I believe that the ACLU is interested in nothing more than the destruction of this country. How else would you explain a powerfull group of lawyers who defend the Man Boy Love Association and attack the Boy Scouts? They are also responsible for the removal of the Ten Commandments from any public place but do nothing when other religions are advertised in public. This group of lawyers use lawsuits and the fear of hugh legal fee's to spread their agendas.
Please do some research on them.
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Full Story @ news24.com
Kassel - The trial of a German cannibal, jailed for manslaughter Friday after killing and eating an apparently willing victim, has given a chilling insight into the secret world of extreme fetishism.
Armin Meiwes was sentenced to 8½ years in jail for fulfilling his dream of cannibalism and what the judges agreed was his victim's wish for "the ultimate kick".
But, without the internet, it might never have got so far.
"The deed would not have happened like that without the internet," said Meiwes's lawyer, Harald Ermel, afterwards. "It would have stayed in the realms of fantasy."
Presiding judge Volker Muetze, passing sentence in Kassel, central Germany, spoke of a barely believable online "sub-culture."
"This trial has opened the door to a world that one is tempted immediately to shut again."
Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer technician, met Bernd Juergen Brandes after advertising on a cannibal website under the pseudonym, Franky, for someone ready to be killed and eaten.
wtf is wrong with these people!
The Democrats have hung their hopes for capturing the White House on the allegation that the administration was so gung-ho to go to war (for reasons that change almost daily) that it pressured the intelligence services to lie to support their conclusion.
They ignore the salient fact that it was a Clinton appointee, George Tenet, held over by the administration, who briefed both Presidents Clinton and Bush, and that both presidents cited that intelligence as sufficient cause for war. Clinton bombed the fleas out of Iraq in 1998 – the Bush administration merely finished the job in 2003.
Read the entrie article here
Full Story @ Jane's Defence News
The company has also received a $1 billion contract for the system design and development (SDD) phase of the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft, dubbed the 'Growler'.
Under the terms of the MYP contract, the USN will buy 42 aircraft in each Fiscal Year (FY) from FY05-09. The agreement gives the USN the flexibility to increase the number of aircraft on order by as many as six units per year. Deliveries for platforms purchased through this second MYP will begin in FY07. The first MYP contract, ending in 2004, calls for up to 222 Super Hornets; Boeing has already produced 170 of these.
According to USN Capt 'BD' Gaddis, US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) F/A-18 programme manager, one of the F/A-18E/F programme's strengths is the stability of its procurement accounts. "Multi-year procurements have driven stability and increased cost efficiencies with the programme," he said.
"The US Navy realised around $750 million in cost savings from the first Super Hornet multi-year contract. In the second multi-year contract, we've realised just over $1 billion in savings. I would call that a pretty good return on investment."
Full Story @ Yahoo! News
Home-schooling advocate Karl Bunday used to get a lot of blank looks when he visited college fairs in his native Minnesota and pitched the virtues of students educated around the kitchen table.
Nearly a decade later, things have changed. "It seems like this time, everybody has heard of home schooling," said Bunday, who operates the Web site learninfreedom.org about "taking responsibility for your own learning."
Until recently, educators say, home-schooled students mostly gravitated to small, primarily religious colleges. Now, as the movement keeps gaining in popularity, they can be found on many — even most — campuses nationwide.
Full Story @ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When Oscar nominations are announced this morning, the popular Civil War romance-drama "Cold Mountain" is expected to be competing for multiple awards.
If Miramax Films' 155-minute epic, starring Hollywood heavyweights Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renée Zellweger and based on Charles Frazier's National Book Award-winning novel, gets a best picture nod, it will surely make aggressive studio chief Harvey Weinstein happy. But some moviegoers who saw "Cold Mountain" won't be smiling.
Erik Todd Dellums, an African-American actor from Washington who has appeared on TV shows such as "Homicide: Life on the Street" and in films like "Doctor Dolittle" with Eddie Murphy, is calling on moviegoers to boycott "Cold Mountain," claiming it's a Civil War film that fails to address the issue of slavery.
