By Steve Norman Albany Democrat-Herald Albany and Millersburg officials Monday gave Congressman Peter DeFazio a driving tour of the cities' joint water project and pitched him on the importance of finding federal grant money to help with the cost. "This open canal is a unique problem and warrants quick attention," DeFazio said as he stood on a narrow footbridge over the Albany-Santiam Canal near 34th Avenue and Pacific Boulevard.Quick study that DeFazio. I guess his extensive background in water management has given him great insight into the problem. What exactly IS the problem Petey>
Gathered there were Millersburg Mayor Clayton Wood and city planner Donald Driscoll, Albany City Engineer Diane Dennis, Councilman Doug Killin and Linda Macpherson, a representative CH2M-Hill, the consulting firm helping the cities with their project. Albany and Millersburg officials hope DeFazio can help the cities obtain grants to fund some portion of their joint $39 million water project, lowering rates to consumers and reducing dependence on canal water.Oh, I see. We're going to spend $39 million dollars but no one is going to have to pay for it. In fact, We're going to be able to charge less money. How exactly does that work?
The water project -- including a joint water intake on the Santiam River and a treatment plant on Scravel Hill -- will pump about 12 million gallons a day to both cities. The city representatives showed DeFazio sites of the project as well as the existing canal and treatment plant. The project would give Albany and Millersburg a second water source, in addition to the canal. In addition to looking for help paying for the joint water project, Albany is looking for grants to replace miles of leaking iron pipe, which was installed prior to 1955 and loses 25 percent of all the water the Albany plant produces, said Dennis, the engineer.But I thought we were'nt going to have to pay for it. We can decrease charges for water in fact.
DeFazio said that a bill he sponsored -- the Water Quality Financing Act of 2002 -- was designed to reduce the annual $24 billion dollar gap between the cost of needed water infrastructure improvements nationwide and available funding.Oh? There's a Federal Water Bureau? Why haven't I heard of it before? When did it come into existance?
The bill would earmark $20 billion over five years for the Clean Water Revolving Fund, DeFazio said. This would make available more money, which DeFazio said would encourage the states to make grants available for municipalities.I'm not sure I understand this statement. Earmark $20 Billion for who? I guess it would make available $20 billion more but what are the strings? (other than voting for DeFazio) If DeFazio is going to send the money from Washington to Albany, where does the State come in? One thing I'm sure of..None of this spending will endanger the Social Security Trust Fund. You can rest assured on that. Only Republican spending endangers the Social Security Trust Fund
The bill, HR 3930, cleared the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee March 20 but is stalled waiting for Republican leaders to take it up, DeFazio said. The sticking point is a "Davis-Bacon" provision, which says that not less than the locally prevailing wage be paid to workers employed in federal contract construction.This is also known as the "great Union campaign contribution kickback" provision.
DeFazio, D-4th District, has been in the House since 1987. He is unopposed for renomination in the May 21 primary. The sole candidate for the Republican nomination is former state Rep. Liz VanLeeuwen of the Halsey area.and if you don't vote for DeFazio, you don't get the money. Hey, don't get the wrong idea, this is nothing like vote buying. Vote buying is when you promise money and programs during an elect...um, never mind.
According to the joint water project plan proposed by Albany and Millersburg, the $39 million cost will be paid for by a 45 percent increase in water fees and an increase in system development charges, Councilman Killin said.Wait a minute. Didn't you say at the beginning of the article that water rates would be lowered?
"I dread the possibility that within the next five years the sewer and water rate could be more than $80 a month for the average household," Killin said. "Any help from the federal government could lessen that a lot."Wait! What happened to the decreased water rates?
Millersburg has already secured a $6 million state loan to pay for its portion of the joint water project. But both cities will share in any grants that materialize, Killin said. DeFazio, the senior Democrat on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, said money spent on infrastructure will "put people back to workOh goody! Just wait. The unemployment around here is pretty high but with the water project we're looking at, uhh, how many jobs Petey? 100? 200? or maybe 1 or 2. Just wondering Petey. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/30/2002 01:55:00 AM ----- BODY: Palistinians renege on deal. (What a shock.)
