Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Liberals think 9/11 was no big deal

IMAGINE THAT on 9/11, six hours after the assault on the twin towers and the Pentagon, terrorists had carried out a second wave of attacks on the United States, taking an additional 3,000 lives. Imagine that six hours after that, there had been yet another wave. Now imagine that the attacks had continued, every six hours, for another four years, until nearly 20 million Americans were dead. This is roughly what the Soviet Union suffered during World War II, and contemplating these numbers may help put in perspective what the United States has so far experienced during the war against terrorism.

It also raises several questions. Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any insight?

Certainly, if we look at nothing but our enemies' objectives, it is hard to see any indication of an overreaction. The people who attacked us in 2001 are indeed hate-filled fanatics who would like nothing better than to destroy this country. But desire is not the same thing as capacity, and although Islamist extremists can certainly do huge amounts of harm around the world, it is quite different to suggest that they can threaten the existence of the United States..They can do huge harm to the world but they don't threaten the US?

Source: LA Times
David A. Bell, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and a contributing editor for the New Republic, is the author of "The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It."

So we have to wait until the terrorist have the capacity for doing real harm before acting.

3,000 lives on 9/11 was no big deal but on TV weekly there are hours of the names of soldiers killed fighting the war or terrorism scrolling by as a bell tolls. The second set of deaths is bad because we shouldn't be fighting this needless war on terrorism.

To the liberal 2008 president candidate:
If you were fooled into supporting the war in Iraq by a president that you consider a really dim bulb, how will you deal with the dangerous people in the world when you are president? Those people wouldn't lie to you would they?

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hillary vs. Obama: minimum wage.....

....or how to drive small businesses out of business

 Democrats' promise of a quick increase in the minimum wage ran aground Wednesday in the Senate, where lawmakers are insisting it include new tax breaks for restaurants and other businesses that rely on low-paid workers. On a 54-43 vote, Democrats lost an effort to advance a House-passed bill that would lift the pay floor from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour without any accompanying tax cut. Opponents of the tax cut needed 60 votes to prevail.

From Hillary’s Senate web site:

“Today’s vote is a victory for working families who have waited for 10 long years for Congress to act. Democrats are delivering on our promise to increase the minimum wage and it is good news that today the House has taken the first step toward giving minimum wage workers a long overdue and desperately needed pay raise. I look forward to working with the Democratic leadership to ensure its swift passage in the Senate. Senate bill S2 was introduced on 1/4. House passed HR2 on 1/10. The senate is still debating HR2.The House sent a strong message of support for working families today by approving the minimum wage increase as a clean, stand-alone bill. The Senate should do the same so that we can speed this critically needed pay increase to working families.”

From Obama’s Senate web site:

Obama doesn’t have a definite statement on minimum wages. Here are recent senate votes:
To increase the Federal minimum wage by an amount that is based on applicable State minimum wages: Obama (D-IL), Nay
A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage: Obama (D-IL), Yea
To afford States the rights and flexibility to determine minimum wage: Obama (D-IL), Nay
Obama is a co-sponsor of Senate bill S2.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Is there a right to a home?

The French cabinet has adopted a bill to create a legal right to housing, after a series of high-profile protests by campaigners. The demonstrations prompted President Jacques Chirac to promise action in his New Year's address. If approved by parliament, the bill will legally oblige local authorities to provide accommodation for the homeless from the end of next year. People facing eviction or living in squalid conditions will also be helped. The bill would also create a new repatriation and resettlement package to allow immigrants with no family ties in France to return home.

A passer-by walks past tents on the Canal Saint Martin in Paris January 8, 2007. The French government approved a bill on Wednesday
creating a legally enforceable right to housing after a lobby group's high-profile Christmas campaign forced homelessness into the presidential elections. The measure, which comes into force on December 1, 2008, was rushed to parliament after the "Children of Don Quixote" group set up tents along Paris's Canal St Martin last month to draw attention to the plight of those sleeping rough.

Dozens of middle-class French people have been spending nights in tents along canal in Paris in solidarity with country's growing number of homeless people; demonstration has drawn enough media attention over holidays for Pres Jacques Chirac to acknowledge it during his traditional New Year address to nation; given France's well-financed social services, country's homeless problem is relatively mild; but even small number of homeless is disturbing for socially active segment of France's population.

Wait until Hillary, Obama and the rest of the liberals hear about this.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Protect our borders

The former Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, once planned to send militants to the United States on student visas to carry out attacks on U.S. soil, officials said on Monday. But the plot, which came to light during a raid on an al Qaeda safe house in Iraq early last year, never got off the ground and Zarqawi was killed later in an attack by U.S. forces, officials said.

