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January 31, 2005

Worlds Richest Man Has No Faith in American Dollar (join the club)

Bill Gates has some feelings about the U.S. dollar...

Link: Bloomberg.com: U.S..

``The ol' dollar, it's gonna go down.''

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Quote of the Day

"Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a - you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the, uh, relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities."
George W. Bush
August 6, 2004

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Crooks and Liars

Have we mentioned that Ann Coulter is an idiot?

Link: Crooks and Liars.

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January 30, 2005

Quote of the Day

"I was brought up a rigid Presbyterian, to which I have always adhered. Our excellent Constitution guarantees to everyone freedom of religion, and charity tells us - and you know charity is the basis of all true religion - and charity says "judge the tree by its fruit". All who profess Christianity believe in a Savior and that by an through Him we must be saved. We ought therefore to consider all good Christians whose walks correspond with their professions, be they Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist, or Roman Catholic. Let it be always remembered that no established religion can exist under our glorious Constitution."
Andrew Jackson
March 25, 1835

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January 29, 2005

Sundays Talking Heads Lineup


ABP's Pick: No brainer, let's here what Kerry's got to say on Meet the Press. Chances are he'll sound a helluva lot tougher then he did on the campaign trail. Too little, but never too late.

ABC's "This Week" - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.




CBS' "Face the Nation" - Rice; Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Joseph Biden, D-Del.




NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.




CNN's "Late Edition" - Rice; Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Iraqi politicians Ahmed Chalabi, Adnan Pachachi and Jalal Talabani; Iraqi security officials Mowaffak Al-Rubaie and Barham Salih; Feisal Istrabadi, Iraqi deputy permanent representative to the United Nations; Ken Pollack, Brookings Institution; retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong and retired Army Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks; former Coalition Provisional Authority advisers Brett McGurk and Peter Khalil; June Chwa-Detroit and Jeremy Copeland-Maryland, Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program.




"Fox News Sunday" - Rice.

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In a Slap to the Bush White House, the U.N. Calls for a new "Help America" Campaign

"America is the most powerful country in the world".

You've heard every right wing nutcase utter those words that were once true. But, when the U.N. and the International Monetary Fund are saying that the U.S. can not sustain it's budget AND trade deficits... we've got trouble, right here (que The Music Man).

Link: The New York Times > Business > U.N. Report Calls for Help to Ease U.S. Budget and Trade Deficits.

The United Nations on Tuesday urged all the major industrial countries, especially Japan and the nations of Europe, to help the United States reduce its deficits by spurring their own economies to grow faster.

In a report, "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2005," the United Nations said that the budget and trade deficits of the United States were putting the global economy off balance. It echoed warnings by the International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions in saying the United States cannot continue to carry its huge debts.

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Quote of the Day

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
George W. Bush
February 21, 2001

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January 28, 2005

Ozone Layer Thinning... Again... And, Worse Then Ever

Link: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Arctic ozone may drop to new low.

The coming weeks could bring the most severe thinning of the ozone layer over northern Europe since records began.

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Live... from Baghdad...


Bagh – fucking - dad. The perfumed jewel of the Levant, maybe the semi- or almost Levant. Not anymore. It’s shot up, blown up, torn up and messed up. Where I’m living temporarily is kind of a shit hole, and I hope it’s not for more than a week. But let me back up.

We came from Kuwait to Baghdad today. Twenty minute ride to the airport, hour and a half flight (the horror and messiness of which was so overrated – no one, not even me came close to spewing - although we did a very steep barber pole landing, think of the spiraling stripes), 10 minute ride to another area, twenty minutes to the IZ, the “International Zone” or the Green Zone and five minutes to our tent. For this, we started at 9:00 AM and got here at 2:00 AM. And I think we have a lot more sitting around to do over the course of the next week. A couple of briefings, guns, phones and wait for assignments and transportation, if necessary. Government and government contractors.

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A New Proposal To Ban Gays From Adopting Children

Banning gays from adopting children is one of the most disgusting thing ever to be proposed.

Gay couples have been great parents. I have personal experience and, while I'm not gay, the kids of gay couples have grown up to be lawyers (Republican ones at that), artists, accountants and even project managers for Fortune 500 companies. These couples are honorable, more so then 90% of the straight couples I know.

Gays are no different then whites, blacks or browns. And oppressing gays is the same as oppressing blacks from Civil Liberties or Blacks from basic Civil Rights.

Next stop; The Rescind Gay Right to Vote Act.

Link: civilrights.org -- Proposal Would Ban Gays From Adopting Children.

Delegate Richard H. Black has proposed a bill that would add new criteria for adoption reports filed with the circuit court. The Loudoun County Republican's bill amends the state's adoption law by adding a phrase that states: "No person under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual."

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