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Thursday, February 7. 2008
Retiring from the field with dignity. What Mitt could have done differently: Halprin. A good man. By the way, McCain's CPAC speech today was good, whether you believe him or not, he said all the right things.
Moslem tennis star in trouble. They don't like her legs, but they look fine to me.
Archbishop Moonbat: "..Dr Williams says the argument that "there's one law for everybody… I think that's a bit of a danger". Blue Crab. Where do churches find such spineless wimps who will only stand up for suicide? The Archbishop should refresh his memory on Sharia.
Bobby the Jew? Look at the names of these goombas.
Warming is good. Coyote.
Speaking of Moslem women, the CharmingBurkha breaks no Koranic rules
Will pharmaceuticals make a more-authentic you?
LaShawn takes a look at Bartlett's Wrong on Race
Exxon's taxes. Exxon paid more taxes than the bottom 50% of American taxpayers. Of course, that tax $ they paid came out of my 401K, didn't it? So, really, I paid Exxon's taxes because it's a public company.
"What is it about business success that turns so many retired executives into socialists?" View from 1776
Tim Blair's recovery update
Even the NYT is beginning to print some global warming hysteria doubts
What's the future of AOL? Does anyone care?
Is there a human right not to be offended? The very notion offends me, deeply.
"How I learned to stop worrying and to love John McCain" Sissy
How I learned to stop worrying and love John McCain
There’s been plenty of speculation since self-described Democratic-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman started stumping for Sen. John McCain in December that Al Gore’s 2000 runningmate might reprise that role for his Republican friend, the WSJ reported three weeks back. In the
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Brown slaps down Archbishop's call for Islamic sharia law to operate in Britain
Dr Rowan Williams: 'We have to think about the rule of law in a society of overlapping identities'
The Archbishop of Canterbury caused consternation yesterday by calling for Islamic law to be recognised in Britain.
He declared that sharia and Parliamentary law should be given equal legal status so the people could choose which governs their lives.
Study: Corn ethanol worse than gasoline
Greenhouse emissions much higher if land use factored in, researchers say
Updated 6:50 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008
WASHINGTON - The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes, researchers concluded Thursday.
The study challenges the rush to corn-based ethanol as a response to global warming, but says there is a future for ethanol from waste products that do not require uprooting land where carbon is already absorbed by trees and plants.
The researchers said that past studies showing the benefits of ethanol in combating climate change have not taken into account almost certain changes in land use worldwide if ethanol from corn — and in the future from other feedstocks such as switchgrass — become a prized commodity.
Lawd a mercy dat white boy Habu done said dis tree week ago..he be some kinda voodoo man.
Author and race expert Earl Hutchinson says simmering tensions between African-Americans and Latinos could have a huge impact on the '08 race.
Race didn't figure to be a front-burner issue in the 2008 presidential primary campaign. That is, until Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama verbally sparred over remarks Clinton made about Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson. Now racial issues are starting to simmer along the campaign trail, and the flames could be turned up as the pols head deeper into the Southern and Southwestern states. The candidates quickly tried to tone down any discussion of race and gender, but political analyst and author Earl Hutchinson, whose latest book, "The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House," comes out next month, suggests that race is always an issue in presidential politics, be it covert or overt, and that there's a much more significant racial subtext to the current race than many may realize.
"The wheels have come off. Structured finance, which has been the key to this credit bubble, has broken down. We believe that confidence in structures, ratings, collateral, issuers, counterparties, et cetera, has all been lost. Therefore we are in a very precarious position. Credit has driven the economy and has driven markets. Credit has to grow year-over-year in this credit bubble environment in order for the economy to grow. With structured finance having broken down, in our opinion, there is no way that credit will grow year-over-year any longer." - David Tice of the Prudent Bear Fund
Using the Internet as a weapon
Commentary: Internet interruption in the Middle East looks fishy
By John C. Dvorak
Last update: 12:01 a.m. EST Feb. 8, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- Nobody knows what caused the cut cables in the Mediterranean that interrupted Internet service to parts of the Middle East last week, but there are now conspiracy theories galore written by bloggers and pundits.
Some say it will benefit terrorists and Iran somehow. In fact, the cut cables -- originally blamed on ships dragging anchors -- look more like a ploy by some intelligence agency to disrupt Iranian commerce, specifically an emerging oil bourse that the Iranians have been quietly establishing and hoped to roll out fully in the next 60 days.
There has always been talk about disrupting commerce by screwing up the Internet. We've just seen a proof of concept, whether done on purpose or by accident.
This concept seems a little farfetched until you look at the details which were provided to me by one of my readers, Martin Kuplens-Ewart who has been following the story from the outset . He notes: "there is a substantial event that has effectively been killed by the loss of connectivity: the launch of the Iranian Oil Bourse.
"A marketplace for oil, gas, and various petrochemicals, the Iranian Oil Bourse would trade exclusively in non-dollars and probably substantial negative impact to the U.S. economy and financial system. The bourse was scheduled for launch this week (between Feb. 1 and 11. With complete elimination of Internet connectivity to the country, this launch is now impossible and unlikely to be achievable before month's end (given the estimate 10-14 days for repairs to fiber-optic cables)."
