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"Changing Times." Wow. Check this out over at HotAir.
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"Changing Times." Wow. Check this out over at HotAir.
Michelle Malkin has informed her readers of a protest at the New York Times building.
Protest the New York Times Revealing of U.S. Secrets, Monday, July 10, 5 p.m.Background information: The New York Times has earned the ire of many Americans for publishing classified information which the government specifically requested it not print. Last Thursday, June 22, it plastered the story on its webpage that the Treasury Department was working with the CIA to examine money-transfers to track terrorists, followed by a front page story on Friday, June 23. The L.A. Times and the Wall Street Journal followed suit and published stories on Friday also, after the NYTimes broke the story. This alerted terrorists as to which accounts they should be particularly careful about, which means less opportunity for the U.S. government to find them before they hurt others. Therefore, some groups will be protesting the NY Times next week.
We have a sound permit, and we will be across the street from the New York
Times. They are at 229 West 43rd Street.
The groups on board so far are Free Republic, Caucus for America, the Congress for Racial Equality, and Protest Warrior, NYC Chapter. We have reached out to several other groups as well, and are waiting to hear back from them.
Some high-visibility media people are interested in speaking at the protest. More information will be coming on this as we gather groups and speakers.
So hold the date! If you have been as sick about the Times's unconscionable blabbing of our classified information as the rest of those who care about the nation, now is your chance to do something to make your outrage heard.
Deep-ocean oil exploration
America has been blessed with vast oil and natural gas reserves, Heritage’s Ben Lieberman reports, many of them underwater, miles off America’s shores.
These deep-ocean reserves, studies show, could supply several years of energy consumption, but environmental restrictions imposed in the 1990s mean that 85
percent of these areas are off-limits to exploration or drilling.
In fact, Canada already allows offshore drilling, and even Cuba may get into the
game—just 45 miles from American shores, using technologies that are less
advanced than anything an American company would have access to.
As Lieberman reports in a separate paper, “America stands alone in the world as the only nation that has placed a substantial amount of it domestic oil and natural gas potential off-limits.” He concludes that one bill recently introduced in the House, the
Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006, “would allow increases in the supply of
domestic oil and gas and thereby improve the prospects for a more affordable
A Reuter's report, "Gaza militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead" was posted last night.
As Father Jonathan Morris continued his visit in Germany, a waitress at the hotel at which he was staying questioned him regarding his business there. He explained that he and his team were in Germany to do a story on human trafficking and legal prostitution in relation to the World Cup. She forced a smile and walked away.
“Okay, I’ll talk with you." That’s all she said.
A half an hour later she was weeping. “I made a big mistake. I will be a shame for my children.”
She went on to tell me the harrowing story of her departure from Russia. She was poor, but her parents were good and ordinary folk. In a moment of youthful rebellion and a healthy desire for self-improvement, she agreed to go with a group of her friends to work in Germany. They were told they would be dancers. In the back of her mind, Shasha knew it might not be pretty.
It wasn’t. When she arrived in Munich she was placed in an apartment with seven other girls. Her passport was taken. She danced, but she was only paid for her extra work. It was prostitution. She recalled how she cried every day for two years, and still cries. “I wanted to go home, but I couldn’t. Or maybe I could, but I didn’t know how. I was afraid, above all, for my parents.” She wouldn’t say more. Shasha was eventually released to return to Russia, after pleading with her employers to allow her to visit her sick parents.
A month later she was back in Germany, but this time on her own and determined to make an honest living. “It’s very hard…very, very hard. Here I work too much, but I don’t cry." Shasha knows her past will never leave her mind. She has not decided if she will marry or have children.
“Coco” was from the former Yugoslavia. My conversation with her was much different, and it wasn’t because the camera was on. Mr. Kruneich, the manager of the brothel and her boss, stood by her side. She answered my questions with one or two words and she knew precisely what to say — and what not to say. Here’s how we began:
“You work here. Do you like it?” “Yes, I do.”
“Are you forced to be here?” I continued. “No, I want to be here.”
I tried another angle. “Do you have sisters?” “Yes, I have two."
"And are they younger than you?” She looked down. “Yes, they are."
“Do you want them to work here with you when they get older?” “No, I don’t.”
She looked at her boss. He looked at me. End of interview. There was no reason to go on.
Father Jonathan is in Germany. He went to visit brothels there with camera crew to interview brothel owners and hopefully some of the prostitutes.
