Archive | April, 2007

Poll: Even the French Hate the French

Posted on 27 April 2007 by Ed Z

The New
York Post
mentions the results of a poll by the International Herald Tribune
and France 24 TV showing that topping the list of people who hate the French are
the French.

Fourty-four percent of
French people think ill of themselves according to a poll by the
International Herald Tribune and France 24 TV. Thirty-eight
percent of Americans polled had a negative view of them, as did 33
percent of Brits, 29 of Spaniards, 25 of Italians and 14 of
Germans.

Which makes me think of this.

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“The Only Constant About Climate is Change”

Posted on 26 April 2007 by Ed Z

Some more on the impending end of civilization as we know it and that facts
that are irrefutable!

Carleton University science
professor Tim Patterson said global warming will not bring about
the downfall of life on the planet.

Patterson said much of the
up-to-date research indicates that "changes in the brightness
of the sun" are almost certainly the primary cause of the
warming trend since the end of the "Little Ice Age" in
the late 19th century. Human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2),
the gas of concern in most plans to curb climate change, appear to
have little effect on global climate, he said.

Mr. Patterson puts it well when he says, "The
only constant about climate is change
".

On a side note, Spinal
Tap has joined the global warming parade
.

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MEMRI: Permissibility of Praying for Mercy for Non-Muslim Victims at VTech

Posted on 24 April 2007 by Ed Z

The MEMRI
Blog
details a debate over an email sent by a Muslim Virginia Tech student
asking members of the school’s Muslim student association to "pray that
Allah have mercy on those killed and wounded in the shooting attack at the
university".

According to Aafaq, the dean
of student affairs at American International University, Abu Hamza
Hijji, responded, writing that Allah the Most Merciful forbids
praying for mercy for the non-Muslim dead, or even for the
non-Muslim living, and that it is only permitted to pray that they
be rightly guided. He added that what happened was a sad
occurrence, but that does not give Muslims the right to transgress
the laws of Allah the Most Merciful.

According to the entry, a student replied that he would pray for
everyone explaining that "religion must bring people together, and not
drive them apart, and that the brotherhood of humanity takes precedence over
brotherhood of religion or of state".

 

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Remembering Oklahoma City – April 19, 1995

Remembering Oklahoma City – April 19, 1995

Posted on 20 April 2007 by Ed Z

Twelve years ago yesterday, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma
City was destroyed by a truck-bomb claiming 168 lives an injuring five times
that.  Prior to September 11, this was the deadliest act of terrorism on
American soil.

My sympathies to the families of all the victims.

My friend, Bramble,
has her
thoughts
on the nineteen children killed in the attack.

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The Debate is Not Over

Posted on 19 April 2007 by Ed Z

Last week I had the misfortune of watching Laurie David and Sheryl Crow push
their "Stop Global Warming College Tour" on CNBC.  Newsbusters
had a good piece on how, when challenged by CNBC anchor Joe Kernan, David and
Crow dismissed opposing arguments as nonsense and political agenda.  The
quote that caught my attention was delivered by Laurie David:

I mean, this is, again, isn’t
my opinion. And the world has complete consensus on this. And I
would just question who funded the documentary, and what their
agenda is. I mean, I would ask that question, really. Because we,
the debate, the debate is over.

Time and time again I hear non-scientist activists proclaim that
the "debate is over".  Over?  there hasn’t even been a
debate! Which brings me to the following from Roy Spencer as quoted in The
Huntsville Times
.

Spencer contends there is
not yet enough known about the Earth’s atmosphere to understand
exactly what occurs naturally to stabilize the earth’s climate.

"I don’t think we
understand what happens. We can watch it happen on the (climate)
models, we know it happens, but we don’t know for sure how it
happens," Spencer said.

Roy Spencer is a research scientist at the University of Alabama
in Huntsville and former NASA scientist, and obviously in his eyes, the debate
is not over.  And those like him say it is hard
to voice their dissent
.  Via Drudge.

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Watch Out for the Pizza

Posted on 17 April 2007 by Ed Z

Completely unprovoked.

 

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Gunman Kills 20+ at Virginia Tech

Posted on 16 April 2007 by Ed Z

A gunman has
killed
at least 22 and wounded over 25 people on the Virginia Tech campus.

At 7:15 a.m. Monday, a 911
call came in to the campus police department concerning an
incident at West Ambler Johnston, a residence hall, and that there
were multiple shooting victims, Steger said. While that
investigation was underway, a second shooting was reported in
Norris Hall, located at the opposite end of the 2,600-acre campus.

The number of dead is expected to rise.  This is a
heartbreaking tragedy.

Hot
Air is providing constant updates
.

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

Posted on 15 April 2007 by Ed Z

"I started counting the number of
people giving me the finger, but I stopped when I got to 20."

Agitator extraordinaire, Sean
Avery
, on his reception at Phillips Arena, home of the Atlanta
Thrashers
.

Sean Avery was traded to the New
York Rangers
on February 5, and brought with him an edge and grittiness not
seen on Broadway in a long time.  Players like Avery are the ones needed to
win in the playoffs and the Rangers hold a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.

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Friday Funny

Posted on 13 April 2007 by Ed Z

It’s Friday and everyone loves a Friday.  While speaking with someone at
work I thought of one of my favorite skits by The
Kids in the Hall
.  Enjoy.

 

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Rookie Mistake by Obama?

Posted on 11 April 2007 by Ed Z

As I’m sure you are just as sick as I am with this Imus story, it appears
Barack Obama may have made a
rookie mistake
when throwing in his two cents.

"I understand MSNBC has
suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would
also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be
working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of
any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that
same attitude."

Such an open-ended statement is just asking for trouble. 
Employees of Obama better be sure to keep everything they say clean, anything
even marginal will cost someone their job.  Look slike this can of worms is
officially opened.

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