Ed. - Classic.
***JIM-ROSE.COM EXCLUSIVE*** RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eleven passengers were escorted off a Southwest airlines flight Tuesday and taken into custody, suspected of being illegal immigrants. The people were taken off Southwest flight 2340 from Chicago at RDU International at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said that an air marshal who was on the flight overheard some people talking about being smuggled into the U.S. The air marshal then contacted immigration and customs officials who met the plane.
Cary immigration attorney Jorgelina Araneda said although North Carolina attracts thousands of illegal workers, organized smuggling operations typically do not venture too far past the Mexican border. "If they're using the airlines, I would say it leads me to believe that it was a truly motivated work need. They need a workforce in this state and that's why they were bold enough to try the airlines," Araneda said. The 11 Mexican nationals were taken to the Johnston County jail where they were held overnight and are still being interviewed.
Authorities said they believe each person spent about $1,000 to get on the flight and that one of the 11 planned the incident. The other 136 passengers on board were delayed by 15 to 20 minutes after the flight landed. The other passengers reportedly cheered when authorities removed the suspected illegal immigrants.
Ayn Rand once said that conservatives are more dangerous than liberals because conservatives are always apologizing for capitalism. The debate over Social Security reform is a classic example. The Republicans have allowed the Democrats to convince people that privatization is a 4-letter word, so they try and use their own semantics, i.e. "Personal Accounts", to get around the issue. This is a very bad idea for two reasons. One, the reform of Social Security will never be successful if the Republicans try and sell a privatization plan while at the same time denying that's what it is. Two, for the love of God, they shouldn't' be ashamed of it!! Privatization, i. freakin' e. CAPITALISM, is what made America what it is today: the richest country in the world. The Repubs need to say it loud and say it proud. Show a little confidence.
What am I saying? The Senate is full of cowards.
Ed. - Bad craziness.
As Kyrgyzstan shakes with revolutionary fever, officials in oil-rich Kazakhstan are hoping to quarantine their country from political infection. But the opposition in this former Soviet republic says it's time for change and President Nursultan Nazarbayev must accept it. "If authorities continue to use the same language of intimidation, pressure and blackmail ... the people and the opposition will be cornered and will have no other choice but to take more decisive steps," opposition leader Zharmakhan Tuyakbai told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The overthrow of President Askar Akayev in Kyrgyzstan is emerging as a powerful catalyst for the Kazakh opposition, which already was inspired by popular uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine. With an upcoming presidential vote, opposition leaders say preparations are afoot for a final push to unseat Nazarbayev.
Ed. - Heh.
"We urge you to reject that nomination," the former diplomats said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press and dated Tuesday. The ex-diplomats have served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, some for long terms and others briefly. They include Arthur A. Hartman, ambassador to France and the Soviet Union under Presidents Carter and Reagan and assistant secretary of state for European affairs under President Nixon. Others who signed the leader include Princeton N. Lyman, ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton; Monteagle Stearns, ambassador to Greece and Ivory Coast in the Ford, Carter and Reagan administrations; and Spurgeon M. Keeny Jr., deputy director of the Arms Control Agency in the Carter administration.
Their criticism dwelled primarily on Bolton's stand on issues as the State Department's senior arms control official. They said he had an "exceptional record" of opposing U.S. efforts to improve national security through arms control. But the former diplomats also chided Bolton for his "insistence that the U.N. is valuable only when it directly serves the United States." That view, they said, would not help him negotiate with other diplomats at the United Nations.
Ed. - What we seem to have here is relics from the age of "detente" who can't stand the new Nietzschian form of foreign policy that says you must be ready..."To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!" Or so to speak. Call it what you will, it's a hell of a lot more effective than the days "realism" where we coddled dictators and tried to find virtue in weakness.
As I've stated previously, my opinions on the Terri Schiavo story are lackluster and uninspired, but as far as Lieberman goes, this is just another example of how he no longer belongs in the Democratic Party. He'll never leave it, but despite the fact that he was his party's VP candidate just 5 years ago, he is rapidly becoming the new (though much more soft-spoken) Zell Miller.