Full Story @ Yahoo! News
*Mrs. Muddy is thinking: "If at first you don't succeed.....skydiving is not for you." Thank God these people got it right the first time.*
BANGKOK, Thailand - In a world record for a mass jump, 672 skydivers from 42 countries leaped from six aircraft over the Thai capital on Saturday, organizers said. At least three jumpers were injured upon landing.
The previous mark of 588 skydivers was set in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, in 2000, according an organizer of the event, Herman Landsman, and the Guinness World Records Web site.
Wind blew several skydivers off the landing zone near Bangkok's Grand Palace, and reporters saw at least three jumpers taken to a hospital with injuries. None was believed life-threatening.
Full Story @New York Post Online Edition
His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.
Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds.
But his supersized shape was the least of his problems.
Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.
"It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days," Spurlock told The Post.
His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression.
Spurlock charted his journey from fit to flab in a tongue-in-cheek documentary, which he has taken to the Sundance Film Festival with the hopes of getting a distribution deal.
"Super Size Me" explores the obesity epidemic that plagues America today - a sort of "Bowling for Columbine" for fast food.
Full Story @Yahoo!
The U.S. is challenging a draft plan by the World Health Organization (news - web sites) to combat the growing worldwide epidemic of obesity, provoking strong international criticism and charges that the food industry is influencing the policy.
The Bush administration alleges that the WHO plan, under development for three years, relies too heavily on questionable science to recommend that people limit their intake of sugar and other refined foods, among other measures.
The administration's position has caught international public health officials by surprise and sent shock waves through the WHO governing board, which is meeting in Geneva. The board is set to decide Tuesday whether to endorse the new obesity plan.
"People are appalled and, frankly, extremely dismayed," Neville Rigby, director of policy for the London-based International Obesity Task Force, said Monday in Geneva.
The WHO plan would lay out policy recommendations that nations could adopt to stem a rising tide of obesity. Some 300 million people are thought to be obese worldwide.
The WHO seeks to create an international blueprint for promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing the costs of chronic diseases related to obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The draft plan suggests nations consider advising people to limit sugar and refined foods, restricting junk food marketing, improving food labeling and raising prices on unhealthy foods.
Rigby and others suggest that U.S. criticism of the plan is being driven by the sugar industry, grocers and other U.S. multinational food companies that want to forestall emerging international efforts to regulate food marketing, pricing, production and trade.
The U.S. position came to light in a Jan. 5 letter by William Steiger, special assistant for international affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, to Dr. J.W. Lee, director general of the WHO.
Thanks to Bennyhill for pointing this article out to me, how stupid can the Bush administration be?? If you don't realize the U.S. Government is looking only out for it's self and their friends (Oil Industry and similar scum) and could not care less about us wake up. When they yearly give themselves big fat raises and perks but give us the middle finger it's plain to see who is #1 in their eyes.
The full text of the WHO's document is here.
Tonight is the state of the union address. Rumors abound that Bush will continue his trend of large spending increases.
I like some of the thing our President does. He supports some things I like. He's good for the military, which I like. He also is concerned about the security of our nation - which to me is going to be the number one issue for a few elections.
Here is what I don't like: He isn't for the legalization of drugs. He isn't for abandoning our income tax and going to a sales tax (for those of you who are about to say who horrible that will be for the poor, there is a bill sitting in congress right now which would abandon our income tax - repeal the amendment in fact - create a sales tax and refund poor people their sales tax based off of a set amount based on their income that they need to live. Also, items such as clothing (under a certain amount) and food would not be taxed. Only non-essential goods and services. But, I digress.) He hasn't reformed social security - a campaign promise.
I'm not to sure how I feel about his immigration proposal, because on the one hand we are talking about people who came into this contry illegally. But then, we have out of work Americans who don't want to take the jobs that our illegal aliens will take.
Then there is the big issue. His spending habits. He's increasing spending faster than Bill Clinton!
Tonight, it seems he will continue this trend. Out of everything I've read that he plans to propose, there is only one thing that I like: increasing NASA's funding.
