U.S. troops or contractors who commit "major and premeditated murders" in Iraq while off-duty and outside U.S. facilities will fall under the jurisdiction of the government Iraq. - Draft Agreement signed between the governments of the United States and Iraq
To the victor goes the spoils of war. However, it doesn't mean that the spoils can be handled in any manner that may suit the victors fantasy. In regard to this thing, human life should be treated with utmost dignity in order for reconstruction of destroyed states proceed with haste. Victors should make ethical treatment of all living things a paramount concern in order for them to rightfully expect the same kind of treatment for comrades that are captured by the enemies.
Warfare should be fought along ethical boundaries for man is supposed to be above all lifeforms in this kingdom. Otherwise, there will exist no difference between man and beast.
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HOUSTON - As giant oil companies likeand get set to report what will probably be another round of eye-popping quarterly profits, just where is all that money going?
The companies insist they're trying to find new oil that might help bring down gas prices, but the money they spend on exploration is nothing compared with what they spend on stock buybacks and dividends.
It's good news for shareholders, including mutual funds and retirement plans for millions of Americans, but no help to drivers already making drastic cutbacks to offset the high cost of fuel.
I am currently trying to load a Washington Post video of the rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and a few other highly prized FARC prisoners. I do not know if the problem is in my old laptop or my internet connection. I have been trying to load it for some time but until now, I am yet to view that amazing video. Gotta try other news networks.
Her name is Irena Sendler. What she did during one of the world's darkest hours defines her for what she really is. One fine sample of what a human being should be. Granted numerous awards, she wrote,
"Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory,"Do we still have enough people like her amongst us? This present world, seriously in need of heroes, pose this question.
I found it quite stressful attaching large documents to my official emails. The attaching periods can take a long time and my work momentum gets sidetracked. It's a good thing that I was thought how to install and use a filezilla file transfer protocol. Now, I only need to compress all the days work into a batch file and send it to client offices without any delay in what I am doing.
Perhaps, Obama can also get Michael Jackson to sell his secret skin whitening cream and donate the money to the campaign.
I am quoting it in full for you to read, if you haven't, by this time. I like this guy. God bless you, Charlton Heston.
I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class what his father did for a living. "My Daddy," he said, "pretends to be people."
There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling re-painted I'll do my best. There always seem to be a lot of different fellows up here. I'm never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess I'm the guy.
As I pondered our visit tonight it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift to connect you with the hearts and minds of those great men, then I want to use that same gift now to re-connect you with your own sense of liberty ... your own freedom of thought ... your own compass for what is right.
Dedicating the memorial at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, "We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."
Those words are true again. I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart. I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you ... the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that it is.
Let me back up. About a year ago I became president of the National Rifle Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. I ran for office, I was elected, and now I serve ... I serve as a moving target for the media who've called me everything from "ridiculous" and "duped" to a "brain-injured, senile, crazy old man." I know ... I'm pretty old but I sure Lord ain't senile.
As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that.
I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.
For example, I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 -- long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else's pride, they called me a racist.
I've worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called a homophobe.
I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite.
Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.
From Time magazine to friends and colleagues, they're essentially saying, "Chuck, how dare you speak your mind. You are using language not authorized for public consumption!"
But I am not afraid. If Americans believed in political correctness, we'd still be King George's boys-subjects bound to the British crown.
In his book, "The End of Sanity," Martin Gross writes that "blatantly irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every area of human endeavor. There seem to be new customs, new rules, new anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction. Underneath, the nation is roiling. Americans know something without a name is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong. And they don't like it."
Let me read a few examples. At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process from kissing to petting to final copulation ... all clearly spelled out in a printed college directive.
In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDs --- the state commissioner announced that health providers who are HIV-positive need not .. need not ... tell their patients that they are infected.
At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team "The Tribe" because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.
In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.
In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their last names sound Hispanic.
At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up segregated dormitory space for black students.
Yeah, I know ... that's out of bounds now. Dr. King said "Negroes." Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the March said "black." But it's a no-no now. For me, hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly "Native-American." I'm a Native American, for God's sake. I also happen to be a blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux. On my wife's side, my grandson is a thirteenth generation native American ... with a capital letter on "American."
Finally, just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington D.C. Office of Public Advocate, used the word "niggardly" while talking to colleagues about budgetary matters. Of course, "niggardly" means stingy or scanty. But within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign.
As columnist Tony Snow wrote: "David Howard got fired because some people in public employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of niggardly,' (b) didn't know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance."
What does all of this mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say , so telling us what to do can't be far behind.
Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America's campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression?
Let's be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason.
You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge.
And as long as you validate that ... and abide it ... you are-by your grandfathers' standards-cowards.