Israel says it wants six Palestinians incarcerated with U.S. and British supervision: four militants convicted last week of the killing of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavaam Zeevi in October 2001; Ahmed Saadat, the leader of the group to which the four belong, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; and Fuad Shubeiki -- an official of the Palestinian Authority linked by Israel to the arms shipment from Iran that Israel had seized earlier this year aboard the Karine A. The Palestinians, for their part, insist that only the four convicted by the hastily assembled court in Arafat's compound are covered by the deal. Three were convicted of murdering Zeevi, and one of assisting them. "Shubeiki and Saadat were not involved in killing Zeevi; they are part of the political Palestinian leadership and they should not remain behind bars," said Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo early Tuesday. Announcing the deal Sunday, U.S. President George W. Bush was clear that all six of the men wanted by Israel -- who have been in Arafat's compound throughout the siege -- are covered by the agreement.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/30/2002 01:22:00 AM ----- BODY: As noted in Instapundit, Uthant has a plan
Perhaps the international community wouldn't be so stumped by the conflict had it bothered to ask Uthant for advice. [It's not like we weren't Secretary General of the United Nations for ten years for fuck's sake.]-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/30/2002 12:56:00 AM ----- BODY: So, the Palistinian gunmen holed up in the Bethlehem church are common thieves. Is anyone surprised?
Three Armenian monks, who had been held hostage by the Palestinian gunmen inside the Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, managed to flee the church area via a side gate yesterday morning. They immediately thanked the soldiers for rescuing them. They told army officers the gunmen had stolen gold and other property, including crucifixes and prayer books, and had caused damage.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/30/2002 12:48:00 AM ----- BODY:
In Most of the world this would be considered child abuse. But these are Palistinians and thus cannot be held to the same standards as civilized humansAll they are teaching gives peace no chance / At a few Gaza schools, children get an education in hate
Hassain then quizzes the class about a previous, more serious lesson. "Who are the Jews?" she asks. The children know the answer by heart: "The enemy!" they reply in unison. "And what should we do to them?" Hassain asks in a voice that is as casual as when she discussed chickens and eggs. "Kill them!" the children cry out.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/29/2002 09:35:00 PM ----- BODY: New Evidence in Killings of Anti-Chávez Protesters
But more than two weeks after 17 people died and another 100 were wounded in the incident, the worst case of political violence in Venezuela in a decade, new evidence has emerged that seems to show that the men on the bridge were exchanging gunfire with other armed men.Sure They were. Strangely enough, the causualties seem to be limited to anti-Chavez protestors and no one except the pro-Chavez gunmen could see these mysterious other armed men who were firing on them. I'm sure that now that Chavez is back in power his investigators will track down the other gunmen who will turn out to be members of the opposition and will probably confess to being paid by the CIA to do it. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/25/2002 06:29:00 AM ----- BODY: Muslims have a "feeling" that they are being discriminated against.
For Many American Muslims, Complaints of Quiet but Persistent BiasThe unease that many people now feel is not necessarily linked to a concrete event or overt behavior. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/24/2002 06:24:00 PM ----- BODY: I'm Shocked, Shocked I Tell You.
Democrats to exploit finance-law loophole-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/24/2002 06:11:00 PM ----- BODY: Bad News For Paul Erlich
Oil Fields' Free Refill
Although it sounds too good to be true, increasing evidence from the Gulf of Mexico suggests that some old oil fields are being refilled by petroleum surging up from deep below, scientists report. That may mean that current estimates of oil and gas abundance are far too low.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/24/2002 05:29:00 PM ----- BODY: Whites Always Guilty, says researcher
Study Examines Stereotypes of Light, Dark-Skinned Blacks
-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/23/2002 12:51:00 AM ----- BODY: James Lileks, as always one of the best writers in blogland observed clips of the protests in Washington over the weekend, as usual his observations are right on the money.
Among black males, 55 percent listed "poor" as a characteristic of dark-skinned blacks; 27.5 percent listed it for light-skinned blacks. Among white males, 45.2 percent used "poor" for dark-skinned blacks, compared with 28.6 percent for light-skinned blacks.
The differences in that category were even more dramatic for women.
Among black women, 67.5 percent listed "poor" for dark-skinned blacks, as opposed to 20 percent for light-skinned blacks. For white women, 50 percent associated "poor" with dark-skinned blacks and 14.3 percent for light-skinned blacks.
The study breaks new ground because it addresses skin tone bias among whites, said Kendrick Brown, a psychology professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., who is researching the same topic.
