Men In Black
- Thomas Sowell on "A Redneck By Any Other Name . . ." The Man is publishing another book!
- Ted Hayes - Rasta Republican: "He's black, dreadlocked--and belongs to the GOP". Perhaps this is one more voice the MN GOP should listen to.
A whirlwind tour of news, analysis and opinion from around the world. An "Open Intelligence" source for the masses ( Well, maybe for friends and family.)
I for one don't find this instability encouraging. We may have our differences on international policy and other issues with Ottawa, but we have a long and treasured relationship with a united Canada. We share one of few demilitarized international borders based on centuries of friendship, trust, and a shared sense of mission, even if our cultures differ in small but significant ways. Dissolution will abruptly and sharply change that relationship, complicating not just our security situation but the nature of the North American continent altogether.Point well made.
For this reason, I remain absolutely stumped about the lack of interest shown thus far by the American media in the Adscam scandal. (emphasis added, ed.) Though a Liberal government collapse looks imminent and probably unavoidable, even a newspaper as close to Canada as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has barely mentioned it. The lack of interest in Canadian politics will catch Americans with their pants down if Quebec goes its own way and precipitates a general collapse of the national system in Canada, an embarassing development for a country that takes such an interest in global politics.
Your Brain is 46.67% Female, 53.33% Male
Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female
You are both sensitive and savvy
Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed
But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve
Let me speak plainly: What happened with the sponsorship file occurred on the watch of a Liberal government. Those who were in power are to be held responsible and that includes me.Tory Harper: Better
I was the Minister of Finance. Knowing what I've learned this past year, I am sorry that we weren't more vigilant -- that I wasn't more vigilant. Public money was misdirected and misused. That's unacceptable. And that is why I apologized to the Canadian people a year ago...
My fellow Canadians, we have all just witnessed a sad spectacle - a Prime Minister so burdened with corruption in his own party that he is unable to do his job and lead the country, a party leader playing for time, begging for another chance.Find extended excerpts, commentary and links to the complete speech texts at the links above. (Scroll down)
This is not how a prime minister should act.
This was, of course, very much what the "Europeans" wanted to hear and, while she sidestepped the very specific question of whether the US supported the constitution, those who so wish could easily infer US support from secretary Rice's comments.
In the febrile atmosphere of the French referendum campaign, one wonders if this is not a poison pill. Express US support could do nothing other than strengthen the "no" vote. In all utterences of the US State Department - as in diplomacy generally - you have to wonder what the real agenda is. In the style of Humpty dumpty, words never seem to mean exactly what they say, but what the author means them to say.
IN a new direction for the provisional republican movement, Gerry Adams today claimed that the southern Irish government had no right to meddle in the affairs of Northern Irish politics.
The BBC today reports that Adams condemned ministers of the southern Irish government for their "interference" after the Irish foreign minister, Dermot Ahern, toured South Down with sitting MP Eddie McGrady of the SDLP. The statement comes as Pat Rabbite is due to visit Londonderry to campaign with SDLP leader Mark Durkan and days before Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell is to visit Belfast, also supporting the SDLP.
Get with it Gerry - you're just pissed because your 'brothers' in the Republic (and dare I say it, fellow republicans) are as disgusted with your guerilla war, criminality, petty bigotry and mopery as we in Northern Ireland are. You're just showing how out of step you really are with those you perceive as your own.
Sinn Fein's raison d'etre is to have the Irish government not just intervene here, but to rule Northern Ireland. To complain when they do so, just because they're promoting a party that isn't yours is the height of hypocrisy! Is it possible Gerry's going senile in his old age and is quickly turning into a Paisley type figure for the Republican movement? Will we see more gaffes like this one in the future? Oh I do hope so.
