In a foreign policy speech at a Washington think tank, Sen. Hillary Clinton chided President Bush for not thanking her husband for handing the current administration such a strong military.
Critics, however, point to deep cuts in military spending during the 1990s and Clinton's personal loathing for the military, which they contend led to low morale among the ranks.
In her Brookings speech, Clinton also said she thought women in Iraq were better off under the Saddam Hussein regime because of their participation in the public arena.
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cwilli note: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! This article is a must read.
Teachers and kids can’t talk about Jesus Christ, Moses or Biblical ethics -- at least not in a positive, plausible sense -- in the classroom. But it’s just fine to talk about Timmy and Tommy, the Testicle Twins? About Daddy’s male roommate? About anal sex and oral sex between teenagers of the same sex? What in the world is going on?
Read this very interesting article here
If your wondering who you should vote for (as I am) then remove the fog, check out the Presidential Match website. Takes about 5-10 minutes to run through it and gives you the candidate your most aligned with. I was not totally surprised to see who they thought I should vote for. Dubbyah
Dylan and Klebold had contact with police. Wow, my 14 year old brother has had contact with police. It's called loitering, big deal.
Kerry, we know you're a war hero. No one has said anything about your war service, except some internet hoaxes. People are saying you vote like a pacifist, which hey you at least at one time were an anti-war activist. Get over it man.
Kids are getting high off Robitussin?! I've heard of getting drunk off cough syrup, but never having a trip.
Electronics and appliance sales are booming in Iraq. Employment is down to 30% (1930s depression levels at least in the UK, not sure about US) from 70%! New businesses which are privately funded are opening. Geez, we did a horrible thing in that country didn't we?
Al Franken is going on the radio, and he's going to go head to heaed with Rush Limbaugh. That sounds about like a stupid idea. Sorry, but even my liberal friends listen to Rush Limbaugh. In fact, I rarely do. Why do they? Because his show is entertaining. Al Franken is going to fail because he is picking a fight with probably the most popular radio host in history. Why don't I? Because I don't need my views reinforced.
Haiti is in a revolution. Okay, why do we need peace keepers? This country has no known ties to terrorist organizations. All these peace keepers would do is get shot at and ultimately would have to either sit and die or choose a side and help that side win. Stupid. I did find it halarious that France told Aristide to step down and turn the government over to the rebels. Basically they told him to surrender. The French. Sorry, I'm going tos top writing now as I'm laughing to hard to write anymore!
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A report released Thursday on the Columbine High School massacre reveals that police had at least 15 contacts with the two teenage gunmen before their deadly 1999 shooting spree.
Officials also released new videotapes Thursday that showed Eric Harris (search) and Dylan Klebold (search) walking in the black trench coats they wore on the day they killed 13 people before turning their guns on themselves. The tapes show Harris and Klebold going through the school and firing mock guns, perhaps at students acting as bullies for a school project.
Briefing families of Columbine victims before releasing the report to the public, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar (search) said authorities began having contact with Harris and Klebold up to two years before the attack.
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Wait, you mean the ACLU is trying to legalize adultery? In order for the ACLU to get involved in an issue it must pass these 3 criteria;
1. It must be something that goes against religion. Preferably against Christianity.
2. It must be something that leads to the moral decay of our society.
3. It must be something that the ACLU can make money from.
Yea this fits all three.
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"I think it was an emotional response of her frustration with the administration," said David Simon, a spokesman for the Democrat from Jacksonville, Fla. He noted that Brown, who is black, is "very passionate about Haiti."
Brown sat directly across the table from Noriega and yelled into a microphone. Her comments sent a hush over the hourlong meeting, which was attended by about 30 people, including several members of Congress and Bush administration officials.
Noriega later told Brown: "As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man," according to three participants.
Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said.
Full Story @ FOXNews.com
People over 30 should be dead.
According to regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the '40s, '50s, '60s, or even maybe the early '70s probably shouldn't have survived. Just think about it.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
There was nothing to stop us from sticking a fork in an electrical outlet.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from it.
We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.
No cell phones. Unthinkable!
We had video games, no 99 channels on cable, videotape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.
