Commentary on the News for 22-25 November, 2006 --Page 2
After Thanksgiving Page!
Just a few more stories and comments, for the rest of T-week. Sounds like
Mama Liberty and her guests had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did also,
and I hope that you did your part to prevent the overpopulation of turkeys
in the United States
(Oh, by the way, heres a hint
you CAN eat turkey in months that dont start with N or D. And it
tastes even better then.)
Leaders condemn Lebanese minister's
"World leaders condemned the killing on Tuesday of a Lebanese
Christian Cabinet minister as Western powers vowed to try to prevent the
collapse of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's unsteady government. Pierre
Gemayel, shot dead near Beirut, was the fourth outspoken anti-Syrian critic
to be killed in Lebanon since the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister
Rafik Hariri sparked a period of political upheaval in the country."
the Israelis have already been blamed for this it is as if some
people cannot understand either history or culture and understand that
Syria considers Lebanon (as well as Jordan and those portions of Canaan
occupied by Israel and the Palestinians) to be a temporarily misplaced
province (much as Beijing sees Taiwan) and consider Lebanese government
to be an abomination and insult to the Prophet and Allah. On the other
hand the Israelis best hope for one less front to fight on is that
the Christians have at least some power in Lebanon. I suppose
this could be a case of Douglas Adamsism: Kill your brother and
blame it on your enemy. But what does Israel really gain?
Fight over gov't oppression of tearoom heats up
"A fight over what constitutes government oppression and religious
freedom is brewing in a cozy tearoom and cinnamon-scented quilt-and-craft
shop operated in violation of local health codes. Three members of the
small Piecemakers religious sect were convicted this week of multiple
misdemeanor counts for refusing to let health inspectors into their kitchen.
The group, led by a feisty, 85-year-old, camouflage-clad grandmother,
has battled the county for years over a laundry list of code violations,
claiming the law of God is greater than the law of man .... Since the
early 1990s, the Piecemakers have resisted health inspectors who accuse
them of selling unpackaged foods like homemade sandwiches and soup without
a permit..... Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner, who prosecuted the
case, doesn't believe the Piecemakers were resisting because of their
religious beliefs..... "They put one face to the public as being
this innocent, gentle group and then they have a truly ugly side ... that
is contemptuous of law, is disrespectful and has absolutely no regard
for the preservation of public health," he said..... Kolasinski said
her tearoom and candy shop haven't sickened anyone in 20 years. After
trying to comply with the county, she says she realized its food codes
were part of an oppressive bureaucracy designed to drive legitimate businesses
"to the communist countries." (11/24/06)
for these folks although by most leftist standards (and that, sadly,
of too many people who claim to be libertarian) this is an example of
a theonomist cult. People like this need to be supported, and more of
us need the courage to resist as they are doing.
Note: Indeed! When I was a child, nobody worried about those who sold
raw milk or peddled home made foods on the street. Customers who were
smart took great care to patronize those who were clean and careful. I
guess some of the not-so-smart might have gotten sick, but only the really
stupid would get sick twice. The recent spinach insanity seems to indicate
that all the "public health" nonsense isn't helping anyone,
but sure can destroy businesses right and left.
Teachers emphasize Indians' side
"Teacher Bill Morgan walks into his third-grade class wearing
a black Pilgrim hat made of construction paper and begins snatching up
pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils. He tells them the
items now belong to him because he 'discovered' them. The reaction is
exactly what Morgan expects: The kids get angry and want their things
back. Morgan is among elementary school teachers who have ditched the
traditional Thanksgiving lesson, in which children dress up like Indians
and Pilgrims and act out a romanticized version of their first meetings.
