Friday, May 25, 2007

Mugabe Army runs out of cash to pay

Africa: He loses the Army and/or youth gangs he has employed to thug around, he loses his power.

The Army and the state youth militia, organisations crucial to President Mugabe’s continued grasp on power in Zimbabwe, are demoralised and fast running out of money.

The Defence Ministry has already exhausted its budget of Zim$32 billion for rations this year, Trust Maphosa, the Secretary for Defence, told a parliamentary committee this week. The sum was worth £10 million when it was allocated at the beginning of the year but its value has been shrunk by hyperinflation and the collapse of the currency to about £400,000.

A private’s monthly pay in February mounted to Zim$300,000, he said, worth nearly £50. The figure was the result of a sharp increase in army salaries after alarming reports of officers resigning and troops going absent without leave. The 35,000-strong Army is now in a significantly worse position. A private’s pay is equal to about £4.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Generation Y doesn't understand free speech.

Edumacation: Among a whole list of other things that make Gen Y the most self-centered, self-righteous and clueless Gen ever.

One glance at the words "Baltimore Zionist District" on Lazarus's "I Stand for Israel" T-shirt, and the cashier at the Maryland Food Collective, a crunchy grocery and sandwich shop in the student union on the University of Maryland's College Park campus, blurted: "Your shirt offends me. I won't ring you up." The cashier told Lazarus she could go to the back of the store to find another clerk.

In this odd political climate, when many people find their worth and identity in the fine art of taking offense, this confrontation at a campus lunch spot has blossomed into a seminar on constitutional rights. The loser is free speech.

It gets better.

The collective, which rents space from the university, announced last week that it would serve any customer who was not physically or verbally abusive, but that any worker who was offended by a customer's politics could discreetly slip away and find another clerk to serve the patron.

The collective's policy statement said it "respects the right of an individual worker or volunteer to remove themselves from the work environment and to choose not to act as an agent of the store."

In the law, this is known as discrimination. But a good many college students don't see it that way. Amazingly, virtually everyone involved on both sides of this incident is perfectly pleased with the new policy.

This is a reflection on the can't we all get along at all cost, everyone is special wimpy mantra they have been brought up not only in schools but at home to be dumb enough not to realize how wrong this policy is to everyone.

The students don't want to come off as haters. When Lazarus and others active in Maryland's Jewish student groups met with the collective, the visitors baked a vegan chocolate cake and brought it as a peace offering.
In a letter to the cashier who turned her away, Lazarus was as non-confrontational as could be: "I got the impression that your action at the register was a very 'in the moment,' emotional reaction. Nonetheless, the way you expressed your feelings was not the most constructive."

At least she was pro-active in her writing on the situation that confronted her moral sensibility.

For all their desire to just get along -- Lazarus even volunteered at the co-op this month -- the students seem blind to the core rationale for freedom of speech, the idea that a marketplace of ideas is only worthwhile when it is truly, wholly unfettered.

Gretchen Metzelaars, director of Maryland's student union, met with the collective "trying to help them come to the conclusion that they must abide by the university's human rights code," which prohibits discrimination based on age, sex, race and, yes, political beliefs.

Despite hours of conversation, "it became apparent that they were not coming to the right conclusion," Metzelaars said. "So we delivered it to them." This week, she told the collective that if it discriminates again, it will have 60 days to vacate the premises.

"They can't see that this is discrimination," she told me. "They're more committed to their righteousness than they are to the rights of other people. The fact is, you have to serve everyone."

Ze future of America. More at Volokh.

Muslim drivers in Australia refusing to take guide dogs.

Australia: We get alcohol refusal in Minneapolis and Aussies gets the guide dog refusal.

TAXI drivers regularly refuse to carry blind passengers with guide dogs - including Australia's Human Rights Commissioner - with many citing religious reasons, or other excuses like allergies.

Human Rights and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, who is blind and reliant on his guide dog Jordie, is a regular Sydney cab user and said he was refused service on average once a month, including twice in two days recently.

He has been told on a number of occasions that it would be against a driver's religion to allow a dog in the cab.

Mr Innes has also been refused by drivers claiming to be allergic to dogs - or afraid of them - and was even left clutching at air on busy Market St by one belligerent driver who told him he had to take the non-existent cab in front.

Mr Innes yesterday received the backing of Vision Australia (VA), which said taxi drivers refusing to carry blind passengers with guide dogs happened with "too much regularity".

