What does Independent Vermont Sen. James Jeffords have in common with former WorldCom chief Bernie Ebbers? How about a penchant for cooking the books and engaging in a little nefarious accounting practice.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/30/2002 11:06:00 PM ----- BODY: PejmanPundit -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/30/2002 11:05:00 PM ----- BODY:
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, (SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE), INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/30/2002 10:06:00 PM ----- BODY: The Indepundit -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/30/2002 09:51:00 PM ----- BODY:
The state Democratic Party pocketed $25,000 in donations raised for an award in the name of former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis - leaving the young award-winner with nothing but a glass etching of Dukakis' head.After all, It's For The Children. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/30/2002 03:12:00 AM ----- BODY:
Assuming WorldCom did, in fact, lose money in 2001 instead of making profits, the fact is, it didn't make profits -- and this certainly cannot be attributed solely to fraud, since the losses would have been the outcome of honest accounting. The tragedy of WorldCom is that, by improperly inflating pre-tax profits (if that is, in fact, what it did), the company ended up paying billions in taxes to the U.S. government. In the three years from 1999 to 2001, while its stock price was falling, WorldCom paid nearly US$7-billion in taxes -- or roughly 40% of its pre-tax income. If, in fact, the profits were "illusory," we'd expect the U.S. government to return some of the tax payments to WorldCom shareholders. Since it won't, one further fraud will follow another.An angle on this that I certainly hadn't thought of.
[Expanded and Revised June 19, 2002 - Evidence of Bush Administration Foreknowledge and complicity is now overwhelming. 16 New Items (noted in RED) Since Our Last Revision!]
Maxine Waters, a black Democratic congresswoman whom no one takes seriously, told reporters that a Congressional inquiry should be held. “We need to know what the eXile knew, when they knew it, and why they are so hung up on all those white bitches in Russia.”-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/29/2002 09:59:00 PM ----- BODY:
Warning: Getting “A Life” can be hazardous to your health! If you have “A Life,” you could be subject to horrific bouts of paranoia, insomnia, stomach cramps, and sexual impotence. “A Life” is not recommended for anyone over 18, with heart problems, with a family or with living relatives. Using amphetamines or hallucinogenics while having “A Life” can lead to suicidal behavior. Call your pusher for details. Take “A Life” only as directed.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/29/2002 09:51:00 PM ----- BODY:
Today Bangkok says farewell to the Siam Intercontinental after 36 years of service.Too bad, it's going to be gone by the time we go in September. I often looked at the hotel but even in the 60's I didn't have enough money to stay there. Hell, I didn't even have enough money to eat there. Actually I did. But it would have been really uncomfortable there 'cause I was just a GI at the time. My wife wouldn't have liked it because she would have been considered "lower class" for being with me. Oh, well. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/29/2002 09:31:00 PM ----- BODY:
The 400-room hotel, on a 72-rai plot next to Sra Pathum Palace, is being pulled down to make way for a shopping centre, which will include a new hotel
A passenger with a knife got through a security checkpoint at Dulles International Airport on Saturday, causing about 30 flights to be delayedWhat happened to the screener? Probably got some of that good "additional training". If they're going to be serious about this Airport Security thing, then they need to fire these screeners when something like this happens. That would tend to "sharpen" their instincts. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/29/2002 08:04:00 PM ----- BODY:
A screener who spotted a suspicious object at about 7 p.m. didn't immediately report it to a supervisor,
Airport police questioned the passenger, who was not identified. Sullivan said the passenger apparently wasn't aware of security regulations.
Ah, San Francisco. You'll be tickled to learn that the town that spawned judges who think uttering "one nation, under God" in a government-run school is an unconstitutional vulgarity, from which every delicate child must be shielded, is the same town that just hatched government-sponsored ads featuring a smiling cartoon penis with syphilis sores.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/28/2002 05:55:00 PM ----- BODY:
L.A.'s chief of public health operations, ... rejected the Healthy Penis ads. Not that its own substitute was much better. The City of Angels is spending nearly $400,000 on a government-backed campaign featuring "Phil," a bumpy, red cartoon syphilis sore with silver shoes and an earring, who will appear as a life-size mascot throughout the county. The city also plans to pay for the creation and distribution of 40,000 squeezable 3-inch Phil the Syphilis Sore toys.
The killing brought to about 600 the number of civilians killed in the past six months in attacks blamed by the authorities on Islamic rebels.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/28/2002 12:33:00 PM ----- BODY:
A British theatre company has reportedly dropped the word hunchback from its stage adaptation of the classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame to avoid offending disabled people-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/27/2002 10:32:00 PM ----- BODY:
Since it was elected to power in 1994 the African National Congress government has, like any other democratic government, met criticism from the media -- most of it well-deserved. But instead of reasoned, well-thought-out responses, leaders of the party and its aligned organisations have resorted to outrageous allegations of racism against the media.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/27/2002 12:35:00 PM ----- BODY:
A Muslim woman who says the state is violating her religious rights in demanding that she remove her veil for a driver's license photograph will be in court this week to try to regain her driving privileges.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/26/2002 10:17:00 PM ----- BODY:
Whatever they may say to the contrary, US media organizations are caving into demands from Jewish groups that they report the news with a strong bias against the Palestinians. American Jews, unlike Israel Jews, cannot bear to read the truth about the brutality inherent in Israel’s occupation. When they see it, they cry “bias.”-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/26/2002 05:27:00 PM ----- BODY:
In disclosing the bookkeeping problem, WorldCom said it had fired its chief financial officer, Scott D. Sullivan, the executive widely credited with helping orchestrate the financial strategy during the mid-to-late 1990's that enabled WorldCom to rise from a second-tier telecommunications company to a world giant through a series of acquisitions that included the $30 billion purchase of MCI in 1998.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/24/2002 06:28:00 PM ----- BODY:
For now, I love my SUV. I take as many as six children at a time to the swimming pool, all safely buckled in their own seat belts. Try that with your VW Beetle. I have hauled trees and shrubs home from the nursery and taken large plants to friend's yards.The real story of those people in the SUV's. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/24/2002 01:34:00 PM ----- BODY:
In the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at two cars, killing six Palestinians and injuring five, Palestinians said. Four of the dead belonged to the militant group Hamas, the movement said. The Israeli military said it targeted and killed Yasser Rizik, a "senior Hamas activist" who was behind a January attack that killed four soldiers.Too bad the other five survived. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/24/2002 01:12:00 PM ----- BODY:
As I pointed out the other day, a new report claims that nothing of the sort is true: the Kyoto Protocol would only cost the U.S. a prosperity delayed a couple of months by the year 2020, and complete mitigation a prosperity two months delayed by 2100.Which raises (not begs) the question, what is the entire solution? How much will it cost? Does David really believe there will be no shutdowns, no layoffs? According to the LA Times, power companies are now rushing to build power stations across the border in Mexico which will not be affected by Kyoto. What other industries would join them? Would the government have to take action to stop them? What action would they take? How can David be so sure about the prosperity? A much smarter person than me, Megan McArdle "runs the numbers" on her blog and comes to an entirely different conclusion.
