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Sunday, February 3. 2008
Muslims' demands for religious exemptions. Volokh believes that many of them are in the American tradition.
Beet. A satiric look at an awful college.
Jonathan Last on the role of Iraq in the elections. Front Page
"Secure yourself a place in the belly of a green bird roosting on a chandelier danging from the Throne of Paradise, ladies."
Bainbridge: Hillary as a guilty pleasure?
GOP needs Dems to win. Dilulio. Yes, they do. Reagan knew how to inspire almost everybody with hope and optimism.
The patio heater crisis. A family of Polar Bears dies each time you turn one on.
Ouch. Poll says "Hillary will do anything."
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A better American tradition is to kill those who have in their philosophy the tenant of killing you because you won't conform to their philosophy. And it is about time that Islam was redefined in this country as a philosophy, thus removing all religious redoubts they can hide behind as they continue to attempt a take over.
This is a Christian nation, founded by Christians with Christian traditions. Now we must harbor the indignity of allowing in our culture, a culture and philosophy that seeks our demise.
If our government found David Koresh and the Branch Dividians such a threat that they rolled in tanks to crush and burn to the ground their compound, killing women and children, then how can it justify allowing Islams to exist within our shores?
Lets see...... Branch Dividians vs Islam , Branch Dividians vs Islams ..yep better kill off that damn cult in Texas, they're one helluva threat. Islams, let 'em be .. in fact in Boston why don't we use millions of taxpayer dollars to help them build a huge Mosque ..to hell with the separation of church and state, we'll spend those taxpayer dollars like a college kid on Spring break in Mexico.
The hypocrisy is enough to make you puke.
Habu, I'll puke with you! Great example with the Branch Dividians,don't forget taxpayer money for all those footbaths were making.
Police search for Chicago store gunman
Five women shot to death in clothing store during apparent robbery
Yesterday my comment:
"It's a darn shame but it's always too late to wish you had your rig on when the looney at the mall opens up on innocent women and children . At minimum you can suppress his/her fire until the police arrive. If he's intent on dying then just accommodate him should he advance or you get a clean shot."
My closing paragraph in yesterdays discussion on carrying a gun 7.2.1 @13.56
As for the Stanford motto, maybe the word "blows" doesn't mean what you think it does...
Massachusetts charges Merrill with fraud
As a former Merrill broker I can tell you that it is a cesspool. Your money is safer under your mattress. If you have an account with them, well, good luck in the long run.
I can't address much of what you have to say, because I lack the proper edumacation.
I like to read your side of issues even though I sometimes get so depressed I could start drinking heavily, but look, breaking pages with long links is simply going too far.
Go here and you can smoosh links into a tiny package, thereby not breaking pages and causing undue horizontal scrolling (this courtesy and my faith in the Lord will keep me from the dissipation of excessive alcohol consumption):
Jep..thank you, thank you, thank you......sometimes I see those monsters and would just wonder WTF is all this...you've really helped.
Beijing espionage poses 'No. 1' threat
By Bill Gertz
January 30, 2008
Mr. Wortzel said China's cyber-spying and computer attacks are major worries. He noted that U.S. government and private-sector networks are targets and that counterespionage services are overwhelmed in trying to counter the threat.
Mr. Wortzel said U.S. counterintelligence agencies, mainly the FBI and domestic security agencies, must contend with Chinese spies dispatched by myriad Chinese spy services.
They include the Ministry of State Security; the Public Security Bureau; the PLA Third, the military intelligence unit of the People"s Liberation Army (PLA); the PLA Fourth Department, which conducts information warfare; industrial spies from the PLA"s General Armaments Department and the General Logistics Department; the technical intelligence collectors of the military industrial sector and the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense; the Communist Party Liaison Department; and the PLA General Political Department.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes discussed the cost, in dollars and troops' lives, of the increasing spy capability of China and Iran after a closed counterintelligence and security briefing.
China's aggressive spying, technology theft and computer attacks pose the most significant threats to U.S. national security, officials and analysts told a congressional hearing yesterday.
"China has now become the No. 1 espionage threat to the United States," Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, said after a closed-door briefing with U.S. counterintelligence and security officials.
After a year of hearings, research and classified briefings, the commission concluded that "China's espionage activities are the single greatest threat to U.S. technology and strain the U.S. counterintelligence establishment," Mr. Wortzel said afterward.
Dr Larry Wortzel http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/people.cfm?q=30
I've been sounding this tocsin for some time now. One morning we're going to wake up and our computers won't world, our electrical grid won't work, and we'll all be f*cked royally by the people we're making rich by buying their imports made by slave labor...and by the way , they do not reciprocate on trade.
Quarter of Brits think Churchill was myth: poll Sun Feb 3, 7:12 PM ET
Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.
The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth.
And 23 percent thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up. The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.
Three percent thought Charles Dickens, one of Britain's most famous writers, is a work of fiction himself.
Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi and Battle of Waterloo victor the Duke of Wellington also appeared in the top 10 of people thought to be myths.
Meanwhile, 58 percent thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Holmes actually existed; 33 percent thought the same of W. E. Johns' fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles.
UKTV Gold television surveyed 3,000 people.
I'm guessing the New England Patriots will be going on a weeks retreat with Tony Robbins and Dr. Phil in order to restore what has to be some deeply traumatized egos.
You'll hear their supporters say the usual, that they played their worst game of the year but as Gen Pickett remarked after his disastrous charge at Gettysburg when asked how it could fail, he responded, "I believe the Yankee Army had something to do with it"
The Patriots played poorly because the Giants played superbly.
And oh those Manning boys ......