Jimmah defends his use of the term, states that Jews are not responsible for the 'Israeli lobby' but Christians are. He says that Christians "like him" are taught to believe and defend G-d's chosen people whom Jesus Christ came from. I believe those things also, but I wouldn't call me or anyone I know a 'Christian like him'. He defends what he wrote while at the same time saying he wasn't talking about inside Israel or 'most jews' just the few that want Palestinian land and who's protests include violence.
Dec. 16, 2006 6:27 | Updated Dec. 16, 2006 10:15
Carter explains his use of 'apartheid'
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Facing controversy over his new book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former President Jimmy Carter issued a letter to American Jews explaining his use of the term "apartheid" and sympathizing with Israelis who fear terrorism.
Carter wrote the letter following his meeting Tuesday with a group of rabbis in Arizona. The rabbis said they would not call for a boycott of Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," but they also would not suggest that anyone read it.
Carter defends 'Peace Not Apartheid' Opinion: Carter's compromised statesmanship Opinion: Jimmy Carter, go back to your peanut farm
Carter's book follows the peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians during his presidency in 1977-1980. He is critical of all players in not reaching a better accord, but he is especially critical of the Israelis. He previously told The Associated Press that Americans are rarely exposed to anything other than pro-Israeli views in the news media.(link)
PoliticsAfter reading the article, it seems maybe the congressmen quoted are more interested in playing politics than joining the President's proposal. But if the politics get to the same ends, maybe it will be ok.This is the most recent version of this article. View article history.Bush Seeks to Halt Congress Pet ProjectsWASHINGTON - President Bush said Saturday that his administration will outline a series of changes that would clamp down on the common Capitol Hill practice of slipping pet projects into spending bills.
37 mins ago Bush Seeks to Halt Congress Pet Projects
These projects, called earmarks, are spending provisions that often are put into bills at the last minute, so they never get debated or discussed, Bush said in his weekly radio address.
"It is not surprising that this often leads to unnecessary federal spending, such as a swimming pool or a teapot museum tucked into a big spending bill," he said.
The president said his administration's proposal would make earmarks more transparent, make lawmakers more accountable for the earmarks they propose, and help reduce the overall number of earmarks. (link)
Poverty, taxation, government and the economyFollow the link and read the whole post (and the comments). It is a very good post (and you need to see the study itself too) and points out things that seem very obvious to some and extremely far away to others. To me it seems simple, but I'll let you judge it on your own and make your own opinion of it.
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 15, 2006
The Goldwater Institute just did a very interesting study (pdf) concerning poverty, taxes and government spending. It's conclusions seem to validate classical liberal economic theory concerning the best way to address poverty.
It measured overall poverty and childhood poverty in all 50 states and any reduction or gains within those two categories when compared to the national average between 1990 and 2000. Their findings: (link)
Doctor: Senator's Progress 'Encouraging'Good news from the watch on Johnson, everyone is still praying for his recovery (even if they people are speculating on political matters) and praying for his family in this trying time.
By MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press Writer
The timing of his return is uncertain, but Democrats would still be in control of the Senate if his recovery period extends into the new session.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Tim Johnson was experiencing post-surgery swelling in his brain Friday, but his doctors said his recovery was still encouraging. They said he would remain hospitalized until the swelling went down.
The South Dakota Democrat, who suffered a brain hemorrhage Wednesday, remained in critical but stable condition Friday, just short of three weeks before the new Senate is to convene with his party holding control by a single vote.
AP Photo/CHARLES DHARAPAK
The surgery has been described as successful, relieving pressure on the 59-year-old senator's brain and stopping the bleeding.
"Considering his initial presentation, his progress is encouraging," Dr. Anthony Caputy, chairman of the George Washington University Hospital department of neurosurgery, said in a statement released by Johnson's office.(link)
Ok so it was a lame joke, but this really looks cool. Imagine going for a physical and not telling the nurse about it :)
Man with no pulse considered a medical breakthrough
MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse.
Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov. 23.
Officials at the McGill University Health Centre say the device, which is about the size of a flashlight battery, could last up to 10 years.
That is longer than other models which are thought to be good for only two or three years.
The new mechanical heart, which is powered by batteries located in pouches on Mr. Langevin's body, provides a continuous flow of blood so the patient has no pulse.
“Mr. Langevin happens to be the only individual currently living in Canada without a pulse and without a measurable blood pressure,” Dr. Cecere said Wednesday.
Mr. Langevin admitted to reporters that, before the operation, he felt his time was up after he suffered his second heart attack in July.
He had the other in 2002.
“I was finished. I had no time left. I probably had only a few months left to live,” Mr. Langevin said.(link)
One of the things wrong with the death penalty is the fact that after a society has decided that it is acceptable to make someone pay the ultimate price for their crimes, we still worry that they may have a moment of pain before they die. Considering people aren't executed for political dissent (or even treason now-a-days), these people have taken someone's life. Usually without any regard to feelings of pain or personal sacrifice. They made the decision to take a life and are paying for it according to our laws. If they feel any pain at all, it is a fast and fleeting pain, usually not the same as their victims or the life-long pain of the victims families and (I feel) justifiable to carry out the sentence.Official Says Fla. Execution Was BotchedOCALA, Fla. - The execution of a convicted killer took 34 minutes - twice as long as normal - because officials botched the insertion of the needles that delivered the lethal chemicals, a medical examiner said Friday.
