Saturday, September 6, 2008

UN demands people eat less meat.

Enviro: Save the planet by having UN officials tell you want foods are acceptable to save the planet. My answer is No.

Notice very few of these Enviro nutters ever talk about trying to save the planet by creating/implementing measures without having people change their lifestyles? Its almost a control freak deal going on here....

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

His comments are the most controversial advice yet provided by the panel on how individuals can help tackle global warning.

Pachauri, who was re-elected the panel's chairman for a second six-year term last week, said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems - including habitat destruction - associated with rearing cattle and other animals. It was relatively easy to change eating habits compared to changing means of transport, he said.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. These are generated during the production of animal feeds, for example, while ruminants, particularly cows, emit methane, which is 23 times more effective as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide. The agency has also warned that meat consumption is set to double by the middle of the century.

'In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, it clearly is the most attractive opportunity,' said Pachauri. 'Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there,' said the Indian economist, who is a vegetarian.

A veggie, no surprise.

Amsterdam mayor comes out against "Moroccan hoodlums "

EU: So much for political correctness.

"Both De Telegraaf and AD have photographs of Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen on their front pages.

The mayor visited the offices of the Amsterdam ambulance service after staff held a walkout following threats against paramedics who came to the assistance of a Moroccan boy who was stabbed.

According to de Volkskrant, an angry group of relatives and youths threatened ambulance staff. One of them said: "If my little brother dies, you will die too".

The driver of a mobile medical team helped keep the crowd at bay while the ambulance driver and his paramedic put the victim in the ambulance and drove off.

In a reaction, Mayor Cohen said, "Aggression against aid workers is unacceptable. This problem with Moroccan hoodlums must be solved.

Cohen has proposed a number of measures, including anonymity for aid workers who file reports and engaging in dialogue with the city's Moroccan community.

In parliament, the Labour Party has proposed fitting ambulances with surveillance cameras."

Why are there any measures, if there is a problem with a specific community the worse thing to do is bend over backwards for them alone.

"When Barack's berserkers lost the plot"

Politics: Great read by Nick Cohen on how American liberals just overshot themselves(Andrew Sullivan) on trying to take down Palin.

"....In this, American liberals are no different from the politically committed the world over. David Cameron knew that he would never be Prime Minister until he had killed the urgent hatred of the Conservative party in liberal England. A measure of his success is that hardly anyone now is caught up by the once ubiquitous feeling that no compromise is too great if it stops the Tories regaining power. Hate can sell better than hope.

When a hate campaign goes wrong, however, disaster follows. And everything that could go wrong with the campaign against Palin did. American liberals forgot that the public did not know her. By the time she spoke at the Republican convention, journalists had so lowered expectations that a run-of-the-mill speech would have been enough to win the evening.

As it was, her family appeared on stage without a goitre or a club foot between them, and Palin made a fighting speech that appealed over the heads of reporters to the public we claim to represent. 'I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion,' she said as she deftly detached journalists from their readers and viewers. 'I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country.'

English leftists made the same mistake of allowing their hatred to override their judgment after the Iraq war. If they had confined themselves to charging Tony Blair with failing to find the weapons of mass destruction he promised were in Iraq, and sending British troops into a quagmire, they might have forced him out.

They were so consumed by loathing, however, they insisted that he had lied, which he clearly had not. They set the bar too low and Blair jumped it with ease. 'When a man believes that any stick will do, he at once picks up a boomerang,' said GK Chesterton, and when the politically committed go on a berserker you should listen for the sound of their own principles smacking them in the face."

"24" production shut down for rewrites.

Entertainment: I railed back in February after that pathetic excuse filled story on 24 came out in the WSJ that the liberal Howard Gordon at the helm this season will probably suck. All the news so far is saying I won't be off in my prediction as Howard Gordon is the 24 killer.

Apparently Jack Bauer needs a little breather: After the completion of episode 18 on Sept 15., production on Fox's hit drama 24 will shut down for more than two weeks while the writers reshape the upcoming season's creative direction -- specifically the transition leading to the end game. "We had a couple of scripts that we weren't happy with" 24 exec producer Howard Gordon tells

"We just couldn't get this direction to work, and we found another one that we liked better, so we wound up retooling it.

Production shutdowns are usually cause for concern -- and 24 is coming off its least critically beloved season -- but Howard assures fans that everything will be on track, and the season will not be interrupted.

He says that the show is ahead of schedule, which means the airing of season 7 -- which begins in January 2009 -- will not be affected. (You may remember that 24 had the first eight episodes of this season in the can when last fall's WGA strike occurred; Fox decided to delay the launch until 2009.) "The only, only, only concern at all is getting it right," Howard says. "Our feeling was this: We're so happy with what we've done so far, and to the extent that we had that luxury [of time], we said, 'Why not make it as good as we could?'"

Drudge may have taken out Oprah and Ellen/Tyra take advantage.

Politics: What has Drudge unleashed on Oprah? The snark on Obama is one thing but by pointing out she blocked Clarence Thomas he has made her out to be a partisan's partisan.

Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!

Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains. "Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."

One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.

Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.

Tyra and Ellen are going to take advantage.

While "Oprah" has ruled out booking the presidential candidates for her talk show, Telepictures Productions' series "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Tyra Banks Show" are currently in discussions about booking the candidates for their programs, according to a company spokesperson.

With both shows preparing to launch new seasons this month, daytime talk shows remain a traditional and primary vehicle used to reach the key women's demographic that has become a hot spot during the electoral process.

Those talks take place as Oprah Winfrey said today she won't have candidates on her show. Her statement was prompted by a story on the Drudge Report saying her staff was divided about inviting Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on the show as a guest.

Friday, September 5, 2008

proposal would keep students from activities for failing grades

Edumacation: Stand up and cheer for District 150.

PEORIA — Want to go to the homecoming dance or prom or attend a basketball or football game as a spectator? Better study up.

District 150 high school students who are failing any of their "core class subjects" next year may find themselves unable to attend after-school activities.

