Monday, February 28, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Indian Teen's Fraud NASA Claim.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
No Missile Defense For Canada.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Ward Churchill Has Bad Breath From All The Bull Shit He Spits Out
In a recent Denver Square strip by Rocky Mountain News editorial cartoonist, Ed Stein, the ever-liberal mom character is complaining about Gov. Bill Owens' criticism of potty-mouthed University of Colorado Indian pretender Ward Churchill. Even though mom is outraged at Churchill's ravings, she thinks it's even worse that government might decide which ideas can come out of our state university. As usual, liberal mom is emoting, not reasoning. The University of Colorado is a government enterprise. What happens there is a legitimate matter of public policy. CU has an elected board of regents accountable, first and foremost, to the citizens who put them in office. The administrators and faculty are employees, not owners. The school belongs to the people of this state. At the heart of the Churchill dispute is the question of accountability. In their supreme arrogance, the tenured-left professoriate wishes to be insulated from outside scrutiny, accountable to no one. They see themselves as philosopher kings, oracles dispensing their great thoughts to the unenlightened masses. If Churchill is any example, lunacy, paranoia, hysteria and hate are now masquerading as wisdom. If they want autonomy, if they want to make their own rules and do their own thing, let them start their own university and acquire their own funding. As long as they suck at the public teat, the public is wholly within its rights to attach strings to such funding. The higher education establishment can't have it both ways. I have no interest in giving such people a blank check, either intellectually or financially. Owens is right to criticize. The inmates simply can't be trusted to run roughshod over the institution. The First Amendment says that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. The CU Regents are not Congress. They can and should exercise their authority. And CU's tenure provisions aren't a law; they're policy. Freedom of speech is not absolute and neither is academic freedom. The assertion that CU instructors, as government employees, are free to say whatever they want with impunity stretches the First Amendment out of all recognition. Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein cites Waters v. Churchill and Jeffries v. Harleston as case-law precedents dispelling this notion. In Jeffries, a federal court upheld the demotion of a radical, black studies professor at the City College of New York who repeatedly spewed anti-white and anti-Semitic rants. There are appropriate boundaries of reasoned discourse, propriety, professionalism and decency that justifiably restrict speech in a college environment. When people violate those boundaries, be they teachers or students, there are consequences. Students who have been sentenced to remedial courses of sensitivity or diversity training for politically incorrect speech know this only too well. For leftist administrators and faculty members who have encouraged or countenanced this kind of Maoist reprogramming, ironically, the chickens - in the immortal words of Ward Churchill - have come home to roost. This time, however, with justification. Some Churchill critics have plausibly argued that he shouldn't be fired; that he does more damage to the radical-left cause by staying at CU as an object of scorn and ridicule; that firing him would only make him a martyr. There's some merit to this position. But a martyr to whom? To like-minded sycophants and malcontents? Who cares what they think? I look forward to the day when Churchill's hero, Osama bin Laden, can be promoted from living mass murderer to dead martyr. The problem is that if Churchill isn't fired, he and his apologists can claim that his preposterous ideas have been validated as legitimate academic thought. It would also perpetuate the myth that this kind of speech is protected by the First Amendment, academic freedom or tenure. This is a great opportunity to settle that issue all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. If he's fired, let him sue. I look forward to it. There are those of us who've been fighting the tyranny of the tenured left for years. The best part of this Churchill incident is that it's raised the level of consciousness of a great many Coloradans who hadn't been sufficiently sensitive to this issue in the past. Churchill is just the tip of the iceberg at CU and other state schools. If he's fired, and even more so if he's not, the public mood may now be ripe for tackling the bigger issues like tenure reform; the pruning of frivolous departments such as Churchill's; and the woeful underrepresentation of mainstream conservatives on faculty.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Pope Rushed to Hospital With Relapse
The Plot To Assassinate The President
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Coming Soon To America???
off in tears by authorities
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Mother Nature Takes Out More Muslims
Monday, February 21, 2005
Bin Laden Arrested?
Sometimes Politicians can exclaim; "It's just a tax cut for
the rich!", and it is just accepted to be fact. But what does
that really mean? Just in case you are not completely clear on this
issue, we hope the following will help.Tax Cuts - A Simple Lesson In EconomicsThis is how the cookie crumbles. Please read it carefully.Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.
