't care about the "race" of their children's classmates? Is it possible that their single motivation is get their own kids into excellent schools, and that they have given up on their attempts to do so with Inglewood parents, and that their conclusion is devoid of any racial descrimination?
Please answer the question *BEFORE* you read the article.
Afterall, these same FACTS charactorize black students compared to whites. (But wait! They also charactorize white students compare to Asian...)
So what do these figures truly mean? That -- adjusted for inflation -- people living in the USA's lower 20% income level today are doing better than when I resided in there.
The organizers of the Tuesday protest, called "World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime," say the National Park Service and the US Capitol Police initially offered them the Capitol Reflecting Pool as a demonstration site but changed their minds.
Travis Morales, one of the organizers of the demonstration, said the restrictions effectively deny the protesters a meaningful public space to gather as a group. The nearest place to meet together, he said, is Seventh Street, about a mile from the Capitol.
"We are being told that turf renovation and security trump our First Amendment right to protest," he said.
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What the hell kind of name is "Sunsara" anyway? Sounds like her mommy and daddy dropped a little too much acid back in the day.
So are you ready to take the test?
"We're here to change our history... we're taking over," Mr Morales said.
Slinger: Let's trade that "X-Files" theme in for THIS SONG.
Free the Price-Cutters!
In the current issue of Regulation, law professor Daniel Crane has a well-worth-reading article on the perverse consequences of prohibitions on so-called "predatory pricing."
Here's an especially interesting part of the article:
At no time have I encountered a juror who had the foggiest notion of what oligopoly, market power, or average variable cost meant, much less how they applied to the case.... Typical is the response I received when I asked a juror whether he remembered average variable cost. The juror replied, 'Yes, explain it to me. I still don't know what it means.'
Mind you, the jury found that Brown & Williamson engaged in predatory pricing, which required a finding that it had priced below average variable cost. If the jury did not understand the legal test, on what basis did it award a $148.8 judgment against Brown & Williamson?
Fortunately, in 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of Brown & Williamson on appeal.
Google competitor Yahoo Inc., which runs the Internet's second-most used search engine, confirmed Thursday that it had complied with a similar government subpoena."
Kudos to Google for fighting for what's right. Boo to you guys who still support the Bush regime.
I wonder if the study breaks down grads from the following areas:
1. Engineering and Sciences.
2. Liberal Arts.
6. Social Work
And further breaks down Big State U (University of Wisconson) vs. Little U (Easter Mich U).
My prediction: (1) and (2) above beat the crap out of (2 - 6), but Big U and Little U have little difference (provided that grads have the same major). In other words, U-Mich students who major in social work have just as little intellectual development as Eastern Mich social work majors, but Eastern Mich chemistry majors beat the pants off U-Mish journalism majors.
The outcome of the looming contest in the United States between the national commitment to social welfare at home and the requirements for stability and prosperity abroad cannot be foreseen with any precision. About other countries’ approach to America’s remarkable 21st-century global role, however, three things may be safely predicted: They will not pay for it, they will continue to criticize it, and they will miss it when it is gone."
I have recently seen republican officials on the gab shows defending their party. They really should shut up, except for admitting to their party's curruption, and advocting meaningful reforms. The repo rep last night I saw last night shamed himself, on the one hand claiming that those earmark provisions have actually been going down, and advocating measures to further reduce them. My advice: loudly -- and with the fewest words possible -- admit to the enormity of this practice in general, and call for complete eradication of them. And admit that the repos in the '90s promised to be cleaner than the demos, and they have proven themselves to be liars.
Then: admit that George Will is correct. There is no way to "reform" this mess. The only way to diminish curruption is to diminish the activities of government. For example, if we had a single flat tax system, there could be no lobbiests advocating for changes to the tax code. If the fedl govt got out of the business of building bridges and mueusams, no lobbiests would seek fedl money for "bridges to nowhere" and meusams for cowoys. There simply is no way to curb curruption if congress stays in the business of doing just about everything.
The European Union has suspended 35 million euros ($42 million) in aid to the Palestinians, citing their lack of budgetary discipline, the EU’s commissioner for external relations said on Tuesday.
