"The fentanyl situation is clearly a consequence of drug prohibition, something that would virtually never happen under a system of regulation. Not surprisingly, this angle has been essentially absent from the media's discussion of the incidents."
His comments about today's German people would make for very interesting application to today's Americans on the topic of "slavery reparations".
Also: If Bush can negotiate directly and productively with the tyranical leaders of some nations, why not this guy?
One demonstrator, called Ahmadullah, was still shouting, "Death to Karzai," and "Death to America" hours after the initial event. "These Americans came to our country and they are doing this kind of thing in my country, and our government is also their servant and a puppet of the Americans," he shouted to a crowd of people. "We are against America, all Afghans are against them."
Previous vice presidents have had neither the authority nor the interest in reviewing legislation. But Cheney has used his power over the administration's legal team to promote an expansive theory of presidential authority. Using signing statements, the administration has challenged more laws than all previous administrations combined.
The Bush/Cheney kabal must be stopped before it is too late. If it isn't already too late...
“It’s out of control,” says Army Sgt. 1st Class Britt Ruble, behind the sandbags of an observation post in the capital of Anbar province. “We don’t have control of this ... we just don’t have enough boots on the ground.”
"A military investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqis last November is expected to find that a small number of marines in western Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, Congressional, military and Pentagon officials said."
Meanwhile Bush and Blair admit to "some mistakes" in Iraq. The truth is the entire exercise has been an ill conceived imperialist excursion that has not been worth the cost in money, resources or lives. Bush, Blair, Cheney, and Rumsfeld should be indicted before those marines are sent to trial. They are the real criminals.
Six-String Slinger will appreciate this, though I think some of them are a stretch.
Linked above is National Review's list of its top 50 conservative rock songs, with the magazine's explanations of its choices.
Many of the tunes are by avowed lefties, but the article's author claims they all preach conservative values.
One glaring ommission: James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing" (Open Up the Door I'll Get It Myself)
The New York Times had an article [Wednesday] that inadvertently revealed a huge amount about how wages are set in the US economy ("US Plan to Lure Nurses May Hurt Poor Nations," 5-24-06; A1).
We all know the official story - wages are supposed to be set by the market, our old friends supply and demand. When certain skills are in short supply, the wages for workers with these skills are bid up. This leads more people to acquire the skills and may also reduce the demand. Eventually, supply increases and demand falls by enough to establish a balance in the market.
In this wonderful market world, the people who end up with high wages (e.g. doctors, lawyers, accountants, economists) have skills that are in high demand and difficult to master. The people with low pay (e.g. custodians, retail clerks, child care workers, dishwashers, etc.) are ones who have skills that are relatively plentiful.
That is a nice fairy tale. It has about as much relationship to the real world as the tooth fairy, as the Times article showed.
The key to the story is that our political leaders think that free trade and competition are good only for manufacturing workers, nurses, and other workers lower down the social ladder. They want the nanny state to protect the highest-paid workers from international competition. The huge gap in wages between those at the top and those at the bottom is not because of the market, itís because those at the top got Congress to rig the game.
Just about everyone in the administration, including the president, has said that they are only spying in on Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliates.If that’s the case, why do they need to bypass the courts?
Any court in the country would give you a warrant to spy on a person talking to Al Qaeda or an Al Qaeda affiliate.
Olmert ran for election on a promise to try to set the permanent borders of Israel by finishing the separation barrier between Israel and the Palestinians and by pulling out Israeli settlers — as many as 70,000 — who live in the West Bank beyond the barrier.
Another 175,000 Israelis, plus another 200,000 in East Jerusalem, live beyond the 1967 boundaries. But Mr. Olmert says Israel intends to keep those large settlement blocs.
Israel is moving to consolidate substantial land beyond the 1967 borders, with Bush cheering on from the sidelines. Is this the country Paul says isn't a colonizer, because it doesn't seek to expand its territory? If Israel doesn't want to be seen as a colonizer, then it should disband its colonies -- all of them -- beyond the 1967 borders.
Meanwhile I've had whites tell me that "only minorities" can get ahead at Ford. They also seem incorrect, since I see whites getting promoted, and whites dominate the management. I also see lots and lots of non-white immigrants doing VERY well within the Ford ranks.
