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Pfft!

31 October 2007, 10:54 am. Comments Off. Filed under Just Cuz.


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H/T: Real Debate Wisconsin

No Indoctrination? Think Again!

31 October 2007, 8:39 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Education.

Brave Newark World
Mike S. Adams

Snippets:

Delaware now requires nearly 7,000 students in its residence halls to adopt specific public university-approved (read: government-approved) views on issues ranging from race, to sexuality, to philosophy. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (see www.TheFire.org) is calling for the total dismantling of the program. Readers of this column should call (302-831-2111) or write president@udel.edu to Patrick Harker President of The University of Delaware asking him to do the same.

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But, at Delaware, the RA who facilitates these meetings has already received his own training, including a “diversity facilitation training” session. There, he is taught that at “[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

The Delaware RA is also taught that the term “reverse racism” is created by whites to deny their privilege. An official Delaware training manual says that “those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites, and to affirmative action policies, which allegedly give ‘preferential treatment’ to people of color over whites.” Then, after defining the term “reverse racism” the manual claims that “there is no such thing as ‘reverse racism.’” Later, it says the non-existent term “reverse racism” is an example of “racism.”

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Students who express discomfort with the questioning often meet with disapproval from the RA, who often writes a report on the student and delivers it to a superior. One student was identified in a write-up as the “worst” one-on-one session stating that she was tired of “having diversity shoved down her throat.”

According to the university materials, the goal of residence life education is for students in the university’s residence halls to achieve certain “competencies” that include statements like: “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.”

If you were thinking about dishing out your hard earned money for you kid to attend the University of Delaware, I’d rethink those plans if I were you. I would also like to see any and all federal funding end. This is OUR money and should not be spent on schools trying to destroy the very freedoms that allow them to function.

110th – Whine and Do Nothing

31 October 2007, 8:04 am. Comments Off. Filed under Congress.

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Gas or Food

31 October 2007, 8:00 am. Comments Off. Filed under Science.

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Morning Coffee 10/31/07

31 October 2007, 7:12 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Mitt Romney: I won’t let US go the way of UK

“The question is whether we’re going to become a stronger nation leading the world or whether we’re going to follow the path of Europe and become a second-tier military and a second-tier nation.” European countries had chosen to “become a wonderful nation but not the world’s power”.

Just peachy. Romney has pissed off the Brits. sigh… Oh well. Call ‘em as ya see ‘em! Closest ally or not, they have been over run by PC and are being destroyed from within. We seem to already be on that same path.

Thompson comes to Schwarzenegger Country to tout his own conservatism

Campaigning in Sacramento – where another actor-politician, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has frustrated many Republicans with his centrist governance – Thompson picked up the endorsement of the state party’s leading conservative, Thousand Oaks Sen. and former gubernatorial candidate Tom McClintock.

McClintock, who has criticized Schwarzenegger as too liberal on health care, state spending and global climate change, Tuesday likened Thompson to former President and California Gov. Ronald Reagan. He declared that Thompson’s candidacy presents the promise of “morning again in America.”

Sheesh! Let’s face it. There is NOT going to be another Reagan! We can long for the ‘good ole days’, but they just ain’t gonna happen. Let’s look at what we’ve got, and go from there. Learn from yesterday, but look to tomorrow. Today’s problems weren’t even conceived when Reagan was President. We NEED someone who is strong enough to stand up to the jihadis and libs!

Felons issued gun hunting licenses
Law bars them from possessing guns but doesn’t prevent license purchase

An analysis of records from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Department of Natural Resources shows that at least 77 felons bought deer licenses last year. The actual number was likely higher because only one of every five Wisconsin hunters consented to release their names when applying for a license.

The felons identified served prison time for crimes as serious as armed robbery, rape and weapons violations. The situation can lead to some tense moments deep in Wisconsin’s forests when unsuspecting wardens encounter armed hunters with dangerous criminal histories.

Well, that’s right smart. Bar law abiding citizens from carry personal protection, but let convicted violent offenders traipse off into the woods to hunt. Uh huh. Very bright.

U.S., Japan question four Marines accused in alleged gang-rape

The Marines remain in U.S. custody and have been held in confinement cells on the air station since a woman filed allegations with Japanese authorities that the men raped her early on the morning of Oct. 14.