VA policy and advocacy head Michael Simpson said that the problem was worse in the Sydney metropolitan area where there were more drivers unwilling to carry dogs based on Muslim objections.

"It is fair to say that the (Islamic) religion has made the problem worse in the metropolitan areas than regional areas, where I've found taxi drivers are generally excellent," he said.

Texas Senators put in border fence amendment.

Immigration: This would be the no chance in hell anything will be billed along the border.

Texas' senators slipped an amendment into the Senate immigration bill now being debated to try to give people and officials in the state more say on where border fencing is erected.

The amendment, sponsored by Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, R-N.M., and co-sponsored by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, passed by a voice vote and requires the Department of Homeland Security to take into consideration concerns raised by states, local governments and property owners in places where fences would be constructed.

The larger immigration bill in which the amendment was included is still being debated and won't come up for a vote until June. The House has not considered an immigration bill yet.

It also give the department authorization to install fencing where they think it is best used, rather than erecting it where mandated by Congress.

Texas officials have protested plans by the Homeland Security Department to erect fencing on parts of the approximately 1,200-mile Texas border with Mexico, saying they were not consulted as they were promised they would be. The officials learned where the department wanted to put the fencing after landowners were approached and a map depicting sites for the fencing became public. Also they recently learned of a contract bid proposal.

Officials have said it would hurt relations with Mexico, could damage wildlife and hurt the industries built around the states birding and tourism industries on the border, keep landowners from using the Rio Grande to water cattle and irrigate crops and change a way of life that is binational.

Foreign students banned from Japanese high school races.

Sports: Actually from the first leg of relay marathon races because they are so good.

Bowing to pressure from disgruntled fans, a high school athletic association will prohibit foreign students from running the first leg of the All Japan High School Ekiden Championships relay marathon starting next year.

The All Japan High School Athletic Federation said the decision, reached Tuesday, is intended to make the races more interesting for fans.

But others say the move reeks of discrimination against foreign students.

In recent years, many students from Kenya have started the first--and longest--section of the ekiden races.

They have often built such wide leads that rival teams have had almost no chance to catch up in the later legs.

Ekiden fans and organizers said the strategies of those teams have made the races dull because the huge early leads all but eliminate the chances for the drama of a close finish.

Teams with foreign students running the first leg have won the All Japan High School Ekiden Championships five times in the past 10 years. Three of those victories were achieved after the first runner broke well ahead of the pack.

HE-MAN live action remake.

Entertainment: The 80's are back! The true decade of awesome afternoon/weekend cartoons.

Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are working with Mattel to turn "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" into a live-action film.

Justin Marks is set to write the script. Silver will produce.

Deal, which is contingent on Mattel formally approving an outline for the project, is another example of Hollywood overhauling a 1980s-era pop-culture touchstone in the hopes of seeding a tentpole pic. The sale comes just a few weeks before the July preem of DreamWorks' Michael Bay-directed "Transformers," which began as an '80s animated series and toy line.

Bigger news at the end.

WMA-repped Marks is writing a number of scripts, including "One Free Murder," for producer Kevin Misher. But he's found a niche reimagining branded properties. He's turning the animated series "Voltron" into a live-action film for producer Mark Gordon; he's developing a screen version of the vidgame "Street Fighter" for Hyde Park; and he's scripting a feature for Warners based on DC Comics character the Green Arrow.

VOLTRON! Though I feel worried one guy has this many cartoon franchises, it feels Uwe Boll like and that is not good.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Just stop the Iran nuke dance already.

Iran: This is just a farce, The Euros and others are refusing to come down hard on Iran, ElBaradei is saying whatever and America is just trying to get anyone to do something worth a damn.

May 23 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. will seek greater pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions than Britain, France and Germany want, diplomats said after the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said existing sanctions aren't working.

``It is clear that what we have done so far has not been enough,'' U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters at the UN. ``The time has come to take a look at additional pressure, to ratchet up the pressure to bring about a change in the Iranian calculation.''

French and German envoys said they would support an ``incremental'' tightening of sanctions imposed on Iran in an attempt to halt uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program to more scrutiny. ``I didn't use that word,'' Khalilzad said, while declining to speculate on what the U.S. would propose in a new measure on Iran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it is learning less about Iran's atomic work than before the Security Council imposed sanctions, increasing concern that Iran may be diverting uranium for military purposes.

