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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Random Snippets

Stayed home sick with a sore throat today - don't know if it's allergy related or viral, but I didn't want to take a chance on spreading it around just in case it's contagious.

Yesterday on the way to work, I saw two different women, in two different vehicles, curling their eyelashes while the vehicle was moving. The scary thing is, neither was a passenger - they were the drivers. God help the other folks on the road while these women had one eye (and thus half their vision, plus most of their attention) impeded, and God help them if they had to hit the brakes (or were hit) with the curler so close to their eye.

Note to Pelosi - you want to see income "leveled out" and the "poor" doing better economically? Let people (rich as well as poor) keep more of what they make! There's no incentive to work harder, earn more, and thus better yourself if what you make is only going to be taken away from you and given to someone else who won't work as hard. (Note: I didn't say to someone who can't work.)

Random sampling of stories I've read today (with links, if anyone wants further details)

Cuban Official Defends Internet Controls
by John Rice, AP Writer
He defended Cuba's "rational and efficient" use of the Internet, which puts computers in schools and government computer clubs while prohibiting home connections for most citizens and blocking many sites with anti-government material.

"The wild colt of new technologies can and must be controlled," he said.

Control the flow of information, and you control the people....

Iraq: Borders with Syria, Iran to close
by Kim Gamel, AP Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq will close its borders with Syria and Iran for 72 hours as part of the drive to secure and pacify Baghdad, the Iraqi commander of the crackdown said Tuesday, hours after a suicide bombing in a mainly Shiite neighborhood killed at least 15 people.

Lt. Gen. Abboud Gambar, addressing the nation on behalf of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, did not say when the borders would be closed. A government official said it was expected within two days.

The government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the borders with Iran would only be partially reopened even after the 72-hour period ended.

The United States has long charged that Iran and Syria were allowing militants to use their territory to slip into Iraq to attack U.S. and Iraqi forces, as well as civilian Iraqi Shiites. Iraqi authorities have routinely echoed the U.S. charges against Syria, but they rarely accused Iran of the same.

But let the U.S. talk about simply "controlling" our borders, not closing them down completely, and suddenly we're the "bad guys."

Suspected Islamic Militants Warn Barbers
by Habibulla Khan, AP Writer
KHAR, Pakistan -- Suspected Islamic radicals have issued a Taliban-style warning to barbers in a Pakistani border town not to shave off or cut their customers' beards, saying it offends Islam, residents said Monday.

"Barbers! Correct yourselves," said the handwritten, Pashto-language notes, one of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

"Any barber shop where acts against Shariah (Islamic law) - shaving or cutting of beards - are seen, are given a final warning to stop this anti-Shariah work and if they do not stop, they should take responsibility for whatever harm they come to," it said.

The Taliban's harsh interpretation of Islam saw them also ban women and girls from work and school and outlaw activities such as kite-flying and chess.

In other words, "Trim any more beards, and we'll cut yours for you at the neck...."
Religion of Peace, my great-aunt's second cousin's carbunkles.

North Korea Agrees to End Nuke Program
Fox News, AP Press
BEIJING — It didn't take North Korea long to put its own spin on an agreement reached Tuesday that calls for the Pyongyang regime to close down and cap its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program.

Just hours after announcing the agreement — which clearly states North Korea must "shut down and seal for the purpose of eventual abandonment the Yongbyon nuclear facility, including the reprocessing facility" — Pyongyang issued a statement claiming it had agreed only to a "temporary suspension" of its nuclear program.

Barely on the bike and already they're backpedaling. No surprises here.

Report: Bank of America's New Credit Card Targets Illegal Immigrants
Reuters
EW YORK — Bank of America Corp. has begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers, typically illegal immigrants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

In recent years, banks across the country have been offering checking accounts and even mortgages to the nation's fast-growing ranks of undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Hispanic, the paper said, adding these immigrants generally have not been able to get major credit cards.

The new Bank of America card is open to people who lack both a Social Security number and a credit history, as long as they have held a checking account with the bank for three months without an overdraft, the Journal said.

Bank of America tested the program last year at five branches in Los Angeles, and last week expanded it to 51 branches in Los Angeles County, home to the largest concentration of illegal immigrants in the U.S., the Journal said.

A Bank of America spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

No comment? Gee, I wonder why.... Oh well, if we can't deport them, let's make them pay high interest rates like everyone else does. Maybe the credit card companies can keep track of these folks for us.

Obama Apologizes for Saying Troops' Lives 'Wasted'
AP Wire, CNN
During his first campaign trip this weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd in Iowa: "We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

During an appearance Monday in Nashua, New Hampshire, he apologized again, telling reporters he meant to criticize the civilian leadership of the war, not those serving in the military.

"The things which come forth out of the mouth come from the heart." (Matt. 15:18)
In other words, if you'd never thought it, you wouldn't have said it.
He sounds kinda like someone else we know, doesn't he?

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