The rare sanction underscored intensified foreign donor scrutiny on the Palestinian Authority since Israel quit the Gaza Strip last year after 38 years of occupation. The impoverished territory is widely seen as a testing ground for statehood. Visiting the region ahead of Palestinian legislative elections on January 25, the EU commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said half of 70 million euros ($84 million) donated through the World Bank in November has not been released, and that the issue was under discussion.
“The biggest donor is the European Commission, and we have not paid because the benchmarks have not been fulfilled,” she told reporters.
"In the wake of a failed—and hotly contested—2004 recall attempt, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías has clamped down on civil liberties, property rights, and Western foreign oil companies that are still operating in this impoverished South American country. He has decreed new laws that define public protest as a crime, has imposed media restrictions that encourage substantial self-censorship under threat of operating license confiscation, and has begun to seize large rural farms and ranches that he claims are not sufficiently productive. Energy and Petroleum Minister Rafael Ramírez announced in May 2005 that income taxes on the handful of foreign firms pumping oil in Venezuela would be raised to 50 percent from 34 percent, retroactive to 2001. Energy experts reportedly believe that Venezuela is shipping less oil than it claims as a result of lagging maintenance at the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the internal resources of which allegedly have been sapped by corruption, mismanagement, and the diversion of profits to social programs and government officials. To the alarm of neighbors and internal opponents, the government has announced the purchase of 100,000 assault rifles, a number of Russian combat helicopters, and possibly MiG-29 jet fighters, as well as a reserve-force buildup to some 1.5 million cadres. Venezuela's fiscal burden of government is 0.7 point worse this year. As a result, its overall score is 0.07 point worse this year."
And we're supposed to use Chavez's Venezuela as an example of a successful socialist dictatorial society?
Says Chomsky, "Well, the first thing that should be done in Iraq is for us to be serious about what's going on. There is almost no serious discussion, I'm sorry to say, across the spectrum, of the question of withdrawal. The reason for that is that we are under a rigid doctrine in the West, a religious fanaticism, that says we must believe that the United States would have invaded Iraq even if its main product was lettuce and pickles, and the oil resources of the world were in Central Africa. Anyone who doesn't believe that is condemned as a conspiracy theorist, a Marxist, a madman, or something. Well, you know, if you have three gray cells functioning, you know that that's perfect nonsense.
"The U.S. invaded Iraq because it has enormous oil resources, mostly untapped, and it's right in the heart of the world's energy system. Which means that if the U.S. manages to control Iraq, it extends enormously its strategic power, what Zbigniew Brzezinski calls its critical leverage over Europe and Asia. Yeah, that's a major reason for controlling the oil resources - it gives you strategic power. Even if you're on renewable energy you want to do that. So that's the reason for invading Iraq, the fundamental reason."
KRS-One: "How long shall we reminisce over the glory days of the Civil Rights Movement without continuing the struggles and maintaining the victories of such a movement today? How long shall we romanticize the fact that our ancestors were civilization builders without even attempting to build any such civilization for ourselves today? All of this is a disgrace to the very greatness of our elders and ancestors! By talking about our ancestor's greatness and not continuing in the footsteps of such greatness do we not betray the very greatness that we are speaking of? It's better to remain ignorant of your ancestor's achievements than to know of your ancestor's achievements and do nothing to continue their legacy! Is this not a traitor to their very ideas? A traitor to the movement? Is this not a true sell-out?"
An interesting take that mirrors some of the debates viewed on Reformed Leftist...
1. If your cell phone rings, you may glance at the incoming number and hit the "end" button; you may answer only in special circumstances, say if you are a parent and you see that your kid is calling, or if you are expecting someone to meet you, or if your job calls. In such a case, prior to answering the call, you must excuse yourself, provide me a brief explanation, and then make your call quick. You may certainly not blindly answer every call, interupting our time together.
2. No clever cell phone rings; vibrate, please, or a low-volume "old fashioned" ring, preferably only after vibrate has failed to alert you, followed by volume that increases, so that you get alerted with the minimum disturbance to the life around you.