The Vienna-based agency's ``level of knowledge of certain aspects of Iran's nuclear-related activities has deteriorated,'' read a four-page report released today. The deputy chairman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saeedi, told the official Iranian news agency that there is no obstacle to legal inspections of nuclear facilities by the IAEA. Saeedi said Iran had suspended some of its cooperation because its rights are being ignored by the UN.

`Background Music'

The Security Council backed resolutions in December and March that imposed penalties on Iran for its refusal to stop its nuclear development work.

German Ambassador Thomas Matussek described U.S. pressure for tougher sanctions as ``background music'' that the Europeans and the other Security Council member governments should resist. The U.S. has worked closely with Germany, France and the U.K. on previous sanctions resolutions at the UN.

``We really are in a very, very difficult and sensitive moment of time and we have to keep working and looking at all the possibilities,'' Matussek said. ``The solution cannot come from the sanctions track.''

ElBaradei's View

As diplomacy unfolds at the UN, the U.S. and France are formally seeking an explanation from IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei about his comments to the media on how to deal with Iran, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said. ElBaradei said the focus of international efforts should be on limiting Iran's uranium enrichment to something short of an industrial scale rather than demanding a halt to the effort.

The purpose of sanctions aimed at blocking nuclear-fuel- making knowledge ``has been overtaken by events,'' ElBaradei told the New York Times last week.

``We believe they pretty much have the knowledge about how to enrich,'' ElBaradei said in the interview. ``From now on, it is simply a question of perfecting that knowledge. People will not like to hear it, but that's a fact.''

The Security Council voted on March 24 to ask all UN member nations to ``exercise vigilance and restraint'' in the supply, sale or transfer of weapons to Iran and to deny Iran training or financial assistance that would be used to procure weapons. The measure said nations and international lenders such as the World Bank should stop giving grants, loans or other financial aid to Iran, except for humanitarian or development purposes.

All that tough EU3 talk was just that, talk. They failed miserably and Iran just keeps on going with little setbacks here and there. A disgrace.

France is not happy with ElBaradei remarks to the press.

McCain triple score summary on Romney

Politics: According to Toby Harnden of the UK Telegraph.

"John McCain has managed to get three separate insults rolled into one against Mitt Romney - the political equivalent of slapping him in the face, poking him in the eye and kneeing him in the nuts."

This is the sort of political analysis needed in American papers. As a great philosopher once said; I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

Birth Control Pill That Stops Periods

Medical: This sounds rather strange and unnatural.

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the first birth control pill that eliminates a woman's monthly period.

Taken daily, the contraceptive, called Lybrel, continuously administers slightly lower doses of the same hormones in many standard birth control pills to suppress menstruation. It is designed for women who find their periods too painful, unpleasant or inconvenient and want to be free of them.

I thought they were talking about abortion advocates for a second.(nice cheap shot -ed)

"This will be the first and only oral contraceptive designed to be taken 365 days a year, allowing women to put their periods on hold," said Amy Marren of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which expects Lybrel to be available with a prescription by July. "There are a lot of women who think that's a great option to have."

Company studies involving more than 2,400 women showed that Lybrel is as effective at preventing pregnancy as standard birth control pills and that it completely suppresses menstruation for many women within the first year, although some experience sporadic bleeding, the FDA said.

This is just me, but any sort of natural body function that gets artificially stopped by taking a pill doesn't seem to be a good idea. But if you can put up with "sporadic bleeding" as a possible side effect, go for it.

NYTIMES is hopeless on immigration issues.

Immigration: Another sob story about students with this double take piece.

Such was the triumph of Operation Cross Check, the federal raid against illegal immigrants that went on for four days last month in this community of about 18,500 people. To the Department of Homeland Security, the operation was a success, catching a convicted sex offender and several welfare cheats among its 49 arrests. In a news release announcing the toll, an immigration enforcement director for Minnesota said, “Our job is to help protect the public from those who commit crimes.”

Yet more than half of those arrested had committed no crime other than being in the United States illegally, doing the jobs at Jennie-O that prop up the local economy. And, as the experience of Alex Sorto demonstrates, the aggressive, invasive style of the sweep instilled lasting fear among Willmar’s 3,000 Hispanics, many of them students born or naturalized in the United States. These young people are the political football in America’s bitter, unresolved battle about immigration.

Other than all of them being here illegally, they didn't do anything wrong.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Some US Muslims Say Suicide Attacks OK

Culture:For now given by the ever changing headlines as the AP and Reuters come to grips with this pew study.

Most U.S. Muslims reject suicide bombings.

