Friday, October 24, 2003


: "IN AN EMERGING scandal, NBC News has produced tapes proving beyond deniability that the new deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence is ... a Christian. Lt. Gen. William G. 'Jerry' Boykin has been captured on a series of grainy tapes, attesting to his faith at churches and prayer breakfasts. Having driven the Judeo-Christian value system out of the public square, the classrooms and the Alabama Supreme Court, liberals now want to drive it out of church.
In one 'inflammatory' remark, Boykin said that the enemy was not Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein, but 'is a spiritual enemy. He's called the principality of darkness. The enemy is a guy called Satan.'
Islamic leaders in the United States instantly denounced Boykin's unflattering characterization of bin Laden and Hussein as an attack on Islam. They haven't been this huffy since describing bin Laden as 'not a true Muslim' and Hussein as a 'secularist.' If our enemies aren't 'true Muslims,' why are the 'true Muslims' always so offended on their behalf? "
'Humans could live for hundreds of years': "

'Humans could live for hundreds of years'

Scientists say people could live active lives for hundreds of years if humans follow the same biological rules as laboratory worms.
By carefully tweaking genes and hormones, scientists extended the lifespan of the tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans six times. In human terms, the worms stayed healthy and active for 500 years"
next stop, The pearly gates.....or hell?: "LOS ANGELES -- An overwhelming majority of Americans continue to believe that there is life after death and that heaven and hell exist, according to a new study. What's more, nearly two-thirds think they are heaven-bound.

On the other hand, only one-half of 1% said they were hell-bound, according to a national poll by the Oxnard-based Barna Research Group, an independent marketing research firm that has tracked trends related to beliefs, values and behaviors since 1984."

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Rushing to Judgment

fact or fiction or somewhere inbetween?

Is Earth warming? The planet has warmed since the mid-1800s, but before that it cooled for more than five centuries. Cycles of warming and cooling have been part of Earth’s natural climate history for millions of years. So what is the global warming debate about? It’s about the proposition that human use of fossil fuels has contributed significantly to the past century’s warming, and that expected future warming may have catastrophic global consequences. But hard evidence for this human contribution simply does not exist; the evidence we have is suggestive at best. Does that mean the human effects are not occurring? Not necessarily. But media coverage of global warming has been so alarmist that it fails to convey how flimsy the evidence really is. Most people don’t realize that many strong statements about a human contribution to global warming are based more on politics than on science.
by Jack M. Hollander

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The Terror Ahead


........North Korea is a much trickier problem. Some facilities are buried deep inside mountains and cannot be readily attacked and destroyed from the air. Others we may not know about at all. The regime itself is highly secretive, and unless the U.S. had reliable and timely intelligence about the whereabouts of Kim Jong Il and his top lieutenants, exceptional luck would be required to decapitate it by means of a conventional blow. Even if we did get lucky, there would still be the possibility of a North Korean response.

Not only does the North appear to have deliverable nuclear weapons, it also has one of the world's largest armies, comprising 1.2 million soldiers, some 70% of whom are positioned in and around the 12,000 underground bunkers near the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. These forces are armed with approximately 10,000 artillery pieces and over 800 missiles capable of reaching South Korea and some of its neighbors. In addition, they are equipped with 2,500 multiple-rocket launchers capable of firing (by a conservative estimate) 500,000 shells an hour to a range of 33 miles. The city of Seoul, situated 24 miles from the DMZ and with a population of more than 10 million, could be devastated within hours.

That is the bad news. The better news is that North Korea is not 10 or even six feet tall. Its military equipment consists of aging Soviet and Chinese stocks that qualitatively are vastly inferior to both the U.S. and South Korean militaries. Its army is large to the point of bloat; significant numbers of conscripts are engaged in forced-labor projects that have little or no military significance. The populace from which these troops are drawn is hungry and downtrodden, and many soldiers are undoubtedly hungry as well. It is an open question whether, if push came to war, North Korea's military would disintegrate on its own, and with it the communist regime.

In the final analysis, we cannot know with any certainty how such pre-emptive actions would play out. We can be certain only of this: As the danger looms closer, the divas of peace at any price will begin their predictable serenades. It is "vital," says Jimmy Carter, "that some accommodation" be reached with Pyongyang, a regime that "feels increasingly threatened by being branded an 'axis of evil' member." The New York Times, for its part, editorializes that "diplomacy is the only acceptable alternative," just as it editorialized back in 1995 when, lauding the "accommodation" with North Korea achieved by the same Jimmy Carter, it urged the Clinton administration to strike a similar "bargain" with the ayatollahs in Tehran.


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G.W. Bush

U.S. President George W. Bush holds out his arms and says 'I love free speech' as he reacts to a lawmaker heckling him during his speech to the Parliament in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003. Bush is making the final stop of his six-nation Asia-Australia tour where he has sought support for the reconstruction of Iraq and the ongoing war against terror.
Eric Harris

Columbine High School gunman Eric Harris, shown in this videotape frame grab released October 22, 2003, fires a weapon used in his suicidal rampage that occurred at the Colorado high school on April 20, 1999. Only six weeks before carrying out the Columbine High School massacre, two teenage gunmen went target practicing and wondered what it would be like to shoot someone in the head, a videotape released showed.
Partial birth abortion bill signed