I hope that this lawsuit "opens the books" and both claims get assessed against the facts. If my eldest, college-age daughter -- and "African-American" -- would herself work hard and achieve a degree that would qualify her for a job at Ford, I would predict that her "race" and gender would play either no role in her success, or be overwhelmed by the role played by her conduct.
"Plaintiffs allege they were denied job promotions in favor of less-qualified whites; paid less than white co-workers in similar positions; overlooked for entry-level executive programs."
I hope that this rape trial forces this issue, and that the resulting controversy exposes the facts, and that these facts compel blacks and whites in Durham to move those statues to mueseams and treat them like Nazi relics.
In the 1970s, these players would have been white racists, and they would have been the very sorts of crackers who beat me and my brother, vandalized our home and car, and terrorized us for years for the sin my parents committed by welcoming our neighborhood's first, and all subsequent, black families. In the 2000s, at least a few of these boys has at least some small amount of racism, as indicated by the "cotton shirt" remark that one of them used in the money argument with the strippers, which featured a trading of profanities and racial slurs. But it appears also true that most of these boys are not racists, as indicated by the non-white students who have stepped forward identifying themselves as their friends. And Duke itself -- presumably a bastion of racism in the 1970s -- isn't racist, as a third of its students qualify as non-white, as do 12% who qualify as "African-American".
If a black stripper can avoid arrest on a petty charge by successfully issuing a fake rape charge against three rich white boys, what chance do the rest of us have? How many convicted rapists languish in prison today (or on sex offender registries) because they lacked the financial resources to counter a fake rape charge? Who will be the defenders of tomarrow's Scottsboro Boys -- who may be poor and black! -- given who has has gone on record either defending the false Duke accuser, or refusing to form and express their own opinion? If defending these rich assholes today means a better hope for tomarrow's Scottsboro Boys, I'm willing to do that.
Most of the death, destruction, and disorganization in the country has, at least in its origins, been a direct consequence of U.S. efforts to forcibly institute an economic and social revolution, while using overwhelming force to suppress resistance to this project. Certainly, the insurgency, the ethno-religious jihadists, and the criminal gangs have all contributed to the descent of Iraqi cities and towns into chaos, but their roles have been secondary and in many cases reactive. The engine of deconstruction was - and remains - the U.S.-led occupation.
The secondary reason that I'm glad Nagin won is that his victory adds yet more proof that white Americans generally put "race" as a distant consideration, or a non-consideration. Had Nagin lost, the race mongers would have painted his defeat as resulting from a conspiracy to manage the coastal disaster preparation, response, and recovery so as to disproportionately harm and chase away blacks, and then to prevent them from voting. Nagin's victory won't conversely inspire them to admit that they overstated white America's supposed race-obsession, but it will mean a bit less fuel for their own race-obsession.
I hope that republicans now see that black free market candidates provide the best mechanism for defeating the race-based pro-democratic voting block: they lose no free market white voters, and they attract some blacks from the voting block. Which blacks do black conservatives attract? I hypothesize two sorts. One, blacks who simply want to vote for a black person. Two, blacks who are interested in free market policies, but who are mistrustful of republicans.
Keep in mind this comment comes shortly after John Gibson, host of Fox News’ The Big Story with John Gibson, argued that Whites needed to have more babies since Latino immigrants were the largest percentage of children under 5. The Right-Wing’s links to classical White Supremacist thinking cannot be overstated.
During the May 16 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly claimed that The New York Times and “many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls America is bad, so a drastic change is needed.” O’Reilly continued: “According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will.”
The military says there have been 39 suicide attempts in the camp since 2002, and hunger strikes have been common as detainees protest against their continued detention without trial.
"THIS WEEK, the State Department announced that it was banning all sales of weapons to Venezuela, alleging that the government of President Hugo Chavez was not cooperating in the worldwide war on terror. Though the sanctions are mostly symbolic — Washington sells few weapons to Caracas as it is — the extreme nature of these false allegations indicates that Washington is continuing its long campaign to delegitimize and undermine my country's democratic government."
