Just like in
Mr. da Silva has further heightened class tensions by arguing that corruption cases in his government are being blown out of proportion because of his humble background. "There is a reason I'm being persecuted," Mr. da Silva said last week. "It's a matter of skin, of social origin." He rails against "a small minority that has leeched from the country for 500 years."
What’s also interesting is that there is a geographical split in the country. Just like the good old days in
Mr. da Silva is the overwhelming favorite of voters in the sprawling, arid Northeast, where he himself was born and people tend to be poorer, less educated and darker-skinned than those in the South. The South, which encompasses
's most modern and glamorous cities and its media centers, has been considerably cooler to Mr. da Silva. Brazil
Perhaps the best bit of information this article provided was this:
College-educated Brazilians, like the students in
who recently dressed up as clowns to satirize Mr. da Silva, often look down on a president who quit school after the fourth grade. But the vast majority of Brazilians with only a basic education embrace him. São Paulo
This proves two things:
1. All over the world, the uneducated vote for liberals. In other words, this is not an American phenomenon.
2. No matter what you think about President Bush, there are other world leaders dumber than him.Stumble It!
Abortion-rights activists in
South Dakotatook many by surprise a few months ago when they said voters should decide the fate of the state’s new abortion law, the most restrictive in the . US
Now, with a referendum on the November 7 ballot, their campaign has become the frontline in the long-running national debate on abortion.
A victory here would show that even in a conservative Midwestern state, the public will not tolerate a near-total ban on abortion. But a defeat would signal just how difficult a challenge campaigners face in trying to protect a woman’s right to abortion.
While they bristle at the attention, the
activists are counting on residents of this old frontier state to prove them right. South Dakota
For those who don’t know, I am mildly pro-choice because I do not know of any other sane alternative. Throwing evil mothers or doctors in jail may be tempting, but it won’t be when we turn abortion into a situation similar to the war on drugs. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 53.6% (94,578) of the inmates in Federal prison are there for drug offenses. I understand that drugs and abortion are different, but I think its safe to say that when our drug laws were written, no one really expected this to become the priority of Federal law enforcement and imprisonment.
Making new and strict laws will have unintended consequences and we should think long and hard about any new laws that try to limit abortion.
That being said, I hope the voters pass this law. Not because I want to ban abortion everywhere, but because I think Roe V. Wade was a horrible decision. There is no constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion was in no one’s mind when the 14th amendment was passed (I know because I was there).I better watch myself, or I may become anti-abortion again.
If you don't want to ruin your day, don't go to Google, don't type "abortion", and don't do a picture search. It is too late for me. **GAG**
Back on point, this vote interests the hell out of me. I guess as a Republican, I don't have much else to look forward to. More on that next time.
Another classy example of the type of tolerance conservatives should emulate.
A ranking Democrat in the House of Representative is apologizing for saying an African-American Senate candidate "slavishly" supported the Republican Party.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said he meant no offense when he made the remark about Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the GOP nominee for the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
Hoyer's statement was prejudice, degrading, and promotes groupthink. He compared someone whose views he disagrees with to a slave – insinuating that Steele is stupid or unable to think on his own. How could that statement NOT offend him?
While Hoyer apologized for the comments, he continued to criticize Steele's support of the GOP.
Why is Hoyer criticizing Steele’s support for the GOP and not his general beliefs or ideas? The answer is simple. Steele is a black Republican, and many blacks consider that as some sort of treason. In other words, you must think like them, or you are not truly black.
"But Mr. Steele continuously tries to divert attention from the fact that he is an unwavering supporter of the Republican agenda and of President Bush and Vice President Cheney."
I can only assume that Hoyer is “unwavering” is his support for the Democratic agenda. What’s the difference? Steele is a Republican. It is a sick attitude. The idea that anyone has to think a certain way based on the color of their skin is absurd. Some people need to wake up to the 21st century.
If Mike Tyson can do it, anyone can.Stumble It!
Four schools near
went on lockdown Friday after a riot broke out at the high school. Fontana High School
Students said the brawl began at lunch after someone pulled a fire alarm, sending hundreds of students into an open quad.
Black and Latino students shouted racial slurs at one another and exchanged blows, students said.
Officers from city and county agencies — some in protective helmets wielding beanbag shotguns — helped school police break up the fights over the course of two hours.
police reported no injuries. Officials were investigating whether the incident was racially motivated. Fontana
For anyone who keeps up with the
One of the articles I found on this story had this picture to go along with it. Apparently, it shows two black kids running from a mob of Hispanics.
