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-Short Attention Span Theater-
'South Park'-Scientology Battle Rages On '
I know it's Yahoo News, but this is just so much fun. Cartooooons will destroy the world. Or just out the cults

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!" the "South Park" creators said in a statement Friday in Daily Variety. "Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies... You have obsructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!"

Internet bloggers accused Cruise of threatening to not promote "Mission Impossible 3," a surefire summer blockbuster, if the offending episode ran. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, as is Paramount, which is putting out "MI:3."
But Cruise's representative, Arnold Robinson, told The Associated Press Friday that the mega-star made no such demands.

"Not true," Robinson said. "I can tell you that he never said that."
Oh I bet he did, silly.

A call by The Associated Press to a Paramount representative was not returned Friday.

The episode in question, "Trapped in the Closet," which first aired last November, shows Scientology leaders hailing Stan, one of the show's four devilish fourth graders, as a savior. A cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out. An animated John Travolta, another famous Scientologist, enters the closet to try to get him out.

In another dig at the famously secretive religion, the credits at show's end are filled with names like "John Smith" and "Jane Smith."

The battle began in earnest earlier this week when Isaac Hayes, another celebrity Scientologist and longtime show member — voicing the ladies' man Chef — quit the show, saying he could no longer tolerate its religious "intolerance and bigotry."

Stone and Parker didn't buy that either.

On Monday, Stone told The Associated Press, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith in Scientology...He has no problem — and he's cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians."

A Comedy Central spokesman said Friday that the network pulled the controversial episode to make room for two shows featuring Hayes.

"In light of the events of earlier this week, we wanted to give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episodes he is most known for," the spokesman said. And avoiding the one that made him hustle his offended butt out of there.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 03/17/2006 18:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [433 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pulled it? It was on last night, according to the cable schedule.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 03/17/2006 19:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I actually took my boyz (teenagers at the time) to see Battlefield Earth. I thought it was a piece of crap, but held my review until my youngest said: "well.....that sucked"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 19:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Frank, the book was great. The movie sucked.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 19:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Way cool additions, thanks!

I do wonder if general viewers are going to see the parallel with Mohammad (PHEW) cartoons. And the danger of any extreme religion that cannot stand self-examnination or withstand poking fun at self? Yeeesh, most other religions enjoy most those comedians who poke fun at their own characteristics and foibles.

Some make a fortune at this.

But Scientology and Islam; the commonality of inability to accept discussion in any form - humour, criticism, analysis, question or logic. Religions can examine and poke fun at themselves.

Cults can't.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 03/17/2006 20:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Well I've always been grateful for "Battlefield Earth". It made "Waterworld" and "The Postman" look like friggin masterpieces.
Posted by: Kevin Costner || 03/17/2006 22:54 Comments || Top||

#6  It could be worse.... they might make a Mission Earth movie....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/17/2006 23:21 Comments || Top||


Curmudgeonly&Skeptical: 2006 United States Budget
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/17/2006 18:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LOL. I wish Terpsboy would run for public office so useless reporters would shove a microphone in his face - well, they'd probably only do it once, lol.

His Budget?

*bravo*
Posted by: Threrong Sholet2426 || 03/17/2006 18:34 Comments || Top||

#2  I think we have a candidate for 2016 (after Condi finishes her two terms).
Posted by: Darrell || 03/17/2006 20:44 Comments || Top||

#3  But what would happen to all those bureaucrats who'd get laid off? They'd all go on welfare and food stamps (It's not THEIR fault!) and cause the worst depression since the Panic of'93! (that's 1893)
Posted by: Bobby || 03/17/2006 22:39 Comments || Top||


Breaking : 2012 not the End Of The World As We know It
I feel strangely relieved... if the world doesn't end in 2012, then... the european civil war will be able to take place in 2015 or so. Bummer.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 03/17/2006 11:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Age of Nefarious... Hucksters.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 12:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, I noticed those door knockers stop coming to my house after 2001. Guess we didn't pass on then either. Something in the book about thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not use thy Lord's name in vain. Who says the maker doesn't have a sense of humor. Oh you were expecting what? Surprise!
Posted by: Wheresh Chuling2906 || 03/17/2006 12:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Ng! That article doesn't explain *why* the professor thinks the popular interpretation of the Mayan calendar is bogus. I hate it when they do that.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/17/2006 14:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Not only that, but he also mentioned that there is a more recent calendar that was being used at the time of the conquest. Now *that* calendar did have a day for the end of the world, which coincided with the arrival of the conquistadores. So if you took *it* and extrapolated the date for the next time the world was supposed to end, what is *its* magic date?

Of course, the whole thing gets really screwy when you figure that Spain was on the Julian calendar at the time of the Conquest.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Kerry end(ed) 2004
Posted by: Captain America || 03/17/2006 15:52 Comments || Top||

#6  I'll turn 50 then. If that's not the End Of The World, then what is?
Posted by: Jackal || 03/17/2006 19:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't worry about it. You're already 50 in dawg years.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 19:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Anonymoose: that end-of-the-world day happened every 52 years (actually 365 * 52 days). To the Aztecs it wasn't necessarily the end of the world, just a time when it was a very real possibility. The dominoes just happened to line up in 1519.

Wikipedia has a good overview of the topic here, including why 2012 is not the end of the world - more like a super-duper Y2K (lots of zeros). The Maya loved those dates with lots of zeros.
Posted by: xbalanke || 03/17/2006 20:39 Comments || Top||


Man severs own penis, throws it at officers
Before cops threw the book at him, Jakub Fik threw something unusual at them -- his penis.
Now there's something you don't see every day
Fik, 33, cut off his own penis during a Northwest Side rampage Wednesday morning. When confronted by police, Fik hurled several knives and his severed organ at the officers, police said. Officers stunned him with a Taser and took him into custody. "We took him out without any serious injury, with the exception of his own," said Chicago Police Sgt. Edward Dolan of the 16th District.
I'd say that one was injury enough...
Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital reattached Fik's penis Wednesday, sources said.
your tax dollars at work, I suspect. oh well, it was good practice for some surgery resident.
"Now, leave it on this time! I don't want to have to do this every week!"
He was listed in good condition Thursday, according to hospital spokesman Andrew Buchanan, who declined to comment further.
"I'm not going to touch this, er, comment."
Fik, who lives in the 5400 block of W. Berenice, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a dead weapon
assault with a deadly appendage
criminal damage to property, said Officer Laura Kubiak. He told paramedics he was distraught over problems with his girlfriend in Poland, Dolan said.
He thought he had problems with her before he cut off his doinker!
Police arrived on Fik's block at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports he was smashing car windows, Dolan said. Fik then broke into a house down the block. A group of six or seven officers assembled in front of the house, Dolan said. The occupants were not home, he added.
"Hey, Bob! You'll never guess what happened to your house while you were out!"
Fik was bleeding when the officers arrived and may have already cut off his organ, Dolan said. "At that point, this guy came running out, naked, with a handful of knives
and that's when we thought that maybe there was a problem here
. . . and started throwing knives at the police officers that were 10, 20, 30 feet away," Dolan said. Fik threw his penis during the confrontation, too, Dolan said.
"Toody! Duck! [SPLAT!]"
He then went back into the house and re-emerged with "another handful of knives," Dolan said. Dolan sneaked to the side of the bungalow's front steps and stunned Fik with the Taser.
[BZAAAAAP!]
Fik fought back when officers went to restrain him, Dolan said. "About 10 feet from the front porch, right on the sidewalk, was his penis," Dolan said.
"Muldoon! Don't step on [SQUISH!] that!"
"Get the tongs"
Dr. Greg Bales, associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago, said severed penises are uncommon but surgery usually works.
"At least they don't fall off again and you can run water through them. As for the rest..."
"As long as the penis is placed on ice and reattached within a few hours, the success is usually pretty good," Bales said.
but we don't recommend you try this at home ....
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 09:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  good job this wasnt in Ramadi or the local kids would be waving the guys chopper around for some terrorist video
Posted by: ShepUK || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Everyboyd ready, shout it out, all together now, one . . . two . . . three . . . EEeeeeeeewwwwwww! Gross!
Posted by: Mike || 03/17/2006 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I've heard of cutting off your nose to spite your own face, but this.....wow.
Posted by: Dreadnought || 03/17/2006 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Good job, Jakub! That'll teach 'em!
Posted by: Dar || 03/17/2006 12:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Using the little head instead of the big one.
Posted by: Captain America || 03/17/2006 15:53 Comments || Top||

#6  wrong, wrong way way wrong

/gotta ban these artimicles
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 16:15 Comments || Top||


Flying Cow Leaves Two Police Cars in Flames
A new chapter for Fight for Bovine Freedom.
Talk about a wild night near Seguin. A cow came flying out of its trailer, sent DPS and police scrambling, and left two police cars going up in flames.

"It was almost hard to believe," said Detective Sergeant Maureen Watson. She has been in law enforcement for 15 years, and says she "never had a day like this. I mean the best way to characterize this it, is it's bizarre. It's really really strange."
Which is why we love it
It's strange because it started out with a truck towing cattle, and ended in fire. Watson told News 4 WOAI, "We believe the gate of the cattle trailer came open, and the cow, for lack of a better phrase, spilled out onto the Interstate. It was pretty chaotic for a while." Several cars hit some of the cows. One cow died. DPS troopers called for backup.
"Request backup, we're up to our armpits in hamburger"
"10-9?"
That's when one officer was nearly run down by a speeding truck, carrying two illegal immigrants inside. Seguin Police were out looking for those illegal immigrants. They parked their cars in the hot grass, burning two of them including that brand new 2006 Crown Victoria.
Catalytic convertor, meet bone dry high grass.
Watson said, "Well, all of a sudden, another officer who'd arrived on the scene, alerted the sergeant that there was a fire."
"Sniff, sniff, uh oh"
Everything inside was destroyed, including tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment designed for the patrol cars.

"You start off with kind of a bizarre accident with these cows spilling onto the interstate. That leads to other accidents, that leads to a car chase, that leads to a foot chase," Watson recalls.
Producers from "COPS" are weeping that they didn't have a camera crew riding along
The two mexican immigrants, ages 21 and 23, are in custody for illegally entering the country and evading arrest. Watson says they have replacement cars for now, but hope the city council will vote to get new cars soon.
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 08:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
We will run free like the Buffalo
and hold our large heads high!
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  thats a fun one mr. 6!
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Watson says they have replacement cars for now, but hope the city council will vote to get new cars soon.