Since cops are unabashad bastards some fraction of the time, can some of this explain some of what gets classified as "racism"? If people who opposed to police abuse would protest even cases against whites, would this help even black people avoid police abuse?
— but has complicated — the problem of security."
This was international policy. This reckless, imperialist excursion has made the world a more dangerous place. AND THE WHOLE WORLD TOLD YOU THAT FOUR YEARS AGO!
Why didn't you listen?
"The blood that is shed in my name is blood on my hands." - from "Guantanamo" by Nadir
The FBI acknowledged late Monday that it is increasingly seeking reporters' phone records in leak investigations.
"It used to be very hard and complicated to do this, but it no longer is in the Bush administration," said a senior federal official.
The acknowledgement followed our blotter item that ABC News reporters had been warned by a federal source that the government knew who we were calling.
The official said our blotter item was wrong to suggest that ABC News phone calls were being "tracked."
"Think of it more as backtracking," said a senior federal official.
Some of the accuser's cable news chatshow supporters are even starting to flip to the defense, thanks to Round 2 of the DNA tests. Some good may come of this: increased awareness of the phenomenon of false rape accusations. Also, smashing of phoney statistics, like "80% of all rape cases lack DNA evidence." In fact, this case has DNA evidence... and plenty of it. This is a very rare instance of a rape case getting prosecuted despite EXCULPATORY DNA evidence. Here, we are to believe that zero DNA gets left by any of three guys brutally beating and raping a woman, but consenual sex with her boyfriend did leave DNA. If only she were white and these punks were black punks instead of white, people like Nadir would recognize these facts. Instead, silent lips -- or lip-flapping support for this false accuser -- will mean a much harder row when this happens next to a black guy. If the accuser of the LA Laker center (mostly like just as much of an asshole as these Duke punks, and certainly wealthier) does turn out to be a white girl, with evidence this flimsy, on what moral ground will Nadir stand in defending him?
Will Nadir be content to sit by silently, rendering no opinion, and merely "let the legal system decide"? Is that what Nadir did with the LA trial of the Rodney King beaters?
From the Nation:
Wondering why Vice-President Dick Cheney recently played footsie with Kazakhstan's autocratic leader--an oil-rich president with an awful human rights record whose recent re-election was fraudulent? (Hey, sounds sort of familiar.) No, it wasn't because Cheney wanted to mimic his boss, who recently received another oil-rich autocrat--the president of Azerbaijan--in the White House. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Cheney used to occupy a cushy seat on Kazakh's Oil Advisory Board? (Did anyone see this in coverage of the Vice-President's trip?) As reported by Mark Ames in the June 2003 issue of The Exile, Cheney was a member of that board in 2001 and advised Bush to "deepen [our] commercial dialogue with Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and other Caspian states." On this trip, he pronounced himself to be "delighted" to be a guest of the Kazakh president, adding that the United States "is proud to be your strategic partner" and looks forward "to continued friendship between us."
On one Sunday morning news program after another, the NSA data collection efforts were dismissed on the grounds that the government only knows who calls who, not what was said. No one on any of the shows I watched tried to explain why anyone should care if the government has detailed historical records of who calls whom, covering millions of Americans.
Can you imagine how interesting it would be to have this type of information on one of your enemies? To know exactly whom they call, and who calls them, and exactly when, going back at least five years? Can you imagine how interesting someone might find these same items, about you?
I'm sure Paul Hue and SixStringSlinger will explain to me why this is not a racist/white supremacist remark.
For the record, Slinger is doing his part by popping out Caucasoid/Euro puppies at a steady pace, but Paul's bi-racial brats are impeding progress for the white race.
In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants in the hunt for terrorists, according to two senior intelligence officials.
But N.S.A. lawyers, trained in the agency's strict rules against domestic spying and reluctant to approve any eavesdropping without warrants, insisted that it should be limited to communications into and out of the country, said the officials, who were granted anonymity to discuss the debate inside the Bush administration late in 2001.
The N.S.A.'s position ultimately prevailed. But just how Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the agency at the time, designed the program, persuaded wary N.S.A. officers to accept it and sold the White House on its limits is not yet clear.
