Saturday, May 31, 2008
May 21, 2008Energy TribuneWhen it comes to energy policy, Congress goes from dumb to dumber. The latest example: a bill passed by the House of Representatives on May 20 that will allow the U.S. government to sue OPEC for conspiring to raise prices.
There are several reasons why the bill, which passed by a margin of 324 to 84, makes no sense. I’ll focus on two: reciprocity and hypocrisy.
First, reciprocity. If the U.S. can demand that foreign oil producers increase their output, what’s to stop them from demanding that we produce more of what they want? Robert Rapier, author of the R-Squared Energy blog, has made this point most succinctly. His April 29 column offers an analogy that shows just how nutty this idea is:
"Let's say Saudi Arabia loves American wood. They love it so much, that their purchases start to drive the price higher. It seems other countries love American wood as well, so supplies are tight. But Saudi [sic] feels like they have a God-given right to cheap wood. Therefore, they demand that we increase production of our wood to bring prices back down. They demand that we overproduce our resources in order to meet what they would prefer to pay, because they have grown dependent on our wood. So, they threaten to sue and take us before the world court."
Rapier, a clever Oklahoma-born chemical engineer, goes on to say that by threatening to sue OPEC, the U.S. is demanding that the oil-producing countries “produce according to the price we prefer to pay –- not necessarily what's in their own best long-term interest.”
That’s precisely the point. The U.S. has no legal right to compel foreign companies (or countries) to produce more of anything. Further, if we could somehow force the OPEC members to produce more oil, then why not sue the Dutch to make them produce more beer? I like Heineken. But I don’t like paying $1 per bottle. How about if we sue the Netherlands for under-producing Heineken?
The other problem with the House measure is its blatant hypocrisy. Congress has restricted drilling in the U.S. by making (for example) the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas off-limits to oil and gas exploration. Thus, the U.S. wants to protect its own environment – by preventing new oil production in America – while demanding that foreigners spend billions to drill on their lands. We’re told repeatedly that A.N.W.R. won’t make much difference in terms of new supplies. Not true. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the refuge holds about one-third of America’s oil reserves and more than half of its gas reserves.
The new House measure aimed at OPEC came just one week after a Senate vote that prevents energy companies from drilling in A.N.W.R. On May 13, by a margin of 56 to 42, the Senate blocked a measure that would have allowed oil exploration in A.N.W.R. and in areas that lie offshore the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. After the vote, Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, dismissed the idea that domestic energy production will do any good, declaring, “We can’t drill our way to lower prices.”
We can’t. But if Congress can force foreign countries to drill more, lower prices are certain?
It just gets dumber and dumber.
By rbryce at May 21 2008 - 3:09pm
Friday, May 30, 2008
Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man’s closet and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town said Friday.
The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.
One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar. However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all windows closed.
“We searched the house ... checking everywhere someone could possibly hide,” Itakura said. “When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side."
The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.
The closet is part of a Japanese-style room, one of several rooms in his one-story house where the man lived alone — or so he had thought.
Police were investigating how she managed to go in and out of the house unnoticed, as well as details of her life inside the closet, and if she had taken anything else besides food.
She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and apparently even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman "neat and clean."
Palm Beach County Judge Frank Castor also ordered that the county be given custody of the woman's pets — two German shepherds and two cats — and ruled that she and her son, 18, jointly pay the county $1,848 in boarding costs and other fees.
The man, who was 17 at the time of the recorded activity, did not appear in court. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is not identifying him because he was a juvenile at the time of the activity.
His mother, whose residence is where the sexual activity occurred, teaches at a public school. She testified at Thursday's hearing, insisting repeatedly that she was unaware of her son's sexual acts with her male German shepherd. She said she found the behavior reprehensible and out of character for her son, whom she said is a recently graduated high school honors student. Thursday's hearing included graphic details of the man's sexual acts, including descriptions of the film that Palm Beach County sheriff's investigators found stored on his personal computer in his bedroom. More here:
Well -- four things:
1 - This shows that complete idiots can still get good grades in school and otherwise function well in society.
