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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Mexican Agency suspends plans to give border maps to 'Migrants'
A Mexican government commission said Thursday it has suspended plans to distribute border maps to migrants planning to cross the border illegally, but denied the decision was a response to U.S. criticism.

Miguel Angel Paredes, the spokesman for the federal Human Rights Commission, said the plan would be "rethought" because human rights officials in border states expressed concern that the maps would show anti-immigrant groups - like the so-called Minutemen civilian patrols - where migrants were likely to gather.

The map dispute was the latest diplomatic row involving the U.S.-Mexico border, a sensitive issue between the neighboring nations. U.S. border states are fed up with illegal migration and drug trafficking and are pressuring the U.S. government to do more to protect the border - including a proposal to extend a wall along both countries' common frontier, something Mexico bitterly resents.

Mexico is angry about U.S. civilian groups that have organized patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border, accusing them of carrying out attacks on migrants. However, there is little evidence of that, and the groups seldom - if ever - target water tanks or rescue beacons. One of the most well-known groups, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, placed a link to the maps on its Web site, but did not advocate using them to find illegal migrants.

On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the United States opposes "in the strongest terms" plans to distribute the maps.

Asked if the Mexican decision was a response to U.S. pressure, Paredes said: "No, we are not responding to that ... we have not taken that into account."

The commission, a Mexican government-funded agency with independent powers, originally said it would print and pay for at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert. The posters were to have been distributed in border towns and through human rights offices in Mexico starting in March, when illegal border crossings are usually high.

The commission denied the maps would encourage illegal immigration, saying instead they would help guide those in trouble. Now, the group will "seek other ways" of helping migrants, Paredes said.

The posters were designed by the Tucson, Ariz.,-based rights group Humane Borders, which operates several desert water stations. The group previously distributed about 100 posters in the Mexican border town of Sasabe. Some of the posters have warnings, such as: "Don't go. There isn't enough water." However, officials conceded many migrants were unlikely to heed the advice.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/26/2006 18:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They'll just figure out a way to do this with less publicity.
Posted by: Glong Crirt2729 || 01/26/2006 19:54 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL - power of the blogs and talk-radio - the press didn't ride this into the ground. We did! Shows the power of the alt media. Mexico looks stoooopid and got caught. Expect to hear the less savvy Mexican politicians continue with the Berlin Wall analogy...
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2006 21:50 Comments || Top||


Pork before you talk
PEOPLE who are nervous about public speaking should first have penetrative sex to ease the stress, although masturbation is unlikely to have the same effect, according to an unusual study.
Stuart Brody, a psychologist at Britain's University of Paisley, compared the impact of different sexual activities on blood pressure when a person later undergoes a stressful experience.

Mr Brody asked 24 women and 22 men to keep a diary of their sexual activities for two weeks.

The volunteers then underwent a stressful ordeal that involved making a speech in public and doing mental arithmetic out loud.

The study, to be published in next Saturday's New Scientist, revealed volunteers who had had penetrative sex during the previous week or so had the least stress, and their blood pressure returned to normal fastest after their test.

Penetrative sex was far more effective in this regard than masturbation or oral sex.

Those who had abstained completely from any sexual activity had the highest stress levels and blood pressure of all.

Mr Brody also did a psychological profile of the volunteers to see whether they had an anxious or neurotic character, and evaluated their work stress and satisfaction with their partners.

But even when such factors were taken into account, sexual behaviour was clearly the best explanation for the stress responses.

"The effects are not attributable to the short-term relief afforded by orgasm but, rather, endure for at least a week," Mr Brody told the British science weekly.

He believes that penetrative sex may release a special "pair-bonding" hormone called oxytocin, which accounts for the calming effect.

The research is reported in full in a specialist journal, Biological Psychology.
Posted by: tipper || 01/26/2006 10:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LOL, Tipper. Some coaches will now have to re-think their policy on abstinence before the big game.
Posted by: GK || 01/26/2006 12:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Just to be safe, do it every day. Several times.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 12:15 Comments || Top||

#3  GNC carries a powdered form of oxytocin in vanilla or various fruit flavours which I sprinkle on my corn flakes. The fruit variety is stimulating and you can read the paper or enjoy a cup of koffee as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 13:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Based on the headline, I was thinking "Gitmo".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/26/2006 17:38 Comments || Top||


Hijacker with toy gun shot - BMW driver investigated ?
Durban - A man brandishing a toy gun was shot in both legs when he allegedly attempted to hijack a BMW in Isithebe, north of Durban, on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The 23-year-old allegedly approached a motorist stopped at a traffic light at about 14:00 and pulled a gun from a black plastic bag, spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker said on Thursday. "The 51-year-old driver also drew his personal firearm and opened fire on the suspect, hitting him in both legs."

Naicker said the man was taken to Stanger hospital where he was in a stable condition. Police were investigating a case of attempted hijacking - and one of attempted murder against the motorist.
That makes sense. Not a lot of sense, but sense. Of a sort. Kinda.
Posted by: Creck Ulagum6581 || 01/26/2006 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like a justifiable shooting to me. Let him go!
Posted by: Dar || 01/26/2006 12:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't there an old saying about not bringing a knifetoy gun to a gunfight?
Posted by: Xbalanke || 01/26/2006 13:54 Comments || Top||

#3  It's SA. Victim white, perp black, black is automagicly not guilty. QED it's SA.
Posted by: Sock Puppet O´ Doom || 01/26/2006 17:40 Comments || Top||

#4  More like how SA views property rights.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/26/2006 21:08 Comments || Top||


Japanese police arrest polygamist
Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly threatening to kill a woman who refused to join his harem. Hirohito Shibuya, a 57-year-old unemployed fortune teller, already openly lives with 10 other women in his Tokyo home.
Fortune teller, huh? He should have seen this coming
Kyodo News agency quoted police as saying Mr Shibuya told the woman that she would be made into "mincemeat" if she did not live with him. Mr Shibuya is reported to have denied threatening anyone.
"Lies, all lies!"
He did admit living with a harem, telling public broadcaster NHK: "Yes, we have a polygamous setup in my house."
short pause while I think about a harem of Japanese girls....sigh....now we're back..
It was not clear whether Mr Shibuya was breaking the law in his domestic set-up. Polygamy is illegal in Japan, but Mr Shibuya reportedly married some of the women then later divorced them.
Posted by: Steve || 01/26/2006 07:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Well beyond Alan Greenspan, it's Scwhinn city Ned.
Zimbabwe's inflation hits 585.8%
Zimbabwe's year-on-year inflation rose to 585.8 percent in December from 502.4 percent in November and economists predict that it could even surpass the 1 000 percent mark by mid-2006. The Central Statistical Office (CSO), which released the figures yesterday, said the sharp increase in the inflation rate was fuelled by higher prices for medicines and bicycles, among other things. Due to endemic fuel shortages, many Zimbabweans have resorted to walking or cycling to work, causing a sharp rise in demand for bicycles.