Suppose that every day,
ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If
their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh $7.
The eighth $12.
The ninth $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do.The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite
happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them
a curve."Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm
going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted
to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for
free. But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could
they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair
share'?The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they
subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the
sixth man would each end up being 'PAID' to eat their meal. So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce
each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to
work out the amounts each should pay. And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four
continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the
men began to compare their savings."I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth
man. He pointed to the tenth man "but he got $10!""Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man "I
only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more
than me!""That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should
he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!""Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison.
"We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the
nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay
the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have
enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is
how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get
the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack
them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table
anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in Europe and the Caribbean.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
South Korea Ready for Northern Nukes
But Yoon told reporters at the Ministry of Defense that Pyongyang would have difficulty using the weapons even if it has them because firing them on the peninsula could mean its own destruction. The situation was therefore different from when atomic bombs were dropped on Japan at the end of the Pacific War, he added. Yoon quoted experts as saying that if North Korea were to use nuclear weapons, it would need to use Russian-made IL-28 bombers capable of carrying ordinance weighing up to 3.5 tons. But North Korea’s presumed A-bombs are believed to weigh 4 tons or more, making them too heavy. Asked about South Korea's ability to intercept missiles, Yoon said the U.S. military set up adequate Patriot counter-missile batteries around the country, permanently ready to launch in the event of a North Korean missile attack or other contingencies. The US has deployed some 64 Patriot missiles in Osan, Suwon, Gunsan and Gwangju.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Clergy Call For New Taxes
O.K. If religious leaders are now political activists, I belive we should grant their wish.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Defense Secretary Makes Case For Funding Missile Defense
The White House wants to spend $8.8 billion on ballistic-missile-defense programs in 2006, down from $9.9 billion authorized for this year. The Bush administration had ordered the system to be deployed by the end of 2004. It has not been, and no new date for deployment has been set. During a test Monday, an interceptor missile that would in theory destroy a missile targeted for the United States failed to launch at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. A similar failure occurred Dec. 15. Before that, the most recent test was conducted in December 2002; it also failed. The last successful test interception was in October 2002. The Armed Services Committee also heard testimony from Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said U.S. military officials in Iraq have determined that insurgents there can conduct up to 60 strikes a day nationwide, with occasional spikes above that. Myers also repeated concerns that some Army Reserve units are not at desirable readiness because of equipment shortages that occur when units leave their gear in Iraq. The shortages, as well as other strains on the military, could compromise the Pentagon's ability to quickly respond to a major crisis elsewhere in the world, he said. Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a committee member, and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said they would introduce legislation to expand the Army by 30,000 troops and the Marines by 3,000. "We don't have the same flexibility and ability to respond to other crises," said Reed, a graduate of West Point. Hagel said the military's capability to deal with another major war has dropped to a point where troops deployed would be underequipped, undertrained and short on manpower. "When you are too thin, you put your troops in further peril," Hagel said. "You further jeopardize an already jeopardized force." Their proposal would increase the size of the Army to 532,400 and the Marines to 181,000.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Vulcan King Accusers Come Forward
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
HIV Can Kill Cancer
Battle Rages On Philippine Island
Up to 12,000 people have fled the fighting which has left about 90 soldiers and rebels dead. The rebels are from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group along with followers of the jailed militant, Nur Misuari. Between 4,000 and 5,000 troops are fighting 800 militants in the heaviest fighting for years. The fighting began last Monday. An Abu Sayyaf leader, Abu Solaiman, told a radio station it had joined forces with the Misuari followers to avenge the death of a couple and their son who were killed by troops. The military says it returned fire after the couple shot at soldiers. The rebels then attacked troops at an army base, killing 30, including the battalion commander, the military says. The government flew in reinforcements, including US-trained counter-terrorist troops, and said the army has killed more than 60 rebels in heavy fighting. Three more soldiers were killed on Sunday as they pursued the militants, the army said. Abu Sayyaf has been involved in a number of kidnappings and bombings. It was blamed for sinking a ferry in Manila Bay last year, killing more than 100 people. Although the Jolo fighting is the worst since Misuari's uprising in 2001, the military has never been able to bring Jolo under full control. The rebels hold much of the island with support from many of the residents.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Minnesota Soldier Dies In Germany