All I'm saying Joe is to just give it some serious thought.
"The Bush era," says Joey Cain, 50, a longtime organizer, "has been good for anarchist consumerism."
My head hurts.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., the bill's House sponsor, said it had been 10 years since she first proposed legislation seeking information about the U.S. government's involvement with former Nazis, and it was time to finish the job. "History, and the memory of the millions who perished n the Holocaust, deserve nothing less than full disclosure," Maloney said when the bill passed the House earlier this month, sending it on to the president. Her bill led to a 1998 public disclosure law that required the release of all U.S. government papers related to the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes. So far, more than 8 million pages of documents have been brought to light, including 1.25 million from the CIA. This information revealed for the first time that the CIA and its predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, had sought former Nazi officials to provide expertise on the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.
For example, the documents revealed that German Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, who served as one of Adolf Hitler's most senior military intelligence officers during World War II, later became a key U.S. intelligence resource after the war, Maloney said.
Ed. - It's always been common knowledge that the CIA hired Nazis after the War...but finding out exactly who they were, where they were and what they did, should be most interesting.
Protest organizer Andrei Klimov said the demonstration was intended to help spark a revolution similar to those that have swept Georgia, Ukraine and, most recently, Kyrgyzstan, ousting unpopular governments. "Today's gathering must send a signal to the West, Russia and our own bureaucrats that Belarus is ready for a serious change," Klimov said. Lukashenko has ruled his nation of 10 million people with an iron fist, stifling dissent, persecuting independent media and opposition parties, and prolonging his power through elections that international organizations say were marred by fraud. Lukashenko, who has been called Europe's last dictator, pushed through a referendum in October that will allow him to seek a third term in 2006 and run in subsequent elections.
Ed. - Freedom is contagious.
I think the boys at Powerline put it best, but please allow me to put it much less eloquently: Churchill shouldn't be fired for his "Little Eichmanns" comment. As stupid a human being he is, you can't fire someone for comparing innocent Americans to Nazis anymore than you can fire someone for saying that blacks are better athletes than....whites....uh, nevermind.
Anyway...Ward Churchill should not be fired for creating a new left-wing catch-phrase but for the fact that he is a fraud. He's a charlatan. He's lied about his work, he's lied about his heritage. I thought about saying here that he doesn't deserve to be a janitor at the university, but it occurred to me that's just too unfair to people who work as janitors. Janitors perhaps that were in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Little Eichmanns? No...big Americans...much bigger than a lying, pathetic fraud with a Ph. D.
Ed. - The protest babes in Lebanon are not going to like this one bit.
The university's governing Board of Regents voted to form a panel to examine the way the school awards tenure and the way professors are evaluated after they get it.
University President Elizabeth Hoffman said some changes are likely at the conclusion of the review.
Tenure, which protects faculty members from being fired except for blatant misconduct, was thrust into the spotlight by the controversy surrounding an essay by professor Ward Churchill in which he called the Sept. 11 victims "little Eichmanns" -- a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat who helped carry out the Holocaust.
Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, has said he was arguing that some World Trade Center victims were participating in an unfair American economic system that provoked the terrorist attacks.
Since the publicity about his essay, Churchill and the university have faced questions about how he managed to get tenure.
Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in "The Producers" in 1968. That role launched Martin into Broadway theater, where he appeared in a number of musicals, including "South Pacific," "The Fantasticks," All American" and "How Now Dow Jones." He is credited with creating the role of Roxy's unappreciated husband, Amos Hart, in the musical "Chicago."
Martin also appeared in a number of television series in the 1990s, including "The Tony Randall Show," "US," "Sydney" and "Zorro and Son." Born March 3, 1923 in the New York City borough of Queens, Martin served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II before starting a 20-year career as a New York City police detective. Martin showed a talent for making deputy police commissioners laugh during presentations. In the 1950s, he began writing on the side for comedy shows such as "Name That Tune" and "The Steve Allen Show."