District 150 Associate Superintendent Herschel Hannah addressed the School Board on Tuesday night, saying students need to take more responsibility with their academic performance if the district is to see gains. It's the administration's job, he added, to make demands for greater responsibility.

"Until we emphasize that academic achievement is what we want our kids to be about . . . only then will they get to perform at their highest level," Hannah said. "When students know that their core business is learning and not dribbling the basketball, it's not throwing the football, it's not hitting the ball, it's not dancing, it's not 'dropping it like it's hot,' their core business is learning, and until we stand on that and demand that, we won't get it."

and what do the little twits have to say about it?

Student opinion on the idea was mixed.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Breon Woods, 17, a senior at Peoria High School, "simply for the fact the school would lose money without kids at the games - they're the main spectators - you won't have as much school spirit. And prom is a right of passage."

Jamal Moton, 16, a junior at Peoria High, agreed, saying after-school activities are an incentive to go to school. "Kids will just stop trying," he said.

Trevor Mileur, 16, a sophomore at Woodruff High School, saw it differently.

"I think students should be able to attend games to support the team but not dances or to participate in fun activities if they're not doing what they need to be doing in the classroom," Mileur said.

Michelle Lacy, 15, a sophomore at Woodruff, also agreed. "I think it's a good idea because if kids can't do their school work, why should they be awarded to (attend) those activities?" she said.

One out of four understand the reasoning, the other three...look if your school is that bad that they would lose money because that many students are failing core courses, maybe sports and prom shouldn't be high on the social order till you figure everything out. This is an excellent method and should be done nationwide.

British Companies fleeing Over Taxes

UK: High taxes plus a bad economy means helloooooo Ireland!

Already struggling with an economy on the brink of recession and a record budget deficit, Britain is facing a potential new problem: an exodus of British companies fleeing the tax system.

In the last week alone, three companies have announced plans to move their headquarters abroad before the end of the year. They say they are trying to cut their tax bills and frustrated by a lack of clarity about future tax rules.

The Henderson Group, a London-based asset management firm, and Charter, an engineering company, plan to move to Ireland. The Regus Group, the office space and business services provider, is leaving for Luxembourg. And at least two more companies, the advertising agency WPP Group and insurer Brit Insurance, said they might follow.

The moves, which have started intense discussions among lawmakers and businesses about the competitiveness of Britain’s tax system, could not come at a worse time. The government is expected to take in billions less in tax revenue because of losses at financial firms affected by the credit crisis. Merrill Lynch, for instance, may avoid paying taxes here for years after booking $29 billion in losses related to the United States subprime mortgage market through its British unit.

At the same time, Britain’s record budget deficit means there is little the government can do to encourage companies to stay.

So Britain has become the Detroit of Europe..

Obama send out the women to battle!

Politics: You really want Hillary to rail against Palin? Just think about how energized the party is now, then you get Hillary to be against her. First a Hillary/Palin back and forth would overshadow you and Republicans will just be more jacked up than ever. Black Jesus hasn't thought out all the ramifications on this move.

Senator Barack Obama will increasingly lean on prominent Democratic women to undercut Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain , dispatching Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Florida on Monday and creating a rapid-response team to deploy female surrogates to battleground states, Obama advisers said on Thursday.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign event in Florida, her first for Mr. Obama since the Democratic convention last month, will include a forceful response to the searing attacks and fresh burst of energy that Ms. Palin injected into the race with her convention speech on Wednesday night, Obama aides said.

With the McCain-Palin team courting undecided female voters, including some who backed Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Obama aides say they are counting on not only Mrs. Clinton but also Democratic female governors to criticize their Alaskan counterpart, Ms. Palin — and, by extension, Mr. McCain — including Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.

Napolitano is an open border fanatic and Sebelius has the charisma of a dead tree. Send out Michelle instead

Essex police banned from being cool like David Caruso.

UK: Other hand the chief sounds like a bad ass mother.

In any American crime show, sunglasses figure almost as highly as a gun on a cop's list of essential equipment.

But in Essex, police officers have been warned to leave their Ray-Bans at home no matter how cool they want to look.

A rulebook states that shades hide the eyes and can intimidate people on the street.

They are still allowed for police drivers who might be blinded by sunlight during a high-speed chase.

But, unless medically prescribed, they must otherwise 'be removed when contact is made with members of public'.

This is another example of the no-nonsense attitude expected of Essex Police officers by their chief constable, Roger Baker.

On his first day in the job, he demanded his officers make 600 extra arrests within a week.

He also told criminals: 'If you are planning on committing a crime, bring a toothbrush because you will not be going home.'

"Looks like Chief Constable Baker is making criminals..."

"stay clean more ways than one..."


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Maasai warrior looks for white women, ends up a hairdresser.

World: Sometimes you have to take the long way to your goal but seriously interesting story on how the Maasai traditions and cultures are threatened by dreams of the big city. It happens everywhere when a country starts to develop.
"Maasai warriors, or moran, are a familiar sight on Kenya's beaches and in its renowned safari parks -- dressed in distinctive red robes and wearing beaded jewellery, they often act as guides or work in security.

But sometimes, the eager young men who flock to the coast hoping to make their fortunes -- some with dreams of marrying a white tourist -- have to go against their traditions.

Lalasho's status as a moran means he is charged with protecting and providing for his people, and it makes his transgression all the more serious.

Maasai warriors are not allowed to touch a woman's head: it is regarded as demeaning in the patriarchal culture. Moran who become hairdressers risk a curse from the elders, or could even be expelled from the community.

"If my father finds out what I am doing he will be very mad at me or even chase me from home," said Lalasho, who comes from Loitoktok, near Mount Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania.

"But I have to eat, that's why I broke my taboo since city life is very expensive," he said."

French Magazine Showcases Taliban with dead French Soldiers gear.

Terrorism: The Taliban realizes how weak the West is in its resolve to actually fight an enemy and they have willing people in the West to help push their propaganda like Paris Match.

French magazine published photos on Thursday of Taliban fighters with trophies taken from French soldiers killed last month in Afghanistan, setting off a new round of pained debate about France's presence there.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ministers have said again and again since 10 French soldiers were killed in an ambush on August 18 that France would not falter in its determination to fight the "medieval" and "barbaric" Taliban.