Monday, February 14, 2005
Red McCombs Agrees To Sell Vikings To Reggie Fowler And Denny Hecker
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Madrid Skyscraper Close To Collapse
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Shiites win Iraqi polls with 48% votes
Iraq's Election Results: Assembly Will Be Dominated By Shi'ites And Kurds
St. Valentine's Day Suicide Party Foiled
Friday, February 11, 2005
Moslem Rebels Launch Fresh Attacks On Southern Philippine Island
Eight soldiers, including two army officers, were wounded in the latest attack by loyal supporters of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila. Colonel Pedrito Soledad said the guerrillas strafed an army detachment in Panamao town as the fighting, which has already killed at least 20 soldiers and more than 30 rebels, raged for the fourth straight day. Soledad identified the wounded army officers as Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Villanueva and Captain Joel Jugarap. Lieutenant General Alberto Braganza, chief of the armed forces' Southern Command, vowed no let-up in the operations against Misuari's followers until the group was neutralised. "It's surrender or nothing,'' Braganza said. "I will pursue the group responsible for the death of my soldiers. I will finish what they started.'' Hundreds of additional troops have been dispatched to Jolo to reinforce the beleaguered government troops. Forty-five other soldiers have been wounded in the hostilities, which erupted Monday when Misuari's followers simultaneously attacked army outposts and government installations on Jolo on Monday. Sulu provincial Governor Benjamin Loong has called for a ceasefire in order to start peaceful negotiations as the clashes forced some 3,000 civilians to flee their homes for fear of being caught in the crossfire. Misuari's followers were allegedly angered over the killing of four civilians, including a 14-year-old boy, in a military operation against al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels in the nearby town of Maimbung early last week. Misuari led the decades-old MNLF struggle for independence in the southern region of Mindanao, until he signed a peace pact with the government in 1996 and was elected governor of an autonomous Moslem region there. In 2001, however, Misuari and his followers launched an uprising in Jolo and nearby Zamforcesboanga City after the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not endorse his re-election bid. Misuari escaped to nearby Sabah, but was arrested in January 2002 by Malaysian authorities who deported him back to the Philippines. He is now detained in a police camp outside Manila while on trial for rebellion.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Bar Wench Claims The Vulcan King Groped Her
Monday, February 07, 2005
Credit Cards To be Used In Iraq
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Democrats comment on Presidents Social Security plan
Child Killers Freed
YES! He Was Our Governor
"The Minnesota papers are writing now that I'm off my rocker, that's I've lost my mind," he said. "I thought in the year 2005 we wouldn't judge people anymore by how they appear."
Mr. Ventura, Its not your appearance people are judging you by!
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Philippines Earthquake Report
2005 February 5 12:23:15 UTC
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver
A major earthquake occurred at 12:23:15 (UTC) on Saturday, February 5, 2005. The magnitude 7.1 event has been located in the CELEBES SEA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 486 km (302 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Date-Time Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 12:23:15 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 8:23:15 PM
= local time at epicenter
Location 5.363°N, 123.229°E
Depth 486.3 km (302.2 miles)
Region CELEBES SEA
215 km (130 miles) SE of Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines
230 km (145 miles) WSW of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines
1050 km (650 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines
2220 km (1380 miles) NE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.7 km (7.3 miles); depth +/- 24 km (14.9 miles)
Parameters Nst=154, Nph=154, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.3 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usuda2
THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING OR WATCH IN EFFECT.
Linda and John Dollar Arrested For Child Torture
The truth about Social Security
They might understand, in a general way, that the system is in trouble. They might even know that it’s supposed to run out of money someday. What they don’t get is how seriously out of whack our national retirement system has become or how painful the solutions will have to be. Should someone suggest a fix that might remotely affect them, they howl bloody murder -- as if any of us working folk will be able to emerge from this financial debacle unscarred.
There’s a $45-trillion gap, in present value terms, between the future money the government is expected to take in and what it’s promised to pay out, with Social Security and Medicare accounting for virtually all of the shortfall. That’s according to economists Kent Smetters and Jagadeesh Gokhale, who studied the issue for the U.S. Treasury Department. (You can read testimony Smetters gave to Congress on the topic here.)
To put this mind-numbing figure in perspective, the Federal Reserve estimates the total net worth of every person in the U.S. to be around $40 trillion. Our massive U.S. national debt is about $7 trillion.