José Agustín Gómez, leader of the Un Solo Pueblo party (One People), after warning that"a xenophobic persecution has emerged against the people of the United States," urged the Ambassador of the United States in Venezuela, William Brownfield, to look after United States citizens residing in Venezuela, "given that the Venezuelan government and its followers are persecuting them."But far more interesting is the little glimpse of democracy under Hugo Chavez:
In reference to the "Tascón List", whose "burial" was ordered by the President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez, last Friday, he maintained that the Chief Executive explicitly admitted that this list had been an instrument of persecution" against Venezuelans who signed in petition of the recall referendum and now there is an attempt to file it away without redressing the consequences it generated.Mr. Gomez also makes this statement:
"The President admitted there was a felony committed by functionaries of his government who denied job opportunities to humble citizens, because they had signed against Chavez as they tried to remove him from power. Well, that will be lodged as a complaint before the International Court of Human Rights, insofar as it constitutes a violation of human rights," he advised.
He went on to say "we will take it upon ourselves to enter (Deputy Luis Tascón) into that page, because his list is like the one the Gestapo had for persecuting Jews. The same thing happened here in Venezuela," he stated.Hyperbolic? Perhaps, but perhaps not.
Chavez says that “that moment is left behind” that “the famous list surely fulfilled an important role at a certain time, but that is past”. The President told us that he had received letters that “make me think that still in some spaces they have Tascòn’s list on the table to determine whether a person will or not work”Mr. Petkoff spends much of the editorial reminding the government of the content of the Venezuelan Constitution. It seems the Left everywhere finds that kind of document inconvenient.
“A confesión de partes, relevo de pruebas” (When people confess, you need no proof) Mr. Prosecutor, can you, with the diligence that is customary in you, begin to act? It is only a matter of guaranteeing the respect of the rights and constitutional guarantees, like the Constitution says. The shamelessness of the “process” has no parallel. The President of the country himself, the highest functionary in the nation, the number one public servant, admits-without blushing or shame- that in his “revolution” a list of political preferences is used to give or take jobs away. And that before-and this is perhaps worse- it had full justification: “It filled an important role”, to say it with his own words.
What was that role, Mr. President? To scare, to threaten, to coerce those that were on the list so that, for example, they would not exercise their right to vote against you? What other role could it have been?
But the height of cynicism is that of Deputy Adolfo Tascon, that outstanding student of Jose Vicente Rangel.
“My intention was never to persecute anyone. That is not revolutionary behavior, that is fascist behavior”, says Little Adolph. And he adds that he withdrew his masterpiece-the list- from his webpage, once the recall vote was over.
That is, once it “fulfilled an important role”
I'm not sure whether it can be argued that Chavez is more dangerous now (with Zapatero - ed.) than what he was a couple of years ago (with Aznar - ed.), though it can be argued that selling conventional weapons is one thing, and selling NBC-related material is an entirely different matter.
"We are negotiating long-term contracts with Spanish companies... Repsol and Cepsa," Ramirez told reporters.
Ramirez added that PDVSA won't scrap existing contracts to send oil to Spain. The oil supplied "will come from volumes that are not already committed," he said.
President Chavez may be a thuggish autocrat, but he isn't stupid enough to use chemical or biological weapons against American civilians, at least directly. He may see them as insurance against the possibility of an American invasion; however, the United States demonstrated in Iraq that threats of chemical retaliation will not deter us should we decide to invade.
A more likely scenario is the use of these WMD's for international extortion against South American governments. Chavez's alleged links to Colombia's narcoterrorist FARC and to Evo Morales's cocaleros in Bolivia suggest he could find a vector for the weapons should he need one. The implicit threat of arming insurgent groups with WMD's may compel these governments -- especially the precarious democracy in Bolivia -- to accommodate Venezuela's policies or to reject ours.
This is all of course a textbook strategy for autocratic regimes: since personality cults, fear and propaganda can only carry you so far, you need to create the external enemy in order to reinforce the support of the loyalist and keep on your side those that are doubters because of the lack of accomplishments and progress by the Government. These strategies have been clearly posed by Sakharov and recently presented in clear form in Sharansky's "The case for democracy", a must read for anyone that believes in freedom, democracy and human rights.
