14 April 2008

Bush Administration To Prepare Global Warming Initiative?

One of the many things I disagree with John McCain about is his belief in global warming.  Or is it just called climate change now?  Since most of the data coming out now shows there is no global warming, that means man must be causing the Earth to cool, right?  Gotta love the moonbat logic.

Much of the world has jumped on the global warming (sorry, climate change) bandwagon as a means of gaining influence and power.  With the Democratic Party pandering to the far left and anti-American elements throughout the world, the Bush administration appears headed towards an attempt to head them off at the pass.

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12 April 2008

Yarmuth Is Officially An Idiot

Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky says that the cost of the Iraq War, more than anything else, is to blame for the downturn in the economy.

The growing cost to the United States of fighting the war in Iraq "is not only linked to our economic skid, but is a leading cause of it," a Democratic congressman said Saturday.

Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky linked the costly, unpopular war with the growing economic troubles — some say recession — in this country.

Like how they slipped that mention of the word recession in there?  I've mentioned how much I hate the MSM, right?

He said "the cost of one month in Iraq could extend the Children's Health Insurance Program, which the president vetoed, to 10 million children of working families for a full year."

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09 April 2008

Brown Will Not Attend Olympic Opening Ceremonies

The Prime Minister of the Britain, Gordon Brown, has announced he will not attend the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in China.

The confirmation from Brown's Downing Street office means he is the second major world leader after German Chancellor Angela Merkel to do so.

The White House left open the possibility Wednesday that U.S. President George W. Bush might also skip the opening ceremonies, which some world leaders have suggested would serve as a signal of displeasure over China's crackdown in Tibet.

However, Brown's Downing Street office said he was not boycotting the Olympics and would attend the closing ceremony.

An anonymous source in Brown's office said it wasn't a boycott of the Opening Ceremonies either.

Brown has been under intense pressure from human rights campaigners to miss the Aug. 8 opening. However, Brown's decision not to attend was not aimed at sending a message of protest to the Chinese government, the spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

She said the decision had been made weeks ago and was not a stand on principle.

"He had never planned to attend," she said. "There is absolutely no change in our position."

Good for Chancellor Merkel and I hope PM Brown will clarify whether his absence is a political statement or not.  I also hope more join in, or even try to out-do each other (total boycott?).  heh.

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04 April 2008

But They Promised!!

China was awarded the Olympics largely based on their promise to improve their government position on human rights.

"It also betrays promises made by Chinese officials that human rights would improve in the run-up to the Olympics."

In 2001, China promised that if it won the right to host the Games, "tremendous" human rights improvements would ensue, a pledge repeated in October by Liu Jingmin, Beijing's vice-mayor and a top Games organiser.

How is that working out so far?  Well, let's ask Mr. Hu Jia... what?  He's not available?  Let's ask his wife then...

Hu's wife, Zeng Jinyan, 24, who recently gave birth to their first child and is also a prominent rights activist, said the verdict was the culmination of four years of harassment by authorities.

"He's been put under surveillance, been kidnapped. He's been put under house arrest and now they have sentenced him to three and a half years," Zeng told reporters outside the courthouse as she broke down in tears.

"This is irrational and unfair."

Well that just can't be... the Chinese government promised they wouldn't do things like that anymore.  What do they have to say about it?

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Mugabe Concedes Defeat

In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe finally conceded defeat in the recent elections.

"Mugabe has conceded to his closest advisers, the army, police and intelligence chiefs. He has also told his family and personal advisers that he has lost the election," Business Day quoted an unidentified source as saying.

Of course, it didn't last very long.

Earlier a ZANU-PF official said Mugabe, facing a fight for political survival after the worst election setback of his long rule, would contest the runoff.

Referring to the politburo meeting, a senior party member told Reuters: "I have no doubt the resolution will be in favor of a run-off, I have no doubt about that.

"We cannot just hand it to Morgan (Tsvangirai) on a silver platter. We will fight for it and we will win."


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01 April 2008

Raul Castro -- What's His Game?

Since Fidel Castro stepped down, Raul Castro has implemented several changes in the way Cuba is run.

Since Raul Castro succeeded his ailing brother Fidel Castro last month,  Cuba has ended restrictions on Cubans buying computers, DVD players and cellular telephones.

Raul was in charge for a long time while Fidel was sick, actually looking more like a figurehead than the true leader of the country.  Can Raul really be this progressive at 76 years of age?  Their economy has taken some hits recently, especially in the tourism trade, so opening things up makes good economic sense.  What I didn't know before was that Cuba used one currency for paying locals (soft Cuban pesos) and another (hard Convertible pesos) currency for real goods and services.  This is never good.  Maybe the changes are the only way to avoid "Viva la revolution!!"?

I guess we'll see how far this goes.  In the meantime, I might start looking into a civilian contract position at Guantanamo.  If things bust wide open there, getting in early on some beachfront property could be a good idea.  Of course, with their good friend Chavez as an example, it would probably be Nationalized in six months anyway, so ... never mind, I'll stay where I'm at.

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