They preach an end to war, but include in their number people who wish to destroy, violently, a democratic nation. They agitate against racism, but include in their number people who wish to exterminate the Jews of Israel. They rage against globalism, but support the work of terrorists who operate in every hemisphere. They are the useful fools who end up on the wrong side of concertina wire a year after the revolution; besotted by their communal self-regard, enchanted by the allure of the flame, they have thrown in their lot with the enemies of civilization. And this will be the death of their cause.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/22/2002 09:45:00 PM ----- BODY: Muslim Terrorists Murder 14 In The Philippines
Philippines Says Bomb Suspects Trained in Malaysia
Fourteen people were killed and 55 wounded in Sunday's blasts in a shopping mall and a residential area in southern General Santos city, claimed to have been set off by a group linked to Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/22/2002 01:40:00 AM ----- BODY: Tim Blair prepares for Earth Day
WELL, the neighbourhood preparations for Earth Day 2002 are almost complete, but not without a hell of a lot of hard work. It took me all week to get ahold of the old car tyres we need for the bonfire. Memo to self: start planning earlier next year!-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/22/2002 01:37:00 AM ----- BODY: Leave it to an Egyptian newspaper to bring us the wisdom of Lyndon LaRouche?(D-Fed Prison)
Al-Ahram Weekly | Invasion | 'It's what I have to do'
I have a report -- I don't know how accurate it is, but I think it's accurate as to a general impression, that there are just 11 members from the over-400 total members of the House of Representatives who are not, to one degree or another, under control of the so- called Zionist Lobby.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/21/2002 09:22:00 PM ----- BODY: The UN Human Rights Council Expects Us To Take Them Seriously After This?
Zimbabwe escapes UN human rights probe
African nations on the UN's top rights forum rallied support from Asian and Middle Eastern states to block a European Union call for Zimbabwe to let in human rights investigators.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/21/2002 03:18:00 AM ----- BODY: Maybe the UN should explain to this girl that she is a legitimate target for the peace-loving Palestinians
(April 14) - "It's the fifth time, the fifth time,"Vered Maman, 17, repeated over and over again as she was brought into Jerusalem's Bikur Holim Hospital late Friday afternoon, minutes after the suicide bombing at the entrance to the Mahaneh Yehuda market. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/19/2002 06:56:00 PM ----- BODY: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. an even bigger idiot than his Uncle Teddy. Whoda Thunk It.
Large-scale hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, says Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a New York environmental group-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/19/2002 06:25:00 AM ----- BODY: Singing out prayer for a youth martyr By Julio César Guest Columnist
A letter to Ayat al-Akras, who died a martyr's death on March 29, 2002 in occupied Jerusalem, Palestine. Bismillah, r-Rahman, r-Rahim As-salamu-'alykum-wa-rahmatullaahi-wa-barakatuh! In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful, peace and blessings of Allah be upon you. Dear beloved Sister and Martyr: Freedom bird, freedom bird! How happy you must feel in the midst of millions of Muslims who have sacrificed themselves for over 14 centuries so that Islam might live. Arabs and Kurds, Chinese and Malays, Indians and Africans walk the same ground alongside you in Jennah (paradise). You, Ayat, are a shining star of the greatest generation raised for humanity since the days of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I write "you are" because the Koran teaches that those who die in the cause of Allah (all praise is for him) "are not dead but alive, though ye see them not."You made things so much easier, especially for the Palestinian men. You may have notice how they posture in front of the TV cameras, firing their AK-47's or M-16's into the air, but seem to disappear when the Israelis appear. You have showed them! They know they have nothing to fear from Palestinian men but have to watch the young girls else their wive and children could be murdered.
Why did you choose martyrdom, Ayat? That is what most Americans wish to know. The latest issue ofAmericans don't actually think that Palestine is at peace. They think it could be if your leaders showed any kind of leadership. Unfortunately you are led by an unshaven gnome who is much enamored of his Mercedes Limo, Rolex watches and Swiss bank accounts. Your leaders are pleased that they can find those such as you who are gullible enough to swallow their rhetoric without examining it. You won't see you "leaders" joining with you, you will only see them far, far behind you. As for whether or not you are a "terrorist", well, the answer is yes, you are. Your mission was not to fight the Israeli military but to slaughter as many women, children and elderly people as you could. Despite what your people say, this makes you a Terrorist
Newsweek magazine has a picture of you on the cover, calling you "the human bomb." The author of the story, Christopher Dickey, wonders why an 18-year-old girl wanted to commit "suicide" rather than finish high school and marry her boyfriend. He says you are a "terrorist" and that the majority of Palestinians condoned your action, making them "terrorist" cheerleaders. Forgive Americans for thinking that Palestine is at peace and you, a demonically possessed creature, genetically programmed to kill by Arab DNA, are the one making war.