(And no, the Kyoto Protocol won't make a big dent in future warming -- it's not intended to. The Kyoto Protocol is a starting place, a recognition of the political will to start to deal with the problem.)
People will be five times as rich in a hundred years' time. And if we are willing to postpone that prosperity by just two years, we could fix global warming into the bargain. That's the startling conclusion of leading US climate scientist Stephen Schneider and Swedish energy economist Christian Azar, who are about to publish a bruising assault on the Bush administration's claims that international plans to curb climate change would cripple the US and world economies.Wow, five times as rich or have five times as much money? Even I know there is a difference.
Millions saw the horrific images of the World Trade Center attacks, and those who saw them won't forget them. But a New Jersey homemaker saw something that morning that prompted an investigation into five young Israelis and their possible connection to Israeli intelligence.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/23/2002 10:49:00 PM ----- BODY:
The rally against anti-Semitism drew 200,000 but no major political candidates. The anti-Israel demonstration boasted a coalition of Trotskyites, anarchists, Greens, atheists, homeless advocates, migrants, AIDS activists and anti-globalization groups, as well as Jose Bove, the anti-McDonald's activist and Ramallah supporter of Arafat.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/23/2002 06:13:00 PM ----- BODY:
Britain's leading prophylactics maker, Durex, is hoping to make advances into the "adolescent" market with a new product, known as Close FitI guess these would be for the same crowd as the pre-teen thong panties. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/23/2002 04:54:00 PM ----- BODY:
"There may be situations where people haven't yet reached anatomical maturity but might still need to use a condom," he explained.
Most of the people killed and wounded on that bus were high school students. After all these hideous acts of terrorism, murders at Passover Meals and buses and bedrooms and street cafes and markets, it's starting to turn into statistics and numbers in my head. CNN's doing their absolute best to reduce this to numbers and quickly-edited video. Afterwards, they give a disproportionate amount of air time to the families of the Palestinian killers for their propoganda, death-cult rhetoric, and irrational attempts at moral equivalency rather than showing the innocent victims of these attacks and the impact on their familes. Even their founder, Ted Turner, came out and said that the Israelis are using terror tactics, equating the Israelis with terrorists when the true Islamist terrorists use his creation as a handy soapbox with international reach.I question the reasoning of people like Ted Turner and other Palestinian supporters.
JERUSALEM -- As Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin emerged from their homes Friday and rushed toward the downtown market during what they thought was a break in the military-imposed curfew, Israeli tanks opened fire on a crowd, killing three children and an adult.
The army promptly apologized for what it said was an error on the part of soldiers who saw a throng of Palestinians approaching.Settlement attack kills five Israelis
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Five Jewish settlers - four members of the same family and a neighbor - were killed Thursday night after Palestinian gunmen burst into a home and briefly took hostages. Two assailants were killed and eight other Israelis wounded when soldiers stormed the home.Not mentioned in the headline or the first paragraph of the second story is that three of the casualties were children.
Two Palestinian groups claimed responsibility for the attack. One is an armed offshoot of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, whose leader was assassinated by Israel last year. The other is the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which is affiliated with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
An immigrant -- documented or not -- who agrees to learn English, get a job and pay taxes should receive the same health, education and welfare benefits as any other California citizen, an independent, bipartisan government advisory panel said Tuesday.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/21/2002 07:50:00 PM ----- BODY:
NABLUS, West Bank (CNN) -- At the end of a week in which Palestinians killed 31 Israelis in terror attacks, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told a newspaper he was ready to accept a proposal first made by U.S. President Bill Clinton as a framework for a Mideast peace settlementBut has Arafat noticed a critical difference? The PM of Israel is Sharon not Barak and the President of the United States is George W. Bush not Clinton. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/21/2002 07:03:00 PM ----- BODY:
The sole remaining lawsuit that grew out of a tree-cutting protest in downtown Eugene five years ago was settled out of court Thursday with a $30,000 city payment to three demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed by police.
In the settlement, neither side admitted wrongdoing. But the city agreed to require all officers with the rank of sergeant and above to attend two training sessions on police response to nonviolent protests. The sessions are to be conducted by an outside consultant in 2003 and 2004.If they didn't do anything wrong, then why the re-education? And who is the "outside consultant"? Is it another law enforcement agency or someone approved by Earth First and the ACLU?
Spokesmen for both sides said the protest and its turbulent aftermath taught them bitter lessons but left the community with better public policies and police procedures.Both sides? Does this mean that Earth-First is going to change their ways? Where are the sensativity training classes for them? They whould be required to take classes in "Interacting with authority figures without provoking a response".
Police response to the protest sparked a backlash of public criticism that led to a criminal investigation of police and revision of department policies on using pepper spray and tear gas, and for handling large nonviolent protests, acting police Chief Thad Buchanan said Thursday.In the future, response should be limited to shotguns and fragmentation grenades.
The criminal investigation cleared police of any wrongdoing, but the incident became a landmark protest in a city accustomed to public demonstrations.So why should the police have to settle this?
Officers involved in the protest were stung by the second-guessing and criticism that followed the incident, even though every review determined that they performed well, Buchanan said. Nevertheless, the department won't again put itself in a position where it might be seen as acting with unnecessary urgency, he said.That's right.They now have mob rule in Eugene. "Pay no attention to those people, the police will be out in a couple of days"
Jim Flynn, a June 1 protester and plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the event exposed how the city planned the tree cutting for daybreak on a Sunday to avoid an expected public protest, then used strong-arm tactics to prevent any delay in their plan. The city has since sought more public input on tree-cutting projects, he said.Jim Flynn, ordinary citizen put upon by the brutal police. An innocent, peaceful protestor who was brutalized by THE MAN.