Aleister Crowley, a.k.a., "The Great Beast 666" -- the infamous practitioner of "sex magick" whose motto was "Do What Thou Wilt" -- came to know a great many remarkable people, including the maternal grandmother of George W. Bush. "Know," in this case, may be taken in the Biblical sense. Evidence points to the disturbing possibility that he was the true father of Barbara Bush, the former First Lady and mother to George W. Bush.
Larry Darby concedes his views are radical, but he said they should help him win wide support among Alabama voters as he tries to "reawaken white racial awareness" with his campaign against Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson.
"It's time to stop pushing down the white man. We've been discriminated against too long," Darby said in the interview.
“The Largest Single Intrusion Into American Civil Liberties Ever Committed By Any U.S. Administration”
Where is the outrage that the president YOU voted for is spying on you?????
Meanwhile, the leftists commentatators take a dispicable two-pronged approach. One, they frame this incident as Kennedy has: as a prescription drug situation, for which he has bravely come forward. Two, they liken it to the Rush Limbaugh prescription drug case. Nieither claim is accurate. Kennedy was not only DWI, he was DWI while driving dangerously. Every year thousands of decent, safe-driving Americans get pulled over for either the same sort of minor traffic violations that sober drivers get pulled over for, or stopped in dragnets, and have officers scrutinize them for the jackpot of a DWI. In Kennedy's case, he was driving so dangerously that his conduct attracted the attention of police; this was no instance of a person coming of a highway going 50 in a 35 access road, after having 5 beers. What adult American hasn't done such a thing? Nearly 100%, I'd say, though mercifully only a fraction fall into a cop's lap. Kennedy was driving recklessly, and he got off -- and driven home! -- whereas every ordinary American on his way home from a relative's wedding passing through a speed trap would get 24 hours in the tank, a suspended license, 20 days of picking up trash, $2,500 in fines, $5,000 in legal fees, and an extra $1,000 per year in car insurance fees for their rest of their lives.
Rush Limbaugh, as far as we know, never got high on his drugs and careened down the street, and never got let off the hook; he got prosecuted. Bush II got the same unfair treatment as Kennedy at least twice in his life. All honest critics must recognize these facts! I propose also that we take this time to rethink our DWI laws, which so harshly punish so many drivers who are behaving normally and non-dangerously.
Nadir: Still waiting to learn if you or any female you know stands behind the assertion that a blind-folded woman can't tell if she gets raped by "male member" or beer bottles or broomsticks.
When the DA announced that the team was "uncooperative," nobody doubted or questioned his assertion. Even conservitive pundits demanded that "somebody on the team come forward and put courage and what's right over protecting scumbags". All the conservative commentators made a big show of proclaiming that "just because she's a stripper" doesn't give anybody the right to violate her. When the DA announced that he had obtained DNA, that it would "identify the culprits and exonerate the innocent," every conservative commentator accepted this claim, and not a single voice of support arose for the players...
...until a black attorney for the players appeared on a cable show and made two proclamations: (1) That no sex occured, even consensual, and that the DNA testing would come back 100% free and clear; and (2) the first 911 call was a phoney made by the "Second Stripper." Only at this time did any commentators express any doubt, and it to the following form: If these claims by the defense bear out, this looks like a fake charge; otherwise, the guys are toast, and deserve whatever they get.
Now we have the DA arresting the Indian cab driver who provides an alabi for one of the accused. Arrested for what? Two years ago he dropped off a fare at a mall. The fare went inside, stole some shoes, got back in his cab, and he drove her to her house. A security guard traced his license plate, contacted him, and he provided the information that led to the fare getting convicted. As Jeff Fieger pointed out when the DA instituted petty charges against the non-arrested players: is this the conduct of a DA who "has a case"?
This is abuse of the extraordinary legal powers held by police and prosecuters. Many of the unquestioning, automatic supporters of the accuser declare that Durham justice in 2006 is "racist against blacks." Yet both the stripper and her strip partner got arrested for serious crimes, and received pretty light sentances. Where is the evidence that in 2006 Durham -- with its black mayor, black police chief, black cops, black-majority council, and DA behaving in this way -- has an anti-black judicial system?
Also receiving the award, Shoaib Choudhury, a Bangladeshi Muslim journalist on trial facing execution row for advocating peace with Isreal, a capital offense in Bangladesh.
