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4001  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More Democrat corruption on: February 19, 2008, 06:22:32 AM
Pundits who think the Clinton people wouldn't dare go after superdelegates and (now it is revealed) even pledged delegates (who we now learn are not really pledged) better think again.  If necessary the Clintons *will* steal the election and then con every fool who ever followed them into believing it was really the right thing to do for the party and the country:
4002  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Harold Ickes on: February 16, 2008, 10:42:41 PM
Now this "superdelegate" wants to change the rules in midgame.   Why is the press not pointing out that this guy (who has worked for the Clintons since 1992 and who helped HC get the NY State Senate seat) is now poised to be one of those who votes as a superdelegate.  Is this not corrupt or what?
4003  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / reshaping conservatism on: February 16, 2008, 02:47:44 PM
Reagan is dead.  So is the past.  Now a vision for the future:
4004  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / OBama is not just "change" on: February 14, 2008, 09:23:40 PM
Well can McCain beat BO at his own game?  Or is he going to sound as old as he looks and continue the Repub'Can mantra, "I'm for tax cuts!"?  That won't do it this time.  I think Newt is on the right tract about the need for 'Cans to sound like they are for change. However, I think he seriously underestimates the intangible element to OB's appeal.  It's far more than change.  It's far more than another "Declaration of Independence" or "Contact with America" redux.

I don't think Newt gets it .

OB is more than change.  He is aspiring to people's hopes, their dreams their aspirations.  Clinton is right about it being a fairy tale.   For goodness sakes, it is spiritual, or worse, blind faith.  Some have already called BO a Messiah.   But like it or not that's what BO's opponents are up against. McCain is going to have to do the same.  Be inspirational, be the figure who can take us to the promised land.  Use his life which in my opnion is more remarkable than OBs' and prove to the country he can take us to the next level.

I just don't know if a 70 year old warhorse can do that.  In China they revere their elders. Here we throw them in the trashbin.

In any case according to Zogby (poll f
rom a Dem superdelegate) BO is already wiping McCain up:
4005  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Democrats finally have their *new* and revised anti-republican champion on: February 13, 2008, 07:37:14 AM
I believe without hesitation that the Clintons would have Obama assasinated if they thought they would get away with it.
And then Hillary would get on her soapbox and accuse Repbulicans of, "why, they are even accusing us of murder!"

The Clintons can fire all their help but eventually it will dawn on them that *they* are being rejected.  This is a prime example of how they think *everything* can be managed.  (Extrapolate that to national and world affairs.)

The crats (and the country) are realizing Obama is more likely to beat McCain then the  grifter couple.  As a result they are fleeing like sheep to a new and better point man.  They would vote for a rhinosaorus if it could "beat the Republicans".

10 years ago I remember talking to a lady I worked with and I exasperatingly exclaimed how I could not fathom how the Crats can support sleazy Clinton characters and reward them with the highest office in the world.  Her answerwas right on  - "well that's because that's all they [Democrats] have".

Not anymore.

It's a long time till the convention.  If OB can stay out of trouble he's looking good.
Don't count on the Clinton's to show real humility.  They'll pretend and she'll put on that phoney glued on smile but.....
4006  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt's undecided this soon out on: February 12, 2008, 09:05:36 PM
Word is Mitt is undecided as to whether he would stay in public or go back to private life.
I hope he gives it another shot.
It is thought he tactically erred by going "negative" too soon.

That may be why he seemed to be loathed by the others in the race.

Additional evidence towards this conclusion is that BO's success is partly due to his "positive" message.  He is the "uniter" yada yada yada....

Mitt is smart and a fast learner.  He won't make the same mistake twice from what I have heard.
4007  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: February 12, 2008, 09:08:42 AM
Hi Doug,
Yeah I like Mitt too.  I have a relative who worked closely with his campaign.  I'll try to find out his plans.  Maybe he could run for congress for two years than run again.

