This all makes clear a problem with the ideology: Nature is not "pure" and not "ideal."
15% of the Potomac's bacteria comes from pets. Will back-to-nature environmentalists insist on taking our pets away from us?
This all makes clear a problem with the ideology: Nature is not "pure" and not "ideal."
15% of the Potomac's bacteria comes from pets. Will back-to-nature environmentalists insist on taking our pets away from us?
The district attorney promised to seek the maximum possible sentences, and the assistant U.S. attorney threatened to bring federal charges, which, he stressed, don't allow for parole. Police from surrounding areas warned them against trying to relocate operations, noting that their names were flagged on statewide law-enforcement computers.
Rev. Stevenson recalls that the alleged dealers "seemed to be paying a lot more attention."
The West End street drug market closed "overnight" and hasn't reopened in more than two years, says Chief Fealy, who was "shocked" at the success.
"I'm certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled `Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside United States,' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team," Hillary Clinton said.So if, as the Senator claims, the Clinton team would have taken a classified report "seriously," why didn't they take the 1993 WTC bombing "seriously"? After that strike was there any doubt that terrorists were determined to "attack inside the United States"?
....And those are good, decent, patriotic people who believe that way -- I just happen to believe they're absolutely wrong.Contrast that with a Democrat discussing the same topic (as reported by the Guardian):
Al Gore has made his sharpest attack yet on the George Bush presidency, describing the current US administration as "a renegade band of rightwing extremists".The Anchoress has noticed the same thing. She remembers viewing one of the Bush-Gore presidential debates:
At the time of that debate, I was no longer calling myself a “liberal democrat” but I still had not gone over to “the dark side” and pulled a lever for a Republican. But I was struck by Dubya in this debate, both by his amused look at Gore, and by a response he made to a woman in the audience. She got up with a little bit of an attitude, doing the “powerful woman and angry Dem” thing. I don’t recall the question, but Dubya’s answer made me pick my head up from my needlework. He said, simply, “well, this is just a difference of opinion…”While the MSM contempt for Republicans long preceded Clinton, I think she is right that Clinton's approach of replacing rational debates with name-calling does seem to have been widely adopted by establishment Democratic politicians. While Hubert Humphrey strongly disagreed with Richard Nixon, it is hard to imagine him referring to Republicans as "renegade right-wing extremists."
A difference of opinion…after 8 years of the Clintonistas turning every issue into a morality play with the Democrats always on the side of the angels against the “morally reprehensible” Republicans, after listening to Al Gore declare that the 2000 election was “a fight between good and evil…” I was more than relieved to hear “this is just a difference of opinion…”
Here is a quote form the New York Times reporting on fears of an approaching ice age.The whole thing is worth reading.
“Geologists Think the World May be Frozen Up Again.”
That sentence appeared over 100 years ago in the February 24, 1895 edition of the New York Times.
Let me repeat. 1895, not 1995.
A front page article in the October 7, 1912 New York Times, just a few months after the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, declared that a prominent professor “Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice Age.”
The very same day in 1912, the Los Angeles Times ran an article warning that the “Human race will have to fight for its existence against cold.” An August 10, 1923 Washington Post article declared: “Ice Age Coming Here.”
By the 1930’s, the media took a break from reporting on the coming ice age and instead switched gears to promoting global warming:
“America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-year Rise” stated an article in the New York Times on March 27, 1933. The media of yesteryear was also not above injecting large amounts of fear and alarmism into their climate articles.
An August 9, 1923 front page article in the Chicago Tribune declared:
“Scientist Says Arctic Ice Will Wipe Out Canada.” The article quoted a Yale University professor who predicted that large parts of Europe and Asia would be “wiped out” and Switzerland would be “entirely obliterated.”
A December 29, 1974 New York Times article on global cooling reported that climatologists believed “the facts of the present climate change are such that the most optimistic experts would assign near certainty to major crop failure in a decade.”
The article also warned that unless government officials reacted to the coming catastrophe, “mass deaths by starvation and probably in anarchy and violence” would result. In 1975, the New York Times reported that “A major cooling [was] widely considered to be inevitable.” These past predictions of doom have a familiar ring, don’t they? They sound strikingly similar to our modern media promotion of former Vice president’s brand of climate alarmism.
