Wednesday, November 17, 2004
This is going to be good
In a cross-cultural clash of family values, Muslim parents at a downtown school want the Toronto District School Board to exclude their children from discussions of same-sex families.
But at a meeting last night, board officials refused to exclude Muslim students at Market Lane Public School from what the board calls "anti-homophobia education."
To allow some students to be removed from those discussions would violate the rights of children of same-sex parents, board officials said.
While the board has a policy to consider accommodation based on religious rights, "religious beliefs do not trump human rights," said Patricia Hayes, a rights expert with the school board.
About 150 parents packed a gym at the St. Lawrence Community Centre last night, but some Muslim parents leaving the meeting said they felt their religious beliefs were receiving less respect than homosexual families.
What if Al-Qaida declared war on the ACLU? Pass the popcorn.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
This looks familiar...
Sites reported that a Marine in the same unit had been killed a day earlier when he tended to the booby-trapped dead body of an insurgent.Which would give the soldier all the justification he needed to suspect that the terrorist would pull the same thing. More on this line of thinking is here:
There's nothing to suggest that the enemy combatant had previously surrendered, and "hors de combat" is basically a judgment call. If there's reason to suspect he was faking, then the safest thing to do is shoot him some more--especially given the fact that the enemy in Falluja has demonstrated that they are perfectly happy faking a surrender in order to kill Americans.Besides, they shouldn't prosecute the Marine, they should give him a medal...just like they did for John Kerry for doing the same thing.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Clean up time at the Agency
Also, Sen. John McCain said the following this morning on ABC's This Week:
Within the past month, four former deputy directors of operations have tried to offer CIA Director Porter J. Goss advice about changing the clandestine service without setting off a rebellion, but Goss has declined to speak to any of them, said former CIA officials aware of the communications.The four senior officials represent nearly two decades of experience leading the Directorate of Operations under both Republican and Democratic presidents. The officials were dismayed by the reaction and were concerned that Goss has isolated himself from the agency's senior staff, said former clandestine service officers aware of the offers.
"This is a dysfunctional agency and in some ways a rogue agency. This is the agency that gave the president of the United States - when he asked for information about weapons of mass destruction - said, 'It's a slam dunk.'"
The Arizona Republican accused disloyal elements within the CIA of working to undermine President Bush, complaining that they had engaged in "leaking information that could be damaging to the president prior to the election - using a compliant media, if I may say so."
Goss must be doing what is badly needed at CIA because the MSM is screaming mad about it. There goes all those unidentified sources and books by nameless former agents slamming the president.
Next step: clean out the dead wood at Foggy Bottom.
More news from the border
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge met publicly with top Mexican officials last week to discuss border security and smuggling rings that could be used to slip al-Qaeda terrorists into the country. Weeks prior to Ridge's lightning visit, U.S. and Mexican intelligence conferred about reports from several al-Qaeda detainees indicating the potential use of Mexico as a staging area "to acquire end-stage chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material." U.S. officials have begun to keep a closer eye on heavy-truck traffic across the border. The Mexicans will also focus on flight schools and aviation facilities on their side of the frontier. And another episode has some senior U.S. officials worried: the theft of a crop-duster aircraft south of San Diego, apparently by three men from southern Mexico who assaulted a watchman and then flew off in a southerly direction. Though the theft's connection to terrorism remains unclear, a senior U.S. law-enforcement official notes that crop dusters can be used to disperse toxic substances. The plane, stolen at night two weeks ago, has not been recovered.
Cream rises to the top...again
Eric Clapton has astounded the music world by finally agreeing to reform Cream, rock's first supergroup, 36 years after they split up at the height of their worldwide fame.Can't wait...but it makes me feel so old...
Some good news
A big smile.
From Joe Trippi: Expect a big wave of Democratic retirements from Congress in the next couple of years, as veterans who've been holding on in hopes of regaining majority power give up. Many of these Democrats have been using their personal popularity (and powers of incumbency) to win in Republican areas. When they leave, their seats will flip. The GOPs could attain 60 votes in the Senate and maybe 30 more seats in the House. Thank you, Rep. Matsui!