Here's another example. Right now at more than one major university, Second Amendment scholars and researchers are being told to shut up about their findings or they'll lose their jobs. Why? Because their research findings would undermine big-city mayor's pending lawsuits that seek to extort hundreds of millions of dollars from firearm manufacturers.
I don't care what you think about guns. But if you are not shocked at that, I am shocked at you. Who will guard the raw material of unfettered ideas, if not you? Who will defend the core value of academia, if you supposed soldiers of free thought and expression lay down your arms and plead, "Don't shoot me."
If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don't celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.
Don't let America's universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.
But what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?
The answer's been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.
You simply ... disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.
I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King ... who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might.
Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Viet Nam.
In that same spirit, I am asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives and onerous law that weaken personal freedom.
But be careful ... it hurts. Disobedience demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies.
You must be willing to be humiliated ... to endure the modern-day equivalent of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water cannons at Selma.
You must be willing to experience discomfort. I'm not complaining, but my own decades of social activism have taken their toll on me. Let me tell you a story.
A few years back I heard about a rapper named Ice-T who was selling a CD called "Cop Killer" celebrating ambushing and murdering police officers. It was being marketed by none other than Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the world.
Police across the country were outraged. Rightfully so-at least one had been murdered. But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the CD was a cash cow for them, and the media were tiptoeing around it because the rapper was black. I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills. I owned some shares at the time, so I decided to attend.
What I did there was against the advice of my family and colleagues. I asked for the floor. To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read the full lyrics of "Cop Killer"-every vicious, vulgar, instructional word.
"I GOT MY 12 GAUGE SAWED OFF
I GOT MY HEADLIGHTS TURNED OFF
I'M ABOUT TO BUST SOME SHOTS OFF
I'M ABOUT TO DUST SOME COPS OFF..."
It got worse, a lot worse. I won't read the rest of it to you. But trust me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces. The Time/Warner executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes. They hated me for that.
Then I delivered another volley of sick lyric brimming with racist filth, where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing two 12-year old nieces of Al and Tipper Gore.
"SHE PUSHED HER BUTT AGAINST MY ...."
Well, I won't do to you here what I did to them. Let's just say I left the room in echoing silence. When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said "We can't print that." "I know," I replied, "but Time/Warner's selling it."
Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T's contract. I'll never be offered another film by Warners, or get a good review from Time magazine. But disobedience means you must be willing to act, not just talk.
When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself ... jam the switchboard of the district attorney's office.
When your university is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors ... choke the halls of the board of regents.
When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl's cheek on the playground and gets hauled into court for sexual harassment ... march on that school and block its doorways.
When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you ...petition them, oust them, banish them.
When Time magazine's cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month ... boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.
So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country.
If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.
Today, the image of women leaders that comes to mind are battle hardened platoon leaders and company commanders, generals and court justices. The difference between then and now is really really huge.
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Very unsure at the possible ending of her battle against Obama, she first tried to get more brownie points by talking against outsourcing. As we all know, the lazy and the mediocre (there's a lot of them) are blaming the outsourcing policy of a lot of companies for their being unemployed. Very recently, she portrayed herself as an action hero dodging sniper fire in Bosnia. A video file of the event showed that there was absolutely no such thing that ever occurred. I doubt if there was ever one in her entire term as a first lady.
Dodging grass as a 70’s hippe, maybe.. but never was she centered in the crosshairs of a rifle. Give credit to snipers. They trained long and hard to earn their statuses as hit men.
Even with eyes closed, even I will never miss those big eyes.
Anyway, the Hillary stunt reminds me of a Philippine politician who boldly made a declaration but when confronted by the press said, “I lied, Hahahaha!”
Hillary, contrary to your excuse, you were never mistaken. Nobody ever forgets the details of a life and death experience.
You lied, plain and simple. Just like your husband who declared that he never had sex with Monica… What was his explanation again? Whew!
What a minute.. was it an NGRI* moment?
NGRI*: Not Guilty for Reason of Insanity
Ashley Dupree may also opt to put up her own website with Adsense, direct ads and instead of publishing her song via syndication, she can opt to directly sell it on her site. That way, she can get all of the$0.99 per download. Those who download the song through directbuy will only need to click on her paypal button to be able to do that. If Dupree doesn’t know how to do it, I can run the site for her.
Ashley Dupree (pls read my past posts) was recently offered a million dollars by both "Girls Gone Wild" and "Penthouse" for her nude poses and probably, a tell all. However, The former withdrew its offer after finding a young Dupree in its archives. Girls Gone Wild now intends to make money without the $1 million in talent fees. It hasn't been reported if Penthouse will do the same.