2 - The report leave you wondering "why were the cops going through his computer?" The "reporter" didn't even address it. I mean, he could have said "they declined to say why they were searching his computer." He could have said "I forgot to ask why they were searching his computer." Instead, he ignored it completely. Good job, dumbass.
3 - If this lady wasn't involved, why is she fighting to keep her pet-rights when she knows the kid is just going to raunch it in the fudgetunnel and film it?
4 - Why isn't this kid going to jail? No wonder criminals don't learn.
On Monday, Marnina Norys, a Toronto resident and PhD student studying Social Political Thought, was put through the bureaucratic and culture-of-fear rigmarole while trying to board a place in Kelowna - all because she wore a necklace with a pendant in the shape of a gun (the classic Colt45, and the actual pendant depicted in the above photo).
Hijacking a plane using a tattoo of a gun or the latest issue of Guns & Ammo magazine are just as likely scenarios.
First she was told by an agent at security that she couldn't wear it, and that the "replica" would have to go in her carry-on bag. But a second agent who was tasked with searching her carry-on bag found the gun pendant and told her that although harmless (and against all common sense) her gun would have to go in her checked baggage.
Racing back to the check-in desk, concerned that she was going to miss her flight, Norys ended up just checking her whole carry-on bag (since her checked luggage was already long gone.)
There are peeps somewhere, making very stupid rules. And these complete morons -- peeps with absolutely zero sense -- could not get dumber if they lost both their brain cells -- THESE are the people in charge of making sure terrorists don't board airplanes.
Seriously -- could anyone with an IQ over 25 be fooled into thinking this was a real gun? In my opinion, these "rule makers" should be summarily fired and then everyone should laugh at them while they walk to their cars. But don't worry, they won't be fired, nor will anything at all happen to them. Why not? Because nobody, no matter how high up in government, is afraid of being fired anymore -- you know -- since peeps keep voting libs into office.
Yes -- Instead of tending to the nation's business, let's have more hearin's and testifyin'. Bush only has six more months before a new president is elected but let's harass him to the very last day -- you know -- instead of tax reform, or lifting regulations on the oil companies, or addressing illegal aliens. Good thinking, Dumbocrat.Come to think of it, at least if they're consecrating on this, they're not stealing our freedom. Pathetic though, isn't it?
Capehart was in full courtier mode to Mika Brzezinski, anchoring the show during Joe Scarborough's extended absence awaiting the birth of a child home in Florida. When executive producer Chris Licht read a viewer email critical of Mika, Capehart leapt to her defense, and it was then that Barnicle and he sniffed at the pretenders of the pajamahadeen. More at Newbusters:
Remember what I said about these idiots and how they worship the word "jourrrrrnalist?" Here is the naked pride and arrogance for all to see. You hardly ever hear any of them slip like this and reveal their true attitude. Bray, you leftist jackass, bray.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Garrels, who spoke as part of the Crain Lecture Series, said NPR had been struggling with power; they received electricity from Baghdad's grid for only two hours a day.
Someone from Fox News offered to share the station's generator with NPR, which Garrels said it initially rejected.
"My boss said, 'Not on your Nelly,' " Garrels said. "But no Fox, no power and eventually saner minds prevailed. People do help each other out in Baghdad a lot."
Not on your Nelly? This would lead one to suspect the NPR boss is not an American, or perhaps spent a lot of time in London. It's described as "Cockney rhyming slang for not on your life."
Two of those in attendance at the meeting reportedly were hurt by police and received medical treatment for their injuries. Thirty others were detained by Cuban police though later released, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
While Cuban authorities regularly break up meetings of political dissidents on the communist island, the use of excessive force reportedly has not happened for the last several months, as the administration of new Cuban leader Raul Castro approved several reforms and appeared more tolerant of Cuba's voices of opposition.
Yes -- but it's perfectly OK for every Hollywood celebrity with skin to visit Cuba and badmouth the US, right Castro? Badmouth, make movies, -- whatever -- it's fine. We all know what geniuses they are in political history.
