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Archive for 16 July 2008
Have you walked through the children’s clothing department at ANY store lately? Holy crap! Trash: the Pre-K version. Now, they come out with this? Where is the outrage from parents? Don’t they care that their children are being dragged down into a cesspool?
Ok, maybe not, but it is kind of cool!
NEW images from US and European spacecraft support growing evidence that Mars was once a water-rich planet, capable of supporting life.
The new views reveal details of regions thought to contain water-bearing minerals and geological formations formed billions of years ago.
Stunning images captured by the High-Resolution Stereo Camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express show the cliffs, valleys and plateaus of Echus Chasma, thought to have been one of the largest water-source regions on Mars.
Echus Chasma resembles a dry river bed 100km long and 10km wide. It cuts through the Lunae Planum high plateau north of Valles Marineris, the so-called Grand Canyon of Mars.
The images — released yesterday but taken on September 25, 2005 — show side-branching valleys roughly 10km long and 1000m deep.
The water that formed the features may have come from long-ago volcanic activity or the discharge of groundwater from beneath the planet’s surface.
The new pictures provide information that builds on the stunning detail of the land surface and minerals obtained during recent missions to the Red Planet, as well as on the analysis of images reported this week in the journals Nature and Nature Geoscience.
I can think of a few folks I wouldn’t mind sending to check it out.
The more I think about this, the more annoyed I get. I do not know one single person who voted for John McCain in the primaries. Not one. I know Thompson supporters, Huckabee, Romney, and even Ron Paul, but not ONE person of my acquaintance expressed any support for McCain whatsoever. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Truth be told, they aren’t expressing much now either.
Now, my question: Did ANYONE vote for McCain in their state’s primary? Anyone?
A California-based immigration reform activist says he isn’t surprised that GOP presidential candidate John McCain employed code words meaning amnesty for illegal immigrants when he told a Hispanic rights group that he supports “comprehensive immigration reform.”
On Monday the presumptive Republican presidential nominee spoke to the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza in San Diego, telling Hispanic voters how he gained their trust by championing an immigration reform bill that nearly killed his presidential bid. He made it clear that his position has not changed on that issue.
“When my critics said it would political suicide for me to do so, I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform,” stated McCain, “and I took my lumps for it without complaint. My campaign was written off as a lost cause.”
Rick Oltman, national spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, says most people know what those words mean.
“There was nothing new in this panderfest,” says Oltman. “It was the same kind of talk-around you hear when you talk about allowing people to earn a chance to stay — or with the code word ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ everybody knows that means amnesty.”
Oltman says, like Barack Obama, McCain remains fully committed to giving an amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States.
The boy’s mother, Amber Brewington, 21, was taken into custody late Tuesday following the latest alleged poisoning attempt, police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.
The boy was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville earlier this month after he became inexplicably ill, Stangrecki said.
It was not immediately clear who sought care for the boy then, but Stangrecki said the baby was transferred to the Pittsburgh hospital on July 9.
At that time, the boy’s father traveled with him and his condition began to improve, Stangrecki said.
But the boy’s condition declined after his mother visited him on Sunday and again on Tuesday night which led to Brewington’s arrest, Stangrecki said. The boy’s father was questioned, but is not suspected of wrongdoing and faces no charges, Stangrecki said.
This is not a “mom” as the headline suggests. Moms don’t poison their children!
Brewington has two children with the sick baby’s father, and another child by another man, Stangrecki said.
This POS is 21, and has FOUR children?
If you doubt there is evil in the world, look at a female who would murder who own child, and tell me. Oh, wait a minute….women do it everyday. They just call it “choice”.
New Yorker “insults Muslims.
The mayor and other officials in Washington, D.C., are trying to circumvent the Supreme Court’s rejection of the District of Columbia’s gun ban, Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, says. So he is trying to repeal all restrictions the city has on guns.
“Their intent is basically to try to get around the court ruling,” Souder said. “In other words, ban the gun, keep all the strict registration, track all the ammunition and, in effect, keep a D.C. gun ban fully operating as if there hadn’t been a court decision.”