He has replaced it with a more realistic look at the complex relationship
between Indians and white settlers." (11/21/06)
The guy doesnt understand or read history, does he? Anyone reading
the diaries of Governor Bradford or dozens of other people of that era
will understand that, yes, complex, but not the simple-minded acting out
that Morgan and his ilk do. Instead of trying to rewrite history, he ought
to read some. The Indians of New England were often generous and kind
to a fault, but also cruel and brutal just like their descendants
and those of the settlers are today. It was not all bad, NOR
all good. Meanwhile, the real lessons of the settlement of New England
are ignored: the triumph of capitalism over socialism, of freedom of expression
over repression, and of the need to defend yourselves and cooperate against
a common enemy, among others.
and Tech Issues:
EU, six others sign fusion accord
"Physicists have dreamt about it for decades: harnessing the fusion
process that powers the sun to make clean, safe and limitless energy.
A multinational pact signed Tuesday may bring that dream a step closer
to reality. Seven partners representing half the world's population have
agreed to build an experimental fusion reactor in southern France that
could revolutionize global energy use for future generations. Yet it is
also just an experiment -- a bold, long-awaited, $12.8 billion experiment
-- and it will be decades before scientists are even sure that it works."
to let government mess with. And hardly bold but what does USA
Today know? You remember the way to define the IQ of a committee: take
the IQ of the smartest person in the committee and divide by the number
of fingers in the committee. That applies to a committee of
seven nations and dont get me started on the wisdom of putting
the thing in southern France
Note: Aw, why not? Tell us what you really think about France... <G>
Appeals court hears rare
Iraq [sic] war [sic] objector case
"An Army medic who fled rather than serve a second tour in Iraq
because he believes war is immoral had his case heard Tuesday before the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. This is believed to
be the first military conscientious objector case of the Iraq war. It
is the first case to come before this court since 1971, during the Vietnam
War. Army Spec. Agustin Aguayo, a U.S. citizen who was born in Guadalajara,
Mexico, has said he was not antiwar when he enlisted in the Army in 2002."
how does a medic claim conscientious objector status, since
US military medics dont carry weapons in the first place?
Attack on Baghdad Shiite slum kills
Alexandria Town Talk
"Sunni Muslim insurgents blew up five car bombs and fired mortars
into Baghdad's largest Shiite district Thursday, killing at least 161
[sic later reports were over 200] people and wounding 257 in a
dramatic attack that sent the U.S. ambassador racing to meet with Iraqi
leaders in an effort to contain the growing sectarian war. Shiite mortar
teams quickly retaliated, firing 10 shells at Sunni Islam's most important
shrine in Baghdad, badly damaging the Abu Hanifa mosque and killing one
followed by the deaths of dozens in the Sunni community: this may be enough
to meet the neutral definition of civil war in Mesopotamia. However, this
is not really a war, per say, as much as it is the latest campaign in
a violent confrontation that has lasted more than 1300 years since
not long after the murder of Mohammed (pbuh) over who is the rightful
heir of the Prophet and therefore, who gets to be boss of all bosses.
Millions of Shia and Sunni have been killed by the opposite side
over the centuries: a record that vastly overshadows the Hatfields and
McCoys, the Regulators and the Moderators, the Catholics versus the Protestants
in Northern Ireland, or the Crusades.
Iraqi [sic] civilian deaths at new high
"The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians
were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003
U.S. invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath.
The U.N. tally was more than three times higher than the total The Associated
Press had tabulated for the month, and far more than the 2,866 U.S. service
members who have died during all of the war. The report on civilian casualties,
handed out at a U.N. news conference in Baghdad, said the influence of
militias was growing and torture continued to be rampant, despite the
Iraqi government's vow to address human rights abuses." (11/22/06)
there are disputes over this number, it is nevertheless very high and
likely to grow higher. 90-95 percent of these are locals killing other
locals: Sunni killing Shia and vice versa, Marsh Arabs, a few Kurds,
a lot of Arabs from various places, a few Iranians, and even a few Assyrians
(those that havent emigrated to the US). Keep in mind the militias
talked about resemble true militias about as much as the Soviet-era cops
(called militia in the standard English translation) resemble true militias:
voluntary soldiers and units organized on a local basis to provide DEFENSE
and not subscribing to that old hoary the best defense is a good
offense. Until these denizens of that poor benighted land learn
the meaning of liberty and freedom and personal responsibility, we could
have US and other Western troops in every house and on every street corner
and they would still keep killing each other.