Officials said the plot appeared to be Zarqawi's response to requests by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, that the Iraq militant branch of al Qaeda carry out attacks in the United States. "It never happened. There were no visas obtained and none were ever applied for," said one U.S. official knowledgeable about the plan who asked not to be identified. Officials said: "Documents captured in a raid on an al-Qaida in Iraq safe house in Iraq revealed AQI was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."
During his re-election campaign, Congressman Mark Kirk supposedly said the student visas for middle eastern and/or muslim students should be checked out closely. Supposedly, Obama called this racist and was racial profiling. So far I haven't been able to find a news article that verifies this.
Muslim extremist have declared war on the United States and western countries. And since people on student visas over stay their visits on a regular basis, schools should be required to give status reports to the Department of Homeland Security every semester. And if what Obama supposedly said is true, that should be be a mark against him for being President.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Hillary: Send more GIs to Afghanistan, not Baghdad...

....Because democrats don't want President Bush to succeed in Iraq.

WASHINGTON - The United States should cap the number of troops in Iraq, while increasing American forces in Afghanistan, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday. Clinton, the expected front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, was quick to seize the spotlight the day after Illinois Sen. Barack Obama took a major step toward entering the race.

Appearing on TV and radio shows, the New York senator said President Bushs plan to boost U.S. troops is a "losing strategy" and that she favors redeploying troops out of Baghdad and "eventually" Iraq.
She also proposed pressuring the Iraqi government to crack down on Shiite militia by threatening them with the loss of funds. "The Bush administration has frankly failed to put any leverage on this government," Clinton told CBS "The Early Show."

Clinton did not call for a withdrawal deadline, nor did she endorse blocking funds for the troop surge - two positions advocated by many Democrats in Congress. Instead, she called for capping forces to the number in Iraq on Jan. 1, roughly 140,000. Clinton and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who traveled together to Iraq and Afghanistan over the weekend, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday calling for an increase in Afghanistan of some 2,300 troops.

"Unlike in Iraq," the senators wrote, "we have a government in Afghanistan that is committed to promoting national interests over sectarian ones, is making tangible progress in governance, sincerely wants more U.S. help, and is fighting the enemy that brought us Sept. 11."
Apparently seeking to calm fears that he will not go after militia gunmen loyal to one of his key political backers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said 400 fighters from the Mahdi Army had been arrested over the past several weeks. It was the first time the Shiite prime minister has specifically detailed any arrests of figures from the Mahdi Army militia that is loyal to his key backer, the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Many of the militiamen are believed responsible for a majority of the sectarian violence in Baghdad over the past year.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Mythbusters prove plants feel pain?

Members of PETP (People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants) should be happy with this week's episode of Mythbusters. They hooked up a machine to a plant then tortured the plant. The machine showed the plant reacting. Even just thinkng of torturing the plant caused a reaction. The episode was based on Cleve Backster work.
In the study of paranormal phenomenon Plant perception, or biocommunication in plant cells, has come to mean a belief that plants feel emotions such as fear and affection. Believers hold that plants have the ability to communicate with humans and other forms of life in a recognizable manner. While plants can communicate through chemical signals, and certainly have complex responses to stimuli, the belief that they possess advanced cognitive abilities receives little support except in the parapsychology studies community and among believers in the Gaia hypothesis.

Published in 1973, The Secret Life of Plants was written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It is described as "A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man."

Essentially, the subject of the book is the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant's conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. The book also contains a summary of Goethe's theory of plant metamorphosis.
So tonight when you eat a head of lettuce, be glad you can't hear it screaming in pain.
My Dec. 2008 post has a quote and link to a Cleve Backster interview:
Vegans and Vegetarians torture plants to death before eating them
My June 2009 post has a link to an article asking whether trees talk to each other:
Trees warn other trees if they are under attack

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Meat Plant packing weapons not meat

BAGHDAD - It's the stuff war movies are made of - breaking in doors, Soldiers moving in, rifles at the ready. But this wasn't a movie.

Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) conducted a nighttime raid on a Baghdad meat-packaging facility suspected of being a terrorist meeting place in the Al Rashid district Jan. 7.

The 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division concurrently assaulted the salt factory next door, also a suspected terrorist planning area.

Joining the two U.S. units on the operation were members of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. The two-pronged joint assault netted 32 detainees and more than 20 weapons, including 11 AK-47s, a Kalishnikov assault rifle, two Russian-made carbines, 15 60mm mortar rounds and a submachine gun.

"It was a very successful operation." Sgt. Jess Thurman of Denver, a team leader with Troop C, 1-89, said the Soldiers seemed glad to put their skills to use. "It's not often we get to do this," Thurman said. "It's fun to do our job as infantrymen and take down the 'bad guys.'"