- Clever ring: Non-stop blasting of "Afternoon Delight" or "I'm Coming Out"
- Old-fashioned ring: alternating between 2 second ring and 8 merciful seconds of silence.
3. You may not have any earphones engaged (cell phone or ipod) when you are conversing with me.
4. If I sneeze, DO NOT BLESS ME. If you want to bless me, instead of wasting my time "blessing" me and waiting for my "thank you" when I'm involutarily overcome by a sneeze, just honor my other rules.
On the phone with me:
1. If we are talking on the phone, if you get an incoming call, see Rule 1 above for talking to me in person. You may not interupt our discussion with every call that you receive.
2. If you place me on hold, I will count to 10, then hangup. If you call me back, see rule 3.
3. If you call me, I will not answer if I am speaking with another person, in person or on the phone; get in line. I'll attend my phone calls in the order that they're received. If I'm busy, I will not answer just to tell you that I'm busy; I'll hit the "end" button and call you when I have phone time.
4. I will tolerate no extensive voice greetings instructing me how to use voice mail, informing me of the number that I just dialed (which is displayed on my own phone), or telling me to have a nice or blessed day. When your voice greeting starts, I will press "1", and if that doesn't get me to a recorder, I will leave no message.
Have a blessed day!
Sadly, though, govt spending has also set a record.
OK, one more time: Tax revenue is **UP**, not down, even as tax *RATES* are down. Do you understand that Bush and Congress cannot "increase taxes" or "cut taxes", they can only increase/cut TAX RATES. When Bush cut capital gains tax RATES, he could not force more people to purchase stock. They chose to do so. Why? Cutting tax RATEs on capital gains = cutting cost of purchasing stock. You do understand that when sales tax rates are less, so is the cost of the merchandise. Are you aware that internet purchases have a sales tax of ZERO? Have you ever purchased something online because you found that the on-line cost was less due to sales tax = zero?
Your president is a maniac.
To clarify my position about non-academic subjects at Universities, I place these subjects into two catagories:
(1) Those that warrent relegation to training seminars: Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, Business, etc.
(2) Those that warrent their own institutions of study and certification outside of the "university" structure: Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respitory Therapy, Photography, Accounting, Social Work, culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management, auto mechanics, Computer Aided Design, etc.
Sadly, "high" schools and "universities" have degraded to where no standards govern what can get scotch-taped to their curricula; anybody who argues against including a subjects gets (as I did) lambasted roundly, loudly, and instantly (and incorrectly) as having denigraded that subject. Yet, if I were to propose adding degrees in basketball and animation to the Cullinary Institute of America, nearly everybody who cares about the CIA would reject my proposal, and do so without having denegraded the worthwhile pursuits of basketball and animation.
1. The new nation in Georgia would quickly become thriving and safe nation (ie, a democracy based on capitalism) drawing immigrants (not just jews) from around the world.
2. Palistine would become a dreadful, impoverished nation (ie, no democracy), exporting its people to democracies around the world.
Letterman **EMBARRASSED** himself. O'Reilly came on to have fun, as the guest of a comedian, ready for jokes by Letterman cracked against him. Instead, Letterman attacked O'Reilly; yes, attacked. The entire exchange was an attack by Letterman against a guy who sat down with a big smile on his face ready for the fun that charactorizes every other minute of every other Letterman show. Instead, O'Reilly got bushwacked. Letterman showed himself to be a leftist, which is fine, but an extremely ignorant one, and one on this night in this situation who had zero humor.
O'Reilly did a great job, but missed at least one chance: Letterman constantly hammered O'Reilly about Cindy Sheehan, whom Letterman apparantly adores, and O'Reilly has repeatedly admonished. Though O'Reilly succeeded in suppressing all of his many negative charactoristics, he forgot to point out to Dave that of the slain soldiers from Iraq, at least as many of their parents support Bush's war as oppose it, and as many abhore Cindy Sheehan as support her.
