Friday, August 24, 2007

Life on Mars? and Upset in Mexico

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From Drudge (developing, no link yet):
Martian soil may contain life
Thu Aug 23 2007 11:30:10 ET

The soil on Mars may contain microbial life!

Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface.

His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin.

That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen.

Developing....

This (imo) would be a big deal, the first actual signs of life outside the Earth (even if it would be 'non-substantial' lifeforms).


Mexican lawmakers think that the US should be friendlier to illegals:
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican Senate committee passed a measure Wednesday urging President Felipe Calderon to send a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the deportation of an illegal migrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year.

The committee also approved a scholarship to help her 8-year-old U.S.-born son, Saul, who is an American citizen and stayed in the United States.

Elvira Arellano, 32, became an activist and a national symbol for illegal immigrant parents by defying her deportation order and speaking out from her sanctuary in the Adalberto United Methodist Church. She announced last week that she was leaving to try to lobby U.S. lawmakers for immigration reform.

On Sunday, shortly after she spoke at a rally in a Los Angeles church, she was arrested and deported to Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.

"We cannot remain quiet in view of this injustice and must ask for firm action from our authorities," Mexican Sen. Humberto Zazue said.

[snip]

"For me it is very important that our government take a strong stand to defend all of us who decide to migrate to another country," she said. (link)

I wonder if she or any Geraldo-ite will ever be able to understand just exactly what that last quote says.

Six Meat Buffet has more on the story here.

Monday, August 20, 2007

GUILTY!

ESPN (TV) reports that Michael Vick will accept a plea deal and be guilty of Federal Dog Fighting charges (not sure if this will get him out of the racketeering charges). I'm sure there's information on the net about this but I'm watching TV.

They say he has verbally agreed, but not signed anything yet. Looking at 12-18 months.

ILLEGAL Immigrant

From the "it's about time" department comes this little gem:
LOS ANGELES — An immigration activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her son has been deported to Mexico, the church's pastor said.

Elvira Arellano was arrested Sunday afternoon outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Los Angeles. She was deported several hours later, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Arellano had taken refuge.

"She has been deported. She is free and in Tijuana," said Coleman, who said he spoke to her on the phone. "She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border."(link)

If she was really worried about 'separation' of families then she would have kept her family in their legal country. I feel sorrow and pity for people that will do anything to get here and make life better for their kids, but people like this make it that much harder. I WANT my border SECURE and I WANT people to follow the law, if that's too much to ask, then I don't really know what to do.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Terrorist gets his Virgins©

Via Jammie:
Apparently this was in Iraq.

H/T Killgore Trout, who graciously also points out the slowed down version, in the event the above detonation happened too quickly. Now you can savor it a bit more.
(link to videos here)

(follow the link to see the 2 videos [no actual violence seen, but you can pretty much guess what happens)