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:: Thursday, August 21, 2003 ::

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Would this be a Hellmark card? I know...bad pun.

In case you're wondering:

Arafat, Hussein, Clinton, Netanyahu signing the agreement at the White House on Oct 23, 1998.
:: Peter 8/21/2003 01:14:00 PM [+] ::

A Good Start

"IAF helicopters fired five missiles at a station wagon driving in a Gaza City neighborhood this afternoon. The car belonged to senior Hamas leader Isamail Abu Shanab, 53. Three people were killed in the strike, including Abu Shanab and two bodyguards, Palestinian witnesses and medics said. Hamas spokesmen declared that the hudna (temporary cease-fire) was over."


In case anyone has forgotten:

"For hours, parents searched Jerusalem's four hospitals for their children, and hospital crews searched for parents of injured children whose parents were not nearby. Many families were evacuated to different hospitals; other families were wiped out totally by the terrorist blast.
"He's dead; I know he's dead," screamed Ora Cohen, who was moderately injured in the blast and didn't know where her child was for many hours. "He was so small; we only just celebrated his Brit Milah. I just know he's dead," she said, quoted in Maariv.
Later, a neighbor came to Cohen's bedside and told her that her two children were hospitalized with light injuries at Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem, ynet reported."

Yes, there was a 'happy' ending for Ora Cohen.

This happened yesterday.

I can't even begin to imagine the terror and the heartbreak and the sheer living hell that woman went through for those hours.

Can you?

:: Peter 8/21/2003 09:23:00 AM [+] ::

Neal Boortz

Why you should read Nealz Nuze:

1) it's funny:

Recall Gray Davis ---- 58%
Sit in the hot tub and drink some Pinot ---- 73%
Take more pictures of Barbra Streisand’s beachfront property ---- 43%
Make a $5000 campaign contribution to Mary Carey and see if you can get more than dinner on your “date.” ---- 31%
Replace Davis with Cruz Bustamante ---- 18%
Stay away from the Santa Monica farmer’s market ---- 86%
Extradite Ben Affleck and J-Lo ---- 65%
Replace Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger ---- 23%
Donate $5000 to Mary Carey if she’ll “do” Gary Coleman in her next feature film. – 84%
Ask the U.S. Army to find Saddam Hussein and send him to Sacramento to really get things straightened out. --- 56%
Just throw up your hands and go for a latte. ---- 99%"

2) It's informative, and when it's informative it'll truly live up to his tagline: 'You shall know the truth and the truth will make you mad': (it's long but well worth reading...)

Freedom means little without property rights. What good is your freedom to use your talents and your willingness to work hard to acquire wealth if your rights to that wealth can be denied at the whim of a few politicians?
After the fall of Soviet Union much was made of their attempt to create economic liberty for the victims of communism. All attempts to create a free, market-based economy in Russia met with only limited success, however, until laws were instituted to insure the property rights of ordinary citizens.
Our law recognizes that that there are times when government must use its police power to seize the property of private citizens. Although the right to eminent domain is not specifically recognized in the U.S. Constitution. In 1879 the Supreme Court, in the case of Boom Co. v. Patterson, (98 U.S. 403) said that eminent domain ''appertains to every independent government. It requires no constitutional recognition; it is an attribute of sovereignty.'' The Fifth Amendment contains the words “'nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” This is a recognition of the government’s right to take private property, and a stipulation that it must be taken for “public use.”
OK .. sorry for the legal lesson, now let me tell you what is going on in Alabaster, Alabama. I’ve been talking about this for two days on my show. Many of you, however, don’t hear my show … so I’ve decided to donate a good part of today’s Nealz Nuze to this situation. What you read should horrify you. You just need to know that this sort of government assault on property rights is not confined to Alabaster, Alabama. It is going on virtually everywhere in this country.
Alabaster is a community of about 24,000 people. Interstate 65 runs through Alabaster. A private developer named Colonial Properties Trust wants to build a shopping center anchored by a Wall-Mart on one of the corners of the I-65 intersection. The trouble is that Colonial doesn’t own all of the land they need. A few private land owners have refused to sell their property to Colonial. That, my friends, should be the end of the story. If one private individual wants to own a certain piece of property, but the legal owner of that piece of property doesn’t want to sell it, the private property rights of the owner of the real estate should be recognized, and the person trying to buy the property should back off.
Well, that’s not the way it’s working in Alabaster. Colonial, you see, has some friends in powerful places … politicians on the Alabaster city council. Colonial has decided to use that one unique government asset, the right to use force, to accomplish something that it cannot accomplish on its own. Colonial is asking the City of Alabaster to use force to seize the property under eminent domain and then sell that property to them, to Colonial, so that plans for the shopping center can proceed.
The politicians of Alabaster, Alabama are only too eager to cooperate.
Next week the City of Alabaster will file the condemnation proceedings in the Shelby County, Alabama courts. The City of Alabaster will try to seize the land under the principle of eminent domain. But wait! Aren’t governments supposed to use eminent domain to seize private property only when that property is needed for a public use? How can these politicians take that property away from its owners and then sell it to a private company to build a privately owned shopping center?
Here’s what the Alabaster politicians are saying. They claim that they simply cannot collect enough property taxes in their town of 24,000 to pay for all of the government they believe the citizens of Alabaster need. They need some sales taxes. Trouble is, there aren’t enough businesses around town to generate the amount of sales taxes these politicians want. The answer? Hey! Let’s get a shopping center in town. A shopping center will generate thousands of dollars in sales taxes, and we’ll have all that money to spend! What a concept!
So, Alabaster’s “public use” excuse is that the current owners of the land simply don’t pay enough taxes. The land needs to be seized and turned over to someone who will generate some more tax payments. Those additional taxes can then be spent on the public. There’s your “public use.”
You do realize, don’t you, that this very same excuse can be used by any government entity anywhere in the United States that wants to increase its tax revenues? Let’s say that you’re sitting fat and happy in a home that has been in your family for generations. You’re sitting on about five acres in a prime location near a major city. A local developer wants your property to build a subdivision of cluster-mansions. You don’t want to sell. The developer goes to the county commission and tells them that if he had that property he could build at least 15 homes there worth about $600,000 each. The developer correctly points out to the politician that the county could collect thousands of dollars in additional property taxes if he could just get his hands on that land and build those homes. A few weeks passes and one day you get a letter from the county attorney telling you that your property is going to be seized by the county. Their only excuse is that they can get more tax dollars if your five acres had 15 homes than they can with your 60 year-old farmhouse. The “public use?” More tax revenues.
If governments can abuse the concept of eminent domain in this manner then your private property rights are virtually non-existent. You own your home only so long as the local politicians tolerate that ownership. Let some developer come along with a better idea, and you can kiss your dirt goodbye.
What are the citizens of Alabaster saying about the rights of the property owners? Let’s check in with Councilman Tommy Ryals. Ryals, who works in the environmental compliance department of Alabama Power, thinks that these property owners are just being greedy. He says “Sometimes the good fo the many has to outweigh the greed of the few.” Sound familiar? Wasn’t it Hillary Clinton who said “We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.” Private property rights? The rights of the individual? Hey, these are all to be set aside for the good of the collective. I wonder if Tommy Ryals and Hillary Clinton have ever met. I wonder if Mr. Ryals would tell us that the individual has the obligation to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man. If so, he wouldn’t be the first person to express that belief. Adolf Hitler said the same thing back in 1933.
Yes, I’m invoking some pretty ugly names here in the defense of the property rights of these Alabaster landowners. That’s because I’m passionate about the right to property and to the idea that one of the prime directives to government is to protect those property rights, not to destroy them for the economic gain of another. Property rights are the absolute foundation of economic liberty, and property rights are under assault by Colonial and the politicians of Alabaster, Alabama."