Obama is no Abe Lincoln (never will be) and no McCain (yet) but the emotion he invokes is rare among politicians.  It must be emotional with Blacks who are witnnessing history before their eyes.  The last and probably only politician who invoke emotion with me was Ronald Reagan.  No one else before or since.   I like Bush senior.  I like Bush junior though he annoys me with illegals and the deficit.

It certainly is true that the offspring of Latinos many who were here illegally are going to influence our elections now.  We really have to get rid of the 200 year law that people born here are automatically citizens IMO.
4008  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Morris on superdelegates on: February 09, 2008, 10:26:15 AM
Morris and others think that if Obama has a sizable lead the Clinton superdelegates will have to vote for him.

I'm not so sure.  I find this surprising from one who is clear that there is absolutely nothing that the Clintons won't do to win.  Will their superdelegate cronies do the same?  I think many would  vote for HC anyway expecting the payoffs.
4009  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Noonan on Obama circa 2005 on: February 08, 2008, 09:10:55 PM
Contrast this piece to one Noonan wrote in 2005 essentially saying, Obama you ain't no Abraham Lincoln:
4010  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: February 07, 2008, 11:00:09 AM
Your article is correct in pointing out some confusion with regard to treating prostate cancer.   Screening for prostate cancer is also with controversy.  A few experts are starting to wonder if we should do away with the screening blood test - PSA- altogether.  This after some published reports that we should use 2.5 as the "normal" rather than the higher, less strict 4 which has been used for around 15 years or so.

When talking to patients who have never had a psa I try to point out the controversy in interpretation of the PSA. 
I still recommend it.  One reasonable rec is to offer it to men whose life expectancy is at least 10 years. 

Speaking of confusion in medicine there was a study that just came out saying that calcium supplements may increase the risk for heart attacks in women taking it for the bones.  Ughhhh!!!   
4011  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / This kind of says it all about the delegate process on: February 07, 2008, 08:15:19 AM
You know the Clintons have been working the superdelegate process for years.  This is crazy.
4012  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Guess who are some of the superdelegates? on: February 07, 2008, 08:02:03 AM
How many people know this:

Included on the list are Harold Ickes and none other then Terry MaCuliffe.  Also is John Zogby?  Does he announce his potentail conflict of interest with the announcement ofl his pol results that he also happens to be a superdelegate for the Democratic convention/party?!?!?

Talk about conflict of interests.
4013  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wow - I wonder how many voters truly understand this on: February 07, 2008, 07:44:31 AM
The Democrat delegate process.  Tell me the Clintons are not bribing delgates as we speak.  Some key points

***Pledged delegates are those won in primaries and cacucuses. Superdelegates are party big-shots.***

Party bigshots???

***Being a superdelegate is usually just a way of getting to go to the convention, cast a meaningless vote and have a good time.***

***But that could change this year.***

***And that’s because superdelegates make up one-fifth of all the delegates at the convention, and this year they could determine the nominee.***

***As Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson puts it: “The process is designed really to avoid picking a nominee rather than pick one.”***

And there you have it - right from the horses mouth!!!!!!!!

***The system of superdelegates was invented not just to reward party fatcats, but to make sure “fairness” did not get out of hand.***

Open up the dictionary and look up fatcat - who do you find?  The Clintons and their team!

That may be one reason the Clinton's want to avoid a spectacle of the true depth of the corrupted process. If Clinton gets the nomination in a really close race it will be Florida all over again.  So what to do?  Make Obama your VP and queit down the "disenfranchised".

4014  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The delegate thing on: February 06, 2008, 08:58:00 AM
One can only wonder what kind of backroom bribery, and other means goes on for the fight for delegates.  Obviously it ain't going to be "let the best man win".  Not with the Clintons anyway:
4015  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Yeah, I know what you mean on: February 05, 2008, 11:43:46 AM
After hearing her story ad nauseum for months (years?) I do find this an interesting finale.  Hey put me on a jury.  I'll send this guy to jail.  Enough evidence for me - now.