Edberg Kruneich seems fairly open, true. However, there are a lot of mixed responses, aren't there?
He swore none of the women in his brothel are forced to be there, but admitted
human trafficking of women into Germany was “probably real.”
He said pimps don't control any of his prostitutes, but admitted male “friends” drop off and pick up some of the women each day.
He promised me the women he employed like their job, but admitted they never stay long.
He claimed he was in no way promoting marriage infidelity, but admitted the vast majority of his clients were either married or engaged. “Single men don't come here,” were his words.
He insisted his brothel was not targeting soccer fans, but admitted they had been very “lucky” in these days. He added business is up more than 100% with an average of 500 men per evening.
He proposed that prostitution is a personal career choice, but when I asked whether he would encourage his two college-aged daughters (of which he had spoken to me proudly) to work at his brothel if they found themselves in a tight financial situation, he looked down. "No, no, no."
Did you see this story? I've heard of some sick things, but this is seriously warped.
And not a moment too soon! It looks like breaking up with this guy was the first smart thing this gal has done in a long time. However, I'm not sure the restraining order is going to work in a case with someone this demented. Statistically, a woman is in the most danger when she leaves an abusive or controlling relationship, and I have a friend whose sister was murdered by an ex-boyfriend who decided if he couldn't have her no one could. Still, it's a risk one has to take rather than live a lifetime of hell-on-earth.
Police said a letter was enclosed, stating -- quote -- "This is the last chance to touch you."
The 32-year-old woman filed for an emergency protective order from the 34-year-old man last week before receiving the package.
In recent months, great differences of opinions in the Delaware blogosphere have resulted in threats being made toward two DCBA members of "outing" them. Sadly, information regarding Delathought's place of employment was posted, and this blogger has wiped his site. One more conservative voice has been silenced, and Delaware has lost a good blogger.
According to the 2006 United Nations World Drug Report, cannabis in the form of marijuana or hashish is the most commonly used drug in the world. Approximately four percent of the world's adult population used cannabis in 2004, and cannabis use is growing all around the globe. In the U.S., eleven percent of the adult population over twelve years of age uses cannabis regularly, with a high concentration of users falling in the under twenty-five crowd.
Two types of cannabis are produced in the world drug market. Production of cannabis herb (marijuana) is widely dispersed. Cannabis resin (hashish) is produced in about 40 countries in the world...
There are two sets of developments that should cause policymakers to re-think their positions on cannabis. One is a doubling of potency in sinsemilla cannabis (consisting of the unfertilised buds of the female plant) and a growing market share for this drug. The second is recent research indicating that the health risks associated with cannabis consumption may have been underestimated in the past. The two trends may be related: as high-potency cannabis grows in popularity, the risks of consumption may have been thrown into high relief.Note: All italics are mine.
Since the 1970s, cannabis breeders in North America and Europe have been working to create more potent cannabis, and the market for high-potency, indoor-produced sinsemilla appears to be growing in many key consumption countries. Sinsemilla potency has increased dramatically in the last decade in the United States, Canada, and Netherlands – the three countries at the vanguard of cannabis breeding and production technology – and there are indications that its market share is growing in many others.
While more research is required to determine the impact of this ‘new’ cannabis, there has been an increase of acute health episodes, with the number of people complaining of ‘unexpected effects’ of consuming cannabis in emergency rooms increasing in the United States. Similarly, in parallel, there has been a growth of rehabilitation demand by those seeking help with cannabis problems in the United States and Europe.
In addition, the most recent research indicates that the health risks of using cannabis have been underestimated in the past. About 9 per cent of those who try cannabis find themselves unable to stop using the drug. Cannabis has been linked to precipitating psychosis in vulnerable individuals, and aggravating its symptoms in diagnosed schizophrenics. Cannabis can also produce negative acute effects, including panic attacks, paranoia, and psychotic symptoms.
Despite the popular perception that the risks of cannabis are widely understood, new research indicates that there is still much to be learned about the drug. At the same time, cannabis itself is changing, and more potent forms of the drug are growing in popularity.
Yesterday Sussex County, Delaware and parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland were deluged. In Georgetown, DE over eight inches of rain fell. In Laurel, there were almost six inches and in Bridgeville, seven. Federalsburg, MD, west of Seaford, saw over eleven inches.