The incident also awakened citizens to the potential harshness of police tactics and led to formation of the city police commission to monitor department policies, Flynn said.
"It really made people take a step back and realize some of our police officers and their actions can be pretty brutal," he said.
Referring to the use of large amounts of pepper spray to remove treesitters and to disperse crowds of observers and supporters, Flynn said, "I think the police got a wake-up call that they can't treat human beings the way they did that day."
The plaintiffs - Flynn, 42, Brett H. Cole, 31,(of the League of Wilderness Defenders) and Josh H. Laughlin, 27 (a staffer with the Cascadia Wildlands Project where Flynn is also a director) faced the prospect of trying to raise a lot of money for a case that would probably be appealed even if they won.Far from being just ordinary citizens who were savaged by the police we have things like:
The state police and the district attorney's office later reviewed videotape and reports from police and citizens involved in three dozen incidents of sprayings and arrests. They found no police misconduct in controlling the crowd or arresting 22 adults charged during the confrontation.No misconduct
In a separate case four months after the June 1 protest, another judge ruled that the trees that were cut had been removed lawfully.Trees removed lawfully.
WASHINGTON, June 20 — The Constitution bars the execution of mentally retarded offenders, the Supreme Court declared today in a landmark death penalty ruling based on the majority's view that a "national consensus" now rejected such executions as excessive and inappropriate.If there's a "National Consensus" then the States would have passed laws barring it already. If it has not already been outlawed by the States then no "Consensus" exists.I thought the Supreme Court was supposed to interpret "law" not find consensus. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/21/2002 06:28:00 AM ----- BODY:
The agency experienced "unexpected difficulties," in hiring 1,248 screeners at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the government's test-case for taking over the security screening operations.Boy, these must be demanding jobs. BWI is right between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. The press is always telling us about the high number of people in those two cities that need good steady jobs and don't require a degree. Here's the qualification needed.
Only 36 percent of screener applicants who were invited to an interview actually showed up. And only one-third of those who appeared for their interview passed, Mead said.
US-GA-Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l-TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SCREENERSSo, what's the problem? It doesn't appear to me that these qualifications are onerous. I know. We need more programs. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/20/2002 08:45:00 PM ----- BODY:
MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS U.S. citizenship. To be qualified you must have one of the following: · High school diploma, GED or equivalent; OR · At least one year of full-time work experience in security work or aviation screener work; or with x-ray technician work. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT To be considered for employment, you must be able to work all of the following: · Irregular hours and/or shifts · Holidays and weekends · Overtime · Extended hours · You must also pass Drug and Alcohol Screening. · You must also pass a background investigation including a credit check. In addition, you must successfully complete required training: · 40 hours of classroom training, and · 60 hours of on-the-job training, and · A certification examination. Continued employment is contingent upon passing recurrent training and certification exams on a periodic basis.
WHO WANTS TO BE A DEFENDANT?: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has reinstated a lawsuit claiming that the television show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring contestants to compete using a touch-tone phone in order to be selected to appear on the show. You can access the court's ruling here.Another chapter in the continuing story of the Incredible Expanding ADA. Tune in tomorrow to read about the latest defeat of common sense by this act. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/20/2002 07:43:00 PM ----- BODY:
The decision potentially affects more than 70 million Americans whose employers buy coverage from a health insurance company, said Ron Pollack, president of Families USA, a liberal group that has been lobbying for a federal patients' rights bill. It does not help some 60 million people whose employers use self-insured plans.Does it cover the people covered by Medicare, Medicaid and Champus? The government exempts itself from the rules that it would impose on others. I have asked by Congressman (DeFazio D-Or, Progressive Caucus) about that and surprisingly never got an answer. I sure would like to know why this "Patient's Bill of Rights" and related legislation doesn't apply equally to all provided medical coverage.Could it be that the government doesn't want the trial lawyers coming after them? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/20/2002 06:12:00 PM ----- BODY:
Lane County commissioners gave themselves a 31 percent raise Wednesday, then went on to adopt a budget of nearly $428 million for the fiscal year that will begin July 1.Now let's see if there is a "budget shortfall" requiring new taxes "for the children" of course. You know that Eugene is the bastion of the left in Oregon. So how come their politicians want to get paid top dollar? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/20/2002 06:45:00 AM ----- BODY:
Ernst & Young says the techniques are legal and proper. But some experts on tax shelters say that at least one of them should not pass muster in an audit and that because the techniques hide transactions from the Internal Revenue Service, they may amount to tax evasion, which is illegal, rather than aggressive tax avoidance, which is legal.If these techniques are legal then the accounting firm is doing what they are hired to do. If they are illegal, then charge them and go to court. I think I remember a quote from a Supreme Court decision that states that tax avoidance is not a crime.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA believes that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network likely planned the attack on the World Trade Center three years before carrying it out September 11, the agency's director has told the congressional joint intelligence committee.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/19/2002 06:41:00 PM ----- BODY:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, argued that pilots would make planes less safe.Pilots could do so much more damage with a gun that a hi-jacker could with an airplane -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/19/2002 06:31:00 PM ----- BODY:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maneuvering to save jobs and technologies threatened by a planned cancellation of the Crusader howitzer, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday struck a compromise letting the Army wrap up a study of its artillery needs before the Pentagon kills the $11 billion project.
The Crusader has been in development since 1994 at a cost so far of $2 billion.
The Senate approved the Crusader compromise on a voice vote as it worked through a $393 billion defense authorization bill for next fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1.Voice vote? So there are no fingerprints? How could the Democratic Senate Leadership allow this?
"It could be called Crusader II or Crusader III," Sen. Don Nickles, an Oklahoma Republican, said.Is this quote supposed to indicate that he is for or against the project? No context but he's a Republican so he must support it or he might back the Republican President in killing it. Kind of hard to tell isn't it.
"Keep the dollars, keep the technology in place, and keep the intellectual capital," said Rep. J.C. Watts, a Republican from the Oklahoma district that is a center for Crusader-related jobs.The Senate, which is controlled by Democrats is keeping the system from being killed. So we'll include a quote from a Republican in the House.