THOSE dissidents you don't have a problem with. Hey, Commie-boy -- you like to arrest dissidents? It's easy to find them in America -- they don't have to hide -- they'll be kazillions of 'em at the Democrat convention in Denver. Go get their asses.
The influential Environmental Audit Committee says a personal carbon trading scheme is the best and fairest way of cutting Britain's CO2 emissions without penalising the poor.
Under the scheme, everyone would be given an annual carbon allowance to use when buying oil, gas, electricity and flights.
Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven't used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company. More here:
Klaus was speaking a the National Press Building in Washington to present his new book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles - What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?, before meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday.
"My answer is it is our freedom and, I might add, and our prosperity," he said.
Klaus, an economist, said he opposed the "climate alarmism" perpetuated by environmentalism trying to impose their ideals, comparing it to the decades of communist rule he experienced growing up in Soviet-dominated Czechoslovakia.
"Like their (communist) predecessors, they will be certain that they have the right to sacrifice man and his freedom to make their idea reality," he said.
"In the past, it was in the name of the Marxists or of the proletariat - this time, in the name of the planet," he added.
Klaus said a free market should be used to address environmental concerns and said he oppposed as unrealistic regulations or greenhouse gas capping systems designed to reduce the impact of climate change.
"It could be even true that we are now at a stage where mere facts, reason and truths are powerless in the face of the global warming propaganda," he said.
Klaus alleged that the global warming was being championed by scientists and other environmentalists whose careers and funding requires selling the public on global warming.
The helium balloon Michel Fournier was going to use to soar to the stratosphere detached from the capsule he was going to use to jump from 130,000 feet (40,000 meters).
It happened after the balloon was inflated on the ground at the airport in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The balloon drifted away into the sky without the capsule.
Fournier appeared disappointed as left the capsule and walked to the hanger. He was hugged by members of his entourage.
The balloon was reported to have cost at least US$200,000 and Fournier was said to have already exhausted his finances. His handlers planned a media briefing. More here:
When somebody asks you, sir, about Democrats who must now pull this country back from the abyss you have placed us at ... More here:
He's such a fair and impartial jourrrrrnalist.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
100% of Aussie men replied:
"Oi! That's only because they haven't been had by me!"
According to the shrinks:
The survey found rates of sexual desire were similar to those shown in international studies, but Australian women appeared to have more problems with arousal and orgasm.
Whoa... since when is female sexual satisfaction tied to the mythical female orgasm? I fear they are going down a road here that will lead to heartache and chafing for everyone.
"It seems women go into the bedroom and expect it will happen quickly, automatically, with orgasm, even be multi-orgasmic..."
Seriously - ladies? Get a grip. I've bedded many women in my life, and none of them ever even talked about an orgasm, much less a "multiple" orgasm. Their concern was solely for my well being, as it should be.
Their tender words were almost always something to the effect of "what else can I do to help you achieve sweet release?".
Actually I think it was more like "are you done yet?". Same difference.
From Ace of Spades:
This is my favorite - Move the Zig - For Great Justice!!
Click here for the rest.
By Ned Resnikoff, Peter Hildebrand
He'll also act as a canary in a coal mine, warning you about anything that might threaten the less expendable members of your group by being first to turn up in his tent with a knife sticking out of his neck.
Also, see if you can coerce the college slut to come with you.
Not only will she also act as a canary in a coal mine, but she's a canary that puts out! Chaste girls are not only a lot more boring, something about their intact lady bits makes them very difficult to kill.
Do you have that one guy in your group of friends who everyone hates, but who always hangs out with you anyway? Of course you do. If you don't, you're probably that friend and you don't even realize it. Tough break.
But if you're not that friend, you should make sure you bring him with you.
While these dickheads might be irritating, they can be a great source of comic relief. Plus, it'll sting a lot less when his blood gets sprayed all over the slutty girl's face.
To recap, that's one black dude, one asshole and as many slutty girls as you can fit in your shitty van. Click here for the rest of the tips.
Speaking last Thursday at a victory celebration held at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding, President Jammeh said that a legislation“stricter than those in Iran” concerning the vice would be introduced very soon.