Balance at link. Cheers, Besoeker.
Posted by: Creck Ulagum6581 || 01/26/2006 13:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:


Zimbabwe admits land grabs failed
As wealth redistro schemes usually do.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's regime has confessed that its seizure of white-owned farms has benefited fewer than 10 percent of the black Zimbabweans who were promised new futures as commercial landowners. A land ministry audit laid bare Mugabe's destruction of agriculture, the backbone of Zimbabwe's economy. The scheme has benefited only 4,867 people, while the official target was 50,000.
Leaving 45,133 of Bob's cronies and "war veterans" to seethe, and the rest of the population to starve.
At least one third of the land given to "new farmers" is lying idle at a time when Zimbabwe is suffering food shortages so severe that some three million people need emergency help from the World Food Program. The audit found that nothing is happening on 11 percent, where "no agricultural activity" was recorded. Another 30 percent is classed as "underutilized." Before the onset of the land grab five years ago, about 300,000 black workers lived on white-owned farms. Most were forced to leave and reduced to destitution when their farms were seized. The audit has shown that very few people were resettled in their place. Even taking into account another scheme under which greater numbers of peasant farmers were given land, it seems certain that Mugabe's land grab has displaced more blacks than it has benefited. The relative handful of winners was disproportionately drawn from the regime's senior ranks, with cabinet ministers, generals and judges all helping themselves to land.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 13:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Them land grabs go all right. That plantin shit not so good though...
Posted by: Farmin B. Hard || 01/26/2006 13:58 Comments || Top||

#2  It'll work better next time. Lernin B. Hard is at work on this.
Posted by: 6 || 01/26/2006 17:47 Comments || Top||

#3  # 6

mind 'splain the number? »;-)
Posted by: RD || 01/26/2006 17:51 Comments || Top||


Zim's unwanted 'foreigners'
Posted by: Creck Ulagum6581 || 01/26/2006 08:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Until the Zimbobweans learn that foreigners taste just like chicken...
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 12:53 Comments || Top||


Zimbabwe planning Chinese lessons - but Writin B. Hard
Zimbabwe's government hopes to see Mandarin Chinese taught in universities as the school year starts in February. The plan is part of President Robert Mugabe's "Look East" policy. It is not clear whether Chinese will be a compulsory subject.
Coming soon to your school: Five-Year Plan proving that all students are learning Mandarin right on schedule...
The government is trying to build closer economic links with China amid worsening relations with the West. Education Minister Stan Mudenge said he had held talks with the Chinese authorities on the matter. He said the government wanted to offer a curriculum that would see students from all Zimbabwe's universities taking Chinese to promote tourism and trade between the two countries. "At a recent meeting I held in Paris with my counterpart, the Chinese minister of education, we agreed to intensify our programmes in the field of education, cultural exchange programmes including language training," Mr Mudenge said, quoted by the Zimbabwean newspaper The Standard.

The Zimbabwe National Association of Student Unions criticised the government's plans. "It seems they are trying every political gimmick to lure the Chinese into this country to bankroll their bankrupt regime," the association's president, Washington Katema, told the South African newspaper, The Star. "But they should not do that at the expense of students."

Observers say that offering Chinese to all university students would require many more Chinese advisors teachers to be brought into the country. Investment and tourism revenues from the west have plummeted in recent years, prompting President Robert Mugabe to look increasingly to Asia to try to help prop up his criminal regime his country's troubled economy.
Posted by: Creck Ulagum6581 || 01/26/2006 08:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How can the students learn Mandarin when they can't afford enough food to keep their brains working? Bloody Mugabe nonsense!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2006 10:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I, for one, welcome our new member of the B. Hard family!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 01/26/2006 11:45 Comments || Top||


Britain
Galloway booted from reality show
Big Brother evictee George Galloway branded the widespread condemnation of his time on the reality show as "sanctimonious humbug" today. The Respect Party MP said he was amazed by the level of interest in his 21-day stay inside the celebrity house from both the media and his fellow parliamentarians. The politician became the object of ridicule after he was seen impersonating a cat lapping imaginary milk from the hands of actress Rula Lenska and dancing in a tight red leotard. "They seem to have got it all out of proportion," he told Channel 4's Big Brother's Little Brother.
Posted by: Fred || 01/26/2006 11:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
Killer bulldozers at work at USEMB Havana
Cuba 'blocking' American messages

Cuban bulldozers are digging up an area in front of the US interests section in the capital, Havana. US diplomats say the move is designed to obscure the illuminated messages, mainly on human rights themes, that are being displayed on the building.
President Fidel Castro has described the scrolling messages as a gross provocation, saying he believes the US wants to sever all relations with Cuba. The two countries have not had diplomatic links for 45 years. Surprise

What was once the car park of the US mission in Havana is rapidly turning into a major construction site. Huge cranes have been brought in and teams of builders are working there non-stop. But no-one will say what is being built, not even President Castro.

On Wednesday night, his black Mercedes drew up to the site. He emerged to give the workers a pep talk. American envoys in Havana, he said, were cockroaches. Asked what was being built, he said he did not want to ruin the surprise. As he spoke, the huge US electronic billboard scrolled out its illuminated messages across the building behind him.

One gave news that Palestinians had been voting for the first time in 10 years. Another declared that President Bush believed people had the right to choose how they lived their lives.

The propaganda war between the US and Cuba is nothing new - but this is an escalation. Already Cuba has put up scores of posters in the capital caricaturing President Bush as both a fascist and a vampire. Where this will all end is not clear.

President Castro says he believes the US is intending to break off all relations with Cuba. He also says he does not believe Cuba would lose much if that happened

Finally, some new construction in Cuba. Maybe it's a Starbucks.
Posted by: Creck Ulagum6581 || 01/26/2006 08:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Chinese Locomotives R' Us" store, maybe?
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/26/2006 9:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Where's Rachel Corrie when you need her?
Posted by: Jackal || 01/26/2006 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3  He's listened to the Israelies. He's building a wall. Probably top it with his own electric propaganda signs, too.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/26/2006 11:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Back in the 80's-90's the chicoms did the same thing to the US embassy in Peking. IIRC, it was to minimise our ability to gather sigint on the chicoms, by blocking lines of sight to chicom gov't offices.

From various open sources, I infer the NSA has a habit of using US embassys rather aggressively as listening posts.

I wonder if construction is a similar idea?
Posted by: N guard || 01/26/2006 12:48 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
China to 'strike hard' against rising unrest
China is preparing to "strike hard" against rising public unrest, a senior police official said according to state media on Thursday, highlighting the government's fears for stability even as the economy booms.

An unnamed top official of China's Ministry of Public Security told a Wednesday meeting that China faced a long period of dangerous social discontent, Xinhua news agency said.

"For a considerable time to come, our country will be in a period of pronounced contradictions within the people, high crime rates, and complex struggle against enemies," the official said.