The House Appropriations Defense subcommittee met behind closed doors and declined to release details on the military budget bill it passed. However lawmakers said it called for a Crusader replacement by 2008 and provides funds to speed up development of the system.I thought this was a story about the Senate keeping the program. How did we get to the House?
Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis, a California Republican, said the administration was close to approving the plan.What subcommittee? Why the House Subcommittee. But wasn't this story about the Senate?
House committee members hinted they may have put more than that into speeding up the replacement.The House again. What happened to the Senate? Whoops, Daschle's Democrats control the Senate, couldn't they find any of them willing to comment on this? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/19/2002 05:57:00 PM ----- BODY:
Since the 1970s, spending by the state on economic development has jumped, but the income of Oregonians has dropped to a percentage of the national average.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/19/2002 07:28:00 AM ----- BODY:
State Sen. Mae Yih wants to know why.
On Jan. 15, 1999, Serb forces carried out a “civilian massacre,” according to the American diplomat who headed an international-observer mission to the province. William Walker told of finding dozens of dead Albanians lying in heaps in blood-soaked fields, many of them elderly and shot at close range.So just because they were Albanians they must have been killed by Serbs. Any other testimony in that direction?
[T]he KLA was indeed active in the area, perhaps inviting retribution. Days earlier, guerrillas killed several Serbian police in ambushes. Their former commander, Shukri Buja, also confirmed to the court that eight of his men died when Serbian forces attacked. Their bodies were retrieved and buried elsewhere, he recounted. Villagers were left where they lay.So, the KLA was in the area and KLA fighters were killed by Serbs. OK, That's what they do. KLA ambushes and kills Serbs. Serbs hunt down and kill KLA. Civilians get caught in the middle. KLA carries their fighters away and leaves civilians, then brings in "observers" to show them that the Serbs killed civilians. This is Slobo's fault, how?
The report of a Danish forensic team, sent in by the EU to examine the victims, debunks the possibility that they were guerrillas whose clothes had been changed, as Milosevic suggests. Scientific scanning of their hands showed also that none could have been holding weapons.Neat. Some kind of scan to show if you could have been holding weapons. How does that work? Can it show if the weapons were taken out of your hands after you are dead? Will it show how long ago you were holding a weapon? Maybe the Danes have some test to show whether you were holding that weapon for the purpose of hunting or fighting. Maybe they meant a test to show if they had fired weapons. That would makes more sense but it doesn't sound as bad.
Monitors from Walker’s Kosovo Verification Mission witnessed the Racak operation and confirmed it was no mere police action.OK, this action was seen by the monitors. That would mean to me that the monitors were on scene when the massacre occured. Did they take any steps to prevent it? Did they hide? Did they see the KLA removing their fighters?
Monitors arriving early the next morning compiled a grim dossier. “Ridge beyond the village: 23 adult males, most shot in front, back and top of head. Ravine near village: three adult males, shot running away...”Wait. I thought the monitors were already on scene. What did they do, leave and come back the next morning? How did they determine that the three males were shot while running away? Is it now illegal to shoot someone running away? What if they were armed at the time. Oh wait, the Danes scanned their hands and determined that they were unarmed
[H]is real jury is home in Serbia. There, people are quick as ever to dismiss Racak as yet another lie in an unjust crusade against them. It’s a telling measure of how far the former Yugoslavia has to go in coming to terms with its past.The Serbs seem to be the designated fall guy for the conflict in the Balkans. Kosovo was and had been part of Serbia for centuries. Ethnic Albanians were in an insurgency against Serbia. Serbians were killed and police were attacked. Are governments supposed to stand by and do nothing in the face of armed separatists? If so, it is a lesson the rest of the world is not taking to heart. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 05:51:00 PM ----- BODY:
Many Cubans, facing renewed economic hardship, said they had no choice but to sign the petition, since signatures were collected at neighborhood watch committees that have been the eyes and ears of the government since the 1960's.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 05:47:00 PM ----- BODY:
The House and Senate will soon begin final negotiations on President Bush's energy package amid concerns presidential posturing may upstage the process.Yesterday I posted about Peter DeFazio (D-Or) and his inclusion on the commitee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Energy Bill. Looks like the Democrats are sending him help. Oh, they went back on their word to do it; but that's OK. It's not like people expect honesty from them anyway. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 04:34:00 PM ----- BODY:
Senate Democrats broke an agreement to name only members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to the final conference, and instead appointed two leading Democrat contenders for the 2004 election: Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and John Kerry of Massachusetts.
Under the deal Governor George Pataki announced December 13, the state-controlled Empire State Development Corporation will use its power of condemnation to take the property from its unwilling private owners and turn it over to the Times for a 52-story corporate headquarters along Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets.Good old New York Times. Defender of the little people. Truth-speaker to the powerful. How do you justify taking private property and giving it to another private owner? Kind of like what Castro did, isn't it? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 04:18:00 AM ----- BODY:
(CNN) -- A suicide bomber set off a blast on a city bus in southern Jerusalem during morning rush hour Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding at least 50 others, according to Israeli police.In case I hadn't done so lately, let me state again that Palestinans are worthless subhuman scum. They should be stepped on and scraped off the world's shoes like dog excrement. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 02:08:00 AM ----- BODY:
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Democratic candidates touted their diverse lineup in fall elections Saturday, and Senate candidate Ron Kirk said the ticket was a "nightmare" for Republicans.Why? What have your candidates done? What do they propose? Or is this going to be the same old scare tactics that seems to be the only weapon the Democrats has left?
"We're the party that understands diversity," Kirk told delegates at the state Democratic Convention. "We are the party that defines ourselves by how many people we can cram into our tent and not how many people we can keep out."Just as long as the people toe the party line. If not we kick them out of the party and drum them out of their race. Only Black Democrats are really black, only Hispanic Democrats are really Hispanic and only Democrats care about the children. Disagree with us, you are no longer Black, Hispanic or caring. It's our way or the highway.
State Democrats have boasted of a ticket that includes gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez, who is Hispanic; Kirk, who is black; and State Comptroller candidate John Sharp, who is white.Were they picked because they are good or because they were the right color?
At the state GOP convention last week, U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm and other Republicans accused Democrats of trying to divide Texas on racial lines.
Gramm used as an example a March Democratic gubernatorial debate that was held in Spanish. He and other Republicans accused Democrats of focusing on race and ethnicity rather than candidates' qualifications.Of course they are. Democrats always want to talk about issues until the campaign starts. The it is demogogery and scary stories. The Republicans are going to bring back the Ku Klux Klan, they're going to deport everyone, they're going to starve the children. Only the Democrats can save you. Some issues; some diversity.