He maintained that The Gambia is a country of believers, noting that such sinful and immoral exploits as homosexuality would not be tolerated in this country.
He avowed that he would “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in The Gambia. More here:
Yes -- and the Klown thinks the United States should send our military in, grab people like this, rush them out to the public square, and cut their heads off -- what do you think of THAT, jackass? Leave the punishment for sinning to God, the Republicans, and the Democrats.
"Man actually belongs to [the] prophet, willing to do what is directed," Jeffs said in one sermon, according to a transcript. A woman, he said, should concentrate entirely on submitting to her husband, praying each morning, " 'I want to do your will, Father, through obeying my husband or my father or our prophet.' "
Control has been exerted in more practical ways as well. Until recently, the FLDS operated under a trust called the United Effort Plan. The trust ran businesses in Colorado City and adjoining Hildale, Utah. It owned all the homes, and members tithed 10% of their incomes, usually in monthly payments.
"The first question out of my mouth was, 'Why are we letting this go on? Why isn't there someone prosecuting these cases?' " Shurtleff said.
"Jeffs is a coward, a tyrant and a pedophile. The more I hear about how women are treated, the racism -- every time you think you've heard it all, you hear something new."
Shurtleff first went after the trust, working to break up the $150-million United Effort Plan. Through court action, he put it under the supervision of an outside administrator, removing eviction threats as an FLDS tool.
His office also is looking into allegations of welfare fraud. Shurtleff said 66% of Hildale residents and 78% in Colorado City received welfare, usually food stamps.
Excerpts: The rest of this interesting article here:
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Times is not printing the name of the teen or her mother.
The 39-year-old mother is allergic to many foods, deputies said. Her allergies are so severe that she carries around an EpiPen, a spring-loaded auto injector of epinephrine, or adrenaline, to prevent her from going into anaphylactic shock.
The woman needed the EpiPen the night of May 7, when deputies said the teen added seasoning salt to her mother's dinner, which caused a severe allergic reaction.
The mom's reaction was so intense that she was unable to inject herself with the EpiPen, deputies said, and the teen had to do it for her. The woman did not require further treatment.
Several family members told deputies they believed the teen, who attends Pasco High School, may have spiked her mom's food more than once. They said she was angry because her mom made her do chores and recently took away her cell phone, according to the arrest report.
The teen's 11-year-old sister told deputies she saw the 16-year-old put the seasoning salt in the food, the report said. She wanted to tell their mother, but her older sister threatened to "beat her up until she was dead."
The little sister told deputies that she was afraid because her sister slaps her, pushes her around and makes her do chores.
The teen told deputies that she added the seasoning salt to the meal, knowing her mother was allergic to the ingredients. She said she did not mean to hurt her mother and she was sorry for what she had done.
She was charged and transported to the juvenile assessment center in Land O'Lakes.
Ok -- what do you do with a kid like this? You can't strike them anymore. You can't throw them out on the street. If you do either, YOU'LL be the one going to jail. You can never trust her again. She'll probably kill you with her idiotic behavior if you let her stay at home.
There isn't a lot of information here but it doesn't SEEM like the mom is a lib. She metes out punishment. The kid has to do chores around the house. Sounds like mom is doing her best.
So -- what would YOU do?
The idea was proposed by a state assemblyman, and would impose a 25 percent tax on the production and sales of pornographic videos -- the vast majority of which are made in southern California.
It is unknown, however, how seriously lawmakers will take the idea or how the porn business would deal with the new tax. It is likely, though, that porn-makers would simply pass the cost along to consumers by making pornographic materials more expensive. More here:
That's right, you dirty, filthy, disgusting sinners -- PAY, PAY, and PAY SOME MORE. Drinking, smoking, gambling, porn-watching witches, -- we're going to peel you like grapes and we better not hear a peep out of you.
Government forecasters are predicting a worse-than-usual hurricane season and hope the forecast will be taken seriously despite similar predictions in the past two years that did not hold up. More here:
Hey, pinheads, keep predicting "worse than usual" hurricane seasons -- sooner or later you'll get one.
