I like the idea behind the VH-1 program, Bands Reunited. However, I would like to see a few changes.
They need to concentrate on bands where the members really hate each other.
David Gilmour and Roger Waters going at each others throats would make a Pink Floyd episode very memorable. The same would be true for an Asia show with John Wetton and Steve Howe. Guns 'n' Roses would also be a pisser.
It would also be nice to watch Kinks Ray and Dave Davies get drunk and try to kill each other for an hour. The WWE would pale in comparison.
If VH-1 doesn't want to go the hatefest route, it might be nice if they could get a couple of bands together on one bill in a larger setting that would be open to the general public rather than just music industry insiders.
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said during last night's Democratic presidential debate that the threat of terrorism has been exaggerated.
"I think there has been an exaggeration," Mr. Kerry said when asked whether President Bush has overstated the threat of terrorism. "They are misleading all Americans in a profound way."
The front-runner for the Democratic nomination said he would engage other nations in a more cooperative fashion to quell terrorism.
"This administration's arrogant and ideological policy is taking America down a more dangerous path," Mr. Kerry said. "I will make America safer than they are."
KERRY: Well, 45 minutes deployment of weapons of mass destruction, number one.
Aerial vehicles to be able to deliver materials of mass destruction, number two.
I mean, I -- nuclear weapons, number three.
I could run a long list of clear misleading, clear exaggeration. The linkage to Al Qaida, number four.
That said, they are really misleading all of America, Tom, in a profound way. The war on terror is less -- it is occasionally military, and it will be, and it will continue to be for a long time. And we will need the best-trained and the most well-equipped and the most capable military, such as we have today.
But it's primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world -- the very thing this administration is worst at. And most importantly, the war on terror is also an engagement in the Middle East economically, socially, culturally, in a way that we haven't embraced, because otherwise we're inviting a clash of civilizations.
"An engagement in the Middle East economically, socially, culturally"? Gee, will more Rachel Corries make me safer?
I don't believe anyone when they claim that they will "make us safer". How do they back it up? Talk is cheap. Very cheap when lives are at stake.
Everyday, I pass a hole in the ground where 3,000 people were murdered en masse. I remember sitting at my desk on Church Street and hearing the first bombing in 1993. I also remember the foiled plot to bomb the subways.
In New York, we have had terrorist attacks when our guard was down. The only thing that will keep us safe is a constant state of vigilance not social or cultural understanding.
Did police just need to be warned about a threat to trains?
One has to hope that railroad security has been a priority since 9/11. Anyone who watches an all-news network has heard so-called experts talk about the horrific 1995 Japanese Subway Attack. I guess Tom Ridge doesn't watch CNN or Fox.
He also doesn't ride Amtrak. Amtrak screens nothing. If al Qaeda wanted to, they could bring a suitcase full of semtex onto an Acela Express without raising an eyebrow.
Warnings like this make the DHS sould ridiculous. They also tend to make the public tune out. Another week, another warning. Next, the DHS will issue a warning about airline security.
DHS would serve the people more effectively if it spent its money on training TSA ex-burger flippers to screen baggage properly. All the warnings in the world will do no good, if Beavis and Butthead allow explosives to get on board.
Al has disappointed the hell out of me with his performances in Iowa and New Hampshire but not with his vote totals. There was no way that he was getting any in these two states.
Sharpton has missed the big issue here: the primary process is racist.
Look, the first races are in Iowa and New Hampshire. Neither state is known for their enormous quantities of people of color. These places are not representative of our gorgeous mosaic. Yet, after these two contests, the media annoints a winner and it's over for the also-rans.
Al, Baby, a black man will never be president if this racist process is allowed to continue. If the first primaries were in New York and California, Sharpton would have a better chance of getting the nod. Throw in Texas and Illinois and the odds are increased greatly.
Al, this process needs to be scrapped ASAP. You are the man to lead an outcry. You can save America form the tyranny of the Iowans and New Hampshirians (or, whatever the hell they're called)!
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
A visiting Palestinian professor at Florida Atlantic University, Mustafa Abu Sway, is "known as an activist" in Hamas, a group on the American government's terrorism list, we reported in October of 2003. We also disclosed that his salary is being paid by the American taxpayer, via the Fulbright exchange program....
Actually, being named as "a known activist" in Hamas by the Israeli government — who knows terrorism better ? — qualifies in itself as "evidence," but since October we have learned that Mr. Abu Sway also, according to Israeli sources:
Was a board member and raised funds for two Jerusalem-based Hamas-related organizations, the Heritage Committee and the Foundation for the Development of Society. The Israeli government shut down both organizations in February 2003.
Has worked with the Palestinian "Charity Coalition" that includes such organizations as Al-Aqsa Foundation of South Africa and France's Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens. Both are known as Hamas fund-raisers which have had their assets frozen by the American government.
Is connected to Sheik Ra'ed Salah's Islamic Movement in Um al-Fahm, Israel, 14 members of which were arrested in May 2003 for Hamas fundraising....