Some US Muslims justify suicide attacks.

Some young US Muslims OK suicide attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida.

The survey by the Pew Research Center, one of the most exhaustive ever of the country's Muslims, revealed a community that in many ways blends comfortably into society. Its largely mainstream members express nearly as much happiness with their lives and communities as the general public does, show a broad willingness to adopt American customs, and have income and education levels similar to others in the U.S.

Even so, the survey revealed noteworthy pockets of discontent.

While nearly 80 percent of U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings of civilians to defend Islam can not be justified, 13 percent say they can be, at least rarely.

That sentiment is strongest among those younger than 30. Two percent of them say it can often be justified, 13 percent say sometimes and 11 percent say rarely.

``It is a hair-raising number,'' said Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, which promotes the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

Hotair has the significant graphs everyone is talking about as young native born Muslims seem to be more agreeable with suicide bombings.

Gas/Oil price gouging whatever nonsense.

Bidness: A tale of reason via Instapundit.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Oil Price ‘Gouging’: A Phantom Menace?"
posted at 03:12 PM by Glenn Reynolds

A tale of crass pandering from people who should know better.

Sun-Sentinel: Crist, other governors demand congressional probe on soaring gas prices

In a letter to congressional leaders, the governors said that ``the reasons for these massive increases'' in gas prices ``do not appear to be tied'' to any recent global political or weather events. They suggested that the price hikes may be a result of oil company greed.

While the nation's oil refinery capabilities may be a contributing factor, the governors wrote that ``even this explanation raises more questions than answers,'' and they said it is ``difficult to understand how oil companies can be making record profits each quarter'' without investing more in refineries.

I am sure all of these politicians have some understanding of price/demand and the fact when it comes to refineries, not a whole of welcome anywhere to build them due to lawsuits and NIMBY.
But I welcome a windfall tax on crude oil and high taxes on oil companies. When it backfires and slams the industry and prices even worse than it is now, these same people and consumers will start to whine from a different angle. Sometimes people need to learn the hard way.

After Pelosi’s Syria Visit, Dissidents Cower.

Middle East: The problem is I don't think Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to understand what she has unleashed. On the off chance that she realizes how much damage her visit did, she won't admit to it.

DAMASCUS, SYRIA—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria last month, and the related question of whether or not the U.S. should formally re-engage this Baathist republic, remains as controversial a topic on the streets of Damascus as it was in the days afterwards among Beltway bloggers. And, perverse as it may seem to some American liberals, it is the Syrians who are most sympathetic to their progressive values who have been most critical of Ms. Pelosi’s attempts to begin a dialogue with Syria’s government.

Many Syrian dissidents and pro-democracy activists have privately expressed dismay at Ms. Pelosi’s message of friendship to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They say that Ms. Pelosi’s visit, no matter how well-intentioned, has effectively pulled the rug out from under them, critically damaging their efforts to create momentum for reform from within.

“Pelosi’s visit made the regime feel that Americans were divided on how to deal with Syria,” said a Damascus-based women’s-rights activist who, like five other activists interviewed for this article, asked that his name be withheld because he feared punishment. “This sends a message to the regime that the pressure is off, that it can do what it likes.”

It has certainly seemed that way in the weeks since Ms. Pelosi’s departure, during which time the government has imprisoned Kurdish opposition figures while maintaining travel and work bans on political activists.

In the eastern Syrian town of Raqqa, hundreds of people were arrested for protesting rigged parliamentary elections. And over the last month, the Syrian courts have embarked on a veritable spree of sentencing, handing down harsh prison sentences to some of Syria’s most prominent pro-democracy activists.

Good job Nancy.

Monday, May 21, 2007

France says no to Amnesty for illegals.

Immigration: Sarkozy for 2008!

PARIS -- France's new immigration minister ruled out the possibility of legalizing undocumented immigrants on masse, saying Monday that government policy would be firm and pragmatic.

Brice Hortefeux heads the Ministry of Immigration and National Identity _ newly created by President Nicolas Sarkozy to manage the inflow of immigrants and protect French values and cohesion.

"We have to put aside massive legalization. It doesn't work and it penalizes, even immigrants," Hortefeux said on Europe 1 radio. Policy, he added, would be guided by "firmness and humanism" with "lots of pragmatism."

He said he planned to adhere to the policy of deporting illegal immigrants from France. The number of deportees was expected to reach some 25,000 this year, and Hortefeux said he would ensure that figure was reached.