I mean, by definition, half of them are "worse than average" and half of them are "better than average" -- and with 50-50 odds, you morons STILL get it wrong -- a flipped coin could beat you -- but thanks for the fear mongering.
Online Wall Street Journal
By GINA CHON
May 25, 2008 11:20 a.m.
BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi military officials said Sunday that violence in Iraq has significantly decreased in recent weeks to levels not seen in four years.
That's offering some hope to officials that after recent, Iraqi-led military campaigns in Basra in the south, Sadr City in Baghdad, and Mosul in the north, Iraqi security services here may be making gains.
"We did not expect to see this extent of ocean acidification until the middle to the end of the century," said study co-author Chris Sabine.
"Our results show for the first time that a large section of the North American continental shelf is impacted by ocean acidification," the experts wrote in the study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
"As sea temperatures warm" -- LMAO. Sure, I buy it. Baaaaa - Bleat - I mean, uh -- Taaaaaax me - Taaaaaax me.
Yes -- I did add this to the list.
At the average mainstream major party convention, such things as adult entertainment are off campus, left to delegates to find themselves. At the Libertarian fest in the basement ballroom of a Denver hotel, the strip club has its own booth.
And why not? Libertarians detest the idea of the government regulating morality.
Shotgun Willies occupies prime turf in an exhibit hall booth outside the convention meeting room.
The club shares a divider with the campaign booth of presidential hopeful Bob Barr, a former congressman from Georgia who gained fame by helping press the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying under oath to conceal an affair.
It's just around the corner from the Marijuana Policy Project, which fights to make marijuana legal for medical use — and for nonmedical use.
And Shotgun Willies sits across from the Liberty Dollars booth, where Joby Weeks of Denver sells a nongovernment form of money that boasts, "in just eight years, the Liberty Dollar has become America's second most popular currency."
Before you can ask why it took eight years — was there another No. 2 currency ahead of it? — consider Weeks' pitch about how silver retains its value while the government's money has lost its value. (Libertarians hate the Federal Reserve.)
"An ounce of silver bought five gallons of gas in 1950, it bought five gallons of gas in 1970, and it buys five gallons of gas in 2008," says Weeks. "The price of gas hasn't gone up. The purchasing power of a dollar has gone down."
What is the Libertarian Party?
Monday, May 26, 2008
Ha ha -- those stupid Jupiterlings -- maybe NOW they'll stop burning fossil fuels and driving big SUV's. Anyway, looks like climate change is worse than we thought and we already thought it was bad. Badder than old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog, has a razor in its shoe.
From: Astronomy picture of the day.
Hunt noted that the Iraqi military and police have become more professional and are acting independently of U.S. forces, putting down a Shiite rebellion in the southern city of Basra; that an Iraqi force is stabilizing the Sadr City portion of Baghdad and the government has achieved a truce with radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr; al-Qaeda in Iraq is badly damaged and could lose its last stronghold in Mosul; and the successful campaign against al-Qaeda in Iraq has contributed to a 40 percent decline worldwide in deaths due to terrorism.
Yet, Hunt pointed out, “if it’s not Abu Ghraib with 50 stories in the New York Times, no one in the press that I’ve heard -- besides here -- will even talk about success.” More at Newsbusters:
LMAO -- he sounds shocked!! AS IF the media will give any credit whatsoever to the military/troops. Have you EVER heard them do it? No. And you won't.
Klown's prediction: If the media doesn't completely ignore Memorial Day, they'll put up pictures of our dead heroes and lament how they gave their lives for nothing in Bush's Iraq war -- no -- they won't put it in those terms, but that will be the message, I assure you.
Perhaps Fox News will do a decent job of Memorial Day coverage but, if they do, expect the other networks to be spewing venom at them like a rattlesnake with a buck tooth. Of course, they always do that anyway.
"A group of researchers from Simon Fraser University say that terrorist attacks around the world have, in fact, decreased by 40% since 2001. Snerdley, what year did the war on terror begin?"