But your point is well taken, she does fit the mold for Fox.  Cute white and blonde.  Heck if she was alive she would get a job with them.

If I see one more natural or dyed blonde "journalist"...........why they even have this blond (made up and dripping and oozing narcissism) psychiatrist (maybe it wasn't Fox?) - when will it all end?
4016  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Natalie Halloway on: February 05, 2008, 08:24:43 AM
***There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America***

So disposing of a possibly living and comatose person into the ocean is legal in Aruba?

It sounds like she seized.  She shook and then went limp.   After a seizure people are notoriously lethargic.   Question is did she willingly take all the stuff she seized from: alcohol drugs, date rape? drug.  We will never know.
4017  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Terry McAuliffe: Obama would be good running mate on: February 05, 2008, 08:21:11 AM
We all expected this.  Just when it becomes more likely you will lose to the guy come out with the final last ditch play before your gal goes down:  offer him the VP on *your* ticket.  From the global crossing multimillionaire (how come I couldn't get in early? wink):
4018  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Natalie Halloway on: February 04, 2008, 10:09:23 AM
Do other people find this disturbing how this is spun:

****But Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for student Joran Van der Sloot, said his client was not responsible for the Alabama teen-ager's death and that the tapes do not amount to a confession.

"There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America."****

Yes I know all about how has a right to a defense, but I see the attorney as an accomplice when he goes this far to distort and deny the truth.  How a person can willfully say incriminating statements about himself and some slick suntanned attorney can say it is *not* what it is begets the question to me:  when is an attorney become complicit in a cover-up?

Didn't the DA in the Duke case get taken to the cleaners by ignoring evidence?

4019  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Stock Market on: February 03, 2008, 09:56:24 AM
Does DMG have any thoughts on Bidu?  Or the MSFT/YHOo proposal.
4020  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama/the bestDem hope on: February 03, 2008, 09:54:00 AM
I think Obama is the stronger of the two since Hillary has such high negatives.
If Obama maintains his composure I think he will win.  Although it is also hard to know what backroom deals are happening with the Clintons, the unions, other endorsements, election shenanigans etc.

I think Romney still has a chance if he can only come accross with more emotional attachment to his ideals....
For the general election if he gets into it, he will have to reach out to some of voters the populists target because there are so many of them. IMHACO.  (In my humble armchair opinion)

4021  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 31, 2008, 12:15:48 PM
 ***Current polls have McC beating both Lady Evita and BO, and Romney losing to both.***

I am not sure I trust those polls.

The Dems seem very happy running against McCain to me.

I wonder what the secret "internal" polling shows.

4022  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / EZCH on: January 31, 2008, 12:11:01 PM
Hi Rick,
Hope you are well.
Does Juniper's entrance into ethernet help EZCH?
I don't see any mention of the MX family.
4023  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coulter may be on the money on: January 27, 2008, 09:21:53 AM
I am no longer a fan of Ann Coulter after witnessing her insult all Jews on Donny Deutch.  That said I think she may be on to something when she points out that the Crats are praising McCain because they think he would lose against the Clintons.  Here is B. S. Clinton talking highly of McCain as though he is promoting him:

Here is Coulter pointing that the Clintons and the liberal media are doing this because they think *Romney* would be the Repubs strongest candidate.   One thing is for sure.  There is no doubt that the greatest rallying factor to get the Republicans to come out and vote en mass will be to keep the Clintons out.  I will be first on line.  These two pathological characters need to be put to pasture.  I am thinking of registering as a Crat just to vote for Obama:
4024  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Gay men and mrsa on: January 18, 2008, 06:49:49 PM

A study carried out in San Francisco and Boston, USA, found that sexually active gay men were many times more likely to acquire a new highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug than the rest of the population.

The study is published in the January 15th early online issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and was led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Scientists have noticed that infection with the multidrug-resistant, community associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears to occur in isolated pockets.

