Leftist Anti-War Movies Continue To Flop
The Kingdom lost $7M
Two more films, Redacted and Grace is Gone, are also destined for the "3 for $15" bin at Wal-Mart in the near future.
Read this, It will make you a better person
Vincent Margera, 51, who was accused of groping three girls ages 12 to 14 during an autograph signing event last year at mall skate park in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, fell to the floor cursing and yelled, "Just kill me now."
He was acquitted of a third count of sex assault on a child. He faces a sentence of probation to six years in prison on each conviction. If he doesn't comply with sex offender treatment as part of the sentence, he could potentially spend life in prison, district attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said.
Mr. Downing contends that the candy lobby has a long history with Halloween and “saving” daylight. By 1986, a year of great Congressional debate on the matter, candy sales had suffered a sharp falloff as trick-or-treating was hammered by:
* Hysteria around the myth of candy poisoning
* Increased concerns about child abduction brought on by photos of missing kids on milk cartons.
“The candy makers were so desperate for this that besides lobbying for years, they went and put pumpkins filled with candy on the seat of every senator in America,” Mr. Downing said. (Senate floor security was not quite so tight in the 1980s).
Readers in the comments below were a bit skeptical about Mr. Downing’s claims. And later in the day we spoke with a representative of the candy industry, who had a very different account.
The spokesman, Lawrence T. Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association, based in Vienna, Va., said the association was, from 1982 to 1984, part of a coalition to extend Daylight Saving Time, mostly out of concern about children’s safety. But the association contributed only $200 to that effort, he said, and since then has not been active on the issue.
“For us to spend time on Capitol Hill and have meetings to get Daylight Saving Time changed — we’re not even sure it would be good for our industry,” he said in a phone interview today. “I’ve been here 15 years and we’ve never brought it up to discuss in 15 years. It’s never been a major issue for us, and it’s certainly not now.”
The association has about 600 members; most of them are small businesses, but the association also represents major candy manufacturers. Mr. Graham, who is a former Congressional staff member, said he had no idea where Mr. Downing’s story about pumpkins placed on legislators’ seats came from.
“We have never taken one pumpkin to Capitol Hill, and candy sales have never significantly decreased at Halloween, except after 9/11,” he wrote in an e-mail message.
In any event, the effort to extend daylight saving time, which also included support from retail and sports industries, was unsuccessful until 2005, when it piggybacked on the Energy Policy Act and managed to get daylight saving time extended by a month.
But the additional month was divided up in an odd way: three extra weeks in the spring and one in the fall, just enough to cover Halloween. “That one week is a simple concession to the long-suffering candy makers and chocolate manufacturers,” Mr. Downing said.
City Room mentioned in passing how New York City’s Fire Department was running a “change your clock, change your battery” campaign that chides people to change the battery in their smoke alarms twice a year, when the time changes. (This year, the time change happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, which means an extra hour of sleep, or an extra hour of weekend fun, as the case may be.)
Mr. Downing responded, “The ‘change your battery in your smoke detector’ was an ad campaign designed by a battery company.” (Indeed, Energizer and the fire chiefs came up with the campaign 20 years ago.)
The Pentagon was reeling last night from the American military's second major nuclear weapons blunder in a month.United States attack submarines have not carried tactical nukes since the 1980's- they don't need to- and gundecking reactor safety reports does not equal "missing" nuclear weapons, you frauds.
Congress is demanding a full scale investigation and serious questions are being asked about the competence of the officers in charge of the world's mightiest arsenal.
The latest outrage came as Commander Michael Portland, the officer in charge of the USS Hampton, the most advanced nuclear attack submarine in the world, was fired after it was discovered that he had neglected to make basic daily safety checks.
Last month 70 US airmen were demoted after they lost track of six nuclear-armed cruise missiles and allowed them to be flown halfway across America by a bomber crew that didn't even know they were there.
The Pentagon said that it had lost confidence in Commander Portland's leadership after checks showed that he had failed to analyse the chemical and radiological properties of the submarine's nuclear reactor for a month.
It is considered vital that the reactor's condition be fully examined every day so that any malfunction can be caught early.
If something went wrong with the reactor it could lead to a devastating nuclear accident.
The USS Hampton, currently docked in San Diego, is armed with nuclear torpedoes, nuclear cruise missiles and a massive mine-laying arsenal.
