TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/31/2001 03:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Japan casts aside Kyoto agreement Oh,Oh. More Unilateralism. Isn't that the reason the WTC was attacked? Is Osama going to send terrorists to attack them too? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/31/2001 02:22:00 PM ----- BODY:

All Hail The United Nations: Winners of the Nobel 'Piece' Prize

U.N. Halted Probe of Officers' Alleged Role in Sex Trafficking The United Nations quashed an investigation earlier this year into whether U.N. police were directly involved in the enslavement of Eastern European women in Bosnian brothels, according to U.N. officials and internal documents. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/31/2001 01:39:00 PM ----- BODY:

Anti-Americanism Drops in Phillipines

The Manila Times-Talk of the town Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said they were proud to be Filipino. This is lower than the 87 percent in the July 2001 survey. The nine percent left for the US. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/31/2001 01:34:00 AM ----- BODY: 'Queen' dethroned from Web nirvana Ahh, Da pooor widdle yuppie -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 11:46:00 PM ----- BODY:

Government Scientists Falsify Data

The mysterious missing lynx -- The Washington Times This story doesn't get much play in the 'mainstream' press. As far as I know it has not yet been reported by the Portland (OR) Oregonian. This actually puts into question the entire scientific basis for restrictions during the Clinton administration. What is factual and what is faked? This involved members of 3 different State and Federal agencies. The deception had been detected and dealt with as a minor offense. The people involved were only removed from working on the Lynx program but otherwise unrestricted. I still am unsure of when it happened. Is this a recent thing or has it been covered up for some time. These restrictions hurt people, real people. The past eight years have shown that there is a lot of political clout to be gained on the backs of the residents of rural areas. They don't have nearly as many votes as urban areas. Urban residents seem to see rural areas as some type of park for their enjoyment instead of a place where people live and work. Vast areas of the west are now off limits if you are not a yuppie backpacker. More and more areas are being restricted. Special permits are required in others. If you are elderly or just out of shape, you cannot go to some areas. Motor vehicles are prohibited. Hunting is prohibited. Camping is prohibited. The Forest service will let you know where you are allowed to go and what you are allowed to take. This is going no where. I'm just blowing off steam. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 11:30:00 PM ----- BODY:

Church Lady not allied with U.S.

America's Repressive Allies (washingtonpost.com) Here We go again. Where is it written that the U.S. can only ally itself with countries that qualify for sainthood. Somehow we managed to survive WWII being allied to Stalin who was a worse tyrant than even Hitler. Now we are supposed to check our allies bonefides with the intensity of the father of a 15 yo girl on her first date. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 09:58:00 PM ----- BODY:

New Global Catastrophe at Hand!

Whoops, Wrong Catastrophe Global Cooling -- Newsweek Magazine, April 28, 1975 via The Illuminated Donkey Oh, I see. I think. The scientists were wrong then, but are right now. I think. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 08:40:00 PM ----- BODY: Weblogs- The new Reformation? [M]uch of academia and the media throughout the Anglosphere has come to resemble, in a way, the Church in Europe immediately before the Reformation. They have grown intellectually lazy, out of touch with the people they believe they exist to enlighten, and irrelevant to the needs they exist to serve. They have come to see their position, incomes and the respect of the public as entitlements due to them for their virtue, rather than earned by achievement. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 07:23:00 PM ----- BODY: Berzerkly Bans Fire next; The Wheel -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 06:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Best of Notable Quotables -- 2001 -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 06:47:00 PM ----- BODY: dawson.com Comparitive World Religions Capitalism: He who dies with most toys wins. Jehovah's Witnesses: He who sells the most toys door-to-door wins. Catholicism: He who denies himself the most toys wins. Pentecostalism: He whose toys can talk wins. Buddhism: He who dies with no toys wins. Communism: Everyone gets the same number of toys, and whoever is caught selling his toys goes straight to jail. Atheism: There is no toy maker. Polytheism: There are many toy makers. Evolutionism: The toys made themselves. Confucianism: Once a toy is dipped in the water, it is no longer dry. Hinduism: He who plays with bags of plastic farm animals loses. Mormonism: Every boy can have as many toys as he wants. Islam: He who plays only with soldier toys wins. Anglican: They were our toys first. Greek Orthodox: No, they were OURS first. 7th Day Adventist: He who plays with his toys on Saturday loses. Humanism: Let's the discusss the toy problem. posted by ~ dawson| 12:23 PM -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 03:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Smears, slanders from the left In other words, business as usual. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 12:44:00 PM ----- BODY:

Democrats Stand Fast for Payoffs and Paybacks

Daschle: White House Must Compromise 12/30/2001 2:38 PM EST By GINA HOLLAND
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush must compromise more next year if he wants to get an economic stimulus bill through Congress, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Sunday. He complained that during December negotiations "we didn't see a lot of give on the part of the administration" until it was too late. Daschle, D-S.D., also said he was mischaracterized by Republicans as the villain in the failure to pass an economic plan before Congress left town for the holidays. In the past month, Daschle has been called an "obstructionist" by Vice President Dick Cheney and labeled "a bad faith negotiator" by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "It really takes give on both sides," Daschle said on NBC's "Meet the Press.""We didn't see a lot of give on the part of the administration or engagement on the part of the administration until the very end."
We Democrats object to decreasing taxes, especially on those people with incomes that may allow them to invest in business. This would not only decrease the money available for bureaucrats to direct back to our campaign contributors, but might also allow businesses to make profits, expand and hire, which would rob us of a campaign issue in the next election. We also object to the provisions allowing laid off workers to make their own arrangements for health care. The average worker in the United States is too stupid to care for himself and his family. This health care should be handled by a bureaucrat, preferably a loyal party member. If this bill should pass without our spending provisions. It would not allow us to drive the budget further into deficit which would deprive us of an opportunity to blame Bush for the increasing deficit.
Issuing his strongest defense yet of his management of the Senate, Daschle said: "I take issue with this obstructionist charge. The fact is we've had a very successful fall if you look at all the things we've accomplished."
We have managed to obstruct the presidential appointment process to the point that entire departments are staffed by Clinton administration holdovers who do whatever they can to stop any changes by the Bush administration and sabotage those that do make it through. We have managed to bottle up any judicial appointments unless the appointee is amenable to the Democratic view that the law means whatever they want it to mean. Any candidate with views that the law should be enforced as written is just unacceptable. As for the obstructionist charge. We have an agreement with the New York Times, Washington Post, and all the TV networks that only Republicans can be characterized as obstructionist. Democrats are never to be found fault with. Remember it is Republicans that want to take away the right of trial lawyers to make huge fees defending terrorists and the Democrats are fighting for your right to do exactly what we tell you.
But he said, "we shouldn't personalize it - I think that has been a factor in this debate over the last several weeks." Bush said Saturday he was disappointed in the Senate for not taking up a House-passed economic stimulus plan to help laid off workers and create jobs. "I hope that we can resolve in the new year and put politics aside and get the job done for the American people," Bush said in his weekly radio address. Daschle said "a bad economic stimulus bill is worse than no bill at all."
But the Democrats are determined to pass one anyway.
Sen. Don Nickles, however, said the Senate Democrats' plan "wasn't really a stimulus bill, it was a spending bill." He said Bush has worked with Democrats and Republicans. "We can have differences of opinion, but we need to say, 'You know, the economy's hurting,'" said Nickles, R-Okla. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican often tagged with the villain label, predicted Bush eventually would "embrace Tom Daschle, say he's a good guy, he's a good American. "I think that we're not in a period of demonization," Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week." On another issue that has Bush at odds with the Senate, Nickles, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said the president should exercise his power to seat two appointees during the congressional recess. The Senate went on its holiday break without taking up Bush's choices of Otto Reich to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the Labor Department's top lawyer.
Otto Reich committed the crime of support for the Nicaraguan Contras against the Socialist dictatorship of the Sandanistas. By supporting them, he caused the country to have free elections in which the Sandanistas were defeated. The defeat of a Leftist dictatorship is not something the Democrats take lightly and they are determined to punish him for it. Scalia is guilty of being the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia voted against continuing the re-re-recount in Florida until Al Gore could come up with a winning total. This the Democrats find unforgivable and unable to do anything to the Justice, they will take it out on the son. They are determined to deny him any position in government and are secretly looking for ways to have him deported.
Bush said Friday he was considering making recess appointments to install the two before Congress returns on Jan. 23. If he does so, Reich and Scalia could serve - without Senate confirmation - until January 2003, the end of the congressional session. "I hate to say so, but yes," Nickles said when asked on "Meet The Press" whether Bush should bypass the Senate. Daschle said there is strong opposition, particularly for Reich. He said Bush should instead withdraw the nomination.
Senator Daschle doesn't explain why, if there is such "strong opposition" he doesn't just allow a vote.
A recess appointment "isn't the way it ought to be addressed," he said. "The constitutional responsibility of the president and Congress is to work together on these nominees."
Although Senator Daschle didn't have any problem with President Clinton making recess appointments. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/30/2001 12:04:00 AM ----- BODY: Media Casualties Mount As War Success Continues -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 10:59:00 PM ----- BODY: MAN WHO USED SWORD IN KILLING CHARGED WITH FIREARMS VIOLATION -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 09:50:00 PM ----- BODY: CLINTON'S NON-WAR ON TERROR -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 09:14:00 PM ----- BODY: Rules Will Allow Airport Screeners to Remain in Jobs Here's a shock. Same idiots, More pay. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 07:53:00 PM ----- BODY: A telling glimpse into the Workers Paradise. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 07:37:00 PM ----- BODY: Coalition allies lament: It's still 'America first' "When the security of American citizens is at stake, America trusts only America," says Dominique Moisi, a top analyst at the Paris-based French International Relations Institute. Let me see. After the WTC attack, what was France's response. Lots of talk and very little action. What is France's contribution to the coalition? I guess International cooperation means letting someone else protect you. It is too bad that the U.S did not cooperate with France's Vichy government instead of going off 'unilaterally' with Britain. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Another victory for the Tolerance Police . -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:43:00 PM ----- BODY: Bicyclist back home after tour for peace Nice excuse for a bike trip. I wonder who paid? I don't think it helped much. Maybe he should have ridden through Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and the West Bank. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:38:00 PM ----- BODY: Survivor says U.S. mistaken on convoy Let's see. The initial report came from a Taliban affiliated news agency, repeated by western news reporters that consistantly take the Anti-American position. Now it is corroberated by some shmuck with a turban. They're right. It is hard to tell who the Taliban is. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:34:00 PM ----- BODY: Suspect copied father's path until extremism took hold This is an interesting take on the Shoebomber. Christianity failed to shield him from poverty and discrimination. So he became a Muslim terrorist? It's those damn Christians fault again! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/29/2001 06:29:00 PM ----- BODY:

Organizers Want To Start School for Victims

Organizers say school would teach about peace Normally I am in favor of Charter schools. I think the public school system is in bad need of a shakeup. But this one is a little far out. First of all, where would the students come from? It would be the children of the 'progressives". Not the little creeps that are stealing your kids lunch money or beating up on other kids. Just what would be accomplished? Other than Taliban John Walker I am not aware of a overwhelming need to teach 'peace' in the progressive community. Come to think of it wasn't he the product of a progressive school? Maybe this wouldn't be such a bad idea if the sponsers will agree to open their first campus in Bagdad or the Palistinian Territories. Why do the people who were attacked need to learn more about peace? Shouldn't 'peace' education be given to those who initiate attacks against others? The sponsers don't say what their curriculum would be. I'm fairly sure that this would be one of those 'Blame America First' operations and would serve no useful purpose. Education money would be better spent on things besides another giveaway for people who don't need it. If they want to teach their kids 'peace' do it at home or at church. Where it belongs. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/28/2001 07:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Defense Secretary defends torture! There are things one does in times of war that one would not do in times of peace," Rumsfeld said. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 02:25:00 PM ----- BODY: The UK Telegraph with a story of Uranium-238 and Cyanide found a an Al-Quada camp. Oh My God, Dirty Bombs! The only problem is that U-238 is about as 'dirty' as a watch dial. InstaPundit.Com DIRTY BOMBS: Physicist Russell Leslie, who spends his days working on nuclear safeguards, says that if it was really Uranium 238 in those tunnels, then Osama got scammed. (I wondered about this, but it's been a sufficiently long time since I studied this stuff that I couldn't remember just how radioactive U-238 was, beyond knowing that it's nonfissionable). Here's what he says:
While Al Qaeda would be be able to frighten the credulous media morons by blowing up a quantity of U-238 it wouldn't make it as a "dirty" radiological weapon. It would cause very little harm. U-238 is as close to being non-radioactive as it is possible for a radioactive substance to be. It is actually more of a chemical hazard than a radiation hazard (it wrecks your kidneys like most heavy metals). Con-men really do sell depleted uranium (which is what U-238 is also called) to terrorist wanna-bees - in Vietnam there is a thriving market in the depleted uranium counterweights from the wings of old downed US planes. If Al Qaeda bought something like that they wasted a lot of money. They would need something like Cs-137 or Co-60 to make an actually effective radiological weapon (both of which are more than a 100 million times more radioactive than U-238). Unless you see that Al Qaeda has something like this you don't have to worry.
Tee hee. Radiological scam artists -- freedom's first line of defense! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 02:21:00 PM ----- BODY: James Lileks Dissects Pseudo-Jesus -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 01:39:00 PM ----- BODY: EU -- Gold into lead As Europe sinks slowly into the sunset. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/24/2001 12:27:00 PM ----- BODY: San Francisco AIDS Debate Leads to Criminal Charges AIDS activist threaten doctors, reporters and their families. Criminal charges are brought against them. So, who are the "victims"? The activists; of course -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 10:13:00 PM ----- BODY: Highjacker Handling
He appears to be of Middle Eastern descent. I couldn't go further than that,'' said state police Capt. Tom Robbins, describing yesterday's airline bomb suspect. Reid claimed he was from Jamaica. Rather than confiscating nail clippers, perhaps it would make more sense to allow airline passengers to carry knives, clubs, brass knuckles and guns under .32 caliber. I have a dream, a dream in which an American Airlines flight diverts to Logan. On Runway 4 the plane stops. The door opens. The bullet-riddled body of an attempted hijacker is tossed to the tarmac with a satisfying "splat." The door closes and the plane resumes its flight to Miami. Was the faint sound of cheering heard coming from inside the plane? Satisfying, isn't it? (Unless you're a jihadi.)
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 09:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Guardian Unlimited | Columnists | John Sutherland: America and its advantages Fifty-two things they do better in America: He was probably fired for writing this. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 07:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Animal Rights Activists Unleashed -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/23/2001 05:03:00 PM ----- BODY: Hail George, Conqueror of Evildoers! The Leftist Blowhard Michael Moore whining that we could have the decency to wait until the Second Coming of the Messiah before we took action against the Taliban. Those Northern Alliance dudes are barbarians who are just too uncultured and violent to be our allies. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 11:02:00 PM ----- BODY: The New McCarthyism | Matthew Rothschild | January 2002 issue of The Progressive magazine Let me see if I got this straight. The FBI comes, asks some questions, and leaves. No one is arrested. No one is deported. In fact, nothing happens at all. Yup, sounds like repression to me. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 10:55:00 PM ----- BODY: They Fight Crime! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: The Flummery Digest: An Inclusive Litany, 12/2001
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report concluding that Irish students ranked second highest for reading and fifth for math among 32 industrial nations. ``But the OECD sounded a disapproving note,'' reports the Irish Times, ``pointing out that education spending in the Republic [of Ireland] is significantly lower than in many developed states. It suggests that students here are forced to work harder to achieve their grades because of lack of investment.''
[Archives] -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Detroit, Atlanta and St. Louis, 3 most dangerous cities. Liberal Democratic strongholds all. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:49:00 PM ----- BODY: Ridgway pleads not guilty in Green River case It's a good thing that he didn't hate them or he would be in real trouble. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:48:00 PM ----- BODY: Entering hate-free Seattle -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:33:00 PM ----- BODY: Filmmakers seek a bit of help from city Isn't this "Corporate Welfare"? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:32:00 PM ----- BODY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY Commission approves new department Oh boy, Christmas for Bureaucrats. More patronage jobs, more fees, more paperwork. Vera Katz must be overjoyed. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:30:00 PM ----- BODY: Court Cuts Funds for Portland Light Rail No, court returns illegally collected taxes to rightful owners. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:26:00 PM ----- BODY: Immigrant dialysis funded What is this? Why do immigrants need state funding? Is this available to natives? Are these immigrants legal? Oh, the Democrats are involved. What do you think? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 03:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Miami Herald: Family's massacre in Cuba haunts Miami-Dade survivors Murder in the Workers Paradise? How could that be? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 02:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Democrats scramble to maintain cushy "Civil Rights" Jobs. from the Washington Post