Mr. Abu Sway these days says, according to the Palm Beach Post, "I cherish the Jewish presence" in Israel "and advocate non-violence." But in the past, before he was under scrutiny, he spoke very differently:
At a 2002 interfaith meeting in Israel, reports Christianity Today, he remarked, "to audible gasps from Jews in the audience, that he wished the state of Israel ‘would disappear.'"
The Jerusalem Jewish Voice, reporting on the same meeting, recorded Mr. Abu Sway saying that he wished for "the end of the state of Israel."
In a 2003 study published by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Mr. Abu Sway is quoted as stating: "To imagine shared sovereignty or dual sovereignty is not being faithful to Islamic tradition," and specifically calling for an Islamic state of Palestine to replace Israel....
Another example: Speaking to an American audience via ABC News in 2002, Mr. Abu Sway deemed the Arabic term jihad "a very beautiful concept which is deep in the area of spirituality." But in his role as co-author of a Palestinian Authority textbook, available at www.edume.org, he explained to seventh-graders that jihad is a military obligation that "becomes the individual religious duty of every Muslim man and woman — if the enemy has conquered part of its land."
My mind has often gone back to our arrival in Belsen as I stood beside my commanding officer, a First World War pilot and a man of great integrity. Before us was a huge mound of bodies near the Jewish quarter of the dreadful huts. My CO asked: "Molyneaux, did you ever think you would see such an example of what one group of human beings could do to another set of human beings?" I innocently replied: "Perhaps this evidence will ensure that it doesn't happen again."
Shaking his head, my CO said: "I hate to think you may be mistaken."
I now admit that I was wrong because I didn't realise that the rewards of tyranny and terrorism would be so great, and that therefore authorities and governments would lack the courage and resolution to stamp out such evils.
Now, the usual response of governments is mere condemnation of an atrocity, describing an outrage as "unacceptable". Next come a string of concessions to the offender, leading to a craven suggestion that the victims must share some of the blame, and then concessions to the demands of the perpetrators.
Opinion formers appear to have forgotten Kipling, who warned of the outcome.
"It is always a temptation
To a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say:
'Though we know we should defeat you,
We have not the time to meet you,
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.'
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That, if once you have paid him the Dane-geld,
You never get rid of the Dane."
Increasingly, the general public weakens in its resolve. Under the label of moderation, it is fashionable to plead for understanding; to do a Chamberlain and settle for a piece of crumpled paper in the mistaken belief that the word of dictators and terrorists can be trusted. Today, we should reflect on our responsibilities, and those of our governments, to stand up to the prejudice and tyranny that can still, today, lead to genocide. These events happened in my lifetime. They are not lost in the past; they could still happen again today.
There are more Chamberlains than Churchills in our society today.
About 80,000 illegal criminal aliens, including convicted murderers, rapists, drug dealers and child molesters who served prison time and were released, are loose on the streets of America, hiding from federal immigration authorities.
Despite the creation of a new agency to hunt down criminal aliens and the infusion of millions of dollars to get the job done, many state and local police agencies who make contact with the aliens either never learn of their immigration status or never advise the federal government of their release.
According to figures for 2002 from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), more than 375,000 known illegal aliens have been ordered deported, but have disappeared pending immigration hearings. Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was one such alien.
About 80,000 of those people, called "absconders," already had been convicted and served prison time for felonies, ICE and INS say.
Making matters more difficult for federal authorities are several municipalities that have passed ordinances prohibiting their employees, including police officers, from enforcing federal immigration laws.
Known as "sanctuary laws," the ordinances are in place in varying degree in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.
Federal Money to municipalities should be tied to sanctuary laws just like highway funds are tied to the drinking age. If a city doesn't want to report those breaking federal laws, then it should not receive a dime of federal money.
THE commission probing the 9/11 attacks won't like what it hears today.
A chief witness will be Chief of Consular Affairs Maura Harty, the woman in charge of the State Department's processing of visas. She'll undoubtedly be grilled on how several hijackers got visas despite plainly dubious applications. And she may have to explain the program "Visa Express," which let all Saudi residents apply for visas at private Saudi travel agencies - until Congress made State stop it, 10 months after 9/11....
I've acquired an internal State Department document that one State official calls a "preview of the case State is making in the near future, to re-open the floodgates for Saudis." It's a five-page cable sent in November from the U.S. embassy in Riyadh. Headed "Losses to U.S. Economy from Fewer Saudi Visitors," it makes an impassioned pitch for increasing Saudi travel here.
According to my sources at Consular Affairs, the cable was written in large part to reflect the sentiments of Harty and her deputies - who naturally agreed with what they got.
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed reportedly told U.S. authorities that they chose Saudi operatives because they had the easiest access to visas. (Of course, it surely helped that the kingdom is a breeding ground for radical Islam.) But the greatest concern regarding Saudi visa policy cited in the State cable is the "damage" to the "relationship": "The real damage is not the billions of dollars in lost revenue, but the long-term chilling effect on the U.S.-Saudi relationship that will result from less contact and exchanges."
Maura Harty should have her ass fired. If this dog-shit bureaucrat hasn't learned anything from 9/11, then she shouldn't even be pouring slurpees at 7-Eleven.