The conservative Sarkozy, elected president May 6, had reached out to the anti-immigration far-right to capture votes, rankling some of his own allies by creating the new immigration ministry. Critics have said the government should not mix immigration with national identity.

Hortefeux said he would meet shortly with officials from the hotel and restaurant industries, which rely heavily on immigrants.

Hortefeux also said he would not question a long-standing policy of "family grouping," which allows immigrants in France to bring their families here. But he indicated, as Sarkozy has, that the policy may be modified to ensure the integration of those who join relatives in France.

"It must be carried out in respect for the dignity of those who want to come and (in a way) that favors their integration," he said.

Sarkozy has said he wants to ensure that those who join families in France can speak French and that relatives can support the newcomers.

How intolerant! Demanding immigrants speak the language and share the values of the country they want to come to live in. So rude!

The growing divide between poor and middle-class blacks

Culture: Via Sun-Sentinel's Sherri Winston.

"....The May Essence magazine examines the growing divisiveness between poor blacks and the black middle class today. Of course there is a divide: Those of us who've "made it" have been taught to despise those who didn't. However, we've also been taught that if we turn our backs on poor blacks, we're no better than racist whites.

The article begs for discussion and debate. As an educated black woman, am I my brother's keeper? Do I have a responsibility to my community?

It always amazed me how whites were fearless about drawing distinctions between their middle and poorer classes. White college friends and later co-workers didn't flinch in mixed company when describing someone as "trailer trash or poor white trash."

But for us, referring to someone as "ghetto" to describe another black person to a white person was the ultimate betrayal.

Not anymore. Over the past 10 or 15 years, the mythic unity among blacks has crumbled.

In a scorching and highly acclaimed standup routine in the late '90s, Chris Rock wielded the "n" word like a burning cross. To paraphrase, he said he loves black people. "But I hate n------!"

Black author and essayist John Ridley wrote a November Esquire article titled "The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American N-----." Ridley's assertion was that lower-class blacks perpetuate the cycle of unemployment or low wages, undereducation and criminal activity to warrant being a minority within a minority -- black people who can never rise above their "n"-word status.

However, where Rock was hailed, Ridley was assailed.

So where do I stand?

It's time to rise above the blame game. We aren't minstrels performing for a white audience; we don't have to prove we're good enough.

We have to demand more of our children. Expect more. When students struggle on the FCAT, we should spend more time fighting for tutors and less time fighting to kill the test.

It shouldn't be cool to rap, sing or jeer about runaway black fathers or welfare checks in the mail; middle-class blacks shouldn't be more concerned with being cool and "keeping it real" than telling the truth."

No one is their brother's keeper within their own race. In fact that is the sort of talk that held back discussions on what is going wrong for a sizable amount of blacks within the community. The responsibility to the community regardless of race in some respects is for those who have "made it" make the effort to help create/nurture/guard opportunities for others to follow. That means not encourage or demand giving handouts or make excuses for failure.

The part that irritates me is the you must feel guilty for those who haven't made it. I'll be honest, I don't feel that guilt. It should be obvious by now that even in the most caretaking of countries, there will always be a divide, most common being based on class. Nothing can be done to prevent that, there will always be a distinctions made within a society. Not everyone has the same smarts, drive, ability to move up..etc..etc. Those who are going to live the dream and those who are closer than others to it should not be feel guilty because of it.

New Jersey mosque tries oust their Imam

Culture: According to the suit, the Imam and a few others have decided to go to more conservative teachings.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ The founders of a Trenton mosque have sued in Superior Court in Mercer County to have their religious leader removed, claiming he is trying to make the congregation more fundamentalist.

The suit, filed by the International Muslim Brotherhood Inc., the mosque's owner, as well as three founding members, claims that Imam Sabur Abdul Hakim has recently adopted stricter views of Islam and is planning to beam in lectures by satellite from a conservative sect in Saudi Arabia.

The suit also alleges that Hakim began changing religious practices at the Masjid As-Saffat mosque three years ago and appointed his son-in-law, Shalby Akbar Shalby, as "ameer" last August without an election by the congregants.

A message for Hakim's lawyer, Eric Broadway, was not returned Sunday.

The mosque was founded in 1981 by local Muslims and state employees needing a place to pray and was open to all sects.

The board of trustees had set in place a practice of selecting a rotating slate of people for the mosque's weekly Friday sermon.