Are they driving without automobile insurance? Isn't that illegal?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/17/2006 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you RD, never let it be said I didn't do the least I could do.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 13:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Something's up here. What are local cops doing chasing down 2 illegals? The story reads that they're now being held for illegal entry and evading arrest, but what were they searching for them for in the first place? Or, have our locals finally decided to go after those that are here illegally, just because they are here illegally? If so, I applaud them. If not, I still applaud them, but wish that locals, who know the area way better than Feds, would do more in the illegal immigration fight.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 13:59 Comments || Top||

#6  MAD COW~hits snare drum~ I'M HERE ALL NIGHT
Posted by: fg || 03/17/2006 16:09 Comments || Top||

#7  ....with these cows spilling onto the interstate. ... leads to other accidents ...

Um....

Well...

I guess...

If the cows were spilling were they milking or bleeding onto the interstate...
Posted by: BigEd || 03/17/2006 17:44 Comments || Top||

#8  The Chief of Police sheriff of my county is not only arresting illegals for being here, but he's been billing the Feds for the cost of jailing them until they can be returned whence they came. (No checks received yet, darn it! And my taxes just went up.) He's been blogging about it. (Yeah, we be pretty kewl an' stuff here in the outer suburbs of the American Midwest!)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/17/2006 22:49 Comments || Top||


Freezer failure ends couple's hopes of life after death
Raymond Martinot and his wife were the toast of the world cryonics movement. For years they were France's best preserved corpses, lying in a freezer in a chateau in the Loire valley, in the hope that modern science could one day bring them back to life. But the French couple's journey into the future ended prematurely when, 22 years after his mother's body was put into cold storage, their son discovered the freezer unit had broken down and they had started to thaw.
"Ewwwww .. what's that smell? Egad, it's Mum!"
Yesterday Rémy Martinot said he had no choice but to cremate his parents' bodies after the technical fault had seen their temperatures rise above the constant level required of -65C. "I realised in February that after a technical incident their temperature had risen to -20C probably for several days. The alert system [on the freezer] had not worked and I decided at that point that it was not reasonable to continue," he told Agence France Presse.
Freezers fail. Compressors have a definite life. To get to -65C you need at least two and maybe three. One goes out, stuff gets warm.
"I don't feel any more bereaved today than I did when my parents died, I had already done my grieving. But I feel bitter that I could not respect my father's last wishes. Maybe the future would have shown that my father was right and that he was a pioneer."
Or a total whacko.
Raymond Martinot, a doctor who once taught medicine in Paris, spent decades preparing for his demise in the belief that if he was frozen and preserved scientists would be able to bring him back to life by 2050. In the 1970s he bought a chateau near Samur in the Loire valley and began preparing a freezer unit for himself. But his wife, Monique Leroy, died first, of ovarian cancer, in 1984, and was the first to enter the intricate stainless steel freezer unit in the chateau's vaulted cellars.
"In ya go, sweetie!"
In 2002 Dr Martinot died of a stroke, aged 84, and his son followed his orders to inject him with the same anti-coagulants and store him alongside.
Next to his wife goes Pop .. sicle.
David Pegg, who runs the medical cryobiology unit at the University of York, said a temperature rise to -20C would have been "disastrous" for the Martinots' corpses. "I would say even -65C was far too high," he added.
Remember folks, liquid nitrogen, when it absolutely, positively has to stay doorknocker dead frozen.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/17/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Once we came back from a six week summer vacation- temperatures at home of 100 degrees or more- to find a freezer full of meat had failed. I stood outside the house, upwind, for about ten minutes and hyperventilated, then went in, got it on the sack truck, through the house, out the back door and fifty yards away all on one breath.
From then on we emptied the freezer before every vacation. Never had another freezer fail. Thanks for the memory.
Posted by: Grunter || 03/17/2006 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I think I'd like this inscription on my tomb, in several languages:

"Immense power and wealth to whoever can resurrect and restore the one who lies within. Be sure to also (the rest chipped off)."

http://tinyurl.com/debq7
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  See this, asshole? If it wasn't for you, what's left of me could be floating around in the Keys. But noooooooooooooooo...
Posted by: Ted Williams || 03/17/2006 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Shut up, dad...
Posted by: John Henry Williams || 03/17/2006 10:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Raymond should be thankful--think of all the backtaxes he'd owe in 2050.
Posted by: Dar || 03/17/2006 12:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Raymond Martinot and his wife were the toast of the world cryonics movement.

Toast?
Appears they still are. But not in the way they'd prefer...
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/17/2006 13:06 Comments || Top||

#7  LOL 'Mooseman! The only reason I'd consider burial is so I might have the opportunity to be interred with a 1 Gig USB memory thingy, a 12 transistor radio, a 1908 IndianHed Penny and a Clovis point.

Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 13:15 Comments || Top||

#8  the opportunity to be interred with a 1 Gig USB memory thingy, a 12 transistor radio, a 1908 IndianHed Penny and a Clovis point.

Add a viking helmet, chain mail waistcoat over kevlar vest, broadsword, Colt .45 Peacemaker and a cell phone. 2000 years from now you'll drive scientists crazy.
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 14:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Lol. Hell, you'd have your own Antiquities Dept at the Sorbonne or your own Research Institute.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 14:15 Comments || Top||

#10  chain mail waistcoat over kevlar vest
Now that gets serious drive 'em insane points.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 15:07 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Liberia seeks end to Taylor exile
Liberia has formally asked Nigeria to extradite former Liberia President Charles Taylor, Nigeria says.
"Bring us the head of Chucky Taylor!"
A spokeswoman for Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said he would put the request to other African leaders.

A UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone wants to put Mr Taylor on trial for backing Sierra Leone rebels. He stood down as Liberian leader and went into exile in Nigeria in 2003 under an international deal to end a 14-year civil war. Mr Obasanjo has always refused to send Mr Taylor to Sierra Leone, saying he would only extradite him following a request from an elected Liberian leader.
Which he never expected to receive
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took power in Liberia in January after winning last year's elections and visited Nigeria earlier this month.

Mr Taylor is accused of selling diamonds and buying weapons for Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front rebels, who were notorious for hacking off the hands and legs of civilians during a 10-year war.
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 08:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mr Obasanjo has always refused to send Mr Taylor to Sierra Leone, saying he would only extradite him following a request from an elected Liberian leader.

Didn't Liberia just inaugurate a new lady president?

Heh.
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Now I expect to be getting emails from Chuck's relatives.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I can only make sense of this in one of three ways:
1) Ellen has reason to believe that Taylor is about to start something unpleasant, and wants to head it off.
2) Ellen thinks that Taylor's supporters are off-balance and won't be able to retaliate effectively. (Or maybe Taylor's party has a strong new leader and they won't care? It'd be news to me.)
3) Somebody is putting huge pressure on her and she doesn't think she has any choice.

If I were in her shoes I'd be really leary of having Taylor in the public eye again.
Posted by: James || 03/17/2006 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  "Chucky" is still trying to manage some affairs there.
Posted by: newc || 03/17/2006 12:22 Comments || Top||


Sweden urges Zimbabwe to mend ties with West
HARARE - Sweden on Thursday urged President Robert Mugabe’s government to mend fences with the West as it joined a UN humanitarian drive to help Zimbabweans.
Yeah, that'll happen.
The Swedish donation of five million dollars (4.1 million euros) followed a United Nations appeal last year for humanitarian assistance to millions of Zimbabweans reeling from poverty, food shortages and galloping inflation. “The Zimbabwean government has the ultimate responsibility for the humanitarian situation and long-term developments in Zimbabwe,” Swedish ambassador Sten Rylander told journalists.
Nice of you to notice, now could you stop giving money to the crooks there?
“The government needs to start building bridges and regain the confidence and trust of the international community,” he said. “Much more could be done to bring the country back to normal and pursue development policies that benefit the entire Zimbabwean population,” he said.
A firing squad would work wonders.
UN resident co-ordinator Agostinho Zacarias said the donation from Sweden would be disbursed through UN agencies and aid groups to projects to feed the poor, pay school fees for AIDS orphans and launch self-help projects for jobless urban dwellers. He said the United Nations had so far raised 20 percent of the intended 277 million dollars for humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.

“The scale of humanitarian needs in Zimbabwe is considerable and growing,” the Swedish envoy said. “The food security situation, the general decline in social services and the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic are major causes of concern.”
Remind us all why this is?
Posted by: Steve White || 03/17/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Sweden urges Zim-Bob-we to mend ties with West"

Start by killing Bob.

(And his kleptocratic relatives, minions and cohorts.)
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/17/2006 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The Swedish donation of five million dollars (4.1 million euros)

Dear, it's time for another shopping trip to Europe!
Posted by: Grace Mugabe || 03/17/2006 0:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Why must all countries rush to out-do each other in UN "aid" to countries such as this? Yeesh, I truly wonder how peaceful this sphere would be if we just quit propping up 2-bit gangstas like Bob and let the peeps in that country take care of him.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 9:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Because nothing says "We care, in a safely remote sort of way" like throwing cash at a problem.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/17/2006 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  As Absolute Ruler of the Republic of Irrelevance, I demand that Zim-bob-we change its name to Zim-george-we, and arrest everyone named "Bob".

Seriously, we need to decapitate Zimbabwe and give it a chance to have a future other than mass graves. Start now.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/17/2006 19:39 Comments || Top||

#6  It is too late to save Zimland --- it is well and truly screwed. Remember its beginnings : Bob brought in NorKor Special Forces to put down his tribal and political enemies within the first 5 years of his regime. I am beginning to wonder if Nkomo and ZAPU would not have been the better choice for that blighted land.
And for those who think the West can do anything to resolve this -- dream on! Political correctness will trump any moves to punish Bob, and the only effective method of removing a dictatorship, military strikes or covert aid to counter-revolutionaries, would lead to bloody screams of indignation and calls for war-crimes tribunals.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 03/17/2006 22:12 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Bangla HR activist arrested for extortion
FENI, Mar 16: President of Feni district Human Rights Review Society Mizanur Rahman Mister and his three accomplices were arrested by RAB on Wednesday night on charge of extortion, reorts UNB. Handed over to the police Mizanur was today produced before the court that rejected his bail petition and sent to the prison. RAB said substantial documents including obscene photographs of men and women were seized from the house of Mizanur Rahman. Those were believed used to blackmail and extortion. Besides, allegations of extortion and harassment of people identifying himself as Human Rights leader and journalist were received against Mizanur, RAB added.

Khonkar Shamsul Huda of Sonagazi had accused Mizanur, also JASAS president of Sonagazi upazila and chairman of Palli Daridra Unyan Sangstha, a local NGO, of taking Tk 3.12 lakh from him on December 2, 2004. When asked for return of the money Mizanur, Khurshid Alam, Maksud and Jahangir forcibly took him to a residential hotel. They got his signature on plain revenue papers at gunpoint.