“The matter is still under investigation,” Canedo said. “The Japanese are continuing with their investigation, and we are cooperating fully.”

Last week, the Kyodo news service quoted anonymous sources saying Japanese investigators would not seek arrest warrants due to “ambiguities” in the woman’s testimony.

Sadly, whether they are guilty or not, the Marines are being tarnished again.

Al-Hariri claims plot to kill him

The son of Rafiq al-Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister assassinated in 2005, says he has evidence of a Syrian plot to kill him.

Saad al-Hariri, who is the country’s parliamentary majority leader, said he also believed Fouad Siniora, Lebanon’s present prime minister, was threatened.

Al-Hariri made the comments after talks with Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, on Tuesday.

Of course, Syria denies the charge. Seems if you speak out against them, in any way, there is a bullseye on your butt. So, what is the Useless Numnuts going to do about a credible threat? Zip. Zero. Nada. Just like they always do.

N.C. senator re-enters race for Dole’s seat

“I’ve had a change of heart. I’m throwing my hat into the ring and going forward,” she said.

Hagan’s entry in the race comes a week after fellow Democratic contender Jim Neal, a Chapel Hill corporate financial adviser, said he is gay. Hagan said Neal’s sexual orientation wasn’t a factor in her decision to seek the Democratic nomination in next May’s primary.

“My decision has nothing to do with any candidate I may face in the primary,” Hagan said. “It was my decision. Period.”

Uh huh.

MCS’ Jordan got a payout

Despite leaving nutrition services at Memphis City Schools in shambles, former director James Jordan received a severance package after he resigned Oct. 11.

Jordan, who has been accused in a preliminary internal audit of numerous management failures that ultimately resulted in a one-year loss of nearly $3.7 million at the district’s Central Nutrition Center, received 20 days of pay worth $8,794.72, district officials confirmed.

Whatever idiot signed off on that check should be canned!

Iraq to sue foreign security contractors

Iraq’s cabinet on Tuesday backed a draft law to make foreign security contractors liable to prosecution, amid continuing controversy over the behaviour of Blackwater and other security companies in the country.

The bill still has to be approved by Iraq’s fractious parliament, but legislators said support would be likely, since the issue has inflamed Iraqi political and public opinion.

I reckon it might just be time to yank the folks out, along with all the funding the U.S. taxpayers has been spending on THEIR black hole of a country. Time to step up and protect your own sorry asses!

Accused Madrid bomb mastermind acquitted

One of the accused masterminds of the 2004 Madrid terror bombings was acquitted of all charges Wednesday by a Spanish court in the culmination to a politically divisive trial over Europe’s worst Islamic militant terror attack.

Rabei Osman, a 35-year-old Egyptian, allegedly bragged during a wiretapped phone conversation that the attacks, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800, were his idea. Twenty-eight people were charged in the attacks.

Boy started blaze, L.A. County says

“We have identified a juvenile boy as the person who started the fire,” said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman. “Arson investigators interviewed the young man, and he acknowledged he had been playing with matches and accidentally started a fire.”

The boy was released to the custody of his parents. The case has been turned over to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The only other information Whitmore provided was that investigators concluded the fire was sparked by an individual the day after it began but that it took more time to link the blaze to the boy.

I am speechless. A kid. All that damage.

A Clarification

31 October 2007, 6:29 am. Comments Off. Filed under U.S. Military.

Veterans Affairs clarifies limits on flag-folding recitations

WASHINGTON- The Veterans Affairs Department has clarified a directive limiting the use of a religious recitation at flag-folding ceremonies.

Last month, a senior VA official told directors of the agency’s 125 cemeteries not to distribute or post nongovernment handouts on “The Meaning of Each Fold of an Honor Guard Funeral Flag.”

The memo also said the handout should not be recited at graveside services by cemetery workers or by VA-sponsored volunteer honor guards. The recitations include references to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

After an uproar among some veterans and Republican House members, a VA spokeswoman now says volunteer honor guards may recite any text requested by next of kin.

That makes a bit more sense.

