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  1. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MEXICO_MISTREATING_MIGRANTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-04-18-18-08-31 So why do we give a rat's backside what Fox thinks? Build a wall.
  2. Well, so far the "shakeup" is just rearranging people already there. It's a bit disappointing, as I was hoping to get some new perspectives and ideas added to the mix. Read some discussion about Rumsfeld online, and who might replace him should he retire. One suggestion was Bolton. Wouldn't THAT outrage the DNC? bwahahaha I don't think it will happen, but the daydream sure makes me chuckle.
  3. Read the wikipedia article. YIKES! My condolences to Chicago. Although it appears that it was already known what a crook he was when they reelected him. As noted in another thread, sometimes we get the leaders we deserve. EDIT: I meant condolences to Detroit. Brain cramp, but then I think Chicago is in need of sympathy as well. Feeling lucky about our mayor. He hasn't done my side of town any good -- the funds seem to go to places that benefit his country club cronies one way or the other -- but he seems honest as democrats go and is rich enough in his own right that he doesn't have to steal from our city.
  4. Interesting info on the librarian, and some background on the professor who has filed the complaint. http://volokh.com/posts/1145298322.shtml Scroll down to the long post in the comments by a student at the college (Sarah) here http://volokh.com/posts/1145298322.shtml
  5. I've got Cherokee blood (documented). I reclaim the state of Georgia, and as my first official act as the first Empress of the Cherokee Kingdom of Georgia, I hereby deport Cynthia McKinney. But re reparations: I have an ancestor who fought for the north and was wounded. Another was hung in the Gainesville hangings. So what am I owed for the sacrifice my family made? I've done extensive genealogies and the only slaveowner I've found died in KY in 1802 and his will stipulated that his only slave be given his manumission papers and a cash payment. The Chinese who we brought over to help build the railroads to the west were no better than slaves, yet these have worked hard and brought themselves up. Their descendants aren't seeking a handout. We've had over 40 years of affirmative action and other programs. We have two generations of adults who have NEVER lived under segregation and Jim Crow laws. Sometimes you have to choose whether you want to waller in self pity, or work hard to improve yourself. But first, that involves taking responsibility of your own life and choices.
  6. Glad they're cleaning house. Now they need to get rid of Daley in Chicago. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0604120150apr12,1,806841.story?coll=chi-news-hed
  7. I'd say wrong, but not necessarily more immoral than anyone else, and they definitely have faith, just not in God, as I noted. Faith in the new testament biblical sense is the noun form of the same verb translated "believe." They believe that there is no God. That is faith. They form groups and organizations around that faith in nothing. They study their faith, proselytize and attempt to inflict their antireligious practice on others. I'm aware that they vehemently deny being a religion, but that sounds like a religion to me. I'm not inclined to try to convince them otherwise. My own system, if pressed to give a name to it, leans toward Calvinism. I believe there's a God, that He reveals Himself, and how He deals with them up up to Him. I'm more inclined to argue with believers who are being unGodly in His name. But I do get sorely weary of the athiests preaching, then complaining how preachy Christians are. Biff Mayhem: Yeah, I got that. It didn't appear to be getting hot, though. If so, I'll probably disengage because then it gets foolish. I know that I'm not outraged. Heathens blaspheme; it's their nature. A favorite quote that has served me well is one of Jonathan Edwards' resolutions, which he read daily: "Resolved: Never to suffer the least motions of anger toward irrational beings." *S*
  8. Ray, Ventura later retracted that statement and apologized. Bill, that isn't what I said and you know it. A dictionary definition of religion: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith I'd say that they have the cause, the system of beliefs, and the ardor down. And I'd say it takes a lot of faith to spit in God's face. But that's between them and him. I'm only suggesting that they are being hypocritical.
  9. http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/17/bush.shake.up/ Is there a pool yet on who's in and who's out?
  10. LOL pfife ... let us know what he has to say about it when he replies. One obvious answer to support the hypothesis might be to admit that athiesm is a religion. They're certainly zealous enough, and spend an awful lot of time thinking about religion, talking about religion, and so forth.
  11. Certainly it's relevant. Carlin implies that the world would be a much more peaceful place in the absence of religion. Yet the countries founded on this premise have been among the most brutal in history. Account for this.
  12. I wonder then how Carlin accounts for Stalin and Mao tse-tung.
  13. Exactly. Interesting to note that both G. W. Bush and Hillary Clinton are Methodists, so have the same religious background and teaching. Methodists aren't normally considered fundamentalists; they tend to be quite liberal doctrinally.
  14. Well, I could do a whole long preach with exegesis from the Greek, but will spare you. (You are welcome.) The Cliff notes version: God's call on someone is a personal matter, not a campaign device. We, i.e. Christians, are called to bring Godly ethics to our secular responsibilities, e.g. Luke 3 where the tax collectors and soldiers are by Jesus sent back to their secular jobs with the Romans but told to do these jobs without stealing, slandering, pillaging, and to live within their income. The emphasis seems to be more on setting a good example. And just because a ruler is put in place by God doesn't mean that he's a good ruler. Sometimes it's the opposite, and the bad ruler was put in place as judgement, or some other mysterious purpose that is not immediately evident. The Bible is full of examples of really bad religious leadership, and heathens who actually did God's will relating to Israel.
