30 May 2007

PSA: Open seat on the Watcher's Council

The Watcher’s Council has an open seat.

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For the record

Jimmy Carter, Worst President Ever.

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23 May 2007

And don't get me started on his support for private property!

[source, source]

Prime Minister John Howard finds himself alongside Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in an Amnesty International report which says they are among short-sighted fear-mongers dividing the world.

[…] [Amnesty International Secretary General Irene] Khan included Mr Howard with Mr Mugabe, US President George Bush and Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir in the same scathing paragraph in her foreword to the group’s annual report published today.

Amnesty International — the place that can’t tell the difference between elected leaders in a liberal democracy and democidal dictators.

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16 May 2007

Salt in the wound

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As far as the imminent future is concerned, one thing is patently clear: After years of inflated promises that the Kyoto process would not upset their economy, European governments are beginning to realize that the era of cost-free climate hype is coming to an end. In its place, concern is growing that key industries and entire countries will pay a devastating price for Europe’s reckless Kyoto craze.

[…] Furthermore, successive [German] governments have agreed to shut down all nuclear power plants, which account for a third of Germany’s electricity generation.

Why settle for half a loaf when you can have none? Clearly the Greens in Germany don’t.

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14 May 2007

UN-successful

Zimbabwe is to be appointed to head the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Well, I guess if everyone’s dead, it’s easy to sustain them.

Best comment is from Australian Prime Minister John Howard

On Insiders this morning, referring to the Zimbabwe appointment to the UN, [ABC host Barrie] Cassidy asked Howard, “What does that say about Mugabe??

Howard’s instant response: “You should be asking what does that say about the UN.

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The real crime

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[Mohamad al-Janabi, a reputed al-Qaeda member] added: “I can assure you that we will start pressuring Bush in a new way at the same time he is facing pressures from the Democrats and the American people. And there will be no problem to sacrifice 10 soldiers in order to abduct a single American soldier and get him on television screens begging for us to release him.”

Notice Al Qaeda is not pressuring us to stay, which is odd, because I keep being told that Al Qaeda loves having American troops in Iraq and Bush is “playing right into their hands.”

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Question: Would these tapes be considered a “coordinated” media buy for the Democrats under McCain-Feingold? Will the FEC investigate?

I would love to see that as part of a GOP campaign advertisement — don’t focus on the Al Qaeda / Democratic Party axis per se, but on how that violates campaign finance reform. Perhaps that would even cause President Bush to speak out against it!

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