State GOP chairwoman Susan Weddington said Republican candidates as a whole are as diverse as the Democrats."Diversity" is a buzzword. It means nothing. it is just something that sounds good that the Democrats can use as a cudgel.
"There is no difference in diversity of the two slates," she said. "The only difference is experience and vision."
Kirk said the Democratic candidates are qualified and experienced, and it is simplistic to define people by race and ethnicity."Ultimately, what defines us is what is in our hearts and what we're willing to work for," he said.Greater government control, the right to pay off a union for letting you work, outlandish jury awards and lawyer fees, guaranteed jobs for teachers regardless of whether or not they can teach, just general shifting of responsibility from the individual to the bureaucracy. Just remember folks, voting Democratic means you never have to take responsibility for yourself.
Kirk also outlined his plans: adding a prescription drug benefit plan to Medicare, passing a patients' bill of rights and fully funding the bipartisan education bill.Where is he planning on getting the money for all this stuff? Isn't the problem deficits? How is this going to help that? Patient Bill of Rights? Lawyers Full Employment Bill would be more like it. If he is serious about it he would make sure that it applies to government provided healthcare too. Don't treat people on Medicare, Medicaid and Champus as second class citizens, make sure they have the right to sue their provider also.
The party also adopted a platform pledging to "fight all forms of discrimination.".What the hell does that mean? I guess it must be code words for "gay rights". I have no problem with gays. I have gay relatives. They have the same rights as I do. They don't need any more. In fact, you need to repeal those lasw that give some people extra rights because of their race, sex or religion. Give everyone the same rights.
The platform also blames Republicans for budget problems, supports abortion rights and a moment of silence in schools and advocates more protection for consumers.Budget problems? Then why are they proposing more spending programs?
Washington, June 17 (Bloomberg) -- A Lockheed Martin Corp. subsidiary fired William Reynheer from his $65,000-a-year job helping to engineer nuclear reactors in 1996 and then rehired him as a janitor at half his salary.The dismissal was costly for taxpayers. After a federal jury ruled that the Lockheed unit, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Inc., was guilty of age discrimination, the U.S. Department of Energy paid $2.8 million in legal fess for a $5.1 million judgment awarded to Reynheer and 17 colleagues.It appears that the DOE had these problems between 1996 and 2000. But that couldn't be, that was during the reign of the most ethical administation in history and their extremely diligent Energy Secretary. Nope, nothing here. Move along.
The case is one of 2,116 since 1995 in which the department paid legal bills and, in many cases, jury awards and settlements generated by its contractors, according to the General Accounting Office. The payments often came after companies were held responsible for mistreating workers. Some lawmakers say the $292 million reimbursed to contractors was a waste of taxpayer money.
Representative Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has asked the GAO to study whether the department is following the rules. Gibbons said he would write legislation to better control future federal spending for such lawsuits.So, if they didn't follow the rules, then the next step is more rules? Does this make any sense to anyone except a Democrat? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 01:52:00 AM ----- BODY:
The GOP committees are asked for documents covering solicitation of soft money from now-bankrupt energy giant Enron, whose ties to the Bush administration are being scrutinized by Congress, and others in the energy industry, as well as other special interests, including insurance, accounting, tobacco, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, health care and firearms industries and groups.What is so "sensitive" about funding? It's not a national security issue. I suppose it could be a criminal issue. Full disclosure all the time! -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 01:41:00 AM ----- BODY:
The subpoenas ask Democratic committees for documents on any soft money from Enron; labor unions; oil executive Roger Tamraz, investigated during the Clinton administration for donations he made while seeking government help building pipelines; lawyers; and the gambling, accounting, insurance, health care and construction industries.Both parties are asked for documents on donor tiers in which those who give at a certain level get certain privileges, such as access to prominent lawmakers.
A Democratic official said the party considers the subpoenas overbroad and expensive to comply with and worries sensitive information might be handed over to Republicans.
WASHINGTON -- Normally, being chosen for a conference committee is an opportunity to leave a mark on important legislation.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/18/2002 01:40:00 AM ----- BODY:
That's not necessarily so for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., named Thursday to a panel charged with reconciling House and Senate versions of energy bills.
Defazio is also co-chair, with Cynthia McKinney (D-Mars), of the Progressive Caucus.
The House version, authorizing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is an abomination, he said. And the Senate's bill -- with billions in tax breaks for oil, gas and coal -- isn't much better.
"But if I can play a role in killing the overall bill," he quickly added, "I'd be happy to do that."
WASHINGTON -- Unconvinced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cares enough about ratepayers, consumer groups and two Oregon lawmakers are pushing to create a new federal post to advocate for them.Wow, a new bureaucracy to watchdog other bureaucrats. You know the public employees unions are just loving this.
The new Office of Consumer Advocacy would be housed in the Justice Department and charged with representing electricity and natural gas ratepayers in the complex legal process by which FERC makes decisions.A new office in the Justice Dept? What are they thinking? Oh, never mind. When it just adds to the bureaucracy and doesn't accomplish anything they can blame the designated boogie man, John Ashcroft. In a Democratic administration it would be a new tool to beat the energy companies with.
"Ratepayers and energy consumers want to know that somebody's on their side," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "I want to make sure that somewhere in government there's an independent voice to go to bat for the consumer."Don't look for that here. These folks will be glued to the Democrats. They will probably let their environmentalist donors decide who should get the job.
Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., sponsored bills to create the office. They are backed by the Consumer Federation of America, U.S. Public Interest Research Group and a national association of state ratepayer advocates.Oh, those are certainly non-partisan backers. Check out their web pages. The only think they hate worse than Capitalism is Republicans.
Backers say the West Coast energy crisis and disclosures about questionable electricity trading tactics by Enron Corp. and other energy firms demand a new level of consumer protection.Democrats make a big deal out Enron and their lack of honesty. Those Enron traders came from the same background and the same schools as the "Consumer Advocates" what makes them think that some bureaucrat is going to be any more honest than a businessman? They don't have a good reputation and only being able to hide behind non-profit shield laws have enabled them to keep people from finding out just how dishonest they are.