And that ban has really worked well for them in the past……how? Look at this map. And that’s just crimes involving guns in less than a month! (Ya might have to eliminate crimes not involving guns. Not sure if the map will save my input.)
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari said Tuesday that the IRGC is getting more prepared to face “asymmetrical” security, political, cultural and military threats facing the country.
Jaafari told a group of IRGC officials that enemies of Iran are not however capable of posing any direct threat or taking open action against Iran.
“The US and Israel have become aware of their weakness against our country and due to the same reason they try to put Iran under pressure through different sanctions,” he added.
Weakness? Uh, yeah, thanks Congress, for expressing YOUR belief of our weakness to the bad guys. Really ‘preciate that. Actually, the biggest threat to Iran, is Iran.
Democrat Barack Obama has a 7-point lead on Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, and holds a small edge on the crucial question of who would best manage the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
More than a month after kicking off the general election campaign, Obama leads McCain by 47 percent to 40 percent. That is slightly better than his 5-point cushion in mid-June, shortly after he clinched the Democratic nomination fight against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps the yahoos in D.C. are right. We are a nation of idiots, and don’t deserve to think for ourselves. Well, at least “47%” of us at any rate.
In an address in Washington that was the most detailed outline yet of his national security strategy, Obama said it was time to end the war in Iraq, which he opposed from the start, and to begin to address the resurgent al-Qaida and Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he said posed a far greater danger to U.S. security than did the chaos in Iraq.
McCain drew the opposite conclusion from events in Iraq. He said the success of the so-called surge, which he supported from the start, pointed the way toward victory in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Can you imagine if FDR had caved to the loons and pulled out of WWII? I’m not a fan of his, but at least he had a set. B. Hussein must have lost his while pretending to be a “community organizer”.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday sent his regards to the families of Samir Kuntar and the other four Lebanese prisoners scheduled to be transferred to Hizbullah.
Abbas praised the prisoner swap and congratulated the Kuntar family.
Insanity! “Regev, Goldwasser remains officially identified” I don’t know about you, but I don’t call that a “prisoner swap”.
After years of getting generous coverage, retirees from salaried jobs at General Motors Corp. reacted angrily Tuesday to the announcement that GM was ending their health benefits.
Where in, lies the problem. How can a company continue to pay “generous” benefits, and expect to stay in business. People need to save for their retirement, not depend on a company, or government, or any other entity, to support them. Criminy! We ARE a nation of whiners! Gramm is right!
U.S. officials insisted that Mr. Burns will not negotiate with Mr. Jalili but only listen to what the Iranian has to say. He will “reiterate that our terms for negotiations remain the same: Iran must suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities,” one official was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
You do realize that Iran is going to tout this as a victory over the Great Satan, right?
The U.S. is one of a dozen countries — including Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Russia — that ban travel and immigration for HIV-positive people.
Even China, said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., recently changed that policy, deciding it was “time to move beyond an antiquated, knee-jerk reaction” to people with HIV.
“There’s no excuse for a law that stigmatizes a particular disease,” Kerry said Tuesday at a speech to the Center for Strategic & International Studies HIV/AIDS Task Force. Even people with avian flu or the Ebola virus have an easier time than those with HIV when it come to applying for visas, he said.
Oh, why the hell not! We’re letting folks with diseases we had eradicated slip through the southern ‘border’. So, what the hell. Nobody there in D.C. gives a happy crap about our safety and well being anyway.
Volkswagen announced Tuesday that it will build a $1 billion U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga, ending an eight-month search for a site that finally came down to a competition between Tennessee and Alabama.
Even though several auto industry publications, quoting unidentified sources purportedly inside Volkswagen’s headquarters, said in recent days that the plant would go to a site near Huntsville, Ala., the big celebration Tuesday morning took place 100 miles away, on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.
Cool. Are they making VW pick ‘em trucks yet?
NATO-led forces in eastern Afghanistan have left a temporary combat outpost station, a site insurgents tried to overrun earlier this week in a push that led to the deaths of nine American soldiers.
But a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday that ISAF troops and Afghan National Security Forces would “continue to perform regular patrols near the village of Wanat.”
Question: Does NATO do this often? Abandon places?
24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.