But the pledges ring hollow in the ears of many French people who are suddenly being served blanket coverage of a faraway conflict involving about 2,600 French soldiers that had previously been confined to the inside pages of newspapers.

The weekly magazine Paris Match rekindled emotions with its spread of photos of Taliban fighters displaying French army guns, uniforms, helmets, a walkie-talkie and a wristwatch they said were taken from dead soldiers during the August 18 ambush.

"It's a shock to see our children's killers parading their uniforms, their weapons," said Joel Lepahun, the father of one of the dead soldiers, on RTL radio.

Defence Minister Herve Morin suggested the magazine's reporters had done the Taliban a favour in the propaganda war.

"Should we be doing the Taliban's promotion for them?" he said during an interview on France Inter radio.

"The Taliban are waging a war of communication with this kind of operation. They have understood that public opinion is probably the Achilles' heel of the international community that is present in Afghanistan," he said.


Eric de Lavarene, the journalist who arranged the meeting with the Taliban fighters and interviewed their leader, defended himself against accusations that he was manipulated by them.

"I wouldn't say that. No one talks of propaganda when we set off embedded with NATO troops, yet information is always very tightly controlled on those occasions," he said on i-Tele TV.

"However it is true that the Taliban have become masters in the art of communication," he added.

There you see the moral relativism of the western media, Paris Match and Lavarene knew what this means but if it helps the French public to demand surrender so be it. This is why the West for the most part when punched in the nose will happily live on its knees than stand up for its values, any core values have been tainted by weak-willed people who force their insecurities and fears on people who are willing to fight.

Detroit mayor resigns, vows 'comeback'

Politics: Detroit voters would never be that stupid..Right?

A defiant Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick addressed Detroit on Thursday night listing what he said the city had accomplished under his leadership just hours after announcing his resignation amid a sex and perjury scandal

The city is much better shape than the city I received seven years ago," said Kilpatrick. "We in Detroit have done amazing things together."

During the speech Kilpatrick also jabbed city officials and Michigan's governor, telling them to continue to work for the people of Detroit as hard as they did to get him out of office.

Kilpatrick told the crowd his marriage is better than it has ever been and kissed his wife to end the speech, an act that brought thunderous applause. Kilpatrick said he decided to step down so the city could continue to move forward.

"Sometimes standing strong means stepping down," Kilpatrick said. "But Detroit you have set me up for a comeback."

The embattled Kilpatrick pleaded guilty Thursday to charges resulting from a sex scandal and submitted his resignation to the governor -- effective in two weeks.

Under a plea deal, Kilpatrick will serve four months in the Wayne County Jail and the rest of his five-year sentence on probation, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

He will enter jail on the day of his formal sentencing, October 28, she said.

Spain's love for immigration ends.

Immigration: Spain who liked to lecture other on illegals and gave amnesty to hundreds of thousands...

May 17, 2008 : The Spanish Socialist Government has launched an attack on the policies of the recently re-elected Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi, considering the newly introduced measures in Italy do not respect the human rights of foreigners. It comes as more than 400 immigrants, many of them gypsies, have been arrested in Italy over recent days.

Speaking to the press after the regular Friday cabinet meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, said
‘The Spanish Government rejects violence, racism and xenophobia, and therefore cannot condone what it happening in Italy’.

That respect has gone out the window. The bonus is the ever present Reuters liberal take on the evil opposition reasoning for wanting a crackdown despite the fact they did not target Muslims but the open border policy of illegals in general.

Sept 4th 2008:
Spain, facing rapidly rising unemployment, will stop issuing visas to most migrant workers, the government said on Thursday.

No more visas will be granted to low-skilled workers, such as those employed in restaurants and shops, a spokeswoman for the Labour and Immigration Ministry said.

She said the government would also insist that companies prove they cannot fill posts in Spain before bringing in foreign workers. She did not say when the measures would take effect.

Labour Minister Celestino Corbacho told reporters on Wednesday the government would cut the number of work visas "to roughly zero" in 2009.

"It doesn't seem reasonable that with 2.5 million unemployed we continue to recruit workers from abroad," said Corbacho, who wants to pay unemployed foreigners to return to their countries.

About 180,000 foreign workers arrived last year in Spain.

The measure follows another decision to restrict family reunion visas, which the government had said would cut immigration by 40 percent.

Unemployment has jumped by 500,000 in a year to 2.5 million as a construction boom has evaporated, emptying building sites.

Unions said restricting work visas would only result in more illegal immigration.

"They're trying to blame immigrants for the economic situation," said Almudena Fontecha of the UGT union.

Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who announced an amnesty to about 700,000 illegal immigrants soon after he took office in 2004, has done a U-turn on immigration since winning re-election.

In March's vote, the opposition conservatives won working class support by playing on fears about Spain's growing Muslim community.

Olbermann whines about 9/11 video at RNC.

Politics: The liberal view of 9/11 is to forget about it.

KEITH OLBERMANN: I'm sorry it's necessary to say this and I wanted to separate myself from the others on the air about this.

If at this late date, any television network had of its own accord showed that much videotape, and that much graphic videotape of 9/11, and I speak as somebody who lost a few friends there, it, we, would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again.
If you reacted to that videotape to the way I did, I apologize. It is a subject of great pain for many of us still and was probably not appropriate to be shown. We'll continue in a moment.

If any network other than documentaries on Discovery channel did show the footage as tribute or a show on what happened that day and its aftermath I would stand up and applaud them. It was the networks themselves who made the decision not to run the tape not out of respect but because they felt the public could not handle it. So stuff your whining.

Time for a surge effort in Chicago.

Crime: Good to see those gun restrictions working out so well.

An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That's nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

In May, began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.

In the same time period, an estimated 245 people were shot and wounded in the city.

Misogynistic Palin rants(upcoming) on black liberal radio

UpdatedMedia: Not even an hour in and the Tom Joyner show already mocking Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter. They were bad to Hillary so who knows how much the show will spit all over Gov.Palin.