It seems that many people were surprised by the discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I cannot for the life of me imagine why. This was something that was understood to be true before the War on Terror began. If for no other reason, we knew because our President, Bill Clinton, had told us so. As did his national security adviser, Sandy Berger. And Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. And several U.S. Senators and Representatives.
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." - President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 Source
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." - President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 Source
"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction." -Madeline Albright, Feb 1, 1998 Source
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998 Source
"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."Letter to President Clinton. - (D) Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, others, Oct. 9, 1998 Source
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998 Source
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999 Source
CLINTON: Good evening.
Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.
Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the
interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world. Saddam
Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear
arms, poison gas or biological weapons.
I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq; why we have acted now; and what we aim to accomplish.
Six weeks ago, Saddam Hussein announced that he would no longer cooperate with the United Nations weapons inspectors called UNSCOM. They are highly professional experts from dozens of countries. Their job is to oversee the elimination of Iraq's capability to retain, create and use weapons of mass destruction, and to
verify that Iraq does not attempt to rebuild that capability.
The inspectors undertook this mission first 7.5 years ago at the end of the Gulf War when Iraq agreed to declare and destroy its arsenal as a condition of the ceasefire.
The international community had good reason to set this requirement. Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly.
Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not
only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq.
The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again...
For the past few weeks, Christopher Taylor (Word around the Net) has been examining bias in the media--what it isn't and what it is. This is his final installment.
There's a new disease-- IED. No, it's not Improvised Explosive Device. It's Intermittent Explosive Disorder. If you have done any of the following at least three times in your life, you may suffer from IED:
Recently my site was linked over at makotokan as one of the right-wing bloggers to misquote Al Gore and damage his credibility. While greatly appreciating that he remained civil, I have to say that I disagree with his assertions.
Note the question: “Do you scare people or give them hope?” Gore was responding to the question of how best to approach global warming, and he answered that it’s best, depending on your audience, to focus on the dangers first, before talking about solutions.
It’s an interesting case study in the exceptional aptitude of humans to deceive themselves. Right wing bloggers seized on this quote because it justified their beliefs. Those in the middle saw it and questioned Gore’s reliability as a source. The speed of the Information Autobahn just perpetuated this misinformation.
Now, the damage is done.
So "Gore's reliability as a source" has been a matter of speculation for some time.
3. The Exaggeration. Now we’re getting serious. They come in two categories, political and personal....Gore’s propensity to exaggerate is personal (Tipper and I inspired "Love Story"; I swore on my sister’s death bed to fight tobacco forever; I was fired upon in Vietnam; I put city officials in jail as a newspaper reporter; I was sung to sleep with union commercial jingles.) And it is political (I "took the initiative to create the Internet"; I co-sponsored the McCain-Feingold bill; I was present at the creation of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve).
There’s a smidgen of truth in all these statements, yes. But there’s also a disregard, a lack of interest, in accuracy. That clearly becomes a character issue. And when the quantity of exaggerations reaches epidemic proportions, as it has with Gore, it ought to be regarded by political observers in the press as serious stuff indeed.
4. The Bald-Faced Lie. It’s the whopper, the deliberate decision to deceive. Gore’s problem metastasized with his story placing himself at the fires in Parker County, Texas in 1996 with Federal Emergency Management Agency head James Lee Witt. Media buddies suggested it wasn’t wrong, since he’d traveled to Texas with a Witt deputy. Not so. Gore not only didn’t travel with Witt in 1996, he never went to the Parker County fires. He went to Houston, hundreds of miles away, two years later, for something else.
The Buddhist Temple story (I never knew it was a fundraiser) is another lie. And so is the Iced Tea Defense, that a White House bathroom break must have prevented him from learning what kind of fundraising calls he was making from his office.
In checking out the comments on Right Wing News, I saw a one that I thought worth repeating:
From the past few months, random thoughts on the attitude of the left vs.
- Clinton told the truth about Hussein's WMD's, but Bush lied. From the very same intelligence, no less.
- Clinton, Daschle, and Kerry all said that Hussein had WMD's back in 1998, yet that is a strawman argument as far as the left is concerned.
- How come the left never considers John Kerry a traitor? During the campaign, Kerry said that he had a better way to fight the war, but never produced it. We must therefore conclude that Kerry actually wants us to lose and wants more soldiers to die since he is not interested in showing his superior plan.
- If cutting-and-running is the better military option, how come Al-Qaeda never employs that technique?
