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Archive for 8 February 2008
Ick’s contribution to the political process!
Honestly, I was surprised to hear Airhead America was still around.
H/T: Charlie Sykes
If olive oil is suppose to be so much better for you, why are the 120 calories per tablespoon all fat calories?
Since our local rag doesn’t have a website, I’m typing this whole thing….manually…..with my very own 10 little fingers.Â I just though it was too much of a hoot not to share.Â There is no name attached to the column, so you are just going to have to take my word for it….I didn’t write it.Â Not that you’d be inclined to think I did, but…
So, here it is, in it’s entirety, straight from The Courrier, of Savannah, TN, I bring you…..
Tote Up Your Carbon Footprint
Carbon is the new guilt.
And if you don’t feel guilty about the carbon you exude, thus threatening the penguins, the polar bears, lower-lying nations, not to mention prime beachfront real estate, do-good groups will soon be around to see that you do.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and thus a cluprtit in global warming.Â It is also the stuff you exhale.
Your carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon you emit and cause to be emitted as you go about your daily business.Â The Web is full of programs that enable you to calculate your personal carbon footprint – in other words, how much better the planet would be if you weren’t on it.
Carbon has become such a worthy cause that other worthy causes are latching on it.
Public health activists are urging you to save your life and the planet by walking or biking a half hour a day instead of driving.Â Someone calculated the reduction in driving would cut carbon-dioxide the reduction in driving would cut carbone-dioxide emission by 64 million tons.
And, of course, you’d be in better shape and wouldn’t breathe so har, cutting your personal carbon emission as well.Â And while you’re at it, don’t eat meat because the whole business of producing meat accounts for 18 percent of all green-house-gas emissions.
One of the solutions proposed for emission is a carbon tax.Â And that brings us to this bellwether news: California has become the first state to require refineries, power plants and other major sources of carbon dioxide to start reporting their annual emissions.
So you think this is only going to affect big industry?Â You naive little carbon emitter, you.Â If it’s possible to calculate your person carbon footprint, it’s possible some do-good politician will try to tax it – in the name of saving the planet, of course.
Go here.Â Taken by a home schooler.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders has described the Koran as a “fascist book” and reaffirmed what he calls “the clear superiority of Christian culture over that of Muslims.”
His views were published in an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, on Friday.
Wilders, a member of the Dutch lower house since 1998, heads the Party for Freedom that he founded and supports greater restrictions on immigration.
He is a vocal critic of Islam and will release a film in March on the Koran, which is already generating widespread controversy.
“I have no intention of inciting hatred,” Wilders told the Italian daily. ” I don’t have anything against Muslims but I hate the Koran.
I’m not a big fan of the Quran. I find the idea of many Muslim teaching highly offensive. That being said, stating that he doesn’t have anything against Muslims but hates the Quran is pretty much like saying “I don’t have anything against Christians, I just hate the Bible”. Kind of …..um….. contrary, don’cha think?
“I have a big problem with their writing and I want to be free to say that. If I don’t do it, no-one will do it. Europe is soaked in cultural relativism, an illusion because equality between cultures does not exist.
“Ours is great deal better than a stunted Islamic (culture).”
Gotta say, I agree. Contrary to what the atheist think, Christianity is a whole lot more tolerant than Islam. There is no ‘equality’ in Islam. Well, at least not the way it’s being practiced these days. Kind of doubt there was much equality in it’s history either. Granted, Christianity does have a rather, shall we say, checkered past. However, that was just as political as Islam is today.
Asked whether he might be killed like Dutch film director Van Theo van Gogh, murdered by jihadist Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004, Wilders said it was certainly possible.
Yup….let the riots begin.
Playing Politics With Tragedy
By Mike Gallagher
Iâ€™ve never gone from sadness to rage in such a short period of time than this week when I watched a pandering, vile Democrat blame global warming for the rash of tornadoes that struck the South.
When over 50 people are killed by a horrible storm that spawned countless twisters, who could expect that anyone would be brazen and ugly enough to politicize this natural disaster?
John Kerry reporting for duty.
I love Tennessee. The state is beautiful and the people are warm and gracious. When I first heard about the killer storm, my heart went out to those good and decent folks.
But then I made the mistake of turning on the television and watching Sen. John Kerry give his best scientific explanation of the cause of these multiple tornadoes. I realize that when he ran for president he couldnâ€™t stop telling us what a fabled war hero he was, but I must have missed the part about his meteorology degree.
With his mellifluous voice and scholarly manner, Rowan Williams looks every inch an archbishop. A family man, deep-thinking, apparently wise.
Yet within the space of six weeks, he has not only dismantled every child’s image of Christmas but also posted an astonishing warning notice to his own religion to move over and make space for Islam.
Who exactly put this weasel in charge? Why don’t they can him? He’s not exactly an icon for Christian values.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the dead included Councilwoman Connie Karr, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost and police officers Tom Ballman and William Biggs.
Mayor Mike Swoboda was wounded and in critical condition, and Suburban Journals newspaper reporter Todd Smith was in satisfactory condition, St. John’s Mercy Hospital spokesman Bill McShane told The Associated Press.
The shootings began shortly after 7 p.m. just outside the Kirkwood City Hall when a man approached a police officer in the parking lot of the Kirkwood police station and fatally shot him, Panus said. The officer died at the scene.