Good luck solving this issue.
It is ironic that these types of problems happen in liberal California, but aren't as big of a problem in conservative/racist Texas.
The nation's unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent last month, down from 4.7 in August, and average wages rose by 4 percent over the previous year -- the best performance for both measures in five years.Democrats have been arguing that wages have been rising too slowly under President Bush. They should know better than to blame the Bush for this, but they do it anyways.
However, in all fairness, we should not judge Daley Jr. on his fathers sins. Anyways, this is what he had to say.
Security and terrorism won't be an issue if
wins the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games because, by that time, there'll be a surveillance camera on every corner, Mayor Daley said Wednesday. Chicago
"By the time 2016 [rolls around], we'll have more cameras than
... Our technology is more advanced than any other city in the world -- even compared to Washington, D.C. -- dealing with our cameras and the sophistication of cameras and retro-fitting all the cameras downtown in new buildings, doing the CTA cameras," Daley said. London
"By 2016, I'll make you a bet. We'll have [cameras on] almost every block."
I'm not sure who we should blame for this, but I'm going to guess Bush is to blame. He is out of control. Now he is getting Democrats to buy into his brand of fascism. God help us. Stolen elections, police state, and nepotism...the Daley dynasty is almost a carbon copy of President Bush's "fascism". The second holocaust is right around the corner.
In all seriousness, my point is this: the Democratic record in
Like earthquakes, large explosions send out shockwaves that can be detected on seismographs. Big nuclear bombs make big waves, with clear signatures that make them fairly easy to detect, analyze and confirm that they were caused by splitting atoms. But smaller blasts _ as
's appears to have been _ are trickier to break down. North Korea
This leaves a couple possibilities. Either
His agency estimated the North Korean blast at around 1 kiloton or less _ equivalent to the explosive force of 1,000 tons of TNT. For a nuclear device, that would be so weak that the French defense minister suggested that "there could have been a failure" with the North Korean reported test.
As much as I would like to believe they faked the whole thing, it seems unrealistic to believe they would fake a nuclear blast with such a small amount of explosives. Surely they know that they couldn’t fake a nuclear detonation with merely 1,000 tons of TNT.
This particular event aside, it is important to note why
For those of you who don’t know why this is read this, but here is a little sample:
The biggest military concern in striking North Korean nuclear facilities is the threat of North Korean counter-attacks.
, the South Korean capitol, lies within range of North Korean long-range artillery. Five hundred 170mm Koksan guns and 200 multiple-launch rocket systems could hit Seoul with artillery shells and chemical weapons, causing panic and massive civilian casualties. Seoul North Koreahas between 500 and 600 Scud missiles that could strike targets throughout with conventional warheads or chemical weapons. South Korea
Obviously, adding a handful of nukes to this already potent arsenal would do much for the North Korean military.
That being said, I am not sure if we should be afraid of
Here is a little wakeup call for all the political know-nothings in the
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central
Chilling...to say the least.
"The first thing that comes to mind is that Anna was killed for her professional activities. We don't see any other motive for this terrible crime," said Vitaly Yaroshevsky, a deputy editor of the newspaper where Politkovskaya worked.
I could be mistaken, but I’m not aware of any journalist being killed for opposing President Bush’s policies.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, a shareholder in Politkovskaya's newspaper Novaya Gazeta, called the killing a "savage crime."
"It is a blow to the entire democratic, independent press," Gorbachev told Interfax news agency. "It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us."
This is kind of odd. If you read my post two weeks ago, you know that Gorby is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
Politkovskya is quoted in the article regarding her views on President Putin: "I dislike him for ... his cynicism, for his racism, for his lies ... for the massacre of the innocents…"
This sounds like the Daily Kos talking about President Bush.
…she wrote in her book "Putin's
Russia" which was published overseas but not in . Russia
This doesn’t sound familiar. Has Bush banned any books recently?
Her death came on the day Putin turned 54.
I am not aware of any anti-Bush reporters being killed for his birthday…
Bottom-line: Before you infer that Bush is a Nazi, look at history (or present) and put your ideas in some sort of context. Anyone can say anything about the President of the
Remember what drives the media in today’s world: money. Some (a.k.a. idiots/Democrats) say this is bad and proves that we should have a state run news media. We always hear them bitch and moan about PBS and NPR losing funding. (I feel like quoting JT, but I won’t.) I guess their basic idea is that if the government funds the news, it will ensure that there is no conflict of interest with advertisers and will help avoid the dumbing down of programming (again, I am just guessing because this makes no sense to me).