He cites various articles (See Seattle Times article) expressing the mystery behind the cut cables and (See World Press article) (See Energy Bulletin item) describing the bourse and its overall threat to the U.S. economy, as well as how the thing could backfire, ruining the Iranian economy.
The second bourse article, written in 2005, discusses the early planning for the bourse and suggests or wonders if someone might take some covert actions against it.
In most instances Internet connectivity can be rerouted, and much of the Middle East has already done this. But what makes this situation unique is that the bourse was being established on Kish Island, a free-trade zone set up by the Iranians in hopes of creating a cool tourist destination.
For an example of what they are up to check out the Web site for one of the new hotels here.
There doesn't seem to be an alternate Internet connection to the island other than the cut cables. I attempted to email the three top hotels on the island and all the email bounced. I was also unable to make a telephone call there indicating a large telecommunications failure.
The Web sites for the hotels are likely to be hosted off the island and are still working.
This sort of telecom and Internet failure/collapse, no matter what the cause, is unlikely to give anyone confidence in an international oil trading system on Kish Island. Too much money is at risk. The island obviously needs satellite access or some form of connectivity back up that is foolproof.
There has always been talk about disrupting commerce by screwing up the Internet. We've just seen a proof of concept, whether done on purpose or by accident.
It doesn't make a lot of difference how it happened if we want to learn a lesson as to how delicate the Internet mechanism can be.
If the cut cable was done on purpose you can expect the U.S. to get blamed although it could have just as easily benefited Britain, China or even Saudi Arabia for that matter. I'm guessing we will never know how it happened or who suffered the most. All I can say for sure is that it does look fishy.
More importantly, investors should know more about this sort of risk and which companies in their portfolio could suffer a negative impact from this sort of event.
Habu note: Best guess..US Subs doing their part to prepare the Iranian battlefield..really the Iranian airstrike.
Oh my goodness! Tell me now, please tell me the occupation of my religious tradition (Anglican)my people from the far left will now end. This Rowan WIlliams may have been elected to the highest office, but clearly he is insane(as are some of the others). How do we get them out of office? We will need the practice!!
re: the Gambino crime family bust
When my grandmother died in October 1976, she was laid to rest in a mausoleum in Queens. When our group arrived at the cemetery, the place was crawling with cops and government agent types with cameras who were assembled for the burial of Carlo Gambino who had died of natural causes a few days earlier.
The police ended up hustling us out toward the end of the service as the Gambino mourners arrived. It was quite a commotion and they did look like they were straight out of Hollywood casting. Gambino is now a neighbor to my grandmother and my grandfather, entombed in the same mausoleum.
Love is a numbers game : Crack the code
It takes 10 first dates with compatible people to find a match
By Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
How many bad dates do you need to go on before you find the one? The answer may be as simple as one, two, three.
Anyone who’s dated knows it’s a numbers game. All it takes is one person to set you on the path towards happily ever after—or to add another bad date to the list you’re hoping to laugh at one day. But how do you know that once you do meet Mr. or Ms. Special, another, more attractive, more compatible, more everything-you’ve-ever-wanted prospect isn’t right around the corner? In a world of too many choices, dating distress often comes down to "what if" as much as it does to a lack of desirable partners. (Other names for this phenomenon include "the grass is always greener" and the ever-popular "I want what I can’t have" syndromes.)
George Carlin's Views on Aging
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key .
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH ! 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge .
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10.Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
We now have three still running for President who each wishes to turn those waging Private War loose into the civil law system. That system, being adversarial, will require legal proof of crimes and evidence to gain conviction... so prosecution will require exposing sensitive and classified data to lawyers of terrorists. I would suspect that CAIR or similar organizations will provide same.
This is contrary to the Laws of War, Law of Nations and the power of the President as seen by a founder of the Republican party, Abraham Lincoln, and all Presidents before him and those after all the way to the 20th century. When civilization shifts to move those who barbarically wage unaccountable War into the civil arena when they are captured waging that war, then we are turning our backs on not only our history, but that history which brought us to this point in time. That is not civilized or ethical, it is decadent.
The venue places the crime in even Private War, and if you are caught fighting or helping others fight unaccountable to any Nation the punishment has always been sure and swift to eliminate those doing this. That is given to the Commander of the Armies and the Navies to identify those and take care of them by those powers vested in that commandership. For our willingness to forget this and forget the past that brought us here, we will repeat the outcome of those who have forgotten same, and the only peace they got was that of the grave.
Re: Retiring from the field
The day started out with Chinese New Year, the year of the Rat.
Who'd take center stage and personify the rat?
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
But is it an oppossum rat?
Say, it aint so, MorMitt.
Say, y'all won't try to resurrect suspended campaign this year or in 2012 as some MorMittites say.
Re: Charming Burka
I'd rather see my Muslim gal in a rose pink burka or magenta for church.
Pink's much more appropriate than blue or black unless, she be mourning.
What seems dangerous to me is the archbishop's thinking on this. It sends precisely the wrong message to Islamic immigrants.