Prayers with the families, and the town.
Senator John McCain all but captured the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday after Mitt Romney withdrew from the race, saying the war in Iraq and the terrorist threat made it imperative that the party unite.
Oh, I agree, it is important that the party unite. Sadly, McFeingold, you are NOT the one who is going to do it! Let’s see, amnesty, against the tax cuts, sucking up to the Dhimmis. Nope, don’t think it’s gonna happen. I see a lot of clothespins going into the voting booths come November.
Jones, whose wrists were shackled, wept as he asked forgiveness from the Huggins family. “I hope and pray that they find it in their hearts to forgive me,” he said. “I have to own up to my actions and consequences. . . . I wished a million times I hadn’t done that, but I can’t change the past. I hope my family and the Huggins family can forgive my actions. I am truly sorry. “
As humans, we can forgive, but that does not mean that there should be no punishment. I think the death penalty would be appropriate in this case, and many like it. Two years for appeals. No sitting on ‘death row’ for 20 years at the tax payers expense, playing lawyer.
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour had set the special election for Nov. 4 but Hood, a Democrat, challenged the date in a lawsuit. Hood argued — and a circuit judge agreed — that state law requires the special election to be held within 90 days from Dec. 20, when the governor issued a proclamation announcing the vacancy.
That would be in March, but the law also notes an exception if the vacancy occurs during a year when “there shall be held a general state or congressional election.”
Couldn’t Lott have just said he wouldn’t run for re-election and serve out his term? Criminy!
Without naming John McCain, President Bush marshaled the conservative wing of the Republican Party on Friday to back the presumed GOP presidential nominee for the upcoming battle against the Democratic Party.
Since Bush and McFeingold are pro-amnesty, I’m surprised he hasn’t already endorsed him.
Scotland Yard investigators on Friday upheld Pakistani government findings that opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed by the force of a suicide bombing, dismissing her party’s claim that the former prime minister died from gunshots moments earlier.
Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party immediately rejected the British findings and repeated its demand for a U.N. investigation into the Dec. 27 assassination. Party leaders want a broader, independent investigation because of their suspicions that political allies of President Pervez Musharraf may have been involved.
Gunshot, or bomb blast. Dead is still dead. Asking the Useless Numnuts to investigate seems down right silly, because, well, they’re USELESS.
A Somalian woman tried to stab two pilots mid-air and threatened to blow up the aircraft as she grappled with controls in the cockpit of a New Zealand domestic flight today.
The 33-year-old, named in media reports today as Asha Ali Abdille, also inflicted a minor knife injury on a woman passenger and threatened others as she demanded to be flown to Australia. The other six passengers were unharmed.
A taxi driver says Ms Abdille had seemed “vague” when he took her to Blenheim airport. The driver, who identified himself as Colin, told New Zealand radio: â€œShe was a wee bit vague. He described her as “away with the fairies.â€
“Away with the fairies.” I’d say that describes a LOT of folks these days. Glad everyone is going to be ok.
Theary Seng, a Cambodian-American who survived the regime’s atrocities as a child and is now a lawyer, urged the court not to free him, saying that his regime had shown no mercy when she was jailed as a seven-year-old.
“My brother, who was younger than me, and I were put in prison under Mr Nuon Chea’s regime. We were not informed of our rights. There was no due process and we were arrested arbitrarily,” she told the court.
“They treated us inhumanely — for us, the graveyard was our playground,” she said, standing behind a desk opposite Nuon Chea in the pre-trial chambers.
If ever there was someone who should have received the same treatment he dished out, it would be trash like this.
Tennessee lawmakers say they sympathize with Georgia’s water shortages but will oppose an effort by its lawmakers to redraw the states’ border.
A proposal in the Georgia Legislature argues that a flawed survey in 1818 mistakenly marked Georgia’s border one mile south of the Tennessee River.
Changing state lines that have been in place for almost 200 years? Was there a war between Georgia and Tennessee I haven’t heard about?
South Carolina pollster David Woodard says Barack Obama’s “red state” appeal may lead him to the Democratic presidential nomination.
Woodard, a Clemson University political scientist, also says Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) needed to knock out Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) on Super Tuesday and failed to do that. He contends that the longer the Democratic race goes, the more appealing Obama is and the less appealing Clinton becomes.
B. Hussein speaks well, but says nothing.
Wind chills could drop to as low as -35 between midnight and noon on Sunday, according to a special weather statement by the National Weather Service.
Not that we’ll notice, but we could get an inch or two of new snow today and tonight.
The temps will begin falling and the wind picking up Saturday afternoon. The high winds could cause near-blizzard conditions Saturday in some rural areas because of blowing snow.
I am SO glad I am here (TN) and not there (WI)!
Proudly standing in front of what’s left of Sharon Baptist Church.
The tornado that ravaged parts of northeast Hardin County on Tuesday night killed a retired paper company troubleshooter, a boat captain and a retired general carpenter.
They were 75-year-old Walter Abels, 55-year-old Gerald Alexander and 74-year-old Henry (Doc) Hunsinger. All three lived in mobile homes that were obliterated.
I heard that my friend isn’t doing too well.Â Her loss, and that of Gerald’s family, breaks my heart.
All that is left from his home.