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Earth's Cartoon-Gate continues...

The US Government, underwriter of such works of art as Piss Christ, decided to try to score some points with the raging 'protestors' by scolding the European press about offending people: Read more »


High Marks

Among the list of government success stories put forth by self-proclaimed liberal John Bice of Michigan State University’s State News:

Environmental protection
Social Security
Medicare and Medicaid
Public education
Public broadcasting
And many others…

A reader sounds off to Bice's column here.


Two Projects Of Social Technology


Denmark Appreciation Day

Following up on the story involving the Danish newspaper's cartoons that led to outrage among the Islamic world, including boycotts, bounties and bomb threats, Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark over the row.

Kudos to the Danish government for standing its ground: Read more »


There Goes the Neighborhood

From Venezuela to Iran and now to the Palestinian lands, among others, the 'majority' have spoken.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also pointed to elections in Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt as evidence that "the neighborhood is changing." Rice is careful to add that democracy in the Muslim world will not, and perhaps should not, look like democracy in America.


Canadian Shift in Power

Stephen Harper of the Canadian Conservative Party won the national election yesterday. It will be interesting to find out how far Canada will go in the process of some needed deregulation and lowering taxes. On the other hand, will Canada's liberal tolerances on the social end of the scale also fall by the wayside?


Move Over, Pat Robertson

You've got some nutty competition in the Big Easy.

N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin sayeth:

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."


Congress: Just Say No

From CNN:

Treasury Secretary John Snow said this week that the administration plans to lower the deficit through stringent controls on spending, which he said would be evident in the budget proposal for 2007 that Bush will send to Congress in early February.

However, budget experts are already predicting that Congress will balk at making sharp cuts in the growth of popular government programs, especially in an election year.


Ciudad de Trojan

UPI:

A town official in Colombia wants to require that all teenage boys carry condoms.

Cop: “May I see your drivers’ license, registration and spermicidal lubricated rubber, please?”


Saving Jerry\'s Kids

Concerned citizen Jerry Hennen writes a letter to the editor about Howard Stern's new gig on Sirius, and advocates legislation to produce a brand of entertainment suitable for Jerry Hennen's desires. Read more »


Derailed

From the Washington Times:

PARIS -- A gang of more than 20 youths -- thought to be North African immigrants -- terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year's Day, French officials said yesterday.

The five-hour-long criminal frenzy was "totally unacceptable," French President Jacques Chirac told reporters. "Those guilty will be found and punished, as they deserve."


Farris Hassan\'s Day Off

Here's a kid with some moxie. American teenager sneaks off to Iraq to do some journalism for a high school class over Christmas.


Two Steps Back

Add another anti-US leftist to the Latin American leader list. Evo Morales is the new Bolivian president after winning the election. Champaign likely now flowing at the homes of Castro and Chavez. Read more »


Sweet and Tender Hooligan

About 20 years ago, I recall comedian Jay Leno commenting on how European press was criticizing the film Rambo for being too violent for movie-goers, to which he suggested that Rambo wear a soccer uniform in the film to be more acceptable to their public. Read more »


UN PC Police to the Rescue

Following up on Randall's post regarding cartoons of Muhammed in a Danish newspaper and the sadly predictable violent backlash against it, it seems that the UN "experts on racism" has grabbed the opportunity to condemn the freedom of speech. Read more »


Canada Begs Bush: No War with Aliens

President Bush has commented recently on illegal aliens. But someone in Canada has a different idea when it comes to aliens. From last week, Canadian politican and groups concerned about American interstellar imperialism: Read more »


Content Creation In A World Of Ubiquitous Piracy


The Dominos, They Are A-Fallin\'

Why do I like Che? I like Che because he fought for equality, for justice.


Promises

By now, you may have heard of a program called the Kalamazoo Promise during the past week. Read more »


Nissan Awakes from California Dreaming

According to a recent study released by the Public Policy Institute of California, the flight of businesses from the state due to a hostile business climate is "mostly myth."

Maybe so. But Nissan Motor Co. is feeling the Cali sting and is hitting the road eastbound to Music City. Read more »