Time has sure made it hard to find Bush's new approval rating online.
But here's a scan of the page, courtesy RightWingSlayer:
("ABSOLUT failure", hehe)
"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"
A healthy 7-pound girl, nicknamed Eve by scientists, was delivered by Caesarean section Thursday somewhere outside the United States, said Brigitte Boisselier, chief executive of Clonaid. Boisselier said the girl is an exact genetic copy of the American woman who gave birth to her.I guess we may know for sure whether it's legit soon.
At a news conference, Boisselier offered no scientific proof, provided no photographs and did not produce the mother or child. She said proof — in the form of DNA testing by independent experts — will be available in perhaps eight or nine days.
"You can still go back to your office and treat me as a fraud," she told reporters. "You have one week to do that."
Cloning experts were skeptical or reserved judgment on the announcement, which is certain to touch off fierce ethical, religious and scientific debate. In Washington, the Food and Drug Administration said the agency will investigate whether the experiments violated U.S. law.
We Vishnu a merry Krishna,Also, in my lone reference of the day to the Jesus story, here is a picture of me, along with seven of my fellow Apostles, from Broadway By the Bay's 2000 production of Jesus Christ Superstar:
We Vishnu a merry Krishna,
We Vishnu a merry Krishna,
And a Hopi New Year!
We are atheists because:Most of those, if not all, could be perceived as reasons for being agnostic. I mean, atheists and agnostics essentially agree that the existence of a godlike deity cannot be proven. I think that it's the theists who get the most out of such somewhat false distinctions, because it weakens us god-free types, in a Napoleonesque divide-and-conquer sense.
-There is no proof of the existence of god.
-There is no need of, or use for, a god.
-A good god would be useless if it were not powerful.
-A powerful god would not deserve worship if he were not good.
-There is no all-powerful good god; otherwise there would be no imperfection.
-If this is the best world god can make, the stories of Heaven must be lies.
They deserve to be celebrated. After all, thanks to Ms. Watkins and Ms. Cooper, Jeff Skilling, Ken Lay and Bernie Ebbers have been indicted, and the politicians who did their bidding have been disgraced. Thanks to Ms. Rowley, incompetent officials at the F.B.I. and C.I.A. have been removed from their posts, and we've had a searching inquiry into what went wrong on Sept. 11.That such things didn't happen as a result of the whistleblowers' actions, I must note, should not take anything away from what they did. They are still very deserving of Time's recognition. It's still a bummer, though, that about six months after Rowley's memo went public, the Bushies chose Henry Kissinger to head up the independent 9/11 commission. Sometimes it just sucks too much to think about.
Oh, I'm sorry. None of that actually happened. The bravery of the whistle-blowers was real enough, but Time seems to be celebrating what should have been, not what was.
"There are people in Washington who have been trying to nail me for a long time," Lott said. "When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame."Let me get this straight: Lott got in trouble for making a segregationalist comment, but then he makes an accusation of what amounts to white-southern-christian profiling? The man is still clueless.
FORT BRAGG, 2:02 p.m. EST December 21, 2002 - An soldier based at Fort Bragg was killed in Afghanistan early Saturday morning when his unit came under fire from enemy forces, army officials tell NBC 17.TFM recalls Andy Card's comments a couple months ago, saying that the administration took a "marketing" angle on pushing the potential Iraq war. What happens when you "roll out a new product" in september? You roll out the old producs from the summer! Hence less attention is paid to Afghanistan, and we get incidents like this. And not only that, but the attackers fled to Pakistan! Ugh. Was Rummy thinking about this?
Sergeant Steven Checo, 22, was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Checo was the first American soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan since May.
His unit came under enemy fire while conducting a security patrol with special operations and other conventional forces near Shkin along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The forces that attacked the unit are suspected of being linked to the ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaida network, said Army spokesman Maj. Steve Clutter. "They had these individuals under observation for awhile," Clutter said. "They were actually getting ready to approach them to investigate and as they got closer they realized they were armed." The enemy forces fled across the border into Pakistan, Clutter said. (emphases mine)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three student employees at the Johnson Space Center in Houston have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to steal moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts.Maybe NASA needs to get in on an even larger share of that corporate welfare money.
Tiffany Fowler, Thad Roberts and Shae Saur pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando last week to conspiracy to commit theft and interstate transportation of stolen property.
Undercover FBI agents arrested Roberts, 25, Fowler, 22, and a fourth defendant, Gordon McWhorter, 26, in Orlando in July. Saur, 19, was arrested in Houston the same day. The student workers were fired after the arrests. (Full story)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming fell by 1.2 percent last year, the largest decrease in a decade, due in part to slow economic growth and a milder winter, the government said.This is a reasonably good sign, but why has this decrease occurred? According to the Energy Information Administration, reasons include:
Last year's decline was in sharp contrast to the average 1.3 percent annual growth rate in U.S. emissions from 1990 to 2000 and was twice the level of the only other drop since 1990 -- a 0.6 percent decline in 1991 -- according to a report from the Energy Information Administration. (Full story)
President George W. Bush withdrew the United States last year from the international Kyoto treaty that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among industrialized countries, fearing that the treaty's requirements would hurt the U.S. economy.You can go ahead and argue the merits and usefulness of the Kyoto treaty all you want (my opinion is that despite whatever imperfections its critics claim it has, the US should have ratified it, if only for the purpose of being a cooperative and positive member of the world community). But from the EIA findings we come upon some irony. They cite the sluggish economy as a factor in decreased emissions. Yet what has Bush claimed the Kyoto treaty would do? Hurt the economy! So it looks like either way, we get decreased emissions and a faltering economy.
Instead, the Bush administration said it wants to conduct years of further research on the causes of global warming and in the meantime will promote voluntary efforts among U.S. industries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Union and Japan, which have adopted the Kyoto treaty, have criticized the Bush administration for not doing more to cut U.S. emissions. The United States is the world's biggest energy consumer and also its largest emissions producer.