We had friends! If we didn't, we went outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
Full Story @ Marshall Democrat-News
A woman collapsed in an East Wichita theatre this morning, during a showing of "The Passion Of The Christ". Peggy Law apparently suffered a heart attack. She was pronounced dead a short time later at a Wichita medical center.
Peggy Law, also known to some by her married name Peggy Scott is a respected figure in the local broadcasting community. The tragedy has hit some here at KAKE especially hard. She was a former employee.
People viewing the movie at the Warren Theatre East say Law collapsed during the portion of the movie where the crucifixion of Christ was shown.
A few off-duty doctors and nurses who were in the audience tried to revive her. But when she was taken away in the ambulance, authorities say Law still had no pulse.
Full Story @ KAKE
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Hispanic Club, the Chess Club and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance are just some of the clubs that have displays in the hallways of Portland schools.
But after the Bible Club at Marshall High School put a Bible and some other Christian books in a display case, some teachers complained to the principal. After a call to the district's lawyer, the display was taken down.
District officials said they felt the display gave the impression that the school was endorsing Christianity.
Bible Club leader Jeff Chatterton fought back by contacting the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization that has taken on a number of similar cases. This week Chatterton filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, saying that his right to free speech was violated.
Chatterton also claimed that the school clearly violated of the Federal Equal Access Act. The Supreme Court has ruled that all student groups be given the same access to outlets such as school newspapers, bulletin boards, even the public address system.
Full Story @ FOXNews.com
Skywalker's comment: I don't know about Oregon, but in Georgia, this is Illegal. If a school grants access to one group, they must grant access to them all. Hence why in Georgia, the Parks and Rec. department can use a school for a basketball league, on Saturday, and a Church can have a function or services there on Sunday. In Georgia, if they didn't want the one group there, they would have to cancell the function. It's called the equal access provision. Sorry but some students showing their religious views doesn't imply to anyone that the school endorses those views, nor does it show favoritism towards one religion as an Atheist or Hindu Group could do the same. This is indeed a violation of free speech and the ACLU might want to take this opportunity to prove they are not anti-Christian.
In the spirit of the current arguing in the U.S. over gay marriage, I bring you the troubles with marriage in the Arab world.
Also from the famous Webster guy.
"Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"
Marriage Mar"riage, n. OE. mariage, F. mariage. See Marry,
1. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal
union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife;
Last year the Ministry of Planning issued a report on the number of unmarried women in Saudi Arabia — an alarming1 . 5 million. Dr. Abdullah Al-Fawzan, a sociologist at King Saud University, later produced a study about hazards to the Saudi families, in which he cited unmarried women. He also listed a number of reasons for this.
One of these reasons, he said, was that the mindset or prejudices of people in the Kingdom have not changed over the years. He said that as people moved from a rural to a metropolitan environment over the decades, this should have meant a concomitant change in customs and social norms — including how girls get married — but that has not happened.
In the past, a girl’s family had to wait for a suitable man to come forward with his family and propose. Because towns and villages were small and most people knew one another, tying the knot was not a problem. But social and economic changes have meant that we now live in vast cities, and unfortunately we have held on to traditions that were suitable for us a rural society but are no longer suitable now.
Now in big cities, where residents number in their millions and few people even know their next-door neighbors, it is common for a Saudi woman to continue to be single into her late twenties hoping and waiting for fate to come knocking on her door.
But in many case Prince Charming never comes and then, well, she stays single.
It remains a social taboo for a woman to propose to a man, or even for the father of a single girl to mention that he has a daughter to the parents of an eligible bachelor. This is despite the fact that we all know that in Islamic history it was the Mother of Believers, Khadeejah, the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who proposed to him, and not the other way around.
This taboo has nothing to do with Islam but continues to hinder social development.
Full Story @ Arab News
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Does anybody else find it odd that these people who wish for the law to observe and respect their same sex ‘union’ are the same ones who are disrespecting and not observing the law? It seems like a double-edged sword because if the law has no meaning to them, and can be ignored if they disagree, then why does it matter if the law recognizes their same sex ‘union’?
The way I see it they are tearing apart the exact mechanism that they expect to support them in the future.