But Venezuela is becoming increasingly a militaristic country, run by an autocrat who now controls all of the structures of the state, including the military, who wants to merge the population with the Armed Forces and who finds glory in the bloody days of the beginning of the Republic, who talks about "the civic military unit, forming citizen soldiers and soldiers who are citizens...people and soldier, soldier and people, you are the most sublime expression of the civic-military fusion which today becomes the strongest column of the Bolivarian Venezuela". Who talks about sovereignty or death, who calls traitors those who do not understand the meaning of the newly created reserves. Yes, Venezuela enters deeper into the territory of Chavez' folly today, that project that may irreversibly ruin this country for decades to come, whose only objective is to preserve this madman in power.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA): nothing. Their website homepage seems to be mostly devoted to communication with the faithful over issues related to church life. A search of their site for 'Schiavo' returned zero matches.A friend (hat tip to Steve) directed me to Orthodoxy Today.Org where one can find abundant commentary from various Greek Orthodox (and other) leaders. If the denominational website is lacking an "official" statement on this subject, one can certainly find many GOA leaders speaking out here. Here is some suggested reading:
It got worse. Fighting for Michael was a cadre of professional euthanasia advocates including lawyer George Felos and Dr. Peter Bambikidas (two fallen sons of the Greek Orthodox Church). Michael appointed Dr. Ronald Cranford, who publicly labels himself "Dr. Humane Death," as a consultant in the case. So far Cranford has spent a total of 45 minutes examining Terri. The deck is clearly stacked against her.
Despite the fact that it makes for a good science-fiction movie, medical science is not able to keep anyone alive indefinitely. Death is not that elusive of a diagnosis. Medical science has used what is called the Uniform Determination of Death Act since 1981. It describes being dead as "An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards."
Andrea Dworkin, the radical feminist activist and writer best known for her campaigns against pornography and her love of outsized dungarees, has died at her home in Washington DC.I read her book on pornography years ago. She was extremely gifted in her ability to establish meaning and context with the simple vulgarity, "F*#K". Ms. Dworkin was half right, which brought her 50% closer to the truth than most liberals. (Hat tip Sploid)
The author of more than 13 works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Dworkin died peacefully in her sleep early on Saturday morning after a long battle with illness, said her partner and collaborator, John Stoltenberg. She was 58.
Famous for her outspoken positions on a range of issues from male-on-female violence, to rape and sexual intercourse, Dworkin's uncompromising stance brought fierce criticism not only from liberals, concerned at her attempts to pass laws against pornography, but from feminists.
'First you kill those who want to die,' forewarns the American Catholic ecumenist Dr. Bill Cork. 'Then you kill those whose family wants them to die, then those where one family member wants them to die, and then those whose families want them to live. Finally, you kill those who want to live but who get in the way of the state.'Keep this in mind as you read this story (via Doug At Bogus Gold):
85 year-old Mae Margourik of LaGrange, Georgia, is currently being deprived of nutrition and hydration at the request of her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy. Mrs. Margourik suffered an aortic dissection 2 weeks ago and was hospitalized. Though her doctors have said that she is not terminally ill, Ms. Gaddy declared that she held medical power of attorney for Mae, and had her transferred to the LaGrange Hospice. Later investigation revealed that Ms. Gaddy did not in fact have such power of attorney. Furthermore, Mae's Living Will provides that nutrition and hydration are to be withheld only if she is comatose or vegetative. Mae is in neither condition. Neither is her condition terminal.Read the rest of the story and Doug's commentary. Additional information and commentary by Doug can be found here and here. This story may have a better outcome as Doug chronicles here.
I consider the struggle for Terri Schiavo's life to be - aside from all the legal and moral issues surrounding the case - a spiritual battle. This is an epic struggle between the powers of Light and those of Darkness, one that will have serious consequences for this nation. As philosopher Edmund Burke was credited with stating in the 18th century: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."In "More Musings", Muzzy invokes a ghost of horrors past:
I view the whole sad episode as one of the two things:There is much more to be found at Blogizdat, where we are admonished to "just think about it".
1) a clarion call to arms for people of morals and decency - Christians, Muslims, Jews, or even Atheists - to speak more forcefully through the political process, to ensure that what Hugh Hewitt calls SSJ's (stubborn, stupid judges) are removed from, and no longer confirmed to, the judiciary. We need wise judges in our courts, so the rights of the handicapped will be protected. And, we need better laws.