If you want to be really enterprising, run the recorder on them and the Michael Baisden show this afternoon. Liberal black radio will be "popping" from now till election day.

Updating: I was right as both shows went off on tasteless racist and misogynistics tirades against Gov.Palin. If you think D.L.Hughley who is a commentator on Joyner's show calling Republicans Nazis was bad, after her speech tonight you better get those recorders ready for some really racist rants on both those shows.

Watch "community organizers" become a new fight word.

Politics: Roland Martin was screaming like a little baby about that line to slap Obama around how it was so wrong, TNR is all huffy about it and now Olbermann who just got his talking points from Kos kids is whining about it as...Elitist. Now realize this goes back to Obama claiming his community organizer skills is part and parcel reason to be president but Gov.Palin who was a mayor and now a governor really doesn't cut it as vice president. Really Obama? Really?

So get ready for the next liberal talking point.

Kilpatrick to step down and plead guilty today?

Politics: Endgame.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spent tonight wrestling with whether to enter a plea deal when he enters a downtown courtroom Thursday morning, a move that will cost him his job — even his freedom — but will finally end a scandal that has swamped the city and state for nearly eight months.

After a frenetic evening, when a tentative plea deal was alternately announced by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and then postponed, Kilpatrick is due in court Thursday at 9 a.m. before Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner in his criminal perjury case stemming from the text message scandal. A plea deal could be announced there — if all sides commit.

Obama camp also says Kilpatrick needs to go.

War films take new strategy at Toronto fest

Entertainment: Since Iraq war films so far have flamed out, these new ones are being packaged as anything but war movies. Movies about Iraq and anything relating to war can be successful but if you want to preach to the audience from one point of view, don't be surprised you fail.

Last year, topical political pictures like "Rendition" and "In the Valley of Elah" came into Toronto with a head of steam and left in a cloud of dust. This time around, although there is another onslaught of films with war themes screening at the festival -- which kicks off Thursday night with Canadian filmmaker Paul Gross' World War I saga "Passchendaele" -- they are being billed as everything but war movies.

Where the 2007 crop sought to mine topicality, producers and publicists are positioning their new titles as movies that could just as easily be happening in any other time or place.

"This movie is not about the Iraq war. It's an action-adventure movie that happens to be set in Iraq," producer Nic Chartrier said of his film "The Hurt Locker." Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the film, which focuses on an Army squad in Iraq that must defuse a dangerous bomb in a crowded city, will be seeking a U.S. distribution deal. "This could have been the British and the IRA. It could have been anywhere, really," Chartrier said.

The cool Toronto reception and subsequent box-office bath taken by last year's movies might have stopped some from unspooling war-themed films. But given production lag time and filmmakers' belief that there are stories still untold, a group of war-inflected titles rides into the festival.

Palm Beach County loses 3,400 ballots from Aug 26th election.

Politics: Considering the turnout was almost record low in the South Florida area during elections on August 26th, how the hell is that county going to be on election day?

Top state officials on Wednesday joined Palm Beach County election workers in a hunt to find more than 3,400 missing ballots from last week's voting.

Their search has already located some ballots. But a state-ordered deadline is looming — to find them all and before there's erosion of public confidence in the new system of optical-scan voting.

Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning came to West Palm Beach with a stern warning Wednesday that county workers will have only until 5 p.m. Friday to give Tallahassee a precise count of ballots cast on Aug. 26.

Local officials also will need to determine by then who won a close judicial race between incumbent Richard Wennet and challenger William Abramson, even though a county elections board previously called Wennet the winner.

Getting those answers is likely to require another machine recount of more than 100,000 ballots, and a possible hand recount of at least one of every 10 ballots.

Browning said Gov. Charlie Crist and other leaders are "seriously concerned" about the possibility of public skepticism of new optical-scan voting equipment if Palm Beach County can't confirm how many people voted locally.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

McCain campaign slams Elisabeth Bumiller as a liar.


Media: You will remember Bumiller as the reporter for the NYTIMES who asked McCain why he was so angry at her line of question on the campaign's plane. This made big news until the video of the encounter came out. That was until people saw the video and realized she was just being a complete lying NYTIMES reporter. Now she has come out with an article on Palin that the McCain camp has again called her out.

While the press scrambles to report on the process by which Governor Palin was offered the second spot on the Republican ticket, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller has opted instead to make up her own version of events. As the AP reports, “Sarah Palin voluntarily told John McCain’s campaign about her pregnant teenage daughter and her husband’s 2-decade-old DUI arrest during questioning as part of the Republican’s vice presidential search, the lawyer who conducted the background review said.” Yet according to Bumiller, yesterday’s disclosures “called into question” how thoroughly Governor Palin had been vetted. Why the discrepancy? It seems one reporter actually reported the story, while Bumiller made up her own. …

NYTIMES has an agenda and even on MSNBC the liberals on there acknowledge that the MSM as I pointed out below were more than happy to spreak the Kos smear. I would hope that these recent episodes once and for all make Republicans/Conservatives the media won't give you a fair hearing on anything, so stop bothering.

Update# This is going to leave a mark.

More Bumiller [Greg Pollowitz]
The NY Times is correcting a major aspect of the Bumiller NY Times piece on McCain's vetting:
The chairwoman of an Alaskan political party that advocates a vote on the state’s secession from the union said Tuesday that she had been mistaken when she said Gov. Sarah Palin was a member of the group.

A front-page story in The New York Times on Tuesday and articles in other news media reported that Ms. Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for two years in the 1990’s.
The information in the Times article was based on a statement issued Monday night by Lynette Clark, the party’s chairwoman, who said that Ms. Palin joined the party in 1994 and in 1996 changed her registration to Republican.

On Tuesday night, Ms. Clark said that her initial statement was incorrect and had been based on erroneous information provided by another member of the party whom she declined to identify.

Without this, and without the nonsense quotes from Palin's enemies in the posts below, there was no story.

Muslim loses job after refusing to bare her arms

UK: Everyone has to do it regardless of gender/race/religion and its for the patient's health. Find a new line of work or a different medical place to work.