"Plastic knives and forks? At a barbecue at home? I can understand if you're going to a neighborhood picnic in a park or something -- then you take that stuff -- but come on!"
"I see McCain is having a big barbecue this weekend at his ranch in Sedona to get to know some potential vice presidential running mates. And I see he's crossing the aisle to talk to a couple of them, like Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal."
"Life is to be enjoyed; you only get one of them. And we try to get the most out of it regardless the price of oil and the price of corn."
"The Democrat Party is not known for male chauvinist pigs. The Democrat Party is known for male wimps who cower in fear at the sight of any feminist."
"I'm having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have as an unpaid Hillary Clinton campaign consultant. (Unpaid so they will not have to disclose me on their reporting forms.)"
"By the way, I agree with that lady: The cameraman ought to stop showing us Hillary's backside."
"Barack Obama's policy ideas are straight out of every Northeastern Ivy League liberal classroom and every liberal professor who's ever tried to inculcate a young mind. I don't think there's an original thought there."
"In Robert Byrd's case, if the sheet fits, you wear it."
While the Times found Sen. John Kerry's service in Vietnam gave him credibility on his opposition to the Iraq War, McCain's five years spent isolated in a POW camp has evidently cursed him with the narrow perspective of America, right or wrong. More at Newbusters:
Yes -- Kerry? ... He's a genius ... Matt Bai? ... another genius -- meanwhile, McCain, who spent five years as a POW, he's an idiot. Excellent logic, Socrates.
On Wednesday, Schumer once again claimed "if [Saudi Arabia] did a million barrels of oil a day increase from today, it would go down about -- the translation to gasoline would be about $.50 a gallon, maybe $.62."
Yet, on May 7, Schumer felt a likely similar increase from drilling in ANWR would "reduce the price of oil by a penny."
As Marc Sheppard over at the American Thinker cleverly pointed out Thursday, in Schumer's odd calculus, only increases in foreign oil production will bring down the price (file photo courtesy FoxNews.com): From Newsbusters:
Hey -- "Chucky Schmucky Schumer" (Mark Levin's nickname for this idiot) -- which is it? This is what I love about the libs -- always so honest and forthright -- so deserving of your trust. Yes, you can believe everything out of their mouths.
I guess he's really in trouble now, eh? Yep, I'll bet the media will be ALL OVER this -- non-stop stories commin' up. All you libs hold your breath until an objective jourrrrrrnalist brings it up.
Hey -- Schmucky -- why aren't you in jail for outright lies from your senate seat? How dumb do people have to be before they vote for you a second time? Braying jackass.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
No, that's not pain, that's the beginning of pain because what comes next is worse... someone puts it to music...
As if that wasn't bad enough, someone else does an animation. Will the humiliation, THE PAIN ever end???? I pray the answer is "nay".
I wanted to post a "pins" pic or the Klown's favorite "boobs" shot, but she demurred.
She said, "If you must show a picture, make sure it's a pretty one."
Thus... Beaner's favorite spot on the west coast, and the best picture I've ever taken.
Asked by South Dakota newspaper the Argus Leader why she didn’t buy the argument that the party was fracturing because of the prolonged contest, Clinton said “my husband didn’t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June.”
“We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” she continued. More here:
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Courtesy of VFW Magazine
Friday, May 23, 2008
Commander Kevin Casper called the incident, in St. Paul, Minnesota, 'weird sexual behavior.'
The incident occurred when a 24-year-old woman was leaving work around 1a.m. on Saturday. The suspect, a 27-year-old man, approached her and demanded her keys and phone, according to authorities.
After that, instead of running away like you're supposed to, he took time out to remove her shoes and licked her toes.
The woman was not hurt, police said.
Police arrested the man a few minutes later about four blocks away. The woman identified the suspect, and police were able to recover her keys and phone.
The man was in custody, but it was not clear whether he had been formally charged.
Accusations of politics governing decisions at the agency led to the resignation of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The subpoena issued Thursday orders Rove to testify before the House panel on July 10. He is expected to face questions about the White House's role in firing nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 and the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama, a Democrat.
