Monday, October 30, 2006
Patrick Burns of "haunting evidence"
This bold new series takes the paranormal/crime-solving phenomenon one step further by following psychic profiler Carla Baron, medium John J. Oliver, and paranormal investigator Patrick Burns as they visit "haunted" crime scenes. Working together, can this unconventional team of experts find clues that will provide new insights into real-life cases that have gone cold?
Dancer Kim Roberts made the new allegation -- which she has not shared with authorities -- in an interview with Chris Cuomo that aired today on "Good Morning America."
Roberts' allegation comes after Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong's admission in court last week that he has not yet interviewed the accuser "about the facts of that night."
As she drove the accuser from the March 2006 Duke lacrosse party, Roberts told ABC News the woman was clearly impaired and "talking crazy." >LINK<
Many Republicans, said Democratic-party chairman Howard Dean recently, “have never made an honest living in their lives.” Democratic activists have even set up a satirical website. And a liberal tax-exempt 527 group with the same name gets checks from anti-Bush billionaires such as Herb Sandler of Golden West Financial. >LINK<
Friday, October 27, 2006
I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November's election. The polls combined with the fawning media ("Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!") are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted in theaters. >LINK<
WASHINGTON, Oct 26, 2006 (AFP) - Multicultural policies in Europe have largely failed, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar said Thursday on the one-year anniversary of riots by ethnic minorities in France. "I believe that multiculturalism is a big failure," Aznar said, speaking at Georgetown University. "I'm against the idea of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism divides our societies, debilitates our societies, multiculturalism does not produce tolerance, nor integration." >LINK<
This time the rumors are real: Castro is dying of stomach cancer. He may have already died, even before the funeral preparations were finished, so the news is not out. Confirmation of the terminal illness comes from the usual sources but in a non-conventional manner. The Cuban government has been summoning to Havana representatives of the major international media to negotiate the best seats, camera angles, and interviews with the despot’s political survivors, and to inform them of the ground rules for coverage of the state funeral. >LINK<
Thursday, October 26, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they're tough on illegal immigration.
"Unfortunately the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise," Bush said at a signing ceremony. >LINK<
The unseasonably heavy snowfall in the Northeast brought an abrupt end to the screamers. An early snowfall, remember, does not a trend make. However, it should give pause to those who have insisted that global warming was man-made, inevitable, and irreversible.>LINK<
The North's nuclear test, the revival of inflexible controls on farming and trade, and its rejection of aid meant "the perfect storm may be brewing for a return to famine in the North," said the International Crisis Group (ICG). >LINK<
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
In June of 2002, bin Laden spokesman Abu Gheith brazenly claimed al-Qaeda’s right to kill 4 million Americans – half of them children. Having raised the bar dramatically just 9 months prior, the murderous group’s words were interpreted by many experts as a warning of an impending “American Hiroshima.”
Mr. Fox and his ads’ sponsors are guilty of conflating embryonic stem cell research, which the GOP candidates and many Americans oppose for destroying a human life in the name of curing other people’s diseases, with stem cell research in general, which includes adult stem cell research and umbilical cord blood stem cell research. Flim-flam is a charitable description.
When the population clock surpassed 300 million last week, President Bush offered only a two-paragraph statement calling the big round number "a testament to our country's dynamism and a reminder that America's greatest asset is our people."
If presidents seem less than thrilled about the population milestones reached on their watch, perhaps it is because they have been unable to shake off the prophecies of doom about "overpopulation"
What has changed is that all of a sudden there is a whole new category of killing going on. Almost every night scores of individuals, obviously chosen and targeted with care, clearly known personally to their attackers, are being tortured and murdered. Who are they? And who are the killers? Sunni extremists, al Qaeda-type Wahhabis and Saddamite Baathist fascists
It is disturbing when the entire leadership of one nation, along with hundreds of thousands of its citizens, comes out with celebrations and parades every year that call for the annihilation of another country. This year's revelries focused both on calling for the annihilation of America and embracing Iran's nuclear program. Quds Day
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will start feeding uranium gas into a second network of centrifuges in days, an Iranian news agency said on Wednesday, expanding a program which Western powers fear is intended to yield atomic bombs.
The interconnected centrifuges can enrich uranium for making fuel for power plants or for nuclear bombs.
North Korea warned South Korea against joining international sanctions, saying Wednesday that its neighbor would "pay a high price" if it joins the U.S.-led drive to punish the reclusive communist nation for its nuclear test.
The statement from the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland
It's a question you may prefer not to be asked. But I'm afraid I have no choice. We find ourselves, this very autumn, three-and-a-half centuries after the intellectual martyrdom of Galileo, caught up in a struggle of ultimate importance, when each one of us must make a commitment. It is time to declare our position.
This is the challenge posed by the New Atheists.