- If the left supports the military, but opposes every war we go into, then what does the left actually think is the role of the military?
- How come Mogadishu, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia were never quagmires?
- Hussein profits immensly from the "Oil for Food" scandal and he gets a pass. However, if Hussein was a middle manager in Enron he would have been hung from the highest yardarm.
- The left spends FAR more money to educate the country about innocent Iraqi civilians. Innocent Sudanese civilians, however, are never mentioned by the left.
- Why does the left always protest against the U.S., but never against the U.N.? The left obviously wants a global government and it is obvious that they want an inefficient global government at that.
- From Bosnia to Mogadishu, we helped more Muslims than bin Laden. Yet, we're the enemy.
- In Bosnia, no innocent people died. In Desert Fox, no innocent people died. However under Iraqi Freedom, millions of innocent children died. I thought that we improved smart-weapon technology.
- Al Zarqawi deserved a trial, but our military in Haditha is already guilty BEFORE a
- Our prisoners are alive to tell the tale of their treatment. So far, we're waiting for reports of our soldiers' treatment as Al-Qaeda POW's.
- The United States comes to the aid to Iran when an earthquake hits them in 2003.
Odd, we're only "The Great Satan" unless the Iranians want something from
- Under Clinton, our troops are liberators. Under Bush, our troops are murders and rapists.
- Clinton's rape charge was unfounded, but Bush's AWOL story is true.
- The Democrats keep screaming that we're spending too much money in Iraq, yet moving our troops to Okinawa is somehow more cost-effective than keeping them there.
- Those who request "civilized and rational discussion of the facts," are extremely likely to provide anything BUT civilized and rational discussion of the facts. Truth is, these same people never provide any facts at all.
- Lefties like Wino say that they come here to try to convince hearts and minds that the liberal way is the true way. Yet, to this date, they fail to realize that repeating the same phrase, ad nauseum, doesn't help their cause at all. And these people actually consider themselves "enlightened." O.....K.....
- Watch what happens. The left will claim that Bush admitted that we had bad intelligence on WMD's. But, these are the very same people that says
that Bush is a total liar, so why believe him now?
- Human rights groups keep knocking themselves over to preach that the US is evil in the treatment of our prisoners. Name one human rights groups that have said the same about Al-Qaeda.
- If Rove is SO smart regarding his secret operations, why does the left actually think it can win future elections? Wouldn't Rove simply employ his evil techniques to rig future elections?
- The left always says to "question authority," yet trusts the media with impunity.
- The left will also claim that the WMD's were planted by Rove. Well then, that should be easy to debunk because Rove could not have possible planted those weapons himself. He must have received help.
- The city of Jacksonville, FL threw out more votes than Broward County. Question: How come Gore never worried about 'counting every vote' in that city? It could NEVER have anything to do with the fact that Jacksonville is primarily Republican, would it?
- Has anyone every researched how many absentee ballots cast by Florida African-Americans in the military were thrown out in 2000? Why didn't Jesse Jackson care about those votes?
- Clinton is an admitted draft dodger, yet he should run the military. Bush is NOT a draft dodger, yet he should be locked up.
- Why was military service never an issue when Clinton ran?
by Kingfisher on 2006-06-22 14:16:38
No weapons of mass destruction? Think again. By now, I'm sure everyone has heard the reports, but here's a link in case you haven't been following the story.
Chester Gala and his father Eric Gala were interviewed on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" of FoxNews. A transcript and a video can be found here.
On June 20, Chuck Colson weighed in on the new TiVo release--KidZone.
Many of you are probably familiar with TiVo, the television recording system. TiVo has now unveiled a new product called KidZone, designed specifically to help parents find and record family-friendly programming and to block kids from finding not-so-friendly programming.
The way KidZone works is simple, which I think makes it especially appealing to busy parents who, if you're like me, don't have time to decipher pages of instructions. What you do is pre-approve the shows you want your kids to watch. The TiVo itself gives recommendations for family-friendly shows. Also, three other respected
organizations with which TiVo has partnered—the Parents' Choice Foundation,
Common Sense Media, and the Parents Television Council—provide their own lists
If you want, you can use the TV ratings system by setting the program to record only shows with certain ratings, or you can find out which shows the FCC has designated "Educational and Informational" and set it to record those. And you can make certain exceptions to these pre-approved lists, if there are any shows among them that you would rather not record.