1. Tax Rates have lowered.
2. Tax spending has increased.
3. Tax Rev has increased.
Do y'all unregnerated leftists believe that increasing tax rates will result in increased tax revenues? Nadir, do you think you will increase your CD revenues by increasing the rate that you charge for your CDs?
Once you decide that American-led “globalisation” is the main enemy, then any revolt against it is better than none at all. In some way yet to be determined, Al-Qaeda might be able to help to stave off global warming. (I have not yet checked to see how this is squared with Bin Laden’s diatribe of last weekend, summoning all holy warrior aid to the genocidal rulers of Sudan as they complete the murder of African Muslims, and as they sell all their oil to China to create a whole new system of carbon emissions in Asia. At first sight, it looks like blood for oil to me.)
About her new book, "Caged Virgin": The three themes of the story are: first, her own gradual emancipation from tribalism and superstition; second, her work as a parliamentarian to call attention to the crimes being committed every day by Islamist thugs in mainland Europe; and third, the dismal silence, or worse, from many feminists and multiculturalists about this state of affairs.
Of her leftist non-champions: others must be allowed "their culture" and—what is more—must be allowed the freedom not to be offended by the smallest criticism of it. If they do feel offended, their very first resort is to violence and intimidation, sometimes with the support of the embassies of foreign states.
Step 2: Despite leading a massive international conspiracy comprising the most powerful and evil confederates ever assembled (a cabal that perhaps orchestrated 911!), don't butress pre-invasion lies by planting banned weapons.
Step 3: Employ mysterious powers to boost petro prices, angering voters and all non-petro business leaders. (I can't quite figure out this step. Was it, "Steel Iraqi oil", which would bring down petro prices, or "Fail to stop tyranical terrorists from destroying Iraqi petro infrastructure", which would contribute to boosting petro prices?)
Furthermore, this case in particular includes two important opposing claims, either of which if true we citizens must recognize and remedy: (1) That rich white guys are targetting black strippers for sexual assault; vs. (2) That women who get themselves into trouble or get angry (or both, in this case) can obtain salvation or revenge by successfully launching fake rape allegations. For those who believe that the US legal system weighs heavily against the poor and non-white, the possibility of (2) must be especially troublesome, if a poor black woman indeed has successfully launched a false rape allegation. If so, what hope can there be for black men who anger a white woman, or who who find themselves a convienent target of a white woman who gets into a legal jam?
Now we learn that the police initially doubted the Duke accuser. The case against the lacrosse players is so weak that famed defense attorney -- and celebrated non-racist honkey -- Jeff Feiger declared weeks ago that the Duke prosecuter had "no case." Last night on one of the cable news shows he re-asserted his assessment, based on the continuing stream of info, including this report that the police initially doubted her, based on a "changing story" that began with a claim that "twenty" (!) attendess at the party raped her. Feiger pointed out that the DA's actions all point to him having no case, including the withdrawl of old, "set-aside" petty crime violations against various party attendees. Said Feiger, if the DA had a case, he wouldn't take time (especially post-arrest) penalizing witnesses who provide no inculpatory evidence.
Those of you who refuse to cover or care about this case, are you sure you don't care if a DA is using his extraordinary powers -- against people with enough wealth to hire top-notch attornies! -- to extort false testimonies from witnesses in support of a false allegation prematurely publically embraced by the DA? Imagine -- as supporters of the accuser insist we do - if the racial and economic composition of the principals were reversed. Forty low-income black basketball players accused by rich white sorority girls, with the girls first filing a false 911 call; then one alleging rape only after herself getting arrested for public intoxification (a serious charge for a person who already has a DWI and a auto theft convictions); and the other first refuting the accuser, then changing her assessment after herself getting arrested and receiving favorable treatment from the DA; the DA proclaiming on a warrent that DNA test results would ID the rapists and exonerate the innocent, but then retracting his proclaimation in response to negative test results; the accuser then claiming, "oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, they used broomsticks and beer bottles" and not only can I "100% identify the rapists", but I might also have been drugged with a "date rape" substance, which is noted for erasing memory; the players hiding all evidence of their drinking (which implicated each of them in either underage drinking or supplying booze to minors) but hiding no evidence of the accuser's presense in their home; the DA ressurrecting previously set-aside petty charges against players who claimed "nothing happened", etc., etc., etc.