Her co-workers need to be re-educated to develop "sensitivity" towards Americans and not the kleptocratic Saudi Princes who are to blame for financing 9/11.
And, where is Colin Powell on this? This guy has been on the wrong side of almost every issue for the past three years. He needs to go.
On a tip, the Plainfield (NJ) police raided the house in February 2002, expecting to find illegal aliens working an underground brothel. What the police found were four girls between the ages of 14 and 17. They were all Mexican nationals without documentation. But they weren't prostitutes; they were sex slaves. The distinction is important: these girls weren't working for profit or a paycheck. They were captives to the traffickers and keepers who controlled their every move. ''I consider myself hardened,'' Mark J. Kelly, now a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security), told me recently. ''I spent time in the Marine Corps. But seeing some of the stuff I saw, then heard about, from those girls was a difficult, eye-opening experience.'' ...
The traffickers' harvest is innocence. Before young women and girls are taken to the United States, their captors want to obliterate their sexual inexperience while preserving its appearance. For the Eastern European girls, this ''preparation'' generally happens in Ensenada, a seaside tourist town in Baja California, a region in Mexico settled by Russian immigrants, or Tijuana, where Nicole, the Russian woman I met in Los Angeles, was taken along with four other girls when she arrived in Mexico. The young women are typically kept in locked-down, gated villas in groups of 16 to 20. The girls are provided with all-American clothing -- Levi's and baseball caps. They learn to say, ''U.S. citizen.'' They are also sexually brutalized. Nicole told me that the day she arrived in Tijuana, three of her traveling companions were ''tried out'' locally. The education lasts for days and sometimes weeks.
I'm not sure what the penalty is for slavery, but it should be life imprisonment. Actually, the Death Penalty might be more fitting.
The sleazeballs that want to fuck 14-year old girls should be locked up forever as well.
There is no reason for any of this to exist in 21st Century America.
France is facing the problem that dare not speak its name. Though French law prohibits the census from any reference to ethnic background or religion, many demographers estimate that as much as 20-30 per cent of the population under 25 is now Muslim. The streets, the traditional haunt of younger people, now belong to Muslim youths. In France, the phrase "les jeunes" is a politically correct way of referring to young Muslims.
Given current birth rates, it is not impossible that in 25 years France will have a Muslim majority. The consequences are dynamic: is it possible that secular France might become an Islamic state?
The situation is not dissimilar elsewhere in the EU. Europeans may at some young point in the 21st century have to decide whether they wish to retain the diluted but traditional Judaeo-Christian culture of their minority or have it replaced by the Islamic culture of the majority....
Europe's chickens are coming home to roost. The Great Powers used the Commonwealth or La Francophonie to continue the fiction of Empire. Large numbers of people were admitted mainly from North Africa.
The borders of mainland France seemed extended to include Algeria. Guest workers arrived to satisfy needs for cheap labour. Unloved by their host country, they were marginalised in shabby living conditions, with no attempt made to assimilate them. Political refugees and asylum seekers moved in....
European countries have none of this melting-pot principle. You cannot become German or Italian with the same ease with which you become American. Also, into this very different European environment came a very different sort of immigrant - people who had no interest in assimilation at all.
They came as settlers, wanting to establish their own communities; at best they favoured a merger - at worst, a takeover. Their approach was nurtured by notions of multiculturalism, a creed appealing to intellectuals, administrators and enforcers, but having almost zero appeal to the home population.
I'm not so sure that we are assimilating our immigrant population anymore. "Melting Pot" is a filthy term to many in our media and government. We may one day find ourselves in a situation similar to the Europeans.
A gynaecologist in Florence is proposing to perform a "light" version of infibulation, the mutilation of the genitalia of young girls which is practised in many African countries.
Dr Omar Abdul Kadir, a gynaecologist who has been working in Florence for several years, claims that his operation satisfies the traditional demands for the operation of many African mothers, yet causes neither pain nor damage....
Kadir said he had received support from immigrants from 10 African countries, who wrote in a joint statement: "It is not enough merely to say one is opposed to infibulation.
"While some of us have realised that this practice is useless, cruel and not prescribed by religion, others among us are too attached to their culture and do not accept that the mutilation has negative consequences for their daughters."
It is quite possible that this savage activity is going on here in the US. If it is uncovered, some will call for "understanding" of the mutilators. They will try to place these backward slime on higher moral ground. Unfortunately, they will probably succeed.
On Friday the digest released a report saying the Bush administration is considering such strikes in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, where the bulk of Syria's forces are deployed, as way to pressure Damascus. Jane's attributed this to its regional correspondent reporting from Beirut....
In a phone interview from London, Alex Standish, editor of Jane's Intelligence Digest, confirmed that his sources were American and that they were communicating the views of people close to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Asked if his sources were in the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, he replied that he could not identify them further....
"Unless there is some serious movement, Syria is going to remain one of the unreformed regimes in the Middle East," Standish said. "And I don't think this administration will be prepared to allow this to continue indefinitely."
He said the kind of operation under consideration in Lebanon is relatively low risk. "Air strikes ... are a pretty simple and effective way of getting a message across without deploying troops on the ground," he told UPI.
