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Archive for 1 December 2007
Whatever public sympathy Hillary Clinton had built up during the tense hostage situation at her New Hampshire campaign office appeared to dissipate Saturday, as she was met with a round of boos during an address over the phone to an Iowa political event.
At the Heartland Presidential Candidates Forum in Des Moines, community activists lustily booed the Democratic frontrunner after she declined to commit to passing comprehensive immigration reform in her first 100 days in office.
Clinton said reform would be a “high priority” for her, but that didn’t satisfy a crowd looking for legislation that would move illegal immigrants swiftly on a path to legalization.
Former radio talk show host John Ziegler also made an off-color Clinton comment Saturday while introducing GOP candidate Fred Thompson at an event in California.
“In case you missed it, some nut job broke in (Clinton’s campaign office) and took hostages and apparently threatened to blow himself up unless he got a chance to speak to Hillary,” Ziegler said. “Now, I found this rather odd because I always feel like blowing myself up after I hear Hillary Clinton speak.”
Democratic leaders voted Saturday to strip Michigan of all its delegates to the national convention next year as punishment for scheduling an early presidential primary in violation of party rules.
Michigan , with 156 delegates, has scheduled a Jan. 15 primary. Democratic Party rules prohibit states other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina from holding nominating contests before Feb. 5.
Florida was hit with a similar penalty in August for scheduling a Jan. 29 primary.
Michigan officials anticipated the action by the Democratic National Committee’s rules panel. But Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said before the vote that he didn’t think the delegates would be lost for good. He expects the Democratic presidential nominee will insist the state’s delegates be seated at the convention.
Nevertheless, Saturday’s vote further diminishes the significance of Michigan’s Democratic primary. All the major Democratic candidates have already agreed not to campaign in either Michigan or Florida because the states violated party rules. And in Michigan, most of the major candidates won’t even be on the ballot.
Democratic candidates John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden have withdrawn their names from the ballot to satisfy Iowa and New Hampshire, which were unhappy Michigan was challenging their leadoff status on the primary calendar.
That leaves Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel and “uncommitted,” as the choices on the Democratic ballot in Michigan.
The DNC rules panel voted by voice vote, with only a few dissents.
Michigan officials defended their early primary, saying it helps provide geographic, racial and economic diversity early in the primary calendar. They also complained that other states that were allowed to hold early votes were receiving preferential treatment.
“I think it is unconscionable that we continue to grant special treatment to some states in this process,” Brewer told the DNC rules panel.
I seriously miss the days when the political conventions actually meant something, and all this primary nonsense was just that….nonsense. How ’bout EVERYONE have their primary on the same day? Eliminates all this crapola. Oh yeah, someone’s constitution says they HAVE to be first. Know what? I don’t give a flying flip who is first, last or in between. NONE of them are going to decide who I vote for!
The whole process on BOTH sides seems to have been taken over by whining tiddy babies anyways.Â (Notice a bit of disgust here?)Â
More hybrids. More diesels. Smaller engines and fancier technology. And an initial sticker price increase that could total a couple thousand dollars.
Those are the likely outcomes now that Congress has decided to increase the national fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles a gallon by 2020, from the current average of 25.
The House and Senate, after months of negotiation and lobbying, agreed to the new standards late Friday night. The deal should spur resolution next week of a broad energy bill that includes proposals to use more biofuel in the nation’s gas mix, eliminate tax incentives for the oil industry and require utilities to buy more renewable energy.
Peachy. Go ahead, destroy the American economy. What difference does it make? Y’all want to bring down the U.S. anyway.
THIS is seriously chapping my hide:
Raise the biofuels mandate: This would require gasoline refiners to use more plant-derived fuel â€“ like corn-based ethanol. The Senate proposed 36 billion gallons by 2022. The House has a more modest proposal. The bill is supported by the corn and ethanol industry and by those who seek greater energy independence. Itâ€™s opposed by refiners who say ethanol is inefficient and hard to transport, livestock farmers concerned about its effect of corn prices and environmentalists. An increase in the mandate is likely, but sources say it wonâ€™t be as high as the Senate wants.
Are they freaking kidding? Do they have a clue what corn is actually used for? Do they prefer a starving world to low gas prices? For the love of pete, is anyone conscious in that town? Or are they all doing a Teddy Kennedy behind the wheel!
Or, perhaps it’s the frigid winters?
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. â€” A man and wife from Cadott face child neglect charges that include allegations they duct-taped their two boys together as they stood outside without their pants and also poured water on them.
A criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County Circuit Court said the case began Oct. 18 when a sheriff’s investigator and social worker spoke with a 6-year-old boy at Cadott Elementary School who had bruising around one hip, across his back and on the left jaw and ear area.