Oliver North, the former White House aide at the heart of the Iran-Contra controversy, commented Monday on presidential elections that could return Daniel Ortega to office, warning Nicaraguans against returning to a past of war and foreign intervention. Ortega, a Sandinista leader who headed the leftist government that fought Washington-backed Contra rebels
The group called for:
securing the border and tight screening of those permitted to enter;
opposition to any legislation that would allow aliens to remain in the country who have entered illegally and remained illegally;
meaningful employer sanctions;
a guest worker program with tight restrictions.
200 former Border Patrol agents
About 1,000 documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America show the White House is engaging in collaborative relations with Mexico and Canada outside the U.S. Constitution, "The documents give clear evidence that the Bush administration has created a 'shadow government,'"
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Jackson: I wrote the book "Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies" because I love my country and felt as though somebody needed to compile a documented list of responses to the most common lies of the Left on the most prominent social, cultural, and political issues of the day. I believe we have a growing number of "domestic insurgents" who are doing everything in their power to destroy the most sacred American values and institutions which have made our country so great in an effort to reshape our nation into their own secular-Socialist utopia.
FP: Your book exposes myriad lies of the Left. You demonstrate that the Left lies and that it does so consciously. Why does the Left lie? >LINK<
It sounds silly, but when "Hillary Clinton" is matched up against Sen. John McCain in a hypothetical presidential election, she loses by a single percentage point. But if pollsters refer to her as "Hillary Rodham Clinton," she trounces the Arizona Republican by 7 percentage points >LINK<
Just six weeks before last Saturday's terrorist atrocity in Bali, in a jail cell in Jakarta, I interviewed Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), al-Qa'eda's main ally in the region, and the group on which western attention is focused in the hunt for culprits >LINK<
Mike Greiner teaches grammar to high school sophomores in half-hour lessons, inserted between Shakespeare and Italian sonnets. He is an old-school grammarian, one of a defiant few in the Washington region who believe in spending large blocks of class time teaching how sentences are built. >LINK<
5,000 Islamic terrorists been taken out of circulation (by death or arrest) since 2001. Even more have been taken out of circulation by other nations. The FBI has had less success inside the United States, arresting fewer than a thousand people, and successfully prosecuting about 230. But this FBI activity has apparently sent a message to potential Islamic terrorists in the United States, and scared many of them off. >LINK<
Friday, October 20, 2006
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said Pyongyang didn't plan to carry out any more nuclear tests and expressed regret about the country's first-ever atomic detonation last week, a South Korean news agency reported Friday.
North Korea, however, kept up its bellicose rhetoric as more than 100,000 people gathered Friday in Pyongyang's central Kim Il Sung square to "hail the success of the historic nuclear test," according to the North's official media. >LINK<
Vladimir Putin has brought in a new form of totalitarianism that I call “political statism.” This is not quite the same as “political messianism,” a term the historian Michael Walzer uses to define totalitarian movements like Nazism, fascism, and, of course, Communism – each of which offered visions of utopia, and in practice were far from it. Rather, they were systems to coerce universal obedience. Straying from orthodoxy was treason, punishable by banishment or worse .>LINK<
According to a report of the article carried by Mosnews Wednesday, Yevgeny Buzhinsky, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's international military cooperation department, wrote that Russia would interpret the deployment of U.S. anti-ballistic missile units "near the Russian borders" "a real threat to our deterrent forces," the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces. >LINK<
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The options cited most frequently in Washington include the partition of Iraq into three ethnic- or faith-based regions, and a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops, with some remaining in neighboring countries to deal with major threats. Another scenario is being discussed -- and taken seriously in Iraq -- by many of Iraq's leading political players, under which the U.S.-trained army would overthrow struggling Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and replace him with a strongman who would restore order while Washington looks the other way. >LINKS<
Suit filed over wire transfers
An immigrant rights group is spearheading a class-action suit filed Wednesday against Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, alleging that his office illegally seized millions of dollars in Western Union wires as part of its campaign to shut down money laundering by border smugglers. >LINK<
Over the past two months, Romney's political operatives and church leaders have discussed building a grass-roots political organization using alumni chapters of Brigham Young University's business school around the country. More recently, representatives of BYU, which is run by the church, and Romney's political action committee have begun soliciting help ..>LINK>
A man arrested as a terror suspect for allegedly trying to transport $340,000 from a group tied to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and who reputedly had connections to Osama bin Laden, helped write the "Religious Expression in Public Schools" guidelines issued by President Clinton during his tenure in office. >LINKS< Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was president of the American Muslim Council and a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, worked with President Clinton and the American Civil Liberties Union when the guidelines, launched by Clinton in 1995, were being developed, according to reports.