"I think one can understand the reasons why people in Washington would like to apply this kind of pressure, because if Syria can be forced to cease backing Hezbollah -- which obviously has its own connections with Hamas and Islamic Jihad -- this is an issue. If you can cut the funding off for international militant organizations, that's a pretty big first step in reducing the effectiveness that they have in terms of the trouble they can cause."
How would air raids and special forces operations cut the funding?
"The funding comes from Damascus and Tehran. If the administration shows that it actually has the will to strike directly at Hezbollah targets, it sends a very powerful message: 'Look what we've done with your proxies. The next step along the line will be you.'
"I don't think for one second that we're looking at an invasion of Syria scenario. ... It's about destabilization of these regimes -- really presenting them with a pretty stark choice." Standish characterized that choice as compromising and "coming clean" vs. a path to "destruction."
Standish was asked why U.S. air strikes would have a different effect than Israeli air strikes.
The psychology would be different, he replied.
"Hezbollah expects to be hit from time to time by Israel. ... But if the U.S. itself chooses to engage, I think that is an enormous step forward because it's a difference fundamentally between Israel saying that it's acting in self-defense or in a measured response to a particular incident and the U.S. saying, as a matter of policy, that just as it made war against al-Qaida and closed its bases and denied it the freedom to operate in Afghanistan," it is taking the same steps against Hezbollah. ... "A key issue is to deny the enemy the ability to train, to maintain bases, and of course ultimately -- on the political level -- to attract funding from Tehran and Syria."
The United States, as the last superpower, can send such a message, Standish said.
"Already I think it's having an effect in the Iranian situation," he added, "if you look at the concessions in real terms that have been made on the nuclear front and the willingness to conduct covert diplomacy. It's been a pretty open secret that there have been middle-ranking talks (between the United States and Iran) over the last few years in Switzerland and other European locations. So I don't think we should be surprised if Tehran decides that to continue to put funding into Hezbollah is counterproductive for its own safety."
"I think this sends a message, and I think the message is uncompromising: 'There is still time for diplomatic maneuver, but patience may be limited.' "
One has to hope that this is true. Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and, of course, al Qaeda need to be wiped from the face of the earth. It would be a worthy ending for these Islamo-fascist scum.
When Joel St. John died, his wife learned that the grocery store chain where he worked as a butcher was the beneficiary of his life insurance policy, not his family.
The company made off with $100,000 of his money and the family only received $17,500.
The chain, Winn Dixie Grocery Stores (WIN), benefited from an increasingly common practice called company-owned life insurance (search), when a firm takes out life insurance policies on employees and then earns money tax-free when they die.
Currently 25 percent of Fortune 500 companies have such policies, including Disney (DIS), Dow Chemical (DOW) and the parent company of the Fox News Channel, News Corporation (NWS). One firm is even making 12 percent of its bottom line from employee death benefits.
The practice of company-owned life insurance has gained the nickname "janitor insurance" and "dead peasant policy" and caught the attention of some lawmakers and attorneys, who say firms shouldn't be capitalizing on their employees' deaths. Companies like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) are now facing lawsuits.
Turnabout is fair play. Unions should start taking out insurance on coporate executives. The scumbags running America's Shitiest Store, Walmart, probably wouldn't like the AFL-CIO cashing in on their demise.
But, there are other applications. Why not make a few bucks on an ex-boyfriend, Ladies? Kids, how'd you like to insure your school's principal?
I would like to meet the MBA scumbag that came up with the "Dead Peasant" tag. He deserves a good kick in the balls.
He had been off the air and out of sight for 16 years. Most people under 20 have no idea who he was. The rest of us had just confided him to that part of our memories reserved for Krazy Straws and high-sugar cereals.
Captain Kangaroo was never creepy like Mr. Rogers. "Chef Brockett, can you show the boys and girls your buns?" Mr. McFeeley sounds like one of Michael Jackson's bedroom toys at Neverland.
Hmmmm...Like sitting at your desk one Tuesday morning, munching on a Krispy Kreme while looking at a photo of your kids, then having a plane come crashing through the window....You've been tried and executed without ever having committed a crime. Is that "inherently unfair"?
Mori must be one of those "Process" people that idiot consultants are always identifying. He has lost sight of the big picture and needs a history lesson fast.
Two subway riders were taken to a hospital after they were bitten by a man on a train in Queens, police said Wednesday.
The victims were attacked aboard a Flushing-bound No. 7 train near the 61st Street-Woodside Station at about 5 p.m. Monday.
I hate the subway and urge everyone to avoid it as much as possible. Yes, it is safer and cleaner than 15 years ago. However, there are still too many disgusting, foul-smelling, happy-to-shit-in-their-pants two-legged vermin riding them. Couple these creatures with dirty-haired foreign students in ragged wool sweaters carrying backpacks and you have H-E-FUCKING-L-L!
It's better to walk. At least the shit smell dissipates faster above ground.
This piece of shit that blew herself up in Israel the other day may have had to make a choice between getting stoned or becoming a human bomb:
A Palestinian mother of two small children, who killed four Israelis by blowing herself up at a border crossing, carried out the suicide bombing to atone for having committed adultery.