Do I think that in such a case in a city with a half-black population, a black mayor and police chief, black attending officers, and a black-majority city council, that all 40 basketball players would have gotten arrested immediately? Absolutely not.
Nadir: Do you remember if George Washington Carver invented the idea of ethanol as the automotive fuel (as he did using plastic parts for autos, and deriving them from soy beans)?
During talks with Mr Nazarbayev, Mr Cheney will try to give a "big nudge" to oil and gas corridors linking Kazakhstan with Europe while "planting a big American flag in central Asia," said Glen Howard, the head of the Jamestown Foundation think-tank. "We are flexing our muscles a little bit," Mr Howard added.
The plan is one of a flurry of new pipeline schemes spanning central Asia and the Caucasus that are the counters in a geopolitical chess game playing out between the US, Russia and China for control over one of the world's last undeveloped oil and gas basins.
To fully appreciate what this means, you have to look at a map of Central Asia. Notice the proximity to US satellites in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the future targets of US military aggression Iran and Syria. Interesting how these military, economic and political moves create a large barrier between the oil fields of the Middle East and our good "friends" in Russia and China.
After a little more than a year in his newly created job, John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, has won an initial battle to establish authority over the vast U.S. intelligence community — Porter J. Goss, who resisted Negroponte's moves to limit the autonomy of the CIA, is gone.Both Negroponte and Rumsfeld should be indicted and convicted as war criminals, not battling over control of the US Intelligence apparatus.
But Negroponte faces a larger and much more difficult challenge: a struggle with Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's Department of Defense, which runs more than 80% of the nation's intelligence budget and is busy expanding its role even further.
When George W. Bush says that he wants to spread freedom to every corner of the earth, he means it.
But of course the president that turned Soviet-era gulags into secret CIA prisons in order to do God-knows-what to God-knows-whom isn't talking about individual freedom. He means corporate freedom -- freedom for the great multinationals to extract everything they can from the world's resources and labor without the hindrance of public interest laws, environmental regulations or worker protections.
Bush's vision of a free world actually looks just like the corporate globalization agenda pushed by a succession of American presidents in institutions like the World Trade Organization.
After firing those CIA officials who were most vocal in their opposition to the Bush regime's reasons for invading Iraq among other things, Goss's job is finished?
The resignation was the latest in an administration shake-up during Bush's second term.
Goss, a former Republican congressman from Florida, headed the House Intelligence Committee from 1997 to 2005.
Although he formerly served as a CIA agent in Latin America during the Cold War, he reportedly had poor relations with elements of the CIA's clandestine service after he became director.
"Rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg" indeed...
Rumsfeld also faced tough questions from a woman identifying herself as Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga., who said her son, 22-year-old Spc. Jamaal Addison, was killed in Iraq. Roberts said she is now raising her young grandson and asked whether the government could provide any help.
Rumsfeld referred her to a Web site listing aid organizations.Isn't that nice. "Your son is dead? I won't visit your home. But if you do the research on this website, someone there will tell you that the US military doesn't offer any aid for grandmothers."
- Dialing (while using an earpiece)?
- Looking up numbers (while using an earpiece)?
- Searching for a ringing cell phone?
- Taking notes (while using an earpiece)?
- Reading billboards?
- Reaching back to chastise and/or swat a child?
- Looking at cleavage/crotch of passenger?
- Gawking at accidents?
What a collosal waste of time and invasion of our natural right to self-ownership.
Before I knew anything about Thomas, I was a liberal/leftist, and despised him and considered hime to be a self-hating, anti-black idiot. As my leftist status was disintegrating, I remember noticing that CSPAN was about to broadcast a speach by Thomas, at some public funciton. Surely my leftist position on Thomas could not be wrong! Surely Thomas would expose himself to be an intellectual lightweight. Boy, was I wrong. They guy was intelligent, humorous, knowlegable, captivating... everything the opposite of what I certainly "knew". A fully functioning intellectual, and a heavy weight at that. This became one of many events along my path to transformation from Leftist to Reformed Leftist: subjecting what I "knew" to open-minded scrutiny.