LONG Day

30 October 2007, 9:33 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

But it was a really good one!  I took a lot of pictures, but since I actually forgot to take my camera, I had to use my cell phone.  Truth be told, I honestly don’t feel like sending ‘em all to myself right now.  :)  I’m one tired shufflin’ ol’ broad!

Here’s one though:

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We walked about 3 miles, but I’m still not skinny.  Guess we should do that more often, eh?  The guide was a fountain of information, and I think we both earned a ‘patch’.  Not sure what it’s for, but that’s ok.

I still think Mr. Ol’ Broad and Jiro should have gone with us.  Might have been a real education for Yankees to get a different perspective on The War of Northern Aggression.  

  

About Town

30 October 2007, 8:51 am. Comments Off. Filed under History.

Today is a history day. Jr and I are going with a group of home schoolers to Shiloh. Yeah. Evidently, there is a local historian who likes to give talks to the kids, and can be quite interesting.

I sure hope so.  I haven’t had enough coffee yet to stay awake on my own.

Morning Coffee 10/30/07

30 October 2007, 8:50 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Immunity Deals Offered to Blackwater Guards

The State Department investigators from the agency’s investigative arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, offered the immunity grants even though they did not have the authority to do so, the officials said. Prosecutors at the Justice Department, who do have such authority, had no advance knowledge of the arrangement, they added.

Is there anyone in charge around here??

Giuliani Still Working at Firm He Promised to Leave

Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination.

Giuliani’s continuing involvement with a firm catering to corporate clients makes him unique among Republican contenders. It also complicates the task of separating his firm’s assets from his campaign spending.

This is a problem….why? Maybe he needs the money?

Embalmed heads found in I-30 truck

Judge Williams was called to the scene when a regular traffic stop Sunday morning by Royse City police turned into a grisly discovery of severed heads in the back of a tractor-trailer.

Police said the truck driver was pulled over for speeding about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 30 at the Hunt County line. Because he was acting suspiciously, officers looked in the back and saw about two dozen embalmed human heads staring back at them from plastic bags and containers.

Ewwwww.

Teen girls charged in McIntosh High threats

Police have arrested two teenage girls who are accused of threatening to take guns to a McIntosh High School, kill as many students as possible and then commit suicide.

The girls ages 15 and 16 were arrested Monday on charges of making terroristic threats against students at McIntosh High in Peachtree City.

The two talked about the plan on the Internet and in the community, police said.

Where did the decline begin that kids came to believe shooting up their schools would solve their problems?

Former presidential attaché says Israel, U.S. planning possible strike against Iranian nuke sites

Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson (USAF-Ret.) is a former Clinton military attaché who now serves as vice chairman of the group Move America Forward. He believes Israel and the U.S. are making plans to take action against Iranian nuclear installations. “I think you’re going to see a very similar operation to what you saw in Syria,” opines Patterson. “And I think that’s already been planned — I think it’s just a matter of time.”

If this is true, is it really such a good idea to keep announcing it? I mean, seriously! What is the point of planning something and let the whole world know about it? Seems kind of self defeating if ya ask me. Do it or don’t do it. Just quit telling the bad guys.

Muhammad Deif: We’ll strike in heart of Israel

Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas’ military wing, has said that the movement will strike in the heart of Israel in the near future, a senior Hamas member said Tuesday.

The man, Sheikh Ahmed Hamdan from the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, said that he recently met with Deif in his hiding place, and heard from him that Hamas will soon replace its defensive fighting policy with an offensive one.

I’d say they’ve been pretty offensive for a long time.

Crew Overtakes Pirates on Hijacked Ship Off Somalia

Officials on Tuesday said the crew of a ship hijacked off of Somalia have overpowered the attackers and regained control of the vessel.

Pirates took over the cargo ship with dozens of foreign crew members reportedly on board late Monday in the waters off the war-battered capital, Mogadishu, said Paddy Ankunda, a Somalia spokesman for the African Union, which has peacekeepers at the city’s port.

A cargo trader who works at the port said the ship was from South Korea, with 43 foreign crew members on board. The trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to feared reprisals from the pirates, said the ship had been carrying a load of sugar from India. Both spoke by telephone from Mogadishu.