However you make your choices, the program will automatically record them. And when you put your TiVo in "safe mode," protected by a password, then only those shows that you pre-approved for your kids will appear.
As TiVo explains in a press release, and I concur, this program is a big improvement on the V-Chip...
Blogger wars have re-erupted over Linda Hirshman's statements about stay-at-home moms. Hirshman wrote about the trials she has faced since last December's article in The American Prospect. Her opinion piece entitled "Unleashing the Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms" appeared Sunday in the Washington Post.
Everybody started hating Linda, apparently, when I published an article in the progressive magazine the American Prospect last December, saying that women who quit their jobs to stay home with their children were making a mistake. Worse, I said that the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing were not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings. They do not require a great intellect, they are not honored and they do not involve risks and the rewards that risk brings. Oh, and by the way, where were the dads when all this household labor was being distributed? Maybe the thickest glass ceiling, I wrote, is at home.Kirsten Powers over at Huffington Post responded:
Okay, I'm judgmental. That's what CBS's Lesley Stahl called me on "60 Minutes." But I'm a philosopher, and it's a philosopher's job to tell people how they should lead their lives. We've been doing so since Socrates. And yet, even though I knew the Greeks made Socrates drink poison, the reaction to my judgment took me by surprise. It turns out that was what people really hated: the judgment. That working women have the better life.
(You'll have to check out her blog post for yourself to see the whole thing and Hirshman's response.)
It's incredible that the drudgery of working full time at a law firm is deemed worthy of women's "full time talents" but a woman dedicating herself to raising a family isn't. Hirshman then bizarrely asks: "Oh, and by the way, where were the dads when all this household labor was being distributed?" Umm, if they have a stay at home wife, they are probably working all day. And for most people, it's actually called being a mother and a wife, not "household labor". Hirshman later endorses the viewpoint that women should refuse to do 70% of the housework, ignoring the fact that if women are only doing 70% of the cleaning that's pretty revolutionary considering how much cleaning most men do on a regular basis before they cohabitate with women.
I saw Hirshman on 60 minutes and was shocked when she announced that women graduates of Ivy League schools who had left their careers to raise families were making the "wrong choice". There it was laid bare: feminism really isn't about women having the freedom to make choices. It's about women making the "right choice" as determined by people like Linda Hirshman.
I am constantly amazed at the hostility the word feminism seems to unleash in so many people, since I've always associated it with the belief that women should be given equal opportunity, fair pay, redress for sexual harassment etc. which seems fairly non-controversial. Unfortunately, too many of the voices for feminism seem disconnected form the reality that most women inhabit. They are focused on "problems" that hardly exist - like women wishing they were working more - while spending precious little energy on issues that indisputably have a negative impact on women: pornography, sex trafficking, or lack of adequate child care for the vast majority of mothers who are working because they have no choice. If they spent a fraction of the time on these issues that they spend trying to get women to get their men to vacuum the living room, the world would be a better place.
(Disclosure/Hat tip: I saw this response from SBJack reposted over at RightWingNews and didn't realize it was from the Powers' post until I started scrolling through the comments. A debate ensued over there at rwn as well yesterday. Everyone seemed to agree that SBJack was way wrong.)
Ms. Hirshman is right...quitting "life" to be a "mommy" and "hausfrau" IS a waste of a talented mind. Let me make this real clear:
PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BREEDING
Within the context of that belief, I think you can see why this is such a waste. The world has too many mouths to feed already. The youth of this country get shipped off to die in Corporate Wars fought for the profit of others. Our resources are dwindling, please explain why its a good idea to procreate? Is it your vanity at wanting a "little YOU"? Do you think your "precious" is going to save the world? Is "sweetums" going to change your Depends™ when you get old and gray?
Just why in the h**l do you or anyone need to procreate?
To "cement" your loving life commitment with your partner? Someone who, by making this choice, you are going to send off to his own hamster wheel while you grow fat and resentful at home? What a great plan.
THERE IS NO JUSTIFIABLE REASON TO HAVE CHILDREN.
Being a mommy WAS a career choice when bearing offspring was about populating the farm with helping hands. Mommy was the shop boss. Now, she's wasting petroleum and incresing pollution driving all over town to take the little ankle-bitiers off to soccer in SUV.
Get an education and then go do something with it other than wipe the snotty noses of your sniveling over-privileged children. There are plenty of uneducated idiots who believe Jay-Sus will provide who keep their legs apart for the ingress and egress of their dip-witted spawn. Witness Britney "Trailertrash" Spears. Now THAT was some career move.
