President Bush squarely addressed the issue most on the mind of House Democrats, saying Saturday that deep divisions over the Iraq war need not bring anyone's patriotism into question.
36. Which team do you think God wants to win the Super Bowl this year?
Chicago Bears: 14%
Indianapolis Colts: 11%
Same/No difference: 16%
God’s too busy/doesn’t play favorites: 33%
Don’t believe in God: 1%
Don’t know: 25%
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS, Chapter 266, Section 102A 1/2 - Whoever possesses, transports, uses or places or causes another to knowingly or unknowingly possess, transport, use or place any hoax device or hoax substance with the intent to cause anxiety, unrest, fear or personal discomfort...shall be punished by imprisonment...
...the term "hoax device" shall mean any device that would cause a person reasonably to believe that such device is an infernal machine.
By the way, the NYT obit of [Molly Ivins] still couldn’t bring itself, decades later, to repeat the phrase she used that led to her separation from that paper, her description of a communal chicken-killing festival as a “gang-pluck.”(Whatever It Is, I'm Against It)
You know what I'm really tired of? The rhetoric. The helicopters were not "lost". They were downed, obliterated, rocketed, but not lost. Perhaps if we called things what they were, we could see them better, and their impact upon us would be more appropriate.(rangeragainstwar)
Two Chicago-area groundhogs are in agreement with Pennsylvania's famous Punxsutawney Phil: All three predict an early spring.(Chicago Tribune)
Lee had a role in Microsoft's unusual agreement to share a reported $1 of the $250 purchase price of each Zune device with Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, a move intended to help Microsoft to build relations with major recording labels.(Houston Chronicle)
Even so, content owners have been loath to cooperate with Microsoft by easing the digital restrictions on music tracks, said Rob Helm, research director at Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland.
"It's a hard job," Helm said.
President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would "surge" an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and in Anbar Province. But a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 -- more than double the number the President initially said....
According to the study, the costs for the "surge" would also be dramatically different than the President has said. The White House estimated a troop escalation would require about $5.6 billion in additional funding for the rest of fiscal year 2007. Of that, about $3.2 billion was supposed to go to the Army and Marines for their escalated activity.
But that figure appears to have been grossly underestimated. The CBO now believes "that costs would range from $9 billion to $13 billion for a four-month deployment and from $20 billion to $27 billion for a 12-month deployment." There's a more detailed analysis of the numbers on pages 3 and 4 of the study, which was sent to House Budget Chairman John Spratt today.
As of this morning, the central question on the Hill was how many Republicans would have the courage to buck the will of the president and back a resolution criticizing the White House strategy. As of this afternoon, the central question seems to be how many Democrats (particularly those running for president) will say the resolution is too weak and is therefore undeserving of support.(The Carpetbagger Report)
So, what’s an anti-war, anti-Bush, seeking-higher-office Dem to do?
NAJAF, Iraq - Iraqi government statements over the killing of hundreds of Shi'ites in an attack on Sunday stand exposed by independent investigations carried out by Inter Press Service (IPS).
Conflicting reports had arisen on how and why a huge battle broke out around the small village of Zarqa, just a few kilometers northeast of the Shi'ite holy city Najaf, which is 90km south of Baghdad.
When you are in your office cubicle, your colleagues often can’t see but can vaguely hear you. The fast typing keyboard is designed for those who are worried about getting laughed at about typing too slow. Just touch one or two keys and you'll hear the sound of a multitude of letters typed at high speed.(we make money not art)
PARIS (AP) -- The French already enjoy a 35-hour workweek and generous vacation. Now the health minister wants to look into whether workers should be allowed to sleep on the job....
"Why not a nap at work? It can't be a taboo subject," Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said Monday. He called for further studies and said he would promote on-the-job naps if they prove useful.
Mr. Bertrand said sleepiness causes 20 percent to 30 percent of French highway accidents.
“I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.”
Update from AP: "Peter Berdovsky, 27, of Arlington, was arrested on one felony charge of placing a hoax device and one charge of disorderly conduct, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said later Wednesday. He had been hired to place the devices, she said."...
At least four more suspicious packages were found in the Boston metropolitan area, and the Charles River was shut down by the Coast Guard as authorities took precautions. Later, Fox would report that sources said that there may be as many as ten such "suspicious devices."
Bush told Cavuto, "We've got a war that we're fighting against extremists, radicals who would do us harm. We're in a major battle in that war in Iraq. And it's -- it's unsettling times when you're at war. War's -- war's hard. War's difficult. It's negative."
"He's a total radical, probably the most radical president we've ever had in terms of his definition of the power of the presidency," he said. "There's nothing more dangerous than a radical who doesn't have information, doesn't learn from information and doesn't learn from the past."
BOSTON - At least nine electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday in what a cable network said was a marketing campaign for a late-night cartoon.
Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices were harmless.
"It's a hoax - and it's not funny," said Gov. Deval Patrick.
Turner Broadcasting, parent company of Cartoon Network, said the devices, which consisted of magnetic, blinking lights, were part of a promotion for the TV show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
"We have told the Iranians and the Americans, 'We know that you have a problem with each other, but we are asking you, please solve your problems outside Iraq,' " Nuri al-Maliki told CNN.
“It still looked suspicious due to some wires and tubing around it. They decided to detonate it,” Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo said on New England Cable News television.
It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit, and may stretch the bounds of what's legally permissible.Declan! Come on! I've watched Jon Stewart and you, Sir, are no Jon Stewart.
Vista's comes with built-in anti-spyware software, and new account controls curb the ability of users to unintentionally install harmful programs. The high-end versions come with a feature called BitLocker that encrypts a computer's hard drive in the case of a lost or stolen machine.(Reuters)
"What we've been doing is not working," Admiral William Fallon, nominated by President George W. Bush to become the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.(Raw Story)
"The likelihood that Iraq is suddenly going to turn into something that looks close to what we enjoy here in this country is going to be a long time coming," he said.
Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned. The episode lasted about a minute, and Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop.(Newsweek)
A couple weeks ago, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) asked Secretary Condoleeza Rice if the administration thought President Bush had the power to take military action against Iran without permission from Congress.
She deferred an answer, saying, "I'm really loathe to get into questions of the president's authorities without a rather more clear understanding of what we are actually talking about. So let me answer you, in fact, in writing. I think that would be the best thing to do."
Microsoft marked the Vista launch with a series of celebrations Monday in New York complete with acrobatics and blaring music. At one, dancers clad in Microsoft colors dangled from ropes high above street level and unfurled flags to form the red, green, blue and yellow Windows logo against a building wall.(SFGate)
Vista went on sale in 70 countries Tuesday, along with new versions of Microsoft Exchange e-mail software and the flagship Office business suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
According to the documentary W.C. Fields Straight Up, his death occurred in this way: he winked and smiled at a nurse, put a finger to his lips, and died.
Mrs. Laura Bush announced today that William "Bill" Yosses has been named the White House Executive Pastry Chef. Mr. Yosses will be responsible for designing and executing dessert menus for state dinners, social events, holiday functions, receptions and official luncheons hosted by President and Mrs. Bush.
"Chef Yosses has impressed us from the start with his original and delicious creations. He has a light touch with desserts, and the enthusiasm with which he approaches his profession makes him a real asset for all of us in the White House," said Mrs. Bush.
These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.And I'm thinking, what about butter. I don't know.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A high school lunch period was disrupted Monday by a greased, naked student who ran around screaming and flailing his arms until police twice used a stun gun on him, authorities said.
Taylor Killian, 18, had rubbed his body with grapeseed oil to keep from being caught, and got up after the first time he was shocked to continue running toward a group of frightened students huddled in a corner at Westerville North High School, Lt. Jeff Gaylor said.
Blane Dickinson, 32, from Wales, will tattoo bacon, sausage, eggs, tomato, beans and toast on the head of Dayne Gilbey.(Ananova)
A knife and fork will be tattooed behind the 19-year-old's ears, reports the Daily Post.
Last fall, Minnesota National Guard troops reacted to clumsy comments from John Kerry, the former Democratic candidate for president, by mocking him with a humorous sign: "Halp Us Jon Carry -- We R Stuk Hear N Irak."(Star Tribune)
It's not funny anymore.
Some 2,600 Minnesota Guard troops are "stuk" in Iraq for real, with their tours of duty being "extended" for up to four months as part of President Bush's strategy to send more troops to the battlefield.
The BBC will be airing an expose in which various officials at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have expressed concerns about the usage of the company's anti-depressant drug Seroxat, which the officials feared could lead to suicides among teenagers.(Earth Times)
TALMEY EL'AZAR, Israel, Jan 25 (Reuters Life!) - Hold the Dead Sea salts and tea-tree oil. An Israeli health and beauty spa has introduced a new treatment to its menu -- snake massage....
"I'm actually afraid of snakes, but the therapeutic effects are really good," customer Liz Cohen told Reuters Television as Barak let the snakes loose on her body.
Bush warns Iran against action in Iraq
So Levi’s is becoming a leader in a new arena: lawsuits. The company, once the undisputed king of denim and now a case study in missed opportunities, has emerged as the most litigious in the apparel industry...
...the privately held Levi’s, whose founder sewed together the first pair of jeans in 1873, has been unable to exploit the latest $200-a-pair denim craze — and now claims scores of smaller competitors are riding high because of what it created. When consumers’ tastes shifted toward designer jeans that were bejeweled, torn and frayed, Levi’s was still selling basic $30 pairs at K-Mart.
SWAT teams (Special Weapons and Tactics) were once rare and used only for very dangerous situations, often involving hostages held by armed criminals. Today SWAT teams are deployed for routine police duties. In the US today, 75-80% of SWAT deployments are for warrant service.
In a high percentage of the cases, the SWAT teams forcefully enter the wrong address, resulting in death, injury, and trauma to perfectly innocent people. Occasionally, highly keyed-up police kill one another in the confusion caused by their stun grenades.
...On the downside is an upside. You get bombarded with warnings and cautionary pop-ups to an annoying degree as the collection of Vista security tools do their stuff to deflect viruses, warn of phishing Web sites, deflect spyware and block firewall breaches.
Vista, for now, appears far safer than Windows XP.
Another upside/downside is the serious load--probably overload--of information that comes with all those jumping icons, flashing warnings and see-through windows to remind you of work undone. Yet another comes in the parental controls that one can use to monitor and restrict offspring lured by MySpace, YouTube, bloggers, instant messages, chat boxes, mash-ups and other treats/terrors.
You can log each e-mail and text message a youngster receives (attachments included). You can block specific sites or set up a list of only the sites you want them to visit. Maybe best of all, access to the PC during the current day can be shut off at any designated time.
Of course one spouse can turn this Big Brother scrutiny on the other spouse, and bosses can eavesdrop as never before, but hey, that's the vista that awaits us all.
A 2,500-year-old mirror worth £500,000 was dropped and smashed on a Chinese TV show.
A model was showing the ancient mirror to the audience when it slipped from her hands and fell to the floor.
It shattered into pieces, shocking the audience - especially owner Chen Fengjiu who was sitting in the front row.
Jennifer is an activist by nature — raised in Seattle, she looks like the outdoorsy girl you see on every campus in the Pacific Northwest, the one on the climbing wall who lobbies for more vegetarian dishes in the dining hall. Her three big passions in life are “infectious diseases, the environment and women’s issues.”