"Contradictions within the people" is a Maoist term used to describe domestic social unrest.

China was suffering many "major sudden incidents" -- a term Chinese officials use to cover riots, protests and accidents -- the official added.

"Unpredictable factors affecting social stability will increase, and trends in protecting social stability don't allow for optimism," said the official.

He also said that "terrorism is a real threat against our country" and urged officers to guard against attacks.

China says that its biggest terrorist threat comes from Xinjiang, the far western region dominated by the largely Muslim Uighur people who share a language and culture similar to Central Asian countries.

Uighur groups have campaigned for independence from China, and a few have had links with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Last week, China's Ministry of Public Security put the total number of "mass incidents" -- riots, demonstrations and smaller protests -- at a total 87,000 last year, up 6.6 percent from 2004.

The latest unusually grim police diagnosis of China's social strains comes less than a week after Premier Wen Jiabao was reported as warning that corrupt land seizures in the countryside were stoking protests and riots.

"Some locales are unlawfully occupying farmers' land and not offering reasonable economic compensation and arrangements for livelihoods, and this is sparking mass incidents in the countryside," Wen said in a speech published on January 20.

Wen said the continued "reckless occupation" of farmland threatened "the stability of the countryside and whole economy and society". He promised stricter land controls and improvements to farmers' rights and income.

HARSH RESPONSE

But the police official promised a harsher and more traditional remedy.

Summoning harsh rhetoric that has languished in recent years while the government promoted "rule of law", the official promised to "strike hard against all sorts of terrorist activities and resolutely protect state security and social stability".

During the 1980s and 1990s, regular "strike hard" campaigns were used to fight crime and threats to order by mobilizing police and courts to catch and quickly try and sentence many thousands of citizens.

In recent years, legal reformers have criticized such campaigns as contrary to China's official embrace of rule of law and human rights.

But on Thursday, a meeting of law and order officials announced a new campaign against the "sabotage activities of cult organizations", Xinhua said in a separate report.

China calls the Falun Gong, a spiritual sect banned in 1999, a "cult" that threatens the government.

The meeting also called on officials to "strictly prevent destructive activities by terrorist forces and domestic and foreign hostile forces and elements," the report said.

Xinjiang authorities arrested more than 18,000 people there for crime, including national security offences, the region's official newspaper said last week.
And a billion Chinese will sit on their hands - for another 6,000 years, while a coupla dozen assholes crack the whip.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Contradictions within the people"

Referred to here simply as "Blue States."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 15:37 Comments || Top||

#2 
How'd this news get past the Google Information Ministry? Who's responsible?? See to it that it not get out in the future!!
Posted by: macofromoc || 01/26/2006 16:56 Comments || Top||


US congressman takes Google to task on China

EFL
Google will be called to task in Washington next month following a controversial decision by the internet search engine to launch a China-based version of its website that will censor results to avoid angering the country’s Communist government.
"How can we make money if we don't sell them the rope?"
The decision by Chris Smith, a Republican congressman from New Jersey who chairs a House subcommittee on Human Rights, to call for a February 16 hearing to examine the operating procedures of US internet companies in China, represents the first signs of what could become a serious backlash against Google and other internet companies in Washington that are perceived as capitulating to the Chinese government.
Good - it won't result in anything except reminding everyone they're a communist dictatorship with human rights abuses, invasions of neighboring countries (Tibet), supporting North Koreas rabid dogs, and causing worldwide proliferation of nuke and non-nuke weapons, oh...and threatening US ally Taiwan every other week..other than that, they'll host the Olympics in 2008 "Year of the Hildabeast"
Mr Smith on Wednesday accused Google of “collaborating .. with persecutors” who imprison and torture Chinese citizens “in the service of truth”.

“It is astounding that Google, whose corporate philosophy is ‘don’t be evil’ would enable evil by cooperating with China’s censorship policies just to make a buck,” he said.

The hearing will also include testimony from Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco and senior State Department officials who advise on China.

F*&king cowards
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why O' Why, would Google want to go Red than Dead! I hope the chicoms reverse engineer that search engine and feed it back to the west and put them out of business. They can then have tea with the Ford exec's!
Posted by: smn || 01/26/2006 3:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Why O' Why, would Google want to go Red than Dead!

Uhh, actually you just answered it right there.
Posted by: Edward Yee || 01/26/2006 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  google = scum....evil money hungry moraless scum.

Don't think I'll ever use any of their services again. Between this and them not helping with the US gov'ts child porn investigation they can go screw themselves. And you can give me all the complete and utter revolting crap about them not being under court order to work with the gov't on it that you want. They have a MORAL obligation to humanity to WANT to work with the gov't on it. Not court order should be required. Every other freakin search company including yahoo, MSN and AOL agreed as soon as they were asked... and imagine it... their corporate mottos aren't even "do no evil".

Seems to me like evil people love to hide behind a facade of righteousness.... wherever you see people in "watch groups" (UN, amnesty international for example) claiming moral superiority as their motto is where you find the scum of the world hiding.
Posted by: Damn_Proud_American || 01/26/2006 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  After Microsoft shut down some Chinese blogs at request of their government and now Google's unprincipled collaboration, I am truly disgusted. Clearly the technogeeks, who are generally fiercely independent and support free speech wholeheartedly, have ceded control to the suits at Google.
Posted by: Dar || 01/26/2006 12:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Ummm, Guys
You're forgetting that the Techno-Geeks are some of the most fiercly independent souls on the planet.

It wouldn't surprise me a nano-bit to learn that after China had spread Google's new software far and wide, that a tiny "Flaw" was discovered rendering all efforts at spying or censoring ineffective (Heh, Heh)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/26/2006 13:59 Comments || Top||

#6  The civilized world should give the Internet death penalty to China, NorK, Saudi, Iran, Myanmar, et al.

It's actually easy to do (and there are multiple avenues to accomplish it) but doing so would require attributes such as courage and integrity among a majority of nations.

So yeah, a non-starter.

Still, regards those not-so-obvious avenues, mebbe we could bribe some Cisco guys who aren't Kool Aid MultiCulti Tranzi Phreaks into sneaking code into the routers... So I'm an incurable optimist, who'da thunk it?
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:13 Comments || Top||


Europe
History calls communists Cromwell to account
Update: link fixed. AoS.
FIFTEEN years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Council of Europe last night became the first international body to condemn crimes against humanity committed by the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and other states.

However, in a vote that was bitterly contested by Russia and Western Europe’s left-wing parties, the 46-nation council failed to raise the two-thirds majority needed to approve a tougher resolution by a Swedish MP that called on former communist states to teach the truth about their former regimes and create days of remembrance.

The council assembly, which includes MPs from all former European communist states except Belarus, voted by simple majority for a motion deploring that there had never been an international inquiry on the “crimes committed in these states”.