12 cut travel red tape
The governments of 12 countries in South America have signed an agreement
to allow their citizens to travel between them without passports. The
countries covered by the new agreement are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and
the US is in the process of ENDING centuries of free travel between us,
Canada, Mexico, and most of the Carib, while at the same time our backwards
neighbors to the south have realized that free travel promotes prosperity
and a better life for all. It was the US example that led to the same
thing across several dozen nations in Europe, to boot and now we
have turned our back on it, out of fear.
PM says Quebec
'nation in Canada'
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told a debate in parliament
that he regards the province of Quebec as a "nation within Canada".
Mr. Harper was responding to a motion by Quebec separatists that MPs should
"recognise Quebeckers form a nation".
is the Conservative just elected this year to replace 12 years
of Liberals not that there is much of anyone in power in Canadas
hoploclastic, kakocratic government than can be truly considered Conservative
by any standard except maybe that of Mao and Lenin; or Liberal by the
traditional western definition.
CBs and MP3 Transmitters
The use of devices, such as Griffin's "iTrip", was banned
in the UK as their transmissions can interfere with broadcasts by legal
radio stations. Now certain FM transmitters, which can be tuned to spare
frequencies, will be legal from 8 December. Ofcom will also remove the
need for a licence to use Citizens' Band radio.
years after the US dropped an equally foolish requirement for CB licenses!
Drivers who get stopped by the police could have their fingerprints
taken at the roadside, under a new plan to help officers check people's
identities. A handheld device being tested by 10 forces in England and
Wales is linked to a database of 6.5m prints. If a vehicle is stopped,
police will be able to identify the driver and passengers. At present
about 60% of drivers stopped do not give their true identity.
quick reading of this sends shivers up my spine, and it is obvious that
it is bogus. For one thing, as I recall, there are about 50 million subjects
in Britain, and their database apparently includes just a bit more than
10% of them so 9 out of every 10 wont be on the database
(at first, at least). And did they ever stop to think WHY 60% lie about
who they are? Britain doesnt have that many criminals, does it?
Note: Something just doesn't make sense here. All European countries require
a driver's license, far as I know. So, if someone is stopped, the first
thing they have to show is that license - just as it is here. The police
would then immediately know exactly who the person is. There can't be
that many people who go to the expense and bother of getting a false DL.
I suspect even most common criminals aren't going to bother with that.
I can't imagine that only 10% of the issued driver's license information
is in the police data bank, so that figure must refer to a database of
fingerprints. Given the new
information on how unreliable fingerprinting is, this is another total
waste of money and time on everyone's part... But, when did that ever
stop government from buying toys and increasing oppression?
CA: Homeless prevail in ruling on
"When city workers tore down her hillside encampment, Charlene
Clay lost her asthma medicine, sleeping bags, and her only photos of her
dead granddaughter. ... The American Civil Liberties Union and the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights are suing the city on behalf of Clay and five
others, saying police and sanitation workers violated the rights of the
homeless for the last three years by defining their property as trash
and bulldozing their encampments. This week, they won a major victory.
US District Judge Oliver W. Wanger, calling the city's policy regarding
homeless people's property 'dishonest and demeaning,' granted a preliminary
injunction Wednesday that ordered the city to stop seizing and destroying
homeless people's property without warning. The injunction will be in
effect while the civil rights lawsuit winds through the courts."
I feel for these people who have their possessions destroyed, I see this
as a result of their theft of land from others for their squatter encampments
a property owner is morally under no obligation to protect or return
the property of someone who has illegally and immorally invaded their
property and in essence stolen it from them, or to make good on damages
caused by their attempts to reclaim their property even physical
injuries when you get right down to it. But clearly the courts no longer
see it that way.
Note: It gets even more complicated when the land "invaded"
is supposedly "public" land. It obviously doesn't belong to
"all of us," only to government. Without government, most of
these people probably would not be homeless in the first place, of course,
and private property owners would be able to defend it without this court
nonsense. Government isn't the answer... it's the problem.