He was best known for his role as Morty Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld's father on the TV series. Martin was the third actor to play the part and became the one most identified with the role of the Florida retiree. He said at the show's wrap party in 1998: "Playing Jerry's dad was like having whipped cream on top of a mountain of ice cream." He is survived by his wife and son. A daughter died in 2002 of cancer.
"I now realize why no court will step in to save Terri Schiavo. The ‘Conservative‘ judges are so-defined by a practice of “judicial restraint“, which comes down to a strong aversion to making law, or assuming jurisdiction, when the law is clear. Accordingly, no ‘Conservative‘ judge will step in to save Terri, because procedurally, Judge Greer has conducted his courtroom as required by the laws of Florida. That Greer has exhibited appallingly poor judgment, arbitrarily rejecting all testimony which contradicts (and in some cases out and out disproves) the claims made by Michael Schiavo, yet also gagging those witnesses from public statements regarding their information or his own conduct, that Greer has completely ignored the behavior by Michael Schiavo which invalidates his claim to stand as Terri’s legal guardian, is not even considered by any judge. For the ‘Conservative‘ judges, it means they do not believe they carry the authority to take that action, even at the cost of innocent life.
The ‘Liberal‘ judges will not step in, even though their “judicial activism” allows them to consider any desired case their own. On the history of such judges, it becomes clear that a “right to die” argument will receive their support, but not a “right to live” perspective, unless the person facing death has been sentenced by a jury for a capital crime."
I haven't said much on the Schiavo story as it's really not my kind of issue, but I am a strong believer in the fact that our courts have become corrupt with activists judges and something needs to be done to stop these guys from making a mockery of the Constitution.
Ed. - 80 more terrorists dead. That's the kind of news we need to hear.
Ed. - Looks like this one could get ugly. Let's hope we don't have another Tiananmen.
"The intensity of the political battle over Syria's troops in Lebanon has raised fears of a return to the sectarian violence of the civil war. So far, however, the political factions do not conform to religious boundaries, with Christians and Muslims on both sides of the debate."
In other words, this isn't about religion, it's about freedom.
In short, they tried to get around the problems socialism creates without getting rid of socialism. So, they shortened the work-week, hoping that would help. It didn't. Ten percent unemployment! Can you imagine that in the United States?
I'd say we should boycott Playgirl, but I don't know one woman (or gay man) who reads it.
But there is some good news as Coalition Forces killed 24 terrorists in a battle on the outskirts of Baghdad.
"What has happened in recent years [is] the concentration of media power, so one station, one owner can own 1,200 radio stations," Reid said. "What this means is that wealth and power control most everything in this country. But one thing they do not control, wealth and power does not control the Internet."
"I think the blogs are a tremendously important way for the American public to find out what's really going on," the senator continued. "That's why I go out of my way to communicate any way that I can on the Internet."
I'll have to do some more pondering. Something here just ain't stirring the kool-aid.
"Ask him (the average Iraqi) if it was worth it. Ask him what is different. Ask him if he would go through it again, go ahead ask him, ask me, many of you have.
Now I answer you, I answer you on behalf of myself, and my countrymen. I dont care what your news tells you, what your television and newspapers say, this is how we feel. Despite all that has happened. Despite all the hurt, the pain, blood, sweat and tears. These two years have given us hope we never had."
Read it all. (Hat tip: Publius Pundit)
Sackcloth, ashes, and signs reading: WE WERE WRONG, SORRY WE TRIED TO BLOCK ARAB DEMOCRACY, and WRONG ABOUT AFGHANISTAN, WRONG ABOUT IRAQ -- DON'T LISTEN TO US NEXT TIME would be appropriate.
Not bloody likely. What I still can't get over it that they're protesting a war that's over. I seem to recall getting a bit hysterical on February 15th when there was a big anti-war march in Great Britain:
People...IT'S OVER! The war in Iraq is over. Yes, there's still some violence, but Saddam Hussein is out of power! They've had an election! Remember? They're talking about who's gonna be Prime Minister and President for God's sake!! Meanwhile, you guys are out there protesting a fait accompli.