Some residents however told a different story. Requesting anonymity they said complainant Shamsul Huda knew the art of calling genie. Many senior officials of RAB are connected with Huda for his genie power and were influenced by him to take action against Mizanur Rahman.
All hail the Rapid Action Batallion, now with 80% more Genie Power!
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Housewife receives acid burn
Mar 16: A middle age housewife received acid burn injuries when some miscreants threw acid on her at Charsindur village in Polash upazila of the district on March 4. The victim was identified as Runu Begum 42, wife of Safijuddin of Charsindur village.

According to witnesses, police and hospital sources, terrorist Emran, son of Hafijuddin of Alinagar village in same upazila, and his two associates threw acid when she was minding her own business going to tube-well. Her right hand and some parts of her body were burnt.

At the shouts of the victim the local people and her family members rushed to the spot and sent her to sadar hospital. Now she is fighting for life at Sadar Hospital. Police and local people said due to previous enmity terrorist Emran and his associates threw acid on her.
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#1 
the shoppe of upazila culture...
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 0:09 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Human rights conditions worsen in Cuba
SANTA CLARA, Cuba -- Three years after the harshest crackdown on dissent in decades, human-rights conditions in Cuba have deteriorated as authorities intensify a campaign to disrupt and intimidate the island's small opposition movement, according to dissidents, diplomats and political analysts.

Elizardo Sanchez, an opposition activist who heads the Havana-based Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said the number of political prisoners in Cuba increased from 306 in early 2005 to 333 in early 2006.

Sanchez said that about 100 pro-government crowd actions, known in Cuba as "acts of repudiation," and other attacks have occurred against opposition figures since July 2005. "The situation with civil and political rights has worsened in the past three years," said Sanchez. "And what's most worrying for us is that it seems the situation is going to get even worse."

Last week, a U.S. State Department report and UN expert Christine Chanet each criticized the human-rights situation in Cuba. Chanet also said tightened U.S. sanctions have created "extreme tension" between the two nations "which is far from conducive to the development of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly."
Much more at the link.
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#1  Humans have no rights in Castroland.

Hollyweird leftist liars "stars," on the other hand.....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/17/2006 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sure that Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte will be all over this too.
Posted by: Pheting Jitle5260 || 03/17/2006 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Castro's soldiers are beginning to starve - maybe NorKor's Kimmie can come over end offer himself as a meal for the glory of Communism.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 21:28 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
China to increase crude oil refinery capacity
China plans to increase its refinery capacity by 31.6 percent and more than double its ethylene production by the year 2010, the state-run China Daily reported Friday. "We will build a crude oil processing base to refine imported oil, and another base for oil from the country's domestic fields," the country's top economic policy planner said, according to the daily. The two oil refining bases, both to be located in southern China, aim to address the country's imbalanced allocation of its oil processing facilities, which are too concentrated in the northeastern and northwestern regions, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said. By 2010, China plans to add new refining facilities of at least 90 million tons, and meanwhile, to close small and inefficient plants totalling about 20 million tons in capacity to enhance efficiency.
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Down Under
Strippers Win Right to Meal Breaks, OT
Australian strippers have won the right to take time off after taking their clothes off. The country's Industrial Relations Commission on Friday approved new workplace rules for members of the strippers' union, the Striptease Artists Australia.
We don't make this stuff up. Honest
'We've got rights to have public holiday pay now, which we've never had in our career before,' said a union spokeswoman called Mystical Melody. 'We've got rosters and set hours. We can't work more than 10 hours a shift.' The award also entitles unionized strippers to overtime, rest periods, meal breaks and maternity leave, she added.

'The majority of workers in the industry are women,' Melody said, 'so it's probably a really great thing for them to be able to feel confident of having a job after they've had their babies.'

Industrial relations commissioner Bill Mansfield said the award set out minimum working conditions but did not set out pay rates. It was not immediately clear how many members the union has. Its members are believed to work mainly in strip bars and as erotic dancers.
Well, duh!
In the past, other strippers have criticized the union, saying its demands for better pay and conditions could lead to job losses.
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#1  Striptease Artists Australia today unveiled a plan to establish a bare minimum of workplace protection for its members. "We've got our members covered," said spokestripper Mystical Melody. "I think support for the union will take off from here."
Posted by: Mike || 03/17/2006 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  No eating at the "Y"
Posted by: Captain America || 03/17/2006 15:54 Comments || Top||

#3  The award also entitles unionized strippers to overtime, rest periods, meal breaks and maternity leave, she added.

Seems like a fairly predictable sequence to me. Spend an extended period of time removing your clothes, lay down on your back, cram something into your mouth and, presto!, it's about time to have a baby.
Posted by: Zenster || 03/17/2006 15:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Viva la Strippers

/nudity is hardem work!

»:-)
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 16:19 Comments || Top||

#5  if done correctly
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 17:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Zenster, I think you're missing a vital step.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 03/17/2006 22:41 Comments || Top||


Oxfam reassures Australian donors
Oxfam Australia says Australians who gave money after the Asian tsunami can be assured their donations are being closely monitored. Oxfam has suspended some of its operations in the Indonesian province of Aceh after discovering the possible theft of thousands of dollars of aid. Emergency work, including the delivery of water and rubbish removal will continue, but operations including house building and livelihood support have been suspended.

The executive director of Oxfam Australia, Andrew Hewitt, says a full investigation into the financial irregularities is under way. "We believe its our responsibility to inform donors about what's happening with their money," he said. Where there have been irregularities we believe it's important to inform donors of those. We want to make sure that they're kept fully in the picture. It's been the result of our thorough monitoring that we've been able to uncover these instances."
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#1  Oxfam Australia says Australians who gave money after the Asian tsunami can be assured their donations are being closely monitored.

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Australia. We monitored that money as it went into the waiter's pocket for his tip and that lap dancer for her tip as well.
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Europe
US ends military occupation of Iceland
The United States, which has long provided Iceland with its only military forces, has decided to withdraw most of its service members and all of its fighter jets and helicopters from the country later this year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday. Iceland's government, which recently had offered to take over some of the cost of its defense from the United States to keep U.S. forces here, said it regretted the decision.

In an interview with The Associated Press, U.S. Ambassador Carol van Voorst said she and Nicholas Burns, the U.S. under secretary of state, had informed Iceland's Prime Minister Haldor Asgrimsson and Foreign Minister Geir H. Haarde of the unilateral decision on Wednesday. But Washington also said it would continue to honor its 1951 agreement with Iceland requiring the United States, under the auspices of NATO, to provide this country's defense. U.S. and Icelandic officials were to hold talks about how that will be done, Van Voorst said.
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#1  thats a shame.. hey good folks in Iceland.
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  No ones going to invade Iceland.
Posted by: phil_b || 03/17/2006 0:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Too bad - however, with Canada re-exerting itself over the Artic, and given US-NATO's domination in GPS-SPAWAR and anti-sub tech, the USA doesn't need Iceland anymore except as a NORATLANT fallback base, in case the [French]props keep falling off the new Franco-Brit CVF. Iceland should prob make some type of major diplo-econ rapproachement/rapport wid Greenland and the Canucks, like the Aussies and New Zealanders.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 0:22 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm starting to think that JM is an AI. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Posted by: 11A5S || 03/17/2006 0:33 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm starting to think that JM is an AI.

Smacks his head. "of course."
Posted by: phil_b || 03/17/2006 1:01 Comments || Top||

#6  heh most of us are.

*smacks motherboard*
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 1:29 Comments || Top||

#7  No ones going to invade Iceland

Roosevelt invaded occupied Iceland in July 1941. [Insert traditional Lefty rant here]Acting under the guise of a puppet government held by the British, the Americans sent Naval and Marine forces to replace the occupation by British imperalists.[end rant here :)]

The action was taken because -

The occupation of Iceland by Germany* would constitute a serious threat in three dimensions:

The threat against Greenland and the northern portion of the North American Continent, including the Islands which lie off it.

The threat against all shipping in the north Atlantic.

The threat against the steady flow of munitions to Britain-which is a matter of broad policy clearly approved by the Congress.


Obviously phil_b, you've never read Red Storm Rising. :)

* its not like the Germans had a clandestine weapons of mass destruction program going. Oh, wait....

Posted by: Pheting Jitle5260 || 03/17/2006 9:28 Comments || Top||

#8  PJ, probably most of us here know about that, but the mental image of jihadis invading ICEland, when they're used to 110 degrees in the shade, makes me ROFLMAO (to quote the great, mighty Just Curious/Gentle/troll).
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 9:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Another victory by the resistance over the zionist entity's Big Satan. After Shebaa falls, a transfer of the mujahadeen - replete with wool turbins - to Iceland will occur. Insh'allah!
Posted by: borgboy || 03/17/2006 9:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, they did try to survive the Brutal Afghan Winter®. But the Americans got better cold weather gear from al-al-Bean.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#11  the mental image of jihadis invading ICEland, when they're used to 110 degrees in the shade

True for Saudi types, maybe not so true for, say, Pashtuns from the Hindu Kush (i.e. the mountains of Afghanistan) ...

Or maybe for Euro converts.

Just sayin'
Posted by: lotp || 03/17/2006 9:56 Comments || Top||

#12  Good comments all. Points well taken, especially about the muslims in the Hindu Kush. Of course, I gotta wonder when that mountain range will be renamed...Muslim Kush has a nice ring to it, lol.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 10:04 Comments || Top||

#13  Mr. Skagfields gonna be unhappy. He runs the Icelandic Counselar office in TLH, when he's not busy moving superior drapery. Nope, not kidding.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 10:33 Comments || Top||

#14  I didn't know it was an ocupation, I thought we just had some bases there.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 10:47 Comments || Top||

#15  You mean the good people of Iceland will have to do more than drink and have hot sex now?
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 03/17/2006 10:50 Comments || Top||

#16  ...A slightly dissenting viewpoint - the Icelanders were never really all that happy about us being there. They were always polite, without question, and they welcomed the money that our presence brought. But IIRC there has for many years now been a curfew for Americans only. Nothing much ever gets said because Iceland was so crucial during the Cold War, but I suspect there will be few tears among the populace at large...until, of course, the taxes start going up.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/17/2006 11:47 Comments || Top||

#17  I, for one, am glad that the incompetent and dithering Bush Administration finally discovered a workable exit strategy from the quagmire that was Iceland. I mean, geez, how long were we there? 65 years! Enough's enough!
Posted by: Dreadnought || 03/17/2006 12:56 Comments || Top||

#18  lol, Dread. I thought the same thing immediately (IAQ - It's a Quagmire) when I read the headline. Of course, I don't see it as an occupation, more like a lil' help between friends, but hey, who am I to judge. Of course, there's gotta be a way to pin it to Bush and Halliburton....do they have a melting ice/drinking water plant there (Halliburton that is)?
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 13:47 Comments || Top||

#19  Icelandic Civil War Watch in þrír...tveir...einn
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 13:57 Comments || Top||