It has nothing to do with "feminism" and everything to do with making smart choices in a f***ed up world. Motherhood is not a career choice.
For all you guys out there who are doing your best to be good dads or who hope to be dads one day, don't let women like Maureen Dowd with her "Are Men Necessary?" bologna get you down. Mark Alexander has written an essay entitled, "Fathers Linked to Healthy Families" that should be encouraging to you. You are not superfluous; you are desperately needed.
In what can only be described as and act of politically correct intolerance, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of Maryland fired Robert J. Smith, one of his appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, last week. Mr. Smith had appeared on a local cable talk show "21 This Week", which is a political roundtable discussion program on cable Channel 21 in Montgomery County.
Smith's remarks came during a show taped June 9 that has aired at least three times since. The discussion included a proposed federal gay marriage ban.Hmmm, was it a discussion about a federal gay marriage ban or was it a discussion about the Marriage Protection Amendment which was discussed in Congress and would declare that marriage in the U.S. would be between one man and one woman, if passed?
Smith responded to a speaker who said homosexuals do not want the government interfering in their sex life. "That's fine, that's fine," Smith said. "But that doesn't mean that government should proffer a special place of entitlement within the laws of the United States for persons of sexual deviancy."
"The comments I make in public outside of my [Metro board job] I'm entitled to make." His personal beliefs, he said, have "absolutely nothing to do with running trains and buses and have not affected my actions or decisions on this board."
The termination came a few hours after Metro board member Robert J. Smith...was publicly confronted by a transit board colleague. Board member Jim Graham, a District of Columbia councilman who is openly gay, called on Smith to disavow his remarks or resign during yesterday's regular meeting of the panel, which oversees Metro business.So Jim Graham throws a hissy fit and Smith gets fired. Nice.
Graham said he was gratified that Ehrlich decided to replace Smith..."Governor Ehrlich got it; Mr. Smith was clueless until the end," Graham said. "This is serious. To defend this point of view is beyond the pale. And so I think Governor Ehrlich got that very clearly, very quickly. So I appreciate his action."
"Robert Smith's comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable," the governor said. "They are in direct conflict to my administration's commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity."
In May of last year, the governor fired the head of an Eastern Shore judicial nominating committee after the official used a derogatory term for Mexicans in his personal Web log.
Many thanks to all the Dads out there. Most of you work hard every day, sometimes at jobs you don't even like, just to provide for your kids, and you hardly ever complain. Thanks for helping your kids with projects and taking them places. Most of all, thanks for loving them and teaching them so much about being a decent person, often with no words at all. Take a moment to pat yourselves on the back, and have a Happy Father's Day.
Why does the news industry mess up so much? Christopher Taylor looks at two more reasons this week: incompetence and credulity.
Apparently Geno's is quite the "in" place now, all the rage. Some friends of mine traveled up to Philly just to get one of theircheese steaks yesterday. They said that Pat's on the one side of the street is Democrat owned while Geno's on the other side is Republican owned. Normally, Pat's has quite a crowd, but Geno's has attracted strong support for its recent stand on English-only.
In case you missed it...
Hollywood Actress, Bush Administration, Lawmakers, Victims, Join Forces to
Eradicate Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a standing room only hearing on Capitol Hill today, expert witnesses and lawmakers promised to "turn up the heat" on the thugs and pimps that profit off the horrific $9 billion international trafficking in persons industry.
"The traffickers who use and abuse human beings as commodities to be bought and sold must be tracked down, their nefarious operations crushed, and the individuals who commit these heinous crimes sent to jail for a long, long time," said Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ) who is the author of America’s landmark anti-trafficking laws that have created new penalties for traffickers and new protections for the victims, mostly women and children. "An estimated 17,000 foreign citizens are trafficked into the US each year with more than 600,000 bought, sold or smuggled across other international borders—all to be exploited through forced labor or commercial sex exploitation.
"With our new laws, tough criminal enforcement penalties, and victim counseling and shelter programs, our anti-trafficking efforts are working but we need to do more," said Smith, chairman of the Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee which convened the hearing.
Julia Ormond, Hollywood screen star and UN Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking and slavery, provided added impetus for Congress and world governments to do more to help the victims of trafficking.