The Associated Press, the reliable just-the-facts news agency you and I once knew, no longer exists. Amoral propagandists have taken over.
Mr. An proved invaluable to his spy masters. “I had access to all the Vietnamese bases and their commanders,” he is quoted as telling Mr. [Morley] Safer.... “My superiors wanted to know the strengths of various units. They wanted estimates of the capabilities of commanders — who was corrupt and who was corruptible. They wanted all the political stuff, the same stuff you guys wanted.”When someone says the press is working for the other side, history shows it might be literally true.
Accusing Bush of neglecting the poor, Chavez started a program last winter for Venezuela's U.S.-based oil company Citgo to sell discounted heating oil to poor American families. It distributed more than 40 million gallons of oil last winter to low-income Americans, and Chavez announced a doubling of that this winter.The GDP per capital is $40,100 in the US while it is merely $5,800 in Venezuela. If Chavez was interested in helping the truly poor, as opposed to scoring political points, he would be providing his aid to the people of Venezuela. Since Chavez assumed office, the income in Venezuela has not only remained low, it has dropped sharply (contrast with US): If he truly cared about the poor, Chavez would let someone more competent run Venezuela.
Pause for a moment and reflect a moment of the nature of fossil fuel (hydrocarbon) combustion and why the "global warming" gas CO2 is produced. When combustion is done, the carbon doesn't disappear. It has to go somewhere. Further, the amount of energy released by combustion (which controls gas mileage) is highest if the carbon ends up as CO2 (which is the lowest energy form of carbon available). So, when a car that burns gasoline produces CO2, it is working at its best. The same, by the way, is true for fossil fuel power plants, whether oil, natural gas, or coal: they all produce CO2 when working properly.
If man-made activities are responsible for global warming, then governments should set policies and enact laws regulating the burning of fuels. California Attorney General Lockyer's lawsuit, however, is merely a political stunt.
In our house, we have a rule: You have the right to disagree with and be annoyed by anything someone else says, just as soon as you can accurately repeat back to your opponent the thing they said.Of course, few will take her suggestion. For many people, outrage seems to be a pleasurable emotion.
I would say that holds true for these fundamentalist Muslims, too. Can they first repeat Benedict’s arguement back to him, accurately? It means reading the speech though, with an honest attempt to comprehend his meaning, and then saying, “this is what you said, Benedict - do we have the right of it?”
If they can do that, then yes..they have a right to be annoyed, if they like. Annoyed. Just like Catholics get “annoyed” when they feel they have been treated obnoxiously at the hands of, say, Hollywood. Annoyed does not mean killing, burning, calling for blood and death or converting people under a sword.
Newspaper circulation has been declining anyway. They shouldn't be chasing their customers away.
They said the pontiff had violated Turkish laws upholding freedom of belief and thought by "insulting" Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.So, how did "freedom of belief and thought" turn into freedom from hearing "insults"?
Proponents of modern multi-culturalism often want to ban insults. Since "insults" are in the mind of the beholder and, for any statement, there is likely to be somebody in this wide world who finds it "insulting," banning "insults" the same is nearly the same as banning speech.
UPDATE: The laws against insulting Turkey will be enforced tomorrow as a novelist is put on trial for having fictional characters in the novel mention the alleged Armenian massacre.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Monday suggested taxing carbon dioxide emissions instead of employees' pay in a bid to stem global warming.This is the opposite of the usual Democratric claim, loudly advocated when tax reduction legislation is before Congress, that taxes would cause no one to change behavior.
"Penalizing pollution instead of penalizing employment will work to reduce that pollution," Gore said in a speech at New York University School of Law. ....
"Instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees it would discourage business from producing more pollution," Gore said.
The thought of taxing pollution instead of employment is interesting, worthy of consideration if a concrete plan is developed.
President Jacques Chirac has broken ranks with the US and Britain by calling for the suspension of UN Security Council action against Iran during negotiations over its nuclear programme.....
The concession to Iran seems to be linked to events in Lebanon, where there had been concern that French soldiers may be targeted by Iran's proxy militia, Hizbollah, over France's previously hardline stance in the nuclear negotiations.