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers had negotiated with Rove's attorneys for more than a year over whether the former top political adviser to President Bush would testify voluntarily.
THIS is what the Democrats in congress like to do. Never mind their specific/enumerated powers in the constitution -- you know -- like securing the border, controlling immigration, or funding the military.
"This is unacceptable. People must not take the law into their own hands simply because they suspected someone," said Mwangi Ngunyi, the head of Nyamaiya district. "We will hunt the suspects down," he added.
The gang of about 100 people moved from house to house late Tuesday, tied up their victims and set them ablaze, the official said.
Ngunyi added that the mob also torched 50 houses in Nyakeo village, located some 300 kilometres (180 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi.
"I can't believe my wife of many years would be killed so brutally by people who cannot prove their case even before God," said Enoch Obiero, a pastor.
"My mother has always been a role model to the entire village and why the mob had to kill her will remain a mystery to me forever," lamented 32-year-old Emily Monari.
The region, populated mainly by the Kisii tribe, has been dubbed Kenya's "sorcery belt" due to mob attacks on women suspected of witchcraft.
Efforts by the authorities to clamp down on vigilante and mob justice have been unsuccessful.
Dozens of suspected people were killed in western Kenya in the 1990s, amid allegations of sorcery.
Yep -- anytime you go looking for witches, you'll find 'em. All you have to do is point at someone and holler "WITCH" (or racist or child abuser or evil rich etc etc and on and on) and the geniuses in society know what to do.
Depicted above, the geniuses in society call for the burning of a witch. "How do they know she's a witch" you ask? Simple, the media told them.
I guess Obama won't be the only one denouncing a preacher.
But he won't be able to give evidence on his own behalf - since he is a chimpanzee. Animal rights activists led by British teacher Paula Stibbe are fighting to have Matthew legally declared a 'person' so she can be appointed as his guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where he lives in Vienna is forced to close.
An anonymous businessman has offered a substantial amount to cover his care, but under Austrian law only humans are entitled to have guardians.
The country's supreme court has upheld a lower court ruling which rejected the activists' request to have a trustee appointed for Matthew.
So now 36-year-old Miss Stibbe and the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories have filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. More here:
So -- an anonymous businessman has offered a substantial amount to cover his care -- but that's not good enough for this lib -- she wants to get him declared a person -- prolly so when she has sex with him, she doesna get in trouble.
They punched and kicked her stomach as she called out for her sleeping boyfriend "Jassa", 22-year-old Jasbir Singh, witnesses said. When he woke, both were dragged into waiting cars, driven away and strangled.
Their bodies, half-stripped, were laid out on the dirt outside Sunita's father's house for all to see, a sign that the family's "honor" had been restored by her cold-blooded murder.
A week later, the village of Balla, just a couple of hours drive from India's capital New Delhi, stands united behind the act, proud, defiant almost to a man. More here:
WTF is wrong with these people? I mean, it takes a severely retarded person to defend this type of behavior -- SEVERELY RETARDED. I don't care what your religion says -- if you don't have enough brains to figure out the difference between right and wrong then you're a dangerous mf'r.
On the other hand, if you know what you're doing is going to get you killed and you keep it up -- well -- you aren't the brightest bulb in the sign either.
Upper Caste -- Lower Caste -- honor killings -- a country with a billion peeps, most of whom appear to be dangerous morons -- What's going to happen eventually? I'll let you put it together.Reuters: "From society's point of view, this is a very good thing," said 62-year-old farmer Balwan Arya, sitting smoking a hookah in the shade of a tree in a square with other elders from the village council or panchayat. "We have removed the blot."
Yes -- and how long until these genius "elders" think America is a "blot" that must be removed?
The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow. More here:
Ha ha -- they're going to sue the dictators/commies. Good luck with that, asshats. Thanks for SQUANDERING my money, yet again. Wait, I may have spoken too soon, perhaps some of you lawyers are going to handle this suit on behalf of your country for free ... is that the call?