Among the many charges leveled against Thomas' intelligence is that in hearing cases, he rarely asks the attending attorneys any questions, and his legal writings are very brief. I found that his supporter's charactorization of this is accurate: the other SC jurors use the question periods and their writings to impress the world, whereas Thomas correctly regards his job as simple -- compare the appealed law and ruling to the current US constitution, and ask a simple question: does the US Constitution permit it?
I think that Bush made a mistake by not moving this guy to Chief Justice.
Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call “George W’s palace” rising from the banks of the Tigris.
I suppose we should blame this on the insurgents as well?
"Not just anyone can be published in Slate. Most academics could not get a gig there. Hitchens is paid to publish there because he is a prominent journalist. But then he should behave like a journalist, not like a hired gun for the far Right, smearing hapless targets of his ire. That isn't journalism."
With gas prices roaring past $3 a gallon and consumer fury rising even faster, Congress and the White House are engaged in a Kabuki-like ritual: pointing fingers at each other over who's to blame, while furiously attacking Big Oil for reaping gargantuan profits - as drivers get hosed at the pump.Fine. We'll blame Big Oil for half and Washington for half. Either way, American consumers are being hosed.
If the politicians really want to figure out who's responsible for the latest round of price increases, though, they'd be better off looking in the mirror. That's because the rise isn't only due to higher crude costs. It's also fallout from some little-noticed provisions in the energy bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush last summer.
Adds Larry Goldstein of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation: "The gasoline crisis is made in the U.S.A., not in Iran or Venezuela or Nigeria. At least half the increase in gasoline prices is due to unintended consequences of the energy bill, but no one in Washington wants to admit that."
I. Her feminist supporters:
1. Declare that the accusation is 100% accurate.
2. Demand the arrest of the accused.
3. Establish your support prior to learning any facts of the case, and maintian your support regardless of emerging facts.
4. Accept as fact that "only 2% of rape allegations are false" without applying any scrutiny.
II. Her racist supporters:
1. Wait to learn the race of the accuser and accused.
2. If the accused is black, either support him or express no opinion; see (4) below.
3. If the accuser is black, see (I) above.
4. If the accuser is white, scrutinize her story and keep an open mind to the possibilities of guilt and innocence... and even false accusation.
According to the Wikipedia link above, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day. It commemorates the Battla de Puebla when Mexican forces defeated Napoleon III's invading French army. So yes, it is a celebration of a Mexican victory over Western imperialists, but not independence day.
Incidentally, they don't really celebrate the holiday in Mexico. It is more a Mexican-American or even more accurately, a gringo holiday.
Mexico was the name of the Aztec state whose capital was Tenochtitlan (currently Mexico City) so Mexicans have been around for thousands of years, even before the white man came.
Yes, the Spanish invaded what later became known as North and Central America. Many of them mixed with the Aztecs and Mayas who lived in what is now Mexico. Most of the people who live there, however have primarily indigenous geneology.
Yes, the US jacked the Mexicans for the land the Spanish had stolen from the people who lived north of the Rio Grande. Hence California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas have been Northern Mexico for quite some time now. Similarly, Miami is Northern Cuba.
That being said, the law that is being protested criminalizes all illegal immigrants - Mexicans, Guatamalans, Jamaicans, Croatians, Haitians, Laotians, Ghanaians, Vietnamese, French, Israelis, Canadians, British - everybody. And it makes anyone who aids an illegal immigrant a criminal. I mean, come on... It's a terrible law. Even Bush says so.
You guys will happily eat your illegal immigrant-picked Michigan apples and cherrys. Or your illegal immigrant- picked organic spinach and oranges. I'm surprised Paul hasn't hired some illegals to do his landscaping. (Perhaps they could paint your shrubery pink to match your living room...)
But I do agree on this point. Blanket amnesty is certainly not the answer. Many people say the US does immigration better than anyone in the world, but the US immigration system is still horrible.
So how come no one is advocating building a wall to keep those damn Canadians out?
Think gas prices are bad now?
Imagine another terrorist attack — especially one on Saudi Arabian oil refineries, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey said Monday during a visit to Pittsburgh.