You are not a terrorist, Ayat. The real terrorists are those who some 100 years ago hijacked a beautiful religion and transformed it into a real estate venture. Glancing around the world, they saw in Palestine "a land without a people, for a people without a land," as their spokesmen and women chant ad nauseaum. The Zion of the concertina wire, F-16 bomber death planes and tank crews collecting skulls and shedding martyrs' blood. The birthplace of your ancestor, and mine, the Palestinian pacifist Joshua ben Josef, is now a battle zone -- with Christians, Muslims and peace-loving Jews trapped inside Bethlehem.Yes, your Palestinian men ran like rabbits when the Israeli Defense Force showed up. They ran to a church where they shot the lock off and entered, hiding behind the skirts of Christian nuns. Now they make bold statements but still hide in the church which they had no qualms about defiling and talk about how brave they are.
Your last cry, by gesture rather than the spoken word, was "Stop, thief! This is not your land and we are a people." I can assure you, Ayat, that the whole world stopped to listen. Even the numbskull who parades as president of the United States heard you, and, following the text written for him by his handlers, expressed astonishment at how a teenager could perpetrate such an act. Simply, it is pronounced "justice" and spelled C-O-U-R-A-G-E.Actually their reaction (other than Europe) pronounced it murder and spelled S-T-U-P-I-D.
Forgive us Ayat, the Muslims of the world, for not rushing to the defense of the Holy Land. Beg the master of the universe to forgive us. If we had your conviction we would not only stage we would not only stage rallies but boycott all "Israeli" and American products. General Electric, which "brings good things to life," also supplies the enemy with engine parts and laser-precision bombing sights. But where are the decent people of faith who would part with their GE video cameras or switch off the National Broadcasting Company, owned by said corporate behemoth?We like our comforts and like to rail about the Western influences, but we flock to the United States. We honor your sacrifice, but are thankful that we are not in Palestine because then somebody might expect us to do something besides run our mouths
Forgive the American public, Ayat, because we, or better said, the government of our masters, send tax money that goes directly to the forces occupying Palestine -- four billion dollars every year since 1948, not that any of this comes as a shock to those who study American history. I will wager that in Jehannah (hell) sinners laugh themselves silly over this irony: The American-made helicopters that rain hellfire over Jenin and Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus bear the names of Native American peoples, the Apache and Chinook, wiped of the face of this land in a previous genocide. From the heights of paradise, pardon us Sister, for permitting such hypocrisy to go unpunished.Yes, honor your Arab brethern, the Jordanians who ran you out in 1970, the Lebanese who repeated the favor in 1980 and the Kuwaitis who expelled you in 1990. These are your true brothers. They see Palestinians in a slightly (very slightly) more favorable light that the Israelis. They would use you to get rid of Israel but if it comes to pass that the Israelis get rid of you, they are OK with that too.
A supplication from those of us left on Earth: O, Allah, protect the soldiers of Islam fighting in Palestine. Accept the martyr into paradise. Heal the wounded, succor the sick, free the captive, grant shelter to the refugee, comfort the widow and orphan. Let us take the pain of Ayat al-Akras and the hundreds like her into our hearts, so that the suffering awakens us to the terror done in our name and with our implicit silence, and moves us to action.