“These have never been condemned by the international community as have been the horrible crimes committed in the name of (German) National Socialism”, said Göran Lindblad, a Swedish conservative MP. The failure to win the broader motion underlined the misgivings among parliamentarians over the wisdom of revisiting painful history and issuing blanket condemnations. The council was founded after the Second World War to protect human rights and the rule of law. The case made by conservatives for putting Stalin on a par with Hitler has fuelled a furious dispute in recent years in France, Greece and other Western European states where Marxist doctrines and communist parties enjoy strong sympathies. A Russian opinion poll last month suggested that 42 per cent of Russians believed that Stalin had played a positive role in their country.

MPs from Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria and other former Soviet satellite states gave emotional backing to the vote. Russian MPs relayed the anger in Moscow over what is seen as a hostile act aimed at isolating their country and opening the way to lawsuits.

Natalia Narochnitskaya, deputy chief of the Duma’s foreign affairs committee, said that Europe should be denouncing the terror of the French Revolution. She added: “Oliver Cromwell has never been denounced.”

Sounds like someone is angling for the chairmanship of the European Commission on Cromwell Denunciation. There is a tally of all the various categories of victims of modern European ideologies at the end of the article.


Posted by: ryuge || 01/26/2006 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One of the (many) reasons I can't take the ICC and similar bodies seriously is that we have never had a "Nuremburg trial" for former Communist nations.(Milosevic didn't get in trouble until he became an atavistic Serb nationalist)

If the "international community" wants to blather about the need for "justice" they would have done well to start there.
Posted by: Phavise Slineque7310 || 01/26/2006 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  How about Pappenheim and Tilly? And don't forget the Goths, Vandals and Visigoths.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  ryuge - The Linky thingy is empty.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  And the final end of Cromwell doesn't constitute denunciation?

Over six days in 1660, at the Restoration of Charles II, nine of those convicted of the regicide of Charles I in 1649 were hanged, drawn and quartered in London. Three more would suffer the same fate within two years. Additionally, the corpses of Oliver Cromwell, John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton were disinterred and hanged, drawn and quartered in posthumous executions for their involvement in the regicide.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Sorry! Here's the link:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2010125,00.html
Posted by: ryuge || 01/26/2006 13:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Thx, ryuge!
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:00 Comments || Top||


EU Bans Homophobia
Ohfergawdsake.
The European Parliament adopted a joint resolution Wednesday against homophobia that LGBT activists cheered as an important step of progress in Europe.
And we've had it with those claustrophobes, too! Out of the closet, you!
As long as we're banning phobias, I'm calling for an end to hydrophobia as well.
The resolution, titled Homophobia in Europe, was tabled by five political parties and passed by a 469-149 vote with 41 abstentions.
Well done, unelected, unaccountable MEPs. Your day's work is done. Have the taxpayers take you out for a nice long lunch. You've certainly earned it.
The long measure defines "homophobia" as "an irrational fear and aversion of homosexuality and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people based on prejudice, similar to racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism." It calls on member states to take action "in the fight against homophobia, sexual orientation discrimination and to promote and implement the principle of equality in their society and legal order." The officers of the Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights praised the resolution, and called on EU Justice Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini to act on it. "I am extremely pleased that the E.P. gives such a strong and clear signal that we will not acquiesce to a climate of hatred and intolerance," said Sophie in't Veld, vice president of the Intergroup.
"Now get out there and make some white trash yobbos really really sorry."
"Even in the U.K., where enormous advances have been made, a young man was kicked to death just before Christmas for no other reason than he was homosexual. If the E.U. does nothing, it is party to every single blow that was rained upon that individual and other men like him and on gay women across the E.U.," said Michael Cashman, the Intergroup's president.
What's the over/under on the coming ban on Islamophobia?
Posted by: Faith || 01/26/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From what I understand of Sweden, this will cover even disapproval without hatred.
Posted by: Korora || 01/26/2006 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  gonna enforce this in the Islamic ghettos neighborhoods? If not, then STFU, cowards
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2006 0:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Frank has got it!
Posted by: 3dc || 01/26/2006 0:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Oh yea, come and get me...

The homophobic Captain America
Posted by: Captain America || 01/26/2006 0:31 Comments || Top||

#5  I abstane, or is that abstent? Whatever. (Nice flag, Faith.) "I'm against hydrophobia too," said Sophi in't Veld, VP Intergrophobia.
Posted by: Inspector Clueso || 01/26/2006 0:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Ohfergawdsake.

wot she said.
Posted by: RD || 01/26/2006 1:42 Comments || Top||

#7  When will they do something really useful like ban bureaucracy?
Posted by: 3dc || 01/26/2006 3:23 Comments || Top||

#8  If they battle it like they battle anti-Semitism, then it's not worth the paper it's printed on, Michael & Sophie.

Posted by: Desert Blondie || 01/26/2006 7:17 Comments || Top||

#9 
EU Adopts Brokeback Politics and Bans Homophobia
Brussels Sprouts New PC Weapon

Posted by: Hildabeasti || 01/26/2006 8:12 Comments || Top||

#10  If they battle it like they battle anti-Semitism, then it's not worth the paper it's printed on, Michael & Sophie.

If they battle it like the battle anti-Semitism, then gays are in serious danger in Europe.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 01/26/2006 8:56 Comments || Top||

#11  Along with "homophobia," let's ban "vampirism," "lycanthropy," and other mythical diseases.
Posted by: Jackal || 01/26/2006 9:31 Comments || Top||

#12  Gee, now they wish to ban an "irrational" fear.

Maybe they should move to ban instinctual fears next.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/26/2006 9:48 Comments || Top||

#13  Irrational laws for irrational people.
Posted by: BH || 01/26/2006 10:53 Comments || Top||

#14  This is another step toward total regulation of free speach in Europe. Think about it.
Posted by: Secret Master || 01/26/2006 11:13 Comments || Top||

#15  "... LGBT activists cheered as an important step of progress in Europe"

Yaayyyeeeeee were Gaayyyeeeeee!
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/26/2006 11:44 Comments || Top||

#16  What's next? Mandatory Gay/Lesbian acts after watching episodes of the L-word and Brokeback Mountain? It will help us breeder types understand homos? When I entered the military homos were banned, after a while it was optional, and I left before it became mandatory! I am going to start the first chapter of “Straight, Talkers, and Underrepresented Dudes” or STUDs. We will meet in Hooters each week (with the churches blessing) and make up names for female body parts. With your help we can keep heterosexuality alive and kicking. Who’s with me?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/26/2006 12:13 Comments || Top||

#17  ROFL, CS!!!

I'm there, lol.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 12:16 Comments || Top||

#18  I wonder if the ban extends to GAY COCKROACHES?
Posted by: Spin Boldak || 01/26/2006 12:26 Comments || Top||

#19  We will meet in Hooters each week (with the churches blessing) and make up names for female body parts. With your help we can keep heterosexuality alive and kicking.