The new strain, called USA300, which is resistant to many more front line antibiotics, is a close relative of the MRSA strain that has begun to spread outside of hospitals and into the community in recent years (CA-MRSA, or community associated MRSA, but technically also known as USA300).

Both strains spread easily through skin to skin contact, and get into the skin and the underlying tissue, causing abscesses and ulcers that can become life-threatening quite quickly.

The UCSF researchers decided to investigate the risk factors for infection with the new USA300, which has gained a foothold in San Francisco and other US cities.

The study was in two parts: a population-based survey of 9 San Francisco hospitals and a cross-sectional study in 2 outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston. The data reviewed related to culture proven cases of MRSA infections spanning 2004 to 2006.

The researchers looked for: risk factors, annual incidence and spatial clustering for infection by multidrug-resistant USA300.

The strain of MRSA in the samples were identified using a range of methods such as: DNA sequencing (establishing the pattern of nucleotides in the DNA), polymerase chain reaction assays (amplifying DNA to help identify it), and pulse field gel electrophoresis (looking at very large DNA molecules).

The results for San Francisco showed that:
The overall incidence of USA300 infection in San Francisco was 26 cases per 100,000 of the population (ranging from 16 to 36).

The incidence was higher in 8 adjacent neighbourhoods (identified by ZIP codes) that had a higher proportion of male same-sex couples.

Men who have sex with men were 13 times more likely to be infected with USA300.

This risk was independent of previous history of MRSA infection or use of clindamycin (an antibiotic used to treat MRSA).

The risk also appeared to be independent of HIV infection.

USA300 infection mostly occurred in the buttocks, genitals, or perineum (the area between the anus and the penis).
The results for Boston showed that multi-drug resistant USA300 strains were recovered only from men who have sex with men.

The study concluded that:

"Infection with multidrug-resistant USA300 MRSA is common among men who have sex with men, and multidrug-resistant MRSA infection might be sexually transmitted in this population."

In a separate press statement, the researchers expressed their concern that the new MRSA strain could soon spread to the general population. It can be spread through skin to skin contact but appears to be trasmitted more easily through intimate sexual contact, they said.

Lead author of the study, Dr Binh Diep, who is a UCSF postdoctoral scientist at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, said:

"These multi-drug resistant infections often affect gay men at body sites in which skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activities."

"But because the bacteria can be spread by more casual contact, we are also very concerned about a potential spread of this strain into the general population," he added.

He explained that the most effective way to protect oneself against infection, especially after sex, was to scrub the skin well with soap and water.

Diep said he was alarmed by the rapid rise in infections. In the figures they collected, they found that San Francisco's Castro district, which has the highest proportion of gays in the country, the infection rate of MRSA was around 1 in 588 people. This compares with about 1 in 3,800 for the overall population of San Francisco, which is also high, said Diep.

Co-author Dr Henry Chambers, who is UCSF professor of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and lead scientist of a large multi-centered clinical trial recently funded by the National Institute of Health to study treatment of community-associated MRSA infections, said:

"Prompt diagnosis and the right treatment are crucial to prevent life-threatening infections and the spread of this bacteria to close contacts."

The authors pointed out that their study was limited by the fact it was retrospective, and they had not looked at the link between sexual risk behaviours and infection. They recommended that:

"Further research is needed to determine whether existing efforts to control epidemics of other sexually transmitted infections can control spread of community-associated multidrug-resistant MRSA."

"Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant, Community-Associated, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone USA300 in Men Who Have Sex with Men."
B. A. Diep, H. F. Chambers, C. J. Graber, J. D. Szumowski, L. G. Miller, L. L. Han, J. H. Chen, F. Lin, J. Lin, T. HaiVan Phan, H. A. Carleton, L. K. McDougal, F. C. Tenover, D. E. Cohen, K. H. Mayer, G. F. Sensabaugh and F.ço. Perdreau-Remington.
Ann Intern Med, early online 15 January 2008; 60520-204.
Print issue: 19 February 2008, Volume 148 Issue 4.
4025  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 18, 2008, 06:44:43 PM
On the eve of SC/Nev we get Hillary "baring her soul" discussing the Lewinsky scandal.  Of course she always loved Bill and of course he always loved her......