:: Peter 8/21/2003 08:49:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 ::

Fuck this...just kill them all...

"The explosion went off as Abbas was in a meeting with Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip to persuade the group to halt attacks on Israelis.
Abbas said he has asked Palestinian security forces to investigate.
In Washington, the White House deplored the bombing and offered sympathies to the victims and their families.
'We condemn this vicious act of terrorism,' said Sean McCormack, a spokesman on national security issues. 'We call on the Palestinian Authority to dismantle terrorism.'"

They killed children, and they're fucking celebrating. Fuck them. Fuck them all. As the saying goes: Unleash hell.

:: Peter 8/19/2003 08:16:00 PM [+] ::

Alternative History: What if Gore had won?

For those given to flights of fancy, who wondered, even once, 'what would it be like if Gore had won?' well, wonder no more.

After his inauguration, and for 8+ months after that, I doubt there would have really been much difference for the average (oblivious) American, weaned on American Idol and MTV.

But on Sept. 11, 2001, and the months and years to follow, 'what if Gore had won?'

There is a web site (hey, the first amendment gives them every right to have a web site...as well as giving me the right to mock their web site...mocking is NOT censorship) which wants to impeach Bush.

Fine, whatever, go for it, good luck and all that.

Why, you might be asking, do they want to impeach Bush?

Besides, of course, their irrational hatred and mistaken belief that he 'stole' the election (ok, I know, it's about as silly and goofy as some Republicans obsession with impeaching Clinton (yes, I know too, that Clinton lied under oath...doesn't matter...there were obsessed Repubs then the way there are obsessed Dems now and none of them got any damn work done...).

Well, in Part 5 of their ''NOTES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF
they list out the reasons. I'm going to concentrate on the first:

"1. Ordering and directing "first strike" war of aggression against Afghanistan causing thousands of deaths;"

Read that again. Not IRAQ...AFGHANISTAN. Remember them? Taliban, Osama, etc...

See, a couple of months before Bush was "Ordering and directing "first strike" war of aggression against Afghanistan causing thousands of deaths" there were a couple of apparently forgettable building collapses ('honey, where did I leave the remote, every station is showing the same thing and if I see images of planes striking buildings I'll miss the final vote on Survivor'). See, people died that day. 3,000+ of them.

What if Gore had won?

Think he'd have ever been accused of

"1. Ordering and directing "first strike" war of aggression against Afghanistan causing thousands of deaths;"

:: Peter 8/19/2003 08:30:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, August 18, 2003 ::

The Golem Project

If The Terminator can be Governor than it only seems fitting that robots should reproduce.
:: Peter 8/18/2003 09:57:00 AM [+] ::

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