That snowball just keeps getting bigger.
UPDATE: This isn't final, but it's a step in the right direction.
Therefore, my apologies to Mr. Bennett for being so harsh on this point. Mea Clupa. However, my analysis on The Blogger News Network: Post-Moderism In The Main Stream Media still holds up. Yes, he was misquoted in spots, but being an editor of one of the most prestigious newspapers in the free world who's giving an interview to a newspaper in Communist China...he really should have seen it coming. (Hat tip: lgf)
A look at mass rallies held in Lebanon since slaying of former prime minister
By The Associated Press
Mass rallies protesting or supporting Syria's presence in Lebanon after the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
-- March 14: Demonstrators flood Martyrs' Square and spill over into nearby streets in Beirut to call for the removal of Syrian troops. Turnout is estimated at 1 million.
-- March 13: Pro-Syria demonstrators turn out in the southern market town of Nabatiyeh in a protest organized by the militant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah. At least 100,000 people.
-- March 8: Pro-Syria protesters rally on Beirut's Riad Solh Square in the first demonstration organized by Hezbollah to counter the opposition. About 500,000 people.
-- March 7: Anti-Syria protest is held in Martyrs' Square. About 70,000 people.
-- March 5: Lebanese protesting Syria's presence gather in Martyrs' Square to watch a speech by Syrian President Bashar Assad on large video screens. About 1,000 people.
-- Feb. 28: Anti-Syria protest is held outside parliament in Beirut. About 25,000 people.
-- Feb. 21: Hundreds of thousands of anti-Syrian protesters march through Beirut to Hariri's grave in the city center.
-- Feb. 16: Mourners shout anti-Syria slogans as they crowd Beirut's streets to bury Hariri. An estimated 200,000 people.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
There's a lesson here...
Yong Tang: In such sense, do you think America should be the leader of the world?
Bennett: No, I don't think US should be the leader of the world. My job is helping my readers trying to understand what is happening now. What is happening now is very difficult to understand. The world is very complex. There are various complex forces occurring in it. I don't think you can imagine a world where one country or one group of people could lead everybody else. I can't imagine that could happen. I also think it is unhealthy to have one country as the leader of the world. People in other countries don't want to be led by foreign countries. They may want to have good relations with it or they may want to share with what is good in that country.
That is also a sort of colonial question. The world has gone through colonialism and imperialism. We have seen the danger and shortcomings of those systems. If we are heading into another period of imperialism where the US thinks itself as the leader of the area and its interest should prevail over all other interests of its neighbors and others, then I think the world will be in an unhappy period.
Oh my! This isn't going to go over well in the Blogosphere. Before we go off half-cocked, let me state that American journalists do not have to pledge allegiance to the notion that America should lead the world, but at the same time, they cannot pledge allegiance to the opposing view (especially in a God damned, freakin' Communist Chinese newspaper!). But the interview gets better:
Yong Tang: So the world order should be democratic?
Bennett: Democracy means many things. How do you define democracy? As a Chinese journalist, you may have your own definition of democracy which corresponds to your history and your way of seeing the world. I may have another definition. Someone else may have their own definitions. Democracy means a lot of different things.
Let me give an example. Democracy in one sense means the majority decides, but it also means the rights of the minority are protected. As UK late Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, democracy is the least bad system that we have ever thought of. So democracy is never perfect. It always has problems. Our democracy here in the US has many contradictions, problems and challenges. So democracy is not a cure that could turn everything bad into good. It has its own advantages and its disadvantages.
Oh sweet Mother of God!! Post-Modernist's thought in its purest form. Bennett states: "Democracy means a lot of different things." NO IT DOESN'T! If you can't vote in a free and fair multi-party election (like they CAN'T in China) that is not a democracy!