#20  BA, Hindu Kush means killer of Hindus, I believe.
Posted by: Grunter || 03/17/2006 14:22 Comments || Top||

#21  You know, the last time Iceland was invaded by hostile forces *was* by Muslims, Barbary pirates raided Reykjavik for slaves in 1627. So you never can tell with those jihadis.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/17/2006 14:54 Comments || Top||

#22  There goes their economy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/17/2006 17:32 Comments || Top||

#23  Sefarious :
Icelandic Civil War Watch in þrír...tveir...einn

What? Blondes vs Redheads... No bleach or henna necessary!
Posted by: BigEd || 03/17/2006 17:58 Comments || Top||

#24  Another victory for Al Qaida.
Posted by: gromgoru || 03/17/2006 19:58 Comments || Top||

#25  I loved Iceland. And juuuusssst slightly off topic; anyone got a good trigger smith for Sig 229 and 239?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/17/2006 21:29 Comments || Top||

#26  Autrey's Armory, Fayetteville, Ga.
Posted by: Anginert Gleaque1289 || 03/17/2006 21:32 Comments || Top||


Yout riot in Gay Paree Provokes Police
More on the story Fred is reporting below.
Riot police last night fired rubber pellets and tear gas at students who pelted them with petrol bombs and stones as protests at new labour laws boiled over in the heart of Paris. Police fought running battles with the rioters, who set cars alight and smashed shop windows near the Sorbonne on the Left Bank. Many of the youths threw paving stones, metal street barriers and tables and chairs ripped from nearby cafes as they taunted police with cries of "CRS equals SS", comparing France's riot squads to Hitler's forces.

The CRS responded with a water cannon, tear gas, baton charges and rubber pellets to disperse the rioters, who formed a very small minority of the demonstrators. Police said they arrested 150 people, and that 35 officers suffered injuries.
Ah, a baton charge, if only they'd try that in Berkeley ...
It followed a day of peaceful protests across France in which almost 250,000 people took to the streets in nearly 200 marches. Police estimated that around 33,000 people marched in Paris, although the main student union said the figure was nearly four times higher. Another protest is planned for tomorrow, when students and union members will march together in an attempt to get the laws repealed.

The protests were against the first employment contract (CPE), a reform championed by the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin who is a man, which will allow employers to dismiss workers under 26 within their first two years in a job, without giving a reason. One in four young people in France is unemployed, but the figure rises to 50% in the poor suburbs chock full of seething Moose-limbs, the scene of weeks of rioting last autumn. The job contract was one of the government's responses to that violence, but students fear it will erode labour protection and leave the young by the wayside. The protests could hurt Mr de Villepin's hopes of running for president in 2007.
Which may well be an empty title by then.
By late last night, the rioters had been dispersed from the capital's Boulevard Saint-Michel. The shouts of "Villepin, you're toast - the students are in the streets!" had died out and calm had returned to the glass-strewn and marijuana-scented boulevard.

Students also disrupted rail services in about a dozen towns and cities across the country, the state rail operator said. Youths threw stones at police and vandalised cars in the eastern city of Nancy, while Toulouse University closed after clashes between students who wanted it shut in protest and those who wanted it kept open. Riot police dislodged about 100 students who occupied the city hall at Rennes in north-western France.
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#1  Hhhhhhmmmmmm, iff I'm reading this correctly, the students, etal want top-notch job security and salaries when France as recent as last year was reportedly having $$$ difficulties burying the dead, or getting rid of aborted fetuses, etc in the name of normal/ordinary sanitation.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  "Villepin, you're toast - the students are in the streets!"
The same curious refrain: students possess the wisdom of the ages; students should decide the destiny of the country.
I wonder why that meme shows up so frequently. Probably some grad student can get a thesis out of the answer, but I don't know if it would be in sociology or abnormal psychology.
Posted by: James || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Many of the youths threw paving stones
By now you'da figure the authorities might have changed paving methods.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 10:35 Comments || Top||


Supporters farewell Milosevic as coffin goes on display
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#1  Bye, bye Slobo; it was my pleasure to Serb you.
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/17/2006 6:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Ransey Clark attended. At least he's consistent in his support of evil.
Posted by: Jackal || 03/17/2006 19:26 Comments || Top||

#3  RIP... I suppose it's too late to ensure that with an ash stake through his black heart?
Ohh, was that cruel, disrespectful and anti-Serbian of me? Adjust, people. Life is just full of these little tragedies.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 03/17/2006 22:17 Comments || Top||


Tear gas used against French students protesting work laws
Tear gas used against French students protesting work laws French police have used tear gas and water cannons on students as protests against new youth employment laws gain momentum. Stone-throwing protesters clashed with police outside the Sorbonne university in Paris. A kiosk was set ablaze and several shop windows were smashed. The protests were organised in anger at the proposed First Employment Contract (CPE), a contested youth jobs measure.

The new laws remove unfair dismissal provisions from employment contracts for anyone under the age of 26. Unions, student groups and the political left say the CPE, which can be broken off without explanation in the first two years, is a licence to hire and fire at will, and are demanding its withdrawal. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who championed the scheme as a key tool in fighting youth unemployment, faces the most serious test of his premiership as the wave of protests paralyses dozens of French universities.
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Great White North
Deserter discharged from U.S. Marines
Nearly 40 years after he deserted his military unit in California and fled to Canada in protest over the Vietnam War, Allen Abney is officially no longer a U.S. Marine.

The 56-year-old Kingsgate, B.C. resident was formally discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Wednesday night, one week after he was arrested at a border crossing into Idaho and transferred to a military prison at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

U.S. military spokesman, Lieut. Lawton King, said the discharge was recommended by Col. Patrick O'Donogue, the current commander of Abney's original military unit, earlier this week after reviewing the facts of Abney's desertion in 1968 and interviewing Abney.

The deal was then sealed Wednesday night by Maj.-Gen. Michael Lehnert, Marine commander in the U.S. western region.

"What that means is that today, if he hasn't done so already, [Abney] has to finalize the discharge paperwork and then he'll be on his way," King said in an interview from Camp Pendleton Thursday.

King said Abney, a Canadian citizen since 1977, spent Wednesday night in a military barracks following his release from formal detention. He was transferred to San Diego Thursday afternoon, and was expected to be flown at military expense to Washington state, where he was to be reunited with his wife, Adrienne, three adult children and a seven-year-old grandson.

Earlier this week Abney's daughter Jessica told The Vancouver Sun the family was hopeful the U.S. military would free her father in time for him to attend his brother's funeral on Saturday. Gerry Abney, 55, died of cancer while his older brother was incarcerated in California.

King wouldn't comment on the exact nature of the discharge, citing privacy reasons. The military had the option of pursuing a court martial against Abney, who enlisted with the Marines in 1968 but deserted after five months in basic training. That option could have landed Abney in jail for up to five years.

After reviewing his file, however, O'Donogue opted for a discharge, King said.

"I want to emphasize that this decision was made by the Marine Corps because we feel that it is in the best interest of justice, the Marine Corps and Mr. Abney that he be [discharged] administratively," King said.

Neither Abney, nor his family in Kingsgate, was available to comment at press time Thursday.

Abney was arrested March 9 on a 1968 federal warrant.

Born in Kentucky but raised in Canada, Abney had passed through the border countless times since he deserted in 1968 in opposition to the war in Vietnam, Jessica Abney said in an interview last week. Last Thursday, however, he was detained by U.S. border guards after his name showed up on a federal database during a routine records check.

In 1977 -- the same year Abney became a Canadian citizen -- then-U.S. president Jimmy Carter signed a pardon for Vietnam draft dodgers and deserters, but the program required deserters to apply for the special discharge review program. Abney didn't apply so the arrest warrant remained active.

According to King, Abney is one of 125 men for whom arrest warrants were issued by U.S. Marines during the Vietnam era, from 1961 and 1979.

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#1  The database works. Whaddya know.
Posted by: Threrong Sholet2426 || 03/17/2006 18:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
Posted by: Flerese Thrinese8665 || 03/17/2006 19:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Like some of the repatriated Lefties or Mil deserters on the MSM - no matter how bad they thought America was when they were young, they kiss America's soil, and thank God for America and her freedoms and opportunities everytime they come back.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 22:34 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Tough on Crime: Bringing The Guillotine Back To Indiana
SOUTH BEND -- Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Tony Zirkle has proposed a four-stage approach to stopping sex- related crimes such as child pornography, rape, sexual slavery and human trafficking.

Stage 4 contemplates the reintroduction of the guillotine and lynch mob into the criminal justice process, although Zirkle said in an interview that he is taking that position "to stimulate debate."

He also said he is in favor of the death penalty.

"If I am elected to Congress, I will introduce a declaration of war against human traffickers, porn-pimps and child rapists," Zirkle said in a campaign release. "We must put fear back into the criminals who are preying on our children."

The first stage of the battle, as proposed by Zirkle, calls for suspension of the constitutional protections of property rights for "porn-pimps."

"Every adultery (sic) book store will be immediately seized and the property will be forfeited to the taxpayers without any process of law other than a hearing within 10 days of seizure to give the porn-pimps the opportunity (to) challenge the sufficiency of prostitution evidence."

Stage 2, Zirkle said, would involve "actual arrests" for those who did not learn from Stage 1. Stage 3, if necessary, calls for "super speedy public trials with severe punishment that is swiftly carried out after a rapid appeal."

Which leads to Stage 4. "If this stage is necessary, then I am willing to debate the idea of returning the guillotine and lynch mob for those who prey on children under the age of 12; however, no capital punishment will be extended without at least four witnesses."

Zirkle said he favors the death penalty but believes current law offers insufficient due process protections.

"One witness can send you to death now," he said.

According to Zirkle, debate could fuel discussion of his guillotine proposal but, so far, "no one will debate me."

Zirkle sought without success to debate Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola during the 2004 primary election, and he has actively been seeking a debate opponent during the current election.

There does not appear to be much chance of Zirkle debating any of the current crop of congressional candidates.

Chocola, through campaign spokesman Brooks Kochvar, declined to respond to Zirkle's statements.

Steve Francis, candidate for the 2nd District Democratic congressional nomination, said he would debate Zirkle after the primary, "when he wins it and I win and we face off for the general election."

Until the primary race is over, Francis said, it would not be appropriate for him to debate the candidate from the other party.

Joe Donnelly, the other Democratic contender, said that at this stage, Zirkle should be debating Chocola.

"I would be happy to debate Mr. Zirkle after he wins the Republican primary," Donnelly said.

During the interview, Zirkle equated human trafficking with "modern-day slavery" and said he believes Congress needs to take action against this growing world problem.