"Trafficking is one of the most fantastically difficult problems that we face today," said Ms. Ormond who has traveled to several countries meeting with trafficking victims and enforcement officials. "In my short time (as UN Goodwill Ambassador) I have been horrified by the extent of the problem, the searing depth of the experience of the victims, and the extraordinary level of profit to the traffickers."
Ms. Ormond summarized the multifaceted approach to fighting trafficking known as the -the 3 "P"s,--prevention, protection and prosecution--and added one of her own: "prioritize." "Governments and member states need to rise to the challenge of making this issue a priority and work together, without shaming and blaming, to create the structure that recognizes the extremity of this issue," Ormond said.
US Ambassador John Miller, Director of the State Department’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, testified that 41 countries have added new anti-trafficking laws to their books and more than 4,700 traffickers were convicted in just 2005. Ambassador Miller added, that "the movement to end modern slavery is gaining momentum" but said there was specific work to do to increase the effort "by some of the world’s largest countries."
"On every continent, countries are failing to live up to their obligation to protect the weak, and bring criminals to justice," Miller said.
Part of the hearing focused on the concerns connected with Germany hosting the World Cup this month. Prostitution, which is legal in Germany, has often been used as a shield by traffickers and pimps who abuse women and force them into commercial sex.
Masha Gnezdilova, a Russian citizen defrauded and held captive in a German prostitution ring in the late 1990’s told of her horrific story and related her story to Germany today.
"It seems like we Russian women are place in impossible economic conditions and are not needed by our own country. In other countries, we are spit on as prostitutes when we are really victims. Ten years have passed since I was trafficked but the situation has still not changed," "Is the German government really not aware of what is happening in their country? Or are they happy to profit from our suffering?" she asked.
Irina Veselykh, also trafficked in Germany in the 1990’s said, "The people who involved me in that situation are still free and continue to traffic women under government cover. In those countries, the rights of immigrants in difficult situations are violated and their governments do not want to take responsibility for what is happening on their territory."
###For Immediate Release: June 14, 2006Contact: Ryan Goodwin (202) 225-3765
Nothing is worth living for if it's not worth dying for.I've been listening to "Ethics: A History of Moral Thought" by Peter Kreeft of Boston College. It's one of "The Modern Scholar" selections. I listened to it before, but when driving around, I miss bits and pieces, so now I'm listening again and taking notes--a much more time consuming process.
- Anna Venger
Environmentalism on its face seems a worthy cause. Who doesn't like animals? Who doesn't want to preserve the beauty of the world around us?
Michael Berg has entered into the public arena now that he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Green party ticket from our state of Delaware. Unfortunately, that means that he must endure public scrutiny. This is unfortunate because no doubt he still grieves deeply over the murder of his son Nicholas Berg at the hands of al-Zarqawi and company.
"Don't you blame the five men who killed him?" I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was. I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren't quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.
I am sure that the one who wielded the knife felt Nick's breath on his hand and knew that he had a real human being there. I am sure that the others looked into my son's eyes and got at least a glimmer of what the rest of the world sees. And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.
George Bush...cannot feel my pain...because he is a policymaker...
Even more than those murderers who took my son's life, I can't stand those who sit and make policies to end lives and break the lives of the still living.
So what were we to do when we in America were attacked on September 11, that infamous day? I say we should have done then what we never did before: stop speaking to the people we labelled our enemies and start listening to them. Stop giving preconditions to our peaceful coexistence on this small planet, and start honouring and respecting every human's need to live free and autonomously...
We need to let the evildoers on both sides of the Atlantic know that we are fed up with war. We are fed up with the killing and bombing and maiming of innocent people...We want world peace now.
(Please click on the link to read his full commentary.)
Everyone knows that slavery ended in the U.S. with the conclusion of the Civil War and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, right? Think again. There is a thriving black market here even now in a most horrific form of slavery---sexual slavery.
Sloth in the media is responsible for some of what appears to be media bias, according to Christopher Taylor. Sloth can take different forms. A reporter can be lazy about checking facts. Perhaps a reporter returns again and again to the same source for quotes as though he were a random interviewee but in fact is just easy to reach. In extreme cases, a reporter might simply make up facts and sources rather than pound the pavement to discover them himself. Editors also might display laziness by not being diligent about changing slanted speech to a more neutral tone.
"You're so mean!"