I also find it funny that nobody has the balls to stop them. Not the Terminator and not the Cowboy. I cant help but wonder where this will lead us. Not that gay marriage thing but more the ability for a city to totally ignore federal laws. Is this only the beginning?
If Nader decides to run, his late start, lack of party affiliation -- he won't be on the Green Party ticket this time -- and the challenge of getting his name on ballots in 50 states weigh against his candidacy.
So does the palpable anger among many Democrats after nearly four years of a Republican in the White House.
Calling Nader "egomaniacal," veteran Democratic strategist Dane Strother said the independent would "have the same impact he had last time. He would hand the presidency to George Bush."
Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said he met with Nader several times urging him not to run because he could pull votes from the Democratic nominee.
Full Story @ startribune.com
After almost a year of having every other IM or so go to my freakin' mobile instead of the computer I think I finally fixed it. And... after over a year of people sending me email and them getting a message about the user does not exist that is fixed too. Yea!
I have conquered the Evil Electronics! Die sucka' Die!
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Trade groups representing the U.S. entertainment industry said on Thursday that new CDs, DVDs and video games would carry a stark warning about the legal penalties for unauthorized copying as part of an effort to combat digital piracy.
The new warning label, which was announced at a news conference on Thursday, will carry the seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The new and more prominently displayed warning will read: "The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000."
Muddy's Note: What moron does not know that it's illegal?!? Who are they out to impress here? I have a sure fire way to cut back drastically on pirating. 1. start making quality stuff, people won't pay for garbage. But they will pirate it. 2. Stop over charging, $50 for a game I'll play for 2 days is worthless. and $40 for a DVD I'll watch 3-4 times at most is senseless. Get with the times you brainless twits, make it all available for download direct from the studio's for cheap and you'll see profits.
Full Story @ Reuters
Critics fear Mel Gibson's upcoming film, The Passion of the Christ, could be a too-bloody retelling of Jesus' final hours, and potentially could stoke the fires of anti-Semitism.
But Gibson tells Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview — airing Monday at 10 p.m. ET on ABCNEWS' Primetime — that those who accuse him, or the film he directed, of sparking anti-Semitism avoid the central point he hoped to make.
"I don't want people to make it about the blame game," Gibson says. "It's about faith, hope, love and forgiveness. That's what this film is about. It's about Christ's sacrifice."
Full Story @ABCNEWS.com
In case any of you missed this show I've uploaded it HERE for your viewing pleasure. File is 107Mb and encoded as mpeg4 avi file. (aka divx)
A loud anti-American crowd hollered as Mexico beat the United States 4-0 Tuesday night in the under-23 tournament, claiming a berth in the Athens Olympics.
As U.S. players left the stadium for their bus, several fans -- some clutching beers -- chanted "Osama! Osama!" in reference to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
"It's better than having things thrown at you," U.S. Soccer Federation president Bob Contiguglia said Wednesday after returning to Colorado Springs, Colo. "I was bothered by the whistling during the national anthem. It's just the way it is. You accept it. Our kids showed a lot of dignity. They didn't do silly things on the field."
Police in riot gear held back the crowd and urged people to calm down.
"I think the fans here in Mexico are terrific; I think their patriotism and support of their team is terrific," U.S. coach Glenn Myernick said. "But unless I missed something, not one of them came down on the field and kicked the ball. We were beaten by a better football team tonight, not by the fans."
For Mexico, the game partly avenged a 2-0 loss to the United States in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, a far more important tournament involving national teams.
The U.S. men will miss the Olympics for the first time since 1980 -- when the entire American delegation boycotted the Moscow Games. Mexico also ended the United States' 19-tournament streak of qualifying for every FIFA men's outdoor event, including the World Cup, the Olympics, the World Youth Championship for players under 20 and the Under-17 World Championship.
"We all feel that these things are learning experiences and something to grow on," Contiguglia said. "I don't think it's a reflection on the program; the program is doing outstandingly well. I feel bad for the kids, who don't get to go to the Olympics. It shows at that age group we're just not as strong as we are elsewhere."
Mexico is unbeaten in 20 consecutive Olympic qualifiers since a 3-0 loss to the United States on April 26, 1992.