Letterman's most embarrassing moment led to O'Reilly's best: Letterman sternly declared that O'Reilly wasn't "fair and balanced." O'Reilly humorously requested examples to support this claim. Letterman admitted that he had no examples, because he never watches O'Reilly's show. Stop here for a minute. Dave is in the business of pretending to have read every book or seen every show promoted by his guests. Have you ever known Dave (or any talk host) to admit that he never watches/reads the guest's stuff? So here's Dave lambasting his *GUEST*'s stuff, then admitting that he's never seen it. Pathetic. O'Reilly then scored a major point by humorously suggesting that Dave watch just once for 30 minutes, "which will make you a big fan. And I'll send you a hat." At this point, Dave further disgraced himself by un-humorously retorting, "Send Cindy Sheehan a hat."
In early December, he was shocked when a letter arrived from her that had already been opened.
Scroll way down to the bottom of the Hot One Hundred top breeders and you'll eventually find the United States, hovering just at replacement rate with 2.07 births per woman. Ireland is 1.87, New Zealand 1.79, Australia 1.76. But Canada's fertility rate is down to 1.5, well below replacement rate; Germany and Austria are at 1.3, the brink of the death spiral; Russia and Italy are at 1.2; Spain 1.1, about half replacement rate. That's to say, Spain's population is halving every generation. By 2050, Italy's population will have fallen by 22%, Bulgaria's by 36%, Estonia's by 52%. In America, demographic trends suggest that the blue states ought to apply for honorary membership of the EU: In the 2004 election, John Kerry won the 16 with the lowest birthrates; George W. Bush took 25 of the 26 states with the highest. By 2050, there will be 100 million fewer Europeans, 100 million more Americans--and mostly red-state Americans."
"This ought to be the left's issue. I'm a conservative--I'm not entirely on board with the Islamist program when it comes to beheading sodomites and so on, but I agree Britney Spears dresses like a slut: I'm with Mullah Omar on that one. Why then, if your big thing is feminism or abortion or gay marriage, are you so certain that the cult of tolerance will prevail once the biggest demographic in your society is cheerfully intolerant? Who, after all, are going to be the first victims of the West's collapsed birthrates? Even if one were to take the optimistic view that Europe will be able to resist the creeping imposition of Sharia currently engulfing Nigeria, it remains the case that the Muslim world is not notable for setting much store by "a woman's right to choose," in any sense.
I watched that big abortion rally in Washington in 2004, where Ashley Judd and Gloria Steinem were cheered by women waving "Keep your Bush off my bush" placards, and I thought it was the equivalent of a White Russian tea party in 1917. By prioritizing a "woman's right to choose," Western women are delivering their societies into the hands of fellows far more patriarchal than a 1950s sitcom dad. If any of those women marching for their "reproductive rights" still have babies, they might like to ponder demographic realities: A little girl born today will be unlikely, at the age of 40, to be free to prance around demonstrations in Eurabian Paris or Amsterdam chanting "Hands off my bush!"
Let the accusations of hysterical, racist, bigoted, Islamophobia fly, but the truth is this is the truth and it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Get with it, self-indulgent, selfish, etitlement-addicted westerners. There's more at risk by not having children than just our precious social programs (anyone wonder who's going to pay for that universal health care that so many are clamoring for?) by not reproducing. Our, the West's very survival is at stake.
But I know, I'm just a bigoted, racist, Islamophobe, right? Right.
They will be able to think of all sorts of nicer alternatives to taking out Iran's nuclear development sites. They will be able to come up with all sorts of abstract arguments and moral equivalence, such as: Other countries have nuclear weapons. Why not Iran?"
We, the West, are going to morally equate ourselves into extinction.
Atldax insists he has a purpose beyond selling denim: to make young people question Christianity, which he called a “force of evil” that had sparked wars throughout history.
I'm all for blaspheming Jesus and Christianity. But who's brave enough to blaspheme Mohammed and Islam? That blue jean label with an upside-down crosss, dare the maker to add a besmirched crescent-and-star? What hipster would dare wear it?
Proposed T-shirts: One reads, "Jesus was a fag"; other reads, "Mohammmad was a fag." Care to take a bet on which leads to beatings and death?