The attack last week marked the first time the militant group Hamas had used a female bomber, part of an evolving belief that women who are disgraced by sexual activity outside marriage can "purify" themselves by becoming "martyrs," Israeli security officials said.
The officials, who closely monitor the evolving ideology of the Islamic militant organization, spoke to reporters in the wake of Wednesday's attack by 22-year-old Reem Raiyshi.
Raiyshi left her 18-month-old daughter, Doha, and her 3-year-old son, Obedia, and blew herself up at the Erez crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel, killing three soldiers and a private Israeli security guard
January 20, 2004 -- In his Jan. 6 opinion piece, "Thanks for the Inconvenience," Marc Siegel addresses some of the difficulties in dealing with potential terrorist threats. According to Siegel: "Terrorists are hard to recognize, let alone catch."
As evidence of this, Siegel presents the case of Ziyad Al-Jarrah, one of the 9/11 hijackers whose flight instructor in Florida described him as "honest, hard-working, well-mannered and extremely intelligent." Siegel goes on to state: "Al-Jarrah's own father, minister of social affairs in Saudi Arabia, still doesn't believe his son could do such a thing."
Unfortunately, Siegel is mistaken. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Namlah, is not the father of Ziyad Al-Jarrah. Moreover, Al-Jarrah was not Saudi; he was Lebanese.
Since 9/11, there have been many cases of mistaken identity and distortions of the facts. In the aftermath of the attacks, hypersensitivity to security concerns has sometimes led to unfair and unjust charges leveled against innocent, law-abiding people, and I have watched as my country, countrymen and faith have been repeatedly maligned.
I look forward to the day when we can rebuild the bridges of mutual respect and understanding. We are in the war on terrorism together. And it is a fight we can only win through close cooperation and international support.
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Yes, Fuckshit Al-Jubeir, I have watched my coutrymen killed by your countrymen. These Saudis were funded by members of your corrupt royal family.
These guys are not our allies. They are funders of Islamo-fascists and must go.
Geller like all psychics/supernaturalists is a goddamn fraud. He manipulates the weak and stupid. He ought to be busted by the bunco squad. His bogus hypnotist act tells us nothing about anyone's guilt or innocence except, perhaps, his own.
The only contribution vermin like Herman Bell make to our society is to remind us that when death-penalty opponents decry execution, offering "life imprisonment" as a more "just" punishment, they are in reality pushing the old liberal agenda: Criminals should never be held accountable for their heinous crimes, it's always somebody else's fault - so even though we said life imprisonment, let's let 'em out as soon as possible.
This case right now, this very moment, screams for capital punishment. When they're dead, they can't get the ACLU to spring 'em so easily, can they now?
Cop-Killers like Bell should be executed. Zero Tolerance!
This woman ought to get the death penalty. Ze-Ro-Fucking-Tolerance!
It's bad enough that Joel Steinberg is getting paroled. Lawyer Steinberg's six-year old daughter died after being beaten for months. However, the schmucks that screwed up our legal system figured that vermin like Steinberg could be rehabilitated in twenty years.
Assholes, these scumbags are NEVER rehabilitated.
We have Zero Tolerance for all sorts of bullshit. But, never for killers or rapists or child molestors. They deserve our "understanding". These motherfuckers deserve to be fried in as painful a manner as possible.
While the Palestinians have grown poorer, Arafat has amassed a fortune estimated by Forbes at $300 million, putting him in sixth place on the list of richest world leaders. Israel says his real net worth exceeds $1 billion.
The Palestinians, however, blame their fiscal woes on the Israelis, who have refused to turn over millions in tax revenues and have enforced travel bans to deter terrorist attacks. Now the Palestinian Authority is facing a $400 million shortfall, according to the World Bank, despite having received $6.5 billion in foreign aid over six years.
Let's see, he's not running a company. Nor did Yasser invent anything. He isn't racking up record sales or getting top billing in Lord of the Rings 58.
So, how did the Palestinian messiah get this fortune?
Protein bars usually suck. I've tried many of them and they all seem to have a powdery taste. I have now encountered the worst of the lot: the U-turn bar.
First, the actual bar does not resemble what's on the package. Second, it does not taste anything like what it purports to be. Caramel, My Ass! Third, it looks like something covered by the pooper-scooper laws here in NY.
After one bite, I threw the damn thing into the garbage.
We'd be better off developing technology to id and destroy these earthly scumbags rather than flying into outerspace. I don't give a damn if men ever go to Saturn. I just want to see free men on earth.
I've never bought into this whole space travel shit. It seems like a giant waste of money. Sure it makes the mooks feel good, though.
I imagine that the only people pushing for this are aerospace contractors and fucking Star Trek nuts. We'd be better off without both.
Although incorporating some ideas that have been presented in earlier tapes, the significance of the latest recording is that it attempts to set out a blue-print for a radically different vision of the Islamic world: a single, theocratic Muslim nation, rather than a confederation of separate Islamic states. There are significant parallels with the writings and speeches of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the years before the 1979 Islamic revolution, although the speaker on this tape advocates a more radical shake up for the whole Middle East than even the late Iranian leader had proposed.