UN: Iran agrees to open nuclear books
"Iran has agreed to crack open the books on its uranium enrichment
activities, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday -- a move that
could give experts a better grasp of a program the Security Council fears
could be misused to produce atomic bombs. The concession appeared timed
in hopes of heading off a rejection by the International Atomic Energy
Agency of Iran's request for technical help in building its Arak plutonium-producing
reactor. Unmoved, the IAEA's 35-nation board denied the aid for at least
two years." (11/23/06)
and checking and rechecking of the hands they hold and the bets being
placed, it seems.
to Defend Ourselves:
Mayor Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges
A Mississippi mayor has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges
after carrying a handgun on church and school property, and a gun rights
group thinks now would be a good time for him to step down from an antigun
belongs to NYC Mayor Bloombergs conspiracy, Mayors Against
Illegal Guns which has consistently demonstrated its
definition of illegal means any gun not carried by a cop or
a government leader. Even the ACLU has investigated this black mayor of
Jackson, MS, for racial profiling, police brutality, and numerous other
violations of civil liberties and has called Jackson a police state.
Obviously, a hypocritical police state.
Note: Isn't this just too rich!?? I'd say it was past time for this jerk
to retire from politics completely.
to Defend Ourselves:
AK: School fits gun education into
"Tom Milliron figures Juneau school children are going to encounter
guns one way or another, whether venturing armed into nearby wilderness
or visiting the home of a friend. 'Better they learn how to handle a firearm
safely than to hurt themselves through ignorance, he says.' Milliron is
principal of one of Juneau's two middle schools. Sixth-graders under his
care last month completed an outdoor education course that included instruction
in safe handling of guns and firing rounds from .22-caliber rifles. For
some children, it was the first time they'd touched a gun. 'In gun-happy
Alaska, teaching children how to safely handle firearms is just common
sense,' Milliron said." (11/21/06)
you imagine the horror this would (and probably IS) promoting down in
the Lower 48? It reminds me of how alarmed and horrified a group of women
from Metro Denver were, once, when I sent my 14-year-old son on an errand
in a small city in South Dakota which required him to drive a car on the
street BY HIMSELF. They thought it was positively sinful to allow a 14-y.o.
to drive ANYwhere, and acted as if I was telling him to whip right on
down Valley Highway (I-25) during Denver rush-hour. Millirons right:
it is just common sense but where is that, anymore?
Note: And yet, even Milliron is falling into the trap of the victim disarmers
by calling the folks in AK "gun-happy." Even if he means it
in the best way, it is a negative stereotype to most people. He needs
to choose his words more carefully.
to Defend Ourselves:
OR: Camper cleared in shooting of
"An Idaho man acted in self-defense when he shot a man who was
headed toward him in an all-terrain vehicle, a Baker County grand jury
decided. Marvin Sauer, 52, of Boise shot Everett Durst, 38, of Vancouver,
Wash., in the left leg following a Labor Day dispute near Phillips Reservoir.
The incident started when Sauer and his wife arrived to camp in an area
where Durst and his party were riding. The sides had a disagreement and
Durst later drove a quad runner to Sauer's campsite. Durst began spinning
the vehicle in circles, stirring up dust and throwing rocks on Sauer's
wife, said Matt Shirtcliff, the Baker County district attorney. Shirtcliff
said Sauer fired a warning a shot into the air. Durst stopped spinning
the vehicle in circles and started driving in Sauer's direction. 'Once
Mr. Durst drove the quad runner straight at Mr. Sauer, Sauer was entitled
at that point to fire his gun at Mr. Durst to defend himself,' Shirtcliff
me like a pretty straightforward case of self-defense, and a man with
more patience than a lot of us (who might have dispensed with the warning
shot rocks can kill, too, and in this case would certainly qualify
as deadly force).