In 2004, Hakim decided that he alone would decide who gave the Friday sermon, the suit alleges, and it's usually a person who follows a strict doctrine associated with the Wahhabi movement in Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sweden's free lunch being abused by the next generation.

Sweden: As if you could not see this coming when you grow up in a society where the government is looked upon as your atm machine.

Sweden has traditionally relied heavily on the strong protestant work ethic of its citizens. A cornerstone of the country's welfare system has been a population which has been reluctant to misuse the system. Although taxes have been high and government benefits generous, the strong work ethic has stopped people from taking advantage of the welfare state. Alas, this attitude has been largely abandoned. As time has passed, people have adapted to the system.

In a survey form the Swedish Enterprise Institute 70 percent of companies with 10-200 employees say that they interviewed who did not even want the jobs offered. This phenomenon is explained by the fact that people seek jobs that they are unwilling to take, only in order to convince public officials that they are actively seeking employment so they can continue collecting government handouts.

As widespread as government dependence is amongst adults, it might yet become worse amongst the new generation of Swedes.

In 2006 youth unemployment in Sweden was amonght the highest in the EU, fully 21.5 percent. Many young Swedes, in particular those with an immigrant background or from low income Swedish families, are becoming more and more used to the idea that it is acceptable to live off taxpayers' moneys. This is creating a phenomenon that can be described as a ”free-lunch generation”. A generation that does not clearly see the moral difference between earning something by hard work or receiving it from the state. The attitude is simply “anything that I want, I should have.”

It is not uncommon for young Swedes to choose to live off government benefits during a period of their lives, either faking that they are seeking employment or somehow convincing government officials that they are on sick leave. The reason might simply be that they have found a lucrative black-sector job, or that they want to use the time to focus on a personal project, such as a music career.

All Swedes who go to higher education today receive a handout from the state. Perhaps this is to be expected in a society with widespread dependence on politicians, but the attitude among these young students is remarkable. As one of them wrote in a letter to a newspaper:

“Why should I only get this handout only the months that I attend school?” Explaining that he needs money for going out with his friends and buying clothes all year round, the young author concluded: “I don’t have anything against working. But if the government doesn’t make sure that I have a job, it is their responsibility to pay me the handouts all year around”.

That is the monster created by a socialist society, do nothing leeches that depend on those who work hard to fund their handouts they feel they deserve because they suck in oxygen. Just imagine how the generation these people will spawn will act in this society.

Leonardo DiCaprio: I just want to save the world!

Enviro: DiCaprio is determined to be a pseudo know it all pain in the ass.

At a press conference in the South of France following the screening, The Blood Diamond actor, 32, attacked US President George Bush, saying: "It's very simple. He's done very little for the environmental movement."

The Titanic star's latest film, which he narrates, follows another environmental warming documentary by former US Presidential candidate Al Gore, shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

DiCaprio defended Gore from criticism over the amount of energy he has been reportedly using to jet around the world and to run his home.

"Don't shoot the messenger", he said. "This person is trying to relay a message to the public and the way that he travels should not be splayed out like that."

DiCaprio said it should be oil companies that came under scrutiny and that the Government should make systematic change.

The US star said he took steps in his own life to reduce global warming, telling the famous film festival: "I do try to live my life in a green manner. I have installed solar panels in my house and the car that I drive is a hybrid one.

"But it's more about the day-to-day things, being conscious about being a consumer, about looking to endorse green technology. People ask, 'what can a hybrid car do?' It's not about that. It's about being a consumer, the choices you make everyday."

Gore got blasted because he got caught not walking the talk. As for Leo,he is very green, according to this lawsuit he is ripping up the environment to play basketball. Leo's new film is not about any debate about the causes or more importantly logical solutions to Global Warming. He has the answers and you dumb mothers will damn well listen to him!

What was the most difficult thing for you in making this film?

DiCaprio: Trying to condense the vision of what these scientific experts are saying (about global warming) and trying to make it as clear and as emotionally moving as possible. Trying to condense a world of issues into an hour-and-a-half format in this film was the biggest challenge. But it was about giving them a platform where they didn't have to argue about the science. Because, and I keep stressing this, this is the overwhelming majority of the scientific community that believes in this. Not to have to be challenged about the science, about if their opinions were correct or if their opinions were valid. It was about them being able to express ideas and being able to give us, the public. Listen to the scientists and give us, the public, solutions for the future.

Migrants unhappy with Senate Immigration bill.

Immigration: No one is happy with the bill and since the illegals/migrants are unhappy, it carries more weight.