  15. I'd like to see more context for his statement. This is a teaching from the Bible, i.e. that all rulers are put in place by God. It was originally written by the apostle Paul to a church in Rome ca. AD 57 and their ruler was Nero. He was exhorting these believers to obey the civil laws and to pay their taxes.
  16. Interesting response to Swannack. Best line: Secretary Kettle, meet General Pot. http://www.tnr.com/blog/theplank?pid=13824 From your link: That was from one of the other generals, Batiste. So, bottom line, by posting these you agree that we need someone more ruthless than Rumsfeld in order to git er done? I guess I'm okay with that. But are you, truly?
  17. ...until the Oil for Food funds flowing into France, Germany, Russia and the pockets of certain U.N. officials dries up. Hussain kept kicking the inspectors out. What a useless organization the U.N. has become. "You'd better straighten up or we'll issue a resolution." Then again, Iraq is probably better off that it WASN'T a U.N. invasion, considering the perversions they've been inflicting in the Congo, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and other places.
  18. As much as I dislike Pat Robertson and that bunch, when I read articles like this http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20060414/NEWS0103/604140420 I'm reminded of why we need a far right: the tension is is needed to protect our country from the radical left who would take away the right to any free speech that disagrees with them. Sort of a yin/yang, if you will.
  19. Public opinion in an election year? Interesting discussion, btw. I'd never heard of Smith-Mundt so googled it. I guess I slept through that lecture in college. I've occasionally read a VOA article on the web that came up on a web search. I knew who the VOA was, what I was reading, and what the purpose was, so read it in that context. I've never seen anything patently untrue in a VOA article, but was well aware of the inherent bias. What I didn't know was that I wasn't supposed to be reading it. Perverse creature that I am, it makes me want to read MORE! (Not really. LOL)
  20. http://www.usiraqprocon.org/pop/Resources-Reports.html I found this in my travels tonight and though some others might be interested in bookmarking the resource. I haven't fully explored it, but it has a large number of original documents in PDF form, and various quotes and articles both pro and con relating to the war. If you surf to the parent site, this outfit appears to have similar pages on a variety of interesting topics such as medical marijuana, Israel Palestine conflict, and others.
  21. I'd imagine that there some process, and that the president would consult with the agency that created the classified document before releasing information from it. Do we even know that the parts that were leaked were classified? Libby stated that he was authorized to leak "certain information" from the report, so that sounds like he was limited in what he was to release. It's very possible that, for example, a ten page report might only contain a few sentences or paragraphs that are technically sensitive. That's just speculation, of course. I haven't read the document. Has anyone seen a PDF of the declassified report? I'd be interested in seeing how the pages were marked. What we need is some fairly recent MI guy. He'd probably know. It's been over 20 years ago for me, and frankly I never did really memorize the process. A checklist usually came to tell us how to handle, mark, etc. and it didn't happen that often. Edit: Answered, so deleted my own question about the date reported as the declassification date. McClellan gave this date. From the Lexington Herald: "McClellan told reporters July 18, 2003, that the material being released on Iraq "was officially declassified today." Yesterday, McClellan interpreted his own words to mean that's when the material was "officially released." Edit #2: http://www.usiraqprocon.org/pdf/NIE2002UC.pdf Has the actual document if you want to read it. I'm not sure what that date "Approved for Release April 2004" means. Note how many blanked out pages and paragraphs there are. Evidently, at least as of April 2004, not all of the contents document were declassified.
  22. Thank you for acknowledging this. I agree. I do not agree that he knowingly used discredited evidence. I believe, and will grant that there may have been a bit of bias involved, he chose to err on the side of safety for the Amercian people and genuinely believed Hussain to be a threat. (Hussain was a threat, for that matter, or at least wanted to be. What's disputable is how imminent.) I'll agree with this as well, to a point. But if 9/11 hadn't happened, I don't believe it would have come to an invasion. Face it: Hussain was a bad guy, believed to have dangerous weapons, and had been thumbing his nose at the U.S. and the U.N. for over a decade. There's no dispute that he's an evil man, and the world, not to mention Iraq, will be a better place without him. There is an appointed board in the executive branch who is supposed to evaluate and report to the President on CIA activities. So yes, to a degree. But, as I understand it, the CIA's actual activities must be authorized and approved by the House and Senate committees. So then, the house and senate can't pin the CIA deficiencies on Bush. It was their watch as well. No dispute. I mentioned the fact in order to note that Tenet wasn't handpicked by Bush, so there's no reason to believe that Tenet was one of those Bush insiders so placed to do Bush's will. Don't you know that the job of CIA director has to suck. All those committees to report to at the same time? Monday morning quarterback is a much better gig, and I think I'll keep it.
  23. Powell suggested recently that many of our current problems were the result of not "imposing our will" strongly enough immediately following the fall of Baghdad. And, God's truth, the work our military has done over there is beyond heroic. If there's one thing in all the political rhetoric that has ticked me off, it's the suggestion that our troops are characterized by a few bad apples. While there have been some glitches in the training of the locals to serve as Army and police (overcoming years of cultural conditioning, infiltration by enemy), I think that the progress on that front has been amazing. And I'd like to note my admiration for the young men of Iraq who serve the new government. These are heros, in my estimation. We shouldn't let them down.
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