May Allah elevate your place in paradise, Assad Jibril Pino Julio César Pino is an associate professor of history and a guest columnist for the Daily Kent StaterA confused man who cannot decide if he is Hispanic or Arab. Fortunately he is only an associate professor and does not teach younger children. This is the country where children get suspended from school for pointing an oak leaf and saying "bang' what would the Zero Tolerance crowd say about Mr. Pino. I am sure Mr. Pino would say that he wrote this column to stimulate discussion about the Middle East. I encourage everyone to discuss it with him if you can find him -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/18/2002 07:07:00 AM ----- BODY: What the Palestinians are saying: MEMRI: Latest News The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza City, broadcast live on April 12, 2002 by Palestinian Authority television:
"…Oh, beloved of Allah. [In the Friday sermon] two weeks ago, I bore in your name a blessing of love to the crowns upon our heads, [that is] to the Arab and Muslim rulers. Among other things, I said: 'Oh crowns upon our heads: If Sharon spat in your faces, what would you do?' Today I apologize for these words, because Sharon has not only spat on the heads of the nation, but also trampled us underfoot." "We are convinced of the [future] victory of Allah; we believe that one of these days, we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, enter Jaffa as conquerors, enter Haifa as conquerors, enter Ramle and Lod as conquerors, the [villages of] Hirbiya and Dir Jerjis and all of Palestine as conquerors, as Allah has decreed… 'They will enter Al-Aqsa Mosque as they have entered it the first time…'"-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/16/2002 07:56:00 PM ----- BODY: Lost in the Shuffle
A WAVE of forgetfulness has engulfed the issue of Middle East turmoil between Israel and the Palestinians. Arab moderates whom Secretary of State Colin Powell visited this week, European leaders upset by Israel's conduct, the international media (including American reporters), United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, even Powell himself--all have been hit by memory loss. What they've forgotten is practically everything that preceded Israel's military incursion in the West Bank. They've forgotten the context for today's events, a context that illustrates why the world's sudden concern for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is at best misplaced, at worst likely to lead to more terrorism and violence.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/15/2002 01:16:00 AM ----- BODY: Praise For Noam Chomsky From the British Union of Facists
He is an honoured patron of the revisionist movement on both sides of the Atlantic. His academic work is admired and respected by scholars around the world. But most of all truth for Chomsky is the highest goal to aim for ... and the freedom to express it.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/13/2002 06:34:00 AM ----- BODY: From the home page of "Neal Boortz AKA "Mighty Whitie Last night Brit Hume interviewed Dennis Ross .. the top advisor to both Presidents Clinton and George the Elder on the Mid East situation and peace process. Dennis Ross spent more time with Yassir Arafat during the peace negotiations at the end of the Clinton term than any other person. He knows the story, and the story was compelling last night on Fox News. Two questions were answered on last night’s broadcast. What was the peace deal offered to Arafat? And why did Arafat say no? First … here were the essential elements of the U.S. peace proposal offered to Arafat. Bear in mind that Barak had already accepted these terms on behalf of Israel. Shared control of Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem would be part of the Palestinian State. Palestine’s capitol would be in Jerusalem. 97% of the West Bank to the Palestinians This would be one contiguous land mass, not four separate parcels as the Palestinians have been saying. Right of Return of Palestinian refugees to the new Palestinian homeland. Palestinian refugees, wherever they might be, would be allowed to leave refugee camps and return to the new Palestinian homeland. You’ve heard Palestinian apologists say that the agreement contained no “right of return.” Not true. It was there. They could return to the new Palestinian homeland. They could NOT leave refugee camps and move into Israel. An international presence in the Jordan Valley. These folks have been at war for generations. There is nothing unreasonable about an international peacekeeping force in place until the situation stabilizes. Interestingly, Dennis Ross said that the Palestinian negotiators clearly thought that this peace proposal was acceptable. It was only unacceptable to one man … Yassir Arafat. Ross believes that the sticking point with Arafat was the words “end of conflict.” Ross says that Arafat does not want to have to admit that the conflict is over. In Arafat’s eyes, to end the conflict is to end himself. Another Palestinians argument is that the offer was never put forth in writing. US negotiators knew that if they presented it in writing it would just stand as little more than the baseline for future demands by Arafat. They presented the offer to Arafat and the Palestinian negotiators and THEY wrote it down … so it was in writing. Did you know that Arafat has never, to this day, presented to the Palestinian people the details of the offer he walked away from in 2000? Furthermore, the offer has never been detailed accurately in the Arab or the Palestinian press. Peace was at hand. Arafat wanted none of it. He walked away and started his campaign of violence against innocent Israeli citizens. Now he’s the darling of the left, the object of PC adoration on college campuses -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/11/2002 07:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Los Angeles Street Wars Grow Deadlier
In the first two months of 2002 alone, there were 63 gang-related homicides, more than triple the number for the same period two years ago and almost double the average over the past five years. Though the official statistics for March have not yet been tabulated, officials say the gang murder rate was equally high, leading residents to rally for cease-fires and spurring a volley of recriminations in the Los Angeles Police Department over who or what is responsibleWhy is LAPD at fault when low-life animals kill each other? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/09/2002 07:38:00 PM ----- BODY: This Answers A Lot Of Questions About Freddie Police Dog Severs Suspect's Penis
a K-9 named "Scooby" caught up with one of the alleged suspects. The dog first bit the suspect on the buttocks and then bit him in the crotch, severing his penis, according to police.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/09/2002 12:20:00 AM ----- BODY: Where Are The Death Penalty Opponents? Palestinians Sentence Six to Death
In a secret session before dawn Sunday, a Palestinian military court sentenced six Palestinians to death Sunday for collaborating with Israel, Palestinian security officials said.Secret military court? I thought that was a crime against humanity. Where are the protesters? Oh, Yeah. These are Palestinians. They can't be held responsible, they can't measure up to the standards of the infidel West. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/08/2002 11:27:00 PM ----- BODY: From Tree-Hugger to Terrorist
Critter, whose legal name is Craig Marshall, is an intense young man with short-trimmed hair, a scraggly beard and flared side chops that give him the look of a singer in a rockabilly band.And if you think that Critter and his friends are just ordinary people with strong feelings about all things "green" read the whole article.