The former football great, who was acquitted in criminal court 11 years ago of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, reportedly has been paid a whopping $3.5 million to write about the double murder that shocked and riveted the nation in 1994, according to a detailed report in the new National Enquirer. >LINK<
"That person was released, but we're not saying that he won't be charged," "We don't know what his level of involvement was." The online postin said trucks would deliver radiological bombs to stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland and Cleveland - and that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would claim responsibility.
The referendums in those communities, and Montpelier, Vermont, and Urbana, Ill., and other locales across the land are classic illustrations of the petitioning for the redress of grievances that the Constitution does not merely protect but in fact encourages. The impeachment-from-below movement is the modern-day expression of the oldest of American ideals: No man, be he pauper or president, shall stand above the law. And it is wholly appropriate that it is beginning at the municipal level. >LINK>
By Warren Richey The Christian Science Monitor
The terror legislation set to be signed into law Tuesday by President Bush sits atop an ideological fault line that sharply divides the US Supreme Court and highlights the emerging power of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The new law rejects at least five key holdings by the liberal wing of the court and sets the stage for what many analysts believe will be yet another historic showdown between the courts, the president, and Congress.
Mr. Bush's authorization of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 will trigger a barrage of challenges asking judges to strike down the law as illegal, unconstitutional, or both. And it has sparked a heated debate among legal scholars and lawmakers. >LINK>>
Marilyn Monroe was talking on the telephone to Louise DiMaggio when she was murdered and was able to utter the name of her attacker before her death, according to a new book by DiMaggio's niece and Monroe confidante June DiMaggio. "Mother told me that she knew who killed Marilyn, but that knowledge absolutely terrified her," she writes. >LINK>
Marilyn Monroe's Death
20 percent of U.S. college students completing four-year degrees have only basic quantitative literacy skills. That means they are unable to estimate if their car has enough gas to get to the next gas station or to calculate the total cost of ordering office supplies. >LINK>
I Is Smart
By Susan Jones CNSNews.com October 18, 2006
Former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, a New York Democrat and a Bush impeachment advocate, issued a news release on Tuesday, saying that President Bush, by signing the military tribunals bill, "has created a "culture of impunity" for himself and others who allowed the "torture and abuse of detainees," such as that at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. >LINK< According to Hotlzman, passage of the military tribunals bill provides another important reason for impeachment
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT Houston Chronicle
The U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies at the U.S.-Mexico border are outgunned by increasingly ruthless and well-armed Mexican drug cartels, a new congressional report concludes. >LINK<
A recent poll shows that 75 percent of voters are disgusted by the Republican majority House and Senate, the highest disapproval rate since 1994. They are frustrated at Bush’s endless Iraq war, by Republican cronyism and corruption, tax giveaways to the rich, cutbacks in vital services, and criminal negligence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. >LINK<
By RACHEL ZOLL The Associated Press Monday, October 16, 2006
-- Ned Lamont uses it in his Connecticut Senate race. President Clinton is scheduled to speak on the idea in Washington this week. Bob Casey Jr., Pennsylvania candidate for Senate, put it in the title of his talk at The Catholic University of America _ then repeated the phrase 29 times.
The term is "common good," and it's catching on >LINK<
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test, a U.S. official with access to intelligence information said Tuesday.
The official says that activity at a second nuclear site in North Korea is looking very similar to activity seen at another site just before the October 9 nuclear test. >LINK<
The image, taken during a test of the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's instruments, is the clearest yet of the Red Planet and shows clay-rich areas that could have supported life. >LINK<
Scientists were also able to see frost, and layered deposits of ice and dirt at the polar ice cap which indicate "dynamic climate changes" as recently as 100,000 years ago, scientist Scott Murchie said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will build 20 military bases in Bolivia, which will be situated on the borders with five other nations: Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Those installations will be under the control of Venezuelan and Cuban personnel, in complicity with Bolivian soldiers. >LINK<
I’ve come to realize that true fascists do exist in our time. But who are they? How can they be correctly identified? To discover the answer, let’s start with a trip down Bad Memory Lane. There was a university, some speakers and an audience. The speakers had been invited to the university in the name of intellectual debate and free expression. Some of the audience, however, would have none of it.
SAN DIEGO — The high-top sneakers cost $215 at a San Diego boutique, but the designer is giving them away to migrants before they cross “Good luck! You’re all very courageous,” she told the cheering crowd of about 50 men huddled in a recreation room after dinner. to this side of the U.S.-Mexico border. >LINK< ( “Brinco” means “Jump” in Spanish) have been made — in China, for $17 each.
October 15, 2006 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called John McCain yesterday to personally apologize and denounce comments an adviser of hers reportedly made slamming the GOP senator over his time in captivity in Vietnam. The adviser said Team Clinton thought McCain was doing the White House's dirty work by criticizing the Clintons and ended up "looking similar to the way he did on those captive tapes from Hanoi, where he recited the names of his crewmates." >LINK<