Investigators said they learned the boy’s mother slapped him on the face and his stepfather punished him with a belt. They said they also learned of an incident in which the boy was hit with a belt and then had to stand duct-taped to his 7-year-old stepbrother as they were standing outside with no pants on and water was poured on them.
The 28-year-old husband was charged with two counts of physical abuse of a child and one of causing mental hart to a child. His 27-year-old wife was charged with two counts of child neglect and one of causing mental harm by failing to protect a child.
The are scheduled to be in court Jan. 2.
I’d like to duct tape those two together, in the middle of town, totally naked, in the dead of winter, and run water over THEM!
This is the kind of incident — with one potential victim, and that victim in this case a 54-year-old schoolteacher who, newly arrived in Sudan, and naive as so many about Islam, meets with the primitive nature of Islam.
For we can all recognize, instantly grasp, the teacher’s innocence, just as we could all see the innocence of those Bulgarian nurses held for eight years by the Libyans, raped and tortured and threatened repeatedly with execution. And we know the story, of how she allowed her little seven-year-old charges to vote on the name they wanted to give the little teddy bear, little seven-year-old Muslim children not yet sufficiently brainwashed into every element of Islam, just the way some of the younger children, the American soldiers in Iraq have found, are still….still touchingly sweet, human, recognizable in their behavior, even genuinely friendly and grateful. But just give those children a little time, a little more socializing into Islam, a few more years learning from their elders, and soon enough learn to be otherwise, learn to be shifty meretricious, hostile to those American soldiers handing them candy, soccer balls, whatever else those American soldiers, Thidwicks on the Tigris, are in the business of handing out.
The innocence of this lady was also the innocence of Daniel Pearl, who though he had written about Muslims, had grown up in a family with a mother who recalled, a bit too nostalgically, stories about her life in Baghdad as a Jew (which she had left as a small child, and no doubt the stories were those of her parents, who remembered only the good, at the very time when, because of the British and the aftermath of the British presence, Jews in Baghdad had temporarily flourished or, later, at least been left alone — until the “Farhud” of June 1-2, 1941, when hundreds were killed), and who was unschooled in Islam and too trusting. And then there was that young American boy, who grew up in a household with a father of the far left, who was sure everyone in the world was fine, save possibly American right-wing capitalists, and gave his son the same terminally naive worldview, which son, Michael Berg, flew up, on his own, mind you, to Iraq to “help” the “people of Iraq” in building up their country. And for his pains, he was decapitated, to shouts of Allahu Akbar, on camera.
I doubt it.Â Read the rest.
Huzzah! Governor Doyle has announced a special session of the legislature on campaign finance reform for December 11. Ten years from the issuance of the Heffernan Commission report, Legislators will debate a “fully-funded public finance system for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates” and that is just the beginning.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I have to ask…..who does Mr. Garvey is going to “fully fund” this “finance system”? Does the money just fall out of the legislators collective asses? Is there a tree sprouting hundred dollar bills somewhere that us common folk don’t know about?
Please, if I’ve got this all wrong, please tell me.Â As best I know, the government doesn’t actually HAVE any money.Â It all comes from the taxpayers, and when they say ‘fully funded’ they mean YOU are paying for it, right?
With Sub-Saharan Africa more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world, much of the attention among researchers and aid agencies has been on that continent.
But HIV and AIDS is a worldwide problem whose elimination remains an elusive goal decades after its discovery. In the United States alone, someone is infected with the virus every 15 minutes, and an estimated 300,000 people in the United States are infected and don’t know it.
Events ranging from a memorial service to educational workshops and a poetry reading are being held throughout Memphis today as part of a weekend observance of World AIDS Day.
Always a moving event, a section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed from noon to 4 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College.
But perhaps the most important reason to observe World AIDS Day is to persuade more people to take the time to get tested for the virus.
There are opportunities today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Directions, 642 Semmes, and at the West Tennessee Health Diversity Institute Conference at the Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat.
The tests are free of charge.
So, instead of actually promoting a healthier lifestyle, and better life choices, a bunch of folks get together, read poetry, look at a quilt, wear ribbons, and believe they are actually DOING SOMETHING to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
After once again, pouring through the CDC reports on HIV/AIDS, the story for the US is still the same. Kiddies, listen up and learn how to never get this bug:
*Never have sex with males that have sex with males.
*Never have sex with females that have sex with males that have sex with males.
*Never shoot dope.
*Never have sex with anyone that shoots dope.
These precautions will just about guarantee you’ll never become HIV positive. Oh, and reading poetry will not prevent anything.
Seriously, it’s not that hard to figure out, even if you don’t like the answers.
New government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previous calculations suggested, sources said yesterday.
For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now believe it is between 55,000 and 60,000.