Migrants fear getting locked out by immigration reform: Mexican activists complain guest worker plan will limit number of seasonal workers

Many in Mexico expressed disappointment Friday with the U.S. Congress' immigration reform proposal, arguing it doesn't let enough Mexicans enter the United States legally to work, while focusing on an arduous path to residency for those who have already taken the illegal path.

Mexican news media and activists attacked what they viewed as a measure to limit the number of seasonal workers allowed into the United States - even as the compromise's proponents said it would let in many more.

Migrants as well as U.S. employers who need workers for low-skilled jobs had hoped Congress would streamline and vastly expand the existing guest worker program, allowing more to cross legally, work a few months, then return home with their savings to build homes and businesses.

The new proposal did include a new guest worker program, but it appeared to limit the number of times workers could renew the temporary visas.

Mitt Romney is taking advantage of the bill.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The crowd at South Carolina's Republican convention cheered Saturday when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized a new immigration proposal and booed a key ally of U.S. Sen. John McCain when he defended it.
The immigration compromise between key senators and the White House played strongly at the convention as more than 1,000 delegates and Republican activists gathered. Many in the crowd wore stickers with "Senate amnesty bill" crossed out.

They cheered as presidential candidate Romney told them: "One simple rule: No amnesty."

During his speech and before his remarks, Romney said a proposed new visa for immigrants amounts to amnesty if it can be renewed indefinitely.

"If that's not a form of amnesty, I don't know what is," Romney said.

Dutch cheese snacks evil nationalistic plot.

Holland: Oh yes, when one becomes a Dutch citizen, it is disgusting to have Dutch snacks in celebration. Integration into Dutch society doesn't seem to be the goal of the left.

HEERENVEEN, 17/12/06 - The leftwing Greens (GroenLinks) in the municipality of Heerenveen are annoyed that the naturalisation of immigrants is celebrated with traditional Dutch snacks. The party feels exotic snacks should be served.

On the naturalisation day on November 21, immigrants were given their passports. The occasion was celebrated with typical Dutch snacks like yellow cheese cubes, liver sausage and herring. Bernie van Ruijven, the leader of the GroenLinks in Heerenveen, feels this was disrespectful towards other cultures.

According to a municipality spokesperson, Dutch snacks were chosen on purpose. The dietary requirements of vegetarians and Muslims who do not eat pork had already been taken into account. "A socially acceptable selection" was served.

Nevertheless, Van Ruijven feels that explicit 'halal' snacks should be served. It appears she may be getting her way because the municipality stated that "the international dimension will be kept in mind for the next ceremony".

Another example of the Left sucking up or just being a pain kicking down Dutchness?

Journalist's Political Correctness Jeopardised by Robbery

Crime: Another liberal mugged by reality in Holland.

THE HAGUE, 19/05/07 - Journalist Hanneke Groenteman, a well-known advocate of multiculturalism, is deprived of her politically correct reason. She says this herself on her website after being robbed by two presumably Moroccan children.

"Everyday you hear, see, read it and often even in a far more aggressive form", as Groenteman writes. "In my case, there was no knife, no threat, no violence. It was a snappy, clean, small, but unbearable robbery (...). The car door was wrenched open on the passenger's side, two youngsters on a bicycle grabbed the bag from my hands and they raced off faster than rats on the waterfront".

"Why can't I sleep with anger when it happens to me too?" Groenteman asks herself. She proceeds to answer the question herself. "I remained behind deprived of my politically correct reason. After this intrusion into my safe space I am really more frightened of my ungovernable emotions than of these boys".

Groenteman added that the police refused to accept her report. "They may have a slot in their diary three days later, I can pop in then".

Ouch. I presume if it were two white kids on a bike, she would have been alright with her ungovernable emotions. But now she is trying to wonder why is she having these hateful stereotypical emotions that all those right-wingers and xenophobes have every day. I bet that is the reason.

How screwed up are multicultists when emotions of being robbed have to be tempered which leads to emotional angst?

Russia and EU falling out.

World: Given that Russia controls energy supplies and the EU hasn't shown much of a backbone in dealing strongly with Russia, no surprise Putin is feeling frisky.

How do you count a truce?

Middle East: When it comes to Fatah and Hamas, by the hour.

Latest Hamas-Fatah truce passes 12-hour markHa'aretz, Israel - 37 minutes agoBy Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies. The latest Hamas-Fatah truce has passed the 12-hour mark, as both sides did not break the tentative ...

