Lots of automotive journalists, bloggers and others have expressed enthusiasm for the revived Camaro that GM plans to bring back to market sometime in mid-late 2008. But liking the car and buying the car are two very different things. GM may be in for a rude surprise - and left holding the bag (again).
Wael Abbas, the man with the camera whose YouTube videos showing everything from police torture to government-paid rabble rousers at opposition rallies have given the Egyptian government a royal headache, has a compelling piece in today’s Washington Post making a case to not support repressive regimes. Wael knows how much of a threat he’s living under, and I salute him for producing this moving WaPo column despite the risks. I can’t say I’m confident he won’t be nabbed by authorities — in early April, while in Amman, he told me via e-mail that he was “getting weird messages threatening me of cooperation with human rights organizations, and accusing me of working for a western agenda, i still don’t know the source of these messages but i guess it is state security” — but I am confident that Wael will continue to stand strong for the principles of free speech and blogger freedom, and do Egypt proud in the process.
The death toll from Islamist terror continues to rise. Since 2004 it claimed over 2000 lives. An Australian journalist accompanying police investigating an earlier incident got caught in the blast. The government which came to power preaching appeasement may just play into Islamist hands by making Buddhism the official state religion. Why? Because Buddhist monks demand it and elections may be on the way. As could be expected, decapitation begets radicalism.
Did Jimmy and his men try to sabotage US - Israeli relations or were they just disorganized incompetents? You choose. One thing is clear, the Reagan administration’s harsh response to the Osirak bombing was based on the faulty assumption that Israel failed to inform the US of its concerns. The following passages from his diary tell the story. The italics are mine:
With all the pressure out there on high school seniors to get into a good college one has to feel sorry for those who either cannot afford it or cut it academically. For those unfortunate souls, there is hope. You don’t have to be the brightest or the best. You just have to be, uh…a little crazy.
John Browne is a columnist and editor for the financial section of NewsMax.com, which pushes hard on the themes of doom, gloom, and depression (the economic kind). For a long time Browne has been warning readers about the destruction of the dollar and out-of-control inflation. This week, Larry Kudlow, on his CNBC show Kudlow & Co., called Browne on all this pessimism: Where’s the inflation? Larry asked. It’s not in the CPI, which is low. It’s not in interest rates, which also are low. Stocks certainly don’t seem to be worried about a coming financial Armageddon. So what gives?
Washington Post staff writers Peter Baker and John Solomon put their speed-reading skills to use and burned through two eagerly-anticipated biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton that they got their hands on just yesterday: Carl Bernstein’s 640-page, “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” and the 416-page, “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by New York Times investigative reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.
A paper published in the Royal Society’s peer-reviewed Biology Letter journal describes a case in which a hammerhead shark that had been kept apart from male sharks for three years in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE, gave birth without mating.
There’s an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle predicting that the sun and earth and all the other planets will be hurled into deep space until we collide with a neighboring galaxy. Not soon - but soon enough to make me wonder why people think this is important.
If only Netanyahu possessed Olmert’s political skills or Olmert possessed Netanyahu’s creativity, guts and patriotism, Israel would have been much better off. Just look at the gutsy way he liberalized and, hence, revived the Israeli economy despite being fully aware of the damage it was going to do to his political career. The Israeli economy is booming today and Olmert is prime minister because he put the country above himself.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants tramping through fragile ecosystems and wildlife refuges discarding hundreds of thousands of tons of trash have caused incalculable environmental damage in Arizona’s Sonoran desert and the Rio Grande Valley. Yet, for reasons ranging from fear of alienating lefty donors to concerns over cutting off animal migration routes, environmentalists are opposed to border control measures.
Experience taught the importance of examining the row data on which pollsters summaries are based. So, I downloaded the lengthy PDF file entitled Moslem Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream. As all good pollsters, they knew how to control the interpretation of their poll. I started reading. It all seemed straight forward until I came to the following passage:
Imagine how history will sneer at John Edwards (not that he’ll be more than a footnote) for saying in 2007 that it was time for the nation that leads the free world to move past the war on terror. At least Neville Chamberlain acknowledged that Hitler existed before he made “peace” (sic) with him. Would-be President Edwards sees a roaring tiger and says “What tiger?”
“American Idol” is down to two finalists: Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. It is John Boy’s college buddy against the heir to Whitney Houston. The boyish performer with the average voice versus the 17 year-old song bird who sends chills through everyone within earshot of her. Who will win? I know the answer. Trust me…
In the first-ever, nationwide survey of Muslim Americans, the Pew Research Center suggests that 26 percent of the 2.35 million Muslims in the U.S. believe there are circumstances in which suicide bombings are acceptable.
Ahmadinejad and company do not only export terror, they also uses it to terrorize their own people. Indeed, they are equal opportunity terrorizers. They terrorize their own children, women and men. Of course, they have a carte blanch to do it because MSM refuses to cover the atrocities. This is nothing new. After all, MSM covered up the atrocities of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, China during the Cultural Revolution, the Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and the Palestinian Authority. The Pulitzer Prize committee still refuses to rescind the Pulitzer it gave New York Times reporter, Walter Duranty, for carrying out one of the cover ups. Media vigilence stops at Western democracies edge with the price, of course, being paid by the “people of color.” At this moment it the Iranians who are left to the tender mercies of their “elected” madmen. Here are some of the latest examples:
Doesn’t anybody know how to analyze a survey?A new Associated Press poll finds that a record low of only 25 percent of Americans feel the country is “going in the right direction,” primarily because of the war in Iraq, the lack of presidential credibility and the shaky economy.
This guy just doesn’t add up. With this new story about charging $55K to speak on poverty, and the contrast of his hectoring on environmentalism and the evils of the wealthy versus his multi-million dollar house and his hedge fund income, John Edwards is a textbook limousine liberal. Next time the libs you know start up about hypocrisy, remind them about this guy.
Have you ever read through the Craig’s List Missed Connections for your city? The Missed Connections areas of Craig’s List allows one to post in search another who was seen from a distance, or briefly encountered.