If terrorists took out the sulfur-cleaning towers in northeastern Saudi Arabia, as described in the beginning of Robert Baer’s book, “Sleeping With the Devil,” crude oil prices could easily top $150 a barrel and stay there for more than a year, Woolsey said.
A barrel of oil sold for about $73 yesterday, with gas prices in the United States hovering around $3 a gallon.
Most Americans don’t want to think about paying double that.
They also don’t want to think about where some of the money goes when they buy gasoline — to groups that threaten the U.S., Woolsey said. And it’s not just terrorists, but established Middle Eastern regimes that restrict women’s rights, have poor education systems and fail to invest in their societies.
“If you want to see who’s paying for all that, next time you pull in to fill up, turn the rearview mirror a little bit so you can look at yourself for a minute as you get out with your credit card,” Woolsey said during a meeting with reporters and editors of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The bizarre current immigration demonstrations brings to the fore these wierd contradictions and inaccuracies, resulting in perplexingly incorrect claims, such as, "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us!" These demonstrations surely are turning some sympathetic folks away, who are insulted by those who would sneak into their country, then demand citizenship as their right. These demonstrators have the share with US liberals a misconception of Cinco de Mayo.
Spain and England and France are white countries. Whites from these countries sailed to the Americas, conquered the lands, and fought with each other for control of these lands. Many of the whites in the Americas fought with their home countries, and won their independance. Cinco de Maya is racially no different than the US's Fourth of July. Intellectually, it is different, because the honkies of the 4th of July produced a blueprint for a democracyh, wheras the white folks of the 5th of May produced no such guide for future generations to achieve an ever better country, one that attracts a million or so new residents.
The honkies of the US and Mexico fought each other for control of North America. As a result, a large part of Mexico transfered from the Mexican whites to the US whites. Why do today's amalgemated descendants of American Indians and Spaniards (technically, "mestizos", but bizarly and incorrectly simply called "Mexicans", though many Mexicans with Spanish sur names are white) consider California and Texas to have been "stolen" from them by the US?
In terms of American Indians of those days, the white Mexicans were no less theives than the US whites (or, for that matter, the earlier American Indians who had themselves in turn "stole" these lands as well!). As for the whites of those days, neither those of Mexico nor the US had higher moral claims to those lands. Since about half a million Mexican mestizos annually transfer to the US, apparently they prefer the US govt to the Mexican govt. Why would any of them lament, then, the US govt long ago winning those lands from the Mexican govt? Also, thos immigrating Mexicans don't even hail from the areas that transfered from Mexico to the US!
How did the word "Mexican" come to qualify as a "race"? How can Cinco de Mayo plausably represent mestizos standing up against honkey aggression?
In his review, Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen says the Iraq rebuilding effort is in its "close-out phase." He describes a substantial gap between projects promised by U.S. officials and those likely to be completed before U.S. funds are exhausted.
"The looting by the foreign companies has ended," Morales, Bolivia's first Indian president, said in a speech at the San Alberto field, in the southern state of Tajira, which Brazillian company Petrobras operates in association with Repsol and Total SA.
Speaking later to thousands of supporters at the presidential palace in La Paz, Morales thanked the military for its support and said "foreign petroleum companies that announced they will freeze their investments can leave."
Morales added that the nationalization of the hydrocarbons sector "was just the beginning, because tomorrow it will be the mines, the forest resources and the land."
We, in the United States, live under the rule of the largest civil government, measured in budgetary terms, in history. Federal spending alone in fiscal year 2006 is expected to be over $2.7 trillion, which means the federal government spends $7.4 billion a day or $5.1 million in every minute of the year. This is 815 times the level of federal spending in 1930.
Things have been getting worse recently. In the first five years of the Bush regime, federal spending increased 45 percent. For comparison's sake, during the eight Clinton years nominal federal spending increased 32 percent, and under Bush I federal spending increased 23 percent in four years. In the 2000 election, Bush II promised to shovel money into all sorts of programs — and he’s kept that promise.
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.
Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.
Colbert, who spoke in the guise of his talk show character, who ostensibly supports the president strongly, urged Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, “and reality has a well-known liberal bias.”
He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.”