"He came out much stronger than he went in - himself, the party and most of all the spirit of freedom in Egypt," party member Mazen Mostafa told Reuters.
Thus Nour's Ghad Party is emboldened as they head into the September Presidential election. However, it still remains to be seen how true to his word Hose-me Mubarrak will be.
The reporters allegedly published product descriptions that Apple employees had leaked to them in violation of nondisclosure agreements and possibly the U.S. Trade Secrets Act.
The ruling concerned free speech advocates, who insisted that the people who write for Apple enthusiast sites should enjoy the same legal protections as reporters for mainstream publications. Among those are protections afforded under California's "shield" law, which is meant to encourage the publication of information in the public's interest.
"As a chess player, I did everything I could, even more. Now I want to use my intellect and strategic thinking in Russian politics," Kasparov said Friday in a statement cited by the Interfax news agency. "I will do everything in my power to resist Putin's dictatorship. It is very difficult to play for a country whose authorities are antidemocratic," he said.
I wonder what Garry's definition of "democratic" is. If it's similar to America's definition, then this could be very interesting.
Good news, everyone seems to be getting along.
This is nothing to get too worked up over. Yes, it's a setback for the opposition, but the seed has been planted. The Lebanese have got a taste of Western freedom...and they'll be back for more. Revolution takes time and this isn't over by a long-shot.
Bad move boys...killing other Muslims is not going to help al Quada's case...Osama bin Laden has said as much himself. May the victims rest in peace and their murderers rot in hell.
Never forget the interview with former Clinton aide, Nancy Soderberg on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Stewart: He's gonna be a great--pretty soon, Republicans are gonna be like, "Reagan was nothing compared to this guy (Bush)." Like, my kid's gonna go to a high school named after him, I just know it.
Soderberg: Well, there's still Iran and North Korea, don't forget. There's hope for the rest of us.
Not if John Bolton has his way.
These are my favorite pictures from the news today. The first is obviously from Lebanon. (Question: Is English their state language, or do they make those signs for the West?)
The second picture is from Egypt where protesters are telling Hose-me Mubarrak to make sure to be true to his word on free elections.
And the third picture is from Jordan where many Unions are angry over the government's treatment of its members.
This is the crucial point: the fear that the people in the Middle East have felt for years is subsiding with only the loathing of their masters left. That loathing (with a little help from an American Cowboy) is giving them the spirit to rise up and say, we are not numbers, we are free men.
"Those on the right are presumed to be all about power and greed - two really sexy traits in the bedroom. They want it, they want it now, and they'll do anything to get it. And I'm not talking about some pansy-assed victory, I'm talking about full on jackpot, satisfaction for all."
"The Democrats of the Sixties were all about making love and not war while a war-loving Republican is a man who would fight, bleed, sacrifice, and die for his country. Could you imagine what that very same man would do for his wife in the bedroom?" asks Zipp.
Rule number one: If Dusty Harry says it's wrong, it's gotta be right.
Russian commentators have dubbed this the "grape" revolution, due to the fact that Moldova has many wine vineyards.
"Thanks a lot, dad!"
First, France has been playing nice with the U.S. and talking tough on this issue, but I really liked the wording of a statement released by the U.S. State Department:
"President Assad's announcement is not enough. As President Bush said on Friday, when the United States and France (emphasis mine) say withdraw, we mean complete withdrawal - no half-hearted measures."
This is brilliant. Yes, France has been talking tough along with us, but just to be safe, we're going grab them by the shirt collar and bring them up front and center along with us, you know, just to make sure they stay with the good guys. "I'm telling you to get out and my buddy here wants you out too, isn't that right buddy? Yeah, that's right!"
Second, Assad is doing exactly what all dictators in his position do: he's giving the oppressed people a little bit of rope and hoping they'll be content with that and it'll essentially "make them go away." Big mistake. Freedom is like a drug, you have a little and you want more. All this move is going to do is give the Lebanese people the opportunity to say, "okay, that's good, now here's what you need to do next," and on and on it goes, until they're completely free.