US to require passports for nearly
Lufkin Daily News
"Nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. will be required to
show passports beginning Jan. 23, including returning Americans and people
from Canada and other nations in the Western Hemisphere. The date was
disclosed Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an
interview with The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department
plans to announce the change on Wednesday." (11/21/06)
NOT really news: this has been known (including the date) for at least
two years. But since the Mainstream Media doesnt bother to understand
or read history (or even their back issues) they treat this as some new
revelation and so it was splattered all over the place on Wednesday.
Selective Service: Ready for a draft
"Although Congress is unlikely to follow calls from a top Democrat
to bring back the military draft, the United States does have a plan,
if necessary, aimed at inducting millions of young men for service. The
Selective Service System, an agency independent of the Defense Department,
says it's ready to respond quickly to any crisis that would threaten to
overwhelm the current all-volunteer military." (11/20/06)
piece of NON-news dont these people ever listen to their
own PSA (public service announcement ads)? But still, my chance to make
a point of again showing how foolish the SSS is, how foolish and immoral
conscription is, and to tout a couple of suggestions to show how silly
the entire thing is: The Strategic Studies Institute, in a briefing explaining
exactly how stupid that Honorable-Thug Charlie Rangel is, suggested that
the draft include people from age 20 to 60, and be targeted based on the
skills of the potential draftees based on military needs: replacing expensive
contractors with 40, 50, and 60 year old guys who are expert mechanics,
electricians, financial managers, personnel managers, and such. The other
idea was from some local radio commentator, who suggested that the first
draftees be the nearest family members possible to anyone in Congress,
the top levels of the Judiciary and the Executive branches, and their
counterparts in the states. THAT ought to provide the balance
that Rangel claims to want.
Wild turkeys ruffle residents
"Cindy Kaiser was driving on Mackworth Island last spring when
she ran into trouble: a tom turkey blocking the road and guarding a dozen
hens. Kaiser, 58, threw her car into reverse, but the turkey ran behind
it. She steered the car down a side road, but the 20-pound gobbler stopped
her there as well. The bird darted at the silver station wagon and began
pecking it from all sides. Kaiser ducked under the dashboard and hid.
After 20 minutes, she peaked [sic] through the windshield. 'He was still
standing right there,' said Kaiser, who works as a cook on the island
at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. 'It was very intimidating.'"
[FND editor's note: It's one thing to accommodate the wildlife a little.
It's another thing entirely to hide in your own car FROM A BIRD. Please,
PLEASE, someone tell me she ran that thing down and had turkey tettrazini
for dinner that night! - TLK] (11/23/06)
what more can I add to what Tom says? Twenty pounds might do some damage
if you hit it doing sixty, but if the bird is too stupid to move out of
your way at ten, all you risk is a slight possibility of a flat tire from
a sharp bone fragment! (And turkeys are seemingly not as stupid as deer,
at least in my part of the country: I see a lot more dead deer than dead
turkeys on the road. My neighborhood has a flock of perhaps 50-100 turkeys
(depending on how the mountain lions, the coyotes, the wild dogs, the
neighborhood cats, and the poachers do) and Ive NEVER heard of someone
intimidated by a turkey!
begin "L'activism" after airline bans breastfeeding
The Australian [Australia]
"It's ironic that since a lot of US airlines -- airlines everywhere,
actually -- treat you like cattle that they also might get a bit squeamish
over the thought of a dairy. But last month a nursing mother was ejected
from a plane about to take off in Vermont because she was trying to breastfeed
her baby. The extraordinary tale has sparked a discrimination complaint
from the mother, Emily Gillette, and a huge embarrassment for the airline,
Delta. The brouhaha here has also sparked a form of protest being dubbed
'lactivism.' Over the past week there's been rolling breastfeeding sit-ins
where dozens of nursing mothers position themselves in front of the Delta
airline counters in protest and, like maternal gunslingers, unleash their
bosoms and latch on their babies." (11/23/06)
isnt news, but I like the Australians approach to this story!