The Republican candidate, who served as a deputy under former county Prosecutor Chris Toth, said he has derived his proposals from his personal experience "that judges and liberal prosecutors have failed us."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 17:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under:

#1  O'REILLY had the story about the Fed FCC applying $$$ penalties to the TV show WITHOUT A TRACE for shwoing a graphic teen orgy scene on national broadcast. OR's female guest was a mother whom proclaimed that it was up to Amer parents to decide what their kids watch - same old Lefty hyper-PC and BS mind games where GOP-Conservatives handle the economy and geopols while Hollyweird promotes extremist, anti-Conservative, Alternatist shows so that one day in the future Amerikkkan Socialist Super-Govt., or Hillary, can be "justified" in taking it away from the same alternatists in the name of anti-laissez faire/libertarian universal morals and decency.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 22:48 Comments || Top||

#2  This man does not speak for me. If Indiana is smart, he won't speak for them either.
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 23:06 Comments || Top||

#3  To be clear, *Zirkle* does not speak for me.
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 23:07 Comments || Top||


John Kerry: NYC Gone by 2036
Failed presidential candidate John Kerry offered a startling prediction Friday morning: If the U.S. doesn't change its global warming ways, New York City and Boston will be destroyed by flooding by 2036.
"And there goes our biggest block of voters!"
"I can say to an absolute certainty," Kerry told radio host Don Imus, "that if things stay exactly as they are today absent some unpredictable change in what's going on, within the next 30 years the Arctic ice sheet is gone. "Not maybe, not if - the Arctic ice sheet is gone," the Massachusetts Democrat insisted, before offering his hair-raising prediction.

"Already you have the Greenland ice sheet beginning to melt . . . If that melts, you have a level of sea level increase that wipes out Boston Harbor, New York Harbor - I mean, it's just stunning what we're looking at."
John's been in AlGore's stash again

Kerry blamed the Bush administration's environmental policies for the coming destruction of New York and Boston. "Europe and the other countries are responding," he told Imus. "The United States remains oblivious - at least the administration remains oblivious."

Despite the dire warning, Kerry hasn't done much to change his own global warming ways. At last report, he and his wife still owned several SUV's, a gas guzzling yacht, five BTU gobbling homes and a private jet. Like fellow environmentalist RFK, Jr., Kerry continues to withold his support for the proposed construction of a wind farm in the waters off Nantucket, where he and his wife own a mansion.
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#1  Got my lawn chair with pontoon feet and a inflatable floating igloo cooler all ready, Senator. Bring on the show!
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 13:49 Comments || Top||

#2  He will contract with the guy who built the wall around New Orleans. I smell cogressional pork projects here. Now the cry will be to build sea walls down the east coast.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/17/2006 13:55 Comments || Top||

#3  A wall around New Orleans??? "Escape from New York" style? Makes sense, from what I've read.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 03/17/2006 14:02 Comments || Top||

#4  NYC and Boston? Uh oh, I'm torn... care / not care.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Didn't someone post here about the 2 poles and how one really won't affect ocean levels because the majority of ice is already underwater, taking up more room than the liquid form would? Sounds reasonable enough to me. Why all the gloom and doom, except to get more grant dollars? Somehow, methinks that if this were a true issue (which I don't believe it is; or even if it is, it's not all man-made, like the greens cry), I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that we could "save" NYC and Boston with some unbelievable engineering feats. They might be an island, but would still be habitable.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 14:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Is that before or after the hurricane that the Discovery Channel says is going to hit NY??
Posted by: Desert Blondie || 03/17/2006 14:21 Comments || Top||

#7  All I know is that The Day After Tomorrow everything goes straight to shit up there. How're those Mexican Invasion plans coming?
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 14:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Didn't someone post here about the 2 poles and how one really won't affect ocean levels because the majority of ice is already underwater, taking up more room than the liquid form would?

The northern ice cap is floating. The Greenland sheet is on land, and theoretically would raise sea levels, but all the disaster theories are crap. The world has had warmer climates before -- much warmer than any of the predictions -- and oddly, humanity did just fine.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 03/17/2006 14:54 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm going to enjoy my Virginia oranges.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/17/2006 15:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Almost all ice near the South Pole is on top of land. Luckily it's very remote so it's unlikely all that new melted water would effect the North Atlantic.

/1 thin dime to see the Egress.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 15:14 Comments || Top||

#11  ROFL, 6.

Yup, that ice melting at the South Pole won't get up to the North Atlantic - it's such a long distance, ya' know. ;-p


I know I'm preaching to the choir, but somebody has to say it: Kerry is a fucking moron!

With all his wife's money, you'd think he could afford better meds.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/17/2006 15:31 Comments || Top||

#12  New York City and Boston

already Blue states..BFD
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 15:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Didn't the Gulf Stream pump fail cuz of the global warming cooling warming, hell, cuz Maurice stole the handle?

We'll hafta convert tankers.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 15:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Considering the politicians that the Boston area has been fielding, I feel inclined to burn some extra fossil fuels up here on my 460-foot-elevation perch.
Posted by: Darrell || 03/17/2006 16:10 Comments || Top||

#15 

Wait a minute... Hans Blix is late to the General Assembly. His speech is critical on those WMDs. Call out the scuba divers!
Posted by: BigEd || 03/17/2006 16:30 Comments || Top||

#16 

Coming soon!
Manhattan Marine Park
World's Largest Water Park!

Open Memorial Day Weekend, 2036

Posted by: Dar || 03/17/2006 16:49 Comments || Top||

#17  I'm actually embarrassed for Kerry. What an elitist doofus.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 17:32 Comments || Top||

#18  With all his wife's money, you'd think he could afford better meds.

Barbara, you assume Kerry suffers from insanity. I don't think so....I think he rather enjoys it.

Besides, he'd rather spend her $ on Botox.
Posted by: Desert Blondie || 03/17/2006 17:48 Comments || Top||

#19  Here's a question: a long time ago I read something to the effect that NYC has been severely undermined by the Atlantic, so much so that deep inland, some deep drill holes will give salt water. The speculation was that some part of the island could just spontaneously slip into the ocean.

Most likely nonsense, but curious.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 18:10 Comments || Top||

#20  you're talking saltwater intrusion (a real problem in Gaza/So. Israel) - the freshwater water table is overpumped, and the soil is porous enough to allow saltwater intrusion to fill teh voids. Slippage? No. Typically it leads to brackish and salty water unusable as potable or irrigating crops.
(whew! Got my answer in before Alaska Paul kicked in with a helluva lot more knowledge on the subject)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 18:21 Comments || Top||

#21  Well, I remember it suggesting that there was a huge undermine, basically a giant cave, under the island, possibly with its rubble being flushed into the Hudson Valley trench.

I gather that there is such an undermine in the Canary Islands, and if it collapsed, ironically, it could cause a super tidal wave to hit the US East coast, including NYC.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 19:09 Comments || Top||

#22  ROFL, DB!

Ya' gots a point. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/17/2006 19:40 Comments || Top||

#23  there would be constant infiltration, so, Discovery sweeps week hype aside, it should either have a gradual land/building settlement, or brackish water in the drinking water, either a heads-up they done pumped too much too fast...No drastic surprises in today's day/age. Such a cavern/aquifer would be thoroughly mapped via seismic (explosives) mapping
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 19:45 Comments || Top||

#24  There isssss no undermine in Manhattan, the Canary Islandsssss or Denver International. Move along. All is well.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 19:51 Comments || Top||

#25  Sitting here in Colorado Springs at an elevation of 6124 feet above CURRENT sea level, I'm not much worried about global warming. If it actually happens (manmade or natural), it will reduce the UV effect at this altitude, and reduce the risk for skin cancer. So a bunch of idjits will have to move to the Adirondacks and to New Hampshire - it'll be GOOD for them to breate some REAL air for a change. Good riddance.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/17/2006 20:01 Comments || Top||

#26  Meet you at the Golden Bee for a nice pint of Guinness Patriot.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 20:05 Comments || Top||

#27  At the numbers we've seen in reality, this may happen, but something like in the year 203,600. I mean, even the UN papers supposedly say their projections are that it'll rise like an additional 1/2 inch over the next century if we keep at our current pace. That means even us here in Atlanta (elevation 780-something) are safe for something like another 18,720 freakin' CENTURIES (1,872,000 years). Not really close to 2036 in my mind.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 21:11 Comments || Top||

#28  Oops, I think the UN's number is the ADDITIONAL rise in sea level just due to man's supposed influence. Even at 3-4 inches/century, we still have 300,000+ years!
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 21:12 Comments || Top||

#29  When it starts up Jackson's horse's leg at Stone Mtn..... ya might wanna think about redeployment BA.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 21:13 Comments || Top||

#30  Save us, John Kerry, save us!!! We repent for electing the destroyer of cities! We will cover ourselves in sackcloth and ashes, if only you will lead us away from the darkness!

I'm sure the Senator will call Henny Penny and Foxy Loxy before his committee as expert witnesses.

Anyone else old enough to remember back in the seventies when we were all supposed to perish in the coming ice age? By then, of course, the swine flu would have wiped half of us out anyway.

Mr. Senator, as we cannot get three meteorologists to agree what the weather will be during rush hour tomorrow, how can you sure what it will like in thirty years? Or are you perhaps desperately seeking attention by barking out of your nether regions? Honestly, Senator, at long last, have you no shame?
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 03/17/2006 21:31 Comments || Top||

#31  I say, build New Orleans on a barge out in the mud flats. When global warming brings up the sea level, let her float around, and park it near high ground.

Start building barges in Boston and Martha's Vineyard and put Kerry's and Teddy's mansions on them and shove em out to sea.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/17/2006 21:49 Comments || Top||

#32  Baba Tutu - no, he has no concept of the word "shame."

And yes, I remember the impending ice age in the 1970's.

Am I the only one who has noticed that "global warming" started about the same time the EPA came into being?

Just sayin', 's all.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/17/2006 21:52 Comments || Top||

#33  He left out the part where afterwards it all freezes and then the wolves attack ...
Posted by: DMFD || 03/17/2006 22:11 Comments || Top||

#34  I scanned all 33 comments and you all missed it. If it DOES happen, he's a genius. (Yes, extremely unlikely, but you gotta cover all da bases!)

If it doesn't happen, Kerry and Gore SAVED us! Either way, he's a HERO!!!!

Is 2036 an election year?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/17/2006 22:27 Comments || Top||

#35  According to Billy Joel, it's supposed to happen in 2017:


I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all

They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
And blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 03/17/2006 22:47 Comments || Top||

#36  Baba Tutu --- sheezzzzz, I'd completely forgotten about the "swine flu." What scary day's those were. Someone else got some history of this? I remember the "scare" of the swine flu..... but forget the details....