2) the death throes of morality and decency in this country, a kind of Kristallnacht of the national soul, in which we go into a free-fall of moral collapse, and end up being just a large, English-speaking North American version of the Netherlands.
We get to choose. We must choose.
Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero has argued that that planes and ships will be used to fight terrorism and illegal drug trade while contributing to regional security and democracy.Mr. Aleman then asks, "What Else Did Spain Sell To Venezuela?" The answer so far is chemical warfare agents and radioactive materials. (This is, no doubt, for research at various Venezuelan universities.) There has been little coverage of this in Spanish newspapers and those that do, place responsibility for the sales on the Aznar government. This assignment is, however, without documentation and Mr. Aleman argues strongly why this is unlikely to be the case.
This is rather hard to understand. President Chávez is arming Venezuela, buying arms not only from Spain but from Russia and Brazil. He is also believed to be supporting the Communist-inclined narcoterrorists FARC as well as a number of other terrorist and insurgent organizations.
At the same time, Spain is also selling C-212 cargo planes and is discussing the sales of military helicopters and patrol boats to Colombia. Perhaps, this is to aid the fight against drug smuggling, but the big worry in that part of the world is the potentially explosive situation between those two countries.
There is, inevitably, a more general aspect. Chávez, hero of the Marxist left in Europe, is known as Fidelito (the little Fidel) in the United States and other South American countries. In fact, he has recently had a public love-in with the old tyrant, almost as if the mantle of old-fashioned left wing tyranny and international terrorism was being handed on.
Chávez has proclaimed himself to be the leader of the anti-US struggle, supposedly supported by the peoples of the world. In reality, of course, his greatest supporters are the Euro-elite. Pursuing his "struggle" he has threatened to cut off the sale of oil to the USA, signing deals with China instead. He may, of course, find himself on the receiving end of China's notorious unreliability in deals.
Haiti's bicentenary as an independent state, the first in Latin America and the Caribbean, was celebrated last year. But it is hardly known that independence was paid for with burdensome debt. In 1825 France using the threat of invasion of Haiti and its exclusion from international trade, exacted from Haiti the payment of (calculated in current currency) US $21 billion to compensate the French slave owners for the slaves who had been freed. It took Haiti some 120 years to repay that debt. It is such indebtedness which may account in part for the absence in Haiti of social and economic infrastructure; there are no public schools, almost non-existent health services, dreadful roads and only occasional electricity in some areas.This also touches on the other historical factor which may account for the current condition of Haiti - it was a French colony.
Where did they get the cash? Not the money -- we know where they got that.5/9/05 THE LIBERAL FAMILY TREE (hat tip Conservative Life.)
So, watch for the Liberal mantra to "wait for Gomery" to intensify. This is crucial to their game plan.
If the Liberals can survive long enough for public rage to subside, and extend his government's life the full length of Gomery's mandate, he'll be in the clear - for Paul Martin is fully aware of the fact that Judge Gomery is prohibited from assigning blame under his terms of reference.paragraph K;So, with the report effectively pre-sterilized and a national media overwhelmingly in his corner, Paul Martin is virtually assured of a report he can "take to the bank" when it comes to denying civil or criminal wrongdoing on the part of the Liberal party.
The Commissioner be directed to perform his duties without expressing any conclusion or recommendation regarding the civil or criminal liability of any person or organization and to ensure that the conduct of the inquiry does not jeopardize any ongoing criminal investigation or criminal proceedings;
"Interestingly, Gomery had given Liberals standing in the inquiry, which allows them to cross-examine witnesses such as Brault. Today he denied standing to Conservatives and BQ, stating that their parties have not been directly affected by the testimony. In a subtle way, Canadians should understand from that decision that the witnesses have testified to significant wrongdoing by Liberal politicians and bureaucrats, but have not implicated anyone else."
Perreault warned that even if Brault's testimony has been outed by a U.S. website, it doesn't mean it's now public information. "Anyone who takes that information and diffuses it is liable to be charged with contempt of court," Perreault said. "Anybody who reproduces it is at risk."The bloggers have a slightly different point of view.