I put the question to Craig Marshall: In a perfect world, what would we do to save the earth? ''First, knock down all the concrete,'' he says. Thinking further, he adds: ''The problem is, we've gone too far already. There's no easy solution. For life to survive as we know it, millions of people are going to have to die. It's sad to say that, but it's true. Millions of people are already dying -- it's just gonna have to start happening here.''-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/08/2002 02:44:00 AM ----- BODY: After I wrote the previous blurb about racism in the Middle East I read Matt Welch's blog. He seems to have already thought about that and writes a lot better than I do -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/07/2002 11:24:00 PM ----- BODY: Among the Bourgeoisophobes AROUND 1830, a group of French artists and intellectuals looked around and noticed that people who were their spiritual inferiors were running the world. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/07/2002 10:26:00 PM ----- BODY: Racism in the Mid-East One aspect of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict that I find disturbing is the unspoken racism of the Palestinian apologists. It seems that because Israelis are, largely, White and of European extraction they are held to a higher standard of morality than the Palestinians. The apologists point to civilians and children accidentally killed when the Israelis' target Palestinian terrorists as proof of their depravity. However, when civilians are targeted and killed by Palestinians, it is because of their "understandable" rage at Israeli "occupation". The killing of civilians by anyone is a tragedy. It is doubly so when they are intentionally targeted. The argument seems to be that the Palestinians are 'people of color' and are not to be judged by the same standards as the mostly white, European Israelis. If it is acceptable to fire Katusha rockets blindly into civilian neighborhood as has happened from Gaza, then it would be equally acceptable for the Israelis to blindly fire mortars into Gaza. The first has happened and was deemed by Palestinian apologists as a legitimate action by the Palestinians; but if the Israelis were to blindly fire back it would be condemned by the entire world and rightly so. Why is one acceptable and the other not? In Bethlehem, Palestinian terrorists being pursued by Israeli soldiers shot their way into The Church of the Nativity in Manger Square and took hostages. In any civilized country this would be considered outrageous but the loudest condemnation has not been against the Palestinian terrorists but the Israeli soldiers for ‘forcing ‘ them into this action. Why should that be? The invasion of a holy place and the taking of hostages is a despicable act. Why is it acceptable for Palestinians to do it? Unfortunately this seems to be part of an attitude that has found acceptance not only in apologists for the Palestinians but among many who consider themselves ‘enlightened’. Accordingly Palestinians and “people of color” are to be judged more forgivingly. They are considered morally inferior and incapable of meeting the standards by which others are judged. This is never spoken but always in evidence. Massacres in Africa become the fault of Colonialists not the people that actually committed the murders; Members of the “Angka” in Cambodia are forgiven their crimes because they were only doing what their leaders told them, although that defense was not acceptable for the Nazis. The Nazis were White Europeans and should have known better, the Cambodians are “people of color” and not to be judged as harshly. It goes on and on. I’m sure that others have noticed this but it goes unsaid because to point it out will bring the calls of racism. It is not racism to judge all by the same standards nor is it racism to demand an equal measure of morality from all people regardless of their race or circumstance -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/07/2002 09:36:00 PM ----- BODY: Denver Post - Pedestrian shoots prankster
Three pranksters shot paintballs at pedestrians walking along the street Monday night until one of the victims fired back with a real gun, striking one of the paintball shooters in the head.Ahh, poor baby. Maybe he'll think twice before playing a "prank" from now on. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/05/2002 07:38:00 PM ----- BODY: Kids With Bombs By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF ABALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip
To understand why Ariel Sharon's harsh tactics are self-defeating, come here to this crowded refugee camp and talk to young Palestinians. Kids here increasingly do not want to grow up to be firefighters, policemen or presidents. Instead, they aspire to become shahid, martyrs, and to die blowing up a few Israelis.And exactly what consessions should Isreal make that will change this?