One plan I find particularly distasteful is his plan to have the FHA take no-down-payment loans from low-income buyers. I see this becoming disasterous very quickly.
The people who would get these loans will probably be people who have poor credit...of their own irresponsibility. This means they will probably be irresponsible homeowners and one of 3 things will happen. They could, turn over a new leaf, realize they have made some mistakes, and correct them. This will be a very small minority of the people. Then, their will be people who are great homeowners, but poor bill payers - people who got into something they couldn't afford. They will quickly be foreclosed. The last group and probably largest group will be the people who let the home fall into disrepair. The home loses value and eventually for whatever reason stop making the payments. They will be foreclosed and the government will either sell the home at a loss, or have to destroy it. Who will pick up the tab for this loss? Me, and the other members of the 50% of income earners who pay taxes in this country. (Okay, so we only pay 98% of the taxes...)
Sounds like bad news to me.
*Edit* I have found one other potential proposal I like - Super IRAs.
There are many Bush haters who frequent this board. Some of you don’t even know why you hate him. My personal belief is that some of them are simply mindlessly echoing what they hear from the left wing news sources that they surround themselves with. But that’s just my opinion.
Not too long ago I asked a friend of mine why he hated Bush so much. The only thing he told me was the Kyoto Protocol and how Bush opposes it. Not knowing much about the Protocol I went ahead and did some research hoping that I could see his point of view. Well I didn’t.
So armed with this new information I set out to find out why he was in favor of the US backing the protocol when it obviously was setup to make the capitalist pigs pay dearly for being a developed nations while other nations would be exempt even though they did as much if not more polluting than we do. These exempt nations would be given credits for being underdeveloped and most likely some of the penalty money from us to help them develop themselves.
Honestly I must admit I was looking for a debate. What I got was less than an excuse: “Well it looks like you are more informed than I am on the subject”.
That was it. The number one reason they gave for hating Bush and they obviously didn’t have a single fact to back this position. Now to be fair I also know that this person also is against the Iraqi war. So I would have to assume that this is another reason they could have given.
Now in the interest of coming off like I am a huge Bush fan, let’s me come right out and say that I am not. There are many things that Bush has done that I have not agreed with. For one, I don’t think that this new medical plan is going to solve the problems that we have with our medical system. No, I think stopping frivolous lawsuits against our Doctors would be a good start. Maybe find a way to lower the cost of prescriptions. Anything but yet another government program. Also I didn’t agree with his plan to allow immigrants to become citizens if they can get away with breaking the law for 3 years. That sounds like more of a carrot than anything. Not to mention that I am paying for their free health care during this 3-year period.
This is not the point of my post and if you have made it this far into it you are probably wondering what the point is. Rightly so.
My point is that you I am tired of people who just hate something just for the sake of hating it. People who offer no real solution to any problem and are quite content to just complain. The worst are the one who are really bitter about the Government, the President or any authority even though they basically have it pretty easy in their own lives. They take advantage of every offering of this great country, complain about it non-stop and don’t feel a bit guilty that they take it for granted. In fact it seems that they are happier to complain. Well maybe I just came upon the answer.
Well just a note to you Bush haters out there. If your number one reason for hating him is because of the Iraqi war and you are hoping that one of the democratic candidates is the answer. Well good luck. Also you may want to do some research because as it turns out even though some of them are saying they are against the war. If you look back you will find that some of them actually voted to remove Hussein by force under the previous administration. Yea but you wont see that news on your left wing news sources.
Here is a good article about the real beginning of the plans for the Iraqi war.
Full Story @India / Kerala News
India and Russia will sign next week the long-awaited agreement on Indian acquisition of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.
Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov will sign the $1.67 billion deal, one of the biggest between the two countries that see themselves as strategic partners, on January 20, officials said.
The deal includes retrofitting of the carrier and supply of 28 MiG-29K jet fighters and five K-28 and K-31 helicopters fitted with anti-submarine and radar equipment.
The deal was to be signed in November shortly after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Russia. But haggling over a cost-escalation clause delayed the agreement.
Russia wanted 15 percent extra payment towards cost escalation but, after hard bargaining, settled for half the percentage.