Dr. William Hamilton, who performed the autopsy, said the needles pierced Angel Nieves Diaz's veins and then went into soft tissue in his arms. The lethal chemicals are supposed to go directly into the veins.Hamilton refused to say whether he thought Diaz died a painful death. (link)
Clinton to Tout Re-Release of 'Village'Since this went over so well the last time she said it, why not trot it out again for the Presidential run. Of course she has to come up with something to put her past BHO in the primaries. The U.N. could tell you exactly how well the village raising your children concept runs. Hopefully one of these days, she and others like her will understand exactly what personal responsibility is all about. But I wouldn't count on it, she is after all Mrs. 'IS' Clinton.
By BETH FOUHY
Associated Press Writer
next week, promoting the rerelease of her book, "It Takes a Village," while getting some major television exposure as she weighs a likely 2008 presidential bid.
NEW YORK (AP) -- It will be a daytime gabfest with Barbara, Rosie - and Hillary.New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making the rounds of the morning shows
AP Photo/JASON DECROW
The Democrat will be interviewed Monday on NBC's "The Today Show," and will join Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday. She'll also do several book signings around New York.(link)
Dec. 15, 2006 14:23Poor Kofi. One of the reasons might be the way he describes the situation "...I leave office with the (Israeli) occupation...". This type of rhetoric might actually be harmful to the peace process as it indicates that you have already taken sides and aren't interested in a 'fair' deal.
Annan 'very sad' he couldn't resolve ME conflict
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed great sadness on Friday that he couldn't help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict during his term of office.
"It is with great personal sadness that I leave office with the (Israeli) occupation now in its 40th year," he said in a message to a UN-backed conference on Palestine on Friday.
Annan called on all parties involved in the conflict as well as the international community to redouble their efforts to put the Middle East peace process back on track. (link)
I'm currently watching The Battle of Midway from the National Geographic archives. Some war footage, but mostly to do with salvage of sunken ships around the Midway war zone.
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The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.
Japanese Combined Fleet commander Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto moved on Midway in an effort to draw out and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet's aircraft carrier striking forces, which had embarassed the Japanese Navy in the mid-April Doolittle Raid on Japan's home islands and at the Battle of Coral Sea in early May. He planned to quickly knock down Midway's defenses, follow up with an invasion of the atoll's two small islands and establish a Japanese air base there. He expected the U.S. carriers to come out and fight, but to arrive too late to save Midway and in insufficient strength to avoid defeat by his own well-tested carrier air power.
Yamamoto's intended surprise was thwarted by superior American communications intelligence, which deduced his scheme well before battle was joined. This allowed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, to establish an ambush by having his carriers ready and waiting for the Japanese. On 4 June 1942, in the second of the Pacific War's great carrier battles, the trap was sprung. The perserverance, sacrifice and skill of U.S. Navy aviators, plus a great deal of good luck on the American side, cost Japan four irreplaceable fleet carriers, while only one of the three U.S. carriers present was lost. The base at Midway, though damaged by Japanese air attack, remained operational and later became a vital component in the American trans-Pacific offensive.(link)
Miss USA Dethroned?
Sources tell TMZ that executives from the Miss USA organization and NBC (which broadcasts the pageant) met Tuesday to discuss Conner and alleged incidents of her inappropriate behavior, including her conduct at New York City bars. While no one from the pageant would comment on the rumored troubles, several sources tell TMZ that a big announcement is expected some time Thursday. According to these sources, officials are extremely unhappy with the current Miss USA's conduct in public. (link)
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18 wounded as Hamas, Fatah, Egyptians clash at Rafah
By YAAKOV KATZ AND AP
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Eighteen people were wounded on Thursday night in renewed clashes at the Rafah border crossing, hours after Hamas gunmen tried to seize control of the terminal, on the Egypt-Gaza border.
Witnesses said Hamas gunmen were firing at the Egyptian side of the border, drawing return fire from the Egyptians and presidential guards from Fatah.
During the battle, masked gunmen in three cars and a bulldozer stormed the terminal, witnesses said. The gunmen went on a rampage inside the building, destroying computers and furniture inside and plunging the area into darkness, the witnesses said.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was still being held back from returning to the Gaza Strip just a couple of hours after Israel had given him permission to embark. (link)
|Palestinians try to throw their luggage over a barrier as they wait to cross the border into Egypt at the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.|
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth U.N. secretary-general on Thursday and vowed to restore trust in an institution tainted by scandal and a growing divide between rich and poor nations.
The former South Korean foreign minister, 62, takes over on January 1, succeeding Ghanaian Kofi Annan, 68, who steps down at the end of the month after 10 years as U.N. leader.
"You could say that I am a man on a mission. And my mission could be dubbed 'Operation Restore Trust': Trust in the organization and trust between member-states and the secretariat," Ban said. (link)