Of course, it remains to be seen what influence this particular blueprint for revolution will have. It will not come as a great surprise if the speaker's calls for a universal jihad will be welcomed by existing Islamic militants. What is more difficult to assess is whether his warnings that Islam itself is in grave danger from both the USA and its regional allies will strike a chord in the wider Islamic world where there is already deep suspicion over Western aims and Washington's motives in the invasion of Iraq. If so, then Bin Laden's dreams of destabilising the entire Middle East may have the potential to become the West's worst nightmare.
"Moderate" Muslim countries should take note. You can buy OBL off but only for so long.
"We are not looking for an amnesty [for] Mexico. It's not that we're looking for these Mexicans working productively in the United States to become U.S. citizens. They like tacos, they like their families, they like their community, they like Mexico. Unfortunately, they don't have the opportunities that they would like to have as persons, so that's why they move," Mr. Fox said.
So, if Fox has his way, US security will be in the hands of corrupt Mexican and incompetant Canadian immigration officials. If they let in a terrorist in Mexico City, Ali Baba will be able to walk across the border unfettered.
Last month, in a speech to Florida Democrats, the retired four-star general - apparently drawing on an cozy dinner in L.A. with Kabbala devotee Madge and her husband, Guy Ritchie - listed "Kabbalism" among the world's great religions.
"Let me tell you something," declared Clark, who received the aging pop star's effusive endorsement this week. "There's one common principle to every faith that I've ever studied, whether it's Catholicism, Protestantism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Kabbalism or every other, and it's this: that those who are the most fortunate help those who are less fortunate."
Kaballah Centre founder Philip Berg, his son Yehuda and wife, Karen, have managed to start facilities from Los Angeles to Israel, as well as in New York, attracting thousands of followers who wear "Kaballah strings," a version of magical amulets, and drink special "Kaballah water."
The L.A. center is a celeb-friendly retreat where Madonna, Roseanne, Sandra Bernhard, Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Dern and Barbra Streisand have been known to study under the watchful eye of the Berg family.
Magic Amulets? Every poor person needs one. Or, are these Hollywood types wearing them in support of the poor?
It's too bad that Bo and Peep aren't still alive. They too could have met with Clark and endorsed him.
If elected, Clark will be the first Hale-Bopp President.
If the human body was as feeble in adjusting to temperature change as the World Health Organisation implies, Europeans would never have been able to colonise a subtropical country like Australia. What northern Australians and central Africans between them prove day in, day out is that it isn’t high temperatures which lead people to an early grave; it is primitive living conditions.
The global-warming lobby has been issuing grim warnings for years that Europe will be attacked by malaria should temperatures be allowed to rise. But as Dr Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in Paris points out in a new book, Adapt or Die; the Science, Politics and Economics of Climate Change, published by the International Policy Network, Europe has already been struck down with malaria. In fact, it was endemic in the Fens and in Holland throughout the ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 16th and 17th centuries, when temperatures were one degree Celsius lower than they are now but sanitation and drainage were less developed.
I would like to see New York get thirty of forty degrees cooler. It would keep the scum off the streets and the tourists back in their shitholes.
I'd like to see every goddamn street vendor move nearer to the fat-ass tourists anyway. Wouldn't it be great if downtown Bumfuck had a bunch of illegal Nigerians hawking fake Oakleys in front of their Jeff Davis statue?
Britons wishing to visit the US are going to have to get a visa from the US embassy in person Daniel Johnson, in today's Daily Telegraph doesn't mind at all:
Why Britain, though? Surely the British are no threat to America? Alas, some of us are. Scores, perhaps hundreds, of British Muslims are known to have been recruited by al-Qa'eda and other radical Islamist organisations. Some have been captured in Afghanistan and are now detained in Guantanamo Bay. Others have acted as suicide bombers in Iraq and Israel. A few have been arrested while apparently attempting to carry out terrorist acts.
At least one of those who carried out the attacks on September 11 spent time in Britain, as a member of the circles associated with fundamentalist clerics. The British authorities have dozens of suspects in preventive custody, but the leaders of movements who are apologists for terrorism, such as al-Muhajiroun or the Egyptian Islamic Group, operate freely.
American anxiety about Islamist terrorists from Britain is not unfounded. Though there has been no direct attack on America for more than two years, there is good reason to expect that, sooner or later, it will come - and that, when it does, it may be even more destructive than September 11.
One al-Qa'eda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith, is quoted by William Shawcross in his new book, Allies, issuing the following chilling warning: "We have the right to kill four million Americans - two million of them children - and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands." A Taliban source was recently quoted in Newsweek to the effect that Osama bin Laden was preparing to use biological weapons against America: "Osama's next step will be unbelievable."
Fuck Osama! And, Fuck The Taliban, too!
We ought to find out where Suleiman Abu Gheith is and execute his sorry fucking ass. Shawcross ought to give him up because the UK is also on the radar screen of these Seventh Century scumbags.
This is not a conventional war. We need to take out as many of these bastards as possible and De-Nazify their populations. Al Qaeda spokesmen should be treated no better than Goebbels.