Sarge: Mothballed breeders invited as well? I'll need an 8 digit grid on that Hooters? I'm not keen on the anatomic renaming scheme, (too much to remember). I'll be happy to look on however, eat some wings and enjoy an adult beverage or two.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 15:14 Comments || Top||

#20  We could cue this up on the juke box and play hard to get. ;-)
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:19 Comments || Top||

#21  The primary goal of STUDs is to promote the heterosexual lifestyle. We are not saying you have to engage in that activity, just support those that make the CHOICE. I also want to let it be known that will not discriminate against women. They are free to join that auxiliary wing as a Studette and may be pressed into service at meetings. I mean while were are at Hooters we might need them to pass the wings, fries, or get more napkins while the Hooters girls are otherwise engaged (getting us beer, wings, fries, etc). All Hooters girls get automatic membership as a Studette and need not carry a membership card of wear the Studette uniform. Follow this link for acceptable uniform standards. Also we will not discriminate against anyone based race, creed, national origin, or political party. We are a Big Tent organization were Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, Hindus, etc can express openly that they are and forever will be Heterosexual without fear. The only caveat to this rule is that Ted Kennedy is not welcome at any function, this for the safety of the Hooters girls and the Studettes that may mistakenly accept a ride home with him. We just can’t live with the liability.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/26/2006 16:28 Comments || Top||

#22  Oh baby, CS, you just stepped in it big time, lol.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 16:30 Comments || Top||

#23  "Homophobia is illegal in Europe, do you hear me? ILLEGAL! You will embrace diversity, and you will like it! WE HAVE WAYS OF MAKING YOU TOLERANT! Now get in that theatre and sit through a full showing of Barebutt Mounting without averting your eyes, or the consequences will be most unpleasant."
Posted by: Mike || 01/26/2006 16:40 Comments || Top||

#24  "I demand an immediate ban on acrophobia!"

--Peter Parker
Posted by: Mike || 01/26/2006 16:41 Comments || Top||

#25  Phobophobia - an irrational fear of irrational fear. European Parliament, you are guilty of it. Now stop it.
Posted by: BH || 01/26/2006 17:13 Comments || Top||

#26  Dammit I get this again, even with my impekable cred.....

Nothing to see here.

Move along... Move along...
Posted by: 6 || 01/26/2006 17:54 Comments || Top||

#27  CS, We know you're from the Bay Area. So, I'd be careful with that STUD idea. Been there, done that, got the chaps.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 17:58 Comments || Top||

#28  "...got the chaps."

ROFL! *snort*

Gawd I'd hate to be SFPD...
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 18:08 Comments || Top||

#29  I think you'll find that homophobia is illegal in Europe unless it's Islamic homophobia. Hence, Iqbal Sacranie gets a free pass to say that homosexuality "is unacceptable." Don't try this if you're an Infidel though.
Posted by: safi || 01/26/2006 20:01 Comments || Top||


Great White North
Canada Reasserts Arctic Sovereignty
Canada's next prime minister used his first news conference Thursday to tell the United States to mind its own business when it comes to territorial rights in the Arctic North.

Testing the notion that he would kowtow to the Bush administration, Stephen Harper, whose Conservative Party won general elections on Monday, said he would stand by a campaign pledge to increase Canada's military presence in the Arctic and put three military icebreakers in the frigid waters of the Northwest Passage.

U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins had criticized the plan Wednesday, describing the Arctic passage as "neutral waters."

"There's no reason to create a problem that doesn't exist," Wilkins said during a panel discussion at the University of Western Ontario, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters. Most other countries do not recognize their claim."

No reporter brought up the U.S. ambassador's views Thursday, but Harper said he wanted to comment on them.

"The United States defends its sovereignty; the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty," Harper said. "It is the Canadian people that we get our mandate from, not the ambassador of the United States."

Harper's surprising salvo was likely intended as a message to those in the Bush administration who might be cheering the election of a Conservative government and view Harper as a pushover when it comes to prickly U.S.-Canadian relations.

Arctic sovereignty has been a sensitive subject for decades, with U.S. Navy submarines and ships entering northern waters without asking permission. Ottawa has generally turned a blind eye to the United States' sending ships through the area. Canadian media reported last month that a U.S. nuclear submarine traveled secretly through Canadian Arctic waters in November on its way to the North Pole.

The Northwest Passage runs from the Atlantic through the Arctic to the Pacific.

Global warming is melting the passage — which is only navigable during a slim window in the summer — and exposing unexplored fishing stocks and an attractive shipping route. Commercial ships can shave off some 2,480 miles from the trip from Europe to Asia compared with the current routes through the Panama Canal.

Harper said during a campaign speech in December he would dramatically increase Canada's military presence in the Arctic North. He intends to construct and deploy three new armed icebreaking ships and construct a $1.7 billion deep-water port and an underwater network of "listening posts."

"The single most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our national sovereignty," Harper said in the December speech. "There are new and disturbing reports of American nuclear submarines passing though Canadian waters without obtaining the permission of, or even notifying, the Canadian government."

Harper has not said whether he would order military action if the ships or port detected an unauthorized submarine in Arctic waters.

Harper, meanwhile, said he had a friendly conversation with President Bush on Wednesday but had not fixed a date for their first meeting. He said he had also received calls from other major allies, including Mexican President Vicente Fox, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
Posted by: Seafarious || 01/26/2006 18:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [855 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Asserting' your sovereignty is one thing. Assuring it is quite another. Nations don't maintain their integrity by asking others to stay out.
Posted by: BH || 01/26/2006 18:36 Comments || Top||

#2  He's gotta break the US puppet look the Canadian left slammed on him. I wouldn’t sweat it, we may put on a small act like it’s a big deal and maybe at the end of the day we have to covertly let the Canucs know we are passing through.

The good part is if he can get the left to bite on "The single most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our national sovereignty," part it wont be much of a leap to make that “protect” part include BMD and early detection radars.

Not to mention we got Alaska a third of any pass so in the end if relations go south neither will get to play without the other’s permition of access.
Posted by: C-Low || 01/26/2006 20:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Bah: this is less a shot across our bow than the first vigorous shake of the Canadian Money Tree on behalf of a virtually non-existent military. We've been wishing for a Canada that punches above its weight militarily, and that won't happen until they get a military that gives us pause.

Any thing less wouldn't be worth piss in a pot.

Anything less would be positively FRENCH.
Posted by: Ptah || 01/26/2006 21:44 Comments || Top||

#4  welcome the same aggressive attitude in enforcing their immigration policies and *ahem* perhaps arming their law enforcement....

perhaps also in rescinding arms restrictions on the people?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2006 22:30 Comments || Top||


Canadian Conservatives Vow to Give Border Guards Arms
Edited for brevity.
Steve Janke at Angry in the Great White North reports that the Canadian studies of border issues were routinely vetted by Liberal officials and all recommendations for arming the border guards were removed.
A prominent member of Canada's incoming Conservative government said Wednesday the party will stand behind its promise to arm border guards, a day after guards fled their posts because two murder suspects were heading for the border from California. Vic Toews, who will soon be a part of the government after serving as Canada's justice critic in opposition, said he did not relish the sight of Canadian border guards leaving their posts as gunmen approached. "It's simply a practical matter of how soon these officers can be trained and the firearms issued to them," he told The Canadian Press. "That's our commitment and I trust our minister will do exactly that."