I dont know who is more foolish here Delta for making a fuss
in the first place, or these women for doing this and wasting their time
doing it when so many more important things need to be corrected
what about some sit-ins over having airlines confiscate their babys
milk IN bottles, or stealing toothpaste and mouthwash from their carryon
Note: I don't know about that. Freedom is freedom, and the freedom to
feed one's baby is at least as important as toothpaste and mouthwash!
Those who breast feed don't need bottles of milk either. I am glad that
at least some people have the guts to protest this kind of treatment,
and this issue is simply something they are passionate enough about to
defend. Go for it ladies...
TN: MTSU wants Forrest name taken
"Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's name should be removed
from MTSU's ROTC building, the Student Government Association says. The
SGA voted 19-5 to ask Middle Tennessee State University administrators
to remove the name from Forrest Hall after a student, Amber Perkins, presented
a petition with 205 names seeking the change, said Josh McKinzie, SGA
vice president. The university administration will next consider the resolution.
Forrest is a controversial figure. Some boast about the success of the
cavalry general from Tennessee. For others, he conjures negative memories
of the Old South because he was a slave dealer before the war and helped
form the original Ku Klux Klan after the war." (11/21/06)
do we have to go through this kind of sickness? Ive seen it a lot:
the first woman to start a school (private, I might add) and teach in
the Black Hills had her name removed from an elementary school because
she referred to AmerInds (who attacked her family) as savages
in 1876. Others demand that a university with consent from the tribes
whose name their sports teams wear, and which has a large percentage of
enrolled tribal members on its faculty and student body stop using the
name. Others demand that historic crosses be removed from the seal and
flag of a city named Las Cruces. Stupid.
Note: I've got a suggestion for these people: Remove ALL the "names"
from the buildings and just give them numbers or letters. That would solve
the whole controversy as long as the state runs these things - literally
or through the courts.
of all kinds should be private institutions, of course, and they should
call their sports teams (and everything else) whatever they want. Then,
those who pay the tuition can decide if they like the name of the buildings
or sports teams or whatever before they plunk down their money.
LA: FBI probes state office
tied to Jefferson
"A Louisiana state office that once had oversight authority on
a series of controversial charities tied to Rep. William Jefferson (D-La)
is being investigated by the FBI. Jefferson, according to court documents,
is also being investigated concerning allegations that he solicited and
accepted bribes to help promote a cable television and Internet business
in West Africa." (11/22/06)
little moneymaking scheme seems to have been quite a bit more ambitious
than originally thought, eh? I suspect that compared to many, he was pretty
much a small fry and clearly pretty stupid as well. Youd
think the training they give freshmen congressmen would have more content
related to how to properly manage graft, bribes, and general corruption
and money-laundering, including where NOT to store the cold cash.
Woman, 92, Dies in Shoot-out With Police
A 92-year-old woman was shot to death Tuesday after she fired at three
narcotics officers trying to serve a warrant at her house, officials said.
Neighbors and relatives said it must have been a case of mistaken identity.
Police said they had the right address. Police said the woman, whose name
was not released, was the only person home at the time, and had lived
there for about 17 years. As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers
approached the house about 7 p.m., a woman inside started shooting, striking
each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman. One was hit in
the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder. The officers
were taken to a hospital for treatment, and all three were conscious and
alert, police said. Sarah Dozier, identified as a niece of the woman,
told WAGA-TV that there were never any drugs at the house. "My aunt
was in good health. I'm sure she panicked when they kicked that door down,"
Dozier said. "There was no reason they had to go in there and shoot
her down like a dog."
sometimes even the ability to defend yourself isnt enough. I really
am very sorry that she didnt take these three hoodlums with her,
though. How long will we allow these murdering goons to roam our streets
and kill innocent people? We all know how plainclothes narcotics
officers are trained to serve warrants these days shucks, even
the local constable delivering papers to someone on child custody or child
support is more often than not willing to use a little shoulder striking
to knock on the door and deliver their papers. The location
of the wounds makes me think that they werent walking up on the
porch or the sidewalk they were probably all putting their weight
on a battering ram. Well probably never find out the truth, but
remember, this has happened before, and it WILL happen again, until power
is taken from the judges, the legislators, the bosses, and the cops.