THE HAGUE -- If Amsterdam city council bars construction of the Westermoskee mosque, a great demonstration of Turks from throughout Europe will be held. The possibility of this degenerating into violence cannot be ruled out, the Turkish organisation Milli Gorus warns.That's a threat if I've ever heard one. Things like this are the reason that far-right wing parties are gaining political ground throughout Western Europe.
The controversial Westermoskee in Amsterdam will be built come what may, said Fatih Dag of the Turkish mosque organisation in Trouw newspaper. If the government blocks its building, Milli Gorus will call on Turks throughout the whole of Europe to demonstrate. Dag hopes this would be a peaceful procession, but fears it could get out of hand. "Our people are emotional and someone crazy can just be walking among them," he said in the newspaper.
If the licence for the mosque is definitively withdrawn, this would be "extremely foolish," warns Dag. "I will then immediately call for a demonstration. If every Milli Gorus mosque in Europe sends a bus, it will certainly be busy. I have not tipped off Al Jazeera, but they will certainly get wind of it, and I will speak to them. That will go out to the entire Arabic world, cross my heart. All Muslims have a satellite dish, so they will see that a beautiful project for Muslims is being forbidden here."
Scores of Muslim inmates at a high security prison are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation after they were offered ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan.We are all doomed.
They say their human rights were breached when they were given a special nightly menu - drawn up to recognise their specific dietary requirements - by officers at HMP Leeds last month.
More than 200 Muslim inmates at the jail are believed to have been offered the meat which is strictly forbidden by Islam.
Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?Aw man this is so true.
If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?
If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands...
Given the way most of us pay any real attention to the tenets of our faith, life really wouldn't be that different if we were to exchange one faith for another. The prayers would be different, but we would recite them just as mindlessly as we do today. The sermons would in all likelihood be exactly the same, and we’d continue to snore through them.Fortunately the other users on KOS have almost universally trashed this post. I still have hope that this is diary is some sort of snark, but considering what you read there on a daily basis I'm not holding my breath.
Sure, there are a few people here and there who take religion seriously, but they are in such a small minority that their protests can be easily ignored.
All in all, converting to Islam would be a small price to pay for an end to the killing and maiming of our sons and daughters, not to mention the billions of dollars we could put to better use than fighting this perpetual war.
So let’s do away with our religious pretences, adopt Islam as our new faith, add a few extra holidays to our calendar, and get down to the real business at hand: pumping oil.
"This disgusting book and now film is a gave insult to all Christians and the Holy Father. We Christians will not stand by and let this filth from the Atheist Left infect our Children. I am issuing an edict calling for the death of Philip Pullman, the bombing of all stores that sell this book, the theaters that show this movie. Furthermore, any magazine, radio, or television station that carries advertisements for this blasphemy will also suffer the wrath of our Holy Warriors, if not from God himself.Shortly after his message was broadcast, Christian youths across Europe took to the streets and firebombed hundreds of cars, and smashed the windows of local book stores and theaters. Piles of the books and movie posters were burned, while barricades were erected to slow riot police. Youths brandishing crosses and bibles were filmed in Rome throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, while shouts of "Death to Pullman!" and "Praise Jesus!" filled the air.
The Vatican will pay $5,000,000 to whichever of the faithful brings me this heretics head."
CHRISTY: Well, the carbon dioxide is going up. And remember that carbon dioxide is plant food in the fundamental sense. All of life depends on the fact carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. So, we're fortunate it's not a toxic gas. But, on the other hand, what is the climate doing. And when we build -- and I'm one of the few people in the world that actually builds these climate data sets -- we don't see the catastrophic changes that are being promoted all over the place.I haven't found a video yet, read the full transcript here.
For example, I suppose CNN did not announce two weeks ago when the Antarctic sea ice extent reached its all-time maximum, even though, in the Arctic in the North Pole, it reached its all-time minimum.
O'BRIEN: Let's talk about the critics in general. Many of the critics we hear from have links to the fossil fuel industry. A lot of their funding comes from the coal and oil industries.
How about you?
CHRISTY: All of my funding is federal and state grants. And I apply for them and write my papers, which are peer-reviewed. So, I have disengaged and never was really involved in any of that.
After a nuclear holocaust, would cockroaches really be the last creatures standing?
That's a question for the same people who've tested whether you can jump in a falling elevator to save yourself, whether throwing a toaster into a bathtub really will electrocute someone and whether dropping a penny from a skyscraper is lethal.