Obviously her campaign feels her crying the day before New Hampshire got her the victory there so are now using emotion to manipulative the babe vote.  It will probably work.  There appears to be no end to the gullibility of some of the electorate for the Clintons:
4026  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Clinton did to us [Blacks] what he did to Lewinsky" on: January 17, 2008, 09:26:02 AM
Well, actually I believe he does this to everyone but it is great to hear some African Americans (now that they have a Democratic alternative) speak this truth - finally - about the Clintons:,0,1629577.story?track=rss

I don't care that Obama is reportedly more liberal than Clinton.  I don't care that he is Black.  I will take him any day over another Clinton.  Go Obama!
4027  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: January 05, 2008, 06:27:09 PM

I am not familiar with Zone's diet on this point.  Please help me here.
4028  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / phone data - secure? - nah. on: January 04, 2008, 08:49:37 PM
"these companies are believed to have assisted our intelligence agencies"

And how did these companies assist law enforcement?

Who is monitoring what these companies do with their databases of personal phone call information?  Who monitors who they track with cell tower info?

The answer:  nobody knows but them.

Don't think for a minute they (mis)use information only for "law enforcement purposes".
4029  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / pharma and obesity on: January 04, 2008, 08:39:40 PM
Many companies working on weight loss drugs:
4030  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bhutto bribe allegations on: December 30, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
I dunno, Wikepedia has sections that get into more details about the sources  and allegations of Bhutto and her husband laudaring money that has all the appearances of bribes.  Of course as I have pointed out in the past Wikepedia is not always reliable either:
4031  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gertz: StateDepartment's miscalculation? on: December 30, 2007, 03:50:40 PM
FWIW (I have no idea who to believe or what is truth, what is opinion, and what is distortion):
4032  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: December 27, 2007, 07:46:55 PM
On the assasination today:

"I know from my lifetime of experience you have to be prepared for whatever might happen, and that's particularly true today," Clinton said in an Associated Press interview while campaigning in Iowa.

Gimme a break.

I'll take Obama anyday.
4033  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Is global warming a cult? on: December 25, 2007, 10:15:22 AM
From Cal Thomas:
4034  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dog brothers on wikipedia on: December 23, 2007, 07:17:50 PM
I would imagine readers have seen this.  I was wondering if wikipedia had an entry on Dogbrother arts and found this:  enjoy and happy holidays to all:
4035  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / GAC station on: December 20, 2007, 08:36:26 AM
That is interesting - all of a sudden we get the GAC station.  Just noticed it a few days ago.

Who was listening?
4036  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 20, 2007, 08:33:04 AM
I have been busy lately and not had a chance to respond.

I agree with the poor nutrional value of a lot of the high simple sugars we eat, but that does not get to the problem of obesity.

I plan on taking extra training in bariatric medicine over the next few months and will share here but I believe this theory accounts for the extreme difficulty for overweight people to lose weight and keep it off:

People who lose weight actually start to experience the same discomforts (if you will) that people who experience starvation experience.  Eventually their every thought turns to getting more food. It becomes uncontrollable and overwhelming.  Eventually most people give in and start eating again.  The reward is not just the taste of food, but relief from the unbearably uncomfortable sensations one feels when your body thinks your starving - even though you are overweight.

It is evolution gone amuk!.

More at a later date.
4037  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 13, 2007, 09:58:58 PM
Hi Crafty,

I am not sure I follow you.

Obesity is more complex and resistant to treatment than what you asked?