The Chinese likes to say that where there is diversity, there is opportunity. It’s probably wise for this young lady to capitalize on her popularity but doing things cleanly. The process should start with seriously considering alcohol and/or drug rehab. Her Girls Gone Wild videos make suspect the need for some cleansing. Other than that, she can reopen that MySpace account and put back that $0.99 /download song. If it gave her $200,000 within a few days, she can probably make a cool million from it. That should be enough for a new beginning.
The governor who went after people with outrageous salaries actually paid in excess of $4,000 just to be in bed with her. That's probably much more than the daily wages of most of the people that Spitzer ran after.
THE BEAUTY THAT TOOK DOWN SPITZER (Video)
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WILL YOU PAY $4K TO BE IN BED WITH HER? (Photos)
The very powerful and promising governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, a 48-year-old married man with three teenage daughters, built his political fortress upon the platform of good governance and reform. He went after what he perceived were shady practices and overly generous compensation while paying top dollar to a prostitution service. On Valentines eve, he spent thousands of dollars on a call girl named Kristen at a Washington hotel.
Reports didn't mention if he ever spent close to that much for his wife or daughters, the day after. In addition, Spitzer is also reported to have had past transactions with Kristen and already had accumulated enough "Frequent flier points" and "Preferred customer status" that he was given a permanent customer ID "Client 9".
After being exposed by government tax investigators, he made an apology and hoped that everything will quietly end. However, calls for his political demise are starting to become strong. The battle will probably reach higher levels as his enemies are expected to capitalize on the incident.
For the meantime, he probably should start giving his daughters more generous weekly allowances.
Am I missing a lot in terms of quality entertainment?, maybe not. What I don’t know won’t hurt me.
My dad asked for vacation ideas and I queried for his preferences. I have my own ideas but the senior citizens may have something totally different from mine. Well, he said that he wanted some golf in the morning and a nice leisurely lunch. I proposed that he uses Branson rentalsfacility and be on his way. The place has everything.. Golf, fishing, nice houses, good food and fresh air. It’s all there.
For those who derive thrill and enjoyment that way, online casino reviews are good them. It allows them to know what some people think about multiple sites thereby enabling them to choose the best playing fields for them. Some say gambling is bad. I say it always depends. It depends on how much he/she gambles in relation to how much disposable money they have.
In another article, the richest stars under the age of twenty five were identified as follows: The Olsen twins, Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Ashley Simpson. For the complete list of the 100 richest celebrities, please click here.
For the meantime, here's the list of the biggest rockstars in the world's wealthiest.
| 1. Warren Buffett|
2. Helú Slim & Family
3. William Gates III
4. Lakshmi Mittal
5. Mukesh Ambani
6. Anil Ambani
7. Ingvar Kamprad & Family
8. KP Singh
9. Oleg Deripaska
10. Karl Albrecht
| 11. Li Ka-shing |
12. Sheldon Adelson
13. Bernard Arnault
14. Lawrence Ellison
15. Roman Abramovich
16. Theo Albrecht
17. Liliane Bettencourt
18. Alexei Mordashov
19. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
20. Mikhail Fridman
|Click here for more of the World's Billionaires|
Well, that’s economics. Efficiently utilizing scarce resources to satisfy my wants.
Fuel efficient automobiles have been mentioned a few times in the past and should more come out in the future, we shall also be praising them here. Despite this site's strong belief that the global auto industry's effort in helping reduce emissions and the world's dependence on fossil fuel, we are nonetheless commending them for at least coming out with environmentally friendlier cars.
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In my past posts, I have taken shots at President Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Japan) for trying to jump start their sagging popularity ratings by creating foreign enemies. In my books, people like them do not deserve praise and should be discarded in the dustbins of history. Now, the great Hillary, in her quest to live up to the name popularized by the great Sir Edmund, is hitting on outsourcing, thereby joining the paranoids of her country. She tried to stay away from this group but with her diminishing chances to nag the democrats nomination, she finally joined the fray, hoping to bag some brownie points. She doesn’t get my vote.
A blog becomes doubly attractive when it comes with beautiful photos. For some people, using photos being given away for free by some free photo sites work but the more serious bloggers and commercial websites buy photo rights. Purchased photos need not be expensive. Shutterfly coupons may be sourced online and the end result are professionally taken and enhanced photos that can make a big difference.
I just remembered... When the US released what was supposed to be the largest non nuclear bomb in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Russians released a bigger version a few years later. Let's see how the Russians will respond to this one. There's one thing that we are sure of. this is the start of a new age in warfare. Now that the Americans have admitted such capabilities, expect them to keep on using it.
Here is a diagram of how it was done as well as a Syndicated news regarding the event.
During the past few years, we saw an upsurge in teachers all over the world being indicted for having sex with their students. The latest is South Carolina middle school teacher Allena Ward who had sex with 5 teenage boys. Watch the video.