"I think it's despicable," Clinton said of "Death of a President," a fictional film that features a staged assassination of the president in 2007. "I think it's absolutely outrageous. That anyone would even attempt to profit on such a horrible scenario makes me sick."It will be interesting to see if this hurts her in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
UPDATE: 'Death of a President' wins the Fipresci prize at the Toronto film festival with the jury praising its telling a "larger truth."
UPDATE: Dr. Sanity comments on the "larger truth" angle of this movie:
When people "distort reality" and have the delusion that by doing so they are revealing a "larger truth"--we tend to refer to them as mentally ill; and, in general do not give them awards for such behavior....
In both cases (San Francisco and Pakistan), an appeal to 'tolerance' appears to be a one-sided request meaning "you are instructed to do nothing which I might find offensive." This, of course, is the opposite of the dictionary definition: "indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own."
Muslim failure to act robustly against extremist ideology provides ammunition to those who wish to pursue the Neo-con agenda by demonising Muslims and creating an atmosphere of fear and hatred within society.
Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.
"When I was 19, I moved to New York City. . . . If you had asked me to describe myself then, I would have told you I was a musician, an artist and, on a somewhat political level, a woman, a lesbian and a Jew. Being an American wouldn't have made my list. On Sept. 11, all that changed. I realized that I had been taking the freedoms I have here for granted. Now I have an American flag on my backpack, I cheer at the fighter jets as they pass overhead and I am calling myself a patriot."Ms. Newman discerned clearly that Islamists would happily kill her for being either lesbian or Jewish and that this would be a problem for her. Contrast this with Rosie O'Donnell who claims:
Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like AmericaWhile both religions may find her lesbianism to be a sin, the "radical Christians" say "love the sinner" and Islamists say behead the sinner. Ms. O'Donnell claims to see the two as the same. Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal has observed that it is curious that the left often appears unaware that it has the most to lose in our fight against Islamism. Shrinkwrapped puts this in a psychological perspective.
The command-and-control theorists figured that all they had to do was put liberals on the air and they would have an audience. But the talk show host's politics are nearly irrelevant: the key issue is whether the host is engaging, entertaining, or informing in a way that the audience likes. By contrast, in the creative chaos of free enterprise, personalities like Rush or Sean Hannity usually start on a single radio station and, only after they prove successful in attracting an audience do other stations join to broadcast them. Regardless of high level political support or big cash infusions, big liberal talk radio networks will succeed only after they first cultivate and develop on-air talent.
UPDATE: As usual RadioEqualizer has more on Air America's status.
"Do the right thing for the country and pull this despicable work of fiction from the air," urged Jay Carson, a Clinton spokesman.
Even if Clinton succeeds, this site claims to have all the disputed video clips. Judge them for yourself.
In the early 1990s he sponsored talks by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in mosques in New York City and New Jersey; Rahman was later convicted for conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, and Wahaj was designated a "potential unindicted co-conspirator."Iman Wahaj has also suggested “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.” It would be nice if there were prominent imams with more convincing claims to being moderate.
Fear is unspecified/unclear appears to fear persecution because of his anti-Islamic views.Traditionally, apostates to Islam were given the death penalty. However, it appears to be rarely enforced in modern times: three Christians have been arrested Afghanistan, for example, in recent few months but one has released and the other two have not yet received a sentence. So is apostasy against Islam a sufficient reason for refugee status?
A complication is that doing what is right for one person is not always good policy for everyone. It could, for example, make refugee laws into open admission for anyone who adopted an easy claim to being an apostate from Islam.
By contrast, the American public is not in denial: by 56%-33%, Americans think that the 9/11 attack is historically "more significant" than Pearl Harbor, according to a Quinnipiac poll. These results could be dismissed as evidence that (1) the American public has a short attention span, (2) Pearl Harbor was long ago, and (3) schools do a poor job of teaching history. But, as discussed by the Sanity Squad in a podcast, it may not be that simple. The Islamist's non-conventional style of warfare is a new an unfamiliar threat to which we still don't know how to respond. Further, it is hard to imagine a deadlier threat than the combination of (1) a large number of fanatics happy to die as long as they also kill as many innocents as possible, and (2) Iranian nuclear bombs
The men said that their actions were inspired by an urge to avenge the suffering of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.Obviously, the didn't get the memo that they were supposed to blame Bush. They also didn't seem to notice that Clinton intervened on behalf of the muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.