Cops bust alleged drugs-for-sex scheme
Nashville City Paper
"Approximately 20 women got themselves caught up in a sex-for-painkillers
scheme being run out of a downtown Nashville pharmacy, Metro Police said
Monday as they took into custody the pharmacist allegedly responsible
for masterminding the operation. Metro Police, along with TennCare representatives
and officials with the state pharmacy board descended upon the Clinic
Pharmacy at 1 Hermitage Avenue Monday afternoon and arrested the pharmacist,
61-year-old William Milton of Brentwood on one felony charge of unlawful
delivery of a controlled substance. Milton was taken into custody directly
from the pharmacy, which remained closed for the afternoon. But police,
who first began investigating the pharmacist in October, said Milton admitted
to much more than the one felony. He implicated himself, police said,
in a long-running scheme of exchanging the prescription painkiller Hydrocodone
for sex." (11/21/06)
guy, too essentially blackmailing people. I just wonder how many
others were involved. As you might expect, I blame government for this
if the controlled substances laws werent so harsh (and getting
worse), this idiot wouldnt have been able to force himself on the
women, would he?
Note: "Harsh?" Compared to what? If these "cops" didn't
have such power over people at all, these women would have been able to
defend themselves if they wished, and certainly wouldn't need to trade
sex for painkillers - unless they wanted to.
Former Russian spy dies in London
"A former Russian spy who said he had been poisoned died Thursday
night at a London hospital, following a mysterious and rapid decline that
left doctors puzzled over the cause of death, officials said. Alexander
Litvinenko, a fierce critic of the Russian government, had suffered heart
failure and was heavily sedated as medical staff struggled to pinpoint
what had made the 43-year-old critically ill." (11/23/06)
report, tests seem to indicate that he was poisoned with polonium-210,
a radioactive element which (like many of the heavier elements) is poisonous.
This almost certainly proves that it was deliberate, and the fingers point
to the Putin regime.
Sri Lanka: Violence escalates, 14
"The Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tigers battled for control
of territory in the east amid escalating violence in the country's undeclared
civil war. The rebels claimed 14 soldiers were killed in separate attacks.
Maj. Upali Rajapakse, a Sri Lankan military spokesman, said the rebels
'launched a classic, conventional attack on our troops' at dawn Thursday
in Batticaloa district. He said the military responded and called in tanks
and air support to bomb the rebels' long-range gun positions." (11/23/06)
in Ceylon is all too often ignored by the press, and appears to have entered
a new phase. Unlike civil wars (and exactly how often is a civil
war declared?) in other parts of the world like the Balkans or Mesopotamia,
Sir Lanka and southern India are not considered particularly critical
or sensitive, so the major nations and the UN pretty much ignore them
Note: Control, turf and loot... that's what it's all about, no matter
where it is going on. The ordinary people are, of course, pretty much
disarmed (Thanks to British colonialism), so they are not in a position
to do much about this unless the vast majority of them decide to rise
up and eliminate the goons with their pitchforks and shovels. Not likely
to happen, but I'm afraid that's the only long term answer.
Gitmo prisoner says procedures botched
"A detainee at Guantanamo Bay who needs a medical procedure on
his heart said Tuesday he doesn't want it performed there because operations
on other detainees have been botched -- an accusation the base commander
denied. Saifullah Paracha, a multimillionaire Pakistani businessman held
at Guantanamo, 'believes that two prisoners have lost their vocal cords
after routine tonsillectomies, that a prisoner lost part of his leg because
of a surgical sponge left in him which became infected, and that a prisoner
lost a testicle from similar neglect,' said Gaillard T. Hunt, his attorney."
they ARE government doctors, after all. Remember when Hillary-care was
being touted: All the efficiency of the Post Office, all the compassion
of the IRS, and all the knowledge of a DOT construction site flagger.
Seems to fit. Of course, that is probably still better medical care than
anyone EXCEPT millionaires in Pakistan gets.