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Friday, July 14, 2006

While The War Rages ...

As the Middle East erupts in flames with hundreds of civilians having been killed, thousands more wounded, and with rockets raining down on northern Israel, causing widespread destruction and fear, Old Europe is outraged ... over this:
Fury as Di pic shown
By Duncan Larcombe, The Sun

Worldwide fury erupted last night after an Italian magazine and a paper published sickening pictures of Princess Diana’s death.

One was a photo of her lying fatally injured just after the Paris car crash.

The others were harrowing autopsy drawings detailing her wounds.

There was outrage at the shameful decision to break an unofficial international blackout on the images. (
Cemeteries in Europe are choked with the remains of brave American soldiers who were killed to liberate this bunch in the 40's. Between controversial head butts and now this, it's times like these that I have serious doubts that our losses were worth it.

River City Rapids Is On The Move

Snoop over at River City Rapids wants all his friends and loyal readers to know that his address has changed. Get out your # 2 lead pencil and write this down:

Be there or be ...

And They Complained About A Flag Amendment

A few weeks ago we heard all these Democrats yapping about the fact that the Republicans were wasting "the peoples'" time with such things as flag burning amendments and gay marriage amendments and the like.

But not a word yesterday when the House voted for a measure whose importance died with Lester Maddox and Orval Faubus many, many years ago:
Voting Rights Act Extensions Pass House Despite GOP Infighting
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Staff Writer

The House yesterday easily approved an extension of key provisions of the landmark Voting Rights Act, after GOP leaders quelled a rebellion within the party's Southern ranks that threatened to become a political embarrassment.

"Today, Republicans and Democrats have united in a historic vote to preserve and protect one of America's most important fundamental rights -- the right to vote," said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). (
Raise your hand if you were worried about losing your right to vote when the Voting Rights Act expired.

For the love of God.

We Don't Frighten Easily

Just as Americans are giving a big ho-hum to Al Gore's attempt at scaring the bejeebers out of them (see below), it turns out we aren't frightened by those who have come up with frightening pandemic statistics and bizarre avian flu scenarios:
Bird flu fails to hit U.S. appetite
By Kara Rowland, The Washington Times

The poultry industry says the U.S. demand for chicken has remained strong despite a lagging export market in countries where bird flu has been reported.

"No one that we've spoken to has reported any impact from avian influenza," said Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, a Washington trade group. "The public is very well aware of bird flu but there's really been no measurable impact on demand for chicken in the United States." (
I had chicken last night for dinner. It was delicious. I may eat chicken again tonight. Try as they might, I will not be cowed!

Sorry about the feeble attempt at wordplay ...

More Evidence of Insanity

Just yesterday we were subjected to the news that the United States Senate is pushing a bill requiring that in certain circumstances employers pay illegal workers more than American workers.

Today we receive the news that the same Senate that passed a bill to create a fence at our southern border to stop the illegal migration of Mexicans into the USA voted not to fund it:

Senate denies funds for new border fence
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday voted against providing funds to build it. (
For the love of God.

The Scaremongers Have Some Work To Do

Al Gore is not going to like the results from this poll. Even those who support him don't care about global warming:
By Ryan Sager, The New York Post

July 14, 2006 -- Everybody knows Republicans don't care about global warming. But here's some surprising news: Neither do Democrats.

That's the finding of a poll out this week from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, a survey of more than 1,500 U.S. adults last month.

... when asked to rate a selection of 19 national issues by importance, that gap looks less significant: Republicans ranked global warming 19th out of the 19 issues; Democrats ranked it 13th out of 19. (
The lesson? They're all talk ...

They Just Won't Go Away

It appears Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame aren't going to go into the night quietly:
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sues Cheney and Others Over Leak
By Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 13 — Valerie Wilson and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, filed suit on Thursday against Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Cheney’s former top aide and the senior presidential adviser Karl Rove, charging they had conspired to violate their constitutional

The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court, accused Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove and the former Cheney aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., of conspiring to destroy Ms. Wilson’s career by leaking her identity as an
undercover C.I.A. operative to the press. It says the three men had conspired to punish Mr. Wilson for his public assertions that the Bush administration had twisted intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. (

If Cheney, Rove, and Libby are found to be guilty of ruining Valerie Plame's CIA career, she and her husband should be counter-sued for half the proceeds from her husband's book (as meager as they are; the book bombed) and of the royalties on the Simon & Shuster deal she just signed and of the check that Vanity Fair handed the two of them and of the speaking fees that Joe has garnered and of the Playboy spread that is sure to be coming next. After all, these two power player wannabes were nonentities until Cheney, Libby, and Rove (supposedly) targeted them.

If one career was ruined, another was born.

Let Them Be Athletes

Much will be made of this:
Top Grades and No Class Time for Auburn Players
By Pete Thamel, The New York Times

A graphic popped up on James Gundlach’s television during an Auburn football game in the fall of 2004, and he could not believe his eyes.

One of the university’s prominent football players was being honored as a scholar athlete for his work as a sociology major. Professor Gundlach, the director of the Auburn sociology department, had never had the player in class. He asked two other full-time sociology professors about the player, and they could not recall having taught him, either.

So Professor Gundlach looked at the player’s academic files, which led him to the discovery that many Auburn athletes were receiving high grades from the same professor for sociology and criminology courses that required no attendance and little work. (

The Auburn professor who was handing out grades to college athletes without being earned should be punished.

But there is a larger point: If colleges can offer degrees in such things as "women's studies" or philosophy or band, why can't an athlete major in athletics?