At the rate the dollar is being devalued, I would say that the move is very wise. Store owners make more money by setting their own exchange rates and by selling their hordes foreign currency when its value has substantially grown, they make more money.
And with the Philippine peso gaining 20% against the US dollar within a year, I will not be surprised if stores where there are Asians will start putting up "Philippine Pesos Accepted here signs"
It’s been a month and a half since the Christmas holidays and my appetite for good food has not waned. On the contrary, it probably has increased. The unusually heavy challenges that came into my work table seemed to have challenged me to stop thinking of weight loss and fantasize about weight gain. OK, that was an overstatement. But the fact remains, I am starting to look like my dad!
One of the things that people should have is individual health insurance policies from reputable companies. There is no telling what can happen to us as after we wake up in the morning and unless we have no parents, siblings or close relative that we want to benefit, we all should have one. And that is my unsolicited practical advice for the day. Cheers!
Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about mesothelioma being a form of cancer that is one of the dangers associated with people exposed to asbestos. It is quite dangerous since it only starts to manifest itself to people 20~50 years after exposure. Since the widespread use of asbestos fell in the early eighties, people with this type of cancer can be expected to grow in numbers until 2020. I don’t know what the medical industry is doing but with a decline in the expected number of affected people approximately 12 years from now, I suspect that the efforts to find a cure may not be as much as the trouble they are get themselves into for other types of medicines.
And just recently, Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian went to the the conflict area Spratly Islands to assert his country's claims against several others like China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei. This was said to have been done after his Democratic Progressive Party suffered a humiliating loss in the legislative elections three weeks ago.
The pattern seems to be so evident. So what's next? Chen's downfall? It happened with Thaksin and Abe...
On other parts of the world, leaders seem to be quick in condemning the violence in Darfur but a bit slow when it comes to actually doing something about it. At this point, there are only 9,000 poorly trained UN soldiers on the ground which is very low compared to the estimated 26,000 troops, as originally conceived. In Chad, rebel soldiers are marching the capital and analysts believe that even if they win, the country will probably not be better off, based on their intentions.
This will probably be a long protracted "Cafe Wars" in an industry worth billions of dollars. I surmise that such move by Starbucks was in response to McDonald's move to compete in the industry. MacDonalds already serve cheaper coffee (with refills) and gives free WiFi services, something that Satrbucks is yet to do. I heard that WiFi in Starbucks outlets in the UK costs an arm and a leg. With probably more outlets worlwide (Starbucks has 15,000), McDonalds should never be taken lightly as a competitor.
My biggest pick as a future industry loser remains to be Nescafe' Cafe. For as long as it continues to overprice it's instant coffee, it shall remain lagging in the cafe business.
Other than that, they also live by example by making sure that their offices are 100% environmentally compliant. This means that they do not use plastic materials, recycle efficiently and support environmental charities, among other things.
However, what worries me is the fact that a perfectly competitive market where information freely flows is far from being attained. Therefore, the possibility that man realizes the extent of his excesses when it had already become too late, is not very farfetched.
Before that happens, I humbly suggest that aside from Das Kapital and the Wealth of nations, we should include the bible in our daily readings.
Have you ever experienced bathing in freezing water? I have! I was in a mountain retreat and was in a hurry to leave. The problem is, my companions finished all the hot water in reserve and I cannot wait for the new batch to get warm. The next time I go on such kind of vacation, I will ask the cabin owner if the use tankless water heaters. Otherwise, I will have to look for another vacation house.
For a man who denies the Holocaust and calls for the destruction of another state (Israel), complaining that another is going around and rallying others to gang up on him is quite unfathomable. Let me remind everyone of the following,
"You reap what you sow"
Do not do unto others, what you do not want others to do unto you!"
"This message reflects his own conceptions and it is a message of rift, a message of sowing the seeds of division. It is a message of confrontation demeaning the dignity of mankind."Dubya, on the other hand, seems to be spending so much time going around and creating enemies while the economy suffers back home. That certainly, is not an optimal use of a leader's time.
Economics is all about the proper allocation of resources to be able to satisfy human wants. Both Iran's and the US' resources are very finite and at this point lacking. Spending so much time bickering and calling for the destruction of each other is certainly not the best way to utilize the day.
If that is the case, I pity the people of India and Pakistan, most specially. All their big names have fallen victims to violent assassinations. In Pakistan, the latest to fall is former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who met her creator only a few weeks ago. In the quest for a better Pakistan, Bhutto and most of the counry's political leaders are in a tight race. However, little did the first lady Prime Minister know that her frole in Pakistan's political stage is set to be shorter than she thought it is.
Here's a compliation of clips showing a stage play called "Pakistan".