What fat person doesn't know they should eat less and exercise more?
4038  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Obesity on: December 13, 2007, 12:38:10 PM
If you look at the 1809 picture of the 700 pound man one sees something that is becoming common.  Even in my 25 years in medicine seeing patients over 300 or 400 pounds was not common.  Now it is very common.  We need better treatments for obesity and I await better pharmacologics for this;   I've heard Merck is working on one but I have no further information on it.  It was a big disappointment that rimonabant from
Sanofi did not get yet approved here (it is in Europe) since that would have helped.  Anyone know people in Europe who have used it?
4039  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Too much booze too fast on: December 13, 2007, 12:25:18 PM
I remember an article in a local paper (the paper no longer exists anymore) 25 or 30 years ago about two guys who held a drinking contest at a local bar.  They both downed a quart of hard stuff in a matter of minutes.  They both lost as both were found dead in their respective apartments the nest day. 

On an even more sobering story that I recall was the 18 year old college student from Rutgers who was hazed with alcohol.  His potential frat "brothers" even forced him to drink after he started vomiting. He went into pulmonary edema and the kids delayed calling an ambulence.

We coded him in the emergency room for over an hour.  His alcohol soaked vascular system would not respond.  That was a terrible tragic memory.  This dumb fool was more lucky:
4040  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Morris was right - Hillary is goin "negative" on: December 03, 2007, 08:19:45 AM
The fluff is gone.  Now the real Clinton machine will get going.  Clinton insists on being President - amazing - no clinton has ever achieved a greater than 50% popular vote in a Presidential election - yet we had her and Bill for 8 years already:
4041  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Health insurance and immigrants on: November 29, 2007, 10:05:31 AM
We keep hearing how 40 plus million Americans have no insurance.  What we don't keep hearing is that most of those were not born here and probably at least half did not come here illegally.  We cannot have effective immigartion reform until we get rid of 200 year laws that make anyone born here automatically a citizen.  It is absolutely amazing that when I go onto the elevator at the hospital most of the time people getting off at labor and delivery are non English speaking Mexicans, or Central Americans.

What about today's reports that 30 - 65% of the immigrants in several states are illegal?  What about the likelihood this is an underestimate?  What about on O'Reilly last night an illegal immigrant defender was claiming they pay 6 billion in taxes?   Well when one does the math - assuming there is only 10 million illegals in the US (there has got to be more than this) that comes out to a lousy $600 a head.  I wish I could send my kids to school, to the ER for $600 a year.

Is any one looking into how many of these people have illegal voting cards?  I would be willing to bet many do.

Lou Dobbs is the only one saying anything about this issue.
4042  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Buchanan: 2008 similar to 1929 on: November 18, 2007, 09:10:45 PM
Bernake in the middle of opposing tidal waves:
4043  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Organized payoff technique on: November 09, 2007, 10:41:30 PM
I found this story about how Kerik took tens of thousands in bribes from a construction company with ties to organized crime in the form of renovations to his Bronx home personally.   Katherine and I have seen the same pattern in the neighborhood we moved into.  Four houses were sold (three within a few months of our moving in) to people who seemed to have numerous contractors and obvious union types fixing up their places like there was no tommorow.  New roofs, driveways, windows, doors, landscaping, siding, and more.  It was so obvious that this was at least one form of their payoffs.  Now their homes were all fixed up and with improved values.  In return, all these people had to do is to blend into the community all the while they are staking us out.  When we used to leave the house they would call/notify someone who would get in with copied keys (Or they were skilled locksmiths).  They wonderful neighbors of ours would keep a lookout on the streets around the house while the burglar would be in the house tampering with our computers, planting listening devices, searching for cpies of songs.  Only when they know they got all our evidence do you then here the "star" singing the lyrics.  Then we go around searching the house looking for the evidence that is of course long gone.  They are very patient.  They will not do any music if they are not sure if they haven't stolen all the copies.  If we later here a song and Katherine would make  the mistake of saying she has a CD of it we never hear the song again and eventually the CD seems to  disappear.  Or if on the computer, the computer crashes.

