On The Savage Nation, a caller identified by Michael Savage as "Kojo" asked Savage: "[D]o you know how the AIDS got there [Africa]?" Savage responded: "It got there because it was spread from eating green monkey meat, my friend. If you study the science -- but I don't think you have the capacity to understand science, my dear friend Kojo." Later, Savage stated: "See, we don't live in Africa where people settle arguments with machetes. We live in a country where we settle it with arguments. Something you apparently don't know anything about. ... Couldn't use the machete so his mind went blank. There, that's what we got. There's multiculturalism for you. There's immigration for you. There's the new America for you. Bring them in by the millions. Bring in 10 million more from Africa. Bring them in with AIDS. Show how multicultural you are. They can't reason, but bring them in with a machete in their head. Go ahead. Bring them in with machetes in their mind."
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Shell will be at the centre of a political storm this week when it posts profits of almost $27 Billion, the highest earnings ever made by a British company. The record-breaking profits, on the back of soaring oil prices, seem likely to stir fresh allegations of profiteering. Texas-based Exxon Mobil, the world's largest privately-owned oil company, is expected to improve on its own previous record on Friday by reporting earnings of $39.6 Billion, the biggest annual profits that the US has ever seen.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
A Canadian Foreign Affairs Department document includes the United States and Israel in a series of countries where prisoners are at risk of being tortured and abused, according to the document released Friday. The training manual for Canadian diplomats also includes Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Syria as places where inmates could face torture. The manual lists such U.S. interrogation techniques as stripping prisoners naked, blindfolding them and sleep depravation as torture, and names Guantanamo Bay as a site of possible torture and abuse. Canada said the manual is for training and does not amount to official government policy.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The project, dubbed “MedFICO” in some early press reports, will aid hospitals in assessing a patient’s ability to pay their medical bills. But privacy advocates are worried that the notorious errors that have caused frequent criticism of the credit system will also cause trouble with any attempt to create a health-related risk score. They also fear that a low score might impact the quality of the health care that patients receive. Fair Issac Corp., developer of the FICO credit score, is one of several investors in Healthcare Analytics, the Massachusetts start-up that is developing the hospital risk tool. Another investor is Tenet Healthcare Corp, one of the nation's largest hospital operators. Stephen Farber, who resigned as chief financial officer of Tenet in 2004, is the CEO of Healthcare Analytics. Several published reports have described Healthcare Analytics product as a MedFICO score, computed in a way that would be familiar to those who've used credit scores. The firm is gathering payment history information from large hospitals around the country, according to a magazine called Inside ARM, aimed at “accounts receivable management” professionals. It will then analyze that data to predict how likely patients will be to pay future medical bills. As with credit reports and scores, patients who've failed to pay past bills will be deemed less likely to pay future bills.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
A former Republican congressman has been indicted in a terrorist-financing scheme. Not just a Republican, but a theocratic, religious right-wing Republican who once described himself as a "poster boy for Jerry Falwell."
Fox News, of course, somehow forgot to mention Mark Siljander was a Republican when they reported on him.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
US drafting plan to allow government access to any email or Web search National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell is drawing up plans for cyberspace spying that would make the current debate on warrantless wiretaps look like a "walk in the park," according to an interview published in the New Yorker's print edition today. Debate on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “will be a walk in the park compared to this,” McConnell said. “this is going to be a goat rope on the Hill. My prediction is that we’re going to screw around with this until something horrendous happens.”
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has said that Christians need to win America "back to Christ." I guess anyone who doesn't want to be a Christian can't really be an American in Huckabee's Christian world order.
While Huck hasn't been so explicit lately, he is still using theocratic code words that the evangelical crowd understand. For example, there's his talk of "vertical leadership." What does that mean? No surprise, it's codespeak for authoritarian theocracy.
Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.
Shortly after the 2006 Democratic takeover, Nancy Pelosi announced that impeachment was off the table. There was a very loud uproar from the left.
But now I'm thinking Pelosi wasn't crazy.
Imagine -- it wouldn't have happened -- but just imagine that impeachment had gone forward and Bush and Cheney were removed from office. I dare say the current crop of Republicans running for office might be doing a little bit better, because the dead weight of George W. Bush would have been removed from their necks.
Whatever Republican caretaker administration that came in just might have kept their heads down and at the very least not done anything to cause more damage. That would have been seen as a relief by the American public, and the approval ratings of Republicans might have just recovered a tiny little bit.
But as it stands now, Bush/Cheney are still in office dragging the party down. Maybe Pelosi was shrewd, either purposely or by accident.
It's a sad and tragically clichéd story: A mom, most likely mentally deficient, also believes in religious claptrap and because of it, kills her children.
As U.S. marshals armed with eviction papers began to clear out her town house, Banita Jacks sat on the steps leading to the upstairs bedrooms, intending to block their path, authorities said.
One managed to sidestep the 33-year-old woman and spotted the bodies of three children on the floor of an unfinished bedroom, prosecutors said Thursday. He then opened the door to another bedroom and found the body of a teenager on the floor of the bare room.
Authorities estimate the four girls ages 5 to 17 had been dead for at least two weeks. Jacks told police they were "possessed by demons" and had died in their sleep, one by one, within a week of each other, court documents say.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
John Kerry has decided to endorse Barack Obama, passing over Hillary Clinton and his former running mate, John Edwards.
Some pundits will fault Kerry for "stabbing his former running mate in the back" (I'm sure that's how Drudge and Fox will portray it), but on the other hand, it could just be that Kerry believes Obama is the best candidate.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Keith Olbermann talked with Craig Crawford today on Countdown about the polling nightmare surrounding yesterday’s New Hampshire Democratic primary. Crawford proposes that it wasn’t the polls or the polling itself, it was the reporting and interpretation of them that led to the fiasco.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers will pay record prices for gasoline this spring, with national monthly pump costs peaking near $3.50 per gallon when the busy driving season begins, the government's top energy forecasting agency said Tuesday. Tight supplies caused by global oil demand growing faster than new oil production is behind higher petroleum costs. And consumers should not expect a break any time soon. High gasoline prices are cutting into consumer spending and raising business expenses, hurting a U.S. economy that is already suffering a slowdown.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
(AP) Scientific advisers to the government emphasize in a report the importance of teaching evolution in public schools. The report by the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine follows up on similar past publications, the last of which came out in 1999. The new document includes recently discovered evidence supporting evolution, including an important fossil find. The report released Thursday also takes swipes at creationism and other anti-evolution views. "Despite the lack of scientific evidence for creationist positions, some advocates continue to demand that various forms of creationism be taught together with or in place of evolution in science classes," the report says.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
(CNN) — Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly had a confrontation with a staffer for Barack Obama’s campaign that the aide and several eyewitnesses claim became physical. The incident began when O’Reilly tried to get Obama’s attention after a Nashua campaign event. He allegedly began yelling at Obama’s National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson to get out of the way. O’Reilly then, according to eyewitness accounts, shoved the staffer. Nicholson told CNN O'Reilly grabbed him by the arm and started "pushing" him. Nicholson also said that when he asked O'Reilly to stop pushing him, the talk-show host responded that he was "low class."