Muslim outrage over Judeo-Christian values

Australia: Once again, foot meets mouth as Muslim leaders demand you stop feeling guilty about Jews.

MUSLIMS are outraged that prospective citizens will have to acknowledge the Judeo-Christian tradition as the basis of Australia's values system.

Australia's peak Muslim body said the proposed citizenship question - revealed in the Herald Sun - was disturbing and potentially divisive.

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Dr Ameer Ali said the "Abrahamic tradition" or "universal values" would be less divisive ways of describing the nation's moral base.

Dr Ali said use of the term Judeo-Christian was the result of "WWII guilt", and before 1945 Australia would have been called only Christian.

"That question must be rephrased," he said.

Dr Ali was backed by Democrats senator Lyn Allison, who said the answer to the question was highly debatable.

But Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews stood firm on the merit of the question.

Mr Andrews said Australia's Judeo-Christian heritage was indisputable historical fact.

"We are not asking people to subscribe to the Judeo-Christian ethic," he said.

"We are simply stating a fact that this is part of the heritage of Australia in terms of its foundation.

"This is not an exercise in political correctness. It is trying to state what has been the case and still is the case."

It doesn't force anyone to do anything and its a term most recognized in the West. My advice, drop the complaints.

Immigration Bill has some horrible provisions in it.

Immigration: Not withstanding President Bush yanked out the back taxes part but as Steyn pointed out in the Corner.

Mission Impossible [Mark Steyn]
Like Andy, I'm not a "restrictionist". I believe in efficient, secure legal immigration. But, having been through the system myself, I found this a bit of a jaw-dropper:

Section 601(h) Treatment of Applicants
(1) IN GENERAL —An alien who files application for Z-nonimmigrant status shall, upon submission of any evidence required under paragraphs (f) and (g) and after the Secretary has conducted appropriate background checks, to include name and fingerprint checks, that have not by the end of the next business day produced information rendering the applicant ineligible

(A) be granted probationary benefits in the form of employment authorization pending final adjudication of the alien's application;

B) may in the Secretary's discretion receive advance permission to re-enter the United States pursuant to existing regulations governing advance parole;

(C) may not be detained for immigration purposes, determined inadmissible or deportable, or removed pending final adjudication of the alien's application,
unless the alient is determined to be ineligible for Z nonimmigration status; and

(D) may not be considered an unauthorized alien (as defined in Section 274A(h)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1324a(h)(3))) unless employment authorization under subparagraph (A) is denied.

Is that This-background-check-will-self-destruct-in-24-hours clause for real? If the entire "undocumented" population of, say, Falls Church, Virginia wanders into the local immigration office at 4pm on Monday, the clerks have got till 5pm on Tuesday to find anything on the guys or they've got no choice but to issue the Z visa? For the agency that takes the best part of a decade to process nanny applications and which sent Mohammed Atta his visa six months after he'd died, this is, to say the least, a massive cultural change.

If the 24-hour dry-cleaner standard were to be mandated for every government agency, I might reconsider my position. But it seems curious, to put it at its mildest, that only the lucky members of the Undocumented-American community will get to enjoy the benefits of express service from the US government.

If people had time to read the whole bill, instead of the illegal alien supporters trying to ram it down everyone's throats, I bet for every part about security, holding illegals/employers accountable, you would find other parts that cancel them out.

Charlie Gibson is a biased twit.

Media: Yet another example of liberal leanings getting in the way of broadcasting the news.

NEW YORK, May 16 -- After word arrived Tuesday afternoon that Jerry Falwell had suffered a fatal heart attack, Charlie Gibson was determined not to lead his newscast with the preacher's death.

"It lends importance to a figure whose legacy contained a lot of positives and a lot of negatives," says the ABC anchor, who was once a reporter in Falwell's home base of Lynchburg, Va. "It venerates the subject to an extent that I didn't think belonged there. He was a controversial figure."

There was no right answer -- NBC's Brian Williams and CBS's Katie Couric both led with multiple Falwell stories, while Gibson began with a possible deal on immigration legislation. But the decision underscored the extent to which Gibson is firmly in control at what recently emerged as the top-rated evening newscast.

God forbid, but if it was some church leader with who liberal views he agreed with had died, who was a big a name, Gibson would have lead off with it. This is a perfect example of Gibson trying to be the gatekeeper spitting on Falwell because he didn't like him. Then networks wonder why people are turning them off and Gibson leads an ever decreasing pool of evening news viewers.