The factory was locked up for the night, and Soldiers stormed the building methodically, breaking down doors and clearing each room despite the fact that they had been awake and working for many hours leading up to the raid. "It's been a long day," said Thurman, "But everyone kept their heads up and kept their motivation."

Pfc. William Salser, an infantryman with Troop C enjoyed the mission. "This mission rocked!" he said. "We got to enter and clear a building. My buddy and I got to kick a door down. It really increased my motivation hearing the word 'Breach!'"

The raid netted 32 people who were detained for questioning. Six of those were kept in custody for further questioning; the others were released. In addition to the men detained in the operation, Soldiers found money and bonds from various countries in one of the buildings and a cache of 15 mortar rounds nearby.

Spc. Christopher Ray guarded and searched the detainees. He summed up the mission in a single sentence.
"We were expecting weapons and bad guys," Ray said. "We found what we were looking for."
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Saturday, January 06, 2007

UK Gun Control Failures: week of January 7, 2007

While England has some of the strictest national gun control laws, here is this week's list of UK violence that the laws didn't stop:
Four people have been arrested after an attack which left a man with serious facial injuries. Officers said the victim was walking alone in Denmark Villas, Hove, just before midnight on Saturday when he was attacked by a group of youths.

A wife has appeared in court charged with murdering her 30-year-old husband. Annmarie Gangzuk, 30, was arrested on Saturday by Beds Police investigating the death of her husband Steven at their flat in The Rally, Arlsey. He
died from a single stab wound to the chest

A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked
with a machete in Greater Manchester. The 34-year-old suffered serious head injuries following the attack which happened on Briscoe Lane in Newton Heath, Manchester, early on Monday.

An elderly widower died on Saturday after being attacked in his flat by burglars. Ferozur Rahman, 83, who lived alone but had relatives near by, was found unconscious with head injuries on Friday and died in hospital without regaining consciousness.

A 16-year-old boy was in a serious condition after he was
stabbed in the cheek and neck in St Mary’s Park in Bury, Greater Manchester. The attack came a day after a teenager was shot three times while cycling through a park in nearby Stretford. Police believe that the 17-year-old boy was deliberately targeted.

A 40-YEAR-OLD man was recovering in hospital yesterday after he was
shot in the hand by a masked man outside a pub. The victim was hit outside the Highland Fling bar in the Springburn area of Glasgow at about 10:20pm on Saturday night.

A KNIFE-WIELDING man in his twenties was arrested in his flat in south London after a two-hour siege by police. Police were called at 12.15pm on Boxing Day to reports that a man had damaged the roof of a car in Cavendish Avenue, Streatham,
with a large kitchen knife.

A FAMILY was left in shock after a gang stole their Christmas puppy. Jake Lewis was with friends, walking his German shepherd dog Diesel near Morden Mount School in Lewisham Road, Lewisham. The 14-year-old was lagging behind his friends when he was assaulted by a gang of eight black 16 to 18-year-old boys.

Police are investigating an assault at a property in Boston after a man sustained serious head injuries.  The 25-year-old man suffered a fractured skull in the incident at his home on Fishtoft Road at around 2030 GMT on Monday.

A 29-year-old man is being held by police on suspicion of
stabbing another man to death in a Teesside street. The body of Lee Hannan, 29, was found in Tennyson Avenue, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, early on 29 December.

A former union leader dived for cover and called police after an
armed man burst into his pub moments before a firebomb was thrown through the window. Shaun Brady, 44, former general secretary of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, runs the Castle Inn in Southampton. A youth aged 17 was helping with inquiries.

A soldier was
stabbed to death trying to help a friend caught up in a New Year's Day morning brawl. Lance Corporal Charles McBlain, 23, who was on leave in his home town after his second tour of duty in Iraq, was found slumped outside his aunt and uncle's house at Townhead Road, Saltcoats. The soldier was caught up in one of a series of violent incidents at the junction of the town's Kerr Avenue and Townhead Road, close to where his relatives live.

FIREARMS are on sale in the criminal underworld for only £50 ($98 USD), with realistic imitation guns selling for even less, it was revealed today. Home Office research disclosed details about several legal loopholes which allow criminals to get hold of ammunition, and said guns had become more available than in the past. A leaked copy of the 160-page study said imitation weapons could be bought for between £20 and £100.

Police have questioned a 31-year-old man over the
fatal stabbing of a woman in a busy clothing store. The 26-year-old victim was attacked at TK Maxx at in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, just after 8am yesterday. She was taken to hospital where she died a short time later, police said.