Toews suggested Canada should be embarrassed by the incident. "I think it does nothing for our national image. I find it very disturbing that our officers felt compelled to leave because of this threat to their personal safety," he said. "I understand their concerns very well and don't fault them. What surprises me is that the former government refused to properly equip our officers."

The Canadian side of the U.S.-Canada border is monitored by the 4,500-member Canada Border Services Agency, supplemented in some posts by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local police departments. Border guards are supposed to allow anyone suspected of being armed and dangerous into Canada and then call police.

A vice president of the union that represents border guards said he was pleased by Toews' statements.
Posted by: Dar || 01/26/2006 16:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't blame the CBSA, they'll at least live to fight another day. I'd be a hoof'n it TOO! Violates the cardinal rule of the Yukon, "never take a torch to a gunfight."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 16:54 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Kelo Fallout: BB&T says 'no loans' to developers
Hat tip: Volokh Conspiracy. Edited for brevity.
BB&T, the nation’s ninth largest financial holdings company with $109.2 billion in assets, announced today that it “will not lend to commercial developers that plan to build condominiums, shopping malls and other private projects on land taken from private citizens by government entities using eminent domain.”

In a press release issued today by the bank, BB&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Allison, said, “The idea that a citizen’s property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided, in fact it’s just plain wrong. One of the most basic rights of every citizen is to keep what they own. As an institution dedicated to helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security, we won’t help any entity or company that would undermine that mission and threaten the hard-earned American dream of property ownership.”
Thank God somebody who runs the occasional giant company values liberty over profit--unlike Cisco, Microsoft, and Google!
Posted by: Dar || 01/26/2006 18:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Canadian Border Guards abandon posts - Flee for their lives
And I thought we had a wide open border here in the U.S.

BELLINGHAM - One of two men sought in a California homicide was ordered held on $2 million bail Wednesday, while the other was released from St. Joseph Hospital and booked into jail following a car chase that ended in gunfire at the U.S.-Canada border.

Authorities arrested Jose Antonio Barajas, 22, of Mexico, and Ishtiaq Hussain, 38, of Pakistan, on Tuesday after they allegedly sped away from a Whatcom County sheriff's deputy at 100 mph, drove through a spike strip designed to flatten their tires, failed to stop at a border checkpoint and tore through Peace Arch Park.

About 20 Canadian border guards, who are unarmed, fled for safety on Tuesday, an official of the union representing the guards said Wednesday.

A
Heavily armed
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent fired his gun, hitting Hussain, and a sheriff's deputy blocked the fleeing vehicle with his squad car. The Peace Arch border crossing was closed for more than 10 hours Tuesday, although traffic was diverted to another nearby crossing.

A prominent member of Canada's incoming Conservative government said Wednesday the party will stand behind its promise to arm the country's border guards.
After all... what good are unarmed border guards? Particulary guarding a border with armed civilians?
Vic Toews, who will soon be a part of the government after serving as Canada's justice critic in opposition, said he did not relish the sight of Canadian border guards leaving their posts.
Kind of sends the wrong message...
Paula Shore, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency, confirmed late Tuesday that an unspecified number of guards abandoned their posts at several crossings along the British Columbia border when they heard the wanted men were coming their way.

"A few officers exercised their right to refuse to work because of what they perceived as imminent danger," Shore said. Under Canada's labor code, "any worker has the right to refuse to work if they feel they are in imminent danger," she said, adding managers took over for the guards.

Steve Pellerin-Fowlie, a vice president of the Customs Excise Union, which represents Canada's border guards, told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that about 20 guards were involved.

He welcomed the suggestion that the guards be armed.

"What we've been calling for for years is the tools that will provide the maximum amount of safety possible," he said.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/26/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Training wiht MP45s' and the purchase of vests for the lot of them.
Posted by: Sock Puppet O´ Doom || 01/26/2006 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Under Canada's labor code, "any worker has the right to refuse to work if they feel they are in imminent danger,"...

Whaaaaa? Cops, too? And firemen?
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 01/26/2006 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Oct. 7, 1969, Montreal police and firemen walked off the job in an illegal strike, resulting in a 16 hour wave of crime and violence.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/26/2006 1:27 Comments || Top||

#4  You got the point, but are missing the important questions boys. A Mexican and a Pak. Now how would they get together?

I also wonder who got wacked in CA?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/26/2006 2:49 Comments || Top||

#5  If the Canadians are just going to let the perpetrators come on in; they should atleast provide them with flights to get back home(forced extradition)! Case closed.
Posted by: smn || 01/26/2006 3:15 Comments || Top||

#6 

The perps, Barajas and Hussain, were sought in connection with the murder of a guy named Ashok Malhorta, a taxi driver in SF, CA. Cops say all three men were "acquainted".

I think this is sad: Unarmed Canadian border guards in 2006. Time to wake up Hosers.
Posted by: Mark Z || 01/26/2006 6:30 Comments || Top||

#7  It seems our American cousins can't see beyond the barrel of a gun.

Border posts are usually in close proximity to RCMP detachments. Once the guards left in protest, the managers called the RCMP. Problem solved.

As to the labour code, it's more precise to say that a worker can't be fired if he stops working for reasons of safety. And yes it also applies to cops, firemen, etc, but in these fields it would be kind of tough to prove that danger "does not come with the job". All cases are investigated by the labour board, and it is they who decide what is safe or nor for a particular job.

That's what happened here. The guards stopped working because they deemed it unsafe. It was done in protest, but they do have a point, and the labour board would probably not disagree.
Posted by: Rafael || 01/26/2006 7:41 Comments || Top||

#8  It seems Rafael, that you prefer dhimmitude and letting criminals walk all over you. I prefer having the option of ending said thug's pittiful life before he ends mine and having the border guards and the police having the same option.

An armed society is a polite society - John Adams
Posted by: mmurray821 || 01/26/2006 9:29 Comments || Top||

#9  In that case they are not 'Guards' but 'Babysitters' or 'Observers'.