While both Mexican national television networks broadcast Tuesday's game live, the game was shown in the United States on closed circuit to about 190 restaurants.
U.S. soccer officials said they did not plan to protest, though they did after a May game between the same two teams in nearby Zapopan.
Full Story @ SI.com - Soccer
HONOLULU -- Colts head coach Tony Dungy stood before the elite of the AFC earlier this week and informed his squad of All-Stars of an alarming decision. A judge had just ruled in favor of Maurice Clarett, giving the Ohio State youngster and all others the right to enter the NFL Draft.
"That poor kid," one player immediately belted out.
Every year, the fine folks at SportsLine.com banish me to Hawaii to get a pulse of a burning issue or two to head into the offseason with. This year's topic couldn't have been more hotly talked about.
This year's Pro Bowl is a bit different than in years past. Rather than the typical stress-free week where the NFL's crème de la crème can congregate together and talk about football on its highest levels, the week was marred. In fact, all week long, NFL players -- after forgetting about the nipple shot heard round the world -- reacted with outrage and couldn't let it go even days after the Clarett decision was rendered.
"I would hope whoever the first one to try it, the teams would send them a message that this is not what the NFL is about," Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said regarding a boycott of drafting such a youngster. "I've never faulted a kid in college from coming out early when he has been eligible.
"You have to go to college for three years and get an understanding of what life is about. You have to be ready or you'll never get over the hump."
Full Story @ CBS.SportsLine.com
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Arch Bonnema was so moved by Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of The Christ," he bought $42,000 (22,000 pounds) worth of tickets so more people could see it.
"It had a profound impact on my life," said Bonnema, a Southern Baptist who runs a financial services firm near Dallas and saw a preview of the film. He gave away 6,000 "Passion" tickets for opening day on Ash Wednesday, February 25.
"The way the movie industry works is, the more people see a film at the beginning, the longer the film stays around."
A potent mix of religion and money looks set to make "Passion" a box-office smash, despite concerns the film could foment anti-Semitism. Gibson, who spent $25 million of his own fortune to make the film, is relying on evangelical churches to market it, and the strategy appears to be working wonders.
Except for Gibson's star power, the movie is hardly a typical Hollywood blockbuster -- it's a low-budget film with no well-known actors and the dialogue is in Latin and Aramaic.
The film will open on some 2,000 screens -- similar to what a major studio release would receive and almost unheard of for what is, in effect, an independent film.
Instead of the usual barrage of billboards and television advertisements, Gibson invited thousands of religious leaders to watch screenings and spread the word about his film, which looks at the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
Critics contend the movie unfairly blames Jews for Jesus's death. Gibson, who belongs to an ultra-conservative sect of the Catholic church, has said he was surprised by the outcry.
BIGGER THAN 'HARRY POTTER'?
Full Story @ Reuters
Muddy's Notes : Well I can't believe my Jewish brothers are getting upset that Mel want's to tell it like it is. Shame on them. I suppose we've been mistaken all these thousands of years, it was the Druidish Priests not the Jewish that brought Jesus to be killed. They sound so close it's easy to see how we could mix that up. :-P
This time they have the Salvation Army in their crosshairs.
It seems that the ACLU believes that there should be no religion in a church. Since the Salvation Army is a church group, just like the Boy Scouts. They are attacking again.
When will everyone wake up and see that Christianity is under attack in this country? Who is leading this attack? The ACLU
for more information on the ACLU and the Salvation Army click here. Also note that if the ACLU gets its way, the Salvation Army would be gone. Why should a group be allowed to stop Christians from helping the less fortunate?
If you would like to help me stop the ACLU and the attack on Christianity in the country please click here.
Lower pay, longer hours and unpredictable work schedules are some of the changes working families could face under the proposed changes to overtime.
The Bush administration proposal to loosen the rules that determine which employees are entitled to overtime pay could cut paychecks for 8 million workers, possibly including police officers, nurses, store supervisors and many others. Millions would face unpredictable work schedules and reduced pay because of an increased demand for extra hours for which employers would not have to compensate workers, according to an Economic Policy Institute report released June 26. The administration has indicated it wants to issue final regulations before the end of the year.