The radiographer was told by managers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading that she must either follow the national dress code designed to combat superbugs and roll her sleeves up, or leave.

She refused to abide by the rules and left her job, claiming she was discriminated against and forced to choose between her religious beliefs and her livelihood. Islam teaches that women should dress modestly and cover their bodies while in public.

The woman, who has worked as a therapeutic radiographer for 10 years, has described her situation as a "continuous nightmare" and says she has been "emotionally torn about" over losing her job.

She said that she fears she may not be able to get another job, but has vowed to campaign against the NHS's "bare below the elbows" policy.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she wants to "prevent the policy from being universally applied, so other Muslim women do not experience the same trauma."

....."The Trust Chaplain and Imam both stand behind our 'bare below the elbows policy' and support the Trust in this instance, they do not cite any diversity issue and agree that the policy is an acceptable professional requirement for everyone who works for the Trust in clinical areas."

Dr Majid Katme, spokesman for the Islamic Medical Association, said: "Any practising Muslim woman should have the right to cover her arms, as long as her job doesn't jeopardise the care of the patient.

"What's the harm in somebody in her position covering their arms, as people in radiography have done for some time?"

Thats the point, her refusal to abide by the rules put the patient in jeopardy.

Google Chrome is a good first try but...

Web: Unless I am missing the option, opening new tabs or not setting the home page to blank can lead to awkward situations if you don't remember the porn-surf mode. The most visted tabs and recent bookmarks/bookmark history is trouble waiting to happen.

But the loading of pages is fast and stability is great.

Aussie whiners whine about Australian soldiers putting Taliban in "dog pens"

Australia: Which as Tim Blair and commentators pointed out not exactly dog pens.

Australian soldiers in Afghanistan held four captured members of the Taliban overnight inside pens formerly occupied by bomb squad dogs. Certain groups are trying to work this up into an Abu Ghraib-style outrage.

UPDATE. A reader who has served in Iraq comments: “Those are HESCO barriers—prefab wire frames with canvas liners. Put them in place and fill them with rocks or dirt and you have a ready-made wall that won’t be easily breached. As you might imagine they are very useful militarily—although this is the first time I have ever heard of them being used to hold prisoners (or dogs).”

UPDATE II. The same type of structures are used to build emergency housing following natural disasters.

UPDATE III. The SMH has removed its dog image.

While various Islamic groups and lefties want to whine, the Aussie troops are doing what they do best, kill the enemy as their own lives are in great danger.

SYDNEY, Australia - Australian troops clashed with Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan late Tuesday in fighting that left several insurgents dead and nine Australian soldiers wounded, the military said.

The fighting reflected rising violence in southern Uruzgan province, where attacks on foreign forces by the resurgent Taliban have increased in recent months.

Australian Defense spokesman Brig. Brian Dawson said the battle occurred as commandoes took part in an ongoing Australian operation to disrupt Taliban networks. It was not immediately clear if the Australian troops attacked the Taliban, or vice versa.

One Australian soldier suffered life-threatening injuries, five had serious wounds and the wounds to three others were reported to be slight, Dawson said. A more precise number of Taliban casualties wasn't immediately available.

Bare-breasted virgins compete for Swaziland king

Africa: At a glance this is an awesome story, who wouldn't want to be king where bare breasted women compete to marry you? Then you take a harder look and realize why so many African countries are screwed beyond belief.

Tens of thousands of bare-breasted virgins competed for Swaziland King Mswati III's eye on Monday in a traditional Reed Dance.

Walking through the dense crowds in a leopard skin loin cloth, Sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch was expected to choose his 14th wife.

Critics say Mswati, who has courted controversy for his lavish lifestyle while two thirds of his subjects live in poverty, sets a bad example by encouraging polygamy and teenage sex in a country where about 40 percent of adults live with HIV.

Some of the women did not seem to mind, hoping to escape from the southern African nation's hardships for the easy life.

"I came here to dance. I wish the king would have chosen me because it's nice at the king's place. The wives live a nice life," said Tenene Dlamini, 16, in a traditional brown skirt.

"Everything is done for them. They don't work. They earn."

Kilpatrick hearing on Wednesday could lead to ouster.

Nation: Pretty much this is the long kiss goodbye to Kilpatrick.

The Michigan Court of Appeals won't stop Gov. Jennifer Granholm from holding a hearing Wednesday that could lead to the ouster of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday night after hearing arguments from Kilpatrick's lawyers and the governor's legal team.

At the request of the Detroit City Council, the governor will lead a hearing on whether Kilpatrick misled members when he settled lawsuits with former police officers for $8.4 million. The mayor is separately charged with 10 felonies.

Dollar Gains As European Economies Shrink

Business: So the Fed moves to cut rates may have been in the long run a good thing.

The dollar on Tuesday rose to the highest level against the euro in almost seven months as crude oil fell and traders speculated that the Federal Reserve's monetary policy would help the U.S. economy outperform Europe's and Asia's.

The British pound fell to a two-year low versus the dollar on evidence of a looming recession in Britain. Australia's dollar declined to its weakest level in almost a year after the central bank cut interest rates for the first time since 2001 and said economic growth would slow.

"We're starting a new up cycle for the dollar," said Scott Minerd, a market strategist at Guggenheim Partners in New York. "The economies in Europe, Japan and Asian nations are all slowing."

....Investors bought four times as many dollars in August compared with the average over the previous 12 months, according to Bank of New York Mellon.

"The dollar is cheap," said Roddy MacPherson, an Edinburgh-based fund manager at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. "The U.S. has been quite preemptive in bringing rates down, and that bodes better for the U.S. relative to many other countries."

The Fed has cut the target rate for overnight lending between banks to 2 percent from 5.25 percent in September 2007 in response to the housing slump and credit market losses.

Stalin's mass murders were 'entirely rational'

Russia: Uh...Well some of the Guardian columinists and the ghost of Walter Duranty will be happy about this, they love Stalin over at that paper. The other hand this is really not good as being a history lesson.