Additionally they sit in their houses and try to hack into our computers.  All devices have wireless components today.  I don't care what any supposed know it all tells me that if the networking button is turned off and we are not on the internet someone can't get in.  I know that computers can be hacked into if one is close enough.  I also know that the software and probably hardware makers have built in ways that computers can be tapped into.  There excuse is that it would be for law enforcement purposes.  We try to order non wireless devices on line and of course when the package comes it is always 2 or 3 days late.  And it is always tampered with so that the device is no longer wireless, it doesn't work, or it crashes.  Our neighbors see to it that the mail delivery is covered to.  They get it on our porch.  The UPS guy is bribed to simply drop it at their house.  Or someone in the Post Office is bribed to open our letters to look inside.  And always with just a little tear to bend gently bend back the page so it looks like an innocent bit of damage from handling. We also had a neighbor in Florida who bribed the garbage man to leave our garbage at his house which was just down the street from our route.  We witnessed it.  Of course we confronted the garbage man about it and he of course simply pretended he didn't know what we were talking about.

Our crime that we deserve this is nothing more than Katherine happens to be a genius at writing music lyrics and in form and ready to be used.  So many in the music industry have made so much robbing us it has become a fun sport for them.  Don't think they care our lives have been ruined or my wife is legally blind.  As always - it is about the money.
So when I read that this guy Kerik had tens of thousands of dollars in renovations done to his home I can only hope he goes to jail where he belongs.  I wonder if the guys who bribed him will too.  Probably not.

Ex-NYC Top Cop Kerik Pleads Not Guilty

Nov 9, 3:57 PM (ET)


(AP) In a file photo former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik exits Bronx supreme court,...
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Bernard Kerik, a protege of Rudy Giuliani who once led the nation's largest police department, pleaded not guilty Friday to a wide-ranging indictment charging him with "selling his office" and lying to cover up the scheme.

Kerik's case could prove to be an ongoing embarrassment for Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

The indictment accuses Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, of conspiring while a public official with a mob-connected construction firm to accept tens of thousands of dollars in renovations to his Bronx apartment, and then lying to cover up the scheme. It also claims he made false statements during his failed bid to head the nation's homeland security department.

"This is a battle," Kerik said, fighting through a media crush as he left court. "I'm going to fight."

(AP) In a file photo former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani and former NYC Police Chief Bernard...
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Kerik surrendered earlier Friday to the FBI in suburban White Plains, where he was fingerprinted and processed before his court appearance.

Standing before the judge, Kerik appeared calm and spoke only to say, "Not guilty, your honor," and answer a few personal questions. He was ordered to surrender his passport and any firearms, and to have no contact with potential witnesses. He was to be released on $500,000 bond, secured by his home in New Jersey.

Giuliani appointed Kerik police commissioner in 2000 and endorsed his 2004 nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security. Days after President Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, however, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny.

Prosecutors had been presenting evidence to a federal grand jury for several months.

The investigation of Kerik, 52, arose from allegations that, while a city official, he accepted $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment, paid for by a mob-connected construction company that sought his help in winning city contracts.

(AP) Kenneth Breen, right, attorney representing Bernard Kerik, reaches for Kerik as they get ready to...
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U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said some of the payments detailed in the indictment took place after Kerik became police commissioner.

"During the time that Kerik secretly accepted these payments, he lobbied city officials on behalf of his benefactors - in effect selling his office in violation of his duty to the people of this city," Garcia said.

David A. Cardona, head of the criminal division of the New York FBI office, noted that the public considers "a beat cop accepting a free cup of coffee" improper.

"If a free cup of coffee is wrong, Kerik's long list of alleged crimes is repugnant," he said.

If convicted, Kerik could face up to 142 years in prison and $4.75 million in penalties.

(AP) Bernard Kerik walks towards microphones at the federal court i n White Plains, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 9,...
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Kerik pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge in state court, admitting that the renovations constituted an illegal gift from the construction firm. The plea spared him jail time and preserved his career as a security consultant, but his troubles resurfaced when federal authorities convened their own grand jury to investigate allegations that he failed to report as income tens of thousands of dollars in services from his friends and supporters.