FERC oversees wholesale electricity and natural gas markets. State utility commissions or local utility boards decide the rates that retail customers pay, but their power is often limited to merely passing along big wholesale increases.Who the hell do they think is going to pay for energy, the Easter Bunny? Of course ratepayers are going to pay, that is why they call them ratepayers
Federal law requires FERC to ensure that rates are "just and reasonable." But under a 1992 act of Congress, FERC is also charged with creating competitive wholesale electricity markets. It's scrambling to adjust to the post-Enron world.Yeah, but Democrats want to go back to the "commissar" model.
Pat Wood, the FERC chairman, described the job as "balancing the need to have good markets for customers, but good markets for suppliers as well."Yeah, that's balance, not pandering which is what the Democrats and their "Consumer" groups want.
Wyden said that tension is precisely what justifies a consumer advocate.I guess he has someone in mind for the job. Gotta do something for those contributions.
"When you get consumed by balancing exercises, I think you forget that at the end of the day it's real people and real consequences to some of these decisions," he said.I see, the Energy industry is run by and employs Droids. That explains everything.
Ratepayers have billions on the line in cases pending at FERC. The state of California is pursuing $8.9 billion in refunds from last year and wants rights to renegotiate $35 billion in long-term contracts that are above current prices.So they made a bad deal and now they want to back out? Can the rest of us do that too. Maybe you should think about how you got into the position where you had to pay premium dollar for that electricity that was generated outside California. Maybe you wouldn't have had to pay those big bucks to Los Angelas Power and Light and the Bonneville Power Administration. Oh, those are publicly owned aren't they. So now you want to stiff taxpayers elsewhere because you had your head up your ass?
A Northwest refund case also is pending, and utilities from Washington, Oregon and Nevada want FERC to nullify or let them renegotiate high-priced, long-term contracts entered during the height of the energy crisis.Same thing. Maybe you ought to think about allowing some generation facilities to be built. California has had power alerts since Enron went TU. Who's the boogieman there?
Those cases, as well as FERC's continuing inquiry into Enron and market manipulation, are fertile ground for a ratepayer advocate, said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America.Yes, just what they want. Someone on the inside to act as a taxpayer funded lobbyist for their agenda.
Wood endorsed the ratepayer office at a Senate hearing last month, calling it "totally appropriate."Wood is new and has no idea what he is talking about.
THE GHOSTS OF TERRORISTS PAST: Last time we looked at Jose Padilla’s rather violent life, and came to the conclusion that you can’t really come to a conclusion. Circumstantially, the case for him being John Doe #2 is pretty good. He’s a known radical Islamic interested in and trained for bomb making. He was free and roaming the United States from the time he left jail in 1993 to 1997 or ’98, at which time he headed for the Middle East, to live in Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was during that time that he met up with al Qaida for training. What’s less clear is when he first became involved with them. In the mid-90’s, Abdullah al Muhajir was a street punk—how did he afford those first trips abroad?and Who Is John Doe No. 2? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/17/2002 01:44:00 PM ----- BODY:
The Gay Shame Awards took place in the heart of the Castro on a warm Saturday afternoon amid a festive atmosphere with many of the organizers in outlandish outfits. Awards were given in absentia to deserving individuals and organizations. "Who makes you feel ashamed?" yelled host Mattilda at the beginning of the ceremonies, wearing an outfit that would've made the Cockettes proud. Awards were presented a la the Oscars, with fanfare and the tearing open of pink envelopes containing the names of the winners.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/17/2002 01:50:00 AM ----- BODY:
Among the highlights: Dick Cheney's daughter Mary was "honored" with a "Helping Right-Wingers Cope" award for her work as a liaison between Coors Beer (a major contributor to anti-gay right-wing groups) and the LGBT community.
Rosie O'Donnell was dubbed a celebrity "Who Should Never Have Come Out of the Closet" for coming out after years of fiercely denying she's a lesbian and professing crushes on numerous straight celebrities -- right as her talk show ended and just in time to sell her new autobiography.
A heavily armed black man allegedly shot three people and tried to set patrons at a Manhattan bar on fire Sunday before being wounded by officers and arrested in what police said was a racially motivated attack.New York City? I thought they had strict gun laws which prevent these things from happening. Hmm, racially motivated too. That can't be right. The defendant is a person of color and cannot be held to the same standards as others. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/16/2002 07:45:00 AM ----- BODY:
When Johnson pulled out the lighter, two Manhattan women jumped him, and he shot one in the leg, police said. Officers heard the shots and stormed the bar, grazing Johnson in the head and taking him into custody.
A Republican plan to provide prescription drug benefits to the elderly through private insurers is drawing a skeptical reaction from many health policy experts.What are these people's qualifications other than they don't like the GOP plan? Nothing, but quoting them makes the point the writer wanted. Ugh, GOP Bad... -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/15/2002 06:50:00 PM ----- BODY:
I'm very skeptical that `drug only' private plans would develop," said Bill Gradison, a former congressman who was president of the Health Insurance Association of America from 1993 to 1998.
But John C. Rother, policy director of AARP, which represents millions of the elderly, said, "There is a risk of repeating the H.M.O. experience" with any proposal that relies heavily on private entities to provide Medicare drug benefits
Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, lamented the exodus of H.M.O.'s from Medicare and asked, "Why in the world would we want to make the same mistakes with the prescription drug benefit?"
Richard A. Barasch, chairman of Universal American Financial Corporation of Rye Brook, N.Y., which sells Medigap coverage to 400,000 people, said he seriously considered offering a separate insurance product just for drug costs. But after much research, Mr. Barasch said, he concluded that it was not feasible because most of the buyers would be people with high drug expenses
Thomas M. Boudreau, senior vice president and general counsel of Express Scripts, said: "We are not enthusiastic about that approach."
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores recently sent a bulletin to its members opposing the Republicans' Medicare drug proposal.
Crystal S. Wright, vice president of the association, said: "This could be an economic disaster for community pharmacies. Benefit managers are likely to get even more leverage than they currently have to reduce pharmacy reimbursement
"Statecraft" is an odd book by an odd woman who was nevertheless one of Britain's--and arguably the world's--greatest political leaders of the last half of the 20th century.Yes, arguably, and then he argues that she's not. Kind of predictable for the LA Times.