The purchase of the 44,000-tonne aircraft carrier, now decommissioned and berthed in a Black Sea port, has been hanging fire since 1994 because the two countries had not been able to agree on the price for refitting the ship according to the Indian Navy's requirements.
The aircraft carrier, 237 metres long and 53 metres wide, was built at a Ukraine shipyard and commissioned in 1987 before the break-up of the Soviet Union.
As part of the deal, the Russians also insisted on fitting the carrier with Kashtan missile systems that provides for self-defence of the ship against high precision weapons.
But India rejected the missiles as their performance was found to be not up to the mark during trials. The Russians then offered a modified Kashtan-M missile system.
Indian officials said the new system would be put through tests before taking a decision on their installation.
"They didn't want Israeli or French missiles to be mounted on the ship but that will depend on how the new Kashkan missiles perform," a senior official told IANS.
Gorshkov is an important deal for both India and Russia. The Indian Navy's reach and strike capability will multiply when the aircraft carrier is delivered after the retrofit in 2006-07.
For Russia, the deal ensures continued employment in 52 enterprises, besides maintaining its traditionally strong military cooperation with India.
Russia currently accounts for 70 percent of the equipment used by the Indian military, although countries like Israel, South Africa, Britain and France have been increasingly cutting into its share.
The sources said negotiations for the purchase of four Tupelov TU-22 backfire, long-range supersonic bombers from Russia were still to be finalized, as New Delhi is keen that a maintenance base be set up for the planes in India.
Once details of the base are worked out, the deal would be signed, officials said.
Full Story @The Globe and Mail
About 5,000 people marched in Paris wielding French and Islamic flags, along with banners denouncing the ban that French President Jacques Chirac and most of the country's politicians favour.
Veiled and bareheaded women alike marched in the streets chanting: “the veil is my choice” and “we've chosen the headscarf.”
The protests are a co-ordinated international event, with large demonstrations of several thousand people being staged in Beirut and the Gaza Strip, and smaller demonstrations in London, Brussels, Bahrain, Bethlehem and Kashmir.
For many years I've been listening to the never ending banter by the "special rights" whiners and now I feel it's time for my brothers and sisters to raise our voices and be heard.
As color "challenged" citizens it's time the government recognized us as a minority. After all if laws can be passed to give "preference" to (so called) men who get some sick kick from sticking their *&%$'s in another males @zz then why should I not get protections and privileges because I'm color blind???
There should also be a NAACBP "National Association for the Advancement of Color Blind People".
To form a grass roots organization to "empower" the color blind and end bigotry against our kind.
We'll found the ACBLU "American Color Blind Liberties Union" to group together lawyers who can strong arm people into giving us what we want and do our best to destroy anyone who does not think like we do.
In this current environment where every group who screams loud enough gets special treatment it's time for the color blind to start yelling.
Our lobbyists will work on getting hiring laws passed (or quota's) and protection rights. Also every time a color blind person has a crime committed against us it should be considered a "hate" crime. Since hate crime has been defined as a crime against a minority.
I also believe it's time we started the "Grey Pride Parade" in every major city to make people aware we are proud to not see the world as they do for some the world is black and white, and we need special rights and privileges because of that.
I envision color blind people across this nation standing shoulder to shoulder wearing black and white (because we can't dress ourselves) and making it known that we have a real problem that needs attention, and government funding.
People need to realize we're going to run red lights, dress funny and wire things backwards, we're just born like this.
Color Blind people Unite!
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For those who do not know, for over 3 decades now, every president has at some point during their presidency, layed a wreath at Dr. King's tomb on his birthday. President Bush is apparently no different. He was greeted by protestors. This is sad. The AP is reporting that over 700 people were out there protesting...being that I drove right by it this afternoon and saw it first hand...I'd say it was more like 70, give or take. So the AP is lying, what else is new? Either or, it's pretty sad. Dr. King wanted black people to be free of racial oppression. Well, with the except of a few moronic, ignorant individuals, they are. These days, they suffer from the oppression of a cycle of welfare dependency, from a culture of inner-city violence and gangs. My solution? Stop voting for people who oppose reforming welfare, and schools...and a bunch of other policies that don't help the problem. That's what Dr. King would have wanted. He would not have wanted this sad state.