Oh dear, and they say, "short term memory goes first" ... but swine flu is a long term memory!
Posted by: Sherry || 03/17/2006 23:23 Comments || Top||

#37  Yup, that ice melting at the South Pole won't get up to the North Atlantic - it's such a long distance, ya' know. ;-p

Not only that, but it's uphill all the way!
Posted by: SteveS || 03/17/2006 23:39 Comments || Top||


McCain and Hillary Rally Illegals
Senators John McCain (Rino.-Ariz.) and Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.), the current frontrunners for their parties’ 2008 presidential nominations, joined Senators Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) and Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y,) in rallying a group of illegal aliens who came to Washington, D.C., on March 8 as part of a lobbying effort funded by a foreign government to push for amnesty for illegal aliens.
And no, this isn't the government you're thinking of
McCain and Clinton both effusively greeted the illegal-alien lobbyists as if they had come to champion some great moral and constitutional cause. “It is so heartening to see you here,” said Clinton. “You are really here on behalf of what America means, America’s values, America’s hopes.” “You are doing what democracy is supposed to be all about, petitioning the government to right a wrong,” said McCain.

The lobbyists, part of an effort organized by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR), were not petitioning their own government, of course. They were petitioning our government, using Irish government money to do it.

What is the ILIR? “The purpose of the new organization is to lobby for immigration reform at a local level, with a particular emphasis on the legislation proposed by Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy (the ‘Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act’),” says a January 23 press release put out by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. “This will include lobbying congressmen and senators in a bipartisan manner.”The Irish government has launched an all-out effort for the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill because it would grant amnesty to illegal aliens in the U.S. by converting them into legal guest workers. Funding ILIR is part of Ireland’s pro-McCain-Kennedy campaign.

“The ILIR has been established at a particularly critical time in the U.S. as the legislative debate on this issue enters an important phase,” Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said in the January 23 release. “The ILIR is throwing its weight behind the McCain/Kennedy immigration reform bill. … The positive initiative taken by Senators McCain and Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, mirrored by Representatives [Jim] Kolbe [R.-Ariz.], [Jeff] Flake [R.-Ariz.], and [Luis] Gutierrez [D.-Ill.] in the House of Representatives would enable undocumented Irish people to participate in the life of their adopted country, free from fear and uncertainty.”

In debates on the floor of the Irish legislature, the Irish government has made clear that this amnesty provision is why they especially like McCain-Kennedy. “We believe this [McCain-Kennedy] remains the most attractive approach for the undocumented Irish, as it includes provisions which would allow undocumented people to apply initially for Temporary Residence Status, but with a route to Permanent Residency,” Noel Treacy, Ireland’s minister of European Affairs said in Ireland’s legislature on February 15. “We know that Senators Kennedy and McCain and other like-minded senators remain convinced that proposals that require undocumented people to return home before applying for re-entry to the U.S. are not practical and will not encourage the undocumented to come out of the shadows.”

In a February 22 debate in the Irish legislature, Foreign Minister Ahern said he had encouraged the creation of the illegal-alien lobbying organization in the U.S. “Deputies can be assured that in all my meetings with U.S. contacts, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and key congressional figures, I made known the support of the government … for the approach favoured by Senators Kennedy and McCain,” said Ahern. “Their bill has also been strongly endorsed by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, a group established in December to mobilize grassroots support within the Irish community in the U.S. for immigration reform. I welcome the establishment of this organization. I encouraged the formation of such an organization and recently approved a grant of €30,000 towards its operational expenses.”

The Irish Times, published in Dublin, trumpeted the fact that “illegals” had rallied on Capitol Hill with McCain, Clinton, Kennedy and Schumer. One Times story on March 9 was headlined: “‘Illegals’ lobby for right to stay in U.S.”

“Capitol Hill became a sea of green and white yesterday as thousands of undocumented Irish immigrants came out of the shadows for immigration reform,” said the Times. “They were rewarded with appearances from some of the most influential figures in Congress, including the two front-runners to succeed President Bush—Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton.”

Another item in the Irish Times, with the headline “Irish rally to press for legal status in America,” said: “More than 2,400 undocumented Irish immigrants and their supporters rallied in Washington yesterday in support of an immigration reform bill that would allow them to remain in the U.S. legally.” This report further noted that “Senators Kennedy, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer addressed the demonstrators, who wore white T-shirts with the slogan ‘Legalize the Irish.’”

“There has never been a presence like we’ve had today,” Clinton told the crowd of illegal aliens, according to the Irish Times.

“This kind of reception is enough to make a guy want to run for President of the United States,” said McCain, after the illegal aliens gave him a standing ovation.
Memo to self: Save this for the 2008 primarys
Clinton and McCain may think their pandering will appeal to Irish-American voters. But when they run in the United States of America in 2008, they just might find that their fawning words for a foreign-government-funded lobby that flouts U.S. immigration law sounded more like fighting words to many plain, old-fashioned, red-blooded voters—even if they happen to be proud, law-abiding Irish-Americans.
Count on it
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This kind of report is depressing. In the greatest country in the world with 300 million people these are the best either party sees fit to put forth for the office.

If they knew these were a group of illegals why weren't they pick up and drop them off at the border?

Isn't knowingly associating with illegals illegal?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 03/17/2006 11:37 Comments || Top||

#2  McCain and Hillary. Like peas in a pod. Power sluts.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 15:50 Comments || Top||

#3  good call GW8639 (er...hi, Karl!)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 17:06 Comments || Top||

#4  McClain is sad. Much too long in a North Vietnamese Tiger Cage. The Hilderbeast is equally as sad.... NOT ENOUGH TIME IN A TIGER CAGE!
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 20:03 Comments || Top||


Bill Clinton Fights Hunger With Heifer
Just make up your own stories....
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 10:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I also heard he opened a new clinic.
Clinton Clinic
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 10:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I was hoping for a Hillaryburger
Posted by: Gir || 03/17/2006 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Clinton jokes aside, Heifer International is a good thing. In our family, for the last couple years, we have been giving charitable donations of livestock as presents instead of buying more consumer crap for each other.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/17/2006 12:23 Comments || Top||

#4  What SteveS said, but I'd still like a nice 35 mm Digital.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 13:21 Comments || Top||

#5  I worked with a program like this a couple years ago. It was called a buffalo bank, water buffalo. The animal was given to the farmer with all the required grear and his only payback was the first two offspring went back to the program. Out of the hundreds of head of livestock given only one farmer defaulted on the promise.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/17/2006 14:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Bill Clinton Fights Hunger With Heifer

What, Bill's on tour with Monica?
Posted by: Zenster || 03/17/2006 15:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Why does he look like Jimmy Carter?
Posted by: gromgoru || 03/17/2006 19:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Good catch Grom, he does indeed! Now THAT is spooky.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 19:56 Comments || Top||


'Afrikan Liberation Movement coming to New Orleans
(CNSNews.com) - The New Black Panther Party is coming to New Orleans on Friday to represent the black "masses" who have been "displaced, murdered and abandoned" by a negligent government at war with its people, the group said in a press release. The leader of the New Black Panther Party, attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, said his group will launch a "weekend of mobilization that will give rise to a never-before-seen stage in the Afrikan Liberation Movement." The press release describes the event as a self-help program for black people in the city where "the plot to destroy the Black civilization has continued in such a blatant and arrogant manner." The group said its main mission is to restore the economic, educational, social and political freedom and independence of black people, and to prevent the "white takeover" of New Orleans.
Mayor Nagin call in a "favor"?
"The New Black Panther Party leadership, membership and supporters have not and will not sit idly by, while our people continue to have a list of inadequately met needs," the press release said. It also accuses the government of spreading masses of black people across the nation to unfamiliar places -- a strategy intended to prevent the "aggrieved from creating coalitions and creating progressive change."
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 09:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In other words, WHAA, WHAAA, WHAAA, GIMMEE GIMMEEE, WHAAA.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Good grief, I'm almost ready to just write off NO. Let 'em sink. Let's sell LA as a whole back to the French.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 10:07 Comments || Top||

#3  With the oil, the oil port and the refineries BA?
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Somebody needs to tell the Black Panthers they may be facing the Brown Puma, not the White Pussy Cat. This could turn out to be a real cat fight for the Candy City (Chocolate or Caramel?).
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/17/2006 10:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Unless he hablas espanol, he ain't going to make any inroads.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 03/17/2006 11:04 Comments || Top||

#6  “…will not sit idly by, while our people…”

Ain’t it funny how these tards always appoint themselves as spokespersons for “their people”. I guess it makes them feel importent.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/17/2006 11:26 Comments || Top||

#7  "The New Black Panther Party leadership, membership and supporters have not and will not sit idly by....,

Excellent news! Here... grab a broom!
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 11:26 Comments || Top||

#8  The Black Pander Party is showing up on queue to collect from sympathetic idiots in the name of “diversity”. LLL feel good when they give to groups like this one. Can’t one of these politician grow a set and tell Malik Zulu Shabazz that “I don’t care how messed up things are we don’t need the New Black Pander Party around”. If Malik Zulu Shabazz really wanted to help they would help cleaned up instead of staging marches and claiming vitimization. I am still waiting for Malik Zulu Shabazz to show the the world his "proof" that the levies protecting the 9th ward were "bombed". (not holding my breath)
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 03/17/2006 11:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Wonder if these dumbf*cks will have their welfare checks forwarded to NO for the festivities. I am occasionally compassionate, but think that on the whole, the elimination of welfare in all its forms would do wonders for this country. Then people like this would have to get jobs to support the children they father and foist off on the taxpayers. Cut off welfare and these guys might find their women just a bit more discriminating in their selection of sex partners.
Posted by: RWV || 03/17/2006 12:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Lions of NOIslam.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 12:13 Comments || Top||

#11  As if New Orleans doesn't have enough trouble already.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/17/2006 12:25 Comments || Top||

#12  What are there, like, five of these guys? My money is on La Raza.
Posted by: Secret Master || 03/17/2006 12:45 Comments || Top||

#13  Besoeker's comment is spot on.
Posted by: Dar || 03/17/2006 12:50 Comments || Top||

#14  Hey 6: We'd keep those things. Just sell the land outside of those. Ya know, like mineral rights or something like that.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 14:06 Comments || Top||

#15  Indeedy BA, we have to keep control of the Strategic Tabasco Sauce Refinery & Reserve. I don't like to scare people, but there's only a 19 day supply of Tobasco Sauce until Avery Island gets back to 100% production. Even then some folks in the know say we may have already passed peak pepper.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 15:27 Comments || Top||

#16  there's only a 19 day supply of Tobasco Sauce until Avery Island gets back to 100% production.

