Thursday, October 30, 2003


"Economy Grows at Fastest Pace Since 1984"


(AP) The economy grew at a blistering 7.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter in the strongest pace...
(the dwarves are crying in their beers.)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy grew at a blistering 7.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter in the strongest pace in nearly two decades. Consumers spent with abandon and businesses ramped up investment, compelling new evidence of an economic resurgence.
The increase in gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy's performance, in the July-September quarter was more than double the 3.3 percent rate registered in the second quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
The 7.2 percent pace marked the best showing since the first quarter of 1984. It exceeded analysts' forecasts for a 6 percent growth rate for third-quarter GDP, which measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States"

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Rabbis back Israeli 'guard pigs': "An organisation in Israel has gained rabbinical approval to train pigs to guard Jewish settlements in the West Bank. "
My Way News: "Flames raged along a vast front in devastated San Diego County on Tuesday as one chief warned that firefighters were being forced off the lines by exhaustion even if it meant that more homes would be destroyed.
At least 17 deaths were blamed on the fires, 15 in Southern California and two in Mexico, as separate blazes were scattered along an arc from the suburbs northwest of Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico, about 60 miles south of the border. At least 1,552 homes had been destroyed in California."

Monday, October 27, 2003


Sunday, October 26, 2003

the world is burning

My Way News: "SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Entire towns were evacuated Sunday as wind-driven firestorms destroyed scores of homes, devastating neighborhoods scattered from San Diego County to the mountains east of Los Angeles.
Between 40,000 and 50,000 people were ordered to leave their homes over a mountainous 30-mile stretch from Crestline to Big Bear, just northeast of San Bernardino. They were being evacuated north into the desert because flames were leaping over roads leading to the valley below.
Another wildfire forced the evacuation of a Federal Aviation Administration control center, disrupting air travel across the nation."
New filibuster record?: "
Freshman Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is intent on breaking the record held by his predecessor, Strom Thurmond, for the longest speech ever delivered in the U.S. Senate.
In 1957, Thurmond -- then a segregationist Democrat -- spoke for 24 hours, 18 minutes to protest the imminent passage of the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction nearly a century earlier. Graham has notified the Senate Republican leadership that he wants to exceed Thurmond with a protest against Democratic blocking of President Bush's judicial nominations.
Neither Thurmond's speech nor Graham's effort to break his record fits the filibuster's normal purpose of stopping specific legislation from passing. In 1957, passage of the civil rights bill was assured when Thurmond spoke. In 2003, Graham's intended speech would be a demonstration against Democrats who are successfully filibustering confirmation of Bush judges."