Anyhow, here's the article.
Let me preface this by saying I was upset about his being canned as the Secretary of Treasury. He was a supporter of the FairTax, which I believe to be one of the greatest ideas for saving individual liberty and freedom, and is the best way of eliminating the intrusive income tax.
Mr. O'Neill is now flashing (quite illegally) classified documents that he shouldn't even had, had access to, or know about detailing the "planning of regime change in Iraq."
First off, documents like that are need to know basis documents. I can't see how he would need to know. His possession, much less flashing of those documents is on the vergence of treason.
Look folks, sitting somewhere in the Pentagon are plans for the invasion of Guam (a US Territory if you didn't know) and probably Alaska for good measure. We have and train for the possible invasion of every square inch of this planet, a fact cwilli can probably back me up on. Every couple of years, the Pentagon pulls the "contigency plans" (that's what they are called) for the places that are very volatile and dynamic and goes over them and updates them. Depending on the places this is done are a timetable of every 6 months to every 10 years. With a places like Iraq (very very volatile and very very dynamic, especially in early 2001) they will pull these plans and brief the president on them, possibly make changes upon a new president taking office.
What we have here is Mr. O'Neill is bitter and is seeking a little political revenge by making things seems other than how they are. I know this makes great fodder for the conspiracy theorists, but people GET OVER IT!
Ed Koch Will Vote For Bush in 2004.
"I am a lifelong Democrat. I was elected to New York's City Council, Congress and three terms as mayor of New York City on the Democratic Party line. I believe in the values of the Democratic Party as articulated by Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and by Senators Hubert Humphrey, Henry "Scoop" Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Our philosophy is: "If you need a helping hand, we will provide it." The Republican Party's philosophy, on the other hand, can be summed up as: "If I made it on my own, you will have to do the same."
Nevertheless, I intend to vote in 2004 to reelect President Bush. I will do so despite the fact that I do not agree with him on any major domestic issue, from tax policy to the recently enacted prescription drug law. These issues, however, pale in importance beside the menace of international terrorism, which threatens our very survival as a nation. President Bush has earned my vote because he has shown the resolve and courage necessary to wage the war against terrorism."
Last year was a bad year for the bad guys. Most of the Iraqis responsible for the rape of Iraq are either dead or in custody. Saddam Hussein's 35 year reign of terror ended with his emergence from a hole in the ground with his hands in the air.
Instead of going down with the ship, Saddam went to ground like a rat, and repaid his loyal cadre of murderers and martyrs by proving that no cause is worth dying for.
Full Story @ Aljazeera.Net
Six Air France flights were cancelled over Christmas
But the French interior ministry said on Wednesday it was too soon to draw any conclusions about the man's identity or his suspected ties to al-Qaida.
"I can confirm to you that we are looking for someone. I can't tell you any more than that," French Justice Minister Dominique Perben said.
Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope later added the suspect had been booked on one of the US-bound Air France flights grounded over the Christmas holidays.
US television network ABC reported on Tuesday that a search had been launched for the man, who US law enforcement officials believe is an Afghan national.
Yes folks, here it is...my very first entry! Yea!
The other day, I was doing some "spring cleaning" with a twist. No, not the dance, but with another twist. What is the twist you ask? Well for one, I was doing the cleaning in the winter. Secondly, I was cleaning out my e-mail ( I would have cleaned my house, but that was too intimidating at that particular time. Yes, it was THAT kind of a day ) :- P
Anyway, I have a cousin (my favorite one) who is in the Air Force. He sent this to me quite some time ago and I thought you guys would enjoy it. Yes, cwilli and skywalker, I know you guys are Marines (and we love you for it ) but I thought you two would like it just the same...enjoy :- )
Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US
Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave
for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight.
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire
(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough,
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft
(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid,
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal
(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level
(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground
(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That's what they're there for
(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search
(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious
(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words