And of course, it has nothing to do with lifestyle, right? No connection with telling 12 year old, ‘it’s ok to screw your friend’. Nope, nothing at all. (sarcasm)
Though licensed, he was too young to purchase bullets for his firearm and most area police departments passed on him, but Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino accepted the eager “youngster” as a reserve deputy constable in 2005.
“He didn’t have any doubts about what he wanted to do,” Trevino said, later adding, “He was just a go-getter.”
Houston police said Odom, 22, and a couple of friends were in a parking lot in the 4800 block of Allendale about 9:30 p.m. when they were robbed at gunpoint by four men who fled in a black Infiniti.
This kind of thing really PISSES ME OFF! A young man, on the right path, murdered by those too lazy to earn their own way. My sincere prayers are with the family.
Dozens of suspected Al-Qaeda fighters raided a Shiite village north of Baghdad Saturday, killing at least 10 people including women and children, police and medical officials told AFP.
“Al-Qaeda militants early this morning attacked the village of Duailiyah in which 10 people were killed and several wounded,” said police Colonel Hazim Yasin from the nearby city of Baquba.
See moonbat brigade? They actually TARGET innocent civilians, women and children. WE, on the other hand, do not. Get it straight.
The family of slain Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor will get little comfort from the arrest of four suspects, a family friend said, particularly since it appears the killing happened because of greed.
“They targeted him for his wealth,” said Richard Sharpstein, Taylor’s former attorney. “It makes his death even more pathetic, unnecessary and just actually disgusting.”
Four more too lazy to get up off their asses and make something of themselves. You don’t need a lot of money to make you happy, you need self respect.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that future Israeli-Palestinian talks will be held in Moscow and Paris.
“We have two stops to make after Annapolis, one in Paris and the other in Moscow,” he said. He did not offer any other details.
Is the location really important? Or are they just going on shopping sprees. Why don’t they talk in their own offices? Oh yeah, cuz someone will find a way to bomb the place. Foolish me.
The market is flooded with ear-warming devices carrying names such as Ear Grips, EarPops and Ear Mitts. All share a common heritage – the 19th century contraption created by a young inventor from Maine with large, sensitive ears.
On Saturday, the town of Farmington was honoring native son Chester Greenwood with extra flourish during a parade in the year that marks the 130th anniversary of the earmuff patent, the 70th anniversary of Greenwood’s death and the 30th anniversary of Chester Greenwood Day.
Bless his heart, he should have gotten a medal while he was alive! Or something.
Congressional negotiators reached a deal late Friday on energy legislation that would force American automakers to improve the fuel efficiency of their cars and light trucks by 40 percent by 2020.
The proposal, which would require automakers to achieve 35 miles per gallon on average, is similar to a measure that was passed in the summer by the Senate but was bitterly opposed by the auto companies, who argued they did not have the technology or the financial resources to reach that goal.
Sorry. The words ‘Congress’ and ‘efficiency’ in the same sentence. Couldn’t help m’self. And the idea that a bunch of lawyers are trying to tell engineers how to do their job? Well, just mind blowing.
An Amtrak train plowed into the back of a freight train and crushed one end of a boxcar under its wheels Friday, injuring dozens of people, some seriously. Most of the 187 passengers walked away unhurt.
Passengers were hurled into the seats in front of them in the accident on the city’s South Side, and four people had to be pulled from the front of the train, where the engine was located, authorities said.
I know accidents happen, but aren’t there suppose to be safety precautions to prevent this sort of thing?
Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political bloc has walked out of parliament to protest against what it called the house arrest of its leader, Adnan al-Dulaimi.
Abdul Karim al-Samarraie of the Accordance Front said the group would not return to parliament until al-Dulaimi was allowed to leave his home.
US forces and the Iraqi government have said they asked al-Dulaimi to stay at home for his own safety after Iraqi troops arrested dozens of his bodyguards and aides under suspicion of links to a car bomb found near his office.
Al-Dulaimi told Reuters news agency that troops guarding his house were preventing him from leaving but the government denies he is under house arrest.
It doesn’t matter what country they are in, politicians, more and more, are reminding me of petulant 3 year olds.
I read about this yesterday, but failed to post the links and such.
But Owen Robinson, a West Bend resident and administrator of bootsandsabers.com – a collection of news and conservative commentary where the message was posted at 6:50 p.m. Nov. 16 – said Friday that it seemed that “Observer” was “posing as a conservative, right-wing whack job to discredit” the Web site’s discussion of teachers’ salaries.
Robinson also criticized Buss’ arrest as an overreaction.
“The comments were not a direct threat to teachers,” he said. “This is free speech.”
The blog discussion began when Robinson noted that the Journal Sentinel had an online database on teacher salaries at JSOnline.com.
Do I think he should have been arrested?Â Well, no, not really.Â He didn’t actually make any direct threats.
But trolls must beware, even if you sign in anonymously, you aren’t anonymous!Â