"We're not going to be around 100 years from now to tell people what our experience was on Sept. 11," (Anthony) Gardner said. "They're going to need to know what we endured, and the way to do that is having an authentic memorial."
The Coalition of 9-11 Families, an umbrella for several victims' groups, immediately called for a new design competition, "rather than settle for the uninspiring design announced today," a statement said.
Are these people ever happy with anything? I realize that they have suffered great losses but the bitching and moaning has to stop. Every goddamn day we have to hear another one cry about something. I'm glad that no one 100 years from now will have to listen to Anthony Gardner.
No one feels the personal pain of the relatives of those who died at Andersonville or Lexington and Concord. Many of these WTC familes seem to want a monument to their own grief.
Suggestively, the Egyptian plane vanished abruptly from radar screens before the air crew had a chance to send out a distress call or any other signal. It looked very much as though the craft had plummeted into the sea too suddenly for any warnings; it may even have exploded in midair before dropping into the water. In that case, the cause of the explosion would have to be investigated. An eyewitness said people heard a very loud noise at the time of the crash.
The stricken aircraft plunged down very close to the Sinai coast opposite the shore of Saudi Arabia. Yet, several hours after the disaster, no survivors had surfaced – as normally happens when a complete craft plunges into deep water - and no large wing sections or pieces of fuselage, as would normally have been expected - only small pieces of wreckage and tens of body parts. Floating bits of debris and personal possessions were clearly visible from Naama Bay half a mile from the rescue area.
The call on this one was rather quick. Everytime the president farts, we are now told that it was not terrorist related. Yet, to call an aircrash a mechanical failure without the black/red/whatever box seems to be premature and, perhaps, wishful thinking.
DEBKAfiles reports that Iraq's WMD may be vacationing in Syria:
A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq’s WMD located in three Syrian sites. Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s WMD are kept. The storage places are:
1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels.
2. The village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, where there is a big Syrian airforce camp. Vital parts of Iraq’s WMD are stored there.
3. The city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of the city Homs.
Najoef writes that the transfer of Iraqi WMD to Syria was organized by the commanders of Saddam Hussein’s Special Republican Guard, including General Shalish, with the help of Assif Shoakat , Bashar Assad’s cousin. Shoakat is the CEO of Bhaha, an import/export company owned by the Assad family.
In February 2003, a month before America’s invasion in Iraq, DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly were the only media to report the movement of Iraqi WMD, the efforts to bring them from Iraq to Syria, and the personal involvement of Bashar Assad and his family in the operation.
Najoef, who has won prizes for journalistic integrity, says he wrote his letter because he has terminal cancer.
Imagine the shock/horror of the Dean campaign if Najoef is right! Well, we still won't be any safer!
Police Chief Eddie Compass said "I'm sorry for what happened, but Mr. Davies showed poor judgment in running after the individuals."
Davies showed "poor judgement"? Does Compass think that the fucking muggers showed "poor Judgement"? Maybe the fucking idiots that have been running New Orleans have shown ""poor judgement" regarding gun control? Their shitass lawsuits haven't kept guns out of the hands of criminals.
The threat was contained in a video clip featured on a web site associated with the fundamentalist terror group. It announced al Qaeda plans to destroy New York in a nuclear blast on February 2. Il Giornale claims the FBI blocked and removed the web site.
The video clip showed three possible scenarios: 1. A bomb or giant fireball from the skies that will cover the metropolis with a radioactive cloud. 2. A storm of radioactive clouds that will topple skyscrapers one by one, along with the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. 3. An explosion on board a charter aircraft that will cause a radioactive cloud to spread over the city.
The video clip was accompanied by large, red-lettered Arabic captions saying: “If God wills it, the end of America is near.”
The administrative contact for the site is apparently Dr. Sami Shaban, a professor with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University's Dept. of Medical Education in Al-Ain in the UAE.
A university faculty listing says Shaban is listing "out of faculty." On line information for the site listed Shaban as having a street address in Bowie, MD.Attempts to obtain a telephone number to contact Shaban at the address in Bowie were unsuccessful.
So, this bastard may be making terrorist threats and living in Bowie, Maryland. One would hope that the FBI has already visited this sack of shit.
January 5, 2004 -- During the week of Feb. 9, Herman Bell will appear before a state parole board to plead for his freedom after 30 years in prison.
He needs to stay behind bars.
Until he dies.
Bell is one of three Black Liberation Army terrorists who on May 12, 1971, savagely murdered New York City Police Officers Joseph Piagentini, 28, and Waverly Jones, 33 - for no other reason than that they wanted to "off some pigs." Bell and his cohorts - Anthony Bottom (a/k/a Jalil Muntaqim) and Albert Washington - set an ambush for the two cops, then gunned them down in cold blood.
Piagentini, hit by more than a dozen bullets, pleaded for mercy. Bell then took the wounded cop's gun from its holster - and fired the fatal shots. The vicious executions horrified most New Yorkers. This remains, more than three decades later, one of the most detestable cop-killings in the city's history.
Luckily for the murderers, capital punishment was then out of fashion.