Stalin acted ‘entirely rationally’ in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags, a controversial new Russian teaching manual claims.

Fifty-five years after the Soviet dictator died, the latest guide for teachers to promote patriotism among the Russian young said he did what he did to ensure the country’s modernisation.

The manual, titled A History of Russia, 1900-1945, will form the basis of a new state-approved text book for use in schools next year.

It seems to follow an attempt backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to re-evaluate Stalin’s record in a more positive light.

Critics have taken exception, however, to numerous excerpts, which they say are essentially attempts to whitewash Stalin’s crimes.

In the West, it has been widely accepted that in the 1920s millions were shot, exiled to Siberia, or died of starvation after their land, homes and meagre possessions, were taken to fulfil Stalin’s vision of massive ‘factory farms.’

In the 1930s millions more whom he considered or suspected a threat to the USSR were executed or exiled to Gulag labour camps in remote areas of Siberia or Central Asia, where many also died of disease, malnutrition and exposure.

Historians believe up to 20 million people perished as a result of his actions - more than the six million killed during Hitler’s genocide of the Jews.

Couple faces jailtime for not paying 2012 Olympics tax.

UK: They have a great point, if the UK is pushing for it and they have to tax the public, tax everyone.

An elderly couple are vowing to go to jail rather than pay the 2012 Olympics surcharge on their council tax bill.

Tom and Rita Glenister insist the £33.33 levy imposed on London homes to cover the cost of the London Games is unfair.

They will appear in court later this month after ignoring repeated demands for the Olympic charge from their local council.

If convicted they face up to three months in jail.

Mr Glenister, 78, a retired civil engineer who worked on the building of the Channel Tunnel, is determined to become the first 'Olympic martyr' after widespread concern about the cost of the Games.

He and his 76-year-old wife withheld the £33.33 charge from the first instalment of their £2,320 annual council tax bill.

'We have the money to pay this tax, but it is a point of principle,' he said
from their home in Barnet, North London.

'Our Prime Minister has consistently told us the London Olympics will benefit the whole country but the only people paying directly for these Games are London council taxpayers.

'Why should Londoners alone pay for the Olympics? We are two old age pensioners who might not even be here in 2012.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Michael Tomasky once again tremendo doofus

Politics: This is what happens when you live and die on Kos scum Michael.

"....Of the several Achilles' Heels floating around, her former membership in the Alaskan Independence Party is the largest. McCain's motto for this campaign is "Country First." The AIP's motto is "Alaska First – Alaska Always." It's a fringe right-wing party, some of whose members want Alaska to separate from the US.

As ABC News reported, she was actually an enrolled member in the 1990s. Now think about that. In her small hometown where she was already fairly prominent and everyone knew her, she went down to the courthouse and asked a clerk for a voter-enrollment form. And she checked the box next to this fringe, weirdo party. That's quite an act of self-definition. She seems to have re-registered as a Republican to run for mayor."

From Jake Tapper from ABC NEWS.

Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections, tells ABC News that regardless of the impression given to members of the Alaskan Independence Party, "Gov. Sarah Palin first registered to vote in the state in May 1982 as a Republican, and she has not changed her party affiliate with the Division of Elections since that time."

The hubby was and the Alaska party was not exactly fringe..sorta of the lib Dem of Alaska ;)

NBC about to go into magnificent freefall.

Entertainment: Nikki Finke with the details as it seems Ben Silverman and his sidekick are going to quit or get fired. Meantime Jeff Zucker continues being the teflon don of networks.

Howard Kurtz again misses the real story.

Media: Kurtz can't be this clueless.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 1 -- When Markos Moulitsas saw that one of the contributors to his liberal blog was accusing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of lying about her 4-month-old baby, he was a bit skeptical.

"I feel a little weird about the questions being asked," he says. "But I also feel a little weird about saying, 'Shut up, people.' It takes a lot for me to step in and squash what's on Daily Kos."

In less than 48 hours, the allegations by a Kos diarist known as ArcXIX ricocheted into the mainstream media, when John McCain's designated running mate announced Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and plans to have the baby and marry the father.

Lee Stranahan on Huffy Post.

"....The whole story is based on an insulting view of fundamentalist Christians; that they'd be so freaked out by a teenage pregnancy that they'd have the Governor -- the most highly visible and public women in the small fishbowl of Alaska -- fake a pregnancy to cover up the sins her of daughter Bristol.

That diary got 'rec'd' -- voted as one of the 'Best Of' on DailyKos. The diary is uncited, breathless, and spins a story that's totally far-fetched. Without going through the whole hot mess point by point, I'll mention that no doctors, nurses, hospital workers or other patients have come forward to say anything was amiss. Plus, there's this picture.

The irony for me, of course, is that despite making over fifty short political videos with a clear progressive point of view, I was banned on DailyKos for saying that it seemed reasonable that John Edwards was seen at the Beverly Hilton late at night.

To be sure, some on DailyKos pointed up the numerous problems with the Palin story. But 'the community' in large part embraced it and it's part of a trend...

The election hasn't even been won yet and there's already a liberal hubris developing. Progressive standard bearers such as DailyKos and Keith Olbermann have been showing signs lately of a nasty tendency towards stifling dissenting opinions and promoting the sort of crazy rumors usually associated with the right then the reality based community.

It's not effective, it's not progressive, and it's not a good or accurate reflection on Barack Obama or the Democratic party."

Back to Wash Post.

This time, Palin emerged as McCain's vice-presidential pick Friday, the pregnancy tale hit the Internet on Saturday, was trumpeted by the Drudge Report on Sunday and reached mainstream outlets just after noon Monday. Edwards had a former mistress in seclusion who insisted someone else was the father; the soon-to-be-obvious Palin story was within her own family.

Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein press center at Harvard University, says that, as in the Edwards case, the Palin pregnancy story "was untouched until the person involved made a statement. That legitimized it for the traditional media."