Isn’t it nice to know there are some people who won’t just roll over for the bad guys?

Media

29 October 2007, 6:57 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels.

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“Forwards”

29 October 2007, 5:58 pm. 5 Comments. Filed under Faith.

I don’t know about you, but I got burnt out on those emails ya get that you’re suppose to forward. You know the ones, “Email this to nine million people or your hair will fall out and all your children will have bucked teeth!” I don’t forward them, unless it’s right back to the person (my sister) who sent it to me in the first place.

This one I got from a home school mom, on the other hand, presented an interesting concept that I thought I’d share:

In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Saviour. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”

“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..”

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:

“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to
work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children.”

“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays
non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ. Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”

“Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night. Give them headaches too! If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.”

“That will fragment their families quickly!”

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”

“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”

“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”

“It will work!”

“It will work!”

It was quite a plan!

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?

You be the judge!!!!!

Does “BUSY” mean: B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?

Piece of Advice

29 October 2007, 3:08 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

If you are in a pissy mood, keep it to yourself.  There’s a difference between childlike, and childish.  I’d much rather be childlike, than rude and insensitive which is how the childish behave.

Fed Up

29 October 2007, 10:17 am. 4 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Texas Fred, a native of Louisiana, is just plain fed up with the pissing and moaning coming out of New Orleans. I can’t say as I blame him. Two years after Katrina, what have the citizens of NOLA done…..for themselves.

Chocolate City: an editorial by TexasFred

Most of you know that I am originally from Louisiana, I had to leave there almost 26 years ago, and I mean HAD TO LEAVE, and not turn back, I was fed up with the ignorance, the corruption, the race baiting, the entitlement people, the welfare on demand, all of it, the place is sad, it is disgusting, the entire state is rife with crime and corruption, Louisiana has been infamously well known for decades because of that corruption, but New Orleans is a place unto itself, it IS a majority black population, and for the most part, the citizens that have stayed in New Orleans, after Katrina, the ones that are there NOW, are the dregs of society, they want ‘the man’ to come save them, ‘the man’ being one in the same as the EVIL WHITE MAN that is graphically pointed out in this post…

He has a link to this video, which I have to say, is absolutely hilarious, because it’s true.

Ugly “Custom” Spreading

29 October 2007, 9:44 am. Comments Off. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

Murder for the Sake of Honor

AMMAN, Jordan – Every year 5,000 women are murdered in so-called ‘honor killings’ where members of a family kill one of their own women, like a mother or a sister because they believe her actions have shamed the family.

Rana Husseini says that honor is restored only when the women is dead. Husseini has documented the practice of honor killings as a reporter for The Times of Jordan.

“Living in a patriarchal society, women somehow tend to be always blamed,” said Hussein. “Her family holds her responsible for their reputation and so the minute this woman does something wrong they see no solution but to kill her. For them blood cleanses honor.”

This article is pretty much word for word what the video says. Watch the video, to the side.

Morning Coffee 10/29/07

29 October 2007, 8:47 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Saudi King Criticizes UK on Terror

“I believe that most countries are not taking this issue too seriously, including, unfortunately, Great Britain,” he said through a translator. “We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain, but unfortunately no action was taken and it may have been able to avert the tragedy.”

Agreed. Most countries aren’t taking this seriously, which is obvious from all the kowtowing we see.

PM insists his condition won’t force him to step down

Olmert, 62, said that in recent years he had taken care to undergo a complete annual physical, mainly to allow for early detection of any disorders. Upon returning from a visit to Russia 10 days ago, he said, he was examined. The exam showed the first signs of prostate cancer.

If there was a reason for him to step down, this isn’t it.

EU warns against ‘collective punishment’ in Gaza

The European Union warned Israel on Monday against imposing “collective punishment” on the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by reducing the territory’s fuel supplies.

Israel began implementing the sanctions on Sunday in what it said was a response to Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli towns from the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave.

Why is it always Israel being ‘warned’? Why not put out a HUGE warning on the ones who keep doing the damage!

Assaults on Texas prison guards increase

Strike with your palms. Hit the chin, chest and lower abdomen. Kick if you have to.