The News Journal has a piece on Michael Berg, now a Wilmington, Delaware resident, whose son, Nicholas Berg, was beheaded by al-Zarqawi and his goons on May 7, 2004. Berg moved to Wilmington, Delaware last spring from Pennsylvania and is now running on the Green Party ticket against Republican Representative Mike Castle and Democrat Dennis Spivack, another challenger.
With Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death Wednesday comes cries from Murtha and the left to pull out of Iraq, soon. Congressman Jack Murtha said, "we should be able to substantially reduce our presence in Iraq and redeploy our military outside of Iraq."
Remember the videos of crowds in the Middle East dancing and celebrating in the streets over the 9/11 attacks and the deaths of innocent Americans? Would it be unseemly for us to respond in kind and dance over the deaths of the guilty?
Hate to tell you I told you so, but "Ha. I told you so." Remember my comment on June 1 under the Frivolous Late-Term Abortion piece?
"Oh, I'm sure it happens already in the U.S. It surely does in other countries eg India and China where there is incredible pressure to give birth to boys, not girls."Here we go:
Internal Hospital Memo Provides Evidence of Sex-Selective Abortion in Canada
Male Female Ratio Skewed In Predominantly Chinese and Indian Communities
By John-Henry Westen
VANCOUVER, May 24, 2006
Western Standard magazine, one of the few conservative publications in Canada, has acquired an internal document from Women's Hospital in Vancouver which shows that abortions are carried out at taxpayer expense when the reason is merely that the parents are not satisfied with the sex of the child. The cover story of the June issue of the magazine, which is arriving in mailboxes this week and is set to hit newsstands next week, reports moreover that similar to countries where sex-elective abortions are rampant, the birth ratio in certain communities in Canada with large Indian and Chinese populations is becoming increasingly skewed against girls.
(Read the whole article---it's short---attached by hyperlink above.)
In What Would the Founders Do? (Our Questions Their Answers), Richard Brookhiser resurrects our revolutionary generation to investigate their views on modern-day issues. He first examines an important question: Why do Americans care so much about the Founding Fathers' thoughts while the French do not agonize over what Charlemagne would do? As Mr. Brookhiser explains it, our founding generation is not that far removed from us. Brookhiser himself had attended a lecture by Alger Hiss who had clerked for Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. who had "scolded" President Lincoln for being imprudent on a Civil War battlefield. Lincoln had served with John Quincy Adams in Congress, and Adams had seen the smoke of the canons of the Battle of Bunker Hill when he was a boy. Only five steps removed from us, our Fathers remain touchable and accessible.
They have passed these disagreements, and the disposition to disagree, on to us. Contention is as much a part of their legacy as their principles. It fills our public space, and our minds. Mere ambition generates conflict in times of peace and prosperity, and the world provides enough real problems to give us serious things to quarrel about. (p. 218)
A favorite quote:
"Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,
not by the wine drunk but by the wine poured forth.
For loves strength standeth in loves sacrifice
and he that suffereth most hath most to give."Source
Ugo Bassi, young priest in Italy in 1848
Here is a link to a little post in Right Wing News about wife beating and our favorite peaceful religion. It's worth checking out. Unfortunately, I will unable to access my computer for most of today (and probably tomorrow, too), so I won't be following any ensuing debate, but that doesn't mean you guys can't. I'll be with you in spirit.
Well, isn't this dandy?
What the heck is the ACLU doing backing a case like this? Of course, they've backed NAMBLA also, so I shouldn't be surprised.
ACLU represents abusers who argue law forcing them to stay away from places where kids congregate could limit their access to churches.
Six sex offenders, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), are suing the city of Indianapolis, saying an ordinance that keeps them 1,000 feet from parks, pools and playgrounds is unconstitutional.
They say the law is too vague and could be used to keep them from — among other places — churches. Rich Ackerman, president of the Pro-Family Law Center, said the rationale for the lawsuit is suspicious at best.
"The ACLU suddenly screaming about people's ability to get to church," he said, "sounds a little suspect, to say the least."
"For those who do not think that there is not a war going on to gain access to our children for purposes of sexual gratification, they need to wake up," [Phil Burress] explained. "This is real."
Many social scientists say child molesters cannot be cured of the desire. Some studies, in fact, indicate that most predators abuse hundreds of kids before they are caught.
Selected quotes from Citizenlink's June 2 post, "Sex Offenders Sue Indianapolis"
Summer is upon us. For some of us this means weekends on the beach with book in hand.