A CUSTOMER of gunned-down ice-cream man Jim Allison may hold vital clues to the identity of his attacker, police revealed yesterday. Mr Allison is being treated for
shotgun wounds to his stomach. He was shot at point-blank range by the gunman, who appeared to be working on his own and had earlier been seen lingering in the Penicuik area for a number of hours.

A British-born American footballer is fighting for his life after being
shot several times in a London club on New Year’s Eve. Lorn Mayers, 21, was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire in The Elbow Room Bar in Islington, North London. Two men and a woman have been arrested.

A WOMAN police officer has been found
stabbed to death in her own home, police said today. The 28-year-old PC with Leicestershire Police was found dead with a man, believed to be her partner, at her home in The Sidings, in Oakham, Rutland, late last night.

shot after another driver forced him to stop his car in Ashton under Lyne. The 34-year-old man was hit in the arm after a shot was fired through the window of his silver Vauxhall Vectra in Kings Road at about 9.45pm last night.
Source: London Times and the Scotsman and BBC News and Local London crime news

I am NOT advocating returning handguns to the british citizens but if the reason for gun control laws is to reduce violence and crime, the laws don’t work. How about treating the problems and not the symptom (guns)?

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2007 version of Hillarygate?

WASHINGTON -- A playbook for Rudolph Giuliani's possible presidential run--with an embarrassing assessment of his roller-coaster romantic life--was filched from an aide, copied and leaked by his enemies, Giuliani's camp charged Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the former New York mayor said "dirty tricks" were behind a Tuesday report in the New York Daily News detailing a 140-page briefing book that included the startling statement that "insurmountable" political and personal challenges might force Giuliani to abandon a 2008 bid. Prostate cancer forced Giuliani to quit the 2000 Senate contest against Hillary Rodham Clinton..

"All luggage was removed from a private plane and later put back on. ... One staffer's bag was not returned," Mindel said. "After repeated requests over the course of a few days, the bag was finally returned with the document inside. ... It is clear that the document was removed from the luggage and photocopied."

"It's amazing it wasn't locked up in the headquarters. ... It was sort of naive," said an adviser to one of Giuliani's possible Republican opponents. "If they think this is bad, they better buckle their chin straps, because as far as a presidential campaign goes they ain't seen nothing yet."
Is Hillary once again receiving FBI files on her enemies?
Was it done by pseudo-republican John McCain?
Is it only the beginning of a really dirty 2008 presidential election?

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

UK Food Police are anti-cheese

Anti-cheese campaign is seen as 'nannying gone mad'

NEW advertising rules which will brand cheese as "junk food" were yesterday criticised as "dietary nannying gone mad" by a leading farming industry figure. "To suggest there is anything inherently harmful about cheese is absurd," said the National Farming Union's national director of communications, Anthony Gibson.

They are part of a government clampdown on junk-food TV adverts and aimed at reducing the exposure of children to food high in fat, salt and sugar. The ban comes in the wake of evidence that television commercials have an indirect influence on what children eat and are contributing to obesity in the young.

The Food Standards Agency used a nutrient profiling model to distinguish junk food from healthy food. The model officially labelled
cheese as more unhealthy than sugary cereals, full-fat crisps and cheeseburgers. It assessed the fat, sugar and salt content in a 100g or 100ml serving of food or drink. But the British Cheese Board said the typical portion size of cheese was between 30g and 40g - not the 100g used in the FSA model.
Comments (from the Scotsman):
Woots all this, then? Inspector Snuggles of the Cheese Police here, asking you to be on the lookout for any cheeey substances what been sneaking around and inserting itself into the diets of right-thinking peoples like yourselves.

Welcome to our totalitarian police state. You will now be refused health care if you smoke, drink, are overweight, or eat cheese. Talk about a Mad Hatter's tea party!

I take that Wallace and Gromit will now get an 18 certificate...

Aw right fur youse, I have to take a 40 minute flight to get a nice piece of cheese. I do not think kids are going to pig out on cheese somehow- Kentucky Fried Cheese-Deep fried cheese block and chips. MacDonald's Roquefort delight. Wae a free toy. No Way.

The cheese police will be happy that they have cracked the case. Now the chocolate police, the milk police, the butter police, the coca cola police, the sugar police, the coffee police, the chippy police, the alcohol police,the HP Sauce police and the pastry police will need to crack their respective cases during 2007. Whilst all that is going on, the atmosphere police,the ozone police, the global warming police,the polar ice cap police and the UV rays police have much work ahead of them in 2007. It will soon be necessary for all public transport users to wear plastic gloves when aboard busses, trains and taxi's etc. This new initiative will be carried out by the germs police and heavy fines will be handed to those who fail to comply.
Source: The Scotsman

Don't tell the Chicago City Council about this! They have banned trans fat and foie gras among other things.

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