It could save your life, the 22-year-old training sergeant tells a group of about 75 out-of-breath and generally unfit cadets at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Minnie Houston Training Center just north of Huntsville.

“This is going to buy you time for staff to reach you after you’ve been hit,” says Sgt. Richard Rodenbeck.

Assaults on prison guards and staffers have doubled in the last five years, according to an analysis by The Dallas Morning News. And turnover at the second-largest prison system in the country is at a record level with one in four employees leaving the department last year. The TDCJ workforce was down 3,935 employees at the end of August.

I could give you a couple of reasons for the increased violence, but then, I’d be called a racist.

Turkish envoy: Turkey gives priority to expansion of ties with Iran

At the meeting which took place at the end the Turkish envoy’s mission in Tehran, Turkoglu told Aghai that his country gives priority to expansion of ties with Iran.

Aghai underlined the need for campaign against terrorism, saying that the US and the UK always try to support enemies of Muslim nations, particularly the usurper Zionist regime, with an aim of undermining regional countries.

Uh, who is doing all the terrorizing around the world? I don’t see Israelis making a habit of blowing themselves up in the attempt to take as many as possible with them. Don’t see too many Brits or Americans doing that either. So, who is supporting what here? I’d say most Muslim nations are their own worst enemy.

Doctors turn attention to farm bill to fight obesity

If you’re feeling fat these days, blame Congress.

That’s just what the nation’s doctors are doing, saying that federal lawmakers are responsible for the fact that a salad costs so much more than a Big Mac.

Hoping to produce thinner waistlines, many doctors — including the American Medical Association — want Congress to stop subsidizing the production of foods that are high in fat and cholesterol and spend more to promote fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains that are not.

Yep! It’s all Congress’ fault I sit around on my ass munching Big Macs! (insert major sarcasm) Good grief! BTW, I avoid McDonald’s like the plague. :)

Country Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner dies at 80

Known as “The Thin Man From West Plains,” Mr. Wagoner’s contributions to country music are manifold and consequential. Marty Stuart, who produced this year’s much-heralded comeback album Wagonmaster, calls him “an American master and a cornerstone of our music.”

My dad had us watching his show every time it came on, I think it was Saturday. (He thought Dolly Parton was the cat’s meow, but really enjoyed the whole show.) Rest in peace sir.

Lantos Offends Dutch With Historical Remark

The lawmakers said that Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay.”

Lantos, a Holocaust survivor, was responding to arguments that the United States should shut down the prison, located on a U.S. naval base in Cuba, the lawmakers said. Mariko Peters, a member of the Dutch Green Party, who began the exchange with Lantos, said she took notes of the remarks.

Well, he’s right. They aren’t as outraged by what happened.

Atheist seeks to have IL moment of silence law blocked

A federal judge in Chicago could decide today whether to block a new Illinois law requiring a brief time of prayer or reflective silence at the start of each school day.

A lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old girl and her atheist father calls the law an unconstitutional attempt to inject religion into public schools.

Radio talk show host Robert Sherman, who sued along with his daughter, is seeking a temporary restraining order to halt schools’ obeying the law until the case is decided.

A moment of silence is not a prayer. This guy could really use a couple of moments, to reflect on what an ass he is, and how he is raising his daughter.

Muslin woman says Lompoc bank refused her a checking account

A Muslim woman from Morocco says a Lompoc bank refused to let her open a checking account.

Fatiha Harit says she was left in tears after a Union Bank of California representative told he she couldn’t open an account because of Morocco is a high risk terrorist country.
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Harit says she believes she was being discriminated against because she was wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf.

Odds are, she’s right. Can’t imagine why though. (sarcasm)

ETA members sentenced over car bombing

A COURT in Spain sentenced two members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA to jail terms of 1243 years each for a car bombing in the Spanish capital in 1995 that killed six people.

The sentences are symbolic, as at the time of the bombing the maximum jail sentence anyone can serve in Spain for any crime was 30 years. The maximum sentence has since been raised to 40 years.

Perhaps they should put a ‘symbolic’ stick of dynamite…..where the sun don’t shine and save the Spanish taxpayers a good chunk of change.

Oh yeah, and the Red Sox won. Whup de do! Can we get back to normal now?