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All Men are Created Equal… Unless They Work for the Government

Thanks to the new Bush appointments to the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, government employees are no longer granted the right to free speech.

The Supreme Court declared today, in a ruling affecting millions of government employees, that the Constitution does not always protect their free-speech rights for what they say on the job.

For years the truth of scandals and cover-ups have been leaked by public officials to the people of this country through the news media. Between illegal wire taps and restricted public workers a corrupt government (God forbid we have it one day) could get away with anything.

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Civil Liberties | 2 Comments

Nancy Pelosi Scrutinized in NY Times

The media just can't handle woman in government without scrutanizing them!

As the prospect of a Democratic majority gains credibility and Ms. Pelosi is more visible, she is also subjected to the speculation and analysis about her hair, makeup and clothes that any woman positioned for such a big job often must endure. full article…

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Media Bias | 1 Comment

Fighting Back: A Woman’s Right

Reproductive rights groups in South Dakota plan to file a petition today that would delay the state’s sweeping abortion ban, currently set to take effect July 1, pending a voter referendum next fall. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families says that it has collected 37,846 signatures, a good number of which came from people who are against abortion but think that the state ban—which bans abortions even in cases of incest and rape—simply goes too far. If at least 16,728 signatures are found to be valid, the ban will be put before voters next fall, quite possibly ruining anti-abortion forces’ hopes of setting up a high court challenge to Roe v. Wade.

Presently, women in S. Dakota do not have the right to choose, even to terminate pregnancy incurred during rape or insest

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Civil Liberties | Leave a comment

Vietnam II: A Culture of Lawlessness in Iraq

This is what happens when good soldiers are involved in pointless, failing wars:

Photographs taken by American military intelligence have provided crucial evidence that up to 24 Iraqis were massacred by marines in Haditha, northwest of Baghdad last November, according to a report carried out by the Washington Post Sunday.

Now the Iraqi government is going to investigate! Are we setting up a "democracy" only to let it become an anti-American one? Whats the point of that?

May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

FACT CHECK: National Review’s Cover Story Distorts Facts On Global Warming

The National Review’s June 6 cover story, Scare of the Century by Jason Lee Steorts, has several serious errors and omissions. By distorting evidence, Steorts misleads his readers about the threats of global warming. Here’s a debunk of some of Steorts’s inaccurate claims:

CLAIM: “[T]here is wide disagreement about the extent to which carbon-dioxide emissions are responsible for the warming we’ve seen so far.”

FACT: In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the recent warming trend “is real and has been particularly strong within the past 20 years…due mostly to human activities.”

FACT: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program concluded that humans are driving the warming trend through greenhouse gas emissions, noting that “the observed patterns of change over the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural processes alone, nor by the effects of short-lived atmospheric constituents such as aerosols and tropospheric ozone alone.”

FACT: Science Magazine analyzed 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on global warming published between 1993 and 2003. Not a single one challenged the scientific consensus the earth’s temperature is rising due to human activity.

CLAIM: “When it’s not even clear that the warming we’ve seen is hurting us — many argue that it’s a boon, citing its benefits to agriculture and its potential to make severe climates more hospitable — such draconian solutions should be unthinkable.”

FACT: The 2001 report by the IPCC finds that global climate change’s “negative health impacts are anticipated to outweigh positive health impacts.” Assuming that current emission levels continue, an increase in heat waves and a deterioration in air quality “will increase the risk of mortality and morbidity, principally in older age groups and the urban poor.” Additionally, any “regional increases in climate extremes (storms, floods, cyclones, etc.) associated with climate change would cause physical damage, population displacement, and adverse effects on food production, freshwater availability and quality, and would increase the risks of infectious disease epidemics, particularly in developing countries.”

CLAIM: “Various studies show that warmer temperatures are causing the ice sheet there to lose mass at the margins. But, as in Antarctica, higher sea temperatures are also causing greater snowfall and building up ice in the interior…In fact, Science had earlier published a study by Ola Johannessen that used satellite measurements to determine how much the ice sheet was growing. Johannessen found that, between 1992 and 2003, it was gaining on average 5.4 centimeters of elevation per year.”

FACT: The study (by Johanessen et al.) did find there was an increase in snow accumulation on Greenland’s interior. This is exactly what you’d expect as the earth gets warmer. The climate scientists at realclimate.org explain: “However, Johanessen et al. were not able to measure all of the coastal ranges. Indeed, the thinning of the margins and growth in the interior Greenland is an expected response to increased temperatures and more precipitation in a warmer climate. These results present no contradiction to the accelerated sliding near the coasts.”

CLAIM: “If today’s temperatures are causing Greenland’s coastal ice to slide into the sea, it must have been positively galloping there 80 years ago. That’s significant, because the warming period in the early 20th century took place well before fossil-fuel burning could have triggered global warming.”

FACT: According Climatic Research Unit data, the last three decades (1976-2005) have seen a sharper rise in global air temperature than any other period since at least 1860.

CLAIM: How much ice has Antarctica gained? In a 2005 study published in Science, Curt Davis used satellite measurements to calculate changes in the ice sheet’s elevation, and found that it gained 45 billion tons of ice per year between 1992 and 2003. Far from flooding the coasts, that’s enough to lower sea levels by roughly 0.12 millimeters annually.

FACT: Davis has criticized the global warming skeptics’ misuse of his data. The whole story, according to Davis, is that increased precipitation in the interior of Antarctica is “predicted consequence of global climate warming.” Warmer temperatures mean more participation and more snow on the interior of the continent. Meanwhile, “Growth of the ice sheet was only noted on the interior of the ice sheet and did not include coastal areas. Coastal areas are known to be losing mass.”

Reposted From Think Progress

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Media Bias, The Environment | 1 Comment

More Republicans Join the Roster

Neil Volz, Rep. Bob Ney’s (R-OH) former top aide testified today in the trial of David Safavian, saying that when he worked for Abramoff, he received help from not only from Ney, but also Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Culture of Corruption | Leave a comment

Even Our Biggest Ally

The European Court of Justice has just invalidated the EU-US agreement that allows US authorities to view airline "Passenger Name Records" (PNR) on flights from Europe. Under a 2004 agreement, the European Commission (the permanent EU administration) and the European Council (the gathering of leaders from EU member states) agreed to provide 34 different passenger details to US authorities before the takeoff of every EU-US flight. The EU Parliament, which was not a party to the agreements, filed suit in an attempt to have those agreements annulled.

The European Union is concerned that the US athorities can not properly safeguard the information. They also don't believe the information is at all vital to fighting the war on terror.

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May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment

Joementum Turns Negative

Since his wake up call at the Democratic Nominating convention, Joe Lieberman has been getting tons of negative attention in the print and television media. Well, Joe is firing back with this ridicules and pathetic attack ad. Way to not be negative Joe!

WATCH IT NOW!

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06 | Leave a comment

Troops Redeployed… BACK to Iraq

With the recent up rise in violence following the death of the two CBS journalists in yesterday’s attack, General George Casey has decided to move the remainder of a 3,500 troop brigade from Kuwait to Iraq.

This move flies in the face of constant promises from the Defence Department to steadily transfer control of major combat operations to the Iraqi military. I subscribe to the Ned Lamont/John Murtha philosophy that calls for the intimidate redeployment of troops to the outskirts of Iraq. If we don’t stand down the Iraqi’s will never step up and we’ll never get out.

Meanwhile, the extreme diversion of Iraq has resulted in further instability in Afghanistan where we are still looking for Osama Bin Laden (remember him?).

May 30, 2006 Posted by | National Defence | Leave a comment