One cute 8-year-old boy showed me a portrait his family had taken of him clutching an AK-47 rifle. He initially lied and said that his older brother was a shahid - then he hung his head and admitted that no, his brother is alive and never did anything so grand.A child with an AK-47! Where is Sarah Brady? Where is Rosie? The NRA must have something to do with this. Contact Hillary. It has something to do with a vast right-wing conspiracy. Children with guns. Shouldn't they be removed for their homes? Their parents must be terrible, allowing children to play with guns. Wait until their schools hear about this, they will be suspended forever.
President Bush made the right moves yesterday, calling for an end to the Israeli incursion into the West Bank, urging Arab leaders to denounce suicide attacks and sending Colin Powell to play midwife to a peace process that refuses to be born. Still, to travel in Gaza is to be reminded that people here react not so much to speeches by either American or Palestinian leaders, but rather to their own social dynamic(All jews must die) and to Israeli actions.What do you mean they're not listening to their own leaders? Then those leaders are not leaders, so why are we talking to them? If palestinian leaders cannot control their own people, what good are they? Just grab some palestinian off the street, He'll do. No one is going to listen to him either.
After lots of surreal conversations with aspiring shahid, I believe they're living in a delusional universe shaped in part by the gutlessness of Palestinian leaders and in part by their own rage as Israeli tanks in the West Bank crunch through Palestinian cars, homes and hopes. Unless Mr. Sharon and Mr. Powell can outline steps that will lead the Palestinians to statehood, and thus sprinkle hope in the occupied territories, then I fear that popular support for shahid is so great among Palestinians that the parade of killings will continue.Don't you mean, unless Mr. Sharon and Mr. Powell come up a plan that give the Palestinians a state "from the river to the sea" with all the jews dead or gone?
One neighborhood here is celebrating - and that's the right word - the death of Mahmoud Saleh, 22. On Tuesday night, enraged by television images of Israeli forces in Ramallah, his family said, he sneaked into Israel and shot one soldier to death and injured three others before being killed himself. "We're not sad at his death," said his elder brother, Adnan, a professor of water resources who earned a Ph.D. in Europe. "We're happy. We are eight brothers, and we will continue his way."Well, it's comforting to know that even educated palestinians are still mass-murdering cretins. So much for the civilizing influence of education
The mother, Aisha Saleh, at first boasted that she had been thrilled to hear of her son's death. Then that bold front collapsed. "I was extremely sad," she admitted. "I cried a lot. But now I see that he died for a purpose. I have more sons for this cause." I clapped Adnan on the shoulder, and asked if she would be happy to lose him, too. Mrs. Saleh hugged Adnan, the best-educated man in the neighborhood, and shook her head. "No," she acknowledged. "Not Adnan. I love them all, but Adnan, he is very dear to me. I will not let him go."Why is she upset about her son? It's true, he was not up to Columbine standards, but you don't have the chances in Gaza that you have in the U.S.
In Gaza City, a dozen high school boys interrupted their soccer game to tell me that they all wanted to attack Israeli civilians and become shahid. I asked the boys what kinds of targets they would choose to bomb. For example, would they feel comfortable blowing up a group of Israeli women? "That's O.K.," said Motaz Abuleilah, 15. "They all fight in their army. There's no distinction." What about bombing an Israeli girls high school? "Fine, fine," said Ibrahim Abudaya, 18. "God knows, the girls will become fighters."Well then, if it is OK for Palestinians to murder civilians, women and young girls then on the moral equivilence scale it must be OK for the Israelis to murder the boys playing soccer. So far they have tried to limit their killing to actual combatents. Should'nt someone let them know that it is OK to kill anyone they see?