Net tax rates would have to double to pay for all the benefits promised, Kotlikoff and Burns say. If you think you pay too much now, think about handing over twice as much.
Just dealing with the Social Security deficit would require a 4.5 percentage point increase in payroll taxes, the authors say. Such an increase would take the combined Social Security tax to nearly 17%. (Currently Social Security takes 6.2% of workers’ checks while employers contribute another 6.2%, for a total of 12.4%.)
All these calculations were made before Congress passed the prescription drug benefit for Medicare. That’s expected to add another $6 trillion to the gap.
Waiting to fix the system just makes matters worse. The gap could grow to more than $76 trillion if lawmakers delay reforms another 15 years.
Our kids’ world: higher taxes, inflation, instability
In other words, each year that we stall, we put a bigger burden on the back of today’s children. The world they’ll face, as painted in grisly detail by the authors, features much higher tax rates, stunning deficits, massive inflation and political instability, among other ills. The current transfer of wealth from the young to the old -- and, in some cases, from the poor to the prosperous, as I wrote about in “How Social Security cheats you to pay the rich” -- could reach astounding proportions.
The core of the problem is demographics. Fifty years ago, there were 16 workers to support every person receiving a Social Security check. By 2030, there will only be two.
There aren’t any easy fixes; Kotlikoff and Burns argue persuasively that most of the ones routinely offered -- delayed retirement, increases in productivity due to technology or more immigration -- won’t come anywhere close to realistically solving the problem. (Relying on immigrants to maintain the ratio of workers to beneficiaries, for example, would require an influx of 4 million to 6.5 million immigrants a year, the authors say. That compares with the 825,000 legal immigrants and 400,000 or so illegal ones we get annually now.)
The authors’ solution is to back away from Social Security’s founding premise as a safety net for the elderly. Instead, they want to convert the system into a kind of restricted 401(k), with:
Individual accounts. Workers would get their own accounts, but their mandatory contributions would be invested in a massive global index fund of stocks, bonds and real estate. There would be none of the day trading that some proponents of privatized accounts dream about. The transaction costs of allowing people unfettered access to their money, plus the risk of failure, would be too high, the authors say.
Few guarantees. Your rate of return would depend on market forces and wouldn’t be guaranteed. Your principal would be, however. The least you’d get back is everything you paid in, and your balance could be bequeathed to heirs if you died prematurely.
Annuitized payouts. If you made it to retirement age, you wouldn’t be able to get your benefits in a lump sum. Your account would be converted into an annuity that would pay you a stream of income for the rest of your life. Rather than replacing a certain portion of your working salary, the size of your monthly checks would depend on how much you and your employer contributed, plus how well your investments performed.
Given the world we’re setting up for them, twentysomething workers should be marching on Washington right now with pitchforks and torches. The reason they aren’t is probably because, like most everybody else, they just don’t get it.
Friday, February 04, 2005
New Microwave Weapon
Officials said the vehicle, termed Sheriff, would contain the Active Denial System. The system uses millimeter-wave electromagnetic energy that can be directed at targets at a range of 1 kilometer.
The ADS system would be downgraded for Iraqi deployment in urban areas, officials said. The ADS causes the skin to burn, causing the people to run away. The Pentagon plans to install the non-lethal, high-powered microwave weapon on a military vehicle. The deployment of the first platforms in Iraq would take place in September 2005. The project is designed to give U.S. troops options to battle hostile crowds without the use of lethal weapons. Officials said in many cases Sunni insurgents fire weapons and rocket-propelled grenades from crowds to prevent U.S. retaliation. The Sheriff would be deployed by the U.S. Army and Marines. The two services will receive up to six platforms, equipped with a system to intercept rocket-propelled grenades. Officials said the military would not design a new vehicle for the Sheriff. Instead, the Army will probably use a Striker or M117 armored security vehicle while the Marines would obtain a Light Armored Vehicle.
The ADS could be expanded to autonomous vehicles or platforms, officials said. This would include the use of the Sheriff at Air Force bases and other military facilities.
Police Shoot 2 Cows To Death
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Villanova Removes Plaque Honoring Killer Of Disabled Infant
Obviously, Since she was a university professor, There must of been all kinds of mental illness. Honoring her for being a failure at life is just sad and shameful!