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Saturday, August 22, 2009

White House Reveals Identity of Firm That Sent Unsolicited E-Mails on Health...

 
 

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via American Conservative Daily by Fox News on 8/22/09

The White House revealed to FOX News that it hired a private communications firm to distribute mass e-mails, including unsolicited spam to help sell President Obama's health care plan.

 


 
 

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Fury Over Images of Qaddafi Hugging Lockerbie Bomber

 
 

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via FOXNews.com by foxnewsonline@foxnews.com on 8/22/09

Images of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi embracing the Lockerbie bomber when he arrived in Tripoli are sparking fresh international outrage after the convicted terrorist enjoyed a hero's welcome in his native country.

 
 

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

British swimming pools are imposing Muslim dress codes

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by Guilherme Cherman on 8/16/09

Under the rules, swimmers – including non-Muslims – are barred from entering the pool in normal swimming attire. Instead they are told that they must comply with the "modest" code of dress required by Islamic custom, with women covered from the neck to the ankles and men, who swim separately, covered from the navel to the knees.

At Loxford School in Ilford, east London, a local Muslim group organises weekly sessions for Muslim men, with the warning that "it is compulsory for the body to be covered between the navel and the knees. "Anyone not adhering to the dress code or rules within the pool will not be allowed to swim".

Discrimination against Muslims or Catholics or Jews isn't OK, but against non-Muslims, go for it.



 
 

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White House Acknowledge Unsolicited E-Mails on Health Care

 
 

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via American Conservative Daily by Fox News on 8/16/09

The White House responds following complaints from people who said they received unsolicited e-mails on health care reform from the administration. 


 
 

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Jim Webb embraces tyrants even Barack Obama has no use for

 
 

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via Power Line by Paul on 8/16/09

Virginia Senator James Webb is receiving applause for arranging the release of an American prisoner in Burma. The applause, however, is not deserved.

The Washington Post reports that, according to a State Department official, the release of the American prisoner was "serendipitous." Webb actually went to Burma in order to reach out to a country that he believes the U.S. has wrongly isolated. But the U.S. has isolated because it is a brutal dictatorship that oppresses political opponents and ethnic minorities, and has no real strategic importance. Even President Obama apparently has excluded Burma from the list of lawless, tyrannical regimes we need to appease.

The Burmese ruling junta, naturally, would like to become less of an outcast while continuing its repressive ways. Thus, it wasn't exactly serendipitous that it responded to Webb's visit by releasing the American prisoner. Rather, as human rights groups have noted, the release was a cynical ploy intended to divert attention from the regime's decision to extend the house arrest of Burmese hero Aung San Suu Kyi. As Jeremy Woodrum, director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma put it: "The regime played its hand perfectly; they get a whole host of publicity from Webb's visit. . .and they have a pretext for keeping Sun Kyi under arrest."

Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch adds that Webb's visit coincided with attacks by the Burmese army against ethic minorities that have displaced more than 10,000 civilians since late July. While Webb is trying to relieve Burma's isolation, Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Burma and to create a commission to investigate the commission of war crimes.

The Post tells us that Webb's heroism in Vietnam enhances his credibility with the Burmese military junta. This reminds me that another Vietnam hero, John McCain, visited Burma in the 1990s. I'm reliably informed that McCain initially was also highly regarded by the junta, but became tired of him very quickly once the Senator's disgust with the regime's human rights policy became apparent. Webb, by contrast, retains his status as a favorite of the dictatorial regime. But that's nothing to applaud


 
 

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Dick Armey predicts swine flu "fear campaign" in Fall to swing "Bedwetters",...

 
 

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Girl Fined For Selling Lemonade Without A Permit [Sour Times]


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Girl Fined For Selling Lemonade Without A Permit [Sour Times]

Young entrepreneur Clementine Lee thought she'd make a few bucks by selling cold lemonade to hot passersby in New York's Riverside Park yesterday, but she ended up $50 in debt, thanks to a summons issued by the Parks Department. Boo-urns!

Apparently the Parks Department was peeved with Miss Lee for selling lemonade without a permit, which, surely, all 10 YEAR OLDS should obtain before setting up a dumb lemonade stand and trying to make a quarter or two. According to the New York Post, Clementine and her father, Richard, sold approximately $5.00 worth of lemonade and homemade chocolate chip cookies before being shut down by Dolores Umbridge and The Grinch Parks Department officials, who demanded to see a permit. Upon learning that the father-daughter team had none, the operation was shut down, and summer was ruined for everyone.

There is a happy ending of sorts, however: the Parks Department has already dismissed the summons, and the agent who issued the ticket will be "re-trained on rules and regulations and will be reassigned," which is governmental code for "sent to Don't Be A Jerk To Children School." Meanwhile, your aunt in Texas is writing all of this down in her "I told you they were rude in New York City" notebook as we speak, sipping sweet tea and shaking her head at the rest of us.

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North Korea Leadership: STFU or kiss your ass goodbye


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North Korea Leadership: STFU or kiss your ass goodbye

North Korea denounced upcoming joint South Korean and U.S. military drills and said it would "wipe out" the countries with nuclear weapons if they threatened the communist state, its KCNA news agency said on Sunday.


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