Study Sees ‘Global Collapse’ of Fish Species... as long as we grow government, raise taxes, limit free enterprise, support intrusive new laws and regulations, reduce growth, stifle critical thought, put conservatives in chains ...
By Cornelia Dean, The New York Times
If fishing around the world continues at its present pace, more and more species will vanish, marine ecosystems will unravel and there will be “global collapse” of all species currently fished, possibly as soon as midcentury, fisheries experts and ecologists are predicting.
The scientists, who report their findings today in the journal Science, say it is not too late to turn the situation around. As long as ... (link)
Friday, November 03, 2006
Entertainingly so, of course. I admit to having, over the years, passed on some tasteless jokes and more than a few risqué cartoons, sometimes to deliver a point; at other times just to have some fun, and to make the lives of my readers a bit more tolerable. If only briefly.
But there are certain lines I do not cross. I’m never indecent. Or perverse. In email exchanges with people who disagree with my views, I’ve been called all kinds of names of course, a few of which had me temporarily stumped had I not my trusty Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary near my desk. But I’ve never been accused of being depraved or of being a reprobate.
But what if I was? What if my weblog contained some of the most vile, loathsome, nauseating, and disgusting material you’ve ever read? Pornographic stories of the filthiest, most execrable kind. Graphic narratives involving sadism, rape, incest and pedophilia. Think you might be turned off by it? Repelled? Would you flee my web site, never to return? Would you go to the authorities and demand an investigation? Would you block the site from your children’s possible viewing?
Would you choose to not vote for me if I ran for the United States Senate?
I’ll not be running, of course. But you’ll have the chance just the same this coming Tuesday.
James Webb is a novelist. A writer of fiction. Some say he’s a truly gifted writer of war fables. Perhaps that’s so; I can’t say; I’ve not read his work. But he’s apparently good at it because, besides being a decorated war hero/anti-war Democrat in the John Kerry mold, his campaign staff seems to think his accomplishments and renown as an author make him the perfect candidate for one of the highest public offices in the land. That, in and of itself, is fine. Hillary ran with far less going for her and won.
But there’s a dark side to the man. A repugnant maliciousness. Recent news stories have brought to light a number of passages in several of his many books that, in their vivid depictions of depravity, turn one’s stomach. Certain scenes are so graphic and so profane that I am unable to reproduce them here. They are that debauched.
James Webb has written scenes with subject-matter that is so smutty, so revolting, so appalling that I would never consider reproducing it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t judge my veracity and decide for yourself. Go here for the details, but be forewarned - this is graphic stuff.
There are those who support Webb who have accused people like me of being right-wing book burners; throw-backs to the Nazi era. They say we wish to suppress “artistic” works like those of this Democratic senatorial candidate and that we want to ban his writings. On the contrary. We want all the (adult) world to see what this reprobate has published. Read and decide. It’s your civic duty.
Then, when you go to the polls on Tuesday, think about what it is this guy stands for. If you have no problem with his offensive stories, your vote for him will be understandable. But if you are a decent person who wants your children and grandchildren to grow up in a world free of degenerates like James Webb, you’ll send him back to the dark recesses of the planet from whence he came.
Indictment: Crooked deputies sold guns, drugs to public
From Kevin Bohn, CNN Washington Bureau
Washington -- A Virginia sheriff covered up a scheme in which a dozen of his deputies sold seized guns and drugs to the public, a federal indictment alleges.
The indictment names Henry County Sheriff Harold Franklin Cassell, known locally as "Frank," and 19 others.
The charges include racketeering conspiracy, weapons offenses, narcotics distribution, obstruction of justice and perjury.
Among the schemes alleged in the indictment:
- The theft of drugs and firearms in the custody of the sheriff's department
- Distribution of cocaine, marijuana and a date rape drug
- Money laundering
- Obstruction of justice (link)