The problem with this childish idealism is that it neglects one important fact: everyone has something that motivates them. Every reporter, producer, and script writer has an agenda in every newsroom. If you understand this, then you will understand that money may be the lesser of many evils.
In a situation where you have state run media, one party could (theoretically) control the slant of the news. This is very bad and should be avoided at all costs.
This is almost what exists in
I don’t care what anyone else says, I believe the American media is still the best in the world. Even if it wasn’t, a lot of us can still get foreign news fairly easily (BBC, Al-Jazeera, etc.).
The only way to ensure a truly independent media is to allow anyone to report on whatever they want, whenever they want. If certain people can make money off of it, let them do it. It's not a big deal. The fact is that if you want to know information, you can learn it. You may want to avoid CNN or Fox News when it's time to find out good info, but there are many good sources at our disposal. Forget government regulations, it will only lead to more government control, which will lead to more dead reporters.Stumble It!
The drive-by media is at it again, and I have to admit, I fell for it too. The reason I waited to blog about the perverted congressman was because I didn’t want to get caught up in a bunch of hype. So of course, the day after I decided to blog about it, the truth comes out. It turns out that the sick instant message exchange I posted two days ago took place between the congressman and an 18-year-old. Yes, he was an adult.
All this aside, I am beginning to think that there may be many hypocrites regarding this congressman’s actions. Many liberals seem to think that conservatives go overboard when prosecuting the hot blonde teachers that rape their 14-year-old students.
The difference between these situations is that all congressman Foley did was talk dirty online with an adult…at least from what we know so far. Who knows how much of this case will turn out to be a bunch of nonsense. This is another botched story by the media. What a surprise.Stumble It!
God help us…Stumble It!
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This transcript comes from a reaction that MSNBC leftwing propaganda fiend, Keith Olbermann, had to a Donald Rumsfeld speech a month ago. I wrote about the Rumsfeld speech when it happened. It was a great speech. Olbermann’s reaction would be comical if it weren’t for many American’s buying into his monkey logic.
The main message of that Olbermann seems to convey is that people who believe in absolutes are always dumb. He also voices his concern over people who challenge the intelligence, morality, and patriotism of others. To help illustrate this, he talks about the Bush administration being intellectually confused, their lack of morality, and how they are destroying the country.
In case you are wondering, no, it doesn’t make sense. It really is a debate between Olbermann and himself. You can also watch Olbermann in action on YouTube.
Olbermann’s nonsensical tirade begins like this…
The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.
Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.
In other words, if you view the answer of certain issues in black and white, you are a quack. Last time I checked, that is an absolute. Therefore, by his own logic, Olbermann is a quack.
We’ll give him a break. Everyone makes mistakes.
Mr. Rumsfeld’s remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American.
For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence — indeed, the loyalty — of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land.
Ok that seems fair…right? His problem is that he later countered this statement and said…
Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter.
He then flip-flopped back to his original position and attacked Rumsfeld again.
And yet he [Rumsfeld] can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emperor’s New Clothes?
That, about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely.
After this, he then decided to question Rumsfeld’s patriotism…
In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the
? United States of America
The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in
, so valiantly fought. Salt Lake City
This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed.
Quoting Edward R. Murrow, Olbermann says that "never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who disagreed: 'confused' or 'immoral.'"
I wonder how Olbermann justifies his "Worst Person in the World" segment? What a rollercoaster. It isn’t over yet though.
That government, like Mr. Rumsfeld’s, had a monopoly on all the facts. It, too, had the “secret information.” It alone had the true picture of the threat. It too dismissed and insulted its critics in terms like Mr. Rumsfeld’s — questioning their intellect and their morality.
Olbermann obviously suffers from a severe disconnect from reality. A monopoly on the facts? Is that possible today? Is he aware of the internet? What a douche.
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” he said, in 1954.
I think Olbermann is confusing disloyalty with dissent. Again Olbermann evokes Edward R. Murrow...
“We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.”
So accusing the president of lying doesn’t mean its true…got it. More Murrow…
We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason…
Like believing that driving our cars will destroy the planet? Olbermann used one last Murrow quote…
… if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.
Right on Murrow. Like defending Wal-Mart’s right to conduct business against do-nothing politicians with economic ignoramuses as constituents?
The difference between liberals and conservatives is simple. Libs fear monger about economics, conservatives fear monger about terrorists. Terrorists kill, Wal-Mart sells you products for cheap prices. Decide for yourself who is on the right side of history and who is completely out of touch with reality.Stumble It!