Poor BA, he's gotta be cursing his father for dying when he did. He could be in London right now going, "better like this or better like this?"
(He was an eye doctor, in case you didn't get the joke)
What interested me in the story was this small nugget of info:
Goss, a CIA clandestine officers for 10 years who retired in 1972, said it takes him five hours every day to prepare and deliver the president's daily briefing, calling bush "a voracious consumer of intelligence."
I recall from the book Reagan's War, by Peter Schweizer that Ronald Reagan was the same way. It seems great minds think alike.
Oh my! This one is gonna be fun.
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STUDENTS TO OPPOSE SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION
YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUFFER MOST FROM BENEFIT LOSSES
Washington, D.C. – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) joined representatives of MTV's Rock the Vote and college students from around the country at a Capitol Hill news conference today to show how much young people will lose under President Bush’s Social Security Privatization Plan. If the plan passes, Nevadans in their late teens and twenties could lose as much as 35% of their annual benefit by the time they retire.
"The Bush privatization plan is a bad deal for young Americans," said Reid. "The President promises increased benefits but in reality, private accounts will only deliver cuts and new debt."
The President's plan to privatize Social Security would hit college kids and twenty-somethings the hardest, according to calculations based on formulas by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. College students and others born between 1983 and 1987 would lose more than 35% of their total annual benefit. Twenty-somethings born between 1975 and 1982 would lose more than 30% of their annual benefit. If Social Security is kept intact, young people will not face the steep benefit cuts they would get from privatization.
"Nevadans don’t like privatization, they don't like benefit cuts, and they don'’t like the amount of debt the President is willing to take on," said Reid. "Democrats are united on this issue. We won't let this happen."
Reid was joined at the news conference by his Democratic colleagues, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Max Baucus (D-MT). College students at the news conference used a web-based calculator to illustrate how much of their Social Security benefit would disappear under the President’s privatization plan. Hans Riemer, the Washington director of Rock the Vote, was also at the news conference.
"Mr. President, please let us in to your events on Social Security,” said Riemer. “Young people would like a seat at the table. We'd like to talk to you about why you would support a plan that cuts benefits for young people so much."
Jim: Yes, here we have Harry Reid on the wrong side of history on every issue joining forces with the "non-partisan" Rock The Vote. Absolutely pathetic.
Ukraine: Orange Revolution
Georgia: Rose Revolution
Iraq: Purple Revolution
Lebanon: Red Rose Revolution (or so says the Washington Times, basing it on the protesters handing out roses to soldiers and police)
So what's next?
"The Bush administration is entitled to claim a healthy share of the credit for many of these advances. It boldly proclaimed the cause of Middle East democracy at a time when few in the West thought it had any realistic chance. And for all the negative consequences that flowed from the American invasion of Iraq, there could have been no democratic elections there this January if Saddam Hussein had still been in power."
This from the New York Times...next thing you know Bill Moyers will declare Rush is right.
Why is this happening? Besides the fact that they're emboldened by having a democratic election...they're emboldened by the protest in Lebanon and Egypt. Soon, Iranians will be emboldened to act. It's always easier to do something if someone else does it first. Protest begets protest.
There was then a pause for a dozen years, first during the presidency of Bush the Elder, who surrounded himself with short-sighted self-proclaimed "realists" and boasted of his lack of "the vision thing," and then the reactionary Clinton years, featuring a female secretary of state who danced with dictators.
Yes, that Kim Jong Il is very light on his feet. (Hat tip: Captain's Quarters)
I'm going to say this one more time....it...is...over! For the love of God people, the war is over in Iraq, don't talk to me about insurgency. Saddam is out, democratic government is in and the rest of the Middle East is poised to follow suit. If you're gonna pass a referendum against the Iraq War, you might as well pass one on Vietnam and Korea while you're at it. Not only are they too late for this kind of crap, but with what's going on in Lebanon and Egypt (and quietly, Iran) , it looks all the more foolish and rather crass. Where do these people get the onions?