This is what they're doing INSTEAD of removing regulations on new refineries and INSTEAD of removing regulations on new drilling. At times, I think these people we send to congress are the most dumbassed people on earth.
Hey -- buttholes -- did it ever occur to you that they might take offense at this lawsuit? Did it ever occur to you what they might do if you REALLY piss them off? You know -- things like: Reduce the amount of oil available to the US -- or raise the price some more -- to teach you complete morons a lesson?
This is what happens when you send 400-500 lawyers to Washington. They think the answer to everything is suing. Hey, jackasses, maybe you can sue the brick-making company -- you know -- the one that made the bricks that you used to bang yourselves repeatedly in the head which caused your brain damage.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
CONGRATULATIONS! You have achieved what some believed to be nearly impossible last week. The AgJOBS amnesty has been stripped from the Iraq Supplemental bill. Here's more good news: the employment-based permanent workers have been stripped from the bill too!
Great -- but what I want to know is why, after we defeat it time after time, do they continue to try to shove it down our throats? We beat it and it comes back up -- We beat it and they resurrect it -- they are not getting the message. THIS time they put it in a bill that funds our troops -- there is no depth to which they will not sink -- NONE!
Perhaps they think we'll tire of it and stop fighting them. Personally -- I CAN'T WAIT TO GET IN THE VOTING BOOTH. Both of my senators and my congressman are good on immigration (and one of them is a Democrat.) -- but the current governor isn't -- say goodbye, buttcheese.
Hillary Clinton is smart and forceful, John McCain is proud but has a volatile temper, and Barack Obama is a diplomat who deals well with different people and situations.
Did you get that? Let's review:
Clinton -- smart and forceful
McCain -- volatile temper
Obama -- diplomatic
See any bias here?
So, here are five of the most repeated urban myths, according to US website Cracked.com.
1. You accidentally swallow about eight spiders a year in your sleep
Why it's not true:
Spiders have a natural instinct to stay alive and crawling into the heavy-breathing hot, wet mouths of animals goes strongly against this.
Who started it:
Back in 1993 a columnist for PC Professional named Lisa Holst decided to prove that you could make up anything on the internet and people would believe it.
She did this by making up a set of facts that were utterly ridiculous, the spider myth among them (which itself was taken from a collection of insect folklore that dates back to the 1950s, and emailing her findings around the world.
2. You Only Use 10% of Your Brain (but if you were only less lazy or stupid you could use more)
Why it's not true:
The parts of the brain are specialized, so trying to use all of it at once isn't going to make you any smarter.
That would be like trying to become a better writer by striving to use all the keys on your keyboard in every sentence.
Who started it?
A series of neurologists over the past few hundred years figured out that a human can survive when parts of the brain are removed.
Over time, this was misinterpreted to mean that the brain uses little of its potential, and thus the 10 per cent statistic was born.
3. Men think about sex every seven seconds
Why is it a load of rubbish?
If men thought about sex every seven seconds it would be hard to get anything done. Experts estimate that 30 per cent of men don't think about sex during the day at all.
There are variants of this myth but none of them are based on any actual research. After all, how would they even arrive at such a number?
Hook electrodes up to a guy's head and have him walk around for a week, counting how many times the sex lobe lights up?
Who Started It?
4. You Must Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Swimming
Why is it a load of rubbish?
Because you're not a Gremlin. As you may have already guessed, water does not, in fact, bear properties that form a cramp of death, should you get in the water after eating.
Getting into the water after eating will have no more effect on your body than going for a walk.
Who started it?
In actuality, the amount of oxygen your body needs to swim is more than satisfied, whether or not you've eaten recently.
5. The suicide rate jumps at Christmas
Why is it a load of rubbish?
Actually, the suicide rate goes down significantly. Why? While it's depressing as hell to be alone on Christmas, the truth is most of us aren't.
It's just hard to commit suicide when there's people around constantly trying to get you to wear ugly sweaters.
Who started it?
In this case, no one fooled us more than ourselves.
It's what they call confirmation bias; we decide ahead of time that people should get depressed over the holidays, so when we hear somebody killed themselves over Christmas, we assume the season was the reason.
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