What about the American Embassy? "Excellent!" What about a crowd of Israelis, but with a few Muslims as well? That prompted disagreement. But in the end the boys agreed that they could sacrifice a few Arabs in Israel because, as one put it, "They are not living a proper life there."Evidently it is OK to kill anyone you want just as long as you justify it by saying you are "doing it for Palestine"
What about bombing an Israeli nursery school? "No, no, no." All the boys drew the line at infants. They beamed in pride at their humanitarianism, as I ached at their lack of it.Their humanitarianism was never there. They were taught from birth that the Israelis had taken something from them and that for the rest of their live they could claim to be victims. It's so much easier than actually thinking.
One postscript: I checked the family's story about how Mahmoud Saleh died. The Israeli Defense Forces said a terrorist was killed that night while attempting to sneak into a kibbutz, but that he didn't manage to kill anyone. The only Israeli casualties were two soldiers lightly injured. I suppose it's good that his family was only lying, trying to bolster his good name by boasting falsely that he had spilled Jewish blood. But it makes the mood here seem more absurd, pointless and tragic - and desperately in need of changeAnd no one has to know that he was just an ineffectual bumbler that died for no good reason. It's good that they lied. maybe it will encourage another boy to kill himself and maybe murder some women and children while he is at it. Maybe they can fool themselves for a little bit longer that they matter to anyone. The only ones who seem to be concerned about them are the Americans and the Israelis. Not the Europeans, Not the Russians, Not ever their "brother" arabs. For the governments of the Arab world the Palestinians are to be exploited. Maybe they can get rid go the Jews. Maybe the Jews will get rid of the Palestinians. Of course the Arab countries would prefer the former, but I think they would be OK with the latter. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/04/2002 05:15:00 PM ----- BODY: Washington Is Criticized for Growing Reluctance to Sign Treaties The New York Times, the "gray lady", who publishes "all the news that's fit to print" runs a story with the headline above. The report "The Rule of Power or the Rule of Law? An Assessment of U.S. Policies and Actions Regarding Security-Related Treaties," is published by two independent organizations, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy if you check their web sites you will see that both these "independent" organizations are on the far left, anti-nuclear end of things. You have to wonder if the Times would characterized say, the Cato Institute (a libratarian think tank) as "independent". Be that as it may the article is the same predictable anti-nuc, pro UN screed that has become so common in the "newspaper of record." I wish they would spend a little more time reporting the news instead of pushing their plans for a "Brave New World". -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/03/2002 06:49:00 PM ----- BODY: An Open Letter to the President
Mr. President, it can no longer be the policy of the United States to urge, much less to pressure, Israel to continue negotiating with Arafat, any more than we would be willing to be pressured to negotiate with Osama Bin Laden or Mullah Omar. Nor should the United States provide financial support to a Palestinian Authority that acts as a cog in the machine of Middle East terrorism, any more than we would approve of others providing assistance to Al Qaeda-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/03/2002 06:46:00 PM ----- BODY: Obvious canidates for the Darwin Awards Guardian Unlimited
Kate Edwards, a community worker from Manchester, said: "We were walking up the hill from Bethlehem when a tank came down the hill towards us. I could see a man in the tank and he was shouting at us to go back. We carried on going, but then heard several bangs. We thought they had fired stun grenades to chase us off. "We decided to stop for a moment to get used to the sound of the bangs before deciding what to do. I never thought for a moment that they would fire live ammunition at us.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/03/2002 06:35:00 PM ----- BODY: If you don't read James Lileks, you're missing a lot.
It also turns out that a British organization, Indict, is already pursuing an indictment against Saddam for war crimes.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/03/2002 05:17:00 PM ----- BODY: Yeah, I'm back. I guess I didn't lose too many readers 'cause I didn't have any to start with. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 4/03/2002 05:16:00 PM ----- BODY: Well I guess the school funding crisis is over. This article in Education Week advises that there is now enough money to seek out and assist illegal aliens
And the Belgian organization Frown is already drafting plans to mount an international campaign of scowling, which will force his regime to divert precious resources to rubber chickens, joy-buzzers and Singing Telegram Gorillas to improve their standing abroad. Meanwhile, the French organization Surrender is drafting plans to cede Marseilles to whomever wants it, just in case.
Helping Mexican immigrant families in such a manner is commonplace for the 15 home- school consultants in Oregon's 19,000-student Hillsboro school district. Employed by the district's federally financed migrant program, they see it as their job to help families meet basic needs so immigrant children are more likely to attend school. Many of the families that the consultants work with are living in the United States illegally and, therefore, don't qualify for government-sponsored social services. So the consultants link them up with local churches or community groups that run employment programs or provide free meals.--------