At least that is what the Canadian government regulates them to.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/26/2006 9:36 Comments || Top||

#10  I think what Rafaei is saying is that since the guards are unarmed it would not be prudent to stay around while two armed men who have already killed come through. However, haveing ti call on the RCMP seems a bit too late. How long does it take the RCMP to get to a crossing? Gotta be a better way.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/26/2006 11:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Rafael represents the interests of victims everywhere who would rather have someone to blame than the ability to deal with a problem themselves. That's a key to the Red/Blue split in the David Warren column.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 11:08 Comments || Top||

#12  Think about it for a minute Nimble. If you were a border guard and were denied any means to defend yourself and a couple of desparados were coming through what would you do. What I'm saying is don't blame the guards, blame the Canadian Government for a stupid policy.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/26/2006 12:12 Comments || Top||

#13  LOL. Yeah, whatever. Arming border guards is inconsequential to the overall problem of border security between Canada and the US. It's a really, really, really small issue. You guys are screaming about guns, yet there are far greater holes in North American border security in general. And in these instances, guns wouldn't be of much help. Guns only prevent the odd case like we saw the other day...what, maybe once in 5 years. Keep in mind, we are talking about urban border crossings. Rural areas are altogether a different story.

This is a big issue for the guards, however, and as I said yesterday, these guards should be armed for their personal protection.

I think what Rafaei is saying is that since the guards are unarmed it would not be prudent to stay around while two armed men who have already killed come through.

I'm not going to second guess the guards. They know their job better than I do.

However, haveing ti call on the RCMP seems a bit too late.

The RCMP would have been called regardless of whether the guards are armed or not. There is no guarantee that armed guards would have been able to stop anyone, thereby necessitating a call to the RCMP. What we are really talking about then, is not a problem of unarmed guards, but staffing levels.

In that case they are not 'Guards' but 'Babysitters' or 'Observers'.

Come to the border, make a wisecrack like that, and then see whether they're just observers or babysitters. Come on, I triple dare you.

It seems Rafael, that you prefer dhimmitude and letting criminals walk all over you.

No, I'm not a socialist, even though I live in a socialist country. You, on the other hand, prefer to focus on the relatively tiny aspects, all the while ignoring that elephant in the room.
Posted by: Rafael || 01/26/2006 12:36 Comments || Top||

#14  ...inadequate staffing levels, that is.
Posted by: Rafael || 01/26/2006 12:46 Comments || Top||

#15  A Mexican and a Pakistani? Despite this incident, maybe we should be focusing on our SOUTHERN border first.
Posted by: Dar || 01/26/2006 12:52 Comments || Top||

#16  In that case they are not 'Guards' but 'Babysitters' or 'Observers'.

Come to the border, make a wisecrack like that, and then see whether they're just observers or babysitters. Come on, I triple dare you.


I have. They just gave me a raised eyebrow.
I missed your post yesterday about giving guard protection is seems. I apologize for miss the context of the whole conversation.
However, I do not miss the elephant in the room. I have two canuks I hang around with and they both would never go back to the country of their birth because of the fuck up the socialst government has made. They love their country, just hate the socialism. Canada is a country with a proud history that seems to be trying to jump off the cliff civilization death along with western europe, much like our liberal party is trying to do to the US.
Posted by: mmurray821 || 01/26/2006 13:37 Comments || Top||

#17  Come to the border, make a wisecrack like that, and then see whether they're just observers or babysitters. Come on, I triple dare you.

Looks like Jose and Ishtiaq already did :)

Notice I said that is what the Canadian government regulates them to.

I've been to Canada twice over the past two months (but not crossing at the Peace Arch but a nearby less-busy crossing) and I respect the Canadian Border guards - but I don't respect a government who 'guards' their border with unarmed 'guards' - particulary when guns are easily (and legally) obtainable on the other side of the border (U.S.).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/26/2006 15:49 Comments || Top||

#18  #15 A Mexican and a Pakistani? Despite this incident, maybe we should be focusing on our SOUTHERN border first.
Posted by: Dar 2006-01-26 12:52


A Pakistani and a Mexican walk into a bar, the bartender says, "Hey! Whadja do with the guards!?"

Cracks me up everytime I hear it.
Posted by: Almost Anonymous5839 || 01/26/2006 16:48 Comments || Top||

#19  two points.

1) If they got a gun and you don't, haul ass - anything else is pimping for a Darwin Award

2) if your job is to enforce law, you damn well better be armed - anything else also raises the odds of removing yourself from the gene pool.


Bottom line is I don't blame them for splitting - I do blame whomever put them in that position unarmed.
Posted by: Unolet Shitle7946 || 01/26/2006 17:20 Comments || Top||

#20  Will there be further fallout? The capture of the criminals was made on Canadian soil albeit in an cross-border park to which the US contributes upkeep. International organizations - except where the US and Israel are involved - respect the right to violate sovereignty in hot pursuit. If the ACLU sticks its nose in, then who knows where that will go. For the record: the shots fired were directed toward the US, and fired from the US side. And one hit its target. I like the use of SUVs by Border Officers. Crown Vics and Impalas can't ram a large vehicle with any effect. Good work!
Posted by: Hupith Glong7549 || 01/26/2006 17:35 Comments || Top||

#21  Steve Janke at "Angry in the Great White North" blog is posting about the internal Canadian border secrity studies. The Liberals erased every recommendation to arm the border guards, over the objection of the BG union. The incoming Tories plan to arm the guards, let's see how that plan plays out.
Posted by: Seafarious || 01/26/2006 17:38 Comments || Top||

#22  DB, I made no observation about the guards rather about the Canadian and Blue State proclivity to seek victim status. I doubt that any of us, unarmed, would have done differently than they. What we would do differently is accept being unarmed in such a job.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 17:53 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
2 Tons of Pot Found in Border Tunnel
Authorities said they discovered more than 2 tons of marijuana in a cross-border tunnel that began near the Tijuana airport and ended inside a warehouse on the U.S. side.

The 2,400-feet long passageway is longer than most of the 21 cross- border tunnels that have been discovered since authorities began keeping track after the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

"It was like being in a cavern or a cave," said Michael Unzueta, customs special agent in charge in San Diego.

The tunnel's discovery prompted the U.S. Attorney's office in San Diego to open a criminal investigation, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mexican authorities found the entrance about 100 yards south of the border on Tuesday, and officers on the U.S. side found the exit Wednesday. Mexican officials allowed reporters and photographers, including an Associated Press photographer, into the tunnel late Wednesday.

The tunnel was about five feet wide and high enough for an adult to stand inside, had a cement floor, and lights mounted on one of the hard soil walls. It was equipped with a pulley system on the Mexican side.

Four tunnels have been discovered this month in the Tijuana-San Diego area, including more primitive tunnel that was also found Wednesday when a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle struck a sinkhole.
The Sammy Dago & UCSD dopers are sure gonna be unhappy...
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [713 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bush's call for Congress to enact a temporary-worker weed program is especially contentious within the GOP. The president's proposal would allow foreign weed workers to enter the country for a fixed period -- most likely three years .........
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 15:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's see, daily/nightly attempts to sneak across the border, drug running, incursions by what appears to be the Mexican military, lack of Mexican government cooperation in HALTING illegal immigration by its citizens, shots being fired on occasion, and tunnels.