Dear god, nooooooooo! Quick, where are my keys. I've got to go stock up!
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 16:18 Comments || Top||

#17  It used to be people were researching the possibilities of growing their own peppers, but every time anyone got too close The Big Condiment Conglomerates would have them bumped off.
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 03/17/2006 16:24 Comments || Top||

#18  Yes, yes. I heard they were having some success with the Ethanero, but Big Condiment intervened and started a whispering campaign thru the Tides Foundation.
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/17/2006 16:30 Comments || Top||

#19  The Tobasco shortage doesn't affect me, I have a year's supply of Satan's Toejam.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/17/2006 19:49 Comments || Top||

#20  You shouldn't have said anything Deacon. Now the BCC knows you know. I'd advise hiding the this year's supply of DTJ at your nearest GrayHound Station, Locker 19666.

/BR549
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 20:01 Comments || Top||

#21  lol, all! Hey, has anyone more in the know (ya know, like a doctor or something) thought about these peppers and how they could help protect us from bird flu. Seriously, yesterday's story gave me hope (about killing cancer cells) that maybe I'm not popping jalapenos like candy and ruining my intestinal tract w/o a reason. My line of thinking is something like Tabasco hand sanitizer... ya know, when all the suckers wait until the last minute, the bird flu hits (we're all gonna....), then they raid the stores of all the alcohol based hand sanitizers, maybe tabasco can substitute. Leads to separating out the future Darwin Award nominees to boot!
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 21:00 Comments || Top||

#22  No Tabasco > Of course you know this means War!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 21:17 Comments || Top||


'Hanoi Jane' honour is defeated
A move to honour actress Jane Fonda for her US charity work has been defeated because of her infamous opposition to the Vietnam war in the 1970s. Senators in Fonda's home state of Georgia voted 38-1 against a resolution praising Fonda for charity donations and work to combat teenage pregnancy. Many in the US still see her as a traitor after a trip to the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, in 1972. She has since apologised for visiting a gun site used to shoot down US planes.

Republican Senator John Douglas said Fonda, who picked up the nickname "Hanoi Jane", was "guilty of treason". She has admitted her visit to the Hanoi gun site was a "betrayal". "I can think of no living American who is less worthy of this honour," he said. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Steen Miles, who said her charity work should make up for past mistakes.
Let me think, um, NO!
But even she voted against the motion after Fonda herself tried to have it withdrawn to avoid controversy. A Republican leader forced the vote to go ahead, saying members of his party wanted to go on record against it.
Some dead horses should be dug up every few years and beaten.
Fonda, who lives in Atlanta, recently acknowledged her visit to the Hanoi gun site was a "betrayal" of the US military. It was the "largest lapse of judgement that I can even imagine", she said. But she said she did not regret meeting American prisoners of war in North Vietnam or making broadcasts on Radio Hanoi.

The actress is founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and has made donations to universities and charities. She has starred in films including Barbarella, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond and Monster-in-Law. She won Oscars for her roles in Klute and Coming Home in the 1970s and has been nominated on five other occasions.
Posted by: Steve || 03/17/2006 08:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AMERICAN TRAITOR BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: ARMYGUY || 03/17/2006 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2 
"Useless idiot"
Posted by: Master of Obvious || 03/17/2006 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  But even she voted against the motion after Fonda herself tried to have it withdrawn to avoid controversy. A Republican leader forced the vote to go ahead, saying members of his party wanted to go on record against it.

Had a "Murtha moment," did she? LOL! I heard Sen. Douglas on local radio (I live in ATL too) and he was hot! In between this, her ties to the UN, and heck, her ties to Ted Turner, I'm soooo glad that common sense reigned in this matter. What a smackdown of a vote, too! Why must everyone think it's o.k. to forgive over idiots like this during Vietnam? There's no SOL (Statute of Limitations) on treason in my book. Funny that this, and the recent arrest of a Vietnam marine deserter in Idaho (he volunteered, then skipped the country to Canada, of course, and was recently arrested re-entering the US in Idaho, taken to Camp Pendleton, but no charges are forthcoming) hit at the same time. The marine deserter was discussed last night on O'Reilly, and Col. Hunt was fuming mad and pissed at the Canuk "immigration attorney" who was trying to say that it makes no sense to charge him 35+ years later with this. Col. Hunt smacked that atty down and hard! I loved it, and O'Reilly lit into him too!
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Now we need a Feingold moment. These libs need to be held up to ridicule. It is the best way to get them to realize they are the minority and they need to be careful about running their mouths now.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/17/2006 9:40 Comments || Top||

#5  The only yes vote was from JONES, Democrat, 10TH District. Jones
He should be removed from his committee position of Veterans and Military Affairs. It's outrageous that he's allowed to sit there!
Posted by: 2b || 03/17/2006 12:14 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm sure Jones is now cast out and will silently end his tour and go back to the farm he came from. Jane does not concider what she does a betrayal to America, watch the interviews. She feels she crossed the "military", not America. She still does not get it! I say hi to her, her decal anyway, every morning when I get rid of my morning coffee!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/17/2006 13:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Nope, not likely to be going back to the farm. His district is the middle of the LLL/moonbat central here in "the ATL." Same area that's home to Cynthia McKinney (D-Looneyville) unfortunately. However, I would note that the area is changing (has been large majority black there for some time) for the better. One of the up and coming (middle class) areas for blacks around the ATL. Just that some will never vote for a "R" no matter what their moonbat Rep/Senator says or does.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 13:53 Comments || Top||

#8  To bad for Atlanta there BA. It's a nice town. I can only hope the rest of the politico's in power drown out his stupidity.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/17/2006 14:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Pretty much, outside of that district (DeKalb County, if you're familiar with this area), the rest of Georgia (and even Atlanta) is as red as can be, with the exception of a few smaller, urban areas, like Macon, Albany, Valdosta, etc.

I'd note that down south of Atlanta in Fayette County, you have one of the wealthiest, majority black suburban areas in the country. In fact, Fayette County had a higher median income than any other county in GA, and at one time (may still be too), Fayette was the richest, majority black county in the country. And, it is a VERY conservative area. The ATL area is interesting...lots of blacks here that are movin' on up to the middle class, and many speculate that their politics will change very soon. A win/win in my book.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 14:11 Comments || Top||

#10  The demographics of Fayette County, Fayetteville, Peachtree City and surrounding area are indeed changing, but it is not yet predominately minority. Peachtree City is a planned community which began in the late 1960's, but really did not take off until the late 1970's and early 80's. It is similar to Reston, VA. It was built around golf courses and lakes and is connected via cart paths. Fayette County is populated by farmers, Delta employees and retirees who are commonly referred to by the natives as "Delta Yankees." Fayette County is also home to many military retirees, and folks who used to live closer to Atlanta, but moved southward to avoid crime, poor schools, and declining housing markets. In Peachtree City and Fayette County the demographics are indeed chaning. Crime is on the increase and graffiti and trash are now found on the cart paths. Things be a changin.
Posted by: Ebbarong Glereter1382 || 03/17/2006 14:55 Comments || Top||

#11  I thought Albany was infraRed.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 15:33 Comments || Top||

#12  Ahl-been-EEE may be red, 6, I'm not sure. I just know that there are some very ROUGH parts to those towns I listed...typical Demo/LLL strongholds.

And, EG1382, thanks for that correction. I thought about that after I posted, and I shouldn't have insinuated it was Majority-minority without facts. However, it is changing, and according to friends who live in P'tree City, and study this type stuff, it is supposedly one of the highest income (close to majority) minority areas in the country.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 20:53 Comments || Top||

#13  No problem. It is indeed true that wealthy minorities are moving there which will eventually impact the local politic. They are moving south for the same reason everyone else moved south and away from Fulton County years ago.
Posted by: Ebbarong Glereter || 03/17/2006 21:00 Comments || Top||


Supreme Court Gals Threatened By "Irrational Fringe"
Boo!
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg assailed the court's congressional critics in a recent speech overseas, saying their efforts "fuel" an "irrational fringe" that threatened her life and that of a colleague, former justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Addressing an audience at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Feb. 7, the 73-year-old justice, known as one of the court's more liberal members, criticized various Republican-proposed House and Senate measures that either decry or would bar the citation of foreign law in the Supreme Court's constitutional rulings. Conservatives often see the citing of foreign laws in court rulings as an affront to American sovereignty, adding to a list of grievances they have against judges that include rulings supporting abortion rights or gay rights.

Though the proposals do not seem headed for passage, Ginsburg said, "it is disquieting that they have attracted sizeable support. And one not-so-small concern -- they fuel the irrational fringe."
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#1  "...irrational fringe."

Ruth - Looked in the mirror, lately?
Posted by: PBMcL || 03/17/2006 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  ruth get a high colonic and stfu.
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 0:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Arrogant warmongering trouble-making Male Brute GOP-Conservative Fascists = Half-A-Commie(s) trying to escape the glutches of their Commie Mothers again - look, Ruthie, bring it up again when Russia-China, etal. dev a history of using American laws in own jurisprudence systems: DON'T ARGUE GLOBAL/INTERNAT EQUALISM, BILATERALISM, or MUTI-LATERALISM WHEN YOU REALLY MEAN "AMERICA-ONLY"!? No law(s) in America stops the US DemoLeft from making the same public or private demands on other world states which the US DemoLeft demands from America.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/17/2006 0:40 Comments || Top||

#4  "...irrational fringe." ?

I thought they were her backers....
Posted by: GK || 03/17/2006 2:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, I see. Jet lag is why she can't stay awake during court sessions.
Posted by: Flirt Ebboting9253 || 03/17/2006 6:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Why this sudden need to go abroad to criticize? Is she not capable of saying such things at home, where something might be done about it... if there is something that needs to be done? Was it perhaps a mild senility that led to her retirement?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/17/2006 7:18 Comments || Top||

#7  This one isn't retired yet. That is what makes it worse.
Posted by: whitecollar redneck || 03/17/2006 7:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, I for one am beside myself with joy that she is going on a fact finding trip of international courts to bolster her fine arguments for inspired decisions like Kelo.