The day after he was hastily( as opposed to what?) sworn in at the White House, Peter N. Kirsanow walked into his first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights meeting looking assured and confident. He took the center seat in the front row of a packed audience, where he could look directly into the face of Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry. She looked right back at him.(Such skill and daring!) During that Dec. 7 meeting, Berry and four supporters on the commission challenged the Bush administration's appointment of Kirsanow, refusing to recognize him as a commissioner. An ugly debate (judging by Berry's picture, it couldn't be otherwise.) deepened the divide between liberals and conservatives on the board. The issue seemed bigger than the dispute over whether Commissioner Victoria Wilson's term had in fact expired, (as was indicated in the letter appointing her to the commision by President Clinton) leaving a seat for Kirsanow to fill. That question, which has been taken to U.S. District Court, centers on whether Wilson was appointed for a full six-year term or just to complete the term of former commissioner A. Leon Higginbotham, who died in December 1998. The larger question: Will a panel that was meant to be the conscience of the federal government survive partisan Washington? And if so, how? (Maybe by being less partisan?) The commission was established in 1957( by that racist Republican Dwight Eisenhower) to help bring the country together, but the bitter debate on and outside the commission suggests that partisan views are tearing it apart. Conservatives are trying to "destroy the commission or disrupt its effectiveness," said a dismayed Democrat who heads a civil rights organization.(Whose job and paycheck depend on continuing the handouts and setasides. Why doesn't the story say who he is and where he works? Maybe people would come to the wrong conclusion if they knew.) Liberals should realize that "the civil rights commission has outlived its usefulness," a disgruntled Republican said. If Kirsanow prevails, he will become the second Bush appointee to the board, joining Jennifer Braceras, who was sworn in Dec. 7, just before the rancorous meeting began. They and the commission's two other conservative members could then block panel initiatives. If Wilson remains, liberals will retain a 5 to 3 majority, and Berry will continue to be the board's (Liberal Left) guiding influence. The commission is an oversight board that investigates issues and publishes reports but has no other power. Conservatives believe it should collect academic data in support of civil rights laws. Liberals said it should continue to investigate complaints of civil rights abuses on Indian reservations and in minority communities nationwide (whether or not they are justified). Republicans say the commission uses its investigations as a partisan tool to embarrass them. Two investigations into allegations of police brutality in New York came as Republican Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was considering running against Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, for a Senate seat. The commission later found that some minority voters had been treated unfairly at the polls during the controversial 2000 presidential election (without having any evidence or testimony to support that conclusion), which returned the White House to Republican hands. "To a large extent," said Todd Gaziano, director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation, "the commission's purpose has been superseded by a number of civil rights laws and responsibilities that have been given other executive agencies that have law enforcement authority. "Without a real purpose," Gaziano said, "bitter partisan struggles seem endemic for that commission." Republicans on the commission share that view. "I continue to believe that the commission has outlived its usefulness," Braceras said. "My problem with the commission is that it's very partisan and has been used as a vehicle to beat up on Mary Frances Berry's opponents." Civil rights advocates say the conservatives' complaints have no merit (Berry's opponents need to be beat up). Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said he wanted to know where these critical voices were when conservatives ruled the board under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. In those days, it was the Democrats that were complaining. Reagan appointee Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., a black conservative, was as outspoken then as Berry is now. Pendleton made headlines for saying black civil rights leaders were "the new racists" for advocating affirmative action. Pendleton said the issue of equal pay for equal work was "like reparations for white women." When Berry first spoke out as a newly appointed commissioner (if she was new, why couldn't Reagan fire her? She was appointed to a presidental commision and he was the President.), Reagan fired her, along with Blandina C. Ramirez and Rabbi Murray Saltzman, two other liberals on the board. A federal judge subsequently barred Reagan from firing them. Reagan found a way around the ruling by filling seats with commissioners "who were nontraditional (not residents of the Democrat plantation) civil rights ideologues," Henderson said. "Reagan's influence wasn't reversed until deep in the second term of the Clinton administration." Now, the commission is controlled by the woman Reagan wanted to fire. Berry, in her own words, is "a little (physically and mentally) black woman" with a strong will who is easy for conservatives to dislike. Some of the conservative commissioners on the panel are among those who do not like her much. (Is it a requirement that everybody has to like her? Abigail Thernstrom said her problems with Berry started at a January meeting in Tallahassee. "I'm at my first meeting, I don't know what I'm doing, I've had no preparation," Thernstrom said. "I sit down, and she doesn't say hello to me. She has been so rude to me. There are very basic procedural matters. I can't get my memos answered." Thernstrom, who is white (and therefore racist), disagreed with the commission's ruling on the elections in Florida. Her dissent, she said, was tucked deep into the document "and suppressed."(In fact is was only suppressed in the sense that it was not printed, distributed or leaked to the press along with the main report.), She also said the panel focused on issues affecting only black and white Americans. Berry disagrees. "The commission has a project on Native Americans," Berry said. "And we're looking at what is happening to Latino and Asian American youth dropping out in high school." As far as her not speaking to Thernstrom, that's "ridiculous," Berry said. "I come into the commission meeting and I speak to everyone. I do that always." (and she's black so you are required by law to believe her.) Another liberal commissioner, Christopher Edley Jr., took issue with Thernstrom's characterizing the board as being stuck on black and white issues. "I don't quite understand which planet she's been on," he said. "Because on my planet, the commission has been working on . . . a wide-ranging agenda." The disagreements on the commission are fundamental, he said. "Ideological conservatives consistently refuse to accept anything other than the smoking-gun form of intentional discrimination reflecting racial animus," said Edley, a Harvard University law professor (who fulfills his department "african-american quota) and a founding co-director of the university's Civil Rights Project. Edley, who is black, said the views of Thernstrom, who does not believe in affirmative action, are a perfect example of the divide. (Conservatives are sure that minoritys can compete on their own merits and Liberals are sure that minoritys cannot compete unless they are given special help by whites). Thernstrom disagrees with Edley on the opportunities available to minorities. "I'm much more optimistic than they are about doors opening, and that is a fundamental difference," Thernstrom said. "I do think it's a changed country." The commission's failure to acknowledge the change, she said, is one reason the board's "reputation is in the basement."
President Bush; if that doesn't work, just cut the funding off. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/22/2001 01:33:00 PM ----- BODY: Japanese take recycling seriously. A Japanese sanitation worker known as the "God of Garbage" was arrested by police this week for threatening a bar owner at knifepoint because he refused to separate his trash, -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 08:40:00 PM ----- BODY: Always Applicable. Thomas Sowell
Wealth may provoke envy, but it seldom provokes the truly venomous levels of resentment provoked by achievement. There is no surer way for a minority group to become hated than to enter a country as destitute immigrants and then, through long hours of hard work, rise to a level of prosperity above that of the indigenous population.
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 07:44:00 PM ----- BODY: Bedouin Soldiers in the Israeli Army Find They Are Always on Guard a battalion composed of Bedouins. How can this be? I though Israelis were racist jews? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 04:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Earth to Ivory Tower: Get Real! By Kay S. Hymowitz & Harry Stein
The struggle against our ivory-tower naysayers is surely winnable, and it has never been easier to see them clearly for what they are. But we should not underestimate their power. For our adversaries surely understand what many Americans do not: that the resolve to maintain our common purpose is our greatest vulnerability.
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 04:10:00 PM ----- BODY: Think of this father the next time some sports figure, celebrity or politician talks about making "tough" choices.Tampabay: Father turns in sons for shooting -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/21/2001 02:59:00 PM ----- BODY: The Oregon courts found that taxes had been collected illegally and orders refunds. So how does the Oregonian see it? Urban renewal funds at risk Curses, those rotten taxpayers, don't they know that WE can spend their money better than they can. -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/20/2001 07:09:00 PM ----- BODY: Sure, we're tolerant, to a point . . . Anything but Republicans. -------- TITLE:

It's A Conspiracy.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/20/2001 05:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Conspira-Vu The Truth will prevail! -------- TITLE:

Tax Breaks! We're All Gonna Die!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/20/2001 03:38:00 PM ----- BODY: Stimulus plan could hurt Oregon Let me get this straight. Oregon has collected more in revenue than it ever has before; The State budget increased faster than that. Now that we are in a recession (which Oregon never really came out of) the powers in Salem are concerned that people may get some of their money back. How are they supposed to prove how much smarter than you they are if you keep your money. That money rightfully belongs to bureaucrats! -------- TITLE:

If You Say So

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/20/2001 03:18:00 PM ----- BODY: 9-1-1 report delves into discord, has solutions -------- TITLE:

An interesting Christmas gift.

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 07:01:00 PM ----- BODY: A Vagina for Christmas -------- TITLE:

SF Stinks

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:51:00 PM ----- BODY: SQUALOR IN THE STREETS / S.F. spends more than $200 million a year on homelessness, but why does the problem persist?
If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair. It might help cover the stench of the bums on the street. -------- TITLE:

Hero Clinton

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:50:00 PM ----- BODY: Broad Effort Launched After '98 Attacks (washingtonpost.com) Clinton was a hero! He was, He was, He was! -------- TITLE:

Porker Of The Month

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:47:00 PM ----- BODY: Citizens Against Government Waste: Porker of the Month It couldn't happen to an nicer guy. -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:46:00 PM ----- BODY: Nearly 500 march through downtown in anti-war protest Still no mention of the faked evidence from the Forest Service employees, but the Oregonian can cover this. -------- TITLE:

What Else Is Fake?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:05:00 PM ----- BODY: Lawmakers fuming over fake fur find Ultimately, the credibility of the lynx survey is now hanging by a thread.' It's more that the Lynx survey. How much other "evidence" of endangered species has been planted? -------- TITLE:

The Smoking Bingo Card

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 04:00:00 PM ----- BODY: Ban on smoking tough to enforce Quick, call out the National Guard! We have smokers at Bingo! These people have to be wiped out. Why can't people just do as their betters tell them? -------- TITLE:

The Senator Of Portland

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 03:38:00 PM ----- BODY: Sen. Ron Wyden has dropped an amendment that would have sent $14.4 million a year in federal school money exclusively to timber-dependent counties in Oregon. I guess he was reminded that he is the Senator of The State of Portland. -------- TITLE:

Racism! We're All Gonna Die

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/19/2001 03:32:00 PM ----- BODY: Oregon State University scientists offered a draft report Wednesday on the Klamath Basin water wars identifying a lack of leadership and an undercurrent of racism as obstacles to solutions When are people going to learn? There is no justifiable reason for disgreeing with people of another race (unless they are white). Just because youu are loosing your livelyhood and possibly your way of life is no reason to oppose the wants of someone of another race. Not only that; contributions to services for the Indians from the community that was going broke decreased! To think that people would curtail their giving to people that are trying to drive them into bankrupcy just because you are going bankrupt is unbelievable. What a bunch of racists. -------- TITLE:

Still No Lynx Hairs

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 07:16:00 PM ----- BODY: New York Times doesn't have the story about the Endangered Species fakes, but they do have this. U.S. Approves Timber Sale, Prompting Court Challenge "All The News That's Fit to Print" I guess the other story doesn't measure up to their high standards. -------- TITLE:

Anthrax!! We're All Gonna Die

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:36:00 PM ----- BODY: Have someone you would like to send anthrax to? Anthrax-O-Gram -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:26:00 PM ----- BODY: And while the Brady bunch are running around trying to ban guns another group goes after the real problem Ban Screwdrivers.com -- Your source for screwdriver activism -------- TITLE:

Bad Girls, Bad Girls

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:24:00 PM ----- BODY: At last, Proof that girls are evil -------- TITLE:

A New Translation

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:23:00 PM ----- BODY: Osama Video a new translation. -------- TITLE:

Whoda Thunk It?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Well, What do you know. Here it is, in the Red Guard of all places. -------- TITLE:

Not Exactly

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:06:00 PM ----- BODY: I know; This is the Story of the Forest Service Employees that planted Endangered species evidence. No; Again. -------- TITLE:

Not Here Either

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:05:00 PM ----- BODY: Is this the Oregonian coverage of the Washington State Forestry and US Forest Service employees who planted fake endangered species evidence? Not exactly -------- TITLE:

Intolerant Portland

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/18/2001 06:02:00 PM ----- BODY: Dignity Village residents cautioned But I thought that "Dignity Villliage" was a heartwarming group of clean, sober hardworking people just like us, that happened to be down on their luck. I think Portland City Officials are being judgemental and should show more tolerance. Maybe they should invite the poor misunderstood people to their house for Christmas. -------- TITLE:

Break On Through To The Other Side

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/17/2001 03:04:00 PM ----- BODY: For those of you who think I only read Right-Wing Extremist Propaganda a link: Common Dreams - News & Views for the Progressive Community -------- TITLE:

Lynx Hoax

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/17/2001 02:52:00 PM ----- BODY: Do you think this is going to be covered by CNN, CBS or the New York Times? Don't hold your breath.Rare lynx hairs found in forests exposed as hoax Federal and state wildlife biologists planted false evidence of a rare cat species in two national forests, officials told The Washington Times. -------- TITLE:

Battling Bureaucrats

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/17/2001 12:00:00 PM ----- BODY: European Union starts with bickering over bureaucracy. Not about too much of it, but who gets it. -------- TITLE:

Why We Fight

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 11:46:00 PM ----- BODY: When I was in the Army, I preferred being overseas because I thought; "If people are going to treat me like shit, it might as well be people that may have a reason." some things never change. -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 09:55:00 PM ----- BODY: I got this from a friend, who got it from a friend, who.... you get it. I can't vouch for the authenticity, but it sure sounds like guys I have known. November 11, 2001 Bizarre,
It's fucking freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush mountains along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles. I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but them fucking scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement. It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me. I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shithole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plumsweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those "tent cities of the walking dead" is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day. And let me tell you something else. I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of em, are Huns. Actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. Its what they do. Its ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism. Fucking cavemen with AK 47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky. I'm freezing my balls off on this stupid fucking hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Judy and Bernie and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban "smart." They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is "cunning." The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless and,when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart. They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one,as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it. OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice but I'm getting good at it. Please tell my fellow Americans to turn off their TV sets and move on with their lives. The story line you are getting from CNN is utter horseshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know. We are your military and we are doing what you sent us here to do. You wanna help? Buy some fucking stocks, America.
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AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 09:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Many Thanks to Andrew Hofer for his outstanding links. Now if I could write just 1/10th as well as he can. -------- TITLE:

Arrgh! Damn You NRA!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 09:05:00 PM ----- BODY: NRA supplying TARGETS to terrorists. I guess the heroic Senators Schumer and Hillary are going to have to propose the "Terrorist Target Control act of 2001". -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 08:55:00 PM ----- BODY: Another awe inspiring decontruction of a bunch of simpering twits that call themselves 'news reporters'. opinion.telegraph.co.uk - Screen test -------- TITLE:

Just War

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 08:54:00 PM ----- BODY: Just when you think you have heard all you're going to hear from the 'Liberal' peaceniks they come up with a load of crap like this. Coming to a Mall Near You: Just War -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/16/2001 02:46:00 PM ----- BODY: In answer to the Democrats (naturally) who see Sep 11 as a call for bigger government, more bureaucrats, more paperwork and more United nation involvement. Mark Steyn has the following
Coalition? Don't make me laugh I'm too convulsed with laughter to type. Leaving aside that the only ''resources'' the federal government has is your paycheck, what worked well on Sept. 11 was small government--the New York Fire Department and other municipal and state agencies. What flopped, spectacularly, was big government, all the guys with unlimited ''resources''--FBI, INS, FAA, you name it.
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Casualties of War

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/15/2001 08:51:00 PM ----- BODY: Insightful column in the SF Examiner Liberal ideology a casualty of war / Even peaceniks rally round flag Maybe all the Bay area Liberals should apply for political asylum in Cuba. -------- TITLE:

Command Economy

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/15/2001 08:31:00 PM ----- BODY: I'm sure if the Democrats didn't know they'd be laughed out of the Capitol, they would try it.
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AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/15/2001 05:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Maybe it's the difference in the social strata; or just that Australians make better fathers. Contrast the reaction of the father of the Aussie Taliban with John Walker's father. -------- TITLE:

Racist Hobbits

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/15/2001 05:38:00 PM ----- BODY: This just in! Australian Journalist discovers that Hobbits and Harry Potter are RACIST! It must be because they are in the southern hemisphere; The blood rushing to their heads or something. -------- TITLE:

South Park Comes Out

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/14/2001 07:47:00 PM ----- BODY: SOUTH PARK COMES OUT
Yes, we now know, after much speculation, something that is obvious to any devoted fans of the Comedy Central cartoon show, “South Park.” This brilliant, scatological, hilarious oncoction of anti-p.c. Gen X genius is the product of two men – Trey Parker and Matt Stone. And at a recent award ceremony hosted by People for the American Way, no less, they came out as … Republicans! Well at least I now have a quick response to the next person who asks me to sum up my politics. I’m a South Park Republican. But shhhh! Don’t tell Robert Bork. -------- TITLE:

The Black Knight

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/14/2001 07:39:00 PM ----- BODY: Starving, Bandaged Bin Laden Offers U.S. One Last Chance To Surrender -------- TITLE:

No Respect

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/11/2001 07:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Even the Brits have Geraldo's number As an aside, I was watching the news with my extraordinarily bright grandmother the other day. She was surfing through the cable channels and came to Fox News. As Rivera is completely unknown in Britain, she was unaware he is a fairly well known, even if not widely respected, 'investigative reporter' across the puddle. She watched him declaiming about the situation in Kandahar for a few minutes and then turned to me: "I think this is an American version of one of those news parody shows like 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'... can you get me a real news channel?", and she handed me the remote. She was rather perplexed when I started rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably. posted by Perry de Havilland @ Tuesday, December 11, 2001 -------- TITLE:

It's Anthrax; We're All Gonna Die !!!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/10/2001 07:02:00 PM ----- BODY: -------- TITLE:

Peggy Noonan

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/10/2001 06:07:00 PM ----- BODY: A great column by Peggy Noonan -------- TITLE:

Taliban Johnny Normal

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/10/2001 05:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Just in case you thought that Taliban Johnny was a traitor there is this and if that is not enough. They make it more plain that he is a product of Bay Area culture. Culture? I wonder if they would be so supportive if he had gone off to join the Aryan Nations or maybe the Ku Klux Klan. After all they are comitted believers also and as such deserve respect. If his fervant beliefs lead him to bomb and abortion clinic I'm sure the same authors would leap to his defense. (Not) -------- TITLE:

Faked Tape

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/10/2001 03:34:00 PM ----- BODY: On the news, word of a video tape showing Bin Laden watching the destruction of WTC. A caller to Lars Larson on KXL in Portland saying (already) that the tape is faked and the planes that crashed into the WTC did not cause the collapse, the buildings were brought down by explosive charges planted there by Bush operatives. Boy, it mush be Autumn, the nuts are falling. -------- TITLE:


AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/10/2001 01:37:00 AM ----- BODY: I've been spending the last hour or so going to blogs in Blogger's just updated directory. I was thinking that my blog was pretty poor, that I need to work on my writing skills. That is all true, but looking at a lot of blogs, especially from college students, I don't feel too bad. These kids are even bigger empty headed geeks than I thought. What passes for thought is lame and boring. There are many well written blogs but these seem to be from people who are out of college and have some life experience. The kids are either worried about the newest CD or computer geeks who don't notice anything outside of cyberspace (and not much inside). The best are the 'politically aware'. They can regurgitate the slogans taught to them by their aging hippie professors but having no life experience they have no idea of what they're talking about. Well, time to get some sleep. I can't work all day and party all night the way we did in the 60's. I'll come back and play tomorrow. -------- TITLE:

The Lady Or The Tiger?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 11:22:00 PM ----- BODY: Democrats claim that the reasons for the good economy during Clintons' term was due to his policies. The only example of these policies given is the "stimulus" package passed in 1993. Somehow this started a recovery in 1992. Amazingly enough, this recovery went unnoticed by the major news media until after the election They also claim that the reason for the present recession is Bush's policies. How this was accomplished between the inauguration in January and the start of the recession in March is not addressed. The "Tax cuts for the rich" is always used as the culprit. Somehow Democrats believe that the way to encourage businesses to prosper and hire more people is to decrease the funds available. I am waiting for them to codify this theory by passing a 90% tax on all income for Federal elected officials. But I am not holding my breath. Republicans claim that the president does not have much direct effect on the economy; that there are business cycles and that cutting taxes is the way to recover. I was around in the 70's and 80's and remember the high inflation and high unemployment that preceded Reagans' term. The terrible 80's are just an exersize in revisionist history. If the Democrats are right and President Clinton's policies were directly responsible for the good economy; Why then, when the signs of slowing appeared in March 2000, did the president not take action to stop the decline?
There are only 2 possible answers. Either the good economy was not Clinton's doing or the president deliberately let the economy slide in the months leading up to the election.
Rereading the preceding I notice that it is not very well written. I used to be able to do this stuff. I guess not attempting to write for the past 17 or 18 years has not helped. Anyone reading this stuff; please accept my apology. Hopefully I'll improve with time. -------- TITLE:

Fast Track?

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 07:28:00 PM ----- BODY: Larry Swisher: Trade bill leaves Northwest Democrats cold - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Democrats such as Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore in 1998 supported President Clinton's attempt to win congressional approval for similar authority, which was defeated with the help of many House Republicans.
Strangely enough the story in 1998 played just a little differently.
Many Republicans support the measure, and corporate America is lobbying heavily for it. Most House Democrats are opposed, as are labor and environmental groups.
The actual vote tells a different story also Final Vote Results for Roll Call 466
H R 2621 RECORDED VOTE 25-SEP-1998 6:59 PM
REPUBLICAN 151 Aye, 71 No, and 6 Not voting
DEMOCRATIC (The party of President Clinton) 29 Aye, 171 No, 3 Present and 3 Not Voting.
INDEPENDENT(Socialist) 1 No
Of the 3 who voted "present", who do we find but Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. Hmm, that doesn't sound very supportive to me. Oh well, any excuse will do when bashing Republicans even if you have to make it up. -------- TITLE:

Feed The Cougars

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 07:25:00 PM ----- BODY: Mothers that would rather have their children killed or mutilated in a terrorist attack than be Politically Incorrect The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA (AKA Eugene Red Guard) -------- TITLE:

Portland Unhelpful In Search For Terrorists

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 07:23:00 PM ----- BODY: In respect to the Portland (Oregon) Polices' decision not to help the FBI question Middle Eastern Men do you mind if David Reinhard of the Oregonian asks a few questions?
[I]f you're ready to cheer Portland's grand stand, you might want to consider the consequences of (Portland City Attorney) Rogers' tortured view. You might not like those politically incorrect consequences. Take a hate-crime investigation like the Mulugeta Seraw murder years ago. In that case, police talked to Skinheads who were not the subject of the investigation or involved in criminal conduct. Officers collected and maintained information about the social views, associations and activities of the Skinheads in the context of the investigation. They even inquired where these individuals had traveled.
Meanwhile, The Oregon District Attorney's Association said last week that there is nothing in Oregon law to bar police officers from questioning foreigners in a federal anti-terrorism investigation. -------- TITLE:

Back To The Bad Old Days

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 07:19:00 PM ----- BODY: Welfare rolls climbed by 854 cases over the past two months to 17,101 in November, the biggest two-month jump since 1995.
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Medal Of Honor For Taliban Johnny

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/09/2001 06:48:00 PM ----- BODY: This only shows how idiotic this whole anti-war bunch is. They want to award "Taliban" Johnny Walker the Medal of Honor. The only good thing that can be said for these people is that they are NOT Americans. -------- TITLE:

Economics Lessons

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/08/2001 10:52:00 PM ----- BODY: Conservative Columnist Linda Bowles
"Let me issue a warning at this point. I am about to say something that might do actual physical damage to practicing Democrats. If you are a liberal-type person, you may wish to stop reading this column and goto the comics. If you proceed, you are doing so at your own risk." "What I was about to say is this: DEFICITS MAY BE ELIMINATED BY REDUCING SPENDING,AND REVENUES MAY BE INCREASED BY CUTTING TAXES." "Despite my warning, I am fearful there are Democrats, who, according to their custom, did not listen, and are now in a state of slack-jawed, transfixed shock. The explanation is this: Recent studies of the brains of deceased liberal zealots reveal certain malformations. Liberal lobes, by virtue of some sort of geneticmiscoding, are not designed to deal with information about reducing spending and cutting taxes. Indeed,trying to force this information upon an unwary liberal Democrat may cause an overload of neural circuitry, with attendant blackouts."
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AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/07/2001 03:35:00 PM ----- BODY: Victor Davis Hanson on Pearl Harbor & 9/11 on NRO Weekend makes an excellent case for the ineffectiveness of treatys and good faith agreements.

"Americans woke up from their slumber on December 8, and soon fathomed that prior international agreements on arms-reduction had not stopped the building of the behemoth battleships Yamato and Musashi; that the League of Nations did not save Ethiopia or Manchuria; and that summit talks on the eve of Pearl Harbor led to disaster, not reprieve."

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Is She Pissed!

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/06/2001 07:59:00 PM ----- BODY: Reader Rant in BSNN.NET. I know this is a humor site, but she sounds PISSED! -------- TITLE:

Clinton Tales

AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 12/06/2001 07:13:00 PM ----- BODY: This is an interesting (if not surprising) story in the LA Times. I wonder how the Clinton apologists will spin this one. --------