That was untouched because it involved John and Elizabeth Edwards of the Democratic Party, this nutter rumor started on Friday and ended up in the mainsteam media in the just asking mode of reporting by Monday morning. I am not surprised considering the media and the nutters fall into Circle A of a Venn Diagram. They needed very little push to go after the Palins unlike the kid glove treatment of the Edwards.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hospital questioned for turning in illegal immigrant.

Immigration: Don't show up with false identification for a job. That simple.

Maria Martinez' attempt to land a cafeteria job at a suburban Dallas hospital got her arrested, jailed and deported.

She did use a counterfeit social security on her application to Trinity Medical Center, but her relatives and supporters wonder whether the hospital overreacted by calling the police.

During yet another year marked by several high profile immigration raids targeting both undocumented workers and the companies who hire them, the Martinez case raises questions about what employers can or should do if they discover an applicant is not authorized to work legally in the U.S.

A spokeswoman for the medical center here contends the hospital was simply following policy and has a responsibility to report criminal activity, including possible identity theft.

It may be hospital policy, but employers aren't required to report a worker or applicant suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, say immigration attorneys and enforcement officials.

"For an employer to go ahead and take it upon themselves ... to report that is unusual," said immigration attorney Kathleen Walker. "There's no obligation on my part to go call law enforcement."

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok agreed, saying employers and local police typically don't have the training needed to determine whether someone is in the country illegally.

Carrollton's mayor has emphasized that one of his priorities is to rid the city of illegal immigrants. The neighboring suburb of Farmers Branch has unsuccessfully tried to prohibit landlords from renting houses and apartments to tenants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally.

But hospital spokeswoman Susan Watson said the decision to report Martinez had nothing to do with the immigration debate in suburban Dallas. The hospital reported what it considered a crime, she said.

"Regardless of whether they were an illegal alien, legal immigrant or an American citizen, it still wouldn't have mattered. They still would have been reported," she said.

Watson said it was the first time in at least two years that the hospital reported a possible crime involving a worker or applicant to police. But officials are always on alert because many employees have access to patients' medical records and other private information, she said.

Now the left wants McCain to release all his Navy records.

Politics: Incoming meme. Nice to see the left now wanting full disclosure on military records, they did raise a fuss back in 2004 when people were demanding the same thing.

In a piece posted tonight at the Nieman Watchdog site, Barry Sussman, editor of the Watchdog (which is affiliated with the Nieman Foundation at Harvard), calls on John McCain to release all of his Navy records, particularly those surrounding three unusual accidents that he was involved in before getting shot down over Vietnam.

Sussman was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for 22 years and had a role in the Watergate era at the paper.

He wrote his call in response to a massive Washington Post piece by Micheal Leavy on McCain's Navy years, noting "Leahy mentioned, without laboring over them, three near-catastrophes McCain had as a pilot. Reporters should look into these incidents. They should do so soon, and not wait until just before the election, or after it. It's unusual for military pilots, let alone presidential candidates, to have so many mishaps in a relatively short career of flying What do they tell us, if anything, about McCain's judgment, ability and character?"

The second accident was particularly troubling, Sussman suggests: McCain had completed flight training and was deployed to the Mediterranean. 'He was flying low one day when he decided to have some fun,' Leahy wrote. He dropped so low that he knocked down power lines over southern Spain, cutting off electricity in the area. McCain later referred to his own behavior as 'daredevil clowning' and said he had created 'a small international incident.'"

Times-Picayune with the best Hurricane Gustav coverage.

Nation: No crap just reporting the facts and getting the story right. CNN on the other hand out of the cable networks were the worst of them. You can tell how disappointed they were there wasn't catatrophic damages and 20 foot floodwaters all over New Orleans. Someone make a loop of how many times was about to break open from the reporters.

Liberal views on abortion. Kill it or keep it.

Nation: Morbidly amusing but not surprising that in their myopic world when you say choice regarding the unborn its either kill or allow it to live.

Matt Yglesias :

Why shouldn’t ever woman continue to enjoy the choices that Bristol Palin has? And more to the point, if women shouldn’t be allowed to choose then why does McCain’s campaign think it’s important to emphasize her agency in this process? By his own lights, McCain should be totally indifferent to whether Bristol chose this course of action or was pressured into it by her mother. McCain’s view is that he should make the choice for her and for every other pregnant woman in the country.

Women preachers at moderate mosque ‘urge faithful to kill gays’

UK: Channel 4 to show another undercover doc about extremists preachers tonight. The interesting fallout will be if the police who move on other groups for hate will go after these women for their sermons.

Women preachers are urging followers at one of Britain’s most influential mosques to kill homosexuals and view all non-Muslims as “vile”, according to a television documentary.

The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, known as the Regent’s Park Mosque, is one of the most respected centres for moderate Islam in western Europe.

However, an undercover investigation by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme has found extremist preachers have held study circles there and are teaching followers a hardline version of the faith followed in Saudi Arabia, known as Wahhabism.

The documentary, to be broadcast tomorrow, is a follow-up to Undercover Mosque, which investigated a number of mosques and was made by the same team more than a year ago. That resulted in an investigation by West Midlands Police, who accused the makers of distorting sermons and inflaming tensions. Officers took no action against extremist preachers whose words were broadcast. Ofcom rejected the complaint and the force had to apologise to Channel 4. It agreed at the High Court to pay £100,000 for libel.

In the new documentary, a female reporter infiltrated women’s study circles. In one, a preacher using the name Umm Amira told followers: “We are not going to be like animals . . . or to be like the homosexuals, God save us from that, you understand? We have to take the judgment, the judgment is to kill them.”

Umm Amira is recorded as saying converts from Islam should also be killed. “He is Muslim and he gets out of Islam, he doesn’t want any more. What are we going to do? We kill him, kill, kill.”

In another study circle, Umm Amira describes Christians as “vile”. Another preacher, Umm Saleem, tells her congregation not to take British citizenship or become friends with nonMuslims.

The left goes after Palin's baby, why is anyone shocked?

Media: From the scum suckers on Daily Kos to Andrew Sullivan who is trying to push this ridiculous story under a thin disguise of just asking questions. This is just the same play used over and over again. Why is anyone shocked they would sink this low?