"Statecraft," her latest vehicle for this mission, is a misleading title, as it implies some sort of disquisition on the art of government or international relations, perhaps along the lines of Henry Kissinger's magisterial "Diplomacy." A more accurate title would have been "The State of the World and What Should Be Done About It." The book is essentially an outline of world affairs today, especially in terms of great-power politics and threats to security, with policy recommendations for governments of all stripes.And Margaret Thatcher is not qualified to speak to that?
To the reader, though, another message comes through: that for all her talk of liberty and democracy, Pinochet's support during Britain's war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982 matters more to her than stories of his brutality as Chile's dictator.Which was actually pretty tame when compared with Castro, Kim Il Jong, Sadam Hussein and the various "Workers Paradises'" around the world.
Europeans, Asians, Latin Americans (except Pinochet) and Africans simply don't have a chance in Thatcher's eyes. They do not trace back their political and legal values to the Magna Carta. They are all, in her eyes, collectivists rather than freedom-loving individuals.Quite right. After all, look at the tradition of freedom and tolerance in Africa and the Middle East. Who wouldn't want to relax and enjoy life under the beneficence of Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussien or Fidel Castro. Britain can only hope to catch up with the spirit of reform catching on in the Third World.
It is all the more surprising therefore that having supported British membership of the European Union during the 1970s and having helped to deepen that market during her time as prime minister, she now thinks Britain ought to leave that ghastly grouping, run as it is by bureaucrats and foreigners. To be critical of European countries and of the European institutions is fine:They are after all, on the approved list of "People That Can Be Safely Criticized".
There is plenty to criticize and to change. But in this book Thatcher goes beyond that, arguing in essence that Europe is always to be distrusted because it is full of Europeans and in her lifetime Europeans have always caused trouble. It is time for her to retire, even if she cannot do so gracefully.In the manner of Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Mikael Gorbachev.
Bill Emmott is editor of The Economist. His new book, "20:21 Vision: 20th-Century Lessons for the 21st Century," (Whose title should be "A Liberal's View Of The State of the World and What Should Be Done About It.") will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux early next year.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/15/2002 05:48:00 PM ----- BODY:
The Mexican border, comparatively free of red tape and smog regulations, is becoming a magnet for U.S. power plants, which will be able to emit up to 10 times more pollution than is allowed under California lawMexico is living up to it's obligations under the Kyoto agreement. So, what's the problem?
P ssst. Yeah, you. Over here. Wanna a hot war-on-terrorism tip? It's just a hunch, but I've noticed something: The terrorists and would-be terrorists seem to be young Arab or Islamic males from the Middle East.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/15/2002 05:26:00 PM ----- BODY:
"Patrick Moore is an eco Judas,'' said David Suzuki, who taught Moore genetics at the University of British Columbia and is one of Canada's best-known anti-biotech figures.Environmentalist admit that they are a religion. Film at 11? -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/14/2002 08:31:00 PM ----- BODY:
Transporting high-level nuclear waste through our cities and towns always posed significant risks
After Sept. 11, those risks have multiplied, because each of these shipments has the potential to become a "dirty bomb" in the hands of terrorists. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Monday that just that kind of plot was disrupted with the arrest of Abdullah Al Muhajir, who was identified as an American conspiring with al-Qaida.Oh, now the threat is terrorists. O.K. I guess you use what you can.
Unfortunately, the Department of Energy has utterly failed to address the potentially catastrophic risks associated with shipping this material on our roads, rails and waterways in the proposal to build a high-level nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas.Hmm, the DOE has been studying this for how many years? Haven't they filled enough pockets with "consulting fees"?
When it comes up for a vote later this summer, the U.S. Senate should reject the poorly planned Yucca Mountain project.
Despite major transportation accident and terrorism risks, the federal government has no plan to ensure the safe and secure transportation of some 77,000 tons of this material. Specifically, the Energy Department has neither finalized modes or routes; it also hasn't informed those living and working near potential routes. (Thereby keeping us from concentrating our scare campaign) The appropriate federal agencies have not conducted full-scale tests of the containers that would be used for repository shipments. Finally, the department has no plan to assess the risk of human error, which is responsible for over 80 percent of all accidents.Assess risk of human error? What the hell is that? Yes there is a risk of human error. Humans will be involved in shipping the material. What do you suggest to remedy that? Robots?
Even more alarming in the post-Sept. 11 world, the Energy Department has not re-evaluated the risk of terrorist attacks on shipments. Out of $8 billion spent to develop the Yucca Mountain site, the department has spent less than $10 million a year on transportation studies. Secretary Spencer Abraham's recent testimony that the Department of Energy is "just beginning to formulate its preliminary thoughts about a transportation plan" is simply not good enough.They wouldn't be if the Clinton Adminstration's DOE had been more interested in doing their job that taking overseas juckets. It also would have made a difference if the Democrats didn't have such close ties to the anti-Nuc's
As a current member of the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Combating Terrorism, I have been working to help the president formulate an effective and timely response to the threat of catastrophic terrorism. In the post-9/11 world, nearly every federal agency has reevaluated its preparedness to deal with terrorist attacks and adopted new measures to counter this new threat. The Department of Energy, however, has not re-examined the potential terrorist threat against high-level nuclear waste shipments to a national repository.Another red herring. I guess it would be better to maintain the waste in the present poorly guarded and maintained repositorys all over the country. Wouldn't want to force those wannabe terrorists to travel too far.
We know that terrorists view nuclear material as a weapon of choice and that they have made efforts to obtain it. Each transport container will carry enough radioactive material to create a massive dirty bomb -- an ordinary explosive packed with radioactive material that would spew over the area where it was detonated. The target in the alleged plot revealed Monday was the U.S. Capitol.There is equal danger from everyday shipments of hazardous materials all over the U.S. everyday. Do you also suggest shutting down those transports?
Terrorists could target any one of tens of thousands of nuclear waste shipments. We should not proceed with plans for a repository without a full transportation risk assessmentThat would be the provence of the National Transportation Safety Board of which the author was chairman from 1993 to 2001. So why wan't it done? Need to line up a job to tide you over?
Accidents could be just as devastating as a terrorist attack. Even the Energy Department expects 66 truck accidents and 10 rail accidents over the first 24 years of shipments. Recent accidents like the barge crash in Oklahoma that collapsed a section of Interstate 40, sending trucks and cars into the Arkansas River, are a stark example of what can happen.Yes, accidents happen and will continue to happen. The idea is to minumize them. So hire reputable trucking companies with good records
With the government and other experts telling us that without a doubt accidents will occur, the next question becomes, "How bad will it be?" The straightforward answer is that we are talking about high-level radioactive material that, if released, would have long-term devastating effects.Oh My God. Head for the hills. Godzilla's coming.