Kerik's efforts in response to the Sept. 11 attacks helped burnish a career that came close to a Cabinet post.

Giuliani frequently says he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege.

During a campaign stop Thursday in Dubuque, Iowa, Giuliani was asked whether he still stood by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue had to be decided by the courts.

"A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts," Giuliani said.


Associated Press Writers Tom Hays and Pat Milton in New York City contributed to this report.
4044  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / amazing story on: November 09, 2007, 09:50:59 PM
The Nobel Peace Prize should go to the American soldiers not to some guy who wrote a book.

Amazing when you read stories like this and yet Hollywood chooses to dishonor our troops with their political agenda movies.  Like DePalma who chooses to ignore a story like this one and instead demeans all American soldiers with a movie based on the rape of an Iraqi girl by American troops.  Well we can send those bastards in Hollywood a message:

And these leftist loons have the nerve to be offended when the rest of us question their patriotism.
4045  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Jessica Seinfeld cookbook on: October 31, 2007, 10:30:51 PM
I believe it is very likely Seinfeld is making misleading statements.  It may be literally true that his wife never read, saw, or heard about  the other book, but it is also likely true her cookbook was either written for her, or the ideas that she in fact claims were hers, were in fact handed to her from her publisher who in turn stole the ideas from the other lady.   

It makes business sense to take good ideas from another and pitch it to a star's wife and pawn it off as her creation to garner sales. She of course is happy to do so because she makes extra money and she comes off as smart, creative, and with an appearance that she has talent of her own. Anyone who thinks this is a coincidence would almost certainly be mistaken.

Seinfeld just shows that he is a selfish sleezeball.  His wife is caught red handed and his response is not to apologize and be a real man, but be the coward he really is and to denigrate the real victim for the purpose of saving his/wife's sorry asses. But this is nothing unusual with the people of the entertainment industry who so many idolize and ador:;_ylt=AiLeE9j_3qzLX3xS_KzG0t7q188F
4046  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Does anyone get GAC station? on: October 25, 2007, 07:45:07 AM
I can't get the Great American Country station in my location.

I am interested in hearing about the reality show "hitmen of music row".

Has anyone seen their show which started end of September?
4047  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / buchanan on Kurds/turkey on: October 22, 2007, 03:02:03 AM
Tends to agree that militant Kurds are undermining our relation with Turkey:
4048  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Good Call on: October 21, 2007, 12:37:20 PM
Sensai Crafty (no tease intended),

Good call on WTS.  UGGGH for me. cry

I'm holding firm.

Congratulations so far on LNOP wink.  I am still too afraid of it.  Their potential market increased by a factor of three?  Not their sales?
4049  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Art on: October 12, 2007, 08:45:00 AM
I guess you've seen the guy who had an ear transplanted to his arm and calls this art.  I always thought art was to create something of beauty.  It's purported boundaries have become blurred to include anything anybody wants it to be including political statements, and anything that is shocking enough to gain attention.  The following falls in the latter which as far as I can see is just a grotesque stunt to get attention:

It ain't art.  It is a weirdo with nothing else to say or do IMO.
4050  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Buying votes with other people's money on: October 10, 2007, 07:29:56 AM
Lets see how Hillary can get away with robbing Paul to give to Jane.

Her trial balloon study (survey and or focus group) results showed that stealing government money to give $5000 to all children born in the USA (sounds like a Springsteen song) did not get her enough votes.  So now she will steal money from increasing taxes on estates to give $1,000 to people for 401K.  Geeze, she wonders how many votes this will buy her.

This of course is her way of coming up with "ideas" that will make this country better cry

The only one with real ideas as far as I've heard is Gingrich.  And he just announced he will not run.  Let's hope Romney or Guiliani are listening. I would think Romney will but I don't know about Rudy.
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