A team from the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters is at the Hanford nuclear reservation this week to get to the bottom of the nuclear survival myth.
"It's been on the original list of myths since day one," said Kari Byron, one of the Mythbuster stars, who came to town with Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci.
The show not only had to find a place to do the testing, but it also had to convince the Discovery Channel that it could be done safely.
"People are just scared when they hear radiation," Byron said. "Too many zombie movies."
The crew is using an irradiator in the basement of Hanford's 318 Building just north of Richland. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory usually uses it to calibrate dosimeters and test for radiation damage on equipment such as video cameras and fiber optic cables.
But Thursday afternoon, Byron and Imahara were moving uncooperative cockroaches into a specially built roach condo to be exposed in the irradiator.
"I had to put myself in quite the mindset to do it," Byron said.
The experiment required 200 cockroaches sent to Richland by a scientific supply company.
"They're all laboratory-grade. Farm fresh," Imahara said.
Fifty will get no radiation so they can be used as a control group. Another 50 will be exposed to 1,000 rad of radiation, the exposure that's lethal to humans.
It gets worse from there for the bugs. The next 50 will be exposed to 10,000 rad and the final to 100,000 rad.
They'll be compared against flour beetles and fruit flies that will get equal radiation exposures.
But it was the roaches causing the team grief as they tried to corral them inside a set of tiny blocks arrayed to make sure each got the same radiation exposure.
"They are very fast. They are very aggressive. They want to get away," Byron said. "They are opportunists."
"Frustrating" and "gross," Imahara said.
All the bugs will go back to San Francisco. But instead of flying, a Mythbusters employee is having to drive the bugs back. Airlines, it seems, don't like cockroaches on a plane.
They can't fly in the baggage hold without upsetting the experiment.
"We have to maintain reasonable temperature and humidity so they don't go into shock," Imahara said.
The bugs will be watched over the next couple of weeks to see how soon they die.
"Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation," Imahara said.
But scientists do know that cockroaches and other insects do not have all the complex organs that humans have that can be damaged by radiation.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory agreed to play host to the visit in the interest of science education. Staff donated their time, including workers who took vacation time to operate the irradiator. Mythbusters showed their appreciation by meeting with laboratory staff and their children to answer questions as part of a food drive for the Tri-Cities Food Bank.
The show, while perhaps best known for exploding outhouses and cement trucks, presents good examples of scientific method and encourages developing a questioning attitude, said Michelle Johnson, a technical group manager for the national lab.
"(Viewers) should learn that things don't glow if exposed to radiation," she said. "And they won't be radioactive after being exposed to radiation."
But will the roaches grow really, really large?
"Some of our staff do believe in comic book logic," Byron said.
And if that happens, it will be a really good show, she said.
The episode should air in about four months.
In related news, groups from both the left and the right are forming groups calling for secession:
CBNNews.com - President Bush is hosting a controversial event at the White House Thursday evening, with an invitation to Muslim officials and clerics to join him for prayer and dinner in observance of the holy month of Ramadan.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions — New England and the South — are sitting down to talk.
Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts, the Middlebury Institute wants liberal states like Vermont to be able to secede peacefully.
That sounds just fine to the League of the South, a conservative group that refuses to give up on Southern independence.
"We believe that an independent South, or Hawaii, Alaska, or Vermont would be better able to serve the interest of everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity," said Michael Hill of Killen, Ala., president of the League of the South.
Separated by hundreds of miles and divergent political philosophies, the Middlebury Institute and the League of the South are hosting a two-day Secessionist Convention starting Wednesday in Chattanooga.
They expect to attract supporters from California, Alaska and Hawaii, inviting anyone who wants to dissolve the Union so states can save themselves from an overbearing federal government.
GENERAL Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Samuel Salifu has condemned the killing of Christians in Tudun Dankande local government area of Kano State.Oh I had that mixed up, my bad. But since Christians once burned people at the stake 100 years before the Revolutionary War for witchcraft, this is acceptable. Nothing to see here, move along.
He called on the state government to bring the perpetrators to book, warning that Christians would no longer condone any attack on them.
Salifu who spoke with newsmen in Kaduna weekend said that reports reaching him from Kano state said there was trouble in Tudun Dankande local government area of the state Friday where nine Christians, including a youth corper serving in the area were killed and their property destroyed over an internet cartoon said to have emanated from a 20-year-old Muslim boy from Bangladesh.