Under the Bush overtime scheme:
* Millions of salaried workers making between $22,101 and $65,000 who now are eligible to receive overtime pay could be reclassified as executives or administrative or professional employees—and would no longer qualify for overtime pay.
* Relatively low-salary earners who have supervisory responsibilities or management-related responsibilities would be penalized, as would workers with advanced education or specialized training. Some of the jobs affected could be jobs police officers, nurses, retail managers, insurance claims adjusters and medical therapists hold.
* Employees not covered by the new rules also could be hurt: By reclassifying many of their workers as exempt from overtime pay, employers most likely would assign overtime only to them and eliminate overtime for other workers.
* Anyone making $65,000 or more a year likely would lose overtime pay, effectively eliminating many middle-income wage earners' much-needed extra pay.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's own estimates, the Bush administration's proposed rule changes could mean between 2.1 million and 3.3 million workers would face unpredictable work schedules because of an increased demand for extra hours for which employers would not have to pay time-and-a-half.
The Bush administration claims its plan would give overtime protections to more workers by allowing anyone who earns $22,100 or less to automatically qualify for overtime pay. But many of those workers, such as fast-food employees, already are covered.
Many working families depend on overtime to pay bills—especially during the current economic recession that has resulted in stagnant and declining wages coupled with increasing costs of health care, prescription drugs, child care and other essential expenses. The Bush proposal would cut into many of those families' paychecks.
"Our patient is healed, and we're very excited about that," said Jennifer Trosper of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., mission manager for Spirit.
Spirit temporarily stopped communicating Jan. 22; the problem was later diagnosed as a memory-management issue. Engineers regained partial control of the spacecraft within days and reformatted Spirit's flash memory Wednesday to prevent recurrence of the problem.
JPL's Glenn Reeves, flight software architect for the Mars Exploration Rovers, said Friday, "We're confident we know what the problem is, and we have a procedure in place we believe can work around this problem indefinitely."
Spirit's first day of science operations after the memory reformatting featured the first brushing of a rock on a foreign planet to remove dust and allow inspection of the rock's cleaned surface. Steel bristles on the rover's rock abrasion tool cleaned a circular patch on the rock unofficially named Adirondack. The tool's main function is to grind off the weathered surface of rocks with diamond teeth, but the brush for removing the grinder's cuttings can also be used to sweep dust off the intact surface.
The brushing on Thursday was the first use of a rock abrasion tool by either Spirit or its twin rover, Opportunity. The brush swirled for five minutes, said Stephen Gorevan of Honeybee Robotics, New York, lead scientist for the rock abrasion tools on both rovers.
"I didn't expect much of a difference. This is a big surprise," Gorevan said about a picture showing the brushed area is much darker than the rest of the rock's surface. "Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the greatest interplanetary brushing of all time."
Full Story @ SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
Photo by Old_Number7 on the Fark.com thread here
A tiny piece of bronze poking out of the mud was the first clue that something extraordinary lay beneath the surface in Prittlewell.
The subsequent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon king's burial chamber complete with a lavish collection of treasures was more than any archaeologist would hope to find beneath a verge in the Southend suburb.
Described yesterday as "a once in a lifetime discovery" it is hoped the chamber in Essex will provide a unique insight into life and death in the Dark Ages.
More than 60 beautifully preserved objects from bronze cauldrons and gold foil crosses to glass jars, copper buckles, a sword and a shield were dug from the site and taken to conservation laboratories for analysis. The body itself had been eaten away over the centuries by the acidic soil that seeped in.
"This is extremely significant because it is so rare to find an Anglo-Saxon burial chamber, let alone one that is so well preserved. To find an intact chamber grave and a moment genuinely frozen in time is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," Ian Blair, senior archaeologist on the dig said.
"This will open new windows on our understanding of that period. You can draw arrows all over Europe and the near east tracing the origins of the grave goods.
Full Story @ Guardian Unlimited
Daniel Klem Jr. cradles a small, dead bird with chestnut-mottled wings, another victim of what he says is a largely unrecognized environmental hazard that kills birds in flight.
Full Story at Yahoo! News