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According to the New York Times, a Republican candidate who professes faith as a Christian is just like al-Qaida.

But a Democrat candidate who professes faith as a Christian is tolerant, steadfast and moral.

What bias?

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Global Warming Is Real
April 29th, 2007 6:49 pm

How else do you explain:

1. Temperature increase of about 0.5C since the 1970s,

2. Variations in radiation and temperature across the surface planet that are generating strong winds which can stir up giant dust storms, trapping heat and raising the planet’s temperature,

3. Widespread changes, with some areas becoming darker… and when a surface darkens it absorbs more heat, eventually radiating that heat back to warm the atmosphere,

4. The rapid climate change is happening so fast that the planet could lose its southern ice cap.

Is it human driven or a natural phenomena?

Considering this global warming is occuring on Mars, I doubt we can blame this one on Republicans driving SUVs.

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Coincidentally, it’s cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

The French dislike themselves even more than the Americans dislike them, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

The survey of six nations, carried out for the International Herald Tribune daily and France 24 TV station, said 44 percent of French people thought badly of themselves against 38 percent of U.S. respondents who had a negative view of the French.

But the French needn’t worry… there happens to be a large contingent of self-loathing Americans, too.

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in Philly:

Alerted to an obscure state law banning fortune-telling “for gain or lucre,” the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections is closing storefront psychics, astrologers, phrenologists and tarot-card readers who charge money for their services.

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Misplaced Priorities
April 26th, 2007 7:58 pm

It was bad enough when I heard last week that a memorial stone had been erected for Virginia Tech murderer Seung-Hui Cho.

Now this.

The University of Oklahoma has put up a memorial to a student who died when a homemade bomb exploded near the OU football stadium.

A stone with the name of Joel Hinrichs III was placed outside the OU student union by the student affairs division.

Hinrichs died Oct. 1, 2005, when the bomb he built detonated as he sat on a campus bench near Memorial Stadium while a football game was under way.

We’re erecting memorials to murdering gunmen and suicide bombers on campus while opposing memorials to real heros.

Welcome to “higher” education in America.

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Problem Solved?
April 25th, 2007 4:25 pm

Apparently having solved all other issues on campus, the University of Virginia has passed a resolution apologizing for slavery.

So people who’ve never owned slaves have now apologized to people who’ve never been slaves. Brilliant.

Now I’m ready for somebody who’s never done anything to me to apologize for something I’ve never personally suffered.

I’m waiting…

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First, Don Imus gets run off the air by the professional race-baiters (the result is fine with me, the reason was lame, though), then rumors of CBS possibly dumping Katie Couric, now this

ABC has been unable to come to a contractual agreement with Rosie O’Donnell. As a result, her hosting duties on “The View” will come to an end mid-June.

The airwaves are starting to look better and better everyday.

UPDATE:
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Drudge is touting an interview Alec Baldwin did with Rosie O. for the Friday edition of The View.

He also explained how he wants out of the TV business:

“I have been in the business for over 27 years and I don’t care if I do anything else in TV ever again.”

That makes two of us, Alec.

One source is suggesting Rosie told the studio audience that Baldwin is “leaving the country”… perhaps he’s finally making good on his promise?

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The Religious Effect
April 24th, 2007 3:47 pm

People who attend religious services weekly live longer and have children that are better behaved and adjusted than other children.

Of course, maybe they should’ve qualified which religion.

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Responsible Parenting 101
April 24th, 2007 1:06 pm

Wouldn’t be nice if responsible parenting like this were so common in our country that it didn’t make news?

A father took extreme measures Wednesday to discipline his 14-year-old son, who he claims was abusing drugs.

Because the boy is a minor, 6 News won’t reveal his or his father’s identity.

The boy was forced to wear a large sandwich board sign that said “I abused & sold drugs,” while standing in front of Cedar Bluff Middle School.

“I would like to say that I’m not out here doing this to humiliate my son,’ the dad said. “I’m doing this because I love him. We do have an extreme drug problem in America, and maybe it’s time for extreme measures that parents need to take to monitor this problem that we have.”

The man says he recently learned after reading the boy’s MySpace page his son was involved with marijuana and OxyContin. That’s when he decided to take immediate action.

“Basically he said, ‘Well, I did do the crime and I’m willing to serve the punishment for it,’ and he’s taking it all in stride,” the boy’s father said.

The school’s principal soon came out and asked the father to call it off, which he did.

By that time the boy said he had already learned his lesson. “This is embarrassing. I ain’t going to be doing it again.”

And the boy added, “Drugs are for losers. That’s all I can say.”

Those were the words his dad hoped to hear.

Now how long before the ACLU jumps in to urge the boy to sue his father for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress? 3…. 2…. 1…

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Global warming has obviously become the latest fashion trend for the liberal elite. Limousine liberals keep telling us how we should live, while completely ignoring said advice themselves. It’s either because they can afford the negative consequences of bad treaties like Kyoto or they just don’t buy into their own hype… or both.

Just a few examples:

Sheryl Crow preaches:

“I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.”

I guess it’s a good way to keep people from approaching you autographs.

Sheryl Crow practices (from her performance contract in her nationwide tour):

“Parking as near as possible to stage (but not to be visible or obtrusive to the audience) for 3 tractor trailers, 4 buses, 6 cars.”

How many one-square trips to the can are needed to offset such touring demands?

John Travolta preaches:

I think that everyone can do their bit, but I’m wondering if we have to start thinking about other planets and also domed cities, because I don’t know if there’s a way to repair these holes in the sky.”

John Travolta practices:

If you had residences in California, Florida and Maine, a growing family, and a collection of relatives on the East Coast, plus work that required you to travel great distances, live on location and only get back periodically, you’d probably want a fleet of private vehicles to take some home comforts along with you…

The actor owns a Gulfstream II luxury jet and has had a DC3 Dakota airliner, as well as a Lockheed Constellation. The crown jewel of his air force, however, is his 1964 Boeing 707-138B
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“And we fly in and out a lot. Last year when Johnny was in Tampa, he flew to and from work every day. Each night the kids and I would go out in the golf cart, watch the landing, then bring Johnny to the house while the plane taxied in.” - Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston

In response to criticism, he casually replies:

Despite his concerns, the 53-year-old actor - who owns and flies his own Boeing 707 - doesn’t plan to cut down on his own carbon emissions by flying less.

He said: “The thing is, I use them as a business tool. Maybe aviation will move into not contributing to those factors, but for the next 50 years, at least, that will be a fact.”

And of course, there’s the Godfather of the fashion trend, Al Gore, who preaches:

The world must embrace a “carbon-neutral lifestyle.” To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. “Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb,” warns the Web site for his film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” “We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin.”

..and then practices.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
[…]
In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.
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Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

And thus we see the flaw in Sheryl Crow’s proposal… crap like this will always require more than just one square.

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