ANN ALTHOUSE: "The insane obsession with Sarah Palin's pregnancy rages on. This will all go down in the annals of feminism, people. So think before you write."

posted at 11:31 PM by Glenn Reynolds

The whole point is the smear and if they get lucky for say John Roberts of CNN to ask this question to get Palin to cry on the air over it. This is not an off the cuff post on Kos that every nutter has latched on too. The original post and subsequent "just asking" behavior is all part of the mindset of those on the left to push the despicable, outrageous into the mainstream to cast doubt. Sullivan I think is smart to know this is just a dumb line of attack but if he needs to push it to get Obama elected so be it.

If anyone is surprised by this at this point given the behavior of the nutters over the last 8 years, you are being very naive.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Black and White residents cheer Immigration raid on Howard Industries.

Immigration: You still think there is no divide on the ground level? I do agree that with McCain or Obama, these raids may be a thing of the past as they both would bend over backwards to accommodate illegals.

Fabiola Pena considered running away from her factory job when she realized she was being targeted in a federal immigration raid. She was deterred when she noticed the helicopters hovering overhead.

But helicopters were not what shocked Pena the most on her last, fateful day at Howard Industries, the largest employer in this small Southern town. It was the black co-workers who clapped and cheered, Pena said, as she and hundreds of other Latino immigrant laborers were arrested and hauled away.

"They said we took their jobs, but I was working from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.," said Pena, 21, a day after the raid last week that resulted in the arrest of nearly 600 suspected illegal immigrants. "I didn't see them working like us."

....But the raids might not have much of a future after the swearing-in of Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama, both of whom have staked out moderate-to-liberal stances on immigration reform.

If the next president decides to curtail or end raids similar to the one at the Howard Industries, it will not sit well with many residents of Laurel. The raid was welcomed by a number of native-born residents in this manufacturing hub of about 25,000 people that has been transformed in recent years by the influx of Latino workers, many of whom are undocumented.

"They need to go and do this in every little town," Tonya Jackson said.

Jackson, who is black, said that over the years she had applied numerous times for a job at the locally owned manufacturer, which employs about 4,000 workers. Jackson, 30, said she never received a callback. The raid, she said, was a welcome purge of illegal Latino laborers who had taken jobs they didn't deserve.

"We've been here all our lives," she said. "And it seems like they have just arrived and are getting the nice cars and the good homes."

Her stance puts her at odds with Obama. The Democratic presidential nominee's website describes such raids as "ineffective" measures that have "placed all the burdens of a broken system onto immigrant families."

.....James Warren, 33, worked at Howard Industries for a few months in 2000. But he quit because of the low wages and because he said none of the co-workers during his shift spoke English.

"It was long overdue," Warren said of the raid. "Everybody knew what was going on in there. There weren't a lot of white or black people left in there anymore, it was all Mexicans."

With both presidential candidates pledging to give illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, Warren said he couldn't imagine the raids continuing for long.

REM's Michael Stipe will move to England if McCain wins.

Politics: Another point to vote McCain/Palin.

Asked what he felt it would mean for America if Senator McCain wins the election, Stipe smiled and said: "Well I'd have to move to England."

He went on to say that he admired the war veteran's record but criticised the Republicans' record since the turn of the century.

"It is unfathomable to me as an American and a world citizen that anyone would vote for that man," he said.

"He served his country and he did a good job as a serviceman, I will honour him for that, but he is not presidential material."

Honduran drug suspect gamed San Francisco's juvenile system

Immigration: Read as the leftist paradise of San Fran got played by a 25 year old who claimed he was 16 then 18 year old crack dealer.

When he was caught selling crack in San Francisco's Tenderloin in April, the Honduran immigrant who called himself Javier Martinez first told police he was 18. Then he said he was 16.

Because he insisted he was underage, police were duty-bound to take him to Juvenile Hall, where he would be shielded from deportation under the city's long-standing policy of not reporting juvenile offenders to federal immigration authorities. He was soon put up in a $7,000-a-month group home in Southern California at city taxpayer expense.

In short order, he became one of the eight offenders who walked away from unlocked homes in San Bernardino County, escapes that contributed to a national outcry over San Francisco's policies and prompted Mayor Gavin Newsom to announce that the city would no longer afford juveniles a refuge from deportation. Four of the offenders are now back in custody - and Martinez is one of them, arrested in San Francisco for allegedly dealing drugs.

Martinez now says he was 25 all along, and that his true name is Jose Mendoza Cerrato. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty in adult court to drug dealing and is expected to be transferred to immigration authorities for possible deportation as soon as next month.

The case raises questions about how diligently San Francisco's juvenile justice system works to confirm that immigrant suspects with little or no documentation are who they say they are. Despite apparent inconsistencies in what Cerrato told authorities, he had little trouble persuading the courts to treat him as a minor who did not belong behind bars.

EU to take strong clear action against Russia!

EU: In the form of a strongly clear statement...of unity... Georgia is so screwed.

An emergency EU meeting Monday in Brussels on how to respond to Russia's recognition of the Georgian breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia could be instrumental in confirming the EU as a force for peace.

With the United States taking a diplomatic back seat on the crisis and the swift reaction by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, acting as EU president, Monday's summit has become the union's first opportunity to broker a solution to a major international conflict on its own.

But the opportunity is mined with potential pitfalls and risks, not least of which is the traditional EU dilemma of getting a group of 27 nations to agree on a common policy. And because the policy involves Russia, the potential for disagreement is enormous.

...All this must be accomplished without doing permanent damage to the relationship between the EU and Russia and without letting bloc-internal rifts on the issue sabotage a common position.

This delicate balancing act is being complicated by the possibility that several EU members may demand that the union impose sanctions against Moscow -- a step other EU nations are not ready to take.

A source in Paris said Friday that "the time for sanctions has not come," and noted that the countries that may demand radical action on Monday, such as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are those most dependent on Russian gas supplies.

"We are telling these countries, 'Think of the Russian reply to sanctions,'" a reference to Moscow's penchant for squeezing gas supplies to underline its political agenda during the winter.