I mean, US Constitutional law is sooooo restrictive on what an unelected judge can do....
Posted by: Desert Blondie || 03/17/2006 8:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe when she arrives home, she'll be wearing a burka.
Posted by: wxjames || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#10  'L'Etat, c'est moi'
Posted by: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg || 03/17/2006 9:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Do go live in l'etat then,
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/17/2006 9:41 Comments || Top||

#12  When will they get it through their thick skulls that the large majority of America has begun to see them as the lunatic fringe and shoving their morals down our throats? 33 years later, Roe v Wade (no matter your feelings on the matter) is still un-settled law, in that it's still very much debated publicly, and not accepted by many in the US. Even without that, though their march to protect it all the way to 9 months (and sometimes beyond) after conception disgusts a huge majority of Americans. Many show that even those who agree with RvW may not agree with it all the way to term (e.g. the courts' smack down of the Partial birth Abortion Ban, smack downs of State parental notification laws, etc.). But add all the other rulings more recently (gay "rights", Kelo (eminent domain), the ACLUs march to ban any single crucifix in the nation, etc.) decided by them and you see why Jefferson called them "the despotic branch." Even if Roe v Wade gets overturned (a BIG if), it still basically goes back to the way it was pre-Roe...to the States. You can't tell me that blue states will "ban" abortion too (like California, NY, pretty much the entire NE, etc.).
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 10:16 Comments || Top||

#13  that should be "Many polls show..."
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 10:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Sorry, that was me ranting....Anyways, I meant to add that we have enough issues here just following our own Constitution. Throw in other nation's laws/mores, and besides being un-Constitutional itself, you're asking for a disaster.
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 10:18 Comments || Top||

#15  Bros. Judd posted an article yesterday(?) that Germany has a more restrictive abortion policy than we do, yet our jet-setting international law-loving judges don't want to apply that particular law.....
Posted by: anonymous2u || 03/17/2006 10:44 Comments || Top||

#16  Criminey - they're as bad as those "educate" Haaaa-vard Victorians who needed the fainting couches.

Appointed because of the feminist movement and they can't stand their widdle feelings being hurt and can't take criticism.

In short, no balls.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 03/17/2006 10:47 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 12:25 Comments || Top||

#18  No, it's to bring you here to post your inane asinine insincere tripe posed as a simpleton's questions. Works like a champ.
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 12:27 Comments || Top||

#19  I don't like Bader Ginsburg's politics, but I'm pretty unhappy about SCOTUS justices receiving death threats.

That's a big more serious than "having their widdle feelings hurt" anon2u.
Posted by: lotp || 03/17/2006 12:56 Comments || Top||

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#21  Lol. And you've just admitted you're an inane asinine insincere tripe troll.

Mods?
Posted by: Glirong Whong8693 || 03/17/2006 13:35 Comments || Top||

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#23  Lol! Roflamo! Ha ha!

Cutting edge arguments their BiStander.
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 15:36 Comments || Top||

#24  I find it very interesting that she traveled to South Africa and sited some web site that allegedly addressed "Commando" threats to her life. The word "kommando" is an Afriaans invention dating back to the early Boer Wars. Boer cavalary elements were so named. One must wonder if it's use in her speech was intentional.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2006 15:36 Comments || Top||

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#26  Clearly paranoid, Bystander. Have you taken your meds today? Did you support "poor Harriet Miers"?

For many of us, one of our reasons for voting for Bush was to get judges like Roberts and Alito. Are ANY of my fellow Bush-supporters here disappointed with Roberts and Alito?

Oh, by the way, Bystander, we love John Bolton too. Try not to soil your pants at the thought.
Posted by: Darrell || 03/17/2006 16:22 Comments || Top||

#27  BiStander
Posted by: RD || 03/17/2006 16:29 Comments || Top||

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#29  what hospital are you posting from, little boy? Patient or bedpan collector? IP check again?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 17:13 Comments || Top||

#30  What do bet ByStander is CommonSense, BirdDirt, Left Angle, Cassini...?
Posted by: SR-71 || 03/17/2006 18:02 Comments || Top||

#31  RubberNecker's so twisty-curvy his issues have issues.
Posted by: Threrong Sholet2426 || 03/17/2006 18:03 Comments || Top||

#32  Clearly paranoid, Bystander. Have you taken your meds today? Did you support "poor Harriet Miers"?

Whah, whah, whah! Poor Harriet Miers. Good grief, you think that bistander had forgotten how the Dems treated Robert Bork and Justice (my, how I love the sound of that) Clarence Thomas? Now, THAT was brutal! And, somehow, just because lil' old Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it was the VRWC boogie men attacking her doesn't make it so, Bi! Whoops, almost forgot to add your signature ROFLMAO!
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 18:10 Comments || Top||

#33  Whoops, cut and pasted wrong quote. Meant to cut/paste this one at top of my previous rant (sorry Darrell). And, none of us really think the libs used their nominees to "take over the USSC and enforce it's agenda thru pressuring President Bush and the Republican Congress into nominating only persons pre-approved by them" do we Rantburgers?

"Whats really interesting is the rise of the Conservative movements influence in trying to take over the USSC and enforce it's agenda thru pressuring President Bush and the Republican Congress into nominating only persons pre-approved by them. What they did to poor Harriet
Miers was particularly brutal."
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 18:13 Comments || Top||

#34  D@mn strikethrough button and Mozilla! Anyone have a fix?
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 18:14 Comments || Top||

#35  anonymous2u, Germany's abortion law is indeed much more restrictive than America's. Or at least was so a decade ago. In an attempt to make up for Nazi atrocities (or so I was told), no woman can get an abortion unless a) she pursuades her doctor that having the baby will cause severe mental distress or physical disability, and b) she obtains a signed letter from the doctor that she persists in her conviction despite having received counselling. Without that letter, no abortion. As most of the doctors don't believe in abortions under any circumstances, it isn't easy to get that letter.

However, I b'lieve the laws are less draconian in Holland, and that isn't so far away.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/17/2006 23:31 Comments || Top||

#36  WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has acknowledged a specific death threat against her and her retired colleague Sandra Day O'Connor, blaming lawmakers for fueling "the irrational fringe."

The odd thing is that I have seen these exact type of death threats against U.S. government
officials posted here in Rantburg, often without
dedaction from the "moderators" here. Is it because they support assasination of these officials because they dont expouse the agenda of the right wing fringe?
Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 12:25 Comments || Top||

#37  gilbong wang:

and yet you respond to it everytime..lol

works like a charm.
Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 13:15 Comments || Top||

#38  wang fong:

No, for that just look in the mirror. lol
Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 14:50 Comments || Top||

#39  Whats really interesting is the rise of the Conservative movements influence in trying to take over the USSC and enforce it's agenda thru pressuring President Bush and the Republican Congress into nominating only persons pre-approved by them. What they did to poor Harriet
Miers was particularly brutal.

One has to wonder, with the rise in death threats against the USSC judges, by the right wings "irrational fringe", what would happen
to recent USSC appointees Alito and Roberts if they DONT get the rulings, vote & pull the court in the direction, that the far right conservative movement is expecting in return for appointments to the USSC. Assasination targets?
Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 16:00 Comments || Top||

#40  Darrell:

Acording to O'Connor and Ginsberg many conservative republicans arent pleased
with the USSC, which has resulted in
death threats against them. (Do you guys
actually READ the articles these threads are
based on?)

You maybe pleased with Alito and Roberts now,
but as I questioned before, Suppose they DONT
vote as conservatives hope they will? Will THEY
become the target of death threats? That is the question.
Posted by: Bystander || 03/17/2006 16:42 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Mussa set for new term as Arab League chief
CAIRO - Arab leaders are widely expected to approve Amr Mussa’s bid for a second five-year term as Arab League chief when they gather in Sudan later this month, a senior official said on Thursday. Arab League assistant secretary general for political affairs Ahmed bin Hili told reporters that the veteran Egyptian diplomat had the support of much of the Arab world and his candidacy will almost certainly be approved.

Arab leaders are due to meet in the Sudanese captial Khartoum on March 28 and 29 for their annual summit to discuss developments in the region and to decide whether to elect a new secretary general or extend Mussa’s mandate. “The issue of renewing the mandate of Amr Mussa will be on the agenda and he has enormous Arab support,” bin Hili said.

Mussa’s term in office runs out at the end of May and Egypt has nominated him for another term.The 73-year-old former Egyptian foreign minister was first elected in 2001 and charged with restructuring and revitalising the 22-member pan-Arab organisation and turning it into the proactive body it never was.
And isn't now. And won't be.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/17/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another 5 years of: yes, Muzza!
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/17/2006 6:20 Comments || Top||

#2  ...and another 5 years of, "Hey, look. It's Jerry Lewis!"
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/17/2006 16:35 Comments || Top||

#3  he's been effective at being ineffective, and isn't that what the members want??
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2006 18:03 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Robotic Sea Serpent Video
(Just imagine if the ONR built one the size of a freight train?)
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 19:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Cecil? What have they done to you?!"
-Beany
Posted by: Threrong Sholet2426 || 03/17/2006 19:25 Comments || Top||

#2  "Resistance is futile!"

Borg

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 03/17/2006 20:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "Commander Xin! I believe some giant sea creature is attempting to mate with our submarine. And it is a boy creature!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/17/2006 21:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I want one!
Posted by: 3dc || 03/17/2006 23:46 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Malaysian Missile Misfires: Technical Troubles Trump Test
A "Sea Skua" guided missile misfired Thursday, in the first test conducted in Southeast Asia, in the waters off Kuala Beruas near Pantai Remis in Perak, Chief of Navy Admiral Datuk Ilyas Din said. Matra BAE Dynamics of the United Kingdom, which conducted the test for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), identified a technical problem as the cause of the failure, he added.

The missile, fired at 11 am from a Super Lynx 300 attack helicopter at a wreckage of a ship eight nautical miles away, failed to hit its target and fell into the sea without exploding.

The company would carry out an investigation to determine the cause of the problem in two or three days, well before the second test that is scheduled a week from now, Ilyas told reporters on board the RMN vessel, KD Mahawangsa, here.

Thursday's Sea Skua missile test was the first conducted in Southeast Asia because Malaysia is the only country in the region to purchase the missiles, the complete package of which cost 16 million pounds sterling (about RM103 million). The agreement to purchase was made in 2001 and the supply of the missiles to the RMN began last year.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/17/2006 00:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  lol no wonder it bust - i made parts for them sea skua before! from memory they always were kinda crapy.
Posted by: ShepUK || 03/17/2006 4:19 Comments || Top||

#2  from attack missile to one-man sub in a smooth transitional move , simply brilliant !! If all else fails , we could sell it to Iran...
Posted by: MacNails || 03/17/2006 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  speaking of Iran - any news on their new sub, that little plastic looking baking soda powered thing, has it sunk yet?
Posted by: ShepUK || 03/17/2006 6:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, you sneak Brits wouldn't be re-considering Malaysia's trustworthiness in the WoT and "accidentally" sabotage what you sold 'em, would ya, lol?
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  lol, nah this was back before 2001.
Posted by: ShepUK || 03/17/2006 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  That was before Shep saw the light. :>
Posted by: 6 || 03/17/2006 10:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Oops, I note that now. And my previous post should be "sneaky Brits...."
Posted by: BA || 03/17/2006 13:49 Comments || Top||

#8  It just goes to show that modern weapons systems aren't turnkey systems. This is why military recruitment standards stateside have skyrocketed. Expensive and state-of-the-art systems require smarter and better-trained personnel to operate them effectively.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 03/17/2006 14:45 Comments || Top||


Thai Prime Minister Thaksin denies step down offer
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