But now Bell and Bottom/Muntaqim (Washington, happily, died in prison) think it's time for them to walk free. This will be Bell's first chance at parole; Bottom gets another parole hearing this summer.
Radical groups have mounted a concerted letter-writing campaign on their behalf. Some of the city's more idiotic elected officials have labeled the two killers "prisoners of war."
Back in 2002, when Bottom applied for parole, we asked Post readers to voice their opinions. More than 3,500 responded - with 90 percent agreeing that he should "never breathe fresh air again." Those letters and e-mails were forwarded to the parole board.
Now it's time to write again.
You can contact parole officials directly or through The Post. But all correspondence must be sent by Feb. 2. So voice your opinion now, to:
KEEP HERMAN BELL ON ICE
N.Y. State Board of Parole
97 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Or e-mail your view to:
Unfortunately, there is always a chance that the fucking idiots on the parole board might let this shitpail out.
It's even worse that some slobs are calling these bastards "POWs". If they let this piece of shit out, we should get him a bus ticket to Berkeley.
THE STAN-SIX-SLAVSKI METHOD AWARD: To Farrah Fawcett not for getting so snockered that she had to be carried out of Iridium a week before her show "Bobbi Boland" shut down, but for the hilarious excuse she offered after we broke the story. Ditzy Fawcett claimed she was studying what it was like to be drunk because her character was supposed to be inebriated in the play. Even wilder, Fawcett contended that she was floored by a single shot of booze.
THE 600 POUND SNITCH AWARD: To Al Roker, for getting his own daughter and two of her pals suspended from Katona's posh Harvey School when he found out they'd smoked a joint. The weeble-like weatherman was questioning his daughter Courtney, 15, about dating a 19-year-old when she copped to smoking pot in a car with two friends in order to change the subject. Roker immediately narc'ed and called the school, getting one student expelled while Courtney and the other perp were booted for a week.
THE DEEP-SIXED AWARD: To Jason Alexander, who blew his cushy gig as KFC pitchman when he let the chicken- loving folks at PETA use him as propaganda. Alexander foolishly met with PETA prezIngrid Newkirk, who wants chickens put up in five-star hotels while they await execution. The p.r.-loving Newkirk immediately notified us that Alexander was "horrified" to learn about the cluckers' living conditions and promised to make KFC honchos change their ways. KFC responded by declining to renew his endorsement contract.
The real life horror story that began eighteen months ago when an Arab illegal alien named Youseff Balaghi showed up at a San Diego hospital, dying from what the Border Patrol initially—and erroneously—feared was radiation sickness, has now reached high into Mexico's foreign service.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Imelda Ortiz Abdala was Mexico's consul in Lebanon. On Nov. 12, 2003, Mexican authorities arrested her, according to the Associated Press, "on charges of helping a smuggling ring move Arab migrants into the United States from Mexico." The AP said Mexico had also arrested "alleged ring leader Salim Boughader Mucharafille." Boughader earlier pleaded guilty in the U.S. to the smuggling incident that resulted in Balaghi's death.
Unfortunately, this story is not over.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Skerlos prosecuted Boughader. This week, citing Ortiz's arrest, I asked him if there were other rings still bringing Middle Easterners in from Mexico.
"Yes," he said.
Bush is completely fucking wrong about Mexico. They are not our goddamn friends and that border is not being adequately protected. Our leaders should stop thinking about making a freakin' buck and consider our security.
"Federal and local law enforcement authorities should be aware that al-Qaida terrorists may not appear Arab," said the report issued Dec. 23 by the Department of Homeland Security's Intelligence Analysis and Infrastructure Protection division.
The department last week put the nation on orange, or high, alert for terrorism after receiving an increasing volume of intelligence about possible new al-Qaida attacks on U.S. soil.
The report – titled "Al-Qaida Use of Non-Arab and Female Terror Operatives" – notes that al-Qaida-linked "Chechen rebels are increasingly using female suicide bombers to attack soft targets throughout Russia, such as public commercial centers, a rock concert, a theater and government leaders."
"Non-Arab al-Qaida operatives could find it easier to avoid unwanted scrutiny since they may not fit typical profiles," said the four-page report, marked "For Official Use Only."
All 19 of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Arab, including 15 Saudi nationals.
The report advises that possible indicators for identifying terrorist suspects are residency in Chechnya, or individuals with Islamic names from countries such as Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan.
This had to be expected. If anything, al Qaeda is very good at adjusting. So, we shouldn't be surprised that they are using white muslims who would arouse less suspicion.
One of the things that I absolutely despise about New Year's Eve/Day is the SCI-Fi Twilight Zone Marathon. My wife watches as much of it as she can and I cannot escape the annoying Rod Serling twice a half-hour.
God, I fucking hate him! If I could dig that SOB up and shoot his ass, I would. I only wish that he would have smoked five times as many cigarettes as he did; perhaps, he would have died much earlier.
The Twilight Zone usually descends into preachy, humorless nonsense. If the episodes aren't about nuclear war fears, they are about the stupidity or evilness of man. It is the preachy tone that I hate the most.
This bleak series is devoid of joy. Yet, it is a classic for some.