Indeed, the millions spent on the production of this fictional drama would have been better spent informing the public about the [9/11] Commission's actual findings and the many recommendations that have yet to be acted upon.I have written about the near-religious devotion to the 9/11 report's "recommendations" before. Obviously, those recommendations provide a comfort-zone for Democrats.
These results confirm that, despite fulfillingIt also opens the clear possibility of communicating with such patients ("if you want to answer yes, think about tennis, if you want to answer no, think about reading").
the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative
state, this patient retained the ability to under-
stand spoken commands and to respond to them
through her brain activity, rather than through
speech or movement. Moreover, her decision to
cooperate with the authors by imagining partic-
ular tasks when asked to do so represents a clear
act of intention, which confirmed beyond any
doubt that she was consciously aware of herself
and her surroundings.
Since this study was on a single vegetative patient, it doesn't say anything about other similar patients. It does indicate that that there should be no enthusiastic rush to treat vegetative patients, like Terri Shiavo, as if they were already dead.
Well, the story's just gotten so complicated.Of course, it hasn't. With the facts available, it is now much simpler.
During the Clinton years, the MSM often offered the same excuse: whitewater was too "complicated." The basic whitewater story, public officials taking bribes, was not "complicated." At least now we know the meaning of "complicated" when used by a journalist: it means that the topic doesn't serve his agenda.
The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license.... We urge you ... as a beneficiary of the free use of the public airwaves to cancel this factually inaccurate and deeply misguided program. We look forward to hearing back from you soon.Invoking governmental powers to silence critics is censorship.
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A statement from Samuel "Sandy" Berger, who was national security adviser to President Bill Clinton at the time, calls the scenes involving him "complete fabrications."Of course, to get the truth on what happened we could go back to the national archives and look at the documents except for one thing: Sandy Berger destroyed them. As reported:
Sandy Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in federal court. Berger, who served as President Clinton's national security adviser, is acknowledging that it wasn't an honest mistake and that he intentionally took and destroyed copies of classified documents from the National Archives and cut them up with scissors.The UPI left out that detail.
Occasionally the news media admit that they are just being used for anti-western propaganda. They don't seem to care.
justice, humanity, liberty, and the public welfare demand that immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilitiesSo declared the Democratic party platform of 1864. The quagmire at that time was the Civil War. The Democrat's solution was the let the South keep their slaves. In the euphemism of the time, they wanted to preserve the "rights of the States unimpaired."
Today, Democrats argue that the US should abandon the fledgling democracy in Iraq and they argue using the same high-minded words like "rights" and "liberty" that were used to defend slavery.
The law of supply and demand cannot be defeated by mere governments. It is unfortunate that governments have been willing to starve their citizens while trying to prove otherwise.
There is a long history, though, of thugs and autocrats abusing the banner of "civil rights" or "human rights." Joshua Muravchik has published a nicely researched summary of the issue.
Islam will not allow a Muslim to be drafted by non-Muslims to defend concepts, ideologies and values other than those of Islam...The US has had many religious groups that opposed military service because they were pacifists. Mr. Siddiqi's version of Islam is not pacifist. As for jihad and martyrdom, he had this to say:
“Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor”So, it is not surprising that one of Imam Siddiqi's flock, Adam Gadahn AKA "Azzam the American," appears periodically on tape with Osama bin Laden. When choosing a representative of Islam for the national prayer service, I wonder who the other candidates were.
"I am stunned how hard it is. We want to help people and there is an obvious need, but we can't seem to get through the bureaucracy," says the team's senior noncommissioned officer....Based in the capital city of Sana, they report:
Just leaving Sana needed approval from a regional government and as many as five national ministries.On the other hand, if they didn't have so many ministries of busybodies, Yemen might have a much stronger native economy and it wouldn't be in need of aid.