Sounds like there's a little problem that needs addressing, and not by instituting a guest worker program either.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 01/26/2006 15:48 Comments || Top||

#3  At least they don't send (yet) suicide boomers Bomb-a-rama.
Posted by: gromgoru || 01/26/2006 15:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Sweet Jesus, that's a whole lotta tokes over the line!
Posted by: BH || 01/26/2006 15:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Question BH, exactly how many Fat Boys would that be through the tunnel?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 15:59 Comments || Top||

#6  That would be about, um, let's see... carry the one... check out this leaf, it's weird-looking... um, you got anything to eat?
Posted by: BH || 01/26/2006 16:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Whahahhahaaa..... Would make a great book title, Close Quarter Contact Highs by Tunneling B. Easy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 16:13 Comments || Top||

#8  "Dave's not here!"
Posted by: ExtremeModerate || 01/26/2006 16:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Being a Californian who has smoked my share, this is what I think Arnold should do.

Make it that all marijuana sold to medicinal outlets in CA has to be certified as grown in Ca. That way, all that money stays in state, with the added advantage that it decouples any insinuations of interstate commerce, which Congress can legislate on.
Posted by: Penguin || 01/26/2006 17:09 Comments || Top||

#10  How can Homeland Defense be Homeland Defense when it will not police the borders?

Return the tax dollars for this joke of an agency.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/26/2006 18:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Wow, like, a pot tunnel, dude. I can dig it!
Posted by: Mike || 01/26/2006 22:03 Comments || Top||

#12  a cavern or a cave?? Jeebus - on the local news it was barely big enough to crawl through - you couldn't stand up....
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2006 22:41 Comments || Top||


Bank to Deny Loans if Land Was Seized
BB&T, the nation's ninth-largest financial holding company, announced yesterday that it would deny loans to developers building shopping malls and other private projects on land acquired through eminent domain.

"The idea that a citizen's property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided — in fact, it's just plain wrong," John A. Allison, the chairman and chief executive of the bank, said in a statement. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T has more than 1,400 branches, mainly in the Southeast.

BB&T is believed to be the first bank to have made public such a policy in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last June that set off a firestorm across the nation and led to bills in Congress and in more than two dozen states. The decision upheld the right of officials in New London, Conn., to condemn homes and businesses to increase the tax base of one of the state's poorest cities.

W. Kendall Chalk, an officer for the bank, described the move in a telephone interview as more a matter of principle than a decision with practical consequences for the bank. He said the bank recently turned down a loan for a private project that would have involved the forced sale of unoccupied land but that such loan requests had been rare.

"Historically, eminent domain has been used very judiciously in the states in which we operate," he said, adding that its use had generally been limited to roads and other public-works projects. He said the bank did not operate in Louisiana, where eminent domain is likely to be used in the rebuilding of New Orleans.

But in the bank's view, Mr. Chalk said, the Supreme Court "opened the door wider," making broader use of condemnation powers more likely. "We thought it was just timely to let people know how we feel," he said. "We are a very values-driven, principled organization."

Officials at the Institute for Justice, a property-rights group based in Arlington, Va., that has led the fight against eminent domain, welcomed the announcement but said it came as a surprise.

"It's going to set an example and encourage other banks and hopefully developers to say they will not take advantage of the government's power of eminent domain to force people out of their homes and businesses," said Dana Berliner. "It's the right thing to do, and it also makes sense as a business decision. These projects are so wildly unpopular, they're going to encounter political opposition and maybe litigation, and they often don't work anyway."

But Maureen L. McAvey, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a developers' organization based in Washington, said that it was odd that a bank would not want to judge each case on its merits to see if the forced sale of property was justified.

"It's curious that a major financial institution would choose to be both judge and jury," she said. "Many projects that use eminent domain are very important for the entire community."

The New York Times Company used eminent domain to acquire the land for its new headquarters under construction in Midtown.
Why am I not surprised.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 03:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course this means taxpayer money should be used for loaning to businesses to build on lands seized by eminent domain.
sarc
Side note: flood control and disaster recovery are generally appropriate applications for using eminent domain.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/26/2006 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  But Maureen L. McAvey, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a developers' organization based in Washington, said that it was odd that a bank would not want to judge each case on its merits to see if the forced sale of property was justified.

Based in Washington eh? Kinda high priced area for your ULI effort ain't it Maureen. An "odd" place to set up camp for such a worthy organization.


Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2006 8:04 Comments || Top||

#3  But....it's a corporation! How could they have ethics?
Posted by: Desert Blondie || 01/26/2006 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  How could they have ethics?

They don't. Just a good marketing department.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  "It's curious that a major financial institution would choose to be both judge and jury"

Not judge and jury, kiddo - they're not connected to the Gubmint. Just business men making a business decision: That if these gubmint yahoos will steal from you via ED perversions, they'll steal from me somehow. So fuck 'em from the get-go.
Posted by: mojo || 01/26/2006 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  "They don't. Just a good marketing department."

Unless the idea spreads... and it just might. I'll happily say that I don't much care about their motivations, if their actions yield good results. More, please.
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 12:18 Comments || Top||

#7  It should spread. It's good marketing, but it's not ethics. Ethics is when you do something not in your self interest because it's consistent with a moral code that guides your actions. This is clearly in the bank's self interest.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 15:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Gosh, didn't know that, NS!

It must be my choice of graphic that's bugging you. As I said, I don't actually give a rat fuck about their motivations. The effect, that which actually matters in the real world, is positive. If it's a win-win, fine.

:-)
Posted by: .com || 01/26/2006 15:46 Comments || Top||

#9  Actually its probably real strategic thinking. They know with the change in population on the SCOTUS, someone is going to challenge in court the acquisition in this manner of land again. And good betting would be that the court is going to find that it overreached itself. That means any investment would be tied up in court proceedings for years which could be bringing a better return on investment elsewhere in the market. And if they gamble and lose, the harmed party has claim to not just the costs of the case and the return of the land, but can expect to go before a jury demanding 'pain and suffering'. Yeah, big mean bankers and investors are the 'victim', that'll sell. Anyone worth his fiducial responsibility won't touch these things.
Posted by: Whase Omolusing4354 || 01/26/2006 17:40 Comments || Top||

#10  It's both ethics and marketing.

Allison, the chairman of that bank, has been requiring for many many years a focus on values (such as reason and profit) and virtues (such as honesty, integrity, and productivity) in the company.

NS you are dead-wrong in asserting that ethics is only involved when one is not acting in one's self-interest. You're following Kant and his minions, but Kant's ethics is not the only game in town.
Posted by: Kalle (kafir forever) || 01/26/2006 20:19 Comments || Top||

#11  I should have linked to Manny.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/26/2006 20:33 Comments || Top||

#12  Whase - my thoughts exactly!
Posted by: 2b || 01/26/2006 21:27 Comments || Top||

#13  Bravo to BB and T: I bank there and never had a problem with them which, when it comes to banks, is a good thing.
Posted by: Ptah || 01/26/2006 21:30 Comments || Top||



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