The only things that protect the children (it's always for the children) and families along these routes during an accident or terrorist attack are the shipping containers. Unbelievably, no government agency -- not the Department of Energy, not the Department of Transportation and not the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- requires that shipping casks undergo full-scale tests. The Energy Department and the nuclear industry oppose mandatory full-scale testing. But it must be required for nuclear waste shipping casks before we even think of putting them on trucks, barges and trains moving through our communities.What does the author consider "full scale"? Survivability of a direct strike nuclear warhead?
The American people should demand that the Department of Energy submit a comprehensive transportation plan and demonstrate that shipments can be made safely and securely. Until that's done, the U.S. Senate should oppose moving forward with the proposed repository. Jim Hall was chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 1993 to 2001 and is the current chairman of the Transportation Safety Coalition (Thereby insuring that he remains employed and ready to take a job in the next Democratic administration).-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/14/2002 08:09:00 PM ----- BODY:
The Willamette River no longer is an industrial waste dump, the suburban Tualatin River no longer an open sewer. But both carry the commonplace chemicals that are the tags of modern life -- antibiotics, codeine, caffeine, disinfectants, insect repellent.and funding
Levels of contamination shown to threaten human health are thousands of times greater than those detected in the three Oregon waterways, says Ken Kauffman, an environmental health specialist with the Oregon Department of Human Services. "There really isn't evidence that this threatens people."
Still, Kauffman and other state officials say they can't be certain that human health is not threatened.
"This issue is now on the map," says Nina DeConcini, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. "Properly examining these risks is going to take years of work."
Not content any longer to wait until tax- reduction initiatives make the ballot and then fight them with costly campaigns, labor is backing a group that takes on petitioners while they're still collecting signatures.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/14/2002 06:42:00 PM ----- BODY:
The union project, saying its aim is to prevent proposals from making the ballot with forged signatures, targets petitioners across the state who are paid by the signature. Project workers videotape them. They pass out fliers nearby. If a petitioner moves to another location, they follow to hand out more fliers. And in a tactic they say they've stopped using, they tailed a petitioner by car as he left his home.
Scheer complained that the "FBI had ample warnings from field agents that a great many suspicious men were training in U.S. flight schools" and that FBI headquarters "had failed to act on such reports."and this JSPS post Robert Sheer: Investigate Everyone BUT Arabs one day earlier. -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/14/2002 06:28:00 AM ----- BODY:
What made those men "suspicious," Mr. Scheer? Would a bunch of blond Norwegians training in U.S. flight schools have been suspicious? Have you peered into a mirror lately?
A substitute teacher attacked his first-grade class with a broom handle in Washington Heights yesterday, sending 20 of the 27 children in the classroom to the hospital, the authorities said. The children were treated for injuries, including welts and bruises.-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/13/2002 09:00:00 PM ----- BODY:
Does anyone remember the report three months ago, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that particulate air pollution increased your risk of lung cancer? It got a lot of coverage in the media, although as Iain Murray pointed out in Tech Central Station, the increased risk was vanishingly small. (Less than, e.g., the increased risk of breast cancer associated with regular consumption of olive oil, or that of oral cancer associated with mouthwash use.) Well, it turns out that even the miniscule increased risk may have been overstated. According to a brief news report in today's issue of Nature (not available without a subscription, unfortunately),-------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/13/2002 08:41:00 PM ----- BODY:
San Francisco -- KNTV co-anchor Terilyn Joe will not be prosecuted for allegedly hurling eggs and tomatoes at tree trimmers who were making a racket near her home on San Francisco's Russian Hill, authorities said Wednesday. Some (but not all I guess) of the workers pelted on Memorial Day could not identify Joe as the attacker, police said. "There was a failure of anybody to definitely say they saw her do anything, " said District Attorney Terence Hallinan, who decided not to pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against the San Jose TV anchor. In a statement, Joe said, "I would like to thank the many individuals who strongly supported me and did not rush to judge, and instead properly waited for the legal process to be completed."Notice any denial of guilt here?
Bill Langille, owner of B&L Discount Tree Care in San Rafael, filed a report with San Francisco police hours after his alleged encounter with Joe at about 11:30 a.m. May 27. Langille said he was supervising two workers using gas-powered chain saws and hand pruners as they pulled ivy off a five-story wall. A woman began yelling at them from a window of the Taylor Street building, saying she was trying to sleep, he said. The woman went away as the work continued, Langille said, but moments later, she reappeared at the window and began pelting one of his workers with eggs and tomatoes.Just as anyone would do if their sleep was interrupted by inconsiderate commoners
Langille said he was unaware that the woman yelling from her fifth-floor window was an anchor in the nation's fifth-largest television market. (That is probably the deciding factor for Joe) Joe's property manager identified the broadcaster, Langille said. Langille was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
Joe anchors the news at 6 and 11 p.m. for KNTV. Before joining the station in October 2000, she was a co-anchor at KGO-TV in San Francisco for eight years.So there was no excuse for not recognizing her and treating her with the deference she should be accorded due to her exalted status.
Okay folks. It's time for a Current Events Quiz!Thanks to Lynn Unleashed -------- TITLE: AUTHOR: Just Some Poor Scmuck DATE: 6/13/2002 06:13:00 PM ----- BODY:
1. Which of these is a form of mass transportation vehicle:
A) Submarine sandwich
B) A flying trapeze
E) Anna Nicola Smith
Take your time. If you have to, do a quick Google search in another window.
Where is Alliance today? It is not a coincidence that the decline of the coalition and its activist peers corresponded to the graduation of their strongest leaders.The activist leaders grew up and graduated. O.K. But don't you ever wonder where these "activist" leaders go? It would be interesting to do a "where are they now" piece on them. I would do it but for my debilitating handicap, I'm inordinately lazy.
There has been a lot written lately about the U.S. government targeting Muslim. They have gone to great lengths to deny that they are singling out Muslims for investigation. Now, Al-Qa'ida spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith has blown the lid off the hypocrisy of the U.S. government.
"We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans - 2 million of them children - and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons."--------