Better later than never. I’ve just discovered this documentary. I have not seen it because it is yet to play in my area. But I did punch in my zip code to help the producers argue that there is a demand for it. If you wish to do the same, click here.
Committee Democrats are demanding Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey specifically define whether or not he considers water-boarding “torture” (something Congress itself has refused to do on two occasions) before sending him up to the full Senate for a vote. These partisan hacks want to play games with the word “torture?” Here’s what “tortures” plenty of Americans:
Even as American Jewish groups were championing the Armenian Genocide Resolution, lobbyists from Turkey and Israel relentlessly pressured members of the U.S. House of Representatives to squelch the symbolic bill, which was tabled late last week by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In July Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were sexually abused and brutally murdered by parolees Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who now face the death penalty. The Hawke-Petit family – including husband and father William, who survived the attack – were members of the United Methodist Church in Cheshire, CT, a liberal activist church “where parishioners take to the pulpit to discuss poverty in El Salvador and refugees living in Meriden,” reportsThe New York Times.
I’ve just spent a couple of hours in my backyard with the “Hollywood Rattlesnake Wrangler” — a great guy, Bo Slypapich. Bo is a one-of-a-kind who has hunted down rattlers for everybody from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Brad Garrett and today he came to my house after working for Sally Field.
When Gabe Rivera unveiled his Techmeme Leaderboard a few weeks back, we politically-minded Internet junkies experienced something akin to spending Christmas morning watching another kid open presents. Okay, that’s pushing it. Maybe it’s like comparing your Easter morning haul with a friend who received a Nintendo game, when all you got was chocolate (I’ve forgiven, but never forgotten).
Yes, I really enjoyed playing golf in late October, as though it were July. But you know what? It also felt a little freaky. Should I be enjoying this? Is there some connection between this and the fires I saw burning in California the very next day? I know the answer is complicated.
Last month, New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would reverse a post-9/11 policy by the Pataki administration to deny a driver’s license to anyone who could not prove legal status – immediately prompting at least a dozen county clerks who operate DMV offices as agents of the state to announce they would flout the new rules.
OK, liberals and Democrats care about “the children.” I get it. It’s not that I believe conservatives and Republicans don’t care about children and gobble them up with their three-martini lunches, but I get that liberals and Democrats care.
The Associated Press reports that Al-Qaida sympathizers are furious with Al-Jazeera television for allegedly excerpting Usama bin Laden’s most recent audio tape to take his quotes out of context, creating a false, misleading and inaccurate account of his words and intent.
It would have been fun to eavesdrop on the brainstorming session in which New York’s Board of Regents approved the plan to place 12,000 potential high school dropouts into college classes while they are still in high school. The plan is scheduled to go before legislators and the governor’s budget division where the hefty sum of 100 million dollars will be requested. There are 12,000 students who might qualify for this program - that comes to approximately $8,500 each. Enough to provide a financial incentive to each of these students to remain in high school and graduate. Money better spent than paying a bloated bureacracy to oversee a highly questionable and expensive endeavor.
The school voucher debate in Utah has been a typical fight of big money vs. the public interest, with corporate honchos pouring money into the fight to undermine the public school system. But the voucher supporters have a major liability.
First, our hearts and prayers go out to everybody in Southern California affected by the devastating wildfires. It is heartbreaking to watch our fellow Americans lose their homes and most of their personal possessions. To help, please visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Thousands of Iranians have been detained by the Sharia policy in Iran’s latest “morality” crackdown. Most are quickly released, we are assured. Well, some, like Zahra, a 27 year old medical student end up with a noose around their necks.