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Archive for February 11th, 2006

Okay, I Admit It. I Love the Olympics

Posted by Mark on February 11, 2006

Torino logo.jpgAnd here is one of the best sites for video on the games. NBC has done a great job with their site as well. Overall, this is going to be a great Olympics, both on Television,and on the web.

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Too Easy…

Posted by zaphriel on February 11, 2006

My new Favorite whipping boy is just making this too easy for me…

This just in from Jay at Stop The ACLU

Former President Jimmy Carter, who publicly rebuked President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program this week during the funeral of Coretta Scott King and at a campaign event, used similar surveillance against suspected spies.

“Under the Bush administration, there’s been a disgraceful and illegal decision — we’re not going to the let the judges or the Congress or anyone else know that we’re spying on the American people,” Mr. Carter said Monday in Nevada when his son Jack announced his Senate campaign.

“And no one knows how many innocent Americans have had their privacy violated under this secret act,” he said.

The next day at Mrs. King’s high-profile funeral, Mr. Carter evoked a comparison to the Bush policy when referring to the “secret government wiretapping” of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

But in 1977, Mr. Carter and his attorney general, Griffin B. Bell, authorized warrantless electronic surveillance used in the conviction of two men for spying on behalf of Vietnam.

The men, Truong Dinh Hung and Ronald Louis Humphrey, challenged their espionage convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which unanimously ruled that the warrantless searches did not violate the men’s rights.

In its opinion, the court said the executive branch has the “inherent authority” to wiretap enemies such as terror plotters and is excused from obtaining warrants when surveillance is “conducted ‘primarily’ for foreign intelligence reasons.”

So, being two faced for political gain, huh…
Think the poor people in the audiance won’t find out, huh…
Forget what it was like to be president and have to secure the country, huh…

This rhetoric and partisan posturing has to stop… I have a message for the defeatocrats… Bush CAN’T RUN AGAIN… stop trying to defame him at all costs and get back to the task at hand… help run and secure this country… ya bunch of 4th graders…

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The Ticking Time Bombs: Iran and the Coming Flu Pandemic

Posted by Mark on February 11, 2006

I know, I know. It’s Saturday, the Olympics are on, and no one wants a downer right now. But Iran’s whackjob is still threatening to wipe Israel off the map:

Tehran (dpa) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the Palestinians and “other nations” will eventually remove Israel from the region.

Addressing a mass demonstration in Tehran – one of many organized throughout Iran to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution – he once again questioned the Holocaust “fairy tale”.

“We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them,” Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

“Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations,” the ultra-conservative president said. He once again called the Holocaust a “fairy tale” and said Europeans have become hostages of “Zionists” in Israel.

He also accused Europeans for not allowing “neutral scholars” to investigate in Europe and make a scientific report on “the truth about the fairy tale of Holocaust.”

“How comes that insulting the prophet of Muslims worldwide is justified within the framework of press freedom, but investigating about the fairy tale Holocaust is not?” Ahmadinejad said.

And if that’s not enough to give you nightmares, how about this:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The spread of bird flu from Asia to eastern Europe and now west Africa has increased the chance the virus will mutate and set off a pandemic, the U.N. bird flu chief said.

Dr. David Nabarro said there is no evidence yet of any change in the virus, which has killed at least 88 people since 2003.

Almost all the deaths have been linked to contact with infected poultry, but experts fear the virus could mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, setting off a pandemic.

“Unfortunately, we cannot tell when the mutation might happen, or where it might happen, or how unpleasant the mutant virus will turn out to be,” he said in an interview. “Nevertheless, we must remain on high alert for the possibility of sustained human-to-human virus transmission and of a pandemic starting at any time.”

Now we can all go back to watching Women’s Hockey, Curling, and my personal favorite, the Luge. Have a nice day…and let’s be careful out there.

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